Thinking about today’s word, Luminescent, I thought about a scene I wrote in my first novel.
Forbidden: Book One of the Sanctorian Series
Cynder stands and walks towards the entrance to the cave. “Are you coming?” he asks with a quizzical brow and smirk. I quickly follow expecting him to lead me to the river so I can wash before going home. Instead of leaving the cave, he takes a quick left and heads deeper underground. I stop.
“Shouldn’t we be heading to the river?” I ask. “I mean, I just thought….” He gives me a questioning look.
“You thought I meant you were going to wash in the river?” His expression shows a gentleness that I hadn’t noticed before. He holds out his hand to me. “Come. I want to show you something.” Hesitantly, I take his hand and let him lead me deeper into the cave. I don’t know how he can see. It’s dark and he didn’t bring a lantern or a torch.
We walk for a few more minutes and not once does he let go of my hand. I notice a light ahead. The roof of the cave looks like the stars in the night sky. I stop to gaze up at the expanse. Am I outside? No, surely not. It is still morning. The soft flourescent lights bounce off the cave walls illuminating the path with a bluish hue. Cynder smiles at me as I stare at him with curiosity. “They’re glow worms,” he explains as he takes a moment to look around. “Beautiful aren’t they?”