Glow Worms

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.

“Uhmm, Cynder?”

“Mmm hmm?”

“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?”

Image result for cave with glow worms
My Inspiration For The Passage Above

Author: Cynthia Brandel

Published author and founder of, Cynthia has captivated the world with her works of fiction including The Sanctorian Series and her latest work, The Revenant City Series. Lover of young adult reads and fantasy reads, Cynthia has transformed her passions into a full-time career.

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