CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and FIFTY
“So what you’re saying is that, every time these swords were used, they took on the energy of what they were used for,” Jacob said, shifting the conversation.
Everyone in the room turned to look at Delphie. She looked overwhelmed and shook her head. Abi took over.
“We live in a cause and effect world,” Abi said.
“Every action has an equal and opposite reaction,” Jill said. “Newton’s Third Law.”
“That’s correct,” Delphie said, finding her ground again.
“The energy couldn’t discharge because of the power of that other blade,” Jacob said.
“Exactly,” Delphie said. “You have cause, but no effect — no equal and opposite reaction. Unbeknownst to anyone, these swords stored the energy of their actions.”
Everyone fell silent digesting the information.
“Like ghosts,” Delphie said softly. “What are ghosts, but life energy that is not dispersed by death?”
“What happened when the order was released from the protection of the blade?” Blane asked, his anxiety and guilt reflected came through in his voice.
The emotion in Blane’s voice caused Delphie to look up at him. For a moment, the room was silent again. No one dared to move.
“First, you should know,” Abi said, breaking the silence, “there were powerful beings watching these Templars the moment they reached the reservation.”
“Gando Peaches and his vet group,” Jacob said.
“No,” Abi said. “I mean, yes, Gando and his friends were there. You should know that this region of the world has its own protectors. They are the ones who woke Gando to the danger from these strangers.”
“Naayé’neizghání and his brother, Tóbájíshchíní,” Delphie said.
“I thought I saw them there,” Perses said. “I was surprised that they were not taking a more active role.”
“What are we talking about?” Aden asked.
“The Diné Gods — Naayé’neizghání and Tóbájíshchíní,” Delphie said. “Naayé’neizghání is called ‘the Slayer of Ancient Gods’ and Tóbájíshchíní is called ‘Born of Water.’”
“Were you threatened by them?” Blane looked at Heather and then Perses.
They shook their heads.
“They don’t mean us or Abi,” Heather said. “In fact, Abi helped them find a region where they would be happy …”
“The area of the four sacred mountains,” Jacob said. “The Navajo Recreation.”
“ … when they came to this planet,” Heather nodded in agreement with Jacob.
“But …” Blane said.
“It’s just a name,” Perses said.
Abi and Heather nodded.
“Naayé’neizghání and Tóbájíshchíní were there in the garage,” Delphie said. “They wanted to hear the plan and intervene if they could. Their vision has been shared with me.”
“And what do you see?” Jacob asked.
“I see spirits of people coming out of the swords,” Delphie said. “They easily overcame the person wielding the sword. It was as if the person holding the sword was paralyzed or simply incapable of fighting back. The whole thing happened very, very fast.” After a moment, she added another, “Very fast. Very bloody.”
“Naayé’neizghání and Tóbájíshchíní stood there and watched,” Delphie said. “They would have happily taken the blame for the deaths, but they wanted to share what they had seen with me, in case I wanted to share it with Abi and the rest of you.”
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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