Chapter 1: “The First Day” 17

As the bunnies settle down to sleep among the comfortable pillows, Alma walks up to her bed, falling more than sitting on it. Still humming a soft and peaceful lullaby, she shakes her head to cast out the dizziness that is always left behind after she taps into her one reserves of godpower. Thankfully, the month is almost over and she will soon be able to rely on Guardia-supplied mana instead of draining herself like this.

Too tired to worry too much about it but still held and bound by years of nightly rituals, she stands up once more and changes into a light, silk nightgown. Her energy reserves now reaching their lower limit, she gets into bed without even taking the time to brush her hair.

As the goddess lays down to rest, the light in the orb dims into almost absolute darkness. In the shadowy cage, two eyes the color of a summer’s dawn glow in the dark.

Uma ave feita de mito,

Com as penas da cor do céu

Tingidas do azul restrito

Ao mais marítimo breu.

Os seus olhos fechados

Eram da cor da madrugada,

Dois fachos animados

Pelo brilho da alvorada.

Que garras delgadas tinha,

Mais claras que ouro branco!

Belas plumas de rainha

Estendidas sobre o flanco,

Cauda de rasto de estrela,

Bico alvo de diamante,

Espargidos da luz que gela

De um eterno luar distante….

…A bird made of myth,

With feathers the color of the sky

Stained with a blue left only

To the most maritime darkness.

Her closed eyes

Were the color of dawn,

Two torches animated

By the glimmer of sunrise.

Such delicate claws, she had,

Brighter than white gold!

Beautiful plumes fit for a queen

Stretched over her flank,

Her tail a star’s flare,

Clear beak made of diamond,

Bathed by the freezing light

Of eternal distant moonlight…

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