There was silence in the beautiful grove. Trees where casting their shadows on the loamy earth and all of its inhabitants. It was a sad day indeed, for the tribe of Akinara had lost one of their own. Tears streamed down the faces of the women and the men were stoic. Apart from a few muffled sobs, the place was quiet. That is until the chief took center stage. ''Kohana is gone, but do not worry brothers...sisters. In spirit, he lives on'' His words were uttered in the traditional language and like a soothing balm, they washed over the small group. But the sadness was still there. Kohana had been a very important member of the tight-knit community. He had been a son to the brother of the chief, and since the chief himself had only sired females, the last of the great chief's line. He was seen as a major factor to the well-being of the tribe. Such a burden was placed on Kohana's shoulders because it was only the males in his family that could one day harness the power and magic of ''Atuma'Khor'', which basically meant the aura and essence of all matter that was veiled in the spirit world. And even though he had always scoffed at the notion of magic, it was in his destiny to be a great shaman. In the particular corner of the grove, there stood an old woman, worn and wrinkled with age. What surprised and slightly angered anyone who happened to glance her way was the fact that she was smiling. She walked slowly towards the chief and some women gasped at her audacity. She had not even greeted the chief in the proper way, the one designated to him due to his heavy position. ''Do not grieve. He shall awaken." The chief frowned but did not answer. All eyes were trained on the elder. Suddenly everyone was wondering where she had come from for none had ever seen her before. She slowly ambled off and the chief soon motioned for the people to move. Tonight they would leave. It was no longer safe here. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - AWAKENING- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Kohana woke up with stars in his eyes. They were teasing him with their brilliance but the moment he reached out to touch them, they would disappear and he would be left feeling exasperated. Where was this place. He sat up with a dull pain in his side, wondering why he was slightly dusty. The place was utterly quiet. For some reason that scared him. Where were his people?