I am the librarian, I work in the library of our capital city. I am tasked with gathering all the information I can find about Lime so that one day we can stop the descent of our beautiful floating city, before it’s too late. Over the years I’ve collected many tales and rumors about this mystical fruit, but now that the beacon has been light and is covering our city in its blue glow, I am reassured there is still hope, now more than ever.
Because of all these events, I would like to tell you a story. It’s a story about one of the closest encounters with Lime recorded in decades.
It all started on a sunny warm day. In the middle of town, at the town square, the weekly market was held. Men and women were walking around, doing their daily work and buying groceries. There were the normal noises of chatter and laughter. A white puppy was lazily sleeping in the sun while a turtle was floating in the pond. Underneath the big tree was a boy sitting, reading a thick book, seemingly cut off from the world. A group of teenagers was playing there as usual.
“Let’s go play in the forest” one of the teenagers said. “That’s so boring” said Sinan while shaking his head. “We’ve been there so many times, I want to go somewhere more exciting”.
“Well, I’m sure you haven’t been to the Forbidden Forest yet, so how about that?” said Lila.
“We do have a good reason for that, it’s dangerous” said the rest of the group “if you go there you might get hurt”. “Yes, yes, I know” said Lila “We’re not allowed in there because rocks that crumble from the floating island crash there. But I haven’t heard of anything coming down lately, so it should be ok”. “Or are you scared Mr. Run-to-my-mommy-adventurer?”
“No>.<,not at all, it just seems pointless to go there knowing we could get hurt” Sinan said.
“Don’t be such a baby, come on, let’s go” the girl said while running off.
And that’s how the group arrived at the Forbidden Forest. They stopped at an open spot and looked around. “Well, this forest looks just as boring as the regular one. I think we should go back” said Sinan. “Hold on, not so fast, let’s explore for a bit” said Lila while walking around. Sinan sat down and scuffed “Suit yourself, I’ll be here once you’re done boring yourself”.
Then, about a minute later, there was a scream coming from the direction Lila went. The group was startled by it and jumped up, wildly looking around. “What was that, what was that?!” one person yelled. “That sounded like Lila, maybe she got hurt” said Sinan. The rest of the group looked around scared, “What if it was a monster? Let’s run” said someone. But Sinan replied “But what about Lila? We have to go find her” and he walked into the direction the scream had come from. Reluctantly the rest of the group followed.
About a hundred meter further they encountered a cave, tucked away between some rocks. “This is probably the place where Lila”. Sinan turned around to the group and said “Listen up everyone. I’ll have a quick look inside to see what’s up. If it’s a monster I’ll have a better chance to run away than if we go in as a group”. But before I go in, I think someone should run back to the town and get an adult. If Lila is hurt, she might have to be carried”. He pointed at the tall boy in the group who then ran away. And so Sinan stepped into the cave.
It seemed dark and damp, Sinan stood still to give his eyes a chance to get used to it. When he looked around he saw Lila laying on the floor, and in front of her a huge shadow. “Lila, are you ok?” Sinan said while shaking her shoulders. She moaned a bit but seemed to come to, “What happened…..oh yeah…the MONSTER?!” she said frightened. “What are you talking about?”. Lila replied and said “In the cave, when I came in I saw it, I panicked, I tripped and I must’ve hit my head”. Sinan stood up and had a look around. Indeed, in front of him was a huge giant-like creature, silently staring at them. “You mean this statue, Lila?” said Sinan while laughing. “Oh, is that what it is? Seems I panicked for no reason. But what is it doing here?”. “Beats me” said Sinan “But let’s explore some more”.
When they went deeper into the cave they found some crude furniture which indicated someone used to live there a long time ago. There was also a desk with some strange figurines on it, a bed, chairs, a table, a drawer and a closet. Sinan opened the drawer and took out a book. “Let’s see what this has to tell us”. Using some of the sparse light that was able to enter the cave he started to read. After a while he closed the book and put it in his backpack. He turned around to Lila and said “It seems that his cave was inhabited by some kind of servant creature. But get this, he was actually serving that tyrant that took all the Lime fruits centuries ago”. “Wow, that’s pretty cool” said Lila, “But come over here and help me with this chest I found”.
Together they were able to pull the chest into a beam of light. Attached to the lid was a big lock, but they hadn’t come across any key during their search. Luckily the lock was really old, so by now it was all rusted and easy to break. A few kicks later the lock gave up and fell apart into pieces. Kneeling down, Lila and Sinan slowly opened the chest. Hovering their heads above the chest they saw a fruit lying there. It slowly started to glow brighter and brighter, making it hard to see anything. Then it suddenly flew up and seemed to pass right through the both of them, flying out of the cave and disappearing into the clouds.
It’s hard to say what exactly happened there, but ever since that day, they both seemed a bit different. Not extraordinary in any way, but gifted. Like whatever they did, they were a bit faster or better than average, whatever they made was sturdier or cuter. If they set out to master something new and complicated, they were able to achieve in weeks what others needed years for. Some say they were just lucky, but I know better, I’ve seen it, they’ve been touched by Lime. When that fruit passed through them to escape, it must’ve left something behind for them…..
I know it is true because I was that boy underneath the tree, I followed them into the forest and peeked from the bushes. I saw it all happening.
It is time. Let’s raise the city once again and rule the skies!