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May 19, 2021|Short Story

Outside Light

Outside Light

In an instant, his perspective changed and life returned to reality. To his surprise, Orlando was holding himself from someone’s back. But… who is this person? he wondered noticing that the two of them traveled at high speeds.

“It was about time you regained consciousness,” Margareth said.

“Where are we?” he asked… “who are you?”

He’s still asleep, Margareth thought and sped up her motorcycle. The two of them traveled at high speeds down a thin path next to a cliff—any wrong move and they would both be falling into an abyss that seemed endless.

Orlando held on tight when he looked to his side, vertigo took over him. “Could you slow down?” he asked, but his plea wasn’t heard.

Margareth continued to accelerate as if her life depended on it, traveling really fast on the narrow path on the side of the cliff. “We’ll be there soon,” she finally said.

The motorcycle passed between two huge rocks, leaving the terrifying road behind. Orlando felt a little calmer. Although the speed at which they were traveling still kept him altered. In the distance one could see a bridge over a canyon. They now traveled on a thin dirt road in the middle of an immense green meadow… suddenly a huge chunk of earth rose up in front of them.

Orlando was unable to hold on and was thrown off the motorcycle, flying for an instant before falling into some bushes. Then, regaining consciousness, he got up to examine the situation… impossible.

About twenty feet away, the woman he was riding with was floating. A circle of yellow light completely surrounded her… her hands covered by smaller spheres of light. She turned her face to see if Orlando was okay.

Orlando couldn’t remember the woman—he couldn’t remember anything. His mind tried to make sense of what was happening, when…

A beam of black lighting hit the sphere surrounding Margareth. Immediately, she fell to the ground and Orlando noticed that a man in a black coat began to walk in his direction. No, wait, Orlando thought before turning to flee.

“Where do you think you’re going?” Vincent said, raising his hands.

Orlando chasked with the stone wall that rose in front of him. “Wait… you’ve got the wrong guy,” he said… his voice too low for the man on the black coat to hear.

“So this is the chosen one people praise so much,” Vincent said, walking towards him.

“You’re wrong,” said Orlando, “I shouldn’t be here. There must be a mistake.”

“What kind of hero is this?” Vincent asked as he turned to see the unconscious woman on the floor.

“Take anything you want,” Orlando said.

“All I want is your life…” Vincent said and a black bolt of light came out of his hand.

Orlando closed his eyes, sure it would be the end of him. To his surprise, the same yellow light that he saw around the woman now surrounded him.

“You must trust your instincts,” he heard within the sphere with Margareth’s voice, before it disappeared.

Instincts… instincts… Orlando thought unable to understand.

“…I see you have hidden surprises,” Vincent said. “I like that!”

“It wasn’t my intention,” Orlando said, leaning against the stone wall.

“Let’s do this quickly,” Vincent said, “What do you say?”

“WAIT,” Margareth yelled and released a beam of light from her hand.

Vincent deflected the beam with ease.

Orlando looked at the woman he traveled with on the ground. Why is she trying to defend me, he thought. If I die it’ll be on my own terms.

Vincent watched Orlando run towards him. “Don’t you see it’s useless,” he said and shot out a black bolt.

Orlando was not able to react receiving the blow to his chest and falling backwards

“We better get it over with,” Vincent said.

Orlando got up again, holding his chest with one hand, noticing that the lightning left a black mark on him. Then, he watched the man in the black coat begin to form a black circle between his hands.

Vincent looked forward, focusing all of his power on the circle of balck lighting forming in front of him. His gaze fixed on the person he came to assassinate, concentrating on the mission he had to accomplish. For an instant, he looked towards Margareth’s direction—she didn’t seem ready to intervene. Staring back at his target, Vincent let go of the ball of darkness that seemed to flash.

Orlando was surprised to see the black flame flying towards him. Time seemed to stop, as he closed his eyes and extended his arm to defend himself. Everything is lost. With his other arm he covered his face, preparing to receive the strike of the black lightning again.


Orlando opened his eyes, wondering what had happened… his arm was on fire. He immediately began to shake the blue flame out of his hand to avoid being burned. Before long he noticed that he was unharmed. Then he looked and found the man in black coat on the floor. What happened?

The sound of the motorcycle approaching caught his attention. “Lets go,” said Margareth, “or are you waiting for him to get up? Hurry, we don’t have much time.”

Orlando looked at the great bridge they traveled to. A structure of colored crystals that seemed to decorate the landscape, and beyond… the strange city that Orlando never dreamed of knowing. Houses of different shades of glass rose like thin pyramids from the floor, from the distance it was like seeing a forest of colors that sparkled in the sunlight.

Margareth sped up when Orlando finally jumped on… while Vincent watched them drive away. Someday you’ll have to get out and I’ll be waiting for you.


Sebastian Iturralde

I am a fiction blogger and lover of literature, art, and all things creative. As a citizen of this beautiful planet, I am constantly inspired by the natural world around me.


  • May 19, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    So is it part of a larger story or a standalone?

    • May 21, 2021 at 8:36 am

      I hope you liked it Daniel. I’m not sure, but if enough readers vote in favor of a larger plot we could start one. Vote here: https://bit.ly/3bJw7Qp

      • May 21, 2021 at 8:44 am

        And nice seeing your Facebook page.
        I’ve liked it as well.
        I’ve been off Twitter for a while.
        Hope to connect there to when I go back there.

      • May 22, 2021 at 4:47 am

        hi sebastian: we never spoke but I see your blog and the images are always stunning – do you also do the artwork and the writing

        • May 24, 2021 at 10:21 am

          Hi, sadly I can’t take credit for the images; they were found on the internet and edited to suit my blog style.

  • May 19, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Very nice. I appreciate that there is some closure. Either that, or I am simply becoming more accustomed to story telling style 🙂

  • May 19, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    The story kept me interested, first to find out where they were going, and then to find out if Orlando would survive the attack.

    • May 21, 2021 at 8:44 am

      Thank you Priscilla, I’m very happy to know that you were able to experience the scenery embodied in my words.

  • May 19, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    This was really well put together, there were parts I didn’t expect and that made me enjoy it even more

    • May 21, 2021 at 8:46 am

      Miles, I’m glad to know that I was able to surprise you. I hope you take the time to enjoy more of my stories.

  • May 19, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    “Exiting fantasy, entering reality, we are able to now live in reality
    we couldn’t achieve before fantasy.” _-Van Prince

    • May 21, 2021 at 8:49 am

      Van Prince, the simplicity you have to express an idea that most require a complete novel is fascinating.

  • Lorna B.
    May 19, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    Another awesome great read! Wow! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

    • May 21, 2021 at 9:41 am

      I’m very happy to know that you like my story, Lorna. I’ll try to create more like this, hope to see you back soon.

  • May 19, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Amazing bro keep follow me too.

    • May 21, 2021 at 9:48 am

      I hope you’re enjoying my stories and thank you for the invitation.

      • May 21, 2021 at 9:51 am

        Yes I am enjoying your stories and I already have been recommending your blogs in my friends circle kindly share my blogs too.

  • Festus
    May 19, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Suspenseful and fabulous!

    • May 21, 2021 at 9:49 am

      I’m very happy to know that you liked my story, Festus. I hope you come back soon.

  • May 20, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Nicely done. I like the motorbike opening setting. We’ll need sequels to many of these stories..!

  • May 20, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Love it 🙂

    • May 21, 2021 at 9:54 am

      It’s a pleasure to know you loved it and I hope you can enjoy all my stories.

  • May 20, 2021 at 5:09 am

    Inspiring stuff. I am struggling with a short story of my own. Deadline is next Tuesday, so I have time. I have to remember to have fun. Your stories show that you are having almost as much “fun” as your characters. Continue to enjoy the ride. It’s well worth your time and effort.

    • May 21, 2021 at 10:48 am

      Thank you, the truth is that I’m really enjoying creating stories. May your short story be created with ease and delivered on time. I hope to see you back soon.

  • May 20, 2021 at 6:48 am

    Good story. I like a good hero story, especially when the character awakens to the power he didn’t know he had.

    • May 21, 2021 at 10:52 am

      Thanks, I’m very happy to know you’re enjoying my stories. I’ve started a poll to see if more readers are interested in a sequel: https://bit.ly/3bJw7Qp

      • May 21, 2021 at 6:33 pm

        Yes, it’s like your stories start and finish in the middle, it just leaves us interested in the rest of the story. Thank you

  • May 20, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Ok that is good

  • May 20, 2021 at 9:08 am


  • May 20, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Thank you for your support dear

  • May 20, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    “Oh, wow, loved it, incredible storytelling kept me in suspense!”

  • May 21, 2021 at 3:39 am

    Interesting story. Enjoyed reading it.

    • May 21, 2021 at 11:29 am

      I’m very glad you enjoyed it, Kritika. I hope you find my other stories interesting too.

  • May 21, 2021 at 6:43 am

    Thank you for liking my post, glad I found yours, great stories, looking forward to reading more.

    • May 21, 2021 at 11:32 am

      It was a pleasure, Karen. I’m glad that you are enjoying my stories.

  • May 21, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Are you just randomly liking things? What would a fiction writer like you want to have to do with my spiritual ravings?

    • May 22, 2021 at 8:15 am

      Your blog is good. I like it too.

    • May 22, 2021 at 8:29 am

      It’s very important to me to find people with out of the ordinary perspectives. I was lucky enough to find your blog. Thanks for your spiritual ravings!

      • May 22, 2021 at 5:30 pm

        You’re very welcome sir! Stay tuned. I’m looking forward to becoming an active part of the WordPress community.

  • May 21, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Hmm, Hi. This is beautifully written. I can even live the story in my mind as I read it!😊🤩😍

    • May 24, 2021 at 10:00 am

      Perfect! That is exactly what I wanted to achieve. I hope you enjoy the rest of my stories. See you back soon.

  • May 21, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Really hoping there’s a Chapter 2 to this!! This was right up my alley. I have too many questions for this to be the end! 🙂

    • May 24, 2021 at 10:06 am

      Thank you, the truth is that I also want to know more, too. I hope we can learn about this universe and all it has to offer in future stories. See you back soon.

  • May 21, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Very interesting. I had hoped Margareth was one of the saving graces. Would love to see this storyline continued.

    • May 24, 2021 at 10:08 am

      Thank you, the truth is that I would also like to know more about Margareth and her powers. Hope to see you back for more stories.

  • May 22, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Beautiful 😍

  • May 22, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Thanks much for liking my posts. Appreciate it!

    • May 24, 2021 at 10:17 am

      It’s a pleasure to read to people who are looking for the proper path. I hope you can return to read the words that transcend through me.

  • May 22, 2021 at 4:11 am

    Very Nice People Panting:)

    • May 24, 2021 at 10:19 am

      I do what I can, Jiawei. It takes a good reader to reveal the painting.

  • May 22, 2021 at 7:20 am

    Interesting and beautifully written|

  • May 22, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    I read your last story! Very clever…

    I mean i just guessed it was about death.

    Some sort of magic too…

    Yet you dont say it, it is clever.

    • May 24, 2021 at 10:31 am

      Thank you Manuka, I’m very glad that you enjoyed it. I hope that in future stories we’ll be able to discover more.

      • May 25, 2021 at 3:29 pm

        Yes I did enjoyed your story as the story-telling is very nice. Amazing even.

        And now… Will there be a following to this story?


        I used to be a gamer, you know, but I stoped…

        ”Gaming is fun, but it can be time consuming, and you cant do things as much as you should normaly”

        • May 25, 2021 at 9:05 pm

          What it is mean to say why it is good I stop ”gaming”? That is because I can take better care
          of my website !

  • May 22, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    A very intriguing read..

    • May 24, 2021 at 10:36 am

      I hope you enjoyed it Eva. I also hope you can come back for more stories.

      • May 24, 2021 at 11:06 am

        I enjoyed it tremendously. Your writing is very tactile. I will certainly come back! Am in the depths of some lengthy research right now and your writings give my mind the break it so needs. A different world completely.

  • May 22, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Good story. I really like the headline “Life is an awakening that keeps happening, and so the characters of this story are forced to open their eyes to reality.”

    • May 24, 2021 at 10:37 am

      Thanks Jordan, sometimes the headlines just work perfectly. I hope to see you back soon.

  • May 23, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Thank you. Interesting story and I have share it to the community.

    • May 24, 2021 at 10:47 am

      Thank you for spreading the work of my storytelling, I really appreciate it.

  • May 23, 2021 at 2:48 am

    Hello. Very atmospheric, I could hear the bike engine echoing from the cliff.

    • May 24, 2021 at 10:53 am

      Hi Jules, I’m happy to know that you were able to live the experiences of this story. I hope to see you back for more.

  • May 23, 2021 at 7:48 am

    I was left wanting to know more. What is the crystal city, who is Orlando really, why does Vincent want to defeat them so bad? I will definitely be exploring more of your stories.

    • May 24, 2021 at 10:57 am

      As long as you continue enjoying my stories, I will be happy to know that my work is paying off. Thanks.

  • May 23, 2021 at 11:30 am

    I don’t like reading huge books but I voted for this one to be a larger story because I am curious where you will go with this one. Amazing author

    • May 24, 2021 at 11:05 am

      Thank you very much, you are too kind. Let’s wait to see if another chapter of this story arrives. Until then I hope to see you back for more stories.

      • May 24, 2021 at 3:56 pm

        Most definitely

  • May 23, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Nice piece, I really enjoyed the read – great work.

    • May 24, 2021 at 11:05 am

      Thank you, it’s a pleasure to share my stories so you can enjoy them.

  • Paul Langley
    May 23, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    I enjoyed this very much Sebastian. The work has an inductive effect on me. Multiple feelings arose. The human aspect is of the same origins as the surroundings, they merge at the boundary. One cannot remain passive in the presence of a supporter or a challenger or both. The city springs from the surroundings like a haven. No doubt the city contains more supporters and challengers. Dangers and opportunities co-exist.

    • May 24, 2021 at 11:07 am

      Thanks Paul, your comments will be of great help when I begin creating the next chapter of this story.

  • May 24, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Cool post.Thank you for subscribing to my blog. I hope it is useful to you and my other readers ♥️♥️

    • May 24, 2021 at 11:17 am

      Thanks to you for sharing your advice, excellent blog! Hope to see you back for more fictional short stories.

  • May 24, 2021 at 3:22 am

    loved reading this!!! this was amazing

    • May 24, 2021 at 11:27 am

      I’m happy to know you loved it. I hope you come back for more stories.

  • May 24, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    I love the immediate jump into action. You maintain the tension and the adrenalin really well. Your descriptions are really vivid. A really great piece.

    • May 29, 2021 at 9:10 am

      Jaime, it’s nice to know that you enjoyed it. I’m working on other similar stories, I hope to see you back for more.

  • May 25, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Good Morning…Thank you for stopping by my blog 🙂

    • May 29, 2021 at 9:34 am

      Sonya, thank you for your comment. It was a pleasure to visit your blog, but the link you left in the comment leads to a blog that no longer exists. It would be good if you update it so that your comments help you get more traffic.

  • May 25, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Soo much and yet nothing…. the story keeps you wanting for more!

    • May 29, 2021 at 9:49 am

      Ramak, I’m happy that you are enjoying my stories. Let me know what you thought about this week’s story, remember that you can visit the links to know everything that happened in the series… Thanks for the excellent vegetarian recipes.

  • May 26, 2021 at 12:28 am

    I admire your ability to write fiction as I tend to gravitate towards non-fiction in my own writing, but I would love to find a way to expand! I really enjoyed this- found it easy to envision the characters, the scene in my head. The story left me wanting more!

    • May 29, 2021 at 9:57 am

      Mel, I appreciate your kind words. I’m happy to know that you like my story… non-fiction is a whole universe that I prefer to just read. Ideas for some of my stories come from reading blogs like yours, thank you.

  • uday
    May 26, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Thank you for sharing! I enjoyed the piece. I’d be interested in learning more about your understanding of the story and why. I don’t typically read fantasy, but maybe I should do so more often. Thanks for liking my blogpost 🙂 … best

    • May 29, 2021 at 10:07 am

      Uday, I’m glad to know that you enjoyed my story. The truth is that I keep trying to understand what this story means, it seems to have much more depth than meets the eye… it’s better to appreciate the power of fantasy, it’s filled with lies hiding truths.

  • May 26, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Very well written. The intensity built up and peaked, like a Lou Reed song… I’m going to read a bunch more. Well done.

    • May 29, 2021 at 11:18 am

      Jack, I’m happy to know that you enjoy it. It means a lot from a fellow author… I hope you keep coming for my weekly stories.

  • May 26, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Very interesting! In this Covid pandemic, when we can’t go out and feel like we are stuck in our problems. Then your fictional stories give a different feel of bliss.

    • May 29, 2021 at 12:54 pm

      Neetuk, you made me smile. Thank you for your nice comment, I hope to continue contributing to help us move forward.

      • May 29, 2021 at 11:30 pm

        It’s my pleasure to make you smile, just as I am happy to help my friends. Can we be friends so that I can always help you as a friend? …Neetu

        • June 2, 2021 at 11:09 am

          It would be an honor, Neetu.

          • June 2, 2021 at 11:52 am

            Thank you for making me a friend. Now helping each other in life’s problems can make our life easier.

          • June 2, 2021 at 1:15 pm


          • June 3, 2021 at 5:58 am

            Are you on Whatsapp, let me have your number.

          • June 5, 2021 at 7:52 am

            Neetuk, I’m sorry but I don’t know anything about that app. We should find another way.

          • June 5, 2021 at 8:48 am

            Do you use Facebook app? What is your Facebook profile?

  • May 26, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    I just started reading one or two of your blogs. I’m so grateful that you have found my blog, which is nonfiction writing, as you know. However, all writers should support each other, I strongly believe. So keep up the fiction writing.

    • May 26, 2021 at 7:15 pm

      Aloha Ron (I guess that’s your name?)

      OMG–I just found a long string of replies from you in my junk email. I have clicked on this latest to respond. I will next go and read your many replies.

      Thank you. Yes, I love writing. I am new to WordPress–new to writing for public(ation.) I also believe we need to support one another. I will follow your work. It interests me.

      More when I catch up. Apologies for “ignoring” your many replies.
      Ric d. Stark

    • May 29, 2021 at 1:11 pm

      Ron, you’re absolutely right. Writers must support each other, and what better way than to read the words of a fellow writer while ours rest.

  • June 2, 2021 at 2:53 am

    Nice Story, I love reading this.

    • June 2, 2021 at 12:52 pm

      Lady, how nice to have you here. Hope you enjoy the rest of my fiction blog too.

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  • June 4, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Could you check my blog “Truth of life”?

  • June 5, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Can you give me your Whatsapp number? Then texting will be easier for us.

  • June 5, 2021 at 9:14 am

    you are persistent with getting in touch with them=never give up!

  • June 7, 2021 at 2:03 am

    some skills right here! artistic. And thanks for liking my post. salute.

  • June 8, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Wow! This was so good. I actually worried for Orlando and Margareth like they were people I knew. The “chosen one” reminded me of Harry Potter lol. Would like to see this plot expand!

    • June 12, 2021 at 10:01 am

      Sam, I’m happy that you arrived. Make sure all my plots are continually expanding in my mind and they will be published soon.

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  • June 14, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    You have a super nice blog! Interesting stuff! Thanks.

  • June 14, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Dude. Cool story! You rock. Now I’m following you 😄👍🏾

  • June 15, 2021 at 5:49 am

    I read this story I really like.it

  • Roberta Dennis
    June 15, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Thank you so much for your support. GOD BLESS You.

  • June 17, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    You really are a miracle worker I can’t remember of anything while reading you stories do you frame them on you own?

  • June 17, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks for liking my posts I hope you are enjoying them like Inam enjoying yours since how many years have you started. Blogging

  • June 20, 2021 at 10:45 am

    I like the story of Sunshine Boy, thank you for sharing the story.

  • June 20, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    Excellent. Fond of short stories, when they were in book form, I’ve been more into short independent videos as of late. But your story is evocative, more so than many short book stories, though I always recommend Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson. Yet despite the wonderful and skillful plot of that short story, it doesn’t have the appeal yours has from eyes now more accustomed to modern efforts. Excellent work.

    If you’d care to explore short video stories by independents, Jamin Winans comes to mind. The movie “Ink” is a longer works, but he has shorter ones on YouTube. Vimeo is another source of Independent Videos. “Echo Torch” and “Paralys” (Foreign, pertains to sleep paralysis, fiction, scary, good ending”.

    Look forward to reading more of your work.

    • June 21, 2021 at 5:58 pm

      It is a pleasure having you in here. I appreciate the recommendations.

  • Doreen Philip
    June 20, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    I enjoyed reading this. Thank you for liking my post.

  • June 23, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    First time visitor. And will surely be a repeat visitor. For soooo long I have wanted ‘to begin’ writing fiction. That way I can actually make some money, and not feel guilty. I enjoyed this creative short story, and the battle that ensued.

    I couldn’t help but laugh Orlando’s life is on the line, yet even so he asks ‘Why is she trying to defend he thought. If I die it’ll be on my own terms.’

    ha ha ha, epic! By the way, thank you for all the love and support. BenMadley777

    • June 27, 2021 at 8:50 am

      We’re here to help each other and hope that we can all live life on our own terms.

  • June 24, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    This is a lovely post filled with heartfelt advice. ! Approve Spam Like More

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  • Bill Guo
    December 5, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    great story!

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