The skull was approximately the size of a baby's head and shone with mystical brilliance. She reached into the glass case and placed both her hands on either side of the skull. An overwhelming power surged through her body. For a very brief moment, the spheres appeared and hovered around the glass case as if to convey a message.
Aislinn watched one of the spheres hover over the case while another hummed around her head. She nodded--the message in her mind suddenly clear. She looked at the dealer. "I want to buy it."
He ran a hand through his hair, the gesture betraying his uncertainty. He glanced at the skull almost as though seeking approval. "Young lady, I have other customers waiting. As you know, the price is--"
"I know the price. You want five thousand dollars for it. I want it." She had no idea why she wanted the skull so badly and thought of her savings that would be eaten up by such a foolish extravagance. To indulge in such a purchase was totally out of character, yet she could not fight the feelings that compelled her.
"I'll agree only if you can pay cash or by approved debit card," he told her hesitantly. "And that's providing I'm able to reach the verification center. The service only operates a few hours a week."
She nodded--her determination to buy the skull overriding any other consideration. "I can pay with my debit card for both items," she said, removing the card from her wallet and handing it to him. The dealer paused before lifting the phone to call for approval. She had the distinct impression that he didn't really want to sell the skull.
The dealer inspected her signature on the card. "You know, I almost hate to let it go. It's been my companion for many years."
"How did you come by it?" she asked.
"An old woman left it to me. She was a very dear friend."
"Then why do you have it on display?"
"I'm getting on in age and have no family. I would hate to see it fall into the wrong hands and hoped the skull would point me to the rightful future owner."
"How could it tell you that?"
"It can. Would you please place your hands around the skull again?"
She complied and gasped when she noticed her hands glow and become almost transparent. It was almost as if a torch illuminated the flesh from beneath.
The dealer stepped back as light enveloped her and gasped. "It seems I've found the rightful owner. You may have the skull. I will not sell it."