Book 1 The Queens of Love and Beauty

Chapter Seven

Wednesday the 9th of May 1990.

1 Day Pregnant.

I woke to Kurtis sat beside me, his legs crossed, an elbow resting on his thigh to keep his chin up. He smiled at me when I woke, I sat myself up against the wall behind me.

“Where’s Jacob?” I asked, looking around with disappointment.

“He left shortly after you fell asleep. Why have sex with him when you know what’s going to happen to him?” Kurtis said.

“I love him, Kurtis. And I’m going to bring him back after he dies.”

“How will you bring him back?”

“Any way I can.”

“Even if it means sacrificing the child you just made with him last night.” I looked at him with surprise. “Yeah, I can read you like an open fucking book, woman. I knew because you felt it while you slept, because of the look on your face now.”

I was smiling gleefully. “So I’m happy to have a child, of course I am. I always am. If I have to sacrifice the child, I will. I would for you too if I had to.”

“He probably wouldn’t want that. I wouldn’t want that!”

“You both mean the world to me. My children mean the world to me! I would sacrifice anything for all of you. And you know my children always come before you guys. It always has been like that.”

“Okay, if you had to choose between me and Mustelka...what would you do?”

“I would do everything for Mustelka, what’s your point?”

“Then why risk this child’s life, when you would do anything and everything for it when it comes out of you?!”

“Fuck you Kurtis!”

“You hate it when I’m right, don’t you?”

“Fuck you, Kurtis!” I said, getting up and gathering my clothes, putting them on, walking out the cave, Kurtis walking behind me, smiling to himself.

We zipped lined down a rope, and came to a small village. We took the path up the train tracks, following them for four miles before coming nearer to Jacob.

A man came up beside us, and Jacob took him out with an axe. I ran over to him, hugging him happily. I turned to face the cave that we needed to go into.

“We seem to be making a habit of saving each other.” Jacob said, smiling at me.

“I’m glad you’re okay. Is that the way through?” I said, nodding my head toward it.

“Yes. There will be more of them inside. You don’t have to do this.”

“I want to do this. Can’t get rid of me so easily. I still need some answers.”

“Then there’s no time to waste.”

We went into the cave, down into the abandoned mines, just walking up the pathway.

“This path will take us all the way through the mountain. My people used these ways until the Soviets arrived, and began digging.” Jacob said as we walked myself behind him.

“What did they find down here?” I asked as we walked.

“Enough to make them curious. They used machines and explosives to dig deeper, did quite a lot of damage. Many of the old paths collapsed...but it’s safe now. Or...it used to be...”

Jacob ducked under some pipes, and I went after him. He helped me through, Kurtis following shortly behind.

“Trinity must have found the old mining equipment...they’re trying to finish what the Soviets started...” Jacob said as we walked again.

We shimmy through a wall, and came out, starting to walk once again when on the other side.

“The Soviets destroyed much of the old paths. Those machines were not built for delicate work...” Jacob said as we walked.

We came to a small half wall, and climbed through the small gap, Jacob helping me, Kurtis still a little behind us. The tunnel was collapsing around us, but nothing that would hit us.

Jacob pushed me out the way as a big rock began to fall in front of him and Kurtis. It blocked them from me.

I began to run, dodging rocks as I did so. I ran as fast as I could to get out to find Sophia, which was ten and a half miles north of where I had been with Jacob and Kurtis.

I came upon what I assumed to be Jacob’s daughter, she was the girl from the other day. This time her men where the ones with the bows pointed at me, three of them.

“You know I’m not with Trinity.” I said.

“Why should we believe you?” Jacob’s daughter asked.

“I escaped with one of yours. Your father, Jacob.”

“Where is he now?”

“We were together but we got separated in the mines.”

“She killed him!” One of her men said.

“No!” I put my hands up.

“My father would never trust an outsider.” Jacob’s daughter said.

“Please, listen! I’m not your enemy.”

“I warned you. You should have left.” Jacob’s daughter raised her own bow, pointing it towards my forehead.

“Sophia! Enough.” Jacob said, coming from the way I had come.

“Father!” Sophia said, running over to Jacob, and giving him a hug. “I thought I lost you.”

Jacob looked at me as Kurtis came up behind me, putting his arms around my waist.

“I’m glad you made it out of there.” Jacob said, then turning back to his daughter. “Forgive Sophia, she is...cautious.”

“In her position, I’d be the same way.” I said, nodding as Kurtis walked over to the exit.

“What did you find out?” Sophia asked Jacob.

“Trinity is coming in force. We must prepare.” Jacob said.

“And her?”

Jacob turned to look at me, as Sophia was. “She’s a friend.” Jacob then turned to his men. “On my word, no harm will come to Roxy or Kurtis.”

“These ruins...we must be near the Prophet’s Lost City.” I said, as I looked around.

“Come. We do not have much time.” We began to walk out the exit, coming out at the top of the small stairs.

As I stared out, I realized...this was the Prophet’s Lost City. I smiled as we walked up to the campfire. I sat down for a moment before heading two miles north to find Jacob.

I walked to the upper village, where I found Jacob a man laid dead at his feet. Kurtis was behind me.

There were a dozen men, two of which I took out with shots to the forehead. Another I took out with a shot to the throat. Kurtis took out the rest.

Jacob was tending his men, so Kurtis and I began to walk on our own to a nearby tomb, where we found Ana, eight men around her, and more scattered by most of the entrances. I hid as close as I could, watching Ana.

Men were coming up behind me, so I went over to Ana, and put the barrel of my gun to her left temple.

“Kill an unarmed woman? That would be cold even for you, Roxy.” Ana said.

“Yeah? Well, you never knew the real me!” I said, looking at the ground, wrapping my ankle around some rope and shooting the explosives that were all around, making the ground cave in.

I fell to a platform, Ana falling on a platform higher up. She stood, looking down at me. Before she even opened her mouth, I shoot at her, missing in my fury.

I walked through a cave that took me a mile away from the spot I had fallen, coming to the spot where the Atlas was. I picked it up, and took it to Jacob in the observatory.

We got it to show the map, and found out where to find the Divine Source, we headed there as soon as had found out. It was a ten mile walk in all, coming to a village.

Konstantin was there, so I drew him to somewhere where I could fight him alone.

I speared him to the ground, sitting on top of him, beating down on his face until it was unrecognizable, until he lay there dead, blood pouring from where his face had been.

I then left, walking up a set of stairs to the top, to the chamber of souls.

Ana was trying to make herself immortal with the Divine Source, she had it in her arms, cradling it.

“Your men are defeated. Your brother is dead.” I said as I walked up to her.

“No. I gave up everything for this.” Ana said in a panic.

I came up behind her, gun in hand, and shot her in the back of her head, taking her out.

I grabbed the Divine Source, looking over at Jacob hesitantly, and smashed the Divine Source on the ground so no one could ever use it again.

I ran over to Jacob. He was mortal until the day I would make him immortal again, by conceiving his first son.

A Note from Dad.

My dearest Roxy,

I often think about how my father would turn over in his grave if he knew the shame I had brought upon our family’s name. O’Neil...what does it even mean?

I just hope you can make your own mark on this world someday. Remember that the extraordinary is in what we do, not who we are.

I had listened to his last tape a thousand times, but it’s as if I was hearing my father’s words only now, for the first time.

It doesn’t matter what choices he would have made...I have to make my own.

The myth of Kitezh was real.

There are secrets out there that can change the world. I need to find them. Not for my father, not for anyone else.

Trinity is still out there and they’re more powerful than I ever imagined. I can stop them, I can make a difference. I can make the right difference.

Nine months later, I had my child, and had died birthing them. I had died, and gone to a new world, a different galaxy from my own, the only thing I knew about it was its country name, Westeros.

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