“This is your fault,” I mumbled under my breath. My mind was spinning. I think I’m going crazy. I looked over at Nova and saw a knife sheathed on his thigh. As swiftly as I could, I grabbed the knife and charged at the Day Queen. I grabbed her arm with one hand and sliced across her throat with another. However, my knife didn’t make it to her throat. I was tackled before I could get it deep enough. I was thrown to the ground, my head bouncing off the hard flooring. I tried to keep my head up, but the world kept spinning.
“I know this is tough, but you can’t go crazy, Vasper.” Queen Oriana reasoned with a hand rested on her throat.
“You act as if you know me, but we just met two revolutions ago. You don’t even know the definition of tough, you pampered princess.” I managed to reply through my pain. I felt a thumb against my forehead, and all pain disappeared. Why? I opened my eyes to see that the world stopped spinning and I could see clearly. I got dragged up from the floor, forced to face the queen. I looked beside me to see a quiet young woman bow to her and walk out of the room.
“From what I’ve learned of you these past two revolutions is that you care about the people you love. Your romance is something to be adored, Vasper.” She said with a smile that danced across her lips.
“I don’t love Layla in that way. She is my family, and that’s it.”
“Oh, whatever.” She rolled her eyes, “Back to my point, I will adopt you into my kingdom so that I can keep an eye on you. Also, I will send my trusted captain of the guard to accompany you on the journey to rescue Layla. Nova will also escort you, just so I know you’ll come back.” She winked at me. What is this woman's problem?
“That’s never going to happen.” I glared at her.
“If you truly believe that, then you can go back to the cells.” She waved at the guards holding my arms.
“I’m not afraid of you. I’ll get out and get Layla. And once I know she’s safe, I will kill you in the most torturous way possible. And once I’m done I will place your severed head on a stick and parade it all throughout the Night Kingdom.” I spat at her feet as I was led out of the room.
“I’ll be looking forward to it Vasper.” Her words were a whisper through the breeze that followed the door that was slammed behind me.
She wasn’t kidding, I was thrown right back into the cell that I was in before. What am I going to do? I need to get Layla tomorrow, but how? I thought back to the pin that I still had in my shirt from before. I pulled it out and started to work on the lock again. Luckily I wasn’t interrupted and I felt the lock shudder and drop to the floor. I looked around to see no guards in sight. What idiots, leaving an assassin unattended. I rushed out of the cell and into the hallway. I comb through my memories to find the map that Nova showed me. If I’m right, then at the end of this hallway is a door that leads straight outside. As I bolt to the door I found myself to be correct, because the bright light and colors blinded me as I crossed the threshold. This whole kingdom runs on stupidity. I just walked out without anyone catching me. I ran straight to the forest and tried to find the same path I took on my journey here.
Once I felt myself to be out of any danger, I stopped to catch my breath. My legs were aching and my lungs screamed for water. I looked around the color ridden trees for a stream. I closed my eyes and listened to the world around me, and alas I was right, I heard the soft rush of water nearby. I walked towards the sound to find a little stream that twisted throughout the forest. I knelt down at the edge and dropped my hands in the water. The cool liquid felt refreshing against my clammy hands. I picked up a handful and drank the water. It was delicious. I was so busy with the water that I didn’t notice the footsteps behind me. I heard it too late. Before I could grab anything to protect myself, a sword rested itself on my shoulder. A signal to not move, or I was going to die.
“You left without saying goodbye, Vasper.” A voice said behind me. A low growl escaped my lips when I realized who it was.
“Nova,” I said, the name coated in venom.
“Yes, you are correct,” he dropped a sack on the ground next to me, the impact releasing the contents. Two identical knives that looked very similar. “You almost forgot these on your way out.”
“Thanks for the unwarranted consideration.” I watched my reflection in the water, the only thing I was able to see was the tip of the sword, nothing else.
“We’re here to accompany you to rescue Layla.”
“On your own free will?” I scoffed. “Wait, ‘we’?”
“Yes.” He dropped the sword from my shoulder, allowing me to turn around. Nova was standing clad in head-to-toe Night Kingdom attire. There was a figure standing against a tree, but I couldn’t make out anything other than that.
“My name is Sullivan Erebus.” The figure said while emerging from his former position, “I am the captain of the guard for the Day Kingdom. It’s nice to meet you.” He held his hand out for me to grab with a smile that sent shivers down my spine. He had curly light brown hair and bright green eyes that matched the trees around him. He was almost as tall as Nova, but his aura made him seem like he towered over everyone else. He was also dressed in night kingdom attire, but he wore a cape and a hood.
“If you’re the Captain of the Guard, why are you here? Shouldn’t you be planning stuff back at the palace?” I questioned, eyeing my knives that laid beside me.
“I was given a special quest by the Queen, to make sure you didn’t get into any trouble and that you both would make it back to the Day Kingdom, alive.” His smile was still plastered on his face. I grabbed my knife and flung it at Sullivan. I went to grab the other knife but was stopped by a blinding pain in my hand. I looked down to see Nova’s sword sticking out of it, plunged deep enough to pierce the ground. I blinked away the blurriness in my vision, praying that I won’t faint.
“Do you really think that the Night Queen will let you out without a scratch? Let alone alive? Vasper, you need us there with you. Let us help you.” Nova crouched down to my level, staring deep into my eyes, searching for gods know what. I looked back at my hand, still stuck.
“Fine.” I gave up.
“This’ll be fun!” Sullivan clapped, the smile still on his face.
What did I just get myself into?
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