The Lost City

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Chapter One

Chapter One:

I guess you’re very confused. Don’t worry. I would be too.

So let me explain.

I’m the prince, my mother is the queen. I’m supposed to inherit the throne because I’m the only egg that survived, but I really don’t want to. I maybe might have spoken up about it even though it was the worst idea I’d ever had. And I sort of possibly could have sent my mother on an angry rampage after I told her I was going to run away?

Now she is either trying to kill me, capture me and lock me up, or both.

Good, now that you know what’s going on, I’ll resume.

I watched as the guard stormed towards me at full speed. I jumped out of the way and he scrambled past me, his massive talons digging into the earth as he skittered to a stop. His body twirled around again, and just as he was about to pounce, I sunk my stinger into his scales. He wobbled, then fell to the ground, his entire body going limp. I felt his eyes on me as I bolted down the road towards the main shops. I heard my mother’s voice behind his white eyes hissing at me as I left him on the road.

I think I finally lost ’em. I thought to myself as I entered a shop full of cloaks. I only had a certain amount of money, so I had to be mindful of that as I picked one out.

“Morning, Ladybug.” I walked to the desk at the front of the tent the shop was in. She was ducked behind it, scrambling with something colorful. I almost jumped when she shot up from the ground and leaned in towards me. I took a couple steps back as she laughed at me. “Hey, Hornet. SO… What did you do THIS time?”

I shook my head and followed her as she vanished behind a rack of fabrics. “My mother is angry with me again. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t think I’m being serious this time but I am.” Ladybug turned around and scowled at me. I felt my face getting hot. I knew she was about to start one of her famous lectures about how blessed I am and how grateful I should be.

The truth is, she has no clue about most of the stuff that goes on at the palace. I should tell her, because we have always been best friends. She’s the type who’d end up actually saying something about it like she should. But then she’d end up dead or in jail for hundreds of years. And I’m not sick and cold like my mother, so I’d like to protect my only friend. Thank you very much.

I put my talon over her mouth as she took a deep breath to talk. “Listen, I know what you’re about to say. But nobody is going to stop me this time.

Poor Ladybug didn’t think I was serious either.

“I need a cloak that is going to last wherever I go. It needs to be something special. Any ideas?” she turned around without saying a word.

“Does this one work?” she reached up and pulled a white satin coat from a hook on the ceiling. It shimmered like the moons on a clear winter night.

I took it from her and felt the fabric in my talons. It was durable, comfortable, and great quality. On the back of it, there were two dragons embroidered on with red and black thread. I shook my head and looked Ladybug in her big brown eyes. “Looks expensive. How much?” She showed me a piece of paper attached by a string on the inside. I read it with a deepening frown.

Sixty Three Coins.

I could tell she knew I didn’t have enough. “Give me what you have. It’ll be okay as long as it’s not too much less.” I pushed the cloak back into her talon. “Thank you, but you deserve all the money. This looks like it took forever!” she forced it back into my grasp. “I’’l be fine. You just take it.” I rolled my eyes and handed her a bag of the sixty coins I had. “Thank you.” She gave me a big hug then stared me down like I was a scavenger at lunch.

“Don’t do anything stupid. And for the love of the moons, don’t you dare die.” I could tell she was close to crying.

“Stop worrying about me. I’ll be fine.”

And with that, I was gone.

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