The Shadow Prince(Unedited)

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Summary

“Today the first prophecy that the Fates have told after thirty years has come true. You need not know what that prophecy was but the fates have made a new prophecy earlier this morning it reads: The lost Prince of Shadows will take his place on the throne, and be the start of a new age. An age in which all are treated as equal, an age that will cause the Gods to wake once again.” We all stand there in shock at what Myra has just read out. “The lost Prince of Shadows? But, King Gregor doesn’t have a son that we know of that is.” Kelo breaks the silence, and starts to pace the room. “I don’t want the Gods to wake up, if they wake up the world will fall to pieces. Why do you think the late King Timothy banished them from the face of the earth?” Kelo’s pacing quickens. “Oh Anjur, this is bad!” “Do you know what this means guys?” Myra looks up from the paper. “The Shadow Prince is in this orphanage.”

Genre:
Fantasy / Action
Author:
Mel_Writes
Status:
Ongoing
Chapters:
14
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
13+

Chapter 1

The story I am about to tell is one of revenge, betrayal, and love. A story of Gods, Kings, Queens, and misfits. And it all started with a boy from a Kingdom in the middle of a lake. This Kingdom was untouchable, no one had ever invaded it, and everyone who tried either died on the battlefield or was never seen again.


I’ve lived in this dump most of my life. Some say that this town is the kingdom to end all kingdoms, our kingdom is more of a small depressing town. Some even say that they would sell their souls to Anjur to live here. Personally, I want to get out of here as soon as possible. As soon as I turn nineteen I plan to leave this town, there are too many bad memories wrapped around this small ‘Kingdom’.

“Darwin get your lazy butt down here, and help me unload the carriage!” That is the Caretaker, she runs the orphanage here, it is more of a children’s prison though. “Darwin!”

“Coming Caretaker.” I rush down the rickety stairs towards the entrance of the building. The other children here know how the Caretaker is, and they flatten against the wall as I draw near. “Holy Anjur kid you sure are a slow listener.” The Caretaker hands me a large paper sack full of disgusting fruits, and veggies. The cheap stuff since King Gregor doesn’t fund our orphanage. I take the bag to the kitchen where Myra, and Kelo work.

“Hey Myra, look who finally decided to pay us a visit today.” Kelo flings a towel over his shoulder as Myra comes running in from the back door where we keep the chickens. “Nice of you to show up Darwin.” Myra says leaning against the doorway.

“I’m just here to drop off the witches groceries, Myra.” I say chuckling as I set the bag on the blood stained counter. “Chicken tonight I’m guessing?” raising an eyebrow at her. “Yep, although I hate doing that to those chickens what did they ever do to deserve to be eaten? Especially by that no good, lying, son of a-” Kelo puts his hand out. “Yes Myra, we all know that you despise Charles but you don’t have to get clubbed for showing your hatred towards him.” The Caretaker clubs us when we do anything that displeases her, and cussing definitely displeases her.

“Darwin there are more bags I need you to carry, get out here.”

“Guess I better get going, see you guys later.” I head back outside to grab the bags that the Caretaker needs me to carry. “What do you need me to carry Caretaker?” I say in almost a mocking tone. “Are you disrespecting me Darwin, you know what happens to those who disrespect me.” the Caretaker crosses her arms, and shoots me a look. I’ve learned that certain looks meant that she is close to punishing someone. “I did not mean to disrespect you Caretaker.” I apologize and carry the last paper bag to the caretakers room as she requested.

The stairs up to the Caretaker’s room aren’t rickety, and old like the stairs to the misfit’s rooms as she calls us. Unlike our stairs, these stairs are safe to walk up when you can barely see anything over the giant paper bag that you’re carrying. “Darwin, hurry up!” the Caretaker’s shrill voice carries up the staircase causing me to flinch. I hurry up the stairs faster because she is already upset that I showed disrespect towards her.

The Caretakers room is full of nice leather, and felt. Her bed is made from mahogany wood from the ancient woods of Tranzelma, and hand picked by the forest nymphs. Her life is so much better than she makes it seem, the caretaker despises her life caring for the misfits but it is the only place she can go. The Caretaker was an orphan like the rest of us, which makes you think she would care for us but no, it makes her hate us even more because it reminds her how unfortunate her life has been. At least that is what she says.

As I set the paper bag on her bed a piece of paper catches my eye. In red writing on the top of the paper says “ATTENTION: The Fates Can See The Future Once Again!” The fates can see the future again, this is amazing, the fates haven’t been able to see the future in over thirty years! I don’t have time to read the rest of the paper before the Caretaker’s shrill voice calls up the stairs again. I pick the paper up, and a part of me wants to take the paper but that would be wrong. Putting the paper down I start to head back down the stairs but my curiosity gets the batter of me, and I go back for the paper. I make a silent prayer that I won’t get caught with the paper, and sprint down the stairs.


Dinner tonight consists of a chicken stew, a small piece of bread, and a glass of dirty lake water. Our dinners are never glamorous or delicious. No offence to Myra, and Kelo, they do the best they can with the ingredients given to them. We don’t have a proper working faucet in the orphanage so it is the younger children’s job to walk to the edge of the city and collect water from the lake. They were late today, and one of them didn’t come back. One of the little boys with her said that she fell in the lake, and didn’t come back out. This is a normal occurrence but that doesn’t make the loss any easier.


Later that night on the way up to our rooms I tell Myra, and Kelo about the paper I grabbed from the Caretaker’s room. “Dude, you’re going to get in so much trouble!” Kelo shakes his head, and takes the paper from me. “Come on Kelo, you can’t tell me you are not at least a little interested?” Myra grabs the paper, and begins to read aloud. “Today the first prophecy that the Fates have told after thirty years has come true. You need not know what that prophecy was but the fates have made a new prophecy earlier this morning it reads: The lost Prince of Shadows will take his place on the throne, and be the start of a new age. An age in which all are treated as equal, an age that will cause the Gods to wake once again.” We all stand there in shock at what Myra has just read out. “The lost Prince of Shadows? But, King Gregor doesn’t have a son that we know of that is.” Kelo breaks the silence, and starts to pace the room. “I don’t want the Gods to wake up, if they wake up the world will fall to pieces. Why do you think the late King Timothy banished them from the face of the earth?” Kelo’s pacing quickens. “Oh Anjur, this is bad!”

“Do you know what this means guys?” Myra looks up from the paper. “The Shadow Prince is in this orphanage.”

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I want to thank you all for reading, I hope you enjoy the adventures of the Shadow Prince. If you spot any grammatical errors feel free to call them out, I am open to constructive criticism. Have a good day!

- Mel_Writes

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