The ground felt as though it were shaking, I blinked away a single tear as I slid to the floor and knelt before my older brother.
“Don’t do this Mor!” I bellowed.
Amory kileona Andrus, my big brother, and the king of Auroria was known for being selfless, but I guess I was naïve enough to think that if he had to choose between his Life or his people, he would choose his life.
Mor looked at me with affliction through his onyx colored eyes. “You can’t talk me out of this Az, these are my people. If I don’t fight for them, then who will?”
Mor is literally the definition of perfect. He’s one of the best warriors ever to be known, he’s extremely ingenious and I seriously doubt that he has an Achilles heel. For once, I hope that he will see that his life is more important. Not just because he’s king, but because I know for a fact that if he dies, the kingdom will be in complete chaos.
“This is war, you can’t stop casualties from happening. People will die. That doesn’t mean that they should lose the best ruler they have had in centuries just because you want to fight for them.” I argued.
The people of Aurelia declared war upon Auroria. They seem to be under the impression that we kidnapped the royal princess of Aurelia. In reality? We have no idea where she is. Reasoning has gotten us nowhere as they claim they have “proof” that Auroria is responsible for this treachery. The king gave us twenty four hours to return her safely. The time is up. We haven’t found her and unless we fight back, Auroria will cease to exist.
“If I don’t do this, then there won’t be a Kingdom left to protect! Besides, you can’t be sure that I won’t come back, little brother. I can handle myself fairly well in a fight.” he replied surely. That was putting it lightly. Amory is one of the greatest warriors that Auroria has seen in a long time, and that’s saying a lot because Fae are immortal.
“You have to remember what the seer told you,” I said softly. “You don’t want to believe it, but we both know that the second you enter the battlefield, it’s over for you.”
The seer with Snow White hair and glowing violet eyes had foretold that once Amory joins the fight, he will not come back. I don’t know her name as seers only wander and live in areas for an extremely small amount of time as they wish, and she had disappeared as soon as she had bestowed that horrible conversation upon us. One thing I know for sure though, is that Seers cannot lie.
“Then I shall die protecting my kingdom,” stated Mor, raising his head valiantly.
“You are being completely selfish,” I harshly told him. “If you die in this war, Auroria dies with you. Imagine what would happen! I would be crowned king and the kingdom would be completely dismantled by all the chaos.” I finished helplessly.
My brother's eyes softened, and the anger that had built up while I was talking was now replaced with sorrow. “You don’t give yourself enough credit Azrael. If I didn’t believe in you as much as I do I would have already replaced you as my heir by simply naming another successor.”
“You will make a great leader,” he said roughly and pulled me to him for a brief hug.
I was surprised to say the least. I don’t remember hugging him since we were kids. We were friends, sure. Though, after our parents had passed away we weren’t as close as we used to be. The both of us needed space and somehow that change between us had remained even years later. The hug only lasted for a second until he pulled away.
With that said, Amory walked out the door, and just when I thought he wasn’t going to turn back, he paused at the door frame.
“I love you Az,” he said with a strong emotion that I couldn’t quite place.
Those were the last words I ever heard from him.