The Avalon Legacies Book 1 Legacy Forgotten

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Chapter 11

“Wow!” Ailis exclaimed. “This is amazing.”

“This is just the library.” Kenneth said.

Ailis whistled. “It would take a long time to read all of these.” She said. “Have you read them all?”

“Sure.” He said “A few times.”

“Can I see the rest of the house?” She asked.

“Oh. I’m sorry, of course.” He said. They spent the next few hours touring the house. Each room was more amazing than the last.

“This is so beautiful.” Ailis exclaimed.

“Thanks.” Kenneth answered “But it’s yours now as well.”

Ailis stopped to look at the ball room. “This is an amazing room for parties or something. Do you ever have parties here?” She asked.

“Not in a long time.” He said.

“Why not, do you not like to have people running around your house?” She asked.

“No. actually I love having a house full of people but I am no good at playing hostess.”

“Oh.” She said laughing a little. “Hey.” She said. “What kind of police force do you have here?”

“Normal I guess. Why?” He asked.

“So that I can get a new job silly seeing as I am now jobless.” She answered.

“You don’t have to work. Do you?” He asked. “I can more that provide for us.” He finished.

“That reminds me, what do you do for a living?” She asked kind of disappointed in herself for not thinking to ask sooner. What if he did something illegal?

“I don’t really do anything anymore.” He answered. “I bought a few thousand stocks in the waste management industry about forty years ago. It kind of blew up. Who knew people like to have their garbage disposed of.”

Ailis laughed. “How many shares do you own?” She asked.

“About 300,000 shares.” He answered.

“Wow. Do you do anything else?” She asked in awe. She had no idea she’d just hit the jackpot.

“I own a few castles here that have been turned into lavish hotels. I live pretty well off of my investments. So you see; you don’t really have to get another job.” He said. “Besides,” He continued, pressing his hand over her stomach. “I thought that we would be too busy raising a house full of kids.”

Ailis laughed. “We’ll see. But, I’m used to working. I could get bored.” She warned.

“I think I can think of some things to keep you busy.” He said playfully.

Ailis laughed. “You know your sort of fun to be around.” She told him.

“I would hope so.” He said on a chuckle. They were moving to the upstairs bedrooms now.

“There are so many doors.” Ailis said. Kenneth stopped at a door close to the end of the hallway.

“This,” He said as he opened the door “will be the nursery.” It was a very large room already set up as a nursery with beautiful antique furniture.

This confused Ailis. “Why is it set up as a nursery?” She asked.

“This house was my father’s.” He explained. “This was my nursery. I later moved down the hall when I was older.”

“Why?” She asked.

“Well the nursery is right off the master bedroom and my parents planned to have more children so they wanted any babies to be close to them.” Ailis continued to look around. Kenneth thought that maybe she didn’t like it. “You can change anything you like.” He said. “We will go buy anything that you need.”

Ailis stood on her toes and kissed his cheek. “I love it just the way it is. You slept in that bed. If it was good enough for you, then it’s certainly good enough for our daughter.”

Kenneth felt like his heart would explode. After all this time he was finally happy. Now to see when the other shoe was going to drop. He looked at his watch. “Well, we have about four hours until dark. We should get some sleep.” Ailis followed Kenneth to a set of double doors on the other side of the room. When he opened them, she was in awe. The master bedroom was almost as big as her house. It had the biggest four poster bed she had ever seen. There was red silk everywhere and black billowing curtains covering the windows

“Wow, your room is gorgeous.” She exclaimed.

“It’s yours to now.” Kenneth answered. “Come on. Let’s get some sleep.” Funny thing was; they didn’t get much sleep.

That night, as Kenneth and Ailis stood outside her grandmother’s childhood home, Ailis felt like running away. Kenneth could feel her nervousness. He reached out and squeezed her hand. “Don’t worry baby.” He said. “It will be fine.”

Just then the door opened. A very old and very frail man was on the other side.

“Hi.” Ailis started but he cut her off.

“Ailis, thank the Gods you’re here.” He said as he pulled her into a hug. Ailis was bewildered. “We thought you’d never get here.” He said. “Lissy said you’d be here soon but I was so worried. Come, Come.” He said heading into the hall. “We have much to talk about.”

As they followed him in Ailis looked at Kenneth. “Lissy?” She mouthed to him as a question.

Kenneth shrugged his shoulders as if he had no idea what the old man was talking about but he knew exactly who Lissy was. He also knew that Ailis had a very big surprise coming. Kenneth started to take a seat outside the parlor door assuming that this would require some privacy. Julio stopped him. “No. No. Hondi.” He said. “You go to. “Lissy wants to see both of you.” They were ushered into the parlor to take a seat. “Lissy will be here in a minute” Julio said as he left.

Ailis cocked her eyebrow at Kenneth. “Hondi?” She said trying not to laugh.

“Yes.” He said giving her a playful glare. “He was two when everything happened. He couldn’t say Alejandro.”

“I think it’s cute.” She answered sincerely. “Do you know who Lissy is?” She asked. Before he could answer, the parlor door opened and in walked Carmelita.

Ailis’ mouth fell open. “That is Lissy.” Kenneth said.

Carmelita smiled. “Everyone called me by my middle name.” She said. “Julio couldn’t say Ailis. The name just kind of stuck, the same as Hondi.” She said looking over at Kenneth.

Kenneth walked over and hugged her. “It’s so good to see you.” She said. “I see you have been taking wonderful care of my granddaughter.” Kenneth turned beet red and looked like he was going to say something but Ailis interrupted.

“Hello!” She almost shouted. They both turned to her. “Can someone please tell me what on earth is going on here?” She pleaded.

Kenneth was at her side in a moment. “I’m sorry baby.” He said. “This must be a really big shock to you.”

“You think?” She retorted. “Wait. You knew.” She accused.

Kenneth looked back at Carmelita. “I suspected.” He said with a laughed.

“I’ll explain everything.” Carmelita said to Ailis. “Right now, you give your Abuela a hug.” She embraced her granddaughter. Ailis looked over at Kenneth with a bewildered expression on her face. Carmelita pulled back. “Have a seat dear. It’s going to be a long night.”

Ailis sat back down. “I don’t understand. You faked your death?” She asked.

“Yes.” Carmelita answered.

“Why would you do such a thing?” Ailis asked trying to keep herself from crying. “I was devastated. First mom last year and then you, I almost didn’t get through it.”

Carmelita took a long breath before she answered. “After your mother died, I knew I had to do this.” She answered.

“Why?” Ailis asked.

“This is going to be hard for you to hear, but your mother’s death was not an accident.” Carmelita answered. Kenneth listened quietly. He had suspected this all along.

“What do you mean?” Ailis asked getting angry. She had a feeling she wasn’t going to like the answer.

“After your mother died, I went to the impound yard and looked over your mothers car. I knew immediately that Monolo had been in her car.” Carmelita answered.

“What!” Ailis yelled. Carmelita held up her hand for silence. Ailis wanted to hit the roof. Kenneth reached over and took her hand. She heard his voice in her head.

Calm down and hear what she has to say, love. I’m right beside you.” Ailis visibly calmed down.

Carmelita continued. “I found her diary. She wrote that the day before her death a strange man came up to her and said he was a vampire and that she was to join him. He gave her twenty-four hours to make up her mind. She laughed it off and called him a poor delusional drunk.” Ailis saw red. Her blood was boiling and her body was shaking. Carmelita placed her hand on Ailis knee. “Calm down dear. I know you are upset but if we are going to be able to use this vast amount of power you have inside, you are going to have to learn how to control this. Don’t let it control you Ailis.” Her grandmother told her firmly.

Ailis took a couple of deep breaths and when she felt more in control, she wanted nothing more than to finally know the truth. “I know.” She began, “that you are over one hundred years old. If you were pregnant at the time that you were attacked then that would mean my mother was almost as old.” She finished.

“You are correct.It seems that the blood I was forced to ingest during Monolo’s attack changed me in some ways. I don’t know if it is because I am a witch or if it is because I was pregnant. Your mother was affected even more during the attack. Beto and I started noticing her powers within weeks of her birth when normally a witch’s powers don’t show up until around the age of one or two.” Carmelita answered.

“Your mother could have been one of the most powerful witches on the planet.” Carmelita went on. “Instead she chose to let her fear rule her and she ran after your father passed.” She finished sadly.

“Why was it I was never told of this?” Ailis wanted to know.

“I was in the process of your training when your mother found out and took you away. After your father died, your mother lost her will to survive really. She had always hated what she was and where she came from. How she came to be.” Carmelita explained while Ailis listened trying to process all of this new information without interrupting. “ She wanted you to be normal. She was hoping the diluting of the blood would mean you would be normal and when she found out you were not only had power but that yours was even stronger than hers, she was sure that if you practiced someone would want them for themselves one day. So she took off. She cut everyone and everything from her past out of her life. She was determined to hide you at all costs.” Carmelita responded to her question.

“I see.” Ailis answered. “Why is it that you didn’t just come to me and tell me when Mother died?” She asked.

“Would you have believed me?” Carmelita asked. “No you would have thought that I was off my rocker.” She went on as Ailis opened her mouth to interrupt her. “ You had to see for yourself. There is more to the story.” Carmelita continued. “More that is even more unbelievable than everything you have ever heard.” She finished.

“What about Kenneth? What was his purpose?” Ailis asked.

“I realized that I was wrong about him.” Carmelita answered. “I knew that he would give his life to protect you.” She went on. “I needed to know you were safe until it was time for you to know everything.”

“Okay.” Ailis said looking over at Kenneth. “I am ready to know the truth, all of it.”

Carmelita took a deep breath. “Do you remember the stories I told you when you were little, the ones with Morgaine and Arthur?” She asked.

“Of course I do.” Ailis answered. “You used to tell me of them when I was going to sleep. What do those old stories have to do with anything?”

“Well,” Carmelita started. “They have everything to do with this.”

Kenneth was completely confused now. “Do you mean Arthur Pendragon and Morgan Le Fay?” He asked.

Carmelita looked back at him. “I can see I am going to need to start from the beginning.” She said.

Ailis leaned back on the couch. “You’d better get comfortable.” She said to Kenneth. “This could take all night.”

Carmelita glared at her granddaughter and started speaking. “Her name was Morgaine, not Morgan and Arthur was her half brother. Their mother was told before his birth that Arthur was destined to be the greatest king the world had ever known. She was told her son would possess a very special soul. One that could walk in all realms of existence. Morgaine and Arthur’s mother had two sisters. The oldest of which was Vivian, also known as the Lady of the Lake (The title given to the current ruling queen of Avalon.) The youngest of the three was Morgause. Arthur’s mother and Morgause were the daughters of Merlin.”

“So wait.” Ailis stopped her. “Merlin was King Arthur’s grandfather?”

“That’s right.” She said. “When Morgaine was ten, she and Arthur were sent to be trained as was the custom in those days for pagan children. Morgaine was sent to Avalon to train with the Lady of the Lake. Morgaine was chosen to take her aunt’s place as the High Priestess of Avalon. Arthur was sent to train with Merlin.” Carmelita turned to Kenneth. “Have you heard the stories of how Mordred was conceived?” She asked him.

“Of course I’ve heard that nonsense.” He answered. “That’s the one where Mordred is the illegitimate son of Arthur and Morgan Le Fey.”

“It’s close.” Carmelita answered. “Mordred was their legitimate son, but as I said they had been separated and didn’t know who each other was. They met at a pagan mating ritual. One didn’t know the other, as was the custom of the ritual.”

“So it was an accident?” Ailis asked.

“No.” Carmelita said. “Vivian and Merlin hatched a plan. You see Christianity was becoming more common and Christians saw the old way as barbaric. Vivian knew that should anything happen to Arthur, his successor would have to be born and taught of the old faith, with loyalty to the Goddess.” Carmelita finished.

Ailis was confused. “I don’t understand.” She said. “If Arthur was of the old faith and had made Camelot such a wonderful place where Christians and pagans alike could live in peace, why wouldn’t the Lady of the Lake trust him to train his successor to honor all of that as well?”

“Vivian could see into the future.” Carmelita answered. “And what she saw scared her. You see, Arthur was to marry Guinevere, a Christian unwavering in her beliefs that pagans were evil. Vivian knew that if she had a son, she would teach him to fear and hate the people of Avalon. She thought that if Morgaine became pregnant from the mating that she would raise the child as a true Avalonian and when the time was right, they could reveal the true birth father. She never dreamed that Morgaine would find out about this and feel so truly dirty and betrayed that she would never be able to raise Mordred let alone forgive her aunt and return to Avalon.”

“Well duh!” Ailis said. “It was her brother! I would have been angry to if my aunt had done that to me.” She finished.

“You have to understand.” Carmelita continued. “In those days cousins married each other. The way Viviane saw it; Morgaine and Arthur were only half siblings. How was she to know the amazingly close relationship that they had formed in the few short years they were together before they were separated? She thought that she was doing the best thing for Avalon. To mix Arthur’s blood and the blood of Morgaine would make and even stronger and more powerful Avalonian. Morgaine felt so betrayed by one aunt that she trusted the other, which turned out to be the downfall of both Camelot and Avalon.” Carmelita continued.

“Morgause was very powerful but also very greedy. She raised Mordred to hate Arthur so much that he even joined forces with his enemies. Vivian showed herself to Mordred and thinking it would help bring him to his senses, she told him who his real father was. This didn’t help. This fed Mordred’s hatred of Arthur even more. He didn’t believe Arthur didn’t know about him. Vivian spent all of these years plotting and planning to do what she thought was best for Avalon. It wasn’t until Mordred mortally wounded Arthur that she realized it was all for nothing. Along with Arthur, both Camelot and Avalon died as well.” Ailis and Kenneth were transfixed so Carmelita continued.

“Arthur begged Morgaine to take him home to die. When they got to the veil between the two realms of earth and Avalon, they would not part for Morgaine. It was then that she and Arthur realized they had been banished. Arthur knew they were long past forgiveness and redemption. He lifted Excalibur to Morgaine. Give it back to her. He said. Morgaine never thought to ask why for she already knew. The sword was a gift from the Goddess to Arthur on the eve of his coronation. Arthur was dying and it needed to go back to its rightful owner.

“Morgaine lifted the sword above her head and chucked it into the mist. Arthur’s last words were his apology to Morgaine and the Goddess for being so blind to the motives of his family. Morgaine buried him at the bottom of the hill near Glastonbury Abbey. Where they used to play as children. She went to live at the convent where her mother was The Mother Superior.

When her mother died she left and went back to the family home. Morgaine married later and had three more children. The story my mother told me was that she lived out the rest of her days teaching all that she learned in Avalon, in hopes that one day her family would right what had been wronged and the veil would once again part so that future generations would know what it was like to live in paradise.” Carmelita finished somberly.

“Wow.” Ailis said, her mouth still hanging open.

“That has to be the saddest story I ever heard. But I still have no idea what the story has to do with any of this.” She ended.

Carmelita stayed silent a moment and then began again. “It is written that Morgaine had three daughters. Kiera; was named after Morgaine’s dearest friend in Avalon. After the veil closed, she never saw her again. Igrain was named after Morgaine and Arthur’s mother and the third daughter was given Morgaine’s middle name. She was called Ailis.” She finished.

“Whoa…Boa…wait a minute.” Kenneth interrupted. “Are you saying that you and Ailis are direct descendants of Morgaine?”

“That’s correct.” Carmelita answered.

Ailis sat silent a moment. “So are you saying that I am a direct descendant of Merlin?” She asked her grandmother.

“Yes you are.” Carmelita answered. “We are direct descendants of the people of Avalon.” She concluded.

“Hold on a freaking minute.” Ailis started. “The people of Avalon, You mean the fey?” She asked her grandmother, disbelief evident in her tone. Carmelita only nodded. “I’m a God damned fairy!” Ailis exclaimed, freaking out a bit.

“Well. Yes.” Carmelita answered. “You are the first full blooded Avalonian born in over sixteen-hundred years.” She told Ailis as she sat with her mouth agape.

Ailis looked over at Kenneth and saw him attempting to hide his smile. What the hell did he think was so funny? Ailis breathed deeply, processing the information before speaking. “So, this thing inside me that takes over, it’s a fairy?” She asked her grandmother.

“No.” Her grandmother stated. “That is the Goddess you hold within you.” Seeing the confused look on both Ailis and Kenneth’s faces, she continued to explain. “All Avalonians have power. The Queen of the Avalonians however, carries a piece of the Goddess within her. It is a blessing and a curse.” Carmelita finished heaviness in her voice.

“How” Ailis asked. Not sure if she wanted the answer.

“Holding her vengeance within you can be a powerful tool against enemies of Avalon. The Queen is given this gift in order to protect her people but if the Queen is not strong enough to control that vengeance, it will control her as it did Morgaine.” She explained to Ailis.

She remembered the two vamps she’d taken out and how she’d nearly killed Kenneth, twice. She started to panic. Kenneth must have noticed because he reached out and squeezed her hand, effectively calming her down. “What makes you think I can control it any better than Morgaine did?” She asked Carmelita.

Carmelita smiled and pointed to their joined hands. “Because, you have something Morgaine never did.” She answered.

“What’s that?” Ailis asked way confused. What could beat a lifetime of training and knowledge?”

“Your soul mate.” Carmelita answered, looking them both in the eyes. “What do you feel when you think about Kenneth?” She asked Ailis.

Ailis looked over at Kenneth and could tell he was holding his breath awaiting her answer. She knew he loved her but God this was still embarrassing. What if he didn’t love her as strongly and completely as she did him? What if he didn’t feel as deeply for her? What if he didn’t feel the same soul deep connection? She looked back at her grandmother and answered, hoping she wasn’t making a complete fool of herself. “I feel like he is the other half of me.” Kenneth had a look of relief cross his face and Ailis felt more at ease.

“Don’t be embarrassed. You are supposed to feel that way.” She told them. “You were made for each other by the Goddess. He is the light to your dark as you are to his. Apart, your souls would destroy themselves but together, they flourish and soar.” She went on. “Do not fret child for I see that he calms you already. Together we can defeat Monolo and his followers. Now that Monolo knows that a witch who received a blood exchange while pregnant can give birth to children who can conceive children with vampires, he will stop at nothing to hunt every witch with child and make sure that there are more of you created. He will use them to continue to build his army.” Her grandmother went on to say.

“How do you know all of this?” Ailis asked.

“I know more than you think”. She answered.

“I have been thinking.” Kenneth started.” We need our own police force so to speak. We need to be able to defend ourselves as well as others.” He went on as he stood to pace the room. “We need to combine the forces of all witches and vampires that are not loyal to Monolo.” He continued, still pacing. “We need to be able to find and teach all witches about this risk before it is too late.”

“You read my mind.” Carmelita answered. “We will need all the help we can get for the path that now lies ahead of us. This is going to be a difficult journey but I have it on good authority that Avalon will be so worth it.” Carmelita went on. “ We have much to do but we aren’t going to get all of it done tonight. You two get home and get some sleep. Ailis looks like she is ready to fall over. She needs her rest now that you guys are going to give me another granddaughter.” She said, winking as she left the room with them standing there with their mouths hanging open.

Ailis turned to Kenneth and punched him in the arm. “Ow. What was that for?” He protested playfully.

“That was for laughing at me. What was so funny?” She asked him.

Kenneth smiled down at her. “Oh Nothing” He stated, leaning in and kissing her softly on her lips. “Nothing at all my little fairy queen.” He told her on a chuckle. She mock punched him again and they both laughed.

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