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Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:57 am by Adrian

(It's been one year since I made a news thread, oops)

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Post by WritingBookworm Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:14 pm

- Karra -

“True.” I peel the blankets off me and get up to my feet. While I feel faintly lightheaded, it’s nothing that indicates I’ll pass out soon. “Where are we, again? I caught bits and pieces for the brief periods I was awake, but all I know is that we’re in another kingdom.”


- Alric -

I hang somewhere in that space between wakefulness and unconsciousness before hearing Ana’s knock at the door. “This is your room, right, Alric?”

“Yeah.”

“Can I come in?”

“No.”

“ . . . Something tells me I should.” I barely have the energy to lift my head from the pillows, let alone protest, before Ana steps in. I’m not sure how I look, but it must be terrible, because she grimaces. “I was going to ask if you had a plan for getting the Staff of Amari, but gods, you look like shit.”

“Good to know,” I deadpan.

Anastasia teeters between the hallway and my room, unsure of whether to stay or to go. Then she walks up to me, taking my hand and pulling me up into a sitting position. “Get up. I have an idea.”

“An idea for what?” I lazily look over to a window, where I can see my rumpled hair, sallow skin, and dark circles in the mirror. Ana’s right — I do look like shit.

“There’s a little place in this city,” she says. “I really like it, and I think you will, too. You should give it a shot. Unless, of course, you want to lie here instead,” she adds.

I can’t tell if that’s a sarcastic comment or a genuine proposal. Either way, I know I’ll just get worse if I stay here, so I stand up, using my fingers as a makeshift brush for my hair. “Lead the way, I guess.”

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Post by Lady Senbonzakura Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:10 pm

Iliyana stood along with Karra, and offered her hands to hold in case she needed to steady herself.

"Hibernia. His Majesty Godwin escorted us here."
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Post by Hime Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:10 pm

- Genevieve -

"I see." Godwin appeared even more troubled. "I've recently gotten word that he formed an alliance with Meridan of Albion."

My throat constricted.

"The two declared war on the other three keeps."

I wanted to laugh at how ridiculous his revelation sounded. For all of this to happen in a few days' time seemed utterly impossible; though, with such potent dark magic involved, I couldn't be thinking that. "Fate," was all I could whisper.

The king's eyes were stony with worry. "It seems as though they wanted to get rid of their most obvious threats." He locked eyes with me. "The last living dragon."

"Did his men...," I began, suddenly mortified, "...think I was Briony?"

"Perhaps."
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Post by Shaybaysasuke Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:47 pm

~Pippin~

"Alright wait," I said, holding my hands up as I looked between mom and Godwin, "Everyone keeps talking about a dragon and Briony, what the hell is going on?"
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Post by Hime Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:15 pm

- Genevieve -

A tense moment of silence passed between us when Godwin's gaze set firmly on me. My mind began to grow fuzzy when he waved his hand in a slow arc, and I began to process what he was doing -- it was his advanced illusion magic, which allowed those in his scope to physically experience a memory of another person nearby.

I blinked my eyes as the scenery began to shift. Within seconds, the Hibernian balcony turned into the master bedroom of the Albirian castle. Before the four of us was James and me, far along in my pregnancy. Something in my chest cringed at the nostalgic sight.

"It's hard to wrap my head around all of this," James said, pausing from his intense pacing.

I heard myself sigh from the bed. "I'm sorry. I knew the information would be too much."

My husband turned to me. "You're the last living dragon," he whispered. "That's why you were appointed by my father to protect me. Only you have the capability to destroy dark magic users for good." He then smiled. "Royal children are forced to read that mythology eventually, you know."

I took his hands into mine and kissed them, laughing weakly through my nose. "How brilliant you are." Suddenly, my sunny demeanor faded. "I don't want our boys to know."

James promptly sat beside me. "Know what?"

"The monster their sister will become when I die."

Watching this caused tears to prick my eyes. I knew the truth would have to resurface at some point, but seeing it happen was agonizing. I didn't dare glance at Kiel or Pippin.

He released a sigh, allowing his cheek to rest against the top of my head as he pondered his response. His kind blue eyes glittered in the light of the fire that crackled only a few feet away. "She won't be a monster," he said finally. "She'll be a fighter and a warrior, as you are now."

I wiped at my eyes. "She'll be hunted," I said quietly, a sentence that made me dizzy.

"Yes," James affirmed a bit reluctantly, his expression growing mildly somber.

Painful silence passed over the two of us as I rubbed my stomach. The look in my eyes showed how much I feared the little girl that was growing inside of me.

"James," I said eventually, my voice small.

"Hm?"

"If I die--"

"Enough, Genevieve."

"I'm serious, James," I pressed back, tears bleeding into my tone. "If I die, I want you to protect her from all of this."

He stared at me, and suddenly, I could see the weight of the world fall upon James Forevigor's shoulders. There was fear, pain, and uncertainty in his face; but most of all, there was undying and unconditional love for the woman and the unborn child that sat before him. Gingerly, he leaned in and kissed me -- a moment I remembered so viscerally -- and whispered afterward: "I will protect her."

"You're brave," I whispered through tears.

"You taught me how to be."

With that phrase, the illusion began to waver. Before I knew it, the four of us were back on the castle's balcony, blanketed in the cool night air.
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Post by WritingBookworm Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:56 pm

- Karra -

“Oh yeah, that one King dude loitering in the living room? Guess he turned out to be useful for something.”


- Alric -

Ana and I walk the still city streets. I realize it’s the middle of the night, but even so, there are a lot of civilians snug in their homes.

We’d left a note for Irongale mentioning that we were going to be out for a bit, just so no one thinks I got kidnapped again. Now, I’m half-wishing I never set out, because the silence is unsettling. I hear my name called around the corner, see a flash of green eyes over by a shop advertised by worn signs.

I need to get it together. “You never told me where we were going,” I say to Ana, just to take my mind off of Briony.

“I sort of want to see your reaction when you see it. It’ll be more fun that way.”

“Glad to see someone’s amused tonight.”

“Hey, you’re morose enough for the both of us.”

She leads me down a quiet, dilapidated corner, venturing into the less savory part of the city. Down the alley is the side of a building, and a set of stone stairs descend to a door that’s below ground.

We go down the set of stairs, but before we knock at the door, Ana addresses me. “Before I show you, I must ask that you don’t tell your friends about this. Your Albirian friends, that is. Anyone else is fine.”

I raise an eyebrow. “That doesn’t sound suspicious.”

“It’s fine, I promise. It’s just that the magic of this place depends on its secrecy. The Albirians in your group seem nice enough, but we can’t let them be an exception to the rule, otherwise all Albirians become an exception and then before you know it, everyone knows about this place.”

Ana knocks on the door exactly four times. A heartbeat later, a slot in the door opens, just big enough for me to see a pair of amber eyes staring back at us. “Password?”

“Unity,” Ana says, taking care to enunciate the word. The key slides into the lock, and then we’re let in.

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Post by Lady Senbonzakura Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:59 pm

Iliyana's worry was evident on her face, but she tried to keep the conversation up.

"He's speaking with the Forevigors now. I believe everyone else is in bed."
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Post by WritingBookworm Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:55 am

- Karra -

"Mmm. Including Alric, I'm guessing?"


- Alric -

The music is so loud that I'm shocked I never heard it through the door.

The wide room is filled with people, some laughing, others drinking from a bar, and several dancing to the beat of the drums. Bright red skirts swish and flash in streaks of color, and the floor shakes from the dancing. Lanterns are posted all about the room, bathing everyone in a warm glow. Several others whoop and holler and clap as a couple holds each other hand in hand, racing together to the other end of the room. This place is so different from the dim, quiet streets we'd come from that I can't help but gape.

Ana nudges me with her elbow. "Notice anything about the place?"

"It's loud?"

"No, not that. Look closer. Look at the people. Tell me what you see."

I squint, attempting to ignore the heat and the stench of sweat that permeates the room. The ones I spotted laughing together are a gathering of redheaded, muscular laif women. Shattering a wine-glass against the floor is a blue-skinned, lithe man -- a Norian. There are Okiris shouting, Zifians clapping, and now that I take another look, I think the dark-haired man in the couple that danced across the floor may be a fellow Heijiki.

"A bunch of races," I breathe. "All coming together."

"Exactly," Anastasia beams. I didn't know it was possible for her to do something as whimsically innocent as beaming. "It's a sanctuary for us, a place to take shelter from prejudice and all of life's other troubles, free from any Albirian who may have ill will. There are a few more like this all across the Five Keeps, I think."

"I've never seen anything like this."

"I know. Neither did I, until I stumbled across one during a clan hunt."

"No, that's not quite what I meant," I say. "I mean . . . I've never seen so many members of exiled races look so happy in one room."

I've found it hard -- no, impossible -- to be happy recently. But to see Furian sisters embrace each other, a Norian and a Zifian sharing a drink, and so many others jump and dance without a care in the world . . . I might not have been happy, but they are. And to see them happy infects me with a little bit of joy as well.

"You were right," I say.

"Hm? That's not something I hear you say to me very often."

"Back when you got me up out of bed. You said I would really like this." For the first time in a while, I smile. "You were right."

Ana returns the smile. "Glad to hear it."

The beat of the music changes. The musicians are pounding on the drums so hard it shakes the entire room. Over the past few weeks, I've seen elegant dresses and pristine ballrooms, heard slow, classical music. This is nothing like those balls Irongale has attended; this is loud, this is messy, this is imperfect. There are no ballgowns to be seen here, only clothing drenched in sweat and the bright faces of those who have waited too long to unwind. It feels a bit more like some of the Heijiki celebrations I attended as a kid.

It feels like home.

Ana bounds up to the edge of the sea of dancing, about to plunge in when she turns around and realizes I haven't followed. Her ears perk up. "You should come join me!" she calls.

"What?" I shake my head. "No thanks."

"Come on, you like dancing, right?"

I'm impressed she remembers that from the night we infiltrated her clan. But my answer remains the same. "Ballroom dancing, not crazy dancing. There's a difference."

Her tail flickers to one side. "Maybe everyone needs a little crazy in their lives."

Is that a wink she gives me?

I have half a mind to state how I've had enough crazy in my life, thank you very much. But her hand is still outstretched, and the atmosphere still feels like home.

It only just occurs to me that, until now, I haven't thought Briony's name once since entering here. Here, I can forget. Not just about her -- about Irongale, about the weight on my shoulders, about the mistakes that always haunt me, about the way Karra wouldn't look at me during the journey. Maybe I need to forget right now.

"You know what?" I put my hand in Ana's, putting on my best daredevil grin. "Sure."

And I let her pull me into the crowd.

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Post by Lady Senbonzakura Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:54 pm

Iliyana made sure to mirror Karra's steps so that she was given enough space, but the noblewoman was still close enough to catch her if she weakened. She wasn't really sure how to respond without getting too deep into any sibling rivalry, so she stuck with the facts and typical observations.

"Oh, uh, yes. He must be exhausted after the trip."
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Post by WritingBookworm Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:59 pm

- Karra -

“Yeah, that’s to be expected.” I look down at my clothes; I need to change into something less bloody. But is there anything I have that doesn’t have blood on it? “How about you? How did you fare during the trip?”

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