Rise Of The Phoenix

The legend says that when the Phoenix rises from the ashes of a fallen wizard, six young heroes are ready to take on the honorable task of restoring the country's long lost greatness, but before that can happen, they must be taught the ways of their ancient heroes.

17 year old Beatrice leaves her home in the early morning, to fulfill her duty as one of the chosen ones, knowing she might not return.
For more than thirty years, the country has been ruled by an evil wizard, whose power lies solely in his ability to raise the dead. Now, his reign has come to a turning point, that will either mark the end of his terror, or grant him even bigger powers. Only six chosen youngsters have the ability to change the future.

Most likely part I of a trilogy

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19. Eighteen.

 

Chapter Eighteen.

Bea grabbed her old bag from underneath the bed and once again got ready to make a silent escape, only this time, she had a feeling that even more was at stake.

When they had gotten back to the cottage that evening, they had tried to warn the others, but they hadn't believed any of it. Only Percy, who had also noticed strange things about the wizard, had trusted them. He had been the one to suggest they took the emperor by surprise. If the stranger they saw the wizard talk to was in fact the emperor, like both Bea and Devin suspected, they had to strike before he got the chance to get the upper hand.

That was why both Devin and Percy would meet her outside the cottage, after a trip to through the wizard's supplies. Then they'd take the trip to the capital together and hopefully come up with a plan on the way.

She wasn't too happy about bringing young Percy. He was still just a child, but through the training he had proved to be a skilled archer, something that could turn out to be useful in the long run.

She sighed and looked at the two sleeping girls. Analiese had been skeptical from the second Bea and Devin returned and made those accusations against the wizard, but Julia had seemed to believe them, until Gray had shared his opinion. According to him, it was disrespectful to dishonor ones master in such a way.

When she had gathered her things, Bea left the room. This time, she felt no guilt for leaving. They had chosen to stay, what happened next, would be up to them.

As she stepped into the corridor, she felt like she was drowning in the darkness. None of the torches were lit, leaving her forced to feel her way forwards in order to get out without attracting any attention. But in the darkness she couldn't see if someone was already watching her. The feeling of being followed kicked in before she had even taken a step. She wanted to run towards the stairs and get out of there, but she knew that doing that would definitely attract unwanted attention. If it didn't, she would fall and hurt herself in the pitch black dungeon. Instead she took the first tentative step ahead, and then the next.

It took her several minutes to reach the front door. Percy and Devin had to be outside already, otherwise they would have passed her.

She walked outside into the still early morning air. It was still dark and everything was quiet, yet there was something that struck her as odd. It wasn't a natural silence that rested over the woods. It was forced. The air was filled with tension and she knew something was going to happen.

Suddenly a voice shot through the silence, slicing through her heart like a bullet.

"Bea run!” Devin screamed, his voice was filled with pure, uncut terror. She did was she was told. She ran as fast as her legs could carry her, looking straight ahead. She didn't need to look back to know what was chasing her.

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