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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18. Seventeen

 

Chapter Seventeen:

Bea sat in her bed, with one of the many books the wizard had recommended, when a few unsteady knocks on the door interrupted her reading. Sighing, she looked up an uttered a quiet 'come in' before she returned to her reading, wanting to at least seem engrossed in what she was doing.

"Are you busy?" Devin asked as he stepped into the room.

"Not really. I still don't get how reading will make me stronger." Bea shrugged as she put the book down and looked at Devin. He seemed rather out of it.

"Are you up for a walk?" He asked. "I could use a chat.”

"Devin, it's past curfew!” Bea's protest was as hollow as it sounded and as she looked at Devin, she could tell this was serious. Something was definitely wrong. “Sure, what's on your mind?”

"Not here. Let's walk through the woods.” For a second Bea thought he reached out for her hand, but he withdrew his arm as quickly as he had extended it.

"It's crawling with patrols out there.” Bea once again protested, but got up to follow him anyway.

It didn't take long for them to make it through the cottage, but once outside Bea was far less uncertain. Knowing she was defying both the laws of the country as well as the Wizard's rules, made her uneasy.

They walked in silence for a while before Devin finally spoke.

"I have to leave.” He said. Bea stopped abruptly. She had no idea what to say to him, how could he leave? What they were doing was far too important.

"Leaving?” She asked.

"I'm sorry.” Devin looked at his feet as he spoke, giving her no chance to see what he was really feeling. “There's trouble in my village.”

"Trouble?”

"The wizard told me this morning. The emperor is controlling everything. Nothing goes to or from the village, no food, no clothes. There's patrols everywhere. I think it's my fault.” Devin said, but he didn't get a chance to elaborate, before something else caught his attention.

"Voices.” He said, and headed closer to a small clearing. Bea followed quietly.

"Miss Maroon is taking after her grandmother.” They heard the wizard speak before they saw him. He was standing with another man in the edge of the clearing.

"She is becoming quite powerful. In fact, I believe she will be at her strongest within a few months.” He then continued. “Maybe even sooner.”

"We cant have that, now can we?” The other man said. “We must prepare to stop them. Sooner rather than later.”

"It's all a trap!” Bea said, backing away from the two men. Within seconds both her and Devin were rushing back towards the cottage. They knew they had to warn the others.

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