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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21. Twenty (End of book one)

 

Chapter Twenty:

Despite the lack of any window in the cell, they all knew it was nearing dawn. Bea stood right by the side of the door, Devin and Percy in front of it. They knew that Bea was most likely the one the emperor wanted most. She posed a bigger threat to him than any of the others. If she were to make it past the guards, everything would be set in on chasing her, and the others would have a chance to escape.

She took a deep breath as she heard footsteps outside the door. The outcome of those few minutes could mean life or death.

The sound of rusty hinges tore through the air as the door was opened. Bea steadied herself as the boys got ready to distract the guards and within seconds she was on the run. She had to focus on just moving forwards, one leg in front of the other, trying not to fall as she felt the dizziness overwhelm her. She hadn't expected to feel so weak, but she kept going.

The footsteps behind her echoed in the empty corridor. They were close and she was slowing down with every step. She couldn't keep running. Her body was numb, and the room seemed to be spinning around her. She had to stop, or she would pass out again.

Before she got a chance to stop, she was grabbed from behind. The stench of soil and death overwhelmed her. She wanted to turn around to see where Devin and Percy was, but she couldn't move.

 

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Devin felt the undead's fingers dig into his upperarms. The bones that seemed brittle were stronger than he could have possibly imagined, leaving him no means of escape. Percy was less than three feet away, also held by the emperor's servants, only instead of being held by the arms, he was held by a rope that had been strung around his throat.

Bea was held by the emperor himself. His arm around her throat was all that held her up. Her eyes were barely open; she was balancing on the edge of unconsciousness. Everything was completely still for what seemed like hours. Everyone frozen in position, until the emperor raised a knife in front of Bea's chest. Devin fought hard against his captor, but it was in vain, there was no getting lose.

Devin's world seemed to end. Everything was blurred around him, every sound magnified. In the distance he heard Percy shout as the knife was plunged into Bea's chest. Her body collapsed right there in the middle of the in the courtyard, on display for anyone in the emperor's fortress to see.

Wanting nothing more than to avenge Bea's death, Devin fought even more intensely against his captor, summoning a strength he hadn't had before he tore himself loose and ran towards the emperor, ready to kill him with his bare hands, but something stopped him.

Smoke rose from Bea's body, twisting into the air as a signal for those fighting against the emperor's regime. It was time to fight back against the injustice that had held them captive for so long.

Flames began licking her skin, slowly eating the girl Devin had only just begun to know, the girl that should have held the key to freedom.

With the blink of an eye, a roaring fire awoke, it's flames in the colours of dawn reached into the sky and blend with the sun's first rays. As a token of hope the phoenix spread it's wings, the fire dying in it's wake as it flew above their heads.

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