The hunter

Sky is a talent. A rare exception to teh evryday human. She had magic cousing thorugh her veins. The only problem is she doesn't know what it does. Can her two mysterious cloaked figures help her find out? or will the kingdoms fall into war with a greater evil?

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11. Penance

I had returned to my rooms and dressed as quickly as I could, desperate to see Prince Edward for myself and to tell the King what had happened. I wore a simple black with red trimmings to show my grief for Edward in his condition with simple black leather boots that concealed a knife. After recent events, I wasn’t going to go anywhere un protected . I tied my hair up in a loose ponytail to try and keep it out of my face, but a few wispy strands fell out rebelliously. Then I made my way back to the medical rooms, where everyone had convened as the king did not want to leave his son’s side. I had sent Jason ahead, so that they would know I was alright and that I was coming to talk to them. Jason had told me one more thing when I had left my temporary home in the medical room; The Eyenians had posted a guard outside my door that had prevented Jason from entering until they were sure I was okay. When he asked the guard why he was there, he had told Jason that the order had come from the highest military leader under the prince. I had wondered why they had thought to protect me, but then I forgot about it because there were more pressing issues to focus on.

I arrived at the Prince Edwards medical room to find that not only were the king and queen there, but the Eyenian Prince surrounded by Ferinian guards and a few more Ferinian political figures and heads of the major houses. I paused just inside the door when I saw my audience because I had just turned a little bit self-conscious. I didn’t have time to change my mind though as the Queen had spotted me and now everyone had turned to faced me.

‘Your majesties’ I curtsied and swallowed the lump in my throat. ‘How is he doing?’

I was finding it hard to keep my face emotionless, and even as I made an effort, I felt my eyes welling up with tears.

‘He hasn’t changed’ the queen said. She obviously was doing the same as me, trying to keep a straight face, but she was doing it better than I was. ‘Were afraid that if he stays like this for a while, he will begin to get weaker. We have to find a solution’

I felt a tear fall from my eye and roll down my cheek leaving a glittering salty trail behind.

‘What can you tell us about how this happened?’ the king asked his tone hard. I had seen him like this before. He was angry about the treatment of his son and would demand penance.

‘I was walking to my rooms, through the courtyard with the big tree in the middle. I heard a noise, there was someone standing by the tree but I couldn’t see who it was. Then Prince Edward appeared in the corridor above the courtyard. Before I knew it he was surrounded by guards wearing Eyenian clothing. I tried to call out to him, tried to warn him, but someone grabbed me from behind. When I finally managed to make a sound it was too late. They cut him across the stomach and then I blacked out. I saw the face of my captive just before I fell unconscious, but…. I can’t seem to …. Remember’

‘Sweetheart, your nose is bleeding!’ The queen exclaimed. I reached my hand up and felt that my upper lip was wet with blood.

‘I’m fine. It’s probably nothing.’ I said through a pounding headache.

‘Fine then’ the king said, obviously not wanting to waste any time. Guards, hold Prince Alexander under arrest for the attempted murder of Prince Edward, heir to the throne of Ferinian and my beloved son.’

With that the king stormed out of the room.

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