The Beast Within

In a world where magic is outlawed and virtually extinct, Princess Fiamatta suddenly finds her world turned inside out by the traitorous word. From royalty, to fugitive, to leader of the rebels, Fia is forced to work with a handsome, arrogant magician she found locked away in a dungeon.

btw, this is my NaNoWriMo story so criticism is much appreciated! Thanks :)

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54. Act 53

We were given an escort to the parameters of the city and then from there we were on our own in the forest. Armed with a map, we embarked on our journey. We traveled in companionable silence for the first few hours. My mind thought about Logan, I didn’t say goodbye to him before I left. I wondered if he would be upset with me for it, then decided that it wouldn’t have mattered. We weren’t supposed to be fraternizing in the first place, so any sort of goodbye I would have given him would have had to be stiff and formal. Besides, this was only a trip to Irian. I would be seeing Logan in less than a week’s time.

Focused back on the road ahead, I glanced at the map again. We weren’t supposed to be anywhere near the approaching soldiers. The path that had been drawn for us on the map lead us through to a secret pass that went through the mountains. It was used only in emergencies and was guarded at all times. The officials were positive that the Onsian forces would not venture far enough to find it.

“How long do you think it will take for us to get there?” I asked, glancing over at Caiden. He pondered my question for a moment while looking up at the sun.

“I’d estimate it would take us till about sundown to make it through the pass,” he told me. “It depends largely on how many breaks we take and how long it takes us to eat and rest.” I nodded in understanding and tucked the map back into my bag.

We traveled at a brisk pace all day. I enjoyed the small talk on our occasional breaks but otherwise we hiked in silence, the physical demand of the exercise stole our ability to speak. The sun seemed to run through the sky faster than our feet could move. Soon enough it was sundown and in the distance, the mountains loomed ahead. In a few minutes, we broke through the trees, emerging into a clearing at the base of a mountain. The tunnel going through the mountain was directly in front of us, but strangely enough there were no guards stationed outside.

Caiden and I looked around confused. There was no way that they had been attacked since the Onsian army had been spotted at least fifty miles away from here. Caiden pushed me behind him as we approached cautiously. Slowly, we reached the mouth of the opening and he peered into the darkness.

I didn’t see it coming until the pain of the blow had knocked us to the ground. Despite the strength of the attack, my mind still clung to consciousness. I looked to see what it was and my eyes fell upon Caiden. He had pushed me to the ground, and had fallen beside me, with an arrow sticking out of his left breast.

My mind scrambled to pull my body into action. I clambered onto my knees and hunched over him. His wide eyes sought mine and I clasped his hand.

“Caiden stay with me! Please, you will be saved just don’t give up.” My voice sounded more assuring than what I really felt but I had to ignore my doubt. I slipped my robe off and wrapped the fabric around the arrow. Quickly I pushed down on the wound, hoping to staunch the bleeding. The words sounded as if they were being said a mile away, but from the look in Caiden’s eyes I knew that the person must have been standing near me. The last thing I remembered was a blue light and the sound of a foreign tongue.

“Arius desiclemus.”

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