New Dawn

Emma and Melanie have returned from Narnia, but they aren't the same person they were. Things have changed them, and they won't be the same, and how will they face the real world knowing that they will never see Patten and Holter again.

This is the second book in the New Series the last book was New Kingdom, so if you haven't read that book, you should start there. This is a Narnian Fanfiction - thank you.


34. Let's kill Alana and her army of thousands


"So we're just gonna storm into the palace, kill all of the guards, find Alana and kill her. Yeah I totally see this plan working." Patten said leaning against Romnly, crossing his arms over his chest. 

"Fine! I know thats an awful plan... any ideas?" I asked looking around our small group; Gracie tilted her head to the side. 

"What if you fly in at night; there should be a new moon next week, and Maulduen is black, you two would blend right in with the night. He drops you off in your room and you hide in the thrown room, and the rest of us attack that morning. Alana will flee to the thrown room and then we trap her there and kill her. We don't have to kill all the guards and soldiers; that would leave no one to protect you four when you regain power." Gracie said wagging her tail. Melanie nodded as did Holter and Patten. 

"But why me?" I asked throwing up my hands. 

"Because Alana screwed with you the most." Holter said plain out Julionna snorted, a poof of fire escaping her nostrils.

"He has a point Emma, she tortured you, poisoned you, was going to kill you herself. You should be the one to kill her." Patten said.

"What if I can't kill her?" I asked slumping my shoulders forward feeling worthless. "I have nightmares from the last time I killed; I don't know how I will do it when I have known her for longer than I knew any of the people I killed before." I said feeling panicked. Patten walked over to me and wrapped his arms around my waist.

"You're okay; I'll be there. I won't let anything happen to you." He said softly; I nodded my eyebrows furrowing together.

"I know that." I said than whispering, "but even when you were lying in bed beside me when we lived here for those twenty some years, I would wake up screaming!" Patten held me more closely to his chest.

"You can do it Emma, we all believe in you." Holter said.  

I nodded slightly, "Okay, but I want Melanie by my side. She deserves justice also" Melanie seemed surprised to hear her name. 
"M-me? Oh Emma I don't know. If the nightmares are as bad as you say..." I cut her off.

"You can do it. You dealt with it once you can do it again." She nodded.

"Can I just say one thing." Holter stood up. "Alana has thousands of guards how do we plan to attack that."

"Tomi, and her crew, we will send word to them of the plan. Also we know a man in the city who could also help us and hopefully he has friends." Patten nodded at me. "Romnly could you fly to Tomi and give her the message." Romnly nodded. She had been getting so much bigger from the first time I had saw her. "Patten and I will find the man in the village." 

"How do we know Alana will go to the thrown room?" Melanie asked.

"That's were you come in. She thinks you're dead. If you attack her, you need to chase her into the thrown room. She will not be expecting you to be there. We'll have all the other doors in the grand hall guarded by men or the dragons could have them blocked."  I said breaking out of Patten's embrace and walked over to Melanie.

"But I don't have to kill her right? You're going to do that?" she asked and I nodded. 

"Yes, I will kill her." I said, finally accepting that I would kill Alana. Melanie looked at me, her eyebrows furrowing together in concern.

"Emma; the nightmares!"

"Yes, yes, they will probably come back - not that the nightmares have gone away anyways." I said And Maulduen stood up, breaking a tree limb that he thought was high enough that he wouldn't break it.

/You wonder why you haven't had nightmares sense we met?/ he asked mentally and I nodded. /I take them away; I witness them for you, so you don't have to./ I could feel my face heat up with anger.

"Maulduen you will not shield the nightmares from me!" I said aloud "They are my problem!" I said defensively, and he cowered back like a scared dog.

/But Emma; I want to protect you. And these nightmares I've seen would have destroyed you!/ He said mentally, and I could tell he was refusing to speak aloud for the others sake, that his voice would have overpowered everyone, even the other dragons. 

"What do you think I did for those 20 odd years you weren't here?" I didn't wait for him to answer and continued. "Maulduen, I understand you want to protect me; I want to do the same for you, but you must - must - give me the nightmares back." Everyone in the group looked back and forth between Maulduen and I, trying to grasp what was going on. Maulduen closed his eyes in consent, bowing his head. I felt something release within my mind, and I could also feel the pain it caused Maulduen to release the part of my mind that held the nightmares. Walking toward him I urged him with my mind to lower his head. Taking his jaw in my hands I pressed my forehead against his muzzle. "I love you Maulduen." I whispered. 

/I love you too./ he answered softly. 

"Okay, I have no clue what is happening here, but can we get back to planning the attack?" Holter asked. I lifted my head before kissing his large black scales. I walked back over to the group and we continued our plan making. It was decided that Patten and I would convince the guard that helped us, to help us again and rally some of the guards that aren't totally for Alana. Romnly will fly and tell Tomi that we are attacking next week; as Melanie, Holter, Jura, and Julionna worked on sharpening our weapons and preparing for the attack.

Holter and Julionna left to go hunting, so the rest of us started a fire and just talked while Romnly left to go and get Tomi and Hutch. Gracie and Finel left a while later; they were going to continue to spy on Alana and give us information if anything changes. "So what happened with you and Maulduen a while ago?" Melanie asked sitting next to me when Patten left to go chop down more fire wood.

"Well, he told me that he's been shielding my nightmares from me sense I met him." I said with a sigh watching him and Jura talk mentally on the other side of the fire.

"And why is that such a bad thing?"

"Because it's not right; I should have to bare my nightmares, and yet hes is. He is watching my nightmares; never telling me that he's been doing it." I explained leaning forward.

"I still don't understand." Melanie said leaning forward too. "But wasn't he helping you?" 

"I guess, but without me knowing. It wasn't right, even if he was just doing it to protect me." I said. "And now I'm afraid to go to sleep..." I confessed rubbing my face.

"Just let him take the nightmares away then!" Melanie said pleadingly, "We need you at your best, and having no sleep means you aren't at your best."

"I know! But Maulduen is seeing these dreams, and he is baring the pain, seeing the things that my mind is coming up with. - and sense he is connected with me it affects him as much as it would affect me. We need Maulduen at his best better than we need me at my best." I said.

"I would beg to differ, you have to kill Alana, Maulduen is just carrying us in."

"No. If I fail, the dragons can burn this place to the ground, killing Alana." I said, and Melanie sighed.

"Fine..." She said knowing there was no way she would convince me to let Maulduen to keep my nightmares. Holter and Julionna came back, Holter dragging a stag behind him while Julionna had three in her maw, and two more in her claws. Melanie got up and started to skin the deer Holter carried while Julionna took the other deer to the other dragons, and they ate the stags whole. I cringed at the popping and cracking of the bones as the dragons ate. Patten came back and fed the fire before sitting next to me, wrapping an arm around my waist. I laid my head against his shoulder closing my eyes.

"I love you." I whispered softly. He looked down at me before kissing my forehead.

"I love you too..." He answered. We ate the stag before laying down to fall to sleep. I couldn't fall to sleep though, afraid of what my mind would conjure up. Patten, who was keeping watch walked over to me and urged me to fall to sleep. "I'll be right here..." I nodded closing my eyes.

"Alana..." I said from the thrown, making her jump. "You tried to kill us, some of more than others." I said and she started to laugh. 

"I should have known you would be here and not on that massive black dragon out there." She said brushing her white hair out of her face. "But sadly you came too late - I have your husband and sister." I shook my head smiling. 

"You don't have them." 

"Or don't I." she snapped her fingers, and Patten and Melanie were shoved through the doors in chains. Patten was in nothing but his underwear, his head shaved his body whipped. Melanie looked likewise, though her hair wasn't shaved. I looked back at Patten, a sob escaping my lips. He looked around the room, and I saw that he was blind again. 

"Emma? Emma, is that you?" He asked. I couldn't answer for fear my words would fail me. I tore my eyes off him, back to Melanie, who smiled. 

"Emma! Oh, thank goodness you're going to save us!" she pleaded with me. I turned toward Alana, my resolve hardening, I would kill her. I attacked, swinging my sword at her head. We fought for a while before I unarmed her. Snarling she slapped the ground twice, and the guard that held Patten took his sword and swung it toward his neck. 

I woke with a scream, bolting upright. Everyone woke up searching for any sign of danger, though none existed except in my mind. Patten cupped my face, searching my eyes as I searched his. "You're okay!" I exclaimed kissing him hard on the mouth. He pushed back.

"I'm okay?" he asked brushing tears off my cheeks.

"I saw you beheaded, and I'm sure Melanie would have been next if I hadn't woken up." I choked out through the tears. He brought me into a tight hug looking around the group.     

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