Hey everyone! I’m happy to announce that I seem to have overcome my writers block, at least for the time being, and I’ve added another four chapters to Midnight Run!! It only took me about a month, and for that I apologize. I just couldn’t figure out what to do, and Eravest didn’t want to behave herself 😛
So without further ado, I give you Midnight Run!
I just stared at him with my mouth hanging open, my whole life had been a life, my parents had been lying to me for 17 years, I wasn’t even human! How was that possible? I felt human, I looked human, how could I be anything but human? It was then that Kilava walked in, he turned to me and bowed very crisply, but without looking at me at all. He turned to my father and inclined his head, “Sir, we need to get moving, Eravest needs to be in the safety of the palace before nightfall.” He was talking about me as if I wasn’t even there! I stared at him in defiance and said, “What do you mean? I’m not going anywhere!” I jumped up ran past everyone to my room and slammed the door shut, locking it behind me. I flung myself on my bed and began to cry. I never cried, I hated crying, but I couldn’t stop. I felt as if my life was over, and in a way it was, the life I had always known was over. I could never be just Eravest again. I didn’t want to believe that I was Queen, but somewhere deep down inside I knew it was true. It felt right, like the last piece of a puzzle making the picture whole. When I could not cry any more tears, I stood up and looked around my room, at all the things I had acquired over the years. Then I looked at myself in the mirror, I looked awful! I picked up my brush and began to work through the knots in my hair. I left it down and tried to ignore the fact that my nose was red and my eyes were puffy. I walked into my closet and picked up one of my backpacks and began to stick my favorite stuff in it, I knew I would have to leave here, I didn’t want too. But some part of me knew that other guy in the woods would be back, and I did not want him hurting my family. The last thing I put into my bag was my stuffed panther, he had been with me since I was little, I couldn’t remember a time not having him, so he was of course going with me. I quickly changed into jeans and a t-shirt and tried to collect my thoughts. I opened the door, and ran right into Kilava…
“What is with you?” I snarled at him, “Are you stalking me or something?”
“I am your warrior, your guardian; I have to stay with you to keep you safe.” His reply was solemn, almost sad, it threw me off.
“Well, I packed my things, I am allowed to bring stuff right?” I asked not really caring what his answer was, I wasn’t leaving my things behind
“Of course you are my Queen, although you will find that all of your needs will be well provided for.”
He still would not look at me, which bugged me or some reason, I was beginning to think he didn’t like me. And that this was going to be very hard.
“Well, I need to go talk to my parents…” the sentence just seemed to trail off and hand between us. I didn’t know if I should just leave or what, so I just turned and headed down the stairs. I could feel him following behind me, a few paces back.
I walked down the stairs and through the house slowly, I did not know if I would be allowed to come back, I had not asked because I was afraid the answer would be ‘No’. When I got back to my parents, I realized that most of the faieres had left. Only four remained, two woman and two men. They bowed at the waist to me when I entered the room; I didn’t think I’d ever get used to that.
I just stood there, I did not quite know what to do, and I didn’t really want to say Goodbye because that would imply I was not coming back. My Mom was the first person to move, she crossed the room and hugged me tight, I didn’t want her to ever let me go. But I knew that she would have to, and she did. As she was stepping away, I could have sworn I saw tears in her eyes, and my mother never cried.
“What happens now?” I found myself asking, even though I didn’t want to know the answer.
“My Queen, my name is Wind”, one of the two women said with a deep bow, “Kilava and the rest of us will escort you back to your palace to await your coordination. We need to leave soon before it gets dark. I see you have already packed your things, that is very good, but you need to say goodbye to your parents now…”
I just stared at her, she was strikingly beautiful, and I was beginning to think they all were. I also noticed that she was wearing a white sort of tunic, and other female was wearing a red tunic. The two males were wearing brown and blue. “Who are they?” I asked abruptly and probably rudely. I did not care anymore.
“We are your council”, this time the other female spoke, “My name is Fire, he is Earth and he is Water.” She said pointing to the men in the brown and blue tunics who bowed in turn. “Our job is to help you out in any way we can, to assist you, to help guard you when we are needed, and to teach you how to be Queen.”
“Air, Fire, Earth, Water? Aren’t those elements?”
“Yes, they are, for as long as time can remember the council has been made of four members chosen and re-named for each one of the four elements.” Answered Wind
So far, the boys had remained silent, but they watched me with the same soul-piercing gaze. I did not think I would ever get used to it. It made me want to flinch away. I didn’t want to ask my next question, but I knew I had too, I knew I would not be ready to leave until I knew. But before I could open my mouth to speak, Kilava spoke from behind me.
“You will get to see them again, not as often as you would probably like, but you will still see them, I imagine they will be at your coronation, even though she is human it is tradition for the parents of the new queen to be there. And you can write them, and they you.”
This time, for the first time, I found I wasn’t angry that he had been reading my thoughts, because the question had just been too hard for me to ask. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief; I straighten up trying to draw myself together and went over to where my parents stood together. My Mom was crying, something I didn’t think I had ever seen before, and even my Dad seemed to be fighting back tears. I hurled myself into their arms and tried not to cry again myself.
“Don’t worry dear; we will see you again very soon! And we will write to you, and you can come and visit as often as you can!” I didn’t know who my father was trying to comfort more, me or my Mother who by now was sobbing uncontrollably.
“It’s time.” I heard Kilava say, he was still standing by the door waiting, trying not to intrude.
I gave each of them one last hug separately, and I turned to face my council and my guard, trying to put on my bravest face I said, “Let’s go home then”, and I headed for the door. I didn’t look back because I knew if I did, I would never be able to leave.
As soon as we got outside, I turned and looked at Kilava, “How are we going to get to wherever it is that we are going?” I asked, I honestly had not really thought about it before, but now that we were standing outside on my porch, I was curious. I couldn’t think of where this place would be, I imagined it was decently sized, so I had no idea where they had been hiding it all this time, and I have no idea how far away it was…
“We are going to run of course”, he said as if it was the most obvious answer in the world, “how else would we get there?”
“I don’t know! There was always car or plane, or even horse!” he had kind of hurt my feelings; it’s not as if I had even known the placed existed before today. So it’s not as if I even knew where it was!
He look ashamed, “I’m sorry, that was very rude of me; we will run there, it’s not very far, and you’ll see how we’ve kept it hidden when you get there. It’s this way…,” he said as he headed towards my pond.
We took off at a decent paced run, not as fast as I normally ran, but not slow, and I was grateful for the pace, I was beginning to feel more than a little worn out. I hadn’t slept any since the day before, unless you counted passing out, which I didn’t. When we got to my pond we slowed down, I stood in the clearing feeling the peace and calm that always came with it.
“Would you like to gather your other things?” Kilava asked
“Oh, yeah, thanks…” I trailed off, I hadn’t even thought about not being able to go back to my clearing every night. But I guessed now I had a country to run, a whole race of people who would depend on me. I truly had a whole world on my shoulders. Now I knew what that statue guy must have felt like.
I walked over to my hiding place to grab my things, I was happy to see that they were still there; the dark haired man had not found them. I quickly put everything in my bag, my journals, my books, and all my treasures, the hole looked sad and empty now. It was all I could do to hold back the tears; I did not want to cry anymore. I was tired of crying. Trying to put on a brave and happy face I turned around to face them, they had waited patiently for me to say my goodbyes to the one place I had always felt peace. For this, I was grateful.
“Ok, I’m ready. Where to from here? How far is it?” I asked
“Not far now, we keep going in the same direction, we will be there before dusk.” This time Wind answered
I shouldered my bag and followed them out of the clearing, there wasn’t exactly a clearing or a path, but it wasn’t hard to walk at all. It was almost as if the trees and such knew that we belonged there, so they didn’t fight us. After a little while, we reached a tiny clearing, way smaller than mine, and in the middle of it was an arch. There was nothing beside it, nothing at all around it. I was, once again, confused. Fire walked to stand in front of the center of the arch. She bowed her head, lifted her hands, and spoke a word I didn’t understand. And she walked through the archway, but didn’t come out the other side. I gasped and felt my jaw drop; it must have been a trick of the light or something. It had to be! Then Earth and Water walked through the archway as well. I looked over at Kilava, he was smiling at me, “Where did they go?!” I asked
“You will see, take my hand, don’t worry. It’s safe.” He held out his hand to me, and I took it almost without thinking about it. And we walked forward, into the arch, for a second everything seemed to blur around me, it was as if the world was moving around me, I closed my eyes and held onto his hand tightly, leaning into him as I did. I felt his arms wrap around me and he patted me on the back. “It’s ok Eravest, we are here now, open your eyes, look at your kingdom.” He murmured to me
I opened my eyes, and I had to do a double take, I had never seen anything like it in my entire life. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I didn’t think such beauty had existed in the world. Then again, this was a completely new world, and it looked huge! There were buildings as tall as the tress around them, in fact, the buildings seemed to be a part of the trees, and everything seemed to fit together. Almost as if everything had grown out of the forest, I couldn’t decide if the buildings were made of stone or wood, they looked like a mixture of the two. Then I saw the people, so many people, of all ages, tiny children playing in the street, to adults, to older fairies, although even the older fairies didn’t look that old. I took a step forward onto the street, and that is when they all saw me. All at once, everyone bowed to the ground. I just stood there, I didn’t know what to do, I couldn’t remember, a lifetime of training just flew out of my head. I panicked, I griped Kilava’s hand, which I hadn’t realized I was still holding even tighter, and looked to him for guidance.
“Incline your head a little, and wave, don’t be afraid, these are your people, and they all love you.” He whispered to me
I slowly bowed my head, and with the hand that wasn’t holding his I waved, I tried to smile and look happy, but honestly, I felt like I was going to pass out again. I wondered if I could ever get used to this…to being ‘loved by everyone’. To have everyone know me, or to know of me. It was daunting to say the least.
Everyone started to cheer, and clap; the children danced and ran around in circles. I had never seen anything like this before. Not even the King himself received such a welcome at his own home. And they had known him his whole life. They knew him.
Kilava squeezed my hand and indicated that I should follow him, so I did, it was a good thing he was leading me because I couldn’t stop looking at the city, at all the amazingly rich colors, and the people, everything was so beautiful. After a little while we reached a garden gate, he opened it and we stepped inside, the walls hid the rest of the city from view…which was sad, until I saw what was inside the walls, it was a castle. It appeared as if it had grown from the earth itself. It was tall, several stories tall at least, with balconies and turrets, and everything a proper castle should have. I was in love with it from the moment I saw it. I could not wait to see more of it.
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Hopefully it won’t take me so long to post the next portion!