"You're going back to Myriod?" asks Lee, surprised.
I nod. "It's only right. I mistreated my people."
Lee looks hurt. "Can you stay just one night?" he asks, pleading. He smiles.
It's actually not a bad idea. I can rest and stock up on weapons and supplies. I will leave in the morning.
"Fine," I say. "One night."
"But only because you still haven't explained who sent those giant spiders that tried to eat our faces." I say stubbornly--though my heart is telling me otherwise.
Lee grins anyway. He always was able to see through my lies. "All right. Come on there's someone I want you to meet."
He grabs hand again and takes me to the base of the stairs where two horses are waiting. he climbs on one and I the other. He then begins to lead me deeper into the city.
Enora is a lot like Myriod, however it is different. There are torches lining the dirt walls. There is the faint smell of burnt firewood lingering in the air. Multiple times I have to dodge a trapdoor that leads into tunnels connecting the city. Still, Lee pulls me along.
Soon, the city fades. This is the transition into farming country. Soon, the stone path become dirt and instead of small buildings, there are crop patches. We make a few turns, and then he stops running and gestures to a small, cozy log cabin with real green grass all around.
"I didn't really want a palace," he says, smiling at me. I smile back, but in my mind, a plan is forming.
I want to leave tonight. One night with Lee, and I'll stay forever. I can't stay past dinnertime, though I am sad to leave. I follow Lee tentatively, into the cabin. The walls are fortified on the inside with wood bars running vertically. There is a stove on one end, and a bed on the other. Suddenly I feel guilty about my alabaster palace, that I didn't care to cut down when I destroyed Eldon, the former leader of Myriod.
He leads me in and shuts the door. There is a small fire going in the fire place and a pot cooking. Hovering over it is a small old woman.
"Gina!" Lee greets her warmly.
She turns and when her eyes land on me I have to stop myself from jumping back. Her eyes are bright orange.
Lee watches my reaction. "It's fine," the old woman croaks. "I am used to that."
Guilt instantly swarms me like a cloud of bees. "I am sorry," I say. "I am used to the Myriod."
Lee gestures to the old woman. "Gina is teaching me how to cook."
I laugh. Lee, learning how to cook? What a scene.
After a dinner of roasted chicken and bread, Gina shows me my room. "I'm sorry it isn't the nicest, my dear." she says. "I know you're used to the grand castles in Myriod."
"Gina, there's nothing more that I could want. Thank you." I say, embracing her. I haven't seen this much gratitude since I left the mortal world. It touches me, and a few tears make their way through my bright green eyes.
(Hey guys, does our main character have a name? I forget.)
((Alena is her name))
"Alena." Lee summons me. "Come here for a moment." He leads me out onto a small patio overlooking the sunset in the east.
"How is this above ground?" I ask. "How does it not overlap with the Myriod?"
"I have studied magic," he smiled and leaned against the rail. "It took a while but I finally managed to make a world connected and parallel to the Myroid." He looked deep into my eyes, "So whatever effects the Myroid also hurts my kingdom...we are connected in more ways than one." I stare at him"......so...did you only help me to benefit your own world? Because your world was sick because mine was?"
Lee shakes his head. "I can't bear to watch you suffer. I connected it like this so that I would always know when your world was in trouble. I have always cared about your world, and about you."
I can't say anything as Lee puts his hand on my shoulder. "You just didn't know it."
"Your'e right," I whisper. "I didn't. And I was selfish, cruel. I have caused your world great sickness, though now that I have shaken my pride, I must return to the Myriod."
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Lee looks at me. "Take me with you," he pleads. "I need to help...to be with you."
He's right. And I need to be with him. I can't live without him.
"Alright," I say. He smiles, then does something that shocks me. He kisses my cheek. Instantly, it brings a smile to my face. A real one.
"We'll leave early in the morning, before anyone can question us. And bring only necessary items." I say. It's going to be a long journey and we're going to need to move fast.
Lee looks at the ground, then back at me.
"Take me with you," he says. "I can't live without you."
I look into his eyes. He's right. We can't live without each other.
"Yes," I say. "You can come with me." Lee smiles.
"But bring only the things necessary to this quest." I say. "We will leave in the morning, before anyone can question our tactics."
"Thank you, Alena." he replies. Then, he does something surprising. He bends down and kisses my cheek.
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I can feel my face heat up, and I know it is beet red. "I'll see you in the morning," I tell him softly, and turn to go inside. I know he's watching me go, listening to my footsteps against the stone of the deck, until I round the corner and enter my bedroom.
It isn't fancy by any means, but I am glad. It feels homely and comforting and safe. I sink onto the bed with a heavy tiredness. ANd instantly I am asleep.
I am in Myroid, in my castle, but there is something horribly wrong.
There are bodies everywhere. Bodies of people I know and care for.
"What happened?" I shout.
"THis is what will happen to your land if you fight me. Give in to my power." Spiders enter the room as the cold chilling voice echoes in my skull.
"WHo are you?" I scream at it.
"YOur new master."
"NO!" I bolt upright and looke around, sure that I am back in my throne room. But no...I am still at Lee's.
I sprint into his room and shake him desperately. "Lee!" I shout. "Lee, wake up!"
He rolls over and glimpses me with cloudy, sleepy eyes. "What? What is it?"
"A dream. There's something in the Myriod! A voice-- no, a force-- a person? I don't know what it is, but it threatens death to my people if I don't do what it says!"
Lee sits bold upright. "Alena, we need to go."
I grab my pack and Lee grabs his and we run out the door. Still running, I have a feeling Lee knows what's going on.
"Lee, whats happening?!" I yell.
He looks at me. His green eyes seem to be less bright, indicating that whatever the "thing" is, it can't be good.
We climb the ladder, jump out of the tree. and continue to run through he forest. My ribs feel like they're going to explode, and my legs are aching.
The Myriod is flashing before my eyes, as quickly as a lightning strike. I continue to run after Lee, even though my side is burning unbearably. Finally, he stops so we can catch our breath.
"What? What is this thing?" I ask urgently. "Don't deny that you know it." I am panting, and I wonder if my words can be made out.
Lee doesn't answer. He just points toward a small fountain we are standing by. I go to it and peer inside. The water is begining to stir and churn and as it does a picture is forming. I gasp and take a horrified step back.