The Bow and the Blade

The city was on fire.

Flames flared high in the sky, stretching up to reach the stars.  There was enough light from the fire to see as though it were midday.  Ariadne looked down on the scene from the palace with a sad look on her face. 

"It's not as hopeless as you think, sister," a voice said.  Ariadne turned around.  There in the door, stood her twin sister:  Irina. 

"The city is almost destroyed.  And yet we sit here, doing nothing!"  Ariadne was furious from her parents' decision that kept her sister and herself locked in the palace.  "I want to help!"

Irina walked over and put her hand comfortingly on her sisters shoulder.  "I know, Ari.  But we promised Mother and Father that we'd stay here." 

"You promised," Ari mumbled.  "I said nothing."

"No, you didn't," Irina agreed.  "I promised for you."

"Complaining?"

The girls spun around to find two more figures that had crept silently into the room. 

"It will do you no good," Lexia continued.  "You should just stay here and accept it."

"Your parent's are only doing this for your protection," the man next to Lexia said. 

"Isn't protecting us your jobs?"  Ari asked.

"Which we can't really do if you're rushing head first into battle," Vertas said. 

"I just don't understand," Ari said.  "We're ready to fight!  Why can't they accept that?"

"Because they're our parents," Irina said.  "When they think we are ready, they'll let us go."

"Are you suggesting that you expect more battles to come, Irina?" Vertas asked, raising an eyebrow.

"I hate it when everyone sides against me," Ari grumbled, putting her head in her hands.

"Come on," Irina said, taking her sisters hand.  "We need to find a distraction from your moping."

Ari sighed but let Irina drag her out of the room.  Once they were a good distance away, the sisters paused and looked out of each other.  They smiled, a secret passing between them.  They broke off at a run down a hallway that T'd off from the one they were currently walking on.  Ari opened a door to her room, dashed in quickly to recieve her bow and quiver, and returned by her sisters side in the hallway.

"How are we going to get out?  They have guards at every door!"  Ari said.

"Well, obviously we won't use the doors!"  Irina said, taking a tight hold of her sisters hand.  "Window!"

Shutting her eyes, bracing herself, Ari and Irina crashed through the large window at the end of the corridor.

The fall wasn't long, and soon the sisters were running towards the giant flames.  Irina was holding her sword which Ari knew was enchanted to never break.

Ari reached behind her and took an arrow from her quiver and loaded it into the bow.  As they ran into the hell that was consuming their kingdom Ari had one thought:

Mom and Dad are going to kill us.

The End

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