Samuel clutched the railing so hard that it made his knuckles turn white. In his mind, he pictured the horrific event that happened last night. The enormous creature, giant wings with black, glittering scales lunging at him with green eyes blazing with fury. His eyes narrowed as he stared into the aphotic forests. He would find that Black Dragon. And when he did, he would kill it.
His eyes moved toward the sky. It was beginning to clear up and the rain had stopped pouring. He'd soon be out there in the mystical forests looking to slay the kingdom's furious enemy.
He then jumped when he heard someone else step out onto the balcony. He turned and saw Ella, her eyes full of sadness. Samuel knew why. Danielle had gone missing over night and never returned. King Steven sent troops out to scour kingdom but hadn't come back yet.
Samuel stood in front of her and wrapped his arms around her in a warm embrace. She rested her head against his shoulder, sobbing for the loss of her sister.
"It's alright, we will find her," he reassured her. She pulled back and he wiped her tears from her face. She gave him a weak smile.
"I hope you are right. But, I don't understand how Danielle could disapear like that," she replied.
" I don't know either, but we have another problem to worry about as well." She looked into his eyes, knowing what he meant.
"Please be careful," she said. Samuel nodded. He kissed her lips softly before leaving the balcony.
Not long after, he entered the throne room to see King Seth, King Steven, and a young knight standing there and discussing something important.
"We searched the whole village but still no sigh of her," the knight was saying. Steven looked away.
"Danielle would never run off like that," he said.
"Are you sure you searched the whole kingdom?" Seth asked the knight. He nodded.
"Except," he added. "The forests." Steven lifted his head.
"The forest? I told Danielle she was never allowed to enter it. I know she would never disobey me," Steven impilied. There was a moment of silence between. Samuel opened his mouth to speak but Steven inturrupted him.
"Just keep searching."
"Now!" The king practically yelled. The knight bowed and walked out the throne room.
As if noticing him for the first time, Seth looked at Samuel.
"I am ready Father," Samuel said nervously. He nodded.