Excerpt From the Last Days

Silvernist, Arake, Ariana and Sir Lorando were strolling along the village when Ariana spotted a Jewelry market.

"Ooo! Look at that!" She cried and ran to it. The rest followed. The princess began to pick up colorful necklaces. Silvernist watched her put a long, red beaded necklace around her neck. It sparkled in the sunlight.

"I love it!"

Silvernist looked back to the table filled with jewelry. Some had medallions and others were just plain chains. She spotted one of them with a gold chain and a scarlet stone attached to it. She didn't know why she picked it up, she just did. She held the stone in her hands and peered into it.

"Now that is a special necklace," she heard the seller say in a whisper.

"Really? Why?" She asked.

"The stone came from the Dwarven Cavern in the mountains. People say they have magic there."

"So this stone could hold magic?" Silvernist questioned. The seller nodded.

"Dangerous magic though. Well-- I don't think I should say no more. Are you going to buy it?" Silvernist looked at Sir Lorando arguing with Ariana that she couldn't buy too many necklaces.

"Yes. I think I will." Silvernist told Sir Lorando she wished to buy the necklace and he said it was alright. Ariana didn't get all she wanted. Just the beaded necklace, and a chain with a medallion on it.

Silvernist walked in the back of everyone and gazed at her necklace. A magical one.What kind of magic did it hold? She wondered. She took the chain and slipped it over her head that it dangled around her neck. Then she caught up with the others. Once she made it beside Sir Lorando, a yell startled them.

"If I catch you in my house again, I'll take you to the king's court again, boy!" They turned around to see a middle aged man standing in the middle of the street yelling at a boy. The boy had light brown hair and blue eyes and was about Ariana's age. He was laughing as he scurried away from the man but didn't notice he was running toward them. The man turned around and stalked away. Sir Lorando stopped the boy by grabbing his shoulder and glared at him.

"What did you do?" The boy just looked at him and didn't reply.

"You must be a theif." The boy glared at him also and said.

"I live on the streets so how can I survive?" The man just looked at him and then released him. The boy then looked at them all.

"Who are you? I've never seen you people around here before."

"This is Prince Arake and his sister princess Ariana of Zilda," Sir Lorando replied. He introduced the others as well.

"You come from Zilda?" He asked. The others nodded.

"I am Phibreal. But people call me Phib." Ariana went up to him and curtsyed.

"Nice to meet you," she said sweetly. Arake rolled his eyes.

"How about I show you around? I know everything about this place." Sir Lorando glanced at the others and they nodded.

"Ok, but don't try anything funny." Phibreal smiled, took Ariana's arm in his and started the tour of the kingdom.

Phibreal show them the castle and explained that the king and queen had only a son, hier to the kingdom. Then he led them up a tall hill to the bell tower Silvernist saw before. They started to climb up the steps and then stopped when they were standing underneath the bell. When they looked down, the whole kingdom lay before them stretching far across the island. Silvernist thought it was the most beautiful view she had ever seen.

Cool wind rushed against their backs as they stood with the bell tower looking down upon the city.

"Risenife was built hundreds of years ago. This bell tower was also and still stands to this day," Phibreal explained.

"What's it for anyway?" Davey asked.

"It was built to to warn the city of danger. There are more around here. Just on different hills," Phibreal answered. Silvernist watched seagulls swarm the sky in the distance. But something larger caught her eye. It was bigger than the birds and had a different color too. Silvernist's hearts beat louder as the large bird made it's way toward them.

"Speaking of danger. What is that?" She asked. The other looked and saw the great bird.

"It's a griffin!" Phibreal cried. "We should get out of here!" They all started to run but the griffin was already there. It landed heavily in front of them blocking their way to escape. It had a white front  and it's back was a lion's body. It also had a beak and long wings of a bird. It screeched loudly that they had to cover their ears.

"What do we do?" Arake yelled over the sounds of the screeching. Phibreal looked at him and replied,

"Uh, theres nothing we can do."

"What?" Sir Lorando roared. The griffin lunged at them but they scattered. It's beak missed them and snapped.

"The griffin is a magical creature that can't be affected by any sword. It can only be affected by magic!" Phibreal yelled. Everyone stared at Silvernist and she stared back.

"Do something!" Ariana shrieked.

"Um, ok." Silvernist thought of a spell, but before she could say it a voice apeared.

"Sariel ta maniesh!" The griffin froze and then it screeched. They watched it lift up into the sky and fly away.

Silvernist, confused, looked around. Who was that? Suddenly a slim figure apeared from the bell tower. It was a woman. She came closer and soon stood before Silvernist.

The beautiful woman had long black hair and emerald green eyes.

"Who are you?" The woman didn't answer but smiled down at her.

"I'm guessing you saved us," Sir Lorando said standing beside the witch. The woman nodded.


"What kind of spell was that?" Silvernist asked.

"It was a freezing spell. It freezes your opponent and then warns it to leave," the woman answered. They were silent for a while until Sir Lorando said they had to return to the ship. The others started to walk back down the hill. Silvernist hesitated and then followed.

"Silvernist," the woman said. Silvernist started back.

"How do you know my name? And- who are you?" She questioned. The woman smiled and answered.

"Danielle. My name is Danielle."

"Pretty. But how-." Danielle grabbed her arm and pulled her along with her.

"Come on. We should go."

"Wait. Your coming too?" The woman nodded.

"Are you a witch also?" Silvernist asked.

"Yes, Silvernist."

The End

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