Secret Queen's Service Headquarters
Queen's Palace
5:30 AM


I walked happily alongside the Queen. I was happy, and I could tell she was too. She was glad that she was able to see her daughter again, glad that she was completely safe as long as she was inside SQS Headquarters.

Or at least, that's what she thought.

I knew that my best friend was still wrongly locked up in a room, chained to  the stone walls with the new-reinforced dayrite steel. It was nearly unbreakable, and we were sure that it was able to hold him there, even after he awoke in his evil mind once more.

Well, that was until we saw him prowling the Palace halls.

He smiled a crooked smile, the kind that was menacing and chilled you to the bone, making goosebumps rise on your skin. His scarlet eyes like wildfire, he advanced slowly and deliberately, like a panther stalking its prey. I pushed the Queen behind me, and told her to run. She backed away slowly, and it seemed that James had no interest in her. His wild eyes were focused solely on me. "You can go, My Liege. I said run! Unless you wish to die, stupid dictator, I suggest you do as I say. This fight is between Elias and I."

The Queen turned on her heels and ran, and I felt sympathy for her. The best day of her life had become the worst. James advanced towards me, and a flood of emotion coursed through me. I hid my emotion as he got close. He could have been in front of me with his hands at me throat in seconds, but it appeared that that was not yet what he desired.

"James!" I said angrily. "This isn't you! You're my best friend! You aren't who you think you are!"

"Shut up! You were but a pawn in my divine plan. It worked out, didn't it?"

"What are you talking about?" I demanded. "You got turned evil! You haven't always been like this!"

"Oh, really now," he said. "You traitor. You liar. You've done things that you've kept from me, haven't you? You've been manipulating me like I was the pawn and you were the king!"

"What are you going on about?!"

He managed a manic grin. "I've been shown the error of your ways. You must right your wrongs, and the only way to do that..." his voice trailed off as he smiled, motioning his hand across his neck.

"Damn it, James! This isn't who you are! Listen to me!"

"Why?" he asked. "You'll only leave me down the wrong path. You'll cloud my mind with darkness!"

"You don't understand!" I exclaimed, my voice echoing. "The darkness already has clouded your mind! It's happening right now! Remember James!"

He twitched for a moment, and his eyes became blue. "Elias? What's going on--" he twitched again, and his eyes were bloodred again. "You fool! This will never--" his eyes went blue again.

"Remember James! We've been best friends forever! We moved through SQS ranks together!" James shivered, holding his head. "We got into the Seventh Rank! Together!"

"NO!" James exclaimed. His eyes were red, and then blue. He pulled out a gun, pointing it at me, but he dropped it. He moaned, and he shook his head. When he looked up, his eyes were red again. He yelled, charging toward me. He bulled out a weapon I'd not seen him use: a dagger. He spun it in his hand, ready to plunge it into me. He was about to stab me, when I spoke.


He stopped, and I backed away. "No! I need to kill you!" He charged again, and he spun the dagger in his fingers, ready to attack again. That's when the strangest thing happened. The Princess, Anya stepped into the room.

And her hands were... glowing.

The End

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