Chapter One

The town was silent with the exception of the crushing rain. No one dared to go outside in such a storm if they could help it. That is... everyone besides Xenia.

She sat on one of the many rooftops that over looked the city. She wore a black cape with the hood up, though, she was perfectly dry. The rain didn't seem to be touching her. It was as if she had some sort of bubble around her. She had long black hair with bangs that always covered her left eye. The reason for this was a simple one. She didn't want to scare anyone. Xenia's hand slowly went to her eye as she remembered that day.

She had accidently dropped the torch they'd been using for light onto one of the wooden bridges they'd been building. Before long the whole building was burning. When the slave master (who was only a few years older than her) arrived, he'd pulled out his knifes and carved the three scars over her eye. Now it was scarred and completely white. She could still see out of it, but not like you would see with a normal eye.

The sound of footsteps behind her jolted her from her thoughts. Fast as lightning, a dagger was in her hand and she whipped around. She found herself staring at a mess of wet blonde hair and stunning blue eyes. Xenia sighed and stood up straight, dagger still in hand.

"Naomi, how many times do I have to tell you not to sneak up on me?" Xenia asked with a stern tone that didn't quite match the playful light that danced in her eyes. "I could have killed you!"

"I know you wouldn't though." Naomi said with a huge grin on her face. "You're too good for that." Xenia raised an eyebrow and folded her arms.

"You're not even supposed to be out here. How'd you get passed the guards this time?"

"Simple. I just put a small bit of the Sleeping Leaf in their drinks." Naomi said proudly. Her smile faltered when she saw Xenia's look. "Please don't send me back! It's so stuffy in that building! You know I hate being inside. I'm going to lose my mind sitting in that little room day in and day out!" Naomi was on her knees now. Xenia smiled and sat back down on the roof.

"Alright, but if I get in trouble again because of you then you'll be sorry." Xenia said, not really meaning the last part of her sentence.

"Yes!" Naomi exclaimed, jumping up off her knees. She sat down next to Xenia who chuckled. The bubble around Xenia widened to cover Naomi as well.

"You're soaked! If you get sick it's not my fault." Xenia said, placing her hands on Naomi's shoulders.

"It would be worth it." Naomi said still smiling. Xenia rolled her eyes.

"Hold still while I dry you off." Xenia said before closing her eyes. Before Naomi could protest Xenia began to murmur a few words under her breath. Naomi could feel the water leaving her clothes. When it was done Xenia opened her eyes again.

"Thanks." Naomi notices the change in Xenia's breathing. "You know, you shouldn't waist your energy for me."

"I'm your friend and, for now, your personal guardian. So don't talk to me about wasting energy." Xenia said in a serious tone. They sat in silence after that. It was Naomi who broke it.

"When do you think this war will be over?" she asked, playing with a silver necklace that hung around her neck. Xenia had one exactly like it hidden in her tunic. They also had matching symbols on their right shoulders. Both were magicked. They couldn't be removed. It was a way Akai and his men identified the slaves.

Xenia looked at her friend, who was staring out to the horizon. Naomi wasn't older than fifteen, just a year younger than herself. She was still a child. They both were but Naomi had too much pressure put upon her that shouldn't be there. Xenia wished there could have been another way.

Xenia put an arm around Naomi's shoulders. Naomi set her head on Xenia's shoulder and let out a sigh.

"Princess!" said a deep voice, causing both girls to jump. They turned to find Cedric staring at them, arms folded across his chest. "What are you doing out here?" Naomi groaned.

"Please don't make me go back to that stuffy room!" Naomi begged. "I..." Both girls stood up as she began to protest.

"Quit making excuses and GET BACK IN THERE!" he boomed. Xenia stepped in front of Naomi. "Get out of the way Xenia! You don't need more trouble."

"I don't see why she can't stay out here. I mean she's perfectly safe with me." Xenia said calmly.

"That's not my call to make." Cedric said with a shrug. "Only the chief can authorize that. He wants to have a word with you anyways so ask him about it then." he said as he grabbed Naomi's arm and practically dragged her away. Xenia sighed and headed to the Main House where, Jereco, the leader of The Resistance lived.

The End

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