First and foremost congradulations are in order! Congrats Shanell Stephens for winning the holiday giveaway on goodreads. I have a special holiday treat for you …drum roll….full first draft of Chapter 1 – On The Run of Eden’s Journey. It’s a work in progress I hope you all enjoy. Tell me what you think….
On the Run
Eden had always loved her rural small town Crescent Hills with its long loopy lakes and lush green valleys and hills in all of Skiania her home country. It was a place where she felt safe. Everything changed when she received the letter from the capitol to come to the palace of Skiania. She knew why…the elders wanted her. The elders are the highest ranking officials in Skiania. They make up the eight prominent races in the world Saletheia.
The Snakedragons, they are a gorgeous race in their human form some of their scales still show in beautiful patch of color on their body. They live in Qugral, and Wyvern. They govern the skies with the pegasonians. Lamians, they are the advanced human raced that escaped earth eons ago before it perished along with the Lamians. The Lamians used to require blood for their survival, but now they just require energy from humans but either will suffice. The earthians called them vampires.
The Adorans speed is not like the vampires, but they are still advanced humans they heal faster than normal some use telekinesis, telepathy, astral projection, they have super strength, and are highly intellectual beings many use mana a type of ancestral magick. Highest ranking magical beings in Adorans are the Mage (female) and Magi (Male). The Adorans stay in Montclair, Othyian, Avalon, Skiania, and Solara. The faele is a race of faeries and elves they are a crafty bunch, but they are very sociable people. The live on Seelie Island in the Atlantyia Isles where most of the merfolk are. Caelums they are the winged human creatures but bigger in size they can see just fine they don’t have pupils though their eye color match their ability they are mostly elementals they are fastest flying race in all of Saletheia besides the snakedragons aka the serpents of the sky. They live the Grail Isles, Serenyia, Oscana, and Greiiadal.
Werebeasts are the fox and wolf race they live just beyond the Skiania boarder in Dachein Mountains in the Dachein forest but they live all over Saletheia, specifically Moon Mountain in Wachein, and Lunar Woods in Raffnor.Weavers are the enchanted race. Our abilities are unnatural. Threads that forms webs from our palms or fingers since it’s hard to put our abilities in a specific category we are feared and respected by many of Saletheians, but not by all. Most weavers live in Skiania the country of providence in all of Saletheia.
The Pegasonians and Alecornians are horse like race that has two forms mammal (horse) and human form. The Pegasonians are winged horse people while the Alecornians are horse people with a horn sticking out the top of their heads usually the horns are silver, black, gold, or white. They stay in the St. A’ Laconia Forest in the Aurora Mountains behind a rushing waterfall, usually they can teleport and see into dreams and the psyche of any race.
Those with unique ability are given the highest position as a deity ruler or advisor to oversee a specific nation or all nations. If they can see the future, past, and present also known as the divine seer or they can read the stars or in my case weave lives or destinies. I only interpret what I weave and its unpredictable, but one of the elders an Alecornian can read the powers of any race. I was the first of my people that my abilities did not manifest until age 3. Most races you know there ability by age 1 if they happen to have one. Well when the Alecornian, Auris told them something they didn’t believe could be possible a weaver with more than one ability is extremely rare.
A weaver that could read the stars and weave the fate of others is what Auris could tell what my abilities was shaping up to be. By age 5 they kept a watchful eye on me. My` parents took pride in this they wanted me trained and prepared for whatever lies ahead. Soon after that things in my life began to change.
Whispers began to spread of the girl with purple eyes from the Everson family. My mom Belira dad Urwyn, older sister, Briyea and my younger brother Aiden have greenish gold eyes they glowed green when they use their powers. Mine are purplish with a hint of gold. We or should I say I had no peace I got picked on at school ‘you think you are so special’, the words they chanted over and over again ever damn day. I was either feared or hated. I only had one friend Iriedessa I called her Irie for short, but she betrayed me. That all changed when I met Kai and Toph at Imperial Academy I vowed never to trust no one again. When I was about 12 my parents decided it was time to send me to Imperial Academy a boarding school where the best and brightest of Saletheia went to school about a little more than half had special abilities.
They were closing in fast I needed a place to stay, and I am limited on options. I knew there was two I could call if I really needed anything. Looking out the window to see the numbers…a couple of soldiers and two royal guards were just beyond the mountains. Scrambling to the drawers. I grabbed my sheath belt, daggers. I was suited up whited hooded cloak, black pants, purple tank and black boots. I finished pack my things. Packed some of my small weapons into inner pockets of my clothing and boots. They will be hear by next day break if not sooner.
I can’t use the portals right now they have been inaccessible for the past 3 days. I couldn’t reach Kai at the moment, so Toph was my best bet to stay until I can cross the border into Montclair.
“Toph can I stay at your place until I can make other arrangements”
Before I could hear a reply I was grabbed,
“You’re coming with us” I looked up giving a half smiled to the soldier. While the others searched for others to see if someone was here besides me.
“No”, as I elbowed him in the ribs he released his hands off of me. He took a swing and miss I took that opportunity give him a round kick and sent him pumbling to the ground.
“I am not” I finished. One guard came at me from behind and pinned me down, while the other cuffed my face.
“Come with us quietly or by force your choice” the guard told me while still holding my face as I sneered up at him.
The capitol is in Varcopas city just west of the Skiania palace. It looks different than I remembered it. I could see one of the sky kingdoms just east of here. It looked to belong to the Pegasonians the winged horse crested symbol at the center of the purple triangular medieval shaped flags that are orange borders that are at the peak of the highest peaks of the castle that hovered in the sky you could barely make out the castle with the foggy clouds disguising the whole kingdom, but the flags stood out.
As I looked down around Skiania it was still big Skiria mountains that was just beyond Skiania boarder brought in a windy chill from the north. Thus, making my ride in the visen a little turbulent. As we circled around Skiania before landing I could see at the front gates the doors of the palace steps someone …-they were expecting us.
We descended to the visen air strip. One of the guards opened the door for me. The soldiers pulled up shortly on by the other visen.
They guided me inside the palace.
“This way Ms. Everson” two guards and a soldier in front of me two soldier on my sides and one guard and two soldiers behind the lead guards in front navigated us through the palace down the long corridor until we came upon the double doored room. I have never seen the full scope of the palace and don’t want to with, but I couldn’t help but feel I have been here before. The room looks different though. It has a long oval table. The 4 elongated chairs on each of the longs side and one each at opposite ends of the table. This must be their meeting place.
“Please have a seat” the guard said. One of the other guards whispers something to him, and then he left with a couple of the other guards.
A few moments later someone I never seen before entered the room. He was tall lean and muscular with golden hazel eyes and dark brown hair he was devilishly handsome. He sat in one the chairs on the end I got up and moved to the chair opposite the beautiful specimen.
He looked at me with an amused as expression before saying
“I hear that you gave my men trouble”
“Who might you be?”
“My apologies I am Prince Orion” I gapped at him. I blinked in astonishment.
So this is the legendary son of Queen Corona & King Aquila Solaris the most powerful elemental mage and magi Adorans in the history of Skiania. He is the only person that control all five elements water, fire, air, stone, and lighting. Not surprising consider Queen Corona controls water and stone and King Aquila controls fire and air both of them have control over lighting.
You could look at the planet Saletheia as a new earth. It has similar characteristic, but is advance and evolved and is infused with technology and magick (the oldest form of magic there is). Think of magic as oil and water for us. We needed it not of but many need one or the other or both. Our water is not limited the magic however is limited. In the last millennia magic has been depleting.
Elemental magic such as ancient magic wielders like Orion are rare and needed they are the most influential and powerful I detest them because while they are respected…these Adorans for their power and magic they are not fear or detested by many while the weavers are. I know I should not feel this way but I do.
“A Solaris… I see hmmm” I cut my eyes at him and looked away out the window. Him pecking my interest has ceased.
“We requested you hear because you have been chosen to be the next ruler of Saletheia.”
I smiled to myself as the suns gleams down through the window warming my face I placed my arms the table and letting my right arm rest on my chin rest on the back of my hand. My eyes flickered in his direction with a subtle ferocious glare.
“Your royal highness I refused when you requested. Now after I am being dragged to the palace against my will and you expect me say yes and accept to become the next ruler. Oh sure I will be your royal highness over my dead body or when pigs fly. You people are really testing my patience.”
He glared at me “You insolent woman do you plan to dismantle our government? Why do you denounce such a position that anyone would be honored to have.”
Well that was a loaded question. I originally considered but when our Ace Regent Alysia Rhyannon came to the graduating ceremony at Emperial Academy pulled me aside and told me what is going on and she now used as a catalyst for the government issues more like a sacrificial piece if the magic to increase the power collective in our government.
“Simply put I am no one’s sacrifice, but my own and when my friends need me.” I said glowering at him.
“Duties must always be put first” Prince Orion stated
“But at what cost my freedom, my very existence, my life…I refuse to be a pawn for the capitol or the final trump card for the magical community life source of magic. So if you will excuse me I got places to go people to see.”
Prince Orion can be stunned into silence…nice.
I got up and headed for the doors.
“Halt. You cannot leave.”
“Oh, but I can the capitol doesn’t have any reason to keep me here and I just formally declined the position.” I curtly responded
“I will look into the matter about the deity ruler being a sacrifice, but you are to be next ruler.”
“You can’t force me, but I will however go see someone before I leave the capitol” I slammed the door behind me.
I hope she still has the same room it’s on the other end of the palace.
I went down stairs and took the long corridor that connected east wing to the north wing. She should be on the third floor. I see that there are two guards guarding her door.
“You can let her in” Alysia commanded
She looked pale and she looked like one of the undead except they looked beautiful she looked sickly.
“How are you feeling?” I asked
“I’m holding on as long as I can I sent you a message 3 days ago. Why are just now coming?” She asked. I reached in the hidden sleeve pocket to get my communicator. It the most advance ore mirror it looks like a cosmetic compact, but it can be used as a communicator and leave message just the cell phones in the 21century on planet earth, but its live chat streaming feed and hologram all in one.
“I looked at my compact communicator” saying as I glanced at her.
“Why did you send it encoded embedded with magic” I swear she like a female version of Sherlock Holmes. She is more suspicious of people than I am and that’s a compliment.
“I did that in case the phone was tapped and it was urgent” she expressed as she glanced up at me.
“Well I was on the run when I got word that strange things was going on near the castle and inside the palace. I was making a run for it but they caught me before I could set foot out of my house.” I told her it couldn’t be helped not with the things as they are now. I will not be a lamb led to the slaughter. I rather be a prepared runaway lamb. That can come back when she’s prepared.
“You made the right decision leaving, but you still should told replied to my message. They are starting the sacrifice ritual in 7 moons time and people are slaughtered by the dozen and rebel faction are increasing to dismantle the capitol because they hold them responsible for the havoc.” Alysia told me in a very hushed tone.
“See this is why I need to hurry they may head this way I told them I was seeing someone before I left. I left their meeting room abruptly with a passive aggressive decline” I explained to her. Alysia eyes slitely widen at that last bit.
“Not good. Some of the representatives don’t feel you are fit. While some of the others see the benefit and potential. They also know you are a very powerful weaver that could turn the tide of this impending war.”
She went on saying how I act on my own. Whatever they can take their little nonsense of tradition and shove it I thought to myself as I listen to her speak of their principals and the duties and etiquette they feel should be carried out by me. They feel entitled to force their ideals upon me.
“But here’s the thing I don’t think it is necessarily the capitol at fought as oppose to certain people in high positions who have turned the peace of our nation upside down. When I first became ruler I was proud and honored. Now I wish I had the chance you have, but my time is running out.” She probably meant that figuratively and literally considering that it about time her to retire from her position. Upon the Haven of Seven ceremony the ruler can choose to retire or continue to rule until her death.
“Eden I need you to find out who ever is behind this and punish them to the fullest extent of law when you become ruler and I want to be alive to see it. Can you do it?” She sat up straight her glisten with assurance that I could get it done. I wasn’t quite sure if I could. Although her words were piercing. Her tone of voice today was something I never heard from her before toward me at least. It was so sharp and cutting, yet very calm.
“If things can be set right and Skiania and Saletheia I will consider taking over. I will see what I can do.” That is all I promised because that’s all I believed I could deliver right now.
I bent down gave her a hug.
“I am heading to Montclair for a while to regroup. Stay well until I get back” I whispered to her before I let go. Footsteps grew louder as they neared Alysia’s room.
“I hear them coming I better go. If they ask where I went send them to Othyian.” I mouthed to her. She nodded.
I open the window leading to the balcony and jumped.