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Aftermath [Vdara]

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@Malaysia NightReaver

It had been... two weeks since they destroyed the Eldritch monster that threatened to destroy her beloved home. Only with some luck and much needed help, were they able to successfully bring the monstrosity out of the sky and into the shores just outside the cities reach. While the plan was executed to success, it didn't come without a price that weighed heavily upon the young Princess.

Many Dragon Knights, Night Reavers, Golden Shields, and patrons to the city throne lost their lives in defense of their home. If it wasn't for her uncle, she was sure she would have been one of the above. Many nights haunted her followed by long days filled with looks of accusations. Though many knew there were little options, and her decision was supported by the royal court, they still judged. She had ruled Vdara for such a short time before such tragedy struck. With her parents still missing, she finally made the decision to summon her dearest brother. It had been some time since she seen him, and though he was in exile from their father, no one dared refuse.

Anastasia paced, locked in her room in a self imposed banishment. She had heard the last of the reports from various advisors updating her on the many whereabouts of the city and her family. For the most part, things have finally calmed down. Her room was luxurious and spacious with a balcony attached. She often sat at her desk reading or studying. Other time was spent training her powers with the umbra. Yet, both had proven most difficult as of late. Though the day was young, she was beyond tired as she sat herself within the shadows of her sorrows, waiting for her brother.

 

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How long had it been since Aremis left Vdara by order of his father? Too long, he supposed. The object of time was lost to him as he continued to reside within the Dragonspire, all the while attempting to unearth the challenge that his father had set out before him. During this time that has passed, the Dragon Prince had grown. He became braver, stronger and, a little less mischievous and while the task was not fully complete he had also become more confident in his abilities. He had also become rather fond of his companion, Maribelle Valentine, who has chosen to stick by him throughout this whole crusade. Together, they had become very enveloped in breaking the riddle to complete this quest. So it was to Aremis's surprise when two Nighreaver's showed up requesting his immediate attention. 

These were not the same NightReaver’s that had been following them around to make sure Aremis stayed on task, instead they were dispatched from the castle. Piercing blue hues stared at them in disbelief as they provided a minimal explanation of what was going on, and that his sister had summoned him back home. She's alive, he thought to himself as tears began to swell. Without hesitation Aremis immediately gathered his things and returned to Maribelle’s side,

“Forgive me my lady, but I am afraid our quest will have to be continued another time.” Scooping up her hand as he did when they first met, he placed a delicate kiss on the back of her hand before pushing back to a stand. “I am extremely grateful for all of your help, but I need to get home. – Captain,” He motioned to the brawny armored NightReaver standing his left. “Please escort Lady Valentine home safely. Make sure to provide her with anything she may need, and also compensation for her time and effort that she has spent at my side.”

“As you wish, My lord.”

To Maribelle, “We shall see each other again soon. I promise”

Aremis wished that he could prolong his departure a little longer as no amount of words could show his gratitude for Maribelle. 

Without any more delay, Aremis took to the sky.

- - 

Aremis flew as fast as he could to the Nedane castle, and by the time he reached the courtyard the sun was beginning to retreat behind the mountains. Large draconic wings flared out behind him as his boots his the ground, with a sword as his side and within his battle armor that his mother provided for him he may have resembled his father. The castle guards approached quickly as he marched his way through the main entrance.

“My prince! - The Prince has returned!” They yelled, making a verbal announcement.

Then a familiar face came up to him, a main of brawny stature, auburn hair, and dark brown eyes. Aremis did little to slow down or offer pleasantries, “Captain Raze,” he acknowledged, “My sister, where is she?”

“The Princess is within her chambers. I'll take you to her. ”

Not a few minutes passed as the Captain lead the Prince to the outside of where Anastasia was residing. He didn’t knock or announce his arrival, instead, he unceremoniously barged through the door. It opened with a loud creak and a slam against the wall as his eyes quickly traced the room to find his sister in the flesh. He didn’t say anything, he hoped that their bond was not completely broken as he walked straight up to her and wrapped her up in the warmest hug a brother could offer

“I’m so sorry,” he whispered, taking in her scent verifying that it was actually her, "It was all my fault. I’m so sorry I’ve put you through this..”

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Edited by Malaysia NightReaver

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She had waited, and her patience was rewarded. An all too familiar and familial bond snapped back into place as Aremis approached. She knew it was him even though she couldn't hear or see him yet, but it could be none other. Ever since their birth, the twins had always been connected in some shape or form. It hadn't been until the Underworld became heavily involved in their lives, did that bond snap as she was taken from this world. Her mind drifted back to the corporeal form her body once was, though temporary, before her door swung wide open.

The apology caught her off guard, and it was entirely unexpected. Not once during the last several months had she ever blamed her brother, but she could see that his feelings were true and genuine regardless. "Shh. None of this. It's not your fault there is evil in this world, and you are not to blame for it." Her words pressed with more confidence and ease she imagined they would. Her small time as a leader, though by proxy and figurehead alone, was rubbing off on her. With a deep breath and final squeeze, she released Aremis and took a step back.

"Have you been filled in?"

She asked curiously, wondering how much he knew of what was going on.

"Mother saved me, but was taken instead. Father went after her, and I was left here with the Castle." 

Her beautiful pale face was numb to emotion as she explained in much further detail, especially about the Underworlds involvement in all of it. 

"And since father isn't here, I've decided to call you home. Where you belong." 

It was the thought of her brother being home, and staying home, that finally brought a long lost smile back to her face once and for all. 

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As much as his apology caught her off guard, he was surprised that she did not blame him for the horror that she had endured.  In his mind, this was definitely all of his fault. Aremis, afterall, was the one that convinced Anastasia to ride one of the dragon’s to the heart of the city with him. They were not armed or protected there, and he was not strong enough to save her from being taken away. The Dragon prince had failed.

Yet in all of the turmoil that had taken place, there was something different about his little sister. It was as if she had grown up in the short period of her absence, her disposition displayed growth and maturity, and as she soothed his discomfort and his hands delicately slid from her shoulders while he stepped away Aremis noticed.. Ana had wings!

They were beautiful and seemed well suited for his sister, but before he could say anything his observations were cut short.

Have you been filled in?

She asked abruptly and his sapphire hues focused on hers, “Filled in?” He responded.

“Mother saved me, but was taken instead. Father went after her, and I was left here with the castle.- And since father isn’t here, I’ve decided to call you home, where you belong.”

Aremis went silent, did he just hear her correctly? She was saved and now they lost both of their parents? He did not sense their uncle anywhere either, which probably meant Alukai went with them. The Prince was confident that their parents would be able to handle themselves, but now the children were on their own. Ana’s last comment caused Aremis to recoil and look unceremoniously to the floor,  

“Thank you Ana, but once mother and father return you must know that I will resume my quest at the dragon spire. Father banished me until I am ready to face him in combat, which I still feel is an impossible feat, but one I will do my best to overcome. Please know my heart is so full seeing you alive and well, and your wings.. they are stunning. I always knew that you meant to soar, and now you can. You will be as strong as the rest of us, if not more.” His face cracked into a soft and endearing smile,

“Now, since father and mother are gone. I think you should sit on the throne until they come back, and I shall stand by your side. I will be your council as needed, you have always been much better at the political game than I.” His eyes narrowed to see her reaction. Together they were strong, and as siblings they would be able to play on one another's strengths. “One thing I will promise you, Ana, is that no one will hurt you again while I am here. I will protect you till my last breath, and I will not fail you again.”

As serious as he was, a single question brewed in the back of his mind. Aremis could sense a significant change in his sister, there was an ancient and familiar power stirring within the Princess. Pointing to her wings, “How did that happen anyway?”

 

 

 

 

Edited by Malaysia NightReaver

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