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The WeatherMaker - Prince of Light By Lady Lilium Characters: 8830

Updated: 2018-07-12 19:02


The walls of the courtyard either side of them were tall.

'We'll be protected from the wind here' Cam spoke in a murmur. 'We should be safe here. The eight are watching over us.'

Luke rolled onto his side, staring back at Cam.

'We should get to a town soon' Luke told him, 'before we start to run low on food.'

'Yeah' Cam mumbled. 'It's the obvious place to go next. We can ask around once we get there….ask if anyone has seen Lucy. She would stand out more I think…because of her red hair.'

Luke watched his brother for a moment longer, before closing his eyes, and succumbing to sleep.

Cam watched his brother for several minutes, before looking back at the manor.

Those figures are sure to be watching us he thought. Lucy……I hope you're safe…I hope you're out there somewhere……

They set off early the next morning, as they had the last, and made their way to the nearest town. Here, they learnt that several people had arrived some days ago, claiming to have escaped a fire. They had travelled from the woods.

Cam listened in eager silence as Luke questioned the innkeeper. They left together after that.

'So they went across the narrow sea' Luke said, walking out onto the streets and staring at the harbour before them.

The narrow sea is what many people called it; it was also nicknamed the wide river. Small ships often journeyed back and forth carrying passengers, as they were on this day.

'There is another kingdom across the waters' Luke said staring at the ships. 'I wonder why they went there.'

'We have to follow them' Cam hastened.

'Don't worry' Luke said glancing back. 'We will.'

They went to pay for a fare to cross the water. It wasn't long before they ran into problems.

'You call this money?' the man said to them. 'No the price is worth double at least, more so if you want to bring your horses.'

Luke and Cam exchanged anguished glances.

'Listen' Luke said stepping forwards with a friendly smile. 'I think it would be in your interest if-'

'Listen to me you tepid cur!'

The three of them looked around in shock at the new figure that had appeared. Cam instantly recognising the black cloak and gloves, but this figure wore no mask, not this time.

'Do you have any idea who these people are?!' Wonderland practically shouted at the man. 'I am an important official! You will let these people ride for free…and their horses, or else I will see your head rolling down the steepest hill I can find. No, make that a mountain!'

The man stared at the cloaked figure in shock.

'I am an important person' Wonderland continued. 'I have a personal relationship to the king himself! This man' she indicated Luke, 'is very important to him. Make me angrier and I will…I will…'

'Throw my head down the nearest mountain?' the man offered weakly.

'Yes!' Wonderland snapped. 'I'm glad you understand. Now let them go for free or I will strangle you with your own intestines then play golf with your kidneys.'

'Um…' the man replied uncertainly.

'Now do as I say or I'll have your children killed. I know each of them by name. Shawn five, Ella six and Brom nine. You were planning to go on a picnic soon to celebrate your tenth anniversary. Your wife would be sad if you couldn't make it…'

'Yes yes I get your point' the man said beginning to sweat and looking very confused and alarmed that she had known all of that. 'The men can go for free.'

'And their horses!'

'Yes their horses too.'

'Good' the cloaked figure said beginning to calm. 'I'm glad for your sake we could reach an understanding.'

The man rushed away to prepare a space for the horses.

Once he was gone, Wonderland turned to the brothers. She addressed Cam.

'We are all on your side' she spoke in a hushed voice. 'We will find her no matter what. Trust me.'

She turned and glided away without another word.

'So these are your masked friends' Luke mumbled once she was gone. 'They seem nice…a bit melodramatic.'

Cam shrugged at him at this.

'They are a bit odd aren't they?'

In no time at all, the ship was assail, and the brothers were standing upon the deck, leaning against the wooden balcony of the ship and looking out over the sea.

'It been great' Cam began, 'getting away and just being with you….catching up on the time we've lost. But the real reason I wanted to get away was to find Lucy. I know the others are out

searching for her….'

'But you want to find her yourself' Luke finished, placing his hand upon Cam's shoulder. 'I understand. I would want the same too.'

'Thanks Luke' Cam said glancing back at him. 'I knew you would understand.'

'Of course I do' Luke smiled. 'Let's find her together.' He drew his hand back then, a sombre expression crossing his face. 'When are you leaving?' he asked, speaking the inevitable.

'I don't know' Cam admitted. 'When the masked figures want me to I suppose, probably when Lucy is found.'

'Even if they find her first?' Luke asked.

'Oh' Cam said, speaking aloud what Luke was about to say next. 'What if I don't get to see her…?' he asked himself.

Luke pushed himself off the balcony wall, straightening then. 'She's out there somewhere, your Lucy. I'd very much like to meet her again.'

Cam glanced sideways at his brother, a smile playing about his lips.

'When I return' Cam spoke in a distant voice as he looked on, 'when I am stronger………I'm going to make things right…I'm going to be the king I should have been. The king our father always strived to be.'

Luke looked back at him as Cam glared with determination at the water below them.

'This…' Cam uttered, '…I swear…'

It was a short journey to the other side, and the brothers stood side by side on the highest deck, watching the land they were heading to coming slowly closer. Cam gripped the wood of the ship before him as he leant forward, glaring ahead with a fierce determination, his brother standing a step behind him.

I will find you…Lucy……I will see you again. He narrowed his eyes. Wait for me…

But it was before they reached the land, that they received the news.

Wonderland came back to them, appearing out of thin air before them. Cam's stomach clenched at this, as he grew scared, fearing bad news. But then she smiled.

'Lucy has been found!' Wonderland beamed. 'She is alive and well.'

Cam stifled a sob, hand going to his mouth in relief.

'Oh thank the gods…' he uttered.

'Come with us' the figure said to him. 'It is time. We will help to make you strong.'

'What' Cam uttered. 'I don't get to see her?'

'You want to be strong don't you?' Wonderland said to him. 'Do you want to return to her now, or as something better?'

'I…I want to see her.'

'Don't you trust us?' Wonderland asked him. 'After everything we have done for you?'

Cam bowed his head.

'Say your farewells to your brother' Wonderland said backing away. 'We will leave this world together, you and I Cam. You have only minutes.'

She drifted away, but she did not vanish. Wonderland only wandered to the other side of the ship, to stand and stare out at the sea on the other side.

Cam turned to Luke, who looked back at him sadly.

'Well…' Luke began slowly. 'I guess this is it then.'

'You'll go on ahead won't you?' Cam urged him. 'You'll keep going…to find Lucy yourself…and tell her what has happened to me.'

'I will' Luke whispered, tears brimming in his eyes. 'I promise I will.'

They embraced each other, holding one another tight.

'You'll come back' Luke said to him. 'You will come back won't you?'

'Yes' Cam whispered, fighting back his own tears. 'I promise. I swear to the gods…I will…'

Wonderland held out her arm, inviting Cam to move forwards. Once he did, Wonderland summoned a portal, using her magic with ease, to create a doorway to another world.

'Are you ready?' Wonderland whispered excitedly to him.

Cam glanced at her hesitantly, before looking back at his brother. Luke gazed back at him, nodding once slowly in encouragement.

Cam faced ahead again, staring at the portal reluctantly for a moment, before taking a breath and stepping towards it.

He stood directly before it, squinting at the bright light as it shone in his eyes.

He turned back to face his brother, just one last time.

'This is it' Cam said.

'This is it' Luke echoed, his voice unhappy.

'I will return one day' Cam told him. 'I promise I will come home.'

'I know you will' Luke nodded slowly.

Cam turned away to face the blinding light again.

He took one last steady breath to calm his nerves, before stepping forwards, through the portal, and to places unknown.

The next time Cam opened his eyes, he was in another world.

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End of The Prince of Light Part One, the story continues and ends in Part Two

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