|End of Darkness|
|Spin Offs|| Full Stories
|Followed By||The Rise of Lucerne|
|Narration||POV Character Narration, Unreliable|
The End of Darkness is the first book of the New World series, and is the second longest of the series. The end of darkness begins during the days following the Fall of Tree Hill, and tells the events that lead to William Lovie III embarking on the journey, and then the eventual overthrow of Bill Lovie. The story of the end of darkness ends with the events of the Battle of Berne and throughout the story many main characters are killed. The End of Darkness would be the most heavily Lucernian of the stories so far, and it made sure to point to the fact that William Lovie III. was the main character of the series.
The End of Darkness would give a lot of information of several conflicts from the point of view of Bill Lovie reading stories to his young son William Lovie III. These stories were told throughout the three chapters with Bill Lovie as the POV, and during this the Driving Tide would be discussed, the Arnor War, the Bloody Supper, and several other important events were forshadowed or told in their entirety.
The End of Darkness begins with the Kingdom of Lucerne in a terrible position as the King currently in Bill Lovie has lost his mind due to fear, and madness and has alienated most of his vassals into hating him. The prince in William Lovie III. is at this point suffering from depression caused by missing a girl that he has seemingly no memory of, but sees each night in a dream, and this brings him to eventually leave the mountainy capital with a group of his friends and a small military force. Travelling throughout the kingdom he comes to learn that his father has commited attrocities on a scale that noone could have ever thought possible, and he makes the decision to turn against his father's rule and lead the kingdom himself, of which he will do after he has relieved the nearly destroyed city of Tree Hill. Meeting with the king of the neihboring kingdom of Gondor he creates an alliance of which leads to the two working together to clear Gondor's besieged city of Orcs, and then together they fight and clear the city of Tree Hill of Orcs. Following this he discovers the Orcs had been allowed to enter Lucerne with the assistence of his father and after falling in love with a lady of House Scott he travels northward and relunctantly marries Bella Swan before travelling back to the capital to confront his father. Meeting his father and brother in their home he is unable to get vengeance when both use Magi to teleport away from Lucerne, but despite this he is crowned king and begins changing the situation that his father had got them into. The story ends with the final conflict between WIlliam Lovie III. and Sean Lovie and after a long argument between the two Sean kills Amber Heard II. and then is in tern killed by William of whom is devestated by her death but learns of his son and promices to care for him. The prologue is the first glimpse into the White Dragons of Lucerne and Lornax shows a desire to assist but the reasoning behind why they wont is explained when Stragnarax the ancient White Dovah details the last time the White Dovah went to the valley and helped a Lovie.
The end of darkness contains several POV characters in the form of many of the characters that will continue to be the main characters throughout the New World series.
|William Lovie III.||
1, 7, 11, 16, 23, 26, 30, 33, 36, 51
|Alice Lovie||2, 12, 27, 40, 44|
|Jon Snow||8, 14, 28, 50|
6, 9, 18, 29, 34, 42
|Lucas Scott||4, 20, 49|
|Hedrik Clegane III.||3, 10, 15, 41|
|Leven Martell||12, 31, 35, 38|
|Franklin Brent||5, 16, 24, 37, 48|
|Ezio Ederiz||Prologue, 19, 21, 39, 47|
|James Lovie II.||22, 29, 60, 64, 72|
Births and Deaths
- Thomas Lovie
- Ashley Lovie
- William Lovie IV.
- Riley Scott
- Lucie Lovie
- Sean Lovie
- Amber Heard II.
|Look at the world father. You were born into this land, and you have told me hundreds upon hundreds of times how much you used to love it. Look at everything you have done to it. You destroyed a city for no reason, killed hundreds of good men out of fear. Is this how you want to be remembered father. Is this the world you want to leave behind? I know you were a good person once. I have all the evidence laid out in front of me as to why you are the villain of this world, but I don't fully believe it. Don't end it all here, and be remembered as a monster..|
"Stand Ezio. You are far too respected to kneel before us."
"Thank you High Mentor."
"Your next task comes from the Germans to the south. There king has apparently decided to pay us a very large amount of gold to protect his heir."
"Is there a particular threat against the young prince?"
"That I do not know Ezio. Our birds tell us the king may be mad. They tell us strange stories of him having lost his mind."
"If I may High Mentor."
""Speak freely Ezio. You have earned that right."
"The matter I spoke to you about before my last assignment." I noticed Busara, and Remund Boix share a look before the High Mentor nodded to them and they left the room without a word to me. I had known Remund for almost ten years but the look in his eye was one of a stranger.
"I want to speak honestly with you Ezio. Can we do that?" With everyone having left the room I felt a sence of fear that was almost alien for me. I had killed untold people in my life. Walked into the scariest places and never batted an eye. The way he spoke made me feel that fear.
"Of course High Mentor."
"What will it take for you to drop this matter?"
"Drop it High Mentor?"
"Your asking a lot of questions. Your brothers have brought this to my attention." It shocked me that my questions had so quickly gotten back to the High Mentor.
"The Raven Order is everything to me High Mentor. I simply want to understand what happened to them."
"And if I told you an answer that painted the order in a bad light?"
"Was there anything else Ezio?" Looking into the eyes of Riol Nansladron I could tell he was beginning to panic that I hadn't left yet. He was one of the High Mentor's most loyal servants so his panic only fueled me on.
"Yes there is Riol. I need you to tell me the truth of what's going on here."
"What's going on?"
"I'm going to tell you the same thing I tell all the men I've ever interrogated. You have one lie. Lie to me once and I will understand and accept." I pulled the knife from my side and the elderly Riol fell backwards knocking into his table and falling down to his back.
"What are you doing."
"I already told you." I stepped towards him holding the knife to his feeble weak neck.
"I know what you are. I know what you do. You'll just kill me."
"I promise you I will let you live if you tell me the truth. Lie or withhold from me and I will torture you for days and leave you a broken body. You won't be dead. But you will wish you were dead." He pondered my words for a moment before the coward begin speaking again.
"I'll tell you. Just ask the question."
"We both know you killed my friend. Why?"
"He saw the Dark One."
"The Dark One?"
"We call him the dark one, but frankly I don't even know his real name. He's the messenger of Sauron the Dark Lord of Mordor."
"Why is an agent of that monster here?"
"Because Sauron is our new master Ezio. Your living in darkness."
"You swore yourself to Sauron?"
"For me it was simple. I was tired of fighting for the good side. They don't pay well." As he let out a laugh at his own words I punched him in the face before pulling him back up and sliding the knife as close to his neck as I could. Holding his hands up in a surrender pose he whispered to me. "The High Master has his own reasons." I held the knife so close to his neck that a drip of blood came from his neck smacking against the floor.
"What are those?"
"I think he wants to be king."
"King of what?"
"How does swearing himself to a monster get him to that end?"
"You think I know. I'm just telling you what I think. You think for a moment that man is telling me anything."
"You are one of his closest confidants." He let out a laugh as I said the words.
"You've been gone a long time Ezio. He has new men. Men sent to him from Sauron loyal places like Taraban, and Umbar. We of the old number are kept to the outside now."
"How many remain loyal?"
"Less today then yesterday. Less tomorrow then today. Loyalty to the old way is a quick way to die here."
"I called you a friend, and you allowed all of this to happen."
"Where were you Ezio when Gregor was being betrayed?"
"Sayden and his men killed dozens of the top echolon of the order, and then tried to kill Gregor and his son. He fought them off and escaped to Bravenholdt. Sayden had already wiped out Bravenholdt so when Gregor got there he realized the scope of what was happening."
"And what did you do?"
"The same thing that you did. Nothing. I did nothing."
"I see now that you have lied to me Ezio."
"What are you talking about? Tell me why you didn't help Gregor."
"It doesn't matter. You said that if I told the truth you would let me live. I can see in your eyes. Your justifying my death now. You have no intention of letting me live." There was no point in lying anymore. The game was over and he knew how it ended.
"You know too much."
"Then this is how it ends."
"You have become a monster. But I am truly sorry that I lied to you."
"Promises mean everything, but after they are broken, sorry means nothing."
"Would you like a final moment."
"No. Just get it over with." With his words I pulled from my side a vial I always kept close at hand when I was on missions but here in Ravenholtd I never thought I would have need of it. This was supposed to be a place of safety for me. The one place I could lower my guard and not worry about having to poison someone. "How will you do it?"
"So you will attempt to hide what you have done here."
"I must change this. Killing you is something I must do for honor's sake. Escaping is something I must do for the sake of this entire continent."
"So your betrayal of me is justified by saving the continent."
"Atleast I leave this world a bigger person then the one I entered."
"I am leaving Ravenholdt my friends."
"That sounds more permenent then just a mission Ezio."
"This place is gone. We need to leave here."
"They will hunt us down and kill us."
"They will try."
"I am very pleased to have you here Lord Ederiz. Your reputation precedes you and I know that you are the man I need to keep the prince safe."
"You have an amazing city your grace. I will be honored to protect your son. May I ask what threat you believe to be targeting your son?"
"I'm not going to lie to you..."
"Ezio, Your Grace."
"Your a spaniard?"
"No your grace. I do not know my mother but my father was a Vandal. My father was born in Forks though your grace."
"Did you ever meet your mother?"
"My father and mother are both a mystery. I was told by the orphanage that they died in a sickness that swept through the city."
"I am sorry to bring up terrible memories Ezio."
"No need to apologize your grace."
"You asked what the threat I saw to my son was. You asked and I told you that I wouldn't lie to you. I'm paying you to protect my son. I am not paying you to understand my decisions. Is this understood."
"It is your grace."
"Something happened in the now ruined city of Tree Hill. My enemies blame me for this. Many of my vassals due to blaming me have turned against me, and I believe because of this they wish to gain revenge through harming William."
William Lovie III.
- An overarching part of the chapter is William's constant dreams of a girl of whom he does not know but feels he does. This foreshadows Alice Lovie of whom during this time Alice Lovie was stuck in Forks and knew nothing of her life previously there were constant references in William`s chapter to trying to remember something in his dreams and becoming increasingly close to remembering who the girl is.
|Look at the world father. You were born into this land, and you have told me hundreds upon hundreds of times how much you used to love it. Look at everything you have done to it. You destroyed a city for no reason, killed hundreds of good men out of fear. Is this how you want to be remembered father. Is this the world you want to leave behind? I know you were a good person once. I have all the evidence laid out in front of me as to why you are the villain of this world, but I don't fully believe it. Don't end it all here, and be remembered as a monster..|
I woke as I did every other day as the sounds of the cragcrow chirped its calming tune throughout the town. Kneeling to the edge of my bed I stepped to the window and took a minute to just look out at the city. My father had once told me that each day is another day that you have been given the chance to fix some wrong. He told me that the only way you ever truly understood the world was too look out and spend a moment just absorbing it in as much as you possibly could. I mustn't have been there more then a few minutes when I felt her hand on my shoulder and sadly it was only then that I remembered Leven had spent the night.
"Do you really have to spend so much time staring at this damn window." She rested her head on my shoulder and the way she said it made it clear to me that it wasn't a jab and she understood. She was one of the few who were able to speak honestly with me, as the rest either feined truth, or just outright told lies. The life of a prince was something that you could never take for granted as I got luxeries I knew most of the people could only dream of...but on the other hand there was a genuine loneliness to being royalty. Only a select few told you anything other then how brilliant you were, and even they could only be trusted to tell the truth to a certain extent. It was for that reason that Leven, Jasper, Dylan, and Emmett were so important to me.
"Does it bother you Levia?" I turned myself around and captured her in a brief kiss that the moment after I did I felt bad. I was supposed to be better then this. Kissing Levia was kissing the lips of someone that truly loved me, and I knew I could never give her that kind of love. It wasn't that I didn't think she was pretty or desireable. I had spent the last few days with her in my bed, and I thourally enjoyed every minute of it but...something was just missing from it. I loved her the way a brother loves a sister, which sounds terrible since I sleep with her so much, but I just never want to see her sad. So I give her what I can of myself and keep the guilt I feel deep in myself.
"It doesn't matter to me how you need to spend your mornings." She smiled and returned to the bed sitting in her robe she stared at me more seriously. "'I heard your brother gets let out today."
I hadn't thought of my brother in months. Every time I thought of him this dull headache rose in my head, and I felt a truly dangerous amount of rage. It all was still hazy, but the parts people tell me were that he attacked Amber during the night, and me and him would get into a duel down at Golden Gate. From the fact that he had been in with the nurses for months I had hurt him quite badly, but for the life of me I couldn't remember a thing. It was just a haze. "I'd rather not think on him today if that's alright." It came out harsher then I wanted it too, and I immediately moved towards her and caressed her cheek to tell her I was sorry. Her movement into my hand told me I was forgiven.
We spent the rest of the morning just laying there, and it wasn't until Draco Highmore knocked twice on the door, before departing with his routine "Good morning my prince, may I get you anything". I thanked him and told him I was fine, and the moment after I did he nodded kindly at Leven who hid her naked form under the blankets before he excused himself. Draco had served as my personal guard for years, and over that time he had come to learn the intricacies of knocking. One knock meant it was official business and I had better hurry up. Two meant friends were coming up, and I had five minutes to get dressed before they were up here. He told me that there used to be more knocks but like so many other things around here we had forgotten their purpose. It was barely five minutes later that Emmett came barging through the door, and like everything else he did the gentle bear hopped himself onto the bed barely missing Leven who punched him in the arm in jest. By this point in our friendship Jasper and Dylan had come to realize that there was usually going to be someone in bed with me, but Emmett had the caution of the bears that he was often nicknamed.
"You beat Dylan up here? You never beat him." I had gotten myself off the bed and took to sitting in a chair in the corner of the room that was all together to small for me, but for some reason made me feel closer to whatever it was that I felt seperated from.
"Well today he happened to be unaware of a certain tripping hazard that I may or may not have placed on his beloved shortcut." Me and Leven both laughed as just as he finished saying that Dylan walked in with the residue of what must have been some sort of pie on his face.
"Did you honestly want to beat me here so badly that you were willing to spend all your money to get Will's uncle to plant that damn pie." Jasper entered next laughing as well, but somehow still remaining the calm and centered member of the group through the pie and everything else.
"How do you know I had Christoper do it. I could have climbed the walls and done it myself." I imagined Emmett's massive form trying to climb the Cloud Tower and I joined in the laughter that filled the room.
"I don't even think it would be possible for you to scale the dozen floors to get in through a window. Plus you know even you wouldn't have survived the arrows they shot at you trying to climb it."
"So I cheated. Why don't you get your banking friends to send me the bill."
"They don't send that kind of bill to your sort." With that Emmett grabbed him in a joking way around the neck and the two came to fight as they so often did.
As I listened to my three best friends in the world joke around, and Leven sit on my lap as she also watched on I couldn't help but see how different the group was. We had called ourselves the Shadow Council before Edward had left. Looking at us now I realized that I hadn't thought on Edward for some time. When he was here he was my best friend. Above Leven. Above Jasper. He was my closest friend, and when he left there was just this hole that opened up in the group. It wasn't until Dylan worked his way inside that I started to feel things normalize. Looking at Dylan an Emmett I laughed at watching them wrestle. Dylan the heir to the powerful House Steinmare. Emmett McCarty the honorable son of a poor noble family. These boys just wrestling like there was nothing in the world that could trouble us. Leven moved in my arms and her sweet down to earth smile took you away from the fact that this beautiful girl was the daughter of the Martells patriarch one of my families most trusted banner men to the west. The final member of our little group leaned against the wall a small smile across his face watching as Dylan tapped the ground giving up to the much stronger Emmett. Jasper the rich son of an even richer family of bankers. You wouldn't know it from the quiet way he handled himself but he was the richest out of the group. Richest of course outside of me I suppose.
Where did I fit into the mixture. I was the prince of the Kingdom of the Valley. The Martells, the Hales, the Cullens, and the McCarty's were all something in there own right, but whatever they were was nothing compared to my family.
My family had ruled the Valley since my great grandfather and namesake William Lovie had taken the fight into the mountains and destroyed the Goblins. It's said he controlled dragons back then which allowed him to conquer all within the valley in only a few years. They said so destructive to the Goblins was he that the Dwarves of Lucerne built this very city to reward us for our actions.
For three generations we had ruled over this land, but sitting here I would almost have traded it all to just be able to go off somewhere and be at peace. Emmett, and Jasper stopped fighting at the sound of talking at the door, and I turned myself to see who was here. The door opened and in came my cousins Emma Bell, and Marcel. Emma was becoming quite the beauty and I had heard even now from her father that he was fielding many offers for her hand, but my father had rejected them all despite technically not having the right too. "What brings my cousins to my room at such an early hour of the day?" Marcel was besides my failure of a brother the only other male of my generation and for that I had always kept him close to myself. I had first grown close to him following a series of conversations with Jacob Vorn one of my grandfathers advisors who told me I needed to be constantly thinking of the relationships around me.
"My mother is sick, and I couldn't watch my father pace anymore."
"What about you Marcel?" When Edward spoke it I took a look around the room and felt this feeling of dread spread overmyself, and knew in that moment I needed to get out of this room.
"Actually Emmett, Marcel is here to join me in visiting Lord Faraday." He gave me a look of confusion clearly not knowing anything about my quick lie, but when he looked at my face he must of understood what I was doing.
"I had hoped you hadn't forgot Will." Following quickly with my lie I stood up grabbing my sword belt from beside the bed before planting a kiss on Levens waiting lips and walking to the door.
"How could I forget the Faraday's." Turning around I could see others wanted to join, and I just needed to get away for a bit. Just needed a little space to think. "I am sorry you all cannot come with us, but my father personally requested that just the two of us go." It was sad that all it took was to add my father to a silly request and suddenly the foolishness of the request was just understood to be driven by a silent understanding that my father was lost in madness.
Leven would move towards me going to kiss me but, I was just so overcome with this feeling of taking advantage of her that I simply moved my head to the left kissing her on the cheek. If she noticed she didn't say anything and without another word Marcel followed me as I left the room making my way towards the stairs "Prince William does your father truly know where you will be going today?"
"Draco, what my father knows is of little concern to me at this moment."
"I understand my prince." Draco had never been anything but understanding. He was the man who should have been my father. He would never have been capable of what I knew my father was.
"As I understand you must tell him that I left today."
"Yes my prince."
Draco was everything to this family, but above all else he was loyal. Loyality to a fault sometimes, but you never for a moment had to doubt what decision he would make. He would always follow the letter of the laws, and if that was in question he would follow the decision that was best for my family and House Lovie.
"Where will you go Will?" There was a caring behind the words, and despite knowing it would only lead to my father recalling me back I felt the desire to not lie to him.
"To be honest I think I'll just put on my cloak and hide out at the lake."
"It still reminds you of her?" I looked down at the mention of her. The girl in my dreams haunted me day and night, but I knew who he wanted, who he believed I was missing. He alongside everyone else thought I was missing Amber Heard, and the truth was that I did miss her. I missed being with her but that was different longing then what I felt for the shadow girl from my dreams.
"I think the lake will always remind me of Amber."
"You know you could write to her."
"If she had wanted me to write to her she would not have left me while I was in a coma."
"I know that she loved you Will."
"I believe you. Perhaps one day I will find out the reason, but as the days move forward it grows closer to a day when my father will present me with the name of the girl he has finally chosen to marry me too."
"Perhaps it shall be Amber."
"My father would never let that happen."
"Be safe my prince."
"I always am." I slapped him on the shoulder and moved towards the lift where Marcel waited patiently talking with Maester Boestel laughing about something. Marcel was outside of my brother the only male of our generation, and unlike my brother he was an honest person. His father had went to war with my father when the Bretonians had been overrun by the greenskin and it was believed for a long time that he had died in the fighting, but like everything else in my family that had turned out to be a lie. Marcel's father and namesake had aparently survived the Battle of Lyons that had devestated the Lucernian forces and ended the human control of France, and instead of trying to find his way back home he stayed with the Bretonians in England. He was married now with a new child. Another failure in our family.
Stepping onto the lift Draco shut the door behind me and Marcel and I felt the lift begin to lower us towards the bottom of the tower. Marcel was reading a book that Maester Boestel had given to him, and I knew he loved reading so I left him to his reading. The lowering of the lift gave me a moment to think, and as always happened when my mind had free time I thought back to the girl. After my coma it had first been nothing more then just dreams at night. A small reacurring dream I would have that felt more like memories, but easy enough to pass off as a reprecution of my coma.
As we reached the bottom of the tower the lift door opened and the guards bowed to us and grabbing Marcel by the shoulder I pulled him along. I wanted to be alone but it felt selfish to use Marcel and not atleast bring him with me so he was coming with me to the pools where I could just lay and think. Walking down the marbled pathway of the estate I could never escape the understanding of how severely overwhelming my families wealth was as it took us leaving three gates before we were truly out of the House Lovie estates. Marcel still reading his book following a few steps behind me
I walked down the steps watching the girl laughing as she skipped beside me holding my hand. I watched her laugh and felt at peace for the moment. Who was this girl that haunted my dreams I wondered. Always the same blurred face, but the voice remained as resolute as if I heard it everyday. As we kept walking holding hands I felt her stop and looked towards her seeing she had an angry look, and when I looked forward and saw Britney Hemsworth coming towards us I understood.
Britney was for all intensive purposes my girlfriend at the time, and despite continuing to sleep with Leven, and whoever else I felt like she was the one that I was coupled with. My father loved everything about her, and that fact was never kept far from my ear when I was near him, and maybe that made me like her less. I mean there was no reason to have a problem with her, and the love making with her was beyond anything I had with anyone outside of Leven....It was just something missing.
``My prince, and princess, what brings you to this part of town.`` As I looked around I hadn`t noticed we had gone so far, and I knew we were getting close to dangerous areas of the town. The unfortunate nature of Lucerne was that the northern section was called Lucerne Hold, and in this part of town the nobles and the rich were dominant. But in the southern section. In the southern section the slums had sprung up like insects. My father told me that it was the work of criminals, and that only the glory of House Lovie kept the slums even fed. I didn`t believe him for one second, but who was I to say anything when I had the ability to protect them and I did nothing. Walking into Lucerne proper wasn`t something that Draco liked us to do, but after I resisted him more then once he simply brought along more men when we entered the lower part of the city. I mean not that we were in any actual danger with Ser Draco Highmore guarding us, but it was reckless to put ourselves in this type of situation.
``I could ask you the same milady. You do not have a mighty knight guarding you as we do.`` She chuckled after I said it and the girl beside me holding my army tightly let out a sigh as if disgusted by her.
``I suppose your right on that case.`` As I went to speak the girl clasping my arm spoke up.
``In the end we were just leaving weren`t we Will.`` I knew this girl for some reason and knowing her the way my mind did I knew her calling me Will was a reminder that I was hers, and not Britney`s. Britney though looked so sad when the girl called me Will that I ignored her. Her voice was like a beacon in the worst storm you could imagine, and yet I had no idea why.
``Yes we were.``Britney`s sadness seemed to multiply until I finished. ``Would you care to join us Milady.`` Upon me saying it her eyes immediately lighted up she nearly jumped beside me taking my arm in hers. The three of us walked back towards the Cloud Towers and just talked. The conversation was fluid between me and Britney but this girl I knew so well refused to even feign kindness towards Britney. Britney told us of her home in Arnor, and the family she had left behind, and I felt a connection for a moment to this girl that I only felt for the girl on my other side. Arriving where she was staying in the Lucernian Academy grounds I took her hand in mine and kissed her goodbye.
It was a surprisingly tender thing to do when I knew I was luring her into a relationship I could never reciprocate into. But despite knowing that I couldn`t shake her beauty. As I pulled back and took in the ear to ear smile that crossed her face I knocked a pendent that held her hair in place to the ground. Moving quickly to pick it up I felt terribly as she ruined the front of her dress kneeling down in her desperation. ``I`m so sorry Britney.`` She reached out to the sound of my voice and caught my hand squeezing it tightly. When she raised her face she had tears on her face, and I felt even the girl I knew so well behind me move closer to try and comfort this broken girl in front of us. She wiped the tears from her face, before speaking and I felt the girl squeeze onto my back as well as if pulling me away from Britney.
``My mother made me this broach. She made it for me...and now...now its all I have left of Arnor.``
``You shall return home one day Britney.`` I held her cheek up and stared at her. ``I have no doubt that before you meet Glaurung you shall see your home again.`` I knew she didn`t believe in the dragon, but in this land I knew there was no choice but to accept its words or be a leper. It was such a strange thing the way people became angered by the rejection of a god that they had never seen.
``Its not seeing my home again that worries me William.``
``Then what has you frightened.`` Britney was a Numenorian, or people of Atlantis as they were known amongst the commoners. In all ways that one could see she looked like everyone else, but her bloodline meant she was near immortal in age. It was so strange to see her here looking so afraid.
``You know little of my people. I understand that we must seem almost non-human in our ways, but despite what people say we can...we can die to many things. Many among us are cursed with a disease that ages us, and eventually kills us.`` The broach coming from her mother made me realize of whom she was afraid for.
``Your mother suffers from this.``
``She does...`` I pulled her into a hug and I felt the girl behind me recoil as if struck by fire. Britney rested herself in my chest and her breathing seemed to calm down somewhat.
``I`m sorry Britney. I`m sure she knows how much you love her.``
``You know when I say it, I can barely believe it to be true but...but when you say it I almost believe it.``
I felt the girl behind me pull on the shirt beneath my armor and I turned around to look at her. Her face remained the same cloudy image as always but she finally spoke out to me in a voice that sounded more like an angel then the cloudy human before me. "Will I'm going to go inside." Before I could anwser Britney spoke.
"You don't have to go inside princess. I will go home now." Britney went to walk away and I felt torn between two people one of which I couldn't even see.
"No." She almost shouted it out. "I'm going inside. Will, please walk lady Hemsworth home." Without another word she turned and took the arm of Ser Pontus Lucerne who led her inside.
There was several moments of silence as I watched the girl walk inside and the guards close the door behind her before several came out clearly preparing to follow me and make sure I survived taking Britney home.
You know I never wanted my feelings for you to cause problems with her. I just....
"Britney I could never blame you for any of the things happening between myself and..." I could feel the words coming from my mouth but I could hear nothing. My brain couldn't feel the words. The memory was broken, and it was in this moment that I realize that I am asleep. There is no changing this. It's already happened. Just living the memory hurt me, but it would be worse to have no memory at all. It was time to play things out.
"She is your everything. What chance do you and I have if she continues to hate me?"
"She's just not used to the idea of me getting married." I wiped a tear from her cheek and she looked up at me. She gave me the same look I saw in levia's eyes. Hope. She had the same desire to marry that Levia did. I would fail both of them.
"Should she get used to it?" I could have told her the truth. I could have let her know that I didn't want to marry her. I could have told her it was time to go home. Time to see her mother again. I could have done a lot of things, but staring down at the open skin of her neck all my mind could imagine was the feel of her body beneath mine.
"William? I felt the arm wake me up from the dream, and the frustration I felt over being constantly so close to finding out who the girl was made me want to lash out at whoever had woken me. Opening my eyes I saw that it was Blake. Blake Cullen was the twin sister of Edward and after Edward had left I had shamefully taken her as a lover. I discovered later that Japser had also taken her as a lover, but there relationship had become more painful then mine and it was now something I didn't bring up to Jasper.
Looking at her though it wasn't difficult to know why she had become the source of so much attention. Blake was famous at the academy for her beauty and while Edward was here the attention had been non existent the moment he left there was no stopping it. Her blonde hair blew in the wind as I pulled myself up from the blanket I had fallen asleep on, and she gave me a smile before handing me a letter.
"What is this?" She didn't say a word just smiled. I opened the letter and read the contents. Dear father. I am writing you from Westbridge as I have left Hogwarts. I have not left in failure so do not worry about that. Hogwarts is gripped by the drums of war, and I have been asked to leave to protect me from what is obviously a coming civil war in their ranks. I have learned all that I can from Hogwarts, and it is time for me to come home. In three days I will be boarding a boat taking me south and I look forward to seeing everyone once I am home. "Is he really coming home."
"I can't believe it either Will." I felt so much as I realized that Edward was coming home. I wondered how different he was. I wondered how different he would think I was. "Keep reading Will." She laughed as she said it, and looking up at her I just playfully gave her a push to the shoulder which made her laugh more. Going back to the letter I saw my hands shaking as I continued reading. I will be taking Hilary back home, but once I have taken her to Brill I'm coming home. I wonder if you could do me the favor of letting my friends know that I am returning. As you know I never found many friends while I was there and seeing Will, and Levia again has been something I have dreamed about for many nights. Please don't let Blake see this letter as I know she will just pass this on so in that regard I'm trusting you to keep this safe. I don't need them knowing I come back friendless.
"He didn't make friends there."
"Apparently he spent all his time with Hilary and someone named Harry Potter. Father says he was too engrossed in his training to make friends, but I think he was lost without you guys."
"In his letters to me he seemed to be having such a good time." Edward and I had wrote to each other once every few weeks at the start of his time in Hogwarts, and while that had gone way down as the years of him being gone pushed on I still thought I knew what was happening with him. To think that he had been keeping all of this to himself made me feel bad for him. He should have known he could come to me, but in truth look at me now. I shouldn't be the least bit surprised that I've disappointed another person.
"He told us what we wanted to hear."
"I suppose he did."
"Want to go upstairs and read the rest of the letter?" I was done the letter. She knew it and the look in her eyes told me exactly what she wanted from me.
"I hate to read alone." I took her by the hand and led her into the tower where I was met by a larger then usual troop of men inside. They were yelling at eachhother but at my arrival they all either disbursed returning to their spots or knelt down. Looking at them I didn't recognize several so on top of the yelling I was wondering what the hell was going on here. Giving a look to Ser Podrik he came immediately over. "Please take Lady Cullen upstairs." Looking to Blake. "I'll be right up Blake. I just want to find out whats going on." She nodded and followed Podrik into the lift, and I walked towards the gathered men followed behind me by Ser Erik, and Gilbert Fouline.
Going straight towards the man who I had seen yelling when I had entered he kneeled before me. "Rise Ser" He rose at my words and I looked at this man probably forty something years old. He had a scar across his neck, and despite clearly realizing who I was I could see the slight tint of anger in his eyes despite him attempting to hide it. "Tell me what was happening here."
"My Prince it was simply a petty argument among guards. I apologize for dishonoring myself." He bent down once again bowing his head before me. Looking to the man he was arguing with I noticed it was Ser Gontiv of Schwartz of whom was a knight under the service of Kieth Schwartz my god father of sorts.
"I am your prince Ser...?"
"Ser Trenlik of Oakheart my prince."
"I am a sworn knight to Lord Karlis Oakheart of Tree Hill."
"You have come from the destroyed city of Tree Hill."
"Destroyed city my prince?"
"Yes the city..." At my words Ser Erik stepped in.
"My prince do not press this issue any further. I beg of you to stop." Ser Erik was a loyal man. He had been a constant in my life for years, and in all those years I had never seen the look in his eyes before. I prided myself in reading people, but this look was so foreign to me. A mixture of fear, pleading, and sadness.
"Push what Erik?" Before Erik could continue Trenlik was on his feet and he moved to quick causing several of the house guard to grab him restraining him. "Let the man go." None of them seemed inclined to listen and the look of fear had now spread to almost all of them. "I said let him go!" I don't know the last time I had yelled at them, but it was enough to get them to let Trenlik go. "Tell me Ser the truth of why you are here."
"I am here to gain audience with the king so that I may gain assistance for Tree Hill."
"In the rebuild?" Everyone knew that Tree Hill had been destroyed by the green monsters from France known as the Orcs and following the Orcs destroying the city my father had led a large army to Tree Hill and destroyed them completely.
"My prince there is no rebuild. The city is not destroyed. It remains under siege. It never fell." My father had relieved the city. He had told me those exact words. I had been told that exact thing by so many people. I had been taught it at the academy.
"What do you mean it never fell."
"My prince. What have you been told?" Before I could respond I heard the lift door slam open and turning to look I saw Kieth Schwartz step through. I could read his look. He was angry. Angrier then I had ever seen him.
"Ser Trenlik it is time for you to be silent." Kieth raised his staff and I watched as Trenlik grabbed his throat falling to his knees. Going down to help him he opened his mouth and I could tell he was trying to speak, but whatever Kieth had done had made that impossible.
"Kieth what did you do?"
"He is under arrest. I have silenced the prisoner while he awaits his case being heard by a judge."
"Reverse your Magi Kieth."
"I cannot my prince."
"By my command I order you to reverse it!"
"I arrest him on the orders of the king. You may speak to your father tomorrow and I am positive that he will enlighten you to the crimes of this...of this man. Now while I deal with this Ser Gilbert please escort the prince upstairs."
"I'm not leaving."
"As your guardian, I do have to insist. Ser Gilbert."
"Everything was alright Will?"
Alice Lovie is the POV Character during this chapter and during this chapter Alice Lovie takes the POV role and she stands on the balcony of the tavern where she lives and details her life in Forks and the fact that she too dreams constantly of a strange blurred boy that she knows but doesn't know. Alice just like William is finding herself remembering the parts of her life with William to a larger and larger extent, and while once the dreams were all blurry now only William himself is blurry while everyone else appears perfectly. During this time she has a dream about this where she dreams of going to a tournament with the boy who held her hand walking there and then dawned armor with his friends to take part in the tournament. The dream begins with her and the boy alongside Amber, and Jasper watching Franklin Brent bully Meera Reed but before William can step in they watch Lyanna Starke move forward and defend the girl. The tournament would be heavily covered by her and detailed the growing relationship between the boy and Amber Heard II. alongside her relationship with Jasper Cullen. The Tournament named the Nortburg Tournament of 5120 would become a very important moment among the group. Waking up from her day dreams she goes downstairs where she is working as a bar maid at The White Ferret Inn a large tavern in the central district of the large city of Forks. She is happy to be distracted by the arrival of her friend Bella Swan of whom arrives at the tavern with her cousin Brody Swan and several Swan Guards, and at the arrival of Bella the tavern owner allows her to leave for a break and she goes outside with Bella where accompanied by one of the Swan Guards the two girls talk about their lives. Bella is horrified at the prospect of having to marry as her father has begun to discuss with her, and while no betrothals have been set yet she knows the moment grows closer that she will be forced to marry. Attempting to get her friends mind off this Alice discusses with her the breakdown of her relationship with Stephan De'Marco of whom she says she barely even thinks cares about her, and after talking it over for a time the two agree that she should confront Stephan something that Alice says she will do after the tavern closes. Continuing to work she sees the arrival of James Nighting II. of whom she has a romantic interest in but he has never shown anything in return which caused her to begin her relationship which has now fallen apart with Stephen De'Marco. The two catch eacother's eye and James comes to sit at the bar in front of her and the two begin talking with Alice surprised to find James flirting with her, and despite having not ended things with Stephen Alice finds herself flirting back, and they continue talking and flirting for some time before the tavern owner comes down half drunk and tells Rosalie to close the tavern. When the tavern closed Alice would leave the tavern escorted by James Nighting II. heading towards the Swan Estates where Stephan De'Marco was staying as he was a member of the House Swan guards and walking slowly as she doesn't want to leave the side of James they eventually part with a kiss to her cheek from James as he walks away leaving her to go to the Swan Keep gates alone. Alice would be allowed through the gates without really an questions as they knew Alice to be a friend of Bella and the lover of Stephan she would travel into the barracks where she would enter his room and discover the horrible truth. When she arrived at Swan Keep she was greeted by the guards of whom led her into the back stables where Bella was spending her day, and the moment that she saw Bella she begin sobbing and fell to the ground where she was met by the arms of Bella surrounding her in a loving hug. Alice clung to Bella for sometime before she was finally calmed down enough to explain to Bella what had happened. She made Bella promise not to do anything about it, and Bella in a shocking move refused to let this go, and told Alice that the first chance she got she would be telling her father of whom she knew would have him removed from Forks. Alice attempted to make her change her mind but Bella was not moving in her opinion of what she had to do, so Alice simply clung to Bella and prayed that nothing would happen. Alice would fall asleep held by Bella and falling asleep she would dream of this different world with the blurred boy and this time she dreamed of her standing on the balcony of a large tower within a mountain and preparing for bed she would hear the door open and find the form of a boy who called her sister and then begin to look at her very strange before he lost his mind and attempted to rape her after she told him to leave. Fighting him off the noises would alert the boy in her dreams of whom this time she could make out his face and she watched as the two fought on the floor and the boy was unable to accept that he had hurt Alice, and thus the boy started to kill Sean by strangling him. As he was strangling Sean it was Alice that put her hand on his shoulder and whispered for him to stop. Every ounce of his soul wanted to kill his brother in that moment but he looked to Alice and saw tears streaming down her face, and he couldn't bear to add more pain to her, and thus grudgingly the boy of whom is now all but revealed as William Lovie III. did stop and Sean ran out of the room. William would hold Alice tight as by this point guards had entered the situation, and Bill came to room feigning confusion over what had happened but quickly in order to keep the support of William he commanded Draco Highmore to put Sean in chains and lock him in the bottom of the tower. It was in this moment that Bill saw his daughter in a different light then he had ever seen her before, but the voices in his head would keep him from revealing anything real to his children and he would eventually leave without honesty. Waking from the dream Alice would for the first time realize that she was dreaming about people who were her family, and she would wake to find no Bella so she left the room and went downstairs to get something to eat finding Renee Swan and talking with Renee she tells Renee about having a dream about a place and describing the Sky Towers Renee reveals that the place is the Sky Towers and lets Alice know that is the home of House Lovie, and the chapter ends with Alice realizing who she is. The chapter ends with Alice Lovie returning to the tavern where she goes straight to bed as she doesn't have to work throughout the day due to the intervention of Bella Swan who pays the tavern owner to give Alice the day off, and sleeping in her bed she doesn't dream for the first time in a long time, but wakes in the middle of the night and goes to the balcony where she looks out and sees James Nighting II. talking with an older man.
|Look at the world father. You were born into this land, and you have told me hundreds upon hundreds of times how much you used to love it. Look at everything you have done to it. You destroyed a city for no reason, killed hundreds of good men out of fear. Is this how you want to be remembered father. Is this the world you want to leave behind? I know you were a good person once. I have all the evidence laid out in front of me as to why you are the villain of this world, but I don't fully believe it. Don't end it all here, and be remembered as a monster..|
"I don't know Alice, but lets go and find out." He led me by the hand towards the crowd, and I immediatly looked around for...I looked for...I looked for the boy that meant so much to me. When I finally saw him he was hunched against a stall kissing Amber, but a quick shout to him brought his attention and he grabbed Amber by the hand and pulled her towards me and Jasper.
When he reached us he moved close to me kissing me on the cheek and giving Jasper a light punch to the chest which Jasper looked like he wanted to return but he just smiled and followed the boy as he held Amber's hand and led us towards Franklin of whom was still yelling at this point. As we reached the crowd I saw Franklin fall to the ground with a brown haired girl standing over top of him pointing her finger down.
"How do you two watch him compete." I looked to see that at some point Ashley Lerman had plopped herself on the seat beside Amber. From the look on Ambers face she was barely capable of controlling her tears let alone try to answer any questions, so event though I was scared too I answered for her.
"I cannot speak for Amber, but for myself Ashley, I only watch because if I did not my brother would know and then he would be sad."
"Are you not scared he will be hurt?"
"Every moment he is on that field I worry." I looked out at him as he was handed a helmet by Draco Highmore and couldn't help but feel that feeling in the pit of my stomach.
I stood at the doorway for a moment. I could make out laughter from within, and in that moment I knew what I would find within. I knew there was only one reason for female laughter within his room, but some part of me wanted it to be wrong. Another part of me wanted to open the door so that I could be done with Stephan once and for all.
Opening the door I found him half naked with two women laying across his body laughing as they kissed. They held him tight but the general appearance of his body was such that it was clear he cared nothing for these girls, and watching him this way made me completely confused as to what crazy part of my mind cared for this boy. As I coughed in order to let him know I was there there the two girls sprung up and clothed themselves quickly before skulking out of the room. The entire time this went on he just lay there without moving an inch. He stared at me the entire time with nothing in his eyes but the faint appearance of amusement. "Do you have anything to say?" I didn't yell it. I just spoke the words as an honest question. This was the man. No. This was the boy who had taken my virginity. This was the boy who had whispered that he loved me. Whether I still loved him didn't matter. I just wanted the truth.
"What is there to say Alice."
"Just tell me why?"
"You just. You just aren't very good in bed my sweetheart." That cut me. I felt as naked to him now as the sluts who had just run out of the room.
"If you wanted to hurt me you could have just told me this before cheating."
"We were never anything."
"Never anything! I ran at him pushing him back onto the bed and the moment my hands hit him in the chest I watched his eyes change. The look of neglect and disinterest was completely gone and replaced by a malice I had never seen before. He stood in an instant and pushed me against the wall before punching me in the cheek knocking me to the ground. I felt him grab me and pick me up with ease and before I knew what was happening he had me on my stomach with him pressed on top of me. Tears were flowing down my cheek as I felt him move against me pulling my clothes from body. As I thrashed about trying to get him off me he struck me again and moved his face to my ear whispering to me.
"You better stop moving. If you don't stop moving I don't care how much your daddy paid me I won't hesitate to kill you." At the words your daddy everything else just flew away.
"My father?" He let out a laugh before pulling the last piece of cloth that separated me from him.
"Just forget I ever said that." As he touched me down there I felt the world around me closing in. What did he know of my father? What was he paid to do? All the questions flowed out but as he prepared to violate me I knew I had to survive this. I had to stop this from happening and find out what the truth of this was. As he moved his hand down to guide him I used all my strength and pushed him backwards. As he flew off me I grabbed a pole from the corner and smacked him across the face knocking him unconscious.
I looked down at the boy who had once been my whole reason for getting up in the morning. He looked so small now. He looked so pathetic now. I moved quickly and went to his cabinet grabbing a shirt from inside and using the knife he had on his dresser I cut the shirt into strips. I put the strips and bound his wrists together dragging him to the bed, where I used the remaining strips to bind him to the bed.
With Stephan bound to the bed I grabbed some water he had on a table in the corner and splashed him across the face. When he didn't get up I slapped him in the face, and his eyes opened.
"Alice?" His voice had changed back to the charismatic man I had first met who had wooed me into his bed and heart.
"You said that you were paid by my father?" The life in his eyes went away and he closed his mouth completely as if to show that he would not speak. "Just tell me and I'll let you go."
"You have no idea what you've walked into here Alice."
"Explain it to me."
"There is nothing you can say that will make me speak. Understand this one truth. Death here or anything you can do to me would be better then what your father would do to me if I am the reason for your return."
"Return to what?"
"I have spoken all I will on the subject. Kill me or leave."
"Fuck you Stephan." As I walked out the door he let out a laugh.
"One last time for the road princess?" What was once a cute nickname just burned at my ears as I walked away from him now.
Hedrik Clegane III.
Hedrik Clegane III. is the POV Character of this chapter and the chapter begins with Hedrik speaking to his father about the proposed betrothal of Hedrik and Accia Potenza of whom he admits to being his lover, but indicates that this love is one of friendship and he doesn't see it going further then friendship, and wanting his son to be happy but also wanting to honor the relationship that he has with House Potenza Rupert is reluctant to simply end the betrothal instead telling Hedrik that if he wants something different he needs to find a better match. Following this he is riding on the road with his sister at his side, and his lover Accia Potenza, and best friends Meinolf Ostriger, and Konstantin Gaimen while they follow behind his father of whom from his own personal thoughts seems to be very loyal towards but has a growing lack of respect for several of the lords around his father including most critically Vopiscus Lentini of whom he sees as a coward turning his father into a coward. Reaching the gates of Stillwood he watches his father and Vopiscus meet with Caius Norelli while ignoring the lord of House Stillwood in the form of Gregory Stillwood, and realizing the insult that is being made he approaches Gregory alongside Meinolf Ostriger and the two discuss with Gregory that Hedrik will speak with his father in regards to the insult. Hedrik would join his family in moving north against the spreading rebellion of a group calling itself the Seven Knights of Aerene, and in this he would lead a cavalry force heading directly towards Castle Ongrill of which they had heard had already fallen to the rebels.
- During this chapter there would be a number of auxiliary characters introduced as well as more of Lucerne becomes uncovered in the form of Lole. During Chapter Three Hedrik Clegane III. made his first venture into the story, and he would introduce the characters to the idea of evil in Sean Lovie, as well as Rachel Wood and many of the nobles in Forks and Lole. This chapter would greatly branch out and become expanded on in the Short Story Evil Mind`s of which further followed the events and detailed the happenings that led to the love affair between Hedrik and Rachel as well as the corruption and madness of Sean Lovie.
"And your lover?"
"We have had relations, but that doesn't mean I love her as a husband should love their wife."
"I know from experience that love grows from friendship." I stood there not able to look at my father for fear I might tell him the truth. The truth was that I had spent years trying to help Accia through the problems that her Magi had brought her, but as her control of her abilities had increased her control of her mind had drifted.
"What if I told you that I don't want what you and mother have?" It seemed a normal enough reason to not marry.
"I would ask what is wrong with having a family."
"It works for you but that doesn't mean it works for me father."
"Son. Listen to me. I want you to be happy. I really and truly do."
"We made agreements with house Potenza. Does that girl know how you feel?" House Potenza wasn't the biggest of houses but there fifty something knights and hundreds of sworn levy was nothing to ignore.
"I'm sorry for putting you in this spot but I can speak with Lord Potenza and I can work this out." I had never really spent anytime with the man but from what Accia said he was a withdrawn man with little stomach for a fight.
"That would be a solution, but before you do anything be sure you have someone else in mind."
"Thank you father."
- Alongside Lucas the appearance of the Tree Hill characters happens of which especially characters such as Brooke Scott make their entrances and they described the events of Tree Hill, and a lot of hints were made about the fact that they believed they were deliberately attacked by the Orcs under the wishes of James Lovie. The Siege of Tree Hill would be particularly bloody, and it would have a distinctly dark tone to these chapters with only the growing love between Haley, and Lucas offsetting all the darkness in the chapters.
In Chapter Five Franklin Brent of the western lands makes his first appeance as a POV Character in chapter Five. Franklin Brent makes the first introduction of what becomes known as the Lands of the west mainly focusing on House Brent, and their liege Lord House Ordos, but he travels to Hillsbrad and meets with House Greymane members, and other western Nobles about a serious bandit situation. When Franklin leaves his home he says goodbye to Karyl Reyne of whom we learn is his wife, and an extremely beautiful young girl of whom appears very devoted towards Franklin but he is somewhat cold to her. Franklin's father calls for Franklin to his council chambers and arriving there Franklin finds his father Franklin, his uncle Harvin, and to his suprise his brother Thomas of whom Franklin in his mind thinks on his brother with disgust. Reading the summons they realize that Franklin has been summoned to Hillsbrad by Lord Genn Greymane and at this command it is decided that he and his brother Thomas will travel to Hillsbrad to meet with the Arch Lord of the Grand State of the Westerlands. Franklin Brent during the end of the chapter goes northward with Dexter Hill with a troop of Brent forces, while Dexter Hill leads a small troop of irregular troops that were to attack the bandit forces arrayed around the area. In what became the brief siege of Tollsen Franklin Brent, and Dexter Hill alongside many other western Nobles were able to dislodge the bandits that had taken control of the castle. As they left the scene Franklin Brent discovered evidence from torturing a bandit alongside Dexter Hill that James Lovie II. had funded the bandits taking the castle, and they were simply awaiting more supplies and money before they were going to gather more strength and attack Marburg using the assistance of the Principality of Limca.
Entering the city I could see Dexter Hill the bastard of Lord Darius Crowley waiting leaning against a box. I assumed he was waiting for me and thus wasnt suprised when after seeing me he walked himself to my horse holding it by the reigns forcing it to a halt and by consequence the column of my forces behind me stopped as well.
It is excellent to see you Lord Brent.
You as well Dexter.
It always gives me great respect for you that you have enough respect for me to not call me Hill.
I do not blame you for your birth.
As you very well know though, many do Franklin.
I am happy to say I am not a member of that group.
As am I.
I pulled my sword out of the poor man infront of me and collected myself around the rest of my men. A quick look told me we had lost very few if anyone in the charge, but looking to Edric Maul I knew my anwser would come quicker. "Edric what were our losses?"
"Simon took an arrow to the face, and Tohmen was slashed on the neck." Only two casualties wasn't terrible considering how many of them we had just overrun, but as I looked out onto the field and saw how many were in retreat I knew this was just the beginning."Probably more injuries, but we won't know that until after the battle Milord." As he spoke I spotted the personal banner of Dexter on the hill before us, and knew I wanted to have a chat with Dexter about what was the next plan for the complete defeat of the Badgers.
"Thank you Edric."He bowed his bloodied face at me and I turned towards the rest of my men. "Follow me men." As quickly as I said it I could hear the men trotting behind me as I made my way towards Dexter Hill of whom was stopped on a hill nearbye watching the retreat of the Badgers. Nearing him several of his men rode up the hill ahead of us, and spoke to him, of which the conversation was still going as I finally reached Dexter.
"A cousin of the man identified him."
"That will make for an interesting story. Where is this cousin now?"
"He was struck down by an arrow, but with his dying words he told me Milord."
"Then I suppose this information shall remain with us."
"What information shall remain with you Dexter?" I wanted to trust Dexter. He had never given me reason to think he was a liar, but the simple fact was that everyone I met made a special point to tell me not to trust him, and that had unfortunatly seeped into my thinking.
"Look out at the retreating Badgers Frank. Do you see the man carrying the banner? "
"Yes. I see him."
"Beside him is the man leading the Badgers."
"It seems obvious that the commander would be near the banner. What sort of..."
"Yes this would be obvious Franklin, but its the identity of the man that is interesting. I have learned from a dying man that the man leading the Badgers was none other then Kieth Schwartz."
"I do not know that name."
"Kieth Schwarts is the best friend of our glorious king my friend."
"How could that be." There had never been any real truth to Dexter's story that our King had been the cause of the destruction of Tree Hill, but if his best friend was truly here then that would be damning.
"I have a feeling that the anwser to that question is further truth to what I told you of Tree Hill."
"But it just doesn't make any sence. Why would the King of Lucerne go to such lengths to destroy his own land." I saw briefly a look of disapointment across Dexter's face as I once again resisted what he was telling me.
"I told you the truth back in Hillsbrad Lord Brent. I told you the truth and it is up to you whether you choose to believe me and the facts I bring to the table. I'm not forcing anything. Believe what you will." With that he waved at his men, and they went riding down the hill towards the main force now entering the castle. I didn't know what to think right now, but I know that my father would have a better understanding of what was going on in the world.
Edward Cullen is the POV Character of this chapter and during the chapter he is sitting on his broom stick flying beside his best friend Hilary Swift and the two are silent and as Edward flies he thinks on what they are leaving - describing that he was in Hogwarts and the violence and death that they were leaving behind - but he is taken out of his day dreaming by Hilary who begins lowering her broom to the ground and following her they land and without a word they begin setting up a tent using Magi and then get inside and curl up together in what he thinks is not romantic at all and then fall asleep. Edward and Hilary stop in Brill first where they meet with Hilary's family of whom have not seen her for years, and the two spend nearly a week there before finally leaving to go to Lucerne where Hilary will join Edward at the Lucernian Academy. The two arrive in Gulltown where they are greeted by several members of House Shephard of whom will be accompanying Edward and Hilary to Lucerne where a member of there family will be going to the school. Edward, Hilary and Claire Shephard arrive at the gates of Lucerne and while Claire is greeted by several members of House Shephard and friends at the gates no one is waiting for Edward outside the gates which shocks him and brings about the first pangs of fear about his position returning to Lucerne. Saying goodbye to Claire it is Edward and Hilary that make there way inside the city through the massive tunnel of Lucerne and moving inside the city he can't help but notice it appears more worn down then when he left and the number of homeless people have gone up immeserably from when he had left. Travelling to the Lucerne Hold he is once again shocked when he sees the Gate to Lucerne Hold has turned into a fortress and going to the guard there he is unable to get inside Lucerne Hold as he doesn't have papers proving his residency but is able to convinse a guard who he is and the guard leaves to go and get his father. Sitting together on the ground across from the Lucerne Hold gatehouse Hilary tries to console Edward of whom is coming to quickly understand that things had changed for him, and after almost an hour his father arrives at the gate and gets Edward through taking him and Hilary back to the Cullen Estate as despite Edward wanting to see his friends its Carlisle his father who tells them that won't be possible tonight. Arriving home he finds Blake Cullen his twin sister waiting for him, and while at first she appears kind and gentle once Hilary is taken to her room to go to sleep Blake takes Edward outside to the gardens and slaps him the face before the two argue as it is clear that she has a lot of bitterness towards him, and as their argument continues she begins lashing out describing all the cruel feelings of his former best friends and eventually overcome with sadness over what his sister says to him he retreats to his room where he hides himself under the bed crying while realizing that basically his entire life may have fallen apart, and makes a wish for the night that things will get better for him tomorrow. Edward wakes up and from his thoughts it becomes clear that weeks have passed since the horribly akward reuinion of himself to the Shadow Council and he describes how Tanya wont speak to him, and he has really only spent time with Hilary and William since his return as the others are cold to him and leave him out of whatever the group might be doing. The only positive thing other then William and Hilary in his life arrives at the door in the form of Hostella Hale who comes inside and kissing him its revealed that when Tanya refused to see him in his depression he grew close to Hostella and the two are now a couple of sorts. Instead of getting better things take a dramatic turn for the worse when Hostella drowns while following him to the water while he was swimming, and this destroys his relationship completely with Jasper, and Leven also sides against him leaving only Emmett, and William on the Shadow Council who still care for him. Emotionally destroyed Edward stays in his room for days and its several days into his self isolation that Lyanna Starke a member of the Cloud Council arrives at his room and the two have a long conversation where Lyanna is able to convince him not to give up on life preaching about the value of life thorugh her eyes as a Dragonoph Priestess. Feeling better after the conversation he speaks with his sister of whom attacks him verbally but during this conversation she lets slip that Tanya had been coming to the estate every day trying to see him and with this Edward storms out and gets on his horse and leaves Lucerne travelling towards the House Denali estates.
"Hey guys" They all turned around at my words.
"Ed?" William looked like he almost fell over in his shock but he recovered and came over to me bringing me into a hug. Feeling his arms on me I almost started to cry as however much Hilary had become a true friend to me there was no friendship for me that came close to Will.
They carried her away and I don't know when but I fell to my knees. I felt an arm go to my shoulder and looked to see my father gently rubbing my shoulder trying to make me feel better. It didn't work. I wanted to die. I wanted to escape all the pain of it all, and I wondered briefly looking at the water if Hostella had it right. She was free of it all now.
Looking around I saw the shocked onlookers all wanting a look at the poor dead Lady that had perished in her persuit of love. They all stared at me and it brought me back to how Harry must have felt back in Hogwarts. Everyone staring at you, and as they do you know in your heart they are split in why. Some hate you. Some love you. This split broke me into pieces in this moment, and he dealt with it every day of his life.
I watched as the crowd parted and through the opening one of my closest friends in the entire world stepped out in Jasper. Holding his cousin Dorna by the arm I saw the hope leave his eyes as he saw them carrying her away. I suppose everyone wants to believe in that moment that their loved one has somehow survived the fate that awaited them. Noone runs to these scenes believing their loved one is dead. Jasper walked painfully towards me and I brought him into a hug as he cried.
It had been so long since we had been anything other then enemies, and seeing him so broken made me realize how much we all had meant to eachother. Leaving had lost me everything, and seeing the four of them now showed me how truly departed from the group I was. He cried for a few minutes while my father ushered people away, and then suddenly he pulled back staring me while wiping the tears from his eyes."Why was she here?"
I knew what he meant as he spoke the words.
He wanted me to explain to him why his beloved cousin was dead following me to the lake. Everyone knew she was afraid of the water, and everyone knew she was quite smitten with me.
"What the hell was she doing here." He moved closer to me, and I didn't need to know him well to know my anwser wasn't going to mean much.
"She must have come to see me Jasper."
"And where were you?"He held back a tear as he spoke the words, but I could see his hands clench by his side. I saw Emmett come into my vision and where I should have felt comforted by a friend arriving, I had little illusions where Emmett would side if the chips fell.
"I didn't know she was here."
"You should have though."
"Yes." He didn't wait another second. Didn't ask another pointless question. He just punched away with all the anger and resentment that I could feel he had been struggling with.
He was strong. The first punch knocked me to the ground and I felt my shoulder twist as I hit hard against a rock. Jasper moved in and hit me again one more time before my father stepped between absorbing another strike meant for me. After that the people around were able to grab him and pull him away.
I wanted to stand there and take it. I wanted him to beat me until we were back to what we were. But life doesn't always give you what you want, and as the two of us stared at eachother both crying he was dragged away all the way still screaming at me with every ounce of hate I knew he felt for me.
"Hey Ed." I looked up from my hands to see Lyanna standing in the doorway with Blake standing behind her.
"I'm so sorry for what happened. I know how much you cared about her."
"I should have been watching her."
"Everything in this life happens for a reason. I don't know why Glaurung took her, but he had a reason." I felt Lyanna put her hands around me and returning the hug I cried into her shoulder. "She is in a better place now."
"Where have you been Lyanna?"
"I was praying."
"For how long?"
"We ate and drank throughout you fool."
"I wrote to you every month Tanya."
"Why didn't you write back?"
"I was really angry with you. I believed what was being said."
"What was being said?"
"That you chose to go to Hogwarts. That you just used your father as an excuse to get away from all of us."
"What the fuck" The moment the words came out of her mouth I understood. Understood exactly why everyone had been angry with me. They all thought I had chosen this.
"I'm sorry I believed it. I'm sorry I didn't respond to any of your letters. I read everyone of them. I read them all and it just made me so confused about why you could say all those things and yet still want to leave. I'm so sorry Edward."
William Lovie III.
William Lovie III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during during this chapter he wakes in a cold sweat and unwilling to let things lie he go upstairs to his fathers room and finds his father at his desk reading a book and when William asks to see the book Bill is unusually harsh and hides the book behind a painting locking it inside a chest hidden in the wall. Speaking with his father he demands to know where Amber went, and when he asks his father Bill tells him that Amber is living Forks now, and refuses to return to Lucerne, and all of this brings up memories for William of Amber. He spends time with Leven and Emma Bell during the early part of the chapter and he begins joking about how funny a girl named Alice is, and they have no idea who hes talking about, and while he is beggining to have true flashes he to doesn't know and tries to laugh it off. Emma leaves with her mother Catherine, and Leven remains behind staying in William's bed as he finds comfort in his friend. Sleeping he dreams of the events following Alice's dreams from the previous chapter and in this dream William would stay with the girl the entire night letting her sleep in his bed for the night to keep her calm, and then in the morning his aunt Catherine Bell arrived at the tower at his request and watched over her as William needed to deal with Sean. Leaving the girl crying with his aunt William told Hayden Percy to take him to Sean, and Draco would tell him that this wasn't the time and that judging from what just happened Bill wouldn't want him to do that. William would upon his failure to convince Hayden attempt to convince Draco, but despite Draco wanting to do this he was hamstrung by his honor to the king of Lucerne. William would let it rest for a night because even in his hatred and anger towards his brother he knew that the girl that he loved so deeply needed him more then his vengeance. Returning to the girl she fell into his arms as soon as she saw him, and Catherine left them to go and find her brother and try to learn more, and the rest of the day the two would talk, and Alice would tell William yet again how much she wanted their father to just reach out and say something to her. Alice was very open to revealing that even indifference would be preferable to the way he treated her now, and this feeling only made William hate his father more. William knew that Sean would just try this again so he decided that he needed to so greatly shame Sean that he would leave the city. Speaking to Jasper Hale, and Emmett McCarty about what had happened they would come up with idea of him challenging Sean and following through on this William went to the town crier the next morning and sent out a decree for Sean to duel him the next day. William never believed Sean would show up considering how skilled with a blade that William was, and the fact that Sean had little to no skill at the art of battle. But when the day did come he stood on the steps of Lucerne surrounded by a massive crowd, and saw Sean walking down the road towards him wearing the armor that he remembered had been given to Sean by Maron Scorpian as a gift on his twelfth birthday. As Sean walked towards him Alice begged William to not give Sean the gratification that this fight would give him. She knew that for Sean the hatred of William meant that he was probably willing to give up his life so that William would have to carry the title of kin slayer around with him for the rest of his life. William wanted to listen to his sister but when he saw the scarf on her neck he remembered the fear he had that his sister was dead or raped and could not. The fight went basically as everyone had assumed it would as William and his vastly superior fighting skills brutalized Sean throughout the fight. William threw his sword away towards the end of the fight and beat Sean to within an inch of death as the crowd surrounding them cheered him on. William is awoken the following morning by his aunt Catherine Lovie of whom tells him that there has been a rebellion in the lands of south-eastern central Lucerne and she is raising a force in order to take the fight to the rebels and gain control of the situation, and she is there to say goodbye but heavily hints she wants William to convince his father to let him come, and realizing this William storms into his fathers room where he finds him standing naked staring out the window talking to himself. As William is preparing to leave for the events of south-eastern Lucerne he would return to the Sky Tower to say goodbye to his brother, but on the way is stopped by Blake Cullen of whom reveals to him that she is pregnant, and William discovers to his shock that she has not slept with anyone except for him as Jasper had never taken their relationship that far. William's conversation with Blake is cut short by the arrival of Jasper who tells him that there has been a major problem at the Tower of Solice, and that his father has asked that he deal with the situation himself as he is busy at the moment. Jasper leaves the room not realizing what he had walked in on and William stays and talks with Blake promising her that he will care for her and the baby and that she need not worry and with this the two kiss before William leaves her to lead a force to the Tower of Solace. Leave the Cloud Tower he leads a force of a hundred men at arms alongside the entire Praetorian Guard towards the Tower of Solace and while marching through the streets towards the Tower of Solace he is cheered on by people who line the streets and upon reaching the walls leading into the Tower of Solace he finds bodies lining the road and the gate has been bashed in from the inside. Entering the courtyard there are more bodies as the signs of fighting are everywhere but finally survivors as he is approached by several men carrying the sigil of House Nighting and one of them introduces himself as Ludolf Nighting and tells William that they have fought off the attackers who have fled the tower, but while talking to Ludolf its Sean that comes out of the tower surrounded by many of his men and an argument begins between the two brothers. Before their is violence Carlisle Cullen arrives with several high knights of Lucerne and sends Sean away back to the Sky Towers where he has been ordered to meet with his father and discuss his new holding as the Tower of Solace has been taken from him. Carlisle and William talk for a time but this too ends when Carlisle makes it clear that William cannot enter the Tower of Solace and that while Carlisle wants to be truthful he is unwilling to betray his king James Lovie II. The chapter ends with William travelling through the gates of Lucerne alongside his aunt for the conflict against the rebels.
- During this chapter William continues to dream of a blurred face girl in much the same way that Alice was dreaming of a blurred face boy. During these dreams he remembered the events of the Duel on the Steps and the consequences of his loss in morality following the departure of Edward Cullen. More is detailed during this time about the relationship with Britney Hemsworth of whom by this point is long gone, but her memory and the relationship between the two was kept by Bill Lovie in terms of what had happened during the history he cannot rememeber.
"I see you are still unhappy with me son."
"Do you have a moment to tell me a truth?"
"If this would please you son, then I promise I will listen to what you have to say and I hope I may tell you what is."
"It is quite simple. Where is Amber?"
"The whore went to Berne."
"Shes not a whore."
"My reports seem to indicate her involvement in several affairs in Berne." He picked up several papers from his desk and begin reading. "It says here she slept with her own brother." He chuckled briefly before continuing. "I see now why Glaurung gave us his luck in ending your relationship with the whore."
"Why tell stories you know I will not believe."
"I only tell you what I have been told from people I trust to deliver me the information that I need to know."
"I'm pregnant Will." I stood shocked for what felt like eternity. The words just slipped out and stood there waiting for me. My mind immediately went to our recent sex, and I hoped in that moment that she was somehow still sleeping with Jasper. I wondered whether I was the only one who she shared a bed with. "Its yours. You are the only person I've ever been with."
"What about Jasper?"
Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he is sitting at a table with his brother Robb Starke and together the two are drinking and talking about their lives, and as they talk the conversation shifts to Jon's mother of whom Robb has never mentioned before and Jon tells Robb about his mother. The arrival of Catelyn, and Sansa Starke causes Robb to leave with them and Jon is left alone at the table where he thinks further on his life back in Northerbourne with his mother, and watching Catelyn scowl at him he almost cries as he thinks on his own mother and how much he misses her.
Edward Cullen is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he rides beside the leadership of the Lucernian army raised by Catherine Lovie in order to aid the forces of Lucerne who are fighting a major fight against the rebels known as the Seven Knights of Aerene. As they march Edward can't ignore the distance between himself and the Shadow Council and this is only made more clear when he William, Leven, Christopher, and Catherine are riding together and he listens as they discuss that he will be joining Christopher in meeting with the forces of House Shephard and joining that army. Edward is screaming inside to resist this but refuses to embaress himself and also wants to show he is loyal to William and thus agrees without disagreement to go with Christopher. As Christopher says goodbye to Catherine its Edward that tries to talk to William but he is blocked by Leven and although he watches William attempt to let Edward talk he almost starts crying out of embaressment and decides to leave saying a quick goodbye and following Christopher. Arriving at the meeting point with House Shephard it is Edward that is shocked by the size of their forces, but has little time to think on it as a small group of cavalry break off from the main Shephard forces and ride towards them. The group arrives and Christopher greets several of them revealing Jack Shephard, Evangeline Shephard, Reginald Kane, Sargon Gurse, and as the group talks one girl who had been in the back gets off her horse and greets Edward who recegnizes her as Eura Clune a girl who he had went to the Lucernian Academy with. Edward has a long conversation with Eura while the nobles talk and during this conversation he quickly realizes that Eura is obsessed with William following a sexual relationship they shared while Edward was away in Hogwarts and while Edward attempts to tell her that the chances of them getting together are slim she refuses to hear this and hints that she plans to seduce William when she sees him. The conversation ends and the group leads the force led by Edward towards the main Gulltown army and the now combined forces begin marching towards Castle Vuneria where the castle is held by loyalists under Edrik Vuneria but is under siege by rebels under the command of Taegar Duneria II. Arriving at Castle Vuneria the group sees the large force from House Duneria placing the castle under siege and discusses what strategy they want to do with most under the lead of Sargon Gurse, and Evangeline Shephard wanting to just destroy the rebel force without discussionm, and Edward argues for negotiation but Edward is unable to convinse the group and it appears this will be the strategy until Eura steps in and is able to convinse them to allow her to go and speak with Taegar Duneria.
Hedrik Clegane III.
Hedrik Clegane III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he returns from the fighting at Ongrill to lole where he meets with his father of whom tells him that he needs to lead the Lole army southward into Southern Lole and support House Stillwood who has come under assault from bandits. At the end of the chapter he would take time away from the fighting and travel with Rachel Wood southward by boat to a small island. Traveling up the island's stone staircase they would reach the top of a cliff side where they he would show her off the side where you could see the smoking wreck of Tree Hill.
- During this chapter he would introduce many of the political behind the scenes goings on including the actual scope of the invasion of Tree Hill, and would mention for the first time the events of the Plague of which was the assasination campaign launched by Bill Lovie against Rebels in the Kingdom of Lucerne.
Her eyes were still shut as I looked out into the valley beneath us. I could see the smoke in the distance that I knew was the only real truth we had that anything still lived within the old city of Tree Hill. The way the smoke bollowed, and seemingly the skies above it darkened alongside the smoke left me feeling hopeless, and I felt pity for the poor souls who might still live in the ruins.
Her face was tucked into my chest as I spoke, and I wanted her to see this. I wanted her to know that the world even in the most scary of places still had its wonders."Look out at it all Rachel. This is a view that only a handful have seen before you, and I promice to you that I won't let anything happen to you." Her hand clenched harder against me, and as I stared at her still closed eyes I for a moment thought she might not fight the fear. For a moment I doubted her strength.
"I promice." I felt her move from my chest the moment i said that I promiced. She moved ever so slowly away from me and her face angled towards the valley below.
It was a few minutes before she finally said something. "What's all the smoke from?"
I wondered if I should tame the truth for her. She was a beautiful creature but the horrors she had been through were something that had damaged her in a way that still showed on her to this day. I wanted to tame it for her, but she had made me promice long ago that I would be the one that always told her the truth. I would be the one that didn't hide from her. I wouldn't lie to her in that moment. "The monsters that did that to Tree Hill. The few men that have gone close enough to see anything of Tree Hill say that the Orcs burn massive pyres to their twisted gods, and it is these pyres that create the blackish smoke."
"It's a terrible fate."
"That it is my sweet." I felt sadness, and I didn't want her to remember this for the worst of it. I had brought her here to show her that even in the darkest of places there were things to smile at. "When I was a boy Rachel, my father used to take me here." She looked up at me as I spoke. "He used to sneak away and not tell his father as he was leaving. I remember the look on his face as he would gently lead me from my room and to the stables behind the keep. He used to be so free spirited back then."
"Your father did that?"
"He did. He would put me on the back of his horse and we would just ride. The first times we left I remember the feel of his back as I squeezed him so hard from behind. He was this brave knight to me then. Just this perfect father showing me the world, and teaching me." I took her hand and led her to the slight outlines of what had once been a fire pit me and my father had made. "When we finally got here he would put me on his back, and carry me the entire way up the stairs. I mean once I had gotten older I walked, but it was a nice memory of an easier time."
"Before burning cities, and fathers obsessed with the wrong things."
"Yes. Before life got in the way for so many people." I could look at the fire and see the image of me and my father sitting down beside it.
William Lovie III.
William Lovie III. is the POV Character of this chapter and it would begin with William moving towards Castle Hosk where they know that House Ghelen has put the castle under siege and that battle looks to not be far off. Arriving at Castle Hosk they see the Ghelen army having surrounded the small castle and seeing this William meets with Lord Arry Ghelen who details that his brother, sister in law, and nephew were murdered within Castle Hosk by his nephews betrothed Elsa Hosk and that he wants justice. Discovering that there are three witnesses to this William sends Emmett, and Dylan to meet with the witnesses while he travels into Castle Hosk to meet with Lady Hosk under a white flag of truce. While they waited for the Maester witness for Elsa it was William and Elsa that would have sex in chambers of Elsa and following giving into to having sex with Elsa the two would talk over many things and even discussed how Elsa hoped their sex resulted in a child of which if it did she revealed she would not ask anything other then legitimization for the child from William. Brightwater where they two members of the Seven remain with their last holding. Soon after their arrival white flags fly over the walls of Brightwater and the gate opens followed by several men riding out carrying a white flag with Catherine recengizing one of the men as Wendel Floren the lord of House Floren. Meeting with Lord Wendel Floren he notices Eddara Floren is one of the other riders while Wendel introduces the other as Brandon Floren, and the group discusses the situation of Brightwater. Taking Having returned to Lucerne William, and Leven wait at the gates of Lucerne where they greet the return of Lanna Lannister to the city, and William finding her as beautiful as he remembered he talks to her after she is unable to find Jasper, and seducing her she follows him to his fathers throne room where he demands everyone to leave and then sleeps with her on the floor in front of the throne. Lanna and William have a long discussion about their respective lives and the discussion of her child comes up implying for the first time that her son Termin Jest could be Williams, but this is laughed off by William and following this the two sleep together but are stopped during this by Catherine Bell his aunt of whom he has a serious conversation with about his life. Discusted with himself for this he listens to his aunt and goes to Edward and the two come together to decide its time to truly change thus marking the begining of the Journey as William could no longer take the person hes becoming alongside the increasingly depressing dreams he suffered from each night and was forced to attempt to deal with them through finding the places in his dreams of which a common place was a tavern in Forks. Confronting his father Bill would at first completely reject any idea of him travelling outside of Lucerne, as Bill understood that he was beyond hated outside of the capital, and that worried him for what people might do to the prince. In the end though he realized that William was not going to take no for an anwser and relented by sending an elite troop of soldiers with him, including Carlisle Cullen of whom William had lost all trust in. The group would travel southward leaving Lucerne through the great tunnel of the city, and leaving by horse William would on the recomendations of Edward send Leven away to the east to eventually prepare for their arrival in Stormwind, while the rest of the group travels to Forks. While they pass Nortburg they are met by Dylan Steinmare, and Radlet Scarlet of whom join them on the further journey southward.
"Where are you taking me Will?"
"If I told you then it wouldn't a surprise."
"Does Jasper ask about me Will?"
"Not that I recall."
"You know his son is almost three."
"He know's that."
"He's just willing to ignore it."
"You know his grandfather."
"Tarnide is a monster of a man."
"That he is. I always think of him as a lesser version of my father, and that does not say anything good."
"William I'm not dissapointed with you." "No one is disapointed with you. Everyone just sees you as being capable of so much more then sleeping around for a living."
"You think I don't know that. Every day I get up and there is this hole in my mind. This giant gap of memory and it tears away at me."
"Memories are just that Will. They are glimpses of something that has already happened."
"That doesn't make it hurt any less."
"Life hurts my love."
"It shouldn't hurt this much."
"Just because something hurts doesn't mean you should stop living."
"Tell me what I should do?"
"Find anwsers. Find love."
"I can't remember anything more then a blurred image, and the girl who I love ran out on me when went into a coma."
"You know thats not what happened with Amber William. That girl loved you of that there is no question."
"Then tell me why she left?"
"If she left I believe there was a good reason." "Find out that reason."
"Lanna sent she went to Forks."
"Then go to Forks."
"Father won't even let me leave Lucerne Hold."
"Make him." "Your twenty years old William. You are the prince of the Valley of Lucerne. When my brother dies you will be king. You do not need his permission to leave the city."
"I will have to tell him something more then me wanting to find Amber."
"You'll think of something. Talking people into doing what you want has never been something you struggled with."
"Thanks Catherine. For...for being the mother I wish I had. For being there for me when I didn't deserve anyone by my side. Thank you...Thank you for loving me through it all."
"I love you William. You never have to thank me for that."
"What brings you here son." "Did I summon you?"
"I came to discuss something with you."
"I hope you understand how happy I am to have you here. Please what is on your mind son."
"I wish to travel the lands of the Valley. I want to see our people, our cities. I want to be a better heir for you father."
"You know I cannot allow you to leave the capital son. Even if I believed there was a good reason for you to go you understand how dangerous it is out there."
"Father I do not understand. I have never been anywhere farther then Nortburg. I don't know what Forks looks like. I've never seen the Cliffs of Stormwind. I have no knowledge of any of our lands outside of this small corner."
"You let Sean leave the city." For a moment he paused as if contemplating my words, before his eyes returned to normal.
"I forced your brother to leave the city in the faint hope that his madness might lead to him dying out there."
"He's your son too."
"He shares my blood. He is not my son." There was a silent finality to his words.
"Let me go father. Please just do this for me." He let out a huff and walked out to sit behind his desk, and I followed behind him resting my hands on the edge of his desk. His head remained bowed, and he was rubbing his hair with a clear level of stress. He raised his head to me and I knew that one way or another this was my answer.
"If I let you go your going to have make me a deal." I couldn't actually believe he had said yes. In my mind I had always thought he would say no. I had been half planning my escape the entire time he had been rejecting me.
"Name it father."
"Your going to sit and talk with me every day. I don't mean the dinners we have here. I don't mean you coming here and seeing me when you want something. If I let you go into the dangers of this land then I want to know that when you come back you promise that you will give me a chance to have a real relationship with you."
"This is what I want son."
"I wish that you were not so desiring to take this kind of risk, but I believe that the gods will protect you." My father always kept his religious beliefs to himself, but it was a rare moment for him to so openly describe his belief in something like that. The way he spoke the word gods just sent a shiver down my spine, as there was a level of truth to his voice. It didn't matter that I believed that Glaurung was the one true god. He truly believed in his gods.
"Father there is only one god. Glaurung." I had heard of religions that believed in several gods, and to learn that my father believed in them would be shocking.
"Of course my son."
"I would like to leave as soon as possible."
"I shall summon Carlisle and we will make the arrangements."
"Carlisle is your lacky father. I will not accept him coming."
"If carlisle is not with you then you are simply not going."
"The man is a fool. I won't..."
"His involvement is not open for discussion my son."
Leven Martell is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter Leven travels apart from the rest of the group alongside Lyanna Starke towards Stormwind on the wishing of William of whom wants one of his most trusted people to go that direction, and following the words of William she and her sisters make there way to Lole where they are to be met by members of House Starke, and her arrival there causes her to meet many of the influential people there including Eddard Starke of whom warns her of the dangers of William`s father.
- Chapter Twelve includes the meeting of Obella Martell, and Robb Starke and the growth of their love affair of which before this they knew nothing of eachother. Leven meets with Jamie Lannister as well, and during their meeting she can`t help but notice the similarities between he and his sister, and then her children.
I watched them ride away and was torn between understanding and anger. I understood his reasoning, but I just didn't want to leave him.
"Fear not Levia you will see your prince again." Lyanna always had a strength in her voice that I longed to have myself. It didn't mater what she was doing it just always maintained this same inner confidence.
"That does not quell the fear I feel about the journey ahead of him."
"And what about the journey ahead of us Levia?"
"Would I be stupid for saying that he matters more?"
"Your not stupid for falling in love Levia."
"I have to be a little stupid since there is little chance my love is ever returned."
"He has loved you every moment I have ever seen you two together."
"Yet it is not the same as my love for him is it."
"I wish nothing but the best for your friend, and the prince of the land in Lord William but his father isn't capable of leading anymore."
"So what are you suggesting?"
"I am suggesting Milady that prince William when he is done in Forks should come to Stormwind and we shall do everything we can as a people to remove his father and place him on the throne." Picturing William on the throne was something I had done more times then I would ever admit to throughout my life, but hearing it out of the mouth of one of the most powerful men in Lucerne was something that I scarsley believed I had just heard.
"You understand I'v know the King for my entire life."
"I know you have seen him your entire life, but my lady what do you truly know of this man." I thought about it and I had eaten dinner down the table from him hundreds of times, and what little had spoken while kind to me had always been for the ears of William. It was no secret that he wasn't a great man, but to suggest he was a tyrant as Eddard had wasn't something I understood.
"I'm not his blood, and he places the ideals of his family...prince William above all things." The honorable Eddard Starke could barely control himself at my near mistaken use of family over William. Sadly noone even his most direhard supporter would call Bill a family man. He was devoted to Will, but to his family...I dont think so.
"I'm sorry milady but when you are forced to exclude the entirety of his family outside of the prince he is not a family oriented man. I know the king well from when we were children, and the man I knew I can say is gone. He used to dote on his sister Catherine you know." He looked at me clearly wanting that to sink in. I had heard him yelling at Willliam's aunt but I had never seen any sort of time between them that would have indicated anything more then hate." For years she was everything to Bill. Back then him and I used to ride horses for hours just enjoying the simply joy of riding. We would talk about all the things we would do once we took over our respective roles. He had such dreams back then. Then he met Lisa Tyrell and everything in his life just got even brighter."
"He loved her back then?" The fact that it was shocking that Bill loved his wife was something that struck me as odd. I had never thought of it before today, and that as well struck me as strange.
"He loved Lisa Tyrell like there was not another soul in the world. I was there at that tournament when he made her the Queen of Love and Beauty and I watched the two fall in love as they stared at eachother. It was pure love. But milady...lady Martell when he returned from Lyons he was changed."
"Changed how?" I knew the Battle of Lyons well. Thousands upon thousands of Lucernians had gone to war, and but a slimmer had returned. The destruction of the human alliance at the battle was legendary, but I had never heard William's father mention it once, so hearing Eddard say it was a defining moment in his life was shocking to me.
"Everyone who came back from that war was changed in some way. But for James. Things no longer made him laugh. Everything was dark and twisted through his eyes. He pushed aside everything that had mattered to him including Lady Tyrell." He looked out the window as if remembering some distant event that pained him.
"Are you alright Lord Starke?"
"I'm fine milady just coming to terms with the fact that my old friend is gone was a painful thing to do, and its no easier now."
"You mean you came to this conclusion long ago?"
"Yes back during the days leading up to the Plague he was lost in madness and shouting during a meeting of the Lords and I realized it."
"The Plague milord?" As he went to speak a knock on the door brought our attention there and left the question hanging.
"You may enter." The door opened immediatly after and I saw Robb open the door. Behind him walking away was another Starke man I remember as Brandon Starke II. while accompanying him was my sister Obella of whom was most likely leaving Robbs side for the first time since we had arrived.
"Father there is a party of Lannisters entering the city who wish to meet as well with Lady Martell." Eddard nearly burst from his seat before coming around to my side of the table and grabbing my cloak from the hanger on the wall.
"I am sorry Milady but we must cut our conversation short and meet with the Lannisters." He helped me up, and despite never needing the help I knew the reasons behind it, and I took his arm and pulled myself from the chair where he would place the cloak over my shoulders.
"I thought you believed it didn't go well speaking with Lord Tywin?"
"I guess the minds of people like the Lannisters are difficult to read for simple soldiers like me." He laughed as he said it before leading me out the door following behind Robb who led us through the winding hallways and out into the courtyard.
"Where are we to meet the Lannisters Ser Robb?"
"Meetings with the Lannisters are held in the High Keep." As he said High Keep I remembered from yesterday as we had made our way to the third teir of the city, and how high up it was. I wondered why two groups such as House Lannister, and House Starke would have ever thought it was a good idea to meet in a place so easily formed for throwing people off ledges in anger. Laughing to myself brought the attention of Robb of whom looked back and smiled to himself as if knowing I was laughing at some joke I told myself.
Walking along we were joined at the gate to the third tier by a young man dressed all in red armor, and a large Lion Emblem on his chest. It wasn't difficult to know he was a Lannister but Robb walked up to him and clasped his hand in what to me looked like friendship. The man smiled at Robb briefly exchanging words before the two laughed. The laughter of the two ended when me and Eddard reached them, and behind the young Lannister was approached by an older Lannister man with a massive Blond beard.
"Lord Eddard Starke it has been a long time since I have seen you."
"It has Ser Stafford. What brings you and your nephew to the gates to meet us?" So the young man was the nephew of Ser Stafford Lannister. Thinking back to my class time that could mean it was Lucion, Lancel, or Tyrek Lannister. I doubted Lucion as he was known as Lame Lannister for his ugly appearance and slow brain, but Lancel or Tyrek were both possibilities.
Stafford Lannister stepped forwards staring at me before speaking "To meet with the beautful Lady Martell is more then enough reason to come here Lord Starke." He gave me a strange look as he said it, and I felt my arms instinctibly pull my cloak around me a little further. It was cold so the act would be seen as such, but it was meant for more then keeping the fall snow off me.
"From our last talks it didn't seem your brother was willing to make the trip."
"You must have mistaken. We left a few hours after you did, and we are more then happy to meet a representative of the true King of Lucerne in William Lovie third of his name." Well that was shocking, but if he had wanted to let it sink in he didn't wait long before he nearly immediatly turned around summoning the younger Lannister with a look to follow behind him and with that Eddard followed in behind them leading us towards High Keep.
Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he travels to Castle Beyne alongside his brother Robb, sister Sansa, and best friends Samwell Tarly, and Tucker Jurny of whom are visiting Castle Beyne to meet with their long time friends there.
As the Breakfest moved forward he asked everyone to leave, and like the perfect soldiers he had raised they got up from the table, bowed to him and then left the room. I did the same but as I reached the door he held the door with his hand and stopped me dead in my tracks. ``Come sit down Samwell.`` He spoke it with a harshness that I`m sure others wouldn`t have known was there, but after years of hearing him I knew when he was mad.
``Of course father.`` There was never a question of whether I would listen to him. it was simply a matter of what this meant for me. He didn`t wait for me to even sit back down before he begin speaking again.
``Samwell it is time for you to leave Horn Hill. Your going to join the the bastard of Stormwind in the war with Gondor.`` I went to speak but he just continued already knowing I would object. ``Your going to do this because I can`t have a fat, cowardly fool inheriting my lands. I refuse to be embaressed by you anymore.`` He leaned forward on the table staring me coldly in the face. ``So choose Sam. Will you follow the bastard born, or shall we go hunting and see if you make it back here alive.``
Hedrik Clegane III.
Chapter Fifteen is the POV of Hedrik Clegane III. and he is summoned back to Lole by his father of whom says that things are happening in Forks that need their attention and despite his reluctance to leave the detiorating situation in southern Lole he leaves behind his brother Mathew in command and travels back to Lole. The meeting in Lole is attended as well by the members of House Swan towards the end of whom describe how they are going to side with William, and that they want all of their vassals to support them as they are going to be summoned by House Forks. Learning that Charles Swan has received a letter from Catherine Bell the aunt of William Lovie III. that the crown prince will be traveling southward in an effort to see the kingdom and find out the problems his father wont let him hear about, and Charles as the head of the Swan Rebellion is preparing to use this opportunity to turn William to their side. Having seen what is happening in southern Lole and to a worse extent in the Stormlands its Hedrik Clegane that speaks up loudly supporting House Swan's position and with his indorcement House Stillwood supports them as well leading Rupert with no option but to also support House Swan. House Clegane and House Swan siding together leads to a dramatic shift and basically all the houses follow their lead. Towards the end of the chapter many nobles from Highgarden and its vassals arrive in Forks where they have come to meet with the young prince of whom they also promise they are going to support in his mission. The Tyrell's arrival comes at the end of the chapter and is led by Garlan, and Loras Tyrell of whom are first cousins of William Lovie III. although niether have met William due to him never being allowed out of Lucerne.
William Lovie III.
William Lovie III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter the group arrives at the outskirts of Forks and taking a moment to soak in the moment they eventually enter Forks, and after word begins to spread of his arrival he is swarmed by the crowds of loving onlookers. Making their way into Swan Keep he meets with Charlie Swan of whom basically tells him that he had been told that the prince would be coming south to Forks and that he had already called many of his loyalists to Forks in order to meet him. Following his meeting with Charlie Swan he is able to meet and become enamored by Bella Swan, while the others spend time in the tavern waiting for him, and meet unknowingly with Alice Lovie, and Rosalie Hale. He spends hours with Bella Swan just talking in the Swan stables, before they eventually go to the tavern and find his friends have met her friends and the group is all in quite the romance outside of Edward of whom is married to Tanya Cullen in all but name. William leaves with Bella and the two spend hours back in the Swan stables, and then when they realize what time it is he takes Bella home to Swan Keep where her father has been so busy planning everything he doesn`t fully understand what she was doing. The following day William can barely think of anything outside of Bella Swan but he is forced to when he meets with the representatives of Highgarden, Forks, and Lole of whom all wish to know his plans, and after his discussions with Charlie Swan he on the spot decides to rally the Valley of Lucerne in order to retake Tree Hill. When it is brought up the rumors of who was at fault for the Fall of Tree Hill he tells the assembled group that if his father was responsible then his father will be brought to justice. Following this meet and during the remainder of the chapter William and Bella spend the night together before he walks her home to visit with his friends of whom are back at the tavern.
I followed closely behind Carlisle and Edward as we made our way down the road, and moving over the last little hill I stopped the horse as I could finally see Forks in all of its glory. It was the first city I had ever seen outside of the surrounding area of Lucerne, and I don't know what I expected. From all the talk of my father I guess a burned down husk of a town screaming for my death wouldn't have surprised me at all. I didn't expect to see a white walled city with clear blue skies, and a small port attached to it. That was not what I expected to see.
"There won't really be an easy way to ever say this my prince."
"Speak honestly and you will never find a problem with me Lord Swan."
"I think it best that Carlisle leaves my prince."
"Lord Swan you understand the decision that you are making by removing me from this room." The two men shared a look as Carlisle looked like his head was going to explode from anger.
"I made an oath of loyalty to House Lovie when I was twelve years old Archbishop. I made an oath to safeguard House Lovie's control and survival."
"You will be hanged for this."
"Carlisle!" I was shocked that Carlisle would so aggressively speak to an arch lord that he had spent weeks preparing me to meet. "Leave immediately."
"Remove yourself Carlisle or I shall have you removed."
"My Prince." Carlisle silently bowed to me before giving Lord Swan a glare and leaving the room with Brody shutting the door behind him.
"Thank you my prince."
"Tell me the truth Lord Swan." Lord Swan moved from me towards his desk where he took a seat and the way his shoulders slumped the lump in my throat just got larger.
"Its Charles. The time for formalities are over prince."
"Speak true Charles."
"Your father is responsible for terrible evil on this land. I know this will be difficult to accept but you must hear me out."
"The truth is I don't even know where to start. I first started looking into his work after we failed to help him kill himself."
"Failed at what?"
"It wasn't more then a few months after his return from France that he realized he had changed. He wrote a letter to...he wrote a letter to a friend and that friend failed at helping him."
"Helping him with what?"
"Helping him die."
"Why did he want to die?" I knew my father was troubled but to think he would actually go through with trying to kill himself was beyond my imagining.
"He was changed by what happened in France. His brother dying. Losing that battle. It just broke him as a person."
Franklin Brent is the POV Character of this chapter and during his chapter he travels to Marburg with Karyl Reyne where he meets with the leadership of the city in the form of his father and his fathers vassals and attempts to convince them that the bandits are funded by the king James Lovie and to give him more forces so that he might attack. Franklin stays several days in Marberg waiting for the arrival of House Ordos of whom is sending delegates there at the request of his father so that House Ordos can hear of what is happening, and while waiting he continues attempting to convinse them further about his designs. Franklin's cousin Kyle Darkwood arrives in the town by chance and Franklin attempts to convinse him to come with him to Limca but Kyle is cold to the idea telling Franklin how little there is to gain by going against the king in whatever violent attept he is making. After Kyle Darkwood leaves Franklin is disapointed in his continues failures and returns to his room where he finds Karyl waiting for him and not wanting her to see him down he barks orders at her which in his head he is disgusted at himself for the way he speaks to her but he feels a growing desire to touch her which scares him. Sleeping for several hours he leaves the room to go and find his father but is stopped by lord Deitrik Greentail of whom tells him that he has had a change of heart from his earlier refusal to assist Franklin and will send his son Estmar Greentail with a force of one thousand to support Franklin's movement and at this news Franklin feels better and goes to see Kyle but before he can its his sister Fiona who tells him that House Ordos has arrived at the city. Meeting with Coyle the day after Coyle agreed to allow House Brent to intervene its Coyle that lets slip to him that Karyl Reyne has been also moving in behind him and furthering his points to those he speaks, and Kyle Darkwood insults Franklin over the fact that he hasn't actually been convinsing anyone but actually it was Karyl. Furious at Karyl he storms to find her but she remains calm and tells him that she is his wife and she will do anything to help him, and she attempts to be physically intimate with him, but we discover that he is unable to touch her due to severe distress she touches him. Karyl attempts to console him as he breaks down as he was shown to be so weak, but he won't let her and he leaves her alone, and gathers his men. Following this Franklin Brent marches at the head of the force from Marburg he has been able to gather northwards towards the town of Limca where Dexter Hill has told him the remaining forces of the Badgers have gathered under the command of Kieth Schwartz. Meeting with the force of Dexter Hill outside of Limca he discovers the army of Limca having gathered outside the walls and sends out a scout with a white flag which leads to a meeting between the forces of Franklin and the forces of House Haushka. Meeting with Lord Swen Haushka and his brother Ottkar Haushka he and Dexter are finally vindicated when they discover that Kieth Schwartz stands with them openly revealing his presence among the army of House Haushka. Following the discussion the forces of Franklin Brent place the town under siege while the forces of House Haushka launch attempts to break the siege but are repulsed through the work of Dexter Hill whose cavalry push back any attempt to break the siege. Karyl Reyne arrives at the siege camp several weeks into the siege and Franklin is surprised when he is quite excited to see her, and for a moment he wants to reach out and touch her but before he can he is overcome by his fears and pulls back. Karyl arrives alongside several Brent Knights of whom also deliver news that William Lovie III. has arrived in Forks and that the rebellion led by Charles Swan has sent word that they want people to come there and join with Williams forces. Karyl and Franklin spend time in his tent where they discuss what has happened during the weeks of the siege and Karyl gives him advise of what he should do advising him to turn Swen Haushka against Kieth Schwartz through trickery and trusting her advise Franklin raises a white flag bringing the two sides to discussion. Meeting with the leaders of the Limca rebels including Kieth Schwartz its Franklin who is prepared to use the advise given to him by Karyl but as they speak Franklin mentions in passing that William Lovie III. is at Forks and Kieth stops the entire debate immediately. Demanding more information on this Franklin says that once the Siege of Limca is over he has been asked to travel to Hillsbrad to join the meeting with House Greymane and the Grand State of the Westerlands where their decision on whether to support William will be made. Kieth without warning orders Lord Swent Haushka to stand down and surrender, but forces favorable terms for House Haushka and the Principality of Limca stating that in return for this favorable term then House Haushka will support the prince at Forks. As the terms are agreed over its Kieth who asks to speak to Franklin separately and unable to get Elsa Tollsen to not go with him she joins them for this final talk, and going far enough into the field that no one can hear them Kieth tells them the truth of the Badger Rebellion. Elsa is held back by Franklin as she tries to kill Kieth for clearly being responsible for the death of most of her family, and then without apology or any attempt at gaining forgiveness Kieth wishes them good luck and to tell the prince what he has told them, and then he pulls out a rock and disappears into nothing. Returning to the remaining rebels they accept the surrender of House Haushka on the terms agreed upon and following this Swen gives Franklin information on the location of a Badger hideout and then has his son Ottkar join with Franklin alongside several hundred Haushka troops. The Chapter ends as the forces of Franklin Brent move towards the location given to them by Swen and travelling the road he talks things over with Ottkar who does a good job at explaining why they did what they did in supporting the King.
- At the end of the chapter the Raid of 5123 occurs as the Orcs launch a massive assault on the walls and are nearly able to defeat the defenders, but even in defeat they deal immense casualties to the defenders.
Alice Lovie is the POV Character of Chapter Eighteen and during this chapter she is watching James Nighting talking with an older man and listening in she hears them discuss him having to do something, but she cant make out what the details are. James enters the tavern and Alice goes downstairs and at first is very excited to see him but this changes when she sees his face and realizes that he is sad, and wanting to comfort him she goes to give him a hug which he falls into. After some time talking Alice realized that James was there with orders to kill her and realizing this the two argued over this with Alice playing to his emotions and eventually causing him to come to the realization that he would not be able to kill Alice, and with this moment his father James the Elder smashed the door down using Magi knocking down his son and leaving him unconscious. Alice would see this and rushed to the side of James the younger where after seeing that he was alive she and James the elder spoke for some time with James the elder hinting that her brother was on his way to the city but was unwilling to reveal his identity despite the fact that he was going to kill her. As James the Elder prepared to kill her with a killing curse it was james the younger that gained consciousness and stopped his father by stabbing him through the back killing him instantly and leaving James the younger emotionally broken. Alice would attempt to console him but he refused her touch and picked up his father preparing to take him away but before he left he forced Alice to promise that when the time came she would lie and say that she had killed his father after he had kidnapped her from the tavern and taken her to a forest. Alice would follow him riding on the horse with him as they took his fathers dead body out of Forks and into the forest west of Forks, and it was here at a small cabin that James would take her to stay for a few days to make the story make sense. Arriving at the cabin at night it was Alice and James that discussed everything that had happened and Alice attepted to get James to forgive himself, but she would fail and despite both describing their love for the other it was James that left her to sleep alone while he told he would be in the main room and they could talk the next day. While Alice slept that night an emotionally distraught James Nighting II. would leave her without a word riding southward towards Tree Hill where he planned to return to his family and try and find some kind of peace over what he had done, but he did leave behind a letter that detailed how much he had loved her and his involvement in what she would eventually realize was her memory loss. Alice would wake in the morning and discover he had left and after reading his letter she would ride back to Forks on the other horse where as she arrived she was stopped by a troop of cavalry led by Nerio Swann and Nerio knew her as Alice was a friend of Bella Swan and thus he revealed to her that the prince of Lucerne William Lovie III. was the leader of the group that was being surrounded by the people of Forks, and as she looked down into the group and saw him she felt a wave of memories crash over her which caused her to pass out. Alice would wake up back in the tavern where she was being held by Rosalie, and Bella while Donnel Swann stood at the doorway, and upon waking up Rosalie and Bella both started crying as they were both afraid that Alice wasn't going to wake up, and after calming down the two it was Alice that told them that she remembered who the boy from her dreams was. Before she could tell them that she knew the boy was William she was overcome with a terrible headache as the memories overwhelmed her and while she hid the severity of the pain it was Flavius Elvorix that came to the door and ordered Rosalie to return to work and despite Alice attempting to stop this he overruled her and then demanded them leave Alice's room which again they did reluctantly. has chemistry with Jasper but can`t shake the memory of the golden haired prince she saw when she was hiding in the bell tower with Bella. As the day goes on she, Jasper, Emmett, Rosalie, and Edward are joined by Bella and William of which the arrival of William places Alice into a near comatose state of horrible headaches and she has to hide in the back room where she is joined by Jasper. When she eventually comes out she finds the group has been joined by several others including Hedrik Clegane, and his brother Mathew. During that night Alice says goodbye to Jasper and he goes to his own room while she returns to her room in extreme pain, and finds herself unable to sleep. Unable to sleep the entire night she goes back into the tavern where she finds Jasper once again and the two walk out into Forks and she uses all the stealth she thinks she has to finds clues about the prince, and while Jasper eventually finds out shes probing for information he isn`t jealous as Alice says she feels a familiar type relation with the prince. That night she sees William once again but this time she doesn`t suffer the same type of pain, and at the end of the night he kisses her hand, and the two look at each other but before they can say anything William is pulled away by Bella and she leaves to her room to find what she hopes is the first sleep in days. Finally falling asleep she dreams of the boy again, this time the last night she was in Lucerne is the dream she has but this time the boy turns towards her and calls her sister and she sees the face for the first time, and its William. The memories of her final conversation with her father come back to her as she remembers her father taunting her about how she was going away and there was nothing anyone could do to protect her. Immediately getting out of bed she runs to find William in his tent inside Swan Keep, and finds him running down the street towards the tavern. Stopping him the two reconcile and the beloved siblings are reunited.
"Please Jasper get me out of this room..."I pleaded with him, and he didn't need another word as he led me by the arm into the back room of the tavern. As he nearly carried me I saw the look of displeasure from Girardo but at this point I didn't give a damn what he thought of me. Consequences were now. He was irrelevant to me now.
As Jasper rested me down on a chair I felt myself almost fall off he didn't catch me and without a word he took me into his arms and sat down against the wall where I fell neatly into his chest. Laying there nestled into his chest the pain lessened, but thinking of his face it seemed to flood back to me, and as if feeling my pain Jasper begin rubbing my back. Between the sweeps of his arm on my back, and the pain in my head I felt something else. Memories flooded back to me as I lie there. Memories of the boy I spent every night dreaming of. Memories of the family I couldn't quite place. I found myself out of the tavern and standing without pain in a room of white marbled walls and tapestry of dragons adorning the walls. Walking down the hall towards the yelling I knew my dreams were slipping into reality but this felt different. I remembered where I was. This wasn't a room with White Marbled Walls and Dragon tapestries. This was the fourteen floor of the Sky Tower, and this was my home. Shock flew through me but I kept following the dream moving towards the yelling.
"Do not think for a second that because you are my blood that I will not hesitate in ending you."
"I didn't mean..." This was Bill Lovie. This was the King of Lucerne, and I knew exactly who he was to me now.
"Speak up Sean. Be a man."
"You are a disappointment of the highest regard Sean. Tell me how your brother William could be so perfect and you could be such a failure." There it was. The name I had struggled to hear for months. The face I had struggled to see. He walked into the dream and looked exactly as I remembered him now.
"Father it is time to stop berating Sean. He is your son."
"Let him stand up for himself William. Do you even comprehend William the things that this little monster has been doing."
"Father please do not..."The fist flew out and Sean fell to the ground. I could see William go to do something but as he moved he stopped and looked towards my direction. A smile crossed his face as he looked towards me and as I stood there I could not feel he was looking at me. He kept smiling despite it all and made his way towards me.
"Sweet sister I told you to stay in your room." The words spilled from my mouth as I realized what this was.
"Will I was scared. I didn't want you to get hurt." This wasn't a dream. This wasn't some illusion. Wasn't something my mind had created to keep me sane in this terrible city. These were memories. William was my brother. Bill was my father. I was Alice. I am Alice Lovie.
Ezio Ederiz is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter Ezio watches from the gates of Lucerne as William Lovie III. and his party leave Lucerne and watching this he is joined by Sean Lovie of whom insults his brother speaking hateful words and then hoping that William never returns. Following his conversation with Sean its Ezio that travels back to the Keep of Lucerne where he meets with James Lovie II. alongside several prominent members of the Circle of Magi. Following the meeting Ezio follows his orders and follows Sean and while Sean spends the day sleeping its at night when Sean leaves the Sky Towers accompanied by several men at arms personally loyal to him and travels outside of the Lucerne gates using the Gate of Hale they make there way outside of Lucerne into the Valley itself and watching them for nearly an hour he watches as they approach a mine where two of the men at arms remain outside while Sean and the three others go inside. Watching the mine for hours he enters a trance like state where he is only somewhat awake but this ends with the arrival of a large group of horsemen and a carriage which has several cages on it. Approaching the mine its Ezio who sees that there are girls in the cages and the horseman are knights of House Jestife and the leader of the men introduces himself as Jeremy Jestife, and beside him a women removed her hood revealing herself as Sophia Jestife his sister and the two groups spoke with Sophia detailing that they had brought Sean six girls as detailed by the last order from his father and Sean gets upset that there were not more but eventually is promised by Sophia that more will be delivered and Sean agrees which leads to the Jestife force unpacking the cages and then preparing themselves to ride again eastward. Following Ezio seeing the group led by Ellen Page he would discuss with them the full depth of the situation and upon learning about the Tower of Solice and what Ellen had seen inside the Tower of Solice Ezio would agree to help them and then join with William Lovie III. While the group was preparing to ambush the forces of House Jestife it was one of Sean's men named Tobin of Sean who came out and begin beating one of the slaves which caused Ellen Page to break from the plan and fire and arrow killing Tobin and causing the Jestife forces to barricade themselves into the front of the mine. Sean's forces would believe that the Jestife's had killed Tobin and thus refused access to the lift which eventually after the Jestife's lost two men to archer fire from the Anti-Sean forces would cause the Jestife forces to flee from the mine entrance and instigating a fight with the Anti-Sean forces. Having betrayed his order by turning against the command of James Lovie II. its Ezio that travels southward towards Forks where he plans to assist William Lovie III. and riding there he arrives in Forks as William is making his rounds with the leaders there. Ezio is captivated by the young man and becomes a believer in what William can do as King. Benjamin Bradfoot arrives in Forks, and tells Ezio about the changes in Ravenholdt since he left. The two talk and Ezio describes the days leading up to his departure of Ravenholdt, and wonders about all those from Ravenholdt that were loyal to him, and what will happen to them. Realizing that if Benjamin is correct in the changes he knows that all those with loyalty to him will be killed, and thus he asks Benjamin to return to Ravenholdt and gather as many of the loyalists as he can and get them to come to Lucerne. He gives a handwritten letter for Benjamin to show to the people so that they know he is the one to be listening too.
"Hey guys" They all turned around at my words.
Franklin Brent is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he travels to Hillsbrad for a meeting there about William, and during his stay there grows close to Demi Hill, of whom also befriends his young wife Karyl Reyne of whom we see is loving towards Franklin but he remains somewhat distant. Demi Snow having been abused much of her life is easy pickings for Franklin Brent who gains her trust easily and from this is able to learn many things about Hillsbrad and the council, and among other things she reveals the Worgen problem in House Greymane as well as dealing with the violent nature of her older brother Dexter Hill.
Slowly the other lords entered the hall. The lithe Gregor Voner entered flanked by several of his vassals, and squatted on the seat to my right. Gregor Voner had always been friendly with our house, and my father always told me to be as nice to him as possible as he hated the Godfreys. Apparently when Gregor was young his little sister had been raped and murdered, and the only person that appeared to be guilty was Groevin Godfrey and he too escaped justice after winning and killing Gregor`s older brother Aron in a duel. The Godfrey`s had after this exiled Groevin, but this was followed by insults from the Godfrey`s which basically have created a distinct hatred between the two houses.
When Leyton Mountain entered being escorted by his heir Baelor and his frightening looking daughter Malora. I had heard that she and Leyton spent nearly all of their days locked away in their hightower, and from the looks of her she hadn`t seen the outside world very much of late.
Franklin Brent entered flanked by his little wife Karyl Reyne of whom held onto him as if he was the last thing in ths world. Franklin brought in tow with him Benjemin, and Dennis Ordos of which I along with everyone elce in the room found beyond hilarious. Dennis had long been the Lord of House Ordos, but the wealth possessed by House Brent always meant that the kind of diplomatic insults that might doom another vassal were simply ignored for fear of what House Brent might do.
The final Lords to enter were Laehera Rholler, Vincent Godfrey, and Kieth Darkwood of whom waited at the door and when the four Greymane gaurds walked in holding the door I knew we were in for Genn Greymane. Held to his feet by Liam Greymane the Elderly Lord of Hillsbrad was seated at the Arch Lord table and when he raised his hand to speak the meeting would begin. ``My Lords...``Liam whispered to him briefly, and he continued.``My Lords, and Ladies I thank you all for arriving so promptly.`` The ever present grovelling begin with Kieth Darkwood of whom bowed his head from the table and thanked Genn for his hospotality of which when Genn did not anwser or look it was clear he hadn`t heard and so Liam said the your welcomes neccessary.
Genn appeared to enter some kind of trance, and when this happened Liam moved himself away from his father as if to avery people`s eyes and begin speaking`` My honored Lords and Ladies we are here today to speak of the direction that the lands of Hillsbrad shall move in when it comes to the issue of William Lovie III. I, alongside my family have come to the conclusion that we shall support the young prince in his endevors. I do come here commanding the support of our vassals, instead I ask that we all make a decision and let it be known that all were heard.`` Liam sat back down beside his father of whom he put his hand onto the top of his fathers hand before raising his other hand to direct others to speak.
Vincent Godfrey spoke first. ``I may offer but one small issue. While I do not disagree that what we have heard of this young prince is atleast more promicing then his father, I do wish to point out that others have attempted to move against Bill and they now sit in shallow graves.``
``That is no reason not to support William. We all must die at some point, so why not die supporting the rightful king.`` Franklin spoke with a conviction and a admiration that was promicing when it came to my hope that the Greymane`s would get much support.
``The fanatism of youth is something that brings about its own host of dangers young Brent.`` Osbert Konie the vassal of Godfrey spoke in support of his liege. It was interesting to see the Kronies sitting with Vincent Godfrey while the Godfrey`s other vassal in the Voner`s was on the other side of the table. Clearly the long history of conflict between the two houses was alive and well.
Franklin made the right choice when he ignored the attempted goating by Osbert. ``I come with the words of my father and thus all of House Brent behind me that we shall support the crown prince William Lovie III. Any who do also follow I beg to ask. How can you accept a king that murders your family. Just a few short years ago he murdered hundreds in targeted assasinations. Our Liege Lord lost many members of his family for doing nothing more then what everyone at this table should be jumping at doing.`` Franklin`s words were met by smacks on the table of support by many of the Lords at the table.
``You speak as if you understand the world so greatly child. You have been alive for less summers then anyone at this table and yet you speak for all of us now.``
``I speak for my liege Lord Genn Greymane, who has led us wisely and justly for years and was forced to endure the deaths of so much of his family for just asking questions.`` He looked around the table at each person before continueing. ``Lord Godfrey I think you forget to much that you are the vassal of House Greymane.``
James Lovie II.
James Lovie II. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he details the mistakes he has made to his Maestor of whom does not realize it but Bill Lovie at this point is accepting that he is going to die eventually to his sons ambition and his failings. He remembers vividly the moment after Alice was nearly raped by Sean Lovie and contimplates how it was his fault, and how he has spent so much time destroying Sean that he hardly recegnizes himself anymore. Bill Lovie is met by several members of the Circle of Magi of which when they arrive he feels himself fall within his own mind, and another voice begins to speak for him and this voice commands them to begin preperations for their withdrawel from Lucerne, and movement to the ruined city of Orleans. Following this meeting he feels himself come back into his mind and talks with Khadgar of whom voices his disaproval of what there doing, and tells Bill that he wishes to leave the Circle of Magi, but Bill in a moment of purity commands Khadgar to stay and watch what the others do in order for William to better understand what has happened once Bill is finally removed.
"I cannot be a part of this anymore my king."
"You cannot leave Khadgar."
"I would rather die then be a part to anymore of this."
William Lovie III.
William Lovie III. is the POV Character of Chapter 23 and as the POV Character and during this time he meets heavily with his shadow council and others among the leadership of Stormwind and comes to the complete realization of who his father is. Realizing the scope of what is happening he travels back to Lole with Emmett McCarty and Brandon Starke alongside a large guard due to the fact that they had time as they were awaiting the arrival of members of House Swift and other northern Lords in Stormwind. He uses this time to meet with Bella and when they are together again during the night he proposes to Bella Swan when they are laying together. Returning to Stormwind he finds a crying Lanna Lannister in the hallways and when he comforts her she tries to get intimate with him, and he is forced to reject her out of love for Bella. It is following this that he follows her as she talks to her cousin Tyrek Lannister of whom she tells that she slept with Jasper Hale and that he no longer will see her which breaks her heart. Going to find Jasper he finds Jasper in as horrible condition as he left Lanna and realizes in that moment that Jasper's heart may belong to Lanna.
Alice Lovie is the POV character of this chapter and during this chapter she greets the arrival of Emma, and Hanna Bell of whom are accompanied by a heavy contingent of men-at arms and knights of House Skane, and House Scarlet and she discovers that they remember her. Also among the group arriving is Adela Aven of whom has been brought to become the lady in waiting for Alice, and the two talk briefly with Adela showing herself as a kind girl who is clearly very happy to be a lady in waiting for the princess of Lucerne. Finding herself basically in a moment having gone from a tavern girl to the princess of Lucerne she remembers her times with the two sisters, and they spend the day together, which is joined by Fredrik Highmore of whom seems to be quite close with Emma Bell. Leaving behind Emma for a time she and Hanah go to the palace grounds where she meets with Charles Swan of whom has basically become the driving force behind the northern Lucernians joining William at Forks, and the two form a quick friendship as Charles is beyond happy with what they have agreed to join him in. Following her meeting at the Forks Palace she meets with Charles, and Daniel Faraday of whom have asked for a meeting with her, and realizing once again her power now they ask for Emma's hand in a betrothal and she sees the value in this but asks that they allow her a chance to speak with Emma about it with both of the Faraday's are very accepting of. Returning to Emma she finds her cousin all smiles and when she presses her cousin on what she believes to be a relationship with Fredrik Highmore of whom has been flirty with her throughout the day, and she tells Emma about the offers from Charles Faraday about marriage and is surprised when Emma agrees to this betrothal. While this is happening she also is flirted with by Dylan Steinmare, and when the two are alone she questions him on this and he tells her they were quite flirty before she left, and apologizes to her, but she begins to remember him and instead of accepting his apology she gently rubs his hand. While speaking on the rise of the west to Williams side due to the movement of Franklin Brent she receives a raven from William asking her to travel to Stormwind and see the city, and she takes Emma Bell with her. In the letter they are asked to be escorted by men of House Scarlet and Martell of which it is determined should be Saiden Scarlet, and Wilheim Martell. She does not realize the main reason she is recalled is the fact that William believes she will be killed if left alone in Forks after hearing so many bad things about his father. Arriving in Stormwind she is met by a detachment that includes Lanna Lannister of whom the two have a conflict over their shared affection for Jasper, and when she introduces her baby to Alice she heavily implies the child is Jasper's while rubbing her pregnant belly and implying the same about the pregnancy.
He led me back the back into the garden as if he has been here a hundred times before. There was a slight movement to his hand of which I tried to ignore as I walked because everything was still hazy but knew he was a friend of William's. He stopped leading me, and I looked at him for the first time since he had taken me away from Emma, and Hanna.
"It seems its just you and I alone at last Alice." He moved towards my lips with his, and he nearly kissed me before I pulled back. "Whats wrong Alice?" There was genuine confusion in his eyes.
"You tried to kiss me."
"It wouldn't be the first time, my sweet Alice."
"I don't remember that Dylan."
"No don't apologize to me. I just thought when you remembered your family that I would have come back too. It was my mistake to push this on you, I just...I guess I just missed you."
"I'm sure I will come to remember everything with time Dylan, but right now I remember being with Jasper."
"I guess that's fair."
"I am sorry."
"You never have to apologize to me Alice. I spent the last years of my life feeling an emptiness, and the moment whatever your father did to all of us was lifted I felt that feeling go away. You did that for me Alice." He looked so vulnerable as he spoke, and despite the smile on his face I knew I had hurt him.
I had hurt him, and that hurt me so I tried to ease both our pains by reaching out to his hand which hung tightly against his side, and I held it.
Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter Jon Snow is woken up by his brother of whom tells him that they are going southward to meet with the Lannisters in order to see if there is any compromise that can be made in regards to the William Lovie III. issue. The issue of William has exploded following his intervention in the Knights of Aerene rebellion and following word from Charlie Swan that they are moving forward with true rebellion its Eddard Starke that agrees to join with his friend Charlie and rally eastern support for William. Joining his brother on the journey south they arrive at Lannistane where they attempt to convince the Lannisters to follow William when he arrives. During this chapter we get him beginning to discuss his mission to the northern lands. By this point in explaining the story he has reached the Wall and looks up at what is a horrifying scale. As the travel his relationship with Samwell reaches a point where Samwell finally tells him the full story of how he came to be sent to squire for Jon Snow the bastard of Stormwind.
"Do you ever think of going back?" He didn't have to explain where he meant to me. He meant going back to Frostfang and the place it seemed we had left a piece of ourselves.
"Every day of my life Sam."
``I know that your still angry with me but let me tell you about the people your going to deal with.``
``Don`t speak to us as if we know nothing about Gondor.``
``You know exactly what you should know for your age. You know that Gondor is a peaceful but worn down kingdom to the east of Lucerne that is populated by a strange non-germanic human population. You know King Aragorn Elessar is the second of his name, and that he has three children of which one will be there tomorrow. But do you know anything real.``
``We do not have all day father you may have to tell us what you can in a short time.`` Even Edward was rushing Carlisle now.
``Gondor was founded...``
``Honestly Lord Cullen...`` Emmett said it with a slam of his fist on the table causing a laugh to spring out from Dylan.
``Yes Emmett this is all very important.`` He stopped glaring at Emmett and begin looking at the three of us again. ``Gondor was founded following the Downfall of Numeron of which you know somewhat about. Gondor as time went on lost more and more ground to the Orcs of Mordor, and these Orcs are led by the Dark Lord Sauron. This Dark Lord convinsed many of Gondor`s allies to turn on them and this all culminated in the Gondor Civil War. Brother fought brother, and Gondor bled for years."
"Who were these brothers that turned the Gondorians"
"Many turned on Gondor while there back was down, and it is this fact that makes what we did to them all the worse."
"How did they defeat Mordor back then?"
"In the end Aragorn`s father the king before he was, would die alongside many in his family and thousands of others until finally Mordor was defeated. Aragorn was crowned king following that great victory. That was some two hundred years ago.`` I could see they hated Carlisle but he was right. They had spent so much of their time angry at the world over a thing they couldn't even remember, and one of the consequences was their learning.
``So he is hundreds of years old.`` Carlisle looked shocked that William was asking him something, but he quickly pushed the feeling away and jumped at the opportunity to once again teach William.
``You knew the Numenorians were long lived, but what they do not speak of in our lessons are the fact that the Numenorians are more then long lived. They do not die by any amount of years passing them by."
"So they are like Elves?"
"There ancient ancestors were the franks to our west. They were human slaves brought to the once great island of Atlantis, and while there they were the slaves of the High Elves of Atmer. From this slavery they mingled with there elven garrison creating the group we know now as the Numenorians."
"How is that an immortal race has fallen so far then father?"
"It is important to know son, that Gondor while ancient and strong fights against enemies on all sides, including ours.``
``So they are besieged now by Mordor.``
``They are my prince.``
``So what help can they offer if they are as weak and defeated as they are.``
``They may be low, but they can still muster thousands of men at arms and cavalry. If we help them we may erase the damage of your father`s war against them many short years ago.``
"Do you we truly need there troops so much?"
"The main thing they may bring to us my prince is something not many have thought of."
"That would be?"
"They maintain a strong relationship with the Sindari Elves of High Forest. Enigmatic and completely isolated from the world the Gondorians are said to be the only people who can actually contact them without fear."
``So you are the son of James Lovie, King of the Valley. Second of his name`` He said it in a calm voice, but there was malice behind the kindness he was trying to put forth. I could see one of them men sitting at the table behind him glaring at me, and I knew this was a bad start. The men at his table wore intricate armor, and thinking on the earlier conversation with Carlisle I wonder how many of the men sitting at the table of King Elessar had lost family, or at the least people to my fathers war.
``I am.`` He stood silent so I moved forward towards him and tried to keep the conversation going. ``Your reputation comes before you King Elessar.``
``Does it.`` He turned his large frame away from me walking towards the table to pick up an emblem from the table. ``Tell me young prince. What do your stories tell you about who I am.``
``I must tell you truthfully your grace.``
``Honesty would be a nice change from your people.``
``I could tell you I have read of your victory in your civil war. I could say that I knew you had three children. I could say all of that and it would be true.``
``But what shall you say of me, prince.``
``I will say what I think matters about you. We have learned that you have fought the enemies of humanity for your entire life. You love your family. You love your people. These are the only things that define who you are to me.``
"Then let me speak honestly as well prince."
"Why are you here?"
"I'm here because our two nations spent generations as friends."
"We didn't choose to end that friendship. You attacked us while we were fighting these enemies of humanity as you so correctly call them."
"Your grace. I have no words to describe the pain that I feel over what my people did to yours. I have been taught lessons on the conflict. I have spoken with veterans. I have heard stories from noblemen. None of that can explain to me the one simple question that I have. Why. Why did we do it."
"Greed, and madness."
"I come here with a heavy heart your grace. I was raised to protect my people. I was trained to lead. Born to do something great in this world. I want to make this right. I want you and I to find a way to look past the madness and greed of those who I cannot condone."
"You ask me to look past it?"
"You don't know me your grace. You have no reason to trust me. In fact you have every reason to mistrust me based on what my people have done. But the truth is that the day grows late. The darkness rises, and unless we find a way to look past what has happened. We shall both die."
"What do you propose?"
"I propose you find a way to look past the sins of my father."
Hedrik Clegane III.
Chapter Details Hedrik Clegane III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he returns with a large group of Lannister, Swift, and Starke men to Lucerne where he specifically join Jasper Hale and William when they speak with Jasper`s father father for what will be the last of their positive meetings. William is able to convinse his father to send many of the forces of Lucerne, but he says that the consequences of this act are his alone. As the army of Lucerne mobilizes for the Journey it is William that commands them to break up and do many things of which are of great importance, and of these tasks he wants completed he sends Hedrik Clegane southward to deal with the devolving situation in the Grand Province of Rosten. Hedrik Clegane moves his forces alongside the forces of House Swift led by Timone Swift, and his son William Swift, and leading a force of several hundred Swift men they are joined by the Dragonoph Priestess Taylor Swift as they make their way southward towards the town of Kautila where the forces of House Elric have been fighting a running battle against a bandit force which has grown out of control in the grand province. Arriving at Kautila they meet with the leadership of House James in the form of Ulrich James, and Taylor James of whom has gathered several hundred troops to join with their army as they prepare to retake control of Castle Elric. Discussing the situation with Ulrich James they learn that the situation is far larger then originally known as this is not one force they are fighting but instead they are fighting against two rebellious houses in the form of House Verilim, and House Herbus who have taken control of large swathes of the Grand Province while alongside this there has also been the rise of three large bandit forces who have also taken control of large swathes of the grand province and to the shock of Hedrik he learns that these forces are all working together in coordinated moves against House Elric's control of the grand province. Gathering together his forces Hedrik leads them against the Sisterhood of Venom first of whom have captured the town of Jogelinn and are using it as the center of their small little fiefdom. Entering the lands of the Sisterhood of Venom they meet no resistance as their army marches up the road but travelling through the village of Ojelurun they find a christian church burned to the ground and meet the first member of the Sisterhood of Venom when they find a heavily armored female priest standing in the center of the village. Meeting with the girl they discover she is Oriphiel Venom the sister of Aphasiel Venom the leader of the Sisterhood of Venom and she had come to the village to meet the army of Hedrik and bring them to Jogelinn where Aphasiel wants to meet with them in peace. Following Oriphiel its Hedrik that discusses the situation with her learning that the Sisterhood of Venom had originally been known as the Army of Aerene but had broken apart after a disagreement between the two leaders of the army in the form of Aphasiel and Mikael Therkildsen over the direction of the army. Arriving at Jogelinn their forces are met at the edge of the town by the army of Venom who is nearly two thousand strong and to avoid a fight Hedrik meets under a white flag with Aphasiel alongside Kaven Elric, and Ulrich James. Meeting with Aphasiel it becomes clear that she simply wants to protect the people of the area of Jogelinn against the increasingly lawless nature of the Grand Province of Rosten and Kaven Elric agrees that if she would swear herself and her forces to his service then he would name her the Landsgard of Jogelinn, and while she accepts she heavily implies that she will be acting as little more then a figurehead as she sees the land as a theocracy. With the forces of the Sisterhood of Venom added to their ranks they make there way towards the Pure of Aerene of whom are the group that broke away from the original Army of Aerene and have now been responsible for committing religious genocide against eastern Rosten. Arriving at the edge of the Pure of Aerene controlled lands they find the roads edge lined with crucified bodies and then marching along the road through these bodies they are met by the sight of a naked man with his eyes cut out and speaking with the man they learn he is Allectius Marinus the Landsgard of the area and he was left there to tell them to turn around and leave the forces of Mikael Therkildsen to their work. The army is forced to stop its march towards Castle Marinus after they discover that the bridge allowing them crossing to the city has been destroyed leaving the large army no real ability to cross in heavy numbers. Hedrik decides to split the army taking the Sisterhood of Venom forces and several hundred of his own men while the majority of the army is taken command by Kaven Elric and will make there way towards the Black Moon Brotherhood's lands. Swimming across the river Hedrik reaches the other side and taking command of the force they make there way towards Castle Marinus but passing through the country side they find burned out farms and dead bodies litter the land as the forces of the Pure of Aerene have devolved. Arriving at Castle Marinus they find the forces of the Pure of Aerene have marshaled outside the castle and despite attempts by Hedrik to meet under a white Flag the forces of the Pure of Aerene fire on the soldier Hedrik sends with the White Flag and this forces Hedrik to move into battle formations.
Leven Martell is the Chapter 28 POV Character and during her chapter she meets with House Scarlet, and many of the vassals of House Lovie alongside William and all of them outside of House Faraday swear themselves to his cause and gather much of their forces for the campaign. With this in mind she joins William of whom travels secretly with Radlet Scarlet, and several other Scarlet men of whom align themselves with House Jackson in secret and take control of the gatehouse out of Lucerne, as all fear an ambush. At the end of the chapter with everyone planning on leaving William takes Leven with him and visits his aunt Catherine Lovie of whom she is shocked when William asks her to take him to his mother. Travelling with William she holds his hand as he enters the top of the Cloud Tower where his mother lives her life locked away due to her madness. Leven prepares to wait outside but William doesn't let go of her hand and brings her into the room while Catherine waits outside the room, and as they enter the room they find her nearly catatonic she watches William say his goodbye's but despite the emotion of the conversation she is all but gone, and does not make any movements or signs she understood what was happening.
James Lovie II.
James Lovie II. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he is walking through his library when a figure apears in front of him William leaving the city, but first confronting his father on his dreams. Pretending to his father that he doesn't know the identity of the girl in his dreams he tricks his father into telling him who the girl is without telling him where she is. Realizing the depths of madness his father has stooped to he makes his father clearly understand that he no longer considers him as a father. James watches William leave from the Cloud Tower, and he reveals his sadness when William leaves Lucerne with much of his vassals and most of the army of Lucerne at his back. Fearing both his own fate, but mainly his sons fate he retreats into his library and allows none to enter, and during this time he talks of the War in France. Chapter 32 is where the short story The Fall of France begins from. James Lovie is rejoined by Ezio Ederiz of whom sneaks inside the library and watches from afar as James Lovie meets with members of the Circle of Magi inside the Library of which Ezio discovers has secret Magi entryways. James Lovie during this commands his Circle of Magi to begin preparing to leave, and they do as commanded outside of Khadgar of whom teleports away and abandons the Circle of Magi. During Chapter 29 James Lovie also remembers the day he finally convinced Amber Heard to flee the city, and he hates himself for being so weak and hateful that he pushed away someone that loved his son so dearly.
He entered the room and he was clad in the armor I had made special for him when he had won the tournament in Nortburg. I can still remember the look of excitement on his face when I showed him the armor, and despite telling him that if he grew too much then it wouldn't fit him, he seemed to love the gift giving me a hug that my mind continues to cling to in times of sadness. Looking at him now made me claw at those memories, because William no longer loved me as that younger version of him must have.
"It is time for me to leave father." He said with authority, and I knew he was ready. Ready to rule was always something I knew he was going to be, but I could see now that all I was an obstacle to what he could do.
"It saddens me deeply that your leaving son, you know..."
"It's time we spoke of things."
"What things do you wish to speak on William?" This was the moment. The moment that Vhloraz had always warned me would come. The moment where the lies could either be met with violence or defeat.
"I have never told you this, but...for a long time. Maybe years father. For years I have dreamed of a girl." It was fading hope that made me want for that girl to be Amber. I knew where Amber was and if he told me her name, or some description of her then I would recall her that instant no matter what it meant for my rule. But looking at his face I knew it was the other one. The girl I had failed for years to find anything redeemable in. Even in her final moments where I should have felt sadness I felt nothing. She was nothing.
"Yes father a girl. She appears to me in these dreams, in moments with others. Moments that when I discuss with them they have recollections of but do not recall her being there. But she is there in my dreams. She holds my hand and calls me brother, but I can never see her face."
"Its dreams William, what man can know the meaning of dreams?"
"You know who she is father. You know what importance to me she was."
"I have never lied to you son, and there comes a moment when that is the only good I still have left." The moment I said it I understood my mistake. He looked hurt. He looked like he knew I had lied. Not the look you get where you feel confident, but the look you get when you understand without question that someone has lied. He knew she was alive. He knew what I had done, and he had tested me here.
"Tell me who she is? Tell me what she is to me, and I swear on my life that I will finally see you for something more then I have seen you for all these years." I could feel Vhloraz clawing at my mind. I was losing control of myself. I could hear his words of violence. Hear the thoughts he had of the terrible things he would do to William. I had to get William to leave. I had to protect him. His begging for truth was a tempting offer, but in the end no amount of self delusion would convince me that his opinion of me would change. If anything as he got more into the land of Lucerne, and came to understand what I had done with Alice his opinion of me would change to the worse. Even if I could somehow convinse him, Vhloraz might kill him. I could not risk it.
"I don't know who this dream girl is."
I walked up the hallway commanding Ser Narose Scorpian, and John Shephard to wait for me and not let anyone pass under my authority. Walking forward I looked through the slit in the wall and saw Amber sleeping on his sleeping form and felt a great amount of pain for what I knew I had to do to her. She loved my son of that there could be no question, but I saw his feelings for her the same way I saw his feelings for the Numenorian girl. He cared for her but...but he didn`t love her enough to marry her. My earlier threats had led to nothing as she stayed by his side night and day despite threat of death, but I knew who she was, and I knew how I could control her.
She didn`t wake up as I walked into the room, and I made my way to his side and kissed him on the forehead. When I raised my head I saw she had woken, and she looked at me with shear terror in her eyes. It was clear that when I threatened her life, and those around her she was frightened but she loved him more then herself. ``I believe the last time we spoke I told you what would happen if you remained here.`` She made an audible gulp and moved her hand towards Williams enveloping his hand in hers. I would have done anything in the world to make him wake up, even if that meant he did defend her to my punishment, but when I looked at him there was nothing. His eyes didn`t open at her touch. She was in danger, and he didn`t wake. That had to mean she was irrelevant to him. That had to mean I was right. ``So you ignore your kings commands, and now you must pay the consequences.`` She looked away from William for a moment and looked towards me.
``My king please I love your son, and I...`` I didn`t let her finish I just lashed out with my hand striking her across the face and releasing her from William`s hand. As she fell backwards she pulled William somewhat off the bed tumbling his one side nearly to the ground. I let out a scream, and as I ran around the bed to get him back to his position I felt her try and help me get him back onto the bed, but feeling her touch me made me angrier then I may have ever been.
``Don`t touch me you stupid whore.`` I stared down at her walking towards her as she crawled backwards away from me. ``Do you know what happened to your parents Amber.`` There was nothing in her eyes but confusion so I assumed the Arryn`s had kept the Plague story going for her. ``You see there was the group of people that believed they could do whatever they wanted. Included in these things was the belief that they could kill me and take the crown from my family. Your parents were one of those people Amber.`` I grabbed her by the shoulder and pulled her up standing her infront of me. ``Your cousins as well.`` When the first tear fell down her face I continued. ``I killed them all. Your cousin Martin put up a fight but my men slit his throat. Your cousin Thomas was dragged before me and I pulled out his tongue and left him to bleed out in a cell. Your parents you see they were dragged from their beds and burned alive. You ask how you live. You wonder why I killed everyone else but you. Search your mind as to where you were when your parents died. You escaped death because you were in Hillsbrad far from my reach. Had I of known where you were in those days I would have had them smash your pretty little face in with a rock before I ever let you near my son.``
``Why do you act this way.`` I let out a laugh as she attempted to find answers. ``Why hurt me all it will do is drive him further away from you then he already is. Don`t you understand that all your children just want you to love them. Just be the man they want you to be and...`` I slapped her again and she started to fall down the wall before I held her back up.
``The answers you seek are no where to be found. Now we need to move forward. My son is gone. I feel his presence leaving this world, and I cannot bare to see him like this. I only wish to leave him in peace in this room alone.`` I thought I had seen fear in her eyes before, but now I knew what fear looked like. She knew in that moment that I was threatening William, and that was all together to much for her to handle. ``If you do not leave here. If you do not travel home to Forks then I will put a pillow over his head until he is gone away.`` I nearly cried myself speaking of his death, but I used everything I had left to speak the words I knew I had to say to make her leave.`
``You wouldn`t...You couldn`t...Why would...``She was crying but her face kept looking to William for rescue. Even in these final moments she still believed in him as strongly as I did.
``You embarrass his memory by staying near him. I would put my beloved prince out of his misery if you do not leave here. Do not doubt the things I would do to protect his memory.``
William Lovie III. is the POV Character of Chapter 33 and he arrives east of Stormwind in the city of Langstrand within Rhunian with the vast army of Lucerne where they are to wait for the arrival of the southern, and western forces of Lucerne who are to join them. William camps outside of the city itself but is visited by Teri-Deilvin Terrick the lord of House Terrick and thus the lord of Langstrad who is also accompanied by his son Teri-Jaeden Terrick and his daughter Seri-Relisia Terrick and as they meet with him alone with only Jasper, and Draco Highmore in the tent with them it becomes clear that they are attempting to offer Relisia to him. As the group awkwardly leaves the room its William who contemplates having sex with Relisia as she is very attractive and when she strips naked in front of him the two begin to kiss but he feels shame and forces her to stop. For several days they camp east of Stormwind until finally the arrival of the Hillsbrad forces and his friend Franklin Brent causes him to break camp and make the final movement towards . Arriving at Lamedon he is met by Eldarion Elessar the prince of Gondor of whom leads William and the now massive army of Lucerne over the crossing of Lamedon. Arriving at the other side Eldarion links with a force of Gondor east of the city and the two groups travel further east where they meet with the main Gondor force as well as the High Forest Army north of Osgiliath. Aragorn and William meet again on the eve of the Battle of Minus Ithil and Aragorn breifly tells him of how he was able to gain the Sindar Elves of High Forest. Meeting with the Sindari High Forest command group he gets along well with Taflarion Stormrage of whom is the son of the overall commander of High Forest. The chapter ends with William Lovie III. leading the forces of Lucerne into the Battle of Minas Ithil and the final pages greatly detail the battle itself.
Leven Martell is POV Character of Chapter 35 and during this chapter the massive army has arrived at the outskirts of Tree Hill where she discusses with Jacob Vorn IV. the planning going into the Second Battle of Tree Hill. William and Leven meet again, and she becomes increasingly jelous for a time as William on the route to Lole meets once again with Bella Swan, and she sees the two kissing, and wishes it was her being kissed. After being relieved by Emmett, and Jasper Leven wanders the camp and tries to find her sister Obella but discovers she is with Robb Starke of whom accompanied the army but is still recovering from the wounds he suffered during the Battle of Minas Ithil, and when she finally finds her sister Dorea and she tells Dorea a story about a boy and a girl of which she doesn`t reveal to her sister is about Leven and William.
I felt a hand touch my shoulder, and immediatly grabbed for my sword before laughter slowed me and Emmett's head appeared from beneath the helmet as he pulled up the helmet. "I didn't mean to startle you Levia." A fool wouldn't have believed him as he continued to laugh and I struck him in the chest right beneath his breast plate, causing him to stop laughing. As he stopped laughing the sounds of Bella from within the tent grew momentarily louder, and I couldn't stop myself from looking at the tent for a second before anwsering.
"You didn't startle me." I felt his hand go back to my shoulder as I stared at the tent, and as I looked back to him I saw the understanding in his eyes, but also I could feel pity and that was something I didn't want. "It's fine Emmett." His eyes didn't believe me for a second, but I didn't have time to deal with this right now. "I'm going to catch some sleep make sure he doesn't stay up too late we have to be ready for the morning." I said it more harshly then Emmett deserved, and as I walked away from him leaving him with nothing more then a nod of my head I felt terrible.
Emmett just wasn't a person you should ever be rude too. Born of commoner blood it was his kindness that had pulled him into our group, and it was that same kindness that had led him to becoming the gentlemen he was now. I would have to make a point to bring him something as an apology after the battle, but I couldn't think on that now I just needed to get away from that tent that I wanted to be in more then anything.
I found myself searching hopelessly for Obella when I overhear a Starke man talking about how Robb Starke is with her. Going to the Starke part of the camp I see her sitting with him outside their tent rubbing the hair of that giant wolf of his, and as I watch them I feel happy for my sister. She deserves that kind of happiness, and I know that Robb Starke will treat her well. I turn around and walk to my own tent, and as I move through the seemingly endless ranks of tents, and men that we have gathered I feel a sence of dread wash over me.
I have never been in a battle and yet here I am walking through camp thinking on Will, and hoping for a good life for my sister, and yet I ignore the fact that tommarow we wade into the unknown with nothing more then a hope. I'm glad that me and Jasper will be by Will's side tommarow, as I don't know how I could handle the fear of not knowing what was happening with him throughout the entirety of the battle.
I reach my tent and open the flap revealing my sleeping sister Dorea within, and I smile as she jumps up holding a small dagger. "There is no threat from this direction dear sister." She put her dagger away with a smile before sitting up in the bed.
"You can never be too safe. Uncle told me once that when your surrounded by enough men you need always keep a dagger near you lest you find youself pierced by things other then steel." She laughed as she said it, but I saw how hard she had clenched that dagger, and I knew her well enough to know that she was afraid. I didn't blame her for fear, for I was afraid too.
"Oh my god Dorea when did Oberyn tell you that?" I didn't need to even think on which uncle would tell her such a discusting thing.
"It matters not for Oberyn always speaks the truth of such things." She smiled at me once more before laying back down, and pulled the blankets up to her shoulders. I moved to take off my armor and piece by piece put it on the stand. Each piece of armor had been intricately crafted, and designed for the every wim I had when I was thinking of my armor, and yet looking at the armor now I wondered whether I had ever really thought I would be in a situation where I would need it. "Levia?" Looking to the sound of Dorea she looked so small under the blanket, and I went to her now clothed for sleep and sat at the edge of her bed.
"Whats wrong Dorea?" She shrugged at me, and the way she did it reminded me of how truly young she was. Less then sixteen name days and here she was standing on the edge of the world sleeping one more time before we entered a battle with strange monsters. "There is nothing wrong with being afraid. I would be scared for your mental health if you weren't afraid."
"I'm not scared to fight tommarow." I tilted my head at her, and she pushed me playfully. "I'm not I swear...its just."
"Just what sister?"
"I just wonder about something Melessa Vaith said when I was leaving."
"What did she say to you?"
"She didn't say it too me, but I know it was actually about me." I nodded at her to continue. "She was talking about Elize Scorpian. She was saying how no man would ever want to marry Elize because she was constantly armored, and that men hated that." The moment she said it I felt terrible for her. Here she was on the eve of battle not afraid of dying, of which I'm sure she was, but she was more worried about her marriage possibilities if she did fight.
"Let me tell you a story Dorea." She grabbed my hand and I rubbed her hand with my thumb as I begin. I knew the story wouldn't hold up to close examination, but as I watched her eyes close and open I knew her sleepy mind wouldn't put it together. "Once there was a prince of a great kingdom, and this prince was beloved by all that he met. He had ladies fawning over him at every turn, and yet one day the tough lady of another land came to court, and he looked at her with a smile that melted her heart. This lady thought as Melessa did. She believed that her love for swords, armor, and horses would turn him away. But the prince smiled at her, and each day he saw her he smiled again. One day the lady would be walking with her horse by the stables when the prince appeared in all his beauty and splender, and once again he smiled at her. The lady was lost in his eyes, and the smile he gave her melted her heart away. The prince told her she was a beautiful girl, and took her hand walking alongside her and the horse." I looked down as I felt her move her head onto my lap, and I watched her fall chest move up and down, and felt such peace watching my sister sleep. I don't know why but I felt the need to keep telling my side of the story. I didn't want to wake her so I begin whispering it to her, and perhaps it was selfish but I wanted to hear it for myself. "From that day forward the two shared a secret smile between them, and whenever he smiled at her she knew in her heart that he loved her. It didn't matter that they didn't marry, and it didn't matter that he was promiced to others because she knew she was loved."
Leven would be awoken in the morning by William of whom helps her get into her armor and has a barely controlled level of happiness as he talks about the victory they will most certainly have against the Orcs. Leaving the tent at his side she is able to watch as he delivers a speech to the presented commanders alongside Aragorn Elessar of whom is increasingly responsive to the prince and the bond the two have is only increasing.
Franklin Brent is the POV Character of Chapter 35 and during this chapter he arrives at Forks where he meets with his wife Karyl Reyne, of whom they share a brief few nights together while the rest of the western forces make there way to Forks and then eventually southward towards Tree Hill. Karyl during this time helps him clean a wound he recieved on his shoulder, and as this happens his problems with people touching him gets lessened with her, and she and he share a brief kiss before she lays beside him on the bed leaving a space between them before they go to sleep. Eventually Liam Greymane arrives and as the western forces have now arrived they march south towards Tree Hill where the scope of the army once again amazes Franklin of whom is overcome by belief in the prince's ability to save the kingdom.
Brooke Scott is the POV Character of Chapter 34 and during this chapter she watches from the keep as William Lovie III. enters the now liberated Tree Hill and deals with the issues that he finds there. This is the beggining of the love affair between William and Brook Scott. The chapter ends with Brooke attending the wedding of Alys Vaith and Luca Rosby alongside WIlliam, and following this she takes him to the ruins of House James's estate where the two sleep together amongst the ruins..
I let out a sob and he looked over at me followed by everyone else in the room. I wanted to yell at him. I wanted to hit him and make him feel the pain that I felt being betrayed in this moment, but I couldn't. No words, or movement came from my body or mind, and I watched crying helplessly as he nearly ran to me and pulled me through the tent and back into the open. I could hear the sounds of shouting but all I could concentrate on was the feeling of his hand on my shoulder, and the way he nearly carried me wherever he was taking me. "Everything with be alright Brooke."
"You lied to me William how could...how could any of this be alright?" He made a left down the paths of tents and pulled me past more guards and stunned faces into a larger tent then I had ever seen before.
"I'm sorry that I lied to you Brooke, but I knew if I told you then...If I told you the truth you would have passed me by." There was a vulnerability in his eyes that confused me. This was a stark contrast to the confident and centered prince that I had seen up to this point.
"I would have passed you by because your taken. Your taken and now I'm ruined." I fell forward and he caught me and brought me to rest on his shoulder. As I cried I could hear the voice of someone outside the tent making everyone understand that everything was fine and no one was entering the tent. I had never thought much about my first time. It was always something I didn't have to worry about as a noble girl. My father would pair me with someone, and that person would have me as he pleased on our wedding night. It was all so simple until I saw him.
"I'm sorry that I betrayed you, but you have to know that I care for you deeply." He looked at me and I believed him. Either he was the greatest liar that ever lived or he was telling the truth. "I thought what I had with Bella was fated. I met her and I guess I didn't know what love felt like because I thought that was it. I thought that was love until you and I were together."
"What am I to do now William. I can't picture myself with anyone else now. How could I? You tell me what I'm supposed to do?" He looked conflicted. A part of me wanted him to tell me to think of him no more. It would have made things so much easier if he had just cut the cord right there. It was only a part of me that wanted that though. The main part and the part that was ruling over my decisions wanted him to beg me to wait. Tell me that we would meet in secret, and eventually he could divorce the Swan and marry me.
"I don't know Brooke."
"Your the prince of the valley." I reached up and caressed his face with my hand. I knew I was using it to try and get him to choose me, but at this point I didn't care. Who was this other girl to me. She was no one, and we together were meant to be. I had to do anything, and say anything to make him see that she was nothing, and we were everything. "You saved all of us from certain damnation and death. You can decide whatever you want out of this."
"The Swan's are not a house I can afford to alienate right now Brooke." The Swan's were important I knew that. I didn't have to be reminded of the fact that my houses was in utter ruins, and whatever power we had left was scattered to the winds.
"What about me William?"
"I don't want to hurt you Brooke...I love you." It barely made sense to say it, but I looked at his eyes and I didn't see an ounce of deceit. He meant what he said, and when I looked into my heat its the same irrational, and all to quick feeling that I had. I loved him. I loved this boy that I had met, and bedded all within the same two days.
"I love you too William, but what does that matter if your not going to leave that girl."
"Love is all that matters Brooke." He pulled me close to him, and I knew that he had held strong. I was defeated. He had my heart, and he had my virtue and I was left now to look over the ruins of my life. "Just give me some time Brooke."
And there it was. Pushing it aside. It was the logical anwser for him, but somewhere in me I just wanted him to push aside all the politics, and duty and just be with me. I knew that would destroy him, but I wanted him. I wanted him so deeply that what difference did those things make as long as we were together.
The truth was so that time wouldn't change it. The only thing that would change this was if that girl was gone. I had to use what I knew and make myself the more useful of the two, because if I did the fact that he loved me more would make it in little question who he would choose.
He wanted time and time was what I would give him. "I know that's what you need William." I pulled him into a kiss. It wasn't meant to be a seduction, but I guess that's what we were now. We were fire, and it was never going to be just a kiss between the two of us.
Alice Lovie is the POV Character of Chapter 38 and during this chapter she plans the wedding of William Lovie III. and her best friend Bella Swan. She delays the departure of William in order to have the wedding before he arrives in Lucerne, and thus join House Swan and House Lovie together before he leaves for Lucerne. Despite wanting to not marry Bella anymore he is unable to disappoint his sister of whom loves Bella deeply, and he goes through with the wedding despite everything in him wanting Brooke more. Alice watches him lie during the Vow to protect and love her for the rest of his days and following this while everyone else is screaming in excitement Alice is in a fog of which is noticed by Edward Cullen of whom holds her hand and walks with her out of the ceremony as they follow William and Bella who now married are heading towards the wedding feast. Following the ceremony she walks out and sees Lanna Lannister talking with Jasper Hale of whom is gently rubbing her arm, and following this she looks for Dylan Steinmare of whom she finds and takes him away from the party and kisses him. As they become more heated she pulls away leaving him behind, and returning to the party where she takes her seat beside William of whom holds her hand as several prominent members of the Kingdom of Lucerne say nice things about the married couple.
Ezio Ederiz is the POV Character of Chapter 39 and during this chapter he has returned to Lucerne where he reports to Bill Lovie that William basically knows everything and is planning to return to Lucerne and take back the throne. Bill is advised by all his loyalists to flee the city, but he decides to remain, and this leads to Ezio following Sean around and watching him attempt to close the gateway into Lucerne, but Ezio kills several men that might have assisted Sean while the men that William left behind are left in charge alongside loyalists.
Alice Lovie is the POV Character of Chapter 38 and during this chapter the army of Lucerne enters the capital and finding no resistence to his arrival William will enter the Sky Towers where he and Alice confront Bill and Sean Lovie in the top flloor of the Sky Towers. In this final confrontation they are also accompanied into the final room by Franklin Brent, Jasper Hale, Edward Cullen, Emmett McCarty and Hedrik Clegane III. while despite wanting to be inside Draco Highmore was not allowed inside as William didn`t want him to see his king fallen. Following this she watches as her brother begins arrangements for his coronoation to the King of Lucerne, and as he is busy with this Alice once more catches Jasper with Lanna Lannister of whom she confronts slapping in the face leading to an arugment and eventually Rosalie Hale taking away Lanna leaving Jasper and Alice to fight it out. Jasper makes himself clear as he tells Alice he loves Lanna unconditionally but is unwilling to turn away from Alice as it would hurt William something Jasper makes clear he is unwilling to do.
William entered the room flanked to his left by Jasper, and Hedrik, while on his right Edward, and Emmett moved forward. I stood transfixed staring into the room until finally Franklin gently grabbed my arm and led me into the room to stand behind William. If he noticed that I had entered he didn`t make any signs of caring he just stared at William. Sean on the other hand saw me and a twisted smirk moved across his face to the point that I moved closer to William looking for the protection that he offered me.
``My victorious son returns with his brave Lords. I rejoice at your great victory at Tree Hill son.`` My father was anything if not a brilliant menipulater of men, but even that seemed foolish. My brother`s victory left him in a position of little hope, and yet when you looked at his face he did look genuinly proud to see his son.
``The time for your lies is long past its end. I have learned the truth about what you have done father, and the time has come to pay for crimes.``
``So you come as a gaurdian of the realm then.`` He rose from the desk and moved in front of it to sit gently on the front. Seeing him closer he wore the armor of his father James, and even his madness you could see the royal look he carried.
``I`ve come for justice for the thousands of people you have either killed or terrorized. I come to avenge the wrongs you have done to this Kingdom. I come make you pay for everything you`ve ever done.``
``And yet your point is sullied by bringing that bastard girl.``
``You will never speak of her again do you hear me.`` William stepped forward and I grabbed at his cloak to keep him close while Jasper and the others also stepped forward to protect their prince. I actually couldn`t believe it still hurt me to hear the distain in his voice towards me, but it still hurt my heart to be so unloved by my father. A tear fell down my cheek and I grabbed again at his cloak and he turned as if realizing I was crying. Gently wiping his hand on my face he smiled at me conveying the love he held for me, and how much he was capable of I felt safer.
``That will be your undoing my son.`` The words from my father turned William back towards him, and as pathetic as it was I moved closer behind him nearly hugging his back.
``What do you blather on now.``
``Your love for that girl is going to be the one thing your enemies will use to their advantage. Don`t you understand that I sent her away because she was weakening you.`` He spoke as if it was the most honorable act he could have ever done, and yet the sheer scope of what he had was beyond grasping.
``Use whatever excuses you want but this ends here. Your time here is at an end murderer.`` The moment William said murderer it was as if Bill had been struck with the most painful strike in the history of mankind. Falling back onto his desk he looked back with a horrified look on his face.
"I’ve seen horrors. Horrors that you’ve seen. But you have no right to call me a murderer. You have no right to call me a murderer. You have a right to kill me. You have a right to do that, but you have no right to judge me…It’s impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means. Horror. Horror has a face, and you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not, then they are enemies to be feared. They are truly enemies…" It was the sad ramblings of a man with nothing left, but as the tears flowed from my father`s face I felt a tinge of empathy for the sadness that must have driven this once great man to fall so far as to hate his children, and turn the Kingdom into a hellish place.
``The time for your talking is over. Jasper, Hedrik please take my father into custody and Sean it is...`` Before he could finish my father broke out into hysterical crying and fell to his knees before William. Moving that close to William Jasper grabbed ahold of him almost immediatly and shielded William.
"There they were in a pile, a pile of arms, and I remember, I…I…I cried, I wept like some grandmother. I wanted to tear my teeth out. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. And I want to remember it. I never want to forget it. I never want to forget. And then I realized like I was shot, like I was shot with a diamond, a diamond arrow right through my forehead. And I thought, ‘My God, the genius of that. The genius. The will to do that. Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure. And then I realized they were stronger than me because they could stand it. These were not monsters. These were orcs — trained warriors. These orcs who fought with their hearts who have families, who have children, who are filled with lust for battle – that they had the strength, the strength to do that. If I had ten divisions of those Orcs, then our troubles here would be over very quickly. You have to have men who are moral and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordial instincts to kill – without feeling, without passion, without judgment – without judgment. Because it’s judgment that defeats us." After that madness filled rant Bill recoiled from Jaspers grasp and ran behind the desk.
``There`s nowhere to go...its over father.``You could tell this was breaking William as he watched the man that had been his father for his entire life fall apart. This wasn`t like it was for me or Sean as father had never loved or cared for us in any real way, this was true pain. For his entire life his father had loved and cared for him, and now was the final moment of his time with him, and I felt his pain wash over me.
``The day may come son, when this is at an end. I see my end in the stars son, but know that while it is my blood that lays the final blow, it will not be you. You will be far far away when I finally get the judgement that you wish of me.``He stopped for a moment and looked briefly at Sean, and then William before stopping at me. ``I`m sorry that my plan failed in the end. I`m sorry that everytime I looked at you I couldn`t find any feeling but resentment. He always loved you in a way that he never did me, and I...I just...I just hated you for it. I see now that you were never my daughter in the end. I see now that you William were the only child I was ever meant to love...and I failed even that.``
``Its time father. Take him away...``As he finished Bill took a blue stone out of his pocket, and with another look at his children he clasped the blue stone and disapeared into nothing. Too shocked to say anything we were knocked out of our shock by Sean stepping forward holding a green stone. Sean stared at William laughing and as William lunged forward at him Sean too clasped the stone, and disapeared into nothing.
William Lovie III.
"King William. I would like to introduce you to Alleria Windrunner. Alleria leads the Sentinels of Quel'Thalas."
"I know you may not feel the same way, but I want you to know how truly amazing it is to see you again Will." His face rose with a smile as he looked at me and it brought me back to thinking about the man who had helped teach me how to swim when I was a boy. He was a constant throughout my youth taking on my fathers role for those months when he could barely leave the tower.
"You know I cannot same the same. And you know why."
"I want you to know that I am sorry. I want you to know that he is sorry."
"Do not speak of him here or this conversation will end."
"That hatred that you feel. Thats what drove him William."
"I know my friends would never let me do the things you let him do."
"Your friends love you. As your fathers love him."
"Love doesn't mean you let those you love go mad with no attempt to stop them."
"You look at it now and believe that if you started talking about killing your own daughter that what Jasper would stop you. Leven would stop you."
"They would. As you fucking should have!" I knew I was being too loud. The tournament was not even close to starting so the numbers here were low, but this was all so fresh. I could not be seen as being my father.
"They would do as we did. They would speak to you like I spoke to your father. I told him of the madness of what he was thinking. I told him that he had lost himself in that damn book. I did everything your friends would do. The only further step I could have taken was the one thing I could not do."
"Look me in the eyes William and tell me that you truly believe that one of those people hovering outside this tent would ever raise a sword against you."
"Will you let me speak with Hanna and Aria?"
"Your father sent them here so that you could."
"In return for what? My father does not gifts without expecting something."
"He simply wants to atone."
"There is no atoning for his sins."
"His death will, but that time has not come yet."
"I will miss you William." I went to speak but he stopped me with a hand and the moment he raised his hand Jasper's sword was out and at his throat. "My family will show that I had three children in my life. This is only a glimpse at the truth. I always saw you as my son William. I loved you from the first moment your father brought you out and I saw you. I knew. I knew from that very moment that you would save the world. Your father was gone, and I had to accept that with your father left my chance at being a part of your future." He moved his hand to my hair gently running his hand through my hair, and despite everything he had done I couldn't get the memories of all the times we had spent together out of my head. "I love you William." Without a word he moved his hand to his face wiping a tear away and walked to the entrance of the tent. "I'll send in Hanna and Aria." I just nodded at him. I couldn't lie and say what he wanted to hear. He had done too much to tell him the feelings I harbored for someone who had been like a father to me. "I'll be leaving after you speak with them, but before I go I have a final gift for you. Come find me when your done."
"Are you okay Will?"
"I'll be fine."
I could hear her voice from within the tent. I had spent only a few days with Brooke and her voice was like a siren to me and with the siren now within range I left my conversation with Alice without a word and left the tent going towards her. I saw her immeidatly as I left the tent, and she looked to be in an argument with Leven, and Jasper of which Jasper was holding her by the arm in what looked to me as an attempt to stop her from falling over.
"Lady Scott." I had reached her and she saw me letting out a smile when our eyes met. She curtsied and I took her by the hand.
"My King if it is possible I need a word." There was a desperation in her voice and despite the looks from everyone around me I ignored them.
"Of course milady." I turned towards the tent to see an enraged Alice who was glaring at me. "Sister we shall finish our conversation later."
"As you say." Alice walked right by me hitting me in the shoulder as she left, and while usually Emmett would have laughed at such a childish display there was no laughter to be found. Without another thought of the stupidity of being so brazen in my behavior I led Brooke into the tent closing the flap behind us.
"You couldn't stay away." Turning around from closing the tent I regretted the words as Brooke had tears flowing down her face and rushed into my arms. "Tell me whats happened?"
"What is it Will?"
"I was talking with Hanna Arryn."
"I fear I have been out of the loop for too long. I don't know the name."
"She was a friend of mine during school. She came here as a sort of measure of what I would lose if I don't stop moving against Berne. She was a threat of sorts."
"Your brother has not realized the end is at hand?"
"He still clings to the idea that he can somehow win this."
"This threat doesn't change what you have to do."
"Its more then just Hanna. She came and told me of Amber Heard." I didn't wait for any recegnition from Brooke as how could she possibky know of Amber.
"Your former betrothed?"
"How did you?"
"I've been doing my research on you my king."
"She is in Berne too."
"Do you still care for her."
"We were children when we were betrothed. We played the married couple, but we were children."
"You fear for her?"
"Hanna told me that our childish playing has resulted in a child. Amber Heard is locked within the walls of Berne with my firstborne."
"She had your child?"
"Apparently. And now this poor child lives under constant threat of being discovered. It is not enough that my childish behavior with his mother has led to him now living a life as a base born child. No now I have put his life in danger by not stopping my brother a long time ago."
Hedrik Clegane III. is the POV Character of Chapter 40 and during this chapter he arrives at the Tournament of Nortburg where he accompanies William as he meets with the High Elves under Elendil Finwe of whom have come to discuss an alliance with William and Lucerne. The Elves appear very honorable about their intentions and the talks go well, with Hedrik leaving but William inviting the Elves to found a small settlement in Frosthelm. The Elves like the idea and Elendil sends his sons back to Ulthuan to make the arrangements while he will accompany William for the next while. Following this Hedrik returns to Lole where he meets with Kaila Skane of whom joins him as he is forced to deal with the first of what would become a common occurance of True Sons of Lucerne attacks after a mercenary troop of soldiers ransacked the area north of Lole under the orders of Sean Lovie in Berne. This chapter begins the Lucerne Civil War, and he recieves letters from William Lovie III. telling him that he is to prepare for what he believes is the siege of Berne.
Brooke Scott is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she returns to Tree Hill with a royal edict from William Lovie III. giving her power to begin the preperations for her grandfathers funeral. Causing quite the fight with her father over the next week she is argueing with him in the streets when Dan's hand stops from hitting her and he bows to the ground which causes Brooke to turn around and see William has returned to the city. The two make love after William repramands Dan Scott and then they lay together with William openly telling her of his regrets over marrying Bella. With her pregnancy nearing its end the two go to the funeral and she is overjoyed when William gives a rousing speech which causes massive uproar among the people for its grace and respect towards Earl Scott. Weeks pass after this and she gives birth to her son Riley, and the chapter ends with a confrontation with Dan who discovers through overhearing her the truth of the babies father.
As I entered Riley's room I found Dan sitting in the chair beside the crib holding Riley in his arms. He was holding him close to himself singing some song I had never heard and rocking him back and forth. This was the first time that I had seen Dan even go near Riley, and for a reason that wouldn't have been normal for a daughter to feel about her father holding their baby I felt deep within myself that I needed to protect Riley from whatever cruetly my father had in mind for him. As I approached him he begin to laugh before standing up still holding onto Riley. "Father what are you doing here?" I tried to move closer to him, but he held out a hand to keep me at a distance. It was as I moved closer and he put out his hand that I noticed the two men standing in the corner of the room. One one was hooded and what little I could see past the tatoo of a scorpian on his arm I didn't know, but the other man was very clearly Dustin Crain the lord of his family.
"Dear daughter do you not trust me to hold onto your child?" Dan gave me a mocking look before continueing. "For what reason could I have to want to harm this child? Hmmm...is there something that you want to tell me Brooke?" He moved closer to me still holding onto Riley and then shut the door behind me. I stood motionless infront of him, and as if sencing my fear he moved forward and slapped me in the face knocking me to the ground. The pain was all over my face, and I raised my hand to try and offer some comfort to the wound, but found he grabbed my hand and ripped me from the ground to make me lean against the wall. "I asked you a simple thing you moron. Is your brain so small that not even the tiniest of things can slip out." Walking into the corner I could hear rustling in the corner of the room and looked up to see Dan putting Riley into his baby bed before sitting back on the chair he had been sitting in. I let go of the wall and as I went to move closer to him, I felt hands push me from behind and saw Lord Dustin laughing down at me.
"I don't know what you want me to tell you Dan." I crawled a bit towards him before using a table to get back to my feet." Just tell me what you want to know and I'll tell you...this doesn't have to escalate any further Dan."
"You think I'm worried about this escalating? What could you possibly do to hurt me you slut. You have been an embaressment to this family since the first day I saw you parading around in your dresses. Tell me you pathetic girl what could you possibly do to hurt me." There was an almost unhuman look in his eyes, and whatever piece of him he lost during the siege was clearly the part of him that knew right from wrong.
"I'll tell Lucas about this. I'll tell him..."He moved with more speed towards me then I expected and it scared me to the point I jumped backwards slamming into Dustin who pushed me to the ground again. Trying to get up Dan grabbed me and pulled me towards him.
"You really are quite pathetic you know that. I know everything Brooke, I overheard you talking to your brother about your little affair with the king. The child is of House Lovie." I went to respond but before I could he threw me to the ground which crumpled me once again. I shielded myself from the incoming blows I thought were coming but instead he just kept talking. "You will not lie to me here...not in this place you will not dare to lie to me." The other man came behind me and grabbed me pulling me upwards to look at Dan. "The question of whos the father of that child has already been anwsered, but the question I need you to anwser is how far are you willing to go to protect him." That was the kind of question only a man who didn't know what love was could ask. A parent would do anything to protect their child. I would do anything for Riley, and here I stood in front of my own father who was clearly losing his mind.
"I would do anything." I reached my hand to my face and felt the cascading tear drops dotting my face, and looked around for someone to help me. The hooded man held me tight to him making sure I couldn't move, and looking at Lord Dustin told me that he had thrown his lot in with Dan and couldn't back down. When I looked at Dan if he noticed he didn't seem to care or show any response. Walking in circles I did see the happiness in his eyes as clearly he had recieved the anwser he wanted from me
"Good. Then if your are being truthful your going to do exactly what I say. Because if you don't your lover boy is going to be hurt in ways even he can't repair." That was the moment I knew. I still meant nothing. This had nothing to do with what he wanted me to do, and had everything to do with what he clearly wanted me to make William do. So there I was stuck being held by one man, while my father blackmailed me into betraying one thing in this world that I could not betray.
"What would you have me do." Whatever he said didn't matter. I wouldn't hurt William. I couldn't hurt William. Whatever he said I would find a way to tell Lucas and he would protect me from Dan's wrath. Maybe I would simply flee eastward to Patria and stay with my uncle there. He always loved us. It didn't matter to Keith that we weren't his. It didn't matter that we must have been constant reminders of the brother he loathed so much. None of that matter to him as much as loving us. It was times like this that I missed him more then ever.
"I don't want you to betray your beloved. I don't want you to blackmail him. I just want you to make sure that when the day comes that Bella Swan is no longer alive you will be ready." To say that I hadn't thought of what life would be like without Bella alive would be a complete lie. Everytime he returned to the city he shared with her, the bed that she warmed for him. I grew sick. What right did she have to what was mine. We both had sons for him. I'm sure that Bella loved him as any servent loves their master I mean how could she not, but she was nothing. An insect scrambling around the world trying to destroy my relationship with William.
"Ready for what?" Dan gave a wave to the man behind me and he released me. Turning back to him I looked in his face and saw more of a monster then a man. He had a crooked nose that made the rest of his face look even uglier then it would have otherwise. A massive burn covered the left side of his face and puss oozed from it as if it was an open wound still. As if it had happened yesterday. His left eye under the burns was gone, but his right eye had a peircing glare to them that made clearly understand how bad a man this was. Who was this man.
My staring at the ugly man was interupted by Dan's voice behind me anwsering my question."For you to be Queen of Lucerne you moron."
-Exerpt from the End of Darkness
Leven Martell is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she was staying in the Cloud Tower as the acting steward of the city while William was away in Tree Hill hosting a funeral of the late Lord Scott, and while she was there she got to know Bella better and came to really the like the shy girl even though she had William. Bella Swan now Bella Lovie by this point is heavily pregnent and only two months away from giving birth so she barely leaves the tower during the time Leven is there and it is in this situation that her two sisters arrive accompanied by a force of House Martell. With this in place the Cloud Tower comes under attack by the forces of House Jestife of whom was inspired by Sean Lovie to believe that the True Sons of Lucerne were going to instigate a massive attack across Lucerne, but instead of this it was simply House Jestife and elements of the Weeping Sisters Mercenary force. The attack while numerous is discovered after several Jestife men give up the attack in return for being pardoned and this allows Leven to plan the defence of the city.
Alice Lovie is the POV Character of Chapter 44 and during this chapter she takes part in the funeral of Earl Scott along side her brother and following his rousing speech the two siblings have a confrontation on the way back from Tree Hill. The two argue over the marriage of William to Bella, the growing fact that she believes that William loves this Brooke Scott more then he loves Bella. She plans to tell William about the fact that she does not love Jasper, and Jasper does not truly love her, but he begins talking to her about how happy he is that she is with Jasper and so happy, and she doesn't want to hurt him so she keeps up the lie. Alice has grown friendly with Alais Finwe one of the leaders of the New Avelon High Elven colony and the daughter of the Atmer Empire's diplomatic mission in Elendil Finwe III., and she accompanies her to a meeting between William and Elendil where the final arrangements for the founding of New Avon are being finished. William returns quickly to Lucerne by Griffon following the news that Bella has gone into early labor and by the time she reaches Lucerne William Lovie IV. has been born and Alice is named the godmother of the child. Following this Alice travels back to Forks with William Bella, and the new heir to the throne, and while there she and William meet with the nobles of the area as well as the members of House Swan who are overjoyed. While in Forks Alice discovers that Brooke has arrived in Forks and she and William stay the night together only to be interupted by Alice who threatens Brooke to leave, and she relunctantly does this. As she leaves she is horrified when as Brooke is leaving her handmaiden Leah Oakheart enters the tent with a baby. Discovering the identity of the baby Alice is forced to accept the gravity of the situation and storms out returning to her tent to find no Jasper and this causes her to break into tears. Jasper confronts Alice during the night and tells her he has gone to William and asked for her hand, and William said he would discuss it with Alice, but Jasper begs her to say yes and promices he will never see Lanna Lannister again.
Edward Cullen is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he begins the formation of the Order of the Blue Dragon alongside Khadgar of whom arrives in Lucerne and gives a massive amount of information including the full extent of Bill Lovie`s actions. Khadgar and Edward travel eastward where they take control of the Tower of Magi from the respective elements that remained behind from the Circle of Magi. Following this Edward and Khadgar accompanied by Tanya Cullen travel throughout the Kingdom of Lucerne and gather known Magi children, and adults that could join the Order of the Blue Dragon. While in Fogtown in the south he recieves a letter from William telling him of the birth of his son, and basically telling him that he hopes he returns home soon, as the plans are coming to the finish line in regards to the Battle of Berne.
Jon Snow is the POV Character of Chapter 44 and during this chapter he joins his family in assisting House Anthor in founding the Port of Stormwind, and from there the province of North, West, and East Anthor is created from the provinces of Winterfell. As everyone is getting excited for the arrival of William Lovie III. as a part of the Port of Stormwind foundation celebrations they are suprised by the arrival of ravens heralding the fact that the Empire of Frey has reached the neck of Mormont and is preparing to come to the Port of Stormwind, but there ships are all carrying white flags so it is clearly a diplomatic mission. Following this Jon Snow attends a meeting with his brother Robb where several members of House Frey come to the growing Port offering Robb his choice of brides from the Frey. After a miscommunication the Freys leave horribly insulted, and the Starke`s are unable to get them to respond to their attempts at apologoy.
Alice Lovie is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she is woken from her bed by her aunt Catherine Lovie of whom tells her that her cousin Emma Bell has been involved in a violent altercation with a member of House Faraday which has ended with the death of one of the Faradays and the imprisonment of Freddie Highmore. Following the departure of Charles Faraday she would meet with Cersei Lannister and the two have a nice conversation before Cersei unknowingly slips that Lanna Lannister had traveled to the Port of Stormwind and realizing that Jasper is a liar about not seeing Lanna anymore she says a quick goodbye to Cersei and goes to find Dylan Steinmare. Finding him talking to Emmett she has him excuse himself and following Alice the two return to the Cloud Tower where without any real words of what she is thinking she seduces Dylan and the two sleep together. Following this the two discuss there futures and Alice all but pleads with Dylan to tell her to not marry Jasper, but despite proclaiming his love for Alice he knows he cannot divorce Laera who he loves as well, and she must marry Jasper for her brother, and although she has come to hate Jasper she knows this is the case.
William Lovie III.
Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter Jon Snow arrives at the town of Northerbourne where he leaves his almost four hundred troops under the command of Tucker Jurny, and Robin Timberheart two members of his Knights Council for the Northern Swords of Winterfell. Entering the town alone he is met by his aunt Elisha, and his cousin Dania both of whom he remembers but both in very different ways with Elisha having been very kind to him before he left Northerbourne but Dania was a cruel person to him, but as they embrace each other he senses something different about Dania. Leaving Northerbourne with the additional three hundred troops led by Dania they make there way towards Castle Chelsted where his cousin Jacline and her husband's family have been attacked by the Druids of the Antler. Leaving Castle Chelsted they follow the path of Dorell of Chelsted who leads the scouts from House Chelsted as they search for the direction that the Druids of the Antler took to get back to their lands. Arriving at Munchenringen a village in the lands of the Antler they find the population has fled anticapting their arrival and with this they decide to camp for the night, and with the arming setting up the village as a makeshift camp Jon and his command group meet to discuss moving from Munchenringen against Antlerfalls the capital of the Druids of the Antler. Arriving at the outskirts of Antlerfalls they are shocked at the sheer size of the fortress with the waterfall quite large, and a giant tree rising from the top of the waterfall. Reaching the walls of Antlerfalls they are met by a group of horsemen who carry a white flag, and meeting with the group they are introduced to Grunduc Mervosi, and Fowe Sanros of whom are revealed to be two members of the ten strong Antler Council all serving the Lady of the Blessed Antler. Grunduc tells Jon Snow that if he enters alone and speaks with the Lady of the Blessed Antler that she will discuss ending the conflict before things start, but if he refuses then battle will be met, and they will not stop until one side is dead. Realizing how much death will result from a fight between the two and wanting to gain victory the way championed by William Lovie III. its Jon who agrees to go with Fowe Sanros to the great Antler where he will meet with the Lady of the Blessed Antler. Walking through Antlerfalls he sees how mobilized the town is for this fight and then is taken to the Antler where he walks up stairs which lead him to where a women sits in a throne and finds that she has no guards and he doesn't need to give up his weapons because they view her as being without threat. Idrena shows her power when after agreeing to meet with Eddard Starke she asks him to take her hand and then when he agrees she pulls him into a sort of dream like version of the world. Taking Jon through this world she is able to move at speeds that make Jon believe he is dreaming, but after minutes she has taken them too outside the town of Neuswil where the army of Eddard Starke has camped, and then with nothing but a short series of words she pulls them out of the dream world and back to reality. Jon is panicked once he realizes he has basically teleported across the land he is helped by Idrena of whom explains to him what happened detailing the fade to him in a detail that non-Titans simply don't have. Calming down the two share a kiss, which gets heated but stops when Idrena tells him that a group is coming on them, and before Jon can realize how much he liked kissing Idrena he sees his fathers Minister of Magi Robin Honigsman and a large group of Starke men coming up the hill on them. Meeting with his father they discuss Idrena joining with Lucerne to turn on the rest of the Druids and she tells them that she will also be able to bring
"I'm sorry for the way I treated you as a child. I was an angry person, and I had not yet seen the light of Glaurung."
Ezio Ederiz is the POV Character of Chapter 47 and during this chapter he reveals much about himself, and the Order of Raven, while he travels westward to the entrance of Berne. Detailing the recent fall of the Order of the Raven he wonders back to several of the men and women he had grown to see as family in the Order of the Raven and whether or not Benjamin Bradfoot had been able to get them out of Ravenholdt before they had been killed. When he enters Berne it is revealed this was before Sean had arrived as when he meets with the Arryns they talk about how word had just reached them that William had gained victory in the Battle of Minas Ithil and was making his way west to relieve the city of Tree Hill with a large alliance force of Gondor, High Forest, and Lucerne. The chapter shifts with Sean Lovie teleporting to the city and he leaves a very ominious feeling upon his arrival. The chapter ends with Ezio detailing the dramatic fall in the city with the arrival of the mercenary force called the Stormblown of whom take control of the city through the commands of Sean Lovie and despite being outnumbered the anti-True Sons of Lucerne are demoralized by the failings of he Lord of House Arryn.
I could hear Lord Krinner from through the door as he talked to his son Danzal about wanting him to travel to Forks and show the support of House Krinner before it was too late to show support. Danzal was as always the dutiful son, and begin telling his father that he would leave in the morning, but before he could the sound of the door opening stopped their conversation mid stroke.
It was a page talking. You could always tell when a page was talking because even if you couldn't see them you could just feel their heads bowed in fear. They spent every day of their life hoping their knight would put a sword to their shoulder and release them from their servitude, and I guess the waiting made them scared.
Franklin Brent is the POV Character of Chapter 48 and he goes into the scope of the growth of the politics in western Lucerne, firstly through the construction of the fortifications in the west, and then he accompanies his friend Demi Snow of whom befriends several members of House Greymane and it becomes clearer to her that the Worgen are no threat to Lucerne. Demi Snow and Franklin Brent at this point agree to always work together not matter what happens anywhere elce. After the time with Demi Snow he longs to see Karyl of whom the time apart has shown him he is in love with, and he returns to Marburg, and the two share a great time together where he holds her hand as they stay together at their home.
Lucas Scott is the POV Character of Chapter 49 and during this chapter he deals with the growing problems he finds in House Scott due to the royal affair between his sister and William. Lucas intervenes when the Eastern Tree Hill Wanting for a moment to escape the madness that is enveloping his life he travels alongside House Black, and others as they travel to White Knife for the marriage of Miley Black, and Wildred Manderly. While travelling he talks with Miley Black about the love he feels for Haley, Peyton, and Morrigan. The hatred of his brother Nathan, and resentment of Dan, and through all this wanting to be the one to lead House Scott`s resurgance. Lucas Scott grows closer to Morrigan of whom tells him a story about her youth that while he believes to be a fantasy is actually the truth of her early life as she reveals silently that she is Andrea Lovie one of the children of William Lovie. Arriving at the White Knife he is there for the wedding of Miley Black, and Wildred Manderly and sees genuine happiness in their eyes, and longs to find that for himself.
Leven Martell is the POV Character of Chapter 52 and during this chapter she joins William as he travels southward
William Lovie III. is the POV Character of Chapter 51 and during this chapter he arrives at the edge of Berne and meets with Ezio Ederiz of whom is taken captive as they do not know whether to trust him yet. Interigating Ezio Ederiz he finds the man to be trustworthy after Edward Cullen vouches for him, and following this arrangements are made. As this happens a large group of Sindar Elves from Quel'Thalas arrives at their camp, and he is able to get them to assist in the campaign against Berne in return for an alliance. When Franklin Brent, and Demi Snow arrive in the camp he leaves Franklin, and Demi to arrange with the Sindar Elves of Quel'Thalas what sort of arrangement they will need to garner more support.
Alice Lovie is the POV Character of Chapter 52 and during this chapter she travels with Bella Swan to Forks where they meet with William Lovie III. of whom is travelling there to meet with the forces of House Lovie and the northern forces of Hillsbrad. Alice Lovie during this chapter William reveals to Alice by accident that Jasper went not to Highgarden but to Castamere and was planning to meet with some lords there though Alice knows he truly went to see Lanna, and after this she tells William that she is using moon tea to make sure she doesn`t get pregnant, and towards the end of the conversation while continueing to press her why she is doing this she reveals that he knows exactly why she doesn`t want to have his children. Revealing her fear that she will birth mad children like her mother or father she tells him she will never have a child. She and William discuss her upcoming marriage to Jasper and she promices that she will change her mind, but in truth she lies to William and plans to no longer sleep with Jasper and never have his children after hearing of his meeting with Lanna. Edric Nighting, Raginald Frightling, and Hanzal Grightling arrive in Forks where they meet with William in order to tell him that House Nighting and their vassals have joined with the True Sons of Lucerne and are planning on attacking House Scott in Tree Hill and then taking control of the city.
Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter Jon Snow is
"The dragon has brought us here Saiden. This is all by his will."
Franklin Brent is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he meets with the Elves of Quel'Thalas, and while at first the talks go very well they slow to a halt after they require to wait for the arrival of Alleria Windrunner. During this wait he discusses with the Elves the situation in Quel'Thalas and he learns about the region, and how dangerously close they are to a large amount of Orcs. Forced now into the wilds of the west he dreams of Karyl Reyne and being with her intimately and promices to himself that the next time he sees her he will show her how much he loves her.
Hedrik Clegane III. is the POV Character of Chapter 53 and during this chapter he travels to Forks where he mobilizes alongside House Swan and several other forces within Lucerne who are commanded to head west to Berne for the siege of Berne. It is while they are preparing to move west that news comes to them in the form of William Swift of whom arrives nearing passing out from exhaustion to tell them that the Jestife's have taken control of Brill and are raising the flag of the True Sons of Lucerne. Forced to act his father commands Mathew continue west leading a small portion of the Clegane forces, while the majority of the forces moves against Brill to take back control of the city from the Jestife's who have taken it. The chapter ends with the Clegane forces nearing Brill to find a force led from Brill waiting for them outside the city, and Hedrik joins his father in meeting with their leadership, and following a long discussion between the Clegane's and the Jestife's the Jestife forces retreat from the battle pulling themselves within the walls of Brill.
Ezio Ederiz is the POV Character of Chapter 54 and he reenters Berne where he discovers the situation is increasingly deterioting and is in the Berne throne room when Allison Arryn is murdered, and this leads to the attempted murder of Amber Heard and her son with William in the form of Thomas Lovie. Ezio saves Thomas from capture but is unable to save Amber of whom is taken hostage by Sean. Ezio hides Thomas with loyalists in House Krinner, and then enters the throne room where he watches Sean with Amber.
Man after man entered the room as they brought their grievences to their "king". I had seen bad king before. I had seen evil kings before. I had seen more kings then most had, and seeing Sean Lovie listening to his people's desires while the poor girl serviced him sexually was the most disturbing moment of any of my experiences with kings.
A man entered the room with his young wife on his arm, and followed by who must have been their two children. The man and his family bowed before their king and prepared to get the kings justice on whatever matter pained them. "Your Grace I come to you pleading for food for my family. We have not eaten with any real substance for days and I fear my youngest is not long for this world without assistence." The man wept as he spoke, and his wife comforted the little boy clinging to her leg. I wanted to reach out to them. I wanted to give them some of the food that he wasted every night on his parties, but I knew this wasn't within my grasp.
Without showing any signs of noticing the family they remained bowed for nearly a minute in silence until one of the Stormcrow men beside Sean stepped forward and spoke. "Your grace wishes you nothing but the best of the food but there is nothing to spare. The false king of the east has blockaded us, and you shall have to find what food you can on..." Sean's interuption was shocking as this was one of the first times he had spoken during the hours we had been doing this.
"I have some advice for you. You smallfolk should travel outside the main gates and be killed."
"Did I stutter?" The man remained with his mouth open clearly unable to speak from shock. "Perhaps you do not love your king and laugh at my stuttering. Do you laugh at me?"
"No your grace, but..."
"But what? You are a smallfolk, and barely capable of the coversation that you have shown today. Your problems are the problems of a leaf flying in the wind. Go now and die, for that is all you smallfolk are good for." A few Stormblown men moved in and grabbed the family tearing them apart from eachother and took them out of the room where it seemed obvious they were going to be executed outside the gates in Sean's horrible excesses.
In that moment I moved my hand to my side, and feeling under the cloak I felt the dagger I had safely hidden there. Looking around I saw the dishonorable Daesyn of Harad nearbye and I knew I could stab him and take his sword. With a sword I could butcher every Stormblown in this room until I finally reached the real false king and ended this madness. As I seriously considered ending all this I heard a commotion at the door and watched it slowly open revealing Allison Arryn.
I watched as Allison entered the room with a skip to her step. Her smile was always one that I knew she had manufactured in her mind, but today as she entered I noticed a genuine nature to her eyes. As she approached the mad prince he barely even moved his eyes from the poor women that was on her knees pleasing him, and I saw the sadness momentarily come to her eyes as some piece of her must have realized how wrong this was.
In that moment I came back to thinking about killing Sean. Looking around at the four men that had entered alongside Allison I have no doubt I would be able to still easily kill them all if I was able to still reach Daesyn's neck. The room had maybe four people beyond the Stormblown that would defend him and I could have killed them with ease. Perhaps it was cowerdess. Perhaps it was something elce entirely, but before I could further examine the situation she blurted out to Sean who was still being assisted by the poor women I might add.
"Your Grace I have finally honored you with a child." The moment she said it he looked up from the girl, who stopped immediately servicing him. As she waited with that extatic look on her face the entire room went silent. Everyone stopped what they were doing which seemingly most importantly to Sean was the women that had been at his knees. Perhaps it was that she had stopped that caused the rage. Maybe it was the fact that deep down he understood that he shouldn't father anything. Whatever it was he simply got up walked over to Allison who still had a look of pure happiness and pushed her to the ground before taking out his knife and stabbing her repeatadly in the stomach. He kept stabbing her and she screamed in a terrible blood curdling scream that seemed to shake the foundations of the room in its terrror.
Stabbing her over and over again the Stormblown would move quickly as commotion begin with Dailin Dorin storming towards the scene but being grabbed and taken out of the room by the Stormblown, his son followed closely behind and I watched how his hand moved closer and closer to his sword before they disapeared outside the doors.
As I went for my own dagger some Stormblown fool crashed into me from behind and I mentally slapped myself for being so foolish as to be caught unaware. Knocked to the ground the man kneeled on top of me for a moment and told me to remain calm. As I looked up I could see Sean still stabbing poor Allison and I wanted to pull myself free, but felt helpless in my sadness. The man grabbed me by my shoulders and as he picked me up I shook from a new screaming voice, and looking over I saw Ella Arryn who had barged her way into the room.
Screaming at the top of her lungs she ran towards the bloody mess that was once her beloved Allison Arryn and as she tried to reach her she was grabbed by Daesyn of whom held her watching as Sean defiled Allison's corpse. I wanted to throw up. I wanted it to stop. I had seen horror before. I have killed hundreds if not more in my lifetime, and yet this all just seemed to much.
I looked over and noticed for the first time that Lord Byron Arryn was still in the room. Being whispered to by a very irate Benjamin Krinner he stood pathetically still as his wife screamed at Sean. The fear all over Byron's face was a shocking thing to behold, as he was the most powerful man in this city outside of Sean, and yet he did nothing with that power. A disrespected figure in this city was Byron before, but after this display it was clear that if anyone survived they would not disrespect him, they would hate him.
Finally Sean must have grown tired of this and stood up covered in the blood of Allison and stepped towards Ella. Benjamin Krinner kept speaking to Lord Byron and by this point I had been moved close enough to hear what he was saying. He begged his Lord commander to do something. Told him of his men, and their ability to stop this madness. As he begged him there was nothing back. He stood waiting for his Lord to say something but instead of that Byron just stood there. Hating him in that moment I looked back over to Sean and Ella and saw Sean still staring at her as she screamed and yelled at him.
Staring at her for a moment longer he stabbed her in the arm without any warning. "That's the same dagger I just killed her with. You see I've given you a piece of her. Who else in this entire world would be so giving that they would be able to give you the gift that I just gave you." She started screaming again, and it only stopped when he slapped her across the face. "Now your going to get up, and leave this room. Your going to leave this room, and hang yourself. Your going to hang yourself outside the doors of your room, and your going to make sure that no one moves you. Your eyes question me why you would do something like this? Well Ella Arryn your going to do this because I'm going to give you one last gift. I'm going to stop ignoring the fact that my brother's heir is in the hands of that half noble niece of yours. I'm going to rip that baby from her arms and I'm going to bash it apart with a rock. When I'm done with that I'm going to kill Hanna. I'm going to kill Spencer. I'm going to kill them All. I will give them the peace that you want for them. I do it all for you. I'm a very generous King."
Edward Cullen is the POV Character of Chapter 55 and during this chapter the fortress of Berne is infiltrated through the tower that Ezio Ederiz has given them access too. From here they capture several of the towers, and as they battle there way through the different towers Edward has hallucinations of things happening inside the walls of Berne, including the attack on the loyalists within Berne, and also sees the betrayal by House Nighting coming.
Leven Martell is the POV Character of Chapter 56 and she follows William, Jasper, Alice, and Bella into William and Bella`s tent where they are discussing his departure when Jasper begins trying to get her to be the one to go south instead of himself, and Leven is so shocked by his behavior that she freezes and Jasper is able to convinse William to send Leven southwards instead of himself. Following this Jasper excuses himself and Leven reluctantly leaves with him following him trying to get him to explain himself. Finally getting so angry she shoves him down and this causes a scene which is broken up by Peder Flom of whom leads the two to Jasper`s tent before leaving them to talk between themselves. is forced to lead the defence of the Scott estate alongside Nathan Scott. The Nightings were lied to by Sean Lovie of whom said that many other vassals were going to turn as well, and these vassals had been feeding these lies to the Nightings under the order of the Green Dragon as they wanted the Nightings to make the mistake and attack while they were horribly outnumbered. Fighting off House Nighting she takes part in their execution under the order of Dan Scott, of which she notes that Dan Scott takes far too much enjoyment from. Following this she returns to the Scott Estate and she and Brooke engage in a long conversation about things, as the two love struck girls bond over their shared love of William.
James Lovie II. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he
Lucas Scott is the POV Character of Chapter 57 and during this chapter he meets with Domeric Bolten following the wedding of Miley Black, and Winfred Manderly and comes to like the prince that they both know one day will be forced to fight against eachother. Following this he recieves a letter from William telling him to return to Lucerne and make his way to Highgarden so he travels to Highgarden east of Tree Hill and meets with both his uncle Keith, and members of House Tyrell who have been commanded to assemble awaiting the arrival of Catherine Lovie, her husband, and their two daughters. During this chapter the Tyrells are given an expansive increase in power, and become no longer the vassals of House Scott. Lucas Scott meets with Emma Bell and her fiance Freddie Highmore of whom discuss with him the happenings throughout Lucerne and when Freddie leaves Emma tells Lucas about the death of Joey Faraday and the now violent conflict between the Faradays and the Highmores. During this chapter the depth of the background of the Targaryans is increased, and the Tyrells are shown to be dramatically hateful towards Dan Scott but show a strong interest in helping Lucas.
He was leaning against a pillar when I first saw him. He was smaller then I would have thought standing no more then six feet in hight. His armor was an impressive thing to see though, if you looked past the sigil of a flayed man which adorned it. I felt a presense behind me and turned around to see Egbert Elric pat me on the shoulder, and then followed in behind him was Julessa Bearmant of whom still shocked me by her size even now after having been around her for weeks.
"Captain Turntell says the ship will be ready in the morning Lucas."
"Thats excellent news."
"He's leaving Lucas." I turned immediatly knowing Julessa was talking about Domeric. I didn't have to say anything, they both knew I had to speak to him and without a word I moved towards the door following behind Domeric and two other men of which one I knew to be his cousin
Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he joins several in his family heading northward where they visit several towns north of Winterfell eventually reaching Hearthglen where they meet with the leadership of House Scarlet of whom has been asigned as the leading force alongside House Starke in moving against Fairmarket. After several days in Hearthglen they travel eastward to
Brooke Scott is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter words reaches Tree Hill of the Civil War in Mander, and realizing that with the fighting in the south taking the Tyrells out of being able to reinforce Mander Leven comes to believe very strongly that the Scotts need to send forces and she makes Brooke take her to the Keep of Tree Hill to meet with the lords of Tree Hill. The chapter ends with Brooke Scott, and Level Martell leaving ahead of the main force of House Scott with only a force of some fifty men believing that the flag of House Lovie that Leven flies will allow them to move without difficulty on the way to Mander.
James Lovie II. is the POV Character of thsi chapter and during this chapter he
Hedrik Clegane III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he works alongside his father to surround the city of Brill, but are not completely able to do this until the arrival of reinforcements from the Trachtenburg's to the west, and several other loyalists of the region.
Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter
Lucas Scott is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he
Ezio Ederiz is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he
Hedrik Clegane III. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he
Leven Martell is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she
James Lovie II. is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he
Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he
Lucas Scott is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he
Franklin Brent is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he remains with the Elves of Quel'Thalas. The chapter ends with Franklin returning to Berne at the head of the army of Quel'Thalas of whom are heavily behind Lucerne now.
William Lovie III. is the POV Character of Chapter 58 and this is the final chapter of the story with the finality of the Battle of Berne ending the conflict in the lands of Lucerne, but killing many within Berne.
"Please Dragon King. Do not kill me."
"Give me a good argument why I should allow you to live." Everything was red as I looked at him. The bodies were piled around him, and he had the audacity to believe he deserved to live.
"I was sent here, and I am a loyal soldier." His confidence seemed to rise as he spoke, but also a look that I couldn't describe also begin to spill from his eyes."I came here as a soldier doing his duty."
"So you use the excuse that you were just following orders?" I looked to his right and his eyes followed my path, as we both stared at the body of what must have been a child no more then six. Turning back to me his one eye was watering. Perhaps he saw the consequences of his actions.
"It is no excuse Dragon King. It is simply what is." He stopped and stared back at the body before I commanded him to finish his argument. "If you knew the things that I have seen. The things that I have watched men do to each other..."
"So I am to spare you because you have had a rough life. What reason does your hard life give you the right to end the life of that child. Of any of these people. Your tough start does not earn you a free pass." As I spoke the words his eyes changed. Whatever look there was in his eyes that I didn't recognize just left him. I recognized this new look. It was hopelessness.
"May I give you some advise before this ends?" He said it without any emotion. This was him giving up. This was him getting his goodbye.
"Say your final words."
"Do not let hatred become the only thing that guides you. The monster in the next room will show you the road that leads you down. Allow love in to your heart, completely. I see now my mistakes. I see now that I did not honor my losses by surviving. I thought that if I lived that it somehow might make their deaths bearable. That my survival was a sort of vengeance to the Orcs that killed them. I see now the truth. I did not honor them by living. I lived as a monster lived. I lived with no moral compass. I lived without the humanity that defined me before there death. I see that I am no better then the Orcs that killed my family. I did not honor them. I shamed them by living. I should have died back in Viche. I should have died with them." Tears were flowing down his face, and I was wavering in my hatred towards this man. Perhaps I could let him live. Perhaps I could imprison him and come to understand his life. Come to understand who this man was. Come to understand what life events led him to this moment. "End this Dragon King. Let me see my family again." The look in his eyes was acceptance. There was no discussion to be had.
"Find peace." I raised my sword and pushed it into his chest ending his life. He hit the ground, and I stared at him for a moment before screaming through the door in front of me forced to move on. Stepping forward Jasper was at the door first and he pushed it open revealing the throne room, but most importantly revealing my brother who sat at his throne and to my horror he held a chain from his hand which connected to a form kneeling at his feet.
"Brother. You finally arrive." He stood himself from the throne and as he did he pulled the girl harshly by the chain revealing her face. It had been years since I had seen her. I had lived through a coma. Lived through battles, and wars, but I could not forget her face. Amber still looked as beautiful as the last day I had seen her.
"Let her go." I went to move towards him, when he jumped backwards pulling a sword from the throne, and knocking Amber to the ground before pointing the sword at me.
``Really brother. If I were you I would take a couple of steps backwards.`` Everyone stopped as he held the sword to Amber`s neck. I held my hands out to make sure he knew I was willing to atleast talk this out. As I did I noticed the windows in the corner of my eye which I noticed had archers in them. ``Thats right you listen to me now.`` Everyone just stood in place and I hated having him control even an ounce of anything in this world. ``Now that I have your attention tell everyone to leave. This is between me, you, and the bird.`` I looked behind me at Jasper and his eyes told me there was no way he was going to leave, but I knew he had to if I wanted to try and find a way into his mind and to somehow save Amber. Knowing about the windows I had to hope that there was some kind of back entrance into the throne room, and from there perhaps they could infiltrate the windows and gain the upper hand. Moving closer to the men I whispered to the group so lowly that poor Emmett with his poor hearing was forced to come nearly to kissing level.
"We need to do what he says.``Seeing the rejection in their eyes I stopped it immediatly. ``There are windows all along this room, and I need you to get in them so that we can get a handle on this. Emmett, and Edward I can`t tell you what to do. If you want to go with Jasper and the windows then so be it. I would prefer if you saved as many innocents as you could. The rest of you wait in the last room and give those poor souls a cleaner end....they deserve better then to be piled in the corner like garbage. If I should fall.``Edward stepped forward``If I should fall you all must make sure under no circumstances does he leave this room. He cannot be allowed to survive this no matter what happens. Now go. We have little time.``Relunctantly they begin filtering out of the room to the sound of laughter from Sean behind me. ``Yes Sean you have us exactly where you want us, now tell me what you want.`` His laughter was the first thing that happened before he grabbed a key from behind his back and undid the chain around Amber`s neck. Pulling her farther away it took everything in me to not move forward and attack him on the spot.
``I don`t want anything brother. You see that`s the trick. You had the same repository of books that I did, and let me tell you something about the villians in a story. Sometimes the villians want something. They want gold to build a mighty castle. Or maybe they want a women." He swayed as he spoke flayling his arms about like a mad man. " In the end brother It doesn`t matter what they want, it just matters that they want something. You see its important that they want something because for this reason these villians you see, they can be bargained with. They can lose.`` Knowing where he was going I interupted him.
``And let me guess. Your the kind that wants nothing.`` Standing up taller before he spoke he pulled Amber closer to him, and I could see the tears flowing from her eyes. I tried my best to comfort her with my eyes, and her eyes followed suit with mine, and I could tell I had calmed her down. He pushed her to the ground holding the sword so close to her neck I could see a bit of blood fall before raising his face to me again with a twisted look to his face.
``I don`t mean to interupt your longing towards the Arryn whore. " He stared at me clearly trying to make sure that I got the message. "Good. Now that I have your attention again I'll tell you the secret." He looked so excited to say it, as if its was some secret. "I'm not the villian brother. That honor is for you.``
``In what twisted world do you live where your not the villian. You are the same man who sits on a throne covered in the innocents that hes killed. Your the same evil that tried to molest his own sister, and now dares to threaten such a innocent as Amber Heard.``
"Its all a matter of perception." He pulled Amber back up to stand in front of him, and he begin to pet her hair causing a whelp from her. It took every piece of my control not to burst forward and kill him where he stood for touching a hair on her head.
Controlling my increasing rage I spoke to the monster standing before me. "And what perception is that?"
``The perseption that comes from knowing the anwser to this question." He stopped and stared at Amber before looking back at me. "What makes her innocent my brother. Is her innocene borne from the fact that she opened her legs for you whenever you pleased...``
``How dare you...``
"It is an honest question. I want you to tell me how this girl. This piece of meat. I want you to tell me right here, and right now what makes her innocent. "
"She hasn't harmed anyone. She hasn't done a thing in this world other then be a good person."
"And that makes her innocent, does it?"
"Yes it does."
"Your a fool."
"You wish to brandish words around like a bunch of fish wives then do it your way. Or do you want to finally become a man and face what you've done."
``I get this moment brother. You forgot through your youth, that unlike you the rest of us out here in the world have things happen to them. Your the villian along with this whore because of what you have allowed to happen. One does not blame the virus for infecting its victom. You blame the monster who created the virus, and you my brother are the reason I am the way that I am.``
``You want to find a way to escape the person that you are you need to find someone who cares for even a moment for whether or not you live or die.``
``There it is right there. Don`t you see. It was that uncaring neglect. Outright hatred at times that left me utterly alone.``
``You don`t get to blame becoming a monster on the fact that you and I weren`t best friends.``
``I have the sword. I have the damsel. Those mean I get to say, and do whatever the fuck I want to do. Do you understand what I`ve done. Do you have any idea the scope of the things I`ve caused.`
I felt her arms clasp themselves around mine and I looked into her face hoping beyond hope that she would live. I held her face with my hand and begged her to wake. My other hand held her wound with everything I could trying to somehow stop it. I pleaded with her, and I watched as her eyes flickered open. I hugged her tight knowing in my heart that I would want to always remember the feel of her life, as she was perfection, and it was a tradgedy that it had taken all of this for me to realize that. ``William...``
``It`s alright my love. Just rest my sweet, Edward will come and...he will...he`ll find a way...``I hadn`t realized that I was crying until I couldn`t see from my eyes anymore, and I felt her hand wipe across my cheek clearing me of the physical signs of my sadness. I knew that I had sent Edward away, and looking at the wound I doubted even his Magi would do anything, but the thought of that not working put a dark fear in me.
``William I love you..." She paused for a moment and coughed. She tried to reach her mouth but was unable to and I would cover her mouth with my hand and pulling it back i saw the scope of blood all over my hand from her cough. "Thomas is your son.`` She said it and I just didn`t understand. She had left, and noone had ever said a word about any of this. How many lies had been told to keep this from me. ``It was my doing. Don`t blame anyone but me for keeping it from you.``
``Why would you Amber? I would have been there for you...I loved you with everything in myself. I would have protected you from everything.`` Her eyes closed as the pain must have overwhelmed her. Looking at her shoulder the blood was smeared all across my hand as it was too large a wound for me to keep from gushing.
``I thought I could protect you. He told me he would kill you...he held a knife to your throat and bid me to leave. I`m so sorry William. I`m so sorry you never got to see him grow. You must promise me that you will protect Thomas from everything. Protect him the way I never could.``
``He lives Amber. My brother would have killed everything to have killed any son of mine.``
``I tried my...`` Her eyes closed and her arm went slack for a moment before I shook her gently and she opened her eyes again. ``It's all right Will. It doesn`t hurt anymore." Her hand moved to my cheek gently rubbing it like she used to all those years ago. "You have to promise me William. Promise me that you will protect him."
``I promise you Amber I shall protect him. I shall love him, and cherish him as the son that he is. He shall never know pain, or anguish, or sadness. I shall love him as I love you.``
``I`m so sorry...I`m so sor…`` I waited for her to say something, but I wiped more tears from my eyes and saw that her eyes were limp now. Burying my head in her chest I held her close. I pulled her closer and it almost hurt I was pulling her so closely. As the tears flowed down my cheek I could just register that I was screaming.