Faint traces of sunlight shone on a shabby cottage that resided in a forest. Cobwebs dangled from every nook and cranny of the cottage’s exterior. Its windowpanes were cracked and the porch creaked with each step taken. Astoundingly, inside said a different story. It was a décor fit for a queen.
A Crystal chandelier hung from the ceiling, casting light in the petite cottage. A beautiful girl with blue eyes stood looking out a broken window. Her turquoise colored hair was elaborately braided.
“Rucill, how long more should I stay here?” the girl spoke without turning her sight away from the broken window. He immediately went down on one knee to reply.
“Forgive me princess, but your humble servant doesn’t know.”
“Is there any news from father?”
“No, princess.” He said that with his head bowed low.
“You are dismissed.”
“Thank you for your grace, princess.” As Rucill was getting up, he heard a knock. In that instant he took out his sword. He then walked towards the wooden door, opening it with his sword in hand. At sight, he saw a short stout man with pointed ears panting for air. He wore a green jacket that hung oddly as if it was too short. “Who, may I ask, is present here before me?” Rucill asked.
“I am Yance, a messenger from his excellencies.” Messenger Yance said. Yance held a royal edict at arms length and began to read out loud.
“ORDERS… from the king for Princess Anya. All hear. His majesty commands Princess Anya to go into the realm of the mortal dimension. Princess Anya is not to come back until the war is over. All hear. Rucill, Knight of the Green Light, Guardian of the Emerald Stone, you are to escort Princess Anya in her journey, ensuring her safety.” After Yance said that, he chucked the scroll under his right arm and dashed away with the speed of light.
Anya brought her sight to Rucill while her cheeks glowed a pale pink. Her lips quivered at that thought. “Rucill, I shan’t leave the kingdom. Take me to father now.” She took a step closer to him with her hands clasped together.
“My apologies princess, but I have to defy your commands.”
“How dare you defy my orders?” Anya said with eyes widened in anger. “If you won’t take me back to the kingdom, I shall.” As Anya said that, she flew towards the door. Rucill swiftly halted Anya. She was furious at Rucill’s bold approach. “Away!”
Although Anya was enraged, he still held his composure. He took out a small pouch from his belt. Anya resisted, but was defeated by Rucill when he sprinkled a pinch of magic dust on her. “Don’t hold it against me, princess. It’s for your welfare.”