Before the Storm
I'm in this really stupid situation. Stuck in a jail cell and I
will be forced to marry the last prince in the portals that no one
wanted. He was the last Prince, and my mother arranged it. You can
see how I think of her now. I successfully avoided Ben for two whole
years, two years I was free to be myself and do whatever and then I got
caught. again. This time, however; I am in a jail cell as we await the
'almighty priest'. I turned onto my side, knowing I had to get some
sleep. I was no good being a pain if I was tired. I would be out of
here soon, tonight or tomorrow night at most. I had finally found a
way out, but unfortunately, it included a cold hearted prince and a
wishful little me. I wished. that I could kick him from here to
Jupiter. I sighed. I need to receive some sleep.
*Here I go, off to get married now. Magnum says he is happy for
me he rejoices that his day is finally come when he doesn't need to
protect me anymore. I know better. I don't want to leave him, but my
mother and father demand an arranged marriage to a man I don't know.
But who am I really loyal to, my family, or my heart and friends?
Which one? I don't want to leave Magnum. I don't know who I am
marrying anymore. I need to keep up the family.
"Katrina, let's go!" A voice calls. Am I really ready? Do I want
this? No, but do I really have a choice? I begin to walk out,
immediately sensing danger. I tell Magnum, he says not to worry. I
whisper to Runner to be on guard, I might try to run. Runner and I are
best friends, but he is a horse. I don't know what to do. Cold, Ice,
Danger, those three words run through my mind. I began to walk to the
back, where I will be given away by my father. Why couldn't Magnum
have given me away? I wanted him here, next to me. For the first time
in my life, I was afraid. A tear slipped down my cheek. I didn't want
this. What were my choices? I looked ahead as my father took my arm.
I saw Ben in the front, he didn't seem happy to be here. Why didn't he
speak up? Was I really the only princess left, and he the only prince?
Magnum said he was happy for me. I couldn't leave him. I arrived at
the front, and then I barely watched as Ben took my hands into his,
roughly and I barely listened to the priest as he began to speak. Ben
would be mean, I knew he would. Why must I get married at sixteen?
Cold, Ice, Danger, his eyes spoke of deep suffering. What if this
marriage made it go away, if I put my love into it to change his heart?
No, I couldn't do it. What if I didn't get any love back at all? I
didn't trust him, didn't want him, didn't need him. I glanced around,
I saw Magnum in the front, he looked even sadder. I wouldn't be
allowed to see him again most likely, because Ben would keep me in his
castle. Cold, Ice, Danger, why hadn't Magnum given me away? He was
more of a father to me than the one I had!! This didn't feel right.
Even if we must marry, couldn't we date first? I didn't want this, but
my parents did. Please, say something Ben, refuse me! I don't want my
friends to leave me! No, he said nothing, he would say nothing. Cold,
Ice, Danger, how would the rest of my life be? Distant and lost? What
would become of me? What would I be able to do to help my people
anymore? I would loose all the little I had. Ben would take it away.
Cold, Ice, Danger, I felt my head spin. I only heard the words, "I
do." Were we that far already? Cold, Ice, Danger, I saw it in his
eyes, no compassion or love: he wouldn't even care if Brackuss went
after me. Magnum wouldn't be allowed to protect me, Ben would cut my
training off short, I would never be able to learn and develop my
powers. Cold, Ice, Danger, the church was looking at me? What did
they expect me to do? Say yes, and betray my heart and body to this
man I don't know? Say no and my parents might hate me enough to send
me away to learn discipline? I couldn't change this man's heart, not
unless he realized who I was. Stubborn, Beautiful, and Smart, and so I
had to fight this. I wasn't ready.
"No. please." I begged under my breath. The church was still
"What?" Ben asked softly, dangerously. I looked up, and there was
anger in his eyes now, hatred, for me! I usually was well liked, how
come he was so mean? Cold, Ice, Danger, I had to get away. Cold, Ice,
Danger, I couldn't remain here and think clearly, I didn't have time.
Time? I knew how to get more time. Hide in the forest, and be at
peace for some time. Would it do any good? Cold, Ice, Danger, that's
all he was, cold and icy and dangerous. I couldn't. Ben tightened his
grip on my hand, not about to let go.
"Answer." He said soundly.
"No, I. I can't. I won't loose Magnum or my friends, I won't
betray my heart!" I cried, running down the steps to the back, where
Runner had come and stood. I turned back and say Ben draw his sword,
and Magnum drew his. Magnum caught my eye and nodded. His eyes said
that Ben would not be allowed to follow.
"I won't Ben. I won't marry a man I don't know." I said, jumping
onto Runner and kicking him to a canter. We sped out of there, into
the woods I used to play in, the woods I knew so well. It would feel
like home for a while, and Magnum knew where I would be. I could
survive out here, no matter what anyone thought. And to not be forced
into anything, I could live out here forever. ***
I awoke, and turned my face towards the ceiling. Goodness, I was
smart and naïve. I should have stayed away longer. I should have
trusted my instincts. I should not have let my guard down. Now I had
to make a deal with Queen Megan to get out of here. I had to get out
of here. Oh look, here come the guards; well let me get this over
with. I would not be so stupid again.
"Sir, the Princess is here to see you again." the soldier said and
then shoved me into the room. One kiss, that's all I need, and then I
am out of here.
"It is so nice to see you again, Princess. Are you going to punch
me or tell me again and again you won't marry a man you don't know?"
My name is Princess Katrina and I was mad. If I didn't have to
kiss him to get out of here before the priest came back from break, I
would kick him. And he would be down. But instead, I walked up to him
and kissed him firmly on the mouth. He seemed surprised by this, but
then he wrapped his arms around me and kissed back. Wow, he was a good
kisser. The two guards left, probably thinking I had finally given in.
I wished I could elbow him and beat him to a pulp, but I held my
resolve and stayed planted on the ground. If he moved, I would do
something. I wouldn't trust a guy like that, he was cold-hearted and
such. I could see why only his mother really cared for him, but even
then, it was a stretch. His kiss moved down to my neck, and then he
went still. He gave me a surprised hug and then shoved me away in
frustration. I had to work to keep my balance. I looked into his
eyes, my eyes remaining serious and stony.
"Wha. what was that? You put my guard down." he said.
"It's a message for you to figure out," I said. I kept my eyes
level on his, which was difficult because of the fact he was just
taller than me. He called his guards and they took me back to my cell,
where I had been for the entire week as we waited for the priest to
return from his vacation. Well, I wasn't waiting, I wanted out. The
next night, Queen Megan, Ben's mother, helped me escape, as she
promised to do if I kissed Ben once.
"I think you made him think about his decision about forcing
you to marry him when you aren't ready. That was why I needed you to
kiss him," she said after I told her what happened. She began to lead
me through dozens of secret passageways and past guards that ignored us
without a second glance.
"What is going on, why are they just ignoring us?" I asked.
"They are ignoring you. I weaved a wind spell to protect you from
their sight. I am a master of the illusionary crafts. I always am out
late at night, I have reason to be, because I am a magician. I
practice some magic and can only collect certain herbs and flowers in
the moonlight. I have so much I could teach you, but now is not the
time. Ah, here is my door. I put it in special years ago. It can
only be opened through magic. I used it with my husband to get away
from meetings it leads right to the gardens. After that, it should be
easy to return home. Come along." she said. I followed along meekly
behind, as soon as we arrived at the door, I actually smiled.
"Well, he is a good kisser, you can tell him that," I said
softly, hoping she wouldn't hear.
As soon as I got home, I snuck back to my room, my parents not
expecting me to be home for quite some time now, and then saw Magnum,
my protector, waiting for me. I wasn't the least bit surprised, Magnum
always seemed to know where I was and when I was gone and where I would
be going and at what time I would arrive there and he always met me
there, which got annoying after a while, but it saved my life once or
twice. It is because of the fact it saved me a few times I let Magnum
get away with it. And then he had his off days also.
"So are you married to him yet?" he asked, letting a grin escape.
Our marriage was arranged when I was sixteen, but then I ran away from
the altar, saying, "I won't marry a man I don't know." Magnum helped me
avoid Ben and his seemingly relentless pursuit for two whole years.
Then I got a bit careless and was captured by him, unfortunately this
time, he locked me in a dungeon cell so I couldn't escape until the
priest got back from break, and then married Ben and me. Ha, right. I
hated him and I knew I would have escaped, with or without Queen
Megan's help. I only chided myself that I was foolish enough to let my
guard down a little while back when doing some special training under
the Crystal of Courage. I wouldn't be so stupid again.
"No, I am not married to him. But I am very tired, so go away, I
want to sleep," I said and Magnum just laughed.
"Anything you ask your highness. I'm sure you will need all your
strength to tell Ben off tomorrow," he said, and then walked out of the
room with a big grin on his face. I sighed. It was never that easy.
I fell to sleep without changing. Was there love in that kiss? Or was
it just me? I pondered as I drifted to sleep.
I woke up in a cage. Was this Ben's idea of a joke?
"Oh, princess, how nice to see you," a voice said, "I was worried
you'd sleep much longer."
"Who's there? Ben, if it is you, let me out of here right now,
this instant. You no good." I trailed off.
"My name is not Ben. It is Brackuss and I will be your tormentor
for as long as I see fit," he said, interrupting me. He stepped out
from behind the shadows. I gasped. I knew exactly who he was. I
backed up against the back of the cage, and I felt a prick in my back.
I fell limply to the floor.
"Where is the Princess, she was here just last night!!" Magnum
"Katrina must have been kidnapped. I just can't believe my
mother let her go," I said.
"This really isn't the time. She has a mind of her own and she
would have gotten out one way or another," Magnum said.
"And if she just married me in the first place." I began.
"She would have loathed you and never talked to you and made your
life a living hell!!" Magnum exclaimed.
"She is a living hell, and her not talking is a good thing!" I
yelled back, "But that is beside the point, she must marry me whether
she likes it or not, it matters not to me. The only thing keeping me
in this is the need to marry and she is the last princess here. Mother
says if I don't have children, our family line has ended."
"Is it so hard to get to know a girl before you marry her? She
really is a sweet girl, with her own mind and an imagination and she
knows her heart. Maybe if you tried, even a little, to be nice to her,
instead of treating her like property, both you and she might change
your minds on things," Magnum said harshly. He reminded me of my
tutor, stern and unmovable.
"I'm not making any promises. I don't have to," I said, pausing.
An imagination? The only one I knew who had an imagination was my
mother and how she got it was clueless to me. Katrina was different,
almost like she had abilities, powers.
"She's a psychic and a magician of sorts, in training." Magnum
said, reading my thoughts, "She developed them a little and then went
to train under the crystal of courage to develop them further. She was
also hoping Queen Megan could teach her some newer, more powerful
spells than what she holds."
"I know where she is!" I exclaimed suddenly. I had read
somewhere that Brackuss was like a typical evil in some ways, and loved
castles, old and rusty, but sturdy, and also I had heard he resided in
a place called Boke Castle.
"Where?" he asked, glaring, "Or better yet, what took you so
"It must have been Brackuss, the evil of your portals, it's the
only explanation. If I go, he can't harm me, he isn't allowed because
I am not of your portals. That just might give me an advantage." I
"Good for you. I unfortunately cannot go, I am needed to escort
our Queen, and she knows not of our present predicament. I will tell
it to her gently. I only am upset that I am called upon to do other
duties than rescue Katrina at present. I do not even think by telling
the Queen she will let me change my plan. If I find out this was all a
set up or you harm her in any way, you will not live to see tomorrow.
You bring her back here. If I don't see her here by tonight." Magnum
let his voice trail off and I nodded quickly, "Other than that, good
luck." I ever so quickly headed out, taking his threat seriously.
Protectors assigned to protect Princesses often made very real threats
and actually fulfilled them. I was focusing on Katrina as I headed to
Boke Castle where Brackuss might be. I heard it in a rumor once.
There were quite a few guards there and I could hear screams. They
were really loud and sounded like Princess Katrina!! I had to hurry, I
needed to protect her. (In that, I really couldn't remember anyway I
had of protecting her at all.) I heard her scream again, so I started
to rush. My carelessness got me caught.
I couldn't think clearly and my mind was reeling. I knew I was
bloody and broken. My whole body felt numb. When they threw me into
the cage, I expected to fall against the wall. Instead, strong arms
were there to catch me. Amazingly strong, was Magnum here? I looked
up weakly. It looked like Ben!
"Huh? Prince, is. is. that. you?" I asked.
"Hush, Princess. I just couldn't let Brackuss hurt my girlfriend,"
he said. Did he just call me his girlfriend? Was it real? Or was it
just a hopeful dream? Nope, just a hopeful dream. Did he really want
to get to know me? I didn't know how to reply to that comment. He
began to pick me up, to try and get me out of here.
"But. your powers. aren't they. worthless?" I asked.
"Not all of them. Magnum sort of had conditions before he would
even consider trusting me. I had to get a rainbow star name and
powers, so I could protect you." he said, turning slightly red. He
quickly changed into his star form, which turned out to be the form
Black Star. I had a sarcastic comment to add, but decided against it
for now. He broke the door down and ran as fast as he could. We were
able to escape, but Ben had to take down a few guards to get out. The
weird thing was that I actually relaxed into his arms and fell asleep.
I woke up in my bed, back in the castle. Someone held my hands,
and this person was asleep. I looked over and saw Ben there. I
squeezed his hand. His eyes opened and he sat up.
"Oh, good, you have awakened, Princess," he said. Almost giggling,
I looked into his eyes, his gaze was still steady, but there was a hint
of kindness in his eyes, no humility yet. He had at least lessened up
on harshness and being rude, or so it seemed.
"I'm fine," I said, before he could ask if I was okay.
"You do have a psychic ability," he said, awed.
"I couldn't have some of my friends as friends if I didn't," I said
"You uh, dropped this as we were leaving," he said, handing me a
pewter figurine of a wolf.
"Sorry, Ben, but this isn't mine," I said, "All I had on me was my
necklace, I don't carry much with me."
"Well, keep it anyways. I don't have any use for a figurine and it
sort of matches the tint in your eyes," he said. He kissed my
forehead, then left. I just had to smile; maybe Magnum really got
through to him in a way.
"You're beginning to like him, aren't you?' Magnum asked, coming in
the way Ben left.
"He just isn't as rude as a few. hours ago. What did you say to
him?" I asked. "I mean, now he's trying to be romantic, so I give him
credit, but what's the catch?"
"I didn't do anything but tell him to change or else. I better get
going too; I have a meeting with Red Star. Oh, and Ben asked if you
wanted to go to a picnic dinner underneath the stars at the lake. I
will be near, should you decide to go tonight. I think he still is
working things out in his head."
"I'd love to. He can pick me up. Go on your date. It isn't
exactly as if your feelings are well hidden," I said, raising an
eyebrow. He turned red and left in a hurry. I then turned my
attention to the wolf in my hand. Where did Ben pick this up? It was
pretty and I really couldn't believe he found it on the ground. I
focused my psychic powers on it to lift it from my hand. It began to
glow and seemed to shake. There was a burst of light and I saw a wolf
on my bed, a gray wolf. But I learned that wolves were supposed to be
really rare in my portals and hardly wanted to be seen by humans.
"Hello, Lady. You are Princess Katrina, are you not?" he asked,
his voice deep and mysterious. His mouth barely moved, but each word
was totally and completely understandable.
"Who. what are you?" I asked. "Don't hurt me."
"I will not, Lady Katrina. I am your guardian, a special one, as
rare as wolves are today. Of course, there are others, but I am yours
and yours alone. I will not hurt you," he reassured me.
"Okay. I kind of understand this, so you are like my guardian
angel?" I asked.
"Something to that effect," he said, laughing slightly. He jumped
across the bed and landed by my side. He opened up his teeth and into
my hand went a cartridge-like cylinder, full of water.
"Put it in your necklace," he instructed. Oh, that necklace, the
one I received when I was like, 5. I didn't wear it as often as I
should, but I was wearing it as Brackuss tormented me. I took off my
necklace and put it in, where it fit perfectly. It began to glow
"There, your star power has been awakened. When you use it, yell
out Blue Star power in order to activate your newfound powers. No one
knows of your identity unless you choose to tell them or they see you
transform. It is your choice to tell them or not. Goodbye and good
luck," he said and still laughing, disappeared. The necklace stopped
glowing. I put the pewter wolf in my jewelry box, which was next to
empty because I didn't exactly favor jewelry. Well, time to get ready
for my date with Ben. I had to be on my guard though, he could be
scheming something. I had to know if he was sincere or not.
I headed out to where Magnum told me to go. I felt safer, knowing
he was nearby. If Ben tried anything and Magnum didn't come, then Ben
would be in worse trouble when I was through with him. There was a
blanket laid out with two candles and a picnic basket.
"Well. um, guess you learn pretty quickly," I said as he grabbed my
arm and led me to the spot. I sat down on the blanket and he followed
suit. We ate quietly for a while. He scooted closer to me after we
"Did you cook that?" I asked, trying to make some conversation.
"No, Chef did. Listen, I've been thinking, you know, about us
getting to know each other. Couldn't we do that once we are married?"
he asked; his voice soft. I sensed a little danger. I began to feel a
"Yes, but I'd prefer not to," I said. "I really have to know
someone before making rational decisions such as that." He scooted a
little closer to me, shrugging off my comments and leaned closer to
kiss me. I felt my necklace warm, protecting me from whatever spell
he put me under or tried to put me under. He must have been using his
Crystal of Deception on me!! I shoved him away without a second
thought. I then took a moment to pry his mind and I didn't like what I
"Quit using that crystal on me. You really don't want to get to
know me; you just want to trick me into marrying you. What, your
charms not good enough so you have to use cheap magic to get your way?"
I asked, throwing a barb. He growled at me.
"All right, I'll get to know you." he said.
"Nope, I don't believe you," I replied, I sensed a bloody fight
ensuing and Magnum chose that moment to jump out of a nearby bush to
stand between Ben and me. Ben moved away, horrified.
"What? You dare Magnum? I have a right to try what I will," he
"Not if it hurts the princess," Magnum said solidly.
"I wasn't going to hurt her," Ben protested weakly.
"Yes, you were. Come on, Katrina, we'll all talk about this in the
morning." Magnum replied coldly and began to lead me from there. I
stuck my tongue out at Ben. He could learn the hard way or the easy
way, it was his choice.
I will break her in. If only that danged protector hadn't been
there, I would have won. She would have been obedient, even if it took
all my crystal's power. If only I were allowed to take Magnum out of
the picture, then I should have no problem.
I slept soundly in a chair next to the princess's bed. I soundly
tucked the Princess in and then decided to stay in a chair by her side,
incase someone tried to pull something. Namely, of course, Ben. I
mean, I was glad I was there. I don't know how badly Ben would have
gotten it if I hadn't shown up when I did. I sighed in my sleep. He
probably thought he was going to win, but he didn't know Katrina like I
did, which is why I think he considers me a danger. Danger!!! I sat
up, fully awake.
"Why, hello, Magnum." a voice said, "This is old, but I have
returned." I drew my sword, I almost never took my armor or weaponry
off and so I was always prepared. I had strong suspicions that this
was Brackuss, and I wasn't about to let him take Katrina again.
"Leave, Brackuss," I said. "Unless you want to find out what
happens when you don't." Brackuss stepped from the shadows, a smile on
"Oh, boy, I really should be scared now. But you see, I am not
after her. Ben made this little wish under his breath and I feel
inclined to grant it in full. All he wants is you out of the picture
and being as I am, I am only too happy to oblige." Brackuss laughed,
sending a ball of enormous energy towards me, striking through my sword
and into my chest. I fell silent. Katrina..
I awoke with a start. I couldn't see Magnum anywhere around me.
Where is he? Had Ben done something? It was three in the morning. I
wasn't in the mood for this, but ah well. Wait, I watched Ben head
home. Did. did Brackuss take him? My psychic ability sent major
signals to my senses. Ben, he must have had something to do with this.
I got up and got dressed, and headed to Ben's castle to get Queen
Megan's help. I just couldn't let Magnum die, not by the hand of the
Evil's game. He was like a father to me the only one who ever really
was there for me. The ways in which he helped me I will never forget.
I had to help him. I loved him like a father. I really was going to
make Queen Megan mad at this time of night, but punishments would have
to wait. My protector needed me now. It was strange though, him
needing me. I had best be on my guard. I highly suspected Ben and
Brackuss would both try something vile. I would change Ben's heart and
rescue Magnum, even if it killed me.
Katrina arrived at my home late in the night with a desperate
situation. Obviously, she needed my help. Katrina was in such a state
as I led her out to where I worked and practiced my magic, so that I
could listen fully as I was helping her. She told me what she
remembered about the night, starting with the date with Ben and how Ben
tried to deceive her and I knew that was my Ben. She then continued to
say Magnum took her home and helped her get to sleep, sitting in a
chair next to her humming a lullaby, I knew she enjoyed it by the way
she said it in an awe of reverence for his singing voice, and then she
was asleep. The next time she awoke, she sensed danger, and that
Magnum was in trouble. She told me how she thought the evil of her
portal, Brackuss, took him, but she had no idea why, because normally
he tried to capture her. Then she suggested Ben might have had
something to do with it, but I didn't know.
"Katrina, why do you think Ben would hate Magnum so much as to try
and lure an evil into going after him with a very evil wish?" I asked.
"I really don't know, but I could hear how much he hated Magnum,
through his voice, through his words, actions, in his heart. I also
have an instinct about that sort of thing," she replied in one breath.
I handed her a glass of water, she needed to calm down. As much as
Magnum meant to her, it would do her no good to panic and cause more
harm than good.
"Calm down, Princess. Magnum is strong. Do not rush, lest you
create greater danger for both you and him. I will help, but I need to
find the correct potion. In the meantime, calm down. You will not do
any good to Magnum just being all panicky, nor will it help that you
are over worrying. Ah, here it is, a potion of protection, keep it
tucked in your outfit until you arrive at the place where Magnum is
being held. You don't need a spell for battle, I should hope, because
of all the other training. Just try to get out of there with Magnum,
try to avoid confrontation with the evil if it is at all possible. If
not, kick his butt from here to the next dimension. Good luck," I
said, handing her the small vial.
"Mother, are you awake in there?" a voice asked, the person
"Drat it all, it's Ben. Katrina, I will deal with this, just get
out of here as soon as I get Ben from the door," I instructed Katrina.
She nodded. She sat down calmly, near the door, head down and her long
hair in front of her face. I could tell she hoped Ben would ignore
her. I answered the door with my usual graceful ease and Ben greeted
me with a small bow.
"So, Mother, you are awake. Is everything all right?" he asked.
"Yes, my son, everything is fine. Why?" I asked.
"Because I saw you leading a person out here, it looked liked a
girl. Is Katrina with you? If she is you better let me see her," he
said, almost threatening.
"Ah, my son, how little you realize. Come in, if you want to talk
at this late of an hour. No one was with me and why you are up this
late is a clear mystery to me. I, of course, am a Magician, so I must
come when the inspiration strikes or when something needs to be done
late at night, so you know my reason for being out here." I said.
"I accept those reasons, Mother, you know I do. I just am trying
to see you safe," he said.
"Safe, my son? I am safer than you, for my magic resides in the
water and the wind, where illusion, deception, and protection reside.
I am also of fire, which is your element, my son, which protects you
and binds you to all water elements, to protect them. But you need not
worry, my fire also protects me and I for one know a great deal more
than you do about that," I explained, wishing with my heart now he
would move out of the doorway.
"Wha. then. could it. do you know, by any chance, what are
Katrina's elements?" he asked, now a cautious glint in his eye.
"My son, come in, please, if you really want to know," I said,
weaving a spell of illusion as I spoke, so that Katrina would not be
seen as she left. Ben sat and Katrina was allowed off. I sent her a
silent prayer that the element protectors watched over her.
"So what is Katrina's element?" he asked.
"My son, you need not worry about her either; she is of ice and
water and the forest protects those close to it, of which she also has
a powerful connection. In time and with a little training underneath
my guidance, I could teach her many things that would help protect and
to heal. I do not like the destroying arts, as you well know. I could
teach her so many things, my son, but alas, you keep pushing her
farther from us. She longs for love, but her abilities thus far tell
her you have none in your heart. She needs love, but you need to learn
your lessons first. Do not ignore me, my son. I know of these things
better than you do, for I am older and much wiser, not having learned
life's most important lessons from magic. You have lived a sheltered
life, my son, and since your father's death, I feared there would be no
hope for you to return to the loving, fun way you were before that day
occurred. Watching the death affected you greatly, your father was
foolish not to ask for my help before he went into battle, to see how
he would at least live to see us again, but alas, he forgot. He loved
you so dearly and he wished you to be just as loving to whomever you
were destined to be with. You hardened your heart instead that day,
the battle lost, and I feared I would lose you also. Do you not know
it was one of Katrina's loyal friends who took your unconscious body
from the viewing area that day? Katrina knew you back then, but if you
do not remember that, it does not matter, for she is here now and all
she wants is for you to try and be the way you were, kind and caring
and playful. She wants to help you find your heart, as different as
her motives sound, but it is true, my son." I took a breath, waiting to
see his reaction. I was not finished trying to reach him, not finished
yet, for Katrina wanted his love, I saw it on her face and in her eyes,
but she knew not how to bring him back to the light.
"Every day, you grow closer to the darkness. That is what Katrina
fears, she senses it and shuns it, but you see it and you do not care.
You are only cold of heart because you do not yet see the way I do.
Wisdom comes with time, as does trust and love. You say it is
unnecessary, but you do not realize that many battles small and large
are won on truth, love, and hope. I tell you this now because that was
Katrina with me tonight. She wished to go save Magnum, who was taken
by the evil Brackuss. She went out of love for him and that is why I
know she will succeed. Do not follow her, son, for it will only
disrupt her purpose. Listen to me, to me now even if you never pause
to listen to any of my words again. You say you love me, but I have
naught proof. Show me that proof now, give Katrina a chance at her
way, you never know what may happen, you might just find each other's
heart. I know of what she wants because of the nights I spent with her
in those wretched cells of yours. Show me you can try, at least try,
my son. If you do not and you force this girl of love and hope, you
will become an agent of the darkness, and your heart will be hardened
forever more. Your father had the same problem with your grandfather,
his father. Suffering runs in this family, but do not let it consume
you. With Katrina, you are given your strongest chance to learn what
it is and rid our family of it for good. Magic is not always allowed
to tread where the heart goes and no spell within my power can change a
person's heart. Not even the Master Rune Mage is that powerful, and
that is saying something. The heart can only be changed by the people
who love you the most and those that love you the most will keep the
darkness from returning to you once it is gone. If my words are
confusing, just don't think about it, it will come to you when it is
time, and soon, maybe very soon, you will begin to see as I did when I
was about your age," I said and stood, taking a long sip of water.
"My grandfather? He was evil?" Ben asked.
"No, he was not loved as he should have been and your father swore
to not let it happen to you, as did I. If you take the wrong path,
then we have both failed you," I said softly.
"Failed me? Never in my life have I heard something so ridiculous.
You have never failed me, Mother." he said. Then he seemed to recall
"Yes?" I asked gently, walking over to where my water basin was, to
see if Katrina returned. Not yet, but it appeared she was on her way.
I saw a few bruises of a battle, but she stood, firm and tall, leading
her horse Runner who held Magnum on his back. I gripped the sides of
the basin. He did not look real well. Had any more time passed and he
surely would not have made it.
"Katrina? She. went to rescue Magnum? How could she? He is just
her protector; I am the one that should be protecting her now, if only
she married me." Ben said. I sighed; he still didn't seem to
"Magnum is like a father to her. He is both of dark, light and
every element resides in his blood, as is necessary of a protector.
Nothing you say or do will change Katrina's feelings of love for her
protector," I said. Ah, they arrived back at the castle, good. Guards
were helping her with Magnum. He would be all right. But Katrina?
Ben needed to try again, to see if my words had gone into his head, or
if they seeped out the other end. I needed to see Ben try again. He
was struggling against the darkness of his father and grandfather and
Katrina, I feared, with her will and determination, was the only one to
reach that cold heart and bring it back to the light. He would change,
I knew it by my own intuition, and Katrina was the one for him. Their
love would help many, or so I would hope.
"Go, my son, go to see her. See if you can try to reach your
heart. And by all that is holy, don't screw this up. And also, she is
the last princess who is free for marriage, so if you don't change, you
will find yourself beaten up and in a living hell. Otherwise, good
luck. Take this, give it to her; I believe it might be a little
helpful in her seeing why you are like you are," I said, smiling and
placing a locket in his palm. He opened it curiously; in it was a
picture of both Ben and Katrina, pictures I had our local
photographer, fashion designer, etc take and place in this locket. On
the back, it was engraved, with the simple word, Love. I hoped with
all my heart that Ben could change. No, I knew that he would, he was,
after all, the son of a magician.
"I'll. I will try. I can't and won't make any promises, not yet,"
he said, and stood.
"Fine, Ben, and one more thing, you must apologize to Magnum for
your dark thoughts. They came true, you know," I said, seeing if it
"Yes, Mother, I will apologize. Geeze, you talk too much. No
wonder people avoid you and it is a mystery why they respect you so
much anyways," Ben said.
"Get going before I decide otherwise against turning you into a dog
for the week, Benjamin. I am serious," I said.
"I'm going, Mother, but do not forget who rules this castle and
these portals. You know you really have no power over me," he said,
turning to leave.
"I don't, do I? I also know for a fact as punishment that Katrina
will be kicking you very hard, and even though you are my son, I am
getting that same urge to kick you right now," I said. He hurriedly
left. My son, soon you will learn, it is the women who rule the world
at times when men can't.
I fled towards Katrina's castle. I had to see how resolute she was
under pressure like the torment of Magnum. I needed to see her. Why
did I feel so strange now? I realized in a way I was becoming like my
grandfather. Did I believe my mother? I didn't have to; I was lord of
the castle and the reining Ruler of our portals. As I headed over, I
kept seeing her face in my mind the day of what was supposed to be our
wedding. She was sad, depressed, struggling within her to try and find
something she thought wasn't there. Was that at all like me? Was I
really lost like she is? What exactly did my mother mean by how she
sees the darkness in me and shuns it? Does that. no, is that how my
mother thinks of me? That I accept the darkness and depression and
welcome it into my body? Was I going to turn out like my grandfather,
when mother told me that my father worked to not let it happen to me?
I was so confused. Ever since Magnum talked to me and my own mother
read me the riot act, Katrina was to me, being seen in a whole new
light. I headed toward the castle, to take my mother's advice to try
and find my heart.
I arrived at the castle, and the guards only let me in after a few
moments of hesitation. I highly suspected Katrina had told them her
suspicions about me, and so they are wary that I might wish Katrina
gone. I'd tell them what for later. I thought back to the botched
wedding as I walked around, trying to find Katrina. She was really
messed up about something and she wasn't able to say it aloud. I
wondered what it was, considering it might be she thought she would
never see Magnum or any of her friends here at the castle. Well, that
was true, but man, to run away just because of that, it seemed a bit
ridiculous. Then again, I was going to just use her to get an heir or
two, paying her no regard. She did something witchy to my blood. What
was it, what was the effect she had on me? I heard talking coming from
one of the rooms as I was walking down the second stairs hallway, which
Katrina' room was along. Magnum's room must be along this way also.
It made sense, seeing as how he was her protector. I shook my head,
Katrina must be a witch in her own castle, I wasn't thinking like I was
supposed to. I arrived at the door where the sounds were coming from.
Well. time to see her in this situation. I knocked.
"Come in." Magnum said, "You don't mind, do you Katrina?" I shook
my head. He was injured, and if Charlie was knocking and wanted to see
him, that was alright by me. The door opened, and I saw Ben. I let
out a low groan. Not here, not now! Well, now if he tried anything,
Magnum wasn't in any condition to stop me from kicking Ben's butt. He
came up to me.
"Princess, we need to talk," He said. I gave a disbelieving grunt.
"Last time we talked I was your prisoner. Go away," I said.
"I will not, we need to talk," He continued.
"Talk? You never want to talk. You just want your way and that is
final. Go away. I'm with Magnum right now," I said. He better try
harder to get me ticked off, I wanted to hit him. On the other hand,
he didn't have any armor on, and so it was like looking at a model.
But it didn't matter how pretty he was, it wouldn't work. He and his
black ensemble could just leave. He came up to me and stood right in
front of me. That wouldn't work. I saw Magnum give both of us a
warning glance. I saw it, and if Ben had seen it, he ignored it.
"Are you sure that is your answer? Here I am offering to talk
about. whatever it is you need to discuss and you are saying no. You
have been asking to talk for the longest time, and now I offer it. Why
say no? Is this not what you want?" he asked.
"Yes, it is what I want. Now isn't the time though and it probably
won't matter how much I talk, but you won't listen," I said as coldly
as I could, moving my narrowed eyes to meet his icy eyes, but they now
seemed to be on fire.
"What did you say little girl?" he asked dangerously.
"If I am a little girl and you then must be a little selfish boy
who thinks only of what he is suffering and doesn't take time to see
how it affects other people," I said.
"That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard in my entire life.
I'm not selfish, now come on, we are going to go talk," he said, and
grabbed my arm. I scowled.
"No, we are not going anywhere Mr. Selfish. Anything you say now
can be said in front of Magnum perfectly fine," I said with a grin,
tugging away from his hand.
"You dare to defy me that much?" he asked.
"I've done worse and you know it." I replied.
"Do you want to hear what I have to say or not?" he asked.
"Fine!" I shouted, "But I warn you, I still don't like you at all,
so don't try anything."
"One year." he trailed, "I'll try this whole dating thing for one
year. I won't use anymore tricks. I have no choices left."
"You could always kill me!" I exclaimed.
"And how would that do me any good?" he asked, "Without you, there
are no Princesses left."
"No, really? I feel your pain," I said sarcastically, "It's has to
be a better deal than that."
"Fine. let's see, you can learn magic from my mother," he said, but
I only shook my head.
"What? That's a good deal there!" he exclaimed, "What more do you
"Magnum is allowed to be by my side whenever. You will tolerate
his presence, I will not be forced into anything in a year, I have to
do it willingly. It cannot end before then, and furthermore, you will
not hurt me or Magnum," I said, looking triumphant. Ben looked
"As you wish, Princess," he muttered through tightened lips.
"I make a tough deal don't I?" I asked, looking at him, directly
into his eyes.
"You are something.. You're quite the. never mind, good day," he
said, "I shall call later." And that was the end of that. He left,
and I sat down, feeling quite satisfied with myself. He'd have to
learn times were changing, and I, a mere woman, wasn't as weak as he
made me out to be. And adding to that, I also knew I would get
stronger, so I can better protect the ones that I love. I would get as
strong as ice, as flexible as water. Watch out Prince Ben, I shall
change your heart!
A/N: This is my 98 chapter novel (1st chapter at least). I hope to
one day get this work published, so honest feedback on how I can
improve would be appreciated. And please, no flaming, this is my
proudest work that is all my own idea and I would only want to improve
upon it and not just toss it away. (Try 9 notebooks of work, over
1,050 pages, 98 chapters so far, and I've been working on it since
about the end of 7th grade.) Please give me advice on how to improve
and if you want me to continue or not. This is risky for me; I've been
really nervous and shy to put this up where people can see it and read
it and such.
I NEED TO REPEAT NO FLAMES!! ESPECIALLY WITH SWEAR WORDS IN THEM!
THIS STORY IS RATED FOR BLOOD AND I DON'T APPREACEATE SWEARS!!!!
A/N: And how are my characters mediocre?