The Road to Being a Priestess Aurora Elvenstar

Author's Note: I've decided to write longer chapters and update less often since that is what my reviewers want. Sorry that it took so long to update. I got lazy and then my computer crashed three times and we had to reinstall everything. Then my dad finally gave up and switched my computer with my sister's. Amora: I have no idea how Matt knew about runaway models. I just put that in because I felt like it. Eternia is a really strange place. Some things, like clothes and weapons, are old fashioned, but they also have technology that is as good, if not better than ours. Think The Rising of the Sun and the Moon.

I entered the reception hall. People in funny clothes were standing around talking on both sides of the room. The center was clear and the lady that I thought was the spokeswoman sat on a throne at the other end of the chamber. Matt sat beside her.
Cassie said, "Follow me and do what I do."
Since I have no other bright ideas, I followed her down the aisle. She stopped in front of them and curtsied. I followed her example and did the same. The curtsy was kind of weird. You put both hands at your right hip. The left hand is in a fist and the right hand covers it. Then you bend your knees and tip your head down to the right.
The queen said, "Priestess Aurora Elvenstar, you have been called to Eternia from your world to fulfill the Prophecy of the Priestess. Do you swear never to tell a lie? Do you accept this duty, responsibility, and honor and all the trials that come with it?"
Since it was obvious that they expected me to say "yes," I did the only logical thing and said, "Yes, I accept." Being the smart person I am, I agreed to something that I had no idea where it was going to take me, but in all the books and movies, the main character always accepts these quests and they always succeed. Wait a minute.that's only in fictional stories. Oops! What the heck did I get myself into?
She waved her hand and Cassie led me to one side. Then queen then summoned Prince Mattathizyhpioqukyue. Wait a minute.PRINCE?! Then the huge double doors opened and Matt walked in, looking relaxed and slightly arrogant.
"Mattathizyhpioqukyue, do you accept your responsibility of being the Priestess's warden? To obey her every command? To protect her with everything in your power and your life itself if necessary?"
When Matt opened his mouth, I thought that he would refuse. I mean, who would vow to risk their life for a complete stranger. To my utter shock and amazement, he said yes. After his answer, he too moved to the side of the room.
The queen spoke again, "You have all heard the rumors flying around. I, Queen Liera, shall now inform you of what is really going on. Rex Mortis has is leading his army of demons, goblins, trolls, and dwarves around Eternia and destroying it. Our spy network says that there is an army of them a few days march from the capital. Make sure to take the necessary precautions. This meeting is now adjourned. Please feel free to talk amongst yourselves."
Apparently, that was their cue to start discussing everything that she had said and compare gossip. As Cassie led me around and introduced me to various people whose names I forgot after about half a second after they had been said. Just about everyone I met said to their group a comment about how young I looked and their doubts that I was really the Priestess of Prophecy. Of course, they had better diplomatic sense then to say it in English. They spoke in Chinese and Japanese. I pretended to look confused about what they were saying, even though I know and speak both languages fluently. Every time, Cassie told them off and "translated" something nice. I silently praised God for giving me such a good friend to look out for me.
Finally, I got sick of hearing insults so I asked Cassie if it was ok for me to go to my room. She said that it would be fine so I left the room still buzzing with criticism of me.
Since, being the genius I am, I didn't ask Cassie for directions back to my room, I decided to rely on my wonderful sense of direction. Besides, I know that I would have forgotten the directions anyway. After wandering around the palace for about fifteen minutes, I remembered that I didn't have a wonderful sense of direction. Hehehehe.
Oh, look. That door looks familiar. But then, so did all the other doors. Oh well, it can't hurt to look, can it?
I opened the door and saw that it was the same room in which I found the chest with all that stuff in it. I walked towards the piano and tried to remember how the melody of the song I played earlier went. No matter how hard I tried, it just kept eluding me.
Finally giving up, I decided to play some songs that I knew by heart. As I played I got lost in the music and didn't hear Cassie come in until she started clapping at the end of the song. Startled, I jumped and nearly hit my legs on the piano.
"Kirie (Pretty)," she murmured.
"Domo arigatou (Thank you very much)," I replied without thinking. I had forgotten that I wasn't supposed to know Japanese. Me and my big mouth.
Cassie looked shocked for a minute, and then she said, "You understood me?"
Well, since my secret was out, might as well come clean, "Dui (Yes)," I replied in Chinese. (Author's Note: Beside the translation, I will put a C for Chinese and J for Japanese since I'm tired of typing it all out.)
"Ta men jiang de hua ni dou ting de doung ma? (Did you understand everything they said? C)"
"Hai, domo arigatou (Yes, thank you very much J) for trying to spare my feelings."
"Don't mention it."
"Do you play the piano?"
"A little. My skill is nowhere near yours though."
"Play. I'd like to hear you."
"Well."
"Please?"
"Ok."
Cassie sat on the vacated piano bench and started to play. She was right; her skills were nowhere near mine. They were WAY above mine. Wow. Her song made mine look sound like Mary Had a Little Lamb. No wonder she didn't want to play. She didn't want to embarrass me.
When she was finished, Cassie hit her head with her hand and said, "I'm such a baka! (Idiot J) I got sidetracked and forgot why I came looking for you. I'm supposed show you around and help you out."
"K. Could you show me where my room is? I tried to find it, but I got lost," I said sheepishly.
"Sure. Don't worry, I got lost loads to times when I was a kid."
"Somehow, that's not very reassuring."
Cassie laughed at my comment and assured me that I would be finding my way around the palace in no time. As we walked to my room, Cassie told me what she knew about the Prophesy of the Priestess. Unfortunately, she didn't know any more than what Destiny already told me.
Before I knew it, we had reached my room. "Lunch will be served in about an hour. I'll be back to show you where the dinning hall is."
"Wow. I've only been here for a few hours?" I asked rethorically in amazement.
"Well, I'll see you later. Maybe your book will give you some more information about your destiny."
"Ok, thanks," I said distractedly as I started to digest all that had happened today. Wow. I finish with my early morning classes and go to the jewelry store and find out that my necklace is worth a million times the amount I paid for it. Then I reconcile myself with my boyfriend only to break up again within an hour. After that, it gets confusing and somehow I am now the Priestess of Prophesy.
Decided to take Cassie's advice, I opened The Guide to Being a Priestess and asked Destiny what I had gotten myself into.
Well, I already gave you vague idea of what you're supposed to do so I'll explain what happened at court today.
"Wait a minute, how do you know what happened?" I interrupted.
How am I going to help you if I don't know what's going on? I know all. Anyway, the most obvious part of vow that you made says that you aren't supposed to tell lies. There actually is a way to get out of it. Suppose you say that a red dress is a black dress. You can still lie if you think the rest of a statement that would make it true. It would be something along the lines of "That dress is black" 'if it were dyed black.' You can also tell white lies by "misunderstanding" what you are answering.
Now the rest of the vow is more ritual than anything else. There is no way to get out of it. It just means that you accept your responsibility and you can't just stay in your world to escape from all this, so don't even think about it. You are bound to this world and the only way to get out of it is to die.
On a better note, Matt has vowed to obey you. This could prove quite entertaining for you when you get bored. Matt will have to do whatever you tell him to, even if it is just a whim. Of course, I didn't tell you this, or the whole white lie thing.
That's just about all that you need to know for now. At the end of the day, I'll tell you how to get home. There are things that you need to accomplish first.
Oh, just as a suggestion, it would probably be best if you changed into a nice dress for lunch. That way, as you earthlings like to say, you won't stick out like a sore thumb.
After making a fool of myself threatening the book to tell me what I have to accomplish, I gave up and decided to follow Destiny's advice. Opening the closet, I found it filled with dresses of many styles and colors. Unable to decide what would be appropriate to wear to lunch, I just stupidly stood looking at the closet in confusion, hoping that the closet would magically tell me what I should wear. After about five minutes of staring, I realized that I would have no such luck.
Luckily I was saved when a knock came from the general direction of the door. Opening the door revealed Cassie. "Has it already been an hour?" I asked in surprise.
"No. I just remembered that I didn't tell you that you should probably change your clothes into something more acceptable for lunch, but I see that you already figured that out. So what are you going to wear?"
"I have no idea."
"Let's see," Cassie murmured as she started to examine the dresses with at critical eye. "How about this one?" she asked, taking out an extremely fancy dress made almost entirely of frills, ribbons, and lace. Despite all the extra accessories added to the pale pink dress, it had an elegant look to it.
"No. I refuse to be seen in public in something with that many frills," I said.
Praying that all the dresses in the closet didn't look like that, I took a deep breath and started to dig through it, looking for something more plain. Finally, I emerged holding a dress that I deemed plain enough.
"Finally. I was wondering if the closet had eaten you," Cassie joked.
"I think I'm still in one piece. How about this?" I asked, holding up the two for Cassie's inspection.
"I guess it's ok, but your outfit will be the plainest one there," Cassie warned.
"I don't care. I feel stupid dressing up to go eat lunch," I replied, putting on the pink kimono embroidered with golden cherry blossoms. Cassie helped me tie the pale pink obi around my waist. I pulled my hair up in a high ponytail and secured it with a golden cherry blossom clip.
"I hope that I don't step on these sleeves," I muttered as I followed Cassie down the hall in a pair of the Japanese flip-flop looking shoes.
Lunch was a very formal event with servants hovering over my shoulder, making me nervous. I didn't recognize any of the foods, but they all tasted delicious. Everybody was silent and they all seemed comfortable in the silence, that is, everybody except me. I longed to start a conversation with somebody, but my common sense told me that it would be a stupid thing to do.
When lunch was finally over, Cassie told me that she would teach me how to use my magic. Happy to have something to do, I eagerly followed her to the, what I now dubbed, piano room.