Four:

The Confrontation

After receiving news of the miraculous doings of Adlai, a politician by the name of Alistair and five of his companions sought out the one called Adlai. They found him in the streets, standing on top of a soapbox, proclaiming that he was the son of the King and that he had come to set all people in the city free.

"Get down from there," Alistair shouted.

Adlai looked down at the man. "Have I committed some crime?"

"You are claiming things so absurd that I am, quite honestly, disgusted in you," spat Alistair.

"What have I claimed that is not the truth?" Adlai asked calmly.

"Are you a fool? You've made the claim that you are the son of the King!"

"As I am."

"You dare to claim such things?"

"I Am."

"What do you tell these people?"

"He claims that he will destroy the courthouse and rebuild it in three days!" shouted a man in the crowd.

"What? That's preposterous!" shouted the politician. "I will have you arrested!"

"Why?" Adlai asked. "What crime have I committed?"

"You have drawn power from the Dark One who comes from the valley. That is how you perform these so called 'miracles!'"

"A house divided against itself cannot stand," Adlai began. "If I am an agent of the valley, why would I enter into combat against my allies?"

"I will have you arrested." With that, Alistair turned, signaled his comrades, and left.

I sighed. What fools. I watched them leave, then, much to my surprise, I saw Jude look to Adlai, then the crowd, and then turn and follow the politicians.


"Master," Daray said. "The first step is complete. We have turned the politicians against Adlai."

"Good," Braeden replied. "It's only a matter of time now. Continue as planned."


Alistair burst through the doors of the courthouse, demanding to see Eavan, the judge. A secretary led him to the judge's office and presented him.

"Alistair," Eavan acknowledged, "what can I do for you?"

"Adlai," Alistair growled.

"The miracle worker? What of him?"

"He claims to be the son of the King!"

"Interesting. Just let him continue in his delusions; this not a legal matter."

"I want a hearing!"

"Alistair--"

"I want a damn hearing, Eavan, and if I don't get it, it'll be your head."

Eavan sighed. "Unless you yourself decide to sue him, there will be no hearing. He didn't break any laws."

"Fine, I sue him then."

"Fine, Alistair. You have your hearing, now get out of my office before I get angry."

Alistair grinned. "Very well."