Serena rushed towards the sounds of sword fighting, forcing her tired muscles to go on as Brevan's Warband followed her. They were all following the same feeling deep within their hearts, that their friend was there, and alive.
As the earth wobbled and rocks crumbled around her, she kept going, leaping over any debris in her way as she heard the sword fight end, seeing Kronar run even faster than her. Then they saw it, the ground cracking and shaking as one side fell into the chasm below, and the other remaining upright.
"Brevan!" She screamed, seeing a form falling into the void along with all the rocks and boulders, before turning towards a second form that was lying motionless. Her mind prayed to every deity she could think of while her heart pounded endlessly, hoping that it was her mate that was lying there, and not anyone else.
Kronar rushed towards the figure, laying his gore and blood-spattered axe to the side as he smiled, throwing his mighty head back in a cheer. "He's alive!" He roared, gathering Brevan up like a babe and carefully carrying his friend towards his tearstained mate.
"Thank you," Serena whispered, reaching out with a hand to rub her lover's forehead, seeing him slightly react to the touch as his eyes fluttered open.
"Enzer, Malachi, they're all dead." He whispered, giving his mate a soft smile as he looked up at Kronar, Romir, Kixx, and G'nock. "What's happening to the world?"
"We'll figure it out in time love," Serena answered, softly closing her hand over his. "It might not look like it, but we won, and like you said. This time we can build a world that's worth fighting for."
Brevan nodded, taking a deep breath as he gazed at the rest of the army that was starting to follow them. "Then let's go back to Merith. Let's go home and rebuild."
So they began the long walk back home, none of them knowing what was to come, but the world would have to be rebuilt, and it would be better than ever.
The survivors of the battle walked towards them, barely a quarter of what they had come here with, and none of them without wounds. There were no cheers or cries of victory or even any spoken words as the army smiled at their wounded leader.
"Ina?" How asked, breaking the silence as he and Paws were lifted by King Marcus to see her better. "We win? Everything gonna be okay?"
"Yes How." Serena smiled, unsure how much faith she could put in that promise. "Somehow, everything is going to be okay."
Then she turned and leading her army and with her love by her side, began the long walk back home.
Well, that's it. That's the end of IWIW.
First of all, I will outline the plan for what I want to do with this novel.
I personally like the way that the story ended and how it went. However, when I first started writing the story, I went in it through the characters first and didn't world build correctly, because of this I had a few plot holes that I could ignore as I was writing the first act. However, as the story continued and started to become a massive entity of its own and I wrote through the third act, I found myself dealing with the plot holes I didn't resolve earlier.
The plan for this story is (and it will be updated as the objectives are completed)
1.) Do a grammar check and clean up the first and second acts of the story to ensure that everything is up to date on Fictionpress
2.) Take the time to seriously world build the kingdoms, characters, and other features in the story.
3.) Rewrite and revise IWIW using the world building information to make it the detailed, character-driven, epic fantasy that I know it can be. As well as revise the novel to remove/change any characters owned by other authors.
4.) Self-publish the second book through Amazon and my own website. (Both links will be up in my profile when they are live)
I do want to make it clear that I'm not going to be changing the plot of the novel in any significant way for the second book, so you can simply read this version on FP and you'll know the story. If you want more detail, deeper immersion into the world, and some extra scenes and goodies, then that's what the second book will entail. I'm not going to change the story and stick it up behind a paywall, so rest assured of that.
Also, I will be updating reviewers on FP through PM's as well as updates on my website when I get that up and running, so no one will be left out of the loop.
Now that that's out of the way, this story has over 300 reviews at the time of this posting, and I want to thank each and every reviewer who has spent their time reading, critiquing, and sharing their kind words about my book. I never could have expected this kind of following, and frankly, it still blows me away and makes me realize that not all social media is bad.
So thank you all, with a special shout out to the amazing author "AlltheEagles" for lending me the character of How and the amazing "This Oreo has TWO hearts" for not only contributing the characters of Luna and Enzer but also starting the roleplay quest that made this all possible and inspired me to tell Brevan's story.
Thank you all for your support and whether you are reading this chapter as it is posted or ten years in the future, please PM me or leave a review to let me know what you think. :D
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