SO SHINES THE MOON
Adena lifted her head and blinked the tears from
her eyes. Memories were too precious to lose but too painful to keep. Looking
over the lake, she felt a calm coming over her. She knew her duty and it would
be done. She began to set her priorities in her mind.
without any forewarning, the Belt of Excho that Adena was wearing began to
tighten around her waist. Shocked, Adena tried to physically pull it off. It
wouldn't come lose, in fact, it constricted all the more tightly. Adena's
breath was beginning to escape her in gasps. She felt herself falling and
struggled to right herself. She failed and hurled to the ground, scarcely
breathing. Then suddenly, the belt was wrenched from her and thrown a few feet
distant. Adena now breathed freely but remained unconscious. If one were to
listen closely, the winds seemed to be speaking and, in fact, they were:
is still so young. Her powers so great that she has not had time to explore
"Worry no longer, Wisdym. She will
be safe for now. She will find her powers and she will be the pride of all.
Time is needed."
am aware of that, my husband." And the winds fell silent.
woke to her Danae nuzzling her hair. She rode him back to her palace where she
was to try Enad. She strode into the amphitheatre in which Enad was being
held. Enad looked shocked and moreso when he saw her once again wearing the
belt. For, you see, he had tried to regain his freedom by killing Adena.
was seated on her throne and she turned to face Enad. "You are charged
with disruption of order on Furnaose and neighboring territories. You are also
charged with attempted assassination of members of the Furanose." (You
see, since Adena had been killed by Enad, and brought back by Iffley, she had
no memory of events of the actual destruction.) Pointing a finger at him, she
stated, "How do you plead?"
as charged, for that is the truth. I fear you could see through a lie,"
Enad stated. "There is not roam for both of us - ambitious people need
much room. I will decide my fate by returning to the Eighth Dimension. I found
it intriguing and it will accomodate my tastes." With that, he broke free
of the guards and began to spin at a dizzying rate. He became a blur, then a
line and then, there was nothing but a humming noise of his transportation to
another world, it too faded away.
"Justice has been accomplished," stated
Adena for all to hear. Then, to herself, "I hope."
that the trial was over, Adena retired to her room. She was exhausted from the
emotional day. Yet, as she lay there, the amulet's emeralds began to glow with
an intensity she had never seen. Then, just as quickly, they went darker then
she had ever seen. Confused, she began to concentrate. She saw the Wizard of
Iffley with her nymph near the Pool of Remembrance, Iffley parting the water
and being swallowed up by them, then the tip of the upraised sceptre, the pool
drying up and Iffley...Adena bolted upright.
"No," she moaned. It was
all she could think to say. They had known each other since they had been
children. Suralio, the Wizard's actual name, had been older and had insisted
on ordering her about much to her chagrin. They had drifted apart since they
had achieved power. Yet now. Now, Iffley lay in the basin of what had been the
Pool of Remembrance. Adena summoned the reserves of her strength and the
pa1ace f a d e d a w a y into the forest that surrounded the basin.
glanced around to orientate herself. She was in another kingdom and, as the
Enchantress of another country, she could be arrested. Forgetting this, she
ran down the steep banks of the basin to the small figure lying in the center.
Reaching it, she found that it was Iffley. She shook him gently and waited for
a response, there was none.
There was a smile on his face which radiated knowledge and warmth. "What
has happened?" she demanded of him. Of course, there was still no answer.
She put her hands to her hips in impatience. Her hands touched the belt and
the memories fell all into place. Her hands flew to her face and her eyes once
again trembled and threatened to overflow with tears.
not right!" she screamed to the sky." He shouldn't have done it! I
wouldn't have allowed him to do it, if I could have stopped him! How can I set
things to right again! There must ... be ... a way..." The last sentence
was broken apart by sobs, Adena had never felt so lost. He had been a great
support to her upon the death of her parents. He had already been ruler for
three years when she had taken over Furanose.
Her tears were in torrents now, she couldn't seem to stop
them. Her mind was whirling with images trying to sort order into the
situation. Breaking off sharply, Adena grabbed Iffley's hand and worked off
the ring. The emeralds in the amulet dimmed more. Adena noticed and shrieked a
cry of delight. She was in time after all!
the ring on her finger, she placed her hands on his shoulders and drew him
into her lap. Then hands on his head, she concentrated as she never had
before. She wove her strength, intensified by the ring, through him pulling
with it healing. When she was finally too tired to go on any longer, she lay
him back on the basin floor, slipped the ring back on his hand and mercifully
fell asleep as the night was falling across the land. In this darkness, the
emeralds' green light radiated from her throat with firm intensity that seemed
to gather strength with each passing moment. But, Adena had fallen asleep in
the dream of failure feeling his sacrifice and hers were all for naught.
pushed himself to his feet. He had never felt better, maybe a little tired,
but never better. He was curious all he could remember was seeing Adena, alive
and beautiful, in Furanose. How had he been spared an early death, he
wondered. Then he saw the light of the amulet, he gasped and dropped back down
at Adena's side.
face was streaked with tears and her hair windblown, but she still looked her
part of the Enchantress of Furanose. This must be the answer he for which he
was looking. She looked exhausted and spent. He took her into his arms and she
was limp. He transported them to his palace.
There he appeared in the midst of an argument.
Jonathon Pierce was trying to explain that something horrid must have happened
to Iffley but the Quische and others would not agree. Shock, then joy crossed
their faces as Iffley appeared with his precious bundle. He silenced their
questions with a glance and carried Adena to a room in which she could sleep.
He then returned to the group and answered most of their questions - he left
out some of the more horrid details. When he returned to the room in he had
left Adena, she was gone but a note had been left:
of Iffley: I appreciate your hospitality but I must return to Furanose. I hope
that someday I can repay the sacrifice that you made for me and my country.
Adena - Enchantress of Furanose
Iffley was slightly irritated. Stubborn girl, he muttered
to himself. He looked out the window toward Furanose. Across the silver
shining moon, he saw the silhouette of a winged unicorn.
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