TRIALS IN LOVE
BY: DANAE CONRAD
they had returned to Furanose, Toltec led the group to Odina. Adena had
insisted on walking into her palace unassisted. Toltec followed closely behind
her; Eve and Iffley, who was in criminal custody, brought up the rear. The
Council, that had been in a state of readiness since Adena's kidnapping, stood
hastily as their ruler entered.
thought that she had seen everything in her life until she laid eyes on Adena.
Paling as she stood, Adena's long hair was tangled and she winced as it
lightly brushed against the long wounds on her back. Her gown was tattered,
but she held her head regally. Her voice quavered with emotion as well as
pain. "Iffley is to be put in jail for attempts of treason and violence
against Furanose, " she said haltingly and then collapsed into Toltec,
who was expecting this event.
was read his rights; he demanded his legal right of judge. "I demand the
Enchantress as my judge--I have that right."
be lucky if you see tomorrow," snarled Marc Pruitt in response. The
Council seemed to mirror his hostility.
spoke up, "The trial is set two days hence. Take him to maximum
security." Iffley was hauled off to prison; he voluntarily gave his
Keys--Tiara and Sceptre--to the guards, in hopes of swaying the Council to his
pleas. He hoped for Adena's recovery--guilt lay heavy on his soul; he cried
for her pain and love.
was oblivious of everything but pain. She knew no one, not even Eve's presence
helped. The doctors balked against administering a sedative; her vital signs
were already dangerously low. The wounds had festered enough to infect. she
was given large doses of antibiotics immediately. Hesitating slightly before
beginning, the doctors began the task of cleaning the wounds. She screamed
with the pain, begging them to stop. Her magic coalesced into delirium and her
Amulet began to glow erratically, pushed to its limits by the Ring.
saw Eve wince with another of Adena's screams. He hurt with every noise as
well; it had become a pattern--a scream followed by a lull of moans broken by
another scream more pleading than the one preceeding. Suddenly, it was quiet;
Toltec and Eve looked frantically at each other. Both hurriedly ran to the
door where the doctor was coming out. He nodded an answer to their questioning
pulled through, now she's unconscious--mercifully," he said wearily.
"We had to have five people pin her down. "
we see her?" Eve asked eagerly.
won't know you, but go ahead." The other doctors were filing out of the
room. Eve pushed ahead to the inside. Her eyes filled with tears when she saw
Adena; her torso was swathed in bandages tinged in blood. Adena's face was
stained with tears and her breathing was coming in sobs. Eve knew that there
would be no scars--Adena had eternal beauty through a gift--but the pain was
heard a choke behind her. Toltec had come into the room; he had been able to
keep a pokerface for the crisis, but Eve now saw his pain as well. He went to
Adena's side and picked up her limp hand. The doctors had cut her tangled hair
to slightly longer than shoulder length. The emeralds in her Amulet pulsed
slowly as her magic and mind healed. Toltec kissed her cool cheek and got up
from the bedside. He turned to face Eve who ran to him in tears. They stood
watching Adena breathe slowly--holding onto life desperately.
was doing the same. The Council had determined that they would be his judges,
despite his pleas that Adena be his judge. He knew that his fate was sealed in
doom if they judged him; they wouldn't five him any chance to defend himself,
he feared. Adena, he knew, wasn't well; her wounds were healing though. The
two day interim passed and Iffley was brought, fettered, before the Council in
ebony boxes were filled with stern-faced Council members and a pale Eve. The
throne at the room's head stood empty, looking like a chest divested of its
treasure. Toltec stood to the side of the room and upon seeing Iffley, raised
a skeptical eyebrow. Iffley was taken to side where he was put in a chair to
await the Court's beginning.
more, I plead your consideration for my legal right." Iffley's request
fell on deaf ears.
stood up and addressed the assembled, "The Court is now in session; any
I demand Adena as my judge!"
came a faint voice. Toltec's denial had been cut off by this word. The Council
leapt to its feet as Adena walked into the room. Her stride was measured, but
stately. Her gown was cut low in the back to accomodate the bandages that
still covered her wounds. Iffley's heart jumped to his throat; Adena had come
to help. Adena looked completely calm as she approached her throne. Toltec
came forward with her Crown, that Eve had retrieved from Adena's room; Adena
slightly tossed her head as Toltec settled the Crown on their Enchantress.
sat in her throne and everyone else retook their seats. "Any other
God you're here--alive and well," spoke on of the Council.
smiled graciously. "Prosecution please begin." Toltec, as Chief
Advisor served as prosecutor for Furanose, addressed the Council. "I will
make a brief statement on crimes performed by defendant: thieving of the
Furanose Crown using Keys, entering the palace unauthorized, threatening the
Enchantress with death, kidnapping said ruler, taking the Ring that she
possesed, leaving her to undue punishment with an enemy, and threatening Chief
Advisor's and visiting dignatary's life."
inform the Council how you reached a conclusion on the kidnapping perpetrator,
" Adena requested.
nodded to Eve, who rose from her seat. "When the Enchantress did not come
down for breakfast on that day," she began, "I became concerned for
her safety. On entering her study, I couldn't find her; Advisor Toltec entered
the room as well and instructed my to walk towards a painting on the wall with
the Belt activated. I did so and phased through the painting to Adena's
bedroom, which reeked of chloroform. The molecular structure of a pillow had
been altered to this anesthesia and the only Key possible was the Sceptre,
which was in Iffley's possession." Adena nodded her thanks to Eve who sat
I allow the defense to speak, I must interject that he did help Miss Eden and
Advisor Toltec locate me. Defense," Adena prompted Iffley.
was acting as his own lawyer. He knew that all he needed was Adena as his
judge, which he had finally received. "If you recall Miss Eden, when I
returned to seize the Belt--" Adena gasped slightly, she hadn't heard
this "--I placed the Ring on my hand and then claimed to know nothing of
what I was doing. I didn't know that I had kidnapped Adena, but I obviously
had for I wore her Ring. Council, I do not deny that I committed these crimes;
I do claim though that I was under other control and had no idea that I was
performing them. Many of you I know, and I feel that you know that I could
never commit such a heinous crime against Furanose--or Adena. Believe me,
Enchantress." Iffley said, looking into her face, "I would have
taken your place under that whip, if I had been capable of such an act."
had been silent. She knew the Maelstrom's power--Iffley had obviously been
under it. "The breaking of a spell was denoted by the Ring's effect,
Council; the Staff was used on you I presume, Defendant?"
translates into living mindlessness, Council. I believe that he had no
cognizant idea of what he was doing. I judge for his release." She then
looked over the ebony boxes, and continued," You can stop this with one
negative vote. If any of you are uncertain, please say so now and we'll
destroy the menace that you feel."
stood quietly in the center of the pentagonal room. Everyone looked at his
neighbors, she had done it again; if the Enchantress was willing to forgive,
then so must they.
the power vested in me as sole ruler of Furanose, I free you from a death
sentence. You still are bound by its laws as long as you remain here--which we
hope that you will do often, Iffley." Adena was smiling slightly as she
produced the Sceptre and Tiara and returned them. The Council stood and
applauded Adena. "Where do you go now?"
explain myself--you helped me to determine what happened. I owe an explanation
to Bronson and...Camille." Iffley gazed at Adena, but knew that he had to
expiate himself before returning to Furanose himself before returning to
Furanose. "Farewell, for now, I will return."
sure that you will," she said as he kissed her hand. Iffley then left for
Alarius, leaving Furanose to quiet itself.
came to Adena. "How can you do that? After all you have been through
Adena, you should have welcomed a chance to rid yourself of him."
and love always, Eve. That will get you farther than hate and revenge."
She squeezed her young friend's hand. "Speaking of such, how is
Bryant?" Eve flushed but smiled at Adena with happiness.
"Excellent," responded the Enchantress, reading her expression.
all took leave of the Courtroom and Toltec accompanied Adena upstairs. If You
came after all, Adena," he began.
nodded. "My absence could have been his doom, but by being there, I could
save a big mistake."
entered the study with the picture. Adena motioned for him to stop and she
began to slip through to the other side. She stored the Crown and changed her
gown for knickers and a loose shirt, that buttoned down the back. She couldn't
reach the buttons though due to her injury. She knocked on the painting from
within and Toltec came over.
Are you okay?"
just put your hand on the painting would you?" He did so and felt himself
fade as he passed through it. "Hi. Would you please do these?" She
gestured to the buttons on her shirt.
pleasure, my dear," he answered, trying to avoid brushing the wounds.
"Nice place you have here."
I've got three rooms behind the picture, it makes for a nice hideaway
apartment." He finished and she turned around. "Thanks, I hope that
I won't need this help for much longer."
you've got cold hands." He raised an eyebrow as he tried to determine how
sarcastic she was being. "Come on, let's go." She took his hand and
stepped through to the study. They walked downstairs to the drawing room,
where Eve had settled down with a roaring fire.
did you need any help?"
I managed just fine."
Bryant wanted to check out the garden again this evening--he's going to try
and show me an owl--I've never seen one. I guess I'll be going then," she
said, glancing at the clock.
had already taken over one corner of the couch. "ell, are you going to
stand there all night?"
wasn't planning on it," she said, coming to sit next to him. She
nervously drummed her fingers on the cushion.
of whips, I guess."
need to be it's all over, Adena. We won't let it happen again."
should hope not!"
the meanwhile, just in case it does happen..."
good to me." he gently kissed her cheek, before he turned her head
towards him. "Behave now, or I will give you a back scratch."
already have several, thanks," she joked. He drew her in to him,
carefully avoiding her bandages. As he kissed her, he was slightly surprised
when he felt her hands on his shoulders. She drew away, trying valiantly not
to blush. "I'll challenge you to klitik."
take you on in that. Just remember Adena, you were the one who always sad to
love," he said setting up the board for play.
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