Today I decided to continue with a short story I did earlier you can find part one here.
Everything had been quiet since the calm started but the people knew the peace wouldn’t last forever. In fact, there were rumors going around that fiends had started appearing again in the forest next to the castle.
Ellie and Leon had just started to settle down in their new home after their wedding when they started to hear these rumors. Being protectors of the palace and the queen, they could not ignore the rumors as most people would be able to.
Ellie walked in with a bag full of produce she had just bought at the market. She walked over to the table and set it down.
“Welcome home.” Leon greeted her.
She smiled softly at him and then sighed.
“Is something the matter?”
“I just overheard some gossip while I was out. A few of the women in the market were talking about fiends in the forest. I had hoped the calm would last a bit longer.”
“Yes, but for the time being, it’s only hearsay. There have been no reports of anyone being attacked as far as I am aware.”
“I suppose you’re right.” Ellie responded with a smile.
“Of course I am!” Leon smiled proudly.
Ellie sat down poured two cups of tea and handed one to Leon as she sat at the table across from him.
“I do wonder though, how long do we intend to fight the fiends? It will have to be someone else’s job someday, right?”
“I guess I hadn’t thought about that…” Leon mumbled quietly.
They both looked to their weapons hanging upon the wall waiting for the moment the fiends tried to attack. Leon’s sabre lit up as the light hit it through the open window, reminding him of the moment he first met Ellie.
And Ellie’s longbow was mounted right next to it. She stared at it remembering the moment her father had passed it down to her.
They were both jolted back to reality when they heard a shrill scream. They looked at each other and nodded as they grabbed their respective weapons and rushed out the door. They ran as fast as they could toward where they thought the scream came from and they were right. Fiends had begun crawling out of the forest and had made their way to the market trying to scare the merchants into handing over their food.
“Was anybody hurt!?” Leon shouted.
“N-no.” Stammered a terrified merchant. “J-j-just surprised by these monsters!” She spat out as she turned and ran toward her home.
“Let’s do this, Leon!”
Leon rushed toward the fiends and slashed at as many as he could while Ellie shot ones further away with her bow. After about fifteen minutes they had cleared the marketplace of any fiends.
“I don’t imagine they will be back today.” Ellie said.
“Indeed, however, we must go see the queen.” Leon responded.
Leon and Ellie hurried to the castle gates. They were immediately recognized by the guards and let inside. After they were inside, they were escorted to the throne room by the castle Chancellor.
Leon and Ellie bowed to the queen as they approached.
“Welcome. I’ve been expecting you my dear daughter.”