-From the Forests-
Her icy blue hair whipped frantically across her face as the storm she was creating approached. The blizzard mix came together forming a grey sky above them. Thelius gently touched her shoulder and spoke words so kind that they rippled through every part of her. He told her that he knows it’s hard, but she will get through this, just like she has always done before. The frozen rain stopped midair hardening the fallen snow, producing crystal snowflakes that sparkled as the light came through that grey sky and shone on them. The girl fell into a heap on the pile of snow at her feet. Thelius took her in his arms and held her tight as she cried herself to sleep.
. . .
Thelius, heir to the throne, never truly understood his place in his land. He always felt a calling to something more, something beyond what his eye could see. Something, not so human. When he met the girl with the icy blue hair, he started to realize that she was the reason for this feeling all along. He took her in and helped her with a place to stay, clothes, and food to eat. She eventually found a job as a waitress at a local inn that allowed her to provide for herself. She always swore to Prince Thelius that she would pay him back one day for all of the kindness he’s shown upon her. Thelius never told anyone of his relationship with the girl, not even his closest friends, for fear they might find out what she truly was and report back to his father.
Magic was something that his kind always joked about but never truly thought was real, but Thelius had a gut instinct that his father always knew more than he led everyone to believe. He believed that burning the surrounding forests had more to do with magic than it had to do with the expansion of the land. Thelius could never quite prove this, but he was sure he heard tortured screams in the palace as he slept, every time his father finished burning down yet another forest.
5 years ago, when Thelius was 15, he followed his father’s men as they went to destroy a nearby forest. As the trees crackled and the world became a bright red and orange light before him, Thelius took off into the trees, camouflaging himself throughout the smoke patches in the midst of the fire. In the middle of the brightest part of the fire was a light so white that he could barely stand to look at it, yet at the same time, he couldn’t look away. The fire seemed to push away from this light, as though it were actually a shield and not a light at all. Thelius was determined to find out what it was that stopped the fire in its place. He pushed through closer and closer until he was in the middle of the spot the light shone from. It was there that he first laid eyes on the girl with the icy blue hair. As he approached her, the light surrounding them started to flicker and the girl swayed. Thelius caught her before she hit the ground and ran with her to take cover inside a nearby hollowed out tree as the fire smacked down where the light once shone.
It was there that Thelius held the girl and waited for the fire to die down. He knew he had to stay alert because as soon as his father’s men put the fire out that they created, they would scour the forest. For what? He had no idea. While he waited, he looked around the inside of the tree. It was pitch black, all except the faint glow that still shone from the girl. Thelius walked around the hollow of the tree with her in his arms, using her as a light to inspect the scene around him. He couldn’t believe his eyes. The inside of this tree was decorated like a home. Who had been living here? Were the rest of the trees in this forest like this? What about the hundreds of other forests his father had already destroyed? Thelius was stunned and started putting together theories in his mind. He decided right then and there that he had to protect the girl and search for a way to find out exactly what his father was up to and stop him. First, he had to get out of there safely and undetected.
That was 5 years ago.
. . .
The girl awoke in Thelius’ arms in the middle of the pile of snow around them. How long had she been asleep?
“Thelius?” The icy blue haired girl said softly, almost in a whisper.
“Yes, Analisia,” said Prince Thelius.
“What happened? What did I do now?” Analisia asked with tear filled eyes.
“He burned another forest down. This one in the north, close to the water edge. You started a blizzard heading towards the palace. I’m so sorry. I had to stop you. It would ruin everything we have planned,” Thelius said.
“Oh Thelius. We have to move faster. We have to do something now. The longer we wait, the more and more of my people die.”
Thelius wiped Analisia’s icy blue hair out of her face and kissed her softly on the forehead. “I know Analisia. I know. I wish there was more I could do. I feel like I’m failing you every time he sends his men off to burn down yet another village in the forest. I wanted to believe for so long that he truly thought it was only a forest, but there is no denying that he knows exactly what he is doing. I cannot let him find out what you are though. I cannot bear to think about what would happen to you if he caught you. I love you Analisia.”
“Then come away with me. Come with me to the forest villages that are still left and band my people together, giving them something to believe in again. We all need to use our magic together to stop your father as one. I can’t do it on my own. I’m not strong enough. My people will know that you are on their side and they have a future to fight for.”
“They’ll kill me Analisia. They think I am just a younger version of him. There has to be another way.”
Analisia stood, shaking the snow off of her and started to walk toward the trees.
“To unite my people and bring your father to justice once and for all. My heart knows what is true, and it is telling me that it’s time. Goodbye, my love, Thelius. May we see each other again once the coming war has ended. Stay true and believe. I love you.”