The dream began in Thiris; I was the young princess they never wanted. They wanted a prince and I just could not do that for them. The kingdom loved me, I was known for how sweet I was and how I could make any smile. One day I met a man that wandered into the merchants circle, he spoke of the four kingdoms of old: Thiris, Aeria, Edowen and the lost city. Curious I asked about the lost city finding it odd that it did not have a name. He told me that rumors say a goddess wiped me out because the kingdom had made a deal with her a broke it. Rumor states that if you find the center of the king’s chambers there is a door that goes down into the earth hiding what was left of that kingdom. For a while, I dreamt of this kingdom and what it could have been and what could have happened until it drove me crazy. During one of the royal balls, there was an announcement that my parents were desperately searching for someone to marry me in order to get at heir to the throne. Men swarmed me; terrifying me as I tried desperately to be polite to them, all but it was too much. I rushed off to my room terrified of how they acted like a hungry animal and I was there first meal in weeks. I hid until the dead of night until I had enough, snuck out of my window, and rushed out of the kingdom. I had always dreamt of being an adventurer and now was my chance! As I got the end of the kingdom, I stole the sleeping guard’s sword right off his belt and rushed into the forest.
The forest was thick, it was hard to see through, and the tree trunks were so close I had to push between them causing minor scrapes and clothes to rip. I stumbled around still finding it fun as moved through the first before finally finding a trail. Relieved I began to follow it. Morning had come, as I was sure that my parents would be looking for me now but I cared little. I continued on my way through the forest. It took all day but I managed to power through it.
Stumbling out of the forest, I ended up along a cobblestone path with rubble all around me. It was night once more as I shambled down the path stumbling along as fatigue started to take its hold before letting my eyes fall along the ruins. I was happy; I found the lost ruined kingdom.
I moved forward my eyes resting on the pillars of stone faces as a groan seemed to echo near me. I was losing my vision due to fatigue I slowly reached for my sword as skeletons rose from the grave. I was not prepared for this, this was more than I expected. I took a shaky step forward as I was ready to fight for my life, but a loud roar came from my right as I watched all the skeletons fall apart their bones scattered everywhere. My eyes widened in surprise as I let my gaze drift upwards seeing a giant blue dragon. Oh my god. And just like that, it was gone. As the dragon flew away a figure landed on the ground with metal boots, gloves and a helmet with jeans and a black shirt. He turned to look at me as he walked slowly towards me. My knees shook as I watched him grow nearer to me. He could not be a bad person he saved me; he was in front of me. “I-” and with that my body gave up passing out due to fatigue.
I awoke three days later along a nest of leaves and a blanket over me. I groaned as I turned, feeling the cuts and scrapes burn along my arms, there were deeper than I thought. My eyes glanced around realizing that I was still in the ruined kingdom, lying next to a door. I sat up looking at it. Was that the secret door?
My eyes jumped over as I laid eyes along a young boy, near my age standing there with an armful of firewood, it was almost nighttime now. “It’s you…” My voice was shaky it was obvious my body was not use to this. My hand touched the blanket as I realized my dress was ripped up causing it to be shorter. When did that happen? He moved near me setting up the wood in a pattern to maximize the airflow. He was close to me. I was nervous but curious. “You saved me”
He turned to look at me. “You’re stupid” he started to rub the stick together before the fire finally started. He leaned down to blow into it before sighing seeing the flame.
My eyes stared at the flame for a long moment as I thought things over. I was stupid? I stayed silent as I looked at my arms were the wounds were and noticed I was bandaged up with pieces of my dress. I sighed knowing he had done it. “Thank you,” I muttered.
He did not look at me now, as we stayed silent for a while. “Are you going into the tunnel?” I nodded at him making a silent ‘mhm’ noise. “Stick with me then, don’t slow me down.”