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message 1: by dany (last edited Jan 18, 2015 06:05PM) (new)

dany (elothwen)
    one-sided romance AND/OR friendship

    beyond the kingdoms

        Muse A is a princess/prince living in a peaceful kingdom, with no knowledge of the whole other realm that exists beyond its borders. While wandering in the forest near dusk, much to their escort's dismay, the kingdom comes under attack by creatures/beings thought only to exist in fairy tales and ancient legends. When a rider comes to warn Muse A that the castle has been taken, they are beseeched to flee to safety. Fearing for their parents' lives, Muse A refuses to run away and makes haste back to the castle. Before they can reunite with their royal parents, Muse A is captured by the enemy. Muse B is Muse A's captor, who is under orders from their king/queen to kidnap the prince/princess for the purposes of ransom. Muse A is taken to the other realm, where no person in the kingdom has ever gone. Muse A is locked up in a cell with Muse B as their guard.

        Despite the circumstances, Muse B treats Muse A with compassion, providing companionship, kind words and extra sustenance. After a few days of captivity, Muse A and Muse B are managing to get along; Muse A is terribly homesick and worried about the state of their kingdom. In an act of selflessness, Muse B helps Muse A escape. Muse B promises to keep Muse A safe from harm, as long as Muse A does not run away from them. Muse A agrees and Muse B keeps their promise. One night, while they’re asleep in the forest, soldiers from Muse As fallen kingdom attack. They rescue Muse A and take Muse B as prisoner. Upon returning to the castle, Muse B is imprisoned. Feeling for their captor/turned savior, Muse A shows Muse B the same compassion and care that Muse B showed them while they were imprisoned.

        With the threat of backlash from the other realm looming, will Muse A and Muse B's budding friendship survive? Will Muse A appeal to the king and queen to spare Muse B's life and to end the impending war between realms?

message 2: by ali ᵏᵉᵉᵖ ʸᵒᵘʳ ᵐᵒᵘᵗʰ ˢʰᵘᵗ (last edited Jan 24, 2015 02:00PM) (new)

ali  ᵏᵉᵉᵖ ʸᵒᵘʳ ᵐᵒᵘᵗʰ ˢʰᵘᵗ (time_wont_fly) | 41 comments
A light blue wisp floated from Axel's hand. After a moment, it began to take the shape of a creature. Well, it was not exactly the creature, but it was more of a hollogram of one. The thing was short and had pointed ears, with a large hump on it's back. A low, gutteral sound came from it. To the human ear, it was nothing but a sound; something that the wind could have made if one did not think too much about it. But after a moment, the boy, who was crouched behind a bush, responded back with a similiar sound. It was true that the boy spoke many tongues- not only those of human, but of creature, too. He had been raised to do whatever the king and queen had instructed him to do, whatever might help them.

So, the castle had been seiged. He thought, pushing himself off the ground and brushing off his pants. Next on the list was to get the princess- this, again, was ordered from the king. Scouts had last seen her around the forest, heading back toward the castle. He would intercept her on the way, and take off to somewhere in the forest on the opposite side of the border. If all went well, he would back to his ruler's castle in several nightfalls.

Picking up the pace, Axel soon found himself crouched in a tree, on a path that lead to the castle. If the princess wanted to get to the castle, she would have to pass right on this way. Taking a breath, he pushed back his hair, pulling his hood over it. He also pulled a bandana over his nose and mouth. The look was cliché, going even as far as to be tacky, but he liked it. In his mind, he thought the look made him look more like a long time proffessional, even at his young age of twenty three.

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message 4: by dany (last edited Jan 24, 2015 01:34PM) (new)

dany (elothwen)
        Savannah ran. She couldn't see in front of her, and her arms were most definitely bleeding due to the branches she scraped against as she moved. Her hair caught on several trees, and despite the pain it caused, she kept running. She had to make it back to the castle. Why did she have to be so stupid, traveling alone all the way out in those woods to the pond where hardly anything interesting happened?

        She remembered the first time she'd heard of the danger, just a few minutes ago. Ser Henry had ridden all the way down just to warn her, and was trying to take her on the horse when an arrow went straight through his chest, and then more through his horse. Obviously they weren't trying to kill Savannah, or else she'd already be dead. They had started running after her, however, and that's when she set off.

        Knowing the woods well, she had taken a secret, albeit cramped path. Savannah was just glad she hadn't taken her tiara or heeled shoes with her, or she wouldn't have been able to run the way she was. She was wearing a dress, though, so she definitely wasn't sprinting.

        Savannah was heaving loudly by the time she'd burst out of the forest, seeing the castle on the hill above. Normally, it would be notable because of how big it was; but on that night, it was because of the fire that burned throughout the building. Feeling tears sting in her eyes, Savannah wiped the dirt from her face and tried starting running again, but she just couldn't.

        Collapsing on her knees, she tried to pick herself back up, but the ground was slick with rain and mud and then the blood on her hands. Her parents were in there, maybe dead. No, she thought, no. Father is good with a sword, and Mother is resourceful. They surely have escaped. The castle's men will take the castle back.

        Savannah couldn't even begin to think of who would have taken over their land like that. They were a small and peaceful kingdom, far from the larger ones more inland. They had no enemies, and knew the land like the backs of their hands. It appeared they were wrong, however. The intruders had come from the south, from the forest. Most of her kingdom's people (read: all of them) didn't go any further than halfway, so surely there was some sort of people living out there.

        Savannah willed herself to stand again, and she realized she was standing on a path that led right up to the castle's gates. She could see them up there, fighting, and the sound was intense. Savannah could hear yelling and steel, even from all the way down there. But what baffled her most was the sight of sparks--blue and yellow, purple and green, seemingly coming right from the invaders. And that was when she realized who these people were.

        They were mages. Mages, like her mother and handmaiden had told her about when she was younger. The stories the commoners told their children to keep them close to home.

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message 5: by ali ᵏᵉᵉᵖ ʸᵒᵘʳ ᵐᵒᵘᵗʰ ˢʰᵘᵗ (last edited Jan 24, 2015 01:54PM) (new)

ali  ᵏᵉᵉᵖ ʸᵒᵘʳ ᵐᵒᵘᵗʰ ˢʰᵘᵗ (time_wont_fly) | 41 comments
Axel saw the princess running from a while away, despite the dark path. The clouds were overcast, and a light drizzle dropped from them. His whole body tensed as she neared, ready to drop to intercept her. Then, she did something unexpected. She dropped to her knees. The action made the mage stop for a moment, just blinking down at her as she stared at the ground. She looked, duller than he had imagined. In all the pictures, and through all the research he had done, she had seemed like such a bright person. Here, now, on the ground, she looked about as gray as the clouds. But, the fact that her kingdom was under attack, and that she was covered in mud and blood might contribute to the gloominess.

Her standing once more, shook him out of his thoughts. Time to go. Now, how to get her. He could take the kind route, and try to trick her into coming with him. Something about her, though, made him believe her wits were too smart to fall for something so simple. The only thing left was force- he would have to be the character he was told to be. A fearless person, someone who was stealing the princess.

Dropping down from his perch on the branch, he landed with a thump in front of her. His eyes, currently just about the only thing visable on his body, scanned her. "I've been told to retrieve you princess, unharmed." Taking a step forward, he held onto her wrist. He lowered his voice, his steely eyes catching onto hers. "And don't bother fighting." He didn't have to say much else, for, as an added gesture, he let a sliver of blue sparks fly from his hand. It wasn't enough to hurt her- not even close to enough- but, it helped get his point across. He could be lethal.

Axel took off once more, his hand still clamped around her wrist. He could make something to tie her up with out of his magic, but it would take too much time. Once he could take a break from running, he would work on that. He let out a high whistle, as if calling something to him. Expertly, he dodged roots and branches, as if he had lived in the territory his whole life. He hadn't, he had just been planned out the exact route he would take- like he had been trained to.

message 6: by dany (new)

dany (elothwen)
        At the sound of feet hitting the ground in front of her, Savannah gasped involuntarily and looked for the source. It was dark, but she could definitely make out the man standing in front of her. His eyes seemed to glow, but it may have been her imagination, something her mother had always told her she had. But this wasn't any fairy tale she made up in her head. This was real.

        When he started talking, Savannah wanted to stand and run. Or at least try to. Something told her that this man wouldn't kill her, but he probably wouldn't hesitate to knock her out or something. No doubt this man had magic as well, and that was just another thing to worry about. She opened her mouth to speak, but nothing came out.

        Who had told him to retrieve her? Why did they want her? If they were up there killing her parents and all the castle's men right now, why not just kill her too? So many questions ran through her mind, and Savannah watched in both fascination and fear as the sparks flew off his fingertips.

        Savannah stood slowly, and bit her lip when he grabbed her wrist. She would have to go with him. It was that, or try to fight or run and get taken down. Trying to push the thoughts of her parents and all the people she knew in the castle out of her mind, she ran with him as he started off.

        Passing back through the woods, she got all the same cuts and bruises all over again, wincing at that and how tightly he held her arm. Savannah wondered briefly how he knew where he was going.

ali  ᵏᵉᵉᵖ ʸᵒᵘʳ ᵐᵒᵘᵗʰ ˢʰᵘᵗ (time_wont_fly) | 41 comments
Axel continued the sprint in the woods, he glanced up at the darkening sky. They would have to stop for the night soon, but as of the moment the two were still in danger of being caught by the princess' father's men. Once they got just a little farther, he could set up a small tent to stay in. There was a clearing up ahead, one that was deep in the woods. Past there, were denser woods- there, they could stop. They only had to make it that far.

So far, he hadn't seen or heard anyone coming after them. Maybe they were still off fighting men from Axel's realm and haven't noticed yet that their princess was taken. He took the time in his running to glance back at her. She didn't seem to be putting up much of a fight. Not that that was a bad thing, it just wasn't how he had imagined her. He was sure, though, that she was doing what she thought was best for her. Complying gave her a better chance of surviving- and he respected that.

After a moment, hooves could be heard in the distance. It was of a creature that resembled a horse. It was dark blue and had a flowing tail and main. It didn't do much more than a horse- these creatures were just easier to train, which was why it had come to the sound of Axel's whistle. Turning swiftly, he grabbed the princess by the waist and helped her up onto the horse, hopping up onto it himself afterwards.

Then, they were off. The ride went much quicker with the horse. It hooves fell in a rhythm, the only breaking of it was Axel shouting short, one word directions. After passing the clearing, he had finally made it to the dense woods. "We're camping here tonight. We'll be to the kingdom by tomorrow," he informed her, dropping from the creature, before helping her off. The creature didn't waste any time turning tail and galloping away. Dropping his bag, he began pulling out pieces to a small, makeshift tent. It wasn't much more than a piece of cloth and a few supporters, but it would do for the night.

message 8: by dany (new)

dany (elothwen)
        Savannah kept her eyes closed while they ran. It was better that way. She could just pretend that she wasn't being kidnapped and that she was playing by herself, like she had when she was a child, acting as if some monster was chasing her. Only this time, they had already caught her.

        When the creature had made its appearance, Savannah's eyes widened. Another thing she'd only heard about in stories--she couldn't even recall the name of the beast, but it must have been some type of mount for the mages, because the man had pulled himself and her onto it without a second thought. This must be the reason he whistled earlier, Savannah thought to herself, remembering the high and shrill sound he'd made.

        As it started to run through the forest, much faster than they had been going, Savannah opened her eyes. The rain was lighter in the forest, and that was probably because of how deep they'd gone. The sky was impossible to see because of how many trees there were, and how densely packed they had become the further they went.

        After an indeterminable amount of time, the horse-like animal came to an abrupt stop. Savannah truly had no idea where they were. The wood was dark and silent, aside from the breathing of the beast and the two of them. It almost had a mystical feel to it, with a few flickering lightning bugs she could see in the distance--at least she hoped they were lightning bugs, and not more mages and their stupid hand magic.

        The man pulled her down again, and announced that they would be setting up camp and spending the night there. Savannah had expected them to travel all night, with the way this guy had been acting. However, his decision made many thoughts run through Savannah's head. She was too smart to say them aloud, though, things like 'what if I just run' or 'they'll find us here'. If it happened, he'd know. She didn't need to yell it to the whole world.

        Savannah watched as he worked, her feet wanting to make a break for it but her head telling her no. Opening her mouth, she struggled for words, and finally she asked quietly, "Why?" She doubted he'd answer, and it was a dumb question anyway. Why what?

ali  ᵏᵉᵉᵖ ʸᵒᵘʳ ᵐᵒᵘᵗʰ ˢʰᵘᵗ (time_wont_fly) | 41 comments
As Axel was putting up the tent, he didn't glance back at her. He didn't think she would run, and if she did, it wouldn't be hard to catch up to her. He kept his eyes and his mind focused on putting up the small. His hands worked quickly, moving from one thing to the next. He didn't use magic to put the tent up, he figured he could do something as simple as this without having to use his magic. Magic was helpful, but it surely wasn't a neccesity. So, he kept up the rhythm of his work.

Then she spoke. His hands slowed, then stopped completely.He stared at his hands for a moment, almost wondering if she'd say anything else, if she'd elaborate further. He looked up, but not at her, as his back was facing her. It was the first thing she had spoken during this whole ordeal, and even so it was just one simple word. Why what? He thought. After a heartbeat of thinking, he assumed she was asking why he captured her. That question, although frased in a simpler way than he would have thought, was understandable.

Axel didn't have to answer her, and he knew that very well. But it was him who was her captor, and something in him didn't want to be rude to the girl. It wasn't much, just answering the question. And, besides, he wanted to see if she'd speak anymore. "Orders are orders," he told her. "All I'm doing is following them." He went back to his work, finishing up the tent. He stood, turning towards her. "You can sleep in the tent, and I'll keep watch outside." It occured to him he still had the bandanna around his mouth, and a hood over his head. Not that it mattered much, they'd be at the kingdom tomorrow and he would be able to take it off.

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