Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Imperial son|
There were murmurs from the crowd and cheers. I glanced into the crowd as I saw others moving and shifting people aside. One look screamed soldiers but they wore regular clothes. I looked around and frowned as I saw nobles that shouldn’t have been here. I shifted and moved Kendra behind me as I reached out for the Emperor’s voice, “Move behind me.”
He turned but moved back as I told him. The king turned and straightened as the soldiers began drawing weapons, “What is the meaning of this!”
I reached for his shoulder and pulled him back as he drew a sword, “They are here for me.”
A noble laughed, “conceited Peacemaker. We are here for all of you.”
I smiled and my hand flicked towards him and he choked as suddenly there was a spike buried in his throat. I moved forward as the crowd backed away to leave the nobles and soldiers. I threw another spike that took another noble in his groin and pulled both swords as the soldiers rushed. I blocked a lunging sword as my other sword stabbed the man’s wrist.
I twisted as he screamed and ripped the arm apart. I blocked another lunging sword and used the bloody sword to take a man’s hand. I moved to the side to block a soldier trying to get around me and fainted before slicing his belly open with the other sword. I shifted back as two men rushed and blocked both. The king’s long sword stabbed over my left shoulder and past my arm to tear out a nobles throat.
I parried the other man’s sword and then stabbed him in the throat. I turned and stepped back as a noble lunged with a long sword. Before I could take him the king’s sword swept down to take the arm off. I slid into the group of soldiers following him and stabbed one in the groin while slicing another’s throat. I blocked a sword and stabbed under the man’s arm with my other sword.
I shifted back and to the side to stop a noble and a soldier as they tried to move around me. The king’s long sword stabbed past me again and into the nobles arm as he swung his sword. I cut his throat as I blocked the soldier’s descending blade. A slim throwing spike appeared in his throat and he fell back. I moved forward towards the other soldiers and nobles as they hesitated.
I swept a noble’s sword aside and slashed a soldier’s arm open. That made them jerk back and I followed to block the noble’s blade as I moved to the other side and into the soldiers. The king shifted sideways to lunge and stab past me and into the nobles throat. Before I could say anything he moved back and I was blocking two soldiers swords.
I ripped one man’s arm open before blocking another sword. He staggered back with another slim spike in his throat. Two more men took their place but I had moved forward and they weren’t ready. I sliced open ones inner thigh and stabbed the other in the groin before moving sideways. The king stepped up to block a pike with his long sword before taking the soldiers hand.
I blocked a soldier’s lunging blade and cut his throat with my other sword before pushing the king back. One sword swept up and knocked a bolt away as my other blocked a soldier’s lunging spear, “The crossbowman Kendra!”
A second later the flicker of another slim throwing spike flashing out was followed by a scream. The king slipped up beside me and blocked a sword while I sliced the noble’s stomach open. I stabbed another noble that tried to crowd past the screaming man and cut a soldier’s throat with a back hand slice. The last noble fell with the king’s sword in his throat and the soldiers turned to flee. I looked around carefully before kneeling to wipe my weapons. The king knelt with me, “I never thought the barons would try that.”
I glanced at him before standing, “What happened to your guards?”
He snorted as I turned to Kendra, “Nice throw.”
She grinned, “I’ve been practicing.”
The Emperor’s Voice cleared his throat, “His majesty will be sending a company of his best soldiers.”
The king barely looked at him, “He can keep his soldiers.”
I cleared my throat and the king looked at me and shook his head, “I need to teach my nobles that I rule.”
He kicked a noble that was moaning on the ground as a company of city guards ran towards us. I smiled, “my advice would be to ask Duke Godfree and the Guard Captain to help.”
He nodded and then took a breath as the guards reached us, “would you be good enough to escort your bride to be and the Emperor’s Voice back to their keep?”
I nodded and he turned to the guards, “If any of these traitors are still alive, hang them from the city walls.”
I took Kendra’s hand and nodded to the Emperor’s Voice before starting to walk. A month later Kendra and I were married. She knew we would be leaving and had a wagon waiting after our wedding night. As we left the city I headed for another kingdom that was close to rebelling.
I smiled at my three sons as they moved through their exercises before turning to my second oldest daughter. I caressed her cheek as her mother held her and then pulled out the ring I knew she was meant to have. I slipped it onto her finger as it shrank and glowed and looked into her eyes, “The central kingdom is yours to watch. See the emperor before going to a large tavern called Broken Sword.”
She nodded and turned to hug her mother, “I’ll stop and see Bridget on the way.”
Kendra smiled, “you just want to show her it is your turn to shine too.”
Elizabeth grinned and kissed her before looking at me and turning to walk towards the wagon waiting. I sighed at letting another of my children go and Kendra slipped under my arm, “she is ready Edward.”
I glanced at her and smiled before giving her a kiss and heading towards our youngest daughters practicing with throwing spikes. I turned at the clearing of a throat and bowed slightly, “you saw Elizabeth before she left young prince?”
He nodded, “I’ll miss her. Father said to tell you a messenger from the emperor arrived and there is trouble in Kent.”
I sighed and looked at Kendra as she nodded, “I’ll start packing.”
The prince left and I looked around at seven children in the stable yard before a glowing spectra of my mother appeared, “they are doing very well Edward.”
I nodded and sighed, “I just wish...”
She laughed with a silvery sound, “by the time they are grown and in place a long peace will return.”
I looked at my mother, “would you do it again?”
She smiled and a breath of air brushed my cheek, “Yes.”
I nodded and turned as Kendra called the children to help her, “I think I would too.”
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