Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
When I walked in the back door I knew someone else was here. I looked around as Dragon shifted and leaped into the air. Griffin and the drakes screamed from the study and I moved quickly. Two guards were fending off the creatures when I ran in. I waved Griffin and the drakes back and walked towards the two men. “Why are you in my house?”
They were flush faced and one turned to snarl, “We go where...”
I kicked straight into his groin and spun to grab the other man’s hand as he reached for me. I twisted and turned before kicking into his knee. I stepped and knelt as I pulled my dagger and grabbed the first man’s hair. He screamed as my dagger touched his throat and I stopped, “I will ask once more. Why are you in my house!”
He swallowed, “The wizard Silver requested you in the King’s court.”
I barely glanced at the other man as he moaned and held his broken hand and knee, “Why?”
The guard swallowed, “The King needs his help and he needed something from you.”
I stood and put my dagger away, “Where is my companion?”
He looked at the other man, “We had her taken to the King.”
I gestured, “You come into my house again without being invited and I will kill you.”
I looked at Dragon on the shelf, “Where is Sapphire and Emerald?”
She tilted her head before looking towards the study room door. I frowned as she leaped and flew to my shoulder and walked out. She pointed me to Jasmine’s work room and I hesitated before opening the door. The two cats slipped out looking pissed and I shook my head, “Jasmine left you in there so you would be safe?”
They nodded and I sighed, “Well, it looks like Silver is in trouble and we get to save him, stay close.”
I turned and started for the door trying to think of what Silver might have done. When I walked up to the King’s court four guards barred my way. I smiled, “I am expected, either move or die.”
They looked at each other before one nodded and they stepped aside. When I walked through the door Griffin and the drakes swirled in and Sapphire and Emerald walked beside me. Dragon was almost growling as I walked and started checking everything around me. The wide hall was empty except for six guards, the King, Silver and Jasmine who looked angry.
Jasmine smiled when she saw me and I saw her small hawk hiding in her hair. I walked towards Silver, “What did you do now old mage?”
He smiled as the king snorted. The guards shifted as I ignored them and stopped to caress Jasmine’s cheek and whisper, “You okay?”
She nodded and I turned to look at her father. Silver sighed, “The King has a serious problem. Someone sent a Phoenix into his chambers.”
I glanced at the King, “So?”
He raised an eyebrow as Silver snorted, “They cursed it.”
I waited and he sighed again, “I need something from the room before I can help.”
I looked at the king, “For this you sent guards to my home to kidnap my companion and attack me?”
I looked at Silver as the king’s face reddened, “Why should I help?”
He smiled, “you will need a Phoenix to enter where the book you received led you.”
I kept looking at him before sighing, “What is the curse on the Phoenix?”
Silver looked at the king, “It will attack the king and burst into flames.”
I waited and Silver shrugged, “if it is killed it will burst into flame and turn to ash before being reborn to keep trying.”
I nodded, “And what is in the room you need?”
He grinned, “A feather from the Phoenix.”
I laughed, “You want me to steal a feather from a Phoenix?”
He nodded and I turned to look down the empty court as I thought. I glanced at the two cats, “Why don’t you two go ask the Phoenix if I can borrow a feather?”
They looked away and I sighed, “My business, my chore.”
I looked at Dragon, “Take your friends up to look around the chamber.”
She nodded before leaping into the air. Griffin and drakes appeared from where they had been watching and followed her out a high window. I looked at Silver, “This time I want something else.”
He glanced at the king, “What?”
I smiled as I looked at Jasmine, “I would like to picnic with Jasmine in the King’s private garden.”
Jasmine’s eyes brightened as Silver looked at the king before nodding, “Done.”
I turned and headed towards the King’s entrance, “Do you know who sent the Phoenix yet?”
Silver didn’t answer and I stopped to look back. He sighed, “The mage Gelsipie I think.”
I sighed, “This just keeps getting better.”
Mage Gelsipie wasn’t a real name it was something a shadow mage used to spread terror so he could use it to gather power. I turned and walked through the king’s archway and down the hall ignoring the several guards that followed. One nodded to a set of stairs which I ignored and passed. I slipped into the kitchen a few minutes later and they all turned to stare.
I smiled politely, “Lovely cooks, could you tell me if you have had any strange visitors or deliveries?”
The head cook, a large older woman stepped forward, “A strange man wearing a dress left a package of rotten meat.”
I grinned, “Did you get rid of it?”
She snorted, “Of course, I tossed it to the king’s hounds.”
I nodded as I slowly walked around the kitchen ignoring the cooks and the guards. I found the small hidden glyphs beside the outer door frame. Magic from it spider webbed up the wall and I turned, “May I borrow some salt?”
The cook frowned but nodded to one of her kitchen helpers. She handed me a small bowl of salt from beside the stove and I used my finger to shift through it before taking a large pinch. I used the salt to rub out the glyphs and opened the door. Another set was on the outside and I used more salt to destroy those too.
I walked back in and through the kitchen. I went to the stairs leading up and followed them up and then walked down the hall to stop before a set of doors next to the king’s chambers. I opened the door into the queen’s study and looked around before crossing to the door out onto her balcony. I glanced to the left at the king’s balcony and the open door.
It was easy to go over the rail and move along the wide ledge to the king’s balcony. I carefully looked on each side of the open door and used more salt to remove the glyphs that spider webbed each wall. I stepped into the large chamber and Dragon dropped onto my shoulder. The phoenix was on the bed canopy and spread its wings nervously.
I ignored it and glanced at Griffin and the drakes spread around the room. Each was beside a glowing spider web of magic. I looked at the guards standing in the chamber’s open door before moving to each set of glyphs and rubbing it out. After the last one I walked to the bed and looked up at the colorful bird, “hello, need help?”
It mantled before shifting sideways as it peered down at me. There wasn’t any attached magic on or in it besides its own. I held my arm up until my hand was in front of her feet. She hesitated before stepping forward onto my hand. I lowered it and smiled as I caressed her head, “Thank you, now do you have an old feather I might have?”
I looked at the guard, “Would one of you send for mage Silver?”
The phoenix lifted and held her right wing out and I saw a small bent feather underneath. I gave it a gentle tug and it fell out. I held the feather up to Dragon, “Take this to Silver.”
She rubbed her head against my neck before extending one foot and taking the quill gently. She leaped and flew towards the open door and the guard left standing there moved. I turned and walked to a large comfortable chair before slowly sitting and placing the bird on the arm.
I caressed her head again, “Now why would a lovely bird like you let someone trap you in here?”
She bobbed and turned to look at a low bookcase. I stood and crossed the room. I knelt and started looking carefully before something in a book caught my eye. It was the tip of a quill sticking out of a book. I took the book and went back to the chair to sit. I caressed the phoenix before opening the book.
The feather marked a page but first I looked the feather over, it was from a phoenix. I glanced at the door as Silver walked in and then looked at the bird, “Is this your feather?”
She bobbed her head and I set the feather on the arm beside her. I looked at the pages as Silver stopped in front of me, “The curse is gone.”
I glanced at him and then at the phoenix, “I don’t think so.”
The book was a family history for the king and one page had several people in a small drawing. I held the page up so the phoenix could see the picture, “this picture has two phoenixes. Was one you?”
It bobbed its head and I smiled, “and the other was your mate.”
Again it bobbed its head and I nodded, “you are here to get your mate back.”
Silver sucked in a breath as she bobbed again. I looked at Silver, “The mage that sent you keeps him?”
Again it bobbed and I smiled, “so my job begins old man.”
Silver snorted, “to bad you don’t even know who or where to look.”
I looked at the phoenix, “but I do.”
I looked at the book again before standing, “would you keep her company?”
Silver smiled as he sat, “of course.”
I closed and handed the book to him before heading towards the door. Dragon dropped onto my shoulder as Griffin and the drakes took wing. I caught Griffin as he tried to land, “We go to the mages retreat. To the tower of exile.”
Griffin nodded and turned to leap into the air and led the drakes up and out the first open window. No one knew why the tower was called that, it just was. I knew why now and walked through the Keep and then out into the city. I stopped in a small shop before heading towards the mages retreat.
There were a few mages wandering around like usual and ignored me except for a few glances at Dragon on my shoulder. The tower of exile was a tall blocky looking building. I walked around it until I found Griffin by the servants door. He nodded to the door as I approached and I followed the magic in and around the door.
I grinned when I saw the flaw and went to work removing the hinge pins. I worked the door out of the frame and quietly walked in. The large kitchen was clean and organized with an air of waiting. I walked to the stairs and nodded to one of the drakes sitting on the railing. I carefully looked at the spells on the stairs before looking for ones on the rail.
I finally put the drake on my other shoulder before climbing onto the rail. I went up and hesitated on the second floor before continuing up. On the last floor I checked the floor before slipping off the rail. I set the drake back on the rail before wandering into the room. It was filled with suits of armor and elegant chairs and tables.
Portraits of finely dressed men and women hung on the walls. I walked to the only door with a web of magic where another drake sat beside it. I looked at the magic carefully before pulling out the package I had bought. I opened it and removed the two slim, salt brine soaked skewers. I placed the tips against the door and began to carefully pull the spells apart.
It took a couple of minutes before I was done. I checked the door frame before picking the lock and opening the door. I stepped into the room and glanced around. In one corner was another phoenix with a tiny chain around its foot. I looked at the wide desk in a dark corner and at the other door into the room.
I knelt to check the floor before starting across to the phoenix. It ruffled its feathers as I came close and knelt. I looked at the tiny lock around its foot before picking it. I glanced at the bird, “You can go to your mate now.”
I stood and turned to walk to the desk and sat down. The phoenix leaped into the air and headed towards the open window. As soon as it left there was a loud scream and a few seconds later the other door opened. I looked at the tall man that looked much like the king and smiled, “so you are the mage Gelsipie.”
The mage started to gesture and I shook my head, “That would be a very bad mistake.”
He hesitated before walking towards the desk, “And why is that?”
I grinned, “Because I have salt in my pockets and a mirror ready to use.”
He looked at me as his eyes narrowed, “You interfered in my business.”
I leaned forward, “Just because you were sent here does not mean you can not return. You are the king’s brother, do you really think he doesn’t care? You would take his life because he does not have magic? Or because he has what you can never have?”
The mage glared, “If he cared he would not just leave me here.”
I smiled and stood, “He wasn’t the one to put you here, it was your mother. As for staying, there are no bars on the windows or doors.”
I walked to the door and turned to look at him, “you have been free to come or go since you gained control of your magic, that was why you were brought here, to keep you and others safe.”
I glanced at Dragon as she shifted on my shoulder and looked back at the mage, “you do know your brother has a lady that still yearns for you?”
He looked at me startled and I smiled, “If I were you, I would go home and start the life you were meant to have.”
I turned and walked out, I still had to use the rail to go down the stairs but no magic followed.
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