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[center Fallon watched as he dried his hair and then removed his armor. It looked and sounded heavy as he placed it to the side. He turned his attention back to her and explained to her about why she was in "another world" and left alone at that.]
[center She furrowed her brow and gave him a look of confusion as he explained that her life was in danger where they were from. It was hard for her to wrap her head around this. It was almost like she was in a bad dream and she couldn't wake up.]
[center He mentioned that she may have a headache and that she may be terrified. It was true that her headache was still there and it was going between numb and being in pain but she was more worried about making sure that she didn't have a concussion. When she hit the concrete earlier in the night, her head had hit it pretty hard. [#9a11e8 "I'm fine. None of this is really making that much sense to me..."] She said as she repositioned the the icepack on her neck towards the upper part of her head.]
[center He also mentioned that they never imagined that she would lose her memories. He sounded a little frustrated at this. Trying to piece this all together in her head was beginning to spin even more. With her free hand, she rubs eyes with her index finger and thumb. When she opened her eyes, she noticed that he was staring at the ring he had given her that was now hanging around her neck. Her free hand instinctively went to it and started playing with it.]
[center When she asked him about her father, he explained that he was never high enough within the guard to know about him. He was only allowed to know about her and her mother. That made her snort. [#9a11e8 "That's weird, everything I learned about in history has always said that men hold all of the power...if I am some kind of princess and my mother is a Queen, surely there has to be a King somewhere in this picture."] She said, as she tried to muddle through this.]
[center He explained that the first thing that they needed to do was to get her actual pendant back. He explained that he could only use the ring so much but she would be able to use it as much as she pleased. he then dropped another bomb shell on her, that she was able to do magic. [#9a11e8 "Okay...now I know I have a concussion....or you are just plain crazy."] She said as she shifted of the chair and brought the ice pack from the back of her head.]
[center It had been a long night, and her mind was on overload at that point and the next day at work was definitely going to be longer if her headache didn't get much better. From across the room she could hear a faint dinging sound; her phone. She groaned as she pulled herself from the chair she was sitting in and walked over to the door where she had dumped her bag, making sure not to bump into Faustus on her way. She pulled her phone out of her bag and noticed that she had missed three calls and multiple text messages from Alec, her boyfriend, oops.]
[center She had completely blanked on meeting up with him during his break after she had gotten out of work and everything that had happened. [#9a11e8 "Shit...!"] She muttered, as she started rapidly tapping on the screen. Alec worked as an EMT with the city and normally worked the late shift, so it worked out well when she would work at the bar on weekends. She figured that it would be best not to go into detail about what happened earlier that night with Alec because he would insist on leaving work and coming to see her. She figured that telling him she had simply forgotten was much easier.]
He took the towel regardless of her rambling. [#8B0000 "Vampires can't necessarily get sick but we certainly don't like looking like drowned rats,"] he commented, placing the towel on his head and vigorously rubbing his hair to dry it out. He then placed the towel to the side and began removing his armor, satisfied that this was a safe place for the time being. He piled it up off to the side, though it wasn't much, and turned back to Fallon.
[#8B0000 "You're here because you were in danger. As the next Queen, your mother had no choice to hide you when you were only so young. She left you with no protection because a vampire in the human world...well they'd stick out like a sore thumb to a werewolf. And as you can tell, I obviously do not fit in with the standards here,"] he joked.
Faustus wasn't surprised that she sounded bitter. He had to look at it from her perspective, feeling as though she were abandoned at birth and left to fend for herself. [#8B0000 "She didn't want you to die,"] he thought out loud, [#8B0000 "But getting all this information at once, I understand its terrifying, and confusing. You have a headache, most likely? Its common, but we never expected you to lose your memory."]
And then of course she brought up her father. What child wouldn't? Faustus couldn't help but sigh, he hadn't been prepared for the question, and hadn't dared ask the Queen about him before he left. After all, he thought Fallon would still have her memories. [#8B0000 "I wouldn't know about your father, Fallon. I apologize. I was never high enough in the guard to know every detail about the royal family. The only things important to vampires of my status are the Queen and the Princess. Perhaps that is a memory that you'll be able to recover."]
He glanced at the ring he had given her, forged by the Queen herself for the entirety of the guard. Small compared to what Fallon had, but hopefully powerful enough for her to use. [#8B0000 "First things first, we have to find your pendant. My ring is only for temporary use, anything extraneous and it will shatter, so its vital I return yours to you, it wont shatter no matter how much power you put into it. It was made specifically for you. It'll definitely protect you like it was meant to do."]
[#8B0000 "Which, by the way, you can use magic. Once you remember how, of course."]
[center Fallon listened to what he had to say. He explained that the world that they were from was not like this modern time. It was hard for her to really picture it. Everything that she could remember had been this. They had advanced in the last few years but nothing along the lines that he was explaining to her. It was odd, it was almost like it was the past, before the modern world, and that alone sounded crazy in her head.]
[center She couldn't help but notice his curious gaze as he looked around at the different buildings. It was as if he was a kid in a candy shop. She still wasn't sure how much she should really trust this man. The way he spoke was definitely not of the modern world, so he was either telling the truth or he was just flat out crazy. But since they had met, her gut had told her to trust him.]
[center While she was sitting on the couch, Faustus made a comment about how radiant she looked. That caused her to crease her brow. He spoke highly of this person who was supposed to be her mother. This whole situation still confused her very much. He spoke of this woman and how she would be proud of the woman she was today. But where was this woman and why did she basically abandon her daughter. By watching her best friend and her parents, she could see the amount of love that they had for one another, whereas Fallon had been bounced from foster home to group home for the last few years.]
[center Faustus then told her that she looked just like her mother. What about her father though? There had been no mention of him.]
[center He squatted down in front of her, still damp from earlier and asking her what other questions she may have for him. He had shown her where he had fallen from and into the water, earlier. She moved the ice pack from her neck and then off the couch, the muscles aching in her body; that was definitely going to be bruised by the morning. Working her other job was going to be fun.]
[center She got off the couch and walked to the bathroom. She opened the closet and grabbed a couple of towels. She brought them back out to the living room and handed him the towels. [#3c1881 "If you don't dry off, you are going to get sick....wait, can vampires-nevermind this is still just so weird for me!"] She said, shaking her head.]
[center She sat back down, repositioning the ice pack on her neck, her headache starting to subside. [#3c1881 "I'm still not really understanding all of this. What am I even doing here if everything you say is true? If I am a 'Princess', why am I busting my butt working two jobs just to survive on my own?"] She hadn't realized that she was muttering question after question but this had been the weirdest night of her life. ]
[center She had thought for the longest time that she was weird for not knowing anything from her past and she was made fun because of it. She never quite fit in and finally that was why she was moved to an all girls group home for the last year before she turned eighteen.]
[center [#3c1881 "I'm sorry, this is just really hard to swallow."] She said, after she calmed down. She pursed her lips before looking at him and decided to ask him her next question. [#3c1881 "You say that I look like my mother...and that she would be proud of me but you haven't mentioned anything about my father. Why is that?"] She asked. Her parents had been a big mystery for her and she found herself wondering who she resembled and acted like more.]
Well that was an order, even if it almost didn't sound like one. [#8B0000 "Of course, Fallon."] He was grateful that she started walking, he kept his guard up just in case more werewolves were to return. It wasn't that long of a walk, but she had stopped on the way to their destination, looking as though she were debating. And when she turned to speak to him, he was at attention.
He picked at his still damp clothing, which dripped in some places he hadn't bothered to wring out, embarrassed that he had to show himself in this form in front of her. Maybe the grimace on his face gave away his embarrassment. He nodded at her approval of inviting him to her home. [#8B0000 "I appreciate your trust and curiosity, Pr- Fallon."]
They had boats back in the other world, but nothing like this. Was it made of metal? He saw the hard strip of paper she handed over to the man who in turn gave her a less sturdy piece of paper and the rest of her things back. He was then lead onto the ship, surprisingly the floor under him was in fact wood.
Back away from other passengers, he took to examining the hull of the ship. Metal. What an odd combination. He began watching the horizon, painfully aware that he was no longer in a place he could navigate like the back of his hand. Buildings that pierced the sky were the most interesting to him.
[#8B0000 "The world we're from is beautiful, Fallon. There are no buildings like these here, its a lot of woodlands, grasslands, deserts. Some settlements and kingdoms littered in carefully. We'd get there through a portal,"] Faustus started, pointing up to where he had fallen from right next to the bridge. [#8B0000 "I came from there. It explains why I'm soaked through, heh. Of course, there's no way to get back up there and through safely, so I'll have to think of another way back but...that's how."]
Faustus made a point to memorize the path they took once off the ferry back to Fallon's house. He watched for any possible ambush points - there were plenty - and debated on how to deal with that. Almost impossible in a place like this, he thought. How had she not been attacked before? As his thoughts raced, he realized that they had arrived at her dwelling. It was nice but not fit for her status. He held back his disdain for it and followed her inside.
Awkwardly, he awaited her return from the kitchen with both - what he assumed was medicine - and ice. [#8B0000 "You're as radiant as your mother said you'd be. She'd be proud of the woman you've grown to be,"] he commented when Fallon looked up at him. [#8B0000 "You look just like her."]
Smiling, he squatted down so that she wouldn't have to look up and crane her neck. [#8B0000 "What questions do you have, Fallon? I'm here to answer them."]
[center Fallon felt him loosen his grip on her hand. He explained that he could create a barrier around her and make her just about invincible to the man that had been trying to attack her and anymore that were after her. He told her that he may need to leave her from time to time in order to throw them off but she would still be safe unless she left the barrier.]
[center Fallon's head was beginning to spin again. She was so overwhelmed, things like this just didn't happen, not unless you were in a movie or a book. She was just a normal girl, there was nothing special about her. But there were things that dared to defy that, the ring he had given her and the armor that he was wearing both had the same markings as her pendant that she wore. The man that had attacked her had called her 'Princess' as well and mentioned that her pendant was a crest.]
[center He asked if they could walk and talk, she could see that he was beginning to get antsy. She started walking towards the outskirts of the city, where she had been going before she had been attacked. He asked her what she wanted him to call her, that she had to give him an order because of the informality. [#700a99 "I'm not going to order you around, that isn't right. Everyone has their rights here, I don't know how it is where you are from but that's not how it works around here. Just call me Fallon."] She said as she adjusted her bag on her shoulder.]
[center She came to a stop wondering where to really go. He was after all technically a stranger to her. She shouldn't be bringing him home with her, for all she knew, he could be a serial killer. That's what her head was saying but something deeper in her core was telling her that it was okay to trust him, that she almost needed to trust him. He had so far saved her life. Besides, she didn't have many other options.]
[center She let out a sigh and looked at him. [#700a99 "Okay, I'm am going to take you back to where I am staying...I shouldn't but I am curious as to what you have to say. Thankfully there's one more ferry leaving and anyone who will be on it will either be drunk or too tired to notice what you are wearing."]]
[center She started walking again, towards the edge of the city where the last ferry of the night was boarding to go to New Jersey. She walked up to the booth that was located in front of it and asked for a ticket. The man told her the total and she sighed as she reached into her bag and grabbed her wallet and handed him her debit card. He gave her the ticket and her card back and she led the way to the ferry handing the new ticket she had just purchased and her monthly pass.]
[center On the boat, she led him to the further side to where they wouldn't draw much attention. [#700a99 "So tell me, this....place that we are...from, how do you get there?"] She asked as she took a seat.]
[center After about twenty minutes, the ferry docked and she led him off and headed towards where she was staying. Once she got to the house, she grabbed her keys and unlocked the door. She would be the only one home, her friend was out of town with her parents.]
[center Fallon was beginning to feel the nights events wash over her. The adrenaline was beginning to wear off and she was beginning to feel aches and pain all over her body. She dropped her bag to the floor by the door and went straight to the kitchen. She opened one of the cabinets and found some ibuprofen. She poured a couple into her hand and grabbed a glass and filled it with water and took the medicine; hoping that it wouldn't take long to help relieve her pain.]
[center She grabbed some ice and put it into a bag and walked over to one of the leather couches. She sat down and looked up at him, placing the bag of ice on the back of her neck.]
He knew the Princess would be confused by magic for her first time, and probably didn't understand that the wards he would place would keep werewolves at bay for the time being. He supposed it was inevitable that he would have to explain. [#8B0000 "The reason they found you out here instead of your own home is because of your mother. Well, the pendant. Once it established itself in a single place over an entire night, it set a ward around your domain. Now that it's gone, I will have to set one up temporarily. Believe me, Princess, being secluded has its perks. I can make you just about invisible."]
He thought about it for a moment, [#8B0000 "On the other hand, they will definitely smell my presence in public, and more would know that you are in fact here, and possibly nearby me. There will be times where I have to leave you to lead them away. They wont smell either of us through the barrier, much less see it, but once we leave the safety of it..."] he trailed off, expecting her to catch on to his drift. [#8B0000 "We'll be in danger from that point until we re-enter."]
He felt her flinch, and his grip ever so slightly loosened to a gentle hold. The last thing he wished was to harm her, or scare her, further. The memory loss could be easily replaced with a history lesson, and the return of Her Majesty's jewel.
Faustus sighed, very out of place for a now-personal knight, when he got what he thought was an order. [#8B0000 "If not 'Princess,' what would you have me call you?"] He knew this was the human world, and things were far different here than in the other realm, but he had no place to call her by her real name, much less any nicknames unless given a direct order. [#8B0000 "Please don't think me incompetent, or that I'm disobeying you, I simply would just need an order. I understand that here...would be an odd place to have a name such as Princess being said constantly, especially by me. But if you would, thinking of what I can call you, walk and talk?"]
[center He spoke softly and said that she didn't remember her past. She frowned, realizing that he figured it out. He seemed actually surprised that she didn't remember, the way he reacted, it was almost as if he was a familiar person. He didn't scare her like the other man did. He took her by surprise when he took a ring off of his finger. He then pulled a thin leather strap from the armor that he was wearing and looped the ring and then stepped closer to her and tied it around her neck. Once he stepped back, she grabbed the ring and looked down at it. It had the same design on it.]
[center Looking back up at him, she frowned looking back up to him. He spoke gently, explaining to her who he was and where he had come from. He told her that he was from another realm, a realm in which she was born in. He told her that he was from Aleasia, that was what the other man told her, that the design on her pendant was the crest of Aleasia. He continued to explain that she was the princess of this realm. That took her by surprise. Princess? There was no way, if that were so, why would she be alone, in a different place and bounced around between homes and group homes.]
[center So many more questions were beginning to pop into her head, that is, if he was telling her the truth. For any regular person, he should have been called crazy and for some reason she wanted to believe him, he didn't sound like he was lying anyways. He continued on to say that this kingdom was gone, and that they were forced into hiding after her mother sent her away. [#660c8d "Wait...why would she send me here alone then? If I am a princess, shouldn't I have protection and why would she send me away in the first place?"] She interrupted, feeling slightly overwhelmed.]
[center There was no way that she could be a princess, she worked two jobs just to survive and that was pushing it. She lived with her best friend and her parents for the time being until the two of them could afford an apartment together. He told her that sending her here was to protect her but he didn't expect to find her with no memory. [i 'What did he mean by all of this?'] She wondered. If she was following him correctly, she wasn't supposed to forget anything. The only thing she could remember is being pulled from the water, taken to the hospital and trying to figure out who she was. They figured that she had fallen off of a boat, but as much as they tried, they could never identify her. And so, she had been put into the foster care system.]
[center He continued on to tell her that the man that had attacked her was a werewolf. That took her by surprise. He then told her that he was a vampire and to not fear, that he was not allowed to feed from her. That caught her even more so off guard. Now he was telling her about made up stories, myths. Although, the man that had attacked her was abnormally strong, she had a hard time fighting him off, nor was he trying to rob her.]
[center He told her that vampires protected her family, they served them and fought the werewolves. He continued explaining that they couldn't send someone until now to find her and that the ring that he gave her was a gift from her mother, it was laced with her powerful magic. He told her that it was temporary until he could get her pendant back for her.]
[center He grabbed her hand gently. She flinched ever so slightly, she must have hit the ground harder than she thought when that man threw her further into the alleyway, that wasn't going to be good, especially in the next day when she had to go back to work. He told her that she wasn't safe out in the open and that they needed to go. [#660c8d "Go where?"] She asked confused. [#660c8d "If they found me in the middle of New York City, won't they be able to find me when it's more secluded?"] She asked him. She figured that if they were like the myths, their noses would be able to track her down even faster.]
[center She realized that he once again called her 'Princess'. [#660c8d "Please stop calling me 'Princess'. People don't say things like that here, you are going to bring unwanted attention."] She said as she looked around. She stepped out from the alleyway looking up at Faustus.]
He opened his mouth to say something to comfort her but shut it when he realized she was obviously upset. He didn't want to make it worse. [#8B0000 "You don't remember your past..."] he finally confirmed quietly, looking out towards the city before walking back into the alley. He pulled the ring off his finger, set for his finger but set with powerful magic. He ripped off part of his armor, more of a thin leather strap than anything else and looped it through the ring. He placed it upon her neck and tied it securely.
[#8B0000 "My name is Faustus, I'm from another realm, the realm you were born in. I bear the mark of Aleasia, I serve your family, your mother. You are the princess of that realm, and will be rightful Queen as soon as your mother is dead. She entrusted me with you, as well as her personal guard. The kingdom is..."] he sighed, remembering the state he had seen it in last time, [#8B0000 "Its gone. We were forced into hiding shortly after your mother cast you to this realm. It was to protect you, but I suppose she didn't expect you to lose your memory...I wasn't prepared to find you in such a state."]
He thought about what else he should explain to her, then realized she'd be in constant danger. [#8B0000 "The man that attacked you...he was a werewolf. He, and probably his whole pack, came in here with you when you were thrown in. I'm amazed they hadn't found you earlier...I, myself, am a vampire. Don't worry, I'm not allowed to drink from you,"] he joked lightly, giving her a gentle smile before explaining more. [#8B0000 "Vampires have served the kingdom for ages fighting werewolves. They've served as a personal guard for your family as well, but we haven't had the chance to send someone for you since you came here. We finally had the chance, and they sent me. That ring I just gave you...your mother made it with her own magic. Until we find your pendant, I hope that can be suitable until I find it...which I would do by tracking the werewolf that stole it. I got a pretty good whiff of him, can't say he smelled amazing."]
He took her hand gently, he didn't want to jar her more than she had been already tonight. [#8B0000 "Please understand that I don't want to scare you, but you're in terrible danger being in the open like this. Anything you wish to ask me I'll answer, but we must go. Please, Princess Fallon."]
[center Fallon had been tossing trash looking for her pendant when she heard the man say that it was gone and that the mutt probably took it. Her brows furrowed and she stopped, looking at him. [#6615b7 "Excuse me?"] she asked. How did he know it was gone? [#6615b7 "How do you know that? It can't be gone...you...don't understand, it...just can't be gone. That is the only thing I have that connects me to my past...."] she said frustrated.]
[center At this point she felt defeated. She knew how silly it sounded to be concerned about a piece of jewelry, but this was the only thing that could connect her to the past that she couldn't remember. The man said that he was happy to see that she could walk. Once again, he called her 'princess' and then her name and promised her that he would get get the pendant back for her. [#6615b7 "How?"] she asked him confused. [#6615b7 "And why do you keep calling me 'Princess'?"] she asked, trying to piece things together.]
[center At this point, most of this night wasn't making sense to her. She had no idea who either of these two men were and now she lost the only piece of history she had connected to her past. Then she remembered something...something that the man that attacked her said. [#6615b7 "'The crest of Aleasia....'"] she said, trailing off as she looked back to the man in the alleyway. [#6615b7 "Who are you?'] She asked, looking down to the strange armor he was wearing to the same design that was on her pendant. [#6615b7 "And why do you have the same design on your chest that was on my pendant?"] She asked, looking back up at his face. This night was turning out to be more than she could handle it seemed.]
[center He then asked her if she had anywhere that was safe to go to and that he would escort her there. He told her that they needed to leave, he promised again to keep her safe but he would not be able to fend off an entire pack. [i 'Pack?'] She wondered, what was he apart of? A wolf pack? He gestured her out of the alleyway. They came closer to the opening, she leaned down and picked up her bag. She stopped and looked at him. [#6615b7 "I can't go anywhere with you until you tell me what's going on and who you are. I need you to answer my questions."] She demanded.]
[center She had no idea who this stranger was or why he had helped her. He wore strange clothing, not that he would stand out horribly in New York City. He gave off the impression that he knew her and maybe was connected to her forgotten past. She also couldn't shake that she had possibly remembered something, a strange handsome man who had given her the pendant in the first place.]
Foster was confused when the Princess began frantically searching for something. Then he realized he couldn't sense her pendant anywhere in the area and his frown deepened. [#8B0000 "It is no longer here, Princess. The mutt probably got it when he attacked you."] Unfortunately for him, his ring alone wasn't enough to open a portal. He would eventually have to go searching for it, but it wasn't an easy task with just his power.
[#8B0000 "I'm glad to see you're able to walk,"] he said as he stood slowly, [#8B0000 "But don't worry about your pendant, I will be able to find it. First, Princess Fallon, we need to get you to safe harbor. Do you have a place that is safe? I'll escort you,"] he promised, though the look on her face worried him. He couldn't see any type of recognition flowing through it, joy or otherwise.
It was as though she didn't recognize what they were.
He decided to kick it under the table and walk to grab her hand. He knew she was frantic to find her pendant, but there was no time to waste. [#8B0000 "They know you're here, Princess. We must move. You have my protection, but I can't fend off an entire pack of them."] He motioned her outside of the alleyway, using his ring to cast a ward around them both to mask their scent. The werewolf that had attacked was probably a good tracker considering he had found the Princess in the first place.
Fallon braced herself for the attack but it never came. She lowered her arms to see another man now in the alleyway and he was standing in front of her. He yelled at the attacker, and called him a mutt.
Fallon frowned and pulled herself up into a sitting position. Her body ached. When she noticed how far into the alley she was, she was in disbelief and her mind began to race. How had this attacker been so strong to throw her so far. And how had this new stranger managed to get in front of her to defend her before the attacker had?
She snapped out of it when the attacker spat back an insult at the stranger. The stranger spat back at him, they clearly knew each other. The stranger then charged at the attacker and they began fighting.
She gasped and tried to get up but her body gave out as soon as she tried. She had to move out of the way in fear of getting caught in the cross hairs of their fight. She used the strength that she had to move backwards towards the wall of the alleyway to give some distance between her and the two of them.
In one swift movement, she watched as the stranger came up and had the attacker in a hold. As the stranger brought his hand up, the attacker surprised him and got loose. The attacker disappeared.
Fallon blinked, wondering how the attacker had disappeared so fast. She heard the stranger sigh and she immediately looked over to him. He came towards her and knelt in front of her. Her brow creased as he asked her if she was alright and called her Princess Fallon. How did he know her name and why was he calling her princess?!
[#7e0eb4 "How do you know my.....-"] She started asking when she then focused on his chest. It was the same symbol as her pendant. She gasped then as her head began to throb. Fallon brought her hands up to her head to try and reduce the pain.
Suddenly, she saw a mans face, stern but fierce. He was giving her the pendant and then nothing. Fallon hadn't realized that she had closed her eyes and when she opened them, she was face to face with the stranger. What the hell had just happened? Did she just remember something from her past? These questions were racing through her mind.
Fallon's mid stopped when she reached for her pendant and couldn't grab onto it. She looked down to see that it was missing. Adrenalin kicked in and she found the strength to stand up. She started to frantically look around. [#7e0eb4 "Crap, crap, crap! Where the hell is it?!"] She muttered to herself, the stranger no longer any convern to her. This was the only thing she had that was connected to her past and now it was gone. She grabbed her cell phone from her bag to give her more light to see. However, the more she looked, the harder her heart sunk as it seemed to be no where to be found.
[i Do you know where to go?]
[#8B0000 "I remember where to go, yes."]
[i And you know what to do?]
[#8B0000 "Its the most important part. You taught me well. Protect the Princess."]
[i Very well. There isn't much time left for us here, so you must go now.]
[#8B0000 "We will return."]
[i See that you do. You and the Princess are the last hope to save the kingdom. I hope that you meet allies on your way.]
Foster nodded at the vampire in front of him. They were surrounded by rock walls, a temporary shelter that they had retreated to when the werewolves had once again found them. Their numbers were dwindling little by little and while, yes, it made them harder to find, it also made it harder to fight back. Vampires and magic could only do so much. Without proper forces there was no possibility that they could win the war that decimated the land. And even now, the Princess was in danger despite being sent through the portal to the human world. The enemy always threw something to throw them for a loop.
He had always harbored a hatred for humans from the tales he had been told about them, but nothing could stand up to the hate he had for a filthy warmongering race of werewolves. Now that he was going to be there protecting the Princess, he would have to get over that hatred.
Foster turned and left the temporary sanctuary, to the very area where the Princess had first escaped. He used his ring, custom made by the Queen herself given to the most trusted of the guard, to reopen the rift that would allow him passage to the human world and stepped through. The trip itself was harrowing, bumpy. It was obvious the passage of planes was not under constant upkeep. And of course, being dropped in the middle of a waterway was just another part of a terrible night.
Of course, water was the least of his worries. He knew where the Princess was. Thanks to the wards placed on him, his senses were heightened and out of the large city with roads and alleyways and parks, he could tell where she was.
Foster swam out of the waterway, climbing up the grassy bank, wringing out his clothes as he went. They were obviously not of this world, metal platelets covering his chest, legs, and the lower parts of his arms. His hands and neck were bare, but he didn't worry about damage on those parts of his body.
Finally, after walking what seemed hours, he could hear her. Screaming, no less. Had he been too late? No, as he turned a corner he could see the Princess laying on the other side of the alley, covering herself helplessly. The werewolf, disguised as a human man, was rushing her.
The vampire flashed past the werewolf right in front of the Princess, bringing his leg up with a spin to kick the werewolf hard in the stomach. Not a fatal blow, but enough to knock the wind out of him and send him backwards. [#8B0000 "You dare attack a princess? Mutt, you have brought shame to your entire pack."]
The werewolf found its footing and stared at the vampire now in front of his target. [i "Look at what we have here. A drowned rat of what was once a successful kingdom. You bring shame upon your household."]
Foster bit his lip at that. Not all vampires were part of a coven, but those who had been respected and broke off to be part of the royal guard had households. [#8B0000 "Frankly, my household and their view of me is none of your business,"] he bit back as he sped forward, around the back of the werewolf. He grabbed hold of the man's hair and pulled, forcing him out of a defensive position and into that of vulnerability. Foster went to finish the mutt off, nails poised to slice the neck off in one clean movement, but he was caught off guard and the werewolf snapped back forward, throwing him back where he began, but a bit more flustered that this werewolf had found his breath so quickly. Before he could go in for another attack, the werewolf fled. Coward.
With a sigh, Foster let down his guard and turned to the Princess. He knelt down onto one knee and looked at her. [#8B0000 "Are you alright, Princess Fallon?"] he asked simply.
Screams….the cries of the people sounded in her head while she stood by the window and stared into the distant. War had broken out. The wolves had finally made headway and there was fear everywhere. The Vampires were doing everything they could but the day was growing darker. Fallon had a pit in her stomach and she had been feeling sick since earlier that morning.
Fallon had been startled awake earlier in the morning. The feeling of negative energy in the earth tipped her off right before the alarms sounded and woke everyone from their sleep. The castle became chaos. A guard knocked on her chamber doors and entered. [#528316 “Princess, the Queen has requested your presence in the royal hall. She asks you to ready yourself.”] The guard spoke before exiting her chambers.
Fallon prepared herself and met her mother, along with the head of the royal guard in the royal hall. Her mother explained how it was no longer safe and that Fallon needed to be protected. Fallon didn’t quite understand at first but she would soon enough.
Fallon was given a dark cloak and then her mother and Alaric, the head of the royal guard, ushered her to the tunnels beneath the castle. When they exited the tunnels, they were behind the castle grounds, deep in the forest. Fallon tried asking her mother what was happening and the only reply she received was to be silent. The pit in the middle of Fallon’s stomach was growing and she worried what it meant. She had never seen her mother so worried.
They continued walking through the forest and when they came to a stop, it was an open area with a large rock in the middle. Her mother stepped forward and waved her hand. It was at that point that Fallon understood; The human world. Fallon had only heard stories about the human world and didn’t think that it really existed. Turns out, the world was much bigger than she had thought.
Her mother turned to her and wrapped Fallon in her arms. [#f038ee “My sweet little bird, you must leave. This passageway will grant you safety.”] Her mother spoke quietly. Fallon felt her mother squeeze her tighter before pulling away. There were fresh tears on her mother’s face. Fallon hadn’t realized until her mother’s hand swept across her cheek that she was also crying. Before Fallon could even say a word, her mother shook her head. [#f038ee “Do not say a word, my child. This is for your safety.”] Her mother said before letting her go. Alaric stepped forward at that point.
[#205ab6 “Safe passage, Princess.”] He said in a much softer manner than she was used to hearing from him. He then grabbed the royal crest that hung around his neck-a pendant that every royal guard received when they were sworn in- and took it off. [#205ab6 “Only your magic and the royal crest will be able to open and close this gate. May this help protect you in the other world. Once the gate is closed, it will move to a different location, protecting it from others, such as the wolves”] He said before placing it around her neck.
With that, Fallon was pushed through the portal. Not being able to say a word. There was a flash of light and then there was nothing. She was falling and then she hit the water.
[b Two Years Later:]
New York City; the city of lights and dreams. Now nineteen and no memories of her past, Fallon was making do the best she could with her life. After being pulled from the water from nearly drowning when she was seventeen and remembering nothing about where she came from to only remembering her name; she became a ward of the state. Bouncing from group home to foster home, to being kicked out at eighteen. She moved in with her bestfriend Cassie and her family.
During the day, Fallon worked as a barista at a small cafe in the city and on the weekends, she managed to get a job at a very popular night club as a bartender.
She was helping out by closing up the club in the early hours of Sunday with the owner. Fallon normally tucked the pendant that she wore around her neck into her shirt when she worked at the club. She was afraid that she would lose it otherwise. The owner of the club looked at her. [#0e3b6c "You know....I don't understand why you were that awful thing. It's not at all cool."]
Fallon laughed. [#6006f4 "You'd wear it too if this was the only thing you had from your past. Anyways, I'll see you next weekend."] She said as she slung her bag over her shoulder. She looked before crossing the street and headed for the subway station.
Fallon had walked this route a dozen times but tonight she had a bad feeling. Something was off but she shrugged it off because she thought she was just being paraniod. She was only a few blocks from the subway station when she heard a noise. She glanced over her shoulder and she thought she saw someone walking behind her but when she turned around there was no one there.
She shook her head and thought she was just tired. She continued walking but before she was about to turn the corner, someone grabbed her arm and pulled her into the shadows of the alley that was there. The man was laughing as he pushed her against the brick wall. [#561214 "I can't believe I finally found you! After all this time!"] The man breathed as he looked down at the pendant. [#561214 "The crest of Aleasia..."]
He was clearly insane. Fallon had never seen this man in her life. She struggled against his body weight to get free but the man wasn't budging. She brought her knee up and made contact between his legs. That was enough for her to get free of him and grabbed the small knife that she carried around with her just in case something happened to.
The man regained himself and cursed at her. He came up and hit her, causing her to fly further into the alley. She hit the concrete hard. When she realized that he was running toward her, she let out a scream as she shielded herself with her arms.
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