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Escape From Flare's Castle
Writer Jadafun
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Escape From Flare's Castle
A - A - A
Chapter 3
Mar 29, 2017
9 Mins Read
No Plagiarism!SxOWS5syyfSQ4mT6iluhposted on PENANA

The trio now walked slowly through the corridors of the seemingly endless dungeon. It felt like it had been at least an hour or so since they saved Ari, and they hadn't so much as stopped to rest their aching feet. All the hallways looked the same, and led to either empty cells or smaller halls.copyright protection70PENANA4Q1XCUeyQG

"Couldn't we pick up the pace? I thought you knew this castle top to bottom!"" Sabrina complained.copyright protection70PENANAyIdnF5t8D1

"I do. It's hard to memorize every single hall and doorway when they all look the same, Princess." Guard snapped. Ari and Sabrina froze in surprise at his sudden outburst. Once he realized what he said, what little color his pale face had had drained out.copyright protection70PENANAowRsTKzb54

"I-I'm sorry! I-I get...irritable when I'm tired." He said, stopping a second to bow in apology.copyright protection70PENANAsaUu8won5f

For another few minutes they walked without saying another word, before Sabrina broke the silence.copyright protection70PENANA3EYg2DlvLZ

"So, Ari, how was your life before you were brought here?"copyright protection70PENANAx9voCo9czf

A brief pause.copyright protection70PENANAg1qbwyIVWN

"I...lived in Aronia." She answered simply. Her hair and clothing was now completely dry, and her previously dark brown hair had lightened to a honey shade. "It was a large village, but nearly everyone knew each other. My family thrived as well as any other, and we never went to sleep hungry. We are known for the abundance of game and other hunting animals in the nearby forests. I actually know a bit of archery myself, but when I woke up here, my bow and arrows were gone." She looked down at her hands. She seemed to do this a lot. "My family had a secret no one knew about. But, now that I'm here, I see no point in hiding it from the two of you."copyright protection70PENANAaZs8fuMBZx

She slid off one of her leather gloves, and touched a torch that was placed next to her on the wall. The torch turned solid gold, the fire going out.copyright protection70PENANAAwH5Vjt5v3

Little did the three know, someone was watching them from a different room all together. Her dull blue-gray eyes grew wide as she saw one of the females turn the torch to gold. She had never seen the two girls before, but the male was one of Flare's Guards. She felt the strong need to tell someone, anyone, about this. But, no one ever paid attention to her here. She knew who would like to know something like this though. She ran quickly through the corridors, hopelessly trying to keep track of what was right in front of her. The fact that she could only see the room ahead of her led to her nearly running into every wall and pillar in the way. It didn't help that cobwebs kept finding there way into her short, tangled dark brown hair.copyright protection70PENANAlM5MXBkGwh

Finally, she reached a gigantic double doorway, made of solid stone with dragon-like carvings on it. Eastern dragons, western dragons, small ones, big ones, all decorating the door. She felt for one of the door handles, which were so big they made her already small hands look like a child's. Looking into the room in front of her before entering, she found it looked more and more threatening the more times she visited. It was made of stone, like the rest of the palace, but it's walls were covered in silk flags. Each flag represented a kingdom he already owned, mostly small ones that were easy to take over, without kidnapping a princess. It had tall stone pillars covered in precious gems, only half of witch she knew the names of. There were the most well-known ones, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and the like. Then there were others she could only dream of touching with her own hands. Sphalerite, a lesser known gem that was as golder than gold, it reminded her of a church's stained glass windows. Benitoite, an even rarer blue gem unlike any she had ever seen before, it seemed foreign. She only knew the two of those gems because she overheard Flare mutter their names as he admired them. She made sure to take note of every detail in the room, mumbling to herself.copyright protection70PENANAtGgWPwqB7q

Speaking of the dragon, there he was. Right in the center of the room, lay a 50ft dragon who's scales were dark purple, almost black. His leathery wings reminded her of a bat's more than anything, and their wing span had to be at least 70ft long. It was no wonder the dragon kept expanding the castle's rooms and hallways. To say he was a huge beast would be an understatement. The green fire that he steadily breathed out of his nose matched his serpent-like eyes. Even though they were open, the girl still couldn't tell if he was awake or not. She knew not to underestimate him, he was fully capable of learning to sleep with his eyes open.copyright protection70PENANA9HWQMSagYF

"I know you're out there, Watcher. Come in." His deep, melodic voice rang out. His voice made it seem as if he taught the sirens themselves how to sing. Not being able to resist, combined with not wanting to know what would happen if she did resist, she opened the door with a grunt and walked inside. The door closed with a sound that seemed to shake the castle.copyright protection70PENANAjjsp5q0q6w

"I have something to report, your majesty." she said, her voice monotone as usual.copyright protection70PENANAHAdXw3tWEB

"Well? Spill it, Watcher."copyright protection70PENANAmOijE5cOma

Watcher. Her name as well as her given role. Just as Guard had, she had forgotten her true name, and now only answered to this.copyright protection70PENANAuGuW5zn50t

"A regular pathway, long and wide compared to the others, leading towards the unicorn habitat on the right, and the armory on the left. Three people, two regular girls, one appears to be the princess you captured, and Guard." she muttered quickly.copyright protection70PENANACH3QFzT9wy

Flare interrupted her with a snort, fire bursting out of his nostrils, thankfully not reaching her. She felt the heat, but gave no reaction. "Guard?!" he growled. "Our Guard? Why is he with our prisoners? Where is he taking them?!"copyright protection70PENANAKTm2d08pPu

"I don't know, your highness." she went on. "But, one of the prisoners, the commoner, turned a torch to gold."copyright protection70PENANAAkb4ggDDmD

Flare uncharacteristically smiled joyfully, not sarcastically or snidely. "Ah yes, the Midas Curse girl. She could be of use to me, and I can't let her escape." he said, as his smile faded. "See if you can find them again."copyright protection70PENANA7YlaO0KI9h

Watcher turned her back to the dragon, looking through the walls of the room. Her gaze went past several hallways, seeing that the three hadn't moved from their spot, and were still staring at the torch in amazement. Finally, the trio snap out of it, and head down the hallway, and to the right. Watcher described this in great detail to Flare.copyright protection70PENANAgUaCXnD5Ns

He snorted again.copyright protection70PENANAAnMLr315Ho

"Isn't this a good thing, oh great dragon?" she asked.copyright protection70PENANAIOn4Zb4KUe

"No! The unicorns will tear them apart! We need every one of them alive. Oh well, we'll see what happens." he sighed. "I hope for those maned beasts' sakes that not a hair is touched on the princess."copyright protection70PENANA1a8bM5zqbm

"H-How long have you been able to do this?" Sabrina asked.copyright protection70PENANATLJGxbJzgr

Ari blushed nervously. "All my life."copyright protection70PENANAXZgk3gw70q

"This could be why Flare kidnapped you! He usually only targets Princesses, but with a power like yours...I'm sure he couldn't resist." Guard said.copyright protection70PENANAm1BvdoBMOM

"We should keep moving. What if Flare manages to find us?" Ari said, Guard nodding in agreement.copyright protection70PENANA9HyTo648Fl

"How could he find us? This place must be a maze, even for him." Sabrina replied, but the two didn't answer her, instead moving on.copyright protection70PENANAzDkQYn6vv6

"Come on, the armory's to the right...I think." Guard said.copyright protection70PENANAWR8xnlVY8K

"You think?"copyright protection70PENANALiskbQqfY6

Regardless, they followed him.copyright protection70PENANAAyJVoHivdO

Suddenly, they were outside. The path had led to a wide open plain with horses in the distance, there was a clear blue lake, and plenty of beautiful fragrant flowers. The sun shined bright in a clear, cloudless sky.copyright protection70PENANAC9GKG36C1f

"Wow. Remind me to never doubt you again, Guard!" Sabrina said cheerfully, this was better than finding the armory, plus she had better weapons at home.copyright protection70PENANAnMxP6IGxYF

"Wait." Guard stopped her. "This isn't the exit, this isn't even really the outdoors."copyright protection70PENANADzdmuC4M7h

"What?" Ari said, confused, as the scenery seemed extremely realistic.copyright protection70PENANAAKrgu7kBKl

"This is one of Flare's spells, it's to make the unicorns feel more at home." he gulped.copyright protection70PENANAQ78nXf6EM4

Just as he said this, the 'horses' turned around. Their white horns glowed and shimmered in the artificial sunlight. One was pure black with big brown eyes, he appeared to be a stallion. The other was pure white with blue eyes, a rarity in regular horses, but usually common in unicorns. The two reared back on their hind legs, and charged. Sabrina braced herself, as Ari froze up. But, the impact never came.copyright protection70PENANAjqDxN7aSUi

Sabrina opened her eyes, seeing that she had them closed. The world had turned light blue. The unicorns repeatedly rammed their heads towards the trio, but for whatever reason, they couldn't hit them. It was if there was a...force field around them. Then, with a bright flash, the force field disappeared, the unicorns had exhausted themselves, and momentarily sat down. Looking around to see what happened, she realized that Guard was standing protectively in front of her and Ari.copyright protection70PENANAau2BLxJ58t

"Are you sure you don't know magic?" Sabrina asked, half teasing, half serious.copyright protection70PENANArYBAmzPtdC

Guard blushed. "Like I said, Flare gave me certain powers so that I could better defend the castle. He said that these," he flexed his arms, which had nearly no muscle and were more flesh and bones than anything. "weren't even enough to stop a child from invading."copyright protection70PENANAxx3b5QigId

All three relaxed enough to laugh, almost not noticing that the unicorns were getting back up.copyright protection70PENANAySIBut8dzg

"Guard, look out!" Ari called out. The black stallion charged his horn towards Guard. Ari quickly ran in front of him, removing a glove and grabbing the unicorns horn. Her magic moved from his horn to the rest of his body, turning all of him into gold. Ari gasped in shock, she had never turned something living before. But, they couldn't stick around for any longer. The white unicorn noticed that her partner was gone, and grew angry. Guard swiftly put up another force field, and the white unicorn repeatedly smashed into it. The field started blinking, like a light bulb about to go out, a sign that it was weakening. Sabrina noticed something in the distance.copyright protection70PENANAG1fiBCRr54

"There's another hallway down through there, let's go!" she shouted.copyright protection70PENANA3DC7OHX7XG

They ran towards it, and made it just as the force field ran out. Strangely, the unicorn stopped at the separation between the plain's grass, and the stone floor of the passage. It then turned back with a snort.copyright protection70PENANAkwz273wgg5

"They usually like to stay in their own territory." Guard explained. Seeing the worried look on Ari's face, he reassured her. "I'm sure Flare knows how to reverse your magic! The unicorn will be back to normal in no time."copyright protection70PENANAwX7MfIp69u

They went on, all silently agreeing that they needed to get as far away from the plain as possible.copyright protection70PENANAbd7NkVvi3t

Fun Fact: Guard's first design had him as an albino! However, as I want to extend this into a novel someday years from now, I didn't want to risk offending anyone. So, I kept his skin really pale, yet still within average Caucasian tones, along with brown hair and eyes. 74Please respect copyright.PENANAYnZxp7BVnR

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