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Chapter 30 - Prison
Nelso555
Dec 28, 2016
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No Plagiarism!xq3RPdXSt7mKPusIiM5Vposted on PENANA

It began with a trial, although, Arlandra didn’t see much use in that at all. The Taellian council, a bunch of ugly old men, well, they still had to decide what to do with him. After that it was a very long and confusing journey on a train to get to Old’Durren, which was a facility out in the mountain. He just couldn’t figure it out. Garn had requested from the council specifically that Arlandra’s life be spared. And this wasn’t the first time that Garn had spared him. Why doesn’t he want me to die? What was it that he said? ‘It seems that my accomplice has plans for you.’ I don’t understand.copyright protection25PENANAs3DWkTtr42

When he had arrived at the prison mining camp, he waited in the dark of his cell for days. Contemplating. They had taken his weapons, his tools, and even his clothes. He was now clothed in a dirty pair of trousers and a rugged tunic. Well this sucks.copyright protection25PENANARCsUth8raC

He realised that this situation would not be easy to escape. He was alone now. Stuck in a gloomy cell of Old’Durren. Sam would have no heart to try and save him. Well, at least the debt with Bernard should be paid. Ashley would have gone with Sam. Arlandra wasn’t quite sure what her story was, or why she was interested in Garn. But that wasn’t important right now. He did wonder about Juliet. He hoped that she wouldn’t get herself into anything stupid for his sake. If she did follow him to Old’Durren then he’d have to find a way to contact her. Even though she might be able to ultimately help him get out of this place, he wasn’t going to risk her life, not after what happened at Garn’s camp. That one was far too close.copyright protection25PENANAzxnp1P7jCc

The cell was dark, obviously. In his rag-clothes Arlandra felt colder than he had ever been before. Why did they have to lock me up in the north of all places?copyright protection25PENANAf4gS0BMu3Q

Somehow fragments of the moon had crept their way into the jail-hold, and a streak of scarlet-blue light painted itself against the stone floor. In the dead of night, Arlandra could hear the sounds of the jail, echoing loudly as they strolled past each cell. The pitiful moans of a weeping man taunted him, and that was followed by angered shouts from other prisoners. When a door was opened, it seemed to be screaming out in pain, yearning for someone to bring it to light.copyright protection25PENANAxVsZQWhYos

Then, suddenly the sounds would stop, and it was the strangest thing. It made Arlandra feel terribly lonely, as if the life of the jail had suddenly abandoned him. In a way that made him feel sad, and as soon as he had believed the silence to be real, he heard the subtle drip of a leaking pipe, and the sobbing of the wind. The life of the jail had returned to him… how nice.copyright protection25PENANAAYZYn0Nvkp

But as the night dragged on, the dripping and sobbing made him twitch at each ghastly note. He learned to hate that sound most of all. And then one of the prisoners awoke and began to moan about it, another got into an argument and another started crying. Arlandra pressed his fingers over his eyes. I’ve been here six hours and I’m already going insane. Unfortunately, he didn’t get any sleep that night.copyright protection25PENANAIzuYsvAeZE

He was trained since he was a boy to only ever kill for a good reason, however he still wasn’t quite sure whether or not a rough night was a good enough reason. It certainly seemed so at the time. However, as he stepped out into the main yard, he did welcome the warm sunrise with open arms – as if he was never going to see it again. Surprisingly the jailers were all military men of some sort, dressed in neat black uniforms, but they were no less cruel.copyright protection25PENANA5wzywpvOoT

A tall man with a curly moustache opened Arlandra’s cell on the break of day and the assassin joined a line with all the other murderers and thugs. He was led outside and for the first time was able to get a good look at the mining camp. It was huge. Arlandra could barely see the tall iron wall that kept him inside all the way on the far end of the camp. Between him and the wall were several massive holes that had been dug up where the minerals were.copyright protection25PENANAgZRgXfgLKB

The guards didn’t let Arlandra look for very long. He and the others were moved away to an area filled with mountains of rocks. Each mountain flowed with crimson purple veins of benezian. The crystal’s smooth glassy surface was like water compared to the hard rock, and it glittered the same as it caught the sun.copyright protection25PENANAasaFrCa1R9

So this is what they’ve been using to fuel their little war. Who knew something so beautiful could do so much damage?copyright protection25PENANAFWGfvcF013

The other prisoners took up their tools and routinely set about their work. Arlandra was more hesitant, until the guard with the moustache gave him his own tool.copyright protection25PENANAUh3Lx00OLL

“This is your pick-axe,” the guard said. “It is the closest thing to a friend you are ever going to get in this place, so I suggest you treat it well.” He gestured towards the mountains of rock. “Now get to work.”copyright protection25PENANApWdABFcLG3

For now Arlandra could do nothing else but smash rocks apart. It took a few hours before his hands started bleeding, but that much was expected. The pain wasn’t so bad. It was everything else that did the most damage. The heat, the terrible grey colour of the northern sky, the boring punishment, although, he supposed it could have been worse.copyright protection25PENANAVm0BCvOhvP

As night fell, the sky transformed into a stunning spectacle of maroon and crimson gold, such as the likes of nothing Arlandra had ever seen before. He heard a cry and a curse as the brute of a man next to him shattered a pick-axe and sent shards of metal and wood flying.copyright protection25PENANAlp7pbFpcub

The guards showed no sympathy. “You did that on purpose!” they yelled. “You’ve still got two more hours out here!” One of the guards pointed a stubby finger at Arlandra. “You! What are standing around gawking at! Go get another axe and give this pathetic fool yours! There will be no rest for him!”copyright protection25PENANAYU8buKRHwx

Arlandra was at least glad to rest his hands, even if it was only for a minute or two. He found the storage and went inside. The air was dry and tasted of sulphur. The pick-axes were sitting next to the crates of dynamite. Hmm… I could always just blast my way out of here. Somehow that didn’t sound like something an assassin would do.copyright protection25PENANAKsUL3xgSPM

Of course, he had already been considering his escape plan, however his main obstacle was the sheer size of the camp. With so many guards in his way it would be incredibly difficult to do anything rebellious without being shot to pieces. He needed to work on this.copyright protection25PENANAIacPzovZBZ

As he left the storage he caught sight of a thick iron grate in the side of the wall… Could I? He stared at it peculiarly for a moment. There’s no way, the iron’s too strong. Besides, they’ll still shoot me down before I get anywhere. This definitely is going to be a problem.copyright protection25PENANAbzTkLn4C4B

He heard a sound, a rustling noise in the bushes on the other side of the grate. There was something or someone on the other side.copyright protection25PENANAaP34B7CRZr

“Who goes there?” he called quietly.copyright protection25PENANAEHCRxcg2bR

“Arlandra?” The voice was comfortably familiar.copyright protection25PENANA1nqVHbjLNo

“Juliet!” There was a confusing mix of relief and despair in his voice. “Juliet is that you?”copyright protection25PENANAmXdp2PwFHw

“Yes,” she cried, “it’s me. Arlandra, I was so worried. I didn’t know what they were going to do to you.”copyright protection25PENANA6leIdMUtO6

“It’s okay, Juliet, I’m alright. What about Sam and Ashley? Did they go east like I told them to?” He thought he heard a glimmer of tears in her voice.copyright protection25PENANAkQtLLaW4WK

“Yes,” she said softlycopyright protection25PENANAtiIGILvfqd

“Juliet, you should have gone with them. It’s too dangerous for you to be here. What if you’re caught?” He might have said that a little too harshly.copyright protection25PENANALxy0fMMafA

“I’m not going to just leave you, Arlandra. You made me a promise, remember? We’re going to see it through to the end. I’ll get you out of here.”copyright protection25PENANAgArKldUiiQ

“No, I’m not going to let you risk your life for me…”copyright protection25PENANA2L9LsSwY7X

“But Arlandra…”copyright protection25PENANAbTuKTKwFUM

“I said no! Please Juliet. I can find my own way out of here, and when I do, I’ll need you to be ready with horses to make our escape. Can you do that for me?”copyright protection25PENANAgbmIVIVQ0d

Juliet was silent for a long time and Arlandra could feel her anguish. “Yes,” she finally said. “I can do that… But don’t take too long, okay?”copyright protection25PENANAH3YQPrIlpQ

Arlandra smiled, “I made a promise, didn’t I.”copyright protection25PENANAiAJNkCxQir

There was a voice, as booming and sudden as thunder. “Hey!” it shouted. “No resting! Get over here!”copyright protection25PENANADzDZhyIcpJ

It hurt for him to leave her, almost like letting go of a flower and hoping that the wind would one day return her to him. As her presence disappeared he felt confused. And then something caught his eye – black light, and a presence that felt strangely and scarily familiar.copyright protection25PENANAq6MpXBQFXf

A cold rush flew through his body as the guard raised his whip. The snake curled up into the air, and in the blink of an eye it struck down at him like a bolt of lightning. But nothing happened.copyright protection25PENANAvgQf3aSB1a

Arlandra had closed his eyes, only for a moment, but when he opened them he found that he was in another world. No, he was still in the same place. There was the mountain of rock that he was working on, and the storage was still there, and there was a prisoner right there. They were all gone.copyright protection25PENANA3EKGE1fmeE

An eerie mist clung to his feet, and it began to catch the orange light of the rising sun. Where am I? He wondered.copyright protection25PENANA5FLS4IuVor

“Surprised?” Called a voice from within the mist. It was tender and beautiful, however a sort of darkness echoed after it, which made Arlandra uneasy.copyright protection25PENANAaUI09Mb1nc

He turned to face the figure of a woman donned in black, her dark hair as smooth as a river, and her eyes resting in shadow.copyright protection25PENANAcqQW7uXnRc

“What is this?” Arlandra questioned, admittedly afraid.copyright protection25PENANA2WRNOWvjRU

“Why Arlandra, it’s only been two years and you’ve forgotten me already.” There was a lustful tone in her voice. When Arlandra made no reply she continued. “Your order used to pray to us all the time.  Though I believe Aprillen was your personal favourite.”copyright protection25PENANAK2Ot3XfeYD

It was at that instant that Arlandra knew exactly who she was. It was like seeing the face of a very old friend. “You… you’re Ariana. One of the ten divine.”copyright protection25PENANAqa3h7bM5yE

Ariana’s lips curled into a smile. “You guessed it! Long time no see, Arlandra. What happened? Did you lose your faith? You never pray to me anymore.”copyright protection25PENANAhAA9op6UIY

Arlandra felt forgotten anger return to him. “Huh! I prayed,” he said loudly. “You didn’t answer. But it’s a bit late for that now, don’t you think?”copyright protection25PENANAOt0CW3zciy

The goddess paced slowly around Arlandra, hardly moved by his accusations. “Well I must say, I truly am hurt that you’d think that way, but we can discuss the befalling of your precious order some other time, right now, Arlandra, I’d like to ask for your help.”copyright protection25PENANAPJJT0Q4NVD

Arlandra let out a cold laugh. “You mock me, Ariana. I owe you no favours. Besides, even if I wanted to help you, and I certainly have no reason to, I’m stuck in this prison!”copyright protection25PENANArde2nDstxa

Ariana placed the tips of her fingers softly on Arlandra’s chest. “Oh, how I do enjoy the stubbornness of humans.” She placed her hand against his cheek. “I am a god, Arlandra. I don’t care for your grudges. So let’s make a deal.” She leaned in close to Arlandra’s face. “I can free you from this prison and see you safely to the place where Garn Pallerii is hiding, and all you have to do is say yes.”copyright protection25PENANArlEsYBwyOO

Arlandra could feel her cold breath, and the closeness of her body. “What would you have me do?” he asked cautiously.copyright protection25PENANA6DxQwyHBlD

Ariana smiled again, a lustful and vicious smile. “Kill Garn Pallerii.”copyright protection25PENANAfNQuPe7hIF

Arlandra pushed the goddess away and stepped back. Why always Garn? “What is your interest in Garn Pallerii?”copyright protection25PENANAs907CZI8xw

She answered innocently, but powerfully. “Garn plans to do something that is bigger than you, your broken order, even me, the great goddess of fate! For the sake of Noveria you must stop him.”copyright protection25PENANAWEatuH1bjn

Arlandra was silent for a moment. “Why me?” he finally asked.copyright protection25PENANAOyaF3ZTahB

“You really have forgotten the order, haven’t you? You must do it because you are the only one who will.” Ariana pressed her fingers firmly against Arlandra’s forehead. Her skin was cold to touch, and as a river of light began to pulse through his body he tensed and cried out.copyright protection25PENANAPJLQQoPzwn

“I will give you the power that is needed in order to defeat Garn. Use it to manipulate the energy in the world around you.” She smiled, a distant look in her eye. “Good luck to you, my brave champion, the fate of Noveria now rests in your hands. Now wake up Arlandra. Wake Up!”copyright protection25PENANA6t1gWwXYHg

Arlandra sat up quickly in the dark of his cell, panting heavily as the cold night air kissed his face. He shivered at the feeling of it, and then laid down quietly back on his bed. It was a fucking dream! He wanted to cry out.copyright protection25PENANAlwPwbSv53N

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