Rain fell from the skies and beat upon the ground like angry fists the evening the Nieromen left. With them they took a girl–young, wet, and scared.
Adrienne stood there as they left and thought, “What is my purpose? Why is it so important?” Adrienne turned and realized that Darien was at her side.
“I thought that was going to be you,” he said quietly.
“I know. So did I.”
“It scared me. You are the only family I have left, Adrienne. If I lost you, I don’t know what my world would be like.”
Adrienne embraced her brother and knew he was right. She knew that he mourned the death of their mother greatly, and that it had scarred him. She could not share that sorrow with him since she was too young to remember, but she could share one thing–the mystery of their father’s identity.
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Rado was a very strong man. He was tall and lean, with curly black hair that hung down to his shoulders. All who had ever seen him had feared him, but they still could not help but be surprised by his beauty. It was disconcerting to see one who was so evil could also be so beautiful. That is what probably scared people the most about him.
Long ago, Rado had lived in the North, Toran’s land. He had met and fallen in love with a beautiful woman named Dalia. He hair shone the color of gold, and her eyes were the color of the sea. They married and had a beautiful child, a son who looked just like Dalia.
Rado was a very violent man, and many times he struck at Dalia in anger. Finally, Rado could stand it no more. He could not allow himself to hurt his beloved Dalia, so one night he left and headed for the Western lands.
Dalia was heartbroken, but she was determined to make the best of her life. Dalia knew that she would love Rado’s unborn child in her womb more than life.
Months passed, and Dalia gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Just days afterward, a band of ruffians came to her town on a raid. Dalia was killed, and her young son and newborn daughter were abandoned, left to die.
Come back next Thursday for chapter five!