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Still with me? We’re almost done. Only three more chapters after this. If you’re new to the story, catch up here: chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3, chapter 4, chapter 5, chapter 6, chapter 7, chapter 8, and chapter 9.

Chapter Ten

Adrienne trudged through the woods, sweat dripping from her face. She had been put with a specialized army at this time—an army of sorcerers and sorceresses. The only member of the group she knew was Darien, and she stayed close to him. The goal of this specialized group was to go directly to Rado’s castle, find him, and kill him as the greater part of the army kept Rado’s men occupied. They all knew that once Rado was dead, his army would crumble—and that is exactly what they wanted.

The group stopped for a minute, and Adrienne overheard a conversation: “There are fifty of us—and none of us are strong enough to overcome Rado. Even if there were ten thousand of us, we could still not. Rado has the golden sphere!”

“Excuse me,” said Adrienne. “What is so special about the golden sphere? I have heard of its existence many times.”

A quiet murmur rose up among the group, and the man who was speaking before said, “Silence! She is but a woman-child. She would not know.”

He then turned to Adrienne and said, “The golden sphere is the one thing that could destroy us all. It is a thing to be feared greatly—in Rado’s hands, he could overcome the entire Earth.”

“Let us move on,” said another man, visibly shaken. “There is no time to waste.”

“That statement could not be more true,” thought Adrienne, and she began her journey with the others once again.

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Rado paced the floor, his hands clenched into fists.

“Damn them!” he thought. “Those spineless idiots! How could they allow them to get by?”

“JARVIS!” he roared.

“Yes, master?” said Jarvis as he entered, sweat dripping from his face.

“Send the army out to greet our friends. If I see even one man from the enemy army escape, Jarvis, I will have your head. Do you understand?”

“Yes, master!” said Jarvis and ran out of the room.

“This cannot happen,” thought Rado to himself. “I will not lose everything I have worked so hard to get! It will not happen!”

Rado looked out the window to see his large army assembling. Somehow he knew that they wouldn’t be enough. Rado knew that he would have to depend on his own strength, as he had many times before.

“And they will cower before me,” he thought. “I will make them tremble.”

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Hours passed, and Adrienne could sense how close they were getting to Rado’s castle. The feeling of deja vu had not left her since she arrived in the Western domain, and it both scared her and filled her with a sense of wonder.

“What is happening to me?” she thought.

Suddenly, the castle loomed before them. Adrienne, a feeling of recognition running through her, grabbed Darien’s arm.

“I feel it too, Adrienne,” he said, not taking his eyes from the castle.

“I don’t understand it,” said Adrienne.

“Neither do I.”

They both walked on in silence with the others, and then the leader of the group spoke.

“We are going to split up into pairs. The point is to get to Rado and kill him. If we split up, we have a greater chance. May the Gods be with all of you.”

They entered the castle, and Adrienne and Darien separated from the others.

“I think we have an unfair advantage, Adrienne,” said Darien.

“Why?”

“Because don’t ask me how, but I know where Rado is.”

Adrienne just looked at her brother and followed him down the hall.

Come back next Thursday for chapter 11!

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