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Almost there. Catch up here: chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3, chapter 4, chapter 5, chapter 6, chapter 7, chapter 8, chapter 9, chapter 10, and chapter 11.

Chapter Twelve

The great armies fought all through the day. Suddenly, a golden light emanated from the castle, and all knew what had happened. Rado was dead. After this, the Western army crumbled and the armies of the North, South, and East prevailed.

Jacob cleaned his sword of blood and returned it to its sheath. Suddenly, a boy ran up to him.

“A message from the Northern land,” he said and handed the message to Jacob.

“Thank you,” said Jacob, and the boy ran off. He opened the message. After he finished reading, grief filled his heart. Lorenai, the leader of the North, had died after living a long life. How would he tell Adrienne? He wondered where she was then and hoped she was faring well.

“I must find her,” he thought and went off in search of her.

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Adrienne sat next to Darien and tried to rouse him.

“Darien,” she said. “Darien, please wake up.”

Darien opened his eyes and looked up at his sister. He stood up with Adrienne’s aid and saw Rado’s body on the floor.

“You did it,” he said. Darien saw the tears on his sister’s cheeks and asked, “Why do you cry?”

Adrienne looked at him and said, “I killed my own father.”

Darien embraced her, suddenly noticing the blood on her shirt.

“Adrienne, you are hurt!”

Just then, the door opened, Jacob standing in the doorway. He saw Adrienne’s wound and rushed to her side.

“I am fine,” said Adrienne, then collapsed.

Come back next week for chapter 13–the conclusion.

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