Lorenai paced her chamber, deep in thought. She was worried. Deeply worried. She had been receiving reports that the Westerners were crossing the sea more and more, raiding towns and killing the townsfolk.
“We might be next,” she thought, and knew that something had to be done about it. “Gordan?” she called.
“Yes, Lorenai?” he asked, coming into the chamber.
“We must send a message to both Gorban and Guad-Shon, the leaders of the Southern and Eastern lands. The Western forces are growing stronger, and I fear that soon they will penetrate the Northern land as well as the South and the East. We must join our armies together and travel to the West. We must protect what is ours!”
“Yes, Lorenai. Right away.”
After Gordan left, Lorenai faced the window and looked out upon the land. She could smell the scent of the wildflowers that were sprinkled throughout the Northern hills.
“We cannot lose this,” she thought. “We cannot.”
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Weeks passed, and the armies of the North, West, and East came together to ready themselves for battle. Activity shook through all the lands, and it was unusual to see anyone without a weapon.
Anyone who had had training in combat or in the art of sorcery was recruited for the great army. Lorenai and Gordan both watched with sorrow as Cochran, Darien, and Adrienne readied themselves for war.
Lorenai approached Adrienne, who was cleaning her weapons. Adrienne looked up and said, “I do not feel right leaving you.”
“You must. I will be fine. I am the one who taught you everything you know, remember?”
Adrienne smiled. “Of course.”
“Adrienne,” Lorenai said in a serious tone, “you do know that this is your purpose. It is your destiny.”
“Yes, I do know.”
Suddenly, the leader of the army called out to all the fighters to mount their steeds. Adrienne looked at Lorenai with sadness.
“Fulfill your destiny well, my child,” said Lorenai and embraced Adrienne.
Adrienne mounted her horse next to Darien and Cochran, and then turned to look back one last time.
“Farewell,” she said, and then turned and did not set eyes on her home again for a long time.
Come back next Thursday for chapter 6!