Chapter 3

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This chapter is a bit shorter than the rest of them.

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I usually wake up quite early, like 6:30 early. So waking up at 8:00 is late for me. I got up and wrapped a dressing gown around me. I went to check if Andy was awake. I peeked inside his room and saw he wasn’t. Everyone, especially Natalie, had got drunk yesterday night. The party didn’t end till 2 o’clock in the morning!

I was still getting over the shock of Paul. Not the fact that he was a celestial warrior but that he cheated on girls. I had seen him kissing two other girls during his party yesterday night. I didn’t know if I should be happy that we found another warrior, or worried that it was bad boy Paul!

I went back to my room and changed into a purple, floaty dress. I left my hair down and didn’t bother with too much jewellery – just some plain silver earrings and my mom’s silver watch. I had it with me everywhere. I decided to go to the palace gardens for a while. I left my room and made my way around the palace to the gardens. I reached the gardens and I took in the scenery. There were plants, bushes, trees, flowers and fountains of all different, shapes, size and colours.

Suddenly, I heard a loud clang of metal. I followed the sound to a large courtyard. It was like a smaller version of an amphitheatre. There were two people fighting in the arena area down below. I was in the seating area. I quickly sat and watched the two people fighting. They had some armour on – shielding on their shins, waist and arms – and they were wearing brown, leather gloves. Their helmets were not proper, but practice ones. They looked like the netted ones that people wear when they play fencing. In their gloved hand were long, shiny, iron swords that sliced the air every time the people moved. I could tell that the people were men but I didn’t know who they were.

Even though they were fighting, they moved with grace and elegance. It almost looked like they were dancing. One of the men fell on the ground and the other point his sword at him while keeping him down.

“Do you surrender?” the man with the sword said.

There was a short pause and then the other man spoke. “I surrender,” he said, defeated.

The winner pulled the loser up and they shook hands. The man who won seemed to stop. He was looking at something but I didn’t know what. He took off his helmet and I realised that he was looking at me. The other man turned around and pulled off his own helmet. They both looked at each other and then walked towards me. I didn’t know what to do or say. They stopped when they reached me.

“I’m so sorry,” I apologised. “I didn’t mean to disturb you from practising. I just heard a noise and followed it hear. When I came here, I saw you two,” I explained in a rush.

“There is no need to apologise my lady,” the winner said. “We were finished anyway. I’m Erik Tyler,” he held out his hand. I put my hand in his and he kissed it. Erik was quite tall with straight, black hair that hugged his face. He had slightly tanned skin and neat features. He was well built and seemed kind.

“I’m Susannah Mackenzie,” I said.

They both froze.

“The Priestess of Kai?!” Erik asked in shock.

“Yes. Does everyone know who I am?” I asked.

“Everyone in the castle does,” the other man said. “I’m Mark Oscars.”

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