Chapter 6: Approval

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Sophie wasn't too surprised. Everyone wanted the Neverseen gone.

They have no idea, Sophie transmitted to Fitz.

Yeah, he agreed. I just hope they're ready.

"Alright," she began, "The first thing we would have to do is contact the Neverseen."

A few collective gasps could be heard throughout the room (I'm looking at you, Lord Cassius), but most just furrowed their brow in confusion, as if to say why in the world would you want to do that?

"Let me explain. Somehow, we have to get them to gather their most powerful members in one place. I know no one wants this, but I'm afraid that war is our only answer. We can gather our most powerful and willing elves as well. When we ask the Neverseen to meet us, we make sure they understand that Linh and Tam must come with. Of course, they'll expect battle, so surprise isn't an option. When we know that Tam and Linh are there, safe, we engage in battle." Sophie hesitated to tell them the next part. "And obviously they won't just hand the twins over. That's why they'll come expecting me in exchange."

Sophie waited for a reaction, anything really, but the room remained silent.

Edaline stared at her hands in thought, just as Fitz had done. Grady seemed to be waiting intently for what she would say next.

Fitz squeezed her hand, giving her the courage not to wither under all of the attention.

Councilor Emery cocked his head. "Won't they know that you will simply flee?"

"Well…yes. But I will stay in their hold long enough to fool them. I'm going to need my closest friends and family to act as if it's really happening. It will be hard, but I can do it. As soon as the battle starts they will be too distracted fighting off other elves to notice me. Plus, if I have to, I'll fight my way out of there."

The Council began conversing telepathically, or at least it looked that way to Sophie.

Mr. Forkle took this moment to speak up. "If we did agree to this plan, which I'm not saying we will, but if we do, may I ask; how do we defeat them in battle, Sophie? How do you expect us to win?"

Sophie resisted the urge to tug an eyelash out. This was the one question she had been dreading. Sophie wasn't a combat expert. She didn't know any specifics on who would do what or go where. "To answer your first question…in all honesty, that's not up to me. That's a question you should ask someone who has a bit more battle experience. But I expect us to win because we don't have a choice. It's now or never. We either cower in fear of losing, or rise up to the challenge and deal with them for the last time. I know I'm sick and tired of them toying with us. And I'm done with all the kidnapping and having to walk around with dozens of bodyguards – no offense – to be assured safety. I don't think we should have to live with them any longer. It's gotten to a point where we have no choice but war. We are strongest when we work together. If the different species team up, I know we can do it. I'm not saying that it will be easy or something to give little thought to, but just because it's hard doesn't mean it's impossible."

Mr. Forkle moistened his lips. "I'm glad you cleared that up." He turned back to the rest of the Blackswan. They obviously came to a silent agreement, because Mr. Forkle said, "I can't speak for the Council or your parents, but the Blackswan is willing to back you up." He smiled.

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