Chapter One

Keladry of Mindelan walked into a clearing. She was only clad in a pale green dress and light slippers. Kel saw a large oak tree in the middle of the clearing . She went underneath it. Without thinking, she started to climb it. When Kel reached the top she looked around. She could see the whole fort from where she was.

Suddenly, the branch that was holding her disappeared and she plunged towards the ground. She closed her eyes and prayed that she wouldn't die. She suddenly stopped falling. When she re-opened her eyes, she was sitting under the oak tree that she had just fell from.

When Kel tried to get up, she realized that she couldn't move. When she looked down she saw that she was tied up with old ropes. Then she heard foot steps coming towards her and froze in fear. She looked up to see two men walking towards a shed. They didn't seem to take any notice of her.

"I got 'em prisoners for ya, sir." said the first man. He had long blonde hair tied back in a tail to reveal dark grey eyes. His clothes were stained and old. Kel could see that he was heavily armed.

"Bring 'em out. Lets see if they're of any use t'milord." This man was a head taller than the first. He had a more noble look compared to the first one. He had short dark brown hair and deep green eyes. He wore a large cloak that covered his body.

The first man took out a key from his pocket and opened the lock on the door of the shed. When he took the first prisoner out, her heart stopped. Nealan of Queenscove stood there before her eyes, blinded and gagged and she couldn't do a thing.

"This'un talks too much, sir. He annoys the guards and smart talks to me." Said the first man.

"Talks too much, eh?" Said the other man. He stroked his chin thinking. "Milord wont like him...behead 'im, Lawrence. Ain't no use for us." Without another word, Lawrence lifted up his sword. Kel closed her eyes not wanting to watch. She struggled to get free, but it was no use. When she opened her eyes, she saw them dragging Neal's body to the side of the shed.

"Bring the next one out." The next person that was brought out was Yukimi noh Daiomoru, her best friend from the Yamani Islands and Neal's betrothed. She too was gagged and blinded.

"She's a quiet 'un, Alex. She was a little yappy a first but she's a'right. She'd do very good for Milord." Lawrence pushed her towards Alex. He grabbed her by the arm and looked her over.

"Yup, she'd do good. Very good for milord. Take her to the wagon." Two men came over and took her to the wagon. Kel couldn't believe what she was seeing. She sat there and watched her friends and her family each either beheaded or carried off to the wagon. She screamed and cried, trying to free herself from the ropes, but it was useless.

"Last 'un sir. He seriously injured. He wont do any good if we have to be wasting magic on him. Best be it that we behead 'im sir." Kel thought that she was about faint when she saw who the last prisoner was.

"You're right. Behead him." Alex nodded and walked away. Kel screamed and cried till she couldn't anymore. She cried his name trying to help him run away, but it was too late. Domitian of Masbolle was dead.

Kel felt herself being shaken and open her eyes. Her face was wet from crying and her throat was aching from all the screaming. She looked up at Neal and sighed in relief. It was just a dream.

"Kel, are you okay?" Neal had a worried look on his face. "You were screaming and thrashing around. I thought that you were being attacked. I was so scared!" Kel just hugged Neal and cried on his shoulder.

"Shhh, it was just a dream. It's okay, Kel. Don't cry." Neal, slightly shocked that his best friend was actually crying, comforted her until she fell back asleep. He lay Kel back in her bed as Tobe walked into the tent and sat down beside Neal.

"I tried to wake her before but she just kept screaming and shouting. I didn't know what to do." Tobe looked as if he was about to cry.

"Tobe, it's okay. You did what you could. Thanks for calling me." Neal and Tobe just sat there wondering what was so bad that could make Kel cry. As Neal sat there Tobe walked out of the tent. Kel started to mumble in her sleep.

"'re alive...I love you too...ever leave me..." Neal smiled. So his instincts were right. He just wasn't imagining that Kel liked Dom. I should keep this to myself until she's ready to tell me...but I think that I should tell Yuki about this. Neal sighed at the thought of his Yamani flower. They would be arriving tomorrow at Steadfast and he would soon see his beloved. Kel stirred in her sleep. Neal tucked her in and kissed her forehead.

"Sleep well, Protector..." Neal whispered as he walked out of the tent. He went in his own tent and slept instantly, dreaming of his Yamani blossom.

Okay, how was this first chapter. Please tell me if I should continue it or not. Review please!