Kyna looked frantically at the sky.

"Keeva, take your sisters and hide in the shelter." She said. Keeva glanced at the sky, seeing the king's dragon slowly descend for a landing. Fear gripped her heart. She grabbed her two-year old sister, Aislinn as she yelled "Searsha, grab that blanket and meet me in the shelter."

Quickly grabbing the toy Aislinn had been playing with she dashed through the shelter door behind Searsha and shut it, sliding the cross bar in place. She could hear the dragon land outside. Keeva took the blanket her 17 year old step-sister handed her and wrapped Aislinn in it.

"Just like we practiced Aislinn, stay quiet, OK?" The child quickly nodded her head excitement and fear on her face. Keeva handed Aislinn to Searsha who quickly climbed into a closet.

"If anything happens to me or mother, stay hidden, Galbatorix has had his eyes on me since I was 15 if he takes me it is God's will, take care of Aislinn." Keeva said gently to her sister/best friend. "Be careful Key, I love you." Searsha said giving her sister a one armed hug.

"I love you to sis." Keeva said as she shut the door. As Keeva started for the bed Galbatorix yelled " Keeva, if you don't come out now, your mother dies!"

Keeva stopped dead in her tracks. She knew her mother had told her a million times not to come out no matter what happened. But this they hadn't planned for, hadn't practiced. Keeva started for the door, she couldn't, no, wouldn't let that buffoon kill her mother and take another parent away from her and her sisters. She quickly went outside closing the door behind her.

"What is your desire, oh king?" Keeva asked trying to keep the hatred from her voice.

"Don't play games with me, woman!" Galbatorix yelled as he shoved Kyna away from him and grabbed Keeva's arm. "Get on the dragon, and maybe--just maybe, I won't kill your family" he said an evil gleam in his eye.

"What do you want with me?!" Keeva asked, trying to give her mother time to escape, but she didn't budge.

"If you're not on that dragon in five seconds, not only will you be severely beaten, I will kill your mother in front of you, do I make myself clear?" he said through clenched teeth.

"Do it Keeva, please do it. I don't want you beaten, please go with him." Kyna said.

"Mother? Please, I would rather die than go with the man who took away so much from our family." Keeva said frantically.

"One." Galbatorix said.

"Keeva go with him, for me, please go with him." Kyna pleaded with her daughter.

Keeva stood and stared into her mother's eyes.

"Ok, I love you mama" she finally said.

"I love you too, Keeva, with all of my heart." Kyna said, not breaking eye contact with her daughter until she had to.

"Two" Galbatorix said. Keeva quickly got on the dragon. "That's what I thought." Galbatorix said.

Then he mounted the dragon and took off.