The airship moved silently through the clouds, searching for the lost city of Cielis. Nothing was posing a threat at this time, and the sun gave the accumualtions a soft pink glow.

Almost everyone on board was grumbling to themselves about the Elf Prince's strange request, and even more so, Emily's reply. Her family and Leon didn't object to the idea, but remained uneasy.

In pursuit of silence, the young stonekeeper stepped onto the deck and walked until she was close to the prow. Trellis was already standing there, turned from her and lost in thought.

For a moment, Emily debated on wether or not she should speak. Then finally, she asked him, "Are you okay?"

His head turned slightly at the sound her voice, but he remained quiet. It took all of her strength not to run away.

After a moment, he faced her directly and put on a quizzical expression. He asked what was troubling him. "Why didn't you send me away or destroy me when I asked to join your team?"

She thought for a moment and chose her words carefully. "I need all the help I can get."

"But why would you decide to trust me?" he questioned, still not satisfied. "In case you haven't noticed, we're not exactly friends, let alone allies."

"To be honest, I'm not sure. I felt like something in you had changed when you requested to be on the team."

That made him think.

She continued, "I assume that you want to be free just as much as the rest of us. I mean, that's sort of what it sounded like the first time we met."

He made eye contact and she resisted the urge to look away.

"He's my father, so it's not as easy as you might think," Trellis stated.

"I know," she started, but cut off because he shot her a look. "I mean, I don't know exactly, but, I know what it's like to lose a parent. I'm not saying I want you to be an orphan, but then again, you really don't have much of an option."

He sighed and sat against the railing.

"I think you could make a good king," she added.

He stared at her in surprise. "Really?"

She nodded.

The Elf Prince turned and thought some more, and then he said quietly, "If somehow I do become ruler, would you do me a favor?"


"Help me lead?"

They stared at each other and sat in silence for a while.

Emily's mother noticed them and watched through a window what was going on.

The stonekeeper walked up to Trellis and said, "Sure." Then she punched him lightly in the shoulder. Both of them smiled.

"What was that?" he asked.

Emily shrugged and said, "I'm trying to lighten the mood."

He breathed a laugh.

From the window, Emily's mother smiled and walked away.