"In every conceivable manner, the family is the link to our past, and the bridge to our future."-Alex Haley.
Jared Sandeye…Royal Blacksmith of Eselbrador, creator of the Whitedeath crowns, friend to the kingdom's royal court, trusted servant to the King and Queen...
And descendant of the Elvish King.
Ever since Jared learned this, it had never been enough just to know that he was just that. Jared wanted to know for sure. He wanted to know how and why he came to be this way: why his mother left the Elvish kingdom and married a human who eventually became his father. Why did Faolis Sandeye leave Shae'Elen, the only home she had ever known, for a human from the mysterious land of Angadil Kulet? It didn't make any sense; but then again, given Jared's own life, a hybrid falling in love with a human, didn't have much logic in itself either. Here Jared was, 19 years old, and still no more enlightened than he had been 3 years ago, when he first learned of his royal heritage.
Today, Jared planned to find the truth. He had already packed his bags for a planned visit to the land of Shae'Elen itself. His goal was to meet the Elvish King and learn about his parents, and the purpose of his birth.
But thank the Gods he wasn't going alone. Melinda was going with him.
Jared was just double-checking his luggage when Melinda knocked at his door. He muttered a spell from his mother's magic book, the Faolis Volume, to open the door and find his girlfriend standing there. A loving smile spread across his face.
"Hey, beautiful," he said happily, standing up straight and walking towards her. "You ready to go? The ship will be here in less than half an hour."
Melinda was dressed in her favorite forget-me-not blue blouse and skirt, and in her long brown hair was pinned a small red rose. In each hand she held her travel bags. "Yes, I'm ready. And I'm so excited! What about you?"
"Just double-checking things, making sure I left nothing out." Jared let Melinda inside and helped her put down her bags on the floor. He then knelt down and resumed looking through his bags. "Don't worry. I'll be taking the Faolis Volume with me, and I'll put some security spells on the house and on the forge to keep them safe while we're gone. No one but Pentus McBladen and the Royal Family will be able to break those spells."
"Well, I just received word from the King and Queen granting approval of our trip," Melinda said, sitting down with her boyfriend. "They said that we can take as long as we need, and wish all the best in this endeavor."
"That's really kind of them to let us leave with their blessing," Jared said admiringly. "We'll definitely need it."
Melinda grabbed Jared's hand and looked him in the eyes. "Jared, what do you think will happen when we meet the Elvish King? I mean, for all we know, you might be the next heir to the throne. What if...what if the King wants you to take the throne after him? That means you'll never come back to Eselbrador."
Jared sighed. He didn't really know either. He loved Eselbrador, and he loved Melinda, both with all his heart and soul. With his free hand he reached up and stroked Melinda's cheek. "Don't worry, I will come back to Eselbrador no matter what. I'm half-Human and half-Elf. There's no way I could become a potential ruler for Shae'Elen and the Elvish Kingdom. It just sounds impossible. We can talk about it more when we get there. Come on, let's go to the dock."
The two lovers picked up their bags and went out the door. After closing the door, Jared snapped his fingers and chanted a few Elvish words to enable the security spells. His house and blacksmith forge were suddenly engulfed in bright light, which told Jared that the spells were in effect, and would remain so for the duration of the trip. The light would soon fade after Jared had left Eselbrador, but the magical security would remain until he returned.
It was a long walk to the dock, so by the time Jared and Melinda arrived, the ship was already anchored in. Close friends and associates of the young couple had swarmed the dock to say goodbye, and Jared and Melinda did not hesitate to allow them that privilege. With strong promises of safe return, they hugged, kissed, and shook hands with the crowd, which then helped them to board a large ship which had been commissioned by the King and Queen specifically for their voyage. The couple met the Captain and the ship's crew, went below deck to drop off their belongings, and returned to the main deck. The ship set sail as they returned to say their final farewells, and within minutes, they were out of sight.
Jared sighed in relaxation and put his arm around his girlfriend as he leaned against the starboard. "Well, Melinda, we're off! We're off to the legendary Elvish homeland of Shae'Elen!"
There, I will finally learn who I truly am, he thought to himself. My quest for truth has at last begun…
OOC: Sorry this opening couldn't be any better. My brain was kind of running on empty because I was working on another story and all my brainpower had mostly been focused on that. If you want me to tweak or just take as it is, let me know.