Chapter 14: Needing Help
By that time the pair had reached the postal office in town. For some reason Emali knew this is where they had headed, even though neither had said anything. They walked into the small store.
“Is there anything for Emali Vance, kind sir?” she asked the old man behind the blue counter. He smiled a grandfatherly smile at her and went to go check behind.
“How does your mail know where you are?” Syra asked.
“We set out a calendar on when we would be where before we left. We have stuck to it, fortunately.
Emali turned back to the counter just as the man came through the back door, holding a letter.
“Here you go, miss. Have a good day.” He smiled a sincere smile as they left the tiny place.
Outside Syra sat down on a bench and Emali sat beside her.
“Who’s it from?” she asked looking at the back.
Emali recognized the handwriting at once. Her heart ached, but glowed at the sight of it. Her teal eyes traced over his fine “K’s” and “R’s”. It took her a moment to open the letter. She did it gingerly, so as to not rip the envelope.
Inside was a thick piece of parchment.
“Who’s Ryland?” Syra asked Emali.
“My best friend,” she said simply.
“Well, what does the letter say?” she urged.
“I’m getting to that!” she said laughing as the unfolded the paper. As Emali read her playful smile got lower, and lower on her face, until it was turned down at the corners. Her eyes scanned the paper, wondering if it was lying to her. She never wanted this.
“What is it? What happened?! Emali?!” Syra asked the unresponsive girl. Unable to wait any longer for an explanation, she grabbed the note out of Emali’s week grasp.
Syra read the letter from the Prince of Kalaria.
I have rather awful news. I overheard my father telling a court member. Apparently, my father had just been sent a letter from Uncle Mavric. He seemed quiet distressed, so I decided to hide around the corner and eavesdrop.
I’ll get to the point: Prince Ton has disappeared. No sign of him anywhere. Uncle Mavric was asking if he was with us, but he was not. Everyone seems quiet worried, and from what I learned he has been missing for almost a week. Uncle thought he would turn up eventually, but he got desperate. He searched the kingdom with not a clue. We have sent out a proclamation to the people of Kalaria.
Emali, I need you here. I have a hunch, but I can’t solve it alone. Please send your reply back ASAP!
PS: I know you two don’t get along, but you know we have to save him. I am fearful that he is in trouble. He would NEVER leave him kingdom without notification, especially 2 days before his crowning. Please, hurry!
PSSS: I have sent a carriage along that will arrive shortly to bring you home. I can’t wait to see you!