The Battle of the Clans

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Chapter 3 (v.1) - Chapter Two

Submitted: May 31, 2017

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The ride to our castle seemed to take hours with the somber silence that consumed the forest. My father would cast angry glares at me from time to time but I held my emotionless demeanor. I would constantly have to reach behind me to stop Seán from falling off of my horse. The smell of smoke had grown stronger so I glanced up at the large wall that encircled our village. Letting out a sigh I hopped off of Ness and pulled Seán off of her rump. Father had left Felix on Nightmare so I groaned and slung his arm over my shoulder and lead them both into the castle earning angry glares from my father and some guards.

Setting them in a couple of chairs I followed my father into the main room where he kept his trophies. Mostly the flags of fallen troops, but he also had his more . . . gruesome collection. The heads of the leaders, a pair of eyes, a heart, and a pair of wings, which by the way was his most prized possession. He won them after fighting the black death, a monstrous dragon that was stealing the livestock and setting fires all over the nation. Father kept his throne directly in front of them to instill fear in enemy spies and to ward off bandits. He had taken a seat in his throne and held his head up with his arm which rested on the arm of the throne.

"Why have you forsaken me Dark? I thought we could trust you. You are the crowned ruler of our clan and you pull a stunt like this?" I stepped forward confused.

"Forgive me for this but I fail to see what I did that was wrong. All I did was tell them that they were trespassing on private land and was about to escort them back to their own lands." I tried to explain to him but he had the look that told me that he wasn't listening.

"One more strike and you will be severely punished Dark." He sat up straight and called for his servant.

My face fell when I saw the metal barbed cat o' nine tails that he held in his hands. I swallowed the lump in my throat and looked down at my feet.

"Get on your knees facing away from me. You're lucky I'm not doing this publicly."

"Yes father, thank you father." I kneeled down facing away from him and removed my shirt.

My mother joined my father and stared down at me darkly. Clenching my jaw I prepared myself for the feeling of my skin ripping. The sound of the whip filled my ears and I tensed up feeling the barbs penetrate my back. However my father never removed them, he let them sit there until he slowly dragged them down. I cried out but stayed kneeling showing off persistence which was revered in our clan. He did this several more times until I was shaking with pain. Sweat cascaded down my face and my back was burning yet was numb at the same time. Blood soaked my pants and the ground below me causing me to slip when getting to my feet. Father tossed a mop to me and motioned at the floor.

"Clean it until it's spotless. No one will help him until he's done." He stalked off with my mother trailing him and I leaned against the mop for support.

Fearing what my father would do to me if I didn't do what he wished I started mopping up the blood, but to no avail due to my back still bleeding profusely. My breathing was ragged and sweat poured down my face and the pain started emerging from the numb sensation that had engulfed my back. My knees shook and the blood seemed to return as fast as I mopped it up. Footsteps distracted me from what I was doing and I turned to face the two horrified men behind me.

"Oh my god! What happened to you Dark!" I opened my mouth to respond but my knees gave out and my world went black.

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He slumped forward and fell onto the blood covered floor. Seán quickly helped him up shaking. I stared at the bloody mess of a back Dark had and I had to look away.

"What kind of parents would do this to their kids!?" Seán whisper yelled.

"Even your clan wouldn't do this!" I nodded and helped pick dark up.

"Take him to your territory I'll be right there, take this" I pulled my sword from its hilt and handed it to him.

"Felix I can't." I glared at him and shoved the sword into his hands.

"Take it and meet up with me at the meadow." He looked at me for a moment and then quickly left with Dark slung over his shoulder.

I mopped up the remaining blood and threw the mop outside knowing someone would grab it later. Turning on my heel I left the way Seán did and slipped out over the wall. All I needed to do in order to find them was follow the bloody trail Dark left behind, but as I drew further into the forest the blood started disappearing in splotches. I managed to weave my way back to the meadow and saw Seán patching Dark up. Letting out a sigh of relief I jogged up to them. Dark was still out cold but Seán managed to stitch up most of the lacerations, he was just bandaging them now. Seán glanced up at me and smiled weakly.

"A few more minutes and he would have died..."

"I know...but what are going to do with him? I finished mopping up the blood but I don't know what do do." I glanced down letting out a defeated chuckle.

"What a great supervisor I am..."

"Hey! Don't say that! You got us this far! That's all on you!" I glanced up and gave a halfhearted smile.

"Thanks, Seán," I rolled my arms and picked Dark up "we should take him to one of our clans so he can heal."

"Shouldn't he be protected? Take him to the red clan."

"With the way their ruler is right now? No way."

He looked down at his lap thinking, "What about the orange clan? They belong to the red clan so it'll still be safe but more down low." I thought for a moment then nodded.

"Alright. Do you want me to take him or do you?"

"We can go together. It'd be safer anyway." I nodded again and Seán put my sword back in its hilt.

The journey began.

 

 


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