Reign

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Action and Adventure  |  House: Booksie Classic

The battle was epic, but victory was another tale. A tale of a king describing the battle he fought, but a victory he'll never forget.

I awoke, seeing the light that leaked just above the horizon. The sky was a pale, ready to turn grey during war. The King of the North is a man I never desired to spare. All my life, I've known him, and the more he went on, the more hate I felt. He never showed love, neither friendship or mercy. He never kept anyone close to him, but instead chose to hate and despise. His hate for one person equaled Hell, and his sourness was dreadful to those most loving. He wore a necklace with a golden cube attached to the end of it, which was embedded with symbols that he says represent his power, saying how no one would ever wear it his lifetime except him. He reminded me in whenever he could. His ego gave him his kingdom and power, but it never got him anything else. His ambition was to kill and conquer in the name of God, and that's how he was born. That is how he will die, I assured myself. May God help me. I readied the men and led the men towards the Northern Kingdom.
 

From a distance, we saw his army. Rows of men stood their ground, holding out shields towards us. Their spears and swords pointed at our hearts from a distance, but never moved closer. Their king, who I searched for, confused me. He wasn't in the front nor the back of his army. Hiding? I didn't let this doubt confuse me for long, as we were there to fight. Holding up my sword, I yelled and led the charge.
 

Such a grand fight! The rain poured onto the blood of the enemy. Thunder applauded my swift sword. My men shattered shields. Catapults tore down defense. Our spears impaled their armor. Calvary trampled soldiers on foot. The wind roared and the rain hissed as it fell. These enemies...these fools bowed to me in their own blood, and never stood again. 'Tis true power, not the King of the North claims to have. Actually, I did not see him in the bloodshed. Not behind nor in front of the lines. He was gone. No! He had to see me before his defeat. I searched, not seeing a single sign of him anywhere. He must have retreated to hide. I alerted the soldiers around me to order the ones at the catapults to redirect towards the walls of the city. Obeying, boulders flew over our heads and crashed into the outer walls. Columns of dust flew from the falling walls as we charged and destroyed what we could. As I made my way through our claimed city, I noticed something in the corner of my eye. One who stood alive ran secretly through a narrow passage between buildings. Could it be? Coward! He was escaping! I followed the lonely figure, ready to claim him as a dead king.
 

I followed without alerting him, and saw how he went through secret passages behind homes. Pathetic. Just before reaching an exit that led to outside, I grabbed him by the neck and threw him down. Removing the hood of his cloak, I looked down into my twin brother's face.
 

"Greetings, 'king'," I said sarcastically. He whimpered, not looking at me. "What, afraid? Absurd!" I yelled as I kicked him. He rolled over, but then he did something unexpected. He bowed. "Spare me, and you will no longer see my face. I am no longer the same," he whimpered. "NO!" I screamed, kicking him again. "PATHETIC. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? YOU FRAUD!" I screamed, tearing off his armor. I pulled him close. "Listen Richard," I grumbled into his ear, "I'm no fool. You're no innocent. You are a monster. You're the twin that should have died." I held my sword. "No longer shall you ever reign," I muttered. "Edric, EDRIC!-," he screamed before I impaled him. Taking out my blade from his chest, I dove it into him again and again. Finally, he laid lifeless. That poor excuse for a ruler laid lifeless. I took off his cloak and wore it to get it out of the way. Now to claim that pathetic chain he always-. Wait. I reached under his neck. No chain? No...Richard...not wearing his chain? That's impossible.
 

"Father?" a voice squeaked at the exit. I turned to look. It was a little girl. I...don't have a daughter. And I doubt this heartless beast had one, unless...No. My brother...was...a father? My brother, the tyrant who hated love and swore and ode to never befriend...raising a daughter? It can't be. She walked towards me. The cloak. My identical face. She thinks I'm him. "Father?" she spoke again in a soft voice, "what happened?" As she got closer, I noticed something. Something around her neck. It was a necklace. It was my brother's necklace, a necklace he swore no one else would wear. I kneeled and held the chain with the tips of my fingers. "Father...father what happened?" she asked again. I was silent for a long moment. I stood up and stared at my brother. "I killed the enemy," I said. She stood silent. I looked back at her. "Now go with your mother, yes?" I then said. She walked towards me with her arms up, wanting me to picker her up. I did, and walked through the exit.
 

Walking out, I see a woman with three kids, two boys and another girl. The woman ran to me and hugged me. "Hurry, my love, there isn't much time before your brother finds us," she said, pulling me towards a wagon, "we'll go with your friends in the hidden town Eastward. They will help us hide as you helped them." The other kids rejoiced that I, "their father", was alive. I nodded. I only held the daughter, who was in my arms, tightly. My brother had much love. He had family. He had friends. He was good. I guess the true tyrant was...me.


Submitted: May 06, 2021

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Akshay Raj Chovhan

Sword fights of twin bros. The end was great and a good twister. Thanks for the good read. Somehow reading your story made me realize what my stories lack, but I guess we all have our styles of stories. Its will be a good exercise for me to try something out of my usual menu.

Sat, May 15th, 2021 11:44am

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I appreciate your reply Akshay. I'll be sure to check out what you have to offer. We all have our ways for writing. Thanks for your wonderful review! - E.E

Mon, May 17th, 2021 11:17am

Burgerhicks80

Nice work. I enjoyed this one.

Tue, May 18th, 2021 3:47pm

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Thanks Burgerhicks80. - E.E

Tue, May 18th, 2021 9:12am

Archia

I loved your details in describing the battle. It was very vivid and took me into the scene. The end was very nice with him realising his wrong idea of his brother and taking on that role, however it did seem a bit unbelievable that his brother's family wouldn't realise it was their husband/father. Even very similar twins are recognisable by the people close to them. I did like that moment where it was revealed that they were brothers, it added another layer of complexity to the story.

Thu, June 3rd, 2021 9:38am

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Thank you. An honor to hear from you. - E.E

Mon, June 7th, 2021 7:55am

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