Starfire woke me up the next day. I looked out the window of our building, and saw that the sun was barely rising. I gave her a look that clearly said “This better be good.”
She raised an eyebrow and dragged me outside. It wasn’t cold, like I had expected it to be, but really warm. I decided not to question it, because I had started to figure out the more obvious things for myself. We walked some ways, through the military center which was dead quiet, and turned left into a field. It was pretty, I guess, with flowers and green grass and bird song in the air. I’ve never really been the person who sits around and just looks at clouds. It’s always sounded pretty stupid to me.
Starfire turned so quickly I didn’t even see it coming. With a whip like motion she called “Think fast!” and hurled a ball of flame, about the size of a dodge ball, straight at me. Before even thinking about it, before even truly processing what was going on, I leaped in the air and caught it by the tips of my fingers.
“What the hell was that for?” I called to her.
“Your enemies wont wait for you to be ready. You must be on your toes, always ready and prepared. You must have lightning fast reflexes.” She replied.
“So you decided to test my reflexes by launching a freaking fireball at me?!” I asked incredulously.
She gave me the rarest of smiles. “I don’t see why not.” She paused, considering me, and then said, “get ready.”
We spent hours training, and by the end I was sweating and out of breath, while she looked perfect, not a hair out of place. We had been running, lifting boulders, hand to hand combat, and throwing fire. Throwing fire! Okay, so I didn’t throw any fire. Star wouldn’t show me how! She said that she would teach me soon.
We began walking back, taking a different route than before. For a change of scenery, Star had said. But after a bit of walking, we did reenter the depressing military section. But this time, we passed new buildings I hadn’t seen before. One of them looked awfully like a prison. I stopped. Starfire sighed.
“Enter, if you must.”
I looked at her in surprise.
“Well? What are you waiting for? Go see her.”
I didn’t remember telling her about the girl, but I ran in anyway without looking back. I walked in through the double doors, past the the gueards, and to the cells.
There she was.
Even sad, dirty, chained and much thinner than the other day, she was still beautiful. She looked up at me, her bright green eyes shining.
“Who are you?” She asked suspiciously.
The question startled me. I began to say “Alex” but stopped. I looked her full in the face and said “I am Flame.”
“So it’s true,” She whispered. “The prince has returned.”
I didn’t know how to respond, so we sat in silence until Starfire showed up to bring me back. The girl bowed her head respectfully at Star, who shook her head “no” in return. The girl looked confused, but before I could make any sense of it, Starfire was leading me away.
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