Disclaimer: This is a story that has been forming in my head. This is all I’ve managed to get on paper so far, so I’m putting it here. If you want to read it feel free.
Queen Dana looked out at the party and smiled. Summer solstice had always been her favorite time of the year. Still, she had an uneasy feeling that something would happen tonight. The fae’s predictions had unnerved her. She shook her head, trying to shake the fog away and enjoy the solstice celebration. She turned, hearing a step beside her and came face to face with a tall, red haired elf. He had her green eyes and her sharp cheekbones, the only indication that they were brother and sister.
“Eldan,” she said cheerfully, “I thought you weren’t going to be able to be here.”
He shrugged and looked at his sister.
“Change of plans. I had a fairy tell me I needed to come instead of patrol the border.”
“Since when do you heed the warnings of the fae?” she asked seriously.
“Since this one was so insistent. He seemed sure that if I wasn’t here that you would be in danger.”
Dana frowned. That would make two fairy folk that had warned her family of danger. The dark cloud came into her mind again as she began to worry.
Eldan sensed his sister’s concern and patted the long sword at his side.
“Don’t worry. No harm is coming to you or anyone else in our family,” he said sternly.
Dana simply nodded. She had no doubt that her brother could protect her. He was a master swordsman, having spent years learning how to wield the sword. Their father had ensured that he could protect their lands and Eldan took that duty seriously. The summer lands were everything to him.
Eldan scanned the party and gave his sister a pat on the cheek.
“Don’t worry,” he said as he strode off.
But the queen was worrying. The fae normally stayed out of the elven affairs. The two groups were hardly friends and often there were issues between elves and fairies when the two groups came together. When the fae came to the elven royalty of their own accord, it meant something serious was about to happen.
Eldan’s red hair was fairly easy to spot amid the crowd of elves. It was a unique feature and nobody was surprised when he turned out to be adept with fire magic. Any elf that had that hair color was almost always a fire adept. Dana’s own magic was also fire but she was not as skillful with it. That was part of why she always looked for someone to protect her. Her brother and her husband were the two people she relied upon.
Marrying the elf who would become king of the elven lands had not been Dana’s intention but somehow Galdren had fallen in love with her. He was powerful and Dana had been drawn to that. Now that they had been together so long, she truly did feel a deep affection for him, although not really love. She was excellent at playing her part though, and only two other people were aware of her true feelings for her husband. So now she was here, a queen and occasionally a target for others. She had a feeling that she was in crosshairs tonight.
The summer solstice celebration was picking up and the music was incredible. The group playing was enchanting the crowd and the large ring of dancers was growing. As the night wore on, Dana became more comfortable and was starting to feel that she had been silly for worrying. Nothing had happened and the night was beautiful.
As soon as she had the thought, she felt the air change. Before she could move, she felt her brother’s presence at her back. Galdren was at her side a moment later. The crowd felt the change in the air too and the elves were looking around, trying to find the source of the cold. Stepping out of the shadows, a dark fairy moved into the ring of dancers. Her clothing was dark and her skin was purple but so dark it almost looked black. She looked around, finally finding the queen.
“Milady,” she said tauntingly.
Dana wasn’t queen by accident though and played the royal she was.
“What do you want fae?”
The fairy sneered, “You speak very brusquely considering I know secrets that could destroy you.”
Dana drew back, looking as haughty as she could.
“I don’t have any secrets. Now go from this place. This celebration is not for your kind.”
The fairy shook her head and stood her ground.
“Not before I give you the prophesy.”
“We do not need your prophesy, fae,” said Galdren angrily.
The fairy laughed. It was an evil sound and the elves closest to her drew back.
“I have come to tell you this and then I will leave. A plague on this land and its people. There will come a day when the queen of the elves will have a child. That child will be born this midwinter.”
The fairy leered at the queen who looked taken aback. She hadn’t even told her husband that she was expecting their child. She shook her head, confused.
“You can’t know that,” Dana said.
“You already know,” the fairy sneered again.
“This child is going to bring forth a period of woe for the elves. A period of drowse, where no progress will be made. The lands will shrink. The end of the elven age draws near.”
As suddenly as she appeared, the fairy was gone.
Galdren turned to his wife. “Is this true?”
Dana nodded her head, still in shock.
Galdren frowned. He was unsure of what to do next. Eldan put his hand on his sister’s arm.
“The fae don’t know what they speak of,” Eldan said. “How can she know that a child will bring woe? This child may bring in a new joy for us and the fae are trying to scare us.”
“We all know that the fae prophesy. What fae prophesy have you ever known to be untrue?” asked Galdren.
Eldan shook his head.
“Our first child,” sighed Galdren. Finally he spoke.
“This child can not be allowed to become royal. They will have to be given to another family, raised as a common elf. The child can not become a leader of the royalty.”
Dana looked at her husband angrily.
“Are you suggesting that we banish our child?” she asked him.
“What choice is there? The kingdom must be protected.”
Dana shook her head. “No.”
Galdren looked at her carefully before speaking.
“There is no choice Dana.”
“There is,” replied the queen.
She reached to her head and pulled the crown from it. Eldan grabbed her hand.
“Dana, what are you doing?” Galdren asked her.
“You can find another wife then,” Dana replied.
She jerked her hand away from her brother’s grasp and dropped her crown on the ground.
“I won’t allow this,” yelled Galdren.
Dana simply turned and walked away from her husband and walked to the castle. She did not stop until she reached her room, where she promptly started changing her clothes. She pulled out an old gown, from before she had married. Eldan and Galdren chased after her.
“I command you to stop,” shouted Galdren.
Dana felt an anger unlike anything she had ever felt before blasting a wall of fire up between her and the two male elves.
“I will not give away my child to some family as if they were nothing,” she said, “and if you would do that, then I want nothing else here.”
She continued to pull things out of the trunk, eventually finding a bag that she stuffed full of clothing. She turned and stared at Galdren, waiting.
“I won’t risk the kingdom,” he said calmly.
“Then you lose me,” Dana replied.
Galdren shook his head. Dana walked past him with the pack and headed to the kitchens. She had her horse and she would get some rations before leaving. She would not give up her child. She had thought that her brother might follow her but when she paused to stuff some cheese in her pack, she saw she was alone. Sighing, she added some bread, apples and carrots before heading out the kitchen door. She saddled her horse quickly and urged him to go east, toward the spring lands. She has no idea where she was going exactly but she needed to put as much distance between herself and Galdren as possible. She had a feeling she would be riding for a long time.