Legends Of Zyconia Part 7
Journey To The Caverns Of Death
The army had taken down the tents and now was crossing the shallow River of Reflection. Terrek and Diana rode Terrek's horse. Streak, up and down the river to make sure everyone got across safely. Terrek surveyed the river. Suddenly he noticed Juliana trying to pull a struggling black stallion across the river. The stallion was acting more like a stubborn mule than a pure bred stallion.
Terrek gently slid off Streak's back handed the reins to Diana and went over to help Juliana. Grabbing the stallion by its reins with an iron grip he hauled the horse through the river bucking and kicking. He returned the reins to Juliana and began to walk back towards Streak. Suddenly he caught a glimpse of something in the water but before he turned his head he tripped on some rocks below the surface and fell over in the water. Terrek stood up and looked ahead, he had seen the reflection of one of the crowds of people.
One of the men hadn't cast a reflection! Terrek thought he had seen Lynx walking with the crowd. Legend had it that anyone who belonged to the power of evil couldn't cast a reflection on the River. Terrek knew he would have to keep an eye on Lynx from now on, but since he had no proof, he decided to keep this information to himself. Terrek walked back to Streak slightly paranoid. He had reason to be uneasy. nearby within the dense crowds of the army. one of his aides waked to kill him.
Many hours later, the army drew close to the Caverns of Death. Terrek had invited Diana to join him for dinner that night and so he had set up a small table in the back of one of the larger wagons. Although it was a bumpy ride Terrek was determined to have dinner with her. Platters of delicious food lined the table and delicious aromas emanated from the wagon. Terrek began helping himself to the meat as they talked.
"You really have a way with Timothy, I think he really looks up to you." Diana said smiling.
"Yes, the boy doesn't have a father, which probably makes him very impressionable," Terrek rationalized.
"How can you relate to children so well? I mean, you grew up in a temple with no other children around," she said.
Terrek seemed to think about it for a moment.
"Well, I suppose with Timothy I just did my best in an awkward situation."
"You'd make an excellent father," she said softly.
Terrek paused and seemed to slip into another place and time. Terrek's eyes grew sad and he looked toward the floor. Diana looked at him worriedly.
"Did I say something wrong?"
"No. I'm alright," he said quickly recovering.
"Sometimes I don't pay close enough attention to what I'm saying. I'm sorry if I've upset you in some way," she said gently.
"Really, its alright," he said smiling at her.
"I guess I've just been really exhausted attempting to keep everything in the army running smoothly, it's not easy." Diana seemed relieved but still slightly unsure.
"How about you Diana, where did you grow up?" Terrek asked.
A far away look crossed Diana's eyes as she responded, "I grew up in a small village not far from the cottage where the Minotaurs attacked. My mother died giving birth to me and my father died of a plague that infected our village when I was a little girl. My uncle took me in and eventually we moved to the cottage, but he died a couple of weeks ago."
Terrek began to regret that he had brought this up.
"I was contemplating moving to Victory City to find a place to live only days before the Minotaurs attacked." Diana explained.
Terrek's face was pale as he began.
"You have had a great deal of tragedy in your life. I'm sorry." Diana looked up into his eyes her face full of compassion as she put her hand in his.
"You have nothing to be sorry for," she said smiling.
"If anything you've helped me. You came and took me away from all that hurt, gave me something to fill my life with, by letting me come along with you on the quest," Diana said as she leaned toward him.
"Thank you." she whispered as Terrek also leaned toward her.
Their lips met, and in those few moments Terrek felt as though a surge of power flowed through him. They felt that they were the only two beings in existence, that it was just the two of them and this kiss. They forgot that they were on a quest, they forgot the dinner, and they even forgot their very surroundings. It was just the two of them. All too soon the moment passed, both drew back staring into each other's eyes. Neither of them would forget the moment that they had just shared.
"Terrek we've arrived-," Perrin said as he entered the wagon glancing at Terrek and Diana.
Perrin stepped back slipping into a more formal manner; soldier to commander rather than friend to friend, "Am I disturbing you. sir?"
Terrek looked at Diana.
"No, just give me a moment Perrin." Terrek replied as Perrin moved back out of the tented wagon.
"I have to go, Diana," Terrek smiled at her.
"Alright. just promise me you'll be careful." Diana said worriedly.
"I promise Diana," Terrek said, as he leaned over and kissed her one last time on the cheek. Then exited the wagon. He was in love.
Terrek stopped outside the wagon as memories from his past entered his mind. Looking back to the wagon he became confused. Was he doing what was right?
TO BE CONTINUED...
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