I woke up when Faeron and Jarret came back. I overheard them talking about the celebration and that I was supposed to speak to everyone. I was so tired that I just fell back asleep though. I felt Faeron come in and lie down on the bed with me but that was it. He woke me up a few hours later.
“Come on my love we have got to go. You are going to sleep through the celebration.” He said running his hand up and down my side.
“How did you wake up before me?” I asked rolling over to face him.
“I’d rather not sleep than miss any time I could be spending with you.” He answered kissing my neck a couple of times.
“Can we just stay here?” I asked jokingly even though I knew we couldn’t.
“I wish, the elder said we only had to stay for the first half since we have to leave in the morning though.” He answered smiling and gently kissing my jaw bone right underneath my ear.
“I just want to stay here with you.” I stated rolling over to face him. I kissed him with his lips overlapping mine slowly pulling away from him. “I do not want to go.”
“We are going to be late as much as I would love to stay here we have to go.” He said kissing me, then getting out of the bed and helping me up.
Jarret and Denyse were waiting by the door when we came out of the room. We walked to the platform in the middle of the town and the elder was thanking everyone for their help with the preparations for the war. Then there was a feast but I was not really hungry so I just drank the drinks that were being handed out.
“My dear,” The elder said as she came up by me and Faeron. “You look exhausted.”
“I am.” I replied with a smile.
“Well they all recognized you from your mother and grandmother.” She said with a smile. “How does it feel to bring hope to many people at the same time?”
“It feels great but I am really tired I just want to get more sleep.” I answered smiling back.
“Faeron you should escort her back to the house and help her get into bed. We need to discuss some stuff though so you need to come straight back.” She said with a huge smile.
“Yes ma’am.” He answered standing up and helping me up after wards.
We walked back to the house. He had his arm around my waist the entire time. I could not help but wonder what the elder wanted to talk to him about though. He walked me into the bedroom said good night and kissed me. I watched him leave and then I fell right back to sleep.
I woke up in the middle of the night while Faeron and everyone was passed out. I grabbed the swords that Faeron combined for me and snuck out of the house and into the woods. It was a lot lighter than I had expected though. I swung it at the trees and it seemed as if it was sharper and easier to move. It felt awkward though but the handle was fit perfectly for my hand and there was room for both hands if I need.
I practiced with it for hours. It was easy to move it and it performed perfectly with my tactics. It swung with more power than I ever swung my swords before. I could get into trees easier and quicker. I loved the freedom I had with my extra hand and it was better because I could catch myself.
I cut down two trees at the same time, one from in front of me and one behind me. I could not believe how powerful it made me feel, it was the same two swords I had been using all along they were just one now. I jumped into a tree to see how far in it I could get without trouble and then I heard footsteps coming toward me so I jumped back out of the tree. Then Faeron walked up.
“You are amazing with that.” He said.
“How long have you been watching me?” I asked startled.
“Not that long I just came to tell you that we have got to get ready to go.” He started. “Have you looked at it yet?”
“Yeah but it was dark.” I answered. “Why?”
“Look at it again.” He requested.
I looked at again like he wanted me to and the emeralds that were at the end of the handles were going around the middle of the handle in two rows. In between the emeralds engraved in the black steel was Shyria I will always love you. Tears filled my eyes as I dropped it. I ran to him and embraced him as the tears started flowing. He wrapped his arms around me and started playing with my hair.
“We better get going.” He said after he kissed me on the forehead and pulled away.
“Yeah we probably should.” I answered as I wiped my tears and ran over and grabbed my weapon.
“How did you think of combining your swords anyways?” He asked as we started walking back.
“Umm well I have been coming out here and practicing a lot and I figured to try it out so I used some leather and attached them like that for a while.” I answered. “It just worked better with my tactics.”
“Are you worried about the war?” He asked looking at me and barely missing the tree in front of him.
“No not at all.” I answered shocked at his question.
“Then why are you practicing so much?” He asked glancing over at me momentarily.
“Well I practice when I need to think about stuff.” I answered blushing slightly.
“What are you thinking about so much then?” He asked.
“Just everything that is going on now or what has recently happened.” I answered as we walked in the door to his father’s house. “Like how I am going to lose you no matter what happens.”
I walked into the room Faeron and I had been sharing and put on the sheaths for my weapons. I put one of the sheaths for my swords on and put the double ended sword in it. Faeron came in while I was strapping on the sheaths for my dagger that was on my inner thighs. He grabbed the bag full of our supplies and we left.
The elder had the group that was coming with us waiting for us at the end of the town so we got Jarret and Denyse ready to go and we left. The group moved faster than I expected for having eight people total. I was extremely tired and I knew it was because I was up so early in the morning. The day was over really fast though. Before I knew it we were making camp. I headed to bed as soon as the tents were set up. I did not even bother taking the sheaths to my weapons off I just took the weapons out.
I awoke to the sounds of a pack of wolves getting closer to the camp. I grabbed my weapons and put them in the sheaths except for the double ended sword I just carried that. I snuck out of the tent without waking Faeron and followed the sounds of the wolves. They were not far from the camp at all.
They had seen me and came after me. One of the wolves jumped at me so I hit it with my sword and it fell to the ground. Three more lunged at me so I ran towards them and then slid underneath them but then I was surrounded. Then one of the wolves that I just slid under fell to the ground.
“What are you doing here?” I asked as Faeron came into view.
“I came to save you.” He said with a smirk on his face as he took down two more of the wolves and ran closer to me.
“I can save myself.” I said as I kicked him in the back of the knee which made him fall, and then I swung my double ended sword completely around which killed six of the wolves. “I do not need a hero.”
“What about when you need to be saved from yourself?” He asked as he took down the last three wolves and grabbed me and kissed me in a way that made me want him so bad.
“What are you talking about?” I asked as he pulled away and I put the double ended sword away.
“Shyria this was suicide coming out here by yourself. I understand by the elven camp because they constantly have some hunters watching out.” He started. “You do not even know where we are or if there are fugitives out here. You know if you need to think about stuff you can come and talk to me.”
“Ok.” I said as I started walking back towards the camp.
“Where are you going?” He asked sounding angry and concerned at the same time.
“I am going back to sleep.” I answered.
“Draw your sword; you are not going anywhere until you tell me what is going on.” He said as he grabbed his.
“I am not going to fight you.” I answered laughing.
“We are not fighting we are practicing.” He stated grinning like he was being clever.
I drew my sword and I ran towards a rock. He was chasing me so when I hit the rock I did a backflip over his head. He turned to swing his sword at me and I kicked him in the chest. He stumbled backwards for a second but then he got his footing and came running after me with a huge grin. I jumped into a tree but he grabbed me by my leg and caught me before I could fall to the ground. He set me down and I ran again.
I could not help but smile when I looked back at him, but he was smiling too. He swung his blade at me and I jumped over it. I kicked the sword out of his hands and then tripped him. He fell on his back and I dropped my blade. I lied down next to him in the grass. He kissed me on the cheek and then we stared into the sky.
“What are you thinking about?” He asked glancing over at me finally.
“You,” I answered as I glanced over at him.
“I want to know everything.” He stated pulling himself onto his elbow and resting his head on his fist.
“I have finally found the guy I want to spend the rest of my life with and he gets ripped away from me like everything else.” I stated with a huge sigh of disappointment. “It is not fair. No one else has to go through this.”
“Shyria I know how hard it is I am going through the exact same thing, other than you are a woman.” He stated. “But I know that is not the only thing you come out here to think about.”
“Yeah, that is true.” I started. “I also wonder if my betrothed will be anything like you, or if he is going to be an asshole. What if he will not ever let me see you, Faeron I have dreamt of ending up with guys exactly like you; I did not think I would ever meet someone like that let alone have him ripped away from me.”
“You know I never told anyone this but about a week before I found you I had a dream about meeting someone in the woods where I found you.” He started. “So for about a week I walked down there every day. My mom knows why I returned there all the time but no one else does.”
“I hate this, I try making the world better for the elven and the dwarves and I cannot be with the person I want to be with.” I answered.
“Yeah, the only reason I was doing this was for you and now I cannot even have you.” He said as he rolled over to face me. “I’d rather not live through this war than have to watch you marry someone else.”
“Me too, let’s make a deal, if we win this war and they find out who I am supposed to marry you kill me and then I will kill you.” I joked.
“Yeah but if I kill you first then how will you kill me?” He asked with a smile on his face.
“I do not know but if I am dead you will not have to watch me marry someone else.” I stated with a smile.
He laughed for a few minutes then looked back over at me. “I love you.” He said out of nowhere.
“And I love you.” I answered smiling.
I rolled over to face him then and we started kissing. He ran his hand up and down my side and then just rested his hand on my hip. We stopped kissing and then just stared into each other’s eyes for a while. Then the sun started coming up. Faeron stood up and then helped me up. We started walking back towards our camp. While we were walking Faeron grabbed my hand. I started blushing really bad.