[3rd of September, 2740 AD; The Royal Kingdom of Thekohn – Thedam Castle Upper Balcony]
“What a beautiful day it is today!” Rain said.
Standing from the balcony, the royal princess of Thekohn looked over the entire kingdom before her. A light wind went through Rain Zano Thedam’s long, wavy, reddish-brown hair. It was only a month until the Thekohnian Festival, and Rain could not wait for it to arrive.
“You’ve always enjoyed these sunny days, haven’t you?”
Rain turned around and saw her younger brother standing in the doorway. He was a few inches taller than her and had blond hair. Rain turned to face him he approached her.
“Every sunny day is a reminder from heaven, Brook,” she replied. “It tells us that every life is worth it and that this land is to be protected.”
“Always the optimist,” Brook said, “But then again, that’s why the people love you. I’m almost jealous.”
“Oh, you shouldn’t be jealous, my brother,” Rain said, “After all, you yourself have a tournament to head to. They will be in awe of your skill.”
Brook laughed. “Well, that’s a given,” he said. “All of Jiaikohn is going to stand and applaud once they get a sight of the best sharpshooter in all the land!”
“That sounds like a lot of fun,” Rain said, “I wish I could be of attendance, but I will pray for your success.”
“The thought is appreciated, Rain,” Brook said, “But I am confident in my abilities.”
Rain smiled. “And I am happy to hear that,” she said. “On a another note, have you seen sister?”
“She was downstairs last time I checked,” Brook replied.
“Thank you so much,” Rain said, “Until we meet again, dear brother.”
She waved goodbye to Brook and went downstairs. Several members of the royal military passed by as Rain looked around for her sister. In the midst of it all, she saw her younger sister speaking with a much older man. Of course, Rain knew exactly who her sister was speaking to: royal advisor Laurence Ahga.
Rain waved to her sister and Ahga. “Sir Lauren! Sister Storm!”
Ahga turned to Rain. He wore thin-rimmed glasses and had long, greying hair with a beard to match. “Your Highness, it is good to see you today,” he said.
“Sister, how are you?” Storm asked. She had shorter hair than Rain, with a single streak of blonde running through.
“I am doing well, my lovely sister,” Rain answered. “I’m getting ready for my trip to Iiayikohn.”
“Ah yes, the meeting with prime minister Alan Berry,” Ahga said. “A good man, and in quite a good city no less.”
“I know that they’re still recovering from that attack,” Rain said, “But I’ve heard nothing but good things about Iiayikohn during this time of the year.”
“With the passing of the equinox comes the new dawn for all of Thekohn,” Storm said. “At least that was what I’ve learned in school.”
Rain nodded. “And with that comes the Thekohnian Festival,” she replied. “A month from now we shall see the greatest celebration in all of the lands!”
“You are quite excited,” Ahga said, “Of course, this is the first trip for Her Highness, so it is to be expected.”
“It will be the first time without you by my side, Sir Lauren,” Rain said. “It makes me nervous, but I know that you and my sister will be praying for me.”
“Why would we not, sister?” Storm asked. “We are all family, and family sticks together no matter what.”
“And Your Highness is no slouch, either,” Ahga added. “There are very few who could match with your swordsmanship.”
Rain giggled. “It’s because I have you to thank,” she said. “It was rigorous but rewarding and not many could swing a sword as well as you.”
“You give me too much credit, Your Highness,” Ahga said.
“Please let me thank you,” Rain said. “It’s the least I can do after all you’ve done for me, Sir Lauren.”
Ahga bowed. “Very well,” he said. “Anyway, I have other things I must attend to. I do not believe that I will see you off tomorrow so I wish you well on your journey, Your Highness.”
“Thank you,” Rain said, “And I will see you again.”
“That’s to be expected,” Ahga said, “As long as I draw breath, I will continue to serve the royal family.”
“It is appreciated,” Storm said. “Bye Lauren!”
Ahga laughed. “Farewell,” he said.
Rain and Storm saw Lauren Ahga off as they decided what they wanted to do next before Rain could set off on her trip to Iiayikohn.
To be continued…