Part two of an as-yet-unnamed sequence

In a castle somewhere in Arendia, a knight looks deeply into the eyes of the one person he has always desired. Finally, after so many years of waiting, he may act upon his desires. They have been married for almost two years now, but every time they look at each other they see the ghost of what separated them for so long standing before them. The marriage for two years has remained unconsummated, and while the couple are no longer the best loved tragic-tale in the land, they are still the talk of the town for another reason…

…To a fortress on a rock in the middle of a churning sea, where a tall, sandy haired king is attempting to preside over yet another dispute over land. In the back of his mind he wishes for excitement, for a brief return to danger. But then his mind turns to his beloved wife, fiery in both hair and temper, and his children, and his kingdom. With that last thought he allowed himself an internal sigh, and attempted to concentrate on what this farmer’s wife’s sister’s daughter would gain by marrying her beau, and why the King should intervene…

…Into a Drasnian cellar, where a young woman hugs her children tight and cries as she hears the ceiling of the room above go, crushing the room above the cellar, and showering her and her children with a fine layer of dust…

…To a cottage somewhere else entirely, where an old man withdraws a foaming mug of ale from a barrel that hadn’t been there a few seconds ago, to the backdrop of a hardworking blacksmith outside, maintaining his tools…

…To a tree, close to the cottage, where a mother and a daughter sit in the branches watching the wind sweep over the long grass of the valley…

…To a decrepit palace, where an ex-religious zealot and his wife are looking after their brood…

…To the absolute total darkness of miles under the rock, where a fossil… no… a figure lies imbedded in the stone. Immovable, Immortal, Imprisoned, and totally insane.

And while he can’t move, there is the faintest suggestion of a smile on his deathly pale face…

(Last part written. Story was Never completed)