June 1, 2018 | Posted in The Mermaid & The WolF Adventures

Much like the Queen, the princess appears to have been crafted from materials vastly different than flesh and bone. Her skin is marble and starlight; her eyes sunsets burning in the confines of a ruby. She sits in a room, on the edge of a velvet covered stool, looking out the window at the empty streets.

Prince Dorado is quick to wrap her up in a hug from behind, pressing a chaste kiss to her cheeks. “My love!”

The princess squeals in surprise. Her movements are slow and stiff, but she twists around and embraces the hug. “Dorado!”

“El,” he says, pulling away. “These are my friends – “

“MeaZea and WooFZee,” interrupts Princess El. “Yes, the stones have already told me. They’re here for a spring. That’s fine. I have one already for them.”

“Thank you,” says MeaZea, with a relieved sigh. She had half been expecting this part to be difficult too.

The princess stands up and slowly crosses the room. None of her joints seem to bend quite right. She walks over to her dresser and opens the top drawer. Then, she pulls out a gilded box of stone, ruby, and shimmering silver.

She sits the box on top of the dresser and pops the lid open. It’s filled with tiny, pitch black springs. “This is what you’ve come for.”

“Yes,” says MeaZea, relieved. “That’s what we’ve come for.”

Prince Dorado escorts them back to the front gates. He says, “is there anything I can do for you, personally? What you’ve done…it just might save this kingdom.”

MeaZea pauses for a moment. She hates the idea of being paid for helping people but…after a moment, she nods. “We’re looking for a set of mines, to the south of the Starshine Falls. There’s a gem there that we need. It’s very important.”

“You’re looking for the Glimmer Mines,” says Prince Dorado, without even having to think. “That’s…a hefty feat, I must say.”

MeaZea admits, “we don’t know much about them.”

“They belong to the Lady of the Sun, herself. She’s a divine being,” says Prince Dorado, as if he, himself, is anything less than divine. “I’ve never met her, but I’ve heard stories. Here…I’ll walk you a ways further and make sure you can get off the asteroid belt. It’s best to go back to Esther, for this. On our way, if you want, I can tell you what I know about the Lady of the Sun?”

MeaZea smiles at him, feeling uplifted. “That,” she says, honestly. “Would be amazing.”

 

Katelynn E Koontz – Author