The first to react was the king. His face was red of anger.
"What are you fools waiting for? Go and kill her!"
He was refering to the Royal Magician, David, and the Knight commander, Edmund. They both taked out their weapons but Lyna jumped in front of Alice.
"Father, wait, calm down and hear me out she...!"
"Calm down!? She chopped your brother hand and you stiil want to take her part?"
"But father! She...!"
"I don't want to hear it anymore, David, Edmund, kill her right now!"
They both were ready to attack but it was to slow or rather, they couldn't do anything to beggining with. Alice snapped her fingers and the whole room was covered with ice and their feet was shallowed by it. David trayed to use fire magic but he couldn't activate it and Edmund tried to cut the ice but this was also useless. At that moment, Alice looked like a queen of ice and any attempt to harm her was frozen immediatly.
"Hey, old fool, this is the first and last warrning. I saved this world once so I have all the rights to destroy it. If you make me angry again this matter wouldn't end with just somme ice!
Her tone was more cold that the atmosfere, and the fear in the heart of king Roland was growing.
("Just who the hell did I offend?")
"Now do you want to hear me out?"
Lyna wasan't affected by the ice because Alice didn't aim it at her. She looked at her scared father with pity.
"Alice is the one who come out from the Old Tower. She said that 1000 years ago she set a barier here and sleep unitil now. She just wanted to use our library to see what heppened in the last millenium. She didn't mean harm."
King Roland felt how all his powers left him. What he feared the most come at him and in the worst way possible.
"Lyna, let's not waste time here anymore, take me to that library!"
Without any more words both girls left the room letting the soulless king and the awed guards in the freezing room.
In the hallway, Lyna was walking in front of Alice without speaking any word, lost in her thoughts.
"Are you mad at me that I cut your brother's hand and scared your father?"
Lyna come back from her absent-minded state and looked back at Alice.
"Not really, my father asked for it. He is not a bad person but his temperament is a little too short. As for my brother, we are not from the same mother and he is looking weird at me every time so I could't care less. What I'm worried is what will happen next."
"I would be a dead person because of his "short temperament" ,or even worse, if I were another person. Not taking his life is thanks to you so he should treat you better in future. Also, don't let me see him again, any message can go through you first."
"That's true, thanks for not killing him and sorry for what heppened.... wait, that means you will stay here?"
"What? Don't want to?"
Lyna stopped from walking and turned back panicked.
"No, no, no, I'm just surprised... I thought that you have a bad impression of this kingdom and wouldn't want to stay here anymore."
Alice didn't stop and continued walking with an expressionless face.
"While is true that I don't have the best impression about this kingdom, it will be the same wherever I go. Also, it will take some time to go through all the books in the library so I will stay here for some time. Take care of me while I'm here."
Lyna walked faster and took Alice's hand with a smile on her face.
"Let's go, the library is this way!"
(Why is this girl so happy about it? This carefree personality is so close to that of Iris...)
With those thoughts in mind, Alice arrived shortly at the library. Here, it was a big circular room, with hundreds of bookshelves on walls and a ladder going way up the wall and it rolls by the shelves. In the middle of the room were tables for reading and some big glass windows illuminated the library.
Alice entered the room and took a look around the many books that were waiting for her. While she didn't know from where to start something catch her attention.
On top of the entrance door was a big portrait of a 20 years old girl with a serious expression. She was was wearing a white dress and her hair fell off her shoulders like an waterfall.
(That's definitely Iris, except of the serous face it looks so much like her.)
Seeing where Alice was looking, Lyna explained.
"She was the first queen, Iris. After the big war ended she come and took the throne, putting an end to the chaos. She is the one who come with the idea to build a new castel and have a new beginning. It is said that this library was build at her personal orders and she spend much time collecting the undamaged books, transcribe the damaged ones and write new books about magic theory and history. She had gone down in history as the Unifier Queen, one of the supporting pillars of the new generation and the best queen in history. Altough I look like her, I have a long way to go for being at least half as good as her... my personality doesn't help me either. I can't be as serious and thoughtful as her."
"You don't have to be like her. You are you and nothing can change that. As for how serious and thoughtful she was... the time needed it but she wasn't like that from the beginning."
"No... the Iris I know was a carefree person, who hated studying and had always a smile on her face."
Alice looked at the portrait with a bitter face. The memories of her good friend come to her mind and the urge to see her againe just grew.
Seeing Alice like that, Lyna know that this was a hard subject for her but couldn't refrain from asking.
"If you are ok with it... can you tell me about you and what really happened 1000 years ago?"
Alice come back from her toughts and looked at the worried face of Lyna.
"I can do that but is a long story."
"I have enough time!"
* * * In a dark, cold abys at the end of the world * * *
A black fog with red eyes was looking at a sphere that shows the image of two girls.
"Ke, ke, ke, seems like she wake up... the time has finaly come... ha, ha, ha!"
A creepy laugh that could gave you chills resounded in the endless abys where darkness taked the control.