Beyond the Borders Volume 1
Aryia was shocked to hear the words that came out of Lylianna’s mouth.
She shook her head in disbelief. *There is no way that is true*, she
“Run that by me again Major.”
“I didn’t stutter Private.”
The news was a shock to all of them as they stood there.
“She couldn’t have gone far. Deadeye, check the West. Ryliah the South.
Melissa search around the capital. Aryia the North. I will head East.
Without another word Lylianna grabbed a communicator and left.
“She seems different,” Aryia said aloud.
“This isn’t the first time something like this has happened,” Melissa
said as she grabbed a communicator.
The others grabbed theirs and headed out, leaving Aryia alone with her
thoughts. She grabbed the lone communicator on the table, placing it
into her ear. Aryia headed North as Lylianna had instructed. After
traveling for a few kilometers through a pathway in a dense forest she
came to a clearing.
Ahead of her she could see a little girl standing there as if she was
looking out to the horizon. As she moved closer she realized that it was
the princess. She stood there near the cliff side that overlooked a
beautiful grassland of hills.
Princess Amalthea turned around, surprised that someone was there.
“Oh Aryia, it is just you.”
Aryia stood next to the princess taking note of what she was looking at.
Before her was a small grave stone that had the name *Faethdella Laehiea
Serpth* on it. The wind howled as the two of them stood there, silently
staring out to the horizon.
“Your father is worried about you Princess.”
Princess Amalthea remained silent for a few minutes.
“My father never comes to visit her grave like he promised.”
“Well, your father is a busy man.”
“I know but still…”
“I wish I could say I understand but sadly I don’t know what it feels
like. I am sorry Princess.”
“Did something happen to your parents?”
“If it is all right with you Princess, I would rather not.”
“Oh, I am sorry for asking then.”
“It is fine Princess.”
Princess Amalthea looked to Aryia with a slight smile on her face.
“You act just like her.”
The princess shook her head.
Aryia was a bit confused as to who the princess was talking about.
“Anyways, I wanted to come here today to see her.”
“I understand Princess.”
The two of them continued to stand there as Aryia looked at her watch.
About ten minutes had passed and she knew that she would have to get the
princess home at some point.
“You know, my mother told me once that people with blond hair are rare.”
“I have always wondered why you and the Emperor have blond hair.”
“I don’t actually know why our hair is blond. The only thing I know is
that there is nothing special. In a way, we are no different then people
with black and brown hair.”
Placing her hand on Amalthea’s head Aryia smiled as the princess had a
confused look on her face.
“You should consider yourself lucky. It just means you are one of a
“You’re welcome Princess.”
Aryia looked at her watch once more.
“I should radio the others and tell them you are safe.”
The princess merely nodded as Aryia turned on her radio.
“This is Aryia. I found the Princess, she is safe, over.”
Over the radio Aryia could hear Lylianna’s voice.
“Right, bring her back to the castle, over.”
“Copy that, out.”
Aryia turned off her radio and looked to Princess Amalthea.
“Well, Princess, are you ready to go home?”
With a slight smile she nodded. Aryia returned with the princess and
found herself promoted to the rank of Corporal by the Emperor. After the
promotion she — along with the rest of the Knights — was sent off to the
Rhyine Theater to help out with taking the City of Mejorin.
\* \* \*
Lylianna glared at General Pethella as the two of them stood there in
the planning room alone. She was reserved and cautious about what
information the General would give her.
“I am glad to see you are safe. I heard about what happened and I am
sorry about all that.”
“It is fine, however, I would like to know just who sold us out.”
“To my knowledge no one would ever do that. I was the only one who knew
of that… outpost…”
General Pethella grew silent for a second as she realized what that
“I know you would never sell us out Pethella. However, if I am going to
help you with this mission then I need to know who sold us out.”
“Lylianna as your friend, I should say that maybe it is possible that
the people who set up the trap knew you would be sent to that outpost.”
Lylianna didn’t speak. She wanted to believe her but found it hard to
believe that her own sister would know just what outpost they would
“Look, I know what war can do to people. I don’t blame you for being so
paranoid that you believe you were set up. But believe me when I say
that we were the only two that knew you were going to storm the
The room was silent soon after as Lylianna stood over the table in front
of them. On the table was a large scaled map of Mejorin. Pethella took a
slip of her coffee as she watched Lylianna stare at the map in front of
“So, this is Mejorin?”
“Quite a big city isn’t it?”
“With a big city like this, there is bound to be a large food supply,”
Lylianna said as she looked up to Pethella.
“A soldier without food cannot fight.”
“Trained soldiers can fight without food,” Lylianna said as she took an
aerial photo of the city on the table.
Without another word she left the room and headed to where her squad
was, busy relaxing with what little time they could.
\* \* \*
Aryia laid on the hard cold bed in a superposition state of being asleep
and awake. She was bordering on sleep deprivation due to her lack of
decent sleep. Of course, she was trained to handle it even if she didn’t
“Listen up, we will be doing a bit of sabotage. We need to be swift and
She handed an aerial photo to Melissa.
“This is the City of Mejorin. I have marked in red what we will be
Lylianna looked at her watch as Melissa handed the photo to the other
“We leave tomorrow night at 23:30 hours. Same teams as always. Melissa
you take the food storage to the far East, we will take the one to the
“I might be able to set up a sniping position to cover the more exposed
areas,” Deadeye said as he looked over the map.
“All right, silent weapons, night‑vision goggles and charges. When you
plant them set them for five minutes and be ready to haul ass to the
“Yes ma’am!” the rest of the Knights said in unison.
Aryia gathered her gear thinking about what she would need. After
grabbing a standard issued rifle from the weapon rack she screwed on a
silencer to the barrel of the gun. Once she had everything she needed
she geared up in her Black Knight <abbr>BDU</abbr> for nighttime
An hour had passed as Aryia checked and doubled checked that she had
everything she needed. Last thing she wanted was to forget something
important. Once she was ready she headed out with the rest of the
Knights to a cargo plane ready to take off. Everyone was dressed and
ready as they formed up with Lylianna.
“So, how are we jumping tonight Major?” Melissa asked.
“We are going in low tonight.”
Lylianna loaded up her weapon and signaled for everyone to board the
cargo plane. As the plane took off Aryia began to feel a bit anxious
like before. The plane continued to ascend to roughly ten‑thousand
meters. *At least I don’t have to worry about trees this time around*,
Aryia thought. Melissa could tell Aryia was reliving her failed dropped
the first time she dropped behind enemy lines.
“What is it Melissa?”
“Aren’t you glad you won’t have to worry about trees this time around?”
“Ha‑ha, very funny.”
After some time had passed the red LED on the wall turned green.
“If everyone is ready, lets end this mission quickly and go home in one
piece,” Lylianna said.
One by one the Knights jumped from the plane. After passing the
one‑thousand meter mark Aryia pulled the rip cord of her parachute.
Slowly descending near to the West side of the city Aryia could see
where Lylianna had landed. Aryia landed softly onto the roof of a
slightly tall building.
The roof of the building was quite spacious in size. In the corner of
the roof appeared to be a small entrance‑way into the building below.
Aryia quickly readied her rifle as Lylianna made her way over to the
doorway. Lylianna signaled for Aryia to open the door slowly as she
readied her weapon on the door. In a way, this mission reminded Aryia of
Opening the door slowly Aryia made her into the dark room that was
minuscule in scale. She noticed a stairwell and slowly made her way down
the it as it twisted downwards in a spiral. Lylianna followed behind
her, her weapon at the ready‑low position. The two of them continued
down until they came to a long hallway. Aryia hugged the left side of
the wooden wall as if it reacting by instinct.
As Aryia held her weapon at the ready she noticed a figure moving out of
one of the left side doorway. With her finger resting on the trigger she
aimed her rifle at what appeared to be a woman’s head. Even with
night‑vision goggles it was hard for Aryia to see just what the woman
was pulling from her pocket. She didn’t think as she squeezed the
trigger. Like a ghost the bullet made no sound as the round hit the
woman square between the eyes. Her body fell to the floor like a rock.
Aryia noticed as she took a closer look at the corpse of the woman that
the woman held in her a simple room key for her door. *What have I
done*, Aryia thought.
“Don’t think about it. Continue the mission,” Lylianna whispered.
Lylianna continued down the hallway as Aryia stood there. *I… I killed
an innocent person*, she thought. Aryia bent down next to the girl and
searched for any identification as to who she was. While Aryia continued
to search Lylianna made her way down into to the area where crates of
food were held. Lylianna set a small square shaped charge for five
minutes. The charge was meant to blow up a few of the wooden crates,
however, it would engulf the whole food supply in flames within a matter
Aryia held in her hands a locket with the name *Anna* engraved onto the
back of the locket. She looked as if she was nearing her twenties. As
Aryia began to feel guilty for what she had done Lylianna rushed over to
her and pined her to the ground.
“If we don’t go now we will both join this girl. Get it together
Corporal, that is an order.”
Tears began to fall down Aryia’s eyes as Lylianna helped her up. The two
of them quickly made their way out of the building and heading for the
extraction point. After a few minutes the others rendezvoused at the
extraction point. Within a few minutes a helicopter touched down. The
Knights quickly got on board.
Aryia began to feel sick. The thought of her killing someone who
possibly had a family made her feel as if she was going to throw up.
Melissa could see it in Aryia’s eyes what she had done.
The queasy feeling became stronger as Aryia bent over. *I am about to
throw up*, she thought.
“If you throw up on me, I will throw you out of this helicopter.”
Lylianna glared as Aryia swallowed. After the helicopter landed safely
at the City of Priserra, Aryia bolted from the helicopter and found
herself on the ground, her body convulsing as she threw up on the grass.
The rest of the Knights continued on as if Aryia wasn’t there. After a
few minutes had passed Aryia made her way into the Black Knights HQ and
up to the bedroom. She needed many things, a priest, a soft bed to rest
in and water, just to name a few.
“Major… what will happen to me?”
“What do you mean?” Lylianna asked as she grabbed a book from her shelf.
Ryliah and Deadeye left from the room while Melissa stayed behind. As
Lylianna opened her book — entitled *The End of Magic* — Aryia tried to
find the right words.
“I shot… no I killed… murdered an innocent civilian tonight.”
Aryia was taken about by Lylianna’s unsympathetic nature for innocent
“So? Is that all you have to say Major? I killed someone who didn’t even
have a weapon on them. They could have me put in front of a firing squad
or life in prison.”
Tears started to form around Aryia’s eyes.
“Aryia, people die. You killed a person you believed had a weapon on
them. You just have to live with it. Did you forget that as Black
Knights we don’t comply with the standard military code and laws?”
“So we can just kill whoever we want and get away with it?”
“Technically, yes. But what makes us different is our self‑discipline to
Aryia didn’t have anything else to say.
“Look at it this way Aryia, would you rather be dead in the ground?”
“Then get over it.”