Beyond the Borders Volume 1
*When will this war be over*, Aryia thought as she stood against the
stone wall of the small gun emplacement. Lylianna stood at the open
doorway, staring out at the river’s horizon. The sound of soldiers
marching and vehicles driving over the bridge could be heard.
The City of Ezorn was only about a thousand kilometers away. However,
everyone knew that taking Ezorn would not be easy.
“So, what will happen once we capture Ezorn?” Aryia asked.
No one said a word. A few minutes of silence passed until Lylianna
“The most likely scenario is that the war will be over.”
Jeeps and other cargo trucks continued to drive past as Aryia tried to
picture what she would do when the war was over. Lylianna turned to the
others, there was something on her mind.
“Does it feel odd to anyone else just how easy it was to take all of
this territory from the Versyians?”
“Maybe you’re just being paranoid Lylianna.”
The others looked at Aryia with surprised faces.
“Aryia, did you just call the Major by her first name?” Ryliah asked.
“Y‑Yeah… so what if I did?”
“Yare yare, are you two dating by any chance?” Melissa said in a teasing
“N‑No! Why would you think that?” Aryia questioned as she turned away,
Lylianna remained silent but turned away slightly blushing as well.
“I bet you two have kissed,” Melissa said as she looked over to
Neither Lylianna nor Aryia spoke. It was clear to Melissa now that the
two of them did.
“Oh, so the two of you have,” Melissa said giggling.
“All right, that is enough. Keep it up and no more rations for anyone,”
The others just smiled.
“Now lets get down to business.”
Lylianna placed down a large map in the center of the room. She then
placed down a photo over where Ezorn was marked on the map.
“So, what are looking at Major?” Ryliah asked.
“The City of Ezorn.”
The picture was nothing more then a gray‑toned picture that appeared out
of focus. It was so out of focus that it was impossible to see anything
but the outer trees and landscape surrounding the blurry image in the
“How big is the city?” Aryia asked.
“Unknown, but it quite large. Possibly as big as the capital if I had to
“How many guards are there?” Melissa asked.
“Then what do we know?” Deadeye asked.
“We know that we know nothing.”
Everyone appeared shocked.
“How is that possible? We have aerial photography and other means of
collecting data. How is it we can’t get anything on the city?” Aryia
“Well, there have been rumors that the Versyian Republic was working on
defensive measures, however, as to what these counter measures are, I
have no idea.”
“So what do we do then?”
“Our best bet is to head North and flank from there,” Lylianna said as
she stared into Aryia’s eyes.
“Is there a reason why you are staring at me?”
“Isn’t it obvious? The Major wants to bone you Aryia.”
“Mel, I am cutting your rations for a month.”
“Anyways, I was wondering if you had anymore crazy ideas in your head
“We could always dress up as wounded Versyian soldiers and hope we get
discharged for service. Then we could move around the city freely.”
The room was quiet for a bit.
“…that is a stupid idea.”
Aryia had a sad look upon her face.
“Right, so we flank from the North and scout out the city to the best of
our abilities. We head out in two days. Gear up and be ready to move.”
\* \* \*
Many thoughts ran through Aryia’s mind as she readied her gear for the
mission ahead of them. *Once we take the city it will be over*, Aryia
Before Aryia could finish packing up the rest of her gear there was a
knock at the door. Standing in the doorway was Lylianna who appeared as
if she was done packing up her gear.
“Make sure you have everything.”
Aryia continued to pack as Lylianna walked over to her.
“Try not to think about anything but the mission for now. Okay?”
“No need to worry.”
With a kiss on the cheek Lylianna left Aryia stunned for a few seconds.
Before Aryia could say anything Lylianna had already left. Aryia looked
back at her bag and checked over everything again.
Hours passed as Aryia continued to check and double check that she had
everything she needed for the mission.
\* \* \*
After two days had passed Aryia found herself heading North with the
other Knights. Everyone had their weapons at the ready. Lylianna felt
uneasy with how quiet the morning air was while Aryia continued to watch
the rear. Once the tree line was in sight Lylianna ordered everyone to
hold their position.
“Major?” Melissa seemed confused as to why they had stopped.
Lylianna stared off at the woodlands ahead. *We’re sitting ducks out
here*, Lylianna thought as she looked around.
Before Lylianna could finish her sentence shots rang out from beyond the
tree line. Everyone hit the dirt as Deadeye scrambled to form a wall
around them. Bullets continued to hit against the dirt and fly overhead
as Aryia, Ryliah and Melissa rushed to get up against the dirt wall.
“Return fire!” Lylianna yelled.
The others returned fire. *Shit, I can’t tell how many there are*,
Lylianna thought as the bullets continued to whiz pass her. It was clear
to Lylianna that they would have to retreat back to the safety of
“Everyone retreat now!” Lylianna yelled as she returned fire.
Lylianna and Melissa ran South as the others continued to lay down
suppressing fire. Deadeye looked over to Aryia and Ryliah.
“My magic won’t hold forever. You two go.”
“It’s fine, you two should go,” Aryia said as she returned fire.
With a simple nod Ryliah headed back with Lylianna and Melissa leaving
Deadeye and Aryia hugging the dirt wall closely as the sound of bullets
continued to ring in Aryia’s ears.
“Aryia you need to fall back now!” Deadeye said as he fired off a few
“No, I have my wind magic to help me. You go, I can catch up.”
Deadeye could not argue with her logic. He quickly got up made his way
in the direction of the others. Aryia continued to lay down suppressing
fire. She continued to fire until the dirt wall in front of her started
Aryia quickly ran for the rest of the Knights taking note of the new
dirt wall. She continued to run as bullets flew past her ears. After
running as fast as she could Aryia found herself hitting the ground with
*Damn it*, Lylianna thought as she watched a stray bullet rip through
Aryia’s knee. Aryia grabbed her knee as she started to feel a
concentrated pain from the bullet wound. Bullets continued to ring out
from both sides as Lylianna debated what she should do.
“Cover me!” Lylianna yelled as she jumped over the dirt wall.
“Major, what are you doing!?” Melissa yelled as she continued to lay
down suppressing fire.
Lylianna rushed over to Aryia and picked her up from the ground,
throwing her over her shoulder. Once Lylianna had made it to the barrier
Deadeye had created she threw Aryia over it. As Lylianna climbed over
the make‑shift barrier a stray bullet entered clean through her arm.
Blood poured from Aryia’s knee as Lylianna kept pressure on her wound.
Aryia could not help but grit her teeth as the pain continued to grow.
The others continued to lay down covering fire as Melissa looked at
“Major, we need to get both you and Aryia medical attention and quick.”
“I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this barrier isn’t going to
last for no more then five minutes,” Deadeye said as he reloaded his
Ryliah returned fire after reloading her weapon as Aryia began to fade
in and out of consciousness. Lylianna knew they needed to make it back
to the bridge before they end up dead. The others continued to try and
lay down covering fire as best they could until the earth barrier
collapsed. Deadeye quickly slammed his hands down to rebuild the barrier
as bullets flew by.
“We need to leave now!” Lylianna shouted as she looked up to the rest of
“I can hold them off for only a bit Major. If they get in close that
will be another story,” Deadeye said as he reinforced the dirt barrier
that he had created.
“I can stay with you and hold them off as well,” Ryliah said as she
Melissa had finished wrapping up a tourniquet around Aryia’s leg to stop
the blood from pouring as Lylianna looked to Deadeye and Ryliah.
“You two can’t die, that is an order.”
Without another word Melissa picked up Aryia and carried her while
Lylianna followed close behind.
\* \* \*
Aryia laid there on the ground in a half awakened state. She wasn’t sure
what was going on around but at the same time she could somewhat tell
what was going on. Her left leg was covered in blood from the bullet
wound to her knee. A sudden pain shot up from her knee jolting her wide
The feeling of Melissa removing the bullet felt as if a dull dagger was
scraping and digging into her bone. Aryia quickly sat up in tremendous
pain, however, before she could do anything Lylianna pinned her
“Aryia stay calm. You will be patched up soon.”
After a few seconds Aryia realized where she was and relaxed. She
noticed that Lylianna’s hand was pouring blood onto her
“Lylianna, did you get shot?”
“Yes, however, it is a flesh wound. For now we need to focus on you.”
Aryia laid back as she tried not to focus on the pain surrounding her
knee. After a few minutes Melissa had finally managed to dig out the
“I hope this bullet to the knee doesn’t put me out of action for to
“Well, chances are that it will put you out of action for a few weeks
but will at least take a month to fully heal,” Melissa said as she sewed
up the bullet wound.
Melissa started to look over Lylianna’s wound. Lucky for her the bullet
had went clean through making it quite easy for Melissa to patch up.
“What happens now?” Aryia asked.
“We go home.”
Aryia had a sad look upon her face.
“I am sorry Lylianna…”
“Sorry for what? You are not to blame for this Aryia.”
A few hours had passed and the Knights had found themselves back in the
Capital of Priserra. Melissa and Lylianna helped Aryia to her bed back
at the Black Knight Headquarters. Lylianna headed for the Emperor’s
castle to let him know of their mission.
“If you need anything Aryia be sure to use your radio to call one of us.
None of us should be one‑thousand kilometers away so it should be fine.”
Without anything else to say Melissa headed downstairs to let Aryia
rest. After some time had passed Aryia found herself drifting off to