Beyond the Borders Volume 1
The sound of footsteps echo throughout the empty chamber of the throne
room. It was normal for the Emperor to call for a soldier and promote
them to a rank higher then their current rank or even demote them but as
Layla knelt in front of the Emperor she wondered what would happen. She
had served the Kingdom of Sylveria for a few years and showed great
promise at the young age of ten.
By the time she had turned thirteen she had established a name for
herself. Among those was the name of The White Witch. Of course, the
nicknames people gave her meant nothing. She only focused on the task
that she was given. Results were all that mattered to her.
“Captain Veltress, due to your outstanding service in the name of our
great kingdom I have decided to promote you to the rank of Major,” the
“Thank you, your grace.”
“I wish for you to create a new branch of military. A team if you will
of trained soldiers hand picked by you. You will lead it. Please bear in
mind though that your unit will still fall under the *Military Code of
“I understand, your grace.”
“Very well, you are dismissed.”
Layla stood up and headed for the exit with a slight smile on her face.
She would finally be able to lead her own unit the way she wanted to.
Upon exiting the castle Layla noticed her little sister approaching her.
It was clear to her that her little sister was curious about what the
“So, what did the Emperor want you for?”
“Apparently, I will be leading a new unit.”
“That sounds interesting.”
“Yeah, I even get to recruit anyone I wish.”
“Basically, you have the final say?”
“Pretty much. The unit still falls under the *Military Code of Laws* but
other then that…”
Lylianna looked to sister.
“Have you decided who will be on the team?”
“No, and I am not letting you on it.”
The tone of Layla voice made it sound as if she hated the idea of her
own sister being on a team lead by her. Lylianna stopped in her tracks
as anger showed on her face.
“And why not?”
“You are still to inexperienced. Besides, I don’t need emotional luggage
weighing me down.”
Without warning Lylianna tried to use her power and punch Layla in her
face. Layla blocked the rage filled strike as if it was a punch thrown
by a child. Grabbing her wrist, Layla slammed her sister face first into
the grass, bending her arm behind her back. She held Lylianna’s arm in a
tight arm‑lock as spoke into her ear.
“Did you forget your magic won’t work on me, little sister.”
Thunder began to crackle in the far distance as dark clouds could be
seen in the sky. Layla continued to hold her sister down as guards on
the outer walls of the castle wondered what as going on between the two.
“Hey do you think we should stop the fight down there?” one guard asked.
“Nope. Not our problem. Let them do as they please.”
“Are you sure? The small one looks like she is only eleven—”
“Again, not our problem.”
Layla pulled back Lylianna’s wrist forcing her arm into an uncomfortable
“You know, I could snap your wrist in half right now,” Layla said as she
twisted Lylianna’s wrist slowly.
Lylianna could not help but grunt at the pain as it continued to
“Maybe one day you can have your own unit, assuming you grow up.”
Without another word Layla released her grip on her sister and headed
off as the sound of thunder drew closer. Lylianna laid there with her
face in the grass as she thought about what her older sister said. Part
of her hated her, and yet part of her knew that she was right. If she
was going to have her own squad one day she would need to show that that
she was ready. Lylianna stood up as tiny droplets of rain began to pour
down. She made her way for her barracks with only one thing on her mind,
becoming better then her older sister.