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Sunset Before the Knight

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Alex stood looking out over the kingdom smiling as a boy waved up at him and he looked closer seeing it was his friend Reggie and another boy ran up behind him, it must have been Luke. Alex jumped at the hand on his shoulder turning his head to see that it was just his brother Arc.

“Someone’s jumpy today,” Arc said laughing at the scowl on his brother’s face.

“I can’t help it, father said a suiter is coming to visit today, you’re already set to be married. I think father is worried about me since I never take a second look at a girl,” Alex said looking back down at Reggie and Luke who were doing some sort of dance. “I have to go, band stuff you get it right?” Alex said and Arc rolled his eyes as Alex pressed a button on his ring, his hair turning light brown and eyes green outfit changing to a vest, brown shirt, and green pants. Arc never understood why his brother would do something so foolish as to dress up as a commoner he sighed waving bye to his slightly younger brother.

Alex ran to his friends smiling as they walked away.

“Father says I must be married by my next birthday, I can't do marriage, I don’t even like girls!” Alex said exasperated and Luke and Reggie sighed as their friend and prince paced around the room.

“Alex, you shouldn’t worry too much your, brother is taking the throne anyway, he’s engaged to that Chloe girl from Astoria that he’s never met we’re forming some sort of alliance with them right?” Luke asked.

“They will protect us from the ghost of the old king and we will help them in the battle against Ryker,” Alex said ceasing his pacing for a moment before starting to walk at a faster pace. “Do you think Arc would change the rules for me?” Alex asked, breathing heavily.

“Alex, your brother is totally cool with you liking guys he’ll have no problem with changing the rules no matter what your father says,” Reggie said putting a hand on his shoulder.

“Oh no! Dinner starts in ten minutes!” Alex said rushing out of the tent they were in pressing the button on his ring blonde hair flopping back down into his face, thin white crown, white partly see thru shirt, black pants, and black unbuttoned vest appearing over his body he heard running behind him and turned around in the woods. He saw nothing and continued walking, hearing footsteps again turning around seeing nothing again. He started to pick up the pace before feeling a hand wrap around his wrist pulling him back.

“A young prince like you has no business alone in the woods at such a time of day,” a man said, pulling him closer. His eyes became red and Alex passed out and the man picked him up teleporting back to his lair. All that was left of the prince was his crown laying on the forest floor.

“It’s been hours darling, I’m worried about Alexander,” the Queen said holding her husband’s arm. Arc kept calling his brother but no answer. 

“He’s not answering, why isn’t he answering?” Arc asked running a hand through his blonde hair feeling tears build up in his eyes threatening to bubble over but he had to be strong for his mother. 

“Guards!” The King yelled and five men came running into the room. “Send out a search for Alexander at once, leaving no stone in our kingdom unturned.” The guards left bowing and yelling at others. 

“We’ll find him, he's out there somewhere,” the King said holding his son and wife.

Reggie and Luke were walking back through the forest and saw something white on the mossy ground. Reggie picked it up, it was a small crown with the crest of the kingdom of Sunset on it.

“Alex,” Reggie gasped and Luke looked at him with wide eyes and they ran back to the kingdom as fast as possible.

“Your highness! Your highness!” the two yelled holding up the crown and the King walked out of the hall he was standing in and looked at the two boys before him.

“We were in our tent in the woods where we practice music and we were walking back into town when we saw this crown on the ground in the forest, it belongs to Prince Alexander,” Luke said and the town gasped shocked that their beloved prince was missing.

The Queen let out a sob running back into the castle, the King looked down already mourning the loss of his son, Arc walked forward taking the crown in his hands taking off his own matching black one running back into the castle and to his room sinking to his knees. Arc cried before realizing that there was a way to find his brother, Alex, and Arc always wanted a way to find each other so if one of them got lost and the other found his crown all he had to do was connect them and the one would be able to see where the other was. Alex was in a room with purple swirls floating around him. Caleb had gotten his brother. Arc knew what he had to do, he placed his and his brother’s crowns on his bed grabbed a bag of gold, and a few other necessities before climbing out his window. There was a knight school in Astoria and it was calling his name, maybe not Arthur people would know he was the prince he had to pick the name that only his brother ever called him, Arc.

He made his way through horrifying mountains and ditches only to hitch a ride on an ogre's wagon the rest of the way there.

Chloe was upset, all she wanted to do was be a knight, but her father wanted her to figure out how her and Prince Arthur were going to strike a deal with their marriage that would save both of their kingdoms. Chloe saw him reading a scroll gasping he didn’t even call in his royal gasper.

To the King and Princess of Astoria,

Our son Alexander was kidnapped by the ghost of our former king and we can only assume that his brother Arthur is out there looking for him. Our best knights have searched the entire kingdom and cannot find either of them. Please find out boys our kingdom and our alliance are counting on you.

King Henry and Queen Cecelia of Sunset Kingdom

Chloe snuck out of the room sliding a ring on her finger turning into Ciara a brave knight in training she walked down to the courtyard seeing a blonde boy standing there clueless. He was going to be the new member of the Phoenix squad; she just had a feeling. He had made it and made his payment but she knew he was hiding something. She was going to get it out of him some way or another.

Alex awoke in a cold room shaking there was a boy with long hair holding his hand out for him. “Let’s get you ready to meet Caleb.”