I searched the castle for my sister, knowing she must be around somewhere. After all, she barely ever leaves the castle anymore, even for political affairs.
“Eris?” I called, hoping for a response. Nothing. Her name echoed through the castle with no sign of a response. Still, I had faith that she was around. She’s the worrier of the two of us, and with good reason. After all, who could go through what she did and not be anxious?
I bound up the stairs, headed down the corridor to our rooms. She must be in there. I swung open the door to find it empty. The lights were all off, her music wasn’t playing, her stuff was gone, and neither her or Kali were there.
I searched the room for any signs of her whereabouts. On the bedside table was a note:
“Watch the kingdom for me. I have something important to attend, but I don't know what it is. Lady Cambria of Nardiria said she and the rest of the Elemental Council would explain everything when I got there. I don’t know how long I’ll be gone, but make sure the Circle don’t kill each other by the time I get back, and while you’re at it, make sure Ecridora doesn’t spiral into chaos. ~Eris”
I folded the letter up and tucked it into the pocket of my shorts. Tomorrow’s our next meeting and most of them would be worried sick to find Eris not there. Of course, then there’s Nemesis, who according to her really couldn’t care less about any of us. I squeezed my eyes shut, hoping to find where she was. She was in the middle of a forest, outside the castle of Nardiria. She and Kali were in a large group of people walking down a path, the two of them staying to the edge as usual when they’re in a crowd. I didn’t know where she was headed, though. Then, one person in the group - who I recognized as Ashton Lunice - explained that they’d stop for the night at a clearing.
Then, an idea came to me. I ran out of Eris’s room, sliding down the ornate railing of the staircase and hopped off. If anyone can help with this, it’s Rowan.
“Rowan?” I called from the front hall, letting her name echo just as Eris’s had. The faint guitar strumming from far away in one corner of the castle stopped.
“What is it this time?” she said.
“Sorry for bugging you again,” I started, and she opened a door. “I need to find out where Eris is. She’s gone missing.”
“That’s ridiculous! She never leaves her room, much less the castle,” she said, after she showed up in a rush of wind. When she returned to normal speed, she tucked her now messy brown hair back behind her ears after falling out of the braids she had it in. I gave her the note, and she studied it.
“That’s not like her,” she said, after looking up from the note.
“The thing is, I know where she is at the moment, I just can’t figure out where she’s headed,” I explained, waving my arms around as I spoke.
“Huh,” she said. “Guess twin mind tricks can’t do anything, so you need to come get the mind freak,” she continued, mumbling the last part under her breath.
“Rowan…” I groaned under my breath. “You know we enjoy having you around even when we don’t need your powers. Now, will you do your thing or not?”
She sighed. “Alright, now where is she?”
“Outside the Nardirian castle, in the middle of the forest.”
I squeezed my eyes shut, trying to find where Eris was. Soon enough, I found her, and tapped into her mind. I was met with a ton of worry and thought that hit me like a wall, which was usual for searching through her mind but still caught me by surprise every time. Soon enough, I found what I wanted, and opened my eyes again.
“She doesn’t know where they’re headed,” I said, sitting on a table. “But I do know that she’s headed to some city with a huge group of strangers.”
“Did you catch why?” she asked.
“Apparently Queen Cassiopeia was kidnapped during last night’s ball, and she and a bunch of people need to go and save her,” I said. As I spoke, I picked up a small plant from the table and absentmindedly played with the leaves.
“Alright,” she said, sighing with relief. “Warn the others, if it’s not too much trouble.”
I closed my eyes again, setting the plant aside and gripping the side of the table with both hands.
“Eris won’t be around for awhile, she left last night for some mission. Apparently, there’s something going down with the queen of Nardiria being kidnapped and so they have to track her down and save her. I’ll tell Eris to let us know if she’s in danger and needs one of us, but for the time being she should be alright. The Nardirian Elemental Council’s with her, along with a few other people, though she’s basically strangers with all of them. ~Rowan”
I then cut off that message and switched to where Eris was.
“Eris. Harmonia and I figured out what’s happening. Signal Harmonia if anything happens; I’ll be around straight away for you to tell me what happened. ~Rowan”
After that, I opened my eyes and looked at Harmonia.
“Alright, got the message out. I also told Eris to signal you in case anything happened,” I said. “Now, if you’ll excuse me…” I started, then stood, pivoted, and left for my room without finishing my sentence.