CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and THIRTY-NINE
“See the notch on the pommel?” Nelson asked.
The fairy warrior princess blinked at him.
“The nob on the end of the handle?” Nelson said.
The fairy warrior princess looked for the notch at the end of the pommel. She nodded when she found it.
“It matches a notch on the guard,” Nelson said.
She looked on the piece of metal that separated the handle from the blade.
“Looks like a scratch,” the fairy warrior princess said. “The sword has had quite a lot of use.”
“Odd that the two random scratches line up,” Nelson said.
The fairy warrior princess nodded.
“It says ‘Semaines’” Nelson said. “‘Semaines’ on the guard and repeated on the pommel. If it’s the blade that I think it is, the pummel should read ‘W. Semaines’ for its maker.”
The fairy warrior princess looked at her sword.
“Well, I’ll be,” the fairy warrior princess said. “How would you know that?”
“That is a missing blade,” Nelson said. “It is a real prize. My father has been looking for it all of his life. His father, too.”
Shaking his head, he moved to get up.
“Do you mind?” Nelson asked.
“I don’t,” the fairy warrior princess said.
“I’m naked,” Nelson said.
The fairy warrior princess appeared to laugh at him before her face turned to stone.
“Get dressed and packed,” the fairy warrior princess said.
“Why?” Nelson asked.
“You’ve been found,” the fairy warrior princess said. “There are forces coming for you. They mean you no good will. They will bring destruction to every human in this place and feel justified in doing so.”
Nelson gawked at the fairy warrior princess.
“Go,” The fairy warrior princess said, pointing to the bathroom with the sword. “Now.”
His shy embarrassment for being naked in front of this stranger evaporated. Nelson jumped up and started toward the bathroom. He stopped midway.
“What about the people here?” Nelson asked. “I cannot just leave them to fend for themselves.”
“There is nothing you can do here,” the fairy warrior princess said.
“I can fight!” Nelson said. “My problem. My fight. I will not run away.”
“Not this time,” the fairy warrior princess said. “You love these people?”
“You need to flee this place,” the fairy warrior princess said. “Disappear.”
“But I …” Nelson started.
“Just for until this threat is neutralized,” the fairy warrior princess said. “Go. Get packed or I will take you, naked and all!”
“Who will save them?” Nelson asked.
“Your pursuers will meet a power they have only imagined,” the fairy warrior princess said. “How do you fight the wind? The rain? The sheer power of the earth herself?”
“Abi,” Nelson whispered.
“You’re not as stupid as you look,” the fairy warrior princess said.
The fairy opened her left hand and a ball of light appeared. She tossed it at Nelson. It smacked him on the rear and he ran to the bathroom. He grabbed his medications and used the toilet.
“Take everything,” the fairy warrior princess said. “Anything left of you will be destroyed down to the DNA level.”
He grabbed his toothbrush and ran into the room. He pulled on his jeans as he walked and yanked a shirt over his head. He shoved everything else into his backpack. When he turned a bundle of his gear was floating in the air. He held open his backpack and his gear floated inside.
“Are you ready?” the fairy warrior princess asked.
Denver Cereal continues on Monday…
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