Coal was the hue of her coat, laced with small bits of dark earth hue within her flanks. Ivory markings were about her beautiful pelt. Tresses, long, thin, and straight flew behind her easily, touching the soft sands a little bit with each stride. Ivory was upon her face and dominated most of it. A smile she wore. The queen's ebony eyes shone happily as she saw him, just as handsome as she had left him.
"Sigaf!" she exclaimed, her vocals high and glorious. "I've missed you so much," she softly said, rubbing her delicate crown against his strong, thick neck. His sides she caressed and his face. He looked much like herself, with his large, ebony form. Sigaf was amazing, to her, so amazing, and she would finally see him again. Blood Diamond loved him.
For a moment, she jumped back, sorrow in her eyes. "I'm so sorry for leaving. Will you ever forgive me?" she asked, looking down. Had he found another? Did he still care for her? She would know soon, and every moment was like a hour.
Diamond missed their old home a little, but this place was much more beautiful. The tranquil waters would be perfect for spending time along, and watching the sunsets with him would be marvelous, just like old times. Her own stupidity had led to them being separated, but now they were reunited, and he still loved her! That was the greatest feeling of all - to be wanted. Some never felt it in their life; some had it all along. Some were like her, having it sometimes and feeling so lost at others.
"It was terrible. I was wandering one day, but I suppose I wandered too far. I was out of the border. It took me years of figuring the new lands to find my way back. I thought I'd never see you again," she softly said. "I love these lands though. What are they called?" asked she. Blood Diamond had been told by an older horse that this was the land that he lived in. Never had they mentioned the name. Diamond was reluctant at first as to where it was. All the other lands didn't fit the descriptions that she had been given until she had gotten to the very last one.
"I am glad you found me again at last though, Diamond."
Then he thought.
"This is Vernien En' Seere or Coast of Peace. Sorrel is the king here, and I was chosen as his betta stallion. There is a gamma here as well, a dun horse called Bearla. Plus a pack of wolves but they mainly interact with Sorrel more than us."
He chuckled. Here they would stay for a long time yet to come and he knew that better than she did.
Diamond incontinently looked around at the beautiful, peaceful sands again. So much kept her there. "The name fits," she said, staring at the endless ocean. The sun beat down upon it, making each wave shimmer. The ebony fae thought that there was something that this was leading up to, but she wasn't sure yet what it was. Perhaps, she should meet all the others of the herd.
There was one stallion standing quite a distance away. He kind of looked like he was waiting for someone who would soon return. He was a deep chestnut stag and seemed very wise and calm. Blood Diamond thought that he would be a good friend for her, but she wasn't really sure. Some, like hellions, were good at convincing others that they were good.
Another stood on the direct opposite side. He was a dark, dark earthy hue, a little bit lighter than herself. His tresses were ebony, and he looked kind as well. Blood Diamond didn't see any hellions in the lands, like she had while she was lost. Most were evil, but some were good...on occasion.
He saw the others watching them and smiled. The one with the pale mane and tail is our king, Sorrel. He waits for his Queen to return with her foal at the moment. The other is Bearla, Blood Diamond." He chuckled. This was the place that he had been most happy about. And it was here that he would live for the rest of his days, or so he planned at the moment. There was no place like it. "Took me time to find this place."
Blood Diamond bowed before the two stags, showing her respect to the higher ranks of the herd. They seemed kind, very kind. The ebony fae was looking forward to spending time with both of them and their mares. Hopefully, she would have friends within the herd. A new life would be everything she could ever ask for, a new start. "I can tell you took your time. It's beautiful here," she said, looking over the distant ocean.
"Sigaf....the foal that we had died," she said sorrowfully, looking down to the sands. There was a chance for them to try again, but Blood Diamond did want to disappoint him with another still born. It was sad, very sad what had happened. Nothing could have been done to stop it, but maybe there would be a second chance. She looked up to him with hope.
"I am sorry to hear that, love." It was a pity about their foal really. He had not expected to hear that at all. The only thing was whether she was willing to try again? "Our old home, Misty Mountains has changed hands again. I left Dragon Wing in my place there as he was my beta? Turns out another came and took the land for him, and Thowra has decided to take Misty Mountains back for Dragon Wing." It was dissappointing, for the evil of hellions were to blame for the land being taking from Dragon Wing.
Diamond shook her delicate crown in shame. Their old home - taken into the hands of evil by a stag of fire. They were simply normal, and they could not take it back. Dismay she felt as she looked to him woefully. "That is a pity, Sigaf," she said with a sigh. Their beta had been so kind to them, and Diamond was sure that he had been a great king. They had left it in good hands, but sometimes the good were weak....very weak. They could fall to the most hating killers in the world that they knew.
Then, a thought dawned on her as she looked to the ebony stallion before her. "What happened to Dragon Wing?" she asked with a gulp of fresh air, knowing that the winged beta could possibly be dead. Death of friends was hard always to accept, and she thought Sigaf had been dead for a while. It had torn her heart apart at first, but one of the kings told Diamond that he resided there. Sometimes, there was hope. Most of the time, there wasn't.
He sighed at the words about Dragon Wing. "Dragon Wing lives on, I have spoken with him since he was thrown out like that. I met him at Bimbisaar while fighting with Corus' herd. His wings were broken, but other than that he was alive. He'll have since even healed those. He resides in Snowy River Forest at the moment, though he would always be welcome here if he wanted to come."
Diamond's harks suddenly perked themselves as he surprised her with the thought of power. "Broken wings?" she wondered aloud. How could a single being be so powerful to break a pegasus' wings? While she was away, something must have happened to all the lands. Suddenly, it seemed as if so much evil was intruding on all of them that were simply themselves. It was true, she was not gone when Corus was around, but he had not risen to power yet. He had not formed his empire. "There are more like him, as powerful? The world is surely in trouble if there is," she said, looking out to the horizon. There days could be numbered if such things were happening.
The fae moved her ebony pillars closer to him, wanting to take advantage suddenly of the time that was left. They were young, but new things had come up. Sorrel would not live forever, and she didn't want to coast of peace to be taken over by someone like Blade. Sadly, none of them knew about what was to come. There would be a third evil rising to power, forming allies and enemies. Enemies with them. Diamond nodded more hopefully at the talk of Snowy River Forest. "Ah, I see. Snowy River Forest has always been a safe place," she said with confidence. It seemed as if Thowra always had things under perfect control.
The beta queen was courageous, especially toward wolves. Diamond rather resented them, but that was a flaw that she liked to keep to herself. While having time alone, she noticed that she had a few and that everyone did. When she was younger, she didn't particularly notice them. The fae moved in front of the wolf, intersecting it's path to wherever it was going. "Who are you?" she asked, lowering her crown just a little bit to look the wolf in the eyes.
Blood Diamond had learned to accept that horses and wolves shared the lands. It didn't make her like them any more though. Clearwater and Ghost were not too bad; they seemed kind enough. It was those terrible wolves, like Crepusculum that she absolutely hated. While coming back over the mountains, she had to travel through Africa. The female wolf had attacked her there, ripping her leg open. It had since healed though. A scar reminded her what they had done.
Obviously, she was displaying more tension to the wolf than she had thought before. Diamond took a breath before focusing on the creature again though. She needed to calm herself after that encounter. The beta nodded to Clearwater, who she had grown to respect as a member of their herd. Never had the russet wolf nor her mate attacked or bothered her in any way. "Greetings, Ailio," she said before the she-wolf said her next words.
Diamond listened to the words of a fight brewing. She did not mind fighting, especially not in the name of her herd. "I will fight if you need me to," she said courageously. The ebony fae had never been one to sit back and watch the ones that she cared about fight to the death. She would rather die than watch someone else suffer into dying. There was strength in numbers, and Diamond would not let another fight happen like it had in Bimbasaar with Corus. A lot of news had been spreading about that, about how many loved ones had died. Blade was not as strong as Corus was. He would be an easier target.