Tiny slender pillars moved against the earth early in the morning blindly through the mist. The delicate crown of the young fae was up, eyes wild with fear and hurry. Her muscles were tense and she pranced as her heart raced to what it seemed to be a thousand miles per hour. "No," she whispered, not allowing the tears that she had been holding back to come. Right now, she had to be strong even when times were tough. Tiana needed to find her king first though, so she could start a search for the young filly, even if she was long gone.
"Cadifor!" she screamed at the top of her lungs, letting it echo throughout the lands. There were things she needed to tell him about the yearling filly that she could not protect. Beautifully, she reared high and tall, to stand out upon the landscape as she whinnied desperately. The more time that was wasted, the less of a chance they had of finding little Vela. Tiana had loved her daughter dearly, and she didn't want to lose her forever. They had taken her away so quickly that the weak mother could not save her! Tiana hated herself for that. "No!!" she yelled again, sobbing under her breath.
Massive, silver and white pillars stomped the ground loudly as Cadifor galloped in the direction of the panicked call. Tiana sounded like she was in trouble. And with their daughter being so young, his heart plummeted at the thought of either one of them being hurt. Surging across the valley grasses, the king neared his young love. He slid to a stop a few yards away and trotted up to her.
"What's wrong?" he asked, trying to catch his breath and stop his heart from jumping out of his chest. Vela was not with her, and that made his heart pound even faster, imagining something horrible happening to his beautiful daughter.
Harks perked with distress running through her veins, she waited for the sounds of him coming to help. Soon, she could see his form dimly as she raced to meet him halfway. Normally, she would have nuzzled him and been quite happy to see his carefree expression. This was not a time for love, but it was one for bravery and caution. "Cadifor," she cried, her vocals breathy and stressed as she looked into his concerned eyes. "V-Vela, the humans, gone," she rushed out the words, knowing he would want a better explanation. This couldn't be happening. Tiana already missed the yearling filly so much, the beautiful, bright fae.
"Vela was playing at the lip of The Devil's Swamp, which is right outside of our safe valley. The humans came , and I tried to stop them. I should have called you, but they tried to catch me too. They got Vela around the neck and then beat her to run faster than I thought she ever could. She's gone," she rushed out the words, and they felt unnatural from her lips as the first of many tears rolled down her cheek. "What can we do? Hope she will escape?" she wondered. Tiana wondered how they had even gotten into the valley. The young mother knew it was all her fault for letting her daughter play in the swamp, but she didn't think that humans would come since she'd let her wander more and more in the last weeks. All Tiana had wanted was for her to get used to the lands.
Shock poured through him as he heard the mare's words. Gone? How could Vela be gone? The shock slowly ebbed away and he grew angry; very angry. Cadifor hardly ever got angry and he was nearly fuming. "Which way did they go?" he asked, not responding to any of Tiana's questions. These humans would pay. And they would learn to leave his lands alone, once and for all. His deep, brown eyes looked at her closely and then he reared, screaming at the heavens for all that heard him to come to his aid. These humans were going to leave this kingdom and he was going to see to that.
ooc ;; should we make a new thread so others will join in or did you want it just for you and I?
There was nothing to do now but wait! Oh, how the young mother wished she could chase those humans to the end of the earth and rip their eyes from their sockets. Nearly dancing with wild anxiety, she looked to him as rage showed clearly on his features. It was all her fault, and she knew he would have been furious with her for letting their daughter play at their border. Why would they had traveled all this way just for their little filly? They must have been collecting other young ones on their way, for Tiana had seen an appaloosa filly and a quarter horse colt tied to the horn of the controlling device of the terrible horse that brought them to the lands.
"Oh," she thought a second, all the words jumbling together in her mind. "They went south, south to the other lands. I believe they are trying to collect young ones from them too. They already had several tied to them," she replied frantically. "Please....forgive me," she wept, hanging her skull in dismay as she looked to his rearing form, glinting as the sun began to set right before them. There had to be a way, had to be something to get little Vela back to them once and for all.