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-Weeps of a Dying Land-

When the Elven Winds howls for help… Only a miracle can save them from the imminent death…

Two months had passed since Eclipse’s defeat. Guatemala City was still rebuilding, and the ones who lost almost everything from that terrible day were being helped by international organizations and other people from Guatemala whose luck was better.

The life for the Blue Moon Knights had returned to normality; Anael and Altagracia were going to school, as usual. Thalas was still studying with them, and Melchior was doing the same as well. Kaiser and Kimi were living in Melchior’s as exchange students, and Kaiser seemed to be maturing faster than the first time he met the Central American trio.

However, the original group of heroes had received great news: Maya Altahuela, the Black Witch, had joined the group. She moved on to Guatemala City just a few days ago, and she was going to study in Melchior’s class. She entered in the team because of Thalas, who proposed her to join them after saving her life in Tenotchitlán.

That day in question, the Knights were at Thalas’ home, each on in different places: Anael was outside, sitting on a tree branch, watching some birds flying; Melchior was with Altagracia in Thalas’ particular library, teaching her how to use her magic properly; Kimi and Kaiser were at Thalas’ bedroom, reading the Sankari. Thalas was at the living room, reading The Three Musketeers of Alexander Dumas by the fireplace.

But let’s focus on the Finnish twins, Kimi and Kaiser: that’s where the interesting part lies. The twins were lying on the white marble floor, reading the book with interest. Kaiser wanted to know more about his story, since re couldn’t remember a thing, and Kimi had some doubts in his mind that he wanted to solve.

“Kimi?” Kaiser called, noticing his brother’s unusual silence. “What’s up?”

“Uh?” Kimi replied, seeming to wake up from a dream “Nothing, nothing… It’s just…” The blonde seemed afflicted by something that he couldn’t tell to his twin. “Listen…” He started, hesitant “Don’t you think that these days have been too… Ordinary?”

“Well” Kaiser started, smiling at his brother “If by ‘ordinary’ you mean ‘safe’, ‘regular’ or whatsoever, then yes, they have been ordinary enough. Why do you ask?”

“Nevermind.” Kimi replied with sadness in his countenance. “I… I’ll quit reading now. Maybe I’m just… neurotic, or something.” Kimi stood up and made his way to the bathroom next door. “I’ll be back in a second, brother. Don’t change pages, okay?”

“Okay…” Kaiser replied, even more confused than before.

The blonde with triangular stripes in his face turned his eyes to Sankari. That book was no ordinary: it contained almost everything about their race, the Northern Elves. From history to fun facts, everything was there to be read. He was looking to the page his brother once read. There was a picture of a bird which feathers were in different tones of blue. There was something grin about that bird that Kaiser was not figuring it out. Until…

 “Oh my god!” Kimi shouted from the bathroom “That cannot be! That cannot be!”

“What the hell?” Kaiser stated, hurrying to help his twin brother. “Kimi, what happened in there?!”

When Kaiser entered in the bathroom, he faced a pale, frightened Kimi, whose dreaded stare was targeting a broken mirror… and an icy blue feather. Kimi’s body was trembling, and he seemed to be stammering something incomprehensible even for Kaiser, who started to feel frightened just watching his brother collapse in front of his eyes.

“For God’s sakes, Kimi, breathe!” Kaiser asked him, putting his hands on his brother’s shoulders. “Calm down and try to tell me what the hell you done here. You are starting to scare me, and that’s not funny.”

Kimi stopped trembling and stammering, but his looks were still dreadful. Life seemed to be taken away from him, for his eyes were so lifeless. Kaiser felt even more terrified.

“It is a bad omen” Kimi said slowly, whispering. “The Fortress is in danger… I can hear the weeps of our people… The Emperor is coming for us!”

“What?” Kaiser asked, confused “Which Emperor? What are you talking about?”

“I saw him, Kai” Kimi replied, calling Kaiser by his nickname. “Throughout the mirror that I broke with my fists. I shouldn’t have done this…”

“You shouldn’t have done what? Broke the mirror?” Kaiser tried to understand his brother. “Yeah, now you’ll have to pay Thalas for this…”

“Not that, you idiot!” Kimi replied, angry. “I’m talking about the Book! I shouldn’t have taken it again, like I did before! I don’t want to see anybody punished by it, like our parents were… But these birds are a worse omen than this…”

“Meaning?” Kaiser asked, a bit more clarified.

“What the hell is this?!”

Kimi and Kaiser ran into the closest window. Anael was the one who screamed; he was watching some birds moments before he shouted. Now, he witnessed a horrifying scene: some icy-blue feathered birds tried to attack him. Luckily, these animals were frightened with ease, so Anael’s screams were enough to make them keep away from the Guatemalan. Still, their sinister looks were a bad omen. One of them, bigger and stronger than the rest, was bearing a message in its wings. A message written with fresh blood.

“What a weird day…” Kaiser reflected, lost in his thoughts. “What’s this all about, anyway?”

Kimi jumped from the window and ran into the icy birds, desperate to read the message. The other birds disappeared in front of him and Anael, turning into a mass of bloody dust. Only the bigger one was alive. 
Kimi took the bird in his hands, trying to read the message. By that time, Thalas, Maya, Melchior and Altagracia were already on the scene, even more confused than Kaiser.

“What does the message say?” Anael asked, curious “And why did these birds attempted to kill me?”

“It is a message coming from the Kingdom whence I and Kaiser came.” Kimi answered, with a grin countenance. “It says: ‘For the traitor who still lives, we have an offer to make. Join the Resistance against the Keisarim (Emperor’s, in Finnish) tyrant government, and justice will be brought for you, your brother and your people. If you refuse our offer, then it’s war.’”

When Kimi finished reading the bloody words, the bird became dust in his hands, leaving only a feather. It was his passport to the Resistance, along with the other Blue Moon Knights.

“Who wrote this?” Thalas asked.

“Bielarus!” Kimi answered, a bit terrified “Everything I know is doomed!”

“Not everything” Kaiser replied “Well, I may have finally understood: this ‘Emperor’ must be the one who ordered my execution, for the things I once done.  Whoever this ‘Bielarus’ is, she must know our story and must really hate this man to want him dead. But… How does she know about our story, veli?”

“I’ll tell you… Soon.” Kimi answered, mysteriously “Anyways, she needs our help. Beating the Emperor’s forces won’t be easy. May I count on you, guys?”

“Always” Anael responded, with a smile. “We are the Blue Moon Knights. All of us. Where is our destination, this time?”

“Finland – our homeland” Kimi replied, pointing to himself and Kaiser. “We can use our shaman-stones to create copies of us, and Maya can use her spells to do so.”

And so they did; every Blue Moon Knight created a copy of them, instructing them on how to proceed during the following days. With everything ready, the protectors of Central America left the place, hoping that nothing would happen while they were out.

To be Continued…

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