Clarence? Clarence, wake up! a familiar voice called.
And you complain when I wont wake up? the person laughed. Clarence opened his eyes and glanced at the person who was talking. It was Clarences military partner, Kedar. Clarence groaned groggily, as he didnt want to get up.
Kedar laughed again. What is the matter? Do not feel like getting up? That is fine with me, but you do realize we have a meeting with the king this morning, yes? Kedar asked. Clarences eyes opened wide as he remembered his audience with the king. He jumped up and looked at the clock on the wall. Only one more hour until the scheduled audience!
Kedar laughed heartily as Clarence rushed to get ready. Why didnt you wake me up earlier? Clarence asked. I tried, but you would not listen! Kedar said, smiling. Next time, throw water on me or something! Clarence snapped. Kedar laughed again.
Lunarias military had a sort of buddy system for its soldiers and knights. All soldiers are given a partner after they finish their training. From that point on, all tasks and missions are to be fulfilled together. When on duty, they stay together. That is the law and regulations. Clarence and Kedar were paired up in order to fulfill this requirement, and therefore lived together as roommates.
Clarence was a standard Yellow Moon Lunarian, with pale yellow hair and lavender eyes. When on duty, Clarence wore standard Lunarian soldier uniform, with bright purple armor and dull lavender cloth. Clarence wielded spears, like most Lunarian knights did.
Kedar was a Blue Moon Lunarian, with light blue hair and medium-blue eyes. He was an archer, so he wielded a custom-made crossbow. While on duty, Kedar usually wore the uniform of dull lavender clothes, with his only means of protection being a blue shoulder pad on his left shoulder. Kedars quiver was connected to the shoulder pads strap, and it came up at his left shoulder as well.
Kedar and Clarence left their small, 2-room house, in a rush to get to the nearest chasm. The stress and anticipation of meeting the king was apparent on Clarences face. Kedar was as calm as ever. Clarence ran up to the chasms control device, and inserted his ID card. Which option? the chasm control device asked. Elevator. Clarence replied, as Kedar caught up to Clarence. Which level? the device asked. Bottom. Clarence replied.
A red light shot out of the control device, seemingly forming a square surface. Clarence checked to see if Kedar was there, before walking onto the laser platform. Kedar walked onto it as well, and after that, the elevator started descending.
Lunaria was a very populated planet, so their cities built out, then up. There are 15 levels, or stories, to the city. The bottom level was the ground, and everything else was built on a kind of hard stone, called Jevire. The each story was like a miniature city, with buildings, fountains, pavement, houses, lights, and sometimes even gardens.
Quite often in these huge 15-layer cities were chasms
about half a mile wide in each of the four compass directions. The chasms allowed access to lower floors by means of laser-path technology. Clarence and Kedar lived on the ninth story of the city, so it would take them some time to reach the ground level, which was where Lunarias castle was.
Clarence sighed to relieve some tension. He glanced at Kedar, who seemed to be as careless as ever. Clarence went back to his stressful state of thought, as he worried about his upcoming fate.
Hey Clarence. Kedar remarked, startling Clarence somewhat.
What? Clarence asked. Why do you think the castle does not have any levels over it? It looks rather funny all alone like that! Kedar laughed. Clarence gave his blue-haired friend a flat look. You mean
you dont know? Clarence asked. I do not. Kedar replied. Clarence gave Kedar a look of suspicion.
It doesnt have any levels above it because of possible hazards. If there were levels above it, they could collapse and crush the castle, killing off our royalty. Clarence explained. Hmm. That does not make sense. I have never heard of levels collapsing. Kedar replied, still smiling as he always did. It doesnt make sense? How can that not make sense? Clarence asked.
Levels have been known to collapse, Kedar. Didnt you hear that Sector Nine collapsed yesterday? Clarence asked. Sector Nine? Where is that? Kedar laughed. Annoyed by Kedars laughter, Clarence turned away, and noted that they had passed the fifth story. He also noted the time, which stressed him even more than he already was.
Once at the bottom level, Kedar and Clarence rushed towards Lunarias castle. They arrived at the main room ten minutes past their audience time, which wasnt good. His Majesty is currently waiting on you. The servant in front of the throne room door said. Right. Clarence said. The woman went to inform the king of the duos presence.
do us a favor and keep your mouth shut this time. His Majesty does not appreciate your jokes or your puns. And he really hates it when you laugh. Clarence said. You need to relax a little. Kedar said, smiling. If you stress yourself too much, youll end up making a mess out of yourself! Kedar laughed.
Kedar! Dont you realize that were in great trouble? Dont you realize that his majesty is on the verge of having us-- The throne room doors opened, and the servant motioned for Kedar and Clarence to enter. Clarence steeled himself for the outcome.
The throne room was long, and imperial knights lined the walls on both sides. Clarence put on a neutral expression as he and Kedar entered the throne room. It was hard to hide how nervous he was, but he had been trained on how to do so. A purple carpet ran from the doors all the way to the throne, running up a flight of stairs in the process.
At the far end of the room was a large throne, lined with purple linen and carved of Lunarian carvelion, a gold-colored mineral. Upon the throne sat a man with long silver hair, who bore the expressions of enragement as his eyes fell upon the two late knights. Once at the bottom of the stairs, Clarence and Kedar bowed to show their respect.
Youre LATE! The king angrily remarked. I apologize, Your Majesty! Please, I beg your pardon for our lateness! Clarence stated. Not ONLY are you late
but I see that you have once again failed to find my brother. I demand an explanation! the king said.
What is there to explain? Kedar remarked, smiling. We simply could not find him. It is not as if we have a tracking device on him! Kedar said. Kedar
Clarence thought, giving his friend a look of distress. SILENCE!! the king snapped. Your failures are NOT acceptable! I have given you five years to locate and bring back my brother, and you have NOT done so! DO YOU KNOW WHAT BECOMES OF THOSE WHO CANNOT FULFILL THEIR ORDERS? the king snapped.
Clarence warily glanced at Kedar, hoping that the blue moon Lunarian wouldnt say anything. Those who do not fulfill their orders are BURNED ALIVE! the king snapped. SHOW THEM! the king demanded, turning to a nearby servant. The servant pressed a switch and a monitor lowered down. It showed a Lunarian soldier being burned to death, displaying every graphic moment from the start of the punishment to the moment they were dead. It was a death so gruesome that even Kedar lost his cheerful expressions and watched in horror.
NO! Please, give us another chance! Clarence pleaded, falling to the floor and bowing his head. Kedar, though not nearly as desperate as Clarence, got to his knees as well, and bowed respectfully. One more chance, thats all I ask! Please, your majesty! Please! Clarence pleaded.
Im not sure I should. Both of you are complete failures! I doubt you would ever be able to overcome your uselessness enough to find him! the king snapped.
N-Not true, Your Majesty! We
we have the general location of where he is
we just need more time to find him! Clarence said, still with his face towards the floor. The king thought a moment.
The king turned to one of his guards next to the throne. You there! Your thoughts? the king asked. With a neutral expression, the knight replied, I feel that you should give them another chance, Your Majesty.
Fine. I give you one more chance. The king remarked, turning to Clarence and Kedar. Clarence warily stood up, and Kedar calmly did the same. I give you two more months. If you do not find him this time, your fate will be the same as the soldier on the monitor! Understood? the king asked. Y-Yes sir. Clarence replied. Good. NOW STOP WASTING YOUR TIME IN HERE AND FIND MY BROTHER!! the king ordered. Kedar and Clarence left the throne room in a hurry.
Out in the foyer, Kedar and Clarence took a moment to recover from their nerve-wrecking experience. The two comrades had just barely escaped death
in fact, it could almost be considered a miracle that they were still alive. King Lumour was not the kind of king to ask others for guidance; he made all of his decisions himself. The fact that he asked ANYONE about the matter seemed a bit too
Kedars laughter broke the silence. We both owe it to your father, yes? he asked. Clarence was still in emotional shock, so he only looked at his military partner. I mean, who would have thought that the king would turn to anyone for guidance? Let alone the one man who is your father! Kedar laughed.
Im not sure, Kedar. Clarence said. I think we just have an extra two months added onto our lives. Theres no way we can find him
our fates are the same as that soldier we saw
You are SUCH a resilient knight! Kedar laughed. His Majesty has gifted us with two more months of life! Let us light a fire under ourselves and get going! After all, we will not find him by standing around in the castle foyer! Kedar said. Youre right. Lets go
Before we go, Kedar, I have to tell Flaria our plans. Clarence said. Of course you do. Do you need my help or do you think you can talk to her on your own? Kedar asked, laughing. Clarence gave his comrade a flat look. I think I can talk to my own girlfriend without your help, Kedar. He remarked. If you say so! Kedar laughed.
On their way back up to the ninth level, Kedar and Clarence stopped by level 4, which was where Flarias clinic was. Clarence walked up to the clinic doors and turned to Kedar. Can you stand here for a while without getting into trouble? Clarence asked. Yes. Kedar replied, chucking in his speech. Clarence cocked an eyebrow at his partner in suspicion, before turning and entering the clinic through its automatic doors.
Clarence walked up to the counter, where a lady was standing. Is Flaria busy? He asked. Shes probably in with a patient right now, but why do you ask? the woman responded. Im her fiancé, and I would like to speak to her before I head off to my next mission. Clarence replied. Oh! Well let me check! the woman said, before leaving. Clarence did what he could to hide his distressed expressions.
It wasnt long before Flaria entered the waiting room. She was a red moon Lunarian, with long red hair that curled at the ends. I was wondering if you were still alive or not! Flaria laughed, teasingly. Her joke only made Clarence show his true mood.
Im sorry Clarence. I was only joking. So
what happened? Flaria asked.
His Majesty spared us
But he says this is our last chance. We have two months to find Lumorous, or well
be burned to death. Clarence said. Flarias expressions grew full of concern and fear.
I hope you find him this time. She said. I do as well. Clarence replied.
So youre leaving now, huh? Flaria asked. Yes
Clarence replied. Well
Ill be waiting when you return. Flaria said, smiling. Dont lose hope Clarence. You can find him. she added. Clarence faintly smiled, and Flaria kissed him good-bye. After that, she returned to her work, and Clarence left the clinic. Clarence and Kedar headed back to their house, to prepare for their mission.