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Thursday, 21 April 2016

The Feline Snow Queen-part 14


 


The Feline Snow Queen

Part 14

 The spring king paced back and forth in front of them while the winter queen sat in her winter chair. Snow swirled around the base and frost slithered back and forth on the floor around her. Keshar and his group of cats had just delivered the news to them both.
             Keshar was waiting for one of them to say something but neither one of them was speaking up. The cats were starting to shuffle about getting anxious. The spring king stopped and looked at them. “I will gather up what death birds I have and attack.”
            The winter queen smirked. He threw her an icy glare but she didn’t waver. “That would be suicide and you’re grasping at straws. You need an army to take on the feline fox clan. They have special powers that no else has.” Her silver eyes rested on keshar. She tilted her head at him. “Unlike you, that was given certain gifts that might certainly win against them.”
            Keshar shifted and knew she was referring to his own magic. “I will use it but I want to seek other solutions first.”
           The winter queen glared at him. “What other solutions are there,” she spit at him.
The spring king was watching intently. Keshar looked at them both. “I think we should all work together to get them all out. Ours powers combined will have a greater impact than just one.”
           The spring nodded and a little while later the winter queen nodded. “Okay,” said the spring king. “What have you in mind?”
          “I suggest we gather our best and we and meet with them and hear them out before attacking. If they are uncooperative then we will attack with our own ready in the background to attack.”
           They both looked at one another and then the queen nodded. The spring king stood tall in front of Keshar and all the cats. “Alright we will do it your way but if something goes very wrong you must use your most powerful magic to destroy them.”
            Keshar took a deep breath. “I will but hopefully it won’t come to that.”
"Fine,” said the queen. She got off her chair. Snow and ice followed her. “Let’s meet at the border of the fox feline’s territory in an hour.” She left the room without looking back.
   That left Keshar, his cats and the spring king. He almost started to pace again but stopped. “Alright, I will gather up my faerie army and we will meet you there.”

There was a darkness in his eyes that made Keshar nervous. He followed the spring king out and the cats and Keshar went outside. Other cats had come from the high queen’s forest to help along with the snow queens. Keshar addressed them all.

“We are going to rescue the snow queen and the high queen today. That is our main goal. As for the spring princess and the winter prince. We will leave that to the spring king and winter queen to take care of. Our main focus is the feline queens. Some of you will be on the outside ready for anything that might go wrong. Let’s go.”

Keshar led the way and the rest of them followed with those who went a head a little ways sniffing for any danger. The winter queen was already there when they got to the border. She was on top of a white horse. Behind her was her warriors armed and ready for battle. That made Keshar nervous. It looked like she was ready to barge in.

The winter queen looked down at them. “We are ready to proceed.”

“Let us go through first and stay back with the spring king for a moment while I have a chance to talk to them.” The winter queen almost sneered at him but nodded. Keshar looked around to see if the spring king was coming yet but nothing. A funny feeling came over Keshar. He was hoping he was wrong.

Keshar and his main cats went through the border and as soon as they entered could pick up the scent of the fox felines. Keshar expected that. After the death bird incident, he was sure that the king and queen would have the whole forest on high alert. So, it wasn’t a surprise when a couple of fox felines came crashing through the forest landing in front of them with teeth baring and claws out ready to shred them. Keshar bravely stepped out to confront the two fox felines.

“I have come in peace. I want to talk to the king and queen. We know that the snow feline queen and the high queen are being held here. Also the spring princess and winter prince. I demand that I get to speak to them now.”

The two large fox felines looked at one another and then the one nodded and turned. The other one gestured with his large head for them to follow. The fox feline then followed them. That made Keshar a little nervous to be sandwiched in like that but he knew his cats were nearby following.  He didn’t tell the winter queen or spring king that he was going to use his magic to hide his cats from their radar when they entered. It was the only safe thing to do. The cats he knew would be ambushed otherwise.

The leader led them to the palace and other fox felines came over and joined the escort into the castle. Keshar’s hair was standing on the back of his neck. Prickles went through his paws.

A pair of massive doors opened before them. Keshar could see the king and queen sitting up ahead on large cushions that were on low chairs. Very elaborate carvings supported the bottom and back of the cushions. The lead fox feline bowed and stepped aside as did the other one that was at the back of the line.

Keshar went forward then. The king sat up on his cushion and loomed down over Keshar. “You have come to talk to me. We will listen.”

The tone in the fox feline’s voice sent a warning through Keshar body. He took a deep breath and could feel the magic at his paws tingle. “I understand that the snow queen and the high queen are being held here. As well as the spring princess and winter prince.

The fox feline king grinned. “Word gets around fast. I assure you they are safe and comfortable. My queen and I have been talking with them about alliances and such. We strongly believe it would be in the best interest of these forest queens to join us in an alliance.”

Keshar came a little closer to the king. “Neither one of these queens will do an alliance. They rule their own forests and will continue to do so. I believe it would be in your best interest to let them go.”

The king tilted his head. “Why would it be in my best interests?”

“The snow queen and high queen cats will fight for them and so will I.”

The fox feline king raised an eyebrow. “So, you have an alliance with them?”

“I have an alliance with the snow queen and she has an alliance with the high queen at this time.”

“I see,” the fox feline king. “That is interesting. You know, I know of your past and that you were born with the magic.”

Keshar shifted. “That’s right, I know and I can feel your magic coming to life in this room and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I warn you. Do not use it in this room or you will never see your queens again.

“I do not take threats from anybody. I demand that you let them go.”

The fox feline let out a low growl and that brought over the two fox felines that had escorted them in. The room suddenly filled with tension as Keshar and the fox feline king faced each other. After about half a minute a sigh echoed in the room. It was the queen fox feline, Cattar. She leaped down from her chair and came to greet Keshar. Her king stood silent and watched her.

She glanced at the cats who were ready for anything and gestured for the two fox felines that escorted them in to go back to their positions. They went back without looking over at their king.

The queen faced Keshar who never moved or wavered. Her large gold eyes pierced into Keshar making the tingle in his paws more electric. “You want to see the queens? Then you will seriously consider forming an alliance with us.” Then she sighed again. The room was silent. “But I already know that you will not so as of now, I declare war.”

The king behind her gasped. She never looked back at him. Keshar now knew that she ruled.

“Then war is what you will get.”

Everyone one turned as they all peered at the spring king and he was not alone. He had a hold of someone. The queen growled.

“Oh, are you upset my queen? Now you know how I feel.” The spring king sneered at her.

The spring king was holding a young female fox feline who Keshar was guessing was the king and queen’s daughter. “You give me my daughter back and I may give you yours back.”

Keshar could hear Cattar’s nails scraping on the floor. He knew that she wanted to lunge at the spring king. Cattar through her head back the king who was looking at his guard cats.

“Sick you fox cats on me, and she is as good as dead. Give my daughter or she will die and this whole castle will be brought down.”

The king stood up and leaped down. “How do you intend to do that?”

Frost slithered across the floor making all the cats jump. Keshar knew the winter queen was just outside. Cattar hissed. Keshar looked everywhere for her but no sign of her yet. The spring king held his ground with the young fox feline in his grip. Keshar wanted to go over to him and ask what plan him and the winter queen had cooked up.

But before he could so any such thing the room erupted into glass windows exploding with two big death birds landing in the room. Spring warriors were on top of them and they were firing their arrows at the fox felines. Keshar ordered his cats to get out. He ran after them. “Let’s find them and get out of here while the spring king keeps them occupied. They just got around the corner when they ran into Sienna. She was wide eyed. “Do you know where they are” asked Keshar.

She nodded. “Follow me.  The room is spelled though. I’ve tried everything but I can’t open it.”

When they got there, much to Keshar’s surprise was the spring queen trying frantically to open the door. She looked at them with frightened eyes as she saw all the cats.

“Stand aside my queen, I will open the door.” She stood aside for Keshar. He held up his paw and the light formed. He closed his cat eyes and aimed the blue light at the door. It pushed the door open with a force. The queen ran inside to her daughter. Keshar heard the princess scream when she saw her mother. The cats rushed in ahead of Keshar. Sieksa greeted Keshar when he entered. “We have to get out of here now,” said Sieska.  “More fox felines are coming.”  Keshar caught a glimpse of the balcony doors. The prince was trying to open them with the help of another faerie warrior on the outside. Keshar rushed up to him. “Let me.” The prince stood to the side and so did the faerie on the outside. Keshar lifted his paw and his blue light blew the doors open. The prince looked back at the spring princess who was in the arms of the queen. The princess then broke away from her mother’s embrace and went to the prince who grabbed her and literally flew onto the back of the death bird who had brought the prince here in the first place. The queen dashed out to the balcony but the death bird had lifted off and was flying away.  The warrior and his death bird were still there. Keshar looked over at him. “Take your queen and fly her out of here.”

The warrior didn’t need any convincing. He grabbed the queen and they all flew off. Then he ran back in. We have to find a way out of here.”

“Follow me,” Sienna said. “I know some secret doors that will take us to the outside.”

They all ran out following Sienna. They just got around the corner when Sienna ran into something. It was Cattar. She had her guards with her. They grabbed Sienna.

The fox feline queen looked at them all. “Where do you think you are all going?”


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