Riddles of the Phoenixes series

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Riddles of the Phoenixes series

The War of the Phoenixes.

Chapter twenty nine: It is well.

James slowly looked down to see a bullet hole in his chest, and blooded beginning to soak through his shirt. He looked up with wide eyes, and then collapsed to the dirt. Behind him, stood Marvelo Black, a dark look in his face, with a pistol in hand. “That was for my daughter, who you took from me.” Marvelo growled. “MARVELO!” Tom roared. Marvelo held his head high, breathing hard. “I don’t follow you anymore…Tom.” In one quick motion, Tom grabbed his sword, fan toward Marvelo and thrust it through Marcelo’s chest. And then Marvelo fell to the ground. Dead. “Dad!” Jack and Jay cried at the same time.

James eyes flickered and his breathing was heavy. “Come here…my children.” He wheezed. They gathered around him. Tears dripped down Emma’s face, as she bent down beside her dying father. The others followed suit. “My children…my children.” James said, a small smile forming on his lips. He clasped Jaquin and Josephina’s hands.“Are you okay dad?” Jay asked. James’ eyes flickered again. Tom walked up, his face filled with sorrow.

“I’ll be fine. I’m going to see your mother now.” James whispered. Jay’s hands shook violently and tears gathered in his eyes. “D-don’t leave dad-dad.” Jack stuttered. James breathed in deeply. “Take care of each other.” He muttered. “And take care of Tom. You know how socially awkward he is..” Tom bit his lip sadly. Emma let out a loud sob. “I’m sorry Daddy. This is all my fault! If I hadn’t gone blind, you and mother wouldn’t have been hung and you wouldn’t be…dying!” Emma sobbed. James shook his head and placed his hand on her cheek. “It’s not your fault Emma. It was destiny. You could never stop it, my dear.” He whispered. Emma wept harder.

James wiped a tear from her cheek, his hand shaking slightly. “You’re all grown up Emma. You married a brave man but…no matter where you go, what you do, or what happens…you’ll always be my little girl.” Emma buried her face in his shoulder and sobbed. Josephina and Jaquin crept up and James managed a smile. His breathing was coming very very slowly. He forced five more words out, as he stared at the younger twins. “You-have-your mother’s eyes.” James wheezed. And then his eyes closed, his head fell back, and he stopped moving.

King James Aragorn Riddle was dead.

A few days later there was a funeral held for all those who died in battle. All the Peterson children(Except Emma) watched as the dead soldiers, Andrew, and their father were lowered in coffins into the ground. Their Aunt Jenny stood beside them, her arms crossed and her head down. Silent sobs shook Emma’s body. Jay put his arms around Josephina and Jaquin, Sylvia beside them as well. Jack sat with Cyra, her head lying on his shoulder.

“Today we honor, all those who died in battle. Those brave men and women.” William said. “They fought for all the kingdoms and all their loved ones.” In one of the coffins lay Cyrus, his face pale and his eyes wide open. He had died on the front lines, while defending the city bridge. He’d kept them back as long as he could…before he died. “Today we mourn, for the people who helped us be free.” Tom watched with a solemn expression, ignoring some angry looks cast his way. They began to lower the coffins into the ground. Emma took a deep breath, and slowly sang in a trembly voice:

“When peace like a river attendth my ways, when sorrows like sea billows roar, whatever my lot thou has taught me to say-” She broke off with a sob. Josephina raised her head and went over to Emma, grabbing her hand and squeezing it gently. “It is well, with my soul. It is well…with my soul. It is well, it is well with my soul.” Josephina sang sweetly. Slowly, surely, some of the crowd began to sing “It is well”. Their voices rose high and sweet as they sang. (Almost) Every voice lifted up in singing the melancholy/ cheerful tune until the song soared high and echoed throughout the lands…..

Epilogues coming soon! 🥲


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