Monday, October 10, 2011
Chapter 20: The Red King's Dream
"Deserter," she says to him, her voice sharp and cold. "How could you leave us in the middle of this war?"
"Yes, and with defections such as yours, our numbers shrink even further," she answers, "I command you to return to the field, to fight and lead us to victory."
"You command? No one commands the dragon kin, not even you, Tania Summerdream."
"Thierry was right, Summerdream, this war is futile," Aymeri sighs sadly, "I cannot lead us to an impossible victory. Our only hope is to fight the enemy at the source, to stop the mundane world from destroying itself and us along with it."
"Your mind has been clouded by love," Summerdream says, her mouth in a contemptuous snarl, "To think you once advocated the total destruction of humankind. And now you lie with one, tamed, your wings clipped. If you seek to win this war on the human front, you can only achieve that through their destruction. You know they will not, cannot change."
"You need to ask that, when you've seen what their carelessness has done to our kind? I was a fool to think we could ever live side by side with the humans, and I regret not letting you and your brothers rain fire down on them all when you wanted to."
"We couldn't have destroyed them all," Aymeri says, "Not even then when their numbers were so small. Now, it would be a joke to even attempt it. We made our decisions, and now must live with them. Our only choice now is to try to work with the humans."
"Auberon," she whispers, not believing. "You're awake? But you can't be. Unless...?"
"Yes, Tania, it's the end of the world. I am awakened."
Summerdream gasps and trembles.
"It wasn't a mistake," Summerdream protests, "Separating the realms was the only way for us to survive."
"We are dying, Tania," Auberon says, "I created the fae in my imagination, and held it in my dreams while I slept. But I could not completely sever the link to the mundane world. And now we suffer the contamination. Aymeri is right, we cannot purge this realm, we cannot win back what we've lost. The fae must be destroyed."
"Because it is true," Auberon says, "The fae should have never existed. We belonged in the mundane world along with the humans. But we were arrogant, I was arrogant, and took our magic out of the world to forge our own, made of dreams. We caused our own destruction, Tania."
"The war is over," Aymeri answers, smiling.
"You won? Is that why everything is so....golden?" she asks, not having quite the right word to describe the magical glow of the world this morning.
"It was not a war we could win. We admitted defeat. The fae is no more, and our magic is returned to the world."
"Magic...returned? What does that mean?"
"I don't know," Aymeri admits.
"Me?" Allyriane says, "I'm not even a Tricou, I'm a Roman."
"Immaterial," Laramie waves her hands, "I've changed my name to Archer, but I am always a Tricou, as are you. It isn't the name that must take the reins, it's our blood. The Landgraabs are poor stewards of the land. You've made inroads with your campaign to expand the public transportation system. But that's not enough. You must stop petitioning elected officials and become one."
Allyriane looks doubtfully at her aunt.
"You'd be an excellent leader," Aymeri says, "The city needs you. The world needs you"
This chapter was named from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, in which Tweedle Dum tells Alice that she's just a figment of the Red King's dream, and when he wakes, she'll poof out of existence.
In Hindu beliefs, it is said that this universe is a dream being dreamt by the god Vishnu, and that it will be over when he wakes.
And yes SP did me the favor of having Tobin and Laramie finally get married. Laramie is pregnant again, btw, but she's not showing in the wedding party pics.
The fae scenes were shot in Riverview, where the standing stones are.
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