The Beginning of Training and Aiding
A few years of slight peace fell upon the kingdom of Chessington. Or so it seemed. Rethraen grew taller, but shorter than average children his age. He wasn’t over, or underweight, but just the right weight. Rethraen is now 9-years-old, and has started knight training earlier than the other boys older than him. Most of them start training when they are about 12-years-old. The older kids usually tend to pick on Rethraen, because of the way he looks, with his unusually colored hazel eyes, and how tall he is. They usually say mean things about Rethraen in his face, like: ‘Bird’s nest,’ or ‘mud-eyes,’ or ‘stumpy,’ or ‘short-stick.’ Rethraen never trained with them. The trainer thought that Rethraen was too weak to face the older boys, but in reality, it was that Rethraen was too strong for the them! So Rethraen had private lessons with his brother, Sir Forest, and his closest-best friend, companion, and servant, Sir Toby. Many days Prince Forest and Sir Toby were out finding damsels in distress to aid. Rethraen would beg his brother every time he went out, but he refused. King Launcelot didn’t want Rethraen and Forest to go out at the same time, because of the legend that was told to Launcelot from Merlin. It wasn’t Prince Forest’s choice to say if Rethraen could go with him, but their father’s. Rethraen became so close with his brother, that the King had no choice but to let Rethraen have a few adventures with his brother.Some of them had to be in ear, and view range, but one or two was out of range, but the King was happy that Rethraen helped peasants in need. On Rethraen’s 14th Birthday, Rethraen got a horn, made from a dragon’s claw, from Sir Toby, who had slain the dragon a few weeks earlier. He was really grateful, because his father let him go even further from the castle, just enough so the soldiers could hear the horn blow at any time Rethraen was getting attacked, or if something went wrong. One of the farthest places, was an abandoned castle named, ‘Castle Oakland,’ where he would train with Prince Forest, and Sir Toby. Castle Oakland was Rethraen’s favorite spot to be, even if the older knights mocked him, or damsels tried to make him love them, but that never worked. One day, when Prince Forest was watching his brother, and Sir Toby, a wise man walked by with an old stick, then sat down on a nearby rock a few feet away. He looked at the fighters, who stopped, then looked a bit puzzled at the man staring at them. Then, Rethraen walked to the man, while sheathing his sword.
“May I help you Sir?” Rethraen asked politely.
“Food and some water would help replenish me, kind knight.” The man said, who wore a torn robe. “May you help me where your gentle friends dine here in Castle Oakland?”
“Of course sir.”
Rethraen helped the man to his feet, then led him to the others. They satat a stone table, on stone seats. They brought food and water. A nearby stream glistened in the early evening sun. A small songbird started singing a sweet melody that seemed like a beautiful damsel was playing on a golden harp. A few trees stood like giant pillars around the castle grounds. The trees let their branches sway in the cool, light breeze. Rethraen gave half of his food to the man, so did Toby. The man received the food gratefully. Rethraen got up a few times to refill the water vessel, then sat back down quietly, while the man told his story of his adventures. After he ate and drank water and told his story, he started to say:
“Dear compassionate, loving, gentle Sir Rethraen, you have done well in your training. It is time for you to train with your father’s wizard, Merlin the great and good enchanter, so that he may show you the way to deflect the evil enchantress’s enchantments.”
Rethraen was surprised by this, for he had never spoken his name to the man before. He marveled at what he had heard. Both Prince Forest and Sir Toby were confused, yet amazed at what they heard.
“It is time for you to also meet the King who has told me to bring this message, training, and knowledge to you, young lad.” The man finished.
“Who are you really?” Rethraen asked.
“That you will know when you see the King of Avalon, my dear boy.”
Rethraen slightly bowed his head. After they finished, Sir Toby, Prince Forest, and young Prince Rethraen all escorted the stranger to Sir Toby’s horse. Sir Toby rode with Rethraen. When they got back to the castle, 3 squires greeted them, and put their horses in the stables. The 3 knights and the man all went into the great hall, where Queen Sapphire, King Launcelot, and Lady Ember were waiting for the 2 Princes to arrive for dinner. Sir Toby took the guest into a guest chamber to freshen-up. Sir Toby did the same. After Forest and Rethraen ate dinner, they freshened-up as well. Forest met up with Lady Crystal in the garden, while Rethraen talked with his father about what was to become of him.
“Father,” Rethraen began. “When Sir Toby and I were training at the abandoned castle nearby here, a stranger came, and told me that I was supposed to train with the wizard, Merlin, the good enchanter, so that he can show me how to deflect evil enchantments.”
“Alas, my son,” The King began. “I have heard of this prophecy many years ago, and was afraid which son shall fight the unknown evil that has entered this world. Now I found out that, you, my beloved son, shall fight for justice.”
Rethraen was amazed by what his father said, but troubled by it.
“What troubles you my son?” The King asked kindly.
“I just don’t want to leave you or mom. That’s all.” Rethraen said, trying to fight the tears that were beginning to form in his eyes. They both embraced.
“It will be alright.” The King comforted.
“How do you know that?”
“The wizard, Merlin, was my closest friend before he saved my life from the evil that you will fight someday.”
“Then where is Merlin now? Will I still be able to be with you and mom? When will I return to you if I don’t train here in Castle Glower? I haven’t seen that much of the outside world, The only "Evil" I have seen was a thief. . . who I had taught how to read and write along with a few sword fighting skills... “ Rethraen sobbed.
“I know it will be hard, but sometimes you have to take risks.”
“The last time I did that almost cost me Sir Toby. Sir Toby was supposed to joust the thief until an unknown rider that looked like light took his place, and overthrew the thief. He scared him, but took him to an unknown region I don’t know of yet.”
“That is true. That man serves the one true King. I do also, including your family Rethraen, including everyone in this Castle! THe king loves you and everyone the same. That man of light showed the thief what he would want him to do with him. The man of light took him to be judged by the King and his Son, the one true Prince. Your mother and I have taught you and your siblings to love the King and Prince with all your heart.”
“Thank you father. I am ready for whatever adventure awaits me, I shall do everything in the name of the King and his Son. For they and my family have shown me grace, humility, and justice.” Rethraen vowed.
“I’m glad my son.” The King said, encouraged by Rethraen’s courage and loyalty. A trumpet blasted through the sky, like an eagle gliding through the sky.
“A wizard has arrived from an unknown location and has come to see you Sire, and your son Prince Rethraen.” A messenger said, after entering the throne room.
“Thank you Ryan.” King Launcelot replied happily, while Rethraen quickly wiped tears off his face, then straightened his shirt, belt, and cerulean-blue robe. The messenger disappeared back in the doorway then came back, leading a wizard draped in gold and white, with light blue speckled all over his robes. He used a brown, walking stick with a blueish-green gem tangled with vines on the top of the stick.
“My Lord.” Exclaimed the wizard. “I am Merlin, the wizard of Chessington Valley and Illusiolands. I have come to train your son, Prince Rethraen, to deflect and to embrace the power of the One True King and his Son. I also come bearing gifts made from Illusiolands for Prince Forest, Lady Ember, Queen Sapphire, Prince Rethraen, and you. There are also good souls looking for service in this castle. I’m sure you would enjoy their company and service.”
“Welcome Wizard Merlin. Welcome back! Rethraen is indeed ready for training. I thank you for your gifts, and receive them with gratitude. I shall see the good people at once! I do need helpers here at Castle Glower in health. I am very glad to see you my friend.” The King said, embracing his new found friend in a bear hug. Merlin accepted, then sent for the servants looking for work, and the beautiful gifts. The gifts weren’t ordinary old gifts, but priceless gifts from Illusiolands. They were: A leather notebook with a beautiful emblem design printed on the front of the book, a scabbard made of silver with light-blue diamonds laced on a leather belt, with a glowing silver sword also with light-blue diamonds on the hilt, a silver needle with multiple colors of thread,, a glowing book with golden print of a lion on it, and a silver chestplate with a golden lion on it. After these items were brought in and the servants, the rest of the royal family came in, Merlin distributed the gifts. Queen Sapphire received the needle and thread, King Launcelot received the glowing book, Sir Forest got the sword and scabbard, Lady Ember got the leather book, and Rethraen received the silver armor.
“This armor will grow when you grow, so it will last a lifetime Prince Rethraen.” Merlin said, as he made the armor pieces float in the air with an enchantment, into Rethraen’s sleeping quarters.
“Thank you Merlin.” Rethraen replied gratefully.
“You’re welcome. Your training will begin next week. You shall pack only what I tell you to pack.”
“Yes Sir.” Rethraen said with a slight nod. Merlin did the same.
The servants got the jobs they wanted and worked hard. The messenger and Merlin met, and talked about what was to come. A week later, Merlin, the messenger, and Rethraen set out for their adventure. Rethraen said farewell to those he talked to often and his family members. It was very hard for his family to say goodbye, but they knew this was for a good reason.