- May 2, 2010
The young man was walking down the familiar street. He listened to the voices around him, the night was so peaceful, the people so happy. Well, as happy as they could be. The Country was ruled by an evil man named Tallan Luminara. Most people felt the evils of his rule, and the evils of others. But some, like the Lucky few living in the Capital and the cities around it, felt none of this.
Parades like these were rare, but always raised the Moral of the People in the town or city. As the young man walked around the town, his hair flowed in the wind, his icy blue eyes flitting about, watching the people. He smiled lightly, noticing how happy everyone was, he enjoyed this time of year the most. Then his eyes caught something. It was a poster of three performers. The poster advertised a show they were doing this whole month, even though the parade lasted only a week.
The Young Man was surprised as well as intrigued. He never really enjoyed shows, but something about this one seemed different. He began walking towards the local theatre. He noticed the crowd was large, as he approached the door; he began to wonder if there would be any tickets left. When he reached the door, he learned he had gotten the last ticket. Must be my lucky day, he thought to himself.
As he entered the theatre, he found there was a seat on the third row open. He slowly made his way to the seat, reaching it just before the show started. He watched as the curtains slowly pulled off the stage, revealing the dancers. One in particular caught his eye. She wore a short white dress, but also had a diamond necklace. Her long reddish-brown hair twirled with her movements, her bright green eyes shining, reflecting the lights.
The young man watched the entirety of the show, his eyes constantly being drawn back to the girl, a strange feeling rising in him. As the Show came to an end and the people began to leave, The Young man sat in his seat, thinking. He wondered what the feeling was. Eventually, he left as well, walking outside and feeling the cool night air brush against his skin.
The Dancer, still wearing her diamond necklace, was the last of her crew to leave; she walked out of the back stage entrance, which led into an alley. As she walked through the alley a group of thugs appeared, startling her. “What is a pretty little girl like you doing out so late all by yourself?” One of them asked. She began to reach for something under her coat.
Suddenly, she saw each of the three men fall before her; in their place stood another young man. His silver hair shone lightly in the moonlight, his blue eyes seeming to have a gleam of their own. “Are you alright, Miss?” He asked, his voice filled with kindness and concern.
“Y-Yes,” The girl answered slowly, startled more by this mans actions than that of the three others, “Wh-Who are you?” She asked timidly.
“My Apologies,” The young man began, “My name is Caden. I’m sorry I can not tell you my last name… Because even I don’t know it… May I ask your name Miss?”
“Caden….” She said, testing the name on her lips, “Thank you for your help, I’m River… River Vale.”
“Nice to meet you, Miss Vale,” He said with a smile. But in that smile… River saw so much more kindness than she had ever seen before.