After a long wet night of battling Draganus yet again,the Ducks,Starlight and her brother Axel headed back to the Pond to have a nice warm shower in their own rooms and crash for the night. A half hour after finishing his shower,Axel's message pad screen was glowing bright red signalling an unread message had arrive.
Axel picks up his message pad and watches as the message automatically opened up and read it saying: Great father is coming...mayhaps he will tell me what has happened to Damien. It has been four months since I woke up in this world with no memories of how I came to be here or who brought me here. Damien, are you alright? Where ARE you? Why haven't you replied to my messages? Well I had best go tell Starlight father is coming tomorrow afternoon. (Heads out of his room and across the hall to Starlight's room knocking on her door until it opened and says)Can I come in or do I stand out here?
Starlight: Mind Minty there,she wants out to roam around. Quickly open the door and scoot in before she gets out and I have to chase her all over the Pond.
Axel pushes his sisters door open and swiftly grabs the maroon and black female shih tzu pup about to make a break for it saying: Oh no! No roaming the Pond at this hour of the night young lady! You get back in that basket where you belong! It is ten past two in the morning! Past time for you to be asleep! Now get your furry hide back in that basket and get to sleep! (Turns Minty around to face the basket where her parents and siblings lay and watches as Minty scuttled back to the basket and hopped in furling up into a tiny ball beside Dusty promptly falling asleep)
Starlight: Alright now that you've put the pup to bed what do you want?
Axel: Bad news and short timing: Father will be coming tomorrow afternoon
Starlight: The others have met father but what'll we do about Phil? He's the only one who HASN'T met or seen father! Any word from Damien's message pad yet? It's not like him not to respond right away.
Axel tightens his grip on his message pad saying: No, not a single solitary word from his message pad. Damien ALWAYS answers back right away, he never goes this long without answering his messages. Only one of us can survive in this strange world Starlight and we are both painfully aware of the fact it cannot be me. My magic is still destructive and out of control. Without more training,I am more likely then ever to cause irreparable and permanent damage. My gloves are no where to be found, neither are the special clothes and boots father had made for me. I am supposed to constantly be wearing them and to be doing anything without them like holding or shaking hands with strangers can kill them and make me seriously ill. I guess we will just have to wait and see how father reacts to Phil. Maybe father knows what happened to Damien that has kept him from answering his messages and be my ticket home!
Starlight pulls Axel into a tight reassuring,protective,calming hug saying while stroking his jet black hair: If anyone can find Damien, your clothes,boots and your gloves, it's father. Now you can sleep here with me for the night or go back to your own room and try to get some rest.
Axel returns his sister's hug saying: No, I'm better off in my own room in my own bed for the night.
Saying goodnight to his sister and heading back across the hall to his own room,Axel shut the door,climbed into bed,shut off his touch lamp and fell asleep until well past eleven in the morning.
After showering,getting dressed then eating a late breakfast, Axel went back to his room to see if his new royal garb on to prepare for his father's arrival in less then an hour.
An hour later
Phil engrossed in his calculations is startled by the arrival of Ares,looks up then runs screaming down the hall to the living area babbling: mouse dark big like to looks Starlight identical! Red haired brown furred cane leaning on bandaged head walking sling here wrist mouse in slowly
Dive: Hello? Come again?
Duke: In English and in order this time
Phil: big dark mouse looks identical to Starlight just arrived.Is with a young brown furred red headed mouse with bandages around his head and his whole arm is heavily bandaged in a sling walking very slowly.
Mallory: Now you make sense! You've met Axel and Starlight's FATHER then. The red head leaves us lost.
Phil: How many dad's do they have? Isn't ONE father enough?
Axel: There is a hitch to that thought process. We are not normal teenagers. We are both heirs to our father's throne. The red haired brown furred bandaged mouse is Damien!
Phil: I'm gonna faint. Are you SERIOUS? You're what like Royalty?
Starlight: My given name not that you've ever asked is Her Royal Highness PRINCESS Starlight Aresa Arianna of the Ares Kingdom and my brother is His Royal Highness PRINCE Axel Edward Nathaniel Ares Cooper of the Ares Kingdom. Our father is the Martian God of War and Peace don't ask.
Phil sinks into a nearby chair saying: All this time I've been in the presence of ROYAL CHILDREN?
Dive: Pretty much yeah
Phil: Why didn't you TELL me?!
Axel: We were told NOT to until father arrived. It is you he doesn't trust yet. (Hears an unexpected ripping sound coming from Starlight's dress and says) Well there goes your favorite dress and my favorite pants. We'd best go put something else on before father arrives.
Both Starlight and Axel head off to their quarters to change and have their clothes ready for their father to take back then return to the living quarters where their father sat with Damien who was heavily bandaged,high on pain killers that had him on the verge of falling asleep.
Starlight notices how tired Damien looked and says: Father, what's wrong? What happened to Damien?
Ares: I have no idea,he is still very confused. All he remembers is a strong bright blinding light then loosing consciousness. The sleepiness is from the shot of pain killers Archer gave him to take the edge off the pain. All he thinks of is where Axel is, he refuses eat or sleep until Axel is back home safely.
Starlight: Well then I'll take him to Axel's room and let him see Axel's safe. Can you get on your feet on your own Damien?
Damien faintly replies: Nay, haven't the strength to stand up.
Dakota comes into the living area with an old wheel chair left over from when Starlight injured her leg and says: Here this should make your life easier.
Damien forces himself to keep awake and says at the sight of the wheelchair: Oh thank the stars, no more walking! Me poor ankle can't take much more pressure on it. (With help from Ares he eases into the wheelchair putting his injured left leg into the footrest followed by his good right foot and says) Tis heaven for me wounds to not have to walk anymore. Where's Axel?! I haven't seen 'im anywhere! Don't tell me they still have 'im!
Starlight goes around behind Damien's chair and pushes him towards Axel's room saying: Axel's fine, though he won't be when he sees you in the condition you're in! (Stops outside Axel's room and knocks saying) Axel? You decent?
Axel pulls a shirt down over his head and tucks it into his pants that he buttoned up then did up his belt pulling his dress jacket on and buttoning the buttons says: I am now. (Hangs up his old too small dress clothes in his closet as his door opened) What is it?
Starlight opens Axel's door to wheel Damien in and says: Someone here in rough shape to see you. (Turns and leaves Axel's room leaving the two boys alone)
Damien looks around the stray barren undecorated room and says: Axel?
Axel recognizes the voice and hurriedly shuts his closet door and turns to find a badly injured Damien in a wheelchair and says: I waited for you for four months to answer my messages, never knowing what happened to you! what happened?!
Damien heaves a relieved sigh saying: Oh thank the stars yer safe! I'm sorry to say that I remember very little about what happened. I just know me arm is busted from below me shoulder to me wrist, me ribs are bruised, me poor ankle is sprained and I have a concussion.
Axel: Why would you risk further brain damage coming here to find me instead of staying home in bed?! You could have messaged me or sent word with father!
Damien heaves a tired sigh and fights to keep awake saying: Me message pad is missing,no where to be found. All I had left of ye when I came to a few hours ago were yer gloves and no idea where they took you.... (drifts off to sleep as his meds kicked in)
Axel hears a knock on his door and opens it to reveal his father on the other side saying: F-Father!
Ares slips in around the door shutting it behind him and embraces Axel saying: Axel, oh thank the stars you're safe son!
Axel returns his father's embrace saying: I-I am fine,just so very ready to return back home to start looking after Damien.
Ares releases Axel and notices Damien had lost the fight to stay awake and says: Then pack what few items you have into your satchel and we will head home where you my boy belong and we can continue our training from where we left off four months ago.
Axel reaches under his bed for his satchel that he pulls out and quickly fills with the things he needed back home including his completed school work,his work books,study guides,text books and reader then says: What about Starlight?
Ares walks over and sits on Axel's bed,heaves a sigh saying: I know it's been two years since you've last seen her but Axel, unlike you who needs constant help from me to purge the evil dark magic planted inside you by Drake Darkstein's thoughtful gift of tainted wine, Starlight has been in constant training with Dragon. Starlight as you have witnessed countless times, is extremely well protected. When things go south and catch her off guard, her friends are there for her until her training kicks in. You my son, you're not ready to be in battle! The last of the dark magic that is in you is volitile and very dangerous, until the last of the dark magic infused into you by force courtesy of Drake Darkstein is gone and your true magic restored, you will only be able to see her in between training sessions through the mirrored communicator. As it is, you have been without your proper clothing for far too long! Four months is too long for you to be without your training clothes! They are what keep you from loosing complete control and destroying this world. It's the reason Damien is so protective of you and constantly pushes you above and beyond your physical and mental limits. (Removes his satchel and hands it to Axel saying) Here, go put your proper magic controlling clothes, boots and gloves on then we will say good bye to your sister. Which reminds me, have you been keeping up with your work while you've been here?! Fall too far back and it will be an uphill fight to get caught up.
Axel takes the satchel from his father and goes into his en suite and quickly changes into his power controlling training clothes packing his formal clothes and boots into the satchel then buttons the flap and pulls on his gloves and exits the bathroom saying: I'm about twelve chapters ahead as of last night in the reader,ten pages done in the work book, all the assigned booklets are done, twelve pages done in the study guide, the four part take home exam is completed,