Stolen Treasures: Part Two
"You would be willing to help?" said Fyora.
"Yes, we'll try to do whatever we can," said
"Alright, it would be wonderful if you would
help," said Fyora. "You should realize that this could be a very dangerous job.
We don't know where the items are hidden."
"Yes, we realize that, but we would still like
to help," said Ella.
"Very well, tomorrow I'll explain more to you.
Meet me in the entrance hall tomorrow morning," replied Fyora.
* * * * *
The next morning was another cold and wet autumn
day. The frost had frozen on the trees, creating a winter wonderland. Kara and
Ella were nervous about today, so once again they could not sleep. Fyora had
not said much more than that the items were stolen. They did not know what they
would have to face, and they had never even traveled outside the castle grounds.
Fyora did not seem to want to tell them much last night, and they were both
eager to know what was actually going on.
"Where do you think the items are hidden?" Ella
asked Kara early that morning.
"I don't know," said Kara, "but it will probably
be extremely difficult to find. I mean, you wouldn't put stuff like that right
out in the open."
"I just hope it's not that hard to find," Ella
replied. "We've never been outside the castle after all."
"Yes, I hope so too," said Kara. "We should
probably go meet Fyora in the entrance hall now."
With that, they both trudged up the four flights
of stairs from the servants' quarters to the entrance hall. Fyora was there
waiting for them.
"Hello girls," she said. "I will tell you more
now. The King told me that that you have never been outside the castle grounds.
Is this correct?"
"Yes," said Ella and Kara together.
"I will supply a map to make it easier for you,"
said Fyora. "Now then, on to the robbery. Every night, I secure the Hidden Tower
with special spells to make it so that no one can get in. Each morning, I then
take off the spells, so that the customers can come in and purchase the items.
A few days ago however, when I took off the spells and walked inside, all the
items had disappeared. Whoever has stolen the items must have been able to redirect
the spell, while they ran in to grab the items. They left a note on the floor."
Fyora handed Kara and Ella a note in scribbled
black handwriting, which looked like it had been written in a hurry.
As I'm sure you're aware, all the items are
missing from the Hidden Tower. They are currently with me. I am quite confident
that you will never find them again. I think it is only fair to give you a little
clue as to their whereabouts. Here it is: You might find them in a place that
is more 'knightly' than you are used to. Their location may only be 'near' this
area. That is unless I have moved them, of course.
"Who wrote this?" said Kara.
"I do not know," said Fyora. "But now you see
why I needed help as quickly as possible. I think Meridell is the 'knightly
place' but the items could be moved very soon."
"Yes, we definitely understand why you need
help," said Ella. "What do you want us to do to find the items?"
"I need you to find this area they are talking
about," replied Fyora, "but I don't know where you should start. Though I doubt
they will be hidden in the main area of Meridell. I will give you a map later.
Are you good with a bow and arrow? Or maybe the sword?"
"We haven't had extensive training or anything,
but we can defend ourselves if we need to. Everyone in the castle is taught
how to use those in case of an attack," said Kara.
"That will be good enough," said Fyora. "You
both should take a sword, and bow and some arrows if you have any."
"We both have a sword, and Kara has a bow and
a quiver of arrows as well," said Ella.
"That should serve you well," replied Fyora.
"You will need to pack some other things as well. I will provide you with chain
mail to wear for protection, but you will also need the necessities like food,
water, and flint for fire. I will go get your mail and give it to you."
* * * * *
The rest of the day was spent packing for the
trip. Both girls had been given packs of strong leather. In Kara's pack they
put extra blankets, food, water, and the map. In Ella's pack they put a long
coil of rope, a tinderbox, money, and extra clothes. Fyora had given them their
chain mail and the map late that afternoon. They had looked carefully at the
map, and decided to start looking around the countryside. It would take a long
time to find the items though, as they were definitely not close to the castle.
They were somewhat excited for the expedition,
but still very nervous. They had no idea who, or what, they would have to face.
* * * * *
The next morning was bright and sunny, a perfect
day for traveling. Kara and Ella were up earlier than usual, gathering the last
few things they had forgotten to pack. They both looked extremely different,
having donned their chain mail with soft cotton tunics underneath. They each
had a short sword strapped at their side, and Kara also had a bow and a quiver
of arrows on her shoulder. A shield with the crest of Meridell was buckled to
her left arm. Over all this, they had each strapped their packs, which were
much heavier than they had expected. If you did not know them well, you would
not recognize them as the servants who had once worn the shabby and patched
aprons of the King's attendants. This in fact, was exactly what Fyora had intended.
The mission was to be kept as secret as possible, otherwise many people would
search for the missing items, with intentions to keep or sell them. Dressed
in their new attire, the girls were almost indistinguishable.
While walking upstairs to the entrance hall
once again, they had a chance to talk over things one last time before they
"Who do you think stole the items?" asked Ella.
"I don't know," said Kara, "but I hope we find
them before they find us."
Fyora was waiting for them at the front doors.
She looked very tired today, as though she had not slept very well last night.
"I have received another letter from the burglar,"
said Fyora. "I do not know how they figured out I was in Meridell. I should
have concealed my coming more carefully. This letter arrived at the castle late
The girls bent closer to see the new letter.
I see you have figured out my little clue.
This does not matter to me, as you still are not aware of the location of the
items. I will give you one week's time. If you have not found the items by then,
I will move them to a new location without leaving any clues. This is your last
chance. If you do not find them, they will belong to me forever. This is the
only clue I will give you as to my identity.
A small square piece of yellow cloth was pinned
to the bottom of the paper.
Kara and Ella looked at each other, once again
shocked. This was the most surprising thing that had happened in the last few
days. How could the thief have figured out exactly what Fyora was doing?
"So we only have a week to finish the mission?"
"I'm afraid so," said Fyora gravely. "The items
will be gone if you do not find them within a week's time. There is still some
chance you can recover them though."
"When do we leave?" asked Ella.
"In light of this new letter, I'm afraid you
will have to leave immediately," replied Fyora. "I wish you well on your journey
"Thank you," they replied together.
* * * * *
Kara and Ella sat down under the shade of a
large oak tree. They had left early that morning, and had traveled all day under
the warm autumn sun. It was a pleasant day for traveling, and they were quite
tired already even though they had not gone very far. At most, they were halfway
to the main part of Meridell from the castle. The journey was spent in silence,
as Kara and Ella wanted to take in as much of the world outside the castle as
they could. As they walked, they watched the woodland animals scurry among the
trees, and the breeze blow gently through the golden and auburn leaves of the
forest around them. They had consulted the map every few miles, to make sure
they were on the right track. They would have to cover a lot of ground in the
next few days, or risk losing the items forever.
To be continued...