Yue paced back and forth. Tizyn would wake from the sleeping potion any minute now, and she would extremely suspicious. Her violet eyes darted from the mountain to the staff lying in its protective casing on her bedside table. Which to choose?
Screams jerked her from her reverie. Running towards the source, she wondered: it was the night of the Moonlight Ball; what could have happened? Her tiny feet made no noise as she flew through the twisting stairwells of the palace, taking her to the safety of the Queen Mother, who she knew would be praying in the Moonstone Courtyard. The chilly night air swept past her urgently.
She saw the tall elegant woman kneeling towards the moon and felt a wave of relief. As long as Mother was safe, there probably wasn't anything bad happening. The girl flew towards the center of the moonlight.
Mother! You're alright!" The elegant woman looked up from her prayer and frowned.
Why are you here? You should be getting to the…" The Queen Mother froze, fear paralyzed her face. "Go. Now. Take the scepter and go far away now."
Run!" The Queen Mother said fiercely, pushing her youngest daughter into the hedges. "I love you, Yue. Buna fera tseyri. May your Spirit live on." It was the traditional death prayer of Yue's people. And then Yue saw the dark figure advancing on her mother, red eyes glowing. She squeezed her eyes shut.
The screams of the dying Queen Mother made Yue's heart stop. Then, instincts kicked in as soon as those red eyes found Yue looking at her dead mother. She ran.
She had to protect the Staff; without it, she would be dead like her mother. As fast as she ran, though, the shadow murderer was following her step by step. Oh, please, Yue prayed silently. Do not let Them get to the Staff before I do…
Yue burst into her room, wildly looking for the Staff. It was still in its casing. Yue started to unwork the casing, which was tied to the castle. Open for me, open for me…
Just as the man with red eyes burst into her room, Yue punched through the glass casing and swung the Staff at her would-be murderer. A bright flash of light illuminated her room, not unlike the lightning that had filled the formerly peaceful skies above the castle. The devils had felt the energy, Yue saw. Shadows were swarming in her direction, hundreds of glowing red eyes searching hungrily for the source of the bright moonlight that had ended the shadow murderer. The drugged girl at Yue's feet awoke. Her bright blue eyes widened at the sight of the shadows rapidly approaching. Yue leapt out of the window with the Staff, hurtling towards her death. Tizyn had only time to scream, "Yue!" before the shadowy beasts came upon her and the castle burst into black fire.