✍️✍️✍️✍️ The Forgotten Princess Chapter 186 | 187.. 190 ✍️✍️✍️✍️


Reunion with dear Friends (1)

Two months has passed by since I have woken up here in Jennova. I have been cooped up inside the palace and haven't been able to go out. But I have been easing my way thru my aunt's heart.

I have been very good, following all my aunt's rules. I can sense that she is starting to trust me. Just a few days ago I asked her if I can go out to see the town capital of Jennova. My aunt agreed with the condition that her assigned knights will keep watch and guard me. Of course my two servants, Jack and Martha will keep a closer watch over me as well.

Currently I was with my mother inside her room. I have been visiting her every day and tried talking to her. I have told her about my life inside the palace of Alvannia, Father, Grandpa Robert and Richard, and about Regaleon. I told her that I was now engaged and is about to get married to the love of my life.

My mother was still reactionless, only smiling lightly towards me. Today I thought about telling her the hardships that I have faced. How my own father shunned me and how my step mother and sisters bullied me. I told her about the assassination attempt that threatened my life and that it was planned by my step mother and her uncle. I also told her about how my own cousin prince Gladiolus abducted me from my fiancé and forced me to come here against my will.

"But still, I am happy that I came here because I was able to see you once again." I smiled sweetly at her. 

If there is something I am happy about to be here, that is seeing my mother alive and well. I was also able to meet my sweet little cousin Satiana.

"I never regretted having such hardships mama, because I became stronger because of them." I assured her that I never the hardships I faced made me for the better.

After I have told all the hardships I went thru, I saw my mother gripped the chair handle tightly. My heart clenched when I saw some reaction from my mother.

"Mama, oh mama." I hugged my mother tightly. "I know that you are still in there somewhere. Why aren't you speaking to me?" Tears started to flow from my eyes.

Then I felt her hand touch the back of my head and gently patted it.

"Hmm hmmhhmm mmhhm…" Mother started to hum. It was the lullaby song that she always sings to me when I was little.

When I was still little, I was afraid of ghosts and ghouls at night. An old grandma from our neighborhood always told scary stories to little children that were still outside at night. And unfortunately I was one of those kids that love playing outside until dark.

My mother calms me down and sings this lullaby song to get me go to sleep. Her voice was soothing and comforting.

I pushed out of my embrace and looked at my mother, hoping that she has returned to her senses. But the eyes looking at me were still empty. Mother was still humming the lullaby song.

"Mama, I know you are in there. I will do everything I can so that you can come back." I said with conviction.

I am happy that there was even this little progress in my mother's condition. Now that I have my mind magic abilities in control, I can ask my aunt to try it with my mother.

'Knock knock knock' The door opened and a guard came inside.

"Princess, your assigned knights that will accompany you to your trip today are ready and waiting for you." The guard said.

"I understand. I will be on my way." I said.

The guard bowed and retreated.

"Mama, I will go out for a while. Don't worry, I will be back before dark." I kissed her cheeks. After that I stood up and exited the room.

Once outside I saw Satiana was waiting for me in the hallway.

"Good morning Satiana." I greeted her.

"Good morning big sis." Satiana smiled brightly. "I asked permission from my mother to go with you in the town capital. She granted my request so I can go with you today."

"That's great." I smiled at her. I have told Satiana of my trip today and she expressed her feelings to go with me. It was good that aunt gave her permission. At least I can go sightseeing with her.

Satiana hooked her arms to mine and we walked towards the front door where our carriage is waiting. Outside, I saw at least six well-built knights standing in formation to greet us.

"Greetings to the stars of the Jennovian Empire, Princess Alicia and Princess Satiana." The knights greeted in unison.

I bowed to acknowledge their greetings. "I will be under your care gentlemen." I smiled.

While walking towards the carriage, my eyes were caught by one of the knights. Like the other knights he was tall and had a well-built body. He had light brown hair and green eyes. When my eyes lingered longer to him, he smiled at me.

I felt something strange. I felt he was familiar but I am sure we haven't met in the past. I have never seen this man before. But I cannot explain what I was feeling right now, this feeling of familiarity.

"Big sis?" Satiana who had boarded the carriage looked at me, confused why I wasn't getting in.

"Oh yes, I'm sorry." I smiled shyly.

The carriage door was closed and the carriage started to depart. Satiana and I sited side by side while Jack and Martha was sitting opposite of us.

I looked outside the carriage window and saw the knight that caught my eye was riding on his white horse.

"What is the matter big sis?" Satiana asked. "You know that knight?"

"Huh, oh… he seems a bit familiar but I don't know where I have seen him." I replied.

"Do you mean that knight princess?" Jack pointed to the knight I was looking at and so I nodded. "Well he is my cousin." Jack smiled. His smile told me there is more to his story of being 'cousins'.

I looked at Jack curiously. 'Is that knight really his cousin? Maybe he was someone that Regaleon sent to look over me.' I thought.

I looked at the knight once more. I can't push back this feeling of familiarity. I have to get a chance to talk to Jack about his so called 'cousin'.


Reunion with dear Friends (2)

Our trip by carriage lasted for at least two hours before arriving at the city capital of Jennova. Like Alvannia's capital, this city was also bustling with life. This country is currently at war with Grandcrest, but the people are in 'business as usual' mode.

"The city capital is also quite big, similar to Alvannia." I said while peeking out from the curtains of the carriage window.

"Yes, the city is quite big. It is found at the center most part of Jennova." Satiana explained.

"Oh, so that's why it is a little warmer here than the palace." I said.

"The palace is situated just a little north from the city but the climate is a little harsher because of the winds coming from the most northern part." Satiana explained.

I nodded in understanding. "And your family is living at the far north, right Martha?" I looked at Martha.

"Yes your highness. It is harsher to live there but because the old people don't want to leave their own lands. That is why they try to go on and live there." Martha said. "We young people do what we can to support our families living there."

"But how can people survive in such harsh weather?" I asked in confusion. "Shouldn't that area be inhabited because of the climate?"

"The climate wasn't this bad before." Martha said with a sad face. "The old people said that in the past, Jennova had a more forgiving climate. It was cold but at least it was bearable. The old ones told stories that they could grow livestock and also fruits that survive in cold weathers. Their livelihood back then was just right to make a living. But twenty years ago the weather started to worsen until it became like this, a cold wasteland."

'Twenty years ago? That was during or after the Great War.' I thought. 'Does this cold weather have a connection with the fall of Atlantia?'

Ideas started to swirl on my mind. There is much information I have learned and to know more I need to research and investigate further into it.

"Where do you want to go to your highness?" Jack asked.

The carriage just entered the gates of the capital a few minutes ago and we were driving slowly on the streets.

"I want to visit the national library." I said.

"Okay, I'll tell the coachman." Jack replied.

After Jack told the coachman of our destination, the carriage continued slowly with the knights following from the sides. The common people from the outside looked at our entourage with wonder and amazement. The carriage we are in right now carries the royal seal of Jennova and so they for sure knew that the passengers are of royal blood.

I looked at the young knight that was riding the white horse once more. The feeling of familiarity was still there. And as if the young knight felt my stare, he glanced at me and caught me staring at him. The young knight smiled at me once more. I turned my head in an instant, getting shy for being caught staring.

After some time the carriage stopped. Once I looked outside, I saw a huge building that looks quite old.

"We have arrived." The coachman announced.

Martha and Jack were the first ones to come down the carriage followed by Satiana and I. When I stepped outside, a hand was offered to me for support and so I took it.

'The feeling of this hand…' I was jolted by the touch and warmth of the hand I was holding. It seemed somewhat familiar. I looked up and it was the young knight's hand I was holding.

'Him again. Who is he?' My thoughts were running while looking at his emerald green eyes. The twinkles in those eyes were bright and warm.

"I will be your escort your highness." The young knight said.

"Oh, then I am in your care." I smiled.

Satiana was walking in front of me with her own knight escorting her. "Big sis, do you have books you want to read here?" Satiana looked back at me and asked.

"I am just planning to borrow some books to read so I won't be bored in the palace." I smiled at her.

Actually I was planning on researching about the last Great War and Jennova's part in it. I believe that the cold and harsh weather in this country isn't normal at all. The country may be on the most northern part of the continent, but Alvannia also shares the same northern terrains but the weather isn't this harsh at all.

I also plan to see how the common people of Jennova are living. As far as I have seen here in the capital, they are living quite normally, but I bet that is just for now. The war has been going on for months now and it will be almost a year. The effects of the war are surely being felt at the southern parts of Jennova. For my plan to start a revolt inside Jennova, I need to gather more information and also allies inside this country.

The inside of the national library was huge. The building might seem old from the outside but the interior has been well kept. Rows and rows of books are seen everywhere I look.

"Oh my, oh my. I wasn't informed of a visit from the royal family." An old stout man with eyes glasses was running towards us. The old man was rather short but looked kind. "My apologies, I am John Sinclair the head librarian. Welcome to our national library." He extended his hand for a handshake.

"It's a pleasure to meet you Mr. Sinclair." I smiled and shook his hand. "I am Alicia, niece of Queen Patricia. I am with my cousin Princess Satiana."

"It's a pleasure, a pleasure for you to visit us. And it's so nice to see you once again Princess Satiana." Mr. Sinclair said. "Would you like me to give you a tour Princess Alicia?"

"Oh, no need." I said. "I will just take a look for a while."

"Oh, then if you need anything or find a specific book you can ask our capable librarians on duty." Mr. Sinclair said.

After that Mr. Sincliar walked to the other librarians and gave out some orders. We on the other hand started to walk around.

"Big sis, do you have any specific books in mind?" Satiana was looking around while following me.

"Well, not really." I replied. "If you want to go to a specific section, then you can go. I will just look around."

Satiana's face brightened. "Then I will be just in the romance fiction section big sis. You can go and look for me there or at the reading lounge."

"Okay, go." I giggled while looking at Satiana skipping away. "That girl really likes to read romance stories." I said to no one in particular.

"Well she is a young girl still waiting to bloom." The young knight beside me said with a smile.

I looked at him and became conscious of his presence. I feel a blush crept from my cheeks.

"T-Then I will be looking at the world history section." I said shyly.

Martha and the young knight were my escorts while Jack was left with the other knights in guarding the entrance. I was a few paces in front of my escorts while trying to use my magic if it would work but still to no avail. I also tried using my magic inside the carriage but it was still not working back then.

'There is only one reason why my magic isn't working. Someone from my two escorts is carrying janetite stone.' I thought.

The history section was found at the second floor of the library. The second floor was packed with rows and rows of books with towering bookshelves, like a maze. You can easily get separated with your companion here.

I tried looking at the books in the history section trying to find what I was looking for. I got some books about Jennovian history and politics in the past decades but there are no books about the Great War.

I sighed, thinking that they might have burned anything that talks about Atlantia. While reading one of the books I took from the shelf, I felt something fury touch my legs. When I look down I see a snow white cat twirling on my feet.

"Snow!" I was shocked that I screamed her name.

Reunion with dear Friends (3)

I tried looking at the books in the history section trying to find what I was looking for. I got some books about Jennovian history and politics in the past decades but there are no books about the Great War.

I sighed, thinking that they might have burned anything that talks about Atlantia. While reading one of the books I took from the shelf, I felt something fury touch my legs. When I look down I see a snow white cat twirling on my feet.

"Snow!" I was shocked that I screamed her name. I picked her up and petted her instantly. "I missed you so much." Tears started to form at the rim of my eyes.

'Long time no see Alicia. I missed you too, so much.' Snow purred while a petted her in my arms.

"Your highness!" I saw Martha pop up from a bookshelf corner and rushed to me. "I heard you scream. Is there something wrong?"

I quickly tucked Snow in between the books in the bookshelf. "Ohh, ah no. There's nothing wrong." I said. "What I meant was snow is starting to fall outside. I was just worried that we would get snowed in here."

Martha looked outside the window and indeed snow was starting to fall. "It is only light snow your highness. Don't worry."

"Hmm okay." I nodded. "By the way Martha, can you please get me something warm to drink and send it to the reading lounge? I will be going there soon after I pick the books I want to read."

"Of course your highness." Martha bowed and left.

"Phew, that was close." I sighed in relief.

'It's good you send that maid away. I don't feel good when she is near.' Snow said while looking out of the bookshelf she was hiding.

"I guess it's because she is carrying janetite stone that prevents magic users from using magic." I explained.

Now that Martha is far away from me, I tried using my magic powers. I concentrated on my right forefinger to generate a small flame. And after just a few seconds, a flame came out from my fingertips.

"My magic is working again." I said with a smile.

'Hmm it feels warm when I am around you.' Snow jumped into my embrace. Her little gesture made me smile.

"Your highness." I hear the young knight called.

I was caught by surprise and I extinguished the flame on my fingertips instantly. But Snow was still in my embrace.

"Umm, this is... well I just saw this cat and…" I was thinking of an explanation when I heard Snow giggled.

'Hehe… you don't need to get flustered you know.' Snow jumped from my embrace and walked towards the young knight.

"Ehhh… wait…" I was flustered on what to say when I saw the young knight kneeled down and picked up Snow in his arms.

"It's good that you have met each other at last?" The young knight smiled warmly at me.

"Ehhh… what do you mean?" I was confused. When did Snow get to meet a Jennovia knight and got close to him?

The young knight slowly walked towards me and put Snow in my arms once again.

"She has missed you so dearly. It's good to see that she is in good health now that she is with you once again." The young knight said. He stretched his arms and caressed my cheek. "Well Snow wasn't the only one that missed you. Everyone back in Alvannia and also Grandcrest missed you and worries about you."

The young knight's gesture surprised me that I involuntary stepped back. My back hit the bookshelf behind me and it shook hard, making the huge heavy books from the upper rows fall down and I let go of Snow. I brace myself with my arms from the falling books overhead. The young knight held the bookshelf in place so as to not let it fall and quickly embraced me to shield me from the falling books.

'Thud thud thud' The sound of the heavy books hitting the young knight's body is heard.

"A-Are you alright?" I asked. But the young knight did not answer and still held me close in his embrace.

There was silence between us for a few minutes. My heart was thumping fast with our bodies this close to each other.

"I have sworn to protect you with my life." The young knight said with a sad tone. "I'm sorry. I am sorry that I wasn't able to keep my sworn oath. I wasn't able to do anything to protect and save you the time you were abducted."

I can feel his body trembling while I was in his embrace. The sense of familiarity was so powerful now after I heard his words.

'There are only two people that sworn their oath to protect me with their lives.' I thought.

It was Regaleon and William, my former and current personal knight. But with his words it is easy to know who he was from the two.

"William?" I whispered. "Is that really you?"

The young knight slowly let go of me and looked at me right in the eye. His smile was warm and friendly, it was definitely like William's.

"Yes it's me." William said coarsely.

My eyes went wide with surprise. "Will, it's you? Is it really you?" I raised my hands and caressed his cheek. "But how…?" His face is different. No one can recognize him with such a disguise.

"His majesty, King Regaleon lent me his face altering magic." William said. "He has embedded his magic in this ring. He said that while I wear this, I can change my appearance and the magic won't get affected by janetite stone."

William raised his hand and showed me the ring he was wearing. He quickly took it off and his appearance changed instantly. He was now reverted back to his true appearance. Blonde golden hair and sky blue eyes. It was really him, my best friend Will.

"It really is you Will." I was so happy that I instantly hugged him. "Oh I missed you so much."

I can feel William patting my head gently. "And I missed you too."

After being in this posture for a while, I realized that I shouldn't be doing such intimate things with other men. I instantly pushed William.

"I-I'm sorry for the sudden embrace." I said. "It's just that it has been so long since I saw someone close and dear to me. And I am so happy to see you." I reasoned.

"It's okay." William scratched his head in shyness and I saw his face blush. "I need to get back to my disguise." He put on the ring and his appearance returned to that of the young Jennovian knight.

"By the way, why are you here?" I asked out of curiosity.

"His majesty sent me here with Snow to accompany you in your mission. With Jack's help, I was given a false identity and was made into a low rank knight entrusted to guard you." William replied. "His majesty wished he was the one to come here but he cannot leave the 'Chief in Command' seat while the war is going on. And so he has sent me, the one he mostly trusts to protect you."

Just by hearing that Regaleon wished to be the one to come here already made my heart feel happiness and warmth. Even though he can't come, I know he was thinking about me.

'Has your little reunion ended?' Snow said with a bored tone. 'Well if it is, I need to show you something. Come on follow me.' Snow ran to the far side of the second floor.

"Snow wants us to follow her." I told William and he nodded.

We followed Snow in navigating the towering bookshelves that felt like a maze. And after a few twists and turns we ended up at the far wall of the second floor. At the wall hang a huge painting. It was a painting of a battlefield. Many soldiers are seen bloodied or dead and others are seen battling with soldiers with a different uniform.

In the painting at the far right, there was a small hill. There was a statue of a woman with her arms lifted up. She was holding something bright and the light from the object she was holding was shining through the battle field.

"I guess this is the battle in the Upgrove Plains." I said while looking at the scene in the painting.

"The last battle in the Great War?" William asked in wonder.

'I feel something suspicious from here.' Snow said.

I put my hand over the painting and I felt something odd. It was like some kind of electricity surging thru my palms.

I hovered thru the painting and tried to find where it was most strong. And my hands reached the right upper corner where the statue of the lady was. I looked closely at the object that the statue was holding in her hands and unconsciously touched it. And I was surprised that is was some kind of jewel.

My finger was drawn to it like a magnet and a spark ignited when the jewel and my finger touched.

"Ahh." The spark left a tinge of pain in my fingertip and I withdrew my hand instantly.

"Alicia, are you alright?" William was by my side in no time. He nestled my hand within his and examined my fingertip.

"I'm okay." I assured him.

But then there was some kind of movement. The huge painting lifted up on its own and behind it was a door that leads to a staircase upwards.

William and I looked at each other in wonderment of our discovery. Good thing that this was the far side and usually deserted area of the second floor.

"Where do you think this leads too?" William lit up a torch that was found inside and lighted up the way.

"Well there is only one way to find out." I said and started to climb the stair case.

A Hidden Section Inside the National Library(1)

The huge painting lifted up on its own and behind it was a door that leads to a staircase upwards.

William and I looked at each other in wonderment of our discovery. Good thing that this was the far side and usually deserted area of the second floor.

"Where do you think this leads to?" William lit up a torch that was found inside and lighted up the way.

"Well there is only one way to find out." I said and started to climb the stair case.

"Let me lead the way." William said while holding the lighted torch in his hands.

"Hmm, okay." I nodded in agreement.

Once we started to ascend, the painting started to go down from behind us.

"Well, we have no choice but to go forward I guess." William said.

The staircase that was leading up is enclosed with no windows, hence it was dark. The torch William was holding is the only source of light.

We have been climbing up the staircase for a while and we were hit on a dead end. Only a wall was seen in front of us.

"A dead end? William said curiously. But then I saw a crack on the wall sipping with light.

"Look." I pointed to William and he saw the crack.

William peeked inside for a while before looking at me once again.

"There is a room beyond this wall." William exclaimed. "But how can we go there?"

"Let me take a look." I said.

William gave way for me. I inspected the wall right in front of me. I tried to feel the walls surface with my hands. After sometime I felt a rough texture with edges.

'Is this another jewel like in the painting?' I thought. My hands were drawn to the jewel once again and I felt the same spark from before.

The sound of the wall moving was heard once again. In no time there was now a passage way towards the room William has seen before.

William quickly extinguished the torch and made a 'shh' gesture with his finger to me. I nodded, telling him I understand.

"I will go on the lookout first." William whispered to me. "You wait here for me, okay?"

"Okay." I replied and nodded.

William silently inspected the outside of the room and stealthily moved out. Snow and I remained inside the room.

'There are about three people in the vicinity.' Snow said.

"Then this section is a secret section only a few can enter." I concluded.

William came back after a few minutes.

"Outside is a whole new section, maybe a secret section in this library." William said. "The way we had gone thru is a secret passage that seems no one really knew about. The three people outside are using another passage way."

"How does the outside look?" I asked.

"It still looks like a library with many books outside. But other than books, they have a section where they are doing some kind of experiments using some kind of jewel stones. I do not know what they are specifically doing." William explained.

I thought about what William has said and I want to see this secret section for myself. I tried to feel my magic powers again and as expected it was still on effect, meaning there are no janetite stones in the vicinity.

"I want to go for a look." I said.

"But it's dangerous. What if the people outside find you out?" William refused.

"Trust me." I gave him a wink. "I can use magic."

And then I tried to use my camouflage magic. With this I am invisible to the naked eye. I have only found out I have this kind of magic a few weeks before being abducted so I was still not used to using it. The camouflage in my body is still erratic, blinking on and off.

"Alicia, are you sure you are going to be okay?" William looked worried.

"Don't worry, I can manage." I assured him. "I will be very careful."

I adjusted the camouflage around my body once more.

"There. Can you still see me?" I asked.

"No, you are completely invisible." William replied.

"Okay. Be back in a few." I said and exited the room carefully.

Once outside, I saw that this section was enclosed. It may be a separate section from the library or a complete blocked floor. As I remembered the exterior of the library building, I am guessing it should have at least four floors. But the map of the library only has three floors.

'So this floor is completely sealed from outsiders.' I thought.

I proceeded in caution and made my steps as silent as possible. I looked at the books on the bookshelves and saw the titles of the books.

'These books are all about magic.' I thought.

I silently picked one book from the bookshelf and started reading it. The book I am holding right now has contents about magical potions and concoctions.

I tried looking at other books and some are about various herbal plants that can be used to cure incurable illness. Some are about the formation of weapons using magical objects.

'These books can be very helpful to people but if used in a bad way it can also be dangerous.' I thought.

I silently walked towards the experiment section where three people are busy working.

"Ahhhh, I need a break." One man said.

"We are almost done. Just a little and we have hit the quota for this week." The other man said.

"I don't know about you, but this is my last piece and I am done." A woman said. "I can go home at last."

The woman was holding a jewel stone similar to the magical objects I have seen before. She was embedding some kind of magic inside of them and it was glowing yellow. The two men are also doing the same but with a different glowing color.

"This is really hard work. Embedding magic into these magical objects is exhausting." The man said.

"After we are thru for the day, others will come by to take our place. We have been doing this for the past week. We need to rest to restore our magic." The other man said.

'So these people are Atlantians.' I thought.

"This is just a little compared to what the queen and the prince had done for us." The woman said. "They had helped us live on after the fall. If not for them, we would have livened as outcast in other countries or probably be dead by now."

"Yes, this is just a small way to show our gratitude. The pain of losing our home land, I cannot forget this grudge." The man said.

"We will get our revenge on the countries that trampled on us. We will take their lands as payment for robbing us of our own home land." The other man said.

I can feel the anger and pain this Atlantians have. Their grief and anger are deep and with the queen's influence it became even more.

'I need to get more information while I am here.' I thought.

A Hidden Section Inside the National Library (2)

"We will get our revenge on the countries that trampled on us. We will take their lands as payment for robbing us of our own home land." The other man said.

I can feel the anger and pain this Atlantians have. Their grief and anger are deep and with the queen's influence it became even more.

'I need to get more information while I am here.' I thought.

"Well, I don't know about you guys but I am finished here." The woman said while stretching her arms up.

"Oh, I am done as well." The man said.

"Me too. Let's tidy up and go home for the day." The other man said.

The three people tidied up their work and left the room one after the other.

"I am famished." One man said.

"Let's go and grab a bite once outside." The other man said.

"Be sure to lock the doors before we leave." The woman reminded.

"Yeah, yeah. Locking it right now." One man said.

After the three people left and closed the door, I heard a click on the lock outside. That was when I knew that the cost is clear.

"William." I called lightly. "The coast is clear. You can come down with Snow."

Not long, William arrived where I was standing but was looking around searching for me.

"Alicia, where are you?" William asked.

"Oh, sorry. I'm still invisible." I giggled. I canceled my camouflage magic and I was visible once again.

"Ohh, there you are." William said with a smile.

'I can always pinpoint where you are even when you are invisible.' Snow jumped down from William's arms and on the table. 'I can feel magic from this stones.' Snow sniffed the stones that were neatly placed in boxes on the table.

There are also a bunch of boxes stacked in the room where we were just in. That just means that they are mass producing this magical stones.

"These stones are magical objects embedded with magic, like your ring William." I explained.

"Like this?" William raised his hand where the ring was. "His majesty said that the magic he embedded in this stone will last for at least three months. And so I can use this for that time limit only."

I cupped my chin with my fingers deep in thought. "So the magic embedded in these stones has a time limit. It's just like a container that runs out."

"If they have mass produced such magical stones, then that means even common soldiers without magic abilities can use this in battle." William concluded. "This is bad. This can give Jennova an advantage in this war."

"You are right. We can't let them have that kind of advantage. But I am afraid this is not the only facility where they are making this stones." I concluded.

'But this place stores a lot of magical books to their favor.' Snow interjected. 'If you destroy their base of information, then you can at least cripple them.'

"You have a point." I glanced at Snow and smiled to her. "Let's destroy this place. But first let's look around. Maybe we can find some valuable books and information that can be used to our advantage." I said.

William nodded in agreement. I looked around other bookshelves to find more valuable books that can be of use to us.

'It will be good if I can find books about the forbidden magic.' I thought.

After looking for a while, I ended up on a bookshelf with books containing letters that I cannot read or understand. My eyebrows squinted trying to look at this strange letters and symbols but I cannot decipher them. After flipping a few pages, I saw the picture of the statue of the woman on the painting.

"It's the same statue." I said.

Like in the painting, the woman was holding her arms up high. But in this picture she wasn't holding anything in her hands, unlike in the painting that she was holding something that emits bright light.

When I flipped the pages once more, I saw some kind of medallion with a huge jewel on the center. I have the feeling that this medallion is of some importance.

"I need to get this book." I said. I quickly took the books on that shelf with the same unfamiliar letters.

I walked towards the table carrying at least five to six large heavy books stacked to each other in my arms. I placed it down on top of the table and sighed.

"These books are heavy." I said. "How about you Will, did you find something?" I asked.

William emerged from a corner holding stacks of documents and maps. "I found some valuable information here." William spread the map and the documents on the table. "These are some plans of different platoons in the battles to come."

William pointed out the Deuss River way that crosses the border of Jennova and Grandcrest.

"Currently, Grandcrest are gaining these parts of the river upward." William ran his finger to a portion of the river going up. "And here where Deuss River meets the Trestian Channels, the Jennovians are planning a sneak attack. They have succeeded in hiding their huge naval fleet until today. Grandcrest's information network has not yet caught up to this information."

"If the Jennovian naval fleet succeeds in winning that battle, then our defenses on the Deuss River will be eliminated." I said with eyes wide in fright.

"They will have an open way to Grandrest if that happens." William summarized. "General Vincent's naval fleet that is stationed in the West seas won't be able to get in time to stop the Jennovian naval fleet from crossing the river and into Grandcrest. That river runs thru the capital where the Chief in Command is stationed."

I understood what William is trying to say. The Chief in Command is no other than the king of Grandcrest, King Regaleon. Killing the king and the opponent's Chief in Command is like pulling the backbone from the body. The winner of this war will definitely be Jennova.

"We can't let that happened!" My voice sounded desperate.

"Of course we won't let that happened." William assured me. "I will send word to his majesty immediately."

I nodded in agreement. I won't let Regaleon be in danger, I will do everything I can to prevent that.

"Then let's leave and make haste." William said.

"Okay." I replied.

When we were fixing the things we decided to bring, we heard footsteps coming from the way we used to get here. William and I stopped what we were doing and looked at each other.

William gesture with his finger to be silent and unsheathed his sword. I squatted on a bookshelf to hide myself. I used my magic to make an ice dagger if ever I need to help William fight.