The journey to Floralia wasn't an easy one.
Mainly because I was forced to see what Cessalle had become for most of it.
Normally I'd probably have to fly all the way there, but luckily the hero of Popstar had already grown the Dreamstalk, so all I had to do was climb up, which wasn't easy either.
Amarie: Urgh... Almost there...
*huff* I don't understand... how these people live without flight... *She gives up and flies the rest of the way*
It looked nice here, too. So pretty.
The natives were a bit odd. They wore flowers on their heads... like hair.
Floralian: Huh? Oh, hello! We-we certainly weren't expecting an angel to come here, especially considering what happened over there in Cessalle!
Amarie: Er, well, yes. I suppose you could say I managed to escape.
Floralian: *She frowns.* Oh, I heard the attack was plain awful! I'm terribly sorry for what you must be going through.
Amarie: I've been searching for help everywhere I can. But there doesn't seem to be anyone I know of available.
Floralian: Hmm. Well, I don't really know any notable heroes who could stop a threat like this. But say... This Tenebria sounds a lot like... Sectonia. You know, after she was given that horrible mirror. I do wish I could tell you about someone who could help. I wish you the best of luck.
Amarie: Thank you.
I had heard about the Sectonia incident. Now that this Floralian mentioned it... I realized the kingdom's new overlord sounds very much like her.
So I returned to my desperate search of help. Who knows what damage could befell the kingdom if I don't get help fast enough?
I came to yet another peaceful town. it looked rather cozy, so I stopped there for a bit. I figured that while I was there, I could continue my search for a hero.
But who knew that simply bumping into a seemingly ordinary townsfolk would save our kingdom?
*A young ladybug holding a basket of flowers rushes past Amarie, nearly knocking her over. The ladybug stops*
???: Ah! Oh, I'm terribly sorry, miss!
Amarie: It's okay...
???: *Her facial expression changes from apologetic to surprise in the blink of an eye* Wait a minute... *She scans the angel up and down with her enormous blue eyes* Do you happen to be an angel?
Amarie: *chuckles a bit* Well, last time I checked, yes...
???: You must be from Cessalle! I heard about that terrible attack...
Amarie: Well, being that Floralia is a neighboring kingdom to Cessalle, I'm sure just about everyone knows...
???: I'm so sorry for what you must be going through... *Her expression lightens up* Tell you what. I happen to own a flower shop, and I'll let you pick some out. It's the very least I can do...
Amarie: Oh, thank you!
*As the two float through the lively town, they conversate.*
???: I never asked for your name, didn't I? I'm Lybiri.
Amarie: My name is Amarie.
Lybiri: That's quite a pretty name!
Amarie: Thank you so much!
Eventually, after a short tour of the town, we got to the shop. It was a very nice little booth... but something was missing.
Lybiri: And here's my- OH, HEAVENS NO! THE FLOWERS!
Lybiri: *sigh* They must have blown away again. Well, I suppose I can use a bit of magic.
Amarie: M-magic? You can do magic too?!
Lybiri: *laughs* Of course we can! Angels certainly aren't the only magical creatures!
*With a simple flick of a wrist, a small patch of garden appears*
Amarie: *In awe* Wow! I had no idea you could do something like this!
Lybiri: If you own a flower shop, having flower magic certainly helps.
Amarie: You know... I've been searching for a hero lately. For Cessalle. None of the other angels managed to escape... except for me. Even though we just met, would you like to help me restore my kingdom back to its former glory?
Lybiri: *Gulps* Well... I've never really been all that confident in my fighting abilities. I never use them anyway. But... I will help you anyways.
Amarie: Oh, thank you so much! I don't want you to hurt yourself or anything, and hopefully things will be okay... I know healing magic, so that can help.
Lybiri: You're welcome! I'll serve you in any way that I can!
*Back in town, they're floating down the streets again.*
Lybiri: So... What was that evil girl's name again?
Lybiri: Ah, yes— this Tenebria. How does one defeat her?
Amarie: Well... We don't exactly know.
Lybiri: My cousin just so happens to be Taranza. We could borrow a few books from him! Surely he has a book about magic and stopping evil threats...
Amarie: That sounds excellent! And I had no idea you were the king's cousin...
Lybiri: Yup! Us and our other cousin have known one another since we were little larvae!
Amarie: Wait, what?!
Lybiri: I'm a bug, if you haven't noticed. *She chuckles*
Amarie: Oh... Makes sense. Well, let's get going!
*After a long travel up vines, hopping (er... floating, rather) across clouds, and explaining to royal guards, they make it up to the Sectra Palace.*
Lybiri: Here we are! Isn't it lovely?
Amarie: It really is... But are we going to get lost in here?
Lybiri: Oh, no need to worry. I know this place like the back of my hand!
Amarie: Oh, great!
The palace was beyond anything I'd seen. It was gorgeous... It looked almost the way I imagined the Angel Castle. Except with more bugs and flower people.
Amarie: It's so beautiful... *She pauses* Wait. Won't these people realize I'm an outsider?
Lybiri: Oh, relax. Had you been an intruder, I would have had you pinned to the ground already. *She smiles* Now where is that library?
Amarie: *Taken aback a bit* I- ...nevermind.
After more floating around corners and taking lots of turns, we finally reached the library. It had the most books I had ever seen gathered in one place...
Lybiri: Quite nice, don't you think? Now, let's have ourselves a look, shall we?
It was fun, pulling all those books from the shelves, digging through them to see what we could find. It seemed like something I'd do back in Cessalle. But this had a much more important purpose than simply having fun.
Amarie: Find anything?
Lybiri: No... not yet. However... I do recall the library owning a book of legendary artifacts. That should surely help us topple that Tenebria of yours.
Amarie: Great! Now, it would be nice if we could actually find it...
After a few more hours of searching, we found it!
Lybiri: Oh, I see it!
Amarie: Really? That's excellent!
Lybiri: *flipping through the pages* Hm... The Master Crown... Friend Hearts... Aha! Heart Spears. These have the power of sealing! *Mumbling under her breath* Oh... Unless you are a very powerful hero, you can't exactly get them with ease.
Amarie: Oh... That's a shame.
Lybiri: *points up* But! There is another kind of Heart Spear. Ones of lesser power, yes, but still extremely powerful.
Lybiri: According to the book, they're "Elemental Heart Spears". Centuries and centuries ago, they were used on a terrible threat. But they have long since been spread across Popstar, hidden away, so no one will abuse their power. Smart move, I must say.
Amarie: Wow... And there's seven of them?
Lybiri: Yes. There's the Grass Spear, Fire Spear, Ice Spear, Poison Spear, Electric Spear, Sky Spear, and the most powerful of them: the Love Spear.
Amarie: Looks like we have quite a journey ahead of us.
Lybiri: Indeed we do!
And so we set off.
I'm pretty proud of this one :D Sadly, I wasn't able to make a title card (due to kindle storage being stupid) but I'm glad you all seem to be enjoying :D
Hopefully the next chapter will have a title card. Thanks for reading :D