As the sun slowly settled, darkness began to overcome the Earth. Sickness—had come. The sickness slowly but readily crept into each home. It was the Midnight Theft. The destructive plague stole during midnight—it stole lives. Deep in the heart of Tukenasville, people were dying, and the whole country was beginning to perish. The flowers withered as they bloomed. The mountain peaks crumbled under steer weight. Animals fled to holes to live out the decisive moments of their life. People were distraught, and chaos was invading every planet in the macrocosm. People called me Nikolaou Gonfalon. I was the last of the Warriors of Phos. Long ago, the Sisters of Moiré ordained my doomed fate. I tried to bargain with them to change it, but in the end, I captured them and locked them up in a repository on a cliff. I was to lead the expedition to find the cure for the Midnight Theft. That, however, was not the reason why I would go on this journey. My best friend, Tolem, was dying of a rare illness called Takigifeay. It was causing the slow built up of lactic acid on his bones. I knew that death would come to him soon. Legend spoke about a necklace that can bring life to anyone or thing. It was said to have been belonged to an Oceanian, one of the water people. The Lost Jade Necklace of Serenity was what it was called, and it could bring healing to the Earth. Nonetheless, it could be the obliteration of mankind, also. I began to pack since my journey was to start at that moment.
I started going west toward the Moonlight Cave. I was on a dangerous mission, and I needed help badly. I knew that the entrance only revealed itself when the moon glowed. It was already dark. Finally, great light exploded from a side of the cave and formed a faint outline. I sprinted forward and entered. Giant rays of light attacked my eyes and revealed the inside of the entire enclosure. On a rock was a young girl with peach hair resting on an ashen face. Her pallid arms were long and slender, but her legs showed some strength. On her graceful-like wrist rested a circlet of great beauty. It had an emerald encrusted with tiny diamonds on a simple gold band. My chin dropped as a voice came out of her mouth.
"What motive brings you to me?" said the girl in a gentle whisper.
"I have come to seek help in finding the Lost Jade Necklace of Serenity," I spoke with a bold and powerful voice reaching to every nook and cranny.
She laughed softly and exclaimed, "That is a very hard thing to ask of anyone." She shifted her feet and then spoke, "My name is Faded Princess Estella, but I doubt I am the help you are seeking. I am an exile—banished from my kingdom due to my arrogance. My spirit and boldness drove me out to live here in this cold and decaying cave. However, I will do my best to assist you."
"Thank you, my princess," I said as I quickly bowed.
"There is no time to waste," and with that she leapt out of the cave.
Ever since my encounter that night with Estella, she seemed to surprise...