Knight of Arizona ( Heir to the throne)

Church bells ringing, red, black and white candles being lighted up, black dresses are worn and once again Arizona has a sense of fashion swimming in the atmosphere but the mood was rather sorrowful. Each villager joined the queue and filed past the silver-plated casket. He hated funerals. He did not see the reason why a corpse should be dressed with all the richest ornaments popularly called jewelry. Most importantly, he did not like the way funerals made him feel. It made him so gloomy and being the type who has a goofy sense of humor, this was the least of his preferred emotions. On regular days, he gets to joke around and make lots of people laugh. However, on days like this, he wished he could time travel to the days he earned the title” Goofy the Joker”. The kingdom of Arizona had a thing for giving people names according to what they did or practiced most. Arizona is a small kingdom on the mountain of Baldy located near Havasu canyon waterfalls. Oh! It is a beautiful sight to behold. The meaning of Arizona is “Silver- bearing”. No wonder they display their riches and wealth. Crown Prince Travis sat in the front pew next to his father’s corpse; the king or should I say the late king. The royal house has mourned for a week now. Suzanne stood in the corner next to Calvin and fixed her eyes on Prince Travis wondering what is going on in his mind now that he is an orphan. Calvin hated the fact that Suzanne had feelings for the Prince. He could not get the image of her and the Prince interlocking their tongues passionately last night in the tower. High Priestess Simona conducted the burial service. Now, the future of Arizona lies in the hands of Prince Travis. The vision was blurry but at least she could see the face of the new king. She was worried about this mysterious vision. She knew she had to tell the others. But how’s this possible. How come the face of the new king did not resemble the one fit for the crown. Gathered around the high table in the Great Hall were Nobles of Arizona as well as the priests and priestesses. High Priestess Simona shared her vision but there was this Noble who seemed unperturbed. Clearly, he was hiding something and Priestess Simona pledged to look into it. Until then, the coronation day of Prince Travis will have to be postponed. Thunder and lightning struck the sky as if they were racing for a prize. The clouds became darker, trees dancing to the rhythm of the wind, animals returning to their havens and once again the Kingdom of Arizona is as quiet as the landing of a fly on a feather duster. Suzanne watched the droplets of rain trickle down the transom glass window in the library as she helped herself with a romantic novel from Mills & Boons ” One Breathless night”. The lights flickered and then off. Suzanne rolled her eyes in the dark. ” I am hoping you will need this?”, Prince Travis said as he pulled out a lighter from his breast pocket and lighted one of the candles on the table. He moved closer to her and gently pressed his lips against hers. She smiled and remained in his warm embrace for some time. ” So you’re ready for kingship?”, asked Suzanne. “Are you ready for leadership? You know I’m going to make you Queen right?’, he replied with a question. “Well, until you ask the big question, I…” she barely finished when one of the maidservants interrupted their conversation. ” Your Highness, High Priestess Simona requests your humble presence immediately. She is in the throne room” She bows and leaves. Exchanging eye contacts, Prince Travis left Suzanne to continue reading her novel. “Your Highness, I’m sure you have a fair idea about why I called you? The decision to make you king is really difficult my Prince. Everyone knows that you are the rightful heir to the throne yet, visions have shown otherwise.” she paused waiting to her Prince Travis speak. He just stared hard at her. ” Do you want me to say something in particular or are you waiting for me to speak?” he asked her. We, however, have decided to crown you king till we get clearer visions. We cannot leave Arizona without a king. I hope you understand?”. ” I have never doubted your judgment High Priestess Simona, but I must say that I am angry about my leadership being disputed. I don’t understand why it’s difficult to crown me king. This is what I have been trained for ever since I took my first steps on this earth. Or I’m I not the biological son of the late King? If my father were here, I’m sure none of you would have hesitated to crown me king. Anyways, when is my coronation?” he ended. ” Tomorrow at 6 pm.”

Arizona Kingdom

Arizona Kingdom

Knight of Arizona ( Mystical Creature)

It was midnight and Suzanne had not returned from the hunt. The sky remained pitch black and owls hooted from time to time. Little by little the sky cleared and it was morning; still no sign of Suzanne. She was the only female knight who opted to go on this hunt; the hunt to kill the bear that destroyed their village. Knights returned with injuries but Suzanne was nowhere to be found. Not that she had family waiting for her but the villagers were very fond of her. Suzanne lost her family to a bear and from that day she swore to kill it. Stories have been told about the bear. It was said by high Priestess Simona that the bear could not be killed. However, many villagers did not believe this absurd saying.  “Grrrrrrrrr”, the bear roared. Suzanne was poised with the spear in her hand and so much hatred in her eyes. she locked eyes with the beast and could not believe what she saw. In the eyes of the bear was a very handsome man. Suzanne looked around to search for the man whose image reflected in the eyes of the bear. Just then, the bear leaped. Suzanne made a sharp turn and missed a step which led her into unconsciousness. The bear sniffed her hair and shook its head in disgust. The bear began licking its claws. Back in the village of Arizona, Calvin the son of the High Priestess Simona also Suzanne’s best friend was deeply worried and made plans with other Knights to look for Suzanne. “My son, even though you have not told me your plans, I’m sure you know what I will say to you. Suzanne does not care about you the way you want her to. Don’t make things harder for yourself”, Priestess Simona said. “Mother, just tell me the truth, is she alive? I don’t care if she never returns my love but for her as my best friend, I’m more than content. I will look for her, mother, I will”, Calvin replied and walked down the stairs thoughtfully. Meanwhile, Crown Prince Travis Rhodes is also planning to look for Suzanne. I’m sure you know what this means.

Suzanne is a young girl of 22 years and lost her family to a bear; both her parents and her twin brother, Stefan. She had served in the palace ever since as a maid and decided to join the knights. Most people did not approve of her joining the Knights because her beauty was a remarkable sight. They feared she would be killed in a matter of seconds and so she was always placed at the back during wars. Suzanne however, proved her worth at age 20 when she fought against Zaslamel, the strong troll. From there, she gained the name “Knight of Arizona”. “Halt!!” Prince Travis yelled. Horses neighed to a halt. “Calvin, I thought you are supposed to be in the church preparing for communion service? What are you doing here? he asked. “My Prince, he bowed. I’m sure you know why I’m in the woods. I should be asking why the Prince is looking for a Knight? Calvin ended. Prince Travis got down from his horse and walked towards Calvin, “Listen to me church boy, I told you to stay away from Suzanne. You know it’s me she wants, so don’t stick your nose where it does not belong” he pushes Calvin furiously. Before Calvin could retaliate the knights drew their swords on his face. ” Okay, please just let me tag along, My Prince, I’m on my knees.” In the woods, Suzanne is tied to a tree with vines and struggles with it. The bear looks at her as if it was trying to tell her that it was useless to struggle. It’s been hours and the sky will soon turn dark. Suzanne had stopped struggling. “Why don’t you eat me already” she shouted at the bear. ” You know if I come out of this I will make your death fast and painful, so you better think twice about keeping me here” She boasted. The bear roared hard at her spilling its disgusting saliva in her face. No one told Suzanne to be quiet. The bush beside the stream moved and Suzanne quickly turned her head and saw Prince Travis with his index finger on his lips. She smiled at him and quickly turned in the bear’s direction to prevent it from noticing him. Unfortunately, bears have acute noses that can smell humans from afar and Prince Travis should have known better to cut down his obsession for perfumes. The bear began to sniff its way up but Suzanne kept on throwing stones at him with her legs. Don’t be surprised; she is capable. The bear roared at her but in the Prince’s direction. In the bush, the knights drew out their swords and waited for action. The bear drew closer and closer with keen steps because it could smell fear too.Priestess Simona was distracted throughout the communion service because she was worried about her son. I’m sure you were wondering how a High Priestess had a son? Well, Priestess Simona was only 19 years old when she was raped by her Religious studies teacher, after school one evening when she stayed to do her assignment. Even till this day, she regrets the decision she made to finish her assignment. Mr. Hong is currently out of prison. He has never seen the boy. The truth is Mr. Hong was desperate for a child because his wife was barren. Thereafter, he started growing his feelings for Simona. In prison, he heard from his brother, Sheng, that Simona had given birth to a son. He was very enthused and pledged to himself to see his son and take care of him though he regretted raping Simona. The knights were all injured and so was Calvin and Prince Travis. The bear was just too much to take down. The only thing strange about the bear was that no matter the swords that cut through it, no blood dropped. They decided to retreat because the more time they spent fighting the bear, the angrier and deadly it became. Suzanne struggled with the vine but all to no avail. “I promise Suzanne, I will come back for you. I promis…”, Prince Travis’ voice trailed off as he rode his horse away with the others. Suzanne was disappointed but she knew they had to retreat. She was not sure of the monster they were fighting against. The bear seemed tired and went near the stream to drink some water. It then lay flat on the ground. The sky turned dark and the clouds cried on the mountains of Arizona. Suzanne was soaking wet and extremely hungry, but this did not bother her. She was worried about not breaking out of the vine at all. All her life she vowed to kill bears because she lost her family to one. Now there is one in front of her but she is as helpless as a church mouse. The knights were getting their wounds treated but Prince Travis kept thinking about the bloodless bear. Calvin, on the other hand, did not like the idea of retreating but he was still at the mercy of the Prince.

She began running, running, and running but the bear would not stop chasing her. The atmosphere changed its color to deep red. The bear began to breathe out fire through its nostrils. The walls were burning furnace and there was nowhere to hide now. Suzanne has been trapped. Unexpectedly, a bear appeared, fighting the fiery bear with all its might. Suzanne stared with fear in her dark-colored eyes. Alas! the fiery bear fled leaving behind its bait; Suzanne. The bear that helped her never turned its back to look at her. It fled as well. “Wait, wait. Don’t go. Thank you”, Suzanne said as her eyes opened to the morning sun and she realized it was all a dream. “very funny” she muttered to herself. But something was different. She was no longer tied to the tree. The bear was fast asleep but Suzanne did not want to act yet. “I will plan another time to kill you”, she thought.The villagers were surprised to see Suzanne. The noise woke the prince up and from his window, he saw the woman of his heart. He smiled to himself. Calvin cherished this moment in his heart but he knew that Suzanne will always see him as her best friend. Prince Travis stretched his arm and the couple hugged each other for a long time. The whole village grinned as if they were watching a Telenovela. Suzanne changed clothes, told her story of escape but people could not put it together. They asked her so many questions but there was this question she had no answer to, who untied you from the tree? That evening Suzanne decides to tell Priestess Simona about her dream. “My daughter, I know why you are here, ” High Priestess Simona said. ” You do?”, rhetorically Suzanne asked. “You are wondering if your dream had a connection to your freedom?”, Priestess Simona began.” No, it has nothing to do with it but if you want answers seek it and you will find it. Not all bears are bears, my dear”. She walked out of the room with a candle and a grin on her aging face, leaving the girl confused…

 Crown Prince Travis Rhodes

 Crown Prince Travis Rhodes

Calvin; Suzanne’s best friend