was done for me by the FABULOUS AND AMAZING
!The night breeze dance caressed her body, rippling goosebumps along the length of her arms. The chill caused her to rub them, but it was more of subconscious reflex from nights long past that involved sky-gazing on clear nights.
Alicia remembered, ages ago, asking her Papa why she couldn’t ever see the stars at night but saw them in the books he showed her. The very next morning, her father had decreed that on clear nights the lights within the kingdom would dim just enough for his citizens to walk the streets and also remind them of the stars that twinkled in the heavens above.
Luckily for Alicia it had been a clear one on that date. She had sat atop her mother’s shoulders, as her father ordered the palace’s lights surrounding the highest towards to be darkened.
Her parents. They must have been so worried. How many sleepless nights did her wake solider through in the years of her disappearance? Her mother surely must have tried to gather up the troops. It wouldn’t have surprised Alicia if she really had used her right to the military rights in such away.
But maybe, maybe the letter she had left had been enough to assure them that she would be okay? No, probably not.
And now? Now her parents were missing and she had no clue where she should start. The palace was probably the best place to start. The problem being that those great halls carried more secrets and mysteries than most countries. It wasn’t like she could just go back home and waltz through the doors unannounced, demanding to know what happened to them.
--Chapter 8, Of Actors And Assassins