The dark clouds obstructed the way of moonlight with their woolly composition so much so that one wondered if the moon got upset with them and decided to retire early tonight.
The winds blew to their threshold speed, slowly picking up the pace with whistling sounds and occasional roars.
The sea around the Warthford island was angry. The waves crashed the shores only with an intent to attack. The people of the island were frightened, worried of what wrong they might have done to anger mother nature.
They were safe inside their houses- closed windows and doors- praying and hoping for mother nature to forgive her children.
Lightning struck in the dark sky that made people jolt in fright. Now only God could save them!
To the south of the island were mighty hills. And on one of those hills was a beautiful palace, an excellent marvel of architecture standing tall and proud, taking the violent wind on its chest like a brave warrior.
”My Lord, the time is slippng from our hands. ” A young maid, nearly twenty-four years old, came rushing to the man who was in his late forties.
He sat leaning back in the large chair with a frown decorating his face.
He did not answer the maid, dismissed her with the flick of his wrist. The poor woman, powerless and humble, scrambled out of the chamber. Worry had not left her features even for a moment.
As soon as the maid exited the chamber, he heard the worried yet annoyed voice of his wife.
”Ralph, at least see where they have reached. The time is indeed slipping from our hands. ” Cordelia Longhurst was pacing in the chamber from here to there.
Her heart and mind both ran at a fast pace that she thought if the situation did not change for the better, she would faint right then and there.
On the other hand, her husband- Ralph Longhurst- sat in his favourite chair with a cigarette in his mouth. She was tired of watching him inhaling the smoke in his body only to exhale it in circles or sometimes in random shapes.
It was not like she could not understand his state of mind. She did. She definitely did!
She was his wife, after all, married to him for the last twenty-five years. Twenty-five years… that was a long time enough for one to understand their partner inside out.
Ralphs silence, though bothered her, she knew that it was his defence mechanism. Hence, she could not blame him.
Ralph was looking out of the large window that was twice the height of an average human. The scene was intimidating with the sky, wind, light and the sea roaring and throwing tantrums together.
The only natural energy that was calm yet was mother earth! And he prayed to her to let them reach the palace as soon as possible.
Another heart-wrenching scream shook the sturdy, thick and dark walls of the century-old palace. The handful of people who were allowed to be present there felt the vibrations of the sound of the scream shaking their souls- painfully and perturb.
Cordelias head snapped towards the room from which the scream came. Her heart twisted painfully in her chest. She again looked at her husband, almost pleadingly, but he sat unaffected.
At least, that was what he wanted the world to see. However, his beloved wife saw through him. It was not that hard to read the man who hid behind the face of a dictator of the island.
Only two persons bothered themselves with efforts to understand Ralph, and thus read through him- his wife and his only daughter.
His only daughter, who was wailing in pain, with tears as her constant companions. Her screams filled with anguish permeated the air in the palace with tension.
The apple of their pie was withering in pain like a fish taken out of the water, and yet they could do nothing more than keep waiting helplessly.
Cordelias and maybe Ralphs prayers were answered as they saw through the window, that a carriage was approaching fast. The lantern that hung to the front side beside the coachman swayed like a pendulum.
”They are here! ” Cordelia exclaimed, a new ray of hope brightening her world covered by fear.
Ralph crushed the lit tip of the cigarette and stood up from his chair. His square-shaped face and platinum blonde hair shone under the flickering light of the lamps in the room.
Five minutes later, they heard footsteps hurried towards them and no later, an old woman and a man, older than them, appeared through the door.
They both bowed in respect in front of
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