Peter knew the neighborhood well he had worked for Sean McLeod for seven years. Peter acted like James Bond, healthfully seeking — something.
A black Cruiser pulled up and three thugs jumped out. A voice from inside called.
“Bring them here, quickly! They’re coming with us.”
Peter was glad to see the face of his boss, and he seemed as pleased to see us, well, Peter anyway.
“They have Karin, our friend.” Peter said.
“I know, I was just informed. I’m sorry lad, we’re doing our best to negotiate. They want me to drop the lawsuits in exchange for her return.”
“Karin is innocent.” I cried.
“I know lass, it’s only money, my legacy, and my pride. I’m going to agree to their terms.”
“There has to be another solution.” Peter claimed.
“Peter! We can’t jeopardize Karin, these people are ruthless. They killed everyone in Plankard.”
I was dazed by what came out of my mouth. Peter looked at me and McLeod’s mouth was agape.
“Lucid, what did you say? Where the hell is Plankard?”
“Ignore me, except for the part where we don’t mess with Karin’s life. Peter you know my reality is skewed.”
Peter seemed confused, his brow was furled, and his gorgeous brown eyes cast downward. After a long moment he looked over at me.
“Seybold, you rode to Plankard with her. How do I know this?”
McLeod was astonished, enough traveling down twilight zone lane. We have a girl to rescue.
“You’re not going to let them win by giving in. Good should always outwit evil. Let’s put our heads together and if we have nothing by tomorrow morning then you’ll have to do it their way.” Peter said.
“All right lad, my men in the field will be back soon with a report. We’ll try to extract Karin, if they have a good idea of where they have her.”
“Then what?” I said. They’ll be twice as angry and no where will be safe for us.”
“She has a point.” Peter added.
“One thing at a time, we’ll have to be more careful.”
Peter looked at me into my eyes, seriously with that laser vision again.
“What’s wrong with your eyes?”
“All right, enough crazy talk, I’ve got Corned Beef Rubin’s and beer.”
That night I waited in the damp basement apartment for Peter to return. I disagreed with their mission impossible plan and decided to pout alone in the dark. Peter came in tossing the toque on the counter and attempted to hang the snuggle on the one hook in the place, but failed.
I was about to say something snarky but he came over to me and embraced me. He informed me that there was no luck in finding Karin and McLeod would meet the low life in the morning and sign the papers. Then he kissed me
“Tonight we dream together.”
“I woke in Peter’s arms, but his eyes were blue and his embrace didn’t quite engulf me as I had felt a few moments ago. I could sense the knowledge we both had of our other lives that coincided with this one. Peter Lightbringer and I were friends, very close friends without the benefits and most likely could never be lovers. The other Peter, of my waking world, had no incompatibility issues.
The strange thing was that I was quite aware of the bow that lay by my side and Peter’s intense gaze upon me. The urgency of rescuing Karin was on both our minds, but then there was Valerian, the war lord who swore he would find her. He loved her and we felt confident that he would find her.
Our task was to gather the Doktri Host and move against the Broktori who had lain seige to Staquard Estate. The other Doktri Host under the direction of Queen Seybold would attack from the East.
The scouts from The Doktri Camp at Plakard arrived with an urgent missive. Peter read it out loud.
“Karin is safe, she is back home. There will be no Broktori reinforcements from the South. I will be leading the Doktri Plakard Host, on to victory in the Barrowlands.
Your servant, Valarian.”
I embraced Peter with joy for our friend. Wondering if Peter still had memories of the waking world I asked.
“Does that mean our other Karin is also free?”
“What other Karin do you speak of?”
I wondered if I could function in this world not knowing the fate of my friend from the other world.
I picked up my bow and saw Mirro, I felt a set of eyes bearing down on me, two riders on horseback, one was Sir Dominic wh nodded, and the other was Peter who winked, and smiled.
“You do think so, you’re still with me!”
I mounted Mirro and rode off as the massive Doktri Host formed a long line of impressive warriors that reflected the radiance of the sun.
The enemy were at the gates of the Staquard Estate, there was some destruction to the outer walls of the hold but the warriors inside held off the attack. The reinforcements however, were a welcomed sight and the cheers could be clearly heard from inside the castle walls.
Some of the siege armament was turned to face the incoming host but the assault was so fast and brutal they were only able to fire a few rounds before they were overcome. A contingent of riders were seen leaving the field and the Calvary unit was quick to follow them. The men waging the siege, having lost their leaders, surrendered and made to pledge loyalty to the Varnum or die.
Lord Ulmer died under Valarian’s blade after accepting the challenge of warriors under the rules of the Elves of the Light. His Baron’s who aided him in his plot to disinherit his brother and sister were taken to the Staquard Estate and placed in the dungeon to await their trial.
A feast was held at Lord Ulmer’s former castle where Lord McLeod would set up temporary residence until the details of a new regime could be worked out. Joachim, the goat boy, sat upon the dais next to Lady McLeod, he was a beloved member of the family adopted by the ruthless Lord Richter who had a little bit of compassion in his black heart.
Karin was more beautiful than ever, having to compete with the beauty of her war lord Valerian. Peter and I embraced in our three-way tradition with Karin and discussed our futures.
Karin had the same look in her eyes that Peter had, and I imaging I had, except for that lid that slid into view as I consumed more ale.
Queen Sybold approached, and I curtsied in my most devotional manner. She came to deliver her promise to me, she had made contact with my reptilian family and I knew that was my path. I considered my love, Peter Lightbringer and wondered what I would ever do without him, then I noticed them. The Queen was staring into those blue eyes of my Peter.
It was fitting, they made a spectacular pair and I had to resolve the dilemma of my parentage. Sir Dominic was deep in his cups and I sat next to him.
“I’m leaving with Mirro, I’m going to Giliead to meet my father’s people.”
He opened his eyes in surprise. “I should have guessed. Those legs of your, well, where else would you go? Need an escort?”
“As long as you are accompaning me and not trying to figure out a way to get your horse back.”
He slapped me on the back, and my throat almost landed in the plate before me.
Peter dragged himself away from his admirer to say a few words, the man I loved but could never love.
“Dream of me.” He said.