Rosa sighed as she rode her horse toward the castle, thinking about Lee. It had been two days since they had to retreat from the fort and Lee had gotten caught by the Turga. She and the others had been warning towns along the way about the Turga and were almost there.
Sir Wendell looked over at her and frowned then the castle came into view.
They stopped at the moat as one of the king's guards looked down at them.
"Who goes there?"He yelled.
Rosa yelled, "The Princess, her troop, Sir Wendell, and his men!"
The guard nodded and turned around. "Let the bridge down and open the gate!"
The bridge was lowered and the door opened. Rosa and the others rode into the castle and got off their horses. A stable hand came over to take her horse and led the horse to the stable.
She ran into the castle's main hall and ran up to the throne. She bowed and looked up at her father.
"I have bad news, Father."
The king frowned. "What is it?"
Rosa sighed. "The Turga have captured the main Eastern fort."
The king nodded. "Anything else?"
Rosa looked down. "They captured Lee...."
The king got up and walked over to her, putting an arm around her. "Rosa...It's not your fault..."
Rosa's eyes teared up. "I could of made sure he made it out...I could of waited and rode beside him..."
He shook his head. "They might of caught you, too."
She looked up at him. "Father, what should I do?"
He sighed. "The only thing you can do right now is wait."
She nodded. "May I be excused?"
He nodded and let her go. "Yes."
Rosa walked out of the main hall and up the stairs to her room.
One of the servants came in and helped her take off her armor then walked out.
She sat down on her bed as her eyes teared up again then looked out the window. "I hope you're okay, Lee..."
Maestro was looking through the papers on the commander's desk as one of his men walked in.
The man saluted him and said, "Sir, permission to speak?"
Maestro looked up. "Yes."
The man put his hand down. "We've tried to get the prisoner to tell us any vital information but he won't speak. No matter what we do."
Maestro frowned and got up. "Then it's my turn to try."
The man lead him down to the small dungeon below the fort.
Maestro walked over to the prisoner.
Lee was chained to the wall and had bruises all over him. The left side of his face was swollen. He looked up at Maestro.
Maestro looked him in the eyes. "So, you won't tell us anything, Lee?"
Lee looked at him. "I'm not telling you anything."
Maestro grinned. "We'll see."
Oliver knocked on the door of Rosa's room. "Lady Rosa, your father requests you come downstairs for the council about the Turga."
"Okay. I'll be down in a few minutes."
Oliver replied, "I'll let your father know." He turned and walked downstairs.
Rosa got up and opened the door, walking out. She closed the door behind her and walked downstairs.
As she entered, her father, the general of the royal army, and Sir Wendell were standing infront of a table that had the map of the area of the main Eastern fort and a map of the main Eastern fort on it. Oliver was also there standing on the left of Sir Wendell.
She cleared her throat and all of them looked up. Her father smiled. "I'm glad you're here to join us, Rosa. I'm sure Oliver told you what the council was about."
She nodded. "He did."
The general smiled and nodded. "Always nice to see you, Rosa."
Rosa nodded and smiled. "Same to you, Sir John."
General John had brown eyes and black hair and was wearing a brown tunic, black pants, and black boots. He was a good general because of his kind nature but knew when to discipline soldiers.
Rosa walked over to the table and took a look at the two maps. "Have you come up with anything?"
King Luke answered," We've come up with some ideas."
Sir Wendell sighed. "We could try taking the fort back with force but we have no idea if reinforcements for the Turga are on the way, if they're even coming, or if reinforcements are already there."
Sir John stroked his chin. "We'll have to send someone to investigate."
King Luke looked at Sir John. "Who will we send though?"
Sir Wendell spoke up, "Maybe it should be someone we trust personally."
King Luke nodded in thought then smiled and looked at Rosa. "Rosa could go."
Sir Wendell and Sir John agreed but then Sir John said with concern, "Will she be okay on her own though?"
King Luke frowned. "Well if Lee were here, he would go with her since he's her squire but the Turga have him as a prisoner."
Sir John spoke up, "There is the issue of how she'll infiltrate the fort."
"Hmm...Maybe it is best that someone goes with her," said King Luke.
Sir Wendell looked at King Luke. "Someone with the skills to do so could sneak into the castle and try to find out any information they can."
Sir John looked at both of them. "There is the Shadow..."
King Luke looked at Sir John. "The Shadow could be dangerous, Sir John."
Sir John replied, "Do we really have any other choice, your majesty?"
Oliver blinked. "Who is the Shadow?"
Sir John glanced at Oliver. "He's a well-known thief in this area. We've tried everything we can think of to catch him but he always escapes."
Sir Wendell looked at Sir John. "He sounds like the person for the job."
King Luke sighed. "But, can he be trusted? He's a criminal. How do we know he won't go and side with the Turga?"
Sir John suggested, " We can give him gold or something."
King Luke shook his head. "The Turga might offer him more than what we might give him."
Sir John rubbed his chin, thinking.
Rosa then thought of something. "What if you cleared him of all past charges, Father?"
Sir John smiled. "That sounds good."
Sir Wendell nodded. "I agree."
King Luke frowned, thinking.
Rosa went on, "Maybe I can find out why he steals and try to change it."
King Luke nodded. "Alright. We'll post announcements all over the village tomorrow. Council adjourned."
Sir Wendell and Sir John congratulated Rosa on her good idea and turned to walk off to their rooms. Oliver turned and followed Sir Wendell.
King Luke turned to look at her and smiled. "Good job, Rosa."
Rosa smiled back. "Thanks, Father."
"Go do something fun today. I'll go and have the announcement writers write those announcements up, "King Luke said.
Rosa sighed. "How can I have fun when Lee is a prisoner to the Turga?"
King Luke put a hand on her shoulder. "Why don't you go do something that will get your mind off it then? Once the Shadow agrees, you two can set off for the man Eastern fort."
Rosa nodded. "Alright...I'll go find something to do..."
King Luke gave her a comforting smile then turned and walked off to the announcement writers' room.
Rosa sighed again and turned to walk up the stairs to her room.
She thought to herself, "Hopefully the Shadow will agree and I can go save Lee..."
Maestro stood infront of Lee and grinned. "Oh really? I guess we'll have to hurt her then."
Lee frowned. "Hurt her? Hurt who?"
Maestro looked at Lee. "I'm sure you know who I'm talking about."
Lee thought to himself, " He couldn't mean Rosa. I saw Rosa riding way ahead of me.
Besides how would he know that I'm Rosa's squire or that..."
Maestro interrupted his train of thought, "It's your decision, Lee."
Lee's mouth tightened into a grim line. "I'm not telling you anything."
Maestro frowned. "That wasn't the best plan...I need to try something else..."
Maestro looked down at Lee, thinking. "I'll think of something later."
Maestro turned toward the doorway and exited. "I'll attend to him later. Make sure he has no chance to escape.
The guards saluted him. "Yes, sir!"
Maestro walked to the stairs and started going up them. "Hopefully I'll think of something later...."