Selene had just gone to sleep when she heard her mother screaming her name. Selene kicked the soft sheets away and rolled out of bed. She was wearing a long white night gown and she didn want to change into something else so she took a gray coat to cover herself. She went out without her sandals that were neatly placed by her bed. She didn like the new house that they had moved into; a little cottage. She didn understand why she, a princess, should live in a village.

She walked slowly but was in the small living area in a minute because the place was so small. Her mother was clearing the dishes her father had just used.

”Here darling, help me carry these to the kitchen and… ”

” Kitchen? That thing looks like a latrine, mother. ” Selene interrupted.

”Watch your tongue young lady. I know you are upset about all this, ” her mother stopped to inhale, ” but you will thank us later. Now take this. ”

Selene stomped her feet but took the dishes from her mother. She sullenly walked to the kitchen and put the dishes in a coundrone of water. She muttered to herself and squared to start washing the dishes.

”You should have at least brought a servant along. ” she called to her parents, ” One wouldn hurt, would it? ”

”Oh dear, ” her mother said trying to hold in her laughter, ” just work. It will help make you more grateful and strengthen your weak muscles. ”

The two women laughed together. Silence then filled the room save from their twin breathes that sounded a bit laboured. Selene stared laughing again though in a hushed tone. Her mother was shocked and looked at her daughter who was jiggling from holding in her laughs.

”What are you laughing at? ” he mother said with a hand over her chest.

It was like Selene to labour her mothers poor heart by acting barbaric and unsophisticated.

”Oh mother, remember when the room fell silent and our breathes were twined and laboured. ” she stopped talking and laughed again then she moved closer to her mother to whisper, ” It sounded like we were doing dirty things in here. ”

Selene laughed again after seeing how her mothers eyes widened in horror at what was going through her daughters mind.

”Selene! ” her mother exclaimed.

Selene laughed again while waving her hands in front of her.

” Oh my dearest mother, Ill stop. ” she said between laughs.

The room fell silent again and Selenes mother looked at her all the while, searching for the mischievous look to surface and it did. She hit her daughters thigh and gave her a warning look. Selene noticed a bright red and orange glow entering the building so she got the p and peeped outside the little window that could have just been a vent.

” Mother, is there a bonfire? ” she asked still looking outside.

” I don know dear. ” her mother replied honestly.

Selene stayed by the window a little longer till she felt that the temperature had increased. She walked to the kitchen door that linked it to the rest of the house. Tongues of flames came bursting in just as her father came there with a wet blanket wrapped around him. His forearms and right leg were partially burnt but he didn mind.

” Go out from there! ” he shouted pointing to the door.

Selene turned and ran to the door and she tried to pushed it but it was locked. Her mother appeared by her side with the key in hand. With shacking hands she opened the lock and started removing the metal bars. The fire had almost consumed the kitchen and Selenes dress caught fire. Her father launched himself at the door but it seemed to be locked from outside. They all through themselves at the door at once and it gave in to their combined weight.

They started coughing in an attempt to clear their lungs of the toxic air.

”Get up, Selene. ” her father called.

” Wheres…. ” cough, ” mother….. ” cough.

She looked behind and saw that her mother had not made it out alive. Her corpse lay by the door and was slowly been engulfed by the flames.

” No! Mother! ” she cried.

Her father dragged her away from the cottage. The passed by other houses that were equally devastated. Her father looked like a walking corpse himself as half his face was burnt and the bone was slightly exposed. They heard screams of many people crying in pain and anguish. People who could move had gathered together were a group of foreign soldiers were mounted on horses.

Before they reached the crowd, they heard the man who was in charge shout to his men, giving an order to kill all survivers.

”Selene, ” she heard her father say, ” run love, run. ”

She didn even get the chance to respond when an arrow went through her fathers chest. Another arrow was shot but he still took it. She didn want to see her father dying so she turned and started running. The arrows shot at her disintegrated before reaching her. She didn notice this as she was running with tears almost blinding her. She tried blinking to clear her sight but then she stumbled and fell in the dirt. She looked up and saw a heap of dead bodies just ahead of her.

Her throat hurt as she cried out.

” You nearly escaped young one. ” said one of the soldiers aiming an arrow at her.

She looked at him and shut her eyes; surrendering to her fate.

” Let me relieve you from this pain. ”

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