As King of the Celestial realm, Adoni should have everything he wants, but he lacks the one thing he desires, someone to love.
Inheriting the throne while still a child, Adoni always did as the council expected of him. He has watched others fall in love and start a family but was afraid he would never find a person who wanted him for anything other than his title. With the threat of war looming, Adoni does the one thing the council forbids, he tours his kingdom to unite his people. When Adoni meets Navarah, a mage from the Dark Realms, he enters into a love affair he knows will be forbidden, but when Navarah is kidnapped by those who wish war, will Adoni be able to save the one he has come to love?
“I must admit I never expected to see you here.”
Adoni looked around him. “I am visiting all the realms.”
“Even the nine that you don’t rule?” Camadon inquired.
“I am the King of the Celestial Realms. I rule all twenty-nine of them,” Adoni argued with the man that stood before him.
“As you say.”
“This is why I am touring my realms. It seems some of them have forgotten who their true ruler and king is,” Adoni snapped. He didn’t know what was coming over him lately. He never showed his emotions, but the more he traveled, the shorter his temper seemed to get and the harder it was to school his feelings.
Camadon nodded. “Please follow me into the castle. I will admit that I didn’t really believe that you would come to our realms. I’m afraid that I didn’t prepare such an elaborate event for your arrival.”
“What would you have done for Legion?” Adoni couldn’t help but ask. Every damn realm he went to talked of his brother and the wonderful events that they planned for him.
Camadon shrugged. “Legion preferred to entertain himself when he was last here. I must admit, he often hung out with my little brother getting into mischief.”
Adoni nodded following the man toward the house. “Don’t worry, I won’t hold a wayward brother against you. I’ve had to deal with my own little brother for way too many years to know that they don’t always reflect the thoughts of the family.”
Camadon chuckled as if he had some hidden secret. “You haven’t met Navarah yet. If you would like me to set a special event up for your arrival, please let me know what you would desire.”
“Actually, I have had enough of parties, dances, and formal dinners. I would like nothing more than to just mix with the people of the realm.” Adoni admitted.
Camadon looked at him. “Are you sure? You do know we are one of the Nine Dark Realms. Most of these people have no love for you.”
Camadon nodded. “Then at least let me provide you with an escort.”
“You know, I know very little about your realm. I would like to have an escort that wouldn’t mind educating me to your ways.”
Camadon looked at him. “We are a realm of mages, but I shall see what I can do to help educate you.”
“Mages?” Adoni looked at him; he knew his face had to hold the same shock that his voice did.
Camadon nodded. “It is not surprising that you didn’t know that. Each of the Dark Realms has their own unique personality, and while together we can form an outstanding army, Legion prefers that we master our own craft and stand on our own.”
Adoni looked at the yellow sky, pale blue clouds floating past. “I wonder how much more Legion has kept from me,” he mused.
“I wouldn’t call it keeping it from you.” Camadon glanced over his shoulder at Adoni as he made his way toward the castle. “The Council doesn’t consider us to be under your rule, therefore anything that has to do with the Dark Realms is brought directly to Legion, and he deals with it.”
“Which explains why I have never seen someone come before the council from the Dark Realms. I didn’t even realize that until I started touring the realms.” He pondered the thought.
“I bet there is a lot that you have learned since you started touring.”
Adoni shoved his hands into his pockets; he couldn’t help but look just a little sheepish. “Yeah, my eyes have really been opened.”
“Don’t be too hard on yourself. You rule twenty realms. You have to deal with complaints from all of them. I know how difficult it is with just one realm. It is only natural you have a council who takes care of the minor stuff.”
“Twenty-nine,” Adoni corrected, a hint of irritation entering his voice. “I rule twenty-nine realms.”
“You’ve said that often, haven’t you. Are you trying to convince us or yourself?”