As they walked along, Demilha stopped dead in her tracks. She stood silent, looking around in all directions. Daevid noticed a sudden change in her disposition. “Hurry! We must find a place to hide!” Demilha cried as she took Daevid by the hand. “What’s wrong?” Daevid asked as they zigzagged through the trees. “There is no time to explain! Just do as I say!” Suddenly the prince stopped.
“I’m not going anywhere until you tell me what’s going on!” He stammered. “Please this is no time for us to argue! We must hurry before they catch up to us!”
“Who is this them you keep mentioning?” Daevid shouted. Demilha moved closer to him and touched his arm gently. “You don’t want to know these men. They would kill you in an instant!”
“No one is so barbaric that they cannot be reasoned with.” Daevid replied all knowing. “You cannot reason with these people! They only want one thing, and that is power. Trust me. They would do almost anything to become all powerful. They would kill anyone if they got in the way, no matter what!” Demilha’s voice seemed to echo chillingly through the prince’s ears.
Her warning was sincere, but Daevid knew that he could handle these men himself. He wasn’t going to give in to some young girls demands. What could she have possibly known about the brashness of life? She was still a mere child!
“Do you think I’m going to listen to a child? I have defeated many warriors in my time, which is more than I can say for a fragile creature such as you.” Daevid replied arrogantly as he stroked a lock of her brown hair. The prince’s remark irritated Demilha highly. But she concealed her anger underneath a serene smile.
“Could you for once put your knightly pride aside and listen to me?! This is no ordinary cavalry we are talking about. They are pure evil, each and every one of them. And your friend . . . Natas is their leader.” Demilha replied dismally. “That cannot be true! Natas wasn’t evil.” Daevid snapped. “How can you speak of this man with such high regards when you have never even met.?” She said. “And how can you say that he is some evil force that would destroy anyone who walks in his path?”
“I may never have met Natas, but I have seen what he can do! He could kill a man with his bare hands and destroy a kingdom with his mind. And he certainly has the power to obliterate all of mankind.”
“How can you say such absurd things? You have no proof that Natas is this hate monger that you have proclaimed him to be!” Daevid shouted. “The proof is all around you! From the north to the east there is nothing left. And it is all because Natas has decided to reek havoc upon the world!”
“If Natas is planning on destroying the world and taking over then why hasn’t he destroyed Allsaints? Why have we not been perished?” Demilha became silent. She searched endlessly for a reply that would satisfy Daevid.
“I cannot explain why Natas has not attacked Allsaints. Only he can.” Suddenly Daevid was distracted by a thunderous roar coming from the distance. “Come now! We must leave the dark forest before they find you!” Demilha extended her hand out to Daevid.
The prince looked at her with unfeigned eyes. He took hold of her hand and held it gently within his. When Daevid and Demilha reached the edge of the dark forest, she stopped and stood silently. The prince turned to face her. “What’s the matter, Demilha? Why have you stopped?”
“I cannot go any further. I must go back to the cottage now.” Demilha replied. She turned and slowly disappeared into the woods. “Wait! Come back, please!” Daevid shouted as he ran to catch up with her. When he stepped into the woods, Demilha was nowhere in sight. “I can’t believe this! First it was my horse, now, and it’s the maiden of my dreams! Why does everything seem to slip through my fingers?” Daevid muttered to himself as he turned to head back to Balsmir Palace.