By Hannah MacDonald
Adrian woke to the moonlight streaming through his window. He got dressed in the dim light and put on the grey guards uniform. He laced his boots, strapped his sword to his waist and walked out into the hall, ready for yet another long night.
The night shift was unsuccessful for Adrian yet again. Not much happened at the palace during the dead of night, but he preferred it that way. He liked the quiet, but he didn’t like that it meant never getting to see Princess Evelynne.
Dawn slowly approached; the sun crested over the Oswell mountains in the distance. This was his favourite part of the night shift, watching the sun paint colours of pale pink, vibrant orange and deep purple. Adrian enjoyed watching those colours turn into the baby blue and sunny yellow of day. It also meant that soon he would be able to turn in and go to sleep.
Finally, after a seemingly endless night, one of the day shift guards came to relieve him of his post.
Adrian made his way to the dining hall. The hall was filled with quiet conversations and laughter. He got his rations and sat down at the large table where the other night shift guards were sitting.
“Adrian, did you hear?” one of them asked.
“Hear what? I’ve been working all night,” he replied.
“The King is looking for a guard to take Princess Evelynne on a quest! Who do you think he’ll choose?”
“I don’t know, does it really matter?” Adrian asked, trying to sound uninterested.
The conversation changed to less interesting topics, such as who was training the new set of guards. Adrian continued to eat his meal, but he couldn’t stop wondering what Evelynne had planned. He knew if she was going on a quest, there was something that she was hiding.
“Adrian, the captain needs you in his office,” the sergeant said.
He stood up, clearing his plate on his way out. Adrian made his way down the hall to the captain’s office. He ran his hands through his walnut coloured hair, trying to clear away the night’s windswept look, before knocking on the door twice. Almost immediately, the captain opened the large wooden door.
“Good morning captain, you wanted to see me?” he asked, stepping through the doorway. The captain closed the door before speaking.
“The King has asked if you would be willing to go on a quest with Princess Evelynne. She wants to go to the Oswell Mountains to restore magic.” Adrian considered the proposition in the silence of the office before he replied.
“I’ll do it.”
Adrian is part two of a four part series of The Quest written by Grade 11 student Hannah MacDonald. The first part, Evelynne, was originally published in the May 6 issue and can be read on The Times website. The Student Journal is a new section of The Times that showcases the work of the local high schoolers.