Book Two in ‘The Protector Series’
By C.M. Brown
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Desperate to save the life of a child he never knew he had, Sebastian returns to Earth to find Jazz in the arms of another man. A man he knows all too well. One who cannot be trusted! Sebastian worries if Jazz’s feelings for him have fleeted in his absence and he vows to win her back.
Jazz struggles to find ground between Sebastian and her new life, unsure who to trust and still holding resentment for Seb’s abandonment. She seeks solace through someone who was there for her when she needed help to pick up the pieces.
After coming to terms with her new life, Jazz is struck down with confusion and longing when Sebastian suddenly returns.
However, a dark battle is forthcoming, one that is bound to bring bloodshed.
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As the stable hand, handed Brimstone’s reigns to Jazz, her eyes danced with excitement and her face showed how happy she was to be riding such a magnificent animal. Brimstone was a dappled white mare with glossy black wings and hooves. Her horn was also black with broken white lines like marble crisscrossing around its length. She had a long black and white mane and tail and huge brown eyes covered in long black lashes.
I helped Jazz up into her saddle and Brimstone let out a whinny as if to welcome her. I then made sure her feet were in the stirrups correctly and the girth was tightly secured, before I mounted my own beast. When everyone was mounted and ready to depart, we took off in a westerly direction towards the Sanctuary.
There was only a small amount of wispy pink clouds in the sky today, the moon sat low on the horizon, its majestic blue glory shinning down upon the land, shading it in a pinkish, purple colour.
I had chosen a perfect day for this family adventure.
I flew across to Jazz as we neared the summit where the Sanctuary stood. I wanted to see her face, when she first gazed upon the beauty of this magical place. “Jazz, not much further now. We will soon begin descending, just stay low in the saddle and lean across Brimstone’s neck and hold on. There is no need to steer or pull on the reigns Brimstone will naturally pull up and land where she feels comfortable.”
“Er, okay. What stops me from falling over the top of her head?” Jazz had a look of total fear upon her face. I wanted her to relax so that she would take in the view as we drew nearer.
“Just draw your knees in close to her flanks, she won’t mind if you grasp her mane, if you think you need to. You’ll be alright, I promise.” I said with a smile, trying to relieve her tension.
Auron began to lead our party down lower and as we turned to pass a ridge of mountain, the Sanctuary rose before us. I quickly looked over at Jazz, her face showed her astonishment, as she looked around the scene before her.
The actual building stood near the top of the following summit, but what I wanted Jazz to see was the green grass which spread across a flat plain filled with a variety of trees, majestically reaching their limbs towards the blue moon.
In the distance just before the Sanctuary sat a crystal clear blue lake, which I knew was filled with colourful fish. The moon was reflecting its deep blue cast upon the surface and the water’s surface shimmered with the movement of the fish.
As our steeds retracted their wings and landed upon the ground, they broke into a gallop, before slowing to a stop near the edge of the lake.
I looked across at Jazz and my heart leapt at the sight of her amazed expression as a flock of winged creatures similar to large butterflies, escaped the long grass beside us to travel to a nearby tree. This close to the trees, we could view the exotic flowers of Aidensdein blooming from vines which crept their way up to the tree tops.
I moved my mount nearer, “Do you like my favourite place in this world?” I asked Jazz.
“Yes, oh yes Seb. It is beautiful. Why have you not shown me this before?”
“The time was not right, before.” I answered. “Come, we are heading to the heart of the Sanctuary near the top of the summit, across the other side of the lake.”
“Why can’t we just fly there?”
“There is no room to land the Pegasoi Aithiopes on the top of the summit.”
“How do we cross the lake?”
“You will see.”
Auron was again the first to head to the edge of the water, at full gallop, crying out loudly as he took off, “Watch this Jazz! As soon as the first hoof of his animal landed upon the water a smooth flat rock rose to the surface, another followed soon after to hold the weight of the horse’s next hoof. Some of the Protectors followed Auron across, others waited while Nicola crossed before them. The Royal Guardians moved their mounts to position themselves behind Jazz and me, as we approached the water’s edge.
As I felt my steed’s hoof hit the stones surface, fond memories of my childhood swept over me and I was caught up in an emotional moment as I shared this moving experience with Jazz and my children. It wasn’t long before we reached the outskirts of the Sanctuary building, which was protected by an invisible army of stone like warriors. They bowed their heads as our party passed by their stations on the path to the entrance.
I noticed Jazz turn back to look down at the plain we had just passed through and I was amused by the look on her shocked face.
“What? Where did it go?”
I turned to look but knew I would only see a crimson coloured landscape with a lake full of red water.
Jazz turned to me and asked, “Was it an illusion?”
“No, it was real. What you see now is an illusion.”
“It is how the Sanctuary is protected from unwanted intruders. There is only one path in and the secret is one only certain families know.”
I guided Jazz to turn around and continue our path towards the Sanctuary’s majestic structure standing before us. A sacred place where our religion was strong, and also where my ancestors were laid to rest.
We gathered together before entering through the main gates. I noticed that two of the Protectors had closed their ranks tighter around Jazz. When I looked closely I recognized the pair. Zane and Grayson had joined our outing. Since their time as Jazz’s constant guards on Earth, when I was unable to be with her, these two Protectors had taken it upon themselves to be her main body guards and friends.
I felt no jealousy towards Jazz’s obvious affections for both of them. I only felt a gladness that if my presence was missing at a time when she could be in danger, that thankfully, someone other than myself would stand before her and defend her safety.
I knew that one of the two, the one with white blond dreadlocks, Grayson, his name was, had also played a part in delivering Waratah safely into the world, when Jazz had gone into premature labour, during the attack on the Palmwoods house.
I met Jazz’s eyes with a smile and she casually moved Brimstone to be at my side. Grayson and Zane followed her movement, staying close behind her. “Are you ready to enter? We are expected and the priests will be gathered to grant us a blessing as part of our wedding ceremony.”
“Sebastian, why did you not tell me this before?”
“I wanted it to be a surprise.”
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