The doors were easy to open as Celia and Alex saw the beauty of the palace. It was made in complete ice. Every piece of area was in ice. Celia touched the ice crafts on the poles as Alex investigated the palace. He saw pictures in the wall as he read the paintings his eyes lit up. He had an idea about the picture. An idea to use them and the objects in them.
“Celia, these swords are used to stop people from destroying the weather. If I get them all then I can stop Morcar and bring the weather back to normal,” he said.
Celia looked at the pictures and nodded. She observed Alex in a way she never looked at other men. She saw him as a person she could rely on. A true soul-mate. Maybe more. The thoughts were still floating around in her head.
“You can do it, Alex. Will these swords stop them?” asked Celia at him.
“I’m not too sure at the moment, but they are magical. I can pit magic against magic if need be,” Alex answered her.
The pair walked into what seemed to be a throne room. Alex looked at the throne as no one was there. Where was the ice man?
“Where is he?” asked Alex..
“Don’t know. Maybe he’s in the palace somewhere. This is a pretty big place. Bigger than father’s castle,” answered Celia.
Then a shadow of an ice blizzard walked passed them as Alex looked at it in amazement. The ice blizzard became the shape of a man as the image turned into flesh and bone. Celia smiled to see the mystery dancer, Alex walked up to investigate the man.
“I knew that you would come. Your kingdom is in danger I suppose. I shouldn’t have gone to the Richardson Castle, it was a risk but I needed to know more about Morcar. I also saw your battle on the snow grass against the ghost wizards. A mighty fine effort for a young knight,” said the man.
“Who are they?” Alex asked the ice man.
“They are servants of a pure evil order. They have recently been around in these parts, but I do not wish to touch them or even know them.
They appeared not to harm me. It is not my place or position to battle people,” said the ice man.
Alex’s head went down and the ice man stood up from his throne and rubbed his chin.
“There must be a reason to be here if you wander through the dangerous undergrounds to greet me. There is not much I can do but give wise words and experience of this world,” he said.
“Yes. It’s Morcar, the wizard. He used some sort of spell on the world,” said Alex.
“Yes the spell of weathers. The spell will suck the life of the weather. While it won’t kill the world, it will kill off the living. Making life hard for humans,” said the man.
Celia looked at the man. He was young and dressed in a white suit. He was innocent looking but caring in a way.
“Who are you?” asked Celia as the man looked back at the young girl.
“Ice. The element of Ice. You see, young princess, there are six elements that control the weather. Ice, Fire, Wind, Thunder, Water and Earth. We come around the world to change the seasons and spread the power of the earth to everything in sight,” said Ice as Celia smiled.
“I want to use your swords to stop Morcar. I can do it,” said Alex. “I’m afraid I can’t take your word. You can use it if you beat me in a battle. The other elements will hold you to a battle as you ask this question to them too,” said Ice as Alex nodded.
“Ok I’ll do it. I haven’t come all this way to pass down this test you bring me,” said Alex as Ice walked down to prepare for the battle. Celia was worried about the fight. Who was better? Ice the creator of ice or Alex a knight from Richardson. She watched him as Ice blasted an ice beam at his contestant from his hand. Alex ran around the throne room dodging the ice beams. Ice glared at Alex and he shot down a blizzard. Celia grew cold as Alex appeared from his hiding spot. Ice shattered ice towards him. He ran off from the ice and Alex kicked down Ice. Ice fell to the ground as Alex drew his sword at the nature maker. He held out his hand as Ice grabbed it. He got back up and he looked at the young knight.
“You’re like me. You hate fighting, but you’re good when you have too,” said Ice as Alex return his sword to its pocket.
“You can have the Ice Sword. But you need the other five swords if you want them,” suggested Ice.
Ice returned to his seat and grabbed the ice sword from behind and threw the sword towards Alex. He caught it with a deft action of this hand.
“I can tell you where the next element is. Fire the element, lives in one of the largest volcanoes in the world. I’m afraid that you need to travel the underground again in order to reach his domain,” Ice warned Celia and Alex
Celia looked unease and Ice watched her. “But fear not, the ice sword will have more effect against your foes and a knight like this one is perfect to protect princesses,.”
Celia gave a smile towards Ice to which he responded as well.
The back of the throne revealed tall rectangle windows that showed the images of the snow lands behind the ice palace. Ice in front of the windows was strong looking, a powerful figure in the lands of this world. A glowing power seemed to shine within him. His hands were in his robe and his face was full pride and of the work he had done to the world. The gift of ice he has given to the world.
Ice led them down through the hallway of pictures and Celia walked up to one she saw earlier.
“Who makes these pictures?” she asked Ice.
“All of the elements create pictures. We do them because we like to paint and also it tells a story and helps us to remember the past,” Ice explained.
“So what’s this story?” Celia asked the element gazing upon one. The picture showed a picture of a dragon and something he was carrying, a bag of some sort. In the background of the picture was a dark fogginess.
“This one tells the tale of our master when he dropped a bunch of books. Said something spooked him or someone was near him. But something serious,” Ice said.
Alex turned around to face them watching the picture and he was looking at the sword.
“Ice, do you believe these swords can beat the enemy at large?” he asked the element.
“I hope so,” he first answered “But I’m not too sure how powerful or skilful he is. They are only swords after all; it is the user who really controls the power of them.”
Ice reached the doorway of the palace and opened up one of the doors He saw the snowstorm had left a clearing in front of the palace.
“It is gone for now but I fear for the ghost wizards and for the underground again,” Ice said.
“We’ll be fine,” Alex answered Ice.
“It will be cold then very hot in the underground as you make your way to the volcano,” Ice said.
“Volcano? Oh no,” Celia thought out loud.
“We’ll be fine Celia. Just another walk for us,” Alex smiled at her. “The time for you to go is now. Be gone and I wish you well for the future,” Ice said as the two walked outside.
“The well wishes are the same for you too, Ice,” smiled Alex. “Goodbye!” cried Ice and Celia and Alex trekked back into the ice with the new found ice sword.
The door to the ice palace closed and Ice leaned on the door in wonder. “I will see you again, Ice sword,” he spoke to himself in thought.
He walked off along the hallway of picture stories and returned to his room.
The night was falling quickly on Celia and Alex as they were moving towards the second underground that led to the fire volcano. They entered the underground caves with more caution the second time round and stayed together for the first hour of the walk.
“It’s getting hotter by the hour. Watch out for anything suspicious,” warned Alex to the princess.
The icy paths slowly turned to a steaming hot path way which made the trek hard to even walk. They turned around bends and turns as they faced a tunnel down to an opening room. Alex slid down to the dirt and stepped himself into the room. The knight was greeted by the princess who wasn’t happy with the slide.
“This going to wreck my clothes,” she cried unhappily.
“You were the one who chose the wrong clothes. This is a long trek, you should have taken knight clothes or something,” Alex suggested to her.
“Knight Clothes I don’t think so!” she cried unwilling to accept that comment.
Alex walked over to the opening where Celia felt uneasy. The wind was blowing along the ground as she was watching it. Alex’s back was turned to her. He was looking at the other end. Suddenly Celia saw three green glowing staffs had appeared behind Alex’s back.
“Alex!” she shouted to him.
“What?” he cried, the staffs came thumping into his chest and he fell to the ground.
Celia was shouting in the background where the ghost wizards noticed the ice sword that Alex had with him. One tired to pick it up but the tried iciness of the sword struck him and he dropped it.
“Cold,” it said towards the sword.
Alex was half awake by now and was looking around the room. He saw the ice sword by the ghost wizards. He darted his eyes around the room and suddenly rolled over to the wizards and grabbed his sword. The ghosts crossed to the knight in surprise. He jumped up and struck one ghost as the ice effort got it down.
“This does work well!” he cried happily.
He moved around the wizards quickly as they struck with green waves of magic at him. He held the ice sword in front of him and it glowed of blue ice. The young knight cried and the sword unleashed a wave of ice at the wizards. A group of them fell to the ground when Alex moved over next to Celia.
“Get going on the pathway to Fire’s volcano,” cried the knight at the princess and she rushed off.
Alexander turned back to the wizards and they fought on with swords, magic and flashes of light. A group of staffs touched the ice sword and Alex reefed them off with an ice wave, sending the ghost wizards to the ground.
There was one last ghost wizard left and he bashed the young knight to the ground. His face was fearful and it grew in fear with each hit of his staff. Alex twisted and turned when he was on the ground. He flipped back up and grabbed the ghost‘s staff and smashed into it. The ghost disappeared and Alex was left alone at last.
Alex came out to the other and was greeted by Celia who was with the bag of goods.
“We keep on going from here?” she asked him.
“Yes, that’s what we’ll do. I’m not too sure if this comes out near the volcano or into the volcano,” Alex said.
The pair pressed on through the dangerous underground caves.