A messenger shoved the doors to the throne room. He appeared to be out of breath, but he was still smiling. Once he had approached the throne, he began the message. "Your Majesty, I have good news! Our scouts have found one of the rebellion's hidden bases. It's surprisingly close to the city, only a day's journey!
The king leaned forward on his seat. "Were they discovered? The scouts?"
"No." was the messenger's reply
The king smiled, something the messenger didn't often see him do. "Good. Give Maxris the location and tell him to leave as soon as possible." the king then told him.
"Yes, Your Majesty." the messenger said. He had been doing this job for years, so he knew exactly where he would find the man the king spoke of.
"Oh, and one more thing." the king said just as the messenger was exiting the throne room.
"Tell him I want the leaders alive." the king said. The smile on his face stretched further across his face until it was unnaturally long."Oh. Of course, Your Majesty." the messenger said. The king obviously didn't intend to have mercy on these rebels.
Simon thought the whole thing was a joke at first. Some kind of funny way to say that the group should meet up. But as Simon continued to read down the letter, he discovered that he had been far from the truth. This was a serious situation.
Simon wasn't exactly sure why he was called to investigate. He was an assassin, not a detective. He went anyways because the queen was a friend. He had also heard that Jens Wilder was going, so Simon thought that the journey would be a good opportunity to catch up.
What Simon didn't know was that the two would be the only ones going, and that they would be traveling on different paths. Jens lived across the kingdom from Simon, and the queen wanted the job finished as soon as possible. The road was a long one. Luckily, the early autumn weather was comfortable, and Simon's horse was relatively fast. It had taken him about two days to get to the point where he was supposed to meet Jens.
The spot was in the middle of a dense forest. When Simon arrived, Jens was already there. Simon's eyes were immediately drawn to what the pair was den to investigate. There was a large crack in the forest floor...