Heat Rising (Part 1)
Alfran sat down next to the aging emperor. He was staring out in to the courtyard below with a distant smile on his face.
“I sometimes still do… When no one is watching of course.” said Alfran with a smirk on his face.
The emperor cleared his throat. “You have news for me Alfran?”
“Yes, I do. One good piece and one bad piece of news.”
The emperor nodded, which Alfran knew meant to just give it to him straight.
“That girl is always surly Alfran. And the rest?”
“Pyroxius has been spotted.”
“So soon?” asked the emperor shocked by the stewards statement.
“It’s strange that something that is so constant can continuously surprise you when it arrive right on time isn’t it?” muttered Alfran.
The emperor knew what he meant. The arrival of Pyroxius, the planets third sun heralded a new Hot Summer, a meteorological event that occurred once every twelve years. It appeared like clockwork, but because of the length of time between each arrival it always seemed to catch you unaware and unprepared.
“We don’t have time to move from here do we?” the emperor asked.
The emperor sighed heavily. “Either Korv timed his actions perfectly, or that blasted nephew of mine has incredible luck.”