For the rest of the day, nobody dared mention the legend, or the plan, but instead, they discussed things that they knew their parents would want to hear, such as decrees or things that they would do to better both and kingdoms. Serenity retreated to her room after lunch, and was rarely seen, except for dinner. She didn’t feel like talking to her father, and even her mother, Aurora, would understand, she still wouldn’t approve.
That night, Serenity lay on her bed and thought about ways to not only get out of the castle undetected, but how would they know where to go? Heavensgate wasn’t on any map. These thoughts filled not only Serenity’s mind, but also Aerandir’s. They didn’t know it, but they had the same thoughts, and they began to fall asleep at the same time. As Serenity drifted further and further from consciousness, she began to dream. In her dream, she saw nothing but white, everywhere she looked. She began to wander around, trying to make some significance out of the dream when she heard the same voice that she had heard in her other dreams, only this time the saying was different. She listened as it repeated over and over, “The King searches every heart and understands every motive. If you seek him, he will be found by you.” Serenity watched as she became surrounded by forest. She turned around several times before she realized that she was standing in the very woods that were only a couple of miles from Naldar. She watched as the trees to her left began to separate, revealing a small deer path. Serenity began to walk toward it, but was unable to reach it, because the ground started shaking. She heard her name repeated over and over, and finally her eyes snapped open and she shot into a sitting position. She looked to her right and saw twelve year old Korriana, her short brown hair tangled and matted, and her grey eyes were filled with worry.
“What’s wrong, Korri?” Serenity said sleepily.
“I was getting up to go to the bathroom and I heard you moving around and muttering and panting and stuff. I thought you were having a nightmare.”
Serenity yawned before she let out a chuckle. “That was very kind of you, but it wasn’t a nightmare, just……..different. Anyway, you need to go back to bed and get some sleep. Mom and Dad won’t be happy if they find out you are wandering the halls this late at night.”
Korriana nodded before she hugged her sister. She smiled and jumped off the bed, tiptoeing to the door. She quietly closed it, and Serenity sat quietly in thought. The King searches every heart and understands every motive. If you seek him, he will be found by you. What is that supposed to mean? The King……it couldn’t be…….could he really be real? Even if he is, is he powerful enough to control dreams? Serenity shook her head. I don’t know what to think anymore. I know my dreams mean something, now I just need to find out what.
It didn’t take long for Serenity to fall back asleep, and when she did she had a similar dream, except the words were different, and this time she could only understand a few of the words because they were spoken so softly. She listened as she heard, “For everyone who asks, receives; he who seeks, finds…..” She couldn’t understand the rest. Serenity thought more and more about what it could mean, but the words just kept repeating over and over. It didn’t seem like much time had passed before she was awake again, only this time it was morning. Serenity stood and walked toward the curtains that were keeping the bright morning sunlight out of her room and opened them, allowing the room to be filled with the morning light. She walked onto the balcony and felt the cool summer morning breeze gently blow against her face. The words form both her dreams were swirling around in her head, and she couldn’t stop thinking about their meaning. Could they be sign of where to go? Was she supposed to find the small deer trail she had seen? Her thoughts were cut short when Shayna burst into her room and slammed the door behind her.
“Ok, that is two days in a row. Does the act of knocking before entering one’s bedroom not exist anymore?” Serenity said with a slight hint of annoyance in her tone.
Shayna ignored the comment and ran up to her older sister. “Something freaky happened to Aerandir last night!”
Serenity’s eyes widened as she turned to fully face her fourteen year old sister. “What happened?! Is he ok?!”
Shayna put her hands up in the air, “Oh, he’s fine, but he had a freaky dream. He told me to come get you right away, and I agree that you should hear his dream!”
Serenity turned and walked to her door. She held it open and looked at Shayna. “Tell him to meet me in the garden, and if it has anything to do with the discussion, bring everyone else too.”
Shayna nodded and bounded out the door, her brown hair flying after her.
Serenity grabbed her red halter top dress and put it on as quickly as she could. She brushed the knots out of her hair and quickly walked down to the garden. On her way she saw Kaina and Karnor. They said that Shayna had given them the message, and they asked if Serenity knew what this was about. When she said she didn’t, the three of them went to the garden together. There they saw Aerandir, Shayna, and Addison, all waiting for everyone to arrive.
“Serenity, I think I know what to do.” Aerandir said as Serenity reached him.
They were all speaking in hushed voices, and everyone arrived within the next five minutes. Once everyone was there, Aerandir began to speak. “Ok, I now think more than ever that the Celestial King exists. Last night, I had a dream….”
Serenity’s eyes widened as Aerandir quietly described her first dream. He continued to talk, but when he tried to quote what he had heard, he couldn’t remember all of it. “It was something like, uh, seek and you will find or something, but-”
“The King searches every heart and understands every motive. If you seek him, he will be found by you.” Serenity interrupted.
Everyone just stared at her as Aerandir’s mouth opened. “Serenity, how did you know that?”
“I had the exact same dream last night.”