Chapter 4: Looking For You
“Miguel! Miranda, Annie and Glen have been gone for two hours now!” Sonny ran into the Selina Rose with a terrified look on his face.
I looked at the elf with a worried look.
I took out my pocket watch and looked at the time.
Holy crap, it’s practically sunset.
“Miranda said that she and Glen were going hunting, and Annie said that she’s out to get firewood.” Sonny added.
“I know what they said! Miranda told me that she was huntin’ for rabbits and deer. What’s taking them so damn long?”
Oh my lord, I really hope nothing happened to them.
“Sonny, I want you to gather everyone and meet me in here. We have to go out and look for them.” I ordered when Sonny nodded and left the boat.
After hearing the news, I didn’t even know what to think.
Did they get lost? Attacked by random ruffians? Stolen by bounty hunters? Stolen by Thanatos even?
Oh god…please don’t tell me Thanatos found her, from what she told me, Miranda was terribly afraid of him, her own stepfather, because of what he did to her eleven years ago…
I will kill you for this, Thanatos…just wait and see…
“Miguel, what in tarnation is goin’ on here?” I hear Grampy, an old half elf who owns the Selina Rose, walk in with a few of our friends.
“Yes Miguel, do tell.” Miranda’s friend, Marcy, requested as she took a seat.
Soon, everyone came in to take their seats to listen to what I have to say.
I held my breath before I spoke, “Miranda, Annie, and Glen have been gone for two hours.”
“Oh, that’s why it’s been too quiet around here.” Sierra said sarcastically, probably referring to Annie, before being nudged in the elbow by Sam.
From what I’ve seen from those two, their relationship is equivalent to a cat and dog’s.
“We have to find them as soon as possible, before something or someone finds them before we do.”
After what seemed to be a short meeting, I ordered everyone to grab out some lanterns and some cloaks, because we were not going to sleep tonight until we find them or at least we have a clue of what happened to them.
Later that night…
“Miranda! Annie! Glen! Where are you?!” I yelled at the top of my lungs, holding my lantern up in the air for light.
The moon just came up, and we’ve been looking everywhere in this god-forsaken forest.
“Glen! Where are you, hun?!” Patti, Miranda’s porcupine, yelled as she scurried around.
Arthur, Grampy’s flying squirrel, swooped down and landed onto my shoulder.
“Any sign of them?” I asked when he shook his tiny head.
“Hey Miguel, I found a lot of wood up here.” Giles, Marcy’s ghost brother, informed as he looked down at me from a hill above us, pointing at a pile of wood just sitting in the middle of the forest tracks.
That was probably the wood that Annie was bringing back, why would she have dropped them?
“Miguel…” my foster brother Quintin uttered.
“I think you should come and look at this.” His voice was quivering in fear as I walked over to where he stood.
He pointed at some object that was hung on a tree, and it had words written on it.
It was a note.
I pulled the note off of the tree and sat on my knees.
“To whom this may concern…
I am the awesome Prussia and you’re not. I was guessing you would speak English, so I’ll make this simple for you. If this is her friend that is reading this note that I left here, I just snatched your royal friend, Miranda McLaura. Oh, France and Spain helped me on it too. I also took the she-wolf because she tried to attack us and we sort of took the goose on accident. But it was fun. If you’re stupid enough to go look for us, be my guest, but you’ll never find us. Just saying. Kesesesese ~.
P.S. If you pulled the note off of the tree without taking the nail off first then you’re stupid and I laugh at you.
More P.S. If you want to find out why we took the spoiled brat in the first place, unfold the paper.”
I unfolded the paper, and to my horror, a portrait of my childhood friend was drawn on it with a bunch of words that were written in German.
It was a wanted poster!
I found more English writing below the paper.
“Do you see it now?
I laugh at you.
Sincerely, Prussia. I am awesome!”
I stood up and looked up at Quintin.
I read the price on it, “100 000 000 Silbermünzen.”
From what I read, Silber sounded like silver.
100 000 000 silver coins!
My fiancé was kidnapped by countries? Who are after her for money?