by Richard A. Rowell
“A Productive Partnership” is the third chapter in the “Legend of Luna Dawnstar,” a story set in the CRONOKAI Universe.
A PRODUCTIVE PARTNERSHIP
Samson Quin was meant to be tutoring the daughter of a lovely history teacher who he happened to have a crush on. Instead, he found someone with the same passion for history as he. Samson not only had someone to talk to about his ideas for writing historical fiction. He'd made a new friend, as well!
"Hey, I could be your fact checker!" Gina offered.
"Actually, I'm more in the market for an artist!" Sam countered.
"I LOVE to draw!" Gina yipped. "What do you need?"
"All I can draw well are profiles. I need frontal portraits, too."
"Well, when I'm sure all your facts are straight, we'll talk!"
"What's wrong with my facts?" Sam asked with concern.
"Oh, nothing, really!" Gina laughed. "Just want to make sure that artistic license doesn't lead to unfortunate heresy! I need to preserve historical integrity at all costs. That's vital to my work ethic!"
"Hmm, this could make for a particularly productive partnership, Gina," Sam said, pausing only when he realized his own use of alliteration. "Oh, no, not ALLITERATION!"
"So, Felona expert. Tell me more about Luna and how she became Queen."
"What about the Elemental Masters?"
"Well, the two stories do intersect, you know. So I'll pick up when you get there!"
"OK, well then...” Samson cleared his throat. “That's a long way off. But there's plenty of good stuff that they don't put into history books.”
“Oh, is that so?” Gina asked with a smirk, crossing her arms.
Samson sighed before continuing the story of Luna Dawnstar.
As you might expect, giving three teenage kittens - Luna, Aletto, and Kissa – the Soul Swords was not particularly a wise decision. The type of power that the Swords offered their new owners was far beyond anything that they could yet fully understand.
These three Soul Swords were ancient artifacts that the Fates confiscated from their previous owners. They were taken away for good reason, for the abuse of their power. So it seemed extremely unwise to entrust these powerful weapons to young Felona.
But the Fates felt that these three were capable of taking responsibility for their power. They were all dedicated to uniting Felonia in a way that no other Felona at that time wanted.
Sometimes wanting something enough is enough to make it true, Luna felt. But you also have to work for it. These three were more than happy to fight for everything they wanted.
But first, they had to get to know one another a bit better.
“So, what is it you do again?” Aletto asked Kissa.
“I'm an artist,” Kissa said proudly. “I hope to join the Royal Artisans with my art someday!”
“Uh-huh,” Aletto nodded. “So basically you sit around and just draw all day?”
“Um, I guess so,” Kissa shrugged.
“Not all of us can come from proud warrior families,” Luna said with a smile. “We all do what we can.”
“Well, um,” Aletto looked down, “About that...”
“Come on, Aletto. You've got a lot of fire in you, I can tell!”
“Thanks, Luna,” Aletto said with a shy smile. “It's really cool to meet you.”
“Same,” Kissa said. “Are you really the Princess Dawnstar?”
Luna nodded sadly, “Yeah, my mom died when I was really young. She would've been the best Queen of Felonia ever. But just when everything was coming together, she fell ill and was gone the next day.”
Aletto groaned, “How could someone so powerful just go like that?”
“It's never that simple,” Kissa said, a bit perturbed at Aletto's lack of tact. “I'm really sorry you had to go through that.”
“I mean, I have a great caretaker,” Luna said, trying to force a smile for her new friends. “Muffi is awesome. And Aunt Cleo tries to run everything as well as my mum did. But as you can see, it's pretty quiet here at the palace. It gets really lonely, everybody out fighting trying to keep the order.”
“Yeah, so much for that,” Aletto scoffed.
Luna glared at Aletto, “You have no idea. I've made so many friends. Every time I make a new warrior friend, they go and die on me. Muffi and Cleo are really all I had. Till now, that is.”
“Hold on,” Gina interrupted. “How do you know they had that conversation?”
“It's historical fiction, Gina,” Samson explained. “You base the story on the facts. Then, you tell the things you want people to know through dialogue that makes sense given the situation.”
“Hmm,” Gina stared blankly at Samson for a moment, before appearing satisfied with his answer. “OK, continue!” she said with renewed enthusiasm.
Holding powers in their paws that they did not yet truly understand, Luna, Kissa, and Aletto made their way to the modest palace in Pawshire. They were met with confused looks as they approached Luna's aunt, the Regent Cleo Starbright.
Cleo was a dark, nearly black Felona, who wore her thick dark brown mane in a long braid that hung over her shoulder. Her sister, Phoebe, had been her twin in looks despite Cleo being five years older.
Cleo was wise, but quietly. By most accounts, a strong-minded, but a passive leader. She basically let her commandant, Theo Macka, run the constant war efforts against the other 12 squabbling Tribes.
“Ahem,” Gina again interrupted. “What happened to the dialogue?”
Samson sighed. “Sometimes, exposition is necessary.”
Gina scoffed, “OK, continue.”
“We're getting to the good part,” Samson said.
“Auntie Cleo, I made some new friends!” Luna announced.
“I see,” Cleo said, sitting in the Regent's chair, apparently unenthused. “Muffi?”
Out of seemingly nowhere, a portly, fluffy Felona charged in towards Kissa and gave her a big hug. Kissa's eyes almost popped out of their sockets.
“You brought home a friend! A beautiful blue friend!” the friendly Felona shouted.
“Um, yeah, I did,” Luna said with a blank expression on her face. “You can let her breathe now, Muffi.”
“Sorry! Sorry!” Muffi apologized. “Luna just doesn't have a great track record with, uh...” She then saw Aletto. “Hi,” she said, with a look of familiarity.
“Hi, yourself,” Aletto said with a frown.
“Sorry, sorry, again, Princess Stiletta. You look so much like your mother.”
“I really don't,” Aletto said. “How do you know me again?”
“It's just,” Muffi sighed. “Your mum is just, well, she's such a hero. I'm just really happy to see that Luna is your friend.”
“Yeah, she's cool,” Aletto said, looking at Luna.
“This is awesome! The daughter of a hero! And an Azure! We don't see you guys much around here.”
“Eh, we're around,” Kissa said shyly. “We, well, aren't really as many as we used to be.”
“Yeah, sorry about that,” Luna apologized.
“Regent Cleo,” Aletto said, “I want to ask you something.”
Cleo nodded in acknowledgment.
“Did you really know Mona Stilletta?”
Cleo paused for a moment, before nodding yes again.
“Did she die a hero?”
“Yes,” Cleo said without hesitation, “She was. I hope you set a good example for my niece. She could use a hero.”
“She has you!” Kissa blurted out.
Cleo chuckled for a moment. Then, her expression turned to a blank one. “I suppose.”
“My dad says there's no such thing as heroes,” Aletto said defiantly. “Just those who go out and do the right thing.”
“When it suits you,” Cleo said.
Aletto looked stunned at Cleo's remark, “That's what my dad told me when I was little.”
“Cardigan Stilletta...” Cleo began to say. She then quickly changed the subject. “Luna, how did you come to meet these two?”
When Luna explained the story, Cleo shook her head in disbelief.
“So these – faeries – gave you spirit blades?” Cleo asked. “They look like kitten's toys to me. Don't you all have better things to be doing?”
“Kissa likes to draw,” Aletto remarked.
“Mm-hmm,” Cleo nodded. “I appreciate that you have these new friends, Luna. Just keep your mind on your studies. One day, when you come of age, this throne will be yours. Don't go and do anything foolish now.”
“But that's the best part of life!” Aletto insisted.
Cleo looked sternly at Aletto, but Muffi stepped in front of the regent and smiled widely. “Group hug!”
Kissa and Luna were happy to join in, with Aletto only joining in reluctantly.
Little did Cleo yet realize that those “toys” were, in fact, the very Soul Swords that they were promised.
“I really like Muffi,” Gina said.
Samson nodded. “Muffi was beside Luna behind the scenes for a long time.” He checked his wristwatch. “But it's getting late. You should be getting supper and getting to bed.”
“OK!” Gina said. “Can't wait for more stories tomorrow! Maybe you can actually tutor me for once, then!”
“Can't make any promises,” Samson said with a wink. He waved goodbye as Gina went to go wash up for supper. Britney met him at the open door.
“You two really hit it off,” Britney said.
“Yeah, she's cool. We're teaching each other. It's cool. Goodnight, Miz Harrison.”
“Goodnight,” Britney said as Samson made his exit.
“So?” Britney asked Gina.
“I like Sam,” Gina said. “He's great at knowing stuff. With my help, he'll tell some great stories!”
“I think so,” Britney said, watching Samson walk down the street.
by Richard A. Rowell
“A History Lesson” is the first chapter in the “Legend of Luna Dawnstar,” a story set in the Legend of CRONOKAI Universe.
A HISTORY LESSON
Once upon a time, there was a system of seven planets. Each of these planets was a part of the League of Worlds, a federation of species who lived in peace and harmony...
The Foxy Samson Quin put the tip of his pencil to the side of his mouth, thinking deeply before writing one last bit.
At least for the most part...
Just then, Samson was interrupted by his study period teacher.
"You look deep in thought, Mr. Quin," said the lovely blue-eyed, orange Foxy vixen.
"Well, Ms. Harrison," Samson explained, "I'm trying to find the best way to tell this great new story I have here."
Britney Harrison's smile faded to a thin line, "This is an academic study period, Sam. Shouldn't you be doing your homework?"
"Oh, I'm done with that," Samson enthusiastically replied. "And besides, this story is historical fiction!”
The bit about history got Britney's attention. Her eyes glowed with the same enthusiasm as Samson's. “What's it about?”
“The LEGEND OF CRONOKAI!" Samson replied.
"I love your passion for history! Maybe you can tutor my daughter?"
"Sure, I'd love to help!" Samson happily offered. "Can she draw?"
While Britney appreciated his acceptance of her offer, his request for unusual compensation perplexed her. "Huh? What do you mean by that?"
"Well, my time is valuable," Samson explained, "But, I could use an artist to illustrate my novel!"
Britney wasn't convinced, "Well, I'm not sure that art is her thing.” She trailed off for a moment. “Why not just ask for money?"
Samson knew that Britney Harrison had more than enough money to reward him handsomely for tutoring their daughter. Her late husband, Louie, had been quite rich. But, money did not interest Samson in the least. At least, not at the moment.
"It would help her learn history,” he proposed. “Art would just be a bonus!”
Ms. Harrison responded coolly to his proposal. "Quite a proposition. I'll discuss it with her.”
“For now, keeping working, Sam."
Samson was not at all discouraged by Ms. Harrison's apparent coolness as she walked away. He knew she would be more than happy to help him out. Samson felt confident in his belief as he watched her long, luxuriant tail wag as she returned to her front desk.
It didn't matter how much older Britney was than him. He still found her remarkably attractive. She was an extremely pretty widowed vixen.
Despite every attempt to hide it, Britney really liked Samson, too. Britney had been his history teacher not too long ago. He knew she liked him as more than just a former student. For Sam, it was just a crush. It may have been a bit more to Britney.
"Thanks, Ms. Harrison! Hope I can help!"
Immediately afterward, Samson began to scribble furiously in his notebook.
"OK, now then..." he mumbled, "This is a story about... hmm..."
Samson scribbled the profile of a lovely female feline. She was snow-white with big eyes and long hair tied back in a ponytail. With his colored pencils, he filled in her hair with purple and her eyes with a bright green.
"Felonia's greatest hero, Queen Luna Dawnstar!" he announced quietly, but proudly, to himself.
This drawing now complete, he continued to write.
Luna Dawnstar was born on the planet of Felonia. It was a world constantly in a state of civil war between the Thirteen Felona Prides who inhabited it. Every night, Luna would pray to the heavens above to bring unity to her people and peace to their world!
As it turned out, Luna was not alone in her prayers. A young warrior princess named Aletto also prayed to the heavens at night. Aletto prayed for a kind and just ruler who would unite the Felona and bring order to the world! Obviously, having thirteen different leaders who constantly bickered and fought with one another wasn't working!
Meanwhile, a young Azure artist named Kissa Noel also prayed! She prayed that someone who come and bring hope to the war-ravaged world. Kissa wanted someone who would give every day Felona like herself something to look forward to.
One night, their prayers were answered. Three beings of light descended onto Felonia. Each one of the girls was visited by a different one of the beings. They were then each led to meet one another and their destiny!
The three girls had never met before. But when they did that night, it was like they'd known each other for their entire lives!
"Hey, girls, what's up?" Luna asked her two new friends.
"It's been like, never, since I saw you!" Kissa greeted with a grin.
Aletto was particularly impressed by the looks of the gorgeous young Luna. "She's the prettiest girl I've never met! Wouldn't you agree, Kissa?"
Kissa nodded in agreement. "So who are these beings that brought us here?" she asked.
The three beings of light descended on the three young Felona. They were all together this time. Each was identical, except for the colors of their dresses and their hair, both of which matched. One was green, one was blue, and the other was red.
"We are the Divas of Fate!" the green one said.
"We decided to answer your prayers, pure-hearted kittens." the blue one followed.
"We will lend you some of our Transcendent Powers so that you can change your world!" the red one explained.
The Divas of Fate lent Luna, Kissa, and Aletto some of their power in the form of powerful weapons known as the Soul Swords.
These Soul Swords granted their users with unimaginable power. Each took their wielder's willpower and spirit and channeled them into a magical force known as Aurika!
The first of these swords, Hawkmancer, was given to Kissa. It allowed her to control the winds, as well as channel thunder and lightning into devastating attacks!
"You've been... THUNDERSTRUCK!" Kissa called as she sent a random bolt of lightning hurtling towards the ground.
The second of the swords, Dawnbreaker, was given to Aletto. It gave her the power to rain destruction on her enemies and make them cower in fear.
But Aletto was more mesmerized by other aspects of her new weapon.
"Ooh, shiny!" Aletto remarked happily. "Can I poke you with it?"
Both Kissa and Luna gave her strange looks in response to her question.
The last of the Swords was without a doubt the most powerful of them all: CRONOKAI! It gave Luna the ability to slow or freeze time. It could even reverse it slightly!
CRONOKAI also had another power called Divine Intervention. But the Fates
warned her not to use it except in the direst of circumstances.
Not that she would listen.
Meanwhile, on a planet not too far away, another Transcendent being was twisting Fate. This time, it was not as an answer to prayer...
Samson penned those words just as the bell rang to announce the end of study period. It was also the final bell of the school day. Feeling that he was off to a good start, Sam was not upset for the day to end. It was perfect timing as he was at a good stopping point. He was quite satisfied with his early progress.
Later that afternoon, Ms. Harrison rang Samson at his house. She wanted him to start tutoring her daughter, Gina-Lou, immediately. She said payment was pending, based on the effectiveness of his tutoring.
This would be interesting, Sam told himself. Gina-Lou was no ordinary child. From what he understood, she would probably be the one really tutoring him.
He was fine with that.
Richard A. Rowell
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