Silvermoon City 15 years ago.
Goldsworth bangs her fist on the bedroom door of Jenasis.
“Get up slag! You are going to be late for class!”
Jenasis replies bitterly through the closed door “I have enough time to beat your face and make it to class. Go away!”
Overhearing her daughters bickering, Lady Dimentus bellows up the stairs “Is everything all right up there my darlings?”
Jen opens the door, holding a her school books. She is wearing a colorful Sin'dorei dress over black pajama bottoms completely barefoot. “Now look what you have done, Silversworth! I told you I was ready. If you upset mother your eating these books.”
Goldsworth points down at Jen’s bare feet. “Is todays class about trolls? You look the part.” Jen glances down at her feet. Goldsworth takes the opportunity to knock the books from Jen’s hand and is down the stairs in a flash to greet her mother with an endearing smile. “Nothing is wrong mother. You know my Sister, she needs lots and lots of beauty rest!”
Jen yells from the upstairs “I heard that!”
Lady Dimentus laughs softly “I want you both in the dining hall quick as you can. Your Father’s breakfast has grown cold waiting for his daughters to join him.”
Goldsworth’s smiles dissolves and her eyes look a panicked. “We kept Father waiting!?”
Moments later the Sisters walk side by side into the dining hall. Lord Dimentus sits in the largest, most overly plush of the chairs at the head of the table. He glares angrily at his daughters, and they simultaneously lower their heads. Taking a deep breath he stands and walks over to his daughters, both of which remain looking down at the floor. He wraps his arms around the two of them, squeezing them tightly together. “Do you really think me angry with you over some cold eggs? ” He laughs and squeezes the girls tighter. “You two and your mother are everything to me. Without you all, I would be nothing.”
Both girls sigh in relief as they return their fathers hug. Goldsworth answers him, humbly “You have given us everything we have ever wanted. The worst thing we could ever do is to upset you, or mother.” Jenasis silently nods in agreement with her Sister.
Lord Dimentus releases the girls and places a hand on each of their shoulders “Goldy, you are my first born and the heir to my house and influence. You need to start preparing yourself for this great responsibility. Today! We will go over the books and prepare you to be properly introduced to the other houses.”
Goldsworth beams with delight, smiling ear to ear. At the same time Jen looks sorrowfully at her Father. “Now, now Jen. You are to be at your Sister’s side in all things once you finish your classes.” He pats her shoulder in a comforting manner “You are as cunning as you are beautiful. Your human instincts will serve the family well. Goldy can not fail with you at her side.”
Jenasis smiles proudly at her Father and then pecks Goldsworth on the cheek.
“I will always watch out for my Sister! Now, I am late for class and I must go!”
Lord Dimentus looks fondly at Jenasis “Tell your Mother you are leaving and remember your manners in class. Make us proud young lady.” Jen smiles at her Father and runs out of the room yelling at the top of her lungs “Mother wherever you aaaarrrre...I am leaving!...I Love you!”
Lord Dimentus tries to smother a smile as he motions with his hand for Goldsworth to follow him. He walks in front of her down a long hallway to his study. Goldy walks behind him, but it feels to her as if her feet are not touching the ground. “If I am dreaming, I will kill Jen if she wakes me!”
Later, that same day, Lord Dimentus stands over Goldsworth, who sits at a large desk in the study with numerous books in front of her. Most of which are books about other noble elves family trees, their holdings, secrets, property lines, and even sections marked gossip. Goldsworth looks up curiously at Lord Dimentus “Father, do servants count as assets or-”
There is a hard knocking on the study door. “Lord Pendragus Dimentus, this is the city guard. We need to speak to you immediately.
Lord Dimentus smiles re assuredly at Goldsworth “I wonder what your Sister has done now?”
He chuckles to himself as he opens the door. His wife stands in between two city guards with a look of horror on her face “Pen, they would not tell me what this is about until we were together.”
Goldsworth’s jaw falls. She has never heard mother use her father’s common name. Thinking to herself “This can not be good!”
Lady Dimentus runs to her husbands side, followed directly by Goldsworth on his other side.
He puts his arms around his women and addresses the guards directly, with a stern look on his face. “We are at your mercy, now tell us what this is all about.”
One of the guards pulls a torn, bloody Sin'dorei dress out of an official looking satchel, as the other guard speaks. “Your daughter Jenasis, was found murdered in an alley nearly an hour ago.”
The guard shakes his head sorrowfully “It grieves me deeply to bring you this news, Lordship. Your house is well respected, and the criminals responsible will be brought to justice.”
Lord Dimentus knees buckle, his wife and daughter prop themselves against him to keep him upright. With tears rolling down both of Goldsworth cheeks, she bravely addresses the guards
“Thank you constables, our house will contact the Captain of the guard at a later time for more details.”
The guards nod respectfully “We can find our way out.”
Lord Dimentus lets his full weight bring him to his knees while crying unreservedly.
Goldsworth marches over to the desk and angrily swipes at the heavy books sending them all crashing down to the floor, tears roll down her face, but she refuses to cry.
The Mother cries quietly, wrapping her arms around her own waist. She looks helplessly at her broken Husband and rage filled daughter. “What has happened to our family?”
-End of Part two.