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Some time later, they approached the castle and looked up at it in amazement. It was massive; tremendous, with enormous twin towers at either side of it. It was a dirty grey colour, showing it was very old and it was made of pure stone, cut into the shape that it was now. ~It must have been there hundreds of years,~ Naomi thought with a smile. Greyish-black clouds hung over the tops of the castle towers like black mist but Naomi wasn't scared; at least, she didn't look scared. There were no guards at the entrance to the castle; Naomi wondered if they had been taken captive like the other elves she had seen. "Come on then, let's go explore and see what we can find," Naomi beckoned to her gang. "Who knows, we might find something useful..." She and the rest of Vetini Vati opened the great iron doors with a creak and a moan, and they scrambled through.
What was on the inside didn't change much from what was on the outside. The hallways and rooms lining the corridors were all made of stone that was shapen, and inside all of the rooms there were different things in each; one of them had trophies and heads of different fearsome creatures; another had many weapons, larger than even Naomi had seen. But the thing that changed from outside to inside was the temperature. It was cold, damp, murky...it smelt horrible but the people who lived here must have got used to it.
All of the doors to the rooms that Naomi had opened were open; the rest were closed. Then Naomi found a rather large room, probably the largest she had seen in the castle. The door easily slid open and Naomi peered inside. There were the remains of an elf, a big hole in the centre of his chest.
Naomi ran forward into the room and inspected the elf's wounds and appearance. The elf was male, with blonde, almost white hair, just falling below his ears. However it was all messed up and stained with blood. His eyes were wide open, obviously in shock before he was stabbed.

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They were a beautiful green colour, but they had a glint of fear in them, even though they couldn't work any more. He had a rounded, slightly tanned face and he was wearing a red cloak and robe, as red as rubies, and it had a white, gold and black outline.
His lower part of his robe was short and at the bottom of it was cropped and lined with the same colours as the upper part; white, gold and black. It was a few centimetres from knee-length, and he was wearing red and gold shoes. The rest of the gang was waiting at the door, wondering what the outcome of Naomi's inspection was. "Come look, come look!" Naomi called to Naglad, Lucy and the others, whom responded by running into the room, facing Naomi on the opposite side of the dead elf. "How did this happen?!"
"I'm thinking this guy's rich; that's why the other bandits, who I think did this, stabbed him to get his expensive possessions - or some of them, at least," Lucy responded, her eyes rising to the ceiling and slowly swivelling round the room. At this reply, Naomi took her eyes from the elf and looked around the room like Lucy. She hadn't paid attention to the actual room ever since she saw the dead elf in it.
Naomi spotted something on the shiny oak shelf. There was another pair of walkie-talkies. Lucy picked them up and gave one of them to Naomi. "Here. This will probably provide useful to you in case you get lost or separated from us or something like that," Lucy said, putting it in Naomi's pocket. There were also a few other expensive things; including a lovely jewelled sword. Naomi was completely surprised why the bandits didn't take it with them.
Then Naomi saw Lucy's eyes widen in shock and horror. "Naomi, look out!" Lucy cried out but it was too late.

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~-~ Chapter 9 ~-~

Two of the bandits threw Naomi in a sack whilst the rest of them held Lucy and the others and kept them from helping Naomi out or fighting back. Then the second-in-command, whose name was Tivkean, said to the other bandit who had helped capture her: "Go to our underground prison north-east from here and keep her there. Once you've made sure she can't get out, come back here." Fortunately, it was a bit loud. The bandit member nodded and took her to the Itav Initev underground prison.
In the prison, Naomi woke up groggily. "Wh-Where am I?" Naomi asked.
"You're in the Itav Initev underground prison, just north-east from where the castle is and where I kidnapped you and took you here," the bandit explained. "Oops. I talk too much. Forget what I just said!"
~North-west would be from here to there then, wouldn't it?~ Naomi tried to figure it out in her head when the bandit started walking away from her. ~Yes! Now I can hopefully get out.~ she thought, smiling to herself. She got up and walked over to the heavy metal door and tried to unlock it, but it was locked. The lock was on the other side of the door. The walls of the room were too high for her to jump over though. She sat down and tried to think of a way to get out. Meanwhile, at the castle...
"So this is the new Vetini Vati?" Tivkean asked, folding his arms and raising an eyebrow in curiosity. "Like you'll be able to take down us. We'll beat you this time. I know it, I can sense it..."
"Oh, enough of talking! Let's get to it!" Naglad interrupted with fury in his eyes, fury in his speech, fury in his arms as he punched Tivkean hard in the chest, starting the fight. Tivkean responded with a punch which made a nasty big green and blue bruise on Naglad's face.
Luckily Lucy had put the dead elf under his bed before the Itav Initev arrived in the room.
Eventually, the Itav Initev proved successful and all the Vetini Vati had were bruises, cuts and sprains.

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Worse, they had stolen the jewelled sword! "Ugh!" Lucy moaned after the Itav Initev had left, getting to her feet and limping towards one of the cupboards in the room. One of her feet had been sprained and the other had a massive cut on its ankle and it was bleeding, leaving a gruesome mess and stain over the wooden flooring.
She searched the cupboard and got what she was looking for - a first aid kit. She opened it, took out some plasters and a bandage, wrapped the bandage around the sprained foot and put two of the largest plasters over the cut. "Hey, what about us?" Naglad grumbled.
"Oh, sorry. I'll get the kit to you," Lucy murmured, limping over to Naglad but much less now. Carefully, she knelt down and treated Naglad's wounds and later to all the other bandits. That was when the walkie-talkie in her pocket started talking. "Lucy, come in, come in, are you there, are you there? I need you. Over."
"Yes, I'm here, Naomi. What do you want? We're kind of injured here. Over," Lucy spoke back weakly.
"Oh no, what happened?" Naomi sounded worried at the other end of the radio.
"Well, to cut things short, we got into a fight with the Itav Initev."
"Oh. When will you be able to come?"
"Well, give us ten minutes, and we'll come as soon as we can after then," Lucy replied. "See you."
"See you..."
Ten minutes came and went, and Lucy and the Vetini Vati were ready to go and find Naomi. They had heard where the prison was, but not where Naomi was in the prison. Nevertheless, they went north-east and came across a large hole in the soil in front of them, with a ladder poking out of it. One by one, they went down the ladder, made of steel, and they entered the underground prison. "Naomi, I'm in the underground prison now," Lucy spoke into the walkie-talkie.
"I'll jump up and wave my hand over the wall so you can see where I am," Naomi replied back in the crackle of the walkie-talkie. A short moment later a small hand appeared above the wall.

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"We've found you!Ē Lucy said with a smile as she raced with the others towards where the small hand appeared. They unlocked the door to the chamber and found Naomi stood up, smiling at them. "Now come on! We've got to get you out of here!" Lucy whispered as she grabbed Naomi's hand and pulled her out of the room, closing the roomís heavy metal door and locking it to make it look like she had never escaped. They then ran towards the exit of the prison, which was a ladder leading upwards into the daylight.
They climbed out up the ladder and out of the hole, one by one. They made their way towards the castle again when they saw a circle of tents, around a campfire, in the distance. "Hey, what are they doing there?" Naomi asked everyone in the group, pointing a finger towards the tents.
"I don't know. Let's go find out," Lucy suggested, shrugging her shoulders.
"Well, we could, but then again, that could be dangerous," Naomi replied. "We better be quiet if we're going there."
And they did go there. It was a fairly long distance between them and the tents, but once they got there they hid behind a tree trunk. Some of them sat down, in fact all of them, except from Lucy and Naomi. Carefully, Naomi poked her head around the side of the rough, dark tree and took a closer look. There were figures now coming out of the tents and sitting around the campfire. Those figures were familiar to Naomi, and once Lucy copied her she thought the same too. "Guys, guys! It's the Itav Initev! They're staying here!" Naomi whispered to the Naglad and the other bandits. They nodded, saying nothing, and quietly - silently - stood up.
"Hey, I have a plan. Here's what we do..." Naomi hissed to the group and they listened intently whilst Naomi spoke words so soft and quiet that only the people surrounding her could actually hear what she was saying.

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Later, once that they had discussed and made sure that what they were about to do would work, Naomi silently crept out from behind the thick-trunked tree, Lucy and the others watching. It was early evening now, and the campfire was empty except for one Itav Initev member who was still cooking his tea and watching the flames burst up and hit his meal, quickly devouring it in colours of red, orange and yellow. Naomi looked at the tents. They were all zipped up and didn't have any windows. She was sure that if she was silent, her plan would work.
She crept right up to the back of the gang member. She had already unsheathed her sword before she crept out of the tree. She then, with perfect aim, which was lucky, sliced him down the middle of his back, cutting him in half. Blood spurted from the back of the body, and the stick holding up the food with one end and was being held by the man on the other immediately fell into the flames and it was burnt to a black dust quickly enough.
Naomi then heard a soft snoring sound coming from all of the tents. They were asleep already. ~Just how I planned,~ Naomi thought with a smile. She turned to her gang and gave them a quick wave and a gesture to show that she was all right, and that everything was going to plan. She quickly walked to one of the tents, one that was directly north of the campfire, and unzipped it. She saw one of the rival bandits in his small, camp bed, fast asleep and snoring away. She tip-toed towards the bed and killed him, using her technique with that bandit as she did with the bandit at the campfire, except that she did it through the front. Blood poured out through his mouth and nose, as well as the cut she left in the middle of him, and the snoring noise was a lot less loud. She did that same thing with all of the bandits around the campfire. She then returned to the tree, where her fellow gang members were.

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"Well done! You did it! You killed them all!" Lucy congratulated, patting Naomi on the back. She smiled and then they set up their own camp behind the tree, getting out their tents that they had packed earlier that day and getting out some food. Naglad set up their campfire and they ate some of the food. They then, when they were feeling tired, got into their tents and into their bed, thinking about what would come tomorrow, when they all finally drifted off to sleep.

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~-~Chapter 10~-~

Little did they know there was one bandit who was still alive...Tivkean. He was seperated from the rest of the group who Naomi had killed because he was one of the important members of the Itav Initev - or rather the only one, since Tienvak had died. He was sleeping in a rather large tent in a patch of trees, close enough to the other gang members but not so close to be noticed immediately. That was where Naomi had gone wrong. She hadn't noticed him and thus thought that she had killed all of the gang members. However, Tivkean was yet to see that all his group had bitten the dust. When he did, he knew exactly who had done it because no-one else would bother to do it, and no-one could anyway because they were all in captivity. So he decided to get his own back, get his revenge, get even with them, whatever you would describe him as doing something equally as bad to them, if not, then worse.
Tivkean went towards the Vetini Vati and their camp, looking for any signs of people who might be awake. He then noticed the roaring fire, that hadn't died out yet. That was when he had an idea that replaced his original one. He picked up a piece of wood nearby that was supposed to be used for building up the fire. Next, he held one end of it and stuck the other into the burning mass of red, orange and yellow. It quickly, almost immediately caught fire and before it reached the rest of the wood and possibly him, Tivkean threw the burning piece of wood at one of the tents. It didn't reach the tent, but it was thrown near a tree instead and it quickly lit up the tree and the grass, the fire licking nearer and nearer to the tents. Before Tivkean was surrounded in fire, he quickly escaped the scene and left it like it was.
The flames eventually engulfed all of the tents and the woods nearby and the excruciating heat woke Naomi, Lucy, Naglad and the others up. Naomi looked from her point of view; it was scary, even for her.

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Now that Jaques was dead, she didn't know what to do. However, she had an inkling that maybe Naglad would know. "Naglad!" she shouted through the roar of the colours. She could see little holes in the tent's material burning away. She could just make out Naglad's voice through the deafening sound. "Yes? I can't reach you. Where are you?" Naglad asked somewhere which Naomi could not tell.
Naomi unzipped what was left of the tent. Unwise choice. She saw flames everywhere. In front of her, to the left of her, to the right of her. "I have a plan! Can everyone hear me?" Naglad's voice shouted. There were muffled replies, but Naomi could recognise Lucy's voice in between them all. "Good. Now, we all have a bucket of water in our tents, don't we? Pick it up," Naglad was shouting. Naomi glanced behind her. The flames were nearly surrounding the tin bucket filled with water, and as she bravely crept to it, she saw that it was evaporating fast. "Now, we have enough water for all of us to make the flames die down enough so that we can get out for at least ten seconds for each bucket," Naglad was saying. "I'll throw my bucket of water first over the fire. Then we can escape our tents and run, and if we encounter more flames than we can use another of our buckets. Now, when I say go, we run out and we try to make our way out of the flames. Everybody ready? Three, two, one, go!"
Naomi, still carrying her bucket, ran out. The flames were a lot less stronger now than before, but she couldn't think of that currently right now as she had to get out before the flames became strong again. She ran towards what she could see as some black silhouettes, which were Naglad's and Lucy's. "Naomi? Naomi! Come on!" Lucy's voice encouraged as they ran with the rest of the gang towards some more flames. "Now, Lucy, use your bucket!" Naglad shouted. It was a lot louder than before as they were all together. Lucy did what Naglad said and they ran some more.

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They followed this technique until they finally came to a clearing, which at that point they ran all the way to a place where they were sure the flames would not reach.
"Where are we?" Naomi asked softly, breathing heavily from all that running.
"I don't know," Naglad replied. "What I want to know is if we've got any water left."
"Oh, I have," two of the bandits replied. The rest of the group took the buckets from them and shared it with all of them, and when they had finished they held the buckets in their hands again. "That's better," Naglad sighed.
"That was close," Naomi said, referring to the fire; the second one they had had.
"I wonder who did it," Naglad responded, scratching his head thoughtfully. "You did kill all of the bandits at the other camp, didn't you?"
"Yes, I'm sure. Positive," Naomi assured.
"Well, we better get some more sleep then. I doubt we'll encounter that again tonight," Naglad replied, lying down on his side.
"Yeah, we should get some more rest," Naomi and Lucy agreed, lying on their backs. "Goodnight everyone." And they soon drifted off to sleep, despite their previous encounter with fire, which would probably be thought to keep them awake for a while, keep them alert, but it didn't.
~-~
The morning awakened the group, but Naomi was first to awaken. She opened her eyes, and as she was on her back at that moment she was staring at the bright blue sky, which was making her eyes water and close automatically. She forced her eyes open again as she put her hands on the ground behind her to support her balance and looked around. The rest of the group was sleeping, but Naomi needed to travel and win this war as soon as she could, with the help of the others, so she slowly went around the group and shook each one of them awake. "Ugh..." Lucy mumbled, her eyes still closed. "Thanks for waking me up. I was in the middle of a horrible dream where it was night and we had a forest fire, and we just managed to make it out."

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