Jackdaw knew better then to speak out of turn. So he held his tounge, until addressed directly. Regardless of how much he wanted to plead his innocence. He reminded himself, appeal to her mercy, not her vengeance.
So when Avalon asked, "What have you to say for yourself?"
"I did not kill king Kaerft" The gathering gasped at his words. But Jackdaw continued undaunted, " How could I? I was locked in the tower at the time, my queen. Nor did I give the order to my wolves to carry out. It is unfortunate that my pack was used in that manner. They were all loyal citizens of this court. They did not act upon their own desires. They'd been spelled with Unseelie magic. In fact, when I fled from your custody, I'd found their butchered bodies in the woods. They're corpses still had the bitter stench of that magic upon them. Prince Racine was the only one known to have position of that stone. I'd hoped that with the passing of time, cooler heads would prevail and you'd listen to my evidence. For my previous trial was not even that. You would not let me plead my case. You just ordered my execution. I do have honor my queen. Just as I respected your father. Even when he took my titles and holdings. But this goes far deeper then just me. my pack and myself, were scapegoats. The king's death was sanctioned by his son, not me." Jackdaw replied calmly.
A riotous chorus of accusations were called at him from the gathering. "liar!" and "murdering monster!" being the favored ones.
With a stern look from Avalon to the gathering, they soon fell silent once more. "And I'm simply to believe you? If you are counting on my blurred vision of the past, you are gravely mistaken. It's still crystal clear, as if it happened only yesterday. As for the accusations cast at my brother, how content he's back in this realm to answer them. You shall have your trial, Jackdaw. Be careful what you wish for. For there will be no escape this time." Avalon said with conviction.
"Why me?! You too have clothing on. Why not wiped it upon your own? " Graydon said rationally, while still staying out of reach.
Sergio manifested her human form and smiled softly at everyone. "Hey." She said tentatively.
Orson smiled at Sergio lovingly. "Hey, kiddo. Good to see you." He said happily.
Sergio smiled and stepped forward to hug him. "As am I." She said honestly, as she reached out an arm to pull Kristen into the hug. "I've missed you both. " She said.
Cadeon jumped up off the porch as soon as he saw them. He met Ember hallway across the yard. "Oh, I'm so glad to have you here safe and sound. I was so worried about what could go wrong." He said with relief.
Aeval and her sisters were quite shocked when they saw Aurora when they landed. Aeval shifted to her human form to not pose a threat. " I hadn't hope to find you this day. I'd hoped to learned where you may have gone. You have some very interesting companions. That letter was most unexpected, yet appreciated none the less. I found it was good to have a quest and a purpose again. Does your offer still stand? Will you teach me the ways of the dragon, Aurora the blue?" She asked hopefully.
Ericsson sighed softly. "Oh, just what the doctor ordered. I think I'll live." He said jokingly.
Bob nodded eagerly. "Ok! Me counting, you both hiding!" He yelled out as he flutter to the chair to hide his face in the corner. "1..2..3..4..5..6....Umm 7!..8's.." He called out.
Jaxon looked around for somewhere large enough for him to hid. But the lack of options, had him hiding behind the floor length curtains like a child. He'd never played a game before, he found it strangely exciting.
Sahara lunged around and snapped at Anna's muzzle. Using her weight and muscles to try and force the wolf within striking distance with her circular momentum.
Edited by NickyKnack - 6/1/16 at 4:36pm