Upon reaching reaching the King of Lighton inside the gate, Zuiya threw himself down upon the ground, begging for mercy, “Oh, great King, I have heard that you are merciful and just. Please spare my life. Have mercy, great King. I will be in your service forever.”
The King reached down and touched the humbled captive, Zuiya. He gently said, “Do not be afraid, my son, this is why I have rescued you from the kingdom of Darkonia and brought you here to the kingdom of Lighton. You are not our enemy, but you are one of us now.”
Just then, Kai ran up with delight. He threw himself into his Father’s waiting arms. “Father, it’s been so long……how good it is to see you…..how have you been…..what is to become of our prisoner?” his words tumbled out one after the other.
“Oh my son, Kai, what a joy to see you! Your captive, Zuiya, is now your brother. You have helped me rescue him from Darkonia by bringing him here to the kingdom of Lighton. Well done, my son. Instead of defeating the King of Darkonia by destroying his troops, we shall capture them one at a time and bring them into our kingdom. When they hear of my greatness and my goodness, they will certainly desire to become one with us. So, well done, my son. Now then, where is your brother, Nulion?”
Kai could only motion behind, still out of breath from his recent run.
The great King of Lighton ran out of the gate toward his son slumped on the ground in the distance. When the King approached Nulion, he called out, “On your feet, my son, you’ve come home. All is well now.”
Nulion, however, remained with his face cast down. His clothes smelly and muddy from the swamp, his prisoner escaped from his grip. He was a faint picture of a royal prince. After much coaxing and encouraging, Nulion still remained on the ground, unable to trust that all was well.
The King turned slowly back toward the gate of the kingdom, saddened by his unbelieving son.
But, there was a party to attend to….the first of the Darkonian captives had been brought into the kingdom of Lighton. There was so much joy to share with his sons – well, with one of his sons – it would certainly be an evening to remember.
Back at the gate, the King grabbed both Zuiya and Kai by the arm, bringing them triumphantly into the kingdom. A wave of cheers rolled through the kingdom, as the King and his men walked victoriously through.