Chapter 7 - Stratholme
That was the last straw. I was so sick and tired of the alliance and them telling me what the hell to do. They were weak minded fools who would just get in my way. I never did understand Morgraine's intentions of working with them. Death knights should stick with other death knights and that's that.
"Is that what you really think?" Alexavis broke my ranting.
"Hmmph whatever priestess. Your not making me go back there."
If she was in front of me I could swear she would be staring me down. "You did make some friends though Alex. You spared with Ishanah and Sapphire, you kept Ishanah and Cassandra's romance a secret, you even trust Crystalic. You've changed."
"I have not changed." I quicky mounted on my Death knight charger and took off from Undercity to the closest port to Northrend where I would stow away, Menethil harbor.
"Really? When we first knew each other you were a cold hearted woman. You've grown to laugh now and then and enjoy things. You do have a heart you know."
"I left my heart the day Arthas murdered me and my people." I said and she finally gave up.
"ALEX!" Sapphire yelled, racing her horse to catch up with me.
"Go away Sapphire and tell the rest of them I can see them."
Cassandra flew down and landed on my stead. "Listen Alex we are with you."
I raised my eyebrow. "Huh?"
"Listen my father hasn't been in such great standing with the horde after he was captured by them and all but he didn't deserve what you did to him." Crystalic spoke.
Ishanah tossed me a bag full of supplies. "We're coming with you Alex but first we have a pit stop."
"No stops I just wanna kill Arthas so this miserable life will end."
Sapphire grabbed my hand. "The guild received a mission from Cromie, a bronze dragon."
Crystalic tossed me the papers. "The Infinite dragonflight is trying to kill Arthas before he chases after Mal'Ganis after purging Stratholme several years ago."
"That's bad why?"
Ishanah gave me a bad look. "It would mess up time. Although it may seem like a good idea since he will never become the Lich King but it would also mean this time would desperately change. People that should have been dead would be alive and some wouldn't have a future."
"Basically if they change the course of time and stray it form the way it was always meant to be the world gets messed up." Alexavis explained.
"Whatever." I rode off. "You guys coming?"
Sometime later we reached the harbor and boarded the boat after a fight almost broke out.
"Alex you really need to learn to chill girl. " Sapphire joked.
"He wasn't going to let me board cause I wasn't Alliance anymore. Can't believe he got the message that fast." I tossed my sword and armor on my bed and changed into more comfortable clothes.
"Your lucky you have three princesses to help you out." Cassandra said.
I walked off to be alone, or at least as alone as I can get, at the back of the ship and felt a presence.
"I know your there. Come out whoever you are!" I spun around and said.
"I was never trying to hide from you Alex Menethil." A strange man appeared in smoke.
"What do you want from me?" I snarled at him and looked around for something I could use as a weapon.
"You can't change anything." The man said. He walked closer to me with a grin. "you can let Arthas die in Stratholme, but your past self will go running off to Northrend trying to avenge him and she'll turn into the Lich King and become just like him." He circled me. "Or you can continue with your plan to kill him in this time but you'll still end up with the same result."
"As if I'd ever become the Lich King by killing him in the present."
He laughed at me. "Oh but it's true. There must always be a Lich King once Frostmourne has awoken. Either way you would be a murderer, a light taker, world ruler…" he disappeared.
"Alexavis you heard everything right?" I asked moments later.
"Yeah I don't know if that's true we'd have to ask Cryst-"
"No!" Interupted her. " Just promise me something."
I looked towards the waters of the sea as the boat continued on. "Promise me if what he indeed says comes true and my plan fails.. I want you to kill me."
"Only if you explain what your plan is."
We arrived at the Caverns of Time, a place where all of time was connected and watched by the bronze dragonflight for anything or anyone attempting to change the past.
"Welcome friends! Down here!" A small Gnome said.
"You must be Chromie right?" Cassandra asked.
"That's right. Thank you for coming."
"So let me get this straight. We go and keep Arthas alive so he can fight Mal'Ganis and goes to Northrend to become the Lich King right?" I said.
"Yes, you must escort him while he purges Stratholme to insure time continues as it is."
"Well what are we waiting for?" Sapphire said and ran off into the tunnel with the time line we were going to.
"Oh and Alex." Chromie said when I was last to leave.
"Hmm?" I turned to face her.
"The man you spoke with just now… or has that not happened yet. I'm in so many places and times right now I don't know if you know what I mean." She looked confused.
"The man who told me I would be the next Lich King?"
"Yes that one!" She jumped realizing she was right. "What he told you was a lie. That was an infinite dragon you met."
"So you're saying I won't become the Lich King?"
"No what I mean is… hmm how do I put this… you kinda will and won't. Your gonna share power in a way."
"What? You're making no sense."
She sighed. "Never mind you will find out soon enough anyways."
Boy did I hope she was wrong.
Things were adding up weird. Was I evil or not in the future? I hope Chromie is wrong.
"She's not. After all she is a bronze dragon she can see your future."
"Shut up Alexavis... I just don't know what's going on anymore."
"Those of you brave enough to continue on with me follow." Arthas was saying when we had arrived. I thought we'd be out of place but Crystalic rest assured me that Chromie put those of us not human into disguises.
"Yes sir!" Lorderon soldiers saluted and prepared their swords when a curious woman showed up.
The brown haired woman took her sword and chopped several zombies into pieces before running up to Arthas.
"Arthas hunny I told you I could be helpful." The woman walked over to Arthas and kissed him.
"Alex I told you its too dangerous for you!" my head snapped up when I heard my name then remembered he wasn't talking to me but… my past self.
"Arthas I'm a warrior I can't just sit still at Lorderon while you guys have all the fun."
"Alex I don't want to lose you alright?" He looked over at me. "You there!"
"Escort my wife back to Lorderon please and make sure she doesn't get into any trouble." He turned and walked deeper into the undead city.
"Go ahead Alex. We'll clean up here til you get back." Crystalic whispered to me.
I hopped on my disguised charger and helped my past self up and rode to Lorderon.
"I'm sorry you have to do this, if only he would let me fight!" she said.
"He loves you Lady Alex." I shivered calling myself so formal. "He only wants you to be safe."
"I understand it all. After everything with Jaina…"
"I'm not from Lorderon so I don't know what happened."
She picked her head up to look at me. "You see our marriage was always arranged since the beginning of our lives. We grew up together with Jaina Proudmoure and a high elf by the name of Slyvanas Windrunner. Slyvanas always wanted to be Ranger General of the high elves and she ended up doing it a few years ago. All that was left was our little trio." She smiled.
"Jaina had come up to me saying she was in love with Arthas but she didn't want to ruin it for me. I told her I didn't want our friendship to be ruined over such a thing and that Arthas should choose which one of us he wanted. Of course he chose her, she was beautiful and smart. One day a mage from Dalaran wanted to train her after hearing of her strong abilities as a young mage. Arthas told her to go with it and that it was ok. Jaina left and his father went ahead with our arranged marriage again. I love him so much you know, so much I stole away and went to fight with him today." She was crying. "You'll think I'm stupid but I fear something bad will happen to him that will tear us apart too."
"I don't think it's stupid at all. Actually I agree with you." I said.
"Alex be careful don't lead your past self on a different path." Alexavis warned me.
My younger self looked up at me. "I feel things you know. I've never told anyone this before but I sense things. I don't know who you are but I do know you're not from this time. "She shoved a silver locket in my hand that had a silver crescent moon holding a small blue moon in its tips painted on it. "Take it because I know we'll meet again one day." She jumped off the horse and like that she ran off into the city of Lorderon to await the fate that would shape my present.
"Hey Alex look at the locket." Alexavis said.
"What about it." I examined it.
"The symbol on it.. It matches my pendent… but why? Lorderon had no connections to night elven society and high elves or now known as blood elves, abandoned anything to do with the moon so no way they could have gotten it from them." She sounded curious.
"I don't know all I know is I've had this forever." I put the locket on and felt a calming sensation like a part of myself was returned.