Half-conscious while carrying the girl, Seith was able to get out of the dark woods and onwards to a shrine there an old lady lived with her granddaughter.
A night had passed since Seith had gotten to the shrine. He was sitting out on the veranda at the back of the house of the shrine.
“God morning freeloader” The granddaughter of the shrine said, with extreme energy as she sat down beside him.
“God morning” Seith greeted and let his eyes fall backwards to the sky.
The girl looked at Seith with curious eyes. “What is your name freeloader”
“Seith. Nothing more and nothing else” He had never seen such a beautiful sky before, a clear blue with outspread white fluffy clouds striving on without a goal. It calmed him. The breeze was gentle. He had never experience something calming in Blooddale.
“How strict” The girl complained. “So how old are you?”
“Let’s see… how old are you?” Seith said to escape the question he didn’t know the answer on.
“Sixteen but I asked first, so tell me!” Her voice was loud.
A smile spread on Seith’s lips. “Something like your age I guess” He stood up. “How is the girl I came with yesterday?”
“I don’t know but Granma is looking after her”
“Is that so.” He looked into the house.
“I can take you there if you want” She came up on her feet quickly and started into the house.
The old lady was treating the girl’s fever in a small bed room. She was wetting down a piece of cloth. Twirled it out of water and placed it on the girl’s forehead.
“How is she?” Seith asked as he entered the room.
“Her fever went down a little but I don’t think it will disappear completely”
“How come?” Seith asked not really understanding.
After a couple of looks at Seith and her granddaughter, she pulled up the girl’s blindfold. The right eye was closed with a red ring with smaller symbols decorating it. The other was worse. The eye was missing as well there the eyelid and the flesh in the eye-hole had started too rotten.
“I think the fever has it’s origin from this” The old lady pointed at the rotting flesh.
Without taking any bigger effect of the eye-hole, after all, he had seen worse. Seith said “Can you cure it?”
The old lady saw how her granddaughter’s face had turn in the sight of the eye-hole. “No. Rotten flesh can’t become fresh flesh again. I am not a doctor or anything even close, but I think that the only way to save her is to cut out the rotten flesh of her eye”
“Are there no other way?” Seith asked.
“If there were then I would have told you so why do you ask?”
Seith shrugged. “I guess I didn’t think it hurt asking”
“You have the lake and the spirit” The granddaughter blurted out. “It is just a legend around here, thought”
“Legend?” His voice told them of his surprise. “Can this legend somehow cure that eye?”
“Yes, it is a legend about a lake and a spirit of light upon the small mountain behind this shrine” The granddaughter said.
“A top of the mountain is a lake. In the lake resides a spirit of Light. A spirit that can heal any wound, any sickness and in whatever way return one’s body to the shape it was supposed to have. But this would cost one of equal amount the one were healed.”
“Is that so? Then I guess I will be going then” Without any hesitation or waiting for reply Seith went out of the room.
The old lady took off, wet it down, twirled it and placed the cloth back on the girl’s forehead. “Ferine go with him. Look over him”
“Sure” The granddaughter said still with an overflow of energy. She hurried out after Seith.
Seith was walking in a constant pace without letting up, all the way to beginning of the forest, near the top of the mountain.
Ferine had a hard time to keep up with him and as he had finally stopped she was completely out of breath.
“Walking in that pace and not even the slightest tired after it. What kind of monster are you?” Her voice’s overflow of energy was gone.
“I guess I am something like that” He took a quick look on his right arm, seeing his arm’s true form as only bones. “So where is the lake?”
“In the center of this forest” Ferine said. Her breathing had calmed down.
“Just to continue then I guess” He set of into the forest
“Hey! Take it easy. I am tired” Ferine complained and hurried after Seith.
The forest was quiet. No bird song. The ground was covered by a layer of white fog.
“Actually there is one more thing to this legend” She had a hard time keeping up with Seith. “It is said that only those that the spirit of light chooses will be able to find the lake.” Seith didn’t answer. The fog started to fill the air. She could still see Seith’s back. “Those who are not chosen will be lost in fog” She ended, noticing that she was only speaking to white fog. “Hey! Seith!” She shouted but no reply came.
“This is a surprise” Vendor said.
“What just happened?” May said confused. Everything felt like a dream, the flying, the stair climbing and even that man whose name she didn’t remember.
“It is like I explained before. The stone started to shine white which means that you are compatible with white magic”
“No, not that. It felt like I was pushed out of my body and was forced somewhere but now it just feels like a dream”
“Oh so that was what you meant.” Vendor leaned backwards again. “Sometimes people get dreams or similar feelings as they check their magic compatible. No one really knows why it happens but it does happen now and then”
“So that was what it was” Still she couldn’t believe that it just had been a dream. Everything had felt so real but it also felt so distant like, like a dream.
She let her hand glide of the stone and there it was around her wrist, the bracelet, the proof of that it wasn’t a dream. The hand continued over the table and fell down on her leg. It was in her reach, the power to help Seith was finally within her reach to grasp. “This can’t be a dream right?” She whispered.
“Excuse me? Did you say something?” Vendor asked.
Instantly May’s thought broke and she replied: “No, It’s nothing”
“is that so. Then I said before that I was going to explain magic to you but I am starting to get tired speaking so I will just explain it as basic as I can. Is that alright with you?” He grabbed the stone and put it in his pocket.
She feared that her voice wouldn’t hold up of this relief and happiness that had started to boil within her, so she just nodded.
“Magic is not a power someone possesses. Magic is one’s ability to change form of the natural energy of the world. Just to add, magic doesn’t use up energy or changes it and therefore just using magic doesn’t help us with the overflow energy situation at all. But back on track, then you use magic you command the natural energy’s to take another form using words. An example is that if you have a sword you can have the natural energy flame up as flames around it and so create a fire sword. Or you can compress the natural energy’s into a sphere creating a sphere of light or of any of the other four elements. And that is pretty much what magic is.” Vendor placed his hands on the table and pushed himself up on his legs. “I have been sitting for far too long. It is late and you must be tired so I will fix a room for you” He went to the door. “Are you coming?”
“Yes” May answered and almost flew up on her legs, quickly walked through the door Vendor held open.
She followed Vendor as he went over to the bar counter. “Excuse me but Greier said he would come back later with paper work and tests I need to take…” She grew unsure as she saw how a big smile spread over Vendor’s lips.
“Young lady, you surly don’t know Greier” He waved at the bartender.
“What do you mean?” May was surprised and confused.
“Then Greier says ‘I will be back later’ or something similar the time spam can be from an hour to a week and sometimes it can be even longer”
“What would you like to order, Vendor” The bartender asked.
“No no, I don’t want to order, I just want a room for this young lady and make it the cleanest you have” The bartender nodded and went away along the counter.
“Emm… Vendor I don’t have any money and it would fee…” Vendor stopped her.
”Don’t worry ever thing is free here expect for what you buy like alcohol, weapon and accessories”
“Is that so”
The bartender came back and placed a key on the counter. “Are you sure you don’t want to order something Vendor?”
“No I am fine” He took the key and gave it to May. “There you go. You will found your room up that stair over there and I think I will take my leave now” With a quick turn he started towards the exit and disappeared out of it.
“Have you known Vendor for a long time?” May asked the bartender. She had blurted it out before she knew it.
“Well I am not one of his oldest friends but I have still known him for a few couple of years. Why do you ask?” The bartender said and started to polish glasses.
“No I just couldn’t help starting wondering why he is the same rank as me in Balance. It feels like he is much more than that” Her eyes had grown stuck at the unmoving door Vendor had gone through.
“Well I don’t really know his history and as I joined, he was already like that. But I have heard rumors that he once was the strongest in Balance and even stronger than the leader some say. Then out of nowhere he started to fall among the ranks and quickly faded away. If you want to know more you should try to get it out of him personally” He went away as a man waved at him further down the bar counter.
May was able to get her eyes away from the door and headed for the stair.
After a long while of going about looking for the room, May had finally found it and was now sitting on end of the bed. She was looking at the bronze bracelet and slowly spinning it with her right hand. Symbols had been carved in on the bracelet, symbols that she never had seen before but she still could read them.
“Inferoty Katoso” She read aloud and a light started to grow in front of her, an orb of light. “Is this magic?” She said stunned.
“Yes it is and to add-on it is ancient magic” The voice appeared from nowhere.
“Who?!” May screamed scared and searched the room desperately.
“It is me, Herithit Dero Marititi Karthoses. Have you already forgotten about me? Even if I talk through the light orb you should still know my voice” The orb started to spin around May. “But still being able to succeed in using the bracelet’s first spell on the first try is more than even I had expected. You are truly gifted with the talent of Rayner.”
“First spell? What is a spell?” May asked bluntly. She had gotten use to his way of talking.
The light stopped at the same place it had appeared “A spell is a command for magic but I had expected you to know that by now. Doesn’t matter, and the bracelet’s first spell is to summon this light orb which you can’t unsummon. And there are three more spells on the bracelet that you will know with time”
“Then this is the proof of my magic?” May said relived and fell backwards on the bed.
“Yes you could say that” Herithit said without understanding the meaning of asking that question.
“That orb is too bright, I can’t sleep. Could you somehow put out the light?” May asked tired.
“Yes if that is what you want” The light started to fade away and was followed by a small yellow glass ball falling to the floor.
May reached the stair’s end and came out into a room. White floor, a white pillar in the middle and surrounded by bookshelves.
As her eyes had searched the room she noticed that she was near one of the walls instead of the center like the stair’s beginning had been.
“Welcome young lady of human kind” A voice said from above.
May lifted her head and saw a young man sitting on the top of the pillar. No ceiling was above his head.
The man had long blond hair, long pointy ears that stretched up towards the darkness above him and leaf green eyes that look straight at her “But this is quiet a surprise. I would never have guessed that a human would come here and even less as a mere consciousness” The book he held closed and lifted from his hand. It flew into one of the bookshelves which had a hole perfectly matching it.
“Who are you?” May asked unsure.
“My name is Herithit Dero Marititi Karthoses” A book left the bookshelf behind him and landed in his hand; opening itself. “And you are May Herin, sixteen years and a few moons and incredible compatible with white magic. This is really interesting” A book fell from above and landed softly in his free hand; opening itself. “Oh really interesting. You are the recantation of the soul of Rayner Mirthi, the old warrior of light. One of the greatest white magicians” His expression suddenly into what was looking like anger “This is really a disappointment” The voice had turned cold and filled with disgust. “You are from that cursed place, Blooddale”
“Why do you know about me?” May said as he finally had opened an opportunity for her to talk.
The anger in his face had disappeared. “I read it. Everything in this world is recorded in these books that fills these bookshelves” the man said and both of the books he was holding flew back from there they had come. “But don’t get hung up on that because I just thought of something good” The pillar disappeared into nothing and he landed softly on the white floor. “I will make you into my apprentice. After all you have the reincarnated soul of Rayner. A talent like yours are wasted on being taught from a lowly magician of human kind.”
“So I am able to learn a little of this called magic?” may almost shouted out. Herithit broke out in a laughter that almost made him fold double. “What are you laughing at?” A chill went along her spine. Had she misunderstood him and in reality she couldn’t use this called magic at all.
Herithit’s laughter ebbed out. “That was funny. Didn’t you listen on my little monologue at all?” His laughter had disappeared and his face returned serious. “You can become one of the greatest magician’s through human kinds history and by becoming my apprentice you will certainty become the greatest through human kinds history.”
May opened her mouth but before she could speak she was in midair. The floor had disappeared and she fell for about three meters and landed on a white floor. In the center of the floor stood a short pillar about a meter high with a bronze bracelet laying on its top.
“Now, if you accept becoming my apprentice than wield this bracelet” Herithit floated down from above and landed gently beside the pillar. “If you don’t I guess I will just break you down into nothingness or something” he shrugged.
May was still confused by everything he had said but she was still determinate that she would become stronger by any means. As long as she became stronger, as long as she could help Seith, the means did not matter. “I accept becoming your apprentice” May said and took a step forward.
A pull, a weak pull powerful enough to make her fall backwards.
“I can’t have you leave now” Herithit said as he had instantly appeared besides her grabbing her shoulder, hindering her from falling. In an instant, the pillar moved from the center to just in front of May. “Put it on”.
Another pull, much stronger than the last one. May was almost forced out of Herithit’s grip. She stretched out her left hand towards the bracelet. Her long finger touched it and the next thing she knew , the bracelet was around her wrist.
A third pull came; forced her out of Herthit’s grip and she flew backwards. Through the bookshelves, through the wall, up countless of stairs, through countless of corridors and through countless of walls. Before she knew it, she was sitting in the chair in front of Vendor with her hand on the stone which shone weakly white.
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“We the balance has only one single reason to our existence and that is to keep the power balance in this world” Greier were leading May along one of the city’s main roads. “I won’t explain any details now since I am a bit hurried with giving a report. But I will lead you to vendor, he will explain everything you want to know and don’t walk out of this city. The ruins are gigantic and we have barely explored minor parts of it. I am telling this for your safety, so you won’t get lost or stumble onto something dangerous” he finally stopped outside a building with a tavern sign. “Vendor is inside and you will know who vendor is since he will come for you. Now I will leave but I will come back later because it is some paper work and tests that is required for you to do in order to join Balance” Leaving May alone outside the tavern he disappeared away along the street.
May looked on the door and hesitation appeared din her face “How confusing this place is. Did I really do the right thing by joining?” She mumbled and shook her head. “No, if I can meet Seith again than it is the right choice” She had new determination and opened the door.
Loud cheerful laughter flowed out through the door, almost overwhelming May. It wasn’t a very big tavern. Four round tables and one counter. The bartender gave her a look and nodded to greet her welcome and went back to what he was doing.
“I wonder which one is vendor” she used a small unsure voice. Never had she been in a tavern and surely she didn’t fit in. Not a single woman was in sight, only muscular man who drunk until they fell.
“Little lady” A voice said behind May. She jumped. “I just happened to see you with Greier through the window. Could you be a new recruit? I am Vendor” He starched out his hand with a friendly smile on his lips.
“Yes, my name is May” Her voice was shaky and unsure. “Greier just took me here with that ability of his sword”
“Oh I see then let’s go to some more private” Vendor said and made eye contact with the bartender and pointed at the door behind him with his thumb. The bartender nodded and went back to work. “Follow me, May was it?” He turned around and headed for the door.
Vendor made himself at home in one of the chairs. It was a small room that was decorated completely different from the actually tavern. Red curtains at the window wall, a couch at the opposite wall as the door, behind Vendor and several paintings was hanging around the room.
“Sit down” Vendor said friendly and jested at the chair at the other side of the table.
May sat down.
“Since Greier took you here I suppose you are in lack of some knowledge. Where are you from?”
“From Blooddale, a town to the south” She was still sticking to her low voice.
“That sounds so like Greier. Taking with him a recruit that just happened to cross path with him” He sighted “There isn’t any magic in Blooddale right?”
“Oh this will be a long explanation. Let’s start from the beginning. This world is unbalanced; power is overflowing. With other words, there is too much energy in the world. Here in the east, in Lighterig the overflow makes living lifeforms to change, giving them abilities or forms they shouldn’t have but that isn’t the common effect” he took a pause and his expression turned an inch more serious. “The common effect is… Death. The enormous amount of power that wants to inhabit a lifeform’s body destroys it from within; letting the life forms life energy sipper out in a terrible fast speed. That is what the unbalance in energy is doing in this country and therefore was this origination created. As its name suggest, balance out the power. Did you get all of that?” The seriousness in Vendor face had disappeared and the friendly smile had reappeared. He leaned backwards in the chair.
“This overflow in energy is killing people or in rare cases gives them abilities that they shouldn’t have. And Balance is created to thin out this overflow in energy. Right?” May’s low voice was long gone, forgotten in all the fact that surrounding her. “Is it only like this in Lighterig? Or is it the same in other countries as well?” She asked curious.
“Well of some reason it is worse here in Lighterig but the overflow in energy is in the east as well. A country named Techno is laying to the east and of some still unknown reason has its inhabitants evolved so they can withstand the overflow of energy. Or maybe I should just say that they have gotten smarter and that with miles in comparison to our knowledge, here in Lighterig.” Vendor’s face told that he didn’t enjoy the subject. “They natural use of the energy in the air as they use their brain and more over they build what they call ‘Machines’ out of metal that uses great amount of energy as well. By doing this they have set pretty much all the overflow in their country in a circulation and so they thinned it out”
“Then why don’t you ask for help from Techno. If you as well have these M things everything will be solved right?” May had used the pause of the explanation but she regretted it. Not until she had said it she understood how childish simple that solution sounded.
“It is a good idea but there are two reasons that stops it. The first is that Techno dosen’t really like Lighterig. We are like barbarians too them since we lack the kind of intelligence they have. And the second is that even if we got machines we still lack their natural ability to use the overflown energy and so the energy would never thin out. It is Techno’s own inhabitants that set most of their overflown energy in circulation after all. But let’s leave this now since this isn’t something low rank members like you and me is supposed to think about. Let’s leave it to Greier and the other big shots”
May wasn’t very surprised to hear that Greier was a big shot, she had felt it by the aura he emitted, that he wasn’t some normal person, but she asked anyway. “So Greier is a high ranked person?”
“If I don’t remember wrong he is the strongest member in Balance since a week ago. He dueled last week, with at that time the strongest, and won. So since a week he has been the strongest… well the strongest after the leader”
“Yes he is the leader of Balance. He is the brain and the members are the body” He chuckled and continued. “I think you could compare us two and others low ranks with fingernails or the skin, the ones that protect the higher ranked ones”
“How come you group yourself together with me?” It had bothered since he mentioned about the ranks from the first time. “You sound really wise and you surely have been in Balance for years…” She quiet as Vendor held up his index finger.
“You don’t need to go on. I know what you mean but the thing is that I don’t do anything. I just walking around in these ruins, explaining to new recruits and sometimes teach some basic magic. I am never doing anything that is for the organization” He pulled up a stone, a perfect round stone that perfectly fitted in Vendor’s hand. “I think it is about to start explaining about magic but first I will just test you”
“Test me?” May said surprised.
“Yeah, I don’t have any expectations from you since you came from Blooddale that don’t have magic but I still want to check which degree you are compatible with magic.” He placed the stone in the table’s center. “Place your hand on the stone. If the stone shines that means you are able to use magic and the color of the shine tells you what kind. There are five kinds. The first is fire and is red, the second is water and that is blue, third nature and is green, fourth is light and is white and lastly the fifth kind” he hesitated “Darkness. Its color is as I suppose you could guess, black. I have never seen anyone in my life time that could use darkness magic but I know a few stories and those stories are not pretty. You could say that if you get a black shine, which I fairly sure you won’t, it is like saying that your fate is to take the path of evil.” He saw that May had fear in her eyes that was glued at the stone. “Don’t worry you won’t get darkness.”
“Magic, with magic I could help Seith” May mumbled. The fear in May’s eyes wasn’t towards the darkness magic. It was fear that maybe the stone wouldn’t shine at all, the fear for being powerless to help Seith. She stretched out her hand and placed it on the stone. The stone blew up with a sharp white light. \\
It hit her hard and she was forced to close her eyes. She reopened them and in front of her she saw something that made her skin crawl. She was sitting in front of her own eyes with the hand on the stone and Vendor frozen at the other side of the table. She couldn’t believe her eyes. She closed and reopened them and still she was sitting there in front of her. Her head fell and her hands felt her own body. Yes she was herself then who was the one that sat in front of her? It couldn’t be two of her.
Something pulled May backwards and then one more pull much stronger than the last one; she almost flew into the wall. She was grabbed by panic and wanted to scream but she couldn’t. Her body wouldn’t obey her and in front of her, unmoved she sat on the chair. She wanted to cry but couldn’t.
Without warning another pull came this time in a completely other scale. She flew straight through the wall; it was like the wall wasn’t there.
Without landing on the ground she was forced backwards in mid-air. It was no longer a pull it was something that was sucking her towards it. She passed through wall after wall, corridor after corridor and downwards stair after stair. She couldn’t tell which direction she went anymore. Was it up? Or was it down? Was it to the right or was it to the left? Everything was mixing together before her eyes as she just flew faster and faster the longer she flew.
She couldn’t take it anymore; she wanted to close her eyes. Slowly her eyelids fell and the next second she was sitting still on a cold floor with a book self-rising in front of her. Without stopping her falling eyelids she closed her eyes and opened them in a blinking. Her head was a mess, slow. She blinked again to really be sure that she had stopped. And once more she blinked. Yes she had really stopped and she sighted.
Bookshelves were covering all of the walls of the round room and stretching upwards towards the ceiling that she couldn’t spot. The floor was white and cold. She stood up and went towards the spiral stair that was in the room’s center. She went up a pair of steps and looked down; the floor was gone. The bookshelves were continuing to stretch down below there the floor had just been. She started to climb the stair again.
Minutes of climbing passed and no ceiling grew visible in the distant above her. The minutes stuck upon each other and turned into an hour, then another hour and another.
Still no ceiling was spotted. She sighted and looked down on her feats. Her feats hurt and her legs was about to give in any moment. With a deep breath she got new determination and looked up. There it was, the ceiling. Just a couple of steps up, not more than five meters above her head were the ceiling. She started to climb again.
A dark aura started to pour out of Seith. He stood up with his left hand grabbing around the spear; with a quick movement he pulled it out and threw it away. “You damn monkey made me spill blood” His voice was much darker and colder than normally. The light had disappeared from his eyes and his blue eye color started to fade away to black while the white as well changed to black; creating a black pits that no longer symbolized eyes. “I know, why don’t you pay me back by letting me consume you?”
“What a pain this little prey is” The beast said and turned around. “Do you really think that you can defeat me? With that hole in your chest?” It quickly grabbed a spear from his basket and launched it at Seith.
The spear pierced straight through Seith’s stomach but Seith didn’t show any reaction to it. He didn’t even stumbled backwards by its power. “Is this all?” A breaking sound came from Seith’s stomach as the spear broke in half and the spears two half’s was pushed out. No blood flowed from the wound and it didn’t heal together. Seith went over to the smaller trunk that the beast had thrown before and picked it up. “Now is my turn” He threw the trunk straight at the beast.
Skillfully the beast evaded the trunk with just a small movement and the trunk continued; straight through a full-grown tree and dug half through the next tree in its way. The first tree’s trunk started to crack loudly and broke; the tree fell.
“Are you kidding me? That is far from being weak” The beast said as he quickly hurried towards the nearest tree.
Seith lifted his right arm and pointed at the tree that the beast headed at. The finger stretched out in a fast pace and scratched the beast’s cheek before it dug into the tree. The beast stopped instantly and turned around “This isn’t fair. You can even stretch your bones!”
“It is fair since it would be unfair for me if you went up in the trees again” Seith said nonchalant as the beast launched a spear towards him; aiming at Seith’s left shoulder. The spear hit its mark but it didn’t pierce through. Instead it exploded into minor parts like if it had hit solid rock. “Seems lie you hit a bone” A branch grew out of the stretched finger bone and pierced into the beast’s shoulder. “Time to consume you” Red lines started to slinger along the bone from the beast towards the arm.
The beast let out a roar and quickly its body shrunk and the brown hair fell off; leaving a human pink skin and the form of a human. The breathing stopped and slowly started the body turn black and shattered into black dust.
The bone shrunk down into the normal size of a finger and black dust started to come out of the bones; forming a human arm. The black in his eyes faded quickly away and his heart started to beat again together with his breathing returning; a heavily breathing. The eyes were dull but still with alert they searched the surrounding. They found their target; the girl. “I guess she wasn’t hurt” With tired steps he went over to the girl; lifted her up and slowly started through the forest.
Three days earlier in the north-eastern part of Lighterig. In the ancient ruins of Her Derimu, which acted as the base for the organization Balance, Greier returned with a yellow light. It was a small room that only contained the round platform Greier and May stood on. The walls were made of a green stone with several runes craved into and the platform had three rings with yellow shining runes carved in.
“May, follow me” Greier said and stepped down from the platform and started out of the room.
Quietly May hurried after while inspecting the walls and the runes she could not read. “Where is this place and how did we come here?” May asked quietly and looked at Greier’s back.
“We are in North east of Lighterig in ancient hidden ruins. And for how we came here I used a kind of magic. Something like this swords return teleport spell since this is the ruins of this sword. Do you understand?”
“Not at all, I do not know what magic, spell and terebort is” Her voice still quiet and now even hesitant.
“Oh that is right. In Blooddale magic and such does not exist. Then let’s say it like this. We came here by using this sword’s ability to move instantly here no matter the distance. Was that enough explained?”
“Somehow the sword made us come here right?”
“Yeah that is right, If you want to know more than talk to Vendor. He is a teacher so he explains better than me” He stopped and turned around. “But let us leave that aside and welcome to Balance” An ancient underground city spread out behind him.
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At the time as Seith came out of the house with the girl, the house had already completely been engulfed by the flames; giving light to the dark forest there no sun light reached. The ground was almost black, the grass had a grey green color, and the leaves on the ground were in several sad colors. The tree’s trunks were black like the ground or like the leaves; grey.
The girl started to cough brutally and feel down on her knees; covering her mouth. She started to sweat greatly and her hands were shaking.
“Hey aren’t you feeling well?” Seith said and kneel down before the girl.
She shook her head and started to rise up, just to fall on Seith. Her hand fell from her mouth and the coughing was replaced by a heavily breathing; her eye lids fell and closed her eyes.
“I guess this doesn’t look good” Seith said still calm and put his left hand on the girl’s forehead. “Her forehead is warm so I guess she has a fever? What to do. I have never had fever nor do I know how to treat it and to add-on that I have a really bad feeling about this forest”
“So you have a bad feeling. How smart you are” A voice screamed from Seith’s right and turned into a laughter; a stick pierced into Seith’s left side. “Let’s play. Let’s play my dear little prey”
Without any changes in his facial expression he pulled out the stick from his side. The spilled blood returned to his wound and it healed together. “I guess this is really bad” He threw away the small stick, which could be compared with a small arrow.
“Don’t be so negative my dear prey. Let’s play and have fun” It started to laugh and filled the darkness with it. A bigger stick than before pierced into Seith’s back. “You are so boring. You don’t react at all by being pierced by my projectiles more than swinging here and there by the impact. Do you not feel pain? Can that be it?” One more stick penetrated through Seith’s left hand and continued into Seith’s side. The stick was bigger than the one in Seith’s back.
“I guess I am not to your liking” He pulled out the stick that had pierced his arm and side. It had gone in deep into the side but still it hadn’t affected Seith the slightest; the wounds healed up after the blood had returned into them. He threw it away to the same place has he had done with the first stick. “I am really weak so I guess I would like you to let us go” Seith said as he pulled out the last stick; he threw it at the same place as the others.
“Yes, yes my little prey. I think so too, you are weak.” The laughter stopped. “But if you came out of Dr. Sac’s house then that must mean you are strong in some way”
A trunk of a smaller tree came flying straight at Seith, it was about six times thicker than a normal spear. It pierced into the middle of Seith’s stomach and took him with it. Seith coughed up blood as his back hit a tree trunk that the projectile dug into. Seith started to breathe heavy and a tired expression spread over his face. He grabbed the trunk with his right hand; took a deep breath and bite together his teeth together strength. With one quick pull he pulled out the trunk and threw it to the side. He breathed out and slowly his blood started to return to his body and the enormous hole that was left behind from the trunk started to heal. A few long but thin red cracks started to crack over the bones of Seith’s right arm. He fell down on his knees and continued forward so he hit the ground. “It was a long time ago I was this tired” Seith’s voice was so tired that it could be compared with someone who was on the edge of falling asleep. “This is bad but I guess I can’t do anything to stop ‘IT’ to come out” A sight left him and he closed his eyes.
A gorilla like beast came out of the forest, brown fur, four tasks sticking out of its mouth and it was perfectly walking on two legs. On its back were a basket with several projectiles and only a stump was left of its left arm. “Now the only thing left is to finish of my little prey” The beast said and grabbed a projectile from its basket that had the same properties as a spear and stopped in front of Seith.
“Can I just ask one last thing?” Seith‘s voice was so tired that it was like a whispering.
“Oh, so you are still conscious? As expected from one that came out of Dr. Sac’s house” It crouched down and poked Seith’s head with its spear. “Oh well sure ask whatever you want”
“I guess I should ask even if it is useless. You couldn’t possible just leave me laying like this while you went away like nothing had happened?”
The beast broke out in a hilarious laughter. “Was that what you wanted to ask?” It said as it calmed down. “But sadly it is as you thought it won’t happen” It lifted up the spear and trusted it into Seith’s chest and straight through the heart.
“I guess… You are going… to die after all” Seith coughed up blood and his breathing started to grow abnormal. “I hope that… that the girl will… keep her life” His breathing stopped.
“I actually thought he was interesting at the beginning but with that mumbling… What a disappointment” It turned around and started towards the girl.
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Dr. Sac’s stabbed himself through his heart. His eyes turned around and disappeared into the skull; leaving two empty eye holes behind. His head fell lifeless.
A thin arm stretched out of Dr. Sac’s neck and grabbed the shoulder. It was followed by a head that bore long deep red hair and a face that resembled a humans; just two holes instead of a nose and the eyeballs was pointing out of the eye holes. The eyes were the same as Dr. Sac’s. Another hand appeared out of the neck and grabbed the back of the head of Dr. Sac; it pulled out the rest of its small body.
Its body was like a human expect for its legs that was fit for standing on all four and that it was only a third of the human size. The red hair reached all the way to a backs end.
“So that is your true form?” Seith looked at the small creature.
“Yes it is and it is the last thing you will see” The creature’s right eye’s white turned dark green and the pupil became a dark blue square. “Now bye” The pupil turned so a corner pointed down. The air around Seith started to grow distorted. Green flames flamed up with an explosive power in the distorted area and it was followed by a shock wave of green flames that came from the creature’s right eye.
Seith skin and flesh tore by the explosion and was burned black by the flames; the shockwave thew him into the wall together with all the splitter of the room and its furniture.
Black blood started tom flow from the creature’s eye as it continued to turn so it was standing like an ordinary square. “So the eye still haven’t fused with my body completely but this level of power should have been enough” The creature placed his palm over the bleeding eye.
Seith pushed away the table that had landed on him and stood up. The burned flesh mended together and all of the blood he had shed returned into his body through his wounds “Where is the owner of you left eye?” Seith started to walk forward without any wounds.
“What a recovery capacity. Now I want your body even more” It took a deep breath and breathed out a fierce wave of flames.
Seith quickly raised his right arm as a shield for the flames without stopping. The flames thinned out quickly. The flames burns were so small that they almost mended instantly.
The creature coughed up blood. “I haven’t recovered enough to use that so I guess this is my limit” It released its eye and the eye rolled around a lap so a dark purple pupil was showing. “I will retreat for now but I am going to get that right arm and your body for sure” Black blood veins started to spread over the creature’s right eye’s white towards the pupil. A sphere formed force field spread around it and the next second everything in the force field disappeared.
The flames that the creature had spread had started to take a hold of the room and rapidly started to spread.
“He said he was going to the basement then the owner of that eye must be there” Seith said and started towards the second door in the kitchen that the creature had headed for.
Seith opened the door and went down the stairs to the basement. He went through the door at the corridor’s end into a room that reminded Seith of what he wanted to forget. It was a small room with selves standing along the walls filled with glass containers that contained eyes, hearts and countless of other smaller parts from both humans and animals. In the bigger glass containers that had been placed around the room was worse. They contained limbs from humans, animals or beasts. In a few were whole bodies of animals and beasts.
Seith went quietly into the room and went into the door that was on his right side of the door he entered from. Without looking at anything properly he went through the door and closed it quickly behind him. It was a corridor which had cell’s stretching along its left wall. He went slowly along the corridor and stopped at the third cell. In the cell was a girl with black and uncared hair that went all to the floor and clothed in just one piece of cloth that only had holes for the neck and arms.
“It was you who called me before right?” Seith said with his look at the girl.
The girl lifted her head so she looked straight at Seith but her eyes were blindfolded with a white piece of cloth with a blue eye symbol on it. She nodded.
“I see then let’s go before the fire engulfs the whole building” He grabbed the iron bars and pulled out the whole bar grid from the stone wall like if it was nothing.
The girl stood up and walked slowly over to Seith’s side.
“Let’s go” Seith said and started walking quickly back along the corridor with the girl behind him.
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