3.10 The tribunal

The moment I went through the doors of the inn, I was greeted by a deafening cacophony of tavern noises. All the tables were taken and in one corner, merry men and women sang to the tunes of a long-necked lute, strummed at a fast pace — much to fast for drunk people to follow. Through the air wafted the smell of delicious roast and vegetable soup. At the counter, the fat cat from earlier had decided to settle down, keeping watch of the visitors with one eye. When it saw me, it greeted me with a short “Meow!” and …

3.9 The inn

The next morning, Sorrel and Acacia purchased a few provisions, and we then set course to Capilla. Not long after we had left the town, we all noticed that we were being trailed. Putting two and two together, I assumed it was the ‘Vegetable Bunch’ out for revenge. We were traveling through a forest, so it was not hard for them to keep to the shadows. Looking at my travel companions, we all had noticed that we were not alone. Even though we seemed relaxed and carefree at first glance, each one of us was tense, prepared to defend ourselves …

3.8 Battle in the forest

The next morning, Sorrel and Acacia purchased a few provisions, and we then set course to Capilla. Not long after we had left the town, we all noticed that we were being trailed. Putting two and two together, I assumed it was the ‘Vegetable Bunch’ out for revenge. We were traveling through a forest, so it was not hard for them to keep to the shadows. Looking at my travel companions, we all had noticed that we were not alone. Even though we seemed relaxed and carefree at first glance, each one of us was tense, prepared to defend ourselves …

3.7 Obligatory Bathing Scene

“Won’t they come again?” I was nervous. The three adults in the room, however, seemed very relaxed. They did not respond to my question. The twins bantered while Violet chose the bed that was the furthest away from the sitting area. She dropped down on it as if she was jumping into clouds, with a satisfied childish smile on her. I mean, we haven’t slept in an inn for half a year now. To have a bed with fluffy sheets was a great luxury. “Dearest goddess, perhaps it would be more relaxing to enjoy a bath first? Since today is …

3.6 Still waters run deep

“Well, well, what do we have here?” The oldest of the ‘Vegetable Bunch’, an arrogant-looking man with short, curly black hair and a pair of deep green eyes, slammed his hand on the table. Neither the twins nor Violet flinched. All three leisurely continued to drink their liquor. I, on the other hand, shuddered. Goodbye, my precious water-downed wine. “Good evening, fellow practitioner.” Sorrel’s voice sounded friendly. However, the air around him had changed to a cold breeze. He did not look up to face ‘Broccoli’. “How may I help you?” “Well, my dear comrade,” ‘Broccoli’ retorted in an overly …

3.5 A little luxury

We followed the practitioners down a wide dusty path, away from the castle. The moment we ─ or beautiful I ─ agreed to accompany them, the tension had utterly disappeared. Smiling as they led along the way, the man said, “I am happy we did not have to use force! By the way, my name is Sorrel! And my lovely twin sister is Acacia!” He pointed at the woman next to him. She had the same soft brown eyes and gentle smile as her brother. These two seemed as if they had never faced any hardships in their life. I …

3.4 Whistle while you work

Sighing, I woke the horse from its deep slumber. Or, at least, I tried. After clapping my hands right next to its ears, shouting and cursing, I realized this animal had to be deaf. No wonder it didn’t budge with all the commotion in the cavern! I needed to shake and lightly kick it until it snorted with (obvious!) contempt and wearily arose. Finally! Maybe I should have renamed this horse to ‘Annoying Mule’ the way it reacted. What a personality. After untying each girl, I used some magic to lift them onto the horse. Every time a girl landed …

3.3 I got this! Or maybe not

The wind caused by the panic-stricken Roc was strong enough to force the men to shield themselves by raising their arms in front of their faces. This was enough time for me to close the distance between us. Remembering my five-year training, I focused on my breathing to keep myself calm. Then, I let the darkness in. I felt my strength immediately increasing, but at the same time, I felt the urge to kill and destroy rising along with it. This was the feeling of bloodlust if I was able to control it. Activating my bloodlust not only heightened my …

3.2 How about some omelette?

I could hear the merry chatter of three men. A fourth one remained quiet, but his leather boots rubbing across the stone gave him away. Their bonfire crackled, illuminating the hollow mountainside cave they were camping at. I had been tracking these men all day along the steep mountain paths, masking my presence with the help of some magic. When they decided to rest, I was lurking right above them on a ledge. With them, they had a brown dray horse and three maidens, neatly tied up and gagged. These men were human traffickers, wanting to strike a good deal …

3.1 Nice try

Violet carried me for quite a while through the soft green plane, until we reached a small stream with many old and crooked trees along the banks. Without announcing her thoughts, she grabbed the tired me by the collar and threw me into the cold water. I screamed in shock and wailed in the shallow stream until she joined me, washing of the blood stains I had left on her body. Embarrassed, I calmed down and did the same. My white robes, dyed in deep red, were beyond salvation. Not even the best stain remover could wash out the amount …