Stories : Long way home 2
The sun was beating down upon her as she lay in the grass, looking around for Zyion, it is a warm day and one she favors. She spots Zyion running chasing something , frolicking like the kitten she is. Alexcis lays back into the grass laughing at her fury companion. She is somehow amazed at the difference from the cat of her dreams and this cute baby she now watches over. She chose this kitten on the eve of her 30th summer. I often feel the bind that ties us growing stronger, one day I know Zyion will grow too.
Alexcis looks around for the rest of her party, seeing everyone start to settle in for a rest, she decided to follow suit and rest while she can. Reaching down to grab Zyion as she makes her way back to camp. It was a loud noise that startled her, and shook her awake. At once she was on her feet and standing ready for battle, when she saw the rest of her party start to gather and move
The ground felt normal underneath her as she moved swiftly even though she was in a place she had never been. The trees looked pretty much the same , the country covered in hills and flat lands. Still she must remind herself that these were not familiar lands and she had allot to learn. As her party rounded a bend she heard the ranger hiss in a low voice “something stalks us, we are not alone”. Alexcis can feel the hair on the back of her neck begin to raise, she raises her arms to waist length and begins to chant softly under her breath getting ready for the battle she sure is coming. The ranger looks back to her and motions for silence. As the ranger looks around she listens intently, beginning to track the hidden intruders. The ranger begins to move slowly and with great stealth, turning back quickly to motion for us to stay back. She moves with a grace I had never seen. It was often a conversation during the evening inn session how she was able to move so swiftly with the large green cloak floating behind her. Her aim was true and her skill impressive, I was glad she was on our side that night.
It was only moments before the whole party could hear the screams and hisses coming from the area just ahead of them , even being told to stay put would not keep this group of travelers to hold their post when one of their own was in danger. The assassin was first to rush off pulling a curtain around him as he moved. All though she could not see the guardian she knew he was there. Alexcis grabbed Zyion and bolted after the range,r as she came upon the spot she was sure to find her friends body she was stunned to look up to a massive beast like she had never seen. It looked to be 20 feet high tall, was covered in a course white fur . She peered around for the ranger and was a relieved to see her nearby hiding in a bush. Looking back to the monster she could see why it was screaming as its body held at least 6 arrows.
As she looks around the inn the smells of stale ale and cheap whores waft around her, she looks up at the serving wench with distain. The skill to serve must be lost to some, or to this wench at least. She feels herself reach for her weapon to teach this wench some manners when the words of her teacher come swiftly back to her “ do not raise arms this is not your place in my kingdom” she tried to fight the rage that floods her body, as surely her teacher would not know of one wench in one inn , she shudders as she regains her senses, what her teacher would do if she found out, she cannot bear the though and slowly returns her weapon to its resting place. “Enough” she states as she slams her mug to the table, she cannot take anymore foolishness. She slowly gathers her things and makes her way across the in to the stairs that will lead her to her bed. As she walks she throws a warning glance over her shoulder to the wench, she hisses “next time I will not be so tolerant, it would do you well to know of who you serve”.
Alexcis looks around her inn room checking to be sure nothing is out of place, noticing a small bottle removed from its place she returns it to its home. As she does this she remembers the potion she made for Adam, chastising herself for being so careless, and leaving her potions out of order. It is true that one such as herself is left very empty after such work as creating healing potions and salves but she still understands that carelessness leads to rogue delivered poisons. She is very young and it takes most of her power to complete just a small amount of salve but still she knows better.
Alexcis makes her way to her cot yawning and stretching, her body growing tense as she tries to sooth it to calm herself to sleep. As she drifts off to sleep images of her new friend Burri flood her mind. She wonders where these thoughts come from as she did not know this defensive fighter 2 days ago yet on this night she know she would lay her life down for her without a thought. Her mind races as she switches her thoughts to that which this new teacher wants from her. It is not to be a whore , she can tell by the way she looks at her. It’s not to be her blade as she demands the weapons of metal be kept away and out of sight, she ponders what her teacher obviously already knows but is unwilling to share with her just yet. I will be patient and wait t
Suddenly her eyes begin to clear and she feel the instant urge to run and run fast , she does not know the danger that chases her but she know it will be her death if she does not make haste and now. As she runs through the forest she begins to sense that she is being watched by many eyes. The cool dew from the grass gathers on her ankles and she moves with stealth she didn’t know she could muster with such running speed. She makes her way up a small hill but as she does she loses her footing sending her falling out of control as she tumbles she curses her immaturity . When she finally settles she looks up to see a clearing. The clearing seems to have a magic feel about it as she feels the hair on the back of her neck raise. Now she knows she is being watched but not by whom. There is a cool air here and a fog she cannot explain Alexcis ponders hiding herself but somehow knows this would do her no good. Finally unable to fight the urge she stands opening herself to the forest and the message she now knows it must deliver. In flashes images flood her mind, images of a great priestess; of a kingdom whom honours this priestess; of a great beast that is somehow tied to this priestess. She sees births and deaths , joining of souls , she sees great power and knowledge. She sees blessing the battles her clan will fight to ensure favour with the gods. In an instant she knows She is bound to nature and her clan..... And ... another..... a beast. She adjusts her gaze as she sees a form begining to gather out of the fog. She begins to pull her cloak around her in an effort to hide as fear over takes her, but the beast will not allow such action. In a second the beast is upon her , as it pins her to the ground it snarls to her” stand and show no fear lest I send you to hell” How do honour your kind with such cowards? Pulling herself together she pulls herself to her feet and stands to face this great black cat, she is shocked to see its great size, its fur glistens in the moon light. It speaks to her but its lips do not move. We are bound it tells her, I have always been with you and I will always be with you, your pain is my pain , my pain is your pain. I . As you see me now is my true form and how I will appear once your power is assumed, the first steps we take together I will be small and unassuming but as our bond grows so will I . That is the first step in your path , to gain the ability to call me to your side. I will come to you on many nights and help you find your way, I will hear the call of your soul, but, remember you must walk the right path and train to find your answers .
The great cat slowly withdraws itself and begins to fade into the fog. Alexcis calls out to it , “what about my past, where do I come from, where am I to go and why do I feel connected to this warrior Burri? The cat pauses looking over its shoulder at her “in time you will remember until then learn, train, and master your skills, ponder not what isn’t yours to know. You are a being of mind powers not arms , your skill will come from what you learn, many will gather and seek your council . Alexcis calls out again but this time the cat only whispers Zyion.......as it fades from her sight.
She wakes tangles in her blanket, sweaty and with a sudden understanding of her future, she must make court with her fellow council members to be sure her dreams do not deceive her. Zyion....Somehow she knows what she has seen to be true but in her adolescence she still seeks approval. She ponders the truths she has been shown , how can one who is to grow to such a place of honour be filled with such rage. She feels a strong urge to rise and stand next to her sisters in arms defending her people but is obedient enough to sit through her rage... for now, no for always; yes always.
To be continued.......