Instead Of Being Transported Into Another World I Became Another Person’s Skill In Another World Chapter 2 Rescue From Another World

-I see so this place is called Septinia a city of the Aion kingdom and right now we are inside the farther ends of the city outskirts or also known as the slums…am I correct ?

I asked patiently to reaffirm,my eyes calm and reserved endowing a gentle smile across my face as I looked at the young girl in front of me with no sorts of ripples or cracks showing in my expression.

If you looked at it that way you would have probably thought it was a very civilized and polite way of exchange though naturally that was only what was seen on the surface as what was happening bellow my head within the grasps of my hands was anything but civilized or polite for that matter.

-Y…yes..

The girl nodded,shivering in fear as I sat on top of her holding her in a tight restraining grip.

Currently the situation was both confusing and distraught,I was naturally a very cautious and suspicious person by nature since I was small.

Dying,meeting god and then waking up inside the dark alleys of a slum inside a foreign land would shake up almost anybody even the most foolish and because of this it was no surprise for me to immediately react negatively upon waking up and finding myself getting stared at by a filthy girl touching my body.

My reflexes reacted automatically towards this stimuli as my first course of action wasn’t to ask questions but rather immediately try to restrain the girl underneath me and then ask questions later,leading to this situation at hand with me sitting on top of her while pushing her face down side ways with one hand and pulling her left arm in a restraining grip with the other.

Because my body acted on impulse I didn’t have time to think,I was still very confused as to what was actually happening and while I did have a small suspicion inside my heart,I held it back and instead asked the most crucial questions at the moment that led to this situation.

The girl bellow me was called Camilla,she was 15 years old which means 1 year older then me,she didn’t have any parents and lived inside the outskirts of the city slums explaining her unbearably foul stench and her grime covered body that was laid with a dress that looked like it was made out of a potato sack.

The city was called Septinia and was a part of the Aion kingdom within the continent of Geus.

Camilla was a bag carrier who worked basically as a manual laborer that carried equipment and items for people she called “Adventurers” who ventured out into labyrinths and fought monsters for raw materials to gain money.

Camilla,while introducing herself slipped into her introduction that she was a Demi-human and while she was already spouting terms and settings that I had no clue of what she meant,the word “Demi-human” had a significant impact on me that left me curious as to what she meant when she was referring to herself.

Even though her red eyes were unusual coupled with her crimson hair,her body was still completely normal looking in my opinion no different of that of a normal human.

In either case I didn’t feel like interrupting her and just continued to ask her questions as time went on,surprisingly Camilla herself was quite docile or rather submissive of my rough handling and continues questioning,not once did she interrupt me or asked any questions about myself not even showing signs of resistance that I was prepared for from the very beginning,she felt rather detached and fearful than anything else to the point I felt rather pitiful for treating her like this.

But in the end I wasn’t going to let her go since it had already turned out like this and things couldn’t be changed.

After asking her some basic questions regarding my surroundings,I quickly went over the topic on why I was here in the first place which bothered me the most.

Camilla was a bit stumped upon the question which made me feel suspicious,it took her a few more seconds of silence before she answered me which still didn’t satisfy me but only served to baffle me more.

In short she didn’t know.

Camilla explained that she saw me just appearing out of thin air within a stream of light when she was resting inside her small hut recovering,In turn the small hut she was talking about was the little room we were inside currently isolated from the world,it looked like it was 2 meter square tall and was completely made out of wood with a small entrance to the right that you needed to crawl through to get in and out,other then me and her the hut only had a big bag inside and nothing else.

To me it looked like it was a gigantic crater turned into a hut by this girl,but that was besides the point.

Recounting her memories again,for Camilla it wasn’t a special day,she had just come back from the labyrinth working as a bag carrier,she didn’t talk about her payment,but she mentioned that she was injured by a monster inside the labyrinth her leg had been cut not severed but cut long enough to make her bleed profusely giving her no other choice,but to leave early.

Her expression was a bit paid when mentioned her early leave most probably she wasn’t paid.

 

At this point I finally noticed why Camilla didn’t even bother resisting the whole time looking back I could see her left leg tied with a big dirty rag that was turning red from the amount of blood she was losing,her face didn’t look well either she looked pale,malnourished with her cheeks caved in and tired making her unable to do anything even if she wanted to.

-Wait…

My face paled for a moment with a grim look showing on my face.I could feel the air inside the hut turning colder by 10 degrees in an instant as realization dawned on me.

My eyes turning sharp as a frantic expression started to form on my face.

-Damn it ! Why didn’t you tell me from the very beginning that you were hurt !

I shouted out angrily swiftly getting up from her as I turned her over and placed her more comfortably,my hands moving quickly as I started to pull out a bottle of clean water and a roll of gauze that I kept at all times on my body for first aide.I wasn’t sure how much blood the girl had lost,but looking at the her swimming eyes and delirious expression she was most probably very close to death.

-I…I was scared..I didn’t want to die…I thought…if I didn’t answer I would die…

She answered feebly,slightly shaking my heart as I felt the guilt only start to drill further into my conscious.

How could I be so short sighted…

I blamed myself,quietly trying to calm Camilla and make her stop talking so she could preserve her energy while explaining her that I would treat her wounds.

Camilla also seemed to have realized that I didn’t have any bad intentions hesitating for a brief moment before nodding back at me resolutely and shutting her eyes with a light sigh as exhaustion seemed to have taken her back into deep slumber with her chest slowly rising up and down.

I on the other hand didn’t have such leisure as my hands gently started to unwrap the blood covered dirty rag from her left foot while raising her filthy skirt up to her thighs to have a better view.

Whilst doing so I inevitable couldn’t avoid looking at Camilla’s delicate lady parts,but instead of being distracted by her feminine body I was far more dumbfounded by the amount of scars and bruises she had on her body making me wonder whether it was normal for her to take injuries like these on a daily basis…

-No you idiot of course it isn’t normal !

I quickly rebuked myself shaking my head while looking away and concentrating on treating her currently bleeding wound instead.

I didn’t know how much time passed while I was nursing her,but either way I wasn’t going to stop until I was finished.

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-Pew…it looks like this is as much as I can do for now…

I muttered sighing out of relief,finally finishing up with my treatment as the blood stopped flowing and Camilla’s expression turned normal again with her breath getting into proper motion…

Before this Camilla looked very pained in her sleep while I was treating her,but otherwise she didn’t wake up.

I took extra time wiping off the excess grime and filth of her body so she wouldn’t get sick or infected through her wound or body making her look somewhat decent,but still smelling foul as ever.

And after everything was finished I considered to up and leave this place since I didn’t want to bother this girl any longer or cause her more pain.But after considering and remembering the bright blue window I was greeted with when I came to,I shelved the idea of leaving and instead stayed,nursing the girl that looked like had a very close relationship to me from today onwards.

Placing her head onto my thighs while putting my jacket on top of her body I kept her warm and comfortable as much as I could.

Occasionally I would give her a sip of clean water to keep her hydrated when she would wake up from her stupor and then fall asleep.

Looking at Camilla like this I felt very sympathetic of her circumstances,even though I still had no idea where I was or what was going on,I already knew that the world I was in wasn’t the world I was originally from.

The only thing I knew right now was that I needed to stay with this girl and make sure that she doesn’t die or get hurt under my watch…

It was a funny situation really…If I wasn’t send here could it be that Camilla would have died from her injury ? Was the reason god send me down her to prevent her death ? How was she important to all of this anyway ? Why was I send to her or to this world in the first place ?

I wondered,still questions upon questions stacking up on my mind as I couldn’t get a head around what to do or what to say really.

In the end I could only sigh and look down onto Camilla’s sleeping face while showing a bitter smile.

-Looks like I’ll be staying with you for a long time now little missy…I hope you wake up so I can apologize..

I whispered,her stench still very unpleasant,but my nose slowly getting used to it as time passed.

Camilla also looked as if she had heard my honest words and gently nuzzled into my thighs looking comfortable.

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Instead Of Being Transported Into Another World I Became Another Person’s Skill In Another World Teaser Trailer The First Contact

Inside a single room,I sat on top of empty white space.

My surroundings weren’t any different it looked as if the room went on infinitely within the white space it showed,but I knew from one way or another that it was indeed just a room and it didn’t go infinitely like it looked it would.

-Hey…would you mind looked at me instead of the room,I am getting a bit offended you know ?…

Said the strange old man…

-Hey ! I am not strange at all ! Its clearly you the one who’s strange ! Getting in here and then completely ignoring me all of a sudden and instead looking all over the empty room for the past 30 minutes !

-So this really is a room and you can read my mind too !

-Of course I am god after all !

The old man replied,smiling as his words showed the kind of pride he held for his job while sticking his old chest out in the air,his white clothes completely melded into the space around us almost making him seem one with it if it wasn’t for the distinctive golden edges it had indicating his holiness.

His sudden proclamation of being god didn’t surprise me,the moment I found myself in this otherworldly space and seeing this old man I already had a small idea of where I was and who he was,but what assured me the most was the fact that the bullet holes that had covered my entire body not too long had completely disappeared along with the blood that stained my garments.

Indeed,I was dead.

There is not much I could say about my death,it was reasonable and a mistake on my part thinking about it…If only I chose to run the left path and entered the manhole,I could have most probably avoided those guys…

-Do you regret ?

The old man…or rather god suddenly asked as he pointed his eyes at me,he looked ordinary to anyone who laid his eyes on him,but he had the kind of aura to him that showed why he was a godly being deserving the title of god.

-Hehe…flattering me ain’t going to work if your aiming for that kid !

-Ho really ? Well was worth a shot wasn’t it ?

I smiled back at the old man,giving out a light sigh before looking down and closing my eyes again bracing myself for what was about to come,I knew that nothing I did at this very moment could save me from this all powerful being that was about to judge me and while asking questions was on my mind I simply didn’t see any reason to prolong my stay inside here…well if I knew that a god existed in this world I would have probably became religious,but that something everybody says isn’t it ?

Such fleeting and nonsensical thoughts floated about my mind as I kept my eyes closed and my head lowered,but just as I was expecting getting myself thrown somewhere or swept into a different dimension,I could hear the voice of god speaking to me again this time a lot more solemn and sincere then before.

-Do you regret it ?

-What ?

-I mean your life do you regret having lived through all of that ?

He asked,his words gentle and very soft as continued to stare at me with those glowing eyes looking as if he would wait as much as needed before hearing my answer.

Looking at him,I was momentarily dumbfounded I wasn’t why he was asking me this and not just throwing me into the after life or river styx or something.Either way it looked as if he wasn’t going to be satisfied if I didn’t answer him my thoughts were most probably read by him all the time even now,and because of this lying didn’t make any sense half heartedly giving an answer also didn’t make me feel contend with myself.

Making such thoughts I finally started to recollected the experiences I had over the course of my life,it wasn’t a long life the things I could remember were barely 9 years of memories I was after all only 14 years old and seeing that a 14 year old got showered by bullets like it was nothing you can guess that my world wasn’t very pleasant.

It was by the shortest sense a apocalypse…a crumbling world on its last legs.

My name was Kleptes and I was 14 years old.

I was 165 centimeters tall and had medium dark hair and soft brown eyes,my build was slightly toned and athletic with pale white unblemished skin.

I didn’t have a surname,but that didn’t bother me since a name had a value on its own which I treasured very much.

The name was in ancient greek from a time long ago and meant thief which suited me quite well,I disliked it when I knew of its meaning the very first time,but when I grew older I came to like it,it was given to me by one of the elder caretakers inside the orphanage when I grew up,residing besides a ruined city that was once called new york.

The cause of the apocalypse was also very simple as 110 years ago a meteor shower hit earth and killed at least 95% of humanity,fortunately the remaining 5% of humanity had somehow miraculously survived the entire ordeal and made it out alive,but unfortunately the true troubles began after the apocalypse and what followed soon after.

Food and water became an issue as the whole worlds preserved food supplies or farms were completely destroyed by the meteorites that came crashing down everywhere,and with this issue came also a lack of medication which turned small diseases such as a common cold and influenza into lethal diseases that could cause death.

After the apocalypse a truly united nation never happened,raiders and different factions emerged scattered across the lands making fights common place around the world who were also aiming for food,water and medicine.

Not many of the survivors who made it out knew how to live off the land much less cultivate or raise livestock,the knowledge of agriculture though not completely lost started off slow with many mistakes and sacrifices along the way which made it harder for people to live as the days went by.

I was one of the third generation of humans that was born after the great apocalypse,I was an orphan inside a small enclosed community residing beside the ruins of a great city that was once know as new york.

Both my parents had died when I was given birth,my father by natural disease while my mother after birth when she couldn’t recover anymore from the whole ordeal of giving birth and bringing me into this world soon after an orphanage accepted me into their mids when I was only a month old and from there life went on.

It wasn’t a good life,but I was contend with it.I never felt the feeling of having my belly full or ever not feeling sore all over my body from doing work all day,now that I am thinking about it I am not sure why I continued to live such life,but in the end it didn’t matter as living was the only goal every person had that I have met in my entire life giving it value on itself that I couldn’t quite explain why.

Of course my life wasn’t only eat,work and sleep,I did have days free and spare time everyday and this itself gave me a lot of things to do and things to explore within the ruined city of new york even when tired or sore.

The elders of the community would often talk about the wonders and stories of the past civilization with its futuristic colors and convenient gadgets that they employed in their everyday lives ranging from machines that fly in the air and things that were called computers which you could use to play games in and listen to music or even communicate with other humans on the other end of the globe.

By nature I was a quite curious and intelligent child,I was a quick learner too being the youngest child to learn how to read,write and do math at 8 years old,I helped out a lot within the community and would sometimes get rewarded for my efforts with more food which gave me extra energy to explore the ruins,the other children in comparison were always more obedient and fearing of the artifacts and remains of the old civilization which made me a bit of a outcast and weirdo because of my natural curiosity of the past.

The children never really walked out of the safety within their community and the adults also never bothered to explore the cities as they had said that anything left to take had already been taken by others long ago the ruins were also dangerous in a sense with a lot of sharp rubble everywhere and instable infrastructure that could flatten you if it fell on your head if you were unlucky.

Of course hearing such discouraging words I didn’t expect to find anything or even get much out of my exploring,but because I felt intrigued by the old civilization and as its descended I wanted to see what it was all about living in such times when famine was none and work wasn’t as hard.

Fortunately my exploration wasn’t as fruitless as I assumed it was,of course it took me a long time,but along the way I was capable of find ancient books and manuals within the ruins buried deep that gave further insight into the civilization and what it was like.

The stories and what was written in those books or rather magazines were fascinating and very valuable at that too,the language and writing system I had learned was identical to the one from ancient times that was used around the world called “english” which was now called “the common tongue” instead.

One of my more useful finds though on the other hand were the books concerning medical knowledge,geography,science,mechanics and physics.

These books gave me an entire new perspective of the whole world and everything around me,the information itself so incredible that I sometimes couldn’t believe what was written in there and sometimes thought that it was all made up fool with the populace.

But due time I came to realize that everything written down was true,that the earth spun around the sun and that the sun was a gigantic planet made out of fire,that our heart pumps blood through our veins to keep us alive and that the planet had something called gravity that was responsible for making things fall.

 

I became zealous with the new gained knowledge I had on hand,it gave me power in a sense which for a 8 year old at the time was far too tempting to refuse.

I of course hid the books inside the ruins,not because I was selfish,but because I feared that they would be taken away from me or I would be threatened with me life if word ever got out that I possessed these valuable books at hand.

Of course there were people out there who were curious of my  exploration everyday,some even followed me in secret trying to find anything valuable I could be hiding which they could steal,fortunately over the course of my exploration I had gained a lot of experience walking through the ruins,reading tracks and sounds,my eyes in particular I found out to be much more superior compared to that of a common man being able to catch small details within a moments notice.

I commonly shook off pursuers that way by walking through complicated paths or simply pretending as if I was admiring ancient relic from the past.I was 8 years old after all people didn’t expect much of me nor did they think I was that clever enough to trick them otherwise.

In a flash 2 years went by in such fashion,In my community one would be kicked out of the orphanage at the age of 10 when they were ready which was very young,but it was young enough for the humans in my world to live on their own as the orphanage taught the children by a very young age on how to get by.

I distinctly remember the day I was kicked out of the orphanage like it was yesterday,I had people that I called friends at the time sure,but those people had quickly walked their own path when we all got released from the orphanage,the last things we said to each other were small goodbyes and good lucks before treating our own way and never seeing each other again.

When I was kicked out a lot of different factions and clans came to me asking me to work under them as they knew that I was quite bright head for my age and could be of significant help if they employed me,the work they offered was mostly paper work or management which had some amount of power and a tempting salary.

But in the end I still refused all of them and went my own just as I planned they moment I was free.

In the end after brooding for it my whole life I had decided to become a ruins explorer and to uncover the lost knowledge of the world ahead of me.

New york while still big and with a lot of things to explore was already searched through and uncovered the things I found while valuable were still not much in comparison the other things explorers must have found while for the first time searching through the place,it was my greed for knowledge itself that drove me into the predicament that I got myself into.

In my head…I thought that the future looked bright,but it wasn’t.

4 years later,I was shot to death by a group of men that belonged to a particular strong leader who had wide influence throughout the lands,he was even capable of gaining the knowledge to a powerful weapon called a firearm to kill me instantly,the reason being my intentions of wanting to share my knowledge and discoveries with the people all around the world so we could go back to the good old times were no famine existed or work was too hard,over the course of years I had seen suffering and despair far more then I should have leaders lord who neglected their people and their pleas of a better life.

Being a ruins explorer wasn’t an easy task either there were already dozens on hundreds of explorers out there who searched the old civilization for profit to be found collaborating with powerful faction leaders to keep themselves in power and dominance.

I was mortified knowing how the world had turned out,even though I was also hungry for knowledge myself,it wasn’t to the point of selfishness and feeling of total control,but for the fun and enjoyment of knowing how the world and its surroundings worked.

Murder was normal for ruins explorers nobody was safe when entering a city and parties were even rarer as the chance of your teammate betraying you for a cheap profit was more likely then you sharing it with your teammate altogether.

Learning was a process any living creature had to go through,I learned all my life,but never had I imagined I had to learn so much bloodshed to reach my goals.Having someone waiting for me at a exit or being followed became routine for me until I reflexively started to meld into the shadows and move inconspicuously,the movements of my dagger became much more natural as I continued to cut down my foes my natural talent for eye sight and movement truly shined in this line of work which I truly couldn’t be happy about.

At the time of my death I didn’t have anyone on my side,no loved ones,no friends or a family,I had hopes and dreams…

I…I did so much in life…set so many goals…

Do I regret it ?

I looked up at the old man,my face showing a very straight and tranquil look as I gazed at him with my sharp eyes.

-Of course I regretted it,but did I think I was wrong ? No…never…no,in a million years…

-I see…I understand

God replied,giving me a gentle smile on his wizened old face as if he was looking down on his grandson,I couldn’t quite understand what he was thinking,but whatever it was,I was ready to be judged.

 

Reading my final thoughts god didn’t bother to say anything anymore as the space we sat in quickly started to shake,the floor cracking in a spider web pattern underneath my feet as flowing orbs of light started to escape these cracks floating up the ceiling.

My vision blurred and my head spun around as I quickly realized it was time.

Staring at the old man I gave him one last looking to see what his face was like,but just as I did so I could see him making a distorted crooked smile at me his eyes never leaving my own as the whole world seemed as if it was about go into thin air,I heard his voice.

-Haha…I originally was thinking that I would send you to another world,but you changed my mind instead of only sending you to another world I want you to watch someone down there instead as a—

He said,his last few words quickly distorting and became unintelligible as I couldn’t figure out their meaning.

Send to another world ?

I was confused,not sure what he was talking about I tried to ask him again only to be met by complete blackness as the world turned into a wide abyss…

Was this the end ?

I thought to myself my conscious immediately laying dormant as I felt resignation in my heart.

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-Hey !….you ! Are you—right ?! Please—up !

Someone spoke to me,the voice feminine and very clear to my ears as the world seemed to spin violently making my head feel incredibly dizzy.

And before I could even say anything a big blue window of light suddenly appeared in front of my eyes.

【Otherworldly Contract has been established】

【Kleptes has become Camilla’s Familiar】

【Kleptes the Familiar shares the Life of Camilla the Contractor,if the Contractor dies the Familiar will soon follow the fate of the Contractor and also die,if the Familiar on the other hand perishes the Contractor on the other hand will suffer 1/3 of the damage taken by the Familiar and the soul of the Familiar will be returned to the Contractor for safe keeping and repair purposes to be revived after 3 days had passed】

It said,reading it with my eyes wide open,I couldn’t believe what was happening right now.

Soon after the blue window quickly disappeared after I finished reading it with my vision turning clear again as the intense feeling of dizziness subsiding instantly as if it never happened.

I blinked a few times trying to focus my eyes some before finally resting them towards the face of a young girl that was right in front of me.

The first thing I thought when I looked at her crimson red eyes was simple.

She stank like a pig.

Which is how I met Camilla for the very first time.

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A Journey Through Summoning Chapter 2 Sea Of Memories

“Terra Lizar,Ignis Amelton,Curt Mundon,Joseph Snish and finally Estesia Magdol”

The village chief read out,his voice very coerce and deep,his statue small and humped over with a long gray beard going down his old wrinkled face as he stood in front of all 5 of them reading out their names in succession while holding onto a long piece of parchment with all the children’s names on it,his hands shaking slightly as his eyes swept with hopefulness and anticipation.

A thick heavy air surrounded the area around the children as their names were called out one by one their eyes instinctively raising up as they first looked at the old man in front of them then shifting right towards the person that stood next to him.

Terra did the same thing albeit a bit slower then the rest while also looking at the old man a bit more longer with a few thoughts left to spare.

The old man that stood in front of them was their village chief,a person who served their village for many years keeping things straight and fair around here.

Incidentally he was also the person who let Ignis’s family stay in the village even though the other villagers were against it,Terra didn’t hear the exact details,but he knew that the village chief and Ignis’s father were somehow connected with each other since both of them would be often spotted talking with each other on friendly terms be it outside or inside.

Currently they were all gathered here inside the town hall conducting the evaluation.

Their long awaited day that would seal their fate.

Or so people thought.

The atmosphere was very quiet and formal around here,looking around Terra remembered that this was only the third time that he entered the town hall of the village the first two times was when he needed to register something inside the town hall with his parents and the second time was when the whole village was rounded together for a meeting by the village chief.

Compared to the other houses Terra had seen that were build from stones,mud and straws,this building alone was almost entirely build out of wood and clean cut stone,even the inside was very elaborate and what he considered pretty compared to his own home.

Unfortunately as pretty as the town hall was it was only one room as the whole building only served as a place to hold meetings or conduct important matters that needed to be set in private.

Just like today.

With that thought Terra quickly stopped observing the town hall and instead stared straight again,he was the only child that was currently even holding the leisure to look around and become distracted,compared to the other children next to him who looked serious and tense,he was more like relaxed and loose as he stared at the imposing tall man standing next to the village chief evaluating them with his stern eyes.

The first time Terra saw this imposing tall man,his eyes couldn’t help,but quickly attract to his attire instead of his face,compared to the other villagers Terra had never seen such odd clothing as his,but he still immediately recognized it as those kinds of clothing were depicted in those children stories he once read and sometimes the villagers would even talk about them.

The summoner robes.

Going all the way down to the knees it was a robe that was oddly colored white and blue,looking rough but refined with a few belts and pockets while also giving off a mystical feeling as if it was once alive made out of a material that seemed like hard leather,but looked like fine silk woven neatly together,what made this robe stand out though was the fact that it had weird star shaped buttons on the cuffs and a hood in the shape of some kind of animal head that was always different with every summoner even now.

While he did not know much about them in specific other then this,Terra knew that those robes meant that the person who was wearing them was a summoner.

In the eyes of the ordinary villagers summoners were like godly existences that could tap onto unimaginable amounts of power and strength,through the use of stories their tales had been spread far and wide over the world making ordinary people feel awed by their presence alone which just shows how high of a standing summoners possessed in society.

Terra in particular was a bit ignorant about these matters,but he still understood that summoners were really a huge deal since he always heard about them on a daily basis,he himself had his opinion about summoners,but because his father Donavan Lizzar always lectured Terra to think for himself instead of listening to others his opinion always changed with every new piece of information he learned about these mystical humans just as it did today.

 

Terra wasn’t very enthusiastic about being a summoner in general,but he still didn’t completely dislike the idea since he also was a bit curious about them in his heart as a child,today was the day he could finally meet a summoner face to face and not only him this also counted for the other 4 children next to him that were staring at the man intensely their ambition,hopes and dreams clearly evident inside their burnings eyes as they continued to stand firmly in their place.

All traces of youthful childishness gone and replaced with sheer anticipation that permeated the room around them as they stood.

(Cough)

After an indefinite amount of time the village chief lightly coughed bringing the atmosphere down a notch and making everyone concentrate back to him,it didn’t look like he was about to say anything and instead turned his head towards the tall man standing next to him his demeanor very respectful towards this man that looked to be in his mid thirties,his face wasn’t anything extraordinary if you disregarded the fancy robe he would look like any normal person on the street with his black hair and brown eyes,but even so Terra had to admit that there was really something special about this man that had a small glint in his eyes that he couldn’t explain.

Seniority didn’t matter in this world as long as you had the ability and strength you would earn respect from anyone including people much older then you.

The world just was made that way,strength meant all while weak was not acceptable.

With that gesture completed the man finally spoke up giving one sweeping look over all 5 of them as he spoke shortly and softly.His eyes never once betraying the amount of sternness he held regardless of who it was.

“I will say this only once,today you will be evaluated by the empires law my name or your names at the moment will not matter as only the people with the ability and strength are allowed to ask further questions of me,right now you will be tested and if you fail to “Awaken” it just means that your ability came only this far which is why you can only blame yourself to be without strength”

His words were cold and detached,immediately giving the 4 a small shiver down their spines as the heard a cold hard truth of the world,Terra held a bit more better then the rest only frowning when the man spoke because as a sword trainee he had already heard these sorts of words from his father numerous times that he was starting to get sick of them repeating themselves everywhere and anywhere.

Soon after the warning the children calmed down again to a reasonable level,Terra wasn’t sure what would happen next or how this evaluation actually proceeded as the adults would never go into the specifics of this test fearing that their child could mess up if they did something unnecessary in the process,but even though he was clueless he still did not care to the least,failure didn’t mean anything to him in this matter instead he worried about someone else entirely as he glanced to his side staring at the red haired little girl next to him that was lightly shivering in fear hiding her face behind her long red hair in anxiety,her fist clenched to the max as she seemed to be murmuring some kind of chant to herself.

Terra felt distressed,he wanted to say something to make her feel good,but the words of encouragement until now were only temporary relieves at this point and speaking while going through this important event wasn’t very appropriate so he kept his mouth shut and could only silently pray for Ignis’s happiness in his heart.

Just as Terra stopped looking at Ignis the summoner arched his brows for a second glancing at Terra for a moment as he seemed a bit interested in the young boy that didn’t even have a hint of nervousness in him.

“Ho…quite a bit of composure he got there..or is it just that he doesn’t understand the scale of this endeavor that he doesn’t feel pressured ? Will he be able to make it,I wonder ?”

With that single thought the summoner didn’t bother to think about it anymore as he quickly threw away his fleeting thought out of his mind,returning back to the evaluation at hand as he swiftly spoke up again.

The atmosphere was just about to get tense again.

The children were ready.

“Now everyone I want you to close your eyes”

The summoner spoke.

Everyone followed,not even questioning for what purpose this served as nobody wanted to talk back to such a huge figure as him and simply obeyed.

Terra also closed his eyes without a second word,darkness descending down his eyelids as he felt small amount of curiosity and anticipation starting to rise from somewhere unknown.

The summoners voice quickly followed after the children close their eyes this time ordering something a bit more weirder then anticipated.

“Now,I want you to think about your most painful memory or your most happiest memory,it doesn’t matter which kind you choose,but what I want you to do is choose one and focus on it intently”

Just as his words stopped,Terra felt a bit weirder inside,to be asked something like that,it didn’t make sense to him,either way he wasn’t going to question it and instead just obeyed trying to think of something through his jumble of memories that he could be consider bad or good which stayed in his mind.

And as he sorted them out Terra soon realized that he couldn’t find too many bad memories inside his mind,this could be tributed to the fact that he was still only 10 years old without a lot of experience in life,but having no bad memories or that sort of scary experiences when young was still a very rare occurrence that not many had.

If Terra right now could open his eyes and look around he would realize that the other children seemed to be showing a variety of faces 3 of them seemed to be focusing on happy memories with the look evident by the smiles they had plastered on their faces while 1 of them was instead frowning very deeply,shaking at that almost tearing up even as she thought deeply about the memory in her head.

Of course that person was Ignis who was making that face.

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“hmm…seems like todays results are going to be pretty good now aren’t they ?”

The summoner pondered to himself already disregarding the 3 other children that were smiling to themselves and instead staring at the other two one of which was showing a face of intense sadness while the other one being completely blank on his part with no shred of emotion which was Terra who was still engrossed in his sea of memories.

The summoner couldn’t quite put his finger on it considering Terra as he didn’t look like he was thinking about any good nor bad memories in his mind,he even considered that he wasn’t trying at all and just waiting it out completely abandoning this test so he could go home faster,but even so the summoner didn’t mind either way.

“If he really chooses to abandon,thats his problem he’ll regret soon enough for not putting enough effort into this”

He thought a small amount of disdain showing in his eyes as he then proceeded to ignore Terra with it completely focusing on Ignis instead of who was now starting to sweat unnaturally and soon enough the sweat that was pouring down her neck immediately dissipated into the air turning into steam instead.

Quickly a strange aura started to surrounding Ignis,small particles that the summoner was emitting started to get sucked into Ignises body like a hungry beast ravaging its meal,the steam never stopping,but only growing more intense at every second with the aura becoming stronger and stronger.

The summoner smiled his eyes showing a bright glint as he stared at Ignis as if looking a treasure of some sort.

“Its here…finally…the birth of a new summoner a strong one at that”

He thought,fully concentrated on Ignis and her alone as everyone else was already out of his sight and pushed away,all he cold concentrated now was the girl and the steam that enveloped her like a storm.

The village chief was already deeply surprised by the steam that surrounded Ignis just like the summoner he couldn’t help,but anticipate what was going to happen next deeply rejoicing in his heart as finally a summoner was born in their humble little village,the village chief compared to the summoner was only able to see the steam coming off of Ignis he couldn’t see the particles that were flying into Ignis like the summoner could as they were special.

These particles were called spiritual essence they were something only summoners could utilize and could only be seen by them as well,it was their source of strength and the power that gave them the ability to use summoning.

The summoner was elated in his heart.

But if he had even bothered to look around and focus he would have already noticed that the particles weren’t only flying towards Ignis,but some of them were also separating themselves towards another direction next to Ignis.

Those particles were extremely few and small in number almost unnoticeable,but they were still floating and separating themselves towards another direction compared to the other children who didn’t even lure a single particle towards them.

And the person who was attracting those particles was none other then Terra,his face was still blank like before,but that still wasn’t the same,looking at it this time instead of some kind of change it had a different feel to it instead,it felt more natural or serene in a sense…the most accurate word to describe it was…

Peaceful.

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“Uhm…wh..where am I ?”

Terra muttered to himself very confused as he looked around trying to understand where he was and what just happened.

At first Terra tried to find any good memories that he could focus on,but sooner or later he started to think about what he liked to do the most instead of thinking about a happy event that happened in his life,this sort of thought expanded quickly flooding his thoughts in a instant as his vision turned white which the dark quckily covered up again making him only able to think about his beloved hobby that he enjoyed.

The forest.

To describe it shortly,Terra loved to go outside,to be more specific he loved to go into the forest and wander around aimlessly until he needed to go home.

Now you might ask what he would do while inside the forest,most kids his age would naturally just walk around and play,but that wasn’t what Terra would usually do,while he did play with Ignis like any other normal child does,when he was alone Terra just wandered around the forest everyday observing nature,he didn’t do anything else he just watched nature as if it was something interesting to watch,listening to water flow,wind brush against the leaves or just listen to the grass grow from the ground.

It was strange and unknown why Terra was so attached to nature itself,but what he liked the most about it was the feel of the earth making its way through his fingers he felt a sense of security and calmness from touching the dirt that was everywhere feeling all sorts of sensations depending on the place the earth was found be it soft,moist,rough or dry he liked them all like as if they were all his close friends in some sense.

His mother once explained to him the meaning of his name “Terra” which meant earth,it could be because of his name that he felt so close towards the real “earth” itself,but regardless of what it was he liked it and thats what counted to him.

Of course any normal person who would hear about his interests would immediately label him as a weirdo and the village children did just that,but because no one could find fault in his actions nobody really tried to humiliate him for his likes as everyone immediately just assumed he was curious and liked to explore creating a misunderstanding which Terra didn’t bother to explain anymore.

And now,the place he was standing in was the place he was the most familiar with his entire life,the surroundings covered with growth that was nearby stroke his mind while greenery and tall trees next to him refreshed his thought and with a deep breath he took in a large mouthful of fresh air as he calmed himself some more before muttering again with a gentle smile crossing his lips.

“This is…the forest ?”

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The first chapter for this is here don’t worry I am not entirely starting a new series this is just something to keep my mind off of something right now,sorry for being away for so long I have been really busy of late since graduation even now I am still doing work to get into a college and so forth,thank you for still sticking around if you are there I appreciate that very much !

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A Journey Through Summoning Chapter 1 The Arrival

“Terra ! Terra ! come on you slow poke ! The summoner is coming to our village today to evaluate us if you don’t hurry up we gonna miss him !”

A little girl shouted out her voice full of energy,youth and excitement as she turned her little red head behind her pointing her also red eyes towards the youth that came behind her showing a bright smile and sparkling eyes that could even rival the stars in the night as she faced the youth on top of the small empty hill she stood on.

Looking at the two children that were on top of the small hill you could immediately guess that they weren’t older then 8 or 10 years old their childish and young features were just like that of any ordinary children in this world,the boy who was walking up could be considered ordinary with his short brown hair,brown eyes,white skin and skinny build while the girl looked slightly more unique with her strikingly long red hair and dark red eyes even her skin was something else a lot more darker then simply being tanned most likely taking after her mother coupled with having a more rounded build and thighs that were developing rather nicely for a child her age.

The youth hearing the girls sudden outburst of excitement and urgency didn’t immediately answer and simply moved up,slowly,or rather what he considered “casually” as it was the only speed he even considered walking with even on top of this small hill that can be barely considered a hill rather then a bulge or a slope.

The youth was quite adamant about this speed in particular he wasn’t tired in anyway he just didn’t like rushing like the little girl up ahead of him,he thought that running wasn’t necessary if it wasn’t needed he thought that losing energy meaninglessly like so would only tire you quicker as the day went by,a day in which you could accomplish much more things instead of rushing like this meaninglessly.

His motto after all was “God made time and man made haste” its not something he always told himself or anyone else in this world,but it was something he followed in his mind that made him the person he was today be it for good or bad.

Though in the end it was weird for a 10 year old to have such out look in life any person who would have heard his thoughts would have immediately attributed those facts to be simply an excuse to be lazy and in a way it was true any person could be lazy him included.

But today was not just any “day” to be “Lazy” or follow his life’s motto even the youth knew that as today was a very important day for every person that was born in the Ethereal Mist empire it was a day that would forever decide the “fate” of that person and what they would do from now on.

It could be regarded as they day of becoming an adult.

Or whether you will live rich or poor for the rest of your life,there were a lot of ways to interpret this day.

But generally it was known as one thing.

It was the day of evaluation.

To see whether or not a person had the talent to become a summoner or not.

A massive step in life that would decide what plans god had for your existence.

At least thats what Terra always thought in his mind.

He sighed finally reaching the top of the small hill as he stood next to the little girl who still had a face that excitement written all over it,any person by now would have been put off by Terra’s slow pace,but the girl didn’t mind one bit she knew terra since she was 6 years old,he was after all her only playmate and friend in the village,not that the village had only 2 children,but rather it was because Terra was the only child in the village that would even play with her which is how she already got used to his weird mannerisms.

(Whoosh)

The wind blew on top of the hill,even though it was a very small hill it was still enough to see the village up ahead of them their home to be exact,Terra standing on top of this hill very much liked this sort of breeze neither cold or too fierce,but just right to relax and sit down and maybe take a nap,the shuffling grass underneath his shoes also didn’t help this comfortable feeling he got as he stood on this small hill,huge milky white clouds hovering above his head making him get lost in thought as he looked up absent minded.

Finally,the little girl couldn’t wait any longer seeing her friend spacing out again she pouted her cheeks seeing him like this and swiftly grabbed his shoulder shaking him out of his daze,this sort of routine was already normal for these two friends and Terra didn’t feel one bit annoyed by it as he turned his brown eyes towards the little girl that stood next to him both of their hair respectively shaking in the wind as they looked at each other.

“Ignis..don’t worry I don’t think the summoner would come just yet looking at the village it doesn’t seem like anything is happening we’re most probably not going to be late”

Terra said his relaxed tone and carefree words were like the wind brushing through the leaves,but even so the girl called ignis wasn’t relieved both of them were very young at the moment and both of them had an idea of what their life was going to be and what they wanted to do Ignis especially thought of this countless times after all it was something she dreamed of ever since hearing of it back when she was really small.

The determination that was in her eyes could be said to be something abnormal for a child her age to have,but that was beside the point,the way she looked at the village above the hill was like looking at a matter of life or death.

And in a way this was indeed the case for her.

(Tock !)

“Ouch ! Why did you hit me all of a sudden !”

Ignis immediately cried out in pain,holding the side of her head as she glared at Terra that stood next to her in annoyance and confusion,Terra in turn didn’t even bother to look back at her as he made his way down the hill towards the village looking up the sky while holding the back of his head with his hands in a relaxed manner as he walked.

“Ignis stop thinking and start walking even if something happens don’t worry about it”

He said,his voice this time not holding his usual relaxed or carefree voice,but rather a voice of assurance and trust,it was surprising to see something like this from children their who would usually only care about what was in front of them rather then what would happen.

Ignis of course still held her head in pain,but after hearing Terra’s words of reassurance she couldn’t help,but smile and believe in those words innocently.

She soon quickly started to follow behind Terra with a big smile and eyes sparkling like the stars in the night.

This was indeed the start of their life and the day of departure.

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(Whamp!)

The door to the town hall suddenly crashed open the sound of the door opening attracted the attention of many people most notably the children that stood in front of the town hall and the adults surrounding them forming a circle around the children.

Soon after the door opened 5 children came out of the door all 5 of which had a look of utter disappointment written on their faces,their crooked backs and lowered heads made them look as if they were dead row prisoners and as they walked out of the town hall the voice of a man could be heard coming out of the town hall.

-Next !

The voice was coarse,strict and deep it had no unique characteristic other then sounding a bit frustrated to some and as soon as those words were heard another 5 children inside the group were pulled out and lead into the town hall to be evaluated for once again the door closing onto the children and the adults alike as they could only wait for the results to come.

“Ahh…it seems like this year there won’t be any summoners from our village once again..”

“No need to be so disappointed its not like we didn’t know something like this would happen its no wonder since our village doesn’t even have a speck of summoners blood or heritage in our mids we can only pray for some kind of miracle to happen…”

Already a few adults were discussing the current matter of the situation the children that just came out each respectively went back to their families each treated different with some showing regretful faces and trying to comfort the child while others fuming in frustration and scolding the child unreasonably for not being born with the talent to become a summoner.

At this very moment a youth with short brown hair and brown eyes stood amongst those children he as well came to be evaluated as today was the day he would be officially tested whether or not he had the aptitude to become a summoner himself,his calm and relaxed attitude made him look slightly unique amongst the crowd of children who were either anxious or excited while talking with each other,the way he looked at those numerous adults around him that gave the children hopeful or yearning looks made him think about a lot of things that he didn’t really want to think about right now,he wondered would he also end up like those children ?

Would he be disappointed ? Ashamed ?

Would his parents scold him or comfort him ?

Was he fine with the way he lived right now ?

Those were questions that only now assaulted the mind of this 10 year old and even those questions were fear inducing he didn’t look to the slightest bit fearful or anxious as this was not the way he acted…calm and steady wins the race…he never liked rushing things compared to other children in the village he preferred to be a bear or a turtle instead of a bird or fox even if he didn’t have a talent for summoning he knew that it wasn’t the end of the world.

For a second the boy turned his head back to the crowd of adults searching with his eyes he looked for his parents finally discovering them standing not too far off smiling at him and waving at him gently,the boy also didn’t feel like thinking about these complicated things anymore and instead put a smile on his face waving back at his loving parents temporarily forgetting about the problems of this world,instead indulging in the clouds up above.

The village they lived in was called Turtle Village,it was one of the numerous villages located inside the Lionheart duchy and was just like any other village that existed anywhere in the Ethereal Mist empire they belonged to.

The youth was called Terra Lizar,he was one of the villagers in this humble village and lived together here with his family that consisted of only 3 people which were him and his two parents.

Terra had only just turned 10 this year and even though he was still a child he already worked on the fields in his village since he was 6 years old,his over all build was ordinary for a child his age,he had short brown hair,brown eyes and white skin his body was naturally very skinny making him look a bit thinner then he actually was,his face could also be only said with one word as it was just as ordinary as any person on the street.

The village was of a very humble background of farmers that lived through generations inside this village growing grain,it didn’t have anything special other than that neither could the village be considered wealthy or poor as the villagers never really starved in here or ate anything luxurious that could make your mouth water.

And in terms of clothing it was the most basic cotton and leather,and when it came to entertainment the people had to think for themselves to keep them occupied when they weren’t working that is,but even so Terra never considered himself unfortunate or dreamed about greater things in life,he was a simpleton,not ambitious nor greedy and in any way,he was like a lone frog inside a deep well,his world only encompassed the village and forests nearby other than that he had no clue of anything beyond of what was outside the village borders neither did he long to see what was there.

In short he was very satisfied with how he lived his life everyday up until now,he didn’t have any complains neither did he wish for anything else other then to stay in his village and live an ordinary life of a villager with his family that he dearly loved.

In a sense that was his ultimate happiness,to live peacefully.

But even so his wishes weren’t considered as he was just a child who didn’t know better and just like any parent they would only wish the best for their child to grow up and become a great person who can shoulder them one day,and Terra was a obedient child even though he had some amounts of dislike towards the idea of becoming a summoner he still never dared to go against his parents words he was but a simple boy who yearned affection just like anyone else,saddening his parents was out of question and even if he didn’t have the talent to become a summoner,he would at least try to not make his parents disappointed.

And today was the day as the law of the empire stated every year a summoner would visit every village in every duchy of the empire to evaluate the children between the age of 10 to 15 to see whether or not they had talent in what was called “Summoning”.

Now what is summoning ? In a broad term it is the act of “calling” or “Summoning” a creature to become your servant and do your bidding,these people who summon those creatures are referred to as “Summoners”.

Today,Terra was going to be evaluated and tested whether or not he had the talent to become a summoner,there was not many things a village out in the boonies knew what a summoner really was other then knowing they could call out fierce beasts and creatures,but stories and legends talked about these summoners as almost godly beings or deities,warlords of slaughter and great saints that swept the heavens and shook the earth even Terra liked those stories and sometimes even pretended to be one of those great heroes in those stories.

But even then pretending was pretending and having the ability were two and complete different matters altogether,dreams could shatter in a matter of seconds and if you asked Terra right now whether or not he was confident in himself then you would most probably just hear a few words of disinterest coming out of his mouth as if he didn’t care whether or not the sky would fall or rise.

And just like this.

Time passed in a blink of an eye.

Once again the door to the town hall crashed open and just like last time 5 children exited the door showing the exact same disappointment on their faces as they walked back to their parents being either comforted or scolded for being talentless.

“Next !”

And just like before the voice rang out a cycle repeating itself as the door got shut tightly waiting to be evaluated,the crowd of children were getting smaller and smaller with every batch moving forward it wasn’t very long until the boy was close to get called out himself.

“Te…Terra…I..I am scared what…what if I don’t have the Talent ?”

As Terra continued to get lost into the clouds up above he could feel someone gently pulling the hem of shirt and speaking up to him,the voice was sweet and smooth,but right now the could be heard from that voice was fear and anxiety.

“Ignis,didn’t I already tell you ? Stop thinking about it and don’t worry you can’t change what had already been destined,instead of fearing your failure you should think about your success…”

Terra replied in a more softer tone then usually moving his childish face towards the little girl next to him as he stared towards the long red hair of that girl and her dark red eyes that were looking up at him in a upturned manner making her look like a small animal which was cute.

Her skin was also a lot more darker compared to the other children her features even more so distinguished and unique inside the group making her stand out as most of the children had either only black or brown hair coupled with black or brown eyes and fair or white skin which was the norm for the people of this empire.

And as it stood Ignis wasn’t someone from this empire,she was actually someone who had heritage in the neighboring empire of the Ethereal Mist empire which was called the Black Flame empire where people like her were the norm.

The reason why Ignis was in this country though and not in her native country was also simple,you see her mother was a woman from the Black Flame empire and the father was a man from this empire,60 years ago a great war was waged between the Ethereal Mist Empire and the Black Flame Empire the reason for the war wasn’t quite specified,but that didn’t matter as after the war both sides suffered from heavy casualties and loss,both sides also ended up halting the war and making a ceasefire agreement between each other as the damage they suffered was too great to really continue the war without mutually causing the destruction of one another that both empires wanted to avoid.

Finally after the ceasefire agreement both empires immediately took up their stand and simultaneously ordered to lock down their respective empire borders to make sure nothing would happen that would breach the agreement as they still didn’t trust each other.

At the time a large amounts of troops from both sides were still in the neighboring countries of each other send to wage war,but because of the ceasefire agreement between the two empires neither of these soldiers could do anything anymore nor received any orders on what to do and because the borders were locked none of these stranded soldiers could possibly cross the border without getting killed as it didn’t matter whether they were citizens or not since the decree was already set by the emperor which was absolute no matter who it was.

In the end the soldiers realized that they had no way of going home anymore as long as the borders were still locked down this in turn made them realize that they had no other choice,but to live in the country of their enemies which resulted in many small scale events happening all over the respective empires be it conflict or discrimination both sides went at each other as long as they had the means to do so.

But after more then a half century later people started to accept one another again,the flames of war never really extinguished,but low enough to not cause anymore conflict and even sprout affection for another underneath the pile of insults and discrimination that happened on a regular basis nowadays.

Ignis and her family were very much slighted in the village for being people of the Black Flame empire,their distinguished looks amongst the people of the Ethereal Mist empire made them the perfect target to pick on and while no one really dared to cause violence in the open they were still looked down upon.

Even now Terra could hear lot of the children around them whispering with each other and giving Ignis a dirty look one or two,Ignis’s family especially her mother were the same too the village actively avoided them and gossiped about them making them much more so a target to bash on.

And what was even worse,Ignis’s family was also the poorest family in the village they barely would meet their status quo in terms of food every year,and it wasn’t because they were lazy or anything just like Terra’s family Ignis’s family were also farmers,but because they were treated differently their income was much different from one another with people constantly taking advantage of them in these hard times paying them less for their work or even not paying them at all.

It was already hard to get some sort of work to gain money or food,Ignis’s family especially so as they needed it very much and didn’t dare to make a ruckus because they were paid less then normally since they needed every penny they got and didn’t want to make those employers unhappy.

Fortunately the father of the family was a experienced hunter,his wares were very much sought after inside the village which were the different furs and meats from that he hunter from the forest it was also because of him that the family didn’t completely starve to death.

But even then their father was still just only one person making one person work on the farm and go hunting everyday would really take huge tolls on him usually villagers have a set schedule in which they do their work keeping 1 day each week to properly rest,but in Terra’s knowledge he never saw the man resting ever not even once.

And mostly Terra knew where this huge amount of fear came from in terms of Ignis,looking at her,Terra was once again reminded of the day they met,it wasn’t really anything special,but it wasn’t anything ordinary either if you asked the simple truth then Terra would say that he simply asked Ignis to play with him.

But in Ignis’s mind things weren’t as simple as that,the day she met Terra was also the day she acquired an eternal playmate for herself because she was a person from the Black Flame Empire every parent in the village made sure that their kids would avoid her telling their children that they weren’t allowed to play with her no matter what.

Unfortunate for them Terra was told no such things from his parents,his parents were one of the more accepting people of the Black Flame Empire there wasn’t a clear reason as to why,but as it seemed Terra’s father had friends who were from the Black Flame Empire so did his mother which is how they met each other too.

So when the day came for the children to finally be able to go outside and play for themselves Terra came out to see his village,even then Terra had a laid back attitude as a little child even before he turned 6 he already sneaked out of his house multiple times to see the forest next to his village he went missing a lot of the times,but always came back home unscathed.

That day when Terra was getting to ready to leave the village and into the forest he coincidentally met Ignis who was sitting on a tree trunk all alone in sadness,the children were all avoided her and playing with each other leaving her out.

He didn’t like running all too much and he wasn’t as energetic as other kinds his age and preferred to sit rather then stand,at the time the kids did want to play with him,but because Terra thought that they were a hassle he actively tried to ignore them so he could get to the forest in peace.

Ignis on the other hand was a bit of an exception,he misunderstand back then thinking that she was a fellow soul just like him and even then he was a bit curious about her skin color that it made him approach her for the first time asking her.

“Hey do you wanna play with me”

Of course Terra’s form of “playing” was actually something complete different than that of a normal child,but Ignis didn’t know rather she was very happy that someone approached her she didn’t know what to say or what to do other then quickly stutter and say.

“C..can I ?”

And just like that a friendship was build,soon enough it became clear to Terra that he was mistaken about his new found friend,but after only playing with her once and seeing her happy he couldn’t bring himself to not play with her again which is how their relationship continued with each other.

Terra’s and Ignis Respective parents didn’t mind them two playing with each other even though the villagers did at first scorn Terra’s family at first it quickly wore down as Terra’s father was one of the combat instructors in the village with big influence.

“Terra ! One day…One day I want to be rich ! I want to leave this village one day and see the world become strong and protect my parents !”

She would say,there weren’t anymore words with such conviction said by a 6 year old it was even more frightening to know that she understood a truth of the world at such young age that she could proclaim something so ambitious as her goal,but Terra didn’t mind even though both of their goals in life were completely different Terra still liked being with Ignis as a friend.

Which is why he knew so clearly why becoming a Summoner was so important to her right now.

Back in his mind there was even a dark thought in his head hoping that Ignis could stay,but Terra knew better then that he cheered for his friend to leave the village and fulfill her dreams.

“Ignis don’t worry I believe in you whatever might happen I am still here”

Terra spoke trying his best to cheer for his friend,his thoughts were ultimately innocent like a white sheet of paper he meant what he said from the bottom of his heart while looking at Ignis with his brown eyes.

Hearing Terra’s encouragement Ignis temporarily didn’t know what to say,she once again ended up looking down hiding her face,from the side you could even catch her blushing slightly,but because her skin was dark and her hair was long it wasn’t easy to detect.

Ignis was very young she was only 10 years old,but because she was a girl she matured faster then guys and quickly understood the matter between males and females subconsciously hearing Terra’s honest opinion made her heart beat for a moment as she mumbled to herself.

“But…but what if I won’t see you again ?”

The mumbling was very low not even she could hear what she said as she clunk onto terra for support until.

(Whamp!)

The Door crashed open and as 5 heads disappointingly left the door a loud voice came out.

“Next !”

Now it was their turn.

 

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Explanation For The Lack Of Activity This Past Month

Hello everyone,it had been over 1 year and a half since I continuously wrote my chapters daily,for the past month I have been really inactive and I am not going to lie and say that there something in my life that I needed to do or because I was just simply busy.

(Even though I am actually busy with the upcoming TOEFL test that would decide whether or not I acquire my scholarship to america,but lets ignore that for now.)

First,I want to apologize for suddenly going AWOL all of a sudden without a single word or post like this.

And don’t worry,I am not dropping anything nor am I stopping writing altogether the thing is since I started writing I have never stopped writing at least a single chapter everyday,but after a while I started to notice my sluggishness whenever I am behind the keyboard writing something or when I started to get a lack of imagination to properly progress the story.

(Which ain’t actually a problem since I already planned the majority of the story onto a sheet)

To put it simply.

I am tired,I needed at least a single month’s amount of time for a break to catch up with other books and my own favorite series to refresh my mind and get back into my original mind set.

And I think I am ready now.

(Huraayyy)

You can expect a chapter the next week and I am most likely am going to return to my usual schedule with one chapter daily,but don’t keep your hopes up please.

(You never know what might happen to me,I may just start procrastinating again xD)

Until then my friends !

(Or rather until a few hours or so since tomorrow is going to be monday in my clock)

P.S.

I am mongolian if you haven’t already known.

 

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Chapter 175 A Beast In The Bushes

=======================Sarah’s P.O.V=======================

A few days back when sophia recovered from most of her injuries she heard janet talking about going into the forest and hunt a few beasts.

And while we had enough food to last us for a long time and much more that comes daily through the slimes help,janet had another reason to go outside and explore,it was to gain experience and become stronger so they could survive better and start relying on themselves rather then slimes provided by sorron.

For sophia such words as “aquiring strength” and “getting stronger” were like thunder in hear ears,Ever since experiencing those horrible events that happened to her and the other girls and after recovering from her wounds,she started to seek such strength herself,she wanted to live,she wanted to go back home see her friends and family and live again.

No matter what,being weak wasn’t acceptable,she understood that if she continued to be weak the tragedy that occurred with her and the others would only continue at some point or another,she never wanted to be within the grasps of another person ever again and instead of feeling trampled on she wanted to trample others beneath her feet.

This goal alone kept her going up until now solidifying in her mind like a huge spot that couldn’t get erased no matter what,constantly reminding her and making her feel on edge which is why she joined janet and her little group of like minded people to go into the forest and get stronger slowly.

At least thats what she believed at first…

Sophia didn’t know that as soon as they would step off their camp that she would encounter a second life changing event inside this forest.

We would get to that shortly,but for now talking about the general group was more fitting.

In total there were 5 people who went into the forest,including janet,sophia,and another two girls,terry the sole guy in the group also came along,not because he wanted to,but because janet coerced him to come along.

His decision to go into the forest may also have been largely influenced because of the eerie atmosphere in the camp regarding the girls,it had been hard for everyone since we started taking care of each other,but it seemed like the boys suffered the most out of this as their mere presence alone would freak out half of the traumatized girls triggering their horrible memories and make the other half show a very cold and chilly attitude towards them which was both menacing and scary at the same time.

 

As of now,I haven’t heard of the boys really complaining about anything regarding this atmosphere,lately they haven’t even been speaking that often anymore to anyone other then each other or janet and myself,they also got pretty well engrossed into their tasks then socialize like gary who frequently goes into the forest to explore and such,I of course pretended that it wasn’t there to lighten up the mood,but even though I was trying it didn’t seem to work at all,but only made the issue turn into something as if it was the most natural thing in the world…

Well back to the topic.

It only made sense that terry would be in that group since terry’s class was that of a <Soldier> his potential was already there he only needed experience to become more useful and in time janet also believed that terry would become more capable enough to lead his own small group into the forest so he could hunt with others to increase their strength,drastically increasing their survival rate.

And it wasn’t only him that came for that reason,the two other girls that I was slightly unfamiliar with had similarly been included into that group because they were judged as the most effective to cultivate in terms of strength and class.

I remember that janet even asked me whether or not I want to come along since I already could fight with a sword and had a suitable class that would get much stronger if leveled up at the time,I really didn’t want to go,not because I was scared,which I was,but because I hated violence in general and while I knew I couldn’t avoid it in this world forever just like in earth,I still held onto my stupid beliefs and tactfully declined janets offer.

Janet at the time didn’t say much to refusal,she seemed to have partially understood my reason as to why I didn’t want to come and while she did respect my answer she still left me a few words before leaving telling me that staying the way I was now wasn’t going to work forever in which I couldn’t say much other then look down at myself and give her a bitter smile.

-Wait a second…I understand that you heard from janet that she was going to go with a few people into the forest and start hunting for experience,but from what I know didn’t janet personally chose the people who would go ? I remember that when someone else asked to come along janet refused them and said that only a few qualified people would go,but looking at you-no offense-you aren’t very strong and from what I know neither are you vocal about anything so I am confused as to how you were able to join if you weren’t even qualified…

Gary interrupted,and to be honest he had a fair point,from what I knew janet took only the people who had a fair advantage against smaller critters people who could use skills from a distance or make sure that they wouldn’t be hurt as much even if they get hit or something,mental strength and physical strength was also a factor to consider,but because combat skills gave you a land sliding advantage in this world it was the first thing to be considered by her.

Hearing gary’s sudden question stubbed sophia for a second,it wasn’t as if the question itself was important or anything,it was just that gary was curious,sophia could have chosen to ignore the question,but she answered it anyway for a moment glancing behind her as she looked at terry in a small reminiscent way,terry also returned that gaze not as much as sophia,but slightly acknowledging as if he was regretting it now.

(Sha Sha ! Sha Sha !)

The wind started to pick up,the leafs that grew out of the thousands of branches on the trees rustled with a soothing tune of the forest,the 4 of us stood motionless inside this dark forest and even though it was dangerous staying here for too long because of the monsters out here,We still didn’t go away and listened patiently.

I also slightly believed in gary’s ability to sense danger if anything would happen he was the first to say it without a doubt making me a bit more calmer as I felt a small chill coming up my spine through this cold wind.

Sophia also looked cold holding her hands a bit more tighter against each other while finally speaking again.

-Yes,initial I wasn’t chosen to come with them since I didn’t have any useful skills to attack or defend myself,but because I was stubborn and really wanted to go I still tried and went to ask janet if I could accompany them,and just like that time with the other girl janet declined me,telling me that I was too weak for now and told me to stay put instead.In the end if it would have happened ,I would accepted her refusal…if it wasn’t for terry of course who at the last second was able to convince janet to let me join their group…

Hearing what sophia had just said,gary and I both got little surprised for a second and both of us also simultaneously moved our heads to the right staring at terry as he crossed his arms with a uncomfortable look on his face.

At the time there was a hint of red in his cheeks when we faced him,but because it was too dark to really see anything both me and gary didn’t notice and if we had we would have probably gotten a very different impression then we had now.

-Don’t look at me like that,even I don’t fully understand why I started arguing at the time,I only thought that having more people would be safer then having less and this wasn’t the same with the other girl either since lara is only 15 years old and still little while sophia is at least old enough to take care of herself at best

Terry explained,making it very clear that he didn’t argue for the sake of favor,but just because of circumstances and thinking about it he was sort of right,lara was indeed too young to be allowed to fight these monsters she also didn’t have a good class when it came to fighting and generally her body build was just too small for her to keep up with the others who were more grown then her.

My thoughts ended at this point,turning back to sophia as I didn’t see anything wrong with this discussion,gary on the other hand kept staring at terry for a few more seconds as if trying to measure him or something before giving a light sigh and looking away back to sophia.

Sophia didn’t notice this at the time and simply continued how everything went coughing a few times to clear her throat as she spoke from where she left off.

Janet in the end agreed to let sophia join them for the hunt under conditions that terry had to closely look after her and make sure she was safe and unhurt,terry agreed to it reluctantly since it was him who pleaded in the first place while the other two girls didn’t seem to care at all who went and not.

And as such their preparations went fast and smoothly,valera and I at the time were doing guard duty so i still remember walking them out of the camp with a worried look on my face fearing their safety totally different from the way valera looked as she was as always confident and boisterous with her speech.

What happened afterwards wasn’t much of a surprise since I already heard everything from janet from how their first day of hunting went,and in short they weren’t able to catch or kill anything,most of the small animals would instantly run away after encountering them janet and the others also avoided most of the medium sized beasts as to not take risks and relatively stayed close near their base so they wouldn’t get lost somehow.

Not the most productive day they had since they didn’t even fight a single creature,but they acquired a bit of experience from walking around the forest and such,and its not like they came back empty handed since on their way they encountered sorron who provided us with decent armors and swords one of which I was currently holding in my hands.

(She is referring to chapter 90 You Dropped Something)

Everything in sophia’s story was identical to how janet told me hers,but with small details from her own point of view,which included terry who always followed sophia everywhere like a little guard protecting his master,I was tempted to ask sophia if she could speed up her talking and come to the point explaining why she was here together with terry,but as soon as I considering asking sophia already started talking about it luckily.

-After walking for half a day already without success,we considered taking a break and then return back at base since it was soon getting dark,the day was stressful to be honest,I was tired and because terry was following me no matter where I went I felt a bit irritated and asked whether or not I could go to the bushes alone and relief myself while in reality I just wanted to be alone…

Sophia said,being extremely blunt with her words without mercy as she complained about a person who was right here next to her in ears reach,but looking at terry who was being called a nuisance I noticed that he didn’t react much other then looking the other way a few times and making a mocking fsmile directed at himself,he seemed as if he was already used to this giving me the impression that they were most probably pretty close already…as friends that is.

I thought pleased from the amount of progress they had unaware of gary who stood by my side suddenly making a twitch with his head for a second as he looked to the left side his eyes wandering around the bushes as sophia continued talking.

It was also at this moment when I felt some of the wind dying down lowering the cold,but also making me feel something strange instead.

-…And after separating from terry,I went to a small secluded place a few steps away and sat down onto a big rock relaxing.And just as I was doing so I could hear a rustling coming from the bushes next to me…

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Chapter 92 How About Coffee?

I sighed…

Currently I was sitting inside the Los Angeles Police Department lobby, actually waiting for policemen to finish questioning Hestia. I had been actually sitting here for about an hour maybe… Of course I could always leave and let Hestia find her own way back by sensing me, but I felt like that would be wrong to do so I just waited until they were done. Don’t misunderstand, Hestia wasn’t accused of anything. It was already sorted out that she was the one who had stopped the robbery and rescued the hostages by herself. There were multiple testimonies that proved it which were the people who she saved. But the thing was, Hestia was very suspicious on her own because she wore the white mask the moment we walked into the bank. Some of the policemen thought that she worked with the robbers which was complete nonsense to me, but they needed to follow their so called “protocol” bullshit, they had to be sure that she wasn’t working with the robbers. And that’s why she was being questioned… As for me, they just told me to go home. But they also said that I could wait which I was doing of course. Actually, I’m not gonna lie but I was a bit worried since Hestia didn’t have any ID’s herself. I was fully expecting them to come up empty when they queried her information which would make her even more suspicious. But at the same time, I wasn’t really pressured since Steward told me once that having no ID wasn’t really a problem, it was only ever important when you left a country. It’s still convenient to have one in some cases… I wonder if this case was one of them.

-Hey kid, you want some coffee? I think the questioning will take a bit and I can see that you aren’t about to run away…

I was suddenly asked, making me slightly surprised. I turned my head towards the voice and as I did so, I met with a woman who had short black hair and stood 6.1 feet tall. She was bent over in order to look at me with her friendly smile while her brown eyes looked at me analyzing something… I knew this woman and actually, I was expecting to meet her in this place. What was her name again…? Now that I’m thinking about it, she didn’t introduce herself to me last time did she?

Looking at her, I also smiled mildly trying to be a bit friendlier.

-Sorry, I don’t think I caught your name last time ma’am.

Hearing my reply, her eyebrows furrowed for a bit as she thought about herself before replying to me soon after.

-Oh, that’s right. I actually never introduced myself kid. Last time we met, it was quite a rushed start and my partner wasn’t quite the most friendliest guy to talk with. I still feel sorry about the situation by the way… On that topic, I didn’t hear your name either did I? Well, let me introduce myself first – my name is Mishel Aunburn. I am a detective working for the L.A.P.D., nice to meet you kid.

She gave me her hand when she said that, trying to give me a handshake which I took gladly as I also introduced myself properly with a smile.

-Nice to meet you Miss Mishel, my name is Dawn Timer. As you know, I moved in only over a week ago. I am also sorry for last time rushing off like that.

She laughed pleasantly and just sat on the seat next to me continuing the conversation.

-Oh, it’s alright… but you’re pretty young you know? The first time we met, I even called you a mister because of the way you acted like an adult. I was also pretty confused myself that… oh wait, I almost forgot. My coffee offer? How about it? Staying here doesn’t seem to be very comfortable. You also seemed to be very bored and having a break right now seems more fitting don’t you think?

She asked, making me think for a moment on what to do. I also glanced towards the door for a few seconds… Hestia would tell me when she finishes and I also really needed a break. I was tired, a bit spent, and never got any proper rest for the past days. Coffee also sounded very good since I don’t get to taste it very often, but I already loved the sour sweet taste of it.

With that out of the way, I turned towards Mishel while nodding my head to accept her offer. She smiled and told me to follow her into the break room which I did of course. On the way, I actually wondered what this woman wanted from me. She obviously didn’t come here to talk with me on friendly terms or out of pity, she wanted something. I could tell from the reflection of her eyes that there was some kind of need from me… information maybe?

I tried guessing but couldn’t gauge which answer was right and which was wrong. Honestly I didn’t care since either way; I got free coffee which was all good.

With those thoughts, I followed Mishel and we soon went into the break room which had a lot of coffee machines set up. She quickly prepared a few machines and pressed a couple buttons to initiate the brewing. In the meantime that was happening, I looked around curiously. On the way here, we had passed by many different people who were restlessly working on their desks. Some were talking with each other and some smoking to vent out a bit of stress. They all looked different but I could see that they all had one thing in common – they all had that sharp piercing glint in their eyes as if nothing could escape them. It was a glint of wisdom so to say but not everyone had it. But most of them had it for sure, one of them being Mishel of course.

-So, if you don’t mind me asking, why did you move over to this rowdy city?

Mishel asked out of the blue while sitting down next to the table across from me. The sound of the coffee machine could be heard as she talked, letting me think about my answer or so to say, my official story that was prepared beforehand by Steward.

-I previously used to live in the countryside and because nothing really exciting was happening there, I decided to leave and live with my uncle in the city.

Mishel listened to me wholeheartedly as I continued to relay to her my fake story of where I came from and what I did before. This story was actually officially true if you look into the documents, but in reality it was forged. It was something Steward made for me so I wouldn’t be questioned too hard or tries to make things up on the fly. The story was written in a document he had given to me along with the ID. It was pretty well done I had to admit.

-So what about your parents? Actually…

She asked when I finished my story. Obviously I didn’t mention that I had parents and just told her a short version.

-I don’t have parents actually… they died in a car accident 10 years ago… when I was 5…

I lied through my teeth without changing my expression and just stared into the coffee machine. Mishel took the answer with slight wide eyes with some sympathy, but at the same time not really believing it fully.

-Oh really… Sorry to make you remember that. Let’s change topics; do you go to school and why are you actually here in the first place?

The last question had me laughing a bit since the story was a bit long and weird. But the first question was easy.

-I’ve already finished school, jumping grades actually. And as for why I am here, that’s a pretty long story actually…

Mishel smiled hearing that. She got up when she noticed that the coffee was already done brewing, fill the cups.

-I am all ears.

She said, finishing up and placing 2 cups of coffee on the table, one for me and one for her. Her attitude from this point was pretty laid back as I told her how Hestia kicked the robbers’ asses and why I was here since I was just waiting for her. I even explained who Hestia was, telling her that she was one of the security guards my uncle had hired who also happened to be a friend of the family which I made up. Mishel was pretty much already hooked on the story. She was pretty wide eyed because of the things that I had gone through in one day and still be able to talk like this as if it wasn’t a big deal. She also showed a big interest in Hestia herself, dropping hints on wanting to meet her personally.

-Wow, that’s really an amazing story you got there. I wasn’t really there for the robbery but I was working on another case actually… You may remember when we first met, I asked you if you saw anything strange in these parts the last few days right?

I nodded now; really interested in what she wanted from me since this topic in particular was something she didn’t mention out of the blue. She intended to lead the conversation to this and was for some reason, interested in my opinion which was weird seeing that I only came a few days ago. Why would she have any interest in a person like me?

I wondered. I just sat there and listened to her talking and acting as if I knew nothing. From what I understand, it goes something like this:

Over the past month, there have been multiple cases of homicide in the city. All of them ended up with 2 to 3 people dead each time. The amount of these cases was at least once per week now, which was worrisome since the homicides happen randomly in different parts of the city. Each time it would be from a different person who committed the crime. And most of the time, the perpetrator would be shot dead because strangely, they couldn’t be reasoned with. They would turn into wild animals and try to kill everything that moves. Catching them was also very hard and not advised after the first 2 incidents. Trying to use tranquilizers also didn’t seem to work on these guys, having no effect on them. Disabling them was also useless since the moment they finally calm down, their heart stops beating leading to instant death. These incidents were strange and had made its way through the news all over the town, warning people. Currently it is believed that it’s some kind of drug that caused people to suddenly go berserk or something, but the autopsy report states that there weren’t any drugs involved. The incidents were shrouded in even more mystery since they can’t even predict when such incidents were going to happen again or who was making them happen. Mishel in particular seems to be really upset by this when she told me about it. And listening to her, I also remembered some words about this that wasn’t from the news, but it came from Illeana the Vampiress, also known as the president of the “Victoria” night club. She had once mentioned to me that there had been a werewolf in the city going rogue all of a sudden, killing 3 people too. Illeana herself had given me a small explanation to this topic. It gave me a basic understanding of things such as the Fenrirs and the wolf packs and members; and how the transformation usually goes with a supervisor who makes sure that the newly made werewolf doesn’t go rogue.

She also told me that it was unsettling since no one really knew where that werewolf came from. This seemed basically impossible since werewolves could sense each other pretty easily. It seems other than that, there appears to be multiple theories on how that could have happened. One of them being that it may have been smuggled in without anyone knowing, a possibility that Illeana seemed to be the most scared of… with a good reason too I guess.

-You seem to be unfocused, do you know something? Anything is fine. I know that you didn’t live here long enough but small clues could always lead to something…

She said trying to look like she didn’t really care, but I knew that’s what she was really after. For some reason, this woman slash detective believed that I knew something about these incidents which I clearly did not. So why was she thinking like this then?

It was confusing so to say but I shook my head with a sigh, telling her the truth.

-I don’t know anything. I was actually on an errand for the past few days so I didn’t get to hear the news actually.

I could see small disappointment in her eyes. She probably thought I at least knew something and felt betrayed of her expectations, which couldn’t be helped. She looked at her own cup for moment before taking a sip from it. Then suddenly, a man stormed into the break room filled with urgency.

-Hey Mishel, we have to go. There was another incident…

He said a bit grimly. He glanced at me for a few seconds filled with confusion, but then looked back towards Mishel again who finished her coffee entirely. Mishel looked towards the man nodding her head in a determined manner.

Soon after, the guy left leaving only Mishel and I inside the break room. I looked at my warm cup of coffee for a moment and took a single sip from it before looking back at Mishel who was getting ready to leave.

-Well, it was nice talking with you kid. If you need anything or have something to say, then come to me. I am police officer after all and I promise to uphold justice. Bye for now, you can take your time in finishing your coffee so don’t worry about it.

I nodded my head to acknowledge her before looking back at the mug of coffee and taking another sip. Mishel took out her phone and started talking to someone. I sharpened my senses for a moment trying to listen in on the conversation.

-Martin, what’s going on? Give me a run down…

-Man… Mishel, you gotta see this. We have another 3 victims here this time and they are shredded… this is messed up and it doesn’t make sense either…

-Shut up Martin and just tell me what is going on. I don’t need your opinion just yet.

-If you say…

They continued like this back and forth until Mishel finally reached beyond a certain distance making me unable to hear anything further. But I was still able to get the gist of what was going on.

This was a bit unnerving and I wasn’t sure if this was another one of those werewolves gone rogue incidents. Maybe it could be a drug, who knows…

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