Lysander Seraphiran: -CHAPTER 10--CHAPTER 10-
With a sudden rush of adrenaline, I knocked Ben to the ground, drew my saber and slashed blindly. I heard Ben’s terrified yelp and Reza’s shout. Reza, with his face suddenly normal again, came crashing into me. He knocked me off balance, kicked my saber away, and pinned me down. I struggled to see through the haze of my fever. The sight that greeted me made my blood run cold. I saw Ben doubled over, on her knees, holding herself in a small, defensive huddle. Blood dripped down from somewhere and spattered on the ground. The “dagger” that I thought Ben had been holding was nothing but a fresh bandage for my wound with some kind of salve on it. It lay on the ground a few inches from her, crumpled. I had been hallucinating again.
“Ben..?” I whimpered. My voice, barely audible, sounded small and terrified. Reza snarled down at me, but my attention was focused solely on my injured companion. Ben looked up at me, eyes still wide from shock, bu
Lysander Seraphiran: -CHAPTER 9--CHAPTER 9-
Towards late afternoon the day had grown unbearably hot. Quicksilver and I were both road-weary and irritable.
“Ben.” I snapped. “When are we getting out of these miserable woods?” Ben turned in her saddle to cast a glance at me.
“Tired?” she asked. There was no jeer behind the question. I still felt like she was marking me as a weakling.
“I’m sick of this. How long will it take to get out of here? Quicksilver is getting weary of pulling the cart.” I replied sharply.
“Let’s stop for dinner and then make camp. It’s too hot to keep traveling.” Said Ben to Reza, even though her decision was in reply to my fatigue. Reza obliged, unpacking the camp supplies. Ben started making a cooking fire. I dismounted, feeling a twinge in my shoulder. I then stood by idly, my mood degenerating quickly. Ben made a vegetarian dinner that, I must admit, smelled delicious. She offered me a plate.
Lysander Seraphiran: -CHAPTER 8--CHAPTER 8-
I had grown used to the steady clopping of the horses and had almost started to drift into a bored stupor when Ben suddenly held up a hand for stop. I was about to ask why we’d stopped, but her next gesture was an urgent call for silence that promptly stilled my tongue. As I strained for a hint of sound, Ben and Reza suddenly tensed and drew weapons, but a moment too late. A whistling crossbow bolt caught Reza’s horse in the front knee and the terrified animal went down even as Reza leapt from its back. Ben’s horse and Quicksilver both reared, I hit the ground and Quicksilver bolted. Ben reined her horse in and quickly dismounted as a second arrow whipped right through the air where she had been a mere instant ago. Ben landed in front of me, daggers drawn. Seeing the look of terror on my face at losing Quicksilver, Ben did something unexpected. She turned to the battle-ready Reza and barked a command at him to chase down my horse. Reza shot her a questioni
Lysander Seraphiran: -CHAPTER 7--CHAPTER 7-
I woke with sunlight in my face. Quickly collecting myself, I sat up and checked my surroundings. Ben was nonchalantly cooking breakfast, and Reza was caring for the horses. My stomach growled when I caught the aroma of food, realizing that I had not eaten since I had set out. Ben tossed a glance at me and laughed amusedly. I did not get annoyed; there was no rudeness at all in her voice. Wordlessly, Ben offered me a plate. I scanned the food and shook my head.
“…What? You think I’d poison you?” asked Ben, her voice tinged with hurt. I shook my head again and gave her a reassuring smile.
“Vegetarian.” I corrected gently. “I won’t be having any bacon.” Ben giggled.
“I’ll let it go, Lysander, but you’ll soon learn that you can’t be too choosy when you’re out in the wilderness.” She replied. I nodded. She then fixed me another plate, without any meat. I thanked her and we proceeded to ea
Lysander Seraphiran: -CHAPTER 6--CHAPTER 6-
There was a sort of haze over my vision. I could feel something soft under my head, my fingers clenched, creating furrows in the dirt. I could hear a faint crackling… a fire. I could see orange flames flickering out of the corner of my eye, and—movement. I bolted upright, instantly recalling the danger of the situation. My frantic, wild eyes locked onto Ben’s grinning face as she neared.
“Hey! He’s up!” she shouted to Reza, who had been lying asleep against a nearby tree trunk, his cap over his face. His head came up and green eyes flashed. He had never been asleep at all. I was chilled for a moment, then tried to get ahold of my senses. It was night already. We were camped in the forest. I had passed out after—I jumped to my feet and away from Ben, pulling my saber on the sneering rogue.
“You—you’re thieves! Bandits! You used me!” I snarled, leveling my saber at her although shaking with fear and rage. Ben
Lysander Seraphiran: -CHAPTER 5--CHAPTER 5-
Ben led Reza and I onward. She paused for a moment, listening. Out of curiosity, I tilted my head and tried to hear the sound that Ben was listening for. My sensitive ears picked up the clopping of hooves and the rumble of wooden wheels upon an uneven dirt road. Ben began to head toward the source of the noise. Reza followed, so I fell in behind them, leading Quicksilver. The road came into view through the trees. Ben held up a hand and halted me.
“Hey Lysander. Y’know how you’ve got a horse, right? But you’re travelling on foot with us out of courtesy or something? Well, I know you hear that carriage coming up the road. Looks like it’s a nobleman since it’s so fancy.”
“Yeah..?” I asked.
“Do you think you could get him to stop and give us all a ride? I mean, Reza and I look sort of backwoods-y, but you’ve got nobility to you as well, so he might stop for you. We’d make good time riding, and spare you so