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THE FIRST ONES
CHAPTER I: FUED
Connor, Mei Xing, Skya and the characters herein aren’t based on anyone living or dead, (or undead). Furthermore, this fiction is not based on actual events, if they are, it is purely accidental. I retain all rights to the characters and work. Any recreation without consent is PROHIBITED! Also: Even though the fiction may have sex scenes in it, they are not going to be the theme of this series.
WARNING: This story has violence, blood/gore, adult situations and profanity. Disagree with these? DON’T READ!
A young woman with red pig-tailed hair and man stood on a cliff, seeing a town in the distance. She knew they needed to reach it, but a breeze kissed her skin, shivering her. The young redhead didn’t want to say the town made her shiver, though it fit. “Father, I know we should stop for the night, but there?” she asked a bit worried.
Her father didn’t discount the fear in his daughter’s voice, he couldn’t. “Mei, I know you don’t want to sleep on the ground again, do you? I don’t.” he answered as he looked at her. Her father knew from her tone that the town scared her, even though he felt the same icy cold snap as well.
Mai Xing couldn’t deny that sleeping in a bed would be nice for a change. She held out an arm for her father to grab then proceeded to head towards the town. The two got to the town’s tavern and sat at a wooden table, but the icy kiss returned, having Mei Xing sway in her chair. She looked around, feeling men’s eyes melting the slinky top off her, making her want to vomit, but then felt her dad’s hand on hers, easing her.
“Hey babe, come in the back and I’ll make you a woman!” a man brashly said while coming up on the two. He wanted to bed the redhead, a scene wetting his thoughts and surging through his loins. The guy went to grab Mei Xing’s shoulder, but before he made contact, the sound of steel being unsheathed could be heard followed by him screaming in pain. The man only pulled back a squirting bloody stump where his hand was, finding it on the floor still twitching.
Mei Xing’s father back flipped from his chair and came up behind the fat fuck. He grabbed the man by the hair after putting the sword to his throat then said, “That’s my daughter, and I’m very protective of her! So do you want to lose more than your hand tonight? Maybe your DICK!?” angrily. The man kicked the fat idiot’s legs, telling him to shove off, hearing him whimper. Her father cleaned the weapon and sheathed it after sitting down.
“Thank you sir… You have no idea how he made the barmaids feel.” a woman said after coming up to take their order.
“Hmm, I can guess. What’s good tonight?” Mei Xing’s father responded calmly. He wasn’t into getting praise, he was just guarding his daughter was all.
The woman knew they listed the night’s specials on the board in the wall. She wanted to say something, but saw the bandages. “Oh, you’re?” she said shocked.
“Dad, they have a half of roast Boar with a side salad.” Mei Xing told him, adding a bite at the end. The pig-tailed redhead read off the menu, but she couldn’t ignore the maid’s words towards his blindness. She knew the woman probably didn’t see, but responding that way was unforgivable, having her twitch. Mei Xing always had a sore spot for anyone who thought her father was limited due to his disability, making her have a trigger.
“I’ll have the Boar and salad please?” he asked. Mei Xing’s father knew he should speak to his daughter about her temper, but he would in private.
“And fish for me. Though can I have a salad as the side?” the redhead said calmer than before. Mei Xing felt a chill go through her because she knew her dad would speak to her later. The young woman shifted in her seat a little when their last talk about her temper rang in her ears, having the redhead cringe a little.
The barmaid finished writing the order then said, “Have them out in a minute for you two.” calmly before heading back to the kitchen. She quivered, hearing the man’s companion’s words in her head, causing her to shake.
“Dad, I…” Mei Xing started to say, but didn’t finish. She had more to say, she admitted, though looking at him, her father knew she felt bad enough. The woman didn’t get a pass by him, and she knew that, but it seemed like he understood. Mei Xing wanted to ask something, a burning question since they started on this journey, but avoided asking it because she feared the answer.
“You want to know if heading to your aunt’s will protect us from your mother, right?” he asked. Her father knew it wouldn’t, not long term at least. The man needed to admit that his wife, Mei Xing’s mother would undoubtedly track them and try swaying her. The young redhead’s dad knew going there would buy time, something he needed to prepare her for the future.
He also needed to face the hard fact that left him shaking on the inside. Mei Xing’s father fought his own wife to keep her from taking their daughter many many years ago, and though he fought her to a stand still, keeping her away from Mei Xing, it cost him his sight. The man shivered when the idea that he may need to fight her again visited him now, having her dad shift in his seat. He’d do it, he admitted, but could he win was on his mind.
The two ate when dinner came then headed to the Inn. Mei Xing did see her dad’s expression, but said nothing. She knew he was possibly thinking of the path through one of the elven kingdoms tomorrow, so she kept silent. Mei Xing helped him sit on one of the beds then sat on the other, taking her sandals off. His daughter couldn’t put to words how nice a soft bed felt, how her head hit the pillow told everything.
Her dad smiled a bit after hearing Mei Xing sleeping. He stayed up, watching her for a time, but couldn’t help being overcome with regret. The man didn’t want this life for her, one thing he admitted. Her father did know that she was gifted immortality, if one could call it a gift, but to be on the run because her mother’s twisted ideal. Mei Xing’s dad knew she should be out, living as a normal young woman, finding love and more, but.
The man finally fell asleep with his sword at his side. He never found sleep restful, quite the latter in fact. Mei Xing’s father was haunted by the battle he had centuries ago with his wife, making him toss and turn each night. He knew it was a warning of her coming, it wasn’t hard to deduce, but the cold breath, causing him to shiver was the same. The man awoke hours later to his daughter working out, driving him upright.
Mei Xing looked at him and saw his expression. “That dream again?” she asked with regret. The young woman knew her father never slept well, knowing her mother was after them. Mei Xing never understood why her own mother wanted to kill him and take her, a point filling her with a bit of rage.
“That, and you were telegraphing that double hook kick…” he replied jokingly. He couldn’t hide the truth from her, he admitted he never could, even when she was growing up. The man got up, grabbed his sword then said, “I know you worry, I feel it, but perhaps it is time I tell you everything.” after a sigh.
His daughter knew he had something serious on his mind from the way he sounded, prompting Mei Xing to sit. “Why does mother want you dead and me at her side? “ the redhead asked calmly. The woman wanted, no, needed to know that before all else. She crossed her arms and studied his face, waiting.
Her father didn’t know how to begin, leaving him at a loss. “Well, after you were born, your mom started reading whatever she could about the world before this.” the man said before pausing. He knew she deserved to know everything, that was her right and his duty as her father. He continued to say, “After reading the scripts and books about the First Ones, the demons who guarded this world and gifted a few people immortality, she began getting this backward idea that we were heading for a war with other races.”
“And she wants me on her side if that happens?” Mei Xing finished calmly. She started seeing what her father went through when he and her mother fought. The young redhead stood up and hugged him. She knew it wasn’t easy for him from the start, but hearing that, it made more sense. Mei Xing had every reason to believe his words, he had never lied to her of course, but the hint of an emotion called rage nudged at her. She’d guide her father to her aunt’s, get what she made and train with it, but she wanted to confront her mother and stop this feud.
He knew that more than a few mistakes were made while raising her, hell a fair share were, but he wanted to protect her. The man felt she knew that though, and that made him smile. “Come, we should get going.” her father whispered before letting go. He grabbed Mei Xing’s arm and begin heading through the forest.
“Give us the wench and your life, sightless dung eater!” a voice angrily rang out. The two travelers stopped, knowing who made the demand.
Mei Xing’s father smirked as he drew his sword and she got into her fighting stance. He heard footsteps coming around them, prompting him to cover her back. “Uh, if you guys want a wench, bed your friend on the far right. He sure screamed like one when I took his hand.” the man said humorously. Her father heard the group come for them, forcing the two to fight.
The same thug that lost the hand the night before went for Mei Xing. He began flailing his sword around like a child. He couldn’t understand how the redhead seemed to be dodging him, which fanned the fire of his anger even more. “Stay still, woman!!!” the guy said angrily before finding himself weaponless. The man stepped back, shocked and whimpering some, but lunged for her.
Mei Xing caught him and broke his arm with a fast jerking motion. She then delivered a swift kick to the man’s head, knocking him out. The redhead watched her father fight, knowing he could use his other senses to navigate in a sword battle, so she wasn’t worried. Mei Xing saw a man in the trees with a crossbow, aiming, making a chill climb her spine, but a blur leaped on the branch and took the guy out.
She then noticed the blur landed on one of the last guys, slitting his throat. Mei Xing knew who the warrior who was aiding her father, the style was so familiar to her. The young woman watched, letting a chuckle leave her lips, enjoying the play of death.
“I scout a day ahead and you two make new friends?” the mystery woman said humorously after getting back to back with Mei Xing’s father.
“Ah Karina, these grubby donkey spawn just attacked under the order of the pig I made right handed.” he answered equally as funny. The two finished off the group, but heard the man Mei Xing took down begin to wake. Her father came to the whimpering fool, an aura of white light surrounding the redhead’s dad.
“Y-you’re a devil?” the lowlife asked in a fright. He saw a crystal around Mei Xing’s father’s neck begin glowing. “Oh, please spare me, good sir…” he added in a whimper.
“No, we aren’t devils, but that won’t save you.” her father said before grabbing the fool. He had a feeling that his wife hired the thug to get their daughter, and the man had a plan. “I want you to be a messenger, got it dung heap? Tell HER that if she comes near our daughter, there will be payback!” the man added angrily. The aura enveloped Mei Xing’s father, transforming him into the being within the crystal, scaring the thug.
The whimpering fool pissed himself before running off. He couldn’t believe a blind man was his employer’s husband, and one of the immortals. The mercenary just couldn’t wrap his mind around that fact, a fact leaving him shaking.
Mei Xing and the warrior woman came beside the redhead’s father and put their hands on his shoulder. “Come on Connor, we should go now.” Karina said calmly, noting he grabbed the crystal and transformed back. She wasn’t going to allow the two to get into anymore fun without her again, but she felt bonded to the man in a way, deeper than an ally. Karina felt he knew this in his own way, though it wasn’t the moment for that.
He knew she spoke truth, they did need to get to the elven kingdom before anymore people hunted them. Connor nodded, taking Karina’s arm and let her guide him. The man knew the kingdom the three would be stopping at next was a place that gave the woman beside him great pain, making him want to ask if she’d be alright. Connor could guess she might answer with, “I’ll deal with it.” or something like that to cover her true feelings, but he knew.
The three continued west through the forest, past the Glittering Falls. Mei Xing couldn’t believe her eyes when she looked at the water. The young woman had never seen anything like light that reflected off water in a way that it sparkled before. She knew they needed to get to Princess Skya’s kingdom, but the urge to take in the scene was too good to pass up, compelling Mei Xing to stop a moment.
Karina and Connor stopped and watched her. The woman wanted to say something to get the redhead to hurry up, but saw the man nod, defusing her words. She knew Mei Xing was sheltered, and this was new to her, so they could rest, for a time at least. Karina sat beside Connor but said nothing, even though a lot needed saying. “Connor, when we get there, and if that elf who marked me challenges me…” she said with regret before looking away.
“Karina, the elf gave you that scar then dishonored you. To shame you more, the fool took your post!” the man said in a bit of anger. He may not have known all the details of why she accepted dishonor, he didn’t know if Skya was aware of all of it, Connor admitted that, but something was foul.
He was right of course, but she said, “I’ll deal with it in my own way!” gruffly. Karina wasn’t normally quick to snap on anyone, especially the man next to her, but she knew she needed to face the past sooner or later. The elf shivered a little because she wasn’t sure if she could face and defeat the bottom feeding son of a whore. Karina admitted that, and wasn’t sure if Skya would restore her honor after, something bringing her down. “Sorry, you didn’t deserve that.” she weakly added.
“I understand…” Connor answered with before holding her. He knew her past was a stain on her, and that honor was important to her. Mei Xing’s father just sat there and consoled the elf without words or actions for what seemed like hours. “We need to get going.” Connor said softly. He let her go and heard Mei Xing come up, giving him the impression that she was ready to continue on.
His daughter could tell that he had feelings for the elf, and it took no guess to know she felt the same, but neither could act on them. Mei Xing felt bad in a way because it seemed as though her father gave up much, perhaps too much after her mother fought him and left centuries ago. The young redhead shivered, knowing it wasn’t right, one thing she admitted without question. “Father, I’ll take your arm. I need to talk with you about something.” Mei Xing quickly said before Karina offered an arm.
The man was in shock at the way she seemed to be acting, making Connor want to say something. He had the words ready, but Mei Xing said, “I know, it wasn’t right for me to snatch your arm from her, but father, you do love her right?” She knew the answer to that of course, even if he denied it, looks didn’t lie.
Connor could’ve said that she was too young to know what love was, the line teetered on his tongue. He could, he admitted, but the man knew Mei Xing shown great wisdom only being immortal for a short time. “Daughter, yes I do love her, but we both have things to sort out.” Connor whispered while the three came out of the forest. The man knew the young woman would understand one day, but added, “One day, you’ll understand.” Her father knew how that statement sounded, leaving a sour taste in his mouth.
The redhead had some reply, but kept it in. Both Mei Xing and Karina saw the tall wooden towering gates of Avalonia in the distance, having Mei Xing sigh in relief. “We are almost there, father.” she said calmly, knowing they needed rest. The redhead knew this would just be a momentary chance to breath, but it was something.
Karina quickly took to a tree branch and went on ahead. She shivered, knowing that she more than likely would need to confront the one that scarred her, but for now, getting past the gate took top priority. The elf still had friends among Skya’s guards that could aid with that, making her head for a group of soldiers. “Still eating that stuff that smells like it came out of a six month old dead animal, hmm?” Karina asked semi loudly.
Two of the guards smiled before turning to face her. They knew who addressed them and slowly went to a knee. “Lady Karina…” both said respectfully after raising their heads. They had a lot to say about the state of things since the incident, but they knew it wasn’t time for that.
The woman quickly leaped from her perch and looked at the two. “I’m not your commanding officer anymore, so you don’t need to address me as Lady.” Karina said with regret, though it was good to hear once more. She wanted to know what went on after Garrick, the one who marked and dishonored her stole her position, but later. “I need a favor.” Karina said then added, “Two people need an escort and audience with the princess.” calmly, though a hint of haste couldn’t be ignored.
Both knights nodded then separated. One went to the gate with the former captain to get Connor and Mei Xing through the gate without incident. The other headed to see Skya, hoping she might grant Karina and her companions an audience. She wasn’t sure of course, especially given Garrick, and his thirst for power, knowledge making the knight shiver.
“Halt! What business do you have here?!” the gate guard said angrily while eyeing Connor. He could see the man was blind and smirked, thinking he would be easy prey. The knight drew his blade slowly, savoring the image of Connor’s dead body, but before he struck, the other guard came up.
“ENOUGH! Princess Skya wants to see these two!” the second guard yelled. He came and escorted the man and his daughter to the granite castle, but couldn’t forgive his partner in arms shameless display. The knight lead Connor and Mei Xing to the throne room where the princess, Karina, Garrick and the court waited.
Connor didn’t need to see to know there was tension in the room, it was like a noose around the neck. He went to a knee and bowed after singling the redhead to do the same. Skya nodded slightly, noting respect from all before her, but her sight never left Karina.
“So, I heard you three wanted an audience with me.” the princess said calmly. Skya always felt as though she was a fair ruler, able to use force when needed, but temper it with reason. “Tell me what you request, and I’ll see if it can be done.” the elf added, watching them. Skya sat back on her throne, but saw Garrick glaring at Karina with a hateful look about him. The princess used a finger to brush some hair away from her eyes, then asked, “You wish to speak, Lord?” harshly.
“Yes, how can you let the one who dishonored herself saunter back in with these humans and offer aid!?” he replied gruffly. Garrick covered his nose, as if the the three were diseased and beneath his station. He then heard Skya sigh, forcing him to look at her, and her look made his eyes get wide.
She fixed the way she sat due to his foul words, then said, “Less you forget yourself, I KNOW it was you who betrayed Karina all those years ago!” angrily. The princess was younger then but not blind, she knew. “NOW, I strongly suggest you prepare to face her in combat, or take dishonor and leave Avalonia!” Skya demanded.
Karina took a moment and smiled. She didn’t know if Skya was aware of that fact, even had to question if she even cared, but now she knew. The elf brushed some of her green hair behind her ear before standing. Karina couldn’t hide her fear, even if she could, it would bleed through, but she noted Connor’s hand on her wrist, putting her at ease. “I accept, M’lady!” she said out loud after bowing and headed to the open area of the floor.
Garrick sighed when he heard that, knowing that facing her again was beneath him, but he had to so standing could be saved. The elf felt his princess’s eyes burning him with doubt, so he had to accept, making him head to the open floor, eyes fixed on Karina. He wasn’t sure how he’d save face while dishonoring her more, but he needed something quick, a fact making Garrick plot.
Karina watched the man, feeling like he was planning something. She didn’t know what of course, but given his attitude and lust for power, she knew she needed to watch herself. The woman put her right hand on her top sword, ready to draw it while her left leg went back, getting her in her stance, ready, eyes peering at him. Karina wasn’t thinking of anything, her mind was purely on him and the coming duel, having the elf plan three moves ahead, or try too.
The man looked at her, hatred for her so thick in his eyes that it choked him. Garrick blew some hair from his eyes before his hand went back and grabbed the long sword’s handle, set to pull it. He waited, eyeing her with a twisted hunger, wondering what move Karina might open with, as he knew she thought about the same. Garrick drew his blade, twirling it before changing stances, having his front leg straighten while his back leg bent more, waiting.
Mei Xing sat beside her father silently watching this, knowing he must be listening and visualizing the coming battle. She knew of Karina’s patience before a battle, and her ability to predict her opponent’s moves, but seeing her calmly look at him without giving anything away was a sight within itself. The redhead shivered when she witnessed it to say that much, but Mei Xing picked something up from Garrick that blew a shot a cold her way, freezing her.
Connor felt the same chill, making him think something was wrong, but he didn’t know what. He got ready to stand and request Skya stop this before it began, but knew Karina would feel dishonored even more, and he didn’t want that. The man had to trust that she was aware of Garrick’s intent, anticipating him, having Connor just wait.
Karina lunged at him like some unworldly demon, gaining speed before meeting his blade with her own. The elf saw the man’s hatred in his eyes, sensing it in the air, having break off the stalemate. She twirled her weapon, revering her grip on it while watching for any sign Garrick might attack. She blew a few strands of hair from her eyes before readying herself for her next move. Karina didn’t let her opponent read anything from her, but she had a strong feeling he was at work plotting something, getting her set for the unknown.
Garrick studied her, an unseen smirk growing before switching to a southpaw stance. He knew what he’d do to her to dishonor her more, it would be so easy, but how would he keep it from the princess’s watchful eye haunted him. The elf shrugged a little, admitting he could cast a spell, blinding her, but that would just send the message, affirming his guilt. Garrick sighed, watching Karina, the hatred for her fueling him, but in that, something gave him the answer to his problem, making a twisted smile cross his face.
The green haired elf shivered when she saw the smile. Karina knew Garrick hatched something underhanded, but what she didn’t know yet, and that unknown put her on guard. She moved slowly around in a circle, choosing her steps while keeping a lock on the man who clearly wanted to kill her. Karina took off when Garrick did, but side rolled right before he swung his sword, striking him on a nerve, stinging him.
He staggered back a few steps, almost falling on the floor. Garrick felt the sting of the green haired elf’s blows before, he had to admit, but this one had a bite to it. The man shook his head, shaking the pain off, then locked eyes on Karina again, hatred flowing from them. He twirled his weapon, while he set his stance, plotting ways to attack her. Garrick took off, noting she did the same, but before they met, the man threw something in Karina’s eyes, blinding her.
She screamed in pain as she covered her eyes, but not before her opponent struck her kimono, cutting it. The female staggered back, trying to gather her senses, but knew Garrick would try the same tactic. “Still using the same underhanded tricks, huh?” Karina stated, her will unshaken. She brushed some hair behind her earlobe before taking a stance. The woman extended her left arm out and brought her right in to her side and took a breath. Karina knew this stance would confuse the man, she counted on that actually, making her not move.
Skya shot up from her throne, her eyes fixed on Garrick and ready to stop this. The princess lifted her hand, ready to give the order to place him in chains, but saw Connor looking her way. She couldn’t know why, but she swore his stare told her to let Karina handle this, which seemed off, given she couldn’t see. Skya slightly gave her guard a look, telling them to wait while she watched, folding her arms impatiently.
The male elf blew his bangs from his eyes, looking at the now blind woman, hungry to end her. Garrick smiled as he twirled his weapon, then took off after Karina at top speed. He couldn’t keep the thirst for her death from his face, blinding him, but he noticed her hands coming together forming a hand sign.
“This ends, RIGHT NOW!” Karina shouted before releasing aura that threw her opponent back a bit. She was saving the technique for him, plain and simple, knowing she’d need it one day. The green haired elf took off toward the man, but disappeared mid air before coming visible again, landing a damning blow on Garrick that staggered him quite a bit. Karina threw strikes and aura enforced kicks on the stunned elf, ending with three short sword blows, compelling the man to keel over. She came up to Garrick and knocked his sword from his hand, then said, “Do you accept dishonor or death?”
“Neither, you filthy wench!” the man said, keeping his arrogant attitude as he looked at her. Garrick spit some blood on the marble floor, feeling the bite of Karina’s blows, though he wouldn’t give her the satisfaction of knowing that, though the blood indicated it. “So, kill me! Your eyes tell me that’s what YOU want, so do it!” the elf taunted. He shrugged his head to get the misplaced strands of hair from his face, but he knew the woman was too driven by honor to kill him, one weakness she had.
Karina lifted one of her short swords to her left shoulder, then reversed her hold on it. She wanted to take his life, it would be payback for scarring her years ago after all. The woman’s grip tightened around the weapon, as if she seemed hesitant, which was the case, making her struggle with the outcome. Karina shook, knowing if she did kill him, her life would be forfeit, but more then that, Connor would view her in a differently, something she wouldn’t be able to take. She felt around for Garrick’s lapel, grabbed it, then said, “You’d love that, wouldn’t you?” sternly before throwing him down.
The female turned her back on the man, hearing Connor tapping his sword sheath on the floor, aiding her to get back to their side. Karina sat on her knees, but couldn’t help feeling the urge to throw up nudge her, though something told her that Garrick was behind them. The green haired elf heard Steel being twirled, sending her around to look and react, but she couldn’t. Karina froze in place, not even able to move. However at the last second, a faint sound of a charm being planted on him gave her the speed needed to move and get Connor and Mei Xing away.
“JACKASS!” a voice rang out in anger seconds before blowing the charm with a hand configuration, which made Garrick drop in pain. The people, even the princess looked over where the voice came from, though each elf knew had a bit of a mouth on her. Mizki, a young elf Karina and the princess’s lover personally trained stepped from the shadows and gave a potion to her teacher, curing her blindness. The blonde elf waited by her mentor’s side, ensuring her sight returned by having her follow her fingers. “I’ve waited for your return, teacher.” Mizki stated calmly, but subdued after kneeling.
Karina put her hand on her student’s shoulder and smiled. “You have improved in stealth attacks. I hardly heard you plant that enchantment.” the green haired elf said quite impressed. She helped her trainee stand, knowing that the topic of her words while in Skya’s presence needed addressing, but they were warranted. Karina and Mizki had a certain respect and bond that needed no words, but the princess awaited, having the two kneel again.
“Rise Karina!” Skya ordered while she descended the steps. She ordered Garrick’s arrest with a look, but never lost sight with the woman who fought him. The princess always had been impressed with the green haired elf’s skills and service to her rule, making the royal regret her past decision which gave her former guard captain dishonor. “Karina, I hereby RESTORE what he took from you, and I give you the option to return as my captain of my guard!” Skya commanded loudly so all could hear, but the choice would be Karina’s.
The green haired woman smiled, flattered that her princess always knew she was innocent, and restored her honor. Karina knelt before the woman, almost in tears over the offer, but said, “My time as your captain has come and gone, M’lady, I am needed by Connor and his daughter’s side. However, there is someone I’d like to name to that post.” she stated respectfully. The woman figured her princess knew who she had in mind, but turned her head toward Mizki. Karina eyed her student with great respect, that needed to be said, and knew the young elf needed to cut down in certain areas, but her will and attitude would aid Skya well, having her be the perfect successor to the post.
Skya nodded before brushing some hair to the side. “Rise Mizki and be recognized!” she ordered calmly, watching the young elf and her teacher rise. She looked into the blonde elf’s eye and knew Karina made the right choice naming her as successor to the post, having the princess put her hand on Mizki’s shoulder. “I hereby name you Captain of the royal guard. Furthermore, I grant you the rights and privileges with that role!” Skya commanded, knowing she had a mission for the new captain.
Mizki smirked slightly, then gave a nod, picking up on the princess’s hint. She suspected some in the ranks were only loyal to that dust speck, though she didn’t have the power to prove it. The new captain of the princess’s guard turned her attention towards the soldiers, burning through them with a stare that made them stone. Mizki paced back and forth in front of the soldiers, eyeing each one of them carefully, plotting how to address them. The elf wasn’t one to make fancy speeches, that was an understatement, but this needed a touch, one only she could bring.
“Garrick made this guard too soft and corrupt, and I WILL NOT stand for it! From now on, no more lax in training, no payoffs or any of that SHIT!” the blonde shouted. Mizki noted a few men and women wanting to grumble, a sight that made her sour. She drew one of her short knives, then teleported behind the one that looked like he’d take the princess out and slit his throat cleanly. “I tell you, people not loyal to Skya and the man she loves WILL suffer that!” the blonde commanded angrily.
The whole room gasped in shock, though everyone who witnessed it knew it needed to be done. Skya motioned Mizki over, thanking her new captain with a nod before facing Karina and her party. “I’ll see to it you three have rooms, food and what you need to rest.” she stated calmly after giving her maids a look, telling them to get rooms and baths ready.
Karina went over to Connor and gave him a hug. The green haired elf woman looked up at him, wanting to thank him for letting her resolve this chapter of her life in her own way, but she brushed hair to the right. She opted to say nothing, though gave him a light kiss, signaling her love for him, something she wanted to do for the longest. Karina shut her eyes and melted when Connor returned it, but deeper, and more passionate, making the elf’s knees weak.
The man took the opportunity and let the kiss go on for a long time, because he wanted to do it for an eternity. Connor broke it off, rubbing Karina’s cheek with one hand, feeling her lean into it. He didn’t need to say anything, their feelings and thoughts on the matter of love were known to both for years. The man, Karina and Mei Xing turned towards Skya, then bowed, thanking her for everything before they headed for their rooms.
Mei Xing smiled as they went to the rooms, with her taking a room for herself. The young redhead couldn’t hold her relief that Karina and her father could possibly show each other how they felt. She shivered and blushed when admitting that, knowing love and what came with it weren’t things she knew yet. Mei Xing went in, stripped, then went into the warm water, becoming one with it. She sank into the fresh liquid, not recalling when she had a bath like this, but confronting her mother wasn’t too far from her mind.
Connor and Karina undressed, with the elf aiding the man she loved into the bath. The man let her wash him, and he started washing her, but he kissed her deeply. He heard her whimper in pleasure, driving his hands to Karina’s bust, slowly working them. Connor circled her nipples with his thumbs, kneading them, flicking and more, then kissed her breasts. The man rained kiss after kiss on the elf’s breasts, noting her leaning into the assault, yearning for his attention.
Karina shivered before moving into him, yearning for his lips on her. The elf jerked her head a little, letting hair off her face after looking at the ceiling. She interlocked her hand behind Connor’s neck, biting her lip and silently moaned. The woman ground against the man’s rod, moaning, signaling her readiness. Karina opened her legs and accepted Conner, then slowly got a rhythm going. The elf leaned on his shoulder, longing for him, drawing her body close.
The man lightly pushed into the elf, letting his hands roam her to every curve she offered. Connor gave a last push inside Karina after planting a long kiss on her. He held her, as she did him, raining kisses on the woman, longing being with her before he carried her to bed. “I always loved you…” Connor said lovingly after brushing Karina’s hair off her face, stroking her carefully.
“I waited to show you how I felt…” she answered in the same loving tone, then adjusted into his arms. Karina rested contently close to the warrior, but knew he was far away. She looked up at Connor, trying to figure out his thoughts, though she had an idea what troubled him. “Connor, you raised and trained Mei Xing well. You should be proud.” the elf said softly, caressing him.
He sighed, knowing she was right, but still he felt bad. “I know, you were there, but.” he said before he collected his thought, then added, “She should be living life normally, not being hunted by her mother.” in regret. Connor knew it wasn’t by choice that they needed to run, it was because of her mother’s thinking that had him drag Mei Xing around. The man shivered when he admitted she didn’t really mind it either, which wasn’t right for a woman her age, if they weren’t immortal that is.
“Shh, you’re doing fine by her, and I know Mei Xing would agree.” the elf said soothingly as she rubbed Connor’s cheek before kissing him once more. Karina had more to say about that, but added. “Try to get some rest Connor, we will be at Becca’s by tomorrow afternoon.” softly. The woman kissed the man’s chest after brushing her hair off her earlobe before laying on him. She felt Connor rub her back, telling her he understood, aiding Karina off to sleep.
He sighed, but knew his elf spoke the truth. Connor held her, rubbing her back softly until sleep took him to dreamland. The man knew that sleep and him weren’t friends, to put it lightly, but it seemed easier. He still tossed slightly, Connor couldn’t deny it, though the dream that haunted him each night since the fight with Mei Xing’s mother didn’t have the same effect.
Mei Xing headed outside the next day, making a line to a clearing. She moved some strands of her red hair away from her face before moving her back leg behind her. The woman took a breath, then punched the air, adding some kicks into the mix, but noticed a few guards gathering. Mei Xing stopped her routine and eyed the group, watching them with intensity, until Mizki appeared.
“Would you mind helping me test the guards?” their captain asked kindly. The elf smirked some, because she wanted to see what they were lacking in combat, and knew the redhead fought well. Mizki walked to the middle of the clearing and faced Connor’s daughter, noting she smiled. The blonde elf jerked her head, moving her blonde locks back before smiling back, then ordered, “Alright, I want to see what you all can do! So, even though this is a test, something tells me she won’t be easy on you all!” loudly.
The pig-tailed redhead stepped back, letting Mizki get to a better observation point before getting set. Mei Xing watched three of the guard surround her and ready themselves, prompting her to visualize herself. She sighed and went after the first two, sweeping one guard’s legs, then delivered an Ax kick to his ego. The woman saw the next group heading towards her, having her reset her stance. Mei Xing blew her bangs, relaxing herself before delivering a double back roll to two, flipping them. She flipped to her feet, locking eyes on the last guard and mimicked her movements.
The guard moved cautiously, studying the woman who took her comrades down. She eyed everything, Mei Xing’s body did, readjusting her stance accordingly. The elf twirled her blade a few times before taking off after the redhead, eyes locked on her. Skya’s guard swung the blade downward, but found Mei Xing struck a nerve in her wrist, which made the elf squint in pain and drop her sword. The guard backed off while she rubbed her wrist, trying to get feeling back.
Connor’s daughter backed off as well, resetting her stance. She blew her bangs from her eyes, watching her opponent, impressed by her. Mei Xing smiled slightly, because not everyone could keep up with her. The pig-tailed redhead saw her opponent set to come after her again, making her get ready. She met the female in the middle of the field, dodging her blows, but exchanging them with her, and didn’t back down one bit. Mei Xing and the guard broke their combat off after what seemed like an eternity, ending the match when Mizki signaled.
The blonde captain stepped between the two warriors. Mizki looked at the guards the redhead took down and sighed in a little disgust. She brushed some hair back, then commanded, “Test over! Be ready early tomorrow for a set of new training drills!” The elf wasn’t angry at her troops, most were good people, Garrick fueled her anger. “Thank you Mei Xing.” Mizki said after bowing warmly before aiding the guards.
Mei Xing’s opponent gave a bow, then shook her hand. She helped the captain with the soldiers, but looked back at the redhead respectfully. The elf saw her opponent bow back before heading in, having the woman smile.
Mei Xing noticed her father and Karina against the wall, waiting. She shivered when she saw them staring at her, as if they knew she did something she wasn’t suppose to. The redhead shrugged slightly, knowing that she could’ve denied Mizki’s request, but it was a great test for her as well. “Father, Karina…” Mei Xing said in some regret before Connor sighed.
Her father put a hand on her shoulder, but said nothing. Connor and his companion set up the match between Skya’s soldiers to test the redhead. He didn’t want to tell her that, because he wanted to gauge her skill, a test to see if the woman was ready for what Becca made for her. “I know, daughter. It’s fine…” Connor said softly before telling her it was time to move on. Her father couldn’t see the battle, but by the sound of the exchanges that were being made, the man admitted Mei Xing was ready, which eased him.
The three met with Skya and Mizki one last time, said their farewells, then mounted the horses the princess provided. They headed for the foot of Sacred Mountain, the place Connor’s sister Becca setup her home and shop years ago. All three knew the woman received the same gift of immortality, though after a battle with another that left her family dead, she opted out of the warrior way of life.
Connor rode with the green haired elf while Mei Xing brought up the rear. He knew his sister made his sword for him, one piece of her he was proud to carry, but there was something troubling her. The man wasn’t lost as to why she was troubled, it was clear as a crystal, but hoped Becca would see the truth. Connor and his party made their way through the forest, getting to her shop, but felt someone following them, having the three dismount.
Mei Xing’s father drew his blade slowly, then took a few steps. He grabbed the crystal, ready to transform into the entity within if needed. Connor knew it wasn’t another warrior like him and his daughter, the pendents they wore would pulsate with aura if another person with an entity was around. The man turned, then crossed blades with the unknown enemy that came from the shadow of the trees, prompting Karina and Mei Xing to action.
“No, I’ve got this handled!” he told the two while parrying his opponent’s weapon. Connor ducked, narrowly avoiding the man’s sword, then caught his arm, snapping it with a quick motion. The man heard the assailant scream in agony, prompting him to use the butt of his sword to knock the person out. Connor knelt in front of the attacker, knowing he was with his wife’s group, something that gave him an idea. Mei Xing’s dad stood up and sheathed his sword, then grabbed the limp man and dragged him away.
The two women watched him drag the unknown enemy off without questioning him. They knew he wouldn’t do anything to the guy, if there wasn’t a need, of course. Karina and Mei Xing went into Becca’s cabin and waited for Connor. “Mei, Karina welcome. Please come, warm up.” a woman with long black hair said warmly after hugging the two. She showed them to the fireplace, sitting with the two and waited for her brother.
Her father tapped the trees and ground with his sheath, making his way forward. He leaned the unconscious man against the tree, then snapped his fingers several times before the guy woke up. Connor sighed after hearing the young man whimper in fear, as if Mei Xing’s father looked like he planned to kill him. Her father quickly put his right hand over the young man’s mouth, muffling his screams and whimpers.”Kid, I won’t harm you.” Connor said softly after signaling to be quiet.
“But, she said you would, and…” the young guy responded in fear. He still shivered, it couldn’t be helped, due to what he was told.
“SHE’S a backward thinking…” Connor thought, but asked, “If I wanted your blood on my blade, wouldn’t I’ve killed you already?”, pointing that out. The man sighed after sitting, then added, “I’m not sure what Lin Sholong is teaching you all, but to kill people for fun? I don’t do that!” semi harshly. Mei Xing’s father figured her mother would create a following with her beliefs, but to tell them that he was a cold hearted killer went beyond reason. Connor sighed slightly, because he figured the young follower wasn’t too far gone yet, but he wasn’t going to feed him his side yet, so he let the man go.
Lin Sholong’s group member backed up a few paces, probably to ensure his life wouldn’t be taken, then ran. He looked back and saw Connor heading back the way he must’ve dragged him, putting him at ease. The group member did question why Mei Xing’s father spared him, that couldn’t be denied, but getting away from there took priority over questions. He got to a clearing, looked back, but saw Connor didn’t follow, giving a reason for relief, though now questions could be asked in his head.
Mei Xing, Karina and Becca talked awhile before his sister heard a knock on the door. She shot up and headed to open it. The woman hugged her brother warmly, then offered an arm to grab, but sensed his worry. “Do you think he will tell her where you and Mei Xing are?” Becca asked before helping Connor sit.
“I think she knows already, but wanted him to test me.” he said as he slightly sighed. Connor knew his wife was good at tactics and testing people, so more than likely she wanted that man as a dummy, to be killed or caught. “Are the gauntlets ready?” her brother asked after putting his sword cane on the wooden table. He knew that he needed to catch up with his sister, after all the two rarely spoke face to face, but business had to be first.
Becca got up and brought a big oak box back to the table. She opened the lid, then said,”I made these from the old annoy I had from the time before.” his sister explained after setting one of the right hand piece out. Connor’s sister watched as he felt it, though she wondered if she should tell him what she added to the items. “Connor, there is something about the way I made them.” Becca said after sighing, then added, “They’re enchanted with the craft I’m studying. Mei’s being will know how to use it…” His sister could tell that he wasn’t too pleased with that fact, something she prepared herself for.
“Sister, I’m not mad at you, but spells won’t fill the void the warrior left when he…” Connor said calmly. He knew she hurt because of the tragedy, even though it happened centuries ago, so he wasn’t going to expand on the subject. Her brother felt around the box, but Becca took out the other hand piece, then both of the foot pieces, letting him feel them. “Seems like you’ve built these well, sister.” Connor said kindly, smiling.
“Thank you very much, brother!” Becca happily answered after putting tea in cups for them. She sat across from him, looking at him, and eyed his blade. “How’s the sword been holding up?” The woman asked after sipping some tea. She saw Connor pass it over, then she drew it, inspecting it carefully. Becca lifted his sword slightly, checking the fittings and more, not finding much wrong, giving her reason to smile.
Connor took a couple sips of the warm liquid, then asked, “So, does it pass?” jokingly. He smiled, knowing she knew he was talking about the sword, a weapon the woman took pride in making. The man drank more of the tea, just listening to her inspection, kind of smiling on the inside.
“You’ve done a good job caring for it.” Becca answered while sheathing the blade. She sipped her tea a second after she put the sword down, but noticed something in his eyes. “Brother, you worry about facing her, right?” the woman asked concerned. She brushed her hair back, knowing she didn’t need to ask, because she knew already. Becca reached for Connor’s hand, then added, “Connor, you shouldn’t fear facing her, because you know what she is capable of.”
Her brother sighed after looking away, then said, “I know, Becca, but I just barely got Mei away from her the last time…” with a bit of fear in his tone. Connor shrugged slightly, because he didn’t like being afraid, or talking about it. He couldn’t help unraveling a little when thinking about the fight that cost him his eyesight, causing him to shake. Connor shrugged, trying to fight his fear back, but felt Becca embrace him, making her brother feel safe to let it out, if need be.
“Lin’s been thinking a war has been coming since she read those books centuries ago. You know that they twisted her, brother.” the woman said after holding him. Becca caressed his head, then sighed while preparing the words for her next statement. “You’ve fought her to keep her from taking Mei Xing, and you did your best. Plus, I helped you retrain yourself.” she added. The black haired woman brushed some hair aside as she thought to herself. Becca had been studying a healing spell to heal his eyes, and she wanted so badly to tell him then, but it wasn’t time.
The man took a moment to compose himself, then sat back in his seat. Connor knew she spoke the truth, he did all that would be possible, and he needed to know that. Her brother stood and hugged her, thanking her for helping him focus, then took Mei Xing’s box to her room. He put it on the table, but stayed for a moment, watching her before he went to bed. Connor laid with Karina, trying not to rouse her, but heard movement.
“Are you alright, love?” she asked softly after looking at him. The elf sensed Connor had been on edge before arriving at Becca’s, which she understood, but there was something more she couldn’t place. Karina brushed loose hair behind her earlobe, watching him, though she said nothing. She laid her head on Connor’s stomach, just hoping that he knew she would protect them for a long time.
Mei Xing woke up and found the box, knowing her father left it. She opened it, then took out the gauntlet pieces and tried them on. The pig-tailed redhead threw a flurry of punches, finding the items a little heavy, but inside wasn’t the place for training, a fact driving her outside. Mei Xing saw her father, Karina and Becca waiting, as if they wanted to train her together, something having her fold her arms. “Father, you had Mizki test me, I’m ready!” she said semi strongly, but knew she needed training.
Connor shook his head before taking a stance without his sword. “Then if you are, come at us with everything I’ve taught you!” he answered just as strong. He shrugged, because he knew she needed to get use to the weight and her being needed to help her as well. Her father heard Karina and Becca’s feet move slowly into position, then take off, getting him launch after his daughter. Connor and the two threw a flurry of combinations, sensing Mei Xing dodging them.
The redhead blocked and parried everything, but found it slow to counter. Mei Xing sighed in frustration and lashed out with an attack that ended with her aunt sweeping her leg. She flipped to her feet, then reset her stance, but took a few step back.
“Niece, even though you can use those without transforming, you need to work with your demonic being within your pendent to master the gauntlets.” Becca explained before she and Connor transformed. The three circled Mei Xing, like wolves, waiting, eyeing her intensely. They took off, closing in on the young woman, but noticed aura coming off her, sending them back a few feet.
Mei Xing transformed, having wings and demonic features, like her dad and aunt, but other features too. She panted demonically, looking dead at the trio, then came after them fast. The redhead disappeared several times before attacking her father first with kicks and strikes that he blocked, but she didn’t let up. Mei Xing backed off from Connor, only to go after Becca and Karina with a fury unlike anything before, getting the two on their back.
The three trained all day until Mei Xing had better form. Connor put his hand up, signaling an end to the session before transforming back into a human. Becca and the redhead did the same, having Connor’s daughter look at him, noticing him nodding. The man smiled, because he couldn’t be more impressed by how fast she learned things. Her father knew she needed to learn her form’s power, as did he when he and her mother first became immortal, but experience would be the teacher.