The Zemlja Dosta Chronicles: Chapter 6
The brutally battered, bloody and bruised bodies laid strewn all across the beach front. Ari was sickened at the sight of it. In the center stood, Kcin tall and blood with a wicked grin on his face as if to say “Here I am! Slaughterer of Elves, look at my masterpiece.”
Eru was no help to Ari’s sheer rage, she was beside herself with the scene and had crumbled to here knees. “You Distrosted MONSTER!!!” She shouted at the top of her lungs not caring who heard.
After a moment Eru piped up, her face lowered in defeat “How could you kill your own kind like this? With no remorse.”
Then Kcin did the one thing that sealed his despicableness, he laughed. He began pacing, giving them sideward smirks while swaying his massive onyx sword about. “Do not presume to judge ME Eirumas! Or what was it they called you in the Old Tongue,-” His eyes darkened in victory, “Ah yes, ‘KinSlayer’ was it? The bloodied bodies of your fallen folk may be laid bare before you feet in the thousands! And all that at the behest of your Father? That’s, that’s where we discompare. You killed for your kingdom and your unworthy title holder of a father. Whereas, I, no I kill for myself.”
Unheld tears streaked down Eru’s cheeks now as she shook her head, Ari could tell that she did not believe his words, so kind was her heart to believe in the best of folk. She sighed deeply and asked, “What do you get out of this Monster?”
Annoyance flashed on Kcin’s face for a moment and then it was gone, “Simple, I deliver unto the Queen of the North, that there Looking Glass and one, how did she put it? One Green Haired warrior princess. And I get a lifetime supply of Opium from her mines.” His smile at the last words told her that this “Opium” was valuable to him.
Ari balled her fists in outrage, no one was taking Eru from her not as long as she held breath within her breast. She moved forward to charge when he appeared instantly before her and backhanded her to the ground, her whole body shook from the force of such a simple gesture on his part and her neck felt loose upon her head. “Do not dishonor yourself my thinking you have a chance fighting me woman. Eru was my only challenge today. It’s why I sent her through the Trials. See the kicker, isn’t the Mountain Troll you faced, it’s what that idiotic place does to you afterward. Saps all your strength it does.”
Eru was on her feet now, sheer rage reflected in her demeanor but the spell’s toll could be seen on her skin, her once earthy glow no longer reigned true, a dull pale white now took its place. Kcin sensed this and snapped his fingers. Time literally began to slow all around them, even the ocean’s powerful waves were halted in their beauty.
An old decrepit man appeared, unshrouded ever so slowly by a swirl of mist. His face held no emotion. He wore only a simple dark gray cloak with long nailed toes sticking out the bottom. Pure white hair draped across his head, flowing as if under water.
Ari tried to move, well anything at this point and nothing happened it was like her whole body not her own anymore and nothing worked as it should. She could tell Eru had this very same problem, except Eru seemed to be moving just a tiny little bit. She was reaching for her Katana! The one Ari had never seen her use no matter how dire the situation. The old man regarded her with a raised eyebrow, the furtherest extent of his expressions so far. Still, it seemed it would take Eru eons before she could do anything worthwhile.
Kcin looked down at Ari with a smirk of victory, “It would appear your escort has arrived your majesty. Meet Father Time.”
“That queen is a mere mortal pawn. It would seem this self-proclaimed Toad King, mistook his value of you and wants to possess you once more-” Pilav winced at the outburst of Ari’s thoughts. She was beyond furious now. Since when did that slimey tadpole possess her?
She calmed her thoughts enough, “Why not let me go then? What could the all-powerful father of time have to gain from bringing him what he desires?” A part of her cried out, this could be her one chance to see Hterag once more. But no, no she couldn’t leave Eru at the mercy of that usurper of a Queen. She had to go back for her friend, her Sister.
Pilav sighed and palmed at his face, “I was there at the birth you know, of all things but before this, I existed too. Eons upon Eons of footfalls upon all realms, none have proven above or before me. So I invite you this; of what heed would you take to should a mere passingly of a breath had it asked you for a favor? This Toad King has me bound by unspeakable and ancient magic that I thought lost to the ages. Thusly you nor I have a choice in the matter.”
All Ari could do, was pray, pray to all the Asoscia Gods in sincere, pleaded and bended-kneed requests.
|Art Credit: Tira Owl|
While joking with some great friends, the basis for this story was formed. I wrote out Part 1 as a test version to see how it would all play out.
Thusly, we chose to name this forthcoming collection – The Zemjla Dosta Chronicles.
Zemlja Dosta means “The Land of Plenty” in Bosnian. Thanks Sumarie-chan 🙂