Grim and Arriane arrived at the city's central which the market place is located. Some houses are also built here, blacksmiths, an inn for the adventurers also store booths for the goods, clothing stores, and everything goes on. There are also lot's of people here every day but today a lot more people gathered because of the festival. Some are adventurers who are selling hides, parts of monsters that they could gather outside of city others like the Holy Knights can't be seen here since most of the time they battle higher level monsters, demons in the outlands or in the Snowy Mountain Island, some are just citizens some are students from the nearby prestige school of sword and magic.
The place where Grim needs to deliver the fishes is just a few steps away so he stopped his carriage and went at the back to gather the boxes. He looked at Arriane and asked if it’s alright to wait a little, Arriane didn’t hear what he said as she stared so at someone who is so far away, it was a holy knight. Grim looked at the knight and smiled at Arriane.
“You know Arriane, you can do it you know.”
Arriane looked back at Grim and asked, “Do?”.
“Be a holy knight!”
Grim gave her a sincere smile but Arriane just lowered her head as she kept touching her arms. Grim already knew what's behind her reaction and why she kept touching it. He knows her situation, but since they were still kids and there was no evidence, the older one just kept laughing at them when they tell the truth also they were scared, but today he had enough seeing his friends getting hurt and now that he is in age he can now protect her like what he always wanted. He looked and her again but with a serious face.
"Arriane, this time... I - I'll protect you!"
Grim is just an average boy though skilled at fishing because of his dad's teachings his combat skills weren't that great but he always does or tries to do what he says. He always makes sure that he makes his promises no matter what the situation is. Arriane blushed she always liked him, liked Grim. He makes her laugh just like now a laugh that warms hearts. She loves him of how he makes true of his promise, she loves him of how he respects her dreams and wishes. Since Arriance always wanted to be a Holy Knight she never should be tarnished, her body and soul... but now, as she remembers that night she cried and almost puked. Grim got shocked of the turn of events even though he wanted to comfort her he did not know what to do so he just silently hugged her till she stopped crying.
"Arriane! What happened!"
A boy came running towards them a blonde-haired guy wearing a students uniform that has a badge of their school at his left chest. His name was Elliot Vineheart, child of a noble who owns the the armory and weapon business not just in Whiteshore but also in Fallhan. Elliot have always like Arriane and always rivals Grim in everything though he always win in every areas the only thing he can't win is her heart. He is open about his love for Arriane even though he got rejected everytime. He just not like her, he loves her.
As he came running towards the two of the he saw Arriane crying. He slowed down and and walked toward them and gently asked her if she's okay. Grim asked him to look after her a bit since he has to carry the boxes inside.
"Sure Grim. I'll handle it here."
Grim careied the boxes and left the two of them. Elliot looked at her and asked again of what happened, Arriane talked to him since she is always comfortable of telling Elliot her problems. Elliot was like a brother to Arriane. After hearing what happened, how that night turned into a nightmare for her, how her own uncle not just physically abused her but also sexually, taking her first time and her virginity that night, Elliot got a furious face, for the very first time people around him even Arriane felt his bloodlust the Elliot who was happy go lucky and and like a big brother who just chills is gone. Arriane tried to snapped him back into reality but he just stood up silently. Grim came back and felt how furious he was too.
"Grim take care of Arriane, I have few things to do today."
Arriane got hurriedly asked him, "What are you trying to do!?"
"Arrianne, I'll ask you agai but this time seriously. Do you want to marry me?"
Arriane was shocked at his proposal, she got confused she did not know what to do or to answer. Grim just looked at the two while Elliot kept talking.
"I don't care if something in you is changed. I still love you no matter what, also what he did is a crime. I just can't let that go unpunished but he is also your only relative. I don't want you to be alone... If you don't want to marry me, you are still welcome in my family, even as friends. No matter what Grim, especially me will always be here for you."
Arriane's tear fell, not just because of a feeling of she can rely to someone but she felt that she is not alone, that even though she is not someone who she used to be because of that scar, she still felt joy because of his words.
"Thank you." That's the only thing she said. After that Elliot gave her a handkerchief, told her that after class he will meet up with them and now he left.
Grim actually overheard everything, he was furious too. Her uncle did not just destroy her humanity and dignity but also her life long dream because someone who is not a virgin cannot serve the angel of life. Grim clenched his fist but still stayed calm. He just pretended that he did not hear it. After delivering the fishes to the customers the last person to deliver and Arriane's destination was her Uncle's fish stand in the market. When they arrived, Arriane's uncle gave them a wide smile, Grim felt disgusted but he didn't show it.
"Sir Hans, here are your ordered fishes."
Even though he did not show how furious he was at how he wanted to kill the man in front of him, he did not smile. He just stood calm and serious.
"Atta boy! Good work! These are good qualities."
"Thank you, that will be 5 gold, sir."
"Hmm... Can't it go down a little. I'm kinda tight on budget haha"
He laughs like they were close, Grim wanted to puke but he stayed calm and laughed.
"Okay, I'll down it to two gold if you could lend me Arriane for 3 days! Is that alright?"
Hans' face brightned up and thanked the Grim as Arriane and Grim went off Hans' hands waved at them and shouted,
"Take care! Enjoy the festival kids! Arriane take care!"
"Good thing you still got some worth, stupid trash" Hans' whispered and spit at the ground.