It’s been quiet for quite a while now and honestly, you’d expect that I’d enjoy the downtime. But on the contrary, I am dying of boredom. I’m more used to a busy lifestyle. Normally I always have something to do. Not only do I have my own contracts to complete I also have to help my master as when he commands. I say master since he took me in when I was little. But over the years we have become best friends. My best friend, Larimar is a mage who seems to have made a great deal with… I actually don’t know who he made the deal with. But Larimar has been granted eternal life and limitless amounts of power. Not to be confused with immortality. Larimar can very much still die, he just doesn’t die. But in return, he has to abide by some rules. But that is all he is wanting to tell me. No matter how hard I try to get, him to spill the beans, he keeps quiet.
Well, once he did tell me how he tells me that he wasn’t very happy with the deal he made. That he was just young and innocent. But to me, it sounds like a sweet deal. Eternal life and more power than ever necessary and all you have to do is follow some rules that have been established.
I let out a yawn and look at the endless abyss spread out above me. Larimar’s powers even let him create pocket dimension. Ones that are held together by his sheer magical power. Only accessible by the people he grants access. God, how bored must I be to be thinking about him? I sit up in straight on the couch that was gifted to Larimar from a king he helped hundreds of years ago.
I’ve actually not seen him ever since we got back from Seqobux. Everything that went down there has shaken me up as well but I didn’t lock myself up in my own quarters. Besides he didn’t even do much, why did he even lock himself up in his own quartets?
But as if I just summoned the devil, the door to his quarters opens. Larimar steps out, calm and poised as ever. But I know Larimar better than that. I can tell by the look in his eyes. He seems to be flustered by someone or something. Not that he’d show you, no matter how intense the situation gets he’d try to remain calm. Wanting to exude an aura of control and calmness. He doesn’t seem to notice me sitting here as he walks past me, straight to the bookshelf behind me. I turn around and look on as he runs his finger over the spines of the books and he takes a couple of them.
‘It’s good to see you two Larimar,’ I say breaking the silence between us. But it seems like I broke him out of a trance of some sort. He walks over to me and places the books down on the coffee table in front of me and sits down in the chair across from me.
‘I have told you about why I took you in, right?’ Larimar asks changing the subject completely. What is going through this guys head?
‘Of course I do. You brought it up many of times when scolding me, about how if you hadn’t felt the disturbance in the air and came to help me I would have blown up my whole hometown. It’s hard to forget,’ I reply and Larimar lets out a troubled sigh.
‘Indeed I did. But that is not the full story. Before feeling the disturbance in the air I already knew you needed my help. The disturbance only made me realise how severe the situation was and how quickly I needed to act. The reason I knew is because I saw you in my dreams. I saw a young girl, helplessly struggling to keep her powers under control,’ he explains and I raise an eyebrow.
‘Are you meaning to tell me you’ve had another one of those dreams?’ I ask and he nods. I can tell by his eyes how puzzled he is by the whole ordeal.
‘The problem is that I couldn’t make out anything majorly daunting about the boy. He seems to live a good life. He seems to be from a well off family and didn’t really see him needing help,’ Larimar explains and I reply with a smile; ‘Well, not everyone has as bad of a past as I have. Don’t worry Larimar, whatever it may be I’m sure you can handle it. You are the most powerful being on earth after all.’
Larimar smiles at me and replies jokingly; ‘Do not let Viang hear you say such things. You would not hear the end of it.’
Viang is the recently crowned king of Seqobux. Wait, is he even king? No, they aren’t even married. It’s more like in a relationship with the actual ruler of Seqobux. A powerful being with such a tragic backstory, mine doesn’t even compare. I guess all of us were just a bunch of misfits and outcasts.
‘But I thought I was supposed to be the cocky one? Besides Viang isn’t here,’ I reply amused and Larimar smiles as he gets up from his chair.
‘Indeed you are Victoria. Viang is just in his claims. Unlike you,’ Larimar replies sarcastically as he walks back over to my side of the table to grab his books. He dodges my foot just in time, which was heading right for his behind.
‘You are such an ass, you know?’ I say and both of us start laughing.
'So, where are you off to?' I ask intrigued. He has gone away on many trips in the past, but if he were to meet people it was always on request of somebody else, not out of his own.
'The East, though I don't have a concrete idea of where I should be I hope my senses will lead me just like they did with you,' Larimar replies walking over to a shelve with potion ingredients and throwing some glass bottles into the sack. Not to worry the sack itself has its own dimension so nothing breaks and the sack can basically hold a hundred times what the sack would normally hold.
'Really, I never heard you tell me any stories about the East how is it?' I myself have never been there, the East is a very private place which keeps to itself. Not much goes in nor out.
'Well, that's cause there's not much to tell you I've been there a long time ago, but life over there isn't that different, they just don't particularly enjoy people from outside and I can't really use my dimensions over there. Magic is just a bit different in that place. Which means that this big dimension, the one that living things can actually exist in, doesn't reach over in the East,' He explains and even though I don’t know exactly how that is supposed to work I nod anyways.
'So does that mean that the great Larimar has to travel by foot? Do you even remember what that's like?' I say jokingly and Larimar rolls his eyes.
'Who says I'm walking? I know more ways to get around besides my dimension travelling,' Larimar replies and drops the sack he was holding. But before it reaches the ground a portal opens and the sack disappears into another dimension.
'So what am I doing in the meanwhile? Cause I know that you don't want me to go with you,' I say and Larimar smiles.
'Unfortunately, I don't think this is a case of want. I just feel like I should do this by myself, besides don't you think you've deserved some rest after what you've just been through?' Larimar replies and I let out a frustrated sigh.
'Can you let that go? It's been weeks, I'm starting to get bored,' I reply and Larimar shakes his head.
'Then why don't you go and visit one of them, see how they are doing and how they are recovering?'
'I guess that's a plan for the time being, but I rather not visit Lowell and Viang they are so lovey-dovy it's grossing me out,' I reply and Larimar laughs.
'Well Victoria, maybe it's time you find someone to spend your days with so you experience what they are.'
'Like you would ever let me live it down if I were to find somebody. How about yourself? Shouldn't you settle down?'
'Almighty beings like myself aren't settling down,' Larimar says praising himself like crazy.
'So did anyone actually give you that title? Or have you just bestowed that title upon yourself?' I ask sarcastically and Larimar sends me a death glare.
'So when are you going?' I ask changing the subject.
'Tomorrow at the crack of dawn,' he replies walking back to his quarters.
'You better stay in contact, I'll go to Isabella so send your messages to her castle,' I reply and Larimar nods opening the door.
'Oh and good luck,' I say to him before he closes the door behind him.
'Thank you, I'll see you soon, don't worry,' he says and closes the door behind him.
I stretch myself out on the couch and let out an annoyed sigh. Normally everything he does seems so meticulously planned, but it feels like this time he is in a rush. But there's no need got me to worry, I can't imagine a scenario in which Larimar has trouble. I stare at the non-existing ceiling, the realm just ends in darkness where more can be imagined, so there's no ceiling to be made. Then it suddenly hits me and I jump up from the couch. I should send Isabella a notice I'm coming over, I can't just come over unannounced.
I rush over to a desk and get a blank piece of paper while looking for the quill I need. A quill that Larimar brought home from one of his adventures, one that just starts writing whatever you say.
Not particularly a groundbreaking item, but for someone who had a hard time seeing and never learned how to write properly and therefore has the handwriting of a blind squirrel it is quite handy.
After finding the damn thing tucked away under a mountain of papers I quickly let it write a small message. Now I just have to think of how to get it to her and fast.
'Got it,' I say out loud and grab the piece of paper and crumble it into a ball then I throw the paper ball into the darkness above.
'Pauw,' I say and it's like a red firework explodes in the darkness above. That's exactly how Isabella will receive my message. With the explosion of a firework.
I stretch myself once again, man I really am getting lazy. I walk back to my own quarters, I need to get ready for dinner since Janus asked me over to eat dinner and meet his family.
This realm doesn't really have a concept of time, nothing here can tell you what time it is, if you don't have a clock you have no idea what time you have to get up, never the less when dawn comes I am ready to set afoot. That is because I haven't really been able to fall asleep. The small sleep that I did manage to get just showed me that boy. Smiling constantly as he spoke to his many sisters, why would he need my help?
I think of a position that is just outside of the borders of the kingdom of the East and just outside of the guards' sight.
I just hope that I am still allowed within their borders. I should still be on the list since times shouldn't have changed within the kingdom, they stick to what works and if something doesn't they carefully change it. Which has brought them great success over the years.
A door appears in front of me and I open it. The warm orange glow of the rising sun meets me on the other side of the door. I take a breath of fresh air as I walk into the world and out of my dimension.
I walk out of the forest and onto the path to the entrance. I am just out of sight of the guards as to not alert them. I can't just walk towards the gates on foot, it is better if I have a steed. I say a little incantation and a horse comes running out of the forest geared and all. I climb the horse and tell it to walk to the entrance. The spectral horse which is just a physical husk, without a mind does as I command and starts walking.
When I get to the entrance I naturally get stopped by the guards.
'Name?' The guard asks sternly.
'Larimar,' I reply and the guard raises an eyebrow.
'State your business Larimar,' he continues.
'I was asked for my help, so naturally, I'll agree,' I reply with a smile.
'That's hard to believe Larimar; first, you don't give me your full name, and secondly, you give me a very broad explanation of why you're here,' the guard replies.
'As far as I know, I'm on the list, sir,' I reply calmly and the guard glares at me.
'Hey Newby fetch me the list,' the guard says looks past me at the guard on the other side. The guard nods and disappears into the guardhouse.
I look at the vast lands on the other side of the gate, beautiful plains as far as you can see. I look back at the guard who has been eyeing the horse I'm riding, who remains motionless in place. I quickly tell it to move in my mind and it immediately does as I say. The guard looks up at me and I smile.
'Here it is sir,' the other guard comes rushing out of the guardhouse and hands the list over.
The guard's lips move as he searches through the list.
'Larimar, tell me your last name,' the guard commands and my mind goes black. Last name? I don't have a last name? Did I make it up the last time around? What could it be?
Then I remember what my mother used to call me when I was young. Ever since she learned I could protect others she'd call me her; 'Guardstone, Larimar Guardstone,' I say and the guy smirks.
'Took you long enough, been a while since you last came here Larimar, why didn't you come back sooner?' He asks handing the list back to the other guard.
'I only go where my assistance is requested,' I say and the guard nods.
'Very well, I'll open the gate for you,' the guard says and both of the guards walk off and a moment later the gate starts to lift up.
I tell my horse to move forward and ride into the fields.
Night starts to fall as I ride into the first village I've come across and I have a lot of eyes on me as I do so. Even though the East doesn't have much visitors they still have a tavern, where I should be able to spend the night. I stop at the tavern and get off my horse. I thank it for its aid today and it vanished, back to the spectral realm. Since I'm already in the kingdom I don't have to be as wary, since throwing someone out of the kingdom doesn't happen without a good reason.
From inside the tavern comes a lively sound. Music, tales and of course the clinging of mugs.
I step inside the tavern and walk to the bar; 'A room for the night.'
The woman behind the bar looks me up and down.
'A visitor doesn't happen often, must be serious,' she says handing me a key.
'Up the stairs, first room to your left,' she adds. I reach into the pocket of my coat and grab a couple of gold pieces.
'Is this enough?' I ask handing her the gold pieces.
She tries her best to contain her smile as she says; 'Yeah, yeah that'll do,' quickly putting the gold pieces away.
I smirk and walk off towards my room.
The door creaks as I open it, behind it a small room, containing only the necessary; a bed, desk and chair. Not that I need much more.
I sit down on the bed and let out an exhausted sigh. I was hoping that my mind would lead me to where I am supposed to go, just like what happened with Victoria. But unfortunately, I have no clue what to do tomorrow. Maybe I should have done a bit more research before heading over here, but then again I don't know why I even went over here if it's something dangerous there might be no time to lose. I fall backwards onto my bed and hold out my hand over the edge of the bed. A portal opens in the ceiling and my travelling sack falls from it. I should really eat something before falling asleep.