Rose stares at herself in the mirror in her room. She knows that she is different from others. For one, everyone who comes to the tower looks different from her. They don’t have small horns on their head and their eye sight does not seem as good. Bilmont, my mentor and guardian since she was a baby, says that is just because of her skill in magic and that it was nothing to be worried about.
There is not many people that visit the tower. Living in the mountains far from the city ensures that they are few and far between. When Bilmont does have visitors, her has her either hide her horns or stay away from them.
Today, she has to tend to the visitors herself. Bilmont had gone to the mountains to gather rare flowers, the dragon-hearted lily and golden rose, both live in dragon territory. Dragons are on good terms with humans, but they are still very territorial, especially during this time of the year, where young dragons go on their first hunt. Bilmont is one of the few that has the honor of going into the territory, as long as he does not mess with the animals.
Rose touches her small horns and they disappear under her touch. She hates hiding her horns, since it takes a lot of energy to maintain for a while, but Bilmont says that people would be scared of her if they saw it. She does not want to scare them, she wants to interact with them and learn.
She exits her room and goes down the long stairs, eventually ending up in the main room where two people awaited.
One was a tall man, much taller than many of the people that she sees. He had long, dark hair that went over his shoulders. The other was a small child who was in a bag on the man's back. She was asleep, but she new that she was ill. Her face was flushed and her breathing was ragged.
"Where is Bilmont?" the man says with an urgent voice.
"He is in the mountains gathering flowers for a potion. What is the matter?" Rose says with a worried voice.
"My daughter, she is very ill. No one in the city can help her, they kept saying that Bilmont could help."
"He will not be back for a while, but I am his apprentice. Would you mind if I helped? I can at least keep her stable until he returns."
He was reluctant, but he took the child off his back and sat her down on the nearby bed. Rose put her hands over the child's head and closes her eyes. She was scanning her, seeing what it was that was causing her to be this ill.
It did not take her long.
"She has a severe infection in her blood. Has she been running around the woods?"
"Yes, my wife and I had taken her into the woods to pick some berries for a botanist that provides us a home."
"This was caused by a rabbit-razor vine."
A vine that is a common treat for the forest rabbits, but is deadly for many other mammals, especially when cut by one.
"I am going to need some ingredients," I say as I write a small list, "these things can be found in the garden out back, if there is any that you don't know, I can described them."
He looks over the list and nods before he started running around back.
"Poor child, such a cruel illness. Thank Aki and Ati that he brought you here."
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