"All right Ozwald time to wake up!!!" my dad opened the door to my room loudly as always, my room is at the top of our home, me and my brothers are black-smiths, well most of us are, we all live in the underground working the metal and making all sorts of metal objects, from weapons to normal household items "If is made of metal the Voloro family can make it" that's our family motto, "Dad... I am awake stop yelling!" I put my feet on the stone floor of my room and stretch unlike my other 4 siblings I'm very thin and not that strong I'm very tall, with green eyes and red hair, my dad has a big gut long orange beard tie in a braid and he is going bald, we shear our eye color and freckles, "Sorry, Sorry Ozie but you know the drill" I yawned and walked to the bathroom were a line was already made to use it.
"Morning Malika" I high-fived my older sister she was waiting tapping her foot on the stone floor "Hey Ozwald, late morning?" "You know it, is Talo in there?" she nodded her uncombed hair dangling in the air, "He does this every morning I'm so tired..." Loran was standing against the wall and next to him was Kelvin his twin brother, "you know how he gets..." "It's the big brother privilege," they said in unison and waved as I took my place in the line "Good morning, Kalvin Loran" the twins pouted "How did you know? We even switch places!" I ruffled their heir "It might be six in the morning, but I always know" Eventually Talo came out of the bathroom and Malika rushed inside "Good day kiddos sleep well?" he grabbed the twins in his big arms "Yep, we are so going to make a few shields and more dangerous weapons we have line up!" "I'm looking forward to making the tridents for the order of knights!" they said as they climbed around into the biceps of Talo, "You are only ten and are already making tridents that's awesome."
I try to not take offense by the comment, I just cross my arms and lean against the wall, my family is full of black-smiths, they work in the core of our furnace, forging the weapons the order of knights and other heroic figures use, the furnace is very hot, normal people will burn immediately, I should know, I was burned so bad I was banned from ever entering the furnace, "How about you Ozie" he chuckled "Are you making a new suit for someone?" I was relegated to the role of seamstress and Jewelry maker when I was unfit to be in the furnace "Yes as a matter of fact a noble charged me with making his clothing Talo" he gave me three hard slaps on my shoulder "That's nice try to not hurt yourself."
In time Malika came out of the bathroom and Loran replaced her "I wasn't planning to" I answered and tried to slap his shoulder but it was too hard I grabbed my hand and swallowed the grunt of pain that wanted to escape, and he broke down into mad laughter "What did I told you hahaha" Malika pushed him aside, she was wearing her tank top and working jumpsuit her hair neatly tie down behind a bandana with the logo of the store "Come on Talo leaves Ozie alone" "What? Is not my fault he can't take the heat" he laughed at his own dumb joke "you are the worst!!!" I said, "I hope the core overcharges, and you can't get out!" I stormed out of the line and went back to my room to wait.
I jumped into my bed and punched my pillow, "Stupid Talo, dumb condition, I could be the best blacksmith" I kept punching the pillow until I heard my door open, "Hey Ozie, may I come in?" Malika opened the door, I sat on my bed and told her to come in, she noticed the battered pillow "Having one of those days?" she sat next to me "I hate Talo and his dumb face I'm not ten like the twins I'm sixteen" "Yeah he is a prick, but you know you are better than him" I didn't like where this is going "Malika... are you going to give me the "You should be the better man" talk?" I threw myself on my bed and covered my face with the pillow.
"Ozwald someone has to, and you know he won't, think about what would you be teaching the twins?" "don't be your loser brother and be like the cool big brother?" I asked, and she sighed "Ozie, come on, what would Mom do?" I took the pillow off my face "she would say "The Voloros are better together now shake hands and make up" God I hate when you force me to be better" She gave me a small punch to the shoulder "That's why I'm the best sister now the bathroom is free you should use it before breakfast, I'll save you some bacon"
After breakfast, I went to my studio and the front of the store, we communicated through pipes each member of my family has their workstation on a different level of the furnace's core, "All right lads time to see our agenda" Dad called form his pipe and I went close to the line to talk on it and heard everyone better, I pulled my notebook and the work contracts we have pendent, is also time for the Voloro Family roll call.
"Talo, update on super dense materials" Dad called, considering he is the strongest and the most resilient Talo Voloro is in charge of molding and shaping some of the densest metals and alloys he is also quite a jerk about it, he is tall, tan, short dark red hair, grey eyes, and his biceps are the size of my head, "Is going to take at least half of the day finishing up the blades the mold I was using broke down on me" I sighed "Talo is the fifth mold this week you need to be more careful they are not cheap!" he clicked his tongue at the pipe "When you have guns like this anything brakes down you will know it someday, ah wait.." I closed his pipe and made a note of the delay.
"Loran, Kelvin report!" Dad ordered the twins, they are short, both have the same hairstyle, and they make a note to dress and stylish themselves in the same way, like Dad and I they have green eyes, "Don't push me, Loran!" "You are in my spot Kelvin!" "Why did we let ten-year-olds work the core?" "Kids enough!" Malika called them in her mother's voice "Sorry..." they said in unison "The tridents are sharpened and ready for testing, we also finish coating the shields in resin so we will send them to Ozie for the finishing coat" They work in sharpening and coating the weapons for the final test and adornment, they also work basic objects made of metal like screws or cogs.
"Malika the Roseboro's order, please give me good news!" Malika has the job of working with precious metals, she is tall and very feat, she is your definition of an amazon, all the boys and some girls get wild when she appears she is very kind and motherly like Talo she has gray eyes and her hair is super long last time she cut it I was eight, "Yeah, I'm almost done with the birds adornments the Roseboro's asked for in around an hour they will be cooled down and I'll send them to Ozie for the finishing touches too" "That's my girl!" Dad chirred from his station.
Guess I'm next, I'm in charge of sewing and making fine adornments made of gemstones, I can't handle the heat of the furnace even at its base level, so instead of looking for a new job Dad asked me if I wanted to take over the station mom left, he gave me her old sewing kit, I enjoy doing clothes and jewels but still I wish I could be more useful, "Roger sis, they wanted gold feathers and sapphire eyes I'll work them out while they are cooling" "You are the best!" she said as the bell of the door rang "Sorry guys I have to go a client is here" I'm also in charge of tending the store area, I left the pipes in the back of the store and went to see who was at the front.
A man wearing a long black cape was making his way to the reception desk his face was lightly obscure by the hood so I couldn't make out many details, he had broad shoulders and by the looks of it he was taller than me for a head, "Good morning, welcome to the "Voloro's Fournes" do you have a contract or do you want to make a new one?" I asked I wasn't in the mood to smile; the man took out a bag and showed me the contents, it was a long black cape with the logo of the Knights Guard, "I'm so sorry but the blades you required will take at least 6 more hours, the gorilla we have working the furnace broke the molds... again."
The man took off his hood, he had short faded platinum blonde hair, and his eyes were bright and very blue like the sapphires I was supposed to use for the birds, "I'm sorry I'm not here for that I... is Primavera here?" that was the name of my mother, she passed away a few years ago "No... she is not here, why do you need her?" he took some air and explained, "There's this big event today at the royal palace and there was an accident, that is my father's old cape and..." He unfolded the cape, the crest of the royal guard was embroidered in gold string in the center, but near one of the corners of the crest was a big hole in the fabric.
"Oh... I see" the tear was big and if left like that it could continue opening until he has two capes, "I have gone to all the tailors in Elysium but all of them told me they will take five days to fix it, but then I remember that my father got this cape from a woman here in the underworld and I thought she could fix it today but now..." I looked at the cape and then back at him, he seemed to be on the brink of tears, his shoulders were slumped and he was looking at the ground I weighed my options, on one hand, I could just say no and let him down... on the other hand I wanted to shut the mouth of Talo "listen Knight pal, normally we don't bump people up for fixes especially considering we are a smith store not a tailoring store but... Primavera was my mom give me two hours I'll see what I can do"