- 15 Aug 2010
- United States
PostedJul 26, 2011 1:56 pm
Hi, hi!!! I'm loving your story! Though I am still in the part when you woke up and realized you died. I don;t have much time to stay and read through, no matter how much I wanted to. Please, can you go back and mark each post say with Part Numbers?! T_T...This way, at least, I will know where I am at already. I am expecting something is going to happen and I am excited to know...Keeping in mind the word "Phantom"...And then, there's this old man, trapped by a sorcer! Wheee! I can't wait to get back to reading. I hope to see the part numbers soon...Thank you.
And it has been done! Glad you're enjoying the story so far! :3
CHAPTER THIRTEEN:: A NEW LOOK
I awoke to Ksatriya barking at the door. Sitting up, I rubbed my eyes, seeing the first rays of the morning sun peeking in the windows. Getting to my feet, I stepped out of bed, walking over to where Ksatriya was standing, his loud barking hurting my ears. Opening the door, I watched as he bolted out into the garden, beginning to frolic around the two gigantic trees. Stepping out onto the path, I saw him tumble onto his back after taking a turn too quickly, and as he went rolling, I couldn't help but laugh. Stepping down the creaky steps to the stone path that Ksatriya was now sitting on, I leaned down, watching as Ksatriya immediately jumped to his feet and dashed off in one direction. I was off after him, chasing on all fours, feeling surprisingly nimble for such an awkward position. He took a sharp turn, his claws giving him the traction he needed to continue dashing off in another direction. I tried to make the turn, but I skidded to a halt right as soon as I crashed into another figure that had just stepped in from the gate at the back of the small courtyard.
"S-sorry!" I cried as I quickly stood up, seeing Selvaria looking at me like I had grown two heads. She shrugged it off quickly enough, though, and immediately handed me a small bamboo skewer with several small pieces of chicken speared on it. "Here. I went to buy us something to eat." It was right about that time that I realized just how hungry I was. Grabbing the top bite of chicken with my teeth, I pulled it off the skewer and smiled. "It's really good!" I cried happily, realizing just how long it had been since I had eaten chicken--back in my first life. Leaning down, I pulled the second piece of chicken off of the stick, holding it out to Ksatriya, who very happily grabbed the chicken (and part of my thumb) into his teeth. Pulling back my smarting thumb, I rubbed it as Selvaria laughed. "I think he likes it, too!" she said, watching as Ksatriya practically gulped the morsel down.
"Oh, that reminds me. I ran into that Athania person while I was out," Selvaria added, "She said she wanted you to meet her at the tavern later today."
My mind flashed to her offer to buy me new clothes after she had all but ruined these. Looking down to the ripped sleeves that had once been long and flowing, I looked back up at Selvaria and said, "Alright, I'll go see her, then!" With that, I dashed back inside to fix my hair, and went to open the door to leave when I heard Ksatriya barking behind me. Turning my head, I saw the dog sitting right at my heels, his tail wagging.
"I think he wants to go with you," Selvaria said, leaning up against the doorframe that led into the garden. "I'll wait here for you to get back, and you can take Ksatriya with you. Besides, I'm sure he wouldn't mind you getting him another stack after you finish shopping!" With that, she pulled a small pouch of gold coins from her pocket and tossed it to me. As I caught it and peeked within, she said, "You got a message earlier that you had a stipend you needed to pick up from the Lady Sun. I went ahead and got it for you--that's how I got that food for us." Crossing her arms, she said, "Don't blow it all right away, okay?" With that, she walked over to us and, picking Ksatriya up, gave me the chance to stow the little pouch of coins away before taking the puppy from her.
"Oh, wait--" Selvaria paused, turning to retrieve my sword from the weapons rack.
"I don't think I'll need it, Selvie," I replied, seeing Selvaria looking at me like she had grown a second head.
But it wasn't that I said I didn't need the weapon. I saw her blink and venture, "Selvie...?"
"You don't like it?" I asked sadly. "Well, I thought since I had a nickname now, you should, too! And I thought Selvie sounded cute..."
Selvaria must have noticed that I was upset that I didn't think she liked the nickname I had given her, so she said, "N-no! I was just surprised. I like it!" With that, she smiled, and added, "Does this mean I can call you Mera?"
"Of course!" I said, cradling Ksatriya in one arm and using the other to push the door open. Stepping outside, I said, "Are you sure you don't want to come?"
Selvaria shook her head, "I'll be fine. You have fun and I'll be here when you get back!"
With that, I nodded, stepping outside. I immediately began walking toward the market, though Ksatriya's squirming made me eventually have to stop and put him down, so he trotted behind me happily, his tail wagging and his tongue lolling out of the side of his mouth. As I followed the same twists and turns I took through the market to make it to the small tavern that I had visited the night before, I noticed a familiar face standing amongst the people in the crowded marketplace.
"Ath!" I called as I dashed through the crowd, with Ksatriya right on my heels, nimbly avoiding people as easily as I was. Once I was close enough, I stopped, my hands behind my back, as I gave a big smile. Athania seemed just as pleased, and she reached forward, putting a hand on my head.
"Well, come on," she said. "Let's go. I saw the tailor had some nice clothes that I thought would look good on you!" With that, she turned around, beginning down a narrow alleyway, with me and Ksatriya right behind. After a few twists and turns, we emerged by the tailor's, where Athania immediately began speaking with the kind old man about getting some new clothes for me. The man produced a length of cord with a series of small marks on it and began measuring me.
"She's a little small to be a warrior, don't you think?" he asked, turning his gaze to Athania, who only laughed.
"Maybe, but she definitely has potential! I wouldn't put it above her to outshine many of the men already in the army!"
The old man seemed unfazed by this, only muttering something to himself and wandering back into the back of the shop. He began rifling around through various crates, picking out various pieces of armor, examining them, turning to me, and putting them back. Finally, he stepped out, wringing his hands, and saying, "I'm not sure if we have anything small enough to fit her right now. I can try to custom make something, but--"
"Hey, Ath! Mera!"
I turned around to see the tall, blue-haired woman I had seen last night approach us. "Shimei!" I called happily, turning around to face the tall woman--much to the frustration of the old man, who was trying to get another measurement to see if he had made some sort of mistake.
"What's going on?" Shimei asked, putting a hand on my head like Ath had done before.
"I'm getting Mera some new clothes. I ruined her old ones yesterday," Athania replied, shaking her head, "But they don't have anything that'll fit her."
"Well, hang on," Shimei said softly, taking my shoulders and spinning me around so that I was facing her. Giving me a look over, she said, "I might have something that'll fit." She saw that I was confused, as I wasn't sure why a woman as tall and strong as her would have something that would fit someone as tiny as me, but she added, "Well, when you defeat bandits, you tend to find all kinds of stolen loot. So I took some of it for myself."
With that, she turned to Athania and said, "I'll bring her back to my place and see if the clothes fit her, and if not, I'll bring her back to you."
Athania nodded, reaching for one of her fans, and glaring toward the nervous old man. "Alright. I'll be here. Hopefully he will be, too~"
With that, Shimei began walking off, with me following behind, and Ksatriya right at my heels. Occasionally, he would stop to bark at a stray cat, and I would have to pick him up and carry him, writhing and struggling, until I knew he wouldn't run back and try to chase them. Shimei found this to be really funny, and said, "I'm sure he'll like it over at my house. I have several dogs, too."
"Really?" I asked, my eyes lighting up. I still remember how I was almost tempted to not try on clothes and just play with the dogs when we finally got there. But when we did get there, her three dogs seemed to enjoy playing with Ksatriya. I wanted to join them and tumble and chase them as well, as I had done with Ksatriya earlier, but I knew I needed to try on these clothes that Shimei had for me.
As she walked to her wardrobe, she opened it up, retrieving the outfit she was talking about. It was small, colored a light shade of red, with gold trim. Handing it to me, she said, "Here. Try this on and see if it fits. It looks like it would be your size."
Sure enough, it fit very nicely. Twisting my body around to see how it looked, I gave a big grin. "How does it look?" I asked Shimei, who crossed her arms and nodded.
"It looks like it fits nicely, and you look ever bit the cute young warrior. Now..." She went to her wardrobe again and produced a pair of armguards and boots. "Try those on. They're much too small for me."
As I slipped the arm guards on, I noticed they were the exact same color as my hair, and woven with gold threads. Flexing my hands, I then pulled on the boots before striking a battle pose. "How do I look?" I asked, watching as Shimei crossed her arms and looked me up and down before saying, "Something's missing..."
"What is?" I asked, seeing the tall woman turn around, fishing through her wardrobe again until she retrieved a small red comb. Putting it in my hair, she stood back, saying, "There. Now you look really good." With that, she put a hand on my shoulder, saying, "Do you like it?"
I looked down at myself and the armor that I was wearing, then reached up, feeling the comb in my hair. A smile formed on my features, and I launched myself at Shimei, wrapping my arms around her chest. "Thank you so much!" I cried, hearing the woman laugh and put a hand on my back.
"Don't worry about it, Mera," she said calmly, gently prying me off of her. "Let's go ahead and show Ath. I'm sure she'll like your new look!"