was Sunday. Three days after Puri’s concert at Sammich’s. It’s 10AM, Puri just woke up, and was about to wake Miya because if he didn’t she’d sleep until 5PM. The two were sleeping in a room at Sammich’s Inn. Puri, the great musician he is, never accepted any big requests though. He always took on the simple and medium tasks, provided by customers in the neighborhood. The reason behind this is a promise with Sammich. Before he was the man he is today, living as a musician was tough. Low pays, a job with a lot rivals, greedy bosses, hard to please audience etc. Even though Puri wasn’t the best, Sammich always gave him a place to stay, and a job to do. To repay that kindness, he now humbly denies every call that requests him to leave town.
“Puriii~! Let me sleep 5more minutes…”
Puri shook his head. “I think this cat has been drinking too much lately.”
He let her sleep for 10more minutes, and then jumped on her bed. “Wakey wakey~!”
Miya didn’t expect this outcome, and instinctively pushed him off her. Puri lost his balance, and knocked against the wardrobe. The chest on top of the wardrobe fell down, and hit him on his head. “Ow… That hurt.”
Puri painfully examined his head, and sighed with relief, he wasn’t bleeding. When he tried to pick up the chest, to put it back on top of the wardrobe, it suddenly opened. Inside, the two found a treasure map, and a thin diary.
“July 12th year 1337: We found an artifact of great value. We aren’t sure how to move it though. When we remove the artifact from the sacred grounds, our exits will be blocked by some mysterious force. We are still finding a way to get the artifact moved, without triggering this protection.
July 17th year 1337: We found clues, ancient texts and paintings on the rocks, suggesting that only a selected few can remove this stone, with their mysterious rituals, and powers. Should someone else remove it, they will end up like us, not being able to leave. What can the key be?
December 31th year 1337: Today, is Ambrox, the holy day. The day Mii was reborn, after the fall of The Ancient World, 1337years ago. At dawn, we noticed a change in the stone circle, the artifact started to glow, and there was great pressure when you got close to the stones.
February 6th year 1338: Lacking supplies, we were forced to cancel the expedition. We made a treasure map, for the ones that will try and find what we have found. Solve what we couldn’t solve. “
After reading the letters thoroughly, Puri was convinced the treasure map was real. He opened the scroll, and carefully examined the map. He managed to decipher the center of the map, was Vivid. The northern continent, looks like the country of Ja-il, which is currently still a country north of Vivid. In Ja-il, the worst criminals are being locked away, the country consists mostly of deserts, and the prisoners are being kept in oases. Though, it isn’t a paradise there. The guards have built prisons near the fertile grounds, where the prisoners live most of the time. When the prisoners aren’t rotting away in their cells, they get to plow the grounds, and grow crops. They get fed three meals a day, just enough to survive. The guards, on the other hand, have lots of food, water, and a pool to swim in. That’s not exactly unfair, in Ja-il. After all, the prisoners have done terrible acts, and the guards are the courageous few who risk their life protecting the rest of the world by keeping those prisoners under control. A reward is to be expected.
The treasure map has an arrow pointed towards Ja-il. Puri couldn’t understand why the mysterious treasure would be hidden in that Ja-il, but because the map says so, he decided to check it out. “Sammich, I’ve got to leave for a couple of days. I’m going to check out if this treasure map’s of any use. When I’m back I’ll be sure to throw a fun party.”
Sammich didn’t mind, and let the duo have some fun for a change.
Hazzy was bored, and was playing with an empty glass. He overheard Puri saying he was leaving for a couple of days, and caught a glimpse of the map when he was looking in his direction. That’s when Hazzy recognized the symbol drawn on the map. A skull with a lightning bolt pierced through it. That was the Grimm’s emblem, a shadow organization very active five years ago. Even though the members of the group have disbanded, for reasons unknown. Every individual member is enlisted on the Most Wanted Criminals of every country in the world. If that map had any connections to the organization, or any of the members, Puri and Miya could be in big trouble. Knowing this, Hazzy decided to tag along the duo. “Yo Puri, I’m also interested in the treasure hunt. How about I come along with you two?”
Puri knew Hazzy wouldn’t tag along without a reason. “Sure, you’ll be a great help.”
The air suddenly got all heavy, so Miya decided to break up the pressure. “Yaay~ the handsome bartender is going to play with us ”
To make it complete, she hugged both Puri and Hazzy. After getting hit by that, Puri and Hazzy forgot their doubts.
“So Haz, we’re heading towards Ja-il. If I remember correctly, that’s half a day traveling with the Heartmobile. Good thing I charged it yesterday.”
The ‘Heartmobile’ is a transport vehicle that resembles a sport car. This one is a special release though. Puri handpicked every single part, and bought the highest quality of Heart, to turn this heartmobile into a unique model. Made together with Hazzy, who had a knack for these things, they managed to build the Heartmobile -Version Daymanstep
within 2days. “Driving half a day… Alright Pur, you’re in the backseat with Miya, I’ll handle it.”
Hazzy took the keys and started the engine. Puri and Miya did as they were told, and jumped in the backseat, and put on the safety belt. “I’m glad you’re driving us, but are you sure you’re alright? I recall you had a lot to drink last night.”
Hazzy laughed. “I don’t know, let’s drive to find out.”