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Chapter 5 (v.1) - The Deviant

Submitted: March 31, 2017

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Tsunami frowned slightly, ‘’what did you go and do that for?!’’ he exclaimed quietly, looking back at the last remaining battalion members as they started mumbling to one another, ‘’they saw you!’’

She frowned strangely, ‘’what I did was to help!’’ she said, astounded that not one of them had thanked her for her assistance.

He stepped forward, but before he could say anything else, the rest of the soldiers had made their way over. Their leader stepped forward and pointed his sword at Kathrina who went to point her own blade back at him, but Tsunami grabbed her wrist, stopping her from doing so. The leading soldier glared down at her with both hatred and panic in his eyes as she glared back, trying not to pull free from Tsunami.

The leader gritted his teeth, ‘’explain yourself!’’ he demanded, but then looked to Tsunami before Kathrina could even speak a word, ‘’what the hell is this?!’’ he yelled, glaring at him, ‘’you brought a Warlock to our city!’’

‘’You brought the enemy to us!’’ one of the other soldiers yelled.

Shaking his head insistently, Tsunami pulled Kathrina behind him and confronted the soldiers, ‘’she isn’t the enemy!’’ he insisted, ‘’she helped us!’’

‘’She’s a damn Warlock!’’ one of the battalion members yelled from behind Tsunami, ‘’all Warlocks are the enemy!’’

‘’She’s not!’’ he yelled, looking back at the battalion and then to the soldiers again, ‘’she’s not like other Warlocks! She killed that Master – she killed all these Warlocks, she’s not with them!’’

‘’She could have her own damn agenda!’’ one of them called, ‘’for all we know, she could have killed those Warlocks in front of us to try and gain our trust, and strike when we think she’s our friend!’’ he yelled, looking around at all of his comrades and then to their leader, ‘’we should execute her where she stands!’’

Their leader stepped closer, but Tsunami smacked his blade aside and glared at him, ‘’you damn morons!’’ he yelled, keeping Kathrina behind him who was watching with both anger and curiosity, ‘’you’re all the fucking same! Too damn scared to welcome new possibilities!’’ he yelled.

All of them frowned and looked at one another strangely.

‘’You Humans are all the same: you hide behind your walls, you kill whatever scares you and don’t even stop to think that maybe – just maybe not everything is your enemy!’’

‘’And who the hell are you to tell us this?!’’ the lead soldier yelled furiously, ‘’you’re just some street rat that Oswold took in!’’ he growled, ‘’who the hell do you think you are?!’’

Before Tsunami could speak, Oswold cleared his throat loudly, grabbing everyone’s attention. All of the soldiers immediately stood to attention, staring at the chubby man as he made his way through the crowd of soldiers, keeping a sceptical, cautious eye on both Tsunami and Kathrina. He stopped a few feet in front of them and frowned, chewing on a smoking pipe as he eyed them closely.

‘’S-Sir!’’ the lead soldier called humbly, ‘’she’s a Warlock!’’

‘’Aye, I know’’ he puffed, looking down at her as she stood beside Tsunami, glaring up at him. But to the surprise of all his men, Oswold didn’t seem at all unsettled. He leaned forward, his face just inches from Kathrina’s, and frowned strangely, ‘’say, lil’ lassie… ye really a Warlock?’’ he asked slowly, ‘’ain’t Warlocks ‘sposed to be all lads?’’

Tsunami nodded, ‘’s-see! She’s not – ‘’

‘’Silence!’’ Oswold snapped, glancing at Tsunami who instantly fell silent. The chubby man pulled his pipe from his mouth and glared back into Kathrina’s shimmering emerald eyes, watching as her cat-like pupils thinned, ‘’aye, them eyes sure say Warlock’’ he agreed, looking back at his panicked men, ‘’but the lil lassie ain’t attacking us… tell me, are ye with them…’’ he asked, looking over at the stone Warlock corpses, ‘’or wi’ us?’’

Kathrina frowned, ‘’what does it matter? They’ll still try to kill me anyway’’ she said, glaring at the soldiers who glared back.

Oswold stood up straight and chuckled slightly, ‘’no need to worry lassie’’ he grinned, ‘’if ye wi’ us, I’ll boot anyone who tries to harm ye out into the wilderness’’

She frowned, ‘’why are you so… calm?’’

He then leaned closer, so close that she gagged at the stench of his breath, ‘’unlike me men, I trust Tsunami’’ he said quietly, ‘’lil shit came here many a year ago’’ he started, glancing at Tsunami who rolled his eyes irritably, ‘’ever since ‘e showed ‘is face ‘ere, shit’s been good. Not one thing ‘e’s told me has been wrong, so I trust ‘im. If ‘e says you’re not on them Warlock’s side, then I believe ‘im’’ he answered, standing back up.

‘’B-But Sir, she’s… a Warlock!’’ one of the battalion members called from behind Tsunami.

‘’Shut yer trap!’’ Oswold called, pointing at him, ‘’but yer got a point’’ he nodded, looking around at all his unsettled men, ‘’the lassie is a Warlock’’

Tsunami frowned, ‘’so?’’

‘’Well, we’s gotta do somethin’ with ‘er’’ the baron said.

But Kathrina shook her head, ‘’I’ll just… leave’’ she said, ‘’I can’t stay here anymore’’

‘’Too right you can’t!’’ one of the soldiers yelled harshly.

Scowling at the soldier, Tsunami slowly looked down at her, ‘’you don’t have to leave’’ he said sternly.

Before Kathrina could interject, Oswold nodded, ‘’aye, right’’ he said, ‘’you’s a valuable asset to us now. A friendly Warlock? I can jus’ imagine all the shit you could tell us about your kind’’

‘’Stuff even we didn’t know’’ Tsunami nodded, seeing that Oswold was trying to convince his men.

The baron looked back at his men, waiting for one of them to dare to disagree. They all glanced at one another, waiting to see if anyone had anything to say. Seeing that they were going to remain silent, Oswold nodded and looked back down at Kathrina, ‘’aye, lis’en lassie’’ he said as she looked back up at him, ‘’I trust ye, but me men don’t, and no one else is gonna trust ye either – until someone can prove yer tellin’ the truth’’ he smirked.

‘’How is someone supposed to prove if I’m telling the truth or not?’’ she grumbled.

‘’Uhh… ‘’ Tsunami frowned, ‘’are you talking about… Opus?’’ he asked, looking at Oswold.

He chuckled and put his pipe back in his mouth, ‘’that old fucker can do jus’ aboot anythin’’’ he said.

‘’What’s an Opus?’’ Kathrina asked, looking up at Tsunami.

‘’Opus’’ Oswold said, ‘’some ol’ Mage who works for the General’’ he explained, ‘’if anyone can tell if yer really on our side or not, it’s ‘im’’

She frowned sceptically as she looked back at Oswold, ‘’how does he do that exactly?’’

‘’Aye, you’ll see’’ he said, turning around, ‘’come on, we’ll get ri’ to ‘im’’

She looked up at Tsunami again as Oswold started walking back towards the city, ‘’I… don’t understand’’ she frowned, ‘’why… why isn’t he chasing me out? Trying to kill me?’’

‘’He should be’’ one of the soldiers called harshly.

The baron looked back over his shoulder at them, ‘’aye, you lot, stay on yer guard n’ look out for more Warlocks’’ he ordered, ‘’and ye two, get your asses over ‘ere’’ he called, looking at Tsunami and Kathrina.

Tsunami didn’t refuse. He grabbed Kathrina’s wrist and rushed to catch up with Oswold, walking behind him as he led the way forward. She growled irritably and pulled her wrist from his hand, glaring up at him as he frowned down at her.

‘’What?’’ he asked.

‘’You didn’t answer my question!’’ she growled, ‘’why the heck is fatty so open and welcoming?’’ she grumbled.

He shrugged, ‘’seems like Humans are more open that we thought’’ he said.

‘’We?’’ she frowned, ‘’you’re a Seer, Seers are just Humans with magic’’ she said sceptically.

Tsunami glanced down at her, ‘’uh, well… yeah’’ he answered, ‘’just… a figure of speech’’

 

As Oswold reached the gate, Tsunami and Kathrina stopped behind him. The guards panicked and pointed their swords at her, having seen what had happened, but Oswold shook his head, telling them to stand down. They did as he said but kept their eyes on Kathrina as she and Tsunami followed the baron into the city. As she followed, she looked back at the scowling guards and smirked mockingly, knowing that they wanted nothing more than to kill her.

They walked through the town square which was flooded with soldiers and panicked civilians, all of which stared sceptically at Kathrina as she followed Oswold and Tsunami to a small hut-like building sitting beside what appeared to be a jail. The baron pulled the door open, standing aside to let Tsunami and Kathrina enter first. As they walked in, he followed.

But moments after they entered, a guard stopped the pair in their tracks. He glared down at them, but as he saw Oswold appear behind them, he frowned, ‘’Sir, what is the meaning of this?’’ he asked, ‘’have the enemy been defeated?’’

‘’Aye’’ Oswold called, shoving past Kathrina and Tsunami, standing in front of them, ‘’I got this wee lassie ‘ere – I need Opus ta take a look at ‘er’’ he explained, tucking his pipe into his pocket.

‘’Yes, Sir’’ the guard nodded, stepping aside, allowing them to pass.

They followed him into a rather gloomy room, setting their eyes upon a tall, broad, young-looking man sat in a brown leather armchair. He frowned as he watched Oswold lead them in, obviously waiting for an explanation.

‘’What is this?’’ he asked, eying Oswold.

The baron saluted the sitting man, ‘’this lassie – Opus should take a look at ‘er. She’s a Warlock, aye, but Tsunami ‘ere claims she’s different’’

The man didn’t flinch at the mention of Kathrina being a Warlock. He frowned and glanced at her as she scowled back, ‘’Warlock?’’ he asked. He sighed lazily and rested his chin in his hand as he looked back at Oswold, ‘’why do you waste my time, Oswold?’’ he grumbled, ‘’just execute her’’ he said, waving his hand.

The guard they had passed on the way in stepped forward, about to do as he had said –

‘’W-Wait, General!’’ Tsunami pleaded, ‘’j-just… give her a chance!’’ he insisted, grabbing Kathrina’s wrist again as she went to pull her sword from its sheath.

The General grumbled loudly, ‘’fine, fine’’ he sighed, leaning back in his seat, ‘’get that damn old fuck’’ he said, looking at the guard as he clicked his fingers impatiently against the arm of his seat.

Nodding, the guard walked past Kathrina and Tsunami, disappearing into a door just behind where the General was sitting. A few moments later, the door opened again, the guard walking out with a very odd-looking man behind him. He was at least six feet tall, wearing white Warlock-like robes and carrying what looked like a staff in his left hand. He was clearly older than everyone else in the room, his skin wrinkled and hair long and greyed, covering all of his face apart from his right, pupil-less dark purple coloured eye and half of his mouth.

As the guard closed the door and stood in front of it, the old man that had followed him in made his way over to the General and stood beside him, waiting for instructions.

''This here... Warlock, is said to be on our side'' the General said as he waved his hand around, pointing to Kathrina who pouted irritably at him.

The old man blinked slowly and looked over at Kathrina, ‘’Warlock… yes?’’ he asked slowly, his voice deep and coarse, sounding as if he had a toad stuck in his throat.

Tsunami leaned over to Kathrina, ‘’that's Mage Opus’’ he said quietly as Opus looked down at the General who started muttering to him. As Kathrina glared at Opus, Tsunami frowned, ‘’he’s uh… a little odd, but all the higher ranks trust him. Somehow, he knows anything there is to know about someone, something, somewhere. He can tell just by looking at someone that they’re lying’’ he explained in what seemed like both caution and awe.

Kathrina scoffed, ‘’just looks like someone’s granddad’’

Opus slowly turned his head and looked at Kathrina, ‘’you would do well to co-operate, yes?’’ he asked.

She frowned, looking over at Tsunami who nodded. She rolled her eyes and looked back at Opus, ‘’yeah, I will’’ she grumbled.

Opus moved a few steps closer, staring at her with his purple eye, ''you... are unusual... to me, yes… I, in my many years, have never seen a female Warlock’’ he said slowly.

''The Warlocks believe females are inferior and weaker than men’’ Kathrina explained, ‘’that's why I'm the first you have seen - whatever I was before they made me a Warlock, they must have been desperate for'' she said quietly.

''You... were not Human, yes?'' he asked.

Oswold, the General, the guard and Tsunami looked strangely at Opus as he questioned Kathrina.

She shrugged and frowned slightly, ‘’I don't know’’ she answered, ‘’but like I said, I must have been something they wanted desperately. When I was back in the Kingdom, they never recruited any other women’’

The old man nodded slowly, ‘’I have seen and learnt much in my years, yes. Warlocks... are powerful, with the ability to create other Warlocks from Humans, Seers, or even Mages... but you... were something different, yes?''

Kathrina stared at the ground, confused, ''I don't know''

‘’Wait, you knew that Warlocks were created and not born?’’ Tsunami frowned, ‘’why did you never tell us this?’’

Ignoring Tsunami, Opus stared at Kathrina, ''hmm... how... are you here? You are not controlled, yes?''

''No, I was freed from the compulsion the higher Warlocks had over me. I have self-control''

''You... are free, yes?''

''Yeah. They can’t control me. They refer to me as a Deviant, meaning I’m different''

''Then, if you are as you say you are, you will tell us why you are here, yes?''

Kathrina looked up at Opus, ''I don't have a real reason for being here, I don't even want to be here. All I came here for was to kill your Werewolf and get the money’’ she shrugged. But as Tsunami nudged her shoulder, she sighed irritably, ‘’but I share the same hatred for Warlocks as Humanity and the Seers. They took my freedom, and I’ll never know who I really am or anything of my life before they made me one of them. They took my only friend, I don't know if he's still alive, but I want to find out. I plan to kill every Warlock that stands in my way, and then I’ll kill Gahi, the highest of Warlocks, the one who made me like them'' she growled, glaring into Opus’ single eye.

Opus gazed at her, ''you... want revenge, yes?'' he asked, tilting his head to the left slightly.

She took a deep breath, ''I want them to pay for what they did to me. Warlocks are parasites, walking this Realm like they own it, killing those they think are inferior to them... they need to die... and I'm the one who will kill them all'' she said, angered.

Everyone stared at her, but Opus seemed confused, ''yes... a Warlock that kills Warlocks... that... intrigues me, yes?'' he turned to the General, ''she, for sure, is not with the Warlocks, yes. She has expressed and convinced that to me... but... being a Warlock, we are unsure of your power, yes?'' he said, turning back to her.

''My Warlock class is Prime, one level below Prince. I have healing powers, and high resistance to magic. That's all that matters'' she explained.

Opus dropped to the ground and crawled over to her, the General catching his staff before it hit the floor. Opus crouched below her and grabbed her chin, crouching enough so that his eyes were level with hers. He stared closely into her eyes as she gasped in shock and disgust, ''yes... deviant indeed... your eyes are emerald in color, yes...'' he said and then let go of her as she pulled away and backed off, staring down at him in disgust. He then squatted on the floor as he turned to face the General, ''she will help us, yes?''

The General slowly stood up, ''Opus... he is my closest friend. I trust him, he is highly skilled in finding liars'' he said, staring at Kathrina, ''you, Warlock, will be allowed to remain here, and stay in the Seer fort,'' he began, handing Opus his staff back as he remained on the floor, crouching, ''but you will share with us what knowledge you have of... your kind’’

''You're... just going to let a Warlock walk around our city?'' the guard asked.

''This particular Warlock is our ally... do you have a problem?'' the General asked as he stared at the guard.

''Uhh...  no, sir''

''Good. Now, we will arrange another meeting here, where you, Warlock, will share what you know. You - '' he said as he pointed to the guard, '' - share the news of our new... friend'' he instructed and then turned around without another word and walked out of the door. Opus climbed to his feet and followed, leaving in silence.

Tsunami blinked slowly and looked at Kathrina, ''I... was not expecting that'' he said, laughing nervously as he dragged his hand over the back of his head.

‘’That old dude is even weirder than you’’ she pouted, looking up at him.

He frowned, ‘’I’m not weird’’

Before Kathrina could say anything, Oswold chuckled loudly, ‘’gah, look at you two kids’’ he smirked, ‘’lucky you Tsunami, looks like your girlfriend gets to say’’ he teased.

‘’I’m not his girlfriend!’’ Kathrina snapped, glaring at the Baron.

‘’Aye, looks like he wants you to be’’ Oswold smirked, nudging Tsunami’s arm with his elbow, ‘’aye, right?’’

As his face turned red with embarrassment, Tsunami backed away from the Baron, ‘’n-no, she’s just my friend’’ he mumbled.

Oswold laughed, shaking his head, ‘’aye, whatever ye wanna call it’’

Rolling his eyes, Tsunami looked back at Kathrina, ‘’well, I guess it all worked out, huh?’’

‘’What now?’’ she grumbled, ‘’I just go back to the fort like nothing happened?’’

‘’Aye, it won't be long ‘til the whole city knows what ye are... it depends if they accept it or not. But aye, ye should go back to the fort'' the Baron answered, ‘’the General’s gonna wanna know all ye know about Warlocks soon, so ye should get ready for that. Ye got a Werewolf to hunt too, so I would start doing tha’ if I were you’’

Nodding in agreement, Tsunami looked back at Kathrina, ‘’let’s head back, I’m sure we could both do with some rest before you start with that’’ he said, starting to lead the way out.

Following, Oswold chuckled again, ‘’aye, ye two kids don’t be getting up to anythin’ now, I think it’s a ‘lil too arly in ye relationship for that’’

Kathrina moved to attack the baron, but Tsunami grabbed her and pulled her out of the building, ‘’Kathrina, calm down’’ he mumbled as she tried to pull free from him, ‘’he’s just being funny’’

‘’It’s not funny!’’ she growled.

Also stepping out of the building, Oswold looked at them both, ‘’aye, well, ye two best get on with what yer doing, I got some shit to do’’

‘’Like get drunk and eat until food’s coming out your fat eyes?’’ Kathrina growled.

He nodded, ‘’aye, jus’ that’’ he grinned. Then, he turned around and walked off, leaving them alone.

‘’Get off me!’’ she growled, pulling free from Tsunami.

He let go of her and frowned, ‘’don’t let small things like that get to you – ‘’

‘’Well you weren’t really doing anything to stop him, were you?!’’ she pouted.

Tsunami shrugged, ‘’if he knows you don’t like something, he’ll keep doing it, that’s why you’re supposed to just ignore him and he’ll forget eventually’’

 

‘’Whatever’’ she pouted, ‘’what's the deal with that creepy Opus mage anyway?''

‘’He's old, not only that, he spent a long time living with goblins’’ he explained, starting to lead the way back to the Seer fort, ignoring all the mutters and sceptical faces staring at him and Kathrina.

Also ignoring them, Kathrina frowned, ''why would anyone want to be anywhere near goblins?'' she asked, looking up at Tsunami.

He shrugged, ''a long time ago, he fled from his village which was attacked by Warlocks. They were following him for quite some time before he fell into some cavern. The Goblins found him; he's a Mage, so he easily convinced them he was their friend – because, you know, Goblins are fascinated by just about anything. I think he told them he was sent to teach them to make fire or something. Anyway, he stayed with them for a couple of years before he found this place. It only used to be a small town below the Seer fort, but ever since Opus and more Seers turned up, it got bigger and bigger. I've only been here a while though, I have no idea what it used to look like, I’ve just heard from other people''

''So, that's what's with the 'yes' crap?'' she mocked.

''I do believe so’’ Tsunami smiled, ‘’most of us call him Hopeless Opus because sometimes he rants on and on and it’s hard to understand him'' he laughed, leading the way onto a deserted street leading up to the fort, ‘’anyways, when we get there… uh… just… some of the Seers might try stuff, so… don’t give them what they want’’ he warned.

Kathrina frowned irritably, ''you mean they're all convinced I'm gonna kill you all or something?''

''Most likely. It wouldn't surprise me if the fighters have made up a load of shit, too scared to see past their petty human fears-''

Kathrina stopped and looked at him strangely, ''you sound like a Warlock'' she said, glaring up at him, starting to walk again.

Tsunami followed but didn't say anything. He knew what he sounded like, but he wasn’t anything like a Warlock. If anything, he was worse than a Warlock, but that was something he didn’t exactly want to share with Kathrina. He sighed and followed her, hoping that nothing else would happen today.

The two walked in silence towards the fort. As they did, many of the villagers stared at Kathrina, some cowering behind others in fear. But as they got closer to the fort, a group of Seers ran out of the courtyard and approached the two. A tall, clean-shaven man stood in front of them all and stared down at them, tapping his fingers against his thigh as he watched them get closer.

As they reached him, he frowned, ''so,'' he began, ''it’s true then? You really are a Warlock?''

The pair stopped in front of him and his group, unsure of how to answer. Both Kathrina and Tsunami wanted to avoid conflict – Tsunami, however, knew this Seer, and he knew that conflict wasn’t something easy to avoid with him.

In the blink of an eye, the Seer grabbed Kathrina, holding one arm around her neck and holding her arms behind her back before she or Tsunami could do anything, ''tell me why I shouldn't just kill you here'' he whispered into her ear as he held a blade to her throat.

Tsunami tried to grab hold of him, but the other Seers stopped him, blocking is path, ''Foggy! What the hell are you doing!?'' he yelled, trying to get to him, but one of the Seers grabbed his arms and stopped him from moving any closer.

''This right here... this is a Warlock'' he breathed, ''the enemy! And they have been for as long as I can remember!'' he yelled, looking around at his group.

Kathrina struggled and managed to free her arms. She grabbed his arm in attempt to remove it from around her neck, but he wouldn't let go- ''I... I can't... breathe!'' she panicked.

''Good!'' he growled, ''we don't want you breathing the same air as us!'' he growled harshly. He then pushed the blade into her neck slightly, ''I'll kill you myself!''

Kathrina struggled as blood began to drip from her neck, ''let me go!'' she growled, trying to hold back and not use her telekinesis, afraid that she might hurt them. Even though they deserved to be hurt, she didn’t want to destroy the chance she had just been given by Oswold and the General.

''Foggy! That's enough!'' someone suddenly called.

The crowd moved away, but Foggy still held onto Kathrina. The Seer growled and looked to his left, watching as someone emerged from the courtyard with a strange black dog-like creature at his right side. Both of his pupil-less eyes were a dull purple, his light brown hair falling down to his waist, but he had it tied loosely at the bottom with a red piece of string. He had a red headband over his forehead, the same red as his hakama, sandals on his feet and two curved swords on his back

As he reached the altercation, he stopped and frowned, looking down at Kathrina and Foggy, ''why are you threatening Tsunami's new... friend?'' he asked calmly.

''Do you not know who - what she is?'' he growled as he pulled the blade from her throat. Blood dripped onto the ground as he stared at it, ''this is a Warlock''

''Yes, I am fully aware that she is in fact a Warlock'' he said as he glared down at them, ''but she was given permission by the General to reside here and help us. Plus, she is Tsunami's friend. We all respect him - and his friends. Let her go Foggy... a friend of Tsunami is a friend of ours'' he said calmly.

Foggy stared up at him and then looked down at Kathrina, ''listen to me, Warlock'' he began as he placed the blade back on her throat which was still bleeding, ''I see you doing anything I think of as suspicious, I'll kill you in the blink of an eye'' he threatened. He then threw her on the ground, stood up and stared at the man, ''this is on you, Logan, just remember that'' he grumbled. Then, he threw the blood covered blade on the ground beside Kathrina and walked back into the courtyard along with a few of the other Seers.

Logan sighed and crouched down, helping Kathrina to her feet. She breathed deeply as she gripped the wound on her neck, but she wiped the blood away and grunted irritably.

Tsunami stared in awe as the wound on Kathrina’s neck healed slowly.

''What?'' she asked as she flicked the blood from her hand onto the ground.

''Uh... nothing''

Kathrina then stared at the dog, ''is that... a Black Dog?''

Smirking, Logan patted his dog’s head, ''this is Cobra; I saved him when he was just a pup a while back on one of our hunting trips. I found him clinging to his mother’s dead body and I didn't want to leave the little pup to die, so I took him in, trained him to be a tracker dog’’ he smiled as Cobra barked happily, looking up at Logan.

Kathrina stared at Cobra who seemed extremely calm for a Black Dog. But then she turned her attention to Logan, looking up at him. He was slightly taller than Tsunami, although he looked younger. His skin was the same amber tone as Joe’s and he had a rather odd accent, one she felt was familiar. But that didn’t really matter right now. She frowned up at him, ''why did you help me?'' she asked sceptically.

He sighed deeply, ''you may be a Warlock, but you’re Tsunami's friend, and I believe in his judgement. He trusts you, therefore I trust you. Don't worry about Foggy and the others, they'll come around at some point once they realize they're wrong... well, at least I hope they are'' he said as he looked at her cautiously.

Tsunami looked at him, ''they are wrong, Logan. Trust me, Kathrina is different from typical Warlocks’’

Logan nodded slightly, ''I do trust you, Tsunami. But trying to get Humans to trust something they deeply fear is near impossible, it’s like trying to tell a Werewolf not to transform on a full moon’’

‘’Speaking of Werewolf – ‘’ Tsunami interjected, ‘’she’s here to hunt it, do you know anything that could help her?’’ he asked.

Looking down at Kathrina as she glared up at him, Logan shook his head, ‘’I know no more than what you’ve probably already been told. Come, let’s get inside. Its gonna get dark soon'' he said, turning around, starting to lead the way into the courtyard.

Kathrina looked at Tsunami strangely, but then followed Logan as he led the way into the fort.

''If I were you, Kathrina, I wouldn't wonder around by yourself for now’’ Logan warned, leading the way through the fort doors,  ‘’Foggy is one of those people who don’t like the idea of 'an enemy of my enemy is my friend', he doesn't trust easy. He's used to Warlocks being the enemy, not allies'' he said as they walked up the stairs and down the corridor, ''just stick with Tsunami – or me. The Seers respect me, they’ll listen to what I tell them’’

‘’Only if you’re around’’ Tsunami mumbled, ‘’they talk shit behind your back’’

Logan scoffed, ‘’they can talk shit all they want, doesn’t change the fact that what I say goes’’

‘’Are you some kind of commander too?’’ Kathrina asked curiously, looking ahead at Logan.

He shrugged, ‘’I guess I’m their supervisor. I’m supposed to keep them out of trouble. So, don’t worry. Stick with me or Tsunami and you’ll be fine’’ he smiled, ‘’you’re an ally now, and one that could possibly help us fight back against the Warlocks, so we don’t wanna lose ya’’

''Wouldn't it be easier for me to just leave?'' she muttered, ''I don't want to cause tension at a time like this, the Warlocks could attack again at any time-''

''And this time, you'll be here to help again'' Logan said, ''things will calm down, you just have to give it some time. We Seers want to fight back against the Warlocks as much as the Humans do. Once they work out that you’re possibly our key, they’ll ease up’’

Tsunami nodded in agreement as they walked towards the door to her room, ‘’don’t worry’’ he repeated, ‘’you’ll be fine in a couple days’’

They stopped outside of Kathrina's door and looked at one another. But before they could continue their conversation, Cobra began to growl quietly, frantically sniffing under the door.

''What's wrong with him?'' Kathrina asked.

As the dog panicked, Tsunami pulled Kathrina away from the door. Logan quickly pushed it open, a cautious look on his face as he reached up and grabbed the hilt of one of his sheathed swords. Cobra pounced into the room and started to search around, sniffing. He then stopped and stared up at Logan, barking frantically.

''Someone's been in here'' Logan said as he patted Cobra's head, letting go of his sword’s hilt.

Kathrina and Tsunami walked in, looking around strangely. There was no sign that someone had been in the room, but their sense of smell wasn’t as keen as the animal’s.

''I don't see anything'' Tsunami said as he looked at Logan.

Noticing a green shimmer concealed within the blankets, Kathrina walked over to the bed and stared down at it; just visible under the blanket was a small green stone, one she recognized immediately. She picked it up and stared at it closely, a mirage of different emotions starting to consume her.

''What is that?'' Tsunami asked as he and Logan stood beside her, looking down at her.

''It’s an emerald'' she frowned.

''Yours?''

''No''

''Then how did it get here?'' Logan asked.

''Your guess is as good as mine'' she grumbled as she looked at them both. She then put the stone in her pocket and sat down on the end of the bed, ''if you don't mind, I'd like to get some rest now'' she said, trying to hide the fact that the stone was pulling her into sadness, the memories linked to it starting to flash through her mind.

Logan nodded, ‘’alright, just remember what Tsunami and I said. Don’t wander around alone either’’ he instructed. Then as he left the room, Cobra followed him quickly.

As Logan left, Tsunami looked down at her, ''will you be okay?''

She nodded slowly as she stared at the wall in front of her, ‘’yeah, I’m just tired after everything’’

''Well, if you need anything, I'm just across the hall'' he said as he stared at her in worry. She didn’t reply. He sighed and slowly walked out of the room, closing the door behind him.

Once he was gone, Kathrina reached into her pocket and pulled out the emerald, staring down at it as it sat in her hand, shimmering brightly. She sighed deeply and closed her eyes, the small stone bringing back memories of her time in the Warlock Kingdom. But a horrible sense of heartbreak began to consume her, so she tucked the stone back into her pocket and stood up. She pulled her robes off and threw them to the floor, sighing in relief as she fell back and rested on the bed.

She was completely exhausted from the day’s events and just wanted to rest, and that’s what she was going to do. As it darkened outside, she closed her eyes, slowly falling into a long-awaited, deep sleep...

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