Chapter 4: The Prince of Roses

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Katar was dropped right on his head, the thorny vine that had lifted him up by his ankle withdrawing. Katar sat up rubbing the top of his head and squinted. Before him was the mayor of the village standing next to a slender man wearing an elegant white and blue robe with long silver eyes and pale blue eyes. " So this is the infamous Katar who killed my youngest sibling. I was expecting more if I may be frank. Don't get me wrong, you're cute but I prefer a certain type of man." " What are you on about?" Katar asked getting on his feet. " And who are you and how do you know who I am?" " Ah yes, perhaps introductions are in order. But first." A giant red rose burst from the ground, petals closed. The petals descended to reveal Valeria in the middle of the flower looking bewildered. 

"Valeria? How-" " I have no idea" Valeria replied shaken. " Now that I have the both of you, I suppose it is time to get down to business. My name is Mephisto and I am a child of Ezcoatl, the Ancient One. You Katar killed my youngest brother, Mushian. Whilst I personally had no love for the imbecile, he was still my brother. Thus in order to appease my father, I'm afraid your blood will have to water my roses. As for you, my dear Valeria" Mephisto said with a bow to her " I've been ordered to bring you back alive. So If you would be so kind as to stand back while Katar and I settle our business." " I'm going to have to decline that offer," Valeria said icily. Mephisto just smiled " you mortals. Always doing what you shouldn't be doing. Very well Valeria, I shall bring you in by force."

A vine-covered in thorns rushed towards them. Thinking fast, Katar created a barrier out of water, slashing his right arm wildly. The vine bounced off harmlessly and retreated. The water barrier turned into a raging torrent. Mephisto gave a condescending smile before twirling around, thorny vines intercepting the water. Valeria rushed forward with two large bronze fans and slashed them at Mephisto. Multiple blades of wind made their way to Mephisto. A giant red rose up from the ground, swallowed Mephisto up and went back underground before he could be touched.

" Where did he go?" Katar asked on his guard. He got his answer a moment later when the ground started to shake violently. The giant scarlet rose from the ground, countless vines covered in thorns twirling around the flower. Suddenly they all flew towards Katar who was able to cut a few of them down before being scratched. Katar swore as he felt multiple thorns cut into his body. Blood began to flow from his body as well as a burning sensation that raced throughout his body. Katar gritted his teeth and directed the water from his Imperial Heirloom towards Mephisto who blocked the water by hiding in another giant rose.

Katar gritted his teeth as his water couldn't penetrate the rose which fired several petals that cuts both Valeria and Katar. He fell on his knees, blood spilling from his body, his body feeling as if he were on fire. " What in the Infinite hells?!" "Surprised?" came Mephisto's voice who appeared in front of him. " My beautiful array of techniques each come with their own special blend of poison, something you are no doubt experiencing. You will succumb to it soon enough, what little is left of your pitiful life will be spent in agony." Katar bared bis teeth and summoned his water forth to slice through Mephisto who just turned into rose petal once the rose petals made contact and fluttered away in the wind only to reform a few yards away.

Valeria ran towards Mephisto slicing the air with her fans, creating more blades of wind. Mephisto deflected them all with his thorny vines and urged them forward, cutting her body even more. Both Katar and Valeria were breathing heavily as they both stood in a puddle of their own blood. Mephisto gave both of them a condescending look " I just say, Prince Katar" he said, his voice oozing with cockiness " or shall I call you Shin? Regardless, you have let me down more than you can know. I was hoping I could have someone of considerable power I could enslave but you are not even worth that. I thought those who possessed Elven blood were supposed to be powerful. However, I still have gained a substantial amount of blood tonight. So I shall show you a rare sight as a reward."

Small scarlet red roses started to bloom on the vines covering the villagers. The roses continued to blood as the villagers started to decompose. Faint red stands of energy slowly made their way to Mephisto who began to greedily consume them. Katar felt the hair on his arms and neck stand up. This cannot be good he thought examining the bones of the villagers and the withered up vegetation. Mephisto gave the of both of them a sinister smile before calling forth twice as many thorny vines as before. Before Valeria and Katar could make a move they were assaulted. 

Katar's vision was growing fuzzy and he could himself losing strength. Mephisto glided over to him and planted a foot on his chest. " How pathetic. I am starting to get bored toying with you." A vine covered in thorns lifted Katar up by the neck and sank into his flesh. Katar weakly thrashed in the air as Mephisto chuckled and had the vine throw him through the air. Katar fought in vain to stand up as Mephisto began to float in the air. " You may have already noticed this but the most blood I consume the more my powers increase and this village just so happens to be a place more than happy to supply me with all the blood I desire. Granted they know not the aftereffects of my beautiful flowers." Valeria managed to get to her feet and weakly flashed her two fans, creating a weak blade of wind which was easily blocked. " Allow me to tell both of you another secret. I have been reading your thoughts this entire time."

Oh great Katar angrily thought. He had no idea how much blood he had lost but he knew he couldn't afford to lose any more. " And now it is time for our dance in the pale moonlight to come to an end Katar." A large vine wrapped around Katar's body, hauling him in the air. Mephisto floated towards and cupped his chin. " Any last words?" Katar growled and plunged his claws into the neck of Mephisto. Katar smirked, expecting him to drop dead. Instead, Mephisto chuckled and grabbed Katar's wrist and pulled his claws out. " Defiant to the end huh?" The thorny vine began to envelop Katar who lacked the strength to resist. 

Mephisto smiled wickedly as the vine finished enveloping Katar. " Fare thee well Prince Katar. Enjoy being forced to relive the worst moments in your life as my thorns drain you of every ounce of your blood. A fate that will leave you begging for death." 


Submitted: July 09, 2019

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