Tsukiko's Story

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
A short story I had to write for an exchange project to Italy (the Comenius project for Gateshead College), which I decided I might as well also share with this 'channel'. Tsukiko is no longer welcome within her order... What will she do?

Submitted: February 09, 2011

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A figure separated itself from the shadows. “You called. I have replied. Now hurry – what do you want?”
“Tut, tut Tsukiko - I thought you would have more patience than that. Such a beautiful name for a shadowmancer, “Moon Child”, is that correct? Yes. A delicious name.”
I will not play your games Hajimi. What did you call upon me for?”
“Oh nothing much, just to warn you that we will be watching you. Should you stay near the Lorekeepers we will be calling in to teach you your place.” The eyes were as beads of pure night set upon a face paler than pearls, and they glistened loathingly. “Remember, we are your family. If you should betray us we will not be merciful. You belong to us!” And with that the man disappeared.
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It had been a week since Hajimi had visited, and Tsukiko had a nagging feeling that there was something going on behind her back in the order of shadows. Had she been left out because of her association with the Lorekeepers? If so that could only mean the order was dabbling in arts darker than those they publically practice.
“You look troubled, Tsukiko. What is on your mind?”
Tsukiko jumped at the sudden question. “Master!” Tsukiko was unsure of how to proceed, but her tongue kept talking for her as if under a spell. “I was contemplating why I have been told to stay away from my ‘lorekeeper friends’. Also brooding upon what it could mean for me.”
“Ah, child,” the master began. “It is better not to puzzle and pour over such things. You wouldn’t wish to stumble upon something now, would you?”
“Stumble upon something? Then I am being left out of something then.” Tsukiko pried.
“I shouldn’t - I simply mean to say that –” As he stumbled over his words Tsukiko silently contemplated running. “You wouldn’t like to step into something and be called a sneak. Would you?”
“No. You didn’t mean that. You meant to say I shouldn’t worry about such things and that you are sure I will learn why this has been said when the time comes.” Tsukiko corrected him scornfully.
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As Tsukiko was clearly no longer wanted within the order she had ran off to the Lorekeepers, but following her had been a void within shadows that circled her constantly as a carrion raven to a corpse. Afore the void struck, Tsukiko called out to the darkness: “You can come out, Alef. You have nothing to hide from me…”
“Ah, but my young lady, why do you flee so fast from your home?” came a measured reply from the shadows. “Surely you know just as well as I that the brotherhood is corrupt and beyond help? Surely you know this, better even than I?”
“The brotherhood is many things, yes,” Alef furthered the statement. “But has it descended so far that you should flee your home?”
“My home now resides where the lorekeepers deign their headquarters… Do not question me, follow me if you wish.” Tsukiko ended.
“Ah but I am busy learning the ways of the world and shadows. Good day, and know I will always be but a whisper away. Know this well.”


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