Two hours had passed and I was getting tired of fighting. The demons did not die out in number, they multiplied. Some of the fallen ones had healed up again, while others replicated after being slashed. "Xerxes! To your left!" she cried, creating a barrage of wind attacks with her cane, holding me for support. "I can't get a hit on them!" I yelled in the chaos. "They're too fast!" They were everywhere. We were surrounded. At this point, I wished my father would swoop in to save us, but we had gotten separated during the attack. Harry, Olly, Trina and Indigo were on the ground bleeding, they needed medical care. I sighed, how shitty could this day get? "They aren't fast," she replied. "We're getting slow." I bent to catch my breath, I was exhausted keeping them away from us. I had created a protective barrier with my flames to shield us but it was not enough, worst of all, my powers were going down and I could feel myself slipping. "I'm done," I moaned, falling onto my knees. P
"Xerxes! To your left!" warned the mage, creating a barrage of wind attacks with her cane, holding me for support."I can't get a hit on them!" I cried back. "They're too fast!"They were everywhere and we were surrounded. At this point, I wished my father would swoop in to save us, but we got separated during the attack. Harry, Olly, Trina and Indigo laid on the ground bleeding causing me to sigh in frustration.How had we gotten here? Let's roll it back.***After the heated fight I had had with the dark god, we were finally leaving the broken town to commence on our journey. My father had been reading the map, however, the more he tried to understand the pathways to follow the more confused he got. "This map doesn't look right," he noted."Well, that was the only map the captain had on his ship," the Xaj stated back."For fuck sake," he grumbled, rolling up the map before putting it into his pocket. "I guess we would go by instincts then." We walked on silently until we came to
It was midnight and I could not sleep. I stood at the edge of the ship watching the moonlight kiss the open sea. It was quiet now, maybe too quiet. It is what happens when war becomes a norm in a person's life, peace makes one uneasy. My birth had brought about the death of so many people, and I knew it would not end until the tyrant was stopped. Ang did not deserve to die. Little Georgey, the abbot and so many warriors I had grown up knowing did not deserve to die. When the news of his death was announced, I broke down. The sweet lovely kid, dying in a brutal way, it really was horrible. "May I join you?" she asked, breaking my train of thoughts. I wanted to be alone, I wanted a 'me' time right now. I was tired of the heroic life I was forced to live because I was seen as some kind of saviour. I'm not a hero, I'm a mistake. "Look, I know you hate me so much for not saving Ang, George or the abbot, but just know that I tried everything in my power..." "Don't... Just don't... pl
"Why can't you help me?" I asked. "After all, you're a god too." There was so much that needed to be done and I wanted the easy way out. I didn't ask for any of this and if she was right, then there had to be a way to stop the war without more bloodshed."Like I said earlier, I can only tell you things which you need to know, but there are still so much that you need to learn on your own," she emphasized to me, stretching out the last statement. That wasn't much help. The wind howled in the distance causing me to shiver at the cold. This did not feel like a dream or vision. I could feel things like I was still in the real world. I wondered if I could get hurt here, or die. "You created this place with your mind when you were just a kid," she said, breaking my thoughts. "It was your solace whenever you were down or scared," she continued, stretching her arms out while cracking her knuckles in the process."I still remember when you were little, I would read to you about the old god
She stood, wandering over to the shelves with her index finger pointed at the books, "I thought these books were supposed to be destroyed. I can see you saved them...""Can we get back to the story?" I asked impatiently. I felt for her, I really did, but I needed to know if I was on the right side of the war. I needed to know who the real enemy was. "Very well," she said, walking back to her seat and falling in a lazy manner. "Where was I? Ahhh yes, my journey," she went on. "When I ran out of the nation, I joined the outcasts. They were a group of people unjustly kicked out of the country for one crime or the other. They were my new family. I learnt a lot from them and I got stronger with their help. I learnt all about the gods and the different powers a Xaj could wield. I... No, we fought together and we became more powerful. We recruited new members to our team and that was where I met General Obsidian and Kol. Together we drove off every single evil we could find until we becam
"Liar!" I screamed in anger. He would not turn me against the Xaj."You lie! You want me to turn against Petra and get the people to not trust her. You work for the King, don't you?" I went on, not minding if my voice was loud or not."Xerxes, calm down...""Stay out of this Ang, your uncle is a liar and right now I am having second thoughts about trusting him...""Then trust me Xerxes. Trust me", she said with calm, putting her hands in mine.It was infuriating listening to him talk, I wanted to walk away and never turn back, but I could not. I relaxed a bit while letting her warm hands caress mine. "Let's hear what he has to say. If you are not satisfied with his answer you can leave and never look back," her eyes pleaded. Deep down I had a hunch I was not going to be satisfied with what he had to say, but Ang gave me a convincing look and I had to trust her."Fine!" I shrugged away from her grip."Tell me what you mean when you said that Petra was the traitor?" I sighed, directin
"So, why are you out anyway?" she let out shattering my daydream, bringing me back to reality. "The healer said your mind needed time to conform, but here you are, what's on your mind?"I did need time to heal but my mind was not broken, not with what I had seen and heard. I was as fit as a fiddle and I bet I could start training if the Xaj had allowed it. The dreams were all things of the past as I envisioned a future where we all got to win and taste victory. "Have you been to the library before?" I asked, trying not to sound excited. She nodded in affirmation but immediately advised against it saying the books were not up to date, however what I searched for was something that didn't need additional information.Petra had been with me and given me the plans on how my training was to go. We would visit the ten temples of the gods where I would train with the monks and Xaj learning to control my innate abilities. We would pass through Crete, the city of knowledge and I would get th
(Xerxes POV)"Can you remember what happened after you jumped towards the lightning ball?" a bald general asked, standing over me with concern on his face. How daft could he possibly be? I had told them everything I could remember but they would not believe me.General Kol had been asking the same question over and over again for almost an hour. Ang had given her testament to the Generals and magicians, but her story was not matching up with mine. She had said crazy things which did not make any sense.How could I have faced off against the legendary Meridius and won?That was not only impossible but also crazy talk.The stares being sent my way were that of fear and terror, however it was mixed with a bit of hope. They looked at me like I was some sort of saviour but they were about to be disappointed.I was nothing but a stable boy, a cartographer."For the hundredth time General," I sighed with exasperation. "I remember jumping towards a lightning ball and waking up on Ang, that'