The same day. Same time. Inside a tree.
"Now have you had your fill? Have you, witch?!!!"
Prium cried, her voice almost cracking. She didn't care. She was already used to screaming and shouting and snapping at the always indifferent Ayla.
"These three days you've held me against my will. You'll pay for it. Believe me, you sincerely will."
She threatened again. Ayla as usual didn't say a word. She was also used to the noise and bickering. She didn't have the strength neither did she want to hurt Prium. After all, Prium was her mistress.
"I command you to stop walking right now!!!"
Prium screamed again as Ayla slackened her pace, her back to Prium. She was just few metres away from the tree.
Ayla, unknown to Prium was walking to the portal of the tree to open it for the both of them. But she didn't want Prium to know. So, she didn't tell the restless mistress about it.
Ayla had one more punishment
Same. "Tahni. What are you doing here?" He asked walking towards her, as she finally fought herself off the rude Miargos. She flung herself into his arms and he held unto her for a while. There were a lot of thoughts pacing his mental ken. One of them was the fact that he never thought that any one was missing him. At least not his other daughter. He had thought that she had taken after her mother and wouldn't give a damn about him. But it seemed that he was wrong. Like he was about Prium. But he hoped that Tahni's love was the family type not an illusion like her sister's. "I've been worried about you father. I thought something evil had happened to you. I couldn't help thinking of the evil mother did to you. I'm sorry that I couldn't help you, save you from the cruel judgement. But I'm so glad that you're alive. I don't care how. I'm glad." She said raising her head to see his face. But then she looked away from him to see
Outside the tree. "You can't keep escaping using with your crappy magic. You don't think you'll get off my grasp this time. You thought you could fool me? Or what were you thinking. But it's a pity to see that I --" Prium stopped chanting as soon as she stood up, and turned to the group of people looking at her. "What in the actual fuck!" She muttered. Trying to hold her gaze on one of the group. She didn't know who precisely to pick on or get on a brawl with. Her father was standing in the middle of the group and beside him was Ayla. To the left was Tahni holding unto that princess who had caused the death of her father? Then isolated, by the fallen and uprooted trunk of the tree in which they used to live, was that wierd lady who had came to threaten them in the wood many days back. She tried to understand what was going on as well as struggle with the implication of the whole matter. She
Few days later. On a surface water."What's that coming, Father?"Tahni asked standing at the edge of the stretched and borderless wooden balcony. She turned to face her father who was seated on a acacia chair before the wooden hut seating on the surface water, half way into the breadth of the large lake.According to Ayla who had situated their new dwelling place on the water, they wouldn't be scene by any mortal. Even a boat plying the water wouldn't see them. Only that when the boat gets to the portion of their building on the water, twouldnt be able to pass through. Twould feel a barrier but wouldn't see what it was."You don't have to bother yourself. Whatever it is would come to light sooner or later."She heard her father say, yet she wasn't satisfied. She didn't know why not. She could smell quite the numbers of omens in the air. She didn't know when she began to have spiritual traits. Abilities to discern st
In the woods."Do you think it's a good idea?"Tahni asked, her eyes locked on the vast expanse of the trees ahead of them. She didn't know what else to think but that question."He hadn't asked us to involve in war. He only said we should go and observe the main motive of the men. And the truth is that, he's your father. He sure would know and want the best for you. I've known him for quite a while, even though if it hasn't been forever. He has a good heart. But I sometimes wonder how the gods could had been so cruel to make such ill-tempered Prium come out of that coolheaded man."Tahni looked at Ayla who had spoken. She didn't know which of the tossed facts to pick. Ideas seemed to elude her but she was holding her grasp on the necessary."You don't have the right to speak to my sister that way."Tahni said finally, shooting Ayla the mean gaze. Though she knew she had feigned it but she wanted the Nymph to know t
In the land."Woah."Tahni gasped looking around at where they found themselves. Twas a path which leads to the market square."Let's hurry up, else we would miss the motive of being here."Ayla urged and pulled Tahni with her through the path. Her hold on her was soft but pulls strongly. Twas one of those wonders of a Nymph that she probably wouldn't understand.Ayla slackened her place suddenly as they caught up with some group of women walking towards the market too. The group seemed to had been plunged into a wave of gossip."Keep your ears sideways, but your eyes forward."Ayla urged. Tahni looked at her and nodded her head. They kept their pace at a regular but filtered sequence as they listened to the women converse,"I heard that some men just arrived our land from a place called Aiowa.""I heard that that land has a lot of gold but the sacrifice to get it is too overwhelming.
An invisible house on the lips of a lake."What news do you bring?"Vulcan asked, looking at Ayla, then looked away to Tahni and asked,"And did you have a nice time?"Tahni was the first to speak,"Ayla already told me that, we don't get to ask too much questions when we expect an answer. One question at a time.""Indeed."Prium scorned, rolling her eyes."Ignore her."Vulcan came on and built on what Tahni had edified,"That's quite a way to think. So, Ayla, what news do you bring from the land of the mortals?"Ayla stared blankly for a while as though she was trying to find her voice."The land will be plunged into chaos sooner than later. Though we didn't hear from the direct source because we didn't have the time on our side, but there is a rumor of war in the air which wouldn't be favorable to the people of the land. The men we saw the last time are with ill moti
Same."I've got some words to break with you. Meet me outside."Ayla called at Vulcan and walked out of the house. She heard Prium calling at her,"Rude phantom."She didn't care. Prium turned to her father,"Don't tell me you'll just go to her."Vulcan took a glance at her and stood up. He walked out without answering. He heard Prium scorn,"Had no idea that she now orders you around."Vulcan looked back at her, he was standing at the doorstep. He twitched his eyes and shook his head, then he walked out.Ayla was standing at edge of the extended base of the building. The whooshing wind danced in glee across the lips of the lapping water."What's this about?"Vulcan stood beside her. Looking away from that place to the end of the water opposite him. From distance, he could count the numbers of granite stones being washed by the excitement of the flowing water.T
War."Over there."A man called at another who had a spear in his hand and was running after a lone man who was dressed differently from the two.The caller was quite swift but what he had in his hand was an ax, whose wooden handle seemed to be under a spell of splitting.The man who they were on was running through the ruins, avoiding the fallen houses and burnt barns. The whole village was in tumult and amongst the several invaders where those two who were keen on taking the poor lone man down.Unfortunately, the man stumbled on a fallen part of the roof of a house which had been destroyed. He fell on his face, his left hand plunged into a 4-inches nail. He screamed and wrenched in pain."Hell of a runner."The first invader got to the man and towered over him."You all and your lot should had left this land when you had the opportunity but look at you now. Where is that will and cou