Skylight

Newly fully-fledged warrior Sky has passed her last test in the Training Grounds and can set off on her journey to find the the legendary cursed blade Crucifix with childhood and best friend Blane Nobel. As Sky travels around the world and meets so many people while looking for Crucifix, her journey becomes much more personal and complex than she ever would have imagined.

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4. Leah

Huban is different from Mizar in that it's a smaller town. There are people who are just normal rather than people carrying blades with them constantly. It's actually a refreshing sight to see although the cost of that is we stand out massively from the crowd although I'm still sure that there are other warriors here somewhere. Vincent might have got the head start on me considering that I had a late start after everything that happened with the ship back in Mizar.

“Quiet. I like it so far.” I observe.

“Yeah but mentioning you know what isn't the best idea. Remember that.” Blane adds.

Right if this town is as against Crucifix as I was told, I should play it smart this time and know when to mention it in the right way. Although where am I supposed to start but if my name has spread anywhere, maybe people will come looking for me instead of the other way around.

“Let's explore. Something tells me I'll find some answers regardless of whether I want trouble or not.” I decide.

“And you're happy with that? So what do you have in mind?” Blane asks.

“Try the libraries. You never know, we might find something.” I answer.

“You've never been the one to visit libraries.”

“Well finding info from people hasn't really been working out the way I wanted. I might as well do my research this time. Besides these type of towns are famous for knowledge and history.”

 

The library isn't incredibly big and not many people are in here. It's just a few bookshelves and tables really. There's no noise minus the occasional whisper. I've found one book about a kingdom known as Islayia and I have heard the name before so I want to know more out of curiosity. It seems to be pretty much what I expect from a kingdom. I turn to the next page finding something particularly interesting to read and something that might be worth knowing if I stop by there.

“Blane, check this out.” I whisper.

Blane takes his head out of the book that he's reading about the legends surrounding Crucifix.

“What is it?”

“Islayia had this ruling family that were murdered almost twenty years ago. It doesn't relate to Crucifix but it's something to remember definitely.”

“Were there any survivors from that family?”

“No. They all died and most of the people that were loyal to them were killed as well. A lot of blood was shed that night.”

Why? What was the point? Did that ruling family do something wrong? Blane realises that I'm troubled by what I read. He puts his hand on my shoulder trying to comfort me which I return with a sad smile. I close the book placing my hand on my forehead trying to work out why I'm so troubled by it. It's horrific to hear regardless of whatever reason is behind it.

“What have you found out then?” I ask changing the topic.

Blane sighs deeply not sure whether to tell me about it considering that what I just read managed to affect me that much. I nod in reassurance that I would be fine with whatever he tells me. I need a change in topic before I become too depressed and that's never something that I take lightly.

“This town definitely has its history with Crucifix. I can tell you that much, Sky. There's a cavern that holds one of the guardians who should point the way to the blade or in the more likely scenario: Try to kill us for even asking about it. The guy wasn't kidding about this blade being something you shouldn't even mention out loud in this town. Apparently ages ago, Crucifix was in this town during a war and caused a lot of damage and people have carried that history with them clearly.”

So we might cause offence which might upset people here but most people are unarmed so I'm not exactly worried about being killed but I shouldn't take my chances. There are warriors all over the world even here.

“I wonder why I didn't learn that back in the Training Grounds or even before that.” I say.

“History isn't always reliable. Sometimes you have to be there to know the truth. Besides some people want to keep things to themselves normally for good reasons, Sky.”

“To warn people off.”

“Yeah that's probably it.”

I know that there is probably good reason for why people want that blade destroyed but I still want to know the truth about that cursed item even if it means making a few enemies on the way to finding answers.

“It isn't going to work on me. I'm finding that blade one way or another.”

 

The forest was my idea to go and everything in the hope of finding that cavern and that was a very bad idea. We ran into a group of bandits so we had to fight our way out of there and we seem to have escaped the worst. We decide to rest on the windmill overlooking the forest. I'm exhausted. If I knew about the bandits then I would have avoided the place like a plague.

“God! We've gone from annoying pirates to annoying bandits. Luck isn't on our side recently is it?” Blane gasps in-between deep breaths.

We ran so far just to lose track of them and most of my energy was spent fighting them off. I need to rest because if they find us, it will be like shooting a sitting duck to them. I lean against the wall and then eventually slide down completely.

“This really wiped you out, huh?” Blane says.

“Yeah. I didn't get much in the way of rest before we got here.” I reply.

Blane looks around the area probably wanting to know if we are really secure here. It seems quiet enough but it's hard to know what to trust as quiet doesn't always mean good.

“We could head back to the inn or you can rest here.” Blane suggests.

I haven't really had much chance to sleep since that last dream or nightmare I had. I'm not sure if it was just something to happen once or it's my subconscious trying to tell me something that I need to know through some traumatising images to put it lightly. Still if those bandits return, I'm going to need my strength.

“Here should be fine so keep an eye out.” I decide.

“Alright Flame. Just sleep well.”

I smile lightly and let my eyes close letting sleep take over for a few hours.

 

My eyes flinch lightly when a light hits and then I open them seeing that it's sunset. I slept that long? It was the middle of the afternoon when I fell asleep. I must have been more tired than I thought. Blane greets me with a small smile and I stretch my arms out still feeling slightly tired.

“You sleep well then?” Blane asks returning to looking out at the horizon.

“Yeah.” I answer realising I had no nightmares.

This town blends in with the sunset well like the town is made of topaz. It's beautiful. I sit up with a strong urge to want to sleep more if that nightmare doesn't appear to be coming back. It must have been just a one time thing.

“There weren't any problems were there?” I ask.

“No. I think they stopped looking for us a while ago so I thought I would let you sleep.”

This whole sight feels very familiar but that's because I've seen it all before but not for a long time.

“I haven't seen a sunset like this since we were kids.” I say.

“Yeah. Back then we would wish that the sun would never set because then we'd never have to go home. We just wanted to play together all the time. We always had more than enough fun. Sunsets like this are rare so I like to enjoy them while I can.”

“It definitely brings back memories but not much has changed since then. We still can't be torn apart from each other. In my case, I didn't have much else so I like to hold to what I do have.”

I get up properly and move next to him wanting to see the sunset clearly for myself. It's even better and I feel goosebumps on my arms as I haven't seen something like this in so long.

“You know you'll find answers one day, Sky.” Blane tells me.

“You think? I'm starting to wonder.”

“No-one just disappears without leaving a trail in some way or another.”

“I hope you're right.”

 

We arrive back at the inn after the sunset. We spent the entire time recalling old memories with plenty of smiles and laughs as well. True there hasn't been much in the way of success when it comes to finding any information about Crucifix but bizarrely it isn't really bothering me.

“Days like this are becoming normal and I'm not liking that.” Blane says.

“It has to get better at some point.”

“Flame, why are you doing this? It's like searching for a needle in a nettle-stack.”

“Are you just moaning from not finding anything or is this a serious question?”

Blane sits up on his bed looking right at me to show that he is genuinely asking me this question. There are so many reasons why I've chosen to do this that it's hard to think of just one.

“Come on. Just give me one answer. Simple and clean.”

We both hear a knock at the door before I can even give him an answer. Who could that be? It's pretty late and most people are back in their homes by now. It could just be our innkeeper but what could he want? I could play guessing games or just answer the door and find out already. I open the door and see a woman standing there and I don't recognise her. She has short light red hair, green eyes and she's wearing a blue dress with a white neckline and pink lining on the dress with black leather pants and knee-high dark grey boots. She seems fairly harmless enough but I'm not dropping my guard as last time I did I was nearly taken away on a pirate ship.

“Who are you?” I ask cautious.

“Can I come in? I'll explain then.” She answers.

I move out of the way and she gives a small smile of gratitude and I see that she has two daggers on her back which I didn't see before. That's not reassuring me. Blane doesn't know what to make of her either.

“So who are you?” I repeat.

“My name is Leah. I'm fairly hidden in Huban but most know me as a guardian.”

“Of what exactly?”

“The cavern.”
My head turns slightly recognising immediately what she is talking about and Blane gets off his bed wanting to know more as much as I do.

“I heard that you want to find it so I can lead you there. All you have to do is come with me.”

“And how are we supposed to trust you?”

“You don't have to but you won't get any further if you don't.”

Leah leaves the room not wanting to say anything more unless we were coming with her. Blane and I look at each other quickly having to check this out whether we trust her or not. We both follow her out of the room.

 

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