Battle Born

This is a short story about a young boy Alfonso (Alfie) Romero and his evening leading up to a battle where he knows he is almost certainly going to loose his life.

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3. Returned

“He’s late,” complained Gwyneth as she flicked through the various pages of her newest fashion magazine. Her platinum blonde hair cascaded across the couch that she was sprawled out upon in the Academy’s library.

“Oh shut up Gwyn,” retorted Storm who was sitting on the couch opposite running his slender, pale fingers through his hair, “how do you think Lucia feels? She is his sister after all.” Gwyneth shot Storm a dark look before casting her eyes back to the magazine resting on her knees. A bang at the window made them all jump to their feet ready for an oncoming attack but each of them relaxed when they saw Alfonso’s face illuminated by the moonlight at the window. Lucia hurried over and pushed up the window enough for her younger brother to slide into the room and gracefully land on her feet with a grin at the rest of them.

“Where have you been?” demanded Gwyn as she marched over to Alfonso and grabbed him by his shirt collar. Alfonso just grinned apologetically at her and slipped away from her grasp, over to the sofa where he sat down and stretched out. “Alfie, what happened to your face?” asked Lucia as she walked over to sit beside her brother. He placed one hand to his forehead and then drew it away noting that it was stained with blood. Judging by his friend’s faces, the wound obviously looked bad so straight away he began to reassure them.

“Oh it was nothing, I just ran into a few demons outside a nightclub,” he replied casually as he began to wipe away the blood stains with a tissue. Lucia looked scared for her younger brother however Gwyneth and Storm had decided now to drop the subject and continue with their childish bickering. Alfonso quickly excused himself before striding out of the library and down the stairs to the huge bathroom to clean up his face.

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