The Seventh King of Gauna

By the lake not in this world or another, a man sits by its frozen banks as water fails to break its surface. In the sky, sun is non-existant. Like his life, it fades. As a symbol of his will, it is bleak. With his Nightsmen he continues his journey along the borders of Xiching and Joseon, rallying his supporters against their Hierarchical rule and the six dynasties of Gauna, but a way to destroy their power evades their grasps and instead they remain prisoners to the shade. When set on the trail of a supposed messenger from others who defied their king in the Taoshi region in no-man’s land, they come across many of the exiled and run-away citizens victim to the regional regime. Among them, a young herbalist named Saeji had sought out the no-mans land to escape the evil reign of Chosheon who had executed her entire family in order to rid their kingdom of traitors.


16. Determined Success

There in the distance I could see a future. Before it was hopeless, but now it looked like it had purpose. A purpose that I could follow and carry through with. Something that made life worth living, a motivation to overcome demons.


Determination, I recognised this feeling as. I felt no anger, felt no pain – only this feeling inside to do something. Not that I hadn’t felt it before, but now it was prominent – a mission above the rest. Something I couldn’t ignore, something I couldn’t dismiss as a fleeting fleck of courage.


It was coursing through my veins like the adrenaline in my blood – telling me I could do something. Could I?


I felt like testing the waters around me, making sure I wouldn’t fall under half way through. I knew by doing that, however, I’d retreat back into my shell and suppress the feeling to charge ahead. The lake before me, surrounded by the precious greens and yellows of spring appeared less tempting. The waves slowly lapped the surface, beckoning me forward to test them.


For once, however, I ignored the logic – some might have argued the sensibility in my being.


Right there I turned away, my back was to the lake and I was staring off into the sunset that dissolved my vision. This was courage, this was success.


I thought to myself then, what next? I realized, not seconds later, that’d I’d have to cross that lake – without testing the waters like a man who didn’t know if he could swim.


I taken that first daring step forward.


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