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.


8. Meaningless Future

I couldn’t see hope beyond the clouds but I could see her back facing me just across the lake. She’d intruded my life and now intruded my thoughts.


Saeji stood there, black locks wisped in the wind and curling around her body covered by her cloak.


I knew I shouldn’t look, I knew it wasn’t my place to be curious but she spiked that side of me that I hadn’t seen before; she was unlike any woman I’d come across before.


Now, I felt safe again. The lords on the horizon could not touch me and the fire just behind me had burnt itself out. The armies out to reach me could not find me in my thoughts.


But could I really be happy in my thoughts when my future seemed so bleak? There was only so much shelter one’s own mind could provide for oneself without tiring its defenses.


Now, though, with a meaningless future I could linger here a little longer and forget that fact. I could look at her and forget. I could look at her and forgive.  


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