The thick silence hung in the air.
"The Shadow People?", I asked with an uncertainty. I was reaching back for my arrows, suddenly when a man waved his hands and said, "No no, no need for that! We come in peace!"
'Then how do I know you are not sent from the king of Venizen Amosh" , I said as I was stringing my bow.
That Hilda women came forward and said " You have mistaken us. We are not from the king or any of the people from the ministry. As I said before we are the Shadow People."
"Then tell me who are you. And don't say you are the shadow people. Explain yourselves.
I was starting to get irritated of these people. They were still standing there when I looked up.
"What do you want!", I spat.
"We just want your help and wise knowledge.
Knowledge? What was this women thinking.
"I am sorry you must be mistaken. I am not the woman you are looking for."
"Oh, but you are"
"Look ma'am, I can handle myself. I don't want people on my back right now. And if you knew who I was, then you would be cowering under me right now, asking for mercy."
"We know who you are. You are Katarzyna Devereaux, president of the Dark Eye society. You are a big name in our city. We feel honored to meet you."
I did not let the flattering hinder me. I was on solid ground.
"Leave," I said pointing towards the door, "And never come back again, and if you do, I will personally tear you heads off. They reluctantly went out the door. As I was shutting the door, Hilda said "You will regret your decision.'
I bolted the door and smiled smugly. I bet I won't.
I woke up to find a note on the night table. I opened it. This is what it read.
We should have explained ourselves more last night. We are not working with the king or the ministry. the Shadow People is a society to overthrow the king. We certainly do not want to rule. We just want a fair ruler. We were hoping you would help us, since you are such a great assassin. We even hope you would take your his place as ruler.
I know this might be too much to ask right now, since you just arrived at Zunwa. You must be planning to stay a few days here. Our headquarters are here too. Everyone is anticipating your visit.
So please come.
We are waiting.
The Shadow People
So they really think I can help them. I will meet their people then decide, but first I needed breakfast.
I grabbed my bow and quiver and exited the room. The smell of eggs and toast wafted from the kitchen. I walked down to the dining hall and saw many people chattering. I sat down on an empty chair and and made my plate. The eggs were almost finished and the toast was cold. I quickly finished my food and went upstairs. I heaved my bag upon my shoulders and stepped outside the inn.
The sun was warm on my back and the clouds were casting pleasant shadows on the pathway. Stepping into a mob of people felt like getting sucked into a black hole I was going to buy some supplies and head out of Zunwa.
There were tents every where with merchants yelling their items and prices. I headed towards a blacksmith, hoping he had spare axes. I also needed to get my bow repaired. He gladly did the work. I paid him and continued on.
Food trucks were in abundance. I bought a couple of pieces of bread and fruit. I ate the fruit right away, and stored the bread for later. The back gates of Zunwa were open. I started walking faster towards it. The guards were unsmiling and never minded their own business. They questioned everybody. As I came closer, one of them gave me a disgusted look, like I was a sewer rat.
"Why are you leaving this city", one asked.
"Because I want to, and you have no right to ask people questions.
"Rules are rules. We were ordered to do so ma'am.
I thought of a comeback.
"Hmph! No wonder no one wants to come to Zunwa. Everybody is mean and too inquisitive.
I kept walking, leaving the guard surprised.