Friend or Foe

For the Throne Of Glass competition- August is an assassin, who's sister in in chains. She'll do anything to save her sister, even murder. But then things get complicated when a boy she meets steals more than her assassination, but her heart as well.


10. Glinting light

I stuck to the walls, hoping the cloak would blend in. I knew that somewhere in this maze of walls would be my sister. I stepped only in shadows, being hidden by darkness. I stiffened against the wall as a group of men walked past, not noticing me.

"Harvey has been out there for ages. His shift ended ages ago." One man said.

"I'll go get him inside, he'll be covered in sands for ages he'll be getting it out of his ears in months to come." One man joked and they left, laughing.

By 'Harvey' I guessed they meant the man I'd just murdered. I had minutes left before an intruder was detected. I pushed a door open and hurried inside. It was empty apart from a few boxes of weapons. I rummaged through them until I found a small knife. My sister would need it, if I ever found her. I tucked it in my pocket of my leather jacket and moved on to the next room. This one was lighter, with a bunch of documents on a wooden desk. A roaring fire burned in the fireplace and I picked up the documents and tossed them in. Sanster wouldn't be needing those where he was going. If I had more time I might have stopped to read them, but I had to be fast. I moved on to the next room, the door clicking shut behind me. I squinted in the darkness until I heard a soft voice, "August?" 

I spun round and saw her. "Willow!" I cried and darted towards her. She opened her arms for a hug but the heavy iron chains were too big for her to lift. I studied her face in my hands, her face was pale like she hadn't seen daylight for days and she was skinnier, her bones sticking out more than usual. Her lip was bleeding and face covered in dirt. I raised Amicus and Homstem, cutting through both chains as once. Willow wrapped her arms around me and cried, "Did you complete the mission? Am I free?"

"Not exactly." I said, "But I'm busting you out anyway."

Willow smiled and I pressed the cold knife into her hand, "Take this and get out, use a window or something as your exit. She bit her lip and moonlight glinted off her golden hair.

"I'll be right behind you." I promised, "I just have something to take care of."

"You promise?" She whispered.

I nodded, "I promise and I always keep my promises, don't I?"

"I suppose...." Willow seemed unsure but then she hugged me, "I love you."

"Love you to, kiddo." I said and realized that my sister was crying.

"Now go what you have to do." She said, "I'll meet you at home?"

I shook my head, "Not home." It was the first place they'd look for us, "Meet me at our old home."

Our old home, where we lived with our parents, was in the outskirts of the city. It was a smoldering pile of rubble now, after a fire had burned it down with all our possessions inside. Every memory I'd ever had before my thirteenth birthday was buried beneath those bricks.

"Okay." Willow's voice was quiet and I knew she was thinking the same as me.

"See you soon?" I asked and she nodded slipping away into the shadows almost as well as I could. I smiled watching her go, she'd learned so much from me these past few years, she's make a great assassin one day. Willow looked back at me once before sliding out the window and leaving me alone. I had one mission now and it was to assassinate the man who'd dared try and get the better of me. I was going to murder the Bandit lord.

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