I do admit that the darkness was starting to get to me now but I knew that there has to be some sort of hope in the nearby village. I could see the sun set and the moon rise at the same time from opposite sides. The full moon was perfect for the night sky as torches laminated a path.
It felt warm and better than Disastraprone, even though it is still winter. The city looked to be celebrating something, just like Disastraprone when I entered it. I realized that in the center of the square was something like a countdown clock that a poor soul had to continuously turn a crank that was on the ground to make the illuminated numbers work. However, a wizard or a Spellbound could have put a spell on the crank just as easily.
“What is going on here?” I wondered as we entered the colorful place. The party was centered on this clock. The place had numbers of the new year planted everywhere that I could see.
“This place looks like it knows to throw a new year’s party!” Bill chimed and I immediately turned to him. I never noticed but I had spent this long without talking to my mentor.
This time of the year we are normally practicing my deceiver spells since I like to mess with Grag with them. Plus it was, or is, holiday time to where I wished that I could talk to him right now but then I remembered that I might have gotten a charm that would let me connect to his wand.
Thankfully, it was my turn with the bag so I dug my hands inside the bag and rummaged inside for the charm. Bill was already a few steps ahead of me and turned around. “What are you searching for?” Bill asked and I didn’t want to answer that much. I kept my hands inside the bag.
“It is time to party a little, we got to make this quest a bit more fun than just what is expected.” Bill chimed. I smiled a little as I still searched inside the bag and came out with the charm.
“I will, but I would still like to talk to Grag.” I said and Bill shrugged his shoulders before going into the crowd.
I grasped the charm and said the words that I needed to say in order to activate it. The little piece glow in a fashion of a portal or a orb that would connect with a ball or wand.
I waited desperately for him to answer and thankfully he did. He still looked the same as I left him.
“Mistelle?” I hear Grag on the other end since I knew that he had his wand nearby because of just me on this quest.
“Grag I am happy to hear you!” I said and Grag sounded just as happy on the other end.
“How is the Quest Mistele?” He asked and I didn’t know what to say to him other than I am still searching. I couldn’t tell him that I was getting tired and starting to dread the fact that I had been gone for so long.
“The longest one that I had ever been on.” I chimed, “But I am still searching and still have an optimist mindset.”
“Good to see that you haven’t changed much during your search. Anyway, I will be busy hear soon with people and exploding spells. You know how that can be this time of the year.” Grag huffed and I smiled since I was normally the assistant while getting a few pointers on wizard healing even though I only have a certain amount of manna till I run out for a little while.
“Oh, be positive Grag, You might just find a Lifstone for me.” I chimed and there was silence for a bit.
“Mistele, don’t get your hopes it will come when you least expect it.” Grag chimed. I slowly let the rest of the air out of my lungs thinking that I should have known that he would say something obvious and wise at the same time.
“I know but, I am basically in my second city, but feeling way more positive than the last one.” I chimed happily.
“Sounds good.” Grag sounded. I wasn’t sure what to say other than to wrap the conversation since there really not much going on other than I would like to tell him that I would go back to school.
“Grag what if I want to go back to school for a little while?” I asked and I knew Grag was smiling on the other end by the way his voice became a bit more cheerful.
“You can do whatever you want afterwards.” He said and I felt happy that he would be willing to send me on my next quest as soon as I find the lifstone.
“Thanks Grag, you don’t know how much that means to me.” I chimed before I felt my manna start to get low by just the fatigue and the connection was fading fast.
“No problems, Mistele keep your eyes on the quest right now.” Grag chimed. It was a reminder for me since I strayed from my last quest that put me into this mess.
“I am, and Grag, Happy New Year.” I chimed happily while it threw Grag off guard. I shut off the charm on him just in time for Bill to pull me away.
The city was together and we could see the main clock count down the final seconds to midnight.
“Here use this stick and spread them out like….” He tried to explain but I ignored him while someone came in with some soda in a bottle and offered me and Bill a glass.
“I know how to use a non-mage confetti wand Bill and no thank you.” I laughed as I made sure that the padding that was holding the confetti in place while the party of everyone counting down to the New Year. At first it caught me off guard as normal.
“Look at that, it is almost midnight!” I thought to myself as I quickly walked off to the side where one vender was selling juice for little kids.
I set my coin on the table and swiped off a grape juice drink and swiped a cup for a toast. The crowd became louder and louder with each number that went passed the clock. The excitement grew and grew as my excitement and happiness took over instead of the quest. The one break of me looking and I am spending it in the only way I could, with Bill and just seeing this as a renewal.
Suddenly the chimes struck and confetti filled the air. The colors swirled around me and colored the snow that was dusted off to the side. The sounds of everyone shouting that the past was the past made me do the same. I held my glass up, spilling it a little by accident and flicking my wrist to where the colors went everywhere and it reminded me of the snow.
The cheering was like the sounds of fireworks as we went through the confetti to get closer to the stage that was playing the song of the past year. I finally stopped where we could clearly see the numbers and I raised my glass with Bill knowing what I was doing.
“To the year of The Quest!” I chimed and he looked away at first. Soon he warmed up to me and I wondered why he did just so before changing back to being his happy and partying self.
“Yes, to the year of the quest!” He said and I started to wonder what he was up to.