The Realm

"So, Felix and Kai... what would it be? The girl," Madeline paused and pick me up by my hair.
"Or the crown?"
A psychopathic supernatural had crossed the Realm; endangering the lives of the hunters and human. Prince Felix recruits Alexer in the hope of keeping her safe. Kai, the leader of the army find it hard to get along with his newest team member, Alexer. When their lives intervene, what will Felix and Kai choose?


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8. Next of Kins

 

"Hoya is well known and is relatively cherished within this area due to his contribution to the Realm Patrolling unit. His whereabouts are severely regulated by Madeline, at least that's what we have been told.  Remember, the Hunter Association does not control this part of our realm. Hoya has allowed for us to cross the border because of the recent plague outbreak. " Mortel paused for a moment and scanned the room. She then let out a hefty sigh. Afraid that we have squandered our time, she continues.

"If we fail this mission, all of us will be relegated to a lower position which will critically influence the other missions that have yet to be complete. We are not only doing this to help Felix. That's bullshit. We are here to remove our name from the execution list. Is that understood?" We all nodded.

 Mortel... why do you resemble Madeline so much? 

The cold nature. The sinister trace in your words. Your determination to survive.

She handed each one of us what appears to be the map of this strange wasteland. The map has seen better days. 

" It's getting dark...you guys can return to your tents." 

Whilst walking back to my designated tent, a familiar figure appear in my view. My mother stood in front of me. Her usually stress-free face forced a smile. The familiar warmth of her presence gave me comfort. Slowly, she crept forward with her tear stain cheek and tired eyes.

I suddenly felt the cold of the wind surrounding me. She looked like a starving spirit.

Her frail frame sways from side to side, similar to that of a weightless dandelions drifting through the autumn wind.

Her stiff hand cupped my face before pulling me into a hug.

"Alexer...My sweet Alexer. I don't have much time. She will pull me back through the realm soon. Listen.. okay" her embrace tighten. My body had betrayed me. I was unable to speak. To ask her what had happened to make her so... nervous.

" One of Prince Felix's men killed us Alexer. He killed us!"

 

" Alexer... wake up!." I felt a pair of hand gently shaking me. My eyes snapped open. Fear runs through my vain. 

" Sleeping on the floor is a rather bizarre alternative don't you think?"  Kai. He offered me his hand to which spurned. Not that he looked offended by my rejection.

"It's good that I found you here. I got a letter for you. From the envelope, I think it's from the system. You are in deep shit if it is Alexer." He spoke as soon as I balanced my self. The system?  Why would the system send a letter to me? 

Kai hands me a red envelope, stamps with the crest of the system. They could have sent me an email, the receptions work here too. I suppose those with money can afford to be dramatic.

I expected Kai to leave as soon as he hands me the letter but his foot must be glued to the ground because he didn't move a leg muscle.

I gave him a look to which he ignored and gesture me to open the letter.

"If you want to know what's in the letter, why didn't you open it?" I questioned him. He then pointed to the crest

"It requires your fingerprint. If I was to open it, the letter would have burst into flame."  So he does want to know what's in the letter. I chose to ignore his presence while I place my index finger on the crest. The envelope gave out a tiny buzz before the crest began to peel itself off.

My heart wrenched as I read the letter.

Dear Alexer Kim,  

With our deepest sorrows, we are writing to confirm the cause of deaths of your parents, Peter and Opal Kim who was found dead on the morning of April 1, 2209, along with your sister Fern Madison Kim who was found dead on the afternoon of April 3, 2209. 

With the result of the laboratory examinations, we are able to authenticate that they were poisoned by a high volume of carbon monoxide. Through thorough investigation, the Hunter Association has verified that this was indeed a suicide.  

The Kims had served the Hunter Association considerably and will always be remembered for years to come.  

We will continue to mourn for the lost our hunter associates.

Kind regard,

Hunter Association 

My mother's word echoed in my head.

One of Prince Felix's men killed us Alexer. He killed us!

"Well, what did they sent -"Kai asked curiously before a hand slapped him across his face. Mortel? Her rage was visible even to the blind.

In her hand, a similar envelope to mine. My vision is rather obscured by my tears but one word that stood out in her letter is Fern's name and the word dead right after it.

"Alexer, go back to your tent. I'll like to have a word with our faithful leader about an innocent death."

 

 

 

 

 

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