„ By the gods, did you see that? “, one of
the juniors whispered to her friend.
“Tripping over nothing during a crowning ceremony…
who is she anyway?”, another one whispered.
“quiet guys! That’s the headmasters
daughter!”, was the last whispered I heard, until the music in the background
Yes, the headmaster’s daughter, that’s me.
Tripping over nothing, during the most important event of my life. That pretty
much sums me up.
The priest stepped forward with the
crowning medals in his hands. Now all of the most hardworking students would
receive a medal, symbolizing how they achieved the highest rank of this guild. Hardworking
students. Not sure if such a title would fit to me.
“And now… let the ceremony begin! Alexis
Light”, spoke the priest.
I jumped up immediately, which made some of the lower ranked students giggle. Focus… you already embarrassed yourself enough for today. No need to make a record.
I carefully walked my way through the hall, safely standing in front of the priest, who attached the medal to my chest. Just like by the other students, the juniors cheered, the music played and ended with me bowing towards the headmaster, sitting on the higher floor with some generals.
I know I didn’t deserve it and so did my new companions. It is a great honor to achieve “the Warden” rank in the Wardens Order, a guild created by my mother. In other words, you would belong to the guild’s private army, where only the best paid and most dangerous quests are passed on to. In order to even pass the entrance exam, you would have to have some special abilities. Me? I had none. The only reason I am here, is because my mother wanted me to join her army. Or rather to be a part of it, so that my other companions could watch over me, in case I get into trouble (which often happens by the way). The only good thing is that the students below us don’t know that…
“ I pray that you will represent us in the most honorable way, Ms Light.”, the priest whispered like a prayer to me. I smiled awkwardly and then finally made my way to the students crowned before me, who were waiting outside of the church.
Not that I know any of them… except my brother, who has been in the private army for two years already. In comparison to me though, he had fearsome magic talents, making him perfect for battle missions.
“ Ah, Alexis, your finally here too… hehehe, good job not tripping over anything at the end.”, my brother grinned, while messing up my hair. His friends just chuckled, while I was staring shyly at the ground.
“Wont you introduce your sister to the others Ion?”, one of the girls said to my brother. When I looked up to her, I recognized her girl from her golden hair and red eyes. It was Maria, Ions girlfriend, who was also part of the warden’s army. Just like Ion, she was a big bag full of sunshine, never in an angered or sad mood. No wonder they have been together for so long….
“ Okay everyone, this is Alexis, my little sister! Don’t be fooled by her shyness, she’s actually quit a badass!”, Ion said, until I punched his arm from embarrassment. “See?! I told you!”, Ion continued with a laugh.
“ I’m Rihanna, nice to meet you! Don’t worry about tripping over the carpet during the ceremony, I’ve seen worse crowning performances.”, she said with a grin.
Not sure if that makes me feel any better… but I smiled at her anyway.
“The guys name with the black hair and eyes is quite easy to remember… His name is black. The person next to him is Yosaku; we call him the genius, as he always develops some strategies for us during missions. Some of our members are missing though… probably disappeared to the training grounds.”, Ion mumbled to himself.
“won’t hurt to check. They have to meet her sooner or later anyway.”, Yosaku commented, then smiling to me. “I’m curious to see your abilities, Alexis. It’s important to know your companions well, in order to use them effectively in battle!”
I think he has too high expectations of me… maybe he thinks I’m as talented as my brother?
“Odd…”, I heard Black whispering, while staring at me.
“I think that’s the first word black said in a while…”, Maria whispered to Ion.
“I beg you pardon?”, I asked a little afraid.
“Ion is a vampire… but your just a human?”, he asked curiously.
Ah… the usual question.
“Didn’t I tell you Black? I was originally human, but two years ago I carried out a tough mission with Maria. It was this escaped mage we had to catch… anyway, I was careless and nearly died. That’s when Maria turned me into a vampire in order to keep me alive.”, Ion said with a smile, while putting his arm around Maria.
Black continued to stare at me, then finally nodding with approval.
He seems… like a nice person I guess? If the others aren’t surprised by his behavior, I guess that’s how he’s usually… quiet and deep in his thoughts.
They then decided to look for the other members. I didn’t have anything to do anyway, so I just followed them. Better to get the introductions over with, I already feel nervous enough anyway…
“ So... um… who are the others?”, I asked Rihanna curiously.
“ Hm? Oh, there is Sanro, the werewolf. Then there is Yulara, she’s half human and half vampire. Last but not least, there is Rusu who’s a human just like you.”, she explained.
“just like me? In other words, we are the only humans…?”, I asked carefully, while Rihanna nodded.
“Yosaku is half human and half demon, like Black. You could say that their twins, but it’s a long story… I’m a Shan, maybe you have heard of my kind? We are the ones who can control the shadows of the dead.”.
Shans… they are pretty rare species. I’m surprised that such a young one is in our guild though. From the profiles I’ve read, all of them should be about 18 to 19 years old. Well, they were part of mother guild since they were small anyway…
“There they are… Wait, no! Watch out!”, I heard Ion yelling.
He had opened the door to the training hall, when a sword was flying in our direction. Suddenly Black raised his arm which turned into the hand of a demon with a layer of hard rock. The moment the sword touched his demonic hand, it broke into little metal pieces.
“No need to show of Black!”, yelled a girl with red short hair, who was in the middle of throwing swords at a werewolf.
The girl must be Yulara… the werewolf, Sanro. This looks rather like a one-sided battle. The werewolf is just running away from her attacks?
“Stop the fighting; there is someone we want to introduce to you. This is Ions sister, Alexis. She will be part of our little group from today on.”, Yosaku said.
The moment Yulara heard that, she immediately stopped her attacks and face towards me. Why do I have such a bad feelings suddenly…
The next second I realized that a sword was pointed against my throat, with a grinning Yulara in front of me.
“The headmasters daughter, right? That’s perfect! Ion never takes me serious when I battle him, maybe I’ll have a little more fun with you! C’mon, let’s have a fight!”, she said fired up and jumped back again.
“ w-wait, I’m not… Oh my god!”, I yelled when she started throwing swords in my direction. I immediately started running around the training grounds, while I heard the sounds of swords going through the walls behind me.
Oh god, oh god, oh god, make it stop! Make it stop!
“Yulara, you’re scaring her! Give her a break already”, Sanro yelled, who was still recovering from his fight previously.
I didn’t know how I did it, but somehow I managed to activate a weird button. For some reason straw-puppets started to appear on the training grounds, which just made my running more difficult.
And then it happened. I finally tripped over something.
“You’re seriously going to hit her! Stop it now!”, I heard my brother yell, but it was a little too late.
While hitting the ground I could see the swords flying in my direction. It was one of these moments where everything seemed to be in slow-motion and if you didn’t do anything, you would die in a second.
So I did what I always did, when my life started flashing in front of my eyes. I kissed the symbol on my bracelet, which was a gift from my mother. After whispering a quiet prayer, a protective barrier formed around me, preventing the sword of touching me. When it finally fell to the ground, everyone was staring at me. The only thing I could hear was Yulara´s disappointing sight.
“Such a shame… I thought you’d be someone worth to battle. Such a waste of energy.”, she muttered dissatisfied and left the training grounds.
What - just happened?
Sensing no danger anymore, the barrier disappeared. When I stood up, Ion was running towards me, followed by the others.
“Are you alright? Nothing hurt?”, he asked worried, while removing the dirt from my clothes.
“I’m fine, I’m fine….”, I whispered embarrassed. Well, it certainly didn’t take long to score low on someone’s expectation….
“ Don’t mind Yulara, she always loves to battle people around her... she’s nicer once you get to know her better.”, Rihanna said, although even she didn’t seem to believe her last statement.
Black didn’t say anything, while Yosaku seemed to analyze what just happened. Maria offered to show me our dorm together with Rihanna, while Ion decided to go after Yulara. I guess that would be best… After this stupid fail, I should probably wash my uniform for tomorrow.
It’s kind of funny, not knowing the building built by your own parents. The whole guild was only a small part of the whole campus. There were dorms for normal students who wanted a normal education, then dorms for students who were part of the guild and finally our dorm, where only those with the highest rank were allowed to live in. What made us different from the lower ranks is that they still had to take part in educational courses, such as battle history, potion magic and the other basic subjects, which only help for the theory aspect. The practical aspect is completed through missions, whose difficulty depends on your rank. As we were given the title “wardens”, we could even receive missions from the council, who ruled all the countries in Serol. Not that it’s important right now… it’s not like I will do any of them. Not like I even can.
“So this is our dorm. In contrast to the others, boy and girls aren’t separated. You could say that the headmaster trusts us to behave properly, as we represent our guild. But since we work in a group anyway, there shouldn’t be any problems… I don’t there were any serious ones. You’ll get used to it eventually!”, Rihanna explained, while Maria chuckled a little. I guess some stuff did happen… Maybe I’ll find out during some girl’s nights. Such situations are always perfect to dig up some information about everyone.
“Now that you mention it… wasn’t there another person? The other human you mentioned before…”, I asked curiously.
“Oh, Rusu! True, he wasn’t at the training grounds… I guess he went for a walk, he often disappears to more quiet places, but don’t worry. I’m pretty sure you will meet him tomorrow, if not today.”, she said.
There was something… maybe it was her eyes. A sparkle? Her body definitely reacted to his name. I didn’t notice it before though…
She just smiled at me; maybe I stared at her for too long.
Maria showed me my room, which was on the second floor, next to her and black. Fortunately Yulara´s room was on the first floor, so I won’t have to see her in the bathroom in the mornings…
“ annnndd that’s it! It’s gotten dark anyway… I suggest you to rest for tomorrow, as well as getting yourself cleaned up. The map of the whole campus is on your desk, okay? If you need help, we are all here. Good night Alexis!”, Maria said. She and Rihanna gave me a quick hug, then left my room and closed the door behind them.
Finally… I am alone.
I will never get used to meeting so many people at once… not that all my embarrassing moments didn’t contribute to my level of nervousness, if that’s even a word. They all seem nice, I think. Black doesn’t say much, I like that. Yosaku seems smart, can’t say much about his personality though… Same with this Sanro-guy, but he seemed way too exhausted to talk anyway. At least I know that Rihanna is a nice girl, at least from what I know till now. Although there seems to be something with her and that Rusu-guy. Wonder what kind of a person he is… hopefully not stuck up like Yulara. Ah, I’m thinking too much.
I finally got out of my uniform and threw it in the bathroom. I’m just going to wash it later… I still want to look around the campus. Shouldn’t be too cold right? I’ll just take one of my dresses and wear a jacket over it…
After dressing up, I quietly left my room. I bet my brother would make me go back again, if he would see me out… he has always been way too overprotective. Can’t blame him though. I know that I’m like a magnet, attracting all kinds of trouble.
After sneaking out of the dorm (ironic, because it’s our dorm… but anyway) I looked at the map I found on my desk. This place is surrounded by forests, mountains and lakes… no wonder I had to walk half the way, since the bus couldn’t drive anymore at one point.
Maybe I’ll just follow a path? With a map, it won’t be too horrible if I get lost.
The sky was already pretty dark, with some stars serving as decoration. Sometimes I didn’t know whether the lights in the forests were glowworms or other creatures… I didn’t dare to check it myself. It’s pretty though… I’ve always been fond of nature. Ah, such a cute squirrel! No, wait come back! I just wanted to… ahh… ok, we are lost.
I was in front of a fountain, which was surrounded by four paths. I didn’t really keep record from which one I came from… nah, it’s okay. I have the map.
I have the map… the map…. where…. Where is the map? Wasn’t it in my hand? Why is it empty… oh, when I chased after the squirrel… damn it.
Okay, now I’m starting to panic. I started to walk nervously around the fountain, trying to recognize any moving figure in my surroundings.
This place isn’t filled with wild creatures, right? It’s not like something wild could appear in front of me any second from now on, correct? I’m safe, I’m safe, I’m safe…
When I leaned against the fountain, a bush to my right side suddenly moved. I stared at it, anxiety slowly taking over my judgeent. When it moved again, I slowly grabbed one of my shoes, ready to use it as a weapon. Then it moved again.
“STAY AWAY FROM ME, MONSTER!”, I screamed with my voice full of fear, while throwing my shoe at the moving bush. A rabbit randomly jumped out of it, running away from me. A classic mistake…
I was about to get my shoe back, when I heard something fall to the ground. While jumping up because of terror, I grabbed my other shoe, ready to throw it again.
“Wait! Dont… hahaha… wait, no! Don’t throw it at me! Ha…hahaha!”, a boy gasped, while laughing at the same time. He was lying on the grass, crouched because of laughter. I was grabbing my shoe so tight that myy hands grew tired and I finally let it go.
“I’m… so sorry! It was just so… so funny…”, he whispered, barely breathing and then slowly standing up.
“You… you saw me throwing my shoe at the bush?”, I asked.
“Yes… I’m sorry; I saw that you were scared when it started moving… I swear I wanted to help you out, but when you randomly grabbed your shoe and threw it at the bush… hahahaha!”, he continued to laugh, while I was looking embarrassed at him.
“yea, yea… it’s okay, laugh all you want.”, I whispered like an offended child and crossed my arms.
“I promise, it will stop in a second… haven’t laughed like that for a while! Um, I’m Rusu by the way. You’re new here, aren’t you? If your lost, I could show you around… where do you need to go?”, he asked with a polite smile. I knew that he was holding back his laughter. Oh well, at least he’s trying.
“Rusu? So your one of the “wardens”, right?”, I asked, just to make sure.
“Yup… wait, I think I saw you during the crowning ceremony… Oh! Of course! You’re the headmasters daughter and Ions sister, correct?”, he assumed while pointing at me surprised, whereas I nodded.
“ I am Alexis Light, crowned during the morning. I kind of lost my map on the way… can you show me how to get back to the dorm?”, I asked.
“ I know chasing squirrels is tempting… but try to resist, until your more familiar with the place. Sure, just follow me.”, he said with a grin, before I could comment on how he knew, that I was chasing a squirrel.
I shouldn’t say anything else… I already embarrassed myself enough. Gods, he saw me chasing the squirrel… That’s… really embarrassing.
Getting back was easier than I thought though. Now that I memorized how I ended up at the fountain, I doubt that I will do the same mistake again. Even though I was quiet most of the time, he talked about the other members of our little group. Seems that everyone has the same problem with Yulara… Rusu mentioned that I should make sure to never challenge her in any way. It would only end up with me running away from her. Telling him about my first hand experience will just make him laugh at me; I think I can live without that.
“And here we are… home, sweet home. You know where your room is?”, he asked whilst I nodded.
“Its fine, Maria… and Rihanna showed me the way.”, I said, while studying his eyes at the same time.
He just smiled approvingly, but nothing special. I guess it was only with Rihanna… or maybe I just imagined it. Ah, I´ll have enough time anyway to figure things out anyway.
“Um… thanks for helping me. I guess I’ll see you around?”, I mumbled.
“No problem. Well, we begin with individual training in the morning… in the afternoon we gather in the living room usually, to discuss which mission to take on next. I believe we already have some, we just need to choose one tomorrow… you’ll see for yourself. I’m going to hit the bed now. See you tomorrow Alexis.”, he said smiling, then disappeared inside the dorm.
I guess I’ve meet all of them now… besides, it’s late. Better go wash the uniform and go to bed. I don’t want to oversleep on my first day with the others. I already have one person which doesn’t seems to approve my presents, don’t need to increase that number.