Chapter 58:

A Message from the Divine

The Children of Eris

Despite her mother’s request, Kella couldn’t spend the night at her family home.Bookmark here

She’d returned home to Pilgrim’s Post to tell her family of Connor’s death and the funeral was taking place in a few days’ time.Bookmark here

If she had stayed at home with her parents, Kella knew she would never be able to leave.Bookmark here

However, that didn’t mean that she wouldn’t attend Connor’s funeral. Instead, she was going to rent a room at a tavern for a week.Bookmark here

“Hey, kid,” a friendly voice called to her.Bookmark here

Kella turned around and saw a man in plate armour with short black hair, a neatly trimmed beard and grey eyes walking towards her, smiling sadly and waving at her. Bookmark here

“Tylus,” Kella said back with a small smile. Bookmark here

“Captain Tylus now, actually,” Tylus replied, showing her the crest denoting his rank on his shoulder. “Got promoted two years back when old Ulian retired.”Bookmark here

“Congratulations.”Bookmark here

“Thanks.” Tylus awkwardly scratched the back of his head, “I heard what happened to Connor. I’m sorry for your loss.”Bookmark here

“Thank you,” she mumbled. “Will you be coming to the funeral?”Bookmark here

“I hope so. Planning on seeing if Connor’s friends from the garrison could get a few hours off but, well, these are strange times.”Bookmark here

“The Great Disaster.”Bookmark here

Tylus nodded. “We’ve had reports of monsters, murders and all sorts of strange sightings across the empire.”Bookmark here

“Has anything happened here?”Bookmark here

“No, thankfully. Well, just the usual small crimes and one murder this month.” Tylus chuckled bitterly and shook his head. “I don’t know if that’s something to be happy about.”Bookmark here

“It’s better than what’s going on at Stonefall,” Kella said. “The city’s one step from breaking out into mass rioting.”Bookmark here

“I’d heard the stories, but didn’t believe it. What in Themis’s name is happening to the Holy Empire?”Bookmark here

“I don’t know.” Kella’s hand clenched into a fist.Bookmark here

Tylus patted her on the shoulder. “If you need any help or a place to stay, let me know. The wife and I will always have a place for you in our home.”Bookmark here

Kella smiled. “Then, I think I’ll take you up on your offer. Do you mind if I stay until the funeral?”Bookmark here

“Stay as long as you need. We’d love to have you.”Bookmark here

“Sir!” A guard jogged up to Tylus and handed him a sealed envelope. “Ah, sorry. I didn’t mean to-”Bookmark here

“It’s fine, son,” Tylus said with a wave of his hand. Then, he leant over to Kella and whispered, “Problem with getting the promotion: never a moment of rest.”Bookmark here

Kella laughed a little with Tylus before Tylus turned his attention back to the guard. “What is it?”Bookmark here

“Forgive for the interruption but we received a letter addressed to Miss Kella just now and, um,” the soldier said, his body shaking a little.Bookmark here

“What’s wrong?” Tylus asked.Bookmark here

The soldier held up the envelope and showed them the blue wax seal with the iconic mark of the Staff and Sword of Saint Themis - a seal that only the royal family or those with Divine titles can use.Bookmark here

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“It’s from Lord Arieon the Wise, the Divine Caster.”Bookmark here

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