Chapter 33:

Chapter 33: The Vagrant.

The Master and The Slave

The stone gate cast a shadow on the wagon that Nesto is riding. He pulls the reign when he saw an elf wearing a guard armor, and gesture at him with his hand, so Nesto would stop the horse. When the horse stops so do the wagon, the guards walk closer to the front seat of the wagon.Bookmark here

"Morning, where are you folk heading?" The guard asks.Bookmark here

"Morning Sir, We are heading to Hardersfield," Nesto answers.Bookmark here

"We?" The guard asks.Bookmark here

Neya slips through the curtain revealing herself to the guard, "Me and my master," Nesto answers.Bookmark here

"I'm sorry to tell you, but this mountain pass is closed on the account of a Wyvern infestation that's been going on," The guard said.Bookmark here

"Are we forbidden to use the mountain pass?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"Well technically, no. But who would want to use a pass that infested by Wyvern," the guard said.Bookmark here

"We would like to use the mountain pass, please," Neya said.Bookmark here

"If you insist, but before you leave. Here," The guard toss a small sack to Nesto.Bookmark here

Nesto catches it with his hand and feels the content of the sack, it feels like marbles inside.Bookmark here

"May I ask, what is this for?" Nesto asks as he looks at the sack in his hand.Bookmark here

"It's for the Vagrant, as an offer for protection. The Vagrant will guide you through the mountain pass safely," the guard said.Bookmark here

"The Vagrant?" Neya asks while her butler stores the sack in his jacket.Bookmark here

"Trust me, you can go now," The guard said then he back away to give some room for the wagon to move.Bookmark here

Nesto whips his reign, the horse neigh before walking again and pull the wagon with it. Neya climbs up to the front seat when she looks in front of her, she found that the mountain pass is enclosed by a thick fog. The wagon keeps on moving into the fog, Neya looks behind her and the gate was nowhere to be seen.Bookmark here

As the wagon travels down the pass, not a single animal noise can be heard in the fog, and only dead trees can be seen on both side of the road. The silence causes the hair in the back of Neya neck to stand, so she starts to practice with the spell she learns in the Academy.Bookmark here

She focuses her mind and mutter, "Moric" and nothing happens.Bookmark here

She tries again by making hands gesture, but nothing happens.Bookmark here

Nesto look at her with his eyebrow raised before asking her "Miss Neya, what are you doing?"Bookmark here

"I want to practice the magic skill that I learn at the academy, but I just can't do it for whatever reason," Neya answers.Bookmark here

She tries again, but still fail. Frustrated, she turns to Nesto before saying "I've been meaning to ask, how did you cast a spell? The last time I checked, human incapable of using magic."Bookmark here

Nesto turns his back to give Neyaa look. He then lifts the underside of his jacket revealing a glimpse of the magic crystal embedded in his back.Bookmark here

"Humans can't use magic, but I'm an exception," Nesto said before lowering his jacket.Bookmark here

"I request Madeleine to give me the power to protect the royal family, and she grants it," Nesto said.Bookmark here

"What does it do?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"The magic crystal acts as an input for me to gather Mana into my body, so I can use it," Nesto reply.Bookmark here

"Still just putting Mana into one body doesn't give him the ability to control it," Neya said.Bookmark here

"It doesn't, that's why my entire body has been modified to do that. I want to explain it to you, but even myself don't know the detail," Nesto said.Bookmark here

"You must know a lot of spells," Neya amazed.Bookmark here

"I actually only know one spell, I can't use any other," Nesto said.Bookmark here

"What?" Neya said confused.Bookmark here

"I don't know why maybe it's because I'm human that there are certain limitations to my magic. I can only use one spell, a basic fire spell," Nesto said as he shrugs his shoulders.Bookmark here

"Does that mean, you can't teach me any spell?" Neya asks with a tinge of disappointment in her voice.Bookmark here

"Even if I know any spell, that spell will surely be an offensive spell, and I won't teach you that because it is too dangerous. But based on my experience, I can help you, but only if the spell is harmless," Nesto said.Bookmark here

"Yes, it is. It's a spell that conjures light," Neya said excitedly.Bookmark here

"Okay then, first you need to know what I'm going to teach you are not the standard ways of casting a spell. It's not entirely different from the usual way, but the fundamental is a bit different," Nesto explains while his master focuses on his every word.Bookmark here

"The standard fundamental is, mind, words, and effect. First, you focus the effect in your mind then mutter the words and the end result will come out. And in the middle of the three is Mana control, but I will get to it later." Nesto explain.Bookmark here

"What Madeleine taught me is when focusing the effect in your mind, there is no need to be stuck on one particular effect. Because there are multiple possibilities, that can come out from the spell. A basic fire spells the one I used can change into many types different spell. I can turn the fire into a sword or a shield or make it narrow like an arrow and many more." Nesto explain.Bookmark here

"It depends on the caster mind," when he looked at his master face, he noticed that he had lost her while explaining.Bookmark here

"You know what, let's stick to the standard method," Nesto said.Bookmark here

"First focus your mind, see the effect of the spell in your mind and visualize it happening in front of you," Nesto said.Bookmark here

Neya looks at her hands, and she visualizes the light spell happening on her hands. "I can see it," she said.Bookmark here

"Now feel the Mana coursing in your vein," Nesto said.Bookmark here

She can feel something warm flowing from her entire body to her hands. She took a long breath to calm her excitement then she keeps on focusing on her hands while waiting for the next steps.Bookmark here

"Mutter the words," Nesto said.Bookmark here

"Mor-" She was interrupted by the wagon suddenly stopping causing her body to jerk. Neya looks up wondering what is going on, then her jaw drop down when she sees a humanoid with a tattered cloak covering its head and its entire body.Bookmark here

The humanoid stands in front of the horse, and it was tall as the Xintari that stab Nesto in Targia. Under the humanoid cloak, Neya notices some kind of bone with sharp edge dangling underneath its cloak. Neya glance at Nesto, and she saw his eyes kept on glancing at the saber behind him.Bookmark here

"Hello there," Nesto greets.Bookmark here

"My name Nesto, we're just passing through," Nesto said.Bookmark here

"Do you have candy?" A woman voice came out from the humanoid.Bookmark here

"Candy?" Nesto said confused.Bookmark here

"Nesto, the small sack that the guard gave!" Neya reminds.Bookmark here

Nesto reaches into his jacket and takes out the small sack. The tall presumably woman and start to walk closer toward Nesto. While walking, Nesto can see the muscular abs with claw marks underneath her cloaks. She then presents her open hands, waiting for Nesto to give her the items.Bookmark here

He then places items on the woman palm, she took it and open it. Then the woman reaches in and takes out a small piece of candy. Underneath her hoods, Nesto notices a smile with sharp teeth form with her mouth. She opens her mouth and tosses one of the candy in.Bookmark here

She immediately let out a moan as she savors the flavor.Bookmark here

"Are you the Vagrant?" Nesto ask.Bookmark here

She let out a groan, "Apparently that's what the folk are calling me now."Bookmark here

"If the name displeases you, may I ask what is your real name?" Nesto ask.Bookmark here

"Hmm, call me Vizrez," the woman answers.Bookmark here

"Vizrez, are you here to help us cross the mountain pass?" Nesto ask.Bookmark here

"Indeed, I am," Vizrez answers.Bookmark here

The journey felt long as Vizrez help guide the horse while Nesto tries to keep track of the sun through the fog, but fail to do so. The fog seems to be getting thicker and shows no sign of slowing down. After giving up trying to see what times it was, Nesto just leans back and enjoy the journey.Bookmark here

He could hear Neya frustrated groan in the back as she tries to practice her magic spell. Neya just couldn't understand on why she can't cast the spell now, she felt pretty sure she could do it earlier. After a few more tires she finally gives up and lay on the soft cushions behind her.Bookmark here

Vizrez stop the wagon as she notices that the fog is getting darker, she looks behind at Nesto.Bookmark here

"Night is coming, I will bring you to one of the resting places," She said aloud.Bookmark here

It doesn't take long as they come across a cave that enough to fit the wagon inside. Vizrez ties the horse reign to one of the cave pillars, and she proceeds to take a seat on the rock close to her. She then takes out her candy and enjoys it by herself.Bookmark here

Nesto jumps down then his stretch his body, snapping his bone back to place, and then he begins to look around the cave. He smiles when he found a spot where he can set up a fireplace and his cooking equipment.Bookmark here

While Nesto setting up his stuff, Neya jumps down the wagon and walk to the hooded woman. The hooded woman notices a ginger elf girl approaching her, she glances at her before storing the sack of candy inside her cloak.Bookmark here

"What do you want?" The woman asks.Bookmark here

"I just want to have a friendly conversation with you," Neya said.Bookmark here

The woman groaned in annoyance accompany by a sigh before saying, "Ask away."Bookmark here

"How long have you been living here?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"My entire life, next question," The woman answers.Bookmark here

"Are you alone?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"As far I know, yes. I'm alone," the woman replied.Bookmark here

"What do you do here?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"I hunt Wyvern and been helping traveler safely pass the mountain," The woman answers.Bookmark here

"I'm sorry if I cause you any annoyance. I just wanted to have a conversation," Neya apologize.Bookmark here

The woman sigh, "Look, I've been helping people cross this mountain pass for my entire life, and they all ask me the same question over and over. It gets repetitive to me, so don't blame yourself, I just get tired of answering the same question." Vizrez said.Bookmark here

"Wait here," Neya went back to the wagon after leaving her seat.Bookmark here

"Sure, like I have another place to go too," Vizrez said.Bookmark here

When Neya return, she had an excited expression on her face while hiding something behind her back. Vizrez looks at the elf girl with her eyebrow raised, the girl then brings forth the cupcake that she was hiding behind her back to the hooded woman.Bookmark here

"A cupcake?" Vizrez said.Bookmark here

"Try it, it has a chocolate filling inside," Neya said.Bookmark here

Vizrez took the cupcake and took a bite off it. Out of nowhere, she let out a moan of pleasure as she tastes the melted chocolate inside of the cupcake. She kept on munching on the cupcake while letting out many moans. Neya smile as she feels pleased that the hooded woman in front of her enjoys the cupcake that she gave.Bookmark here

"Where do you even get this?" Vizrez ask.Bookmark here

"Nesto always make them for me, just in case I get hungry," Neya reply.Bookmark here

"Do you have some more?" Vizrez asks excitedly.Bookmark here

"I have a couple more, I know you would like them. I'll be glad to share them with you," Neya said.Bookmark here

"Thank you, it's hard to find something sweet to eat around here," Vizrez said.Bookmark here

"Why are you living alone in the mountain pass?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"I actually don't know the reason, it is kind of blurry to me. All I can remember is waking up with a wounded head," Vizrez answers.Bookmark here

"You can't remember?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"Yep, not a single thing, but for some reason, I had a tremendous rage when I see a Wyvern," Vizrez reply.Bookmark here

"I think you suffered from a memory loss. It must be hard losing your memory," Neya said.Bookmark here

"Not really, I made do with what memory I got left. I don't really care for the past, only the present," Vizrez said as she let out a smile showing her sharp teeth.Bookmark here

"Dinner's ready!" Nesto said aloud as he wipes his with a clean cloth.Bookmark here

"Would you want to join us for dinner?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"I would love too," Vizrez said.Bookmark here

Both of them, stand up from their rock and walk to the campfire. Upon arriving at the campfire, a scent of chicken stock lingers around the fireplace. Vizrez notices the smell is coming from the boiling pot that stood above the campfire, she also notices her stomach grumble.Bookmark here

Neya took a seat at one of the rock near the campfire, then she starts to warm her hands near the fire. Vizrez follows and took a seat, she kept on staring hungrily at the pot.Bookmark here

"Before I start serving, lets introduced our self first. As you may as know my name is Nesto, but my full name is Nesto Fasheir, and I'm Miss Neya butler," Nesto introduce himself.Bookmark here

"My name is Neya Nimmith, you can call me, Neya." The elf girl introduced herself to the hooded woman.Bookmark here

"I'm Vizrez, I don't have a long name. So can we eat now?" Vizrez said.Bookmark here

Neya let out a giggle at Vizrez eagerness, Nesto smiles as he serves the food to both of them. When Vizrez looks into the bowl, she can see chicken meat floating on the soup and some kind of long slimy worm-shaped thing.Bookmark here

"What is this worm shape thing?" Vizrez ask.Bookmark here

"It is called a noodle, and it's are made from wheat," Nesto said.Bookmark here

"Try it, it's delicious," Neya said then with a fork in her hand, she sucks the noodle into her mouth.Bookmark here

Vizrez took a fork and follow Neya ways of eating it. The moment it enters her mouth, she was amazed by the delicious taste of the soup and the noodle texture. She then starts to gulp down all of her noodle soup in a flash then show Nesto the empty bowl.Bookmark here

"Can I have more please?" Vizrez ask.Bookmark here

"Of course," Nesto served her another bowl.Bookmark here

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