Chapter 39:

Chapter 39: Novuz Clan.

The Master and The Slave


The camp was in a state of panic, while Za and Grie try to gather everyone inside the caravans, so they can be far away from the danger. Nesto climbs out from his own wagons with Eilna saber in his hand. His eyes focus beyond the spike wall with anger and fear. He has to kill again, the thought of that cause him to tighten the grip around his saber.Bookmark here

He needs to fight to protect his master.Bookmark here

When he was about to head toward the wall, Neya grabs the bottom of his jacket stopping him. He turns his head to her with a confused look, Neya with a determined expression on her face while both of her boots planted on the ground to stop her butler.Bookmark here

"You don't need to fight," Neya said.Bookmark here

"Don't, Miss Neya. You and the people here are in danger. Let me fight, there is no other way," Nesto said.Bookmark here

"No, Nesto. I order you to stop fighting and stay here," Neya order.Bookmark here

"What?! What are you doing?" Nesto ask.Bookmark here

She closes her eyes and opens it again. Then she starts walking toward the spiked wall while her fingers dig into her palm. Her heart beat out of fear, nervous, and uncertainty. She needs to show him that there is a peaceful way to resolve things.Bookmark here

"Neya!!" Nesto call to her while his feet stick to the ground.Bookmark here

"I will you show that there are always other ways," Neya said.Bookmark here

Vizrez came back with her huge bone weapon on her back, she looks at Nesto and back at Neya.Bookmark here

"What's going on?" She asks.Bookmark here

"She orders me to stay. Go to her make sure she doesn't come to harm," Nesto said to Vizrez.Bookmark here

With a nod, Vizrez jog toward Neya. The ginger-haired elf girl stops when she felt close enough to the wall, she takes a long breath of air into her lung, and let it all out.Bookmark here

"We know you are there! Come out, so we can speak!" Neya yells out and hoping one of them speak the common tongue.Bookmark here

When Vizrez finally close to her, Neya turns her heads to the woman and raised her hand to tell the cyclops woman that she is fine. Vizrez nods her head, but stay beside the small elf girl. The cyclops woman tries to search for them in the trees, but couldn't spot one of them.Bookmark here

"Are you sure about this?" Vizrez leans closer to Neya and ask.Bookmark here

"I'm sure," Neya reply.Bookmark here

Out of nowhere, an arrow land in front of Neya feet, this prompt Vizrez to take her weapons out. The elf girl raised her hand to the agitated cyclops woman to calm her down.Bookmark here

"I'm just here to talk! Please, if you can understand me, I want you to know that we don't want to fight," Neya said again.Bookmark here

A rustle of leaves can be heard from the top of the tree, a shadow of a boy probably the same age as her, step into the light, and revealing himself. The boy was wearing some kind of leaves cover wooden armor along with a bark-skin wooden mask on his face. Between his gauntlet and chest armor, Neya spotted a line of body art on the boy skins.Bookmark here

"I. Speak. A few." the boy tried to say.Bookmark here

"My name is Neya, may I ask what is your name?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"Vel. Novuz clan." The boy answers.Bookmark here

"Can I ask why are you here?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"You came. Trespass. Bad." Vel answers.Bookmark here

"But we are seeking a place to live and to hide from the world. We mean you no harm," Neya said.Bookmark here

"NO! Elf. Liar. Slave. Everyone," Vel raise his voice.Bookmark here

"I'm not lying. Please, believe me. I'm trying to give these people a place they can live and be free," Neya plead.Bookmark here

"Liar! Elf. Bad. Evil. You. Same," Vel said again, his manner shows no sign of believing any words Neya said.Bookmark here

"If you don't believe me then let me show you, that I'm... the same as the others slave," Neya begin to take her leather glove off, one by one.Bookmark here

Vizrez raised her eyebrow, "What are you doing?"Bookmark here

"Don't worry, Vizrez. I know what I'm doing," Neya said.Bookmark here

Her hands reach the bottom of her dress, her heart thuds heavily from the nervous and the embarrassment she about to face. She pulls her dress up, taking it off in one swift movement, and throw it on the ground leaving only her black bottom undergarment on.Bookmark here

Both of her hair braids manage to cover the most important part of her small breast. She takes a long breath in, puffing her chest upward, and release it to calm her nerve. Then she rotates her body to show them the full view of her body.Bookmark here

"Look at me, this scar was done by my own kind. I was a slave just like them, torture just like them, and suffer just like them. Until a human saves me from that life," Neya said aloud while extending her arms outward, showing them the scars that she collected over the years of suffering.Bookmark here

Nesto was confused by his master sudden actions, he wanted to go to her and be by her side, but her order prevents him. He can't disobey her; his grips tighten around the handle out of frustrations.Bookmark here

"Please... I don't want us to fight," Neya plead.Bookmark here

In the trees line, a murmur can be heard between the Woodfolk. A foreign language that Neya never heard of before, it sounded gibberish to her, but the tone of their words shows seriousness. Vel heads glance to his left and right while the murmurs travel between the Woodfolk around him. The boy is trying to follow the discussions.Bookmark here

Neya crosses her arms over her breast, trying to cover her chest.Bookmark here

The murmur stops and Vel can be seen visibly nodding his head, "You. Elf. Cloth, Wear. We. Decide. Already."Bookmark here

Neya goes to her green dress, grabbing it off the ground, and starts to wear them like usual.Bookmark here

"A Chance. Prove. Me. Here. Watch." Vel said.Bookmark here

"Are you letting us live here?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"Yes. But. Me. Watch. You. All. Guard," Vel said.Bookmark here

"Thank you," Neya said a smile form with her lips.Bookmark here

"I didn't believe it, your plan actually works," Vizrez said in disbelief.Bookmark here

From afar, Nesto can feel the presence of the Woodfolk slowly diminish. He was proved wrong by his master, it's just like she said, there is no need to fight with each other. Maybe she's right, killing is not the answers, why is it so good to feel wrong.Bookmark here

Nesto let out a manic laugh as he falls to his knees. Then he nods his head agreeing with her words. Maybe it's time for him to find others way to fight without killing.Bookmark here

Za sense the Woodfolk numbers are diminishing, and then he let out a loud cheer, so everybody can hear it, "Chief Neya did it!"Bookmark here

"Long life, Chief Neya," All the humans cheer her name.Bookmark here

Vizrez let out a small cheer, "Good work, Chief Neya."Bookmark here

"It was you, I should have known. It's you the one who starts calling me Chief. Now everyone is calling me that," Neya said as she let out a sigh accompanied by a smile.Bookmark here

"What's wrong with 'Chief'? It's a good title, do you want me to call you 'Queen Killer the slayer of Wyvern'?" Vizrez jest.Bookmark here

"Please don't," Neya reply.Bookmark here

"Only if you gave me your portion of the cupcake," Vizrez let out an evil grin.Bookmark here

"Wait, doesn't Nesto cook you a dozen cupcake just a few days ago?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"Yes... but I already finish it," Vizrez shrug her shoulders while answering the elf girl question.Bookmark here

"How do you even finish a dozen cupcake in two days?" Neya asks while she looks at the woman with her left eyebrow raise.Bookmark here

"I got hungry while guarding the camp at night," Vizrez reply while rubbing her stomach.Bookmark here

"You can't keep using that as an excuse for everything, but fine... you can have mine," Neya said then start to let out a giggle.Bookmark here

The cyclops woman also joins in with a laugh before asking, "You know what we need?"Bookmark here

"What?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"A feast!!" Vizrez cheer her answer out.Bookmark here

"More food?" Neya said.Bookmark here

"YEAH!! I'M HUNGRY!!" Vizrez yells out her hunger, so everyone can hear it.Bookmark here

"Sure... Why not," Neya gave in.Bookmark here

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Later that night.Bookmark here

The cold and desolate night was combat by the cheers and joys of the people in the camp. They celebrate their young leader for taking care of a dangerous situation without any violence or any fight occurs. A few humans manage to make a makeshift instrument to accompany the lonely night with a good music.Bookmark here

The music was not just people playing instruments, there is also vocal sound accompany along with the melody provided by Za deep voice and Grie ability to reach a high note with his voice. The two duos almost look like brothers, singing side by side despite the fact they look nothing like each other. With the music surrounds the camps, and the people in it; Vizrez and a couple other young humans dance to the beats.Bookmark here

Their joyous face was inspiring other people to feel safe and fun while they enjoy the meatloaves Nesto prepared; something that they haven't experience for a long time. The realization of hope exists for them, that what hovering in their mind.Bookmark here

Neya notices the look the relieved and joy on their face, she sympathizes with them because she also had that same look after Nesto saves her.Bookmark here

In the midst of the people dancing, she could see the two kids 'Nel and Om' an upbeat young human girl and a shy young elf boy, dancing with each other. Inside Neya mind, she could imagine them growing up to be a cute couple.Bookmark here

"Enjoying the feast?" Nesto takes a seat beside his master with a plate of meatloaf in his hand.Bookmark here

"Looking at their joyous face make me feel happy and scared at the same time," Neya said.Bookmark here

"That's a given since they all put their hope and safety on your hand," Nesto explains.Bookmark here

She let out a laugh, "I was going to ask you whether I could do this or not, but since I know you and you will probably say that you support me fully," Neya said with a smile on her face.Bookmark here

"You know me too well, Master," Nesto said.Bookmark here

There was a short moment of silence between both of them before Nesto speaks again.Bookmark here

"You were right about earlier, I was surprised, but I shouldn't be. My master is the most amazing person I know," Nesto said.Bookmark here

"That came out of nowhere," Neya said as her cheeks slowly turn a pinkish hue.Bookmark here

"If you were right about earlier, then maybe you are right about me, I will try to find a way to fight without killing. It's not easy, but I think I can do it," Nesto said.Bookmark here

"You will?" Nesto word took her by surprise and cause a spark of joy to rise in her heart.Bookmark here

She leans closer to Nesto and hugs him from the side. The man was surprised, he had to raise his plate of food before his master leans in closer for a hug. With one of his free hand, he pats the elf girl head. Neya body turn to soft as she felt comfort from his warm hand, it has been a while since he pats her head like this, she absolutely misses it.Bookmark here

"This makes me want to have tea," Neya let out as she pulls away from her butler.Bookmark here

"Let me get some for you, and here, enjoy the food," He gave the plate of meatloaf to his master.Bookmark here

With a plate of meatloaf in Neya hands, Nesto stood up and head to the kitchen area. When he was about to arrive, Vizrez hugs him tightly and carry him for a ride as she dances to the music. Neya could see Nesto trying to struggle out from Vizrez hug. She let out a small laugh when seeing her butler frustrated face against Vizrez huge breasts.Bookmark here

She let out a sigh and look away toward the spike wall. Then she remembers about the Woodfolk boy watching us. Her eyes went to the plate of meatloaf, then with a smile, she stood up and head toward the spike wall. The cold night causes her body to shiver as she walks away from the warm campfire.Bookmark here

After arriving at the spike wall, she looks up at the tree line and tries to spot the Woodfolk, but fail as it was too dark for her to see.Bookmark here

"Hello? I know you are out there— Can you come down, I have some food for you," Neya called out.Bookmark here

The leaves rustle and with a leap, the Woodfolk appear in the air while the moonlight shines behind him. He lands perfectly in front of the elf girl, surprising her.Bookmark here

"That quite an entrance," Neya comment with a soft tone.Bookmark here

"Tree. Close. Wall. Bad. Easy. Intrude... Questions?" The Woodfolk comment.Bookmark here

"I have some food for you, I think you will like it," Neya said while showing him the plate of meatloaf.Bookmark here

The Woodfolk look at the plate then look back at her. He pinches a small piece of meatloaf with his fingers, he brings it forward to the girl's face and gesturing her to eat it.Bookmark here

"What?" She said surprised.Bookmark here

"Poison. Make sure." The boy said.Bookmark here

With blushing cheeks, she eats the small piece of meatloaf off the Woodfolk's hand. The boy watched her slowly chew the meatloaf and swallow it. After making sure the food is not poisonous, the Woodfolk walk to the spike wall and take a seat on the ground with his back leaning on the wall.Bookmark here

He looks at the food and said, "Thanks."Bookmark here

Neya took a seat a bit further from the Woodfolk, but just close enough for the boy to hear her voice.Bookmark here

"I heard a lot of rumor about Woodfolk, but you seem different from what they say," Neya said.Bookmark here

"Rumor. More lies. Normal." Vel said.Bookmark here

"I don't want to be called a liar, so I'm telling you that I do have one slave, his name is Nesto. He is right over there, currently being hug to death by the big woman," Neya points out.Bookmark here

"Hmm..." Vel let out. To Neya it sounds like a judging tone, it annoys her for some reason.Bookmark here

"Just to be clear, if Nesto wants to leave, he can leave anytime. Even though, I don't want him to... But if he chose to, then I will let him go," Neya said.Bookmark here

"I see..." Vel said then he took off his bark skin mask.Bookmark here

Neya was surprised to see a handsome, dark-skin, chiseled face with a short blond hair underneath the mask. The moonlight shines on his face and reveals something else. Neya leans forward to see half his face disfigured. From her conclusions, it seems to be burn marks. It looks painful, there is a visible hole in his cheek revealing the teeth inside.Bookmark here

"What happen...?" Neya accidentally ask.Bookmark here

Vel turns his head to look at the surprise girl, "Elf. Fire... Family. Mine. Died."Bookmark here

"I'm sorry to hear that— Is that's why you hate elf?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"No hate. Novuz clan. Live. Peaceful. Sad. Yes. But. No hate." Vel reply.Bookmark here

Neya bites her bottom lips as the conversation turned to awkward silence. "I should head back... They are probably waiting for me," Neya said.Bookmark here

"Wait. Conversations. Fun. Food delicious. Good company. More talk?" Vel ask.Bookmark here

"Sure," Neya said.Bookmark here

"Elf girl. From?" Vel ask.Bookmark here

Two of them spent time talking to each other about their life. Without her knowing, she had bridged the first peaceful contact with the Woodfolk and made friend with one of them. The night continued with the celebration, people were happy, new friends are being made, old friends grow closer, and newfound goals appear.Bookmark here

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