Chapter 46:

Chapter 46: Home.

The Master and The Slave

The beam of sunlight rests upon a messy blond hair woman with a single horn on her forehead. Vizrez removes the sweat off her forehead with her hand after letting out a long yawn. She stretches her body on top of the wall while guarding the newly build wooden gate. The cyclops woman takes a seat on a reinforced wooden chair beside her then leans back on the chair to take a nap.Bookmark here

"Viz, I brought you some lunch," Grie said as he brings a bowl of cooked rice with steam meat on it.Bookmark here

He climbs the wooden ladder with the bowl in his hand; the women half-open eye glance at the man that's trying to climb the ladder with a single hand. Grie reaches the top of the ladder and proceeds to lift himself up onto the walkway with the food in his hand.Bookmark here

Vizrez looks at him with a tired smile on her face.Bookmark here

"Thank you for your hard work," Grie said as he passes the bowl to the cyclops woman.Bookmark here

Vizrez takes the bowl and places it on the end table next to her, "I should be thanking you, you're the one that has been keeping us together."Bookmark here

"I'm only following the chief plan, nothing more," Grie said as he rests both hands on the battlement.Bookmark here

"Following a plan is easy, but bringing people together after what happened, that's all you," Vizrez comments.Bookmark here

Grie ignore the cyclops woman words when he saw an outline of three familiar people on the path toward here. Something familiar lingers under Vizrez's nose, causing her to stand up and looks toward where Grie is looking.Bookmark here

"It's them," Vizrez said as a broad smile appears on her face.Bookmark here

"They are back," Grie said to himself at first.Bookmark here

Then he turns to face the camp, and shout out "The chief is back!!"Bookmark here

The word was passed around one by one throughout the camp as the people cheer while excitement rise in them. They all drop what they were doing and rush to the wooden gate with newfound relieved in their hearts. The large wooden gate creak as two of the males drag it open to reveal Neya, Nesto, and Vel on the other side.Bookmark here

"Chief, Welcome home!!" All the human greets the elf girl in unison.Bookmark here

Neya was surprised by the greeting that she let out a smile after hearing it. She raises her chin up while her eyes are looking up into the sky then she yells out. Bookmark here

"I'm home!!"Bookmark here

The humans cheer their heart out after hearing Neya response.Bookmark here

Time passed as she answers all the human questions such as: where have you been, are you okay, did they hurt you and many more. However, Grie steps in to scoot the human back to work before the conversation drags on into the night. They are disappointed to not able to talk to their chief, but Neya promised them that she will tell them everything during the feast tonight.Bookmark here

After the humans left, Neya turn to Grie and ask a question that darkens the mood, "Where is he?"Bookmark here

Grie expression sorrow, "Follow me."Bookmark here

The group follows Grie except for Vel. After a short walk, they arrive behind the finished dorm, where a single tombstone stood lonely on a field of beautiful orange flowers. Neya saw the flowers and it reminds her of the orange fur that Za had and the smile he had.Bookmark here

She sniffs her tears away, "Did you have time to mourn?"Bookmark here

"We all had," Grie answers.Bookmark here

"How about you? You're the closest to him," Neya said.Bookmark here

"I wish I had all the time in the world just to remember the memories we had, but he wouldn't want me to waste my time like that," Grie said.Bookmark here

"I was surprised to see you all so happy seeing me back because I thought you all hated me for the horrible thing that happens," Neya said.Bookmark here

Nesto places a hand on his master shoulder to comfort her. Neya felt her butler warm hand on her shoulder.Bookmark here

"Nobody hates you because you sacrifice yourself to save us when everyone would have abandoned us. You're our Chief, and we will never hate you," Grie said.Bookmark here

"And we're glad that you came back home safely," Grie continue.Bookmark here

"It's the first time I felt happy that I got home or have a home to go back to," Neya said as she let out a small smile.Bookmark here

Neya walks toward the grave with her heart throbbing slowly, she drops to one knee and places her hand on the tombstone. Bookmark here

With a saddened heart, she said: "I'm sorry, I couldn't protect you."Bookmark here

A moment of silence was given by them to mourn for the death of a hero, a hero that save two child life from death by sacrificing his own. After Neya was done praying for Za, Nesto takes over by giving his respect to the Wolics. Grie left the tombstone with Neya while Nesto stays behind and wanted to spend more time with Za.Bookmark here

As both of them walk around the camp, she can see the beautiful dorm has been built and the others are starting to work on the wall slope and farm fields.Bookmark here

They both stop at one of the wagons, inside it contains a few humans sewing a nicely made clothes. Neya finally realized that the humans are wearing regular clothes instead of the rag that was given to them.Bookmark here

"You make new clothes? That's great! Good job," Neya said excitedly.Bookmark here

"Thank you chief," The group of tailors reply happily with a toothy smile on their face. Bookmark here

Afterward, they took out a dark green overcoat with a black color eyepatch on top of it.Bookmark here

"We made this for you," One of the humans said.Bookmark here

"For me?" Neya asks and the human nod their head.Bookmark here

Neya glance at Grie beside her, he gestures his head to tell that she should accept it. With a small smile on her face, she took the overcoat and eyepatch, she then wears the overcoat and it was a perfect fit. After that, she finishes the set by wearing the eyepatch on her left eyes.Bookmark here

"How do I look?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"Strong!"Bookmark here

"Beautiful!"Bookmark here

"You look fierce, Chief" This was the answer that was given by the tailors.Bookmark here

"Thank you very much, I loved it," Neya said.Bookmark here

Afterward, they continue walking, Neya waves goodbye to the group just before they left.Bookmark here

"So what's our next course, chief?" Grie ask.Bookmark here

Just before Neya could answer, Vizrez calls out to them. "Chief, there is someone at the gate who wish to meet you."Bookmark here

Neya turns her focus to the gate and starts jogging toward it with Grie by his side. Arriving at the gate she was joyful to see the short Satyr girl with short brown hair and the green curly-haired elf girl. But she didn't recognize the gentlemen Satyr standing beside the elf girl.Bookmark here

"Is him with you?" Neya asks Digia.Bookmark here

"Nope, I don't know him," Digia said as she shakes her head.Bookmark here

"Actually, I'm with the king. I brought the paperwork you need to sign," The gentlemen said.Bookmark here

"Ohh, King Viria. Yes, I almost forgot," Neya said finally remember the deal she made with the king.Bookmark here

"Grie, do we have a meeting room that we can use?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"Yes, back at the dorm," Grie answers.Bookmark here

"Can you show us the meeting room and afterward can you show both of my friends to an empty bedroom that they can use?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"Of course, It's my pleasure, Chief," Grie said with a smile on his face.Bookmark here

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The soft wind brushes against the field of the orange color flowers as Nesto sits on the ground while facing the tombstone. In his mind, he can still remember how Za died as clear as day and the feeling of not being able to do anything.Bookmark here

"You feel it too, right?" Vizrez voice echo behind him.Bookmark here

The man glances behind him and sees the cyclops woman with a glass bottle in her hand. He let out a sullen smile so do the women, she walks to his side and takes a seat right next to him.Bookmark here

"Guilt," Nesto said.Bookmark here

"Yep, you want some?" Vizrez asks as she gestures to the bottle.Bookmark here

"What is it?" Nesto ask.Bookmark here

"The human said it's a spirit that the elf made, they found it in one of the wagons," Vizrez said.Bookmark here

The cyclops women pull the cork out and start chugging the spirit down her throat, then she stops and let out a cough. Nesto was certainly impressed by the way that Vizrez chug the spirit down. She passed on the bottle to the man, Nesto took it and wash down the guilt away with the spirit.Bookmark here

He passed back the bottle to Vizrez and ask "Aren't you supposed to be on the lookout?"Bookmark here

"I ask Melud to take over for me," Vizrez reply.Bookmark here

She down a few more before passing the bottle back to Nesto, and ask "I thought you were dead."Bookmark here

"So did I, but here we are alive and well," Nesto said.Bookmark here

"Not exactly well, judging by your injury," Vizrez said as she glances at Nesto's back.Bookmark here

"I had to fight a lot of knights... I met Za killer, I had the chance to kill him, but I didn't," Nesto said.Bookmark here

"Why didn't you take it?" Vizrez ask.Bookmark here

"I wanted to change, no more killing," Nesto said.Bookmark here

"You serious about that... Well it doesn't matter if you kill him or not, Za probably wouldn't care about it," Vizrez said.Bookmark here

"Maybe..." Nesto said as he down the spirit into his throat.Bookmark here

He passed the bottle to Vizrez, she took it and chug the whole thing until it's empty and ask "Do you want to... Hmm, you know."Bookmark here

Nesto glances at the cyclops women and saw the perverted grin on her face, "Thank you for the offer, but no."Bookmark here

"Aww, you are no fun," Vizrez said as she leans her side to the man beside her.Bookmark here

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Night came, the campfire lights up the camp while warming the residents. People were enjoying themselves on the feast and drowning themselves in spirit to loosen up their inhibitions. The young ones were dancing to the music that Grie provide.Bookmark here

Nesto took his time to make teas for the camp as he always does. Vizrez flirts with the women in the camps while Digia and Lilia introduce themselves to the residents.Bookmark here

Neya was at the outskirt of the feast when she saw Vel longingly looking at the forest outside the wall. She walks up to him and taps him on the shoulder, this cause Vel body to perk up.Bookmark here

"What's wrong?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"Home. Can't go back." Vel said.Bookmark here

"Why you can't go back home?" Neya asks surprised.Bookmark here

"Novuz clan rule. Outside once. Cannot go back home anymore." Vel said.Bookmark here

"For how long?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"Forever," Vel said.Bookmark here

"You sacrifice your home to save me, why?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"Care too much. Couldn't see you get hurt," Vel said letting out a small smile.Bookmark here

"If you can't go home then you are welcome here, this is your new home," Neya said as she gestures to the feast behind her.Bookmark here

"New home?" Vel ask.Bookmark here

"Yes, let's go, your new family is waiting," Neya grab Vel hands without giving it much thought and pull him toward the feast.Bookmark here

With Vel by her side, she pulls him toward the center and let him stand beside her. She turns to face everyone in the feast and gesture Grie to stop the music.Bookmark here

"I have a few things to say. First, let's welcome our new members to the sanctuary, Vel, Lilia, and Digia." Neya gesture to the people she spoke of, the people's clap their hands and cheers toward them as a sign of welcome.Bookmark here

"Second, I have made a deal with King Viria that this land is ours, and we are free to live here without any interference from others... We are free," Neya said.Bookmark here

The humans were surprised to hear what Neya just said; did she just said that all the humans here are free, that there is no slavery, and they can live in peace. It was almost a dreamed to hear those word that causes one of them to ask. Bookmark here

"You're joking right, Chief?"Bookmark here

"No, I'm not. You all are free," Neya said.Bookmark here

The cheers went even louder, some of them even cry in happiness after hearing those words. They thought the day that they live in peace wouldn't come, but here they are.Bookmark here

"Long live, Chief Neya, Slayer of the Wyvern Queen!!" They cheer repeatedly.Bookmark here

The night went on full blast as the news has certainly lifted their morale, they party and eat until they pass out drunk or was too tired to go on. Leaving only Nesto, Neya and Vel awake as everyone went back to their room to sleep or pass out near the campfire.Bookmark here

With the help of Vel and Neya, Nesto places a blanket on each one of the people that pass out drunk near the campfire. Out from the darkness, they heard a slow clap, someone familiar walk toward the light revealing himself.Bookmark here

"That was quite a party," 167 said.Bookmark here

"167?" Nesto said surprised to see him, this elf spook Vel that it causes him to take out his dagger.Bookmark here

"What are you doing here?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"I want to say my thanks, you gave us more time than we need to prepare," 167 said as he slightly bows his head.Bookmark here

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

"In three months, there will be a war that will change the entire Arorona and gave Targia time to prepare its army to fight," 167 said.Bookmark here

"Is that all, are you here just to say your thanks?" Nesto ask.Bookmark here

"That's all, I'm here to say my thanks and give you this," 167 said as he unsheathed Nesto's wooden staff that he left back at the fortress.Bookmark here

"You were there?" Nesto ask.Bookmark here

"No, I'm not, but I heard what happens and I thought, I should bring your wooden staff back to you," 167 said then he stabs the staff into the dirt and let it stand.Bookmark here

He put both hands into his pocket and say "Well, I'm going to leave now, have a good life."Bookmark here

"Wait! —" Neya stops the elf from leaving, "I want to know why my mom is doing this and I want to know what happens to the Weyshers after I left."Bookmark here

"It's a long story, are you sure that you want to know about it?" 167 ask.Bookmark here

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

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