Chapter 1:

Welcome to Baizefield


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“Origins”Bookmark here

• Chapter 1: Welcome to BaizefieldBookmark here

• Chapter 2: The ExtortersBookmark here

• Chapter 3: Realm of possibility Bookmark here

• Chapter 4: The Beast QueenBookmark here

• Chapter 5: A New ResolutionBookmark here

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I had a dreamBookmark here

But didn’t lastBookmark here

I wanted to leave a legacy Bookmark here

But left no-one to fill my shoes Bookmark here

I only have one request, Bookmark here

Take care of my family!Bookmark here

Going on a journey was something Phillip would have never thought of.Bookmark here

Eight years down the road without seeing his father, he became incredibly reserved and sheltered. Then a letter addressed to him from his father, moments after his mother got one, left him with a bit of questions.Bookmark here

“Earlier, I held my weeping mother in my arms after she read a letter that was said to come from dad.”Bookmark here

“Yes, but...”Bookmark here

“No buts! Just tell me. Where was he when he breathed his last?”Bookmark here

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“I’m tired of having that same old dream. Is it the old man’s way of pushing?”Bookmark here

While rubbing his eyes, Phillip jerked himself into a sitting position just under a large tree within a green leafy forest. The afternoon sun filtered by the wind blown leaves fell onto him.Bookmark here

It was ten days into the forest and he hadn’t found a path for himself out of it.Bookmark here

“Let me hope for a better day.”Bookmark here

Phillip got up with his old bag and walked in whatever direction he seemed was right. He possibly might have made it out earlier if it wasn’t for that mentality.Bookmark here

That evening at dusk, the heavens seemed to have answered his prayers.Bookmark here

There was a small cabin in front of him, It was two floored and looked old. Besides it, was a large wooden barn, larger than the house.Bookmark here

“This calls for better things to come. I’ll try asking around.”Bookmark here

Not thinking about his own safety, he knocked on the door without delay for it seemed that other factors had clouded his ability to think logically. Bookmark here

A number of times, he had been warned by a certain coachman of the carriage that brought him from Mill Town, where he was living, that the people on the other side of the forest are not normal at all. Normally if a person welcomed a stranger into a home, things wouldn’t be pleasant.Bookmark here

“Coming,” a voice that seemed to come from a middle aged man responded to Phillip’s summon.Bookmark here

“Hello there, I’m a traveller form the Mill County and I don’t know the way around. I was requesting for a place to crib for the night and then I’d be on my way.”Bookmark here

“Sure thing lad, what’s your name?”Bookmark here

“Phillip, Sir”Bookmark here

“James, James Cott! Come on in Phillip! Feel at home.”Bookmark here

 “Thanks, Mr. Cott.”Bookmark here

“Suspicious!” is what Phillip would have thought about at the time if he had listened to the warnings of the old coachman. It might have been possible that he had listened till he saw him as the villain when he threw him off the carriage to cross the forest on his own without prior warning.Bookmark here

“Paula, Danny, meet Phillip! He’ll just stay for the night and then he’ll be on his way to... where to again.”Bookmark here

“Baizefield town, Sir”Bookmark here

After a moment of uncomfortable silence, James spoke up forcing a smile more visibly than before. “Baizefield town, huh!”Bookmark here

Phillip noticed a change in behaviour after the silence.Bookmark here

“Anything wrong, Mr Cott?”Bookmark here

“No! Nothing at all! I just have bad memories of that place thats all. Anyway Phillip, meet Danny and Paula, my kids.” James said as he pointed to a dark haired muscular man and a young lady with brown hair looking to be in her late teens.Bookmark here

“Pleased to meet you! Thank you for having me”Bookmark here

Danny said nothing as he continued eating. Paula politely stood up and muttered some words that weren’t audible enough.Bookmark here

“Awkward!” Phillip thought.Bookmark here

“Food? Drink?”Bookmark here

“Famished!”Bookmark here

“Well, don’t hold back son! Eat your fill.”Bookmark here

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“Ah! I forgot to ask where the washrooms were before going to sleep!”Bookmark here

Phillip talked to himself in silence as he stood up from his bed as he looked around and coincidentally saw that Danny, in whose room he had slept for the night, was gone from his bed beside him.Bookmark here

“Weird! Where has Danny gone?”Bookmark here

Prioritising his current condition, Phillip stood up hurriedly with his left hand on his crouch and raced towards the door which he swiftly opened passing through it as quickly as he could.Bookmark here

“No need to worry about that. I have to find the washrooms.”Bookmark here

First thing Phillip thought about, as one who had lived in the forest for the past ten days, was going outside to help himself. Racing down the stairs, a cold wind embraced him sending a shiver all over his body, since he was topless.Bookmark here

“Why in the world is this door open? Ahh! Just go outside and do your business there, there’s not much time left, Phillip?”Bookmark here

After a brief session of convincing himself out loud, Phillip ran down the stairs, skipping about two steps in each stride eventually missing one towards the end. Recovering from the slight trip, Phillip rushed out of the door going straight to the bush in-front of the house.Bookmark here

After a brief while, Phillip, feeling refreshed, headed out of the small bush. The bright moonlight illuminated the compound so clearly and the green leaves reflected the light too perfectly revealing a green lit surrounding. The fireflies danced in the distance as the crickets sang harmonious melodies.Bookmark here

“I don’t feel like going back to bed. I can live in this moment for ever.”Bookmark here

After a lively sightseeing, Phillip headed back to the house and on the porch, He noticed the brown haired beauty finely lit by the moonlight. Her damp brown eyes gave them an extra glitter as she stared into the distance. Noticing Phillip, she put on a light smile that seemed to be a little forced.Bookmark here

“Hello there, can’t sleep!” Phillip said, trying to be confident already realising that his upper body was in plain sight.Bookmark here

“Just admiring the work of nature. Isn’t this beautiful?”Bookmark here

Paula didn’t seem to care about the fact that Phillip was half naked as she replied.Bookmark here

“Yeah it is splendid. To many, it is for such beauty that they fight.”Bookmark here

“What do you mean? Fighting is horrid, those people only cause sorrow.”Bookmark here

“Every one that fights, has something to protect, just like how parents would risk a lot just for their children.”Bookmark here

Danny spoke while looking at the surroundings that were the basis of their talk. After a while, their was no reply from Paula. Shifting his gaze to the porch, he saw the fair maiden with tears flowing down her cheeks uncontrollably. Looking back at Phillip, she tries to wipe her tears off of her cheeks but all in vain, only succeeding to create new paths for more to come.Bookmark here

“I’m sorry for you to see me like this,” Paula said as she let out slight sobs.Bookmark here

Danny who was too confused about why she suddenly broke down, approached the porch to try to mend ‘his‘ mistake.Bookmark here

“Paula, I apologize! If I said something that I shouldn’t have, care to share about it?”Bookmark here

“When you talked about parents wanting to protect their kids, I suddenly wished for a parent’s love in my heart. That’s not the issue with mine and all I want is to be free from him.”Bookmark here

Without saying anything, Phillip sat down on the same bench to her left side but facing behind her.Bookmark here

“But I can’t runaway at all. He always finds me. He can control my actions as he wishes. I just want to die. Living like this is not worth it.”Bookmark here

Another wave of tears flowed down from her eyes as she sorrowfully sobbed. Phillip placed his left hand on her left shoulder.Bookmark here

“Paula, I can’t say much, but if you want to live, then live. And if you want to die...”Bookmark here

Paula faced the floor awaiting the obvious answer.Bookmark here

“...then live!”Bookmark here

Phillip finished his sentence as Paula looked up at him speechless in surprise, wonderful surprise.Bookmark here

“And if you think that you still want to die, I’ll make sure that you live because believe me, when you have hope in tomorrow, it gets better.”Bookmark here

Trying not to tear up, Paula faced the young lad with an awkward smile that she tried so hard to suppress. No one on this green earth had ever tried to tell her something like that, to encourage her to keep on living. She saw a new light in life after that small encounter.Bookmark here

“Hey Phillip…”Bookmark here

Phillip looking back, he saw a face showing an expression of appreciation from the girl and imagines a “ thank you” coming out of her lips.Bookmark here

“... be careful.”Bookmark here

“Anytime.” Bookmark here

Phillip answers without hesitation waving his hand towards her while entering the door.Bookmark here

“Wait! Did she say ‘Be Careful’?”Bookmark here

Phillip thought of that for a while before being taken in by sleep.Bookmark here

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“Urg! Too sleepy! It’s still dark outside.” Bookmark here

“My body, I can’t move! I feel heavy. Is that Danny?”Bookmark here

“Urg! Back to sleep.”Bookmark here

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“Bang, bang, bang!”Bookmark here

A loud knocking, actually banging on the door was heard about two hours past dawn.Bookmark here

“Hey Cott! Open up! It’s us!”Bookmark here

“Who’s that? Paula check the door for me, will you?”Bookmark here

James, who was lazily sitting in the chair in the living room shouted to the busy girl.Bookmark here

Opening the door, two men dressed like brigands, walked in without anyone allowing them.Bookmark here

“So Cott, where’s the prize?” One of the men who looked older than the other asked James.Bookmark here

“It’s alright Teeg! We have him safe and sound. Follow me!”Bookmark here

With James in the lead, the men ascend the steep flight of stairs upwards.Bookmark here

“He’s in there!”Bookmark here

James said pointing to the door to Danny’s bedroom.Bookmark here

“Frank, open up the door for me, will you?”Bookmark here

The younger brigand stepped forward and gave the door a slight push after turning its knob.Bookmark here

“There you go!”Bookmark here

Entering the room, the two witness a bloody scene with their young visitor tied up on his bed with an x-shaped cut on his left side of the chest going deep throughout his backBookmark here

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