The man who answered was unknown to me. He was dressed in an elite warrior suit of black and blue. His long sword was hanging on his side.
I didn’t let down my guard though. I was still holding Ponpon, ready to pounce just in case. Even though he was no threat, I could not just let my guard down. What if the King sent him to kill me after he killed my mother?
Well, I know that I only suspected the King for my mother’s demise. However, I could not just put it to rest that he did not let her children know she was ill at the time. We could have done something. Or we could have been beside her when she was suffering, made her at least comfortable. I had no idea if he did everything he could for our mother then. That is why I so hate the King to the point that I suspect him for killing my mother.
“Oh, Luick! What are you doing there?” I heard Zelian’s deep voice behind me.
I whirled around to look at him. He knew this elite warrior?
“Luick?” I echoed and
I swallowed hard. I did not want to accept my father’s words. But I knew that I had to, whether I liked it or not. The stranger’s face unexpectedly appeared in my reverie all of a sudden. My brows furrowed. It was because my father could see him in my thoughts, too. Everything from reality to my deepest dreams and desires, my father could see it. Nothing could be hidden from him. And I wasn’t wrong. My father smiled knowingly at me. His blue lips were torn from ear to ear. He was giving me that teasing look now, which made my cheeks go red.“Now, that unique being is quite interesting, my daughter,” he remarked.“Oh, Father! He just annoys me…” I frowned at him. Frustration was written all over my face.“You’re still in self-denial but I understand.” He smiled at me knowingly, still. I hated that smile of his. I couldn’t wipe it off from his face!Yes, I really I hated it when he does that. It was so unfair! My father knew everything that I didn
“You know? I just figured it out. You have that special skill called dagus to hide your aura and your presence. I must say you’re a powerful Aryan, stranger. It’s not like everybody can do it naturally. And I must admit I have trouble doing that myself.” Then, I crossed my arm as I watched him carefully.Tonight, he wore a simple pair of leather pants and sleeveless top, showing his muscular triceps. Overall, he was exhibiting his sexiness in his outfit. Until now, I could not pinpoint where he is from.The stranger sniggered and walked toward me in a predatory manner. However, I was not afraid of him.“So, he’s awesome then?” Ponpon inquired me innocently to the point of stupidity.“Keep silent, Ponpon,” I commanded him, trying hard to not get embarrassed. Ponpon is such a blabbermouth! Maybe it is because he has no brain! He sighed and did what I told him to. I was still looking at this strange being and tried to keep my hear
I was busy analyzing his action. Right. It was my first kiss after all!Why did he kiss me for powerful beings’ sake? Why? And then he ran afterward like that like a coward—or something?That was beyond… disconcerting! I should have come after him and give him a lesson or two. Maybe a punch in the nose would suffice at least! But there I was. I was just… still, processing more what just happened some moments ago.I always thought that when another being’s lips touched with mine it would be disgusting and horrible. But, no. With him, it was quite… wonderful! And my heart was jumping excitedly until now. It was insane. I could even feel the rush of my blood that traveled my entire body. I was not sure how many miles per dot though. I could not measure it.“Wow! That made you motionless, emotionless and… something… more… less,” Ponpon said with a mocking tone. But he sighed afterward. His red eyes were also bewildered by the stranger’s action.I swallowed
I was in my room and I stared at the two guabula flowers that were sitting on top of a marble nightstand beside my bed. Ponpon was beside the flowers, staring at them thoughtfully as well. Yes, as if he had a brain in his metallic head.I lay down with my arms crossed under my head. I crossed my ankles and looked up at the marble ceiling. My bed was soft, which was made up of preserved flower petals and foamy materials that were wrapped with silky cloth. It had a nice smell and comfortable.I closed my eyes and willed myself to sleep. However, that stranger’s words came back to me. I wondered how bad the recruitment could get in the morrow.“You just keep this and bring it with you tomorrow. I’m sure that this will help.”***The sun wasn’t on the horizon yet but I was already up. I put on my fighting suit of black and red color, almost the same shade as my father’s uniform but of different design. It was stretchable and
“Xerra, that way to register,” Daraton told me with a gesture of his hand.I nodded and followed him. My sister went with Zulika, Oleifa, and the others from our tribe. Five of my fellow Aigleans came with me to register our names for the recruitment. There was already a long line when we got there.The white-haired being who was about in his hundreds looked at me when it was my turn. He turned to the grave-looking being who stood behind him. He wore an army uniform and judging by the authoritative way he carried himself, I knew he was a high-ranking official. I looked at the standing lapel of his uniform and I was right. He was the general of the Elite Aryan Army—General Isoog from what I heard was his name. I never thought that I’d meet him at this early stage of the Banatan. Then, our eyes met. I almost saw the recognition reflected in his eyes but it faded right away. He hid his emotion well. I didn’t even think about probing into his thoughts as the older being was
Everyone settled down and listened to the official. Luick sidestepped and let the Army General talk. He caught my eyes and held them for a moment before he began to speak.“So, here are the rules, warriors. You can use any weapon you like. There’s just that little twist this year. When your name is called, you get your neck and go up on that ring.” We all looked at the ring that was already set up outside as well as different weapons that were arranged nearby. There were super guns. Yes, high-tech ones that could maim someone permanently. There were others that were not guns. Yes, I meant that blade family and others. They were short and long, with varied designs, sizes and weights.“And then, another three of you will be randomly called to gang up the first one who’s called out,” General Isoog added. “After fifteen dots, if none of you is able to defeat the first man, you just gave him the chance of a lifetime to join the army! He’ll automatical
The three Aryans simultaneously attacked me but I was faster than them. I kicked the chest of the second opponent in front of me who was holding the axe, sending him out of the ring flying. He landed on the ground hard, with a loud thud and face down. I rolled down to evade the sword and the spear that attacked from each side. I willed that Ponpon would grow longer. I heard the audience gasp.Ponpon smirked when he became longer than before. It was the first time that it happened. He seemed to look excited with his new self.“I’ll make them regret they joined the Banatan, Xerra,” Ponpon snickered like a maniac.I stared at him with my steely blue eyes and smiled at him. I parried both the sword and spear and swept the feet of my two enemies. One was hit but the other was quicker than the first one. He managed to dodge my attack. His sword was now threatening to slash my neck. However, I bent backward with a front kick and I sent him flying out of the ring.
The stranger pushed me against the wall and leaned closer to me, trapping my body in the process. I felt the heat emanating from his body, and his scent invading my senses. His breath fanned my face and his green eyes looked darker as they were never before. Although excitement ran throughout my body because of his nearness, I tried to ignore it at this current situation. However, it was hard for me to do it since his lips crushed into mine with heated urgency.I couldn’t resist even if I tried because my heart was reaching out to him and I wanted more. Just when I kissed him back, he stopped and looked into my eyes probingly.“You could’ve been killed out there!” He said through gritted teeth as he scolded me. He was heaving.I blinked and frowned at him. “Why are so concerned about me? This is what I’ve intended to do for months now!” I hissed. My eyes looked sharp as I gazed at him.“I should’ve stopped you!” he said and sighed. He let go of me.Sudd