Crownless: The Fallen World - Chapter 25
“There’s no Lord here in the first place…” Axel then grabbed the muscular man’s hard shoulder, “Take me to the Lord’s quarters. I might find some clues there.”
“But why do we have to check twice? Trystan already reported what he saw, and there’s no Lord or whatever here. It just means that your first work here is done,” The long haired man, Bonham Tavis, was maintaining his weapons while he stood when he said this.
“But, don’t you find it strange?” Axel grabbed the attention of the other people who were already in the van, eating their packed food they acquired from their first stop over. He was surprised to see the small group being so carefree in this strange situation. Like how?
“Yeah, we do find it strange that the Lord is not here. He must have ran away from the responsibility, considering that there were no traces of their presence inside the quarters. Am I right?” Bonham blew at the surface of his ebony bow then he settled his weapon on his shoulder as his ash grey hair draped on it.
Adelaide pulled the man’s long hair down to her level as the male was taller than her by a few heads. In fact, she only reached the chest of Bonham, which clearly irritated her. She kicked the man’s back thighs, it was not a hard impact but strong enough to make him kneel on the dirt. The little lady patted Bonham’s head, straightening the strands that stood out then resting her palm on his head.
“What did Master Aires said?” Her voice was soft and authoritative at the same time. Deep magenta eyes bore through Bonham’s cerulean one, though fierce, but the male didn’t showed any signs of panic or fear. Instead, something sparkled inside his eyes.
“Something about forced to be with him to work as one,” He scoffed and returned her glare.
Adelaide clenched her jaw as she tried to calm her erratic heart, “You got the point; to freaking work as one! But forced? Tavis, seriously? You were forced to come here?”
“I never really wanted to come. But you people,” he looked around the other 4 people with contempt, “forced me to come here by the name of the Great Lord Aires! You know what? I don’t idolized him, not now and not ever,” Bonham slapped Adelaide’s hand then he stood up from the ground, he dusted himself off before walking towards the town.
“Where are you going?! We’re not done yet!” Adelaide screamed at him.
“Bonham! Come back here!” Axel ordered, his face flushed red when the long haired guy turned around and gave him the middle finger.
“Screw yourselves over. I’m not going to monitor this town, I’ll go and have fun. See you after never, fckers.” With that, he left them dumbfounded and angry. He even skipped while whistling.
Adelaide crouched down, her long, ponytailed cobalt blue hair touched the ground, as she sighed in remorse.
“Let him be. We’re going to monitor longer and get to the bottom of this. All of you, go back to your jobs and we’ll meet here by 6pm,” Axel announced, looking at Trystan to nod before they both left.
Adelaide and Kaia watched them disappear from their line of sight. The little fighter sighed as she stood up. Her face was suddenly filled with doubts when she glanced where Axel and Bonham disappeared into, “Am I forced too?” She whispered to no one in particular.
Then Kaia’s voice broke her contemplation, “What should we do about this?”
“Huh?” Adelaide turned to look at where Kaia pointed and saw the still tied Kael who was now too tired to even get angry. He… or rather now a she, probably, was sprawled on the car seat.
Trystan Westley and Axel Claiborne arrived outside the tattered Lord’s quarters. Although the building was huge and beautiful outside, it was like a century old when they looked inside from the dust filled window. The two of them could only see a fraction of the interior that was desolate enough to feel the creeps of an abandoned home.
“Did you find a door?” Axel asked while he tried to analyze the exterior of the building.
“None. But I saw a trace.”
“Trace? What do you mean?”
“I’ll show you,” Trystan whispered and led Axel right behind where they were earlier.
They stopped between two windows and Trystan traced a cemented wall. Axel followed the muscled man’s fingers as he realized that he was tracing a door frame, seeing the huge color contrast of the stone.
“What in the world…” Axel breathed out in disbelief, his eyes were wide open. He started to run around the building, frantically searching for more clues that might lead them into another realization.
In a blink of an eye, he was pulled into a dark alley. Huge hands were on his mouth and a muscular chest pressed against his back, “Shh. There are some townspeople passing by.”
Axel’s eyes wandered until he saw an old lady and a young man walking together, holding a few plastic bags that were seemed to be filled with fruits and vegetables.
“There were a lot of new arrivals today. It seems the stock for the whole town will be replenished today, but it won’t be enough to feed the whole town,” The old lady spoke to the young man who only nodded as a response.
“Aish. This kid. Why won’t you talk? It seems that saving you on that day was a mistake.”
“Being saved by you is an honor. I am just contemplating about something. Please forgive my rudeness,” The young man spoke and his voice was raspy and sounded like it contained some emotions that hid from the ears of the old lady.
His eyes glanced at a dark alley before giving his full attention at the rambling old woman, their pace was slow and painful. The old lady suddenly turned her eyes in one of the dark alleys and walked fast into it.
She silently hid, squinting her eyes as she became adapted to the dark. Her eyes grew wide and her lips curved into a wicked smile. Her old body launched and the young man was surprised by her sudden action.
Then, he heard a lot of pained squeaks, metal noises filled the quiet part of the town. The young man was startled when two huge dead rats were thrown at his feet, he raised his head to look at the old lady that carried more of them.
She raised her hands and shook it, “Huge rats! We got dinner, laddie!”
The young man breathed out a strained sigh, “Ma, they’re dirty.”
“Hah! Who cares?! At least we’re not addicted to human meat! Now, come! Help me cook this.”
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