Crownless: The Fallen World - Chapter 26
Bonham chewed on a wheat as he laid his back on the grassy hill. He was outside of the walled town, far enough to see the other wall and a part of the town. He yawned as he closed his eyes, trying to take a nap under the comforting warmth of the sun.
After a while, where he was so close in slipping into dreamland, he stirred when he heard footsteps behind him. He bolted up and hid behind a bush, peeking through the foliage. He saw a lot of the townspeople he recognized when he came strolling in the town.
“Where are they going?” He tilted his head as he watched them disappear further. It was faint, but he heard a lot of small voices somewhere.
He shook his head, trying to get rid of the voices, “Ah! I’m being delusional!” Bonham stood up and dusted his clothes, he looked at the part where the people disappeared into. He stayed like that for a while, then he threw back his head, groaning.
“Screw it!” And he followed them.
Adelaide and Kaia untied Kael who rubbed her sore arms and wrist, “Thanks, I guess.”
Kaia gave Kael a cooled bottled water, “Here. You must be thirsty.”
Kael drank the water in a matter of seconds. The two girls were worried that Kael might choke herself and be a coughing fit later, and that happened.
They both patted Kael’s back as she wiped off her wet lips, looking over the approaching people. The slit in her eyes narrowed at them, her pupils turned red as she growled.
Axel was confused but he remembered that he was the one that commanded the team to knock her out and tie her up. It was when they were in their first stop over to buy food in a convenience store and to also recharge the van. They saw a small figure sneaking out of the van to sneak food in its small bag.
That sneaky figure was apprehended and saw that it was Kael, the one that rampaged inside the arena dome.
Axel chuckled nervously as he eyed the growling girl, ready to attack him, “I’m really sorry, I just can’t let Sir Aires know of your existence for now.”
He just received a loud growl in response, loud and dominating, “I won’t forgive you!”
“But please, let’s have a truce for now. I have an urgent news to say about this town.” He glanced over at Trystan who was pale and stiff. The others followed Axel’s gaze and was surprised to see how stiff the man could be.
“What’s wrong? Are you okay?” Kaia gave Trystan bottled water which was refused.
“I’m good. It’s just that… we heard disturbing words. It crept its way to my spine, ugh. I still feel cold about it,” He rubbed his arms in an attempt to calm his nerves.
“This guy was just scared about being cooked alive and eaten,” Axel shook his head. His words made the others laugh, except Kael and Trystan.
“It’s not funny!! We will really get eaten alive if we won’t leave! Hey? Can we leave now? We don’t have anything to do now, right? Let’s leave! Hm? Hm?” Trystan pleaded Axel as he pushed them inside the van, he didn’t even wait for Axel’s answer.
“No, seriously, what in the world are you talking about? What’s going to eat us?! Trystan!” Adelaide continued being pushed by Trystan, making her angry rather than finding this funny.
“The people!” He whispered-shout at her with furrowed brows, “Just enter!”
Kael leisurely sat on the soft seat of the van as she crossed her legs, looking outside the window. Axel was the first one to enter and sat on the passenger seat.
Adelaide snapped as she pushed the man away from her, she was held back by Kaia, “You expect us to believe the friendly townspeople will eat us? What are they? Cannibals? -“
“YES!” Trystan shouted, attracting the attention of the whole team.
“THEY’RE FREAKI- HM!” Before Trystan could finish his statement, Axel shoved a huge wrapped burger in his mouth. He signalled at him to shut up with his eyes.
“Is everything okay?”
They snapped their head to the direction of the voice, it was a middle-aged woman carrying a basket full of fresh fruits. Her eyes carried concern as she scanned what they were doing, “You’re all leaving?”
Trystan shuddered by the question, his face paled more. Axel took the chance to speak, “We were fighting to where will we park this car. This man here wanted the car outside the wall to not disturb the people, and this little lady here wanted to park it near the inn we’ll be staying, for convenience’s sake.”
The woman tilted her head, unconvinced, “It’s really okay if you leave the car here. Since this place was rarely visited by the townspeople.”
“Did you came outside? You seem to foraged a lot of fresh fruits,” Kaia said gently, her voice softened the look of the woman.
“Yes. I came from the forest, and it’s not just me. We have a lot of workers to gather fruits and vegetables. If you want to, I can give you all one.”
“Please do so. We’re craving fresh gathered fruit too!” Kaia clapped her hands excitedly, her crystal clear hair with a hint of clover color at its end swayed with the wind.
The woman cooed how cute she was when she did that. Her smile almost reached her ears as she gave one fruit to each of them, but she stopped to look at Trystan who was trembling and hiding inside the van.
She stepped closer to Kaia and whispered, “What’s wrong with the young man?”
“He was acting weird when he came back.” Adelaide spouted, unaware of the stares that has been thrown at her.
“Weird?” The woman eyed Trystan who was now a statue, his eyes were rolled back.
“Haha! Because we just fought with one of our members that went off on its own, whereabouts were unknown. He’s like this when he worried too much.” Axel genuinely spouted. Just believe it and leave!
“Okay… you can search for her tomorrow after a good rest. I’ll leave this for the young man there,” She gave Kaia an apple, “I should leave now. My family is waiting for me. See you later!” Before she left, she pinched Kaia’s cheeks who whined from the contact.
“Wait…” Axel’s anxious voice entered their ears, “Did she just said ‘her’?”
“What’s wrong?” Kaia asked while she gave Trystan the apple the woman gave. He eyed the apple on the female’s hand before hiding in the farthest back of the van.
“The one we just fought is Bonham…” Axel slowly said, his eyes roamed around.
“Oh sht! Where’s Cielle?!” Trystan shouted from the back.
“Who’s Cielle again?” Adelaide asked as she ate her pear with Kael, throwing the muscled man a questioning stare.
Axel’s eyes widened, panic coursed through his face as he answered Adelaide’s question, “Cielle Novalee, our albino doctor…”