Burning Skies -Chapter 1-
Level 10 : Journeyman Archer
Posted 05/27/12 7:13:55 am
The Sun set over the trees, casting a warm-glowing aura against the coming night. Another night approached, another sunset faded. I had only experienced about six thousand in my seventeen years, but the sunset used to have a different meaning and I wish I had enjoyed them more. I remember when the sunset meant a happier time. When there was room for happiness. Room for friendship and love. A time where you could trust your fellow man to not stab you in the back. A time......
"Jonny, come up here and watch the stars with me" a girls voice drifted down from the balcony above.
"I'll be right there Amb" I called back grinning and began my assent. I laughed at how silly it seemed, A boy climbing up to a girl on the balcony above.
"Be careful, if you fall and break yourself I'm going to kill you" she threatened, reaching out to grab my arm as I reached the top. She was wearing a beautiful, yet functional white dress and a light cloak. I climbed over the lip of the balcony and took the proffered hand. I climbed off the edge and lead her to a near by bench. We sat and stared at the stars for a while. They were beautiful, sparkling pearls light up against a black backdrop. A light breeze swept in, like a cold hand against the warmth inside me, so I pulled her closer. She rested her head on my shoulder and we sat together basing at the stars. Sound of the city floated up to us, bringing the firmilar smells with it. Laughter and content, Fresh baked bread and desserts. Few words reached us, but one did. Almost as if fate her self had sent it our way. School, a group of girls passed far beneath us giggling. School, as the word reached us I felt Amber tense beside me. When I looked at her face I was startled by the sorrow and unhappiness.
"Jonny" she started to say, pulling her head back to look at me. "I got word from the architecture school today. I'm accepted" she said looking even more miserable.
"Amb, that's great. Why are you so sad then"
"Because it's in Balhaunt" she finished with a whisper. My good mood disappeared and my smile turned bitter in my mouth. I did some quick calculations in my head and the information crippled me.
"Amb, don't the classes stat in a few weeks though?"
"Yeah, I'm leaving tonight...."
"Amber, are you ready" a woman interrupted walking out onto the balcony. She wore a heavy travel cloak and the Bontini family crest, an eagle and a reptile doing battle. "Oh hello Jonny, you know you really should use the front door, it's dangerous climbing the wall"
"Sorry Mrs.Bontini, I was just saying goodbye"
"That's fine Jonny" she said turning to Amber. "Honey we have to leave in five minutes" she said turning and going back into the building.
"Don't be sorry Amb. I'm really happy for you, it's only four years" I said sadly leaning over and kissing her. "Have fun, well not that kid of fun"
"I don't know those Balhaunt boys are pretty cute" she teased kissing me again.
"I'll see you sometime Amb" I said heading towards the balcony. I started to put my foot up on the balcony and decided to tale the front door. Mrs.Bontini looked up as I walked in.
"You're a good boy Jonny, we'll make her come home for the holidays" she said embracing me. "You should come by for dinner sometime" she smiled. I nodded an assent and walked out of the room. The guards weapons were halfway out of their sheathes when they realized it was just me. They smiled and winked returning to being bored guarding the door. I opened the front door and embraced the city. I took a deep breath and the normally pleasant, firmilar smells were overpowered by a sickening rotted burning smell. That should have been my first clue.
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