WHILE Chloe enjoyed the silent leisure of eating with her brother Lucian and their friends, she was not entirely hidden from the attention of the awed Krystalline students. They were shamelessly staring at her once in a while, most of them trying to catch a glimpse of the infamous young 27th Blood Star that invaded the Galenus Arena under the hideous name Bella the Werewolf. While many were awestruck by that, some didn't particularly like on how she gained her fame.
At the end of the second table, just across the table where Chloe and her friends were sitting, sat a group of young men and women. The girls were outrightly glaring at Chloe Rein who laughed at something that Zabdiel and Barbie Lewelyn joked about.
One of them cluck her tongue. "It can't be helped. Chloe Rein is a Blood Star and thus, she can fo whatever she wants," she whispered, bitterness obvious in her tone.
"That's not a reason to flaunt her power and strength and kill in that arena. She's just an
"WAS there anything that could help us determine the Great Witch's vessel?" Chloe asked Jucel."Vessel?" Clive butted in. They all had a confused look in their faces that Chloe forgot they were in the present times wherein both Blood Star and Great Witch were almost legends itself.Chloe inhaled the cold air and then she exhaled through her slightly opened mouth. The fog coming from her breath was thicker than the other nights. "I'm having dreams about the war that occured more than fifty years ago.""Is that something beneficial with a Blood Star Shaula as your 'mentor'?" Blaise asked with a playful grin. He was back to earth.Thankfully, Chloe sighed inwardly. She ignored his remarks all at once. "These dreams were about the time when General Dana still had to conquer the lands of Eriya and Karhan. It is now called Deirdre and Markus, respectively.""Wow..." Zabdiel mused. "That's a story I often hear from my mothers and clan elders. But it must be ni
LUCIAN sat under the tree, leaning against its trunk. Chloe was at the distance, just a few feet away from the target board. A thwack of a bowstring being released and thuds could be heard in a two-minute interval as she continued to practice archery. Sweat could be seen on her forehead down to her neck and she was huffing in slight exhaustion."You need to practice using your eyesight," Neptos told her, his voice was rough and clear. "You're slacking."Chloe glared at Neptos through the side. "You're the one who's slacking at teaching me, old man," she rasped.Neptos had been away ever since Jucel and Chloe went after the Black Shaol together with the Five Leaf Clover. No one knew where he went. The Krystalline Academy released the students. However, those students staying in dorms and had no family or house to live were forced not to get out of the academy premises. They would take their missions directly from the masters.Right after the Seven Geniuses wer
DARKNESS.The kind of darkness that gives her the chills and jittery ever since she was a child. The kind of darkness she ran away from several years ago.There were a few torches serving as light throughout the place but it was not enough to enlighten the whole room she was in. Darkness filled everything, from the hallways to every corner. Darkness filled the soul of those living there.The feeling of emptiness. The pain. The anger.Howls of sexual laughter, pain, pleasure, and all kinds of disgusting noises echoed through the dark hallways and reached her ears.She sighed and turned her back to the door. The chains that held her down by the wrists and ankles clang as she lay on the soft mattress. She felt a warm liquid on the corner of her eyes, running down her temple and then on the surface of her pillow. She closed her eyes.She wanted to get out of this wretched place way too badly. But she's scared. Not for herself but for the people that s
DRAKE, TARA, AND THEO arrived at the odd-looking cave. Its mouth stood only seven to eight feet tall and seven feet wide. It was just enough for someone's body. The edges were also jagged and it seems like someone was chipping the stones on the edge to make it wider enough. They stared up at the symbols etched at the entrance of a cave.Tara ran her fingers on the symbols within her reach."It is just like what the messenger told me. The symbol of Illinor embedded at the center with a dozen words of a language that we were not born to use," she recalled.Theo looked around and then stiffened. He turned to the right where a familiar road lies ahead. "This is the end of the third branch from the center, Drake," he said in a low voice.Drake nodded. "I noticed that, too.""Come on, we need to finish our mission here and get back to find Drêy, Maji and Vivien," Tara urged them and walked inside ahead. The two men followed her, their hands gripping the handl
HE hated darkness.Darkness was the only place he’ll charge into, if he has a choice. The room that Sean Olaire put them into was dark and smelled like blood and rotten flesh that it made him sick. He had to keep himself from inhaling too much air or else he had to vomit again because of the foul smell. His eyes tried to roam around, looking for something that might catch his sight. Probably a sliver of light? But to no avail.His whole body seared in pain. He had a set of broken ribs, arms sore and aching from the chains that awkwardly binding him to a wall. His left eye seemed to be bleeding, considering that he felt like a sharp pain from the side of it. Drake Lornn knew he looked worse for wear.He began to feel around him. Wherever he touched, the floor was rough and seemed wet and sticky. He feared that what he was touching was a pool of blood. Just how many people were tortured or killed in here? Based on the awful smell, he knew that there were dead bodies
THE news about the missing Princess Zillah, Vivien Li and Marjien Zūng was suppressed from spreading across Vestia and the neighboring lands. Queen Elisa prohibited anyone from the Krystalline Palace and even those in the Tribes. Those who will spread the information about the incident will immediately be put to death.Sean Olaire grimaced before he winced and held his hand to cover his bandaged wound on his side. Marjien Zūng was successful in letting Princess Zillah escape. When Marjien reached the dungeons, he was forced to fight her. Her goal was clear. She was going to save those two royalties.It's just a shame that her Gem Beast had limited time. She collapsed right after she used all those times. But that doesn't mean he is off the hook. Collapsing Marjien Zūng means Angry Kirsten Zūng. And it is an equal to a Dead Sean Olaire.It would just be a matter of time before Kirsten will call him.Sean as he tipped the glass on his lips and gulped down his w
CHLOE had been playing word games with the three brothers of the Olaire Tribe right from the start."You were a trio of cunning weapons," she said. She was looking at the weapons they were holding in purpose, making sure that they get into her trap. On the other hand, she was genuinely amazed by these weapons.One had a leather whip with thorns that could rip a flesh apart. The other had a bone-like sword which Chloe didn't need an anatomy lesson to know that it was a sharpened femur of a person (an unfortunate realization of hers). The last Lou wielded a weird black flute... and he was the most readable among the three. Her eyes trailed to Pensin Lou as her smile widened in a kind that makes them feel a shiver down their spine. Something that if Lucian would be here, he will immediately recognize it as one of her 'you're not making it alive this time'."Not even the strong and valiant Five Leaf Clovers can beat you," she finished.As expected, Pensin Lou ans
THE FOUR of them was never that fast to snap their heads towards the owner of the voice that Chloe could literally hear the dangerously loud cracks coming from their necks. Not far from them, a silhouette was almost clinging to the tree trunk.Barbie, Blaise and Kieran couldn't see much, but Chloe can. The body was hunched against the tree and its dress were tattered and tainted with dried blood. She could see the face because its long black hair was almost covering it. One thing was for sure. The body was that of a female and it's injured."Blaise!" Chloe called as she moved past the trio and hurried to the direction of the woman. He immediately knew why she called him so he followed.As soon as they got to the female's spot, Chloe paled. "Drêy Zillah!"Blaise froze while Barbie and Kieran walked briskly towards Zillah. Chloe immediately kneeled beside the semi-conscious princess and moved her long hair away from her face in a careful way. Zillah's face was