Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Storm Born Chapter Six
I turned the light back on.Hey, Volusian, hows it going?He stepped forward, blinking with iniquity at the light, entirely as Id k right awayn he would. He was shorter than me, precise solid and humanoid in shape, which indicated a fair amount of humanity-beater. He had smooth, al nearly shiny black skin and those narrow red eyeb on the whole(a) that eternally unnerved me a little. His ears had a slight point to them.I am the same as al courses, mistress.You know, you neer investigate how I am. That hurts.He resolvented my lazy smile with a long- fall behinding scowl. That is because you argon as well always the same. You smell of life and blood and waken. And vio permits. You are a painful admonisher of all the affaires I once was and all the things I for total neer be again. He paused thoughtfully. Actually, the scent of sex is stronger than usual. My mistress has beenbusy.Did you fitting contract a joke?I say this partially to deflect the sex issue except also to sustain teasing him. Volusian was ab unwrap(predicate) as damned as a soul could be. I didnt know what hed make when alive, but it had been evil nice that someone had iniquityd him from ever entranceway the world of the dead. His soul would neer check every peace. So he had haunted my world and the Otherworld until Id discovered him tormenting a suburban family.He was so powerful, as was his curse, that I had non been strong sufficient to destroy him and place him on. The best I could fill done was cast him to the Otherworld, but I had no guarantees he wouldnt turn over. So Id done the next best thing I could Id enslaved him. He was bound to me until I released him or lost control. This way, I dictated his actions. I usually kept him in the Otherworld until I necessitate him. Teasing him was a way to project confidence in my control, similar I wasnt worried at all. I couldnt charge any flunk with him. He had made it perfectly clear a number of sequences that he wo uld kill me horrifically if he ever broke free.He didnt react to my weather comment. He simply stared. He was only obligated to answer direct questions.I need some advice.I do as my mistress commands. There was an implied until I can choke the breath from her frame at the end of that seemingly subservient statement.Im going to be miscegenation over into the Otherworld currently. Physically.That almost surprised him. Almost. My mistress is ill-judged.Thanks. I have to rise up a human girl that some horny aristocracy abducted.He reconsidered. My mistress is brave and foolish.She was taken by a guy named Aeson. Do you know him?He is king of the Alder Land. Powerful. Very powerful.Stronger than me?Volusian stayed silent, spirit. Your powers do not diminish in the Otherworld, as some humans do. Even so, he get out still be at his full strength. It would be a pen up battle. Were you to fight him in this world, there would be no contest. He would be weaker by far.I dont think I can manage that. What rough you guys? Im going to bring you along. Will it financial aid?I feared my mistress would theorize that. Yes, of course it get out armed service. You know my binds force me to protect you, no proposition how much angst it causes me.Aw, dont sound so glum. Think of it as job security. agnise no mistake, mistress. I may protect you now, but as soon as I have the chance, I will rip the general anatomy from your body and tear your bones apart. I will ensure you suffer so gravely that you will beg me for death. Yet, even past, your soul will not find relief. I will torture it for all eternity.He round in a flat tone, not as a threat, but simply as a statement of fact. Honestly, after(prenominal) my surveyweek of propositions, statements nigh my impending death were kind of a refreshing return to normality.Looking forward to it, Volusian. I yawned and sat on the bed. Anything else constructive youve got to expand? In rescuing the girl, I mean.I su spect my mistress is too educate in her ways for my advice, but you could solicit help.Solicit it from whom? I dont have anyone else to go to.Not in this world you dont.It took me a moment to get what he was saying. No. No way. Im not going to some gentry or spirit for help. Not manage theyd give it anyway.I would not be so certain of that, mistress.Gentry were petty and dishonest. They had no image for anyone but themselves. No way would I appeal to one. No way would I religion one.Volusian watched me. When he saw I would not respond, he said It is as I thought. My mistress will not chance on anything she doesnt want to. She is too stubborn.No, Im not. Im always open to things.As you say, mistress.The look on his face somehow managed to be angelic and scream you fucking sham all at the same time. All right, I said impatiently, permits attempt it.There is an early(a) king, Dorian, who rules the Oak Land. He and Aeson hate each early(a) in a polite-faced, political manner, o f course.No surprise there. Im surprised they arent all turning on each other. That doesnt mean hed help me.I cogitate Dorian would be very happy to see someone bring forth and kill off Aeson. Especially if he did not have to really do it himself. He capacity offer a great assume of assistance to see you do it.Might being the operative word. So youre suggesting I just show up at his door and ask for help?Volusian inclined his head in the affirmative.Have I ever killed or cast out any of his people?Likely.Then I think its likely hed kill me the moment I set foot on his land. I cant imagine any gentrys keen on letting their biggest assassin in the door.I wasnt touting ego in that statement. Much like Volusians death threats, I simply stated a fact. I knew my own worth and character as far as the Otherworld was concerned. I mean, it wasnt like I was stretchability genocide levels or anything I just had more than notches on my overhead than most.Dorian hasan odd sense of humor. It might amuse him to wel adopt an confrontation like you. He would enjoy the sensation it would cause among others.So he uses me for entertainment and then kills me. I couldnt believe Volusian was even suggesting a jut like this. He hated me, but he also knew me. If he hadnt had such a stick up his ass, I would have verbalize he was messing with me. Yet, his rachiss forced him to sincerely give the best of his counsel if I asked it.If he gives you his word of hospitality, he is honor-bound to keep you safe.Since when do gentry keep their word? Or have honor?Volusian regarded me carefully. May I babble bluntly, mistress?As opposed to usual?Your hatred of the gentry blinds you to their dependable nature. You are also blind to the only thing that might let you escape this mad scheme alive not that I would opinion if you were torn to bloody shreds by Aesons people. But whatever else you believe, one of the gentry will stake his life on his word. They keep their oaths fall apa rt than humans.I honestly didnt believe that. No matter how much I might need help with this, it wasnt worth it. I would not make a deal with the devil.No. I wont do it.Volusian gave a petty shrug. As my mistress wishes. It makes no difference if you speed your own death. I cannot die, after all.I stared at him in exasperation. He stared back. Shaking my head, I stood up for another summoning.Okay, if thats all, Im gonna call the rest of the gang.He hesitated. May Iask my mistress a question first?I turned in surprise. Volusian was the epitome of dont-speak-until-spoken-to. He only answered what was asked of him. He did not seek out other information. This was new. Wow. What a week of earth-shattering events.Sure, go ahead.You do not trust me.Thats not a question, but no, I dont.Yetyou came to me for advice first. Before you spoke to the others. Why?It was a unspoiled question. I was about to summon cardinal other minions. I didnt trust them either, but they had more reason to sh ow loyalty than Volusian. They did not describe my graphic death on a regular basis.Because no matter what else you may be, youre smarter than they are. I could have exposit on that, but I didnt. That was really all there was to it.He thought about this for a long time. My mistress is less foolish than she normally appears. I think it was the closest he could come to thanking me for a compliment or giving one.I took out the wand and summoned my other two spirits. I didnt bother with candles or darkness because these ones were easier to call especially since I was technically only requesting one to come, not ordering him.The coyness and pressure came again, and then two other forms appeared. Volusian stepped back, arms crossed, not looking impressed. The two newcomers glanced around, winning note that I had gathered all of them. The common chord of them never interacted much in my viewing, but I always wondered if peradventure they hung out for coffee or something in the Other world and made fun of me. descriptor of like how people make fun of their boss after work during happy hour.Still affecting unconcerned, lazy control, I unwrapped a Milky Way and sat back on my bed again. leaning against the wall, I surveyed my team.Nandi was less powerful than Volusian, so she had a less significant form in this world. She appeared as a translucent, opalescent figure that seemed vaguely female in shape. Centuries ago, she had been a Zulu woman accused of witchcraft by her people. They had killed her and, like Volusian, cursed her from finding rest. Unlike Volusians, I could break this curse and send her on to the land of death. I had encountered her haunting this world, more excite than harmful, and bound her in service to me in exchange for eventual peace. I had demanded three years of loyalty, one of which she had fulfilled. When the other two were up, I would let her pass on. Whereas Volusian always seemed sullen and sarcastic, Nandi was always sad. She was the poster child for a lost soul. A real downer.Finn, however, was a different story. Of the three, only he looked happy to be here. He too was not powerful enough to have a solid form. He translated to this plane as small and glittering, barely there, much like how humans perceived Disney-type pixies. I had no claims on Finn. He had started hanging around because he found me entertaining. So he popped up from time to time, followed me, and would generally come when called. I had the power to force his service, but even as much as I disliked all things from the Otherworld I was hard-pressed to do so without provocation. I didnt entirely trust anyone who offered help so freely, but he had never given me reason to doubt him either. Indeed, hed always been very helpful. I had no idea what his story was, if he too was a cursed spirit. Id never pressed for the details.His shining body settled upon my dresser. Hey, Odile, whats new? Why do you smell like sex? Did you get some? Why are we all here? Too much exposure to my world and television receiver had given him a better grasp of our slang than the others.I cut the questions. Hey, Finn, hey, Nandi. The female spirit nevertheless nodded in acknowledgment of the greeting. So, I said in my best boardroom voice, Im sure youre all wondering wherefore I called you here today. None of them found that funny, so I just kept going. Well, brace yourselves Im going to be paying you guys a visit. In the flesh. The real deal.Nandi showed no reaction whatsoever. Finn leapt up in excitement. Really? very? When? Now?Nice to know someone appreciated me. I debriefed them, apprisal them the story. Volusian leaned against my wall, letting his body language convey to me what an utter waste of his time it was to have to realise this all again.Finns enthusiasm diminished a little. Oh. Well. Thats ballsy but also kind ofFoolish, said Nandi in her typically gloomy monotone. It will end in despair. Dark, bitter despair. You will d ie, and I will never know peace. My suffering will be without end.Never thought Id hear you two agree with Volusian.Finn shrugged. It is a salutary cause, honest. But you cant really just walk into Aesons castle and take the girl. Not that Im saying you arent tough enough or anything. Youll just need a plan. A really good one. Yeah. Whats your plan?Um, wellto walk into his castle and take the girl.Volusian sighed loudly. It was hard to mark with those red slits, but I think he rolled his eyes.I shot him an angry glance. Hey, its a hell of a lot better than your plan. Would you like to share it with the rest of the class?He did.When he finished, Finn said, Now, thats a good plan.I threw my spends up. No, its not. Its a horrible plan. Im not asking one of the gentry for help.King Dorian might help you, offered Nandi, although his help would most likely only offer a brief ablaze(p) of hope, which would then make our ultimate defeat that much more tragic. settlement with the maudli n crap, Nandi. I wished they made ghost Prozac. Anyway, its a moot point. Were taking on Aeson directly. End of discussion.I gave them the time and location of our meeting spot, binding them to silence about the plan. I had to take it on faith that Finn wouldnt let the cat out of the bag, but once hed reconciled himself to my possible demise, he seemed pretty stoked about the whole idea.I have one more question for all of you before I release you. In the hold out week, three denizens from the Otherworld knew my name. Whats going on? How many of them know who I am?None of the spirits answered right away. Finally, in a voice that sounded like he couldnt believe I was asking, Finn said, Why, everyone. Well, almost everyone. Everyone that counts. Its all theyve been talking about for the last couple of weeks. Odile Dark Swan is Eugenie Markham. Eugenie is Odile.I stared. Everyones been talking about this?The three spirits nodded.And none of you none of you thought this was worth liv ery to my attention?More silence. Finally Nandi, compelled to answer any direct question, merely said, You did not ask, mistress.Yes, agreed Volusian dryly. Had you summoned us and asked, Is my name known in the Otherworld? then we would have readily answered.Smartass.Thank you, mistress.It wasnt a compliment. I ran a hand through my hair. How did this happen?Maybe someone guessed, said Finn.Volusian cut him a glance. Do not be an even bigger fool than you already are. The dark spirit turned back to me. Not all creatures come to this world to fight you. Some may have spied. For someone quiet, discovering your identicalness would not have been so difficult.What are they saying, then? Are they all going to try to kill me?Some are, said Finn. But most of them are weak. You could probably take them in a fight.Unfortunately, added Volusian.Great. This was not good news. Some part of me had been hoping only a few knew, but now it seemed my identity was the gossip du jour in the Otherworl d. I wondered if it would be worthwhile to find a local witch and set wards around my house. I could also keep the spirits on permanent guard duty, but I didnt really know if my patience was up for large doses of their idiosyncrasies.All right, then. stick out of here. Come back at the time we set up. Oh, and if any of you hear anything that might be useful about Aeson and the girl, come enunciate me. Do not wait until I explicitly ask you. Those last words were a growl.Finn vanished instantly, but Nandi and Volusian watched me expectantly.I sighed. By flesh and spirit, I release you from service until next I call. Depart to the next world in peace and do not return until my summons.The spirits listless into nothing, and I was left alone.