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After hearing rumors of an amazing swordswoman near Bosco, Scorpius decided to take a trip out their to meet her.
"I wonder where she would be exactly?" Scorpius said to himself as he walked down the road. He had left Onibus town about a week prior. He had brought his new sword, daggers, and his staff along for the journey.
Lyn Zolga was fairly irritable. She was at her favorite bar, but was still in a bad mood. Seeing Kishan had rattled her. She was always on edge after her visits with him, but this time was different. He had struck her again. Even after his oath three years ago he had struck her. She still remembered the moment she saw his body shift into it's beastly form. She remembered the rattling in her chest and his breath hot and heavy in her face when he whispered. "Do not speak his name." She shivered. The bruises were still fresh on her ribcage. She called over the bartender and ordered another whiskey.
As he entered the town of Bosco, Scorpius had become rather thirsty. Might as well find a place to drink. After a few more minutes he found himself in front of a bar. This will work, I guess. He entered into the bar and saw a woman at one end of the bar. He decided to sit on the other end, noticing that she didn't look too in the mood to talk. "Excuse me, can I get a beer?" Scorpius asked the bartender.
Lyn's eyes flickered to the young man on the other side of the bar. He had dark cropped hair and blue eyes. She supposed her was fairly attractive, but she was not interested In his body. What she was concerned with was the sword he was carrying beside him. Its size rivaled that of Zoran, which was unsettling to her. Of course with one swing she could probably shatter it.
Scorpius shivered as he felt himself being watched. He looked around the room to see who it could be ,but the only two around were the woman and the bartender. He sighs, saying to both of them, "Excuse me, but have either of you heard of a great swordswoman that is supposed to be famous around here? I am looking to talk to her."
Lyn shot a icy glare at the bartender that was about to point at her, he stopped in his tracks. She then took another sip of whiskey, whipped the remaining liquid on her sleep and said, "Whose asking? She doesn't show her face often, it's a horrid one at that. Her face I mean."
Scorpius looked at the woman who spoke. "I am a mage from Koma Inu in Onibus Town. My name is Scorpius. I am needing a teacher, and I hear she is one of the best around. Do you know where I could find her?" he asked.
Lyn snorted. "You want me to teach you?" She laughed. " I'm the-" she hiccuped, "Worst teacher ever!"
"Well considering the reason why I need a teacher, I will do my best to be the best student you could have." Scorpius said bowing, assuming that this was the woman.
Lyn stood and circled him, examining his body from head to toe. He was muscular and solid. "What magic do you use?" She said, considering his offer.
"I use a few variations of Water Manipulation magic: Torrent and Black Water. I also can do a little summoning as I have a contract with a Kraken." Scorpius said proudly.
"I can't teach you then." She turned and picked up her drink, flicking a few coins at the bartender. "Cya tommorow Ryan."
"Wait!" Scorpius said as he ran after her. He stopped short of the door, ran back to pay for his drink, and ran again. As he exited the door he saw the woman about to turn a corner. Instinctively Scorpius made walsl of water that blocked all paths execpt for the one that lead back to Scorpius. "Please... I'm going to be honest with you. I don't know squat about how to fight with swords. I have always relied on my talent as a mage, but my next opponent... well, she is too strong for me. she knows all of my tricks. But now that she has given me a year away from her torment, I can learn something new. Please!" Scorpius was trying to fight back the urge to cry at the next thought. "If I don't try I will be faced with two choices. Neither are good for anyone. Please..."
In a split second Scorpius' water wall was cut into pieces and Lyn's sword clicked back into it's sheath. "Hey Man, I don't work well with water, and water doesn't work with swordplay. It's too flimsy and..." Jane moved her arms in a wave like pattern. "Ya'know? I could try, but it wouldn't work out well."
"Why wouldn't it?" Scorpius asked as he walked closer to the woman. "Do you want to test me or something first? I will do anything?"
"I already told you. Swords are stiff, and water is flimsy. They don't mix, but if you really want to learn... THINK FAST!" Lyn slung a dagger at him from out of her sleeve, aiming straight at his right lung.
A disk of Black Water appeared in front of Scorpius' right hand, which absorbed the dagger fully. He then pointed to the ground in which the dagger impaled the dusty street, now tainted black. "I have a few tricks up my sleeve. But I guess you'd rather a sword fight I'm guessing?" Scorpius grabbed his sword in both hands as both his and it's auras started to shine blue and black. "I'm ready to learn. Come teach me please." Scorpius said as he got ready for her to strike.
Lyn cracked her knuckles, "Want me to start off easy Water Boy?"
Scorpius' aura grew more visibly erratic at those words. "No one can call me that but Mirrana. Whatever you prefer sensei. By the way, what is your name?"
"Oh you've got a girlfriend eh?" Lyn drew Ren, a silver blade almost shimmering with light. "Name's Lyn Zolga, please forget it."
"She is the one I am trying to save, yes. I can't forget it now." Scorpius said. He looked at the blade she drew. Well this is it. Let's hope watching my guildmates has taught me something. Scorpius took a breath and ran towards Lyn ready to lunge at her.
Lyn sidestepped and pushed the butt of her sword into his gut. "Faster. You cannot expect to take on a master with a blind attack."
Scorpius coughed as he stumbled to his knees for a moment. He got up and turned back to the Lyn. "Faster? Alright. I can go faster." he said with a grin. He twirled one of his hands at his side, which caused a rain storm to form overhead. "Hope you don't mind the rain." Scorpius said as the water began to fall. He used his Wave Running magic to charge toward Lyn at twice his original speed. He dragged the sword on the water on the ground which gathered on the blade. He started his swing towards Lyn as he grew closer to her.
Lyn's heel slammed on the tip of his blade, forcing it to the ground. She grinned as Scorpius struggled to free his blade. He was fast, she had to admit it. He had good reflexes and she wouldn't mind teaching him. He had the drive to learn quickly too, she may consider it.
She stopped it with foot?! Scorpius thought. "I did not expect that." He told her. He looked down at the blade and thought of how to free it. Hmm that would work. Scorpius shifted his weight as his hands were enraptured with water. The water than thrust itself down the length of the blade which freed the blade as well as blew away the dirt around it. The blade flew up from the force of the water which made Scorpius turn and have to let go of the blade with one hand. "Woops that was a bit more forceful than I thought." he said.
Lyn smiled, and reached for his blade, grabbing it out of his hand. "Cool! Is this made by a magical blacksmith?" She swung it a few times. "It's perfectly weighted, and a beautiful piece of art as well." She turned it back to him that crossed her arms. "Fine. I'll teach you, but only if you can block a swing of my most powerful blade."
Scorpius took the blade back. "I'll try." He got into a position to where he can take a hit. "I'm ready." he said after taking a breath. his aura was still visible but Scorpius was trying to keep it focused.
Lyn unbuttoned two buttons on her dress and revealed her collarbone. On the right side there was a plain black ink tattoo. Two swords crossing each other and another piercing through both of them. "Are you sure you're ready?"
That mark... I wonder what it's for? "Go ahead. I can stop it. I need to grow strong, and I can do that if i fight someone stronger than I." Scorpius said with a look of determination. "Go."
She clenched her right fist and pulled it on top of the tattoo. Suddenly a hilt of a blade appeared in her fist and she drew a claymore out from the mark. It was pitch black and seemed to radiate an aura of darkness. "This is the Oblivion Blade. Everything living it touches, vanishes." She leapt forward at suprising speed and went for an overhead strike, but before Scorpius was moving to block, she changed the blade's course of action into a side slash, straight towards his stomach.
Oh crap! Is all Scorpius had time to think as his aura exploded in energy. Scorpius felt like he was moving in slow motion as he tried to twist and drop his blade to avoid the attack. He barely got the tip of the blade in position when Lyn's blade hit, striking it and pushing Scorpius off of his feet from the force. He fell down on the ground, dropping the blade as his hands stung. "Holy hell you move fast!" He said as he looked up to her.
Lyn was already pushing the blade back into the mark on her body. "Fine, I'll train you. Tomorrow, that cliff outside of town at noon. Don't be late."
First Day Of Training
"I hope this is the cliff she meant." Scorpius said as he sat on the edge overlooking the terrain below him. He had arrived an hour early just to make sure he wasn't late.
An hour had passed and Scorpius was still waiting. Then he noticed something on the cliffside. A small hammock was slung between two tree branches growing along the cliff. Inside was Lyn Zolga curled up with a blanket covering her naked body. She groaned and Scorpius saw her face for a moment before she buried herself back into the blanket.
Scorpius blushed and looked away. This isn't good. If Mirrana were to see this situation I don't know what her mind would lead to. Scorpius tried to get closer to the hammock without looking. After being a few feet away his back was to her, but with his head turned facing the same direction her head would be. With his eyes closed he said, "L-Lyn! Sensei! Please wake up!"
She groaned and twisted. "Kishan since when did you call me Sensei. I know I can kick your ass in a fight, but that doesn't make me your Sensei...." She paused for a moment then started speaking again. "Why the hell are you in Bosco anyways? You usually make me come to you."
Is Kishan her boyfriend then? "No I'm not Kishan. It's Scorpius, from yesterday. You said you would train me..." Scorpius said realizing that just talking may not wake her up.
"Scorpius.... that kid with the weird sword? I went easy on that guy. I didn't think he'd actually come." Her eyes opened and she requiped within instants back into her day attire. "Oh. You actually showed up. Well, move so I can get up."
Scorpius moved out of the way to let her up. "What shall we do today then?" Scorpius asked.
She climbed up the limestone cliffside and stood, brushing the excess dust off of her clothes. "You're going to dodge."
"Sounds good to me." Scorpius said pumped. "What do I do first? And you do mean dodge a blade right?"
She snorted. "You're not ready to dodge a blade." She threw a tomato up and down and revealed the basket behind her feet. "You're dodging the worst fruit ever known to mankind, and I'm guessing you want to dodge so you don't ruin your clothes. Get ready Water Boy, they're coming in hot." Lyn finished as she chucked a tomato directly at his abdomen.
Scorpius juked to the side to avoid the lone fruit. "I told you not to call me water boy right? Only my girlfriend can." Scorpius stood their waiting for the next volley.
Lyn grinned. "Do you really want me turn up the heat?" She closed her eyes for a moment and around twenty tomatoes floated in the air around her body. With another deep breath she thrust her arms forward and sent the juicy red fruits flying at him in an almost unavoidable pattern.
Scorpius turned himself Into his water body form, allowing the tomatoes to glide through him without damaging him. "I know this isn't technically dodging but it works." Scorpius said as he reformed into flesh.
She grumbled, "Don't use your magic as a crutch. It will fail you when you need it most." Lyn sent another volley of tomatoes at him from her seemingly endless basket.
"You're right. Sorry" Scorpius said in between dodging the tomatoes. He was able to dodge all but the last one which hit him in the left leg. "Well I guess 1 for 20 isn't bad... but deadly still if this was a real fight."
Lyn nodded in agreement. A buzzing sound briefly filled the air and the swordsman checked her Compact Communications Lacrima. She answered it and said. "Bad time Kishan..." She mouthed one minute to Scorpius and continued talking. "Yeah I'm still here. You got something? Come on over then. I'm with a student. Don't scare him. Yeah. Mhm. Do that. Cya soon Kish." She dropped the lacrima back into her pocket and turned to Scorpius. "Now, where were we?"
"Dodging practice. Who is Kishan though? You mentioned... Nevermind" Scorpius said, not sure if it was appropriate to say what he heard while she was sleeping.
"He's an Information Broker. Don't let his attitude get to you though. He's the best of his trade." Lyn sent another round of flying fruit at Scorpius and chuckled to herself. "He's a real character."
Kishan grumbled walking up the hill, why did Lyn insist on staying so far from town. He remembered what he said to her earlier and shapeshifted. He was supposed to surprise the boy she was training and see how he handled an attack from behind.
After dodging the fruit Scorpius asked, "So he is coming here to meet us? I hope I won't be intruding..." suddenly Scorpius heard something from behind him. He quickly turned around grabbing his sword out of instinct and swung. He didn't see anything but kept a wary eye. "Did you hear growling?" he asked Lyn.
"Nah. Don't worry about it. Besides I told you don't use your sword." Lyn chucked tomatoes at Scorpius to keep him distracted. Meanwhile Kishan was slinking up the hill, his tail flicking slightly. He sniffed the air. Besides smelling the ocean and the familiar honey-like scent of Lyn he smelt something soft. He didn't know how to describe it. It was fresh like spring water, but there was also something dark in it, something that set him on edge. A secret. He always could smell secrets, they smelt like that, but it was something more than that. It was something darker, something sinister. Kishan brushed off the feeling, and jumped. He caught Scorpius by the shoulder knocked him over. He snarled, staring the boy in his face.
"What the hell?" Scorpius said startled at the creature in front of him.He was face to face with what looked like a black and white tiger. "Why are you here? Tiger's don't originate around here at all." Scorpius got up to defend himself.
A deep rumbling chuckle sounded through the air. "You're right Lyn. He is jumpy." said the tiger. He flicked his tail and paced around Scorpius examining him. "He looks strong. Where'd you pick him up Lyn?" "A bar." She replied. "Sounds like you." She laughed, "You sure scared him. Why not show him who you really are." "Nah I like to keep them guessing."
"A talking tiger. Well that makes sense. Is... that Kishan?" Scorpius asked dropping his guard. "So if you can talk can you tell me why you attacked me?"
"Lyn asked me to test your reflexes, so I did." He said. In a flash of light he shifted into his natural form. He had black cat ears as opposed to his regular human ears and a tail on his lower back. He grinned. "Bet you've never seen one of my kind before." Kishan reached out to shake Scorpius' hand. "Kishan Rai, Information Broker and Sword-For-Hire."
Scorpius shook his hand. "Nice to meet you." Scorpius turned to Lyn and said, "Do you want me to give you two some space to talk?"
"No, she called me last night. Coming here today was part of her plan. I'm here to help you with that Claymore of yours. It's a hard blade to learn to use, and Lyn wanted a true master to help." "Shut up. I'm equal to you with a claymore but I can kick your ass with a katana." He threw a tomato at her and she sliced it in half with a knife that was hidden up her sleeve. "Come on kid, give me all you've got." He took off his shirt, and dawned his vest. drawing his Claymore from the sheath on his back.
"Alright." Scorpius said as he drew his sword out again. The blade started to glow with energy right away, but more dim than before. "Should I try to cut the aura down so it's just a blade, or let the magic flow through it?"
"I don't particularly care." Kishan shrugged. "Lyn?" He asked. "Eh whatever." She replied, picking dirt out from under her nails with a knife. "Alright, it's settled then. Come at me."
scorpius grinned with excitement. I can go all out with him I think. The aura around the blade grew as both it and Scorpius' grew in intensity. Scorpius watched Kishan warily, trying to decide whwre to try and hit. He lunged forward aiming for Kishan's arm hoping to be able block his attack at the same time.
Kishan swung half heartedly and knocked Scorpius' blade to the side. He then lunged forward at a cobra-like speed and stabbed at Scorpius poking his chest lightly with the tip of his blade.
"Well that was quick..." Scorpius said. He grabbed his chest to check for blood. He then at full speed tried to stab Kishan back, while also turning his body to water to avoid future damage.
Kishan shapeshifted quickly, into a black house cat and darted between Scorpius' legs. Lyn burst out laughing. "Kishan! You have a kitty form?!" She fell on the ground cackling with laughter. "Shut up Lyn!" His voice was very high pitched and childlike.
Scorpius couldn't help but chuckle. "That reminds me of a story I read back in the day." Suddenly he had a bright idea. "Don't cats not like water?" Scorpius held out his hand and made a weak spray of water pointed towards Kishan.
He hissed shifting back into his Felid form. "Hey! Stop it. It's the truth, we Felids do hate water, although we live on an island. Now get back to work." He went into an overhead swing aiming at Scorpius' head.
Scorpius put his sword up to block the attack. Once the blade hit Scorpius pushed up and back against it, sliding his blade down Kishan's to break away and strike his shoulder.
Kishan took a step backwards and let Scorpius' blade fall to the ground. "That's a decent move, it'd work against a beginner. Now, what Lyn was teaching you was dodging, just dodge my attacks. Lyn dull my blade." Lyn muttered a spell and Kishan experimentally slid it against his arm, when he lifted it it drew no blood. "Perfect. Ok, Lyn, get out of her and go get me a few beers, I'm staying the night." Lyn nodded, and could tell by his attitude that they were going to have a men's moment, and she did not want to be around if Kishan got angry. "Cya in an hour or so." She waved as she walked down the hill towards town.
Scorpius watched as Lyn left. "So... what next?"
"You smell weird. What is your deal. Why'd you come to Lyn, and how'd you find out about her. No one knows about her." Kishan grabbed Scorpius by the collar. "So. Tell me or else I'll gut you."
Scorpius stuttered. "I was just traveling to train and I over heard people talking about a swordsman around bosco. What do you mean I smell weird? I showered this morning."
Kishan sniffed him. "I can smell people's secrets, and their scents. Your scent smells like spring water, but there is something dark within it.. Tainted.. Something you've hidden."
Scorpius heart quickened. How would he know that? "I never hid anything. It's more forced onto me..." Scorpius said trying to avoid the subject. He pushed Kishan away from his collar. "I thought you were here to train me, not to interrogate me?"
Kishan sneered, his canines showing. "I'm also here to protect her. She's the closest thing to family I have on this mainland, and there's no way in hell that I'm going back to Felieda. Tell me your secret."
Scorpius sighed. "If you really want to know... My family was cursed, well, 'blessed' by a demigoddess to give us some of her magic when we are in danger. In return though... She wants the owners of the curse to kill for her. I was born with this curse as well as my uncle. My grandfather was the original person to gain the curse from the witch. A side affect of the curse is that when it kicks in we go bloodthirsty nuts...." Scorpius' eyes were growing wild from talking abou his secret. "For a while, I was being haunted by her, she was around me at all times yet jo one else could see her... On christmas eve she showed me my grandfather who I never met& and he murdered a couple right in front of us. She wanted me to see how, in her words, pleasurable it was to kill. She wants me to kill for her, saying I was born destined to be her knight. After she showed me the deaths, I attacked her. I had enough of her in my life. She beat me though, and gave me an ultimatum. Either I join her and kill for her next christmas eve, or she will take my girlfriend, my fiance ajd torture her to death until I say yes." Scorpius took a deep breath as thinking about what will happen causes his anger to rise. " ...She... The demi goddess has left me alone since then, giving me a year off to think. I chose to take the time to train. That is my secret... Happy?"
"That.. Well, Um... My first girlfriend went full beast mode on her period because of her soul, and tried to kill me." Kishan pulled up his shirt to reveal a scar shaped like a claw. "Then my dead brother murdered her, so.. That was fun. Either way, now I know you're not a threat to Lyn so we can keep training. But between use, if you need help. I'll help for half price." Kishan said reluctantly. "Now lets get back to work before she kicks both of our asses."
"First answer me this question. How much of the darkness did you sense?" Scorpius asked, looking worried.
"A lot. A storms brewing in your heart. The consequences will be devestating. I wish you luck kid." Kishan patted his shoulder and readied his sword.
"That storm better give me some good headwinds when I need it. If not I will be sunk." Scorpius looked disheartened for just a moment, before shaking his head and, with a storm in his eyes, started to strike at Kishan with vigor. This time they were actually able to complete a volley of attacks at each other.
They were shortly interrupted by Lyn when she returned, chucking a knife at Scorpius' head without bothering ro tell him to duck.
Scorpius barely ducked to avoid the knife as his attention was on Kishan. "Oi what was that for?" Scorpius asked Lyn.
"Your reflexes are good. It's late. Go home and go to sleep. Come back tomorrow. Kishan and I will be here tomorrow. Come on Kish, like the good old days." Kishan huffed, "You want to cuddle with me again?" She shrugged. "You keep me warm."
I knew it, Thought Scorpius. "Alright. I will head to the inn. See you tomorrow." He walks off to the inn, and passes out as soon as he hits the bed.
Lyn crept down the cliffside into her hammock and shouted up to Kishan. "Come on, shift!" The man grumbled and shifted into his housecat form and leapt down into the hammock. "You're such a flirt." He said normally. "You were faking the voice change?" He nodded. "I thought it would break the ice, now lets sleep." He curled up in the crook of her knees and murmured, "Goodnight Lyn." But the swordswoman was already asleep.
Second Day Of Training
Scorpius was knocked on his knees by Lyn once again. "Jeez you are still holding back aren't you?" Scorpius asked panting.
"Hey, you've graduated the dodging stage. At least I'm working with you on street sword fighting. It's the most effective way to take advantage over someone whose better than you." She said plainly. Meanwhile Kishan was making breakfast for them on a camp stove, cooking eggs, and grilling toast and mackerel.
"Well I'm glad for that. I hated those tomatoes." Scorpius said standing up. "Alright so street sword fighting. What about it is different? How can I use it more effectively?"
"Most novices use that style. It is dirty and involves quick stabs and strikes. It is formulated for smaller swords which are easier to maneuver in alleyways. Sweeping movements catch against walls, so large blades aren't used often in street fighting. It'll help you when you're fighting someone more advanced than you, as well as fighting thugs. The best way to fight thugs, is to fight like them." Lyn said, thrusting a quick strike at Scorpius' foot. "Aim dirty. The genitals, and legs. It'll do them a lot of pain, and make it harder for them to run."
Scorpius dodged the strike and knocked it away with his own blade. "I see. So it's basically kill or be killed with this style. Good to know." Scorpius said as he had an idea. "I am going to try something Lyn." Scorpius held sword horizantally pointed towards Lyn but across his chest. He had a look of concentration on his face as he started to run toward Lyn. Lyn lifted her blade to stop his attack, but the attack wasn't there. Scorpius had turned to water and flowed beneath her, formed quickly behind her with his blade, and hit the back of the legs with the flat side of his blade.
Lyn fell to the ground with an 'oof'. "Holy shit. You've got moves I like that one... Mind if I steal it?" A sword appeared behind him, and Kishan snickered as he saw what she was doing. She telepathically controlled the sword and hit the back of his legs with the flat of the blade she was controlling.
Kishan burst out laughing when Scorpius hit the ground.
Scorpius rose off the ground with a bit of dirt in his hair. "Har har har." He looked at Kishan and shot a small stream of water at his face.
Kishan sneered. "Not cool bro. I'm the one cooking." Lyn spoke, "We should have breakfast, Kishan is it ready?" He nodded, eating a mackerel whole.
"Yes! Breakfast!" Scorpius said as he sat down to eat. "So tell me, how did you two meet anyways? I am sure it is a good story, as long as I'm not overstepping anything."
None of them replied, Kishan picked at his fish, and Lyn stood. "It ain't a story you want to hear." She stood on the cliff's edge balancing on one foot when a gust came and knocked her off balance. Lyn shouted and fell down into the water. Lyn struggled. She couldn't swim and she was going to die. She flailed frantically trying to get towards the surface. Air, Air, Air. She thought.
Back on the clifftop Kishan looked down, horror in his eyes. "Water-boy, nows your change to show us what you can do. I can't swim."
Not good. Safest way to get her up? Guess I got to go in too Scorpius thought as he swan dived off the cliff into the water. He hit the surface with no splash and sank straight to where Lyn was. He grabbed her in a princess hold and squeezed her tight to tell her to hold on. Scorpius than kicked his feet, stirring up a pillar of water that raised both of them out of the water quickly. The broke the surface within seconds of them both going under. Scorpius lifted both of themselves up to the cliff again, and walked onto it and laid Lyn down near the fire. "You okay Lyn?" Scorpius asked, making sure she didn't swallow water.
"Fuckin' Wind." was all she managed before Kishan hit her over the head with the pommel of his sword. "She's gotta go to sleep, go on a run or something. I'll take care of her."
"oh... okay..." Scorpius said, not wanting to leave some one possibly hurt alone. He left the campsite twisting out his wet clothes. Might as well call and check in with Mirrana, Scorpius thought as he ran to the inn where he left his stuff.
Lyn woke up a few hours later, complaining but perfectly fine, and Kishan had left only a note and a mackerel behind. The note read: Got a case. enjoy.
Scorpius appeared a few seconds later walking up to the cliff. "Oh good I'm glad you are okay. Where's Kishan?" He asked looking around. He hadn't been back since he left but felt it was time for him to return.
Lyn held up the note. "He had a case." Lyn stood up and stretched. Her muscles were stiff. "Why not a quick jog Scorpius." Lyn stretched, cracking her back. "Or maybe some training."
"I'm good for either. Are you sure you are up for it? Almost drowning isn't very fun. I know." Scorpius said.
"Worse has happened." She mumbled. The sun was setting and it was getting colder. "We should probably bank a fire." Lyn stacked logs in the fire ring, the traced a symbol in the air. It was an opaque red color that floated right above the logs. "Fire." The symbol started spewing flames out of it that lit the logs, then shortly disappeared. Lyn dusted off her hands "There we go."
"Very impressive. Well then, what do you want to teach me next?" Scorpius said excitedly.
"Um... Throwing." She sad after a moment. "Blade throwing is very important, if your opponent is out of your league throwing a blade can easier incapacitate them. Got any daggers?"
"Well... I have these two." Scorpius pulled out his Stingrays that Kaze build for for him. "I can also make ones of pure water just in case."
"Perfect. Go back 20 paces, and throw them at my head."
Scorpius went the designated amount of space faced Lyn. He looked towards her and down at the dagger. I wonder how the best way to through it is. Scorpius twirled the dagger in his hand before grabbing it, pulled his arm back and threw the dagger in a similar way to a frisbee.
It missed, going two feet shy of her head. "Scorpius." She said picking his knife up. "When throwing with a knife or dagger, you must work to actively counter the uneven weight distribution to ensure that the pointy end goes into the target. Otherwise, it will harmlessly bounce off their chest." She held it lightly in her hand her thumb on the side closer to her chest and pointer and middle finger on the other side. She flicked her wrist and sent it flying. It spiraled through the air around four times before skimming past Scorpius' ear and burying itself into a tree behind him. "That's how you do it. Don't be shy, aim for my head. It won't hurt me."
Scorpius, who was a bit shaken, took his other dagger and tried to emulate what Lyn had showed him. He took the dagger in his hand, thumb on one side, pointer and middle finger on the other, and flicked his wrist just like she did. The dagger went high and flew above Lyn's head. "Hey, I kinda did it..." Scorpius said.
"Pick them up, and try again."
Scorpius went after the two daggers and returned to his original position. He took a breath and looked at Lyn with intense focus visible in his eyes. He through one dagger after another straight at Lyn's nose.
Lyn's skin turned into metal within an instant and the blades fell down harmlessly. "That's great! Again."
Scorpius grabbed the daggers and threw them again for multiple turns. "Question: Why am I aiming just for your head? Wouldn't the opponents chest work as well? or a leg or something if you don't want to kill them?"
"Headshots are the most effective way to incapacitate someone, and if you're running from a dark mage whose trying to kill you, you're going to have to kill them or else they won't stop." Lyn yawned, using her magic was quickly wearing her out. "Scorpius, spent the night out here tonight." Lyn said straightly.
Scorpius clumsily dropped the blades he just picked up. He stood straight up with his face red. "B-b-b-but I have a room at the inn. I c-c-can't sleep w-w-ith you! I have Mirrana!"
"Not like that you idiot. I'm worried. Kishan hit me pretty hard and I need you to make sure I wake up in the morning." Lyn snarled. The last thing she wanted to admit was that she liked his company.
"Well if that is the only reason... Got something I can sleep on?" Scorpius asked.
"I've got a spare hammock. I'm stringing mine up in the trees tonight, I don't want to fall off the cliff again." She rummaged through her bag pulling out a bag. "Here you go."
Scorpius put up the hammock in some trees close to Lyn's. "Goodnight Lyn." He said before falling asleep.
----A few hours later----
Scorpius had woken up, not used to sleeping while suspended. I feel more vulnerable here than on the ground. Weird. All around him Scorpius heard the sounds of various bugs chirping and buzzing around. In the trees he heard the slight rummaging of leaves as animals ran on the branches. Suddenly Scorpius was startled by the sound of screams.
"What the?" Scorpius said as he fell out of his hammock. He grabbed one of the Stingrays and stood up looking around. He saw that it was Lyn who was screaming in a nightmare. She was covered in sweat and shaking.
"Lyn! Lyn come on, wake up! You're dreaming Lyn!" Scorpius said as he had a hand on her shoulder and arm gently shaking her awake.
Lyn was dreaming again, the shackles wrapped around her wrist, the long hours in the mines. Body covered in cuts and bruises. She felt her body being shaken, then shot up. She grabbed her assailments neck and rolled out of the hammock, pushing him to the ground. She sat on Scorpius' chest and started to choke him. "WHO ARE YOU. YOU WON'T TAME ME. YOU WON'T TAKE ME BACK TO THE MINES."
When Scorpius fell to the ground he hit the back of his head hard. "Lyn!" He choked out. "Please... It's me... Scorpius..."
"THATS BULLSHIT. I DON'T KNOW YOU. YOU ALL TOOK REN AWAY. NOW YOU'RE BACK FOR ME. WELL I'VE GOT NEWS FOR YOU. YOU AIN'T GETTING ME AGAIN." She pushed down harder against his throat. Her eyes were closed. Scorpius couldn't understand how she could track his movements, it was an insane instinct.
Scorpius' eyesight was going red. I need to act now... I don't know if I can hold off the curse. Scorpius melted himself to the ground and flowed away from Lyn and quickly reformed. He looked towards her with water in his hand. "I'm sorry Lyn. I know waking up like this sucks, but..." He shot a beam straight at Lyn, soaking her from head to toe.
Lyn automatically drew the Oblivion Blade out from her chest and brandished it at him. "Who are y-. Scorpius. Why am I soaked?" Her eyes widen as the comprehended the dream she had. "Scorpius, I am so sorry."
Scorpius nodded to her. "You are fine. Here let me dry you off." Scorpius pulled back the water that was still stuck on Lyn and dried her clothes as well. "There." He walked over to Lyn and sat down next to her. "May I ask what that was about?" He said as he rubbed the back of his head.
"I was a slave." She said. "There isn't much more to say about it. I was a slave, I broke out. I've been travelling ever since."
She took off her shirt and revealed the scars crisscrossing down her back. "This is what happens if you get caught in the Bosconian Slave Trade."
"Bosconian... Wait you mean Bosco?" Scorpius looked towards the town. "Slavery here? But why did you stick around?"
"To get rid of it. Have you ever heard of The Queen Of Swords?"
"The name sounds familiar." Scorpius said listening intently.
"The renegade swordsman who stops slaver's wagons when they cross the border into Bosco?"
"Oh I think I saw an article on that... wait... is that you?!"
Lyn nodded. "That's who you sought out, and you found me." She sighed. "I wanted to stay anonymous but it seems that is impossible."
"Well the person who told me about you was someone who worked in the dark side of life for a while..." Scorpius said looking away with a sad look. "My uncle Uriel... who failed the same problem I am faced with, told me about a swordswoman near Bosco who was amazing, and you are. He never said anything about the Queen of Swords, so between you, me, and Kishan I don't know anyone else who knows... if that makes you feel better?" Scorpius asked as he was rambling.
Lyn nodded. "Thank you. I just don't want slavers to be able to trace me. I often gather information from drunken slavers at bars.." Lyn yawned "I'm going back to sleep. Goodnight Scorpius."
A month later.
Lyn was packing her bag. She had been training Scorpius for over a month and he was almost as good as a swordsman as Kishan. She could go all out in a fight with him. "Scorpius. This is our final duel. I won't go easy on you at all. First I need you to answer a question. "Where do you want your mark."
"Hmmm." Scorpius thought for a minute. "Put it on my arm, in the open space of my birthmark, surrounded by the tail." Scorpius motioned to the space on his arm.
Lyn started tracing a symbol in the air that resembled the mark she had on her collarbone. "This is going to hurt a bit, and after our sparring session I can remove it for you. It will prevent you from disappearing if I strike you with the Oblivion Blade." Lyn pushed the rune into his skin. It bubbled for a moment then settled in his skin.
Scorpius grinded his teeth as his skin felt like fire. after it was over Scorpius put his hand over the symbol. "That is interesting. No dead skin. Got to love magic." He said, forming Leviathan and a Stingray into his hands. "I'm ready when you are Lyn. It's been a pleasure learning from you."
Lyn gripped her rune, and pulled the blade out of her chest. She clutched the sword with both hands. "Come."
"Alright then" Scorpius said as his aura grew intensely. He leaped at Lyn with skill and power, crossing blades with her.
Lyn took a step back, letting Scorpius' blade fall to the ground then aimed towards his left thigh. "Good try."
Scorpius rolled away from her attack and threw his Sting ray at her. As she blocked it he went in to swipe at her stomach.
"SHIELD!" Lyn shouted, and a rune shield popped in front of her blocking his attack. She thrust her sword through the rune and towards his chest.
Scorpius changed into water letting the blade pass through him without a scratch. "Not bad eh?" He said as he kept a figure of water standing in front of Lyn as he reformed behind her and tried to kick her legs out from under her.
Lyn's hand fell onto his shoulder and she leaped over his head and quickly poked at his shoulder blade.
"Wow." Scorpius said as his kick felt nothing but a blade was now at his back. "Saw through that huh?" Scorpius said as he put his finger behind him and shot a gun like motion as Scorpius pushed her back by the water in her own body. Scorpius stood up with blade ready to go.
"Ugh.. Good one Scorpius, but that isn't going to get me!" Lyn sent a volley of whirling attacks at him, then summoned another blade that she controlled behind his legs and hit him with the flat part of the blade, knocking him to the ground. "See, I didn't forget that one."
Scorpius laughed. "Not bad. I guess we should bring this up a few notches then. " Scorpius said as he created a multitude of swords of varying degrees of normal and black water all aimed at Lyn. Scorpius snapped his fingers, and they started flying towards Lyn. As she was distracted Scorpius went in for some quick strikes as well and then retreating at phenomenal speeds.
Lyn summoned rune barriers to block his strikes and dodged his water blades in a series of flips. She then chanted again. "Wind!" A wind rune appeared and sent a a flutter of gale force wind at him.
Scorpius just stood there and put a hand above his head, saying "Torrent" as a hurrican sized storm appeared returning the same amount of wind, if not more toward Lyn. This also created a dust devil between the two as the winds passed by each other. "Oh that's kind of cool" Scorpius said as he ran through the wind and continued to quick strike at Lyn.
Lyn parried and kicked at him, attempting to knock him to the ground.
Scorpius blocked the kick, and pushed her leg back, trying to knock her off balance, swinging at her with his Stingray.
Her body changed texture. Turning into metal again. She rammed her fist towards his face. Her swords were in a Heap behind her and she reached out with her mind towards them. She chose one of her smaller blades which took less energy to command.
Scorpius ducked from her fist and slipped around her, hitting the smaller blade that she was commanding away with a Stingray. He turned towards Lyn and swung his sword. "This is going to be fun what do you think?" he said as he got ready for her next attack.
Lyn sent her foot at his stomach then followed with her blade. "It's been a while since I've properly sparred!"
Scorpius took the kick, but blocked the blade. "I'm glad to have such a great teacher to give you that spar." Scorpius said as he pushed back against Lyn. He quickly made jabs and strikes towards Lyn's blade and her person.
She blocked with her arms, taking small cuts and hissing in pain. His strikes were so quick that she didn't have time to raise her blade. Lyn thrust forward towards his stomach.
Scorpius barely had time to go into his water body to avoid the attack, but still got a nick on his stomach. "Ow." He said looking towards Lyn and laughing. He swiped up at her blade and threw a punch at Lyn, followed with a push of a jet of water to increase it's effectiveness.
The punch sent Lyn flying backwards where she sat dazed upon the ground. "Ugh... Scorpius that's a good hit." She scratched her head then stood. "I'm going to end this here. You win. I don't want to risk giving a concussion."
Scorpius sighed, releasing the tension in his shoulders. "Sorry about that, I got too into it. You okay?"
"I'm fine. I can take that rune off you now." She smiled pulling the oblivion blade back into her chest.
Scorpius came up to Lyn. "So what is the full story on this rune anyways? Why is the blade in your chest?" he asked as he sat and showed her his arm.
Lyn tried to take it out and her brow furrowed. "Scorpius. We've got a problem... I can't remove it." She swallowed. "I suppose I should tell you the full story. It is a lost rune etched onto a blade that will dissipate any living thing it touches. It has been passed through generations to someone with a high amount of magical power. Every time you use the blade it takes away some of your magical power. It claims its use by being placed on someone. Kishan has the mark, but it didn't choose him.. I can't remove it.. That means it's chosen you. Every time you draw upon its power it will take some of your magic energy away. But, you have to pass the rune onto someone before you die, or else someone carrying your DNA will inherit the mark." She took a breath. "I still have some time before it drains my magic power, but when my magic is gone, you will know. The mark will burn." She bowed, a rare sign of respect from her. "I am so sorry."
Scorpius mind was blank. "What..." he said. It took a moment before he gained composure. "So... how long before it will go to me instead?" Scorpius asked, worried of having the Oblivion Blade and the goddess controlling him.
"I don't know.. It depends on when my magic runes out. I've already depleted half in the 15 years I've had it. Though in the past two years I've used it more and more.." She sighed. "I really can't say but you'll feel it. I'm so sorry."
Scorpius looked down. "Please... try not to use it too much until after Christmas. I don't want the Goddess to know. She may try and get me that blade quicker than you are allowed to have it... I don't want her to have more power through me."
"No worries. I still have an empire to take down water-boy." She grinned. He took it better than she thought. "I could give you another gift.. It is a rune. It may help you. The Goddess is made of water correct?"
"Well, as far as I can tell she uses water magic. I don't know how much farther it goes though." Scorpius said.
"Then here!" Lyn rummaged around in her bag and pulled out her spare pair of rune gloves. They were black, slightly tattered but powerful. She started etching the fire rune on them to replace the magical energy attraction rune. She put one on her hand and pointed her hand away. Lyn channeled some of her magical energy into the glove and out shot a roaring burst of flames. She then handed the two gloves over. "Here you go! Just channel magical energy into them, then point them at an opponent."
Scorpius took the gloves. He looked at them in awe and put them on. "So how much magic can we focus into them?" Scorpius asked as he pointed a finger at a nearby rock and focused a lot of energy into it. The rune cast a ball of fire that blasted the rock, breaking a chunk off of it's face and scorching the rest. "Holy crud that's awesome!" Scorpius said. He took off the gloves and looked at them, suddenly with an idea. "Hey lyn. Is there a healing rune at all? I don't have any way to heal others... I have a feeling I will need it." he asked, handing the gloves over to Lyn.
She nodded. "Sure but it will take a little bit more magic power than the flames will." She etched another rune and gave them back. Her brow was sweaty from the use of her magic. "It will only work if you touch it to their skin. It can't heal broken bones or deep lacerations but on cuts and bruises it works miracles!"
Scorpius took the gloves back, put them on and placed them on Lyn's arms, healing her wounds. "as thanks for everything, even if it was your magic."
Lyn swallowed the sadness welling up inside of her. As much as she hated to admit it she'd miss him. "Goodbye Scorpius. If you ever need me, you know where to find me." She smiled weakly and started to pack.
Scorpius put a hand on Lyn's shoulder. He turned her around and gave her a hug. "Thank you so much Lyn. If you ever need me, or help from a guild, stop by Koma Inu. We will always help. On a personal note, I want to invite you to my wedding in a couple months. You better be there" Scorpius said threatening her teasingly. "Here is my address and directions from here. Don't do anything stupid okay?" Scorpius was about to cry himself as he was going to miss his new friend and teacher. He went to grab his stuff as well. "Oh and if you see Kishan tell him that he is welcome anytime as well!"
As the two parted ways Lyn couldn't help but feel guilty. She had stuck Scorpius with yet another challenge he needed to overcome. Then she vowed to herself. She wouldn't use the blade until she killed the king. Little did she know that it would be the last time she used it.