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Black Shudder Chapter SixChapter Six
I didn't realize that I was bleeding, but suddenly Zero's intense stare went to my wrist.
"You're hurt," he simply murmured, reaching for my hand.
I flinched slightly at the feel of his burning skin on mine. "No," I whispered, examining the cut. "It's just a scratch, no worries." Zero, who was bent over to study the fleshwound, gazed up at me through his dark lashes, but said nothing.
My stomach busted into butterflies and I looked away. "Anyways, what kind of favor are you looking for?"
Zero straightened, still holding my hand in his."Let's not worry about that right at this moment. I'm going to take you home now so we can patch up this cut." He started walking down the street, tugging me along by my hand.
Blushing from the contact, I protested. "N-no, it's fine,Zero." He turned his head to smile back at me, dazzling me, making me fluster even more.
"Even small wounds fester, Alys. We'll take care of it."
Why did my stomach twist so unpleasantly when he said my name? Well,
Black Shudder Chapter FiveChapter Five
Six Years Later
"Alys, we need you over here," Gen called, carrying an armload of cloths' through the entrance archway and up the stairs.
"Okay, I'll be right there." I thanked Iskim and pushed off of the wall, brushing my skirt off.
"Alys, keep in mind that you were to meet the other Innkeeper's son tonight." Iskim smiled softly at me.
I groaned and rolled my eyes. "I really don't even want to, though." Iskim continued to smile as he walked up t me, and brushed my cheek with the back of his hand.
"I don't want you to, either." I leaned into his touch smiling now, slightly blushing. Iskim dropped his hand, placing it on his hip. "But you're a woman now, Alys. You need to settle."
Smile gone, I sighed and turned away from him. "You know I won't be happy if I do this."
"You wouldn't be happy with anyone, not even me." He raised his eyebrows at me,smirking.
"That's not true," I stammered, blushing. "Once I find the right guy, I'll be set."
"Why not any of the men
Black Shudder Chapter FourChapter Four
The door hinges squeaked loudly as Zero pushed the door open. With his wings now gone (to who knows where), his face had loosened up a bit, and he didn't look so monstrous.
I was surprised to find out that he didn't even have to look around to know where the guest bed was; besides the arch the led from the kitchen into the pantry. As he was sitting me down on it, a light shined from around the halls corner. Lifting the covers around me, we both watched as a candle appeared from behind the wall, a rough hand holding it. Slowly, Daiken appeared from the hall, and stood there,guiding the light to where Zero and I sat. He looked tired, like he needed sleep. His light graying-brown hair was messed up, and his sleeping gown trailed around his ankles.
"Who's there?" He whispered. "Alys? Is that you?" He focused on Zero for a moment before letting his eyes land on me.
"It's me, Daiken, " I whispered back, giving him a reassuring smile. "I'm just a little hurt, that's all."
Black Shudder Chapter ThreeChapter Three
My eyes fluttered open as soon as I was conscience enough to tell which way was up. For a moment, I just lied there on my back, and looked at the dark blue sky, littered with stars, and swaying tree tops lipping my vision of the clear sky. Closing my eyes, I wondered if I had indeed died. I would've thought that heaven was brighter than this dark haven.
Slowly, all of my senses came into the picture, feeling the crinkly material under my fingertips, the smell of a fire, the sound of water gurgling over small pebbles, and the taste of a faint metallic taste, almost like blood, plagued my mouth.
I also felt the pain pin-pricking in my shoulder and torso, reminding me of my encounter with death.
I opened my eyes again, realizing the pain was more pronounced than I would have first thought. "Ow," I whispered,moving my hand away from my side and up to my left shoulder. I glanced around, recalling that these trees were indeed the ones that surrounded my small pond, and the bubb
Black Shudder Chapter TwoChapter Two
I woke around noon the next day, which scared me.
I dressed quickly in new rags and a dress to go over. I ran out to the kitchen, Daiken and the Mistress sitting at the table and talking.
"W-why didn't you guys wake me up?" I wondered, brushing my bangs out of my eyes. Daiken smiled.
"You were sleeping so peacfully; it's time you got to sleep in." I sat at the table too, looking at both of them carefully. They continued talking to eachother; something about how the Hinish Village was planning on joining the war too.
The war wasn't something that anyone liked to talk about. It was among the western parts and the eastern parts of the lands, and now, it sounded like the northern and southern parts were joining in as well. I was certain our village, St. Careloon, wasn't going to get caught up in it, besides the shock waves like prices going up and imports becoming scarce.
"Mistress?" I broke through their conversation. They both looked at me curiously. "Have you collected the v
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