Gender: Male Age: 54 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Sea raiders|
I slept uneasily as the surf crashed and boomed on the rocks. Sarah was half on top of me and kept rubbing against me. We were beside a small seaside fishing village on our way north. I finally hugged Sarah and turned to let her slid to the bed before I climbed out. I dressed and stepped out and walked to the wicker chair I had created.
A glance at the circle of stones brought the fire back to life as I sat. My thoughts returned to the past and the screams of those outside my home. I shifted when the young lad walked closer and smiled, “tending your sheep?”
He nodded and squatted beside the fire and held out his hands, “they be uneasy tonight.”
I glanced towards the stone walled field, “maybe they smell something.”
He nodded again, “perhaps. The fog is starting to come in and that makes them uneasy sometimes.”
I smiled and sat back, “what about your dog?”
He frowned, “she has been whining a lot.”
I glanced towards the field again and turned to look at the top of the wagon, “Hunter?”
He looked down at me, “I did not see anything when I flew over them.”
I turned to look out to sea, “can you...”
I hesitated as I felt a chill, “would you fly out over the sea in a wide arc?”
He nodded and squatted before leaping as his wings swept down. He slipped into the foggy night as I whispered a spell. A pot of water drifted out of the wagon and to the fire as a tin followed it, “tea?”
The lad grinned, “sure.”
Sarah came out of the wagon and crossed to lay beside me. The chaos reached for the pot and the water began to bubble and boil. I smiled and brought out two cups and poured water in each before adding tea from the tin. A small honey comb drifted out of the thick fog and broke in half, one went into each cup.
The lad eagerly accepted the cup that floated to him. I stirred mine and watched the honey comb melt before sipping. Hunter came through the fog fast and flared his wings to slow before he dropped to the roof, “ships are moving through the fog towards the village.”
I stiffed, “fishing boats?”
He shook his head, “I do not think so.”
I growled as I stood and dropped the cup. I looked at the white faced lad, “stay here.”
I began walking towards the village and chaos spread into the fog. The fog became snow and ice began to form on the houses I walked past. The ground under each foot glowed as my fear and anger fed the chaos. I tried to control it but soon it flowed through me on its own. The fog that was above or beyond the area that changed to snow began to burn an angry red.
The ships were just reaching the dock when I got there. The fog shimmered and dropped away and several dozen men fired arrows at me as others leaped onto the dock. The arrows vanished in mid flight as the men on the dock charged. I gestured and the water swept out leaving the ships aground on the wet sea floor.
The men had almost reached me when those left on the boats began to scream. The charging men faltered and turned to look as a huge wall of water moved towards us. In the front were what looked like giants that were a hundred feet tall. They swung wicked saw toothed swords and the raiders stood frozen with fear.
I murmured as the dock began to change until the gray head of a dragon turned its head to look at the men. They screamed and leaped when it opened its vast mouth filled with man sized teeth. The giants and the wall of water reached the ships. The swords plunged down into the ships and pinned them to the ocean floor.
The wall of water passed over the ships as the dragon snapped up a half dozen men who were screaming in agony. Its huge tail lashed out and around to slam into the men that were left. The wall of water surged over them as the dragon turned to lay down where the dock had been and changed back.
The wall of water reached the shore and stopped. It stood there for several moments before sinking and going out. When the sea was once more as it should be the water began to change and freeze. I glared at the frozen water before looking around. Four wizards stood waiting a little distance from me.
I turned to start walking through the village and they walked with me as the villagers backed away. When I reached my camp I nodded to the lad, “the raiders won’t hurt you.”
I sat and looked into the fire as I pulled the chaos around me. One of the masters absently created another chair and sat. He was very old with long white hair and a white beard, “did it help?”
I looked at him and shook my head before looking at the fire as it rose higher. Master Chin squatted and gestured and the fire sank down, “the fear will always be with you.”
I didn’t answer and Master Lee sighed as he knelt, “we have talked of this many times. You have great power and few are your equal. With that power comes a price.”
I shifted, “they are dead and can not...”
Master McDonalds growled, “you know better. Chaos did more than kill the men. You took the life from the sea and brought nature alive. Those raiders are dead and the sea is locked in ice until you release it. What of the fishermen in the village? What of the sea life that will die from what you have done?”
I looked at him and sighed as I began to relax. Master Sinclair leaned forward, “I think perhaps you will stay and fix what you have done. A season should be enough.”
I turned to look out at the sea, I knew they could not order me or make me do as they directed. I was a master and only my own conscious directed my actions. I sighed and looked at them, “I will fix what was done but I will stay only that long.”
I stood and turned away, “these sea raiders must stop.”
Master Sinclair stood and walked closer to put his hand on my shoulder, “you have seen the problem now find the answer.”
I looked at him and opened my mouth before closing it, “that I will do.”
He nodded and turned to gesture to the others. They moved together before a swirling door appeared and they walked through it. I turned and started back through the village and out onto the dock. I looked at the bay locked in ice and murmured while the chaos reached out and began to spread.
The ice cracked and shimmered before turning back to water. I turned to walk back through the village and stopped by one of the fishermen, “there will be a lot of dead fish floating in the bay. They were only frozen and will still be good.”
He nodded and I walked away, the fog around the wagon was lifting when I reached it. I stood looking around at the stone walled fields. Sarah pressed against my leg and I smiled at her, “I am okay.”
She sighed, “maybe we should go.”
I shook my head, “not yet.”
I sat and looked towards the ocean while thinking. As it grew warmer I finally stood and glanced at my friends and companions. I headed back through the village and ignored the people quickly moving out of my way. Back on the dock I let the chaos spread out and into the water as I sat. I knew it was bringing the life back to the bay but my mind was on raiders.
When the sea otter surfaced in front of me I looked at it and blinked. It ignored me as it began to eat a shell fish. Sarah rubbed against me and slipped into the water and swam to the otter. I smiled and remembered what I had told her about babies. I murmured and the chaos shifted around the two.
Looking at the sea otter had given me an idea. I began to murmur and chant as the chaos swirled around me and thickened. Finally when I was done several huge otters made of water sank into the ocean and ripples began to spread. They would follow the coast and any raider that attacked a village or boat would be overturned and sunk.
I continued to send power and chaos into the spell to create more until finally I had to stop. I shook myself and realized I had been sitting here all day. I didn’t see Sarah or the sea otter as I stood and stretched. I headed back to the wagon and smiled at the people. The lad was back in a nearby field with his flock when I reached the wagon.
Kent had brought back a couple of grouse and Ann, Tom and Peter had been busy finding roots and greens. I began cleaning the birds and helping them make dinner. Somehow I felt more at peace and calm as I finally sat back to wait for dinner to cook. I smiled when Sarah returned looking smug and reached out to pet her.
After dinner I went for a walk in the fields and enjoyed the air. When I came back I went to bed as my friends snuggled against me. I had left the fire burning since I knew the lad would probably seek it out when the fog came in and the night cooled. I woke to morning birdsong and glanced around but Sarah had already gone.
I woke the others and made warm cereal for breakfast and shared it with the lad who was sleeping in my chair. I cleaned up and put the fire out before returning to the bay. I reached for the chaos and smiled at the answer I got. It was almost done bringing life back to the bay and the spell I had created was set.
I watched the fishermen sailing out and walked back into the village. I helped anyone that would let me and fixed anything broken. When I returned to the wagon Sarah was back. I gestured and helped her and the others up onto the seat. I only glanced back once as the wagon left and that was to wave back at the lad with his sheep.
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