As soon as she turned around to leave, Cydonia noticed a peasant standing not that far from Commander Romata’s gate. His ragged clothes, pointy hat, and the undeniable smell of manure and dirt all over him gave away his place of work among the fields as a farmer. He looked with fearing eyes left and right as if searching for someone. Curious, Cydonia approached him and patted him on the shoulder.
“Excuse me, is something the matter?” she asked with a small smile on her face.
“Ah! Benevolent Seraphima! It’s a real honor to meet you! I am Anurf, a local farmer from this town, and I’m looking for help from a guard or commander Romata.” he said as he took off his old hat and bowed down to her politely.
“Help? What troubles you?”
“Our blacksmith, Seraphima. He’s been gone for three days on a journey which was supposed to last only one. Now, we worry something might have happened to him. Will you help us, Seraphima?” asked the man with a humble look in his eyes.
I don’t see why not. she thought and then smiling softly to him, she nodded and said “I will.”
“Ah! Gods be praised! Thank you, Seraphima! Please go to the blacksmith’s wife then. You’ll find her by the forge in the town.” he said.
“Thank you, I will.” she told him with a smile on her lips before she walked away.
She didn’t take two steps, and she was ambushed by another man. This one was a guard. With a similar worried look on his face, he stopped Cydonia in her tracks to request her help.
“Seraphima, I forgot my pay book at home. Could you please bring it to me? I can’t move from my spot and if I don’t bring in my pay tonight, my wife’s going to hang me by my toes and move in with her sister in Silver Creek! Here’s the key to my house, you will find it in the south part of the town. Please hurry, Seraphima!” he said with a small smile on his lips.
Cydonia blinked confused. She looked at the man and then at the key, switching between them a couple of times as if unable to believe what she had just heard.
“You’re telling me to go inside your house and bring you your pay book?” she asked raising an eyebrow.
“Yes.” he replied quickly.
Taking the key, she turned around and walked towards the exit of the garrison.
I’m not wrong here, am I? This is indeed quite abusrd. Why didn’t he call his wife and asked her to go, or sent a good friend or family member? I’m a complete stranger he met for the very first time! What if I was some thief or scoundrel busting into people’s homes, opening their chests and looting everything in sight? Isn’t he worried about that? Cydonia thought confused as she looked down at the small key in her palm.
“There are stranger things between the Skies and the Land than goblins in a cave… Sigh.” she shook her head and walked out of the garrison.
“Don’t you dare move a muscle and give us all your money!” shouted a thief at her.
She blinked, looked behind, then back at him.
“You do realize you are trying to rob me in front of a garrison packed with guards and soldiers armed to the teeth, right?” she asked raising an eyebrow.
“Do what he said or we’ll skewer you!” shouted another thief.
They literally ambushed her on the middle of the bridge between the garrison and the town.
“You know what? It’s been a very long day, I’m a bit annoyed, so I’ll stop thinking and start fighting.” she said as she drew her sword and let out a long sigh.
Those thieves, just like the scoundrels who dared attack the monastery, were far beneath her skills. She would make quick work of them and then head off to finish her given quests.
Thank you for reading this story, hope you enjoyed it! 🙂