Aurora – Chapter 1 (Part 2)

[3rd of December, 2740 AD; Drake Rask’s house, Rezar, Iiayikohn]

 

It was peaceful outside, Sorin thought. He sat outside on the porch as the daylight beamed in between the tall trees. There was a desire to keep training, but Sorin felt like he could not do it alone. So he decided to take a blank sketch pad and began to draw. All Sorin could really think about at this point was Gale, as she was back in Ameci meeting with Lowell Page.

“If only I could… but I can’t,” Sorin said. “I can’t just go and break my promise to Johan.”

He looked forward to the forest, but nothing came to him. All that was on his paper were a few lines, which meant nothing to Sorin. He began to wonder what he could do right now, given that Drake had already gone to work. Mina was spending more and more time in the Royal Kingdom of Thekohn with Rain, while Gavin and Law were out in the city. Perhaps it was time to go to the city and see what he could do there, Sorin thought.

 

*****

 

The city of Rezar usually felt welcoming, but on this particularly cold day, Sorin had no one to share this experience with. He figured that at least he could check up on Gavin to see how he was doing, so Sorin decided to take a trip to the marketplace in the Deca District. If there was one place Sorin knew where Gavin would be, it had to be there.

Inside the large market, Sorin looked around at the various shops opened up in the area. There were many places selling various goods, but one place in particular caught Sorin’s eye. A single, small building right in the middle of the marketplace was where Sorin needed to go, and so he headed that way. As he got closer, he noticed a familiar face standing outside the front doors. The tall man with black hair, a full beard, and sunglasses waited outside the building as Sorin approached him from the side.

Sorin waved to the man. “Hey Gavin.”

“What are you doing here?” Gavin asked.

“Um, just saying hi,” Sorin replied. “So this is where you’re going for your training?”

“Lawrence told you, didn’t he,” Gavin said. “Can’t ask him to keep any sort of a secret, can I?”

“Why are you trying to keep this a secret?” Sorin asked. “I think it’s great that you’re pursuing your passion.”

“This isn’t about pursuing a passion,” Gavin replied, “This is about trying to make a living here. Give me a fucking break…”

“If that’s the case, then I guess I won’t ask more,” Sorin said. “Have you heard anything new recently?”

Gavin shook his head. “I know what you know,” he said. “Until we learn more, there’s not much that we can do except to wait and hear from Rain.”

“Right, the summit,” Sorin said.

Rain had told Sorin about the summit she was trying to arrange and would tell him the moment she decided it. Sorin could only wait, as Gavin said. Still, he wondered where exactly the summit would be taking place. Would it be in Glora again, or did Rain want to hold it somewhere else because of all the recent events and scandals that had surrounded the Ahnle royal family and Ahnlikohn? That was also an important factor, given the news that nothing had happened to the chancellor and he still retained his position in their government. It was sure to be a point of contention, Sorin thought.

“I know you’re probably getting a little impatient,” Gavin said. “Either way, we’re just going to have to go on with our lives until we hear more.”

“I guess so,” Sorin said. “It sure has been quiet recently, hasn’t it?”

“It really has,” Gavin replied.

“Seems pretty dull without Mina around,” Sorin said. “You probably miss hearing her scream at the top of her lungs and tackling you, don’t you?”

Gavin crossed his arms. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t.”

“And Law, I guess, is just spending more time on his own now,” Sorin added. “It’s funny, isn’t it?”

“How so?” Gavin asked.

“Well, I mean, I’ve seen you two together so much that seeing you without him here has thrown me off a bit,” Sorin answered. “He’d be busy trying to make fun of you or something like that. I don’t know, that’s just how I feel about it.”

“He’s been busy, too,” Gavin said. “Seems like he’s serious about this acting thing, so he went and joined the local theater.”

“So he really meant it,” Sorin replied. “Good for him, but I guess that means he has no intention of trying to clear his name, does he?”

“As far as I know, no,” Gavin said, “But we were never planning on going back, anyway.”

“I understand.”

Gavin looked at the front door. “Looks like it’s time, now,” he said. “I suppose I will see you later tonight.”

“Goodbye,” Sorin said.

Gavin went inside the building as Sorin turned the other way. Perhaps he could pay Law a visit, or maybe he could give Luna a call if she was home. It had been a while since he had seen her or Pekka, to be fair, so it would make sense to check up on how they were doing. But before Sorin could go anywhere, he was stopped by a voice that called for him from his left.

“Sorin Wilk…”

Sorin looked around. “Is someone calling for me?”

“Over here!”

With a look over to his left, Sorin could see off a few feet away a familiar face. He had to make sure, though, that his eyes weren’t playing tricks on him and followed after the person. Sorin left the marketplace and ended up at the empty park on the other side of the road. With no one else around, Sorin wondered if he lost track of the person, but soon discovered that they were there. Two people, in fact, were waiting for Sorin: Jelka Arne and the masked traveler.

“Looks like we’ve got some time,” Jelka said. “I was fortunate enough to find you, it seems.”

“What are you doing here?” Sorin asked. “Where’s Rysol?”

“Well, that’s what I wanted to talk to you about,” Jelka replied. “You see, last night…”

Jelka explained what had happened the night before in Hurst and how she had found out that Rysol had been abducted. Just from what happened, she had deduced that it was the Ameci military that had taken him captive. Sorin listened as he tried to process what he was hearing from Jelka, but could not believe that his brother would be so easily captured.

“I don’t want to believe it,” Sorin said. “You’re certain that it was the Ameci military?”

“What would I gain from lying to you?” Jelka asked. “This doesn’t help us at all, now does it? You know as well as I do how important Rysol is in our group.”

“I know, I know,” Sorin replied. “Do you have any clue where they could be? Any sort of lead that could point us in the right direction?”

“Unfortunately, I don’t have any clues,” she said. “When I got back to where Rysol was, there was nothing. Whoever took him was quite meticulous in taking him away, that much I can assure you.”

“This has to be Isaac Kunigunde’s doing,” Sorin said. “We know he’s the one we’re after, but do you think he’s caught on to us somehow?”

“I don’t know,” Jelka replied.

Just then, the masked traveler leaned into Jelka, as if to whisper something into her ear. She listened and nodded, until the masked traveler pulled away from her and backed off.

“That’s not possible at all,” Jelka said. “At least, that’s what our friend here just said to me.”

“Our friend?” Sorin asked. “You mean, that guy in the mask? What exactly is his deal with us?”

“He’s a friend, that much I will say,” Jelka answered. “But he’s not at all important to this conversation. Right now, if we’re going to move forward, we’ll need to find a way to get Rysol back.”

Sorin knew that that was true. “So what do we need to do?”

“It’s hard to think that they’ll kill him,” Jelka said. “After all, he knows quite a bit about a lot of people, so I imagine that they’ll have him captive somewhere. For now, I think it will be best if you let me handle getting closer to the Ameci military.”

“And what will I have to do?” Sorin asked.

“You must not let any of this news get out,” Jelka said. “It’s already a risk being here; if I were found out with you here, that would spell trouble for all of us. That said, you mentioned to me something about a summit set to happen soon, did you not?”

“Well, I don’t know when,” Sorin said. “What does it concern you?”

“I was hoping you would be able to meet Rysol and I around that time,” Jelka replied, “But without knowing the date and location, it will be tough to meet, as well what we know about Rysol.”

Sorin sighed. “That’s true,” he said. “I should hear soon about when the summit is to take place. When that happens, I’ll seek you out.”

“Do you know where to find me?” Jelka asked. “Well, I was waiting in Hurst, but it looks like I may need to stay out of there for a while. Perhaps I should lie low here for a few days in case something happens.”

“I wish I could offer you help,” Sorin said.

“Please don’t worry about it,” Jelka said. “I think we have it taken care of. Don’t we?”

She looked over to the masked traveler, who showed no response.

“I suppose that that’s a good response,” she said. “Damn it, if only it weren’t for his selflessness…”

The masked traveler rested his hand on Jelka’s shoulder and nodded to her. Sorin tried to understand the masked man’s intention, but judging from Jelka’s smile, it seemed that she did not mind.

“I guess I shouldn’t worry for now,” she said. “We’ll just head off for now. Please, if you hear anything, let us know.”

“Got it,” Sorin said.

After that conversation, Jelka hurried off with the masked traveler as Sorin turned the other way. He had a lot to think about, most of which concerned Rysol and where he could be at this moment. If what Jelka said was true, then Sorin knew that that man had something to do with Rysol’s abduction. Only one man that could be involved with such a thing, and Sorin knew that he needed to be stopped. If not to take down Foundation, then at least for Rysol’s sake Sorin had to think of a plan.

“I promise you, Rysol,” Sorin said. “I promise that I’ll save you.”

 

To be continued…

 

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