Aurora – Chapter 48 (Part 2)

[10th of January, 2741 AD; Drake Rask’s house, Rezar, Iiayikohn]

 

Sorin looked around outside. The large trees were a welcoming sight to him as Gale went over to join him. Just over a week had passed since they had taken down Harold Mars and Foundation. Afterwards, everyone met at the new prime minister’s office to discuss the next course of action. The next day, Reiss assumed the role of prime minister until the next election. But the biggest surprise to come out that morning shocked everyone save for Sorin, Eva, and Mina. The look that appeared on Gavin’s face Mina erupt into laughter while he struggled to find the right words in reaction to the fact that Law and Ayanna were to be wed in the summer. Finally, he had settled upon one.

Congratulations,” Gavin said as he pushed up against the bridge of his sunglasses. “I truly mean it when I say that.

Everybody else had given their own sort of congratulatory remarks to Law and Ayanna as they made it clear the exact date. It was a secret that Sorin kept for Mina’s sake and now it all came together. Still, there were plenty of questions that needed answering. The summit in Glora had been delayed but with the news of Amelia’s abdication, there were to be new talks in regards to when the summit would resume. Sorin could only wonder what Rain would do now that Amos was to succeed the throne in Ahnlikohn. Ever since that night, Sorin and Gale chose to remain in Rezar for the time being.

“It feels a lot different, doesn’t it?” Gale asked.

“Everyone’s resuming their lives back at their homes,” Sorin said. “This is the sort of peace we’ve been fighting for and now we have it.”

“Yeah, it’s a good thing,” Gale replied. “I do miss seeing the others, though. At least we can still see Gavin, Law, and Ayanna every day.”

“True, but Ayanna’s been busy ever since she became general,” Sorin said. “I don’t envy the workload, but this was something she’s been working for ever since we met her.”

“It must be a lot of work to prepare the wedding, too,” Gale said. “Law has really been taking it seriously, which is something I never could have imagined happening.”

“I can understand,” Sorin said.

“As can I,” Gale said. “We’ve all changed a bit, haven’t we?”

“You could say that again,” Sorin said. “But definitely we’ve helped to make this world better, I can feel it. I just wish they were here to see it.”

“I know,” Gale said as she reached her hand out to Sorin’s. “But even if they aren’t around anymore, you can live on for them.”

“Right, I’ve been given this chance because of my father and Rysol,” Sorin replied. “And I can use that chance to be a part of something better. I can help you achieve your dreams now.”

“That would be nice,” Gale said. “Since it looks like Kunigunde Industries is going to need new leadership, having you on my side will help.”

“You’re going through with it?” Sorin asked.

“There would have to be a lot of changes, right down to what the company is known for,” Gale replied. “But since there’s already so much at stake, it would make a lot of sense to repurpose what Kunigunde Industries stands for and what can be done for the future.”

“It would be for the best if that’s the case,” Sorin said. “There’s no reason to create weapons meant for war if we don’t have a reason to fight, so repurposing would make a lot of sense.”

“I’d still have to meet with him, though,” Gale said. “It’s not something I’d like to do, but it’s necessary for moving forward with the plan.”

“I’m sure it’ll be fine,” Sorin said. “From what Henry said, Isaac’s looking to serve a lifetime sentence.”

“We’ll have to see for ourselves,” Gale said. “I wonder if any of this will end up making him realize just how much harm he’s caused other people, but I doubt it will.”

“Guess we’ll find out when we see him,” Sorin said. “Say, do you want to go and walk with me to the city?”

“I’d love to,” Gale replied.

They continued to hold hands as they headed towards the city. Sorin was happy to walk alongside Gale now that everything had calmed down. It was the type of peace that Johan had strived for and one Sorin was happy to have. But even after the fact, Sorin did not have the proper chance to say goodbye to his friend before he left. According to Drake, Johan left in the early morning with Dia in order to return to Ameci. Sorin had to wonder what Johan would do now given all that had happened to him, especially Jelka’s death. He knew that Johan had held back his feelings for the sake of completing his mission, which was why Sorin had to believe it was a somber trip back home for him. It was a difficult fact to process in the wake of his own happiness, but Sorin knew that Johan would not have minded one bit.

“This path never gets old to me,” Gale said. “Even when we walk down each time, I can always appreciate the nature before me.”

Sorin looked up at the path to the city. “Drake really does have it nice,” he said. “I guess that’s why he can’t just leave for the kingdom with Mina and her mother just yet.”

“We’ll see them again soon,” Gale said. “I know we will.”

“We’d have to if we’re going to that wedding,” Sorin replied.

“Of course,” Gale said. “That wedding is important to both of our friends, isn’t it?”

“Why wouldn’t it be?” Sorin asked.

“Just asking a rhetorical question,” Gale replied. “So, is there anywhere else you’d like to go?”

“Besides back to Ameci, you mean,” Sorin said.

Gale nodded. “There’s still a lot of the world we haven’t seen yet,” she said. “It would be nice to have one long trip around the world before we come back… You know, just us two.”

“That would be great,” Sorin said.

“And after that, perhaps we can follow in the footsteps of our friends,” she said. “We’ve been together for quite a while, haven’t we?”

“It’s something to think about,” Sorin replied.

“Well, whenever we have the time, we can plan it all out,” Gale said. “Right now, maybe we should go and see what Gavin’s up to.”

Sorin smiled. “At the same place, right?”

“Where else would he be at?” Gale asked. “I’m sure he wouldn’t mind if we had a look for ourselves.”

 

*****

 

It was a welcome return to the market as Sorin and Gale entered the small cooking school where Gavin trained. Upon entering inside, they spotted Gavin in a full chef’s uniform complete with hat and sunglasses. Gale did her best not to laugh as Sorin waved over to him. Gavin noticed the two and left his station in order to greet them.

“You two really got nothing better to do, do you,” Gavin said. “I’d expect it from Sorin, but I thought that at least Gale would be busy doing something more important than this.”

“Oh come on, Gavin, we just wanted to see you in action,” Gale replied. “I’d really like to see how you’re coming along in your training.”

Gavin took off his hat. “Well, it is the middle of a break,” he said. “I guess it wouldn’t hurt to have you try a little bit of what I’m cooking here.”

“You mean it?” Sorin asked.

“For you two, it would be an honor,” Gavin said. “Now don’t make me look like an asshole, okay? Just eat the food I’ve prepared and tell me how it tastes.”

“Thank you,” Gale said.

Sorin and Gale followed Gavin to his station and saw the completed work of art Gavin propped up. A cooked filet of salmon with a side of rice topped off with garnish to put a complete touch to the entire dish. Sorin decided to try a bite as did Gale, while Gavin put his hands together in wait for a response. To Sorin, it was the fish that caught his attention as the taste proved itself impeccable. He felt that Gale had much the same feeling judging from the delighted look upon her face. Once the taste test was done, Gavin retrieved the forks from the two and promptly discarded them into the nearby sink.

“Suppose I don’t even need to ask,” Gavin said. “Even I can read that you two liked it.”

“It’s really good,” Gale replied.

“So what are you going to do once you’re done with the training?” Sorin asked. “This is a good step, but are you thinking of something bigger?”

“That’s always an option,” Gavin said. “Truth is, I was thinking about how Reiss was planning to revitalize Gel Heights after what happened. He figures that he could turn that whole area of the city around.”

“That’s great to hear,” Sorin said.

“So you’re hoping to be a part of that revitalization?” Gale asked.

“If anything, it’ll be the kick that area needs,” Gavin replied. “I always felt as if I had nowhere to go after leaving the Ameci military, but once I put some thought into my options, this was the best step to take.”

“Well, I hope it all works out for you,” Gale said.

“Thanks, but I’m pretty confident about where I’ll end up,” Gavin said. “The instructor’s sang nothing but high praises for me. Once this whole course is done, there’s no end to where I’m going!”

“You and Law, certainly,” Sorin said.

Gavin shook his head and chuckled. “He might be getting married soon, but Lawrence is still the same man,” he said. “Not like that’s a problem.”

“You did seem to be reserved when you heard the news,” Gale said. “Aren’t you happy with him and Ayanna getting married?”

“Of course I am,” Gavin answered. “I’m all happy with what he’s doing, just that I don’t really care to talk about it until it actually happens.”

“And what about you?” Gale asked.

Gavin crossed his arms. “What about me? I think I’ve made it clear before, haven’t I?”

“I guess you have,” Gale said. “Seriously, I’m happy for you.”

“And I am, too,” Sorin said.

“Okay, alright, you’re flattering me way too much,” Gavin said. “I’m still only a trainee, so it’s still a ways away until I can consider myself a certified chef around these parts.”

“That and the certificate,” Gale said.

“Obviously,” Gavin replied. “So what’s the deal with you two? You guys got any plans or something?”

“Nothing right now,” Sorin answered. “But we are planning on traveling to Ameci soon.”

“Huh, so you’re both going together,” Gavin said. “It’s been a while for you, though, hasn’t it?”

“It has,” Sorin said. “This all started back in Ameci, didn’t it? You, Gale, and I all were in Ameci not even a year ago.”

“That we were,” Gavin said. “Hell, I think about what would’ve happened had I not got on that ship. Would all of this have gone differently?”

“Well, it’s not like we can ever know,” Gale replied. “But we are heading back because of some important business.”

She explained to Gavin what she was going to do once she and Sorin made it to Ameci. Gavin nodded along as Sorin thought about how this entire journey started because of his father. Had he not met him that fateful day, Sorin would have still been working as a driver with his father’s friend.

“I can’t imagine it will be a fond reunion,” Gavin said, “But I guess you’ve got to start somewhere if you’re going to make your ideas happen.”

“Thank you, I think I’ll be able to handle it,” Gale said.

“Anywhere else you’re going to go after that?” Gavin asked. “Lawrence’s wedding is going to happen in a few months from now, you know.”

“We know,” Sorin said. “I think outside of the whole thing with Kunigunde Industries, we’re probably going to just go and see some old friends of ours.”

“Speaking of which, Johan went back to Ameci, didn’t he,” Gavin said. “He really just jumped without telling us.”

“He hasn’t had the chance to talk with his mother in a while,” Gale said. “I think it’s good for him to catch up with her.”

“Well, I’m sure you two will see him once you get there,” Gavin said. “Even he has to find the time to have some fun, right?”

“Yeah, probably,” Sorin replied.

Sorin looked forward to heading back to Ameci once more. He and Gale were going to catch up on all that they had missed before Law and Ayanna’s big day. That included meeting with everybody else along the way and seeing how they were doing. It would be a trip that both Sorin and Gale deserved after all that they had gone through. Sorin could not wait for the new beginning.

 

To be continued…

 

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