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The Little Orphan chapter 22Category: The little orphan story
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
12:34:56 PM (GMT)
And so the training began. Nobody expected to be able to beat Shikuro, but they didn't expect to fight him. Eichiro told them that it was just for safety's sake while they're on their trip to The Moon Isles. The trip was sure to be full of perils like bandits. Mana didn't have much free time, because Fishi and Eichiro was pushing her to her limits. Magic in the morning, swordplay in the afternoon, and the royal language in the evening. The only free time Mana got was used sleeping. When she went to and from classes, she'd check apon the others. Sera had been taking archery. Every time she fired at one of the straw dummies, she'd always hit lethal spots. Sera would say to herself it was a game, or a contest, to give herself the courage she'd need to shoot at real people. She would also try curving the arrow's path with magic. She'd put two targets up, one behind the other, and use magic to swerve the arrow around the first dummy and hit the second one with the same deadly accuracy. Mana would also look into the dojo to check on Shiki. She would be covered with bruises as she trained with her instructor, a husky elf named Novae. He'd taunt her to get her to do better, and always critisize her,but she seemed detirmined to bring him to his knees. Mana was still suprised that she chose hand-to-hand fighting,without weapons. Mana soon realised that this could pose problems in the future. She would see Kiri go deep into the forest and throw daggers and short knives at logs with targets on them, with as deadly accuracy as Sera. Ato would go off with Etsuya and train with a two-handed broadsword, as Etsuya was also a master of that too, to Mana's suprise. Ato would also pry information from him, feeding on it like a ravenous boar. He'dask questions like how to use magic effectivly, what sword techniques to use at what time, how to survive in the wilderness, the questions came without end, and Etsuya seemed a bit overwhelmed. The rest of the group, Like Kiyomi, Takuya, and Hanako, she had little knowlage on what they were doing. She learned that Kiyomi was practicing magic that intensified sound, but what would she use that for? Perhaps she had some bizzare plan up her sleeve. Takuya would head in the direction of the elves sprinting track, where they help some of what Mana called, the elvish olympics. And the she-elf, Tamiu, would always watch him. As far as Mana knew, Hanako would to the herbalist and alchamist. Mana assumed that she would be learning healing. It would come in useful too. Mana never did like that kind of science, so she left it to Hanako. As for her, she was being pushed hard too. Fishi spent the next while teaching her spells that would come in useful, like making a light for dark places, like Eichiro had done in the abandoned temple. Mana still had a habit of pushing herself too hard, and she'd often faint, only to wake up to Fishi scolding her that she'd kill herself if she wasn't careful. When she would do well, he'd give her advice for the future, and if she did badly, he'd tell her to try again. He wasn't nessicarily nice, but he wasn't strict either. He was an even mix of both. Her fighting skill with a one-handed sword had also improved with Eichiro's instruction. They would use roughly carved wooden swords for their spars. The blades couldn't cut flesh, but it's blows was still enough to leav large bruises on Mana's body. They would spar for hours, testing Mana's indurence. Eichiro would give her lots of tips in mid-spar and afterwords. They would let their bruises heal as Eichiro taught her his royal language when the sun set. They would light a small fire as he taught her, little by little. The hardest part for her to learn was the complex grammer of the language. At first, she said sentences so poorly, they sounded like a jumple of words. There was also a lot of suffixes that she had to learn for different classes of people. She had trouble remember calling Eichiro by the proper suffix, Eichiro-maji. It stood for a prince or a princess or someone else of the same class. By the time she got back to Etsuya's hut each night, she would collapse on her bed, not bothering to eat. Her stomach would gurgle loudly, but she didn't have the energy to eat exept in the morning, where she'd eat as much as possible. The only thing on her mind after each day was sleep. * On the 8th day of training, Mana had gotten heavy bags under her eyes, and her stomach would growl like a starving beast. When she got her sparring sword for her class with Eichiro, he seemed to notice immidiatly. "Mana, what happened to you?" "Lack of food, loss of sleep..." "Well, we can take a break if you want..." "No,I'm not going to get any better at this lying around." Before Eichiro could respond, they heard a familiar sound in the distance. Thud. Mana barely had enough strength to turn around and see Taheiji flying up to them. Thud. Taheiji was actually approching at an almost alarming pace. Thud. Taheiji landed on the ground, not bothering to soften it. The ground shook from the impact. "Master, Chosenplayer, Queen Arisa has requested audience with you two at her castle. Immidiatly." Mana seen saw that Fishi was already with Taheiji. Eichiro and Mana dropped their sparring swords and climbed onto Taheiji's back. Mana actually had trouble getting on. She figured she might have to use magic to get up. "Rïsa mah ahmé Taheiji-kani Bróchk!" Mana soon rose up onto Taheiji's back,behind Eichiro, who was alreay up. "You're getting good at both magic and my language. I'm impressed." Mana simply nodded as Taheiji took a few starting hops, then took off into the sky. * When they reached the camouflaged castle again, they immidiatly hopped off and hurried to reach the throne room. Mana had trouble finding the strength to keep up with the others. Her limbs felt heavy, and breathing seemed to hurt, but after what seemed like hours, they reached Arisa's throne room. The young queen sat with her elf-dragon wrapped around her, alert and ready. She didn't sit apon a throne, like somebody would expect. Arisa quickly noticed the trio. "I'm glad you came so quickly. I realise that if you and your friends stay here any longer, we'll be too late to intercept Shikuro and his new accomplice! We must act. Chosenplayer, Prince Eichiro, and your friends must depart for The Moon Isles. Today!" The shock of the annoucement caught everyone off-guard. Fishi finally managed to speak again. "But your majesty, with al due respect, aren't you rushing it a bit? Mana and her friends still need a lot of training!" Arisa's lips slipped into a smile. "I've been watching them. They seem capable of travelling there in one piece. Besides, isn't Eichiro skilled in a lot of skills? He could train them." "What??" Eichiro shouted. "All seven of them?? Arisa, I don't think I'm up to training all seven of them." "Well, wheather you feel capable of it or not, they still have to go. I will give them all light armour for the trip. Fishi shall also accompany you." Mana and Eichiro looked at Fishi, expecting objection. Instead, he merely smiled. "I expected as much. I've been wanting to explore this world we live in for quite some time. Very well, I'll go as well." Not like he has a choice. Mana observed, quickly smiling. Arisa's Elf-dragon snorted, green smoke coming from it's nostrils. It almost seemed like it dissaproved. "Very well. Tell your friends to pack what the have and bring what ever supplies they need. I'll supply it at once. Now, get going!" With the three dismissed, they ran back to Taheiji and hopped on. Mana was relieved she didn't have to use magic to get on again. Taheiji soon took off, in the direction of Giaga. "Why me?" "Sorry?" "Why all this fuss about me? Why do I have to be the hero here? Why do I have to beat Shikuro. I've never been needed or wanted before. Why me?" "Mana, that's all in the past. Things have changed. You are the Chosenplayer, destined from the day you were born to follow this path. You wouldn't have been able to avoid it, even if you wanted to. And as for Shikuro, many people have tryed to stop him, but none have returned. They were either killed, or subjected to Shikuro's evil magic." "I'm not sure if I can either..." Eichiro placed his hand on her folded ones. "Mana, you're not alone in this journey. Me and your friends will be right by your side. You'll be fine." Mana managed to smile before Fishi,who was in the front, interupted them. "Really, Your highness, They way you're courting her, I'm suprised you haven't forgotten about Muskinatu." Eichiro flintched at the name. "I wasn't coarting her. I was giving her reassurence, for she felt unsure about this whole ploy. I don't blame her either. This is all still pretty new to her." He took his hand off of hers, and remained facing forwards for the rest of the trip. * The news of their departing spread like wildfire, not just with the group, but with all of Giaga. But the elves were respectful, they didn't swarm the group. They mearly wished them good luck if they saw one of the group members. Mana packed what she had, her extra pair of clothes, her flute... Her loss of sleep really slowed her down. She didn't know if she would last the trip to The Moon Isles. When she packed all the food and water she could, she hurried to the west outskirts of Giaga, where they would depart. When she arrived, she was a bit suprised to see seven horses were there along with the rest of the group. Taheiji was there as well, as Eichiro's steed. She soon managed to find Sera and Shiki in the group. Sera's face went to shock at her condition. "Whoa, what happened to you? It looks like you were run over by a hoard of pigs!" Mana simply growled at the remark, offended. "You're late." Shiki said to Mana. She ignored it. Mana soon noticed that Arisa was there as well, with enough armour for an army. She quickly announced that each set of armour was made for one special person, and that she labled them to show which one belongs to who. Everyone in the group soon found theirs and slipped it on. Mana had a bit of trouble getting her chestplate on, but Sera soon came to help. It almost seems like a field trip. Mana thought. "You have all been assigned to horses that fit your needs. I will show you who get's what horse." The group looked around at each other. "I can understand most of you have never been on a horse. It's really quite simple. Eichiro will show you how once you get on." A bit of the tension eased. Mana watched as they all got their horses. Sera got a brown mare with a strong build, named Mari. Shiki got a shorter grey steed named Kenshin. Ato got a black steed with large build named Kark. Kiyomi got a grey speckled mare which was a bit more timid named Inora. Mana was last. She got a white mare who seemed noble and brave named Aya. She stroked the horse a few times before she started to get on. "Wait." Mana and Arisa turned around to see Eichiro walking towards them. "What is it, your highness?" "Please, I can tell Mana is very exausten from training, and she can't rest on her horse. Would it be ok for the meanwhile, if Mana rode on Taheiji and got some rest while I ride Aya?" Arisa paused for a moment. "As you wish, your highness." Eichiro grabbed her hand and gently pulled her to Taheiji. "Thanks for letting me ride him, but will I fall off?" Taheiji uttered a low growl from the back of his throat, sounding like thunder. "I will not allow you to fall, Chosenplayer. You have my word." "Thank you, Taheiji-kani." She smiled and hopped onto Taheiji's back and got herself comfortable. Eichiro got onto Aya, and with a few last words from Arisa and a lesson on riding a horse from Eichiro, they were off. Off to The Moon Isles. A/N: Wow, that took a long time. About a month. Sorry! But, it's here, at last! Enjoy!
Last edited: 15 October 2008

‹Ashe_Amu› says:   15 October 2008   676859  
excellant[[i could tell it took a while XD]]
‹< Dragon-tamer-1995 >› says:   15 October 2008   149559  
Lol, you can, eh? well, DOY! xD
Kirti says:   15 October 2008   617543  
awesome!! (although the second sentence in the first paragraph...
confused me...)
Kirti says to Mana:his suffix is easy. just remember "maji" like
"majesty" and you won't forget!
‹< Dragon-tamer-1995 >› says:   15 October 2008   356425  
I actually didn't notice! xD
But really, Majesty stands for kings or queens.
‹SqueeneyTodd› says:   15 October 2008   685733  
Great chapter. And thanks for updating.
‹Up-in-the-Clouds› says:   15 October 2008   819587  
I liked this chapter :D
aww that's sweet how Eichiro let mana ride Taheiji
Kirti says:   16 October 2008   587314  
well yes i know but if Mana were here that is how I would help her
remember the suffix.
‹< Dragon-tamer-1995 >› says:   16 October 2008   768377  
Anime: You're very welcome 
Sarah: I know :3
Kirti: Well, yeah, that makes sense. *already working on chapter 23*
Kirti says:   16 October 2008   196223  
cool! *waiting waiting waiting*

done yet?
*waiting waiting waiting*
You: no...
you:NO! now shut up, I can't concentrate!!!
‹{☜☏☞}› says:   17 October 2008   624126  
OMG! That one is BRILLIANT! I love it! I can't wiat till they get
there! ^^
‹< Dragon-tamer-1995 >› says:   17 October 2008   525747  
Kirti: xDD
Space: Me neither, who know how long it'll take...
‹{☜☏☞}› says:   17 October 2008   492311  
You should! Your the author! XD
‹< Dragon-tamer-1995 >› says:   17 October 2008   489155  
Well, I KNOW how long it'll take, but I'm not sure how many chapters
It'll span.
callie11 says:   18 October 2008   825922  
Nice and long, just the eay I like it. This was a good chapter, in
which a lot of things happened, but you didn't linger on one thing for
too long. I can't wait for the next chapter, I'm sure that it will be
just as good, if not better!
MeepingMeep says:   18 October 2008   124751  
I liked it, maybve, just a suggestion, make a mini glossary of all
the words. I did that for my elven story, it helps people. Eragon did
it too, and Lots and Lots of other stories do it as well.
‹< Dragon-tamer-1995 >› says:   18 October 2008   461271  
Yeah, I understand, and I plan to, but I didn't want to have to waste
more time, because this chapter took a month to finish, I didn't want
to make people wait any longer, but I SWEAR, I'll get to it soon!
MewMewSugar says:   24 October 2008   376831  
m-mikan? no mikan?
‹< Dragon-tamer-1995 >› says:   25 October 2008   174891  

What's with me forgetting people ,then mentioning them chapters
later?? T^T
I have to do some editing to the earlier chapters. MY BAD T^T
MewMewSugar says:   29 October 2008   921698  
it's okee.
‹< Dragon-tamer-1995 >› says:   30 October 2008   824525  
*deep breaths*
MewMewSugar says:   21 November 2008   845327  
when's the next chapter coming out?
‹< Dragon-tamer-1995 >› says:   21 November 2008   614822  
lilyrules says :   7 December 2008   482432  
umm hey was up


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