Tuesday, 27 January 2009
01:37:42 PM (GMT)
A/n: I'M SO SORRY THIS TOOK SO LONG. STUPID BROWSER!! *shakes fist*
“I want some chocolate. Do you have any chocolate, Sera?”
“No, Shiki. Now would you please stop asking? It’s only 2 hours after
Mana could easily tell that the travellers that came with her from her world was
getting seriously homesick. Mana wasn’t homesick though. She had nothing to miss
back in her world. She wanted to explore this new world, no matter how much the
people back home might’ve missed her and the others.
A while ago, Mana had pulled out her flute and played a few tunes she had memorised
to see if it would calm the ride, but someone’s whine usually halted her. After
awhile, she gave up, and just focused on riding. Mana noticed that as they went, the
trees around them got thinner and thinner.
By the time they stopped for lunch, even some of the toughest travelers started to
crack. Kiri was the first to complain since lunch.
“I am so sick of Elvin food! All I’ve eaten for the past 2 weeks is bread,
fruits, vegetables, and greenery! I want some meat for a change.”
“I’m fine with it.” Takuya said, being the only person who hasn’t cracked yet
other then Ato and Mana.
“Well, of course you’re fine with it, you’re a vegetarian!”
“Please, you two, everyone has a headache already…” Ato said, irritated. Kiri
remained cross but stopped talking. Takuya simply shrugged and bit into an apple-like
Elvin fruit called a Themyi.
The group continued their ride after eating lunch. About one hour later, Eichiro
halted them. At first, Mana didn’t understand, but then Tahieiji moved out of the
way, and she saw what was in front of them.
They had finally reached the end of the forest.
In front of the travellers lay endless rolling plains going as far as the eye could
see. Mana looked to the north. On the north edge of the forest, there was the corner
of a large desert, then beyond that, a mountain range. The mountains were different
from back home. Their tips were still covered in snow, even though it was summer. The
tips were swirled, like the tip of an ice cream cone. The rock in the mountains
looked much darker then back at home, they were almost navy blue. Mana then turned to
the south, and could see an ocean range about the same distance as the desert. The
coast continued far out of sight.
She rode up beside Taheiji.
“Chosenplayer, this place is known as Herlome Ar Höi, the infinite plains.”
Taheiji announced to all of them.
“We must continue riding west from here, but it’ll be faster now that the horses
have enough room to gallop.”
“Yee-haw! Two kilometer’s west and straight on ‘till morning!”
Everyone stared at Sera.
“You’re such a dork Sera.”
“I know.” She said with a smile.
What a thrill it was to gallop!
When they were in the forest, they barely had enough room to walk, and sometimes
trot. But to gallop! She had never even been on a horse before, and she simply loved
it. Mana was pretty sure that Aya and the other mounts were enjoying the open space
And for the first time since she got here, she was able to see the sun clearly. It
was a lot redder then their sun, but it felt warmer, and provided more sunlight.
When the sun started to set in their eyes, the group stopped for the night. Mana slid
off her backpack, and placed it on the ground, carefun not to hurt Spirit inside.
“Think fast, Mana!”
Mana swung around just in time to catch her wooden sparring sword. She looked at
Eichiro to see he was holding his.
“C’mon, Mana, we haven’t sparred since we left Giaga. I need to keep you in
Great. Sparring. Whoopee.
Mana and Eichiro walked a bit away,so they wouldn’t accidentally trample them. Mana
and Eichiro then started to spar.
Eichiro was right. She was out of practice. Eichiro went at her quickly, and Mana did
her best to dodge, but she still got hit a few times on both arms. He then started
thrusting at her stomach. Mana paried and took a swipe at his side. Eichiro winced
and held his left side, below the rib cage. He suddenly swiped downwards on Mana’s
right shoulder. The force of the blow pushed her downwards, making her lose her
balance. Eichiro moved quickly and swung at her left upper arm. The force of the
blows pushed her sideways onto the ground. Before she could get up, Eichiro pointed
the tip of the wooden blade at her neck.
“Dead. If that were a real battle, you’d be missing both your arms and would be
lucky to even escape alive.”
His stern face then softened into a smile and held out a hand to pull her up. Mana
took it greatfully.
“I don’t think I look like much of a hero yet…”
“Don’t worry, You’ll get it. Most hero’s come from humble backround with
almost no experience. You’ll be fine. Now, get some rest.”
Mana nodded and rejoined the others. She sat beside where she left her backpack, and
tried healing herself best she could. She couldn’t get rid of all the bruises
completely, but she could at least make it hurt less. Eichiro started gathering long
dried grass and other flammable material for a fire. Mana could see Sera and Shiki
sit down beside her.
“You did good, Mana.” Sera said encouragingly.
“No I didn’t.”
“Don’t be discouraged. You don’t exactly fight with a sword every day, so that
was good for someone with almost no experience.”
Mana smiled at Sera. Shiki hugged her, and Mana hugged her back. She still didn’t
feel like a hero, but at least she wasn’t doing this alone.
Mana pulled her flute out of her pack and started fiddling to figure out how to play
an elf tune she heard in Giaga. When she heard it, it had a lot of flourishes, and it
sounded a lot like a celtic song.
“You’re very good at playing by ear.”
Mana looked beside her to see Fishi had landed his bowl beside her.
“That song is actually a lot simpler then that. I think you’ve only heard that
song once or twice, and you can play it note by note! That’s a very handy skill. If
you come across any song with magical attributes, like when you got transported here
from your world, you could learn it and used it later on.”
Mana didn’t know how to respond. She looked at Eichiro and he gestured for her to
come over. When she was beside him,Eichiro pointed west.
“Mana, take a look over there.”
Mana looked to where he was pointing,and saw a small village ahead of them. She
couldn’t make out much in the failing light.
“That’s Solem. I have a friend there who runs a store that could help us.”
Mana nodded and looked at Solem. What would be like there, and who was Eichiro’s