She didn’t know where she was headed anymore. She lost track of time, of direction, of him. Where did he go? Where did they take him? Mare walked down the shaky path, nothing but darkness in sight. She was lost, she was truly lost.
Everything made her weak. The dark sky, the endless path, the metallic armor. Why did she run after them in her uniform? Because he was in need! He needed her. Mare stopped herself and sat on the rocky dirt, silver dust flying in the air. She stripped of her gold, now muddy and dusty armor and slammed it on the ground, frustrated. She has failed. She couldn’t keep going.
The wind picked up and her burgundy hair scattered, hitting her face multiple times. She didn’t move, she didn’t stop her hair. She deserved it. She deserved the wisped smacking her face, stinging the skin once they let go. She wasn’t worth a happy reward. She didn’t receive him. Who were they anyway? Why did they take her friend. He was only so young.
“Um…” said a dark voice. Mare whipped her head around and looked up. There stood a tall white spiky hair boy. He looked no younger than her. His body was slim but fit. He wore a solid black shirt and paints. He wasn’t from around her. No one wears anything like that in Mare’s village. “Taking a rest in a middle of road where you could get hit seems pretty smart to me.” He said sarcastically.
Mare ignored him. She was still distraught about losing Aliki to those rascals. Also nothing has past by except for him in an hour. She wasn’t going to get hit soon. Mare stared back at the road where she assumed they disappeared. She could feel him sit next to her, his emerald eyes locked on her.
“What are you doing sitting here?” he asked
“What are you doing sitting here?” Mare repeated.
“Wondering who you are.” He answered playfully. Mare looked at him, his lisp curled and his eyes smug.
“Go away.” She said blandly.
“Fine,” he said, arms in the air as if surrendering. He got up form the rocky ground, spreading dust all around. Some clinging on to Mare, making her dirtier than before. “But don’t you want to know where those boys took your friend?” Mare got up immediately.
“Where did they take Aliki?” The boy smiled even greater. She wanted to punch him in the face.
“I’ll show you. I know the way, but you have to do something for me.”
“Anything.” She knew something like that would come up, but she didn’t care. If it ended up a trap, she was strong enough to break him apart. All she cared about was finding Aliki.
“I’ll take you to your friend, if you tell me everything about yourself.” Easy.
“Why?” she asked. There was nothing about her that was interesting. She lived a boring life as an apprentice, learning something that was still unknown and foreign to her.
“Because there might be something about you that is very important to what I’m looking for.” He answered sternly in his voice, but mischievous in his expression.
“What are you looking for?” The boy took out his hand. Mare stared at it. She wasn’t going to shake it. She wasn’t going to touch him.
“Name’s Callis.” He said dropping his hand. He looked at her, a glimmer in his eyes. “You will know if you’re the one. Come with me.” He began walking through the forest, off the road. Mare hurriedly picked up her stuff and followed. She was at the start of her new adventure.