Li Chapter 19: A bright night

A weight Lifted as Li eventually watch the pair leave.

They left hurriedly past where he could see them.

Only after a few minutes had passed had he felt that he could relax.

Were they truly gone and not just out of sight?

He didn’t know but he couldn’t stay hulled up at the thought.

His mind drifted to the first human beast being.

He himself had forgotten that he also held beast-like traits until triggered by the encounter.

But apart from this, he remained distracted for more than just a few minutes.

He just couldn’t forget that girl’s face.

Something about it held sway over his mind…

 

Soon darkness fell over the hut…

And Li, he recalled his own worse darkness…

But would she be the same?

Are rather was she the same as him?

“…Damn”

“Why am I bothered about this…?”

Li had been trying to sleep for the last few moments. However, his mind would drift over to his past.

He rose from the straight bench.

He had never been a heavy sleeper.

He sluggishly looked towards some light that had been pouring into the holes in the hut.

The greater part of the night had past but more light shone from the crystal.

It had been the first night since he had entered the forest own his own.

He had first noticed a dim glow as the amount of ambient light fell.

The outpouring of light from these stones appeared to change over time.

It held “clarity” for the lack of a better word.

Unlike outside of the radius there was stability, he could see that surreal symbols stretched out across the land and everything within it.

Li felt it was best to keep the fact that he could see these symbols to himself.

Why did he not tell wolf?

His himself was not entirely sure himself.

The short spear and knife was next to him.

Li, now outside the hut, gazed at the crystal immersed within the sounds of the night.

He watched as the saw the light on symbols dimmed and brighten periodically.

He felt as if he had overlooked something about them.

He pulled out a book, a copy of the book he was made to read from.

As he couldn’t sleep, he decided to examine its exterior.

It was created with precision.

“…Hmm?”

There were faint writing on the surface.

He had not see it before.

The space around these symbols on the book were different than the areas without them.

They held a sort of order or structure…

Or maybe,

Purpose…

But after examining it for a few more minutes, Li exhaustion made him so that he could no longer couldn’t concentrate.

Even after a few hours resting, he again felt weak.

His breathing also became more rapid.

He placed the book back into a sac which was on the floor.

Li then went back into the hut in which he pull  his back towards the wall.

He felt tired…

 

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Chapter 18:Something that should not be seen

No longer quiet, Li somehow recognized the sound of a large animal in distress.

The squeal quickly grew much louder.

“Wha-”

He carefully crept to the side of the room which he felt the sound was at its loudest.

The sound had came from behind the hut.

There were small holes in the wall, the size of small bottle caps.

So as he reached the respective wall, he peeked into one.

**

There was something running towards the hut.

As it came closer he recognized it as a type of boar.

As he looked onward, the animal tripped on outcropping roots from the ground.

It then hit the ground with force.

But as it quickly tried to stand, something leaped out from somewhere only to land on his back.

A loud squeal pieced through his ears. The animal became motionless after a brief spasm.

A laugh rocked though the air. His blood ran cold at its sound.

For a moment he was dazed.

The being continued to speak.

“You annoying pig!”

“Just drop dead aready!”

Out of the trees came something resembling a person.

While the form was the mostly human it held features looked like a cross between a feline and monkey.

But the voice held a feminine tone.

Also the being held largely human appearance.

She was only a little bit shorter than I was.

She also wore little clothing.

“Damn, that stupid beast wasted my time.”

She walk up to the body and remove whatever that was pinning it.

In hand was something long, like a spear.

She smoothly move it around in short arcs a few times. It look as if she had done so many timesbefore.

“Squeal…”

“Stupid!”

He barely caught sight of a motion before realizing that the beast struggles were no more…

“How fustrating…”

She gave two swings and place the spear under her arm.

She reached down and took the body by its legs. Not bothered by the weight –

“Heavy!”

or so he thought.

But she was certainly stronger than he figured.

Could a human of her small frame and stature be able to lift that large beast in the air even for a few seconds.

Though she did drop it in the end.

“What the?”

Her arms and body became stained with blood.

Li became fixed on her face, the sight of the smile on her face even while covered in blood.

His heart rate rose but he could not look away even as a cold sweat form behind his nape.

A chill went down his spine and his instincts told him to stay away from her. It was as if this feeling was ingrain into his very blood.

Who was she?

“…”

Distracted, he had yet to had realize that her eyes came to rest on his.

Only after a few seconds did he see this.

Frozen in place he couldn’t utter a single word as a soundless yelp became caught within his throat.

She held a vacant look, Her ears ,longer and sharper than a regular human were not unlike beast ears. They twitched and turned as if searching for a noise.

Sweat ran down his brows and what was left became salt.

The moments that passed must have seemed to be eternities between themselves.

And…

“…What is it?”

The silence was broken.

Her words cut through it like a soft thunder.

Something came out of the trees.

It was humanoid, taller than her but with more beast  like look.

He

Covered in a thin layer of hair apart from what looked like clothing, he looked powerful as his body outline was muscle packed.

“We have to go back”

His voices was deep and rough.

“…”

She remained quiet but she stared down at her catch.

“I don’t get why you are so…”

“…What this? had she not noticed me before?”

Li’s felt relieved at this possible revelation.

“…Why?”

But as he had relaxed, a roar cause him to almost trip in surprise.

As if something had snapped, the man voice blasted through the forest!

“Don’t play stupid with me. I already said that we are under lock down. You shouldn’t be out. If I wasn’t for the chief, I would not be looking for someone who seems to care so little for their own life. Even you know how merciless they can be.”

“I see… I do remember something like that. If The chief wants me back I can do nothing but go.”

“You stupid girl, You shouldn’t have gone in the first place!”

“…”

As she had turned away from the other person.

But as Li gazed at her, his heart began to beat loudly.

“This is…”

Only an almost inaudible mumble escaped his lips. He felt conflicted as he stood without moving, his mind drifted unintentionally to himself.

The change was too sudden…

All the energy she held while chasing the boar  from earlier vanished.

What was left was something cold.

He honestly wanted nothing to do with her…

But…

As he replayed that glare when she was spoken to, that look filled with coldness…

and yet…

When he returned he noticed that she was watching the hut intently.

having again noticed this, his heart resume to beat heavily

“What is it?”

The man guard rose instantly.

He face remained on the hut, but then she looked confused as if something didn’t make any sense.

She shook her head.

“It nothing”

“Did she notice me?”

Soon they both left and mended into the trees.

Li felt that he had seen something that he shouldn’t.

 

Chapter 16: false

What does it mean to be independent?

Is it when was on able to strike out into the world with only a backpack and a few dollars and yet still be able to survive?

Li mind had drifted to a distant memory of his early days when he was a child.

He had first thought about what it meant to be an independent person in the world. He was unsure of his age then but he felt he had still been within single digits.

He had been resting on a tree as he had been moving since morning.

Compared to the underground library, above on the surface was of course much brighter and vibrant.

The green leaves were of many shapes and sizes.

A whole day had passed since Li had made his way through the underbrush. Occasionally, he had use the short sword to cut though areas that had been too thick to pass through easily…

Continue reading “Chapter 16: false”

Chapter 13: Revival

The fragments of the world vanished.

The world had formed into a black emptiness.

Any prolonged stay with this level of sensory deprivation would drive one insane.

“…”

He was numb as he was lost in his thoughts.

Images from his past formed and faded as he recalled what had happened.

Had he really progressed from then?

Somehow, he felt that he was back to where he had started…

His mind cleared.

 

***

Old Wolf sighed.

“I guess I overestimate him…”

“His heart stopped”

He look up at the moon that was just about to descend into the land. Most of it was block by the clouds.

It was now the coldest point of day.

He quickly turned his face to the body.

His face held genuine surprise.

he knelt and place his hands on Li’s body.

It was faint but his hearts had resumed beating.

“His field, it’s…”

“A success?”

He smiled.

“At least I can now gain something from this…”

***

As his eyes opened, he could see a world unlike that before.

Around him was filled with a fog that was made of tiny symbols; they were very faint but Li could tell that they were there.

Old Wolf stood next to him.

However, on his face was a strange wry expression that was unlike what he had seen before.

The area filled him with a cold feeling but now his back was drench with sweat.

It was a feeling different to but similar to that attacker days ago.

It was unfocused unlike what that man did when he tried to kill him.

But as these scenery streamed into his mind, he summoned what strength he held and rose his enough as to be able to to sit.

Though he breathed greedily and fought against nauseousness, only a fragment of the pain prior to his unconscious spell remained.

He now held the ability to ‘feel’ a radius of a few meters to the point where it formed a clear picture in his mind.

But this new information only confused his brain.

disoriented, He repeatedly tripped as he attempted to get on his feet.

The sound of heavy breath was the only sound beside the faint a bird cry many meters away…

Old wold face was puzzled but Old wolfs eyes shone with a strange intensity.

Li could tell that whatever expectation he held of me,

Li had likely not met them but something else…

 

 

 

 

Li chapter 11: Broken before or broken after?

“…”

The two stood there in silence.

Only the faint noise of beasts reached his ears.

He was unable to fully understand what he had been told.

It was likely that Old wolf had not expected him to.

Old wolf shook his head.

“I have said enough…”

Li wondered why Old Wolf was so forthcoming with information.

“Now, the rest is really up to you…”

Li face paled drastically.

Old Wolf appeared amused at his reaction. He  held a faint grin.

“…You seem to catch on quickly.”

“Yes, I was waiting until your condition worsened.”

Li fell on his knees.

He vomited. A sweet metallic taste lingered on his tongue as he took the smell of blood.

*Cough*

The taste of his bloody vomit had made his heart race.

His eyes happened to turn to the gentle glow on his finger.

The light, it was faint as if it would have gone out at any time.

His eyes lid were heavy, he was unable to hold them open for long.

Li’s body collapsed onto the cold earth.

All he could hear was his own panting.

Both pain and a coldness had began to spread from his abdomen to an area under his heart.

Was this related to what he spoke about?

*Cough*

*Cough!*

He could feel the presence of something nearby.

He couldn’t feel anything, not even the chill.

 

If anyone was to touch Li’s skin now, they would notice that his skin was completely cold.

A will, Li’s will to live was the only thing that maintained his awareness.

However, all that was left was a wisp of consciousnesses.

He could see strange little light around him that were grim and dim.

***

“…”

Flow stood on next to an unconscious body. His face devoid of emotion as he stared down at the lifeless body.

“…Each one needs to find their own paths into the world…”

He sighed.

“He seemed promising. But to be…”

His face held a hint of regret that quickly subsided.

Even broken thing have their uses.

And in this case, he was just what Old wolf had wanted.

He was different than the others, so maybe the results would be different too is what he thought.

“Either way I hope he finds something to grasp before the residue impacts him too much…”

In this world, if you are weak you will be used only to be tossed away.

“…Foreigner.”

He pauses and takes off his hand.

He turned the body upward and placed his hands over the area where Li’s liver was located.

The faint light reflected of his white teeth as he grinned.

 

“Do not fail…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volume 2 draft is done…

It has been a few months since I have started writing this web novel. I have started and stopped a few times. But now I have suddenly found myself at the edge of Volume 2.

It may seem strange that I am talking like I am reading the novel instead of writing it. It is actually related to the fact that as I write I see the events play out in my mind. The hard part is putting it on record. But seeing it sack up as it is now makes me think that I had not wasted my time.

Each chapter has min 500 words. I have at least 20 said chapters so that makes 10000 words. Not bad if I say so myself.

Maybe I should focus on finishing editing the first volume…