frost bite

Chapter 4

Feeling wetness on his finger he slowly opened his eyes. He looked down slowly and spotted a cute extremely black cat like creature with green eyes and a pretty chain on its neck. It was a kitten and it looked at him with curiosity and fondness.

The poison in his body was gone but he could still feel it after effects and the wound was still bleeding black, someone tried to heal him, he raised his hand cautiously and patted the head of the beast which in turn purred in satisfaction.

”What are you doing here Adorjan? You know that you are not allowed outside the territory, ” he said and a small head of black hair appeared at the entrance of the cave. It was a small boy about his age and in his hands he was holding two kittens, identical to the one he was petting.

”You are also not allowed to, yet you are here, ” he said inching closer.

”Its not like my parents will scour the kingdom looking for me if something happens, ”

”Eliphas would. ”

”Him? with his record if something happens to me Ill probably be dead before he finds out, ”

”Isn your faith in him a bit low? He is your brother, ”

”…., ”

”You are obviously stronger than them why don you beat them? ” Adorjan asks changing the topic knowing that his goal trying to make me and Eliphas would not bear anything.

”You know why. The people of the village are narrow minded and to them since my mother betrayed I somehow also betrayed them, ”

Its always been like this ever since he was young. His life was never peaceful, from small things like tripping him and cutting his hair to literally drowning him. His cousin Yakil, the one who sent the kids to chase him, was the worst of them. He never wanted him to have things for himself. From friends to family Yakil never liked it when he enjoyed things, he went as far as inciting the younger children who knew nothing about him to hate him just for the sake of it. As time passed and their mentality solidified that he couldn walk in front of the people without hearing a sneer. He was only six at the time, it was scary. As he grew older he became numb to feelings of, whether they were of love,of hate or even of hope he didn have them. Let it hurt you till it can any more, right. Although the presence of Eliphas helped a little he was a guard, so wasn around most of the time. He had gotten used to his Yakils constant bullying and his cousin had started growing tired of bullying a non-responsive block of wood.

So he changed tactics.

It was his tenth birthday. The Dahls, despite living in the village in the middle of the forest, were an aristocratic family. More precisely their magic made them aristocrats. They were known for their powerful control of nature from plants to animals. It was a tradition for them to host a gala every tenth birthday of their direct children in order to celebrate the full acceptance into the family. And Circe being a Dahl, despite his mothers betrayal, obviously had one, not because he was loved, no, it was more of a formality.

It was during this day that he was truly happy for the first time. His brother sent him a gift. The gift sending wasn what made him happy but what the gift was, was what made him happy. A small fox like creature. It was obviously a low level beast that no one would want but it just right for him he needed companionship not protection. He was glad that Eliphas knew that.

People around began to speak in whispers and his Uncle and aunts faces were not looking good. It was a complete disgrace to them, in the empire you either had a high level beast or not. Low level beasts were an embarrassment. He didn care either way they never looked at him in a good light so this would change nothing.

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His cousins mouth was twitching, he almost couldn hide the grin that was threatening to come out, but soon he froze he saw something that he thought he would never see on Circe again, it was small but it was still there more beautiful than ever. He wasn happy. He always felt that whenever Circe was happy he wouldn be happy. From that incident steamed paranoia, he made a week long plan on how to break the little pet, he waited till Circe was out, he hit it had and but hurting it just wouldn do they needed to do something that would shatter his spirit, he never wanted to see the smile again, he decided to kill. He the hanged it on the chandelier in Circes bedroom.

That was what Circe found when he went back home. Although he had it for a short while some attachment grew but it was dead and he couldn do anything cause in the end it would still be dead.

He fixed his emotions and got up with a sigh. He couldn be seen as sad or he would be affecting the mood, or so he was told so he got used to having an indifferent face.

He picked up the dead beast and wrapped the already dirty sheet around it and placed the corpse on the side. He was too calm nothing befitting a ten-year-old boy. But living his life coupled with the fact that he had been an extremely smart kid ever since he was young, meaning he understood everything going on around him, he learnt to be independent. so he understood that this was nothing to waste his emotions over, he had only known it for a week and he hadn even named it. Which proved to be a great choice. Glancing outside, he found that the sun was almost down, he couldn be late for dinner.

As he was about to walk out he stopped in front of his mirror and checked to see if he looked okay, he needed to be so as to not let them find fault with him. If anyone else saw him they would see an extremely beautiful boy with long silver white hair and eye catching blue eyes. Very cute and also pretty but Circe didn care about it at all. He had his mothers features which caused his aunt and uncle to dislike him more, thinking that because he looked like her his uselessness should be attributed to her.

It was one of his saddest days but it was also the day he met him. A noble boy sent here for protection.

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”Adorjan? ”

”Hmm, ”

”Will you come back after you leave for the capital? ” he asked leaning on the cave wall as another kitten climbed on top of him.

”Yeah, of course, why? ”

”Its just sad to see you go, ”

”Ill finish my training and come back as fast as possible maybe then I would have gained more power and at least protect you, or even take you away from here, ” he said his beautiful face becoming rounder and his dark eyes twinkling as if the thought made him very happy.

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