The guy was gone.
He seemed desperate and so in need of help and yet...I was no use.
I couldn't help anyone. I was useless.
"Who was that guy?" Neferit asked.
"I don't know. But now I have decided." I told her and re entered the big tent along with Neferit.
The old woman stood there with her smile, waiting for me to answer her question and see what I would decided in order to act accordingly.
Would she prepare for me to live here or to help me get ready for a long journey.
"Sorry, miss Earleane but I can't stay here. I have a long journey ahead. I really want to achieve my dream and I won't be able to reach it by staying here." I told her and lowered in a bow. "Sorry."
The old woman stayed silent for a few minutes.
Just staring at me intently without saying a single thing. Making me feel awkward and uncomfortably.
"Neferit." She spoke at last. "Marry him!"
"EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEH!!!" We both reacted the same way at the same time the moment she finished her sentence.
"Wh-What do you mean granny? I-I'm already...I'm already betrothed to Alaziz." Neferit blushed as she stuttered. "P-Please, excuse my grandma. She like to joke sometimes."
"Grandma?" I asked.
"Sorry Neferit but I don't think this guy is meant for you. I can tell that much." She sound a bit sad about Neferit's decision to marry that Alaziz guy. "Angel though, has a good heart, as gold as his eyes."
"Umm...Thanks?" All of this was way too weird for me.
"I want Alaziz! Besides, Angel already said that he is going to leave!" Neferit shouted.
"I guess there is no way for me to change your mind. I'm sorry." Miss Earleane looked away a bit sad. "Angel, I will send word and they will ready you for your journey."
"Th-Thank you." I was still a bit stunned from what had just happened. I had never before been in a situation like this so I found it a bit hard to comprehend with what was going on.
I followed Neferit outside. She wouldn't dare to look at me for some reason. She constantly had her back against me as she moved forward.
"Sorry about this. My grandma can be a bit...Yeah she can sometimes be like that." Either she had no words to describe her, or maybe what she wanted to say was a bit too insulting.
"It's fine. Besides, I wouldn't want to marry you." I said with a smile.
"Oh..." She lowered her head.
Idiot. Idiot. IDIOT!
Why did I have to say it like that!?
Now she has the impression I don't like her.
"Umm...I mean, I still have a long ways to go but when I'm done we might as well get married." I told her trying to fix my error.
"Excuse me? I'm already engaged to someone else!" She said.
Idiot. Idiot. IDIOT!
How do I fix this now?
"Um...Um..." I had no more words.
For some reason though, Neferit started laughing.
"You're a funny guy, Angel. I knew what you meant to say from the start. I just wanted to mess with you a little. It may help you to keep me in your thoughts when you're gone." She said.
"Sorry about that..." I looked away. I couldn't face her like this. I was a bit ashamed of doing this, but at the same time I knew that my decision was right.
"You don't have to be. I understand. I just wish you could come back once more. Granny says you have a good heart and I believe her, so I hope you are different from the others and you'll come back." She turned to face me.
"Yeah, I promise." I assured her.
"Then take this." She removed her necklace from around her neck and placed it to my hand. "This is really important to me. My mother gave it to me before she said and told me that as long as I had it, it would keep me safe."
"And you want me to have it?" I asked.
"Yep. I don't want you too get killed in the desert. This will keep you safe. But..." She paused for a second and then her face got really scary and angry. "IF YOU DON'T BRING IT BACK I SHALL MAKE YOUR LIFE A LIVING HELL!"
"Th-Then I will definitely come back again." I said a little scared.
"Great, let's go see my dad. I'm sure he'll give you something to protect yourself." She said.
"Good. I didn't really want to fight monsters with a necklace." I said to myself.
Neferit guided me to a forge in order to get myself a weapon.
According to her, her father was owning the place and he was going to offer me one for free.
"Dad! Where are you!?" She shouted once we got in.
"I'm right here. You don't have to shout." Her father said back and showed himself from the back room.
He was the man who had greeted me when I first woke up.
"Oh, you're here. I'm glad to see you're doing fine." He said with a smile and offered me his hand.
"Thanks." I took it with a smile and we shaked hands together for just a few times before letting go of each other.
"I suppose you're here for a weapon. What do you prefer to use?" He asked.
"I'm more capable with a sword, but I'm still a long way away from being skilled enough." I told him.
"A sword it is then!" He said, went to get a sword and later returned with one. "This is it. It may not be much but this is the best I could make."
"What do you mean?" I asked.
The sword was nothing special. A simple one handed, double-edged, silver sword with black grip and silver guard and blade.
"Nothing, he's just...tired. C'mon, let's go!" Neferit grabbed my arm and dragged my out of the forge with her.
"What was that about?" I asked her once we were away from her father.
"It's just, my dad used to be a great swordsmith, until mom died. Ever since then he just can't seem to be able to forge a decent sword anymore." She explained, once she made sure no one else is around. "I hope he gets over it one day because work is not going well for him."
"So, if we kill the monster, all the poison spread in the air will go with it?" I asked.
"I believe so. This poisonous is air is sustained because the monster is still alive. When defeated the poison will simply vanish, as if it never existed, even curing everyone who is sick." Rose explained.
"Then all we have to do is defeat it." I said, determined to slay that beast.
"It's not that simple. That monster is WAY too powerful and we are just kids. We won't be able to take it down easily. And even if we do, there is no guarantee we will all make it out alive." Krista explained.
"But...You are a dragon. Can't you just defeat it with no problem?" I asked her. As far as I knew, dragons were beasts with great power that could easily wipe out armies.
"You may not realize it, but dragons are a lot more fragile than they are thought to be." Krista said. "They all have a weakness that can take them out easily."
"For example, Fire Dragons can easily be taken out by Ice attacks while Ice Dragons can be defeated from fire attacks. Thunder Dragons are weak to Wind and Wind Dragons weak to Thunder. Each type of dragons has a weakness and can easily be beaten by that." Charisse explained.
We all stared at her for a while, confused as to how she knew about all that.
"Yutu told me about it." She blushed and stopped looking so shocked since she seemed to feel a bit awkward.
"Yes, that is pretty much it. All dragons have a weakness they can't avoid. As long as you have the means to defeat one, then they're not as threatening. There have been lone humans who hunt down dragons." Krista continued.
"Sure but that monster seems to be able to command poison. That means, you will be able to fight it." I told her. I was glad to have such a powerful member in my team. Krista was able to turn into a dragon and wreck the playing field if she wanted to.
Maybe she should be the girl I have to pick, to be my future wife.
"No!" Rose suddenly said.
"What's wrong?" Charisse asked.
"I found it. The monster we are supposed to face. I knew I had heard of it before." Rose spoke with both excitement and fear. She was holding a book which she apparently, had taken with her for the journey. "Achlyshalahala."
"A-whah?" I was not sure what I had just heard or if what I had just heard was right or wrong.
"Achlyshalahala!" Rose repeated. "It's an extremely powerful monster and one of a kind.
Or actually, they exist, 1 at a time."
"What does that mean?" Charisse asked.
"The monster is more like a plant which resembles a gigantic Raflessia. It's about 10 meters tall and it's around 25 meters in diameter. They exist 1 at a time because that's how much the planet can take. Its roots expand throughout the whole world in order to keep itself alive. It lives for 500 hundred years before it dies. The plant then leaves a spore which may either remain there or get transfered with the wind to another location where it can grow once more." Rose explained. "By gathering energy and nutrients from Imaria's core and the whole world it is able to live and grow and also build a defense mechanism to protect itself."
"Defense mechanism?" I asked.
"By gathering energy from the whole world, the plant, is able to control every element. Be it wind, thunder, fire, ice or poison. Furthermore, without having a brain it has the ability to think and even strategize by gaining information from the beings that walk the earth."
"You mean..." Krista's eyes were wide. I had never before seen her as shocked.
"At this very moment, the plant is listening to our conversation, it knows our dezires and is aware of our fighting capabilities." Rose finished.
The thought made things seem frightening.
It made things seem hopeless and impossible.
"Sorry, Ekon but I changed my mind about fighting." Krista wouldn't dare look me in the eye. Something totally new since I always thought Krista to be fearless and proud of herself.
"You're giving up? You can't just run away?" I yelled at her.
"It's called surviving, Ekon. We cannot fight this thing, let alone beat it." She yelled back. "That...Thing knows what I'm doing right now and can measure my strengths and weaknesses. By the time we get there, it will have prepared itself to counter each and every one of us in a single strike!"
"Sorry Ekon, but I'll agree with Krista. Even a whole army will be unable to compete with it. Just by its gigantic size, you can tell that the monster is likely going to be durable, even immune to attacks." Rose said.
"So you'll just let our land to suffer from the poison of that monster? Just because you suddenly decided to get cold feet?" I could not believe what I was hearing from all of them. How could they do something like that?
Was this fight really pointless.
Was there no way to win?
So I had this idea that one of the characters know a crazy alchemist person, willing to create a really huge bomb to throw at the monster in order to weaken it immensly.
I'm open to any other suggestion though.
You choose how you want to have this monster defeated.
Make it sound plausible though.
Or you can go with my idea.
The choise is all yours.