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"Mr. Koh," a voice said into Koh's ear.
Koh turned over, away from the voice.
"Wake up, Mr. Koh," the voice cooed.
Koh put a pillow over his head and curled up.
"I am warning you, Mr. Koh," the voice said, slightly agitated.
Koh began to feel his breathing slow as he began to fall asleep.
"I warned you," there was a boom, and Koh flew out of bed.
His blankets had been lit on fire, by none other than Selfi Rode.
She held up a beautifully carved wood staff and water flew from it. The
blankets hissed as they were put out. Selfi turned to Koh, excitement
lighting up her features, as if she had done something spectacular.
"Today you take me to the Tower, so we can reach the top floor
together," She said.
Inside, Koh groaned. "I do?" Koh questioned, groggily.
"Of course you do!" Selfi said.
"What if I don't go to the Tower today?" Koh asked.
Selfi's jaw dropped. "You mean, you would actually turn down going
to the tower?"
"Yeah," Koh said, beginning to like the idea. "I could see the world
or at least part of it, away from the Tower, Monsbaiya, and Ghosh." He
muttered under his breath, "And a few other members of the Rode family.
"I will go pack… immediately," Selfi said, rushing out of Koh's room.
Koh stood up and stretched. It was one of those days. He knew it
was going to be. Like the day he went into the Tower for the first time.
Already, his limbs ached for exercise, to be used for some greater cause.
Koh ran through some rooms and into his living room.
Wreath was at the oven, putting in some bread. Her hair was in a
bun, as usual. Her apron was stained on the front. That meant it was
washing day. Whenever Wreath's apron was that dirty, it was washing day.
Weedy was in a corner giggling as Nico Southey held up a small yellow duck
toy. Weedy was jumping for it, but it was just out of reach.
Fur Gotts looked up as Koh came in. "Hey, Koh. What did Selfi leave
for in such a hurry?" She continued sweeping as she said this.
"No idea Fur, maybe Nico scared her off," Koh said.
Nico looked up and scowled. Weedy grabbed the duck and ran off.
Nico went chasing after her.
"Well good luck," Nico said.
"Yeah, you need it, in the Tower," Fur said.
"I'm not going to the Tower," Koh said.
Nico choked. Fur dropped her broom.
"Umm… repeat that last line, I think your stupidity took over," Fur
said, looking at Koh askance.
"I said, 'I'm… not… going… to… the… tower'," Koh repeated slowly.
Nico's blue eyes grew wide. "You always go to the Tower every day.
Besides, what else could you do?"
"Leave town," Koh said.
Wreath dropped a dish she was holding. Weedy caught it, then
promptly dropped it. "Whoops, hee hee," she giggled. Wreath ignored this.
"Did the Glaciers hit you a little hard or something?" Fur asked.
"Koh, you can't be serious," Nico said.
"I am," Koh simply said, and walked out the door saying, "Good bye."
He hopped on his Aura Bike and cruised over to the Blacksmith to sell
his acquired goods from the Tower. Of course, saying 'good bye' wasn't the
end of it. If he was lucky, he would only have to keep Selfi from coming.
If he was unlucky, then half of Monsbaiya would want to come.
After selling his goods at the Blacksmith, Koh hopped on his Aura
Bike again. He had the feeling he would have to say no to half the town.
He headed over to Hush's, stocking up on herbs. After all, the outside
world didn't have an item limit. Koh drove back to his house, and quietly
went inside. Wreath was busy at the washing machine, and Weedy was nowhere
to be seen.
Koh went into his room, then into the Monster Hut. He took his
Kewne, Ashra, Barong, Mandara, and Dragon; he didn't want to take his
strongest monsters, in case robbers waylaid him. Of course the Kewne was
an exception. He went towards the back of the Monster Hut. His prized
Nyuels were nowhere to be seen! Koh searched everywhere in his expansive
Monster Hut, but he could not find any of his Nyuels!
Then Koh had an idea where they could be. He left, still slipping
past his mother. Hopping on his bike he drove. He knew he was going to
miss leaving his Aura Bike but it couldn't handle the sand of the desert.
He arrived at the gates. As he suspected Nico was there, with all the
Nyuels ready to go. Koh knew that he was going to have one heck of a time
convincing Nico not to come.
"Hey Koh, I'm ready to go," Nico said.
Koh threw his hands up in exasperation. "Nico, you can't come."
"Of course not," a voice said behind Koh.
Selfi came up on a hot pink Nyuel. It whinnied and knelt down.
Selfi gracefully dismounted.
"Koh would never let you come," Nico said, disgust evident in her
Selfi glided over and looked into Koh's eyes. "Mr. Koh," she said in
a velvety alluring voice. "You'll let me come won't you?"
Koh swallowed. "Nobody," he managed to get out. "Is coming."
"Whaddaya mean 'Nobody's coming'?" Fur's voice came from behind.
"Oh, and Selfi, don't give me that viperish look, it doesn't suit a little
leech like you."
Fur came up on a very strange looking Aura Bike. It had two fans on
each side, and seemed to repel sand from the Bike. It had a little
steering wheel, and a little horn.
Selfi stuck her tongue out at Fur.
"Now you can't come, you have a store," Koh objected.
"Nico's dad's running it," Fur said.
Nico's eyes narrowed. "I going to have a long talk with Dad when I
"Which is about now," Koh said.
"Yes, go home," Selfi said. "And you too… Fur Gotts."
"All of you, go home," Koh said.
"I don't have to," Fur said. "I have to pick up supplies for the
"Well, I'm not going to Haruka," Koh said. "And that's where your
suppliers are, correct?"
"Well, yes," Fur said, but recovered quickly. "I'll just head out
into the world, and find… oddities, you know, the items that nobody
carries. And I'll do this with you, Koh." Her Aura Bike came up beside
his. "And I'll throw in a Desert Aura Bike, just for you."
"I can buy you one!" Selfi objected.
"For 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 G's?" Fur asked in wonder.
"What's that number?" Selfi asked.
"A number too large for you, simple sister," Ghosh said, entering.
Koh rolled his eyes. Fur immediately cuffed him behind the head.
"Ow!" Koh said, trying to glare at everyone at once.
Ghosh came up to Koh. "So you're finally leaving. Got scared of me,
eh? Well, I know that I am the most powerful swordsman in the world, not
to mention the most handsome." Ghosh looked over to Nico. She ignored
"NONE OF YOU ARE COMING!" Koh bellowed. His chest heaved.
"My, my," Ghosh said. His chuckle died, when he felt a sword against
Selfi screamed. Koh had dismounted and had put his sword at Ghosh's
throat. "You have mocked me one too many times, Ghosh," Koh said, his
sword not trembling one bit.
"Oh my gosh! Koh! Are you okay?" Suddenly, Cherryl, out of
seemingly nowhere, jumped into a hug with Koh. "Did Ghosh hurt you?" Her
eyes narrowed at Ghosh, her wrapped up hat slanted in an ominous fashion
over her eyes.
Unfortunately, the hug knocked Koh off balance. He fell over his
Aura Bike, dropped his sword, and hit the stone path. In an instant Ghosh
had his own sword out. In one swift motion, he thrust it into Koh's
"Aaaaiyeee!" Cherryl screamed.
Nico's eyes narrowed. She leapt into the air and landed a kick into
Ghosh's jaw. The swordsman fell back onto his rear end, bawling like a
Selfi could only stare.
Cherryl was already tending to Koh. She was muttering things like,
"…Athelas… Moonlight Weed…Aum Plant… I don't know…"
Koh moaned in pain. He hadn't expected that. He could hear voices
buzzing in the distance, but the only voice he heard was Cherryl's melodic
soothing. But it was like a massive yell, and it hurt his head. Then he
felt pain. It was as if a thousand tiny steel daggers had punctured his
side. He screamed. It didn't help.
Cherryl fell backwards, away from Koh. Leaves of all shape and color
Koh couldn't breathe. He tried to suck breath through his lungs, but
it was like pulling a house through its door. He couldn't do it. He
pulled as hard as he could, the world beginning to go dim. Then his vision
suddenly went a very unique shade of grey. He struggled to remain
conscious, and ignore the burning in his lungs. He focused on the one
thing he saw: Seraphim. It had lain there probably since he had dropped
it. Light reflected off it painfully into his eyes, but Koh still stared
at it. Then suddenly, his tightening lungs pulled in air. The herbs must
It was a heavenly bliss. Each cool air, each blessed inhalation was
indescribable. It was like comparing the brightness of the sun and dark of
a cloudy, moonless night. They just couldn't compare.
"Thank you Cherryl," Koh said, feeling invigorated.
"I didn't d-d-do anyth-th-thing," Cherryl stuttered.
Koh just stared at where his wound should have been, and then he looked
over at his sword.
Seraphim gleamed innocently.
Koh rolled his eyes, shrugged and turned. By now, half the village had
gathered. Koh knew he was unlucky. Of course Wreath, Weedy, Selfi, Nico,
Fur, Patty, Mia, Vivian, and Cherryl were all there. Ghosh was doling out
money to the local police. Koh had counted on that. Both guards happily
strolled off to the local casino.
Koh pulled his bag out of nowhere, (How does he do that?). It gleamed, and
out came his Dragon and Kewne. Both grinned. The Kewne balled up above
the Dragon and charged. The Dragon blew a fireball, and the Kewne was
engulfed as he charged Ghosh.
The catastrophic boom that followed was horrendous. Ghosh fell backward.
Apparently he had some good armor.
Seeing Koh okay, all the girls began yelling, "Let me go with you, Koh!"
Koh groaned, again. This was almost as bad as being stabbed. No, it was
most definitely worse. Koh looked around. "Okay, who really wants to
All the girls' hands went up. But more unexpected hands came up. Fon, the
theatre owner, raised his hand. Bet, the gambler raised his hand. And
lastly, and most shocking, Ghosh.
"And each of you tells me why you should come," Koh said.
Selfi went first, "I'm obviously the most attractive." That got some
pretty harsh stares. "And I'm a sorceress, physically fit, and rich."
Nico went second, "I know you inside and out, Koh, and I could be your
advisor, and I'm not too bad with knives."
Fur looked at everyone, shrugged, and commenced, "I have money too, but I
have a good eye for anyone trying to cheat you. Plus, I can stock us up on
anything, Aura Bikes to food supplies."
Vivian smiled, "I can keep everyone entertained by the campfire with my
enchanting, enthralling, alluring seductive…" Koh's eyes narrowed. Vivian
quickly finished, "…Dancing."
Mia followed, "I am the most knowledgeable of anything worth knowing, and I
can be an immense help in disputes. I consider myself somewhat of a
Patty grinning piped up, "I can cook."
Cherryl looked at everyone smiled sweetly and said, "I am a beautiful
woman, I have many skills, and I am intelligent, friendly, and easy to get
along with, I am perfection, in a human form."
Everyone stared at the little outburst. Fur laughed outright. Vivian
shrugged uncomfortably and sat down.
Bet continued, "I am about the luckiest guy you'll ever meet, and I have
some pretty good familiars, nothing like yours, but I am the best with a
spear in Monsbaiya, and I can be an immense help with all my certain
"And I, the great Fon, am a great entertainer. I can talk you out of any
situation, and if we need to perform I can dictate everything into a fluid
act. I can be an immense help," Fon grinned like he said the most profound
words in the universe.
Ghosh dusted himself off, cleared his throat, generally made it into a big
show, and began, "I, Ghosh Rode, the Master Swordsman, Prince of Monsbaiya,
and the most handsome man in the world, have no need to say why I should
come. But alas, I guess you peasants need such guidance, so I will explain
to those… more ignorant. Firstly, I have my lesser sister, Selfi Rode, my
fragile flower of a sister. I must protect her from the barbarian, Koh. I
must also come to prove myself. After all, I simply could not let a
commoner best me in any competition. I could be an immense asset, with my
sword fighting skills. And lastly, I live for adventure."
The few last Ghosh supporters in the town were crying. Everyone else held
back sudden coughs, in an effort not to laugh.
Koh looked at everyone. Knowing what would happen should he say no to
anyone, he said, rather resignedly, "Go ahead, everyone. You can come."