|Anna Aurion's Past Story
Author: KratosandAnnaAurion PM
This is the Prologue to Anna's Untold Story. This story covers Anna's life before Kratos came into the picture. She was a common girl living a common life in Luin. This is what happened to her? This is why she chose to be a Warrior…Rated: Fiction K - English - Romance - Anna A. - Chapters: 7 - Words: 26,933 - Updated: 05-25-12 - Published: 05-23-12 - id: 8143838
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Chapter 12: The Celebration
Together they make the long walk back to Luin.
As they were walking back, Anna asked, "I've never seen an animal like that before?"
Kratos replied, "That's because, Noishe is one of a kind. I happened to be walking outside Hima, and Noishe appeared. I have no idea where he came from. So, I decided to take him in."
Anna asked, "Did you ever ask anyone in Hima if they knew anything about Noishe?"
Kratos replied, "I asked different people. But, nobody knew anything. I will say Noishe is defiantly smarter than any dog. He knows what people are saying or feeling."
Abby who was walking beside Alester replied, "Oh, yes. When I was taking care of Noishe today, I realized how smart he truly is. He is a great animal that's for sure."
When they reached the shops in Luin, they stopped in front of the Fighting Spirit Weapon Shop.
Anna pointed to the sign and questioned, "This is my Father's Weapon Shop?"
Alester thoughtfully questioned, "It has always been my dream to sell good weapons."
Alester took a key out of his pocket, and unlocked the front door to his shop. Then he opened the door, so that everyone could come in. This did not include Noishe who had to wait for everyone outside. When everyone was inside, he locked the door behind him.
Alester's Shop was full of various weapons. On the right wall, there was a line of swords that were polished till they gleamed. Every sword was uniquely hand crafted. On the left side, there were beautifully crafted staffs and axes. In the back of the room, Alester had a desk where he handled the money. Below that was a case full of beautifully crafted daggers. This store was any weapon Master's Dream.
Kratos looked around and questioned, "You do have a good eye for good weapons?"
Alester thoughtfully replied, "Thank you."
Dwalin was glancing at all the weapons and questioned, "A few of those swords were crafted by dwarfs?"
"Yes, they were," replied Alester. "Though my experience dwarfs craft the best weapons."
Dwalin slapped Alester on the back and questioned, "You're a good man?"
Kratos asked, "How did you decide you wanted to sell weapons?"
Alester replied, "When I was younger, I always wanted to be a soldier. I left Luin when I was sixteen to join the Palmacosta Militia. I loved the thrill of battle. However, my dream was short lived when my leg was shattered in a battle against the Desians. I returned to Luin broken hearted. For awhile, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life."
Kratos crossed his arms and questioned, "So. That's what happened to your leg?"
"Yes," replied Alester. "When I returned to Luin, I was saddened by its poor selection of swords. One had to go to Asgard to get a good sword. This was stupid with the Asgard Human Ranch being so close. So, I got the idea that I would open my own shop. I decided a long time ago, I would only sell good quality items. It has given me more business than I could have ever dreamed. It wasn't long after that, I meet Abby singing at the Church of Martel. I feel in love with her, and we married and had three beautiful children; Argos, Anna, and Abas."
Anna removed the blanket that was covering her face. Then she started to shake off the dust from the same outfit she had worn to escape from the Asgard Ranch. Then Anna questioned, "I'm sick of wearing this smelly thing?"
Abby gazed at her in thought and replied, "There's a dress on the second floor."
Anna questioned, "Ok. I guess I'll put it on?"
Anna walked to the back door, and opened the door. Out jumped two men, who resembled Anna a little bit. They yelled at the same time, "Surprise Sister!"
"Ahhh!" screamed Anna jumping back. "Argos and Abas, I should have known. You two are always plotting some ridiculous joke. Somehow, I always end up in the middle."
Argos, who was on the right, was three years older than Anna. He resembled his father in height. He had black hair like his father, and a handsome face with brown eyes. Argos questioned, "You remember the time I put a snake in your shoe, and you screamed like a girl?"
Anna replied, "How could I forget that. Ever since that, I always have to look at my shoes to make sure they are ok."
Abas was standing to the left of Argos, he was three years younger than Anna. He resembled his mother more in appearance. He had brown hair and eyes. Abas looked concernedly at Anna and asked, "Are sure you are ok? I can't believe you managed to escape from the ranch by yourself."
"That place is horrible, and I will never forget what they did. Scars, like that, never heal," replied Anna. "How are you doing?"
"I am doing better," replied Abas. "I know exactly what you mean. But than, I can't help but feel guilty that I couldn't save you."
Anna thoughtfully questioned, "It wasn't your fault this happened? It was my decision to fight? I was the strongest fighter?"
"Overall, the mission was a success because of you," replied Abas. "All fifty prisoners were able to get key-crests. Ray and the others are in Palmacosta. I am not sure what they are doing. Until now, I never got the chance to thank you for what you did."
Anna replied, "Well, at least, some good came out of it."
Alester glared at Abas, and stated, "It is best that you don't mention that mission. We are fortunate that Anna is going to be ok. We are all here, to hope she has a speedy recovery from her injuries. We really need to thank Kratos and Dwalin. If it wouldn't have been for them, Anna would have died."
Abas walked over to Kratos, and shook his hand. Then he questioned, "Thank you, for helping my sister?"
Kratos sighed and replied, "It was no trouble."
Abas next shook Dwalin's hand and questioned, "Thank you, for making a key crest for Anna?"
"Aye, it was nothing," replied Dwalin. "I was just doing a favor."
Behind Argos and Abas, ran two little girls. The oldest girl, on the left had black hair, and was wearing a red dress. The girl, on the right, was younger and had brown pigtails. She was wearing a yellow dress. They both ran towards Anna.
The oldest girl stopped in front of Anna, with her hands behind her back. Then she questioned, "Aunt Anna, guess what I made?"
"What did you Make Susie?" asked Anna.
Susie pulled a card out from her back. Then she replied, "I made you a get well card."
The littlest one stated, "I helped too."
Anna thoughtfully questioned, "You helped too Marie?"
Marie nodded her head in a yes.
"Well, I can tell you both worked hard on it," replied Anna. "Susie, did you write, Get Well Soon, We Love You Aunt Anna?"
"Yes," replied Susie. "I wrote it by myself."
Marie pointed to a scribbled heart, and said, "I colored that."
"You did," replied Anna. "You did a good job on the heart. I'll treasure it always."
Then Anna leaned down, and kissed each girl on the cheek. After that, she glanced at Abas, and said, "My goodness, Marie was just a tiny newborn when I last saw her."
Argos replied, "Ellie has her hands full with both of them, and I'm gone most of the time running the fishing boat."
"That's what I hear," questioned Anna. "How is the fishing business?"
Argos replied, "It's doing well. Right now, I am on break."
Ellie, who was Argos wife, came out from the back room to see what was going on. Ellie had straight short brown hair, and was wearing a yellow dress. Ellie walked up to Anna and hugged her. Then she replied, "It's been a long time, since the entire family has gotten together. We should do this more."
Anna thoughtfully replied, "Your right we don't do this enough."
Ellie nodded at Kratos and Dwalin. Then she stated, "Thanks for helping Anna. You're welcome to stay as long as you like."
Kratos nodded at Ellie, and replied, "It was no trouble."
Dwalin replied, "I am glad it worked."
Caitlin, who was Abas's wife, came behind Ellie. She had blond hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a light blue dress. Caitlin walked over to Anna and embraced her. Then Caitlin stated, "Thank you, for saving Abas. I think I would have gone crazy if I lost him. I am truly sorry, for everything, you had to go through. I think this world would be a better place, if there were more people like you."
Anna replied, "Oh, it was nothing. I am sure someone else could have handled it."
Caitlin thoughtfully gazed at Kratos and Dwalin, and questioned, "We have plenty of food for everyone? Please stay as thanks for helping Anna?"
Kratos and Dwalin nodded at Caitlin.
After that, a bent over old woman with white hair hobbled through the door. She was wearing a green dress. She smiled at Anna and questioned, "I am so glad you're ok, my Dear? Who's that tall handsome man back there?"
Anna slowly questioned, "You mean Kratos?"
The old lady walked over to Kratos and shook his hand. Then she replied, "You can call me Grandma Celmus. Wow! If we would have met in my younger days, I would have claimed you. You're nothing but solid muscle. Anna. I have a good felling about you two. You look perfect together."
Anna turned beat crimson and questioned, "Come on Grandma, I just met him?"
Kratos turned sheepish and replied, "I agree..."
"Oh, fine," replied Grandma Celmus sounding a little depressed. "Dinner is ready."
Anna nodded at everyone and questioned, "You can do whatever you want? But, I'm going to change my clothes?"
Anna slowly started to walk towards the back of Alester's Shop. There was a small hallway with stairs that lead to the second floor. Anna slowly started to walk up the stairs and disappear.
The entire group made their way to the back room of Alester's Shop. It was a large room with a fireplace for cooking meals. In the center of the room, there was a large rectangle table with many chairs. The table was set, and in the center, were two pans full of soup.
Kratos was the first one to come in the room. He left the end open for Anna. Dwalin took a seat next to Kratos. And then Abas, Caitlin, and Grandma Celmus all sat on the same end as Kratos. Alester sat on the opposite end as Anna. Seated on the other side, were Argos, Ellie, Susie, Abby, and Marie.
The group didn't have to wait long for Anna to return to dinner. Her hair was down and combed. She was wearing a dress that had a black corset on the top. On the bottom of the dress was a navy blue that nearly went to the floor.
Abby gazed at Anna and questioned, "You haven't worn that dress in years?"
Anna sheepishly replied, "Its ok for now…"
Anna walked to the end of the table, and sat down.
When everyone was seated comfortably, Grandma Celmus questioned, "I made your favorite Anna, tomato soup?"
Before Anna could say thanks, Susie interrupted and replied, "Grandma Celmus, I hate tomato soup. It's too bitter."
Grandma Celmus thoughtfully questioned, "Oh well? I also made some seafood stew too. Your father caught the fish."
Marie frowned and questioned, "I don't like it either?"
Susie glared at Marie from across the table, and replied, "Marie, you are such a copy cat. You like anything."
Marie's eyes started to fill up with tears. Then she sobbed, "I am not!"
Ellie stood up from her chair, and scooped up the sobbing Marie. Then she questioned, "She's just tired? It's been an exhausting day for all of us?"
Ellie left the room, and went upstairs with the sobbing Marie.
Dwalin frowned and questioned, "My? You have quite a family?"
Alester shrugged and replied, "Things get out of hand, when we all get together."
Anna thoughtfully gazed at Kratos and questioned, "Um Kratos? Would you like some tomato soup?"
Kratos frowned in abhorrence at the soup. He replied, "I hate to be rude! Tomatoes are the one thing, I can't stand! Just looking at them makes my stomach churn. But, the seafood stew looks delicious. I'll try that."
Dwalin chuckled and questioned, "Oh? I had forgotten that you hate tomatoes? I think I'll have some seafood stew, too?"
Alester asked, "Where are you from Dwalin?"
Dwalin replied, "I was born in a secret underground dwarf village near Iselia."
Alester thoughtfully questioned, "I did hear rumors there was a village. How do you know Kratos?"
Dwalin gazed at Kratos in thought and replied, "Kratos and I meet outside Iselia. His key crest had broken, and I repaired it for him."
Anna asked, "How did you manage to get an exsphere?"
Kratos gazed at her and replied, "I took mine from a Desian. I only use it to enhance my fighting."
Anna asked, "What kind of techniques do you use?"
Kratos smiled and replied, "Oh. Just the normal single sword techniques."
Anna questioned to herself, "I see?"
Alester replied, "That's very interesting. To tell you the truth, I don't know much about exspheres."
Anna thoughtfully questioned, "Oh? Before everyone eats, I would like to thank everyone for coming?"
Everyone nodded at Anna in understanding. Then they all helped their selves to the soup that was in front of them. Everyone ate until they were full.
When Dwalin was full, he questioned, "Wow! Grandma Celmus you sure make delicious seafood stew? In these parts, seafood is famous?"
Grandma Celmus thoughtfully replied, "Oh. Thank you for staying with us."
Kratos thoughtfully questioned, "I got to admit it wasn't that terrible?"
Grandma Celmus replied, "It was a pleasure to cook for a man who's as handsome as you are."
Kratos silently glared at Grandma Celmus.
Dwalin smiled and replied, "Aye, it's been fun everyone. But, I would like to get home to my family as soon as possible."
Kratos thoughtfully stated, "That's fine."
Dwalin shook Kratos hand and replied, "Thanks…"
Dwalin got up from his chair, and walked over to Anna. He shook her hand and questioned, "Young Lady, I hope the key crest will work out for you? If not, let me know?"
Anna smiled and replied, "So far, I think I'll be ok. Thanks for your help."
Dwalin smiled and stated, "Well, I better get going. It's been fun."
Alester nodded at Dwalin and questioned, "It has been fun talking with you? I hope you make it back to your family safely?"
Dwalin nodded and waved at everyone. Then he opened the door, and Noishe stuck his face in the door. Dwalin walked outside, leaving Noishe to look inside the room.
After Dwalin left, Anna thoughtfully questioned, "I kind of want to go outside? Kratos will you come outside with me?"
Kratos thoughtfully questioned, "Isn't it dangerous for you to go out there?"
Anna sheepishly replied, "I'll get my cloak so nobody will see me."
Anna stood up, and got the cloak that was hanging beside the door. She put it over head to cover her face.
When Anna's face was covered, Kratos stood up. The two off them walked out into the night sky. The sky was clear with many stars.
When they were far enough outside, Kratos folded his arms and asked, "Why did you ask me to come out here?"
Anna replied, "I don't really know that much about you. And yet it seems like I met you in another lifetime."
Kratos sighed and asked, "What do you want to know?"
Anna asked, "What do you do for a living?"
Kratos replied, "I'm a Mercenary…"
Anna thoughtfully questioned, "You're a soldier for hire? What types of jobs do you normally handle? "
Kratos replied, "I have done lots of various jobs. Sometimes, I've been a body guard for people. I have also killed some people for hire. It just depends on what kind of mood I'm in."
Anna questioned, "I see? Where were you going when you found me?"
Kratos sheepishly replied, "I was searching for a job, when I came upon you."
Anna thoughtfully replied, "Palmacosta is always looking for military help."
Kratos questioned, "I suppose you're right? But, you turned up? I couldn't leave you defenseless?"
Anna replied, "As I look back on the escape, I can't believe I was able to get out alive. The Desians were pursuing me like a dog. If you wouldn't have helped when you did, I know I would have died."
Kratos thoughtfully questioned, "I have handled lots of situations like that? You handle a double sword pretty good? Who taught you to fight?"
Anna sheepishly replied, "You saw me fight before..."
Kratos thoughtfully questioned, "I heard rumors that you were a Top Agent to Governor General Akins?"
Anna sighed and replied, "I wouldn't exactly call myself Top Agent. There are others out there stronger than me."
Kratos thoughtfully questioned, "So, there are others?"
Anna frowned and questioned, "What are you talking about?"
Kratos replied, "Warriors like you..."
Anna really didn't want to tell Kratos. She sheepishly stated, "Precious few remain…"
Kratos thoughtfully questioned, "I figured? How did you end up working for the Palmacosta Government?"
Anna sighed and replied, "It's a long story…"
Kratos crossed his arms in thought and questioned, "Actually, I would like to know?"
I have never admitted to anyone that I never wanted to be a warrior. When I was thirteen, it was my dream to become a concert pianist. Palmacosta has the best music school in the world. The only way a person could get in is through auditions. I auditioned and made it in. My parents were proud of me, and agreed to help pay for my schooling.
While going to school, I meet a good looking guy who was older than me. He liked me, and for the longest time, my world revolved around him. One day, I returned from playing at a concert, and found him with another woman. I was horrified that such a thing could happen. I left him, and dropped out of school. So, I wouldn't have to look at him. After that, I returned to Luin angry and broken hearted.
After that incident, I helped my father in the shop. It was my father's wish that Argos would take over his business. But, Argos has never been much of a fighter. He has always loved the sea. My father soon realized that. So he taught Abas and me how to run the family business. My father always believed it was a man's job to defend the family. He taught Abas how to use a sword. But, he never encouraged me to fight.
At that time, my mother was pushing me to marry all these people in Luin. She wanted me to marry. But, I hated all the men she picked for me. I finally got sick of it, and ran away to Palmacosta.
When I got to Palmacosta, the military was looking for Militia to join. I signed up, and went to the barracks to train. While I was training, I got kicked out for being too weak. They thought I was too weak to amount to anything. So I had to leave the military. On the way home, I stopped at Izoold.
When I was in Izoold, I saw a tall and domineering man with black hair take out a bunch of Desians. I had never seen a man fight with such skill. After seeing him fight, I followed him outside town. He stopped, and noticed, I was following him. He turned around and asked, "What are you doing here?"
I replied, "I noticed what a great warrior you are. I was wondering if you would please train me?"
He took one look at me and laughed. Then he replied, "I don't train weak little girls like you."
"That's not fair," I questioned. "Won't you give me a test?"
He started to laugh again and reply, "I don't need to test you to know that you know nothing about fighting."
I thoughtfully questioned, "If you're worried, I won't give my whole heart in it? You're wrong?"
He replied, "Look. Many people have died to get their hands on my technique. It is because of that, I must say no in training you."
Before I could say another word, the mysterious warrior took off running. The speed he ran was mind boggling. Before I knew it, he had completely disappeared.
I returned to Izoold, saddened that I might have to return home again. I took a room at the Inn. While conversing with the Inn Keeper Lady, I asked, "Do you know anything about the Mysterious Warrior who fought off the Desians?"
The Inn Lady replied, "You must be speaking about Master Zetes. He comes to this town to buy supplies. He is a hermit, who lives out in the middle of know where."
I asked, "Do you know exactly where he lives?"
The Inn Lady replied, "Hmm, I don't think anyone knows where he lives."
"This is bad," I questioned. "Do you know of any jobs in town?"
The Inn Lady replied, "Actually, we are looking for someone to clean the Inn."
"Oh really," I questioned. "I'm actually really good at cleaning?"
The Inn Lady looked me over and replied, "Very well, you can start today. But if you slack off, I'll give the job to someone else."
I stated, "That will be fine."
Having a job at the Inn proved to be a good idea. I gave my whole heart into cleaning. In my free time, I would try to ask various people in Izoold about Master Zetes. None of them knew where he lived.
About two months had passed, and I was still working at the Inn. I happened to see Master Zetes getting a meal at the Inn. I decided not to say anything to him. I thought it would do more good to follow him.
This time, I had lucked out. Master Zetes was carrying a bunch of supplies. On his way back, I followed some distance behind him. After a while of trampling through endless forest, Master Zetes approached a small wood house. The house was sitting at the bottom of a beautiful valley. Surrounding the valley, were beautiful mountains that hid the house from view.
Rather than speaking to Master Zetes, I got an idea. I would return to the Inn in Izoold, and ask what he licked to eat. Maybe by bringing him a meal I could convince him to train me.
I asked the Inn Lady, "What type of food does Master Zetes like?"
The Inn Lady responded, "Master Zetes likes Tenderloin."
I replied, "Thanks."
I cooked Master Zetes a Tenderloin Dinner, and brought it to his home. I knocked on his door, and he answered the door. When he seen my face, he turned crimson and yelled, "What are you doing here?"
I handed him the food and politely replied, "I brought you your favorite dinner, Tenderloin."
Master Zetes took the Tenderloin, and gave me a sour look. Then, he questioned, "I get it you must be trying to come here, and bribe me to train? I don't give in that easy?"
Trying to be as nice as possible I smiled and replied,, "I was just trying to be nice. I heard you liked Tenderloin."
Master Zetes frowned in distrust and asked, "Is there anything else you know about me?"
I sighed and replied, "Not very much. I just know you are a great warrior who is living the life of a hermit."
Master Zetes was plagued by many horrible memories. He stated,, "I was married once, but my wife and daughter were killed by greedy men."
I sighed and questioned, "Oh? That must have been a horrible thing to go through?"
Master Zetes replied, "It was my fault. The Desians wanted my technique."
I asked, "What happened?"
Master Zetes replied, "One day, I left my family to go to Izoold to get supplies. When I returned, I found my wife on the floor, dead. At first, I had no idea who had killed her. As I searched the house for clues, I found a letter from her murderer. In the letter, I found out someone had captured my daughter. He wished to fight me in exchange for my daughter's life. The murderer wished to meet me at the Ozza Trail."
I asked, "Did you meet the killer?"
"Yes," replied Master Zetes. "When I reached the Ozza Trail, I found a full force of Desians waiting on me. Off in the distance, I could see my daughter about to hang on a tree. When the Desians spotted me, they drew their weapons ready to fight. Beside my daughter, appeared one of my former students Trystan."
I questioned, "One of your students planned it?"
Master Zetes replied, "Yes, I had high hopes in Trystan as a warrior. He was one of my best students. Somehow, the Desians had manipulated him to join. He hoped he could convince me to join the Desians. That way, they would have complete control over the Manuel of Zetes Swordsmanship."
I sighed and questioned, "That's horrible?"
Master Zetes replied, "I would rather die the fate of a warrior than give the Desians the Manuel. The first Master Zetes wished for a peaceful world. He only believed in fighting to help the weak and oppressed."
I questioned, "What else happened?"
Master Zetes replied, "I fought off the Desians with everything I had. I managed to kill all of them, and get to my daughter. Just before I could reach my daughter, Trystan interfered. He threw his dagger at the rope that was holding her. It sliced threw the rope causing my daughter to chock. When I tried to reach her, it was too late. Her neck had been broken."
I thoughtfully questioned, "That's must have been horrible to see her die that way?"
Master Zetes replied, "After that, I charged full force on Trystan. We fought for a long time. Finally, I was able to get the upper hand to kill Trystan. After he died, I couldn't help but think what had happened to him to do such a thing?"
I asked, "Did you ever find out what happened to Trystan?"
"For five years, I have been asking myself that same question. But, I was never able to discover what happened to him," replied Master Zetes. "After that incident, I have refused to train anymore people. Somehow, Master Zetes Teaching has become stained with too much blood. I would rather see Zetes Style die, than let, anymore greedy people have it."
I nodded at Master Zetes and replied, "That is such a said story. I'm really sorry for bothering you. Well, I better go. I just wanted to make sure you had something to eat."
So, I left Master Zetes. After hearing that story, I felt sorry for what he had to endure. He had to be a lonely man, though he never stated it. I thought I would continue to be nice to him by visiting him almost everyday.
Nearly everyday, I would ask him, "Will you please train me?"
And Master Zetes favorite answer would always be, "Not in this life time."
Master Zetes finally cracked after asking him the same question for six months. On the day he gave in, Master Zetes yelled, "Anna, you are the most stubborn female I have ever met!"
Trying to stay calm, I asked, "I am?"
Master Zetes folded his arms and asked, "Why don't you just marry like a normal girl?"
I replied, "As I told you before. I have no interest in tying my life down. Having a bunch of kids isn't for me. I would like to do something with myself."
Master Zetes questioned, "You're too pretty to be a fighter? The guys will nail you for that?"
I sighed and replied, "Look. Being pretty has got me nowhere in life. If fact it's mostly caused me grief. That's why I want to learn how to defend myself."
Master Zetes crossed his arms and questioned, "I hope you'll realize that if I teach you? You'll take full responsibility for your actions? I'm just saying no girl in history has ever learned Zetes Swordsmanship?"
I sighed and replied, "I know. I promise to work extra hard because of that."
Mater Zetes questioned, "A true warrior of the style lives to help the weak and unjust? If you fail this, you'll die for your mistakes?"
I thoughtfully replied, "I'll be glad to help those who need help."
Master Zetes sighed and questioned, "Fine… I'll train you. But, you must promise me you'll work harder than you've ever worked in you're life?"
I swore and replied, "I swear to uphold the laws of Zetes Swordsmanship."
"Good," stated Master Zetes. "You might as well forget your cleaning job at the Inn. Now, you'll be a slave to my training. I'm sure you'll find my training to be very demanding."
The truth is I had no idea his training would be so intense. He pushed me harder than I would have ever imagined. When I slowly got use to the training, Master Zetes would step up the pace a little at a time. Before I knew it, two years of training flew by.
A friendship formed between Master and Student. Master Zetes appreciated me, because, I tried my best to please him as a warrior. He never mentioned it, but, I think he was proud of how far I was able to push myself.
Five years ago, a former student came to visit Master Zetes. His name was Senku. Senku had trained under Master Zetes thirteen years ago. He had proved to create a name for himself in the Palmacosta Government.
When Master Zetes noticed Senku approaching, he folded his arms and questioned, "It's been a long time, Senku? You left, just before you were starting to get good?"
Senku bowed before Master Zetes and replied, "Master… I am sorry for leaving you."
Master Zetes snickered and questioned, "You must have something dam important on you're mind, or else you wouldn't come back?"
Senku asked, "Did you know the Desians are making children work in the Ozza Mine?"
Master Zetes raised and eyebrow and questioned, "What? I never heard anything about it?"
Senku buttering replied, "It's true, Master. The Palmacosta Government is trying to stop it. I was wondering if you would help."
Master Zetes thoughtfully questioned, "If there is anyway I can be of assistance I'll help those poor children?"
Senku shook Master Zetes's hand and replied, "Master. I knew I could count on you."
I compassionately questioned, "I was listening to you're sad story, and I would like to help?"
Master Zetes replied, "Anna. You're still learning. This is a Master's job."
I concernedly asked, "Are you sure?"
Senku replied, "This mission isn't for girls."
I replied, "Ok. I will wait for you're return."
Senku and Master Zetes left for the Ozza Trail. The two men were gone for sometime. I waited for awhile, and then, I decided to leave on my own.
When I got to the Ozza Trail, trouble was brewing. In the background, there were many children working in the Mine. Desian Whip Masters were scattered everywhere to oversee the children.
Master Zetes and Senku were fighting each other at the entrance of the Mine. From what I could observe, Senku had the upper hand.
Senku yelled and questioned, "Now, it's my turn to be the next Master Zetes!"
Master Zetes replied, "I have always sensed a jealousy about you. Now, I see what a fool I was to teach a stuck up boy like you. You off all people should know you are supposed to fight to honor the poor."
Senku angrily questioned, "Don't preach to me about fighting to uphold the weak? There will always be suffering in this world?"
After that, Senku charged on Master Zetes showing the ultimate technique. Senku executed it with such speed that it threw Master Zetes off guard. When the technique was finished, I saw blood coming out of Master Zetes right side.
I knew it was time for me to step in and help. Without thinking, I blindly charged in on Senku. Master Zetes saw me and questioned, "What do you think you're doing girl? Always remember the first rule?"
I stopped my charge and stared at Senku. Then I replied, "Know your enemy."
After that, Senku charged in on me with the same attack he had executed on Master Zetes. From watching it performed on Master Zetes, I knew what to expect. I waited for him to come. When he got closer to me, I blocked his attack with my swords. Then, I turned around and started to thrust at Senku. The two of us fought for sometime like that.
After awhile, Senku laughed and questioned, "I would never imagine Master Zetes training a woman?"
I crossed my eyes and replied, "I still have a few surprises yet."
I charged on Senku, showing him the final technique. The final technique is a test of speed. I managed to accomplish this, and pierce Senku in the stomach. He went down grabbing his side.
After that, I walked over to Master Zetes and asked "Are you ok?"
Master Zetes replied, "Don't worry about me. Look behind you."
At that instant, Senku was about to attack me from behind. I turned around, and stabbed him in the stomach. He went down saying, "Dam, I lost to a woman."
After that, the great warrior Senku was defeated.
I returned to Master Zetes. I compassionately asked, "You've lost a lot of blood? Are you going to be ok?"
Despite being near death, Master Zetes replied, "You are such an idiot. You have too much of a caring heart to be a warrior. But I got to say, I have managed to mold you into a great warrior. Don't make the same mistake I made in training trash like that. Only train a person with a pure heart."
I sighed and questioned, "I promise to follow the Teaching of Zetes?"
Master Zetes smiled politely at me. Then he replied, "I got to admit, I am disappointed that I won't get to see you using my skills for good. There is no hope for this old warrior. I have a younger brother who knows this style. He's the next one in line to become Master Zetes."
I thoughtfully questioned, "I never knew you had a brother?"
Master Zetes sighed over the pain and replied, "We were never very close."
I gazed at him and questioned, "What's his name?"
Master Zetes replied, "His name is Bardock O'hara."
I thoughtfully questioned, "I'll try to find him, and explain the situation to him?"
"Thanks, Anna," sighed Master Zetes peacefully. "Now, I know I can die peacefully."
After that, Master Zetes passed away. He was one of the few people, I greatly respected.
I still had a job to complete. The Desians were still in the background beating children, who had to labor in the mine. I quickly counted fifteen Whip Masters.
I pulled out my swords, and stabbed the nearest Whip Master. He went down grabbing his side. Then, I raced towards another Desian and kill him the same way. As I was killing each Whip Master, I could hear the voices of children cheering in the background.
Finally, all the Desians were dead. After that, a heard of children, came running towards me. A dirty little boy stated, "The Pretty Warrior saved us."
I turned crimson at his words and questioned, "Where are you from?"
A dirty girl in a brown dress replied, "We came from the ranch. Our parents were killed in various ranches."
I sighed and questioned, "You're all orphans?"
The girl replied, "Yes. There are 125 children."
I opened my mouth in shock. I questioned, "125? How long have you been here?
The girl replied, "We don't know. But, it seems like forever."
I thoughtfully questioned, "That's ok? I'm going to free you?"
All the children jumped in delight to be free. There was a huge amount of commotion.
I asked, "Do you know where the key to unlock your chains is?"
The girl replied, "It is in the Desian's pocket."
I searched the Desian's pocket, and found the key. Then, I started the long task of unchaining each child. When I had finished, there was 125 children between the ages of three and twelve. Together we walked out of the mine.
Truthfully, I didn't know what to do with that many children. But then I remembered Senku mentioning something about the Palmacosta Government. Somehow, they would have to know what to do in a situation like this.
First, I had to deal with Master Zetes body. I had the children stay at the Inn in Izoold, while I buried Master Zetes. I managed to bring his body back to the school. I made certain he was buried in the grave of all the previous Masters.
After that, I returned to the children at the Inn. The next day, we took the next boat to Palmacosta. The children enjoyed the ride.
When we reached Palmacosta, I had the children help me bring Senku's body to the Government Building. I didn't bother to knock. I just barged in with all of the children.
Governor General Atkins was younger then. He and his Assistant were discussing some paperwork. When the door opened, I stepped in the building with Senku's body and the children.
Governor General Atkins stopped what he was doing, and stared at us. Then he stood up from his seat, and asked, "Why are you barging in here unannounced?"
"Look. I'm sorry. This is an emergency," I replied. "Do you know anything about a warrior named Senku?"
Governor General Atkins folded his arms, and stated, "Senku is a traitor who left our service five years ago. We have records that he is trying to use the Ozza Mine to find Inhibitor Ore. He made a deal with the Desians, in exchange for labor problems. The Desians gave Senku all of the Children that were brought to the human ranches. We have sent several troops over there. But, none of them have returned successful."
I had the children drop Senku's body close to Governor General Atkins. Then I stated, "Senku is dead, and all the children are free."
Governor General Atkins stared at Senku's body, and then he glanced at all of the dirty children spread throughout the room. Then he questioned, "This is Senku's body? How was he killed?"
I replied, "First, my teacher fought him, and he died in battle. After that, it was up to me to fight him."
Governor General Atkins appeared shocked by my words. When he recovered, he asked, "How is it possible for a normal girl to defeat Senku?"
I replied, "I had a very good teacher who taught me how to fight."
Governor General Atkins asked, "What was your teacher's name?"
I replied, "Zetes."
Governor General Atkins said, "Zetes, the Double Swords Master. I have heard rumors of his amazing ability to fight with speeds that blind the eye."
I gasped at his words and questioned, "Yes. That's him? But, he's no longer alive?"
Governor General Atkins replied, "It's too bad he is gone. He was truly a great warrior who believed in fighting for a Peaceful World. There aren't many people left like that."
I replied, "You're right about that. It was his last wish to make sure the children are safe. I asked the children about their families, and they are all orphans from the human ranch."
Governor General Atkins looked troubled by her words. Then he said, "This is terrible how bad the Desians are. No child should have to become a victim to slavery. How many children are there?"
I replied, "There are 125 children."
Governor General Atkins shockingly replied, "125?! I am not sure if we have an orphanage big enough to house that many children."
I replied, "Why don't you have a meeting with the residents of this City. Tell them about what happened. After the meeting, you could hold an adoption program for those that would like to adopt children."
Governor General Atkins replied, "That's a great idea. What is your name?
I thoughtfully stated, "My name is Anna Celmus."
Governor General Atkins thoughtfully questioned, "Hmm, I like you? Would you like to become an Agent for me?
After saying this, his Assistant asked, "Are you sure a woman can handle the job?"
Governor General Atkins replied, "Oh, that's true. How about I give you a small test?"
I sighed and replied, "No. I'll never kill someone in cold blood. I only use my skill to save the weak and unjust."
Governor General Atkins questioned, "You won't have to kill anyone under those circumstances? The person you're assigned to kill is a criminal who's sneaking information to the Desians?"
I sighed and replied, "Ok. I'll accept the assignment."
Governor General Atkins smiled and questioned, "That's great? I'm looking forward to see how you use your skills?"
I manage to complete the assignment, and earn a place among other Agents. The Governor General's Agents would meet once a month in the basement of the Government Building. We would mostly debate about Desian Motives.
I had finally found my purpose. Though my five years of service, I was able to use my skills to help many people. I found joy in helping others. In the back of my head, I will always remember Master Zetes last wish to see a peaceful world.
After Kratos heard the entire story, he replied, "That's an interesting story. But, I think it's getting late. It's time for you to return to the cave."
Anna frowned and questioned, "You mean you want me to go back with you to that dirty cave?"
Kratos sighed and replied, "As long as you stay with your family. You're putting them in danger."
Anna frowned and asked, "Do they really want me that badly?"
Kratos took a breath and replied, "Kvar will stop at nothing, until you are found."
Anna frowned and questioned, "I really don't want to go with you? But, if it will keep my family out of danger, I'll come."
Kratos gazed at Anna and replied, "I think you're making a wise decision."
See what I mean, it's a hard call on which version is better? I need you're vote?