Survive or Die
Seven Years Earlier...
"Avia!" a cranky, woman screeched. I slowly opened my eyes. Ugh, back to reality. I got out of bed and got dressed in my usual outfit. I put on a tank-top like teal dress my mother had sewed together for me, with cloth brown shoes. I also put on a cloth brown baby tee jacket that matched my shoes and teal fingerless gloves with brown seams. I went to the mirror and brushed through my light red hair. It was just above my shoulders and I had bangs. My light red hair and topaz gold eyes shined.
"Avia!" the woman screeched once again.
"Coming Mother!" I yelled back. I took one last look at myself. SQUEAK! I reacted so fast I startled even myself! I had opened and closed the door and had a certain person pinned to the floor. It was only my little brother Esyrn.
"Avia..?" He squeaked. I immediately got off him. I helped him up on his feet.
"Yes?" I asked.
"Do I look okay?" He asked quietly. He was wearing a brown, dull outfit. Like that of beginning adventurers some call "Vagrants." Some boys his age just wore it because there was nothing else really to wear without "insulting their family name!".
"You look fine-now let's go. Before Mother calls us again," I said. He nodded and we raced out of my room.
Esyrn walked with my mother and I into town. We were to meet our father in town to sell various foods and fruits. Well, my parents are. They're merchants and farmers. They grow and sell the food. It's a hard task. Sometimes, when there is SUCH a good harvest they have to stay home and pick all the rest of the food while Esyrn and I go into town and sell the food. We live in Sain Morning. We live on the continent called Saint Morning. A lot of important people live here like priests and like our name, it is very peaceful in the morning.
"Mother, may we go-" I asked calmly and carefully before Mother cut me off.
"Fine! Be off with ya!" She screeched harshly. I nodded and grabbed Esyrn's wrist before he could argue or cry or anything else.
"Where do you want to go?" I asked him.
"Mm.. how about if we go and see-" He started before I cut him off. I already knew what he was gonna say.
"No! We're not going to see Tina AGAIN! I already have enough flying information for a hundred adventurers!" I explained grabbing at my hair and the sides of my head.
"But she's pretty..." He said, mentally drooling over the 20-year-old flying expert. She's the Station Manager in Northern Sain City. There's a lot of rumors going around about a secret affair between her and the General Manager slash Apprentice Bill. But I don't really care for gossip.
"C'mon! Let's go to the Arena!" I exclaimed.
"Again Avia? How about if we go and visit Porgo?"
"We've listened to his stories a thousand times Esyrn! C'mon! Don't you want want to see something entertaining?" I asked. He frowned.
"I'm gonna go and see Porgo. You go and do whatever you want," he said as he walked away. I walked away and went to the Arena. I always find peace there- for some very odd reason.
It was a week before my 12th birthday. I had just gotten done brushing through my hair. Then there was a knock on my bedroom door. I turned around to see Tina standing there!
"Tina? What are you doing here?" I asked her. She smiled very friendly as she gazed and looked me over with her dark eyes.
"You don't know just how much potential you have Avia Berkendolf," she said.
"Huh? What do you mean? You didn't answer my question, what are you doing here?" Not that I had anything against her but.. I just didn't like the way my brother drooled over her and everything. She really wasn't all that and I still couldn't see what all the fuss was about. Her smile faded into a straight line. She came over and sat down on the edge of my bed.
"Your mother was going to send you over to the orphanage.." she said slowly.
"Oh.." I answered just as slowly. My mother had always favored Esyrn over me. My father was proud of me-I was his jewel. Until he died when I was 8 years old. Then our farming and money was nearly cut in half and and we for a long time have survived on little food and money. So I guess Mother was finally done with me. There aren't many orphanages and not many girls. Most of the orphanages contain girls and some abandoned boys. Some girls do have parents and siblings- it's just that the parents couldn't "feed" them. Some basically just dropped them off there because they didn't want the kid. I never really thought about how Mother just might leave me at the door there. Esyrn wouldn't grow up tough. He'd grow up rude and fat. Mother would surely spoil him to death!
"Was? What happened? Am I not going there anymore?" I asked.
"Whoa, one question at a time girl! She was going to, but I convinced her not to." I was surprised. I mean, sure we were on okay terms but I had never thought Tina out of all people would do that for me. I mean I'm not too nice to so many people. And like I said earlier, she isn't one of my favorite people. I was about to ask why when she continued.
"I've seen you at the Arena. You mimic their moves almost exactly. I see the fighting instincts in you. You're a natural fighter." She explained.
"Oh.. Well, thanks." There was an awkward silence. "So what's going to happen to me now?"
"You're going to join the Soldiers of Kyon," she answered. I blinked.
"The Soldiers of what?" I questioned not sure I heard right.
"Kyon. They're kind of a military bunch. It's one of the best ways to learn how to defend yourself and fight. I've seen you at the Arena watching the fighters. You'd love it," she said. I kind of brightened at that.
"Wow, that's.. great. Umm, who will uh take care of me there?" I asked.
"Teshar Testarotsa. She is the leader of the Soldiers of Kyon and manages the house of Eione," Tina explained.
"Eione? The Ringmaster Hero?" I asked, my mouth gaping. She smiled.
"Yes, the one and only."
"You really think I can.. become a fighter?" I asked curiously, half-smiling. She nodded.
"You have the potential. Besides there are two other female fighters in the Kyon."
"Really? Who are they?"
"Ghalade and Eoners. Ghalade is a martial artist and Eoners is.. something. You'll find out when you meet her." I was smiling so big now. Wow! Female fighters? There were such a thing? Oh my gosh! This would make Father proud! Mother would love me! I would never be hated again! I-I'd be a hero! Then a terrible realization loomed over me.
"What about Esyrn?" I asked.
"Esyrn? Well.. he's kind of young to be showing that kind of potential in anything. Maybe he'll pick up on farming!" She tried to look on the bright side. That's one of the things I didn't really like about her. She was always looking on the bright side. Not straight at reality. Esyrn, not with me. Not here learning how to fight. He'd be crushed! For a girl, his older sister to get a fantastic offer and not be offered the same?
"I want to take him with me!" I rushed quickly. Tina blinked.
"What? I really don't think-" Tina started.
"Please! I can't leave him here with Mother! She'll ruin him for sure-!" I started screaming desperately.
"Then who would be here? Who would take of your mother?" She asked. I thought about that.
"She cares about no one except Esyrn. If I left him here, his dream of becoming a hero would be destroyed and she would ruin him! Ruin him, I say!" I told her.
"Okay. Okay, we will take him with us to Flarine." I blinked. I hadn't realized I had never thought about it. I had never heard about the soldiers until this point. Flarine? Flaris?
"Are-are we taking a boat?" I asked.
"No. We will be flying." I felt the blood drain out of my face.
"Avia? Avia! Don't worry! It'll be a short fly there! I promise, it won't take more than twenty minutes. You can choose your own vehicle," she said in a sing-song voice. Ooh, that was tempting! But I had never thought about flying! I mean I had gone with Father a few times on a boat over the water and even the fish and flying monsters up above us scared me to death. But to me in the same atmosphere and territory as them? No way!
"Will we run into any of those.. things?" I asked.
"No, we will steer clear of them. Even though it may take awhile longer to get there, I can arrange for it," Tina offered. I smiled.
"Please?" I nearly pleaded.
"Thank you." I smiled. Tina stood up and said:
"Start packing. We live tomorrow at dawn."