The winds were strong as I tried to get to Kygo. The boat rocked back and forth on the angry ocean and I slipped several times on the gray water that had splashed onto the deck. "Kygo," I yelled over the booming thunder, "where are you? I can't see you through the rain!"
"Ido, I'm at the bow of the ship, a few paces in front of you!" I barely heard his voice.
"I'm coming, just hold on." I followed his instructions and sure enough a few minutes later I felt the sleeve of his tunic. We both held on to each other's arms as another cold blast of wind roared past us, daring us to stand against its fury. We were both drenched and the only thing I could see was Kygo's panicked brown eyes. After the gust of wind had passed I tried to untangle him from the net, but I only made it worse. I felt a tap on my shoulder and looked up, Kygo's lips were moving, but I could hear no sound. I shook my head and motioned to my ear, indicating that I could hear nothing.
"Just leave me!" He yelled louder. My brow furrowed, another memory flooded before my eyes; me standing in front of a man cowering below me, a gash on his cheek. 'You can leave him,' a dark voice whispered in my head, 'leave him to die, he would do the same to you, as soon as he sees Eona he will take her from you.' I growled and tried to fight against the monster locked inside me. I felt a hand grab onto my arm and pull me down. That was enough to end the inner battle, for now. Kygo had somehow freed himself from the net and was now dragging me to a small tender hanging on the side of the boat, the closest thing we could find to shelter. We both jumped in as the wind started to pick back up. The wooden boat creaked and swung back and forth as we crouched down in it. Suddenly, the rain started to decrease and the wind died down.
"We're in the eye of the storm." Kygo murmured, glancing up at the sky.
"We have to get below deck now!" I grabbed the rope that we could use to climb back on board and felt a small vibration through the braiding. I glanced up confused by the strange feeling and my body locked in shock. Above us was a man in a black robe, his face covered with a black hood. He was using a red jeweled dagger to cut the rope.
"What is wrong?" Kygo asked, confused by my sudden behavior.
"He's cutting the rope," I mumbled, then found my voice, "he's cutting the rope, Kygo!" Kygo looked up at my words and cursed.
"Oy! Who the hell are you?" He didn't answer Kygo question; he just began to cut faster.
"We have to do something!" I shouted.
"What are we supposed to do, Ido? We don't have any weapons; we can't climb the rope obviously, so tell me what are we supposed to do?" Kygo was pacing in the small boat, well trying to pace.
"We sit down, hold tight, and pray to Shola we don't die." our boat started to tip downward as the hooded man came closer to cutting through the twine. Time seemed to slow down after the rope broke. I held onto Kygo's sleeve and yanked him down beside me as the tender fell. We hit the water with so much force that I was nearly thrown out of the boat. As the dinghy began to settle I finally stood up and looked around. My back was aching but, it was bearable. The rain had returned and the barge was already leagues away, and to top it all off we didn't have an oar!
"Well this is just great!" Kygo shouted, he glanced at me and paused a look of realization on his face, "You didn't leave me to die, maybe I had misjudged you." His statement took me by surprise.
"Don't think too much into it, I was only helping you because Tozay would have killed me if he found out I had just left you there to die." It seemed I was trying to convince myself of this fact, more so them him.
"Of course." He said with a knowing grin. He sat down across from me and sighed. " What do we do now?" he asked.
"We wait." I replied.
2 days after the storm.
"Is it wrong that I want to kill you?" I asked in a scratchy voice, we had been sitting in a tender for the last two days with nothing but each other's company.
"I apologize; It was not my intention to get caught up in that net! It just happened!" Kygo defended himself. "Where are we anyway?"
"Somewhere in the middle of the ocean," I sat there for a minute trying to find a way to distract myself from the unbearable heat, finally I decided to just start asking random questions, "do you think this is how we would die?"
"No, I always thought I would die an emperor sitting on my throne with a sickness that could not be cured, but this is a lot more adventurous." He responded.
"Hmm, good point. I would rather die in an adventure then die of boredom." He nodded. We seemed to drift back into our own thoughts.
"What's it like to be a dragoneye, to see the amazing beasts?" Kygo's sudden question took me by surprise, he was doing that a lot lately. I sat in thought for a few minutes, trying to gather my thoughts, before finally answering his inquire.
"It is a blessing and a curse, a blessing because you are praised and respected and have power, but at the same time a curse because you will always want more; more praise, more respect, and most importantly more power. It will never be enough and when you give up your dragon to your apprentice, it is the worst feeling a man can ever feel."
"What does it feel like?" Kygo asked, sounding like a curious child.
"Emptiness, pure and utter emptiness. It is like the dragon takes everything from inside of you. They created the staminata to help cope with the loss, but it does not work. It might make you feel better from time to time, but it will never bring your dragon back." I sighed, I was not to keen for that date to come, for me to give up my power, but I knew it would happen eventually.
"I have heard of the staminata, my father told me about it. A series of motions made to help balance the burden of being a dragoneye and to help cushion the shock of being separated from your dragon. I did not know it was that bad though." He mumbled the last part.
"Next question," I said trying to bring back that joking aura that we had had, "Do you have friends outside the palace? True friends that like you for who you are and not because you have money and power?"
"No, but now I would like to think that maybe…never mind." He looked out onto the ocean and sighed.
"Maybe what? Come on you have to tell me!" now I was curious.
"Okay, but promise not to laugh."
"I promise, I won't laugh." I responded quickly.
"I thought that maybe… you were my friend, you used to be my enemy, but you can be funny and you seem to understand things about me better than most, I know that I hated you before, but now that I have gotten to know you, you do not seem that bad." I stared at him for a moment.
"I think of you as a friend as well," I replied awkwardly. After that things were quiet. He and I coughed every now and then but other than that we did not talk. I had always thought that Kygo was just some spoiled prick who had no respect for anyone below him. Now I know that he is really just a kid that had major responsibility thrust upon him. He had a good sense of humor and had no friends as far as I knew. Kygo was really trying to follow in his father's footsteps and try to make something good come out of a bad situation. Maybe I had judged him wrong, but there was still that Eona problem.
"What are we going to do if we happen to find Eona?" I ask.
"I don't know, but can I tell you something?" Kygo looked somewhat ashamed.
"It's your call." I say.
"I do not know if I truly love Eona or if I love her because you do. Does that make sense?" Kygo looked at me with confusion in his eyes.
"Yes, an object is always more desirable when another man wants it, but Kygo I do know that I love her. Ever since she healed me with her hua I have loved her. She could have easily killed me for what I put her through, for what I had done to her, and yet she showed mercy and kindness." I thought back to the night that the empire was taken over. Kygo and I were both slouched just staring at the bottom of the tender in thought. I let my hand slip over the edge of the boat and ran it through the water. I pulled up my hand and looked over at it. Sand was slipping through my fingers. Wait, sand was slipping through my fingers!
"Kygo!" I yelled, shaking him from his comatose state. "Look! Sand!" Kygo quickly stood up next to me and we both looked around. Our boat was a few feet away from the coast. We would not die! We both jumped out into the salty water and used what was left of our strength to pull the dinghy on shore! I fell back into the small boat and looked over to see Kygo smiling as he sat down next to me.
"Hey Ido, can we keep what we said to each other on the boat between us?" Kygo requested.
"Yes! What we said back there was just the ramblings of two hungry, thirsty idiots." I smiled and he returned the smile.
"Now we just need to find Eona and Ryko." He said, determined.
"Ryko, where are we going?" I called to the figure ahead of me. We had been riding for two days and had finally reached the coast. Mojo had turned out to be a very good investment, the little horse seemed to go for days with little food or water, but had quite the attitude.
"We will keep heading west until we hit the ocean, then we will stop and camp for the night, I think I might be able to steal a big enough boat so we can take the horses, but we will have to see if we can find one with enough resources to feed the beasts and us." Ryko had grown quite fond of the white stallion Secile had given him. I looked at my surroundings, trees with strange brown fruits were everywhere, Ryko had told me that the fruits were called coconuts, and had milk inside them. At first I thought he had been joking, but he had knocked one down and cracked it open with a rock, and sure enough he was right, there was milk inside. There were also small monkeys and lizards that running about, but they did not bother me as much as the eight legged, small creature that crawled around on trees and on invisible nets that Ryko told me were called webs. I tried to avoid those even though he told me they were harmless. Other than that the forest was beautiful. Flowers of all kinds of colors and shapes were all around; Plants that ate flies and, had large thorns, and others that only opened at night. Mojo didn't seem to mind any of it; he just walked on ignoring the massive insects flying about his ears. It was then I heard a faint yell. I looked up, expecting it to Ryko, but he seemed just as alert. We both heard it again. Ryko quickly pulled his reins to his chest and dismounted. He walked his horse to me and handed me the reins, telling me silently with his eyes to hold the stallion while he went to go check out the noise. I nodded and gripped them firmly while still holding my own. Mojo did not seem to enjoy the closeness of the stallion, he shook his head and snorted a few times.
"Mojo, be nice!" I whispered to him and stroked the side of his neck. That seemed to calm him down.
"Eona, quickly come, and bring the horses!" I heard Ryko shout from the right of me. I followed his voice until I came to an opening that led me to the ocean's edge, but that was not what caught my eye. Kygo and Ido were both standing by a small boat. They looked starved and sunburned. Ryko was studying the tender they came in.
"Eona!" they shouted as they saw me. I dismounted and tied both the horses to a nearby tree and ran to meet them.