Title: The Knight and the Blacksmith

Genre: Romance, Drama, and Humor

Summary: Cecily leaves Housman to hone her skills as a knight. Upon returning she finds out there are other things that have changed or perhaps have always been.

Rating: T for now at least


Prologue:

"What do you mean you're leaving?" a shout came from the humble home of the blacksmith.

"Just that Lisa, I'm going to go away for a while." Said the female knight of the Guards of Housman, Cecily Cambell. The redheaded knight explained herself further.

"This is a very special opportunity I have in front of me. I was requested by Commander Hannibal to train at the Guard Sanctuary." The others in the room stopped. Lisa, the little demon girl jumped from her seat, Aria the maiden that carried the power of a demon sword looked at Cecily in awe, while Luke, the blacksmith himself just froze entirely.

The Guard Sanctuary is a highly respected training ground for all knights. Some of the world's legendary warriors have emerged from that site. Including…

"It's the place where my father learned to fight. I know the road ahead of me is rough but I can't turn this down. This is my chance to truly follow in my father's footsteps, you all have to understand." Cecily further explained herself.

"I understand…" Luke spoke up, getting the others' attention. "I understand that you don't know what you're getting yourself into as usual." He said while he remained seated with arms crossed in his usual manner.

"Geez Luke, that sure is supportive of you!" Cecily snapped back at him.

"Yeah Luke honestly, this is clearly an important matter for Cecily, and all you can say is something rude as usual." Aria said in Cecily's defense.

"Hmph, you didn't let me finish." Luke protested the assault the two women.

"Well then go on! Jerk." Cecily commanded him, her eyes firing up as they always did when Luke made a rude remark about her.

"Well I was going to say, before I was interrupted, was that I wanted wish you luck, because you sure are going to need it, a lot of it actually." He said turning away from his company and gazed out the window. By then Cecily was boiling.

"What's that supposed to mean!" She yelled making the house around them shake. That and her slamming her hands on the table as hard as she could.

"Sheesh, do you have to be so loud, I think you scared the birds away." He said looking on at the few birds that were before resting on a tree outside but flew away perhaps in response to Cecily's outburst.

"Wait, Cecily, when do you leave, at least give us the chance to send you off." Lisa said. Cecily looked over at the little demon girl and her mood changed instantly.

"Tomorrow night, I want to pack and have everything in order when I leave." She said smiling. It was offsetting how fast her mood changed.

"Well until then, Lisa come on, we need to finish that order for the mayor." Luke said getting up to leave the house and go to the forge.

"Right." The little demon nodded and headed out after him leaving Cecily and Aria behind.

"That…that jerk! Why does he always have to be like that?" Cecily complained once Luke was out of hearing range.

"Well you know Luke is…awkward." Aria reminded her friend. "And besides he did wish you good luck." Cecily looked at her with a furrowed brow still a bit angry at Luke's behavior.

It's so funny how much Luke gets her riled up. The demon sword thought to herself.

"I guess you're right…" she said sighing, "Whatever, I need to get packing." With that the lady knight left the blacksmith's house and returned to her manor, to prepare for her journey.


The next night came around awfully fast and Cecily was just about ready to leave. She was to go to her guild in town and from there Hannibal would escort her to the Guard Sanctuary.

"Are you sure you have to go Cecily?" Lisa asked hoping her friend would stay home. Cecily patted her little friend on the head.

"I don't have to go, I want to, but don't worry it's not like I'm leaving for good ill be back before you know it." She assured Lisa

Most of the crew was there. Cecily, Lisa, Lucy (Cecily's mother), and Flo the maid of the Cambells. All except one was there seeing Cecily off, Luke.

"Are you sure you don't want me to come with you to the Guard Sanctuary Cecily?" Aria asked since she was Cecily's most used weapon, the demon sword of wind.

Cecily shook her head and replied.

"I'm sure Aria, this is something I need to do on my own, Commander Hannibal and the Mayor said they will look after you while I'm away. Speaking of things I need to do, I'm gonna punch that jerk Luke for not showing up!" she said cracking her knuckles.

"Well Luke did say he needed to finish that order, it's paying a lot of money." Lisa said trying to defend Luke, but that only made Cecily grow angrier.

"Figures that insensitive jerk is more worried about money than friends." She grumbled. She then took a deep breath and turned to the others.

"How long will you be away miss?" Flo asked. It took some time for Cecily to answer as she thought about it.

"Well, judging from what Hannibal said, I should be away for half a year." When she said that everyone else looked a little discouraged. Not seeing someone they cared for deeply for that long was a real downer.

"Well I'm all set, I guess this is so long." She then walked up to her mother.

"I don't know why you're going at all Cecily, you're almost guaranteeing life as a single woman…" Cecily began to get irritated again. "…But I know how much this means to you, and how proud your father would be if he saw you now." Cecily's face lightened in expression at her mother's words.

"Thanks mom." That was all she said before they engaged in a tight hug. She said her goodbyes to everyone and was on her way.


About ten minutes after she left her home she was getting close to town and to her guild.

"I wonder if it is good idea leaving Aria behind. After all she did save my sorry-" Wham! Before she could finish her sentence she bumped into someone else…hard.

"I though I might catch you here dork!" a familiar voice shouted at Cecily. When she looked up at who it was she was a little more than surprised.

"Luke! I thought you had business to attend to!" she sneered at him for not being with the others earlier.

"I still do. I left so I can catch you." Cecily was shocked at that statement.

"Y-y-you…what?"

"What are you doing in the city anyway, I thought you were going to the Guard Sanctuary?" Cecily shook her head to snap out of the shock Luke put her into.

"I am, but I need to go to the guild so Hannibal can guide me there."

"Oh, I see. I guess I'll take you to the guild since you seem to need some assistance getting anywhere." That backhanded comment got Cecily riled up again.

"What did you say?" she shouted, both fists clenched.

"Whatever, are you coming or not?" Luke asked already walking. Cecily scampered after him until they were walking side by side.

"Tell me Cecily, why are you really going to the Guard Sanctuary? Not what you said yesterday, but the real reason." Cecily's eyes widened at the question. Luke saw right through her with his lone eye.

"I think you know already Luke." She said, as they got closer to the guild.

"No tell me, don't keep it inside." Luke said. Cecily took a deep breath.

"The reason I'm going to the Guard Sanctuary is, well…for what seems like forever I had other people protect me while I keep going on about defending others. You've saved me more times than I can remember. It's about time that I save myself!" she proclaimed. The desire burned in her eyes as she explained herself to Luke who could easily see it in her.

"That's all I wanted to know. I'll see you when you get back then." They stopped and looked in each other's eyes for a second before Luke turned around and left for home.

"Bye…Luke." Cecily muttered as she watched him walk away.


A few minutes later she finally arrived at her guild where Hannibal was waiting.

"Ah, there you are Cambell, are you ready to go?" Cecily looked up at her commander with her usual determination.

"I'm ready."