Well, it's been a while since the last chapter, but I promise I'll try to work more dilligently! Anyway, here it is. Make sure to give me some feed back before you go! I need all the feedback I can get!
The sun was slowly beginning to peek up from behind the mountains in the west. It had only been a few hours since I had left Karas, but the long and boring trail made it feel a lot longer. I stopped momentarily and looked out into the distance. There was just a single trail surrounded by tall grass that extended east into the mountains. I took a swig from my canteen as I began walking again, dreading the long journey ahead.
When I reached the mountains, the plains behind were already covered in the warm glow of the twilight. Tired and thirsty, I stopped at a small pond at the base of the mountain. Realizing the day was wearing thin, I decided to make camp there. I brought out some jerky that Vin had given me and munched on it as I looked at the map by the campfire. The town of Seles was less than a than a day away. If I left early and traveled fast, I could easily reach it by midday tomorrow. I rolled up the map and munched on the jerky, looking into the crackling fire. I was beginning to doze off when I suddenly heard footsteps from behind me. I jumped up, turned, and drew my sword in one quick singular movement to face the unknown entity. Surprisingly, there was nobody there. Was I imagining things? No, I definitely heard something. I cautiously inched forward gripping my sword tightly.
"Looking for someone?"
Surprised, I spun around and let instinct take over. I leapt towards the first thing I saw, and the next thing I knew I was on top of a bewildered girl, my sword across her throat. "W-who are you?" I questioned.
"Is this how you treat every traveler who approaches you? Get off of me!" she said, shoving me off. I got up, slightly embarrassed. I offered her my hand and she grabbed it.
"Sorry. You shouldn't have snuck up on me like that," I said helping her up. When she began to dust herself off, I noticed the glint of armor on her body.
"I don't blame you. I probably would have done the same thing," she said, chuckling. She reached down to grab something on the floor. It turned out to be a lance with a thick, flat spear tip that seemed to glow in the moonlight.
"Again, sorry about that. Let me introduce myself correctly. I'm Zeig. Nice to meet you," I said extending my hand towards her. She took it and gave me a surprisingly strong shake.
"I'm Eyie," she said bringing her hand back to rest on her spear. "You… don't mind if I share the campfire with you, do you?"
"No, not at all. It's the least I can do for a fellow traveler," I answered. "Help yourself to some food in the pack."
"Thanks," Eyie said. She reached into the pack and took a handful of jerky before sitting by the fire. I sat near her and looked into the fire.
"Where are you heading?" I dared to ask. Not many travelers are so forthcoming with their destinations and many are quite defensive about it. Remarkably, she responded willingly.
"I'm heading over to Bale. Figure I'd enter this big tournament they're having to determine the strongest in Endiness," she said joyfully. She took a bite of jerky. "I'm already the strongest fighter back home! Not even any of the guys can beat me!"
"Hah! No way! I'm heading to the same tournament," I said laughing. Who knew that I would see another fighter on my journey?
"Then I hope you're good with that sword!" Eyie said chuckling. She took another bit of jerky before turning to look at me again. "By the way, that's some sword. It had some strange designs on it. Care to tell?"
"Of course," I said as I held up my sword by the fire. The steel was etched with the design of seven dragons flying towards a grotesque monster. "This is a reminder of my grandmother and the stories she used to tell me. This design is inspired by her favorite legend. The legend of the Seven Dragoons and the Moon Child."
"Hmm… I don't think I've ever heard that story. How does it go?" Eyie asked.
"Well, let's see… Uh…" I began, but for some reason I could not remember the story. "You know what? How about I tell you in the morning? It's late and we both need some sleep."
"Wait! I want to hear the story!" Eyie begged, mouth full of jerky
"Be patient! Trust me, it's worth the wait. Now get some sleep we got a big day ahead of us tomorrow." I said lying down.
"Aww! Fine, be that way," I heard Eyie say as she fell backwards. I could hear her swallow the last bit of jerky. "Goodnight then."
"Goodnight," I responded. I was glad to have met Eyie. It brought some much needed company on this lonely journey. I began to doze off, thinking about Eyie and the tournament, as a gust of wind traveled by and turned the fire into embers.