What the heck happened? My ears had a loud piercing like sound that made my head ring. Why did an explosion just set off here and now?
I slowly got up and noticed that Phil was knocked out and bleeding. “Phil.” I shook him. Was he dead? This is not good. Wait…he’s breathing. My fingers was on his neck checking his pulse.
Looking up, I noticed Adriel standing in front of us with a black barrier. He glared towards the incident, where he noticed that his limousine was blown up into smithereens.
Pedestrians were screaming in fear as they were running around. Some were hurt and injured, while others were knocked out unconscious.
Chaos followed behind me everywhere I went, even if it was not me it made me wonder why this was happening. I mean was the Double Trouble really that powerfully effective here on Earth? Back on Torren I wouldn’t get into trouble so often.
“Get up dragon. We need to find shelter now.” Adriel called out. He spoke with urgency.
I nodded understanding what he meant, but Phil’s heavy body was pushing down upon me making it difficult.
“Young mistress!” Coco rushed over and pulled heavy body of me. She slung him on her shoulder like a sake of potato.
I couldn’t help but stare in amazement at the amount of strength that she had possessed in such a lean body.
“Young mistress, we need to go.”
“Yea…” I reached over and grabbed her extended hand. She pulled me up like I weighed nothing and brushed the dirt off my body.
“Come on!” Adriel shouted. He darted towards the side of the building and headed the opposite direction of the Host Club.
Coco and I followed as best we could, especially me who was having a difficult time following behind the quick footstep of an elf. I mean my legs were not cut out to be running so quickly in this small childish body.
I stumbled and tripped. Coco grabbed me in midair by the waist and picked me up with her free arm. She was not carrying both of us without even falling behind.
We ran through the side of many buildings, jumped over fences, and even crossed a stream. Not once did Coco fail to follow behind Adriel. He stopped in an abandon building. Coco gently placed me down and dropped Phil onto the ground.
Alarmed I rushed over to Coco. Why did she just dropped him like that? Wait, its Coco. I should just know better.
Adriel leaned over towards the side and look out the broken glass.
“Were we followed?” I asked.
Adriel turned around. “No.”
I sighed with relief. “What just happened? Why did your car blow up?”
“I expected this to happen.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Tch.” Adriel spat. He leaned against the wall and slid down onto the ground.
“You know what’s going on.”
“Shut it dragon.”
“I have a nam-”
Coco blitz towards Adriel and aimed a deadly knife at his throat. Adriel didn’t flinch a single bit and instead glared down at her like she was some kind of bug. All I could do was gulp. Any minutes now I swear I would see blood being spilled between the two. Where did the courage come from anyways? He’s a Demon Lord for crying out loud. I swear that Coco was more in trouble than the Demon Lord himself.
“Yes, young mistress? How should I cut this ruffian’s to pieces? Skin him alive? Gut him? Break every piece of his bones? Or maybe I should slowly skewering him.” Coco’s gaze had a piercing blood lust.
I swear I need to be really really careful around Coco. Right now her words and looks don’t match. A fearless beauty that could kill with just words alone.
“Keh.” Adriel smirked. “Kahahahahaha!” He burst out laughing and threw up his hands.
“What’s so funny scum?”
“Nothing. I just never thought I would see such words come out from a beautiful lady.” Adriel pushed the knife away from his neck. Blood seeped out of his fingers. Coco was pushing back with all her strength, but even still she couldn’t budge from Adriel’s power.
“What? How?” Coco gritted her teeth.
Adriel broke the knife in half causing her to fall forward. He caught Coco in his arm and smiled. Coco blushed scarlet for a brief moment, her whole demeanor changed and instead gave him a head butt.
Adriel dropped her and Coco twirled out from underneath. She punched him in the guts and sent him flying backwards into the wall. “Ugh!” He fell and slide down onto the ground.
My mouth was hanging open in shock and my hands were unconsciously slowly clapping.
“Hmph.” Coco fluff her maid clothes.
“Coco, I don’t think that was a wise idea.” Actually, I am cheering for her bravery. I can not help but stare at her in a whole new perspective after today. Even though I already thought of her as an awesome maid, she was spectacular today.
“Young mistress, I believe it was the right thing to do. Hammering in a couple of pegs down this arrogant elf is something I have wanted to do.” She clapped her hands as if she was getting off dirt off her hands.
“Kuhuhuhahahahaah!” Adriel who was down was laughing out loud like it was nothing.
I couldn’t help but stare at him strangely. Was he alright? Did Coco’s hit knock him out of his senses?
“What is with that disgusting laugh.” Coco eyed Adriel with disgust.
“Ah~” Adriel let out a breath and stare up into the ceiling. “I never had any female hit me like that before.”
“He’s a masochist.” I worded underneath my breathe. Even Coco heard what I had said and nodded.
“Quite a refreshing feeling.” Adriel pushed back his hair and got up as if nothing had happened. “For your excellent performance, I’ll tell you what is going on.”
So he knew. I couldn’t help but wonder what he had to say.
“It seems that Rei have found out that I tricked him.”
“Rei?” Coco asked, she turned towards me confused.
“A past Titan.” I mean yea, I was waiting for Rei to find out sooner or later.
“A Titan?!” Coco voice went up an octave shocked. “How is it possible there shouldn’t be more than one legendary Creatures out for another thousand years.”
“Well that’s a bit of a different story. He has lost his power.”
“I don’t know. All he said was that he was sent here and inhabited a human body.”
“That is unheard of,” Coco thought it over. “Young mistress, I was wondering.”
“Where are we? I don’t understand how the Forgotten Forest is connected to this strange area? Everywhere I look I have not found a single tree. I am sure that we don’t live next to a strange city like this.”
“Well…” I was wondering how I should explain it to her. Even I didn’t understand how she made it to Earth without going through the portal that the Light Goddess had created.
“You’re not in Torren anymore.” Phil was awake.
Everyone turned towards Phil. The blood that was no more, he was back to normal.
“What are you saying? This is the world of Torren isn’t it?”
“It’s Earth. I don’t know how you got here, but Don, Berry, and I have been here for over a week now.”
“I knew I felt something strange about this world.” Coco spoke. “I got the feeling that the magical energy in the air is stagnant and weak. I could barely even summon my magic until I got closer to you young mistress.” She grabbed a hold of my hands and her eyes were twinkling in joy.
“As one would expect to be near a dragon,” said Adriel. “It’s no surprised your magic would work more efficiently when you are near her. She’s a walking talking magic conductor. Every pore of her body filters and cleans the magic around her. That is what a dragon of this world is like.”
“Wait,” I held up my hands confused. “Is that why the others wants me?”
“Yes.” Adriel shook his head. “It took you this long to understand your predicament?”
“Well, it didn’t quite click yet.”
“Wait you were kidnapped? How?”
“I don’t know.” I shrugged. “If I knew I would have found out by now.”
“Dragons and magical creatures on Earth had been hunted down for generation by the humans to collect their magical abilities. We been hunted down to the brink of extinction till the last century, when the last living dragon sacrificed her life to protect all the magical creatures. Her power created a special illusion that are cast upon the magical race and hides us from the presence from the humans. In the past our bones, skins, and body are used to fuel these powerless humans for their own benefits.” Adriel spat onto the ground. His voice were filled with hatred. “Though there were a rare few who had fell in love with a human and people like you were created.” His eyes went towards Phil.
“I wouldn’t say love. More like an experiment.” Phil stated.
“Experiment?” His words made me question what Phil went through in life. Was there something more sinister working behind Phil’s past?
“My father fell into the trap of elvish sweet words. The arranged marriage between different species were to see if the two species could be produce an powerful child. My father was considered the best court magician in the Dragon Kingdom and my mother was the Holy Maiden.”
“That is sacrilege!” Adriel stormed. “Why would the elves allow such heinous act between an Holy Maiden. Once a Holy Maiden has been defiled, she is no more a Holy Maiden.”
“Exactly, The elven elders ruled that the the old Holy Maiden to step down from her power and allow the new and young maiden to take her place. It was all a political game for them. My mother could’ve stay in seat for another one hundred years just fine, but the old crooks instead took it a step further and tarnish her name. They ruled that she was unfit and unholy enough to be called the Holy Maiden any more. So they arranged my mother to marry into the family of the court magician. It was a great event between the kingdom, the best human magician’s around the world competed to wed the Holy Maiden. My father was the one who won the tournament, and the marriage was set. The union between the two species had finalized the treaty.”
“So did everything go alright?” I asked.
“I was conceived and my mother lost all her powers. On that fateful day, both my parents were killed by an large scale invasion of monsters. My grandmother saved my life and took me away. The elves didn’t send reinforcement as promised and instead the humans fought them back. Eventually they won, but the King threw my grandparents aside blaming us for the failure between the union. We have lost land, power, and even honor from that fateful day. Both turned their back on us as if we were a piece of trash.”
“I’m so sorry.”
“Don’t be. I don’t have a single pledge to either kingdoms.”
“That story sounds quite fantastical for the elves to give up an Holy Maiden so easily. We would fight with our teeth and body if our Maiden was given away so easily. There must be something more sinister going on if such acts were condone.”
“I never thought of it like that.”
“That would make sense on why I felt such a strong Holy energy from you. You have similar powers, though I’m not to surprised that you guys came from another world. It would explain why another dragon would have came into this world when they are no more left.”
“Well I wouldn’t really say I’m from that world…” My voice was trailing off, this back and forth traveling and residency were making things a lot more complicated. I was from Earth, but had my life renewed in the world of Torren. Now I’m back at Earth, but I’m also a resident of Torren. So what was I anyways?
“This is something I need to seriously think over. It seems that Rei knew more than I have would’ve known.”
“Rei? The Titan correct?” Coco asked.
I nodded. People who didn’t quite caught Coco’s attention, she would usually forget really easily.
“He’s hunting us down.”
“Hunting? I’ll show him what a hunt is.”
“Kahahahaha.” Adriel burst out laughing. “A horse maid going out to hunt? I find that truly fascinating.”
I had to completely agree with Adriel for once. Seeing Coco hunting down a criminal was a strange sight to see. I mean this is the past legendary creature that came from Torren. He had somehow obtained strange powers that allowed him to use magic in his human body.
If humans in this world can not use magic normally, it usually meant one thing. They probably had a magical item with them that allowed them to control magic. So the whole time it was not Rei who was strong, but his ability to use whatever magical item that he had with him.
“Truly you are a very interesting creature. I would like you to join my house.” Adrield blatantly spoke.
“No.” Coco flat out spoke. She crossed her arms and look the other way. She turned around and walked towards me. “Young mistress are you feeling better now?”
“Yes. Thank you.”
“Are you sure about that? I can treat you with wealth and riches.”
“Young Mistress, what would you like to eat today? I’ll make something good when we find a safe place to rest.”
“Hey! Are you listening to me?”
“Well, I would like some apple pie.”
“I will gladly make you some apple pie, young mistress.”
“Stop ignoring me!” Adriel stormed over and grabbed Coco by the shoulder.
Coco grabbed a hold of Adriel’s hand and did a flawless shoulder throw.
Oh my gawd.…This is the second time that Coco flawlessly injured Adriel without a care in the world. At this rate, she might actually die.
“Don’t worry young mistress, he is just a puppy that does not know his place. A bit of training and he will become a wonderful dog.”
My mouth fell open. She just called him a puppy. Wow.
“You truly are a maid worth having. I like that.” Adriel got up not hurt at all. “I want you more and more.”
“That’s too bad. One day you will work for me.”
“I decline definitively.”
“There is always another day.” Silence followed after, making all of us uncomfortable.
“What are we going to do? We need to get back to the Blue Host Club by tomorrow.” I spoke out.
“Don’t worry, we are less than a day away.”
“That’s good to hear but what about Rei? He’s on our back tracking us down every second.”
“Don’t worry about him. If my intels are correct, he can’t find us to easily with me being near you.”
Adriel walked towards the door, and stopped in front of it. “We should leave, now.”
Everyone followed behind him. We continued outside, they weren’t many people walking about at this time, but the busy streets were still. We trekked through and made our way towards the train and boarded it.
“What is this?” Coco was staring around in excitement. Her inner child were brimming with happiness as she look around like it was some kind of new toy.
“A bullet train.” I spoke.
“We don’t have one of these back at Torren and even the metal contraptions.”
“Yea, they are a bit more difficult to make.” I really didn’t know much about engineering. If there was someone who had a memory intact in building vehicles that would be great.
“But they are so cool young mistress. We should take one of those metal contraptions with us back to Torren.”
“That would be a little difficult.” Phil spoke. “The door is not big enough to fit in a car.”
“Its called a car.” Coco once again was looking out the window. Smiling like an excited child.
“By the way, is there a magic store?” I turned towards Adriel. I wondered what the Magic Stores were like in Earth. Did they have a creepy feel or were they more modernized? Possibly they have some underground dealing that I don’t even know about.
The train departed and we made it towards our stop. Getting out of the packed train, and walked.
“Young mistress, please stay close to me.” Coco grabbed my hand.
I swear we look like mother and child while walking through the busy stairs.
“This way.” Adriel turned to the right. We weaseled our way through the thick crowds and went into a local mart. He pushed through the employee only sign door and we walked down stairs.
I couldn’t help but wonder where we were. I mean was it natural to have a hidden door like this in the building? We just blew past the clerk and made our way without showing ID or anything.
Adrien pushed opened a metal door, and before us were a large open space with well spaced out stalls. People from different countries were walking around in regular everyday clothes, some were in medieval like clothes that made them look like they came out of a fantasy book.
“Are we in an underground market?”
“You can say something like that.”
“Wow, I never knew such a place like this existed.”
“Not a lot of people do. Only the people who seek out magic can.”
I walked over to a small booth to the right. They were bunch of little trinkets that were hand made set up to be sold. Looking down at the price I noticed that the prices were in gold, silver, or copper.
“In gold?” I couldn’t help but ask Adriel.
“Gold has always been a fixed price. You can not buy things without gold here.”
I walked towards the next booth looking at the charms, and different cultural items and magical herbs that I have never seen before. One of the stalls had a very ominous feel to it. They were small shrunken heads with voodoo dolls hanging of the side of the stalls. Animal skulls and human skulls decorated the exterior of the stalls, the whole scene seem like a perfect horror movie scene that it gave me shivers.
“Is that normal?” I pointed towards the scary looking stall.
“Yes. This is an underground society for selling magical ingredients and items. You can literally find anything here that you would never find on the internet. Sometimes you would find actual items on the web being sold. People don’t know that what they usually sell are cursed items.”
“I don’t think I want to know what they sell.” I gulped.
“Matter of fact, sometimes it’s best that you do know what this world has to offer. You don’t want to buy something you don’t know and get cursed.”
“Yea, 99% of the things sold online are cursed items and there are rare exceptions where its an actual ancient artifacts or items for piratical use. Foolish people think that these cursed items are power items and get there whole life turned upside down. Usually only the caster knows what was placed on the item itself and a people who actually understand the item would know what it actual can do.”
“I’m glad that I didn’t buy anything online. I did see a couple of those cursed items or power items without realizing what it was.”
“Well quite a bit of them are phonies so it’s hard not to get pulled in by the concept of gaining power. Humanity are sometimes a stupid creature in believing that such things can improve one’s life.”
“Your view on humanity are quite dark.”
“What do you expect? I do not have much hope in humanity after all.”
“Where did the kind beautiful elf go.” I whined. Adriel was destroying every image of it every time he spoke so maliciously about humans. I understand that elves don’t see in favor of humans, but to such dark thoughts and even to the point of becoming a Demon Lord. The image of an elf contracted everything to what I had believe in. The only close one to one is Sophia herself.
“Quit whining. What is it that you want from here?”
“I was wondering if you sell magic stones here.”
“Magic Stones? You mean the stones that you have given me?”
“They do but there aren’t that many of them.”
“Still, I would like to see them.”
“Then follow me.”
We continued to walk through the stalls. People turned around to take a peek towards us. It made me kind of uncomfortable at the large amount of eyes staring.
“Why are they staring at us?” I whispered towards Adriel.
“They don’t take to kindly to strangers.”
“Is because magician’s, witches, warlocks, and many others do not take to kindly in new blood. They do not like exposing their ‘art’ to other people and get it stolen. This line of business is a lot difficult than you think. The underground world is not filled with flowers and butterflies. It is filled with death, carnage, and betrayal. That is where magic is mostly used for.”
“I didn’t know that.”
“Take it to heart dragon. This world is not a place for a naive child.”
“Hey aren’t you just giving out hints to the world by saying that?”
“No. It’s just a nickname. Only a rare few will know what you are and even then they wouldn’t attempt to tell such secrets so easily.”
“Hopefully you are right.”
“Don’t worry. You are with me. My name and status will keep majority of the filth at bay.”
“That is a problem, young mistress needs to be kept safe from everyone. So your name is not worth much if it can only do that much.”
“Coco, that is actually quite a lot.”
“No, young mistress. We can’t take such chances.”
“Thank you for concern Coco.” I felt a warm feeling in my heart.
“No problem young mistress. My life is to serve you.”
“Tch, you should be working for me. I would treat you ten times better than the dragon brat.”
“Be careful what you say scum.” Coco dangerously stated. “I will rip out your tongue here and know.”
“I wouldn’t like that.” Adriel raised up his hands in self defense. “I still need my precious life to keep my sister safe.”
Adriel took us to the last stall in a dark alleyway. I swear any further and I feared that someone will come out from the dark and mug us. But luckily no one did and we were safe.
Opening a door, Adriel entered first into a small shop. This shop was different from every small stalls out in the market. It was not dark or spooky, but it did have a rank smell that made me wonder what the store owner was cooking up in the back.
“What is this wretched smell.” Phil covered his nose.
Even I had my hands over my face trying to block out the smell.
“Salvey’s special concoction. Her herbal skill is considered the top notch out there to this day.”
“I’m not sure her concoction will save someone. They’ll probably die if they take a whiff of it.” Phil joking stated.
“I heard that brat.”
An old female’s voice spoke out in the corner of the room. An elderly lady that reminded me of a Native American sat sitting on a high chair knitting. I mean this was a real strange sight to see.
“The smell is the finest quality of for energy circulation and helping in opening one’s chakra’s.”
“Mrs Salvey. I am pleased to see you here.”
“It has been awhile Adriel. I am surprised that you are walking around in the underground black market so openly like this? Why aren’t you with your black suited bodyguards like I usually see you with?”
“Well, there have been some problems recently.”
“Are you talking about the big twenties movement? There have been some strange rumors that they are on a magical creature hunt.”
“Ahahaha. Mrs. Salvey you have quite the ear.”
“So it’s true.”
“Well, you could say that.”
“This is not a good sign. At this rate, we might war will be upon us. They will pull in the people for their own benefit.”
“Why should I care for the human race? They have no place in my heart.”
“Be careful what you say Adriel. Even if you are one of the few Demon Lords that cull the race of humanity, you should be wary of their dedication.”
“Demon Lord?” Phil asked questioningly. “Him?”
I nodded. I mean why should Phil be surprised. He’s a sure fire candidate for one as well.
“Madam. Salvey, you know me. I dare not. I always heed your warnings.”
“I am glad that you do. So are you taking part in the magical creature hunt as well?”
“Not this time.”
Madam Salvey examined Adriel with skepticism. She placed down her ball of yarn and the sweater that she was making to the side of the desk. “You know something don’t you.”
“What are you talking about? I only stated that I wouldn’t take part in the hunt.”
“As the Demon Lord of the Asian Region, you have an uncanny hunger for power. I can not believe that someone like you would just stop from this hunt unless…” Madam Salvey got off and walked around Adriel. She tapped a couple times around his arm and stare. “You got what you wanted.”
Man that old lady is good. I couldn’t help but be amazed at her deducting skill. For a wrinkly old prune, she seriously knows her stuff really well. Her gaze turned sharply towards me and froze me in my track.
“So it’s you.”
I squeaked. What the heck did she find out that quickly? My hands were rubbing against my arms uncomfortably.
“She’s too young. Who in the right mind would send a magical creature hunt on a child? Her magic is not even mature yet. It is not even in its prime to be cut up into pieces to uses for power.” Madam Salvey spoke with a bit of frustration in her voice. “Unless they mean to capture you for other purposes.”
I felt a sudden chill when she said that. The thought of being used for other purposes was a very dark thought. Even cutting me up into pieces was worst. I didn’t know what I should do or think about.
“How do you know I’m the magical creature?”
“What do you mean how? Your body is giving off such a high purity of magical energy that I can feel it a mile away. Be glad that they aren’t that many people in this world that can sense your magical energy. I believe there are only a handful that can tell that you are not human.” Madam Salvey clucked her tongues. “I have met many magical creatures in this world. From the elven kind, a demon lord, a unicorn, wolverines, and many more that would make you shudder in your sleep. But something about you is completely different from the many magical creatures I have met. What are you?”
“Well…” I wasn’t sure if it was even a good idea to tell everyone what I was. I mean seriously I was being hunted down. Right now, the best way to escape from this predicament was to go back to Torren and come back to Earth in another time when things actually settled down here.
I couldn’t help it. I was a selfish person who wanted to live one more day. This whole journey of stinking close to Phil and reform him in a positive direction of not turning into a Demon Lord was because of my own selfish motives. I mean I wasn’t some saint that goes around saving people’s life. Now the thought of myself getting cut into pieces and having my bones sold off to people creeped me out immensely.
“She’s a dragon.” Adriel just casually spoke.
“Are you out of your mind? I thought it wasn’t wise to blantly tell what I was.” I almost shouted so loud that my voice cracked.
“How am I fine. You just told someone what I am. Words travel fast you know!”
“Madam Salvey is a magical creature herself.”
“She is?” I mean really? She looks like a old wrinkly lady.
“Your face states that you don’t believe in what he stated.” Madam Slvey spoke. She waved her hand to the side and her whole appearance changed. She turned into a majestic deer with a horn on her head. Her body was covered with green scales and even on mane and tail were covered with light blue flames.
“She’s a Kilin.”
“In the east, they are are creatures of wisdom and purity. They are the closest thing to a unicorn from the west.”
“A unicorn?!” I stare with gaping jaws. “Wait, I thought unicorns were white horses.”
“There are more than one type of unicorns roaming around Earth. The unicorn you speak about is the Unicorn of purity that lives in the West. You will find such creature in mostly in Europe and some in the United States. Kilin’s are more prominent in the eastern cultures.” Madam Salvey spoke. Her voice were like a chime that tickled my ears. “My kind are record keepers and guardians of Earth. They are not many of us alive today and so we stay hidden in a human form.” She changed back into her human form.
“You look so beautiful in your creature form. Why did you change yourself into a elderly form?”
“Why you ask? Because hunters do not set sight on someone who looks weak and feeble like me. I do not have such power like a Demon Lord or a Dragon. Even still I can hold up on my own, but still if to many come to hunt me I will be in trouble.”
“So this was how you been hiding all those times.”
“Yes. I lived over five hundred years and I am still in my prime.”
“That’s quite amazing to look so old like you. It really hits the spot doesn’t it?” Adriel chuckled with a mischievous grin.
I swear Demon Lords are all ballsy and crazy. He literally said the taboo word that all males should be careful about saying. I already was doing a solemn prayer for a swift death to Adriel.
Madam Salvey lowered her horn and trotted slowly towards Adriel. Her eyes gleamed dangerously red like a madman.
“Madam Salvey, your horns is dangerously sharp. I believe it would best that you don’t aim such dangerous thing towards someone like me.” Adriel’s raised up his hands and was stepping backwards.
Madam Salvey’s horn glowed pure white and electric like energy burst outwards causing Adriel to flinch. Even Phil was moving out of the way and dragging me to the side.
“Adriel, you still have not learn a lesson have you?”
“Madam, please be careful in where you are pointing such dangerous weapon. You know it was a joke right?”
“A joke he said.”
“Please Madam!” Adriel was sweating so hard that I swear I could see him cringe from fear. I mean this was truly a spectacle to see someone like Adriel on his knees begging for forgiveness.
“Forgiveness? I heard it the last time.” Without any mercy Madam Salvey sent out a shockwave of light energy electrocuting Adriel.
Every single fiber of Adriel’s hair stood up like a porcupine. I couldn’t hold back a burst of laughter at the ridiculous sight in front of me. Adriel fell face forward onto the ground.
“A Kilin.” Coco eyes were sparkling as she look at Madam Salvey with interest.
“What are you?” Madam Slavey trotted over towards Coco. “I get a faint feeling of a fire energy from you.”
“I am a proud race of a Blood Horse.” Coco stood up straight and proud.
“A horse. Interesting. Not the usually kind too.” Madam sniffed around Coco. “Quite a unique smell of magic too. I can tell that you are quite strong.”
“Thank you.” Coco bowed.
“What about you?” Madam look towards Phil.”Not completely human but has a similar smell and scent like Adriel. A half elf?”
“Yes.” Phil didn’t budge instead watched what Madam Salvey would do.
“Not only that you have quite a large range of magical ability. I say one day you will rival Adriel here.”
“You think so?”
“I know so.”
“I learn something new everyday.” Phil said satisfied.
“Now then.” Madam Salvey changed back into her old lady form. “What is it that I can help with you?”
“I was wondering if you have any Magic Stones for sell?”
“Magic Stones.…What kind are you looking for. We have crystals for sale that are mined from all over the world.”
“Magic Stones and Crystals are the same?”
“Yes, though we just call them Crystals. Why are you looking for something else?”
“Well yes and no.” I rummaged in my pocket and took out a Monster Stone. Placing it on the table, Madam Salvey picked it up to examine it.
“What is this?”
“You guys don’t have a Monster Stone?”
“No. Not something like this. What exactly is it?”
“Doesn’t all magical creatures here have some kind of Magic Stones inside of them? Isn’t this what people use to use magic?”
“There is nothing like that. What we do is use the Crystals to house a spirit of a deceased Magical Monster, though the problem comes down to being able to put their actual spirits in them.”
Wait, so that means the magic on Earth was different in some degrees here as well. Especially the Magic Stones that I been using in the world of Torren.
“The Magic Stones are pretty cheap to buy depending on what type of crystals you want. Captured Magical Creatures are a lot more pricey.”
“Can I see your collections of crystals?”
“Follow me.” Madam Salvey walked through the beaded door. Upon entering, I saw hundreds of different types of crystals of shapes and sizes on shelves. The whole place radiated with a strange calm power that one wondered how such crystals had so much power stored in something so little.
“You have so many…”
“So far I have over 1209 different collection of crystal formation around the world. They are plenty more, but what I have on the shelf are what I have now. What exactly are you looking for?”
“I don’t really have anything in mind.”
“Well are you looking for a way to absorb dark magic? Increase Light Magic? Purify lands? Capture Souls? Do future readings?”
“I didn’t know they were so many different uses for them.”
“Well they also do have different prices and size. If you want something more ‘rare’ or pricey we got something like an Emerald, Diamonds, Amethyst, and such. Those type of crystals are definite great in using in capturing spirits or storing energy. People don’t realize that they unconsciously pour in their own energy into jewelry. That’s why they are different types of ‘feelings’ or ‘energies’ in them. If you ever find a jewelry that ‘feels’ angry you are feeling the past owner’s collective mood in them.”
“Well then do you have anything sturdy?”
“I got plenty of sturdy stones: Obsidian’s, Emeralds, Rubies, etc…”
“I will like to try the cheapest one.”
“An regular Obsidian.” Madam Savey reached up towards a shelf where a round black ball the size of a fist and plucked it off the shelf. She handed it to me wondering what I would do.
The smooth surface of the Obsidian reminded me of glass, but when knocking on the surface, my knuckles felt a slight pain. Staring at the Obsidian in hand, I felt an odd draw of dark magic being siphoned into it. Strange faces appeared in the glimmer of the Obsidian as they were crying out in riot.
Startled I dropped the Obsidian out of my hand, and Madam Salvey caught it perfectly in midair.
“What the heck was that?”
“An Obsidian is a special rock made from the quickly cooling of volcanic activity. It has a very strong hardness level that is not easily broken. Its metaphysical property has a rapid energy storage that sucks in any Dark Magic or Spirits or similar elements into the crystals. That is why you see dark spirits lingering inside the stones because they are not strong enough to break away from the pull.”
“I see.” This was something that I didn’t know about. I once again picked up the Obsidian from Madam Salvey’s hand.
Using my mind, I tried out the skill Coder onto the Obsidian.
Coding Skill can not be used. New Skill has been obtained Magical Spirit Management.
Magical Spirit Management
A unique ability to manage and control the souls inside the Earth’s Crystals. The user is able to Capture, Release, Summon Spirits, and Book. Spirit ranges from humans, beast, and even magical creatures.
To Capture a spirit one must be stronger than the Spirit and have an agreement of servitude to be ‘housed’ inside the crystal. Beware if the spirits harbor dark thoughts or hatred towards the wielder the Crystal’s can become contaminated and become a cursed object. Forcefully putting a Spirit into a crystal will cause a bad interaction between the crystal and the caster.
To Release a spirit one must say the magic word caste onto the Crystal. Once released, the spirit will not come back a second time to the same Crystal. When Releasing angered Spirits, backlash is to be expected. Beware when they are free.
To Summon Spirits set up special ‘treats’ that the spirits like. Treats are like offerings to the spirits. Find out new ‘treats’ that each spirits like.
Book is a special storage of summoning techniques for the Spirit. Special procedures and steps needs to be used to summon a Spirit. Not all summoning is successfully to look into Book just call out or think “Book.” To close out of the Book call out or think “End.”
Without further question I thought ‘Book.”
Book of Magical Spirit Summoning
They are many methods to summon a spirit in Earth. Some steps takes certain periods of days and time to summon. Special crystals that responds to the spirits must be used. The period of time for a spirit to dwell in a crystal depends on each contract.
Would you like to look through more information in the book? Please specify a specific genre or keywords.
End. I thought. There were time and place to study this Spirit Summoning. The skill Coding couldn’t be used in this world and it made me wonder if that meant other skills cannot be used. I summoned up my status menu to see what had changed.
Name: Berry Drakel
Title: Greedy Gaming Dragon
Blessings: Blessing of the Ancient Dragon, Double Trouble, Great Sage, Curse of the Dragons
Torren Magic: Transform, Magic absorption, Metal Manipulator. Ice (Ice Claw, Ice Armor, Ice Bullet) and Fire Magic (Fire ball), Coder, Blessing of Adventurers.
Earth Magic: Magical Spirit Management
I couldn’t help but be surprised at the new changes in my status. The Ice Magic had increased by three, and now they were specific Magic that seem to differentiate between two worlds. So it seems that Earth Magic Stones I couldn’t use Coding skill though I had to wonder if it was true with Torren’s Magic Stone.
Pulling out a low level Magic Stone, I willed myself to use the Coding Skill on the Obsidian. Nothing happened.
So that meant the skills from two different words couldn’t work. I wondered why this specific magic I was not able to use. The other skills I think I was able to use. I was not quite sure what the rules in this world was with magic.
“I would like to buy two of everything if possible.”
“What?” Phil voice rose up an octave. “How are you going to carry all of them? Wait, are you saying you can do something with these crystals?”
“I think so, though I don’t quite know if I can carry them.…” I pulled out the box where all the Magic Stone was. Opening it up, I dropped the stone into the box. The Obsidian disappeared into the magic box and a new feature was added. Now I was able to draw out and store Earth’s crystal.
“Are you going to buy that? I only trade with Gold or Silver currency.”
“Ah…” I just realized that I didn’t have a single money in my name.
“Young mistress.” Coco called out to me. She had a bag out in her hand for me to use.
My eyes brightened at the bag of coins. I couldn’t be happen enough at how dependable Coco was at such time. She truly was an A plus maid.
“How much would it cost?”
“Six gold coins and four silvers.”
“Okay.” I pulled out the money she asked for though I knew the Draconian coins purity was the highest I pulled out three instead and handed it to her to see if it was enough.
“Pretty good stuff. Okay, give me a second.” Madam Salvey went around and started picking out every stones in the shop and placed them on the table. Piles of different color crystals, shape and sizes were laid out for me to see.
Coco and Phil stare at the stones with interest, and picked up a couple of them to examine it.
“There you go.” Madam Salvey was finished.
I walked over and started putting the crystals into the box. They disappeared in large numbers into an endless void. With the last one place in the magical box, I felt pleased at today’s profit.
“If you want to buy anymore crystals, just give me a call.” Madam Salvey gave me a card with her phone number. I also put the card inside the box for future keeping. “I deliver anywhere plus I got complete more stores around the world. Visit by, my sisters are running the other shops.”
“Thank you. I sure will.” I smiled.
“I’m glad to see your species back on Earth. You don’t know how long this world needs more push in the magical energy. It’s been so stagnant that it’s hard to conjure up magic. Just being next to you is like a fresh breathe of air.” Madam Salvey chuckled.
“You make me sound like an air freshener.”
“I do don’t I? But it’s the truth.”
“Well then let’s go.” I turned towards everyone. “How far away to our destination?”
“An hour walk from here.” Adriel spoke.
“Finally.” I let out a sigh. I hoped that nothing would happen any further, but seriously such thoughts needs to be thrown out the window.
“Madam Salvey!” A young boy rush into the store.
“What is is Brad?”
“The Demon Lord Abraxas has descended!”
“What!?” Alarmed Madam Salvey grabbed my hands. “Follow me quickly!”
“Damn it. I was hoping that idiot would take a bit longer to find us.”
“Abraxas!? He’s actually a Demon Lord too?” How many Demon Lords are there even? This was making my head spin. I mean Adriel was one and I was not expecting to meet another one so soon.
“The worst kind.” Madam Salvey stated. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he kills you on the spot. It will be a shame for someone like you to die so young. Adriel quickly take her out of here as fast as you can.” She opened up a special door that lead to another exit.
“Thanks Madam. I appreciate your help.”
“No problem. I’m glad you brought me someone interesting today. Not just one, but three.” Madam Salvey smiled and waved good bye.
“I promise i’ll come back to buy some more!” I waved back.
“I’ll be waiting.”
The door closed behind us and we snuck out through the tightly packed stalls.