”Son, my actions will not be understood by the likes of you until youve grown strong and ready for it. Youll understand the whole reason why… ”

The boy in his peak teenage years (19) opened up his eyelids before closing it back tight from the sudden brightness of the sunlight hitting his face.

He woke up from the grassy bed, staring at his palms and noting the dirt and rashes he received.

He faced his front, near his foot was a dagger stuck in the ground. As if someone had stabbed it there on purpose, he was the one who did it.

Then a voice came out of the mans lips after he took a deep breath.

”…It hurts, but… I need to get away from here. I need to grow stronger than him. ”, he gritted his teeth. His darker than black eyes sparked flames within him.

He was furious, beyond the point of calming his senses down.

”Ill kill you, Father. ”, a declaration out of him as he snatched the dagger from the grass floor and gripped it tightly and his eyes wandered around for anything he could scavenge for survival.

He groaned as the pain in his right shoulder lingered. The stab wound was the exact size of the dagger he gripped onto. He dropped the dagger as the pain became unbearable to control.

”Guh! ”, he knelt down, wincing in pain as he grabbed the dagger off the floor.

[I need to push on… I need to kill him for everything he wronged. My mother… my friends…]

Memories of the good time hes had flashed in his mind as his expression turned grim, [Uncle Drebara. Aunt Suiyaz. Brother Dexor… everyone.]

He gritted his teeth as he forced himself to stand up straight. He needed to go. He must leave before those under his damned father caught up with him.

[Father Ren… for killing my Mother Dorothy and my only true home in {Cold Dread Village}.]

He kicked the ground, continuing his escape from the deep {Dark Forest of Black Mountain}, not wanting to waste anymore breath of his flickering burning candle.

[Ill kill you to avenge everyone, I swear!]

”Fuhh! ”, the dark green haired boy lifted his head after rinsing his entire face into the running water of the river he found.

He glanced at the reflection of the water in front of him as he admired his good looks. His eyes, bright yellow which could attract nobles to fall for him.

Now, If only he was a noble himself, he would be living a grander life than be out here in the {Dark Forest of Black Mountain} as an {Adventurer}.

”Man, that was a terrible night. ”, he muttered under his breath. He was spent of his stamina running away from the terrible nightmare of the night.

He subtly glanced toward the direction he ran away from, [I wonder if anyone else survived that night? «Black Flames» engulfed that entire village and screams howled overnight with several… ugh.]

He held his face with his hand, he was traumatized by the nightmare caused by the «Black Flames». He stood up, carrying his large makeshift sack that contained his treasured sword and other necessities.

”No time to fear now, Kian. Time to begin your journey as a wandering {Adventurer}! ”, Kian wore a firm face as he lifted himself to move on and away from the unfortunate nightmare that fell upon {Cold Dread Village}.


Kian jumped as the rustling sounds were right behind him. He slowly glanced behind him as he swallowed his saliva. He closed his eyes, hoping it wasn a demonic monster that was hunting him.

However, a voice called out his name.

”Kian?! ”

Kian opened his eyes as emotions struck his heart at the sight of the boy in front of him.

Black long-haired, usually tightened up as a back ponytail. There was only one name he know deep inside of his heart.

”Xalkren? ”

A faint smile appeared on the black haired boy as he suddenly collapse on the dirt floor. Kian, startled by the sudden outcome, yelled out in fear, ”Kuren! ”

He held him tightly as he scanned for his wounds, he noticed the stab wound on his friends shoulder and began shaking his frail bruised body, ”Kuren! Wake up! ”

”We just met!! Don you dare come to me just to die now! ”, tears escaped his eyes, making his visions blurry.

Kian shook off his tears wildly as he took out a waterskin pouch from his sack. He then lifted his friends head and gently pouring water into his opened lips.

”Drink, friend! ”

His face turned sour as he felt his friends faint heart beats, ”Fuck… ”



”…? ”

I opened my eyes after my ears began hearing the night wolves howling at the sight of the full moon.

Not only that, I felt warmth of the fire crackling beside me. I wanted to check who was poking the fire while I was asleep but-

”Kuhk!–Kuhk!! ”, dry cough escaped my lungs. How long was I out for? I feel a lot terrible than before…

”Hm? ”, a voice entered my left ear and…

His voice sounded familiar… ah, I remember now. I looked up and faced the boys handsome face thats been masked with worry. Its good to see you again.

Kian, my good friend. Hes still alive. Thats good. I need to sit up—

”Don wake up yet, Kuren. Let me handle any wandering wolves. ”, he looked serious. How long has it really been since Ive seen that serious expression of his?

I can for the life of me remember as a chuckle escaped my dry mouth.

”Hah! ”, I relax myself back on the grass pillows he made for me but kept my eyes on him.

He looked back at me with a puzzled expression, ”Why are you chuckling? Just sleep, your wound is still healing but its infected. Ill protect you– ”

We hear a loud howling of the night wolves getting closer to our position. I tried to look strong enough to defend myself as…

I wanted to give him a reassuring smile but hes right about one thing. I shouldn move right now, the night wolves not only roam at night.

They also will look out for weak preys to hunt, its like their natural habits to hunt the weak and leave the strong alone. So… Kian doesn look weak but I sure am right now.

If I were to sit up now and confront the wolves with Kian. Ill come out dead without being able to exact my revenge.

”Woof, woof! Grrr!!! ”

I can hear a stray night wolf stopped by and begin barking and growling at us. I try to keep myself quiet as to avoid being targeted when Kian is dealing with them.

”Cmere. Im ready for you, wolf meat. ”, his taunts will never top mine. So corny.

But Kian… do you know how to use that sword? You and your father were blacksmiths of the village. I hope I don see you too die because you were protecting me.

”… Don die. ”, I let out a dry voice for him to hear. I really don want you to die, my good friend.

”I won . Im the Kian, after all! ”

His reassurance sure does sound stupid. How arrogant do you have to be when you
e making such a powerful statement?

Though, I feel like smiling now. Hes alive and Im not alone anymore. But… how do I explain that my father was the one who killed everyone in our village?

I suddenly felt wind blowing toward Kians blade.

I noticed Fire energy from the campfire behind him being sucked into his Wind energy surrounding his blade before merging the two elements around his sword.

Impressive, hes got affinity with the Wind itself, this arrogant bastard…


”«Fire Tornado, pseudo style!» ”, he swung his sword toward the wolf.

His swinging created a human size wind tornado thats been engulfed in bright flames!

The night wolf yelped in terror as it couldn withstand the wind pressure dragging it into it!

Kian didn stop to admire his new piece of work. He charged ahead and stopped before thrusting his sword to perfectly stab right into the wolfs chest!

Killing it instantly rather than letting it suffer from the pain of burning alive, giving it a mercy by ending its life.

Kian then dropped the wolfs corpse near the boulder by the river.

Next, he then kept his guard up for as long as he could for five whole minutes.

”Fuhh, that was just a stray looking for water. ”, Kian had a saddened expression facing the dead night wolfs lifeless body.

”I guess I should begin gathering every good meat and skin it. ”, he faced his friend sleeping on the ground, ”Right, Kuren? ”

”Hm. ”, Xalkren hummed, approved his decision about the wolf he killed.

”Don forget to save some for me, I haven ate in so long. ”, added Xalkren as he forced out a chuckle.

Kian smiled helplessly, ”I know, I know. We need to discuss what to do once we get you fixed up with a {Holy Cleric}s «Heal». ”

Xalkren closed his eyes as he let his drowsiness consumed his mind thanks to the calming sound of the fire crackling.

”Kuren? ”, he leaned over to look for his face and shook his head, sighing softly at his sleeping face.

”Well, Im glad you
e alive. I wonder what happened since you
e in the middle of the village when it all went wrong… ”



I almost dozed off.

Ive kept watch over our surroundings for the rest of the night and I haven had any sleep yet. Its already morning now, aaarhh!

I scratched my head in frustration to keep myself awake.

Im so tired that I wanted to collapse on a comfy bed!

Well, thats impossible to imagine since Im no noble. The bed I used to sleep on was coarse but it was the comfiest for me since it was a gift from Aunty Suiyazs relatives.

Now, no bed, no sleep… Im going crazy from my lack of sleep.

Her relatives were kind nobles from {White Haven Kingdom} under the rule of the wise King Cassius the III.

{White Haven Kingdom} governs many lands but {Cold Dread Village} is like one of the few ungovernable land in the kingdom.

I was going to travel straight there in other to inform her relatives about the disaster in the village and the losses of so many people in a singular night.

Then again, I needed to somehow traverse across around the {Black Mountain} after reaching the first stop at {Calda City}, the home of {Adventurers}.

Should be fun being an {Adventurer}, can wait for us to get there and apply.

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