”Wake up! ” Was what caused her to abruptly awaken from a deep sleep, striking her head forcefully against the sturdy iron bars of the enormous cage in the process.
”Fool ” One of the barbarians snorted and then burst out laughing as he walked away to join his other slave traders barbarians who were gathered around a campfire.
She massaged her eyes and waited for her hazy vision to gradually clear when she heard a deep voice tingling with the most attractive accent she had ever heard tease her, ”You are terribly clumsy. ”
She quickly opened her eyes to see a teenage boy with long, dark hair that was slightly tousled, piercing green eyes, and a pointy nose. His features were just incredible; he appeared very rough-hewn and surreal.
She had been in the hands of the slave dealers and barbarians for such a long time that she believed that she had never seen him before.
He smirked at her and continued, ”I was brought in when you were still asleep and honestly you look extremely cute when sleeping. ”
Delphine was aware that she was at least five years older than him, which made her feel strange. Despite being taller, she was still older. She rolled her eyes and made a grimace.
”What is a handsome young man like you doing in a cage? ” She scoffed and inquired, rubbing her aching head as she grimaced in discomfort.
He chewed his bottom lip and looked at her indifferently, showing no concern for her suffering. Delphine shivered; oddly, she had the impression that he was very strong and not the kind of creature she ought to approach. However, she was curious, so she ignored his menacing aura and fixed her gaze intently on him.
”How old do you think I am? ” He enquired carelessly.
Delphine pondered intently for a long time, which gave her a splitting headache, and then she turned to face him with wide eyes. He had a perfect stature for his young age, was healthy and muscular but remained slender, which fit with his talk figure, and was tall—she couldn deny that in her twenty-one years of life, she had never seen someone as beautiful as him.
She responded, smiling brightly, ”Seventeen, ” but he just continued to look at her as if she were some kind of fool, which bothered her.
”Okay, then, how old are you? ” She inquired while scoffing.
He responded, ”Seventeen, ” turning his head away from her.
Delphine swore she would have beaten him to death if she had the strength to do so.
”Aren you too young for your voices depth? ” She asked inquisitively.
His voice was powerful, but his face was the most innocent, capable of turning instantly deadly.
”What are you? Twelve? ” He questioned, and shook his head in disapproval.
Delphine remarked with a mild frown, ”I see you don smile much. ”
He rolled his eyes as he turned to face her. ”There is nothing in this world for me to smile about plus you are a slave in a cage, a beautiful one too but dirty, I don think you have showered for a year. ”
Delphine frowned. Yes, she hadn bathed in a while but a year was too much. She did look dirty, her light brown hair was hagged and her skin was rather rough with black dirt from dust and mud.
Delphine suppressed her rage and forced a grin, saying, ” If you don know something, stop talking. ”
He firmly told her, ”I genuinely don want to know anything. I just want to get what I want and get out of here. ”
Delphine exhaled and drew nearer to him. ”You don look like a slave at all, you look more like a rebel, like you came here voluntarily. Could you please do me a favor? ”
He rolled his eyes as he turned to face her.
e right; I voluntarily allowed them to catch me. What favor? ”
Delphine grinned broadly and pursed her lips in a childlike manner. ”Please get me out of here, ” She pleaded.
He nodded, ”Hmm okay, ” and turned his head away from her.
Delphine was surprised that he gave his approval right away, but she grinned broadly in relief.
Delphine had never experienced a life of luxury. Her mother died when she was a young child, leaving her with an abusive father who sold her to the slave traders barbarians five months ago for a few sliver. She used to laugh because she knew he would use the money right away on foolish things that wouldn help him at all.
The barbarian slave dealers had been traveling around with a variety of young and old beings who had been sold to them as slaves. She was never sold despite their best efforts to do so, and she was okay with that because she didn want to be owned by anyone and instead wanted to escape.
”How long have you been in this forest? ” The lad asked while keeping his eyes closed and leaning against the bars.
Delphine answered, her amber eyes scanning the enigmatic youngster, ”Three weeks, the barbarians stated we are going to Celestia. ”
”Thats great, Celestia. Do you know a lot about the kingdom? ” He questioned without glancing up.
Delphine whispered back, ”Yes, its the most powerful kingdom in the world. The royal family is incredibly mysterious, and nobody outside the castle knows anything about them. ”
”You will be a good rumor spreader ” She scowled at his snide remark.
Delphine continued, ”Ive heard the barbarians say that the rulers of Celestia are strong, and they are quite ruthless, but thats all they know. ”
”It seems you don want to leave this place, ” When he opened them, he rolled his eyes in her direction.
Delphine snapped, ”Stop that, stop rolling your eyes at me. ”
”How long have they had you in their custody? ” He asked directly.
Delphine responded sadly, blowing air into her mouth. ”Five months ”
Delphine became outraged when the lad rolled his eyes and mocked with laughter. ”You behave as though they have had control over you for a long time. So pitiful. ”
”Me? Pitiful! ” Delphine was so insulted by his nasty attitude that she nearly yelled.
He approached her and pressed his attractive face against her while nodding. He murmured, ”Scream, ” leaving her perplexed.
”Huh? ” She asked in confusion while quickly blinking.
He sighed heavily and once more rolled his eyes.
Delphine shouted at him, ”Stop that. ”
He firmly repeated, ”I said scream, ” and then his eyes changed into red-gold wolf-like eyes.
Delphine screamed without thinking and with no effort. It was so loud that it rendered several of the slaves deaf, scared away numerous birds from the trees around them, and drew the attention of the barbarians, who rushed to the cage.
”Be silent! ” She didn stop as they yelled together, which caused the lad to smile amusingly while curving his gorgeous, thin lips.
When the barbarians burst open the cage and tried to jump on them, the lad moved away from Delphine and in a split second, three of the barbarians were already headless and on the ground. She cried out in terror, and the next thing she knew, she was being yanked by her wrist and was off running.
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