Callum Lynx

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Chapter 18

"Dzin, do you hear me?" Callum whispered as loud as he could all the while trying to also be quiet so the sentries in the dungeons wouldn't hear him. Callum pressed his ear against the cell and heard nothing.

"Dzin?" Callum quietly called out.

"Callum, dude. I've been sitting here this entire time." said Dzin, who was sitting on the ground with his back against the wall. His cloak made it look like he was just another shadow in the cell.

"Well forgive me for not being able to see you, by the way keep your voice down because I can't really get caught or else you aren't leaving here." Callum whispered, holding the keys up for Dzin to see.

"Great, let me out now." Dzin said, standing up quickly. Callum leaned back.

"Not yet. We need to make a deal first, and I have something to tell you." said Callum. Dzin crossed his arms and stepped back in disappointment.

"So, do you want me to tell you why you were sent after me?" Callum asked. Dzin shook his head.

"Not really, let me out." said Dzin.

"I'm telling you anyway." said Callum as he looked down the corridor to make sure no one was coming.

"I really hate you." Dzin whined.

"Hate is a strong word. Anyway, the girl you guys were after too, Ketra, was originally Phoenix's girlfriend." Callum started.

"Uh-huh." Dzin muttered in boredom.

"He caught me talking with Ketra, and got really angry with me, right? So he eventually tries to fight me in one of the hallways here, and Shogun Lekkyu kicks his butt along with Phoenix's cronies before banishing him. And now, Phoenix is all jealous and I'm sure he wants her back." Callum explained.

"That's the most pathetic thing I have ever heard, Callum. That's my A, my B, is I landed myself in prison, all because of you all having a fight over a hot babe?" Dzin said, his voice raising a bit.

"Shhhhhhh!" Callum put his finger to his lips and looking down the corridor again. The sentries have moved but this time, even farther down the corridor.

"I'm really mad right now, man. I did all of this because you guys are fighting over a girl. Do you understand how stupid that is?" Dzin asked.

"Yeah, yeah I know. Anyway, I want to make a deal with you." said Callum.

"It's about time, explain what it is." Dzin replied.

"So, I really don't want to deal with Phoenix anymore, and I want you to find and kill him." Callum explained. Dzin scoffed.

"Really? I have a feeling I have to do a lot of back and forth'in for the next several days. Just go to Shogun Kaz's temple and ask to resolve this with Phoenix in person. I actually want to see you guys fight." said Dzin.

"Wait, is Phoenix a member of Shogun Kaz's army?" Callum asked. Dzin nodded his head.

"Imagine that. Which reminds me, I wonder what they did with my friend Jerall, because I know Shogun Kaz's samurai took him." said Callum, nearly forgetting about his friend.

"Look, if you really want me to kill Phoenix or whatever, you will have to pay me greatly." Dzin spoke.

"Greatly?" Callum questioned.

"Yeah, you must give me more than a hundred coins if you want me to complete the task." Dzin replied.

"Okay, that's fine. But I can't pay you now because I don't have my coins with me. Dzin, I want you to find Phoenix and kill him so I don't have to worry about him doing this kind of crap again, and then I need you to see if Shogun Kaz still has my friend Jerall captive. Once you do all that, come back here and tell me what you hear. In return, I'll give you all the coin I own. Every last coin. Deal?" Callum asked, sliding his hand through the bamboo poles and holding it up for Dzin to shake. Dzin looked down at Callum's hand.

"I really can't believe I'm doing this just to settle a stupid conflict, but I can't turn down a bunch of coin. It's a deal." said Dzin, shaking Callum's hand. Callum looked down the corridor one more time before sliding the keys out of his pants pocket.

"Now let me out." said Dzin, grabbing a hold of the poles.

"I'm working on it." Callum replied. It took several tries with several keys. There was only one key that could unlock every prison door, and for Callum's luck, it was the very last key he hasn't used. He eventually unlocked the prison door, and Dzin stepped out.

"So where's your coins at?" Dzin asked.

"They are in my dorm room. Follow me, and be very freaking quiet." said Callum, leading the way down the hall.

"Very 'freaking' quiet? What does that even mean?" Dzin whispered in Callum's ear.

"I don't know. Close the door behind you." said Callum, setting the prison keys down on the ground before walking out of the room. Dzin shut the door behind him, but really loudly. Slam!

"Really, dude!" Callum spun around. Dzin threw up his fists.

"I can kill you with my bare hands and I won't kill Phoenix if you want to start beef." said Dzin. Callum shook his head.

"Hurry, we have to get to my dorm." said Callum. After they quickly ran through the halls, Callum unlocked his dorm door and entered it, closing it quietly after Dzin entered.

"Okay, here's my satchel. It's filled with all the coin you need." said Callum, opening a drawer and handing Dzin the bag. Dzin opened the satchel and smiled down at all the coins looking up at him.

"When you are done, meet me behind the tavern near the village entrance. Don't ditch on me and not come back." said Callum.

"Alright. But first, I need to sleep on your bed." Dzin dashed over to Callum's bed before the samurai could do anything. Callum let out a sigh and sat down against the nightstand.

"Relax, my nap will only take fifteen minutes and then I will be on my way. I haven't slept on a comfortable bed in a couple days or slept in general." Dzin explained. Callum closed his eyes and fell asleep while still leaning against the nightstand.

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