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Aedre let out a sigh as she looked out at the ocean from her place at the top of the cliffs, her thoughts on why the water-her element had moved out of control and almost killed her all those months ago.
It never happened before, not even when there’s a violent storm coming towards their own village. Nor a tsunami brought upon an earthquake could make her lose control over it.
‘But why?’ she thought as her grip tightened on the blue cloak wrapped around her body. “Why?” she asked herself as she frowned, her green-orange eyes narrowing at the ocean before her.
“Maybe you were so confident back then.” a small voice spoke.
She quickly jumped to her feet, her hands out in front of her. Preparing to use her powers just in case the person tried anything funny. The person should know better than to mess with a water element.
Her eyes scanned the forest infront of her, as she flexed her hands ready for a fight. Looking for any silhouette of a person to confirm her suspicions that there was indeed someone watching her.
“My, my don’t get so worked up, ’Dre.” the same voice spoke with a hint of teasing. “I’m not here to get on your bad side.”
She relaxed a bit as she recognized the voice. She then let out a sigh and turned away. “It’s just you, Tivona.”
“I could guess as much,” the girl called Tivona cried in glee as she appeared beside the tree nearest to where she is. “you have a keen sense.”
“As expected.” she answered and sat down again, her knees closer to her chest.
Tivona looked at the other for a minute and shook her head, her short green hair swaying with her movement. “What are you doing out here anyway?” she asked as she walked towards the other. “Most people would not come back to the place where they nearly died.”
“Some but not all.” she answered, not looking at the other, her eyes intent on the ocean, its waves crashing against the rocks on the far shore. The shore where Tivona had found her three months ago.
“But I’m not like them.” she mumbled as she stood up, her hands clenched at her sides. “I prefer going back to the place where I nearly died.”
“Why?” the other asked.
“Why indeed?” she murmured, her eyes never straying from the ocean.
“I would never understand you if you keep it that way.” Tivona complained as she walked with Aedre back to their village-her village where she had brought Aedre when she found the latter lifeless at the shore. “You never seem to tell me why.”
Aedre let out a tired sigh as she looked at the petite young girl beside her. Tivona could have passed by a normal human with her green eyes.
That is a human with weird taste in hair color.
Her hair was the color of grass in the morning dew.
“Why what?” she teased as she looked away from the younger(which to her opinion was the height of an elementary student) and watched the villagers go about their daily lives.
The village consists of 3,000 families living in thatched huts. Females dressed in simple dresses with an apron over it and a hat or bonnet over their heads, while men wore trousers and long sleeve shirts.
A huge bonfire was set up at the center of the village. The flames licked at the wood that was burning in its claws.
“Stop teasing me!” the former insisted.
“You started it.” the latter chuckled as they walked through the village. Watching the children ran by, chasing after a small red ball.
Tivona shook her head and followed the older aimlessly. It had been that way eversince the older had arrived in their village.
The people easily got acquainted with her due to the air that she brought along. Despite her unusual looks, which could never be said with her, the older had a charisma that easily won the people.
She was tall and striking to say the least. Not to mention the power that she could feel emanating from the older from far away.
Although it made her ask.
‘What was she doing on the shore three months ago?’ she thought.
It could be said that the she was attacked prior to arriving in their village, or maybe she was bound to go somewhere but was attacked and washed ashore.
But who did attacked her?
“Is something on your mind?” the older asked her.
She shook her head. “It’s nothing...although..,”
The older waited patiently for what she was going to say. That was the least that she could do after the other had helped her. A complete stranger.
“It made me wonder why you were washed ashore three months ago...” Tivona said as she looked up at the older. “It look like that someone had attacked you while you’re bound to go somewhere.”
“Why would someone attacked me?” Aedre asked as she looked at her. “I have no means that would be helpful to the assassins.”
“You’re not an ordinary human.” the former told her. “Far from it.”
“How can you say that?” the latter asked bewildered. Her cloak hanging from her shoulders, her long violet hair swaying in the wind.
“Your aura is much more different than that of a mere human.” the former explained. “No ordinary human could control water like it was something on a leash and the fact that droplets of water can appear in places that are impossible to reach even if you came from the ocean dripping wet.” And emphasized her point as she pointed a finger at the ground.
There it were. Droplets of water starting from the entrance to the village leading to her. When she didn’t even jump in the ocean awhile ago.
“I have no cause to hide it from you since you’ve known it that far.” she told the younger and then continued to walk.
Tivona gritted her teeth, it’s not normal for her to get angry for she was such a bubbly and energetic girl, much like the nature she surrounds herself by.
But she couldn’t help but feel that way with the other.
She’s hard to read, and the fact that she acted like she is hiding something.
“Who are you!” she shouted at the other who was walking away from her calmly like nothing happened.
Aedre stopped walking then turned her head to look at Tivona who had her hands clenched into fists at her sides, then spoke calmly. “I’m the guardian of water.”
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