Chapter 7: Run
“Just as expected. We could tell, just by looking at you,” Lord Sorak said as he calmly looked at the flames surrounding my body.
“The hair?” Lord Bragor asked.
“The hair.” Lord Sorak nodded.
“WHAT THE HELL DID YOU TWO DO TO ME?!” I shouted at the two Elemental Lords.
“Calm down. Your powers are not stable when you are scared,” Lord Bragor took a step forward.
“CALM DOWN?! CALM DOWN?! YOU GUYS DID THIS TO ME!” I yelled pointing at him, accidentally shooting a bolt of flames at him. Lord Bragor easily dodged the bolt of fire. “I SHOULD BE SORRY FOR THAT BUT I’M NOT!”
“We know how this feels. We’re Elemental Lords, just like you,” Lord Sorak said.
“I’M NOT! I CAN’T BE! I JUST CAN’T BE! YOU GUYS ARE CRAZY!” I yelled.
“Then how do you explain the flames surrounding you without you being hurt?” Lord Bragor asked.
“YOU GOT ME THERE!” I yelled.
“We’ll help you master this,” Lord Sorak said.
“YOU GUYS WILL JUST MAKE THIS WORSE! JUST LEAVE ME ALONE!” I shouted at them while hugging myself. I was scared. What the hell was happening? Is this how I survived? Is this why my hair turned bright red?
“Kaira! Get a hold of your emotions!” Lord Bragor said as he created a barrier between him and my flames.
“I CAN’T! HEY YOU!” I pounded the side of my head. “STOP THE FLAMES!” I yelled, hoping the voice would reply.
“Stop inflicting wounds upon yourself!” Lord Sorak said.
“PLEASE!” I yelled at the voice in my head. The flames started to shrink and compress to my feet.
I know you want to get out of here. Trust me. The voice came back.
“Help me, please,” I whimpered.
I’m getting you out of here. The voice said before the flames compressed near my feet pushed me off the ground and sent my flying through the air. I looked at the shrinking city, and felt my head get lighter and lighter until it just blacked out.
I awoke to grass tickling my face. I slowly opened my eyes to see the clear blue sky. I slowly strained myself to sit up straight. I took a good survey of the area.
First off: I was in a clearing.
Second: I was in a crater.
Third: There was not a town within view.
Fourth: I was completely naked. . . again. Greeeeeeeeeeeeeeat
I shakily stepped out of the enormous crater that was most likely created by me and started to walk anyway I thought would lead me back to civilization.
Wrong way. The voice in my head came up again.
“How would you know? You’re only a voice in my head,” I mumbled.
Funny. Not even an hour ago, you were begging for my help.
“I was scared!”
Does that mean you’re not scared now?
Don’t be. I’m here to help you.
“Yes. Because I can immediately not be scared just like that. Thank you so very much. I had no idea that’s how it was done.”
“Um, miss?” A voice called out to me.
“You’d better not be in my head either!” I yelled, I turned around and saw a man staring at me. “You’re not in my head?” I asked.
“I don’t believe so,” the man said, shaken.
“Good. Good,” I said.
“I saw you hit the ground. I have a farm nearby. Maybe we can treat your wounds, get you some clothes,” the man said. “Put this on for now,” he handed me the blanket he carried underneath his arm.
“Thanks,” I said slowly as I wrapped myself in the blanket. The man smiled and showed me the way to his farm.
“So, I’m curious. How did you fall from the sky and make that big hole over there?”
I fall from the sky and he’s curious on how I fell from the sky? He was creepily calm about all of that. It could’ve been that he was really old and really didn’t care.
Magic. The voice in my head offered.
“Magic,” I responded.
“Magic?” the man laughed. “You’ll have to try harder than that. I may be gray-er than you, but that doesn’t mean I’m dull just yet.”
“To be perfectly honest, I don’t know myself.”
“Not even how you flew into the sky?”
“I may or may not have pissed off the wrong people. . .?”
You’re not wrong.
“Well, once you’re ready, I’m sure you’ll tell me.”
“Yeah. . . sure.”
You’re never going to tell him, are you?
“Nope,” I responded to the voice.
“Pardon?” The man turned to me.
“Nothing, just imagining things,” I laughed it off.
Yeah, keep telling yourself that. The voice chuckled.
“What’s your name?” The man asked me as we walked toward more grass.
“Kaira,” I said.
“What a beautiful name,” the man commented. “Did your mother give it to you or your father?”
“Couldn’t tell you.”
“Why not? Did they never tell you?”
“Never met them.”
“You never met your parents?” The man seemed fixated on that part.
“Yeah,” I said slowly. Dammit! I shouldn’t have told him.
“Well, you can marry my son and become one of our family,” the farmer suggested. That was weird. He didn’t immediately push me to the ground and run away, worried about some curse.
“I have to refuse, sorry. I’m not ready for any commitment whatsoever,” I laughed.
“Your loss. My son is a very handsome boy,” the farmer laughed.
“Yeah, my loss,” I laughed with him.
“No parents?” the farmer’s wife asked me. She wrapped more cloth around my head after she soaked it with medicinal water. They gave me an old dress of the wife’s. She was much larger than I was, but that wasn’t hard to do.
“Yeah, I’m not marrying your son either. I have to be leaving soon anyway,” I said
“We could always use an extra hand on the farm, and you shouldn’t be moving anywhere with those injuries,” the wife said, completely ignoring me.
“Yeah. So, whaddya say? You in?” The farmer asked.
“I told you, I need to leave as soon as possible,” I repeated.
“Come on. You’ll work as those injuries heal,” the farmer said.
“Nah. I got to go. Trust me, I’ve been through worse,” I said.
“Are you sure?” The farmer asked me. Before I could answer, there was a knock on the door.
“Well! We don’t get many visitors! This is quite the day! Let’s see who it is,” the wife stood up and opened the door. I took one look at who was at the door, and knew I had to run. They moved as fast as I did. That was crazy and scary.
“Crap!” I managed to jump up and rush toward a window. “Bye! Thanks for patching me up!” I said before jumping out the window and taking off.
“Surround the house!” Fire Seeker’s voice rang out. There were the clanks of armor, which quickly caught up with me.
“Hey Voice! Think you can help me out here?!” I yelled as I ran.
You should try it out. I think it would be funny to watch. The voice said back to me.
“Glad to be of service,” I grumbled.
Just try out your new powers, okay? And lighten up. I’m not here to be around a sourpuss.
“Fine,” I turned around and held out my palm toward the oncoming army. Flames burst out, knocking the men over as others tried to put them out. The immediate feeling was utter shock, then it turned into pure delight. I started to laugh like a maniac as fire engulfed everyone.
There we go. The voice laughed.
“Stop!” Fire Seeker called out.
“Why the hell would I stop now?” I called back.
“Because you can’t control your power just yet!” Fire Seeker tried to reason with me.
“Go to hell!” I shouted at him.
“Living with you will seem like it,” Fire Seeker grumbled.
“Screw you!” I shouted before running off.
“This again?” Fire Seeker called after me, sounding utterly bored.
“Yes! This again! Catch me if you can!” I shouted before sprinting off. It felt so great to actually run again without constant pain. I felt so free. I couldn’t remember the last time I felt so. . . alive.
“That won’t be a problem,” Fire Seeker said before I heard many clanks of metal coming toward me. I looked behind me momentarily and saw they were readying more spears.
“Let’s see what I can do,” I said.
Just tell the fire what to do. It’ll listen. The voice instructed me.
I breathed in and out. “Make me fly?” I felt stupid just commanding flames but then I suddenly felt the rush of wind on my face. I opened my eyes to see the blue sky in front of me
“STOP!” Fire Seeker’s voice was becoming increasingly quieter.
“BYE BYE!” I yelled before vanishing.
“So, are you gonna tell me where I am?” I asked the voice in my head. I looked at the vast fields of just grass.
That would be hard seeing that I don’t know either. The voice said.
“Damn it,” I growled as I looked at the moon that was only a sliver in the sky. “Can you tell me who you are?”
I know you know. You may not know it just yet, but you know it. I know it.
We share a headspace. I know everything you know.
“So, does that I know everything you know?”
“Well that’s not fair!”
Life ain’t fair. Deal with it.
“That takes work,” I grumbled. I gathered a bunch of grass into a big clump that night. I looked at it for a moment and held out my palm toward it. There was a stream of flames came out of my palm and hit the pile of grass. The grass immediately turned into smoke and flames quickly left. “That did not work,” I said as I watched all of it float off into the sky.
Well, grass is not a good fire food. You need something of substance. The voice said.
“Like wood, which isn’t close to me,” I looked around. It was my first time not seeing anything tall. It was. . . off putting.
Anyway, I think a fire right now is a really dumb idea seeing that’s exactly what Fire Seeker is looking for. I mean, he is a Fire Seeker. He seeks out fire. If you make a fire, he will seek it.
“Are you sure about that? I never got that before. Never, in all my life would I have put that together. Thank you.”
You’re very welcome.
I sighed. “So, what now?”
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. . . I don’t know.
I sighed even longer than before. “I’m going to sleep.”
Don’t sleep. They’ll find you.
“That was creepy.”
“Am I captured yet?” That was the first thing I asked once I woke up.
“Alright. Figure out where I am?”
I know you’re on Pyra. I just don’t know where the capital is. The voice said truthfully.
“You’re lost, aren’t you,” I said.
If I’m lost, then you’re lost and we’re both doomed..
“You got me there,” I said.
You should probably go that way.
“What way?” I asked.
That way. The voice sounded irritated.
“WHAT WAY?!” I yelled.
THAT WAY! The voice yelled at me.
“WHAT WAY?!” I yelled back at the voice in my head while hitting my head.
You’re only hurting yourself.
“Am I hurting you whatsoever?” I asked.
I walked for at least three days with just staying in the same clearing. The army seemed to have given up hope on me and went away.
“Voice?” I said randomly.
Yes? The voice said drowsily.
“I’m bored. Can you tell me a story?” I asked.
I can think of one. Ooh. Do you like fish?.
“I don’t mind them.”
All right. There once was a girl named Kaira who didn’t like fish. Instead taking up the position of Lord of Fire, she ran away.
“Oooh! I’m gonna love this story!” I yelled happily.
She found this lovely mysterious voice in her head that entertained her until she looked ahead of her to see the capital of Pyra right in front of her.
“I see the capital!” I yelled out. I made the faint outline of the wall.
I am good. The voice praised itself.
“Are the Lords there?”
You only thought of that now?.
“Yeeees,” I said truthfully.