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The crowds of a large but compact city sure are a hassle to manoeuvre through, especially if you were to come from the vast open fields of the country side; which unfortunately was exactly the case for three young looking figures among the endless stream of warm bodies. Swiftly and awkwardly, they made their way to a set of chairs, matched with a small, circular dining table, outside of a restaurant.
“Ugh! I can’t take the city,” said one of the men as he slouched onto the chair, “how can people live like this?”
“Forget that,” another man replied, “it’s so~ hot! And to make it worse, these clothes are dirty and baggy, are you sure you couldn’t find anything else?” His blond hair glimmered with sweat along with his arms, his shirt wasn’t given any mercy either-- it was drenched! He looked at his brother who’s head was tilt back, eyes clothes, and hands lazily placed on the chair’s arms.
“Look around Ed,” short for Edgar,“there are women wearing dresses and heaps of clothes! The men are all dressed in the a black attire, at least these clothes can let some air through them. Besides, if you hadn’t spent so much on those darn oranges then perhaps we could’ve asked a tailor to fix them for us.”
“I don’t have time to argue with you, Edward! Being that we’re twins, I could sense that you were hungry and like a good brother I bought some for you. But you weren’t having any of them and I couldn’t just let them rote, so obviously I had to eat them all.” Edward was getting annoyed by his brother’s stupidity but then suddenly realized something; where was the third companion. “Oi, Ed! Where did Azura go? Is he there?” He asked without bothering to lift his head and check if their companion was there.
“How about checking yourself you lazy bum, we only walked for like... 20 minutes, you cant be that tired,” Ed said as he clinched his shirt’s collar and blew cool air into his chest and stomach. “I can’t take this heat much longer!”
Edward lifted his head, barely opening his sky blue eyes into a cringe. “Oi, Azura!” he yelled at a boy sitting adjacent to him. His black, slick, semi-curly hair whirled with the faint warm breeze. With his head turned away from Edward he replied, “What?!”
“Now, now, don’t yell at me young man, how can you possibly expect to get more jobs from Conor? And quit staring into the crowd, we don’t want to gather any attention to ourselves, we have a job to do.”
" I think these dirty, foul smelling clothes does that plenty for us already,” Ed interrupted. Edward replied with a menacing glare but later closed his eyes and laid his head against the chair, again.
There was a long pause between their chattering, but noise of the city never grew silent. From just the regular chatting of the citizens, to the loud shouts of merchants telling everyone that their goods were the cheapest and in the best of quality. This mythical looking city was filled with life and beautiful architecture, most note worthy was the Royal family’s castle located at the center of it all. It had bright, warm colours,and swirled, but pointy tops on it’s head and towers, it can be seen from anywhere within the forest that surrounds it. Or at least what little forest is left since this place is an oasis located dead in the middle of a harsh, dry and hot dessert; which explains why it’s one of the oldest cities on the content-- no army has enough strength to seize it after crossing such treacherous landscapes and climate.
“How much longer do we have?“Azura asks without taking his wondering eyes off of the crowd. He’d never seen so many people in one place, let alone the amount of structures, food.... well just about everything. Everything here seemed to come in an abundance.
“Don’t know,” Edward replied after not hearing from Ed, “We should take our time, really. Besides,you’re quite entertained, aren’t’chu?” Azura flinched a bit.
“Not really, if anything I want to get back to the Old Manor as quick as possible. I don’t like seeing so many people, I stare at them but I feel thousands of more eyes on me.”
“Hah!” Edward laughed, “I feel you’re anxiety. You’re more than right, we should get this done and over with as quick as possible. Hey Ed!” He yelled at Ed who was nodding off, almost half asleep, in his chair.
Ed flinched a bit before lazily picking himself up on his feet. He was a tall, just about two meters perhaps, then again Edward, his twin brother, might just be a millimeter, or so, taller than him. Edward also slowly gathered himself on his legs but bent on the table, arching his stiff back.“Azura, you get up as well,” Edward demanded as he stretched and yawned, “you wanted to go home quickly right?”
“Yup, yup,” Azura sighed, now facing the others, and stretched his arms and legs. His face was too clean and soft to look like a soldier but there he was, barely fourteen but with a thirst for adventure and pride in his heart, or at least I think so. His bright turquoise eyes lightened up a bit under the sun giving them a much brighter tint of green. “Shall we go?” he offered once done stretching.
“Here we go again,” Ed pouted as they disappeared into the crowd, again.
The footsteps of a person walking echoed throughout the hallway and into a small, crowded room filled with paperwork all over the place. As the footsteps grew closer to the small room, a slender woman came into view. She wore a grey suit,that gripped to her body, and had squared, dark glasses. Her dark brown hair was tied in a ponytail, as to look more professional. Her light face looked fragile but her light brown eyes looked sturdy and fierce, you could say that they almost took away from her beauty...almost.
“Have you got any reports from the scouts?” She asked a man typing away on a small laptop, in the paper-filled room.
“What scouts, Miia?” He stared at her as she came closer to him, she was his boss but that was no reason to admire. He wore a dark green t-shirt and black cargo pants... nothing of interest there. Despite sitting, you could tell he was tall, definitely more than 2 meters.He was of dark complexion and very well robust. His dark black eyes looked even more menacing than Miia’s, but unlike her, he tried his best to look friendly; his bright smile was warm and true.
“C’mon, Conor. The one’s up in the tundra. I told you to order them to explore the ruins that were uncovered, not so long ago, in the aftermath of the erosion. The one on the cost line,” she looked at him with sharp eyes, “you did tell them right?”
“Ah,right!” He twitched a bit at her glare. “Yeah, I haven’t heard from them in some time. Probably because we have no posts in the north region. Plus, I hear that the mail doesn’t travel very fast up there due to the conditions. But I think you know that.”
She sighed at the news, “well, at least I have some news about your little friend. His arrived at the City of Miracles not too long ago.I’m surprised you let him go without you.”
“What that can’t be true, I talked to him like...” he counted his fingers. “Three days ago! And he didn’t want me to bother him because he was studying for his exams.”
Miia released her stiff face and looked rather concerned. She knew that Azura was young and inexperienced, in fact he hadn’t really joined the faction yet but she would always forget since he grew up around them, he even trained with the other troops. She was always so busy with other matters so the idea didn’t even faze her.
Conor sighed deeply and covered his face with his palm, “that little twerp! His always doing this!”
“But this time it’s different,” Miia said, “this time you’re not with him. That being said, his with Edgar and Edward, the twins. And besides the job isn’t that hard-- it’s a scouting job as well. As long as they don’t make themselves noticed then they’ll be fine. Edgar and Edward are very good scouts, I’m sure that he’ll learn from them.” She laughed nervously.
“I don’t know if that supposed to make me feel better. Those two are idiots! Anyway what are they looking for?”
“They’re looking for a tanzanite gem, the grayish-green kind. It’s rumoured to be the stone of magic or the stone of life.”
“Why would the City of Miracles need something like that? It’s not like they’ll get attacked any time soon, or at least that’s what our reports add up too.”
“I don’t know, but if that stone is used then they can make a powerful magician out anyone, like really powerful,” she expanded her arms to show just how powerful said person would be. “Like wa~y powerful. Or at least the rumours say.”
“You know, I really am not feeling so great right now. For Azura to go on something like that, it’s really make me anxious, that kid is my one ticket to paradise after my death.” He sighed and slouched on his desk.
“I’m sure they’ll be fine!”
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