on the old mage.
”I thought you were dead. How come you are still alive? ” The old mage was overwhelmed with guilt.
”The gods were merciful. I escaped by the skin of my teeth. ” Then he fell on his knees. ” The fall of Solice was as a result of my incompetence. I do not deserve to be in the land of the living. ” He added with a croaked voice that showed rue.
”This is not the time to begin to feel sorry. The principal thing is to get to a safe place where my wife can deliver safely. Besides, if you hadn save us, we would have been cold corpses lying on our blood by now. I should be the one kneeling to express gratitude. Idrissa you don have to keep kneeling there. ” The prince said and he signaled the mage to rise.
He opened his mouth as if he was about to say something before unhurriedly getting up to his feet. It was a sign that he wasn in the spirit to accept commendation. After some minutes of silence, the mage spoke.
”Your highness, I was able to track you because of your amulet. I put some of my essence in it. ” Lukas hoisted the amulet reclining on his chest and stroked it with his thumb. It was in the shape of a golden circle revolving around four carved spiral strings running about a fixed point.
”You tried your best to protect our kingdom, and now you
e protecting me. ”
”This is what I owe you as your subject. ” The mage replied face-down. He thought for a while before speaking
”We should head north of east. ”
”No we can ! ” Vicksen turned, his eyes widened in disagreement. He was at the entrance of the cave and had been tossing his head from side to side like a magpie, in the course of detection for possible neighing and gaiting horses. He hastened his feet toward the mage. Obviously, what Idrissa said didn sit well with him.
”Technically, Our enemies are chasing from the east. If we go north of east, it will only be a matter of time before we are captured. Instead, lets head to Southern Mirpurt. Considering that we were allies, Im sure theyll be willing to help us. ”
”The princess will not be able to go through such a lengthy and arduous journey. Will you take responsibility if her time comes in the middle of the journey? ” The mage protested.
The knights lips parted in defeat as he pondered on his awkward opinion. He realized he had been stupid. Surely, he wouldn dare do the job of a midwife, especially not to the princess. Whats more, he had not done it for the first time in his life.
”It settled. Well go north of east. ” Lukas concluded. He directed his eyes to the knight.
”We have no horses. Therefore, going to Southern Mirpurt in this state will be a jaunt of suicide. ” Facing the mage, he asked.
”Where exactly are we going? ”
”Vatmos. ” was the reply.
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