Yay, sequel time! This story is for J.M. Seeley.
It was our first morning together in our new home in six long weeks.
I had spent many nights here, as had Nersa, but our work as treasure
hunters kept us apart most of the time. We often went on adventures (each
on our own, the other staying to watch the house) that could last anywhere
from a month to five or six. Even though we had lived here for three
years, we had only spent twelve nights together.
Our main room had a stove built into the northern wall, a table a
couple of feet away from it, and a cupboard to the right. A window was by
the main door to the east, and more were placed on the southern and
northern walls, two each. A door to the west led to the small library
where Nersa and I spent many lonely nights until now. The stairs also
stood near this wall, leading to our room.
I lay on the bed while Nersa scratched away at his desk, hovering
over a new map that he had received at a tavern on his way home.
"Sir, you are obsessed." I observed.
"Obsessed?" Nersa laughed, giving me a sideways look. "With what?"
"Oh, the usual things," I explained nonchalantly, "Money, power, et
cetera." Nersa half-smiled and turned back to his work.
"No more than you, Evan." He murmured.
Silence fell for a few awkward moments. I wondered if it were really
true; was I obsessed? But then, Nersa didn't know about my uneasy
premonition. Somehow, something life-changing was on its way, for better
or for worse, and I wanted something set aside, just in case.
My thoughts wandered giddily to the after I returned from my mission,
and he set off for the one he had just now returned from. Nersa and I had
shared a gift I had brought back for him, a rare wine. We drank a little,
more concerned with catching up. One thing led to another, and soon we
found ourselves in bed.
After our little escapade under the sheets, I noticed the diamond
shimmering. (It had remained with us after our first adventure together,
and Nersa had explained that now combined, the four spirits could not
separate.) It had never done that before, and as I drifted off to sleep, I
was sure I heard voices from the diamond. I understood little, and it was
not long until I dozed off.
"I wish you could come with me." Nersa sighed.
"I could, if you like. We could ask Lurma to cast a protection spell
around the house." Nersa's face brightened at this, and I continued. "We
see so little of each other, and I haven't been on any adventures with you
since we first met."
"All right. You ask him, first thing on the full moon." Nersa said
I got up, feeling nauseous. Hoping not to wake Nersa, I slipped out
of bed, hurried out of the room, and outside to throw up just outside of
the door. Obviously my attempt to go unnoticed had been unsuccessful, for
when I turned to re-enter the house, Nersa was looking at me in concern.
He stepped forward and felt my forehead.
"Are you feeling all right?" He demanded, pressing my forehead to
"I'm fine. It's just a cold, really." I replied, honestly wanting
to believe it.
"Sure?" Nersa gazed at me intently.
"Yeah, sure." I replied. I didn't mention that I had been doing
this for a few days, nor anything about the diamond. I didn't want Nersa
more worried than he already was.
"Okay. Just rest for today." Nersa commanded, practically pushing
me up the stairs and back into bed. "I want you well when we head out for
our next exploit."
I swear I'll try to make my chapters longer in the future!