Author: Elemental Alchemist Sol PM
Eden Black, a bounty hunter of Preseason City, is forced to clean up the mess that the god of mischief has created. Not something she expected when she singed the contract to catch a man who escaped prison. Nor was she expected to be bound to him by a magical link. Meaning if she dose not catch this person within the next couple of days, she will share the god's fate:death.Rated: Fiction T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,080 - Reviews: 5 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 01-03-13 - Published: 12-29-12 - id: 3087107
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Upon entering the Hunter's Guild she was greeted by a bear of a man. Gray hair that was pulled into a long braid, with matching beard. His storm gray eyes sparkled with mirth as he placed a giant hand on Eden's shoulder."Eden, it has been ages since I last seen you!" he shouted, pulling her into a hug.
"It's good to see you too, Bjorn," she manged to say, after the brief hug. "Haven't change a bit."
The man named Bjorn snorted and ushered Eden to a corner of the hall. "Like I'd every change may ways now."
"It'll prove wise if you ever want to get married." Eden pointed out, as she settled into a chair.
"All I need is my battle-ax for companionship, and if I need a women well..." he trailed off raising his eyebrows suggestively, making Eden roll her eyes.
"Well, friend what business did you what to discus with me?" she said, changing the subject before Bjorn start recounting his "conquest" in great detail.
"Oh, right," he begins. "I'd like for you to take on a job of the utmost importance."
She raised an eye brow and tiled her head to one side. "What sort of job our we talking about, Bjorn?" she said, growing suspicious of what this job might be. "Cause if it's a job from the..."
"This job is not from the King so don't worry," he interrupted. "This is a private job and it's worth a bit of gold."
"So, where is this client?" Eden asked, turning her head to face the hall.
"Well, if you take the job he'll meet you at the Rose Water Hotel." he said, pulling out small key and a letter. "With a little something extra for your time."
Eden takes the key and Latter. "So, I can just go down and talk to him and if I don't accept I still keep this little extra?"
He shrugged and leaned his large frame back into his chair. "If you feel so inclined, but you should hear him out first."
She nodded and placed the key in her satchel and opened the letter. Written in the letter was the room number and the clients name."Laufey is his name." she murmured, flipping the small note around.
"So, it would seem."
"Well, Bjorn is there anything else?"
"Not for the moment, but when you meet with this Laufey contact me afterward."
"I'll see what I can do, but no promises." she said, smirking.
"All right then, I won't keep you waiting." he said.
At the Rose Water Hotel, Eden found the room quite easily. It was on the third floor at the end of the hall. The hotel was a posh and ritzy place built only two years ago in the Light District. Eden wondered what type of person this Laufey was, but decided to form a complete opinion once she met him. She took out the room key and opened the room was just like the rest of the hotel: far too expensive for Eden's liking. She moved further into the room and placed the key on the small table by the window.
Once adjusted to the low light of the room, she could see she was not in the bedroom, but the sitting area. Unlike the cheap hotels she liked to go to, this one was split into three sections. Before she could knock the voice of Laufey, or she assumed it was, beckoned her to come in.
"Hello, Mr. Laufey?" she asked, slipping through the door. "I'm Eden Black...
"From the Hunter's Guild," a smooth voice called out of the gloom.
She squinted around trying to see where the owner of the voice sat when she was suddenly blinded by light. Temporary disoriented she stumbled back into the door.
"Are you all right?" the voice asked, with a touch of concern and a dose of amusement.
Eden cursed under her breath, straightening up. "Yes, I am well. And I assume you are Mr. Laufey?"
"Yes. Do you care to have a seat or do you prefer to stand by the door?" he asked, even more amused than before.
Eden than turn to see Laufey sitting in one of the chairs in the corner of the room. The man seemed way to tall for the small chair he was siting in. Another thing she noticed was how handsome he was. Black hair slicked back from his pale face, with two emerald eyes that sparkled with amusement with a hint of dangerous intellect behind it.
"Thank you for the offer, Mr. Laufey, but I came to negotiate the terms of the contract." she said, through gritted teeth.
"Of course," Laufey said, watching as Eden took the seat across from him. "But before we get down to business I'd like for you to call me Laufey, not Mister."
"All right, fair enough. So, what sort of job do you have that?" she asked, folding her arms across her chest.
"A job easy enough for you and will pay handsomely," Laufey said coolly,leaning back while placing his folded hands upon a crossed knee.
Her interest was piqued she let a grin creep on her lips. "Ah, Bjorn told me something about that," she said, letting her arms drop from where they were resting and to her sides. "And the gift for meeting you?"
"That's part of it, but I was referring to the reward for accepting and completing the terms of the contract." he said.
"And if I don't accept?" she asked, giving him a pointed stare.
"Then I'll give you the gift and you'll be on your way." he replies, shrugging carelessly. "But, it would be in you best interest to stay and listen to the terms of the contract."
"Fair enough, so what is this job?" she asked. "Must be something big, if you are willing to pay for just an audience."
"A dangerous man from Black Rock Prison escaped not more than a few days ago. I want you to find and detain him before the end of next week." he said, as if her were talking about the weather.
"A man from Black Rock Prison is something worth the pay, but why isn't the City Watch or King's personal guard taking care of this?" Eden asked, her mismatched colored eyes narrowing to slits.
"The City Watch is a group of bumbling idiots and the King doesn't want to let the ignorant populace know that its famed prison prison lost one of its inmates." he said, undeterred by Eden's icy stare. "But, you have no need to worry, you have placed more men in that prison than anyone, this won't be any different."
Eden's stare softened a bit and she parted into a smile. "That I have, and I'll be horned to help you where the fool watch and uncaring king would have failed you, Laufey."
"Indeed, Miss Black," he said, allowing a smile to appear on his features.
"And you can do me a favor, just call me Eden," she said. "I dislike formality."
Laufey let out a soft chuckle before nodding. "Very well, Eden. So it seems you have accepted the terms of the contract. But, there is also one other thing I must tell you."
"Oh, and what is it?" she asked, wondering what he might be hiding.
"You are not accustomed," he said, making Eden a bit uneasy. But, if he notice he didn't let it show. "I'll be assisting and accompanying you on your task."
An eye brow shot up on Eden's forehead. "Do you not trust me?"
He shakes slightly. "No, it's just a precaution and you'll need certain things you'll not be able to get to without official authorization."
Eden should have known there would be a catch, but' this wasn't as bad as some of the others she dealt with. "All right, that's fine by me, but keep in mind I'll be doing things my way understand?"
"Of course Eden, as long as you get results."
"Trust me, you'll be having your inmate before the end of the week."
A/N: I'd like to thank the people who took the time to read my little story and to Miggles for the review and constructive criticism. Hopefully, this and my future chapters will be longer and better. So, thanks and I hope you enjoy reading. ^_^