Ascendance (VampWiz08 x Kishiseta)
General Lefavar grunted as the reports came in his desk. There were more and more sightings of those abhorrents in the world and the forces of the darkwalkers were getting stronger. The nobles were bickering like old wives in their seats about who was going to take the seat of power in this and that. The cities around him were slowly questioning their leaders and the outlying lands of the empire were being neglected and were paying less and less homage to the Empire. The Empress herself, may she live forever, has gone missing. The knowledge was not yet well known, but it was only a matter of time. The high bureaucrats could not keep such a secret for far longer.
He was getting far too old for this, and pretty soon, he would have to leave the world. But before he did, he would make certain he would spit in the eyes of the darkwalkers and set things on the right path before he left. If there was one thing he was supposed to do, then it would be to leave a legacy. And he did not want to leave a legacy of ruin.
The General looked up from the papers he was looking at to Lieutenant Stone. "You are sure you are choosing the right person to hunt down the abhorrent?"
Lieutenant Stone shrugged. "We can't spare anymore of the troops. She's more of a danger in rank than she is alone."
Lefavar nodded. "If we can't get this abhorrent out of the way, there isn't much we can do. If she gets any older, we'll need a whole team of officers to hunt her down. And we can't spare that. Make sure this succeeds."
"I have faith in River."
Dawn broke in the city of Pearl prompting the streets to set up shops. People opened their doors and set up their oiled-cloth stands as the smells of the early morning bread wafted through. Wave smiled at the children running to their classes, their parents calling after them. It was a relatively peaceful city where barely anyone knew her. And that was enough. She had heard of tales of havens for people like her but she didn't know where to start looking or how to get there. For now, her undisturbed life here was all there was to it.
Wave froze for a moment at the sight of a Guardian patrol roaming the streets before she gathered her wits and moved out of their way, bowing like the others as they passed. She tried to calm herself as her heart hammered in her chest. Act like everyone else and they were sure to pass you. That was the best way of surviving in the world.
Squaring her shoulders, she headed for the market to buy some more local herbs. And she had to hurry. Who knew who would come knocking at her door this early. It wasn't often but it happened.