"Master is riding a six-legged beast?"
"I am not sure. It's one of the probabilities." Deia is dizzy because of Mogrok's speed. She has already thrown up five times. Iver has passed out long ago. It's his first time riding with Mogrok.
"Seer, I can already see them." Mogrok hisses in anger. "My master is cheating on me with that lowly beast. It only has six legs. Compared to my thousand limbs, it is nothing."
Deia vomits again. She's sure that she will throw out her intestines at this rate.
Kresi and Kyo see a storm of dust approaching them. The six-legged beast makes a small sound and ceases on its feet. It is scared to go further.
"Mogrok doesn't know humility." Kresi shakes her head. "It is scaring this poor little beast. We should let this beast go. Mogrok will eat it alive if it stays."
They climb off the six-legged beast. It doesn't stay for a moment longer. It runs for its life. They wait for Mogrok to arrive.
"Master, how could you do this to me?" Mogrok's thousand eyes are full of tears. "When I am there, how could you cheat on me with another beast? You even ride on his back."
Deia rolls on her back. Her face is green. "Kresi, thank goodness that you are here. Please never leave me alone with your spirit beast."
"He gave you a hard time." Kresi looks at her with pity.
"It was... " She doesn't finish her words. She rolls back her eyes and passes out. Iver is already a goner.
"Master." Mogrok hasn't stopped sobbing like a dutiful wife who has seen her husband cheat on her. "Why? Was I not good enough?"
"Aigoo!" Kresi wrinkles her nose. "Mogrok, it was a situation. We needed to get away as soon as possible. You did a good job without me. I am proud of you. You didn't eat Deia and Iver. Your self-control is getting better."
Mogrok is still angry and hurt, but he is also pleased that his master is flattering him. "Master, it was nothing. They aren't up to my taste."
"I like you more now, Mogrok." She pats his arm. "You are doing a good job."
"Sister, what about me?" Kyo snatches her hand that is patting Mogrok. "You can't like him more than me."
"I like Kyo the most." She kisses his forehead. "My Kyo has been good. He didn't cry when his arm was hurt. He is brave and strong now."
Mogrok is clearly unhappy to see Kyo. He notices the wounded arm. His master doesn't have a good complexion. "Master, why did you bring him back? You should have left him here."
"Sister, we should leave him here."
"Boy, you were the one who ran away."
"Sister, throw him away."
"Boy, you should be thrown away."
Kresi has a headache because of these two. "We should leave this place soon. I don't like it here. It feels like something is watching us even now."
Mogrok has sensed the same thing. It's not coming forth. He lifts Deia with his one arm.
"Master, take a seat. I will run until I find the end of this realm."
He flinches when I touch his arm. He opens his sleepy eyes. I smile at him and say, "Sleep."
He goes back to sleep. The skin of his wounded arm is hardening. He's Dark God. He should heal already. It's been hours, I think. Mogrok is running without a stop. Behind us, there is a huge crowd of soulless creatures and corrupted beasts. The day turns to night. Then, the dark night turns to a bright day. Whenever I look at the darkness behind me, I feel a pair of eyes looking at us.
I look at Iver, hanging upside down from Mogrok's arms. He is looking at Kyo's wounds. "Your younger brother's arm is cursed. He won't be able to use it unless you break that curse."
"How do I do it?" He must be hurting a lot. He keeps quiet because doesn't want to trouble me. What the hell is wrong with my body? Why did it go ahead and cursed my Kyo's arm?
"Hmm... it depends on the level of the curse." Iver squints his eyes. "How did he get it?"
He tried to take heart from my body and there were countless runes jumping out and hurting him. That idiot god wouldn't stop even if he was going to lose his arm.
Of course, I can't tell him that. "He touched something that he shouldn't have."
He lets out a loud sigh. "Maybe we can find answers in the middle realm. Where is your spirit beast taking us?"
"Master! I see an exit." Mogrok roars powerfully. "We will be out soon. Don't be scared. That thing can't follow us out of this place."
I look back. The residents of the cursed realm have stopped running after us. They are standing there and watching us quietly. I also see the six-legged beast. Among the masses, there is a shadow. The thing that's been watching us since we entered the cursed realm.
It's not coming after us.
Why I am still scared of it?
It's like it's waiting for me to go to it.
"What are you looking at?" Iver follows my gaze. "They are acting strange."
'The power you seek is here.' I hear a whisper in my mind. 'It will be yours anytime you want it.'
No way! The corrupted ehr has a mind of its own.
'You will need power if you want to protect him. Turn back and take my hand.'
Somebody pinches my hand. Kyo is looking up at me. "Sister, don't listen to bad people."
At the same time, I see a blinding light advancing toward us. I close my eyes when Mogrok takes a high jump out of the boundary.
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