The boy is quite talkative after he becomes comfortable with me. He tells me a lot about the world while watching me with pity. He thinks that I have lost my memories and became dumb like 'one tooth'. I don't know who 'one tooth' is.
In short, I am currently in one of the beggar cities. The original name of this city doesn't matter. The names of these cities change whenever the ownership of this city change after the war. The beggar cities are actually the border cities between the three nations who are always at war with each other over the resources in the forests and the mountains. There is a peace-loving fourth nation that stays out of the fight over the resources.
It's not like these beggar cities are close to the mountains or the forests. These cities are just at the border. The yellow uniformed soldiers are from Milegia. The blue ones are from Prath. I have not seen the soldiers from Pire yet. They wear pink uniforms.
When these nations are not at war, the soldiers are friendly to each other. They come and go from these cities. They share women and food. When it's the war, they become enemies again and kill each other without any second thought.
The true owner of these cities is the Beggar King. He has never spent two nights at the same city. The original owner has been working for years under him. The kid has no idea what kind of work she did. There are a chosen few who work for the beggar king. The rest of the street children work for the people who work for the beggar king. The chain of command is fixed. Pom and I are people who take direct commands from the Beggar King.
I am curious about Pom. He must know something important about the original owner. I don't think that I want to know more. The more I know, the worse it will become. If she has been involved in something shady, it's best if I don't try to find more out. I should go to a different place and start a new life. I will do any kind of job.
The boy didn't know much about the magic system here. He has seen a few people who could use magic. But, he knew little about it. The magic users are treated like nobles here. They are quite secretive about their knowledge. Pom might know more about it.
It is already dark. I thank the boy a lot and ask him to promise me that he won't tell another soul. He promises me with excitement. I return to the place where I have found myself yesterday. There is noone who shares this place with me. My bedding is just a blanket. If the original owner earned money, why did she not even buy a proper bed? Did she spend everything on the food? My body is thin like a skeleton. She didn't eat properly.
It's strange. I have decided. I will leave this city tomorrow. I will go somewhere far away. Somewhere who doesn't know the original owner. If I have a new life, I need a new beginning.
"Kresi!" Someone pushes me hard. "Wake up."
I am drowsy. Who is this person? It's the middle of the night. It's hard to fall asleep in this cold weather. It's harder to wake up after falling asleep. "Who are you?" I snap at him.
He blinks at me. "Ollie was telling the truth. You really lost your memories."
Ollie? There is only one person who heard my lies. That kid. I close my eyes in frustration. The kid promised me!
"Come with me." He grabs my hand. "Pebby will take care of you."
"Who are you?" I stand up. This boy is taller and older. He has baby pink hair and crystal blue eyes. His skin is milky white. This boy will become handsome in the future. "Tell me your name."
"Aish!" He rubs his forehead. "You even forgot my name."
If I lost my memories, I am supposed to forget everything. He watches me expectantly. He is hoping that I will suddenly blurt out his name.
"It's Raye," He tells me after I don't say a thing. "For others, it's Pom."
He is Pom. They must have acted like they were not on good terms in front of everyone else. They meet like this at the coldest hour of the night. This is insane. This is getting worse. Original owner, just what kind of person were you? Is your name Kresi?
"You are not well." He puts his palm against my forehead. "You got hit by her fire. I told you that you should get checked up. You told me not to bother you. Your body always healed itself. Why is it different this time? Did that woman hurt you badly? How can you lose your memories? You are a Mirin."
Uh! Another information. The original owner is a Mirin. What is a Mirin?
"I don't know why this is happening," I tell him truthfully. Dear Raye, I really have no idea why I am inside your Kresi's body. I have no idea where the original Kresi's soul is.
"Is it because you broke the seal?" He checks my pulse. "There is always a price. Today is a big night, Kresi. You cannot screw this up. We have to free him. If we don't free him, people like us will keep dying."
Okay. This is getting intense. Why are people like you are dying? It's already screwed up because the original Kresi is not here.
"Let's get you checked up. We don't have much time left." He drags me along with him. His voice is low and husky. "Mirai and Quinn are also there. Gabriel doesn't know anything yet. If we succeed, we can live freely. We don't have to hide like this ever."
Whoa! What's going on here? I am shaking. This doesn't sound good at all. It sounds like little kids are going behind adults and planning something big.
"Who are we freeing?" There is no light. Yesterday night, I have seen three crescent moons. Tonight, there is none. I can't see any star either. The night is cold and hair raising. There is no one on the street. The doors and windows are tightly shut. I can't see a single person. Where are the homeless people? Are they hiding at their spots and pretending to be asleep?
This city is loud and bubbly since the daybreak. Now, this city appears to be abandoned.
"Our God." He is almost running with me. "If he comes out, he will protect us from them. We will never get hurt. We can take revenge for everyone who has died, Kresi. You told us that. How did you forget everything?"
Revenge for the dead. This is not getting better.
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