CHAPTER ONE

section 3

The trees blurred as Senosha strode past. Large thicket of briars fell apart as she stomped on them. It took her twenty minutes to find the path to the nearest town, Aberdeen.

“Finally,” she sighed.

Senosha has never been to this town, but it was a city compared to tiny Roxwood Port.

She stopped. Senosha realized that she never been outside the Port.

As she stood there, she heard angry villagers in the distance.

She looked towards the rising sun. Roxwood was north. So she headed south away from the crying fishermen and their fishermen wives.


Aberdeen was as large as Senosha imagined.

She spotted a table and chair next a bakery, and slumped down. The pain drifted from her feet to her legs. She walked all night to Aberdeen.

“Aye, Lass! You buynin’ somethin’?” A large potbelly human eyes her from the bakery window.

“What do you have?” She asked. She didn’t mean to sound angry, but she felt fatigued and depressed. Senosha kept thinking about Father. All night she has to fight herself from turning around and running back to the man who raised her and cared for her. He loved her so much he took the blame for her.

Senosha was so deep in thought that she didn’t notice a six feet tall blue dragonborn with a dirty smock standing at her left side.

“Can I take your order, ma’am?” he gruffly. Startled in seconds she grappled the poor creature and pinned him against the table.

“I’m sorry,” she said realizing the dragonborn was the baker’s help. She let go as if she burned her hand on a hot stove. Senosha backed off hoping he wouldn’t retaliate.

The blue beast picked himself off the table and dusted himself off. He shook his head and smiled.

“I didn’t hear you,” she explained with her hands raised, but still ready to fight if it came to that.

“No, no! It’s my fault. Should never sneak up on an orc monk,” he continued to grin.

Senosha put her hands down. Cautiously she stepped closer to the large dragon man.

“I’m Senosha.” She slapped an open palm on her chest.

“I’m Xrayax Yildred.” He boomed and bowed. “But you can call me Ray.”

“Okay, Ray.” She smiled. A first since the day before yesterday.

“Can I tell you a secret?” Ray looked suddenly smug. He didn’t wait for a reply. He stepped closer and leaned in.”I don’t work here.”

Senosha almost grappled him again, but all she could do was smile.