WARNING: SLIGHT GORE AND BLOOD.
The White Raven Chronicles
The inn was lively during the day, but by the time the three had reached it, it was night and the activity had slowed to a drunken halt. When they arrived, Anwil ordered a drink from the beautiful bartender, but couldn't drink it because Aomidori smashed it and said,
"Don't drink around Shii!"
The bartender chuckled and said, "Your wife's a feisty one."
"We're not married." said Anwil grumpily.
Recognition flashed across her face and she laughed, tucking her blonde hair back. "You two have a job together or something? Wandering adventurers?"
"Yes," said Anwil. "You have any rooms open?"
"I have 2 open, is that enough?"
"Yes. I'll take one and her and the kid will take the other." he shifted the gold to her, and she smiled and handed him the keys. "Just one night."
"Okay. Say, do I recognize you?"
Anwil shrugged. "I don't know. Have there been lots of elves about these parts lately?" he asked slyly.
"No, but there's been quite a few red heads. Hm." she slid her arms down on the counter so she could look in his eyes. Hers were green. "Anyway! The kid's real cute. But that woman, she looks like a cold-hearted murderer."
"From what I know, that's what she is." said Anwil.
The woman laughed. "I'm not joking! You know, I have seen her."
"Yeah. I've seen someone like her at night sometimes, wielding a knife. But I may just be paranoid. Is 100 gold for the night okay with you, love?"
Anwil nodded. "Hey!" he shouted at Aomidori. "I got you a room."
She ignored him and countuined talking to Shii. After a minute she walked over to the bartender. "Grey," she said to her.
"Snowyl," said Grey.
"Snowyl?" said Anwil.
"It's her real name," said Shii. "Aomidori is her middle name."
"So, got anything new? Any information?" asked Aomidori.
"Hmmm, yes. The family of your victim just offered a million gold for your capture." Grey tilted her head and her blonde hair shifted from her shoulders. "Humor me and let me put some handcuffs on you, hm?"
Aomidori's face was slack for a moment. Then she cracked a smile and her and Grey started laughing. Grey stopped mid-laugh to glance around the inn, and then her smile became brighter and her eyes widen. Standing up straight, she yelled:
Aomidori glanced around, and a moment of alarm flashed across her face.
"KILL THE GIRL AND CAPTURE THE LIYAU!"
Several men and a few women rose from the chairs scattered around the main room of the inn. They withdrew weapons or rose their hands to allow sparks of magic to flow, and all stared fixedly at the three.
Aomidori pushed Shii behind her back, and stared at Anwil.
"You better know how to fight!" she hissed, grinning.
Shii clutched Aomidori's waist as the woman pulled her bow from her back. She pulled back an arrow, and hit the fire-lit chandelier. It fell, and the whole back of the room went ablaze.
One of the magic-wielders, a black-haired male elf, shot a well aimed spell at Aomidori, but she dodged. Another aimed at Shii, and Aomidori shot another arrow, this time at the white-clad woman who had attempted the spell. The arrow lodged in her throat, and she lay, spluttering, as blood welled around her on the ground.
A few of the assaulters yelled, and leaped forward, swinging their swords at Aomidori, Shii, and Anwil. Anwil barely dodged a swing from one of the greatswords, and took to swinging his own. By a lucky shot, he managed to disarm a few of them.
Aomidori leaped onto a table, taking Shii with her and swinging her behind her once again. She smiled angrily and shot some people in the back of the room, so that only 7 people remained, all with knives.
"You will pay for your crimes!" shouted one, and he jumped onto the wide bench-like table beside Aomidori's round, wobbly one. She obliged him and knocked into him with a running jump, and then slid her sword neatly out of the large stomach wound she made. He screamed shrilly and Shii's eyes widened: Anwil saw her despair.
Aomidori, still with one hand on Shii, drove her sword into another woman. A man blocked her first attack but succumbed to the next. Before long, only 3 men remained, and they surrounded Anwil and Aomidori. One seized Shii and held a dagger to her throat.
"We three are the most accomplished assassins in Jayorid," said one man. "You can't kill us, you can't kill a Blood Moon assassin!"
Interest sparked in Aomidori's eyes.
She flipped backwards toward the man holding Shii, her boots hitting him square in the face. He staggered back. "If you try and kill Shii," she said, "You get the full fury of Snowyl Aomidori Liyau, the woman with the highest bounty on her head and the most kills in the 3 kingdoms." she smiled sadistically. "Why do you keep coming back?" she asked. "Why do you keep trying to kill off the last Eyu if you know you'll just end up with your throat torn out?"
She leaped forward, bringing her sword down on both men in front of her. Blood went up like a fountain, dotting the floor. She twisted around, sword up, only to have Grey rush forward and slam her own sword against her's.
"You've killed so many people," grunted Grey as she struggled to push her blade to Aomidori's throat, "You need to pay. You're a murderer. A filthy murderer!"
"All for the greater good of the Eyu family," said Aomidori.
"You have no morals!" hissed Grey.
"And you have no foundation on which you can tell me that," she said. "Because, you're a dead woman."
"What?" said Grey, and as Aomidori cocked her arm to slash her dagger through Grey's chest, Anwil shoved her aside.
"STOP!" he roared. "I'm just here to take a child to an orphanage! Not to see a bloodbath!" he glanced around at all the dead people littering the inn floor. Blood smeared across walls or floors, the blood on Aomidori's face and blades, the look of despair in Shii's eyes.
"It's not worth it," said Anwil. "Let's just go."