By Kenneth Shumaker
Episode 008, ‘Green Rabbit Bottle’
Wrote, May 24, 2017
Published on Virily: Part 1, November 12, 2017
Published on Virily: Part 2, November 16, 2017
Published on Virily: Part 3, November 21, 2017
Our serial series is set in Kenneth Shumaker’s medieval fantasy realm of Quantos. We find Apprentice Mage Morgus is out from the Mage’s University and on his one-year walk-about before he returns for his journeyman certification test on Autumn 50 of Pine, during the reign of King Regeanus III in the royal city of Mount Oryn’s South State District 13. Our intrepid hero, with a checkered past, is an attractive thirty-three-year-old human Jalnoric male with a bold personality and is determined to survive his walk-about year at any cost, even if it means snuggling in and working with nobility.
We continue now with Morgus episode E008 part 3 ‘Green Rabbit Bottle’ on:
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Turning to stare into the fire, she replies, “I’m sad. It’s wonderful that my brother is an apprentice now … it’s late in life for him … and I’m already a journeyman … but I was hoping to be leasing my own shop when he became an apprentice. I know it’s selfish, but I was hoping to be supporting us better … so that he could enjoy his apprenticeship without worry of coin.”
Firmly, but with a gentle motion, Morgus takes Leza’s hand and replies, “My offer is still open. I’d open a shop leased in your name.”
A stream of tears well up to her eyes as she shakes her head. “No! … Morgus, no! How will we pay you back?”
Smiling enigmatically, the mage answers, “When you’re able to … for now, pay me the lease rent, that’s all.”
She looks deep into his eyes as if seeking something from him as she asks, “But why would you do that?”
Sighing from his chest and glancing at the floor, he answers, “I’ve taken from others for long enough … it’s my way of giving back … giving to someone I actually care about.”
Sharply drawing back and taking a deep breath, she then replies, “But you don’t know me. Why would you care about us?”
Daring to glimpse over into her eyes and giving a meek smile, Morgus responds, “I don’t know! When we met … I actually felt something. I feel like you’re special, and I want to give to you and care for you … it’s strange. I’ve never felt it before.”
Shaking slightly, Leza draws back while locking into Morgus’ eyes. She has a slight quivering smile on her face, and her eyes are glistening with moisture. She stares for a minute with eyes latching on Morgus’ eyes. “Okay?” She replies hesitantly.
Gently, still holding her hand, the mage says, “I’m sorry; I’ve upset you. Let’s forget it. Shall we go eat?”
She pulls him closer. “No! … let’s sit here longer. Tell me about who you are? You had known my family before your family moved, right?”
Confused, Morgus replies, after frowning, brows bunched together. “Yes, I knew your parents and older siblings before my father died and my mother lost our home and business. We owned the Perch Inn.”
Leaning closer to Morgus, holding his hand firmly, she continues. “Tell me more about your life after you left the Perch.”
Morgus debates in his mind what is safe and what isn’t safe to tell her. He cautiously responds to Leza. “We moved east to the river, where my momma found a place with her brother. Uncle Kreja got me a job on a barge as a deckhand, where I worked until the Captain was killed. Leaving the barge, I was then able to convince the Mage’s University to take me in. I passed their entrance exam easily enough … I was … I think eighteen then … I lived and studied at the University until I left to come here.”
Almost glowing now, radiant with attention for Morgus, Leza says, “Your life was so much more than ours, and now you’re here at Baron Larap’s manor. What do you do here?”
Again, trying to be cautious, Morgus replies, “Currently, I’m his estate mage and troubleshooter, resolving any issues he has.”
Blinking a few times lightly, and grinning with admiration, Leza stares at Morgus. Then she states, “You’re like his chamberlain!”
Shaking his head sadly, Morgus then replies, “No … more like his beadle.”
Still holding his hand, she asks as she tightens her grip, “So you’ll protect us if the dragon returns or if the rogues come around?”
Also gripping her hand with a tighter squeeze, Morgus asks, “You have troubles?”
Laughing mischievously, Leza then replies. “No, my knight … No! Not yet … but you’ll save us, right?”
Leaning over to place his face close to hers, he replies, “Yes, my princess.”
Ada arrives, and with the flare of a lioness, she addresses the two. “Your midday meal is ready.”
This is the end of this episode of Morgus, Episode 008 part 3, written by, Kenneth Shumaker
©2017 by Kenneth Shumaker with Inevitable Unicorn Press
To be continued in Morgus episode 009 ‘Green Dog Square’ …
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