Tovek: Chilli Seeds

I got the denser forest, full of predators and deep green flora, that suited my skin, I would be virtually undetectable.

I moved swiftly, my feet never making so much as a thump on the ground, it was the best way to avoid danger.

But not once did I see Sidion, this unnerved me, I wanted him to be near me, so that they would be safe and if it came to it, I would be the one in peril, because I knew him.

I reached a clearing, a quick sniff told me something with wet fir was nearby, and the smell of cooking and what Elena had told me was the smell of chilli.

But there was also danger, something earthy.

Picking up a rock on the floor, I threw it at a tree.

Three demons appeared. Their skin was purple, with scales that shimmered like water, one of his demons, they had long ribbon like ears, deep crimson eyes and long sharp yellow teeth. They began fighting with each other, the weakest one staying out of the fray. In one fast movement, he was on the floor an arrow sticking out of his neck.

The other two ignored him.

I silently nocked another arrow, aimed it, drew back the string.

I felt a blow on the back of the head. It stunned me, but I turned around regardless. Nobody was there.

I turned back, the demons lay on the floor, their throats cut. I sniffed, sweat and dried blood.

Too late.

I felt the blade at my neck before I saw it.

"Who are you and what the hell are you doing here?" the voice was low, dangerous.

I sniffed loudly.

"Human," I sneered.

"Answer me!" he roared. He momentarily slackened his grip. In one fluid motiom I released the net from my waist, spun from his hold avoiding the knife and flung the net at his feet, wrapping it round his legs tripping him up.

I nocked another arrow pointing it at him.

"If you move I'll impale each limb to the floor till you get the message," I threatened, "now I'll ask you, who are you and what are you doing here?"

"Rick, and it's a long story, but I'm not you enemy!"

"Tovek, and you have a funny way of showing it," I growled, "I smell food, is it yours?" I interrogated.

"long story-" I drew the bow back further, "-there is another, if you want food, I can give you some," he reasoned.

"I just need the seeds of a chilli."

I nudged his shoulder and he stood up, began walking towards the smell.

"I'm not your enemy," he repeated, indicating the bow.

"And you're not my friend either," he shrugged.

We reached a large, extravegant treehouse that put my camp to shame.

He ascended the winding stairway and I followed.

Inside the room, a leopord growled warningly and the kitched was bare, where was the other?

"Don't worry," he said, "I'll get you what you want."

He looked confused but opened a cupboard and picked out a long red object. He threw it at me and I caught it with my teeth.
"Now I am going to leave, I will bother you no longer."

I walked backward, out of the tree house, bow always pointing at Rick.

Once outside the door I leapt from the stairs, bow already on my back, swinging through the trees. One out of two, that was easier than I thought.

The End

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