So I was aboard a slave ship, and from what I had learned at school, the ship was probably heading towards the bazaars on the other side of the world, so I had about three days to figure out an escape route.
I couldn’t reach So’mai’s jar, so he was left toppled over, rolling about the floor every time we hit a wave. He was most annoyed by this.
“Most annoyed doesn’t cover it, Ashwin,”
Oh, I’m sorry, I don’t believe I’ve introduced myself, my name is Ashwin O’Keef, son of Darwin O’Keef and Aliya O’Keef.
The only thing allowing me to keep track of time was a small porthole on the far wall, as I watched the sun set I decided that it would be best to get a quick nap.
Despite the hard floor, So’mai’s swears and the clanging of glass against wood, I soon fell asleep. And I slept heavily, real heavily, ‘cuz when I awoke the sun was up again and the sea was calm, harbour calm, we’d docked. In the background I could hear the noise of a busy harbour town in the background, because I had no idea how far we’d travelled, the ship was moving faster than I expected.
I saw the cheese and bread in arms length, and a bowl of water sitting next to it, the Orc had been back.
I suddenly heard yelling, the lower deck doors burst open and the stairs were descended by two heavy sets of footsteps and another set of struggling footsteps, which didn’t seem to touch the ground.
Out of the shadows came two heavier than average Orcs holding a tall, scraggly elf wearing a flat dark purple hat. They shackled him to the far wall, glanced at me and ascended the stairs.
The elf peered across the room at me, he had unnaturally green eyes, which I ‘spose are normal for elves.
“Howdy,” I said, ‘cause it was the first thing that popped into my mind. The elf looked about my age, looked almost human, except for his tall ears which stretched about a foot above his head, and the blazing green eyes which I mentioned ‘afore.
“Howdy,” He said, it sounded anything but friendly, he didn’t take his eyes off me.
“I’m Ashwin,” I said, still trying to be friendly, he didn’t reply but So’mai fluttered to the edge of his jar, peering through at the new arrival.
“An Elf, how interesting,” He said, “Hassiath morilaith mosaiith”
The Elf smiled.
“My name is Shaithi Morwaiin, and it’s a pleasure to meet you Ashwin,”