SCALES-66

“Is there a lesser sprite too?” I asked jokingly, as we started walking down the path.

WE DON’T TALK ABOUT THEM. FILTHY LOWBORNS.

“Okay, Bob,” Eversio reprimanded, “Let’s keep the prejudice to a minimum, please. There’s enough of that on Earth to go around.”

“Earthlings aren’t that bad, you know.” I offered, doing my best to defend my species.

“Humans. We call them humans?” Eversio reminded, amusement on his face.

“Whatever.” I sighed, “What’s the plan?”

“I don’t know.” He shrugged, “What do you want to do?”

“What do you want to do?” I asked back, yawning.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO-

“Clearly nobody has any suggestions.” Eversio cut in, “How about we go hunting?”

NO! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

“Hunting?” I asked incredulously.

“We’re on Purgatory’s land.” Eversio smiled, “There’s plenty of creatures here that need to be condemned back to Hell.”

NOT ALL OF US HAVE ARMS, YOUR HIGHNESS.

“Don’t be a spoilsport, Bob.” Eversio dismissed.

NOT TO MENTION THE SHEER AMOUNT OF DEADLY THINGS OUT HERE!

“Deadly?” I asked, taken aback.

“He’s being melodramatic.” Eversio assured, “With the two of us, we’ll be fine.”

TWO?!

“I don’t know…” I started, “I’m not exactly in the best shape.”

I KNOW A GREAT DIET-

“We have plenty of light bows lying around.” Eversio continued, ignoring Bob, “With that, and a horse, you’ll be perfectly fine.”

"On one condition." I sighed, flicking my hair out of my face.

"What?"

I felt a grin on my face.

"Omen. I won't ride any other horse."

"Done."

Hunting in Purgatory isn't like the kind of hunting that happens on Earth. 

Let me just start with that.

"Um...Eversio...it's still moving!"

I reached into the quiver on my hip and started to nock another arrow.

"Did you light the arrow?"

"No! Who does that?" I asked incredulously, Omen snorting.

"Bob!" Eversio commanded, absorbed in his battle with what looked like a moving bl0b.

ON IT.

The end of the arrow was suddenly blazing and I blinked, adjusting my aim and letting it fly.

It hit the wraith-like being floating a few yards from me and I watched in amazement as it evaporated, leaving nothing but the arrow.

"Wow!" I exclaimed, amazed.

I KNOW RIGHT.

"I had no idea you could light things on fire, Bob!" I continued, "That's so...convenient!"

THERE'S A REASON THE KING KEPT ME AROUND. 

"Useful in battle, huh?" 

NOT REALLY.

"What?"

EVER WONDERED WHY NOBODY NEEDS A LIGHTER AROUND THESE PARTS?

"Oh..."

YEP.

The End

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