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Knight of Demise - Chapter 7

Published at 18th of March 2018 09:39:03 PM

Chapter 7

All was proceeding smoothly .


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Even by Julian’s standards, Auvalire’s reserves are unfathomably immense . Her abundant magic is sufficient to model not only a new physique, but entire garments from memory . It is a kind of sudden genesis he has witnessed only a handful of times in the past, performed by archmages of great skill . That she would have the same talent was beyond his imagination .

He chooses not to elaborate on it, content with proud admiration of the girl before him .

The subject of his handiwork is splayed upon a chair, gasping for breath . Her beautiful, slender legs are joined closely together, hands firmly grasping her breast; the incessant heaves of her considerable bust exude a captivating allure . Her alabaster skin is tinged with a seductive pink, and her eyes had lost their focus entirely, staring blankly into the ceiling . In this instant, Julian feels that his efforts are entirely vindicated . [1]

For the unknown onlooker, there is much to be imagined in what transpired … though, maybe knowing the truth wouldn’t make much of a difference either .

“I … this is …”

Breathing gently, Auvalire finally recovers from her sensations of ecstasy . She sniffs delicately, taking in the fresh air and the firelight . The warm ambience around her gives off a sensation of comfort and sanctuary . Moreover, she senses something burning, pulsating, within her chest cavity – emanating an inimitable vitality .

“How does it feel, being human again?”

Julian’s voice awakens her from a half-comatose state, and she sits up hurriedly, tending to her hair and clothes in the process . Though a corporeal form is not as convenient as an ethereal one, it is what Auvalire is most satisfied with . The loneliness, chill, and despair that she’d experienced as a soul was unbearable; a real body, replete with weight and warmth, is her heart’s desire .

“Very good, Mister … Julian . ”

Auvalire is a little embarrassed, and understandably so . Who could blame her? Though she’d followed Julian’s commands almost instinctively just now, her expression was still fresh on her mind … sure, it hadn’t been intentional, but ultimately she is just a girl, regardless of the sophistication of her studies and the strength of her will . [2]

“Ah, I guess that's not quite right either . Technically, though you have the appearance of a human, your body is not truly so . ”


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Julian places a cup of tea in front of Auvalire, who picks the vessel up like a rare piece of treasure . Lightly caressing the rim, she basks in the rising steam for a moment before taking a small sip – for a girl that hasn’t made contact with anything for thirty years, it is the best-tasting tea in the world . She does not lose herself in the enjoyment, however; sensing the implication behind Julian’s words, Auvalire raises her head in the expectation of further explanation .

“I think you feel it yourself, too, at least for now . ”

Julian points at her chest; Auvalire raises her hands reflexively again, but luckily the young man has no intention of “running her straight through” the second time . Even Auvalire herself is apprehensive about the palpitations in her chest – how could a heart, of all things, be their origin?

“I created a core for your soul, a focal point . Using that as a nucleus, I wove this humanoid body … with some help from your vast magical reserves, of course . From the outside, there should be no difference; you have a temperature and a heartbeat . It will not age as a normal human would, but rather change according to your will . ”

His eyes trained on Auvalire, Julian continues his explanation .

“Naturally, your ability to digest food is still functional, though it’s no longer a necessity; to stabilize your magic, and keep your body free of problems, you only need learn meditation . If your magic weakens, your body too will crumble … if that comes to pass, you will return to your existence as a soul once more . ”

“But, I’m not a wizard . ” Auvalire picks up instantly . “I do not know how to meditate…”

“Neither do I know how to teach you . ” Julian shrugs .

“As I’ve said, I am a knight, not a wizard; I am unversed in their esoterica . Thus, I have no personal words of advice for you on the matter . The only thing I can say is, well, that your inability to cast spells puts a limit on how much magic you can really spend . With your shockingly abundant reserves of void magic, you’ll have no problem holding on for at least a decade and a half . ”

These last words put a stop to Auvalire’s objections, but from the way her eyes are spinning, Julian is sure that the princess has definite intentions of resuming the discussion with a wizard at some point .

“Now comes the focus of our transaction, Miss Auvalire . ”


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The girl straightens her body immediately at those words, placing down the teacup in her hands . Her gaze is filled with a silent intensity .

“I understand what you mean, Mr . Julian . The new body you’ve given me has allowed me to experience the joy of living in this world once again, and you have my service in exchange and gratitude . I swear on my name and honor, I will follow you until the day I … disappear once more . ”

Auvalire had wanted to say “until the day I die”, but changes at the last minute; strictly speaking, she was already dead .

“Glad to hear it . ”

Julian smiles in gratification; and for the first time, Auvalire detects a hint of devious pleasure in cunning prevailed .

“Then, let me go over the situation in front of us . ”

Julian’s explanation is objective and detailed . Beginning from his body’s family and birth, to the problems the fiefdom was facing at the moment, his analysis encompassed all . In fact, Julian had already organized these informational specifics before he discovered Auvalire; they wanted only a solution .

Auvalire opens her eyes in surprise upon the conclusion of the explanation . She looks at Julian in bafflement, returning to full awareness only after some time .

“Mr . Julian, if I’m not misunderstanding you … you mean to say that the only things we own are this castle and a town with only a hundred gold in monthly taxes? Moreover, your land was given to you through enfiefment … and there is no one else with you?”

“Well, I have you now . And those wandering spirits . And maybe a few more people in a few days, recruited from the town . ”

“Even that definitely isn’t enough . ”

Auvalire sees the seriousness of the problem .

“Mr . Julian, I don’t know what you’re thinking, but from my perspective, it’s quite difficult for you to make something of yourself and your holdings with only this castle as a base!”

“The more difficult the challenge, the more satisfaction in the conquest . ”

Hands outstretched, Julian presents a confident smile .

“Your Highness hasn’t experienced a problem like this before, I’d think . Surely you’re not considering giving up?”

“Please don’t make a joke like that, Mr . Julian . ”

Auvalire raises a pretty, slender eyebrow, her face full of confidence .

“Compared to dealing with the nobles back at the capital, I can only call these issues negligible . ”

“That’s good to hear . ”

Standing, Julian offers Auvalire his right hand .

“Then, from this day forward, you shall be my lieutenant . What do you think? Are you satisfied with this arrangement?”  

“Leave it to me . ”

  

Reaching her hand out to meet his, Auvalire grips it tightly; the young man’s palm is warm and broad .

“I will be sure not to disappoint . ”

 

[1] Suggestiveness entirely intentional . Actually I tried to make it a little less licentious, but not enough! How lewd . . . ㅇㅅㅇ

[2] The tense switching is a little complicated here; I'm too tired to check if it's absolutely correct . It's times like these that I wish I had an editor, but the show must go on .

TN2 . 5: Originally I wanted to do these at a brisker pace but I've had other things occupy my time . Actually, most of this chapter was ready 2 or 3 days ago but I just crashed and burned the last couple of days so . Stay tuned I guess . No promises on delivery schedule this time, it'll come out when it comes out .

TN2 . 75: The line switches in the second half are entirely stylized the same way as the original text . I actually thought about combining some, but decided against it in the editing phase .



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