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Chapter 6 The Contest

  • Amelia's POV
  • Some Minutes later I got to the market and decided to act normal in other not to arouse any suspicion from my father.
  • " You're late, did you get it all?" He asked.
  • " Yes Father" I replied.
  • " It's seems the annual fight contest is starting soon because I can hear the cheering noise from afar" he said.
  • " I believe so, I saw them on my way here" I replied.
  • " You didn't stay there did you?" He asked and my eyes bulged out wondering if he knew about the fight.
  • " I only stay for a minute then left" I lied.
  • " Has anyone in our village ever won the contest?" I asked and my father laughed.
  • " I don't think that's going to happen because the contest had been for a long time and no one in our village proceed to the next stage"
  • " Most of the people in our village are farmers and hunters, they are not fighters" he added.
  • " Have you ever take part in the contest?....... you're a good fighter" I asked.
  • " I can't because I promise your mother that I won't, those who went for the contest eventually got wounded or killed" he explained.
  • " I thought they don't kill in the contest" I said.
  • " Yes, they don't unless you decided to challenge the champion of Malmoe, the man is a beast"
  • " Anyone who challenged him ended up dead or partially alive, he has been champion for over 15 years" he said.
  • " The king restricted him from fighting in the contest and crowned him the champion of MALMOE" he explained.
  • " He was given a house in the kingdom and ten thousand of silver as the reward" he added.
  • " Wow"
  • " Father, how is the kingdom like?...... I've never been there" I asked.
  • " The kingdom is like every other kingdoms with beauty all over it which differ it apart from the village" he replied.
  • " How come I've never been there, other kids told me about the great things they saw when they went there" I said.
  • " Of course you will when the time is right besides if you go what are you going for?" he said.
  • " When you were an infant your mother and I took you there so technically you've been there"
  • " But worry not yourself, maybe one of these days you and I will visit" he replied.
  • " Okay Father"
  • I helped my father at the market till the sunset and then we went home.
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  • {Next Day}
  • I was bathing then I started having the usual pain I always have when I'm bathing.
  • This has been happening for the past 5 years whenever I'm bathing my back will be aching me.
  • The pain is originating from the birth mark at my back and the pain is intensifying everyday and just like now.
  • I informed my father about it and he gave me an ointment to apply on it but it did nothing to it.
  • I hurried up then put on my clothes before going to meet my father.
  • " Father, the pain at my back is still there...and it's getting worse" I said when I got to him.
  • " Remind me this evening, I'm taking you to the healer...... I'm certain he will know what to do" he said.
  • " Okay Father" I replied.
  • " Why don't you start fire to make br......"
  • He was saying then we saw the chief and two men came to our door step and my eyes bulged out.
  • I don't need a soothsayer to tell me that they came here for me, probably to report what I did yesterday.
  • ' hold on, is the man dead?'
  • ' did he became crippled?'
  • Several thoughts was rushing through my mind and I looked at my father who seems surprised to see them.
  • " Chief?......what are you doing here?, You could have sent for me" my father said as they entered.
  • " No, I decided to come to you myself" the chief replied and my father get him something to sit on.
  • " What brings you here chief?" Father asked.
  • " It's about the contest and your daughter" the chief said and I frowned my face.
  • " Contest?..... My daughter?........I don't understand chief, what has my daughter got to do with the contest?" Father asked and the Chief look at me.
  • " You didn't tell him?" He said.
  • " Tell me what?" Father asked then he turned to me while I fixed my eyes to the ground.
  • " We've chosen Logan as our champion to represent us in the upcoming fight contest" the chief explained.
  • " And yesterday at the training we realized the big muscle he have is nothing because he was bested by your daughter"
  • " He didn't survive one strike of her assault which made us realized we will be disgracing our village by sending him"
  • " Which is why I come to ask for your permission to let us send her because we have no one to send" the chief concluded.
  • " No, I'm not fighting......I never even wanted to fight........it was a mistake.... I'm not fighting" I replied.
  • " Amelia, the winner get 100 pieces of silver and some other rewards......you and your father won't need to work in the market any longer" the chief said.
  • " Chief, I think you should go now......... I'll give you my reply in the evening" father said and the chief stood up.
  • " I hope your answer is positive for all of our sake because the village could get many things if we win" the chief said.
  • " Think about it" he said then left and my father turned to me.
  • I pouted my lips and draw my ears apologetically and said " I'm sorry Father, I never planned it"
  • " I didn't train you for you to fight around the village, I told you no fighting" he said.
  • " I'm sorry Father, Ashur and his friends caused it, they wanted to hurt me, I never meant for this to happen" I narrated.
  • " What do you want me to do now?, What do you want me to tell chief?" He asked.
  • " I don't want to fight.......we can just tell him that" I replied.
  • " If I do that...I'll be painted as the enemy of the village, that might affect our business" he said.
  • " I'm sorry Father" I apologized.
  • " I guess I'll take your place in the contest" he said which surprised me.
  • " You'll be fighting in the arena?" I asked.
  • " Father, you don't have to do that.... I'll fight instead besides this is my mistake, so let me make things right" I said.
  • " It's dangerous.......You could get hurt in the contest" he said.
  • " So could you father, but I'm young and strong.....I'm sure I can handle myself, you trained me well" I replied.
  • " What about your powers?.....you know very well you still can't get control of it, what if you use it?"
  • " This is a contest where you can get angry which might trigger it, I don't know what the king might do if he knows" father said.
  • " I won't trigger it Father, I no longer get angry like before, I've been trying to suppress my anger" I replied.
  • " Are you sure?" He asked.
  • " Yes Father, I promise I won't get angry" I said then he looked at me for a while.
  • " Fine, I'll meet with the chief this evening and inform him" he said and I smiled.
  • " Thank you Father" I said then embrace him tightly.
  • " You should start your training so you won't get rusty when you get there" he said.
  • " Okay Father"
  • ' waoo....... I'm finally going to the kingdom, finally'