From the latest Chapter in “Healer”
A hint of liquor tingled his nose. He paused, testing the air to pinpoint its whereabouts.
With the breeze at his back, he twitched an ear to confirm movement from behind. That’s when he turned to glimpse a shadowed figure step from the trees. Instantly, his eye was drawn to the gold-striped dagger present by the figure’s side.
Ears flattened, more annoyed than threatened.
“Are you lost, Nathaniel?” Wisdom questioned his tone deep with authority. “Sapphire’s the other way. I suggest you go there.”
“Lossst?” Nathaniel slurred. He took a step, stumbled, then regained his composure.
Used to the precise skill of a trained killer, the prince was stunned. As the assassin clumsily tried to flip the dagger between his fingers, it slipped from his grasp and clanked next to his boot. In his current state, Nathaniel did not notice that his fingers were instead flipping an invisible weapon. It was not until he attempted to make a pass to the next hand that he realized the dagger was missing.
“Ma-magic ussser!” He nearly fell over when reaching for his weapon. “D-did you enjoy your l-lil’ adventtture at sssschea?”
Wisdom shook his head. “Now I understand why. You certainly couldn’t make it without some type of delay holding me back.” While he spoke, he continually checked his surroundings for illusion, drawing energy from the sword contained within his necklace. At each attempt, his eyes flashed to collect readings, though nothing stood out at present.
Past encounters with the assassin had meant Jenario was not far behind. Yet with Osha’s border protection spell in place, Jenario would not be able to cross as long as he carried the dark horn.
You’re on your own this time, Nathaniel.
“Last chance,” Wisdom threatened. “Turn back.”
Wisdom finally gets the chance to confront his parent’s assassin. So he has options. At this point in the game, Nathaniel is beyond what he’s capable of.
What would you do if you had the chance to confront yours?