Endless Blue – Week 107 – “The Unintended”, Chapter 4   Leave a comment

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The Unintended
by Dustin Douglas

Chapter 4
The Beautiful Lie

    Tameryh felt immense pressure on his head and face. He felt the claws and hands of something on his body as it pressed on his chest. Tameryh tried to open his eyes but they felt incredibly heavy, as if sealed shut. Through the shuffle and commotion, he started to hear murmurs and voices. The voices began to sound familiar. He heard a man chanting, and felt a rush of energy run through him as the man pressed his hands on his forehead. Tameryh’s eyes finally opened.

    “It looks like the young unintended is waking up,” said Sidar Asoudi.

    Grimbould looked down, along with Blodusk.

    “It’s a pity. I coulda thrown ‘em out with the rest of the garbage,” said Blodusk with a smirk on his face.

    “What happened to him, sidar?” asked Grimbould.

    “As I told Elder Molka, I should have known a weak willed unintended shouldn’t be trusted with Dreamer’s Respite,” said the sidar in a judgmental tone.

    “Oh don’t trouble yourself, sidar. You merely served him. He probably spun you quite the tall tale to get it from you,” said Blodusk.

    The sidar nodded in agreement and said, “It seems everything is in order then.”

    “Thank you for your service,” said Grimbould.

    “I live to serve,” said the sidar as he left the room.

    “What did you do? Why were you drinking that potion?” asked Grimbould to Tameryh.

    “I spoke with the sidar because I’ve been plagued with nightmares. He told me to take that to help sleep,” confessed Tameryh.

    “Right. But it looks like you were taking more than you should have,” said Grimbould holding up a half-empty flask.

    “I… if I waited too long I started having horrible pains. I couldn’t serve the house in that state!” protested Tameryh.

    “I shoulda known,” said Blodusk as he cracked his knuckles.

    “Thane Blodusk, I leave this to you now. Sorry, Tam, there’s nothing I can do,” said Grimbould solemnly.

    Blodusk grabbed Tameryh by the arm, and dragged him out of bed.

    “Get dressed. Now!” shouted Blodusk.

    Tameryh hurriedly threw on his work clothes and presented himself to Blodusk.

    “Off we go then,” said Blodusk as he grabbed Tameryh by the arm and dragged him out of the room.

    The pair swam slowly through the servants quarters, through the kitchens, outside, then back into the main manor itself across the courtyard. Tameryh’s heart sank as he feared the worst. He was being brought to Elder Molka.

    A pair of well dress guards stood in front of the main house of the manor. They saluted Blodusk as they approached.

    “Well met, Thane. The elder awaits in his ante chamber,” said one of the guards.

    Blodusk nodded, and pushed Tameryh out in front of him. Tameryh meekly swam through the house, which felt like a palace compared to the servants quarters. Finally, they approached the ante chamber, and Thane Blodusk knocked against the wall.

    “Enter,” said Elder Molka.

    Blodusk shoved Tameryh as he floundered into the room. Tameryh and Blodusk bowed to the elder, and the elder nodded slightly. The elder wore his golden chains, and held a coral staff in his right hand. Now, at almost 100 years old, the elder’s strength had greatly diminished. Over time, he relied more and more on his coral staff to anchor him while trying to remain motionless.

    “Tameryh. Unintended. In recent years, you’ve served with Master Grimbould without many major incidents. However, in the past few days, my guards tell me you were leaving the manor without permission in the middle of the night. Then I hear you were lying to the clergy and abusing Dreamer’s Respite. Today, you forced us to contact the clergy to restore you. Completely unconscious through most of the day. What do you have to say for yourself?” asked Elder Molka.

    “I confess. I asked for Sidar Asoudi’s help, and he gave me the potion. He never warned me of what it would do beyond help me sleep. If he would have told me it caused such pain, and trouble, I would have avoided it completely. I would have suffered through my nightmares,” explained Tameryh.

    Tameryh heard the thane snort at his story.

    “Oh, so you’d have me believe the sidar failed to tell you about this medicine? He lives to serve us, after all. What possible benefit would he have in misleading you? You. You disgrace the house with your accusations,” said the elder firmly.

    “Sir, please!” pleaded Tameryh.

    “Silence him, thane,” said Elder Molka.

    *THWAK*

    The thane put his massive strength into a heavy backhand, sending Tameryh to the ground.

    “Did I ask for your opinions, unintended? No. Here are the facts. Your mother’s mistake became my burden. You. She created a debt, and it was settled when we sent her east. You, however, failed to honor her sacrifice. You probably didn’t understand what those eastern scholars wanted, did you? Those disgusting Kouton offered me the vilest proposition. I’d never let our clan be used in such a way, but your mother gave up her claim. They needed Yaun-Teel. Fresh Yaun-Teel, still in their prime. Oh they slashed her, cut her, put her back together, but in the end, they bleed her dry. That’s right, boy, they butchered her,” exclaimed Elder Molka.

    Tameryh started to pull himself back up, but Blodusk restrained him.

    “No…” said Tameryh.

    “Oh what’s that boy? You dishonor her sacrifice yet again?” said Blodusk as he tightened his grip.

    “Unintended. I relieve you of your burdens. I relieve of your responsibilities. I relieve of your earnings, and release your debts to us. You are no longer recognized as unintended, you are nothing. You are not of clan Basqorjn, and you are not welcome here ever again,” said Elder Molka with a stern tone.

    “Who do you serve?!” shouted Tameryh.

    Elder Molka raised an eyebrow at this remark as Bludusk tightened his grip again.

    “I live to serve this house! She lived to serve this house! Who do you serve by killing her!?” shouted Tameryh.

    Tameryh began trashing, trying to escape Blodusk’s grasp.

    “Why, I serve my clan, fool. Can’t you see? You are the proof that she served herself. You’ve followed in her wake,” said Elder Molka with a laugh.

    Elder Molka turned to Blodusk, “Remove him immediately.”

    Tameryh thrashed harder, and broke free of Blodusk’s grasp. He darted forward and slammed into Elder Molka. Elder Molka crashed into the wall, letting go of his coral staff. Tameryh picked the staff up, and whipped around to see Blodusk charging for him. Tameryh swam up and over, turned back around as Blodusk pulled out a short blade.

    Quickly, Tameryh chanted a spell. As he chanted, he could feel the staff growing heavier in his hand as it accepted his magic. Blodusk charged him a second time.

    This time Tameryh slammed the coral staff down at Blodusk hard. Initially, Blodusk raised his arm to block the blow, however the weight of the staff greatly exceeded his expectations. Blodusk arm snapped downwards, giving into the incredible weight of the magically reinforced staff.

    Blodusk howled in pain as Tameryh lifted the staff back up.

    “Guards, stop him at once!” shouted Elder Molka.

    Tameryh hefted the staff upwards and charged towards Elder Molka.

    “CEASE!” commanded Elder Molka as Tameryh felt a shock go through his body. He felt his hands let go of the staff as it sunk to the ground. Elder Molka braced himself against the wall clutching his chest.

    Tameryh couldn’t move, but he heard the guards enter the room. He felt them grabbing his hands, and binding them. He saw one of the guards help Elder Molka leave the room and then he felt a sharp pain from behind. Tameryh’s vision went dark.

    Tameryh awoke and found himself in a dark room with a small window and small locked hatch. His head hurt and he found bruises across his body.

    “Hey! Where am I?” shouted Tameryh.

    He heard someone approach.

    “Oh. It looks like ‘the nothing’ is finally awake. Good news, you worthless trash. You’re being sent to the vastness. The abominations will have their way with your entrails!” shouted the guard.

    “No… oh no…” said Tameryh trying to make sense of the situation.

    “Oh you really can’t be surprised. You. A nobody assaults the head of House Basqorjn and you even manage to injure his thane? I’m surprised you even made it in here alive,” said the guard with a laugh.

    That night, Tameryh found no rest. He found no peace. He was left with his thoughts, though not of dismay. He wanted them all dead. They lied to him for so long.

    “They sent off my mother to the east, they said. They didn’t have the gall to tell me. She traded her life, and they let it happen.     Then, they treat me like a servant for almost two decades, telling me I’m not good enough, I’ll never be part of the house,” he muttered as he floated around the room.

    “I’ll never forgive them. The liars. The priest, the elder, the brute. To the vastness with the entire clan. All of them knew what happened! Those fowl, miserable, worthless, self-serving fools,” he said as he continued ruminating.

    Tameryh kept swimming in a small circle, unable to find rest or calm his nerves. He worried that he might be left to rot in this cage for an eternity, but the guards returned a few hours later. They bound him up, and carried him outside. There, Tameryh saw the elder, the sidar, Blodusk, Grimbould, and others from the house.

    As the morning sun shined down, a Yaun-Teel male in a city guard’s uniform said, “For his crimes against the city, assaulting an elder of the house, and assaulting his thane, both acts with intent to kill, we hereby sentence Tameryh to the vastness. Do any of you wish to speak out against this judgement?”

    The crowd fell completely silent. Tameryh looked to Grimbould, but Grimbould looked down and away.

    “Very well. We now cast you out. Lowliest of Yaun-Teel. Serve the vastness better than you served your kin!” shouted the guard.

    The guards started placing small pouches across Tameryh’s body. The sidar approached and began chanting. One by one, the pouches inflated and Tameryh could feel his body being pulled slightly upwards. After a few moments, all the pouches had inflated and Tameryh began floating upwards at an alarming pace. Panic set in almost immediately as the vastness of the world above the water steadily got closer and closer. Tameryh desperately thrashed, trying to remove his restraints. No matter how hard he fought, he failed to loosen his bonds. The pouches continued to pull him towards the vastness. He squinted as the sun bared down on him. He’d never felt so much warmth before. He closed his eyes, accepting his fate.

    Suddenly, a darkness fell over him. He opened his eyes, to see the red bloom coming right for him. Tameryh felt the cloud completely engulf him as he inhaled sharply. The bloom coated his gills and his panic turned to terror. The vastness approached closer and closer by the second, and Tameryh’s visions went completely dark.

    Tameryh awoke as his head bounded, and his body ached. He attempted to raise up his head, but he lacked the strength. He let out a soft moan, as he felt a hand press against his head.

    “Rest now, young one. You’ve survived the baptism,” came a female voice.

***
(Continued…)

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