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Fumes of Glory
May 26, 2021|Kingdom of GloryShort Story

Fumes of Glory

Fumes of Glory

In the far lands of the Kingdom of Glory the knights of light departed on a blessed journey in search of honor and even redemption.

However, the distribution of the king’s army created the perfect opportunity for a crystal ambush, while the mightiest knights discovered what happens when light fails without the support of their companions: the blade, the hammer and the witch. The resulting events that led the townsfolk to learn that the golden had fallen had taken our heroes to a turning point.

Meanwhile, the rest of the group, including Reginald—the prince who’d lost his light—had no idea what Aslan was talking about. It was normal for the knight of light to lose himself in thought, and for some reason his ideas turned into adventures. That was the main reason Cleirk—a warrior from the northlands—had for following a knight of light. It was strange to see members of opposing guilds working together.

On the other hand, it was obvious that Sharai did not enjoy the company of an assassin—even worse when Kelsy and Cleirk worked as a team.

Everyone in the tavern was used to the treatment of town heroes—no one was surprised when they started working for King Frederick. However, the whispers of what had happened spread throughout the kingdom. It was the perfect opportunity for a disgruntled warrior in search of retaliation.

Aslan continued drinking, trying to leave his memories behind. It was shameful to think that after all his training he was so easily beaten. He couldn’t understand the source of the dark knight’s powers.

The rest of the group had a grim look on their faces, although with a lot of effort they tried to act as if this was a normal night in the tavern. Another day that ends well and provides a reason to celebrate. Until Darwin arrived—one of the warriors of the Blue Cross order.

“I didn’t know we serve traitors,” Darwin said for everyone present to hear. “What if it isn’t Aslan and his henchmen!”

Cleirk looked up and knew he couldn’t intervene. Darwin clearly intended to challenge Aslan, and a warrior must respect the traditions.

“Do you think you could have done better?” Aslan asked, turning to face the warrior.

“Anyone could do a better job than you,” Darwin said as he placed his ax on the bar.

Everyone present watched carefully.

“Let me see if I can understand,” Aslan said. “You’re upset about what happened, but instead of looking for a solution the warrior who did nothing is pointing fingers.”

“Maybe I just want to wipe the smile off your face.”

“Why don’t we take this outside?” Aslan asked.

Reginald looked at Darwin. Aslan must be crazy, he thought. It was obvious that Darwin looked bigger and stronger than Aslan.

“You’ll regret this,” Darwin said, grabbing his ax from the bar.

“I was hoping for some action,” Aslan said to his crew, as he tried to get up and noticed that he had drunk more than he expected.

Reginald held the knight of light to help him regain his balance.

“I’m fine… I’m fine,” Aslan said, holding onto the table.

“Are you sure of this?” Sharai asked.

“I’ll be fine,” Aslan said and pushed Reginald away with one hand. “Give me some room to get out.”

Staggered, everyone watched Aslan leave the tavern.

“We have to help him,” Reginald said.

But the rest of the group ignored the prince and walked after Aslan.

“Are you ready to meet your maker?” Darwin asked, holding his ax with both hands.

“I already know him,” Aslan said, struggling to unsheathe his greatsword, Spark, from his back. Grant me your power in this time of need, Aslan thought, staring at Spark’s silver blade.

Darwin attacked without a warning, carrying his ax with both hands—in a direct path of impact against the staggering knight of light.

Aslan leapt to the side, landing face down on the ground.

“Is this how you fight?” Darwin asked with a smirk on his face.

Aslan struggled to his feet—while everyone watched the fight from a tavern’s door or window.

“You haven’t seen anything,” Aslan said and struggled to raise his greatsword.

Darwin attacked again, this time the metal of his ax stroke Spark and a flash of light illuminated their faces.

“I’ll give you the opportunity to back down,” Aslan said.

Darwin smiled and charged. This time it was a series of continuous attacks—twists and turns that left everyone in awe.

None more so than Aslan who barely managed to dodge the attacks. “Is this all you have?” Aslan asked, turning his back to the warrior. “Where are you?”

Darwin frowned. “You were lucky.”

Reginald saw Aslan turn toward his opponent, just in time to protect himself with his greatsword from an attack. What is he doing? he asked himself.

Aslan deflected the attack and turned to face the young prince. Then he winked at him.

“Let’s see what you’re made of…” Aslan said, raising his greatsword in from him.

Darwin saw the knight attack—without the powers of light—and protected himself with ease. The two continued to clash their weapons, attacking and defending with accuracy.

Breathing heavily, Darwin looked up. “I see you fight with honor.”

Aslan wiped the sweat from his forehead with one hand. “It’s been a long time since I had a good fight.”

The two of them met again with their weapons, leaving a flash of light after the impact of the blades—Darwin found an opportunity and kicked Aslan’s feet from behind.

Aslan lost his balance and fell, hitting his head on the ground. Then, he felt the cold metal against his throat.

Darwin raised his ax and reached out with his hand to help the knight. “Get up,” said the warrior, “you’re buying the next round.”

Reginald couldn’t believe what was happening. Darwin hugged Aslan and the two returned to the tavern—they passed through the crowd. On reaching the bar they received two mugs of beer and toasted. What just happened? Reginald wondered.

Then, Reginald waited for everyone to enter the tavern and briefly gaze up at the stars. My dad trusts them too much, he thought, turning to watch Aslan drinking and singing next to Darwin. What kind of people are they?

Reginald held the coin sack in his hand, and decided to return to the tavern to see how the night would end.

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  • May 28, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks for liking my blog. But more than that, I’m so glad it gave me the chance to check out yours and your short stories. I love reading and I really enjoyed this one. Though short, I was totally transported to a whole different world, so effectively. Fantastic job!

    • May 29, 2021 at 4:48 pm

      Heidi & Carolyn, I’m very happy to know that it transports you to a different world. I hope you come back to my fiction blog for more stories.

  • suzyf2000
    May 28, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Keep on writing. It is an admirable endeavor and to be bilingual too!

    • May 29, 2021 at 4:50 pm

      Suzy, I’ll keep writing. After all, someone has to do it.

  • May 28, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Your imagination is annointed!

    • May 29, 2021 at 4:52 pm

      Elaine, I am but a mere tip of a pencil.

    • May 30, 2021 at 9:01 am

      Your work “Cheeky Gentleman” made me realise how much the world has changed. There are very few gentlemen they are actually an endangered species 😅

    • June 2, 2021 at 11:13 am

      Women have the power to maintain human traits for later generations.

    • June 3, 2021 at 6:03 pm

      Absolutely! Yet God in His wisdom made it such that the seed would come from the man. Even so the man gets the privilege to plant in “multiple sites”. When a woman “catches” a seed it’s lockdown for almost 9 months 😏

    • June 5, 2021 at 8:36 am

      I’ll do my best. 😎

  • anonymous
    May 29, 2021 at 1:01 am

    I find your stories very unique and interesting. And I truly wonder how you found my blog in its early going, too. I’m glad you seem to have enjoyed reading it. I’d sort of presumed no one would discover that blog except by accident, much less find it very readable or enjoyable. I admire your commitment to your writing, I can tell you put a lot of thought into it. Keep up the great work!

    • May 29, 2021 at 4:54 pm

      Anonymous, thanks for noticing. Writing for me is the best way to live.

  • May 29, 2021 at 2:46 am

    Thanks for liking my post sebastian. 🙂

    • May 29, 2021 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks for commenting on this series and I hope you are enjoying the blog.

  • May 29, 2021 at 4:20 am

    Hey! am an addict to knights, valour and honor. The medieval times, as recreated by the creatives are a fascinating read. looking forward to more..

    • May 29, 2021 at 4:56 pm

      Njagik, then it was made for you. I hope you’ve enjoyed each of the stories in this series.

  • May 29, 2021 at 9:22 am

    It was a great story

    • May 29, 2021 at 5:01 pm

      Nishank, you are very kind. I hope you’re enjoying all the stories on my blog.

    • May 29, 2021 at 10:54 pm

      Yes, of course.

  • May 29, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Aloha Sebastian! Thank you for liking my blog calendar. I just started re using wordpress and I don’t really know how too. That is why I am commenting here. Love this story and I am following you on linkedin as well. A L O H A !

    • May 29, 2021 at 5:05 pm

      Pake, it’s nice to know that you enjoy my stories. I hope you keep coming back for more.

  • May 29, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Nice story 👌

    • June 2, 2021 at 10:34 am

      Ranjini, I’m glad to know that you enjoyed it. I hope you also like today’s story.

  • May 29, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Nicely done, it makes me want to continue which is all anyone could ask. Cheers dude.

    • June 2, 2021 at 10:36 am

      Stephen, I’m glad to know that you enjoyed this series. Of course it will continue, but today I have a different story if you like.

    • June 2, 2021 at 12:50 pm

      Oh cool, I’ll check it out when I get home later. The Hunter right?

    • June 2, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      👌

  • May 30, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Hii.. Sebestian, beautiful story.. Thanks for following and encouraging me for the next step. U are so kind.

    • June 2, 2021 at 10:38 am

      Sanjivani, I’m happy that you enjoyed my story. That’s why we are here, to encourage each other. Don’t miss out today’s story.

    • June 8, 2021 at 12:23 pm

      Yup. Definitely! Keep the good work on.

  • May 30, 2021 at 2:56 am

    You always get it right Sabastian❤This is so great.

    • June 2, 2021 at 10:42 am

      Thank you. I like to spend time with my stories for you.

  • May 30, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Hello Sebastian!
    I don’t know how old u r.
    I am a school student 13yrs old.
    I thank u as u liked my 1st post.
    My website is https://science388102162.wordpress.com

    • June 2, 2021 at 10:48 am

      It was a pleasure, keep going as life becomes as positive as you can see.

  • May 30, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    As I have only begun reading your stories, I look forward to going back to your previous story line. It’s like Camelot and Excalibur meets Narnia.
    Great story
    Thank you for your likes as well.
    God bless

    • June 2, 2021 at 11:17 am

      A war of energies is about to explode in your mind.

    • June 2, 2021 at 5:22 pm

      I read them, it’s a good story, I like the characters, and the imagery. I like Spark, it reminds me of Excalibur. Looking forward for more.

    • June 5, 2021 at 7:29 am

      Coming soon in a fiction blog near you.

  • May 30, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    I think you should look into screenwriting, or graphic novel writing.

    • June 2, 2021 at 11:20 am

      That’s something I would enjoy, for now imagining universes and write them down it’s enough.

  • May 30, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Can we talk more please are on whatsapp?

  • May 31, 2021 at 5:09 am

    Hello dear! I am from ‘Kings Fitness’. Thanks for visit and like our posts. I am very thankful that you are supporting us. I am a small user and will be very glad if you promote our posts.

    • June 2, 2021 at 11:27 am

      Rudraksh, thanks to you for taking the time to stop by my fiction blog. I hope to read more of you too.

  • May 31, 2021 at 5:56 am

    Mind blowing story. Keep sharing.😇

  • May 31, 2021 at 9:45 am

    First time reading one of your stories Sebastian, this was incredible!

    • June 2, 2021 at 11:45 am

      Darnel, I recommend you take a tour of my entire fiction blog. It’s an unforgettable experience.

  • May 31, 2021 at 10:51 am

    So glad you liked my dark 90,s article, it brought me to your wonderful storytelling blog..which I need to spend time reading..
    Thank you so much.. blessings in love & light GG🧡💚🤔

    • June 2, 2021 at 11:57 am

      GG, it’s good to finally have you here. I’m still finishing some things up but I suggest your take the entire tour my storytelling blog.

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