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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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Sebastian Iturralde

Fiction blogger—citizen of this beautiful planet, eternal lover of artistic creation and literature. Certain that the creative energy comes from nature.

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  • May 31, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Ahoy there, This is Bob from Bob’s black hole. Just wanted to say thank you for looking at my blog. Going to read your story now.

    • June 2, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      Bob, it’s nice to have you here. I hope you like what I’ve done with the place and please take the full tour of my fiction blog. Enjoy!

  • May 31, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Lovely ❤️❤️

  • May 31, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks, again for popping by.

  • June 1, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Thanks sir like my posts

  • June 1, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Me gusta mucho.

  • June 1, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Sebastian! LOVED the story. I also wanted to say thank you for liking my (stupid) first post (I don’t know if you clicked it by mistake, lol). Looking forward to reading up more!

    • June 2, 2021 at 12:46 pm

      Nishqax, I love the idea of your blog and I see that you’re starting to put everything in order. I hope you can take a full tour of my fiction blog, maybe you’ll find inspiration.

  • June 1, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Well done, Sebastian! Great story.

    • June 2, 2021 at 12:46 pm

      Paul, I’m happy to have you here. I hope you like the rest of my fiction blog.

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    follow me if u like the stories?

  • June 2, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Will do/have started..lol.. fascinating perception of character awareness.. blessings..GG💖

  • June 2, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    much thanks to you for taking a gander at my blog 🙂 have a great day ahead!

    • June 5, 2021 at 7:36 am

      It’s a pleasure, and keeping creating art, that’s what life is all about.

  • June 3, 2021 at 7:11 am

    I really am enjoying reading ur post 😄

    • June 5, 2021 at 7:58 am

      Butterfly, comments to a post are like fragrance to flowers.

    • June 5, 2021 at 8:10 am

      😄❣️ have great weekend ❣️

  • June 3, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you for liking my blog, just a novice, so appreciate it. Your story is very gripping and I enjoyed it but like you have written it is a sequel so couldn’t connect to it. Still, it was an interesting read! How long have you been blogging?

    • June 5, 2021 at 8:19 am

      Anita, it’s good to have you here. I hope you are enjoying my fiction blog. I’ve been working on it for six years.

  • June 3, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Really great writing. You are very talented! The naming was excellent, gives the reader an immediate idea of what to expect of the characters.

    • June 5, 2021 at 9:20 am

      Paltry, I’m glad you continue enjoying my blog. I hope to see you back soon.

  • June 7, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks for writing this story. It helps me see things in a new light. Did you also draw the pictures?

    • June 12, 2021 at 9:27 am

      I’m happy that you liked it. I hope you follow this series as it’s destined to create a new way forward.

  • June 10, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Amazing Story, Thank you. I must share it with my community

    • June 12, 2021 at 11:12 am

      I hope they enjoy reading this story as much as I did writing it.

  • June 11, 2021 at 6:16 am

    Please check out my blogs
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    • June 12, 2021 at 12:46 pm

      I have… you can see me working towards a goal instead of waiting for it to manifest by chance. I’m glad that you are part of it.

    • June 12, 2021 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you

  • June 12, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Thank you for your excellent work, your command of English is admirable. Do you write in your own language too? Thanks for following the Automaton, let’s see where it takes us…

    • June 12, 2021 at 12:59 pm

      It’s a pleasure to have you here. Yes, I publish my stories in Spanish too. We’ll see…

  • June 14, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Another great story, congratulations on your work 👏🏻

  • June 15, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks for your like of my post, “Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 10 – Key Factors In Daniel’s Prophecy 2;” you are very gracious.

  • June 20, 2021 at 6:47 am

    Didn’t see that ending coming.
    Great piece!
    Bravo!

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