Remmal struggled to stay conscious as he was being carried. With his blurred vision all he could see were blobs of color and any voices he heard seemed far away, even Split Tails voice before things went dark. Remmal then awoke with a start and winced from a pain in his left shoulder.
He looked at it and saw his wounds had been well bandaged and he was sitting on a soft bed in a room of stone and had a bared window. The room only had a small table and a wood door for a closet possibly. The door leading out of the room was made of metal, and Remmal could only assume it was locked.
“Well finally you’re awake” Split Tail snarled.
“Ugh yeah” Remmal sighed “What happened?”
“Hard to say boy, you were out for a few days after the bandits brought us here and stitched you up.”
“Wait, the bandits did what?”
“Well that’s what I can assume happened. Just because you’re out cold doesn’t mean I am not aware of what happens around us.”
“It’s just a bit odd, why would bandits bring me some place and then fix me up…”
Suddenly a clunk came from the door and it slowly began to open. Remmal reacted and prepared to take on whatever what came through. However his sudden movement caused pain that ripped through his body. He gasped from it and fell to his knees, holding his chest.
“Oh, don’t push yourself. I not sure I can close the wound again in time if it opens.” A cool female voice said.
Remmal looked up to see a middle aged snow leopard with drab clothing. She approached Remmal and helped him to his feet.
“Come on now back on the bed, it will be much easier to change your bandages then.”
Remmal did as the woman told and sat on the bed as the woman began to unwrap his bandages. For a few moments the two sat in silence before Remmal decided to try and get some clarity on his current situation.
“Excuse me umm ,” Remmal started.
“Oh I’m sorry I haven’t properly introduced myself.” The woman cutting in. “My name’s Tearra, what’s yours?“
“It’s Remmal, so Tearra, may I ask you what I’m doing here?”
“Well some of the guards we have here were out on patrol when they heard some commotion coming from the caverns. That’s where they found you bleeding out on the ground and my daughter Llana in the cave.” Tearra began as she un-wrapped Remmals bandages.
“So that girl I met in the caves is your daughter?”
“Yes, she is.”Tearra sighed. “She went off on her own for some reason again. Anyways she quickly explained your encounter and you were brought to my clinic. I have to admit, when they brought you I surprised you were still alive despite your injuries.”
Tearra finished unwrapping Remmals bandages and looked at Remmals wound with a slight look of astonishment as she examined him.
“My aren’t you full of surprises, you’re a very fast healer. Not only has that nasty gash we had to stitch up is healing very well but those cracked ribs are to.” Tearra said as she began to wrap new bandages around Remmal.
“Oh yes I’m full of them, one of them unfortunately isn’t a good one.” Remmal thought to himself after hearing that remark and he thought he heard Split Tail chuckle.
“Well from what I have seen we can get the stitches out in a few days, and you seem healed up enough to be up for a bit to. Are you hungry? I’ve got soup and biscuits if you want.”
“Sure that be great, thanks.”
With that Tearra smiled left the room closing the door behind her. Remmal went to look out the window of his room and thought about his recent events as he looked. Outside before him lay a small city of modern looking pueblos with a small river flowing through it. The outer parts of the city had farms and surrounding the borders was a wall of stone, much of it looked like it had been rebuilt. Beyond that, he saw the Cliffs of Ekklesia far off on the horizon.
“You seem just as troubled boy.” Split Tail stated
“I guess I am a bit, I’m just surprised about all this. I’ve just always been told that people outside Anduruna besides those in Eridu were a bunch of murderers and psychos. Yet here they are helping me and not, well torturing me for amusement or something.” Remmal responded.
“I can understand you worry about this odd situation, but I fear we may have bigger things to worry about boy.”
“What do you mean?”
“The nightmare we encountered, it knew that I dwell within you and the female known as Llana.”
“Oh that monster thing, you said it was a follower of some guy?”
“Yes Nambonidus, which means that he knows that I am still here on this plain of existence. He somehow learned of my predicament and plans to finish what he started.”
“Isn’t Nambonidus hated by nightmares though?” Remmal asked as he sat back down on the bed.
“Yes but some are loyal to him but most just do as they are told by him, because they fear his power. I do not fear him, but I respect his power. So who ever locked us up in the lab is most likely in league with Nambonidus.”
“I see your point, so there will probably be more nightmares to try and dispose of us then?”
“Most likely, yes.”
“Then what about that girl Llana?”
“While you were unconscious she tried do something to us. I believe she was, looking into your mind.”
“She didn’t find out about “us” did she?”.
“No she didn’t, I was able to push her out before she found out too much.It would cause problems for us though if she found out about me, so we must be cautious of her.”
Just then the door opened and Remmal looked up expecting to see Tearra. Instead he saw the bandit that stole his bag from before that he assumed was Llana holding a tray of food; she then proceeded to place the tray on the small table.
"Well speak of the demon" Split Tail growled.
“Wasn’t expecting to see you up and around, Llana is it? And where’s your Mom?” Remmal asked.
“She had to take care of some other business to take care of so she stuck me with you, and yes it is Llana.” She answered as she leaned up against the wall. ”And it was only a sprained ankle, an easy fix for my mom. Anyways my She said that you’re well enough to be out and about for a bit, if you don’t strain yourself. So when you’re done eating the law keeper would like to see you as soon as possible.”
“The law keeper?” Remmal asked as he took a biscuit. “Are they like the equivalent of the sheriff here or something?”
“You could say that, just don’t take too long eating. He’s a guy that doesn’t like to be kept waiting.”
End of part 6