Translated and Edited by Tianic
I rushed back home before the last sunlight and stopped only a bit away from the dining room. It was not because I was suddenly not hungry, I bumped into a big guy!
I rubbed my aching head, “Big brother, can’t you wait at the same spot every day? How many times have you stood in my way?”
“Huh, you’re the one to talk… you scared off another maester today! Nobody wants to teach you anymore.” He was my big brother Rick Kheda. Rick had red hair, a firm face, and beautiful blue eyes. Only ten years old, he was destined to excel in both martial and magic skills.
“Yeah, father and mother are waiting for you. They have something to say after dinner.” My second brother Swift Kheda poked his head behind my big brother. His hair and eyes were identical to Rick’s, “Please say no more of those strange words, little one.”
“Alright… alright, my brothers, I didn’t mean to, but that’s really what I think.” I was hungry, but I have to be polite. It was common courtesy.
Then came a soft voice that belonged to our mother, “Boys, aren’t you hungry? Dinner’s ready, hurry up!”
“Dinner time! I love mama the most!”
“Kids, are you full now?” It was my father’s gentle voice.
“Totally, do you have something to tell Cohen, Father?” Rick put down his bowl, Swift was finished as well.
“Let’s wait for him,” Mother looked at me devouring food, smiled, and said, “Cohen can eat a lot.”
“Yeah, he can eat twice as much.” Father smiled, “What did you do today Cohen?”
“Me? Nothing much. I was out on the street.” Stuffed with food in my mouth, I said vaguely, “I’m getting hungrier every day. I have no idea.”
As the last chunk of food down. I was full.
“Alright, let’s talk about Cohen.” My father was not in a rush, “Cohen, what did you say to Maester Cisco today?”
“Not much, Maester Cisco said our continent is a flat place. I told him he’s wrong. The continent is round like a ball.”
“Are you joking? If it’s a ball then we would fall, right?” Rick was surprised, his eyes were widely open.
“This… I have no idea, but if you think carefully. Why do we first see the top parts of something sailing back from far away, if the continent was so flat?
“OK, no more arguments.” Father said, “The problem is, there are things you can’t talk about.”
We looked at him curiously, father continued, “Cohen, it is good that you are thinking. However, if the priests know about your comments, it could bring trouble for our family.”
I shook my head, “I don’t know that, but how come my thoughts have anything to do with the guys from the temple?”
“You are still too young, and this is my concern. You don’t know what you can say and what you cannot. But as far as I’m concerned, we can’t hire another maester. I’ll teach you myself from now on.”
“Really? I love it!”
“Yes, but you can’t say those things anymore. You can think about it in your head, or ask me.”
“By the way, I’m off to DC soon, you boys want anything?”
“I want the knight’s gear!” Rick said.
“Me too!” Swift followed.
“Really? Swift, you wanna be a knight too?” Father looked at the eight-year-old Swift.
“Yeah! I made my mind a long time ago.”
“Hah, look, Katherine, we’ll have two knights in our family.” Father then asked, “But how about Cohen? He can’t hold a weapon or use magic.”
“No problem!” Rick jumped off the chair, shouted, “I, Rick Kheda, in a knight’s name, will do my best to protect my brother, Cohen Kheda!”
“Same here!” Swift seconded, “I, Swift Kheda, in a knight’s name, will do my best to protect my brother, Cohen Kheda!”
A smile burst on mother’s face, “Darling, see, the boys get along well.”
“Indeed, and speaking of the boys, darling, should we have a daughter as well?”
“Get lost, you, don’t say that in front of the kids!” Mother flapped father, “Boys, time to take a shower!”
“Are they talking about things that we can’t be part of? Why can’t we? Adults have a lot of secrets, right?”
“Mother, why do I have black hair?”
“Because your mom love a boy with black hair, so Cohen, be a good kid and grew black hair.”
“Mother, why can’t I do magic?”
“That’s because your mom doesn’t like Cohen to get into a fight, so Cohen, be a good boy, you will do no magic.”
“Mother… I want blue eyes like Rick and Swift…”
“Stupid little, mother love your black eyes… you’ll become a charming man someday.”
Mother left, and I sat up. Looked like my mother was fooled by my act. I did not want to sleep too early. But what to do now?
Right, I had a book from granny. I’ll read it.
I lit up a light, then took the book from my pocket and started reading. If it was not attractive, I’d return it tomorrow.
Where we are is a continent called Peace (meaning hope).
The Protoss and Asmodians were at war when other species were primal. The vicious Asmodians were born with dark magic and the eagerness to invade. Our supreme race had protected us with their ability to use light power. In every country, there are temples built for the Protoss.
(This is true, my father said there is an enormous temple in DC.)
The supreme race cares for their people with high power and kindness. We are showered with their standing…
(Boring, nothing good…)
The Protoss felt the weakness of their people who were unable to fight against the Asmodians. Thus the Protoss passed on their knowledge of magic to us.
Since then, magic is not a patent of the race supreme. Elves and human beings excel most in magic. Others, limited by their intelligence, have difficulty in doing magic. There are five kinds of magic, air, fire, water, dust, and light from the Protoss. The Asmodians taught their people air, fire, water, dust, and dark magic.
… during each war, there were wins and losses between them. During one war called the Golden Battle, in which the Protoss and Asmodians were directly involved, the great Protoss defeated the Asmodians, making them live solely on island Hell until now. Even though there was a great sacrifice, the Protoss had to retreat to island Heaven.
…the Protoss and Asmodian needed time to heal, and without too much time to care for the affairs on the continent, other races thrived. During a hundred years, the situation in Peace has changed dramatically. Empires appeared. Alien tribes retreated to the islands beyond the shores. As of now, there are only a few alien tribes who live in the Dark Forest and the Ocean of Death. Others have merged to each and every empire.
…the structure of an empire, human beings consist of a great number of the population. Thus powers are held mostly by human beings. The structures are; Royal family, nobility, civilian. Tribes of people other than human beings were classified as slaves or lower…
“Ahhhhhhhh! Boring! I’ll stop!”
It was time to do what I’ll do every night.
I put down the book, legs crossed, eased my mind, and breathed carefully following a unique pattern. I did not know why I knew how to do this, but this was a thing that I knew how since I remembered things. By doing this before sleep, I will be more energetic the next day!
I had lots of other secrets, and I’ll tell you some other day. Slowly, I fell asleep.