I dunno what I’m doing, I’m bored and stuck in a get together so here goes nothing.......
The sun was shining brilliantly over the Town of Cody’s Crag, a small bustling town just South of Idaho. On such a beautiful day, most of the town’s people think that they it would be lovely to spend the day with cattle, or sewing , or sitting around reading a good book. But for one individual, today was just like any other day, as such only one activity is suited for it. Adventuring.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa!” William shakenly screams at his horse, as he tries to calm it down. “Ryyyyyder!” He calls out “Wait up!” “Slow down!”
The boy is around 16 years old, name’s William Hardin, he’s dressed casually, except for the black ring he has on his finger, unlike the girl he is currently chasing after.
“You’d think that after spending so much time with me that you’d get better at riding.” Ryder jokes, slowing down her horse for William to catch up.
Unlike her friend William, Ryder is dressed for adventure, polycarbonate armour, a leather belt with all sorts of gizmos, thick working boots, a leather sheathe which holds her most prized possessions, twin golden sabres, beautifully crafted with the carving of dragon heads at the hilt. And her flowing crimson-red cape, to tie it all together.
William tightly grabs unto the pummel on his saddle and adjusts himself for stability. “Right, I’m good now.”
“Good, now pick up the pace, the day won’t last forever!” Ryder calls out as she gallops ahead.
William grumbles a bit before zooming towards her “Where are we going anyway?”
“Captain Adams told me there were bandits at the ravine so we’re going to stop them.”
“He told you?” William replies in sarcastic disbelief.
“Well -er, it might be possible that I just overheard him, but that’s not important....” she fumbles out.
“This could be dangerous Ryder, what if the bandits kill us!” William worries.
Ryder looks back at him with a smirk “This isn’t our first rodeo Will, tell me again how many times we’ve been beaten by simple bandits?”
William grows quiet as he thinks “Never.”
“And it will stay that way, long as we keep adventuring.”
“Your Dad must be real cool to allow us to keep going on adventures.” William notes.
Ryder smiles to herself, “He loves me way too much to say no to me.”
Inside the Mayor’s humble manor, a doctor presses a stethoscope into the mayor’s overblown chest as he breathes in and out, heavily wheezing
The doctor bites her lip as she sits back down, putting away her instrument “I’m afraid you’re getting worse.” Her eyes look down away from him.
The Mayor, a plump man in his mid 50’s readjusts himself to a more comfortable position. “Every day is a better day.” He says in a sardonic tone.
“Well, it’s not all bad. I’ve got new medicine for you.” The doctor says, as she picks up a dark bag filled with glass viles, ringing as they tumble against each other in the bag.
The Mayor outstretched his hand to receive the bag of medicines before he peers inside of it, “Be honest with me Maryse, how much longer do I have?” He asks in a much more serious tone.
She pauses “You know I don’t like talking about this, but if I had to make an educated guess, 6 months to a year.”
The Mayor exhales deeply at the news as he starts rubbing his temples. “And the pain, when will I show signs of it?”
“As long as you drink your medicine you can hide the pain until the last week of your illness.” The doctor answers. “But I don’t recommend hiding this.”
“Yes.” The Mayor agrees. “The people have the right to know.” The Mayor sighs “But I can’t tell anyone.” He says defeatedly.
Meanwhile, Ryder and William are crawling on top of a ravine, slowly crawling towards the edge to spy on the bandits.
Below them, the bandits have made camp and are preparing their lunch around a campfire, saltine and alcohol seems to be on the menu today.
“I count 15.” Ryder whispers to William. “On my count, stand up and start firing blasts from your ring while I wall jump down there and wallop them, alright?”
“Alright.” William nods back, curling his hand into a fist.
Ryder mouthed the words ‘One’ ‘Two’ ‘Three’ she then instantly springs into action, leaping into battle.
*Cling* *Crack* *Blam!” *Blam! *Swish* *Urgh!* *Aww!*
William heard the sounds of battle from all the way from on top of the ravine, immediately, he gets up and stars aiming his ring at the enemies down below “I’ve got them in my sights.” He thinks to himself before looking down, only to find Ryder waving at him with 15 unconscious men on the ground around her.
“I swear. 15 men in 3 seconds, why am I even here?” He thinks aloud. Then suddenly one of the bandits lunges at Ryder from behind.
William reflexeively shoots down the rogue bandit with pinpoint precision, with a grin. “He just saved your life!” He calls out.
“Oh please William, I could have felt with him.” Ryder calls back, gesturing towards the bow unconscious bandit. “But thanks.” She adds More quietly.
William smiles “I heard that!”
“Whatever! Let’s just go!” She responds, already thinking about the next adventure.
“Are you telling me you haven’t told anyone?” The doctor asks shocked.
“No, only you and I know.” The Mayor responds, looking away.
“What about your daughter does she-“
“No.” He cuts her off. “I really want to tell her, I know I have to. But I-I can’t.”
“What’s wrong?” The doctor asks concerned for her friend and mentor.
“Well I-I, I don’t know. I can’t bring myself to do it. It would break Lily’s heart. I can’t bear to do that.” The Mayor explains, tears filling his eyes.
The Mayor shakes his face, trying to fight the tears “You see, I met her when she was very young. She was an orphan, she was gifted and smart but nobody wanted her. So I picked her up and raised her as my own. I told her, no, I promised her that I would never hurt her, that I would never leave her.” The Mayor begins to break again, sniffling wildly. “And now- now I’m doing both.” He says, looking down.
He then grips his arm rests tightly “I won’t allow it!” He declares defiantly. “I will fight this damned disease! And I won’t die trying either!”
He begins to breath more heavily as he heart beats faster and faster from his sudden burst of emotion. *cough* “I-I’m sorry Doctor Gan, I didn’t mean to unload all of this on you.”
The young doctor smiles back at him and hold his hand “Do you remember when we first met? I was just young, not as young as Lily, but I was ambitious. I wanted to be a doctor, study medicine. No one believed I could, no one except you. You supported me and told me that I could be anything I wanted, as long as I was hard working, strong and honest.”
The doctor sits back up “Now, I have more patients to get to. And you, Mr. Mayor, have a speech to deliver. So get dressed, the people will be waiting.”
The doctor starts to leave, she pauses at the doorway “Please Mayor, get well soon.” He says earnestly before leaving.
The Mayor sighss, grabbing his cane. He starts to get up and walks to the coat rack. He puts on his favorite black coat, slipping his hands inside the over sized pockets, where he feels something strange. A thick piece of paper. Curious he pulls it out only to find a picture of his daughter similing as she holds her favorite red cloak. The Mayor can’t help but smile, a sad smile.