The question caught the boy off guard, as he pondered the answer. He found himself unsure, and he replied, “I don’t have a name…” which seemed to surprise the woman in turn. She looked between the remainder of her forces, and back to the child. “Well then, your name will be Sine. Why don’t you come with us, Sine? We’re going to hunt a fearsome beast, and I think you’ll want to watch.” Sine nodded, and as she reached her hand out to him, he took it. They spent the next several days trekking into territory the bandits feared to tread. Sine would occasionally mention things he learned during his time in the wilderness; what places to avoid, what beasts roamed where, what to look for, and each time he was rewarded for this information with food, drink, or an embrace from the strange woman. He found himself choosing the latter more and more. One evening, the woman noticed Sine practicing with the chain and dagger as he attempted to mimic the fighting style of the woman. After some cautionary words on the usage of such weapons, she offered to combine the chain and the dagger to make it more like her weapon, and teach him how to use it. Sine readily agreed, and watched in awe as he witnessed his first spellcast. He asked her how she managed to do that, which surprised her. “You don’t know what magic is?” she inquired. He shook his head, and she smiled. “When we’re finished here, I’ll teach you how to use magic. I think you have a natural talent for it.” She promised. After a few days, they finally came upon the lair of a green dragon. The woman gave Sine one final embrace before going off with the rest of the warriors to fight the dragon. A great battle ensued as Sine watched; and it lasted for quite some time. Though they fought valiantly and dealt several grievous wounds to the dragon, the treated leather they wore was not enough to protect them against the flames and talons of the dragon, and one by one they fell.
The Magnificent Maximus Melevi, wanderer extraordinare! Coming soon to a circus near you!