Dimensions Collide: Destiny Bond

Chapter 1: A Tale Untold

There was a loud explosion, rocking the quiet and peace of the night in the small village.

”Fire! Fire! ”

The villagers ran out of their homes, still sleepy but now waking up as a blazing bonfire burned near the outskirts of the village, near the entrance to the forest.

”Whats going on? ”

”Did monsters attack again? ”

”Aren there guards at the entrance? ”

”Yes, the adventurers guild has some set up since the area is highly populated with dangerous mana beasts… ”

A few water mages began carrying water from the wells to put out the flames, but by the time they got there, what hadn already been knocked down by the explosion was completely burned down to the ground. The fire still blazed on, but it would die out on its own with nothing left to burn.

”This… this is the Char household! ” someone exclaimed. ”Has anyone seen them? ”

”Why was this house attacked? ”

”None of them are mages, right? ”

”Yes… ”

”Has anyone seen them? ”

A few brave mages ran into the flames, the heat not reaching them as they looked for anyone they could rescue. One threw up as he saw the charred remains of the adults, their bodies horribly disfigured from the explosion, but the other two pressed onwards. One thought he saw a fleeting shadow but dismissed it. There were more important things at stake here.

”There! Over there! ” they waved the others over as the fire was put out.

A small child, maybe five years old, was sitting on the floor, terrified, her blue eyes and snow-white hair glowing brighter than the burning flames around her.

”Quick! Is she ok? Someone call a doctor! ”

There was pandemonium as some of the villagers noticed the walls had been damaged in the explosion, and quickly ran over to fend off the monsters that had been drawn by the noise and lack of defence. In the confusion that followed, no one noticed that all the guards the adventurers guild had sent were all dead, each killed by a singular sword strike to the neck.

Meanwhile, one of the villagers went to pick the crying girl up, the flames now extinguished.

”Hey, its fine now, everythings ok. We
e gonna help you, o- ”

As he picked her up, there was a bright flash. When everyones eyes recovered, the man was dead on the ground and the girl was sobbing once more.

”Wha- what the hell?! ” the others exclaimed.

”…did she do that? ”

”…did she cause the explosion? ”

The night was quiet now as the villagers formed a crowd around the now burnt down home, the small girl sitting in the middle of the ashes that once used to be a building.

”What is she? ”

”Is she dangerous? ”

”Did she just… kill that man? ”

”Maybe it wasn her. Maybe it was something else. ”

”…like what? ”

The childs sobs were getting quieter. No one dared to move. It was a tense moment, and nobody wanted to make the first move. Quietly, the crowd parted for the village chief.

”Prota, child, ” he said gently, but his eyes were shiting and alert. He stood at least six feet away from the child, leaning on his cane but muscles tense, waiting for something to happen. ”What happened? ”

”Mommy… Daddy… I- I- the demon… ” was all she could manage between sobs.

”Anta… ”

Everyone began whispering. Prota and Anta Char, the twin sisters that had been the talk of the town. One with white hair and blue eyes, the other with black hair and red eyes, but otherwise completely identical. No one had noticed Anta was no longer there. Only Prota had been left behind.

”Where is she? ”

Prota shook her head. ”…taken… ”

”Taken? Taken by whom? ”

Prota hesitated, then shook her head again. She didn know.

No one knew what to do. The burned corpses of the parents were moved out of the way to be buried, but there was a sort of ring around Prota that no one would enter, like she carried the plague. Finally, the elder sighed.

”I will appraise her. ”

Everyone moved back as the wind began to pick up. The elder pulled out an orb and held it out towards Prota. Soon, it began to glow with unknown runes and symbols, the elders eyes shifting as he read them with anxiety. The orb began to swirl with shadows, collecting them and turning pitch black. Suddenly, there was an explosion as the orb shattered, knocking the elder off his feet. The villagers rushed to help him up, but he trembled as she stared at the girl.

”You… you… ” his legs went weak as he collapsed, falling backwards. Several people rushed to help him, but he didn try to recover as he stared in horror at the child.

”A demon? ”

There was an audible gasp as the crowd began to mutter.

”Demon? ”

”Did he just say demon? No demo ”

”No, I read that long ago, it was a demonic rune some used to take others mana… ”

”Demonic? ”

”Didn she say something about a demon?

”Did she kill her mother and father? ”

”Demonic? ”

”Demon. ”

”Demon. ”

”Demon. ”

The crowd began to disperse in disgust as they all left. There was small talk of burning the child at a stake, but she was just a child, and besides, no one was brave enough to approach her. Several people helped the elder back up, then hurriedly left. Soon, it was just the elder and the girl.

”…are you a demon? ” he asked quietly. The child didn look at him.

”I don know what to take that as. ” He looked very old, then. His voice was frail as he continued. ”I wish I could help you, but… I am too afraid. But… I will help you go to the nearest large city. There, maybe, you can survive… Youve been through enough. I hope you will find a new family someday. ”

Prota watched as her parents were taken away. Her family was gone. Her village was gone.

And she had just been cast out from society

~~~

{One year later}

”Hey, is that right, a kid like that on the streets…? ” an adventurer whispered to his companion.

A small child wearing basically rags was slumped against a wall, holding a small bowl out as she stared pleadingly at the passerbys. Her white hair was black with dirt and soot, her small arms and legs similarly covered with the same kind of mess. However, despite the mess, her face remained void of any emotions whatsoever, like a soulless machine.

”Didn you hear? ” his companion whispered. ”Shes a demon child. ”

Demon child. Of all the monsters that roamed in this world, a demon was the most feared. With god-like abilities, it would go on a rampage, slaughtering everyone, razing towns to ashes, and causing as much chaos as possible. Only the rise of a hero, blessed by the goddess, could stop it. The world hadn seen a demon for a long, long time…

”…demon? ” the boy whispered with fear.

”Yes, ” his companion said. ”Most people avoid her. Some give her a bit of bread out of pity, but… ”

They kept walking, but the boy, troubled, stopped and went back.

”Hey, ” he said quietly, pulling a piece of bread out. ”Here you… ”

There was a flash of fear that shot through him. He recoiled in horror, panting.

”What? Are you ok? ” his companion said, running over. Sweat poured down his face as he recovered from the sudden shock. ”Did she do something to you? ” she persisted.

”No… no, I don think so. Im fine, I think… ”

His companion ignored him. ”You! Don touch him! ” she yelled, whipping her blade out and pointing it at the child menacingly.

The girl nodded submissively and left without a sound, going into the dark alleywa

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