Chapter 1: Adventure

Posted: October 13, 2006 in Good Reads

Chapter 1: Adventure 

It was not a good time to be a farmer. But it was even worse when marauding bandits decided to make a house call…

Not that Wykka Lotus had much time of a choice in the matter . He had little schooling, and knew no trade save the tending of vegetables. It was a full-time job: He woke up at the crack of dawn, and worked till the cows came home. Literally.

Life was, to put it simply, backbreaking.

Wykka’s father got his broken by taking the gods’ express coach from the roof of the Blue Mug Inn, straight down to Chester Street. As drunken suicides went, it was about the dumbest way to go. The Blue Mug Inn was only two stories tall – as opposed to, say, the town watchtower (nine stories). He was still just a bloody spread on the pavement, either way. But at least, he eould not have to be run over by three carriages, before expiring.

They buried him next to his wife. Wykka’s mother had the distinction of being the only person known to sie trying to mate a bear with a cow. She figured that they would get crossbreeds that were immune to wolf raids. She got a very crossed bear which took out most of her face. After five years, the senior Lotus had finally given in to his longing for her, and jumped.

By way of inheritance, Wykka was given two dependents, and a mountain of debt tied to the family farm.

The dependents were his younger sisters – thirteen and fourteen years old, respectively. They were neither cute, nor cuddly. Actually, they were pretty huge specimens, just like their parents. Wykka, though, was of middling height and built.

Truth to tell, Wykka had always suspected that he was adopted; but it was entirely possible that the size discrepancy was merely caused by stunded growth. After all, he had been working on the farm since he was eight. He was almost sixteen now, and still smaller than either of his siblings.

The sisters had always used their superiority in size to make Wykka do what they wanted. This is included ensuring that h worked a full ten-hour day. They needed to money to buy important stuff like face powder and rouge. Thanks to the aggressive advertising by the local tailors, they just had to own their latest designs every season. And then there was that dowry…

What they could not get by whining, they took from Wykka with persuasive gravity. This was to say that they sat on him, and refused to get up until he acquiesced to their demands.

It was therefore a bit of shock for Wykka to find that he did care for them, after all. This was just after bandits threatened to kill them, if he did not hand over all his money.

The said bandits had come to their isolated little farm around dusk. There were six of them, on horseback. Wykka was just returning to the cottage, fron the fields. He saw them cresting the horizon, and knew them for what they were. Heart hammering, he stood his ground and readied his weapon. He had been using that particular ploughshare for seven years, and knew that they would not find him easy prey…

                                              to be continued…

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