Chapter 10 – Veer
The woman and the four men were hiding in the thicket and keeping an eye on Rudra, and at this time, he was near the Navi River and quite far away from them.
“What is that thing in his hand?” The tall man pointed towards the sketchbook in Rudra’s hand and asked.
“I don’t know, but he is a strange guy, we need to be absolutely cautious and must stop him from finding the black temple!” The red priestess raised her bow and pointed an arrow towards Rudra then said with a fierce look in her eyes, “I won’t allow a stranger to trespass, he must die.”
Others were aware that the red priestess was going to use her strongest attack.
She closed her eyes and started mumbling a spell. “Oh god of fire, give me your blessing, give me your power, so I can eradicate the dark evil with the brightness of your flames.”
The arrow, which was aimed at Rudra, began to burn and was totally enveloped in flames, even her hands were fully covered in red hot flames, and eventually, her body was set on fire but she was unaffected. Within few seconds, the entire area surrounding the red priestess as if turned into a red sphere of fire with her at the centre, and gradually, the sphere of fire began to compress and condense in the arrow, which seemed like an arrow made up of fire itself.
The four men had already stepped away from her and were looking at her burning red figure with a worshipping look in their eyes.
The red priestess opened her eyes, and looked at Rudra, who was carelessly sitting on a stone near the river and eating, without a care in the world. She knew that she couldn’t wait for too long to unleash the attack or he might notice it.
“I don’t know who you are, why you are searching for the terrifying black temple, but it is a rule that has been there for thousands of years, outsiders are not allowed in the Nav forest. I pray, may your soul rest in peace, stranger.” The red priestess said and unleashed the red hot flaming arrow towards Rudra.
This arrow was so fast that it could be said that it instantly reached Rudra. The red priestess was looking at this scene with her eyes wide open, without blinking even once, because she knew that anyone, who would come even close to this attack, would directly melt, but she also knew that this boy in strange black clothes was not just anyone.
The flaming arrow arrived right in front of Rudra, and was about to burn him alive, the red priestess held her breath and was constantly staring at this scene, but right then, the flaming arrow went right through his body and crashed into the river.
“Bang!” A massive explosion occurred inside the river and a large amount of water was blasted up into the air.
“Oh lord, how did he…” The red priestess never blinked and was constantly watching. She saw that her flaming arrow went right through his body, but the next instant, she realized that it was actually his afterimage that vanished right after the arrow entered the river.
Suddenly, a panicked look appeared on her face, she knew that her sneak attack failed, and she remembered his words that he would not show mercy next time.
“Listen you four, my sneak attack has failed and he will soon come after us, go and inform our village about this intruder, take different routes while you escape, I will be the bait and try to hold the intruder here for as long as I can!” The red priestess hastily said with a panicked look on her face, her whole body was covered in cold sweat, but she had to perform her duty and she couldn’t allow these men to die because of her.
“No! We cannot abandon our village’s red priestess.” The tall man said.
“Shut up! I command you as the red priestess of our village.” The red priestess shouted and a fierce look appeared on her beautiful face. The men knew that they couldn’t ignore her command, and with depressed looks on their faces, they immediately left.
After they left, the fierce look on her face changed back to the panicked one she had a moment ago. She immediately readied her bow and arrow, started mumbling a spell, and the arrow immediately got enveloped in red hot flames.
A strange feeling of terror appeared in her heart, it started creeping under her skin, this was the same kind of feeling she had when she first met Rudra.
“I know that you are here and keeping an eye on me, come out!” The red priestess shouted while her eyes were constantly keeping track of the surroundings.
Suddenly, she saw a figure coming out of the bushes and walking slowly towards her. She was startled and was about to shoot the arrow, but she saw something and abruptly stopped, her complexion immediately paled.
“Som, why are you here, didn’t I tell you to escape?” It was actually the tall man! The red priestess asked but it didn’t take her long to realize that something was wrong with him. He was walking in a strange manner, his mouth was open and he was looking towards the sky.
The red priestess was scared and didn’t know what happened to Som. He came near her and fell on the ground then fainted.
She was scared to death, but suddenly, she saw that the other three men also came out of the bushes and seemed to be in the same condition as Som, walking strangely with their mouths open and were looking towards the sky. They also arrived and fainted on the same spot where Som had fainted a while ago.
She immediately realized that this could only be the doing of that strange intruder.
“I was the one who attacked you, why did you hurt them!” She shouted in a desperate voice.
Suddenly, a gust of wind blew, and a shadowy figure instantaneously appeared in front of her. She was so startled that she couldn’t see properly, all she could see was a fuzzy shadowlike figure. She immediately took few steps back, and in that instant, she panicked and unleashed the flaming arrow towards that figure.
This flaming arrow was not as intense as the previous one, but it still looked quite deadly. The figure was not far from her and the arrow instantly hit it!
But, she saw that her arrow went right through the shadow and penetrated into a huge tree.
The shadowy figure took shape gradually, it was Rudra.
“I know it was you who attacked me, in fact, I want to say that the spell you used was too long, I would kill you several times over, while you recite such a long spell.” Rudra said in a calm voice.
The red priestess was baffled, how could he know about her spell? More importantly, what was he, how could he appear and disappear like this? What did he do to her people? Many questions were rampaging inside her mind, making her go crazy.
“As for why I hurt them, I actually didn’t, I was just playing around with them, and anyway they are just unconscious.” Rudra’s piercing gaze fell on her and he said, “I see, you are curious about my powers, well then, allow me to demonstrate them to you, perhaps then you will know why you shouldn’t have provoked me!”
As he was saying these words, his voice gradually changed and became fiercer, his eyes turned completely black, dense and fluid-like black aura started creeping out of his body and completely enveloped him, two black arms congealed on his back and were actually made up of condensed black aura.
This was the first time she had seen such a terrifying transformation, the boy standing in front of her didn’t look human at all, he looked like a dark demon god who had come straight from hell.
But, somehow, even after witnessing this transformation with her own eyes, she wasn’t scared anymore, her eyes were fixated on his face and she seemed mesmerized.
Rudra was surprised, he knew that she was scared and expected her to panic even more after seeing his transformation, but why did she suddenly calm down?
The red priestess walked few steps towards Rudra, arrived right in front of him, then got on her one knee and used her both hands to touch his feet. His black aura was affecting her but she was trying her best to resist!
Rudra was carefully observing her actions and asked: “What are you doing?”
The old man floating next to him said: “It’s an old tradition, when you touch someone’s feet, you give them utmost respect.”
The red priestess raised her face and said: “It is my fault that I didn’t realize in the beginning, no wonder you were able to come this far inside the forest, you are not an intruder, we have always been waiting for you, Veer!”