Chapter 11 – Hidden Tamisra village
Rudra was suspicious of the sudden change in the demeanor of this woman in red clothes. She was scared and vigilant of him a moment ago, but when he revealed his powers, she suddenly calmed down and even kneeled down to touch his feet. Was she planning to catch him off guard?
He carefully observed the expression on her face, as if trying to read her like a book, but all he saw was a worshipping look on her face as she was constantly staring at his face.
Rudra stepped back to keep his feet away from her hands and said: “I think you are mistaking me for someone else, I am not Veer.”
The red priestess immediately looked at him and said while pointing her finger at his face: “I am not mistaken, you are our Veer! The black mark on your forehead is the proof of that. I cannot believe my eyes, I finally found you, it’s just like a dream come true!”
Whenever Rudra unleashed his powers, a small disc shaped black mark would appear between his eyebrows, the red priestess was talking about it.
The old man suddenly said: “Brat, I think I should tell you that in Samskrtam language, Veer means hero.”
The Red priestess saw the surprised look on Rudra’s face and explained: “There is an old legend in our village that one day, a stranger would come and save us, he would lead our village towards a bright future and become our savior, our Veer! He would have a mysterious black mark on his forehead and would possess terrifying mysterious powers.”
Rudra was surprised for a moment, so the term Veer really meant hero, this woman thought that he was a hero and that too based on a vague legend?
The old man laughed and said: “Hero and a brat like you? Ha ha. Maybe you should wear a mantle and let them hire you, it’s still better than being an assassin of Naga clan.”
As usual, Rudra ignored old man and thought: ‘Well, considering that she isn’t plotting something, I can use this as an opportunity to find black temple. Maybe she is lying about this whole legend thing and plotting something, but she knows well that she is not my opponent and will still have to take me to her village for her plans to work. I don’t know the location of black temple but it looks like she does, perhaps…..’
For a while, Rudra continued to think about various possibilities and contingency plans, then he finally undid the transformation, the black aura went back into his body, the two black arms on his black also vanished, his black eyes came back to normal, the mark between his eyebrows also faded away.
The red priestess was looking at this scene with her eyes wide opened and a worshipping look on her face, as if she was looking at a god.
Rudra transformed back into a normal teenager and said in a calm voice: “Listen red woman, I don’t know about that legend, neither do I care, you have done enough to make me suspicious of everything you say. I just want to find the black temple, so I ask you one last time, where is it located?”
An expression of guilt appeared on her face as she said: “Please forgive me Veer, as the red priestess I should have recognized you right away. I don’t know why you are searching for that fearful black temple, but if Veer wants to find it, I will gladly do my best to take you there, though I don’t know where it is located but I know someone who knows a lot about black temple. You have all the reasons to suspect me, but our village needs you, I beg you to grace your presence in our village.”
Rudra asked: “Who is this person you are talking about?”
The red priestess replied: “My father.”
The old man flew next to her, pointed his finger at her and said: “Hey brat, I think you should go with her, just see how this red beauty is looking at you, there’s a worshipping look in her eyes, she truly respects you otherwise she would never have kneeled down to touch your feet, I don’t think she is lying. Maybe, you find some clues about yourself there.”
Rudra heard the old man’s words, pondered for a moment then said: “Red woman, you are taking me to the black temple, don’t back down on your words when the time comes.”
A smile appeared on her face and she said: “I would never lie to you, Veer. You are the savior of our village! Your word is like command to us.”
“Then let’s go right away.” Rudra said then walked up to the spot where the four men were lying unconscious, lifted his hand, and in a moment, all of them opened their eyes simultaneously.
When their gazes fell on Rudra, panicked expressions appeared on their faces and one of them was so terrified that he screamed loudly.
Rudra sighed then said with a fierce look in his eyes: “Listen you four cowards! This red woman has agreed to take me to her village, so stop acting like scaredy cats.”
The four men were confused, the red priestess agreed to take a stranger to the village? Was she going to break the rules?
The red priestess was smart and quickly understood that he didn’t want others to find out about his deal with her.
She hastily rushed towards the four men and said: “Don’t worry everyone, he is not an intruder, if he was, will he leave us alive?”
When the four men heard her words, they too thought that this stranger indeed was merciful all along. Perhaps, he really wasn’t an intruder!
Som was still suspicious and asked: “But he….”
Som was about to raise a question but looked at the beastly look in Rudra’s eyes and his words chocked in his throat.
The red priestess hastily said: “I am taking him to meet my father. You all stay here and keep a lookout for intruders.”
Then she turned towards Rudra and slightly bowed her head, showing her gratitude.
A mischievous smile appeared on the old man’s face as he said: “Isn’t she an adorable girl, she is smart and seems dedicated to her work. I am getting this urge to join her faction along with Soumya’s, what should I do?”
Rudra said in a very low tone: “Leave this world, take rebirth, you desperately need it.”
The old man said: “Hmph, you are no fun.”
The red priestess approached Rudra and whispered with a blush on her face: “Please follow me, Veer.”
The old man saw this then immediately held his tummy and laughed out loud: “I knew it, I just knew it! Ha ha”
Rudra stared at the old man with an angry look in his eyes.
The old man noticed it, then immediately flew far away from him and said while holding back his laughter: “Don’t be mad, it’s not my fault that she likes you.”
The red priestess rushed into the woods, Rudra decided to ignore the old man who was still holding his tummy and laughing, and followed after her.
“I hope her father knows the location of black temple.” Rudra mumbled.
The old man also caught up to them, but at this time, he was flying next to the red priestess and smiling.
“Veer, it is impossible for outsiders to come to our village, however you are an exception. You don’t know but we have waited long for your arrival.” The red priestess said in an excited tone.
Rudra didn’t reply, he closed his eyes and used his perception ability to keep a track on the surroundings, he was in an unknown territory and needed to be cautious at all times.
She continued to say: “Our village is called Tamisra village and it’s one of the three hidden villages of Nav forest. Right, mind if I ask why you are searching for black temple?”
The old man seemed curious as well, even he didn’t know why Rudra was looking for black temple.