Chapter 12 – Maya
Red priestess was rushing through the dense forest. Rudra was also following her while maintaining a certain distance.
When Rudra heard her question, a strained expression appeared on his face and he said in a faint voice: “That’s personal.”
The red priestess quickly realized that she shouldn’t pursue this matter and didn’t say anything.
The old man arrived next to Rudra and said with a confident look on his face: “What personal, you can freely tell me the reason, I am all ears!”
“Not now.” Rudra said while his eyes were fully focused on the back profile of the red priestess. He was trying to make out something from her movements, perhaps she was leading him into a trap, or whether there was hesitation or aggression in her movements, these gestures could predict a lot of things, but she would occasionally turn back to check on him and there was always a worshipping look in her eyes and bright smile on her face, as if she had found a treasure after searching for a long time. There was no hesitation in her movements as she was rushing forward in a dedicating manner.
Rudra was still very cautious and had already activated his perception ability to maintain a constant vigilance of his surroundings.
“Veer, we are almost there, soon you will see my village. They are going to be so happy to know that I found our Veer!” The red priestess said in an excited manner and looked at him with her sparkling beautiful eyes.
“Listen red woman, stop calling me Veer, I don’t want any trouble and keep this in mind that I am visiting your village just because I want to know the location of the black temple, not because I want to become your village’s Veer.” Rudra said because he really didn’t want to waste time dealing with strangers who, based on some legend, thought that he was actually their hero. He only had one day to find the black temple, because tomorrow, he would have no other choice but to go back. If his father, the head of Naga clan, found out that he went into the forest of shadows, he would be in serious trouble.
The red priestess immediately said: “I am the red priestess of Tamisra village, I can never be wrong. You are our Veer and I cannot stop calling you that even if it’s you who wants me to!”
Rudra was slightly surprised and noticed that she really lost it when he told her to stop calling him Veer. He looked at her and saw faint trace of tears in the corners of her eyes. Rudra never thought that this matter about ‘Veer’ would actually be so touchy.
“Brat, don’t be so rough on this woman. Maybe she is mistaken, maybe you are not the Veer of her village, but deep in her heart, she has already accepted you as her Veer, cannot you see respect and utmost dedication for you in her eyes? Earlier, she was willing to sacrifice her life just to stop a stranger like you from intruding, and now, she herself is taking you to her village.” The old man said.
Rudra thought for a while then sped up and arrived beside red priestess and said: “I understand where you are coming from, red woman. You can call me whatever you want, and since you trust me enough to take me to your hidden village, I will also trust you and stay beside on the way to your village.”
Suddenly, a surprised look appeared on the face of the red priestess, she never imagined that her Veer would actually say that. There was a feeling of regret in her heart that she had attacked him, and due to that, she might have lost his trust forever, in fact, he was maintaining a large distance from her while they were rushing towards Tamisra village, which clearly showed that he didn’t trust her, causing her heart to ache.
But now, after hearing these words from him, she felt relieved, the regret completely vanished, and in place of that, a warm feeling filled her heart.
The old man laughed and said: “Not bad kid, and here I thought that you have turned into a complete antisocial guy after staying aloof for so many years, but it seems that you do understand and respect others feelings.”
“I am so happy that Veer says he trusts me, I will never let you down!” The red priestess lowered her head and said with an innocent smile on her face.
Then, suddenly, she looked at Rudra and said in a low voice: “But I have request from Veer, please don’t call me red woman, I want you to call me by my real name. My real name is………Maya!”
The old man suddenly held his tummy and laughed loudly and said: “When you told her to stop calling you Veer, she doesn’t comply, and now she wants you to stop calling her red woman? Ha ha. I have really started to root for this woman!”
Rudra frowned and was about to say something when suddenly, something caught his attention and he abruptly stopped. Maya also stopped and asked: “What the matter Veer, why did you stop all of a sudden?”
Rudra immediately turned to his right direction and rushed at an incredibly fast speed. Maya was startled and also rushed after him.
Rudra was so fast that his figure literally vanished in front of her eyes, she continued to rush in the same direction and after some time, she finally saw the back profile of Rudra, standing on a tree branch.
Maya arrived next to him and asked: “Veer, what’s wrong?”
Her vision finally fell on a group of people in the field and a huge figure of a beast that was standing in front of them, Rudra was also looking at the same scene.
The beast looked ferocious and was actually a huge black colored leopard, almost 10 meters tall, had long sharp fangs and terrifying claws. At present, there was man under one of its front paws and seemed to have already been crushed to death.
The group of people facing this beast consisted of two middle aged men who seemed like warriors, clad in battle armors, weapons and shields in their hands, and a girl clad in white long dress who was standing behind these men. These two warriors were protecting the girl who seemed so frightened that her whole body was shivering while there was horror on her face.
The two warriors also seemed frightened, the beast was slowly advancing towards them and growling. Its blood red eyes were firmly fixated on its preys!
Maya suddenly said: “Veer, these are the people of hidden Gamsara village! But this area comes under the territory of my village, what are they doing here?”
Rudra was constantly looking at the scene but he was not interested to know about those people, he looked more interested in the beast. This was the first time he had seen such a huge beast!
“This is quite intriguing.” Rudra smirked and said with a beastly look flashing in his eyes.
“Ah, it’s a giant leopard! It’s been ages since I saw one. I thought they got extinct thousands of years ago, so they still live in this forest.” The old man said in an excited manner.
The giant leopard opened its mouth and sprayed fire at the group standing few meters away from it. It seemed as if the whole field was enveloped in a sea of fire. One of the two warriors immediately put up his shield to block the fire and barely managed to not get blasted away by the terrifying force of this fire attack, while the other warrior held the girl and jumped to one side to stay out of the range of this attack.
The warrior who faced the attack was badly injured and burnt and fell on his knees. But the giant leopard did not attack him, instead it leapt towards the other warrior and that girl.
Maya suddenly felt a strange pressure on her heart and her focus immediately turned towards Rudra. She saw a strange look in Rudra’s eyes, his whole body was instantly covered in black aura and he suddenly vanished from the tree branch.
When the girl and the warrior saw the huge leopard coming towards them, they were extremely frightened, the girl screamed and closed her eyes. The warrior immediately slashed his sword and released a crescent shaped light towards the giant leopard, but it didn’t dodge. The crescent shaped light collided with the huge body of the giant leopard but didn’t even put a scratch on its tough body.
The giant leopard arrived right in front of the warrior and its huge claw struck the shield of the warrior and sent him flying several meters away.
The girl opened her eyes and saw the horrifying face of the giant leopard, not far from her. She looked around and saw that all her three protectors were lying unconscious on the ground.
She fell on her knees, and suddenly, a serene expression appeared on her face, it seemed as if she had already given up and accepted the imminent death.
The giant leopard arrived right in front of her, its fierce eyes glared at the tender girl and lifted its paw. At this time, the girl closed her eyes and there was still a gentle expression on her face as she was waiting for the death to finally catch her.
“Bang!” A loud sound resounded but she didn’t feel anything. She suddenly opened her eyes and saw the giant leopard still standing in front of her, but at this time, there was no longer that fierce look in its eyes, rather its eyes were wide open in shock, while its giant body was entirely covered in a dense black aura.