The Sail to Zaun
He walked down the stairs and to the front cabin of the ship, where there was a bar, tables, and a set of stairs that led down to a storage room where there were barrels of wine and water, and crates of fruit, meat and vegetables. It was a glut of food, but then the journey was also unmeasurable, and it could be insufficient, or it could be a glut after all. Li walked down the stairs and looked towards the back of the ship’s belly. It would have been sufficient enough to feed an entire crew of 40 for a month.
In his mind, Ruby would not go. She was the warden of Li’s mind, where she herself was also the prisoner, refusing freedom until she was rescued. It was a great deal of shame, yes, but a group of large, burly men with claymores, most likely from recognised City-States or underground blacksmiths, were far too much for him to face. He walked up the stairs, taking a goblet full of wine with him as he stood on the ship’s side, where there was no railing, but an edge where the gangplank would be when the ship docked. The sea at night was scary, and the fact that the only sources of light outside were the light posts in the middle of the deck gives him a slight intimidation. Ruby would have loved to sit here, he thought, and she will probably love to watch the sunrise here, too, where the dolphins would leap high up towards the skies in good grace of being family, the one thing Li felt missing.
He took off his masks and placed them under his belt and sipped from the goblet. This wine was aged well in those oak casks, he thought in compliment. But what was Graggy Ice? What did Johans speak about earlier? He supposed them to be another form of this bittersweet beverage. There was it again, the saddened look in his face, the hole in his emotion, and the rage in his teeth. His hand gripped the goblet, but he managed to gather himself before he could break it in his gloved hand.
Gabriella walked towards the grieving Shinobi and cocked her head slightly aside to look at the expression in his face, blinking once.
“It is hard to lose a loved one, is it?” she said, leaning on the railing just next to where the gangplank used to be.
“It is even difficult to discuss.” Li replied.
“I understand. But I will let you know of one thing: I will see this through, and stay by your side, but we shall stay friends, shall we?”
“Yes, and thank you.”
She nodded and walked up the ship’s forecastle, looking up to the moon when she had come behind the ship’s figurehead. The moon was starting to become faintly yellow, telling them that they are nearing polluted airs. Despite her loss of family, she would never allow anyone else especially a friend of her grandfather, to have the same loss. She will see this through despite the outcome, but she had hoped this to have a good outcome. She took a shallow breathe and looked slightly to the side, remembering what had happened during the war when she was a child: She was running as her parents were trapped in a pile of rubble. She heard her own childlike yell echo in her mind ‘MOTHER! FATHER’ and that was the last time she saw signs of them, right before she was seized by her grandfather, Johans, telling her that they needed to get away.