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~-~Chapter 9~-~


The gang were busily eating fish; and there was an awkward silence. This made Yorin think a little, which caused him to remember what Oden had said.

"We'll have to confront them then, won't we?"

Or something along those lines.

Yorin decided to break the awkward silence by asking, in a rather timid tone, "Oden...Can we confront them after breakfast?" Oden didn't know what he was talking about at first, but then understood and shook his head. "No," he replied. "If we go to them now, they will see you, accuse you of being a traitor to them, and they will try to kill you."

Yorin sighed, continuing to eat and finishing his cod and salmon in a matter of minutes, along with everybody else. Then he realised something. "But if we don't confront them now, how will we be able to get to the sack before they spend any of the money that's in it?" he asked curiously.

Oden, of course, couldn't think of anything good to reply to this, other than an "I don't know". He didn't want to waste his breath on that, so he kept silent for the moment - until he thought of something too. "Fine," he started, but then warned, "But you might get killed if you do it now." Yorin let out a small grin. "When I was going to join - when you asked me - you promised you were going to protect me."

The leader then remembered that from the previous day, the day when he did say that - and sighed in defeat. "Fine. You win. We'll go," he muttered. Yorin smiled as the two of them stood up. "Come on," he murmured, gesturing to the recruits who were still sitting on the logs. "We've got work to do. Follow us." They obediently stood up, and walked over to a place a little behind Yorin and Oden. Oden then proceeded to lead the gang out of their headquarters, and started in the direction of the Itav Initev's.

* * *

They finally reached the Itav Initev's base after about a quarter of an hour. "Shh," Oden whispered to the recruits; they stayed deatly silent as he focused on the camp.

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The Itav Initev were nowhere to be seen.

"Well, it was pointless coming here. They're not here, they're probably hunting for breakfast or something," Oden explained, sighing. He turned around - and saw the Itav Initev convieniently there, Moshinon's sack full of rabbit corpses. He dropped the sack to the ground, the top crumpling, showing clearly some parts of the dead rabbits. The rest drew their swords, bows and other weapons, focusing their full attention on the Vetini Vati, especially Yorin.

"KRALLA!" Moshinon commanded in a roar, unsheathing his throwing daggers and rushing at the gang, but mostly at Yorin, with great speed.

Yorin saw the attack coming; immediately knowing what 'Kralla' meant, and he dodged - but not quite in time to get out unscathed. One of the throwing daggers Moshinon had had caught the sleeve of his left arm, ripping it and making a reasonably deep cut on his shoulder.

Yorin had no weapon; he had not taken his bow with him from when he had left the Itav Initev, nor had he purchased one from the marketplace, the day before. So he was defenceless. He snapped a thick branch off the low part of a tree, and sharpened it a little using the bark of the tree. He then gripped it in his right hand, ready to attack back. His shoulder was indeed bleeding, but he didn't notice at that moment.

Moshinon twirled his throwing daggers around in a circular motion; a skill he had practiced for years, until it was perfection. He then ran towards Yorin, aiming to hit his chest area, but if he couldn't reach that for any reason, his stomach would be the next best thing. Yorin quickly reached behind himself and snapped off another branch, before holding them in an X to cover his upper torso. Moshinon reacted to this by moving his arms down to Yorin's stomach level.

They hit his stomach and ripped through his clothing, and at that moment Yorin realised what was happening. He stepped backwards - and the tree he had just snapped a branch off of was there.

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He stood there, against the tree, whilst Moshinon stood before him, holding the daggers in his hands. The Itav Initev, who was once his allies, were standing around him, preventing him from any escape.

"Leave him. He's ours now," came a voice.

Yorin's eyes searched for the person who had that voice - and it appeared to be Oden. He carried a silver longsword, the blade being steel and the hilt being to look what appeared like gold. He unsheathed it, and slightly pointed it, in the direction of Moshinon. As Moshinon turned around, he pointed one of his throwing daggers back. He then raised an eyebrow at Oden's sword.

"Well, I've never seen that sword before. Where'd you get it?" Moshinon asked curiously. Oden lowered his eyes, almost glaring at the II leader. "I got it from Jasmine's father. He left it at the camp when he left, when you killed him. And therefore I'm using it now," he explained, sighing a little. Moshinon raised both eyebrows now, before lowering them. "Good t' know," he muttered sarcastically, before turning back to Yorin. "Now, why did you join them, may I ask?" he questioned in a more threatening manner, before pressing one of the daggers to Yorin's throat.

Yorin knew he had to be honest - he had watched Jasmine learn the hard way. "They needed members, and, well... they gave me some money if I joined," Yorin answered, a little shakily, but his voice was clear all the same. It was not until then that he remembered what he had come for - confronting them. "But it appears that someone took the money away, when I was asleep," he added, emphasising 'someone'.

Moshinon narrowed his eyebrows and eyes at him. "How d'you know?" he asked, pressing the dagger closer to his neck. Yorin took a desperate gasp, and then replied, "Who else could it be?" With that answer, Moshinon turned around again to spot the, rather anxious, recruits. "Perhaps one of the li'l new gang members you have?" he murmured, turning back to Yorin. "No, it wasn't them, it was you."

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Moshinon sighed in an exasperated tone, relaxing his grip a bit on the dagger. "Well done. You are SUCH a good detective," he commented sarcastically. He grinned as he pressed the blade of the dagger even harder against Yorin's throat. Yorin hoped this was a dream, like the ones he had while he was spying, but it wasn't. "Now, this will be your punish-"

Yorin had his eyes closed, waiting for the moment where everything went black. Out of pure curiosity, he opened one eye. Moshinon had been knocked out, with a blow to the back of his head. Oden was standing behind the fallen person, his sword unsheathed in front of him. "Now, go back to camp before he wakes up," he muttered quietly to Yorin. He couldn't hear him but understood his gestures and took off, back towards the Vetini Vati. The recruits followed him back to the camp out of anxiety, leaving Oden alone with the Itav Initev.

"Now, run off back to your little camp, before I change my mind and kill you," Oden warned the rest of the gang, who were staring at him open-mouthed. They finally realised what he meant, and then ran back to their camp, dissapearing through the trees. Oden stared at Moshinon for a few moments. As much as he wanted to kill the leader of the II then and there, he couldn't. Miradin would hunt him down, and kill him, and he didn't want to die. Sighing, he decided it would be best to leave Moshinon where he was. With that decision made, he slowly walked back to the Vetini Vati camp.

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~-~Chapter 10~-~


The minute Oden had arrived at the camp, he saw Yorin and the recruits sitting down at the logs again. Sighing, he said, mostly at Yorin, "There! I knew we shouldn't have gone! We didn't even get the sack back! That was pointless!"

Yorin nodded in agreement but in frustration as well, because he thought it would have been a good idea. "But...you DID protect me," he added, managing as small smile. "You knocked him out. I would've been dead by now if you hadn't." He sighed. "Thank you."

Oden smiled back, before seating himself on the log that Yorin was sitting on. Yorin was deep in thought about the recent events. ~Moshinon will more likely than not wake up eventually,~ he was thinking. ~And since he didn't manage to kill me the first time, because of Oden, he'll be after the both of us now! And I still need to get the sack. He stole it from me, it's not like I'm being selfish or anything. Well, someone in that gang stole it, anyway. But I just know it's going to be in the camp. That's the most likely place it's going to be, and if it isn't, it's going to be in that training arena.~

The second he was thinking that last thing, Oden broke the silence, by saying, to Yorin's dread, "Okay, guys. We'll start off your training today, so that you can become as skillful in combat as we are. We have a special arena, and other rooms as well, for your different needs. And we will go now." For a short moment, Yorin closed his eyes and wished this wasn't happening. However, he had to open his eyes eventually, and both he and the recruits followed Oden out of the headquarters, and towards the underground complex... the exact one that the Itav Initev were redoing.

* * *

The moment that Yorin was wishing would never happen, happened: they reached the trapdoor of the complex. "Here we are," Oden announced, sounding cheerful. ~He won't be at all cheerful when he goes inside...~ Yorin thought nervously as Oden pulled open the trapdoor and climbed down the ladder.

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Yorin winced, and the recruits could clearly see this as he heard the things he didn't want to. "What the hell?!" exclaimed Oden. "That damn Itav Initev!"

He let the recruits go down first before climbing down himself. As soon as Oden could see the figure of him, he strode towards him. "Did you do any of this?!" he demanded. Yorin shifted nervously, and he took a few moments to look around the room. It was in completion - the Itav Intiev had started building on it already, even without his help - but he could clearly see it was supposed to be a giant training arena when it was finally finished. It had stacks of wood and stone everywhere, as well as a few rolls of rope. Yorin then properly thought about his question for a moment. He didn't actually DO anything - he didn't take part in the building process, they started when he first joined the Vetini Vati, it looked like. "No," he replied truthfully.

Oden sighed in exasperation. "Okay, let me rephrase," he muttered. "Did you know about this?" Yorin didn't want to lie; he hated lying, and only did it when he needed to, like when he was recruiting. Which brought him to another problem.

The man who Yorin recruited walked forward, out of the little group, and confronted Yorin, standing before him. "When you recruited me, you told me that there was a training arena. This means -" he looked at Oden for this part "- that he knew about this beforehand."

This was the whole reason why Yorin didn't want this to happen. "Fine. Yes. I knew about this," he confessed, sighing. He waited for Oden to explode with rage at his reply - and he did. Sort of.

"Well, why didn't you tell me about this when you joined?!" Oden questioned angrily. Yorin shifted from one foot to the other. "I didn't want you to get mad at me," he replied nervously, the expression clear. "I mean, if I had told you when I joined, you probably wouldn't have accepted me. Because you would have misunderstood that I was actually helping them, when I wasn't."

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Oden listened, and then went through in his head what he has said. Eventually he sighed in defeat. "True, true," he mumbled, still sounding a bit angry. "I would, however, be less mad than what I'm like now. And I suppose we could anger Moshinon and his gang even more mad, by using their training arena once it's finished." His frustration seemed to disappear as he grinned at Yorin. The ex-spy returned it.

"So..." the leader started, turning around to face the recruits, who had been listening in to their whole conversation. "Obviously - as you can see - we can't train you here. That doesn't mean, however, we can't train you anywhere else. We will instead start training back at camp. Come on." The gang gave a groan and started to tramp back through the muddy forest and back into their headquarters.

When they had gone back to the camp, Yorin watched while Oden gave the recruits a close eye. He had handed them swords and bows to practice with - he didn't want them to get hurt on their first training lesson. When he was completely confident they were safe, the leader walked up to the spy. "You know you were a spy for the Itav Initev?" he asked him. Yorin nodded in response. "Well," Oden continued, "would you like to spy for us now? Seeing as we don't have any other spies." Yorin let out a big smile, and agreed. Oden, returning the smile, then went back to the recruits.

The ex-spy then leant against the dry bark of the trunk of a tree, watching the recruits train intently. He himself had never properly done this before; just a few lessons was all he needed, as his test proved himself to be better at spying than anything else. He was glad and all that all of them were learning the skills of a warrior or archer, but what if Yorin died in something? Who would replace him? Surely someone needed to learn the ways of stealth. But obviously Oden didn't think that.

Yorin kept watching, smiling to himself at times. He did this, not getting bored by it, until it was dark.

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Yorin woke up in the middle of the night, his usual routine: his brain hadn't got used to not being a spy. He then realised, after looking out into the night and onto the solar clock (a stick driven into the mud that reflected the moonlight, showing what time it was) that he was rather early to be spying now. If he went at this time, the Itav Initev would spot him and murder him without a second thought.

He sighed, and turned over onto his right side, making his right arm slightly numb as the weight of his body pressed down against it. Because of this, he was facing the tent opening, and silently wondered which deceased member of the Vetini Vati slept in this bed before him. This made his mind wander to the recruits, which naturally turned to something else: his first test.

Once, many years before that day, he was sitting in that very same village they had got recruits from. He was poor, like the recruits; he was clothed in ragged tunics, like the recruits; he had been exactly like them. He remembered seeing this large gang of tough-looking men storm into the village and murder a lot of people. Several men fell to the ground lifelessly, blood pooling out of their back, legs or chest. They tried to murder him as well, but he quickly dodged out of their way, and went behind the leader (who was Moshinon back then). Moshinon reacted to this by turning around and trying to reattack him, but yet again he dodged. This happened several times until the leader gave up. "Wow...you're really good. Very flexible, very agile. I t'ink..." the leader of the gang murmured - Yorin remembered this word for word - "...you're good enough t' be accepted. You must come with us now."

Yorin didn't dare at that time to disobey him; he looked extremely intimidating, and he wasn't sure what would happen to him if he didn't. At best, he would get beaten up severely for not listening to instructions. At worst, he would get killed like the others he had seen.

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Giving a quiet sigh - not loud enough for the leader to hear - he followed them back to the Itav Initev camp. He was automatically ranked to spy, and he had been that ever since - until he betrayed them and joined the VV.

That's when Yorin suddenly snapped out of his thoughts - he had to spy now! Otherwise Oden would be dissapointed with him. Sighing, he got up out of his bed, got his bow, arrows, parchment and lead pencil, and exited his tent. He then figured it might be better to take Oden's sword, just in case he got caught. He laid his bow and arrows back down, entered Oden's tent after trying to work out which one it was via the shadows, and 'borrowed' the sword. Finally, he exited that tent, and set off.

He was used to the darkness, and he had gone to the Vetini Vati camp more times than he could remember. He just had to go the opposite way, like he was returning to the Itav Initev to give them information. Soon enough, he was behind a tree in audible distance to the camp.

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~-~Chapter 11 - EPILOGUE~-~

The spy gasped in surprise as he realised that he had been forgetting one key thing. The sack! Now was his chance to get it back! But he had to be careful.

He crept out of his hiding spot and cautiously tip-toed towards the centre of the camp. He had already spotted that they were all in their tents - just as he planned, and he could see the silhouettes of them as they slept. He dared not breathe, making as little noise as possible as he unzipped one of the tents, seeing a faint shape of a sack in it. Frowning in disappointment and then widening his eyes in shock, he then realised it was Miradin's tent - with the sack of food. Edging away from the entrance, he then ran lightly on his feet towards the next tent.

He searched all of them, despite most of them not having a shadow of a sack, no matter what it was. The ones that did have a shadow of a sack, Yorin searched more, but alas, not the sack of gold coins. Yorin lowered his eyes angrily as he wondered whether they had actually spent all of the coins already. That's when he saw it.

A mound of earth - well, not exactly a mound. Rather a bumpy mini-hill of soil. The spy thought from that point onwards that they had buried the sack there - but what if that was just a trick? The sack could easily just be buried - and be empty, with the coins either spent or hidden somewhere else. Taking the risk, he slowly walked towards it, holding his breath. He looked over his shoulder and saw no people coming towards him from his line of sight. Without thinking, he laid his things down behind him, including the sword, his only weapon. Then, he started to scrabble at the small mound of earth. He soon managed, after a while, with soil right up his fingernails, to get into the hole.

It was empty.

It was a trick, like he had thought, but not that kind of a trick! He had wasted his time there - digging for something that wasn't actually there. Where else could it be then?

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