It was in the darkness of the night when the feeling hit me. That feeling of being alone, but yet there was the feeling that I was being watched with it. What could it have been? I was looking all around me, but I could not see anything or anyone. The forest was slightly illuminated by the glow of the full moon. The pond next to me showed the reflection of the night sky. It was all just so beautiful, but I couldn’t shake this feeling.
The fighting had stopped more than three months ago, but I still get the feeling that neither side had truly won or lost. I had managed to avoid the last battle by coming to this exact spot. I had all the reason to suspect that someone was watching me. Already today I had stumbled upon three search parties trying to find and kill me for treason.
However I couldn’t go on like this. The constant fear of being found, and the fact that all of my old friends were either dead or hated me. Infact the entire nation hated me now. I was the nation’s greatest fighter, and it’s no secret that I hadn’t appeared on the field of battle when I was needed most. Instead of a crushing victory over the enemy our army had nearly been destroyed. However the other nation did not fare well either and their army was nearly destroyed too. Now there has been a treaty between the two and I am being hunted by my own nation.
Today marks the second year since that horrible day when the war started. Since that day I was truly lonely, no matter how many friends I had no one could fill the void. On this day two years ago our nation was attacked, and I was nothing but a simple farmer. I had just recently been married to a beautiful woman named Maria. Of course my farm was on the border to the other nation and when the war started we were first to get hit.
I had been in the fields at the time of the attack, and I had arrived only to watch as my place burned and see my wifes bloody corpse on the ground outside the door. In a fit of rage I had taken my scythe and decapitated some of the soldiers and retrieved their swords and began to fight the raiding party. By the time I had decimated that last of the bastards my nations army had arrived. I remember spitting at the commander and telling him what a lousy army he had. Instead of getting punished I was asked to join the army and was put on the frontlines for the rest of the war.
The bushes next to me began to shake and from them came a division of heavily armored soldiers. One of them stepped forward, his armor was covered in green and red paint meaning this was the royal guard and he was the captain. “You Sir Vaughn Lichtenstein, are under arrest for treason to the nation. You have the option to come quietly or we can take you by force.” When the captain stopped his voice seemed a little shaky.
“You’ll have to take me by force then. I know the second I arrive at the palace I will be put in a court and sentenced to death anyway.” With that I drew my sword from it’s sheath knowing this would probably be the last time. I was way outnumbered and these men were wearing full suits of armor.
Soon they were charging me and my sword began to dance through the cluster of metal. I paused every time my sword connected with metal, and grimaced when I felt my sword plunge into flesh. The clang of metal on metal rang out in the night followed by the clangs of metal, and undertone of moans could be heard from the wounded. Sweat began to pour down my face and into my eyes. Suddenly my breath escaped me, I had been bashed by a shield in the side. I staggered and fell to the ground and before I could get back up I felt a sharp pain across my chest, followed by a warm feeling. I looked up to see a crimson liquid pooling up on my chest. Blood, my blood it had started of slow and then began to roar out of the gap in my chest. My breath was becoming shorter with each gasp. My vision began to blur, but I could see the Captain standing above me with his sword pointed at my throat. I managed to say, “I’m coming home Maria.” There was a flash of steel and then all was black.