Archer slammed the door closed, still holding Ella's hand. Looking at her face, he noticed it was red like an apple.
He quickly apologized to her. ''Sorry about that, I didn't like him looking at you like that.''
Ella smiled. ''That's okay. I like this new side of you, to be honest.''
She then got a worried look on her face before asking. ''But what will you do?''
Thinking for a second. ''I read about the adventurer's guild allowing people to become adventurers at thirteen, so I think I'll become one and earn coins that way.''
Archer rubbed his chin before continuing. ''I can't stay here any longer. Yes, I lost the fight, but that was just an excuse for him to throw me out.''
He suddenly got a brilliant idea and asked. ''Hey, Ella, can you fight?''
She tilted her head before quickly nodding. ''Yes, my mother taught me archery and earth magic before we came to the Avalon Empire.''
He smiled as he heard her response. ''Then why don't you come with me, we can become adventurers, and explore this world together.''
After hearing his offer, she looked sad. ''Arch, I can't, my mother signed a work contract, and it runs out when I turn fifteen, so we have to continue working for two more years.''
He got a sad look on his face at the thought of separating from her. The original Archer liked her a lot, and when their souls became one, the same feelings were passed onto him.
She smiled. ''But if you still want me to, when I turn fifteen, I can come with you.''
Ella had a hopeful look on her cute face as she did want to go with him. But If she left now, her mother could get into trouble.
Archer was annoyed at first but cheered up when he heard her speak. ''Yes, that's perfect; when you're fifteen, I'll get you signed up as an adventurer. However, while you're here, you should study hard before I return for you.''
She nodded before getting ready to leave. ''I will, I promise you. I'll come see you in the morning before you leave.''
"Goodnight, Arch," she said as she left the room.
Archer stood there, gazing at the closed door. Eventually, he sat down at the table and began reviewing all the spells and skills he had learned earlier.
Void Blast and Cosmic Sword are my attack spells, Cosmic Shield is my defense spell. That's when Archer selected Spell Creation next.
[Spell Creation: Can create one new spell per rank]
He stared at the screen in front of him and decided he wanted to create something that he remembered appearing in many of the web novels.
[Spell Creation activated]
Nothing happened while he sat at the table until he heard a click.
[Item Box skill created]
[Spell Creation: Cool-down activated until user ranks up]
He relaxed after creating a skill that will be very useful for years to come.
[Item Box: A skill that allows the user to store items in a pocket dimension that only the user has access to, and grows larger as the user levels up]
Archer got up and decided to do a workout before getting into bed. One hundred sit-ups, one hundred push-ups, and one hundred squats.
Once he finished, he didn't feel satisfied, so he repeated it three more times, leaving him out of breath.
His new body was not ready for such exertion, and he felt the ache settling in. His memories reminded him of how the previous Archer was a bookworm who rarely ventured outside the library.
After the intense exercise, Archer crawled into bed, his body sore and tired. He quickly succumbed to a deep and restful sleep.
He opened his eyes as he heard someone screaming his name and mumbled. ''Alexa?''
That's when he realized he was dreaming. Archer was stood about ten meters from a scene he never wanted to see again.
His eyes were fixed on that crazy stalker, Noah who was stabbing him while saying something, but Archer couldn't hear it.
He could only read his lips. 'Only mine, Only mine.'
When the attack happened, he wasn't paying attention to the muttering but the excruciating pain he felt.
But witnessing it in the third person was a completely different experience. His blood splattered everything and everyone around him.
Alexa's screams and Noah's manic smile, seeing and hearing all this, broke his mind. When he woke up earlier today, he was too distracted to think about the attack.
It was only after he fell asleep that memories resurfaced. He woke up panicking while looking around, but he soon remembered where he was.
Archer tried to relax but couldn't so he got out of bed and stumbled over to the window before opening it.
The sun hadn't yet risen, but the breeze blowing against his skin felt relaxing. His mind reeled.
The nightmare messed with him. But he felt something was different within him, and Archer knew something was changing.
But he ignored all the chaotic thoughts plaguing his mind. Archer jumped up on the window ledge and sat down to watch the city.
A few birds flew past as he stretched his arms above his head and heard his back pop as he watched the city.
It was lively at this time in the morning. There were numerous carriages in the plaza near Vassia's castle.
He saw a market getting set up, as people walked to and from work or adventurers taking quests while heading out of the city.
After a while, he got off the window ledge when he finally calmed down. He put on a new shirt and pants while throwing the rest of his stuff into his Item box along with a knife.
Archer only had five pairs of black shirts and pants. That's all the Ashguards gave him since the incident.
When he put them on, they felt made from linen and were comfortable. As he finished getting ready, he heard a knock on the door. ''Come in!''
The door opens and he sees Ella walking in but notices that she is lost in thought before speaking. ''Morning Arch, I brought you some food before you leave.''
She put a tray on the table with bacon and eggs heaped on it. Archer walked over to the table and sat down to eat.
He stuffed his face with the delicious breakfast and wondered what was wrong with the girl. ''What's wrong, Ella? You seem lost in thought.''
She shook her head before speaking. ''Arch, we won't see each other for years, but could you please try to write to me? I asked Butler Calluric if I can send letters to you through the guild, and he said they can.''
She looked embarrassed until Archer reassured her. ''It's okay, Ella, I was going to write to you anyway, so don't worry, I'll even come to visit you as much as possible.''
He finished the food before standing up and quickly approached her. That's when the scent of lavender hit his nose, which he loved. 'Smells wonderful.'
Archer thought inwardly as he looked into her sky-blue eyes. ''Wanna walk to the gate with me?''
Ella nodded with a small smile as they left the room, heading for the castle's gate.
A sarcastic voice came from behind them when they were getting close to the exit. ''The weak don't belong here. I can't believe I gave birth to someone like you. You bring shame to all the Dragon-kin race.''
A tall woman with black hair, pointy ears like his, and blue eyes, with black horns above her ears.
It was his mother, Larka Ashguard. She was staring at him with a dirty look as he thought to himself. 'I promise to prove you wrong one day and make you regret how you've treated me.'
He turned away, ignoring her comments, and exited the castle. Ten minutes later, they arrived at the castle entrance.
The two came to a stop. Archer faced her. He shocked Ella by hugging her and whispering something in her ear that made her cheeks turn tomato red and her heartbeat racing.
''Goodbye, for now, Ella. I will see you soon.''
Archer pulled away and started turning to leave. She hesitated a little before running up to him and quickly pecked him on the cheek.
Before bolting away like a scared cat, he laughed as he watched her run into the castle with bright red ears.
Archer entered the city and saw clean roads paved with smooth white stones. However, he continued to walk down the street while looking for the Adventurers Guild.
Having no idea where it was, he saw a stall selling food. He walked up to it and asked the man who was cooking. ''Excuse me, where is the guild?''
The man didn't spot Archer until he looked down and laughed. ''Hahaha didn't see you there, little man. How can I help you?''
''Do you know where the adventurers guild is?'' Archer asked again.
He rubbed his chin and pointed to the left. ''Head down that road, turn right when you reach an inn called The Lost Guild Master, then it's two minutes from there.''
After that, he thanked the man and walked in the direction the man pointed.
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