What Once Was, Fall, 610 CY, The Axewood
Kimbertos knelt amongst the thinning bush and sited down the arrow shaft timing the movements of the deer he took aim at. The creature was thin, but it was the most promising target that he had found all day. Game was becoming harder to find in the Axewood with all the competing factions struggling to survive now.
“Slow breath in, slow breath out.” he murmured quietly to himself… and loose. The twang of the bow string seemed to hang in the air.His target, a thin deer, bucked and leapt off through the brush. Kimbertos rose slowly and made his way to where the buck had been standing. “Blood trail,” he thought, “Well, that’s a good sign.” He followed the trail through the brush a few yards and found the creature laying still, an arrow protruding from behind the right leg. Dropping his bow and quiver, he drew his knife to begin dressing the animal.
“That’s a fine prize,” he heard from behind him, “Enough for everyone to share.” Looking over his shoulder he saw a young man dressed in woodland garb perched on a rock outcropping.
“Why, yes it is.” he replied. Turning back to the task at hand, “If you would care to help, I am sure that we could both benefit.” Kimbertos said.
“Oh, I think I have a better plan in mind.” he heard as Kimbertos felt the sword blade touch his shoulder and neck. Kimbertos froze, and then slowly looked up to see several others had now arrived, some with bows drawn and trained on him. “When I said ‘enough for everyone to share’, I might have had a little something different in mind.” The man removed the blade from Kimbertos’s neck. “However, we thank you for the meal and for that we will let you live. How’s that for a benefit?” The man’s friends laughed at this. One of the group stooped over to pick up the deer while the others kept watch.
“Taking a man’s kill is a dangerous game nowadays.” Kimbertos said while he gritted his teeth.
The man looked at him with interest. “What once was yours is now mine.” With a wink and a bow, the man added, “You could say that about a lot of things now, couldn’t you?”