Debts long past due

Gloster173

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It wasn’t hard to find the Sun-Kissers. Even a settlement like this, barely in its infancy shone in the distance, light dancing off their walls and jewellery. You’d think that all the glittering alone would’ve invited the local beasts to render the area uninhabitable. But here they were, the Sun ‘touched’, spreading like a plague across the lands, behind their pretty guards and a home to hide in.

Calm. Calm with your thoughts.

Smile. Smile with the face that isn’t yours.

Lie. Lie with your voice.

A simple farmer passing through. Pardon the smell, it’s been a busy day. They let you pass with snickers and directions to the local baths. Ignore them, you have a purpose.

There’s no river nearby.

There must be a well.

There’s relief when you can see it, surrounded not by watchful guardians but laughing friends playing a game of tag. Yells of joy followed by a shriek of outrage. The new chaser calling after his teasing friends. When was the last time you played this? Chasing after Ĺ̶͎̯̹̫̘͈̳͇̻̮̪̜̩͓̓̓̽̐̑̿̃̽̒͗͐̈́̓̈́̊̓͑̀͋͘͝o̸̢͙͙͇͌̽͛́͑́̆̃̀͊͛̀͋͘-̷̢͍͔͙̯͇̭̭͙͕̹̬̬̬̯̪̦̪̟̼̳̳̗̰͙̺̦͕̮̯̮̥͂̑͒͗͗͛̎͗̀̽̿̾̽̓͆̃̃̾͒͂͆̔͋̀͆̊̕͠-̴͚̪̲̥͚̪̪̰̑̆͂̈́̉͋͛͆͛͘͠é̵̢̧̛̘̜̻͓̹͓̳̜̮̲̖̝̥͔̣̦͎̹̾̀͒̒̊̾̐̀̀̍̂̏̚̚ͅͅͅ and-

Panic. Who were they again? Think. Focus. Proud. Finally tagging Ļ̷͉͉̞̬̗̗̀̈́̍̀̅̀-̵̪̲̻̹̎͒͛̌́̀͘͝-̷̦̘͑̆-̵͚̼̪̰̣̳̃͂͋͗e̷̫͍͇͋̚ or did he finally tag you? Proud. Proud Proud Proud. Remember. Surely you can. No you can’t. Of course you can’t.

Focus. The task at hand. The well. Coarse rope in your palm as you wrench the bucket out. You’re just getting a drink after all. No one’s seen the stained packet you’ve pulled from your sleeve. The source of the smell. You’re just washing your hands and dumping the water on the ground after all.

All they see is the bucket going back in. And the empty packet tucked away once more. Sink the bucket till you can’t feel the slack. You should’ve weighted the bucket with a rock. Too late now, raising the bucket would be suspicious.

Disida’s blessing leaves and your face returns. A damned sun-sucker watches baffled as you change in front of him. It doesn’t matter. You want them to know. Their ancient debt, infinitesimally large, was owed.
 
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