Book kickoff

Book written by SageOctober

True Questions Chapter 1

A fantasy about a mysterious group: The Ascendants

Chapter 1

The Forest of Rivers
Neutral Territory

“So you’re a vampire?”
“We prefer Blood Eater.”
“But I thought that you drank blood.”
“I didn’t come up with the name.”
“Do you drink Sleeper blood?”
“What else would I drink?”
“Do you have fangs?”
“Can I see them?”
“What do you eat?”
“Catboys who ask too many questions.”
Well that shut June up. Honestly, why did I have to get stuck with a rambling catboy as a travel companion? Don’t people every take this stuff into consideration when the assign you quests?
I get to enjoy the silence for almost fifteen minutes before June flops onto the ground.
“What is it?” I roll my eyes.
“This stupid forest is so big. We’ve been walking for hours!”
“We’ve been walking for forty-five minutes, and we’ve only traveled two miles! So quit complaining and get up. Is this really the worst that you’ve been through?”
June stays on the ground. “It’s the most boring thing I’ve been through. Where are the Dragons and beasts and monsters? I thought
Page 1 Page 2
that quests would be more fun.”
I sigh. I’m never going to get anywhere with June dragging me down. Should I just leave her here? It would save me a lot of time.
But no, for whatever reason, Mika told me to stick with my travel companion. And I have to obey her, because I can’t fail this mission. So I have to find some way to get June off the floor.
“You see this?” I roll up my pant leg, showing her my metal leg. “My leg was crushed by a boulder. They had to cut it off, and replace it with this. And this eye? It’s fake. It got gouged out by a demented Night Walker Dragon. All of this happened under Mika’s command, because I have to obey her. And I’m not going to let you stop me now. If I can go through all of that and survive, I think that you can endure a few hours of walking.”
June sits up. “Okay, okay, jeez. You didn’t have to tell me your whole life story. I’ll keep going.” She gets up and keeps walking. “Am I allowed to talk?”
“Yes, but don’t expect me to answer any of your questions.”
Page 1 Page 2
“I’ll take it.” June smiles. “I guess you’ve probably never met a Catboy before. We don’t let Night Walkers into our cities. Just letting you know, we’re nothing like the stories that people tell about us. For one, we don’t eat weird food. We just eat normal food. Like fish and plants. We don’t eat any meat besides fish. So I guess that we kind of do eat not-so-normal food. Anyway, we aren’t failed science experiments or mutations of anything. We’re just Catboys, descended from cats. Natural selection gave us features like walking and talking, and because of the warmer climate we live in, we lost our fur.” June pauses and glances at me.
“I have a question.” I say after a few seconds of silence. “You use she/her, right?” June nods. “So why isn’t it Catgirl?”
“Well, a lot of people ask me that. But the thing is, to Catboys, the word ‘boy’ is actually a gender-neutral term. A lot of outsiders don’t really get it, because they’re so used to their meaning of the word boy, but ours is just a
Page 3 Page 4
little different.”
“Huh.” I never knew that. “So wha—”
“Wait.” For once, June looks deadly serious. Her ears are twitching. “Are we coming up on the end of the forest?”
“No, we have another ten miles to go.” I start to pull out my map, but June grabs my arm and yanks me behind a tree.
I immediately shut up, because it’s obvious that June hears something, and I’ve been on enough missions to know that when someone hears something, it’s not good. But we’re sitting behind the tree for so long that I begin to think it’s a prank. I’m about to ask what’s going on when I hear footsteps. A lot of them. Probably a group of people. June slinks out from behind the tree, gesturing for me to stay put. There’s absolute silence for about two minutes, then, June reemerges.
“Nothing big. Just an Angel squadrant, probably on the way to Blood Eater territory.”
I gape. “And you took care of all of them?”
June shrugs. “Wasn’t that hard. So you said we had ten miles to go?”
Page 3 Page 4

There is no next chapter available.
Login to bookmark this book for later.


  • No inspirations yet, you could be the first to inspire!



Award this author for the correct use of keywords. The keywords were used well and add a great value to the story.


Award this author for a well-written and beautiful follow-up. The two story parts blend seamlessly together.

Plot twist

Award this author for a very awesome unexpected radical change in the expected direction.