Chapter II – New World, New Life
Her call was quickly answered, as footsteps could be heard behind the door. The entrance of the nurse was the first of the numerous surprises the young woman couldn't even start to comprehend. It was a male nurse – well, she couldn't even tell if it really was a man, he looked more like a very old dehydrated tree. Hell, she even wondered how such a person could exist. Even though politeness compelled her to conceal her disbelief, such a view was too astonishing to just ignore it.
Excuse me sir, but what… (Ooops!)
That was a type of mistake you do not want to do.
I mean who! Who are you, sir? Asked promptly the young woman, trying to rectify her error as fast as possible.
Severely blushing as words came out of her mouth, perhaps too quickly, she diverted her gaze from the nurse to the floor. Hoping she had not been too rude, she was now wondering if she really wanted the answer to her question. The old man did not seem to take it badly. In fact, he laughed gently and quietly while getting closer to the bed. Almost bold, his eyes were almost concealed by large white eyebrows, and his face was torn by the ravage of time... With a calm and rasping voice, he answered the question as he sat on a chair facing the bed. He definitively needed the chair anyway.
What am I? *koff* Well, do I look that old? True, true. I've been here since… A long time. But let's rather talk about you. Ah, what a rare sight. A young and beautiful human.
(Waaa? A human? Then what in the name of god is this… uh… whatever.)
Excuse me but… Well… Hum… I just… Hesitating, confused, she just couldn't make proper sentence.
Lost your memory? The old man quickly replied.
Don't worry. That's… normal, should I say. You've been contaminated by the Fléau, a disease that causes amnesia and slight physical changes.
(Riiiiiiight... Never heard of that in my life.)
And… err… how long does the amnesia last?
Right… Uh. What?!
The Fléau is said to be a disease sent by the gods as a gift. Thus, no cure has yet been found. Legends say that from one of those who awaken here will accomplish great things. Do not worry, you are not the only one in this town hit by the Fléau.
Wait. Don't I have a family here? I mean, there must be someone that knows me!
… Well… It's more complicated than that, young child.
What do you mean?
As confusion arose from every word to assault the poor girl's mind, the discussion was getting more and more animated. The old man took a paper out of his long blue robe, and his eyes restlessly stared at the woman and the paper in regular intervals of time.
Officially, you have been found unconscious in the forest four days ago. I can tell you right now that none of those who awaken here have ever been recognized by someone. I'm sorry to say that, young child, but you must start a new life.
Wait, this is just ridiculous. First of all, how the hell did I arrive in a forest? How did I get struck by some religious disease sent by whatever god? I mean, this can't be possible. It's only a bad joke, isn't it.
Yes, it just didn't make sense. Logic just couldn't accept such a story, it was not possible. What kind of fairytale was that? Did she look that naïve? Feeling fooled with, the young woman sat on the edge of the bed, now fully looking at the old man. And… noticed something even stranger. His ears. She instinctively raised a hand to touch her right ear: Everything was alright. Then how come his ears were… pointy? Sharp? Long and tall? Having noticed the movement, the old nurse added.
Ah… Ears. I guess you never saw an elf before. Ah, forgive my stupidity, I've already forgotten that you're amnesic.
Elf? That was even less logic. Not that she remembered anything of where she lived before, but… The thought of having an elf in front of her made her uncomfortable. Although things like "hospital" came quickly to her, "elf" was something she would have never thought of.
Wait… You mean… When you said human… That means there are other races than humans? I mean, not like dogs or cats, you know. But…
The certitude of being fooled had been harshly weakened by the revelation. She still secretly wished a big "Surprise!" or anything like that, but… Another part of her just wanted to believe the story presented to her. Everything seemed too out of place to be just a false décor.
Ah… Yes, young child, there are many races… Even though the kingdom of Edena is mostly populated by humans, there are many other races… Elves, like me. Half-elves, of course. Halflings, who look like short humans. Dwarves, who look like taller and massive halflings. I could go on and on for a long time, if you wish.
Nah, that will suffice.
How come she accepted this so quickly? Something really strange was breeding, but not necessarily bad. The young woman surrendered, she was tired to stick with her deceiving hopes. She wanted this to end, and mostly wanted to get out of that little room, where she started to be somewhat claustrophobic.
Right. Hum. Just a question. How…
Well, I forgot to tell you: To adapt to your new life, we offer you two weeks of shelter and meals. Meanwhile, you better start looking for a job and a cheap inn. We would gladly keep you longer, but we don't have much place to spare. Don't worry about the work, there are plenty of employments in this town. Oh, and by the way. Wait for me, I will be back in a few moments.
The old elf stood up and walked away, leaving the young girl alone with her thoughts. That was too much, really too much… She released an annoyed sigh, more because of her incomprehension than anything else, and let herself fall on the bed. Strangely, she did not feel sad about what she might have lost. Everything had been prepared for the likes of her, so why did she need to worry about? Although she didn't think she had already experienced working in her anterior life, it couldn't be that hard, could it? A new life… A new opportunity. Ah, well. Footsteps indicated that the nurse was coming back. But this time, he was holding a dress in his arms. Standing up to face him, the young woman saw how small he was compared to her.
That's what you were dressed in when we found you, said the old man while giving the dress.
Thanks. Hum… Don't you know anything more about me?
Well, if you ask, said the old man while taking out his paper once again.
Young female human, about 20 years old more or less, 1m75, long brown hair, blue eyes, light skin and apparently without any physical problem, he read.
Alriiiiight…. (That wasn't really the answer I expected, but whatever.) Well, hum… Thanks for everything you've done and…
Oh yes, I'm leaving the room so you can change, the old elf quickly answered with a wink.
Uh… No, that's not what I meant!
Too late, the nurse was already gone, letting the young human alone once again. That's right, she couldn't go in the street with that long white robe without anything beneath it! After dressing up properly, she shyly approached the door, as if it was a forbidden area. Stopping for a few seconds in front of it, curiously expecting someone to burst in at any moment, she then slowly opened the door.
A new world awaited her.
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