Ikazuchi Gessen PT 1
"Leaving so soon? You're barely here for three days...'' a muscular blond man groaned as he woke up from his bed. He eyes a tall dusky man near the bedroom door hurriedly wearing his armor.
" I'm sorry Stieg but there's an urgent message from the Emperor.'' Cicero replied to his partner. The centurion was in such a rush he nearly stumbled on the bag of runes Stieg used for his daily fortunetelling.
''Do you want me to read your fortune before you head back?" Stieg asked Cicero as the centurion was heading out of the door.
''Alright Beloved...I know this won't take too long''
Cicero hurled the bag to Stieg. The barbarian then rose up and sat in bed. Cicero watched as Stieg's face grow grim at each pull of a runestone from his bag.
''A grim harvest where no one returns'' Stieg barely murmured his prediction.
Cicero never saw the barbarian so worried ever since they entered this relationship. Seeing fear on the eyes of the his lover, Cicero went back to Stieg and gave him a long lingering kiss.
''I'll prove you wrong'' Cicero smiled to his lover as he went out of the door and headed back to the Southern Empire on his mount.
''I'm disappointed at your growing tardiness, Cicero...'' an old man in armor frowned at the recently arrived centurion at the port. " Not only did you miss the general assembly at the emperor's palace, you also got the Emperor upset cause his daughter that you saved a few months back wants to see you. She locked herself in her room after finding out you did not come.''
"The emperor wanted you to undergo court martial on the spot back there but I then told him it can wait after we hopefully return after this campaign''
Cicero then picked up his rations and hurried to his berth on the warship.
He can hear the gossip of his fellow officers as he lay down on his bed.
''What kind of magic does the northern women have and they snared someone like Cicero?"
''Imagine he had the gall to refuse a princess of our empire and even a slim chance to become an emperor himself!"
"Well I know a lot of them are voluptuously figured but still...''
Cicero really wanted to lash out at his fellow officers but he rather save his strength to face the enemy army.
"Shinode...I'd like to see your warriors' blood on my hands''
August Star Of Heaven