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What more do you want!" "Our client is looking for someone special. He's not going to accept those little trollops you sent us. Now, where is..." the young man's eyes went wide as he saw the mirror behind the bar. He casually turned and watched as a girl in a dark green cloak, and tight white and blue suite, walked into the bar. She had long brown hair, as her braided ponytail over her shoulder attested to, and she wore a pair of fine silver framed glasses. She removed her cloak from her shoulders, slapping at the hands of men as they reached for her. She had belts of fine silver arrows around her body, and legs, and at least three knives that he could see, along her lower legs. She was beautiful, slim and shapely. "She's perfect," he said, as he pulled the bar keeper closer to his face to talk. "Tell me about her. Now! And I may forget about your pretty daughter." "Her name is Kale. She's a hunter's woman." "Excuse me," she said from the end of the bar. "Yes miss Kale?" asked the barkeeper. "Mind if I use your kitchen? I'd also like to purchase a few produce items." "Mind if I ask why?" he asked, as the tan haired man released him. "I have to make a stew," and she held up her slain rabbit, "before my little friend here spoils." "Sure, I'll add what you use to your bill." "Fine. Thanks." She draped her cloak over her arm again, and headed into the kitchen. "She sounds like a bird when she speaks, and she cooks too. Oh, Samual. She's just what my client is looking for." "She's deadly," he said, remembering the drunk from earlier. "She crippled a man today. If it weren't for her hunter man, she'd have killed him!" "Gideon will break her of that." "Please, don't. Her hunter is the one who saved our village years ago. Leave the girl alone. I don't want any trouble from him. He gives me the creep enough as it is." "It's either her, or your daughter." The barman bowed his head, and nodded. "Good boy." "You make this before?" asked the dark haired waitress. "Yes. He loved it. Its been a while, so I thought I'd make it again." Kale finished chopping some potatoes and slid them into the steaming kettle. "You sure you can use the rabbit skin? I'd hate to waste it." "Yes. I use." She replied, as she finished stretching the small hide on a fram and spreading salt over the raw skin. "Your accent is very odd," said Kale, as she pealed about a half dozen carrots. "It isn't like the others of the east I've heard. Where are you from originally? If you don't mind me asking." "I not mind," she said, handing down spices Kale pointed to. "I raised in southern area. My father, not real father. But love me all the same. He marry mother, some years later, she die with baby brother." "Oh I'm sorry." "No, it years ago now. Thank you, but father come back home. Brother sick, needed help with bar. Soon after, he die, and father take over bar. Been here ever since. Stew finish?" "Almost," Kale stirred the pot's contents and added some peas and corn. "There. It's a bit much for myself and D, would you and your father care to have some?" "Oh please, yes. Smells wonderful. Thank you. You tell mina, please, now, how to make?" "Sure. Get some paper and a pen. I'll give you the recipe." The tan haired man stepped out of the shadows of the barn, into the light of the torches. "There are two targets," he said to the men gathered there. "Gratefully they are both in the kitchen. Remember. They are not to be maimed. Just knock them out and get them back to camp. Watch out for the brown haired one. She can be tricky." "Danton, I thought we were going after just one tonight," said one of the men. "Do you think Gideon was going to let that Mina girl stay here? Please. He wants her regardless. Just do as I say, and we'll be out before anyone can get help to them. Follow me." The fifteen men followed Danton around the building to the rear entrance to the kitchen, tramping over the vegetable garden as they went. "Thank you. I make more later. Add to Menu. Hunter's Stew. You like name?" "I like it," Kale smiled. She felt happy. She hadn't talked like this with another woman in a long time. It reminded her of her dear friend Karla, back home. They were like Mutt and Jeff. Despite their many differences, they were the best of friends. Kale only hoped she didn't suffer during the war. "You ok?" asked Mina, seeing Kale drift in thought. "Yha. Memories. Good ones, but kind of sad at the same time." "Lost friends, lost family. Always good to remember." Mina leaned closer. "You and hunter man, you love yes?" "We're very close, yes," Kale smiled. "I ask, what it like? Father won't let men here touch me. But I want to love. But..." Kale nodded. "He's protecting your honor." Mina nodded. "When you find the right man, you'll know." She turned as a bit of water boiled over from the pot. Suddenly the door burst open, and someone came crashing through the kitchen windows. Mina and Kale both grabbed for large kitchen knives instinctively, but Kale then remembered her daggers, and reached for them instead. She couldn't use her crossbow, there wasn't enough room to aim properly for a good shot. "I chop you!!" screamed Mina, swinging the great meat cleaver at the men who came at her. Two of the intruders came at Kale, but fell quickly from kicks of her powerful legs. But still more men poured in from the broken accesses. One drew a long sword at the door, and made a dash for Mina. Kale struck him down, landing one of her daggers in the side of his skull. Another man grabbed Kale's arem, now devoid of a weapon, and forced it behind her back. She slashed his leg deep, and he yelped, staggering to the hot stove. Kale tipped her stew over onto his open wounds and he cried louder as the hot liquid ate at the raw flesh. "STOP!!!" shouted a man above the noise. Kale looked over to where the voice had come. "Or your little friend here dies." A tan haired man held the meat cleaver across Mina's neck, her fear screaming from her eyes, as tears stained her cheeks. "Hurt her, and so help me..." she warned. "Gentlemen, relieve the lady of her armaments." The men wrenched her dagger from her hand, tore the small crossbow from her wrist, and cut her belts of arrows from her body. "She wont need them were she's going." "Mina!" the barman burst into the kitchen and stopped when he saw his daughter. "Please, you said you'd take the girl, but that you'll leave Mina here. Please!" "Sorry old man. Deal's off," one of the other men drove Kale's dagger into his back, severing his spine. "Father!!" screamed Mina, grabbing him as he fell. "Father!" she cried. "Sorry Mina, I tried. I'm so sorry." "Take them away," the tan haired man knelt down over Mina's father. "Gideon doesn't make deals," he said. "Not to worry, Mina will be well broken in before we sell her. You just keep sending girls. Or we'll put Mina down naked in the middle of the desert, just to watch her burn." "You bastard!" he spat, pulling himself up by his arms. "Flattery will get you no where." Something was wrong. The bar was too quiet, despite it being closed. Then he smelled it. Blood, it came from the kitchen. He drew his blade and cautiously opened the door. Blood trails out the back door, a body on the floor with one of Kale's daggers in his skull, the remains of uncooked stew on the floor. "Do you think Dear old Daddy came back here?" asked the sym. "I hope not. But if he did, this isn't like him." "True, but then what happened?" D followed the blood trail to the backyard. There he found the proprietor face down in the trampled garden, dozens of footprints around him. "Hunter," he rasped, turning himself over. D went to him. "I know you hunt Vampires, but please, I know you'll take this job too." "Take it easy. I'll send for a healer." "No time. Listen to me. Gideon is a slave master from the south, he has a gatherer named Danton, he grabbed Mina...and your woman." D's jaw clenched with rage. "I can't walk, I can't feel my legs. Please, bring Mina home. Please. I'll give you all I have. Please." "There's more. More you're not telling," D could see it in the man's eyes. He nodded. "They promised to leave Mina, if I let them take your woman. She's my daughter. I'm sorry, but they took her anyway. Please, bring her back. Before I die." D examined the wound. Kale's dagger still protruded from the wound. "You'll need a healer to remove that blade. Then I'll go. But I'll go for Kale alone. If Mina is with her, I'll bring her back as well." He nodded. The Hunter was furious that he'd agree to such a bargin. He understood, but he was a father protecting his child. What else could he have done? These men were deadly. "Just do what you can, and for what it's worth, I'm sorry." D lifted him over his shoulder. "It's worth nothing. If Kale dies, I will never return here, and you will never see your daughter again." Mina woke in the cell and watched as Kale continued to reach through the bars of the window, to the outside. "We at least 300 feet up, what you doing?" Kales brought her hand back in and began again at digging into the wound on her right palm. "D knows how to track a blood trail. I'm trying to lead him to us." "We so high, how he follow trail so high?" "Never mind. Go back to sleep." Just then the doors to the cellblock creaked open. Kale scrambled across to Mina and got in front of her. Unable to stand because of the low ceiling, she'd have to kick as best she could. Close quarters combat was something she was never really good at. She liked room to move, room to run if she had to. Mina coward behind her, as a man, with long black hair and cold brown eyes, stared in at them, and smiled wickedly pleasant to himself. "Yes Danto. She is pretty. She'd better be all you said. My client despises disappointments, and if he is disappointed, so am I. You know how I get, when I'm not happy." "Oh trust me, Gideon. She's all I said and more. As an added bonus, she cooks too." "Really? Well, I'll have to watch her closely in the kitchen then." "She has a few bad habits. She kills people." "Maims herself too. Look at her right hand." Gideon stepped back as Danton leaned forward. Blood poured from between her fingers. "Dam! Healer!!" "I don't even want to see a scar when it heals. I'll start her training though tomorrow. What of the other one?" "Mina, Samual's daughter. Just as delightful as you predicted." "Good, send her to my room tonight. I want to break her in myself. And get them out of those clothes!" he brushed past the healer as he left the cells. "Yes sir! Tend the tall one's hand. Use small stitches. No scaring. And wrap her other hand as well so she can't dig at the wounds. Guards!" Next Back to the Fanfic Archive.