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PostHeaderIcon An Assassins Life Chapter 11: Damian 1488

Chapter 11: Damian 1488

Three weeks had gone by since I had got hit by the crossbow bolt, and my wound was fully healed.

There is a small scar as a reminder of what happened, but it would be like it almost never happened.

Ezio had come to check it every day to make sure it was kept clean and did not infected.

I guess you could say I enjoyed his company, it had been eight years since I last saw him and I wished to strengthen my friendship with him.

I had also kept a journal of everything that had happened in my life, so I would never make the same mistakes ever again.

Soon, we would be off to Roma for my training.

I woke up that morning to find Ezio asleep in a chair next to my bed and a bath filled with water.

“Master? Are you okay?”

He woke up with a yawn. “Yeah, I’m fine.”

“Are you sure? You were asleep in a chair.”

“Yeah, I was just watching over you, that’s all.”

I blushed and looked away.

“I’ll leave you to get ready.” He stood up and left the room.

I hoped out of bed and placed the chair behind the door so no one could get in and closed the curtains in the room so I could have a bit of privacy.

I undressed and placed my bed clothes on the bed and took the bandage off my shoulder and ran one finger over the scar.

I untied my hair and let it fall down to my shoulders before walking over to the bath and hoping in it.

I submerged myself all the way up to my chin and just lay there in the water and bubbles, relaxing my body and washing myself.

I closed my eyes and enjoyed the warmth of the water as it cleaned my body, and washed away the dirt.

I’m not sure how long I was in the water for but when there was a knock on the door I knew it was time to get out.

I hoped out of the water and wrapped a towel around my body and went over to the bed to get changed into my Assassin robes.

There was something different about the robes, but I didn’t know what it was, I picked up the top and put on, that was when realised that it was made to fit my body.

I pulled on my pants and did up the belt with the Assassin insignia on it.

Everything fitted perfectly, I pulled on my armour, first the chest plate and shoulder pauldrons then the vambrace and greaves.

I picked up the hidden blade and strapped it to my forearm and flicked my wrist, sending out the blade, it was still in good working order.

I dried my hair and tied it up with a ribbon and pulled my hood on, over my head, the shadows covering my eyes.

I folded up the bed clothes and put them away and I strapped my sword to my belt and placed my crossbow on my back.

I tied my cape in place and made sure everything was ready.

I closed and locked the windows and moved the chair away from the door and stepped out of my room and left the house.

I walked around Venice, not going anywhere in particular. The city was amazing and no matter how many times I saw it, it always took my breath away.

I savoured my last day of freedom in my home town, I probably would never see it again.

I walked over to a tower and started to climb up to the top and look at my home from an eagle’s point of view.

The city stretched out all around me as I looked in every direction and saw everything, the docks, the platzo, the markets, and my old home…

I sat down on the edge of the tower and just stayed there for a while, soon I was going to be leaving my home town and traveling to Roma with Ezio and Damian.

I warped my arms around my knees and laid my head on top of them, and I closed my eyes and held a ring close, it was Antonino’s ring, the only thing I had left of him.

Why did I have to leave my home? Why did I need to leave my home?

I looked over at the platzo, I never found out what I had wanted to know.

Sometimes, I wish I could go back in time and change things that had happened, so that I could have a different future.

If only I could be like any other girl, if I could I would trade my life as it is now for that of a normal girl.

As I looked over the nearby rooftops I saw flickering, ghost like images of a little girl chasing after an older man.

As I realized that it was myself but eight years younger chasing after Antonino. I knew that I was going to suffer for the rest of my life, whether anyone else knew it or not, I would be in eternal pain.

Everywhere I looked I saw memories of my past, happy ones and painful ones playing right before me, it was happening again.

I didn’t know why, or how, but I got plagued by memories of my past, I just wished it could stop somehow. Last time it happened was when I was twelve, now it was happening again. Why did it happen to me? What had I done to have this curse?

I looked down before I took the leap of faith off the tower before landing in the bale of hay below. This would be the last time I would be in my home town, and I would never come back again, no matter what I couldn’t come back.

After looked at the crowd walking by for any guards before hopping out of the hay bale and walking towards the entrance of the city.

Outside the city I saw Damian and Ezio waiting with three horses, there was no doubt that one of them was for me.

“You ready to go Miranda?” Ezio asked.

“I’m more than ready.”

“Very well then. This horse is for you.” Ezio said as he handed the reins of the silver mare to me.

“Thank you master.” I said as I took the reins and swung myself into the saddle.

“Next stop, the city of Roma.” Damian said as his horse reared up and lashed out with its forelegs

“I think you should keep your horse under control before we leave Damian. We don’t want it running off with you, do we?” Ezio said with a knowing smile on his face.

“If it happened, I doubt it actually would happen though.” Damian chuckled as he looked back at the distant city.

I sighed. Men, who could understand them and their strange ways?

We rode a lot of the way in silence, every now and then Ezio and Damian would have a talk about their homes, what they were like and what had happened their recently.

I ignored a lot of their talk, especially when it turned to talk of the thing they both liked: woman.

I kicked my horse into a gallop and raced past both of them, I needed to get away from both of them for a while before my emotions took over.

“Miranda!? Where are you going?” Ezio cried out in surprise as his horse reared up.

“Nowhere!” I crouched low over my horses back and sped off.

I am pretty sure Damian and Ezio chased after me, but I kept ahead of them for a few leagues before my horse started to tire.

I looked back to see Ezio and Damian a couple leagues behind me, chuckling I patted my horses neck.

I stayed ahead of them until the sun started to set, then I turned my horse around and headed back towards them.

As I got closer I saw Damian and Ezio looking pretty exhausted, I know how they felt as I was exhausted as well.

“Miranda, why did you ride off like that?” Ezio asked.

“Well…” I rubbed the back of my neck nervously. “I needed some time on my own and I wasn’t very comfortable with you two talking about, well, woman.” I blushed bright red and looked down at my hands.

“I see.” Ezio looked away, sensing my discomfort. “Let’s find somewhere to camp for the night.”

We rode for a few more hours before we came to a small forest where we set up a camp for the night.

Damian had caught a few rabbits and was cooking them over the fire as I looked after the horses and collected firewood for the night, and Ezio was looking at a map and working out how far we were from Rome.

After I placed the firewood down near the fire, I sat down and looked into the flames and started to doze off.

Damian looked over at me and sighed quietly before going back to the rabbits that where almost done.

Ezio put his map away and made up three cups of coffee, placing one next to Damian and myself.

“Thank… you…” I murmured, half asleep.

Ezio smiled before sitting down next to me with his cup of coffee.

Damian smiled as he placed the cooked rabbit stew into three bowls, handing one to myself and Ezio.

“Thank you Damian.” Ezio said as he inhaled the wonderful smell of rabbit stew.

“You’re very welcome.” Damian smiled as I picked up my bowl.

Tacking a small bit of rabbit on my spoon I tried a little, liking it at once.

“Thank you Damian, it’s amazing!”

“Your most welcome little one.” He chuckled before eating his stew.

I smiled at him before eating my stew, I knew he liked to tease me with that nickname from when I was but a child.

Ezio was watching both myself and Damian with interest, my guess was he wanted to know how close we were to each other.

I never let anyone get close to me, not after what had happened eight years ago, the closest I would ever let anyone come was as a friend, nothing more, nothing less.

I knew Damian wanted to be closer to me than a friend but I didn’t let him, I wasn’t trying to hurt him or discourage him, but I couldn’t let anyone be close to me ever again, the only thing that had ever happened when I let anyone get close was that they would end up being taken away from me again.

Finishing my stew I put the bowl down, trying to avoid eye contact with either of them. “I’m going to bed now. Night Damian, Ezio.” I stood up and walked over to my bed roll.

“Goodnight Miranda.” Damian watched me walk away before picking up the bowls and washing them.

I smiled and lay down on my bed roll, falling asleep shortly afterwards.

Damian sighed sadly as he put the bowls back into his pack.

“You like her, don’t you?” Ezio sat down next to Damian with his cup of coffee in his hands.

“You could say that…” he sighed. “I want to be closer to her but she won’t let me, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.”

“I don’t think you’re doing anything wrong, Damian. I think it’s just Miranda, she’s still young and probably still getting over losing her family.” He sighed quietly. “Just give her time and don’t rush things.”

“Alright. I just wish I could be there for her.” His gaze kept drifting towards Miranda’s sleeping form. “To help her more then I already can, to know what’s wrong with her… I just wish she would let me be closer to her…” Damian sighed and looked up at the treetops.

“You just have to be patient, Damian, she’ll let you get closer to her one day, just give it time.”

“I guess your right…” He leaned back against a tree and looked at the fire. “Go sleep Ezio, I’ll take first watch.”

“You sure Damian?”

“I’m sure, I have too much on my mind to sleep at the moment anyway.”

“Very well then, wake me up when you feel like you’re about to pass out.” Ezio chuckled as he lay down on his bed roll.

“I will, don’t worry about me.” He smiled and picked up a small branch and started to carve it with a knife, all the while keeping an eye out for anything that’s not normal.

Ezio stayed awake for a few more minutes before falling asleep.

Damian kept watch until midnight when he started to drift off to sleep.

“Damn.” Muttered Damian as he stood up and yawned before going over to Ezio and shaking him by the shoulders gently.

“I’m up, I’m up.” Ezio stood up with a yawn. “Anything happen while I was asleep?”

“Nothing happened.”

“Okay, go and sleep Damian, we have a long day tomorrow.”

“Will do.” He lay down on his bed roll and fell fast asleep.

Ezio spent the rest of the night watching the surrounding trees until the sun started to rise.

Damian woke up and smiled to see Ezio asleep under the tree, he went and checked the snares he had set the night before to find a rabbits, quickly putting it out of its misery he took it back to the little camp and started to prepare it for cooking.

I woke up slowly to see Damian frying up some of the rabbits. “Morning Damian.” I walked over and sat down next to him.

“Good morning Miranda, did you sleep well?”

“I did sleep well… And I’m sorry for how I’ve been acting.”

What do you mean?” he looked at me out of the corner of his eye.

“Well, I know that you want to be closer to me than a friend but I haven’t been letting you. I guess it’s because I’m afraid that if I get closer to you then a friend, you will only end up being taken away from me...”

Damian looked at me and wrapped one arm around my shoulders. “I won’t be taken away from you Miranda, I promise you.” He then did something that surprised both of us, he kissed me.

I was startled and shocked at first, but just shook it off and kissed him back. Damian was the first to pull away, a blush covering his cheeks but a smile on his face. I smiled at him and lay my head on his shoulder. “Maybe, just maybe we can be closer than just friends.”

Damian smiled and put the forgotten rabbit onto a plate. “I’d like that.”

“I’d like that too.” I smiled and placed a kiss on his cheek.

Ezio chuckled quietly to himself before he stood up and walked over to the fire.

“Good morning you two.” Ezio smiled and placed one hand on Damian’s shoulder.

Damian jumped a little. “M-Morning Ezio…”

“Calm down Damian.” Ezio smiled. “I saw what you did, what both of you did.” I blushed and looked at the fire, and I heard Ezio chuckled. “I won’t tell anyone, so don’t worry.”

“Grazia.” Damian smiled weakly, and then he passed me a plate of food. “Grazia Damian.” I smiled.

“You’re most welcome Miranda.”

Ezio picked up one of the plates of food and started to eat it, Damian and myself decided to follow suite, all of us eating quickly.

After breakfast was had I helped Damian with the dishes before packing up my stuff.

Ezio brought the horses around and handed us the reigns before jumping into the saddle. I climbed into the saddle and rode next to Damian for the rest of the trip to Roma.

It was that evening that we arrived at Rome, I gasped in surprise to see the sun setting behind the city, making it glow like it was made of gold.

“You like it Miranda?” Damian smiled.

“It’s amazing.”

“Come on, you two can stay at my house.” Ezio chuckled.

 

Miranda, Damian, Antonino © Miranda

Ezio © Ubisoft

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