After drinking the potion, a feeling of flowing magma enters the king’s veins.
“Aaghh” he moans in pain. His body shoots upright as a response to the burning sensation.
“What did you do!?” the doctor shouts at Cleamon in anger and confusion.
“How do you think it feels when all your mana gets replenished at such a high rate? It won’t be a nice feeling I can tell you that. Don’t worry it’ll be over as soon as his mana is refilled, see his wound have already vanished” Cleamon says in a calm tone.
“Don’t worry about me, it hurts but I can feel my strength returning. It seems I subconsciously used my mana to protect myself depleting almost all of it. If it continues at this rate it should all be back in five minutes or so” the king says nonchalantly.
The doctors look at him with surprise and shock.
“How is that even possible!? Such a potion and we’ve never even seen anything that comes close to it’s effectiveness. Do you have another one we can study?” the doctors ask, although it sounds more like a demand.
“I have, but I’m not willing to part with them. I also have about a 100 left so I need to be careful as I can’t resupply that ofter” Cleamon says shrugging his shoulders.
“How can you be so selfish!? If you have that many potions can you imagine what that could do for our hunter who come back nearly dead?!” one of the doctors nearly yells at him.
“Why should I care? I made these using my own resources. If you are willing to supply me with what I need I might be able to help you, however I keep the recipe a secret” Cleamon says without even looking at them.
“Your highness please say something about this kid’s arrogance, he’s undermining his superiors!” the eldest doctor pleads to the king.
“I’m afraid I won’t be able to force him. Even if I did he has no incentive to give us such a recipe. If this was made public the bigger families would riot over buying it. It is best to keep it a secret for now” the king says biting his teeth to force through the pain.
“I’ll give Almar the potion as well, although I’m afraid that the effects on him might be slightly overwhelming. It’s best to remove all the guards that are currently standing outside listening to what’s happening here. I promise it will get a lot worse” Cleamon says looking at Almar’s unconscious body.
The captain, who was allowed to enter, heads out outside.
“The king is fine, you can all go back to your stations!”
A collective sigh can be heard from the other side of the door. It seems the guards were are worried sick about what happened.
“Go ahead, they all left” the captain says saluting Cleamon.
“Doctor can you administer the potion? I’d like to take my friends away from here as well, Cecily I’d suggest you either leave or wear ear protection. Sire, please be careful next time and cover your ears” Cleamon hands over a small potion to the doctor.
“Ah, don’t even try to save a drop of it. You won’t be able to find out what’s in it anyway” Cleamon says with a smirk.
He and his friends leave, Cecily wants to stay but her father motions her to leave as well after he gives her a hug.
“I’ll be fine don’t worry, make sure you thank your friend for this as well” he says giving her a kiss on her forehead.
She wipes away a tear of relief and leaves the room with a smile.
Thirty seconds later loud screams echo through the castle. The medicine woke up Almar through the pain, even though Almar is used to pain and fighting, the pain of your whole body being on fire on the inside is not something easily dismissed.
“Are you sure he’s going to be okay?” Cecily asks Cleamon slightly worried while looking back at where they came from.
“Don’t worry, the old man will be fine. It might even stir up some old memories of his and make him less lazy” Cleamon says with a smile.
“I-I want to thank you for healing my father, lately you’ve been so kind to me and my family I don’t even know how to start thanking you” Cecily says looking slightly dejected.
“I don’t want any thanks for it, it’s normal to take care of your friends. Just be happy your father is fine and keep on training with all your heart” Cleamon says putting his hand on her shoulder.
She just silently nods her head as they keep walking.
The screams continue for another hour.
Both the king and Almar stay in the medical ward for another day, catching up on what happened.
Cleamon and the others decide to skip school for the day and continue their training.
The next day.
Cleamon wakes up smothered by Lilia’s embrace, Jenny and the others seem to have left them a bit more distance. Although it might just be coincidence and they rolled around in their sleep.
“Uhm Lilia could you let me go please?” Cleamon whispers in her ear.
“Huh? Is it morning already?” she says in a sleepy voice stretching her body and clinging tighter to Cleamon.
“It is, I’d like to get some things done today. I’ll need as much time as possible” he whispers to her while he hugs her back and kisses her cheek.
“You won’t be joining us for training?” Lilia asks opening her eyes a bit further.
“Probable after dinner, I have a lot work stacked up since I left for two weeks. I managed to do some of it, but I still need to Inscribe all of your armor. Then do the same for the items Amara’s father provided to sell. Also there is a shortage of potions I need to create. I have to visit Homian’s family for a bit to get new supplies” Cleamon says with a deep sigh.
“Okay, but why are you taking on so many tasks at once? Shouldn’t you have enough gold for your plans already?” Lilia asks a bit confused.
“No, although the money here might seem like a lot, when we travel outside our city we will encounter other places where prices are a lot higher than here. The items there are also a lot higher quality, although our armor will probable be viable for a long time. We still need better weapons, the materials found here are just not good enough” Cleamon says.
“Then was there nothing of use in the other city you found? You said you entered the vault over there and took many items”
“No, because the items are so old most of the material was already structurally weakened. Even if I smelt it, it will never be the same quality it was before” Cleamon explains.
“Okay, well good luck today. I’ll make sure you can relax tonight” she kisses him on the mouth and lets go of her grip on him.
“Thanks, I could use that” Cleamon strokes Lilia’s hair and quietly leaves the bed. He gets dressed and heads outside.
Even though it’s still early in the morning, the courtyard already has some movement on it. The guards seem happier than usual and two girls and a boy are visiting each of them whilst giving out fresh food and drinks.
When they look back, they see Cleamon walking while staring at them.
“Cleamon! It’s been a while since we’ve seen you, it’s been so chaotic lately we haven’t had time to thank you properly yet” Morgana, the princess he saved from the city of Mjerna.
Her face seems a lot more radiant than it was when they first met, the heavy news was really taking a toll on her.
“Hey, it has been a while. I hope you’re all doing okay now, sorry I couldn’t stop by to say hello” Cleamon says.
Delyth, the smaller sister, kicks his shins.
“You take us and just left us here, you have to take responsibility!” she says with a pouting face.
“Delyth I told you, you can’t do that to him!” Morgana reprimands her.
“It’s fine, I guess she was frustrated about the whole ordeal. I’m just glad to see she’s doing better. The same goes for you Padrig. It looks like you’ll grow up to be a strong man!” Cleamon says smiling at the little boy.
“T-thank you, I will become the strongest knight there has ever been” he says slightly stumbling over his words.
“I can believe that, if you ever need training just come see me when you’re twelve. However I can assure you I won’t go easy on you!” Cleamon says rubbing the boy’s head.
“Y-yes sir! I will do my best!” he says with a resolute look on his face.
“Great look in your eyes there!” Cleamon says with a smirk.
“Sorry I don’t have more time, I have some important tasks to do. How about this, I will visit you tomorrow or you could come and visit me if you want” Cleamon suggests.
“That’s a great idea, we’ll come during lunch then after we’ve delivered our own to the guards” Morgana says with a smile.
“Then can I get some private time with you?” Delyth asks with puppy eyes, completely opposite of her precious actions.
“Uhmm sure, but I don’t think I can give you what you want. If you wait a few more years and still feel the same come to me and I’ll think about it then” Cleamon says.
“Tsk, well I want some private time anyway” Delyth shoots back to her previous demeanor.
“Sure, I’m off now I have to hurry!”
Cleamon quickly leaves the castle grounds.