Cohen of the Rebellion
Volume 1 Chapter 4
Chapter 4 - Code of Chivalry
I rushed back home by the last sunlight, and stopped at only a bit far from the dining room. Not because I suddenly full, I… I bumped into a big guy!
Rubbing my hurtful head, “Big brother, can’t you wait at the same place! How many times have you stood in my way?”
“Huh, stop talking… you scared off another maester today! Nobody dare teaching you any more.” This was my big brother Rick Kheda. Rick has red hair, a firm face and a beautiful blue eyes. Only ten years old, he is destined to excel in both martial and magic skills.
“Yeah, father and mother are waiting for you. They have something to say after that.” My second brother appeared behind my big brother, his hair and eyes’ identical to Rick, “please say no more those strange words, little one.”
“Alright… alright my brothers, I didn’t mean to, but that’s really my thoughts.” Hungry, but I can’t act inpatiently, that’s common courtesy.
Mom appeared, “Boys, aren’t you hungry? It’s past dinner, hurry up!”
Dinner time! I love mom most!
“Boys are you full now?” It’s father’s gentle voice.
“Full now, do you have anything to say, father?” Rick put down his bowl, Swift was finished as well.
“Let’s wait for Cohen,” Mother looked at me devouring food, smiled and say, “Cohen can eat a lot.”
“Yeah, he can eat twice as much.” Father smiled, “what did you do today Cohen?”
“Me? Nothing much. I was out on the street.” Stuffed with food in my mouth, I said vaguely, “I’m getting hungry really fast now. I have no idea.”
Last chunk of food down. I was full.
“Alright, let’s talk about Cohen.” Seemed father was not in a rush, “Cohen, what did you say to Maester Cisco today?”
“Not much, Maester Cisco said the continent is a flat place. I told him he’s wrong. The continent is circled like a ball.”
“Are you joking? If it’s a ball then we would fall, right?” Rick was surprised, his eyes were widely open.
“This… I have no idea, but if you think carefully. Why we first see the top parts of something sailing back far away, if the continent was so flat.
“OK, no more arguments.” Father said, “problem is, there are things you can’t talk about.”
We looked at him curiously, father continued, “Cohen, it is a good thing that you are thinking. However, if the priests from the temple know about your comments, it would be a disaster for our family?”
I shook my head, “I don’t know that, but how come my thoughts have anything to do with the guys from the temple?”
“You are still too young, and this is my concern. You don’t know what you can say and what you cannot. But as far as I’m concerned, we can’t hire another maester. I’ll teach you myself from now on.”
“Really? I love it!”
“Yes, but you can’t say those things anymore. You can think in your head, or ask me.”
“By the way, I’m off to DC soon, you boys want anything?”
“I want the knight outfit!” Rick said.
“Me too!” Swift followed.
“Really? Swift you wanna be a knight too?” Father looked the 8-years-old Swift.
“Yeah! I’ve decided a long time ago.”
“Hah, look Katherine, we’ll have two knights in our family.” Father then said to my brothers, “But how about Cohen? He can’t do martial arts or magic.”
“No problem!” Rick jumped off the chair, said loudly, “I, Rick Kheda, in the knight’s name, will do my best protecting my brother, Cohen Kheda!”
“Same here!” Swift never falls behind on anything, “I, Swift Kheda, in the knight’s name, will do my best protecting my brother, Cohen Kheda!”
Smile burst on mother’s face, “Darling, see, they get along well.”
“Sure, our children. And should we have a daughter as well?”
“Get away… talking about that in front of the children!” Mother flapped father, “Boys, go to the bathroom!”
Are they talking something that we can’t be part of? We can’t we? Adults have a lot of secrets right?
“Mother, why I have black hair?”
“Because your mother love a boy with black hair, so Cohen be a good boy grew black hair.”
“Mother, why can’t I do magic?”
“That’s because mother don’t like Cohen to get into a fight, so Cohen be a good boy will do no magic.”
“Mother… I want blue eyes like Rick and Swift…”
“Stupid little, mother love your black eyes… you’ll become a charm man someday.”
Mother’s leaving, I sat up. Looks like mother got fooled by my act. I don’t want to sleep too early. But to do now.
Right, I got a book from granny. I’ll read it.
Lit up light, I took the book from my pocket. Let me read, if it’s not interesting I’ll return it tomorrow.
Where we are is a continent called Peace (meaning hope).
The Divines and Asmodians were at war when other species were primal. The vicious Asmodians were born with dark magic and eager to invade. The incredible Divines protected us with their ability of light power. In every country, there are temples built for the Divines.
This is true, father said there is an enormous temple in DC.
The Divines care their people with great power, kindness. We are showered with their light…
The Divines felt the lack of power within their people, unable to fight against the Asmodians. Thus the Divine passed on their knowledge of magic to us.
Then, magic is not patent of the Divines and Asmodians. Elves and human beings excel most in magic. Others, limited by their intelligence, have difficulty in doing magic. There are five kinds of magic, wind, fire, water, dust and light from the Divines. The Asmodians taught their people wind, wire, water, dust and dark magic.
... during each war, there were wins and loses between them. During one war called the Golden Battle, which the Divine and Asmodian were directly involved. The great Divine defeated the Asmodians, making them live solely on island Hell until now. Even though, there was great sacrifice, the Divine had to retreat to island Heaven.
...the Divine and Asmodian needed time to heal, and without too much time to care about the continent, the people thrived. During a hundred years, the situation in Peach has changed dramatically. Group called nations appeared. Group formed by tribes retreated to the islands beyond the shores. As of now, there are only a few alien tribes who live in the Dark Forest and the Ocean of Death. Others have merged to each and every nations.
...the structure of a nation, human beings consists a great number of their people. Thus powers are held by human beings. The structures are; Royal family, nobleman, civilian. Tribes of people other than human beings, they were classified as slaves or lower…
Ahhhhhhhh! Boring! I’ll stop!
Time to do what I’ll do every night.
I put down the book, legs crossed. Eased my mind, breathe carefully following a special pattern. I don’t know why I do this, but this is the things I know how to do since I remember things. By doing this before sleep, I'll be more energetic the next day!
I have lots of other secrets, and I’ll tell them some other day. Slowly, I fell asleep.