Zatiel was speaking and looking at the boy as he notices how this one uses every strength he has left to straighten his head and look back with his only eye left.
As Zatiel looks at the boy's eye he could not help but be impressed for what he saw.
´What an immense will!´
In the state that he was currently, any normal human will have already give up, even some official Magi that take pride in their rationality will surrender to fate, but Zatiel could see in the boy´s eye a will that won't allow him to give up.
´Definitely a good seed, since I have enough material for the both of us I could help him, and judged by what I saw he will have no problem passing the ritual, but still is better to be sure´.
Zatiel continues to stare at the boy for a minute and this one never took his eye out.
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¨I am no saint, but since you have made an impression in me and it will no affect me I can help you, I give you a choice, I can heal your wounds but your body is so badly damaged that even then you will become a cripple for the rest of your life or... I take you out of your misery right now," Zatiel spoke emotionless as he loke at the boy and try to see any change.
After all most people would rather die than become a cripple that can barely move, especially in a world like this where human life was a lot of the time worthless.
Even though the boy was shocked at first knowing that even if he survives he will forever be disabled, immediately that immense will came back stopping him from surrendering.
¨Truly impressive even knowing that your life will be hell, you chose to go on, can I know why you do it?," Zatiel asked patiently, as he put the boy in the ground carefully.
The boy looks at Zatiel as he gathers his strength to speak.
"I want... to be... free."
Zatiel was shocked at the answer of the boy, and how those words make him remember something.
A lonely figure was atop of a mountain, darkness covers his body making it impossible to see his true appearance, his surroundings were full of dead bodies of all types of species, you could see demons and devil, dragon, even the mythical titans and leviathans were among the corpses. Although this scenario was a testament to his incredible power he knows this was not what he searches for.
Exhausted he looks as his surrounding and he couldn't stop himself from shouting with all his strength.
"I will break every shackle that exists, become so powerful that nothing can restrain me, see how the universe looks once you have removed the blind of your eyes, I will reach the highest peak and feel true freedom!."
Zatiel could not help but start to laugh as he remembers those aspirations that fueled his path in power.
"Hahahaha, good, very very good, from this moment on you will become my subordinate and together we will search for true freedom together, what do you say?," Zatiel asked the boy with excitement on his face.
The boy could not understand why someone will want a cripple like him as a subordinate but after a moment he accepted.
Some may say that being a subordinate of someone is not freedom, but decide who to follow is freedom.
Zatiel immediately stars to make a potion with the herb he has with him, the ones he recollected during his preparation before assaulting the camp.
Although none of this herb could do something so magical like regrowing a hand or eye, they were more than enough to heal the wounds of the boy.
Zatiel helps the boy drink the potion and support him against a big rock.
"Rest here, I have many things to do before I start with the ritual, and don't worry about your body, with what I am about to do, regrowing a hand and an eye is but a walk in the park".
The boy only nodded as he watched Zatiel move around the camp picking the unconscious bandits and putting them all together.
As long as he can remember, Ezequiel was always a slave, according to what he was told by his masters, he was sold as a slave when he was a baby.
He was bought to become a slave warrior, a disposable tool to carry deadly missions, so when he was strong enough to stand he was trow into hellish training.
The training in the slave camp was always brutal, most of the children die during the first year. But the ones that survive become incredible soldiers able of amazing feats.
Because he was small and fast Ezequiel was trained in the way of the assassin. Although every day he was waking between life and death, he was able to overcome every trial and excel as a show of his immense talent.
Trough the years he becomes more and more proficient in killing, being usually the one tasked with the more difficult task despite his young age. Although his identity as a slave never changed he has often rewarded with every type of pleasure that his masters could arrange, but nothing of that never brought him true happiness.
If there was something he truly enjoyed was watching the birds fly, seeing them move through the sky completely free and unrestrained was one of the few pleasures he had in life.
His last job was to kill the Captain of a bandit group that killed the son of an important businessman. He was supposed to join a group of mercenaries that were hired to attack the bandit group and distract the Captain so Ezequiel could find an opportunity to kill him, unfortunately for the group, the information had failed to mention that the Captain was a powerfull Warrior, hence they were completely exterminated.
Having wounded the captain Ezequiel had to suffer the wrath of the man for which he was tortured for many days, and finally trow alive to the common pit to die.
When Ezequiel thought all was over he did not felt scared, what he felt was frustration, he as always lived doing what other tall him to do, what others desire and now he will die because of others' decisions.
What he as always want it and will never have now was freedom, freedom to live how he desires, and to die because of his own choices.
But then he shows up, a man not much older than himself but so incredibly powerful that not only defeated the monster he thought it was invincible but also all of the bandit camp by himself.
When the men tell him that he could cure him and been able to live the life of a cripple or kill him to end his suffering Ezequiel didn't doubt in continue to live so he could keep pursuing his wish.
Who would have thought that the man would start laughing when he told him his desire and would offer him be his subordinate.
At that moment Ezequiel felt something telling him that this is the most important decision of his entire life, that this was the point in which is true path will star.
´I will follow this person, this will be the first real choice of my life!´
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