“I AM FASCINATED BY THE PROGRESS THIS WORLD HAS EXPERIENCED SINCE MY DAY.” The whistle of the train went off outside, steam billowing into the darkening navy of the evening time.
Yun poured herself an amber liquid that clung to the sides of the glass in transparent ribbons. The taste was exquisitely complex, evolving from a soft, earthy bite to a blossoming flower of smells and tastes. It tasted of the land the grain was grown on and the surrounding environment; quietly swaying trees and bountiful pitted fruits.
“Do you not have trains in the Demon World?”
“IN MY ERA, THIS WORLD DID NOT AS WELL. THE FASTEST VEHICLE WAS THE DREADMARE CARRIAGE.”
“Demons spend most of the time hibernating to generate magical energy.” Yun looked up from her drink.
“THE LIGHT OF THE SUN MARKS THE AWAKENING. IT IS BROUGHT BY THE OPENING OF THE RIFT THAT CONNECTS THE TWO WORLDS.”
“Wait, how long have humans and demons been at war?”
“Longer than either of us can remember. Though, I suppose a demon could tell you.”
Adelaide looked at Sykora’s orb.
“DO NOT ASK ME. I AM NOT A DEMON.”
“Didn’t you say you were-“
“A GENERAL UNDER THE DEMON KING YES.”
“Sykora was human once.”
“How could you tell?”
“Most demons don’t have strings connecting them to Fate. They don’t believe in luck, so it doesn’t exist for them.”
“MOST FASCINATING, YOUNG ONE. HAD YOU LIVED IN MY ERA, I MIGHT HAVE LIKED TO RECRUIT YOU.”
“You’d have come to regret that.” Yun took another sip.
“Miss Yun, you really are unflappable.” Adelaide said, incredulous.
The three continued to speak, catching up on the current era, as well as learning about Sykora’s own time. A brutal history of inter-kingdom war, perpetually blazing through the land. In fact, Sykora had chosen to defect to the Demon World to escape the conflicts of the human world.
“Oh, I just realized. I have no idea how I should be addressing you uh…” Adelaide trailed off.
“IN MY HUMAN YEARS I WAS A WOMAN. ONCE I WAS REBORN I DECIDED TO BE A MAN. I MUCH THINK I’D LIKE TO BE NEITHER THIS TIME AROUND.”
“Mx. Sykora, then?”
“YES I BELIEVE THAT WILL DO.” The orb harrumphed, proudly.