As she danced he could feel her weave her spell. The whole bar turned to watch her gyrate. His pulse quickened, and sweat trickled from his brow.
His stomach knotted, then he realized with a shock that the seafood he had just eaten may not have been so fresh as it might! Christ! He was touching cloth! Nothing he could do would stop the old turtles head! He must drop the kids off at the sea, now! He ran! By the time he had finished pebble dashing the chode bin her dance was over.
He walked over to the bar where Kurina had placed her perfect form. "Hey, cherry blossom you missed my dance!" Normally those that made fun of his name ended up in two pieces, but for a dame like this you made more than a few allowances. "Ah, well, It's like this, I kinda hada, Erm, You know, A, Um, a thing.." She quickly planted a cheeky little peck of a kiss onto his already colouring cheek. Again he was lost for words and she just flashed her smile again.
Although distracted Sakura could not fail to notice a new arrival at the bar. He had jet black hair and eyes that seemed to burn with the desire to kill. "I am LeBeau! Personal assassin to Lady Annarose. Now kindly step away from the harlot, I have no beef with you, but if you stand in my way you too will fall to my blades!
Kurina neatly stepped behind Sakura and gripped his broad manly shoulders. Sakura twisted his neck to relax the muscles there. Kurina made the necessary motions to activate a spell of her own. Suddenly he felt a whoosh of heat, and a dragon appeared in the air above them. It belched fire towards the assassin and he was visibly rocked by the force of the magic. Then something amazing happened. LeBeau drew a small knife and drove it into his own side! The assassin span madly and Sakura was hit by a devastating blow from one of LeBeau's many knives. He had suffered far worse than this last desperate attempt of a beaten man. Sakura kneeled and as he held his own wound he raised the assassins head. "You have knowledge of my prey and before you leave this world you will tell all" . LeBeau coughed bloody phlegm from his taut lips and grimaced, A thin painful smile formed and he struggled to utter the words. " I, cough, cough, know who you seek! but, cough. It will do you no good. Grand Duke Myuland is untouchable! Sail to the west and you will find him and your own death! The assassin's eye's rolled and he went limp in Sakura's grip.
Kurina hurried over. " I have private quarters above this dive. Come I will heal your wounds "
The world span around him and then flashed white he crumpled to the dirty bar room floor.
He came round and scanned his surroundings. He was in a small boudoir, sun streamed from the only window and perfumed air wafted by his nostrils. He was in a large downy bed, his wounds seemed healed and he felt no pain. The door became ajar and she entered bearing a steaming bowl of wonton soup. She sat by the bed and spoon fed him the warming broth. Her eyes were kind and he didn't like to mention that he was quite capable of feeding himself, besides it kinda turned him on. " You saved my life back there" . " Well, I spose it makes a change from constantly taking life, and anyway looks like you can handle yourself" . "Are you some kind of assassin then?" . " No. more of a bounty hunter, it's a way to help me fulfill my destiny " She felt a little confused, but her instinct told her better than to probe her patient further.
The soup went down a treat and he just had to ask for the recipe. She told him she knew of passage across the sea to the west, but it was a perilous voyage and it would be beset on all sides from all sorts of foul sea creatures and mermaids. They spent the rest of the morning flirting, teasing and just getting to know one another. He made out he was sicker than he was so she fawned over him. By the mid afternoon he was ready to make his move. He pulled her closer and their lips met. A loud crack of splitting timber filled the air, and framed in the doorway was an all too familiar figure. Sakura rolled from his embrace with Kurina.
"Bringer old friend, you sure do pick your god dam moments!"
"Knew you to be in town from the corpses in the alley way" Bringer slapped Sakura with gusto on his back "What do you say we down a few stiff ones and swap tales?"
Sakura had missed his old chum, and just maybe he could convince him to come along for the ride.
"Settled then! First round on you! Your work always did pay better than that of a simple adventurer"
Same old Bringer, larger than life and as tight as a gnat's chuff!
"Who's the the lady Sak?"
"Oh, Um, Sorry got carried away. This is the delectable Kurina"
Kurina shot them both a sour look. She had not had a good shag in days and Sakura looked like he could go like a barn door in a high wind.
"Oh, well you boys just go right ahead and have some fun" She said sarcastically. "I have tables to wait and maybe one more dance to do"
"That's the spirit filly!" Missing the true meaning of her words Bringer slapped Kurina's arse. I little too hard, but such was this man's nature.
As Kurina turned she shot a look,and if looks could kill the big man would have be dirt napping by the morow!
The bars patrons either quickly left or completely averted their attention from the duo, such was the men's statues. Not to mention the legendary tales that preceded them!
"One Singapore Sling and I'll have a G and T please barman?"
"Sorry sirs we don't do cocktails"
Bringer hoisted the man into the air by his lapels!
"Don't do cocktails! Don't do cocktails! Well you freekin well do now!" Boomed Bringer, and let the man drop to the floor.
The bar keep composed himself and scurried off to see what he could do.
Bringer droned on about his recent victims dragons demons etc and then Sakura told him of the journey he was about to undertake, fraught with danger and perils yet known. He was then surprised to hear his old mucker's voice soften.
"Not like the old days. The stuff in the kingdom gets faster and stronger, and my opener's not what it was. I just feel like buying a small farm and settling down"
Sakura knew his mate spoke the truth he was feeling it himself. Things just didn't stay dead anymore or had no character to them.
His thoughts were broken by the familiar sounds of go go music and the flashing of lights. This time nothing would prevent him from enjoying the show.
Even Bringer stopped sucking a bacardi breezer through a straw in his helmet, and eyed the stage with interest.
Her nipple tassels swirled and he could feel the patrons and himself gain more power the longer the dance went on.
Bringer hooted and hollered pausing only to stuff some grubby notes into Kurina's G string.
Then all hell let loose! The doors to the tavern were suddenly ripped open, and a large tentacle began waving madly in the air!
"Giant squid!" Someone yelled, as they dived for cover under a nearby table.
The pair swung around to face the beast, but before either could react the squid, moving at lightning speed. Had plucked the dancing girl from the stage! She now hung as if frozen in mid air!
Sakura's mouth was wide open as Bringer received two short sharp slaps to the mooie from the rampant mollusk. The adventurer pushed his friend aside and said "Right that just about does it! I will definitely handle this one!"
Bringer strode out of the door and Sakura could only hear the commotion that ensued. The suckered arm that held Kurina was suddenly severed and Sakura neatly caught her. He could feel her tight buttocks, see the swell of her breasts and he found himself lost in the peerless emeralds that served as her eyes. They kissed like two beings quenching their thirst after a week in a desert. Her tongue probed for his and he was surprised to find how rough it was. Again the closeness they so desperately sort was shattered.
"Hey, lovebirds get a bloomin room why don't yeah! "
Bringer was covered in black ink, and the odd sucker mark scored his armour.
"We tried that you moron! " Came Kurina's curt reply.
With a shrug Bringer returned to the bar. "Well, you will have no shortage of sushi around here for awhile"
He then turned to Sakura "Well, old pal looks like you will need my help after all. I still got it deep down"
But Sakura could see Bringer was not the same man of old. Not to worry he would always watch his back, and besides who knew? They may pick up more help on the way.
"My mind is not for rent to any god or government"