A peaceful night had taken place in the frozen plains near the sea of ghosts. Four figures were walking in a small blizzard.
Unlike the imperials that were escorting her, Aleena wasn't minding the cold, even for a Nord, she was quite resistant to the frost.
“How can you stand this cold?!” asked an Imperial
“I'm a Nord, what did you expect?” She responded
“Don't know, even Nord blood can't keep people war without help.”
“Maybe she wait for someone to keep here warm?” said another.
Aleena turned her blue eyes to look at the imperial “If you intent do keep your little balls on, imperial, that's the wrong way.”
“Ouch, that burn...” he said.
“Ha! She got you, Solas!” laughed the first imparial.
“Say Dunkan, who can't even tell his crush hel-.” began Solas
“Shut up! Both of you!” snapped the last one.
“Wha-?” began Dunkan.
“Shh! I feel something weird.” reiterated the captain.
Suddenly, the ground began to shake, and a big figure got out of the blizzard, running toward the team.
“Giant!” screamed the captain. Readying to block the giant's blow as he didn't had time to evade it.
Unfortunately, little can survive a giant's blow. The captain was torn to pieces, as did his armor. The only thing left was his shield and sword, now on the ground.
Aleena was behind Solas, “Untie me! I can help you to fight him!” she pleaded.
“So you can flee, or stab us in the back? No, thank you!” answered Solas, as Dunkan was killed by the giant.
“By the nine! Untie me already!” said Aleena.
“Killed for killed...” responded Solas, rolling his eyes and getting out a dagger to cut Aleena's tie.
Finally free, Aleena rubbed her wrist. The distraction of freedom caused her to almost forgot the giant. Fortunately for her, the ground shaking was a good reminder. Grabbing Solas, she jumped away with him to dodge the giant's blow.
Getting up she said “Too close. I need weapons!” She spotted the captain's shield and sword and ran to get them. Taking them, she saw Solas, dodging another blow. She took the sword and shield, and a dagger on the ground and ran for the giant. Before getting to him, the giant had the time to hit Solas, who flew away.
She took this opportunity to stab on of the giant's left knee and run her blade through the other.
The big guy fell, loosing balance, falling forward, Aleena had the time to take her sword out his knee and stab the giant's face, killing him. While taking back her breath, she walked to Solas, he had his back on a stone, alive.
“You really are a war-maiden.” he panted.
“And you didn't saw me with a battleaxe.” Smiled Aleena, helping Solas up, letting him take support on her shoulder.
“What are you doing?”
“Finding you a shelter, you're going to die of hypothermia if we don't.”
“Why help me? I'm your enemy...”
“Because enemy or not... you are courageous, you deserve respect for that.”
Solas smiled and said “Would this earn me a place in your be-”
“Don't make me hurt you more than you already are.” harshly responded Aleena.
Some minutes later, Aleena found a little cave, her and Solas made a pause and Aleena found some wood to light a fire for Solas to warm up.
Just after some more minutes,
Aleena asked, “How do you feel?”
“Great, I don't feel anything anymore.” smiled Solas.
Some seconds of silence occurred, then, Solas asked, “So, what's your name?”
“They don't have last names in Skyrim?”
“Yes they do, and no, I don't have one.” she responded.
“What about : Whitemane?” proposed Solas.
“Even worst.” laughed Aleena.
The laugh was cut short by a howling. A snow wolf was closing to the two exhausted warriors.
Aleena looked at him in the eye, and he did too. The animal and the Nord held looks for some seconds, then, the wolf closed in, and licked Aleena's face.
“How?” asked Solas.
“I never knew, but since I'm little, I can... make myself understand with wolfs...”
Solas began to laugh but coughed blood. “Damn.” he managed to say with his bloodied mouth, “I guess that the pain getting away was a sign of me, dying.” he continued.
“I'm sorry... If only I was good at restoration, I could have helped...”
“Don't worry about that, even the best couldn't help me... it's my internals that are hit... nothing could have make me lived more than an hour.”
“Do you have a last wish? Solas?” asked Aleena.
“Can I have a last kiss?” he winked.
Aleena smiled and pinched him on the right cheek.
“I guess it's a no...”
Aleena, then, kissed his forehead.
Solas smiled and said in his last breath, “Thanks... Aleena Wolftamer...”
“Wolftamer hu? I like it... thanks, Solas, my friend.” Said Aleena, caressing her friend wolf. “How could I name you? How about... Fenrir?” The snow wolf responded with a happy bark. “I need to sleep a little Fenrir.” Said Aleena, drifting to sleep without any choices.
Aleena awakened some time after, at the howling of Fenrir. “What's going on, boy?” she asked.
The outside weather was peaceful now and Aleena could see the use of magic.
Afraid of what could be going on, she decided to go see.
Aleena and Fenrir got close to the battle. Unfortunately, she was too late and only saw a girl fall. The others were only bandits by the look of it, and she decided to go sneak, to see if the woman was alright. The fact that the bandits were close forced her to be slow and easy on her footstep. Some meters after Aleena found the woman, holding somehow to a rock to prevent herself from falling in the waterfall behind her. Aleena ran quickly to her and grabbed her before she fell once more, but her best effort could not prevent her to fall unconscious from cold and injuries.
“We need to find a town to heal her.”
Fenrir barked in approval and they departed.
End of Chapter 1