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Tantangan High Fantasy

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Hujan sedikit mengguyur Pineveria malam itu. Bunyi rintik-rintik yang membentur atap dan dinding-dinding gelap batu kastel, serta embusan angin dingin yang membuai, membuat kepala para prajurit penjaga terantuk-antuk. Terkadang terdengar suara dengkuran pelan, atau sentakan penjaga yang mendadak bangun dari tidur singkatnya. Suasana damai itu dimanfaatkan dengan baik oleh seseorang yang mengendap-endap dalam bayang termaram lilin-lilin kastel.

Dengan hati-hati, sosok bertudung itu menyamakan langkah kaki dengan suara hujan dan dengkuran para prajurit. Ia sudah sampai di pintu kecil sayap utara kastel dan menghela napas berat ketika melihat penjaga yang tak berdaya. Tombak-tombak itu disenderkan begitu saja selagi punggung dua lelaki itu bersandar pada dinding batu. Dengan mudah, sosok bertudung itu mendekati salah satu dari mereka dan memukulnya hingga pingsan. Gemuruh awan hujan meredam bunyi pukulan itu, dan tubuh si penjaga yang rubuh langsung ditangkap dengan sigap. Tak ada suara mencurigakan yang dapat membangunkan penjaga lainnya.

Setelah penjaga pertama dibereskan, sosok bertudung itu mendekati penjaga kedua. Kecelakaan terjadi ketika ia memukul belakang kepala si prajurit; helm besi yang dipakainya terlepas dan menimbulkan bunyi kelontang yang cukup keras di atas lantai batu. Buru-buru si sosok bertudung mengedarkan pandangan dan waspada. Lewat bayang-bayang dan cahaya oranye di dinding batu, ia mengetahui ada seorang penjaga lain yang mendekat.

Penjaga itu bertanya tentang keadaan di sana selagi siluetnya di dinding semakin mengecil. Lantas si sosok bertudung menggamit tangan penjaga yang baru dihajarnya, kemudian melambai ke dinding dan menyimbolkan tanda O.K. Penjaga yang hendak datang sempat mengomel sebelum pergi menjauh.

Sosok bertudung itu meninggalkan dua penjaga yang pingsan dalam keadaan berdiri bersandar ke tembok di samping tombak-tombak mereka—sekilas tidak tampak kalau mereka baru dihajar. Sosok itu menyunggingkan senyuman, namun diam-diam kecewa juga dengan penjagaan yang lemah. Kemudian ia melanjutkan perjalanan; melewati lorong-lorong kastel yang sempit dan gelap, sebisa mungkin menghindari cahaya lilin. Tujuannya hanya satu: kamar tidur ratu.

Si penyusup sudah pernah menyusuri lorong-lorong ini, dan ia hapal setiap kelokan labirin sebelum ke kamar ratu. Pun begitu, ia merasa tak nyaman dengan banyaknya cermin yang tergantung di lorong-lorong. Cermin-cermin itu memberikan suasana yang sama sekali lain. Ia dengar ratu yang baru sangat suka bercermin. Pun begitu tidaklah wajar memasang cermin sebanyak ini di lorong yang jarang dilewati. Walau kendatinya ia sedang berjalan sendirian, penerangan muram membuat si penyusup waspada. Kecurigaannya berasal dari banyaknya suara langkah kaki yang terdengar, seakan bayang-bayang di cermin menemaninya berjalan. Ia sempat berpikir kalau itu hanyalah gema dan gaung yang ditimbulkan dinding batu, namun tidak memungkiri juga kalau cermin-cermin itu telah dimantrai.

“Bukankah ini waktu yang sangat tidak pantas untuk bertamu?”

Sosok bertudung itu menghentikan langkahnya dan menoleh ke belakang. Berdiri tidak jauh disana; siluet seoang perempuan yang memakai gaun. Perempuan itu bejalan mendekat, namun tidak ada gaung langkah-langkah yang mengikuti. Hanya suara sepatu  wanita itu yang terdengar. Dan perlahan, mulailah sosoknya keluar dari kegelapan.

Seorang wanita muda yang sangat cantik, terlihat seperti gadis tanpa dosa dalam balutan gaun tidur. Matanya berkilat terkena cahaya termaram. Ia membawa cermin besar di tangannya.

“Amelia,” sosok bertudung itu berbisik.

“Sekarang aku ratu,” wanita itu membalas tanpa sedikit pun melihat pada lawan bicaranya. “Kau tidak diterima di istanaku.”

Sosok bertudung itu membungkuk hormat, dan sang ratu tentulah tahu kalau itu hanya sindiran. Kemudian, dengan suara berat khas pria dewasa, sosok itu berujar lagi, “Kau akan berubah pikiran jika mengetahui apa yang kubawa.”

Wanita itu tidak menjawab. Ia lebih suka memuji cermin yang dibawanya. Malam ini Amelia memakai gincu sewarna delima yang menyala merah di kegelapan lorong itu, warna indah yang sempurna dan jauh lebih penting dari sampah apapun yang dibawa pria di depannya.

“Aku membawa Buku Kitab Sigilium, dan karena beberapa hal, aku tidak bisa menggunakannya.”

Pembicaraan itu mengusik sang Ratu, dagunya terangkat barang setengah mili untuk menoleh pada si penyusup bertudung.

“Aku ingin mengadakan permainan. Aku ingin mencari pemenang. Tidakkah kau tertarik,” diam-diam sosok bertudung itu tersenyum, “Yang Mulia?”

“Katakan lebih lanjut,” ucap sang Ratu dengan halus yang diiringi gema, bayang-bayang di cermin menegaskan suaranya, “Penyihir Vadis.”

 

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Wah, ada typo. . . .

Perempuan itu bejalan mendekat

Penasaran nih,, mana lanjutannya?
^w^

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vadis at (bukan) Tantangan: Sekrup Besi Penjara (6 years 12 weeks ago)
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Karena emang (bukan) tantangan, ini poin untuk actionnya.
Duh beneran deh, Vadis si penyihir itu nakal, nakal, nakaal!

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cat at (bukan) Tantangan: Sekrup Besi Penjara (6 years 13 weeks ago)
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Waaaah Ann juga muncuuuul. Asyeeek.

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Lah, ada Ratu Amelia... O.o
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Mana nih lanjutannya? Ayo permainan segera dimulai!!!