Another soldier story, and more - Short Fantasy Story (Part 3)
And I was quite right. With that constant march to the barracks, the soldier's life began. A life that guarantees you not enough sleep, you are constantly tired, and nothing is going wrong. The only salvation was that we were aware that our journey was about to end, as we were near barracks.
As we approached the city over the course of a few days, we could see many different things compared to where we grew up. In the surrounding hills you could see scattered farms, better maintained roads, and some soldiers or guard stations. They were there, set up, to take care of the passengers on the roads, for there were always thieves and outlaws. At one point, in the early afternoon, we came to a part of the road that began to descend steeply. From there, the view reached in all directions. We didn't even know we were in the part of the road that's up the hills, but now that was obvious. The sight of us all wandered off to the valley where the small town is located. We could not make out the details, but the roofs were covered with reeds, and with new moss spoke of the diligence of the people who lived there. The fields on the slopes around the city were covered with various types of agricultural life forms. There were fields of wheat, barley, clover .. orchards overflowing with apple trees, pears .. A scene of life booming, growing, impatient.
Standing on a slope opposite to where we stood, hidden by the tower of a local dragon, there was a complex of stone buildings arranged in a circle.
'' Boys, those stone buildings are your new home, come on. I'm sure we all want a warm meal, and a soft place to sleep. We're leaving. '' The captain said, in a tired voice.
And we continued our journey, dragging one foot in front of the other, with all the exhaustion that traveled with us. Some new emotions were seen on the faces of my childhood buddies. I guess because now we have seen the place we are headed to, and slowly we are beginning to fully accept the idea that it is our home for the next ten years.
We bypassed the city on the right, and within two hours were at the door of the complex. The entrance was open, with four guards stationed there. The captain spoke to them, and then we continued inside, to the courtyard. This is where the captain leaves us waiting while he takes care of something.
We spent the rest of the day in some running from one to another building. We wee first taken to eat and bathe. After that, each of us underwent a very detailed examination by a soldier doctor. After that, we were brought in to borrow basic equipment, and deployed to the dormitories. There was a certain order everywhere, and a discipline that was obvious. Only a few times have I seen some soldiers resting and not on a task.
As soon as we had done all these preparations, we had dinner and headed for the dormitories. I think, after all the fatigue we have been given, and the promise that tomorrow would be just as tiring, we fell asleep as soon as we saw the beds. We were exhausted, so much so that no thoughts could form in my mind. Perhaps better, let the nostalgia stay for another day.