Author's note: This story was created before Satan Morroc, so some job change quests and stuff might be out of date. Just decided to upload this after a long, long, looooooooong time. Enjoy. :)

~Chapter 1: "Rebirth"~

I open my eyes. Sunlight. I instantly squint my eyes. Was sunlight always this bright? Standing up, I take in my surroundings. I'm on a tiny island, approximately 30 metres end to end. Endless sea surrounds it. I look at myself. I'm clothed in a cotton shirt and long pants. In my right hand, I'm holding a simple regular knife, blade up. That's weird, how did that get there? As I stare at it in thought...

I'm holding a stiletto in my right hand, blade down. It's a dark night and it's raining. The stiletto has blood on it. I'm no longer in a flimsy cotton shirt but a thick coat. As I look up...

"Hello? Anyone home?"

I look up and see a woman standing in front of me. She has blond, short hair and is holding a clipboard.

"Hellooooo? This is the fourth time I'm asking."

I blink and my senses come back to me. I stutter my reply.

"I-I'm sorry. Where am I?"

The woman looked the figure in front of her up and down. Seeing a diminuitive girl in her teens with long black hair and a bewildered face, she finally decides that I am normal enough. She smiles and says, "Hi! Took you long enough to answer, heehee. My name is Shion and you are on Novice Island!"

"Novice... Island...? I'm sorry, I'm afraid I still don't understand. How did I get here?"

At this, her smile flickers for a second.

"Honestly, I don't know. I was standing here, just a few minutes ago. I turned around to look at the ocean and when I turned back, you were on the ground."

I massage my head as thoughts circle around. There are so many questions I want to ask Shion, but I knew she could not answer any.

"Are you ok? You don't look too great."

"It's alright, I'm fine. I'm just a little confused, that's all."

"Well, if you say so. But if it helps, there's a castle to your right just past the bridge."

I look to my right and see an old suspension bridge. That's weird. Why didn't I see that before? I look back at Shion, thank her and start approaching the bridge. As I near, it takes me one look and all of five seconds to estimate that the bridge has approximately 35 planks on it, a gap of about five centimetres between each plank, a total length of 20 metres, a height of about 15 metres between the lowest plank and the sea, a rope height of about one metre that would take me about two seconds to manoeuvre over, should the need arise, and at most one and a half seconds to get into diving position before I hit the water. If I don't get into that position by that time, the pressure from my surface area would most likely dislocate my kneecaps and turn my elbow out of joint. How did I know that?

I give my head a little shake and start towards the bridge. I am about one-quarter past the bridge that I notice I am still holding my knife. But instead of holding it blade up, I am holding it blade down. Also, instead of bringing my hand up normally in a stabbing position to examine it, I am holding it horizontally, knuckles up and blade pointing outward to my right. It's just your imagination. I shake my head again and look down to put my knife in a sheath attached to my right leg. As I look up...

The bridge is made of stone. The rope handles are gone and there is nothing protecting me from falling off into the bright clear void around me. Looking at myself, I'm wearing my long, thick coat again. As I stride forward deliberately, I see a shining light. I squint and see... no, it can't be. As I try to focus somemore...

I see the castle ahead of me. I look around. I had already crossed the bridge, crossed the courtyard and the castle is in front of me in its full glory. I look to my left and my right and I see two guards.

"Welcome to the Training Grounds. You are now in the outer courtyard. Please go into the castle to begin your training, miss."

I give a friendly nod to both of them and enter the castle. Can I have a break first? Today was somehow tiring.

To be continued

P.S. I purposely didn't reveal the main char's name, it'll be revealed in later chapters

P.P.S. The guards really say that on Novice Island and there really are 35 planks on that bridge... /heh