A groan left the young boy's mouth as he stirred awake. His eyes opened slightly and immediately closed them. He gave another groan.
"You're awake?" a girl's voice asked. She seemed to have been startled by his awakening. "Miss Adeline, he's awake! He's awake!"
There was footsteps coming quickly and an older woman's voice said sternly, "Miss Kain, don't yell. I can hear you."
"You were on the other side of the infirmary, Miss Adeline," the girl, whose name was apparently Kain, said.
Kain? he thought. What kind of name is that for a girl?
"Even so, we--well, I--have other patients," the woman--Miss Adeline--said. "These other patients have been out and about, breaking bones, getting stabbed--I even had one who was castrated on accident during a sparring session."
"What's...castrated?" Kain asked, curious.
"It's when a man gets his balls removed," Miss Adeline explained.
The boy flinched at that. He felt a hand pat his head and heard the girl say, "Don't worry. You're still in one piece...I think."
The boy groaned again and this time, when he opened his eyes, he opened them completely, revealing irises the color of amber.
The first thing he saw was a blonde girl, wearing a dark blue tunic and matching leggings, about his age, leaning over him. She had soft brown eyes and he thought she was kind-of pretty. He assumed that she was Kain.
The second thing he saw was a woman, probably in her early forties, with round glasses, wearing a white mage's robe. Her hair was was short and curly, chestnut brown in color. He assumed that she was Miss Adeline.
"Are you okay, young man?" Miss Adeline asked, a bit worried. "You fainted outside the castle."
The boy gave no reply.
"Young man? Do you understand me?" Miss Adeline questioned, brow furrowed.
The boy nodded, but still didn't say a word.
"Good," Miss Adeline said in relief. "Young man, you fainted from lack of food--you were nearly starved-- and dehydration. Also from the blood loss that was resulted from scratching your wrist repeatedly. I managed to heal your wrist, but I recommend not scratching at it for a while."
The young boy just stared at the ceiling, blinking every once in a while. Kain looked curiously at him.
"Now then..what is your name?" Adeline asked.
The young boy gave no reply, just stared at the ceiling.