Post by Northen Light36 on Jun 4, 2012 3:50:47 GMT -5
Acqua sipped the contents of her water skin, more to give herself a moment to rest then to actually ease her thirst. She was doing her best to hide the pain, but the limp left from the hunter's game worsened towards the end of a day of travel. "We're getting near to where the rumours claimed there's been unusual activity," she murmured to her brother. "Hope this isn't a waste of time, but it seemed the best lead."
"We can afford a little rest," Talon replied, stretching himself and shifting from foot to foot, wincing slightly as he heard a popping noise. His joints were a little sore and travel wasn't helping. Still, he felt fortunate that he didn't have Acqua's injury and he also felt acutely bad about the pain she must have been suffering from. "We'll need to move slower anyway. We've got to be careful here--who knows what we'll run into." Despite his words of caution, the faint tone of excitement in his voice was undeniable.
Post by Northen Light36 on Jun 6, 2012 1:03:23 GMT -5
Acqua nodded, sitting down and pulling off her boots with a quiet hiss of pain and massaging her feet. Despite that, she gave Talon a small smile at his tone. "A rest wouldn't hurt," she agreed, leaning back against a rock. "Almost makes me glad Amaro took that merc job and didn't come with us. I don't think I'm up to matching his pace anymore," she admitted with a resigned sigh.
Talon chuckled softly. "He can't be doing much better than either of us," he agreed, easing himself down to sit next to Acqua. It brought out another wince. "I really hate to admit it, but I can finally feel my age..." He grinned impishly. "Even if I don't have to act like it."
Post by Northen Light36 on Jun 6, 2012 1:58:46 GMT -5
Acqua laughed. "It'll take more then getting older to make either of us act our age," she agreed playfully as she stroked Pixie's fur. "But it takes both of us to balance out Amaro's stick-in-the-mud-ness." She started a few stretches to try and ease the cramping pain in her leg. "At least this doesn't get in the way of guild work," she muttered. "Give me a few minutes and I'll be good to go."
~Do you want the pain drink?~ Pixie asked, looking at her bonded in concern.
Acqua shook her head firmly. She hated the pain potion she'd been given by the healer she'd seen, finding it slowed her reaction time and reduced her alertness. Fine for bad nights in a safe situation, such as being at home, but not something she wanted to deal with on the road. "I don't need it," she assured the cat.
Post by Kender Bard on Jun 6, 2012 22:14:40 GMT -5
"We're not here to do fighting anyway," Talon assured Acqua. "We're just to gather intelligence for Etaf. So let's just be alert and ready to fight or make a run for it if we need. And also-"
He suddenly stopped talking, looking around and up in the sky. Without his chatter, it was easy to hear what had caught his attention--there was a buzzing sound, like an fly when it flew near one's ear. But louder.
Post by Northen Light36 on Jun 6, 2012 22:24:19 GMT -5
Acqua tensed slightly and shifted to get back to her feet as she looked around, trying to locate the source of the sound. Probably just an insect, she told herself, but the hair on the back of her neck was standing on end and she could feel Pixie's unease as strongly as she could feel her own.
Talon moved into a crouch, his hand starting to go for one of the daggers.
It was indeed an insect. A giant, demonic one.
Suddenly flying into view above them was something that appeared to be a giant dragonfly, two feet long with wings four feet long. The body was dragonfly-like in shape, but was thick and red, fleshy and horrifying. Its wings threw off a sulfurous smoke as it hovered in the air, multifaceted eyes surveying the pair. Talon threw his dagger in reflex, and the dragonfly deftly moved out of the way and swooped towards him.
Post by Northen Light36 on Jun 7, 2012 9:27:07 GMT -5
Acqua was not as quick to respond as Talon was. Her hand moved to the dagger she'd picked up on the hunter's island, but she hesitated to actually attack. Doubt and fear clawed at her. Doubt in her own abilities and fear of getting hurt again. Why had she put on the ring? She couldn't do this...
Pixie hissed at her bonded's thoughts and did the only thing she could think of. She leapt onto Acqua's shoulder and raked her claws sharply across Acqua's cheek. ~Snap out of it!~ she snarled and sprang off Acqua's shoulder, flinging herself through the air and trying to claw the demon-dragonfly's wing as it swooped at Talon.
Post by Kender Bard on Jun 7, 2012 10:06:33 GMT -5
Though Pixie did no visible damage, she did manage to throw the insect off its course just enough that when it swooped at Talon, and he ducked, the insect missed him by a small margin.
Talon had no doubts or hesitations. He didn't go for his other dagger or draw his shortsword though. He touched his Wind sign and uttered a quick chant, the breeze picking up. As the insect turned to make another pass at the pair, Talon whipped up a small cyclone around it, tossing it helplessly in the winds. "Haha, you can't outfly a Wind!" he whooped in delight. All thoughts of creeping old age was gone--he was having the time of his life and even gave a little jump of glee as the insect squealed with distress from his battering winds.
Post by Kender Bard on Jun 7, 2012 22:46:45 GMT -5
The wind swirling the creature around made it hard to aim, but fortunately perfect accuracy wasn't needed with lightning. It found its mark and the insect made a high pitched keening noise.
Talon abruptly shifted the winds to slam down hard and smacked the creature to the ground. It lay still, but he didn't let up on the wind. Instead he began to get closer to inspect it. "I think it's dead."
Post by Northen Light36 on Jun 7, 2012 22:53:38 GMT -5
Acqua eyed it and limped a little closer, watching for any sign of movement or life. "I think you're right," she replied, her tone tense and irritated. She couldn't believe she'd frozen up like that. She'd never been afraid of a fight before. "Are you okay, Talon?"
Post by Kender Bard on Jun 7, 2012 23:15:47 GMT -5
"Oh yeah," he chuckled. "I'm just fine." He dismissed his winds slowly and sure enough the insect didn't move. He leaned in closer as well to inspect it.
It was then that the corpse suddenly broke up into dozens of tiny little insects that flew up in a swarm at the two of them. Talon gave a yelp of surprise and stumbled back, falling on his back. A tiny, weak breeze fluttered but it was still strong enough for the tiny insects to be blown aside.