[h3 [center Caim]]
Caim's head shot up, forked tongue flicking from his mouth, testing the air. His tail began lashing in an even more frenzied manner as the sudden screams tore through the building. The low growl started to grow even louder from the draconic shapeshifter.
Danger, no room to fly, trap....
His draconic instincts were kicking in overtime. It was taking all his self control to keep from shifting to one of his many dragon forms. Caim knew it would only harm more than he would want right then. Such as probably stepping on someone or the like. His wings had already snapped open behind him, banging against the walls, causing a few things to fall.
Caim cursed under his breath, moving to pick up a few of the items, setting them on a counter, then turning his yellow eyes over. His spines were fully erect, alert.
The scent, he knew the scent all too well; blood, fear, and grief. Caim's eyes landed upon Azalas as he seemingly staggered down the stairs, holding a babe...but something was off.
[#b22222 "That child...I advise against taking it...which reminds me,"] the draconic shapeshifter's eyes shifted between Azalas and Nova, [#b22222 "You may think this 'realm' of yours is safe...but is it truly?"]
[#b22222 "What happens when this 'danger' realizes that the occupants have been moved? You cannot hide them forever, it will only be a matter of time, before this hidden 'realm' is found, and everything within it destroyed. But before that happens, this realm will be destroyed first. I may be talking nonsense to you, or I may be speaking what I believe. Either way, I refuse to go to this 'realm'. If I die, then so be it..."]
Caim's eyes suddenly shifted, the once bright yellow glow dying down to a dim ember, voice barely audible now, [#b22222 [i "But there is too much here for me to leave behind... that cave is mine, and holds some of my most precious memories that can't be taken anywhere else...and even if my life is forfeit, I can die fighting, instead of cowering behind a false veil and waiting for death..."]]
[h3 [center ???]]
The small girl seemed to give a happy chirrup as the man confirmed that he would indeed give them food. Though her brother still seemed to be on edge, eyes showing distrust, despite the attempt of a friendly gesture by Jeremiah.
The boy would've probably staid back, if his little sister hadn't have grabbed his hand and lightly pulled him along, following closely behind. As the pair trailed behind, their form seemingly shimmered, shrinking downwards, soon revealing what they truly were; a small hydra with 2 heads.
Their claws clicked on the floor now. The left head had a happy smile upon its muzzle, while the other head, the right, was seemingly growling, fangs showing. Well, it was clear, even in their real form, which head was which, the left being the small female, the right being the small male.
The small hydra watched as Jeremiah set the plate upon the table, which would be rather difficult for them to reach, less they were given a boost. Small paws rested on the man's leg, both heads looking up towards him. Though the left, the small female, made a chirrup, hoping the man would help them get to the food he prepared for them.
The little panther had been told what she had by the other and her ears twitched. So it seemed like there were A LOT of things that she needed to learn about the place. And the "people" within before she would be comfortable in showing her human self. Those were at least part of her thoughts before the screams were heard and the scent of blood coated the air with...a sense of...was it magic? Sky couldn't be sure as it all very much confused her.
Kat was gone before she could even het a clear sense of what she wanted to ask. And she was about to hop down herself before the girl with the baby woke and seemed to be muttering her words over and over. Torn between trying to see what happened and comfort...Sky choose to stay with the girl and the baby, gently nuzzling and purring as she hoped it would help. She had NO idea what to do and the fact that so much seemed to be going on around them..it had her anxieties spiking again and she wanted to do nothing but hide.
Azalas pulled away from the kiss and hug as he heard multiple screams. His blood ran cold. They were screams of children. He quickly ran towards Akitos scream for help and he found him and scooped him up in his arms. "Aki?!" He frantically called out for him as he held him. His wound was worse and it looked like someone or something had scratched it. He had to go help the others so he handed Akito.to Nova. "She's going to.protect you Aki...I need to go check on Willow and the others. Nova...I'll be right back."
He sprinted up the steps and ran into Willows room only to fall to his knees and vomit. He screamed when he saw the scene. Azalas noticed Peter and he stood up and walked up to him and gently picked him up. "Shh...it's going to be okay." Azalas said. He mainly said that to calm himself down. His eyes widened and tears streaming down his face as his expression was that of horror. He went out of the room and down the stairs.
"Willow...And her friend...They're both dead. I...I don't know how this happened...I can't do this anymore..." He said. He sat on the couch with Peter as he held him close to him. "I don't know if it was that damn being that you mentioned Jeremiah...Or something different. I think I'm going crazy." His eyes still the same horrified expression. "Nova. Take the remaining kids to your realm please...Before it strikes again." He said looking at Peter. He felt uneasy around him as if something was different about him but he shook it off as trauma.
Aki woke from his bed with a blood curdling scream tears streaming down his face as he held his hand to his head then screamed again seeing his wound was bleeding. The boy tried to get out of bed only falling to the ground as one look at his bed would find the boy had lost quite the amount of blood and his headwound which had just been a bump the day before looked as though it had been ripped wide open with some kind of claw or talon. His window was broken, but other than that there was no sign of who did this and the boy pulled himself to the wall and used it to get to his door his body still losing blood and turning paler by the second. Aki managed to get to the stairs and clung to the rail to try and make his way down, he had to get to Azalas. Aki had only made his way down a couple steps before his blood loss was too much and with his last breath before passing out he screamed, [#444473 "DADDY!"] Aki then passed out falling once down the stairs and he lie on the bottom in darkness hoping someone had heard him.
[h3 Willow, Narmino, and Peter]
Willow who had also been asleep also woke screaming her eyes were bloodshot and she sat up and jumped out of her bed running to the bathroom where she vomited blood into the toilet. Willow panted and coughed when she was done looking into the toilet with a freaked out expression, but then she shot up hearing Peter scream and she ran out of the bathroom seeing a dark winged figure standing over Peter and running it's claw over the boy and Willow put her hands over her mouth in horror as blood began pouring out of the screaming infant and she then turned hearing Aki scream from his bedroom. Turning back Willow saw the creature had turned to face her and she screamed again. The creature raised it's arm to her and Willow began lifting from the ground and moving towards the creature and she whimpered. As soon as the creature touched her Willow's back arched and she screamed again feeling her bones breaking, but through her tears she noticed Narmino on the bed his new body torn and bloody and though she could feel his spirit it was no longer in the body and she gasped and let out one last scream before giving her last breath.
[h3 The Creature]
The creature was the one who had attacked Akito his master wanted the young boy's soul, but what his boss didn't realize was the boy was protected my some kind of magic, so the creature only managed to wound the boy's head through a previous wound, but in the process he had gotten hurt, so he quickly went towards a food source and found two young children sleeping and quickly made work of the first, but the second awoke and ran to the bathroom which was when the creature heard crying and turned his attention toward the newborn and smiled. The creature made his way to the infant and started a spell that would allow him to use the baby as a host, but then hearing a scream he turned and saw the girl and quickly eliminated her by breaking every bone in her body. Once she was gone the creature turned his attention back to the infant and finished his spell and possessed the infant knowing that if he waited long enough he could use the infant's humanity to kill the blonde boy. After the spell all that was left in the room were two dead bodies and a crying Peter now fully healed from his wounds laying on the ground surrounded by the blood of the others.
[h3 Katashi, Blind Girl, and Saraphina]
The blind girl was startled awake by a scream and she shot up into a sitting position which caused Sara to startle awake and start screaming. The blind girl held the baby close and curled into a ball her unseeing eyes wide and her body beginning to shake uncontrollably. [#8c37ff "My baby, mine, no don't take, mine, mine, mine, my baby."] the girl began repeating over and over again.
Kat had also heard the scream and had jumped off the bed shifting into his big panther form and growled towards the door, he knew the scream was Aki's and wanted to run to the boy he saw as a baby brother, but he felt darkness and death around them and needed to stay with the children he was caring for especially upon hearing the blind girl start her mantra confirming his suspicions about the girl having lost her baby, but now thought the girl in her arms was hers.
Jeremiah smiled slightly. It was nice to have at least a small moment of peace in times of trouble. He patted the child on the head before lifting his hand. [+maroon “Alright kids, give me a moment and I’ll have something for ya”], he said before moving to the fridge and gathering the ingredients to make the two children fresh sandwiches. He thought back to the box, remembering the contents that had spilled onto the floor from inside. If those two were draconic then it explains how they could fit inside, but even still how small were they really? They seemed untaught, almost functioning on pure instinct. Hopefully after everything settles they could grow peacefully. For now he simply finished making the sandwiches and placed them table for the children to eat.
She sniffed the air as she looked around again then relaxed in the tree as she yawned some then closed he eyes, covering up in her hoodie
He smiled and embraced her. "We will fight side by side and make it through." He kissed her deeply and pet her hair gently. He knew this could be his last battle but if it was, he wanted to die fighting.
Nova was smiling as she had hugged him deeply as she had spoke softly "I love you to Azalas and I'll make sure all the children here are safe and sound. " She said calmly
She ended up in the woods and was sitting up in a tree, making sure nobody was coming to attack the orphanage, her weapons bag and such by her. She took out her thermal and scanned the area, also wearing her night vision goggles, coughing slightly.
[h3 [center Caim & ???]]
Caim was growling low under his breath. He had been getting ready to pry the boy's jaws apart from his tail, then Jeremiah stepped forward. It was most likely for the best that he had removed the boy. Caim would've most definitely got rough, and probably would've simply either whip his tail hard until the child let go, or beat the child against the wall till finally releasing his tail.
The draconic shapeshifter only gave a snort at Azalas, using a scaled, clawed hand to wipe away the venom from his arm, [#b22222 "How the hell would I know. You know I prefer my cave and solitude away from this building, or any building in general."]
His eyes shifted back to the 2 children, continuing to growl softly under his breath, [#b22222 "Though this is deeply concerning...normally newly hatched chicks of any dragon or draconic beast aren't able to take human form so soon. It is usually several years before they learn..."]
Caim's eyes narrowed, pupils thin slits in the bright yellow.
The boy made an attempt to claw at Jeremiah, his own small tail lashing in a very agitated manner. Though as he was set down, his tail was instantly grabbed by the small girl, who lightly tugged, making an unhappy chirrup almost.
The child would've turned around to confront his sister, yes they were indeed siblings, but the strong hand upon his head currently kept him in place. The only thing he could really do was growl at the man, eyes glaring.
However, one could not exactly blame the pair for how they were acting. The had just hatched several hours ago, and something clicked, which in turn had them take to human form. There had been no guiding parent figure for them to set their eyes upon when they had just broke the shell of their egg.
The small girl crawled a bit, then pushing up onto her feet. She walked to the side of the boy, grabbing his hand in her tiny fist. Soft eyes looked up towards the tall man who kept her brother in place.
In a tiny voice, the small girl spoke, [#6495ed "F...ffff...f-food?"]
It seemed she was just starting to speak, but seemed it would only be a matter of time before perfect sentences would follow.
Azalas nodded. "Yeah do that." He told Nova. "That way they are out of harms way and we can fight him off...I hope we can...If anything does happen just remember Nova..." He looked at her and held her hands. "I love you...We totally got this but I just wanted to tell you that in case this goes south." He smiled at her.
Realm" she said as she looked at him raising an eye brow "Where did you think I go when ever i needed some quiet time" she said as she had looked at him as she had.
Jeremiah followed Azalas into the kitchen, watching as things unfolded. The two children were new. He took notice to the box that now laid on the floor and what contents had spilled out. He remembered seeing the box when he had entered the kitchen earlier but two children couldn’t possibly fit inside right? Then again things have happened that are harder to believe. Thankfully Nova had shown up and Azalas took care of letting her know what had been going on so they could try to figure out some sort of plan for all of this, but the children had obviously been at odds with their presence.
The boy had attacked but thankfully Cain had quickly made his way to intervene. Jeremiah sighed slightly before lowering his hand from his gun and crossing his arms, a frown now taking the place of his normal look.
[b [i Calm... down... they’re only children... they need... time to learn.] ]
He made his way over to Caim and the boy, stretching his fingers a little. [+maroon “Let’s see bout this”], he said as he placed one hand on top of the boy’s and and another placed carefully onto his bottom jaw. He slowly unhinged the kid’s teeth from Caim’s tail before placing his on the ground next to girl. They obviously were together, siblings possibly, but hopefully it would calm her down to have him closer. He made sure to keep his hand pressed firmly down on the boy’s head as to keep him in place. As Caim said he was obviously draconic, it was a task altogether to keep him from moving away. [+maroon “Calm down now, no need t’fight us. We ain’t gonna hurt either of ya but you can’t be attackin us out of the blue. How about I make y’all somethin to eat instead?”] His eyes thinned, locked onto the boy with hints of caution and intense purpose.
[b [i Good boy... don’t let your nature... guide your hands... they’re only children and need to learn peace... so teach them.] ]
"Good to know..." Azalas told Caim. "Where in the world did they come from do you know?"
[h3 [center Caim & ???]]
Caim's wings continued to pump against his body, speed increasing. His form shifted slightly mid-flight, a sleeker and swifter dragon form.
It wasn't long before his now swift, bladed wings brought him to his cave on the outskirts in the forest around the orphanage. Caim was just getting ready to enter his cave when he stopped. His forked tongue flicked out, testing the air. His yellow eyes glowed, pupils narrowed into thin slits. The scent coming from the orphanage...a hydra.
Now, Caim was usually keeping to himself, but at the scent of another draconic beast, his wild instincts instantly felt challenged. Then what will all the other dark activity happening, it didn't put him at ease.
Once again, wings snapped open, now taking him towards the orphanage.
The small boy had begun to eat what was left of said sandwich, the little girl having found some slightly rotten fruit to eat...
Hearing movement nearby, the heads of both children lifted upwards, staring towards the male whom had entered. Instinctively, the little girl dove behind the boy, cowering behind him. She began to whimper, tears starting to form at the corners of her blue eyes.
As for the boy, he was now standing, curling his lips back to show unnaturally sharp fangs. Despite such a small stature, it was clear he was ready to move should something or someone prove to be a threat.
The large man who approached, was a clear threat, or in the eyes of the children. The closer the man got, the louder the growl that came from the boy. He must've made too quick of a movement, or got too close, for the small boy suddenly lashed out, jaws wide.
A blur sped in front of Azalas, revealing a long, spiny tail, and an even louder growling. Caim had arrived, and he didn't seem the least bit happy about it.
The child that had tried to attack Azalas, currently was gripping the draconic shapeshifter's tail, drooling slightly. Caim's yellow eyes shifted towards Azalas and Nova, his own lips curling back.
[#b22222 "Never turn your back on [b any] dragon or draconic beast, even if they are just hatched."]
His gaze shifted to the boy who was still clamped on his tail. The small girl had begun to cry, little fists moving to rub at her eyes, tail curled tightly between her legs.
Caim moved the boy in front of him, eyes landing on said 'drool'. The draconic male's lips remained curled back, [#b22222 "Consider yourself lucky you weren't bit. That 'drool' isn't drool, but venom. Though still newly hatched, Gravalmes Hydra venom could likely leave you deathly ill for a week."]
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