She was now sitting in her room, her thigh was wrapped up in bloodied gauze and had an ice pack on her head, her face bruised up and her right eye hemmoraghed from being thrown across the forest, hearing Azalas and Nova talking "m up here!",she called raspily as she winced.
[h3 The House]
Once everyone had seen the shock of the scene and the door closed the room itself began moving as large root-like tendrils formed from the roof and floor surrounding the children. They made no noise and just cleaned up the bodies and the blood sinking everything into the walls while the other items in the room seemed to disintegrate leaving the room in a default state leaving no trace of what happened and the room was reset ready for whatever child would come next.
[h3 Sammy and Saraphina]
The girl continued rocking until the cub came up to it then she calmed and began petting the small panther and cooing at the baby who had also calmed not truly realizing what was happening or how serious everything really was.
Kat stood just outside the bedroom still in his panther form in a defensive stance as he looked around sniffing the air. There was the smell of demons and magic, but the blood smell was fading and though he wanted to know what the fuck was going on he didn't leave his post as he had his own to protect.
Azalas looked at Nova. He waa still in shock. "Hopefully never." He told her without emotion. "After thia whole thing ends Nova...I...I...I don't know...I don't know anymore, I'm at my limit and shit is just hitting the fan left and right and it's driving me crazy. I'm beginning to go insane. I think I'm at my limit with all this death. I won't lie, you, Aki, and my sister are the only people who keep me a bit sane..." He told Nova as he stared at the floor while sitting on the couch.
Nova nodded looking at Azalas as she started to work faster to move the children "When do you think this is going to happen again" she said as she had appered to him folding one who was sleeping
She got the feeling that she was being watched as she looked around, grabbing her binoculars and thermal imager as she whistled to herself, still in the woods and sitting in a tall tree.
Jeremiah smiled for a moment. When he saw the two children become the small hydra he couldn’t help but chuckle a little. [+maroon “No wonder y’all were able t’fit in that box. Don’t worry, I’ve got ya”], he said as he lifted them up onto the table so they could get to the food. It wasn’t long after he sat them down that he heard the children screaming and turned to see Azalas spring into action. Aki was in the hands of Nova, but when he returned with the infant and explained what he had saw...
He darted up the stairs to the room, wanting to confirm what was said before all else, but he froze as soon as he hit the doorway only letting out a quiet, [+maroon “what in the hell.”] He entered the room slowly, taking soft steps and examining everything with his eyes. The boy okay the bed was completely torn apart while Willow’s body was twisted and bent into a state of no repair. [+maroon “Killin a child is one thing, but this?”]
[b [i The look on her face... the tears in her eyes... she felt all of it. How merciless and cruel... there’s nothing we can do for them now... at least not just us.] ]
[+maroon “There is on thing we can do. The only thing we can do.”] The boy’s body was far too mangled so he just covered it with the blankets after examining the way it was dismembered. Willow, on the other hand, he examined closely. The way the bones had broken, her location compared to Narmino, her surroundings. Unlike the other one she wasn’t physically attacked so some form of magic had to be involved. He sniffed the air a few times before standing up nd taking off his jacket, placing it over the girl’s body. [+maroon “One more time...”]
[b [i You don't mean... but you’ve been doing so well. I’ve seen you these past years... even without me there you’ve managed to change. What do you aim to accomplish?] ]
[+maroon “You know that better than anyone, Amelia. If somethin begs t’get hunted then I’m going t’hunt it. People abusing power in a way like this is the very reason I became a Judge, accepted my role as a hunter. I already have the scent of whatever did this, but it ends here. Whatever it was just vanished. I don’t have time to consult my bestiary so I’m going to have to rely on my sense. So... are you willing to help me? I won’t be letting whoever did this just slink away. I’ll be damned if they do.”]
[b [i That’s exactly what I wanted to hear... of course if you’re ready to do something for the sake of justice then I’ll give all that I can. That’s why we BOTH became judges... they will pay with what disgrace of a life they have. But what about your curse?] ]
He sighed and exited the room, making his way back down to where the others were. He leaned against the wall and waited to see what everyone else would decide before making his move.
[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.
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