Eric gritted his teeth and he wasn’t affected by the sight of Bird eating. He growled as he was pushed into her room and he looked over his shoulder after them. Hearing Bird’s order, he looked over at her before walking back over towards the same wall he’d sat against and he sighed heavily, slumping back and rubbing his hands, trying to rub the kid’s blood off of himself. He looked up and could see light through the beams, high above Bird’s room. He could see that the light was growing brighter and another low sighing breath. The soreness was ebbing away and eventually he didn’t feel tired anymore.
Ryuu walked slowly after his summons, letting the shadows take the lead before an axe cut through his summon and the remaining one drew back but didn’t retreat. He was tense at the deep voice but relaxed when he saw Liz and the other servant following after the bulky man.
“Peace to you, sir. That wasn’t one of the Dark.” Ryuu said, waving the other survivor’s forwards while he walked over. “But we are now leaving. I’m sure that there will be some that we run across.” He looked over towards Liz and the servant. “Are you two alright?” He asked getting a confirming nod before glancing back at his destroyed summon and deciding not to make another. How hard would it be to go straight to the main hall?
He had no idea what was waiting in the corridors.
Joseph sighed and narrowed his eyes at Artemis, not writing anything else. When she asked if he planned to stay here, he wrote something out and set the pen down. He then left the room, walking past her and back to the front of the manor, opening the door and looking out over the fog and rocks.
‘There is nothing outside. Only stone and fog.’
What he meant was he’d tried to leave, tried to find the village that was supposedly below the ridge but he couldn’t even find the slope of the mountain. He had walked and walked but Karim had made sure that he wouldn’t be able to leave. Eventually he’d walked back to the manor, which was so close it was like he had only gone a few meters out into the fog. There was no escaping and no way to help his brother from there.
Eric was soon slammed down against the stone floor by special light magic staffs burning against his back. They were quite aggressive and alerted, since the Hybrid could have easily gone far away if he hadn't stood there. They couldn't even imagine what would have happened to them if he had broken out. Though even letting him going this far had consequences. So they hoped Johar had still not noticed as they brutally and harshly dragged and beat Eric back in the Bird's room. What they saw in there made them cringe and quickly leave the place leaving the prisoner there. Bird was eagerly feasting on Cyan's flesh. She had torn out his limbs and her talons pulled out his insides as she bit in them. Blood was all over her as she looked up indifferently at Eric. "Rest." She repeated her order and went back to having her fresh meal.
Weasel whimpered again before climbing down Ryuu's body and changing into his human form. The boy looked at the two summoned creatures checking the hallways which were too quiet for his comfort. The others all stood around Ryuu, letting him take the lead. But soon one of them turned into sand as an axe passed though it. The survivors gasped and stepped back on fear of what was coming. A huge shadow stretched along the hallway.
"Shit. What the hell was that, Lizzie?!" A deep voice came out and after the shadow came a bulky man with long golden beard, followed by Liz and the servant. He went to his axe and pulled it out, putting the heavy weapon over his shoulder.
Artemis shook her head in denial. "No way. You just left this cosy place not to be in dark?! You must really like your asshole brother." She mumbled and looled forward at the window silently before asking him again. "So, you are going to stay here?" She stood and adjusted her armor. "Because if there is anytime that Eric is in huge trouble, it is now. You saw it too. He is a hybrid not a pure demon. He is not supposed to take that form. Also, you surely know that Light won't let go of him until he is their broken slave or dead." She gritted her teeth at this thought. "Do you really intend on hiding here again? What if they have already killed Eric...I mean, you are his brother. I guess you should care!" She faced the door to just leave..Maybe Eric was the only one believing in that 'bond'. Maybe Joseph never liked him or even...hated him.
Eric stepped back again as Bird told him to leave and slowly he turned away from her, unsure if he should set Juno down or continue carrying her. He wasn’t sure if she’d be able to walk or not and before he could make a decision, he saw Cyan enter. He frowned as the boy snapped for him to go before grinning at Juno who was still shaking in his arm. That malicious look, the lowest of the low having power over the helpless. It was just like how he’d been in his youth. Hypocritically, he was disgusted and he stood his ground as Cyan reached forwards to grab the little girl from him.
The demon then walked forwards to meet Cyan and before the teen could react to what was happening, he kicked the boy back, hard. Before continuing, he set Juno down, looking at her with a flicker of sadness in his expression before he turned back to Cyan, prowling towards him, not caring if Bird was watching or not. The All Demon had made him into something that was no longer human, he was much more violent than that, and he had no reason to hold back anymore. He circled around Cyan before stomping down hard on his back. He heard the boy yell in pain and he reached down, moving to grab him by the back of his neck. The moment his skin grazed Cyan’s neck, he could feel it rip and his screaming stopped.
Eric yanked his hand back at the spray of blood and he noticed Juno was standing in a daze, staring wide-eyed at what he’d done. He didn’t look up to see what bird’s reaction was but he instead grabbed for Juno, hoping he didn’t accidentally cut her as he picked her up and ran out of Bird’s room. There were stairs nearby and he fled down them, hearing shouts above and other sets of feet on the stairs. Reaching the ground floor, He found that the door to the bell tower was unlocked and he shoved the heavy door open. Stepping out into the cool morning, he could see the glow of the sun in the east and he carefully set Juno down, seeing he’d stained her ripped dress with Cyan’s blood. But by then that didn’t matter. She still looked terrified and he sorrowfully met her gaze.
“Run.” He told her in a low whisper, “Leave this place. Run, Now!” He urged her and watched as she stepped back and ran for the city buildings. She disappeared into the still sleeping capital as soldiers reached the ground floor, thinking Eric was trying to escape, but he didn’t move to face them or move to run. He stood still, partially covered in Johar’s servant’s blood. Having killed the teenager for no other reason than him being in the wrong place when his bloodlust blinded him. He wasn’t sure if he had brought Juno down to escape or chased her as well but he wouldn’t say either way.
Ryuu stood as Weasel curled up around his shoulders, shivering and he looked around for the dark he’d been running from but Abantes had already lost interest and was no longer in sight. When the nobleman called out to him he tightened his injured hand and sighed a little. “I can try, but I’m not sure if it’ll work.” When met with confused and skeptical looks he sighed and explained. “If there’s something making the dark go mad then it might do the same thing to whatever I summon. Also I’ve lost my tool for controlling what symbols I write… But I can try.” He took his good hand and began tracing the invisible marks in the air. After a minute or so he pointed down and the symbols glowed in a circle. Two shadowy summons stepped up and out of the circle and they both seemed to be in his control. Ryuu nodded to the door for them to check out in the hall and they moved towards it. So his summons were affected by whatever was affecting the Dark. This was good and it might help them all get to safety from what was happening here.
Joseph nodded and shook his head to Artemis’ questions. Was this man his father, yes. Had he found him, no. So he was richer than his brother, still no. When she mentioned their bond, he gave her a defensive look and shook his head again, their relationship wasn’t like that. He took the pen she’d placed on top of the table and began to write.
‘I had to know what he’d done. I had to see that he was still alive.’
The young man wrote, meaning ‘he’ as in his brother.
‘I did retreat here at first but not knowing what was happening. It was killing me to be in the dark.’
While Eric was worn out and out of breath, Bird hadn't even broken a sweat. His process of flying was going slower than what she expected but the little girl was a good motivation or whatever he thought of her. The monster tilted her head at him avoiding her but did not try to approach more since training more was useless while he could barely catch his breath. "Come here in the morning. Leave." She flapped her wings and flew to her best, settling down.
Juno didn't stop shaking. Her eyes were wide and lost and her face was too pale. She was more like traumatised and was not even looking at Eric. It was like she wasn't in this world. She just curled up as much as she could in his arms protectively, feeling too much insecure for her sanity.
Cyan entered the room, wrinkling his nose at Eric before pointing back. "Let's go. You are allowed to rest, freak." He grinned maliciously then stared at the frightened child. The teenager felt good about outpowering her. It was like he was avenging her for the hardships he went through under Johar's command. Now he could have his very own maid. She was useless now but could be trained for future. Cyan did loved a comfortable life, being able to be cruel to somebody without consequences.
"Get your ass here, brat. Enough spoiling." He snapped at Juno but of course she didn't hear and kept staring oddly to a spot. Cyan gritted his teeth and reached to give her some beating for discipline.
Liz gave a quite nervous smile before following after the servant. Suddenly something a bit spiky ran up Ryuu's legs then went straight into his collar and he could feel the crazy heartbeat of the weasel before he poked his head out, whimpering. Abantes in his dog form was just way too animalistic and gave the poor Weasel a good chase. Poor Weasel was not a Dark since he was actually a weasel. Not a shapeshifter.
"Hey, you are a Summoner right?" One nobleman asked Ryuu. He was one of the ministers of Deloriak. "Then why don't just summon something to help us get out of this chaotic castle for a While?!" Others stared at Ryuu with hopeful eyes.
Artemis took the letter and read it, her eyebrows raising at the name. It sounded very familiar. Where did she hear it? She frowned and tried to remember, recalling what Eric said about somebody...
"Is he your father? This guy? He...is supposed to be gone or something. Have you found him? Or still lost?" Artemis started asking curiously before pausing and giving Jiseph a chance to answer but she was not good at reading expressions so her eyes observed the drawer for a pen for him to write. "So this is actually [b Your] manor. I guess you are now richer than Eric. I wonder why didn't you come here at the first place? Because of the 'brotherhood bond'?" The Ba'al sounded a bit jealous.
Eric glanced up as Bird walked past him and once she’d left he bent over, resting his hands on his knees and gasping weakly. He really hoped they were done for the night and he’d be allowed to rest and sleep. He thought of the water Cyan had brought him and he partially wished he hadn’t drank it all, but he hadn’t been given very much anyways. Looking over towards the discarded bowl, and after confirming that there was no water left, he kicked it away and sat by a wall, ready to just go to sleep. Bird was taking a bit longer so he actually thought it’d be alright, that was till she came back and he saw who she’d brought with her. Juno. She looked tired and saddened and he watched Bird look over at him, meeting his gaze with her own expressionless one. His eyes then widened as he saw her grab Juno from under her arms and pick her up the same way she’d done to him. Dropping her from a lower height just to get the message across.
“Wait. Don’t…” He started, getting to his feet before Bird spoke and he froze.
"Come and get her."
His mind focused on that thought and he looked towards Juno, watching as she was dropped and caught and Bird flew a little higher before dropping her again, making no move to catch her again. At this he bolted forwards and leapt for her, his wings opened to carry him a bit higher and a bit farther, but he wasn’t flying. Juno was yanked out of reach right before he could grab her and he saw Bird had swooped and flew up again. She wanted him to fly, but he wasn’t sure he could get himself airborne. Not after the pitiful ways he’d failed the last three trials. By himself, following Bird’s direction, and even trying to just force him to fly.
Now she was using Juno to try and get him up and realizing this, he gritted his teeth and opened his wings. He stepped forwards and suddenly raced for the wall, spinning for one of the rods that was about three meters up and catching it with a flap of his wings to help. He then jumped for another one to get him five meters up and he shifted to the end of it, watching Bird, watching him and holding Juno. He braced himself with his wings flared open and he lunged for her. He saw Bird move back from him as he jumped and his wings flapped down, carrying him up before he began to drop. Falling again, He gritted his teeth and his mind returned to the thought he’d focused on before.
[i Come and get her.
Eric flapped his wings again, slowing himself and he fluttered, almost stumbling as he landed, but he managed to stay standing. He saw Bird circle over him and she again dropped Juno, this time farther away so if he wanted to reach her before she hit the floor, he’d have to figure out how to fly and fast. He rushed forwards, his wings moving down as he jumped up and then flaring out as he caught Juno and landed solidly, not stumbling and wavering off balance. He held Juno’s shaking form but he didn’t offer any kind of comfort to her. Eric hadn’t really flown to catch her, but he was getting closer. He looked over as Bird landed near him and he took a step back as she stepped forwards, still holding Juno in his arms.
Ryuu looked around to the other servants and he called out to one who looked like he could hold his own in a fight. “Hey You! Go with her.” He called and looked back at Liz, “Be careful.” He told her and watched the two leave, wishing he could go with her himself, but in the condition he was in, there was nothing he could do to help.
Joseph pressed his lips together at Artemis’ awkward laugh and after a moment he shook his head and walked around to the front of the table. It have a drawer in it and he opened the drawer, pulling out a letter and letting Artemis see it. It was signed with the name Rapha Tacitus, basically saying if the Joy Bloodline ever needed a home away from home, the manor was always open to them. Eric had mentioned that name to her before. Joseph just watched Artemis look over the letter, gauging her expression for her response.
Bird noticed him avoiding the braids for some reasons, despite his face that showed indifferent. The monster couldn't understand what some strands of hair could do. She was quite sure the demon hybrid didn't care to an ordinary little girl who has no use. Now she felt confused again. Last time she got confused was when she saw how Joseph didn't seek for revenge after what Sheera did to him. He even looked hurt when the foolish Halfling beat up Bird out of rage. Bird stared at Eric and then thought of something to make him fly. What if the blue haired boy was right and that kid really gave him motivation? She doubted it but didn't hurt trying. She never understood such feelings, after all. She walked past Eric and went out again, This time taking more time and letting Eric rest. Ten minutes later she came back dragging Juno along by back of her dress. Not like she was struggling or anything. Actually, her head was down and her hair was now short and messy. It was a routine to cut a low class slave's hair but she did loved the braids her mother always tied her hairs into. Juno didn't even look up, her face dirty from tears and her eyes red. She had tired herself out trying to fight against Cyan and now she had just given up, feeling hopeless. Even Eric was not like before so she literally had no one for comfort. Bird made sure Eric was watching before doing the same thing she did on Juno. But she just dropped her from three meters at first, Juno rolling on ground and crying out in fear and pain. Bird again picked her up and this time went higher, eight meters. "Come and get her." She dropped the kid again then caught her in mid air, dropping again teasingly.
Liz grasped nervously on her dress and shakily answered. "H-he said h-he will try to go fetch our horses and told me...to hide here for now." She trusted the strength of her father but the Dark were too many and she was afraid if he was hurt or worse. "I...I should go find him." She whispered and gripped on her sword again.
Artemis frowned from the constant noise before slowly opening her eyes. She stretched and yawned, Her black armor clanking with her movement. It took her a while to remember where she was. That was when she noticed that she was visible again. Excited, She looked to her side to greet Joseph but found the chair empty. Immediately she looked back and saw the younger brother of Eric. She grinned at him, not noticing his question mark face. "Hey, Joseph! Glad you are fine..hehe..." She rubbed back of her head, knowing that he wanted explanation so made it short.
"I asked Karim take me here. Is this no man's land? I didn't know you have a manor here." She awkwardly laughed again.
Eric looked down at the braids that N.V had dropped in front of him and after a moment, he turned away from them, walking to the other side of the room. He might have cared, but he didn’t want to care that much. He looked at the water, clear and with nothing in it and he drank it in a few quick gulps, wiping his mouth and setting the bowl down. He sat down on the floor, there being no where else to really sit, and he wasn’t going to try to get into Bird’s nest, and he slowed his breathing, feeling himself cooling down and the frustration melting away. He then felt talons grabbing at his wings and yanking on them.
“Hey!” He snapped sharply, trying to pull them closed and move away from Bird, but she had other plans. He heard her open her wings and before he could look back at her, there was a sharp pinch of pain in his back and shoulders as she picked him up by them and flapped open her own wings. “Arh! Stop!” He managed right before Bird reached her desired height and let go of him. It wasn’t high enough to kill him if he didn’t catch himself, but hitting the floor again did hurt a lot. Eric groaned and coughed as Bird landed behind him again and grabbed him by his wings.
“No.. No, no, no, Not Again!” He winced, panic edging into his voice, this time he twisted and pulled away from Bird, struggling against her. But once she got off the ground, his struggling didn’t do very much to stop her. He’d figure it out eventually but the first few times he dropped like a stone. Finally, too tired and sore to keep his wings closed, he tired flapping them out of desperation. This time he felt himself slow and his body twist in the air. He tried to turn himself back to see where he was going, but he was still partially falling and he landed down hard, stumbling and tripping over, falling onto his back. It was one of his softer landing but still very uncoordinated.
The Hybrid was slower to getting back up, thinking Bird was just going to grab him again and he didn’t stand right away. He was breathing hard and he noticed where he’d landed, near where he’d left the two braids of orange hair. Eric looked away from them quickly and pushed himself up, wavering as he stood and took a few paces away from them before stopping again.
Ryuu stiffened and wondered what all he could still do. Right now, he just had to wait and to heal. He looked back at Liz and lead her away near the door. “Where is your father?” He asked, sure that there were still other people unaware in their rooms or trapped in other parts of the castle. He wasn’t sure what to do now but knowing how many able-bodied people there were was a start.
Joseph sat for the better portion of the morning in that same chair before he felt a sudden urge to look around him, like he wasn’t alone. Fearing he’d see Karim, with good news or bad, he cautiously glanced over to the chair next to his own and with a start, he nearly jumped out of his skin. Artemis was sitting in the other chair, fast asleep and with her strange armor on that he didn’t recognize the style of. Slowly, carefully, he stood and backed up. He thought about grabbing the key-ring but it would make too much noise to do safely. He doubted she meant him any harm but her sudden appearance made him weary.
Joseph made his way to the door of the room and slowly up a set of stairs that was at the end of the hall, just outside of the room. He paused, rethinking what he was doing and with a sigh he walked back down to the room, going over and standing behind the table that was between the two chairs. He saw Artemis shift but she didn’t wake and he reached down for the key-ring, picking it up and shaking it lightly till he saw her stir and open her eyes.
"For now, rest." Bird told him after observing his exhausted body and injured wings. She then walked out, calling someone before going back in and flying up to her best where she sat and closed her eyes, blocking out the noises. Soon Cyan came in with some water in a bowl. He was whistling and seemed quite happy about something. He handed the bowl to Eric before turning away, then he stopped and looked back again with a grin. Slowly he reached in his pocket and pulled out a pair of cut braided orange hair. "Here, it might give you...motivation. Hehe." He dropped them carelessly at Eric's feet and walked out leisurely.
Bird landed down once he was done drinking water and resting. She moved behind Eric and grabbed on his wings, yanking on them and soon She picked him up by them as she flapped her own wings. She dropped him from 8 meters height to make him slow down his fall by his own wings.
Liz, having the same question, looked over at N.V who had laid down on a bed trying to get comfortable. He looked at Ryuu then shrugged with an indifferent expression. "Hm? Maybe days. They don't usually do stuff in public. Now you really have something to whine about." Liz's eyes widened as she shook her head, "Impossible! They are completely out of control! They might even find their way here..." Her frightened gaze dropped on the wounded Ryuu and she bit her lips nervously.
Eric didn’t say a word as he was lead to Bird’s room, even then he just stepped out of Johar’s way as he left and returned her glare. He entered and eyed the rods, looking around, and seeing how unevenly they were spaced out. When Bird told him to follow her, he hesitantly made his way up onto the first rod, balancing himself with his wings before leaping for the second. His jump was too short and he fell back to the floor, landing with a hard thud and a snarling groan. Shaking his head, Eric got back up to his feet and returned to the first rod. He aimed his jump a little higher and this time kept his wings opened as he’d snapped them shut the last time he’d jumped. He caught hold of the second rod and was able to pull himself up but by then, Bird had already moved on, jumping to a third then flapping her wings to get to a fourth, higher up and farther along the wall.
Eric continued to follow her, falling again and again and forcefully flapping his wings to try and stay airborne when he did fall. By the time they’d made it to one of the higher points in the room, and Bird jumped down to a lower, closer rod, the hybrid was panting, his balance wavering, but still he tried to follow her down. The jump should have been easy and he aimed it right but his hands were slick and he grabbed the rod only to slip of it and plummet to the floor with a loud crash. He snarled with frustration and also pain as he sat back up and the joint at the top of one of his wings was out of place, the hook facing down a little too far. He continued hissing and spitting to himself, holding his shoulder and not getting up yet to try again. He instead flexed his hurt wing, opening it a little and closing it and opening it a bit wider before there was a snap and he closed it again, wincing. The joint had popped back into place and he stood again, stretching both wings out before looking up to see where bird was.
At first he didn’t see her but then he heard her steps behind him and saw she’d made her way back down to the floor where he was, looking unimpressed and unsympathetic. Eric gritted his teeth and turned towards her, wiping at his face with his hands and trying to catch his breath.
Ryuu just huffed and looked away from N.V, flinching as the needle caught a nerve while stretching his arm back together. He let Liz keep holding his hand till he felt like he was squeezing hers too hard out of pain, then he made her let go and tightened his free hand into a fist, waiting till the healer was done and he’d gotten a sling for his arm.
“I don’t understand what’s happening.” He confessed quietly to Liz but he could hear murmurs of the same conversation all around them. If this happened to the Dark every once in awhile then they might lose a few battles or win a few, having no restraint on their instinct. His mind thought to his arrow and where it was and he sighed heavily, wondering if he’d ever get it back.
“Hey,” He called over to N.V. “How long does this last?” He asked, hoping the answer would be ‘only a few hours,’ or ‘just till morning.’
The manor was ironically peaceful compared to what was going on miles away. Artemis watched Joseph resting without trying to be noticed. According to Karim, she was going to appear hours later. Maybe it was time for her to rest too. The Ba'al sat at the chair Joseph was relaxing and hugged her knees. She watched the morning for a while before her eyes closed and she took a quick nap.
"What is all this commotion?" Johar's booming tone echoed in the big room and he glared at the soldiers with narrowed eyes before his gaze dropped on Eric who was struggling to fly. The cold breeze hit his face and the minister noticed one of the windows broken. Pressing his lips together, he frowned at the guards. "I thought you were supposed to keep an eye on him." Not listening to any excuse or apologise, Johar made his way to Eric. "You find it funny? Wasting my time?" And then he mercilessly punched the hybrid' s face. "Get up." He ordered and walked around him, observing the wings. Maybe he needed some guide. "Come with me." The monster master walked out of the room, climbing down the endless stairs before stopped at a door. "Come out." Johar called behind the door and immediately the door opened revealing Bird who had been ruffling her feathers and bathing herself like an actual bird. Her face brightened up upon seeing her master but Johar just gestured at Eric. "Teach him how to fly."
Bird's expression fell but bowed her head obediently until Johar left. Bird stared at Eric hatefully. "Come in."
She let him in her room. There was a giant nest up in there and some rods poking out of the walls as steps. "Follow me." She hopped on the first rod, Then the second one by flapping her wings. She looked back at the demon to see how he was doing.
Liz stayed by Ryuu's side the whole time, holding his hand reassuringly. She was smiling but her eyes screamed out fear and worry. N.V soon came just with some bruises and small cuts. He knew how to survive. He snickered seeing Ryuu's condition. "Dark sure loves you."
The manor, despite how it looked from the outside, was small in comparison to the larger buildings she’d been in. The halls were dark and there was only one door open from the main hall, the rest were closed and locked tight. Through the open doorway was a sitting room where the soft light from the morning outside came through and someone sat, a key-ring on the table beside him and a blanket around his shoulders. Joseph was curled up on a chair, facing the uncovered window and looking out into the blanketing fog, unaware of Artemis’ presence. The young man looked tired and his usually bright green eyes seemed duller in the soft light.
Eric had stopped pacing when Johar reentered the room and he easily caught the meat the was thrown to him. He scowled as it was raw and he wasn’t one of Johar’s monsters but the order to eat made him grit his teeth and sit unable to stop himself as he feverishly ate what was given to him. It tasted as he expected, chewy, bland, hard to swallow, and he heard one of the soldiers laugh a little too loudly, feeling their eyes on him. He’d also been ordered to try using his wings and they subconsciously stretched, fanning open and flapping a little as he stood. Eric tried flapping his wings a few times but it felt like he was just moving his arms, well moving a pair of arms.
He tried jumping and fluttering a bit but he was just like a bird who hadn’t learned to fly yet, flapping and fluttering and getting nowhere. Again the hybrid heard a few of the soldiers laughing again. Finally an elf called out mockingly.
“Go jump out the window, then you’ll be able to fly!” They laughed again and Eric looked over, glaring, but it had been an order from a light, unintentional but an order nevertheless. He turned away from the snickering group and walked towards one of the windows, pushing on the frame to try and open it. The window was locked and had sat worn and weathered together over the years. He pushed at the window frame again before turning his attention to the glass and punching it.
“Oh Shit!” The window cracked and he heard the soldier’s curse behind him, their footsteps rushing towards him. He punched the window again, breaking a jagged hole through it and he was pushing the rest of the weaken glass away, about to climb out when the soldier’s grabbed him and one of the Light ordered him to stop. With that he did, not fighting as they pulling him back and he stood still with a few soldiers around him and a few inspecting the window he’d broken.
“Fucking Hell.” One of them spat and another finally caught on and punched the one who had made the joke in the arm.
“Don’t give him any more orders, directly on indirectly.” One mumbled to another and the word spread to the rest of the soldiers. Eric just looked down at his cut up hand, he could see the small slices and cuts where the glass shards were stuck, healing slowly, but it was quick enough for him to notice. He didn’t pay the soldiers around him any mind till one drew their sword and shooed him back, watching him retreat back to the middle of the room before they sheathed it and looked back towards the window.
Ryuu tensed as the window opened and he jumped back, trying to get to the far side of the room as the two vampires pounced on him.
“No! Stop!” He gasped and felt the sharp pain of Theodore biting him. His hand pushed back against the vampire before Romeo yanked on his torn up arm and he gasped, being pulled between the two. He then heard Liz shouting as she kicked open the door. He felt Romeo let go of him and soon the two Vampires were hissing, both darting out the open window as fast as they’d entered. The Summoner slowly sat up, holding his neck and he felt Liz rush over to him.
“Wait.. I can’t go out there.” He hoarsely whispered and he saw Liz look at him frightened for his life.
“You have to,” She said, still supporting his weight. “You might die if you don’t.” He looked down at this notion and let Liz lead him out. Quickly they made their way to a servant’s wing where most of the human servants and some lower guests were hiding waiting out the night of madness. Some were hurt but none as badly as Ryuu was. He was quickly ushered into a room and a healer began tending to him as his vision swam and he struggled to stay awake.
This All Demon had too much power. She felt sorry for this world. Good thing he was not interested in an ending world like Muerte . With just one push she was just in random place. She had just travelled miles? The Ba'al gulped, nervous that she would not be able to pay anything. Maybe he would just let it go due to time? Pushing aside these thoughts, Artemis observed her surroundings. Good thing was that she was still invisible so she was much safer in there. She saw the manor and hesitated before going towards the door. She called Joseph but then realised she was still mute so sighed silently and snuck in. She looked around, wondering whose manor it was.
Soon Juno was done and she quickly gathered the cleaning stuff and hurried out. The stain was cleaned but the smell still remained. Johar entered the room again with a piece of meat. If he wanted to fight, He had to be kept strong so bread was not going to grant him mich stamina for his training. He just threw the meat at the hybrid. "Eat. After that, try to use your wings. You are useless on the earth." And with that, he walked out again as he was sure that Eric would obey his orders.
A werewolf's bite is the most painful injury. But soon someone came which made the pain feel dull and unimportant. The scent of blood was heavy in his bedroom which dragged the vampires in of course. Under the effect of the All Demon presence, they were silent and bloodthirsty, moving around with no sound, almost having no presence.
The window opened and the cold wind rushed in but nobody showed up. As the curtains moved wildly, two shadows appeared and disappeared behind the curtains. Then, Ryuu was tackled down on floor and Theo hissed in his ear before biting into the poor victim's neck. Romeo couldn't wait and just grabbed on the injured arm to feast on the fresh wound. Maybe it was Ryuu's end but...
"G-get away from him!" Liz had kicked open the door and was holding a sword offensively towards the two vampires who just ignored her and kept drinking from Ryuu. Liz gritted her teeth and suddenly charged forward, managing to get their attention. Theodore immediately pulled out his sword and smacked away the sword from her hands, making her yelp and stand back. Romeo leaped at her but she had a back up.plan. The blonde threw a small bottle at Romeo' s face. It broke and the garlic powder went into his mouth and eyes. Immediately Romeo shrieked and held his swelling face. Theodore covered his nose from the horrible smell of garlic. They were not in their right mind so they saw no reason to insist staying here. They just wanted blood so the two Dark hissed and fled from the window. Liz sighed in relief then rushed to Ryuu's side."R-ryuu!" She became pale seeing his injury then quickly ripped off a part of her dress and tied it tightly. She then supported his weight to take him to a healer which was not Dark and crazed. "H-hold on..." She took her sword again and held it firmly before walking Ryuu out.
Karim looked at Artemis with just a glance when she touched his arm. She was being much braver now. “[b To no man’s land. Heh, heh. Artemis?]” He said in a questioning voice, sounding like he didn’t take any offence to being called just like Lilith. “[b Where do you think I took Joseph?]” He asked, turning to her and opening his massive wings as he faced her.
“[b You want to be taken to him, fine, I can arrange that, but this is the last favor you get from me… I hope you have something precious that you don’t mind losing. Because this deal is going to cost you dearly.]” With that, he gave her a sharp push back, and as she stumbled, blinking, she was suddenly in another place, the light of dawn creeping over the rocks and a thick fog lying as far around as she could see. There was a well sized manor behind her and the front door was slightly ajar. Other than that there was nothing by the fog, the light, and the wind.
Eric growled as his head was yanked up on and his jaw tightened at the order. Come to his senses. He rolled when Johar threw him and he caught himself from sliding into the monster’s corpse. He slowly stood again as the minister left him and he began to pace around, one hand still on his head as he walking. He wasn’t completely alone, there were soldiers all around the room and most of them were either watching him and watching outside. Some of them were even chatting among themselves like nothing had happened. Eric didn’t go near any of them as he walked. When Juno came in, he stopped and looked towards her, but he didn’t watch her for very long and he just continued to pace, avoiding going near her as well.
“No..” Ryuu winced, croaking out his protest while Dosia just laughed and spun away. Sorit’s greenish yellow eyes never left him and his right ear only flicked as he was given permission to attack. The werewolf’s jaws opened wide and he ducked his head down, snapping them closed over Ryuu’s left shoulder. The man suddenly shrieked and he began to struggle but there wasn’t any getting away. He was left wailing as he felt his left arm being shredded in Sorit’s teeth but slowly, slowly the pain made him come to his senses.
He, of course, hadn’t left without his arrow and with his right arm he reached for it, crying out as Sorit chewed at his hand, ruthlessly yanking and shaking his head from time to time. The arrow then was in his side and Sorit jumped at the shallow stab, snarling and turning to snap at the minor annoyance. It was enough of a distraction for Ryuu to pull himself back and he watched as his arrow was yanked out. Then the Werewolf turned back to him, teeth bared and bloodied. Maybe the pain didn’t bring all of the dark back to their former selves.
Seeing the slightest step forwards from the wolf, Ryuu ran back down the way he’d come, blood dripping down from his ruined arm. Terror shot through him as he heard Sorit’s swift pounding steps behind him and he rounded a corner sharply, seeing his room, with the absence of the two fighting females, and he sprinted for it. The werewolf’s claws scraped the floor and a loud growl echoed in the hall. The Summoner had just enough time to slam his door shut before he heard Sorit ram into it. Snarling and growling at the other side. That soon turned into quiet sniffing and after a few minutes silence. But Ryuu didn’t dare open the door again.
He’d lost his arrow fleeing so he wouldn’t be able to do any powerful summons quickly. It now lay just outside of Dosia’s chamber door, but he didn’t think about that for long. He just sniffled and walked back to his bed, holding his arm in pain and eventually wrapping it up in his jacket, hoping he wouldn’t bleed out.
Hours?! Artemis huffed again and glared daggers at Karim's back. What he said next, which sounded meaningless to Artemis made her rise an eyebrow and approach the All Demon with more bravery. "New ages? You mean everything is going to fall apart?" She felt her heart sink at the thought. Changing didn't always mean good. Realising that she was not going to get anywhere by trying to get answers from Karim, She sighed in defeat. "Stealing one's will is not any better than death, if not worse." The Ba'al mumbled before suddenly touching Karim's arm so slightly, just to prove she was determined and serious about it. "Take me to Joseph. At least he is not passing a foolish 'test'. He wanted to go to the no man lands...So I will take him there. He is only a human, he shouldn't get caught in middle of war [b you] escalated." Her hand dropped to her side, the female looking away. "In other words, you [b created]. By [i mating] with a human being. As desperate as your [b mother] to have a seed." She felt anger growing in her. She wanted to attack but swallowed down the rage and tool a deep breath, repeating with a much softer tone.
"Take me to Joseph."
Johar smirked in pleasure, now getting the idea of Eric actually being useful in the war. He could tear up any Dark...soon. His smirked changed into a frown when Eric again acted strange and paranoid.Johar didn't approve of this.He couldn't just fool around and faint after any single murder. Growling, the minister rushed to the hybrid threateningly and reached down, grabbing a horn to pull him up again. He stared into his eyes, hissing. "Pathetic, come to your senses!" He gave a rough shake to his by his horn before throwing him across the room on the blood puddle on the monsters. He left then, letting Eric be by himself. Cyan entered after a while and sighed seeing the mess he had to clean. But then he grinned to himself. He didn't have to do the dirty work. Juno was not to just sleep and eat all the time. He only did the favour of dragging the corpse of monster out to feed it to other monsters before fetching Juno.
The kid came with bucket and mop, hardly keeping her balance with the heavy objects as she stumbled in. She set the bucket and mop down, picking a cloth to wipe on the mess, her face pale but working hard to finish in time. She didn't even react to Eric, scared to get a beating from the teenage servant for slacking.
"Sorit. You are scaring our flyyyy~" Dosia cooed and approached the two with a tilted head. She hugged the wolf and rubbed his neck lovingly, looking down at the still tackled Ryuu. Her eight eyes glowed sinisterly as grinned wide. "But you are right. He came here without permission. Why does this 'Light slave' thinks he is better than us?" She scratched Sorit's ears, purring softly into them. "Let's make this night unforgettable for him. Then he realises [b I] should be the one he is scared of. Not the useless queen of Light." Chuckling, she stood and twirled again. "Sorit, please teach him a lesson. I am not kind the whole time. He had his chance and 'dared' to mock my kingdom so...if he likes to be imprisoned and tortured that much...I will grant it~ How generous of me. After this small lesson, you will hang to my web forever until I decide to feed on you. Isn't this wonderful, lapdog? This is just how you want the Dark to be! Meanie and cruel, Let's see how your darling queen wants to save you!" She laughed and twirled more, letting Sorit do whatever he wanted except killing him instantly.
Karim looked back at Artemis coolly and stated, “[b You never said how you wished to be brought back here but you made it painfully clear why you wanted to come back.]” He said watching her stand ridged and frown annoyed.
“[b Also, why I interfere should be none of your concern. Eric is just passing another test I’ve set out for him. He won’t be killed from this, I’ve made sure of that. But for your form here…]” He paused looking at her and he finally gestured towards her with one clawed hand. “[b You should be back to… ‘Normal’ I guess in a few more hours. Able to be seen and heard and do things just as you were able to before.]” He said it like that fixed everything and he turned away from her, but he didn’t leave.
“[b It’s been so long, and so fruitless.]” He said solemnly, not giving any context to what he was talking about. “[b Waiting all these years will do that, but new ages begin all the time. This will be no different.]”
Eric waited for the monster to charge again and he swiftly danced out of it’s path. He then heard what the minister said and he looked over his shoulder, his golden eyes burning with as much hate as he could show. The monster charged towards him again and he disappeared in a blur to meet it. He aimed to finish this quickly. First two deep slices appeared on both the monster’s front and back leg on it’s left side and it fell over, kicking and snarling. Then another fast cut ripped upwards from it’s right flank to the side of its neck and blood squirted up, spraying a little on Eric as he stood over the dying monster. The harder he pressed with his touch, the deeper the cuts were and the spray of blood seemed to dull his senses just enough that he developed another headache.
Wincing, he brought a hand up to his head before a paranoia slowly set in. What was he actually doing here? He glanced over with just his eyes from behind his hand and he could see Johar’s slight expression. What was the minister planning? His alertness had suddenly jumped for some reason and he looked away from Johar, biting his tongue and stepping back from the monster’s corpse. His hands were sticky with blood and the headache was slowly growing. He needed another order, another action, the idle hurt and was too much with the sudden paranoia too. He crouched down again and squeezed his eyes shut, holding his head in both of his hands and he felt his breathing pick up.
This was the same reaction Eric had given after he’d answered Johar’s questions the best he could. Shutting down and blocking out all everything could.
Ryuu wanted to wonder, wanted to walk and see and hear and discover the secrets of the castle. When he was grabbed that desire turned into the want to flee and escape, and luckily he did. He hear the birds song and he slowly followed after it, vaguely knowing where he was going. He paused at the threshold of her doorway and started towards Dosia, seeing her room covered in spider's silk and spun into a large nonsense like web. He stood still as she smiled and spun and he hardly notice the growling behind him before a heavy coarse furred creature pounced on him. The wind was knocked out of his lungs and he saw the silver and brown furred werewolf standing over him, teeth bared and eyes, wide and wild.
Sorit had reverted to his primal instinct and his deep desire to protect Dosia showed through this. He knew Ryuu couldn’t be trusted and he knew the Summoner only meant harm to his Queen. The werewolf snarled and opened his jaws, snapping his teeth down at the pinned man in an aggressive manner. He was trying to decide how to get rid of him and he didn’t notice that Dosia had stopped twirling.
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