-Mean while in Lorewall in the industrial estate Sarah walked around searching for her sister. It was getting dark for the night the night it seemed to be about 7:50pm, her bright golden hair was now starting to stick up form the lack of care to it as well she had not been able to groom in so long. Sarah’s beautiful white dress was now just a filthy dark white that had dirt all over it, she hated how she felt it was almost like she was an untouchable to everyone in the city. She sighed as she was starting to get hungry hearing her stomach grow. The twelve year old looking girl couldn’t help but feel helpless now that her creator was gone. She finally passed an alleyway where had turned too hopping to find a place of shelter not knowing she was being followed by someone of evil intent. Going behind the dumpster that was there she quickly find a cardboard box to wrap herself in trying to see if she warm herself as she said.- “Father. You were my creator yet why did you leave us with nothing to survive. Did you think so little of my and anya? Where we just your tools? You made us from your own being yet you did not plan for what would happen after your death.” -tears were falling from her eyes as she said this trying to think as why Shadow could not have done something to help them more. Countless worlds from her home she couldn’t think of how to find the one name Charlotte the one who her father trusted. She was lost in a city that she knew nothing about.-
At these word, Charlotte hurried after Arren, looking back at the rock he mentioned and going towards the door.
“Wait…don’t mention my family like that and walk away from me.”
But as soon as he mentioned the stone, he disappeared from sight.
“ARREN!…This isn’t a game. Show yourself.” Charlotte was now frantic, and wanted to know what that stone had to do with everything. Was it a portal device? Or something more sinister?
Imay was a little surpised at how fast his work on the stones was going, though he figured it had to do with this area his uncle Arren controled. “Oh this had to be the one fight you couldn’t make it to brother” he said quietly to himself as he picked up the marble stone worried about what might happen next. When Jalal returned from his walk Imay had placed a small pouch, marked with a dragon, on the table where Jalal had been. “Oh Jalal you might find some usefull tools in there.” Imay said criptictly as he pointed to the pouch. “Can’t tell you how much draconic material i’ve saved in that but it should be enough.”
At the entrance gate of Lorwall, a woman in white and red robes whose hair was the shade of rusty metal, long auburn hair with a slightly shine to it since she was caught in the soft drizzle though she could not have predicted weather for it was not her talent. This fair toned woman was really 5’6″ but with the wooden sandals she wore on her sock covered feet only rose her height about an inch. Her hair moved in front of her eyes to conceal the brightness they seem to hold in the growing darkness but on her hips was a Wakizashi, its entire length nineteen inches long and its casing was beautifully decorated with painted traditional Chinese dragons of green, blue, red and white. Thought there was Japanese calligraphy in the center but to those who can read the language, the characters that were carved into the sheath was her name, Gabriel Silverfang. On the side of her hip was a mid-ranged weapon called Kusarigama and Gabriel was smart about covering the blades since she was trying to prevent her robes from being torn by the weapon’s sharpness though she had tied the hilts of the weapons together with thin rope. There was a metal Yami on her back though it was lightweight so it would be good for Gabriel to maneuver around on her travels as she contained a rather large quiver of metal arrows that was made for her and her bow.
As soon as Gabriel turned down a street, she saw a child who look just about twelve years old disappear into an alleyway then turned to see a a being who had looked to have some evil intent hidden in its facial features. A soft growl had escaped from her lips as her body crouched slightly, swinging her hand back to grip the cloth covered hilt of her katana, her fingers tightening around it as she slipped into the shadows to conceal her presence, tracking the evil one who, in her opinion looked like it was going to do something rather wretched to the poor little girl who was all alone and homeless.
He had with him three steaming cups, one of which he drank from and urged her to sit, for he had and was ready to explain..in part.
“This is no game. I simply need somethings before we discussed. As well I offer two solutions to you.”
“Solutions? Wait..what are you talking about? You refer to my family like you know me that well. What did you do? Mind link to Conan and eaves drop?” Charlotte sat indignantly and continued to look fierce. The box beside her caught her attention, but she figured that was not of importance.
In my own knowledge I know as much about you as my son in law does. I need not explain how or whether you understand.”
Charlotte looked at the steaming cup of tea and made a face.
“I rather coffee…cream with sugar…THEN you can lay it all out on me…okay?’
Jalal thought to himself that this material would make an excellent pyramid device. He could use this to create a draconic calling device. They had not been able to find material in many years that had been unsullied left of the dragons. The splugorth had taken all of it or spoiled it with their touch. He could do much with this. If he could but call a true dragon to the realm he might be able to be granted a wish or a similiar ability. He had heard tale of how the dragons taught the first Atlanteans the power of crafting the tattoos. He did not know if he would be able to be granted such a boon, but he was in both shock and awe at Imay’s gift. He had given it to him as if it were refuse. To him this was beyond treasure!
Thank you Imay! I will do much with this!
“Dao Tsu Arren, I know I have not prayed to you before but please hear my eager plea. I need your help to guide me in the fight that is about to unfold before me for these two oponents look like they will be difficult to face. So please, guide me as to do what is right for I have not fought against Knights of their power magnitude.” she whispered to herself then inhaled sharply then exhaling silently, now ready to fight a fierce battle.
She held her head up high and turned down the alley way, slowly drawing her katana from its sheath, “You two Knights, step away from the little girl and let her go!” she yelled, her voice being louder than normal from the anger she had held back. Her bright blue eyes seemingly piercing straight into their eyes, her lips pulling back to let out a louder growl from earlier. She positioned her right foot and leg in front while the left helped keep her balance, finally drawing her katana out, now placing her free hand on the bottom of the hilt and prepared herself for battle.
That said, she reached for the cup of tea, the red one, that was on his left. She held it up to her lips, staring at Arren suspiciously, then started to drink the tea, finishing it in one go and setting the empty cup down beside her. For measure, she opened her mouth and stuck out her tongue.
“There…I drank it. Okay…why..why do I feel funny?” Charlotte said, as the view from her eyes started to blur. She raised her hand in front of her face, and it was like there was two of them. “Woooooo.”
“Oh and before I forget careful with any crimson skin, or scales in their it has a touch of demonic energy.” Jalal had never heard of a pairing of demons and dragon kind as far as he had known such was impossible. Especially given their natures. Demons were beings of chaos and sought to constantly destroy anything that created, Dragons were those who came from dreams as he had been taught. He did not understand why any Dragon would have submitted to that or how a offspring could have even come to be. His mind spun with questions, this spell might very well backfire when he made this as if any of the crimson material was used it would end up allowing the demonic blood to taint the spell form. He was not sure what would happen if that occured. A rift like that could even call the Splugorth into this world, It could be a curse rather than a gift.
Jalal’s demeanor changed vastly as he cleaned away every bit of red material, placing it into a seperate container. His enhance vision allowed him to inspect every inch of the material and seperate all of it carefully. He offered a silent prayer as he began working it into a tiny pyramid Speaking in true Atlantean of the names of the first Dragons…
” Siksta Svant Ith, Thurkear Welun Jaxo” he said in solemnly
He finally finished the carving chanting the power of the ley lines themselves into the object. As he did he began to glow and the power of the nearby lines began to intersect within him and draw into him and through him flowing into the object of his creation forming into a small pyramid..
-Relic had thought the priestess to be harmless as she had gotten between them. She attempted to spin around trying to cut them. However she was not fast enough as Coraline moved her giant sword around to stop her motion from spinning. Only to allow Relic to move away from the back as he regained his position only to watch the priestess launch such a accelerated attack upon them he was unsure what to do as he looked to Coraline wondering if she could handle such an attack. Sarah started to tremble again thinking she should run but couldn’t move an inch from fear. At heart she knew she could help however she was hungry, tired and most of all out of energy. Coraline said to Relic.- “It seems we will need to stop this lady before we can grab the key Relic.” -Relic nodded as he reached into his jacket pulling out a vial of dark crimson liquid as he tossed it towards the priestess wondering if she would see this coming. If this vial would come near her within ten inches of her it would explode into a burst of tiny harden blood spikes. This was a test of her speed.–
From that moment, everything in that time went to black.
Colours like a kaleidoscope swirled and danced as Charlotte roused from her state of unconsciousness, only to find herself in a new place all together. Her green eyes darted around the room, as she started to get feeling in her body. Charlotte’s breathing was labored, due to the shock of the shift into the afterlife.
“Where am I?” She asked herself in a quiet voice, subdued by the magnitude of what Arren had done. The bebilith maid swallowed and touched herself to see that this was real and not a dream “I am never drinking tea again.” She thought to herself, as the sudden realization of where she actually was hit home.
An opulent ball room. Magnificent in size and grander. Must have been hundreds of years old. A vast expanse of space, marble floors and columns, with rich designs in the architraves, and cornices. It was almost fairy tale like, and Charlotte wondered when Prince Charming would step out from behind a door and try to fit her with a glass slipper.
Spinning around slowly, the image on one of the walls, was a picture of three pyramids. Narrowing her gaze, Charlotte recognized this, and wondered where on earth she had seen it before. Only when she looked over at the windows, did she see what could well have been the fairy tale Prince after all. With jet black hair and wearing a suit fit for a royal, she had to wonder who he really was.
But when he turned around, Charlotte’s heart almost stopped. It was Shadow Eris Gorya.
“No…no….it can’t be you.” Charlotte started to take a step back, and shook her head. “You’re dead. I got the letter. You can’t be alive. No…Wait…does that mean, I’m dead? I SHOULD NEVER HAVE DRUNK THE TEA!”
Poor Charlotte thought..she had died. But had she?
He heard in his trance state Imay say….
“Um before you finish you might want to think where you are right now.”
Jalal hopefully did not disturb to much the denizens here with his draw of the planes energy.
As he slowly came out of the trance he looked towards Imay and said..
” It is done. I hope I have not disturbed the powers over much Imay. “
He turned and looking seriously, was in an odd sense of calm.
The Crimson material he had already stored away for later use. “This particular spell would have wrecked havoc in a place like this had I used that crimson material. i needed to use only the purest energy in a pure nexus or else draw forth possible entities. That would not be well as we are guests. I fear I may have already overstepped my bounds but this may help our cause much and was done in but the purest of ways. I think we all should be pleased. “
As soon as Gabriel cleared her mind, something stirred within her mind, body, and soul. A power that has been partially awakened though she felt it before when she had fought against strong demons that attacked her temple. And Arren could feel the power of a Sound Volfen stir within this woman. Gabriel closed her, her hair slowly fanning out though she was not moving but the sound around her seemed to vibrate faster than usual, causing it the be louder and stronger. A white aura started to appear around Gabriel’s feet, slowly making its way up her frame as if its fingers were crawling and digging into her body as more were being created as others disappeared into her flesh and bone. The silken fabric of her robes flapped violently as her power only grew in moments of her standing there. Her hands gripped the hilt of her katana while she moved back into her beginning stance to prepare herself for battle though she does not know the outcome if she takes on both Knights at the same time. Moments had passed and her body was now surrounded by this aura, her eyes slowly opened to reveal bright teal blue eyes that was glowing by the rim of her eye color. Gabriel smirked then looked up at the vial that was throw up into the air that was aimed for her. She took note of the dark crimson liquid, trying to figure out what the blood inside of that vial would do and how much damage it would inflict if it broke before her. Though she made the decision to dash toward the two Knights then change direction to only move around them. The air and sound of her running past them could be her but her movements were to fast for the untrained eyes then turned back around, gripping her sword more to ready an attack that will probably take Coraline and Relic by surprise.
-Shadow shook his head as he said to her in a tone she would remember when they would talk in private.- “I am dead Charlotte. You however are only visiting me, I have been watching you since I passed.” -he stepped towards her again getting only a step away within arms length from her as he moved his hand forward towards her face. Shadow’s hand would attempt to touch her cheek to caress it as he did before when she was sad. He tell her heart might be filled with sadness of his death. He closed his eyes as he said.- “Charlotte I am sorry I could not have been there when you needed me. I took necessary steps that were needed, I thought I would have time to say goodbye before it happened. Instead I only sped up my death. I have only one regret for the things I have done. That is that I was not able to able to see you and my daughter one last time.” -he looked into her eyes as smile only to show his emotions to someone who knew him better than most. He saw that she was in fact wearing his pendant he left for her as he placed his finger on it the pendant.- “You have faced greater loss than anyone I have ever known Charlotte. Even so I know you have limited time here with me. I will answer any questions you have within the two hours. I wish we would have had more time.” -Shadow was happy to see her but in the end he was dead. He had a rest that most men would have wanted over five hundred billion years ago. He was old yet he was happy to see his best friend.-
-mean while Arren listened to the woman praying to him as he heard the words he would never thought to hear.-
“MiLord, I am facing two Knights of Salvation and they are planning on doing something with a little girl named Sarah Daybreaker. I want to save her but the only way I could do such thing is to defeat these two. My mind is clear and open for you to help me with this event. I am in debt for such help since I have never prayed to you before in my existence,”
-Arren’s eyes shot open as he thought. “Sarah Daybreaker this is something that I can’t ignore” -his spirit would lift from his body becoming one with Gabriel as he spoke.- “You must keep her alive at all cost…” -when he became one with Gabriel his spirit would detect something as this girl was of his creation she was a Volfen of the Sound Clan as he said.- “You must listen to me. You are a Volfen of the Sound clan, you are of my creation you need to focus. I will guide however you will need to use sound through your sword. You are one of the last of your kind.” -he started to gather sound through her being assisting her to use sound.-
-Coraline was some how throw in Relic’s direction the small little girl would land on her feet just nicely as she looked to Relic as she questioned.- “Well what should we do?” -she did notice this would be hand full for both of them. This woman’s speed was incredible something that they normally don’t see everyday. Relic chuckled as he said.- “Go on Coraline have some fun with her. She seems a little on the slower side for me.” -Coraline gave a insane giggle only to reach into her dress pocket digging for something as she pulled out a small pill. She placed the pill between lips pulling it into her mouth with her tongue you could hear her bit down on the pill as it cracked. Nothing had seemed to change about her eating the pill as she giggled even more. Coraline spoke to the woman as she said to her.- “Well if you want to go fast I don’t mind. It always makes it fun to move faster.” -she gave a devilish smile as she moved forward at a blazing accelerated speed that even would seem to match Gabriel’s own. Coraline cocked back her blade as she swung it widely attempting to come across to the Priestesses right side in an attempt to cut her in half.-
When Shadow attempted to reach out and touch her cheek, caress it like he used to do when she was younger, the bebilith felt the rising tide of tears, a ball coming up her throat, as she felt the sting in her eyes, the sharp pain in her nostrils. One thing that Charlotte had never been able to get over, was losing the ones she loved so early in her life. If she could have taken their place she would have.
Had Shadow truly been watching over her this entire time? Was it his voice that she heard in her dreams, was he the one that urged her to carry on during her darkest hours? The more she thought of it, the more she realized it was true. The anger in the Bebilith evaporated, lost to a wave of sorrow and regret for all the years they had been apart.
“Charlotte I am sorry I could not have been there when you needed me. I took necessary steps that were needed, I thought I would have time to say goodbye before it happened. Instead I only sped up my death. I have only one regret for the things I have done. That is that I was not able to able to see you and my daughter one last time.” ‘
A single tear ran down her face, as she took all this in. “I needed you, Shadow. More than I even realized. Look what I have become.” The Bebilith felt the self hate welling and she sniffed brushing away the tear. The mention of his daughter had her bring up the back of her hand to her mouth, to stop a cry from escaping, knowing his daughter was with her own children now. She deserved to have her father at her side. Why was Charlotte given this chance at a last goodbye and not her? A cruel twist in fate?
Her eyes darted about, waiting for Arren to appear and drag her back. So he was the God that could control the world of life and after, and she turned around and screamed at Arren “You torture me through Heaven! He has a child. HE shouldn’t have died!” Swinging back to Shadow, her grief was considerable, as her brain was pounding, like she was experiencing a migrane.
“You have faced greater loss than anyone I have ever known Charlotte. Even so I know you have limited time here with me. I will answer any questions you have within the two hours. I wish we would have had more time.” Two hours wasn’t enough, she had so many questions. Raising her head slowly, as the madness edged away, she did ask a question, a very important one.
“Does your daughter have any idea how much you loved her? She is with my children right this minute, and there is someone after her, and I don’t know who.”
She reached to touch him, even though he was not real;
“Help me, help her please?”
Atlanteans thought themselves stronger then that, in the end the pride had gone before the fall. Hence why they became as they were. They valued life above all and always sought to destroy the evil wherever he found it. It was the one way in which he could redeem his race.
However this gift Imay had given him was rare. To make a clean draconic pyramid might allow him to call a new dragon. One who might bestow a boon that would allow them again to fight against the spulgorth and reclaim Atantis.-
“What is a Volfen? How am I your creation? Why am I one of the last of my kind? I have so many questions that concern to myself and where I came from but that will come later, I suppose. And I will do my best to listen to your guidence, MiLord,” she thought then turned her gaze to the duo, her eyes seemed to pierce their souls through both of their eyes.
As soon as Arren began to gather sound within her being, she gripped her sword tighter for she was unaware how much potential she has and has not discovered. Gabriel tilted her head as she used her hearing to listen to the short conversation between Coraline and Relic and she did not like how Relic said she was slow. It enraged her but she kept her calm stature like she was taught as a child prodigy and kept her chi in balance. She drew a breath into her lungs, savoring the scent of the air though it had a musty scent and exhaled silently. She moved her gaze over to the little girl who gave an insane giggle which was at a frequency that was a bit high for her. Her eyes followed Coraline’s hand, watching her rumage around in her pocket for something though Gabriel did not know what it was. She watched her place a pill of some sort between her lips and witness her grab it with her tongue. ~Crunch~ Gabriel heard Coraline bite down on the pill, listening to her chew on the now broken pill. She stepped back a foot or two to only swing her sword in a downward diagnol direction as a visible soundwave was rapidly shot from her Wakizashi since the wave was aiming for Coraline.
-Shadow took his hand from her cheek as it grasped her shoulder firmly only to have him smile as he said.- “You Charlotte have turned into a fine woman and mother. However remember the words I told you the last time we spoke.” -he took his hand from her shoulder as he smiled only to place his finger on her chest directly over her heart. His eyes would gaze into her eyes deeply as if he was seeing straight through her.- “I will never leave you. I will always been in your heart when you need me in your darkest hours of life. Whether I am dead or living.”
-He was speaking nothing but the truth as he could feel his finger slightly touching the pendant he left for her in his will. He could only smile at her next words for a the brief moment as he heard them loud and clear from her.-
“Does your daughter have any idea how much you loved her? She is with my children right this minute, and there is someone after her, and I don’t know who.”
-Shadow’s facial expression went from the large smile he had to serious at the question to him as he sighed. He knew who she talked about and knew it was time to give Charlotte the full truth of who Anya and Sarah really were. They were much like his children but so much more they were apart of him. He too a deep breath as he looked into Charlotte’s eyes as he spoke.- “You speak of Anya I do love her with all my heart, She knows this better than anyone. However She is not entirely my child, She was not born through a woman. I created her and her sister from the essence of my own being. Long ago when I was but a boy, I was told that my heart was a gate way to the layers of Limbo where all evil is expelled.” -Shadow’s eyes did not waver from her as he was keeping his serious expression as his hand left Charlotte’s body while he continued.- “After being told such a thing, in case anything would ever happen to me, I created two keys that could keep that gateway from being used. Those keys were my weapons that were created from my very being, Anya and Sarah are in my eyes my daughters by they are not my blood daughter’s. Emiko is the daughter I spoke about Charlotte. However the person you speak about that is after Anya. Is the one who killed me.” -he knew this would a lot to take in yet he knew this was needing to be said to her. He heard words from Charlotte’s lips that one would make him think of what he had doen for her and family.-
“Help me, help her please?”
-He felt her hand touch his face as he closed his eyes as he looked at the pendant she wore as he smiled yet again as he placed his hand on her chest as he got closer to her feling her heart beat.- “Charlotte, I have helped you. I fore saw things that would happen and things that could happen. I saw my fate as I saw what would have happened if I stayed to fight this person. I could not bear to see my friends, my family, and your future be destroyed. I gave parts of my very soul to push the hand of a God. So that you and my Legacy may live on. I gave away selflessly to provide a hope for everyone. Charlotte I lived a long life it’s time that you live yours out just as I did but on a different path. I knew that if I did what I did to help prepare you and everyone for the fight ahead that it would mean my own death. I accepted this with honor as a Goryan.” -Shadow smiled as he felt the beat of her heart as he could only chuckled as he closed his eyes.- “You have the Heart and will of my family.” -he slowly leaned his head forward as he attempted to peck her on the cheek as he would bring himself back as he waited for anymore questions he could bring forth to her.-
-Arren heard the young female Volfen’s strong words and even her questions as he could only get frustrated as he listened.-
“It will be my honour to protect her with all of my strength and will, MiLord,”
“What is a Volfen? How am I your creation? Why am I one of the last of my kind? I have so many questions that concern to myself and where I came from but that will come later, I suppose. And I will do my best to listen to your guidance, MiLord,”
-Arren could tell she had many questions about her own race as he growled for where she could hear it within her mind. As he said.- “In due time young Wolf. Now you must be careful you are facing someone using enhancement pills. IT seems she uses them to allow her body to rapidly grow in the muscle and speed part of her being. Use sound to it’s full capability now become with nature become one with your strikes.”
-Coraline smiled and giggled insanely as Gabriel swung in diagonal strike as She blocked with her giant sword only to try and disable to the magic she was using as she held her ground giggling looking into the priestess’s eyes as she spoke in such a polite tone.- “You know my sword disables magic. Your sound magic wont touch me.” -she attempted to use her now gained strength and push her giant blade on top of her giggling in all respects only to try and keep her from moving any further. That sound wave that was directed towards Coraline was immediately disrupted by the big blade in hopes that she could not use sound. This was hopefully possible that the sound wave did not touch her. -
-Arren smirked as he chuckled only to tell Gabriel in her mind.- “Let loose the sound barrage”
Charlotte coughed up a laugh, when Shadow said what a woman and mother she had become, turning her head away so he couldn’t see her cry. She opened her mouth and held her head back, as she tried to compose herself, cause this was really too much to believe, till he placed his hands on her shoulders, and she felt the force of his touch….so real. Her head snapped back around, but her chest was rising and falling fast, and her hands were now lowered and balled into fists. Nails digging into her palms so she could feel…..make this real.
Saying that he was in her heart, and watched over her and the children. It was not what she expected, not at all. Those lonely nights in the caverns in the tunnels of Emerald Mountains, laying against the wall and wondering if they would ever get out of it alive, or even finish what they had started. He was there. The pendent around her neck, was partly a link between the two worlds, from Shadow to Charlotte. Only now did she realize its significance.
Charlotte reached up to wipe her nose with the back of her hand, not ladylike, but she was a mess, emotionally. Thoughts turned to his children, or at least what she thought were his children. Turns out…she was wrong.
“You speak of Anya I do love her with all my heart, She knows this better than anyone. However She is not entirely my child, She was not born through a woman. I created her and her sister from the essence of my own being. Long ago when I was but a boy, I was told that my heart was a gate way to the layers of Limbo where all evil is expelled.”
The spider demoness fell back. Wait, she always thought Anya was his flesh and blood, but hearing this had her recoil in shock. “She is with my children, and has that key you speak of…its what the bad people are after.” Charlotte’s face turned to one of shock and then she looked back up at Shadow and said. “My children are in real danger if that key is what you say it is. And if this man had the power to kill you, how on earth are my babies going to stand up to someone like that?” Her green eyes widened in shock, as her maternal instinct kicked in. Shadow was still talking, but it was like she couldn’t hear him as she tried to get a telekinetic link with her children, whispering in her mind in rhefugi, trying to hear something back, as she walked in a small circle with her fists up to her temple. But it was no use. From the afterlife, her children could never hear her. Slowly she dropped her hands to her sides, and looked back Shadow, her face darkening.
Shadow placed his hand on her heart, which was now beating rapidly. He spoke of his sacrifice to push forward the legacy for both himself, and his, as well as Charlotte. Though she was having trouble understanding any of this.
“You have the Heart and will of my family.” He said, pecking her cheek. Being so affectionate and accepting of his fate long before this time. She felt his heart, his love and this was cherished. But she was sent back for a reason, besides this heart warming reunion.. Only with his answers, could she hope to change what is destined to occur.
“But how do I find my own path…when I must fight to protect my children from this man, and not just mine…Anya and her sister?” She looked away a moment, then back up at Shadow. “Or…was this planned all along?”
” So Jalal tell me aside from me have you ever heard of the Goryas before, maybe my father Kilik or my brother Shadow, The Gorya as many know him? ”
Jalal replied ” The Dragons I knew were named Siksta Svant Ith and Thurkear Welun Jaxo. I had never met them though as a child my father spoke to them and I did see them from a distance. They were revered. It was they who warned my father of the doom and allowed us to close the rift and spare the rest of the world. Though Atlantis itself was lost and my father perished in the fight along with many other brave warriors they completed the final design which closed the great rift. It opened nearly three continents wide as a result of the power we had been able to draw. The power we learned to control was vast with technique and design, the dragons always called us the little scientists. Then later the proud warriors when they made us what the darkness feared. Though I have never heard of the Goryan’s I was quite young.
Imay: “Or would you rather meet a dragon for yourself?”
When Imay asked boldly if he would like to meet a dragon for himself he was shocked by the question but also honored..-
” If there will would be to meet me I would like to meet one at that Imay, it would be an honor to meet any dragon’s of this land. ”
“Let loose the sound barrage”
Gabriels eyes went wide at the thought of releasing the stored sound within her body that she felt stir. She wondered what was going to happen to the surrounding area or to the people who are there with her. But with those words basically commanding her to let lose all of the built up sound that was stored within her, her body adjusted her stance to where her feet were shoulder length apart. Gabriel had quickly sheathed her wakizashi, balling up her hands into fist and crossed her arms over her chest as a loud and fierce growl had eminated from this petite form then she flung her arms wide open and ~Boom!~, sound rushed out of her body like angry drivers just getting out of heavy traffic as it screamed loudly like a ton of c4 exploding. The sound barrage rapidly rush in in the forward direction as she directed it to hit both Relic and Coraline. Bits and pieces of the black top that Gabriel was standing on also got flung toward the two Knights as well as other debris was thrown in their direction.
-Shadow paused at these words for he did not know of her path. He could fore see after his death other than there success as he looked down at the floor for a moment trying to find words to tell her what he knew. He could feel her worry, her concern, her sorrow, and most of all he could feel her pain of being in his presents. Shadow turned his head to the windows of this grand ball room they were standing in only to think of words.- “Charlotte I do not know what awaits after you leave here. I see the success you will have. Your path is just a blur after this battle. You will find a way, But you must not forget….” -he lifted his hand only to place his finger on the pendant that hung for her neck as a small fire lit on his finger one that was of multiple colors that had no heat to its touch. Charlotte had nothing to fear from the fire as he continued.- “You will always have assistance from me. I will never leave your heart nor will I ever leave you defenseless. The remain power that was not destroyed from my being has been left with you. My greatest gift I could give to my greatest friend I was given. My daughter may be in the home world of Gorya. However she will look for me Charlotte.” -Shadow’s head would turn towards her as he smiled like he was happy to have her carry out his final request.- “I want you to tell her that I love her. Tell her of my choice, as well make sure my legacy to my grandchildren is never forgotten.” -he looked into her eyes as his gray thunder eyes were focused on her. He knew that time was running short as he asked her.- “May I have that last Dance Charlotte? Before you descend? -he had heard her last words.- “Or…was this planned all along? -He smiled taking her left hand as he pulled her closer to him as he whispered in her ear.- “My death was planned for the moment I saw the vision. The aid to help you was all done from my own sacrifices that I did for the soul purpose of giving you a fighting chance.” -he waited for her only to respond to his question and to his request for her to dance with him as a final goodbye.-
-as Arren disconnected himself from the young female wolf he pondered in his mind of how to go about this since she would soon be left defenseless as he grinned thinking of sending two being only to get up leaving Charlotte’s body for the moment. He started making his way towards the Gardens in hopes of catching his nephew in the moment.-
-As Coraline saw this blast she was flung from her ground as she screamed in a loud tone relic was thrown back only to catch Coraline. As he struggled to keep his ground he slowly thought to himself.- “it’s time for a retreat at this point. Oh what a waste of time.” -Relic quickly moved after being thrown across the street. He quickly disappeared from sight in a quick jump into the air as he said.- “We shall return for her. Mark my words you have chosen the wrong side Young lass”
-Sarah who was behind her was able to quickly absorb the sound and direct it away from her as she rotated the molecules of the air particles to travel passed her. However this was making her unable to move as she collapsed instantly as she tried to regain her figure. She looked up and wondered if the lady was alright. She was safe for now.-
If only Shadow could read her mind, for although he could feel the beat of her heart, and see the worry in her eyes, he couldn’t imagine all the thoughts rushing through. Wanting to embrace this moment, this chance to spend a last dance with Shadow, and worrying about her children and Anya back in the live plain. But the more questions she asked, begged, the more complicated it was all becoming. Anya was not carrying a key, she was the key. Essence of his very soul formed by his hand. Now it all started to make perfect sense.
Charlotte feared for her children against the monster that had taken Shadow’s life, and with good reason. She knew her children were not yet of age to use their full powers, so much she needed to teach them. Charlotte even started to question herself, why she hadn’t started their lessons sooner. Her eyes darted around, as Shadow took a firm tone and sounded off at her, to make her snap from her haze.
“Simple! You have more than just your own being that will protect them. A man who swore an Oath to me once. A man who promised to keep the secret of their true existence. I believe you know who I speak of. He may be wounded but his spirit is stronger than you would think Charlotte.”
“You speak of Conan, the one that came to give us the message of your death. He is the one,. isn’t he? Course, she knew in her heart this was true, for he had made the vow of guardianship over the children and mourned the loss of Shadow as greatly as she did. There was no one else as close to them, by bond of friendship or spirit.
Shadow’s smile and the way he ran his fingers through her hair, had her reach for his hand, to nuzzle and hold to her cheek as she closed her eyes tight. Eyes that were now red rimmed from holding back the wave of tears that threatened to flow down her cheeks. His gentle touch had not changed, and she tried to hold this memory, hold it as tight as she dared. Was it selfish that she wanted just to savor in being in his presence, though all the emotions pulled and tugged at her.
Opening her eyes, she sniffed again, when Shadow told her that though he thought she was his successor he could only see her path to a point, the rest was a blur. Of course, that part of her life had not yet been written in stone, for only she could make the choices that would determine her destiny overall.
“You will always have assistance from me. I will never leave your heart nor will I ever leave you defenseless. The remain power that was not destroyed from my being has been left with you. My greatest gift I could give to my greatest friend I was given.” His words impacted on her so, she wanted to embrace him, hold him close to her. Friendship was indeed the greatest gift a person can give. Absolute trust, compassion and forgiveness for past sins. And she had made plenty. She felt the power of the pendent that rest upon her neck, and this she knew was the ever lasting link. Proof that he would never leave her side….to see him, all she needed to do, was hold the pendant and look to the night sky, to the brightest star, and know he is watching her.
One day, Shadow’s true daughter would come seeking answers, and it will be Charlotte’s place to answer them in full. Shadow’s wish, was that she tell her how much her father loved her. Charlotte heaved a sob and chewed her bottom lip, fighting back more tears. Saying goodbye for another, when they are standing right in front of you, is the most important thing you could ever ask someone to do. The spider demon nodded wordlessly, for she knew her voice was breaking up, and she had never been so emotional before. With her chin trembling she uttered.
“I’ll tell her that the dreams and your legacy must go on through to the next generation, of course. I would wish the same for my kin. To know that the sacrifice was done for them.”
To the right of the room, Charlotte could see a large ornate clock, and time…was running out. Arren had said two hours. Was time almost up? Would she be pulled away? Her eyes searched Shadow’s as he asked of her;
“May I have that last Dance Charlotte? Before you descend?” How could she refuse? Charlotte was drawn into his arms, and she nuzzled her face to his chest with his cheek, holding onto him as though she would never let go. His voice said everything…His death was his choice…so that others may live.
And so…they danced….one last time…
Jalal had not had a glimpse of a dragon since he was a child. There were few who had seen any in his people. Most had not been living during the time of Atlantis itself and were descendanats. He was old by the standards of his people. He had lived a full life and fought well and true as a warrior should. He would continue to for as long as his feet could carry him. The chances of him retiring were slim to none. More likely his sword would simply vanish from his cold dead fingers as the saying went. He would be glad of anything Imay wished to show him. he simply said in response..- ” Whatever you would like to show me would be welcome Imay. I have not seen Dragon’s since I was young. ”
Moments later, she collapsed onto her knees in front of Sarah then looked at her, her bright blue eyes now to their normal color and held a gentle look. Gabriel smiled at her, breathing heavily still but soon gain her stature and calmed her breaths then fell to the ground, laying there unconscious but breathing slowly and almost silently. Her hair had circled around her face as strands clung to her face since she was covered in a thin layer of sweat, her arms laying on either side of her head. The breeze became gentle once more and began to play with her clothing. Gabriel’s subconscious began to wonder if they would be rescued by someone or if they were just gonna sit there and not be rescued.
-Shadow had frowned as he said knowing she would be pulled away from him.- “I thank you my dearest Charlotte for the chance to know you.” -the clouds of the real world would start to wrap around Charlotte slowly pulling her away from Shadow. A tears formed in Shadow’s eyes as they fell from his cheek as he said farewell to his best friend that he had known for so long.- “I bid you farewell for now. You and your kin are welcome to follow me to this place of mine. When the time comes to passing on. I shall watch over you and wait for you Charlotte” -As she was pulled away Shadow had a tight hold of her hand as he didnt want to let go of her. Only to have his grip slip his hand extend the old warrior waits for her return when she has passed on to the afterlife. He will come for her when it is her time.-
-The farewell of two closest friends. The bonds that will never be broken.-
-As Arren walked down to the Gardens he could hear the talk between Jalal and his Nephew. As he came in to the Gardens holding his bo staff as a walking stick with a non-threatening yet very serious look on his face as he said to Jalal and Imayaruk.- “I have a mission for you both. However I need your full focus on this task I am about to give you.” -he looked at both of them not paying attention to what had just taken place within the gardens moments before. Arren was not happy on the grounds that had just taken place.-
-Mean while Sarah and Gabriel had completely exhausted their energy. It seemed as if they were not completely defenseless entirely. A man in a black hooded robe was walking from the distance a spectator in a sense who had watched what had transpired. The man came close to the two as he saw them both passed out. As he smirked under the hood as he said.- “It seems I will have to asst after all.” -he picked up both of them taking them to the back of the alleyway as he smiled placing them both beside each other. The man towered over them shaking his head as he reached into his robe pulling out a small pouch of what sounded like pellets. He opened them up with both hands revealing a Victorian styled cufflinks as he pulled two small beans. He keeled down as placing the beans in both of their mouths as he pressed the jaws of both Sarah and Gabriel. Hear the breaking of the beans he smiled knowing there energy would soon start to recover with those beans. The man had a swift movement of placing the bag back into his robes. His hands would come back out of the robes with a small piece of paper. He placed the piece of paper into the air as he spoke in what would sound like the tongue of the Dragons.- “si relgr forth wer vers di wer zezhuanthi, nomenes svaust tepoha confn ghoros si relgr shafaer dout vers ekess vehafor vi seal vur buala nomenoi mekihlna drekimi persvek asta tairais di rigluin. si gracefully relgr wer lexri di juanth darastrixi protection” (Translation: I call forth the power of the ancients, those who have come before i call on your power to create a seal and cloak these defenseless beings in their time of need. i Gracefully call the words of old Dragons protection) -the moment the man gave his chant he threw the piece of paper towards them which stopped in midair as it slowly started to bleed with ink creating runes on the paper as their bodies would seen by cloaked in an illusion this would make them invisible to the naked eye. The man spoke again.- “I am sorry girls I cant take you with me. I have another engagement to see get to.” -he quickly turned around vanishing form sight as if he himself was an Illusion.-
-The winds have whispered the words of war in the silent night.-
The sound of their hearts melded with the tick tock of the clock, which grew louder, as it counted down the last minutes of this dance of friends. Charlotte didn’t want to go home, not yet. There was so much left unsaid, so many things she wanted to say. Why had fate been so cruel to take him away from her? Yes, he sent Conan to protect her, and for that she was eternally grateful. Her children were safe and her own life he held in her hands in the rapid river. All the while Shadow was watching, guiding with an unseen hand. Ultimately, it was he that orchestrated her survival to this point. Now he had answered the questions that were most important….but one remained.
“Will you be waiting for me, when my time comes? Will you bring me home?” Her eyes implored of him, wanting to know that this will be her place for eternity..some day.
But as she asked the question, she started to hear the clock chime.
“NO…I’m not ready…please Arren…just a few minutes more.” Charlotte begged. But the clock continued to chime, as the black shadow hands started to reach for her, to envelope her, as she struggled to hold onto Shadow, gripping with all her might.
“I bid you farewell for now. You and your kin are welcome to follow me to this place of mine. When the time comes to passing on. I shall watch over you and wait for you Charlotte”
Their hands started to be pulled apart, as the swirling black of reality was trying to tear her away, the image of Shadow growing faint, like an outline….a ghost. Charlotte’s tears fell freely. She wasn’t ready. Charlotte tried with her other hand to grab at him, but the force of the real world was too strong, the enchantment was to be broken, as everything unraveled.
“Don’t let go!” She screamed, as each finger was pulled apart, and then the final chime of the clock.It was too late, she soon vanished into the mist of time, and was returned to her world.
Knowing of the reverence of which Imay shown Arren and how he called him, his Nephew, he understood that there was much more to him than what he knew or understood yet. He bowed slightly and began to gather his supplies together knowing he would soon need to be ready for a mission.His bag was light but he needed to make sure that he had gathered all of his supplies together for whatever Arren had in store for them.
“Let us get ready Imay. We may have little time.”
With the rush of energy that scourged through her nerves and muscle tissues, Gabriel started to regain her consciousness. Her eyes fluttered open, her bright blue eyes retaining their brilliant glow but then faded to a soft but dull gleaming look. Her arms rose to have her palms rest upon the dry black top as she pushed her torso up off the ground and brought her knees under her. Gabriel straightened ber back and she was now sitting on her knees, turning her head to look at the little girl who laid next to her from the collapse of energy. She reached over to only brush her blonde hair out of the way of her face then looked around to see if there was anyone around them. She sighed in relief to see that there was no one else around then moved closer to Sarah, watching over her so no one can take her away from her sight.