Cassy stalked forwards ignoring the complaints of those behind her.
“What do you think you’re doing?” Accailia yelled grasping at her shoulder.
The blond shrugged it off continuing to make her way towards the watchtower. Upon reaching the base of the wooden structure she looked up at the pink and blue haired girl and orange haired boy who waited were looking out a telescope that punctured through the vines. They were whispering quietly to each other, obviously worried about the approaching army.
“Excuse me.” Cassy called up to the two teens.
The turned to face Cassy, the girl yelping and nearly falling back into the dense wall of vines.
“How large is the approaching troop?” The blonde asked bluntly.
“About three dozen.” The boy replied in a slightly nervous tone.
By now the others had arrived and were crowding around Cassy, who ignored them in turn.
“What’s the ratio between mythical and mortal?” She asked, her brows frowned in confusion.
“All mortal.” The girl replied.
“This isn’t right, Douglas over estimates everyone.” When the soft whisper left her lips her eyes widened with realization. “Split the troops between the north and south borders.”
She looked to the others who glared at her order.
“Why would we listen to you?” Kagami huffed.
“You are probably just trying to weaken us so your friends can destroy us.”
“Uh! I’m telling you people the truth, if you value your lives then just listen to me!” Cassy snapped irritably.
The others made no move to cover the southern wall. The blonde glared daggers at group.
“Fine don’t listen to the one person here that in both dimensions would know Douglas inside and out.”
With that she turned and stalked away to the other end of the clearing, sitting in the grass. Those who had been in the nearby watchtowers left to go help the others, leaving Cassy totally alone. She let out a shuddered breath as her trembling hands grasped at the grass.
“Friends, is anyone approaching?” She asked.
A soft breeze cartwheeled into the clearing, the grass around her swayed and the leaves rustled over her head. The quiet murmur of the elements reached Cassy ears in a soft reply.
She growled frustratedly. She had been right and the others hadn’t believed her. She didn’t know how to do this on her own. She was completely defenceless right now. If she continues to tap into her depleted magic energy she’ll start draining her life energy. She hummed to herself in question. Maybe the elements would help her in this way just as they had with being a lookout.
The blonde closed her eyes and the wind picked up in a giant puff, thunder roared from the gathering storm clouds, no doubt work of Storm, the trees branches bowed down towards her, the birds began to let out loud cries, and the shadows quickly grew, stretching towards the girl.
“My friends I must ask your help once more. Lend me your strength so I may protect those I care for.” Cassy whispered.
A warm breeze wrapped around her, encouraging her to stand. She got up and found herself no longer feeling exhausted, her wounds no longer aching. She opened her hand and rainbow shimmers sparkled around her hand, the usage of this magic hardly making difference in her.
The blonde smiled. “Thank you elements, I’m eternally grateful.”
War cries and the clash of weapons rang out from the opposite end of the clearing. Cassy glanced over quickly to make sure everyone was alright but it seemed they were handling the enemy forces. Cassy turned to the wall of vines once more, it trembled as someone on the other side pulled it appart. The blond reflected the light in a way that people coming through the south wall wouldn’t see her. The larger troop of mortals entered the clearing quietly trying not to alert the people across the clearing. Cassy silently flexed her hands, causing the humidity in the air to condense into a ball of water that she then separated, shaped, and froze into spears of ice. They were all in the clearing and heading towards Cassy. The blonde flicked her hand forward and the icicles shot forward striking multiple people down. Instead of impaling people like one might expect it incased their limb in ice that then stuck to the ground where they landed.
The group yelled out in surprise, asking where the icy attack had come from. Cassy simply allowed the wall of refracted light to fall, exposing her to the others.
“You’re plans are so predictable, you must know that at at least one person would figure out that other group was simply a distraction.” She stated bluntly, crossing her arms.
“Cassiopeia?! What are you doing here?” A female voice asked from the back of the group.
The strawberry blond haired seventeen year old walked forward to face Cassy. Cassy looked at Icicle for a long moment with a blank gaze.
“Fighting for the right side.”
With that she twisted her left hand causing a vortex of air to pick up those who hadn’t already been pinned to the ground by ice. She brought her hand up towards the tree tops then brought it down towards the group. The vines in the tree raced down twisting around the bodies of those in the vortex before pulling them up off the ground.
Cassy smirked at the trapped forces. “Too easy. The other’s haven’t even won yet and there are more of them.”
Her smile faltered at her own words, this did feel strange, it should have been more difficult. Perhaps Douglas just wasn’t as creative in this world, after all he didn’t have the same experience trying to defeat her.
She pivoted and began to walk over towards the others.
“Turn around. Turn around.” A familiar airy voice whispered.
Cassy whirled around in time to see a vial of dark liquid falling from someone’s hand and plummeting to the earth. Before she could properly react the glass shattered and there was a small explosion, strong enough to knock Cassy back. She groggily sat up and found a large, bubbling pool of what looked like tar right in front of her, a centimeter from her feet. She scrambled away and stood to face the pool, her brow knotted in confusion. Then a hand of bone, yellowed with age, dripping with black tar, punched through the top layer of thick goop.
Cassy’s face twisted with disgust. “Of course you’d do this Old Man.”
The hand was soon followed by the other which helped pushed up it’s head, midsection, and then the legs. The skeleton wore no clothing nor had any skin. It held was appeared to be a femur bone in his left hand like a club. It’s gaping eyes were black pits with small red dots glowing in the center of the darkness. Several others pulled themselves out of the dark gateway, all exact replicas of the first and more were coming.
Cassy sighed. “There are just some people who exist in this world purely to make my life difficult.”
She unsheathed her sword and looked to the approaching group. What she wouldn’t give to have a her shape shifting sword right now, it would end this fight in a few seconds. Without it, perhaps a few minutes possibly ten if she took time to gloat. Her eyes returned to the army of skeletons. Perhaps the battle would never end if these things kept appearing. The portal they were using seemed to be made of dark alchemy, Douglas’s specialty. Perhaps she could lighten this load with some light.
Cassy stabbed at the ground causing the earth to tremble, the skeletons around her struggling to keep their balance. She jumped onto the hilt of her sword and sprang forward onto the shoulders of the closest skeleton. With one burst of air she once again pushed herself forward off the shoulders of the skeleton who she could hear snap and break when she propelled herself off his shoulders. The gust of air carried her up and over the pool of black magic. Placing her hands one over the other she pushed more of her energy from her chest down her arms and into her hands where a white light welled up. The light then struck down at the center of the pool. The tar hissed as steam rolled over the surface. Cassy manipulated the steam into a stairway of ice and walked down into the once again grassy area. Nothing remained of the portal besides the broken vial.
Cassy let out a small laugh as she kicked a part of the broken glass. “Ha, that wasn’t even difficult to close. The Old Man seems to have lost his touch.”
Bones rattled behind her and her face fell. Standing behind her was an army of roughly four dozen skeletons.
“Perhaps, I should wait a bit for the victory dance.”
She reached for her sword only to find it no longer in her sheath. She looked around to see it on the other side of the crowding skeletons. With a slight groan she took a step away from the masses. Her hand twitched slightly causing the wind picked up, carrying her hair and skirt in a stream in front of her. She slowly crossed her arms in front of her before quickly extending them. A short tornado formed at her feet before zooming off into the crowd, pulling up skeletons like weeds. Those that were sucked up clashed into one another, the thin magical connection between their bones being pulled apart then spit out towards the remaining skeletons. Cassy leapt forward into the distracted crowd, turning into a wolf. She pounced on the skeletons, their frail bones snapping under her weight. Suddenly something hard hit her in the side of the head. She fell to the ground with a loud whine before returning to her human form. She pushed herself up again to look at the skeleton. Its glowing red pinprick for eyes flashed brighter as it raised its club like bone. Cassy let out a menacing growl as her leg swung out, wrapped around the back of the skeleton’s knees and pulled forward. The skeleton hit the ground and broke apart. She scrambled to her feet. There was a ring around her now.
Cassy’s fists turned white as she looked at the group. “You all want to gang up on me? Well, that’s fine by me.”
Her fist slammed into the ground causing the earth in a circle around her to jolt up in random patterns, extending outwards, slamming down a few seconds after rising up. Once the ground stopped moving she once again surveyed her remaining enemies. Only five of the original four dozen remained. She extended a single finger and a bolt of lightning streaked towards them exploding against the ground. The skeletons flew backwards and shattered. All of the skeletons have been defeated.
“Ha! Now I can proclaim victory!” The blonde boasted.
She waited a moment then looked down at her hands. The elements support hadn’t left her yet. She’d won, the other others had almost won, why were the elements still concerned.
A familiar voice above her cursed. Cassy jumped slightly then looked up to see Icicle struggling against the vines. Cassy raised her hand to make more vines restrain the seventeen year old but before she could complete this task she found herself encased in ice from the neck down. Two burst of fire went out simultaneously, one gold the other a darkened mass of blacks, burgundies and purples. The steam created by the combination of fire hitting ice cleared and the now free teenagers face each other.
“Seems you’ve been practicing, when were you going to tell everyone about all those abilities of yours?” Icicle asked coldly, her eyes glaring daggers at the smaller blonde.
“Why would I have told anyone? So Dougie could abuse them? I’m not the old man’s robot, you aren’t either so stop acting like one.” Cassy snapped.
The green eyed girl threw up a wall of water to block an icy gust.
“He’s our leader, your king, don’t you feel any remorse for betraying him, betraying your kingdom.” She accused stalking forward.
Cassy made a point of keeping a safe distance from the unstable girl, the elements could only absorb so much pain.
“It’s better than betraying myself.” She countered.
Icicle’s eyes sparked with fury as dark fire erupted from her hands out towards Cassy who in return threw up her her hands to create her own wall of fire. The blazing heat blazed past her, the heat lapping at her already glistening skin. Even with the elements help she struggled to keep back raging fire that charred the grass around her. Then all at once it stopped. Cassy dropped her wall to see that Icicle was smiling. The blonde whirled around to see that fire had not only damaged the grass but had also burnt away the vines suspending the majority of the enemy forces and ice that had pinned the rest of the troops. They were all getting up and making a run for it. Cassy growled out in anger and began to pursue when a roar erupted behind her.
“Please tell me she’s just using an illusion.” Cassy quietly pleaded as she turned to face her main opponent again.
Instead of finding a human Icicle as she had so desperately she found a massive indigo dragon. Her now glowing emerald eyes seemed to bore into the Nardirian girl’s soul.
Cassy puffed up her cheeks before slowly releasing the air. “I’m so dead.”
The dragoness let out a roar before turning its massive head down towards Cassy.
“Come on Icicle snap out of it! Can’t you see he’s using you?! He doesn’t care what happens to you! He’ll take away everything you know and everyone you love if he finds it necessary! Join me in the resistance, we’ll dethrone him for good, saving everyone tyrannical rule.” Cassy called up to her friend.
The dragon roared and a large blast of dark fire welled up in her mouth. Cassy’s green eyes looked up to her sadly as the wind whipped around her head. It momentarily covered her face and upon moving away her eyes had become golden. A golden circle of light twist around her welling up and gaining flecks of red, yellow, silver, green, blue, purple, purple, and white. The light swirled into a vortex around her before seeping through her skin. A pained gasp escaped her clenched jaw as she struggled to contain the powerful raw magic.
“I’m sorry Icicle but you’re leaving me no choice.”
Dark fire erupted from the dragon’s mouth and a beam of raw golden magic streaked out to counter it. The explosion of the two types of magic was almost loud enough to be be heard throughout all of SAMBeria. The two opponents were thrown back the strawberry blond returning to her human form.
Cassy blinked as time seemed to slow, she could feel the elements support dripping away, her vision blurring with exhaustion. She should have conserved her magic more even with the elements help she was still tapping into her magic. But if the elements were letting go that means she’s won, she finally won. Now maybe she could get some rest.
Her thoughts were cut off as her body slammed into the ground, the top half of her back taking the impact first. Her mouth opened in a silent scream of agony as pain ripped through her chest. It felt as though the impact of the ground had forced her internal organs up into her ribs and now and movement was tearing at them. It hurt so badly. She could hardly breath without screaming, not that screaming would do her ribs any good. She couldn’t move her arms, legs, or neck without somehow hurting her midsection. Only her facial features and toes without pain.
She opened her eyes, allowing the tears to fall. This was going to be her end, isn’t it?
Off to her side she could see two Nardirian soldiers helping Icicle out of camp. None of the members of the rebellion seemed to notice, they just began to gather around Cassy, all talking at once, her mind too hazy to make out who was saying what and she only could make out half of the jumbled messes of words.
“She was telling the truth about the attack from the south!”
“Sweet mother of peanuts she took on all of them by herself!”
“Since when did she have all these powers?”
“Can we trust her now?”
“Of course we can’t trust her.”
“I think we can.”
“No we can’t.”
“Yes we can.”
“Is she dying?”
“She doesn’t look too good…”
“Maybe we should get a healer?”
“Why make a healer waste their strength on her?”
“She just saved us.”
“I say heal her then make her a prisoner.”
“The healers have others they need to attend to.”
“If we don’t heal her we’ll be the same type of monster she is.”
“That is if her story isn’t even true. She could be completely innocent.”
“Who’s side are you on?”
The arguing continued, ignoring Cassy as she clung to what consciousness she had left. She looked around and noticed Kevin kneeling right by her side. Ignoring the pain she stretched out her hand and grabbed his. The boy’s crystal blue eyes quickly looked down towards her.
She opened her mouth in attempt to speak but she found it too painful, her vision giving away.
“What, what is it?”Kevin asked his voice edged with a slight concern.
She tried again and found a weak, broken voice able to escape her lips. “Save… my… brother…”
Then the world around her gave way to utter nothingness.
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