Onyxfire- Sure! I’ll get back to you in a sec!
FrostPi- I will!
The Fortress of Sorin was known as one of the most secure buildings in all of Alendasia. Previously it was the headquarters of the region’s royal family, but currently is the place of the Elemental Council.
The two of them were alone; being the ones to stay after everyone else had left. Flight paced across the room, absorbing every little detail from the curve of the gilded windows to the glimmer of the mirrors held fast to the walls. Caelum sat at his place in the Council Table, unsure what to do – should he leave Flight alone with his not-deadness? Should he interrupt?
Finally, the Old Elemental strode over to him. Caelum shrunk under his gaze – he had never seen someone so human with eyes that reflected so much darkness…
“I’d imagine we both have unanswered questions,” began Flight, who gestured at Caelum’s seat. “That was my place once, you know. So, before we go off to training, it’s best if I clear any doubt about me, and you do the same. Speak away.” He smiled weakly at the blonde.
After some hesitation, he opened up. “Uh, I used to work at Eaglewing Tavern in Dryad, but um, long story short, someone drugged me and I did stuff I didn’t want to do, so everyone there hates me and now I’m here. You?”
“…I killed people. Lots. Long ago, there was a Dark King who half of the Elementals, including me, were aligned with. We fought the other half, the “good” Elementals, in a vicious war, and it wasn’t until someone went to far that we realized our mistake and we overthrew the Dark King. Then time skip, two megastars appeared in the sky, the Dawnstar and the Duskstar, who had a consciousness of their own, and um, possessed some of us. The Dawnstar was defeated eventually, and the Duskstar lost its awareness but still lives in the sky today.”
“Then I died. I was still possessed by the Duskstar, and no one could bring be back, so that dragon Rajani…” he made a finger slice across his throat. “Then the whole Vinestar incident came along, so you should know the rest.”
There was something unnerving about the way Flight said it so casually – Caelum wondered who might have had a childhood so messed up to think that way. He still had lost of questions though. “What’s the OceanStar?”
At this, Flight’s eyes darkened even further. “Come with me. You go along with my training, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll tell you.”
He had sent Caelum off to the West Wing of the Fortress, just so the current Elemental could prepare to show off what he knew. Meanwhile, Flight had been contacted about several Elementals wandering around the castle without a mentor. Now, it was apparently his job to get them to where they needed to be.
The Fear Elemental slammed the mahogany door shut behind him. Several people, who were studying in the library, glared up at him, but it made no difference as Flight called out:
Something flashed past in the background. Rolling his eyes, he clarified that she was not in trouble. A red-haired figure peeked out from a bookshelf, frowning at him.
“Do you have a mentor to be with?”
“Nope,” said Neona, popping the “p”.
“Well then, that makes things difficult,” he sighed. “It’s vital all elementals get training, specifically by experienced Elementals of their own kind… oh stars, I wish Astra was here.”
‘Wait, who are you?” questioned the red-haired, blinking suspiciously at him. He tapped the tattoo of the Fear Symbol on his forearm, depicting three claws striking upwards, and nodded. Neona shook her head in confusion, and with a sigh, he explained quietly, as to not attract the attention of unwanted eavesdroppers.
Not that it did much. His extraordinary fear sensory caught a slight rise close to them. Someone was listening in, and not revealing whoever they were.
“Alright, who is it?” he snapped at the room. Several heads jerked up, but he noticed one dark figure huddled at the back of the room, reading something with a hood one. Flight stalked over and roughly shoved off the hood, then raised an eyebrow in surprise at the girl.
“Well, Tenebrisa, we were just talking about you.”
Just then, the entire library shuddered. Books toppled, and whole shelves crashed to the floor. Everyone was screaming within an instant. Flight unsheathed his rapier at the sudden sirens, a warning signal that they were being attacked.