" You shiver because you deny your fear respite...
Florian would hoist the fearful lightweight up to his side on solid ground and wrap his large black feathery wing around her to shield her from the smokey fumes now invading their breathable air. He'd wrap an arm tightly around her shoulder as he used his free arm and white wing in unison to swat away the carbon dioxide to fight off the smoke inhalation.
He'd walk his friend slowly out of the danger zone, keeping her safely nestled inside his black wing as a security blanket.
"Are...are you alright?" He'd ask in earnest as he slowly lowered his black wing to her shoulder level.
Whimpering, quivering and tears come flowing as she was held. Taken back a bit she kept staring at the ground the whole time. once lead away from the danger she wanted to say some thing but couldn't. grabbing her singed tail she hugged it then turning to Flo she merely shook her head as she let go of her tail, with quivering arms she wrapped them around his waist as hot tears streamed down her face.
Florian would return the hug gently, mindful of her singed tail. That was a rather close call, and it seemed Jaakuna had reinspired some deep fear of fire in his newfound friend.
Her tears only assured him that she wasnt harmed much anywhere else. He'd bring up a hand to pet her head and rub of her ears in a friendly manner before sighing and apologizing to her for such a terrible ordeal. It seemed, when he grew weaker, Jaakuna grew stronger and visa versa. And whoever was stronger at the time gained posession of his body.
"We better find a place to get some proper rest. I know I'm already shakey at the knees. You must be tired too. Was there a place you were planning to spend the night?" Florian would incquire.
" There is a house no to far away from here, I can take you there is you like." With that she lifted his arm and helped him walk there, still not being able to look at him in the eye she only stared at the ground as they walked together. " He was looking for some thing. some thing that would help him dearly. he scared me when he set the woods a blazed."
The young ancient would nod his head in acknowledgment. "...I know. I could see it...just as he can see through my eyes." He'd admit. In fact, both characters could hear and see what the other did while they were in possession of this body they shared.
Seeing as Kiren had taken one of his arms over her shoulders, it made him smile in admiration. This was oddly sincere for someone so mischievous and coy.
It was a pleasant gesture.
"What had you planned on doing once you had met your friend here, Miss Lee was it? Did you plan on staying at this house you speak of? Or were you heading back to where we met along the coast?" Florian would ask out of general curiosity. Trying to pass the time of his wobbly walk with conversation.
But boy did he look foreword to a nice hot bath and warm bed. He hadn't had either since the night before Enick's funeral. And how long ago was that? Two, three days maybe? He was concerned that he couldn't remember...the conflict with Jaakuna and Alamareshadine had clouded his memory as far as time expanse was concerned.
Thus, looking at Kiren's fluffy ears, he smiled. At least he hadn't gone the entire stretch alone. It was good to have friends.
"Ugh, I think I'm gunna be sick...and a house for the night with this girl? Even worse...she better not be spending the night too!" Jaakuna Akuma would gripe.
" we have arrived." Opening the door for him Kiren helped him inside and took him to one of the spare rooms, there she set him down on the bed as she sighed slightly. " I am not going to stay here, it's one of lee's resting places though she wants me to stay I have to find were that strange energy source is coming from. there are fresh cloths in the drawer and I can prepare food if you wish to have some. I won't be staying in the house, rather I will be keeping watch outside." with that she turned away and held her singed tail. " I hope this place is alright for you and jaajaa to stay in the mean time."
"I'll take that as a no then. Upsey Daisy." He helped the young girl to her feet and kept a hand out in case she couldn't stand without support. "Can you walk and stand unassisted?" The cries of the approaching Draugr caught his attention and he turned his head to look down the cavern from which they'd make their approach. "What do you have planned, Lady Elspeth?"
To be honest the young ancient was taken aback by Kiren's willful hospitality. He had just tried to kill her just a short while ago. Not to mention she had just offered to COOK for him! Needless to say he felt as if his treatment was over embelished, and felt under deserving as such.
"K-kiren, this is much more than necessary." He'd begin sheepishly; remembering that he was just looking foreward to finding a tree to sleep perched upon or just a dry cave. Room and board was more than he had hoped for.
"But I also feel you standing watch is unnecessary. You must also rest, and I insist. If at all fairness, I should stand first watch and you get some sleep first. And well, food would be wasted on me, my race only requires sunlight to sustain itself. I mean, all this is appreciated, I truly do feel that way. But it just doesn't seem fair to me. If anything, and this is Miss Lee's cottage, you are as much as guest as myself.
And well...why should watch be stood at all. This forest naturally feels safe to me." He would explain guiltily, but in earnest.
One hand would rise instinctively to rub the back of his neck as his eyes trailed along the floorboards, one foot raised to scratch the heel of the other.
The young Aasimar would fumble with failed attempts at words in her mouth as her eyes darted around their surroundings for a way out. She was in hardly a calm mood as the sound of their impending conflict drew closer and closer. There had to be nearly hundreds of them! It did nothing to ease her stress.
The fact that Hiro was asking her what they should do made her blush in embaressment as she refrained from shrugging her shoulders and giving him another guilty, sheepish smile. The "plan" flew out the window as soon as she got shouted off the edge of the casm. But she was hardly a quitter. She'd just have to load up on meds and potions till the end of this adventure came to.
One step foreward of her own will felt uneasy, the next, okay, the third...just jolly good. Yeah, it hurt like hell, the expression was written all over her face. So, she forced a smile anyway. "Right as rain...I can deal with it. As for the plan..." Her eyes would dart around nervously again...really there was no way out. This rocky room really was rock bottom...it had a pool; stagnant pool. It had high walls covered in condensation from the warm rock and cold air. And it had one tunnel leading out, and it was currently filled with drauger currently in mid-frenzy. However not all was hopeless...the odd rocks covering the entire space were ranging from smooth flooring to jutting spires and the like; similair to the second room they fought the abomination in earlier. So there was plenty of cover. And the room had plenty of room to move around in...but was it expansive enough to contain them and hundreds of undead? Hell no. Maybe fifty at most.
Elspeth would sigh in discontent. This sucked. But...when life gave you lemons...
"Okay, scratch that. Looks like hiding is not an option...least not indefinitely. We will have to fight. Our only hope is to use the tunnel entrance as a choke point. If we can keep the undead contained in the tunnel, we just may have a chance. I'll utilize fire support, and you can either follow suit with any destructive spells, or use some sword play to keep them behind the tunnel doorframe. Chances are...this wont work, but here's hoping, yes? " Lady Elspeth would explain hobbling to a tall rock jutting out of the ground and painfully hoisting herself on top of it. It would make a crude high ground from where to shoot off of. She'd feign a courageous laugh, trying to come a crossed as brave. True, she did not fear an end at the hands of mindless undead. That part only bothered her so much. It was the fear of unaccomplishment that brewed unconfident thoughts in her mind. She still had so much she wanted to do!
How could she left a horde of maggot infested blighters take her dream from her!?
She only giggled at him and shook her head. " you need more rest then I do, your body is warn out and if you want jaja running around by all me expend all your energy. as for myself I am fine and I will stand watch." with that she helped him to his room and sighed slightly. " bath is in there along with cloths if you need them. I will be outside if you need me, do not hesitate to look around just stay out of Lee's workshop in the back. Turning away from him she began to walk out of the room as her burnt tail hung weakly around her waste.
Hiro also scanned the area to help form a plan, but formed the same conclusion that Elspeth did. He weighed his options as he listened to the oncoming undead and watched Elspeth hobble over to her low perch. "Only one injured damage dealer and no healer. Less than ideal, but I'm good at tanking." He wasn't speaking to Elspeth specifically, rather he was just vocalizing his thoughts. He begrudgingly came to the best conclusion for the predicament and rushed forward to the tunnel's entrance. He crouched down and began drawing out symbols just above the ground. "I'm putting a flame trap here. Once one of them passes the entirety of the trap, it will engulf everyone within its effect. That should put a dozen or so out of the fight. I'm going to stand in the open and draw all of their hate. Here's what I need from you, and this is the important part: make only headshots. I need you to keep the rest of their bodies in good condition. When I give the word, I will need you to cover me so I can prepare our winning gambit."
He finished his trap and retreated to the center of the room. "Time is on our side. The longer we can keep up this strategy, the quicker this fight will be over." He turned to the girl and spoke calmly to her, though his eyes betrayed his discomfort. "I will get you out of here alive." He turned his back to her and kept his attention on the tunnel's entrance. He drew several symbols down the length of his sword and it once again burst into flames. He rested the point of his sword on the rock before him and rested his hands upon the pommel. It was dark in the cavern and he had been through much since he last cleaned his armor, but it seemed to shine regardless.
"You have my thanks...but before I turn in for the remainder of the night, I have to ask.What were you waiting for? From Miss Lee, I mean? She came shortly after our battle, but...she really only gave me a few words of thanks then left. Was she supposed to give you something?" Florian would ask hesitantly. His arms would fold lightly in front of his chest as his gaze moved to the sky overhead to the right of him. The night sky was in full procession...Parthur's night sky over the rainbow forest was a beautiful sight. All the stars could be seen out here, it was a spectacle of gentle lights; star shine.
It shimmered complimentary to Kiren's fur on her ears and singed tail. It actually made her look just a bit more mature in frame and elegance; though underneath he still knew she was a whiskey drinking mischief maker. But...she had been acting a lot different than what he remembered of her.
She stuck her neck out to help him fight off a spirit dragon!
She wielded a cursed blade.
She kept shady company.
But more than that, she lived wild and free. She had a tameless spirit, as if in a previous life she had spent it's entirety in a cage or cave. What a person she must be. Just like this start night sky, she had the potential to shine endlessly as a person.
He considered himself humbled to be befriended like that.
"Head shots huh?" Elspeth would murmur to herself, looking down at her enchanted flint-locks with distaste. The design of these weapons were not intended for marksmanship, which was the reason why she used two in battle. Rapid fire was better suited for these inventions. But perhaps a compensation could be made.
Leaning foreword, she'd move to the prone position and prop herself up on her elbows and holster one of her guns to allow both hands to steadily aim one pistol for greater accuracy.
She'd nod in approval before switching the weapon's load out to a light damage based rune in the dwarfish tongue. This would be ideal. As for why Hiro wanted the rest of the bodies intact...it made no sense to her. Sure, an undead without no head still had the capability to function as a threat.
With a steadying sigh, she'd consult herself that she'd just have to have faith in him. It was, on the other hand, awful gentlemanly of him to promise her survival in this.
"Thats quite a bold promise to make a lady." She'd compliment with a look of confidence. With the nearing sound of their threat drawing to a close, she'd resume focus and lick her lips before pursng them in concentration as she awaited Hiro's single.
Sure enough, the first twelve drauger to charge recklessly into the trap were reduced to utter chaff as their remains were trampled underfoot by their kin! towards the back of the tunnel enterance, the death overlord could be seen raising his sword to herald the charge of fresh new waves of the enraged undead foreward at dead sprint speeds! They fully intended to swarm over Hiro and Elspeth like a flood.
She turned to him as sighed slightly. " Information is what she gave me and some thing I needed to carry on. You see we work as a team but since I had a run in with the people who took me captive we got separated. Lee was gathering information as well as I was thought it was shaky for a while." walking back into his room she sat on his bed and stared at the floor. " She shared with me when I was knocked out as well as I shared with her. The man I once loved was killed when he was enslaved. My foster parents were killed as well, all because of what I can do. I then began to tell her that what she was after wasn't to far off but to be careful of what she may find. Silence then fell from her lips as she sat on his bed her tail curled up beside her as her ears lowered, pain growing inside her as she got up and punched the wall beside her. " I need to find out who's after me and why. It's the only way I'll find closer."