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Metakirb

Tundral wastes II

Behold, a frozen northern wasteland.

Rhias lives here now.

Rhias stops Elyea for a moment to point out where she's going wrong.

Ary lies down by the fire. Kryst comes downstairs shortly after.
Obscurejones

Thokk waves to the wolf.
Metakirb

The wolf sits next to him.
Obscurejones

Thokk sits next to a wolf.
Metakirb

It looks up at him.
Obscurejones

He looks down at it.  Looks at Ary.  Appraisingly.
Metakirb

She's 15 and still growing, not much to look at for now.
Obscurejones

He shivers and shakes his head.  Glances at Kryst.
My sister is a horrible woman.
He hops up and goes upstairs to take a frigid shower.
Metakirb

Kryst looks confused.
Obscurejones

Thokk takes a long cold shower.  Gets dressed.  Leaves the house through a second story window to go for a run.
Metakirb

Nothing stopping him.
Obscurejones

Eventually, exhausted, he runs back to the house.
Metakirb

Ary's outside, throwing a ball which Kryst is bringing back.
Obscurejones

Thokk hurries past her, humming an old Police song to himself.
Metakirb

She watches him go past her and gets barreled into by Kryst and knocked over into the snow.
Obscurejones

Thokk runs up the stairs to take another quick shower.  Heads out the window again, this time heading onto the roof.  Sings softly.
... so close to me...
Metakirb

Ary looks up at him from her spot in the snow.
Obscurejones

He backs up a little so she's out of sight.  Looks out over the wastes.
Metakirb

Other than the village it's all snow, trees and mountains.
Obscurejones

He watches the mountains.
Metakirb

They do nothing.
Obscurejones

He tries glaring at them.
Metakirb

Still nothing.
Obscurejones

He sighs and lies back to think.  He'll be up there through the night, barring interruption..
Metakirb

Ary flies up after about an hour.

Why are you lying up here?
Obscurejones

Thinking.  About some things my sister said.
Metakirb

What did she say?
Obscurejones

Some very foolish things.  How old are you Ary?
Metakirb

Almost sixteen, in like a week if I'm keeping track right.
Obscurejones

Probably not old enough to be fighting other people's battles then.
Metakirb

She shrugs.

Not old enough to be a goddess really. Not old enough to have the worry of a claw made out of chaos. Not old enough to have neither of my real parents. Not old enough to understand it all. But hey, I'm all of those things, why not add another?

She seems impossibly cheery as she gives her little list.
Obscurejones

Right.  Well if nothing else I'll do my best not to add to the list.
Metakirb

Don't worry about it.
Obscurejones

I have to worry.  For better or worse we're partners in this.
Metakirb

She nods.
Obscurejones

Pierrot and friends appear from a portal a few miles south.
Metakirb

Leukor looks around and shivers from the cold.
Obscurejones

Thokk hops to his feet.  Takes a step towards Ary and then pulls back again.  Sighs and runs a hand through his hair.

Jared wings his way towards the village.
Metakirb

Ary looks confused.

Leukor follows Jared.
Obscurejones

Pierrot tries to keep up on foot, stumbling and falling into the snow.

Thokk quickly steps past Ary to jump back into the house and head for another cold shower.  Suspects he'll be taking a lot of those.  Quietly curses Rhias.
Metakirb

Ary looks very confused.

Leukor heads back to help Pierrot up.
Obscurejones

Pierrot smiles gratefully and resumes his trek towards the village.

Ary could always ask Rhias why Thokk's acting so strangely.
Metakirb

Leukor walks with him this time.

I'm sure Ary asking Rhias would only make things worse.
Obscurejones

Jared hovers above then impatiently.

But funny.  Very funny.
Metakirb

Leukor keeps walking.

Ary sits on the roof for now.
Obscurejones

Jared sighs and flies ahead.  Spotting Ary and aiming to land next to her.
Metakirb

She's not going to stop him.
Obscurejones

Ary, right?  Any mysterious masked figures here abouts?
Metakirb

She nods.
Obscurejones

Be a dear and point them out, would you?
Metakirb

She point out where Rhias and Elyea are training.

Who are you?
Obscurejones

Jared ignores the question and glides down to land near Rhias and Elyea.  Fires an arrow at Rhias's mask.
Metakirb

Before the arrow makes it far Rhias swings the spear at him, cutting through the arrow, holding it near his throat.

Give me one reason I shouldn't just kill you now.
Obscurejones

He grins at her.
Because I've already told at least three people who you are and where you are.  If you kill me I won't have time to tell them that we're not supposed to share that information.
Metakirb

She glares at him and moves the spear away.

Speak.
Obscurejones

He pauses for a moment just to be annoying and then speaks.
I need my and my allies crystals brought back up to guardian killing strength.  Don't worry it's just Black we're going after.
Metakirb

You mean MY crystals.
Obscurejones

Whatever.  We've borrowed them.  And they're only running at pester strength.  We need them back at big scary doom.
Metakirb

Are they here now?
Obscurejones

Pierrot finally manages to trudge into the village.
More or less.
Who

Elyea watches this whole thing intently. She's no idea what's going on but it beats being tripped over repeatedly.
Metakirb

I'll power them when they're gone then, unless you want to hurt Ary.
Obscurejones

And you're sure you can do it at range?
Metakirb

She nods.
Obscurejones

He taps his ring, a portal appearing.  Heads for it.  Pierrot groans in frustration.
Metakirb

Leukor heads through it.
Obscurejones

Pierrot, on the other hand, has a thought.  Stays behind as the portal closes.
Any chance you could do me a favor and seal that?
Metakirb

Hm?
Obscurejones

The portal.  Sort of trying to run and hide and all that.
Metakirb

And why should I help you?
Obscurejones

You're a nice person and I'm betting it'd be a thorn in Jared's side.  And he's sort of an ass.
Who

"Ooo, do it."
Metakirb

I was under the impression you and the angel girl were a thing.
Obscurejones

We are, but she's sort of under his thumb at the moment and I think he's planning to throw me back to the guardians when he's done with me.
Metakirb

And you don't think she'd be upset with your dissapearance?
Who

"Hell, I'll seal it if she wont."
Obscurejones

She'll deal with it.  She left me to be tortured.  She can leave me to be at peace for a little while.
Metakirb

She took losing you pretty hard. She didn't come looking because her life fell apart, but if you still want to run away, feel free.
Obscurejones

Pierrot sighs and runs a hand through his hair.
If what I've heard is true you've done your share of running from hurt girls.  I'm asking fro your help.  You can of course withhold it.
Metakirb

She waves a hand, sealing it.

Go ahead and run then.

She waves her other hand and supercharges the crystals.
Obscurejones

Pierrot, I should point out, looks exactly like Elyea's brother who's been missing for years.  

And he starts for the edge of the wastes.
Who

Elyea shouts after him.

"Wait!"
Metakirb

Ary spreads her wings and decides to have a look around the nearby mountains.
Obscurejones

Pierrot skids to a stop at the edge of the town.
Who

And Elyea's fast behind him.

"What's your name?"
Obscurejones

He holds a hand out to her.
Pierrot.  And you would be...?
he pauses as recognition occurs.
Little Elyea?  Ye gods, you grew up.
Who

"You're not...? Sorry, I thought you were someone else."
Obscurejones

I'm more of a cousin really.  I knew you when you were knee high to a displacer beast.
Metakirb

Ary lands by the house and looks for Thokk.
Who

The mention of displacer beasts rings a distant bell to her.

"How do you know me?"
Obscurejones

Thokk's in their room, trying his hand at meditation.  So far so good.  That might change when Ary enters the room.

I lived with you and your mother for a little while.  I'm an offshoot of Kar.  Lived in a pretty necklace.  Remember?
Metakirb

Thokk! I found something amazing!
Obscurejones

Thokk twitches at the sound of Ary's voice and his eyes shoot open.
What is it?
Who

"I do! You don't know where Kar is do you?"
Metakirb

Come look!
Obscurejones

Thokk smiles softly and gets to his feet.  Waits for her to lead the way.

No idea.  Just got out of a jail myself.
Metakirb

She dashes outside with even more than her usual enthusiasm, heading northwest.
Who

"Oh, well where you heading?"
Obscurejones

Not sure.  Was hoping to stick around here, but the masked woman seems opposed.

Thokk follows, trying not to stare at Ary as she moves.
Who

"Wherever it is, mind if I tag along?"

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