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Author Topic: Desert Encounter (DragonSong)  (Read 150 times)

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Offline Jiaolong

Re: Desert Encounter (DragonSong)
« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2018, 05:03:29 PM »
Ruby tensed, quickly shuffling behind her. He did have a weapon, but he would only get in the way of Maka’s superior fighting skills. He readied his weapon anyway and tried to pinpoint the source of the “footsteps.”

He shuddered. He now knew what that feeling he had was: it was when something truly evil was present. His type of magic had no effect against them. “I sure hope you have a trick up your sleeve,” he whispered.

Offline DragonSong

Re: Desert Encounter (DragonSong)
« Reply #21 on: February 14, 2018, 01:29:40 PM »
The necromancer paused. Then, with a sigh, she closed her eyes and reached out. Time seemed to slow around her as her power dove into the sand and stone around them, searching, searching...

There.

"Try to back away slowly," she whispered to Ruby, sliding her foot back. She still couldn't see...whatever it was that was hunting them. "We just need a few more seconds..."

Offline Jiaolong

Re: Desert Encounter (DragonSong)
« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2018, 09:36:32 AM »
Ruby obeyed, slowly stepping backwards into the darkness. He really hoped Maka had a plan, because he definitely didn’t. But it seemed like she knew what she was doing...

Another chill went up his spine, and the footsteps grew louder. He heard a painful howl come from somewhere down the hallway, the wail making him cover his ears.


Offline DragonSong

Re: Desert Encounter (DragonSong)
« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2018, 12:43:51 PM »
Maka hissed and flinched back from the noise. "What in all hells is that?"

The sand beneath her feet began to shift and she skittered back a few steps, knowing what was coming. "Ruby, is anything behind us?" she snapped over her shoulder.

They probably needed to run for it.

Offline Jiaolong

Re: Desert Encounter (DragonSong)
« Reply #24 on: February 15, 2018, 03:13:02 PM »
“Nothing but more hallway. I can’t sense anything else,” he whispered. As if reading her mind, Ruby grabbed Maka’s arm and dashed into the darkness, the small lantern only lighting up a few feet in front of them.

More screeches erupted from behind them.

“Does it sound like something we can fight?” Ruby panted, only half-joking. He had no idea what lay before them, and if they met with a dead end, he wanted to know they at least had a chance.

Offline DragonSong

Re: Desert Encounter (DragonSong)
« Reply #25 on: February 16, 2018, 07:50:23 AM »
"Us? Maybe. Them-" she jerked her head over her shoulder, back the way they'd come- "Probably."

It was too dark to see clearly, but her death sense told her what was happening; it was like the vision of a snake, she could sense the moving bodies as easily as though they were picked out in softly glowing light in the darkness behind them.

Some dozen desiccated corpses, lurching and shambling as they attempted to block whatever was making that gods-awful screeching noise. It would buy them time, but she didn't know how long she could hold the reanimation. Where before sprinting through the sand had seemed easy, now she was flagging, panting and her steps weaving slightly as she tried to keep up with Ruby.

Offline Jiaolong

Re: Desert Encounter (DragonSong)
« Reply #26 on: February 17, 2018, 04:07:38 PM »
Ruby looked behind him as he realized Maka was slowing. “You okay?” he asked. He hadn’t seen her get injured before—what was wrong?

It seemed that the wails and screeches were getting farther away. That was good. Ruby turned a corner, holding Maka’s arm tightly. The circle of light his lantern shed illuminated what looked to be the first few steps of a staircase. “Up we go,” he muttered, trying not to slip on the sand that had accumulated on the steps.

Offline DragonSong

Re: Desert Encounter (DragonSong)
« Reply #27 on: February 17, 2018, 06:54:07 PM »
Maka staggered along behind him, the reanimation was dragging at her like a physical weight, dogging her steps.

She nearly ground aloud as they started to climb the stairs. "I can't- can't keep up the distraction much longer," she panted.

Offline Jiaolong

Re: Desert Encounter (DragonSong)
« Reply #28 on: February 17, 2018, 10:46:57 PM »
Distraction? So Maka was probably using magic to do something...that explained her exhaustion.

A stir in the air alerted Ruby to the top of the staircase. Could there possivly be an exit up there? He hoped so, because it sounded like that monster would catch up to them otherwise.

Ruby glanced back at Maka and crouched. “Here, get on.”

Offline DragonSong

Re: Desert Encounter (DragonSong)
« Reply #29 on: February 21, 2018, 07:14:29 AM »
"Wh- what?" Maka panted, staring at him in confusion. "Are you..serious? You can't be serious-"

Her tenuous connection to the dead she'd raised trembled and she gritted her teeth. They were running out of time.

"Fine!" Awkwardly, hating it, she wrapped her arms around Ruby's shoulders and let him take her weight.

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