Black Bluffs, Ravil Province
“And I say you’re lying.” The young girl named Mina in front of Leo dropped her trusting body language, which had brought her within reach of the thundercat. Suddenly, her arm struck out at Leo, as if she meant to take a scoop of his thigh.
“Huh?” Leo managed to express that he was dumbfounded as Mina lashed out. “Hey! What?” Leo wondered what was going on as he reflexively dodged backwards. He could feel the force of her arm moving through the air impact his knee. He almost buckled. She was strong, ridiculously so, and fast. It was hard to be faster than lightning though. “Lea,” Leo realized she would be unable to avoid a hit. Romantic picnic? Fail. Leo clicked into combat gear, placing himself defensively in front of Lea.
Mina laughed in delight. Crazy girl! “Yeah! Gimme the offense!” She rushed in, and Leo saw no other way. He kicked Lea aside and jumped away himself. “Heh! Got you already!” Just as his foot caught his balance, the rock it settled on was obliterated into shards, penetrated by a pebble projectile launched from Mina’s foot.
Leo’s mouth opened in surprise as Mina overtook him and poised for a fatal punch through the head. He knew she could do it, he just knew. Suddenly she was gone from atop him, and Leo attempted to avoid another pebble projectile. It pierced his recently healed shoulder. “Ack!” Leo gripped it in pain. He wondered what Lea’s face wore at that moment, in response to his pain. The arm hadn’t fully healed.
Mina growled, and launched herself past Leo. Leo transfigured into lightning and shoot to her, intercepting her body with his. She screamed as her body burned and her muscles convulsed. “Excellent!” He heard Lea’s voice, a tad more emotional than her norm. “Hold her!” What? I’m not killing her? It then came to Leo’s attention that Mina’s body did not char from the burns, rather her skin fluctuated between red and the dark brown of a Ravilian.
Earth surrounded the two, locking Mina and him in a rock prison. Some of Lea’s elven magic. As the prison finished constructing, Leo zapped out and returned to physical form. Mina howled from inside her cage. She then spouted some words, but they were too muffled to make out. The earthen sphere prison rattled. “She will break her bindings,” stated Lea.
A turquoise aura shimmered over the sphere. “Her bindings will hold.”
“Janthir!” Leo clicked out of combat at the sound of his mentor’s raspy voice. “Whatcha doin’ in Ravil?”
“Saving you.” Leo searched out the voice and found its body emerging from a black rock cluster. It was the body of an older woman, pale with death. Gone was the body with the fatal gash from hip to throat. It bothered Leo, this was only the second time he had seen Janthir switch vessels. “And now that that is done we must go back to Cadkis.”
“Janthir,” Lea began, mimicking Leo’s concerns. As if I’m not trying to get back?
“Safron will attack Ravil. We will head for Belaphont then.”