When the rescue party returned with Aquarius, he was immediately ushered into the healing rooms. Now all they could do was wait and see if they had arrived in time He’d been badly injured and weak. Word slowly reached the rest of the Warriors and they began to trickle into the common room. Most everyone was in their humanoid forms, with the exception of Iris, who was weaving around in her ferret form and pestering random Warriors in an attempt to lighten the mood and shift everyone‘s minds away from the state their leader was in. Most just either ignored her or brushed her away. Until she jumped into Sena’s hair. The Shadow Hunter jumped up and gave chase.
“You little twerp!” Iris took off and soon the entire common room was in an uproar. The chaos is what Guinevive and Leo walked into, the last of the Warriors to join the others in the common room. The fire wizard stepped farther into the room, an amused look on his face. The water elf only shook her head, but her eyes betrayed her own amusement. Even though she was one of the eldest of the Warriors, Guinevive would join in with the younger ones’ antics. Iris suddenly jumped onto her head and launched off it, landing on a table and sending a teapot sailing through the air. The flying teapot landed upside down. On top of Leo’s head, tea soaking his hair and clothes. Everyone froze, Akyiella, Akavir and Katharin with horrified looks on their face. Guinevive covered her mouth with the back of her hand. Before she started laughing. One by one, the other Warriors began to laugh, including Leo. He took the teapot off his head and shook. He suddenly found himself soaked with Guinevive grinning.
“Guine!” Guinevive darted from the room, laughing, Leo giving chase. Wolffe looked around the room, laughing herself.
“Look at this mess!” she said. “Let’s get this cleaned up before the head servant has a heart attack,”
Aquarius recovered quickly, much to his Warriors relief. He discovered that Leo had led the rescue party. The two men were close, Leo was the first of the Warriors to be recruited after all. Aquarius was the his mentor, even though the two controlled elements that were polar opposites. But something had changed about their leader. He was withdrawn and seemed to always be deep in thought. Not even Leo could break through to him. It bothered him the most perhaps. But a few of the Warriors felt something was coming, Guinevive the most. She felt as if a storm were coming and she was afraid that they would not be able to stem the coming torrents.
Guinevive rose, unable to find sleep. She splashed water on her face, she couldn’t understand why she was so restless. Her turn at the watch would be soon, she figured. Or at least she hoped it would be soon. She would have something to do to keep her mind off her restlessness. She dressed and left her quarters. A decision that would save many lives this night. The night was deathly quiet as she decided to find one of the Warriors on watch. She would trade with them until it was time for her to be relieved. Guinevive heard something and stopped to listen. Nothing moved in the quiet. She frowned, swearing she’d heard what sounded like something brushing against the tile floors. She glanced around her, scanning the hall. She still wasn’t satisfied that she was alone, but she moved on.
Wolffe was in her human form sitting in the library. Sleep had eluded her as well. She heard footsteps and looked up from her book as Guinevive walked past the open doors leading into the library. But she smelled something else. Something that shouldn’t be there. A moment later, a shadow passed the door. Wolffe quietly walked towards the door and followed them. The water elf didn’t seem to know she was being followed. The werewolf turned into her wolf form as she continued to follow them. Guinevive stopped, as did the shadow. Guinevive turned as both the shadow and Wolffe melted into their elements, Wolffe didn’t want to ruin the element of surprise. Frowning, the water elf turned back around and the shadow reappeared. Wolffe phased to her next form. The shadow began expanding, preparing for its attack as she phased to her final form and hit it with a blast of fire from one of her Cerberus heads. Guinevive spun around, her watery sword in her hand, as the shadow fell in a pile of ash.
“I thought I was being followed but I never saw anything when I turned around. Thank you,”
Anytime. We need to find the watch and warn them. The watery blade disappeared and she returned the hilt to its place at her hip.
“Agreed,” Together the two went to find the Warriors on watch. They came across one of the newer Warriors, a man who’s name that Guinevive couldn’t place, slain as he’d gone into his Shadow Panther form.
This isn’t good.
“No it isn’t. We need to sound the alarm,” Guinevive was suddenly hit by a blast of crystal and slammed into the wall. Wolffe spun around to see a crystal adjule, its teeth bared.
Guine! Guinevive waved her hand to let Wolffe know she was alright. She was struggling to catch her breath.
“Warn…,” she managed to gasp. “The others,” Wolffe hesitated until she saw Guinevive pull herself into a crouching position. Her eyes began to glow blue. Wolffe knew she was phasing to her rage form. The Warrior turned and ran down the hall to raise the alarm.
The adjule could only watch in shocked curiosity as a wave of scales spread across Guinevive’s skin. She began to grow in size and a tail sprouted. She fell on all fours. In a matter of seconds, Guinevive had transformed into a crystal drake. She let out a long and loud roar that shook the hall and caused the adjule to loose its footing.
Let’s play, pup.
The loud roar caused the entire keep to tremble, jolting every Warrior from their beds. Leo stumbled from his bed as the bell began to sound. The Keep was under attack.