Ryuko was enraged as he clenched the letter tightly, struggling to not let his bezerk out and kill this monster who took his child. His body shook with the power he was so desperately trying to hold back and he didn’t notice as Odin took the letter and began reading, “Dear Odin, I’ve heard much about you, but sadly I am not who your mutt came to find. I know Fenris in fact, I travel with him but he is a busy busy wolf. How about we meet up tonight and have a chat? Though if you don’t show, Drogon will suffer. Come alone. Thanks, Taiga.” Odin then crumbled the letter, throwing it to the floor before he embraced Ryuko in a tight hug.
Ryuko was still shaking, absolutely furious at this person for threatening his son. Odin’s nearness helped some. “We will save Drogon…I will save him.” Ryuko’s heart raced at the thought of Odin going alone, but Ryuko was shit when it came to fighting. “Take me with you please, I’ll hang back out of sight I promise,” Ryuko pleaded, looking up into the wolf’s eyes.
“Ryuko,” Odin whispered as they gazed at each other, one set on going, the other begging to go. Ryuko’s eyes widened as Odin pulled him closer, tighter, and continued to whisper, “I will save him. I need you to stay here, I’d die if something happened to you. Please just let me take Ghost and go, if anything happens, Ghost will come to you.”
Ryuko felt defeated, there was no way Odin would let him be in danger. There was no way Ryuko could help if he did go. He wrapped his arms around Odin tightly and buried his face into Odin’s neck fur. “Please be safe, I’ll stay on alert for Ghost, if he can even go.”
“Oh yeah,” Odin said, breaking the hug and looking back at Ghost. “Are you ok?”
The Ik seemed sore but no open wounds were visible. Ryuko knew Odin was tired and worried about his condition because in just a few hours Odin would set out to face this Taiga person. Even if he got rest now, it most likely wouldn’t be enough for Ryuko to be comfortable with.
They locked eyes and Ryuko grew worried at how drained Odin looked. “Please try to sleep some before you leave.” Odin smiled warmly and Ryuko followed him to the bed, helping him get situated before making sure Ghost had food and water down. By the time Ryuko made it back to Odin, the winged wolf was fast asleep, snoring lightly, the sound calling Ryuko to lay with him. Ryuko fought it at first but decided to get in the bed with him, curling up next to Odin, he thought, Please come back alive.
After about five hours had passed, Odin woke to Ryuko letting him know it was time. Odin grabbed his sword, still tired but determined to face off against this person, save Drogon and even find out where Fenris might be. They all left the house though Ryuko knew he had to stay. Odin turned to him, “I’ll be back soon I hope. Ghost will lead me towards this Taiga and I’ll be home tonight no doubt. Thank you for staying behind…”
Odin knew Ryuko was worried, probably too much in fact, but he had no doubt in his mind that this would be easier than they were expecting. With one last hug Odin spread his wings as Ghost began to run. Ryuko watched him take off, following the faithful Ik even as Ghost ran through the forest. Odin was surprised to find that this flight wouldn’t be a long one and as Ghost slowed his pace Odin took a quick glance at their surroundings. He hadn’t flown but maybe ten minutes and saw the town of Mirage. Erebus isn’t much further past that town…maybe Fenris is passing through?
Odin landed, sending Ghost to the shadows as he approached the meeting spot and looked around a bit nervously for this kintaur, his hand on his sword, ready to draw it at a moment’s notice. The air felt thick with malice as the sun’s rays struggled to bring light into the forest. Odin was focusing all of his senses, but though he heard the rustle of the leaves, he couldn’t dodge the hit in time. Something connected with his back and it tore through his skin as it left. The strike was just above his wing base, close to the back of his neck. Odin snarled, drawing his sword as Taiga dropped down from the tree, his scorpion tail tip covered in blood.
“You didn’t come alone,” Taiga sneered as he pointed to where Ghost was waiting to pounce. “And if you don’t want him to die I suggest you call him off.”
Odin growled, “I had to find you. Where is Drogon?”
Taiga laughed, “I honestly don’t know who that is, I just needed to lure you in. You are part Nightshade are you not? Oh and I see you are a member of that horrid guild, the Iron wing?”
Odin relaxed more that Drogon wasn’t actually in danger, but still kept focus on this beast. Odin didn’t care to exchange words with a dead man anyways and lunged towards Taiga.
Taiga prepared himself, raising his tail and arms to deflect Odin’s sword. “I see, a man of power not words? I’m ok with that.”
Odin snarled swinging his sword down on Taiga, only for the spinotaur to catch the blade with the spikes on his arms and then stab him again with his tail. Odin used a wing to punch Taiga back as he too fell back a little, clutching his chest. Hearing Taiga snarl made Odin grin as he readied himself for another attack, but it didn’t come. Instead, Odin watched as Taiga wiped the blood off his tail and looked intently at a metal syringe. Oh no, Odin thought as fear seeped in. Taiga caught a glimpse in Odin’s eyes and laughed, “You must have caught on by now right? Look, Fenris is searching for something I don’t think exists, but if it does I will take it for myself. I don’t need you coming to help him with that…so I’m getting rid of you.”
Odin felt sick but he stood his ground and snarled, “What did you do?”
Suddenly Taiga’s face became that of a serious and dark being as he spoke lowly, “Since you’ll die soon anyways and I should pass the time I’ll tell you. You’ve been injected with Nightshade berries. Ironic I know. It was a very potent mixture and you may not be alive in the next hour. Such a shame really, but I must go now. I’d tell you to stay away from Fenris, but I don’t think you’ll make it home.”
Odin felt a little dizzy but growled, “What do you want with Fenris?”
“That’s really not the business of a dead wolf now is it?” Taiga replied before turning to leave.
Ghost snarled as Taiga ran past him but Odin’s call made the Ik stand down. Odin sheathed his sword before vomiting severely on the ground in front of him. Blood soaked his chest and back as he spread his wings and took off, Ghost trying desperately to keep up with him. This is bad, I’m sure I’m going the right way but, ugh my head is pounding and I’m just…so tired, Odin thought as he flapped his wings again…or thought he did. Suddenly the ground was in his face as he had fallen out of the sky, barely able to move. Ghost caught up and licked him, nudging him to move and crying when he didn’t. I’m going to die, he thought as he slowly closed his eyes. Suddenly, green eyes flashed through his mind and he opened his eyes again to meet Ghost’s. “Ghost…Ryuko.” The Ik wasted no time as he threw his head back and howled before turning tail to run.