Arlana sighed in relief after Lindsey explained the library’s magical defenses. If there really was a card there, going in without Sun wasn’t the most thrilling thought. Although it would have been nice to escape his annoying comments, at least for a while. The pair marched behind their guides through the wooden door and came across the breathtaking view that the library offered. Arlana would had reacted very similarly to Marigold at the sight of the piles and piles of countless books that extended through the inside of the tree. But at the moment her foot landed on the wooden ground, the insistent pull on her mind that had lead them to Gateway transformed into a compelling order.
The Tarot Apprentice closed her mouth, just as she was about to comment on the incredible library and her eyes became distant. “It’s… it’s this way” she muttered and slowly shuffled forward, as if she was sleep walking. Sun, caught in a similar state of mind as her friend, flew behind her as they dove into the depths of the building and moved away from the most concurred spots.
Lindsey looked on with curiosity at both Arlana and Sun's change in expression, almost seeming robotic compared to their normal goofy selves that she had seen. Were both of them part of some sort of hive mind, and the person they were searching for was going to be brought back into action? Strolling along past a few tables filled with students reading various types of books, Lindsey began walking alongside Arlana. "Soooooo...how do you know it's this way? Hopefully we don't need to go into any staff areas or something...that'd get you thrown out."
"Oh, the biology section." Marigold happily followed, grabbing the occasional book. She decided to try narrowing down just what the friend they were looking for actually was. She grabbed a huge book off the shelf and ran up before Arlana and Sun. "Let us start from the top. Which domain does your friend belong to? Archaea? Eukarya? Bacteria?" She hovered her finger over each option, walking backwards with the book open towards them.
The words didn’t quite reach Arlana but where enough to make her snap out of that hypnotized state. “Wher…what?” The girl shook her head trying to get rid of that strange compulsion. For a moment, the girl looked around confused, as if she didn’t know where she was, and stared at Marigold’s book without even realizing what it was. “Arac-what now?” she mumbled. A small part knew that she wasn’t acting like someone on her right mind, but the Card’s presence was overwhelming all of her senses. The insistent pull had stopped and now the girl could feel it all around her, as if she was in the eye of a storm. The girl shook her head vigorously and rubbed her eyes, in a vain attempt to clear that numbing mist of her mind.
With what it seemed like a titanic effort, Arlana focused her dozy eyes in Marigold and tried to explain what was happening. “I…ehm… I…” But she stopped when she caught a glimpse of something. “What was that?!” she exclaimed, pointing at the side of Marigold’s head. For a brief second, the girl saw a strange and menacing shadow slip between the books that stood on one of the shelfs.
Lindsey watched on as Arlana talked to Marigold, seeing just where this weird mind-controlling spell Arlana was under was going. After being prompted, the kitsune perked up and dove toward the shelves Arlana pointed at, using her enhanced sense of sight and smell to dart quickly between shelves in an attempt to look for whatever Arlana saw. "What'd ya see?! I gotta see what this thing looks like!" Lindsey quietly exclaimed. This was still a library, after all, and she didn't want to get kicked out right as things were getting interesting.
"Archaea it is." Marigold followed and glanced through the book looking to narrow it down. She looked when Marigold insisted she saw something, but missed the shadows. "Those are books. They're very good." She informed Arlana.
Hopefully, Sun was too concentrated on the Card's presence to make any well placed comment about Marigold's words... or to oogle Lindsey as she dashed through the shelves searching for the elusive shadow Arlana had seen. Both Arlana and the bird were looking around, trying to catch a glimpse of whatever lurked between the books. "There it is again!" Arlana yelled, involuntarily ignoring both the kitsune and Marigold’s word as she pointed furiously at some shelves above them. A small silhouette jumped hastily from shadow to shadow, followed by a strange high pitched squealing.
It moved so quickly that Arlana couldn’t even follow it and all she could catch was the sudden glow of a pair of small and menacing eyes that stared at them before disappearing once again. “Sun!” Arlana called as she spun around trying to see what the hell was going on “What the hell is that?!” The flaming bird didn’t answer but his flames became brighter. The creature seemed to react to the golden light and scurried behind one of the shelves with a hiss. As bizarre as it seemed, Arlana was sure she had seen a hairless tail whipping behind the shadow.
“I-I think it’s gone” Arlana mumbled after a few seconds of silence. But well… she was wrong. “HOLY BITCH NUGGETS!” She yelled when the shadow came out from under a shelf and sprinted under her legs, straight as an arrow towards Marigold. The tiny creature suddenly jumped right at the girl’s feet and crawled inside her jean’s and up her legs.
What was this thing?! Lindsey could barely keep track of it as the creature scurried from shadow to shadow, probably able to teleport between them like the summon of a certain sadistic red-head's could. Arlana's screaming made a few students at other levels of the library look up from their books...but they couldn't see what was going on, so they went back to their reading. The kitsune couldn't help but chuckle when Arlana yelled out something about 'bitch nuggets', but the situation afterwards made her stop.
Holding out both of her arms, Lindsey begins to create two illusions at the openings of the shelves they were between, making it seem as if nobody was were they were standing besides an empty space between shelves. This may get...weird. "I'm blocking anyone from seeing where we are. So uh...do whatever, Marigold." Lindsey states, knowing this was going to probably turn awkward.
Marigold jumped when the shadow came right for her, but not quick enough to stop its trajectory. She waved her foot for a second before making a decision that was easy for her. She unbuttoned her jeans and dropped them to her ankles. Her coat was oversized enough she didn't show anything lewd to her compatriots and she didn't seem to care either way as she pointed a single palm down and unleashed a blinding flare. "My pants are not for shadows." She declared flatly as her blast of light cast long shadows in all directions. The light wasn't concentrated into a harmful attack, merely a flash that should be enough to scare something made of shadow. After all, she did want her comfy pants intact.
Caught by surprise by Marigold… bold tactic, the creature leapt directly upwards with a high screech flying behind it through the air. It was going straight for the absent Sun, who didn’t even seemed to react to whatever mayhem that small thing was causing around him. At the last second the flaming bird dissolved itself into flames, letting the creature fly through without touching it.
Arlana, who had been blinded by Marigold’s magic and was trying to blink away those annoying purple dots on her eyes, was barely able to see the tiny shadow that was about to fall on her face. As any regular seventeen year old in the middle of a magical journey, the girl knew what to do. She panicked, yelled and slapped the poor thing out of the air. The tiny body was shot through the air and slammed against the side of a shelf with a loud thonk, before slowly sliding its way down until it lay motionless on the floor.
“What the fricking heck…”Arlana muttered as she stumbled towards the creature, rubbing her dazzled eyes. And she had to rub them again once she saw what had caused so much trouble. “It’s a… mouse?” And indeed it was. The small and furry creature was completely K.O, one of his legs twitching, and didn’t react to Arlana lifting him by the soft part of his neck. Now that he wasn’t jumping around, the poor little thing wasn’t even a bit as menacing as the shadow and Arlana couldn’t help but notice how cute the animal was. Its fur was light brown, the ochre color of the pages of an ancient book, and it was so soft it practically felt like holding a fluffy cloud. Its ears were big and round, almost disproportionate to the size of its head, and his bald tail curled at its end. But what really caught Arlana’s attention, once she took her hand at the height of her eyes, was that the mouse was wearing a pair of round glasses over his tiny snout, almost as huge as its own ears. A long scarf, green on the edges and white on the center, was wrapped a couple of times around the mouse’s neck, leaving a good portion of it waving free behind him. Written with the utmost care on the white thread, there were strange golden runes that seemed to sparkle at the light.
Arlana looked inquisitively at Marigold and Lindsey “Is this someone’s pet or something like that?” She asked, softly swaying the furry body side to side towards them. After all that weird scene, Arlana was able to snap out of the Card’s pull and had almost forgotten about the real reason why there where there. It didn’t occur to her to wonder about why that insistent pull on her mind had disappeared. The girl didn’t realize that Sun had finally reacted, too. The bird groaned in desperation at her back when he glanced at the mouse. “Oh for the fucking feathers of my mother” Sun lamented “Of all of them… why did it had to be him?”
As Arlana gently shook the strange animal on his hand, it started to wake up. The mouse stretched indolently, for the girl’s surprise, moaned in pain and spoke. “Bloody hell…” he groaned with a gentle voice tainted by a thick British accent, pronouncing every word perfectly. The mouse rubbed the swelling bump on his forehead and straightened his glasses before blinking a couple of times and setting his gaze on Marigold and Lindsey. His eyes, of a darker shade of emerald, jumped for girl to girl (to Marigold’s pants for a brief and embarrassing moments). “Well, hello my darlings” the mouse politely said, waving at them as he hanged from Arlana’s fingers “I’m terribly sorry for that… rude introduction. Blimey! I have no idea what got into me! I thought I was a gonner for sure!”
The entire scenario that played out made Lindsey grin widely with joy. All of this chaos, and it was caused by a mouse wearing tiny glasses! She burst out laughing, leaning against a nearby wall as she saw Marigold drop her pants and Arlana swat the tiny creature away. This was absolutely hilarious to the kitsune girl, a tear rolling down her face as the chaos seemed to have stopped. She looked at the mouse, a wide smile still on her face. "Heh...hehe heh...what got into you? More like you got into her pants!" Lindsey joked, walking over and hugging Marigold from behind. "Hehehe...hey, you seem to know this guy. Who is our mouse perv here?" Lindsey asked Sun, motioning for her shoulder if he wanted to fly over and perch there. She had kept her illusion up, so there was no chance of people not in the immediate vicinity of hearing what she had just joked about.
Post by HungryHunter on Sept 10, 2016 17:16:22 GMT
Maigold blinked when Lindsey hugged her. She quickly turned and frisked Lindsey by instinct. Just the usual telescoping staff, her wallet and phone, a bag that seemed to be full of marbles when she squeezed it, little round things with short strings, probably smoke bombs. And an action figure Marigold couldn't identify. "Lindsey, I need to put my pants on." She said without a hint of inflection. Hugs were nice, but pants were required.
She turned back to Arlana. "Liar." She accused the older girl. "That's not an archaea at all." She pointed at the small mammal. "Animalia, chordata, mammalia, rodentia. Genera and species uncertain." She declared its taxonomy with a hint of anger, the first time she had shown any emotion. Arlana was WRONG, and she had made Marigold wrong, and that wasn't okay at all.
Strangely enough, the mouse found Lindsey remarks amusing. Still hanging in the air, held by Arlana’s fingers, the tiny creature snickered and stared at the pair him through his thick spectacles. “As delightful as you both are, darlings” he said, his snout wiggling happily as his eyes jumped shamelessly to Marigold’s legs “you aren’t precisely my cup of tea”
Sun, annoyed after finding out his hunch was correct, kept glaring at the back of the mouse as he answered Lindsey’s question. “Yeah, he’s the asshole we have been looking for. He’s…” his bitter answer was interrupted by the mouse, who turned around to face the flaming bird with a surprised look “Sunny!” he exclaimed “is that really you? It’s great to see you again! I almost didn’t recognize you in that form. Don’t worry, little lad, you don’t have to introduce me to this beautiful ladies. Your older brother hasn’t lost his manners yet!”
For the first time, the animal turned to Arlana “Excuse me, but… would you mind leaving me over there, love?” he asked with excessive familiarity, pointing at one of the shelfs of an empty bookcase. The girl, caught by surprise by that weird situation, walked towards the place the mouse had pointed. As she went by Sun’s side, she offered him a sarcastic smile and silently pronounced “Sunny?” with a smirk before leaving the mouse on the shelf. Sun groaned and turned his back on the whole scene.
As soon as he touched the wood, the mouse started going through the runes of his scarf with diligence and muttering for himself “Let’s see… lightning bolt, no…. polymorph...It’s not Marley´s smoke either, but boy that’s a good one” his small paws caressed the golden writing with affection until he finally found what he was looking for with a delighted squeal. As he mumbled an incantation under his breathe, the creature emerald eyes fixed on Marigold, looking at her over the edge of the glasses that had slowly slid down his nose. “I’m sorry, love, but you’re mistaken” he pointed out delicately, as a faint glow shone out the rune he was reading “I’m not just a talking and charming mouse”.
A green luminescence, a darker shade of emerald than the ones of his eyes, engulfed the mouse. Like liquid crystal, the light shaped itself like layers over the animal’s fur. When he was barely visibly under that strange energy, the light faded and revealed that he was now wearing the heavy and charged robe of a wizard. Of an immaculate white, with details of dark green and glimmering golden ornaments, the robe fit the strange creature graciously. A crooked magician hat laid on his head, twisted in a spiral on the point and with the roman number one inscribed four times in golden, at each side of the hat’s brim. At the sides, the hat had a couple of incisions to let the animal’s furry ears pierce through the leather. The magical animal spun in his place, his robe flying behind him, to let his audience admire his wardrobe. As he did this, a long wooden staff (well, long for his size) materialized on his paws. Shinning faintly on the point, a green crystal sphere was caught by roots and let out small glimmers of green that flew away and vanished in the air. “I am The Magician! The first and oldest of the legendary Mayor Arcana deck!” He proclaimed proudly, once his fabulous transformation was finished. “Now, which of you ladies is the Tarot Seeker?”
Sun, still on with his back against his brother, groaned even louder. “Well fuck… there goes our cover”. Arlana, on the other hand, stared at openmouthed at the show with a whole different concern on her mind. “Oh God… my flat is gonna start looking like a zoo” she sighed.
The frisking Marigold gave made Lindsey frown for a split second, before returning to her normal, joyful self. "Aw...are you sure? That jacket is practically a dress." Lindsey remarked, letting go of the hug and turning to face Magician as he eyed Marigold's legs, yet said they weren't his 'cup of tea', causing Lindsey to roll her eyes in response. Not his cup of tea, yet he has no issue staring at her legs? Lindsey made a mental note of the mouse's comments about recognizing Sun 'in that form', watching as Magician transformed into his wizard outfit and spun around for everyone to admire...well, at least he's confident.
Glancing over at Sun and Arlana, Lindsey points at the magic mouse and cocks her head slightly to the right. "Mayor Arcana, Tarot Seeker? You little guys seem to know the most here...so..." Putting her hands behind her back, the kitsune girl leaned over and looked at Sun with a smile on her face. "Mind telling us what you guys are, and why there is a British mouse in our library? I won't tell aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanyone." Lindsey asked, twitching her fox ears a little and swaying her hips back and forth slightly. She knew Sun liked her, so a little bit of attention should get some information out of the bird. If this didn't work...well...she could just point out how foxes eat birds and mice.
Marigold pulled her pants back up, giving the mouse another look. "Our ancestors split 96 million years ago. I could not conceive of a way I could be interested you or consummate that interest if it did happen to exist." Marigold turned away from the tiny perverts. They weren't worth her time. This book on gardening? That was worth her time!
“My words offended our dear and knowledgably lady, it seems” the mouse said, straightening his glasses, watching Marigold walked away from the scene “What a shame!” Without losing time, the tiny Magician faced Lindsey, his emerald eyes glimmering and his ears twitching with admiration. “Well of course, I’ll gladly answer to all your questions, my dear!” he stated joyfully, leaning forward to examine Lindsey closely, focusing more on the fox like feature than on her other… interesting features. Sun, on the other hand, seemed to be so hypnotized with her sensual hips to the point where his head swayed at the same rhythm. Arlana let out an irritated sigh and slapped the bird into a flaming ball. “But first I must take a moment to admire you! Who would have thought that such lovely creatures, such as the zerda like you would still exist in this world after all this time? It’s truly marvelous” the Magician continued “I haven’t seen one of your beautiful kind in a long time, it’s a delightful pleasure” his tone seemed choked by emotion and his eyes seemed watery as he took another moment to look at Lindsey.
“Now, to the matter at hand” he said, giving a few claps like a professor about to start a lecture, leaving the staff standing on its own. “If a student of this school doesn’t know about the Major Arcana, I guess that Father’s library is still hidden. Am I right Sun?” The hesitated for a bit and then slowly nodded. At his side, Arlana saw a sudden stroke of pain rushing across the bird’s fiery eyes. “Well then…” the Magician started but was interrupted by Sun “Brother, I…” “Silence! Let your older brother talk, Sunny!” The mouse reproached as slammed the point of his staff against the wood at his feet. With a grunt, Sun closed his beak and muttered a variety of beautifully expressed curses as his brother started to talk again.
With her eyes focused on the tiny mouse that was about to give a majestic lesson about their most valued secret, Arlana leaned against Sun. “Can’t we just shut him up somehow and get the hell out from here?” she muttered as softly as she could. Her burning friend sighed a cloud of annoyed smoke and waved his head. “Not a chance, once that fucking four eyes gets like that there’s not stopping him. Plus, we are up to our necks with wizards and even though he’s here, only god knows where his card is” Sun angrily replied, but Arlana noticed that his voice lacked his usual rudeness. The girl sighed and kept listening to that strange mouse. Well, at least she was going to learn where the cards came from.
“Ehem…” The Magician cleared his throat as he focused back on Lindsey and put on his best professor voice “Let’s see, what year is it? Oh, I know I know. So… it all started a few millennia ago. Father had already been living on this earth for quite some time and I’m sure there are many stories before our time, but those are stories for another time. What matters is that our Father was outstandingly intelligent and powerful, with only a glance he could learn everything of whatever he laid his eyes on. As a devote lover of knowledge and a burning passion for comprehension, Father spent his days travelling the earth in secret in order to satisfy his thirst. But not even his powers could keep him hidden from the curiousness of the mortals.” As he dove deeper into his explanation, the mouse gently shook his staff around. The same liquid and crystal-like substance that had enveloped before appeared on the air and, following the directions of the Magician, represented his words.
<<Rumors spread far and wide, like wild fire through a sea of dry leaves, the land about a powerful and wise being. And this rumors, as they usually do, pulled gullible men in a quest to find that magnificent being. Some of them could have actually been able to find Father, but Father only need to look at them to know that those travelers, which only came searching to fulfill they self-centered desires weren’t worthy of his help. So he kept moving, avoiding any encounter with those pesky and selfish mortals and focusing only in his own quest. The years passed and his existence became only a legend, a bed time story for children, and those who searched for him gradually lost all interesting in looking for something that couldn’t be found. All of them gave up… but one. A single and solitary man kept chasing after Father, even after the rest of them turned their backs on him. Father didn’t bother to look at that human, convinced he was just another one that looked to get rich or powerful… or a particularly stubborn at least. He would just give up after some time, Father told himself>> The mouse made a small pause and Arlana blinked a couple of times when she noticed how into the story she was getting.
<<But the man did not give up. He did not give up when he had to swim through the icy waters of the Arctic, nor he did give up when the tallest mountain stood on his way and the burning sands of the deserts scorched his feet. Years passed and Father’s disdain slowly lost ground to his inherent curiosity. One day, when the man’s strength failed and he fell in what seemed to be his dying breathe, Father showed himself to the man.>>
<<”You are certainly resilient, mortal” Father mystically said (he always had a way of making everything sound so theatrical, that was for sure), secretly delighted at the man’s surprise “Why have you followed me for so long? What do you desire with such burning passion? For what are you willing to give away so much of your short existence chasing after a myth, a legend, which clearly didn’t want to be find?>>
<< The man, who was on the brink of death just a second before, jumped to his feet and then kneeled before Father, his forehead grazing the rough stone beneath. His voice seemed to die on his throat and when it finally escaped, it came out old like dust and rust. “I have taken more steps than my feet can endure and more, I have climbed over the tallest mountains and burned my feet on the boiling sands and I would do it again…” he said “My beloved died young, my lord…”>>
<<”And you want to bring her back to life” Father interrupted, angrily “So you are just another one of them, the ones who sought me to fulfill that secret and selfish wish hidden on your hearts. Can you not see that those who die do so for a reason? That they are destined to perish? Brining your beloved back could break the balance between this world and the other and put in danger reality itself. But you, egotistic mortals, are willing to put everything at risk just to satisfy your narrow minded desires.”>>
<<Despite Father’s vehemence, the man did not faze and laid his head on the ground again. “No, lord…” he said “I just want to know if she is happy, wherever she is”>> <<”Were… were you willing to die, to burn away your life, just to know that?” Father asked>>
<<”Yes… and I would do it again”>>
<<Father could not believe what he was hearing and for the first time, he saw the man in front of him and felt as if a curtain was lifted from his eyes. This wasn’t just another pathetic mortal, what he was saying was utterly and sincerely true. He was willing to cease to exist just to know if his loved once had found happiness in the other side. “What is your name, mortal?” Father inquired>>
<<”Narmer of Tinis, my lord” the man replied, without raising his head>>
<<”Rise, Narmer” Father said, his voice now warm as a summer breeze “As it’s not you who must kneel” He helped Narmer to his feet and instead, he kneeled before him. “I must apologize, Narmer of Tinis. For years I have disdained the mortals and looked down at them with disgust, considering you all selfish and inferior. But you have showed me the error in my ways and I my heart will forever be heavy for the pain I have caused you. And I have apologize once again, as I have lied to you. There is no danger on bringing someone back from the realm of the dead, it is but a rouse to repel those who weren’t as noble as you. So please, as sign of my regret, allow me to bring your beloved to life so you can enjoy the happy life you deserve”>>
<<Narmer, however, stopped Father and helped him to his feet. “No, please do not do it” the man said, shaking his head “My wife died the way she was meant to, it was her destiny to do so, just as you said. But I couldn’t leave my life without knowing if she was happy or not”>>
<<”Well then, there must be something I can do to help you” said Father, as stubbornly as the man that had chased him for years>>
<<Narmer laughed at that strange entities attitude. “Well… the village where I was born and lived has trouble brining water for a nearby river, would you like to help us?” Narmer asked and offered his hand to Father>>
<<”It will be my pleasure” Father agreed and took Narmer’s hand. Together, they went back to Narmer’s hometown. Father, not knowing much about the mortals had had despised, noticed how primitive they were and used his immense knowledge to help them solve problems from their daily life. From kind advices about how to help the rivers water get to their crops to a way to communicate through the art of writing. However, Father was a nomad and his thirst for knowledge wasn’t satiated yet. Soon he was preparing to get to the road again>>
<< Moved as he was by Narmer’s actions and to avoid whoever came after him looking to fulfill a wish to suffer the same as the mortal, Father decided to create a vessel for his powers. This vessels, if gathered, could fulfill whatever he desired on the bottom of his heart. But of course, that would be incredibly dangerous if it landed on the wrong person’s hands. So Father decided to imbue each of the vessel with life, mind and spirit of their own to work as guards for that power. Only the one who is approved and accepted by everyone of the vessels; the one who had traveled through the Path of the Fool, would be consider worthy, just as Father considered Narmer, to grasp that power.>>
The mouse finished and the greenish crystal disappeared. “That would be a short summary… I could get into more detail about the nature of the technological gifts Father gave the humans, but it’s up for debate”
Being looked-over by an annoying mouse wasn't exactly what Lindsey had hoped for, the fox girl about to flick him off the table...when he made a comment about her being a 'zerda'. "A what now? I'm a kitsune, thank you very much. You know, fox creature that can turn into a human and have these adorable ears?" Lindsey pointed up to her head, her ears bending down before straightening back out. She figured this information was important, so she began to listen, waiting until the story was done before speaking up.
"So...in short; you are looking for these cards because some old guy spread his power between them, and if you catch 'em all, you get a wish?" The fox girl asked, thinking she had just about everything. "How many cards are there, anyway? You seem to have only found two of these guys right now."
Marigold glanced up from her book to squint at the mouse. "The Tarot deck only dates back 700 years." She said. Thousands of years back? This mouse was shady. Or dumb. Yeah, probably that. "And a zerda is a fennec fox. But Lindsey is a red fox." She informed her friend before burying herself in petunias again.
“Oh dear, it seems that i’m dealing with a true scholar here” The Magician replied with his usual calmness and pleasant manners, fixing his round spectacles on Marigold as he tapped the floor gently with his staff. “And as a true scholar you should already be aware that knowledge isn’t set in stone, or your race would still be painting rustic ideograms on the walls of their caves.”
“I apologize if my words upset you, darling” he turned to Lindsey “When Father first saw one of your kind, he named it after the creatures that inhabited the dessert where he spent his first years studying. I should know, as I am the first one of my brothers and sisters and was the one that helped him categorize and collect the knowledge he gained about those creatures” the tiny mouse straightened his back proudly, but then his confidence shattered when he added shyly “It’s actually my fault, that name… the actual way Father called you was to long for my young mind at the time and after some time well… it stuck”
He scratched the back of his head and then opened his eyes abruptly. His eyes seemed to sparkle with excitement as he leaned towards Marigold and Lindsey “Oh, I know! If you want to see proof of what I’m saying we can just go and meet Father! He’s incredibly intelligent and he knows everything and I haven’t seen him in a…”
“Dad’s dead, four eyes” Sun voice, strangely emotionless, interrupted the Magician’s monologue. The mouse froze and his ears dropped, pain tainting his features. Arlana had to make an inhuman effort not to hug the poor thing. “Oh…” his voice broke and an uncomfortable silence grew between the two brothers as Sun turned his back against and flew a few feet away.
Arlana stared open mouthed at Sun. They had spent an entire year together and he never talked about that? She immediately felt like a moron. She had been wiping about the… incident for so long and Sun had always been by her side and she never even considered that he could be feeling something like that too. Her gaze shifted from Sun to his brother and a powerless sigh escaped her lips. That wasn’t the time or place to try to help him, despite how much she wanted to. “Ehem…” The girl cleared his throat, trying to break that tense silence. “Well… as I understand” she replied to Lindsey’s question. After all that explanation from the Magician, she figured that it was too late to try to hide it and those two didn’t seem as bad people “There are at least…” she silently counted with her fingers “twenty-two cards and I’ve got three so far. Oh wait! I guess I haven’t found his card yet, so I’m on two” she added, pointing at the Magician. “Don’t know if that wish part is true, though, but it’s worth a try.”
Another name? Lindsey was curious to find out what this 'master' of theirs called foxes back in the stone age...but now wasn't the time to pry. She stood by as the three of them revealed that their master was dead and that there were twenty-two cards left...which at her rate, could take a long time. "Oh? You have two cards right now?" Diving to the side, Lindsey leaned to the side at Sun, then at Magician. "But I only see two creatures here. What's the other card you have? You're not one of them, are you?!" Lindsey asked overly dramatically, trying to lighten the mood of the situation a little after Magician and Arlana heard that someone they either knew or looking for was dead. She didn't like being part of other people's serious situations.