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Red Dragon
Writer Msmarv28
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Mekhi welcomed Arya and her companions into the Red Towers. Dax had sent word and asked that he aid them in any way they needed. He showed them preceptor Nyx’s chambers and Arya’s blood had an adverse reaction to being in that room. It felt as if it were trying to claw its way out of her veins to get away.copyright protection12PENANAEUGeuCDQRF

     “Any word from Ihsan?” Arya asked.copyright protection12PENANAgHyZ4Fo5au

     “No,” Mekhi shook his head confused. “He never checked in. I have some ideas of where he might be. I’ll let you know if any of them pan out.”copyright protection12PENANAf3aYeEKKpW

     Arya nodded. She followed the trail of dried blood from Nyx’s bed to the wall on the far side of his room. It disappeared behind the wall. She traced the surface of the wall with her fingers before finding what she was looking for, a loose brick. She pushed it in and a hidden door opened. Rayu, Lumi, Jax, Zahn and Mekhi all followed her into the hidden room beyond. There were wall-to-wall weapons from floor to ceiling and another wooden door leading to a tunnel beneath the Red Towers.copyright protection12PENANAY4RFiliWca

     “Have you ever been in these tunnels?” Arya asked. copyright protection12PENANABtRatVPR10

     “No,” Mekhi shook his head. “When Malich bought the place, he bought it as is.”copyright protection12PENANAlh4wgia02A

     “So then you would have no clue if something already resided down here.”copyright protection12PENANAW1ENGX9YUm

     Again he shook his head. The tunnel was dark and cold. There were fire lamps along the corridors every fifteen feet or so and they lit each one until they came to a room. It was vast and dark, with crumbling stone pillars holding up the ceiling. The ceiling doubled as the floor of the first level of the Red Towers.copyright protection12PENANA8wP0GjVwaX

     A soft whisper filled the room and they all unsheathed their swords. The whispers echoed and Arya could swear the shadows around them were moving. “The shadows,” Arya whispered.copyright protection12PENANAwweA2vTdvV

     Mekhi followed her gaze and they all watched as the shadows moved about before coming to rest around a tall figure donning a black cloak. He was bald, eyes the color of blood with sharp teeth and he was still covered in preceptor Nyx’s blood. copyright protection12PENANAOsXtgDrpCl

     They all spread out, flanking the stranger on all sides and slowly closed in on him. He knelt, whispering to himself. They weren’t sure if he even knew they were there. He didn’t seem to.copyright protection12PENANAMLRCLxVH45

     It wasn’t until they were a few feet away from him that the whispering stopped. His eyes slowly slid to Arya and he stared at her as if she were the only one in the room. “I can smell your blood,” he hissed. “Seelie Regina, Seelie Regina, Seelie Reginaaa…”copyright protection12PENANAFBCUbFp5TU

     Arya knew many tongues, but this one was hard to place. “Why did you come here?” She asked. He laughed maniacally then lifted a bony finger and pointed it at her. “What is it that you want and why did you kill my friend?”copyright protection12PENANA0HnXbDBC2e

     “Seelie Regina, Seelie Regina, Seelie Reginaaa…” he sang. It was a very creepy, very disturbing song. “The preceptor’s blood taste like the finest wine.”copyright protection12PENANAXOZPqLnltr

     “You still haven’t answered my question. Why are you here?”copyright protection12PENANAr8232eJsjC

     Again he points his bony finger at Arya, “Lord Balor wants, Balor wants, Balor wantsssss…”copyright protection12PENANAnkjKhunT7q

     “Balor?” Arya frowned. The name didn’t ring any bells, but Mekhi stiffened. He looked frightened. “Preceptor?copyright protection12PENANA74f7TFSg1m

     “Balor is the God of death,” Mekhi informed her.copyright protection12PENANAItuKxxYgZh

     “What does the God of death want with me?”copyright protection12PENANASmBc7THuNO

     “Your soul…”copyright protection12PENANAUVT92MPV3R

     “Why?”copyright protection12PENANAhLkMvSku8k

     “It belongs to him,” the creature hissed.copyright protection12PENANAM1HoeOiVj5

     “I beg to differ,” Arya replied. “If he wanted my soul so badly, he should’ve held onto it when he had the chance.”copyright protection12PENANAKd0Dn2qcYt

     The creature roared, flinging itself at Arya, disappearing into the shadows and reappearing as she could. One minute it was all over…everywhere, and then it was nowhere. It appeared and drew blood with fingernails like razors before disappearing again.copyright protection12PENANA4gfp2Lhnfq

     “Holy Gods!” Zahn gasped.copyright protection12PENANAH2spqGdICw

     “I need light!” Arya shouted.copyright protection12PENANANmKOZ7RpkP

     Lumi tried to light a sconce and was thrown across the room at the same time Jax was flung into a pillar. Whatever this creature was, he was far more powerful than Arya expected. Objects moved and crashed into them, razor fingers slashed, sharp teeth tore flesh and shadows tugged at their feet, holding them in place.copyright protection12PENANATo58N8T5w9

     Just when Arya thought it couldn’t get any worse, the damn thing multiplied. There was thousandsof him. “It was nice knowing you all,” Zahn laughed. They knew this would probably be a death sentence, but they never expected this. This was far beyond anyone’s imagination.copyright protection12PENANAvdbXDBEQjg

     They braced for whatever came when a bright light erupted in the room, eating away at all of the shadows until only one remained. Arya used her hand to shield herself from the light. She could make out several figures, but she couldn’t see them clearly. copyright protection12PENANAn7C7VBfM1A

     One of the figures tossed something around the creature’s neck and he roared in pain. The light dimmed but it took a moment for Arya’s eyes to adjust before she could see again. Soldiers dressed from head to toe in white, armed to the teeth, had the creature in chains. “Who are you?” Arya asked.copyright protection12PENANACUZH3MQXSm

     “Part of the royal army of the Seelie Court,” one of the soldiers replied. “I am General Evander Kale.”copyright protection12PENANA6nAildUZ4e

     “We are in your debt general, but where is the rest of your army? This creature has killed many.”copyright protection12PENANAfslSAhuQ3v

     “This creatureis not alone. There are others and the rest of my army is scattered I presume. Or dead.”copyright protection12PENANAqGqpnucer4

     “I beg your pardon, but did you say Seelie Court?” Lumi asked. The General nodded. “Arya, isn’t that where your family is from?”copyright protection12PENANAByscQNqKNu

     The General’s head whipped to Arya. “You’re from the Seelie Court?”copyright protection12PENANAY3XkVxBqnF

     “I’ve been told, yes, but the source isn’t exactly reliable since she slit my throat and left me for dead.”copyright protection12PENANAWOlndJRpYj

     Evander eyed Arya carefully, before motioning for one of his men to take the creature away. “For hundreds of years these creatures have been locked away, their God Balor banished to the plane of lost souls. If these creatures have returned then their God isn’t far. We should move.”copyright protection12PENANAuzRWLIKbty

     “The creature told me Balor wants my soul,” Arya confided. “He kept saying Seelie Regina. Do you know what that means or what language that is?”copyright protection12PENANAGrBDMxbnXz

     “I’m sorry, I can’t place it, but if Balor wants your soul then he won’t stop until he collects it.”copyright protection12PENANA3UnohB8816

     “Would you happen to know whyhe’d want my soul by any chance?”copyright protection12PENANArvGjsr1cDu

     “Your guess is as good as mine,” Evander shrugged. “Would one of you mind pointing me in the direction of Malich Jarrah?” Everyone looked to Arya who gave a terribly curtsey. She’d work on that later. “You know him?”copyright protection12PENANALkWmYIUa6S

     “Knowhim?” Arya huffed a laugh, “I’m his betrothed General.”copyright protection12PENANAJ9M7y3JHbK

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