Chapter 5 - Too Young
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Iris was walking to the river, the wind blowing her dark coat to the side and making ripples in the water. Beside her was Icarus, who was flirting playfully, and making Iris laugh.
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She told him to "Shh!" as they reached the bank, and crouched by the edge of the bank. "Carina?" She called out.
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She waited for a few seconds as Icarus hung back, watching with his head tilted to the side.
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In a moment, Carina's white head appeared breaking out of the surface as she swam closer to Iris, she recognized her and smiled. "Hey!"
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"Hello." Iris smiled. "Oh! This is Icarus, he's going to help me get you settled in." Icarus waved at her and gave her a friendly smile as Carina gazed untrustingly at him." Are you ready?"
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"I'm ready. it's been quite lonely, actually..since I've been, y'know, banished from my only home."
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"I'm sorry," Iris said. Carina waved her hand in dismissal.
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Carina pulled herself onto the bank, flashing her scales. She rested her tail out the water and slowly the scales started to vanish, replacing them with human legs. Once all the scales were gone, Carina flexed her toes under the towel Iris had given her, and smiled.
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Iris handed her some soft sweatpants and a comfy shirt and Carina slipped then on before standing. Her entire lower half of her body shook and she grabbed into Iris and Icarus to help her stay up, but she managed.
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Iris took Carina to the camp. It was surrounded with logs, the top had a sharp spike on it, and green patches of grass was everywhere except around the campfire, where logs lay, rocks you could sit on. A lot of tents were scattered around everywhere, and it looked very homey.
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Carina tried to walk right on it but Iris stopped her. "Not yet. Diana was protection enchantments around the camp. If you try to go in, you'll get quite the shock. "
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Iris placed her hand forward, and a giant sphere of geometric patterns appeared in a dome around the camp. The dome glowed softly, as Iris whispered to it and Carina stepped in.
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Iris took her hand off the dome, as she did, it turned visible once again.
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"That's so cool!" Carina said in delight, sounding like a six year old.
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"Right? it even blocks snow and rain and stuff. Now, you can get in and out of the Camp as you please. You have it to yourself, but other people may join you soon. "
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Carina hugged her tightly. "Thank you!"
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"No problem..A few things first- There's some food in the back, it'll never go back cause of Diana's magic, and some water that'll keep the water bottles producing after someone takes one. There's showers in the back, too, also with magic, and boxes of clothes by the showers. And-! If you want fire, just simply say fire to those sticks right there-"
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"I've gotta go now, but I'll come visit! Bye!"
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"Thanks again, Iris!" Carina called as Iris exited the camp.
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Icarus and Iris walked out of the camp.
As they walked back to Iris's house, Icarus said, "You're so generous..and nice.."
He continued to compliment her causing Iris to blush and smile.
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She turned to him as she approached the steps. "I'll see you later," she told him, grinning.
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He bowed to her, causing her to laugh, then she went in and shut the door behind her.
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The new baby stares up at her mother with her shining blue eyes, reaching up with her tiny hands to grab something.
Her mother cooed at her, rocking her and looking at her baby, her eyes pouring with love into her baby girls soul.
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The father stood by the mother, showing no emotion, no love, nothing. He glowered down at the two of them, his mouth is a straight, hard line.
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Three years her later, her father was abusive to the girl, he was harsher towards her, for reasons she could not get, she was yelled at and and hit at. This caused her to be absolutely terrified of her father.
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The girl, five years later ran around the house jumping around in the furniture, laughing as her older brother chased her around the room. She giggled as she hopped into the couch, then jumped off, grinning, but she timed the jump wrong.
She fell,and slammed her face into the sharp edge of the table, slicing it open as blood spurt from the wound. She began crying and her dad turned, "What'd you do now, Idiot-" He stopped as he saw her crumpled on the floor, clutching at her nose, as blood poured from between her fingers. He picked her up, moving her hands to see the wound.
His eyes widened, and she was taken to the hospital to get stitches, the doctors said it'd take a while to heal, but she'd still have a scar.
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The four sat together in the living room, laughing and talking about their hunts.
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"...And Clint got this AWESOME sword and saved me and Rose!" Will concluded, he had left out Clint's personal talk, which Clint deeply appreciated.
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"Oh, wow! That sounds cool," Talyn said grinning.
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"Yeah! And it looks like a harmless knife but then he gets some emotions and stuff and it like..fuels the sword! Isn't that cool?"
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Talyn ran a hand through her fluffed hair, leaning back, rested against Iris.
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Diana walked in, setting the groceries on the table. "Oh! Welcome back!" She said, brightening as she hugged them all. "I'll get dinner read-"
The phone rang.
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Diana looked confused, since it was around 11 p.m..
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She picked up the phone and answered. "Hello-" Her face grew dark and serious.There was a pause. "Okay. They'll be there."
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She turned to the four.
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"What's going on?" Clint asked.
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"A girl was seen running by into the forest. Melanie was on her late night walk and saw her and she's concerned.."
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"Will and Talyn, you guys go," Iris told them. "Iris and I will wait at the camp and just bring her there if you catch her."
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The two nodded, grabbing their weapons and ran out, the rumble send roar of their bikes turning on heard, the screeching of tires riding off the path.
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Clint and Iris got on theirs and sped to the camp, stopping in front and getting off, placing their hands on the dome and stepping in.
Carina was there, gazing down at the fire, eyes wide as it changed multiple colors.
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"Who's this?"Clint asked her.
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"She needed a place to stay, her name's Carina."
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Carina turned to them and smiled, holding her hand out to Clint. They shook hands, as Clint introduced myself.
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"Hey, Carina, " Iris said. "A young girl may be coming to stay with you tonight."
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"We're just waiting for my two other friends to come and bring her here."
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Carina nodded. "Okay. I can set her up a tent." She got up and went over to a tent, beginning to set up blankets and pillows in there.
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Talyn and Will continued to ride to the forest, the cold wind chilling the two of them as they rode.
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They got to the edge of the forest and for off, running into the dark forest.
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They could barely make out what was in front of them, their weapons out and ready to strike.
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They suddenly heard a child's shriek, and they both froze for a quick second, looking at each other before running even faster.
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Talyn ran ahead, and then Will suddenly yanked her back behind s tree and gave the quiet sign.
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She had not seen the creature with a thin frame, standing over a large hole, one of it's long arms extended inside the hole. Talyn tried to keep herself quiet, her eyes narrowed as she drew back her arrow even further, and aimed for it.
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She waited as it pulled it's arm back up and a girl was seen, dangling by the ankle and being held by the creature. She was kicking and thrashing and Talyn let her arrow fly. It hit the creature and it dropped her on the ground, snarling and the girl darted off, quick.
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The girl felt cold, her eyes wide and fear coursing throughout her as she ran. The creature kept Pace with her easily, suddenly running in front of her. She skidded back, stepping away, and suddenly ran left. The creature began to follow her.
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She suddenly spread out her feathery wings and jumped, wings flapping as she took off.
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The creature stopped and snarled, and slowly sank back into the darkness.
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Talyn and Will got there a second too soon as they watched the small figure fly off, in the direction of Carina's lake.
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"No-!" Talyn hissed, kicking the dirt.
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"Come on- We can still follow her- she might be hurt-" He said, genuinely worried.
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They raced back to their motorcycles and got on them, riding towards the lake.
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They got there as the sun was starting to rise, since the lake was so far away from the forest. Dark bags were under their eyes, send finally, they got off stopping.
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They could see the girl rested against s tree, her eyes open.
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Her mint green eyes with slitted pupils looked up at them, her pale skin covered in fresh scratches, her black hair was tied back in a bun, which was messy and falling out, a rose tucked into her hair, jet black cat ears poked out, her black bobtail flicking. A large scar was across her nose, and a few minor ones were on her body as well. Her dark grey wings flared up as they approached, and her hand went up as some water from the lake surrounded the front of her, like a shield.
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Will and Talyn stopped.
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"Look..we're not here to hurt you," Will said slowly and gently. "We want to help."
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The girl did not speak, but eyed the two blades handing from his hips. He followed her gaze and took them out slowly, to where her wings flared more, and she stood up.
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He made eye contact with her, keeping his face soft, and threw the blades out of his reach, and Talyn did the same with her bow. She slid off her quiver and kicked it away from her. The girl relaxed slightly, and the water started to go back into the river, her wings no longer flaring.
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"So...You're here to help?" She asked them. She spoke gently, but she kept her posture strong.
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"We are. " Will smiled. "But first..what were you doing in the forest?"
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"I ran away from home."
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"How come?" Will tilted his head and he crouched beside her.
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"My father was bad."
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Understanding crossed his face. "Oh..I'm.sorry to here that. "
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Talyn whispered to will,"We can't take her back."
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He nodded slightly. "Well," he said to the girl. "Come with us and we can take you someplace safe. "
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She nodded slowly, as Will held out his hand. She took it, looking up at him, and cracking a tiny smile.
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They walked into the camp and Iris looked up. The girl hid behind Wills leg, still holding Talyns and Wills hand.
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"These are my friends," Will said to her. "They're nice."
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"Oh, come on, sweetie," Carina walked over, and Talyn and Will had no idea who she was.
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Iris answered their question. "She's a friend. A mermaid. She's kinda on hibernation right now. I'll explain later."
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The girl stepped forward. "What's your name, hon?" Carina asked her.
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The girl let go of Will and Talyns hands. "Daisy."
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"I'm Carina," Carina grinned warmly, and wrapped Daisy in a soft blanket, being careful of her wings. Iris handed her a mug of hot chocolate, which Daisy took, and sat down by the fire.
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"Hey, Daisy," Will sat beside her. "Carina here is going to look after you. Of course, my friends and I will drop by, okay?"
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Daisy nodded. "Thanks.."
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