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Eye of the Storm

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A calm breeze rippled across Aness'a face. She lay quietly in a tranquil grove, rippling leaves and rustling branches creating a beautiful natural chorus. Slowly, carefully, the girl stood up. She looked at her surroundings, bemused and a bit off-put. Where was she? The last thing she remembered was...

What was it again? She'd been somewhere, doing something...

Nope. It wasn't coming to her. But if she couldn't remember it probably wasn't important. Nonplussed, she set about trying to figure out where she was. A bough of proud trees stood in a circle around her, and in the distance she could see a towering giant of a with silver bark and almost grey leaves. The behemoth of a tree drew Anessa, and she wandered in it's general direction.

As she walked, the girl's attention kept wandering to the surrounding trees. Something about them. They were all vibrant, and green of leaf, almost too much so. A nagging feeling kept pulling at the back of Anessa's mind, but she shook her head of it and tried to be on her way. After a short walk, the girl found herself at the base of the silvery giant. Light flickered and danced across its rough surface, and the silver bark shone with brilliant colors. The tree seemed utterly familiar and yet totally alien at the same time. Unbidden, a question formed itself on her lips. "What are you?"

Anessa had in no way expected an answer, and was consequently shocked when she received one. There were no words, just flashing images and impressions. The girl received flashes of, kinship? Family? The sensations she got were overwhelming, but foremost among them were concern and affection.

With a start, Anessa realized why she recognized the tree. It felt very much the same as the Everysky tree back in Kaurilia. It didn't look exactly the same, but the impression was there. With that tie to the real world, Anessa's mental one collapsed in on itself, and she was left with a terrible feeling of falling as the great tree receded from her view.

As she was falling, she felt something shaking her, and with an immense amount of effort, she forced her eyes open. She saw the skull-man standing over her, and the sky and the sun and the wreckage surrounding them. suddenly she wasn't falling anymore. She was laying very much on solid, unforgiving earth. And everything hurt. "What happened?" she managed to croak out.

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The short version is you got struck by lightning and then the forest tried to protect you and now we really need to get moving. When We tried flying you acted like it hurt or you were dying, if I carry you but stick with running, will you be fine?” He kept looking over his shoulder looking for the guards to start homing in on them, looking for an electrically charged... GALEN! Stop inviting trouble and fucking focus on her already! Aku snarled at him in his mind, and he tried to set his anxiety to the side, attention back to the woman laying on the ground under him.

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The pain was constant and irritating, but Anessa gritted her teeth and struggled to stand. She found it easier than she was expecting, probably a side effect of her more robust constitution. When she was fully upright, a blinding flash of agony almost laid her out again, and she looked down at herself, trying to identify the source of her plight. She had to stifle a gasp. There was a hole in her stomach. And honest to the gods, charred hole that probably went deeper than she was willing to inspect. It was off-center, sitting more to the right on her body, and the sharp ache coming from it felt like the world's worst stitch in the side.

She looked to the skull man. "Carrying should be, uh, should be fine. Let's, well, let's get out of here." She hated relying on the man, but he'd been trustworthy so far, and she suspected that she wasn't going to be going anywhere quickly on her own until she healed. Judging by the damage to their surroundings, now was a time for quickly.

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Galen's lower jaw hung looses on it's hinge, seeing the charred crater in the woman's abdomen. And she was standing on her own too... Questions later, we need to get going... Shaking his head, he snapped out of the more morbid thoughts. He stepped forward, leaning so one arm pressed to the back of her knees while his other arm pressed to her back, “Wraps your arms around my neck and hold on,” he commanded gently, sweeping her from her feet and cradling her to his chest. Crouching there, he took a couple deep breaths to help his lungs get ready for the sprint that he had planned.

Gathering a burst of energy into his invisible wings, he focused on the path in front of him, picturing the route in his mind and setting the landmarks he remembered along the way firmly in his mind. Then the acceleration hit, keeping his leaps as horizontal as possible when he used his wings to dash forward, then running on the pads of his feet in between. Mindful of the woman bundled in his arms, he did his best not to make any jarring motions, still scared about the chunk of her body missing. But, Aku was right, he couldn't focus on that right now, now was the time to escape.

Of course, by now, people had gathered on the streets, mostly to gawk at the smoking mess near the one spire, so he had to pick his route carefully to avoid out right bowling anyone over. But there were also other guards out here that had not seen or even knew what had happened, and he knew he was drawing attention to them by fleeing the area. Thankfully, though, no one seemed inclined to make the effort to stop them yet...

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Being picked up was never an experience Anessa enjoyed. Having her own too feet on solid ground was important to her before the accident, and more so now after, but the speed at which the skull man carried her was worth the discomfort. Anesa carefully kept one arm around her companion as they moved, mindful of how much force she was exerting, and the other hand applied pressure on the wound in her side. The pair were moving faster than she would have thought possible, and Anessa felt some hope that they were in the clear.

This relief was immediately stifled, however, by a shooting pain from her side. She grimaced, and took the opportunity to inspect her wound a bit. It was hard to get a good look, tucked as she was in someone else' arms. but from what she could see, there was a slight blue charring around the perimeter of the wound. Some of the areas around the hole, the one's not tainted with the azure char, were evidently repairing themselves, mending slowly but surely before her eyes. Anessa looked away quickly, disturbed by the process and unwilling to watch.

She looked up from her musings, and realized that they'd made it pretty close to the outskirts of the city. She wasn't sure how long she'd been lost in thought for, but it couldn't have been too long. They really were moving fast.

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