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On Lumina's word and with Aedos' affirmation, the villagers began trickling out of the city toward Darling's Point. It was an unorganized and chaotic march with the random person running back to their home for last minute objects and trinkets. After nearly thirty minutes of ushering the many villagers toward the city's exit, the last one finally left; an old lady who had adamantly refused to leave her home where she was born. Only after Aedos promised her that she'd soon return, did she finally acquiesce, making sure to force a promise from Aedos to rebuild her home if it was destroyed. 

Sweat drenched Aedos completely, his clothes feeling like they weighed at lest ten pounds heavier as he reached the village's exit. Even with his advanced build, sprinting at max speed for nearly half an hour was bound to produce quite the workout. Wiping some from his forehead, he met up with Lumina wherever she may be after no doubt helping villagers prepare to leave as well. 

Throughout their ushering, the thundering sounds of the giant god had progressively gotten closer and loud as it seemed to realize they'd tricked him. 

When he and Lumina once again met up, he'd place one hand against a wood beam and breathe in deeply; until his lungs could take no more, and then an equally as long exhale. "Okay Lumina. We've got two options. We can either try to fight... it," Aedos said, pausing in between breaths when the thundering grew so loud he could barely hear his own words. "Or we can escape with the villagers and escort them to Darling's Point."

On one hand, they'd be able to keep any eye on the villagers and hopefully protect them from any bandits or other beasts on the way to Darling's Point. On the other hand, if no one was there to fend off Gemini once it latched on to their scent from the village, it was unknown if the civilians could make it to Darling's Point before the God caught up. 

"I'm thinking that we," he was shouting now, trying to make himself heard over the raging stomps of Gemini, "lay some traps and then escort the villagers. It will all be for naught if we die and they do not make it anyways!"

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Lumina quickly moved to help escort the villagers out of the city. She stood by the exit and blessed the villagers as they left. It was a small restorative spell that would help them maintain stamina as they journeyed to Darling’s Point. From the corner of her eye, she spotted the boy sitting with two people. She smiled and moved over to talk to them.

“Are you his parents?” Lumina asked, looking between the two. The woman smiled, one protective hand wrapped firmly around the child’s shoulders. 

“Yes! And I take it you’re the woman he keeps speaking of? The one who healed him?” She asked, her eyes hopeful. Lumina nodded and the woman began to thank her.

“Do not thank me. It is my duty. I couldn’t let him….go. He has much left to do in the world. As much as I would love to speak to you further, I think you should get going,” Lumina suggested, gesturing towards the gates of the city. The family nodded, slowly rising. The boy wrapped his arms around Lumina’s waist and gave her a swift hug. Lumina placed a hand on his head and whispered a prayer to herself. With that, the family moved past and joined the large group to leave the city. Lumina watched them carefully, her eyes moving thoughtfully between each member of the family. 

Lumina returned to Aedos, only caught off guard by the fact he was drenched in sweat. It warmed her heart to see all the work he had put in to moving the villagers to safety. Without him, Lumina couldn't see herself ever figuring out how to save them.

“I blessed the villagers as they left. It will keep them from losing stamina too quickly,” Lumina commented. When Aedos mentioned their decisions, she thought them over. She hadn’t gotten the chance to see how fast the God traveled, but there was no doubt that once it catched up with them, it would be extremely difficult to lose.

“I agree. There’s no saying how long we would last against it on our own. If we go with them, we can protect them better!” Lumina called out, her voice being drowned out in the winds that came with the God’s approach. She crouched down and began to trace a sigil into the dirt. It appeared to be that of the rising sun, with lightning bolt shaped rays protruding from its edges. After the drawing was complete, Lumina clasped her hands together and began to whisper to herself.

“My liege. When the night begins to fall, let thou allow the dawn to rise once more,” She muttered, tracing a final slash through the dirt. The sigil began to pulsate quiet bursts of light. Lumina stood and glanced at Aedos.

“When the Giant arrives, this will explode into a burst of light. The purpose is to help guide a lost traveler to a safe haven. Almost like a beacon! This could distract it, if not blind it for a while,” Lumina explained. With the first trap laid, Lumina smiled at Aedos, “I have faith in us!” She encouraged, the wind growing stronger with each word. It wouldn’t be long now before the beast arrived. Lumina’s sigil would only erupt when the God’s shadow loomed over it. With the right timing, it could provide Aedos, herself, and the rest of the villagers respite from the God’s fury. 

“Shall we join the villagers?” Lumina inquired, her eyes falling upon the last villager as they hurriedly left their home behind.

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