Reset OCT Round 2 Page 3"So," Nomatt muttered, "Those are the 'dragon-dog' critters we heard about."Reset OCT Round 2 Page 3 by Tephra76
Beside him, Mary Ant fidgeted, and he gave her a pat with a reassurance he didn't really feel himself.
"Well," he chuckled nervously, "If they breathed fire, we'd have known it by now. Though I heard they do bite pretty damn hard, and tore their last opponents up real bad…"
He paused as one of them hissed and warbled in its bizarre tongue; the other's reply was barely audible.
"I wish those stupid wisps had stuck around," he sighed, "To help us talk to them, drop a damn hint as to what they're saying over there, or see for that matter…!"
Nomatt bit back the panic that threatened to steal up on him, and Mary Ant chittered softly and reassuringly. He leaned against her, took a deep, shuddering breath, and tried to think positive.
"Well," he said after a moment, "At least they can't understand you or me. That's something, anyway."
Mary Ant shuffled, never taking her eyes of
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Szethei jumped as something shot by her ear with a high-pitched squeal. She recognized the blue wisp as it darted and whizzed madly around her head, chattering excitedly. Behind her, Zhirrik hissed angrily, and the wisp wisely kept its distance from him. It squealed again, and shot away to rejoin its mates high above, where they all chattered and danced about like a flock of i'kri at feeding time.
"" Szethei rolled her eyes, "" it nodded, ""
Figures were emerging from the gloom, and Szethei studied them as best she could. The first was plainly another wisp, a blue and orange one, guiding the other two through the darkness. It seemed agitated and distracted; casting furtive glances the way it had come. Szethei was about to remark on this, when she realized that she recognized the other figures.
It was the smooth-skinned, tuft headed alien, and his giant insect companion.
"" Szethei murmured, ""
The wisps drew off to one side, talking quietly, while the biped, Nomatt,
Reset OCT Round 2 Page 1The mirror was rippling as before, and this time Szethei stared into its depths, not daring to blink or turn away this time, desperately seeking what she had seen before.Reset OCT Round 2 Page 1 by Tephra76
But the mirror stubbornly withheld its secret.
Please, she implored silently, Just let me see!
"Child…" a voice, one so dear to her heart, whispered in her ear, its owner just out of her line of sight. But Szethei shook her head slightly, keeping her gaze glued to the mirror.
No, Hesthe. Not now.
No, can't look away! Have to keep looking!
But the ripples merely shifted evasively, and then faded away without warning.
"Damn it, you will show me!" she cried, slamming her fist into the smooth surface, "I know what you're hiding!"
Nothing but a smooth, matte surface stared back. With a faint sob, Szethei let her face fall against it.
"Please… please come back."
Szethei roused, squawking, at the hard jab to her ribs. It was pre-dawn, still nearly pitch-