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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, 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.
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Zhirrik, shaking out his mane, sniffed disdainfully.
The newcomers drew to a halt a few feet away, and the wisp centered itself between them, casting just enough light for both teams to study the other. The biped eyed them thoughtfully, glancing briefly at Szethei before focusing on Zhirrik. They, in turn, studied him, and his companion, taking in their injuries. The insect was missing a limb, but if it had any concerns about it, it showed none, and stared intently back at them.
And despite his injuries, the biped had a definite air of confidence abou
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-