The rumbling continued, and Eydilne concentrated her magical energy to overpower the opposing spell. She clenched her extended left hand to fist, trying to increase the force to maximum. At last, with a blinding fury, the image of the bird charged forward, cleaving the wolf in two. A great amount of smoke appeared. Eydilne coughed, trying to see. As it faded, the surroundings became visible again. The ground opposite her had been scorched considerably by her fire spell, and a few trees were damaged, though not on fire. But Keryan was nowhere to be seen. Eydilne narrowed her eyes; had he fled? Had he been hit? Or could it be that...
There was a voice behind her. “You were the one who taught me how to use Aderium, remember?”
She turned in horror, suddenly feeling a sharp pain in her back. She felt on her back with her hand, and felt an arrow which had squarely hit her.
“I know,” Keryan said calmly. “Ironic, huh. You were too busy controlling that huge power to notice a little needle in your back.”
And before Eydilne could even attempt to pull the arrow out, it dissolved. She hardly felt the electric shock that hit her. She hardly felt anything as she fell to the ground. Her sight was hazy. She couldn't move. She could only vaguely hear his voice.
Keryan looked down at Eydilne, who lay at his feet. He sighed. “Sorry, Eydilne. That's that.”
He turned around, and made to leave. After taking a few steps, he sighed. “I’m sorry. I know they saved your kid. And I know neither of them ever meant any harm to us. But still... I can’t let them get away. Not again.”
The day was reaching its end. He looked at the sun that was slowly sinking towards the far West. “Last time... I lost my parents, my sister and my wife all at once. I’m scared, Eydilne. I don’t know what will happen. If anything were to happen to Arty, I... I don’t think I’d be able to go on. I don’t think I’d be able to forgive myself for letting anything happen to him. I was broken when my family was taken away from me. And I can’t even begin to express my gratitude towards you, for helping me. But I never want anything like that to happen again. So that’s why... that’s why I hate fighting, and at the same time, it’s the reason I fight.”
He closed his eyes, and shook his head. “That’s all. And so... I’m going. I’m sorry, Eydilne. I just hope...” His reduced his voice to a whisper. “I just hope you’ll be able to forgive me...” He turned around, and disappeared.
“Come on,” Syani said. Kerryan hesitated. Was there much point in running any further?
He couldn't say how long they'd been running. This was the first break they were taking, and he saw the trees were denser here, making it seem much darker. It wasn't very comforting. Syani looked at him, reading his mind. “Just a bit further. Just until...” She hesitated.
“Until what?” Kerryan said in a tired voice. “Either he catches us, or we'll get away. But I can't keep this up forever, you know. Let's just wait and see.”
Syani hesitated. Then she turned at a sound behind them.
The elf reappeared further in the forest, searching for their energies. His face was calm, but his thoughts were full of concern and worry. Eydilne... To think it had to come to this. Even Senna agreed to this, and yet...
He sighed. I can see it though. It's not just that they saved Karyn. They're just so similar to...
He stopped running, sensing their presence in the far distance. He straightened up. Here we go. “Warp.”
“So you came after all,” Syani said calmly, looking Arek straight in the eye.
The elf's head was bowed forward. He didn't answer.
Kerryan stood up, trying to remain as calm as Syani, who took a step towards Arek and said, “Leave us alone. There's no reason for us to fight you.”
“That's right,” said Arek.
“You don't need to fight,” Arek said. He raised his head slowly, facing Syani. “I didn't come here to fight you, either.” He brought his middle fingers, index fingers and thumbs together, forming a triangle. “I came here to end it.”
He separated both his hands and stretched his arms sideways, closing his eyes. “Final Est.”
All went dark. The sound of the forest animals vanished. Then there was a soft sound of a breeze, though they felt no wind. Kerryan and Syani looked at each other, knowing something was coming.
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