Wednesday, 7 January 2009
10:35:24 AM (GMT)
A/n: Ok, for serious, I'm REALLY sorry. My resolution for this year is to finish
this story, so unless I break it, you have a lot to look forward to. but ONCE again,
The day continued on normally. Mana was still on Taheiji's back, improvising tunes
with her flute, but by late afternoon, she put it back in her backpack. She started
to ponder about Aiko. Why did Eichiro think suspiciously of him? He seemed like a
fairly nice guy. Mana continued pondering reasons threw the day.
Aiko watched as Jack flew high above him, touching the clouds. He was still walking
in the direction of Giaga, but whistled for Jack and turned south. After about an
hour of walking south, he came across the elves' secret pond. He walked up to the
edge if the pool and took off his necklace. He then threw it into the water. At first
nothing happened, but after a few seconds, a sudden rumbling came from within the
pond. A big burst of water spouted about seven feet in the air. But the water didn't
come down. It hovered in the air and started to sculpt itself. About 30 seconds
later, the water had the rough impersonation of a man, whose face was unmistakable.
Aiko stood up and faced the impersonation. The head of water came to life and faced
"Ah, Aiko. I trust you're doing well?" He said, sounding like he was underwater.
"I've already found them;they were easy to find. But I couldn't do anything. There
were too many other travelers among them. And some of them were magicians, though I
couldn't tell who."
Shikuro's head turned in thought.
"Keep tabs on them, Aiko. I want constant updates on their location, and please,
don't let them die, Aiko. Remember, I want Eichiro and Mana, alive."
The impersonation of Shikuro fell into the water again, and the area around it looked
as normal as ever. Aiko retrieved his necklace from the water, and sent Jack
northeast, where the group his employer looked for had been last seen. He took a
glace up to see Jack was already about 20 feel ahead of him, high above the canopy.
Aiko just hoped that the travelers wouldn't notice them.
The eleven of them rode long past sundown. The battery in Mana's watched had died
awhile ago, so she didn't bother trying to tell the time anymore; she used the sun to
Before long, the group finally stopped and made camp in a clearing. Mana was starting
to wonder how much forest was left before she could actually see things again.
The forest had a warm air to it tonight, and she could hear some of the few sprites
left in the forest singing.
Everyone else had fallen asleep, but Mana didn't feel tired. She decided to help
Spirit out of her cloth prison of her backpack so she could get some air. When Spirit
was tugged out, she took a big breath and sighed.
"Wow! It's sure stuffy in there!"
Spirit started crawling on Mana, stood on her head, and started singing with the
When Mana first started having dreams of Eichiro, she had absolutely no idea that she
was going to end up in a different world. Maybe even another planet or dimension.
But...Mana felt at home here. She couldn't help but feel this was where she
Taheiji made a sudden snort in his sleep. (A/n: O_o) She suddenly realized how late
it was, and the long day ahead of her tomorrow.
"Spirit, when you're done singing with your friends,hop back into my backpack, okay?
I'm going to bed." Spirit climbed off of Mana's head and made it onto a nearby rock.
"Okie-dokie!" She replied with a small salute. Mana smiled and leaned her head on
Taheiji's paw. Mana suddenly started thinking about her mother. What did she look
like? Who was she married to? Did she have any other children? Mana decided not to
strain herself thinking about it. But then something else came to her mind. How did
Eichiro know so much about her when he met her? Sure, he could've read her mind, but
at that distance? He'd strain himself trying to read the mind of someone in Calgary.
She stopped thinking about it, worried about straining her brain, and decided to
ponder about it tomorrow. She felt tired to suddenly anyways, so she decided to
sleep and let time answer her questions.
Mana was woken by a large Thud. She looked up, and realized it was early dawn.
The group was still sleeping, but she noticed Taheiji and Eichiro were already awake.
They were probably going to an early flight. Mana didn't want to disturb their time,
so she put her head down and pretended to still be asleep. She could feel Eichiro's
emerald eyes on her.
"I know you're awake. I don't need magic to tell." He called bluntly. Mana sat up.
"Sorry. I didn't want to bother you two."
"Don't worry about it. Since you're awake now, do you wanna come?" Mana smiled and
ran over to Eichiro and Taheiji. The blue tiger-dragon knelt down, and Eichiro helped
her up onto his back. Then Mana heaved Eichiro on board. She grabbed onto his waist,
the typical position so she didn't fall off. (A/n: Seriously, who'd want Chosenplayer
street pizza? O_o) Taheiji walked a bit away from the others, took a few starting
flaps, and took off. Mana held tight while Taheiji continued to ascend. He finally
stopped a few hundred feet in the air, and started to glide.
"Eichiro-maji, why is this place we're going called the Moon Isles?"
"Well, the biggest Island looked like a giant waning crescent moon from a bird's eye
view, then the islands surrounding it look like stars."
"And who is Muskinatu?"
Eichiro paused. He was obviously shocked from the question.
"...You know about her?"
"I heard you and Etsuya talking about her back in Giaga."
Eichiro paused again.
"She is the ruler of the Moon Isles. The Isles are independent from my kingdom, and
the isles are her responsibility. Her sister is a dragon trainer there. But
apparently, someone imprisoned her while I was gone."
"So it's your job to save her?"
"She's an important ally. If my kingdom loses her favor, we could go to war, and even
with the size and population of the kingdom, we wouldn't stand a chance against the
hundreds of dragons on the island."
Mana still didn't believe that was the only reason, but she could see what he meant.
Mana didn't ask him anything else after that, and just enjoyed the flight, even if
she was 300 feet off the ground on a tiger-dragon.