Moments passed and Frederick started to worry. Did Ryo hear him? He had to right, after all Frederick could hear him. Then he certainly should have heard him shouting back. Did something happen? Did the queen caught up to him? Frederick didn't know, but one thing was certain something was wrong. Being separated like this made the both of them easy targets. They were already wounded, tired and used a great portion of their magic. So if the Vampiric Queen decided to strike now, at this very moment, then it could easily mean the end of the line for both of them.
Luckily a moment later, a lightning strike shot up in to the air in straight line. Which could only mean one thing, Ryo found a way to signal Frederick. As no one else in their nearest vicinity could use that magic. At least not as far Frederick was aware. Yet something was wrong, very wrong. The lightning flash was to abrupt, to short even to considered normal. In fact, Frederick was sure that the line of lightning was a bit off. And considering the situation they were in, it didn't take a genius to know that this wasn't Ryo's own doing. But instead someone else launching one more final assault on the card mage.''Damn it''
cursed Frederick knowing that he had to move quickly. But didn't had any clear idea on how to do that. Around him were still the large boulders and debris blocking his path. Sure he could blast his way through, but that would mean risking the life of his partner, and besides. It certainly would take to long. Not to mention, what if he blasted through one of the boulders and managed to reach the parasite which was the queen. What then, just as Ryo Frederick was tired, scarred and hurt from all the fighting.
Again he cursed, all this left him with no option besides one. One that would empower him to face the queen right away, one that would mean risking his own sanity in addition to Ryo's life. ''Ugh, let's just hope the man can pull be back!''
It was the only way, and Frederick knew that. At the same time he made his decision his power started to increase. But not the same way he did before. No instead of just increase and empowering his own magical capabilities, it would become clear to anyone around him that this time it was not just magic that increased. But a vile darkness instead. The core of his entire being, a stain from his past which he could never cast away.
The magical pressure started to raise, and darkness gathered around Frederick, twirling around him. Sticking to him like tar, slowly covering him until it forced him to his knees. While a scream of agony filled the air. More and more of the black substance covered the Sabertooth mage, crawling up from his chest to his throat. And eventually his face, and the moment it reached his right eye. Which was also the last thing that yet remained from being covered by the blackness he screamed out. But not a normal one, not one of agony or pain that would be fitting for a man. No instead a high pitched unnatural scream, more terrifying then that of the Queen.
The next thing happened in a single moment, from the blackness a shockwave erupted that transcended through the very debris all around him. And with it came a being covered in shadow and darkness. Something that was no longer human, just darkness taken on a form. A blackened silhouette, ripped and shredded from all sides. As if still tried to be human, on failed at doing so, resulting in nothing but a faint resemblance. Passing through the solid barriers of the world, it rushed towards the nearest target with the largest amount of magical energy. Which at this very moment was the Vampiric Queen. It rushed towards her, clawed at her, collided with her and eventually dragged her along. Away from Ryo and into a mount of debris. Where the two crashed into an explosion of dust and darkness materialized.
And as the dust settled, a truly terrifying sight was to behold. Down on her back, staring up towards a being that towered above her was Frederick. Or whatever what was left of him, slowly closing in, with such a vile intent that it even exceeded the Queens lust for blood.
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