Nao heard Taliya but not Ana while he was running up the stairs. Was she really that shaken up, or maybe she was just really busy fighting these monsters. She always was into going the gung ho approach when it came to any of these jobs that they were doing. And of all the times she may have wanted to kick in the fighting mode… it would be now. Even Taliya was saying that Ana was safe so obviously she must have been kicking real butt when it came to fighting these monsters. Maybe the screaming creatures weren’t so bad after all..
Dodging yet another one up the stairs due to the fact he now knew how to avoid setting them off, Nao would break the stairs with his gloves. Despite not being able to use any of his spells, it did still give him the strength to lift and break anything he really needed to. They were pretty fancy like that, and he was pretty fancy too with all his rare creatures and fancy magics. But this was certainly a way to keep any creatures from following them.
As he then reached the floor that Taliya was finally on, he saw that Ana was fine… because she was knocked out cold. Before he could protest the condition of her well being, he was told that she was fine and just keeping her safe until she cooled down. Instead it seemed that Taliya had taken over for the time being, directing the group towards the office they had gone through, before readjusting herself though Nao really paid no attention. At that point he had taken hold of the Fire Moth and started making a move towards the door.
Taliya’s remarks did make him lose his train of thought for a second, almost dropping Ana’s weapon on his foot before adjusting his position. He would just keep walking, trying to ignore the shudders going down his spine. Why did she have to always suggest such close measures? Why did she think that it was always good to make him uncomfortable?
”W-we’ll see if we make it back in one piece,” he said, brushing her off as he started to move, before bumping into Taliya. ”Hey why the sudden sto-“
He listened to her carefully while he tried to keep his focus on the creature ahead. Luckily they did have a third member in their group, that being the ever to loving and caring gryphon that was always at Nao’s side. He would do anything for Nao, even fall behind and protect him. But this time all he was needed for was to be a seeing eye gryphon.
”Okay then lets take it turns slowly and carefully. One of us three will have to keep watch and overlap our gazes, yes?” He would slowly move, before noticing the witch in the corner. ”Crap! Not another one of those things.” Nao would be hesitant, seeing as the lasts ones he saw really shook his psyche up.
Nao kept moving behind Taliya, focusing on the task at hand and not the fact that Ana was still unconscious for this whole situation. She was probably in a luckier place right now, seeing as she didn’t have to deal with such horrible and terrifying creatures and could rest instead. The envy inside Nao was definitely welling up inside.
As they moved closer and closer to the end of the office, Nao would hear the scratching above them. It wasn’t a statue, and it wasn’t a witch… What the heck was it? ”Err… I think we have inco-“ And with that the giant reptilian creature would land near them and roar a horrific roar, causing the witch to scream a frightening scream. The sounds were all too much for Nao as he closed his ears with his hands and freaked out a little, causing Charlie to turn back into his adult form and catching the Fire Moth that Nao dropped in fright. It would then be that the group would run away from the doors.
Taliya would then try and distract the creature, almost forgetting she also had someone who couldn’t defend herself as one of her passengers on the “get the fuck outta here” train, travelling to “anywhere but that creatures gullet.” Nao could only help but try and go after her, but the Fire Moth would activate an start taking pot shots at all the creatures after them.
It was only then that George would intercept, finally. Not at the beginning of all this mess, and not at when Ana was getting the data? Nope! Just now.
Taliya said to jump as she used her incredible strength to jump onto the ship. They were still metres away from the hole, and there were creatures surrounding him. In fact the witches that he saw in the generator room were screaming down the hallway as they hunted him.
”Run Charlie!” he called out, as he ran towards the gap, trying to get passed the reptile, which would claw the side of his arm. It would cause some bleeding but not much. Charlie, while now Large, was able to push the reptile aside, before being dragged back by the tail by a bunch of witches.
”Oh no you don’t. You don’t ever lay a hand on my best friend,” Nao called out, ignoring the fact Taliya told them to jump. He instead would run at the reptilian creature, pick him up with his glove, and throw him headfirst at the witches. Though Charlie would get caught slightly, he would be free to run and jump onto the ship. Nao would follow, landing with a large thud into the cargo bay.
”Take us out of here, George!” he called out as the ship began to take off, stopping a rogue witch from trying to jump on. The scream would be loud as it began to fall over twenty stories to the floor. Even if they could get back up from attacks, the damage done by gravity was probably enough to stop it from getting back up anytime soon.
”Well… lets never go here again,” he said, as he fell down to sit on the floor, looking at the large scratch wounds on his arm. They were going to be a little bit painful for a while until he had the magic to treat them. ”What kind of creatures were being made in such a horrible place? And why did they all have such horrible personalities?” Indeed, Nao felt quite queasy at the thought of it, or maybe it was the minor blood loss causing that.
WC - 15363+1106=16469 / 18,000
HP: Doesn't matter
Status: Pretty scratched up. Shaken.