And while you are sitting indoors
waiting for the storm to pass
I will be outside dancing in the rain
An echo rung through the forest, an echo that sounded of a mighty impact, like some sort of comet hitting against the earth so hard it would cause a crater. Astrid flinched at the sound, purple orbs scanning the direction from which it came. But saw nothing. A great wind swept over the area, the tree's branches thrashing about before it faded away into a light breeze once more. Woodland creatures rushed past her in a hurry, paying her no mind, like they had their reasoning to run away as fast as they could from the source of the noise and powerful winds. None of this boded well for the elf. One could imagine if they heard a loud noise in the forest and all the animals ran away from it the one thing you would do too is turn the other direction and run as fast as you could. But Astrid felt otherwise. She could not say why she felt as though she should continue forward to what could potentially be her death... But when someone has faced death twice already their sense of danger gets a little out of whack. But even more than that the slayer just... felt as though she needed to check it out. Curiosity killed the cat, as they say. Or in this case, curiosity killed the elf. The power from which the sound came from was great, even more so than a normal mage. No, even more so than a god. And she would know, she had come face to face with a god before. No, this soul energy, it was nothing like what she has sensed before. Its power was way off the charts. The spiritual pressure was enough to shake her to her core.
Glancing backwards to see if there was still any other life around here at all Astrid felt safer when she realized the impact had indeed caused all other life to flee from the scene. Meaning, it was just her and whatever this thing was. At least she now didn't have to worry about the creatures who dwelled here... The only thing she did have to worry about was that godly energy.
"Allô?" the French woman repeated, taking one careful step forward before an audible grunt caught her attention. From out the bushes came... A panda. That had obviously tripped, given that he was face down in the grass. A panda... Wait, a panda?
"A... Panda?" she blinked, not sure what to make of this. It was a panda that was giving off this powerful energy? Wait, why was there even a panda in the first place? The slayer never realized pandas were native to Fiore. What a magical discovery. The girl began to calm down upon seeing the black and white beast, letting out a sigh of relief that it had not been some weird monster. There was something about his cute and cuddly appearance that lowered her guard despite his power level. She couldn't help it, bears were always cute. He reminded her of her childhood teddies. He was so fluff she could squeeze him... Though right now she supposed she should check if it was okay, it hadn't moved since it fell.
Astrid took a few more delicate steps forward and squatted down to the bear's height. Unable to resist herself she reached out her arm to touch it, placing a small hand upon its head to begin petting its soft fur, a smile gracing her pale lips. Its fur really was soft, like fine cotton fresh off a sheep's body. The slayer tilted her head in confusion, expression turning worrisome.
"Excuse me, monsieur panda? Are you okay? Do you need me to heal you?" she questioned, not expecting a response back since it was a panda and all, but the girl usually talked to animals as if they were human. Pandas were no exception.
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