Zachary couldn't truly see as his attention was getting the lion man to safety. He did feel the sudden drop in temperature, then the howl of wind as Acadia went full on ice queen in the drop of a dime. He didn't see, but when he did steal a glance, the demonic bird was now frozen solid and dropped out of the sky-- and Arcadia had become a dragon once more. It was pretty impressive for him to see as he looked to see her and Pegasus talk.
At the address to him, Zachary grimaced and looked to Leo. THough he held pressure on the wound, no real blood was lost-- but the strange magic mist was slipping through his fingers despite his pressure. "He is badly wounded-- and I don't know how to stop... whatever this from leaking out.
" he grunted aloud, Ruby on his shoulder giving sharp meows in concern.
Ajani moved his own paw to try and add pressure to the wound, his eyes closed from the pain and his teeth barred. "Leave me human. I'll be alright...
"Quit being stubborn! Just go back to the Celestial World already so you can heal your wounds!
" Zachary shouted. Ajani's eyes opened in surprise, looking right to Zachary. A sigh escaped him as he tried to give Ajani his space. "Yes, I know who you really are. You aren't a guardian-- you are THE Leo, aren't you.
" he said, more of a matter of fact. "Its why you wouldn't summon him yourself, cause you are him. That-- and the fact your wound isn't physical but magic is leaking out. You're a Celestila Spirit. It wasn't hard to figure out.
" Zachary revealed.
Ajani, or Leo as he was outed, was quiet for the moment. WHile that revelation sunk in-- something else was not right.
Pegasus saw it-- and Arcadia would smell it.
" Pegasus shouted.
In place of the ice that Arcadia had made, both the bird and the man-- suddenly glowed in a red light--- and erupted in a violent explosion!! (B rank level burst damage from summon) The summon -- even the body trapped in ice--- seemed to just combust like a fleshing human bomb. Needless to say the intense heat wouldn't be good for Arcadia, unless her ice was colder than the flames.
As the explosion erupted-- they heard another whistle. "Heh, a Dragon Slayer? I suspected as much, let alone one who was taught by one. Your' first generation right?
" the same voice of Kane. Sure enough, several meters away in the fields, was Kane himself. The well-dressed man now stood among the field-- and alongside him were two ghoulish looking hounds. Or rather two beastly like creatures with 'brains' for heads, sickly muscle exposed along its body with razor sharp claws. They looked like cats, but with grizzly faces-- and long whipping retracting tongues. "Unfortunately, my infernal beasts have a good deal of tricks, as do I. "
Somehow he used magic to not only leave a duplicate of himself, but he somehow used it to make his summons explode, turning them into living bombs when they would have been defeated.
"You use your own summons as bombs?!
" Zachary gasped, disgusted.
"Please... they are demons. They are a dime a dozen. Even when defeated they regrow-- " he said as casually as if they were just tools. "Now, youngsters, hand over the beast to me and his key... and I might leave you two alive. I am a busy man and I have an auction prepared for that key."
Needless to say, not only did this bastard want the key-- but not even for himself, but to sell it. If that only made Zachary upset-- imagine how pissed off a Fairy Tail Dragon Slayer gone all "mother of dragons" would react.
However-- the problem was he then sent the two 'lickers' after them. One for Arcadia, and one for Zachary. As good as Arcadia was, having 3 active targets might be a problem.
Zachary struggled, trying to decide what to do. He could heal his spirits-- but he could only do that to ones he was contracted to. Because Leo wasn't one, his magic wouldn't work without his key. Unsure what else to do, Zachary took out another key. "OPEN-- Gate of the Clock Constellation!
" Zachary shouted, and swiped the key forward before him. "Horologium!
The flash of light and celestial energy poured out before him-- and followed the sound of an 'alarm clock'. IN front of them was an odd creature in the shape of a round clock! The creature was multi-colored, looking like a kid's toy. However, his clock face had eyes and a nose. He wore an odd gear-like hat and in his little hands attached to his round body-- was a wand with another small clock on it.
The odd little spirit looked like a mix between a Magician and an alarm clock for lack of better description. Even when there, the clock gave a series of ticks, boops and beeps-- its own way of talking.
"Showtime! Please, help us!
" he called out-- what he called his clock spirit beyond its traditional name.
As the first of the 'lickers' came into view, the vicious beast let out a howl and from its maw, fiery projectiles went flying. Upon closer examination, it was boney thorns that it shot out of its body-- which would be gross. However, Showtime was not disturbed.
With a loud series of beeps, it moved its wand forward and the hands-on its 'face' began to spin. Just as the projectiles got close---
--- they stopped. Zachary almost flinched, but soon saw that the bony shards and flames were soon suspended in mid-air, unmoving. Somehow, the little spirit was able to manipulate time itself and caused the attack to be frozen in time.
"Get away from my friend, you monsters!!
" Pegasus cried as he flapped his wings fast-- casting a violent shimmering gale of wind out at the monster. The wind smacked right into the surprised licker, tossing it aside into a pillar of the ruins.
(Pegasus duration: 2/5. Showtime duration: 1/5 )