It was now that the petite mage realized she hadn't shared anything with her partner, they were both blind to each others abilities and skill set. The only thing she knew about the CEO was that for some odd reason she could not sense his magic. She thought for a second what to tell him, concerning her magic, for a second she thought of telling him just a small amount, afraid of what his views of her would be, but after his words, his encouragement and support towards her even though he didn't know her made her overthink and decide to at least tell him about everything, except her 'tenant'. It was something she wasn't ready to talk to anyone about it, as she herself didn't know much about her own situation about it. Her magic was still a mystery, having explored only a few parts of it, and from the things she learned about it from an old family journey that she was only on the surface of it, and that there was much more about it then she initially thought."The magic I use is a mixture of type, the elements I use are holy and demonic, I can use them seperetly and combine them both to create a.. more special type."
She said quite uncertain what the other element would be called. She extended her left hand and showed her palm, even thought the light of the sun was still shining, a small light appeared in her hand and her exposed eye started glowing a soft green, the light itself looked like a small spear, then it changed to a small red aura around her arm, before it changed to a small orb made of purple energy. "This is what it looks like when I combine both elements."
She said keeping her hand low so it could be harder to see for someone that would be lurking around in the woods. "I'm more of a short to mid range combat fighter. I figured that it would be good to share at least something about my magic, seeing as we would most likely have to fight whatever is around lurking in these woods, and don't worry about the eye, it glows when I use magic for reasons that I don't know myself."
She said, her eye looking through the woods one more time before focusing back on the road. Telling Ruvel about her magic was the least she could do, there was others times in the future that they could potentially talk about if she had questions.
Usually she wouldn't openly talk like that, rather more reserved and half truths until she was certain that the person wouldn't judge her based. It happened more with civilians then mages but over the years the insecurities grew and now it was quite difficult for her to talk about things like this, but for some reason she trusted the blond CEO more then others. Maybe it was because he offered so much to someone he didn't even know, or maybe it was because he helped her figure out what she wanted to really do with her own goal. But the first the next step was to find a guild, it would make her life far easier, most people would have probably jumped at the offer that Ruvel had given her, however she wanted to look into the guild or rather company, she had no problem in joining an unofficial guild, but she wanted to get informed around the other guilds as well as the West Fiore Trading Company. She hadn't kept track of the guilds and what was happening with them or what most were even about, rumors from her travels were the only things she knew about guilds and you don't really trust those. She looked at Ruvel when he spoke up that he was glad that she would look into the guilds and pick something that suits her and she smiled back to his own kind smile. He was truly unique in her opinion, a kind soul in a wretched world, where darkness and light constantly fought for control, and yet she wondered where she stood between those two. Life was unexpected and something could change someone at a moments notice. From a beacon of light to a bringer of darkness from just one event that could break a person and change him.
Sara perked up and looked at Ruvel, as he had asked her if she was okay. "Y-yes everything is fine, I was just.. thinking about something."
She lied to the blond CEO, it wasn't something that she wanted to share with anyone yet. And the only person that knew of the being in side her was her adoptive father, as he was close to her real father and knew a lot about their family from there. The petite mage wanted to figure some things herself or rather spend more time with the being so that she could know more about him. Currently she didn't even know his name and that irritated her to no end, there was a lot she didn't know about him as well as her magic, knowing well that the two things were tied together. She wasn't going to think much about it, and was going to talk to her tenant only when it was necessary for the rest of the job. The petite girl didn't want to worry Ruvel any more then he should, she was fairly certain after their little interactions that if she ever neeeded to talk to someone about it, he would try to help her or at least listen.
Sara looked around the road with the working lacrima light. Everything around it was in perfect condition, even the bushes around them were maintained a bit, but it was evident that it was tried to be as subtle as possible and it was still fairly easy to see that someone had tampered with the surrounding area unlike the pure wilderness that was until now, and with the little sun that still shined Sara could see that a bit futher away that same wilderness from earlier on the road was taking over again. Her head turned to Ruvel and she nodded. "The road around here is perfectly maintained also the wilderness around us doesn't look natural at all, I agree that there were tell-tale signs everywhere. The kids either saw the signs and didn't care or didn't see them at all."
She said and looked towards the light again. It was teens that they were talking about in the end, they did stupid stuff all the time, from proving themselves to others or the impress a girl, its just that this time it turned out to be a bad move to prove something. "I like exploring so I may have checked something like this out. But unlike the teens, I also have magic to back me up if things go south... and a better mindset then them."
They should have left the second they had seen the surrounding area, that is if they have seen the sighns which she doubted they did. "I agree teens would do anything to prove something these days and sometimes it doesn't go as planned."
Even if they came here on a dare, they shouldn't have ended up like this. Their life was in front of them, they had families, friends and other close ones that would now also suffer from this. She wanted to know more to what they were getting into, but she didn't want to make the survivors suffer anymore then they had, other authorities wouldn't care about that and would make them relive the horror from their memories. The only thing they could do was bring the killer to justice, even though he had murdered the poor teens, Sara hoped that they wouldn't have to kill him, that would be the easy way out for a person like him. She was broken out of her thoughts as Ruvel spoke. "I've never had to make hard choices... and I hope that the day they start coming I would be able to do what I need to do."
She said. "I believe no one is beyond redemption, there are just people that don't want to walk that path, and want to walk the path that they have set for themselves."
Everybody could be saved, most just didn't want to be saved from the path of blood and death and preferred to stay that way. It was mostly to the mindset of the person and if they could see that the thing they were doing was wrong and only brought harm to everything around them. Those were the people that had totally lost their humanity and some had to be killed to prevent more damage from being done. That being said it wasn't like a sane person could just kill them and walk away like nothing happened. It may appear like that at first but most people would definitely suffer from it mentally.
She nodded when the blond CEO said that they would bring the killer to justice the correct way. It was the least they could do for the family's of the now deceased. It may bring them some comfort to know that their children's killer was captured and brought to justice. Some would call for his head, but it wasn't their place to decide that as well as it wasn't both her and Ruvel's place to call for something like that. Being a god of Ishgar, Ruvel may be able to do something like that and have him executed, but he seemed way to kind for something like that. She chuckled as Ruvel mentioned one of his vice presidents. "I would love to meet him and maybe have a spar and I would also appreciate if he helps me out."
She said with a small chuckled before smiling afterwards. From now on Sara had a great respect for the trading company, even if she wasn't going to join it, from her small interactions with the CEO to hearing a bit about the people that worked there. They all seemed to be nice people and probably being surrounded by them would be quite nice. There were a few things pulling her towards it and now she was fairly certain that these things would weight a bit on her decision on who to join.
She listened to him as he told her that he didn't think he could take a life. "I'm not certain myself that I could take one away, but its something I can't be sure of until it happens..."
She said not content with what may happen one day. Things constantly change around people and you never know what could happen, even when she would try to avoid it with all her might. She didn't want to take someones life, it just didn't feel right to her to do something like that, and yet she had witnessed her parents murdered right in front of her, she still didn't know what she would do if she sees the murderer, what her reaction will be and will she want to make him suffer. A deep hatred had been growing for the man ever since, having nightmares from the night and her weakness to change the outcome even in her dreams didn't help with it. She shook her head slightly, clearing her thought, now especially with another killer lurking around wasn't the time to think about something like this.
Her eye sight moved from the woods to the body of the teen and Ruvel as he began explaining to her what he did. After he told her what the spell that he used initially did, he went into a bit of more detail, easing her mind as she didn't have to figure it out on her own. "Indeed it was, you really are a kind soul."
She said with a warm smile. Truly one of the few rare kind souls in her opinion, she didn't know a lot of people or more importantly mages. She had seen most things from the side, and how people would do whatever it took to be on top, above the rest. In Clover her family was hailed for reasons unknown to her, and when the people their showed so much respect and thought highly of her too which she felt uncomfortable, she hadn't done anything to earn that respect, instead she was born under the name of a well known and respected family in the town. It wasn't like she didn't want the respect that was being given to her, the only thing she wanted, is to be earned, rather then because she was born from such a family.
Sara had noticed the slightly glowing eyes after he had casted his spell, but didn't think much of it. Because like him albeit not from a sickness, rather a side efffect from her magic was the glowing effect. Everytime she used her magic her eyes glowed both in the respective green and red, but the eyepatch over her left eye covered the red glow making it hard to spot if she ever decided to hide it in battle. She could also make them glow at will just by pumping magic through her system, and when it came to intimidations it worked like a charm. She simply nodded to his words, as she thought that it was just something related more to his magic then a sickness. If she found out that it was due to a sickness she would understand why he didn't tell her, the unnecessary worry in their predicament would be bad considering that someone that was killing people roamed around the woods or specifically the camp that they were close to now. And with the setting sun, soon everything would become all that more difficult as they would be playing by his game and most likely he would get the first jump on them. They were walking in blind, with the only knowladge was that there is someone in the camp that is trying to make the urban legend real or that someone may still be the original killer. He was most likely watching the two mages from a distance, waiting for them to get in the perfect spot or get separated and pick them off one by one. Ruvel would most likely handle himself quite well alone considering that he was a god of Ishgar, but the question was if they really did get separated that she would be able to handle herself. She would rather not find out now, even though she loved fighting.
She looked at him when he mentioned that they shouldn't be going in the forest and she nodded before she spoke up. "Its bad enough that we have to play his game, and if I had to decide from the camp or the woods that's berely going to be any light in, I would choose the camp..."
Both choices weren't good, but at least in the camp they would get some moon light, rather then the pitch darkness that was going to be in the forest. Sara was a bit surprised when he said that there were a lot more dead from the actual count that was reported. How many people were actually killed that day? And for their bodies to not be found meant that they were either scattered around the woods if they had ran or something worse happened to them. The teen's body that they found indicated that he had died a gruesome death, and she couldn't even begin to imagine what may have happened to the rest. "We should get this over with quicker then.."
She said and looked towards the camp.
She was wondering from what the ringing was exactly coming and Ruvel spared her from overthinking it as he explained that it was his big sister looking for information. "I was wondering what the sound was exactly and its good to know that we have another set of eyes for the area."
She said with a warm smile, she could see the joy from telling her that it was his big sister that was helping them out, and she couldn't help but smile herself. It probably felt good to work with siblings but it also got another layer of worry for them, but if he let her just go around like that, he most likely trusted her to stay safe and if she couldn't be seen when she flies then it meant that he wouldn't have to worry about her that much. "I'm guessing that if she finds something we would hear the bell?"
She asked, it was most likely that way, but she could also be very wrong and may not even hear the bell, if it was in a sense to keep it more stealthy and only Ruvel could hear in on longer distances. Unlike Ruvel, she couldn't see the spirits around the area. The place even at first glance looked run down and abandoned a long time ago, some buildings had collapsed walls and roofs others didn't look as bad but their actual condition was questionable. Sara hoped that one of the buildings wouldn't collapse on them, as they would most likely have to enter.
Sara nodded as the two of them conversed mentally, due to Ruvel's ability. It was good to have something like this if they had something more special to talk about they could discuss it freely and the serial killer that lurked around wouldn't be able to pick it up, if Ruvel was right about the lacrima that made sound then nothing was stopping him for having lacrimas for hearing the conversation of the people he was stalking. It made it easier for him to set up something if he could learn where they were going to move to next or get important information for like weapons or magic if like Ruvel and Sara they had met for the first time and were giving each other a headsup on their abilities. In Sara's case she revealed her magic to Ruvel a lot sooner and hoped if the killer actually had these lacrima that there wasn't any hidden along the road to here. 'I haven't been able to sense anything. Let me try again.'
She said through their link and closed her eye, expanding her senses to the surrounding area, trying to sense for the smallest magical signiture even, but she couldn't find anything, so it made it even harder now. She shaked her head slightly and opened her eye again. 'I can't sense anything, either he can mask his signiture or he doesn't have one.'
She said again through the link. It was possible that their enemy didn't have any magic and he wasn't a mage, but something didn't fit, she doubted that he would kill so many people and make a recent killing with so many guilds around. 'I agree with that, they are most likely lacrimas around this area or rather the whole camp. There is a chance that he isn't a mage, but there is also the possibility of him being able to mask his magical pressance. Either way I think he's quite sure of himself that he can deal with mages, he was bound to know that if one of those kids had made it out, mages would be called on the matter to look around the area or rune knights at the least.'
She told Ruvel through their link her thoughts on the matter. It was still strange to her if he wasn't a mage to why he would do this, he could well be fucked up in the mind from previous encounters with people and didn't care if in the end mages were going to come for him, he most likely would try to kill them also. The whole area felt strange, it was as if someone was watching them and yet everywhere she looked was pure darkness and she couldn't see anything, so the person that was most certainly was watching them and hunting them had a way to see the two mages. The only thing that they had an advantage on was that he couldn't sense Ruvel's magical pressance and he couldn't determine how strong he was, the only thing he could have seen was the spell the blond CEO had casted on the corpse of one of the teens that had been murdered recently.
As they walked through the camp, Sara was looking to the side, trying to see something, even the smallest movement but it was hard as the clouds were hiding the moon and the only light source they currently had was the light from the god of Ishgar's pendant. Said light soon started to disappear and when she looked towards him they were completly shrouded in darkness. For a second she thought that they would continue to walk like this as it was potentially going to make it harder for the killer to see them aswell, but that wasn't something she could be certain on, he could also have something that helped him see better at night. Before she could even ask a glamour from his hand illuminated the area around them, even further then the pendant and in a larger area. It made it a lot easier for them. It eased her a bit as they weren't sitting ducks anymore, if their hunter moved on to them to attack, they were going to see him now. She gave a small nod towards Ruvel and looked to the side again in hopes that with the better lighting that she could spot something out.
Sara was getting frustrated as she looked at the map of the camp area on the building. It was huge and even with the dusted out locaitons that didn't mean that they could find anything there. Who knows where the teens actually went to from these locations. It didn't make it better that they may have to spend the night here seeing as it was better then trecking back through the pitch black forest. 'This doesn't help us at all currently... even with the cleaned out spots we have no idea where the teens actually went, its getting harder and harder to figure things out.'
She said through their link, the two were going to be here for sometime, they had no idea where the killer was, or how he even looked like as they couldn't get to the survivors to talk to them and that made their job even harder. She didn't want to make the teens relive what they had just gone through with their memories, but some information would have been good as they weren't going to be walking in as blind as they currently were. The person that was hunting them was patient, he didn't attack in the forest and had waited for the sun to set, he was putting them on edge as they had to be constantly alert for a potential attack. There was a chance he could try to wait until they were exhausted. It was a common tactic to starve the enemy in a way and attack when they were weak. It meant the least casualties and in his position the least chance to get bested if he attacked as they were currently.
Sara looked at Ruvel as he called her, holding a burned dairy that was in baby blue and pink colors. She scooped it as he held it out to her and carefully went through the pages so something didn't happen and the dairy didn't end up being destroyed before they could get anything from it. Reading through the pages she finally found something that could help them and finally spoke up, reading the lines from the page. "Some of the boys went out to get firewood for the night as we are thinking of camping it out here before going home. I don't really like it here, the whole place is giving me a wierd vibe and there is that urban legends but the others said that it isn't real, but that doesn't help, there was also those wierd sounds that were like footsteps over the wooden floor that we heard from the dinning hall's second floor, but when we checked it out, but there was nothing there. I want to go home but its going to be dark soon and I don't want to walk alone through the woods as Em and Judy were going to stay here. I'm with them currently as well as Charlie around the camp fire waiting for the others to comeback with firewood. We are going to go to the dinner hall later again after we eat and most likely stay there as we didn't really bring any camping equipment. June."
She finished and continued moving through the pages again to try and find more. "Some pages are burnt and its hard to read... There is a bit more here on this page. 'Charlie said that he forgot his hunting knife in the dinner hall and everyone else except me and Em went towards the dinning hall with him as we are going to be camping there after all, we are going to put out the fire and then we are going th..."
She cut of as she couldn't read any more of the page as it was burnt at the bottom. "The bottom part is burnt so I don't know what it says, but I'm fairy certain from this, that the killer started from here, most likely everyone returned when they went for firewood if she had time to write in her dairy and then they separated..."
She said and closed the dairy and saw the name of the owner of the dairy. "Leslie was the name of the girl that was writing this. Lets go to the lodge and after that we can go to the dinning hall."
She agreed with Ruvel and took a look around the campfire area. There wasn't a body in sight so it either meant that no one was killed here or the killer cleaned up after himself unlike in the woods. "There is a chance no one was killed here, if they had seen the killer she could have panicked and dropped the dairy, both making a run for it so it ended up in the flames."
She said trying to think of something that may have happened but they could never be sure about it. "Lets go, we shouldn't stay here much longer then needed."
She said as she closed the dairy and took it with her. It was better that they stayed with them as it was some info they could present afterwards. She could leave these in the lodge when they got there and come back for them later when they finished the job. They were still not getting any answers but at least they knew where to look at now. "We are most likely going to find something in the dining hall and I don't think it will be pretty.."
She said and followed Ruvel towards the lodge.
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