Zachary cocked his head, as did Aquia as well at the "Three Formations". Further, Zachary was unsure what he was talking about regarding a team. As the eagle said, be wary of the guy. Pegasus also was unsure as he grunted at the blonde man's comment.
"Um, why don't we just start by working on this mission, and see how things go. Okay?" Zachary suggested. "Aquia, do you mind flying around in familiar form for a bit and follow us in?"
"You got it, Z!" Aquia said as he took flight off his shoulder and began to fly into the air in the direction of the island.
Not waiting around to hear what this plan was, Zachary patted Saphire Pegasus on the back. "You ready to go, buddy?"
"Very well, but if any of you gets too fussy on my back, don't think I won't toss you off," Pegasus commented in a half-joke. He wasn't keen on letting unfamiliar people on his back but it was a nessisary mission that needed the use of his wings to get there.
Zachary swung himself onto Pegasus' back and urged Ghost to hop on as well. Once Ghost was on his back, the horse would let out a neigh. "Hold on tight!" With a kick off the ground, the horse flapped his wings-- and took off high into the air. Anyone not ready would likely be thrown off by the momentum of his ascent.
Zachary held on to his mane as the horse soared high into the air and over the ocean water-- the island not far from sight. The island was big and spacious but looked peaceful enough as they flew over towards it. Aquila-- seeming smaller or transparent from one's point of view-- flew aside them, trying to keep an eye on them and stay within range of Zachary's magic, so as to not be recalled back to the Celestial World as a familiar.
It didn't take long as they reached the island, a thick jungle below them with trees and no real landmarks in sight that the mission briefing spoke of. "This seems to be the place right?" Zachary asked ghost.
Things were unusually quiet as they flew overhead the trees...
... then from out of the corner of his eyes, Aquila caught sight of something. The eagle looked, his sharp eyes catching a glimmer of magic from under the trees that grew.
"LOOK OUT Z!!" Aquila shrieked.
BWEEEEM!! Before they knew it, a magical blast of light-- akin to a laser shot from the tree cover of the jungle, right for Pegasus. The winged horse gave a sharp neigh as he quickly dropped under the blast-- just missing its head, but soon another laser blast followed, this time striking the horse into its side.
"RHEEEEAHHEHE!!" The Pegasus cried, the laser had shot a 'hole' in its body that was replaced by starry energy that poured out of the wound. Pegasus began to descend fast, his strength fading as he fell with his two passangers!
"PEGASUS!!" Zachary cried out, clinging to the horse's neck for dear life. They were soon falling, the spirit having taken a critical hit and not able to fly. As they fell faster, Pegasus had only one attempt left to use. With all his might, he gave one powerful flap of his wings, conjuring a gale-force wind that swept the bottom where they plummeted.
At that moment, Pegasus' body faded, leaving them with nothing... but not before his magic had created a powerful updraft of wind that acted as a 'safety net' for Zachary and Ghost. Just before hitting the ground, the wind kicked them up, jumping them upward into the air briefly and catching them-- saving them from a fatal impact with the ground.
Zachary hovered in the air a few meters from the ground and soon the air spell lessened-- lowering them to the ground on their feet. The Celestial Wizard knelt to the ground, breathing sharply from fright of the fall.
"That... was close..." he gasped, reminding himself to thank Pegasus later after he recovered. Needless to say a strike like that took his favorite spirit out of comission for a while.