It was then he stumbled upon an old scroll in Oaktown about an observatory. On the far ends of Oaktown in the woods away from the town lights at night-- there is a large tower that reaches up towards the night's sky. It was meant for the study of astrology and astronomy-- to study the magical secrets of the heavens at night. Through it, they could see beyond the world. However, another rumor was that ancient relics and secrets of the stars were hidden within that tower as well.
Smelling an adventure, Zachary decided to check it out.
It had become night time by the time Zachary had reached the outskirts of the fabled tower, almost in the depths of the forest. Oaktown was almost out of sight. Accompanying him was a few of his summons in a familiar form and his newest non-human friend. Zachary strolled through with a little star-shaped creature riding in his hood-- Astral. The little star fairy relaxed peacefully as he let Zachary carry him around. The cherubic creature was as innocent as a child and after a long adventure to discover his origin, Zachary cherished him as a companion and friend.
Following beside him, was one of his spirits-- in the shape of a large anthropomorphic white lion. Ajani, or as he was more formally called, Leo. The mighty zodiac spirit and leader accompanied Zachary on his journey this time, deciding his presence was possible in the middle of the forest. Though a quiet and serious of Zachary's spirits, Zachary appreciated the great lion's company and always tried to encourage him to be more sociable among him and his other spirits.
Finally, perched on his shoulder was another spirit-- a certain white owl who was called Professor Nyx-- a knowledge spirit who helped find this mysterious tower. "This is the place," she said with a gentle flap of her wings.
The tower was a simple castle-like structure, reaching up and out in points. It looked imbalanced but seemed sturdy with a large tower part that observed the open sky clear of the trees.
Zachary approached cautiously, finding a single wooden door along the side of the brick structure. "Are we sure no one is home? I mean, someone could be living here." Zachary asked.
Nyx gave a soft hoot as she looked up at the tower. "I could fly around to see if anyone is home." she said and softly took off from the boy's shoulder.
Having decided to explore himself-- Astral rose out from Zachary's hood and floated his way to the door. With curious little telepathic oohs and ahhs, the star fairy approached the door where a giant moon-shaped knocker was located on it. With his tiny little arms, Astral tried to lift up the knocker with all his might. Despite his flying, he couldn't lift it as he was quite a weaker little creature. After great effort, the little star let go-- causing a single but loud knock that echoed through the tower entrance.
Astral went spiraling backwards in the air-- till he bumped right into Leo's head, on top of his mane. The silly star fairy let out a soft coo as he settled on the lion's head, causing a soft growl of surprise from Leo.
Ooooh... heavwy... Astral chirped in telepathy between them all.
Leo growled but didn't dislodge the star creature from his head, him knowing how child-like he was. "Remind me again why you all insist on snuggling me?" Leo growled with a mild case of embrassment.
"Sorry, Ajani. It's the fur," Zachary said with a smile, but stating a fact.
They waited about a minute since Astral knocked on the door-- but no answer came. By that time, Prof. Nyx returned from her flight around the tower. She began to descend, and Zachary extended his arm to allow her a place to perch. "I searched the entire building. Some magical lights are on but no one inside. It's strange... but then again this place is magical. Some locations are meant to be completely automatic in energy." the owl said.
With nothing left to do, Zachary let out a sigh. "I guess if no one is home, we can go in? No sense to be polite if no one lives here." he said, hoping the rumors of this place being abandoned were true. Gently he pushed against the door-- and it slowly opened with a steady creak.
Now with a renewed excitement for an adventure, Astral gave a chirp and flew right off Leo's head. The star critter didn't hesitate and flew in right as Zachary opened the door. A groan escaped Zachary, knowing how curious and energetic Astral could be when he wanted to. "Wait-- Astral! Don't fly off too far ahead!" Zachary shouted and tried to push the rest of the door open.
Not willing to wait, Leo stepped up and helped as he too applied his own strength against the door. With the lion's help, the door groaned open enough for even the large lion to pass through. With Nyx on his shoulder, Zachary moved into the tower, with Leo ducking under the doorway after them.