Odhran tilted his head in confusion at Silvia.
"But, dearest Silvia, we are already heading towa-"
"That's a wonderful idea, Silvia." Arnaluuk gave a knowing look towards the girl. She could tell that Silvia was as sick of Odhran as Arnaluuk was, and perhaps there was yet another reason for her insistence. Perhaps it was just the female companionship, Arnaluuk did not know.
Odhran thought through it a moment. "I suppose you may be right. If we delay much further, our quarry may manage to elude our grasp! Quickly now, without further waiting, our prey, our target upon which we have been sent! Come forth, Lupa!" He swung down Lupa's key, summoning the wolf forth. "Now, take a ride upon her. She is a very good girl, and I can assure you that she mostly likely will not buck you off, chase after a bird, or take a nap mid-flight. I am at least twenty-five percent sure. Okay, I suppose only fifteen percent sure that absolutely nothing wrong will happen. Now, we must away!" He was about to recall Arnaluuk back to the Celestial Spirit Realm, but Silvia protested, saying that she would enjoy the company of another rider on the back of Lupa, for the purposes both of companionship and if something wrong were to happen. Odhran contemplated it a moment, allowing it to work. He warned about the toll it would take on his magic, but Silvia strangely seemed to not mind that it would take a toll on his magic power.
"It is truly wonderful to see that you have such faith in my magical aptitude that you believe it will be no issue in the slightest that I will be depleted of magic! I certainly applaud your appreciation of my talents and abilities, truly it is something to be lauded! This must be why they assigned us to the same task once more! Ah, to have someone believe in me so much! It brings a tear to my eye! Now, Lupa, if you would follow me."
Odhran stepped to the side of the cliff on the mountain they were trekking down from. They could see the mountain that held the village in which Kennel was, the issue was that in order to get there, they would have had to have headed all the way down their own mountain before crossing the plains and then climbing up the next mountain once more. Flying was easier, he decided. Odhran stepped off the cliff, letting his body plummet a ways. He had telepathically told Lupa not to move until she saw him emerge. "Upon my back are the wings befitting of a creature of heaven! Angel's Wings! Burst forth!" Wings sprung out of his back as he flew up once more into view, conjuring up a mirror behind him to make sure Lupa was following. It was a fair distance to the next mountain over, and he hoped that any onlookers in the towns below would see him and Lupa as simply birds flying from one mountain to another without stopping. Little did he know that soon one of the nearby villages would begin rumors of the wolf-bird and man-bird, leading to many a tale to tell children to behave, lest the wolf-bird and man-bird consume them in the night.
As Odhran stepped off the cliff, Lupa failed to react. "Don't worry about the dunce. He does stuff like this all the time."
Odhran flew up from above the precipice from the cliff and Lupa sprinted to take off after him. She conjured fire into all four of her paws, firing forth as an initial boost into the sky before letting the wind take her paws, doing a strange and yet oddly charming combination of swimming and flapping her wings, with the addition of her tail spinning like a helicopter, though it failed to assist in speeding up her flight, regardless of what Lupa thought. Truly, this was paradise on earth for Lupa. She was able to soar through the skies at a quicker speed than any dog could usually hope for, her tongue fluttering in the breeze, the wind brushing against her fur. She enjoyed her flight more than any dog could have ever hoped for, not even minding the passengers she carried with her. Scorpio was much heavier than the new girl, after all, and although Arnaluuk did not often travel on Lupa's back, she was surprisingly light.
"Perhaps some day we'll try that strategy, Lupa."
Lupa whined in defeat, tilting her head downwards, though she quickly perked back up once more with the wind brushing against her ears. She saw the briefest glimpse of her master, and wished to catch up to him. This was one of the best games of tag that Lupa had ever played, she thought, and she did not want to lose.
"You seem to be in a much cheerier mood than last time you were sent out on a job with the dunce. He's definitely a difficult one to work with. Believe me, I know it far too well. I've had to deal with him for fifteen years. Fifteen years too many, if you ask me. But it's fine. As dumb as he seems...actually, I should rephrase that. As dumb as he is, he's a capable fighter. All of us are. You might not have been able to tell all too well from the last job. We all were separated across the town and all, but even the dunce is good in a fight. Maybe not as good as myself or Lupa or especially Scorpio, but he's competent enough. Although, speaking on not really being able to see everyone fight, I never really got a chance to see what your magic is. None of us really did. I already know the dunce's magic, same with Scorpio and Lupa, but, well, you're maybe thankfully not one of us. What kind of magic do you use?" Arnaluuk did her best to smile. She fit the model of "ice queen" very well, as Odhran often jokes during his pre-teen years. He quickly snapped out of that habit after two years and eight broken ice tridents. Alas, two years was quick for him. Arnaluuk's smile was far from good, but perhaps she was able to play it off enough. Most people did not want to deal with Odhran or any of his Spirits because of the dunce's personality, but this girl was oddly different. As guilty as she felt about it, Arnaluuk wanted to learn more about her. "Oh, I suppose I should show my own magic." She held out a hand, grabbing a hold of some of the air around her and freezing it. It formed a small, snowflake-shaped earring in her hand. "I'm a master of ice. Oh, and don't tell the dunce that I like some...more feminine things like making my own jewelry outside the jewelry that's bound to me." Lupa barked. "You tell him, and I'll tell him that you were the one that set his cottage back in...whatever that forest near Seven on fire." Lupa whined in submission, continuing her flight. "Anyways, what about you? What kind of magic do you use? I didn't really get a chance to see it, but it'd be good to know if it's something I can work with."