Thankfully Zachary did indeed have his own way around in the sky. A spirit that took the form of a pegasus had been called for such a task. As the winged horse nodded a greeting, Samira did so as well out of respect, but she would refuse the ride. In honesty, the young woman didn't like riding on the backs of creatures as a method of transportation. The only ones she trusted enough and tolerated were that of her spirits that could provide that function easily. Which brought onto why she was thankful Zachary had his own way there covered. Anhur was not around to aid there, but Kukulkan could have been summoned to fly them there. Not that the winged serpent would have been thrilled with the idea. It was highly likely she'd try to eat Zachary instead.
Well, at least now they wouldn't have to see if that was what really would happen. Samira wouldn't need to summon her, not even for herself to ride on. The portals of Janus also wouldn't be used in this instance either. His power was convenient enough, but she didn't need to use it all the time. More importantly though, the Goddess of Ishgar felt that it would be best if she accompanied the boy closely instead of allowing themselves to get separated again. He was more of the rash sort of mind. There was no doubt in her mind that he'd rush right towards the witch if he saw her. The result likely and rightly getting him killed or injured.
Samira removed a key from the golden keyring hooked to her waist. The particular key she now held was unlike that of the ones of her spirits. While those keys were decorative with symbols and coloring of the culture and gods and goddesses they represented and showed no signs of age, this one showed its age. It was dull in color even and could have been confused as something completely worthless. The truth was the opposite. It was a powerful heirloom of her line that bestowed additional power on its owner so long as they were of the Nassar lineage. The summoner closed her eyes, channeling and focusing on its power. After a few short moments, the key began to glow, celestial energy leaving it and swirling slowly around Samira. The energy formed a pair of wings
that floated on their own inches away from Samira's back. Though not entirely attached to her they would still grant her the ability of flight one could expect from them. From there, the mage duo would take off to trail after the sprinting wolf spirit. Zachary riding Pegasus, and Samira flying in the air near them. Naturally she also allowed the spirits of Susano and Amaterasu to leave their posts and return to her mindspace. Their job was complete for now.
They would soon have a reason to descend back towards the ground. The wolf had come to a stop. The trail had ended. The cause? The scent being mixed and nearly overpowered by the smells within the storm drain he stopped in front of. "Regardless of what this tunnel is we have to go in. You might as well start getting used to it. This occurrence is more common than it should be."
She didn't even want to keep track of how many times she had walked into those underground tunnels. Though, if she had to, that day had already accounted for two of them by itself.
As much as she wanted to head on in first to prove a point and get things moving again she decided not to. Instead Samira waited patiently for Zachary to dismiss the spirits that stated they would not be of much use at that time. After that, Zachary told the wolf to continue into the tunnel, but not without the wolf spirit first making a comment that was positively eyerolling. Not that Samira did such a thing, of course. An eyebrow twitched, but that was all as she kept her composure. Her lids covered the verdant eyes that would have most likely sent a piercing look of absolute death towards the creature. If looks could kill anyway. Hers did not do such a thing literally. A very unfortunate weakness in some cases. "In many cases silence is the most impressive and appreciated of qualities,"
Samira retorted, opening her eyes again and taking a step into the tunnel's entrance to follow along.
The celestial wings, while useless for flight in a tunnel, still had the advantage of providing a light source while within the tunnel. Without that light, Samira would not have even entered the tunnel in the first place. In a way it was a disadvantage since anyone hiding out in those tunnels could see it from far off. Samira accepted it as it was though and would not care if it was pointed out. She detested dark tunnels without light and wouldn't be caught dead in one. Unless they all wanted a walking nuke getting nervous and blow up at any little thing they were keeping that light on.
After a few minutes of walking, the mage duo and spirits would come across a split in the tunnel walkway. The scent the wolf had been following had faded even more and there was no possible way he could accurately pick a direction. "Hmmmm."
Samira hummed to herself, thinking as she looked at each tunnel. She shook her head, disapproving of the idea to split up, and even moreso when Sirius was suggesting he go with "the lovely lady." Unless he meant Nyx, that left her as the only other female in the general vicinity. She refused to comment on that part and let it slide. "I cannot agree with splitting up. If you find her before I do I question what you would do, or more importantly, what she would do if she noticed you intruding. It is too risky for my liking at your current level of power and experience."
Her words weren't meant to be rude or think of him as a weakling. It was just a fact. He already had trouble dealing with the witch's pet. She would be even harder to deal with if she wanted to confront him head on. "I also think even if we sent Sirius on his own that he would be too obvious. A werewolf looking creature I would hope is not a common sight leaping through storm drain tunnels."
Samira had another idea in mind. "Serqet. Loki."
At the call of their names, two spirits materialized in a flash of celestial light and sparkles. One being a spirit that looked like a normal woman
. If normal women had long golden scorpion tails. The other being a spirit that could take on any shape but generally preferred that of a jester
in normal circumstances."Yeeessssss? What can little ol' me do for you on this fantastic day?"
Inquired the jester, feigning exaggerated cheer and eagerness to be of use. He then took a look around and frowned. "Oh my! Well isn't this an awfully dreary place? I hope I wasn't supposed to bring the sanitizer before coming."
The jester coughed and fanned the air around his nose at an attempt to remove the natural smell of the tunnel. "Or the air freshener."
Serqet, the scorpion-tailed lady, couldn't contain her excitement. At the moment she arrived and saw Zachary, she screamed, flailed, and jumped around, ecstatic to see her text pal! Well technically he thought he had been texting Samira and didn't know the spirit was the one answering all of the messages, but that was okay! "HIHI!"
Serqet had jumped, prepared to tackle the teenager in greeting, but she was stopped short when Loki pulled her tail and let her fall to the ground, bringing her flight to a crashing halt. "Did you have to summon this one?""She is the only one with invisibility, so, yes,"
Samira replied calmly, Serqet's attempted actions hardly even phasing her. "I need you and Serqet to go down one of the tunnels and report back what you find to me."
Generally one would think sending Serqet would have been enough, but that spirit had a way of blowing her invisibility cover. Loki was being sent as well to keep an eye on her and the task. With his power to shapeshift, he could easily transform into something more commonplace for a tunnel of that kind, such as a bug. Also, with their mental link with Samira, they could just report back with their thoughts. It seemed like somewhat of a decent plan. Much better than she and Zachary splitting up or sending the wolf on his own.
The jaster shrugged, accepting the plan without much thought. He clapped his hands together and gallantly pranced towards one of the tunnels. "Splendid! Now, do I go in this one?"
He pranced towards the other one. "Or this one? They both look so inviting that I simply cannot choose!"
Samira looked to Zachary and Sirius. "You are free to choose the tunnel you think is correct. They will take the other one."
(Word Count: 1531
Samira Total: 5836)