With the divergence between the two other spirits, Zachary, Simira, Nyx and Sirius ventured to the right passage. Whether there was a logic to left or right, didn't seem relevant but an issue of time to stop whatever nefarious ritual being performed. If they didn't reach the star critter in time, Zachary dreaded to think what would happen. Beyond an immortal wicked witch who probably would make them snake food of them, she would kill an innocent creature to do it.
They ventured through the tunnel for a few minutes, avoiding any puddles or questionable material. It seemed rather uneventful-- till Zachary felt a pain in his head. "OH, not again-- ugh..." Zachary gasped, trying to keep quiet as he felt the sensation rise again. He stopped, making Nyx looked concerned to her summoner. After a moment, his eyes opened again-- revealing the black spacy look in his eyes...
For a brief moment, Zachary saw something. A brilliant light directly ahead. It was as if there was an end to the tunnel, shining right at them like the brink of dawn. It was so bright and brilliant, it was almost blinding to Zachary. The moment he blinked his eyes closed, the vision returned to normal, his eyes no longer of a starry sky-- and his vision unchanged. He looked back into the black tunnel, seeing a fainter glow in the distance.
"I think this is it... we're close," Zachary told Samira quietly.
They would proceed closer, Zachary feeling more certain and aware that their target was nearby. The darkness of the tunnel would yield as magical returns hunger to the walls of the tunnel, and torches, like something from a ritual, would stick out from the ground.
It illuminated the sport nearby, showing something in the center. On a stone pedestal, was black-colored cage-like cast iron, looking like a cylinder birdcage. However... inside was what was more important. The star-shaped creature looking around while in the cage, as oblivious to his surroundings as ever.
"It's him... It's him!" Zachary gasped... and impulsively and foolishly, ran to try and reach the cage.
However, as he was half-way there-- something happened.
From the shadows of the left of the tunnel-- black streaks shot outward like arrows. The arrows jetted swiftly across and shot in front of Zachary, stopping his advance as the arrows easily struck and punctured the stone below.
Zachary froze at the sight, and Nyx on his shoulder flew backwards, alarmed by the vicious strike. As he didn't move, the arrows of blackness slowly moved-- retracting and returning like tendrils, back to the darkness of the wall.
"Well, it seems we have guests..." a voice almost hissed from the shadows.
Zachary froze, now sensing a malevolent aura from just out of view. No doubt Samira would of caught on to it long before Zachary had. Slowly, she stepped out of the darkness-- a woman clad in black. Oddly she was shoe-less now, her toe nails having t he same black arrows like that spell from before. She wore a strange black attire of pants, short at her shins and turned into a single piece outfit . She was sleeveless, which revealed a variety of marks on her arms-- tattoos that resembled scales-- and ended with snake heads at her shoulders. She had a hood to her outfit but drawn down, revealing her blonde hair, beautiful face, and wicked amber eyes.
"It seems that tenacity of Fairy Tail wasn't mere rumor, after all. " Dr. Gorgon spoke to them, no longer hiding her intention.
Zachary glared at the woman as she slowly walked out of hiding, now moving to bar herself between the group and the star critter in the cage behind her. Zachary was normally a kind, considering and loving boy by nature. However, the hate he felt-- the pain of being betrayed and lied to for her to take his friend away made him want to punch her in the face. "Hello, Doctor... or was that all crap too?" he asked, his fists trembling.
A chuckle came from the woman, completely devoid of apology. "Please. Call me Medusa," she said with a soft bow towards them.
He had no clue what Samira was gonna do now, but Zachary needed answers. "I knew something was wrong. All seemed a bit too perfect. The timing of the attack and your offer to take him away-- all in the end you wanted him for yourself! I know what he is now and I know what you are trying to do!" Zachary declared, throwing a finger at him.
Medusa's smirk faded a bit, looking at the Fairy Tail youth. "Where are your manners? It's rude to point at people," she scoffed enormously, yet her tone was unusually cool. She looked to the group, actually surprised to find that they tracked her down. "And how did you even find me anyway. It's one thing to track my minions, but how did you learn where I was."
Grumpy enough, Zachary reached into his pocket and took out the fake business card. "Next time you want to make a clean escape, don't leave slimy trail," he declared and tossed the card towards her, falling to her feet.
She glimpsed at the card, but paid it little mind. "It seems I miscalculated. I didn't expect you would be able to track me with that faulty card. Nevertheless, it was a worthy gambit to convince people of my more nobler background."
"Enough of your lies!" Nyx caved, her voice like a true owl in the tunnel. "We know you're no doctor and that entire story was worthless. How dare you try to deceive my charge with such faulty lies. " The owl felt defensive, seeing Zachary as her student and charge. Even though she had no combat abilities, she was very defiant to defend Zachary.
"To be clear, they were half-truths. Any true deception must have a sliver of truth in order to get the results you want," she said casually as if they were still at that bistro before. "Anyway, as much as I'd love to entertain you, I'm afraid I must ask you to leave. I have a great deal of research to do... and now I have the key to go through with it." she said, softly reaching behind her and tenderly patting the cage containing the Star Fairy.
Zachary felt his blood boil and his stomach sick to see her so close to the creature. Even though he was in danger, the star fairy just looked on oblivious. It was as if he didn't even recognize the danger he was in right now. Likely the witch's lies continued to make things confusing, even for him.
"Get... the hell... AWAY FROM HIM!!" Zachary shouted-- and with it, Sirius howled.
The wolf jumped well overhead of Zachary and moved like a blur. His howl echoed, as did his movements as he moved like a blur. He hopped between the floor, walls and ceiling with his enhanced hunting speed. He followed the scent and now he could smell the target without fail being so close to her. Surprised, Medusa saw the blurring movements, and caught a glimpse in the corner of her eye as he rushed for her left.
"Now you're---" Sirius growled, now practically on top of her and got a good look at the miniacle, good-looking, blonde doctor.
Sirius screeched to a hault and soon was on all fours before the witch, looking up at her with hearts in his eyes. "-- MY KIND OF WOMAN!! " he barked.
All the tension in that sewer pipe just sputtered away like a deflated balloon, and Zachary looked dumbfounded that his summon had stopped his attack mid-strike to flirt with her. Even Medusa was confused by the wolf's unusual behavior.
"Hey there, baby! Any chance you wanna have me as your Spirit? " Sirius panted, now nuzzling her leg.
"YOU TRAITOROUS MUTT!!" Zachary cried out, almost comically at the absurdity of it all. He should have known better... almost all the time, he could never really fight a woman. Another reason why he was embarrassed to use Sirus.
After recovering from the initial shock of the flirtatious werewolf, Medusa gave one of her calm, sensual smiles. "My, aren't you an adorable puppy..." she cooed, humoring the wolf.
SKRITCH!! Suddenly, from right below her-- those same black arrows came shooting out and struck right into Sirius' body! The wolf went howling as he was sent flying through the air. His body was already breaking up with starry energy where the arrows had gored him.
"Whoooo!! Call meeeeeee....!" he howled as he disappeared back to the Celestial World.
"Unfortunately, I am not a dog person," Medusa added, her tone amused to see the wolf vanish.
Zachary and Nyx watched as Sirius vanished mid-air, still asking for her to call him. Zachary's face was red with embarrassment and the owl flapped her wings softly, her face plastered with disappointment. "A truly stellar screw-up, even for him..." she sighed. Zachary groaned as he put a hand over his face, wishing he had not summoned him-- even if he did track Medusa down.
Running a hand through her hair, the black arrows slowly vanished from her body, vanishing into the air as she addressed the wizards before her. "Honestly... let's not do this. Waisting my magic on a silly little boy like you is hardly worth my time..." she said, but then her gaze drew more to Samira near Zachary. "YOU on the other hand... i knew you would be a thorn in my side. To think I would have to contend with a Wizard Saint of all people. Samira Nassar... you're reputation precedes you." Medusa said, showing an almost sincere form of praise to the blue-haired lady.