Simon thought about the question put to him by Stella for a moment. He had a solemn look on hi face for a moment, then shrugged his shoulders.
"Who knows?" Simon asked rhetorically. Stella crossed her arms over her chest.
"That's not what I wanted to hear, Simon." Stella said what Diana was thinking. Then again, Diana had more knowledge of Haunted Castle than her partner did. The huntress had more to go on than Stella, who had never been to Haunted Castle before.
"I'm sorry, Stella. I wish I could give you a better answer, but I honestly don't know. I don't have anything solid to tell you, just rumors." Simon apologized for being unable to give a solid answer to the question.
"Then tell me what you've got." Stella said with a frown.
"OK, so there are rumors of Haunted Castle being home to anything from ghosts to zombies to werewolves, even vampires. I wouldn't know because I've never been to that place before. I'm not a mage, so I wouldn't last very long there unless I had a special weapon with me." Simon told the starry-eyed blonde all the rumors he knew about Haunted Castle. Stella sighed.
"Eh, it'll be OK. I've got Diana with me." Stella said in resignation. Diana remained silent. She did not mind being the one to take on whatever lurked in the castle because she was getting paid for it. Getting paid tended to make a lot of tough assignments more bearable.
"Is there anything else that you'd like to know before you set out?" Simon asked Stella. The blonde shook her head.
"There's nothing else, Simon." Stella replied. She was probably banking on Diana being able to fill in the gaps with what she knew about Haunted Castle. With that the two blondes prepared to go to Haunted Castle to return the silver plate to where it belonged. Diana took the plate and held it in her right hand while Stella walked to the front door, forcing Diana to walk briskly to catch up with her partner.
"Good luck, you two!" Simon bade them before the pair left his home. They waved goodbye to their client and started the long trip to Haunted Castle.
-Outside Haunted Castle, nine hours later-
After a long but uneventful walk to Haunted Castle the blonde duo were now standing outside of it and looking at the front. It was as imposing as ever and Stella seemed to be at least a little intimidated by it. Diana, on the other hand, was as calm as ever. She had been here before and the place held no special terror for her.
"Look at that place! It's so big!" Stella said in awe. Diana remained quiet as Stella marveled at the architecture for a moment. Once her partner was finished admiring the exterior she faced Diana.
"Hey Diana, I don't have any magic that can hurt ghosts. Are you cool with doing most of the fighting in the castle?" Stella asked Diana. Diana nodded.
"Also, are you OK with carrying that creepy plate? Or do you want me to carry it?" Stella asked Diana. Diana wordlessly handed the plate over to Stella, who accepted it.
"I would like for you to carry it for a little bit, Stella. I will need both hands for some of my more powerful spells." Diana replied. Stella held it in both hands.
"I'll hang onto it for awhile, Diana. You carried it for the past nine hours or so, so it's the least I can do." Stella accepted the burden of carrying the plate for awhile. With her hands free, Diana could cast her most powerful spells, including In Nomine Luna. That was her most powerful crowd control spell and it could wipe out large groups of supernatural targets in one use.
"We will enter Haunted Castle whenever you are ready to do so, Stella." Diana said to her partner. The huntress would wait until Stella gave the green light before walking towards the castle's double doors. It did not take long for her partner to give that permission, but first the starry-eyed blonde took a deep breath.
"OK, Diana. I'm ready now." Stella said. With that Diana began slowly walking towards the door, walking slowly so that she did not leave Stella behind. Stella caught up with ease and Diana opened the left front door for them. Stella walked in first and Diana followed close behind.
-Inside Haunted Castle, the first floor-
Diana shut the door behind them and the pair stood inside a decorated foyer with everything as Diana had remembered it. Stella was visibly amazed by the brass chandeliers hanging overhead, the red carpet beneath their feet, and the beautiful artwork on the walls. Diana had to struggle not to look at the artwork because it was so beautiful.
"Wow. I've never seen anything like this before!" Stella said to Diana while marveling at everything around them. Diana remained quiet and kept an eye out for trouble while her partner was busy admiring their surroundings.
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