Tad felt a movement next to him and his head began to turn as a chill ran down his spine. It wasn't as pronounced as something like a Spider Sense, but it was definitely a sense that something bad was about to happen. He turned and saw the ghoul's teeth, but Sojiro's arm wrapped around his waist and pulled him from those gnarly gnashers before they could do either mage any harm. Tad instantly realized that he and Sojiro were locked in an embrace, totally unaware of the four-eyed mage's magic-fueled, head-obliterating uppercut.Naturally, Tad's arms had been pushed against his body with his forearms and palms pushed flatly against Sojiro's well defined chest.
"You have to be close, Thaddeus," were the words that Tad heard the man speak as they stood close to each other, nearly face to face. His imagination playing a little trick on him, as those weren't the words that had been spoken. Sojiro then let him go and stepped back, Tad remained somewhat in his reverie, not quite hearing Sojiro's request for him to check inside. The Cursed Lands' aura began to permeate back into Tad's brain, suppressing the rush of love that had temporarily taken over Tad's thought processes.
He then replayed the scene that had occurred, understanding what had truly been said and what task he had to perform now. As Sojiro rushed off to take care of another ghoul, Tad turned to the door, kicking the beheaded, lifeless corpse that lay in front of it out of the way. "Uh, excuse me?!" Tad called out. He knew it was a bit silly, as the sounds of Sojiro and numerous ghouls that were battling outside could clearly be heard even through the wooden walls of the cabin. He poked his head in, seeing someone sitting at the desk that sat in the corner. "We got your letter sir," he announced, stepping inside and closing the door behind him.
As he approached the man who seemed to be either deaf or in a trance, the creature (as it was no longer a human) turned and snarled at Tad. "Eeek!" Tad called out involuntarily. Tad was, by no means, a macho man, but even if was a bit embarrassed by the feminine shriek that he let out as the creature snarled and began moving towards him. "I'm ok." He quickly responded in a voice that likely sounded an octave deeper than Tad's normal voice. He wanted to let Sojiro outside know that he was not in need of saving again, though he had been truthfully startled. Tad didn't know how the man, who seemed to be stuck inside the cabin all alone had been transformed into one of those things like the ones outside, but the evidence before the lanky mage was pretty clear.
The newly transformed ghoul got to its feet and started across the small cabin. Tad, feeling the Cursed Land's negative auras wasn't in the mood to play. He quickly charged both palms with Yin lightning, black in color before utilizing his spell Fire! which launched a bolt of that lightning directly at the ghoul's face. It was Tad's most powerful spell and he hoped it was strong enough to stop the creature in its tracks, though he could launch another one from the other palm if needed. The fact that the two of them were only feet from each other played a role in the lightning's ability to pierce straight through the ghoul's head, even scorching the cabin wall behind it. The formerly undead ghoul was now well and truly dead, as it slumped to the ground like a sack of potatoes.
Tad called out "We're too late, this guy was like those out there." The lean mage headed to the door, his palm still imbued with lightning while his other hand rested on the hilt of his knife, in case he needed it.
TWC: 652 + 446 + 368 = 1466