“EhhhhhhHH?!” With one sudden and shocking moment Nymara found herself rushing back to reality, her head violently jolting from the rocky ground it had been resting upon! “WhO THE HEL- Ohhh cool!” Her speech stumbled as her ruby gaze met the colorful sky above her! Explosions of fire in all sorts of colored designs danced against the backdrop of the stars and moon of the early evening. Seems someone was celebrating a bit prematurely. Yawning rather loudly Nymara hastily tried to get back to her feet, nearly falling multiple times before regaining her balance. The fogginess in her head made it somewhat of an obstacle, but one she powered through nonetheless! “Brp! I’m gonna tip tha- *hic* forest gnome AMAzingly whenever I see 'em around again… hrmm.. That stuff was awesome!” Nymara giggled to herself as she stepped over the roots of the nearby trees. The forests east of Magnolia seemed rather quiet tonight in comparison to the lively city. Perhaps the animals cared little for the noise, retiring to their dens to try and escape the sound of the human celebrations. Whatever the reason, Nymara was too drunk to notice, her mind gearing her straight toward the source of the colorful fireworks. Despite her current state, the firebrand knew exactly what this festival was about. While growing up Vulcanis had never made a point to celebrate the passing of the years, however, Nymara’s time alone travelling the continent had taught her that the people of this land enjoyed it with great eagerness! And from what Nymara had learned about these celebrations, she was most certainly a fan. It was a time for eating and drinking and fireworks! What wasn’t there to love? Not to mention Nymara was pretty sure she had heard about some games being set up within the town. She was going to make the most of the night before the year was up! And she knew exactly who to bother to help make that happen, but first, she needed to make a few stops!
Grunting with strain Nymara nearly tripped when she finally emerged from the trees of the woods bordering town, her hair long and messy, filled with twigs and leaves along with her dirtied white jacket which appeared to be caked in mud. Despite it, all Nymara continued forth, determined to make it to the guild hall! The firebrand didn’t really stick out from the crowds, the streets of Magnolia bustling with excitement as the new years festival seemed to be in full swing! And more than a few of them swimming in drinks just like the girl! The strong aromas wafting through the roads were more than enough to invite distraction, but Nymara had to remain focused! Akeya had done well to teach Nymara to keep her habits in check and her scattered brain together, she was not going to disappoint her now!
Nymara continued to stumble through the streets until the furious flapping of wings erupted from somewhere behind her and the girl turned to bear witness to an armoured exceed flying straight towards her! “AUGH!” Nymara yelped, barely ducking just as Lucky zoomed past her! “Wh- Hey what’s the big idea!?” She called out, her eyes trailing the flying cat as it circled in the air above. The people in the street around gave the girl a few odd stares at this sudden outburst, their eyes only continued to linger due to how dirty her attire appeared to be. “Testing your reflexes my lady!” The feline yelled above the wind before descending onto a nearby lamppost. With a paw, he lifted the metal faceplate and revealed a wide grin. “I could tell you have already engaged in your favorite hobby, so I wanted to prove a point. Though it seems your training is getting better, even when you are completely drunk you have the senses to dodge.” Lucky said. Nymara dusted off her shoulder with a grumble. “Don’t think it takes much thinkin’ to duck from the flying cat.”
“Perhaps my test was too light then! Shall we try something harder?”
“Fly at me again and your wings will catch fire!”
“Tsk.. Tsk.. Disappointing. Also you look absolutely dreadful, did you fight the forest itself?”
“CAN IT CAT!”
Nymara snorted before her mind remembered what she was doing before being ambushed by her own sworn protector! “Lucky! Come with me! It’s time I test YOU!” She said with a sly grin. Something that made Lucky feel internally nervous. “And trust me, Akemi is gonna LOOVE it!” Nymara laughed. Now he was externally nervous, his head tilting with concern. “What exactly has your troubled mind thought of now?” He’d ask. Nymara’s fanged grin didn’t cease, she simply continued trudging along. “Your silence does little to comfort me, my lady. Can I please be informed of what it is you’re planning?” The feline knight would ask, slowly trailing the girl as she pushed her way through the cramped streets.
Eventually, Nymara led them to a large booth that was absolutely crowded with people. Sure enough, loud explosions in the sky were the reason, as fireworks appeared to be launched directly from this tent! Nymara didn’t stop, moving her way through the sea of people while Lucky floated above, keeping a careful eye on her movements. He surely hoped whatever it was she was doing wouldn’t upset the twilight dragon, though with Nymara nothing was ever certain. Soon enough the firebrand had made it to the edge of the large tent, slowly moving towards the back. “My lady, I don’t think they would appreciate us being back here.” Lucky would continue to warn, though it seemed it was falling on deaf ears. Soon enough Nymara got on her stomach and reached underneath the tent flap! Searching for something. Before Lucky could even ask Nymara’s face lit up as she found what she was looking for, pulling out a rather long firework! “Nymara I don’t think-” He was cut short as the girl thrust the firework straight at him! Instinct kicked in and Lucky caught it, holding it awkwardly with both paws. “Wh- What…?” He began to ask, confused for a moment before Nymara laughed! “Go you bufoon! Fly away with it!” He did not sign on to be a thief! “Hey! What’s that cat doin’ with the fireworks!? You can’t steal those!” Someone yelled out of Nymara’s view, but thanks to Lucky’s position in the air, he was seen by everyone! “'somebody knock em down!”
“N- No! W- Wait, I don't want the fireworks!” He tried to protest, but soon some of the more drunk partiers started to throw their garbage at him! Annoyed, the exceed quickly ascended into the air, not even realizing he was still holding onto the firework as he fled the scene!
Lucky landed next to the guild hall panting heavily as he dropped the firework. What was that drunkard thinking about getting him to steal like that! Honestly, there were some things a Knight should NEVER do! “Ehehe! He made it!” A familiar laugh sounded behind the exceed, Lucky turning to give Nymara a long deathly stare. “Awe don’t be so glum kitten! Your distraction worked!” His scowl faded for a moment. “Distraction?”
“Yeah! So I could get the *real* fireworks!” That’s when Lucky realized Nymara had been holding her hands behind her back. “Oh for the love of- you did no-”
“BEHOLD!” With a quick motion Nymara revealed a huge stack of differently designed fireworks, bearing so many different shapes and colors! “I was BAIT???!”
“No, you were essential!”
“What’s the difference?!”
“Why does it matter, my plan worked!”
“That isn’t the point!”
Their argument dragged on until Nymara turned her attention to the guild hall beside them. Thankfully they appeared to be in the right spot. “Okay… Okay we need to position ourselves so she will see us!” Lucky looked up with a sigh. “If you wanted to ask Akemi to join you for the festivities you could have done just that! Why the fireworks?” Nymara seemed too distracted to even answer, her face brightening up when she seemed to find the right spot. The Library was her favourite spot to be Nymara had learned, but if the Twilight Dragon was also in her home in fairy hills, then these should surely get her attention as well. Of course, it wasn’t only Akemi’s attention she would gain with this display, though that fact seemed to be of little consequence for the firebrand. “Alright, Let’s light em up!”
The night sky directly above the guild hall violently erupted in a myriad of different coloured explosions, rocking the air with an intense booming noise that was impossible to miss! Nymara called out towards the window of the library within the guildhall, hoping Akemi’s habits hadn’t changed. “HEYYY! AKEMI!!!” The fire dragon yelled with exuberance! “THE YEAR IS ALMOST OVER!!” She called out as the sky continued to explode, a long streak of fire in the grass behind Nymara from where she had launched her firework show from.