FirewoodBased on Rinmaru’s Ascension
Pairings: Aida & Zander (major), Sky & Jace (minor)
“I think we need more firewood,” Jace announced, standing up.
Aida stared at him as if he’d suddenly grown two extra heads, her eyes turning to the well-stocked campfire that was still burning bright before them.
They were camping in the woods on their way back to the docks. None of them had particularly wanted to stay at the temple after the whole thing with the Eagles and Faceless Ones; it was just too creepy. So instead they’d decided to make headway, opting to find somewhere else to rest.
The journey to the temple from the docks had taken a day and it was already getting dark. It was inevitable that they would need to stop and the forest clearing was the perfect place to set up camp.
Tillie and Seena had already gone to sleep, and Faelern was hiding in the trees somewhere (having opted to take the night-watch); the remaining four were still sat around the fire… the
Slowly, So Slowly A muffled cry took Zander from his book. He looked around wildly, and was on his feet in an instant when he heard a louder scream. A scream that sounded like his name. A scream that came from Aida's cabin. Maybe it wasn't practical for him to go to her, when Sky and Jace were both nearer, but he had never before been practical when Aida was concerned. He was out on the deck in a flash, the light in his cabin still on and the door swinging on its hinges because he didn't bother to shut it. Nothing in there held higher value to him than Aida's wellbeing.
No one else had gone to her cabin. He rapped quickly on the door, praying something terrible hadn't happened.
"Aida?" he said hesitantly. "Did you just call me?"
She muttered something to herself from the inside, and then padded on bare feet—shoes made a very different sound—to throw her door open. Her eyes when they looked up at him were stra