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After a few days, just like last time, Isao received Rose's letter. He knew this because Hikurai came ambling into the war room waving it in his hand.

"I believe this is for you," he told Isao.

Isao huffed. "Thank you."

"Perhaps I can make a suggestion about what to write in the next letter."

"Not the best idea right now."

Hikurai shrugged. "Alright, but let me know if you change your mind."

Now alone, Isao took the time to read the letter over. How could he not tell that she was a Fae? He couldn't have been that oblivious when he first met her. Still, the phrase she used... a hand to hold... where had he heard that before? No one in the kingdom used it. Perhaps it was a quirk of hers.

Rose,

Home is where you feel belonging. The ship is your home, but I do not find it strange. I don't know what your life was like before you became an Air Pirate, nor will I ask you about it. That is something that should be brought it if and when you're ready to talk about it. As for finding someone here... well, all the women keep their distance or try to use me in some way, no matter if they live here or if they are visiting. I simply chose to not try and find someone for the time being. Because I wasn't born an oni, I was cast aside by women of my kind. They preferred "those who were born with a darkness about them." I find that to be nonsense. The women that have been kind always leave. Who wants to be with a man who keeps secrets all the time and can't discuss work with them?

Your letters do help some. For the time being, I feel more comfortable pursuing a friendship as pursuing a relationship hasn't worked at all in the past.

The phrase "your hand to hold" sounds familiar, but yet I don't believe I've ever heard it. Is that a common phrase where you're from? It is a nice sentiment, though.

To answer your question, yes. I come from the realm of man. I agree that the most violence comes from there but all species are capable of violence.

I have no doubt that you enjoy being a bard since you consider your crew as a family and Gif is there with you all the time. I can imagine it was difficult to learn magic on your own without much guidance. But you're a strong woman, you always find a way to figure things out.

Out of curiosity, what would you do if you weren't an Air Pirate? I'm sure you would have been something as equally interesting.

And please, Isao is just fine. You need to use my title every time.

Fair winds find you,
Isao


Sending the letter off, he sighed to himself. He wasn't getting his hopes up too soon, was he?
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Though the letter found her fine, it was actually much longer before she could respond. The reasoning behind this lay in a nasty and rather unexpected series of lightning storms followed by the creation of a hurricane field. It meant it was more than a month before things settled enough that Evanna found the time to return the letter. At least she was relieved of her duties for a few days to recover because of her constant use of sky magic to keep them all alive. She was exhausted and sore so the chance to just sit in her hammock and relax was a welcome one. This time Gif was settled against her shoulder and she nuzzled against him in quiet contentment. She'd nearly lost him, he'd nearly lost her, the strain on her telepathic pathways still rang through her mind from the near loss so being together was best for them right now.

She knew how terrified Gif had been, had felt his fear as part of herself, but now the danger had passed and they were still together so they should make the most of the situation while the calm lasted. The life of an Air Pirate was never certain and who knew when next danger would find them. She knew Gif didn't like the danger, but loved the freedom of being with her without being hunted so there was nothing for it. Evanna made a mental note to take them out for shore leave at some point into the forested mountain rain of Belvair City next time they were near it. Gif would love it there and the serenity of nature would do both of them very well. As to the letter, that she had to consider for a very long time before finally responding to it since it had been so long.

As you wish it then - Isao,

Sorry this letter finds you after so long, but I fear the ship has fallen on rough skies that kept my attention whole-heartedly until just now. Our lives were in danger for a while; nothing I'm not used to as it's normal for danger to be part of life for an Air Pirate, but it still took its toll. All are well with some injuries but my magic has been used to its limit and I'm fairly exhausted now that I can finally get some rest. I nearly lost Gif as well, it wasn't pleasant given the nature of our bond. I don't think you would understand well, given the familiar bond isn't part of most cultures, but to lose him is to lose part of myself thus the situation was fairly painful. He's with me though, and we're taking the time now to reaffirm our bond and soothe the damage done for both our sakes.

I think those that judge you by your circumstance are foolish, but that is neither here nor there. If continuing the correspondence is what you desire then I won't stop you. We all have secrets, both you and I, and it is a mark of someone character to be patient enough to wait for secrets to be shared rather than be upset about not being able to force those same secrets too early; though perhaps I am odd in thinking so. Honestly though, the fact you were born to man explains a lot of the difficulty you've had with dealing with me. I've never been human, thus our cultures are vastly different so misunderstandings are bound to happen. It doesn't excuse, but it does explain and I'll take that into consideration moving forward.

Learning magic...it's second nature to me, and though I taught myself I was also taught in a way by the soul of the sky itself. Once I learned not to fight to control the nature of the sky it was much easier to learn what I needed to do. To that effect, I'd bet you're wondering how you didn't realize I was Fae when we met. The answer is simple, I used a simple glamour to pass as human to avoid drawing unnecessary attention to myself. I'm considered...exotic in this particular area of the world and should they realize what I am...well I've no wish to be kidnapped and sold into slavery again; it wasn't fun the first time. So try not to make a big deal out of it, alright? Not to offend, but I've found some species, like humanity, tend to crave that which they feel beyond their reach and I've no wish to experience such a thing again.

As to the phrase...it's very old I can say that. It's...how to explain...it's something that's just apart of me rather than some learned sentiment. I've honestly never heard another use it aside from me, but the fact remains that I believe in it strongly. It's the belief that somewhere out there is a person whose hand fits perfectly inside your own. It is your compliment, your other half. Perhaps that is overly romantic of me, but it is my belief just the same. My people do have a similar concept though not exactly the same. We call it your Compliment, that person whose mind fits perfectly against your own and whose orbit you are forever drawn to no matter the time or distance between. It is...rare to find and the knowing involved is said to be rather frightening to those caught unawares by it.

If I wasn't an Air Pirate....well the answer depends on some circumstances. The captain helped to remove me from...a certain situation and I'm uncertain I'd be where I am today without it. Given my connection to the sky, probably I'd still be a wanderer if I managed to remove myself still without the help. Being an Air Pirate is the thing that I got to choose, what I'd be if I wasn't doesn't bare speaking of. Given a choice...? I'd probably be a travelling minstrel or something. Perhaps travelling amongst the Gypsy in the far south given my love of their nomadic ways. I couldn't say, though I'm content where I'm at. What about for you? Surely you couldn't have wanted to be a spy given you were forced to become something other than human. Perhaps remaining on the farm?

Just so you know, the address of your title in my last few letters was meant in teasing not to be formal; but I endeavor to use your name now as you wish it. I believe that is all I can think to write this time. Until next time then.

Fair winds find you,
Rose

She realized she may have told him more than she initially wanted to, but that was all fine since they were so far apart and it felt good to just speak her mind to someone other than Gif for once. Pushing the thoughts aside, she sent the letter on its way and settled back into her healing bond with Gif so she could let the two of them just be for a little while. She shouldn't speak to him of such things, after all there wasn't a human alive that could understand the bonds that Fae formed since their minds weren't made for it.


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Days went by, and Isao grew worried that Rose no longer wanted to write to him. Did something happen? Did he say something wrong? He found it hard to concentrate as he sent out ravens and various spies to carry out tasks as he pondered over what could have happened.

"Isao..." Hikurai called as he walked in with a letter. "For you, I believe."

Isao quickly took the letter from him and frantically read it over.

"Why don't I help write your next letter?"

"That's not necessary..." He located some paper before he began to write.

Rose,

I'm relieved to hear that you, Gif, and your crew are alright. I can imagine how terrifying it was to almost lose Gif, even though I don't know much about having a bond with a familiar. I hope you can get all the rest you can get.

Yes, most forget that I was born to man. And some issues have come about because of it. I have learned to move past that. That being said, I still have some difficulties with being an oni. My abilities sometimes get out of hand or my instincts of being a guardian overtake me. But that hasn't happened in sometime. I'm told that I become more intimidating at that point.

I was wondering how you passed as a human when we met. That makes sense now. I understand those... circumstances aren't fun, that is all I will say about it. But I understand the need of using magic to conceal your identity. I do that as well whenever I left the city. So long as I wasn't provoked, then things went smoothly.

Well, it is nice sentiment to believe in. It isn't overly romantic, either. Most people have a better half, I believe. It's just a matter of finding them. I... well, you know what I said before. Embarrassing and awkward as it was.

I see that both of us are where we are now thanks to someone helping us our of our situations. That is another thing we have in common. But a traveling minstrel or a Gypsy would have been an interesting pick as well. As for me... I'm not sure. I probably would have remained on the farm, although I probably would have gone off to be a sailor or a trader or... anything that let me move about from place to place. Wanting to be a spy wasn't exactly my choice, but I wasn't ready to be a soldier again so soon after escaping one warlord. You'll have to forgive me, this is the most open I ave been with anyone for some time. I feel a little vulnerable because of it.

And I see I can't decipher teasing in a letter either. My apologies. Get all the rest you can.

Fair winds find you,
Isao


"Compliment her eyes," said Hikurai.

"No," replied Isao.

"Her smile?"

"Already did..."

Hikurai pursed his lips and opened his wings slightly. "Maybe her... well, what is it that you like about her that no one else would say about her?"

Isao paused as he sent the letter out. He could think of maybe one or two things, though based on her reaction from his compliments before, it was likely unwise to try again so soon.
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The next letter found her in better spirits though she was still sore and worn out from before. It was getting better and the crew was understanding considering what she'd done for them so that made it all a bit easier. She smiled faintly at the message and shook her head; settling back into her hammock once more and nuzzling against Gif as she enjoyed the warm press of his mind against her own.

Isao,

Sorry to have worried you, really, it wasn't my intent I promise you. I'm still very tired and sore, it's a serious thing to nearly lose my familiar...honestly it's something that could kill me if you'd believe it. I tell you that in confidence, so don't try and use it against me or I'm not against coming to kill you myself for the attempt.

Threats aside, I've met Oni before and they range in temperament so I imagine it has been an interesting time for you. They are an overly protective lot and gods forbid someone goes after their mate. They are an honorable lot though and never turn down a charge no matter the difficulty. They can be hot-headed though but I've found most to be of good humor.

It must be...frustrating to have become something you were not, the instincts alone are intense I know. It's a note of your strength that you weren't driven mad by such things. It must be some powerful curse to have turned you, though I couldn't imagine what it was since I stay away from such types of dark magic. Still, it is sad to have to become something you are not and I'm sorry for that.

Speaking of romantic notions, do tell me what caused you to say such things to me before? You sounded completely out of your mind and it certainly didn't leave a good impression on me. It is possible to have past lives, I don't doubt that, but what you said came across more as a bad pick-up line than an honest sentiment and I'd like to know what brought it on? Especially as, given certain things being true, it's completely impossible. Still...I find myself curious as to what drew you to my side that day; especially given how massive of a fool you made of yourself.

Something in common indeed, but don't put much emphasis on it alright? Working the land is a noble ambition, honestly, and if you fancy travel being a trader would have suited just as well. It's terrible you didn't have a choice, I know all about that, but at least where you ended up feels like where you belong so that's something. I apologize if writing to me makes you feel vulnerable, you don't have to tell me anything you know. I don't ask for such personal things and you shouldn't feel obligated to tell me. It's a matter of trust, after all, and we barely know each other so don't feel like you must make yourself vulnerable in writing to me.

Gif and I rest as much as we can, and we thank you for your concern. Don't worry, I won't push myself when I don't have to, I know better and Gif would scold me besides that. Nothing so aggravating as being scolded by another that can reach inside your mind in the early hours of morning and wake you up with his displeasure, after all. It's why I try to avoid it because he does so love to aggravate me when he's upset with me. It's fine, I drop him in flour when he gets on my nerves too much so it all works out.

Fair winds find you and starlight guide your steps,
Rose


She hummed quietly at the press of warmth against her mind from Gif. He was curious about this strange man that had threatened them. "I don't know really, Gif, but I think he's just lonely. He was human so I don't expect much from him, and writing to him doesn't harm anything. Besides, it's not like he's my Compliment or anything. That's not possible since he was human, so he wouldn't have the right sort of mind for someone like me. I think he's just infatuated with a pretty face and it'll pass with time. Until it does, indulging him hurts nothing."

She felt Gif's sorrow over her being alone and nuzzled into him again, sending quiet reassurance back his way. "Don't worry Gif, I'm very young yet and will find my hand to hold one day. That person that's the Compliment to me is out there somewhere, I just have to find them." It was true enough, and she used both terms to mean the same thing. Besides, she couldn't ever be lonely with Gif by her side and in her mind. His affection echoed in her mind and she returned it before sending the letter off again so she could continue resting.


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Isao managed to get his hands on the next letter when it arrived before Hikurai did as he was afraid of him wanting to barge into his love life. He a small smile on his face as it seems that the tone of her letters became gradually warmer.

With that in mind, he secluded himself in the tower for the rest of the morning.

Rose,

I know it wasn't your intention to worry me. You know I have no intention to use anything against you.

Oh, yes. Oni tend to be very protective over their mates. I learned that the hard way once, but in my defense, I wasn't trying to flirt with her. I was simply complimenting her and her husband overreacted. Frustrating is an understatement sometimes. It takes so much to fight off the instincts, and it takes so much willpower to just to keep me from losing myself. I don't blame you for steering clear. But please don't be sorry. It is just a part of my past.

Honestly, I do not know what caused me to say such things when we met. I know it sounded better in my head but... I don't know. All I know is that I found myself strangely drawn to you and I wanted to speak with you. Even now I still feel it. I don't know what it is about you, but I want to know what it is. I'll probably always be known to you as the idiot who went on about knowing you in another life.

It's alright. I know of like being vulnerable. Do not tell anyone I told you. I'll never hear the end of it. Already, the prince I serve is eager to figure out who I'm writing to. He's not convinced that you and I are only friends.

Gif scolds you? I never would have thought of that. How do familiars choose their people?

Fair winds find you. Starlight guide your steps,
Isao


He sent it without a second thought. But why would she start ending her letters with both "Fair winds find you" and "Starlight guide your steps?" What does the second one even mean?
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It was honestly the first day in a long while that she'd felt well and herself again once the letter found her once more. She stretched her arms skyward; taking in the sunlight and enjoying the warmth. Gif flew alongside the ship, stretching his wings and taking in the magic in the sky around him as he did so. He was a fae creature like she was so it was good for him to draw magic from the same source, it made them closer. Once again settling herself up in the crow's nest, Evanna considered what to write before doing so.

Isao,

The warning had to be made for its own sake, you know it did. That aside, thank you. I don't know if I trust your words as truth yet, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt for now.

Yes they are very protective over mates as well as those they are drawn to protect, it's really amazing how you can see the change in an Oni from calm and cordial to sudden so full of fire and life when their mate is about. I admit I do envy them that passion though I know one day it will be my turn to experience it when I find my own mate.

As to you and your instincts, a word of advice to you regarding that. The more you fight your own instincts the stronger they will become until they overwhelm you. If you move with them instead of against them you'll both learn more about yourself and not be so strained against the person you have now become. You won't lose yourself if you give yourself to your instincts unless you fear them, those instincts can only make you stronger I promise you that. You set yourself up for failure in fighting that.

As to the oni and his mate, it was likely because you are another male of the species that he took offense to and not so much the flirting. Oni are very territorial in their protection of a mate, after all. As you say though, the past is the past and I will leave it to lie where it is. I am only sorry that such a thing was done to someone that was innocent of wrongdoing. To be cursed to be something you are not, especially for a human, can be the greatest cruelty I can imagine. It would be akin to taking Gif's wings for me. But as you said, it is past so I will drop that subject now.

All things sound better in our heads before we say them, but it seemed you couldn't contain yourself that day and it was...a bit insulting honestly. You won't always be seen as the idiot who spoke of past lives; though I may always see you as the male that made a fool of himself quite epically in an attempt to impress me. Honestly it's a bit adorable; especially considering I can make you blush so easily and you are a large male so that is saying something.

What we choose to do in our free time is not the business of others, Isao, and you can tell that prince of yours to pull his nose out of your ass and mind his own business. He knows nothing and shouldn't speak of such. We aren't exactly friends either, we just...we just are for now.

Oh yes, Gif scolds me quite often when he doesn't like something I've done. He's a fae bird after all and thus his lifeforce is tied to magic just like mine is. He is just as intelligent as you and I, after all, and sometimes I think he's smarter and just hides it so he doesn't embarrass me accidently. How  do they choose...they don't, the magic does. It's...difficult to explain. It's...a brush of warmth that pulls at your mind and soul. It's a knowing that you're meant to be somewhere else and that someone waits for you there. I heard his call from miles away and broke him free from his cage. He was a hatchling and terrified and I killed two people to get to him; I couldn't do anything else. It takes over the entirety of you and before you know it there's this other living breathing being whose soul is so intricately tied to your own that it's like they were always there and you had never been apart. Distance doesn't matter. It's...rare. Magical beings like Gif don't bond like that very often, I am honored he chose me and I always will be.

Ah, and I've said entirely too much. It's not something easy to explain to someone that isn't inherently telepathic. I mean nothing cruel by that truly it's just how things are. It's beyond words to explain and just as much instinct as trusting the magic. That aside, why does your precious prince seem to think he can butt in to another's conversation?

Fair winds find you and starlight guide your steps,
Rose

PS - 'Starlight guide your steps' is said because you travel over land. It's the landbound equivalent to 'Fair winds find you.' It means safe travels.


Shaking her head, Evanna stretched once more before sending the letter off. She stood and dropped from the crow's nest, drifting in the air currents as she did so before coming to rest back on the deck. Gif immediately landed on her shoulder and nuzzled into her; he knew she was thinking about the day they'd bonded and he was just as grateful she'd found him as she was that he'd trusted her enough to accept her. They didn't doubt within the bond and never would. It really was something impossible to explain to someone that was born of man and thus was mortal. They tended to be very closed-minded about such things. No matter, at least she'd tried.


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Isao was able to slip out of the palace and move about the marketplace as they were rumors that slave traders were likely afoot. He used magic similar to Rose's glamour magic to hide among the people in case he ran into his targets. Some whispers of missing loved ones here and there and a glimpse of the traders in question were enough for him to slip by and pickpocket one of them to have a map and letter in his possession. Satisfied, he quietly returned to the palace where he went over his findings. He found a letter waiting for him and read it before writing a reply.

Rose,

I know the warning had to be made. I realize I haven't gained your trust yet, so all I can do is give you my word and hope that it would be enough.

Honestly, keeping my instincts in check is easier said than done. And because of that, I hesitate to start traveling again. But yes, my only crime was freeing a woman who would have been forced to serve the soldiers in... less than savory ways. I couldn't stand by and let that happen. She only reveled in her freedom for a few shirt moments before she was met with a rain of arrows.

I am so sorry about how I went about it. It was never my intention to be insulting. And when have I ever blushed? As I recall, you're the one who does the blushing.

I'm joking, by the way.

The prince seems to think he's good at putting people together. All I can do is shoo him away and tell him that I'm not taking his suggestions. He seems to be getting a little better with it.

I'm glad that you and Gif found each other and that you two can share a special bond. It's better that he moves about freely than in a cage.

At the moment, I'm attempting to track down slave traders as they have been causing trouble and taking the locals as of late. I may ir may not have to leave the city to track them down. I will let you know.

And please, don't worry about saying too much. Nothibg you tell me will be used against you.

Fair winds find you,
Isao


As he sent the letter out, he received a short note from the courier.

Isao,

Please come see me at your earliest convenience.

Prince Hikurai
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Word of the the children of Air Pirates going missing reached the ship and everyone had been called in to help find them. It wasn't unusual for people to take the children thinking no one would miss them since they belonged to the nomad clans, but it was a very serious matter indeed. She was preparing to go landside herself to aid in the search with Gif in the air when she snagged the letter and some strange sense of alarm went through her as she finished. She couldn't place the reason; perhaps her own sense of intuition telling her of impending danger, but it shouldn't cause her to worry for someone she barely liked. She was one to listen to her instincts though, so she was quick to return the missive before she headed out to assist in the search.

Isao,

Hopefully this letter finds you in time, be safe I sense danger on the winds. I don't know how to explain it, but just....when you are investigating the traders do be careful. I trust my instinct, even if I don't like you much at all most of the time. Still the feeling of foreboding won't leave and I've never ignored those feelings before and I'm not about to start now.

It might be awhile before I write again, some of the clan children have been kidnapped. It happens from time to time as they seem to believe we won't retaliate. As I said before though, we are our own nation and we don't abandon our own. Isao...this may sound like the strangest thing ever, and even I don't understand it completely but...

I'll be in South Port City until we find the children so I can aid in the search. If something happens...if anything happens to you come and find me. It's not more than a few miles from your kingdom. Please, for the sake of my nightmares becoming reality, if something happens come and find me and I will help you. And remember, your instincts are strange and different to you, but don't try and fight them and they will see you well.

I hope my intuition is wrong in this, but please take my words to heart. I will help you if I can.

Starlight guide your steps,
Rose


Shaking her head to try and get rid of the feelings of dread clutching her heart, Evanna was quick to head out of the ship and launch Gif into the air to begin searching for those young ones lost to them. They wouldn't leave until they were found, and they vanished from this area barely a few hours ago. They'd find them, they monitored the air and sea and land. The young ones would be found and justice would be served. She just hoped she was wrong about something bad happening to Isao. Even more, she wished she knew why she worried so.


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Isao went to Hikurai's room once he received the note. "You called for me?" he asked.

"Yes," replied Hikurai. "I'm afraid that I need to ask you to track down those slave traders. It seems they're not only taking our people away, but they are targeting other groups as well. We need to stop them as soon as possible."

"I can easily retract their steps as I have a map and letter of theirs."

Hikurai gave Isao a reassuring smile. "I can always count on you to be resourceful."

As Isao made quick with his packing, he found a letter from Rose. So it would seem that her people were being targeted as well.

Rose,

I fear that I do have to leave Okaona for a time to go free those kidnapped by the slave traders. I will be as careful as I can be. I will come to you if anything happens, I promise.

Unfortunately, I can't promise that I will return in one piece. I will do whatever is necessary to deal with the slave traders. If I can, I will come to you and aid you. I hope to write to you again soon.

Starlight guide your steps,
Isao


He made his way out to the city gate where he began his trek out toward South Port City. Thankfully, the map would help lead him to the slave traders' next rest stop as they would no doubt need to recuperate before going to their next target city.

Quickly teleporting to where the map showed their small hideout, he pulled a cowl over his head and began to sneak into the camp. He scanned the camp over numerous times and figured out his exit strategy as he slipped by the supply tent. With a few other spies waiting for him, he moved to where some of the captives were kept and he slit the guard's throat from behind. He signaled for two spies to come in from the back as he worked to free the townsfolk from their binds.

"Where are the others?" he whispered to a young man.

"They're on the other side of the camp," the man whispered back. "That guard said the rest would be in some cave."

Nodding, Isao had the two spies take everyone out to safety as he began to move to the other side of the camp to free more captives.
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Evanna never got the letter, she was outside of the ship when it arrived and it was left for her to see whenever she returned. Still, she'd be angry if he came to assist when she hadn't asked him to. She had other things on her mind just then as she spread out her magic to see if anything had passed through there to disturb the nature flow of the sky magic. Something had and it meant she was hunting and her mind was far from the man that had worried her so before.

Gif flew overhead, touching his mind to her own periodically so they both knew the other was alright while they were on the hunt. She may be the bard for her ship, but Evanna was far from being helpless or weak. She was vicious when she had to be and knew how to fight; the blades hidden on her person spoke to that fact. She moved with silent steps, barely leaving footprints in the mud as she kept her steps light and sought for what she knew had to be nearby.

She had long moved away from the sounds of the large city and was at home in the deep roofed forest that surrounded the port town. It was some time later that she picked up the trail and let herself slip into the mindset of the hunter. She pushed out all warmth other than her bond to Gif and moved with lethal intent towards those that needed justice. She was fae, and no stranger to death. She valued life, but not when it came to situations like this.

She actually got into several fights along the way as she discovered a cage in a half submerged cave filled with small children. She took a nasty knock to the head before she slit the man's throat and watched dispassionately as he dropped and quickly bled to death. She slid into the cold of her mind as she dropped three others present; her mind full of thoughts from long ago of another lost child forced into a cage and any hint of compassion in her was smothered by a deep, dark rage.

Blood was everywhere by the time she came back to herself and the tide was coming faster now so she knew she had little time. At least Air Pirates always taught their young to swim. Getting the cage open wasn't easy and she ended up using some of her magic to loose the children and then had them clump together and hold onto her and each other as they all began to swim through the icy waters towards land. She knew there was danger still; there were others, she was ready for them then as she and the children slowly began to make their way back to the ship.

She ended up having to hide them all in a hollow tree and put up a glamor to keep them safe. She had her own wounds to treat first so she didn't weaken from blood loss. She was still alright, but she had a headache and she was dizzy enough to worry Gif. Still, she knew what she had to do. The children had to be saved and she'd risk all of herself to see them so.


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He slipped to the other side of the camp where he dispatched four more guards and free more captives. Once he confirmed that all hostages were freed, he drew a symbol in the sand for them to simply teleport back to Okaona.

Now turning his attention to where the cave would be, he thought he caught a glimpse of Rose heading toward the same cave. Knowing that she didn't ask for his help, he simply let her be before a small cry came from a tiny caravan nearby.

"C'mon!" one of the men yelled.yel "We've already lost most of the cargo! We can't lose these Air Pirate brats!"

Isao shook his head, noticing a few small children in a cage. Taking a deep breath, he teleported to the cage and put a finger to his lips as the traders continued to argue. Slipping his fingers into one of their pockets, he fished out the key and quietly unlocked the door.

"You're gonna haveta pay for them once we reach-"

A large lightning bolt struck the man before he could finish.

Isao scooped up the children and made a run for it, teleporting from place to place in order to throw the traders off.

"Oy!"

Isao stopped by the hollow tree before setting the children down. He stumbled forward as an arrow struck his back. Before anyone could blink, he sent a wave of electricity toward the group and charged toward them, now towering at roughly nine feet with enlarged horns and fangs. His fingers grew into claws as he swung them at the traders and let out a horrible roar.
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Evanna didn't expect the ruckus that occurred beyond her in the forest as she hid with the children in their hidden hollow as she kept them safe. So when a familiar presence hit her senses she scowled first then realized it was a coincidence and let her ruffled feathers settle back down. She was startled when he sat another few children down where she was hiding and pulled the children in with her and soothed them with quiet words in her native language.

She looked at her injuries and pressed some nearby moss into them to stem the blood flow and ease the pain a bit as she grit her teeth against the pain and breathed carefully so she didn't frighten the children with what was going on. A sense of ill-ease hit her hard just before a bellowing roar filled the air. Her hair stood up on end and she quietly warned the children to stay where they were and be safe.

He was massive in his true - so to speak - form, yet she knew this was normal for Oni; even formerly human ones. Still the task before her was a bit daunting. She didn't care if he killed the kidnappers; they deserved it, but if he kept going forward this way he was going to get himself killed. Sighing she stepped out; drawing her swords as she did and launched herself into the fight.

She moved with the breeze and avoided those that got to close to her; keeping part of her attention on the now feral Oni that was rampaging nearby. When they finally had some breathing room she turned and quickly sheathed her swords before holding small hands up and announcing very clearly to gain attention. "Isao! Be easy male, be easy. Your enemies are defeated, you've won. Easy now."

She gently pressed her magic against his own feeling a strange familiarity in the vibrations but pushing it aside and taking it to be caused by their very similar types of magic. She couldn't control lightning, but it was still part of sky magic so she was capable of dealing with it. Some strange instinct came over her and she lightly placed her hands just above the rampaging oni's chest without touching as she didn't have permission.

She whispered lowly to him, soft and melodic words that she knew meant nothing to him but were natural to her. She just hoped this worked as she was going on her own instinct here. Something was pulling her to help, so she was, besides he'd saved some of the children. This was the least she could do.


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Isao continued to swing his open hands at the kidnappers, easily tearing a couple of them to shreds. As he kept on, he was struck with more arrows as he cut the rest of the men down. He continued to mutilate the bodies as he kept on with his rampage. It didn't matter if he had won the fight long before now, he was so consumed with rage that he continued to throw corpses around and let his lightning go in every which way.

Hearing Rose's voice had his falter a little as he heard her say things in the most soothing way. He soon began to lower his hands and felt himself losing all feeling in his legs. Snorting softly, he nearly collapsed as he felt himself revert to his former self. His horns and fangs began to shrink and is muscles relaxed as he started to feel himself reaching for the earth to keep his balance.

As he took deep breaths, his vision grew hazy from all the wounds he garnered while he tried to keep his head up. Soon, he collapsed at Rose's feet, too exhausted from his rampage and the blood loss he had. Still, her whispers were so melodic. Even as he lied at her feet with tattered clothes, he attempted to look up at her as if he was waiting for her to tell him that what he did was good. He just hoped that she and the children were alright.
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Evanna let out a startled huff as the large male before her suddenly shut down as she spoke to him. She watched him impassively as he staggered near her before falling at her feet; struggling to look back up at her as she spoke softly to him. Shaking her head as something inside her raged in alarm, she sighed and moved forward to kneel next to him. "You, sir, are more trouble than you're worth. Still, you did find some of the children."

Huffing again, she mentally summoned Gif to let him know she was safe before sending him away again. She knelt next to Isao and gently pressed his hair away from his face. "There you are, you're a good male. The danger is passed, the children are safe. It's alright, rest easy, you are safe." She'd have to take care of him and that rubbed her the wrong way.

The melodic words began again as she cast what healing magic she knew over the worst injuries to staunch the bleeding before heading back to the children to comfort them before heading back to Isao with her satchel in hand as it had her supplies. She did what she could to bandage up the wounds on his body and considered the children. She knew the risk in what she was thinking about, but the children needed to be safe.

She sighed and decided it was worth the risk. "Come on darlings, let's go home. Don't worry, the male is coming too since he helped. I bet you lot miss your parents." They crowded around her and she looked skywards, drawing on strength from her magical core and the distant Gif before breathing deeply and putting her hands on Isao. This was because he was larger than her so moving him was harder.

The wind kicked up around her, the breeze warm and crackling with energy before suddenly the clearing was empty. Sparks of magic floated off her skin and the transfer took just a moment and then they were back in South Port town. The children she'd sent back to the ship where Gif waited with the captain to bring them home. She had brought Isao to the room she'd gotten at the town inn.

She kept up the melodic flow of words as she worked around him, cleaning him up and bandaging up his wounds. She used herbs to ease whatever pain he might be in and help with blood loss. Mostly the chanting was to help keep the male calm until he recovered himself enough. Once she'd settled Isao she finally took the time to properly look after her own wounds. Her clothes were soaked through and she looked a mess, but at least everyone was finally safe.


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Isao drifted in and out of consciousness as Rose looked after the children and transported them the South Port City. It wasn't until much later when he finally stirred and put a hand to his head.

He was covered in bandages and he felt his head throbbing somewhat. A quick glance around the room was enough for him. He even saw Rose tending to her own wounds as he tried to sit up.

"I... I hope my coming didn't startle you too much," he said. "I didn't even know you'd be out there." Well, he didn't think she would be in the same area as him as he thought that she would be at another slave trader's camp. But he supposed that she made quick work of them beforehand.

Lying on his back, he began to wonder what her reaction wad when he lost control of himself. Still...

"Thank you," he said meekly, "for saving my life."
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