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in Jenna. Don't worry, I won't turn this out to be Alex/Jenna. I'm too much
of a Flameshipper ^_^
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Jenna, Karst, Agatio, and Hama: ...
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The large mouth of the cave gaped at the party of six that stood
before it. Kraden was shivering, clearly affected by the cold weather
Northern Angara. Jenna was surprised to find that she wasn't cold. When she
asked Menardi, the elder Mars Adept told her it was because she was aligned
"Jenna! I swear, you get so lost when you're thinking..." Felix sighed.
Jenna gave a small half smile to her brother.
"Get a move on. Saturos wants us to get there before night falls."
Jenna nodded and followed her brother into the cave. Menardi was walking
next to Saturos in front, her scythe raised in defense for whatever monster
might attack. Kraden was behind them, then Jenna and Felix, and Alex
followed behind. Jenna looked around the looming walls of the cave
"It's kind of...creepy in here, isn't it?" she asked Felix. Her older
"I don't know. It's a little chilly though, isn't it?"
Jenna stared at him. "Wait...you're aligned with Venus, aren't you? That's
what Menardi said. So why aren't you..."
"Shivering like Kraden? You forget, I spent three years in Prox. It's
colder than this all year round."
Jenna glared. "I'm sorry I forgot, dear brother. I was in Vale with no
immediate family for three years, believing my brother and parents were
dead!" the last part came out shrill, and made Menardi cast a sympathetic
glance to her. Felix turned his head.
"Just...leave it Felix. Just leave it."
Felix turned his ears in Jenna's direction. The auburn haired girl raised
her staff in defense, and no sooner did a troll jump from the shadows
towards her. Jenna quickly raised her hand.
The troll screamed as the flames engulfed it, but soon recovered and
slashed out at her with its club, catching her head. The young girl cried
out in pain and fell into her brother's arms. In a whirl of Mercury
Psynergy, Alex appeared in front of the troll, held out a hand, and
smiling, whispered, "Ice Storm." The troll screamed and faded into dust.
Menardi and Saturos had protected Kraden from a pack of rats while the
other three had been fighting the troll. Alex teleported over to Felix.
"How is she, Alex? She's not hurt too badly, right?" Felix asked the
Mercury Adept nervously as Alex scanned the Mars Adept.
"She'll be fine. Ply Well."
Jenna groaned as she opened her eyes to see Alex giving her a half smile.
'That damnable mysterious half smile!' Jenna growled inside her mind. She
clambered up. "What happened?"
Felix breathed a sigh of relief. "The troll's club hit you on the head."
Jenna blinked. "Oh. That's all?
Felix stared. "Jen...you were knocked out cold."
Jenna shrugged. "Ah, well, There'll be worse, I'm sure. Anyway, shouldn't
we be heading to the lighthouse?"
"Exactly right, Jenna." Saturos spoke. "You heard the girl. Let's get
The party collected themselves and left the battle place. Menardi held back
and gave Jenna a worried look. "You're all right, aren't you?"
Jenna grinned. "Of course! Come on, you're worrying too much."
Menardi smiled. "Sorry. You remind me too much of my little sister Karst. I
guess I'm just treating you like her," her grinned widened. "Minus the
The two girls laughed, but soon quieted down as they reached the cave exit.
Saturos told them to stay back, and he and Menardi went outside. They
returned after about ten minutes, their cheeks pink-well, Menardi's more
red, and Saturos was sort of purple, but anyway- from the harsh winds that
tore through the trees.
"There's a bad storm," Saturos said as he and Menardi strode into the cave.
"We're going to stay here for tonight, and it should lighten up by tomorrow
The rest of the group nodded and sat inside the ice-filled room. Kraden was
shivering hard now, the room had tons of ice. There was ice hanging from
the ceiling, pillars of ice...so he was pretty chilly. Alex took note of
"I do believe we should provide some warmth for Master Kraden. He seems
"Who cares?" Menardi muttered. Saturos shot her a look before answering.
"You're right. Menardi and I will go get some firewood. Jenna, start a
Jenna stared at him. "Where?"
"Just use Flare on the floor. It'll provide a little heat, and since it's a
Psynergy created flame, it'll stay going for at least ten minutes." He
answered. Jenna nodded and turned to face Kraden as the elder Mars Adepts
"Flare," Jenna said confidently as she aimed her hands towards the floor. A
small flame appeared, and Jenna fed it more Psynergy until it was a good
size fire. She then collapsed on the ground next to it, her Psynergy supply
"They...better hurry..." she gasped out. "I'm out of...Psynergy..."
Kraden was by the fire in a flash, instantly warmed by the crackling
flames. Jenna rolled her eyes and got out a blanket, laying it down on the
hard floor. She laid down on it, her staff lying next to her. Half-awake,
she was aware of Felix covering her with his blanket. Then she fell into a
Jenna woke up to the smell of food and sat up sleepily, Felix's blanket
slipping off her.
"So you're awake." Menardi greeted. "I heard you collapsed after you made
Jenna frowned. "I used up all my Psynergy on it."
Saturos laughed. "We could tell. We've hardly used any wood." He nodded to
a pile of wood behind him.
"Are you hungry?" Alex asked her, offering a plate of food.
"Starved. I think I'll be able to eat more than Garet," she said with a
laugh, taking the food. "What is it?"
"It's bear meat. Saturos and Menardi ran into a Mauler." Felix said with a
grin at her. "It's pretty good."
Jenna tore into her food, indeed going at a speed that could rival Garet's.
"Who cooked?" she asked in between bites.
"I did," Saturos said. "If Menardi had cooked, we'd all be dead by now.
Ow!" Menardi had reacted to his comment by giving him a good punch on the
arm, her cheeks blazing.
"Well, at least I didn't trip in the Ceremony of Age!"
Saturos blushed a deep purple. "That was Agatio's fault!"
Menardi snorted. "Yeah, right."
"You guys never told me that story. What happened?" Felix questioned.
"The Ceremony of Age...all Proxians must endure it when they turn eighteen.
They have it on the last day of the year, so some people are nearly on
their nineteenth year when they go through it. It is when we receive our
weapons, and shows we are of age to be in battles, to go on missions,
and..." Menardi hesitated. "To marry."
Felix nodded. "I see."
Menardi smiled and looked at Saturos, who was still purple. "Saturos here
tripped on the steps and fell flat on his face as he was going up to
receive his sabre."
Saturos pouted. "Oh, come on Menardi!"
Jenna and Felix were hysterical with laughter. Alex had a smile on his face
as Saturos growled and Menardi wiped tears of laughter from her cheeks. The
group soon quieted down.
"Listen. We...we might act a little mean around you when your friends are
here. Remember, it's an act, okay? We must appear hostile." Saturos said.
"Why?" Jenna questioned.
"So we can get into the lighthouse, and because we need to appear as a
threat, so that hopefully your friends will give up on this."
"But...Gar- Isaac and Garet wouldn't just give up and forget about me,
Menardi smiled. "I highly doubt it. We're just going to try not to fight
them. Now we should all turn in. We have...a huge day ahead of us..."
The rest nodded and laid down on their blankets, snuggling close to the
licking flames of the fire. Kraden was already fast asleep, wrapped up in
his brown cloak. Felix had laid his blanket next to Jenna and was seemingly
asleep. Saturos and Menardi were sitting on their blankets, which were also
quite close to each other, talking quietly. Alex was by the exit of the
cave, gazing out at the whirling ice and wind.
Jenna put her head on her pack, and, still exhausted after her display of
Psynergy, fell fast asleep.
Akachi(chibi): Well that chapter's done! Next chapter is Mercury
Jenna: You got this up reasonably fast. What about The Taming of the Shrew?
Akachi(chibi): Um...I'm working on that...
Karst: CHIBI AKACHI!!! CUUUTE!
Akachi(chibi): O.O;; Um...Karst has Chibi Syndrome, which means she can't
resist the cuteness of chibis...and if you're wondering why I'm a chibi,
just check out Yoshimi's A Mudshipper's Romeo and Juliet...
Hama: That's enough talking for now. *turns to readers* Now...review. Or I
shall get angry. You won't like me when I'm angry.
Agatio: Either that, or Akachi will give me sugar! Yayyy! Sugar!!
Karst: Cute chibis! ^___^
Jenna: Um...just review. Or else...
Akachi(chibi): *goes into cute feared demon mode* Yeah, you heard the
muses! Review! *waves chibified Hadhafang*