Author: Kenadasaur PM
After Midnight Ice, Shattered Flames comes in with a bang! Tallia is a strong warrior, but nothing could prepare her to lose her best friend. With her crazy determination, she journeys to find her friend, only to uncover a mystery long forgotten.Rated: Fiction K+ - English - Adventure/Mystery - Chapters: 29 - Words: 34,446 - Reviews: 1 - Updated: 01-29-13 - Published: 03-12-12 - id: 7919295
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I awoke the next morning, feeling a lot better than I had all week. It would really be helpful if I knew these berries, I figured while searching the trees for Joyl. My heart dropped when I realized he wasn't there. I looked down to register my wounds. My shoulder was back to normal now, the bigger cuts on my arms and legs were already scabbing up, the smaller ones were almost completely gone. The four major slash marks on my chest had just started to scab up, but the lone scratch from Tranker days ago was gone. There were many bruises, but there was nothing Joyl could do about those.
I heard Savanna crying. I carefully inspected the trees for Tranker. Finding no signs of him, I decided it was safe to speak. "Savanna, are you okay?" I worried they had beat her while I was out. "No, Tallia. They're going to kill us today. We have to get out of here. There's so much I haven't done yet." She squealed. "It'll be okay. We all gotta go sometime right?"
"I wanted to see the meadow one last time." She wished. I remembered how the last thing I did with Carter was fight. Is that how he'll remember me? They won't even know I'm dead. No, he won't. I'm not going to die today, neither is Savanna. "I promised I would get you out of here, so I will. I didn't come all this way just to die. We're going to get home alright?" I reassured her. "How? They're going to kill us today!" Carefully I felt the object keeping me to the tree. It felt like a sturdy vine. Vine? My mind flashed back to the training course. The vines falling around me. They were cut. We can cut these and go home. I knew what we had to do.
"Okay, Savanna, I need you to listen closely. We're tied by vines. I'm going to get you to spin around as much as you can manage, and use your feet to slice through my vine, okay? Then, I'll untie my feet and cut through yours." I instructed. I heard leaves crunch as she turned, then felt a pull at my wrist. She grunted with the effort. After a few moments, she still didn't have it. "Whats taking so long?" I hissed. "It won't cut!" She cried in frustration. "You can't cut through those." Joyl said while stepping into the sunlight.
I almost screamed. I didn't think he would sneak up on us. "Why not?" I demanded. "It's a special type of vine. Only comes off with water from a certain pool around here." He explained. "So this is who you were talking to before." Savanna realized. "Yep. Joyl, could you go get this water? We're breaking out before they kill us." I explained. He nodded. "You may want to be quieter, they would hear you. We have excellent hearing." He advised, running back into the forest.
With every passing minute, my nerves few more tense. Finally, Joyl returned with a hand full of water. He dumped onto my legs, then spit out some from his mouth onto our wrists. "It'll take a moment, then you'll have to rip it off." He mentioned. Just before time was up, they one thing I didn't want to happen, happened. Twigs cracked. "They're coming." Joyl hissed. I attempted to pull my hands free with no success. "It's not time yet." He advised. They were still a bit away. More cracks. I couldn't see them yet. Joyl bent down and started sawing the vine off with his claws. "Hurry!" I hissed. More cracks. They'd be here soon. The vine gave out.
Quickly, he moved to our wrists. My heart was pounding in my ears. What would they do if they caught him? More cracks. I saw a flash of grey. The leaves were thick enough that they couldn't see Joyl. In less than a minute, they'd be here. The tops of the trees rustled from their movement. Savanna's tore free. She went to get up. "No, Savanna! They're too close. Act like you're still tied down." I hissed. They were almost here. "Run Joyl!" I ordered. Finally, mine torn free. They would be here in seconds. I kept my hands behind the tree. They would catch him for sure.
To my surprise, Joyl opened his wings and flew straight up and out of view. They have wings? They were blue and large. I figured their fur must hide them when they fold up against their back. Seconds after Joyl was gone, Tranker and Revlor burst into view. I narrowed my eyes. "Remember, I get the orange one." Revlor laughed to Tranker. I noticed his leg was still badly cut, and he had a small limp. They must not know about the berries. They stood there for a moment. Then, without warning, they both attacked me at once. The first blow was delivered and I realized they were trying to kill me. Enraged, I pulled my hands from behind the tree and shoved them off me. I lept up quickly, only to get light headed from sitting for so long. For a moment, my sight was gone and in that moment, they regained their balance.
When my vision returned, I saw them get ready to hit me again, so I threw our a punch and hit Revlor straight in the jaw. Obviously, they didn't know how hard I could hit. I did a left round-house kick to Tranker, and he fell over, winded. The old fraylor tried to cut me, but I dived out of the way. Tranker hauled himself up and they both lept on top of me. They grabbed my arms and pinned them to the ground, so I couldn't fight back. They will kill me. "Savanna!" I screamed. At once, i saw black and pink fingers latch onto Tranker's shoulders and pull him off me. Right now, I wished she had been Sierra instead, but she would have to do. Tranker had been holding down my left arm, and now I swung a punch at Revlor and knocked him off me.
I jumped on top of him and violently slashed away at his torso. "This is for hitting me you son of a bitch!" I cried between hits. He slapped a palm of the side of my ear painfully, and rolled over so he was now on top of me. His eyes were blazing, blood poured down from his stomach. He punched my right cheek straight on a bruise and I brought my tail and smashed it against his back. His eyes rolled up into his head and he went unconscious. I kicked him off me and went to help Savanna.