Chapter 9 – Marsh hold the Mallow

Theramore, Dustwallow Marsh, Kalimdor

Shadowbunny sat up in bed and grabbed the dagger from the sheath hidden on her headboard as the spell activated. She opened her eyes on landing, looked to the right, and saw Jaina Proudmoore.

"Sorry to disturb your rest, but we really must talk." Jaina looked only slightly sorry.

"It's not a problem. I'm a light sleeper anyway." Shadowbunny replied as she recovered her bearings.

"Please have a seat, and I'll stir the fire," Jaina walked to the fireplace of her private chamber.

"No magical fire?" Shadowbunny asked the archmage.

"No, I don't believe in too much gratuitous magic." Jaina replied with a slight smile. "Now for why I so rudely pulled you here."

She clasped her hands in front of her on the table. "I hope that what I ask will not cause you to be derelict or treasonous in your duties. I believe that Varian is still a victim of a mind alteration spell. I know that he went through much at the hands of the Horde during his captivity, but this is not the man that left on that diplomatic mission that could have brought peace to Azeroth, to our peoples."

"Jaina, if you believe this to be true, I have no problem during investigative work for you. My duty as an SI:7 operative is to the guild first, the Alliance, and then to the individual leaders. If a leader is believed to be a danger to those people…." Shadowbunny trailed off. "Let's just say I have instructions to act if necessary."

"Fortunately, the investigative work is done, my friend. I have need of a person to work with me to remove the effects." Jaina told her.

As Jaina outlined what would be necessary, Shadowbunny gave an internal sigh of relief. The partnership of the Horde and the Alliance was necessary in Northrend. She was glad to be a part of the plan to keep it intact.

Chapter 10 – Spies Shouldn't Be Noticed

"Irritating creature," the Lich King muttered as he turned in fury from the Eye. The Cult of the Damned members in his throne room shrank back knowing well that nothing good was ever the result of their leader's irritation.

He started pacing as he thought. "That creature is a thorn in my side," Arthas thought, "and what does one do with a thorn? You can pluck it out and destroy it or pluck it out and cast it at your enemy."

The smile was terrifying in its promise. "Yes, I think I would enjoy this addition to my minions. She will serve me well."

Shadowbunny shivered.

"Cold?" Jaina asked her. "I have some extra blankets."

"No, not really. I just had a sensation of being watched," the rogue glanced around the room, but saw nothing out of the ordinary.

Jaina closed her eyes for a moment. "Yes, there is a faint trace of energy. Someone scryed us without my alarms catching it."

"That's wonderful," Shadowbunny replied sarcastically. "Well, I guess we are done here then. I understand my part, and I'll make changes necessary in case whoever that was got any of our information."

"This has to work, Shadowbunny," Jania stated with steely resolve, "If it doesn't, it will mean an end to the Alliance and ultimately the end of Azeroth."

"I will port you to the Moonglade, so you can gather the first of the ingredients. You and I will work on this project together to ensure the information does not fall into the wrong hands." Jaina rubbed her temples. "You should try to get some sleep in the inn there, and I will contact you tomorrow at midday."

"Good night, Jaina," Shadowbunny said as she moved to the portal. "I will succeed."