AN: Here's Chapter 2.




Chapter 2: Catti-brie Lives

Catti-brie was dead... wasn't she? Then, why did she just wake up in a torchlit cave? She was expecting something a little more impressive in the afterlife. Why is the torchlight so bright? she thought, It's almost enough to start hurting my eyes. She heard approaching footsteps, and turned towards them. She saw Drizzt walk into the cave and head toward her. Why is he walking so loudly? She thout in confusion, I can usually barely hear him, even if he's right next to me. As his eyes met hers, she saw a deep sadness in them, but also a look of obvious relief.

He rushed to her side and pulled her into his arms. Why does it seem like he's reaching farther around me than normal? She thought idly. "I'm sorry," he said quietly, "I'm so, so sorry."

Catti-brie hugged him and said, "'Tis not yer fault the arrow hit me." What's with my voice? She thought, It sounds smoother then before, more melodic.

Drizzt backed off and held her at arms length. He stared into her eyes solemnly and said, "That's not why I am apologizing."

Then what does he mean? She thought, as she cocked her head to the side in confusion, her white hair falling across her vision while-

Wait. She thought as she froze, WHITE hair? She reached up to touch it, then stopped again. She stared at her hand, at her long, slender fingers, an mostly at her jet BLACK skin. She slowly lowered her hand and stood up. Drizzt looked at the floor while pointing to a basin of water near the wall of the cave. She walked over to it, looked down... and screamed.

She stared into her reflection's eyes. Eyes that were as red as her hair once was. Her hair was as white and pure as freshly fallen snow. Her face, while most certainly not what it used to be, was still oddly familiar. She was a drow.

Words came unbidden to her lips and she snapped out, *What is the meaning of this, male?* She then slapped her hand over her mouth as her eyes widened. What did I just SAY... and did I just speak Drow? "I'm so sorry, Drizzt," she said quickly, "I don't know what came over me. It-"

"It's alright," He said sadly, "She warned me that the knowledge might cause changes in your personality."

Catti brie felt a growing fear in the pit of her stomach. "Ye best be telling me what happened."

Drizzt sat on the ledge Catti-brie had been resting on. He looked at her sadly and said, "You died." Catti-brie did not respond. She sat next to him and motioned for him to continue. "I prayed to Mielikki to save you, but she did not answer." He looked her in the eyes and said, "However, someone else did."



Somehow, Catti-brie's eyes managed to get even wider. I was brought back to life by LOLTH? she thought incredulously. All she could say was, "Why?"

Drizzt sported a wry grin. "I asked her the same thing. She said 'It is unbecoming of a goddess to not reward her followers from time to time.'" Catti-brie looked like she was about to protest, but he held up a hand to cut her off. "I protested, but she pointed out that chaos follows me wherever I go."

"But I thought she was trying to kill ye?" Catti-brie said in confusion.

"I have no doubt that she is. She did this just to torment me further."

"What do ye mean?"

"Uh, that's not important. What matters is that you are alive." Drizzt chuckled. "If you had died Bruenor would have... killed... me..." Drizzt trailed off as he turned to Catti-brie, a look of horror forming on his face.

After a moment her face matched his, then she chuckled nervously, "Well, at least this'll take his mind off Wulfgar for a while." At the thought of Wulfgar, she dropped her head. Then her eyes widened, and she leapt up with a scream. "WHAT IN THE NINE HELLS AM I WEARING?"

She was not wearing much. The outfit was made entirely of black silk. The top barely covered an inch below her breasts, and a full third of her breasts could be seen above it. On top of that, it was thin enough that her nipples could be seen through it. The bottom only slightly better. It consisted of a thin strip encircling her waist and resting snugly on her hip. Another strip went from the front to the back, between her legs. Lastly, there were were two four inch wide pieces, one in the front and one in the back, that hung to just below her knees. Her left eye twitched in annoyance as she turned to glare at Drizzt.

He winced. "The clothes came with the body. If it is any consolation that outfit is actually fairly conservative for a drow."

Catti-brie's annoyance receded slighty. "And how do ye expect me to fight like this?"

"I was able to gather up your equipment, but..." Drizzt gestured towards the entrance of the cave. She went over to examine her gear.

While her sword, her quiver, and her bow, Taulmaril, were all the same, her armor was different. She just sighed, she was not that surprised. After all, if her clothes changed, why not her armor? Where before she had a mithril chain shirt, now there was an adamantine breastplate that looked like it had been custom made for her. When she put it on, she found that it fit like a glove, and weighed a fraction of what she was expecting.

She strapped on her sword and quiver, and slung her bow over her shoulder. She sighed and said, "We should be heading back. I don't know about yerself, but I'd like to sleep in me own bed tonight." She headed for the entrance.

Drizzt followed her, but froze as she reached for the blanket he had spread across the entrance. He remembered why he put it there, and called out to her, "No! Wait!" However, it was too late. Catti-brie pulled down the blanket... and screamed.

This time in pain.

She had pulled away the blocking blanket to find her newly sensitive eyes looking directly into the setting sun.

AN: I am looking for a Beta Reader. Also, I suck at writing the Dwarven accent. So, if someone can help me with that, it would be much appreciated. Also, more information on the changes will be discussed next chapter. Also, sorry for the short chapters, but I discovered that if I try to write really long chapters they take forever and never get finished.

Flames will be used to torment Wulfgar in Hell (or the Abyss, not sure which one he's in). I do not like the way he treated Catti-brie in The Legacy.