The Girl in the Red Cloak
“Who, is it?” asked a young girl who yawned, as she lazily woke up in her bedroom.
“It’s me, can I come in?” said a woman, from outside the bedroom door.
“..Okay…” she yawned again as she attempted to go back to sleep.
The woman opened the door, and entered the bedroom. She had short bright red hair, wore a white apron, over a yellow sun dress, and she carried a blue furred cat in her arms.
“Good Morning, Scarlet.” she smiled.
“Good morning, Mom.” she mumbled, with her face in the pillow.
The cat leapt out of the woman’s arms, and onto the girl’s bed, as she moved toward the window on the left side of the bedroom and opened the curtains, allowing bright rays of sunlight to enter and illuminate the room.
“It’s time to wake up, Scarlet.” her mother said, with a delightful morning smile.
“Hmmm….five more minutes.” Scarlet mumbled, with her face still in the pillow.
“Hmph, and they call me lazy.” The cat purred, with her head held up high.
“Listen Scarlet, breakfast will be ready in an hour. So I suggest you take a shower and get ready for school.”
Scarlet picked her head up from the pillow, and peeked at the alarm clock which sat on top of the night table, positioned to the right side of her bed.
“It’s only 10 a.m. Mom, I don’t have to go to school yet.” Scarlet spoke slowly before letting her face fall back into the soft embrace of the pillow.
Scarlet’s mother sat next to her. “I know that, but it’s the last day of your finals, and I think it would be best if you were to get some last minute studying in before you take your exams.”
Scarlet rolled onto her back and faced her mother. “Don’t worry, I’ve studied enough.”
“If that’s true, then a little review game wouldn’t hurt. Would it?” the cat purred again.
“Lula’s right,” her mother agreed. “Refreshing your mind right before you take the exam can raise your chances of passing.”
“Okay,” Scarlet yawned. “I get it.” She sat up straight.
Lula crawled into Scarlet’s lap and said. “Good, because if you do not pass this exam. You do not graduate.”
Yea, yea, you don’t need to remind me,” Scarlet rolled her eyes as she petted the blue cat, and scratched behind her furry ears.”
“Also…” Lula purred with elegance. “If you do not graduate, you will not receive your present.”
“My what?” Scarlet raised an eyebrow.
Looking up at the confused red haired teen, a smile formed on Lula’s face as her eyes then wandered toward the mother when she said.
“I can already picture the expression she’ll make once she sees it.” The blue cat then jumped onto the floor, and carried herself with pride as she gracefully walked out of Scarlet’s room, with her tail pointing upward.
After watching the blue cat exit the room, the mother then glanced at her daughter, and knew right away that her interest had been piqued.
“Did you guys buy me something? Scarlet asked with quick words, each having a trace of excitement in them. “Or did you make me something? Which is it?” Scarlet stood before her mother and pestered her on the topic.
But the red haired woman simply shrugged and said.
“You’ll find out after you get dressed. Or better yet…after you graduate.” Her mother motioned toward the door. “I’ll see you in an hour” She said before walking down the hallway.
“Okay,” Scarlet waved as she watched her mother walk out of the room. She then turned around and wandered over toward her window, and watched the sun rise over the town of Tora’Cai. She smiled gently, and her emerald eyes sparkled, the moment they were touched by rays of sunlight. Proudly wearing a cheerful expression, Scarlet exited her bedroom, looking forward to what the day might have to offer her.
Forty-five minutes later, after she completed her morning routine in the bath room, Scarlet returned to her room wearing a bathrobe, and a towel wrapped around her head; feeling refreshed. Scarlet stepped toward the closet on the right side of the room, where she remembered the set of clothing that she had picked out from the night before. Scarlet opened the closet door and found what she was looking for, hanging off of the door hook. She began to dress herself in a white blouse, and a black tie that wrapped around its collar, with a red blazer to match her culottes, and a pair of black velcro boots. Scarlet then went back into her closet and pulled out a bright red cloak. The cloak flapped in the air as Scarlet threw it on, and then looked toward the mirror that sat on top of her dresser to examine her outfit.
Satisfied with her appearance, Scarlet opened the upper left drawer of her dresser, and picked up a twelve inch wand, with her last name carved on one side, and the name of her school on the other.
The magical tool was issued to her on her first day of school, at Alcaster academy, an institute which teaches the next generation of witches, wizards, alchemists, and shamans, in any or all fields of magic. All students who enroll must pick an elemental magic as their major, along with other forms of magic they wish to study. The element Scarlet chose to study corresponded with the uniform color she was given.
Before closing the drawer, she also picked up her school ID, and placed it and her wand in the inner pocket of her blazer, then left her room again. As she walked down the hallway, Scarlet briefly glanced at her family portraits, which were ordered in a chronological pattern thanks to her mother. The series of pictures started with her parents’ wedding day, the birth of her older sister, her own birthday, the birth of her little brother, the day Lula became her familiar, and finally their most recent family portrait, taken eight months ago at her sister’s new home in the city of St. Coraline.
When Scarlet entered the kitchen, she was excited to smell the variety of different aromas coming from the kitchen table, where her father and brother were already sitting. Her father sat at the head of the table, and unlike the rest of the family, he had bright blue hair and wore horn-rimmed glasses. Her mother, and to her surprise, her older sister Ruby, were putting the finishing touches on the table. Ruby was taller than her sister, and had raspberry colored hair shaped into a pony tail.
“Ruby?” Scarlet’s eyes widened in astonishment.
“What are you doing here?” she said excitedly, while rushing over to her.
“I’m here to see my little sister graduate of course.” Ruby giggled, and opened her arms.
The two girls hugged each other tightly while jumping up and down in excitement.
“But you’re here early.” Scarlet said, holding her sisters hands.
“Yea, got a problem with that?” Ruby smiled.
“No way,” Scarlet embraced her sister once more.
“I missed you, so much” Scarlet said, while hugging her sister tightly.
“I missed you too” Ruby said, hugging her back.
The family sat down around the dining table, and began dishing out their own shares of breakfast which consisted of: pancakes, eggs, biscuits, bacon, cinnamon toast, and smoked sausages.
“Excuse me Charlotte,” Lula addressed the mother, while nudging her leg with her paw. “Am I right to assume that you have prepared my meal as well?” She asked with her head tilted to the side.
“Yes Lula,” Charlotte nodded with a smile. “I prepared a meal just for you.”
The red haired woman picked up a bowl of salmon and placed it next to the blue cat. Lula then bowed her head in gratitude, and proceeded to devour her meal.
“Oh yea, this is gonna be great!” Scarlet’s younger brother Evan, chuckled as he greedily grabbed four extra pancakes, and eight strips of bacon.
“Hey, save some for the rest of us.” his father said, interrupting Evans attempt to take more food.
“I should say the same thing to you, Adam.” Charlotte addressed her husband with a grin, because he had the most food on his plate.
“Okay, that’s a fair point.” Adam admitted with a nod.
“Besides,” Charlotte added. “Our son is still a growing boy, and needs his nutrients.” She smiled at Evan.
“I also need healthy amounts of bacon.” Evan said with a smirk, while trying to steal from his sister’s plate, but Ruby slapped his hand away.
“Wow mom, this is delicious!” Scarlet said with a big smile on her face, after eating some scrambled eggs with cheese.
“This cinnamon toast is amazing.” Ruby remarked with delight.
“I can’t get enough of these pancakes” Evan announced, in excitement.
“I’m glad you like it.” Their mother smiled proudly.
“Aw, I miss your cooking so much, Mom.” Ruby said, after munching on a biscuit.
“I almost regret moving out on my own.” she giggled. “Working at the hospital for almost twenty hours, doesn’t leave me much time to cook a decent meal, for myself. I usually end up ordering out.”
“You know Ruby, you’re always welcome to move back in” her father said, still wanting to take care of his daughter, even though she’s fully grown now.
“That’s tempting, but you know I can’t do my job from here.” Ruby replied.
“Yea Dad, don’t encourage her.” Evan complained. “After Scarlet moves out, I’ll have both their rooms to myself” he laughed.
Ruby and Scarlet both gave their brother dirty looks.
“There’s no way you’re taking my room, after I move out.” Scarlet scoffed.
“How are you gonna stop me when you’re not living here anymore, huh?” He stuck his tongue out at his sister.
“Cut it out Evan, you’re not taking anyone’s room.” Adam said, before taking a sip of his coffee.
“Aww, why not?”
“Because I’m going to turn it into a lab.”
*Cough* *Cough* Scarlet almost spit out the orange juice she was drinking, in reaction to what her father said.
“A lab? You’re going to turn my room into a lab?” The shock on her face was more than enough to make her brother laugh.
“Yes,” Adam nodded. “Although it won’t be as big as my lab at work, but…the room should suffice for when I do extra-curricular projects.”
“Extra-curricular projects? ...In my room?!....are you serious!?” Scarlet couldn’t believe what she heard.
“Now now Scarlet,” Ruby patted her on the shoulder. “There’s no need to freak out about it. I felt the same way, when mom said she was going to use my room to store her collection of moon stones and snow crystals.”
“Your sister’s right,” Charlotte said. “And by the time your father sets up his alchemy lab, I’m sure you’ll be in a house, or an apartment of your very own.”
Scarlet leaned back in her chair and sighed. “I guess your right…but it’s so weird to know that my room will be used as a place to conduct alchemic experiments.”
“Oh come on, it only sounds weird when you put it like that.” Adam chuckled.
“You know… if Scarlet lived on campus, we probably wouldn't need to have this conversation.” Evan said, before stuffing more bacon in his mouth.
“Oh, shut up.” Scarlet shot him a glare, before she resumed eating what’s left of her food.
“Scarlet, be nice to your brother, and Evan, please chew your food.” Their mother said, annoyed with the both of them.
“So, how about we change the subject now,” Adam suggested, after a few seconds of eating in silence.
“Scarlet, tell us about your final exam” he said, facing his daughter.
“Do you think you’re ready?” Ruby asked, adding to the subject.
“I know I’m ready,” Scarlet said confidently, with a grin. “I was ready for my other exams the week before, although I did struggle a bit with the divine science test, but I’m sure I did well enough to pass. As for the academics, those were too easy; I think its okay to call myself a mathematician or an English professor.” She giggled, feeling very proud of herself.
“So you passed algebra, big deal. It’s not like you did calculus, or trigonometry or something. And passing English class doesn’t make you a genius either.” Evan rolled his eyes, and then munched on a biscuit.
“Shut up, Evan.” Scarlet glared at her little brother again, and was annoyed by the fact that what he said held some truth.
Evan didn’t bother to make a retort; he enjoyed his food and let her continue. Scarlet cleared her throat and went on to say.
“Anyway, my exam was scheduled to start at 4:00p.m. So I still have plenty of time to relax,” Scarlet then saw the look her mother gave her, and sighed. “And… I guess I could maybe do some extra studying”. She rolled her eyes then munched on a slice of cinnamon toast, before taking another sip of orange juice.
“Have you made up your mind on what you want to do after you graduate?” her father asked, proceeding with the conversation.
“Of course,” Scarlet’s face lit up. “I’m going to head to the capital of Coventos, and register to become a member of their number one guild, Twilight Skies.”
“Ah,” Her father nodded with a smile. “An excellent choice, I’ve heard that their guild master is a brilliant Alchemist.”
“I’ve also heard rumors at the hospital; they say that one of their members single-handedly stopped a group of Kovurae from invading Covenian borders.” Ruby said, before cutting her pancake into pieces.
“See! That’s exactly why I want to join them. I want to go on missions, and hone my skills as a fire mage.”
“You really get to go on missions?” Evans eyes widened.
“Super secret missions?”
“Probably,” Scarlet giggled.
“That’s awesome!” He raised his hand and hi-fived his sister.
“I bet they will be honored, to have a witch as talented as you are within their ranks.” Her mother said with a cheerful expression.
“Thanks Mom,” Scarlet blushed.
The family continued to enjoy their breakfast, while talking and sometimes arguing over past conversations, for about an hour. When they had finished, everyone placed their dishes into the sink. Working together, Ruby washed the dishes, Scarlet rinsed, and Evan dried them off.
The time was now 12p.m. the start of her exam was only a few hours away. Scarlet estimated that she would reach the academy with time to spare, regardless of which bus she rode on.
Scarlet then announced that she was leaving, and her family followed her outside to see her off.
“Aren’t you going to bring your books?” Her mother asked, while she walked down the steps of the front porch.
“I don’t need them for today,” She stopped and turned, after reaching ground. “But if it turns out that I do, I could always borrow a copy from my classroom.” she shrugged.
“Okay, that’s good.” Charlotte nodded.
Adam walked down the porch as well and said. “Well I don’t think I’ve said it enough, so I’ll say it again. Good luck, Scarlet” he smiled and hugged his daughter.
“Thanks, Dad” She hugged him back.
“Remember, Dear” The blue cat purred, while being held in Ruby’s arms. “You are a brilliant fire mage that is destined for great things.”
“Aww,” Scarlet tilted her head. “I think that’s the nicest thing you ever said to me.”
“Hey, are you gonna stand there all day, or are you gonna catch the bus.” Evan said, while leaning against the door.
“I know, I know.” Scarlet started to walk down the street of her neighborhood.
“Bye everyone, love you!” She waved, and her family did the same.
Scarlet continued to walk, and cross several streets and roads for about ten more minutes until she reached the Tora’Cai transit station. From there, she made her way inside and checked the schedule, to see which available bus would take the least amount of time to get to the school. In total there were ten buses that traveled in and out of the town. Out of the ten buses, there were only four that stopped nearby the main entrances of the academy.
According to the schedule Scarlet read off of. The number one would take her directly to the northern entrance in twenty-five minutes, but that bus had already left. The number two would take her to the western entrance in half an hour, but that bus had left as well. The number three would take her to the eastern entrance in forty-five minutes, unfortunately that bus had left also. The number four would take her to a bus stop nearby the southern backdoor entrance in fifty minutes. Luckily for her, the number four was still at the station awaiting its new passengers. So Scarlet walked over to it.
Steam billowed from the roof of the bus as its engine hissed with anticipation. The driver leaned back behind the wheel, reading a folded newspaper with one hand, while sipping coffee from his thermos in the other. To his left, the engine continued to simmer down and hiss, as if it were whispering like a wisp. The six-wheeled vehicle sported a royal blue paint job, with curved golden stripes wrapped around the edges.
*Knock, Knock* Scarlet tapped the fiberglass window of the door, getting the drivers attention.
He put down his thermos and reached for a lever that would open the door inwardly. Scarlet then approached the driver and pulled out her Alcaster student ID card to show him. After glancing at it, the driver nodded in acknowledgement, and let her onto the bus free of charge. Scarlet walked in and sat near the front row of the bus which contained at least twenty-five seats. About six minutes later, after several other passengers showed their own ID cards –or paid the transportation fee—, the driver began to refuel the engine by scooping out the coal that was inside of a metal bin, which sat bolted to the floor next to his chair.
Once the engine started up with a fiery passion, the driver took his seat, pulled the emergency brake lever, and stepped on the pedal.
*Whistle* the whistle blew as the bus finally began to leave the transit station
As the bus traveled through the town, Scarlet saw the various trade stores, and buildings that made Tora’Cai the town it had been for many generations. Including its very own hospital, which was small in comparison to the one her sister worked at.
After the bus finally made its way outside of the town, it made two more stops before it arrived where Scarlet needed to get off. Even though it did not stop at the academy’s front door, it was the closest to the school the bus could take her.
“Thanks,” She said to the driver as she got off.
The driver responded in kind, and then blew the whistle as the engine bellowed a plume of flames. The red haired teen briefly watched the vehicle push itself onward with a pillar of steam erupting from the roof.
Scarlet started to walk down an old abandoned road through the forest, which of course would lead to her final destination. In the past half hour or so, the weather, which was once sunny, had now become cloudy. Scarlet sighed, annoyed by the droplets of rain that were now pelting her. She threw the hood of her cloak over her head and continued on, feeling grateful that the rain wasn’t heavy.
As she walked deeper down the road, and into the forest, the trees became increasingly larger, until they were big enough to shelter her from the downpour. After a half a mile walk down the path, Scarlet noticed something odd. Instead of the hill that led toward the southern entrance of the school, she came across an unfamiliar oak tree in the middle of the road that looked dead, and had been decaying for decades. Scarlet stared at the old tree, not having the slightest idea how it got there, or why the road which she had taken many times before seemed longer than a half a mile. Standing in front of the dead tree, and waiting for an epiphany would have been a waste of time. So Scarlet walked around the obstacle and kept moving, however she still had a bad feeling about it.
Minutes later, Scarlet arrived at the same exact tree in the middle of the road.
“How in the…?” her words trailed off in confusion.
She turned around, and as expected, she couldn’t see the place where the bus had dropped her off, let alone another dead oak tree. Scarlet glared at the tree one more time, before walking past it again.
“Third time’s the charm….” She whispered, and then started jogging.
Unfortunately, her third trip did not make a difference.
“Damn it…” She removed the hood from over her head, and cursed at the dead tree in the road.
Scarlet turned around again, looking left and right. “There is only one explanation for this…” she thought to herself, and then shouted.
“Whoever you are! I know what you’re doing! I don’t know why you put me in this infinite loop, but you better undo this illusion before I do!” Scarlet then paused to give the culprit a chance to do what he or she was told.
But there was no response…
“Ugh…I seriously have no time for this!” the frustrated teen pulled out her wand, from within her blazer.
A spark of flame appeared at its tip, and then she waved it in a circular motion, creating four bulbs of fire. One facing north, south, east, and west around her, then she spun them around, closed her eyes to concentrate, held out her hand, and then said:
“Spirit of Fire, hear my call, unleash your power, and make this illusion fall.” Scarlet opened her eyes seconds later, and saw the world around her come down like a flaming curtain, revealing the true reality that awaited her return.
The fire mage smiled when she saw the hill leading toward the school entrance, rather than that dreadful oak tree. Before she moved on, Scarlet turned around with both arms folded, and looked up into the trees.
“I don’t care who you are! But if you mess with me again! I’ll—”
*GROWL* the rumbling noise sent a disturbing chill down Scarlet’s spine.
The warm breath she suddenly felt on the back of her neck made her flinch. She turned around quickly and staggered backward, taking a good look at the illusionist.
Standing before her on two legs, was a grey wolf-like animal that towered over her. Scarlet looked up, and saw his big sharp canines before their eyes met. The young witch could tell what the wolf’s intentions were just by looking at them; the wolf’s eyes had a demonic piercing yellow hue, and an emanating glow that screamed….DEVOUR!!
Slowly, she backed away further from the nine foot tall Lycanthrope, with a trembling wand pointed at his furry head. Scarlet looked at how feebly she held her wand, and bared witness to how her fear was beginning to manifest. She then grasped the tool with both hands, but that did not stop the trembling going through her hands, and the rest of her body.
A delighted devilish grin took form on the werewolf’s face, once he saw the look of terror in those emerald green eyes. He then decided that it was time to have some fun.
“Are you lost?” he asked in a mockingly sarcastic tone, and the sound of his voice was savage and gruff.
“Wha…what?” Scarlet thought, confused about why he would ask such a thing.
“HEY!” he barked, making the young witch gasp and flinch.
“I asked you… a question!”
Scarlet took a breath and tried to compose herself, then answered. “No!” Her courage began to rebuild itself as she firmly gripped her wand.
The gray wolf merely chuckled. “Wrong answer!” he took a single step forward.
“After I am done…you will be lost…and you will NEVER! Be found!” the beast took another step closer toward his potential victim.
“St-Stay away!” Scarlet panicked, and ignited a ball of fire from thin air, and sent it flying toward the wolf.
Emanating with a bright red aura, his claws deflected the attack, with little to no effort.
“Pathetic…” he snarled, and drew closer.
Scarlet cursed, knowing full well that she could have done better than that. When she saw her hands start to tremble again, it became apparent that her fear began to hinder her ability to concentrate on even the simplest spell. Scarlet fired again, but the flame was knocked away just as easily as the last one.
“I…I can’t do this…I have to get out of here…” The young witch thought to herself.
“Get away from me!” the witch shouted as she flicked her wand, igniting a small wave of flames.
Once again, the wolf equipped his claws with the same red aura, and ripped the wave apart. Although the flames actually managed to singe his fur, along with some grass and a tree or two, but it was not nearly enough to do any significant damage. The werewolf watched as his prey ran toward the closest exit from the forest. But he was not concerned; instead he was excited to continue his twisted game. The gray wolf held his head back, and let out a soft, but ominous howl.
Scarlet knew very little about werewolves, in fact, everything she did know came from rumors that she had heard in school, especially one which claimed that Lycanthropy were incapable of using magic.
The young witch witnessed even more evidence that the rumor was false when trees sprouted from the ground, blocking her path toward the main road. However, Scarlet refused to be fooled by another illusion so she charged into the wall of trees, only to be repelled by them, which caused her to tumble to the ground.
“Ow…” she groaned, before picking herself up.
A heavy hand grabbed the back of her neck and picked up her up. “Kyaaa!” Scarlet screamed when she was thrown.
Scarlet looked up from the ground, and saw the wolf approaching her again, but beyond him she saw that the scene had slightly changed. It was no longer the old road she recognized.
“Come on….get up. I don’t want this to end too quickly.” growled the gray wolf who had now started to walk on all fours.
At first, Scarlet crawled backward, and then she jumped to her feet and burst into a sprint, with that furry beast in hot pursuit.
“What do I do…What do I do!!!” Scarlet’s mind was racing.
Scarlet started to scream. Even though it was probably pointless, considering how deep in the forest she was. She screamed as loud as she possibly could at the top of her lungs. Hoping that possibly someone would hear her and come to help her out of this dire situation.
Why!? Why the hell does this have to happen to me!? She thought to herself. “I’m supposed to be at school taking my stupid test right now!!”
A dark seed of reality began to take root in her mind, and the thought of death closing in, and denying her the right to see her family again, brought her to tears.
“HELP!!” she screamed.
“SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME!!”
The werewolf echoed a howled in the background. Apparently he was her only audience. Time seemed to fly quickly, and Scarlet had no idea how long she had been running, maybe it was for hours, minutes or even seconds, but the werewolf was still behind her and despite how exhausted she was, Scarlet refused to stop running.
The young witch wondered just how long the gray wolf was going to toy with her. Although, it may have been a good thing, maybe there was still time for her to find a way out, or maybe the inevitable was just being delayed. After about ten more minutes of running. Scarlet could tell that the wolf was finally closing in for the kill.
“Hey! Get away from her!” barked an unknown voice.
“Back off! I saw this one first!!” The grey wolf roared back, with eyes focused on his lunch.
Scarlet didn't immediately understand what was going on until….
*SLAM* *THUD* someone had crashed to the ground.
Scarlet slowed down, then hid behind a tree to catch her breath, wondering what in the hell had just happened. Was she just saved? Or was there just another animal competing for her life?
“I’ll just take a quick look, and then I’ll keep running…” She contemplated, before walking out from behind the tree.
Scarlet couldn’t believe what she was seeing. There was a boy with dark disheveled hair, wearing black clothes sitting on top of the werewolf, holding him down, but just barely. Although the monster he was wrestling was twice his size, the werewolf struggled to get back up. The boy looked at her and she looked back at him. She paused when she noticed his wolf-like features and deep brown eyes.
"NOW'S YOUR CHANCE TO RUN, I'LL HOLD HIM…! He yelled at her.
“Thank you!”She shouted while backing away.
Scarlet took a good look at the boy before leaving. She wanted to know who he was, and why he saved her. But right now, her top priority was not wasting the chance he gave her. The young witch broke into a sprint, putting as much distance between herself and the wolves as possible. But moments later, Scarlet stopped running and turned around when she heard someone howl in pain.
Scarlet looked back, where she could hear a battle going on. She then looked elsewhere and realized that it didn’t matter where she ran. Regardless of whether she was still in an illusion or not, Scarlet was nowhere near the academy or Tora’Cai for that matter.
“I can do this…” She tried to calm herself before running toward the scene of the battle.
After a few moments, Scarlet finally came back, only to see that the boy who had saved her life, was being pinned to the ground by the grey werewolf, who had his claws plunged into his stomach.
In that moment Scarlet quickly aimed her wand at the gray wolf. With fear no longer clouding her mind, she was free to focus her aura into a single point. In the next second she ignited a large fire ball which flew toward its target at an alarming speed. It made a direct hit and exploded, sending the gray werewolf flying into the woods, and crashing into several trees before he finally landed. The boy on the other hand, still laid there on the ground. Scarlet put her wand away and rushed over to him.
“Oh my god…” she gasped after seeing his body up close, and then knelt down beside him
The sight of blood made her hesitated at first, but eventually Scarlet held his head up in her arms, and looked into his brown eyes while he looked into hers. His face and body was covered in cuts and bruises. The black T-shirt he wore earlier was now shredded; his grey pants were torn as well and stained with blood. And worst of all he was bleeding out and coughing up more blood. The fire mage had no idea what to do…
“Please don’t die!” Scarlet cried.
“Thank you for saving me, I didn’t think there would be anyone else out here…”
“…Please say something….anything.” She continued to cry.
The boy writhed in pain, and coughed more blood. It seemed as though he would not last much longer, but he forced his pained expression into a more cheerful one, then he said. “Don’t worry about it, you’re safe now.”