We fly above them, waiting for the right time to dive down. Waiting for the signal from Raphael, who had dropped down in the cover of trees a few feet from where the oasis is. I kept an eye on the camp below me, and on the area that Raphael was supposed to signal us from. A few minutes later I saw it.
I dove down, Kalama holding tightly on to me. They didn’t notice me until I was a few feet from their camp, where I pulled up just before we hit the ground. Before anyone could attack us Kalama sent out an expanding ring of fire that stunned them for a few seconds, enough time for me to take out one sword and ignite the other hand in fire.
Once the creatures were reoriented they attacked us. We had already determined where Storm was, in a tent being guarded by several bigger, more lethal looking creatures.
Kalama and I made the biggest show we could, trying to draw as many creatures as we could to us. I started cutting through creatures, sending several small fire knives towards creatures who weren’t quite in reach of the sword but still surrounding us.
Unfortunately, I was tiring quickly. I hadn’t slept in a few days, and there was no way that I was going to be able to fight at my best for much longer. Especially using my power so frequently.
I saw Raphael and Camden sneak in behind the tent, heading for Storm as we had planned. I took my eyes off them and paid attention to the rest of the creatures surrounding us. I swear they had gotten more since we last saw them, which is almost impossible since it was a few hours ago. Then again, they probably had multiple people able to open portals present, so when one gets too tired the have another one.
As I continued fighting, exhaustion crept up on me, and I was losing the speed and strength I normally had. My aim was more off, too, from me not being able to see straight.
Soon Kalama, and I were back to back, the creatures closing in on us. Mostly me. I tried to move them back but I wasn’t able to. When more than one creature lunged for me I tried to dodge but was too slow. Their blade went right through my side. Pain hit me immediately, and the creature ripped the blade out. I clenched my teeth in pain, a distorted cry coming out of my mouth.
I lashed out with my ability, sending fire out in front of me, and burning all the creatures that the fire touched. I fell to my knees, holding my hand to the wound, and letting go of my sword as I fell. This could be fatal. It went right through me.
“Blaze!” Kalama yelled in panic.
I tried to stand disregarding the pain, but the more I moved the more blood came pouring out. I kept standing though, leaving my sword where it was. Kalama tried to come to help me up, but that just left her back vulnerable. I saw a creature that was twice the size, in both height and width, than us, lunge for Kalama’s back. I pushed her out of the way and moved so the blade went through my bicep instead of my heart.
I cried out in pain again, drawing Raphael out of the tent. When I noticed him standing there I tried to gesture for him to get back into the tent, but another creature saw him. The creature got other’s attention, and they surrounded Raphael. Luckily it also distracted those who were attacking me which gave me time to summon some more fire, sending it flying to those who were closest to Kalama and me.
Unfortunately, there were too many for Raphael to take on his own, which meant Kalama and I had to fight our way through this way. I tried to stand, and not having enough energy to summon fire, I grabbed my sword in my right, the opposite hand of the one that had been stabbed. Then I fought with all I had.
Camden and Raphael had to get Storm out of here, and then I could fly Kalama and me out. Raphael would be able to get the other two out of here.
But the creatures were beating us back from both sides, and I was about to go down.
“Get them out!” I tried to yell over the fight to Raphael. But I knew he couldn’t hear me.
I summoned more fire and sent a ball straight through the crowd to at least see Raphael. Once I could I got his attention and yelled the same thing. He nodded, understanding.
I used the last of my strength to summon my wings, and grab Kalama. Then I shoot up off of the ground, sending another blast of fire down to distract the creatures. I saw three figures run out of the tent, and relief filled me. They had gotten him out.
I started to fly to the spot we had picked for our rendezvous point, but as I was turning towards the dense copse of trees we had picked I saw two figures got tackled. One, Raphael who I could distinguish from his wings, grabbed for one but didn’t have a good enough hold on him to keep him.
Raphael had to fly before he got captured or killed himself.
I had to land before I fell, and made it to the rendezvous point just as my body started to shut down. I landed roughly, and let Kalama go from the death grip I had on her.
Raphael joined us shortly. He looked guilty like it was his fault that they had both been captured. It was mine. I should have made the decision to wait for rest before we carried out this ‘rescue’ mission.
I gasped in pain as I tried to lean myself against a tree. “They had them?”
Raphael nodded. “I’m so sorry. I tried to grab Camden, but I lost my hold on him. And I didn’t know if they were going to kill me or not, so I had to get out of there. I figured I was more useful to you alive.”
I nodded along to what he was saying, dizzy from blood loss. It made sense, and he was more useful to me alive.
“We have to get moving,” I said, trying to put pressure on my wounds. “We don’t know if they are going to attack or not.”
I tried to get back up, but Raphael pushed me back down. “Yes we do, but first we need to get those wounds covered.”
“I’ll be fine.”
I tried to get up again, my head spinning. Raphael wasn’t sure what to do, but Kalama touched my shoulder. I looked at her weirdly.
“I’m sorry, Blaze.”
The words rang in my head as I passed out.
Sorry for such a long wait but I haven't been able to find time to post let alone write for a while. For example, last weekend I had a soccer tournament and couldn't even find time to rest let alone write. So I'm sorry for that.
But, I have passed this past year of school with honours! I'm also telling you this assuming that you even care, but I thought I would let you guys know.
Anyway, I plan to have this story fully written by the end of the summer, and I hope that you all have enjoyed this chapter and will enjoy all the chapters to come.