formations slowly descended from within the clouds. She knew what they were; Elemental Islands.
Temple Raid was upon them once more.
She smiled - it was her favorite of the trials that the PG threw at them, but she had little time to celebrate before there was a commotion behind her. She turned to see Bjorn, riding a three headed dragon she'd never seen before,
and her teammate Infidel, riding his beloved Kinnarus landing behind her. As they dismounted and walked toward her she noticed they were both shirtless and splattered in blood.
"So," she said warily, "what have the two of you been up to?"
"Well," Bjorn replied with a laugh, "I've been training Infi here in the fine art of dispatching snakes."
"Yep," Infi replied, "both figurative and literal. And speaking of ..." he said, walking over to a nearby bush and pulling out a particularly nasty looking serpent, "let me dispatch this one for you, my lady." Dally winced as
Infi ripped the creature in half with very little effort. To her surprise, instead of blood flying out from the bifurcated body, smoke poured out and the corpse turned to ash in his hands.
"That was not a real snake," she half stated, half asked.
"Yes and no," Bjorn replied. "It was real, but not a snake. We are not sure who created these, but they are a type of mystical observation mechanism. Not sure who's making them or what they are used for exactly, and getting rid of them
hasn't upset anyone that I know of."
"Doesn't make it any less fun," Infi laughed.
Bjorn smiled. "Yes, you've definately got the hang of it now. I have no issues turning the reigns over to you now."
"Wait, what?" Dally asked, trying to mask the rising uneasiness in her voice.
Infi blew out a breath and crossed his arms in front of his chest. "Old Bjorn here has been training me to take over for him for a bit. He's been wanting to do a bit of base buiding and advising, and I have been wanting to do some
Dally's eyes widened. "But..."
"For goodness sake woman, I'll be back!" Infi laughed. "It's just temporary. Not sure how long, but I suppose until we're ready to switch back," he looked at Bjorn for confirmation. Bjorn nodded once.
Dally sighed. "It won't be the same without you here. I get it, why you'd want to do something else, but for as long as I've been with this team you've been here. Every time someone leaves there's a space that never gets filled.
The one that you leave will be unfillable." Tears welled in her eyes. "I don't know if I can do this without you," she whispered.
"Of course you can," Infi said softly, pulling her in for a hug. "You're strong, and you're the only one who doesn't see that."
"When are you leaving," she asked, choking back tears.
"Now," Infi said, fighting tears of his own. "I'll take ol' UVS over there and go do some snake hunting!"
"Urd, Verd and Skuld," Dally whispered as she walked over to the tri-headed beast.
"See, told you I could distract her," Infi whispered to Bjorn.
"Don't get too close," Bjorn warned. "Lest they start telling you stuff you already know, now know and probably don't want to know."
Dally gave a slight smile at the joke, and Infi gave her one last quick hug before climing onto the back of UVS.
"Take care," he called as he took flight. Dally watched him disappear into the sky, then took her leave from Bjorn and went to call her sister.
Obsi ran onto her base, frantically searching the skies for him before he disappeared for good. From behind, Infi swooped down low enough to give Obsi a wave and a smile.
"Be good, kiddo!" he called as he flew off.
She watched him disappear, then fell to her knees, threw back her head and sobbed.