Time to put on the show, Jarl thought.
Jarl let out a deafening roar and stomped his massive feet. Nurlan drew his sword, and both he and Jarl started forward.
"STOP!" Obsi shouted, placing herself in between the two.
The Blackbloods landed on the far left edge of the beach. Xander approached, cocky smile plastered on his face, followed by his people.
"Well, well, well," he said mockingly. "Is little Obsi afraid of a little confrontation? Going to go hide like you did when you were little? Well, smaller anyway."
"Shut your mouth before I knock that stupid smile off of your equally stupid face," Obsi said through her teeth.
Xander laughed. "You are the stupid one, Obsidian. The Muspell want their land back. Their land is what the Red Raiders have claimed. Just stand back and watch the melee."
Jarl and Nurlan both started forward.
"NO!" Obsi screamed.
"Oh you foolish girl," Xander sang. "Blackbloods, get her!"
Arden, Spiculus and Slender started forward. Celia, Laria and Thorn blocked their way, swords drawn. Deathclaw and Titan moved behind them.
The smile on Xander's face turned to pure rage. "You fools!" he screamed.
"You are the fool, Xander," Nurlan said, lowering his sword. "Yes, the land Jarl has was once mine. We wanted peace, he wanted us to help him with war. This put us at odds. But, my friend, you will not. My people live a peaceful life on our island. We are happy there. I have no reason to want this land back."
"And I have no reason to hunt the Muspell, given what Nurlan has just declared," Jarl said, advancing slowly. "Nurlan, I'd like to make this peace official, but I have one condition."
Nurlan looked at him quizzically. "If we need you, would you back us in war?"
Nurlan laughed. "If you need us, yes. And you may, if these fools get their way," he said, pointing to the Blackbloods.
"Oh we will," Xander said, backing slowly toward Skarr. "Mark my words!" Skarr roared, momentarily throwing everyone off balance. Arden grabbed Spiculus and Slender by the arm and ran back toward their dragons. They managed to take off before being apprehended.
Bjorn burst into a fit of laughter as Titan and the other remaining Blackbloods approached. "You five are one heck of a team," he said.
Titan shrugged. "Yes, but now they know we're not with them. No more element of surprise."
"I wouldn't say that," Obsi said with a wink.
Jarl cleared his throat. "Obsidian, a word, please?"
Obsi walked slowly over to Jarl, who beckoned her to follow him to the back of the beach. He spoke to her in a low tone. She nodded, then her eyes widened.
"Oh Jarl, that is just...well...thank you! But I think that might suit my sister better, if it's all the same to you."
Jarl chuckled. "All right then. I'll owe you a favor instead."
"That would be the favor," she replied.
"Well, we will see about that," Jarl laughed.
They walked back to the others, and found the Muspell mixed with the Raiders, laughing and talking like old friends. Obsi smiled.
Dally approached them. "Ok Obsi, are you ready to go home?"
Obsi nodded. "Yes, but I would like to ride the double dragon first!"
Nurlan laughed. "Twist and Shout? Yes, I think we can give that a go!"