Selinde couldn’t believe she was still standing. The battle with that rogue band of deamons had pushed her magic to it’s limits. The saving grace had been their mistake in attacking an Arch Druid in the middle of a forest. Despite this advantage Selinde and her companion, Pikachu had barely made it out alive. Their hasty retreat and subsequent three mile trek to her safehouse in Aloryia had drained her physically. She leaned a shoulder on Pikachu and wondered not for the first time, what she would have done without his strength.
Pikachu had offered to carry Selinde, but her pride forced her to refuse. In the last three years, however, there had been a few times when she did not refuse him. They had fought many battles together, some of which they shouldn’t have survived. When Selinde was younger she had once bemoaned being the only druid left alive but she now realized that Pikachu was worth a hundred dusty old druids.
“I can set a ward for tonight, it should hold until I have my strength back. Can you make a fire?”
Pikachu’s fire making skills were shite, but he agreed. While Selinde was off doing her magic mumbo jumbo, Pikachu looked around for some wood. ‘Maybe tonight’s the night, he thought. The night Selinde would finally realize her undying love for him.
Boom! Bang! Powee! Suddenly the trees around them come crashing down.
Selinde throws up a forcefield around the two of them just in time to save the pair from being flattened by a falling tree. “Are you okay?”
“I’m fine, you?”
“Yes, but if anymore trees fall over I’m not sure I have the strength of shield us. What the hell could have caused that?”
The pair of them looked up to see the tree limbs above were awash in a dazzling rainbow of swirling colors. The beings that generated the color were too small to see from so high up but the energy they generated was just as dazzling, as it was dangerous.
“Wood nymphs! It must be their mating season,” Selinde guessed.
“I’ve never seen so many of them. It’s beautiful.”
“It’s amazing that something so small can be powerful enough to uproot trees.”
“Hey!” Pickachu called. “Can you guys calm down up there? You almost killed us!”
Selinde was unable to hide the awe in her voice,“You speak Wood Nymph?”
“No, but it looks like they got the message.”
The wood nymphs quieted down. Pikachu wondered why they would want to knock over trees so they could mate, but then realized he actually didn’t care that much. He was sick of wandering around in these damn woods. The less trees the better. “Selinde, there’s a sign up ahead. Says the town of Moldy Bottom is 3 miles away. Should we go to it?”
To be continued!
Druid and Thief Conquer the World is an effort born from love and also boredom on the part of Logan Grey and Mary Beecroft.