Between Two Trees || Xanthe & Pelagia Nov 24, 2016 13:09:32 GMT -7
Post by Ellis Danton on Nov 24, 2016 13:09:32 GMT -7
Just Before the Break of Dawn on the 7th of the Scales of Judgement, 5152
Upon the Entrance of the Broken Temple Fort
Ellis' exhaustion was getting to him.
Since waking up in the Attonja village the morning before, Ellis had not slept - nor had he rested. He and Xanthe had transported themselves to the Broken Temple Fort, where he had been accosted by the guards, and quite nearly stabbed. They had endured a tense meeting with the leaders of the Peacekeepers. Ellis had traveled on foot from the fort, back to his own. There, he had been accosted once again - and quite nearly bludgeoned to death. Perhaps it was that tiredness that had made him attack Pencialo... Because it wasn't like Ellis to do such a thing. Neither was it like Ellis to stand up to Pelagia the way he did, to insist she listen to him.
But now, it was all fading.
They had been riding a few hours, not able to take the same tree-coated short-cuts that he had taken while travelling, now requiring the use of the paths that had been cleared for horse-travel. He had not been to Atton before these paths were made. Having spent time with Xanthe, it now seemed strange to him. They did not use horses, or carts, or carriages. They walked, they ran, they teleported through trees. The roads looked so dull and lifeless now. They looked just like any other road back in Aurcaele - and it made the exhaustion worse. His eyelids would feel heavy, they would pull down to close -- and then Pelagia would use the wrong Attonian word, and he would need to correct her; or Gladius would change pace and bounce him awake; or a crash of thunder would sound from some distant place. He didn't have enough adrenaline left in him to care if that place was the temple.
If it hadn't been for the fact that Pelagia had insisted she ride with him, he would likely have fallen asleep; fallen off his own horse; or at least have crashed into something by now. No, she had insisted. And so he remained awake only because the smell of her was so near, and the softness of her wings tickled his cheeks, and her voice was so much more enchanting when used quietly, personally. She was learning the most important words of Attonian quite well, even if he was too tired to teach it more effectively, and there was something about the way she spoke the words that chilled him. Not quite the same chill that he received when Xanthe said them, of course, but there was some Glory in Pelagia that was unmatched by any other.
"Slow, Gladius," Pelagia's command to Gladius was far more gentle than it would ever be with a soldier, and it only served to charm Ellis more. She was so motherly, like Ayniea. It made Ellis want to sleep even more, curled against her soft wings, cooed to sleep by her whispers. It was only as Gladius seemed to stop that Ellis realized that the Peacekeeper's temple was just beyond the treeline. Pelagia offered another command, surprisingly as soft, this time to Ellis, for him to go on ahead. He nodded, and tried to get off the Unicorn as smoothly as possible - but was a little clumsier than expected. "I'll await your signal, Danton."
He nodded, and steeled himself before moving into the trees. He was quiet, almost completely silent - this was what he did, after all. But once he passed the trees, he lit his lantern and held it high, announcing his presence: "P-peace! Ellis D-danton has returned." He held his arms up to show he was unarmed, and approached slowly, his eyes squinting in an attempt to make out any shapes that could be seen as Erik, Feofil, or Ilithiya-like. More importantly... He looked for Xanthe.