Post by Alice Kingsleigh on Sept 30, 2018 11:40:31 GMT -4
The dark hunters watched their prey from the shadows, lurking. Their crooked antennae quivered with anticipation. The primal hunger for more hearts nearly led one of them to leap up and attempt to snatch the three with a single swipe. It probably would’ve if it weren’t for its kind’s instinctive aversion to light. Moved to take a better vantage point, pools of darkness silently shifted their position within the alleyway. That was the thing about Neoshadows; they remained beasts yet showed signs of a basic sense of self-preservation. That itself made them dangerous opponents.
Fortunately for them, they didn’t have to wait much longer. The somebodies were moving – a tad too slowly for their liking, but the thrill of the chase would only make the prize all the more delicious. Their eyes were set on the tallest of the group, the one directly approaching their half-eaten meal. His fear was palpable; the Heartless could almost taste it in the air. Would he be able to keep his head cool enough to avoid a claw plunged straight into his chest? One of the Neoshadows – the eager one from before – decided to find out. His heart was certainly ripe for the taking.
The other one could prove to be more problematic. While the scent of fear, albeit weaker, followed her movements, the hume seemed to be prepared to repel the upcoming assault on her heart. Anticipating. Anxious. Armed. The sight of the glowing weapon in her hand almost made the Heartless recoil. The light enhancement posed another threat to a direct strike. Still, nothing the remaining hunter couldn’t handle.
And so, they emerged.
Alice barely managed to notice the dark tendrils toying beside her left foot before the first of the Neoshadows (Neoshadow 1) pushed its upper body through. She immediately jumped back in an attempt to create some distance between them. The creature’s dark claw, however, proved to be too swift for her to avoid, connecting with the girl’s lower leg in a slash.
She groaned, ignoring the stinging pain as she pushed the Vorpal Sword down to strike in retaliation. Unfortunately for her, the Heartless and its pool of darkness were nowhere to be seen.
Decided to capitalize on the possible distraction, the second of the assailants (Neoshadow 2) materialized from the ground directly before Marmadue. It aimed a clean slash at his abdominal zone, antennae trembling for a brief moment, before it attempted to retreat to the ground below for a second round.
Marmadue rushed at the man, gritting his teeth and trying his best to not stumble on any rubble or loose stones around – or his legs, that too was a preferable outcome. As was the fact that he wasn't immediately attacked. A moment of hope, perhaps the Heartless had indeed left the scene, perhaps feeling intimidated by not being given an easy meal or… Or whatever it was those monsters even really wanted to do! A short-lived moment of hope.
So close, yet so far. Suddenly, out of nowhere, it was there. A monster, a shadow with those piercing, glowing eyes. Closer than the Yuke had ever wanted to be to one. A sharp gasp escaped his mouth as his legs did what they could to bring him to a stop before he collided with the monster – and its rather sharp-looking claws, his eyes squeezed shut in anticipation.
Though with his mind preoccupied with that, the spell he had been holding was released. A flash of blinding light erupted from his hands, engulfing the alley for a short moment