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"I found Kace!" Mary smiled lifting up Kace's hand as though Kelly wasn't able to see Kace until now. She looked unwilling at first to take her eyes off Kelly when he referred to a different tunnel, but followed his direction, "Yeah that tunnel looks good, it's a different path than any we've tried," she let out a sigh, rubbing her cold shoulders, "It's just sad that the people we love have to suffer all because a certain individual didn't respect librarians," She said shaking her head somberly. Apparently Mary wasn't going to take any responsibility for stabbing Kelly or kidnapping Kace, it was all on the librarian hater.
Walking closer to Kace she stole a cautious glance at him. She pulled out her frosted cinnamon roll and broke off the half that she had chewed into separating it from the untouched portion before handing it to Kace, "Here, you should have some, you've fallen from a lot of heights today so you need some sugar to keep you going," She watched him for a moment longer before adding, "I hate to "dote" over you, but I'm worried about how cold you must be from falling in the icy water. I want to find everyone, but right now I know that you're alive and-" I don't know if anyone else is, "you've already gone into shock once today. Maybe it's better if I take you back to the surface and find someplace warm for you?" She felt bad even telling him that he should back out, especially when Sivik and her called him easy to take, she didn't want to call him weak. But at the same time she wasn't studying to get her doctorates for nothing, his situation was going to turn bleak soon if she didn't say something.
Kelly bristled at Mary’s accusation, intimidating Kace into silence before he could respond to Mary’s worried comments. The hunter stalked forward until he towered over the MDO leader, standing less than two feet away from her.
“You are the one who made a scene in a public place,” he spat, his voice straining with sudden fury in his tone. “You are the one who decided to follow me into work, and you are the one who kidnapped Kace and got us into this mess. If I’m to blame for any of this, it’s for not killing you when I had the chance.”
“Whoa, okay!” Kace quickly interrupted, holding an arm out between the two and laughing nervously. “Remember the truce you just agreed to? Don’t you think that should include antagonizing?” he prompted, flashing the hunter a pleading glance.
The blonde growled, then turned on his heel and began walking down the tunnel without a second glance, flicking on his light with a grumble when it became apparent that anger didn’t give him night vision.
The trainee sighed in relief, dropping his arm and sparing a concerned look at Mary as he began to follow. “Thanks for the concern, and the cinnamon roll, but the surface can wait until we find the others. Everyone,” he explained stubbornly, but not unkindly. It was true he was looking a bit worse for wear—he hadn’t even noticed he was shivering until Mary pointed it out—but he was too worried about his friend and mentor to willingly stop now.
“And try not to worry about Kelly. I think he’s just worried for Requiem and he took it out on you. I don’t think he’ll try anything down here, especially since he already gave his word,” he rambled in a lower tone, leaving out the fact that, technically, the hunter hadn’t been incorrect. He glanced at the pastry in his hand, then quietly took a bite as they walked.
Mary's eyes flared up with purple psychokinetic energy as Kelly spoke, but just as soon as it came it broke, losing her fiery glare as he went on. She wouldn't deny that it was conflicting on whether to feel in debt to him or threatened. She had given him that card though, but at the same time she cheated and forced him in a corner where he had to use it. She used to not feel emotions, she was numb to other peoples pain until an empathy mutant brought it out of her, but now they made everything complicated.
"Yeah," Mary said absentmindedly, her gaze suddenly fixated on the tunnel ahead as she squeezed her hand around the phone tighter. Lifting the borrowed phone she had taken, she decided to force herself to turn the light off since Kelly already was leading with his own. Her finger skimmed the surface for a moment, but stopped, "This isn't Green's phone, it's Requiem's. We could call Reverie!" Moving through the contact list she scrolled with a confused expression, leaning it over to show Kace that there were a lot of Reverie's in Requiem's contact. All the Reverie's seemed to be marked Reverie with a number beside it with the last being, "Reverie BreaksAPhoneAlot," which Mary clicked, guessing it was the newest number and switched it to speaker so Kace and Kelly could hear too.
"What do you want Greenbean? I'm kind of dealing with Phantom right now," Reverie said on the other line, the sound of fire crackling and heavy fighting in the background. Apparently Green took Requiem's phone enough that Reverie just assumed it was Green on the other line and not Requiem. Reverie let out a growl meant for Phantom, "Get away from him!"
"You're the one that should move!" Another voice, this one feminine said faintly in the background of the call, likely Phantom.
Kace eagerly read over Mary’s shoulder, suppressing a puff of laughter at Reverie’s most recent contact name. Hope swelled in his chest as she pressed ‘dial’, taking a small hit with every tone until there was a small click indicating she’d answered.
“Reverie?” he quickly called, his eyes lighting up at her voice and knowing she was (relatively) safe. “What’s going on? Why are you fighting Phantom?”
Kelly paused when he realized the two had slowed, opening his mouth to yell again when he realized what they were saying. He hurried over to listen better, biting his lip as he waited on an answer.
(sorry for the short response! also i have an idea of what they’re fighting about, and i cannot wait for the next couple of responses lmao)
"Oh hey, Kace, do you borrow Requiem's phone too?" Reverie asked, suddenly sounding less in a rush and more like she was lying in bed at home without. a care in the world. That probably damaged her chances in the fight as for a moment it sounded like the phone hit the floor, but just as quickly Reverie got back on the line, "I'm moving you to speaker."
"Reverie, it's Mary-"
"Yeah, I can recognize your screechy voice, listen very closely Mary Helvetica, you should know there's no force on this planet that's going to save you if you kidnapped Kace again. God could come down from the sky and he wouldn't be able to save you so I suggest leaving him alone. And as for why I'm fighting Phantom he's being all territorial over protecting Sivik, but I can't get to Requiem and he's injured." Reverie growled.
Mary let out a breath, relieved to hear that Sivik was there, "Okay, Reverie, are you sure you're not also being maybe a little territorial too?"
Reverie scoffed at the question, "No, I just set his entire hive on fire the moment he tried to get close, it was just a warning shot."
Mary was about to say something more, but a text came in, this one including Reverie's location, which seemed to be close to where they were at right until Reverie sent a second text clarifying that they were deep underground. It was why Reverie could fly down and Phantom could fall down, both could survive the impact... But the concerning part was the lack of mention of Sivik. Was he injured too or something worse? Reverie would have mentioned him fighting and the fact that he wasn't meant he wasn't in good shape. But at the same time if it was that big of a height how were any of them going to get down without any light? She didn't realize she was pacing yet, but she was freaking out at this point. Every part of this situation was her worst nightmare, someone she loved being in danger, but being helpless to save them all because of the STUPID darkness.
“It’s not a habit of mine, no,” he started to say, then winced at the sound of the phone clattering to the ground. “Please don’t break another phone; Requiem might run out of space in his contacts at this rate.”
Kelly shot him a glare, clearly indicating that they get to the point.
The trainee gave him a sheepish glance as Mary tried to say something, then immediately looked at the phone with worry. “Actually, she saved me from drowning so I think we’re even for now,” he said, flashing Mary an unsure smile and thumbs up.
“How injured is ‘injured’?” Kelly interjected after the brief almost-argument between Reverie and Mary. After a moment his eyebrows scrunched together and he added, “And how many of the hive is down here?”
At the text message, Kace motioned for Kelly to look, which wasn’t hard considering all he had to do was lean over the both of them.
“On our way,” he said, hoping the tunnel they were in led them the right way, since he doubted Mary could do much with her power at the moment.
Mary returned Kace's smile, but hers was just as uneasy, a strange response given that she seemed to be getting along with him.
Reverie scoffed, "I don't know, Requiem's definitely broken something, he can't get up and I can't really look at him much with Phantom around."
Mary narrowly avoided taking a step too far as their location stopped at a massive hole in the ground. Inside of it was where Reverie's location was supposed to be. Fear coiled around her heart slow, almost unnoticeable, but was quick to strangle at her as she stared into the massive dark abyss. It was different when she jumped down the first time, at least she had some kind of light from above to go off of. And she couldn't create a slide again, she couldn't see the bottom and if she fell she wouldn't be able to see above her either. And what would she see when she came to the bottom?
"I don't know if I'm powerful enough to do this. Maybe a staircase, but it'll take forever to get down there. I mean I could walk across it with a light, but we have to move down, not across," Mary said quickly, her thoughts spiraling the longer she stared into the darkness. Managing to get a hold of some logic part of her mind she told herself to look around at what she could grab, but there was nothing, but the rock walls around them.
Her thoughts were jolted as a new voice came on the line, this time from Phantom.
"Oh God, what did you do?" Mary asked cautiously.
"Oh, I'm still fighting her, but then I was like, hey, she can barely talk on the phone, but I easily can. So I was thinking of making her a hive member. Grabbing Sivik and then flying out?" Phantom proposed.
"Uhhhhh...?" Mary turned to look at Kace, it wasn't the worst idea, but as of right now Kace and her were a team, they would decide together. She wasn't sure if he could have survived without her and she definitely would have lost her nerve in the dark far sooner if she didn't have someone by her side. Oh and then there was also Kelly, coincidentally there, off to the side, not a part of the team because even if he was he would just bring down morale.
Kace instinctively reached out to steady Mary when she almost stepped into the chasm before them, but quickly fell back when he realized she didn’t need his help.
He seemed to draw into himself a little as the reality of Requiem’s injuries hit him. Was he even conscious? He opened his mouth to ask, but instead jumped as the voice on the line changed.
Kelly was the first to respond to the ‘proposal’.
“That’s a terrible plan, unless you want to find out if Mary here can survive a fall like you can?” he threatened, his tone icy as narrowed eyes fixated on some barely visible rocks in the distance. Of course he wouldn’t follow through on that threat, but no one except Requiem would know that. At that thought, his eyes slowly shifted to meet Mary’s.
Kace shot him a glare, mouthing the word ‘truce’ and glancing at the phone again with concern. “Uh, Phantom? This is Kace—the trainee you helped kidnap? Yeah. What if you and Reverie stop fighting and work together to get out? You guys get Sivik back, we get Requiem back, everyone still has free will and no one gets shoved into any holes,” he counter-proposed, crossing his fingers anxiously.
Mary looked caught off guard by Kelly's comment, stomping on his foot with her heel, she looked like she had the plan to run, but her fear of the dark trapped her where she stood now that each hunter held a light source.
"She survived the fall with the car earlier today," Phantom pointed out, apparently not familiar about Mary's weakness of the dark like Kelly was.
Mary's glare weakened at Kelly's stare before shifting her gaze to the floor. There was a very different power dynamic when it came to her being in the shadows and it seemed Kelly caught her at every dark hour.
Phantom seemed to be much more in control of the call than Reverie was, likely using one of his hive members to walk away from the fight to talk more peacefully, "Oh hey, Kace! Yeah, that sounds like a good plan, but hold on, let me ask for some opinions," He seemed to shift the phone down, but they could still hear Phantom, "Hey guys, should we stop fighting?" There wasn't an audible yes or no, but most seemed cheery by tone. Phantom moved the phone back to his mouth, "Yeah, everyone's for it, except for Brian, friggin' Brian, am I right? Oh wait... The dragon just killed Brian, yeah, that's unanimous now."
"Oh I liked Brian..." Mary said offhandedly, her gaze still distracted by Kelly's
There was some reassuring silence followed by immediate screams from the hive mind, "SHE DOESN'T WANT PEACE!" He screeched before the call dropped.
"Please don't toss me in that chasm, I promise I'm okay with helping Requiem out too. He's the only reason I made it across safe and I'm scared of finding my best friend dead too," Mary confessed quickly, fearful that Kelly would just chuck her into the abyss at any moment. Still uncertain about her safety around the hunters she ventured forward, "I don't have any power in the dark, meaning I can't create that purple light which projects objects like staircases without it fading behind me. So I think our best bet is if I move the earth to create a staircase, we'll just have to hug the walls... And not trip. If you do fall, hold onto your light no matter what, I can jump after you and create a force field. That also means both of you have to guide me with the light though."
At the sudden silence that followed the dropped call, Kace laughed nervously. “I should’ve known better... Maybe if it was still Reverie on the phone I could’ve convinced her,” he trailed off,
Kelly sighed, sounding not at all surprised by the turn of events. He wondered briefly if Dezlim could get them down safely, but one look into the pitch had him stepping back with another frown. A frown that only deepened when Mary offered a solution.
“There’s no reason for me to toss you in a chasm now,” he responded matter-of-factly, stalling for time as his brain ran the pros and cons of letting Mary take the reins. In a situation like that, she could easily reverse his threat and toss them into the chasm, although he wasn’t particularly worried about Kace suffering that fate seeing as how Reverie was always acting as his guard dog. As far as he knew, the psychokinetic wasn’t completely suicidal, and she seemed sincere enough about getting to her blue-haired friend, at least.
Plus, if she killed him she’d have to approach Reverie alone with Kace, who she’d already kidnapped once that day. He figured the odds of the dragon taking that as a threat were pretty good.
And then there was the plain and simple fact that there was no other alternative. Nothing that didn’t involve time they didn’t have and people that weren’t there.
Kelly slowly breathed in and out, then nodded sharply at the mutant. “Let’s go,” he declared, flicking on his light again and shining it at the edge of the drop, faintly illuminating the rock beneath their feet.
Kace followed his lead, shakily directing the beam from Requiem’s phone at the same spot. “I really don’t like heights,” he muttered to himself as he prepared himself for the first step.
Mary looked distrusting of Kelly, but moved forward towards the chasm. She had never actually moved the earth before to this extreme. She had created cracks in the earth or imploded a wall, but actually pulling the earth out was not something she ever did. Hesitantly she focused on the rocky wall where the light was pointed at. Picturing it more like a brick her purple magic highlighted a block shape across the rock before pulling it out, careful to keep it from collapsing. However by not making a neat stair case in order to prevent a rock slide it also meant her staircase creation was smooth and steep. Tapping her foot for a second she pulled the earth once more to create a simple railing structure on either side of them. One to grab onto near the wall and one that was barely a foot tall so they knew when they were at the edge. "This is the best we're going to get, any more effort to perfect the staircase could make this place unstable again, I also can't exactly control the earth to shape things as a mutant who can control rocks can."
Digging her heels in she gripped onto the railing walking down the steep ramp, furthering the path the more she walked. She felt for Kace's fear of heights, he had literally fallen twice today, she did not want Kace to fall a third time on her watch. "Hey, I never finished telling you my monster story, Kace," Mary said, trying to hold his attention, "In my first months of knowing Phantom he would have people join his hive, but it was nothing, big, a size of ten. It worked out nicely, I was a little kid and I couldn't keep home aloneing things before child protective services would come. But Phantom was able to take over some adults and gain custody of me, drive me around, signature names for school. But he had this primal need inside of him to continue growing his hive, to be the top of this worlds food chain. He considers the MDO's equal, but the rest of the world... I just wonder about the people who made him and what purpose they had in mind for him. Anyways, I always find scary stories help distract me from the fears of what's happening around me so I hope it helped you a little," She said as the ground came into view.
Below them were a few of Phantom's hive minds trying to fight with Reverie. On one hand Phantom's army was too small to take her on, but on the other hand Reverie looked tired after fighting and killing so many of his members that he might be able to pull it off. However it was hard to make out, only possible when Reverie breathed fire onto Phantom's hive minds.
Kelly looked just as distrusting as Mary, but he reluctantly followed after her and Kace regardless. He didn’t have as much trouble with the steep steps as the other two, but he was sure to keep his hand loosely gripping the railing closest to the side nevertheless, as opposed to Kace who was completely white-knuckled. From directly behind him, Kelly could even make out the slight tremors in his arms, made more obvious by his shaky hand on the phone. It was getting to the point where the proxy was about to comment on it, but he was left to grapple with the feeling of relief when Mary spoke up instead.
Kace listened gratefully, clinging to the distraction almost as tightly as he was to the support. As he processed her story, however, he became more and more creeped out by the idea of what Phantom was capable of. Suddenly he wasn’t sure if he should’ve been as friendly as he was earlier. Maybe Reverie had a point in not accepting the peace treaty, he thought, immediately feeling bad about it. You promised to help get everyone out. And maybe being a part of his hive isn’t that bad... he continued doubtfully.
The trainee snapped back to attention at one of the fiery glows from below, and he quickly thanked Mary for her attempt to keep his mind occupied. “If you stop Phantom I’ll try to stop Reverie,” he told them, waiting until they were closer to the ground to call out to the dragon and being mindful enough to avoid disturbing the earth above them.
"Whoa there hunter, they're not like you and me, their biological make up is entirely different. She's a dragon and they're known for being guardian types and Phantom's a hive mind, think of him like an ant colony, to him Sivik and me are among the most important members of said colony. They're fighting entirely on instinct so are you sure that if you go over there she's not going to accidentally strike at you. Or that you can even convince her to let me and Phantom over there? As far as I know I'm the only one medically trained, but she might be too paranoid that I'm going to try something and not let me near either of them. If you're not able to talk Reverie down I might have to fight her for both of their sakes to evaluate their condition," Mary said as she finally guided them down to the bottom. Her head turned noticing one woman standing off to the side watching the battle, a sign that Phantom was growing weak, unable to control his hive in unity.
Phantom stared at Sivik's limp figure in desperation, he was right there, but he couldn't get close enough to him. He never felt dread like this before, scared that he would fail Sivik when he was only a few feet away. "I just want Sivik and I'll leave," Phantom begged, knowing that he didn't stand much of a chance with his remaining hive members against a force like Reverie.
"You can get whatever scraps of life is left from Sivik after I warm Requiem up and get him out of here. And if I were you I'd stop now, I haven't seen him move in a while," Reverie snarled, her baby blue scaled tail lashing back and forth as she stared Phantom down.
Kace paused at Mary’s warning, feeling his heart sink a little more. He quickly shook his head as if that would clear his thoughts, then gave her a serious look. “She’ll listen,” he responded in total confidence, despite the small voice in his head telling him to be careful.
“Phantom has more of his hive elsewhere, right?” Kelly interjected unceremoniously, his hand twitching for his knife as his eyes tracked the hive member standing off to the side. “So he won’t actually die if Reverie wins this fight.”
Kace shot him a confused glance before it seemed to click. “She’ll listen,” he insisted once again, more forcefully this time. “And then we can all help our friends.”
Kelly hesitated, then relaxed his arm. It didn’t take him long to spot Requiem, and he clutched the rail a little tighter as he tried to make out what kind of a condition he was in.
The trainee stepped off the last of the staircase, making sure to keep his distance from Phantom so Reverie wouldn’t mistake him for one of his hive members in the lighting. Come to think of it, can dragons see in the dark? He wondered, quickly forcing the thought to the back of his head.
“Hey Reverie! We made it down,” he called, somewhat nervous now that he could fully make out her in her dragon form. “You think you and Phantom could stop fighting so we can help?”
Reverie lurched her head back to blast another wave of fire, but stopped in place at the sound of Kace's voice. Her sapphire blue eyes grew wide as a full moon, tearfully turning to Kace she burrowed her head into his chest, "You're okay," She laughed nervously, almost unable to process that he was really standing there, safe and sound. "I thought I had failed you and you feel so cold!"
Mary held her hands watching Kace and Reverie reunite, "Aww, it was true love."
Motioning with her head for Kelly to follow with the light she started approaching Requiem and Sivik, but Kelly could easily spot the fear in her eyes. Not of the dark this time, but scared of it being too late to save them. Requiem, as usual was too covered up in his dark clothing to tell by first appearance just how injured he was. Sivik's injuries were more visible, less hidden. As far as she could tell both weren't conscious. She checked Sivik's pulse from his wrist, but, carefully checked Requiem's pulse at his neck. Given that he had flamethrowers up his sleeve she didn't want to risk getting burned for checking his pulse.
"Patient one has visible bleeding on the hand and a possible broken bone on his leg. Heightened senses means it's easier to feel immense pain, so his body is under more stress than the average person." Her hands moved over Requiem with a little too much caution as she tried to remove his coat, "patient two is very unclear and has flamethrowers that I don't want to set off, right now. Since we're out of resources our best option is to stabilize any broken bones before transporting them out. If you can get his coat off, I'll try to wake them up, it's not good for anyone to stay knocked out. Once you get the coat off I can take a better look at what he's dealing with," Mary explained to Kelly, already gently moving her hand over Sivik to try and wake him up.
Kace laughed, the sound almost choked with relief as he hugged Reverie’s head and shook his own. “You didn’t fail me, Rev. How are you supposed to protect people from spontaneous earthquakes, anyways?” he wondered aloud, ignoring Mary’s comment almost as well as his current shivers.
Kelly’s eyes were fixed on the spot where Requiem was while he waited apprehensively for Mary to move. When she finally did he had to actively restrain himself from rushing over to his friend, instead guiding the light as helpfully as he could. He didn’t comment as Mary took on a more professional tone, only waiting for his cue.
When it finally arrived, he rested his phone on the ground for light and focused on the task he’d been given. As gently as he could he supported the back of Requiem’s head and pushed him into a more upright position, beginning to work the jacket off the shoulder closest to him and checking for injuries at the same time.
Had his friend always been this small? Short, he knew, but this thin, too?
Having freed one of the shadow hunter’s arms, he moved onto the other, immediately finding the problem. The proxy winced in sympathy, catching Mary’s attention. “He’s got a dislocated shoulder,” he pointed out, hesitant to risk jarring it and causing him any more unnecessary pain. Confirming Sivik was still out of it, Kelly carefully shifted his friend so he’d be resting the majority of his weight on his good shoulder, then began to maneuver the remaining sleeve off.
"By having my guard up like I'm supposed to. Staying focused, both things I failed at," Reverie admitted, holding herself to a higher standard than she ever held anyone else to, as usual. Curling around Kace to warm up she faced Kelly and Mary, watching them carefully as they looked him over with clear distrust. "I'm kind of a sucky protector though, I just don't want to fail protecting you. Y'know because you're Requiem's trainee and by extension my responsibility too," She teased, but her smirk made it all too obvious that those were far from the only reasons.
"It's dislocated?" Mary repeated, looking up from Sivik to Kelly. Mary flicked Sivik in the neck in the hopes that would be alarming enough for the mutant to wake up before moving back over to Requiem. Examining his shoulder for a moment she looked back up to Kelly, "Here, I'll teach you how to get it back in place," Mary said, taking Requiem's wrist, "You grab the wrist and firmly-" Purple magic wove around Requiem's arm securing it in place from bending before dragging his arm straight in front of him with force, popping it partially back into place.
Requiem stirred the moment his arm was moved, but screamed out in pain as shoulder was slid back. He let out a second scream until the pain slowly ceased when Mary place it back at his side gently.
"Move it straight," She finished before leveling her gaze back to Kelly, "He's not okay though, that was a severe injury given how much time passed and normally I wouldn't do that, I'd suggest taking him in for surgery. But he could lose an arm if we wait any longer and we're still not close enough to a hospital. This should buy him time, but I did traumatize the wound so it will take him longer to recover. Better than losing an arm though," Mary reasoned, but hardly finished speaking before she was flung backwards into Sivik.
Reverie stood over Requiem her talons digging into the dirt between his head, making it clear that Mary would have to risk being snapped at if she wanted to get close again. It took a lot for her to leave Kace's side in any given scenario, but hearing Requiem scream was enough for her to decide to put an end to the truce. Relinquishing her stare down with Mary her head snapped to Kelly's direction with a snarl, "Why did you let her hurt him?"
Requiem panted shortly before relaxing and rolling his head to the side, "What happened?" He asked slowly, but looked like he was already close to falling unconscious again.
Kace rolled his eyes fondly at the dragon. “No one can keep their guard up a hundred percent of the time. It’s exhausting,” he insisted, leaning into her warmth and casting a worried glance at Requiem. He only caught a few words here and there, but he had a pretty good idea of what was wrong with him based on the way Kelly and Mary were hovering over his shoulder. He started to ask the others if he was going to be okay, but cut himself off with a flinch at the hunter’s scream.
Reverie was gone faster than he could process, protectively looming over Requiem. Kace startled to his feet, taking a few steps forward as he tried to figure out what happened.
There was a strangled cry of pain from the blue-haired mutant as Mary was knocked into him, his eyes flying open as he tried—and failed—to shift away from the sudden weight. His eyes were clouded in a haze of confusion and hurt, but even in that state he quickly recognized Mary and the dragon standing threateningly before them. “Leave her alone,” he demanded weakly, the words coming out scratchy and jumbled as he tried to sit up more.
Kelly ignored all of this, only casting a quick glare at Reverie as he responded with equal ferocity, “She was helping him!” before turning his attention back to his friend.
Kace rested a gentle hand on Reverie’s side, explaining, as quickly as he could, “It’s okay, she was just putting his shoulder back into place. It hurts like hell, but he should feel a little better now.”
Once again the proxy tuned out any background noise. “You tell me. You were both already unconscious when we found you… If you fall asleep on me again, I swear—” he broke off, realizing he didn’t have any substantial threat material. “I won't help when Reverie yells at you,” he eventually settled on.
Mary practically growled moving off of Sivik, her eyes alight with ferocity. Reverie's figure glowed purple as she was picked up, but as Reverie frantically tried to get out of the grip, she noticed the phone in Kace's grip and managed to swat his hand so the phones light wasn't emitting onto her, breaking Mary's grasp on her.
"You made me hurt Sivik! I can't be looking over my shoulder while trying to care for them," Mary said, glaring forward, but quickly looked back to Sivik, it was too dark for anyone to see the frustrated look in her eyes anyways. Taking a breath she visibly relaxed her shoulders, "I can understand the protective nature though, you're invulnerable, you'll never know pain like he does. You must think people that are born human is such a curse." She said as she tried to relax the rest of Sivik's body.
"I mean- well no," Reverie replied hesitantly, the fear on her mind slowly leveling, "I think being a human would be a drag, it's far too short of a life span. But I think death is important in a creatures life. I hear from others that you might as well die because you'll be an entirely different person in the next century."
Requiem slowly turned to Kelly, "Alright, I won't," He promised him, but even with the voice alteration he had in his mask it was clear how uneven and shaken his voice was. His breathing was rigid, unable to steady himself. There was a long pause before he replied again, "Thanks for always being my friend, I'll be okay."
Mary sat up looking between Requiem and Sivik, then to Kelly, "You have to take charge, Requiem shouldn't be giving orders in this state. I need Reverie's flight to transport my team out and you need someone to help keep Requiem in stable condition so let's help each other out."
Reverie stared up at one of the first of many ceilings to get out before turning to Mary, "That won't work. Everything was so narrow when we fell down. I don't think I could fly out of here with one of you and even if I did I'm sure people are at the scene by now. Exposing dragon kind on the news isn't exactly ideal."
Mary glanced away before kneeling back down and forming a purple caste around Sivik's leg, "Alright fine. I know the best option is for you to teleport out with that demon so go ahead and do it. I already made a staircase and I don't care about human kinds knowledge of supernaturals. I'll get my team out on my own. I know you won't need me when you can easily teleport him to a hospital so it's unlikely you'll let your enemy out when you have the upper hand."
Kace jumped, startled by Mary’s fury enough to momentarily forget he was holding the light. He mumbled an apology to Reverie; one quickly lost in the flurry of words exchanged between her and the psychokinetic.
He found himself hanging onto his friend’s response, wondering if what she said about being a different person applied to her. What kind of person was she a hundred years ago?
The trainee shook the thought from his head for the moment, his eyes resting worriedly on Requiem as Kelly placed a grounding hand on his good shoulder.
The proxy cracked a tired smile at his friend that immediately fell as he turned to address Mary’s words. He paused, then nodded. Facing Reverie, he tried to gauge her willingness to comply as she voiced her concerns. Unsurprised by the verdict, he nodded again.
Sivik calmed somewhat as his brain caught up with his surroundings, still cringing at every little twinge of pain in his leg. Through the light from the phones he could make out people and their expressions, but everything seemed distorted and ominous in his hazy mind, so he opted to just keep his eyes shut.
He mostly tuned out the other voices, too, instead focusing on the slight wheeze in his breaths. That’s not...good. Frowning, he blinked open his eyes and shifted his gaze to his arm, noting with dismay the dusty film of dirt covering it. His eyes flickered over to the nearest light source, this time focusing on the particles floating in the beam. Panic bloomed in his chest, but he quickly snuffed it out, forcing his breaths to remain as even as possible to avoid worrying Mary—and was that Phantom in the back there?—anymore than they were already.
Besides, she seemed pretty preoccupied at the moment, he noted as a cast of purple energy wrapped around his broken leg. His fingers scrabbled for purchase in the soft ground as he muffled a scream in his shoulder, another wave of unconsciousness threatening to take over. He sat there, wheezing and panting for several moments, until the feeling passed and he was able to slump against the wall again.
“‘M never goin’ to Starbucks again,” he mumbled between breaths.
Kelly silently agreed, halfheartedly considering staying home indefinitely after this. He directed yet another nod at Mary and reached for his phone, only pausing when Kace made a sound of protest. He raised an eyebrow, fixing the trainee with an exasperated look. “If you’re trying to defend them—don’t. I don’t want to hear it.”
Kace frowned. “But Mary’s the reason we were able to find everyone!”
“She’s also the reason we’re in this mess,” the proxy snapped back. “She stabbed me then stalked me to work where she proceeded to kidnap you. When will you get it into your thick skull? These are not good people.”
Sivik winced at the raised voice, training a weak glare at the proxy. “She only did those things after you stabbed and kidnapped her, hypocrite. What’s your excuse?” he hissed, almost instantly dissolving into a coughing fit when he was finished.
Kelly and Kace both paused. The former abruptly stood. “Don’t try to move; I’ll be right back,” he said to Requiem, his voice moderately softer than a moment ago, before storming off with his phone. He stopped under the hole they’d descended down, holding his phone out and muttering to himself loudly.