“Uncle Ivory?!” I yell unintentionally.
He quickly drags me into the alleyway next to the bar and puts a finger to his lips. I oblige and shut my mouth as guards rush by the alley searching for someone. I take a few peeks from behind the trashcan we hid behind and see a mass army of what look like toy soldiers. One of them peers down our alley for a moment and I hold my breath in response. As if in response to my silence, the soldier keeps moving. We both breathe a sigh of relief when the danger seems to have passed.
I turn to him and talk in a low voice. “What are you doing here Uncle?” He’s one of the few people I still remember vividly who helped my mom and I after my dad suddenly passed away. He was even a huge contributor to my fund to get the FOG headset. “And why did you decide to stay human?” I ask quizzically.
He chuckles a bit and ruffles the back of my head. “It’s quite simply because I was a beta tester for this console and game.”
My eyes widen. “You?” I pause. “Why didn’t you tell me?”
He grins widely, “Because I wanted it to be a surprise.” His face turns serious. “But that’s not what I came here for. I heard some commotion about a new Iris in town and I knew instinctively that it would be you. Knowing your typical behavior, I knew you’d eventually stumble upon a tavern like this one.” He smiles sadly. “I’m afraid I have to tell you something terrible.” He pauses. “Suzie has been captured.”
“What?!” I say a bit louder than I should have and the footsteps we thought that had left begin to get louder.
“Run!” He yells. He pushes me in one direction and goes in another.
“What about you?!” I yell back.
He stares at me and winks. The wink I will always remember telling me that he has already given me the information. Not willing to give it a second thought, I leap to the rooftops and land surprisingly softly on the shingles. I move from rooftop to rooftop deftly, making as little sound as possible making quick glances behind and below me for any sudden movement of those toy soldiers.
As I round the corner of a tall building that has staggered roofs, I nearly run into another person. I skid to a stop, making a few of the shingles fall and shatter on the road below. I see a few soldiers now running along that path looking around where that noise came from. Then I see one stare straight up, right in my direction. I panic and am about to leap to another roof, when a hand stops me.
I glance over at the girl who I nearly slammed into. “They can’t see you from up here.” She says calmly.
I look down again and sure enough the soldier that was looking my way is now running among the others. I look at the strange girl again. Pointed hat, long dark robes, childish appearance, broomstick in one hand. If I didn’t know any better I’d say she was a witch… Oh wait, she probably is one. “Uh, thanks, um...?”
“Selene.” She says.
“Okay Selene, what are you doing up here?” I ask.
“Waiting for you.” She plainly states.
I tilt my head. “What? How’d you know I’d come up here?”
“Logic.” Her voice almost mechanical as she speaks. “Logic also says someone wants what you have.”
“W-what do you mean?” I try to not let panic overtake my voice.
“You possess the Mist of Shadow, correct?”
“You must give it to me for safekeeping or you will be in grave danger.”
Her voice breaks its normal calm for a moment. I catches me off-guard for a moment. Do I trust her?