Ahir, Guardian of Malor, Chapter 12: The Threat from Inside Part 2

Trixie and Ahir stood in an empty alley with police officers standing at the mouth. Trixie smiled at Ahir, “So, Ahir. Would you like to go out and get something to eat after this? We could go get more Mooey-gooey burgers.”

Ahir blushed. “That sounds good, but I may have to do a show or two first to be able to afford to pay for both of us.”

Sil’abo sat against the wall further down the alley with Bar’bou resting on his back. “Don’t forget about us! I’d like to try one of those burgers too!”

Bar’bou smiled. “The object of my desire is an apple pie!”

Ahir sighed. “Maybe three or four shows.”

Trixie giggled. “I can cover the bill, so don’t worry about it.”

Ahir shook his head. “You already are giving us a place to stay Trixie, I can’t let you cover going out to eat too. Besides, I’m not going to let my girl friend pay for our dates.”

Trixie crossed her arms across her chest. “Ugh, you are so old school Ahir. In that case we’ll never get to go out on a real date.”

Ahir flinched. “Ouch.” Ahir was cut off from saying anymore when a portal opened at the end of the alley. A large cat made out of floating stones stepped out of the portal, electricity crackling between the stones keeping them all in the air. Two stone tusks grew out of the creatures mouth, and stone antlers like a deer’s grew out of its head.

The creature chuckled. “Ouch? But we haven’t even begun yet. By the time we’re done here, you’ll be saying more that just ouch.”

A long vine-like leg stepped through the portal behind the stone cat. A high pitched voice echoed out of the portal, “When we are done with them, Kli’ton? What about when master Lang’kahn finishes with them?” Seven more vine-like legs followed the first out of the portal, and those led back to a large clump of dirt shaped like a spiders body, with a ball of flame resting on top of that. A stone mask hovered in the midst of the ball of flame, and a long vine-like tail tipped with a sharp thorn point, like a scorpions, grew out of the creature’s body.

Ahir put on a brave face. “Good thing we don’t have to worry about that then.” Ahir charged at the spider-like creature, and swung the Gladio Protegat at one of its legs. The spider-like creature jumped over the blade and thrust its legs out to either side of the alley and climbed up out of Ahir’s reach. It spit a gout of fire at Ahir, but Trixie ran up to intercept it with her shield, and sent the fireball right back at the creature. The fireball connected and knocked the plant spider back down onto the alley floor.

Ahir charged at the fallen Aureus’Aevum, but out of the corner of his eye he saw Kil’ton, the stone cat Aureus’Aevum, charging at him, and did a backflip out of the way. Kil’ton continued on and crashed into the building, and collapsed down into a pile of stones. The creature made out of vines and dirt struck out with its long scorpion like tail at Ahir, and Ahir did another backflip out of the way of the attack.

Sparks started flying out of the Kil’ton, and soon the rocks began to float once more and formed back into a large stone cat. He leapt up onto his feet and turned to face Ahir. He called out, “Thank you, Gwe’dlon. If you hadn’t intervened, I may have met my end.”

Gwe’dlon climbed back up the walls of the alley. “Just returning the favor, Kil’ton.” Something else stepped out of the portal, unnoticed by Ahir or the others. The mask that made up Gwe’dlon’s face smiled. “It appears that we are doing well against these humans.”

Ahir charged at Kil’ton once more, “Thanks for having my back, Trixie.” He swung his sword at Kil’ton. Kil’ton jumped back out of the way and then rushed at Ahir with his horns lowered. “I’m going to try to deal with this one, make sure the other one doesn’t attack me while I’m distracted!”

Trixie rushed up to Ahir’s side, her eyes on Gwe’dlon up above the alley floor. A man started to walk across the alley toward Trixie, and Sil’abo started trotting toward him. “Sir, you shouldn’t be here! This is a very dangerous fight going on right now, and you will only get hurt!”

The man turned and smiled at Sil’abo, but it was a smile from a mouth full of fangs. Large claws grew out of his fingers and he rushed at Sil’abo and slashed him and Bar’bou, knocking both of them over. Trixie turned and looked at the man, and her eyes opened wide. “Ahir! What’s going on?”

Ahir quickly turned his head and looked at the man, but turned his head to face his opponent once more. He instantly turned and looked at the claws growing out of the man’s hands and he said, “I think that must be another Aureus’Aevum!” He saw Bar’bou laying on the ground. “No, Bar’bou!” Ahir turned away from Kil’ton and rushed at the strange man.

Trixie looked after Ahir with concern. “Ahir, what are you doing?”

“He hurt Bar’bou! I have to stop him from doing it again!” Ahir slashed at the Aureus’Aevum, but his sword ran into an invisible wall. The creature laughed and slashed out at Ahir with its long claws, but Ahir backflipped out of the creatures range.

Kil’ton changed his charge from going after Ahir to target Trixie instead. Trixie turned back to see what Kil’ton and Gwe’dlon were doing, and quickly brought her shield up to stop Kil’ton’s charge. Kil’ton ran into Trixie’s shield and was thrown back, and a sound like glass shattering filled the alley way as Kil’ton’s invisible shield shattered and fell away. Gwe’dlon formed a spider web with electricity flowing over it, and fired it at Ahir.

Trixie shouted out, “Ahir, look out!” Ahir looked up, saw the web flying at him and dove to the side. The web crashed into the floor of the alley shooting sparks out.

Ahir looked at Trixie. “You are supposed to be blocking those attacks for me!”

“I’m sorry, Ahir, but when you moved over there I got stuck fighting against Kil’ton! Give me a second and I’ll move over to cover you!” Trixie started backing toward Ahir.

Ahir jumped to his feet and rushed back at the human looking Aureus’Aevum, and thrust his sword out in two quick jabs followed by a slash at neck level. The shield surrounding the creature shattered just before Ahir’s sword made contact. The creature’s body started to break down into dust that was blown away by an unfelt breeze.

Kil’ton charged at Trixie with its head lowered. Ahir ran past Trixie, and dropped down into slide that took him under the Aureus’Aevum’s body, and he held his sword blade up as he did so, and the blade cut through Kil’ton as he did so. Kil’ton’s body broke into two pieces, which broke down into a dust before they could hit the ground. Ahir looked up at the last Aureus’Aevum up above his head. “I’ll give you only one chance to leave right now. If not, I will end you for what your friend did to Bar’bou!”

Gwe’dlon laughed. “You do realize that your friend is an Aureus’Aevum, so unless you decide to hit him with your sword then there isn’t anything that can hurt him, right? And I’m going to have to refuse your little bluff, because there isn’t anyway that you could reach me up here!”

Trixie grabbed Ahir’s shoulder. “Ahir, I’m pretty sure that Bar’bou is fine! You need to slow down and think about what you’re doing! Together we’ll come up with a plan to take this guy…”

Ahir pulled his shoulder out of Trixie’s grasp, pointed up at the Aureus’Aevum and shouted out, “Don’t say I didn’t give you a chance!” Ahir ran at the wall and started to run up it, he got six steps up before gravity started to pull him back down. Ahir pushed off of the wall and slashed at Gwe’dlon’s leg as he flew past it. He grabbed onto the edge of a fire escape that was attached to the wall on the other side of the alley. He pulled himself up onto the fire escape and jumped off toward the fire escape on the other side of the alley, slashing at one of Gwe’dlon’s legs once more as he flew past. The shield shattered, and Gwe’dlon struck out with it’s long vine tail, narrowly missing Ahir. Ahir grabbed onto the fire escape, pulled his legs up to rest his feet against it, and jumped off to sail over Gwe’dlon’s body. Ahir drove his sword down into Gwe’dlon’s back. Gwe’dlon shrieked out in pain and fell down to the alley below.

Ahir landed on top of Gwe’dlon, pulled his sword out of Gwe’dlon’s back and sliced through its head. Gwe’dlon started to break down into a black dust that started to fly away. Ahir stood facing the portal while breathing heavily. Trixie walked up behind him and put her arm around Ahir’s shoulder. “Ahir, are you alright? I’ve never seen you get so worked up before.

Ahir turned to Trixie and gave her a smile. “Yeah, sorry about that. When I saw Bar’bou get hurt I kind of lost control.” Ahir walked up to the portal, thrust his sword inside of it and closed it. Then he walked over to where Bar’bou and Sil’abou were sitting. “Are you alright, Bar’bou?”

Bar’bou waved his hand at Ahir. “I am uninjured, the makeup of my physiology prevents any altercation to terminate, or even cause the minutest damage to my person.”

Ahir stared at Bar’bou blankly, until Sil’abo chimed in, “He said that our bodies won’t allow any blow to kill or hurt us.”

Bar’bou nodded his head. “He is a most apt translator. Now, I recollect you orating something about an apple pie?”

Ahir shook his head. “I heard something about apple pie, which means that I have to go do a show or two. Let’s go.” The group turned and walked out of the alley. A bird watched them go from the top of the apartment building before flying away.

Thank you for checking out my story, if you liked this and want to see more of it, come back on Friday when I will publish part three, and check out the other stories I’m working on writing, here: Tales of the Imagination, check out my facebook page connect with me and give me some feedback: Facebook, and follow me on Twitter here: @EJBorchardt. Please like, comment, and tell your friends if you like what you’ve read.


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