Afra felt safe in Augustine’s arms. Every time she heard his heartbeat, hers began beating at the same rhythm as his. She shivered and he pulled the cloak tighter around her. Afra closed her eyes, her head moving against his chest, allowing the motion of his body lulls her to sleep.
The sudden jolt of Augustine’s body sprinting forward woke her from her sleep.
“This way!” A woman shouted.
She looked up to see Augustine lift his eyes to the sky. A large dark figure with outstretched wings glided towards them.
“Here!” A woman shouted and Afra felt Augustine turn suddenly towards the woman’s voice. Augustine ducked into a small cave.
He set her down on the cave floor.
“Stay here,” He told Afra, then quickly turned and stood next to a dark-haired woman at the cave’s entrance. Afra watched as they looked up to the sky, their eyes darting around searching for a threat.
Afra felt weak but she thought she had enough energy to stand, however, her legs had other ideas. They felt weak and threatened to drop her back down to the floor. The dark-haired woman turned and moved quickly to support Afra. Afra leaned on her as they moved to the entrance. They stood next to Augustine. Afra shifted her weight and leaned against Augustine. She felt his hand search for hers and she wrapped her fingers around his.
“Did you see where the others went?” The woman asked.
“They were behind me, but I didn’t see in what direction they ran,” Augustine replied.
“Wherever they are, they are capable of handling whatever comes their way,” the woman replied, her eyes moving across the area searching for the others.
“How many others are there?” Afra asked.
‘Four. Phillipe, Lorraine, Ralph, and Thad,” said Augustine.
The dark-haired woman turned and walked into the cave.
Afra turned her head, the woman leaned against the cave’s wall, her dark hair pasted to her forehead.
A deep sigh escaped the woman’s lips. “Augustine, did you recognize that thing out there?”
“Yes. Reva, It’s the same thing that attacked us back at the bar the first day I met you.”
Augustine turned to Afra. “Are you okay? Can you stand on your own?”
Afra’s heart warmed when saw the concern in his eyes. “Yes, I am.”
He nodded, gently let go of her hand, and went to the woman he called Reva.
“What was that thing that attacked us?” Afra asked.
“We have seen it before. It attacked us several months ago when I went looking for a group that had the means to break your curse,” Augustine said.
“How dangerous is it?” Afra asked.
“There were six of us against one of it and it held its own against all of us,” said Augustine.
“How did you escape it?”
“Augustine used his magic to shatter a mirror and the creature ran when the shards pointed its way,” Reva said.
“Unfortunately it took all of the magic I had left.”
“If you lost your magic, how did you find me?” Afra asked.
“That is a long story,” said a young man, who led a group of others into the cave. “We don’t have time for it right now.”
“Where is it?” asked Reva.
“The young man replied, “It’s still out there. We managed to hide under some brush. Thad led it away from us.” Reva looked at the young man, her eyes showing concern. “Reva, it followed him.”
Reva turned at looked towards the cave entrance. “ Ralph, you will show me what direction Thad went?”
“Reva—.” Ralph tried to speak.
“Reva, we’ll come too.” said the other man that had followed Ralph along with a blonde woman..
“Not now. Dusk will come in a couple of hours. You can follow us after your transformation,” Reva said.
Transformation. Could it be? Are they gargoyles? Afra thought.
Augustine must have read her mind. She felt him approach her. “Yes, they too have been cursed by Moll. They too are gargoyles.”
But before Afra could respond a loud flapping of wings sounded outside. Reva lifted her head. Her gargoyles’ ears detected something more. There were more creatures.
“Let’s move,” Reva and Ralph moved to leave the cave.
“Wait! Reva, You can’t fight this one. You can’t destroy it,” Afra said.
Reva turned to look at Afra, her eyes narrowed and her brow furrowed. “I can and I will.”
“No, that’s what I have been trying to tell you. She is right. It is not just one thing. There are many…and…most of them followed Thad,” Ralph said.
Augustine came to stand before Afra. She could feel his energy as he stood facing her. “How did you know?” he asked her.
“I don’t have time to explain at the moment, just trust me.” She turned to speak to the others. “These creatures are Moll’s doing. We need to neutralize them and then we can take care of Moll,” Afra told them. “As you may have guessed I am able to transform during the day. So, I will go out there and lead them away from the cave. This will allow you to find another place to take shelter.” Afra knew Sadie’s place was near. “ There is a compound nearby just head north. Tell them what has occurred and they will know what to do.”
“Afra, I can’t let you do this. I will not lose you again,” Augustine told her.
“He’s right. We didn’t come all of this way to run away now,” Reva said.
“Can any of you transform during the day?” No one answered. “I didn’t think so. I can hold them off until night comes. Then you can join in all of the fun,” Afra knew her voice sounded sarcastic, but she felt they thought she wasn’t as strong as they were.
She moved to the entrance of the cave. Augustine followed closely behind.
He grabbed her arm and turned her towards him. “Afra don’t do this alone. I can’t lose you again.”
She reached up and touched his cheek. “I will return to you.” She turned back and stepped outside the cave. She heard them gather at the entrance.
The transformation began. She felt the blood in her veins begin to heat up. Her muscles moved as they grew in size, she heard them ripping through her flesh. Her teeth began to fall out and she ran her tongue over the pointed teeth and fangs that had replaced them. Two horns grew out of her skull. She widened her shoulders as her wings began to spring forth from her back and spread themselves out. Opening her mouth she let out a loud roar and sprang into the air.
She looked down to the cave and saw them looking up at her with wide eyes and open mouths.
Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a dark figure approaching quickly. As she turned to maneuver out of the way. She felt an impact to the front of her skull, she tumbled backward and fell to the ground. She spun around and managed to land on all fours. She shook her head trying to recover from the impact. Two figures were coming from the sky approaching at an alarming speed. Her gargoyle stood erect and waited. Suddenly Afra lept into the air and with her wings out, spun around lie a top. Her wings sliced the dark figures in half. She didn’t stop to look back at them but kept flying towards the clouds. She knew there were others and she wanted to stop them. Her senses were high, her ears twitched and her nostrils flared as she picked up movement and caught their scent. She steadied herself and positioned herself erect in the sky. The sound of the movement grew louder as she detected the flapping of wings. Many wings…and then she saw them. There were about twenty of the creatures.
Afra’s gargoyle readied itself. After taking a deep breath. Afra flew towards them.
- : Fantasy
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