A Castle, A Wardrobe, A Rose [[FULL]] Dec 1, 2019 20:38:23 GMT -5
Post by hoodwink on Dec 1, 2019 20:38:23 GMT -5
”I am fine, Henoke. I must be tired, that’s all.” Tamara seemed to snap out of whatever daze she had been in, though Henoke’s brow still furrowed with worry. Something seemed ‘off’ about the druid—but the teen couldn’t quite place his finger on it. It was then that Tori’s retort reached his ears, causing the teen to frown and look away for a moment, crossing his arms. ”But does it hurt to at least cooperate? That’s what I’m asking you to do.” Tori seemed frustrated and close to giving up, clearly tired of attempting to strike a balance between the hot-headed youth and boy in green. Looking back towards her with a somewhat stubborn look on his face, Henoke finally snorted and sighed. ”Fine. I don’t wanna mess up Lumiere’s chances of savin' Fifi just ‘cause of a grudge…”
At this comment, the candelabra smiled brightly at the youth while putting his ‘hands’ on his ‘hips’. ”Right, Henoke! Focus on what’s important!” Nodding in agreement with Tori, Cogsworth seemed to follow the same logic the others had nudged Henoke towards. Nodding at Lumiere and Cogsworth, Henoke took a moment to breathe. Okay. I’ll do it for their sake. With a new determination in his heart, Henoke’s fists clenched at his sides as he worked on his resolve. It was at this time that Tamara’s movements caught his eye. Brandishing her own Keyblade, Tamara began to focus on the task at hand, taking aim at the dark lantern in front of them.
Lumiere and Cogsworth both let out small ‘oooh’s’ as a white mist began to emerge. Surrounding the lantern, the mist seemed to do little other than shroud it. Tamara seemed flustered, hinting that this was not the outcome she had anticipated. ”Henoke, how do you use this ‘Keyblade’ weapon to fire beams of light?” The question caught him off guard. The look on Tamara’s face betrayed that the druid wasn’t prone to asking for help—Henoke felt the pressure. Scratching at the back of his head, the teen looked up towards the dark ceiling in thought. ”Hm…how to explain it…” For a moment, he crossed his arms and furrowed his brow, looking down at the stone floor in concentration.
”Well, it’s kinda like lockin' a keyhole.” Having trained under Chirithy and the old geezer, Henoke wasn’t new to voyaging through worlds, closing open doors and unlocking others. It wasn’t something he typically had to explain to people, though. How did Chirithy explain it to me, when I first learned? Trying to recall, Henoke summoned his own Keyblade, the hefty and solid grey weapon emerging from a burst of light. ”You just gotta concentrate on what you wanna open…” Using both of his hands to hoist his large weapon into the air, Henoke aimed at the lantern shrouded in darkness before them. For a moment, he closed his eyes firmly. ”Then, tell it with your heart to open.”
Suddenly, a faint light began to circle around Henoke, who’s eyes were still closed. ”Use the light inside of you to reach out, to touch—“ It were almost as though he were reliving his old lessons. Still focused and holding his Keyblade out before him, the light surrounding Henoke began to glow and consume the odd-shaped weapon. For a moment, the hallway was brightened to the point that Cogsworth and Lumiere both exclaimed, holding their ‘hands’ over their ‘eyes’. Suddenly, a beam of light erupted forth from Henoke’s Keyblade, causing the light around the teen to vanish as it leapt forward and touched the lantern with a soft click!
Suddenly, the darkness surrounding the Lantern was gone. Opening his eyes, Henoke smiled and sighed with a bit of relief. He would have hated to mess up after someone had asked. ”Oh—damn!” He suddenly realized what he had done. ”Sorry, Tamara, I didn’t mean to actually do it!” Having wasted a good learning moment, the teen’s Keyblade disappeared in its familiar burst of light as Henoke grabbed at his orange and spiky hair with both hands. Shaking his head, the teen slumped for a moment before straightening himself with a sigh, resting his hands on his hips.
”Well…I guess you can do the next one?” With an almost sheepish look, the teen pointed to the now exposed lantern. ”Wanna light it, at least?”
As the Heartless surged forward, Jen imitated their charge. Leaping forward in a powerful attack of light, the hallway shook and rumbled as the darkness all around seemed to be blasted away for a moment. Each blast of Jen’s Lightstorm ability illuminated the stone hallway, sending Heartless scattering through the air as they disappeared in bursts of smoke. All that remained were a few Soldiers and the Large Bodies.
While Jen was busy massacring the demons, Adrien crept across the long and narrow battlefield with Yubel, dispatching any of the minor stray Heartless careless enough to come across them. Past the Large Bodies blocking the remainder of the Hallway was a lantern shrouded in darkness. Hanging by a thick and sturdy chain, the mechanism was lifted high into the air, closer to the stone ceiling than the floor. Darkness and shadow shrouded the remainder of the hallway, leading to the last platform and final lantern out of sight.
While observing the area, Adrien would be approached by the two Large Bodies steadily coming closer from the other side of the hall. One would leap forward, attempting to flatten the boy in green with its heavy body, while the other slapped its rotund gut and began to barrel down the hallway at surprising speeds! It seemed that the body slam was only targeting Adrien, but the Large Body charging was hoping to get both him and Jen! While the giant Heartless attacked from the front, the remaining Soldiers lunged through the air, cycloning through the hall with their glinting sharp talons, aimed directly for the two!
[[ENEMIES: 5 Soldiers, 2 Large Bodies]]