Neal walked through the sides keeping his eyes on the creature before him as he lead them through the tunnels, "So let me get this straight" he paused and looked at the others around him, "You're looking for your boyfriend Truss and trying to take him back home" he stared at Sabine.
"Whoa there preacher, I am not his boy friend, but Chloe on the other hand" she snickered as Chloe blushed.
"Absolutely not!" She growled as Sabine waves in surrender laughing, "Anyways we are looking for him cause we care about him a lot. And We know he is Alice somewhere in the uncharted"
Neal only listened as he looked at the lizard creature, "and I'm guessing this thing is your....ticket to find him?" he said keeping his cool as he stared blankly at the lizard creature who lunged down and buried its face to find more of a scent, "and you're saying this creature is much better at sniffing out other felines? Are you serious..." He looked to the side, "and after I thought seeing and hearing voices were weird, but I bet it cannot sniff out a soul" he countered.
Sabine gave in a snort, "I think someone is jealous" she snickered, "Seeing and hearing souls better than sniffing a guy out? Ha-" she gritted her teeth as Damien stared at her.
"Your point?" he asked her.
Sabine glared at her, "My point? Well my point is...umm well..." She started to look up thinking, "I don't know!, Geez umm well I guess we can track marking with our noses..." She got stuck and stared at Damien, "Oh shut up, fricken lawyer like braniac"
Neal stopped and looked around, "Stop" he commanded and everyone stopped in their track with the lizard being pulled back, "I sensed something up ahead" he mewed, blinking once and turning back, "someone is following us"
Sabine blinked and turned back to see a shadow with glinting eyes as she pulled out her short sword, "Oh yeah I got this one!" she rushed through the tunnel with her tail high to give off light through the tunnel, "Hey Asshole! I'm talking to you, hey!" She hissed rushing for the glowing light, "I can hear your breathing amateur" she said silently as she slowed down and lowers her tail into a crawl and focused on the dim light. Behind her she could hear the rushing of her friends following up.
Then she hear a huff and she dashed around a rock and held up her arms, "Gotcha!" she hissed and in an instant her heart stopped, "Wh-...what?" her snarl instantly turned into a Mew as she notice a small Traditional cat scrambling against the corner screaming his head of.
"Please don't kill me, I promise I wont do anything, I didn't see nothing...I'm sorry!!" he cried as Sabine placed her sword back.
"Oh man...ugh...calm down I am not going to hurt you!" she mewed, already feeling guilty of her attitude Chasing this little guy down. It was only a kitten, male with brown dots around its pelt.
"What is going on here!" Chase mewed across the tunnel as the kid still rolled up scared.
Sabine held out an arm to offer to pick it up, "Look kid I am a New Age guard, you don't have to be-" she flinched as the kitten bit her hand and she retreated, "Ouch you little-" she turn back to see the crowd as she rubed her hand.
Neal looked over to spot the little kitten, "Phillip, is that you?" his voice got to him and the little kit looked up in surprise.
He was relieved, "Neal!" he rushed in to met his eyes, "Am I glad to see you, these guys they-"
"They are not our enemies" he told him, looking up at Sabine, "At least I think they are"
Sabine placed her hands against her hips, "Hey shorty, I said I was sorry" he shrugged, "But really though I am sorry...didn't mean to scare ya kid...thought you were one of those bandits" she mewed.
"Bandit?" He huffed his cheeks and half hid behind Neal, "I am no bandit!" he hissed, "Neal why are they so mean!"
Neal turned away and stared at him, "Maybe its concern for you, what in the spirits possessed you to paw your way all the way out here without proper supervision" the little kit paused and just stared, "Where is your mother, she must be worried sick"
"But I...was just curious, why you always left the city"
"Why I leave the city is my own business, not for some under minded kit like yourself" He lectured, "Sigh...damn..." he stared back at the group of New-age citizens, "well I can't let you go back alone" he mewed, "Everyone I am afraid I can only lead you to the edge of this place and turn back, I have to send this little guy home before he is deeply missed by his mother"
Sabine nodded, "hey at least you got us this far, with or without powers and all"
Neal flinched and rolled his eyes, I don't have powers, He wanted to say but shook his head, "whatever" he mewed and pushed through the crowd, Come on everyone I'll take you to the edge of the Charted south system"
Damien let out a yawn, "Finally, was tired of staying in one place" he mewed and looked around noticing something odd, "wait, where is Chase and Gloe?" he asked as they heard a thump of a lizard rushing up and dragging Chase around by the leash.
They all blinked, "Does that answer your question?" Chloe replied as Philip's eyes widen from the mysterious creature.
He took a step, "Awe so cool!! What is that thing!?"
Neal looked down, "Don't ask.." he turns away seeing Chase has regain control of the lizard which gave him a lap in the face with its scaly tongue.
Once the commotion has died down and they continued to walk, Philip could not resist but ask a couple of questions to them over and over, Damien didn't really feel like talking and focused on the area around him, Chloe was a bit of the same but she gave out a few charming answers, But Chase and Sabine were chatter boxes through the whole thing and They even let him ride on top of the Crystal back lizard as it dug around the earth, even thought it was unnecessary right now. But it was best to allow its freedom for now and regroup later.
"So your a Guard? and your a Tutor?" he repeated over and over, "Oh man what is that life like, I bet it is just as awesome as Tradition City's Guards!"
Sabine laughed, "well kid I'll tell you one thing, there isn't as much action as being a wild Rogue that's for sure" she boasted, "Before I became a guard, I was a prime time heroine" she lied claiming to be a highly wanted thief criminal from the Ruins.
Chase coughed at her lie, even though she was trying to make a good impression on the kit, "even though being a guard and all is fun, their is also a lot of danger involves" he opens his books and shows it to him, "while study and using your brain also functions wonders through life" he points out as Sabine scoffs holding her arms back.
"well yeah having a brain and all is fun and games until your actually in a battle, after that it is all puuuurre skill" she held off her arms showing her muscular arm, "An education can only get you so far" she purred.
Chase shook his head, "are you hearing yourself? So mathematical calculations and understanding principles of important factors of history doesn't get you any farther through today's lifestyle?"
Sabine pointed a claw at him, "Hey History I'll agree with, but math..eeehh it a little far fetch these days"
Chase crossed his arms, "okay then what is two times four?"
Sabine laughed, "ha easy, it's six"
Chase placed a hand against his face, "That's Addition genius"
"Hmph well at least I know how to add"
Philip stared between the two, "You two sure argue a lot, are you two married?"
Chase eyes were raised up and blushed, "Me? Married to this moron? Not in a thousand life cycles"
Sabine gave in a gasp, "I am not a Moron, I am a sincere actress" she played around, "I know a lot more than you do"
Chase hissed, "you can't even take care of yourself, I mean have you bath recently"
"Oh that is a low blow" she snarled, "Anything you can do I can do better" she mewed, giving her hair a quick sniff.
"No you can't"
"Oh yes I can"
"No you can't"
"Yes I caaan-"
On and on they went as Damien turn around, "Will you two stop it!!" he yelled, "You both sound like children, you're both adults" he turned away as Neal stared behind him.
"And hear I thought kits were annoying" he swore under his breath and continued on the trail as Sabine raced up.
She stuck her tongue out at him, "yes I can" she whispered and walked away. Causing Chase to get frustrated.
As the talking quiet down through the group, Neal came to a sudden stop and felt his paws around the ground, "Hmm" he looked to the left seeing the red crystal mixed in with the purple and blue, looking across the floor and over at a empty space of darkness that can only be shown through their tails. Neal shook his head, "This is as far as I can go I am afraid" he turns around reaching for the kit.
"what?" Sabine stepped forward, "but we haven't even made it to a cavern yet, this is just a bunch of tunnels that could lead us anywhere" she mewed, "I don't even have guide markers here how"
Neal stared at her, "This place doesn't allow me to guide you any further, either I am not wanted here or they are keeping something out that I should not stick my nose in" he picked up the kit and flick his tail, "Look I know you all are good people, but I have a duty to attend to and a Kit to send back safely... I am sure that the spirits will light your path to what you are looking for"
Chloe stepped forwards, "well thank you very much for your help so far, I do hope we can meet again"
Neal nodded, "as do I, But I must ask before I go...who exactly are you looking for?" he asked them as they all shared a glance at each other.
Chase spoke first, "Truss Ashford" he mewed, "a Class Guard of New age and a very close friend of ours"
Neal eyes gave a short widen appearance as he understood, "I see.... Interesting" he picks up the kit with his mouth, "then with interpretation I know the spirits have a place for him, for I have not seen his spirit yet" he mewed, "farewell New age cats"
Sabine gave in a depressing stare, "You know that guy creeps me out a bit" she mewed and starts digging through her bag, pulling out a marker and a knife.
Chase looked over, "what are you" she cuts the tip of her finger and Chase lashes back, "have you gone mad?!"
"Chill Braniac!" she hissed and placed it against the tip of the marker as it sucked it up and formed into a sponge, then from the side she started writing on the wall, "I am marking my territory, in case we get lost" she looks back, "oh what's the matter, scared of a little blood" she teased, writing a few symbols, "okay we pick a trail and head straight ahead as I place these markers in so we have a way back" she mewed.
Chase gave in a hiss then held his snarl, "That...is actually a good idea, even if they are faded the Lizard can sniff them right back"
Damien pulled out his sword, "Alright enough talk lets keep going forward with the mission" he mewed, "we're close to hitting the uncharted, after that we need to have our A game on, we don't know what is beyond those caverns"
They all agreed as they stayed close together, without thinking they chose the middle path where the lizard burrowed its face and took a whiff in the the air to get a scent of Truss from the cave and onward to the unknown.
Only a few minutes had passed since they had parted ways with Neal and Philip, the darkness from the caves have gotten so dark recently that their tails barely reach out a few feet in front of them.
Chloe started to have shivers as she tried to look in front of the darkness, "this place gives me so many chills" she huffed seeing her own breath in the cold wind.
"This is a sign we are getting close to the uncharted" Damien noted looking up at the ceiling, "beyond this place I hear that eternal darkness awaits, no glowing crystals, no light given." He looks at the creature who continues to dig, "the only reason my nerves are not shot yet is because that beast isn't so nervous about his surroundings"
Sabine made another marker against the wall as they progressed, "I cannot believe for the first time in my life I get to see something new than the city" she looks back at Oscar, "what do you think about this adventure so far?" he asked.
Oscar stayed quiet, "Ehh I'm nervous as hell" he added, "I'm kinda getting a bit of homesick, I never travelled this far and I'm worried about my patients back home. This is beginning to be overwhelming and I'm scared I'm going to get lost" he mewed.
Chase gave in a nod, "you know even though you miss them, still you'll never know what you'll find here" he turned around walking backwards with a rope hanging onto Gloe, "I mean what if you come up with a new form of medicine from an unknown source only found here, its quite a possibility of rare artifices we could loot on the way"
Sabine eyes flashed and quickly walked up and leaned against him with a bit of drool, "Did you say...loot?" she placed her hands together, "as in...Treasure-" she rolled her tongue on the word, "Oh the thought of it, gold, crysis...Jewels" she said excitingly as her tail lashed around.
In an instant she stood on top of the beast and kept her feet from touching any of the spikes, "alright Scallywags, lets make this adventures to days end, we shall find the golden trail to riches" she mimicked as Chase only shook his head down.
Chloe couldn't help but laugh, "that's the spirit, but lets not forget one of them includes Truss"
Sabine looked back blinking, "Why of course, what a silly think, Truss first, then Treasure"
Oscar stepped in, "I would also like that too" everyone looked at him as Sabine jumped off when the beast got irritated.
She glint at him, "oooOOoo, Oscar I didn't take you for a treasure hunter as well?" she rushed over and leaned against him, "So then whatcha gonna buy if you find anything, oh let me guess a new rare gem piercing on the tip of your ear?" she pointed out.
Oscar shook his head, "no no nothing like that I have plenty of them as you can see" he mewed and looked up in questioning, "Hmm I would like to upgrade my place into a herbs and farm area, growing plants and working on experimentation to help the people"
Chase looks back, "Wow I like that idea, I would do something similar and make a lab instead of working in that shack of a place" he looks at Chloe who was giving back a angry glare, "Now dear sis, I didn't mean that it was a bad house, I mean I was just-" Suddenly Damien thrashed his teeth open and lunged for Chase as he pushes him against the wall.
An arrow zips by with a fire beaming down, "Everyone get down!" he yelled as he pulls out his sword. Sabine reached for her short blades and open out her tail cover to hid her tail light and snuck up towards the area that fired.
Oscar laid low with Chloe, "you didn't tell me we would get shot at!" he yelled at her as she looked back to see Chase getting up, scrambling towards the back behind Gloe who started to crackle and roll around. Chase's nose was bleeding and gaining control of the beast was impossible so he fled.
It gave in a roar and smashed into the rock below him, making the cave ripple and creating a hole as it buried its whole body under, "Gloe no! Come Back!" Chase Yelled, cursing under his breath as he looks across the edge of the area to see the place has become a cavern with a few cast with warm colors, signifying that they are Traditional Cats.
"Hold your fire!" yelled one of the cats in the back with a yellow tail that created a shadow over its body with claws that seem to have give off the same glimmer.
Damien cautiously raised his sword, "who are you guys!" he yelled, "are you rogues? Bandits?"
Their was a long pause as one of them was wielding some contraption on its back with a red tail, the other one was a bit smaller but also had a red tail with a similar contraption around its tail.
"So" It spoke in a harsh and low tone as the yellow eyes looked between the New age cats, "you think a feline in the prime of myself is in the ranks of some low life" he hissed as Damien eye widened to look at the golden eyed cat with cold staring eyes.
His Focus doubled, "you..." he hissed under his breath as Sabine caught up with her twin short blades at the ready, she looked at him and noticed his face and looked back thinking he isn't someone to underestimate.
The two at his side also focused their guard and aimed the contraption at them, up close it was a heavy set of gears and a wind up of a slingshot like device with an arrow mount that revolved around, The guard holding it was larger than the average with heavy stocky shoulder to hold the device. He has never seen anything like it, a new prototype maybe?
Just as the Guard was about to pull down a lever from its paw, the unfamiliar leader raised his golden glowing tail and signalled him to stop, "at ease, hold your fire" he mewed and looked back, "well this is a surprise" he sniffed the air, "not two....three...four...oh five low life cats in the area and into my territory" he said calmly but gave in a dark tone as Damien started to feel nervous.
Sabine shook her head, "okay and who the hell are you to say low life" she sassed with her blade tip up, "I am guessing you are guards of the Tradition city? I see your armor wear matches their kind" she smiled, "I like that contraption of yours, looks like a stolen design" she teased.
Damien looked back, "Sabine, now is not the time to gloat" he hissed at her, keeping an eye on the weapon.
Sabine kept her grin as the cat only kept his stare at the woman, "Hmm, how cute, and I am guessing Marcus was desperate to find a street rat from the underworld they called a ruins" he counter licking his paws.
Sabine stopped, "What did you say about my home?" she stood forward with her bladed raised.
The cat stood forward waving his tail as the other two stood back a bit, the female guard looked at him in surprise "s-sir, is this-"
"Shut up!" he snarled at them as they flinched, "this mongrel is mine" he sat and stared up at her, "and yes rogue turnover, I know about the rotten home of yours with that infested disease lurking with both kinds mixed together with that gang who would create the plague...disgusting"
Sabine clenched her teeth in anger, "shut your mouth" her eyes glowed Blue as the unfamiliar cat smiled looking back, "what the hell do you know about me?"
"Hehehe quite simple" he gave in a cold stare, "you're an outsider, born to be nothing but a useless burden and stealing territory-"
"Shut up!!" she snarled as she swung her blade.
"Sabine!" Damien yelled as the feline lashed out his claws and in a flash he swept through her blade and through the side of her cheek like he was phasing through light.
Everything went silent, the feline went to do a flip and landed easily with three legs and one raised up. Sabine struggled to look down at the cat as the blade suddenly broke in two and a deep gash started to weld out from her cheeks and she flinched holding it in place, moaning.
"Sabine!" Damine yelled, as he lunched at her and placed his claws against her neck, ready to cut her throat open. He was heavy and larger than her with the special claw sets.
He snarled, "You do not underestimate me weakling!!" he yelled at her ear, "I am beyond your prime and you are in my territory!"
For the first time in her life Sabine was scared as she felt the tip begin to drive against her neck like a needle, "Rey!" he yelled throwing his sword at him, Bridget jumped in and spun her tail to lash the flying blade and deflect it. The other guard with the contraption aimed his arrow shooter at him and readied his trigger.
"Hey you!" and arrow shot between the two sword fighters as the arrow slammed deep into the large guys armor and jammed his weapon, Chloe jumped in victory as she held up her bow and pulled out another arrow, "Hey big guy, get out of the way!" she fired again and the guard ran back to a corner so he could reach the jamming from his back, but was having a hard time craning his neck to reach for it. Meaning he was stuck with a heavy weight on his shoulders.
That only left this guard leader as she aimed a arrow at him, "He says stop!" she hissed, baring her teeth.
But he didn't and continued to move forward slowly. Beginning to hear her struggle even more than before, Chloe fired her arrow but the moment when the arrow was aimed for his neck, he reached for her blade and lifted it up to be deflected a few angles away, "too easy" he craned his neck and tossed the knife to hold Sabine still as she stood there frozen.
"You pack of shit" she hissed, "you're more rotten than I am!" she spat at him.
His anger rose, pulling his claws back for a lung until he felt a rumble from the ground, "what's that?' he twitched his ears looking around as the other two behind them stopped and looked up to see the small gravel fall above them.
Then the ground started to show glowing blue cracks and a roar took place, Both thee female guards panic, "Sir?!" The ground exploded with a roar engulfed in shadows.
Everyone's jaw dropped as Rey leaped back, his eyes, widened, "Fall back!" he yelled as the girl stared scared at the horrifying creature in front of her, where the image of a giant shadow and a roar of a cave beast encircled the cavern.
The bigger Traditional cat with the broken contraption pushed her away and they all ran, leaving only them in front of the beast who walks up from the rubble revealing that it was small and reappeared was Gloe, "Gloe!" Chloe rushed up and gave it a hug, "oh my crystals that was awesome!" she said excitingly.
Chase walked up, slightly dizzy, "yeah...awesome" he gave in an odd sound while holding a napkin on his nose to hold the bleeding as Oscar rushes in to Sabine.
Sabine just stood their looking pissed, "Are you alright?" he asked her as he checked around for wounds and looks at her neck which was giving off a light stream of blood.
She lightly pushed him back and patted him on the shoulder, "I'll be fine" she helped herself up, "Damn...I let my guard down" she brushed her cheeks to wipe the blood off and looked up at Damien, "who the hell was that guy?..." she looked down as one of her short blades cut clean in halt, "I have never seen a blade do that before"
Damien sheathed his sword, "It is quite odd, that was the Mayor of Tradition city" he hissed, "I find him as one of the most dangerous cats to this underground world, he has killed more New age cats than I have killed rabbits"
Sabine looked at him, "he...killed new age cats? why"
Chloe looks over at Chase as she hold his head up and helps him with the nose bleeding, "He's been that way since the drought I heard, but I too find it odd as to what the Mayor was doing here in the first place" she looked down.
Damien shrugged, "I have no idea, but standing here isn't going to solve anything" he walks up to Chase, "hey you okay? Sorry I pushed you against the wall"
Chase nodded as he held his head up, "I'd rather...eugh...Take a nose bleed than an arrow to the head thank you" he mewed as Oscar pulled up a piece of cotton from his backpack and took over from Chloe to place it into his nose.
Sabine walked up to the tossed short blade and picked it up, but paused as she looks to the side and saw an odd contraption, "hey" she purred and picked it up, It looked like a knife but it held an odd tightener, "get a load of this thing, could it be treasure?'
Damien looked at it and saw the sides embroidered with a Traditional guard cat symbol, "I guess its a tail weapon for the four legged felines, I don't think-" she ignored him and placed it around her tail, flipping it around.
"Hey not bad, warrior accessories at their best....ow!" she poked herself by accident and gave in a chuckle, "I'm keeping this" she mewed and walked forward.
Oscar sigh, "o great spirits please let this end sooner" he looks up, "this is starting to become overwhelming"
Sabine stopped and took a large whiff in the air, "oh we're getting close" she mewed with her single blade close, "I can feel this is almost the end of the journey"
Damien looked over at the pieces of the broken contraption that was built by them, they were amateur shots but any feline with a good aim could figure out to fire one of these. What would he want with armor build such as that and why of all places did he turn up here, did Neal tell on them and they rushed in to stop us?
Something wasn't right, if Gloe did not come in to save them what would have happen. Would they have killed them? Or turn the other way? If Damine didn't know better he knew he was hiding something. and from the direction they were heading their may lead some clues and answers.
But for the best to know if Truss is Okay.