Note: This is the remake of the older public roleplay, but in a private form.

Part One: Into the unknown

- It is a nice brisk and warm morning in a small town near the border of the Mobian desert. The population there begun their normal day as they walk around the town, while the others that are visiting the town went to the nearby park to enjoy the weather.-

..Iquis happened to be one of those visitors. Today was kind of an off day for the arctic wolf, and he had completely ruined a potion by adding a Euphorbia limb into the mix instead of a Saguaro cactus. In his defense, both looked very similar. But none the less, he still had to go collect the ingredients to try again. So, the very pale wolf ended up cutting through the town park, in attempt to save time. "Hopefully town shops be open.." He thought.

- A line of shops begun to appear in the distance, along with some side shops and carts. Some of them were just beginning to open up or moving things to the front. A pleasant smell begun to fill the air as a shop nearby began to cook some food.-

The wolf seemed to slow his hurried pace for a moment to stop and just enjoy all the different elements of the shops. It was quite relaxing. Sighing as he glanced at the sun.. He still had plenty of time. A mind is no use to a man scrambled. So, with clear thoughts, he continued down the road in search of a botany or herb store. His cape gently kicking up dust as it dragged along the road. 

-Down the road there is an older shop that seem to be different then the other, it had multiple style of plants in the front as they enjoy the sun rays. A small girl waters the plants as a bag is slung around her hips as it carried multiple herbs and food like objects.-

The wolf seemed relieved at the sight of the girl's shop. He quickly made his way to the front of her store. "Pardon me, Mizz. Do you have Saguaro cactus?" Iquis inquired. His thick accent had hints of Russian here and there. But the most obvious thing was that he butchers his words.

- The young girl turns around and her appearance to be that of a mobain Tanuki. but her height was a bit taller. She wears a summer style dress with a green apron over it. Looking towards the wolf, "Uh..Saguaro Cactus..?" She thinks for a second and realizes, "why yes we do have some, right this way." Picking a few more things she begins to walk into the store. -

"Ah, 'tankyou." Iquis carefully navigated about, trying his best to avoid the different flowers for fear he might knock one over.

- Inside the store was a bit more different than any other ordinary business, in the beginning part the roof was a bit open to allow the bright sun light to hit the lush gardens of herbs, flowers, and other plants. As she continues to go on an old gentleman lurks in the back as he watches, his cane keeps the door from closing as he watches them. "Here they are", the young girl says as she picks up a small sack of them and hands it to the wolf.-

"Excellent. What may I pay in return for kind services?" Iquis asked. The sunlit room only further exaggerating his pale complexion.

- "Hmm, come this way and I will see what the payment will me", she says as she heads to a couner with a bunch of flyers attached to it. -

Out of the corner of his eye Iquis noticed the flyers, and he attempted to read on of them as he slowly passed by.

- The note read: "Offering a $2,000 reward in helping for the search of two missing...", the rest appeared to be worn out as if it has been there for awhile. The young girl brings out a book and started looking at the prices, but turns and looks at the older gentleman. "Papa I don't see Saguaro Cactus on here?", she says to him as he begins to walk to her. - 

Iquis stratched the back of his head for a moment, backing up to read the flyer once more. "Say. Who went missing? I am sorry, I am visitor to town, I have yet to become accustomed to life here." 

- The girl stops as he says that as she stared into the book as the old man places a hand on her shoulder. "My parents went missing..when I was very young..", she says to him. -

A hand unconsciously flew to his mouth as he lightly gasped. "Ah! I am very sorry!" He flustered.

- She shakes her head, "it fine, I donno why it is still up..none ever replied to the flyer..." She opens the book again as the older gentlman listens to them.-

The wolf tapped his foot for a moment. With a dilemma on his hands.. Vera Nuji would surly understand.. "..Perhaps I could help look for them?" Iquis said, making up his mind.

- Hearing this she quickly drops the book as she goes to the counter, "you're want to help me!?" The older gentleman grunts as he goes over as he places a hand on her shoulder. "I know you want to help her stranger..but you must promise something..", he says in a raspy voice. -

The wolf's ears perked up at this. "This I can do for you, what is it you ask of me?" He inquired respectfully.

- The older gentleman goes and digs into his pocket as he brings out a small journal, then moves towards the wolf in a limping manner and hands it to him. "Follow what is in here, and bring her back to me safely..", he says to him. -

"..." Iquis gingerly handled the book, for fear it might crumble in his very hands. "I will in the best of my ability." the ghostly wolf replied gravely.

- "Good..", he says as he hands the young girl a set of keys. "Take the family jeep, it will get you to where you two need to well as some survival gear just in case..", he says to her. Hearing this she hugs him as she looks to Iquis, "shall we go?"-

Shooing away any doubts he might of still had, he inhaled a deep breath and sighed. "Yes. We'll find them. I'm sure of it." Iquis determined. "Now, where is this 'jeep?"

"This way", she says as she gestures him towards the back of the shop as she walks towards a back door.-

Holding his staff up so it wouldn't bump into anything, he once again scooted out of the shop after the young girl. "Considering fact that we will be working together, What is your name?"

- "My name is Lexy Wusten, but you can call me Lexy for short", she says smiling to him as she opens the door and goes towards an old looking jeep. "What is yours?", she asks him. -

Before he replied, he set his heavy staff down since they were in a wider room. "Well. I am known as Iquis.. Also called Iquis for short." He replied in a silly manor, by bowing and waving his hand repeatedly. When he stood back up there was a twinkle of humor in his eyes. "Well then, Lexy. I am guessing I must drive?"

- "It is nice to meet you as well Iquis", she says as she jokingly as she looks at him. Think, "do you know how to drive?", she says as she tosses him the keys. She jumps into the jeep as she waits, "waiting", she says in a joking tone. -

"We don't exactly 'drive' where I live." He chuckled a bit. "Me driving would be like jumping into fire. I Usually have different mode of transportation.." Iquis said. Reaching for his belt, he plucked a clear spherical bottle from it. Inside the bottle was a swirling liquid of sorts. "So. Where do we need to go?"

- She shrugs but was interested in his transportation method, "maybe there is something in the journal my father gave you that gives us a location?" She jumps out of the jeep and walks up to him. -

His hands was currently full of things. Sighing in brief annoyance, and whispered an unintelligible sentence. With two taps of his staff, the golden pole shrunk into something the size of a toothpick. In which Iquis promptly shoved into a coat-pocket before carefully handling the book that he was given. Flipping it open, he started to skim the booklet's contents.

  • The book seems to be that of an old journal as the pages turned a bit tinted yellow. Through the skimming showed many unknown dates and time, but between a few pages in the middle revealed a newer sliver piece of paper that said "Mobian Desert a little out of the town." Behind the sliver also revealed and interesting photo of three people, one was female wolf and the other two were males appeared to be canine like.*

- Lexy waits patiently as she was amazed of what he did with his staff. -

"Oh good, this picture will be very helpful. Very helpful indeed." He declared, snatching it from the book and carefully closing it shut. "You don't have fear of heights, do you?" Iquis asked, glancing at the girl as he unscrewed the bottle.

-She shakes her head, "no, why?"-

The cap finally came free and the bottle rattled in Iquis's hand a moment. "..Because of.. "This." He said. With a great whistling a gusting wind came out from the bottle and circled the room restlessly. Picking up loose papers and even small objects. It was a graceful tornado of wind, that seemed anxious to get out of the cramped space. "Hold on to anything that could fall off!" Iquis called over the great rushing wind.

-She looks in amazement as she gathers her personals and held onto her dress as she watches. "What is this Iquis?", she says in ah. -

"A wind jet stream extracted from a time and place mostly forgotten. Costed an arm and a leg to get ahold of this.." He answered through the wind. "Take us away, to the place we wish to be!" Iquis called to the breeze. Holding the picture up. Moving to the door in a great surge, the wind busted it open and formed a jet stream path into the sky. Walking to the door, Iquis motioned for Lexy to hop on the path.

-She was a bit shocked as she watches this, "now that is cool", she says to him as she goes and hops onto the jet stream. -

Almost instantly, the stream guided her swiftly down its little path. Iquis was gliding not too far behind her. "We'll be there in no time!" He yelled through the wind.

- "Wooo this is cool and alright!", she says as she follows-

Part Two: The Unwanted Encounter:

Pretty soon, they had both landed in the middle of the desert. The first thing Iquis did was bottle the wind again. In which he tied the bottle to his belt. The next thing he did was turn his staff back to its normal size. From there he shed his heavy winter coat from himself and tied it around his waist. "Whew. Pretty hot here."

-Upon arriving the desert the sands slowly moved a bit as rocky mountains and hard terrains covered the landscapes. The reddish sands move along like waves moving along the surface of the sea.-

-Relaxing a bit after getting to the middle of the desert she fixes her hair a bit. "Yes it is quite hot here..", she says as she looks around. She the looks to him, "well we are here...but are we close to the area...?"-

"Mmm. Hard to tell one place from another when it all looks the same." He replied, checking the picture he had again.

-As he checked the picture, it had the female wolf and two canine looking figures, but the background appeared to be near a rocky area with two roughly made shack in the distance.-

He then glanced up at his surroundings for comparison.

-Looking at the surroundings it is very sandy, but within the distance, a line of small mountain peaks can be seen. It appears to be an hour walk from where you are, across the vast sea of sand.-

Iquis sighed. "Its times like this when you wish.. That you knew more magic." With that, the carefully tucked the picture into a back pocket in his pants. "It looks like we need to walk. Those mountains are where we need go." Iquis pointed.

-Lexy looks into that direction as she sees the mountains, "over there...alright." She begins lifting her leg as she walks through the sands, but as she does..she accidently kicks up a shard of some type with wires coming off of it. "What the?", she says looking down on it.-

"Oh? What is that?" Iquis asked. Intrigued, he bends down to examine Lexy's find..

-"The shard glimmers a bit as it gives off an obsidian color when examines. It laid in a thin metal casing as tubes and wires wrapped around in certain spots. A thin strain of wires that exit one side goes into the sands.-

-"Huh, it looks pretty", she says as she starts to dig a little near the wires.-

Iquis was more interested in the wires that fed out into the sands. Using the end of his staff like a blunt shovel, he dug around the wires to take a closer look. "Where does this lead to...?" He asked. Still clueless.

-As the sands depart, a metal skull in the shape of a raccoon can be seen as rust is visible.-

-"What is that!", she says in a high pitch.-

The wolf tensed. "Uh. Looks like skull. Is there entrance?"

-Looking over Lexy uses her feet to move more of the sand around to reveal a mangled body of steel and wires. Next to the mangled body of a machine laid a weapon of some sort and a torn shirt.-

"Technology." Iquis shuddered. picking up the weapon looking thing.

-As the weapon is picked up, a strange feeling is felt as if the area felt very cold. Then the shard began to faintly glow as little sparks flew from some of the wires.-

-"Uhh...Iquis..?", says Lexy as she points to the shard. -

"Mnnn? What sort of magic is this??" Iquis asked, trying to figure out what on earth was going on.

-"Magic..magic is just the beginning of things young", a voice says as the shard pulsates. As the voice is heard the area begins to get a bit darker as a mist begins to form around them, but a figure can be seen near them as it wears a black cloak.-

Iquis flinched, and instinctively shielded Lexy with his body from the front. "Eh? And what else could there be?" The wolf called out, guardedly.

-The figure raises a hand as the surroundings became pitch black, "what else..death..chaos...destruction...vengeance maybe.." He removes the hood of his cloak to reveal a half dead raccoon anthro like face. "But enough talk, for now, hand me that shard there!", he says as he points to them.-

The pale wolf glanced from the shard, to Lexy, then back to the figure. His grip around the shard tightening, cautiously eyeing the stranger. "..Why would I do that?" Iquis challenged. Holding his head high.

- He looks at him as he grins to the pale wolf as he watches the young girl. "Oh you weak pathetic being, why do you think I will tell you? You don't know the power you're gripping onto", he says point at him. -

Iquis flinched a bit, the stranger's words cutting him ever so slightly. "..weak..' Was trying hard not to let those words hurt him. But being 'weak' would always be a constant fear of his. "..Lexy, grab the wind vile from my jacket." Iquis whispered calmly.

-A bit scared of the figure she grabs the wind vile as he said as she looks at the figure. "What is he..", she says to him as he begins to slowly laugh at the pale wolf, "does it hurt?" -

"What do you mean?" Iquis asked, masking his feelings the best he could, setting his eyes into an icy glare.

-"Don't play me as a fool, I can sense your feelings within your mind. I can tell by your very mind it has cut you like a knife's edge", he says as he comes closer. "Now enough talk hand me that crystal", he says as he goes to grab it. -

Iquis jolted backward. Clutching the crystal close to his chest. "Arena inspiratione!" He half yelped. Taking a few more steps backward. In a flash of silvery light. The ground shook and from the depths of below, came a huge blast of wind. Creating a geyser like wall of sand between the two. "LET'S GET OOOUT." Iquis cried. Grabbing Lexy's hand and making a run in the opposite direction of the creepy man.

-Feeling his hand, but in a bit of shock of what happened, she runs with him. "Where are we going to go?", she yells out as she runs.

The figure grins as he waits behind the geyser-like wall as he nowhere where to run. "Run little ones..I will find you."-

"I have yet to figure vat one out!" Iquis replied. Knowing that the wind spell wouldn't last long. "We need to hide crystal!"

-As they run, a few buildings can be seen in the distance. The ruins look safe enough to hide in for the time being.-

"Look, 'der! We vill hide in there!" Iquis pointed to the closest building. He wasn't running at full speed for the sake of Lexy, who was slightly slower than he. "..Just a bit further." He assured.

- Trying to keep up, Lexy continues to attempt to sprint as she glances back. "Right, those buildings look safe", she says as she grips his hand.-

In a few moments, the sand geyser sputtered, and wheezed. Before it's powerful gust died, sending a shower of sand in the air, before falling to the ground in silence. "Aaaaah.. That's no good." Iquis murmured. Ears flattening. As the wolf sensed the end of his spell. He quickly scooped Lexy up into his arms, and bolted across the sand. Kicking up chunks of earth behind him.

- The dark cloaked figure begins to laugh as he watches them, "run little", he says as he walks forward. -

-One of the small buildings looked very close as it could help them avoid their sight.-

Iquis practically dived for the little building. Staying behind the structure to avoid the dangerous gaze of the stranger. The wolf was panting. Clearly not used to exerting himself like that.

-Lexy follows behind as she tries to control her breathing, "what is he.." She calms her tone as she tries to attempt to calm down so the strange man wouldn't hear her. -

"I'm not sure." Iquis gasped. Trying to steady his breathing. "..I can't sense anything when around him." the wolf whispered loudly.

-The area becomes quiet as if everything 'have' settled down. The winds calmly sweep by as the area is remaining silents.-

The wolf fell silent as well, ears twitching at the slightest hint of movement. He put an index finger up to his pursed lips, silently shushing Lexy.

-She nods as a sound is heard nearby, but the sound seems to be from behind them. "Uh...Iquis do you hear that..", she says in a bit of a scared tone.-

Iquis bit his lip, then nodded in response. Grasping Lexy's hand gently, He whispered something in a string of unintelligible mumbles. Looking dead ahead at the top of the tallest building in the distance. The air around the two shimmered, and wrapped around them like fabric. The surrounding area suddenly turned hazy. In mere seconds, the pair.. (and quite a lot of sand) was promptly dumped onto the top of the building Iquis had been eyeing.

-A bit stun she shakes her head after becoming hazy to realize where they were and says quietly, " that was cool". Cough a bit due to the amount of sand she gets up a bit as she looks around.-

-The area becomes quiet as if the weird figure just vanished, disappearing after the were placed onto the roof.-

Iquis managed a small, strained smile. "Ehe. Trick of the trade." He grunted. The wolf looked tired already. But he still maintained his usual poise. "We need to move."

-Looking around she scans the area as she glances to Iquis as she notices his looks. "You look tired Iquis..we should find a place to rest up for a bit before continuing?", she says to him as a sense of concern.-

Iquis didn't argue with Lexy's suggestion. "We.. need to get down." He sighed. Looking down to the sandy ground far below. "Sometime. I can't take us down the same way up...I can't.." Iquis groaned, burying his weary face into his hands.

-Lexy embarrassed she hugs him for a second as she looks around, "don't worry about that, you saved us from that strange man." Looking around she notices a old ladder leading down into the building. "How about there? It looks easy to get down without using oyur magic?", she says pointing. -

Chapter 3: On point?

Iquis drew in a shaky breath, and sighed. "Yes. Of course." He replied. Picking up his staff and heading to the ladder. Slowly descending the bars before reaching the floor below. "It it clear down here." He rhymed. Trying to lighten the mood.

-The room seems to be a single room with abandon items everywhere with the look of a family was once living there.-

-She giggles a bit to his comment as she climbs down the bars as she observes, "this will do for a few I guess until you can recover." She begins walking around as she looks through some of the items.-

"I am.. sorry. I will not be long." Iquis apologized, his ears drooping a bit. As he took a few shaky steps to a dusty couch, and gingerly sat down upon it. Sending a cloud of dust into the air. Causing the wolf to sneeze.

- "No need to apologize Iquis, you saved us so you deserve the break", saying as she goes to a nearby desk. "Bless you", she says as she opens a drawer as dust also flies up to here as she coughs. Looking within the drawer Lexy pulls out papers, ink pens, a pair of glasses, and an old photo album. "Hay Iquis look what I found", she says holding up the book and walks over.-

"....Oh? What is Zat?" He wheezed, as he cleared his throat from the dust. Fanning the dust away with a hand.

-"It looks like an old photo album", she says as she goes to sit next to him as she opens the book. As she looks some of the photos seemed a bit yellow as if they weren't colored and was damaged from the enviornment. "huh..this is old", she says looking at it.-

Iquis gently ran his finger down the paper. Tenderly dusting away what blemishes he could. "Hm. Vereey old." He murmured.

-As he rubs his finger along the piece of paper, the dust revealed a couple as they sat on a bench. Next to the female sat a young boy with a pilot cap on, while next to the male shows a fimilar young girl at a very young age.-

"Huh.. How.. odd." Iquis mumbled. Looking up to study Lexy's face for a moment. Before looking back to the picture.

-Looking back at the picture, the very young female does look like her. But within the background sat an elderly many aswell as if he was reading a newspaper of sorts.-

- "Huh, I guess these are the people that lived here before. Wonder why they would abandon such a place like this", she says as she is about to flip the page.

"..." Iquis gently blew a gust of wind onto the next pages. In hopes to clear the dust.

- Clear as the light of day showed a large picture of the older gentleman that has been taking care of Lexy as he stands next to an older female. Underneath the picture though shows writing as it stated, "Enjoy your first Full Moon Festival little ones, love Grandmom and Grandpa".-

"Hm. This is most peculiar." Iquis declared. A puzzled expression on his face. "I think 'Zat was you in the previous picture." He said, lookin.g to Lexy

-Confused she goes to flip back the picture as she stares at it, "that was me..." Looking a bit more at it, she realizes something from the past back at the shop, "I remember the man in the shop having the same picture near his desk, and always hid it from me", she says in a shocked tone.,

Hearing this though, in the distance, two long arms stretched in the air as a long yawn is heard from a nearby chair. Moving his hands down he picks up a black long rimmed fedora as he places it on his, "ugh...the sound..the sound I hear. Why does one get woken to this nonce I hear.."-

Iquis flinched in the chair. Almost jumping out of his seat. "W-Wha? Who are you?"

- The figure stands up as he stretches and turns to them. His appearance seemed to be that of a fox, but a shadow can only be seen as red eye glared at them. His teeth are very pointy around the mouth as he smiles to them. An electronic device is strapped to his arm as he looks down on them. "What am I, the is a very good question that I haven't figured out myself..but who..I am known by many names..", looking at the two as he smirks. -

Managing to rise from his seat, Iquis was able to bury his fatigue under a lot of bravado. "Well. Pick one of 'sem and we figure out identity later.." He responded calmly. Whether he knew it or not, his body had moved instinctively to 'sheild' Lexy.

-The strange watches him as he frowns a bit, "blunt and brave little one...or possible don't understand riddles. That ruins the fun, but oh well...let me tell you the real info. I am Jefferson William a former inter-dimensional assassin, but now a darken creature known a Shadow Walkers..or what you guys like to call a Vampier *looking straight at the two*.

Lexy has widened eyes as she hides behind Iquis.-

"Well. Mr. William. I have unfortunately not seen such creatures around this place... If 'Sat is what you are after." Iquis informed politely. Gently grasping Lexy's hand as a silent reassurance.  

-"Then what are you after young one...what are you two after in such a place like this", he says walking over as his real appearnce shows of that of an older mobain spieces..but a bit taller with different features. His fur was redish orange as a scare lined his right eye. His eyes glared in a gloom dispare as he looks at the two, "tell me and maybe I will guide you two out.."-

"We come in search of this girl's lost family. Originally we had been going separate direction until we 'ver.. Sidetracked." He worded carefully. Uncertain if the man was a friend or a foe. 

-"Hmmm...", he stares at wolf. "Sidetrack aye..what do you mean by see a grown up like me would like to get more info from this", he says looking to the girl then him.-

Iquis arched a brow. Clearly not amused with the hinting of his supposed immaturity. "Ve found something.. Pf suggested importance. And was promptly hunted by strange man." Iquis replied. Keeping out as much information as he could. 

- "Hmm...something that is importance that a stranger, in the middle of this wasteland, has to chase two defensless childern", he says as he begins to let out a sort of uncontrollable laughter. He continues for a few seconds, but regains himself as he notices a dark figure walking up the stairs.

"I have found think that sand trick of yours could stop me weakling", the strange man says to Iquis.-

Iquis tensed. Fear creeping under his pelt. "You have no place here, I will not hessetate to pull that sand trick again." He bluffed. 

- The strange laughs as he looks at him, then towards Jefferson. "You know Jefferson, its been along time since we have goes the the wolf creature?", he says smirking.

Jefferson looks to the two kids, "that is the one following you?"-

".. Yes." Iquis confirmed grimly.  

- Jefferson sighs as he pulls out two long barreled handguns as he looks to the figure, "look kid I will take care of take that thing and girl, then get back to where you came from. He is much stronger than you or her can even bring to the table."-

Iquis opened his mouth to argue, but then he quickly closed it once more. This wasn't the time to quabble. "Come." The wolf signaled to Lexy, briskly leaving the room. 

-Lexy quickly follows Iquis as she briskly leaves the room as well. "I think we should head home!", she says as jumps forward from an explosion from the house as Jefferson is tossed through the wall. -

Iquis sighed. "If 'sat is vat you vish, vee vill go back." The wolf responded.

-She nods to his response, "yes it is what I wish, so we can figure out what is going out here. I know you are probably tired, but I think it is best we get out of.." As she was about to finish the sentence, a laugh is heard as the dark figure comes out near them.

"Mhmhmhm yes run away, I will just keep following", he says smiling".-

The white wolf growled, and forcefully blew a gust of icy wind from his mouth. Clouding up the hallways, and making things hard to see. "Sen let's move!" He ordered. Running down the hall looking for a wide window.

-Lexy nods and rushes as she watches the figure cover himself to defend against the icy. "I thought that other guy could have handled him!", she says to Iquis as she runs.-

- The hall became cloudy due to Icy Winds, but a drift started to send small amount out a nearby window. It appeared to be decent size to climb out of.-

"Zat's what scares me!" Iquis quickly dug around in his jacket, and pulled out his bottle of Wind. Then unleashed it out the window, blasting a bigger hole into the wall. "Take us back to her home!" He yelled over the wind, forcing it to form a path back to,the city. "Get on!" 

- Rushing over, Llexy jumped into the path as the strange goes to grab her but misses as Jefferson grabs him. "Let us get out of here!", Lexy says to Iquis as she notices that the strange man was held back. -

Iquis hurried behind, getting sucked along the breezy path once more. "I can't dissapate the path until ve're off!" The wolf called over to Lexy.

- "You heard him, little girl, go while I hold onto Larson...", Jefferson said to her as well as he pulls back Larson and tosses him towards the opposite direction. His glasses seem to be shattered as his eyes seemed red as the blood moon as his cloak a bit tattered from the impact.

Hearing this from both of them, Lexy quickly follows after Iquis as she sucked up by the breezy path as well. "I am right behind you Iquis!", she says to him.-

The wolf managed to force the wind path's tail to lift up and away from the building, and the creepy man. "Are you O.K?!" He yelled over the wind.

-"Yes, I'm find! You ok!?", she says to him as she follows the stream of wind as she looks back. "I think we lost them", she says to him.-

"Oh sank the Gods." Iquis sighed. "I am good, for now." The current of the wind had them back at Lexy's home in no time. However, it left them both with knotted, tussled fur.

- Lexy goes to straighten out her fur with her hands as she looks to Iquis, "well we are back..but it is offly quiet", she says as she looks around.-

Iquis paused. And sure enough, she was right. "Sssh. Let's go take a look." He whispered, tip toeing to the front of the shop.

- The sun begins to set on them as they come close to the shops front as the door still seems to be open. Though everything is still out and an orange glow comes from within the shop.-

- Lexy nods as she follows behinds as she looks around, "it looks like the same...but that glow..and why is everything still the same..", she whispers to Iquis-

Iquis bit his lip and sighed. He quickly whispered some brief words, and a little sheild formed over the two. It was hard to see the shimmer of the ice, so it gave the illusion of invisibility. The pale wolf moved to take the lead into the shop. Cautiously looking around as the two entered.

- Upon entering the shop, everything seems to the same as it was when they left. The book was on the counter as an old fashion pen sat on top of it. Getting closer though the light glimmers as it was coming back from the back living area as a pair of black boots can be seen laying sideways around a corner.-

The ghostly wolf began to move faster as he spotted to boots. Hoping and praying it wasn't who he thought it was.

-Lexy stayed behind a bit as she also sees the boots and prefers to stay back as if she knew what might happen.-

-Getting closer to the boots shows legs with dark blue pants and a red stripe going down one of the legs, as well a tail that barely moves as the orange light glimmers off of it from the fireplace. A small puddle of a dark liquid and a wooden end of a weapon and a few reddish casing scattered the ground near it.-

Iquis grimaced, instinctively reaching behind to cover Lexy's eyes. "Don't.. don't look." He warned.

-Lexy shaking off his hand goes to look over and sees that it was the old gentleman as she screams, "noo!" Running over she goes to his side as she attempts to turn him over, "help me Iquis, help me!", she cries out as she tries to turn him.-

The wolf was at her side instantly. Gently turning the man over in the dark liquid. Staining a bit of his cloak and hands as he moved the old man. "Lexy...." He trailed off, as he checked the man for a pulse.

-The pulse seems weak, but still there for the time being. A few metals and awards could be seen on his front coat as he was flipped as 4 injuries were visible -

- ...I tried..I tried me best Lexy to protect you...", says the old man after hearing him say her name. -

Iquis attempted to pull some healing magic on the old man, carefully loosening his shirt so he could reach the wounds underneath. "Stay togeder, sir.."

-His wounds appeared to be severe as multiple holes can be seen around the chest area as blood flowed slowly from them. "Don't worry about me..young one..", he says as he begins to caugh up a bit of the blood. "The evil is back...", he says looking to Lexy. Then, looking back to Iquis he goes and pulls a envelope from his shirt pocket and hands it to him. "He knows you are here...get far away from here as you can....", he says to him as he looks back to Lexy. "I am sorry my Princess...I tried fullfilling your mother's and father's wishes to hide you...but I have failed you...", he says as he takes his final breath and passes.-

Lexy could have sworn the pale wolf was turning an even paler shade of white. Iquis stood in solemn silence over the man as he passed. The wolf was numb, he had hardly noticed the envelope in his grasp. "Ve need to go, Lexy. Ve need to go now." Iquis rasped, gently resting a hand on the girl's shoulder.

-"No..nono don't leave me..", Lexy says as she begins to cry over the old man as she felt Iquis hand on her shoulder. Looking to Iquis as she sees him more pale than ever she shakes her head as she stands up, "where are we going to go Iquis?"

Iquis' fearful expression changed into steely courage. "Ve vill head to Donivosa. It's a safe town to remain vhile ve figure sins out. If ser is somesing sat you vant in de shop. I suggest you collect it noe. I doubt ve vill return to sis place again." His gaze drifted back to the body of the old man, letting out a sigh.

- Hearing this Lexy looks down as she runs to her room to collect clothing, books, and other personal items in a medium backpack. But as she comes back, she sneaks into the oldman's office and grabs an old locked book with key. Obtaining it she goes back to Iquis as she nods to him, wipping her face a bit. "I am ready to go..", she says to him.-

Without saying much, Iquis pulled her closer into a bear hug. "I know sis must be hard for you.." He said gently into her fur. This continued for a few moments before Iquis finally pulled away. "Let us be out of sis place.." He gestured to the door.

- A small smile appears on her face as she nods as she runs to the door. "How far is it from here", she asks him as she stands next to the door. -

"Quite far. Up in se North. But se trip vill not be long." He said, taking out a crystal and handing it to Lexy.

- Looking at it she was bewildered about the crystal, but takes it from Iquis. "Then let get as far as we can from here...", says Lexy. -

He nodded, and led her into the night. Away from that place.. Her home. When they had crossed a good distance away, Iquis cast some sort of flashing light spell in front of the shop's doorway. The light acted as a beacon and would draw in others to investigate eventually.

- From far away, some of the civilians became curious about the light as they went to go investigate the light. Within minutes shouting can be heard as some of them begin to shout "call the police"; not knowing what to do.-

- "I am so sorry..", Lexy says under her breath as she looks to Iquis. "Is there a quicker way to get there Iquis, I don't want to be even close to this town...", she says to him.-

He gestured to the crystal in her hands. "Sat is a warp crystal. It can take us to vhere ve need to go. It just needs a little moonlight."

- "That is cool", she says as she looks around the night sky. Trying to find the moon as it begins to reveal itself from the cloud cover. "There it is Iquis", says Lexy as she points up at it. -

Iquis reached out to hold her hand at the stone began to glow. In a blinding flash of light Lexy could feel herself being whisked away into the wind. Just as quickly as it happened, things stopped, and she could finally feel the ground beneath her once more.

- A bit stunned Lexy stands there looking around slowly as if was just minutes, "are..we here Iquis..." After thinking for a second she begins to move around a bit as if she was gaining back her footing.-

The pale wolfie was also a bit shaky on his feet. They were standing next to a larger version of the crystal Lexy still held. Outside the post was bustling with nightlife activity, seems they were in a new town. "Yes. Ve are here." Iquis nodded.

Chapter 4: Familiar Faces

Looking around Lexy as a bit more calm as she notices the activity, "that is good...atleast we are away from my old home." Saying this she turns to Iook at Iquis, "thank you for your help Iquis." The moving into her bag she brought, Lexy pulls out an old locked book with key as she hands it over, "he would never let me read this...I figure we could find somewhere to rest and read this together?", she says with a smile. -

"I know a good place to bunk. Sey serve se best pancakes." Iquis grinned warmly, putting the book and key into a bag for safekeeping. "Come." He motioned for her to follow him as he began to navigate the streets.

- Lexy follows as she looks around the activity of the town, "wow is it always this lively?" -

Iquis nodded. "Oh yes. Quite a few people here. Most just pass through. It's a good trading post." He gestured to a line of booths all selling various objects like clothes, food, and trinkets.

- "Oh that is alot of stuff they are selling", says to Lexy as she follows.-

"Oh yes. Perhaps in se morning I can take you out to do a little browsing." Iquis smiled. They eventually arrived at a cozy-looking hotel. The design reminding Lexy of a log cabin or something close to one.

- "Oh wow, this looks like a log cabin!", Lexy says with excitement as if she forgotten what happen as she runs to the front and opens it for Iquis.-

"Aw. 'Sank you my lady." Iquis grinned, heading inside the building. The interior design of the hotel was snug. With warm hue walls, soft lighting, and the hinting aroma of vanilla in the air. As if someone had been or is baking. An open fireplace sat cackling in the corner of the room, surrounded by several plush chairs. Iquis strolled up to the empty front desk and rang a bell a few times.

In a few moments, a big mama bear came hobbling out of the back room. The scent of vanilla and sugar seemed to follow her out. "AH HA! Iquis!" The woman bellowed gleefully, reaching over the desk to wrap Iquis in a big bear hug. The pale wolf seemed so small up against this woman. "Ack.. Gladys. Can't breathe." Iquis wheezed, the woman reluctantly releasing the wolf.

"Ehehe. Sorry chico. Been so long since I've last seen you! And who's this doll you brought with ya?" Gladys grinned, gesturing to Lexy.

- Holding her mouth a bit as she holds back a giggle, Lexy smiles and removes her hand. "I am Lexy miss, its nice to meet you", she says walking up the two. "So whose your friend here Iquis, she seems very nice", says Lexy with a smile. -

"Ah. Miss Gladys. Best cook in se' galaxy." Iquis stretched out his hands to make a wide sweeping gesture to the sky. "You flatter an old woman, Iquis." The bear chuckled, rubbing her hands on a towel before she moved to serve her new customers. "So. What can I do for ya? Need a place to say?"

"Ve do in fact. However.. Ve require a more... Secure room..?" The wolf hinted. The two shared a look that had a lot more meaning to it. "I see then. Will the little lady need a blanket?" Gladys inquired back. It was a really odd question to ask.

-A bit baffled by the question Lexy scratches the back of her head with a smile, "yes please mam, a blanket would be nice." -

The woman nodded, and went into the back room to retrieve something. In a few moments she returned with a plate of fresh cookies and a pretty starry blanket. "Here you are, dears." She announced. Passing Iquis a key. "942 is your number."

Iquis did a little bow of appreciation. "Sankyou' Gladys. I hope we do not bring trouble to your door." He thanked her as he passed the blanket to Lexy.

"Oh believe me. It'll be more trouble or them gettin' out the door." She grinned widely, showing off the rows of sharp bear teeth,

- Lexy smiles nervously as she takes the blanket and bows a bit, "thank you mam.." She then looks to Iquis as she holds the blanket close, "shall we go to the room Iquis?". -

The wolf took the girl by the hand and smiled. "Yes. Lets."

"Don't forget these~" Gladys reminded, handing Iquis a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies.

" 'Sanks again." He nodded, leading Lexy to the left down a hallway.

-Lexy smiles to the older lady as she goes and follows Iquis down the hallway as she holds the blanket. "She seemed very nice Iquis", says Lexy in a polite tone.-

"Ah yes." Iquis chuckled fondly. "A great woman. Got more tricks up her sleeve than she's willing to admit..." The two arrived at the dead end of the hall, Iquis pausing to reach out and step through the floral wallpaper. It seems the dead end was an illusion. Iquis's hand stuck out from the wall, motioning for Lexy to follow.

- A bit shocked from the sight Lexy hesitates, but follows Iquis motion as she walks through. "Wow and I can see why you wanted a "secured room. I wouldn't have noticed that Iquis, its pretty cool", she says to him in a surprised tone. -

"Like I said. She's got a few tricks." The wolf grinned, leading Lexy through this new and strangly swirly hall to a blank sign on the wall. "Room 942." Iquis stated. Within seconds the two were warped into a cozy two-bed room. "Here ve are sen."

- "Wow", lexy thought to her self as she looks at Iquis. "It is pretty nice in here, it is a pretty cool trick", says Lexy as she goes to place down the blanket. Then goes looking around the rooms as she feels more at home, "so Iquis want to read that book since we are here?" -

He nodded as he moved to peel off his dirty coat. "Yes yes." Iquis eventually dug the book out from his pockets then moved to sit himself on the couch present within the room.

-Lexy goes to follow him as she sits down next to him on the couch, feeling comfortable in the room she relaxes a bit after the day's events. "I wonder what is in there, its got to be a real secret to have a lock", she says to him.-

"Vell. Let's find out, shall ve?" Iquis produced the key to the book, and unlocked it so he could flip it open to read its contents.

-As the book is open it sends little particles of dust into the air as the smell of mothballs and old library books can be smelled. The pages seemed to be in a different language not found on Mobius as the beginning pictures showed a vintage style drawing. as it remains open the binding seemed a bit brittle, but has not fallen art as if it was handmade by the author.-

-Lexy plugs her nose from the smells as she goes and brings the plate of cookies to them, "it is very old Iquis.." -

Iquis paused to instead resorted to using magic to gently lift the pages without tearing them. "..Indeed it is. Vould hate to damage such a lovely book. Seems full of visdom."

-Moving along the pages the unknown language formed into multiple paragraphs as drawings were seen within some of these paragraphs. Most of them depicted drawings of regular townspeople in older time during their daily routines. Nearing the middle of the book, a page stood out as a drawing took the space. The drawing seemed a bit faded, but the appearance seemed to be the same as the dark figure that attacked them. Though he seemed happier and well-groomed wearing full metal plating and leather sections.-

"Hm.." Iquis grunted softly, creating a ball of small light to float over the book so he could better see the pages.

- As they continued going through the ball of light illuminates the pages as the letters could be seen. Every stroke of ink seemed to be well stroked as if someone took time in writing it. The rest of the book though contained the unknown language as if it was hiding something..-

- "This is very confusing Iquis..I don't understand or can't even read it..", says Lexy as she looks closer to the book. -

Iquis bit his lower lip. The wolf deep in thought. "..Let me try somesing.. Sis may be too old for it but it's vorth se shot." He said as he carefully rested a hand on the face of the book. Murmuring a string of words to formulate a translation spell.. If it worked the letters of the language would jumble and shift into readable english.

-As the spell went on a few hidden symbols on the face of the book begin to show as they started to turn into English. The well-faded face'' 'of the book read the words "Unspoken Truth".-

- Lexy looks at it in a bit of a shock, "wow even for how old it looks..your spell worked on it!."-

"Good, good!" The wolf grinned, flipping through the book's pages once more. "Let's try sis again."

-With the words now readable, the book spoke off old wise tales from what appeared to be the Lexy race's past as it was probably never told of. Many of the text explained how things were going well for the species as it went through their timeline...until the memorable figure named Lord Larson III. A once liked prince turned dark due to horrific events as he 'plagued' the race."

The wolf would make a series of grunting noises or rumbles as he read. Ocassionaly glancing to Lexy with some complex expression.. Was it worry? Fear?

-The book continued on towards a section where it only showed death and suffering from what appeared to be a revolution against the new Dark Lord. Nearing the end of the book stood another unknown figure with some kind of glowing object in his hand as he seems to be jabbing it into Lord Larson III as he appears to be falling to the ground. At the very back and image was painted roughly of the figure with the other members cheering for their victory.-

- Lexy looked to Iquis as if she was a bit worried, then hands him a cookie. "Everything alright Iquis?", asksa Lexy as she looks at him. -

"Mmm.." Iquis bit his lip. He had no desire to lie to the girl, but he also did not want to stir up an unnecessary fear. "Sis pages are.. Strange." He said carefully. 

-Observing him carefully Lexy goes and gently places her hand on the book and closes it. "They do seem really strange Iquis, maybe we can figure it out tomorrow..what do you say", she says smiling at him.-

The tense wolf took in a deep breath, and sighed a long sigh. His body relaxing a bit as he did so. "You're right, Lexy. Sis can be read anoder time.." Iquis did an exhausted smile, as he got up to wander away from the couch.. Pausing for a moment to turn around and wave his hand over the book. A twinkling magic soon dying off.. It could no longer be deciphered. At least. Not without the spell again.

-Lexy smiles at Iquis and places the book on the side of the couch, "Mhm..try to get some rest Iquis." Saying this she leaves to one of the beds as she falls asleep within minutes from exhaustion. -

After dimming the rest of the lights, Iquis yawned and sat down upon the bed adjacent to Lexy. The tired and worried wolf looking over the girl one last time before he pulled the bed covers over himself.. And fell into a slumber.

-Both a drifted in their sleep the room goes quiet as the night settles in. For hours things remained peaceful as time progresses, though nearing the morning hours a cold breeze in the room can be felt.-

-Lexy moves a bit to adjust her sheets as she feels the cold and places her head under the pillow.-

Iquis seemed.. Oddly relaxed by the cool air. The pale arctic wolf quietly stretching out to embrace the room's new temperatures. Seemed to remind him of home.

- Time goes by as the sunrises among the town, the people in the streets can be heard as they start with their daily routines. Hearing this Lexy begins to wake up as she lifts up from her bed. Looking around she gets up and fixes parts of her hair. "Sometimes I hate mornings...", she says to her self as she looks over to Iquis.-

The wolf was nowhere to be seen, but by the evidence of the gentle muffled sounds of pattering water. It was safe to say he was simply taking a quick wash in the bathroom.

- Thinking for a bit of his disappearance soon to hear the sound of pattering water. "Oh he must be in the washroom", she says to her self as she walks around. Observing the inside of the room as she waits for him, though she kept the thought of the book in the back of her mind. -

The room's window was slowly shifting from a dimmed, blackish glass to its original clear color. Allowing light to come streaming in at a gradual rate. There seemed to be that plate of cookies earlier sitting partially eaten on the same coffee table as the book. After a period of silence, Iquis could be seen stumbling out of the bathroom in his blue tank top and blackish pants.

-Looking over at him after seeing the cookies and book, Lexy smiles and seems to be filled with energy for the morning. "Morning Iquis, feeling better this morning?", she asks him.-

"Ahaha." Iquis gave off a breathy chuckle. As if he had been used to whispering for a while. "Much better indeed. And you?" He prompted, toweling off his wet hair.

- "Well rested as they say", says Lexy in a happy tone as she goes to grab her backpack and heads to the bathroom. "We able to look at the shops in a bit Iquis?", she says to him as she tries to forget about the day before.-

The mage smiled at this. "Vhat a splendid idea! Of course ve can!" He agreed, setting down the towel on a chair to dry.

- "Great! I wonder what neat stuff they might have out there! I will be right out, going to get change", says Lexy as she closes the bathroom door behind her.-

Iquis nodded, letting the girl do her thing while he shook his fur briefly. The bathroom smelt of coconuts. Seems this was Iquis' typical scent.

-While changing into her extra clothing, Lexy smells the coconut scent as she quiets enjoyed the sent. She then splashes a bit of water on her face and wipes it dry. After finishing up, Lexy walks out in light blue jeans with a summer shirt, a bit different from what she usually wore. "The coconut scent was pleasant Iquis", says Lexy as she places on her backpack.-

The wolf laughed a bit. "Yeah. Most tease me for se' shampoo choices. But. I like se aroma."

-"It's aroma reminds me of the tropics when I was taken onto vacations", Lexy says in a happy tone as she goes to grab the book. "Ready to go Iquis?", she says while walking to the door.-

Iquis stood up to hastily slip on a missing shoe. Wobbling a bit like an unsteady castle ready to collapse. "Yes! Let us be avay." He smiled, slipping his jacket on as he paced ahead of Lexy to open the door for her. "After you."

-Smiling at Iquis jester Lexy walks out of the room as she waits for him. "Can't wait to see what is out there Iquis, I saved up a bit when I started working at the shop", she said to him happily.-

The wolf's smile only broadened. "Ah it iz a vunderful place. Lots of strange sights and smells." Iquis assured her as he closed the door behind himself. Soon the two were out of the lodgings and thrown into the fling of buzzing city activity. People running about, some advertising their shops, others in a hurry to get the best deals.. It was a bit overwhelming at first.  

-Lexy looks around in a bit of a shock, "wow it is quite busy out here, guess there some good deals going on right now. So whats the best place to see first Iquis?"-

"Vell, I like to go see se bafverks shops.. But sat is vhat I am interested in, might not be se same vif you."

-Lexy shrugs a bit as she smiles to him, "we can go check it out if it interests you Iquis, I wouldn't mind checking it out as well. Like they say, don't knock if you haven't tried it."-