The shimmering around Draken disappeared. Carrie was panting heavily. The bluff alone had taken all the rest of the energy out of her. Her wings seems to thin and become smaller. The bluff had been all she had left and Drake hadn't taken the bait. She sunk to her knees angry, angry at herself for having messed up so much this early on.
So it was a godsend when the girl, Luna, showed up. She leapt at Drake, completely ignoring Carrie. Almost as if protecting her. Carrie could not help but smirk at the idea, as if she was innocent. More importantly, this was an opportunity. She looked at Dean, still fully restrained and half-conscious. When the girl motioned to pick her, she made her decision.
"Don't. Touch me." she said sternly as Luna approached, and got to her feet. That was one indignation she could still refuse. She then motioned in the direction of an alley close by and started running. As part of her training, she had naturally memorized the layout of most the island. It would be no trouble shaking of Drake in the alleys.
- Central Park -
Two figures, one tall, one small. They were the first it noticed. As good a start as any.
With no forewarning, the ground some ten meters in front of Noël and Larissa suddenly erupted. As if a bomb had been detonated under the surface, huge clumps of earth violently tossed in every direction. Left was something like crater, but less circular. And something standing inside it.
It was big, taller than two meters, and strong looking too. Definitely humanoid, two legs, two arms and a head with something resembling eyes and a mouth. Instead of skin however, it had something resembling scaley feathers covering it's body, in colors dark red, brown and orange. Thick bird-like fingers with big, black talons on them almost as big as the finger itself. Despite it's alien anatomy the expression of rage in it's inverted, black-white eyes was unmistakable. It effortlessly jumped out of the hole, away from the two, and settled into an aggressive stance. Arms spread and talons bared. It let out a shrill howl, impossible to recognize as intimidation or communication, while it's eyes shifted between the two rapidly.