Thursday, 16 February 2012
Sparky looked through the window for the fiftieth time that hour.
‘Where are they?’ She muttered. Right as she said this a blue orb appeared in the middle of the room. Sparky turned and smiled, launching herself at Ivy Animosity, who had teleported in.
‘Ivy! How are you?’ Sparky said. Ivy stepped backwards and laughed.
‘Great, has anyone else arrived yet?’
‘No.’ Sparky checked her watch. ‘You arrived ten minutes early and I’ve been looking through the window for half an hour.’
‘Because I assumed that someone would arrive early. But I may have-‘ Sparky was interrupted by a knock at the door. Her face light up and she ran to the door. Sparky opened the door and grinned.
‘Hi Sparks. How are you?’ Flame Phoenix said, stepping inside. Sparky was about to answer when Flame leaned forward and kissed her. Sparky smiled.
‘Please don’t tell me I came here to see you two kissing.’ Ivy groaned. Flame scowled.
‘Hello Ivy. How have you been?’ He said frostily.
‘Just fine thanks.’ Ivy said, smiling sweetly. Flame stepped towards Ivy and Sparky held him back.
‘Play nice.’ They scowled at her. ‘Both of you.’ There was another knock at the door. Sparky opened the door again. Eve Azure smiled, showing off her pointed teeth.
‘Have I missed anything?’ She asked. Sparky shook her head.
‘We need to wait until everyone arrives. In the mean time, make yourself at home.’
‘I’ll do that.’ Eve said, still smiling. Eve wandered into the kitchen and Sparky returned to her living room, where Ivy was sitting on the couch inspecting her nails and Flame was sitting on the armchair opposite, staring at the fire. Sparky sat on Flame’s lap and kissed him quickly, and then faced Ivy.
‘Have you done anything interesting lately?’ Sparky asked. Ivy shook her head.
‘Nothing at all?’ Once again Ivy shook her head.
‘No, nothing has happened at all. Except that guy who tried to kill me yesterday.’
‘That guy who what?’ Sparky said. Ivy was about to respond when there was a crash from upstairs. Ivy smiled. Sparky scowled.
‘What did you do?’ Sparky asked, getting up. Still Ivy smiled.
‘There’s someone upstairs.’ Sparky scowled and sprinted up the stairs. She walked in and saw Hayley Skirmish picking bits of lamp up off the floor. She looked up and saw Ivy standing behind Sparky.
‘Would you stop thinking inside my head! You ruined my entrance!’ Hayley scowled.
‘Ivy, help Hayley pick up the glass. Don’t kill each other while I’m gone.’ There was a knock at the door. Sparky groaned and sprinted down the stairs. Flame was leaning against a doorway and opened his mouth to say something when Sparky opened the door.
‘Áine Douleurs! It’s been a while.’ Sparky exclaimed.
‘What took you so long? I waited for like five seconds before you opened the door!’ Áine said, laughing. Áine stopped laughing abruptly.
‘What’s that doing here?’ She said, pointing at Hayley.
‘Watch it Áine.’ Hayley said, her tone menacing. The pair scowled at each other for a moment.
‘Guys, you are here for a reason.’ Sparky said.
‘What is the reason Sparky? You never told us.’ Hayley said.
‘Wait until everyone’s arrived. There’s only two people left.’
‘Who?’ Áine asked. A figure stood in the open front doorway.
‘I believe that I am one of those people. Hello Sparky, Áine, Hayley, Ivy, Flame, Eve and Lynxia.’ She said. Eve poked her head into the front hall.
‘How did she know I was here? And Lynxia hasn’t even arrived yet!’ Eve said.
‘Guys, I would like to introduce you to my good friend, Echo Blood.’ Sparky said. Echo stepped forward and smiled. She had white hair with black streaks. A bundle of shadows grouped together and Lynxia Lost stepped into the hall.
‘Damn, she’s good.’ Lynxia smiled. ‘What have I missed?’ She asked.
‘Nothing. Sparky wouldn’t say a word till everyone got here.’ Áine said.
‘Then why don’t we get started? Into the living room!’ Sparky said, gesturing into the living room. They looked at her quizzically and sat down around the room. Sparky stood in the centre of the room and looked at each of them.
‘Introduction time! Raise your hand if you don’t recognise everyone here.’ Everyone raised their hands.
‘That’s a brilliant start. Okay, Áine, introduce yourself.’ Sparky said. Áine scowled. She thought for a moment.
‘My name is Áine Douleurs. I am an Elemental, I specialise in water manipulation and I’m annoyed at Sparky for making me go first.’ She scowled. Sparky nodded towards Echo.
‘Hi! I’m Echo Blood and my senses are enhanced. I’m a world renowned tracker and I’m glad to met you!’ Sparky nodded to Eve.
‘Hi! I’m Eve Azure, I like sharpening my teeth, I think this ‘introduce yourself’ thing is random, I can morph into your worst fear, but only the person I direct it at can see it!’ Sparky giggled at Eve’s hyperness and glanced at Flame.
‘I’m Flame Phoenix, an Elemental who’s magic power leans towards fire and I am glad to see some old friends in this room. Mainly Sparky.’ He smiled. Sparky grinned back. ‘God, this sounds like an Alcoholic’s Anonymous meeting. Hayley, you’re up.’
‘Hayley Skirmish. Adept. Thief. Defies gravity regularly by running up walls and flipping.’ Hayley said, raising her eyebrow at Sparky.
‘Ivy.’ Sparky said.
‘I’m Ivy Animosity. I kill people. Normally when I tell people my name I kill them. I do pretty much whatever the hell I feel like.’ Ivy’s indigo eyes glittered. Sparky nodded towards Lynxia.
‘My name is Lynxia Lost, I break bones and I’m a necromancer. I use a bow and arrow. If you get in my way you’ll end up kissing my quiver.’
‘Well, now that we’ve finished that, why are we here?’ Áine asked.
‘Ivy, please say what you told me a few minutes ago.’ Sparky thought what she wanted Ivy to say very clearly inside her head.
‘A guy tried to kill me the other day.’ She said, scowling.
‘Flame, has that happened to you?’ Sparky asked. Flame nodded.
‘Me too.’ Hayley said, growling slightly.
‘And none of you managed to kill said man?’ Sparky asked. The three of them shook their heads.
‘Lynxia, you too?’
‘And you are all bothered by this?’ They nodded. ‘I thought as much. Echo is here to find the man. Áine is here because if Ivy didn’t manage to kill this guy, then we’ll need back up. The man that tried to kill me three days ago is black, has long, black, oily hair, black eyes which makes me think he’s a vampire and doesn’t have a left ear. Does that match your descriptions?’ They all nodded. ‘Do you want to kill this guy?’ More nodding. ‘And his boss?’ There was a chorus of ‘Yeahs!’ in the room.
‘Then it’s settled. Let’s get this bad boy.’