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Iggy sighed. Obviously Kol had left the area that she could reach. She shuffled back in the cave and laid back down in her hammock, staring at the ceiling. It would be morning soon.
Kol looked on at the horizon with dismay. Gray was starting to appear, a sign that his day was ending, one filled with night and shadow to be replaced with sun and heat. He gripped the handle of his knife, walking quickly to try to find shelter before dawn came and he was left helpless.
Iggy smiled as the sun glinted on her wings, making them shine orange. She began to sing from her own mouth, an old song her adoptive father used to sing, "Lips, ripe as the berries in June. Red, the rose. Red, the rose. Eyes, blue as the sea and the sky, waterfalls, waterfalls..."
Kol felt himself go weak as the sun shone down on him. He let out a quiet curse and tried to move faster, trying to fin somewhere to rest before the full weight of the sun could crash own on him. He didn't want to collapse again. Not when he knew there were people around.
Hantag looked upon the horizon as the sun rose into the sky. It was beautiful. And it was made better only by the lullabillic tone of music, emanating from inside the cave. He loved that song. He had to admit, travelling with a pixie had its up sides.
Kol's breath started to come in short pants as he moved on. He moved slower, and he kept slowing down as the sun crept higher and started to burn into him. After a while, he had to untie his scarf from his neck to wrap around his head to keep from burning. The thick, pale scar that twisted around his throat stood out brightly on his dark skin. Even though there was no one around, he never liked leaving it out in the open. He was starting to wobble as he walked.
"That wasn't very nice." Jericho observed. Staring off outside the cave. Sera didn't know he was awake and jolted when he spoke up. Jericho proceeded to stand up and stretch, before he walked past Hantag out of the cave and searched for Kol. He didn't need to look far. "Hey," He said. "I'm sorry for her behavior, it's functioning at most." When Jericho approached Kol, he saw burn marks that he was positive were not there before. "Whoa you don't look so good. Are you ok?"
Iggy stared lazily out of the mouth of the cave as she continued to sing, "Skin. Pale as the moon in the night. Gently glows, gently glows. Hair. Bright as the sun in the sky. Slowly falls, slowly falls..." The sun was beginning to cast long, warming shafts of light into the dank, musky cave.
Kol swayed a little. The light was making him weaker and weaker, too weak to run from this stranger. With a shaky hand, he reached up to pull his scarf back down around his throat, staggering forward a bit.
"Wait, what's wrong?" Jericho asked Kol, walking beside him. Jericho seemed very concerned. "Do you need anything?" Sera looked out of the cave and smiled, leaving a rabbit on a spit to cook in the fire. She stood up and brushed off her hands. "He's nocturnal, Jericho. It's the sun" She said. Jericho's concern increased.
"Really? Come on, you need to get inside." He said, grabbing Kol's arm and starting to pull him back to the cave.
Kol felt dizzy and lightheaded as he was dragged along. He was pretty sure he weakly protested, but he wasn't entirely certain. His head was spinning an he felt faint. His limbs shook slightly an his feet felt like lead. The sun, the light pressed down on him hard, burning him and leaving him short of breath.
Hantag watched as Jericho brought the Darkling inside the cave. "Now that you have rescued this Darkling, what do you intend to do with him?" he asked. He didn't approve of this; and it showed on his face. They knew practically nothing about him, and anyway, it was one more mouth to feed, and that was one thing they could do without.
Kol felt the dark of the cave wrap around him, enveloping him. It was no moonless night, but it was much better than the burning of daytime. He sighed softly with relief, but then remembered that there were more people around him, that now he could be in danger from these beings rather than the sun.
"I intend to prevent all of you from ripping out each other's throats." Jericho said simply. "My name is Jericho, and as I was saying earlier, I'm sorry if my friends gave you a scare. Are you hungry?" He took a seat by the fire to check on the rabbit.
"You're too friendly, kid. It's a wonder ya made it this far." Sera said. "But he seems harmless enough." She turned her gaze to Kol. "And if you prove to be hostile, it's no skin off our backs."
Kol slid back farther in the cave, staying far away from the fire an pressing closer into the darkness. He meshed with the shadows, sliding into their cool grasp to regain his composure.
"Who..who are you people?" He asked in a whisper, still in shadow form.
Rai suddenly jolted awake, he didn't know how but he managed to fall asleep. "What... Happened?"
Iggy looked at Kol and then illused from her own mouth the creepy, sinister voice she'd used with the trees during the night, "Your worst nightmare."
"Hmm, if my worse nightmare happened then we'd all be dead." Rai scoffed.
Kol popped back out of shadow form and scooted as far back as he could into the cave. He frowned, his brows creasing with worry. It was day time, he was weak now. These people could capture him, torture him, and he wouldn't be able to stop them. He tugged anxiously at his scarf, pulling it tighter around the scar on his throat. He put one hand on his knife, ignoring the stinging from the burns on his skin.
Iggy noticed how scared he was and laughed her bell like giggle. "I'm only kidding. I'm Iggy and I'm a pixie. I can't do much to you... Just trick you into thinking I could." she said, her wings flittering slightly.