The darkness was so unyielding the Twins could not see their own fingers in front of their faces, let alone each other. Their breathing turned ragged and their heartbeats became deafening drums in their ears as the silence overwhelmed them. Arya began to panic, flashing back to her captivity at the hands of her vindictive brother Baan, where she had nearly lost her mind in the darkness. Persephone began to pace underneath her, increasing Arya’s anxiety. Xavier sensed her and whispered to himself as a small orb began to fill with light in his hands. He moved them apart, growing the orb before he threw it high above them.
Although the light helped ease Arya’s fears, it was entirely unhelpful with illuminating their surroundings. Nothing was visible to them, even the ground seemed black beneath their feet.
“Where are we?” Arya’s voice quivered as she whispered to her brother. “This can’t be Hell, right? Like, this… this isn’t it?” Xavier shrugged before hopping down from Hornbeck, his hippogriff. Arya followed as Xavier lead Hornbeck and the orb through the abyss.
“I don’t think so… I… I don’t know… I think…” Xavier stammered, his own terror nearly impossible for him to fight. The Twins had fled the Academy of the Night, in fear that their Headmistress was a spy for their psychopathic elder sister, the Vampire Queen. Their intention to teleport to Hell had found them in this pitch black void.
“We should go, Xavy!” Arya whispered in a pleading voice. Just then, they heard a rumble in the distance. Arya grasped Persephone’s reins tightly and turned her pegasus to face the sound. Nothing but a sheet of impenetrable darkness as far as she could see. A strange screech made Arya jump and Persephone pinned her ears back, the fear shared between the two palpable. Xavier sensed the two needed calming so he led his hippogriff over and placed his hand on the winged horse. As an Arcane Void, he had the power to dampen magic or emotions and while his basic spell casting was far from easy, his touch alone was powerful enough to calm both the horse and the girl.
“We’ll leave in a minute, Ya. I just want to see what’s here.”
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