was raining. Again. Pyro shivered and pulled the sleeves of his coat over his
rain was heavier than usual, the drops striking the ground with more force than
Pyro would have expected, making the dirt slippery and difficult to walk on.
Pyro slipped again and landed in the mud for the seventh time. 'Forget this!'
He muttered, and rose a few centimeters off the ground, carefully shifting the
columns of flame shooting from his hands.
was a *wumph* noise as a nearby tree caught alight, fizzling a little as it was
bombarded with rain.
Cried a voice, emerging from a nearby clump of trees. The tree was buffeted by
a miniature wave, the flames disappearing with hisses and sputters.
stared at the figure next to the tree; she was tall, dressed in a gray trench
coat that reached a pair of walking boots. She had flowing, red hair that
shimmered in the grey light. A sphere of water hovered above her, occasionally
forming into a shape or a sculpture. Pyro saw a mountain, a dragon, a squid and
a snake before he managed to say something.
are you?' The mumbled question didn't sound quite like Pyro had expected, it
wasn't very loud and didn’t really muster any authority.
I'm Red Waterfall, and who might you be?' The question was sharp; it had that
edge to it that Pyro had been aiming for.
to meet you Pyro, I think you should mind how you go. A forest fire wouldn't be
a good thing. Especially as I'd have to deal with it.'
sighed and continued onwards.
you going?' Red called after him.
Asylum. I'm going to find Octaboona Ambrosius. He'll probably be annoyed or
something.' He groaned. 'He's gonna make me read that book about some empire
again, I just bet he will.'
if I accompany you? I've nowhere else to go at the moment.'
blushed, he wasn't totally sure why. 'Sure, it's this way.' And he and Red
Waterfall continued walking.
inhaled deeply, my face turned upwards as I leaned against the bark of the
tree. It was raining, and the smell of trees in rain was definitely my
favorite. The drops patted against my face in a quick tempo.
I heard a distant voice, hardly carrying in the strong rain. I got up, tense.
Who could possibly have anything to do in my forest in this weather? I edged
closer to the road, from where the voice had come from. There was definitely
someone there, and they were certainly… shooting fire from their hands and
hovering a few centimeters off the ground? And… was that a tinfoil hood?
a flame from his hand caught on a tree root, and with a ‘whoosh’, the whole
tree was engulfed in fire, fizzling slightly from the rain.
I cried, running forward and extinguishing the flame with a small wave of
turned to the person, and saw that it was a boy, around my age. He wore jeans
and a dark gray hoodie, it’s hood up and covered with tinfoil. His eyes were a
bit wide. I don’t know why, but I felt my cheeks heating when I took in his
are you?” he mumbled after a few seconds. His voice was quiet, yet had a
certain… something about it that made me want to answer.
I’m Red Waterfall, and who might you be?”
groaned internally. That did not come out the way I wanted it to. But
how did I want my voice to come out? And why was it important to me that it
came out the right way?
he said. “I’m Pyro.” Pyro. That’s a nice name. Good thing you couldn’t quite
make out subtle color changes in the heavy rain, because otherwise he would
have seen my blush.
to meet you Pyro,” I said, trying to sound confident and honest at the same
time and failing miserably. “You should mind how you go. A forest fire wouldn’t
be a good thing, especially as I’d have to deal with it…” I sighed. That came
out entirely wrong.
turned to leave, and for some reason, I didn’t want him to. Not yet. “Wait,” I
mumbled. He didn’t seem to have heard me over the pattering rain. “W-where are
you going?” I said louder.
Asylum.” He said. “I'm going to find Octaboona Ambrosius. He'll probably be
annoyed or something. He's gonna make me read that book about some empire
again, I just bet he will.”
giggled, but luckily, it was a quiet giggle. I hate giggling. It’s too girlish.
I suddenly had an idea how to prolong this talk a little more.
if I accompany you?” I said with a smile. “I've nowhere else to go at the