https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BW5tO6mOD8 Rynn stood silently with Kyuu waiting as Kitsune poured her heart out to Kuriko who now lay silent and ashen on the cold stone floor. Life had long since left his body and the only light was from flashes of lightning that made the shadows leap across the room. The storm was increasing in intensity and Rynn figured it was most likely tied to the tower or one of the dragons that worked against them. Rynn did not want to stick around for much longer and have to face one in their current state. Kitsune continued to rock stroking Kuriko's face as if waiting for his eyes to open and to smile at her as he always did. But she new in the whispers on the wind her love was gone taken from her in a short instant. Ripped from her arms forever. Never again would she see his smile or feel his protective arms around her when she needed them most like right now. He always loved her no matter what she did or didn't do he was always there even as kids he was there. Now he would be shadows in the corner of her eyes and her dreams and in her broken heart. How could she ever love another how could she ever repay the love he had given her. SO much loss so much pain. Why did evil twist like such a viper to make his best friend kill him and in front of her and his sister. What kind of evil does this. Her tears touched his face making his face glisten as if Kuriko was crying as well even in death. Kitsune could feel the heavy silence around her as the two foxes whimpered their own sorrows and she could feel Rynn's ever present aura as well. Since she had been learning magic she could now feel the pulse of Rynn's power as if it was a camp fire and it was intense. But even now she could feel the sadness in that aura. She wasn't sure though if Rynn's sadness was for Kuriko or for her friends loss. Which made this all hurt so much more that the people she loves keep getting hurt. She almost lost Rynn once. what was next to have Rynn die and be taken away.? Rynn knelt down to Kitsune who was now hoarse and could barely make any more noise than slight whimpers. "We must leave this place Kitsune. It is no longer safe here they know were are here and we cannot defend ourselves dealing with such grief. Kuriko would not have wanted you to die as well. He would want you to fight on and stop this evil so his spirit can be at peace. If you really love him and want to honor him let him now your sorrow but also let him know its because of his death you strive on to conquer the evil that killed him." Rynn was shedding her own tears and pleading with Kitsune at this point. "Riki did not do this to Kuriko. We finally see the missing pieces of the puzzle Kitsune. That evil man is behind this poisoning our minds and manipulating us with evil magic. You heard Riki he knew it was a trap and he could not stop himself. There was pain in his eyes watching Kuriko die at his own hands. They mean to break Riki's spirit again. That have Riki back under spell control. I am going to need your help to break it and believe me Riki will punish them for this day." Kitsune looked over at her dearest friend Rynn. Kitsune's eyes were bloodshot and puffy and everything seemed blurry. Her throat was in flaring pain and her nose was raw. Her heart felt as though it had been shred to a thousand pieces. Yet in all the mumbling and garble she could not deny the ringing behind Rynn's words. She had seen the look of pain and despair in Riki's unfeeling eyes as well. Slowly Kitsune's grief took hold of something deep inside her something that felt powerful. It began to burn deep and slowly feeling returned to her body and the tears slowly began to stop. She would avenge her love she would find peace for his spirit and she would do it by using Riki against them. At that instant she reached out for Rynn in a big bear hug. Like two sisters. She let Rynn touch Kuriko's forehead which cause him to slowly burn as if he was an ember and the body turned to ashes and collapsed. Rynn then spoke another spell that almost sounded like a sound and the ashes began to swirl and drift then took flight out the window and were gone. Rynn hugged Kitsune again."I have sent his ashes home when you are ready you can lay him to rest wherever in the world you want. But now we must leave we are not ready to face a dragon yet and we need to improve your spells. I think your ready to start learning some battle magic." Kitsune said nothing and used Kobi as a walking aid and they all quickly left the fortress behind under the pouring rain and back into the nearby forests. ........................................... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XZVeAEcqEI The stone room remained empty for a long while and as the storm reached its feverish pitch the shadows in the room coalesced into two figures. One a dark but beautiful woman and the Dragon whom Riki and Rynn had faced off with. "Well, well our pretties are gone seems Ralagan was wrong they did not get paralysed with grief after all and even took the body of the whelp with them. Resourceful little witches." The dragon shifted nervously. He was already in danger now that Ralagan knew the dragon had failed in killing any of them. He knew now he would have to go find the girls and kill the wizard for sure this time. TO return without her head was to lose his own and he knew it. Ralagan's mistress needed not say anything he knew his task all to well. He did not relish the idea at all he remembered the mage's sting the first time he faced her and now she would be even more angry and it took all his will power to play the part of not being phased by their power the first time. Not an act he felt he could pull of again. The witch then disappeared into the deepening dark as the storm subsided. Either way death was going to find him. He then left the tower to track the girls in the night. He did not need to look back to see the eyes still watching him in the shadows to make sure he went after his assigned pray. His life had now become forfeit.