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Flash Fiction – Sirocco November 6, 2010

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This flashfic is part of an ongoing web serial, updated every week as a part of #fridayflash on twitter.  If you are new to Nox and Grimm, you can Click Here to read from the beginning.


“You want us to do what?” Grimm said, his furry ears wilting.

 

Loki crossed his arms. “No way.  I do not want him in my head. Thinking at each other is one thing, but linking up?”

“You? What about me?  I need to bleach my brain just from the random thoughts you project.”

Nox threw up her hands in frustration. “Ohh, you two are such big babies! Would it kill you to work together this once?”

It might,” Grimm said, exchanging an uncomfortable look with the fire elemental.

Nox glared at the hound. “Ha ha, very funny, furball.  Look, if you do this right, you won’t be in each other’s heads. The elements should combine naturally on their own.”

“Theoretically.”

Loki shook his head. “No offense luv, but you have never channeled energy on this scale.  It is more closely tied to our psyches than you realize.”

She pulled off one of her gauntlets and tapped him on the chest with it. “How much do you want to bet I can prove you wrong?”

Loki raised an eyebrow. “Is that a challenge?”

“If I wasn’t clear enough, I can always slap you with the glove,” she said, smiling sweetly.

Lucien shaded his eyes against the blinding scarlet light coming from the cliff top.  If that fool boy summoned too much fire, it would wreck all of the carefully crafted ice castings he and his troops had put in place.   He sent a sharp thought at Grimm. “What in the Hel are they doing?”

The only reply he got was the sound of the wind. It rose up around him, blew past in waves, a deep, sonorous chorus.  Lucien was not as sensitive to Air as his daughter, but even so, the element resonated through him as though he were a tuning fork that had just been struck.

A more delicate note joined in, and the wind turned hot and dry as it gathered up the energy from Loki.  That would be Nox; there was no mistaking her light touch. The wind rose higher, spiraling up into the dark storm clouds and sent them scudding away in tattered streams of grey.

“There will be no need for you to use the weatherscope, Kel. Your sister has handled the problem.”

“You know, I’m still not used to calling her sister,” Kel said, then winced as soon as the words left his mouth.

Adopting him into the House of Ice had not been Lucien’s idea. The deed was done, however, and they would all have to live with it. Lucien kept his expression neutral, and went on as if Kel had not spoken. “Tell Brand to take the third regiment out to the ridge on the left.  The Chimaera will make a straight line for Nox. We must force them to go through us to get to her.  I want you to take a mounted division to the cliff tops.  Some of the creatures may have already gotten behind the lines, and I do not want her fighting them along with the storm.”

“Yes sir.”

“And tell my daughter to quit throwing curve balls at me. I need details of everything she plans on doing.”

Kel laughed. “I will, sir.”

Nox called out to Loki, but her mind was so closely linked with Grimm’s that they both spoke at the same time. ::How are you holding up?:: they asked.

“Wow. That is seriously creepy. You two even blink in unison,” Loki said. “You realize though, this means I win the bet.”

They giggled/chuckled. ::Hardly. The bet was whether I/we would have to link minds with you, not ourselves::

“Even so, I was half right, so we should share the win.  I will cook you dinner, but at my place.”

::Deal::

He narrowed his eyes suspiciously. “Wait, which one of you said that?”

They grinned at him and looked back at the skies. ::Time to step it up a notch. Your uncle is fighting back::

“What is the plan?”

::Forget trying to disperse the storm. This time we take it from him::

Loki laughed and said, “You never think small, do you?”

::Go big or go home!::

Nox and Grimm slipped back into the strange double vision that came of sharing their thoughts through the soul-bond.  They followed the flow of air and energy all the way back to where the storm was re-forming.  Nox had noticed before that the keys were made up of patterns, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, and the storm key was no different.  She sent whirls of hot air into the clouds, until the two patterns matched up and locked.  She had gathered up the heat summoned by Loki the same way, but this casting was controlled by an enemy.  And she had just gotten his undivided attention.

The storm convulsed, sending a shockwave through the connection she had forged. Grimm stepped in and guided the energy safely past them. “Either the Morning Lord is learning fast, or someone else just took the reins. Be careful.”

“I’m trying, but they are moving the energy too fast for me to counter it!”  Another attack, this one laced with lightning, hit them hard enough to set Nox’s hair on end.  She shook it off and stubbornly latched onto more of the storm. Loki followed her example and started linking with the built-up energy in the clouds, and bled it off harmlessly as heat lightning. But even with his help, she was barely able to stand her ground.

There was something naggingly familiar about the presence controlling the storm. Grimm watched as the clouds twisted out of Nox’s grasp, and started to turn on her. “Let me take control, little one.”

“I can handle it,” she said, narrowly dodging another attack.

“You are doing well, but this one is out of your league. Watch, and learn.” The hound threw his head back, and bayed a challenge that shook the ground.  “It is time I showed these upstarts how a Master calls the winds…”


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Comments»

1. Gracie - November 6, 2010

Ah, excellent! I am so enjoying this ride! Go get ’em, Grimm! 😀

techtigger - November 13, 2010

heheheh I think you’ll like the next episode 🙂

2. Sam Adamson - November 7, 2010

Brilliant episode, as always. Now then, who’s that familiar prescence controlling the storm? Hmmm…

techtigger - November 13, 2010

thanks! who indeed, i think it’s time to pull a few old threads back into the plot… 😀

3. Alan W. Davidson - November 7, 2010

The episode really ends on a high note…

Your dialogue flows quite well and I really enjoyed the line, “…the element resonated through him as though he were a tuning fork that had just been struck.”

techtigger - November 13, 2010

thank you! I really enjoy writing the dialogue, and it’s always good to hear my readers like it too 🙂

4. Laura Eno - November 10, 2010

That is a verrrry interesting comment at the end there. And why does the presence controlling the storm feel familiar? Write faster, Angie! 🙂

techtigger - November 13, 2010

hee! had to take a short break for great choco, but next episode is mostly done 🙂

5. laradunning - November 12, 2010

Elements, mindreading, battles, how can this get any better?

techtigger - November 13, 2010

thank you! Always happy to see a new face here – check out the flash fiction tab, if you want to read the story from the beginning 🙂


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