So the following is a very essential peice of the puzzle…
Scarlet followed the strange guardian as he marched forward. The instant they were beyond the darkness of the cave Echoshadow stopped and stared up at the sky. “The sun is pretty.” He whispered staring up at it happily. “Don’t be weird, we don’t look at the sun.” Scarlet protested marching towards what she expected was the centre of the kingdom. “ This way to your chosen destination actually.”. Echoshadow corrected pointing the opposite direction. “If you say so.” Scarlet replied following her new guardian instead as they began their march through the wilderness.
The kingdom of Harmony was filed with very fertile ground thus most of it was densely wooded. As they marched a large bear seemed to almost appear out of nowhere. “Have you ever seen one of these?” Scarlet asked with some confusion. Yes they can be deadly if not disposed of they tend to track down humans to steal food.” Echoshadow said slicing the beast in half.
Scarlet sat on a stump with her arms crossed and her stomach complaining. “What’s taking that thing so long.” She added to the grumbles, half under her breath. Huge headless elm rose from the shadows accompanied by Project Echoshadow. “High protein levels detected. This creature registers as edible.”” Echoshadow exclaimed while piling wood. “I can easily keep a meager flame like this going without any wood via pyromancy.” Scarlet said feeling the urge to boast of her abilities. “Is that so?” Echoshadow asked jot seeing the point of these words as he began running twigs to launch some sparks onto the dead leaves and old bark he had at the center of his new firepit. Within moments a medium sized campfire crackled peacefully before the creature who merely Sat there watching the moon. “You look up too much.” Scarlet said dismissively while sitting besides him. “And you’re too cold.” She added while leaning her head against his shoulder. “I apologize for both, I often am cold and the moon is so beautiful tonight.” Echoshadow replied just above a whisper and without averting his gaze as if afraid his voice could scare away the moon. The young Blaze offered a response but it was lost withing a yawn as her eyes closed despite her stomach still vocally begging for food. Echoshadow laid the girl down in a pile a leaves and wrapped her in the now dried pelt of the bear he killed earlier before he began to dismember the elk he slaughtered. “Humans eat this stuff cooked I believe?” He mused aloud while stabbing through it with sticks to make skewers. “Scarlet Blaze is secure and safe, no one knows she’s here, she has food and warmth.”. Echoshadow said aloud as if he weren’t the only one there the. He sat back down and sighed as if he lost an argument. “I’ll try again tomorrow….” He added sounding as if he were moments away from tears.
Scarlet awoke to a warm meal, she was pretty sure it was the same elk her guardian acquired the previous night but she couldn’t be certain. It was horrid. “Protect me from this.” She complained handing him the rest after deciding she ate enough to avoid starvation. Echoshadow looked confused then absorbed the rest of the beast quickly gaining a disgusted look from Scarlet.”Not important we have to get going.” She said standing up fast, it looked as if she had more to say but thunder interrupted her. “Great now I’ll get sick from the Storm.” She said with sarcasm.
They stood there in the shallow cave looking out upon the world as everything was battered fiercely by small drops of rain. “This is a storm, all right,” Echoshadow said, in a worried tone. Scarlet giggled, “So you can take on an army single handedly but a little water and you hide for shelter?” She chided playfully. With a grumpy look on his face he turned to her and said in a cold dark voice which echoed from all directions. “You go out there first if you’re not also worried about it.” She gave him a look that erased his playful smile, but made no forward motions, staying put with a grim determination that shook the genetic experiment down to his very core. She said nothing, but it was enough for him to melt, figuratively and literally as he seeped into the soil to attain nutrients, it was something he taught himself to do in order to use less food on his long journey accompanying the young Lady to the Castle. “Gross, I told you not to do that around me ever.” Scarlet demanded, making echo instantly reform above the surface. “Also what did you hunt down for me to eat?” She questioned, in a sour mood from the rain. At this point Project Echoshadow had been faithfully following orders for two weeks and not once did she seem satisfied, the fact that he had been unable to find any deer before the storm came was obvious to her before asking the question. Her asking it annoyed him, it was the first time he truly felt frustration and his reaction was to push her and himself out into the rain.
Scarlet Blaze hated the world that had taken her family, she hated everything about it, including her new guardian echo, but when he pushed her out into the rain, instead of anger she was so shocked that she laughed. Her laughter was a beautiful melody mixing with the percussion of raindrops beating against the drums of the earth. creating a song that intoxicated Echoshadow like nothing else, and he was happy, it was a moment he wished would never end. Just as soon as it started it stopped. The rain died first, then the laughter, though the happiness remained. “What in the world is wrong with you echo?” Scarlet said with a large smile. “I don’t know, some kind of fish” Echoshadow responded refusing to give an intelligible response. “I don’t know when the last time I laughed so hard was, thank you, you lunatic.” Scarlet said as she started marching towards the Rainbow Valley again. Nothing was going to stop her, not even joy could bring relief. Project Echoshadow followed utilizing echolocation to quickly find his prey, a large buck to kill for his friend’s dinner. “when this mission is done, I don’t wish to be forgotten by you Lady Blaze.” Echoshadow said attempting to sound professional. “I may not be the nicest girl, but I do consider you a friend echo, I won’t just forget you.” Scarlet responded in a serious tone while using her flame magic to start a campfire for her friend to use in his latest attempt at cooking, though she knew already it wouldn’t be good. “Why can’t you make food?” Scarlet questioned. “I don’t know much about flavour, I typically just absorb the nutrients through my hands it’s quicker.” Echoshadow explained while demonstrating with a spare bit of the fallen creature he expected Scarlet not to want. “That’s gross and you’re missing out on so much, food is supposed to be yummy, it’s like how you enjoy looking at the moon, if you just did that weird, finding your way through hearing thing, you’d never get to enjoy the moon.” Scarlet reasoned causing the creature to pause and think about it. “That sounds about right, after we get back to civilization, I’ll be sure to learn how to cook.” Echoshadow responded with a smile. “Won’t do me much good unless I get to keep you around.” Scarlet said dryly. “I can’t predict where I’ll be deployed in the future, but I do hope to spend time with you again.” Echoshadow responded causing the depressed girl to smile for a moment. She never expected the strange creature defending her from the wilderness to actually become her friend. Life was frustrating her plans were incomplete at best, but she wasn’t alone, and in that moment that was enough for her. Even fueled by revenge as she was Scarlet Blaze felt content probably for the first time in her life.
Echoshadow being a deadly abomination easily hunted down deer for his new princess but a problem quickly arose. Neither of them knew how to cook. Echoshadow did his best to keep Scarlet away from danger but she was uncontrollable rushing into caves just to see what was within and playing with cute baby animals despite his warnings of how dangerous their family would be. It was constant work to keep her safe. It was a welcome distraction Despite no longer being alone the young noble girl felt the sting of her loneliness almost constantly. Any time she discussed the king with Echoshadow his eyes would glow blue and he’d forget what was going on it was aggravating to be unable to discuss her plans with him. Her family was gone and the creature protecting her couldn’t talk about the cause she just had to pretend he was going to the king for protection pretend everything was okay, pretend this wasn’t tearing her to pieces. Then they reached their first settlement of the journey a small town known as Elderwood.
New friends is always nice.