Chapter 35: Onward, to the Seedrians!
“A Seedrian?” Rune questioned. “Didn’t that clan disappear a long time ago? In some war for the galaxy?”
“That’s what was said.” Stacey answered. “But, remains of the clan lingered, spreading throughout the stars. Apparently most of them somehow gathered on Mobius. Their numbers are few, but they exist. I have met one or two in my travels.”
“Really? You’ve met Seedrians?” Midnight questioned.
“Do you think one of them could have any information on all of this?” Jazmyn asked.
Stacey pondered the question for a moment. “Well, I don’t recall any of them having blue hair…But, maybe they know of another one who matches the description!”
“Do they live very far from here?” Peuan asked, thankful the subject was off of her.
“Unfortunately, yes. They live quite a way away from here.” Stacey replied. “At least a three day journey on foot.”
“Well, no one said we were limited on time.” Rune commented. “Even if this legend turns out to be true, you don’t think that three days will be too late, do you?”
“Who knows?” Peuan said with a shrug. “But, if we are going to find anything out, we better get going.”
Stacey headed back to the still smoking library.
“What are you doing, Stacey?” Midnight asked.
“Well, we have a long journey ahead of us.” Stacey answered over her shoulder. “We’re gonna need some supplies!”
Stacey couldn’t help but sigh with relief when she entered the main floor of the building. Not much had been affected at all. The only lingering damage was the blinding stench of smoke. She coughed a little, using her magic to help dissipate the smoke that remained.
“That’s a neat trick.” Lyra commented. “What else can you do?”
Stacey giggled. “Watch this.” Her horn began to shimmer brightly. With a flash of light, everything was restored to normal.
“Whoa!” Lyra, Chiolie, and Peuan harmonized.
Stacey smiled, but then sighed sadly. “Unfortunately, I can’t restore things completely destroyed…” A single tear slipped out of her eye. She shook her head. “But, it can’t be helped now. I have to pack!”
The others watched her rush around for several moments. She picked things up with her hands and magic. Anything she thought they may need was stuffed into a large, dark green hiking backpack. Jazmyn and Midnight assisted with the food items as Lyra and Chiolie helped sort through basic supplies. Heaven and Mint got books Stacey asked for, with the help of Rune.
Peuan sat in one of the reading chairs. It wasn’t that she didn’t want to help, she just, couldn’t focus. Her mind was racing over the legend, repeating over and over the words Stacey said. “But the third, the third was the strongest of the trio.” Could it be true? Were the three of them really from that old legend? Was she…The strongest of the trio?
She was snapped back into reality by Rune. “Hey, Peuan? Are you okay?”
She looked up at him, blinking to focus. “I, I’m fine. Don’t worry about me.” She replied, trying to reassure him.
Rune was smarter than that. “The look in your eyes says otherwise.” He sat down in the bean bag chair next to her, nearly getting eaten alive. Peuan giggled a little as he sat up. “I see that helped a little.”
Peuan sighed. “Oh Rune…What if this whole legend thing turns out to be true?”
Rune cocked his head. “What do you mean? Isn’t it an honor to be a hero?”
Peuan shook her head. “Sure, I guess. But, that’s so much pressure. What if I don’t actually have any powers…What if I screw up? What if I’m…Just a mistake.”
Rune quickly shook his head in protest. “You’re no mistake! And I know, if this legend is true, you will save everyone! I’m sure of it!”
“But, we don’t know that!” Peuan objected. “We don’t know if I’m the hero and we don’t know if I win! The book was worn, for all we know, whoever we’re fighting could be the one who ends up winning!” She placed her arm on the chair’s, holding her head. “This is just too much…”
Rune immediately rose from his seat and embraced Peuan. “Win or lose, you’re still a hero to me.” He got on his knees to look Peuan in the eyes. “After all, you helped me save Hyper.”
Peuan nodded, her face brightening. “That’s right…We are heroes, even if we aren’t the ones from the book!”
Rune grinned. “That’s the spirit!”
The sun was beginning to disappear behind the tree line as the group of nine travelled through the forest. They had left soon after midday, so they had been walking for quite a while now. Dodging tree roots and bunches of vegetation left them tired.
“It’s getting dark.” Jazmyn noted. “Maybe we should think about stopping for the night soon.”
Stacey, the leader of this trek, nodded in agreement. “Right. Let’s start looking for a good spot to settle.”
Each of the other travelers carried their own small bag equipped with a sleeping bag. Even Heaven and Mint had little blankets to carry for themselves.
The dense forest began to thin out as the travelling party entered a small clearing.
“This looks like a good spot.” Stacey noted. “Let’s set up here!”
It was dark by the time the group was settled. They all sat around a small campfire, eating some of the food Stacey packed.
“What are Seedrians like, Stacey?” Midnight inquired, taking another bite.
“Well, they range in height, but most of them are rather short.” Stacey began. “But, then again, I’m rather tall. Anyway, they usually have some sort of flower or plant on top of their heads here.” She pointed to where her ears stuck out of her hair. “Most of them are females, and they often wear dresses that look like leaves. They have flowers or fruit. Males tend to have root-like growths that look more like horns or antlers.”
“So they are a lot like plants?” Peuan asked.
Stacey nodded. “You could say that.”
“Well, that explains their name. “Seedrians” sounds plant-like with the whole “seed” thing.” Lyra commented.
After eating, everyone decided to head straight to bed. They were so tired, and had a long trip ahead of them. Within a few minutes, the fire was out and so were they.