“Are you two sure about this?” Rika asked, nervously. The girl glanced around the giant boulder the three girls had ducked behind. She spotted the sleeping form of the massive dragon. From tail to nose the dragon was well over fifty-feet long. It had spikes all over it’s tail and back and smoke rose from it’s nostrils. “That’s a fire breathing dragon you know,” Rika said, her body shook.
“That’s true,” Mio began. “But that things been terrorizing farmers for quite a while now. If we don’t drive that thing away it’ll never leave those farmers alone.”
“I know, but…” Rika began, turning her eyes towards Eiko.
“It could roast a white mage in less than a second,” Eiko said.
“Really?” Rika said, the girls entire body started to shake even more.
“Don’t scare her,” Mio said, taking a deep breath. “Let’s just do this quick, ok?”
“Right,” Eiko nodded.
The three girls nodded and suddenly leaped from their hiding spot. Mio leapt on top of the boulder while Rika and Eiko ran around the sides. Mio pointed her sword at the dragon, but she didn’t utter a sound. The once sleeping dragon was now awake and was narrowing it’s eyes at the girls.
“Oh boy…” Rika breathed.
“Rika distract it! Come on Eiko!” Mio ordered, as she and Eiko ducked back behind the boulder. Rika yelped in fear as the dragon opened it’s maw. A stream of fire erupted from the dragon.
Before the flames could envelop Rika, the white mage had activated her shield and stopped the flames. When the fire vanished, a terrified Rika saw a trail of scorched earth that laid between her and the dragon.
Rika’s shield flickered out. The dragon opened it’s maw again, but before it could expel anymore flames, Eiko had leapt into the air and punched the dragon as hard as she could in the side of the head. Despite her small stature, the punch was effective and the dragon slammed onto its side.
Eiko landed on her feet, but leaped several yards back as the dragon turned its head at the girl and lunged at her. The dragons teeth missed Eiko by mere inches.
The dragon quickly got back to it’s feet, but before it could launch another attack at the girl, Mio had appeared over the creatures head. Slashing the back of the dragons neck with her sword, the girl flipped over the monster and landed gracefully in front of it.
The dragon roared in pain, but it would take more than that to drive it away.
Rika ran up to Mio and cast her shield again as the dragon tried to take a swipe at the girl with it’s claws.
The dragons claws bounced off the barrier, causing the dragon to back up several feet.
Eiko leapt over the two girls. Folding her hands together she slammed her fists into the top of the dragon’s head. She than slammed her fists into the creatures head several more times before leaping out of the way.
Mio quickly followed up with an attack of her own. She sliced the dragon’s leathery body with her sword several times, when she backed away, bright red blood began seeping down the dragons body.
The dragon quivered in pain. It’s roars were also weaker than before. Unfurling it’s wings the massive creature leapt into the air and began flying off. The girls watched until it vanished over the horizon.
“Well…” Rika breathed. “I think we did it, right?”
Mio nodded. “I think that’ll do it.”
The only sounds the girls could hear was the footsteps of the massive golem that was making it’s way towards one of the small villages that was located on the off skirts of the kingdom. The golem stood well over ten feet tall, it had four arms and two massive legs.
“Who thought this golem was a good idea?” Eiko wondered, aloud. Even though the girls were running as fast as they could, they could barely keep up with the giant monster.
“They make horrible pets, that’s for sure,” Mio said.
“Wait!” Rika cried, struggling to keep up. “There’s a… rule… about making… white mages run!”
“Running times over Rika. Just follow the plan ok?” Mio said, cutting through the undergrowth. Mio grabbed the hilt of her sword and leapt past the monsters head. As she did she sliced the golems body with her sword and landed a few yards away.
The golem turned it’s massive body to Mio, as Mio turned to face it. She saw her sword had cut an inch into the creatures body, but it wasn’t enough to destroy it.
“I’m on it!” Eiko said, jumping at the creature and slamming the heel of her left foot into the creature’s right leg.
The golem’s leg buckled underneath it, and it’s knee slammed into the ground. Rika rushed up to the creature and activated her shield. The shield, which was only meant to protect the people she chose, slammed into the golem, eating away the clay that made up the creatures body.
What remained of the monster collapsed onto the ground. “Hey… it worked!” Rika said, happily. “I didn’t think it would.”
“I had a feeling it would,” Eiko said, placing a hand on Rika’s right shoulder.
“Me too,” Mio said, touching Rika’s left shoulder.
“Oh Mio!” Rika blushed, looking up at Mio and smiling lovingly at the girl. “When are we…” She began, but Eiko cut her off.
“Let’s get started on the next mission,” She said.
“Right,” Mio said, nodding. The girl turned her eyes down at Rika who suddenly looked angry. “You ok?” She asked.
“I’m fine,” Rika said, forcing a smile. “Just fine.”
“I want to go home!” Rika sobbed. The sun had set several hours ago and the sounds of strange creatures in the forest were all that could be heard. The night didn’t bother the girl so much, nor did the forest. What really bothered Rika was the place they were currently standing.
The graveyard seemed to stretch on forever. Tombstones of all shapes and sizes poked out of the ground and a thick fog covered the land.
“I know,” Mio said, trying to comfort the girl. “But we need to deal with this monster.”
“What kind of monster is it anyways?” Eiko asked. She too was looking nervous. “Because it it’s a poltergeist or demon, were out of our league. Especially if it doesn’t have a physical body.”
“Well according to reports it does. They said it looks like a grim reaper, except it doesn’t have any lower body.”
“Sounds like a zombie maker to me,” Rika said, scratching her chin thoughtfully. “Those things are usually created by black mages, right? Unless the black mage forgot to dispel the creature, it shouldn’t still be wondering around.”
“That’s right,” Mio said, nodding. “This thing will be easy to deal with, but the zombies could pose a problem.”
The three girls huddled together as the night wore on. Just as the time turned to midnight a figure, wearing a black cloak appeared in front of the girls. The figure looked like a floating skeleton, it had bright red eyes and it’s organs were visible and bright red as well. It didn’t have a lower body and it held a scythe in it’s hands.
Rika screamed at the top of her lungs, startling both Mio and Eiko.
“Get a grip!” Eiko snapped.
Mio ran forwards, she carried her sword in her right hand. Just as she was about to launch an attack, the zombie maker raised it’s scythe, Mio stopped in her tracks as the zombie maker slashed the ground with it’s scythe. At first nothing happened, but soon skeleton hands exploded from the ground and low groans could be heard.
“You two deal with the zombies,” Mio said, turning to Eiko and Rika. “Rika don’t be scared. Your healing magic is the best weapon we have against them,” Mio said.
“That’s right!” Rika said, remembering her white mage training.
“Mio!” Eiko cried.
Mio turned and severed the heads of two zombies, just as they were about to grab the girl. Mio smiled and gave the thumbs up sign.
Without saying a word Eiko ran up to a group of zombies and started fighting, Rika aimed her hands at a group of zombies and shouted, “heal.” The zombie’s bodies lit up and suddenly collapsed onto the ground.
Mio rushed after the zombie maker. She cut down any zombies that got too close to her. When she reached the middle of the graveyard, a large mass of zombies began rushing after her. Mio leapt into the air, her right foot touched down on the shoulder of an approaching zombie, kicking off the girl began leaping from zombie to zombie until she reached the end of the group. Finally she had caught up to the zombie maker. Rushing forwards the girl raised her sword and brought it down just as fast. The zombie maker tried to defend itself, but Mio’s sword sliced through it and it’s scythe.
As the zombie maker vanished in a puff of smoke, the zombies that remained started falling over. Never to move again.
“That was easy.” Eiko said, running up to Mio.
“Yeah,” Mio began, her eyes filled with fright. “Where’s Rika!?”
“Over there…” Eiko said, pointing at Rika who was still casting heal.
“Heal! Heal! Heal!” Rika cried.
“I think she’s happy when we take on missions where she can actually hurt something,” Eiko said.
Mio couldn’t help, but laugh. “I’m glad she’s happy.”