[Fractions of a second before the demise of the Springflower]
Rosa's mouth was left agape at the sight of the grenades in mid-air. She paid no attention to Trailene's disappearance, as her mind was twisted in panic. She could try and catch one or two at most, but at what cost? Things were happening so quickly yet her body was not responding. Her eyes settled on her two closest companions... Tri-blade furiously trying to throw a portal while Aflima dashed in her direction... all too slowly.
Suddenly her breath was forced out of her by a hard shoulder, then she saw empty sky ahead. Rosa was airborne and hurtling quickly upwards. Her abdomen ached and her neck felt strained.
Her body slowed down and Rosa realized that she had been hurled out of the jet. She tried to orient her body in the direction of where the aircraft was, but it was futile. Her fear was for the others, but she was quickly losing consciousness.
"Stay... awake..." thought Rosa as she pursed her lips tightly, holding in whatever oxygen remained. There was probably only a few seconds at best available before she lost consciousness - and any chance at avoiding a terrible drop to Earth's surface.
Player ID: 10890 | Sig by Acidburn
It was pure instinct. He saw the grenades thrown in the air and without thinking, moved to intercept their descent. Both hands shot outwards, willing the portals forth that would encompass the explosives and send them elsewhere for the time being, before moving to a place where he could safely direct them away from humans. The vanishing Agent Trailene, her plan revealed, would have to account for her actions afterwards.
Nothing happened and a grimace of worry crossed Tri-blade's face. Too late, he remembered that morphons in this realm served to disable one of his particular abilities. A curse began to form in the back of his throat as his eyes moved towards his god-daughter.
As time slowed to milliseconds, a wispy streak of many colours flashed across his vision, and suddenly Rosa was no longer there.
Tri-blade didn't even have time to contemplate what had just happened before he felt a jolt in his midsection and a blast of air across his body. His eyes closed for what seemed to be an entire minute. When they opened again, he saw in the distance the jet they were on only a moment ago, explode in a vibrant orange and yellow light. All the while with another man holding his waist and the pair falling through the sky.
"Flashbulb..." he gasped.
Flashbulb made no acknowledgement, but turned his body to face the debris of the jet, which had began to fall at the same rate as the men. He looked at Tri-blade with no shortage of worry, but with his thick googles, it was hard to determine the extent of concern.
"I hope you have a plan," chittered Flashbulb in his relatively high-pitched voice. "and that I haven't exchanged one gruesome outcome for a worse one."
Tri-blade, after taking a breath, was already pressing a button on his comm-link. "Thanks to you, I have time enough to form one. Hold on."
He pressed another button, and a sliver of material flew out of his left boot. Another piece of material fell from his right one, before Tri-blade removed a coin-shaped object from a pouch on his belt. Twisting his body, he pressed the flat surface of his 'coin' against the two strips of material. They watched as the object swelled in size, the strips of material molding themselves around it, expanding and flattening out.
"A... surfboard?" exclaimed Flashbulb, his lips fluttering as they continued to pick up velocity.
"It's called a Super Sonic Surfer... we've been able to compress it to a portable form... but quickly! Hop on it! Find Rosa!"
"How'd you know I saved her?"
"It's what I'd have done. Aflima could possibly handle a fire blast, and Turian almost certainly can... although I hope he could handle a fall. You must have hurled Rosa away before you grabbed me, and for that you have my eternal gratitude. But hurry! It isn't equipped to hold two, but you may be able to get away with it!" Tri-blade made to push the board at Flashbulb.
"But you?" asked Flashbulb. As soon as he climbed on the board, it started to hover in response to its rider, and Tri-blade was quickly falling out of sight.
Tri-blade shouted, "I still... have another... trump card!" before reaching for his set of weapons.
He fell even more quickly, his body spinning and his body heaving in a struggle to catch air. If he could stop hyperventilating...
Tri-blade watched the surfboard zoom away as he held his mystical daggers to his chest.
[Tri-blade] [ID: 10879]
The air whistled across Rosa's falling body. It was impossible to keep her eyes open and she was exhausted. Her mind was frantically searching for any living creature to mentally bond with - preferably a large eagle or condor - to grab her and at least slow down her descent. If it was more than one, the better. It was a plan of desperation, but it was all she had.
Nothing. No response. She shut her eyes even more tightly, ignoring her training to relax her mind. Focus on any bird. A dragon would be better, although she didn't know of any apart from the one bonded with The Wizard. Focus, Rosa. This isn't the end.
Her mind wobbled, and her body twisted. Suddenly she was tumbling over and over without any way of halting. Her movements became more frantic and panic finally set in.
No, no, noo,...
"Aaaaaaaaaaaagh!" she exhaled, terror in her now wide-open eyes.
Land, a rocky-looking and lifeless surface, was in view for a split second before open sky reappeared. The rotation of her body sped up even more, but Rosa continued to scream. She shut her eyes again.
She felt what appeared to be arms around her, then a sense of deceleration. Is this what death is like?
Opening her eyes, she looked upwards at the mask of her rescuer. She began to shout, then her eyes shut tightly and her body fell limp.
Behind the mask, Flashbulb grinned, then sighed in relief. He guided the surfboard to ground and gently laid Rosa on a grassy patch. Opening his comms link, he called out to his team, hoping for a connection with any of his allies. Any of them.
Player ID: 10890 | Sig by Acidburn
A large sphere of light appeared on the ground before it was further illuminated by the addition of glyphs. The glyphs rotated around the circumference slowly before beams of light shot upward, encompassing the body of the falling Tri-blade. Immediately, his body slowed its descent and Tri-blade allowed his eyes to open. He exhaled heavily, relieved that his enchanted daggers performed another miraculous feat to save his life.
Flashbulb's voice at the other end of his comm device was well-received; as it meant that Rosa was safe. He got their location and began making his way over. He remained hopeful that at some point Aflima and Turian would make their presence known - he didn't once consider the possibility of either not surviving the explosion.
After some time, and futile efforts to reach the others, Tri-blade crossed an abandoned cart-path and saw Flashbulb waving. Calling out to his ally, he picked up his pace and within moments, was kneeling at Rosa's side, checking her vitals and listening to Flashbulb's report. The immediate area around them was devoid of anything besides grass, trees and the occasional bird. Now that Tri-blade was there however, Flashbulb was prepared to scan a greater area of land to find the others. Tri-blade nodded and moved Rosa gently while whispering comforting words.
[Tri-blade] [ID: 10879]
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