Airi streaks out of the sky, touches down, and screams to a sliding halt, her wings flaring wide in a primitive airbrake. Water erupts in her wake as her feet skid on the smooth obsidian top of the pyramid. Bel doesn’t slow down, and I gasp when his right arm reaches back and his hand clamps down on my upper arm. I instantly know what he is doing and it chills me far worse than the driving rain.
I relax my grip on his neck and let the talisman drop back to settle at my throat. It hums with power as the light brightens now that my fingers no longer block it.
“Go! Go!” Bel bellows as his hand drags me from his back. I lurch sideways as he spirals, snapping his pale wings shut at the last minute to avoid colliding with the stone floor and the portals. The force of the maneuver flings my slight weight out and away from him, and his hand releases me just as my feet brush the stone platform. Upright, I skid across the wet floor and collide with Airi in a rush of wind and water.
Bel vanishes in a snap of feathers, his lean muscles able to power him back into the air shockingly fast. He disappears into the stormy sky beyond the aura of the talisman, leaving me breathless and light-headed.
“Bel,” I cry into the teeming rain, and stumble away from Airi’s strong grip. My knees threaten to fold beneath me. The pounding rain beating on my face melds with tears that burn my eyes. I need to go to him, but long, strong fingers hold me up and back.
“Moira, he’s got to distract them. We have a job to do,” Airi screams over the steady roar of the rain, and shoves me back around toward the statues. I stumble to stand between them, and tear my gaze from the ominous clouds to the stone figures. blinking against the shards of rain pummeling me I search the sky one more time for any sign of Belamar. Far above, beyond the glow of my talisman, wraith-like shadows dive and race. Tears blur everything.
Cheryl Mackey lives in Southern California with her husband and 2 sons. She is a Document Specialist with a mortgage company during the day and a writer during the night!
She has a MFA in Creative Writing and enjoys games, reading and, of course, writing. She currently has a flash fiction story published online at The Prompt Magazine.
Her favorite genres to write and read is YA Fantasy closely followed by YA Paranormal and she would love to dabble in Steam Punk and Dystopian.
Author Website: http://www.writezalot.com/