Sakura tugged at the back of Bianca’s collar while Taura did her best to hold the witch back. She was furious and completely prepared to challenge Susanoo in spite of the overwhelming power difference.
“Bring her back!” Bianca demanded.
Susanoo laughed at her rage. And what will you do about it, Witch? Strike me with your full power, if you think it will help you.
“Damn right I’ll strike you with everything I’ve got!”Bianca declared
“You mustn’t!”Sakura pleaded, pulling harder.
“Trickster is beyond you,” Taura stated. “Trust her to finish the trial.”
Yes, Witch. Trust your human lover. Here, allow me to show you what she’s going through. I trust it will be most amusing, should she fail.
Susanoo gestured and a shimmering image of Hilde appeared.
Hilde found herself in… it looked almost like a warehouse. It was stacked with crates with pallets lying around filled with items. A thin layer of dust covered the floor. But there was something off about the area. Hilde couldn’t quite explain it. It wasn’t exactly magic, but there was some kind of otherworldly presence and she definitely felt as though she was being watched.
Susanoo had mentioned trials. So, what was her trial here? She walked around, checking the area.
That’s when she noticed something. There was almost an echo when she walked but it sounded less like an echo and more like footsteps.
She stopped. So did the footsteps. She listened and looked around for any sign of the source. She seemed to be alone but was certain that she wasn’t.
“What’s in there with her?” Sakura asked.
It is called a Tariaksuq. Susanoo answered. They are shadow beings who are masters of hunting. Here, allow me to show you.
He gestured. Bianca could feel some kind of vision spell affecting her. That was when she saw it. Nearly two hundred fifteen centimetres tall. Mostly humanoid but with strange tusks.
Bianca had a bad feeling she knew what he was hunting.
“What does it consume?” Taura queried.
I suspect you already know the answer. Susanoo stated. But to make it clear. He hungers for human flesh. And his long strides allow him to gain ground, even though he only moves when his prey does.
“That’s not a test!” Bianca protested. “There’s no way for her to tell he’s there! Much less do anything about it.”
She has her luger. And there is one way to tell where he is. She’ll just have to do it quickly, lest his hands reach her pretty neck first.
“I don’t care if you do fancy yourself a god,” Bianca hissed. “I don’t care if you’re much stronger than me. If anything happens to her, I will definitely find a way to rend the flesh from your very bones and then I will grind those bones into fine powder.”
Hilde took a few tentative steps forward. She watched behind her. There were signs of dust kicked up in the air. There was something back there.
She faced forward. Whatever it was could attack immediately if it knew that she was aware of it instead of just suspecting something was amiss.
She grabbed her compact and opened it, using the little mirror. She checked for the footprints. They were there. Far bigger than her own feet and uncomfortably close. Whatever it was, it would be on her in very short order.
She returned her compact to her pocket and carefully drew her luger.
She was scared, there was no doubt about that. She was also really starting to sweat. She was going to have to get it quickly. She’d have one, maybe two shots. She turned, jumped backwards and quickly fired.
The Tariaksuq, though she didn’t know that’s what it was, fell into her mid-lunge. Growing visible in its last breath.
She examined it, uncertain as to what exactly she was looking at. It looked like a very large, muscular man with tusks. She holstered her gun, wondering what the next trial was going to be.
So, the human has fangs.
Bianca breathed a sigh of relief.
Do you suppose she can survive against a deadlier opponent? Let’s find out.
Susanoo snapped his fingers.