Warcraft Chronicles: Cori Voidchaser (Chp.4)
Cori had had several days to think, think about her conversations with Hackley, about where she truly wanted to go after her training.
But mostly, she thought about her nightmares.
Of scaled creatures with red eyes and gnashing teeth, and claws ripping and tearing.
Screams echoed in Cori's mind, of anguish and pain and fury and despair, it burned in her skull until she was no longer able to remain at rest.
"I just wish I could figure out what it means Janus. . ." Cori murmured, running her fingers across the lizard's scales. Janus merely responded with what could have been considered a growl and a purr.
"Any ideas where we could go next? We've done all we can for Darkshire, but Hackley seems adamant that we're not ready for Mount Hyjal," said Cori. Janus growled softly at the mention of Hackley's name.
"I really wish I could understand you, it'd make it much easier to tell why you dont like so many of my friends," Cori replied, smirking slightly.
"But. . . Maybe you are on to something, Naturae did say she believed I'd enjoy Teldrassil, so perhaps I could make my way over there," Cori said pensively.
After a few more moments of deliberation, and some nudging from Janus, Cori was finally on her way to Rutheran Village.
"Cori! By Elune I cant remember the last time I saw you!" Cori jolted up with a start as Naturae's voice reached her ears.
"Oh uhm- hello again-" Cori smiled.
"Oh and who's this!" Naturae dropped down to Janus' eye level, inspecting his teeth and claws with intrigue.
"This is Janus, my lizard," Cori said, smiling.
"Hes precious!" Naturae cooed, Janus purred.
"Hes a little narcissist is what he is," Cori said, snickering.
"So I assume you're done with the Eastern Kingdoms? Have you come to help with the Cataclysm?" Naturae asked as she stood back up.
"Maybe eventually, for now I'm still only equipped for minor threats," Cori said.
"I see. . . And what of this?" Naturae took a necklace given to Cori by Hackley into her hands.
"A gift, from Crawford Hackley," Cori said, raising an eyebrow.
"This is from the black dragonflight- this. . . Who is this Hackley?" Naturae said, hurriedly tearing the necklace from around Cori's neck.
"Hes one of my friends- I've written to you about him! He- hes been helping me control the void whispers-" Cori said, voice now shaking.
"Cori I dont think he was helping you control them, I think he was trying to help them control you," Naturae said.
"Come on- we need to get you somewhere safe to clear your head-" Naturae grabbed at Cori's arm, making her way towards the hippogryph roost.
"Theres plenty of spots in Teldrassil for you to rest, just focus on happy thoughts for now alright?" Naturae said as the hippogryph took off. Cori merely nodded, closing her eyes and trying her best to push the screams away.
Cori never really asked questions, they rarely had safe and happy answers.
Instead she simply slipped away as she felt the touch of night elf magic ebbing away the pain in her mind.
"Cori. . . It's time to wake up. . ."
She wasnt sure how long she'd been asleep, only that she felt much better now.
"I think you should rest for a while, completely, you're in no fit condition for quests and tasks," said Naturae.
"I- suppose you're right," Cori said softly.
"You dont have to stay in bed, but if I catch you firing arrows before you're ready I will tie you down," Naturae warned. Cori nodded.
She waited a while longer before she finally left the building.
Teldrassil truly was gorgeous, sprawling trees and creatures all across the landscape.
But what she noticed most was two shimmering forms in the distance, one green, and one red.
She approached the creatures slowly, able to make out the cat-like forms of two nightsabers.
Both seemed to take notice of Cori almost immeadietly, slinking over to her, tails relaxed and ears perked with intrigue.
Cori merely stood, feeling secure, aware that the creatures wouldnt cause her harm.
Instead, the cats simply buried their heads under her hands, purring and sniffing at the pockets of her armor.
"Well, you two need names dont you?" Cori said, smiling. The cats each purred.
"How about. . . Roman," Cori said, looking at the red spectral nightsaber, who purred in return.
"And Remus," Cori turned to the green nightsaber, who purred as well.
Cori smiled as she watched the cats approached Janus, each exchanging smiles and a variety of purred and growls as communication.
"Well, I suppose we should rest, hm?" Cori said. Her companions turned to her and purred in agreement, and so she began to head back to the inn, all to relieved to no longer have the screams and anguish of her allies clouding her mind.
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