“You’re amazing, Migata.” Butterfli3 said with awe as he watched Migata strike his pose.
“We’re a team!” Migata replied as he turned around and gave Butterfli3 a thumbs up complete with wink.
A harrowing screech sounded as Pants decided to come back for another go and the chilling cry snapped Migata out of his happy place immediately.
“Here we go for another chance to yank our Pants off!” Migata yelled with enthusiasm.
“Uhh??” Butterfli3 stalled.
The ancient bird flicked its leathery wings wildly back and forth, lining Migata up to take him out while he prepared a counter and did another hand seal, summoning another round of lightning.
“Shoot it here!” Butterfli3 yelled to his teammate as he held his sword up that had the conductor attached to it.
“I….I don’t have time to….” Migata’s voice trailed off as he realized that Pants was now approaching faster than she had done in previous times.
“She’s going to go straight for you!” Butterfli3 called in warning. “Bail… BAIL!”
Migata stood his ground, feet firmly planted onto the flooring of the nest as he turned his body side on to the pterodactyl and scowled at it- a look you had never seen on his face before.
“Oh no… is he going to…”
Suddenly Pants pierced the dome and shot towards him.
In the blink of an eye he jumped straight up, using the lightening to propel himself skyward and over the bird but he had only made just enough lightening to clear Pants and descended too quickly, inadvertently landed on her tail as she shot through his lightening streak, causing him to lose his balance and flip as she took off our of the other side of the dome.
Migata landed heavily on his right shoulder and his health bar dropped.
“Argh!” He yelped as he rolled onto his back and did a kick-up back onto his feet, his left hand clutching his right shoulder as he looked around to see where Pants had gone.
She was already coming back and Butterfli3 called for Migata to retreat.
“She’s nearing the end of her life so she’s gone into a more aggressive state!” Butterfli3 shouted, “fall back! You’re injured.”
“No!” Migata called, “I’m not backing down now.” He added as he squared up with the descending bird and called for a spear-like weapon, the item materializing in his injured right hand while he held his shoulder steady with his left.
“Your arm is injured!” Butterfli3 shouted again, running forward. “You can’t use it!”
“Then I’ll fight with my left.” Migata replied lowly, fixated on the pterosaur that had almost reached the dome. “Cover for me.” He shouted as he pulled his left hand from his shoulder and threw the spear into in, drawing it back and pausing for the right moment to attack.
Butterfli3 got out of the way and drew his sword, watching intently so he could attack if need be.
Pants screamed with anger as she shot towards Migata and at the last minute he jumped back, flinging his left arm forward and ramming the spear up under Pants’ jaw.
A roar of pain left the pterodactyl’s throat as she took off again with the spear hanging from the underside of her mouth.
“Now what?!” Butterfli3 called to Migata.
“Now I grab it and split her down the middle.” Migata replied, his eyes never leaving Pants as she doubled back and came at him again, her health bar exceedingly low by now. “Ready?” Migata added as he readied both hands to grab the dangling spear.
“D-Don’t get more hurt, please!” Butterfli3 begged.
“This is the last attack.” Migata said as he crouched to face the oncoming creature.
“Migata!” Butterfli3 called, readjusting his hands on the hilt of his sword in preparation for attacking Pants should she manage to get Migata before the injured mage grabbed the spear.
Closer she flew, dropping lower to the surface of the nest as her glowing red eyes pierced Migata’s.
The confident combat mage stood his ground, hands at the ready as Pants almost reached him.
At the absolute last minute he dropped backwards, Pants’ mouth just missing him as she tore overhead.
As he dropped backwards he grabbed the spear with both hands, using his body weight to hold himself down so that the spear would rip through her underside- which it did with terrific speed.
Blue and white crystals erupted from the tear line of the spear as it opened the beast from throat to tail, causing the pterodactyl to screech in defeat before bursting into a million crystalline pieces.
There was only a split second of silence before the onlookers outside the dome erupted in rounds of cheering and screaming, celebrating as the dome warped and exploded.
“POWERRRR!” Migata cried, throwing his arms up and pumping his biceps then immediately dropping his right arm as pain coursed through it.
You were part of the screaming throng of people and you completely missed the flashing notifications that had alerted you to having reached level 9 already.
Level 8 had been reached somewhere in the middle of the fight but the suspense had rendered you metaphorically glued on what was happening instead.
Migata looked up at you above the nest and threw you the peace sign with his left hand, grinning from ear to ear while Butterfli3 looked like he was about to have a heart attack.
“Why do you do such daring things?” He wailed softly as he walked over to high five Migata.
“We did it!” Migata replied happily.
Butterfli3 shook his head and stretched his hand up to return the high five of Migata.
“I need to get O/N.” Butterfli3 then said, “it’s safe for her to come up now.”
“And I need to get U/N.” Migata said, “I’ll see how much she has leveled up.”
Butterfli3 nodded and headed for the edge of the nest, flocks of players running to talk to him as he left the scene.
Migata turned and started heading up towards you while you picked your way down to him.
“How much did you level up?” Migata called to you.
“Are you ok?!” You shouted with worry as you climbed down to him, lifting your arms to hug him as he dropped his left arm around your waist and hugged you back. “That was an intense fight!”
“Having you here helped.” Migata replied softly as he pulled back to look you in the eye.
You gave him a bashful smile.
“So what level are you now?” Migata asked again excitedly.
“Umm… 9, I think?” You replied.
“Here!” Migata said happily as he opened his inventory and took an item out and handed it to you.
“What is it?” You asked as you took the little green box.
“Open it.” Migata encouraged.
You pressed the little button on the side and the box popped open.[LEVEL 10 UNLOCKED, CONGRATULATIONS]
“Oh!” You exclaimed, eyes wide with surprise, “I’m level 10 now? Oh my god? I’m level 10 now!”
“Yes!” He said with a happy chuckle. “Now! Pick your class!”