“Ha!” you shouted, your new move activating and sending a sonic attack back towards the fox, making it let go of your ankle.
Scrambling to your feet, you took a painful step backwards, your ankle still smarting a little from where the fox’s teeth had punctured your skin.
“Ah,” you hissed in pain, holding your weight off that leg as you stared the fox down.
It let out a small growl and flattened its ears back against its head, it’s hackles standing on end as it slung slowly in a semi-circle, still acting very threateningly towards you.
“Spin!” you shouted, watching the purple haze swirl up from the ground around the fox and waft around it, semi concealing it from view.
Your eyes flicked to the fox’s health bar and you watched as it dropped into the red.
“I’m going to have to use, Ha, again because I can’t really move…my ankle still hurts.”
Because the creature was pretty much on its last legs, it didn’t have the energy to attack you and your sudden shout heralded the end of the fox’s life as your ‘Ha’ attack completed and turned the fox into crystals.
“Man, my ankle still hurts…” you thought, your gaze lowering as you reached down to touch your leg and survey the damage.
You had two little teeth marks in the side of your leg and you ran your fingers lightly over it.
“Do I have a health potion? I need to heal my leg…” You looked at your health bar and it was down just ever so slightly.
Just then you remembered why you had decided to take on the fox and turned around to see if the baby beavers were ok.
And they had gone back to playing happily among the shallow waters. You smiled as you watched one tumble over the other and flop into the water then pull itself up and go bumbling back to its sibling.
“Cute,” you thought, tenderly placing your foot down on the earth and trying to walk on it.
As you started to limp back to the track that you had first entered on, the air around you cooled and you felt a presence from nearby.
Looking up, your eyes slowly scanned around you to try and determine what had caused the change but you couldn’t see anything.
“Protector,” a soft voice said, the voice sounding like it was breathed by the wind itself and you swiveled your head around to see where the word had been spoken from.
“Who’s there?” you asked, turning back the other way again, basically turning in circles to see who had spoken to you.
“I see all,” the whispery airy voice commented.
You spun back again.
“Show yourself,” you called, your eyes settling on a tree nearby that had a blue hue glowing from its trunk.
As you watched, a child sized blue fairy emerged from the tree like a spirit, and flitted over to you.
“Only the kindest in heart deserves the trust of the creatures,” the little fairy said as she approached you.
“Are you referring to me saving the baby beavers?” You asked, watching as she ducked and flew down to your injured ankle and touched it with her small hand, then flew back up to face height to talk to you.
The minute she touched you, the pain dissipated and ceased and your health bar returned to full again and you looked at it with grateful astonishment.
“Thank you very much for healing me,” you said to her and she closed her eyes and bowed her head gently.
“It is my pleasure. It is my duty now, to give you this.” She reached behind her and presented a medium sized blue orb to you.
“What is this for?” you asked curiously, taking it from her hands and looking it over.
The ball itself felt cool to the touch and as you observed it closely you noticed inside the orb seemed to be moving, swishing and swirling- like water.
“Take this with you to level 5,” the fairy said, “all will be revealed when you meet, Ægir.”
“Ægir? Old Norse for ‘sea’?”
You looked back down at the orb. “What do I do with it onc—,” As you went to look back up to talk more with the fairy, she had disappeared and you looked around with surprise.
“Looks like I’ll just have to wait till I get to level 5?” you thought, “but for now I’ll just practice a little more here…”
Tucking the blue orb into your pocket, you patted it before heading back to the track and walking back out towards the open grassland.
You didn’t want to get too far away from the teleport pad (and get too far into the game) that you lost track of time and didn’t get out within your self appointed, 2 hour limit.
In the remaining time there, you took on a few more weasels, another fox (which you made sure to be wary of) and even a deer.
“Move!” you shouted as you ran at the deer and jumped a somersault over its back, cleanly and precisely lining up the red line mark and smacking your whips down across its lightly spotted coat.
The deer let out a short grunt and staggered forwards, kicking up its heels to try and hit you but you had already landed on the other side and spun around to slam your hands against the ground.
“Ha! You shouted, using your sonic attack to chip away its health.
The deer grunted again and it’s health bar diminished a little more.
“One more whip attack and that should do it,” you thought, taking a few light steps to the side before taking another step back then launching yourself forwards and up, jumping over the deer again.
“Move!” you called, twisting your body in rotation and landing the final blow to the deer.
As you were landing on the other side again you heard the creature burst into crystals behind you and you smiled.
“That was a good fight that one,” you thought as you checked your stats for each of your three moves. “I’m not sure what I started at with ‘Move’ but it appears to have leveled up a bit. I’m now at 5 for that skill. ‘Spin’ is 3, and ‘Ha’ is 1. At least I have one skill that’s getting stronger…”
You pondered different things as you reluctantly made your way back to the teleport pad, then walked to the house on level 44 and signed out.
“I’ll be back in game later today anyway so I’ll get to practice that bit more then head on to level 4.”