I returned to the Mansion entirely dejected and thoroughly annoyed. Jay was waiting for me in the hall when I came in through the door. Having been in contstant contact with him while I jogged back, he didn't say a word, just enveloped me in a comforting hug.
We'll fix this Ash. Things are going to work out for the best in the end. I know it.
I closed my eyes against his chest taking comfort from just being with Jay for a while.
I hope you're right Jay, I really do.
We stayed that way for a few moments, when Kyoshiro came in, carrying a familiar figure in his arms.
"Kyoshiro?" I was stunned, "How did...?"
"He's stubborn, I'll give him that." he sighed, "where's Harmony?"
"Upstairs, she's a little down."
"Okay, I'll go see her soon, it won't make her feel better this way."
I sighed, feeling some of the weight off my shoulders but still worried. "You know Harmony very well."
"Well, I know a lot more than she, or any of you for that matter, care to think. But, Harmony has been around for a long time, surprisingly."
"What are you talking about?"
"Haven't you noticed all the guys trying to kill her?"
"She has the gift of-"
Asha, can you get someone to come up here? Probably Kyo. I need a little help.
I noticed Kyoshiro cut what he was going to say short, turning his head to Harmony's room as I picked up her thoughts. Before I could say anything he dpoke up.
"I hear something in Harmony's room."
With that he practically flew up the stairs to her room. A whisper of suspicion crossed my mind. There had been no detectable noise up until Harmony had spoken out to me. There were a series of crashes coming from her room now. Jay and I ran up to investigate and found a gaping hole in Harmony's wall-Kyoshiro fighting a stranger on the lawns. Harmony was climbing down the wall to them. Xavior appeared in the doorway.
"What-?" he looked at the rubble then to us.
"Harmony was attacked. Shes okay," I said hurriedly, at his expression "And Kyoshiro is fighting the guy in the grounds." Jay finished, indicating the fight with a nod.
Xavior was halfway across the room before Jay had finished speaking. I caught his arm as he was about to climb down.
"Be careful Xavior. You were out cold a few moments ago."
He nodded, climbing down to help Kyoshiro.
Jay and I climbed down a few moments later, watching carefully by the Mansion in easy running distance to help.
"I feel like we should help." Jay muttered.
"We both know this is more about a fight for Harmony than anything else." I replied. "Its not just any fight, its a fight for pride. To prove themselves to her. We shouldn't interfere unless they are in real danger."
He nodded, looking grim. "Still, I hate feeling useless."
I took his hand, weaving my fingers with his. "I know..I don't like it any more than you do Jay."
Every time a blow hit one of our friends, we tensed, ready to go. When he fled into the forest, we both relaxed slightly, only to run suddenly over to Harmony as both Xavior and Kyoshiro ran off after him.
"Harmony!" We called, as she made to go after them "Harmony wait!"
She paused, seeing us catch up with her.
"We're coming with you."