After a little more teasing by my invisible enemies, I wandered off. I neared some voices, and I heard the whole conversation. I whispered it to Medusa as I heard it. There was another person bonded to a Phoenix. Naomi and her brother were talking.

I heard footsteps, and quickly looked around for a place to hide. I saw a tree, and stared for a moment. It turned to stone. I hid behind another tree, barely daring to breath, else the odour make itself apperant that I was hiding.

"Evan!" I heard Naomi say. "Look at this tree. It's... stone. And it smells around here...  Let's look around." I quickly started running, despite that I was leaving a trail of death around me. Poisonous breath is hard to conceal.

"Who's there?" I had stopped for a moment, putting my hands on my knees and panting. Medusa was standing next to me, cawing quietly. I turned around, and saw Naomi. She flinched. "You heard us."

"Heard what?"

"Evan and I talking."

"If I thought you were a problem, you would be stone by now. Or simply dead, if I managed to breath on you. As it is, I believe that you will just go on as if I hadn't heard a thing. I didn't, I swear." I plastered a fake smile on my face.

"Who are you?"

"I'm Linda, and this here is Medusa. He's a deaf cockatrice. And he and I can both turn someone to stone with our eyes, such is the reason for his name, and our breath is poisonous. You see, don't make me mad. But I don't really want to. I'm nice, actually."

"Really? Then we should have no further troubles from you, Linda. "

"No, you won't." I said quietly. I disappeared into the forest, Medusa flying beside me. I turned around, shouting. "In fact, I'm going after that friend of yours. You know, the other one that's bonded with a phoenix."

The End

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