Maz seemed to be daydreaming so I took the opportunity to sneak up on him. I tried to tackle him but fell in the mud; face down. I knew immediately what he'd done. He did it a lot.
"Aww! No fair, Nutbrain! You can't use illusions!" I whined. I often called him 'nutbrain' when I was annoyed with him or teasing him. It was because he spoke so cryptically that it seemed he was talking gibberish. It was a joke; I didn't understand a thing he was saying so I tried to make out he was the stupid one and called him Nutbrain. Most of the time I just called him Maz. As if to prove my point he shook his head.
"It's not illusions. It's the things that should not be," he replied with a sly smile. I frowned and stood up.
"You talk in riddles, Mazany," I said as I brushed away the leaves and such off my dress.
"Ha!" he shouted, "You haven't seen a true master of riddles yet, Zuri! Come on, I want to show you something." He jumped up off the boulder and ran away so quickly I yelped, startled, but followed dutifully. I had gotten even faster in the last year enabling me to catch up with Maz easily.
"Why are you in such a hurry?" I asked.
"I've been waiting twelve months to show you this, I think I might lose my mind if I wait any longer," Maz answered, breathlessly.
"I didn't know you had a mind to lose," I muttered but he didn't hear me. Louder I called, "What are we going to see?"
"He's called Al'leako," Maz called back.
"Where is he? No scratch that, how do we get there?" I had spotted a body of water and it seemed that this was what Maz was heading for. I had learned quickly that Maz, a fire creature, did not do well in water. I did well in almost all environments but preferred the ones I could explore with Maz. He stopped by the edge of the water and turned to see my confused expression. His face was full of excitement.
"Do you trust me?" he whispered.
I rolled my eyes before answering his stupid question. "Of course, Nutbrain," I told him with a grin. Then my face softened and I became serious, "Yes I trust you. I always trust you and I always will. Now will you tell me what the heck is going on?"