The forest was suddenly alive with sounds. Birdsong rang out from every tree, echoing off the rocks. The silence was broken, but the valley felt even more dangerous now.
The glittering light faded, reveling the crystal's true color. As clear and cold as ice, the diamond stood in the center of the clearing, not a single mark to flaw it's surface.
The girl named Iris turned in a rush, stalking off into the trees, her dark curls bouncing.
"Wait up!" Kana called, her and Arella following.
Rayne and Hale looked at each other, shrugged and followed the girls, Kayne on their heels.
"Where are you going?" Arella asked. She seemed so scared, so small and defenseless compared to the others. Even graceful Kana seemed fiercer than the blue eyed girl.
"Away. We need some place safe. The wolves are regrouping." She said it so steadily, like she knew.
They just followed her through the trees. Her steps never faltered, while they stumbled behind her. She moved so surely over the forest floor where Kayne tripped over every root that stuck out. It was like she could sense where every living thing was in the valley.
"Where are we going?" Kayne asked her softly, jogging to walk by her side.
"There is a cave, higher on the mountain face than where Rayne first showed up."
The dark haired boy frowned. "How do you know these things?"
Her forest green wings fluttered in annoyance. "How should I know? The forest just tells me things. Now we really need to move or else we are going to be dog chow." She took off at a jog, weaving between the trees with ease.
Kayne looked back at the girls. Kana and Arella were clinging to each other, their bare feet torn and bloodied from the rough ground.
Rayen and hale met his golden eyes, a silent agreement passing between them.
"Hey, Arella..." Kayne smiled, waiting for the girl. "Let me carry you for a while, your feet are in bad shape."
She looked down at them before meeting his eyes. She seemed so scared, but the idea seemed to be a relief. "Are you sure?"
He nodded, lifting her into his sturdy arms.
"Come here, Kana..." Rayne lifted the other girl, a soft smile on his lips. "You need to rest."
Moving through the trees with the girls may have slowed them down, but it was better than losing them to the forest.