Vestige of Credence: Chapter 4
Part 27: Wings of the Dragile
Everyone was staring at Niomi with inquisitive eyes. “I know you need help,” Niomi started, “I saw the note you sent. I just, I…” she looked to the ground sadly, “I cannot get us there. The Cumulus used their teleportation technology to take visitors to their home.” She glanced up again to disappointed faces. “I’m so sorry,” she added.
There was a moment of quiet thoughtfulness before Mij began flapping his wings in the water. Startled, the group jumped back.
“Mij!” exclaimed Anvid. “Mij wants to take us to the Cumulus territory.”
“Can he really swim that far?” asked Ellara with concern. “And then can he fly that far, after he swims all that way, and with us on his back???”
“That is not an option,” declared Kadden. “It would surly kill a creature to make a journey like that.”
Mij then flapped his wings faster and harder as he rose up farther in the trench at a fair speed.
“You do not know much about the Dragile, Kadden, but I do,” Anvid assured. “And I feel very certain this is something Mij can do.”
“We don’t have a choice anyway,” added Ellara. “We must get the Iffanport.”
They had anticipated a much lengthier process in locating and retrieving Niomi. The company had prepared to spend days or even weeks attempting to locate her, but fortune seemed to have other plans. Niomi admitted that when the Basalt first spotted Mij, they feared him; not only because he was a new species, but a gigantic one as well. Previously, they weren’t even remotely aware of the underground species, and because no creatures like him existed on the surface they feared he may have been sent by the Cumulus.