Not many would see those colours, however, as they stayed indoors favouring the warmth. The smarter in Cikkaken would even cancel missions apparently due to the weather. Yet some volunteers defied those orders. After all, the Aik Volunteers were not under the direct command of the ruling body. The so-called heroes in their ranks dared nature in the darkness where no one could see your actions. The fools came for the thrill of action. Most of them paid what was due for their audacity. The blood price.
But the stench... The horrible stench that did not oppress the city only thanks to the hard blowing wind. The terrible, decaying odour that filled the nose and hurt the lungs. The disease spilt from its bounds and it was approaching. But no one would listen. No one.
And so the fools and would-be heroes were the last lines of defence. Or the first offering in a grisly sacrifice.
Hide. Voices around him whispered. The earth did not want to take him yet. The frozen water falling from the sky tried to avoid him. The fire struggled to keep him warm.
What good are you? He lashed out at his elements. The force of nature collided with his chest as a gust of wind rebelled. Snow covered earth hardened against his fall.
Don't blame us. Audible only to his ears, Ekumo cowered against words. Blizzard was unleashed on Desnind and the defier's instability was not helping the elements in his immediate presence. Yet, his heart trembled. His lowering to a side, body becoming a husk.
"I'm sorry." White mist of words was torn from his lips. He was schooled a little longer but the nature around him before even that eased and the blizzard was once again...just a harmless blizzard.
Hide. The soft whisper returned. Earth pressed up, trying to lift him.
Ahead, the water in the marina turbulently crashed against its limits. The noise from the inn he just stumbled out of was drowned. He couldn't go back in. Head already dizzy from the mead, if he drank some more, he'd give it all back. So his dark eyes just stared ahead into the brilliant clarity of the snow.
Then the blizzard eased some more. Its job was done.