A willowy slip of a man stood behind me. His face broke out in a wide grin showing all his sharp straight teeth and a touch of color painted across his cheeks. Upon seeing my own face, his blush deepened and he dragged long slender fingers through his blonde hair.
I stared at him for a moment taking in his features – a mirror of my own – and two splendid white feathery wings perched along his shoulder blades. Blood did not lie and neither did the racial characteristics of this man. No horns…
“Agathodaemon.” I said, every muscle wound taut and ready just in case.
“Relax there Captain,” the man raised his hands in the air showing his lack of weapons but I wasn’t fooled, “the name’s Ely. I mean you no harm.”
“Why would an Agathodaemon be in this camp?” My good wings fluttered while the wrapped nub tried and failed.
“And why not?” Ely spread his wings gesturing to the entire camp around me. “We are all part of the same philosophy. None of us want to be a part of this pointless war. Do you even remember why the fight started? When?”
His question caught me off guard. I knew why I was fighting but no one – not even the higher-ups in the Agathodaemon Army – could answer those questions when asked. It was ingrained into our minds to NEVER ask those questions.
“I see.” Ely folded his wings against his back. “You don’t know either, Captain-”
“Malachai Lu”Umar.” I interjected. “Malachai will do.”
“With all due respect, Captain, you are an Avant-garde in the Agatho-”
“Not anymore.” I cut in for a second time.
Ely’s face fell, his words silenced. For a few moments we both stood feeling awkward. Then his smile lit his face once again.
“I bet you are looking for Captain Kel.”
How did he know?
Before I could ask though, Ely grabbed my hand. I almost fell back from the informality displayed but the pain in my severed Flight Wing reminded me that I was in no condition to start a potential antagonist confrontation with this man. He might only sport two wings but at this moment, he was well and at full strength. Which spoke much to my own condition.
“Come, I will take you to him.” Then he dragged me off in the complete opposite direction I had been traveling in.