Duzell merely exhaled as he grabbed a remote from one of the end tables and turned off the TV. He then averted his interest back towards Dannie and caught her flinching once they made eye contact.
He snorted gruffly at the action, “Alright, was it really necessary to flinch like that? You know I'm not going to hurt you.”
Dannie could feel herself relax when he reminded her of that.
“So,” Duzell gestured her to come near him, “stop hiding behind the corner.”
“Oh!” Dannie moved away from the corner. “S-sorry about that, it was an instinctive reaction. But I'm glad.” She smiled brightly, “I'm so relieved that I didn't wake up in an unfamiliar place. So, I take it we're in that dimension underneath Jane's Bridge?”
“Yes, we are.”
“Well, then I must say this cottage is really cute!” Dannie complimented, taking in her surroundings. “Although,” She lightly chuckled and pointed at the TV, “that TV definitely stands out compared to the rest of the place.”
“Maybe in the living room, considering the furniture that's in here.” Duzell commented in slight agreement, “But this cottage is actually very modern despite how it looks. The owner just likes the pioneer made furniture.”
Tilting her head, Dannie eyed him questionably, “Owner?” 'You mean, he's not the owner?'
Duzell noticed the girl's gaze and merely shook his head. “I'll explain later. So,” He crossed his arms, “how are you feeling?”
Finding his question strange, Dannie answered in an odd tone. “Um...I'm fine. Just confused really, I mean,” She gestured her hands around the room, “why did you bring me back here?”
“Hm?” Duzell furrowed a brow, “Don't you remember what happened last night?”
“Huh? Last night?” 'What happened last night?'
“Your body basically went nuts.” He replied, hoping that would spark something.
Another loud, sharp gasp escaped her as Dannie felt her body pound. “What...what was-”
Dannie gasped again when her body throbbed for the second time. Utter terror erupted within her as her body continued to pound like someone beating on a drum, but after each pound it became more frequent, more violent. The wind sensation also hadn't gone away, but instead of drifting away it intensified, blowing harsher than ever before and it suddenly felt like little needles poking through her bloodstream.
“AH! My God what is this!?” She asked herself in a loud, terrified cry. Dannie let out another distressed cry with her eyes squeezed shut, but something blue caught her attention.
Opening her eyes and instinctively she looked down only to learn that a bright blue light had emerged around her arm. “What?!” Dannie raised her arm to inspect the light, “What's this light?” Another blue light caught her interest as she looked down at her other arm to discover that it too was engulfed with the light as well. “Oh my God! What-”
The wind, like needle sensation abruptly turned into a wave electricity as it shocked its way through her.
“AHHHHHHHHHH!” Dannie immediately screamed as the electricity burst out of her body and formed itself around her. Suddenly a golden shield crest appeared where her heart was and it lit up in a silvery, blue light.]
Dannie gasped sharply as the memories came floating back to her. “That's right! My body was pounding, pulsing, shocking me, and causing me to feel so much pain and unusual sensations that I could hardly move.” She raised her hand slightly and stared at it. “It even produced this bright blue light, something I've never seen it do all my life!” Combing her fingers through her silver locks, Dannie sighed softly. “Here I thought that was all some scary nightmare.”
“Nope, definitely not.” Duzell commented bluntly. 'Her appearance is proof of that. I wonder if she's even noticed it?'
“But man!” Dannie retorted in dismay and held her cheeks. “That was one of the most terrifying things I've ever experienced. I seriously thought I was going to die!”
“Well, you obviously didn't.” The blue-haired man reported the obvious. “Otherwise you wouldn't be standing here right now.”
“Yeah, right.” The young girl murmured. 'But how did Duzell-'
[Something suddenly crashed through her window.
Her eyebrows shot up when she heard the familiar male voice call her name with urgency. 'No, that...that can't be!' She peered over her shoulder only to her shock to find Duzell in her room, crouched down on the floor in front of the now smashed open window. 'No way, Du-' “Duzell?!” Dannie managed to say through her painful grunts.
Dannie gasped sharply as realization hit her, “Duzell!” She cried out loudly and used every ounce of her strength to pounce herself up and turned towards him. The girl leaped herself towards him and grabbed onto his vest tightly, “Help me!”
His face softened with sympathy towards the girl, gently he grabbed her shoulders. He then told her tenderly in assurance, “Don't worry, this will be over soon.”]
Another sharp gasp escaped Dannie and snapped her finger at Duzell. “You!” She watched him suddenly jerk in surprise, but went on loudly, “You also showed up didn't you? I remember you breaking through my window.”
Now understanding the girl's abrupt reaction, Duzell roughly answered. “Yes, I came at the last few minutes of your body's episode. Then once you passed out I brought you here.”
“Why would you-” Dannie began curiously before her face lit up as something dawned on her. “Do you possibly know what happened?!” 'Come to think of it, Duzell did sound like he knew what was going on last night.'
“Then what happened!?” Dannie demanded loudly, grabbing a hold of the Animal Eardian's vest. “Why did my body react like that?” An idea struck her, “Did that monster have something to do with it?”
Duzell was taken back by the girl's rough reaction. But he merely snorted and grabbed her hands, causing her to let go of his vest. “Technically, yes.” His face narrowed, “But not in the way that you're thinking.”
Letting go of her hands, Duzell advised, “Before I explain,” He pointed at her, “I think you should take a good look in the mirror if you haven't already.”
“Huh? Why would that make a difference?”
“Believe me, I think it'll give you an idea of what has happened to you.”
'What has happened to me?' Still very puzzled, Dannie raised a brow, “I still don't-”
Duzell's rough exhale got her to stop mid-sentence as he reached his hand out towards her hair. Dannie's body tensed up while her cheeks turned a light pink when she felt his fingers comb through a few locks of her hair.
“Believe me.” He held a few strands of her hair between his clawed fingers and held the strands up in her field of vision. Seriousness gleamed in his expression as he empathized, “You need to see your appearance for yourself.”
Dannie's heart stilled at his words, 'My...appearance?' Her eyes lowered and took notice of the strands of hair that Duzell had held up in front of her. She inhaled sharply when she noticed the color, “Huh!?” Hastily, she snatched the strands from the blue-haired man to finally realize that they were not brown like they were supposed to be. Gulping, Dannie stuttered out, “Is this...this can't be my....”
Duzell stayed silent as he watched the girl use her hand to follow the strands to see if they were indeed connected to her own head.
Her eyes shot wide open with utter shock and terror when she discovered that those strands of silver hair were indeed from her. She began to pant as her heart trembled with panic, she then grabbed a whole bunch of her hair and pulled it forward to see that all those strands had turned silver.
Darting her eyes up to meet Duzell's golden amber eyes, she lightly demanded, “Where's the mirror!”
Duzell pointed towards the room behind the girl, “The bathroom's behind you.”
Without a second thought, Dannie whirled around and dashed into the bathroom. She quickly found the light switch, turned it on and ran to the mirror that hung over the sink. A surprised yelp escaped Dannie and covered her mouth when she finally took a good look at herself.
'Is that....' Lowering her hands, Dannie leaned towards the mirror to get a closer look at her eyes while she combing her fingers through her silverish, white hair. 'Really me?'
Duzell crossed his arms and leaned against the door frame of the bathroom door. He was emotionless as he observed the girl as she inspected herself, feeling her hair and keeping her eyelids open to see if all of these changes were real.
The tingling sensation that had lingered since she awoke increased as she panted, panic struck by the sight. 'No, no this...this can't be real!' Gently, Dannie slapped her cheeks, hoping that would snap her out of her overactive imagination. However, when she looked in the mirror she still saw the bright blue eyes and silverish, white hair.
Hastily, she pinched herself, hoping that would do the trick. However, she ended up with the same result. “No.” Dannie barely whispered out. “This can't....” Slowly, she backed away from the sink with her hands holding her cheeks. “This can't be happening.”
A sharp gasp escaped Duzell when he saw an electric blue light emerge around the young girl. 'Oh shit!' He practically leaped towards her and just as she was about to open her mouth. Duzell wrapped his one arm around her torso and covered her mouth with his other hand. “Don't scream!”
Dannie muffled a surprise yelp and held his one arm that was wrapped around her.
“Please,” Duzell pleaded softly, “don't scream, not in here or you'll hurt my ears.”
Dannie caught a glimpse of Duzell's car ears twitching from the top of his head.
“Look, I know this is frightening.” The Animal Eardian went on in a stern yet gentle tone, “But you need to calm down.”
Dannie shot him a piercing glare before she elbowed him in the gut. Duzell let out a sharp wince immediately jerking away from the girl which caused him to release her from his grasp.
“Calm down!?” Dannie whirled around, “How can you expect me to calm down when I look like this?!”
Duzell grunted, holding his stomach. 'Okay, I was not expecting her to react like that.' “Look, I get it, really I do. But you being all panicked like this isn't going to change the situation. So please calm down before you cause any more damage!”
“Huh? Damage?” Furrowing a brow, the girl eyed him strangely, “What-”
“In case you haven't noticed, although I have no idea why. But,” He pointed at her, “You're producing an electric blue energy and if you don't calm down it will react and cause a huge mess.”
“Hm?” Dannie finally looked down at her hands only to gawk at them. Duzell was right her hands were engulfed in this electric blue light. “Wha-What...what is this?”
“That's your energy.” Duzell simply answered.
“Or another term for it would be your powers.”
Dannie's eyebrows rose, “P-Powers...?”
“Yes.” Duzell nodded and subconsciously moved closer to her, “In short, what happened to you is that you now have powers. You...” He paused for a second before he finished cautiously, “have become an Eardian.”
Dannie's heart stiffened as her eyes shot wide open. “Wha-” She then practically screamed, “WHAT!?”
When Dannie screamed Duzell winced, but was on his toes when he saw her electric energy burst out of her. He pounced towards her in order to cover her when her energy went into the fixtures and caused them and the lights to dangerously pop.
Dannie yelped in surprise, but subconsciously held onto his vest. However, just as quickly as it happened it stopped. When it did the two noticed that the room was completely dark, the only source of light was the open door.
Duzell sighed with relief when he learned nothing major had happened. However, he hurled a glare down at the girl. “This was exactly why I told you to calm yourself down!”
Dannie returned the harsh glare. “Well, excuse me! How exactly am I supposed to calm myself down when I just get told that!? I mean, me,” She placed a hand over her chest, “an Eardian?! Honestly, I'm still wrapping my head around you being an Eardian and now suddenly I'm one?!” Groaning, she held her head and shook it. “That just can't be possible!”
“Well, believe me it is.” Duzell retorted, releasing her from his hold. He leaned down to stare her straight in the eyes, “What you went through last night is almost exactly what had happened to me when my powers were unsealed.”
Her heart stilled. “What?” Dannie's eyes abruptly followed the blue-haired man as he ventured out back into the living room. She followed him, “Really? You went through something like that?”
“Yes.” He replied, turning to face her. The two now stood in the middle of the living room. “Obviously I didn't always have these powers, before I became like this my abilities basically consisted of me being able to communicate with ghosts and animals. That was mainly it. But then a year ago when I turned sixteen my powers were unsealed because I also got mixed up with a fight with one of those monsters that would have killed my whole family if I didn't do something.”
“So I went through the same painful transformation that you had. Then once it was said and done I also didn't want to believe that this had really happened, that I had truly become an Eardian. The reality of it all didn't hit me until I actually had to use my Eardian abilities to take down one of those monsters or else be killed and allow it to eat what I was trying to protect. So again, believe me with everything that I had experienced up until this point, all of this is the truth.”
Dannie's heart raced anxiety as the blue-haired man reached the end of his tale. Now panting, she slowly began to back away while she shook her head. “I still can't...this just can't-”
“Argh! Will you get it through that head of yours?!” Scowling with slight irritation, Duzell marched up to the girl and grabbed her by the cheeks. “Look, you!” He forced her to look up at him, disregarding the girl's startled expression, the Animal Eardian barked on. “I'm sorry, but all of this is true! You're an Eardian just like me, which is why you suddenly have this new appearance. I know this is a hard pill to swallow, but trust me this is all real! I was there when we determined that you were one and I was there when your powers got unsealed. The powers have chosen you to be the next hero!” He heard her grunt in dismay. But Duzell saw a certain gleam in her eyes the urged him to continue. “But deep down you know this is true. No matter how many times you pinched or slapped yourself you saw the reality right in the face. You, Ms. Silver Hair, are a real, full blown Eardian.”
Dannie stared at the blue-haired man long and hard and slowly began to tremble. His stance, the seriousness in his tone and expression, she could feel that he was telling her the truth. But he was right, deep down part of her knew that this was real. This transformation happened right after that monster appeared and right after Duzell told her about the Eardians and that he was searching for the other members. It was too much of a coincidence.
Releasing a distressed breath, Dannie's legs gave out as she plopped down on the floor. This action startled Duzell.
“Hey.” He gently said with concern.
“I just can't believe this.” Dannie murmured to herself, lowering her gaze to look at the floor.
Duzell's ears twitched at her comment, but took note of her trembling body. Sympathizing with the girl, the Animal Eardian sighed lightly and sat down in front of her. “I really am sorry about this.” He met her gaze as he admitted, “To be frank, I was hoping we wouldn't get you anymore involved with this than you were.”
“But why me?” Dannie practically yelped, gesturing her hands towards herself. “Why was I chosen?”
Merely shrugging, Duzell answered, “I don't know. That's a question I'm still asking myself. But,” He spread his hands, “the powers have spoken and all we can do is either comply or not comply. If you're anything like me it's definitely hard not to comply after fighting those things after a while.”
“How though?” Dannie hid her face in her palms and shook her head, “How is this even possible?”
“Heh, the legend tells you how.” Duzell roughly replied. “The original Eardians had their powers sealed and their abilities would remain dormant throughout the bloodline. So in short, you and I,” He waved a finger between her and him, “are descendants of the original Eardians.”
Dannie's eyebrows rose, “Descendants?”
Duzell nodded, “Yup.” He then snorted, “But I don't think I need to tell you how the original Eardians got their powers, since the legend plainly states it.”
Gasping sharply, Dannie replied, “The Heavens and the Elemental Dragons. Whoa, wait a minute!” She waved her hands towards him, “Are you telling me that the Elemental Dragons actually exist?!” 'Sure, I can believe that the Heavens exist, but...the dragons?'
“Well, duh.” Duzell bluntly retorted, “If the Eardians exist then you can bet that the Elemental Dragons do as well.”
Her eyes shot wide open in astonishment, “No way.” The silver-haired maiden suddenly arched a brow as a thought came to her. “How can you be so certain though? The dragons could have just an altered part of the story.”
“No, trust me, it's not just a random thing someone put in for kicks.” The Animal Eardian commented with high assurance. “They exist. They were the ones that have been training and helping me all this time. I was also with them when they unsealed your powers and only the Elemental Dragons and the Heavens can unleash the Eardians.”
Lowering her gaze, Dannie took that into consideration.
“You also just saw one of the Elemental Dragons a moment ago.” Duzell pointed out.
“What!?” The silver-haired maiden snapped her awestruck gaze back up at him. “Are you serious? I did? Really?”
“Yup, you know that woman you saw me talking to earlier on the big screen?”
Fidgeting at the reminder, Dannie gaped out, “Oh, yeah! The woman with that grayish blue colored skin.” Her eyes went wide with realization, “Wait! Are you telling me that woman was-”
“Yes.” Duzell nodded, “That woman was actually one of the Elemental Dragons, a sky dragon to be more specific.”
“But she looked human!” Dannie abruptly defended, stunned with what she had heard. “Well, minus the gray skin.”
“Yeah.” The Animal Eardian blankly commented with light humor in his tone. “Not something you would expect when you hear someone say dragon, right?”
Dannie shook her head, “Definitely not.”
“That's honestly what I thought when I first saw them.” He admitted, but tilted his head as he added. “But, then again, the legend didn't really go into any specifics of what the Elemental Dragons actually looked like. We all just assumed they looked one particular way.
Bobbing her head, Dannie had to agree. “That's true.”
“Now I can't speak for every dragon in the universe. But as far as the Elemental Dragons go, they can alter their forms in order to hide their existence. One of the forms, and one that they prefer, is a human like appearance that features their dragon clan colors. They prefer it since that's their base form so it takes less energy and doesn't attract any attention, they only go into their big monster forms if it is truly necessary.”
“Oh.” Dannie simply replied, still astonished by this information. “But why hide their existence? Is it so it doesn't cause a panic among us humans?”
“Pretty much, they thought it would be for the best to keep their worlds hidden. That way they can work in peace without causing an alarm, I mean, could you imagine if the human world knew that the dragons existed? People would be putting themselves at risk just to find their villages, the dragons would also be on everyone's watch list so if a situation like this arose and if anyone caught notice of it there would be immediate panic.”
“Yeah.” She softly agreed, “That would definitely be hair raising situations.”
A thought came to Dannie and she asked curiously. “So, how did the dragons determine that you and I were Eardians? Did they automatically know?”
“No, they didn't. They basically searched for people with very abnormal abilities and looked to see if they had a crest.”
“Crest?” Dannie eyed him strangely.
“You see, when the Elemental Dragons and the Heavens sealed the original Eardians' powers they placed a crest onto the seal. A crest that would only be visible when the next Eardian has been chosen. That's where the line the powers will reveal the next Eardian comes from, because that is basically what happened. The powers have chosen you and me and it revealed it to the Elemental Dragons by making the crest visible to them.”
“Here.” Duzell grunted as he stood up. “Let me show you.”
Her eyes following him, Dannie slowly stood up as she watched the Animal Eardian move to one of the end-tables. He opened one of the drawers and pulled out some type of magnifying glass with an electronic handle with buttons and a dial.
“What is that?” She pointed at the device with an arched brow. “A magnifying glass?”
“It looks like one doesn't it?” Duzell quizzed, knowing that was the case. Turning to face her, he held up the device. “It may look like one, but it's not. This is called an X-ray Glass.”
“Yup, just as the name suggests it's a device that can look inside your body just like the ones at the hospitals, only it's portable. However,” He tapped the device, “this X-ray Glass can also detect any abnormal things that are inside your body.”
“Abnormal things?” Tilting her head, Dannie asked curiously, “Like what?”
“Allow me to demonstrate.” Duzell turned on the device and held it up to his forearm.
Dannie took that as a cue to move closer to him. Keeping her eyes on the glass, she now stood just a few inches in front of the Animal Eardian. She gasped, “Whoa!”
The glass revealed the inside of his forearm like an actual X-ray machine. It showed not only his bones, but also a misty looking white lines that appeared to be actually moving in his arm, like some type of wind.
“What are those misty white lines?” She asked, pointing at the glass.
“That is my energy.”
“Whoa, really!? Dannie gaped out, her eyes darting up at him. “Are you serious?”
Duzell nodded, “Dead serious. This device can help you see the energy that is circulating in your body, to see if someone placed a spell on you or if you've been poisoned. You know those type of abnormal things.”
“Wow, that is actually pretty darn cool.” The silver-haired maiden praised with a satisfied nod.
“And with this I'll show you the crest, since it's classified as a spell. So this thing will detect it. I'll show you mine first.” The Animal Eardian informed her as he held the glass in front of his chest.
Once the device was there it revealed the inside of his chest and right where his heart was that was where the crest was present. The crest shined a bright orange and it was in the shape of a shield and had random images of animals set in the center.
“Whoa!” Dannie exclaimed, getting a closer look. “So that's the crest?”
Merely nodding, Duzell answered, “That it is.”
“But what's with the random animals? For a crest that the Elemental Dragons and the Heavens created I would have expected to see something related to them.”
“That's because my powers have already been unsealed.”
“The Elemental Dragons told me this just recently, but when the powers are sealed the crest has the shield shape but the image carved inside are two heads with a pair of angel wings behind the heads. One is the shape of a dragon while the other is in the shape of a human's with a halo above its head.”
“Oh, so when the powers have been unsealed that image changes?” Dannie questioned, assuming she was right.
“Yup, that's right. The image changes to reveal what element that specific Eardian is. So,” Duzell gestured his other hand towards the glass, “you can probably take a guess of what this crest is showing.”
Dannie nodded, “Yes, that you're the Animal Eardian?”
“That's right. So now,” He moved the X-ray Glass away from his chest, “let's take a look at yours.” Swiftly, he dug his hand back into the drawer where he got the device from. Out of the drawer he pulled out a cord.
Eying him oddly, the silver-haired maiden questioned, “What's the cord for?”
“To hook the device up to the TV so you can see the image on the screen.” He gave her a knowing gaze, “It would be hard to see the crest when you basically have to bend your head all the way down in order to see the image.”
“Oh, haha.” Dannie lightly chuckled, now rubbing the back of her neck. “That's true.”
Duzell glanced at her, acknowledging her words before going back to his task. He went over towards the TV, hooked one end of the cord into the TV and plugged the other end into the bottom of the device's handle. The Animal Eardian fiddled with the buttons and dial until he had the X-ray Glass set up the way he wanted it.
“Okay.” With his attention now on the silver-haired maiden, Duzell made his way back towards her. “Let's take a look.”
He held the glass up in front of her chest, once there it an image showed up on the glass. The two instinctively looked up at the TV screen to see the exact image that the glass was showing.
“This is much better.” Duzell commented with slight pride.
“I'll say.” Dannie agreed, thankful that she didn't have to struggle to see the image on the glass.
The glass revealed the inside of her chest and just like Duzell they saw a crest where the heart was located. This crest shined a bright sky blue and it was in the shape of a shield. However, the image carved in the center was a cloud with a lightening bolt striking out of the cloud.
“Wow.” The silver-haired maiden was amazed by the sight, “So that's my crest?”
“Yup, that it is.”
“I see a different image in the center.” Dannie leaned forward, attempting to get a better view.
“Yes, a cloud and a lightening bolt.” Duzell murmured, slipping into his thoughts.
“So, what does that mean?”
“Well, I can only think of one thing that associates with the clouds and lightening bolts.” Duzell glanced up at the ceiling. “The sky.”
“The sky?” Dannie's eyebrows rose, “So could that mean that I'm...the Sky Eardian? That is one of the five Eardians.”
“I would assume so.” The Animal Eardian lowered his gaze to meet hers. “Don't know any other Eardian that would have clouds represent them.”
“So that would mean that your powers will associate with anything that involves the sky.”
“Like lightening bolts?”
Duzell's eyes went wide as it dawned on him. “The weather.” Eagerly, he informed, “Your powers may be weather related.”
“Weather related?” Dannie eyed him mysteriously, “How?”
“I think a couple examples would be making tornadoes with your own hands. Creating random fogs and making electric bolts come out of your hands.” He aimed his thumb towards the bathroom, “Like what we saw in the bathroom a few minutes ago.”
“Oh.” Instinctively gazing down at her hand, Dannie flexed it. “That would make sense.” She looked up at the screen again and her face wrinkled with puzzlement. “But,” Her eyebrow rose curiously, she pointed at the screen, “why was yours shining orange and mine's blue?” She glanced up at him, “Is that a code for something?”
“Actually, yes. That orange and blue are our powers.”
Duzell nodded, “Yes, but they only light up like that and in those colors when we are in these Eardian forms.”
“What?” Dannie pointed at herself, “Wait! Are you saying this form isn't permanent?”
“No, it's not. This form is just something you can transform into, but you'll always be able to revert back to your original looks.”
“So this Eardian form is just a secret identity? Like those superheroes on TV and in the comics?”
Sighing in relief, Dannie replied, “Thank goodness. Otherwise I would have to figure out a way to explain this to my parents.” 'I would also hate to imagine going to school like this, it definitely wouldn't have left a good impression that's for sure.'
“Well, at some point you may need to tell your parents about this.” Duzell advised her before he gently shook his head, “But we'll wait on that.” 'I have a feeling this would be the last thing that her parents would want to hear after she gets home.'
“Okay, we saw what we needed to see.” Pulling the device away from Dannie's chest, Duzell shut the X-ray Glass. “So I'll put this away and we'll move on to the next thing.” He strolled over towards the TV.
“Which would be?”
Tossing her an obvious glance, he snorted, “What do you think? To teach you how to control these powers of yours and have you learn how to go back and forth between your original looks and your Eardian form.”
“Ah! Right, of course.” Dannie flinched when he reminded her of that. 'That would definitely be a good thing to get into.'
“So,” After unplugging the device from the TV, Duzell instructed the girl. “While I'm putting this away, why don't you get changed. I doubt you would want to train in your pajamas, right?”
Immediate blush appeared on Dannie's cheeks when she remembered that. “Uh, right. So...um...” Tilting her head curiously, she asked, “are there even clothes for me to change into?”
“Yes, I don't know if you saw it, but there's a cedar chest in the room you woke up in.” Duzell aimed his finger down the hall, “In that chest is a change of clothes that the sky dragon you saw earlier put in there specifically for you.”
“Oh, awesome.” Dannie praised as she turned towards the hall. Giving him a small smile, she replied, “Then I'll be right back.”
“When you're changed meet me outside so we can begin.”
“Alright.” She motioned to walk away.
“Oh!” Duzell suddenly spoke up, immediately grasping her attention again. He met her gaze and advised, “While you're changing I would suggest you come up with a name for yourself.”
Suddenly arching a brow, Dannie asked, “A name? Why?”
“Well, try saying your name.”
“Huh? What would that-”
“Just try it.” The Animal Eardian retorted with a quick eye roll. He eyed her blankly, “Believe me, you'll understand what I mean.”
Dannie caught a certain tone in Duzell's voice that actually got her curious, but still kind of mystified by his request. “Um...okay. I'm-” Her mouth opened to say her name but for some odd reason the words vanished. Startled by the result, Dannie paused for a moment and placed a hand on her throat.
However, she tried again this time with more force. “My name's-”
Once again the words vanished, it literally felt like every time she attempted to say her name something stopped her. Like whatever this was it was taking the words right from her.
“What the heck?” She murmured, gazing down at the floor strangely. 'Why can't I say my name?'
“Can't say your name, can you?” Duzell asked, knowing the answer. “You know it, but for some reason you can't say it?”
Raising her mystified and perplexed expression, she admitted. “Yes, I can't.” It suddenly dawned on her as she commented, “But I take it you know why that is?”
“Obviously, considering I also can't say my actual name when I'm in this form. I also can't say your name when you are in this form, even though I know it as well.”
“Oh.” Dannie replied, even though she was somewhat expecting that it still surprised her. “So, this is because of our Eardian forms?”
“Yes, when we are in our Eardian forms we literally can not say our birth given names. Even the people who know about our actual names and know we have these forms also cannot say our birth names when we are in our Eardian forms. The Elemental Dragons and the Heavens added an extra spell to make sure that we couldn't in order to keep us safe.”
“Oh, right, since if we revealed our real names people could come after us. So it could potentially not only put us in danger but the lives of the people around us.”
“Exactly, so they're trying to make sure we don't accidentally slip them out. The only way for us to say our actual names is if we are talking about ourselves as a separate person.”
“I kind of figured that. So, you're basically telling that I have to name my Eardian form?” Dannie raised her arms, gesturing his attention towards her new looks.
Duzell nodded, “Yes, once you figure out a name all you have to do is introduce yourself with that name in your Eardian form and this form will be forever known as that particular name.”
“I see.” She replied, gazing down at the floor about to slip into her thoughts.
“Also that whole can not say name thing applies to your original form as well.” The Animal Eardian continued to inform, getting her attention again. “Once you name your Eardian form when you revert back to your original looks you can not say your Eardian name unless we are talking about it as if they are a separate person.”
“Whoa, they are really crossing their T's on this one aren't they.” Dannie commented in astonishment.
“Yup, but you won't hear me complain about it. I'd rather have them take extra precautions than none at all and we end up getting our families in deep trouble because of it.”
Dannie nodded, “Can't argue with that.” Sudden curiosity struck her and asked, “How did you come up with yours?” She pointed at him, “Duzell Wolverine. How did you come up with that?”
“Um, well.” Glancing up at the ceiling, Duzell crossed his arms, “In the legend the original Animal Eardian's last name was Wolverine, Reynard Wolverine, and since I'm basically his descendant I figured to keep that the same.” Lowering his gaze, he met hers, “But Duzell was a name the dragons gave me, since I honestly couldn't come up with anything. Duzell in the dragon language meant 'warrior',” He merely shrugged, “so they thought that was a good fit.”
The Sky Eardian hummed as she went into her thoughts.
“But you can honestly name this form anything you want.” Duzell reassured her, “Whatever you think would fit your form.”
Dannie merely nodded, “Okay.”
“Well, while you're thinking about that why don't you go change and I'll meet you outside, okay?” Duzell re-instructed her, “I really want to get cracking on this so you don't have to stay here another day.”
“Ah, right.” She quickly replied and turned towards the hallway. “I'll go get changed.” She then dashed back to the room she was originally in.
Duzell exhaled when she was out of sight. 'Wow, she took in all this better than I did. Maybe it did help that I was here, someone who has gone through and experienced all this. Though I suppose it also helped that she actually saw one of those monsters and saw me fight it. It already gave her the hint that something big was going on.' “Anyway,” He tucked the X-ray Glass back into the drawer of the end-table, “hopefully this will go smoothly. I want her to get home as soon as she can.” 'I have a feeling her parents are freaking out about now. So we need to get her back to normal so she can get home and put their minds at ease. The last thing we want is for them to venture out in places they shouldn't because of this.'