A shadow bucked in between trees, flying as fast as its little wings could take it.
"C-Chinami!" The small figure cried sobbed, stuttering. "Why d-did you leave m-me?!"
"Sorano, I'm at the waterfall. I didn't leave you." a calm soothing female voice echoed through the forest.
The small figure flew to the right and as soon as it broke through the tree line it slowly floated to the ground and its white wings disappeared. Once the wings vanished it landed on the ground with a thud and a yelp. Standing up from the ground and dusting off her clothes was a small female exceed with dark blue fur covering her body. She had on a red sleeveless dress that reached her knees, large black glasses and her white tipped ears where poking through a short blue wig. Once the small exceed was done brushing off her dress she headed towards the edge of he lake. Standing under the tall waterfall was a naked female figure with long hair that reached her knees.
"Chinami, what are you doing?" the little exceed, Sorano, yelled over the roar of the waterfall. The figure turned towards Sorano.
"Give me a second Sorano I can barely hear you." the long haired girl, Chinami, yelled back. She turned and dove off the rock she was standing on into the water. She swam to the edge, then two hands came up from the water and she placed them on a rock on the edge of the water, pulling herself up. She stood on the rock straight up showing off her curvy figure; she was small and about average height. On her stomach right under her belly button was a blue guild mark. The guild mark was the silhouette of a phoenix with wings raised high above its body and ending on both sides of her belly button. The phoenix's head was raised and the tip of its beak just touched the bottom of her belly button, the tail reaching to the right.
Chinami had long and very light aqua colored hair that looked like it had white all throughout it. The hair was long and reached her knees with bangs that were long and spiky. Her eyes were a dull silver, clouded over because of her blindness.
"I asked what were you doing?" Sorano asked quietly.
"I was taking a shower. You know how I prefer to shower here than at the guild hall." Chinami said as she fell into a crouch with her knees pulled up to her chest.
"Y-you could just take one at the guild hall. It's dangerous given your b-blindness."
"Sorano, you know better than anyone that I'm a pretty strong mage. I can take care of myself."
"Of course, Chinami you're the strongest mage there is!" Sorano shouted with admiration before looking down at her feet. "I just don't want you to get hurt."
"Sora, trust me I'll be fine." she said while pulling the exceed towards her and hugging her slightly before standing up.
"Now, let me get dressed and we can head back to the guild hall, Taki's probably worried." Chinami said while walking towards a tree that stood in the middle of the clearing, its branches dipped towards the water and ground. On one branch were clothes that Chinami grabbed before hiding behind the tree.
A few minutes later she walked out from behind the tree, with a tight blue top on that stopped just under her rib cage and had straps that crossed over her chest, making an x shape. She had a white see through dress that went to her mid-thigh, the top of the dress going straight across her chest and the straps dangled off her shoulders. On her feet were tall black boots that reached her knees, along with a pair of short black shorts that stopped slightly above the bottom of the dress. Her hair was dry and pulled into two very low pigtails, with her bangs hanging in her eyes.
"Come on Sora let's head back."
After Chinami and Sorano left the clearing and walked through the forest they reached a town. The town was named Makinomi, located in Fiore. It was barely visited, given that it was surrounded by a large forest, even though there was a train stop in the town. As Chinami and Sorano walked through the town, people left and right said hello to them.
"Hey Chinami, Sorano" "Haven't seen you two in a while. Where ya been?" "Taki's been looking all over for you two."
"Hello Ms. Jas." "We've been walking around Mr. Lane." "How's baby Emma Mrs. Francis?" Chinami replied. . In a town as small and secluded as Makinomi everyone knew everyone, and even though Chinami was blind she could tell who was who because of their voices and scents. Soon the girl and exceed stood in front of a building.
Looming in front of the two girls was their tall guild hall, looking like an oversized tree house with trees and branches weaving in and out, holding up the wooden building. All the way up the hill towards the large doors of the building was a stone path. Along the path and the front of the guild hall was a large variety of different flowers. Above the doors was a large sign that had the guild's symbol painted in red on it, around the symbol were several different coloured hand prints with names. Under the guilds symbol was the guild's name; Phoenix Talon.
Just as Chinami placed her hand on one of the two brass door handles, she and Sorano heard a furious voice yell out from behind them.
"WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU TWO BEEN!?" both girls cringed at the voice knowing exactly who it was.
"Taki, it's alright calm down, I went down to the waterfall and Sorano came looking for me." Chinami said in a calm voice as she and Sorano turned around. Standing behind them was Taki, a gray colored female exceed with black fur on the tip of her ears. She wore a tight black shirt that didn't have any sleeves or back, showing off her small dark purple guild mark that stood proudly on her back. Taki's dark blue pants were tied tight at her ankles and waist with black ribbon. Over her should was a dark blue quiver filled with black arrows and a black bow was strapped to her back with its string over her chest. On her one ear was small round aqua colored earring with a dark blue one beside it.
"NO, it's not all right. I wake up from my nap to find both you and Sorano missing from the guild and nowhere to be found." the small exceed replied angrily.
"Ahh, Taki-chan's mad!" Sorano shrieked while jumping behind Chinami's leg, grabbing it in a death grip and stuffing her furry face into it.
"Aw, were you worried Taki." the blind mage said teasingly, ignoring the small cat clutching her leg.
"N-no." Taki said and looked away avoiding eye contact with her friends. Chinami just stood there with a smirk on her face, staring into the air, as Sorano released her grip on the mages leg, peeking out to stare at her best friend.
"Fine I was worried. I know how clumsy Sorano is. Just stop it with the looks woul..." Taki started only to be cut off by Sorano, who had run forward to hug Taki only to trip on a rock and body slam her into the ground. Sorano who was used to tripping and falling like that just laughed into Taki's stomach
"Get off, BAKA." Taki yelled pushing Sorano off before standing and turning to a laughing Chinami, saying, "See what I'm talking about." This only caused Chinami to laugh harder. "Why did I have to be stuck with you two, an annoying exceed and an even more annoying Dragon Slayer."
"Come on let's go, inside guys it's getting late." Chinami said, turning around and opening the guild hall doors.