Ronne and Shado
Sitting in the shadows, Ronne patiently awaited the return of Shado. She absently brushed back a lock of hair from her face, a faint breeze stirring her locks. A flap of wings caused her to look up; a smile spread across her face.
She held out her arm and a raven surrounded by a silvery glow landed. “It’s about time you returned from the other side,” she said.
“Problems getting past the sentries at the Arch,” he replied, preening his feathers. “The Forgotten Ones are getting very restless, a few have slipped through the Veil.”
“I know. Two passed by while I watched from the trees.” She sighed, stroking the feathers on Shado’s back. “Someone is working to open the Arch from this side, but I haven’t been able to find out who it is yet.”
“You will, Ronne. You always do. They don’t call you the Hunter for nothing.” With a flap of his wings, he moved to a perch on her shoulder. “We should head back to the city.”
Standing, Ronne nodded. “I know. I hate the city. Too much noise and too many people with evil thoughts and intentions.”
In silence she walked down the path leading to the parking lot, thoughts troubled. If I don’t find out who is letting the Forgotten Ones through, things are going to get ugly in the city before too long.
Shado followed her thoughts, the bond between them deep and strong. “You also need to find the one who now wears the Raven Ring. She would be able to help with this,” he reminded her.
Ronne snorted, using the remote to unlock the car. “I have been looking for her, Shado. All I know is that she’s a female in her twenties. For some reason I can’t learn any more from the other side.”
He bobbed his head. “The ravens on the other side are closed-beak about her as well.”
“Which means things are much bigger and more dangerous than any of us realize.” She waited until Shado leapt to the passenger seat before pulling out of the parking lot. “Can’t you sweet talk Kree into helping you? The two of you are close.”
“I tried but she’s avoiding me. You females are so fickle sometimes.” He ruffled his feathers.
“Bribe her with something shiny. I think I have a nice gold band you could give her,” Ronne suggested, automatically checking for tails. Can’t be too careful or too paranoid.
A beep from her phone alerted her to a message. At a red light, she read it out loud. :Possible lead on the ring. Need you to go to Michigan as soon as you can.:
“Michigan! That’s going to be a long drive from LA,” Shado said.
“Yep. Guess I have some packing to do. At least we aren’t going there in the winter.” She set the phone in its holder.
“We heading out tonight?” Shado asked.
Merging into the heavier traffic, Ronne nodded. “Yes. Sooner we leave the sooner we get there.”
The silvery glow surrounding Shado brightened. “I’ll let the others know and meet you at the apartment, Ronne.”
Nodding, she cast a quick glance at her feathered companion just as he disappeared. She knew he would return to her, the bond between them could never be broken even in death.