131 The Beast Tamer

    It would be hard parting with him, but she was going to now or later, whether she liked it or not. She moved over to where he was and prepared herself for what was to come.

    He saw her approach, her face told of how sad and sorry she was, but what for? He couldn't figure it out.

    "Jareth, this is getting out of hand."

    "Astrid, we can handle it. We are almost there."

    "I cannot allow you to go further with us or even join in the fight. You've risked so much for me already; I cannot allow you risk any more. If she finds out an elf is helping me, you would be wanted by your people and it's not worth the risk."

    "Astrid, it is my decision. You cannot face her and this onslaught of beasts alone. I would wear my hood over my head and try as much as possible not to reveal my face. It was my decision to ensure we take White-Fire back and I haven't completed that, I won't go back on my word, so I am not going anywhere."

    Is this him being noble or is he doing this because he is worried about her safety? Whichever one it was, she still couldn't let it happen.

    "White-Fire, help me persuade him. He cannot follow us." She turned to the beast, looking for support.

    "Wait a minute; if it's me they want, then everyone is in danger. I would let him take them back and be the diversion. They cannot suffer because of me. If I go, the wild beasts would chase after me and leave them be."

    She turned to face Jareth and cleared her throat. "Okay, you take them with you, Jareth. See to it that they get to the forest peak. I am the one who caused the power surge, it's me they want."

    "No, not happening. I won't have that Astrid. I also have a mission, which is to show you the way out of the forest."

    "Jareth, this isn't up for discussion. It's the only option I can think of to ensure you all are safe."

    "Astrid, we would do this together. You have protected my cub and I, now let me protect you," White-Fire whispered to her through their mind communication.

    "I cannot put you in harm's way, it's¡­. "

    She stopped speaking when they heard the melody. Her gaze shifted to White-Fire instantly, the beat was still sane.

    "I have blocked it out, I can't be controlled by her again."





    The sounds of the different beasts echoes in the forest.

    "You have got to be kidding me," Astrid muttered as she looked up.

    The once confused birds all stopped and looked down at where they were. It was obvious they were coming for them.

    The earth shook beneath them, as the rumblings and noise from the other wild beasts drew closer.

    "This is bad, we have got to run!" Jareth yelled, he picked up the Little White Tiger-Phoenix beast in his arms, pulled Astrid with the other and ran ahead.

    White-Fire took the lead and ran forward with them following behind. As they took to their heels, the wild birds flew down, heading straight for them.

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