(Hurra! It's back.
"When do you suppose we shall leave?" S'kendra mused out loud, sauntering down the hallway beside Sam at a leisurely pace. "We were due to depart yesterday, but with all the chaos Raz does not feel we're properly equipped yet." She sighed lightly as she glanced out of the window, scuffing her heals on the marble floor. The city still lay in ruins, but teams of laborers and magicians had already begun to clean the streets of debris.
"Oh, I'm sure we'll be gone before you know it. We'll be back out there fighting monstrosities and horrors from beyond the Veil before you can say 'death-wish'!" he replied, chuckling slightly. He patted the pommel of his sword, wondering at the new powers it might contain. S'kendra glanced at the blade again as they reached the end of the corridor and took a turning into the vast, chewed up garden in the middle of the palace.
"I only hope we're able to reach Darien without one of us dieing this time. We can't always spring back up again. I'm sure it's some sort of affront to nature." S'kendra shrugged as the two of them crossed the grass towards Henry, who was practicing a powerful lighting spell under Raz's constant scrutiny.
"Focus, you lout! You let your concentration slip for a second, and you could tear down a wall! Aim for the flag-pole atop that far tower and don't lose focus for a second!
" The tigers voice carried from one side of the court to the other as he growled his commands, letting Sam and S'kendra know that it was best to stay quiet until Henry was done. Sweat beaded on his forehead and ran down the back of his neck as he grimaced, putting all of his energy and attention into controlling the long tendrils of electricity emitting from his palms. The lighting darted out, far above the damaged walls of the palace itself, towards the battlements and the guard tower beside the gate. Atop the tower hung a single red flag, bearing the Royal insignia.
The electricity met it's mark, a point only just visible to those gathered in the garden, and sparks filled the air around the flag pole, dancing from the silken flag and making the air around it shimmer and glitter. Anyone standing nearby would have heard a sharp popping sound, as the glass bauble at the top of the pole shattered from the sudden burst of energy.
"Excellent! Now, retract the energy! It is not enough to simply throw power out into the world, you must be able to retrieve and absorb it as well. Call the energy back to you!" Raz barked as the two were joined by Sam and S'kendra, who watched in awe as Henry began to pull the lighting back towards him. It began to gather around his hands, swirling in the air and setting every hair in the group on end, before collecting into a ball and dissolving back into his palms. The air cleared once again, and he turned to his astonished friends with a sheepish smile.
"I think I'm getting pretty good at this magic stuff." he laughed, trying to smooth his hair and getting a slight static shock as a result.
"I should bloody well say so!" Sam slapped him heartily on the back, glancing at the distant flag pole with a low whistle. "That's quite the distance you covered."
"You're doing better than me." S'kendra smiled, patting him on the shoulder. "I can make fire balls now, but they always come out green. But I'm alright with water spells."
Raz stood, turning from the group and slinking back towards the palace. "The more time you spend congratulating yourselves, the less time you spend working."
(Not my best writing, it's tricky getting back into the roll of things. But lets see if we can get this going again! :3)