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This brought great memories to her mind, including some that had Lucy in them. She tried to keep them out, but she was unsuccessful this time. A single tear fell from her eye onto her cheek, staining it immediately. Others soon followed, and eventually she couldn’t control them. The girl almost collapsed onto the log, her head in her hands. Why was she crying like this? Two years had gone. She should have been used to it by now. Naomi kept telling herself that it was completely stupid to cry – she didn't want to look like a baby, she was repeating in her head. But somehow it wasn’t working.
“Hey, why are you crying?” asked a voice.
Naomi removed her hands to see something completely unexpected. A boy, around her age, was standing in front of her. His dirty-blonde hair hung over his eyes, concealing their appearance. He was clothed in a brown and white tunic, but it was mostly covered by his heavy iron armour. It appeared to be too big for him, but he seemed not to care. “Why are you crying?” he repeated.
“Oh, it’s nothing,” Naomi quickly excused, followed by scarlet cheeks. She was crying and a complete stranger could see her. ~This is horrible,~ she thought, sniffing and trying to regain her composure.
“Naomi,” Naglad called softly, stepping forward. The girl raised her eyes past the boy onto the co-leader of the gang. He laid a hand on the stranger’s shoulder. “This is the ‘something’ I wanted to tell you about in the letter. You’re still the leader of the Vetini Vati, but now you’ve got someone to help you. Meet Jalaise."

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_¸,.‹-•/*°Chapter Four°*\•-›.,¸_

"J-Jalaise?" Naomi echoed, sounding uncertain. "Okay...That's a nice name." She smiled up at the boy, albeit shyly. "Um, so why couldn't you tell me in the letter about it? Why is it so important?" she asked curiously.
"I'll explain. I didn't explain in the letter because someone could read it before it arrived where you lived. Didn't I say that in the letter itself?" Naglad asked himself quietly, scratching the back of his neck. "Uh, anyway. We heard these sounds from an underground dungeon and we went down to investigate. What it was was that Jalaise had murdered the sleeping guards that were supposed to be looking over his cell. Apparently they had given him a search to eliminate any weapons he held, but miraculously he hid a dagger in his cloak."
"Ah. So that's why you wanted him to share the leader role with me?" Naomi questioned, a small smile crossing her face. As Naglad nodded, she turned to the boy. "Well, I hope you enjoy staying with us, and leading the gang with me," she murmured, still smiling. Jalaise grinned back, and replied, quite simply, "I hope so too."
After his response, the girl turned back to Naglad and the others. "I have a little announcement for you as well," she said as she adjusted her position on the log. Pulling the piece of paper out of her pocket and unfolding it, she then explained what was happening in the town. "I thought you would help me find the murderer," she said in conclusion, laying it on her lap.
"Yes, we will. We will put them in prison and give them a proper search," Naglad responded, smirking to himself. He snapped out of it, however, when Naomi pushed the paper into his face, ordering gently yet firmly, "Let's read it thouroughly over and then hopefully find the killer, shall we?"
_/*\_

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Naomi had stayed for a while at the Vetini Vati headquarters, and consequently her parents had come over to see what was the matter. They talked, and Naomi was allowed to stay overnight, much to her happiness.
The sunlight peeped through the branches surrounding her bed, which soon woke her up. It was quite early, around six in the morning. Getting up, she clumsily walked into the main room and found Naglad and Jalaise still reading the paper they had given her.
They also had a look of shock on their faces.
"I thought you were going to bed shortly after I did? You guys need sleep," Naomi murmured in a concerned tone, sitting next to the other leader. Jalaise said nothing, but Naglad responded with, "We've been up all night, actually. We discovered something and then we wanted further evidence so we had to keep reading." He didn't look up at any time while saying that; it was as if his eyes were permenantly glued to the sheet.
"Well, what have you found out?" Naomi asked as she lowered her eyes to the list of names. Jalaise responded by pointing to the first letter of each girl's surname.
"Tinitavive," the human girl read out slowly, her eyes scrolling downwards as she kept reading. "What's so special about that-" As she reached the end of the list, she noticed something written in pencil at the bottom. One of the pair had drawn arrows from the letters down to the writing at the bottom, explaining how they rearranged it to make a word. A very familiar word.
The word read 'Itav Initev'.
"They have returned."
"N-no. They can't have returned. I don't believe it. It must be some sort of trick," Naomi muttered to herself, although it was more than audible for Jalaise and Naglad to hear. Jalaise gestured to the names further down the page, which led Naomi to read what the first letters of their names were. They weren't unscrambled.
They read "I am coming".
For the first time in quite a while, Naomi felt helpless.

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She felt watched upon, stalked, followed.
She felt that if she didn't do something quickly, she would be next.
~How could they have returned?~ Naomi wondered. *Could one be left? I swear I killed them all, but obviously I haven't, so maybe there was a back-up member? A smaller gang who lives on the other side of town, who never comes into battle unless they are desperately needed? How could this have happened?~
"We need to do something," the girl urged, turning to Naglad and Jalaise as the rest of the bandits came in. One of the bandit members looked confused, and asked what was happening. Naglad explained to him. "Well, basically we've found out that the Itav Initev have returned, and that we need to get this news around. We'll start with the town crier," he said, already beginning to walk out of the camp. Naomi and Jalaise followed him, with the rest walking along behind.
_/*\_
"Avael, we need to tell you something."
"How did you know my name?"
"Valeven told me," Naomi replied as she brought out the folded piece of paper from her pocket: the one that had evidence about the gang's return. "The Itav Initev are returning, and we think that you can announce this to warn everyone about them." She showed him the piece of paper, with Jalaise's deep voice explaining how he managed to rearrange all the letters and what this meant. The town crier nodded, and hoping to shut Jalaise up, he quickly said, "Ah yes, I understand now. Thank you for explaining. I will announce this."
Naomi smiled at him, and Avael watched as she exited through the forest she came through.
_/*\_
It heard a knock at its home. Opening the door, it found the town crier standing there. He immediately strode inside, not caring for manners particularly at this time. Avael looked anxious. "They've caught you. They know," he greeted, sighing and taking a seat.
"What do you mean?" the figure questioned curiously.
"They looked at the killings and they've managed to unscramble it."

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"Oh good. At least they're smart."
"You're not frustrated?"
"No, no. However, it depends how smart they are."
"Well, I know one thing. That is, I know where their camp is. It's near Valeven's - say, why did you kill her anyway?"
"I'll tell you later. Okay, from that I think I might be able to find her. However, it does actually depend on how smart she is for me to kill her. I mean, she could find my little 'surprise' - don't ask - and then steer clear away from the camp and places around there. Maybe she may even flee from the town. That would be actually quite good. Good riddance to her." The figure cursed under its breath in some ancient language, before focusing its attention again on Avael. "Well, that is all I needed to know. Thank you very much. Now you may leave."
"Thank /you/ very much," Avael answered back with a bright smile, before turning to leave.
_/*\_
Walking through the forest, the Vetini Vati were still wondering exactly who the murderer was. Was it all a prank? Was someone just messing with them, and making up the names? But then that piece of paper that Valeven gave her was official, so it couldn't have been just made up. Could it?
As she passed the woman elf's office-house, Naomi spotted something out of the corner of her eye. She turned, as the rest of the gang watched in wonder, towards the window of the building. There seemed to be a small, folded piece of paper lying on the table. Could it have been something that Valeven forgot to give her? It wasn't there before though. Curious, she walked towards the door and opened it, entering to find that the piece of paper was actually a letter. What was firstly notable about the letter was that it was sealed with blood; most likely Valeven's.
Tearing it open, Naomi slowly read the contents.
"Naomi Yvak, please meet me tomorrow at midday behind Genielli Beloris' home. There is something that I would like to give you there, and it can only be found there.

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Please come there, and at that time, because it can only be given at that time of day, and on that day."
~No sender...~ Naomi thought as her eyes wandered down to the bottom of the paper. In small letters were:
"P.S To read this letter, you had to break the seal open, didn't you? The seal /was/ blood, so that means you're not squeamish."
Naomi had felt scared and anxious before, but now those emotions were growing at a rapidly increasing rate. ~How the hell does this person know who I am, where I am, and what direction I was going to be walking in at midday tomorrow? They must be a stalker...~ she thought as she turned to the Vetini Vati, who were waiting patiently for Naomi to announce what she had just read.
She quickly read aloud the contents of the letter, before concluding with, "Guys, AVOID Genielli's house at all costs tomorrow. It's for our own health."
_/*\_
The figure stood within the grassy fields behind the potion-maker's house as the clock's hour hand struck twelve. "It is time," it murmured to Avael, who nodded and stood silently as they waited. The wind brushed hair against their faces, concealing their vision; the grass were waves of green rippling against fences, but still they waited. For half an hour, they stood there, but alas, they could not wait for much longer.
"Where is she?" the figure curtained in charcoal robed demanded, sighing and placing its arms over its upper torso. "She should have been here thirty minutes ago. I knew this wouldn't work. Why did you have to think of this stupid idea?" It glared at Avael, who responded with the beginning of a protest, until he realised that it was silly to argue with his master. At last, the figure grew tired of waiting. "Right, let's go back to mine," it ordered as it began to make its way in the direction of the town, through the bothersome winds. The town crier, having no other option, followed them.
As it unlocked the door, it swung open with a heavy thud before being steadied by its hand.

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Avael closed the door behind him and the pair sat down in two armchairs. "If she knows that something is up, why did we expect her to meet us?" it asked itself, sighing as it relaxed slightly. "We are so stupid for thinking that would happen." The town crier nodded uncertainly, wondering whether it was right to agree or not.
The mysterious figure and their partner sat for a few moments in silence, when suddenly it shot up from its chair. "I have an idea!" it exclaimed, smiling at Avael. "And this time, I guarantee it will work. If it doesn't work the first time, it will on the second try."
"What is it?" the town crier asked excitedly. The figure made a hand gesture signalling silence, before saying, "Let me think it through for a moment. I can assure you, however, that it includes something that wretched girl has encountered before..."
“Oh, stop hinting and just tell me the plan. I don’t know what happened to her years ago, so – Wait a minute. How would you know?” Avael asked curiously, raising an eyebrow.
“He told me about her. He told me about the test, and what she had to do in order to join that gang,” the figure replied, exhaling softly. “Right, I’ve thought it through, and I think that it will work.” It smiled as it disappeared out of the room for a moment, and came back with a long piece of wood; some people would guess it was a staff. Avael got up and moved to the far end of the room, just seconds before the figure started chanting.
“Gren krallav reen! Gren krallav der iva!” it announced. It spoke these words softly at first, but they got progressively louder as it repeated them over and over. Three wolf-shaped creatures began to form themselves in front of the pair, and as the chanter’s words got louder, they began to grow and produce facial features, and fur. It blanketed their legs and paws. It grew out of their backs and protruded from their chests. Their pale blue eyes were accompanied by a maroon-coloured snout and knife-like white teeth.

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These creatures were werewolves.
“Hello, Stiun… Vak… and Weo(c)sch,” it slowly greeted the trio, as a half-smile escaped its lips. The three responded by growling softly, almost like a purr. “I need you to do a special job for me,” it continued, still wearing that same half-smile on its face. “I need you to find a thirteen-year-old girl who has light brown hair and light blue eyes. She is the only thirteen-year-old girl left in this town, so she’ll be fairly easy to find. Once you have found her, you need to bring her to me by following my scent and please bring her alive. I don’t want to be speaking to a dead girl. Okay, run along.” The werewolves exited the building and began to hunt for the girl, keeping an eye out for any passers-by who may spot them and try to capture them.

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_¸,.‹-•/*°Chapter Five°*\•-›.,¸_

It was late evening, and so it was dark. Naomi had been busy trying to gather as many clues and hints as to who the killer and/or stalker might be. She was sorting pieces of paper out when she heard… were they howls? Placing the papers down on the table quickly but gently, as to not ruin any of her work, she stepped outside the Vetini Vati headquarters to discover what was making that awful noise.
Her eyes wandered up – and caught sight of two familiar-looking creatures coming her way. Immediately, she knew what they were and rushed back inside, thinking that it would be all right if they couldn’t see her. Unfortunately, that was not the case. They had already seen her.
Grabbing a random bottle of poison and smearing it on her blade, Naomi stepped outside to confront the animals. Had she took the time to read the label on the poison bottle, it would have said: ‘Puts out people or animals, and makes them unconscious. Any wounds will be healed. After six hours or if woken before that time, they will become aggressive.’
“Jalaise? Naglad?” she called, after turning to face the entrance to the camp. “I need your help here…”
“What is it?” a voice replied, Naomi finding it to be Jalaise’s as he came into view. He immediately saw what was going on. “What are they?”
“Werewolves,” Naomi replied, strengthening her grip on Melior, her sword. “Put some poison on your sword, get Naglad, and help me kill these things.”
He did as told, and soon came with a fresh, translucent coat of green on the edge of his sword. Naglad soon appeared, with his battleaxe.
As the werewolves inched closer to the trio, they realised that they weren’t outnumbered nor were Naomi, Jalaise and Naglad. They would have expected only Naomi, but it appeared she had brought extra food for them.
When the wolves were just inches away from Naomi, she slowly held out her sword, as if not to make any sudden movements to enrage the animals.

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The werewolves’ eyes, however, caught the action, and slowly moved to the left side of the girl, without her knowing. When they were quite content with the area in which they were standing in, they jumped at her.
Since Naglad was on the right side of her and Jalaise was on her left, Naomi was protected in a way, seeing as the werewolves hadn’t pounced from straight in front of her. The animals were meant to have been in an angle that would have not been directly at Naomi – because of the sword that was sticking straight out – but at the same time not directly at Jalaise. This did*’t work. The werewolves launched themselves straight onto the warrior’s front and pinned him down, before realising this wasn’t the right person.
Naomi took this as her opportunity. Using her sword as a temporary throwing dagger, she slammed it into the skull of the first werewolf, the one that was lying on top of Jalaise. Blood trickled from the hole as she pulled it out, then pouring onto the chainmail her friend was wearing. The other two werewolves, Stiun and Vak, noticed their partner was dead and immediately were distracted by the murderer. Jalaise took his chance, and as the two remaining werewolves prepared to attack Naomi, he impaled his sword into the back of one of them. It grew still, signalling success for the man.
Stiun was the only one left. First, he backed up a little, to defend himself from the three that were still alive. It had completely turned around. He was the outnumbered now. As quick as a flash, he ran and proceeded to jump on Naomi, expecting her to fall to the ground because of his weight. As Stiun ran, Naomi timed herself so that she would crouch just as he leaped. As the animal jumped, she ducked and Naglad dealt a blow to the back of Stiun’s head. This gave him a push forward… into the flames of the blazing campfire that were giving the three humans light.

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