Vestige of Credence: Chapter 4
Part 23: Cumulus Race
“It’s not the worst idea,” Ellara chipped in. “I mean, we need to start figuring out how to win this fight.”
Kadden pursed his lips and stared at the group impatiently.
“I’m just saying,” Ellara defended, “let’s hear him out.”
“Yes, I like the way she thinks… Let’s hear me out,” Anvid agreed arrogantly. “Now, what about using our elusa nets? Let’s just toss one on the Cumulus and see if we can’t figure out how to kill it.”
“You can’t capture or kill a Cumulus. Don’t you think we have tried?” Kadden argued.
“Ah, yes. But I see from your thoughts that you don’t know much about electricity and nothing about elusa. I have a good feeling about this,” declared Anvid, “and what have we got to lose? If it doesn’t work, we use your sound guns.”
Though Lailie was indifferent to the idea, Kadden was out-voted by Anvid and Ellara. Equipped with the elusa masulk, the situation was a perfect opportunity to see if electricity could work against the Cumulus. It was a very thin, net-like material formed from the elusa substance found in the Lizab river. Just like the regular elusa emitted tiny shocks, the adapted elusa masulk did as well. It was a risky plan, because it had not ever been tested before. But if anything would stand a chance of confining the spirit creature, electric shocks and currents seemed like the best bet.
Lailie, being armed with both rock wall camouflage skin and swifter motion than the others, was chosen to throw the net. She climbed to the top of the tunnel and a little closer to the Cumulus than the others, where she waited. It would be Kadden and Ellara’s task to act as bait walking down the tunnel, while Anvid and Mij stayed behind as back-up. After assuming position and signaling for action, Ellara and Kadden began walking in the direction of the Cumulus, speaking loudly as if in disagreement. The Cumulus turned quickly, but approached so slowly, she didn’t appear to be attacking. Lailie threw the net, and it worked. For the first time during the war, a Cumulus had been captured.
As Anvid looked in her eyes, attempting to extract the forefront of her thoughts, he sensed her fear, sadness, and loneliness. A part of him did not care what she seemed to be feeling inside, because he knew she was a Cumulus and he could not fathom how any member of such a loathsome race could have emotions. He wished he could have just killed her and not even bothered with a net, but of course that was not possible, so he stared at her with hate instead.
“Why have you come to the underground” Lailie inquired, hoping to trigger a very insightful train of thought.
Vestige of Credence © Emilyann Girdner 2016
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