Only in darkness can the light shine brightly. ✩ ✧ Star Guardians: A New Era ✧ ✩ Sign-up Thread Leona Athembury City - Shoping District Leona looked around at the displays she had worked on all afternoon. While she had also clearly sold flowers and bouquets to people throughout the day at the flower shop, her pride and joy was in setting up the shop for the following morning. She had more than a dozen tables setup with a beautiful variety of bouquets. The shelves and windows were lined with smaller groupings of flowers and specialty sales. It wasn’t just flowers for sale here, but some other fun and unique plants. They had a section for things like fertilizer and pots as well and they even had a small area where they sold tools for further helping people maintain their little green friends. A shelf near the service desk had numerous books to help people care for their plants. It was a lovely little shop. Working here was perfect for Leona. It didn’t take up too much of her time, but was enough for her to afford a modest apartment. The owners were incredibly kind and Leona learned she had a knack for customer service. Plus she loved the plants--tulips were her favorite. In about five minutes her shift would be over and she could start the second half of her day. Patrolling the city took a good number of hours, but as team leader she needed to take the initiative. Especially since the sightings of void had started to increase enough that the regular citizens even noticed something wasn’t quite right. Her second job, though entirely unknown to all but a few, was her more important one. At the strike of 6 p.m., Leona locked up and started packing things away in the shop, counting money, etc. On weekdays they closed earlier. Zelgar was hiding in the back room so she opened the door and he pounced out immediately, chasing a small fly that flew out. “Oh Zelgar don’t break anything!” Leona called out. He was good about being careful when it came to staying out of trouble, which included staying hidden. Once Leona finished up he dutifully hopped into her oversized tote, curling up in the bottom. She smiled down at his furry figure while she walked out of the shop and towards the park. ———————————— Athembury City Park The park was nearly empty when she reached it. Leona had made a short stop at the local sandwich place for her dinner and it was just after 7 p.m. when she arrived at Athembury City Park. With it being late into the fall months (something Leona needed getting used to her first few years on this planet) it got darker out much sooner. The encroaching darkness drove people away. The park was near the edge of town, which is what drew Leona to it in the first place. Last week she had overheard a couple that said a large, wild bug flew at them aggressively so they had to leave. This was a very big clue that Voidlings could have an open rift nearby. Leona made right for the edge of the park and pulled out her phone. She kept notes of which areas she had already patrolled. She felt good about the progress she had made so far. Some of her team had volunteered to help in their free time too. Working together they would find the rift soon, but tonight she was on her own. A chittering reached her ears. It was the familiar chirps of a small Voidling nearby. Leona crouched and started pinpointing the location. She slowly moved towards it, eyes peeled for movement. Zelgar popped his head out, resting his chin on the edge of the bag. As she wove through the thinning trees, the sounds got louder and she froze. That sounded like much more than one little Voidling and she didn’t want to risk walking into something she wasn’t prepared for. She took a moment to think about her next step. Leona took in a small breath and focused to fly to the top of the trees. Now she could see out much further and the sight made her gasp. Just at the edge of the trees, where a seemingly endless field began, she saw what they have been searching for. A purple glow shone through the darkness. There was a strange, lighting-like energy seared across the ground crawling with little green and purple creatures she knew as Voidlings. Taking a moment she guessed there had to be over fifty of the creatures of darkness. It would be an impossible task for a lone Star Guardian. Quickly she removed her phone and took a snapshot of her map app, using another app to mark a red X where she was. Then she sent out the picture to her Star Guardian team with a quick message. “Alright Zelgar, ready?” Satisfied with her plan Leona began her Star Guardian transformation. Summoning the power of Starlight, she spun while hovering in the air. Zelgar leapt up with her, the two of them enveloped in yellow light. First her physical appearance changed, hair becoming golden. Then her clothing transformed into her magical armor while Zelgar morphed into her sword and shield, both adorned with a four-pointed star emblem. Still hovering in the air she took a quick overview of the battlegrounds before diving in towards a Voidling near the edge of the mass of bugs. She stayed under the cover of trees and used her sword for a Sun Strike, the weapon glowing bright and slashing through three of the creatures easily. Hopefully she wouldn’t be overpowered before her team arrived to help.