Athena waited a few minutes, assuring that Streke was gone. She then turned to the platform and rose her fists in the air.
"Yes! He is gone! He is gone! Oh my Toa, now I have to go and find Azure before he would find me again. Where was she? Oh yeah, with Ekimu."
Athena was feeling a little... weird. She was happy. But not that type of happiness that you commonly feel in your every day life, oh no. Athena was feeling that as often as any other Okotoan. No, it was genuine happiness, like the one you have when you win at lottery, or you get a cute puppy. At least three years has passed since Athena felt so happy, and she didn't even realised it.
She turned around and started running towards the Forge, expecting to find Ekimu or at least Blaze there.
"I just want to ask this so that I can be sure: are you guys prepared for this trip? I mean, it's not a one day long travel. We should be there tomorrow night at the very best."
Vladin finished his food.
As Ghabix arrived in the centre of the crowd, he felt his legs trembling. There it was: a big piece of armour, with four extensions lying on the sand of the desert. At a closer look, Ghabix could realise what it actually was: a decapitated body. A poor young Stone Okotoan that returned in the village to visit his old parents. Ghabix knew the guy's brown and beige armour. He saw it just earlier that day, before he went to remove his gypsum. And now the guy was dead. Red blood was spilling out of the remaining of his neck on the hot yellow sand, colouring it.
Ghabix stepped back, full of fear and horror. Next to the dead body, a mother was crying on her knees, and a baby was looking confused at her. The father was nowhere to be seen. He probably couldn't stand watching it. There was another Stone Okotoan: an older brother. Surprisingly, he wasn't crying. He wasn't even looking at the corpse. Instead, he was eyeing Ghabix, rarely blinking.