PAGE 19

PANEL 1

Tall panel, Hiida standing over her.  We can see how Hiida is sucking the magic out of Nelsi.  “Hello, little geist.”

 

PANEL 2

Nelsi’s face is contorted with anger as Hiida takes hold of her by the throat and lifts her up.  “Grk…Hkg!”

 

PANEL 3

Hiida holds her up.  Nelsi’s face is covered with sadness, she can’t hold back her emotions anymore with anger.  “You… you killed my Mom…why…”

 

PANEL 4

Close up of Hiida, looking almost delightful.  “Nelsi, Nelsi.  I would’ve let you go, didn’t you know that?  You were a quiet geist, you never showed off your powers.  I could’ve let you slide.”

 

PANEL 5

Hiida looks almost regretful as we see Tabby sneaking over to Philip in the background.  “But now, well… I can’t have you wandering around can I?”

 

 

PAGE 20

PANEL 1

Tabby is trying to wake up Philip.  She looks frightful, eyes glazed with tears.  “Philip, Philip wake up!”

 

PANEL 2

Tabby’s defeated face.  Hiida off-panel: “Don’t bother, Tabetha Cohen.  It will be a bit before they awaken.” 

 

PANEL 3

Hiida turns back to Nelsi, maniacal.  “As for you, Fair Nelsi, since you like to show off your geist powers so badly, how would you like some help?”

 

PANEL 4

Hiida, gently: “I know it must be difficult to gather all the ciphrony it takes to make your magic happen.  But if I gave you more of it… why, you could make all the water you ever wanted couldn’t you?” 

 

PANEL 5

Nelsi looks absolutely terrified.  “No, Priestess!  No, you can’t!  Merofi prohibits it!”

 

 

PAGE 21

PANEL 1

Hiida laughs.  “Hahaha~ Merofi prohibits it!”

 

PANEL 2

She pulls Nelsi’s face close to hers and speaks quietly, smile fading to a strange sneer.  “Only I can say what is prohibited!”

 

PANEL 3

Far shot, we see Hiida is forcing ciphrony into Nelsi, who is writhing.

 

PANEL 4

Tabby’s eyes wide, she’s covering her ears.  “AAaaaaaaaaaaaauuunnng!!!!”

 

 

PAGE 22

PANEL 1

Nelsi’s transformation, melting…

 

PANEL 2

Melting

 

PANEL 3

Big, dramatic panel.  Hiida standing with her hands tensed, grinning and straining, Nelsi’s watery form melting through her fingers, it looks gruesome and sadistic.

 

 

PAGE 23

PANEL 1

Tabby is looking towards Hiida, speechless.

 

PANEL 2

Hiida from behind, hunched over.

 

PANEL 3

Close up, she looks over her shoulder.  Calm and cool once more.  “And that, my little Earthling, is how you kill a geist…”

 

PANEL 4

Tabby’s face, mouth closed, looking sullen.  The people around her are waking up.  “Urh…”

 

PANEL 5

One person near her sits up.  “What happened?  Has the prayer ended?”

 

 

PAGE 24

PANEL 1

Tabby covers her mouth and looks ill.  Hiida’s voice off panel: “Now now, be at peace, Cerians.”

 

PANEL 2

Hiida continues, looking gracious and beautiful: “Don’t blame the poor Earth Girl for her mistake.”

 

PANEL 3

Tabby walks slowly towards Hiida as she continues: “She merely bumped into me while trying to get a closer look at how Merofi speaks through me…”

 

PANEL 4

She looks down at Tabby: “Isn’t that right, my dear?”

 

PANEL 5

Tabby looks up at her defiantly: “You’re lying…”

 

 

PAGE 25

PANEL 1

Tabby faces the audience: “She just killed someone!  A Keeper!”

 

PANEL 2

Hiida starts laughing “AH HAHAHAHA~!”

 

PANEL 3

Tabby looking around her, pissed off.  The audience laughs at her: “HAHAHAHA”

 

PANEL 4

Hiida looks down at Tabby with pity and amusement: “Now Tabetha, you don’t have to make up stories to hide your embarrassment at interrupting our prayer!”

 

PANEL 5

She looks knowingly at the audience: “Honestly!  Me killing a keeper!”

Audience: “HAHAHA”

 

 

PAGE 26

PANEL 1

Tabby looks incredulous: “I’m telling you she just killed someone!  A geist!”

Audience: “HAHAHA”

 

PANEL 2

Hiida looks at Tabby with a serious face.  “How ridiculous.  The poor girl is obviously mad.”

The audience continues laughing.

 

PANEL 3

Tabby stares back at Hiida, realizing she can’t win this.

 

PANEL 4

Tabby flies off, distraught.  Philip gets up to go after her

 

PANEL 5

Hiida: “Stop.”  Philip stops.  He’s frozen.

 

 

PAGE 27

PANEL 1

Hiida walks to the edge of the platform: “Turn around and face me, young man.”

 

PANEL 2

Philip looks at her with daggers in his eyes.

 

PANEL 3

Hiida: “You look familiar.”

 

PANEL 4

Philip looks up at her intensely.  “I’m General Raed’s closest apprentice.  I’m sure you’ve seen me around before.”

 

PANEL 5

Hiida nods, although suspicious.  “Yes, that’s right…”

 

PANEL 6

She melts into a smile: “Well, be sure to give the General my blessing.”

 

END CHAPTER 8