Came as a result of this prompt:
“Just… just be careful, D. If you wake the guardian be respectful. Here, take this staff, it was my grandfather’s… they liked him.”
Her voice trailed off as he looked at her with a bemused look. Fidgeting with her talisman, a dark orange and white stone with coiled copper holding it that hung around her neck, she sighed.
“I know. You don’t have to say it, I know.”
He said nothing, only smiled down at her, staff in one hand and a small satchel of stones in the other.
“Lizza, I was selected for this. The elders wouldn’t have picked me if they didn’t think I could handle it.”
He shook his head, then kissed her forehead and walked toward the mouth of the river.
She trailed behind him, muttering to herself and wondering if they hadn’t selected him just to get rid of him. He was her betrothed, but he was also an idiot. Something she was fully aware of.
She stayed several steps behind him, not wanting to be caught up should something come at them. Moments after the thoughts passed her mind, the waters at their feet, began to swirl and bubble up.
“Who dares disturb the Guardians of this forest?”
Several large boulders near them rumbled and rolled closer to them, colliding and pressing together until a great being of boulders and water stood before them. Pale blue light carved intricate designs across its surface.
“We are of the Tra’an tribe. I have been sent to strike an accord with you.”
The being laughed, a deep rumbling sound that shook the ground beneath them. Reaching forward, it picked D up and dangled him in the air. The staff dropped from his hands as he swung around, yelping and babbling incoherently.
“They send this mewling whelp to strike an accord? I have eaten braver rodents for my snacks.”
With a grunt and disgusted huff, the Guardian flung D across the water and against a rock. His body slid down the rocks and into the water with barely a splash.
“Lizza, daughter of Aganon. It is good to see you again. You were so small when last you came. Why have you brought such a soft and dull-eyed fool?”
She bowed deeply to the Guardian, then picked up her grandfather’s staff where it had fallen near her feet.
“It was not I who picked him, but the elders. They did not feel a female was a suitable supplicant to your greatness. They are fools and blind to the ways of the forest. We must protect them from themselves Great One.”
Again she bowed and smiled quietly. Her grandfather had taught her the ways of the Guardians, he had raised her to take his place. The elders were fools if they thought she’d let this insult pass.
“They are indeed. The greatest among us is the Mother. She would see them reminded of that, I will make sure of it.”
She nodded, keeping her face smooth and emotionless.
“But for this accord, you and your line will always rest well in our embrace. The others… will prosper as well as they follow you. Let them hear these words and eat their own.”
For a being made of rock, his grin was all the more chilling. She bowed and thanked him before turning and returning the way they had come. She left D to his watery bed, if he lived he would learn. If he did not… that was the way of nature.