He entered the home, passing Dr. Sonnerstein, Ifurita, and another native on the way. Below he found Dr. Maddox sitting in her rocking chair. If he had been expecting to be tackled, hugged, or otherwise squeezed to death he would have been sorely disappointed. Fortunately, he had been afraid Dr. Maddox was calling so that she could skin him alive so when she turned directly to Helio on his bed and ignored him he felt jealous for the attention, especially considering what he had done in order to get here and his disdain for being expected to come when called, but he was also relieved that he wouldn’t have to scratch at her as a warning.
Still, as a point he would refuse the next time she summoned him if she was going to treat it as a point of fact like this.
She lead him to the bed room and was surprised to find Lionheart in Mondrago, ever since the cat had made his request to Gil to send someone to tend to him he’d heard the message had been delivered and that was it. Maddox explained what had been happening, how she had been covered in faerie fire like Helio, though it had become tinted in blue. She seemed to think it was because of her child and looked at him as if he would know…but he had no idea what she was talking about. He had only just gotten here.
He hoped onto the bed and moved closer to inspect him, and asked “Did you need me here to see a link between you?”
“I called because it felt like he wanted you here…” She began uncertainty, but cut off as Heliotrope’s flaming hand reached up and grabbed Arnold’s leg tightly and the cat shrieked as he felt Helio trying to reach inside of him…the horse that was empty, hungry, and in need. Heliotrope was trying to cook and eat him!
Arnold moved to free himself from the professors grip as he reached out to Maddox for her hand, when a more rational side of his mind forced him to realize that Heliotrope had already begun feeding and it wasn’t hurting him…drawing on the stored energy meant for Dr. Maddox. It wouldn’t be enough, but as the doctor took his hand he realized what he had to do. “…hold on…”
The fire on Helio’s hand crept up Arnold’s leg as the energy began to enter the familiar, and it flowed through him like a conduit of some kind. Helio was being filled, but it wasn’t right. There was something missing…there was demon within the energy but so much of it was human. He called for Dr. Sonnerstein’s and he came downstairs and offered his hand. He took it for a moment, only a few moments as he took a piece and then somehow knew he needed to use that as an anchor, something for his body to change the energy to make resemble closer.
He was shooting in the dark, working only on instinct, he had no idea if what he was doing was actually stupid, foolish, or going to hurt someone worse than what happened at the power station. But it was working, the energies came into him and were transitioned, changed to resemble Sonnersteins so it was more compatible for Heliotrope to use.
The horse began to change as he drew from the circuit, his body slowly taking on it’s demonic form, and the cat started to feel very hot. It was about then that he realized that everything below his waist was covered in faerie fire, the professor wreathing them both in it! He turned back to everyone else screaming.
The others ignored his cries as they watched Helio hopefully as he recovered, Dr. Sonnerstein was the only one who asked, “Arnold, are you alright?”
“I have been chased by giant metal dinosaurs, flew here in an urchin ship that nearly blew apart, was attacked by giant air kraken, and five minutes after getting here am now on fire and felt like he was trying to eat me! NO! I AM NOT ALRIGHT!”
Heliotrope sat up, jumping onto the bed and shouting with Arnold still in his grasp dangling upside down, “FREE!” He neighed in triumph while the cat screeched. He was never coming when she called again!!!