On that same plain, this time up at the monumental circle of stones, Alec sat. There were about thirty stones monoliths around him. Some creating arches others standing a lonely vigil. All seemed to lean slightly inward towards a center stone that did not lay vertically, but instead on its back, much like an altar. It was on this altar stone that Alec sat. There was a look of intense concentration on his face, which seemed to be centered on a growing lump of dirt.
He had been working on his control. Before it was just his fire abilities, but recently he realized that while he was trained as a fire wizard, he was an Element wizard and that he shouldn't neglect the other three elements. He was finding out that he seemed to be equally balanced in all four, the fire only stronger because it had more use. The others were only a bit atrophid. A book he had found, he was always finding books, said that earth was the easiest to manipulate, followed by water, fire and air. So, he was working on earth.
The lump grew larger and Casimir appeared next to him. He hovered for a moment before settling on the altar stone.
"Whatcha doing?" he asked, wings flaring a bit. Alec didn't say anything. The lump had turned into a column and was starting to take a humaniod shape. "Being artistic?"
Still Alec ignored him. He frowned and sat hunched, eyes glowing red. The shape became female. It was an older woman.
"Didn't know you had a thing for older women. I would have thought you'd at least make it of your wife," Casimir said, trying to needle him.
Again, Alec gave no response. His expression was locked in deep concentration. The woman's face became clearer and it was that of a kind person, the sort that seemed to know exactly what to say when you were sad and gave wonderful hugs. Casimir stared at it thoughtfully, for once.
"Your mother," he said finally. "She's as dead as the moon and as gone as the thoughts of yesterday. Why do you even bother remembering her?"
The arms on the figure stretched out in a welcoming gestures, but Alec didn't respond to him at all. Casimir snarled and swepted down a wing, slicing the figure in half, causing it to crumble.
"Earth to earth, death to death," he snapped before vanishing. Alec's face shook out of the concentration that he had been in when the wing cut through the figure. A surprised expression registared on his face as he removed the iPod earphones from his ears.
"What was that all about?" he wondered to the air around him.