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Night PatrolTick! Tick! Brrrrrrrrrr!Night Patrol by *ATTynesider
Elora's book fell from her hands as the alarm trilled the hour. It slammed shut on the floor, losing the page she was up to, but the frustration she should have felt was overpowered by another. With a groan she sauntered over to the alarm and silenced it, then looked hopefully to the hands. Her wish was denied. 9 o'clock; time to go on patrol.
She grabbed her cloak, took up her lantern, and with a sullen march made her way down the steps and to the front door. Through the glass she could see the ever-thickening gloom, and with a groan of discontent she lit the lantern. Summer Forest wasn't exactly threatening in the dark, but wandering in the shadows of the many trees, the hazy moonlight above burning the edges of the leaves as they rustled in the sharp, irregular breeze, it was...disturbing, but this was a job that had to be done. If any of the critters were stranded outside their homeworlds when the portals went off, left alone in the cold and dark, th