Reala snapped with his fingers and a couple of the Nightmaren went down to the dark ocean. With mugs they got some of the dark water and brought it back to Reala. He smiled, as he pulled out an amphora filled with a glowing blue dust inside. He opened it and let some of the dust drop into the dark water.
After that, he looked at Nights and said darkly "You will not come in my way again!" and his grip got tighter. Even without a neck, Nights chocked and as he breathed for air, Reala put the Mug on Nights mouth, making him swallow the liquid and releasing him from the grip.
Nights chocked a couple more times, as he started to twitch. But after a short while, the sickening feeling was partly gone, but yet, something wasn't right.
In the meantime, Reala had made more of the liquid and prepared some sort of ritual combining his magical power with it and with the glowing star. The light died off and a gate formed. It was shaped like a giant star made out of silver steel and with lots of pretty ornamentation. Reala and the Nightmaren laughed at their victory. Reala then turned to face Nights again and said "I'll let you go first, old friend.".
At a wave of his hand, some Nightmaren took Nights and threw him through the gate. Nights himself couldn't even completely realize what happened, but as bright light blinded him, he just closed his eyes.
Wind was howling around his ears, as Nights slowly opened his eyes again. First thing he saw was the moon and the stars. He then turned, as he noticed he was falling. Underneath him was a big city, cars were rushing through the dark streets and the sounds of the nightlife slowly caught up to him.
His eyes shot open and he flew off, just above the rooftops. But then the sick feeling returned and in his mind was not completely focused and his flight was less elegant as usual. But mostly, he went down to the ground more and more, even he didn't wanted to. In the end, he had to land.
He stood there, unnoticed and catching for his breath, until a car rushed towards him and he had to jump to the side. In the bright yellow lights, he noticed he was transparent, hard to see at all. He looked down at his hands, confused and starting to wonder again what Reala had done. But then, he became visible again and he breathed in relief. Until a loud noise echoed through the street.
Another car rushed towards him and again, Nights jumped. He jumped upwards, hoping to fly off, but nothing happened and the car passed by only inches away from him. As more cars came, Nights got grabbed by a hand and had been pulled off the street. The hand belonged to an officer who was very pissed that there was suddenly someone on the street, not caring to move out of the way.
"Boy, what were you think you're doing?" He shouted, as people passed by, giving them confused looks "You could have been seriously been hurt, you know?". Nights just stammered, not getting a clear word out. Suddenly another hand grabbed him by his shoulder and a girl said "Ah there you are. Sorry officer, we often have troubles with him." "So he belongs to you?" "I belong to no one!" Nights finally managed to say, but was kindly ignored as the girl continued "Yes! He is part of the circus down the street.".
The officer scratched the back of his head, telling the two, especially Nights, to not play on the street again and the girl just nodded, as she then pulled Nights with her. "Oh hey!" Nights then yelled against the loud sounds of the busy nightlife "Thank you for helping me out!". She turned to face him, with bright blue eyes just like Nights, saying "You're welcome.".
Those eyes and her face, she clearly was a Nightopian or so, but what was she doing here? That confused Nights again, but then his pain returned and everything started to become black. "What was that liquid?" He thought, feeling to vomit as he started to fall and loose any sight.
After a while, Nights opened his eyes again, right into the exited eyes of a little girl. That startled him with a small scream and she returned it, only her was exited. "OH MY GOD! Guys, he is awake!" the girl screamed towards an exit of a caravan.
Nights groaned as he slowly got up and rub his head, looking around himself. The inside of the caravan was clean and medical supplies lied beside the little bed he lay in. The girl was around 6 years old and had red hair, bound up into two ponytails, her brown green eyes again locked on Nights.
He laughed nervously and said "Hey... Little girl." "OH MY GOSH, YOU HAVE SO PRETTY EYES!" "Yes, just like our little Star." a guy said. He had appeared in the entrance way and was leaning against the door frame. He had long hair, that reached to his chin and with a bandana on his head, as for a handlebar mustache. Judging to his outfit, he was a cook.
"Austin!" the girl cried, jumping from the chair she was sitting on and hugging the man tightly. He laughed at the girl, messing around with her hair and then turned to Nights. "Well, fella, you really had luck that our little Star was not only getting you out of trouble, but also brought you here to help as you blacked out.". Did he talked about that girl from earlier? The Nightopian?
Nights gently lifted his hand, pointing with his finder upwards and asked shyly "Who is Star?". More man and woman came, to the caravan and Austin laughed "Star is, well, the star of our little circus. Can you stand up?" "I-I guess I can." "Then follow me.".
Nights stood up and went after Austin, passing the other people. All of them were in usual clothes, other in colorful costumes and funny make-up. The cook led Nights to the main entertainment tent. It was mostly empty, the show was shortly over and only a very few tools for special acts remained in the center. And there she was, in a blue nightopian gown, balancing on the top of a big ball, dancing as moon like light focused on her, as she danced like this through the hall.
It was beautiful.
And after she was done, Austin called for her. "Hey Star, our sleepy head has woken up." She looked over at them, her face covered with a mask, a little star on her cheek and long bright blonde hair bound together. As she saw Nights, she smiled softly and said "Well, everything better now?". Nights nodded and said "Oh, yeah... I guess.".
Austin laughed "You're guessing a lot!" and bumped him hard on the shoulder, slamming Nights slightly to the ground. Star yelled at him, that he would cause Nights to black-out again. Then she came to Nights and asked gently again "What is your name?" "Nights." "Oh that must be your stage name!" Austin cried out "From the outfit you are wearing, we already thought you would be from the circus too!"
Another shoulder bump, making Nights back hurt even more. But beside that, he didn't knew what to say, especially when they asked what his act was and for which circus he had worked, or why he was in town anyways. Through the lack of answers, Star changed the subject, of asking the other circus people if they're hungry and if Nights wanted some food too. "Well I am a little hungry." Nights finally said and was lead to the dinning tent.