Imagine everyone making their way through the shadowfell with Vex and Vax taking point as usual. The two of them go ahead, turning a corner and are gone from sight for a few minutes, but nobody’s worried. Grog and Keyleth are playing Boulder Paper Shears, Percy is idly adjusting his guns, Pike is looking around at the gray landscape, and Scanlan is humming so soft you wouldn’t hear it unless you were right next to him. A few minutes later, Vax appears around the corner and is walking back in the somewhat disconcerting silent manner they’ve all grown used to. Everyone turns waiting to hear what he’s seen.
As he’s walking back, a small smile comes to his face. He opens his mouth, a joke about to escape him when he feels something beat against his chest. He sees his family’s faces all turn to panic as their necklaces emit a faint red glow and all of them, save Scanlan, sprint towards the corner where Vex disappeared.
Vax’s wings are out and his boots make him a bullet. He leads the charge, desperately trying to figure what had happened in the moments he hadn’t seen her. As they near the corner Vex comes racing around, sitting atop the broom with her bow ready to fire. Both twins eyes go wide and they frantically stop their mad dash and manage to avoid colliding. Vex sees everyone else safe and standing and her muscles relax, relief spreading throughout her body briefly before despair settles in.
She falls onto the ground, her knees drawn up and her arms wrapped around them. Her voice comes out soft and broken, “Tary.”