On the Evil Scale: Keeper of La Tecla (The Key) Book Two

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๐’ฒyatt released a loud whistle breaking up the interruption; everyone standing present covered their ears for the whistle was louder than expected. He nodded then glanced down at me, allowing me to speak.

โ€œThank you, Wyatt.โ€ I spoke then felt Zanz nudge my knees as he ran across the field toward me, Hey boy, I know...sorry about that.โ€ I scratched his head then focused on Derek and Anthony, explaining the situation taking place, โ€œThatโ€™s all any of us know at the moment but we need all the help we can get. Azir and his Jinn are going to...โ€

โ€œWho?โ€ Derek stretched his neck out slightly as he hunched.

โ€œOh, right. Um...the Nubians that were standing with me before I went up on the wall.โ€ I revealed, โ€œTheyโ€™re Jinn. They knew Marxus. And theyโ€™re here to help in whatever this place needs.โ€ I smiled, โ€œDid that answer your question?โ€

โ€œNot really, but whatever.โ€ Derek groaned.

โ€œWhat do you need us to do?โ€ Anthony added.

โ€œBe here when other warriors arrive to explain to them, what Iโ€™ve told you.โ€ I replied bluntly, ignoring the awkwardness between him and I.

โ€œSi, of course.โ€ he smiled then sniffed the air, catching the scents of the returning Wraiths.

โ€œAnd what about the other warriors on the Isle?โ€ Derek questioned, โ€œI mean, theyโ€™ll feel a little left out when they hear about this, donโ€™t you think?โ€

โ€œDo you honestly think I havenโ€™t thought about that?โ€ I argued, โ€œBut why have all the warriors ready for whatever this is, if quite possibly theyโ€™ll just pass over and find nothing.โ€

โ€œAll us here, you included, know theyโ€™re not going to pass over and find nothing.โ€ Anthony added in his own argument.

โ€œStay out of it, mutt!โ€ Erik barked, leering in the Italianโ€™s direction.

โ€œI just donโ€™t want everyone gathered in one place which is whyโ€ฆโ€ I turned to see an adequate handful of warriors were gathered; dressed in their loungewear and carrying their weapons of choice, โ€œthatโ€™s all we need!โ€ I frowned, โ€œGot it?โ€

โ€œGot it.โ€ Anthony nodded.

โ€œNo Leonus?โ€ Erik mocked, โ€œYou two are so chummy.โ€ he leered at Derek.

โ€œMotherโ€ฆโ€ Abraxasโ€™ voice interrupted the conversation telepathically.

โ€œWhat!?โ€ I snapped, glancing at the sky.

โ€œTheyโ€™re coming!โ€ he hovered then dove toward the ground. Inches away, he stretched out his wings, leveling himself out before shooting back up into the sky becoming one of the Ravens.

His words held truth for such a small creature because I had just received a text confirming his observations.

โ€œAlright, look...put aside your goddamn differences and letโ€™s just get through tonight, alright!? If we survive, you can kill each other later!โ€ I ordered, โ€œDerek, walk with me and thatโ€™s not a choice.โ€ I affirmed.

He nodded then walked past Erik, bumping shoulders with the young Demon who groaned.

I needed Derekโ€™s help to plan our defense and seeing a spark in his eyes, he grew a wide smile. He clapped his hands together thinking tactics that suited our predicament and location. I studied his mannerisms and I could see his blood pumped, bringing back memories of successful strategies.

โ€œI have so many ideas.โ€ he revealed.

โ€œOkay, well...go inform everyone of them and Iโ€™ll be there in a minute. Thereโ€™s something I forgot to discuss with Azir.โ€ I persisted.

He sprinted toward the warriors; Anthony and Erik among them, then explained his strategy receiving arguments and agreements back and forth.

I turned away, dialing one of the guards and they answered,

โ€œYes, Keeper?โ€

โ€œHand the phone to Azir.โ€ I insisted then watched as the screen moved; faces changing from the guard to Azir and once the screen was steady, I voiced my concerns pertaining to Axeonโ€™s health for heโ€™s been appearing drawn and tired, โ€œI donโ€™t know whatโ€™s wrong with him. He wonโ€™t tell me and I donโ€™t want him getting injured. Heโ€™ll hear it above ground, Iโ€™m sure but Azirโ€ฆyou have to instruct him to stay put. Whatever comes after this, weโ€™ll need all his strength but not tonight.โ€ I continued quickly glancing around, โ€œI have another source of which youโ€™ll know when you see it. Trust me.โ€

โ€œIโ€™ll visit him quickly before the ships arrive which isnโ€™t long now.โ€ Azirโ€™s golden eyes squinted, glancing past the phoneโ€™s screen toward the distance then returned the phone to the guard who ended the call after my face vanished from view.

โ€œAbraxasโ€ฆโ€ I called out searching for the sky and watching as a Raven flew toward me, it quickly shifted into Abraxasโ€™ small dragon form of which landed roughly in my arms.

โ€œYes, Mother?โ€ he looked into my dark eyes.

โ€œI need you tonight.โ€

โ€œAlways, Mother. What do you need?โ€

Walking across the field toward the dwellings, I revealed to the small creature the needs I required of him. He listened attentively, swerving his head back and forth slightly like a snake.

โ€œLike months ago in Ireland?โ€ he questioned.

โ€œYes, very much like that.โ€ I remembered that night clearly.

He blinked his eyes then nudged his snout against my chin. Beginning to release low purr-like roars, Zanz barked as he ran around ahead in a moment of happiness I suppose, I didnโ€™t know. Arriving at the dwelling, I instructed Zanz and Abraxas to wait outside by the door while I went inside to search for my mom, of whom sat in the kitchen brewing cups of tea. Hiromi sat at the table engaging in a discussion about Asian herbal mixtures for aches and pains that proved effective when suddenly, his senses alerted him to someoneโ€™s presence standing nearby. Retrieving a knife from the table where they were cutting and chopping new herbs my mom had purchased, he turned to the figure approaching from across the lounge.

โ€œWhoa...hey, itโ€™s me! Itโ€™s me!โ€ I pleaded with my left hand held in surrender while my right hand grasped the hilt of a dagger I carried on my belt; the fire on the stove erupted into flame.

โ€œAyeโ€ฆโ€ Hiromi sighed, lowering the knife; my mom stood frightened against the kitchen counter after patting out the flames, โ€œlittle Miss donโ€™t sneak up on me like that!โ€ he warned, pointing the knife in my direction.

โ€œYza, what the hell is wrong with you, scaring us like that? And setting things on fire again, I see?โ€ my mom complained, gesturing at the counter where it was scorched from the stoveโ€™s flames.

โ€œIโ€™m sorry.โ€ I muttered, taking a seat at the table, โ€œAnd thank youโ€ฆโ€ I looked over at Hiromi.

โ€œFor what?โ€ he laid the knife back in its place.

โ€œBeing aware of your surroundings, protecting yourself and my mom. That might not have been me, you know.โ€ I referred to the moment that had passed seconds ago.

โ€œAye, well...no thank you needed, but donโ€™t do that again, yes?โ€

โ€œYes. I mean, no...I wonโ€™t.โ€ I chuckled.

โ€œYouโ€™re out late. Again.โ€ my mom observed, pouring tea in three cups then handed out one each.

โ€œSomething came up, which is why Iโ€™m glad youโ€™re both here.โ€ I leaned on the table, holding the hot cup between hands; its heat felt good and calming.

โ€œEverything alright?โ€ Hiromi worried, โ€œIs Erik alright!?โ€

โ€œNo, everythingโ€™s not alright and yes, Erikโ€™s fine.โ€ I sighed, then briefly explained the situation about to take place.

Hiromi abruptly stood, interrupting. He practically knocked the chair over as he ran from his seat, upstairs hollering loudly enough for us to hear,

โ€œNot again! Iโ€™m not being left out again!โ€

โ€œHe does realize heโ€™s dressed in his pjโ€™s right?โ€ I teased.

โ€œMaybe, maybe not.โ€ my mom smiled then sipped her tea.

Waiting for Hiromiโ€™s return, I reassured my mom that things would hopefully be fine. Although, I had my doubts. I gave my mom a comforting hug, when Hiromi suddenly rushed down the stairs, boots on his feet and sword held in hand. He stormed through the front door startling Zanz and Abraxas who reacted to his sudden exit; he stumbled backwards in surprise of their reaction.

โ€œI have to go.โ€ I pondered softly, โ€œBut Mommy, please...listen to meโ€ฆโ€ we stood, โ€œI want you to lock the doors after I leave and warn the others in the building for I donโ€™t think anyone here has been alerted. Okay?โ€

โ€œOkay.โ€ she nodded then walked with me toward the door, following my instructions in every detail. Locking the doorsโ€™ three locks; one at the top, middle and bottom, she then watched through the window as her daughter and Asian friend sprinted across the field. She sighed with worry then approached the wall near the door to a keypad; a speaker system connected all the rooms together. You could either dial an individual room or connect to all the rooms so my mom pressed the ALL ROOMS button then quickly spoke into the speaker that left a message to all in the building.

As Hiromi and I approached the gates, there stood Erik with Nick, Jon, Wyatt and Caleb speaking with Anthony, Sarah and Derek. Hiromi stood alongside Erik who teased his father about his pjโ€™s; Hiromi sneering his reply,

โ€œA warrior comes dressed in anything, when it comes to a fight! Even his underwear!โ€

Men being men, spewed jokes amongst themselves; ones of which were a little too bold for my ears but I laughed them off then turned to Zanz, who walked around sniffing the ground near the gates as if searching for something. Abraxas flew cloaked above the Isle, waiting until I called on him.

Stepping away from the group of gathered warriors, I suddenly sensed someone standing nearby; eyes staring in my direction. Turning my head, there stood Molock behind one of the many trees on the property. Abruptly, running past my feet was Zanz, heading toward Molockโ€™s direction which gave me the opportunity to speak with him. Calling out his name, Zanz didnโ€™t respond. Sprinting across the field, Molock knelt down, scratching Zanzโ€™s neck speaking to him softly.

โ€œHow the hell, and hell being the operative word, are you doing that?โ€ I asked, โ€œHe wonโ€™t allow anyone to touch him but myself. Oh, god that came out totally wrong.โ€ I chuckled with a blushed face.

Molock chuckled along; such a pleasant chuckle it was too, knowing my meaning.

โ€œIโ€™m not just anyone, my lovely.โ€ he answered with a smile, โ€œBesides, I deal with his parents so perhaps heโ€™s catching their scent.โ€ he shrugged casually yet elegantly.

โ€œSo thatโ€™s what that smell isโ€ฆthe one you leave behind?โ€ I mocked sarcastically.

Molock continued to stand there with his sexy smile then insisted bluntly,

โ€œOh, no-noโ€ฆthatโ€™s strictly my masculine scent, my lovely. Good to know you notice.โ€ he slowly approached, โ€œBut I didnโ€™t come here to chitchat, per say. I came here to wish you luck and to warn you of falling debris in whatโ€™s to come.โ€

โ€œIn whatโ€™s to come? Meaning what?โ€ I questioned.

โ€œYzavelaโ€ฆโ€ a voice interrupted and turning around, there stood Anthony.

โ€œYes, Anthony...just a moment.โ€ I acknowledged his presence then turned to question Molock once more but he disappeared. I sighed then turned to Anthony, โ€œSorry.โ€

โ€œItโ€™s alright.โ€ he nodded with a smile, but his thoughts were pretty clear on his underlying intent.

โ€œAnthonyโ€ฆโ€ I complained revealing I had read his thoughts, โ€œplease, not now.โ€

โ€œI know, I know but...can you just tell me something?โ€ he urged.

โ€œYes?โ€ I hoped he wasnโ€™t going to make a big deal out of things that were in very murky waters.

โ€œIโ€™m not one that chases after women, for theyโ€™ve always chased after me, you know that by now, Iโ€™m sure but with youโ€ฆโ€ he approached closer, โ€œyouโ€™re different and I need to know if thereโ€™s anythingโ€ฆโ€ he gestured at the distance between him and I, โ€œbetween us, you know? No pressure, you know that, but Iโ€™m vulnerable here too.โ€ he grinned.

โ€œI know, Anthonyโ€ฆโ€ I approached him then glanced past his frame toward the crowd near the gates, โ€œand Iโ€™m sorry, but honestly, I donโ€™t know.โ€ I shrugged, โ€œWe kissed yes, and it was amazing yes, but please do me a favor and stop acting like Erik giving me an ultimatum! I expect it from him, but not from you! Besides, having a man in my life doesnโ€™t seem like something the universe has lined up for me, at least right now or itโ€™s the curse of becoming Keeper! But if and when it happens, itโ€™ll be when Iโ€™m ready for it or want it, and believe me, I do want it.โ€ I offered a friendly smile of which he returned.

โ€œSo youโ€™re saying thereโ€™s hope?โ€ he teased, giving me a big smile.

โ€œAlways the charmer!โ€ I laughed, โ€œCome onโ€ฆโ€ we turned, sprinting across the field returning to everyone calling out my name.

Erik frowned, hearing our thoughts and grew sick of the content and images flashing through his own mind. He scoffed, shaking his head then heard his fatherโ€™s voice distracting his moment of distaste.

โ€œEverything alright between you and Anthony?โ€ Sarah, among our warriors, asked curiously.

โ€œYes. Why?โ€ I answered, adjusting the weight of my sword held in hand.

โ€œI donโ€™t know. Things looked pretty...chummy between you. Has something happened?โ€

โ€œSarah, if something has happened between Anthony and I, you certainly wouldnโ€™t be the one Iโ€™d tell.โ€ I mocked, knowing sheโ€™s one of the gossip mouths on the Isle, โ€œBut something is, yes and I donโ€™t know what it is or how to go about handling it withoutโ€ฆโ€ I sighed.

โ€œWithout what?โ€ Sarahโ€™s blue eyes grew wide.

โ€œWithout playing one guy over the other or coming off as a slut!โ€ I complained.

โ€œThatโ€™s one thing you are not, but can I suggest something?โ€ she approached, whispering softly.

โ€œSure. Why not?โ€ I looked into her eyes.

She looked around and answered telepathically, as warriors paced back and forth around us,

โ€œIf youโ€™re not with Erik, not anymore really, and you have stronger feelings for Anthony than you did for Erik, whatโ€™s the issue? Being loyal is one thing yes, but who are you really loyal to? Erik...or yourself? Because from where Iโ€™m standing, youโ€™ll be letting a great thing go if you waste your time on something or someone, that doesnโ€™t treat you right. Bloody hell, if I werenโ€™t with Jonathan and Anthony gave me that much attention, Iโ€™d jump at the chance to see where that happiness could go. And even if in the end, it doesnโ€™t work out, at least you know he treated you right and gave you what you want in ways Erik canโ€™t.โ€ she smiled, giving a quick nod.

Her words surprised me greatly but she was right. Here I was trying to be loyal to Erik and fight for whatever we had but in the end, I wasnโ€™t being loyal or true to myself and emotions, or to the possibility of giving my heart to someone who means his intentions. I glanced in Anthonyโ€™s direction then became distracted as everyone gathered suddenly heard Azirโ€™s powerful voice boom as if amplified,

โ€œItโ€™s time! Theyโ€™re here!โ€

Panic began brewing.

โ€œAlright, this is what weโ€™ve prepared for and are still preparing for.โ€ I instructed, โ€œSo, letโ€™s do this! Jon...โ€ I turned to him quickly, โ€œI want you up on the wall with Wyatt and when you hear me call out to you up hereโ€ฆโ€ I tapped my head, โ€œopen the outer gate.โ€ I watched as they nodded, โ€œGood. Derek and Anthony...โ€ I turned to them, โ€œgo open the inner gate.โ€

The four of them nodded then dispersed, performing their assigned tasks.

I carried my sword tight in hand as I ran toward the tunnel approaching the outer gate overlooking the islandโ€™s vast landscape. Erik, Nick and Hiromi werenโ€™t too far behind, giving Erik a moment to talk. Glancing between Nick and his father, he knew his words werenโ€™t meant for their ears so he reached out telepathically, feeling a block from anyone trying to enter my thoughts but watched as I turned to him, knowing he needed to talk.

โ€œWhat?โ€ I asked, making the connection.

โ€œYou and Anthony? Really?โ€ Erik argued.

โ€œThere is no me and Anthony!โ€ I frowned, as I stepped away from the gate stepping aside with him, โ€œAnd stay out of my head! Now isnโ€™t the time for this!โ€

โ€œI wasnโ€™t in your head. I was in his, and his thoughts were very visual. So you kissed and you didnโ€™t think to tell me about it?โ€

โ€œWhy would I?โ€

โ€œBecause weโ€™reโ€ฆโ€

โ€œWeโ€™re not anything!โ€ I muttered verbally, attracting Nick and Hiromiโ€™s attention but they looked away in respect, โ€œNot anymore, so what I do with my time, who I kiss and give my heart and trust to, is my business so why donโ€™t you go back to your ex, if sheโ€™ll take you back!โ€ I snapped telepathically then turned, approaching the gate once more.

Erik nodded, biting his lower lip. His grip on his sword grew tight as a rage of jealousy brewed. He turned away, leaving the tunnel and stood within the wall near the warriors who waited anxiously.

โ€œEverything okay between you and, uh...Erik?โ€ Nick wondered.

โ€œYour attempt to stay out of our business was appreciated and itโ€™ll be none of your business.โ€ I objected, โ€œBut no. As of tonight, he and I areโ€ฆโ€ I sighed.

Nick placed his hand gently on my shoulder, as if letting me know that no more needed to be said. He offered a friendly smile then glanced out toward the harbor watching as the ships came into view out above the waters near the harbor dock.

These events were taking place late after curfew so everyone had retired to the safety of their homes and rooms. I sent out a message over the broadcast system so I knew everyone would heed my warnings. I waited until my message said SEEN down the board, letting me know it was received. We waited in the tunnel gazing out toward the harbor where search lights shone down among the village and homes.
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