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

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๐ผ stood, quickly approaching Azir and Leonus, who continued his declarations, annoying Zanz and Abraxas who laid nearby. They immediately rushed to be at my side but how they itched to sink their teeth into the man.


โ€œTime is of the essence and youโ€™re talking about riding on a f*cking dinosaur!? Come on! We should just get the army together, head to the Great City and take our chance!โ€


โ€œAlright, thatโ€™s enough!โ€ Derek stepped forward, growing tired of the manโ€™s voice and bracing his stance, he swung his large right fist pounding it against the Scotsmansโ€™ left jaw; the force from the impact knocked the 6โ€™6 alpha to the ground. Derek huffed, flashing his yellow eyes hearing gasps mutter from around him, but he had enough, โ€œIโ€™ve had it, Leonus! Iโ€™ve had it with you! After everything thatโ€™s happened, and after everything youโ€™ve done, you just wonโ€™t f*cking learn! Or listen! That girl thereโ€ฆโ€ he pointed toward the young half-breed, โ€œis trying everything she can while youโ€™re doing everything YOU can to stand in her way! I wonโ€™t allow it anymore!โ€


Leonus pushed himself into a sitting position before quickly springing to his feet. Rubbing his jaw flexing it around, he barked in rage,


โ€œHow dare you! How dare you punch your alpha, you f*cking beta! You hold no rank to challenge me!โ€


โ€œHere we go. Theyโ€™re going to measure each otherโ€™s, well, you know.โ€ my mom whispered as she leaned in toward Natash, who giggled.


Nick and Caleb stood nearby placing their hands on their weapons and tranquilizer guns ready to use them if necessary but I shook my head in protest, allowing the Lycynians to settle things on their own. It was between them and them alone. However, I could see the disappointment in their red Wraith eyes that flashed quickly, and their fangs as they inconspicuously hissed.


โ€œTake this outside...โ€ I ordered firmly, โ€œor Iโ€™ll have both of you locked away to transition in a cramped cell! TOGETHER! SAVE YOUR RAGE AND HATRED FOR THE BATTLEFIELD!โ€


Derek glanced over his shoulder toward the young woman, then leered back at Leonus who backed away, nodding in agreement to take things outside. Derek followed quickly with Lt. Forester not too far behind.


โ€œIโ€™ll go with them!โ€ Anthony announced as he stood then smiled in my direction, โ€œLater.โ€


โ€œMm-hmm.โ€ I returned the smile, feeling butterflies in my stomach.


Thomas stayed behind watching as his little brother walked in fast strides through the hall and out the manorโ€™s front doors; voice erupting loudly outside.


โ€œArenโ€™t you going to stop them?โ€ Thomas worried.


โ€œItโ€™s my duty as Keeper to keep the peace among everyone here, yes, but thatโ€™s NOT my place.โ€ I muttered, โ€œIโ€™m not stupid enough to even try. Half-breed or not.โ€


The rest of us approached the windows watching as the Scotsman and Samoan engaged in another skirmish of words.


โ€œOf course, Leonus...everyoneโ€™s nothing in your eyes but youโ€™re nothing! And I might be a Beta but if there were a leadership vote, Iโ€™m confident enough to know Iโ€™d become the new alpha. At least to my loyal few, while the rest are ignorant and sniffing your a**! If it werenโ€™t for you that night, I wouldโ€™veโ€ฆโ€ he controlled himself as his claws began protruding from their fingertips and eyes flashing yellow, โ€œI survived fine out there before coming here; without an alpha and I can do it again! Alpha my a**...โ€ he spat at Leonusโ€™ feet.


โ€œIโ€™ve been here longer than any of you!โ€ Leonus screamed, โ€œSo all of thisโ€ฆโ€ he waved his arms around, โ€œis mine and I think I have the right to challenge anyone here for command! Vikings once owned this Island, not immortals!โ€


โ€œCommand?โ€ Anthony added, โ€œCommand? What world are you living in? No oneโ€™s in command! Yes, thereโ€™s the Keeperโ€™s position but not even Marxus pulled the Iโ€™M IN COMMAND cardโ€ฆโ€ he finished the sentence in a slur of Italian words, calling Leonus an ignorant bastard that needs to pull his head out of his a**, โ€œsei un bastardo con la testa cosรฌ in alto nel culo!โ€


โ€œNot from what I hear.โ€ Derek argued against Leonusโ€™ rants, โ€œIโ€™ve heard the Nubian Jinn created this place into what it is now, with the help of Demons, so if anyone here holds seniority, itโ€™s those old enough to be our Elders!โ€


โ€œAre you kidding!?โ€ Leonus protested, โ€œMy ancestors lived on his island before the Templars or the f*cking Castillion's invaded, taking it for themselves! This island rightfully belongs to the Vikings and since Iโ€™m the only living man with Viking background, itโ€™s mine and one day I will have it! And no one...โ€ he approached Derek, โ€œwill stop me. Not you. Not them.โ€ he gestured toward Lt. Forester and Anthony who stood behind Derek, โ€œAnd definitely not the runt!โ€


โ€œJesus Chr*st, Leonus!โ€ my voice shouted as I emerged from the manor, growing tired of the back and forth so I was going to end it, โ€œYou want this island? Fine. Iโ€™ll make you a deal.โ€


โ€œWhat!?โ€ Azir appeared behind me.


โ€œYza, what are you doing?โ€ my mom protested.


โ€œIโ€™ll make you a deal right here, in front of everyone.โ€ I continued ignoring their objections, โ€œIf we make it through this goddamn war and I die...the islandโ€™s yours. No one, not even Azir, will stop you. Butโ€ฆโ€ I approached the 6โ€™6 man hopefully for the last time, โ€œif I live? Every single f*cking Lycynian loyal to you on this island, will pack their sh*t and go. I donโ€™t care whereโ€ฆโ€ I backed away, โ€œjust as long as itโ€™s not here.โ€ I folded my arms.


โ€œYou...but you canโ€™t...you canโ€™t do that!โ€ Leonusโ€™ words stuttered in surprise.


โ€œI just did. Take it or leave it because the offer expires in ten seconds.โ€ I frowned, โ€œTenโ€ฆnine...โ€


โ€œAgreed!โ€ he accepted quickly, puffing his chest, โ€œAnd if I win, every Wraith, Demon, half-breed and Jinnโ€ฆโ€ he studied their figures before him, โ€œwill be thrown into the sea for fish food!โ€ he gloated, โ€œAnd them!?โ€ he pointed at Zanz and Abraxas, โ€œIโ€™ll wear the wolfsโ€™ fur around my shoulders then have myself dragon stew!โ€


Zanz and Abraxas released their warnings.


โ€œBut thereโ€™s one little hiccup in this deal.โ€ I interrupted, โ€œIt only takes effect when the war starts on that field. No sooner, so before you continue another long rant about this or that, your rights or whatnot, Nick, Calebโ€ฆโ€ I stepped back, โ€œlock him back in the cage and tranquilize him too, while youโ€™re at it!โ€ I continued.


Everyone stood in silence as the two Wraiths stepped forward, not understanding or believing the line I had just crossed. Or drawn. Before Leonus could object, the Wraiths grabbed hold of him, disappearing from sight. I turned to everyone who just stared at me, thinking I had gone batsh*t crazy.


โ€œI canโ€™t believe you just gambled with the Keeperโ€™s position as if it means nothing!โ€ Azir protested his concern, โ€œWhat if something DOES happen to you!?โ€


โ€œGee, Azirโ€ฆthanks for the confidence and support.โ€


โ€œHeโ€™s right, sweetheart.โ€ my mom added, โ€œThat was risky.โ€


โ€œAyeโ€ฆโ€ Hiromi spoke in, โ€œit was. That man didnโ€™t give up before, but now he has cause to never stop.โ€


โ€œTheyโ€™re all right, Little Yza.โ€ Anthony approached, โ€œAre you sure you want to play that game?โ€


โ€œItโ€™s too late not to go back, number one and number two...I donโ€™t plan on dying out there. Believe me, I know it was a bold move, but with men like him, if it gives them something to hold onto, itโ€™ll consume them so much that after a while, their greed for that specific thing will be their downfall. Besidesโ€ฆโ€ I sighed, โ€œif I win, itโ€™ll get the Lycynians off the island. Except for youโ€ฆโ€ I leaned into Anthonyโ€™s embrace, โ€œand Derek and your group. That is, if youโ€™d still want to be here among Demons and Wraiths.โ€


โ€œI have nothing against them.โ€ Derek nodded in agreement.


โ€œMe either.โ€ Lt. Forester added.


โ€œGood. Now enough said about it.โ€ I affirmed, โ€œDerek, talk to Azir about Axeon and heโ€™ll give you more details since heโ€™s in better communication with him than I. Magically speaking, that is.โ€


โ€œAlright.โ€ Derek nodded then glanced toward the Jinnโ€™s direction, receiving a nod in approval.


Leonus couldnโ€™t object to the sudden teleportation by the supernatural creatures, but he certainly felt the uneasy sensation that came with it, a feeling that passed as he blinked his eyes, taking notice he was inside one of the prison cells. From behind him, the cell door slammed, locking tightly. Turning around, there stood Nick and Caleb; Nick swung a ring of keys around the index finger of his right hand. Leonus rushed forward shouting out as he reached his hands for the bars but paused, knowing they were crafted of silver,


โ€œLet me out, you f*cking Bloodsucking twats! Let me out right now!โ€ he kicked the lower bars with his foot.


โ€œSuch a common sight!โ€ Caleb mocked, โ€œA dog put in a cage for bad behavior again. I swear Leonus, this is more your home than your actual home with your family, but keep it up...and youโ€™ll be put down. And that...Iโ€™ll enjoy watching.โ€ he flashed a smile of contentment.


โ€œLet me out!โ€ Leonus shouted with an underlying growl as his eyes flashed red, fangs protruding from his gums and claws extracting slowly. He grabbed hold of the bars severely burning the palms of his hands but he didnโ€™t care because the rage blocked the blistering pain, โ€œLet me out!โ€


Watching as the bars held against his weight, the two Wraiths didnโ€™t take the chance that they wouldnโ€™t. Revealing their True Selves, they too, flashed their red eyes and fangs, releasing low hisses of aggression and warning. Guards that patrolled the prisons from above, appeared behind them, offering a larger than expected number of Wraiths. Too many for the alpha Lycynian to handle. Human form or not.


Leonus continued pushing against the bars but watching as the two young men outside presented their supernatural counterparts, knowing their bite could kill him instantly, he slowly released the bars; his hands falling to his sides. He growled as he backed away from the door, nodding intimidatingly.


โ€œOne day, bloodsuckers...one dayโ€ฆโ€ he muttered, โ€œIโ€™ll wrap my jaws around your necks and tear out your heart, turning you into nothing more than piles of ash blowing in the breeze. That, I promise you!โ€


โ€œBlah-blah-blahโ€ฆโ€ Caleb mocked then reached his right hand to his belt removing the tranquilizer gun, โ€œnight-night!โ€ he aimed, shooting two darts toward the Scotsman without a second thought. Watching as Leonus backed away stumbling in place feeling the effects from the Wolfsbane and liquid silver tincture, Caleb holstered his tranquilizer gun.


โ€œReally?โ€ one of the guards asked.


โ€œWhat?โ€ Caleb shrugged, โ€œHe threatened us. Besides, Iโ€™m sure if Yza were here, she probably wouldโ€™ve shot him herself just to shut him up.โ€


The other guards stood there studying the cocky Brit then nodded, shrugging to that assumption. They grinned, shook hands then returned to their posts upon the prison rooftop, while Nick and Caleb as well, returned to the manor where the meeting had ended in their absence.


Having a few hours before locking himself away in the Lycynian compound for his full moon change, Anthony and I walked through the maze talking about what he had said earlier. Holding onto his arm, I looked up at his handsome face, asking softly,


โ€œSo...you love me?โ€


Anthony paused, hesitating to answer then turned to me face-to-face. He studied the young womanโ€™s face then gently cupped her face with his hands.


โ€œYes, Little Yza...I do.โ€ he smiled, โ€œItโ€™s not how I wanted to go about telling you, because believe me, I had the whole moment and evening planned, but sometimes things donโ€™t turn out the way we expect.โ€


โ€œThatโ€™s true.โ€ I answered, โ€œBut why?โ€


โ€œExcuse me?โ€ I tilted his head.


โ€œWhy do you love me?โ€ I wondered, โ€œI mean, what is it about me?โ€


Anthony removed his hands, placing them on his hips in disbelief of that question.


โ€œYou and I both know that if I have to find or list things, Iโ€™m not sincere. Why canโ€™t knowing that I just do, be enough? Iโ€™m NOT Erik, Little Yza...searching for things to love about you, though there are many!โ€


I studied the Italian standing before me, listening in on his thoughts and he was sincere. Perhaps maybe, Erik did put a bad taste in my mouth but at the same time, I was confident enough in myself to know that I could be loved. And if that meant being loved by someone like Anthony, who has had such experience, I knew Anthony was sincere. I smiled, glancing at my feet with concealed tears.


โ€œDid I say something wrong?โ€ Anthony questioned gently.


โ€œNo. No, definitely not.โ€ I raised my gaze.


โ€œWhy the tears?โ€ he wiped them away.


โ€œI donโ€™t know.โ€ I blinked them away quickly, afraid that if he saw the sensitive part of me, heโ€™d think I was just a gushy woman.


โ€œDonโ€™t wipe them away.โ€ he gently pulled me close then finished, โ€œI donโ€™t expect you to feel the same or have an answer right away, so Iโ€™ll give you time to think about it.โ€ he smiled, โ€œOkay? No pressure.โ€


โ€œAnthony...I donโ€™t need time.โ€ my voice cracked before I cleared my throat, โ€œThis is the first time Iโ€™ve ever heard a man say those three special words, so yes...it caught me off guard and I had my doubts as to why, but for me?โ€ I placed my hands to my chest, โ€œI have no doubts.โ€ I shook my head, โ€œYou want an answer? I have one. I love you too and oh god...this isnโ€™t at all how I wanted it to go either.โ€ I placed my hands on my hips.


โ€œShhโ€ฆโ€ he raised my chin, โ€œshh. Itโ€™s alright...itโ€™s been said, although Iโ€™ve never said it to anyone before. Thatโ€™s all that matters, hmm?โ€ he leaned in, giving one of his Anthony kisses that could make a woman melt like butter.


It wasnโ€™t at all how either of us wanted. It was better!


โ€œI promise Iโ€™ll make up for it later hmm?โ€ he flicked his eyebrows.


โ€œOh, you better Musketeer!โ€ I teased with a chuckle.


Suddenly, there was a beeping coming from Anthonyโ€™s pocket watch. Removing the timepiece from his pocket, he noticed the time.


โ€œI have to go.โ€ he complained, wanting the moment to last just as much as the young woman.


โ€™But itโ€™s not even time yet?โ€ I moaned.


โ€œI know, but all day for some reason, I feel this moonโ€™s pull is different and itโ€™s making me more...more anxious than normal.โ€ Anthony muttered.


Staring into his brown eyes, they suddenly flashed yellow.


โ€œYour eyes. Theyโ€™reโ€ฆโ€ I stuttered.


โ€œLittle Yza, I have to go beforeโ€ฆโ€ Anthony groaned and before he could finish, he felt a sharp pain run through his entire body, โ€œno, itโ€™s too soon...itโ€™s too soonโ€ฆโ€ he referred to the transition taking place, โ€œYza, please...go!โ€ he pleaded.


โ€œButโ€ฆโ€ I backed away cautiously.


โ€œPlease!โ€ his voice grunted as he fell to his knees scratching at the packed gravel pathway of the maze, โ€œGo!โ€


I continued backing away then called for guards; two Demons immediately appeared upon my summons. They grew cautious, thinking something had happened between Anthony and I but telling them what was taking place, I urged them to get him to the compound. They approached the Italian who held his head low, speaking to him softly that they were going to help. He didnโ€™t make eye contact but answered with a brief nod before they gently placed their hands on his shoulders. Opening a portal inches away from them, the breeze was strong as they were lured through the center before it disappeared. I worried for Anthony and even in that moment, for the other Lycynians on the island, so running through the maze back the way Anthony and I came, I ran toward the entrance of the compound; guards were closing the silver doors.


โ€œYza, whatโ€™s going on?โ€ Wyatt appeared alongside me.


โ€œI donโ€™t know.โ€ I shrugged, โ€œI was with Anthony in the maze and then heโ€ฆโ€ I explained the sudden need for his change, โ€œI donโ€™t know whatโ€™s going on.โ€


โ€œWyatt...Yzaโ€ฆโ€ Justin approached, โ€œweโ€™ve managed to get all the Lycynians in the compound except for one.โ€


โ€œLeonus is in the prisons.โ€ I added.


โ€œNot Leonus. Derek.โ€ Justin worried, โ€œAs a matter of fact, Derek and his friend Lt. Forester.โ€


โ€œWell, the last I saw them, they were withโ€ฆโ€ I remembered who they were with, โ€œoh, my god.โ€


โ€œWhat?โ€ Wyatt questioned.


โ€œThey were with Azir and Natash the last I saw them. They were talking about Axeon.โ€


โ€œYou donโ€™t think theyโ€™reโ€ฆโ€ Justin pondered worriedly.


Before I could propose my further fears, Azir and Natash appeared with Derek and Lt. Forester who laid unconscious at their feet, frozen mid-way through their transition.


โ€œAzir, Natash...oh my god!โ€ I rushed toward them, โ€œAre you alright?โ€


โ€œYes, we are. Thank you.โ€ Azir groaned, adjusting his tunic and belt.


โ€œThese Lycynians were fine moments ago but then suddenly, they just erupted into their rage and began transitioning.โ€ Natash revealed.


โ€œIt was the same with Anthony.โ€ I added, โ€œI was with him in the maze when it happened.โ€


โ€œAzir, mate...why is this happening?โ€ Justin asked, then glanced at the sky, โ€œItโ€™s not even night and the moon hasnโ€™t come out yet.โ€


โ€œI donโ€™t know.โ€ Azir pondered, unfamiliar with the Lycynian race of which he honestly stated.


โ€œPerhaps HE would.โ€ Natash announced.


Azir glanced at Natash in surprise.


โ€œNo!โ€ he objected, โ€œNo, I would not call on him.โ€


โ€œBut heโ€™s the only one who might understand whatโ€™s taking place.โ€ Natash argued.


โ€œWho are they talking about?โ€ Justin leaned toward Wyatt.


โ€œNo clue.โ€ Wyatt answered with a shrug.


โ€œHE? He who?โ€ I asked.


โ€œMolock.โ€ Natash interrupted her husband before he could argue further, โ€œHeโ€™s the only one who could help us understand this strange behavior.โ€


I didnโ€™t think of that. I felt incompitent in that second.


โ€œIโ€™ll see if heโ€™ll appear.โ€ I hinted then turned, calling out Molockโ€™s name three times. We waited but nothing, โ€œIt was worth a try.โ€ I complained.


โ€œSomeone call?โ€ Molockโ€™s voice answered not even seconds after I called for him.


I smiled, pleased to see he kept his promise to appear when summoned; Azir stood aside disgruntled by his presence on the island.


Natash and I quickly explained what took place.


โ€œAnd what makes you think Iโ€™d know anything?โ€ Molock teased.


โ€œBecause youโ€™ve seen so much!โ€ I argued, โ€œMolock, pleaseโ€ฆโ€


โ€œAlright, alright. There is something I know.โ€ Molock revealed, โ€œEvery now and then, the moon gets too close, whether itโ€™s before, during or after the full moon cycle, and the magic that awakens in the Lycynians, of which needs to emerge at the moonโ€™s fullest, begins to morph sooner than expected. Donโ€™t you ever wonder why they wait until the moon is fullest in the sky to fully shift?โ€ Molock had a point studying the curious faces gazing upon him, โ€œWell, itโ€™s basically the same in this case but the moonโ€ฆโ€ he glanced at the sky seeing it faintly through the clouds, โ€œisnโ€™t quite at its peak yet, so what theyโ€™re feeling in thereโ€ฆโ€ he gestured toward the compound, โ€œis the moonโ€™s pull closer than it should be before its fullness.โ€


โ€œThank you, Molock.โ€ Natash appreciated, โ€œI donโ€™t think anyone here, could have guessed that was the cause. Am I right, husband?โ€ she glanced at him but he didnโ€™t react, โ€œAm I right, husband?โ€ she nudged him roughly.


โ€œYes...yes.โ€ Azir groaned, not giving Natash or Molock the satisfaction of appreciating the help.


โ€œYes, Molock. Thank you.โ€ I added, โ€œThat has helped everyone hereโ€ฆโ€ I gestured at the figures present, โ€œunderstand the Lycynians on a more physical level according to their transition. Something that wasnโ€™t mentioned anywhere in the Lycynian book.โ€


โ€œWhat Lycynian book?โ€ Wyatt and Justin muttered simultaneously.


โ€œLong story. Not for your eyes.โ€ I answered sharply, โ€œAll the Lycynians are in the compound though, right?โ€ I turned to the guards.


โ€œYes. Derekโ€™s comrades that arrived were the last to get through the gate.โ€ Wyatt revealed.


โ€œGood, thatโ€™s good.โ€ I nodded, sighing heavily, โ€œI canโ€™t believe this sh*t is happening. Not now.โ€


โ€œThereโ€™s always a reason for everything, demoness.โ€ Molock added.


โ€œAnd why are you still here?โ€ Azir argued, stepping toward the DemonJinn, โ€œYou came. You answered. Now go.โ€


โ€œNo, for you see, diapersโ€ฆโ€ Molock approached the Nubian towering over him a few inches, โ€œI was called upon by Yzavela and only she...can dismiss me. Surely a man capable of such magic can understand that law, yes?โ€ he squinted his brown eyes that flashed Demon red momentarily.


Azir knew Molock was correct. Backing away, he remained silent as he turned, walking away in fast strides toward the manor with Natash by his side after she bowed respectfully in Molockโ€™s direction.


โ€œWhy did you do that?โ€ I huffed, looking in Molockโ€™s direction.


โ€œWhat? Itโ€™s true. You, my lovely, of all people, should know that itโ€™s true and speaking of which, is there anything else you need of me? I was in the middle of collecting souls from the Middle East when you summoned me. My copy canโ€™t keep up the performance too long without my physical presence near.โ€ Molock advised.


โ€œNever thought a being so ancient could have performance issues.โ€ Justin mocked.


Wyatt chuckled.


โ€œWhat was that?โ€ Molock leered in their direction.


โ€œNothing.โ€ Justin cleared his throat, โ€œNothing.โ€


โ€œMm. Nothing is right.โ€ Molock warned.


โ€œMolock...donโ€™t!โ€ I pleaded, โ€œYouโ€™re dismissed, or however that works.โ€ I waved my hands.


โ€œThatโ€™ll do. Thank you.โ€ Molock bowed then vanished from our presence with such finesse, โ€œAnd you two?โ€ I turned to my friends, โ€œStop antagonizing magical beings that are above our heads in all aspects! Alright?โ€ I watched as they nodded, โ€œGet back to work and keep an eye on them in there!โ€ I glanced back at the gate, โ€œAs a matter of fact, can one of you take me up there?โ€


โ€œYza, I donโ€™t think you want toโ€ฆโ€ Wyatt attempted to comment.


โ€œTake me up there, please?โ€ I asked firmly, adding the word please.


โ€œIโ€™ll take you up there.โ€ Justin offered. Stepping toward me placing his hand on my shoulder, he instructed, โ€œHold your breath.โ€ and watching as the young woman followed his instructions, he appeared up on the wall overlooking the compound.

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