“Tell me what happened,” Headmaster Azalea said. After we, Camden and I, knocked on his door, he had let us come into his room and sat us down on a couch.
“Well, I woke up to him yelling,” I said. “Then I ran over to his room to see what it was about. When I entered his room I saw a creature carrying him out the window. Before I could do anything the creature disappeared through a portal.”
“A portal?” he asked.
“Yes, but I don’t know where it leads,” I said.
“Alright,” he said, “You two should get back to bed, but tomorrow I’ll send someone to Storm’s room to track where the portal leads to.”
I nodded and walked out of the room, Camden trailing behind me. He was oddly quiet. I didn’t want to tell him about Iris but I had to. “Camden,” I said to get his attention, although I didn’t turn to him. “Before I came to your room I went to Iris’s. She was performing a ritual of some sort, most likely a summoning one. She’s helping the other side. I think if I hadn’t gone into her room the Academy would have been in her hands. And we would be dead.”
I looked back at Camden and saw the expression on his face. I stopped walking and turned fully to him. He looked like he was going to cry. So I surprised myself and gave him a hug. He sobbed into my shoulder. I just hugged him tightly, giving him support. I may not always be actively nice, or friendly, but Camden knew that he was my friend. And I would always protect him.
When he was done he pulled away from me, and wiped his face. Then we continued our walk back to our rooms. When we were back I gave Camden another hug, and then let him go to his room. Before I could go into mine, Mya opened the door to her room.
I looked over at her, hissing, “What?”
“I just wanted to apologize again,” Mya said. “I heard you out here. I really am sorry, Blaze. I just wanted to protect you.”
“Why?” I asked. “We weren’t even friends. You don’t have the right to want to protect me.” She looked like she was going to answer, but decided not to. “Why? Answer my question, Mya.” I snarled her name.
I saw anger flash over her features before she yelled, “Because I’m in love with you, Blaze. I always have been.”
I recoiled, then made my expression stony, “No, you don’t Mya. You fell in love with who you thought I was. The girl who I used to be because you always thought she was still in there. She may be a fragment of me, but I am not her. I am cruel, Mya. I’ve shown you how cruel I am.”
She looked so small then, “But, Blaze-”
“Leave,” I interrupted. “Never come back. We are not friends, and I will never love you. I will never trust you. We don’t need you here, so go.”
She slammed her door before I could say anything else. But I was right. She didn’t love me, not like she thought she did. She didn’t know me, who I was underneath the cold facade.
I walked into my room and collapsed onto my bed. I tried to sleep, but I wasn’t going to get to sleep. At least not here. I climbed out of bed and crossed through the bathroom to Storm’s room. I climbed onto his side of the bed and immersed myself into his scent.
Soon I was dozing, not asleep, but dozing. Then an alarm went off, startling me awake. It was Storm’s alarm. I got up and crossed over to my room. I got dressed and then headed down to the dining hall. Camden was already there.
Halfway through breakfast, when the majority of students were there, Headmaster Azalea got everyone’s attention.
“Alright, everyone,” he started, “I have a few announcements. First off, unfortunately, two of our students have gone missing. Both Iris, my daughter, and the Chosen Terraclea, and Mya, the Chosen Spirser, have gone missing. Also, Storm, the Chosen Aquem, has been kidnapped by our enemy.”
There were panicked whispers among everyone, and when Headmaster Azalea sat down Brook made her way over to our half-empty table.
“Blaze, Camden, I need your help,” Brook said.
“With what?” I asked icily.
“Well, when you first got out of the Infirmary I was talking to Storm about my power. When I was away, visiting my father, my power started not responding to me. Sometimes I have all of my power that has a mind of its own, and sometimes I have no power at all when I need it most.”
“And why do we need to help you?” I asked.
“Because I think you’re the only ones who can.”
“Because you two have the tools to do more research on it. There is a forbidden section of the library the Headmaster Azalea can open, and you two can ask him for a different reason. Like why Blaze has angel wings.”
I looked at Camden, and he nodded. I looked back at Brook, “Ok. I’ll do it, but I can’t promise anything.”
She nods, and thanks me. I just nod, and she goes back to her table. I rub my eyes. There are so many things I need to deal with. Finding Storm, finding Iris, finding a reason for my wings, and now helping Brook.
I pushed the thought out of my head and went back to eating. After I was done eating I left Camden and went to my class. The day went by quickly, and soon I was walking towards the Field for Power Control before I realized that Storm wasn’t here to teach me. I turned back around and went to my room.
I was going to read, but when I saw the gloves sitting on the window seat I went for something else.
When I got to the Gym I made sure there wasn’t anyone inside. Luckily, there wasn’t. I wrapped my hands, and then slid on the gloves. I immediately calmed from the familiar feeling. In my old world after school every day I would go to the gym to do this.
I started, and the sound of the impact comforted me. So I kept going until I had to stop because my arms were shaking so bad that I couldn’t even hold my water bottle.
I took off my gloves and sat against the wall. I looked around, and remembered all the times we would be here together. I missed him so much already. And what I had told him. That I trusted him. That I was afraid to trust him because he had broken my trust before. God, I had never said that to anybody, ever. Not even Isabelle and Ezra, especially not after the incident.
I heard the door open, and I lifted my head to see Camden and Kalama. They walked over to me and sat on either side of me. I felt my eyes start prickling with tears. I missed him, and here were my two best friends. I trusted them, too. Even though I had told myself to not get close, I had. I put my head in my hands and sighed.
“Hey, Blaze,” Kalama said. “I may not have known you long, but you’re my friend. And I’m here for you. Through the good and the bad.”
“So am I, Blaze,” Camden said.
I looked up and smiled, “I love you guys.”
Hello everyone! Sorry that I haven’t posted in a while but I needed to take a break from writing because school and family have recently been taking up most of my time. I won’t update again for a little while because exams are coming up, and I need to focus on them. Although I won’t be posting I will still use my spare time to continue writing for Angelfire.
I hope you enjoy Chapter Eleven!