I hadn’t slept that night. I stayed up sharpening weapons and keeping watch, outside the cabin. Once everyone woke up, Camden came out to get me inside for food. Everyone was unusually quiet at breakfast.
Once we were done eating we collected our things and left. Raphael hadn’t shown himself this morning, and I wasn’t expecting a goodbye from him. We barely knew each other.
Kalama handed an object to Arden and opened a portal for Arden and Brook. Before Arden stepped through the portal he turned to me, handing me the bag that supplied the coins, or money.
“I can’t take this,” I said. “You said it was a gift and you might need it in Elamantti.”
He shook his head, “I won’t. If I bring up my Senior Guardian status I can get anything I need for free. As long as it’s no excessive, I can get it. And I want you to take it. You’ll probably need it. Just in case you need to pay for something in another world. Getting Storm isn’t the only thing you need to do. Once you have Storm, even if you want to go home, follow his kidnappers. We need to find their headquarters.”
I nodded. It was logical. “Alright, thank you. Good luck.”
He stepped through the portal, disappearing from this world and appearing in another. I turned away from the portal to see Camden and Kalama whispering to each other.
“We have to get going,” I said, getting Camden’s and Kalama’s attention. “We have to get to Storm before they portal away.”
They nodded. “Let’s get going,” Kalama said. “I’m going to need a second to locate them.”
She closed her eyes, took a few deep breaths, and opened up her eyes again, starting to walk in a direction. I didn’t know which one since I was disoriented from being in another world. Before we could go very far, I heard the cabin door slam behind me.
I looked back to see Raphael with a bag slung over his shoulder, walking towards us. He started to jog when he saw me looking back. Once he reached us I crossed my arms, glaring at him.
“I wanted to help you guys find Storm. I know these woods like the back of my hand. Also, I’m a skilled fighter. I’m sure you could use the extra pair of hands.”
I considered it for a second, looking at Camden and Kalama for some input. They nodded their heads.
“He probably had to be a skilled fighter,” Camden said. “He was married to your mom. Or still is.”
Kalama added to that, “We could use the extra pair of hands. And...”
She trailed off but I knew what she wanted to say. He’s family. He’s your father. And you can’t push him away forever. I rolled my eyes at her, but relented, turning to Raphael, “Fine. You can help. But if you’re doing anything sketchy I won’t hesitate to kill you.”
He nodded, a glint of pride in his eyes. I turned to Kalama, “Lead the way, Kal.”
I woke up. They had been carrying me away from the portal when they stuck a syringe in me. I lost consciousness almost immediately. I tried to move off of the tree I was leaning against, but there were chains around me. I took a look at my surroundings and determined we were in a clearing in the middle of nowhere. Probably in a different world than the hotel.
There were also more creatures here. More than the two that I had seen when I woke up in the hotel. There were maybe fifty, and they all had to be pretty well trained to be sent to get me. Especially if Blaze was after me.
I heard leaves rustle near me, near the edge of the clearing, where I was surrounded by creatures.
I saw a flash of red out of the corner of my eye, across from me. I saw it again and realized it was Blaze. She was here. My eyes widened. She had already found me, but that was almost impossible, at least that fast. There were only a select few in Elamantti that could track certain energies, and portals especially. Those people were only children of Spircer’s.
All my kidnappers were still asleep, and I heard someone sneak up on the creatures behind me. I heard the [shing] of a knife being unsheathed. And so did the rest of the camp. It was too damn loud, and now they were screwed.
The creatures jumped into action, and suddenly three others leaped from the trees, from each direction. Blaze was across from me, and I saw her unsheath dual swords. It took me a moment, but then I saw the glint of the red jewel on the hilt. Those were the swords I had made for her. And she was slicing through enemies like they were nothing.
Then a particularly skilled creature, one that had stone skin armour, and horns, came up behind her, slicing his sword across her back. She plunged her sword into the creature she was fighting and turned to the other creature. She wasn’t going to get to me any time soon, so I would have to get out of these chains myself.
I summoned all of the water to me and froze it on the chains. I had trouble with turning water to ice, but I tried to make it as cold as possible. I pushed my body against the chains, as hard as I could. After a few hard pushes, The first chain breaks, and I have enough wiggle room to get my arms free. I start to pull the freezing chains with my hands and push against them with my body. Eventually, all of the chains are broken, and I’m free.
I look for a weapon, any weapon, but I don’t see any close to me. I unfreeze the chains, collecting more water near me, and using my own power, to start making ice into daggers.
The daggers materialized next to me, floating in the air. I sent them at the creatures fighting, sending two to the guy Blaze was fighting, the one with stone skin armour. I aimed for his neck and his shoulder, the spaces between his armour. He was dead the instant that the dagger went clear through his neck. Blaze looked over at me, running to me.
She grabbed me by the shoulders, asking, “Are you okay? Are you hurt?”
I shook my head, pulling her in for a hug. She didn’t resist. “We need to get out of here,” I said, still holding onto her.
She pulled away from me, “I know. It’s just a matter of how. We’re surrounded.”
I looked away from her and saw that Camden, Kalama, and another guy, who I didn’t know, being slowly pushed in, towards us. They kept fighting, trying to fight their way out. But that wasn’t going to happen.
I grabbed Blaze by her shoulders, “You have to get out of here. You and the other three. I can hold them off while you run.”
She shook her head, “No. I’m not leaving you with them. We can take them out.”
“No, we can’t.”
I let go of her, turned away. I ran towards a less populated area of the circle they had created and fought through them quickly. Once I was on the other side, I started attacking them, yelling, “I’m over here, bastards. Come and get me.”
Some turned to me and started to grunt at others. They started to run towards me, and I started to run away, lead them away. Soon, they caught me, chaining me up again. They opened a portal, and we all slowly stepped in, me a dead weight in between two creatures.
I’m sorry, Blaze. But I couldn’t let them get you.