Once everyone was settled in a tent I searched for the lieutenant. I found him in his tent gathering paper, maps and pens. When I entered the lieutenant stopped what they were doing to ask me, “What do you need? I’ve found suitable places for you to sleep, have I not?”
“That’s not why I’m here,” I said. “We need a plan before we go waltzing straight to your headquarters. Just from the battles I’ve fought in I have a feeling that this place is heavily fortified and extremely hard to break into.”
They nodded. “It is very heavily fortified, but there is a way to sneak in. As long as you look like you belong there usually no one will question you. There are so many people in the base that not everyone knows everyone. There’s also a back entrance that is best to go through so you’re not asked for identification at the door.”
I nodded. “Alright. Here’s what I was thinking...”
We planned for a good few hours until the sun was just about to come up. We had a plan that was hopefully going to succeed. I just hoped that these guys were going to help us, and not trick us. I know it’s a risk to plan this all out with the lieutenant, giving him the whole plan. But I had also come up with a backup just in case. Trusting people wasn’t my strong suit.
I walked out of the Lieutenant’s tent and made my way away from the camp. It was still surreal that Storm and Camden, my family, were relatively safe for the time being. So I headed away from where they were all congregated, towards a dune facing the sunrise. Once I got to the top I sat facing the sunrise, letting myself relax for the first time in about 48 hours.
I sat for a bit before I felt someone come and sit beside me. I knew who it was before they could completely make it up the dune, the coolness had been wafting off of him.
“What are you doing up here?” Storm asked.
I looked towards him. “I haven’t just watched the sunrise for years. I used to before the whole Chloe incident, back in the other world.” We sat for a bit before I looked back over at Storm. “Did I ever tell you who I was so scared of the day in Aquaia when it was attacked?”
Storm shook his head. “I assumed you would tell me after the battle, but then you disappeared. When we got you back I thought I shouldn’t pry, and then when you told me about where you got your scars I thought you had said enough. So I left it, then I got kidnapped, and this whole situation happened.”
I pulled my knees to my chest, wrapping my arms around them, staring at the sunrise creating the horizon in the distance. “In Aquaia you saw the darkness leading the creatures, influencing them to attack different people. And when we met on the street, and I freaked it was because I heard Chloe’s voice in my head. I went where she told me to because I had to be sure it was her. And.. it was Chloe. Somehow, whoever it was, contacted her, and offered her revenge. They gave her a darker power that corrupted her and made her give in to her deepest desires. Which was to kill our parents, and come here to kill me. Everyone else was just a bonus for her.”
I turned to look at Storm to see the horrified look on his face. “I’m not sure if they’re dead, but I can’t check. If they are, I’ve lost more of my family.”
Storm scoots closer towards me, and puts his arm around me, pulling me into his side. “That’s horrible, Blaze. But always remember that we’re you’re family, too. Camden, and Kalama, and Iris, and whoever else you’ve made friends with. Even my big sister. We all love you, and we’re going to be there for you no matter what. Although, I am sort of curious to know who that other guy is that came with you and Kalama.”
I snorted. “Yeah, well as much as I love that you guys are my family, while running through all of these portals, and different worlds, we ironically found my biological father. Where I get my angel DNA from.”
Storm looked surprised but also pleased. “That.. makes a lot of sense. You both act pretty similarly, and your hair is surprisingly similar.”
I nodded. “Yeah. It’s actually how I first recognized him. When I first went on a search for where the wings came from I saw his name, and then when I first saw him I almost immediately knew who he was. He recognized me, too. We’ve grown a bit closer since he started to help us find you, but I still don’t know how to feel about him.”
“Well, I just think it’s great that you finally found your biological father. It means that you still have people out there who love you, and it means that you have something to fight for. I really missed you, Blaze.” He leaned into me. I leaned back into him, exhaling all the tension in my body.
We sat there for a few minutes before Storm stood up, and pulled me to my feet beside him. He then led me across the camp to an empty tent, beside where everyone was busy eating and drinking. We stepped in together where I saw my stuff in a corner and two bedrolls side by side.
Storm sat me down on one of the bedrolls and turned to take something out of the bag.
“When I first saw you the first time you tried to save me, I was really surprised to see these in your hand,” he turned to me, my swords in hand. “I had them made when we had first arrived back at the Academy when you had gone missing in Aquaia. In every battle, you seemed to favour dual swords and throwing knives. I was also going to get some throwing knives specifically made for you, ones that would magically come back to you instead of having to collect them after a battle.” He pulled the swords out of the sheath. “The metal is the strongest in Elamantti, and the best blacksmith at the Academy made it. The hilts are old ones from your father’s side of the family, repurposed for the blades I had made. I was going to give them to you the next morning, the night that I was kidnapped. Obviously, that didn’t work out.”
I nodded. “Thank you for making them. I love them.” He smiled at me. For once, I actually smiled back.
He resheathed the sword and set them beside the bedrolls. Then he pulled me down with him, so we were laying down together. “Do you think that this plan will work?”
I nodded my head from where it was against him. “Yeah. If it doesn’t I’m surprisingly good at winging it.”
Storm chuckled. “That you are. For now, you need to sleep. So sleep. I’m not going anywhere.”
So I did just that. I let myself relax against him, and for the first time in weeks, no nightmares plagued my exhausted sleep.
Sorry that I haven't updated for a while, but I will probably be updating more regularly now that it's March Break for me (I'm Canadian guys, we have March Break here), and my school is shut down for a few weeks afterward due to COVID-19. Just to let you guys know this book is about to come to a close, and after that, I will most likely not post anything for a while. My plan is to heavily edit Bloodfire, and to start working on an anthology series that I've been thinking about starting for a while. Anyway, I'll keep you guys updated as I can with my writing, and please stay safe for those of you in high-risk situations, and make sure to wash your hands.