The feeling of Kalama shaking my shoulder woke me. I opened my eyes to see that she was crouched down, reaching over Storm to shake my shoulder. I waved off her hand and sat up. Storm was still completely passed out beside me.
“What do you need?” I asked. No matter how loud I talked I doubted Storm would wake up.
“I thought you guys might want to be woken up. I think something is going on because the Lieutenant keeps pulling people into his tent, and he has some creatures keeping the rest of us busy. I don’t know what’s going on but I don’t have a good feeling about it, Blaze.”
I nodded at her. I had a feeling this would happen but they might be the only way we can make it to the right place wherever their headquarters is. “Ok. I’ll come and check it out in a minute. I’m going to wake Storm up first.”
Kalama nodded and made her way out of the tent, leaving me to wake up Storm. I started just by shaking his shoulder and ended with punching him. When I did he jerked awake and gave me a grumpy look. I rolled my eyes. “We need to get up, idiot.”
Storm just rolled his eyes back at me and started strapping on weapons. I did the same. As much as I wanted to put on more than my swords and a dagger or two, I didn’t need to b armed to the teeth in camp. At least not until just before we left.
When we stepped out of the tent we were greeted by Kalama and Camden bickering, and Raphael watching them. I approached the group, keeping my eyes on the Lieutenant’s tent as I did. Kalama was right, something felt suspicious.
When we entered into the small circle they had made Kalama and Camden stopped bickering, and they all turned their attention to us.
Kalama started speaking first, “So, do you think their up to something?”
I shrugged my shoulders. “I’m not quite sure, but we can take the chance that they are. We’re all really good fighters, and we all have powerful abilities. Plus, it might be the only way we can find out where their headquarters is.”
They nodded, and Raphael chimed in. “Blaze is right. We’re all pretty strong and with only three of use we’ve been able to fight of basically this whole camp. So I say we go ahead with the plan as is.”
Everyone else nodded along with what he was saying, a series of agreements being said.
“Well, then we go along with the plan, but if you see anything that might put anyone here in danger, act first,” I said.
Kalama smiled at me, “Sounds good, team leader.” I just rolled my eyes and shook my head.
Then we gathered around the fire we had in the middle of us and passed out food. We were attacking this night, so everyone was getting gear ready, eating or resting for the fight ahead.
As I ate I felt more energized, and I could feel my ability grow stronger. Once everyone was done eating, they all went their separate ways to start getting ready for tonight, as we could see the sun setting in the west. Storm reached out to squeeze my shoulder in reassurance before going with Camden to do something.
When all three of the boys were out of earshot I pulled Kalama aside to talk to her. She gave me a questioning look.
I looked around us to make sure no one could hear before I started talking. “I need to ask you to do something.” She nodded at me, so I continued. “If the plan goes to shit, and we’re ambushed, I need you to open a portal and get everyone out. If something happens I’m going to keep whoever’s attacking us busy, and I want you to open a portal to Elamantti to get everyone out. I know it’s a lot to ask-”
“I’ll get everyone out,” she interrupted me. “I’ll get everyone out, no matter what. But, do you really think that they’re going to betray us?”
I nodded. “Probably. If we don’t take this chance to see where the headquarters are we might never be able to find it, but I can’t lose any of you again. So, I think it’s worth the risk, but I want a contingency in place to keep everyone safe.”
Kalama nodded. “What if you can’t make it to the portal?”
I looked at her. “You have to go. If I can keep them busy attacking me, then all of you can make it to safety. I can always find a way out, no matter what. Also, as much as it’s super cliche, I am the strongest of us, ability-wise. So I have the best chance of getting out.”
We stood beside each other for a minute, taking in the camp bustling around, getting ready for the attack tonight. Then I turned back to Kalama. “I need you to promise me that you will do this for me. I need you to promise that if I can’t get out you will close the portal.”
She turned to look at me as I spoke, and when she said, “I promise. If there is no choice but to close the portal without you on the other side, I will do it. But you need to promise me that you will do everything you can to make it through, too.” I had never seen her look so serious.
“I promise to do my best to get out if there’s the chance,” I said to her. I wanted to make it out with them. But I would give everything to make sure that they all were safe.
She nodded her head to me, “Then I’ll do it. I’ll open the portal if we need to.” Then she put her arm around my shoulder, having to go on her tiptoes to reach me. But I knew what she was saying, what she wanted to say but couldn’t put into words.
She would fight for me just as hard as I would fight for her. And that thought, that support that I felt from her made me smile. It made me feel like I was part of a real family.