Seeing as she had already been given some alone time with Levi, she continued in the direction the warlocks had gone to give the mages some privacy. Their reunion was great for everyone- her included- but they still had a problem; her ancestors were nearby and the group was supposed to be running away from them until they had some sort of plan.
There was laughter and tears following her down the dimly lit hallway, and she knew the mages weren't behind by too long of a distance. When she glanced at them from over her shoulder, she could barely see them and the smiles on their faces. Suddenly, someone ran over to her and when she checked at her side, it was Alex.
"This is the first time all of us have been reunited in centuries." There was a childish grin on his lips, and it was so wide that it stretched from ear to ear, "You should be part of our celebration, yet you stay here! You didn't even introduce yourself to Levi."
"All the more reason for you twelve to catch up without me.” She reminded him, and Alex only let his lips form a frown.
Staying silent for a moment, Alex looked at her and then slowly turned his head so he could see the group behind them. Following his lead, she turned her head slightly, only to catch Angelo's gaze as well as Darius's and Mika’s. Seeing as she turned their way, the three of them looked away and then back to her, and she saw nothing but adoration in their eyes. She was confused, though; why were they looking at her in that way?
"I don't think I'm the only one who wants you to continue being with us." In confusion, she turned to Alex again and then threw another glance over her shoulder to see she had caught everyone's gaze.
"Wait. Master.” She cringed at the name and turned around, seeing Levi walk over to her with an amused grin on his lips, "You ignore me now that you've found me? I'm offended."
Charlotte couldn't help it when her eyes narrowed up at him, and when Percy and Kaspar took a step back, she knew they knew what was coming, "If I remember correctly, you're the one who tried to kill me before."
That stopped all of the laughter immediately and the mages all rounded on Levi. She thought it was amusing how even Erik, who had his fair share of giving her death glares, instead sent his death glare to Levi.
"It was too dangerous." He
defended himself, his eyes glancing over each of the mages and then back to
her, "I didn't think you'd want to risk your life saving me."
"Levi, meet Charlotte, our suicidal master." When Angelo introduced her, she turned her glare onto him, but he snorted and snapped back, "Don't give me that look. You know it's true."
"Running into a graveyard." Kaspar began, and she watched with a scowl as the other mages added on.
"Jumping into a frozen lake."
"Swimming in a frozen lake."
"Climbing up a volcano."
"Scaling the side
of a Chapel."
“Diving off a cliff."
“Confronting your ancestors."
"Fighting your way through a
things I did to reunite the twelve of you.” She said quietly, and though some
of them grinned, the others shook their heads.
"We know, and that's why we
tease you." Douglas never smiled much, at least not openly. As he smiled,
she could feel the red that started to paint her cheeks, "You never gave
up on us, even when it was dangerous."
"What are you all
going to do when I free you?” She could not help but ask. It had been in her
heart for a while and though she never voiced out her worry, she knew she would
be worried for them.
"We're going to
get revenge." The look in Nero's eyes was murderous as he spoke, and she
noticed that all twelve mages shared the look, "We're going to take
everything your ancestors built up and they'll destroy it one by one."
Everything? Did that
mean her as well? Was it dangerous to let the mages go and get their revenge? She
wouldn't ever change her mind about freeing them, but now she was afraid of
staying with them. Would they destroy her or would the desperate need to take
revenge destroy the twelve of them? She didn't want to stick around and find
"You look frightened."
When Angelo spoke, the other mages softened their gazes. They probably realized
how she felt about all of this, but she knew that wouldn't change their hearts,
"When I made the promise to
free you, I did it with the hope that you'd create yourselves a new future.”
She turned around and kept walking then, and she didn't bother turn around as
they entered the underground bunker her town's civilians shared, "Not to
return to your past."
As she entered the bunker, her eyes
roamed for any familiar face she could spot; and she spotted many. It was a
large room for the remaining civilians and rooms branched off for families to
sleep at night. There were many warriors hiding down there as well, and she
cringed at their bloody state. Some were missing arms or legs, while others
were sitting in corners and rocking themselves as if to convince themselves it
was all just a bad dream.
are." Senior Leo had come out of one of the rooms with the rest of Squad A
following him, and as he neared her, he held out a first aid kit, "I’m
going to need help checking on the injured."
Before she could grab
the kit in his hands, Dale walked forward and with a smile, took it out of his
grip, "I was a doctor once. I’ll treat them."
"I'm going to
help.” She was surprised that Erik would offer to help, considering he really
didn't like anyone, but he trailed after Dale like a puppy.
"What can we do
to help?" Mika stepped closer to where she and senior Leo were, but as he
did, she stepped away.
supplies and firewood down that corridor." Senior Bryn said, pointing to
the east side of the room, "We'll need a few of you to grab them."
Percy squeezed her
shoulder as he walked by with Angelo and Kaspar following him, "We
“C'mon, Alex." Kaspar grabbed
the eleventh mage by the shirt, even though Alex whined.
"How good are you with needles
and thread, grandpa?" For a moment, Charlotte thought senior Ariel was
talking to Nico or Nero, as they were the eldest, but his gaze was on Darius.
Darius's lips curled into a smirk as he
stepped closer to senior Ariel, "Depends. Are you telling me to prick
Senior Ariel narrowed his eyes for a
moment before grinning and walking away with Darius behind him.
Sighing, Mark took Mika's hand and
pulled him along, "We'll go make sure Darius doesn't kill him."
"The rest of you-"
As senior Leo turned
to the last three mages behind her to give them assignments, he was cut off by
Otto, who trailed out of one of the other rooms. There was a bandage covering
his shoulder and he saw that she was staring at it.
"Charlotte. We have to discuss
the next step."
Catching the hint that
it was about freeing her mages, she nodded and hurried over to Otto, though the
remaining mages trailed after her. When she looked back at them, the three of
them had stared back at her as if they didn't know why she stopped walking. She
didn't think much of it since they were the elder mages; they probably wanted
to keep her safe and figure out what she was doing.
The first face she saw as she entered the room was Theodore, who seriously
reminded her of Mark and Mika. Gera was in the corner of the room like back
when they first met in the hidden room under the trapdoor.
In his hands was the spell book he
had once given her that belonged to her ancestors. She wondered how he got the
book for a moment, but then her eyes fell upon her backpack, and she realized she
had forgotten all about it in her panic to rescue Levi.
"It's time to
learn the spell to unbind them." Gera put the book down and walked over to
a crate, lifting it onto the table where the spell book sat, "In here sits
twelve candles. We must retrieve a drop of blood from each mage in order to
perform this spell."
For two hours, Gera
and Otto coached her on the spell she needed to perform. Nico, Nero and Levi
sat still in the back beside the other warlocks, but she could see the
excitement dancing in their eyes every time she turned in their direction. They
were more than ready to be free again.
"It's sundown. We
must hurry or the day will be lost." As Otto spoke, the other warlocks
cleared the room and Otto himself left the room to gather the other mages.
The nine mages walked
into the room in absolute confusion, but as they saw the spell book, the
elders' excitement reached their own expressions. The mages got into a large
circle around her and each one was given a candle. Then, as they held their
candles, Gera walked around the circle with a small pricking needle and
collected a drop of blood from each mage, putting it into a small bowl and
handing it to her. There was a large bowl sitting in front of her feet, and as
she chanted the spell, she was to pour the blood into the large bowl.
"We only have one
shot, Charlotte. Are you ready?” She was far from ready, and she was terrified,
but she couldn't help but nod at Gera's words. Her mages waited far too long
and it didn't matter now if she was ready or not- what mattered was that her
Everyone was standing
for the spell, and right before she closed her eyes to start chanting it, she
noticed the soft smiles on her mages' faces. They were more than excited, they
“Child of the frost
and of the sea,
Of time and of the breeze,
Of the skies and of the clouds,
Of the mind that has been bound.
Child of the fire and of the earth,
Of the lost and of the hurt,
Of the light that has been dimmed,
All the children that have been pinned.
I remove all that was in your way,
And may you burn brightly another day.
With the power invested here in me,
I now declare you as free."
Then there was laughter, and a lot of it. It wasn't exactly joyful laughter, but the kind of dangerous laughter a maniac would give out as he unveiled a plan no one could stop. She slowly uncovered her eyes and looked over at her mages- well, not hers anymore.
Nothing about them physically had changed, although she could see the danger in their eyes shining even brighter than it had before. When she looked down at her hands, her rings were still there but not even glowing at all; they were just ordinary rings now.
"We thank you, Charlotte." Nico got down onto one knee and the other mages followed, and for a few moments, their expressions had turned into the ones she was used to, "Now we have all of our powers, and we're ready to take back the world that should be ours!"
"No.” She gasped, but it was too late. The mages were disappearing one by one and now that they weren't in their rings, even she couldn't stop them.
"What did I do?"
To be continued...
Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, RawChickenWrite a Review