“Avalon…” Someone was shaking me their voice sounded like a distant echo.
“Dear wake up.” I blinked myself awake, mom's face was inches away from mine. Then she backed away. My curtains were drawn and lights were on. “What time is it?” I asked.
“Very late sweetie.” She said. I rubbed my eyes a bit to clear my vision. They were a little swollen because I cried myself to sleep.
“Is Cassidy awake?” I asked. Mom shook her head.
“She's a mess, her mom wanted to take her home but it's too risky.” She sat on my bed and looked at me with a sad expression.
“Something wrong?” I asked, sitting up straight in my bed. The fabric of my skirt had wrinkled.
“No, though I think we should have that talk I mentioned earlier.” She said. I was ready to hear it, so I sat up straighter in bed and gave her my full attention. Mom took a deep breath and began her story.
“When I was a little younger than you I was a rebellious child. Your grandparents were always worried about me, I got into so much trouble at school I even got expelled a couple of times.” She chuckled the last part. I didn't believe it.
“You?” She nodded. Then she took a deep breath and continued.
“The Hunter's crest had already appeared on my back. Mom thought something was wrong with me. I was just freaking out. I didn't want any of this. I never wanted the burden of the fate of humanity hanging over my shoulders. Lashing out was the only way I knew how to cope. Anyways, then I met your father on a night out. I'd actually run away from home after I fought with my parents they wanted to send me away to an academy for hunters. Caesar was something different, he brought out a more daring side of me. It wasn't necessity bad just different.”She smiled to herself.
I was getting a bit chilly. I think the mansion was just a cold place because my windows were closed. Mom never really told how she and dad met. I hadn't even thought about it.
“Caesar Carmichael was a bad boy, but there was some good in his eyes. He'd never admit it back then. He changed over the period of time we were dating he grew kinder, more patient with others. I changed too I believe. My parents eventually found out I was seeing someone. And when they found out who he was they opposed to us. I was banned from seeing him. None of us would have it. I was ready to run away with him… that's just much I love him.” She looked like she would break into tears.
“You barely talk about him mom.” I said. She nodded and blinked a little bit, chasing back the tears.
She sighed heavily then continued, “he was reluctant to do that. He told me he was keeping a secret from me and he didn't know how to tell me. He was a level A agent and he-”
“Level A agent? What's that like the CIA?” I asked.
Mom chuckled, “no that would have been better. A level A agent is a person who has sold their soul. He couldn't just leave he had pledged his allegiance to The Star. There was nothing we could do about it.”
“What did you do?” I asked. Was she telling me my dad was evil?
“We tried everything spent hours doing research on how to get a sold soul back but it was pointless. The were no trades, no deals to be made. My parents wouldn't help us even more so when they found out he was a Level A agent. They tried to hand him over to the Moon… they were going to kill him, but… then I told them I was pregnant. So in some way you saved your father.” She brushed my hair with her fingers. I didn't know what to say. My father was evil which meant I was evil too.
“The Moon agreed to help, they were more understanding of us than my own parents. They gathered many of their best Hunters and they attacked Star Palace. The Star’s head quarters. Many good Hunters were killed during that battle, but we managed to steal back Caesar's soul. The Moon allowed us to leave and I was forever grateful.” Mom smiled, though I still felt there was more of this story to come. I gave her a skeptical face, she was holding back on some of the information.
She sighed and continued with the second half of the story, “ we moved but The Star followed us. Night Walkers would track us down everywhere we went. That's when we found out that Ceasar’s brother Julius had taken over the Star and had ordered our capture. Going back to SilverLake would be playing right into their hands. But my parents insisted we'd be safer there. Then something incredible happened… Night Walkers tried to attack you, they came into our world and for the first time in a very long time they were powerful enough gain solid form. When they tried to touch you they couldn't. You blasted them back into the darkness with your...light. The power of the sun.”
I was trying to digest it all, but at the same time I was trying to piece it all together. My uncle wanted us captured, most likely killed. We'd lived in SilverLake for so long, it doesn't add up. We had never experienced any attacks until recently. Julius could have killed us all years ago.
“That's when the war began, but right now it's much more than just sibling rivalry. Julius is a mad man he wants to take over the world and wipe out the Moon. The only reason we remained safe in SilverLake was because my father led a very powerful army to Star Palace once again. It was a deadly war that your father fought in. Many of our men fell in battle and many agents of darkness were killed. Julius managed to escape not before killing my father.”
“He knew Julius would return to SilverLake to take revenge on us so he had a white witch cast a spell on the Palace using the blood of all the fallen soldiers including his own. The witch cast a binding spell and protector spell on SilverLake using Star Palace as it's focal point. The binding spell keeps the souls of the fallen soldiers from crossing over. They're still here watching over us, keeping the spell from being broken.”
Mom had tears in her eyes, but her voice didn't crack. I stared blankly at her, unable to express what I was feeling at that time. I couldn't even move. I was clinging to my pillow listening to my mother's story. She continued, “one of those fallen soldiers was Nicholas’ father. Oh yes honey I forgot to mention Nicholas and I aren't in any kind of romantic relationship. I lied to justify his presence. He was assigned to protect you. He loved your father very much you know.” She said drying up her tears.
In my head I breathed a heavy sigh of relief. Thank goodness mom wasn't dating Nick, it was just too weird for me. This was incredible, how had they managed to keep all this a secret, from me, from the world? They protect the world and don't even get a thank you. Mom lost her Dad thanks to my uncle. I felt so bad for her, but his sacrifice kept us all safe.
“There's a little more sweetie.” Mom said and I again gave her my attention, but what more could there be?
“When you were five the keepers mark appeared on your left shoulder. The Guardians - who are like our council - didn't understand it at first. No mark has appeared so early. So we got in touch with another white witch-”
“Yes, we've always worked with them, but they don't take orders from us. They have their own leader and sacred growns. Scarlette was the witch we contacted. She told us… that your great grandmother passed down her powers to you. She was-”
“The keeper of light-” I finished. Grandma told me about her earlier in the garden. “But what does that mean?”
“Your grandmother was the only keeper of light and she was killed before she could pass down the responsibility. Scarlett said she planted the power in me when I was pregnant. She wanted you to be the one to have the light.”
“What light Mom?”I snapped suddenly.
“The light of the world Avalon! The light that never goes out. But it's not yours to simply protect. It's yours. You have to learn how to use it wisely. The power of the sun."
I fell back on the head board. I felt so burdened, is this how my mom felt? Light of the world, the opposite of darkness.
“If the Star have managed to get this close to us… it only means they've managed to drill a hole in our spell. They're coming.”
They're coming to plague the world with darkness.