Regaining consciousness, Killian realized that he was at Eric’s run-down motel room lying on the very uncomfortable bed. He shifted his focus to Le Ann who laid still next to him silently weeping like a frail child. For some unknown reason he pitied her and that made him feel bitter inside.
“Where is Jullian?” Killian felt infuriated mentioning the name of his older brother.
“Relax Killian.” Eric sat on the purple fur sofa over to the windows in a comfortable posture. “You need to rest if you wish to completely repair your injuries.”
“How can I relax Eric?” Killian stated grouchily. “My little brother is dead.” It finally begins soaking in now that he said it out loud and clear. “Riddian is dead.”
He glared over at Eric suspiciously. “By the way, how did I get here?”
“I brought you two here last night after your brawl with Maria and Peru,” Eric answered.
“What a coincidence?” Killian stated unconvinced by his statement.
“What do you mean?”
“Every time I’m in danger. You are always there to my rescue.” Killian was now convinced Eric was hiding something, and he will find out what it is. “Unfortunately, I don’t believe in coincidences. Tell me, Eric. How long you and my older brother Jullian have been acquaintances?”
“A few centuries ago I stumbled into the guy thinking he was you,” Eric responded. “Ever since then we’ve kept in contact every now and again.”
“Where is Jullian? I know he’s here in Felicity.”
“He left an hour ago.”
Killian chortled briefly before dashing out of the room.
“Now that Killian is gone I can tell you that Riddian is alive,” Eric voice was soft and compassionate addressing Le Ann.
Le Ann turned to acknowledge the appealing youth. Pain throbbed her chest, tears drenched her eyes as she remembered disturbing images of the man she loved. “I saw it. He’s dead.”
“I can assure you that Riddian is very much alive,” Eric stated assertively.
“Don’t lie to me!” Le Ann screamed. Her heart clenched tight like a firm fist. Finding it hard to believe the word of this stranger even though he might have saved her life. She’s not sure what happened. The last thing she remembered is Killian trying to kill her then she woke up here. “He’s dead.”
“I have seen Killian’s younger brother alive and well with my own eyes. He was in a bad condition at first. In fact, he was truly dead, but Jullian their older brother somehow manage to bring him back to life,” Eric explained.
“But how? That dagger. The demolisher was so strong it almost killed Killian, a full power elemental. Actually, it did kill him. There is no way Riddian in his weak state could survive a piercing from that dagger.”
“I don’t know how to explain it either, but if you wish to see Riddian then go to Orphic Garden.”
“Are you certain about this?” Le Ann question dubiously. “About Riddian being alive?”
“Yeah, Riddian is alive,” Eric answered firmly. “I apologize for not telling you earlier. But Jullian and I thought that Killian deserves to feel the pain others felt when he killed their loved ones for even a brief moment. And the only way for him not to find out the truth too soon was keeping it from you.”
Wiping away her tears, LeAnn snuffled. Can’t seem to contain her joy. “You better not be lying to me.”
A tender smile curled Eric’s lips. “I’m not.”
“Thank you for your hospitality.” A warm smile lit Le Ann’s face before she vanished from the motel room.
The waters of Felicity Lake trembled violently and the trees swing back and forth, dancing to the tune of Killian’s telekinetic powers.
“I know you are there,” taking a deep breath, Killian states aloud.
In the time it takes to blink, Jullian stood next to Killian with a stern facial expression looking out at the lake. “It’s been a while little Kill.”
Anger boils within Killian, and his aura became denser. Turning the surrounding trees to dust. “I’m sure you know about Riddian’s death.”
“What are you talking about Killian?” Jullian pretended to be clueless.
“I wish to visit his grave,” Killian stated grimly. “So I’ll appreciate it if you would be kind enough to tell me where you buried him.”
Jullian laughed and that made Killian even more upset.
“Is this funny to you?”
“Of course, not.” Jullian answered. “But Riddian has no grave, because he’s not dead.”
“Don’t fuck with me Jullian!” Killian clenched his fist tightly and all the water. The life forms that resided within the lake disintegrated. “I saw our little brother corpse in that cave. There’s no way he’s alive. I didn’t want to believe that he was dead, but in the end I felt it. I know he’s gone forever.
“Now tell me what you have done with his corpse?” He demanded.
“I can’t tell you that because Riddian is alive,” Jullian said.
“Are you trying to annoy me, brother? Because it’s working and that’s not wise.”
“I am trying to tell you that our little brother is alive, Kill.”
Killian looked at him sceptically. “How is that possible?”
“The demolisher had powers similar to the original thorn blades,” Jullian started explaining. “It can suppress the magic of the core the source of an elemental eternal life, youth and powers, just by being in its presence. Deactivate the core when the elemental is pierced to the heart the home of the core.
“However, when the thorn blades deactivate the core, the elemental is put into a death like state. The demolisher, on the other hand, not only suppressed and deactivates the core, but also attacks the core destroying it.”
“Your core however, seemed to have a special ability. Unlike mine and Riddian’s core, it is able to nullify and absorbed magic. Thanks to that, your core was able to put up a fight against the demolisher magical effects when it came into contact with it even in its inactive state. However, it wasn’t enough to completely stop the demolisher’s effect. Therefore, with the magic absorbed from the demolisher it forced itself to undergo evolution. Thus destroying your body and rebuild a new stronger one with a more powerful core that is able to destroy the powers of the demolisher.
“As for Riddian’s core. Because of the subvert cursed that force it to separate into five pieces. Four of which spread into different location within his body unable to become one. It was easy for the demolisher to destroy the fraction of his core that house in his heart. |Rendering him to the death like state.”
“I get all of that.” Killian snarled. “But you still haven’t told me how Riddian came back to life.”