Luckily, we didn't run into any peeking toms on our walk back home. Probably because we were more focused on getting home rather than observing the neighborhood.
I didn't know what it was that I was feeling in that very moment, but my heart was twisted in knots as a sense of deja vu came over me. What's going on?
I wasn't able to breath a sigh of relief until we entered our house and closed the door shut.
As soon as we got inside, Liza turned to the both of us with expectant eyes.
"What was that out there? I mean... I expected the weirdness from Ezzy but you as well Axil?"
"What?" I asked, offended. I was so not weird.
She ignored me, "what's going on?"
I sighed and glanced at Axil, who stared at me as if I'm the one that's supposed to explain all of this to Liza.
"I need a drink," I muttered, slipping pass them and walking into the kitchen to open the fridge.
I took out the bottle of lemonade and poured some in a glass to drink, aware of the two shadows I had on my back.
"Someone's gotta start talking to the oblivious human sooner or later," Liza commented, sitting down at the counter and resting a hand in her palm.
"I'd rather later than sooner," I grumbled begrudgingly. It was so much work in itself to think of a simpler way to explain all of this to her... maybe I should find books at the library to make her understand our world better and quicker.
Liza shot me a glare, "lazy!"
I shrugged it off.
"To be honest, I don't really know what happened out there. At first, everything was fine then all of a sudden this dark aura just appeared, making it seem as if we were being watched."
Liza furrowed her brows, "isn't being watched a natural occurrence? Everyone glances at you when you walk by, especially in a small town like this."
"I mean... yeah but they don't full on watch you with such a dead stare before! Mrs. Belvis was really scaring the heck out of me," I grumbled, sipping on my juice.
"This..." Axil trailed off, bringing our attention to him. His brows were furrowed as he frowned, seeming to be contemplating something.
"What is it Axy?" Liza asked.
"Due to the change in scenery and layout, I didn't notice it before... but now that I'm really considering it... I think we're in my old village..."
Liza and I looked at each other in confusion.
If this was a werewolf village back in 1827 then how did it become human territory and who overlooked the fact that it appeared to be inhabited?
I turned to Axil, "So what did you and your pack live in?"
"We lived in huts. We'd gather sticks and tree branches then piece them together to create a home for ourselves. Some of us, like my family chose to live in caves to make ourselves more comfier."
"What was in the middle of your pack territory?"
"The pack house, of course."
I turned to Liza, "what is in the middle of Sylia right now?"
Liza thought about it for a second before her eyes lit up in recognition, "the museum is smacked right in the middle of this village. I remembered because I took the kids to a fieldtrip there once," her eyes widened in shock.
"What is it?" I asked.
Liza's eyes brightened as she rushed towards me and gripped my hand, bouncing on the balls of her feet, "Oh my god Ezzy! I think I got something! or someone or whatever but holy shit! I think I found another clue!" she giddily said to me.
I frowned as my body got shook back and forth before tugging my hand away, "what the hell has you so excited all of a sudden?"
"There's another statue!" Liza blurted.
I rolled my eyes, "of course there's a lot of statues, we've already established that."
Liza looked at me in exasperation, "not at the garden goofy! I mean at the museum!"
Realization dawned on me as I understood what she meant. Axil, who stood next to us tensed slightly and turned to watch Liza intently.
"Who was it? That you saw at your museum?" he asked anxiously.
Liza contemplated, "The statue is standing outside of the museum, at the entrance. It's a human male. He was standing with his fists clenched at his sides as he glared at whoever was in front of him."
"Take me there."
"Whoa whoa whoa," both Liza and I exclaimed as Axil turned to leave the room, stopping him in his tracks.
"What's the rush? We already said we couldn't free everyone until we've gotten you settled down and stable." Liza said.
Axil turned back to us with his fists clenched at his sides, his eyes were flashing a bright golden color.
I instinctively took a step back, bringing Liza behind me to shield her. I knew he wouldn't hurt us but I couldn't help but tense when I felt the threat that practically radiated outwards from his body. His dominance was mind boggling. Definitely an Alpha.
Axil's eyes went back to their original light brown as he watched our reaction. He sighed and leaned against the doorframe to enter the kitchen.
"I'm sorry. The last time I saw my brother, he was on his way to protect the women and children in our village. If that's him outside that museum..." he trailed off slightly as his eyes hardened in resolve.
I narrowed my eyes suspiciously, "you never told us you had a brother."
Liza stepped out from behind me and gently slapped my arm, "chill out, would you? We just met the guy yesterday, of course we won't be able to learn about his entire family tree in one night."
I huffed and ignored her, crossing my arms across my chest, "this still doesn't change our objective here. Family or not, whether this is your brother, you'll have to wait until we've solved your clueless of this world issue. Don't be stupid."
Liza glared at me, "Ezzy!"
I opened my mouth to retort but got interrupted as Axil spoke up, "she's right. I'm not in a position to decide what should be done right now. I'm already a burden, adding my brother to the equation would be ridiculous," his voice croaked slightly before he cleared his throat and turned his deep gaze to me, "I'll listen to you until I could survive on my own, no matter the cost."
His words echoed in my ears and wormed themselves around my heart as I felt myself softening. How could he blindly trust us like this? Was he that stupid?
I nodded my head at him and turned away.
"We have to find out what's going on with this town." I acknowledged.
Liza nodded in understanding, "you're right. I don't feel right about how things are right now, especially since we live here."
I frowned, "I did a background check on the town before we moved here. The history I found on the internet dated back to the year 1830 but I didn't find anything wrong with it at the time. I just figured that was when the town was established. Everything looked perfectly fine... a little too perfect if you ask me."
Liza hummed in thought, "I realized too, it didn't strike me as odd because of how mundane the history was with its boring politics and fight for territory. I can check some of the history books at the school library tomorrow."
I nodded, "that's good. I'm going to cast a spell that detects supernatural activity. See if we could find any leads."
Liza's eyes gleamed as she looked at me, "Can I watch? Can you do something right now? I really wanna see some magic Ezzy! C'mon!"
Uneasiness gathered in me at the thought of casting a spell in front of Liza. It wasn't as if I haven't secretly did a few behind her back before but it's the fact that she now knows who I was. I would have to open up myself and let them see the side of me that I've always hidden from the world since I was adopted. I wasn't ready...
"How about we ju-" I began to say but suddenly found myself tilting over as my vision clouded bright purple haze.
I was blinded as my body's weight suddenly dropped from its original 131 pounds to that as light as a feather. I suddenly felt weightless as my vision cleared.
What appeared before me wasn't Liza nor Axil. It was an obsidian canvas that glittered brightly with purple stars.