Out of the Darkness

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Chapter 19

“Michael, have you heard from Robby recently?” Jonathan asked his son.

It’s been almost a week since the coven sent that message to Raven and I think we are almost ready to confront them. We were just sorting out a few last minute things before the attack. One thing being that we needed someone to take over the agency if none of us returned.

“He checks in every few weeks to let me know he’s still alive. But apart from that no.” He told Jonathan.

“Whatever he’s working on must be extremely important if he won’t even stop by to see his own family.” Jonathan commented. “Has he told you what it is-“

“No he hasn’t. No matter how many times I ask him. But you don’t need to worry about him dad, he’ll be fine. And don’t take it personally, he hasn’t talked to Kelly at all, she’s really starting to get irritated with him.” Michael said with a laugh.

“Son, I really don’t think you should find amusement in the fact that your brother’s relationship with his girlfriend is on the rocks.” Michael shrugged as a reply. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Raven watching them curiously, not bothering to hide the fact that she was listening to their conversation. She thought for a moment then shook her head and shrugged, dismissing whatever her thoughts were. I wasn’t the only one who noticed this. “Have you ever met him?” Jonathan asked Raven.

“I don’t think so; he just seems familiar is all.” Raven told him. Jonathan watched her curiously for a moment before he spoke again.

“What seemed familiar?” He asked her.

“I’m not sure.” She concentrated on a memory for a moment before she continued. “Can he transform in to animals?” She asked what seemed like to me to be a very random question. There was a slight pause before Jonathan answered her.

“Yes, a raven in fact. How did you know that?”

“Then I think I might have met him, just not in human form. There’s a memory, a brief, vague one but I think it might have been something that Damon hid for good measure but only because he didn’t know if it held any importance.” Raven explained. “Back when I first lost my memory, I woke up in an unfamiliar place, It was deserted and I didn’t know what had happened, or even who I was, someone had left me propped up against a tree and for a long time I just sat there, not really knowing what to do. After a while it started to get dark, and just in the distance I saw a bird approaching. I watched it, there was nothing else in sight as it came towards me and landed on the rock beside me.”

“It was a raven.” Jonathan guessed. Raven nodded.

“It was only then, looking in to the raven’s eyes that I could remember anything about myself. About my life.”

“But only about your life since you’ve been known as Raven?” I asked, assuming it was not her real name.

“Pretty much yes, I remember a basic childhood and a few other details, like when I met you for example Adam but apart from that my memory isn’t very detailed. Before my memory was wiped I think my identity as Raven was only known by few.” She told us.

“And then that was the only thing you remembered, so you just continued down the path you started.” I concluded and she nodded.

“So somehow my son knew that your memory had been erased and that transforming in to a raven might help trigger your memory.” Jonathan guessed.

“But how? How would he even know who she was? Or what had happened to her?” Michael was trying to make sense of it.

“Maybe he was already following her.” Jenkins suggested.

“Would he have a reason to be following her?” I asked Jonathan and he shook his head.

“Not that I know of. He didn’t say anything about Raven to me.” Jonathan answered.

“No answer.” Michael said whilst flipping his phone shut after his attempt to get through to Robby.

“Well there is one other way to get him here.” Jonathan mentioned.

“That will piss him right off.” Michael warned, instantly knowing what his father meant. Jonathan ignored him and concentrated for a moment. After a few seconds Robby appeared in front of us. And he did not look happy.

“What the hell dad? I told you I was busy. And what if I had been with humans huh? I’m pretty sure they would notice someone disappearing right in front of their eyes!”

“Good to see you too son. And we needed you for something. You know Raven, right?” Jonathan asked, clearly catching his son of guard. Robby looked at her and nodded. She looked thoughtful, staring in to his eyes.

“Why do you seem so familiar?” She asked him. “I know you were the raven that triggered my memory but there’s something else. How old are you?” She asked him.

“That seems like a strange place to start. How old I am doesn’t have anything to do with you.” He replied. Raven sighed.

“Just answer me. I really don’t have the patience to play guessing games.” Raven snapped at him.

“Just turned 26.” He answered. I watched Raven as she looked in to his eyes. There was a moment of silence. It didn’t take long before Raven seemed to figure it out. She looked from Robby, to Adrian and his daughter, to Maya and Jonathan, to Michael and then back to Robby again.

“Sierra.” Was all she said to start off with. “You and Sierra are twins. You had heard the rumours about me and I must’ve looked too clueless for you not to have figured out what had happened when you found me. You then did the only thing that you could think of that might trigger my memory and all because I’m the same age as your sister.” There was another moment of silence. “Am I right?”

“Yeah pretty much. I couldn’t just leave you there. You even look like her, all except for your eyes. For a moment I even wished you were her, because even with no memory at all, I would’ve at least finally found her.” Raven nodded in understanding.

“Thank you for your help.” She said sincerely. She looked in to his eyes and I don’t know what she saw but she suddenly said, “I’m going to find her. I promise.” Even she looked surprised at her own words; I don’t think she even meant to say it. Robby sighed.

“Please don’t make promises that you can’t keep.” Was his reply.

“I wouldn’t dream of it.” She answered. He looked in to her eyes for a long time and I could tell by the look in his that whatever he saw in them led him to believe Raven. But considering hundreds of people have been looking for Sierra for years, I had no idea how Raven planned to keep her promise.

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