“Thea, can I speak with you please?” Smithy asked me. I nodded and he led me in to a small office. “We still don’t know what’s going on with that College. Until I figure it out, I need you to promise me that you will be extra careful.” He said to me seriously.
“Smithy there is a lot that you don’t know about me, and I thank you for not pushing me to tell you everything. But you do not need to worry about me so much, I will be fine.” I tried to reassure him.
“Thea please don’t underestimate them. I get the feeling that we are in way over our heads. But I need you to know that you can trust me, and I will always be here to help you out.” He said to me and I knew that he was telling the truth.
“I will be careful and thank you.” I said and then I remembered something. “I think I may have something that could help us.” I said to him.
“The book?” He asked me and I nodded.
“How did you know the book was in that cupboard?” I asked Smithy.
“We found it years ago and put a very discrete tracking device on it, it’s microscopic so no one would notice it. We lost possession of the book about a year ago and have not been able to reclaim it. So I thank you for that.” He told me.
“What is the importance of it?” I asked.
“Well we didn’t have it for very long, it took us a while to make out the writing, it has faded with time.” He said.
“Yeah I found that too. All I’ve found so far is a bunch of spells, some I’ve never even heard of before.” I told him.
“That is as far as we got also. Do you still have the book in your possession Thea?” He asked me. And I nodded.
“Yeah it’s back in my dorm room.” I said.
“Is it safe there?” He asked me and I thought carefully.
“Well I hid it but I guess if someone was determined enough they would turn the room upside down in order to find it. I’ll go get it now, that way I can change out of this bikini at the same time.” I said and Smithy nodded.
“Do you need me to transport you there?” He asked, hoping to confirm his previous suspicion that I could indeed transport myself.
“No need.” He nodded.
“Not to worry Smithy, I may put you out of your misery and tell you one day. But until then, I best get going.” I said with a smile. I was just about to leave when I thought of something. “Smithy, how did you know I was in that cupboard?” I asked him.
“You aren’t the only one who can have secrets Thea, remember that.” He said with a smile and a wink, I laughed. Well I’m guessing Smithy is a lot more powerful than I thought, I wonder what else I don’t know? “Now get going.” He added.
“Ok ok, I’ll be back in a bit.” I said.
I transported myself straight to my dorm room and changed in to something a lot more comfortable and warmer. Grabbing a bag, I got the book out from its hiding place and put that and my laptop containing all of the copied files in to it. Also I got my best weapons from their hiding place and put them in the bag as well. I can’t imagine that a lot of the students in this College would have hidden weapons but as I fight demons on a regular basis I need the best weapons around. I made sure I was quick and didn’t make too much noise. No one came in and as far as I know no one was aware that I was even there.
I transported myself back to Smithy’s office building. Crowded in to the room now were me, Smithy and about ten other people that Smithy described as his most trusted officers. But shouldn’t they all be trustworthy? I wondered. Oh well, not my business. There were people assigned to different ways that Abby and Brian could be found. Some were trying to find them with complicated programmes on computers, others were just looking at maps to try and figure out the most likely place they would be. And then there were people using magic to search for them. But even with all of this, it still wasn’t working, we were no closer to finding them then we were an hour ago when we started this search. Smithy pulled me aside while everyone else was working hard.
“Thea, look it’s blatantly obvious that you have more power than you let on.” He said seriously. I was about to speak when he added, “However, I am not going to ask you about that. I am simply saying, that if you somehow have a power that will help us find your friends faster, don’t you think you should use it?” He asked me looking me dead in the eye. I nodded to him in answer and walked over to one of the maps that were spread across the table. I held my hands out, palms facing down, closed my eyes and thought of Abby. I used a screening spell to find her; it would tell me her exact location. Once I found her, I did the same for Brian.
“Got them, let’s go.” I said and everyone turned to me shocked. “Are you all just going to stand around staring at me? I said I have their locations. If you do not wish, then you do not have to come with me, I will not hold it against you. But those of you who are willing to help then follow me now.” I said and then walked out the door with Smithy right on my heels. “That goes for you too Smithy.” I said to him.
“There is no way I am letting you go without me.” He said.
“I can take care of myself.” I said a little annoyed at what he was implying.
“Yeah, I believe you said that the last time we were in a somewhat similar situation.” He responded and I fell quiet. I decided to change the subject.
“I can sense that they are both well-guarded. Both of them and their families are tied up and surrounded by armed super naturals. I believe they have been given orders not to harm them until further notice. They have also been ordered to kill any intruders if necessary.” I explained to him and those who followed me.
“Can you get a visual?” One of the men following close behind me asked. I lead us in to the weapons room to collect armour and ammunition. I pulled out a piece of paper and began drawing the blue prints for Abby and Brian’s houses. I pointed out where the guards were, where the hostages were and the best exits just in case anything went wrong. I split everyone in to groups so we could attack from all angles and the guards couldn’t escape with a hostage.
“We will need to move quickly and quietly. These men will be highly trained, able to hear a twig snap beneath our feet. We will need to take them down as quickly as we can. Be prepared to kill, if we leave them alive they will only come back after us later when we least expect it.” I looked around the group; they were all focused and were taking in everything I was saying. “Now, this is the last chance if anyone wants to drop out.” I said. I looked around the group and they all met my gaze unflinchingly. “Grab your weapons and let’s go.” I said and lead them out of the building. Time for a rescue.