Chapter 8 - Six Ways To Sunday
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The marker was yanked out of my hand by an invisible hand, making me turn around and got into my fighting stance, my right foot back, knees loose, and my hands up. I had to roll my eyes at myself when I noticed the smirks on my babies faces. I looked down at the map and almost gasped. I didn’t see them mark the map but the little stinkers marked it faster than I could comprehend.
“Well, okay then,” I commented, causing the dragons to laugh and my family to smirk. “So, for right now we know where everyone is at, but it could change quickly. We need to figure out a…” I cut off, noticing the dragons eyes change. Their eyes glazed over as if they were mind-linking.
All of sudden, I snapped to my feet as I watched the dragons. I knew what was wrong with the dragons. “Spelled,” I hissed the one word, my family jumping to their feet as the dragons let out the loudest roar I’ve heard.
We were fucked.
Six ways to Sunday.
And, not pleasantly
I glanced over every one of my family as they smirked at me, never taking my eyes off the dragons. I spun my body to the side, narrowly missing Draco as he jumped at me. He wasn’t as coordinated as I knew dragons could be, a side effect of the spell, thank the Goddess.
Draco jumped over the couch, landing in a stand I knew all too well. He was ready and able to take my mate, Blaine. I heard a roar and saw Draco pick up Blaine and throw him across the room,, causing Blaine to hit the wall hard. He stood back up and let out a roar of his own.
“Blaine, calm down! This is what the witches want. Esme is messing with your reason. The Dragons are spelled and need our help!” I growled through our mind-link, causing him to look at me as he nodded, taking back control of his anger.
I was shaking in relief, finally able to breath again. I had to make sure my family was okay before anything else. I looked around and couldn’t see them anywhere. Oh, Goddess, did the dragons take my family outside to dispose of them? I had tears in my eyes, my breathing was ragged, and my heart felt as if it was missing a vital part. The pain was excruciating. But, my mind was catching up to me, letting me know I would have felt their death.
And, I didn’t feel it.
I sagged in relief and let out a startled yelp when I felt someone grab my elbow and cover my mouth. I took a breath in and knew Windy had saved my life as she pulled into her veil of invisibility. I noticed the dragons pause in their actions, sniffing the air, trying to scent us. I was thankful my daughter could hide all of our scents. But, I needed to control this situation and quickly.
We needed to break the spell without getting ourselves killed. I started chanting a spell, hoping my children would follow along. I didn’t usually say my spells out loud but we all needed to be on the same page. It seemed to be an impossible chore as we ducked, weaved,, jumped, slid under them, slid around, and flipped over different parts of their bodies as we chanted. It was tiring us out but we couldn’t stop.
I was about to yell for Sonny but I had to stop and catch my balance when the ground shook beneath us. I searched the elements to see what was going on and realized we were in deeper shit.
At least three.
“Sonny!” I yelled in my mind. I didn’t know why I didn’t remember he could stop the dragons but I did, and so did the rest of my family.
I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw Sonny. He read my mind quickly. “Stop! Sit down now!” He ordered.
As the dragons sat down I breathed out a sigh of relief, well, I would have. “I can’t hold them forever, so start the spell again and hurry,” Sonny told me.
And, there went my relief.
“We have giants coming at us, too,” I told him as we tried to stay on our feet.
“One problem at a time, Mom,” Sonny replied, his face screwed up tight, a light sheen of sweat on his forehead.
I grabbed hands with my family, Kat showing up to help boost the spell. Sonny and Ares walked up behind Draco and put their hands on his head. We started the spell to break their spell. Yep, a spell to break it. It was the only way to get them back to themselves. I would make sure to spell them from being hatefully spelled by the witches, knowing there were vampyres aligning with the witches. It’s one of the reasons some of the borderline witches were a little more powerful. If they drank vampyre blood it not only boosted their healing but their powers - if not temporarily.
With Kat and Alec boosting us, wait, what? Alec was boosting our power too? Cool. It took forty-minutes of deep concentration to break the spell on each one of them. I dropped as soon as the spell dropped, heavily breathing, sweat running down my face, and a gurgling stomach. I was so damned drained I was sure I was about to deflate and fall through the cracks in the floor our fight had cauced. I decided we all earned a big meal, including the dragons, Sonny, Kat, and Ares. I teleported our previous meal of steak, potatoes, and spinach. I ate quickly, knowing I looked as if I were pig and not caring. I noticed I wasn’t the only one slurping down her food, so was everyone else.
“Well, that was fun.” Askook looked around at us. “Not.” His voice was so dry it could have been a great martini, but he made us laugh and release the rest of the tension in our shoulders.
“At least you don’t have to be worried you will be spelled ever again. Thank the Goddess,” I muttered.
“Huh?” Draco questioned, his head tilted as he looked at me.
“You are permanently spelled against being spelled again.” I looked up through my lashes as they looked at me with a confused look on their faces. “For fucks sake, you cannot be spelled ever again.”
“Okay. That was better understood,” Askook commented as I rolled my eyes. “But, you got a great work-out from it.” He started laughing as we looked on horrified. A workout out of almost being killed, yeah right.
He looked at us, his head starting from his left to his right, not seeing a laughing face anywhere on our faces. I watched him gulp. “Sorry, too soon?”
I rolled my eyes and started laughing, clutching my stomach at his face. He was worried he had offended us, but it was too funny to watch him panic. I realized I didn’t hear the giants any longer. I looked around for Sonny and Kat but they were nowhere to be seen. I searched for Sonny but he wasn’t on the dragons territory. I searched for all the giants, noticing two of them silently creeping above us. I jumped up and threw a spell to better protect the ceiling. I heard my youngest children explain what was going on. I was trying to think of a way to keep them destroying the dragons home.
I took a deep breath, calling Athena and Justice to me. I wanted to stay human but I needed their help. I heard the dragon’s gasp but I didn’t know why. I teleported to the roof of their cave and watched the giants for a minute. As soon as they noticed me they shrank back. Again, I didn’t know why.
“You are no longer spelled, go to my pack and you will be protected. Go now!” I put the coordinates in their mind, causing them to jump down from the cave and run as fast as they could.
“You’re good, but not as good as me,” a witch said, showing herself to me. Of course, I was already looking straight at
A cruel smile slowly lit up my face, my eyes glowing again. “Is that so,” I drawled as she backed up, her hands up in the universal sign of surrender.
“Sorry.” She teleported away from me as fast as she could.
I let her go, for now, and teleported back to my family. The dragons’ eyes were wide and their mouths agape. It was the same look they had on their faces before I teleported away. They made me feel a little self-conscious.
“What the hell is their problem?” I asked as I pointed at the dragons and sat down on the couch again.
“Uh,” Blaine said, not finishing his sentence.
Oh, shit. What now? I didn’t understand their melt down. My mates had seen Justice and Athena in my eyes before, so what was the problem. “What?” I yelled, startling the dragons from their pose.
Angel answered. “We can only talk about this through our mind-link. It can’t be known what happened to you, not yet.” I nodded my head. “You borrowed your mothers wolf and she let you, but we can’t tell anyone about it or she will be punished, okay. I don’t why grandma would risk herself, but there must be a good reason.” I nodded at Angel, my mind looping over and over again about the Moon Goddess letting me borrow her wolf.
And, I wanted to know why.