After we came back from the Four Kingdoms, we headed back to Cherry St. to check in with Samson, and to see how the strategic placing of mixers was working out. But as soon as I stepped foot in the tacky front room of the little house, my cell rang.
I didn’t recognize the number, but only people I know and love had it. “Hello?”
“Hello Molly.” Came a soft alluring voice.
“Who’s this, and how in the hell did you get this number?” I growled turning around looking at Georgie. She squinted at me, then walked over listening in to the call.
“My name is Sebeam, and as it just so happens that I’ve gathered up some company who would love to meet you.” She replied.
“I’m sure you have. Look, Sebeam, I don’t know who you are, so...” I started to argue, but she interrupted.
“Yes, I know my dear you have no idea who I am. But none the less, I do know Elvira and she has agreed to take part in this little meeting, and I know you wanted to have a talk with her.” She stated.
“How did you know that...” I stuttered.
Georgie’s mouth dropped. “What the hell...” She hissed, and all I could do was shrug.
“Oh, I have my ways.” This Sebeam laughed, and it sounded almost, musical. “But I told Nikki’s friend Ivy to call her and confirm the meeting. And that should happen, right, about... now.”
George and me looked over at Nikki, who started back at us questioning our sanity, when her cell rang went off making us jump at her damn heavy metal ring tone. “You lot have lost your bleedin’ mind.” She laughed as she put the cell to her ear. “Yeah...” She winked at me with a smile, then it faltered, then fell before she hung up.
“Who was it?” I asked.
“It was my friend from the coven, the one I told you about...” She answered a little baffled.
“And what the hell did she say?” Georgie squeaked out.
“That she was told to give us a message...” She muttered.
“Okay, what’s the message?” I growled.
“We’re to go to St. James Park in Westminster, then to the duck island cottage. Once we’re there, we’re to cross the walk over the water and go to the door at the end of the wooden planks that says privet. After that, we follow the stairs down to the meeting room of the coven of nine.” She murmured.
“There, you see, I was telling you the truth.” Sebeam laughed again in my ear. “Alright, now that you know where to go, we’ll see you soon. Oh and one other thing, and be there by midnight.” She said, then hung up.
“What the hell...is this like some crazy Cinderella thing or something?” I mumbled looking at the phone in my hand, then at Georgie.
“I don’t think we should go. It could be a trap.” Georgie stated shaking her head.
Nikki came over crossing her arms smacking her gum in thought. “The witches don’t really do traps, well that’s not quite true but... they sure in hell wouldn’t have Zoey call me to tell us to meet them if it was a trap, they’d just curse us instead.” She stated.
“Oh that’s lovely...” I growled, then sighed glancing over at Shelly. “What do you think? Any bad juju you’re feeling from this?” I asked.
“Who’s to say.” She hissed with her arms going in the air. “Everything is off right now Molly. It’s like the whole world has gone crazy and were stuck in the middle of it. But as for the call, nothing made my hair stand on end if that’s what your wondering.” She offered with a shrug.
“Well ladies, then I say, what the hell. Let’s go see what this is all about. And if Elvia is there, then maybe we can get her to join us... that is, unless anyone objects?” I asked glancing at all of them.
“Well it sound bloody brilliant to me. I’ve been needing to kick some more arse anyway.” Nikki laughed, but then Sampson stomped in.
“You’re not leaving my ass alone here any longer woman! I’m not some damn female you know.” He barked, only to have Nikki roll her eyes, and take him by the arm going into the back rooms.
“Oy, give the bastard a good one, and then let’s be on our way!” Calista shouted at the two, before I grabbed her by the arm and yanked her out the front door.
It was quarter to twelve when we got to St James park and started to make our way over to duck island cottage, but even though it was late at night, London was still very bustling. But as we made our way across the bridge to the cottage, a scent caught my attention. I stopped glancing around the area knowing I recognized it, but couldn’t quite put my finger on it either.
Shelly walked up next to me, now looking around too. “What’s up, you smellin’ something off?” she whispered.
“I’m not sure, it’s just something, different...” I murmured.
George now walked over. “What do you want to do, head in, or sniff out the intruder out?”
That was a good question, what should we do? But then... “No, we continue to the cottage. Whatever is waiting for us doesn’t seem to want to get close to the coven.” I said, then started walking once again.
We walked over the bridge, then around the small house until there was planked walkway going over the water, and at the end of it was a single door with a dim light next to it. “Okay ladies, let’s be ready for anything.” I said over my shoulder.
If there was any scent that was in the air, they were all normal. I could smell that there was nobody was waiting for us behind the door... unless it was a MM, then we were screwed. So with a deep breath, I carefully opened the door, and looked at the small landing and then stone steps heading deep underground.
The walls were covered in shrubbery, flowers, and bright insects. There was no lights just the glowing from the bugs and the unearthly flowers. “There’s some strange shite in here Molly...” Calista mumbled behind as we started to walk down the steps.
“Yeah...” I answered.
Slowly we made our way down into what felt like an abys of greens, when we finally came to the end. The branches and vines started to vanish into the brick as we traveled down the hall where it became more, modern. When we reached the end, there was a round table in the middle of the room with a table that was made of flowing water with people already sitting around it.
“Ah, there you all are.” Came a mesmerizing voice that I’ve heard before. I looked over a woman dressed in white, with burgundy hair piled onto of her head, and her eyes so pale, she looked to have no eyes at all.
“Sebeam?” I asked.
“Yes, and it is so lovely to finally make your acquaintance Molly.” She smiled leading me into the room. I looked over at the table and there sat Elvira, along with a couple other people I’d never seen before. “So why don’t I make the introductions and then we can get this meeting started.” She started, and I got a funny feeling of deja vu.
“You know Elvira, of course, along with the coven behind her.” She said then her hand went out to a man who was sitting, who just so happened to be a nanohuman. My first thought was... is he here seeking revenge for Sterling?
I didn’t move, but gauged the way he did as Sebeam continued. “This is Cheverus. He has been the one leading a resistance against Sterling and his corruption. After Sterling’s demise Cheverus became the leader of the nanohumans, and wanted to seek a face to face with you.” She stated.
He gave me a nod as the lights ran over the circuits at the side of this throat and his dark eyes watched me... I guess he was just a leery of me as I was of him. But I nodded my head back, feeling more then a little relieved to have another who maybe wants to join forces.
There was a small woman with following orange hair, green eyes, and a freckled face practical bouncing out of her chair. “That is Ivy, and she’s waited a long time to meet you.” Sebeam smiled
“Hi there! I can’t believe we’re finally at this point in time!” Ivy chirped out at me.
“Hi, it’s nice to meet you too.” I answered, receiving a giggle.
“And this my dear, is the one and only Merlin.” Sebeam said full of affection.
I looked over at the old man who was intensely staring at me, so I did the same in return. This guy was old, I couldn’t tell you just how old he was, but from the sent that was coming of him… he was ancient.
His white, bushy, bread hung to his lap, and his thick white hair was brushed back from his face showing me the twinkle in his eyes of mirth in his bright blue eyes. But, if his beard wasn’t so long, I would say he looked very modern. “Hello.”
“Hello dear girl. It is a pleasure to finally meet you in person and not in dreams.” He smiled.
That had me stop and think... “You said your name was Merlin, right?”
“Yes.” He nodded.
“You’re not saying your like, Merlin form the fairytale of King Author and the knights of the round table, are you?” I asked trying to laugh.
A pipe appeared in Merlin’s hand lit and read to go while he chuckled. “King Author was no fairy tale my dear, and neither am I. He was a real man, with a real kingdom. Just like I am a real man.”
My smile fell as I looked him over... there was something familiar about him. I just couldn’t say what. “Okay, I’m sorry if I offended you.” I replied as I took a seat as the table, and Georgie and the others took the seat behind me. It’s nice to meet you.”
“Do not fret such a thing my dear. I just wanted you to know that king Author was not some made up story.” He smiled smoking his pipe. “I have looked forward to this day for a very long time. Sebeam and I have had long discussions about you for a millennia now.” He chuckled with an old craggily voice. “Isn’t she just as I described?”
Sebeam nodded her head and that’s when I saw her elven ears. “Yes Merlin, just as. But you always seem to manipulate the discussion my darling.” She laughed softly making him grin.
“Hey, remember what I told you about...” Ivy hinted.
“Of course Ivy, how could we forget.” Merlin chuckled.
Elvira cleared her throat at the banter, then looked over at me with her finger intertwined on the table. “My I be the first to congratulate you on your victory over Silver Molly. You fought skillfully and won fair and square.”
“But when I was asked here to join you in a meeting, I had no idea that you were already aligned with the sorceress. If so I would not have come.” She growled accusingly.
“What are you talking about?” I asked, more than a little confused.
“She has no idea what you’re talking about Elvira. It was my decision, and mine alone that I have come here to take a stand with the queen of the mixers.” Merlin stated casually.
“You have bound yourself and your kind to her ilk?” She asked with a tilt of her head.
“I have. I have pledge full loyalty to this queen, making her now, my queen, and the queen of the sorceress.” He informed her.
My head turned and looked over at Merlin in shock. “But we’ve never met, or spoken before, I mean, I guess what I’m trying to say is... thank you.” I said trying to express my gratitude.
“Anything for you my dear.” He winked.
Elvira glanced over her shoulder at her friends, and then back to me. “Well, that is something if I do say so myself but...What is the queen of the mixers hoping for with this meeting with the coven of nine?” She asked.
“An alliance.” I stated.
“Well, you never were one to mince words when there was something that you wanted...” She said, then cocked her head. “But let me ask you this, new queen. If I say yes to an alliance with you and your ilk, what does the coven gain from it?” She asked.
Damn, she had me there. We didn’t have any kind of magic like they had to offer, but we did have brains and brawn. Also, mixers had no issues with any of the covens so it wasn’t like I could offer peace treaty. Would our strength be enough to tempt them?
Merlin spoke before I even had a chance to offer something... “If you agree to an alliance with the mixers, then you will also have the oracles, and the sorcerers, aligned with the covens as well. I would think that would be something most beneficial for you and your ilk considering our checkered past together.” He stated lazily blowing rings of smoke from his mouth.
“You would cease the feud between the witches and sorceress?” Elvira asked, then glancing over at me.
“I am willing to let bygones be bygones if, you agree to be a loyal ally to queen Molly.” Merlin grinned, but it didn’t seem friendly, more like a warning.
Elvira stared at Merlin, but he just sat back acting like he didn’t have a care in the world. You could see her mind working on what she wanted to do, and it seemed that the peace Merlin offered was something she couldn’t turn down.
“I never had an issue with the mixers, therefore we have no issue in an alliance with them. But if you’re willing to promise an alliance with the covens... fine, then we have an alliance.” Elvira said standing from her seat.
“It is done then. There shall be peace between the covens and the sorcerers, and in that you have gain the friendship of the oracles as well.” He offered with a laugh.
“Then let’s seal this peace with a sorceress seal. This way I know that you are genuine.” She offered taking out an old blackened knife with a bone handle. She slit her palm, and then handed to Merlin. “If she betrays me, the punishment will fall upon you.” She warned.
Merlin got up from his seat going over to her. “That is a price I’m willing to accept.” He nodded slicing his own palm and taking her hand.
His blue eyes glowed bright as he murmured words under his breath. Wind wiped around the room as a light grew from their conjoined hands, until a flash of light over took the room and then was gone just as quickly.
Merlin took his hand way and sat back down. “It’s done. But you do realize that if you do anything, or plot anything that will harm this alliance, I will know about it immediately.” He warned.
“Yes, I’m aware of it.” She stated nodding to the coven that it was time to leave. All the woman got up and were about to leave when...
“That’s good, very good to hear. Then, I suppose your working with the ex-queen of the werewolves is now at an end. I just wanted to be sure that you knew that would be considered a violation of our new alliance.” He stated with a lifted brow.
If looks could kill, I swear Merlin would’ve been dead, that’s just how pissed she looked. Her stance was stiff, and I saw her fist clench. But she turned around and nodded to him without saying a word, and then turned back to me. “It was a pleaser to see you again Molly.”
“Same here Elvira.” I nodded, knowing this was hardly the kind of alliance I was hoping for. But once she and her followers had left, I fell back into my chair. “You know, I already have enough people wanting my head on a platter. I didn’t need any help adding another one to the list.” I sighed.
Ivy giggled and her flaming orange curls bounded when she did. “Oh, Merlin would never let anything happen to you. He was just making sure she couldn’t come back with a way to stab you in the back, like he saw.” She informed me.
“What?” I asked confused.
“Ivy!” Sebeam snapped.
“Oops, sorry.” Ivy sighed slouching back in her chair.
“All is well my dear.” Merlin grinned.
I shook my head, not understanding much of what was going on, but went with it anyways. “Well, I guess a thanks you is in order then.” I answered.
“I’m happy to be of service my dear.” He smiled.
Cheverus cleared his throat making all of us turn his way. “I have asked for this meeting because I believe that the mixers and the nanohumans have a lot in common here. We share common enemies from the old fractions that find our existence a threat to theirs. I hope is that we can come together and form a strong front to defend our people.”
“And what to your people think about aligning with the woman who killed Sterling?” I asked.
“I will not lie to you. There are some who liked the idea of the nanohumans working with the MM’s to become a super power. And they will not like it, and could even cause some problems for me, but they are but a few. I do not want anything like Sterling did, I want peace and am willing to work for that. But if anyone comes trying to take that peace away from us again... then I will hunt every last one of you down and destroy you.” He growled.
“A man after my own heart.” I smiled.
“This is where if we can show that we are untied, I think most would leave us all in peace.” Was Cheverus conclusion.
”When I came here tonight I was hoping to get the coven to join the mixers. I now see that you are fighting for your people as well, and I think the two of us would have plenty to gain by this. But, I don’t see this peace you’re hoping for happening just yet.” I admitted. “We’ll have to work together, helping each other fend off these crazy fractions who want to destroy us. And after the dust settles and we’ve earned our place in this dark world, then let’s hope we all kind find some peaceful place for ourselves in it.”
Cheverus stood reaching out his hand. “I need no blood to make this packed with you. I’m a man of my word, and my word is my bond.” He swore as I took his hand.
“That goes for me as well, my word to you is my bond. May our two people live in peace together, and both come to each others aid in times of trouble.” I vowed as we shook hands. “I want to thank you for support. I cannot show enough gratitude for such an honor you’ve bestrode upon me and my people.”
“I feel the same.” Cheverus smiled.
“But I still have somethings to finish up yet before I head back to our little make shift command center in London. I’ll have Nikki give you Samson number. He’s the one running everything with the clusters while I’m gone. The two of you can coordinate a strategy for our people to work together and put it into affect.”
“That sounds good to me.” He agreed releasing my hand.
“You know, in this mad world we live in, it’s hard to find friends who you can trust. But after today, I have a feeling that this is the beginning of a blossoming friendship.” I smiled.
Ivy stood up just then and pointed at Merlin. “She said it! I knew she’d give the friendship speech… I just knew it!” She laughed, while Merlin and Sebeam rolled their eyes, as if the lost a bet... and from the sound of it, I would assume that’s the correct guess.
“Well, I’m off then.“Cheverus nodded at Merlin, Sebeam, and Ivy, before turning back to me. “I’ll be looking forward to working together queen Molly.” He bowed, before taking his jacket and going up the stairs.
“Well, I guess I should be on my way too. But I just wanted to say thank you for your help, and your trust. There is much more that will have to be before we get the justice we seek. But knowing that we have you three in our corner will not only help us as a people, it would have the creatures of this world recognize us as individual species with rights. We might have been created by the vampires, but that doesn’t mean they have the right to destroy us because we broke free from their mold.”
Sebeam smiled at Merlin touching his arm. “So sincere, don’t you think my dear?”
“I would suspect no less from her.” He nodded with a sad look in his eyes. “But it was so much better to watch the speech in person then in one’s mind, don’t you think ladies?” He chuckle.
“I have to admit, I thought we were going down a different path, but you were correct on this account. But, let’s not have that get to your head.” Sebeam smiled.
Ivy started laughing. “Merlin always gets ahead of himself. That’s always been the problem.” She winked at me, then gasped.
Sebeam smiled faltered as her eyes glowed an eerie white. “I see a change coming Merlin, do you see it as well?”
Merlin sat back closing his eyes, puffing his pipe. “Hmm, yes. It’s subtle, but the decision we have been looking for has been made. But there someone who has changed from his course. Ah, there it is, yes, I see it now... what is your take Sebeam?” He questioned.
Her eyes stopped shinning and she cocked her head studying me. “I still see what we all have seen all long this path in time. But, I also see a new altercation down the line now, one where two world come crashing together.”
“Ivy?” Merlin questioned.
“I see the same, but I have traveled down the lines and I believe that all will be good in the end.” Ivy giggled.
Listing to their conversation was like being dropped down the rabbit whole. I knew they could see the future, I’m not an compete idiot, but having people talk in riddles about you and that’s going to happen…“I’m sorry, but am I missing something here?” I asked.
Ivy laughed, her elbows on the table and her chin on her hands. “I’m so sorry Molly. You see, we’ve known this day has been coming for such a long time now, but we only get bits and pieces of it. It’s like putting a puzzle together in your mind.”
“Ivy, you’ll croupy everything!” Sebeams whimsical voice scolded, but Ivy just waved her off and kept smiling at me.
“Don’t worry Sebeam, she didn’t give anything away. So back to topic.” He said clapping his bonny hands together. “I will be sure to help speared the words of the alliances that was made here tonight. Also to be warned that anyone comes against Molly, comes against me, and the others like us.” He grinned at the woman.
“Oh darn it! He beat me to it... I wanted to give that speech!” Ivy huffed crossed her arms pouting.
“I told you he would.” Sebeam sighed.
“Molly, I’m here if you need me. Just call out my name and I will here you, and I will be there to help if I can my dear.” Merlin smiled.
“Can I ask you something?”
“Of course, even though I already know what you’re going to ask.”
“Why do you act like you know me?” I questioned.
He smiled with his pipe firmly in his teeth, and then sighed. “Let’s just say, I’ve been watching after you for a very long time now my dear.”
“But, why...” I started to ask, then just shook my head. I knew he answer he gave was going to be vague, so why bother. I turned to the girls who got up and then back to the crazy people in the room. “I just want to thank you for your support once again, and apologize for having to leave so soon.” I told them as the girls started to walk out ahead of me.
“Yes, yes, my dear, go have fun. Oh, and be sure to tell Nicolas hello for me, and tell Marcus, that he’s to uptight for his own good.” He chuckled waving us off.
“Marcus...?” I murmured, but Merlin just shook his head as he, Sebeam, and Ivy talked in hushed tones.
I shook my head ready to get the hell out of there, but then I heard Merlin chuckle and say the number “Three”. Gasps and loud giggles broke out as Merlin laughed even louder... what the hell were they up to?
Once we made it outside we all took long deep breath a fresh night air and Nikki started laughing. “You know, I don’t think I ever been so bloody confused in my whole damn life!”
Calista came over “Blimmy, I think they must have been smokin’ the good stuff if you ask me!” She laughed making Shelly hold her side from laughing so hard.
I wiped so tears from my face from laughing and shook my head. “Well that was, special.” I smiled taking a deep breath trying not to start laughing aging.
George whipped an eye as well, then sighed. “So what are we going to next? Are we going to the vampire committee, or after the werewolf bitch?” She asked.
“I’m not sure. Who do you think can get me to Mr. West quicker?” I asked.
“I think it would be the she-bitch. I mean, she was the one that was at the fight between you and Silver. I would think she’s more involved in what Mr. West is up to then just some lackeys working as a distraction in with the vampires” Shelly offered.
“Yeah, that makes sense, and now we don’t have to worry about the coven getting in the way to stop us... that could’ve been messy.” I added.
Georgie giggled and then clapped her hands together. “Better yet, why don’t we ask our new pals at the coven where’s she at. I think after the warning that Merlin dished out, she’d more then willing to oblige.”
“Okay then, Nikki call your contact and tell her to have Elvira get ahold of me... But first, I have to call Marcus.” I sighed pulling out my cell.
“Why the hell would you be calling Mr. Big mouth now?” Georgie asked.
“Because Mr. Big mouth is with Nicolas, and they’re sitting at the committee hearings right now. Since we’re going after Agatha, don’t you think I should give them the we got information about their little spy problem? This way we can deal with the wolves, and we’ll have Mr. Bigmouth sort out their vampire problem for us.” I explained.
“Fine... just don’t let him talk you out of anything.” She mumbled walking back to the girls.
With a deep breath I hit the button, and waited for Marcus to pick up. It barely managed to get to the first ring when...“Bird, what’s going on, are you all right?”
“I’m fine, I’m fine, I promise.” I sighed, signaling for the girls to walk ahead. “I wanted to let you and Nickolas know that you have five people who work for Mr. West in your committee right now.”
I could hear him walking away from all the noise in the background. “Bloody hell! Yes, Nicolas and I came to that same conclusion a couple days ago, but you just confirmed our suspicions for us.” He growled.
“Well on a better note, I’ve got made a couple new alliance tonight, and with some very influential people I might add.” I smiled, but glanced around getting that feeling of being watched again.
“That’s brilliant bird. So who did you talk to.” He chuckled.
“Well, the coven of nine aren’t big fans of ours, but they did choose our side in the end. The nanohumans has a new leader that also wanted to make alliance, and I think will be very promising for us. Oh, and one more thing. Do you know a sorcerer named Merlin? He sure acted like he knew you.” I laughed. “Even told me, to tell you, not to be so uptight all the time.” I laughed again, but Marcus was quiet, and that was never a good thing. “Marcus?”
“Molly, are you saying that you meet Merlin?” He asked.
“Ah, yeah, is that a problem?”
The phone was muffled and then Nicolas came on. “Molly tell me precisely what he said to you luv.”
“It was really strange, but he acted like he knew me, and that he and the sorcerers where backing me as queen of the mixers.” I said shaking my head over the whole situation. “I hate to admit it but, these people were nice, but really crazy even for my standers... and that saying something.”
I heard the phone get passed back to Marcus and he chuckled in my ear. “You’re the one bird, I knew it, I knew it all along, but with that old bat showing himself to you confirms all my suspicions.” He laughed, and I could hear Nicolas saying something to him, but couldn’t make out what.
“Okay, so what’s this big deal about Merlin...” I started to ask, but then Shelly came running to me with her cell in her hand.
“Molly, we’ve got a lead on Aggie!”
My eyes went wide and nodded. “I gotta go, something important just came up. I love you both!” I said hanging up quickly. “Okay, what’s going on?”
“Jamie who just called me. It seems your vampires, and her vampire have been doing some snooping of their own. She just heard Jamison on the phone talking about a little night club in London that could be selling innocents! Isn’t that what Nikon said before you lost contact with them? Something about a night club?” Shelly asked.
“Yes he did...” I murmured deep in thought.
“Well, what do you think?” Georgie asked.
“It’s the first real lead we’ve had in a long time.” I admitted.
“You do realize this could be a trap, right?” Nikki said chopping her gum and crossed her arms, but that’s what we all were thinking as well.
Calista straightened her fedora on her head. “Not shite, But still we’ve got to effin go, right?”
That had me smile cracking my knuckles. “Oh, we’re going, and if it is a trap... I say we capture the assholes, and then beat the living shit out of them until we get the information we want.” I winked.
“Now this sounds like my kind of fucking night!” Nikki laughed, and we all joined in as we made our way to go find my baby.
Jamie sent over the information that she had overheard, and from what we could figure out this MM night club was on Whitehall Road, in the heart of London. After that, we were to find a pub called the painted lady, then go down the side alleyway with the graffiti on the wall of an zombie apocalypse, and under a broken light there will a gold door... that is where we could get into this den of iniquity .
It was luckily for us, it was only a quick jaunt from where we were, to our indented destination. Not so lucky for the bastards we where going to beat the shit out of. Once we found the pub, the rest was easy.
We started to make our way down to the golden door with an annoying flicker light, when a scent hit me, and I knew who had been following us since St. James Park... “Ladies we’ve got company.” I sighed.
"What, who?" Georgie hissed under her breath.
I saw two large men trying to act nonchalant around the humans. “Damn it... stay here and out of sight until I get back.” I hissed.
"Molly..."Calista growled as I walked by.
I hid myself in the shadows and could see the men searching around, and when they stepped into the alley, I stepped in front of them. “So Ryklin decided I needed babysitters now?” I asked crossing my arms over my chest looking up at Uptum and Mitchum. “Why the hell are you in my world?”
They both bowed there head, but Uptum stepped forward. “Your majesty, the king was worried that you might still be healing, and wanted us to make sure that you where safe.” He explained.
I rolled my eyes at that answer. “Damn it Ryklin... I’m not going to be able to get rid of you, am I?”
Mitchum, who was a very tall, and muscular for an elf, with hair black as an October night, and eyes the color of a harvest moon frowned at me. “I’m afraid your majesty is stuck with us from her on out. We have been made your personal knights.” He answered, showing me a mark on his hand of a red maple leaf.
My hands ran over my face looking back at the girls, and then the door were supposed to be breaking into. “Well shit! Fine you can come on then. But I swear if you get in my way… you will have to deal with one very unhappy woman.” I warned.
“Yes you majesty.” They said in unison.
We headed back and the girls stepped out from darkness staring at the two enormous men following behind me. When I walked by, Shelly pointed a finger at Uptum. “Hey, Isn’t he Ryklin’s knight…”
“Don’t ask... let’s just get going.” I said with a wave of my hand, making Georgie giggle.
When we stood in front of the door and I was about to break in... Lennox came out of his ghosting form next to me making me jump. “You have got to be kidding me!” I hissed under my breath. Everyone at this club would now we're fucking here by now! “What are you doing here?” I whispered.
“I got a call from Jamison.” He explain.
My mouth dropped and then Nikki came over throwing her arm around my shoulder looking the elves and then Lennox. “Bloody hell, can’t you give a woman some breathing room?” She asked shaking her head. “I’m amazed we get any shit done at all with these men goin' on about your safety."
Lennox was about to argue with Nikki, and I just held up my hand to stop it. “I really don’t care who's here and for what damn reason right now. We have three men that we can use to help break this little party up, find Aggie, and help us get our hands on Mr. West... so lets go!” I fumed.
Without further interruptions, my inky fingers touched the door nob making the metal disintegrate within second. My hand came up counting, one, two, three... and then I kicked the door in.
We rushed in, expecting to meet an entourage of MM's, and posable some seedy creatures... but the place was empty. “What the fuck!” I growled.
“Molly, nobodies here?” Georgie said looking around.
What had looked like a tiny club on the outside was acutely very big on the inside. I sniffed around and I could smell the cigar smoke, blood, sex, and liquor, still in the air. This place had been recently evacuated. “Somehow they got a heads up that we were coming. But how...” I snapped as we walked around.
“What do you want to do next Molly, it’s your call.” Shelly asked.
My mind was running rampant on what to do next. I was tiered of playing this game, I just wanted my daughter back! “Shelly, you, Nikki, and Cal, go check upstairs and see if that damn Mr. West left something useful for us behind. I’ll take Georgie and the guys to see if there any trace of Augustine or clues of where they might have gone on this floor.” I ordered.
We split up, and I started searching the massive rooms when I saw a railing with stairs heading downward, and knew what the next place to search was going to be. But as soon as I hit the top step, I could smell her, my Aggie.
My head swung to Lennox who saw me pull my gun from its hustler. “I smell her, downstairs...” I mouthed.
He nodded and then vanished. If someone was down there keeping my baby quiet, I wanted to get the upper hand on them, and then... I was going to tear them from limb to limb!
Quietly I made my way down the steps, when George joined me with her own pistol cocked and ready to go. But when we reached the bottom, any scent of Aggie was gone. "What the hell?" I growled looking around.
"What?" Georgie asked.
"She's gone... I don't smell anyone down here anymore." I admitted.
Lennox came through one of the walls and shook his head as he came to me. “Molly, there’s no one down here baby. I’m sorry.” He frowned.
“But, I caught her scent at the top of the stairs, it was so strong...” I murmured, wanting to lash out, but knew I couldn't. Instead, I knelt down relaxing my body feeling the floor beneath me, and let my senses take over.
All the scents rushed over me creating a picture in my mind of the present, and the past of who had been here. I went by Lennox, George, then by Uptum, Mitchum, who were making their way down to us. Then came the others... there had been human girls kept here, so many innocent Mixers here that I couldn’t keep count, and then there was that void that the MM’s imprint made.
“Come on baby, talk to me.” I whispered taking another breath and relaxing even further. Then, I caught her scent, but it was so slight, and so far back out of my reach I almost missed it. But why would it go from being so strong to so week so quickly? “Oh god, Aggie!”
I jumped up running full speed praying Aggie wasn’t laying dying in one of these God forsaken cells waiting on me to find her. When I came to the cell door far in the back corner of the building, my breathing was coming hard trying to get control of what I might find behind that door. I kicked it open searching for her body, but found only an empty room.
My heart was pounding out of my chest as I bent over with my hands on my knees. I was laughing, and crying at the same time. There was part of me was so relieved that I didn’t find her dead on the damn floor, but there was another part of me that was so pissed that I missed her again! “Son of a bitch!” I roared kicking a chair.
Lennox came and took me in his arms. “I’m sorry sweetheart.” He whispered into my hair.
I hugged him back, needing to get my emotions under control. “She was here. I would say we’ve missed them by about two days, at the most.” I murmured letting go of him and made my way into this make shift cell. "Wait a minute..." I whispered noticing the further in I walked into the room, the stronger her scent became again.
"Molly, what are you doing." Lennox asked following behind me.
"Nothing, it's just, do you smell city streets...."
"What?" He growled, but I shook my head.
“How does this bastard keep getting the upper hand on us?!” Georgie seethed turning over things for clues.
“That is a great question George.” I answered, almost hypnotized by this strange anomaly of strong scent coming from one corner of the room. “There’s something going on here...” I murmured transfixed the closer I got.
“Molly, honey, it’s just a corner. There’s nothing special about it.” Georgie stated calmly, talking to me like I was losing my mind.
“No, Aggie’s scent is over powering there. But there’s more, it’s like I can smell city street’s or something…” I answered walking slowly to the wall reaching out to touch it.
“Molly don’t touch that wall!” Uptum shouted when he stepped into the room, but it was to late. When I turn to look back at him, I tripped and went to steady myself on the wall when I pulled through it instead. The next thing I knew, I was dropped in the mild of time square with horns honking at me.
Lennox yanked me out of the road and onto the sidewalk holding me in his arms protectively. When I looked over I saw Georgie, Uptum, and Mitchum standing looking just as perplexed as I was.
"What the hell just happened?" Lennox snapped at the knights.
"I'm not sure? But someone put a portal in a very strange area, almost as if it was to lure her majesty to it... " Uptum answered as he thought.
But Mitchums eyes went wide and shook his head. “We have to hurry back through, now!” He growled going to the where the porthole should've been, but it was gone. “If this portal was purposely made to get her majesty here, there are only a hand full of elves who are strong enough to manipulate a tunnel to break down after someone entered it.” He hinted.
“Tipton...” Lennox growled holding me tighter now.
“That would make sense." Uptum agreed.
“So does that mean they abandoned the club in London just to get me to New York... but why?” I questioned.
“That, your majesty, is an excellent question.” Uptum said.
"None of this made sense!" I hissed pushing out of Lennox grasp needing a minute to think things through. It was like I was walking blind all over again. I had no leads to go on and know idea where the hell to go next.
My hands went through my hair as I tried to calm myself down. I wanted to be strong, to be cool and calculating hard ass to get my daughter back, but at the moment, I was just completely devastated.
My hands went to my face trying to stop the tears from coming when Lennox pulled me back into his arms. “Don’t worry baby, were going to find her, I promise.” He whispered in my ear.
I knew that he was right, I knew I would find her... but I was done waiting. It was time to cause some real pain, and I had a certain she-wolf in mind who was going to get a up close and personal introduction to the interrogator.