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Number 5

Even though I had only seen the island from inside a little boat for only seconds I recognized it immediately. The high cliffs and sharp rocks underneath. I spotted the large trees on top and the white of the laboratory. Vigidis steered the boat towards it. As we passed around the high cliffs we all gazed up at the place we were born and raised. Just after the cliffs was a beach, a small empty beach. I could see what looked like a port a little way off so we stopped at the beach. Vigidis and I pulled the boat onto the sand while Concordia examined the trails leading down to the beach. They all looked pretty old to me.

“ Do you think anyone ever comes here?” Vigidis asked as we joined Concordia in front of a trail.

“ No,” I answered shortly.

“ Do you think they can see us? They have security cameras,” I shrugged.

“ Most likely. But we can still try to stay discreet. I think they know we’re here anyway,” I replied a little softer.

“ This trail looks the oldest, the less used. We’ll have more chance not meeting anyone on it than the others,” Concordia announced marching ahead. Vigidis and I followed behind silently. It was basically completely overgrown. We were walking on twisting vines and damp leaves. The trees were big and very leafy, they blocked the sun out almost completely. It was like walking in a big green chamber. It was also very moist, the air was thick and tasted like mud. The large leaves were still full of water. It had obviously rained. I remembered the big rainstorms, the sound of crashing trees outside my room and the dark skies even during the daytime. However I had never been outside after a storm. Everything looked clean and fresh.

My heart was beating in my chest. The thought of seeing Caleb again was making me jumpy. I could see his face in my head. Even if he didn’t love me, I would feel good freeing him. I ignored the thought of coming back to a place I had tried so hard to escape from. I forgot about the dangers lying ahead. All that mattered was Caleb, saving him. Caleb.

We seemed to have walked for at least an hour before we heard anything. Cars, a truck maybe. We heard the crunching of the wet earth under the tires and voices of big men. Concordia stopped where she was. I crept up to her and peeked forward. I could just make out the white flash of a moving vehicle.

“ We should follow,” I whispered. Concordia shrugged.

“ We could get caught.”

“ Connie, how?” I demanded slipping in front of her. I followed the car’s tracks at a run. Concordia and Vigidis followed behind casting glancing around in the forest. We were moving up hill. I guessed up the cliff.

The path led straight into the army’s base. A very big building painted dark green camouflage. It had wired fences and securities cameras. I crouched behind a large boulder with Concordia and Vigidis flanking me. We watched as trucks arrived with men and some leaving. There were large piles of guns and some men going out into the forest shouting orders. I noticed most of them were young, proud, beefy, but still young. Barley over twenty. They looked in formation, waiting. They knew we had arrived.

“ God he looks our age!” Vigidis hissed pointing at a young looking man heaving a large gun. He didn’t even have a beard. I sniffed.

“ These men are hopeless. If he’s sixteen then he shouldn’t be here. I don’t want to kill him,” I sneered.

“ But you would kill families,” Vigidis huffed. I glared at her.

“ I’ve never kill children or pregnant women,” I reminded her.

“ You killed that girl in the library!” Vigidis accused. I glowered.

“ I didn’t do it on purpose. She should have moved,” I snapped back.

“ Sure. So now it’s her fault you killed her,” my eyes flashed dangerously.

“ Watch it, I haven’t killed in a long time!” I hissed.

“ Eris!” Concordia called my name sharply. “ Enough! Both of you! We’re here on a mission! We have to save Caleb. This is no time to be winding yourselves up,” she snapped then moved past me to look down another trail. I glared at Vigidis before turning my attention to the trail.

“ I can see the laboratory,” I breathed pointing at the large white building resting on top of the cliff surrounded by trees.

“ Let’s move,” Vigidis hissed starting at a run. We kept to the forest, invisible through the thick leaves. We rushed up the cliff rapidly. Vigidis stopped hiding behind a large tree. Concordia and I slid up next to her well hidden. The laboratory was only fifty meters away. I could see men in their army suits moving around outside, giving orders, running laps or talking to each other. They stood guard around the lab about two meters apart. There was no way of approaching without being seen. I glanced at Concordia, not only was her hair very visible her flashy clothes weren’t helping. Her pants were bright blue and her shirt orange slightly brown with bloodstain. She glanced at me curiously.

“ What?” she asked.

“ Your clothes,” I pointed out. She looked down then frowned.

“ Ah. Uh what do we do?” I smiled.

“ Simple. We highjack some army clothes.”

“ I didn’t see any women here, especially in the army,” Vigidis reminded me darkly. I glowered at her.

“ So? We just need something to blend in a little. I’m not saying walk right out in front. Just something if we’re seen from far away,” I replied.

“ So how do we get them?” Concordia asked. I smiled again. Vigidis was already wearing dark green, her pitch-black hair was in a bun. I jutted my chin towards her.

“ You go get three army men,” I ordered. She started at me incuriously.

“ What? I don’t—”

“ Just do it,” I snapped back. She glared at me not moving. My eyes flashed. Concordia sighed.

“ Vigidis, you know you’re mostly already camouflaged. Sure Eris is wearing black but her hair is white. You go,” she shoved her forward. Muttering angrily Vigidis slipped forward hiding behind trees as she went. She stopped in front of four young looking men who just seemed to be talking. They had their guns at the ready, waiting for orders. She obviously made a noise because they all turned in her direction at the same time. She disappeared behind a tree laughing loudly. They glanced at each other then crept behind her tree. We watched them fall silently. I could see her shimmering slightly in the sunlight. She beckoned us forward. We hurried to join her. We stripped three of them and shoved their bodies deep into the undergrowth.

“ One of them was cute,” Vigidis muttered darkly chucking me a pile of clothes.

“ We only needed three Vi,” I reminded her smirking. Her eyes flashed while I stayed calm.

“ Just shut up! Both of you!” Concordia hissed ripping her shirt off. I shrugged and grinned at Vigidis. She glowered back. I stripped and then pulled on a pair of large baggy green camouflage pants. I had to tighten the black belt around my waist, it almost went around twice. I screwed an extra hole in with my powers. Then I pulled on a white singlet shirt that I stuffed in the pants. I knelt down to pull on the large black boots. They were too big but I tightened them so they stayed on. I slipped the little gun and other ammunition into the belt. I cast a glance at Concordia before pulling my hair up and stuffing it under the camouflage cap. I picked up the camouflage jacket on the floor and slipped it on. It was too big and baggy so I rolled the sleeves up and zipped it up. Vigidis and Concordia were both ready when I finished. I glanced at them.

“ Do you think we look like men?” I asked doubtfully.

“ This was you’re idea genius!” Vigidis sneered. I ignored her.

“ If we stay back we have a chance,” Concordia told us. “ More than before, now what’s our plan of attack?” I shrugged.

“ Go in and get Caleb.”

“ We don’t even know where he is,” Vigidis reminded me.

“ We’ll ask.”

“ Sure. Like someone is going to give us directions,” she huffed looking away.

“ They would if we were threatening their life!” I hissed.

“ We have to watch out for traps too. I say, we get through a window,” Concordia announced smartly.

“ Can you fly too? My powers aren’t strong enough, I’d have to kill a few people before I could even jump high enough.”

“ We can get into the first floor,” she replied.

“ Right. What if he’s on the third?” Concordia rolled her eyes.

“ We only know of one prison in this place Eris. Our rooms. Why would they put him in Vigidis or my room? They’d put him in yours. You’re his girlfriend. You’re room is on the first floor.”

Was,” I pointed out. Concordia rolled her eyes.

Was. Come let’s get going,” she moved forward creeping silently over the wet leaves.

“ He could be in one of the test rooms. They’re pretty closed up too,” I murmured.

“ Let’s just start with your room,” Concordia answered dryly. Vigidis and I followed behind wary of our surroundings. I shot glances out for security cameras but didn’t see any. Soon we had our backs to the laboratory’s front door creeping towards my old room’s window. It was at least four meters high and way too small. Three young soldiers stood guard under it smoking. I scowled at them.

“ We can’t kill them without everyone noticing,” Concordia murmured.

“ And we can’t kill them all,” Vigidis added.

“ Why not?” I snapped. Vigidis rolled her eyes towards me.

“ We’re not all cold blooded Eris. Maybe we could try to go through the front door there is no way we can blast through the walls. We would have done it years ago.”

“ If only we had a real plan,” Concordia sighed.

“ I saw something in a movie” I admitted, hey both cast me a curious glance. “ With Caleb. There was this guy, James something. He snuck in under the building,” I looked down at the moist ground below my feet.

“ I am not digging with my hands!” Vigidis exclaimed then clamped her hand over her mouth as one of the soldier glanced our way. I glared at her.

“ We don’t have to you duce. I’ll use my powers. We just have to dig deep enough and far enough, we’ll have to aim right into my room,” Concordia nodded slowly.

“ Then we can sneak out without killing anyone else,” she agreed. I shook my head.

“ I’m killing Director Morgan and all those people in the test rooms. If we keep them alive, they’ll always be coming after us. Concordia we have to kill them now, or we’ll never be left alone. The police could never guess our powers. These are the only people who know about Chimeramortuses,” she blinked then bowed her head.

“ You do it then.”

“ Of course I will. Now let’s dig this hole,” I took a few steps back letting my powers flood through me, feeling them burning in my fingertips. I asked softly and the earth responded and let me take control. I started to dig. The earth flew up, and the hole got wider. Using my power without killing anyone started to drain me, I would have to kill soon enough. Concordia and Vigidis joined in helping me to making my hole bigger. It was about five meters deep when I stopped and peered down with clear eyes.

“ It looks pretty dark down there,” Concordia murmured.

“ Yeah. We’ll need a light,” Vigidis agreed.

“ Huh. Too bad. We’ll have to go blindly. Let’s see,” I glanced up towards my old room window.

“ It looks about fifty meters away,” Vigidis informed me following my gaze.

“ Fifty?”

“ Yeah,” Concordia agreed. She peered down the hole again and smiled.

“ Who’s jumping first?” she asked.

“ Me,” I stepped towards the hole and sat against the edge. Concordia sat next to me.

“ Now we need rope.”

“ I’m guessing your movie star James was a little more prepared,” Vigidis snorted.

“ Shut up,” I snapped. I glanced at the trees, my eyes focused on the branches. “ We’ll use branches,” I said with a small smile. Using my powers I snapped off a large branch, it crashed down next to me. The trees moaned at me, but let me use them all the same. Concordia heaved it up slowly pushing it towards me. I picked it up with my powers again and pushed it down the hole. It peeked up about two feet. I stepped towards it and gripped it tightly.

“ This is gonna hurt,” I breathed before jumping down the hole. The branched slowed my fall but ripped my hands apart completely. I ignored the pain and when I got to the bottom I collapsed against the earth. My hands were covered in blood. I quickly let my powers out, as I healed my hands Vigidis scooted down as well cursing. I fixed her hands up then Concordia’s.

The only light was coming from above us. I looked up through the hole to the forest and through the leaves the filtering sunlight. Then I looked back towards the large wall of earth before me.

“ Fifty meters,” I sighed them let my powers take over. We moved ahead blindly. In a straight line, everything was dark around us, dirt fell on our heads, it caught in our clothes. I counted my steps, slowly. Our only light came from the hole behind us.

“ How far now?” Vigidis asked tapping my shoulder.

“ How should I know?” I snapped back.

“ You’re in front,” she spat.

“ That’s enough,” Concordia cautioned. “ They might hear us.”

“ Five meters under the earth?” Vigidis snorted doubtfully.

“ There can be probes in the earth,” Concordia insisted.

“ Whatever,” Vigidis replied. I took five more steps then stopped. Everything was silent. I turned slowly. I couldn’t see Vigidis and Concordia but I could hear their breathing.

“ Do you think we’re under my old room now?” I asked.

“ Probably. Lets go a little further,” Concordia pushed before me. I could feel the little specs of dirt fly past my face as she hacked at the earth with her powers. I pushed mine out to help her. We walked a few more meters then stopped. I looked up at the rough earth above us.

“ Step back,” I ordered pushing Concordia back. Both my sisters took a step back, I felt their movements. I started tugging at the dirt, stepping away and aiming for it to land right next to me. It fell freely after a while, crashing down, tumbling towards us, and covering us head to toe. The dirt kept falling for what seemed like minutes, and then it stopped. I stepped forward balancing on the dirt and looked up the hole. I could only see darkness.

“ Useful,” I snorted and slowly started walking up the large pile of dirt, balancing against the sides of the hole. Concordia and Vigidis climbed slowly behind me. I stretched to though the top. It was hard, it didn’t feel like dirt.

“ We’re under something alright,” I murmured.

“ Do we blast it?” Vigidis asked.

“ I don’t think we have a choice,” I answered stiffly.

“ I’ll do it,” Vigidis grabbed on to me and moved up to my level. I frowned then realized she couldn’t see me anyway. I heard the ripping of concrete as the space above us blasted open. Concordia let out a small cry. I immediately stuck my head out of the hole and gazed around.

It was certainly my old room. My prison. I recognized the walls, the floor, the ceiling and the little window. The explosion had showered the room with big hunks concrete. The men in white coats standing around died immediately. I scanned the room for more.

My eyes were drawn to the gigantic construction in the center of the room. A big metal chamber. A prison. I understood immediately. A new prison. Something that would most certainly contain me. I didn’t bother looking at it anymore.

Then I cast my eyes towards my old bed. Nothing but a steal frame. The frame was so badly damaged by the explosion that I barely noticed the body lying on it. I gasped and pushed myself up through the hole. Vigidis and Concordia popped up behind me. I rushed forward and starting to ripped the rocks off the bed and the body. Vigidis helped while Concordia stood guard her eyes wide. I knew it was only matter of seconds, anyway the security camera was still on. There would be a whole army arriving in minutes.

Caleb was lying unconscious on the bent metal frame, his slight breath was a big relief to me, besides that he was covered in blood. I wiped it away feeling my heart beating painfully in my chest. His face was swollen and beat up, two black eyes and swollen lips. He wasn’t moving, the exploding concrete had knocked him out. I stared at him desperately. He was still just as handsome, his hair soft and pitch black. He skin was pale and his blood was bright red. He wore the same clothes he’d worn that night out with me. The night I’d shown him the truth. Only they were soaked in blood, dry and fresh gushing from his forehead. I traced my hand down his cheek, it was shaking. I couldn’t help collapsing over his chest. I hugged him tightly tears spilling over.

“ Eris come on. We have to move him,” Vigidis told me prodding my back. I got up slowly then dropped to my knees painfully on the rubble of concrete. I was at his height exactly.

“ What if he’s got a concussion?” I demanded. She placed her hand on his chest glowering.

“ Help me,” she pushed her eyes flashing. I nodded and let my powers fill me. I cast my healing powers out and forced them on Caleb. Rapidly his injuries pulled together, the dark stains around his eyes lightened. At last he opened his eyes. I gazed at him, his black eyes widened when the saw me. He stayed still even though I knew he could run a few miles if he felt like it.

“ Eris?” he breathed, his hand reaching towards my cheek. I nodded and clasped his hand in mine. My face inches from his.

“ Caleb. I’m getting you out of here. And I’ll leave you alone after that. I swear,” I whispered. His eyes widened.

“ You want to leave me?” he asked frowning. He sat up abruptly looking down into my eyes. For a second I couldn’t answer nor look away. My heart was pounding in my chest I could barley hear anything over it. I starred up at him my knees aching.

“ No,” I breathed then bowed my head. “ No but I must. You can’t love me anymore. It’s impossible,” Vigidis stood stiffly by my side.

“ Eris I love you,” Caleb told me grabbing my wrist and standing up. I gawked at him as he pulled me up from the ground smoothly. He smiled slightly wrapping his arms tightly around my waist.

“ How is that possible?” I breathed.

“ Eris I love you,” he repeated, then bowed his head to kiss me. It took me off guard. I was swept away and didn’t even notice the time flying. I felt like I was falling again. My chest was filled with joy. I couldn’t contain myself. My powers swept through me as I clutched myself to him, running my hand through his soft hair.

“ Eris!” Vigidis snapped pulling me back. I gasped as my hands were ripped off Caleb. My eyes were completely black as I face my sister. She ignored them and was looking towards Caleb.

“ We have to go. We are not here to kill. We don’t want to have to destroy so many lives,” she told him. He nodded then looked around, no one was near. But I could hear them approaching.

“ We have to move,” I announced grabbing Caleb’s hand before he could reply and ran. I skidded arriving at the hole.

“ We’re going back down?” Concordia asked pulling her cap off and shaking her ebony hair out. I nodded and pushed Vigidis down the hole. She didn’t argue and rolled.

“ Caleb, get out of here,” I moved him towards the hole. He glanced down it then sent me a small smile. My heart skipped a beat. He slipped down the hole balancing in the pile of dirt.

“ Start moving,” Concordia called half way down the hole herself. I heard the soldiers arriving, I could hear then at the door punching in the pin to open the doors.

“ Eris hurry,” Concordia grabbed my wrist and tugged me down. As soon as I hit the mound of dirt Vigidis screamed. Fire, at the end of the tunnel. A canon ball shooting in our direction.

“ Get down!” I screamed expanding my powers towards it and destroying it.

“ Out now!” Concordia shouted as another sabot round appeared. I felt her pushing past me and climbing up the hole. I swore and helped Vigidis and Caleb up as well. I destroyed the second sabot round and cambered up behind them. The doors had opened and a whole army stood before us. Vigidis and Concordia stood on both sides of Caleb. I was kneeling next to the hole my eyes wide.

There were at least fifty guns pointed on us, and set behind them, there were several tanks. I froze. I had to get Caleb out. They wouldn’t hesitate to kill him. I turned my head up slowly to gaze at him. To my surprise his eyes were drawn on mine. He gave me a small smile, his eyes twinkled. He knew he was powerless, but he trusted me. I still couldn’t believe, he did. He knew everything about me. And he loved me. It seemed impossible.

“ Did you really think we didn’t know what you were doing? We’ve been tracking you since you got onto this island. Do you like your new home,” a large soldier barked pointing at the metal prison in the center of my old room. “ Now, if you want your boyfriend to live, put your hands in the air,” a large soldier barked pointing his gun towards Caleb’s head. My eyes clouded over but I didn’t want to move. I mostly didn’t want to destroy them all in front of Caleb. I didn’t want to be his haunting nightmare for the rest of his life. I knew that if I killed them all in front of him it could destroy him. I stood up slowly raising my hands in the air acting scared. Vigidis and Concordia stared at me in horror.

“ What are you doing?” Vigidis hollered her eyes flashing completely black. A man fell, his head slipping off his shoulders.

“ Fire!” the second the word was uttered they all started showing us with bullets. Even the tanks from behind. Concordia and Vigidis grabbed Caleb and covered him in their powers working together, to get him away. They dived behind the large chamber. Grimacing I concentrated on my slaughter. First the five first soldiers died. I began to glow and my powers increased. I used them to shield my body and concentrate on the tanks. Exercising my powers I lifted one tank and crashed it into another. I could feel the ground shake underneath me as a sabot round was shot down our tunnel. I got caught off guard and tipped backwards. All their fire was aimed on me. I sheltered myself with my powers. Their bullets were heavy, and powerful. They weren’t normal little lead ones, these were made specially to kill a Chimeramortus. I suddenly felt alone and weak. Some bullets got past and scratched my cheek. They kept shooting at me. I rolled up in a ball covering myself completely.

“ Eris! Fight back!” it was Caleb’s voice. I looked behind me just in time to see Vigidis pulling him back to their hiding place. Her eyes were completely black as she showered off the bullets. I blinked once then let my powers rip out of me. I didn’t make their deaths painful. I made them quick. I didn’t waste time. I shot the bullets back to their owners. Another sabot round shook the tiles cracking them but I kept my ground. My powers burned within me. I could almost hear Caleb’s voice in my head, encouraging me. I had to kill them all if he were to survive.

I moved from left to right. They all fell in their turn until the room was silent. Underground the sabot rounds had stopped as soon as they had understood I had won. Caleb, Concordia and Vigidis came creeping out from behind the chamber. I was sitting in the pile of tiles and concrete. A single tear streaked down my cheek. I had never felt so bad about killing people before. Especially people who would have killed my loved ones. But suddenly I was more human. And I regretted it. Caleb seemed to understand. He wrapped his arms around me and held me up pulling me against him. I wrapped my arms round his neck pressing my face into his sculptured chest. He stroked my hair.

“ We need to go. Now,” Vigidis urged placing a hand on my shoulder, squinting at me. I looked up into Caleb’s black eyes, he pressed his lips to my forehead and gave me a small smile.

“ Right,” I agreed then took his hand. I moved all the soldiers’ bodies out of our way glancing at Caleb. He kept a straight face. The tiles on the floor were cracked and soaked in blood. We rushed out of the room and into the long white corridors. I kept Caleb’s hand in mine.

“ You two need to get Caleb out of here. Now,” I announced my brows pulling together.

“ Where will you be?” Caleb demanded. I glanced up at him my eyes wide. He was dead serious. I still couldn’t believe he still loved me. His arm slid around my waist.

“ I’m going after Director Morgan,” I told them. Caleb scowled at me shaking his head.

“ He’ll be too well guarded Eris,” Concordia replied harshly.

“ Only a Chimeramortus with my powers can stop me. I’ll be fine. I’ll kill him,” I glanced up at Caleb. “ I have to.”

“ What if you run into James?” Vigidis asked.

“ I’ll get rid of him,” I answered shortly.

“ Don’t kill him!” Concordia cried.

“ I’ll knock him out. Don’t worry,” Caleb’s hand tightened around my waist. I could barley breath but I didn’t want to let go. Not ever. “ We meet at the beach in twenty minutes,” I announced.

“ And if you don’t come?” Vigidis asked.

“ You leave without me,” I replied bitterly. Caleb’s arm tightened again.

“ Eris…” he started.

“ Just go,” I cut him off pulling out of his grasp. He looked slightly hurt. I ripped the army jacket off so I was just in the slight singlet shirt still tucked into the pant’s belt. I pulled the big boots off and then the cap. My hair tumbled out shimmering.

“ Twenty minutes,” I repeated moving into Caleb’s arms again. I kissed him running my hand in his hair then abruptly moved away so he couldn’t grab me. I looked back and smiled before I slipped away down the corridor to an air vent I’d spotted. It was a good way to travel without being noticed. I didn’t want to kill anyone else in one day. For Caleb. I would try to kill as little as possible. No one deserved it but Director Morgan, who I was about to kill anyway.

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