YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 20 (CHAPTER 167)

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135 Days Until Boredom And the Uncertain End (part 2)  

When Estashia had come for them, she had come with multiple cars, dressed in black, and an attitude who said she’d fight anyone who told her otherwise. It had taken time, but her arrival was a breath of fresh air. For once, Zeydar felt like he wasn’t going to have to check everything he ate and drank at all times. With Estashia they were safe to expose their secrets and able to start working towards saving the world and unity.

The house that Evester grew up in was large but not as large as Evester vaguely remembered the Valaria house being. To his credit, Zeydar hada great memory, but he had not been in the house under the best circumstances for memory retention. This house was cozy, seated on land that could house tens of Circle families or more. It was small, as Europa said, not that Zeydar knew, having grown up on the Star Campus, and he was almost certain that the property of the Igilistals was at least a quarter that size if not a third.

May had come with them, and she asked the maids who took their luggage to place her next to Zeydar. She had been sent by the Superiors, although there was little she could do here but watch him. He swore to himself that in the time that they were together he’d expose all the truths to her, and turn her to his side once and for all. Now that he was sober, he had to hope it would be easier. Shawn took the room on the other side of Zeydar, and Kony was a bit further down the hall. Phil took what he said was “his” room.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 19 (CHAPTER 166)

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135 Days Until Boredom And the Uncertain End (part 1) 

Heia stood watching as the soldiers moved around the training facility. She leaned against the window from their rooms, sitting in the still to examine them all. The military was stationed in an old LowerLand City, and it had been changed to accommodate the military and its weapons. They were housed in a apartment complex. They had the whole floor to themselves, but that was as far at they could go. They had been confined to the building.

Prisoners. Anyone and everyone knew that they were.

“We’ve been here five days now and they still haven’t helped us.” Lynx complained.

“Of course not.” Kim called out to her from the kitchen where smells were wafting. At least they were provided food. “Politics take time.”

“We don’t have time.” Trace continued the complaint.

“Of course we don’t have time.” Heia could hear the eye roll in Kim’s words. “They don’t care.”

“We need to do something.” Heia spoke up finally. The night she’d been turned away by the Prime Minister she had begun the contingency plan with Kim. Then they’d snuck out. For them being prisoners, their guards were easily bribed and evaded. With each attempt they had gotten more eyes on them, but it had been worth it. They had recorded statements. Lynx had edited it with Trace. Onyx, Kori, and Robee had collected footage. Now they needed everyone to know that they were up to something. Once the Prime Minister was suspicious of them doing nothing, they’d release the video. It was almost time.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 18 (CHAPTER 165)

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136 Days Until Combat And the Uncertain End  

Zeydar spun his staff around his hands. The training facilities of Ovaria were different than those of Valaria or Arcadia. It wasn’t that Zeydar minded, but he did have to adjust his output in his magic. He had a slight headache but nothing he could not manage. He had to work with Kony, who had never had proper magic training for magic use. Their training on the roads would not get close to how the facility could aid him.

“I’m practicing here?” Kony asked in awe of the targets, equipment, and fields. The amounts of magic stung Zeydar, but he forced himself to think of Kony who needed him. Zeydar did not say much in response to that, instead leading Kony to the first location. Kony was a wind mage, specifically in defense. They had practiced multiple other types, which let Zeydar know that Kony had capabilities beyond defensive wind magic. However, for now he needed Kony to be tested and evaluated test by test to get a ranking.

Kony had completed the written tests and his verbal tests, and now was for the practical ones testing how strong he was with actually casting. They started at the power field where Kony cast his most powerful spell and the test evaluated him, sending his report to Zeydar, who would review over all the compiled data later. They then went to the defensive tests, testing spells and ability to adapt. As Kony tested, Zeydar thought to Shawn and Phil who were attempting to get in contact with Estashia.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 17 (CHAPTER 164)

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138 Days Until Defiance And the Uncertain End (part 3) 

Evester sat starring at the ceiling of his room trying to figure out what he was going to do. He had slept long enough. He had tried, for hours already, to get the motivation to step up and help the others with what still needed to be done. What he had discovered thus far was that he needed something to excite him. There, unfortunately, nothing to do so.

“Are you dead yet?” Uly walked in unannounced. He threw open the door uncaring if Evester was in a precarious situation. Evester rolled his head to the side to look at Uly as he was sprawled on the bed. Their eyes met and they both knew that this was not the worst situation Uly had found Evester in — far from it.

Without a consideration of embarrassment, Evester asked, “How is the project going?”

“As well as it can without the help we need. Are you dead yet?” Uly walked closer, hands in his pockets as his dark eyes bore into Evester. Uly’s eyes scanned the room and Evester’s body, before returning his gaze once more, unblinking.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 16 (CHAPTER 163)

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138 Days Until Defiance And the Uncertain End (part 2) 

The day that they had arrived, Zeydar had been debriefed. The debriefing had included his interaction with Maverin, as well as where they had gone. The Star Superiors had intended to pressure Zeydar allowing him to threaten them in turn. He let them know that the Tower collapse was their doing, as well as the fact that the human trafficking ring that had been found had Superior magic all over it. The threat had gotten him a Staff for Kony, as well as free reign over their food — which was so desperately needed. At the time the Superiors had been more caught off guard that he knew the truth, unable to lie to him about it. There had been no retaliation then, no passive aggressive statements trying to belittle him. They had not fought him for one reason only.

“You are sober.” The old man, Anthony, had said. The Superior leader had known immediately that Zeydar was off Sweet Dreams and that alone made him a weapon capable of destroying them all. They hadn’t fought him then, but from that point on it had become a war. They would try to control him, and he would never bend.

“Still no word from Estashia.” Shawn sat back in his chair with a groan as Kony practiced his magic by memorizing spells.

Zeydar’s head was pounding. Ever since coming back to a Tower, Ovaria in specific, his head had been pounding. He had been prepared for it with how they had desensitized him, however some of it was still too much. Shawn, Phil, and Kony only spoke in hushed voices for him. They made little noise and used little light, but the rest of the world was buzzing. It was as if his whole body was buzzing and burning. It would take years for his senses to properly stabilize, he knew that, and they were doing the best for him that they could. He had to keep control, however, without exploding or losing his filter. It was harder said than done. He was still getting used to the magic purity at Star Campus, which made breathing difficult.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 15 (CHAPTER 162)

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138 Days Until Defiance And the Uncertain End (pt 1)  

Heia sat looking at the X Prime Minister of the continent. There were a variety of X Prime Ministers as like there were Heads of the Towers. However, unlike the Circle governments, the X’s had no standard that all lands had to follow. Alan Penn was powerful for the continent in that he had taken all of the Lowerlands to his territory when he had begun his term almost twenty years ago. Heia had could not remember a time for elections, and in a way she wondered if that were a good thing or not. Eitherway, Mr. Penn was not one Heia ever thought she’d meet, let alone speak to, on a level in the way that held any consequence.

“Heiphillia.” The man smiled. He held all power over the X armies. He had the ability to declare an emergency the moment that the Catastrophe struck, and had not used it. He was also an advocate for the Project to end. “I see that you have no last name.”

“Most X’s don’t have the luxury of having one.” Like her family that was just a number and didn’t matter. Not to this man. Not before. They had never mattered and in that moment she wondered how she had been so naive to believe that she could convince a man like this to save the world. She had only thought of the armies, but now that they had a face she knew just how daunting a task it would be.

Not that the mission mattered less, and Heia knew it was necessary to pass the Uncertain End.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 14 (CHAPTER 161)

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139 Days Until Communication And the Uncertain End 

Evester looked over his father’s notes, the old new ones. These were not the notes that Evester had memorized. They were the ones that the group had collected from Maverin’s cabins. Of course, Maverin considered the current notes worthless and was working on new ones, let alone requesting access to the Project. Uly had been speaking with Europa and Evester’s mother all night to get access for Maverin. As Evester understood it, the Project was to be sent to them in the form of a new computer. However, Evester knew little as he had only woken up.

Uly was collapsed next to him on the table, sleeping peacefully with a slight snore. Evester had been tempted to move him, yet had not.

“You awake?” Maverin asked peaking into the room from the hall.

“Hello father.” Evester looked over to his father, who he had seen little of since they had arrived. Whether that was due to Evester’s focus on Zeydar, or his father avoiding him, Evester was not sure. “You’ve decided to stop your research?”

“I was imputing what I learned into new training and killing manuals. I want you and the others to try them out to see if they work.” It was the research Evester had wanted to read, but had been told no.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 13 (CHAPTER 160)

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140 Days Until Miracles And the Uncertain End (part 6) 

“They landed.” Uly’s soft voice startled Evester awake. With a groan, Evester tried to piece together what had been said.

“No issues?” Evester asked as soon as he registered what had been said and that he was, in fact, awake.

“Heia and her team were taken into custody, but Zeydar walked his team through with little difficulty.” There was no pause in Uly’s voice, no moment of him allowing Evester to register what was being said. Evester had to process the words as they were being spoken, forcing himself to becoming fully alert.

Heia was in custody. Did that mean that the X’s had rejected them? Did that mean they were going to turn her over? Did it mean that they knew that their team knew of their dark secrets? Evester was not sure. However, he had faith that they would be safe.

As for Zeydar getting out of custody himself, Evester believed that had all to do with Zeydar’s status. He doubted that Zeydar would have used his magic, when he did not know its new form. Zeydar had walked in as a Superior and everyone had accepted his words, at least that was what Evester expected.

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