163 Days Until Saftey And the Uncertain End
The cars rolled to a stop, and Zeydar threw himself out of the car to the ground vomiting the moment he was on his knees. Doors flew open and Evester was the first to Zeydar’s side as Zeydar passed out in the afternoon light. Evester checked Zeydar who groaned. Rolling him to his side, Evester sighed out, glancing at his wrist and then Kony was there. Kony checked Zeydar’s pulse and placed his hand against Zeydar’s back feeding him magic, Heia assumed.
She was not sure.
She watched from her car door, slowly moving around the car to the other side, looking to the others who were exiting their vehicles to observe Zeydar who was on the ground passed out. The entire car ride, Zeydar had been speaking with a voice that was breaking as he tried to focus. She could remember it so clearly, him repeating things, directions, orders, the crack in his voice as he was fading. Each time she had wanted to clarify, she had gotten the look from Evester to say nothing. So she had driven, taking the lead and leading the group where Zeydar said, and the Arlax had disappeared. They had driven all night and much of the day, their cars having to charge, because they were out of power.
Zeydar had been latched to Evester’s wrist, and in the light of the day Heia could see the faint red lines purpling to a bruise on Evester’s wrist. Zeydar had grabbed him and not let go. Evester had not said a single word about it even though it looked like it was swelling and was probably giving Evester much pain. The sky was blue where they were and the frigid air was going to hurt them all if they were outside too long. Still, the sky wasn’t as blue as it could be. Nor was it as cold as it could be.
Zeydar was still using his powers unconciously.
The world around them had been muted as they drove away from the Aralax. It was muted now. He was still defending them even when he couldn’t defend himself.
“We don’t have much time before sunset.” Shawn called to her.
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164 Days Until Focus And the Uncertain End (part 4)
Zeydar hissed as the car approached them. The Aralax were coming in from too many sides, and hot on the backs of Kim and Phil. He’d have to make them all disappear while in movement. The cars would have to be up to the same speeds as Kim and Phil, at the same time, so they could move as a unit and the car was coming to fast for them to be standing around. They had to go. They could not stay standing any longer. The faster that Zeydar was able to erase their trail the easier it would be.
Without seeming to need his words, everyone got into the vehicles. Shawn and Heia at the wheels of the two cars that they had. It was cramped in the back seat, but Zeydar could see everything he needed to.
“Can’t we just destroy them with magic?” Heia asked from the front wheel. The engine was on and she was ready to go. Evester was messing with the head sets realizing belatedly that he wasn’t sure the others had them.
“Sure.” Zeydar snapped back. Less than a minute now before they had to start driving. “Let me just do that.”
“Don’t be hostile.” Evester snapped back. “Explain why.”
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164 Days Until Focus And the Uncertain End (part 3)
Heia sat outside the house, wrapped in blankets. The night was chilled, but she was on watch. There was little that she could do about the cold, other than wait. The others were inside, preparing for bed, save Shawn who was her watch partner. Where ever he had gone… Glancing around she could not immediately find him, so she focused back ahead. She sat atop a car watching out into the distance for any sign of Phil and Kim. She heard Kori and Kony moving things into the cars, fortifying them and making sure they were ready to be moved at any moment. Evester had said they needed to have as much of their supplies in the cars at night, in the event they had to flee.
It was irritating to move it back and forth, but neither Kori nor Kony complained.
“You okay?” Shawn asked, startling her a bit, but then she saw the hot drinks in his hands and graciously took one, exposing her hands to the biting cold. Cut under her blankets, she let it warm her from inside.
“Their shift should have been over thirty minutes ago. If we stay out here any longer, we face hypothermia.” Heia did not need to look for the time to know. Besides, he’d checked ten minutes ago. Kim had went on two shifts instead of one today, to let the trio stay together. It should have been her out there, Heia not Kim. Yet Kim had convinced Heia to let her take it. Kim with her long eye lashes and soft words and touches, had told Heia that Heia, Zeydar, and Evester needed to stay together. At the time Heia had only hoped it wouldn’t be too taxing for her. She, Zeydar, and Evester were on night shift, and Heia had wanted to get the extra sleep. No one was going to let Zeydar and Evester stay up together alone. Not when they had whatever it was they had going on, nor when the three of them were supposed to be getting to know each other for the Project.
Now, Heia was beyond herself in frustration and fear that the act would have hurt Kim.
“They are fine.” Shawn hopped up to sit on the hood of the car with her. He sipped his drink, layered up in jackets and blankets.
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164 Days Until Focus And the Uncertain End (part 2)
Evester sat in the bedroom, the only habitable living space, looking over his holoblade reciting information. Dates, circled in his mind even when he didn’t hold onto the documents. They were there, ingrained in his memory from weeks of memorization, along with the question on if things changed. He’d had the documents almost a year ago. Things were different then than they were now, and the Project always used to have to rerun projections. He wondered what would happen if they ran the projections again now.
Would things changed?
The dates tumbled out of his mouth as he did maintenance, along with what was supposed to happen with each one of them.
“You really have them memorized.” Zeydar walked in. Evester looked up to Zeydar who looked worse for wear, but coherent in full.
“You look good.” Evester tried to pry his eyes away from Zeydar who stood similar to how he had in Valaria. The confident Zeydar that others feared. This Zeydar made Evester’s… He focused on his holoblade and its maintenance.
“I wish.” Zeydar sat across from him, forcing Evester to pat attention to him. “I’m just good at acting.”
“What’s up?” Evester placed his weapon down as he looked to Zeydar. The two of them said nothing for a moment and just starred. “No?” There was nothing? Zeydar had just come to him to bother him? Evester’s eyes dropped from Zeydar’s to Zeydar’s lips, thinking of how much he wanted to —
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164 Days Until Focus And the Uncertain End (part 1)
The day of the split up had Heia in tears. They knew it was coming from the day that it was officially agreed. They knew who were going, based on decisions that day. They knew they had to do it, in order to stick to the project time line. Still, the separation created tears. Her family was being further spilt apart. Heia, Kim, Shawn, Kony, Kori, Phil, Zeydar, and Evester were staying. Uly was leading the team of Rayda, Karla, Crass, Lynx, Onyx, Robee, and Trace away to the location of the Ships. Uly had not taken his time trying to decide who was to stay and who was to go, because inherently everyone had known. Ultimately, Heia agreed, but it did not make the parting easy.
“We will be fine.” Karla pushed Heia away. “Crass will make sure I’m fine.”
“We’ll protect her.” Robee rolled his eyes. “Not that she needs our help. Her kill count is higher than yours Heia.”
“Yeah,” Kori looked to Heia. “Are you sure you should be staying?” It was a joke meant to lighten the mood and Heia knew that. Unfortunately, she could not joke back.
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165 Days Until Desperation And the Uncertain End
Zeydar stood outside of the safe house watching Kony, who starred off into the distance. The light was growing low on the horizon. Another sunset that brought a fear of destruction. Too close to the enemy to feel safe.
Most nights, Zeydar placed the traps, the spells that would protect them and activate if an enemy got too close. Tonight Kony was supposed to lay his magic down along with Zeydar’s. Kony had gone through many text books on the drives. He’d learned many spells and much theory. With his practical training with Zeydar, Kony was on par with many Mages in terms of spells. Zeydar was no disappointed in Kony. Kony hav put in effort more so than some of the Mages Zeydar knew. Kony had pressed to learn, perfect, and master the spells. What Kony lacked was time. He did not have the time to understand the spells even if he could cast them. He was not as apt at adapting them and working them to work for him better. He did know understand the full history behind them, and nor did he have the practice that made him quick and precise the first time he said them.
Still, Zeydar knew that was asking for something they did not have. Could not have. And could not think about at this time. Zeydar felt Kony lay out the spell for defense. It was correct but not complete to the best conditions of the night. Zeydar would have to adjust and strengthen them later. Kony went again for the next one and the next one after that.
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166 Days Until Listening And the Uncertain End
Evester looked over the map and then looked out through the lens. Back to the map. The lens. The map. The lens. The map — It was it. The mountain no longer looked like the images he remembered from online. The mountain was covered in holes, cave systems, built by the Aralax rather than naturally occurring. To hide from the sun. It was the right location, everything everyone had spoken on, but seeing it in person was far more fear inducing than images alone.
“What do you see?” Heia asked.
“That’s it.” Evester confirmed handing her the binoculars. They were in a car far enough away to make it away in a quick get away, but they had done their best to locate it since arriving at the safe house. It was also the middle of the day, which gave them an edge.
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167 Days Until Tedium And the Uncertain End
Kim had said not to wake them. That neither of them had slept through the night for a while. Zeydar since starting the trip and Evester far longer, that he had not even when in Valaria. The two were lying ontop of each other in their own slumberland as Heia was tasked with watching over them. Deeply, thoroughly, completely asleep. The noise of the outside could not wake them and the look of it made Heia sleepy herself. As the two slept the rest of the party moved on and did more tasks.
Rayda and Phil, checked on the vehicles and started patrols. Shawn, Trace, and Robee worked with training with Crass and Lynx. Onyx worked on food with Karla. Kori helped Kony with his studies, popping in with everyone else to see if they need anything. Uly made the plan on when the group and where the group, would start searching for Evester’s father.
It was midday when Zeydar woke, followed shortly after by Evester. Heia noticed it only when she noticed the change in their breathing. Zeydar was the first to move and shift.
“No…” Evester groaned to him. “Sleep more.”
“What time is it?” Zeydar asked him in an equally hushed voice.
“Afternoon.” Heia called to them. “You look real comfortable there.”
Zeydar sat up immediately, looking back to her in a panic. He cleared his throat in order to speak a bit louder. “How long were we asleep for?”
“Its midday.” Heia answered picking herself up from the ground and walking towards them. “The others are already training and working.”
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168 Days Until Faith And the Uncertain End (part 3)
Zeydar was awake. The soft and loud snores of those in the room sounded on as shift changed and light danced in the otherwise dark room. Heia had not given him back his drugs. The others had been feeding them to him, and that night all he had was nightmares. He couldn’t focus on trying to go to bed when all he heard was Arcadia, the chimeras, the world that had been destroyed by him.
Evester turned over in his sleep, his hair falling atop his face. Zeydar starred at him, turning to face Evester fully. Kim was next to him, snuggling closer to Heia who seemed to be pushing her off a bit, not liking the heat but enjoying the comfort. Shawn’s snores were the loudest as he slept on Heia’s other side, holding her hand lightly. Zeydar’s side was cold, from where Uly had gotten up to go to his shift for the night.
Zeydar’s eyes trailed over Evester’s features. He’d seen Evester sleep enough on the bus, but never this close. It was always from afar and it was only in the dimmed light of the space heater that Zeydar could make out much more. He could see the slight twitch of Evester’s face, the way his breath was even and the way he reached for Kim, for her warmth, as she tried to kick him away to get closer to Heia.
The air was brisk over them as the shift occurred. And when the room was all dark Evester gripped Zeydar’s hand. It was such a sudden movement, that if Evester’s hand wasn’t on Zeydar’s, Zeydar was certain he would have thought he’d hallucinated it.
“Nightmare?” Evester whispered so low the Zeydar was almost certain he’d not heard it. When Evester’s eyes fluttered open, Zeydar could see the sleep within them, but the coherence. The deepness to the brown was as filled and mysterious as the night sky. Evester was a light sleeper, this Zeydar knew. However, just how light was it? Was he too burdened by things he could not say aloud?
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168 Days Until Faith And the Uncertain End (part 2)
Heia walked around the house that was built up to protect them. They had stripped some other rooms to better fortify one room that was smoldering in heat. Blankets were everywhere, as they were all to sleep in the one room. They were on the walls, the windows, the floor, and surrounding the space heater. Their supplies were stacked in areas to keep the food from spoiling. Everyone was moving about figuring out how to best fix the cars and bus back to a suitable living environment when they left the place. Everyone was fitted out in the best winter clothes that they had, as Uly and Rayda dialed in the weather reports. Watch had been decided, set to rotate in and out of the room. Traps had been laid to alert them of Aralax in the even that there was an approach.
Snow was piled up in the lands around them, and the chains on the tires were being checked as they breathed out white in the frigid air. Evester had lectured them incessantly over the headset about what they had to be prepared for and as the night approached, Heia felt her heart racing. Even if the Aralax were far away, had not come here in months, they were sitting ducks. They were in the most danger, because this would be the most comfort that they’d be allotted.
“You okay Heia?” Shawn intercepted her as she walked through the hall from where the food was held and back towards the warm room.
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