YP – B3: QtnoWLM – Chapter 17 (Chapter 114)

180 Days Until Surprise And the Uncertain End

Heia surveyed the city from afar, on the ground as close to the dirt as she could get. She held the telescopic lenses in her hands close to her eyes trying to get a good layout of the OverCity. It was a ruin, much like the others that they’d been to, but it was lived in. There were clear bridges between buildings, recently made in the last century, decades, months even.

“We are going to have to be careful.” Uly whispered to them all as they passed along the lenses to examine their target. “All the surveillance is armed.”

“How pleasant.” Crass groaned. “Rayda and Phil?”

“Have the car back to the planned location.” Uly answered looking at his plans again.

Heia wasn’t sure that only two of them would be able to protect their moving home, but everyone had insisted on going into the city. Two was the minimum to protect their cars. Even Karla who was better suited for bus sitting had wanted to go. She hadn’t wanted to be left out. Kony said he needed to practice magic and Kori was not about to be left out of a fight. 

“We infiltrate in pairs.” But one team that would have to be of three. The worst part was, Heia knew that was her, Evester, and Zeydar. Evester who knew how to survive on his own and was relatively useless in partners that weren’t his friends of decades. Then there was Zeydar who looked pale and had bags under his eyes, but was cognitive with explosive magic that he controlled with difficulty. And her, a girl who had just recently learned to fight in this way and wanted to save everyone. What could go wrong.

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YP – B3: QtnoWLM – Chapter 16 (Chapter 113)

181 Days Until Desire And the Uncertain End  

Evester looked over the map, going through the details of their journey once more. Details ran through his mind as he examined the route and thought of the dates and location in his head. From the corner of his eye, he could see Zeydar tossing and turning. Much like everyone else, Zeydar had not been the same since they had found the bodies. He, simply, was the one who seemed to show it the most when he was sleeping. It made Evester want to reach out to him and comfort him, akin to the way that he and his friends comforted each other when they had their nightmares.

“The question comes down to the fact that we will need to restock on supplies soon.” Uly spoke on, drawing Evester’s attention back to the conversation at hand.

“Any deeper and we are at risk.” Shawn warned them. “We are already in a dangerous place as it is. Snow will be hitting soon, and we don’t have time to hope we can find another place. Not this far in Aralax territory.”

“So we stop.” Kim’s hand hovered over the map and pointed to a city.

“Dangerous to stop.” Shawn shook his head. “The area is not military or mage territory.”

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YP – B3:QtnoWLM – Chapter 15 (Chapter 112)

183 Days Until Anguish And the Uncertain End  

The way that the magic felt was a bit tighter, stronger, thicker, than Zeydar was used to in his dream state. The last time he remembered feeling magic that way, was when he detoxed, and more importantly, when he was sober. The weight of it hurt him. It always did. It stung him and broke him, cut at him and healed him. This time, however, he was in control over it, like he had tried years ago. With it came the sting of magic. With it came the sting of the memories that the dreams kept away. 

“What are you looking at?” Kony asked from below.

“Im focusing on the feeling of the magic in the air.” Zeydar answered, from atop the bus. The days were warmer than the nights, but they had to wear many layers anyway. Soon, they would not, and should not, move about outside the bus at all. The bus drove on, with the car following behind them insulated for the chilled weather.

“How do you do that?” Kori asked.

“It’s an application of magic theory.” Kony answered as he climbed up. The realization that Kony may have finished the theory book that Zeydar had given him, was shocking at first. Then Zeydar understood it was a testament to Kony’s dedication to the magic. Zeydar had to help him better. “One that I want to try.”

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YP – B3: QtnoWLM – Chapter 14 (Chapter 111)

185 Days Until Wonder And the Uncertain End (part 3) 

Evester listened to the breathing of those who where asleep. The hushed voices of the watch resounded from the walls of the bus. There was a thickness to the air, that came from a chill that was not the night air. Evester sat up a bit, feeling Kim tumble away from him lightly. She seemed to mumble something and pulled the blankets closer to her. He didn’t want to wake up anyone, which was good for him that only Kim could sleep next to him directly. It was late into the second shift, and third shift would be up soon, and that meant Kim. Waking her up now was not too bad. Unfortunately, it was the first night that Evester was able to sleep a full night in a long while and he could not.

He felt the rush to check on his papers before he remembered that the information was under his pillow. 

The bus was filled with the hot breath of those who slept haphazardly on the bus floor and seats that remained. Evester looked over the bodies to sees Zeydar sitting in the dark, eyes closed, and leaning against the frosted window. He was awake. Evester knew it. In his hands was a steaming cup of tea. Evester could smell it sweet in the stench of the sweat of the bus. 

In the darkness Zeydar’s eyes snapped open. They eyes met in the moonlight, and Zeydar sipped his tea looking back. Zeydar wasn’t on the next shift either, but Rayda had made him tea anyway. The world seemed to shatter around Evester, watch voices becoming silent and the snores of the bus disappearing.

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YP – B3: QtnoWLM – Chapter 13 (Chapter 110)

185 Days Until Wonder And the Uncertain End (part 2) 

Heia watched as the maps were laid out. Zeydar and her younger siblings were off a bit further away practicing magic. Fighting practice would take place soon, but for now Uly was collecting the notes from the second team who had returned and placing their markers on the maps before the group.

“We can assume that the base will be easy to see when we get close.” Uly sighed looked at the map. There had been more graveyards with those of the dead, recently and long dead. They were moving through kill zones of their governments. Evester’s suggestion to get supplies and another car had been better than any of them wanted to admit. That was why, when Evester made suggestions. They listened.

“I feel like we should head this way.” Evester pointed through the fields.

“Why?” Shawn asked, as perhaps the only one who would question Evester. It was a good thing, Heia decided, because they needed more information than just a suggestion.

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YP – B3: QtnoWLM – Chapter 12 (Chapter 109)

185 Days Until Wonder And the Uncertain End (part 1) 

The clatter of metal to the ground made Zeydar flinch a bit as he looked upon the Staff. For a moment Zeydar had feared it had broken, knowing that he had only brought so many spares. Staffs were meant to break from an inability to control power. Not… this. Zeydar picked up the staff that Kony had thrown, turning to the boy who glared at him and the world around them. Zeydar could hear the silent curses radiating off of Kony in his anger.

“Throwing it, isn’t going to make magic easier.” Zeydar caressed the Staff, checking it for cracks and damages. If he had to replace it already, they’d be one less Staff for Kony to practice with.

“Why does it have to be so difficult.” Kony was just as pissed as he looked, not that it bothered Zeydar much, considering that Kony was a Star trying to learn magic in a fast paced way that no one else ever was subjected to.

“I wish I could tell you.” Zeydar had no answers for him. For Zeydar, magic had always come too easily to him. He was doing his best to explain the magic the way the books did, the way all Mages learned. He was trying his best and he knew it was helping Kony, but Kony didn’t have any of the theory of historical backing to support the magic.

“You aren’t explaining very well.” Karla kicked her legs out sitting up next to Kori who was still fast asleep.

“I’ve never had to teach before.” Zeydar admitted. He’d been able to get Kony to understand the basics, but much more than that was proving to be far more difficult. Did he need to go further into theory and history? They were two of his best subjects in school, but Kony didn’t seem to be the type to want to learn concepts. Kony wanted to act.

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YP – B3:QtnoWLM – Chapter 11 (Chapter 108)

188 Days Until Despair And the Uncertain End 

With the car, their job was to find anything as it came up in their path. Heia didn’t want to be there. She didn’t want to be with Evester, Zeydar, and Shawn looking for nothing, but problems. At that moment, Heia wanted nothing less than to be on their way in the direction they were supposed to be headed. Being in the car was suffocating with Shawn, Evester, and Zeydar all different types of people trying to get along, miserably. It also didn’t help that Zeydar looked horrible, as if he were sick at each moment.

“You think that they will be along the coast line?” Zeydar asked as he looked out the window.

“Perhaps.” Evester answered as he drove. “You have to remember that a lot of this is guess work.”

“Guess work.” Zeydar sighed rolling down the window. 

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YP – B3:QtnoWLM – Chapter 10 (Chapter 107)

189 Days Until Triumph And the Uncertain End

The sun beat down on the car making it warm, but not hot. Heia lightly snored on the seat next to him as Phil sat in the shotgun seat fast asleep. Evester hummed something to himself as they drove to where the bus was supposed to be waiting. Zeydar looked to Heia and moved her hair out of her face. He and Evester were the only two awake. Evester, because he was driving. Zeydar because he couldn’t sleep. The car was making him sick. Everything was making him sick.

“She’s so peaceful asleep.” Evester laughed. Zeydar looked up to see Evester looking back at them through the rearview mirror.

“Is that what it is?” Zeydar asked dropping his hand. His throat constricted and his stomach flipped again. “How much further?”

“You okay?”

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YP – B3:QtnoWLM – Chapter 9 (Chapter 106)

190 Days Until Escape And the Uncertain End

Heia sat watching as Phil and Evester spoke. Zeydar was asleep next to Evester, in a restless sleep but knocked out nonetheless. His head was against Evester’s thigh using it for elevation. They were all afraid he’d suffocate in his sleep, due to the air. Phil and Evester were a bit slower and a bit more lethargic but Evester was adapting fast, having been on the LowerLands before. Heia sat in the darkness watching them figuring that they thought she was not there..

“This is worse than I thought.” She heard Phil whisper.

“It is.” Evester checked his gloves. “I told you it was.”

“But to live like this?” Phil asked confirming to Heia that they believed she was still away. A bit of fury told her it was best to keep her mouth shut. Her people hadn’t wanted to live this way. His people had forced them to. Her telling him that at the moment would solve nothing and could end up with her yelling. She could not yell when they had to hide.

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YP – B3:QtnoWLM – Chapter 8 (Chapter 105)

191 Days Until Erasure And the Uncertain End

Evester kept his hood up as they moved closer to the city. His legs were tired and Phil had long grown silent; his complaints having disappeared on the wind as they moved closer to the city. They had to steal a car, large enough for them to sit comfortably along with insulation and supplies. Heia said it should be simple enough. It was the only thing they had to do, other than getting in and out quickly.

Everster had a hard time believing it would be that simple. What if it weren’t abandoned? What if they were caught? Evester was too tired to escape at this point.

Out of them all Zeydar was breathing the most heavy. Evester believed that it had to do with the air saturation of the LowerLand, going worse as they moved into the UnderCity, and with his withdrawal? Evester wasn’t sure he would understand how much Zeydar was suffering. Evester saw the gates to get to the under city and nearly stopped walking.

This was the worst possibility.

“You see it too?” Heia stepped up next to him.

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