YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 10 (CHAPTER 157)


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Zeydar walked to the transport loading doc, his head swimming in sensation. The chatter was loud, bothersome, and made his skin crawl. It had almost ceased upon his arrival, which had only bothered him more. He knew that upon entering that everyone was starring at him. He could feel it. He could feel the way their energy noticed him and heard how the sound started to lessen. They were so focused on him. 

His skin prickled in the magic of the world, stinging him and making him want to claw at his skin. The worst was over, Rayda had told him. However she had said the words in a way that she didn’t believe them herself. His head ached in the sensation of light and sound. It would get better, he kept telling himself. He’d gone through it again, and while everything was too bright and his magic hurt him, it would get better. He would learn to use his magic again. He would not have himself ignore the problem.

Since leaving Evester’s side, the pain had been all the more intense. His moment with Evester, perhaps he should have taken the opportunity that Evester was offering. That moment had felt too perfect, too calm, too clean, too good. Was that why he had wanted to push it away? In this post-Dreams world, was it possible to feel like that? Was he allowed to? Or was it the residual effects telling him to? He was not sure. He wanted to know himself and what he wanted for certain first, as much as he wanted Evester.

“Zeydar.” Shawn addressed him first. There was a way that he looked over Zeydar along with the few whispers that Zeydar could hear that spoke Evester’s name. That combined with the fact that everyone was here, and he had been in that room breathing in silence with Evester for at least a half hour that made Zeydar know everything he had to.

“I didn’t have sex with Evester if that’s what everyone is worried about.” Zeydar had heard their conversation when he had gotten close enough, that it was taking them a while. He heard Evester cough out a laugh from behind him as he followed him into the hall. It combined with the looks that were given to him by the others told him that maybe he said it louder than he had intended. “Sorry. I have to redevelop my filter. Anyway, no. yes. Hi. Are we leaving?”

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 9 (CHAPTER 156)


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140 Days Until Miracles And the Uncertain End (part 2) 

Evester leaned against the door watching Zeydar who sat in the light. He counted the seconds between each breath as the blue sky filtered through the window and the fresh air spun around them. Arms crossed, Evester matched his breathing to Zeydar, who had to know that he was there. Neither said a word as Evester stood there silently, letting the natural sounds of the world envelop them both.

“It’s going to taste bitter.” Zeydar spoke to him in a slight whisper, testing his own voice. Evester heard a tentative worry within it that had not been there before, however it disappeared as Zeydar kept speaking. “I never realized that before. But the air inside the CloudCities doesn’t… isn’t right.”

“It’s not.” Evester understood. He’d felt the same when he’d left the Tower. The air in the Towers, in the CloudCities, almost seemed manufactured. The air in the UnderCities was dirt and dust filled but more natural compared to the sterilized air of the CloudCities. Evester didn’t want to go back, not after being here for so long. The crisp, chilled air, wrapped itself around them both.

Zeydaar turned back to him, his hair moving slightly in the breeze from the window that was open despite how cold it was. “Were you tasked with having to find me?” He almost seemed irritated at the idea of it being a task.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 8 (CHAPTER 155)


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140 Days Until Miracles And the Uncertain End (part 1)  

With sound came the tremors. Small earthquakes at first, then larger ones, then Zeydar had forced himself to adapt. To cut off the sound and to block it out, to focus, and keep calm. His magic had went crazy, but Kony and Evester were able to calm him together. They wove sort of magic of their own, Heia had to believe, as they were able to comfort Zeydar to withstand the concert volumes that drove her insane. They only played the loud sounds for ten minutes and he had been able to withstand them, then had come the normal sounds of the world and suddenly he had perked up. Relieved.

Exhausted. Powerless. But Relieved.

Next came light. They started by turning up the dimmed lights, and then revealing the day light to him. Like with sound, as they turned up the brightness, the lights blinded him. Too much color drove him crazy, but Heia watched as he struggled to preserver. Each day he breathed out, dying in a way, and being forced to tame himself to control himself as he was left with none. Unlike predicted, there came no explosions. There had been a power outage when the sunlight hit his eyes, but otherwise they had escaped the worst.

The worst of Zeydar’s shakes were past. His temperature had returned to normal, and his pulse had started to return to an elevated, but relatively normal rate, so said Rayda. His mood, she said, would need time to full return back to normal, as would his ability to adjust to sensation. There was uncharted territory with someone who had been on the drugs since being a child, someone who experienced them differently than everyone else. Rayda had newly hypothesized he’d have panic episodes, vivid memories and perhaps hallucinations, depression from his trauma and the lack of the Dreams, as well as mood swings. She, however, did not know what it would do to his concentration. He would still face withdrawal symptoms, but he was past the initial hump in his process to recovery. 

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 7 (CHAPTER 154)


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145 Days Until Sleep And the Uncertain End (part 3) 

Evester sighed walking into his room ready to sleep. He looked at his hand. Don’t touch me. Zeydar had slapped him away when they had reintroduced sound by the smallest margin. The tent was still super sound proofed, but within the next day and a half, they’d reintroduce Zeydar to sound up to concert decibels, so that he could get used to the noise that would be too loud for him. 

The way that Zeydar had turned from him and Kony and tried to block out the sound had been too much. There had been so much pain in Zeydar’s screams and curses. That had only been at the beginning too. By the end Zeydar had been shaking.

The earthquakes had rippled, like tides. They had only been able to stabilize so much. Without his constant mutterings and spells, his magic had gone haywire, however they had seen the end of it. Zeydar’s magic had run out in the end and he had tired himself out. They had to believe that it would not regenerate fast enough for him to cause too much danger with light introduction.

Evester’s sleeve was ripped to shreds and feint lines of scratches were etched across his skin. There was no broken skin or blood, just light pink lines. He rubbed his thumb across the raised skin.

“I heard you grabbed him.” Heia walked into the room. Evester looked to her from his arm to see her holding bandages and alcohol to clean his wounds. 

“I did.” And he knew he shouldn’t have. “He can’t hide from the sound. He has to face it.”

“And you let yourself get injured?”

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 6 (CHAPTER 153)


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145 Days Until Sleep And the Uncertain End (part 2) 

Heia sat looking over the production plans with Kim and Shawn. The Ships to leave the planet were being made in this warehouse and others all over the world by the machines and there was little work to be done, outside making sure there were no issues or warnings. Their job was to sit and watch the computers and machines for errors. Heia wished she were with Evester and Kony, working on getting Zeydar’s sensations back. Heia watched the production line, ready to fall asleep when her chair shook and the desk started shaking. Heia felt the jolt race through her body as the world rocked and moved.

Earthquake.

Her mind flashed back to the Catastrophe. The screams, the terror, the loss of life. Was it happening again? Was this the end? Had the uncertain end come too early? Immediately Heia was under a table, the sirens were going off, and Shawn and Kim were under tables as well. Shawn looked to the lights that swung, and the computes sounded their shut down procedures. Prayers were at Heia’s lips as they waited for the shaking to stop. It was over as soon as it began.

“What was that?” Shawn asked the others, refusing to come out of under the desk where he had pulled Kim to hide.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 5 (CHAPTER 152)


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145 Days Until Sleep And the Uncertain End (part 1) 

Evester stepped into the tent to see Zeydar fast asleep. Rayda monitored him as Lynx and Onyx traded places for the shift change. Rayda glanced up to Evester as he walked in. Unlike the popular belief, Zeydar had not exploded in his power. He had drifted into silence, outside of his constant mumblings. 

“The heart beat is focusing him.” Rayda told him when he walked in. Kony pushed past Evester to Zeydar’s side.

Evester had heard the mumblings. Many were spells other were audible words they could understand. Zeydar had repeated Evester’s name over and over again along with convincing comments to himself. Zeydar had to remind himself that if the heart beat was near, what he saw was not real, which made Evester question what Zeydar was seeing. Uly had predicted a massive fallout, that everyone had been prepared for, but there had been none. There had been a decrease in the wind, a rise in the heat for no reason, but otherwise there had been nothing.

Kony had said he felt Zeydar’s magic, thick like a storm, racing through everything and everyone, but refusing to hurt anyone. Less destruction, more of a warning. Kony said that Zeydar was tracing, tracking, and protecting everyone at once, using spells constantly so that his magic had a way to reach out, even though it hurt him. He as using his magic as spells, so that it would not explode out of him, and they all had to be thankful that his rational mind was able to do so.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 4 (CHAPTER 151)


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148 Days Until Terror And the Uncertain End

Heia sat with Evester, listening to the monitor. They were waiting to hear any sudden change — something bad that they’d have to stop– and hearing nothing. There was the soft thump of Evester’s recorded heart beat, it was loud enough for Zeydar to hear it in his agony, but not loud enough to drive anyone else nuts listening. For Heia it was a strong metronome clicking its time away for them all.

Plans were being made as Zeydar’s process continued. Like the heart beat, time moved on and they too had to keep going. Lynx, Onyx, Trace, and Robee announced their plan to go with Heia, while Rayda, Crass, and Uly would remain behind. They had to bolster Heia’s numbers for what she was planning in convincing the X’s to join the Circles and Stars. They also wanted to share what they learned from fighting, all while making sure that they were overwhelmed by the politics, they knew she’d face. Kori said she too, was going with Heia.

“I’m going with Zeydar.” Kony announced, snapping Heia’s attention back to the meeting.

“You are?” Kori asked him. There was devastation in her voice, as if she could not believe that her brother would make such choice. She was probably one of the few people who thought it. Kony was a Star, he had to learn magic. Heia had seen the way Kony had fallen for magic so thoroughly, and how much he ached to learn more. Kony’s choice was no surprise to her, at least.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 3 (CHAPTER 150)


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149 Days Until Bravery And the Uncertain End

Zeydar was put in a tent surrounded by blankets and supervision. They had found an IV drip in the facility, and with the combined help of those who had gotten their certifications, Evester felt more confident in it all. His friends had gone to school for things not like this, all for the sake of their futures — and in a way EverDanger, as it supported them — but they’d never done something like this. There would be absolutely no Dreams for Zeydar from this point on and Evester was perhaps more nervous than Zeydar who was sitting patient on his new cot bed.

“We are going to be with you.” Evester told him when Rayda walked out the tent and the two were alone. The reassurance was more for Evester than it was for Zeydar.

“Bad move.” Zeydar shook his head. Evester took out the speakers and placed them on the floor. They were wireless, and if everything worked properly, would work from a far. “What is that for?”

“I recorded my heart beat for you.” Evester stated even though he knew it was one of the most corny things he could say. He felt embarrassed for all about two seconds before continuing to set them up. He knew how Zeydar had used his heart beat as a life line for days. If nothing else, the sound might ground him when the Dreams remnants overtook him, causing him to crave them more than reality.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 2 (CHAPTER 149)


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150 Days Until Marvel And the Uncertain End 

The Space Agency Research and Development facility was one of the largest governmental agency facilities in the world. At one point it had been built to build and create all the transportation needed to get the human race off the planet. It still had the space, but none of the funding. Now the major expanse could be used for little, as other facilities had been built to supplement all over the world, and with a smaller population than before the Catastrophe, such a place was little more than a grandiose relic.

Heia stepped out of the car to look at the entrance of the facility, wondering what they’d meet. They had seen the facility hours ago, crossing the first defenses and having to drive for what felt like forever, until they came to the main building. The doors opened to Lynx and Onyx who waved.

“Alright, dad, time to get you working.” Evester pushed his father ahead of them as Zeydar trailed behind with Kony. The two were scouting the best location for Zeydar to go nuclear, Heia could tell from the way that Zeydar’s eyes level off in the distance where nothing was positioned.

“We can probably do it on the take off area. Those places are designed to take a beating, sending rockets to space and all.” Kony suggested from behind Heia as they walked on.

Inside the facility, it looked old. Old metal walls that were rusted and warped. There was a smell that Heia could not place. She saw a thick layer of dust everywhere, besides the visible movement walkways. It was cleaned out of everything else and they were led to a large ware house where a ship was being built.

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YP – B4:Entr’acte – CHAPTER 1 (CHAPTER 148)


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After Enduring

Zeydar awoke to the sound of screams, the magic against his skin scraping him like blades. Fear, warning, pain: his magic screamed. Wake up, was what it was telling him. Slipping from his bed, Zeydar moved across his room towards the window and balcony, throwing it open. He expected to be met by the city lights that would calm what ever panic had overtaken him. Instead, Arcadia was burning.

The gardens and parks were up in flames, like pillars of lights in the surrounding areas beyond the limits of Campus, but close enough to feel the heat. Sirens were screaming in the air. The tall sky scrapers were all dark or glitching out in flickering light and broken glass. He could hear the faint chants of people, chants that were moving closer to Star campus, along with the sounds of explosions. All around him a ripple raced along the air, damage to the barrier. And then he felt it break, a snap that made magic breath in anguish. There was yelling, spells flying, sirens, and so many alarms, all at once. His once silent living tower was thrown into the torrent of sound and light. 

In the musk of the smoke and flame above, Zeydar could see the shadows of figures inhumane, casting their image to the dome overhead. Inhumane screams, the sounds of guns. More guns and magic, getting closer. Screams. Chanting. The campus was on fire and buildings were falling.

“Zeydar.” Tyler called from the door. 

“Tyler what is happening —“ Turning to the door, Zeydar saw the one man who had always held his confidence, bleeding profusely. Tyler’s side was majorly wounded despite the pressure he tried to give it by holding the wound. Zeydar’s gut told him that if Tyler moved the hand, he’d die on the spot. Without finishing his question, Zeydar raced over to him as Tyler stumbled into the room. “What happened to you? Why is Arcadia on fire?”

“Monsters. The Project said the monsters would come and they came. They came in the riots. Everyone is in danger. The riots haven’t encountered the monsters, but they are here. You are in danger.”

“Why?” His tower was secure was it not? Even without the magic barrier? The alarms weren’t going off. But how had Tyler gotten injured?

His mind snapped to focus on the injuries that were making his floor a sea of red: healing. 

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