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 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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YP – B3:QTNOWLM – CHAPTER 50 (CHAPTER 147)

Revival

The morning came quickly and Heiphilia once more taking the wheel of the car with Zeydar and Evester. Zeydar was better in a way, Evester could tell, but not perfect. Evester was not sure he’d ever seen the perfect Zeydar since they had left Valaria. It was a few moments into the silence of the car ride that Zeydar spoke first.

“No matter what. We are a united front.” His facade shattered. He seemed tired, lost, and in a daze, but he was attempting to be clear. “Even if Maverin picked us. We are a united front.” Even if it was not a prediction made by the project. Even if they were forced into saving the world.

“We are the ones who have to do it, yes.” Heiphilia agreed. Evester was not entirely sure.

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YP – B3:QtNoWLM – Chapter 49 (Chapter 146)

155 Days Until Answers And the Uncertain End (part 6)

Evester lurched as Heai stopped the car. Seatbelt off, he sprung from the car to follow after Zeydar who had tumbled out to dry heave again. He had done so much more than he had before, he had erased their tracks before but that night was more like what he had done in Valaria. The skin and ability was not of a few weeks ago that had seemed obvious, this was magic, awe inspiring and horrifying. Zeydar had done it, and Evester was at his side in moments. Hand to hick back, Zeydar grabbed his shirt, pulling Evester over him, to protect him from the world around them. Zeydar was shaking, despite the blanket, despite the fact that the cold never bothered him before.

Kony tumbled out seconds later, with shaking knees exhausted from giving all his magic. They were a few hours from midnight and they had to keep moving. Evester took Zeydar closer to him, prepared to take over for Kony, who had already done his part. They were far enough away, that Evester doubted that the trail would matter. However the Aralax would hunt them for what they had done. Zeydar cried against Evester. Evester hushed him, pulling the blanket over Zeydar further. Was it withdrawal or the memories?

“What’s going on?” Maverin asked stepping around the vehicle where Kony, Evester, and Zeydar sat. He was followed by Shawn, and Phil, Kori and Kim. Heia walked from the other side, bag in her hand. She knelt down to Evester and Zeydar hesitating to reach out.

“Boy wonder is going through withdrawal again.” Shawn answered tossing a water bottle to Heia, who caught it and moved away from them both to begin mixing Dreams to the water. She threw it to Evester once she was done shaking the mixture.

He caught it, slipped it under the blanket, and whispered to Zeydar. “Drink it.”

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YP – B3:QtNoWLM – Chapter 48 (Chapter 145)

155 Days Until Answers And the Uncertain End (part 5) 

Heia drove down the mountain and around the bends, expecting to see enemies and only seeing them dead before her. She was expecting to see horror, and instead saw the light of day, as the forest burned bright and the bodies began to disappear. Zeydar was clearing their path before they even reached it. She could not let his magic go to waste, so she drove faster, trying to make it down the hills the best that she could without going too fast around bends that could knock them over.

She needed them to get out, and get out fast. How much more could Zeydar take? She did not want to think about it, just like there were a hundred other things she did not want to think about. Later they would. For now it was survival. Down the mountain, away from the fire, and Aralax and…

An explosion sounded, and it took everything Heia had not to swerve at the sound of it. Through her mirrors she could see another part of the mountain on fire. Evester looked back to Zeydar.

“Is he okay?” She asked. How much magic had that taken? Was that it? Was that the inner sections? Was that what would — Another explosion and one that rocked the vehicle as she turned a corner. Biting back a scream, Heia moved them forward trying to balance her speed with the progression of what was happening.

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YP – B3:QtNoWLM – Chapter 47 (Chapter 144)

155 Days Until Answers And the Uncertain End (part 4)

Zeydar cast the spell to envelop them in protection, the moment that Shawn said the words. They had taken too much time. The cars were at least ten minutes away if they ran. They would have to push, and make distractions. Could he use the explosions around the cabin to create the first? Then what? Hide them as they ran?

As Zeydar cast the protection around them, preparing himself for the fight, Kony had cast the investigation spells. The few spells that Kony knew.

“Fascinating.” Maverin looked to the magic barrirer around them, completely unperturbed.

“Where did you implant the explosives?” Kori asked the man.

“Not explosives. Weaknesses.” Maverin corrected her as if this were not life and death.

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YP – B3:QtNoWLM – Chapter 46 (Chapter 143)

155 Days Until Answers And the Uncertain End (part 3) 

Evester watched as his father sauntered through the cabin, looking at them all as if he were annoyed by them appearing. His father had changed, into old clothes, similar to those that Evester had last saw the man in. He was no longer in the retrofitted Aralax body. Kim and Phil had gathered as many papers as they could into backpacks, all of Evester’s father’s notes, as Kori and Kony gathered video evidence. Shawn stood at the window looking out every so often. Sun was setting.

“We have to turn on the Space Program.” Evester told his father as his father collected final notes. They had not needed much to convince him, since they had created such a scene with the cars and explosions.

“It’s on. Uly got it without me, no? Why do you need me?” His father continued, however, to complain. He was a mess of scruff and dirt, smelt unholy, and Evester wanted to smack the man around, but relief was washing over him. It was a tide he had to fight back, with the knowledge that he had they still had to escape.

Instead, he focused on his father’s question. Why did they need the lead scientist for the Yasaloughve Project? “I don’t know. You tell me.”

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YP – B3:QtNoWLM – Chapter 45 (Chapter 142)

155 Days Until Answers And the Uncertain End (part 2) 

Heia stepped carefully. She knew it was better than to be afraid. They had driven up this high. They had to keep following the trail, and the cars could no longer follow. The sound of her foot steps would be negligible to the noise the car made to those underground. If they were alert, it was because of their earlier movement, not the movement of now. However, the fear still permeated in each step she took. That this step would let the Aralax know that they were there. Each step would lead to the possibility of death.

“if your father was here. Where would he be?” Shawn asked as they walked up the mountain side. The light was beginning to dim in the sky above them. The thick of the trees gave them little to no visibility, but the fact that the suns light was creating too long shadows now. Heia’s heart rate had spiked with each passing breath. Her senses were on high alert and her weapon was ready for her to strike at any moment. 

“There. Right?” Kori pointed up towards the cabin ahead of them. Through the trees there was a clearing, atop a empty slope. The cabin was large, decrepit, and had a straight sight to the world outside the mountain range. At one point this mountain may have been a Circle resort, but it was no longer. 

“Everyone at the ready.” Zeydar nodded with Kori. “That’s where the trail leads.”

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YP – B3:QtNoWLM – Chapter 44 (Chapter 141)

155 Days Until Answers And the Uncertain End (part 1) 

Zeydar stepped knowing that the pressure on him was the gazes of all those who watched from the comfort of the heated cars. They had given up their safe house, packed the cars with their limited supplies, for this chance. A chance that had led the three cars to the edge of the mountains that went up into the blue sky. They’d given everything for this moment, and left no other paths behind. The success of the mission was on him and him alone.

Spell in his mind, Zeydar twisted his Staff, focusing not on their eyes but on the trail disappearing in the minutes. He’d always known that this trail led here, and it was that reason he’d ignored it. No rational person would go here on their own, so he had assumed it meant that Maverin were captured if the trail was his. However, Aralax did not take prisoners, and the man was never called sane.

Opening his eyes, Zeydar looked out towards another Hive. This hive, like the other, was imbedded into the mountains and connected through underground caverns to protect them during the day. Unlike the other, this mountain range was covered in trees that towered high and the trail led right up towards the top. It may have been a Circle resort at one time, with the paved roads heated so that the snow did not cover them. A resort that was no longer their personal playing field.

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