YP – B2: UtGoaFN – Chapter 37 (Chapter 83)

204 Days Until Prisoners And the Uncertain End

Heia watched as Evester stood for a moment looking like himself for the first time in what felt like forever. Heia did not particularly like the idea of them going out on purpose. However it was necessary. Everyone else was hidden, leaving only Heia and Evester in the spot light. They’d disappeared to take care of Zeydar as well as to plan their way out of the Tower in two days. This left Heia and Evester to be alone in their reveal.

“Are you sure you want to do this with me?” Evester asked her as they walked towards the location Evester had decided he wanted to be captured at.

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YP – B2: UtGoaFN – Chapter 36 (Chapter 82)

205 Days Until Transportation And the Uncertain End

Evester’s blood was pumping faster than it probably needed to be. The faster it moved, the faster be began to sweat. The faster he sweat, the faster they would be noticed for being out of place. Deep breaths in and out, over and over, calming himself until the moment Uly gave them the clear. He needed to calm his racing heart even as he wanted to bounce and run. The way this fear made him feel exhilarated him. They could be caught at any moment.

Dead breaths in and out, Evester kept himself from standing out. That was part of the task and make his mind swim faster.

Kim glanced over her stun gun before turning to him. “Ready?”

“Yes.” Evester opened the eyes he’d been clenching shut, to look at Kim and Heiphillia who stood pale and clearly anxious. He kept his voice steady. “Worried?”

“Yes.” Hepihillia glared at him. “Does it have to be today?”

“Yes.” Kim and Evester said at the same time. They had discussed the matter all too many times. To keep Zeydar best hidden, they had to move him in the middle of the day through the city. It wasn’t optimal for any of them but the general need to move him. The day was supposed to be like any other day, but for some reason there were more soldiers about than normal.

Evester’s soul sang. Everything was so vivid, clear, defined. He was certain that if he tried, he’d survive just about anything. When was the last time he’d so fully lived in the sensation? The state of The Immortal, was about him. This Evester could do anything.

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YP – B2: UtGoaFN – Chapter 35 (Chapter 81)

206 Days Until Saviors And the Uncertain End 

Heia stood watching as her siblings were packed away into the transports to be taken away. The orphans moved first, moving with all that they owned, into the transports to disappear. Layla and Andre helped the kids get settled, but they were not returning to Heia’s side. The orphan were as much of Heia’s family as anyone could be but Layla and Andre were her blood.

“The house is quiet.” Kim’s voice startled Heia as she came from behind.

“It is.” Heia controlled herself, as Layla packed the last of the orphans away with Andre. Layla turned back and gave a curt wave to Heia. When Andre turned back, Heia felt as if she were betraying him. Her older brother wanted nothing more than to protect her, but Heia needed Andre to protect Layla and their family.

“Are Layla and Andre staying with us?” Kim asked because Layla and Andre had not decided until that morning. They’d only told Heia and Heia was to tell all the others. As the current oldest, she was going to be in charge.

“They aren’t EverDanger recruits. They are going to stay with the orphans.” Layla had already made her position clear on the matter. She wanted their whole family to stick together, and had been furious that they were to separate. Kony wanted to stay near Zeydar to learn magic, and Kori was staying with Karla and Kony. Robee and Trace would never give up on joining EverDanger. Andre had convinced Layla to go with the orphans, to protect them. Heia had convinced Andre to go with Layla, because no one in their family should be alone. “Endwin is going with them.”

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YP – B2: UtGoaFN – Chapter 34 (Chapter 80)

207 Days  Until Escape And the Uncertain End

Evester walked into the safe room to see Zeydar lying on the ground mumbling to himself something. He wasn’t shaking, which was a good sign, however he was seeing things and feeling things that weren’t there. As if he were in Dreams, but not. Evester had hoped that somehow the limited doses would make the full detox easier to deal with. Now, he was not sure.

“I figured it out.” Zeydar sat up startling Lynx and Evester. The two waited for him to continue as Uly and Crass switched over their reports for watching Zeydar. Evester and Uly’s shift was to begin soon. “Its a manipulation of the connection.” Zeydar said as if all of them should know exactly what he was talking about.

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YP – B2: UtGoaFN – Chapter 33 (Chapter 79)

208 Days Until Fire And the Uncertain End

The world was on fire with announcements, news reports, and searches for Zeydar as Evester and his team continued to move the detoxing Star from place to place. Heia was forced to continue to train as EverDanger continued the act that could get them caught at any moment. Business as usual, as if nothing was going to happen. Heia was certain that Evester was relishing in it, even if he said nothing.

Europa sat in her mother’s office, door open, as Heia moved from the training areas to her room. Europa was pretty, like their mother, and as she sat in her mother’s office reviewing notes, Heia realized just how similar they were. The heir to their family was like Estashia in every way, concentrating with sharp eyes and a complete lack of expression.

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YP – B2:UtGoaFN – Chapter 32 (Chapter 78)

210 Days Until Emergency And the Uncertain End (part 3)

Evester sat in the living room listening as the house was scanned once more. The moment that the last Star left, Estashia had those loyal to her, breaking their charms of magic and finding all bugs that they had placed in the house. In some ways, erasing the Star’s control took longer than it had for them to place it there to begin with. 

Heiphillia was thoroughly spooked, Evester could tell from the way that she sat arms crossed and a ferocity to her. As Kim handed her a glass of water, she dropped it, shattering it to pieces because she could not keep her hands from shaking. Quickly she crossed her arm’s again and her expression grew more dim. Evester could not tell if Heiphillia were more angry with the situation or herself. Europa sat next to her.

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YP – B2: UtGoaFN – Chapter 31 (Chapter 77)

210 Days Until Emergency And the Uncertain End (part 2)

Heia sat shaking in fear, body tense and eyes watering from blinking sleep from them too often. Everyone she cared about had been separated from her in the early hours of dawn. Her siblings were disappeared, the orphans taken, and she sat alone with Shawn in the waiting room as the house pretended to wake up upon the arrival of the Stars. They’d been awake for hours at this point, not that the Stars were to know that. The others were being rounded into the room, dressed in their night gowns all besides Evester who was thoroughly disguised. Once they had been gathered the searching began.

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YP – B2: UtGoaFN – Chapter 30 (Chapter 76)

210 Days Until Emergency And the Uncertain End

It was early in the morning, far before the sun had risen and the world was still in dreamless slumber, that Evester’s mother awoke Evester from his nest of friends. Her eyes were dark, blood shot, cool, and warning him that something had gone dangerously wrong. Evester peeled himself from Kim’s grasp and away from Phil’s body, to follow his mother out the door, knowing that his friends had not remained asleep with her barging in.

“What?” He asked the moment that they were out the door and far enough down the hall that her screams would not wake the others, should they have remained asleep.

“Where is he?” Her fury seemed to seep through her skin like a volcano ready to explode.

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YP – B2: UtGoaFN – Chapter 29 (Chapter 75)

213 Days Until Hope And the Uncertain End

Zeydar laid on his side tracing his fingers over the floor in patterns that Heia could not identify. He was mumbling to himself with a blanket over his body, but otherwise was stable. They were limiting him but not cutting him off completely like he had asked, and yet the progress they’d made seemed like he was stuck in a dream rather than becoming sober.

“The amount of drugs in his system is…” Rayda stepped next to Heia at the doorway as she looked in to Zeydar who was locked in the room behind the glass door. “How he was able to function as a human being, I’ll never know.”

“How much did we cut him down by already?” Heia watched Zeydar move under the blankets, to face the ceiling, starring into the lights without blinking.

“Day one we cut him by half, today half of that.” She answered before showing Heia a schedule and numbers. “Before we started he was so gracious to provide to us the numbers.”

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YP – B2: UtGoaFN – Chapter 28 (Chapter 74)

215 Days Until Capture And the Uncertain End

The plan was to keep Zeydar over night, following him as he returned to Star Campus, only to kidnap him and bring him back. They could not keep him at Evester’s home without him being seen leaving, as they needed the alibi for his disappearance. They also would never be able to get into Star Campus. That did not leave very much room for mistake, but it was the only option they had. They needed Zeydar to detox, and they couldn’t let him know of the plan.

The moment that Zeydar left the house to take his walk back to Star Campus, EverDanger was on the prowl speaking to each other over headset and relaying information as they stalked him.

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