House of Khepru: Volume Three
Copyright 2016 by Calvin Travostin
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We call out to Cayne as we watch the Khonsor carry him off into the sky. Audri and Angela scream out his name, as if the girl will turn around and bring him back, safe and sound. That’s not going to happen. I know how these monsters work.
I ball my fists as my skin darkens. None of this makes sense. What would they want with a newly awakened Kheprian?
“I don’t get it.” I say, walking over to Angela and Audri. “What would they want with him?”
Angela takes a deep breath. Understandably, she looks very concerned for Cayne.
“That doesn’t matter!” she says, clenching her fists at her sides. “We have to save him!”
Sparks are already jumping off of Angela’s knuckles as Audri groans in anger next to her.
“Natalie…” she says, walking over to me. “You know more about them than we do. What is going on?”
“I don’t know. I thought they would come for me, not him.”
Angela’s hands start crackling with more and more electricity. Her breathing is shallow, and her eyes are narrow.
“Cayne’s in danger.” she says, the lights of her dorm room flickering wildly. “That Khonsor, we have to find her.”
I’ve never seen Angela like this. She may be the one we look up to, but she’s never looked so angry.
“Once we find her, we find Cayne.” Angela says as the lights above us violently spark and explode.
Audri and I crouch down, covering our heads to avoid the falling glass. We exchange glances with each other.
“Wow, Angela.” Audri says, noticing Angela hasn’t moved at all, despite the falling shards. “I’ve never seen you so worked up.”
Angela turns to us, sighing deeply while her crackling hands die down.
“Well, Cayne is one of us.” she says. “And he’s still new to all of this. He needs us now.”
Audri forms a devilish smirk on her face.
“Nobody runs away with Cayne but me.” she says. I don’t know why I’m surprised. I should have known she would say something like that.
“That Khonsor is going to pay.” I say, as my vision becomes tinted with red. “Where do start looking?”
Angela’s eyes widen.
“I just realized, we don’t know where to look!” she yells, smacking her hands to her head.
Shit, that’s right. We have no idea where this girl might be hiding. We have no idea what she wants. Hell, we still don’t know if she’s a threat to the rest of us. We’re at a complete disadvantage.
“Well, there has to be something we can do.” Audri says.
There has to be something. You’d think I would know more about how they operate, but this girl seems to be acting on her own. She’s killing Ahkasans, and saved Cayne twice already, but now she’s taken him away.
Wait, that’s it!
“A hostage.” I say. Angela and Audri turn to me.
“What?” Angela asks.
“She took Cayne, so she’s going to need a place to keep him.” I say. “Someplace where they won’t be noticed.”
Audri’s eyes widen. She seems to know where I’m going with this.
“So if we look for places that people can enter or leave without being noticed…” she says.
“There’s a chance we’ll find her and Cayne.” Angela adds to her statement.
It looks like we have a plan.
“Where do we start?” I ask.
Angela places her hand to her chin.
“Start with any areas with abandoned houses.” she says.
That sounds like a good start.
“We should split up.” Audri says. “We can search more places that way.”
It always amazes me when Audri actually says something smart. While it doesn’t happen often, that was the smartest she’s said in a while.
“Okay.” Angela says. “Everyone find an area, and search it as much as you can. Don’t leave anything unchecked.”
Angela’s gone into leader mode, taking charge with no problem. Audri disappears while Angela walks out the door, with me not far behind her. When we head in opposite directions, I hear her stop in her steps.
“Natalie.” she says. I stop to listen.
“Be careful, Don’t lose control of yourself.”
I clench my fists by my sides. She’s right, I can’t afford to lose it. Even though the Khonsors might be involved now, I need to keep my head clear. I don’t want to relive what happened the last time.
“I will.” I say, starting again in my steps.
I need to find Cayne, and wipe that girl off the face of the Earth. The Khonsors will not take another life.
My head rings with pain as I slowly open my eyes. The last thing I remember was seeing that girl, the Khonsor. Everything after that is a big blur.
My fuzzy vision slowly adjusts to my surroundings. It looks like I’m in some kind of old warehouse. The wooden planks on the walls look like they’ve been rotting for quite a while. The smell in here is horrible, like dying moss. It’s incredibly stuffy in here too. I’m surprised I can still breathe.
I move my fingers underneath me, feeling a soft sheet on top of cold dirt. I sit myself upright, wincing at a sudden pain in my gut. What the hell happened?
That girl! She came into Angela’s dorm, and knocked me out! Where is she? I need to get out of here, and get back to the others.
I frantically get to my feet and rush for the door in front of me. When I try to push it open, it doesn’t budge. Crap, she must of blocked it with something. Come on, I need to think.
I instantly summon my flames into my hands. Maybe I can burn through the wood. I reel my arms back, and thrust my palms forward, black flames shooting towards the wooden wall. That should do the trick. Wait… it didn’t do anything! What the hell?
I start to feel dizzy and fall to my knees. That blast took a lot out of me. I struggle to keep myself standing, but it’s too much. As I fall forward, I feel a pair of arms wrap around me from behind.
“You still have a long way to go.” a familiar voice reaches my ears before I fall unconscious.
When I come to, I glance around me, trying to find a clue as to who came in before I blacked out. Right when I bring myself to sit up, the same voice comes from behind me.
“You’re finally awake.” it says.
When I turn around, I see the girl from earlier, her hood down, showing a head of long, snow-white hair. The blue garb is still covering her face, aside from her piercing white eyes.
I immediately jump up to my feet, lighting my hands ablaze.
“What the hell do you want from me?” I yell, holding my flaming palm up to her face.
“Calm down!” she says, her voice quivering. Is she actually afraid?
“What do you want from me?” I keep yelling. I’m starting to get really fed up with everything that’s been going on. The Ahkasans have been after me. I find out there’s an entire race that wants me and the others dead. Now this girl has kidnapped me, and I have no idea why.
“Please, just listen to me.” The girl says, her eyes starting to tear up.
“Why should I listen to you?” I yell. “You kidnapped me! You saved me twice already, but you say we’re enemies. None of this makes sense!”
I sudden burst of amber light appears as the girl holds a sharpened rod to my throat. She has a look in her eyes, almost as if she’s about to cry.
“You need to calm down, Cayne!” she yells, tears starting to fall down her cheeks.
I gasp, bringing my hands down, my black flames disappearing in the next instant.
“How do you know my name?” I ask, more confused than ever. “Who are you?”
The girl’s eyes widen. She clenches her fist at her side before her rod disappears in a shower of golden sparks.
“I guess I can’t hide it anymore.” she whispers, sighing before she reaches to undo the garb around her face.
When she takes it off, I fall back in shock. How is this possible? Everything just keeps getting stranger!
“It’s been a long time, Cayne.” she says, wiping her tears with the sleeve of her hood.
What the hell? The girl who saved me twice now. The girl who kidnapped me. It’s Sona. This can’t be real!
“No. Th-this isn’t possible!” I stutter frantically, “You’re dead.”
Sona kneels down to my level, her eyes starting to well up with tears.
“I’m so sorry you had to find out like this.” she says, her voice choking a little.
“What happened to you? You’re a Khonsor?”
Sona turns her eyes to the ground.
“I was, for a while.” she says.
“When we were walking home three years ago, after I passed out… I woke up in some kind of shelter. There was a man there named River, he explained everything.”
River? That’s the guy Natalie mentioned.
“He told me about the Khonsors, the Kheprians, the Ahkasans. That you were the one draining me. He taught me how to feed, how to kill.”
Sona shuts her eyes, struggling to continue. She’s killed others like us? What happened to her?
“Then, one night, I overheard him torturing someone he captured. He yelled about what he was really after, what they were after. I knew I couldn’t stay. I had to run…”
Tears start streaming down Sona’s face.
“When I escaped, I wanted to come find you. I knew what you were, but I couldn’t bring myself to tell you.”
“Why?” I ask, my voice still shaking. “Why didn’t you say anything?”
“You almost killed me, Cayne!” Sona yells, tears still falling from her eyes.
“If I told you about this, about any of this, I wouldn’t be able to live with how it would have hurt you.”
“I’ve spent the last two years keeping track of the you, trying to keep you safe.” Sona says, turning away from me.
It really was her. Both of those times, she saved my life.
“I told you we were enemies because I didn’t want you to look for me. I couldn’t face you.”
“Then why did you kidnap me?” I ask, raising my voice louder than I wanted.
“Because those girls aren’t training you well enough!” she yells, turning back.
“These attacks will only get worse if you don’t learn better control, and you need to learn it fast.”
Sona seems very different from when I knew her. Very serious, and kind of scary. Well, I guess it kind of makes sense, given everything she’s been through in the past three years.
“Those girls can’t protect you forever.” Sona says, her piercing white eyes looking straight into mine.
While a part of me hates to admit it, she’s right. The last time I checked, I could barely slow down an Ahkasan.
“You want to help me get stronger.” I ask, clenching my fists at my sides.
Sona places her hand on my shoulder, gazing intently at me.
“You need my help if you want to survive and protect the others.” she says.
Part of me still can’t believe that Sona is alive. My heart is racing, but I can’t tell from what. The shock? Relief? I don’t know. I relax my hands at my sides, and raise them to tug at my hair.
The others are probably looking for me right now. They’ll find me eventually, but what then? I still need to learn better control. From what she said, Sona can teach me faster than they can. The past two times an Ahkasan attacked me, I couldn’t do anything. I guess I have no choice.
I lay my hands back down to my sides, letting out a deep sigh.
“When do we start?” I ask, bringing my eyes up to Sona.
A golden rod, sharpened to a point, appears in Sona’s hand as her eyes release a bright white glow.
I’ve been searching this old complex for hours now, and I haven’t found anything. I’ve turned over everything I could, and looked behind every wall. No sign of that girl, or Cayne.
We’ve been searching for almost the whole day now. What if we can’t find him. No! I can’t think like that! The Khonsors need to be destroyed! I will end them with my own hands!
I see my skin start to turn dark as my vision starts to turn red. I take a few deep breaths to calm myself when I hear someone land on the ground behind me.
“Any luck?” Audri says from behind me.
“No.” I reply. “Nothing but an empty building.”
I clench my fists. I swear once I find that girl, I’m going to wring her throat!
Audri places her hand on my shoulder, and Angela’s dorm appears around me. Angela walks in through the door just a few seconds later.
“Anything?” Audri asks her as she closes the door behind her.
Angela shakes her head, slipping off her black jacket.
“Anything on your end?” she asks.
Audri and I both answer.
Angela groans, scratching through her hair.
“It’s been a whole day.” she says. “It shouldn’t be this hard to find one girl.”
I’m just as confused as Angela. She couldn’t have gotten far, so we should have found her by now.
A sudden knock comes from Angela’s door. Angela turns the knob, revealing a tall boy on the other side.
“Adam?” she says.
“Hey Angela, have you seen Cayne anywhere?” the boy asks, brushing some of his blonde hair away from his blue eyes.
This must be the guy Cayne talked to before he was taken. Crap, this is going to be hard to explain.
Angela stutters before putting her words together.
“We’re… actually looking for him too.” she says.
Adam looks up to Audri and me, a smirk appearing on his face.
“Well, hello.” he says to Audri, who turns away from him.
“Cayne’s cuter.” she whispers under her breath. It looks like Adam still heard her though, considering how low his jaw dropped.
“Well, have you girls looked around the campus.” Adam says after recovering from his shock. “He can’t be far.”
This poor guy has no idea his best friend has been kidnapped. I wish I could tell him.
“Maybe he went out to that old neighborhood.”
All of us jerk up our heads.
“What did you say?” I yell.
Adam flinches, backing up to the wall.
“There’s an old neighborhood he goes to to scavenge parts for his computer builds.” he says, holding his hands up in front of him.
“Most of the place is a ghost town, so he always goes there to sift through anything he can find.”
That’s it! That’s the place! That’s where that girl could be keeping him!
“Where is it?” I yell, slamming my hands on either side of Adam.
“About an hour south from here.” he says, widening his eyes at me.
I look at Angela, whose eyes are wide open. She nods, looking back at me and Audri.
“Let’s go!” she says as the three of us hurry out the door.
Angela turns back to Adam before heading out.
“Thank you so much!” she says, closing the door behind her, leaving Adam inside.
She and I grab onto Audri’s shoulders. A street of old houses, most of them falling apart with old wood and drywall, come into view.
“Do you really think we’ll find them here?” Audri asks.
My vision is already starting to turn red. I know we’ll find Cayne here, and that girl. And once we do…
I’m going to end her!
God, this has gotten way too intense! Sona keeps swinging her rods of light at me, and I keep dodging from side to side, but what else does she expect me to do?
“What are you waiting for Cayne?” she yells. “Attack me!”
Is she crazy? I thought she was just training me.
“Are you out of your mind?” I yell, dodging another of Sona’s strikes. “What if I hurt you? Besides this is just training.”
Out of nowhere, Sona unleashes her flaming white wings. With a single flap, a strong gust of wind knocks me off my feet. Sona charges, swinging her rod across my chest, cutting my shoulder.
I groan in pain, grabbing my shoulder, feeling warm blood flowing out of the burning wound.
“What the hell was that?” I yell, glaring at Sona.
She smirks, pointing the sharp end of her rod at me.
“You should never assume that your enemy will fight fair.” she says, preparing to charge again.
I barely dodge out of the way in time, still grasping my shoulder. So, that’s how it’s going to be. I guess I’ll have to fight back for now.
I summon my flames into my palms, bringing them to eye level. Flickers of red and black dance across my fingers as I brace for another attack. Sona’s wings flap again, another strong gust coming forth as she charges towards me.
I throw several blasts of fire at her, saving a large one for until she’s right in front of me. She slices through all of them, stopping to deflect the last one. Using that one moment, I rush in, tackling Sona to the ground, placing my flaming fingers against her throat.
“Checkmate.” I say with a small smirk.
Sona gives a small smile.
“Well done. You’re not even tired.” she says as her cheeks start to turn red. “Now, would you mind getting off of me.”
I frantically shuffle myself off of Sona, my own face starting to flare up with heat. Even after all this time, she’s still as cute as ever.
“Sorry about that.” I say as I get to my feet, and offer Sona my hand. She lightly takes it into her slender fingers, pulling herself up.
“I’m surprised you’ve improved so much.” Sona says as she dust the dirt off of her jacket. “It’s only been about a day.”
Why does that sound familiar? That’s right, Angela said something along those lines on my first day of training with her and the girls. They’ve got to be looking for me right now. Hopefully.
“I’m probably more surprised than you.” I say. “Up until a couple days ago, I had no idea about this whole ‘Kheprian, Ahkasan, Khonsor’ thing.”
Sona lets out a small laugh. I haven’t heard that in so long. So many memories are coming back right now.
“You always were pretty quick to pick things up.” Sona says, placing her hand on my shoulder. “You haven’t changed at all.”
Sona turns away from me as she slowly slides her hand off of me. It may have been three years, but aside from the obvious, she’s still the same girl I know from high school, the same girl I fell head-over-heels for.
My heart is racing so fast right now! Are my old feelings coming back?
“Come on.” Sona says, giving me a pat on the back. “We should get you back to the others.”
My eyes widen.
“Already?” I say in surprise. “You’re not going to train me anymore.”
“You’ve already beaten me.” she says, walking to the wooden door of the warehouse. “There’s nothing else I can teach you.”
Well, she’s got me there. I might as well go back to Angela and the girls.
“Alright then.” I say, chuckling nervously. “I’m sure they’ll be glad to meet you.”
Sona stops in her steps.
“I don’t think they would.” she says, her voice suddenly serious.
I raise my brow in confusion.
“What makes you say that?”
Sona turns to me, her white eyes lowered to the ground.
“Well, they did see me break in and kidnap you.” she says.
Crap, how did I forget about that?
I gently lay my hands on Sona’s shoulders, looking into her eyes.
“I’ll explain everything to them.” I say. “They should believe me.”
Sona beams a big smile at me.
“You would really do that for me?” she asks, tears of joy starting to form in the corners of her eyes.
“Of course. You shouldn’t have to hide anymore.”
Sona wipes her eyes, still smiling at me. It’s been a crazy couple of days, but I’m glad that everything should work out in the end.
Sona moves to push open the large wooden door of the warehouse, a loud creaking sound coming from it. We walk out, the sun setting in the distance, along a line of old houses. Wait… this place?
“Sona, do you know where we are?” I ask as she close the door behind her.
“Not really.” she says. “I just found an old place where I thought nobody would see us.”
I slap my hand to my forehead, starting to let out a small laugh.
“What’s so funny?” Sona asks, her brows raised in confusion.
“This is an old neighborhood I go to from time to time to find parts.” I say, laughing at the irony of the moment.
Sona’s eyes grow wider than I could have imagined as she lets out a loud “What?!”
She looks so shocked right now! If this isn’t a coincidence, I don’t know what is.
After a short while of laughing, Sona release her wings, flaming white as usual.
“Need a lift back?” she asks.
“Thanks, but I think we can-”
I’m cut off when a loud roar comes from nearby. Within the next instant, Sona is pinned to the ground by… Natalie?
Dear God, she looks angry! Her black hair is flowing wildly in the air. I can even hear her growling louder than ever.
“Natalie, what the hell are you doing?!” I yell as I see Angela and Audri come running from behind her. I don’t waste anytime going to try and Natalie away.
“Cayne! Are you alright?” Angela says, stopping in front of me.
I don’t respond. I’m too busy trying to pull Natalie off of Sona.
“What’s going on?” Audri asks.
Natalie knocks me away as she still pins down Sona. Pain shoots through my back when I hit a tree behind me.
Angela and Audri rush over to me as I bring myself to my feet.
“I promise, I’ll explain everything later, but we need to stop Natalie from hurting Sona.” I say as my hands start to flare with heat.
Angela and Audri look at each other, then back to the aforementioned pair on the ground. Sona looks so terrified right now. At least, I thought so until she released her wings from under her, flinging Natalie into the air. Sona flips onto her feet as soon as Natalie lands a few feet in front of her, releasing a loud roar.
Now that I can get a good look at her, Natalie looks different. Scary different. Her eyes are pure red, and I don’t see her pupils. She’s baring her fangs like some kind of wild dog. What the hell happened to her?
“Oh no.” Angela says, her eyes and face contorted with worry.
“She’s gone berserk.” Audri finishes her statement.
Berserk? Is this what they meant by Natalie losing control? She’s looks nothing like her usual self.
The three of us stare in shock as Natalie runs at Sona, slashing at the air with her claws. Sona manages to fly out of her way, but not without getting a small scratch on her face. As she wipes the blood from her cheek, Natalie rushes at her, pinning her to a tree by her neck. Sona flaps her wings, but doesn’t get off the ground at all. She conjures one of her golden rods, swinging it at Natalie’s head, only to have it shatter into sparks on contact.
“What?” she yells as Natalie scratches her across the face.
I can’t just stand here! I release the flames in my hand, and rush towards Natalie.
“Get away from her!” I yell as my fist connects with her cheek, flickers of black and red racing over my knuckles.
Natalie flies off of Sona, barreling through the air before hitting a tree and falling to the ground unconscious. I sent her flying that far with one punch! I hope she doesn’t hold this against me. I mean, I had no choice!
Angela and Audri rush to me as I help Sona up. She’s not bleeding that much from that scratch. That’s a relief.
Angela steps in front of me as Sona wipes her face with her sleeve.
“Now would be a good time to explain, Cayne.”
I let out a deep sigh. This is going to take a while.
This pain in my face. What happened? I remember seeing that girl with Cayne, and then everything went dark.
I slowly open my eyes, wincing from the pain in my cheek as I sit up. I see Cayne turning towards me, with… that girl!
I immediately jumped to my feet, my claws out and ready. Suddenly, Cayne’s black flaming hand stands only centimeters from my neck.
“Don’t you dare try to hurt her again!” he says.
“Why are you defending her?” I yell.
“Natalie, calm down.” Angela says from beside me.
She places her hand on my shoulder as Cayne lowers his hand. She’s defending her too? What is going on?
“This is Sona.” she continues, gesturing to the white haired girl next to Cayne. “She’s a defector from the Khonsors, like you.”
She’s a defector? No, that can’t be right! She kidnapped Cayne right in front of us!
I stomp over to Sona, my eyes already starting to glaze over with red.
“Why did you kidnap Cayne?” I growl in her face, shaking in fear.
“I had to teach him faster than you guys were.” she says. “He needed to learn better control.”
My eyes widen before I turn to Cayne, my vision turning even redder.
“What did she teach you?” I ask, a low growl in my throat.
“Aside from what you guys did, more on how to fight Ahkasans and control my power.”he says, Sona cowering behind him.
She actually taught him to fight? No! She’s up to something, I just know it!
I turn back to Sona, baring my fangs, only for Cayne’s hand to come back in front of my face.
“She’s hiding something!” I yell.
Cayne’s flames disappear, followed by him pressing his fingers against my neck, pinning me to a tree.
“Sona isn’t hiding anything!” he yells, his eyes starting to glow a golden yellow. He has gotten stronger, I’ll give Sona that.
“She risked her life twice for me! She wouldn’t hide anything else from me!”
I’ve never seen Cayne like this. He’s angry, but he’s defending that girl.
“Why would a Khonsor protect you?” I yell, punching Cayne in the gut to release his grip. “Why would they protect anyone?”
Cayne falls to the ground, holding his arms around his stomach. A flash of light comes out of nowhere, and the next thing I know, Sona is pointing a glowing amber rod at me, flaming white wings coming out of her back.
“Keep your hands off of him!” she yells as Angela jumps between the three of us.
“Enough!” she yells. Her eyes are starting to glow white, and I can practically feel the electricity coming off of her arms. She’ll get really mad if we don’t stop now.
“Natalie, you need to calm down.” she continues as Cayne gets to his feet. “Sona isn’t hiding anything.”
I look over to the white haired girl as her weapon and wings disappear in a puff of sparks. Just as soon as they disappear, she summons them again and charges for me. I knew she couldn’t be trusted! Wait, she’s not coming for me. She’s going… behind me?
Sona swings her rod down overhead, just to get it caught in someone’s hand. I turn around, along with Cayne and everyone else, to see Adam grasping the rod before shattering it in the next instant.
“What the hell?” Cayne screams. “Adam?”
Cayne’s friend lets out a demonic laugh.
“So, that’s this human’s name?” he says. “Well, I guess it’s not so bad.”
Shit, some random Ahkasan has possessed Adam!
Another laugh comes from the Ahkasan as it opens its eyes, thick black mist seeping out from them. Cayne is gritting his teeth in rage. This isn’t going to go well.
The Ahkasan grabs Sona’s arm, pulling her close to him. Cayne clenches his fists, lighting them ablaze as he charges towards it.
“Let her go!” he screams as his hand closes in, only to be grabbed by the Ahkasan. It kicks Cayne in the stomach, sending him flying towards the ground.
Angela’s hands start sparking with lightning, ready to shoot off at the monster.
“Would you really risk hurting her as well?” it says, the demonic voice coming from Adam’s mouth. Angela’s hand slowly stop crackling as she stares in contempt at the possessed boy.
Cayne picks himself up, his eyes glowing a brighter golden color as blood flows down the side of his face.
“Let her go, you bastard!” he screams, lighting his hands ablaze again.
The Ahkasan chuckles, and looks around at all of us.
“No, I have a better idea.” it says, forcing Sona to look into its foggy, black eyes.
He places Adam’s hand on her forehead, and black mist violently swirls around her, seeping in her eyes and mouth. After a few seconds, she falls to her knees.
“Kill them all.” the Ahkasan says as it’s foggy black eyes start to fade, reverting back to Adam’s sky blue eyes.
Adam blinks as he looks around, clearly confused as to what’s going on. Suddenly, Sona’s wings erupt from her back, but they aren’t the same as before. They are pitch black, with hints of silver flames running along them.
Adam jumps back, falling on his back.
“What the fuck?!” he screams, a black sharpened rod appearing in Sona’s hand.
As she raises it over her head, Cayne rushes and kicks Sona away.
“Cayne?” Adam yells. “What the hell is happening?”
Cayne’s hands ignite yet again, spooking Adam into flinching back.
“What the hell?”
“I’ll explain later.” Cayne says before turning to the rest of us. “What happened to him? What happened to Sona?”
“That Ahkasan possessed Adam.” Angela says, prompting a loud “What!” from the blonde haired boy.
“Sona’s been corrupted its energy.” I add.
Adam glances over to the white haired girl, a shocked expression on his face.
“That’s Sona? I thought she was dead!”
This is going to be hard to talk our way out of. The corrupted girl gets up from the ground, and charges for Adam again. Cayne barely manages to deflect her rod with his fiery hands, just to get punched in the face.
“Sona! Get a hold of yourself!” he screams, trying to get through to her.
Another rod appears in Sona’s hand. Cayne blocks her swing, the two of them pushing against each other, Sona’s face completely expressionless while Cayne’s is full of concern for her.
“I know you’re in there, Sona! Come back!”
The corrupted girl blinks her eyes before jumping back, throwing another rod at Cayne. He barely dodges it in time.
“Cayne, there might not be a way to bring her back!” Angela yells.
Cayne’s face contorts in shock.
“What the hell do we do?” he screams, running closer to Sona, only to get blasted back by a gust of wind from her wings.
“We may have to kill her.” I say, loud enough for Cayne to hear. He stands up and looks at Sona, who’s readying another rod to throw at him.
“I’m not killing her!” he screams at me. “I already lost her once, I won’t lose her again!”
Cayne deflects another rod from Sona, followed by another. His eyes suddenly widen before he glances back at the rest of us.
“Get Adam somewhere safe. I have an idea.” he says. Adam gets up from the ground, looking at him in shock.
“What are you going to do?” he asks.
“What I should have done a long time ago.”
Audri glances at Cayne before nodding at him.
“I’ll take him to your dorm?” she asks, turning to Angela.
“Go ahead.” she replies
Adam starts to say something, but is cut off by Audri placing her hand on his shoulder, the two of them disappearing.
“What’s your plan?”
Cayne clenches his fist, his flames going out right after.
“Just stay behind me.” he says before sprinting towards Sona.
What is he planning? He’s going to get himself killed!
Running towards Sona, I keep deflecting all of the rods she throws at me. I hope this works, I can’t lose Sona again.
When I get closer to her, Sona starts flapping her wings, nearly sending me flying back. I manage to keep my footing, and keep pressing my way to her. She flaps even harder, but I still keep pushing. I only have one shot at this! It’s now or never!
Once I get right in front of her, I throw my arms around Sona’s shoulders.
“I know you’re still in there Sona.” I say quietly. “You’re still the same girl I knew.”
Her wings! They’re going back into her!
“Cayne, whatever you’re doing it’s working!”I hear Angela yell from behind me.
I turn my attention back to Sona. There’s no going back now!
“You’re the same girl I fell for back then.” I whisper to her. The black fog starts to fade from her eyes.
“I love you, Sona.”
In a puff of black dust, Sona’s eyes return to their normal white color. She drops to her knees before I catch her, her body feeling limp in my arms.
“Cayne.” she says, looking up at me as tears start to fill my eyes.
“Thank god!” I say, pulling Sona into a tight hug.
“Did you really mean that?” she asks. “You love me?”
I pull back, looking into Sona’s pure white eyes as my face starts to feel warm.
“I do.” I say. “I’ve wanted to tell you for a long time.”
Sona’s eyes start to well up with tears as a small smile form on her face. She suddenly pulls me into another tight embrace. I glance up, seeing Angela and Natalie walk up to us.
“Well, whatever you did…” Angela starts. “it worked.”
I stand up, helping Sona to her feet as a light blush appears on her face.
“What did you do?” Natalie asks, staring intently at the two of us.
“Let’s say, I told her something I’ve been waiting to say to her for quite some time.” I say, Sona looking up at me with a hint of pink on her cheeks.
“How did you know that would bring her back to her senses?” Natalie asks.
“I didn’t.” I say, sheepishly scratching the back of my neck.
Angela raises her eyebrows at me.
“Then, how did you think to do that?”
A small smile appears on my face before I reply.
“I… saw it in a movie once, figured it was worth a shot.”
The girls drop their jaws. Angela laughs before looking back at us.
“Well, we should get back to my dorm.” Angela says. “I’ll go ahead and text Audri.”
“No need.” Sona says, grabbing my shoulder.
“Grab onto me.” she says. Natalie shrugs before reluctantly grabbing onto her side, Angela doing the same.
Sona’s wings, back to their usual flaming white, explode from her back, carrying all of us into the sky, and headed for home.
After a short while of gliding through the air, we touch down in front of Angela’s dorm. Natalie quickly fixes her hair as Angela opens the door, practically getting tackled by Audri.
“Thank god you guys are okay!” she says, crushing Angela in a tight hug.
Adam comes out seconds later, a goofy smile plastered on his face.
“Dude.” he says, looking at me with wide eyes. “This is… awesome!”
I nearly let my jaw fall to the ground. Adam actually thinks this is all cool?
“What did Audri tell you?” I ask.
“Everything. You guys are… Kheprians? Did I pronounce that right?”
Natalie glares daggers at my blonde friend. After what happened earlier, I think I’ll stay out of her way for now.
“Do you have to be so loud?” she growls, her eyes glowing red.
Adam whimpers as Angela grabs Natalie’s shoulder. I never would have thought he would actually be scared of a girl. Well, it is Natalie, so I can’t exactly blame him.
“This is who you’ve been hanging around with?” Adam asks, trying to back up from Natalie.
“Yeah, pretty much.” I say, scratching the back of my neck.
Adam releases a high-pitch squeal that I never would have expected to come out of him, or any guy for that matter.
“This is so cool!” he says, excitedly grabbing his hair. “You have superpowers, bro!”
He’s taking this better than I thought. Well, I guess this could work out.
“You won’t tell anyone, will you?” Natalie asks, a growl in her throat.
Adam whimpers again before answering with a quiet “No ma’am.”
Audri’s arms appear around my neck before she gives me a peck on my cheek.
“You’re still my favorite. Cayne.” she says, my face flaring with heat.
Suddenly, Sona turns me around, and smashes her lips against mine. My wide eyes eventually close as I accept her kiss. I never thought this time would come for her and me, but I’m so glad that I was wrong.
Sona and I separate after a few seconds, Audri’s disappointed sigh sounding behind me.
“That’s for saving me.” Sona says, resting her forehead on mine. She pulls back, and pokes my chest with her finger.
“But don’t ever let me die again!”
After a sweet moment between Cayne and Sona, I said my goodbyes to the group. As I walk back to my dorm, a smile finds its way onto my face. Well, the face I’m using anyway.
I walk into my dorm, the faint golden light of the sun setting outside coming in through my window. I head to the bathroom mirror, staring intently at my appearance.
My smile grows wider as my normally blue eyes turn silver right before me. A familiar chill appears in my hand as a coat of razor-sharp ice forms around the edge of my palm. Cayne has finally awakened. And now, everything can move forward for me.
“It’s about damn time.” I say to myself as I clench my frozen hand into a fist, shattering the ice around it into small cloud of black mist.
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