“So Elrich’s been following me around again. He says your words convinced him I’m the only girl for him. What the hell did you say?”
“I told him that he shouldn’t have played with your feelings like he did. That he was never going to find a better girl. And I wasn’t lying! Doesn’t mean I was encouraging him to go after you again!”
Leya sighs, smiling softly at her brother. “Do you think maybe I should give him another chance?
“Definitely not.” Isidore demands, causing Leya’s eyes to glow lightly for a second. “You should stomp on his heart and make sure he never bothers you again.”
“Daddy, no! I don’t want to see her ever again!”
“I know, love. But she’s still your mother. And it will only be for a month, I promise.”
“A month is forever! You’re not going to take her back, are you?”
“Never. But its tradition. She wants to be there for your 18th birthday, to show you the ways of our pack.”
“I’m not a part of that pack anymore.”
“You aren’t married to that pack-less boy yet, Amelia. For now, you are still a member of your mother’s pack. As am I.”
“Did you really think I was going to just take you back?”
“Come on, Leya. The baby isn’t a problem anymore. Take me back. We can be a family!”
“GO FUCK YOURSELF.”
“My dad promised we’ll only be gone a month.”
“A month is forever!”
“That’s what I said!” She agrees. “But she said since we’re not married I’m still bound to my pack’s laws.”
“Then let’s tell your dad about our engagement. As soon as you get back!”
Amelia doesn’t look convinced, but her eyes glow and she nods obediently. “Of course.”
This is going to be the longest month of Isidore’s young life. He doesn’t know it yet.
Her mother told her to go for it. To follow her heart.
It backfires. It had to. Blaine’s seen this vision so many times.
“No. Never. How could you, Wanda? I thought you were my best friend!”
“Rhonda?” The fair skinned red head seems surprised to see her neighbour out in the sun. She always acts surprised. “How lovely to see you! How’s Harold doing? Blaine is wondering if he’ll be well enough for Friday’s poker game.”
Harold, Rhonda’s brother isn’t even sick. But he has been Rhonda’s only source of nourishment, so she’s kept him locked up in the basement for a few weeks now. Was Kaia threatening her?
“Can we please talk inside? I have news about him.”
Inside, Kaia heads towards the fireplace, slowly pushing the papers back into the flames where they belonged. Rhonda notices a few personal letters mixed in with the various newspaper articles in the fire. But she can’t tell if the letters were addressed to or from the house she’s standing in.
“What news do you have for me, Rhonda?”
She’d almost forgotten her reason for coming here.
“They made the announcement today. Gem Sari is being invited back to Sunset Valley to proceed with the talks for the new Equality law. Should I begin the motions?”
Kaia is silent for a moment, before nodding. “Get everyone into position. I’ll speak with our seer and learn the status of our martyr. We cannot move in until his death. It’s what gives us the momentum we will need to flourish.”
Rhonda nods. “Yes, my lady.”
War is coming. War is not coming. War is already here. War has not yet started. Kaia taught him to focus his energies on seeing the possibilities, not the definitive paths that must happen, but all he has seen has led to this.
This is happening. This is war.
She hates interrupting him, seeing the pain in his face as the visions invade him. She almost leaves him be before changing her mind.
“My love. I need you to wake up, it’s-.”
“It’s time.” He interrupts, falling down onto the soft cushions below.
She says nothing as he stretches and stands up on his own. At his age he should be grey and rigid, not young and full of energy. Her own magic is to blame for that, but his height and muscular build are all his. He has been determined student under her, and for that she respects him; and his gift.
“Have you begun the motions yet? We’ll need to move quickly if the announcement has already been made. It will take a week at least to return to Moonlight Falls.”
“I thought we decided you weren’t going back to Moonlight Falls. Seeing your sister after everything that you know…”
“That’s why I’m not the one going.” He says with a reassuring smile.
The only door to the basement opens once again, and a seventeen year old boy with his mother’s cheekbones and father’s colouring enters. “You called for me, dad?”
“Evan will be going to collect the children in my stead.” Blaine announces, ignoring Kaia’s look of horror. “You wanted to keep him away from the fighting, and we need to bring you your hero as soon as possible.”
“I’ll be fine, mom.” Evan promises, facing the redheaded woman. “Dad and I talked everything over already. He’ll send an old friend a letter with some instructions to take the kids to a safe place. I’ll be there waiting to bring them here.”
“And what if you get into trouble?” Kaia asks with real concern in her voice. “What then?”
“Then I use my enchantments.” Evan replies with a smirk. “I’m stronger than anything they can throw at me.”
“You certainly have the raw talent.” Blaine agrees. “But many of the residents of my old town were very well trained. And my sister herself was one of the strongest witches I knew. Do not underestimate anyone.”
“I won’t!” Evan whines. “I know the rules. And I won’t take any unnecessary risks what so ever. In and out, no one will know I was there, and I’ll take good care of the kids. I love kids!”
“You hate kids.”
“Not these ones! I’m related to these ones!”
While the boys spoke, Kaia wandered over to turn on the old radio in the corner. Her dear husband had it set to classical music, but she found the station she was looking for soon enough.
“Ladies and gentlemen, tickets for representative Gem Sari’s talk on species equality this upcoming holiday will be sold online this Saturday. Log on early as we expect all tickets to sell out quickly. This will be a historic moment!”
“No news yet on if Representative Sari will be traveling with his family or not as Mrs. Bayrose Sari, better known as pop sensation Baby Rose is due to be in concert the following morning. More news after these messages!”
With a scowl, Kaia admits defeat. “If you’re going to go, Evan, go now. I’ll send word for everyone to gather in Sunset Valley. Once the martyr falls, we make our move.”
Okay so I've had these photos done for weeks now, but I have been so busy with work that I hadn't even sat down to organize them until earlier today. But now its done.
I really wasn't sure how I wanted to bring Kaia's plan back into the story, but after experimenting with some music I decided that 30 seconds to Mars' anti-war song, This is War was the perfect background to the movement going on underground while Gem and Bayrose are playing house with their kids.
All the way back in Generation One, I mentioned how mixed occult kids often have extra abilities that neither of their full blooded parents might possess. Evan's "enchantments" will be further showcased in chapter 2.18 and Isidore's commands will be touched on next chapter and explained far more fully after he's actually experimented with them in Generation Three.
My god this story is taking forever.