"Enough of the waterworks. You three need to sleep. I got us far enough away but we will need to keep traveling tomorrow," Vi said.
His words fell on deaf ears as I stared at Colt. His composure just made me feel even worse. He was holding himself together for me. Even at a time like this, he had to take care of me.
Electricity once again began to dance along my skin. But this time, before anything could happen, I felt a sharp pain on the back of my head and I was slammed to the ground. In a split second, I was knocked out.
Darkness. Everything around me was cloaked in darkness. And soon, the darkness purred. Then it spoke. And finally, it screamed.
"Why? Why did you run? you did this to us Kal. We could have lived. We didn't need to die." A distorted voice echoed around me. Each one of the families voices swapping through the words.
Visions of my murdered friends floated across my mind. Their sliced bodies. The bloody carnage of the orphanage. Then a second later, they disappeared. Once again leaving me within the endless void.
I woke up with a jolt. my head hitting Colts.
"Good morning," he said, a twinge of annoyance in his voice.
As if a flood breaking through a dam, pain rushed through my body just moments after I awoke. Through the haze of pain, I looked down at my body. My tattered clothes had been replaced by a sea of bandages.
"What happened?" I groaned, giving up on moving in favor of laying still.
"Virgo stopped you before you could have a full burst," mumbled Colt. He smiled at me but I could see it. His eyes were red and his cheeks puffy. He turned his face away as if trying to hide the evident tears.
It hurt. Knowing that he thought he couldn't rely on me enough to even see him cry. But that wasn't his problem. It was mine.
"Virgo?" I questioned, changing the subject,
"The man who saved us..."
Saved us. That weighed heavily on us both. He had saved us when we had failed to save our family.
"So, He's awake," said Virgo, coming to sit next to us. With him came the pleasant smell of oatmeal.
"Where's Amy," I said, gulping down saliva as I stared at the bowl in his hand.
For a moment he hesitated, glaring down at the ground. Then finally he answered. "She left," he said, fists balled together, brow laced with annoyance.
"What do you mean she left!?" I shouted, jerking up from the ground only to fall back down in a fit of pain.
"Words were said and she left. That's all," He said, shifting his gaze to meet mine.
One thing about Colt is while most of the time he is a gentle teddy bear who wouldn't hurt a fly. There are times when messing with him isn't really the best of ideas. And that one bit of eye contact said that this was one of those times.
"We need to get going," stated Virgo, rising to his feet. "The Black Kings territory Isn't too far from here. Once we get there I will start teaching you."
"Teach us what?"I asked as Colt lifted me onto his back.
"When Iris called for me she asked me to teach you how to control your powers. And I can't just ignore her wish now can I."
So we set off behind Vi, all of our weapons strapped to his back.
Now that I couldn't move I got the chance to actually get a good look at the man.
He was tall, maybe about 6'5 or so. Stocky frame and a square jaw. Silver-plated armor covering layers of tight muscles and numerous battle scars. Long dusty blonde hair swaying in the breeze, the hair tied back into a ponytail. But for the life of me, I couldn't figure out one thing.
"Why do you never open your eyes?" I asked.
"People who use light magic the way I do damage their eyes when they fight," He said, lugging his massive sword onto his back. "so most of us fight with our eyes closed. It just kinda became a habit even after I went blind."
"That's cool," I muttered, drifting into natural sleep on Colt's back. Falling asleep is nice when someone isn't hitting you.
Comments (5)See all