Run grandma said. We all ran across the crippled streets covered red in blood as London's plates began to shift. The fear was unbearable though being 13 I like to act as I'm the provider. My little brothers hand grasped on mine as he struggled to catch up. The earths core must have been burning for the entire year to provide this rough of a earth quake. Grandmothers eyes filled with terror as we ran panting across the town bell by the london berg court house. The people who were thriving in the streets were now but a memory as there strength lit up the path that we were headed
We. My grandmother, my 7 year old brother mason and myself Maggie. The sky grew darker as a storm appeared . The rain drenched the cobble stone streets the lightning crash as if it meant to destroy London just as quick as a life was taken. Life was taken. Ha. I've heard that one befor. My parents . They were killed when I was just six years ago. Mason was but a 1 year old although he never got the chance to love them deeply he likes to act as if there was a unbreakeable bond. That's what mason dose. Acts. Yet dosent every child. I know I'm a child to. But havering witness death and not exactly havering very much firends I learned to fend for what's left of my family. My family. My grandmother wasn't my grandmother but ...... But what? I never knew I gusse a family friend that grew so close we appointed her as something more as a grandmother considering she's 53 but still young. She wasn't that much of a protector though more of a care giver. I'm the protector . She was quiet mysterious in a way. Her gold curly locks were so elegantly draped on her shoulder . Her purple blouse with gold specks were almost gypsy like. She always wore 3 white and gold think bracelets on he heavy plae freckled arms. Her blue tennis shoes showed she was the oringal one yet perfectly tied in with the white caperees. Her blue eyes were sreflected black from the deep stormy night sky. We weren't the only the only ones running in terror. Family's firends school mates teachers your own pets . The streets of London were always lit up coming from the clock light of Big Ben . I lived by the rules of a clock how the hands are in charge of how many seconds are in a minute then so on . How a piece of heavy meatless can be in charge f our lives. The elegant buildings dressed in flowers and cafs were always bright in london
with the warm smile and kind harts as the workers. But now they were all rubble. The earths plated moved faster the we could run. I could listen and hear the replay of screams of those past now either begging crushed but degree of fallen in the plates core. The endless cry of children as the hold there parents hand as they all take there last breath. How could this even be happening. I broke in fear those deaths that I've witnessed we're supoesed to make me stronger for the will to fight. But it make me more angry at god. It was Sunday night. Sunday . Church day witch made me more anxious to try to make life right. The earth quake was in the middle of service we just got don't with communion when the stain glass windows shattered and I looked at mason and new this was a warning. Warning for what? My mind went blank. We were all dressed in our church cloths grandma in her usuall mason in brown pants a blue polo shirt with a strictt navel blue vest. Like a little school boy
His orange hair flopped in front of his freckled filled face. That freckled filled face was now filled with sweat and dirt after running threw the cracked filled streets that were once so vibrant. Now I'll get to myself. Myself Maggie. Not the tipppikle teen but ok for myself I'm insucure at times shy because in school unlike the stuck up princesses I was bullied but I lived through that. I try at least to look over at my past and use that to heal myself. What dosent kill you makes you stronger. My white laced dress is hanging just perfectly over my knees . I like cloths that are revealing like othe girls who care more about looks then there freedom. Pyt. I hate those people. Yet who dosent. My brown ponet covers my long curly hair. I hate it down I look to preppy I prefer it in a bun to the back. The bonet made by side bangs flat and curled in font of my greenish blue eyes . Grandma said my brown bonet blends in with my dark brown hair. I think I'd rather have dark hair then look like I'm a preppy blond. I neglected to finish my church wear with my white flats so instead I wore my blue fleets I would wear for ball but I like to know that the sharp points can protect me and my little family. I think I made it my family I made it my job to protect them after all I'm skilled with a sword. I've had to learn to fend with a sword to protect others . The year now is 2340 The reason I was given my weapon is since I'm the oldest I had to protect my family in 2345. It was London's greatest war my parents were already dead. But when the first life was lost what was left of the city councill decided the oldest of each family would train with a scpecialized weapon. I was chosen for the sword because of my strenghth. There were many others. Some scpelized in archery or with a axe. After boot camp I decided that I would also be a silent killer so I trained my self with an bow and arrow. I still remember when I was first enrolled in the camp my father told me Maggie if you could me anything what not who could you be? I diddnt understand that I still don't. Be what not who. What. What am I if the only word I have to live by what. I remember how it happens how my parents were killed. The night sky illuminated of of the moon. The cool breeze swept across the small car my parents were driving my mother noticed a light in the sky my father shook it off. Mason and I were at home with grandmother watching us mason was playing with his red and blue trucks that he was given when he was born. Grandmother was sipping her tea with a pinky up like her bridge club firends. The phone rang. We barley get calls. I looked up at the phone . I was too busy drawing something. I was drawing a speck of light the I drew something that look like a stick with a purple dragon on it. I wasn't that good at art when I was 7 but as I recall it now I could kind of peace it together and realized what it was. We were all in our pjs when a loud boom almost like a bomb souned. Our telephone rang. I could hear the officer on the other end. Sharlean nider. The officer said in a demanding voice as if there was a gun to his head. Are you the primary care giver to this residence? The man said. No grandmother spoke in a concerned voice. I am watching over my grand kids tonight there parents umm. She paused. She paused in such a manor as if she didn't know what to say next. They are at bissnus trip she finally spit out. Miss. Nider we regret to inform you and their children that mindy baratolie and Oliver baratolie have been killed. Grandmother dropped the phone as her hand slowly worked its way up to her opens jaw. Her eyes filled with droplets of burning tears as she fought not to cry for our sake. I heard that word killed. Killed . Killed. Killed . No. O well I'm six I know what that meant. Father and mother are never coming back there dead forever I'll never know what papa meant when he said we what not who. Or when mother would brush my long brown hair as she sang. " life is but a dream. Life is a flowing stream. Come lay your hand on mine and it will be fine when we are in the troubled times." The troubled timesis this what she meant? No. Now I can't lay my hand on hers because she's dead.
Maggie! Grandmother snapped her fingers in front of of my face as I shook my self awake from this day dream.
I'm fine. I barley stutterd that out. Well I'm glad your fine but while your in your world ours is crumbling would you like to continue running for our lives.? She never spoke with such ferice. I suppose I could die right now. I nerver thought that me myself could die. Yes it crossed my mind considering. Considering what?
She grabbed my hand and we ran to Big Ben. That's my life clock. The symbol I look up to. Like I said befor I think I can freely express my life as a clock. Mason instead grappled grandmothers hand . I think this was because if I lost myself agin it father be me over him that would die.
The big sand tone buliding stood in all its glory. The very sight of it made you awe in though about what made a person build this amassing buliding that would inspire the hands of time. Sometimes I over think things just like when I'm talk I tend to drift off. We continued running. The sky was black and heavy. The rain drops bounced off of the misty black streets. The thunder shook us all. I looked around as we ran. Our breaths were trembling as we Feared the worst. The fear that the buildings held now . The reflection of the dead on the moon shinned as the misty air reeked of swet and despair. Grandmothers eyes were lookeing in back of us then up. She ocastionaly turned her head as if something was fowlling us ill admit that I was tempered to look but two scared at the moment to. Mason squeezed his eyes closed as we ran to scared of what might be there when his green eyes opended. My white dressed draped against the ground as it became a muddy mess. Grandmother had already ditched her heavy jelery that was pulling her down. We reached Big Ben. And as we did a pile of boddies marked where the plates split. The boddies were red in blood and torn flesh masked what was once people who we knew and possibility cared for. In school no one really liked me no firends exact ally but now most of them were nw forever gone. In a price of my hart I felt relive. Being selfish or not carma was not a in there favor. Or could it possibly be that one of my closest guy friend that I cared deeply for was not spread across London. A price is paid for every doing and yet the price can be hurtful in wich. A piece of my hart also broke. We were almost there. If we reach Big Ben then we could run for our base ment next. We ran . Ran. Ran but the allusive fog made it seem as if we were in circle. A green light under Big Ben broke the mist. I stood there in the wind . The storm. The rain. The thunder. With lighting crashing next to me. I wasn't scared after all it appeared we were dead as it is.
The light appeared to be elevated under the entrance to Big Ben. The green light put me into a trance I stared right threw it as it appeared to stare through me. It was a plain circle no deviation .
Since I and grandma and mason had no grip on each others hands so they took off thinking I was right behind them. They were way ahead of me leavening me to be fixated on the green light. My ears shut the other noise out and I could nothing. I was in a different world a different world where I couldn't hear move see or think. I could hear only one thing. My name. Maggie Maggie. Come to me .
The voice sounded disturbing though like. Heard it befor. Have I?
I green light was intreging I felt as if I should go to it. I tried to keep myself from moving towards it but I was to temped to and I was not in control of my legs .
Alaveises! Grandmother pulled ou a pactulier looking stick with a crystal on the end and said this word. Her eyes were filled with hatred. And as she did this she pointed the thing in her hand and. Pointed it at the green light. Poof. It was gone in a white flash. Grandmother put her arm down and ran towards me. Maggie we need to leave. I was still frozen with what I feared the most fear it's self. I was also very shocked of what I witnessed. Mason saw this happen to witch made me feel better no wing I'm not crazy. She ran towards me and grabbed my hand tightly. Masons as well so she would not loose us agin. We ran over boddies. Blood. Dismemeberd people .
The blood was now rain. The rain was now blood as it mixed together to form puddles of lies truth and forgotten ness .
We ran faster to our small cottage on the hill top. The house stood there. The earth quake surprisingly didn't move it at All it moved the space around it but didn't even touch the the house. We ran up the grass very and broken daisy hill away from death. Our house over looked London the brick buliding stood there with its yellow shutters and shattered door. We ran up the rainless steps ad opend the door. It creaked but we just kept running to the basement past the kitchen. My mistake we weren't running we we were being dragged my grandmothers hand. The criicktey stairs showed sights of being weak as we ducked threw spider webs in to the darkest corner of the old basement. Grandmother what was that? I presited . Nothing Maggie the rains almost over. I knew that was a metaphor because after that she said the storms is not yet.
She pulled out the crystal played stick and it lit up in a envious red light. In letup almost the whole basement since there was no light in the black basement. The light illuminated a golden door whith silver locks. The door had a diamond nob. The silver locks had one key whole that appears to have the letter a on each lock ingrained into the silver platering the middle of the door had a tiny whole. Grandmother put the crystal stick into the whole and the door magically opend.
The room that appeared to me on the other side was darned so we could not see what it was yet
She push mason and I into the room asshe turned her head in back of us. Hurry she said.
Mason had a death grip on my arm. His finger nails now were bitten down to nothing as he trembled as his fear of darkness sank in. I was scared also . But for his sakes kept my cool. We wales into the middle of the dark room. It appeared to be carpeted as I could feel a fluffy rug below my cleats. Grandmother came in. She closed the heavy metal door and we all were eatin in darkness until she flipped a switch and the lights came on.
The room had gold walled almost like copper penny's were stuck on the walls. The ceiling was dressed with angles with gracefull wings wearing only robes.. The sky on the portrait was a cloud filled sky as it looked as if they were preparing for a big event. Book cases lined the golden walls filled with old dusty books. There was one big chandelier in the center of the ceiling with strings of diamonds on it. The room almost had a red and yellow glow to it because of the plain burgendee rug the was so soft to the such it sank us in. Mason wippng his eyes looked around and awe and gazed at the butiful room. The oom was out spun in old recliners and cozy chair that were all indigo purple. Almost the color of the dragon I drew when I was seven. Even almost like the shirts grandmother would wear everyday. Room was a perfect circle .
and at the beginning of the circle was grandmother who walked to The middle of the room and and kept her back towards a trembling mason and a confused me. Mason had a surprised look on his face while his orange hair dried straight in his eyes. While I had a angry look on my dirty face. Well your parents wanted to show you this by themselves but unfortunately they were dead befor. She paused. Befor what grandmother .. Mason asked like he was to scared to even think about it. Befor they could tell you who you are really. She answered back. Her golden curls were not blond anymore because of the rain the now were brown lines that out lined her face. That was dirt filled as the rest of us were. Grandmother I am not the one for lies tells us what you mean. I spoke I was getting angry I hate secrets and this is just another one waiting to unfold.
I am not your grandmother nor a family friend. Mason was shocked about to cry that the only mother he knew was nothing to us now. She continued , I am your protector.
She spoke those words like nothing. Was she excepting us to be fine as if we belived that the life we new was something in our head in our sights that we have to unfold ourselfs.
Our protector! Our protector.
I yelled at her. So all those times that we said I love you goodnight and called her grandmother and when she woul pretend that she was just watchful of us because she cared were lies.
Although I didn't know what she meant I still was infuriated that the one I trusted was nothing more then a stranger it seemed. Maggie let me finish it will be clear soon. She comforted come. She pointed to two indigo chairs. Mason ran up to one and jumped on it then looked around with his jaw opened in amaze . Mason thought nothing was wrong being a small boy you think adults never lie. But I've seen to much to let this slip away. I stood there shocked that now masons my only real family. Have I really lost everything? It hit me like a cement wall that my parents were gone. Now my so called grandmother is to. Maggie she said come. I did as told and sat down next to mason with my arms crossed. Grandmother continued, my name is eggatha. I'm a family friend you could say. Your parents wanted to tell you but since there gone and I'm to protect you I must. Now we don't have that much time so ill will not tell you lightly because its hard at first. You and mason Maggie are not mortal. What's mortal? Mason asked. Befor eggatha could answer I sasses back not human . Maggie you especially need to listen. She got up off the chair and left us sitting there as she went to a Bookase and pulled one of my swords out from behind the bookcase. She walked back to me with her eyes on the sword. Maggie there's a reason of you being here. You are strong. She handed me the sword. She walked over to mason who was wiping sweat off his brow. You and your sister and special to this world and ours. Ours? I asked. We are not human. That thing you saw Maggie that was a dendrom. What's a dendrome? Mason asked. It's magical force that exits in our world. Our world I thought what's that ? Grandmother walked back to the bookcase leavening me holding my sword. She pulled out two sticks like the one she used to shove away the dendrome. She hand one to me and then mason. Mine had a dragon on it a golden dragon. That swooped around the wasn't until it mean two smaller dragons guarding a purple Simone. On top of the diamond was a golden sun that was keeping a large crystal in place. The stick was butiful but I have yet to know what It real was. ?
Masons was a black one with a crystal scales covering the purple diamond beneath it.
These are wands eggatha said. Wands? I thought. I had only seen wands on Comcast books story's and they belong to wizards and mystical beingssssss........ I paused in thout that what she mean as diffrent. You and mason are demigods.
Demigods? I asked.? I read Bout those the mystical beings that control certain elements. I loved learning about that in school.
Then why do we have wands? I asked.
Because your type is not known to the world yet. Your kind works under the light. You the Demi god of magic. This god is the most powerful yours and Zeus. Maggie you know about Zeus.
I recalled it in my head he's the god of weather. Who are we to be compared to a leader when we don't know what we're cable of.
This new power has never been disco red by mortals and we want to keep it that way. She continued.the dendrome Maggie that's one of the many forces that want your power and will not stop at anything to destroy you guys and your power volt at mount Olympus. You booth cannot be scared. First befor we start this war I need to tell you something.
Your parents were killed by a god. They were not in a car accident. Your father is the god your mother is the mortal. Your mother staded at the force fied to mount Olympus while your father went to the god circle to try to save your lives.
Save our lives I asked? So we are dead not matter what?
No Maggie listen she started as she was already saying. Your father and them befor him that were in charge of all things mystixal had to hide. You both would to but it's diffrent for you booth. You are stronger then any force known. The other gods were to afraid that if this race continues under the light that all mystical things would become evil. That's why when your father got Ngry because they said no children or els they would destroy the race. Your father tried to destroy the force field that separated mortals and gods. But Poseidon threatened to destroy everyone of the mystical gods wich you are. In rage they fought. And your father was killed. The force field blew up and your mother was killed. Zeus had to re in force it. That force person who called us to say he was dead was hates. He is hell. You know that so stay away.
Stay away I asked.? So your gonna let us be on our own when we don't know who we are.
Maggie grandmother called. If you don't listen to be now your dead anyway. Wich way so stop.
They want to kill you both they think your just muts they are scared. But the gods don't want to kill you. They. Maggie you know who they are.
You had dreams about it.
The Olympians. There are good olypans then at the same time evil.
The evil Olympian are only a mith. I gusse its not a lie hates is planning to destroy the mortal world to create his evil race the Olympians fell subject to grief guilt hate and fear.
Instead of misty graceful blue eyes there now blood red. And now it's more to fear.
Why? I asked eggatha. You Maggie your stronger. Look at your sword.
I looked down to the metal sword and saw gold letters apper line after line magically
Appeared. And the words spelled out one with a red eye.
What dose that mean I asked confused?
It means that that fire that you feel Maggie you have a sixth sense that very rare in the Olympic world..
Your a seer those feelings that other people feel and you feel. And when your dreams come true or when you can focus on one person and hear every word there saying.
Mason you also have a gift. But your gift is weakend by hell.
You don't have a fire you have two harts. You have the ability to make people feel comforted and close.
Mason was about to speak when I cut the little boy off.
I don't understand eggatha. If we lived in the shadows and now in the real world how are we not dead?
Because Maggie like I said the gods told your father if he had offspring then they would be more powerful. If. If. But the thing is you two were already born. They did not know that they still don't know but they know of the strange things that happening in the mythical blood line they thought it died of but to there surprise it is still in order.
Mason interrupted with how did we do that.?
Yes eggatha I said we did not know this yet how are we controlling it?
When you push people away Maggie and you light up the fire in your soul you infuriate the elements and make them stronger. Or when you mason get to friend someone or love them, then you start the good mystical elements.
Did you just basically tell me I'm evil?
I asked in a tone that it made mason jump.
No eggatha said but the fire can be used for good and evil. You are a smart witty strong girl that when you feel that power for no reason you become stronger . You are not evil but all the regret you have Maggie fill the hunger of the elements.
What do we do mason asked?
I grasped my sword tightly. I felt a overwhelming feeling of strenghth. I'll finally get to use it for something other then protecting my family. I get to use it to protect everyone els. I get to be so,etching.
Fight. I said. Yes grandmother answerd but we can't do this alone.
Who els? I asked.
Do you booth remember old smacks bakery? On pointer view ave?
Yes. I said
I recalled the best memories of that place when every Sunday father would carry a 3 year old version of me now on his shoulders and we would get our jelly donut. I sometimes forget what mother and father looked like. I can recall father being a very tall and skinny man with long black wavy hair. He wore his brown trench coat and black sneakers and pants. Black and purple that was like a custom to our family colors I remember that now by the way now it kinda makes sense.,mother was a butiful strong women with long brown hair and blue eyes with freckles on booth her cheeses. The blue sweater that she favored she almost wore everyday.it matched her blue eyes. I could also remember old man amuck looked like he was a very plump fat old man. His Italian accident matched hi mustache with curls on each side. He would always give me a fresh crumpet just for being adorable.
We need to go there eggatha continuedn
. Why there? Mason asked. That backed is one of the great portals to mount Olympus. There are also some people we need to find to help. Who ? Mason asked? There demigods also just like you two.
Names I asked?
She continued. Cooper and Payton. Cooper son of Athena. The goddess of wisdom and love. And battle strategies. Payton is daughter of hates.
So she's hell? I asked I sort of laughed in my head. No she is sweet nothing like her Father Payton is 7 like you mason and cooper is only a year older then you Maggie he's 14.
Now Maggie befor we meet them I must worn you.
Of what I asked cutting her off.
He's not acaxtlly someone that tends to be in your status he is a bit preppy but has a sweet side.
O just great I said but had a thought of what jerk he must be.
Are they nice mason asked in his childish voice.
Yes mason I think you will like Payton.
Mason shook and had a grin on his face.
I know what this is there gonna fall in love then it will be just another sappy love story when everyone expects my and this so called cooper fall in love and mason and Payton. I think I'll write my own story this time. Plus who can even love someone that has fear of being brave even though she acts tough for everyone's fate?
It dosent matter anyway. I think I'll stick to just havering myself. I like it better alone. I keep the strenghth to myself.
Lets go grandmother said. Mason jumped off the chair and walked to the door and eggatha followed as I sat there with my sword in my lap and thought about death. I acted like it didn't bother me but in reality I'm scared. Are you coming Maggie?
Ya I said silently and hopped off the chair with my sword in my hand. I gripped it tightly it made me feel stronger. We walked out the door to the secret room and the room went black. We ran out of the house and into the town full of death blood and pain. Dead people everyone cars tilted over children crying for there mothers. I know how they feel. Mason built himself up to forget I think it's easier for a little kid to forget. I remember the saying forget and forgive well I can't. We ran over the earths cracks and crippled boddies as we reached the old abondon on bakery. The once butiful building is now a broken glassed mural of loss. Ever since Samuel amuck died the backers closed. He had children but I gusse she decided to neglect it. The old sight on the front that always had that sweet chubby mans face on it was now cracked in half . It's amazing how a placed I cherished so much a meemorie was broken agin. That's fine plus I think now I can clearly say I won't be broken down Agin in shock. Mason was excited yet scared in away but he always is. Grandmother looked relief many she was holding the secret in for to long. She now feels better that we all know what to expect but that one qousetion still lingers in my brain. Protector from what exact ally. But that's ok I'll keep that one thought for our own good. She opend the broken glass door. The tiny bell that used to be above it was nothing but a string and a rock. The whole builiding was rusted. The counter was broken in half and dirty from blood and mud. The old donut racks were gone but the old posters that hung from the wall were still there but ripped. The red indigo carpet that used to be elegantly place on the cement ground was now nothing but a black dirt blanket that covered the entire old run down filthy pathetic backery. It was all old and dirty but the freezer door in back of the small shop. I wonder why. The was a small distinct light coming from it. I gripped my sword and spotted in the buliding behind eggatha with mason Dow
Long me but he was biting his nails very shanking bup but I still knew he was still excited abouT this so called Payton. Pfft. Pathetic. The door slowly opend and I held my sword up prepared to fend off what ever was in my way. Maggie put it down its ok. I glanced at her freight end as she gave me a aspiring look. Fine I said as I brushed off my bladed and watched the door lower with mason grabbingg the wand that he put in his poket. Ya.mason go ahead like a stick can defend you're dont even know what we can do yet. Ithoughtin my head tememted to day it out loud.
But I decided not to after all he's already shook eh up. Eggatha what is it I said gripping my sword agin.? It's ok it's just the right person. She answered back with her blue eyes staring at the door. It lowered all the way the light appeared to brighten with each inch the door moved. It moved with such a sound that I was waiting for the whole bakery to blow up. The door finally opend I could not see what had just stepped out of it but I new I was human and very small like mason. A child. The light was so bright I could not see what was inside of it so I let that thought slip my mind and just focus on how I should feel about what ever this was. Mason stood in front of me and walked closer to the child like figure knowing what it was.
Hello eggatha miss me much? The figure said.it was a small child's voice I could tell it was female.
Hello Payton is cooper with you? Eggatha asked stepping closer to Payton with mason trailing behind her towards the old rusty counter where Payton stood behind. I stood by the door gripping my sword tighter as the suspense rose. Mason I whispered get back here I said bending over to his height so eggatha wouldn't see me. No Maggie mason said with his hand signaling me to shoo away. Eggatha and mason stopped as the figure stepped out of the shawdow and into the light of what's left off our crumbling world. Masons eyes widdinen as he grinned and blushed.
O I know who this is I thought and she already trying to get my little brother in her grip. Not a chance I thought in my head. Eggatha moved other and hugged her. It's been long Payton look how big you got.
Well eggatha it been 2 years sinc you came and saw me last. The small girl said as she crossed her arms smiled and tilted her head slightly to the left. So where are the so called banished great gods I've heard about? Payton asked.
Eggatha s expression didn't change from happy to anything. This jerk just insulted us and she won't do nothing. Mason was still in a trance . I cleared my throat and waled where the rest of us where standing. I'm Maggie. I said sarcastically and had a sarcastic yet ticked of half smile. Am just so were clear we are th.e banished gods I snippd back. I finally got a closer look at her we shook hands. She was about masons height with red long curly hair that looked interviewing to starts at because of the finery color. Her plae white skin and red freckled face matched her periceing red eyes . All of that compared to her red knee length dress that hugged her hips makeing her seems older then she is. I could see mason took alike inig tot her fast. Just wonderful. I took my hand away quickly as I felt a shock like something shocked my hand. Mason skipped up to where she was and shook her hand. H-hi he said shyly batting hi eyes and smiling while slightly giggling. She did the same. I went to him to brake up the smiling feet and put my hand on masons shoulder. Another shock. My hand was tingling and shaking. Why was this happening.? Eggatha seemed to glance and me i could see her from the corner of my eye as she shook of what ever thought she had. I knew she thins she knows what's happening. I decided to forget about and shook it of as she did also. Well,Payton interupteded my thoughts. Coopers coming soon so we can just wait here. She continued.
Eggatha walk closer to her behind the rusted counter. She put her hand on Payton's little shoulder. Mason Maggie eggatha yells to where we where at the door way. I'll be right back we are just going to talk for a minute stay there. Eggatha said. She pointed to a small corner in the side of the bakery. We stayed where we were as she guided the small pale child to the corner and whispered inherent ear. I could not make out what she was saying but I knew what ever it was it was not meant to be heard. I do not like secrets. But clearly I'm handling g this ok conspiring eggatha never told me to shut my mouth. Mason looked up at me with my hands on his shoulders starting with a decent look at the other two mumbling. I looked down I as I realized he was stareting AT me. He spoke his voice giddy. Maggie he giggled. What do you think there whispering about? He asked as she rocked back and forth. Probably nothing I said trying to assure him nothing was wrong although I knew it obviously wasn't true there was something wrong but I tried to keep not only me but mason hidden from the truth because in the end I always knew today that there was a chance of us not makeing it out alive. But how could he not be scared. Yes he is seven but that's still old enough to face the truth I gusse. I patted his shoulders trying to make him less hyper. I kind of figured the moment mason locked eyes with Payton my little brother was in some kind of love I gusse. Mason fiddled with his hands while I glanced from him and smiled when he saw me glance back to eggatha and Payton.
Grandmother was moving her hands and shaking her head as if closing a strict deal with not hand shake. Payton just nodded in agreement then as eggatha touch her shoulder smiled and Payton did the same idealized they were done talking.
Eggatha stpepped back and fixed her shirt as trying to hide what they were talking about. Ok guys were done Payton looked at me and Emily smirked then as she talked to mason eggatha pulled me aside
Ok listen Maggie she said. As your protector from this moment on I say run you run I say hop you hop I say smile you smile and I know that will be hard for you but if I die. I cut her off no you won't. I said scared you won't die.
Maggie sweetie I might we all might but ill risk my life to make sure all we have left is safe and sound. What do you mean by that ICUs her off agin.maggie she said like I told you befor well actually I haven't iwasone of the Olympians and I tried to escape from hell it was a fight to the death but I knew what was left to help our crumbling world had to be sacred and I had to protect it thus I talk to Athena coopers mother and she gave me the powers of a lizard to be unseen and have a venomous sting. What I mean by that isthmus wand it counsels my powers as yourwandsdobutif I die you need protect your little brother while trying not to get yourself killed. And as far as Payton goes . She is from hell and in another realm of hell is where your kind haled from so with that said you are almost the same. She dose have evil on her but dodo you from befor these times booth your dark and evil powered ought to rule the under world but your kid was weak from old age Mazda law that the rulers of mystistical thing could not get married or have children but little did they know your grandparents already were married with your father but he was to young to fight. Hates won and we were left to wonder how.because all though you power is even it is also the kindest the hates your evil is the good hells is the worst.you and Payton have the fire in both your eyes although your is swarm blaze thatis more powerful. You may be tempted to kill her on spot but cooper will not let that happen. He can fill someone's hart up with love as quick as he can kill. Just donet underestimate yourself cooper or Payton. You get on paytons bad side cooper can stop it butif she starts you up he can't stop it that well. But I--- I almost spit out but she paused me with tears. In my eyes there are no it's you want to live yes or no ?yes I answerd abouttocry. Well then you have to bee brave and don't hurt cooper. He is a nice boy that only cares about makeing people happy. Just don't hurt him with your magic you don't know what you are cable of and he dose. Just don't brake his hart either. I know you will try not to but being that sensitive and his mother love and wisdom it's hard not to feel coma passion for some one. Ok isaid as I nodded my head in agreement and whipped a tear that was falling. I felt unstable and shakes. I was scared. Overly the top violently shaking while the tribulations of what might happend in the next day. Ok eggatha ill do it. Good girl. She said as she half smiled and hugged me. I didn't hug her back it just didn't feel the same that she never really about us just her home. Maggie she whispered in my ear no matter what I am still your grandmother I love you like my own child. She stopped the hug and looked at me no matter what we all have a purpose and no how you look at at it great things will come out of it maggie. I didn't speak for once just continued to wipe tears and shke and nod my head. She waled away and mason came to me and hugged me. I hugged back. Are you ok Maggie he asked i his childish voice. Yes mason I'm fine and we all will be I have him a reassuring hug agin as he smiled as if it was so great to be in. The position we are I know. I wish I could think like that. But it's ok.
We all stood in a row as we heard a periceing sound from the now closed entrance door Payton came out of as it became to lower. The light begon to show agin. As the door open I felt calmer as I actually loosend the grip on my sword and the wand in my dress pocket shook and so did masons . I thought in my head I can't wait to get this dress off and slip into my wind pants and sweatshirt. Maby then I'd feel more confident to fight this but i know I'll get there. As door opend all the way there stood a boy my height. He was short like I was we were about the height of a 11 year old. He didn't look 14 but neither of us did we all looked about 12. His golden hair flopped in his eyes perfectly as they matched his bright blue eyes. His freckled face glances to eggatha Payton me and mason as he smiled. They all smiled back but I kept a angry face. I was not going to let fear or compassion get in my ways everyone els did. His brown hip lengthy coat had pink fusha buttons on each side as it was but tend half way and a angle while shirt under neath. His white pants made him look like he was going to a funeral. But then I saw his cleats as his shoes. That's something we booth agree on. Cleats for extra protection. Yes this world now in the future was hopeless thanks to war and people not agreeing with the new way of law. You either give or never revive. But we were forcd to give more then were fives wich let to no houses to live in only small shelters. But for us that was eggatha s job my job was to get what I can manage and never give back. Take what you can never give back. I had to if I wanted what was left of my family to live the best way. And now I think what was this.? What it the same thing as the mortal world or was it intierly diffrent as if a metaphor. Haven't even discovered? And trust my
E I use may metaphors per likely when needed. But I think I hated him also right from the start. He walked closer as the portal door closed once agin. Payton ran from her spot and hugged him. Missed you she said. I looked at them with a puzzled face. Missed you? I thought I thought they didn't know each other. We're they together? No they couldn't be I thinks even aleaagal still at there age differences. Missed you to Payton. He bent down and hugged her to. Then she whispered something in his ear. And he nodded. I grabbed mason and pulled him closer i did not trust these new faces more or less Payton. But I knew what grandmother ment when she said I might not like this so called cooper. From the start that smile and fake grin he spit on I despised him. But yet there was a warmth like when you feel safe that I think everyone felt when I first saw him. He walked to eggatha. I got your not he said I heard that you found our savior s. yes cooper I know you and Payton will help them. She ands were him as she hugged him. What was this? He then walked to mason and shook his hand. Mason smiled and shook back. Hi im cooper he said. His voice was perfect a fit for his height and age. Hi I'm mason mason answered back giving him his name. Nice to meet you cooper said. Then he moved an to me. Hi I'm cooper he held out a hand. I look down and said Maggie. I shook his hand it was warm warmer then our surroundings. Nice to meet you he said. I didn't want to say nice to meet you to then he would think I actually trust him. And that's an impression I don't clearly want to make. So I said we'll see. His warm smile turned to a puzzled look. Was he thinking I would be happy about this situation? Well if its true then he's wrong. I can see we hate each other already. Well Maggie hate to say it but you would probaly Die in the first minute of battle if I'm not hear. He sarcastically yelled as he got in my face. Isis not like that I thought. Listen you I said, if you think I'm gonna stand back here and let you insult me then instead of me dieting you want to switch it around pretty boy? I snare led back.
I got closer to his face and eggatha stepped in the modeled of us.thats enough learn to get along Rowe are dead anyways. Cooper turned around and walked toward mason and Payton who stood there quite shocked. He was sniffling. Was he crying? He turned around and looked to the ground. His eyes I just caught at limps of they were glossy and small slight tear rolled down his cheek. I wanted to cry I felt so bad. No maggiei snapped my self out of this haze. You don't feel bad you are just worked up from e red thing els. Just then the windows shattered. Runeggathasaid as she pulled out her wand from her pocket. I just could seewhatshatered the windows a dendrome. But this time a silver one with a blue misty haze. Her face turned to fear. Payton grabbed masons hand and was trying to pull him out the portal door. No he yelled pulling back reaching for me. Mason trust me Payton said. And being him he trusts her. The portal was a winds blue tunnel. That was
Just sucking us in. Mason I yelled as they jumped into the swirl and disappeared. I saw eggatha pointing the wand up at the spark as she repeated a sentence that seemed to be Ina diffrent language. I grabbed my sword thinking I could just kill it off and save everyone like I always do. Buti don't think I could kill this. I ran toward eggatha that was fending the dendrome of at the otherwise of the bakery. Suddenly I felt a warm hand on my shoulder. I tried to run agin but it gripped tighter. Let me go i yelled. I turned around to see cooper with a scared lookin his eyes as the rest of us. No Maggie he said,. You can't win this one come on we have to go. His eyes were concerned as his face was full of stress. I felt myself go weaker and start to listen but then I r,e,berd what eggatha said. He always dose this to people because its his nature to make you are. I denied my erg to listen so I said no how about you make me that's the only person I had I'm not gonna let her die this time. I tried to in loosen his grip. Maggie now orso helpme. He said but I cut him off by holding my sword up. Then with a sarcastic look i his eyes he taunted me ya so your gonna kill me then what do have Maggie your weak. I was tememted to slit his throat with anger buti just stopped and looked at eggatha crying bloody tears as the dendrome got closer. She quickly gleaned at me giving me yet another resourcing look as if she was saying trust him. Maggie cooper said its her job she does she dies for everyone's sake. It's either everyone dies or she dose out of what she belives in. I start crying and he moves his hand from my shoulder to me hand and holds it. Trust me maggie he said soothingly. Fine I said as we ran to the portal door and I black out as we jumped in yelling 1 2 3 . I kept my eyes close as cooper and I separated and I refused to open my eyes when I felt my body just stop moving. My legs watched for ground but I was just floating in kid air. I decide to stay in a ball in a foggy at atmosphere. That scenes that I had just gone threw re played in my head. Maby I'm dead? No I can't be. What was this. I reluctantly opend in my eyes and found myself in a black universe covers in white glowing dots like stars. I felt calm knowing that this was what I thought. But I did not see the lightat the end of the tunnel. This was more like hell. But Asa darker twist perhaps maby I was in my part of hell. My rightful home. My rightful kingdom of wich I should lead myself. But sadly no matter how many times I opend m eyes and closed them quickly it did it help one bit. I closed them agin crying and hoping for something better. I finally realized my sword. Where was it. If I did not have that what was I? Just a girl that only defense is her bare hands? I need it what happend. Where cooper and everyone's els. What happens? I opend them quickly but still nothing. Then I saw a piercing lig way off in the distance of nothing. I just stared at it and I felt the urge to try to stand and I lightly lowerd my legs standing still on the ground thank god it was flat ground. I looked around in the darkness as the light started to engulf the whole black atmosphere . The light sucked me in as if I had no conroll over my body. I was moving into the light ad the darkness disappeared but it was hard to think as I closed my eyes once agin when the air seemed to become thick and heaven I blacked agin it was hard was hard to we in front of me . But then as I floating yet agin in the darkness it turned to light and I knew this time it was safe to open my eyes. But I wasent anywhere but a door step. Should I open the door to this small cottage? Wait a minute this is my house my home. But it was well put together now. I was tempted to go in but a thought crossed my mid this looked familiar. The hill our small cottage sat apron was filled with white snow. It blanketed the hill so smoothly. It was like my dream with my family if they weren't dead. I closed my eyes and trusted myself do I pit my hand on the icy door nod twisted and opend it. I saw something I have been waiting for since we got that call that changed my Demeaner on life completely. It was my family. My family. Mother father mason and myself. Eggatha was not there maby this is what my life should be like if I wasent who I am and had to deal with forgetting and moving at such a young age. But that's part of what made me who I am today. My father was not the tall skinny man he was. His long waves black hair was now silver with black streaks as if a old man in his 50s would have. His Christmas sweater looked like it was made to perfection by a great seemstrist wich my mother was in her spare time. It was a blue sweater with one pure white snow man. The blue shirt made his electric blue eyes sparkle. My mothers was the same as the rest of us
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