The walls continued to contract with the constant mysterious blows. The clusters of pebbles and dirt lost hope and clattered to the floor. Everyone was now sealed in the vault except for the seven of us.
“Ready?” Gene cupped my face in his toned palms. His teal green eyes searched mine for an answer. His brown hair was messy and littered with dust and dirt. I turned slightly to find Hunter looking at us. He didn’t notice me, though.
“I sure am!” Lucidia snorted. “Let’s open that can of whoop-ass!” She fisted her peachy fist in the air.
“We aren’t fighting, Lucidia!” Lady Saundra ordered, “We are going, only to find out what they want. And watch you language, young lady!” Lucidia pulled on her two-colored hair. It was a dark-chestnut brown on the top and slowly lost its color at the ends to a platinum blonde.
My fingers intertwined with Gene’s shirt, scared. Lady Saundra said that there is more than one well; they are scattered all around the world in the middle of nowhere. Not all wells are for the good, she said, and she thinks she knows who it might be. But why would they be here? Why would they come looking for this well?
“What if they start fighting?” Floraida’s squeaky voice questioned.
“Don’t jinx it, flower child!” Hunter blurted, crossing his long, thin arms over his chest. “Are we going or not?”
Sir Vlaldimir nodded and reached his palm toward Lady Saundra. “Three,” he started to count off. Lady Saundra took his hand and we each followed. Our arms connected us, forming a circle. Since not all of us here could fly, this technique was used. “Two.” My wings pierced through my porcelain skin, readying for our anticipating flight. “One!”
Our seven bodies zoomed through the deep well, out, and toward the still purple clouded sky. Our feet slowly descended on to the moist ground.
Tuck your wings in, Skyler…
I swiftly followed her orders. The slight sting of my recollected wings made me wince. Couldn’t she have just told me that out loud?
“Where are they?” Gene wrapped his arm around my waist. His confusion was understandable. No one was out here except us. Only the distant trees, that circled the area, were standing by us. Other than the freezing wind, we just heard our breathing. Floraida bent her knees and twisted her tanned fingers in the short grass. Her honey-hazel eyes, which were spotted with burnt orange spots, closed. The grass shimmered into a bright green and grew around her tiny hands, enveloping her arm to the elbow. She took in an audible deep breath.
Her head jerked back, making her wavy, honey brown hair fall from her petite shoulders. “They’re here, alright.” She assured with a slightly higher pitched voice.
I looked over to Sir Vlaldimir, who nodded at Floraida’s discovery. His pupils dilated, smaller to bigger, around his moonlight colored eye. He was scanning the area, as his powers were enhanced vision and memory. “There!” He pointed at the six indentations that lined the ground thirty feet away.
“Bravo, Vlaldimir,” a woman clapped as she made herself, a young woman, and a man visible.
“Ursula,” Lady Saundra gasped the older woman’s name through gritted teeth.
Ursula began to laugh, maniacally, “Yes, Saundra. I’m alive.” The young woman beside the grey haired witch took slow steps toward us.
“Don’t you come any closer,” Lady Saundra scared the black haired maiden. “Why exactly are you here, Ursula?”
“Can’t I just to visit my good ole’ friends,” Ursula said.
“I’m asking for the truth, so don’t sugar coat me, Ursula!” Lady Saundra made her intentions clear.
“Fine,” Ursula began. “I want to show the world we exist,” her yellow eyes fixed on Lady Saundra, “I, also, want my revenge.” She chuckled to herself making both her companions smile.
“No!” Lady Saundra walked a few feet in front of us. “Our elders have forbidden it, Ursula! You, of all people, should know why.” The last phrase caught me off-guard. Why should Ursula know?
“In all good reason, I suppose,” Ursula acknowledged Lady Saundra and initiated her walk toward us. “But Saundra, both you and I know that that isn’t going to stop me.” She caught up to the girl. She placed her hand on her shoulder, kicking her black braid off, and whispered something into her ear.
The girl’s eye color altered to a carmine red. The dark, solid color dispersed from the pupil outwards, filling the iris completely. She looked straight at me with a bitter, evil smile stamped to her face. I stared right back.
“I came to make a deal, Saundra.” Ursula tapped her hand on the girl’s shoulder. “Right, Avalon?” The girl nodded, yes.
“What kind of deal?” Sir Vlaldimir made his way next to Lady Saundra. The opposing trio crept closer; Avalon’s stare never leaving mine.
“Help us,” the man spoke as they stopped, a couple feet from us.
“No,” Lucidia croaked. The man smiled and tried walking toward her.
“Nico! We aren’t here to harm,” Ursula stretched her arm out; Nico, idiotically, slammed into it. “Yet,” he mumbled, but I only heard it. And he knows I’m the only one who did as he confirmed it with a wicked grin.
“Help us with my goal,” Ursula continued her proposition. “Don’t you want to be known?”
“It’s forbidden for a reason, Ursula!” Sir Vlaldimir snapped.
“Help us or we’ll do it ourselves,” Avalon glared at me. Lady Saundra slightly caught on to her intimidating stare.
“We won’t let you do that,” Hunter dared. I looked back at him realizing his long, ash blonde hair was in a mess. He smiled at me. When I turned back around, my previous stare resumed.
“So what is it going to be, Saundra?” Ursula ignored Hunter. “Avalon and I are getting pretty impatient.” She caressed Avalon’s head from the top to the end of her braid. Avalon extended her arm outwards and gracefully opened her palm revealing dancing white and blue flames.
“What makes you think you could do it yourselves?” Hunter crossed his arms over his chest.
Avalon let out a slight puff of evil laughter; her smile reaching maliciously from ear to ear. “Her.”
Her eyes reddened a deeper hue of red as she pointed a white flame at me.