I walked to the Head Masters office, which took some time. I didn’t even have to knock on the door it just opened. “Come in Ember.” I heard from inside. It wasn’t the headmaster’s voice, it was familiar but I couldn’t place it. I walked in, wanting answers and determined to get them. As I looked at the old dusty room I saw him, my father sitting at the headmasters table. His feet were on the desk as if he owned the place.
“Tri, he’s here, hurry!” I screamed in my head. I looked around for the headmaster; he was on the floor near the desk. I hurried toward him.
“Don’t touch him, Ember, I’ve heard what you can do and he is going to pay for turning you away from me.”
“He didn’t turn me away.” I looked at my father. “How did you get here?” I set my hand beside the headmaster.
“The tornado, just like you.” He laughed. “It’s wonderful how Unhillia called to us and pulled us to her.”
My hands itched as they started to glow. I sent the power to his body.
“No, Ember don’t.” He gasped. As the shimmer began to touch him he twisted. I shut it off as fast as I could.
“Poison.” My father chuckled. “I knew you wouldn’t listen, so I took the extra step.”
“You’re horrible! Why are you doing this?”
“Why are you blessed with fire? While I have nothing, I want this world to suffer for excluding me on such power. I will break the balance the West Unhillia Islands will be full of benders and Unhillia will be for the normal people.”
“I was born with fire, even on earth. The Fire Goddess gave me to you and mom. She designed for me to be brought here to Unhillia; I was always meant to come to Unhillia. You were just caught up in the portal. Remember in the winters I would go out in the snow and play and the cold could not touch me? I came in too hot from all the clothes you and mom made me wear. This is where I belong. You dad do not.”
“I remember. What makes you so special?”
“I don’t know, I really don’t, but would you give me the antidote? He isn’t in this quarrel you have with me or Unhillia. Don’t make him suffer.”
“No, he should suffer. He knew I was here. He knew I was looking for you.”
“Ember where are you? I can’t feel you.” Trianna called.
“Head Masters tower.” I called.
“Dad I have a few tricks up my sleeve, tricks you wouldn’t even dream about. Give me the antidote.” I said sternly.
“I am your parent, you don’t order me around.” I heard Trianna growl from outside. Dad looked at the window. “Was that what I think it was?” He ran to the window when he didn’t see anything he looked at me.
“I don’t think that he should suffer. Don’t you? Why don’t you give me the antidote? Yes, walk over here and give me the antidote. Don’t hurt him or me. Yes that would be nice, wouldn’t it? Not to hurt anyone. So why do you? I think you should stop, don’t you? Yes I think you should.” Like a mindless zombie he walked to where he hid the antidote and placed it in my hand. “I think it’s time you left and take your minions with you. Wouldn’t that be nice? Yes, I think it would. Goodbye.” He walked to the door and left. I quickly fed the antidote to the shaking Head Master. He drank it and quickly silenced his shaking and fell into a deep sleep.
“Is he going to be ok?” Trianna asked. I called onto my healing powers, as they began to glow and his wounds quickly faded. He looked older, as if the poison had drained his age away from him.
“I think so Tri, I think so.”
I went to the door, looking out I found Kyah and the Masters. “Will you help me get him to a bed?” I asked them. Kyah and Raine nodded quickly, Shade looked at him then nodded, and Saphire looked at Shade then nodded.
Isis looked at the Head Master then at me then back at the Head Master, “For him.” She said.
Raine lifted him to the air; everyone besides Raine circled him and each waiting to take his full weight. When Raine set him down onto our arms, we all set our direction on the infirmary. Seeing as I don’t know where that is I helped carry him.
People looked and stared, some asking if he was dead. The students and staff followed us on our way. Many opening doors so we wouldn’t have to stop. Trianna waited in our room since that was the only place she could get in and out of easily. When we made it to the infirmary, the nurse led us to a bed that was secluded from the others. There were maybe three other students in the beds, all asleep.
“What happened to him?” The nurse asked.
“He was given poison and was attacked.”
“By whom? I don’t see any injuries.” She said in disbelief.
“My father somehow got into to castle. Two of his minions I have in liquid iron in the Fire Levels. Simmone and Julian can’t break their bonds unless I break them. When I made my to his office my father had already gave him the poison. I Charmed him into leaving and giving me the antidote, he’s left and whatever minions he has here.”
“No injuries.” She continued.
“Yeah I took care of that.” I looked at the people, and then at the nurse. “He will be fine, just some rest. Which I’m sure you will keep in bed for as long as you see fit. I don’t know what poison it was, but here is the bottle the antidote came in.” I handed to her. “When I tried to heal him without it, he shook uncontrollably. If that helps any.” The nurse looked at me, and then nodded.
“Thank you, I am sure he will turn out on top of things and I will make sure he is fully healed before he takes a step out of that bed.” She turned and went on with her other duties. The room began to disperse. The news that he will be all right lifted high spirits on the others. The teachers took keenly to secure the school from any more alarms that could be broken, and some headed to see what I had done to Simmone and Julian.
Kyah looked at me, “You look tired, let’s get you down to Trianna.” She looked at Raine, “Would you mind getting us something to eat? She’s going to need something before she passes out.” Raine nodded and quickly left.
We all walked silently down to the Fire Level. Kyah walked in first then I went, I opened up my heat and felt myself rise. I told the fire to turn off and come to me; I would turn it back on. It behaved and turned off. I looked at Raine, Saphire, Shade, and Isis; “Come on, this is harder than it looks.” They hurried into the humid door way and ran down the corridor that opened up into the main room. I walked to the length, not enough energy to run when I finally got to the end I opened up the fire. The fire shot back out happy to once again be free.
I walked into my room, and sat down on Trianna’s tree like leg. She began to purr deep in her throat which only made me sleepy. Raine handed me the bread and cheese she was able to get from the main kitchens. I nibbled on it.
“So where are they?” Isis demanded.
“Down that hall, I’m not sure how far but that’s the route to the main training area.” I said.
“Are you ok?” Raine asked.
“Yeah I’m fine; I didn’t think it’d be that hard to trick him. Mixing Charm and healing is very draining.” I said.
“I think you should sleep.” Saphire said, her voice sounded like silk.
“Where are you all going to sleep?” I asked standing up.
“I’m sure Isis can make us rooms. And we could find beds and things like that. Just lay down, we don’t want you dropping dead.” Shade said. I nodded then curled up on the bed.
“I don’t know where Simone or Julian’s rooms are but there are at least two beds.” Then I was asleep. The midday sun couldn’t call me awake. False night kept me sleep all day and night.