Kara woke, sat up in bed, her breathing coming fast. What was that all about? She wondered as she turned around in the bed to find Kai fast asleep on the floor, a thin blanket wrapped around his body, a bag beneath his head. Kara lay watching him for a bit, smiling at the peacefulness on his face. Kara could have sat watching him all night but the need to go to the toilet over took everything else. She slipped off the bed, carefully overstepping Kai and headed towards the bathroom.
She turned on the light to the bathroom; only a small amount of light drifts into the other room but it is enough to make Kai turn over in his sleep. Kara held her breath, not wanting to make any noise until Kai had settled down and gone back to sleep. She went into the bathroom and closed the room quickly; she didn’t bother to lock the door. She went to the toilet and washed her hands once she was finished. There was a glass sitting next the sink, she picked it up and filled it with cold water, and drank it all in one go. She stood looking at herself in the mirror once she was finished, her green eyes were dark and hunted, her face pale and hollow, big black bags beneath them. The trip to the Human World hadn’t gone the way she planned.
Sighing, she looked away from the mirror and walked out the bathroom, shutting of the light as she went. The world was plunged into darkness; Kara carefully walked back over to her bed and lay down, resting her head on her arm and looking at Kai.
Slowly her eyes closed and she was dragged into a world of dreams. This one had nothing to do with the one before but Kara felt as if they were connected somehow.
There was a knock on the door, waking me from my peaceful sleep. I open my eyes and stumble over to the door, opening it as a yarn comes out. “Hello,” I say.
Standing there is a man, I know him from somewhere but I am not sure where. He pushes past me without saying anything, entering the room and walks straight over to the sofa. He palls something from his jacket and puts it on the table in front of him. “Come and look at this, it will help you.” He says, his voice is rich but old, it runs over my spine, making little shivers jump up and down.
I walk over slowly and sit next to him on the sofa, looking at the photo he had lay down on the table. When the face rings bells in my head, I pick up the photo and hold it in my hands. The person in the photo is Kai. “But this is Kai.” I tell the man. “How can he help me?” I ask, dropping the photo back down on the table and sitting back. Kai has nothing to with whatever is going on, if he did then he would tell me, wouldn’t he?
“He knows more than he is letting on. This person,” he says, handing me another photo, this time it was of the vampire Mia. “has blocked most of his memories. If you can release that block then he will be able to help you.” He stands up. “Good luck, Kara.” He walks out the door and goes out. As the door closes behind him, the dream ends.
Kara woke up as Kai came back into the room from outside, a bag and two cups in his hands. “Good morning.” He said, sitting the things in his hands on the table by the door. He placed his car keys next to the cups and bag.
“Morning,” I said back, sitting up on the bed as Kai walked over with one of the cups and the bag in his hands. He handed them to her then sat down on the bed to take off his shoes. “Thank you.” She said, sipping the thing from the cup. As soon as it was in her mouth she spat it back down, wetting the bed but missing Kai by inches. “What the hell is that? It’s vile.” She said.
Kai looked at her. “It’s coffee. I thought you would like it. You used to drink it when I was in the Unknown.” He looked a little hurt by the fact Kara didn’t like what he had brought her.
Kara shook her head. “Sorry but things have changed since then, Kai. I’m not the same girl I was back then.” As she was sitting there looking into Kai’s eyes, the dream came back to her and so did yesterday afternoon. “Kai, can I ask you something?”
“Sure.” He muttered going back to taking off his shoes.
“Yesterday, while I was blacked out, how did you get into the room? The door was locked and I didn’t open it.”
Kai took a long time in answering. “I knocked on the door when I got back but you didn’t answer, then I phoned you and, again, there was no answer. I started to panic after that so I went to the owner; he gave me a spare so I could get in. When I opened the door you were out.” He shrugged when he finished talking.
Kara nodded. His answer sounded true, he could have done what he said, so why did Kara feel like he was lying to her? She had every reason to believe him, he had never lied to her before, but no matter what she did, she just couldn’t shake the feeling that he was lying to her.
Pushing it aside, she opened the small bag in her hands and looked in. Sitting in the bottom of the bag was a few waffles, steam still rising from it. She took a bite from one and let the taste fill her mouth. It was sweet and warm in her month, and as it slid down her throat, it tasted like Heaven. Kai sat on the bed next to Kara and took the half eaten waffle from Kara’s hand. She looked over at him and frowned; he just smiled and ate it.
Bits of last night’s dream came back to Kara, shifting though her mind. Kara slipped some of the coffee, this time she kept it down. “Can Mia do magic?” Kara blurted out.
If the magic was powerful enough Male Witches would be able to sense it, so if Mia was doing magic, Kai would have known about it, right? Kai looked over at Kara, frowning at her question, suspicion in his eyes. “As far as I know, Mia cannot do any magic; she had never done any around me anyway.”
Kara nodded but she didn’t believe him. Kara had those dreams for a reason, that man in them had come to her for a reason, to tell Kara something, but what, she didn’t know. The one thing that he had told Kara last night had stuck with her, Mia had done magic than told Kai to forget about it, and that is just want he had done. She needed to find out the truth, she needed to get to the bottom of everything that had been going on. And there was one person that she could start with.
“What do you want to do today?” Kai asked, bring Kara out of her thoughts.
Kara smiled. “I want to do a spell,” Kai opened his mouth to object but Kara got in there first. “I just want to see if being in the Human World has made my powers any stronger, that is all.” After a long tense minute, Kai nodded in agreement.
“Sure, what spell do you want to do?”
Kara walked over to her bag to get her spell book. “I’m not sure, I will just turn to a random page in the book and do that one, if isn’t dangerous that is.” She unzipped the bag she put it in before she left the Unknown but it wasn’t on top. She turned to Kai. “Where’s my book?” she asked.
“What?” Kai asked, a little confused at her question. “If it was in that bag then it should still be in there, I didn’t look thought your bags, I just picked them up, brought them back and dropped them down on the floor.”
“It’s not here now, Kai.” She looked back in her bag, hoping she had just over looked it but she knew it wasn’t in there, she couldn’t feel the power from it anywhere. Kara stood up and faced Kai, her hands on her hips, dread and fear creeping over her. “What the hell have you done with my Book? Where the hell is it?”
Kai got off the bed and walked over to Kara’s bag, looking thought it was well, like he might be able to find it. He knew the Book meant to her, she had already lost her Ring, so to lose her Book as well she would be out-casted from the Unknown, thrown into the Human World just like him. He didn’t want that for her, he had to help her.
He put his hands on her shoulder and made her look into his eyes. “I could have left back at the house. We will go back and check, don’t go panicking yet, okay?” Kara nodded slowly, believing Kai. “Come on, get dressed and then we will go.” Kai handed her the bag on the floor and she walked into the bathroom to get changed.
Kara slipped on the first thing that came to her: a pair of white jeans, a pink tank top and a thin pink jacket. She slipped on her shoes when she was back in the other room. As she finished brushing her hair, Kai asked, “Are you ready.” She gave him a nod.
Kara and Kai left the motel and got into his car. It didn’t take long to get to Mia’s house, but with each passing seconds, Kara felt a little bit of herself die away. She could see it; her life as soon as she went back to the Unknown without her Ring and Book. Her father would stand by her, telling her all the right things, telling her that everything will be alright and he wouldn’t let anything happen her. Her mother looking at her like she was a disappointment. And the rest of the town looking at her like she is has done something vile. When she would be banished from the Unknown, she would have to come to the Human World again, with nothing but the words said and the clothes on her back.
No, she thought, I will not let that happen. I will find my Book and go back to the Unknown with my head high. And if I do not find my Book then I will stay here, let my parents think I am dead, that’s better than them knowing the truth.
Kai palled up in the driveway and stopped, looking over at Kara as she closed her eyes and tried to sense if her book was there. She could feel something, some type of power that was alien to her. “Can you feel anything?” Kai asked when she opened her eyes again.
Kara shook her head. “No, but can we go in and look. I don’t know the house so I could have missed it somehow.” They got out the car and walked to the front door. The door was locked, Kai took out the front door key and let them both in. As soon as the front door opened, Kara could feel the magic coming to her from afar, asking for her help, telling her there was danger lurking in the house.
If Kai wasn’t holding Kara’s arm she would have fell to the floor. “Can you feel that?” Kara asked through gritted teeth. Kai nodded his hand, and in that moment, Kara knew that the power was a lot stronger than she thought.
Kai let go off Kara’s arm. They stood looking around the room they were standing in, trying to decide where to go next. “I’m going to check upstairs, would you look down here?” Kara asked Kai, already moving to the stairs before he could answer.
Kara walked down the hallway and stood outside the door, looking in thought the open doorway. She look around before she stepped into the room. She closed her eyes and called to her Book once more. This time, the answer was loader and clearer, she looked all around to try to locate the spot where her book could be hiding. But after looking for five minutes she didn’t found anything. She stood in the room and closed her eyes, calling out to her Book. She heard a faint answering coming from down the hall; she followed it to the room that had called to her the last time.
This time, instead of running away, she went in. It was just like a normal room, a bed, wardrobe, shelves, a TV, everything you would find in any room. Kara closed her eyes again, listening to the call of the power. With her eyes still closed, she walked over to the chest of draws, opened the first draw, and took out her Book. She opened her eyes and looked down at it, relief flooding through her.
She ran down the stairs and found Kai looking in the kitchen. “I found it.” She announced, bouncing around looking happy and alive.
“Come on then, let’s go before Mia gets home.” They went back to the car and headed back to the motel.
***Chapter 12 coming 25th March***