March 7th, 2017 | Published in Dragon Wars
“I think we have a problem,” Ophelia told Kira as they left the police station after making their statements. Aunt Sophie, who had sat with Sera and Ophelia, had gone to fetch the car. She wasn’t sure who had sat with Kira but Aunt Sophie was apparently giving her a lift home which seemed odd since surely someone from her family should have been there.
“Oh?” Kira tilted her head questioningly.
“Something is loose from the prison and it’s been watching us.”
“Urgh! Bad timing.” Kira pulled a face. “But not unexpected. Things get loose all the time recently. We’ve nearly got our alternative prison ready so you’ll just have to deal with it. We can’t let it attack anyone.”
“I know.” Ophelia frowned to herself. “Except the key is saying that it’s not one of the Lost Ones.” She looked down at the pavement and noticed grass growing between the slabs and litter everywhere. Obviously the streetcleaners still weren’t coming out. A minor symptom of how things were going to hell since the pulse.
“Well we know some other people were imprisoned in there,” Kira said. “But I’m not sure they’d be much better after a few thousand years in there. Except I was apparently one of them and I seem okay.”
“That’s not the issue,” Ophelia said. “We can always look into that. It’s the Key – it’s not going to cooperate. It’s been giving me ‘you don’t want to do this’ since I first realised.”
“Guh! That’s not good,” Kira said. “We’ll talk to da… my brother.” She scowled. “I am never going to get used to that.”
“Best call him your father,” Sera said. “That’s what he’s been to you for the last several years and it would raise eyebrows if you called him your brother in front of the wrong people.”
“Good point,” Kira said. “Yeah, we’ll have to talk to Dad.”
“The Key’s not wrong,” Ophelia whispered. “I don’t want to do this. I know I have to but I don’t want to do this.”
“With everything that’s going on I’m not surprised that you are confused,” Kira said. “It’s a bit late today so we’ll talk to Dad tomorrow. He’ll know what to do and if the Key is going to be stubborn you’ll need extra back up.
“Are you girl’s coming or are you going to chatter all night?” Aunt Sophie called from the car.
“We’re coming!” Ophelia said and the three girls ran over and climbed into the car. Aunt Sophie twisted around in her seat as they climbed in.
“Is everyone okay?” she asked. “Having someone drawing a knife near you and trying to kill a schoolmate…” She shook her head. “Unbelievable.”
“We were only witnesses,” Ophelia said. “But it was unnerving. It’s a good job Kate was so fast but what’s got into her. She’s acting almost normal… I mean the way she used to act before she got sick. Do you suppose she’s getting better?”
“We can hope so,” Aunt Sophie said. “She was a good girl when she was younger.”