Side Story Three
Two Years Ago
The Trap Sixteen
Karen watched Kyle pacing around the room. It had been a couple of hours since he woke up and Darya still wasn’t back. His absence was clearly starting to get to Kyle, who was twitching slightly and rubbing at his arms. â€œAnd why did he he suddenly shut me out like that?”
“Do you suppose it was a trap and that girl did something to him?” Jason asked.
“It’s not that,” Kyle said. “He was already really upset, then she told him something that made him furious. He blocked me out before I could work out what. I can’t even tell where he is.” He paced over to the window and stared out. “Why would he do that?”
“I don’t know, but I don’t like it,” Sean said. “You didn’t pick anything up?”
“Something about the Core,” Kyle frowned. “Other than that, no. But I have this churning feeling in my stomach.”
Karen felt much the same. The feeling that something bad was going to happen was scratching against her skin and drying her mouth. She wanted to reach out to Kyle and tell him everything would be okay, but she couldn’t because somehow, she knew it wouldn’t. She was trying to think of something to say when the alarms went off again. Kyle stiffened and Jason and Sean shot to their feet.
“That must be the other dragon knights come to rescue those three,” Jason said. He looked over at Kyle. “Are you okay to fight?”
“I’ll be fine,” Kyle said. “I need a distraction, anyway.”
Darya only managed to pull his fury under control when he heard Julie scream and realised the water surging around him had knocked her over. It wasn’t her fault, so he pulled the wave in with effort and managed to grunt an apology as she climbed to her knees.
“No, I’m sorry.” Julie gave him a sad smile. “I didn’t realise this would be so personal for you or I would have given you more warning. I mean, I knew that you wouldn’t be happy with what it had done, but I had no idea it was your heart friend’s family. What are you going to tell him?”
“I don’t know. I think it’ll kill us both if I try. I can feel it’ll kill us both once it no longer needs him.” He clenched his fists and forced himself not to lose control again. Something occurred to him and he gave her a curious look.
“Why didn’t it kill you guys? I mean it tried with you and Marama but what about the others?”
“Oh, Gerian can block it,” she said. “But he’s not protecting me any more. I’m not sure who stopped it that time. Maybe the first blue dragon intervened. We’re near his territory.â€ She shook her head even as she said that. “But I can’t see why. I mean with Gerian acting so close to his border he might watch, but why help me? From what I hear he’s okay, better than Gerian anyway, but I just want to go home! I do-” She gave a gasp as there was a popping sound and a glowing blue gate appeared in front of them.