Thursday, January 10, 2013

Chapter 36

Chapter 36
I led the other members of my group, 7 wizards and Kaolin, around to where the pegasus stables were. I didnt think Lymlock knew about the secret passageways throughout the castle, so I wasnt worried about going in.
Actually, it was just the opposite: I was anxious to begin. We had gone through this whole quest, fighting off enemies left and right, and we were too far in it to fail now. So I wanted to go before too much time passed.
I yanked open the heavy trapdoor that concealed the entrance. I wondered for a moment why this felt so familiar. I had never entered through the hatch.
Then I realized that it was the same type of door that had covered up the lair of the sorcerer who had captured us back in Melzult.
Shaking off the bad memories of that place, I started down the stone steps of the secret passageway.
I guided my team down the path I had traced so long ago, fleeing from the castle from Maybelles room.
It was amazing how much had happened in such a short amount of time. But Ive said that before, so Ill just continue with the story.
We walked down the hallway, footsteps echoing in the cold silence of the tunnel. Eventually we came to the trapdoor leading to Maybelles room. I cautiously pushed it open, hoping there would be nobody on the other side.
There wasnt, luckily enough, and I breathed a sigh of relief before looking around. Seeing something so normal after all that time was just surreal. It was just strange, thinking that Maybelle would come in any minute and knowing she wouldnt.
“Come on, lets go,” I whispered to the others, afraid someone would hear even through the soundproof walls. It was good that they were soundproof, but we had no way of knowing if there was an army on the other side of the door waiting for us.
Kaolin pushed in front of me and opened the door first. He really seemed to want to protect me.
“All clear,” he informed us quietly. “Lets go. I think I know the way, but you probably know it better than I do, Akeelay. Or the rest of you.” 
“I know the way really well,” I murmured back. “But the other wizards live along this corridor too, and maybe it would be best if one of them led.”
“Ill go first,” a tall woman said. She wove through the small group and walked out of the door, turning left.
We followed after her. Not knowing any better place to start, we had decided to go to the throne room first, and go from there.
The wizard in front turned the corner, and I heard her say, “Sensih!” If she needed the unconsciousness spell, there must have been a sorcerer. The wizards and I rushed around the corner to join her and saw only one sorcerer lying on the ground. The rest of the hall was empty.
“Only one,” she reassured us. “Lets keep moving.”
The moment was tense. We had just made our first real move in what we were all thinking of as a war.
“Well be fine,” Kaolin whispered to me. “If we really need help, anyway, we can just signal Neyolc.”
“Right,” I responded, smiling up at him. He was a few inches taller than I was, and that could seem comforting or annoying, depending on the situation.
But I digress. We kept carefully walking down the hall. There were no more sorcerers walking around, which was good. Until we rounded the final corner to the throne room, and each of us stopped in surprise, shocked into motionlessness.
The sorcerers were waiting for us.
There werent very many there; most had probably gone to stop the intruders upstairs, the same way the wizards had so long ago.
But they were there. Lymlock, too. In his oh-so-dramatic way, he said, “Hello.”
Nobody moved.
“Weve been expecting you.”
Kaolin unfroze and yelled, “Sensih!”
There was a beat of silence, and then, as a sorcerer fell, Lymlock yelled, “Attack!”

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