sped down the highway as fast as she could, but it was still a
long drive from the academy back to L. B. Gould that would last
into the night. It was also a crummy van that protested her
abuse, grinding loudly and sputtering often. Troy felt sorry for
it and patted the frame.
wanted to say something, but Yuki beat him to it: “I hope this
baby holds out. It's getting pretty shaky.”
should get us there.” A loud thunk later, Molly added, “Or at
least within teleportation range.”
we go through Cincinnati and get Uriel's help just in case?”
Marlowe, Uriel probably doesn't know about this. I'm fine
keeping it that way.”
are we supposed to help Donovan regain control anyway?”
we talk some sense into him. Then, regardless of our success, we
knock some sense into him.”
nodded solemnly from her front seat and Molly continued driving.
Troy looked around the van, surprised at everyone's intensity.
It wasn't only Yuki. Kathryn was stretched out in the back, but
looked like she was conserving energy more than lazily napping.
Even Renee kept a firm stare out the window. This was somehow
important to her too.
Honestly, Troy wouldn't have minded taking this a little more
leisurely. He wasn't sure of the difference between regular
Donovan and demonic Donovan. Troy found it amusing that Molly
couldn't really tell either but was intent on fixing it. Nothing
else about the trip was enjoyable, however. He was on his way
back home from what had been a productive and fun academy trip.
Troy wanted to enjoy the last couple days, particularly one that
involved more time in the FUP with Renee.
suppose we're going back when we're done?” he asked.
grunted, eyes still closed. “Please say no.”
Molly replied. “The only reason they brought us over was to
investigate the library incident, and that was resolved. I don't
care to return for another day of busy work.”
let's clobber him and go bowling. Hey Yuki, care to extend break
I?!” Yuki turned to Molly eagerly.
said Molly. “Although you may want to find a couple trusted
underlings in case Vincent calls us up for his mission.”
groaned. “I forgot about that. You really think they'd ask for
our help with all this going on?”
have to. Officially, the MST is pretending this isn't happening
and Marlowe won't make it an issue unless it became
gets Marlowe fired, can we let Donovan roam free?”
good idea,” Troy said.
considered it, but shook her head. “Noble intentions, but
there's probably a downside to leaving Donovan unchecked.”
enough for Renee to let it slide. Not that her new subject was
any rosier. “Any idea how Vincent's doing with that mission?”
heard. But we need to be prepared. I don't know what he planned
to do but it probably won't end well.”
“Honestly, I'd rather be doing that than this,” Troy muttered.
nodded. “I know it's hard to see Donovan as the enemy, but
with Donovan!” he blurted. “I'll knock him from here to
Cleveland. Who cares? It's just stupid that we have to drive all
the way home to take care of someone who's supposed to on our
team. At least helping Vincent gets something done.”
also more dangerous,” Molly said. “We know Donovan well enough
that we should be able to help him. Or beat him... whichever's
Didn't you say the Yovoni were trying to revive that one really
evil faction? Isn't stopping them more important?”
behind, Kathryn said, “Shut up, Troy.” It was clear and loud and
jarring. It didn't just silence Troy; everybody in the van was
quiet until they hit the next county.
the first couple minutes, Troy peaked over the edge of his seat.
Kathryn was on her back, but staring at him.
he mouthed to her. Kathryn sneered and looked at the upholstery
on Renee's seat.
rolled his eyes and faced forward again. He felt a sharp smack
as Kathryn's staff slammed the back of his seat, but he ignored
dark by the time they arrived at the school. They piled out and
slowly approached the front door. This cautious approach was
probably unnecessary as even if Donovan were still hostile, he
wouldn't be expecting them. Nor would he lace the entire school
with traps. Probably.
we come back tomorrow morning?” Troy asked.
of the dark?” Molly asked.
just rather be able to see what we're attacking.”
sooner we can settle this, the better. Yuki, once we get inside,
turn the lights on and meet us there.”
took a deep breath and used her key to unlock the door.
didn't budge. Her eyebrows narrowed.
sorry! I'll get it,” Yuki said. She pulled out her own set of
keys and got the door open. “I forgot. They were going to change
the locks over break.”
Molly's grumbling, they got inside. Yuki ran off to find the
meantime, Molly cast a light ball and led them down the hallway.
“Renee, as soon as you see Donovan, make sure to use an
anti-teleportation spell. However he got here from Indiana, I
don't want him making a return trip.”
basically three-on-one?” Kathryn asked.
“Potentially two-on-one,” Molly replied coldly. “If he uses
anything dangerous on us, I'll throw a shield up for you and
basically, we're doing the hard part.”
leaves an opening for me to use a binding or incapacitation
spell, I'll do it. Otherwise... yes, you're doing the hard
reached the dark room before Yuki had found the lights. Molly
eased her key into the dark room lock, turned to Troy and
mouthed 'water,' gesturing to the door. Troy nodded and prepped
yanked the door open and hid behind it while Troy hosed the room
down. Molly cut him off, threw a shield up and barged in. Troy
and Kathryn followed, flanking her.
silent. They heard nothing but the water dripping off the wall
onto the puddle Troy had created.
Somewhere down the hall, Yuki had done her part as the lights
flickered on in the hallway. The dark room was empty.
crap,” Molly muttered. She lowered her shield.
do you think he went?” Kathryn asked.
no idea. He could be anywhere now.”
sighed. “Great. So what now?”
stepped out of the room and checked the halls. “Do we keep
looking for him?”
followed. “We can't. If he's trying to clear his head, there's
nowhere else I can think of.”
checked inside the room. Concerned, she asked, “What if he's not
trying to recover? What if he's going along with this?”
wouldn't have come here in the first place.”
he'll come back tomorrow.”
to consider it, Molly shrugged. “Worth preparing for, just in
case. I just drove five hours. I'm done for the night.”
should we meet back here tomorrow morning?” Kathryn asked.
a better idea.” Whipping out her magic marker and shooing
everybody away from the dark room entrance, Molly shut the door
and drew a large circle directly in front of it. Then she
circle?” Troy asked.
activates while I'm at home sleeping, a barrier circle would be
useless. It's an alarm circle.”
that won't work all the way from home,” Renee said. Normally
those circles had a limited range, but Renee hoped Molly would
prove her wrong.
but I can set it so it goes off downstairs.”
spending the night here?” Troy asked, eyebrow raised.
stared at her for a moment, then slumped his shoulders. He
should have seen that coming.
do it, I'll join you,” Renee said, flashing a smile. Now Molly
stared at her sister. She should have seen that coming.
her throat, Molly said, “Perhaps we can draw straws.”
Nuts to that. I have dice in my purse.”
spell active and no reason to remain in the building, Molly
activated the alarm in the student council lounge, Yuki killed
the lights and they locked up. Whoever ended up staying behind
could teleport downstairs just as easily from the parking lot.
Molly desperately wanted to know why Renee kept dice in her
purse, but knew better than to ask. Even when the dice Renee had
were far more diverse than the six-sided Vegas standard.
popped out a little pyramid with numbers on it. “A D-4 outta do
five of us,” said Molly.
already established that Troy's safe.”
grumbled, assigned numbers and Renee gave it a throw.
frowned. “Wow, that backfired.”
for volunteering, Renee, can we go home now?” Kathryn asked.
her sister's shoulder, Molly said, “I'll teleport back with a
change of clothes and a snack.”
Renee nodded. “Thanks, Molly.”
try not to sleep too hard. That alarm isn't terribly loud and
may not be enough to wake you up.”
least you have plenty of dice to play with!” Yuki said, climbing
into the van.
“Thanks,” Renee mumbled, returning the D-4 to her dice bag.
“What happens if the alarm goes off?”
the car, Molly buckled her seatbelt. She yawned, then said,
“Call me. Spy on him. Don't get killed.”
fun!” Kathryn shouted as she slid the door shut and they drove
did not feel at all comfortable being alone in the student
council lounge late at night. Molly must have intended for the
room to be homey and livable, with the fancy rugs, furniture and
seating, but the cement along the floor and walls and the sparse
lighting made it very creepy. It looked like a Victorian-era
living room had been dropped into an empty bomb shelter, and the
dissonance didn't help matters much.
showed up eventually to deliver some food and clothes, but she
had no intention of staying against the promise of a decent
night's sleep. Renee, meanwhile, tried to occupy herself,
knowing that she'd sleep right through the alarm if she even
attempted to lay down.
threw on a camisole and pajama pants and fired up the Nintendo
DS in her purse, hoping it had enough battery life to survive
the night. Molly had thrown in one of Yuki's 'stay awake'
potions to make sure Renee did.
played for an hour or so, pausing every so often when she
thought she heard something. She probably did, but they were
creaks from the nearby boiler room and nothing for her to be
battery died on her video game system, Renee found a new
adventure- finding the bathroom. While she had no concrete proof
that one existed in the basement, she had faith that Claude had
installed one, so she started hunting. After several minutes of
wandering what may have been a labyrinth prototype, she finally
she was inside, she felt something click in her mind. Something
either had happened, was happening, or was about to happen.
Renee wasn't sure if this was magical aptitude, woman's
intuition or the fleeting moment of clarity one gets on the
toilet. Either way, she was very careful returning to the
was there. Not yet at least. “Hello?” she shouted, hand at the
ready. Her mind raced through the list of spells that would come
in handy, including several that she had never heard of but were
somehow available anyway. Then she stepped out into the open
looked around and saw nothing. Eventually, she lowered her hand,
not completely convinced that it was her imagination, but not
willing to spend the rest of the night in paranoia.
from behind, and suddenly had her in his grasp. Before she could
scream, Troy said, “Hey there. Where were you?”
sighed and caught her breath. “What are you doing here?”
spun her around and kissed her. “You were talking about staying
with me on my watch. Seemed like a fun idea.”
smiled, pulled away and walked over to the couch. “Well, you
scared me. I've only been here an hour and I'm already going
why I'm here.” He sat down next to her and stroked her leg.
“Besides, why would Donovan think to come down here?”
know, but something's not right about all this.” She put her
hand on his and looked down. “Molly says he came here to get
control over the demon, but I'm not as sure.”
huh.” Troy was barely interested.
she said he's going to his personal sanctuary... but the room is
thought there was a fire in there when the Hageshoni attacked.”
what kind of sanctuary is that? I don't know if Donovan is using
that to regain control or if the demon is using it for something
sighed. “Do you want to go up there and take another look?”
shook her head. “I don't know what's going on, but for some
reason I don't expect Donovan to be all that friendly to us,
even if he won't attack.”
Chuckling, Renee said, “Yeah, I guess. I just feel like Molly's
overlooking something about all this.”
what she meant, but he couldn't help but grin. “Like me dropping
in to visit?”
blushed. “Yeah, that too.” Her head slipped into his shoulder.
“Guess we've got the place to ourselves, don't we?”
little hiding place. And it's all ours.”
closed her eyes, breathing in that little revelation. It was
viciously appropriate. “I really do love you, Troy. I just know
that no matter what we end up doing, you'll always be there for
me. And one day, I think Molly will see that you're a good
person that will do everything he can to protect me.”
do we do until then?”
we're in Molly's little hiding place, together, with no sign of
Molly... and strict orders not to fall asleep.” She looked up at
him, staring into his eyes, both of them awed by the moment and
how it was not a fantasy. “I have a couple ideas on how to pass
nodded slowly and moved in to kiss her.
getting into all the scandalous details, they were not only able
to occupy the night, but make it the best one of their lives.
For all the obstacles, distractions and attacks keeping them
apart, they had finally made it. The symbolism of their location
was not lost on either of them, as they were together under the
student council's nose, light years beyond merely looking at
each other. Indeed, they looked at each other in a whole new way
that night. Only the most imaginative and obsessed fanfiction
writers could do it justice.
alarm never went off. At least not the one set to detect Donovan
morning, Troy vanished. He figured Molly would return to check
up on Renee and didn't want to create a scene. He gave Renee one
last kiss and took off.
thing he did, as not only did Molly drop in, she brought Kathryn
and Yuki with her.
to put you through all that,” Molly said. As it was her sister,
she was trying to be sincere.
fun?” Yuki asked.
acted the part, lazily playing solitaire as they arrived. “I got
by. No Donovan.”
to try something else or should we stay put?”
stay put. Yuki can take over.”
you!” Renee teleported away instantly, without another word.
Molly probably shouldn't have been so surprised at the sudden
disappearing act. She turned to Kathryn, eying the room
was Renee's somewhat disheveled hair. Or her entirely innocent
act (really, Renee surviving an entire night playing
solitaire?). Or even the smell of love in the air. Either
way, Kathryn pieced it together. She knew. And she let a slight
Molly was oblivious to such things.
looked away. “Nothing. Did you want me to stick around too?”
we're going to take a different approach to this.”
involve clobbering something?”
shrug, Kathryn put her hand on Molly's shoulder. “Lead the way.”
Molly?” Yuki raised a hand. “What happens if he shows up? I
stared back, bored by the question. “You have a cell phone. And
if you feel like attacking him alone, and I don't know why you
would, you have elevator access.”
yeah. This place is mine now, isn't it?”
looked around. “Why don't we have a TV down here?”
took that as a yes and teleported away with Kathryn.
ended up outside on a neighborhood street, in front of a rather
ordinary white house that Kathryn didn't recognize.
Donovan's house?” she asked.
walked up to the porch. “He's not at his house. I'm trying the
indirect approach.” She knocked on the front door. It flew open
living room, Blaine and Bryce were playing Battleship.
you two here?” Bryce only took a quick glance at them, before
returning to the more important task of triangulating the
location of Blaine's carrier. “B7,” he called.
Donovan?” Molly asked with a harsher tone than she had intended.
he at school?” Blaine replied, adding, “Miss.”
he were at school, why would you two be here?”
he hadn't called for us. G8.”
nodded. “Miss. We don't have any place to crash over there. It's
not like we're enrolled or anything. H5.”
as Molly was to use a spell to not only sink their battleships,
but their entire war zone, she resisted and asked, “Have you
heard anything from him in the last couple days?”
Blaine said, adding, “I4.”
his head, Bryce said, “Hit.” He scanned his radar. “But it's not
like he calls us every day. Which isn't so bad. We can get other
important stuff done for a change. Why, something wrong? B7.”
demon took control of his body and attacked Giles and Meg,”
Molly replied. “Last we checked, he was here, possibly trying to
subdue it again.”
minions stared at each other, fretting over the announcement. It
just wasn't the one Molly expected. “You already called B7,”
looked over his fleet. “Shoot, I did?”
pushed his board away with the tip of her staff. “Hey, we've got
a demon running around town controlling Donovan! Show some
Borderline flippant, Bryce replied, “Well, what do you want us
to do? We don't know where he is and we sure as hell aren't
going to fight him. If we see him, we'll give you a call.”
wanted to tear into him, but her phone rang. As Molly answered,
Bryce attempted to remember where all of the fallen pegs
on the other end: “Molly, your alarm just went off. I checked
the cameras... it's him.”
in relief, Molly flashed a thumb's up to Kathryn. “Thank you.
Hopefully Troy's awake and Renee hasn't gone to sleep yet. We'll
meet you there.”
disconnected, Kathryn said, “So who wants to get who?”
to get over there immediately.” Kathryn nodded, but glanced
away, a little annoyed at her inevitable fetch quest. “But I'd
rather have some backup.”
who...” Kathryn stopped. Molly had turned to the minions.
was back to the game. “Did I call G2 or G3?”
flick of her finger, Molly lifted his game and sent it crashing
through the window. “Bryce, get Renee. Blaine, get Troy. Meet us
at the school.”
Molly levitated Blaine's board. “This one's at your head.”
let's go,” said Blaine. “He needs our help.” He looked at the
window. “And I want to get out of here before my dad finds
have an understanding. Let's go, Kathryn.” Molly grabbed
Kathryn's shoulder and teleported them back.
arrived at the student council office, just as Yuki was
ascending the elevator. “Should we wait for Troy and Renee?”
huffed. “We should. But let's go in anyway. I want to talk to
a deep breath and marched out, followed closely by both Kathryn
and Yuki. They didn't say a word until they arrived outside the
dark room door. Then, Molly paused and whispered, “Let me talk
to him first. See what happens before we start attacking.”
nodded, but raised her staff anyway. Yuki bent down and pulled
out her chemicals. It wasn't a sign of encouragement, but Molly
didn't care. She summoned a light ball and threw the door open.
was inside, silent even as the intruder entered the room. At
first glance, he appeared to be seated on the floor, meditating.
“Donovan?” she said, very quietly, getting no response. She
stepped in closer. “Who is controlling you right now? I know
you're losing yourself.”
always in control,” he muttered. It sounded like his usual
calmed her down. “Good. Do you need to remain here for a while
to make sure? Or can we go back to fix this? You'll never have
to worry about that demon again.”
to remain here.”
right.” Molly took a step back. “When you are ready, step
outside. We'll be waiting for you.”
response, she turned around. That was sufficient for her. If he
was determined to do the dirty work of fending off the demon,
she could wait for him.
started to open the door, but stopped when she heard a low
chuckle. Glancing back, Molly saw that Donovan had stood up.
“Yes?” she asked.
attack came suddenly. Due to the room's darkness, it caught her
by surprise and suddenly she crashed through the door and
against the far wall outside.
Kathryn rushed to help her, Donovan stepped in the doorway. “How
dare you enter my sacred place and claim I must be fixed?” It
was still his voice, but more wild than ever. “He and I are one
body and we will destroy all that come between us!”
clutched her stomach in pain, Kathryn stared back at Donovan. He
didn't move at first, instead glaring at the girls for several
seconds. And then firing another shot. Kathryn got her staff up
in time to swat it away. It blasted the wall next to Donovan,
putting a charred dent in the cement. That was an eye-opener.
you doing this?” Molly spat between winces.
inside the dark room, he shouted, “You have entered my
sanctuary! I will no longer stand for such abuse.”
bad!” Kathryn dove in, trying to take out his legs. Donovan
stepped backward and into the room. He charged another shot as
she somersaulted in, getting her staff up in time to swat his
attack into the bare floor. Instantly, a large glowing circle
appeared underneath them, consuming almost the entire room. It
crackled loudly and darkened just as quickly.
had happened, Donovan was now even more livid. “You! How could
on the floor, Kathryn wanted to make a move, but she was stunned
by the commotion and Donovan was already charging something up.
She had to be ready to block it. Whatever magic he was using, it
was doing serious damage.
you need to see where our true power lies!” Donovan fired off a
spell while Kathryn held up her staff and braced herself.
appeared to happen, at least to Kathryn anyway. Yet Donovan
grinned. “Let's see how well you fare in this realm!”
realm? Kathryn stole a glance out the door. No, it was still the
hallway of L. B. Gould High School. Molly was still against the
wall, clutching her injury. Only now she was holding up a spell.
right. Here, my fellow demons are eager to tear you apart,”
turned back to him. “Guess again.”
frowned, cast another spell and walked through the wall. On the
other side, he tripped over Yuki as she was finishing up her
healing potion. Now on the ground, he saw Molly shaking,
bleeding... and maintaining an anti-teleportation spell.
not going anywhere,” she muttered.
Narrowing his eyes, Donovan stomped on Yuki's healing potion,
and walked back through the wall into the dark room. Kathryn
over! Quickly!” Molly barked. Yuki wisely chose the opposite
slid up next to Molly. “How bad is it?”
winced again. “I can make it until Yuki's done.” She still held
her spell up. If Donovan really believed that he had the power
to teleport the entire room at once to a demon realm, it was now
extremely imperative that he not get away. “We can't let him
appeared in the doorway again. He must have heard that, as he
was staring at Yuki as he charged another spell. Kathryn dove in
front of the girl to block the impending shot, but Donovan
simply turned and fired it at the defenseless Molly. It struck
her hard in the shoulder and tore off a bit of flesh. She
slumped over and dropped her spell.
Renee and Bryce had arrived, the former charging down the length
of the hallway. She rushed forward and slid along the floor to
her sister. “Oh God...”
know how to do that anti-teleporting spell thingy?” Kathryn
asked her, watching Donovan's eyes carefully to anticipate his
next target. He was already going into another spell.
Renee replied, firing it off. Donovan's next spell failed.
Without another word, Kathryn charged in again.
Kathryn and Donovan evaded each other's spells and staff swipes,
Renee stayed with Molly. She held her spell up, assuming it was
important, but it left her unable to do anything besides sit and
attend to her sister. If Molly was conscious, she was only
barely so. Yuki was still at work with her potion, slowed
considerably by her previous disruption.
Troy and Blaine arrived to round out the cavalry. Troy looked
Molly over and said, “Well, that didn't take long.”
pointed to the dark room with her free hand. “Help Kathryn.”
nodded and headed in... just as Kathryn tried to dive out to
avoid a shot. She crashed into him and Donovan's attack nailed
her in the shin.
her get up from on top of him, he shouted, “I'm just trying to
get out of my way!” Back on her feet, she lunged (or rather
limped) after him. This made her an easier target.
just stood next to Yuki watching the action. This was a step
above Bryce, who was still halfway down the hallway. As Donovan
started to land more hits on Kathryn and Troy could do nothing
but stand in the doorway, Blaine observed, “Um, I'm not really
in a position to fight, but just throwing this out there... why
did Molly think he came here to try to get control over the
know, something about the dark room being a place of personal
strength for him,” Yuki replied.
mean to tell you guys how to handle this, but maybe you should
get him out of there then.”
could,” Renee said. “But I don't think Kathryn can do it
nodded. “Somebody should really get a shield up.”
to. Can't. Busy.”
Meanwhile, things weren't going so well inside. Kathryn was
pinned in the far corner of the wall swatting down bullets.
Finally, a blast knocked her staff away. Donovan grinned and
charged up a finishing blow. Kathryn huddled down, but had no
real defense for an attack that he seemed to delight in putting
extra gusto into.
her position was far enough from the door to let Troy in to land
an ice attack. Shame it didn't seem to damage Donovan much. In
fact, he didn't even lose focus on the spell he was charging. It
only changed his target: he fired it at Troy immediately.
shield absorbed it. Troy turned and smiled at Renee, who kept it
fired another shot at Troy, again seeing it absorbed against the
magic barrier. Troy kicked the staff back to Kathryn. And
let's see how you like my new home.” With no other warning, he
fired off a teleportation spell.
again, they went nowhere.
Blaine kept Molly secure and turned to Bryce. “It's probably the
right thing to do.”
grimaced and kept swinging his crystal around. “Yeah, yeah...”
minions handling support from the sidelines, Troy and Kathryn
thought they had an advantage. Renee's shield was designed to
allow Troy to make regular attacks on Donovan. While Kathryn was
recovering, he took full advantage, launching a wave of strong
ice attacks. Donovan had to put up a shield to block them. For
once, they seemed to have an advantage.
ice blasts, Renee managed to shout to Kathryn, “Try to get him
out of the room!”
was already working on it, in her own special way as she was a
special kind of pissed off. She picked up her staff and held it
in the air, focusing for a moment and thinking all sorts of
angry thoughts. When she opened her eyes, she saw an immense
flame emerging from the end of her staff. She launched it at
the sudden use of magic, she wasn't being subtle about it and
Donovan was able to duck in time. The shot slammed against the
far wall, but Troy wasn't about to let it go to waste. A
well-timed wind spell from him swept it to the floor and
engulfed half the room. Whether or not the sudden firestorm was
enough to get Donovan out of the room, Troy and Kathryn bolted.
clear, they turned and readied themselves for Donovan's exit.
Troy stayed at the door, while Kathryn took the wall. Renee
dropped her shield for a moment, unsure of whom she was better
it going, Yuki?” Kathryn asked
it,” Yuki replied, handing a potion to Blaine. He shoved it down
Molly's gullet. Her eyes darted open. Then she winced. The
gaping body wounds still stung a bit.
hovered over her. “You okay, Molly?”
Is he still here?”
Bryce said. “Will someone take over anti-teleport duty now? If
the dark room's on fire, I don't want to be here when he comes
nodded. While she was technically healed, she did have quite the
headache and didn't mind avoiding direct combat.
thanks bye.” And Bryce vanished.
still fixed on the doorway. “Uh... he's not coming out.”
peek inside,” Kathryn said.
didn't need to: he heard something inside. However, it was a
series of growling that was definitely not human. Troy used an
air spell to clear out some of the smoke. Whatever was inside
took offense and pounced at him, clawing at his chest.
looked canine, but had horns, sharper fangs and grayer fur than
the hell hounds they'd encountered before. This was more like a
hell wolf. It was also on fire. Renee generated an energy bolt
to knock it off of Troy. The wolf shook it off and tried to
pounce back on him. He blasted him with a strong dose of water,
extinguishing the fire but not the dog.
creature proved elusive, pacing around Troy and Renee and
dodging their spells as they tried to subdue it. Kathryn
approached to help them, but a second wolf dove out of the room
and tackled her, scratching her shoulder and burning her arm in
kicked it off and grabbed her staff, holding it up in time to
block a second attack. It persisted, and soon she was backed up
next to Troy and Renee, still busy with their own puppy.
did these come from?” Renee asked.
cares? Just kill them,” Molly commanded.
darted between both of them, not sure which was going to strike
next. He realized he should probably just attack one of them,
but couldn't decide between the angrier one staring down Renee
or the one that was still flaming. The fiery one dove first, so
he took it down with a hard bolt of ice.
second one followed immediately with an attack on Renee, but she
jumped out of the way. The wolf landed and pounced again,
backing her up toward the dark room wall. Then it heard the
pained cry of its comrade as Kathryn knocked it out with her
staff. Turning direction quickly, it tackled her instead. She
barely had time to get her hand up to guard her neck from his
bite. It got her wrist instead.
took care of this one as well, hitting it with a second ice
blast at close range. But the damage had been done and Kathryn
couldn't ignore her injuries any more. She stayed on the ground,
even handing her staff to Troy to dispatch of the second wolf.
He did with a strong blow to the head.
brief moment of calm, Renee said, “What was all that about?”
never got an answer. They all turned to her, only to find
Donovan standing right behind her, hitting her point blank with
a charged energy blast.
Molly shouted, losing her concentration for just a moment before
re-applying her spell to keep Donovan there.
didn't think so much as he reacted. He thrust the staff forward
and its power lent itself to the giant block of ice that slammed
Donovan into the wall, encasing him inside it. It was an impulse
move, but once he realized what he had done, Troy kept his arm
forward and kept Donovan frozen.
Yuki went to check on Renee, Troy stepped towards Donovan, still
holding the staff out. “Are you finished yet?” he asked. Up
close, he stared down the captive for several moments before
finally pulling back. The ice disappeared and Donovan fell to
the floor, gasping for air. He was seething, but seemed
powerless as he struggled to get to his knees.
you keep doing this?” Troy asked, standing over him. “How are we
supposed to trust you when you keep running off and doing things
like this? And why doesn't anyone stop you? Did they think it
was a good idea for you to have a demon? Do they still?” Troy
shook his head. “I just want to make sure you don't hurt us ever
lifted the staff back for another spell. Donovan couldn't even
Troy could get the spell off, a bolt of energy struck him from
behind, sending him flying off and crashing into the side of a
large garbage can. Both he and the staff dropped to the floor.
her heavy breathing, Molly stood up, lowered her trigger finger
and walked up to both of them.