Author: Always Ask Why PM
Viktor Allan's son, Xander has broken the law of his people, and as punishment, he has been sent to the human world for one school year. His powers have been stripped and he is as a mortal until his time is up. But when the time comes, will he want to go back?Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Fantasy - Chapters: 24 - Words: 24,676 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 02-16-13 - Published: 07-23-12 - Status: Complete - id: 3044255
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The group formed 2 circles, one inside of the other. On the inside was Ari, Rock, Bell and Yasha, while the outside circle was only Z and Mordecai. The boys were chanting in unison, and the group teleported away from suburbia and onto a dark and creepy plateau.
Bell recognized the place immediately and barely managed to keep her cool. They were right on top of the world Z grew up in. Xander was having a harder time being here than Bell, as if the 8 months away had made him forget the power in the air above Faerie.
"This place is intense. You can feel it in the air. There's something different up here." Ash said, wandering around in front of all the cacti.
"That's the power of the fairies radiating. Don't worry, though, it won't hurt you. Just makes it feel cool up here." Z told him.
Z and Mordecai led the way to a hidden hole in the earth, then down into a tunnel leading underground. The tunnel was big enough for them to stand, 2 people next to each other. While it was pretty steep, everyone there could manage just fine. They all grew up in the mountains.
After a few minutes of walking down the dark tunnel, the air began to thin down, the power radiating less as they got closer. Then, the tunnel ended very abruptly. The group nearly fell off the edge. Nobody had mentioned that there was some mountain climbing to be done.
"Would have been nice to, you know, know that the tunnel ended in a nice drop off." Ari said, her tone making Z cringe. If they made it out he was going to get it.
"Well, I didn't mention it because then you wouldn't have stopped. This is where we split, so if you hadn't stopped, we'd be screwed. Ash and Bell, go with Kai; Rock and Ari, come with me."
"Let's get going. Every minute up here is a minute we could be noticed." Ari said.
"Okay, Kai, lead these guys up the cliff to the library. Be as careful as possible, and make as little noise as you are capable of. Ash, that means no talking, alright?"
"I would chop off my tongue to save my brother."
"That's dedication!" Ari chimed in.
"From there, you know your mission, right?" Nods all around, "I will lead my group down the side of the cliff, into the main housing district. We should be about done by the time you get there, so don't worry about hurrying. Unless they see you, in which case go as fast as you can."
Everybody understood what they had to do, so they split.
The climb down the mountain was fairly easy. There were handholds placed evenly and easy to grasp. It was made for frequent, hurried climbing, like the trio was doing now. Just because the other group could take their time didn't mean they could. Going around as many houses as possible before the others got where they needed to go would be difficult. They'd have to split apart, each taking a house, instead of going to each one together.
They hit the ground pretty quickly, about 5 minutes after they started. Once down at the bottom, they began running. The main reason for the awkward split really was talent, Bell was a mountain climber, Ash did rappelling while Ari was a soccer player and Rock ran as much as possible. The mountaineers went up, the runners came down.
They touched the ground and began running, Ari in the lead. When they got into the city, they each took a different street. The plan was simple, knock on a door, say 'The end is near. Join the revolution.' and hand them the paper, a copy of the letter to the High Chancellor and the information surrounding it, then run to the next house and repeat. Z had photocopied the letter with the info on the back, and made 100 copies for each of the runners to hand out.
Rock got to a house first, and did his spiel. Then Ari got to another house, and Z was at his shortly after. Within 10 minutes they had gotten nearly half the city the letters. They were an efficient group, and they weren't even that tired.
Z was in such a rush, when he got to a familiar looking house he didn't think twice. He knocked on the door, and when it opened his own mother faced him.
"What are you doing here, Alex?" She asked in a cold voice.
"No time to chat. Did you know Dad's experimenting on humans?" He ignored the horrified look on her face and handed her the paper.
She read the letter, her expression getting sadder and sadder, then she got to the info on the back. She read it all, then slowly shut the door.
"How far away are we headed?" Bell asked very quietly. She knew they weren't supposed to make noise but she had to know.
"Not too much farther up here, then we climb down and head to the library. Maybe another 15 minutes."
Ash looked pained, like just being here was hurting his spirit. Up by the tunnel he was so sure, but now self doubt had begun gnawing at him. Making him feel like he couldn't do it. He couldn't handle this, he couldn't save his brother, he just couldn't. No matter how much he told himself he could do it, that little monster never left his side.
The hike along the cliff only took another 10 minutes, and then they began to climb down. This was a much more difficult climb down, it was much steeper and required more skill. Not having experience could get you seriously hurt if you wanted to go down here, but they did just fine going down. They didn't care that there was no ropes or anything, it was just another climb.
The bottom of the city was rocky and uneven, but the ground was beautiful, solid obsidian. This place was full of beautiful rocks; quartz, topaz and obsidian were only the beginning.
"The rocks help keep it cool down here. There aren't many exit tunnels so it can get pretty toasty in the summer. The rocks absorb the heat and that cools the whole place down."
"Makes sense. Where is the library?" Ash was getting anxious. He didn't want to sit around and talk, he wanted to do this. Before he lost all his nerve.
"Just follow me, it's not far." They set off at a fast walk. The library was really close, and really big. It was impossible not to notice once they got on the street where it was. They took off running and each went to do their jobs.
Bell went to the left side of the library, climbed the highest shelf she could find on the wall and pushed the red button built into the top of it. Ash went to the right, and found the green button behind a gigantic book. Kai went to the middle and pushed both blue buttons, one on each side of the pedestal where the laws of Faerie lay.
When all the buttons were hit, a stairway opened in the middle of the library. A huge, archaic staircase right in front of Kai. In order to keep the stairs there, the buttons also had to be released in a special order. Z had told them what it was, but Kai couldn't remember.
"Ash, Bell, what's the release order?" He yelled across the library. He couldn't mess this up. Lives were depending on it. So was his pride, and his only shot at Z trusting him again.
"We let go of the right blue, green, left blue, then red." Bell shouted back. At least someone in the group remembered what to do.
They let go of their buttons in order, and went down the dark staircase, not noticing the red eyes following them.
Ari, Z and Rock were working their way towards the Keep, house by house. They had hit almost every single one of them, and could tell some of the people were already unhappy with the way things were. I can only hope to make things better for these people. Z thought, making sure Kai couldn't hear him.
There was only about 5 houses left for each of them when the staircase opened. Kai was running ahead of schedule, but neither group knew. Ari and Rock powered through the last houses, and they all began running up the stairs to the Keep's main entrance.
When the group got up the stairs, they found their other half waiting for them, which was good. An they were facing off with a golem, which wasn't so good. There was a lot of noise coming from the fight and if the Keepers noticed the whole plan could be ruined.
As soon as Z saw what was happening, he jumped into the fight. Down here, he didn't have to hold back on his powers. He could let it all out, which would be helpful in the fight. Kai was already fighting, Bell was staying out of the way and Ash was trying to fight but he wasn't really helping at all. In fact, he was getting in the way more than helping, but nobody was going to tell him to back off.
When Z got in there, things changed fast. The golem went silent, as Z had cast a silence spell on the monster to keep people from hearing it's howls. Once it was silenced, the three fighters began to win. They were fighting back this evil being, but they had no way to kill it. The only choice was to cast more spells and freeze it in it's tracks.
Z and Kai thought of it at the same time, and they each began casting their spells. The monster was frozen solid, 2 ice spells would keep it there for a long time.