Chapter One

She was the descendant of one of the greatest men of all time

"I can't believe it, we're out!" she said, happily. She swept her brown hair into a ponytail as they walked along the sidewalk. The summer heat was bearable today but it was still hot.

"I know Adie, I know. I feel so free." a blonde smiled as she pulled out a cigarette and placed it to her lips. Adie instantly took the cigarette from her lips and stopped in her tracks. The blonde girl instantly stopped as well.

"Sophie! I told you so many times! You should stop smoking." Adie said as her blonde friend snatched the cigarette from her hand.

"I know. I know."

"How do you expect to play volleyball? You got that full scholarship cause of your talent." Adie replied as the blonde scoffed.

"Are you kidding? I can still play volleyball. I've been smoking for a while now." Sophie replied as Adie dismissed the whole situation with a wave of her hand.

"Just don't smoke around me."

"Fine."

Sophie took out her cigarette box and placed the cigarette back into its blank spot. They continued to walk down the street before her phone rang. Adie took out her phone and let out an inaudible squeal. Sophie instantly rolled her eyes. She knew who it was. Sophie was Adie's best friend and partner in crime. If Adie did something, Sophie had to be there. Unfortunately, she found Adie annoying when she was on the phone with Dean. She was a bit of a cynic when it came to love. Even though she was a year senior to Adie, she felt as if Adie's choked her constantly by her lovey-dovey behavior. Sophie instantly let her walk first before Sophie was tailing her.

Adie giggled and said 'I love you' so many times Sophie lost count. Why doesn't Dean get annoyed with her as Sophie did? She probably guessed because she was dumped by her only love junior year. Adie tried to hook her up with other guys but it never worked. Sophie always pined for Victor, no matter what. Sophie was walking silently behind Adie as she continued to giggle and talk on the phone. Sophie tried her best to ignore the brunette and took out her cell phone and began texting a friend of hers.

A few moments later, Adie came up beside Sophie and slanted her head slightly and looked down at Sophie's cell phone. "Whatcha doin'?" Adie said in her best annoying voice while Sophie slammed the cell shut with a flick of a finger. "Nothing."

"Let's get going. I have a date tonight." Sophie said as they walked toward the subway to head downtown.

"No you don't." Adie said as she linked her arm onto Sophie's.

"Yeah, I don't. I lied." Sophie said with a small grin. Sophie always used the excuse of going on a date so Adie would move. Some of the time she wasn't lying but some of the time she was. She hated it when Adie didn't move. It was why they always wasted time.

Once they got to the turn styles, the train came. They instantly took out their metrocards, ran through the turn styles, and raced toward the train doors. Once Sophie got in, the train doors closed behind her. Sophie huffed a little and looked at Adie.

"I can see what you mean about smoking. I'll quit." Sophie said as Adie felt a wave of triumph.

While they were shopping, Adie couldn't help but notice someone watching her from the corner of her eye. Every time she turned toward the figure, they disappeared. Adie guessed she was imagining things the first few times but after the tenth time, things have gotten fishy. Adie asked Sophie to keep her eyes open. After ten minutes of explaining why she should keep her eyes open, Sophie bluntly said "Adie, what the hell. You're imagining things. I don't see anyone."

Was Adie's mind playing tricks on her again? She doubted it. She hasn't seen anything out of the ordinary for about eight years. It couldn't have started up again. Adie and Sophie continued to shop until they 'dropped'. Around seven o'clock, Sophie called it a day and went home with seven bags. Adie reluctantly let her go. She didn't want to be harassed by the person she kept seeing. It wasn't dark yet but she felt she was being watched from afar. She walked quickly toward her brownstone building and headed up the steps with a scared expression. She opened the front door with the keys in her pocket and slammed the door behind her. She pulled down the blinds that were attached to the door while Dean ran into the hallway where Adie was. "Are you alright? It looks like you've seen a ghost." Dean said with a worried look on her face.

"Yeah, I'm fine." she said as she took off her shoes and placed them near the door. He wanted to take the bags but she motioned to leave them there. "I'm just gonna go upstairs and take a shower."

"Okay. I'll finish up making dinner then." Dean said as he flashed her his award-winning smile. Adie smiled back, picked up her shopping bag and walked up the stairs. She walked into their bedroom and placed her newly purchased items into her dresser drawers. She was afraid to go near the windows in fear of that person being there. Who the hell was that person? She took a few deep breaths and decided to take a shower before she headed down to eat dinner with Dean.

Adie never mentioned her visions to him before and she never will. People often look at her with a crazy look on their faces. They would tell her she would need to get her head checked out. When Adie said she did, they would laugh at her. She hated this feeling but she could never shook it off. She walked into the bathroom, took a shower, got dressed in her pajamas and walked down the stairs and into the dining room where Dean was placing the silverware on the beautiful dark mahogany wooden table.

"I'm sorry I didn't make dinner." Adie said as Dean shook his head lightly.

"Its fine. I rarely cook anyway." he replied with a chuckle. It was true, Adie always did the cooking and Dean would always sit in front of the TV or catch up on his reading. He was two years older than her and already in college. After they ate, Adie was quiet and it was unusual for her to be so quiet.

"What's wrong?" Dean said as Adie looked up from her empty plate. She was staring at the fork as if it was going to move from its spot. When he asked her the question, she instantly snapped back to normal.

"Oh! Nothing." she lied quickly.

"Liar. Tell me what's wrong," he said as he placed his hand over hers. Adie didn't want to tell him. She didn't want to worry him.

"I'm just worried about Sophie and her obsession with Victor." Adie lied again. When he sighed, she knew instantly he took the bait.

"I know you are but you can't change how Victor feels." he replied as he patted her hand gently. Adie gave a firm nod and gathered their plates together and headed for the kitchen. She placed the dirty dishes into the dishwasher and turned to Dean.

"I'm gonna go visit my parents. My mom wanted to tell me something. I'll be back tomorrow morning." Adie said as Dean nodded, walked closer to her and kissed her lips gently.

"I'll see you tomorrow morning. Don't stay up too late. Try to get home before I leave for work." Dean said as Adie smiled and nodded. Dean was Adie's lover and best friend rolled into one. She couldn't ask for anyone better.

Adie lied that she was going to her parents' house. She wanted to take a walk. She walked toward the Hudson River since she didn't live that far from it. She let the cool breeze hit her face as she walked along the river. She sat down on a bench and let out a faint sigh. How was she going to let one spirit bother her, if it was a spirit.

"Good Evening, Adelaide." a woman spoke who sat right next to her. Adie let out a yelp and instantly stood up. She pointed at the woman and was instantly speechless. The woman let out a laugh. "Speechless, I know."

"Who the hell are you? Why were you following me?!" she exclaimed as the woman held her hand out.

"You have to come with me."

"What?"

"You heard me. Don't make me say it again."

"No."

"Don't be a hellion, just do it."

"Why should I trust you?"

"First of all, you can just beat me with your karate skills."

"How did you…"

"No time for explanations."

"Explain. I'm not going to go anywhere with you."

"Then it will be a long night. I'm taking you to see her."

"Who is she?" Adie said in a defensive tone. Who was this woman? She wasn't going to go off with some strange woman who appeared out of thin air. The fact that she knew about her scared her.

"You'll see soon enough."

"No."

"Don't make me force you."

"Try me." Adie said as she spread her feet so she could fight better.

"I'm not here to hurt you. I'm here to escort you," she said as Adie raised her fists. "Its about your history." she added. Adie instantly let her guard down.

"Atta girl. Now come." the woman said as she began to walk toward the piers and Adie followed. After a few minutes, they walked into an abandoned pier. Adie was reluctant to go in at first but the woman nodded that it was all right and Adie followed her. When Adie walked past the metal doors of the pier, the building instantly transformed into a grand ballroom like place. Adie stared around with awe but instantly locked it away when she saw a woman sitting in the middle in a white dress and a blindfold over her eyes. Her silky white hair was everywhere. It draped the floor around her in a perfect circle. Her face looked like it hasn't aged past twenty.

"Charlemagne, you found her, good." the white haired woman spoke, as they got closer.

"Yes, Princess." Charlemagne said as she bowed deeply. She stood up and stood next to the blind woman. Adie stood there, confused out of her mind. Why was this woman blindfolded and how was she a princess?

"I shall answer the questions you are thinking." the princess spoke as Adie jumped. How did she read her mind?

"Adelaide, I was born blind. I do have eyes but I wish to cover them. In my world, sunglasses don't exist." she said as she Charlemagne sneered. "I am Princess Ophelia Ramanere of the Nightingales."

"Let me explain." Ophelia said before she waved her hand and a chair appeared before her. "Please sit." Adie instantly obeyed and sat down.

"In the world of Quera, there are five countries. Amongst these, a terrible dictator ruled over a country north of ours. Their knights or soldiers are called Reapers. These Reapers often shape in a form of a human and kill every human that has an inkling of magic in them. Unfortunately, four out of five countries fell under their domination. He does not dare to step on our land due to its holy grail that's located in the center of the city. The grail pulses a 400-mile electromagnetic field that keeps the dictator and his army away. Your father, Captain Gabriel Hennessey, was the leader of the Paladins. The Paladins are the legendary knights of Palestine. They swore on their lives to protect humans from harm, especially from Reapers." Ophelia said as Adie tried to take all the information in. This was one hell of a story.

"Captain Hennessey's only daughter Adelaide Hennessey was taken from her mother and sent to Earth with four other Paladin descendents to protect Earth from Reapers. Your father swore the Reapers would one day try to take over Earth, if you like it or not." she said as Adie's mouth hung open in an o shape.

"No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. Impossible." Adie said, as Charlemagne as if she was going to charge at Adie. Ophelia instantly raised her hand and Charlemagne backed off.

"Adelaide, listen. You are going to protect humans from Reapers. Don't you remember those horrible visions you saw day after day when you were a child? They're coming Adelaide. If you don't do anything, they will slaughter millions at a time and the world would fall into darkness. They will continue to feed until nothing is left and Earth will become an Abyss," she said as Adie clenched her fists.

"How do you know so much?"

"I've been living here for three years. I've been watching you, making sure you were capable."

"How do I fight them?"

"You will find out on your own."

"We shall visit you as time progresses. Please, tread safely." Ophelia said as Adelaide stood up. "Please consider fighting for your race."

Adie was silent and simply nodded. Adie walked toward the exit to go home. When Adie was out of earshot, Charlemagne bent down and whispered into the Princess's ear. "She doesn't have the will to fight."

The Princess instantly turned toward Charlemagne's voice and replied with a gentle tone. "She will. She's part of the prophecy."

It had to be complete bullshit. Why would she fight? What happened in their world doesn't apply to Earth but when she mentioned the word Reaper, Adie felt as if she knew that word for ages.

She walked toward her apartment, walked up the stairs, and entered her home. Dean hasn't gone to bed so he instantly greeted her before he could muster up a 'You're back?' he saw her face was full of confusion and anger. "Adie, what's wrong?"

He walked toward her as Adie stayed frozen in the hallway, her eyes on the carpet. "If you had no choice, would you protect the world?" she asked as Dean instantly looked at her while she looked at the floor.

"Why do you ask?"

"Please answer the question."

"I would, but Adie, you can't protect the world. You're not God." he said as he stepped toward her and wrapped his arms around her.

"But they think I am…" she thought as she wrapped her arms around him and clung to his shirt.

"Then would you protect the ones you love?" she asked and Dean nodded.

"Will all my heart."

When he said it, she instantly knew what she had to do but how was she going to explain to Dean? He would probably kick her out and never see her again but until then, she'll have to keep it to herself. It was something she couldn't believe in but deep in her heart, she knew what she was suppose to do.