p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"span id="p0""span id="1810-1811"Security/span, span id="186" class="s-rg-t"schmecurity/span./spanspan id="p1" I span id="187" class="s-rg-t"wanna/span span id="2278-2279-389"see/span what'span id="2280-2281"s/span behind that span id="259-1812-1813"door/span./spanspan id="p2""span id="214" class="s-bl-t" Theo/span span id="2492-2493"frowned/span at Axel's span id="2056-2057"words/span, watching as a span id="2058-2059"girl/span entered through the 'mystery span id="260"door/span'./spanspan id="p2722" The door was nothing special;/spanspan id="p2723" it was a simple 7 foot, metal door./spanspan id="p4" In span id="2107-2108"front/span of the span id="263-2109-2110"door/span span id="2547-2548-495"stood/span a dude who looked double their span id="2111-2112"sizes/span in muscles alone and Theo doubted that they would be span id="494"able/span to span id="2549-2550"get/span past him./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p5"Axel had been span id="2581"whining/span about this mysterious span id="264"door/span for span id="2141-2142"days/span now, bugging Theo every span id="2143-2144"second/span he span id="2582-2583"got/span./spanspan id="p6" He span id="518"even/span spent span id="2171-2172"most/span of the span id="2173-2174"night/span spouting off span id="2175-2176"conspiracies/span of what span id="2608-2609"was/span behind that span id="265-2177-2178"door/span./spanspan id="p7" span id="312"Theo/span didn't span id="532"get/span why Axel was so obsessed with this span id="266-2207-2208"door/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p8" class=""span id="p8-pv""/spanspan id="575-576-p8-pv"You /spanspan id="2665-2666-575-576-p8-pv"know/spanspan id="p8-pv" we can never get past him," /spanspan id="313-p8-pv"Theo/spanspan id="p8-pv" said knowingly, /spanspan id="2667-p8-pv"jerking/spanspan id="p8-pv" his /spanspan id="2232-p8-pv"thumb/spanspan id="p8-pv" at the /spanspan id="2233-2234-p8-pv"security guard/spanspan id="p8-pv", who he'd /spanspan id="2668-2669-p8-pv"decided/spanspan id="p8-pv" to /spanspan id="2670-2671-p8-pv"call/spanspan id="p8-pv" Godzilla./span/spanspan id="p9" span id="278"Axel/span span id="2694-2695-544"rolled/span his span id="2255-2256"eyes/span, span id="2696-2697-545"shaking/span his span id="2257-2258"head/span as if span id="314"Theo/span was span id="543"stupid/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p10""T, I span id="2282-2283"thought/span you span id="2284-2285-391"were/span the span id="390"smart/span one?"/spanspan id="p11" Theo glared at span id="279"Axel/span flicking at his span id="1852-1853"forehead/span, but missing as span id="280"Axel/span span id="2316-2317"anticipated/span this and jerked back./spanspan id="p12" "Clearly we span id="411"just/span need a span id="1875-1876"distraction/span."/spanspan id="p13" span id="281"Axel/span span id="2371-2372"adds/span, ignoring Theo's 'no duh' look./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p14""Wow, you span id="2396-2397"seem/span to span id="2395"have everything/span figured out!"/spanspan id="p15" Theo wiggled his span id="1967-1968"fingers/span in Axel's span id="1969-1970"face/span, span id="2415-2416-438"giving/span him a flat look./spanspan id="p16" "Don't span id="449"even/span span id="451"know/span why I'm span id="450"here/span."/spanspan id="p17" He span id="2454-2455"finished/span, span id="2456-453"crossing/span his span id="2022-2023"arms/span to span id="2457-2458-454"give/span Axel a pointed look./spanspan id="p18" Axel span id="2472-2473-462"rolled/span his span id="2046-2047"eyes/span at Theo's theatrics./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"span id="p19""Don't be so dramatic, you're here cause span id="344"we/span span id="2490-2491-468"do/span everything together."/spanspan id="p20" Axel grinned, lopped his span id="2060-2061"arm/span over span id="215-2062-2063" class="s-rg-t"Theos/spanspan id="2062-2063" neck/span, and span id="2494-2495-469"pulled/span him down to his span id="2064-2065"height/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p2724""We're two peas in a pod;/spanspan id="p2725" we are conjoined at the hip!/spanspan id="p2726""/spanspan id="p22" He span id="2498-2499"waved/span a span id="2069-2070"hand/span in span id="2071-2072"front/span of the span id="2073-2074"face/span as if to span id="2500-2501-471"show/span an invisible picture./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p23""span id="378-567"Yeah/span, span id="379-568"yeah/span, whatever./spanspan id="p24" span id="2502-2503"Explain/span to me once more why this span id="2075-2076"door/span is span id="472"so/span important?/spanspan id="p2727"span id="2729"" Theo/span shoved Axel away, rubbing his neck after having it strained by Axel./spanspan id="p26" span id="284"Axel/span span id="476"sighed/span dramatically and span id="2507-2508-477"rolled/span his span id="2079-2080"eyes/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p27""I span id="2509-2510-478"wanted/span it to span id="2511-2512-479"be/span a span id="2081-2082"surprise/span but you're so persistent!"/spanspan id="p28" Axel span id="2513-2514-480"threw/span his span id="2083-2084"arms/span up in the span id="2085-2086"air/span, defeated./spanspan id="p29" Theo grinned triumphantly and leaned back against the span id="2087-2088"wall/span they'd been span id="2515-2516"using/span as a hiding spot./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p30""span id="486"So/span I span id="2521-2522-485"saw/span this span id="2091-2092"thing/span on Reddit about span id="483"real/span span id="484"live/span span id="380"magicians/span!/spanspan id="p31" class=""span id="p31-pv" And before you /spanspan id="2523-2524-487-p31-pv"make/spanspan id="p31-pv" some /spanspan id="2093-2094-569-p31-pv"kind/spanspan id="569-p31-pv" of/spanspan id="p31-pv" remark like '/spanspan id="350-p31-pv"no/spanspan id="p31-pv" duh, stupid, /spanspan id="381-2095-2096-p31-pv"magicians/spanspan id="p31-pv" /spanspan id="2525-2526-p31-pv"are/spanspan id="p31-pv" a typical party entertainment', those aren't the /spanspan id="2097-2098-p31-pv"type/spanspan id="p31-pv" of /spanspan id="382-2099-2100-p31-pv"magicians/spanspan id="p31-pv" I'm talking about!/span/spanspan id="p32" span id="351"No/span, span id="352"no/span full-blown.../spanspan id="p33" movie span id="383"magicians/span!/spanspan id="p34" span id="570-571"You /spanspan id="2527-2528-570-571"know/span?/spanspan id="p35" The span id="2101-2102"ones/span that, span id="2529-2530-489"like/span, span id="2531-2532"carry/span wands and span id="2533-2534-490"say/span weird phrases in span id="488"different/span languages./spanspan id="p36""span id="222" class="s-bl-t" Theo/span span id="2535-2536-491"gave/span Axel a flat expression./spanspan id="p37" Axel's wide grin wavered slightly and he span id="2537-2538"offered/span Theo an encouraging set of span id="2103-2104"nods/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p38""span id="272"You/span span id="2539-2540"mean/span span id="386"to /spanspan id="2541-2542-386-492"tell/span me that span id="273"you/span span id="2543-2544"think/span."/spanspan id="p39" Theo span id="2545-2546"paused/span, his span id="493"next/span sentence feeling strange in his span id="2105-2106"head/span./spanspan id="p40" "span id="274"You/span span id="2551-2552"think/span, there are span id="2113-2114"people/span beyond that span id="2115-2116"door/span that can span id="2553"cast/span span id="2117-2118"magic/span?"/spanspan id="p41" The span id="2119-2120"words/span sounded bizarre to Theo but Axel nodded enthusiastically./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p42""That'span id="2554-2555"s/span it!/spanspan id="p43" I'm span id="2556-2557-496"checking/span you into a mental hospital!/spanspan id="p44""span id="224" class="s-bl-t" /spanspan id="224-315" class="s-bl-t"Theo/span span id="2558-497"grabbed/span Axel's span id="2121-2122"arm/span and span id="2559-2560"began/span span id="2561-2562"tugging/span for him to span id="2563-2564"follow/span, span id="2565-2566-498"shaking/span his span id="2123-2124"head/span in span id="225" class="s-bl-t"disbelief. /span"/spanspan id="p45"span id="500"Better/span span id="499"yet/span, I'm just taking away your span id="2125-2126"computer/span and span id="2127-2128"phone/span./spanspan id="p46""span id="228" class="s-bl-t" /spanspan id="228-316" class="s-bl-t"Theo/span's span id="2129-2130"statement/span was span id="2567-2568"met/span with a span id="501"loud/span gasp and span id="317"Theo/span turned to span id="2569-2570"see/span Axel clenching his span id="2131-2132"phone/span tightly in his span id="502"free/span hand./spanspan id="p47" Axel span id="2571-2572-503"gave/span span id="318"Theo/span an offended look, span id="504"yanking/span his span id="2133-2134"arm/span from his span id="2135-2136"grip/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p48""span id="229" class="s-rg-t"Can't believe/span this span id="2573-2574"is/span what has span id="2575-2576"convinced/span you that I've lost it."/spanspan id="p49" Axel span id="2577-2578-505"made/span an offended look, span id="2579-2580-506"holding/span a span id="2137-2138"hand/span over his span id="2139-2140"heart/span dramatically./spanspan id="p50" "This span id="2584-2585"is/span nothing."/span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p51""But none of that matters!/spanspan id="p52" class=""span id="p52-pl" /spanspan id="2586-2587-p52-pl"Let/spanspan id="p52-pl"'s make a deal, we find out what'/spanspan id="2588-2589-p52-pl"s/spanspan id="p52-pl" behind that /spanspan id="2145-2146-p52-pl"door/spanspan id="p52-pl", /spanspan id="353-p52-pl"if/spanspan id="p52-pl" it's /spanspan id="507-p52-pl"magic/spanspan id="p52-pl" /spanspan id="275-p52-pl"you/spanspan id="p52-pl" /spanspan id="2590-2591-p52-pl"owe/spanspan id="p52-pl" me an /spanspan id="2147-2148-p52-pl"apology/spanspan id="p52-pl" and /spanspan id="354-p52-pl"if/spanspan id="p52-pl" /spanspan id="276-p52-pl"you/spanspan id="p52-pl"'re /spanspan id="508-p52-pl"right/spanspan id="p52-pl" and /spanspan id="250-p52-pl"I/spanspan id="p52-pl"'m /spanspan id="509-p52-pl"crazy/spanspan id="p52-pl" /spanspan id="251-p52-pl"I/spanspan id="p52-pl"'ll.../span/spanspan id="p53""span id="231" class="s-bl-t" He/span span id="2592-2593"glanced/span down at his span id="2149-2150"phone/span and visibly gulped before span id="232-2594-2595" class="s-bl-t"finishing/spanspan id="232" class="s-bl-t". /span"/spanspan id="p54"span id="252"I/span'll span id="2596-2597-510"let/span span id="277"you/span span id="2598-2599"hold/span onto my span id="2151-2152"phone/span and span id="2153-2154"computer/span for a whole week!/spanspan id="p55""span id="235" class="s-bl-t" He/span span id="2600"jerked/span out his span id="322-2155-2156"hand/span, span id="2601-2602"looking/span at Theo to span id="2603-2604-511"shake/span their span id="323-2157-2158"hands/span and span id="2605-512"seal/span the span id="2159-2160"deal/span./spanspan id="p56" Theo groaned loudly but reached out and span id="2606-2607-513"took/span span id="285"Axel/span's span id="324-2161-2162"hand/span, yanking it hard just so that span id="286"Axel/span was aware of his span id="2163-2164"annoyance/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p57""span id="514"Perfect/span timing!/spanspan id="p58" Cause I span id="515"already/span span id="516"paid/span a span id="2165-2166"kid/span to distract the span id="2167-2168"guard/span./spanspan id="p59" span id="300"He/span should be span id="517"here/span any span id="2169-2170"second/span.../spanspan id="p60""span id="237" class="s-bl-t" /spanspan id="237-287" class="s-bl-t"Axel/span peered around the span id="2179-2180"corner/span at the span id="2181-2182"door/span and Theo span id="2610-2611-519"held/span his span id="2183-2184"breath/span as span id="301"he/span span id="2612-2613-520"watched/span a span id="2185-2186"kid/span, no more than 10, walk up to Godzilla./spanspan id="p61" class=""span id="p61-pl" After a few brief, nerve-wracking seconds, both Theo and /spanspan id="288-p61-pl"Axel/spanspan id="p61-pl" watched as the /spanspan id="2187-2188-p61-pl"guard/spanspan id="p61-pl"'s /spanspan id="2189-2190-p61-pl"face/spanspan id="p61-pl" seemed to soften and /spanspan id="302-p61-pl"he/spanspan id="p61-pl" was /spanspan id="524-p61-pl"dragged/spanspan id="p61-pl" /spanspan id="523-p61-pl"away/spanspan id="p61-pl" by the /spanspan id="521-p61-pl"little/spanspan id="p61-pl" kid. /spanspan id="289-p61-pl"Axel/spanspan id="p61-pl" /spanspan id="2614-2615-525-p61-pl"caught/spanspan id="p61-pl" the /spanspan id="522-p61-pl"small/spanspan id="p61-pl" phrase of 'let's /spanspan id="2616-2617-526-p61-pl"find/spanspan id="p61-pl" your /spanspan id="572-p61-pl"mommy/spanspan id="p61-pl"' as they /spanspan id="2618-2619-p61-pl"passed/spanspan id="p61-pl" by them./span/span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p62""Hm./spanspan id="p63" I'm span id="2620-2621-527"impressed/span./spanspan id="p64" It span id="2622-2623"worked/span./spanspan id="p65""span id="239" class="s-bl-t" Theo/span said softly, span id="2624-2625"watching/span as the span id="2191-2192"guard/span and span id="2193-2194"kid/span turned a corner and span id="2626-2627"were/span out of span id="2195-2196"eyesight/span./spanbr /br /span id="p66""You can span id="2628-2629"praise/span my brilliant ideas later!/spanspan id="p67" Come on!/spanspan id="p68""span id="241" class="s-bl-t" /spanspan id="241-290" class="s-bl-t"Axel/span span id="2630-2631-528"had/span the span id="2197-2198"enthusiasm/span of a span id="2199-2200"child/span as he grabbed hold of span id="319"Theo/span and span id="2632"darted/span for the span id="2201-2202"door/span./spanspan id="p69" span id="320"Theo/span span id="2633-2634"felt/span a span id="2203-2204"moment/span of span id="2205-2206"panic/span, span id="2635-2636-530"wondering/span how the span id="573"heck/span span id="291"Axel/span had once again span id="531"dragged/span him into a potentially span id="529"dangerous/span activity./spanspan id="p70" In swift movements, span id="292"Axel/span pulled open the span id="267-2209-2210"door/span and yanked span id="321"Theo/span through the doorway and out of his span id="2211-2212"thoughts/span./spanspan id="p71" span id="293"Axel/span span id="2637"closed the /spanspan id="268-2637"door/span behind him quickly, but as silent as possible./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p72"They span id="2638-2639"leaned/span against the span id="533"closed/span span id="269"door/span, heaving quietly, their span id="2213-2214"brains/span span id="2640-2641"trying/span to span id="2642"process/span everything./spanspan id="p2732" They stood in a dimly lit hallway;/spanspan id="p2733" its walls painted a dark red, giving into a chilling atmosphere that seemed to fill the hallway./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p74""span id="253"I/span span id="2652-2653"think/span this span id="2654-2655"is/span, by span id="2219"far/span, the span id="534"craziest/span idea you've span id="2656-2657"had/span," Theo whispered sharply, span id="2658-2659"looking/span down the empty span id="331"hallway/span then at Axel, mustering up a light glare./spanspan id="p75" Axel beamed back at span id="355"him/span and scrunched up his span id="2220-2221"nose/span at span id="356"him/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p76""span id="254"I/span'm span id="536"sure/span span id="255"I/span've thought of something span id="535"crazier/span."/spanspan id="p77" He whispered back before span id="2660-2661"pushing/span off the span id="2222-2223"door/span and span id="2662-2663-537"taking/span a few span id="2224-2225"steps/span forward./spanspan id="p78" Theo frowned and quickly glued himself to span id="294"Axel/span's back, even going as far as span id="2664-538"grabbing/span the span id="2226-2227-574"end/spanspan id="574" of/span span id="295"Axel/span's span id="2228-2229"sleeve/span./spanspan id="p79" Just in span id="2230-2231"case/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p80"In slow and careful steps, they span id="2672-2673"walked/span down the span id="2235-2236"hallway/span, on high alert for any possible sign of span id="2237-2238"people/span./spanspan id="p81" After a few span id="2239-2240"minutes/span of walking down the span id="2241-2242"hallway/span that never seemed to span id="2674-2675"end/span, Theo pulled back Axel and span id="2676-2677"frowned/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p82""It'span id="2678-2679"s/span like a span id="2243-2244"loop/span."/spanspan id="p83" He span id="2680-2681"murmured/span, span id="334-2682-2683"looking/spanspan id="334" at/span a span id="539"small/span scratch in the span id="2245-2246"wall/span that span id="335"looked/span eerily similar to a smiley face./spanspan id="p84" "I've span id="2684-2685"seen/span that face, like, span id="243" class="s-or-t"4/span span id="2247-2248"times/span."/spanspan id="p85" Axel span id="2686-2687"followed/span his span id="2249-2250"gaze/span, his eyebrows knitting together in span id="2251-2252"confusion/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p86""That doesn't even make sense,"/spanspan id="p87" Axel span id="2688"mumbled/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p88""Well.../spanspan id="p89" class=""span id="p89-pv" lets /spanspan id="541-p89-pv"just/spanspan id="p89-pv", for like five seconds, /spanspan id="2689-p89-pv"pretend/spanspan id="p89-pv" your magic theory is /spanspan id="540-p89-pv"correct/spanspan id="p89-pv", then wouldn't they /spanspan id="2690-2691-p89-pv"want/spanspan id="p89-pv" to /spanspan id="2692-2693-542-p89-pv"keep/spanspan id="p89-pv" /spanspan id="2253-2254-p89-pv"people/spanspan id="p89-pv" out who don't belong?/span/spanspan id="p90""span id="245" class="s-bl-t" Theo/span span id="2698-2699-547"gave/span Axel a pointed look, who span id="546"simply/span nodded and span id="246-2700" class="s-bl-t"shrugged/spanspan id="246" class="s-bl-t". /span"/spanspan id="p91"Then there probably is a span id="548"secret/span passage somewhere./spanspan id="p92" We span id="549"just/span need span id="387"to /spanspan id="2701-2702-387-550"find/span it./spanspan id="p93""span id="249" class="s-bl-t" Theo/span span id="2703-2704"explained/span, span id="2705-2706"looking/span around the span id="2259-2260"hall/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p94""span id="577"Kinda/span like a spy movie!"/spanspan id="p95" Axel concluded excitedly before span id="2707-2708-551"starting/span the span id="2261-2262"search/span for something.../spanspan id="p96" span id="2263"special/span./spanspan id="p97" Theo and Axel peeked behind random span id="375"pictures/span that span id="2709-2710"hung/span in the span id="2264-2265"hallway/span, no span id="376-2266-2267"picture/span was the same, which didn't help./spanspan id="p2734" After concluding the pictures were no help, they began looking for anything that could possibly be useful./spanspan id="p99" The span id="554"only/span issue span id="2719-2720"was/span that the span id="2272-2273"hall/span was completely bare of anything that could span id="555"even/span span id="556"possibly/span be a span id="2274-2275"trigger/span to span id="2721-2722-557"open/span a span id="2276-2277"door/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p100""Nothing,"/spanspan id="p101" Axel said sourly, span id="2286-2287"leaning/span against a span id="1814-1815"wall/span in span id="1816-1817"defeat/span./spanspan id="p102" Absentmindedly, span id="303"he/span span id="2288-2289-393"ran/span his span id="1818-1819"fingers/span along the span id="1820-1821"walls/span as span id="304"he/span span id="2290-2291"waited/span for Theo to span id="2292-2293-394"make/span some sort of span id="392"smart/span plan./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p103""You're span id="395"already/span span id="396"done/span?/spanspan id="p104" This span id="2294-2295"was/span your span id="1822-1823"idea/span./spanspan id="p105""span id="189" class="s-bl-t" Theo/span said blandly, also feeling quite defeated he planted himself on the span id="1824-1825"ground/span, propping his span id="1826"elbows/span on his span id="1827"knees/span and span id="2296-2297-397"leaning/span his span id="1828-1829"head/span in his span id="1830-1831"hands/span./spanspan id="p106" class=""span id="p106-pv" /spanspan id="305-p106-pv"He/spanspan id="p106-pv" gazed up at Axel blankly, /spanspan id="2298-2299-p106-pv"waiting/spanspan id="p106-pv" for something, anything, to be /spanspan id="2300-2301-p106-pv"done/spanspan id="p106-pv"./span/spanspan id="p107" Axel sighed quietly, span id="2302-2303"trying/span to span id="2304-2305"dig/span through his span id="1832-1833"brain/span for some sort of span id="1834-1835"idea/span, his span id="1836-1837"fingers/span slowly finding their span id="1838-1839"way/span to the small smiley face-like scratch./spanspan id="p108" span id="306"He/span span id="2306-2307"followed/span the span id="1840-1841"lines/span with his span id="1842-1843"nail/span as span id="307"he/span span id="2308-2309"began/span span id="385"to /spanspan id="2310-2311-385"believe/span they'd just be span id="398"stuck/span span id="2312-2313-399"leaving/span this span id="1844-1845"place/span and getting caught by the span id="1846-1847"guard/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p109"However, all thought bubbles were span id="2314-2315"thrown/span out the span id="1848-1849"window/span as the span id="400"loud/span sounds of something shifting filled the span id="1850-1851"hallway/span./spanspan id="p110" Both span id="1854-1855"boys/span span id="2318-2319-401"meet/span each other's sight wide-eyed, span id="2320-2321"turning/span to span id="2322-2323"look/span at the wall opposite to Axel slowly pulled back to span id="2324-2325"reveal/span a span id="1856-1857"set/span of span id="1858-1859"stairs/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p111""Okay, this is way weird," Theo said as he span id="2326-2327"took/span Axel's outstretched hand to span id="402"pull/span himself up./spanspan id="p112" Both span id="1860-1861"boys/span looked down the stairwell for a few span id="1862-1863"seconds/span before the span id="1864-1865"sound/span of something span id="2328-2329"moving/span span id="2330-2331-403"filled/span their span id="1866-1867"ears/span once more./spanspan id="p113" Without a span id="1868-1869"moment/span's span id="1870"hesitation/span, Axel span id="2332-2333-405"pulled/span a span id="404"confused/span Theo through the now closing hole./spanspan id="p114" Axel turned to span id="2334-2335"see/span span id="336"it/span close with a span id="406"heavy/span sigh as span id="337"it/span sealed itself shut./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p115""span id="2336-2337"Guess/span the span id="407"only/span way now is down,"/spanspan id="p116" Axel span id="2338-2339"said/span as he turned back to span id="2340-2341"look/span down the stairwell./spanspan id="p117" Theo nodded slowly, still in a slight state of span id="1871-1872"shock/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p118""What have you span id="2342-2343-408"gotten/span us into?"/spanspan id="p119" Theo asked quietly span id="308"as/span he span id="2344-2345"followed/span Axel span id="309"as/span they span id="409"slowly/span span id="410"made/span their span id="1873-1874"way/span down./spanspan id="p120" While span id="2346-2347-412"walking/span Theo took the opportunity to span id="2348-2349-413"pull/span out his phone only to span id="2350-2351"frown/span at it./spanbr /span id="p121""My span id="1877-1878"phone/span's not working."/spanspan id="p122" He span id="2352-2353"informed/span Axel, his span id="1879-1880"voice/span filled with span id="1881-1882"confusion/span./spanspan id="p123" Axel span id="2354-2355"pulled/span out his phone only to be span id="2356"greeted/span with a black screen./spanspan id="p124" No span id="1883-1884"matter/span how long either of the span id="1885-1886"boys/span held down their power buttons, the span id="1887-1888"phones/span span id="560"remained/span off./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p125""That's span id="414"really/span odd,"/spanspan id="p126" span id="296"Axel/span said softly but any span id="1889-1890"chance/span of span id="1891-1892"conversation/span was cut off as the span id="1893-1894"sound/span of span id="1895-1896"voices/span span id="2357-2358-415"filled/span the span id="1897-1898"boys/span' span id="1899-1900"ears/span./spanspan id="p2735" They slowed down in their pace, and Theo took this as a chance to fall behind Axel slightly, using his body as a human shield even if Axel was a bit shorter than him./spanspan id="p128" span id="299"Axel/span span id="2365-2366"frowned/span at Theo but span id="2367-2368-421"said/span nothing and span id="2369-2370"kept/span up his span id="420"slow/span pace down the span id="1907-1908"steps/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p129""Don't be an Idiot!"/spanspan id="p130" A span id="1909-1910"girl/span's shrill voice span id="2373-2374"cried/span, span id="2375-2376-422"filling/span the span id="1911-1912"boys/span' span id="1913-1914"ears/span and span id="2377-2378"causing/span them to span id="2379-2380"stop/span in their span id="1915-1916"tracks/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p131""span id="2381-2382"Come/span on Ember!/spanspan id="p132" I span id="2383-2384"thought/span it would be span id="423"interesting/span./spanspan id="p133""span id="192" class="s-bl-t" Another/span span id="1917-1918"girl/span's span id="347-1919-1920"voice/span tried to span id="1921-1922"reason/span, her span id="1923-1924"words/span were span id="2385-2386"followed/span by the span id="1925-1926"sound/span of items crashing and a span id="424"strong/span smell of burnt filled Theo and Axel's span id="1927-1928"noses/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p134""That was span id="425"childish/span."/spanspan id="p135" The second span id="348-1929-1930"voice/span said, a span id="1931-1932"tone/span of annoyance clear in her span id="349-1933-1934"voice/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p136""You span id="2387-2388"advertised/span us on Reddit!/spanspan id="p137" Reddit!/spanspan id="p138" That'span id="2389-2390"s/span where all the span id="561-562-563"weirdos/span span id="2391-2392"are/span!/spanspan id="p139""span id="194" class="s-bl-t" The/span first span id="1935-1936"voice/span span id="2393-2394"cried/span./spanspan id="p140" Axel pushed back the span id="1937-1938"want/span to feel offended and slowly crept forward, his span id="1939-1940"curiosity/span at its span id="1941-1942"peak/span, ready to leap into whatever span id="2398-2399-564"awaited/span./spanspan id="p141" Theo let out a span id="426"small/span sound of span id="1943-1944"protest/span but moved along with Axel./spanspan id="p142" They span id="2400-2401"made it/span to the span id="1945-1946-565"end/spanspan id="565" of/span the span id="1947-1948"stairs/span and slowly peeked around the span id="1949-1950"corner/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p143" class=""span id="p143-pl"Just a few /spanspan id="1951-1952-p143-pl"feet/spanspan id="p143-pl" /spanspan id="365-p143-pl"away/spanspan id="p143-pl" /spanspan id="367-427-p143-pl"stood/spanspan id="p143-pl" a /spanspan id="357-1953-1954-p143-pl"girl/spanspan id="p143-pl" with red hair pulled up into a loose bun, her /spanspan id="1955-1956-p143-pl"eyes/spanspan id="p143-pl" were narrowed at a /spanspan id="358-1957-1958-p143-pl"girl/spanspan id="p143-pl" who /spanspan id="368-p143-pl"stood/spanspan id="p143-pl" only inches /spanspan id="366-p143-pl"away/spanspan id="p143-pl" from her./span/spanspan id="p144" class=""span id="p144-pv" The other /spanspan id="359-p144-pv"girl/spanspan id="p144-pv", who /spanspan id="2402-2403-430-p144-pv"had/spanspan id="p144-pv" /spanspan id="428-p144-pv"short/spanspan id="p144-pv" /spanspan id="429-p144-pv"black/spanspan id="p144-pv" hair pinned /spanspan id="332-p144-pv"back/spanspan id="p144-pv" with a few star clips, leaned /spanspan id="333-p144-pv"back/spanspan id="p144-pv" with /spanspan id="1959-1960-p144-pv"arms/spanspan id="p144-pv" /spanspan id="2404-431-p144-pv"crossed/spanspan id="p144-pv", looking almost unamused./span/span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p145""I don't span id="433"understand/span how you span id="2405-2406"thought/span this span id="2407-2408"was/span a span id="432"good/span idea!"/spanspan id="p146" The span id="360-1961-1962"girl/span with red hair, who had earlier been called Ember by the other span id="361"girl/span, span id="2409-2410-434"threw/span her span id="1963-1964"arms/span up in the span id="1965-1966"air/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p147""span id="338"It/span's not like anything span id="435"bad/span will come out of span id="339"it/span."/spanspan id="p148" The other span id="362"girl/span said span id="436"simply/span./spanspan id="p149" "Not only would span id="195" class="s-rg-t"Kiale/span stop anyone from span id="2411-2412"entering/span, but if someone happened to span id="327-2413-2414"get/span past him, they'd span id="437"still/span have to find a way to actually span id="328-558" class="s-ja-t"get down/span here."/spanspan id="p150" Ember span id="2417-2418"seemed/span to calm down slightly at this and nodded slowly./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p151""I span id="2419-2420"guess/span you're span id="439"right/span./spanspan id="p152" I span id="2421-2422"put/span span id="1971-1972"charms/span on that ugly hallway plus the span id="1973-1974"door/span so there's no way anyone could've gotten past./spanspan id="p153""span id="198" class="s-bl-t" If/span Axel span id="2423-2424"was/span a span id="1975-1976"dog/span, his span id="196-1977-1978" class="s-rg-t"ear/spanspan id="196" class="s-rg-t"'/spanspan id="196-2425-2426" class="s-rg-t"s/span would've shot straight up at the span id="1979-1980"mention/span of span id="1981-1982"charms/span, and Theo could span id="440"almost/span span id="441"feel/span his nonexistent tail moving excitedly./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p154""Plus, I span id="442"only/span span id="443"had/span it up for like 2 span id="1983-1984"minutes/span./spanspan id="p155" I couldn't span id="444"get/span the span id="1985-1986"sound/span of you span id="2427"yelling/span at me for being stupid out of my span id="1987-1988"head/span./spanspan id="p156" No one span id="445"even/span span id="446"saw/span it./spanspan id="p157""span id="200" class="s-bl-t" The/span other girl span id="2428-2429"added/span and once span id="369"she/span was span id="447"sure/span it was span id="448"safe/span, span id="370"she/span flung an span id="1989-1990"arm/span around Ember and span id="201-2430-2431" class="s-bl-t"grinned/spanspan id="201" class="s-bl-t". /span"/spanspan id="p158"span id="2432-2433"See/span?/spanspan id="p159" No span id="1991-1992"need/span to span id="2434-2435"worry/span./spanspan id="p160""/span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p161""Okay, I span id="2436-2437"guess/span you'span id="2438-2439"re/span span id="559" class="s-ja-t"in the clear/span./spanspan id="p162" But, Raven, I span id="2440-2441"swear/span, if you ever pull a stunt like that again, it won't span id="452"just/span be a span id="1993-1994"pillow/span that span id="2442-2443"catches/span fire./spanspan id="p163""span id="204" class="s-bl-t" All/span four heads turned to span id="2444-2445"look/span at a span id="1995-1996"pillow/span that laid on the span id="1997-1998"ground/span, half of it a pure black./spanspan id="p2736" Theo's eyes widened, and he jerked back in surprise, not expecting to find the source of the smell that had surrounded them./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p165"Much to both span id="2005-2006"boys/span' span id="2007"dismay/span, Theo's little action made just enough sound to span id="2447-2448"cause/span the two span id="2008-2009"girls/span' span id="2010-2011"heads/span to jerk in their span id="2012-2013"direction/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p166"There span id="2449-2450"were/span a few brief seconds of span id="2014-2015"silence/span as everyone tried to span id="2451"process/span what was going on./spanspan id="p167" span id="2016-2017"Eyes/span' switching between each other as Theo did his best to duck down behind Axel's back with still being able to span id="2452-2453"see/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p168""span id="566"Hi/span?"/spanspan id="p169" Axel said softly, span id="2018-2019"eyes/span flickering between the two span id="2020-2021"girls/span./spanspan id="p170" Ember frowned and Raven's span id="2024-2025"lips/span span id="2459-2460"were/span in a span id="455"flat/span line./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p171""Okay.../spanspan id="p172" span id="458"maybe/span span id="256"I/span was a tad span id="456"stupid/span," Raven mumbled span id="457"softly/span and Ember span id="2461"grunted/span at her span id="2026-2027"words/span./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p173""Tad?/spanspan id="p174" Gosh, now span id="257"I/span span id="206" class="s-rg-t"gotta/span span id="2462"clean/span up your span id="2028-2029"mess/span, span id="258"I/span'm taking away your span id="2030-2031"phone/span after this./spanspan id="p175" class=""span id="p175-pl""/spanspan id="208-p175-pl" class="s-bl-t" /spanspan id="208-363-p175-pl" class="s-bl-t"Ember/spanspan id="p175-pl" ignored Raven's /spanspan id="2032-2033-p175-pl"sounds/spanspan id="p175-pl" of /spanspan id="2034-2035-p175-pl"protest/spanspan id="p175-pl" /spanspan id="310-p175-pl"as/spanspan id="p175-pl" /spanspan id="371-p175-pl"she/spanspan id="p175-pl" /spanspan id="325-2463-2464-p175-pl"began/spanspan id="p175-pl" a quiet chant under her /spanspan id="2036-2037-p175-pl"breath/spanspan id="p175-pl", a /spanspan id="459-p175-pl"soft/spanspan id="p175-pl" glow /spanspan id="326-2465-2466-p175-pl"began/spanspan id="p175-pl" to /spanspan id="2467-p175-pl"emit/spanspan id="p175-pl" from /spanspan id="364-p175-pl"Ember/spanspan id="p175-pl"'s /spanspan id="2038-2039-p175-pl"hands/spanspan id="p175-pl" /spanspan id="311-p175-pl"as/spanspan id="p175-pl" /spanspan id="372-p175-pl"she/spanspan id="p175-pl" /spanspan id="2468-2469-p175-pl"focused/spanspan id="p175-pl" on the two /spanspan id="2040-2041-p175-pl"boys/spanspan id="p175-pl"./span/spanspan id="p176" class=""span id="p176-pl" Theo and Axel found themselves suddenly /spanspan id="373-p176-pl"surrounded/spanspan id="p176-pl" by a soft yellow aura, and speechlessly watched as /spanspan id="340-p176-pl"it/spanspan id="p176-pl" slowly /spanspan id="374-p176-pl"surrounded/spanspan id="p176-pl" them until /spanspan id="341-p176-pl"it/spanspan id="p176-pl" /spanspan id="2470-2471-p176-pl"was/spanspan id="p176-pl" like a /spanspan id="2042-2043-p176-pl"bubble/spanspan id="p176-pl" with two /spanspan id="460-p176-pl"human/spanspan id="p176-pl" boys trapped inside./span/span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p177""span id="342"It/span's span id="461"okay/span, you're just span id="209" class="s-rg-t"gonna/span take a little nap and forget all about this."/spanspan id="p178" A span id="2044-2045"voice/span hummed softly but both boys already found themselves coaxed into a sleepy haze before span id="343"it/span all just stopped./spanbr /span id="p179"-/spanspan id="p180"-/spanbr /span id="p181""I'm span id="2474-2475-463"telling/span you!/spanspan id="p182" Something span id="2476-2477"is/span behind that span id="2048-2049"door/span!/spanspan id="p183""span id="212" class="s-bl-t" Axel/span span id="2478-2479"cried/span, span id="2480-2481"tugging/span on Theo's span id="2050-2051"arm/span for span id="464"added/span effects./span/p
p style="margin: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; color: #64676e; font-family: Segoe-UI; font-size: 17px;"br /span id="p184""A span id="2052-2053"dream/span span id="2482-2483-466"means/span nothing, Axel, you're span id="465"crazy/span."/spanspan id="p185" Theo span id="2484-2485-467"shook/span his span id="2054-2055"head/span, span id="2486-2487"looking/span at that oh so mysterious span id="270"door/span that span id="2488-2489"was/span nothing more than a metal span id="271"door/span./span/p