Where Wizards Are At WarA Chapter by MoonAngel
The jade light rebounded off glass, missing a bundle of dark purple silk.
“Whoa, that was brutal,” muttered Psyche Silver, straightening up.
“We’re meant to be fighting,” said Adainne, her twin. Her wand was tilted towards Psyche’s chest.
Adainne yelped - she looked down. Sticky vines were weaving round her legs, pulling her down to the floor.
“Yeah we are. Look who’s doing a much better job of it.”
Adainne sighed and waved her wand over her head. Fire spun out in a passion hot cylinder round her body, cremating the plant.
“Guess I should have seen that one coming. Oh well!” Psyche pelted a torrent of water at her twin.
Adainne broke her fire cylinder. Her wand shook as it stopped the water.
It began to solidify until it turned into a mound of hard ice. She launched it at Psyche with a fierce throw of her wand.
Psyche laughed and set the block alight. The resulting water collapsed and filled the room, licking the walls.
“We’re not really on our A game today, are we?”
“Your distractions aren’t working Psyche,” said Adainne, and suddenly she was breathing down her twin’s next, wand pointed at her throat. “I could turn this into a knife right now…”
“Alright, alright, I get your point,” said Psyche. “Get that wand out of my throat, please. I hate people touching my neck.”
“Freak,” Adainne commented, sliding her wand into it’s holder. “Just as well you’re not in much of a mood to fight today. I have to go get ready for my recruitment mission.”
Psyche gasped. “Recruitment mission? Dad never lets me do recruitment missions! How did you do that?”
“That’s what Dad lets you do when you don’t go around looking for guys after hours,” said Adainne, smirking.
Psyche’s expression dropped. “At least it’s not Earth guys I’m sleeping with.”
Adainne laughed. “Yeah, but, Earth guys or not, you’re the one breaking rules, so I get to do recruitment missions. At least you don’t run the risk of dying today.”
“True. And what a good day not to die. Seth’s taking me in out in his shuttle later. We’re going to the Sky Park to watch all the lights come on on Earth.”
“That’s sweet,” said Adainne, wrinkling her nose. “The good thing about not being on Earth any more is that we get to see it better.”
“Hey, it is sweet. But I agree. I hope we’ll be on Cloudline for a while. I can hardly believe it’s been a year already.”
Adainne pulled her fingers through her periwinkle hair. “I know. Did you watch the news this morning? Apparently Wizard Eron’s executed a couple of undercover Sky Agents.”
Psyche shook her head. “Not again. I don’t know why Dad even bothers, Wizard Eron always finds out about them. No one’s ever got close enough to him to find out any real information about his movements. When’s your mission, anyway?”
“About an hour or something. I have to be on the field fifteen minutes early to get briefed.” Adainne and Psyche began to walk together.
“Hey, think if I stop being a s**t I’ll get to go on a recruitment mission too?”
“It’s not about you being a s**t, it’s the after hours stuff. Why don’t you go rant to Dad while I get changed and see if you can get a place in today’s mission?”
Psyche closed the training room door behind them. “Think he’d let me? Worth a shot, I think.”
“Yeah, and a word of advice? Don’t mention the word s**t.”
“What’s that supposed to- Hey Seth,” Psyche cooed, clutching the arm of the well-built Seth.
“Hey babe,” he said, pecking Psyche on the cheek. “Are you coming on the recruitment mission today?”
“Uh.” Psyche glanced at a repulsed Adainne. “Yeah, yeah? Yeah. Well no. You know, my dad begged me, but I just couldn’t, what with all my other obligations to Cloudline.”
“I am,” said Adainne, moving between them with a hand raised. Psyche snorted quietly.
Seth raised his brows. “Oh right. When are we to be at the grounds again?”
“An hour I think.”
“I thought we weren’t leaving until quarter past?”
“Briefing,” explained Adainne. “Anyway, I need to go get changed. Have her home by midnight, Seth.”
Psyche and Seth both gave a small laugh.
Adainne swiftly left the training area and headed up to the apartment blocks. Most of the complex was composed of glass, protected by charms to make it unbreakable.
At night, black shutters would rain down and conceal the complex from Earth wizard patrollers.
The complex sat on a large nimbus cloud, made oversized by magic. The cloud’s ability to hold such a weight was also due to magic, a spell that required topping up every month.
At the front of the complex, a fair few miles from where Adainne was, the shuttles and aircraft were kept.
It was in this air park that Adainne found herself forty five minutes later, standing amongst a group of sixteen other young soldiers.
“Afternoon, boys and girls,” said the Sergeant. “As the more experienced of you know, this is a dangerous but routine recruitment mission. We don’t tend to have many wizards dying, but there is every chance if you don’t conduct yourself properly. An important thing to remember is that these rogue wizards aren’t necessarily aggressive.
Most of these wizards will relocate at the sight of us and won’t put up a fight. However, should one be an aggressive little tripe and decide to open fire, well, you know the drill. Send an alert to the other shuttles for back up and surround them. Attacking recruitment missioners is an offence against Cloudline law. So, any questions?”
A hand rose into the air behind Adainne’s head.
“Excellent, I’d hate to think I hadn’t explained anything properly.” The hand fell back into the crowd. “Right, get in your shuttles. Remember, if we get a candidate, communicate with them and request for them to teleport into the nearest shuttle. If we get a Time Wizard, on the off-chance we do, call the nearest shuttles and surround them. We have strict orders to capture them by all means necessary.”
With that, the Sergeant slid into his own steel shuttle, the oval glass curving several metres above his head.
Adainne found her own shuttle parked close to the edge of the Cloudline complex.
She jumped in, squashing a helmet onto her pastel hair, and powered up the engine.
“Alright, lift up.” Sergeant‘s voice was heard on her tannoy. She pulled back the lever and felt the weightlessness of lifting the shuttle.
She hovered for a second, then turned sharply and shot off into the cotton atmosphere. She tunnelled her way through clouds, spinning rapidly, dipping down and rocketing up through the air, heart punching with power.
“Remember, cadets, these guys like hanging out in the nimbus clouds. Look out for them,” said the Sergeant.
“Copy that,” Adainne said with duty. She was tearing her way through a cold-white cloud.
When she appeared at the other side, she noticed a shape below.
That was a nimbus cloud if she ever saw one. It was enormous, perhaps too obvious a hide out for a rogue wizard. Still, maybe this wizard liked a bit of grandeur.
She pulled back the lever and floated down to get a better look.
The cloud started to spark. Hot yellow jolted around the sullen grey mist.
Adainne had seen the evidence she needed. In the same moment Adainne’s finger landed on the responding tannoy button, a crazed scorch of electric white tore up at her.
She didn’t have time to scream. The lightning crackled its way through the shuttle in less than a second. Adainne was suspended in thick, shrouded air- so little air, so hot, such sticky sticky wet.
She felt herself be sucked fast to her death, falling through whistling air.
© 2012 MoonAngel
Added on June 20, 2011
Last Updated on April 23, 2012
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About“Kiss me and you'll know how important I am.” I'm a 19 year old English student. I'm quite dedicated to writing and I've been working on the Light After Fire series officially for ei.. more..
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