Chapter Six – Push
Eldrian floated down to the heels of his shoes atop the mountain peak. It wasn’t as graceful as his winged companion, but he managed. The wizard ceased flying and beside him the crow grew and shifted back into the human it was earlier. Around them were the ancient ruined remains of Inca stone.
Beyond the various faded walls was a drop of emerald green. They were incredibly high in altitude, but it wasn’t fear that caught the wizard’s eye, but the beauty of thew view he was given. The air was fresh and cool, and the mountains surrounded the area were thickly covered in trees and grass. There was not another soul around them as well—just Eldrian and Daveon standing at Machu Picchu, waiting for the others to catch up. They would be arriving soon, but until then, they had a moment of quiet.
“Why are you here, Eldrian?”
“What do you mean?” the wizard asked in quick reply. “To figure out how Rend got so powerful. Lucy asked me. If she asks me to look into a matter, I probably do it.”
Chapter Five – Naturally Handsome
For one day, they rested. Kevin came back home to his parents, Deena slept in her cavernous home, and Eldrian created a magical cushion beneath him as he slept on the roof of a building. It was surprisingly comfortable. When you’re a creative wizard, anything can be a bed. Lucy had bandaged them up and fed them beforehand, and now she and Eldrian were back to bring Kevin and Deena to Lucy’s home dimension.
The Demon World was as Eldrian remembered it, though he had been there only a few days prior. Deena, Kevin, Lucy, and him, all started long a path crossing a gaping chasm which dropped into what looked to be a pit without a bottom. The colours of the stone that made up the strange, foreign world ranged from black, to grey, to purple, and to red—some was aflame. The oddest creatures Kevin had seen populated the land and the skies. There were skulls with the wings of a bat, lanky creatures with skin like blackened scales, and more humanoid forms with horns and terrifyingly sharp teeth.
Chapter Four – Team Effort
It was the next day. With two hands up, a gentle breeze fluttered the fabric of Eldrian’s clothes as well as his short brown hair, caused by the stirring magical forces conjured up by the focus of his mind. Faint black ribbons moved up his arms to dance around his fingertips, and a swirling sphere of chaotic power eventually formed between his grasp. It blasted outwards like a cannon ball and exploded with crackling destructive force against the wall of the cave, leaving a small crater behind. Shadow Ball!
Deena clapped her hands, though it didn’t sound overly enthusiastic. She moved up her own hands, and took a stance of strategic movements involving every last part of her form.
“That was good, but it’s more like this,” she said.
“I’ve barely dabbled in dark magic yet. I’ve mostly been focusing on practical spells, illusions, and elemental attacks. This is really powerful, though.”
Chapter Three – The Devil Went Down to Alberta
The three of them stood lurking in an alley like a group of loitering hooligans. Deena, crossing her arms, now had her hair done up in loops, even though neither of the boys even noticed her have a chance to change. She was mostly quiet, which seemed to be the norm.
“What are we looking for?” Kevin asked quietly. “I don’t see anything.”
“Normal people don’t have magic eyes,” came a quiet, slightly frustrated response from the witch.
Eldrian inspected the time on his phone, but looked up to Kevin’s confusion and spoke. “Magic eyes. It’s what lets wizards get away with a lot of things without others finding out. It lets you see what others can’t. Wizards have them, and spellbreakers have them. Demons too, usually, and some other things. Sorry, Kev. You don’t have them, so just try not to get murdered.”
“Gee, thanks,” muttered the ginger boy in response. “But what are we waiting for? We’re standing still. Is it supposed to come to us?”
Chapter Two – Black Magic Woman
Buttons were clacking under the aggressive panic of Eldrian’s thumbs and fingers as the plumber jumped and jumped over hordes of terrifying fungus monstrosities. Suspenders weren’t much to wear on the battlefield, but the little man pushed forward. That is, until his life came to an untimely end meeting a sharp-toothed flower protruding from a pipe.
“Aah! Damn it it all. Where’d that thing even come from?” Eldrian cursed as he dropped the controller to his knees.
The two of them sat on the cream-coloured carpet of Kevin’s bedroom. A forty-inch CRT television rested on the stand in front of them, plugged into an old gaming console. The sad words of, “Game Over” were present on the screen at this moment.
“I thought you were a wizard,” muttered Kevin sarcastically.
“First of all, I’m going to turn you into a frog. Second of all, don’t say that out loud. I’m probably already going to pay for what I did last night. Someone somewhere is going to have my butt on a platter, whether that’s the government, or a friend. I’m not sure which is better.”