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Order of Zarai 2

Fragment 8

Life would never be simple for Amy Danzer, also known as Zarine. For one thing, she was constantly on the run from the evilness of the Dark, and for another, the High Council of her own Order did not approve of her unconventional tactics. And now, to make matters worse, her father who had been missing for the past six years had mysteriously reappeared. It had been a very difficult situation for Amy. Her father had disappeared shortly before she had been inducted into the Order of Zarai. He had known about her magical abilities and had even been teaching her to use her magic. When he left, Amy had been devastated. But, now that he was back, she didn’t know what to do. The only thing that she was sure of was that her father could not know about her involvement in the Order of Zarai.

Amy arrived at her mother’s house, to find the car of her Leader’s brother in the driveway. What is Robert doing here? Amy ran into the house, certain that something was wrong. She could hear raised voices coming from the living room.

“If you do anything to harm her…” Robert was advancing on her father.

Amy burst into the room, and pretended not to hear what had just been said. “Robert, what a surprise! What are you doing here?” Amy smiled sweetly and positioned herself between her father and the High Council member.

Robert regarded her indifferently. “I heard your father was back in town, and decided to come visit him. It has been a long time since we have talked.”

Amy was startled. “You know each other?”

James interrupted them. “Yes, Robert and I are old friends. I find it very interesting that the two you seem to be acquainted.”

Amy answered before Robert could. “His brother Anthony is my guidance counselor at the college.” In her haste to get inside and find out what was happening, Amy had almost forgotten that Anthony had been severely injured in the last battle and was now in the hospital. “Speaking of Anthony, how is he doing Robert?”

Robert bowed his head. “Better, but the doctors still are not ready to let him come home yet. I was actually getting ready to leave when you arrived to go see him.” Robert hesitated, and then continued. “Would you like to come with me? I’m sure he would be delighted to see you.”

It wasn’t like Robert to be very nice to her, so Amy knew he had an ulterior motive for inviting her. “I would like that very much. I am so worried about him.”

Robert smiled. “Then we should be going. It was very nice to see you again James. We will have to get together soon and get caught up.”

James escorted them out the door. “Yes, we will have to do that.” He turned to his daughter. “Be careful Amy.”

It wasn’t the first time since his return that Amy had felt a second meaning to his words. It angered her, however that he thought she would be in danger with Robert. She regarded him coldly. “I can take care of myself, there is no need for you to worry. I will probably be back late. Don’t wait up for me.” And then she turned and walked to the car. She didn’t glance back as the car drove away.

As Robert pulled away from the house, he glanced at Amy out of the corner of his eye. “You are walking on thin ice with that comment you made to your father. He can be a very dangerous person, especially to you.”

“What are you talking about?!” Amy demanded.

“Not now. I don’t want you be upset when you see Anthony. After we have visited him, I will take you somewhere safe and explain everything to you.”

Amy laughed. “So for once, the Council is actually going to tell me something useful?”

Robert cleared his throat and looked uncomfortable. “I am going to tell you this of my own free will. Donovan may have had many radical ideas, but I am beginning to agree with him that the best way to deal with you is to be as honest as possible.”

By this time, they had arrived at the hospital. Amy followed Robert into the building thinking about what he had said. Robert must have been spending a lot of time visiting his brother, as he was greeted at the information desk and told to go on ahead to the room where Anthony was staying.

When they walked into the room, Amy gasped in shock. Anthony was lying in the bed hooked up to a respirator. There were many tubes connected to his arms, and he did not seem to be awake. Amy turned on Robert. “You said he was doing better!”

Robert stuttered. “Well, his condition has at least stabilized.”

Amy threw up her hands in frustration. “You said you were going to be honest with me. Can you at least manage to create a shield around this room?”

“Yes, but why?” he asked.

“Don’t ask questions. Just do it!”

Amy felt the shield go up around them. She drew on her power a little more aggressively than usual, but the still form of Anthony worried her. She wasn’t quite sure what she was doing, but knew if she did nothing, he would never wake up. Gently, you don’t want to hurt him. All he needs is a little bit of your strength. Amy could hear an unfamiliar female voice. She had no idea where the voice had come from, but as she was unsure of herself, the advice seemed like a good idea. With magic simply pouring out of her she placed her hand on Anthony’s. She fed the power into him, hoping what she was doing would help. That’s enough, too much and you will hamper his recovery. Anthony opened his eyes for the first time in almost a week. You did well Zarine. You and I will talk later. His first sight was a very confused Amy. She pulled her hand away very quickly and ran out of the room, dissolving the shield as she left. Robert took a step toward the door, but changed his mind. He glanced at the bed to see what had startled Amy, and saw that Anthony was awake.

Anthony addressed his brother. “You’ve come here almost every day.”

“You’re my brother. I was worried about you.”

“I think I’m fine now. You should go see to Amy. I feel a lot better now.”

Robert nodded. “I’ll be right back.” He walked out into the hallway. He could see Amy pacing near a window. He walked over to her. “That’s twice you’ve saved his life. I owe you more than I will ever be able to repay.”