(Again, we shall revel in my teenage originality. Everyone groan in unison.)
Disclaimer: Immortal Wars was the book I came up with and wrote in high school. I hadn’t even hit college by the time I wrote the first two books. That means I hadn’t developed my style yet, wasn’t good at self-editing, and the story was fairly basic. So, you’ve been warned that this is the ultimate author throwback segment for my blog and will show my author origins. FYI- I put the first book (The Summoning) through a Print-on-Demand publisher and the second one (Light, Blood, & Tears) never saw the light of day. Enjoy!
Later that day, Startrix and Tegam walk into Adriana’s room in order to discuss one her current ideas. When they walk in, they find Adriana wearing a red, very low-cut leotard while practicing some martial arts styles. Tegam is stunned because he never had a chance to see Adriana with her hair messed up and sweat all over her body. She still looked absolutely gorgeous, but it was definitely a rare sight to see.
“Did we come at a bad time?” asks Startrix. Adriana freezes in the middle of a crescent kick and turns around to see who is talking. She lets out a deep breath before grabbing a towel and wiping most of the sweat off her body.
“I say we didn’t. Nice style. I especially like it when you jump up and down in that particular outfit. Good form,” mentions Tegam.
“Shut up, prankster. I hope you didn’t come here to make useless passes at me. So, why are you here? Make it quick because I want to take a shower before tonight’s celebration. And there will be one.”
“Not if it does not work out as you planned. I honestly think you should reconsider doing the physical ability test until we dispose of the guardians. We all went through with it, but that was when we did not have an upcoming battle,” warns Startrix.
“Basically, the two of us don’t want to go through with this if you plan to continue. We just think it’s a good idea. And we aren’t the only ones,” Tegam says. Startrix just waves him off and nods to him. His smile fades away and he just walks out of the room.
“You two don’t have to get involved if you don’t want to. But we need to do this before we fight the guardians in order to make sure that she is ready. The last thing I want is for Kilanus to suddenly freeze up in the middle of battle. This should give her a taste of combat and prepare her. Now, where is the problem with that?” Adriana starts practicing more high kicks and punches in the air while Startrix sits down on the bed. One of her punches goes so quickly that a wave of air shakes a nearby bouquet of tulips.
“You plan on sending her up against all of us, except for you, without the help of the death scythe. That just seems too much. What if she gets killed? You know how Psylon gets in a battle. Totally bestial and bloodthirsty. Why would you put your daughter in that dangerous a situation? What could possess you to do such a thing?”
Adriana stops and sits down next to her friend as she explains, “Because I have complete faith and trust in my daughter’s abilities. She is new and improved. Mindtrigger and I brought her mental state up to par with her physical state. And as for the visions that drove her insane, I took care of that with the healing staff. There is nothing to worry about anymore. Kilanus is now fully healed and ready to defeat anything that is thrown at her. She is our secret weapon and this is a test run. I hate to be so technical and uncaring in that explanation, but that is the easiest way to explain it. We need to see if she will work out for us.”
“Fine. But I refuse to go through with this. As does Tegam. Both of us do not want to be involved in something that could go wrong.”
“I respect both of your decisions. And I won’t push you two into it. So, what do you two plan to do while this is going on? I want you to at least be there.”
“We will. We are going to be acting as . . . referees so to speak. If anything looks like it is going wrong, them we will eliminate the problem. Mostly it will be to make sure that nothing kills Kilanus, but also to keep an eye on the less controllable members of our party.”
“Good idea.” Startrix gets up to leave while Adriana walks into the connected shower compartment. The shower immediately gets covered in warm steam.
Adriana suddenly sticks her head out of the fogged up door and yells, “Hold on, Startrix! I have to ask you something!”
“Yes?” says the black-armored woman from the open doorway.
“Have you had any new visions?”
“A few. The guardians will be arriving some time tomorrow morning. They will be in two groups. I do not know which ones will be in which group. But I suggest you position Psylon on the ridge above the warship. Two of them will be going that way. Leave two people in the warship also just in case Psylon is defeated. Which she will be because she will not be ready for their powers.”
“Good. Anything else?” Adriana’s head pops back out with her hair covered in pink shampoo.
“Just that it is not Solix who will be our greatest enemy. I saw a vision of a young man with blond hair and blue eyes. He held the Sword of Light and the Solstar medallion. Next to him was this shadowy figure. There were no features that I could see on this shadow. Something was blocking my power from seeing the true form of the other enemy. But they will be your greatest enemies.”
“Hmmm. The young man is most likely this new Mars guardian. Mindtrigger did say that he would be a problem. I won’t worry about this shadow figure until I find out more about it. I’d much rather take care of the problems that we have right now.” Startrix hears the water get turned off and the door is about to open when she hears Adriana mutter a quick curse. A wet, slender arm curves around the door and starts flailing at a towel rack.
“Startrix. I’m in a little need of some help. Just like when I was a kid and needed your help. Can you hand me that towel?”
“Sure. Here.” Startrix tosses Adriana the towel and walks out of the room. Meanwhile, Adriana dries off and put on her usual low-cut bodysuit that fits like a second layer of skin. She does a quick check in the mirror and heads out to the surface of Pluto.