(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!
“Please. Do not leave me in the dark, guardians. What happened to Solix and the evil immortals?” asks SEAS while everyone is resting in the Main Hall. Miracle, who is bandaged up and slowly recovering, sits next to Fate with her head lying weakly on his shoulder. Infinity and Hydrana silently stare at the room’s decorations from their chairs.
“I honestly don’t know where Solix has gone off to. At the end of the battle he used the Solstar medallion and then disappeared. Adriana said that he committed suicide by using the Solstar’s ultimate power,” answers Fate as he gently puts his arm around Miracle. She winces a little, but doesn’t let the pain bother her.
“I see. In a way, Solix did commit suicide. The Solstar medallion has a very deadly side effect that you do not know about. It was only a rumor because the side effect had never occurred before now. If the center stone does not get enough stored energy from its holder, the stone absorbs the holder. Solix was not strong enough to wield the weapon’s ultimate power and most likely he knew it,” explains SEAS.
“Well, why did he do something stupid like that? Now this group doesn’t have a leader anymore,” states Miracle in a weary voice.
“We do have a leader. Solix gave Fate that sign of power on his neck. That makes him our leader. Luckily, Eddie escaped from Adriana and returned,” says Infinity when he breaks out of his mild trance.
“You obviously weren’t listening on the ride home. Fate didn’t escape from them. They let him go with the Solstar medallion and the sword of light. You never told us why they did such a nice thing,” says Hydrana while pointing an accusing finger at the calm Mars guardian.
“There were two reasons that Adriana had for letting me go. One was the vision Startrix had about the last battle. The vision showed that the last fight during the first year of the immortal wars would only be between Adriana and me. A fight that will end in either one or maybe both of our deaths. Since my death would have made the battles much easier, Adriana wasn’t ready to kill me. She wanted to get some fun and competition from the four of us before this whole thing ends,” explains Fate. He slowly moves his fingers along the smooth gemstones of the sun weapon and imagines what would happen if he used it at full power. He comes to the conclusion that it would not be pretty.
“What was her second reason? Does the big, bad immortal have a crush on our new leader or something?” teases Hydrana.
“No she doesn’t!” exclaims Miracle as she tries to move. The sudden motion makes her whole body scream in pain and she settles against Fate again.
“Take it easy, Kelly. Hydrana didn’t mean anything by that disturbing remark. Of course for all I know it could be true, which really makes me worried. The other reason was that I spared her life and she thought she owed me a favor. Adriana seems to have some small sense of honor.”
“It’s good to see some of them aren’t totally evil. At least, Adriana and Kilanus showed a few likeable traits. For all we know, one of them might become an ally over time. That would be very cool,” mentions Infinity. He picks up a portable computer and starts to type in a series of passwords. When he reaches the program he wants, Infinity begins to make a new data folder on the mysterious Kilanus.
“I would not hope for that in our lifetime. But you have brought us to another problem. What do we do about Kilanus? Where did she come from and what are her powers?” asks SEAS as he helps Infinity make the data folder.
“Kilanus’ physical abilities are on the same level as Fate’s, who is the most powerful out of the four of us. But for all I know, she was holding back and is more powerful than we could possibly imagine. It’s hard to say. Where she came from is the easy part of this mystery to solve. Kilanus claimed that she was the daughter of Adriana, which explains a lot about her actions and the resemblance. She mentioned Hellax being her father, but none of his DNA can be found in Kilanus’ hair that I found on my cloak. Must have fallen on during one of our fights,” says Infinity as he types everything into the computer.
“What about her birthright powers? Do we have any idea what those are?” mentions Hydrana as she stands up.
“I know. During the DNA scan of Kilanus’ hair, and while I passed in and out of consciousness, I found out some things that Infinity missed. I may be injured, but I am far from useless. There is some evidence that Kilanus was subjected to genetic tampering. There are certain parts of her DNA, which are exact duplicates of Fate’s genetic code. The only explanation I have is that Mindtrigger integrated some of Fate’s genes into Kilanus. Specifically the ones that give him immunity to some of the guardian weapons. The side effect of this is that it causes traumatic vision flashes that send her into a berserker rage. Her real birthright power is that of resurrection, which means she can revive the dead,” responds Miracle. Her eyes slowly close and she falls asleep on Fate’s shoulder.
“So if a villain dies, Kilanus can bring them back? Oh, just kill me now and get it over with!” Hydrana hollers.
“Calm down, water sprite. What about that genetic tampering? Why did they choose Fate? And how did they get his DNA?” remarks Infinity. He turns the computer off and looks toward SEAS’s containment gem.
The powerful computer answers, “Fate was proven to be the most powerful guardian, so that is why they copied his genes. His full potential was evident, even before Solix approached him. There is a good explanation for how they got the DNA. Mindtrigger probably took a DNA scan like I did while you were still on Earth. After that, he simply replicated the genetic codes he wanted. With all of the alien technology they have, it is more than simply possible to accomplish this feat. There is no telling what other little surprises Kilanus was given. She could even have Fate’s luck powers. Though I doubt it. Immortals with two birthright powers are rare and it is even rarer that they can control the energy.”
“We’ll worry about all of these things when the time comes. Right now, we have another question to find an answer to,” says Fate while he gently wakes Miracle up from her brief nap.
“Let me guess. You want to know if any of us are planning to leave. Well forget about it because we’ve already said that we’re staying,” mutters Miracle as her emerald eyes open and she puts on a weak smile.
“That was when Solix was still with us. Adriana said that this fight was the beginning of the Immortal Wars. If you decide to stay, then expect to go through hell. I’m stuck here as the new leader, but any of you are allowed to leave if you want to,” explains Fate. He looks around the Main Hall at the other three guardians and waits for each of their answers.
“Psylon and I still have a fight to finish. Right now, this little water sprite is going to sleep. See all of you in the morning,” says Hydrana as she walks out of the room. Fate looks over at Infinity, who is removing his shimmering, obsidian cloak.
“A leader is only as good as his troops and you have the best troops you could possibly get for free. Meet you in the game room for breakfast. Just don’t wake me up early or I swear that I’ll kill all of you,” says Infinity before he leaves Fate and Miracle.
“What about you? You almost died today, Kelly. Are you staying even after the beating you took?” asks Fate while he helps the injured guardian to her wobbly feet.
“Like you should talk. Besides, it takes more than being dragged around an entire planet to make me quit. Takes two planets and a small moon at least. These wounds will go away in a few days, but I promise that I will still be here with you. You didn’t think I would even consider leaving you alone up here with Hydrana and Infinity. They would drive you crazy after a few minutes.”
“The thought of you leaving never crossed my mind,” whispers Fate after lightly kissing her on the head.
“Remember what you promised. We’re going to spend eternity with each other and that won’t happen if I’m on Earth and you’re stuck in the sun. Now, help me get to my room because I can’t feel my legs,” orders Miracle with her usual carefree smile. Fate picks her up and carries her out of the Main Hall. The last person to leave the room is SEAS as his red containment diamond slowly fades to black.