Crossbreeds Part 2: Chapter 28 Fighting the Spell by RedPhantom ()
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“You miserable, ungrateful wretch,” Kamlia shouted at Jaidu. He had been angry with her for going with Princess Ann to Thager. He had wanted her to spend all her time with Remtani. He wouldn’t listen when she told him Remtani had been busy and couldn’t spend the time with her.
“You’re just as bad as that awful creature there.” He meant Shay who was being held by a guard to keep her from interfering. Kamlia hit Jaidu again and she went down. Shay flinched. Kamlia didn’t understand how dangerous it was to make her watch this. He had no idea how close she was to losing control. It was one thing for him to hit her. It was another to hit the girl.
Jaidu should have listened to her. Yesterday, she had talked with Remtani about what Princess Ann had said the day before at lunch. He had confirmed what Ann had said and that there had been much more, although he didn’t go into any details.
Jaidu decided to talk to her father, although Shay had advised against it. She wasn’t sure she wanted to marry such a violent man. Her father didn’t care. He wanted that treaty and he wanted her married to the prince.
“Get up you filthy worm,” he commanded. She obeyed reluctantly. He only wanted her up so he could knock her down again.
“You will do what you are told. You will marry that man and have his children. If he beats you, it’s because you deserve it.” He went to hit her again. She flinched, but the blow never came.
Prince Remtani held Kamlia’s arm and pulled the man around to face him. “I thought I told you, no one was allowed to hurt you here,” he said to Jaidu.
He turned to Kamlia. “Give me one good reason why I shouldn’t do to you what you just did to her,” he snarled, towering over the foreign king. He grabbed the king by the collar and lifted the man to his toes.
“The treaty?” Kamlia gasped.
“Why do you want it so bad?” Remtani asked. In the back of his mind, he wondered if Drepal had enough control to get answers from the man before killing him for what he did to Jaidu and Shay. But, he couldn’t do that. He couldn’t release her or allow her methods.
Kamlia grasped at his wrist. The charm bracelet he wore broke. The beads went flying. That was bad. He could feel the spell growing.
“Get Andy!” He yelled at Jaidu. Her eyes wide, she nodded and hurried off. “Go with her,” he told Shay. He didn’t want any innocent victims.
He had learned that while he couldn’t control the spell, he could redirect it. He wouldn’t go past other victims to go straight to Ann. All he had to do was convince himself that the person he wanted to fight had a connection to her.
Now, he reminded himself of all the hours Ann had spent on getting that treaty going. Hours? Try months. It was already giving her headaches. Think of what it would do to her if she had to start over.
Part of him tried to resist. They needed the treaty, and he shouldn’t hurt a visiting king.
The part of him that was controlled by the spell reminded him how Kamlia was beating Jaidu. He realized she’d be next. If he didn’t attack Kamlia, he would go after her, possibly do to her what he did to Sapphire.
He flew into a rage at that thought. He couldn’t let that happen. He had to keep occupied until Andy came.
He threw the man to the ground and kicked him. The guards attacked. He smiled. Now, this was a fight. The spell didn’t extend to the guards, but that didn’t matter. He knew how to fight. They started going down. They weren’t dead, just unconscious.
Then, Andy came, and the guards moved away, at least those still standing. Andy was armed. He couldn’t help but attack Andy. He knew what Andy’s goal would be, to be able to touch him to drain the spell. Or, he thought he knew. As they fought, it became apparent Andy wasn’t interested in draining him. Then, someone grabbed his arm at the same time he gripped Andy’s. He glanced at the other attacker. He wore Andy’s face too. He looked at the person he held, and the face flickered. It was Ann. He twisted the arm that he held until he heard the bone snap. She cried out, and Andy, feeling the break through the bond, released him.
He started after Ann when someone grabbed him from behind. This new attacker grabbed his face and started draining the spell. Remtani stabbed him in the arm, but the man didn’t react.
He started to feel lightheaded. His knees buckled and he felt consciousness draining from him. “That’s too much!” He heard Andy cry. He felt some strength coming back only for Ann to put him out with a sleep spell.
Nim was in the garden, drawing. Joanne’s leaving hit him hard. The sudden lack of bond after it got so strong was a shock to him both physically and mentally. His friends were worried. He heard whispers of a deathwatch to keep an eye on him. He assured them he wasn’t that bad. Joanne wasn’t dead after all and would be returning soon.
Drawing helped. It gave his mind something to focus on. He was working on an image of Jaidu and Shay. He’d seen them sitting together there in the garden earlier and had thought it would make a nice picture.
He heard a commotion inside. At first, he thought it was the servants. Then, he heard Remtani yelling and saw Jaidu and Shay hurry through the palace. Moments later, he saw Ann and Andy running the opposite way. He went in through another door and around to where the sound was coming. He saw Andy fighting Remtani. He switched to his mage sight. Remtani glowed red orange with the spell. But, Andy glowed too, and it wasn’t his spell shield. It wasn’t any spell Andy could cast. He switched to heat vision and the figure shrank to Ann’s size. He saw the real Andy trying to get close from the side while Ann distracted the prince. Andy grabbed him and started to drain him. Remtani broke Ann’s arm and both she and Andy went down with pain.
Nim was moving with the speed and stealth he used when hunting. He grabbed Remtani from behind. The prince was wearing silk, preventing him from draining the spell. Nim grabbed his face and started to drain as fast as he could, not caring if he burned them both in the process. He could only barely see the spell so he kept draining.
“That’s too much!” Andy cried. Nim sent some magic back to the prince so he wouldn’t go into a trance. Ann had recovered enough to cast a sleep spell on him.
Andy helped Ann up, and Nim picked up Remtani. He saw Shay coaxing Jaidu out from under a seat. When had they gotten there?
“Now what?” Nim asked.
“I’m going to find Shunati,” Andy said. “Put him…”
“… In my lab.” Ann finished for him.
Nim nodded and started to the garden. The stairs to the balcony were the fastest route.
“Emissary?” Jaidu called, timidly. Nim turned.
“I found these. Can it be fixed?” She asked. She held out the parts of Remtani’s bracelet.
“I’ll have to look. Come with me,” Nim said. Chances were the bracelet was no good, but he could check.
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zaqxsw () 10:29AM | Tue, 30 March 2021
I knew that Kamlia was going to be trouble... he deserved a good kick in the pants! Fantastic installment... Can't wait to see what happens next!