Mackenzie, though she couldn’t hear Piper, was certainly thinking about her. She was practically going nuts searching for her lost sibling.
She was pacing the room when Sam walked in. He bowed deeply. “Oh, none of that from you, ” she snapped, turning to him. “Have you heard anything from her?”
“No,” Sam said, shaking his head. “And I can’t sense her either. Any idea why?”
Sam, being Piper’s protector, had certain powers that allowed him to sense her. Usually, these powers would allow him to sense where she was and if she was alright. But there was exceptions to every rule.
“There’s a few reasons that could be,” Mackenzie said. “One: she is somewhere with a magical history; if some big event happened there with magic involved, there would be magical residue all over the place. That could cause an interference.”
“There are two other options. Number two: she’s in the Underworld. Three…” She swallowed hard. “She’s dead. That’s the last option.”
“That’s it,” she confirmed.
“Oh. Well-” he was cut off by a knock at the door.
Mackenzie sighed and rubbed her eyes. She walked over and put her hand on the door handle, but didn’t turn the knob. “You can stay, if you’d like,” she said.
Sam shook his head. “Nah. I have a meeting to go to anyways. I just thought I’d stop beforehand and talk to you.”
“Okay,” Mackenzie sighed. “Be careful. Bye, Sam.”
He nodded and she opened the door. Pushing past the waiting people, he disappeared.
Mackenzie sighed again. “Come on in.”
The people piled in. There was the commander of their armed military forces they had, Mr. Sin, and his daughter, Silver. Then there was the head of the Missing People’s Department’s daughter, Shaadia. Her father, Mr. Kane, the actual head of the department, was bedridden with an illness. His condition was stable, and he was getting better, but he still wouldn’t be on his feet for a while.
“Okay,” Mr. Sin said, “Can we get on with this? I think we’re all here.”
Mackenzie nodded. “Of course. Have a seat.”
They all sat. “So what’s this I hear about a war coming?” Mr. Sin asked.
“Ohh, a war,” Shaadia said. “Finally we’ll get to have some fun, right, Silver?”
“Yeah,” Silver said. “I can’t wait to try out this new spell I just learned. I think I’ve for it down now. I-”
“Daughter,” Mr. Sin interrupted. “Please. You are only half witch. Trying to push your powers too hard would not be good for you, especially stuff as powerful as battle spells.”
“I can still use a sword,” Silver grumbled. “And my poisons are the strongest in the queendom. I can still be of help.”
Before he could say anything back to that, Mackenzie interrupted. “There is no guarantee it will come to war,” she said. “But if the Devil has her, he won’t give her back easy.”
“Did you ever consider it could be humans?” Silver asked. “They can be just as bad as the Devil if they want to be. Or worse, for that matter.”
Mr. Sin frowned, as did Mackenzie. “I don’t know,” Mackenzie said, unsure and more than a little unnerved.
“Silver is right,” Shaadia said. “Think about it. You chased and cornered it at a human’s house. While you were distracted, Piper was inside. You don’t know whether anyone was home or not. Piper easily could have been discovered and apprehended, especially if she was injured, which is likely considering what she was fighting. A level five Ignis Breather, with her training? She’s lucky to have survived at all.”
“She’s not dead,” Mackenzie said, through gritted teeth. “She can’t be dead.”
“But she is nowhere to be found, even if she is alive,” Shaadia said. “It’s a rational conclusion.”
Mackenzie closed her eyes and rubbed her temples. “What are you suggesting?”
Silver, who had already picked up Shaadia’s line of thinking, answered for her. “Send out someone to search for her,” she suggested. “Shaadia and I could go.”
“I’d feel better only sending one of you,” Mackenzie said. “I can’t risk too many of you, especially if the Devil does have her. He would know that people are out looking for her. It could be a trap.”
“But, in the same sense, if it is a trap, two people have a better chance of overcoming it than one,” Silver said.
“And if you can’t, it’s two people that I’ll lose instead of one,” Mackenzie argued.
They glared at each other for several minutes, and Mackenzie finally relented. “If you promise to both come back in one piece, I suppose you can both go. That is, as long as its okay with you, Mr. Sin,” she added quickly.
“Of course,” he said. “As long as its approved by you, I don’t mind. I know you only make the decisions that you believe are the best for our people. You wouldn’t put my daughter in danger without good reason.”
Mackenzie stood and shook his hand. “I’m glad you have so much faith in me, Mr. Sin,” she said. Then she looked at the two girls. “You should probably get going.”
Shaadia nodded. “Yeah Come on, Sil, lets hit the road.”
The girl nodded. “Lets.”
The girls stepped out of the castle’s boundaries and opened a temporary portal into the mortal world. Mackenzie had given them direction on how to get there and what to do when they did, so they wouldn’t get lost and they wouldn’t cause any problems. But they had a different plan; they’d follow the directions on how to get there, but when they got there they were going to do it their way.
They stepped out of the portal into the human’s yard. Mackenzie’s instructions from here were clear: search the house and the surrounding area, and report to back to her. If they found Piper, they were supposed to grab her and go.
The thought they were ready. They had anything they might need in the case of having to fight any mortals or any demons the Devil had lying in wait.
Of course, when they stepped into the clearing behind they house, they were feeling pretty confident. Until they saw what was going on in the front yard. The only thing they weren’t prepared for…….