Artemis ran his slender fingers though his disheavled hair. The last twenty minutes were spent trying to find out the cause of the spike in the boy’s pulse, with the gaze of a very angry siren burning through his skull. After what seemed like nothing short of a small eternity, he figured out why.
He turned to face Obsidia, lividity rolling off of her in waves. He took a deep breath.
“It would seem that the spike was caused by the boy’s-”
“Soren’s own magic. It attempted to heal him, but was repelled.”
“By the holy water.” More a statement than a question.
Her cold stare and sharp tone sent chills down his spine like icy fingers trailing down his back.
“Will this change accelerate the affect of the holy water?” she asked, her tone now flat.
“It is possible, but it holds low probability.” he replied nervously.
Her burning gaze slipped to the floor, but her silver eyes betrayed a hint of her relief before they dropped.
Even though she has just threatened Artemis, Holly couldn’t help but pity the girl a bit. After being held hostage, then one of her friends in a state of catatonia, she was probably a little traumatized. Honestly, who could blame her, especially considering they were the ones who held her hostage.
“Just fix him.” she whispered. Holly glanced at the girl to see the desperation in her eyes, the fear that he wouldn’t make it.
Perhaps they were more than friends?
Artemis carefully opened the door to the infirmary, peering quietly inside. He was relived to see the siren asleep in the chair beside Soren’s bed.
Slipping inside, he entered the darkened room and gently picked up the clipboard he had left there earlier. He had almost made it to the door, before the girl spoke.
“You do realize I could hear you from down the hall, right?”
Sighing, Artemis turned. “I suppose I do now. Your name is Obsidia, correct?”
She nodded stiffly. For the hundredth time that day, he ran his hands through his hair and sat down opposite the small, dangerous girl.
“I know you’re just being protective, but we are trying, you know.” he said wryly.
“As a matter of fact, I do. The elf said the same thing.”
“Yes, well the elf has a name, too.” he said, an obvious jab from when she corrected them over Soren’s name.
He leaned forward. “If you know her name, why do you not use it? We call him by his name.” he nodded at the unconscious siren.
“But it is because of you he is even here.”
Artemis raised an eyebrow. “Is that so? We did not bring him here, and by the looks of it, you were not even aware of his presence until he was shot.”
Guilt flashed in her metallic eyes as his words struck home.
“But that does not make this your fault any more that ours. That dart was intended for you, because your magic is a hundredfold more potent than his. It was designed for you and you alone, as a long-term sedative.” His tone was gentle, but his words reminded her of her captivity.
“That doesn’t reassure me, because it’s intended use was to keep me prisoner here.”
Now it was Artemis’ turn to look guilty. “We did not know why you had come here, and were not taking any chances.”
Before he could elaborate, Obsidia said, “I came here for my sentry. My plan was to slip in, take it and be long gone before anyone noticed it was missing. Things got complicated when the centaur wanted it analyzed. Which reminds me, how is it you know of the People? And are on good terms with them, it would seem.”
Artemis blushed, before answering, “It started with a skirmish years ago, but that is a very long story for another time. By the way, I wanted to ask how you create the sentries. Based upon what little I know of your people, most of your magic stems from that odd silver mist you sent pouring into my study.”
Nodding, Obsidia closed her eyes and brought a closed hand level with her face. When her eyes opened, they shone with a bio luminescent glow. She opened her hand, the surface of her palm shimmering in the glow of her eyes. Blowing gently, a silvery dust rolled off of her hand and swirled in front of her face a moment before solidifying into a creature exactly like the one Artemis had sitting in his study within the Plexiglas cube.
Her voice echoed with an odd timbre as she spoke. “This is one of my sentries. They take different forms depending upon what they are scouting. This particular sentry detects magic.” The creature looked like mercury as it shifted forms, taking the vague shape of a winged mouse, but the nose was rounded and smooth and it has no tail. “This one seeks out living organisms.” She waved her hand and the creature dissolved as her eyes faded to normal.
“There are several, most of which I based off of actual creatures, adding wings so they could fly.”
Artemis had been watching in quiet fascination, only now speaking. “Why can you not simply dissolve the other sentry?”
“I have to be next to them for that to work. More advanced sirens can, but I never got far into training before the rebellion broke out…” she trailed off, not realizing her slip until it was too late. She cursed at herself for allowing such distraction.
“Nevermind, it doesn’t matter.” she answered quickly, a little too quickly.
Artemis sighed, realizing she wasn’t going to say anything else. She was, however, hiding something. Something important.
Wow, y’all should be proud of me! I didn’t expect to be able to get to this one! I was able to keep my laptop for a little longer than I expected, so I immediately set to work on this, because I know shaadia has been expecting and waiting on this for a while. Ya hear that, sweetie? I updated this for you, because I know you like it!
I would have long since abandoned this story if it wasn’t for her encouragement, so she deserves some credit, too!
This is mostly a filler chapter, because I’m still pretty stuck on this story.
Also, I was wondering if I should do a sequel to this and delve a little deeper into the siren’s culture. I know that’s a little strange to be considering a sequal, when I’m stuck on the first, but I wanted to put the idea out there so people could start pitching ideas now. (hint, hint)
I look forward to the reviews! I hope I get the chance to update again soon, but no promises!