The others were still asleep inside the car as Blake and I leaned against it. The cigarette felt nice as it burned my lungs. I looked up at the sky watching as the sun tried to peek pass the horizon. I could see the temple we were going to less than a mile away. We would go inside and get the book then leave. I frowned when I thought about what we were here for.
“My day of rest is coming.” I spoke not looking at Blake when I did so.
“We should make it somewhere for you to have a bed then. It will be hard on your back if you take your day in the dirt.” I inhale more smoke before passing it to Blake so he could take a drag. My eyes were on the temple on what was inside of it.I wondered what The Order of Chaos was going to do with the book once Rhett had it.
“Once we get this book I’m leaving.” I said and Blake looked over at me as if he didn’t understand my words. “I’m not going back to the Order. I can’t take my day of rest there. I don’t trust them. I don’t like what they are planning. I want no parts of it.”
“What about Soji?” Blake said and I looked back into the car to see Soji sleeping soundlessly inside. I shook my head. I might have trusted Soji but he was a part of the Order. He would go where his father told him to go. He would do what his father tells him to do. I can’t live that way. I won’t be a puppet on Rhett’s stings.
“Soji will be fine. We will leave when the others are asleep. Otherwise he will follow.” I said and Blake grabbed my chin pulling my face to his.
“Can’t say I’m too broken up about you ditching the pretty boy. Soji gone just means there is one less person to get in my way. Don’t for a second think I’ve given up on you Zero. You still owe me from two hundred years ago.” Frowning I pulled away from him. Blake only smiled as he turned away looking to the temple we would be going inside soon. “There’s something bad in there.” Blake said and I turned to look at the temple as well.
“I feel it too.” I said and Blake shook his head as if shaking off the feeling. “Have my back Blake.” I said and he rolled his eyes.
“I’ve had your back since first grade Zero. There no way I’m going to let you down Natsu.” I closed my eyes against his words. Even now it still felt wrong when someone called me by that name. I hadn’t been Natsu in so long. Even when I was still human I wondered how much of Natsu I held inside of me.
“Do you ever feel like the world have something greater in store for you. Like everyone is pushing you towards something frightening and unknown. That the more you fight against it the closer you are to that goal.” I wrapped my hand around Ban’s ring. I could feel it warming the palm of my hand. Since Soji touched it the ring had been giving off small waves of power. It was as if the energy locked inside of it had been awaken. “I feel like everyone knows what I was born for but me. Like I’m just some pawn in someone else game. I feel weak and used.”
“I told you when we were kids you were special Zero.” Blake said causing me to roll my eyes at him.
“You called me special ed.” I said and he burst into laughter.
“Counts,” he said as I punched him in the arm. The doors to the car opened as the others got out of it. They looked at us then towards the temple. “It’s all on foot now.” Blake told them and Rai looked over at him then at me.
“We are losing daylight.” Soji said reaching in his pocket and getting his cross out. “They worship Aella Goddess of War in here. There will be traps so everyone should be ready. Also there will be a guardian to protect the book. I think Zero and my magick will be enough to take care of it. If we are wise and our faith is strong she will allow us safe passage.”
“We should all pray to Aella.” Able said bowing his head as he took Soji’s