Section ll: The Empty Coffin - Chapter 15 • The Spark

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"Things forbidden have a secret charm." -Tacitus

6:00AM, 27 March 2013

Hexham, Northumberland, United Kingdom

I sat on top the roof of the church, observing the waking city. It's always interesting to see how the simple act of light can bring an entire nation back to life. Through all the papers that Viona wrote as a professor, the most interesting was a philosophy about how much a simple light to follow could change something so drastic like a war. She was a smart woman, and still is. If you had asked me even twenty-four hours ago, I wouldn't have said the end of that sentence, but last night, something changed. 

Viona, whether it was trickery or not, made me see the flaws in what I'm doing. My end goal is to be able to reach someone with a pulse that isn't scared of us, but she made me understand with one kiss that even if I do, I will lose ANY chance of getting her back. Even if I don't agree with her ideas of murder, I do believe that we belong hidden, and call me a fool for it, but I must say it; Viona was right. 

"What are you doing up this early?" A voice said to me, breaking me from my thought. 

I turned my head to see Bell. Who else would I expect? She's the only one around right now who can get up here. 

"Thinking." I replied. "And you?" 

"Had to see Aleks off before he and Stormy to the states. I'm surprised you could stay awake after all the fun you had last night."

My cheeks burned to hear those words. Bell laughed at my embarrassment while she took a seat next to me. 

"You, uh, knew about that?"

She snickered. "The deer could hear you two." 

"Bell... There isn't any deer for miles." I responded. 

"Exactly." She grinned. 

I continued to sulk out of humiliation, but our cute moment was shattered when a light beeped drew my attention to her. One of the jewels embroidered on her top was blinking... the distress signal. The diamond on my belt started to do the same, and we both shared a look of disappointment and concern. I stood and began to walk for the latter to get down, but Bell placed her hand on my shoulder.

"Colton, you're too weak." She said.

"I'll be fine." I muttered.

"No, you won't." She firmly replied.

I gritted my teeth while turning back around to face her, and ending up inches from her soft face. "Last time I checked, you were my soldier. You take orders from me, and I am ordering you to shut your mouth."

She swallowed down a lump in her throat, then nodded. I continued walking, her right behind me. We made our way down to the dungeon entrance when I heard rustling behind me. I quickly turned around, ready to pounce on someone, when I saw Neith and Seamus leaning back on the wall.

"Care to explain what's going on?" Neith coldly asked.

Fuck no, I am not putting up with an attitude like that. Even if they're new, they need to learn their place. My sickness let everyone relax and lose their respect for a while. Not anymore.

"Like I've had to remind Bell of, this is my house you rest your heads in. It's my protection that keeps you breathing, and it's my hand that even feeds you all. The least you can do is be good soldiers, and take your orders when you're told." I hissed.

Neith sighed, realizing I was very right, but Seamus has never had to follow like this. He doesn't understand the significance of staying within your boundaries.

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