"Laelyn, I thought I told you to stay-" My words caught in my throat. She looked very different. I could tell that it was her, due to her facial features, but besides that she was unrecognizable. She had long, dark blue hair and deep purple eyes. She looked shocked to see me as well- I must look different, too. For her first time in Soryx, though, she was handling it pretty well. Of course, this had also been my first time through the portal, but I had been told all about Soryx since I was a child. "Why did you follow me?" I sighed, finally gaining control of my mind again. "I told you to stay away."
"You're in trouble, and I'm not letting you go alone," She said simply, "Plus, it was just too tempting. I mean, come on. A portal." I rolled my eyes.
"I never said I was in trouble." I pointed out.
"You're following Daeva. I'm pretty sure that you are." She said. Alright, no more lying. She knows too much.
"You can't be here, Laelyn." I said, frustrated.
"Why not? Once you explain, I'll go right back. I promise." She assured me.
"You can't do that either. You're... stuck here." I informed. This is going to be a rude awakening.
"Stuck? Forever?" She gasped.
"No, not forever," I said, as if it were any consolement for what was happening, "Just a week. Depending..." I trailed off.
"Depending? On what?"
"How long it takes you to unlock your potential."
"Your... your magic potential."
"Hold up," She said, raising her hands as if to stop me from advancing, "You did not just say magic."
"I kind of did, though..." I mumbled, "It's pretty real."
"Beck, you know magic doesn't exist." She shook her head, as if I were a small child talking about unicorns.
"I know you don't believe me right now, but you really should," I said, "Because Daeva has quite a lot of it."
"Wait," Her eyes lit up with realization, "That's how Daeva opened the portal, isn't it?"
"Yeah. And she almost hurt you, too." I mentioned.
"You still need to tell me why." She added.
"Right... I'll get to that. Anyways, you need to unlock your magic potential in seven days to be able to create the portal." I explained.
"Why can't you do it?" She inquired.
"I... I don't have good control over my powers yet," I admitted, "You of all people should know that."
"Nothing." I wasn't supposed to say that.
"No, tell me." She demanded. Idiot! Why did I say that?
"I may have been practicing my powers when we were on Earth."
"And how am I involved?"
"Not at all," I lied. No. No more lying, Beckham! "Okay, maybe a little bit."
"How?" She folded her arms and gave me a look.
"Well..." I started, "Do you remember when you had those... dreams?"
"Yeah?" She eyed me suspiciously.
"That may have been me." I said quietly.
"Beck! Why would you do that to me?" She exploded.
"I had to warn you!"
"You terrified me half to death!" She rebutted.
"But at least you knew that you couldn't trust Daeva." I shrugged, and she glared at me.
"I thought I was going insane, Beckham."
"I'm sorry..." I looked at the ground again, ashamed.
"Wait a minute- so you waited for me to pass out and then you zapped me with some weird dream magic?" She said.
"Um... no." I winced. "I might have caused you to pass out."
"What? Why?" She asked incredulously.
"I didn't try to!" I said defensively. "I just... don't have full control, like I said. I haven't practiced, and it's hard to practice on Earth."
"So you give people dreams?" She concluded, trying to fit all the facts together.
"Well, more like visions. I can transfer memories, ideas, or completely artificial scenarios into someone else's mind." I explained, "But sometimes I do it wrong, and their brain can't take it all at once, and they just kind of... lose consciousness."
"Alright..." She finally replied, taking it all in, "And you said I have magic potential?"
"Everyone does." I stated. She raised her eyebrows and nodded approvingly.
"Well then, what's mine?" She asked excitedly.
"I don't know," I shrugged, "You haven't found it yet." She pouted like a little girl who had gotten her toy taken away. God, she was cute, I thought. No, stop. You can't say that. I took another deep breath and looked in her eyes again. Oh no. Daeva. She could be anywhere by now! "Laelyn, we have to go."
"What? Where?" She asked.
"We have to figure out what Daeva is up to." Her eyes widened in fear again. "Yeah, I know I told you to stay away from her, but there's no getting out of it now."
"What is she going to do to us?" She is going to try to kill us.
"Let's just make sure she doesn't see us, and we won't find out." That wasn't technically a lie, was it?
"Isn't she going to see us in school?"
"Well, don't forget, we look different," I reminded her, "And demons don't have the best eyesight anyways. They rely heavily on sound."
"Did you just say... Demons?" She asked shakily. Right, I never described Daeva's race.
"Daeva is a demon. A demon is born with a taste for power, and she craves it. She'll do anything to get it, and she's very capable of murder." I said, quickly rattling off the important facts.
"So... We're battling a demon." She said, shaking her head in disbelief.
"Pretty much, yeah." I replied.
"Wait a minute, how do you know so much about this?" She asked, her brain finally catching up to the situation.
"Tell you later. We have to find her." I said shortly. I grabbed Laelyn's hand and started running towards the school, ignoring her questions along the way.
So how are you guys feeling about all this new information? I loved this chapter- I know it's all Beckham and Laelyn, but it was necessary. Do you guys like Beckham's perspective on things? It was so much different to write, but I liked it. I promise the next chapter will be longer! Please comment any of your thoughts or suggestions, I'd love to know! Love you guys!
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[Winner of the Mystical Readers Choice Awards, Fantasy] [Highest Ranking: #115 in Science Fiction 03/27/2017, before genre was changed] *** Beckham is the fearful son of a demonhunter, tracking down the most dangerous known demon in the human world...