Chapter 38

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-Laelyn-

"Grace?" I repeated questioningly. "Isn't that your sister?" Beckham nodded.

"You have a sister?" Link asked. Instead of answering, Beckham walked away and ran a hand through his hair again. "Anyway, she had some weird book, and she said she needed to show you something important. She said she didn't have much time, or something."

"I guess we're going back to school then?" I surmised. Beckham didn't respond, still pacing around in thought. "Beckham?"

"What," he replied emotionlessly, less a question than a statement.

"Are you okay?"

"Okay? What are you talking about? Of course I'm okay," he said quickly.

"Alright...?" I whispered to myself. He was definitely not okay.

"Psst," Link leaned over and whispered. "What's his deal?"

I shrugged and walked over to him, placing a hand on his shoulder and making him flinch. "It's just me," I assured him. "Are you sure you're okay?" I asked again. He nodded unconvincingly.

"We should probably help everyone before we do anything though," he mumbled, fumbling with the lock on Alyrica's cage door. I heard the clatter of metal on stone and saw Isaac step easily out of his cage. We all stared at him, dumbfounded.

"I've had it unlocked for ages," he replied simply. He walked around the space, easily picking the locks of every cage.

"You know a lot more than you let people think," I joked. Isaac smiled.

"I like to keep everyone guessing," he smirked.

Beckham eyed him suspiciously, then shook it off. His frown pulled into a wide fake smile, and he walked over to us. "Let's go then, yeah?"

I nodded apprehensively. What was his deal? I looked around to see everyone staring at me, as if I should be making a decision. I don't know anything, why are they looking at me?

"How are we supposed to get there?" Link asked. "As far as I can see, we're about fifty feet above the ground, with no clear way of exit even if we make it down."

"Don't worry about it, I know the way out." Cowyn grunted, looking very weak. "The barrier disappeared with Daeva, but the entrance of the mountain still has a lot of magic energy."

"And I can get us down," Isaac said. "Give me a second."

Beckham grabbed my arm gently and pulled me away from the group, looking over his shoulder to make sure no one was in earshot. "Does Isaac seem a little suspicious to you?" He asked in a hushed voice. I shrugged.

"What do you mean?" I asked. He's just helping.

"He knows everything. He knew a lot about Daeva, and he could see the green immunity in Link's eyes."

"Wait, Link is immune?"

"You're twins."

"Right. Continue."

"Anyway," he persisted, "I think he knows a lot more than he's letting on."

"So he's smart, what of it?" I asked. Beckham seemed to be suspicious of everyone lately, when really it was nothing. I wasn't sure if I should believe his concerns yet.

"Well for one, he's immune. Why wouldn't he have told us that?" Beckham inquired.

"If I were in his position, I wouldn't want people to know I was immune either," I reasoned. "Immune means in danger. I don't like it, and I'm sure he doesn't."

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