Chapter Twenty-One

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Damn you, ever-nagging plot bunnies ... I just can't get this one out of my head. I am focusing on one story, but I wanted to get a foundation on this new one. So, here we go ... This will be similar to Buying Love, Friends with Benefits, Mafia Princess and The One That Got Away, with shorter chapters and weekly updates: Sundays with teasers on Thursday.

Up next will be time in court and a possible confrontation with Edward and his adoptive parents. We're also going to address the whole mating/bonding thing, along with Edward and Bella's ceremony to tie them together. You would consider it a wedding, but I need a name for it other than a wedding or mating ceremony.

Chapter Twenty-One

EPOV

Upon our return to Seattle, I figured out my schedule for the legal aid office. I would maintain my 'promotion,' but it would require me to be more hands-on with my clients. And by hands-on, it would be my training and fine-tuning my magical abilities. Each day, I got stronger, more confident with my abilities. Peter was a patient teacher, helping me maintain my animal form for longer periods of time. He also helped me with my preternatural grace as a fae and my fighting skills. Garrett would come up from Portland and working collaboratively with Emmett and Peter, we'd spar and improve my abilities in battle. In regard to my magical abilities, my freezing and the like, that was mainly done on my own. We had yet to find someone with a similar power to help guide me.

It was trial and error.

Mainly errors, at this point.

Bella was also working with Kate, Rosalie and shockingly enough, my sister. Carmen also assisted with Bella's training, focusing her assistance on Bella's recitation of spells, incantations, charms and prayers. Having those at easy access would be beneficial. She could call upon her magic, enhancing whatever she was calling upon with her magic. The coolest thing was an incarnation of a phoenix. It was fast, hot and deadly. The damn thing destroyed half of the forest behind the castle. Marcus called upon his powers, ancient earth magic, healed the scorched earth and it was restored back to its verdant splendor.

She was trying to increase her powers to create a thunder bird, or even better, a dragon. However, the incantation was only as strong as the person saying it. Bella had to grow her powers to get a bigger and more powerful beast.

"Edward should know these incantations, too," Bella argued with Carmen, as she sipped some water. The summoning of these beasts drained her and made her thirsty.

"Keep in mind, he's a shapeshifter. He could, in theory, become what you're requesting," Carmen said.

"I thought I could only shift into actual animals," I said. "Like eagles, mountain lions and shit like that."

"The animal is a reflection of its owner. From everyone that I've spoken to, you are the strongest fae, with great power, coursing through your veins, Edward," Carmen said. "Right, Peter?"

"She is right. You are limited by the amount of power. The more power, the greater the animal," Peter explained. "But, you are ..." He looked at me, with an appraising eye. "You're stronger than your father ever was."

"I don't feel like it," I shrugged, idly making a flurry with my hands, watching as the snow fell onto the ground.

"What was it that you wanted Edward to try?" Carmen asked. "The incantation?"

"To summon an ice dragon," Bella replied. "I can't do it because my main power is related to fire, but with his freezing abilities ..." I walked over to Bella, looking at the book with the spell. It was written in the fae language. The words were garbled and I wrinkled my nose. I blinked at the picture and looked at it, studied it. "Try the incantation."

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