Chapter Fourteen: Two Lovers

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"being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."
-lao tzu

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After the horrors of the previous night, waking up to a bright and sunny morning is a sight for sore eyes. I get out of bed, and notice that Adrian is already awake and out of bed.

"Good morning," he says after I come downstairs.  My vision is somewhat hazy since I had just woken up, which causes me not to notice what Adrian is doing until a few minutes after.

"Adrian, what are you doing?!  I thought we weren't supposed to perform magic here on Earth!" I half-yell.  The sight of Adrian using magic that weaves through his fingers to create some sort of orb of pure magic that levitates in front of him would seem normal if we were in Eravale, but being on Earth changes everything.

"Don't worry, Hypaeria.  It's not like the world's going to end," he replies calmly.

"What spell are you performing, anyways?"

"It's a spell called Lalaurios," he says, not even looking at me.  Instead, his eyes are focused on some tattered book that's opened on its nearly destroyed spine on the table.  It must be a spellbook by the look of things.  "It's a spell that summons Lalau, the Universal Messenger.  He's a small wisp spirit that sends messages between Earth and Eravale in a matter of seconds.  He makes email look like caveman technology."

Soon enough, the orb of magic transforms into a wisp of the same size, ablaze in a delicate blue veil of fog.  The small spirit turns to me, and I immediately fall in love.  He's the cutest thing ever.

"Lalau, please send the following message to the Council of Nacheron: We are ready to commence the Solovisits."

Lalau nods it's small blue head, wisps of fog swaying in the air.  And in the blink of an eye, he dissolves into thin air.

"They should be receiving the message in a few seconds, and he should be returning with their reply immediately, as well," says Adrian.  His knowledge of the world of magic and all of its complexities really comforts me; it's almost like he's protecting me without being a shield—he's indirectly protecting me with his mind.

Sure enough, Lalau returns, but this time he is green, not blue.  Adrian says, "Reveal the message."

Lalau opens his mouth, and the following message (in his own high-pitched voice) is spoken: "We will begin within the next few days."

"Thank you, Lalau.  Your service is much appreciated," says Adrian as he hands the wisp a chocolate chip cookie.

Lalau vanishes once more.

"That wisp has an obsession with cookies," Adrian explains.

I pull him into an embrace, and say, "Adrian, you've been such a help.  Thank you for just being there to make sure everything to do with these evil threats in under control."

"Well, it is my job.  But I would never let anyone or anything harm the girl I love."

He kisses me.  Our lips touch, and he wraps his arms around me once more.  A wave of warmth floods throughout me, and I wrap my hands around him.  We kiss for a while, and he runs his fingers through my hair.  Even though both of our eyes are closed the whole time, it's easy to say that that was probably the best thing that has happened to me.  I love him more than anything else, despite everything that's happened in the past.  I love him.

We finally pull away, and I say, "So...that was our first kiss."

"Yeah," he says, smiling (and I can't help but be enamored by his perfect features).  "You're a great kisser."

"You are too," I say.

We head into the living room and sit down on the sofa. I turn on the television, and put the news on. I sit right next to Adrian, my head resting on his shoulder and my legs resting on his. After cuddling up next to him, I plant one more kiss on his cheek before he starts talking.

"So, I'm assuming you want to know what the Solovisits are?" he asks, breaking the romantic mood, but with good intentions.

"Yeah," I reply, although I have a feeling I know what they are.

"The Celestial Paladins will be individually coming down to Earth for an hour to train you in this upcoming war," he explains. "I'm pretty sure Aelia the Enchantress will be first."

"Oh, I love her. She's like a mother to me," I say, remembering how loving she was when I had met her in Nacheron.

After a few minutes, everyone else comes downstairs.  Well, everyone except for Sylvia.

Saphiria and Pyris go over to the coffee machine to make coffee, and January walks over to us, saying, "Are you both alright?" referring to the chaos that was last night with the Leviathates.

"Yes," we both say.

"You two are so cute together," she says, "Cuddling up on the sofa and all.  I wish I had a boyfriend like you do, Hypaeria."

"Trust me, January.  You won't need to try hard at all.  There's at least fifty guys at our school practically swooning over you when you pass them in the hallway.

She smiles and then walks over to the coffee machine.

"Hypaeria and Adrian, do you want me to make you guys coffee?" she asks.

"No thanks," we both say.

"Okay—"

"AHHHHHHHH!"  Sylvia comes rushing down the stairs, tears streaming down her eyes, an expression of pure horror on her face.  She stumbles on the last two steps, and falls to the floor.  We all run over to her, completely confused.

"Sylvia, what the hell happened?" I say, quite worried myself.

"I H-HAD A NIGHTMARE.  IT WAS A V-VISION," she yells, gasping for air.  "HYPAERIA IS G-GOING TO BE MURDERED TONIGHT."

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