[43] Darkness on the Edge of Town

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Previously on Agents:

       "That whoever the Shadow Lord is... he is Irene's firstborn- and Jessica's big brother."

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       "Well, that just took sibling rivalry to a whole new level," Adam remarked.

       "I... I need some time alone," I muttered, walking out of the office. Going into my room, I shut the door and buried my face in my hands. Why does this have to be my life?

       I have a brother. A brother thay tried to kill my colleagues, friends and I multiple times over! Isn't that great. To top it all off my own mother didn't tell me any of this.

       Soon, there was a light knock at the door. "Go away," I hissed, aimlessly staring at the ceiling while lying down on my bed. They were very persistent, seeing as they knocked a couple more times.

       Eventually they stopped, or so I thought. That person was Shellie, and somehow she used her weird wind power thingy to knock the door off its hinges.

       "My door!" I shrieked, throwing my hands into the air. "Whoops, sorry." Quickly she reattached the door using some spare screws and a screwdriver that were lying around in my room. I remember using those to try and make a hoverboard... good times.

       "Look, I know you probably don't want to see anyone right now, and that was a lot to take in, but I just wanna let you know that your friends are here for ya Jessy," she assured me.

       "You know," I muttered. "Always have. Your mother and I still kept in contact after training me."

       "Look, Jessica, I won't pretend I know what you're going through right now. But what I will say is that all Irene wanted to do was protect you; that's why she didn't say anything. And so did Esmund, but the Shadow Lord... he's much more powerful than you could have ever thought. You had to know, especially since you'll be going up against him soon."

       "Esmund?" "Boss' name. You know, I am shocked he didn't tell you," she chuckled, trying to lighten the mood. Well, it worked, until we went back to being serious that is. "No."

       "No?" I stood up. "What I mean is, I'm not going to fight my brother. I'm done with this mission. This is all too much, and I can't stand the thought that I have to fight, much less kill, my own brother- as evil as he is."

       "Jess... you're our only shot. The Phoenix family line has immense magic power, and only another Phoenix can go up against one of their own," she pleaded. "I don't even have my powers! It never kicked in when I was a child, so it probably will never kick in. It's too late."

       Not long after, Jin came in, flinging my door open in a subtly aggressive manner. "MY DOOR!"

       "Look, Jess, think about what's at stake. He could get a hold of your family heirloom, and then what? Phoenix Drop could be completely taken over, or destroyed. Then, after that, the whole world," Jin said gravely.

       As much as I hated the idea of it, Jin was right. Who knows how much we could lose if the Shadow Lord wasn't stopped?

       I perked up slightly, "C'mon, let's get the others. It's time we put an end to all of this."

       "CSG's algorithm tracked down Shadl's whereabouts, but he's moving fast. We'd better go," Cory explained.

       "Wait, could you at least care to explain what all of this is?" Garroth asked. To be honest I almost forgot he was here. "Nope."

       "C'mon, at least let me come with. You've seen me fight before, in the combat alpha tournament." Max countered, "In which you only lasted til the semi-finals. As good are you are Gar, this is something else."

       "So... I guess you're gonna do that classic spy memory erase thing now?" he sighed. "Actually... I was thinking you could keep your memories. But if you tell anyone about this, I'll personally kil- I mean teach you a lesson."

       "Aye, Boss!" "Don't call me that. I'm not your Boss. Now, can someone get this guy outta here?"

       The team and I, along with Shel, made our way to wherever Shadl was. Turns out he was just a few miles away from the city. "Where is he? Heat scan says he's more or less here but I don't see anyone."

       "Well that's the point. In case you couldn't tell, Shadl's a big fan of secret passageways." John ran his hand along some of the tree barks, until stopping at one particular tree trunk. "Found it."

       Wasting no time, we descended into the darkness, knowing nothing of what's to come.

       "This place gives me the creeps..." Ross muttered. "I second that."

       Soon, we came up on our first obstacle. A single hallway led to a room with four doors all next to each other. Above the doors were circles, each with a different color- white, red, black and cream... ish.

       To the left of the doors, a plaque was on the wall. It read: potestas super quatuor partes terræ, et interficere gladio fame et morte et bestiis terrae. "So, what does that mean...?"

       "That doesn't make any sense," John muttered. "It says over a fourth of the earth, and by war, famine, disease, and wild animals."

       "What does that-" Adam cut Jin off, however Ross beat him to the answer.

       "Oh. Go through the cream colored door," Ross casually stated. We all stared at him. "What? It's referring to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse."

       "...Okay. Moving on," Shelby said, passing through the door.

       The hallway following that was rather dimly-lit. I could feel my hairs sticking up. My heart was pounding. Soon, all there was, was darkness.

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