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It was a week now since Havillah had secluded herself within the inner circle as the people within the Hub had resulted to calling it all thanks to Gabriel and his fabulous story telling. In all that time, Selene Barrageway's condition had not changed and as the doctors said, all they could do was keep her comfortable as hoping for the best while they prepared for the worst.

As both his mother and grandmother chose to go back home, Killion chose to camp right outside that house that was really a mansion, with the hope that he could catch Havillah if only to keep her safe from the wrath of the hurricane that was Calla. Not that she needed it, he reminisced. If the barrier thingbwas anything to go by, Killion knew that Havillah was totally capable of looking after herself. However, he liked to think that even the strongest needed something and this something being something that he himself could offer Havillah, would in turn mean that he also meant something to this strange girl that strangely meant a lot to him.

She was strange, yes. As he must have been standing there waiting there for a girl that would probably never appear or even want to see him especially after all his mother had said to her And yet, in spite of all these Killion could not bring himself to see Havillah as a person who would intentionally or maliciously harm another. For this reason, Calla called him blind, blind to all Havillah's faults, but she had not been there. She had not experienced hope when every else was bleak and fading. She had never been to that point where one thought that things were ending only to be brought back by someone who did not want anything from them. Who only did what they did out of the purity of their own heart and even if she had been banished because of it, she still bore no grudge against him or at least that is what she always portrayed to him.

"Killion?" the voice dragged him out of his reflections and his gaze lifted to stare into the warmest set of chocolate eyes he had ever seen and had thought never to see again.

"Havillah?" he whispered not sure if his eyes were deceiving him. "You're here?" Havillah rolled her eyes as she emitted a slight scoff.

"You're here because of Selene?" her eyes grew serious.

"Yes.... No... No!" he stumbled as he attempted to answer her. "Can it be both?" This time, the girl smiled and her shone as they reflected the gold of her dress and the cloak she had taken to wearing. It was not as intricately finished as the first one, but the cloak was still as luxurious and lush and even bore a close resemblance to her red, golden embroidered Triban robes. Her long raven hair was let down and braided with a golden ribbon that made her look like one of the ladies that he had once seen in the books and as Killion continued to study her appearance, he realized something. Somehow, Havillah had not only managed to get inside the inner circle, but had also settled in quite nicely as well.

"Fine. Let's go then. You can lead the way." Havillah said as she pointed to the natural path that had formed between the buildings.

"Uhm... Okay." Killion mumbled awkwardly as he dropped his gaze to stop staring. He quickly shuffled to his feet and moved to walk towards her and the said path for they were still a few feet from each other. As he came to stand beside her, he hesitated, his mouth opening and closing before he decided to shut it until the next opportune time.

He took a step forward and she followed. Soon, they were walking side by side, but every few seconds Killion would turn and throw Havillah a sheepish look as he was still not sure what to say her.

"This is not like you." Havillah finally remarked when it became too much.

"What is..." he started to say, but cut off when he perceived the opportunity that had just been presented to him. "How did you do it?" he finally asked in an awed whisper.

"Harm Selene you mean?" Havillah stood with a sad expression on her face.

"No! Not that! You misunderstand me. I mean the pulsing wall of blue death like Gabriel likes to call it."

"The what?" Havillah said with an incredulous laugh. "Has he finally lost his marbles?"

"I am afraid not. We saw it too. Me and Sergeant Barrageway. It was there that night and every other night after that. Not so much visible during the day, but who knows. What I know is, it saved us. It saved us all."

"Okay... But from what?"

"That!" Killion said as he pointed to the many heaps of black that were dotted around the entire edge of the inner realm and outside the walls of the mansions. Curiously, Havillah's feet dragged her forward, her eyes bulging as she took in what was unbelievably but clearly before her. The horror came first, then the shock at the final realization of what all these meant.

"Did you do this?" she whispered not sure if the voice would respond to her now that she was here and in the presence of Killion.

"It is called a Hedge and your presence here activated it."

"I did this?"

"Technically no. Someone else sent them here. I assume you know what this means then?"

She nodded, looking back at Killion who was also inspecting the mess as he waited for her to digest everything.

"Don't worry about it." the voice chuckled. "Blind as well as deaf."

She ignored it as she turned back to regard Killion.

"I do not know. I know somethings but not all of it."

"But you won't tell me now..." he said reading it in her eyes.

"I need to get to Selene first. It is something that I feel that I must first do. Before I lose my resolve, that is." she said as she lowered her head in shame. Why had she waited all this long to help? The voice was right, this was nothing like her. She did what was right not matter what, that is except in matters where the first Virtue was concerned. As she thought about this, Havillah remembered her emollient, the very same thing that had been taken away from her the moment she was cast out. The voice had convinced her that she could do it even without it, but the truth was that Havillah still doubted this. More so, when she gave much thought to it.

True, her second Virtue was quite strong, but she had always needed the emollient to fuse the hope crystals for healing and even now with her expanding first Virtue, she still doubted that that would be enough to do anything. Especially when she had no real reason why things had unfolded the way they had. Robes zapping someone? That was unheard of, but then again, on Triberias everyone had a cloak of their own and therefore no real reason to jack another person's robes.

'' Even then, it was not like Selene Barrageway was trying to steal from me? And in broad daylight?'' Maybe her robes were malfunctioning. She had no idea, but she knew an expert and this time, she would make sure to get all the answers.

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