Episode 55: Excess Electricity

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I had gone into the kitchen

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I had gone into the kitchen. I felt like eating cereal, so I got a bowl out of the cupboard.

Thunder crashed. 

There was a shooting pain. I couldn't tell where it was coming from. It was so bad; I could hardly even stand. It felt like it'd been a while since anything like that had happened. 

Since Honey was at my side when it happened, she barked her head off. She knew right away that something was wrong. 

Del was the first into the kitchen. Cyan and Cole followed not long after. 

"Star!" Del took me into his arms. "What's wrong?" 

"I dunno..." 

There was a crash. Honey growled at it. 

Cole got on one knee. "Relax, girl. That was just a little thunder. It can't hurt you as long as you stay in the house." 

"Thunder?" Cyan's eyes were like saucers. "Ran, you don't think...?" 

"It certainly could." Del took a long breath. "I don't know if that's possible or not." 

Cole looked at them sideways. "Would you two mind not speaking in riddles?" 

"It's possible his powers could be behind this," Cyan said. 

"Has this happened before?" Cole asked.

Del moved toward the living room. "Not that I remember, but I don't think I really understood everything that happened. I was thirteen when we took him in, but I was also kinda slow still." 

"It couldn't have been that bad." Cyan and Cole exchanged glances. 

"You didn't know me when I was thirteen. 'Off' was still like a foreign concept to me." 

Cyan and Cole followed Del into our room. 

Del might have had a hard time slowing down, but he was persistent, too. That was something I really needed when he brought me home all those years ago. 

"Is there anything we can do?" Cyan asked. 

Del set me on our bed. "I don't really know. I'm not even sure what I could do to help him at this point." 

I tensed up at the next crash. I was in pain. The noise didn't even bother me. 

Honey skidded into the room and slid under the bed. The poor girl was trembling like a leaf in the wind. 

Ame appeared in behind them.  "I know why this is happening." 

Cole and Cyan jumped. "Sweet Minicha, Amethyst! Invest in an etiquette class!" 

Ame rolled her eyes. "Like I said, I know why this happening." 

"You can't be serious." They all squinted at her. 

"I am serious!" Her face was as red as a tomato. "I know why this is happening." 

They looked at her sideways. "Then enlighten us." 

"His electricity is trapped. It's reacting to the thunderstorm outside. The excess is the thing that's been causing him pain." 

"Can you do something about it then?" Del asked. 

Ame rolled her eyes. "Yes, I can. I need the three of you to wait in the hall." 

"Why?" Cyan asked. 

"Believe it or not, it is for your own good." 

Del covered our valuables with a layer of earth. Cyan ushered them out and Del made another layer of earth. 

The door shut. 

Ame sighed. "You're not as good at being subtle as you think you are." 

The door open and shut again. 

There was another crash of thunder. Honey was still whimpering under the bed. 

"This might hurt like heck, but I can promise you it'll help." Ame's eyes were big and shaking. "I swear to the Great Lady herself, Alastair." 

She swore to Kayleigh? Ame must've meant what she said to say that. 

She lifted up my shirt to expose my chest. "The only way to make the pain go away is to release the trapped electricity." She put her hands over the spot where I'd tensed up most. "I'll get this over as quickly as I can." 

Had I ever seen Ame like this before? She was sweaty and shaky. Her heart was probably racing, too. 

"I, Amethyst Melissa, call on all of my powers as the Protector of Nachima. Grant me the influence I need. Release the electricity trapped within this boy. No Key Keeper needs this torment." 

A weight was lifted off my chest. I hadn't felt like this in a long time. 

I tried to push myself up, but I felt so light-headed and dizzy. I felt like I was made of noodles. 

Ame stopped me. "You need to rest. When I took the excess electricity, I zapped your energy." She gazed into my eyes. "You need to sleep." 

I said, "Thank you, Amethyst." 

"For what, Alastair? All I did was my job." 

Honey came out from under the bed. She jumped on top of it and jumped on top of me. 

"Geez, girl..." Ame pushed Honey off of me. "Let the poor guy breathe." 

"I'm fine..." 

I was taken away by the world of sleep.


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~Shino out!

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