Chapter 14 - Together

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I wake up alone in bed. I look at the clock to find it has gone half ten. School started over an hour and a half ago! I jump out of bed and quickly get dressed. I grab my staff before running downstairs. I don't see Victor in the living room so I go around into the kitchen.

I walk in to find Victor cooking and Sunny sitting by the back door. 'Sunny! How did you get here?'

Sunny wags his tail before running over to me. I bend down to stroke and kiss him hello.

'I came this morning with Charlotte. Victor mentioned to her that you're not going to school today.'

'No, it doesn't look like it, does it?'

I can smell what Victor is cooking, it's very welcoming. I didn't realise how hungry I was until now.

I stand up to face Victor. 'And you can cook. Is there anything you can't do?'

'Stick around, maybe you'll find out.'

I'm wondering if I'll always be overwhelmed by everything Victor does.

'Have a seat.' Victor points his hand at the small space near me. His ring glows for an extra chair to appear on the other side of the small table. I take a seat and watch Victor cook.

After a few moments, Victor breaks the silence. 'I didn't want to wake you; you were sound asleep.'

'I'm not surprised seeing as I haven't been getting much sleep lately. Looks like it was that jewel causing my dreams. I think it was trying to send me a message, but I don't understand it.'

'It's clearly not just any jewel, and we knew that. Alfred seems to have an idea as to what it might be.'

'What does he think it is?'

'He didn't tell me of his suspicions.'

After a few more moments of silence, Victor confesses.; 'I had to tell Alfred what happened last night. After the run-in with the Delkors, I suggested you should have the day off to heal. Alfred agreed.'

'I have a feeling he's not going to be best pleased.'

'No, he's not. The three of you shouldn't have gone in alone. You needed an experienced person with you who knew what they were up against.'

'No one would have helped us, not to get to the jewel, you know that.'

'Was it worth risking your life?'

'I'll have to wait and see what Gilwich says first.'

'Nothing is worth risking your life, Anne, remember that.'

'I couldn't have done it without you, you know. You hid a part of the rock in my necklace. Why did you do that?'

'A safety precaution. I knew if you were determined enough, you would find a way in with or without a key. Those defences have always been up in the forest, just deeper in, but ever since Arling... Well, you know. We had a hunch that something was stirring, so until Gilwich gets to the bottom of it, the defences have been extended to cover the whole forest. All staff members have a key and some are scattered inside the forest disguised in case an emergency exit is needed. If you got in without a key there was no guarantee you would have found a way back out. The piece in your neckless would have activated an empty key like the one in my office, if you got close enough to one.'

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