W.I.T.C.H. Porn Story: Waking Dreams Chapter 2

W.I.T.C.H. Porn Story: Waking Dreams Chapter 2

Disclaimer: I do not own W.I.T.C.H.

Waking Dreams

By: Zadien

Well I hope you guys enjoy this. This chapter is dedicated to Sigourney for always reviewing my work and a special thanks goes to Settican forbetaing this for me.

Chapter One- She-Man

School had taken forever to end but as soon as the bell rang, Will was up out of her seat and striding out of the building, not even pausing to wave to friends and classmates who called out their farewells. She didnt even hear Taranee shouting out her name, she was so caught up in her thoughts. First, she had to find out how to get into Meridian which would be difficult.

Once theyd defeated Phobos several years ago, Elyon had removed the Seal of Phobos from the heart of Candracar so that she could destroy it. After Blunks little adventure with the seal, Elyon didnt want to run the risk of the heart falling into the wrong hands and having portals open up everywhere at someones whim. It was for the best but it made getting into Meridian more difficult than it ever had been when they first became Guardians.

The last time shed talked to Elyon though, the young Queen had mentioned an idea of a portal system activated by certain keys that the guardians would hold onto. They would have to name the place or person they wanted to see so that Elyon could be certain that the right person had activated the portal and not some civilian. However, Will had no idea if Elyon had the system set up or not.

She froze, before shaking her head and walking up the street into the centre of Heatherfield. If that was how Cornelia was getting into Meridian, well it would explain a lot and put Caleb ass deep in alligators. Hunching her shoulders, she put a little more attitude in her step as she strode up the hill. It was better that she deal with Caleb herself. He would only get defensive if all the guardians jumped all over him. She knew that Irma would rather be involved, so would Hay Lin simply because shed want to see Caleb again, though Taranee wouldnt want to become entangled in their plot. However, this was her decision. If Corny wasnt going to tell them, then Caleb would. It was as simple as that.

Casting a glance around her to make sure she wasnt being followed, she ducked into the back alley she used as a short cut to get to the Pet shop where she worked part time. It was there that shed bought her first proper pet; a dog named Toad (her mother called it Todd Mothers were strange). It had been a compromise with her mother. Shed put some of her frogs away -which had been taking over her room as her friends continuously bought her ones for her birthday and Christmas (it was better than bath salts, she supposed)- if she could have a real live pet. Her mother had been dubious but then her mothers fianc had swayed her, for which Will was completely grateful. Besides, at his house, there was plenty of room for a dog to run around as opposed to their old house. And of course, her mother was still feeling guilty for the death of Mr. Huggles who had been tragically buried alive by Hay Lin who had believed him to be dead when in fact he had been hibernating.

She looked around the alley. Cardboard boxes were sitting limply in the corners, with crates that were darkened by the rain theyd had the previous night, newspaper pages were soggy and lined the ground like a thin carpet that stuck to her worn trainers. Kicking a pebble in front of her, she decided this was as good a place as any to try the portal idea Elyon had thought up. Stuffing a hand into her jacket pocket, she pulled out the heart of Candracar. The glowing pink orb nestled in silver that attached it to a chain was the heart of their power, the light of hope in the grim days of Phobos reign.

Right, Elyon, I hope you got this right. She didnt want to have to seek out the passling to find a portal because he still hadnt taken a bath (voluntarily) and his unique smell tended to linger on peoples clothes and hair.

Closing her eyes and concentrating on what she wanted, she held up the glass pendant. It swung gently, illuminating the alley in a pale pink glow.

Caleb. she called out clearly.

Peeking through one eye, she scowled. Nothing.

A tinkle of glass up the alley caught her attention. Creeping closer, she looped the pendant over her head and pushing it under her top to hide its glow. Its warmth spread through her, giving her courage as it had so many times when shed just been fourteen years old.

A pungent odour met her olfactory senses and she groaned, her shoulders slumping in disbelief. Blunk? she called out in a resigned tone.

A green head popped up from behind a crater and the confused look on the passlings face dissolved into delight. Will! Will come find Blunk?

His voice echoed through the alley, its nasally sound with the gritty undertones couldnt disguise the unadulterated pleasure that wrapped its way around the girls name. Despite his rather quirky appearance that could almost be described as Hobgoblin-ish, Blunk was indeed a rather sweet creature. He described himself as an entrepreneur, someone who could creatively sell things that no one else would ever think of selling, such as a walkie-talkie as a backscratcher What he was thinking at the time, Will didnt know. Shed learned to enjoy his eccentricities. He had a rather unique view on life and he could be a hindrance at times. However, during the rebellion against Phobos, Blunk had risked his own life again and again to help the guardians and most especially the rebel leader who he had grown very fond of.

Yeah Blunk, I came to find you. What are you doing out here?

Blunks seen everything behind Hay Lins house, Blunk need new stock. He explained casually as he lifted a jam jar and began to examine it with a critical eye. Blunks imagination could give J.K. Rowling a run for her money, Will thought bemused. Cant find new stock in old stock place.

Uh-huh Right. The girl murmured raking a hand through her red hair, which shed grown out of its usual bob so it was now just long enough to tie back, but shed forgotten to grab a tie that morning when she had run for the bus. Look, Blunk, I need to find Caleb. Wanna help?

Whats in it for Blunk? The green skinned creature mimicked a phrase hed heard from Cornelia (though naturally, she hadnt put Blunks name in the question) and rubbed his fingers and thumb together.

Will raised her eyes to the sky before kneeling before him. Blunk and Cornelia should not ever be allowed to be near each other. She taught the passling (who was already quite greedy) to be more of a businessman than before. Uh you can have whatever you want from my secret treasure chest! She nodded her head satisfactorily with her exclamation. She didnt have to tell his royal Blunkiness that her treasure chest was actually her dumpster; to him it would be just as she called it.

Blunk considered it, casting a look up at the red haired girl to make sure that he was looking realistically thoughtful. It would do no good for her to know too early that he was extremely happy with the deal. Ok, Blunk help. Call Caleb.

Call Caleb? What did that mean? So much for him helping her. Huh?

Hold up pinky thing and call Caleb.

Rolling her eyes, she gave in to his request. Caleb. She gave him a pointed look when no swirling blue vortex appeared. See, nothing.

No! Blunk shook his head in exasperation. Call Calebs true name. Cant just call Caleb, Caleb. He rolled his eyes as he mocked her dry tone. Must call Caleb, Captain of royal guards!

Wills shoulders slumped at his almost reverent tone. Gee, ri-ight. Captain Caleb, ha. With a slight scowl, she lifted the Heart once more and steeling herself, she called for the brown haired rebel. Take me to Caleb, captain of the royal guards! Oh my god, this is such a joke, she added as a side note as she watched the portal appear before her. Im going to have to talk to Elyon, theres no way Im calling that boy captain, Ill choke myself first. Or him.

Blunk watched as she stepped through a shrugged. Captain Caleb, he sniggered with a high-pitched giggle. Is going to get in big fight with girl. With another cackle, he ambled off up the alley.

He blinked erratically and rubbed his head, making a note to cut his hair again, it was getting too long and becoming a nuisance. Closing his eyes, he opened one eye and scowled. She was still there. Maybe he had some sort of head trauma. He closed his eyes once more.

Im still here.

Oh man, that even sounded like her! Bossy and pissed off. Slowly he opened his eyes and lifted them to take in the girl standing before him. She looked like an older version of Will Vandom, leader of the guardians, the short (though not as short as she had once been) red head with attitude. He sighed heavily and sat back to study her. She had grown up in the time hed been here. Her rich red hair was longer and brighter, her eyes seemed longer and heavily lashed, almost sultry. She had grown taller, so she no longer looked like a short boy but more a slender woman. In other words she simply looked older, a young girl on the verge of womanhood. But he knew that. She now looked more like the young woman he had first seen when hed tried to escape Cedric through the portal, the one whod ended up in the oubliette with him. And she wasnt even transformed, he thought with a wry grin.

Will.

Cinnamon eyes narrowed at the smile playing on the rebel leaders; make that captain of the royal guards lips. The Caleb she remembered hadnt been a smiley person; in fact, hed been rather serious for a fifteen year old though incredibly smug. Now he was older, taller -she was betting-, and just as well built as ever. His dark brown hair was still shaggy and flopped into his moss green eyes. He was still tanned, still flawless with only a few scars that hed picked up from his brawling as a rebel leader fighting to save Meridian. And apart from the jump to the pulse, she felt no other visceral reaction to him.

You.

Caleb raised a brow. This wasnt the Will he remembered. Yeah, she always had an attitude but that had lessened as they got to know each other and he had thought they had a good relationship going. Obviously, he was wrong.

What did I do? he asked tiredly. He had learnt that it was best to just accept the blame for whatever it was. As a result, he usually received less head trauma. Teenage girls were irrational and not quite sane. Then his brow furrowed, was Will still a teenager? He couldnt remember, time passed so swiftly during the changeover of power in Meridian and he had been helping train the new army in case anyone tried to attack the castle or the people of Meridian, not to mention helping the world to recuperate after the previous tyrants reign.

Will ceased tapping her foot and her brows lifted into her bangs. Youre asking me what you did? she shook her head. You know what you did!

He frowned. No I dont. What are you doing here, anyway? he looked around for the usual suspects that followed her around. Her team of female warriors that had helped him on numerous times, though often getting in the way at others.

Obviously I came to see you, she snapped aggravated. But thats beside the point; I wouldnt even be here if it werent for what you did to Corny!

Cornelia? What did I do to her? Now what had that girl said about him to Will? Obviously, it hadnt been something good.

Thats just it! I dont know. Will growled, scowling darkly and dropping onto her butt beside him. Not minding the wet ground that would leave stains on her jeans. She was still the same old Will. Still more comfortable in shabby shoes and jeans so worn that they were white at the stress points. She finished the ensemble with an army green tank top and a black loose fitting hooded jacket. It was typical Will fashion. As long as she was comfortable, that was all that mattered.

Would you mind starting from the beginning? he asked softly, now that she had released the tension that was bubbling up inside her, he figured they could have a reasonable conversation. Like they had once done so long ago.

Pulling her knees up to her chest, she rested her chin on them and sighed. Cornelia turned up to school today in wrinkled clothes.

Whats that got to do with me? He inquired with a confused expression. I didnt go anywhere near her clothes, if thats what youre thinking.

She breathed out a laugh. That wasnt what I was thinking. she smiled, then became sober. Are you seeing Cornelia?

Not at the moment, no. Why is she around? he glanced around the bray they were sitting on.

Will sighed. Not seeing with your eyes I mean, are you and her, dating?

Dating? Oh, you mean courting. Not that I know of, no. I havent seen her since the fall of Phobos.

Will groaned. I dont know whats wrong with her. I thought you

You thought me and Cornelia were meeting each other?

Well, yeah. It seemed the obvious choice. If you two were meeting each other and you broke up, then naturally shed be upset enough to make such a fashion faux pas.

He raised a brow. How do you know-?

She shrugged. Too much time with Corny, you tend to pick up things you really dont need to know. So if its not you thats upsetting her, then what is it? she asked herself.

Why do you think Id upset her?

Now she gazed at him with a deadpan expression. Gee, why would you being in another world upset Corny? Hmm yeah, youre right. I cannot fathom why and oh man, Ive been around weird talking Meridian people for far too long!

He sighed. There was nothing concrete between me and Cornelia, you know that, right?

Will gaped at him. But of course there was. You were totally crushing on her and her on you and there was kisses exchanged. You, my friend, were dating her!

Caleb saw no point in telling her that it had been hormones. Compared to the girls he was used to seeing, Cornelia had been the complete opposite. She had been beautiful, elegant, smart and sophisticated not to mention clean and she smelled nice. He was fifteen years old; of course, he was going to find her attractive. The fact that she had liked him too had done wonders to his ego. Not to mention the pressure of the war. They might have died and she was really pretty Nevertheless, that had been all it was. Just chemical attraction, there had been nothing more than that which was why he had kept away for so long.

Or actually it had been to see if he could stay away. Besides she never came through the veil to see him once since the end of Phoboss reign. He figured he was just a passing blimp on her radar. Someone who hadnt been worth chasing once the pressure of the battle had ebbed. Someone who hadnt been worth thinking about once she got back to her real life where boys were at her beck and call, not trying to rebuild an empire for his people. It was better that he just forget about her and immersing himself in his work had made that easier than he had expected.

Instead of saying anything, he scratched his neck in a manner that Will recognized as a sheepish sign that meant he didnt want to talk about it.

Oh man, you did like her once, didnt you? she was almost pleading with him to say yes.

Of course I did, Will.

Did! Argh! Boys and their stupid feelings. she scowled. Well if it isnt you, -though youre still messed up, in my opinion- then what on earth is hurting Cornelia? she growled darkly. Who ever it is, is gonna wish they never messed with her. with that she got to her feet and stomped up the hill.

Hey, Will, where are you going? Whos hurting Cornelia? He watched her march, completely bewildered by her ranting.

Im going to find the one person who always knows whats on Cornelias mind unless shes under the brainwashing powers of her evil brother at his blank look she raised her eyes to the sky. Elyon! Shell know whats going on. If she doesnt well whats the point of having a friend whos going to be queen of an entire world with magick!

Caleb simply nodded. He figured that was a good thing to do when the girls went into one of their friendship rants, well actually, usually Will did the big speeches; but he could understand. He had been leader of the rebels, the captain of the royal guard. He knew it was part of the job to give pep talks to the followers; in her case, it was her best friends. That was a tough gig. He had been nominated as the leader, she hadnt been given the choice. Cornelia who often questioned her orders hadnt given her an easy time as leader. However, Will had always been steadfast and true to the cause. She had never abandoned any of them in their hour of need and she had always risked her life to save the others, despite not having any powers of her own for the first part of their mission.

A tinkling laugh caught their attention and Will looked round with a warm smile on her face to see Elyon sitting on the ground, with her skirt spread out around her. Princess Elyon ne Elyon Brown, had blossomed beautifully during her time in Meridian P.P. (Post Phobos). She had always been a bright child who had a thirst for knowledge because she really had never known much about her life. This thirst had caused her to learn so much about her world and others. She was also a compassionate, joyful child. This compassion had helped her banish her brother but had also made her vulnerable to Cedrics ploys.

However, she had overcome their evil ways, had redeemed herself in the eyes of the Meridian people by bringing it into the new era. She had created great infrastructure; brought electricity to them -taking them out of the dark ages; given her people, their lives and freedom back. She had even, -against her advisors wishes-, offered them a chance to rule themselves until she was ready. They had elected a person to rule them, a prime minister if you will, and senators that represented each village and people providing them with a government. Elyon was given over all say since she was the monarch but this way she listened to their wants and then she passed whatever decree she decided would suit them better. This way she lessened the burden on her shoulders, gave herself time to learn about her country and her magick; and allowed the people to have more of say in the ruling of their country. In Wills opinion, this made Elyon, not only a good monarch, but a caring one.

Princess. she greeted with an inclination of her head while Caleb scrambled to his feet to kneel before her.

Elyon shook her head at the formality of her friends behavior. Thats unnecessary. I believe you wished to speak with me Will.

Will nodded, moistening her lips. I was wondering if you knew what was wrong with Cornelia. Hay Lin says she hasnt been sleeping, is she having bad dreams? she questioning, cringing slightly on the inside as she saw the flicker through Elyons violet eyes.

Elyon nodded. Cornelia dreams of a man.

Wills eyes snapped to Caleb and a fist planted itself squarely on her cocked hip. A brow quirked up and her foot began to tap erratically. Oh really?

Caleb groaned in exasperation and looked at Elyon. Tell her its not me.

With a slight giggle, the flaxen haired princess nodded her head. Indeed its not. Cornelia is quite over her infatuation with Caleb. She dreams of a man who is not known to her. Hes actually really hot I mean she blushed and Will grinned while Caleb simply groaned. Sorry, Ive been getting eloqution lessons but I dont think theyre working too well and talking to Cornelia totally screws that up.

Oh dont worry about it. Will brushed her off. Id rather Cornelia speech than Phobos I-am-Prince-of-the-world speech. Its much easier to understand.

Elyon made a face of exasperation. I know. Everyone can be so stuffy in the castle, its like theyre born with a silver spoon up their ass instead of in their mouths. she rolled her eyes and mocked gagged. Seriously, I love them but yeesh, Im still a teenage girl, I should be allowed to talk like one. You mention the size of a guys shoulders and they brand you as a-

Excuse me, ladies, back to the problem at hand. Cornelia, remember her? Her Captain asked dryly running a large hand through his hair.

Yes, Caleb, I have not forgotten. Elyon replied, smoothing out her pale lavender dress. It had so many petticoats that it was often awkward to sit in. Long gone were the days of pants and short skirts with knee-high boots. Of course, she still wore the boots under her long skirts if she could get away with it. And they expected her to ride sidesaddle! On flying beasts! It was a little hard to swallow at times but she enjoyed her life none the less. At least she knew who her family were. She knew who her real friends were and that was what was important in life. Not how much power or money you had.

Cornelia is being summoned by something of great magick. This man wills her to his side but shes resisting. Shes no mere girl, though I think he knows that. It may be her fluctuating power thats attracting him.

Fluctuating?

She nodded at Caleb. The girls powers are spiking. Im not sure, but I guess its because theyre growing. Though because they do not use them as much as they once did, theyre not as noticeable.

Thats make sense. Will murmured. Irma caused the sprinkler system in my front garden to go haywire. We were soaked; it was a good thing we were in the middle of a heat wave so my Mom didnt say too much. And when Corny gets in a mood, the earth shakes. Heatherfield is beginning to think were on one of those earthquake lines.

What about Taranee and Hay Lin?

Will nodded. Weve all been having a bit of trouble with our powers. We blamed it on our time of the month. To her right, Caleb choked but Elyon simply nodded.

That would explain it usually. If you would like, you are welcome here any time in order to practice without any interruptions. The plains of Meridian are quite suitable for any sort of practice you may wish to conduct.

Thanks Elyon, Ill pass that on to the girls.

And then you may come for tea after you are finished.

Uh, maybe we should go for tea before. We tend to want showers after we practice. Will wrinkled her nose cutely.

That would be provided.

Hey! Arrange the tea party later. Who is this guy thats tapping into Cornelias dreams? Is he a mage? A warlock? What? Caleb demanded growing irked with the girls inappropriate conversation. Girls, he thought with a scowl. They just yak, yak, yak.

A Fey, Caleb. A sidhe actually.

A what? He ran a hand through his hair. Whats a she?

Sidhe, S-i-d-h-e. Elyon spelt out. Theyre a magical being that are commonly found in Ireland. They live in Tir-na-ng, known more commonly as Faerie. I believe it could be a Leannan Sidhe, the dark and seducing of Sidhe kin.

So this Sidhe guy, hes what? Bewitching Cornelia to come to him?

Through dreams, yes. I believe so. The more dreams she receives from him, the weaker her resistance to him is.

Wills expression grew determined and her voice darkened, became more mature. So how do we stop him?

Elyon smiled with a secretive edge. It is not as simple as fighting him.

Will shot Caleb a curious look and noted that he too looked surprised. Every other time they had an enemy, it had always been resolved by them flying up and shooting various combinations of the elements at their opponents. They were warriors, thats what they did. They fought.

This is more of a political matter. It must be handled with extreme delicacy.

What do you mean?

Elyon bit her lip and motioned for Will to take a seat on the scented grass beside her. It was not the easiest thing to explain. It was a bit like explaining history to those who just didnt care. In other words, it was boring. The only reason Elyon had forced it down her own throat was because she had to learn it to better her kingdom and to improve its relations with other kingdoms and to forge alliances that would bring extra protection to it. No one would attack any kingdom with armies bigger than its own.

The realm of Faerie is just like any other realm. It has its monarchy and its parliament or court. For me or any of my subjects to enter without permission would be an act treason. It would be seen as a direct attack on the Queen and her people or at the least seen as a reconnaissance mission to gather intelligence which would be seen as an attack. I would have to ask for an audience with the queen, and she may or may not grant us safe passage. Its up to her.

Who is this queen? Caleb asked. I dont think Ive heard of her.

You probably wouldnt have. Her name is Celeste, she is queen of the heavens and the skies. Theres no way to sneak into her territory. She knows everything. And what she doesnt control, her family does. To enter her realm, to enter the land of Tir-na-ng could result in your death if youre found guilty by the Fey Council. Which no doubt you would be. Elyon considered this for a moment. Contact the other guardians. I must contact the Queen and ask permission. Ill explain our circumstances and the crimes against the Leannan Sidhe that has caused Cornelia ill. It will be up to her if she wants to bring this to the court. However, it would be in her best interests. In doing so shell grant us safe passage.

She looked to Caleb. Ill need you to accompany me. Bring Drake and Aldarn as well. The more of a procession I have, the more powerful Ill look and the less chance Ill be challenged.

The Fey have no interest in Meridian, do they?

The Faerie Queen does not, the Host on the other hand has many creatures looking for realms to rule over. Some dont like being under Queen Celestes rule.

Wills eyes crossed. This was more complicated than she had ever suspected. All she could remember from her mission as a guardian was to go through the portal, find the bad guy, usually with Calebs help and then let the other girls kick the crap out of it. It was a good plan. It was an easy plan. It certainly didnt involve tiptoeing around a queen in the hopes of keeping on her good side. They hadnt given a stuff about what Phobos thought and Elyon was their friend. Now she was entering a world that was completely unfamiliar to her. If she made a wrong move, she would be endangering all of them.

Sensing her friends worry, Elyon placed a hand over hers. Theres nothing for you to worry about Will. All the guardians need to do is look powerful and in your guardian form, you have that covered. I will take care of the rest.

But No offence Elyon, but youre a child.

Will, Im almost eighteen.

But you havent been crowned yet.

Not yet, no. Elyon said softly. So far the parliament had been in control until she was ready to assume power. Now it seemed she had to be ready. The Queen would only respond to a Queen and Elyon was Queen in name only until the coronation. She would have to begin the preparations for the coronation. Usually she would be expected to invite many royalty from other kingdoms to witness this great event, but she didnt have the time. She had to save Cornelia. There was only so long that Cornelia could resist a Leannan Sidhe. She wasnt powerful enough mentally to ward off his psychic attacks on her. But what bothered her was why Cornelia? Of course Cornelia was pretty but there had to be more to attract the attention of a Sidhe on the other side of the world.

But to show some force, Ill have to become Queen of Meridian.

Scary thought, Elle. You sure youre ready for it?

Its my destiny. the blonde said quietly, her melodic voice uncertain with youth but there was a determined glint in her lilac eyes. Look, go round up the guardians. Keep Cornelia company. I shall set about contacting all the necessary representatives for the coronation. Hopefully, if things go well, I may be able to convince the Faerie Queen to hold the Leannan Sidhe in custody until we arrive. With an encouraging smile, Elyon disappeared.

Caleb frowned as he watched Will turn to leave with a anxious furrow in her brow. Elyon will be fine. When shes crowned Queen, Meridian will accept her as its rightful heir, it will grant her its power in a way it would never grant Phobos. Shell be even more powerful than she was when we first found her.

Will paused. Looking over her shoulder, she nodded yet her eyes showed that she was no where near certain of this. Im sorry Caleb. I just cant picture Elyon as anything more than that frightened girl who we betrayed by not telling her our secret. She was so vulnerable that day.

Because Cedric had played on her fears. The rebel leader, -now captain of the royal guards- growled fiercely.

Will nodded. Youre right. And shes been studying so hard and training with her magick. Im sure she knows what shes doing. she smiled softly at him. Thanks Caleb. Now I just have to take care of Corny, which isnt as easy as it may sound.

If I may suggest something? he queried politely, still fully aware that Will could blow up at him at any time for no reason. He knew his girls. Why dont you organize a gathering? Or one of those things where you sit around in your night clothes and discuss boys and fashion.

Will pressed her lips together but her shoulders still shook with laughter. Were we really that bad, oh mighty captain?

Worse. Id rather spend a night in a cave with a pack of Larveks or Mudslugs.

Liar, liar pants on fire. She chided. I know you spent your entire nights wondering just what Cornelia was saying about you.

I didnt need to wonder, I just had to ask her Astral Drop.

Will chuckled softly, eyes shining with joy at the memory of Cornelias distraught expression as Hay Lin recapped the story of just how well her Astral Drop portrayed her. She was mortified when she heard that story.

Note to self, dont tell Hay Lin anything ever again.

I could have told you that a long time ago. Hay Lin cant keep secrets. Usually because no one can keep secrets from her. She forgets that we cant hear things whispered in the air. Though radio Hay Lin is great for the gossip column in the school magazine.

He smiled as he listened to her fill him in. It had been a long time since hed heard earth speech. Half the time he didnt understand what was being said, though he grasped the gist of it, but he just liked listening to the rhythm pattern. Or would that be Wills rhythm pattern. He was never quite sure. Cornelia never talked like Will. She was much sharper with her tone, almost cutting. Though that cool, aloofness hid a vulnerable heart.

So can I ask a question?

He nodded. Sure.

She opened her mouth, then closed it, before sucking in a breath and plunging in. Why are you captain of the guards? I thought you didnt want to be captain.

I didnt but then Elyon persuaded me. After all, as rebel leader, I knew all the weak points in her defenses. I was able to help her weed out those who had been loyal to her brother and help her find those who would aid her in the ruling of the country. I wasnt too keen on the idea of being up in the castle, locked away from my people. So Elyon compromised. He kicked the ground and hunched his broad shoulders before drawing himself fully to his imposing height and standing to attention, his eyes blazing with passion. I am the captain of the guard and should she need me, I am at her disposal. Nevertheless, for the most part, I am just a consultant for her military. I am given free reign to do as I please. I go out into the countryside and help out there and report back to Elyon on my findings.

Looking impressed, Will inclined her head. Wow. Thats pretty cool Caleb. Im proud of you.

Gee, Im so pleased.

Now she grinned at his dry tone, before growing serious. And you and Cornelia?

Were from two different worlds Will, it wouldnt work.

It would if you wanted it to.

How would she travel to Meridian? Even if she could, she probably wouldnt, he thought glumly before shaking his head.

Id open a portal for her, after all I did it today. Even Elyon would open a portal for her. If you were together, maybe he wouldnt have prayed on her.

I dont think hed have any qualms stealing her from a lowly peasant, Will.

At his comment Will gaped at him then squeezing her hands into tight fists, she growled angrily. Lowly peasant? He was captain of the guards, that made him as close to nobility in Meridian as you could get.Whatever Caleb. Are you coming with me or what?

I need to watch Elyon. he told her grimly.

So Drake can do that. I know hes her bodyguard and he never lets her out of his sight. Hes around more times than you, I guess, since he doesnt leave the castle. she looked at him pointedly. Look, youre coming with me. Whether you like it or not, you were part of our gang and they miss you. In fact we all missed you, not just Cornelia. You were our best guy friend make that our only male friend since no one is really sure on Blunks gender.

Though he snorted, Caleb was actually touched, then he sported a puzzled expression. You consider Blunk a friend?

Sure, he provides the comedy in our whacky group. Besides, he actually visits and says hello while trying to steal stuff from us, but the point is, hes civil unlike a certain person who would ignore us if we didnt knock him off his high chair.

High horse. He corrected.

You dont know what a High chair is used for do you? when he shook his head, she smirked. When you find out, youll understand that subtle insult. Now youre coming, or Ill pick you up and carry you there. Ive done it before.

Never on your own. he pointed out firmly.

Oh I have. She snapped back before muttering under her breath so he wouldnt hear her. Kind of.

I was fifteen.

I was thirteen. she retorted darkly in her dont-mess-with-me tone before she shifted her facial expression to a pout. Oh please, pretty please? Look, you can watch out for Corny- at his look, she quickly added, -and the rest of us in case that She-man comes looking for us. Please? Come on Caleb, itll be like having the old gang back. You can meet my puppy, we called him Toad cause he kind of looks like Blunk and because I had to get rid of my Frogs to get him. She sighed mournfully. No point telling him that her frogs were actually hiding in several clever places that her mother would never think to look.

Fine, fine. he grumbled darkly. Now he remembered why the guardians had been able to wrap him around their little fingers, he hadnt been able to say no when they pouted and when he told them to do something, did they listen? Noooo!

Thank you! A smile spilt over her face, lighting it up and before he knew what was happening, Wills soft, warm form was plastered against him. His cheeks flushed heavily as he awkwardly patted her back. Gently, he eased her back and cleared his throat. Uh youre welcome.

Rolling her eyes at his expression and ignoring her own heart pounding in her ears she fished around for her pendant. My god, she thought as she felt her cheeks burn, he sure was built. Poor Corny was going to be dissolved into a puddle of goop when she saw him again. And if that image caused her a little twinge, she didnt acknowledge it. After all, this was all about making Cornelia feel better. It had nothing to do with her long dead childish crush on the rebel.

So why arent you in guardian form? he asked as she pulled out the Heart of Candracar to summon a portal.

Because I didnt fancy having people bowing all around me. Honestly, I think I know how Vance Michael Justin feels when he walks down the street to get milk.

You helped save the world, of course people are going to be grateful.

I dont mind the odd thank you but I cant accept anymore flowers, god knows what my mom thinks when I arrive home with bundles of flowers that dont exist in my dimension.

Ah, I see. I could ask them to stop giving you flowers, maybe some crops would serve better.

Will shook her head. Yeah he and Corny were from two very different worlds. Nah, its ok. Oh, you could get a really big Thank you card though, and send it around for everyone to sign and then present it to us. That would be minimum fuss.

Except not everyone can read and write.

Yeah and theres the downside. she shrugged. I dont mind staying in my Will form. Being a five foot five moth is kind of disturbing. The socks are cool though.

He watched her step into the portal before reluctantly following her. This should prove interesting.

Where is she?

We dont know. Irma growled back, inching up so that she was nose to nose with the blonde who tilted up her chin with a haughty huff.

Youre lying. If you dont know where she is, you at least have your suspicions.

Maybe she went home, did you think of that?

Hay Lin happily munched on her potato chips while sitting on a wall, swinging her legs. Since she was used to Irma and Cornelia snapping at each other, she had no qualms tuning them out in favor of listening to other conversations carried to her on the wind. However, since they were in the park as dusk was settling and the interesting people were in their homes, there wasnt much to listen to except that buzzing sounded awfully like a portal opening. She stifled a gasp. It was a portal opening and that swish sound was someone coming through- no wait two people had exited and the portal was being closed.

Hay Lin, youre drooling.

Huh? The petite Asian girl looked up startled as Taranee nudged her in the ribs. Owie, that hurt.

Well you should have been paying more attention then.

I couldnt when theres a port heheh youre right. I should have been paying attention to you Cornelia. She forced her expression to look innocent, deciding that Cornelia really didnt need to know about the portal being opened especially if that was Will and Caleb.

Che, whatever. Im going home. If that girl decides to show her face again, dont tell her I was looking for her. In fact dont mention me at all. I dont care.

Irma watched the blonde strut off with a bewildered expression. Is it me or does Queen C just get weirder and weirder each day?

Its not you. Hay Lin replied.

Give her a break, Irma. Shes missing Caleb and Elyon. I mean first she has to cope with Elyon being a princess of another country and then when she had planned to visit her, she couldnt because the veil was all schizo because of the millennium and fissures and stuff. And now well things arent great with her. So cut the girl some slack.

I love hearing Taranee use the word schizo, say it again, say it again. Hay Lin chirped clapping her hands giddily. Then she froze, her mouth open in a silent o. Hey, the portal! I heard a portal opening just now. And two people came through. And then it closed.

Irma sighed. Whats to bet thats Will returning with either Caleb or Elyon in tow?

Definitely Caleb, those were man footsteps.

Maybe it was Blunk. Taranee offered. I dont think Caleb is going to abandon his position just because Will told him to. That wouldnt make him a very good captain.

Ah but Cornys not doing very well and when youre in love, you dont think straight.

Ah young love. Irma sighed mockingly, then shrugged, pushing away from the wall and beginning to jog toward the park exit. Well whoever it is, I think we should check it out. Hey, it might have been Phobos and his pet snake.

I said two people, not man plus rather large lizard. Hay Lin gasped out as she hurried to keep up with Irmas large strides, not thinking to point out that she should be in the lead since she knew where the portal was and everything.

Taranee huffed out a breath before chasing after them. Theyre in prison, they cant just walk out, or slither for that matter.

So maybe they broke out. Irma panted as they raced down the street, ducking and weaving through the sparse scattering of people going home from work or doing some last minute shopping.

Oh great. Cant we phone Will and find out where she is?

Were nearly there, Taranee! Hay Lin murmured, steadily breathing as her feet pounded against the ground.

Even if it is Phobos what would we do? No guardian form remember?

So we could well think of something when we get there.

Great plan Irma.

They swung around the corner into an alley and skidded to a halt.

Haha, I was right. I so rule! Woot!

Irma and Taranee exchanged glances as they listened to the air guardian crow triumphantly. Opposite them Will and Caleb stared at the three out of breath girls and wondered what they were doing there.

Uh guys? Will questioned slowly. What are you doing here?

They thought you were Phobos. Hay Lin explained, running a hand over her hair before turning her attention to Caleb. Youre back! I told them you would come.

Why are you back? Taranee questioned. Not to be insulting or anything, but why are you here? Is it because of Cornelia?

Sort of. Caleb answered quietly. He averted his gaze, uneasy talking about this to the girls. It just wasnt him.

Sensing his quiet distress, Will took over in a manner that had become so natural to her over the past couple of years. It had even gotten to the point where her friends looked to her on whether they should go somewhere or leave somewhere, almost as though they didnt have their own minds. She supposed it was simply easier to have someone be the deciding body for them. For the three before her, it had been so easy for them to hand over the reins. However, with Cornelia, it had been much harder. She had been so in control of her life and now she had no control of her dreams. Which meant this whole situation needed to be resolved.

Not here guys. Sleepover at my house tonight.

Ooh, round robin, coming right up.

Will shook her head at Irmas comment. It would be much easier to say that they were in one place instead of ringing around their parents and saying that each of the girls was in different houses. No need Irms, just say youre staying with me. Mom and Mike are away for the weekend anyway so I need the company.

Righteo, almighty leader.

Ooh, can I sleep in your bed? Hay Lin asked jumping up and down on the spot.

Quit jumping around like that. You look like a plucked chicken, I cant get off the ground, I cant get off the ground. Irma mocked while Hay Lin retorted with a very dignified response of sticking her tongue out.

Taranee turned to Caleb and mustered up a smile. Welcome back to Earth.

Watching the scene and the expression on the boys face -well young man really- Will had to cover her smile. She could understand Hay Lins giddiness. Contrary to popular belief, it wasnt inspired by caffeine but because she was genuinely happy. There was a certain joy to having the entire gang back together and the fact that they had a mission to take care of. They werent just veterans looking back on the war with fond memories. They had their purpose in life back and that can give the most depressed person back their joy for life. This was their raison detre. Their reason to be. Now to give Cornelia back hers.

Tir-na-ng: Literally means Country of the young just in case anyone was curious. Oh and I pronounce Sidhe as she, I don’t know if that’s correct but I think so simply because Bean Sidhe, is pronounced Banshee most of the time so that’s what I’m basing this off.

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