18.2: Reprieve

Solana shook her head, “I don’t know what’s gotten into her.”

“You two have never met before, have you?” Keith asked.

I shrugged, “I don’t think I have.”

“I’m going to go check on her,” Solana hurried off in Celeste’s direction, leaving Melodie, Keith, and me alone outside of the castle.

“Well, I should start heading to New Perfi,” Melodie broke the silence. “The Guardians over there are waiting. Hopefully Celeste will calm down after Solana’s done with her.”

“I hope you’re right, Melodie,” Keith replied.

She nodded, then began making her way towards the forest. She waved at us without turning her body, and Keith and I returned it, even though she couldn’t notice it.

Keith let out a long sigh, “Today’s been...eventful, to say the least. Tell you what, how about I finish up your training for the day? Meet me at the white tent in five.”

“Uh, sure. Yeah,” Thoughts of Celeste scrambled through my head so quickly that I could barely pay attention to Keith.

“Great. I’ll see you there,” Keith turned and returned inside, leaving me out in the field alone.

As soon as Keith turned a corner, I walked back into the castle. I had five minutes before he wanted me to meet him at the training tents. Going to see Solana and Celeste was out of the question immediately, and I wasn’t too keen on starting training early. So, I decided to head over to my room.


I didn’t realize how much of a mess my room was until now. My blankets grazed the rug beside my bed, and the dresser was lined with random items tossed haphazardly on top of it. The curtains were left wide open, allowing the small circle of white light to illuminate the center of the room. Mrs. Sands would be embarrassed if I left the window open without cleaning the room first in Old Tenebris.

I rummaged underneath my bed for my backpack, which, aside for my clothes, was still unpacked since I arrived two days prior. As comfortable as I was here, I guess my brain wasn’t ready to accept the change in atmosphere yet.

Cluttered within my bag was a notebook and pen, which I laid out on my disheveled bed. I opened it up to a blank page and began to write:

Dear Wyatt,

I wish you could be here with me, but...this is the only place that can lead me to my parents. My training is going well, and the Order has welcomed me with open arms. Solana is taking good care of me, and she even gave me a tour of Timorba.

Timorba was amazing, but that wasn’t even the best part. You remember the Dianoche, right? We were planning on staying there when we would have arrived in Timorba. Besides it being abandoned (which I’m glad we didn’t get to Timorba because of), Solana and I actually found something my parents left behind. A metal case was under one of the beds in the motel, but what was left behind was...cryptic, to say the least. I can’t really go into detail because I have to go train in a few minutes.

Did you get back to Old Tenebris safely? I know I can just wait for Josef to get back with his report, but I would rather hear it from you. If you did get back, please tell me if your grandmother is upset. This is something I need to do, and I don’t regret my decision to leave home.



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