“Where’s the chalkboard now?” Lucius asked Isabella.
“Kitchen,” she replied.
Lucius stood slowly, with the help of the purple-haired woman, Da’lela. The five of them went to the kitchen, which was empty. Lucius took the chalk, closed his eyes and started writing.
He didn’t write in letters, but in pictographs which Beth somehow recognised. Then she recalled seeing Robert write them on the contract he’d received on Emily, her best friend.
Beth watched in silence, waiting for answers to all her questions.
A minute passed and the only noise was the scratch of the chalk on the board.
Another minute dragged by.
Finally, Lucius was finished. Da’lela, Daniel and Isabella were stunned to silence by the words he’d written.
“Oh, my gods,” Da’lela whispered, staring at her.
“But... that can’t be. Lucius, you must be wrong,” Isabella said.
“We can talk to Fate and Destiny if you so wish, Mother,” Lucius replied calmly.
“You’ve spoken to them?” Daniel asked, astounded.
“We live with them.”
“Two months ago,” Isabella started, “you told us she was a Child of Fate. Now you’re telling us she’s a descendant of the Paraa. Which is she?”
“Both.” He turned to look at Beth. “She is everything, nothing and all in between.”
“What does that mean?” Beth asked.
“It means that you are the pinnacle on which the universe turns, Beth.”
“What are we going to do?” Daniel asked.
“It’s simple: she needs to come to Dimension,” Lucius said to him.
“Now, wait a minute—” Isabella started.
“I want to go,” Beth said, loudly enough for them to hear. Silence fell.
“Beth, you don’t know what the Dimension’s like, you can’t just go.”
“She’ll be safe inside the walls of Altsina,” Da’lela said. “I’ll make sure of it.”
Isabella glanced between everyone, her irritation and anger clear as day.
“Malgra is coming up soon. She’ll be perfectly safe for that week,” Lucius said.
Isabella stared at him in disbelief before striding out, letting the door slam behind her.
Beth noticed Daniel watching her, disbelieving and curious. She looked away, casting her eyes to the ground, not wanting to meet his gaze. She was still trying to process the information Lucius had given her.
“Beth?” she heard Lucius’ voice say.
She looked up at him, discovering that the woman, Da’lela was gone.
“Beth, did you hear me?”
“Sorry, no,” she replied in a whisper.
“I said, what do you want to do?”
“If I went to the Dimension with you, could you ensure my safety?” she asked.
After a moment of silence, he said, “For the most part, yes.”
She nodded, glad he’d been honest. “Good, because Robert would be very angry with you.”
Lucius smiled slightly. “You would be fine.”