The pair mastered energy manipulation faster than I expected. The fact that I wasn't alone in this was a huge shock. They were concentrating on the basic energy ball, something I'd discovered by accident and so they weren't paying attention when someone knocked something over in my rooms. Quickly, I extinguished everything in the room.

"Quiet!" I hissed, before the others could say anything. "Stay here-please!"

I slipped out of the room, praying they would stay there and not give anything away.

"Who are you?" I demanded.

In front of me was a man, powerfully built, dressed in plain, black clothing. I spooted a gun and a knife at his belt. There was a bruise developping along one arm.

"Come with me Princess." His voice sounded hoarse, as though someone had recently tried to choke him.

"Who are you?" I repeated, more wary.

He didn't say anything this time, moving to grab me.

"No way!" I yelled, letting off a ball of energy that flung the guy off his feet. At the same moment, James and Elias burst out of the room.

"Are you okay?" James asked, while Elias went to check the stranger's pulse.

I nodded, looking over to Elias.

"He's out cold." Elias still seemed wary of me, as though he knew I had another secret.

"Who is he?" I hoped that Elias or James would have an answer.

The End

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