The Return Chapter 22
A Desperate Choice
By Firstborn Dragon
Boomerang began knocking on Lauras door, loud. Zed came to the door, half asleep. "Whats so important?"
Boomerang looked around. "I need to speak to you, privately. Theres something going on, and no one plans to inform us of it. Rudys in trouble."
That got Zeds attention. "What?"
Boomerang looked around again. "Come on. I need to speak to you where well not be overheard. People dont want us to know about this."
Zed nodded, and the two of them moved to the roof. Both still held their weapons. Zed looked around, then sat down next to the wall. "So, whats up?"
Boomerang sat down. "Its like this. Whatever the forsaken did to Rudy was worse than we were told. I overheard Marcus telling Cecilia about it. He said that only the Guardians may be able to help Rudy."
Zed looked puzzled. "So? I dont quite get the idea."
Boomerang shook his head. "Think about it for a minute. If the Forsaken find out how bad Rudys injured "
Zed suddenly saw where this was leading to. "Theyll try to stop any attempts to reach the Guardians."
Boomerang nodded. "Right. Were the only ones with a chance of getting through."
Zed shook his head. "I dont know You know how well the demons got along with the Guardians."
"But you were living with one! If we ask him, maybe he can help us. And if he cant, or will not, then theres always the humans. But also think of this. Who helped to rid the world of our kind last time? Dont you think theyd want to help Rudy?"
Zed slowly, and reluctantly, nodded. "I guess. So when do we leave?"
"Tonight. We have to leave before anyone has a chance to find out about our plan. And well need to take Rudy. I guess Id better bring Lucid too. Otherwise, everyone will know what were up to."
Zed nodded. "Ok. You get Lucid, and Rudy. Ill meet you downstairs. I need to speak to Laura first. I cant just disappear on her. But Ill not tell her where we are going."
Boomerang nodded. "Fine. We should leave soon. The sooner we leave, the further we can be come dawn."
Boomerang and Zed both went their separate ways. An hour latter, when most of the castle was asleep, two figures, and a wolf, could be seen creeping through the town. One of them appeared to be caring a large bundle over his shoulder. Only one person saw them, but that one would prove to cause a lot of trouble.
The two figures quickly moved into the woods surrounding the castle town. A few hours latter, they were standing outside of the Elw temple. The two looked at each other, then, followed by the wolf, then entered. Come dawn, they were standing outside of Saint Centour.
The two looked at each other, and for the first time in their lives, they felt doubt. They stood outside the city, reluctant to enter, yet they knew they must. However, Rudys salvation, could lead the two to their doom
Cecilia was the first to make the discovery. "Hes gone!"
Mariel rushed into the room. "But how? He barley had the strength to speak, never mind walk."
Jack and Elmina were absent. The two were busy catching up. Jack was trying to figure out how to tell Elmina what shed done during the last war. Emilias memories only went up to the point where she was killed by Alhazad. She knew neither why she still lived, nor why she was unable to remember what had happened.
Cecilia shook her head. "Your guess is as good as mine. All that I do know is this. Rudys gone, and I havent seen either Boomerang, or Zed around since last night."
Mariel looked up in concern. "You dont think they overheard, do you?"
Cecilia shook her head. "I dont know what to think. Im going to get the guards to see if they can discover anything in the village. I dont know what to think."
Mariel nodded. "Neither do I. I just hope those two havent gone and done anything stupid."
Cecilia nodded. "And I hope Jack doesnt find out about this. That will be more then Im willing to handle at the moment."
Mariel nodded. "Somehow, I know youre right."
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