Here’s the final chapter, at least until I’m ready to return to this story.
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“And how do I restore this … balance?” Michael asked, glancing quickly over at me.
Chance remained quiet so I knew he was giving me permission to speak. “You have to go up against the Dark, Michael.”
“What?” he asked in shock, blue eyes darkening. “That thing?”
“Yes,” I answered evenly.
“Hell no,” he said, shaking his head vehemently.
“You don’t really have much of a choice,” Chance said quietly.
“Like hell!” He looked over at me pleadingly. “Can’t you do it?”
I shook my head firmly. “That’s not my role, Michael. I’m to assist you, that is all. And I can’t fight against the Dark—only the Light can.”
I looked into his frightened eyes, saddened that I couldn’t do anything to make him feel any better. I could only be a presence in his life that could hopefully guide him in the right direction.
“Only you can.”
Chapter 4: One on one chat with the one and only Chance
We had tired Michael out with the previous information overload and he was currently spread out on the queen-sized bed, unconscious to the world. His light snores filled the silence of the room as I felt Chance’s eyes on me. He sat by the foot of the bed, one leg bent while the other sprawled out on the floor.
I, in return, sat at the chair next to the table, my eyes staring up at the ceiling, silently wishing that my new companion would just disappear.
“You know you’re going to have to talk to me, Bless.”
I said nothing, still looking at the ceiling, my eyes focused on the fan, its propellers spinning rapidly. I tried clearing my mind. Perhaps if I wished hard enough, he really would just vanish from my sight.
“I don’t know why you’re the one ignoring me and wishing I would disappear when you were the one who just assaulted me,” he retorted. I could clearly hear the smirk in his voice as he spoke up again and I hated the fact that he seemed to be able to read me so clearly.
I remained silent for a moment before I tipped my head back down, finally locking gazes with Chance, a small frown on my face. He smiled as he saw my reaction then continued and winced, touching his inky hair once more.
“Are you going to rub my head and make it all better?”
“I said I was sorry,” I muttered, giving him a pointed look.
“She speaks,” he exclaimed in mock delight. Then he replied, “And actually, you didn’t.”
I thought back to our encounter and replayed it over in my head. Dammit, but he was right. Licking my lips I cleared by voice before I spoke.
Chance continued to grin like a Cheshire cat as he stared at me. “Now, that wasn’t so bad, was it?”
I rolled my eyes back at him.
“You have to remember, Bless. When we’re here on earth, we take on human characteristics. We feel everything they feel and ten times more. Pain … pleasure,” he continued, giving me a sly look.
I was beginning to have enough of him. “Knock it off, Chance. I can’t even begin to understand how they let you be a Guardian. You’re the bane of my existence. Were you created solely to piss me off?”
Even though the anger was heard in my voice, I reflected on what he just said about our presence on earth and how it alters our characteristics to that of a human.
So that was why eating chocolate felt so … good.
“You wish,” he replied, getting up and stalking over to me. Momentarily stuck in my thoughts, I didn’t have enough time to get up from the chair before he closed me off, placing each of his hands on the chair armrest as he trapped me in place. His eyes staring intently into mine, a smirk formed on his lips. I could feel my heart beating rapidly at the closeness but I refused to let my emotions control me.
This guy would not have control over me.
Grinding my teeth, I closed my eyes against his intense stare and quickly pressed my arms out to give him a push against his chest as he staggered back unexpectedly giving a small grunt. I hastily got up from the chair and crossed my arms as I glared over at Chance who had quickly caught his balance.
He acted like nothing happened as he came closer and looked at me pointedly. “Seriously, we need to get you some proper clothes,” he said ruffling my pants as I quickly smacked his hands away. “Before someone is blinded by your attire.”
It was the first time I noticed that Chance wasn’t wearing his identical get up to mine. Instead he wore a pair of dark blue jeans and a black t-shirt, blending in quite nicely.
It was simple but it looked good on him.
I chose to ignore his teasing and got serious. “Really, Chance, why are you here?”
He glanced over at a sleeping Michael before he responded. “Honestly?” I nodded my head. “I don’t know.”
I gave him a look of disbelief. “You don’t know?”
He gave a small shrug. “Yes. I was told to find you and stay with you as you do your mission.”
“There isn’t usually a Watcher for a new recruit.”
“I know that. Obviously this is a little different than the norm. I just wish I knew why.” He looked over at me as he smiled. “You know how they like to keep secrets.”
I thought of the one who took all the memories from me from my past as I nodded my head in agreement. “Yes.”
I glanced over at the sleeping Michael. “So what’s next?”
Chance shook his head at my words as he pointed to himself. “Remember. Me, Watcher. You, Guardian. What do you think is next?”
I sighed. “Well we have to keep moving. It’s not like we can stay in one place or the Dark will find us for sure.”
Chance nodded his approval. “And then?”
“We have to get him immediately into training. We can use the facilities that all Guardians use for their Light charge.”
The place I was referring to was an underground facility where each Light is trained for a period of time. What was special about this place was that it moved to where the current Light happened to reside. Also, the place had a protection spell on it, allowing the Dark to not know of its existence.
It was our haven here on earth.
“Great,” Chance exclaimed, patting me on the back, a little too aggressively if you asked me. His eyes shifted again to Michael who was still passed out on the bed, then back to me as a glint lit up in his eyes.
“May I?” he asked mischievously.
I internally rolled my eyes at him but gave him a curt nod. Chance took the opportunity to rush over to the side of the bed and bend over Michael. It was absolute silence for a moment before he decided to holler.
“Hey,” Chance shouted next to Michael’s ear. “Wake up, sleepy head!”
Michael groaned as he rolled over and opened his eye to see Chance staring down at him. Michael immediately flinched and gave a start then relaxed, shaking his head back and forth.
“Man, why’d you have to wake me up like that? I was dreaming that my life was actually normal.”
“Well, we can’t be having that, Michael boy,” replied Chance. “It’s time to move on.”
“To where?” Michael glanced at me as he voiced the question.
“The Cove.” It was the code name for our haven.
“How do we get there?”
“Through you,” I answered immediately. I saw the look of confusion cross his face so I continued. “Michael, only the Light has knowledge of where the Cove currently is. You may feel like you don’t know, but you do deep down inside. You just have to listen to yourself.”
Chance took the opportunity to cut in. “Okay, before we do the whole GPS Light thing, shouldn’t we grab some food for Michael here?”
I glanced over at him, knowing he was right. Michael needed to continually fuel in order to get through his upcoming challenge.
“I’m not really hungry,” Michael murmured. I looked on at him with raised eyes.
Chance must have not have believed him either as he replied, “Seriously, you need to eat.”
His gaze shifted over to Chance. “I eat,” he said with indignation.
I remained silent and just gave him a look.
“I eat,” he muttered again, almost helplessly.
“Then why the hell do you look like a stick?” interjected Chance.
“Chance,” I said with irritation. “Language.”
He waved me off with a flick of the hand and looked at Michael. “Seriously, dude. You need to eat and bulk up or you’ll have no chance in hell against Jinx and her minions. And if you don’t like to eat, what where you doing in a chocolate shop, anyhow?”
“You were there?” Michael asked, shocked.
Chance gave him a smirk. “I don’t have to be there to know what’s going on, Michael boy. I have all-seeing eyes,” he pointed to his white eyes for emphasis.
“Right,” Michael said slowly. He glanced at the both of us as I remained quiet, waiting for Michael to make his decision.
“Okay, fine.” He gave his head a scratch. “Let’s get something to eat and then I’ll find this … Cove place. You guys have my back, don’t you?”
I smiled quietly and gave a nod at him as I realized that Michael was in fact embracing the Light from within him. I was skeptical as first but I knew that the Dark could definitely be defeated by him with me by his side.
At the thought I looked to my side at the presence beside me. He caught my eye and grinned then gave a wink as he nodded in my direction. “We also gave to get some decent clothes for Bless here, Michael boy.”
And of course … Chance.
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed my story. Glad I could share it with you all 🙂
Until next time,