Lottie should be awake soon if she wasn't already, hopefully some food will be prepared shortly. I walk into a rather grand looking bathroom and lock the door behind myself.
I throw my dress and bandages onto the ground before getting into the shower, the water began to run automatically as it sensed my presence. The warm water felt good against my skin. I caress my markings, the brand of a fallen angel.
Kerovan needs to go. It's purpose has been fulfilled and I don't think we'll require any more powers as our library is quite full. Bellona shouldn't be allowed to act the way she is, plotting to kill me was not part of the deal. She needed to be dealt with.
I step out of the shower and wrap a towel around my body. I dry my hair with a gust of wind before brushing it with a comb. Today would be a productive day, however it would also be risky. Bellona could be expecting an attack so we would have to be careful.
I get changed back into my dress, subconsciously wrapping the bandages around my body first. I wouldn't want Yuna to see these, it would mean her death for certain.
I walk out into the corridor before being knocked backwards by a small girl. I steady myself only to find my floating abilities have finally returned. Lottie was rubbing her head, when she realised it was me she quickly apologised.
“I'm so sorry Lucifer, I wasn't looking where I was going. When I didn't find you in your bed I panicked and thought you'd left me.”
I put a hand on her head and smile. “I wouldn't leave you on purpose, unless I had a very good reason to.” I remove my hand and lean against the wall, my arms crossed.
“We need to remove Kerovan from the picture. Bellona is using the students as weapons against me. She's gone behind our backs, she got cocky and it cost us.”
“Remove Kerovan?! But what about harvesting powers?”
“I'd like to have more but if Kerovan proves to be a threat we can't carry on. We can always start again somewhere else.”
“It took so much effort to create that school! Maybe this was her plan from the beginning ...” Lottie stops floating so her feat touch the ground.
“I think this is the case. We thought we were using her but in fact it was the other way around. I can't believe you didn't notice this.”
I begin walking down the hall and into the ability library once again. Right at the back of the hall behind many shelves is a portal. This takes you to Kerovan, straight to Bellona's office. We had designed it this way so we could have meetings with her regularly, even though it puts quite a strain on beings who weren't born with powers.
Lottie was one of these people. She learned magic from the elders at a young age, so travelling through the portal puts a strain on her body yet she did this countless times to collect students as well as check up on me.
“Are we going … right now?” She asks, a little weakly.
“No. Just you. I need to go and collect Yuna, she's coming with us. You go ahead to check out the area, if there's any sign of danger that you can't handle then come back.”
Lottie nods and jumps through the purple mist, she was gone. Either she would arrive safely on the other side or there was a trap waiting for her. I'm sure she'd be fine, she's not one to underestimate.
I quickly make my way back to the dungeons to find an unexpected site. The draining machine was off, the cells were open and the guards lay unconscious on the floor. Rei and Yuna stood in front of the throne backed by the other prisoners.
“How did you do this?” I ask, honestly curious. I would of thought this was far beneath them. “Did you betray me, Yuna?”
“At first... I thought this would be ok, this life with you but then I saw Rei and decided it was wrong. I freed everyone!” She shouts at me.
It looks like my memory spell wasn't as effective as first thought. This would prove quite troublesome and we didn't have much time, Lottie had already gone through the portal.
“Yuna, I now came to take you back to Kerovan. Isn't that what you want?” I step forwards a little but they don't budge at all.
“I want us all to go back. I want you to come back, Luci!” Yuna moves a little behind Rei.
“You finally have Yuna, so why can't go just go back to normal?” This time Rei speaks, her skin was burnt. Yuna must of stopped the machine just in time, this means that we now have the majority of Rei's powers and she's still standing. How interesting.
“I only ever wanted Yuna. I hate the rest of you.” I run forwards. Rei swings at me with a spear which she must of taken from a guard. I jump up into the air with ease and float above them. “Nice try.” I close my eyes and laugh.
I fall to the ground as a piercing pain emits from my stomach. Rei had thrown that stupid spear, it was foolish of me to let my guard down. “Wow, I can't believe you actually did that.”
I stand up and remove the weapon, grimacing slightly. “You've ruined my dress... that's rather rude of you.” Blood had started to seep out of the wound, making weird shapes on the black material.
“I'm sorry but it's all I could think of!” She shouts, shielding Yuna slightly.
I walk over to them, once hand clasped over the wound. It's impressive that Yuna had managed to set everyone free on her own, as well as defeat the guards. It was almost as if she'd found a hidden strength.
I fall to my knees, becoming light headed. I stare up at the two girls, they looked determined yet frightened at the same time. The strength in humans was at its fullest when faced with danger.
“Yuna... do you want to see me dead?” I try to look at her through blurred vision, she was almost directly behind Rei now.
“No... I would never want to see Luci die.” She pauses and hides her face behind Rei's shoulders. “I wouldn't mind seeing Lucifer die though...”
These words surprise me, making me lose focus. Yuna hated me as I currently was so much, that she wanted me dead. It was hard to accept such feelings from such a loving girl.
I smile at her, trying not to show my pain. “That's something I never expected out of you. You hate me so much you want me dead?” I cough a little, blood begins to drip down my chin.
“I hate Lucifer. I love Luci.”
“We're the same person Yuna! Why can't you except that?!” I stand up, my legs swaying slightly. This was bad. Rei must of hit something vital.
“You're not the same person at all...” She's now fully behind Rei so that all I can see are her tiny hands and blonde hair. “I wish I knew how to bring you back.”
This is who I am. Luci was the fake me in some sense, but we're still the same person. I have all the memories of my time at Kerovan but perhaps my feelings had shifted.
I stop to think and stare at the floor. Lottie was currently in the human realm waiting for me, I couldn't let this stop me. What did she mean to me? She was a friend from a early time in my life and nothing more. Yuna was more than that.
“What if... what if I erased my memories again? Would you be happy?” I say, not looking up at her.
There's no response.
“Think it over. Before I do such a stupid action, Kerovan needs to be dealt with.” I turn my back and begin heading towards the ability library.
My wound was troublesome. It was taking me a great deal of effort to remain standing. As I enter the library I take a quick glance at the jars. We had no healing powers, they were as rare as they come.
I'm positive Melody would never heal me again. She always seemed reluctant to in the past anyway, I'd just have to deal with this myself or perhaps Lottie knew of something.
I reach the portal and step through it, the sensation of shifting realms made my head spin. It wouldn't normally have any effect on me but as I had an injury the trip wasn't too pleasant.
I land on the floor of Bellona's office. Lottie rushes up to me and gasps as she sees my wound. The room is empty, thankfully.
“What happened?!” Her face was full of concern and fear.
“The prisoners escaped. Yuna set them free... Rei attacked me. I'll deal with them later, there's no way they can get through to the portal either. I'm glad we designed it to not let humans through, no matter how powerful they are.” I wipe away the blood on my chin, only to cough up more.
“I... I don't think I can heal this completely. I can at least stop the bleeding... for now.” Lottie places her hands on my stomach and emits a strong light.
The bleeding began to slow and clot, I'm thankful Lottie had briefly studied healing but it's the most challenging form of magic. She was truly gifted when it came to spells.
She stops, panting a little. To pass through the portal and then perform a healing spell must have been hard on her. I'm sure she was reaching her limit.
It bothered me slightly that Bellona wasn't in her office, as lucky as it was. I was certain she would be here plotting my demise. I stand up, using Lottie as leverage and begin to formulate a plan.
“We'll need to find Bellona. If we destroy a weed at its roots than it can no longer grow, we need to get rid of the person in charge. She's probably well protected, there's an alarm system I'm sure.”
“I'm sure we can deal with a few old nuns. Bellona is the only real threat in this building, everyone just follows her orders like dogs.” Lottie glides over to the door and peers out. “It's clear.”
This doesn't make me feel any better. For Maya to also not be in her office was unsettling, something big must be happening.
Lottie pushes open the door and I follow, the numb feeling in my stomach reminds me to not let my guard down. I could handle a spear wound but if I got splashed with an excessive amount of holy water, that would be me finished.
“Where the hell are they?” I whisper bitterly.
“I can't sense them nearby either. They could be in the cathedral, I can't sense any students so there could be an assembly.”
That's all we had to go on so we didn't have many choices. I take a look at Lottie, her skin was even paler with fatigue. I couldn't ask her to teleport us and I wasn't in a fit state to do it myself. We'd have to run.
I burst out of the doors and down the many flights of stairs, not waiting to see if Lottie was keeping up. As I exit the dormitories I kick off from the ground, hovering slightly above it. This would get us there in a matter of moments, the courtyard to the cathedral was a flat area with little obstacles.
I reach the doors and touch down on the ground, Lottie caught up behind me. That familiar feeling of nausea began to creep over me as I stood outside. I stroked the wooden doors trying to get to grips with it.
“What's wrong?” Lottie edges closer to me.
“Doesn't this place effect you at all?”
Lottie stops for a moment and stares up at the building. “It does seem a little daunting...” She hides a little behind my back as I fumble the door handles.
I take a deep breath and shove open the heavy doors, a gust of wind runs through the building making everyone look over at us. Bellona was as the far end surrounded by many nuns, smiling wildly.
“Welcome back child, I won't let you escape this time.”