Copyright© 2019 by LT Vulcan
A few months had passed since Andy’s face off with Jason, and he was welcomed into the round table. He was eager to prove even more that he belonged, but the opportunity had yet to arrive.
He was relocated to Denver a month ago because they apparently needed more support in the region. However, nothing was going on, and it was infuriating Andy. But he followed his orders and patrolled the area he was assigned. He walked down the 16th Street Mall and analyzed as many people as quickly he could. He studied them and looked for anything out of the ordinary.
He had put an energy net around the more deserted areas. It was a technique that Jason and Lukas taught him. It combines numerous particles around a given area and sends a signal to him when energy particles are used. It takes a lot of concentration to maintain, so he needed a place to sit and focus.
He walked into one of the coffee shops he frequented so he could survey without looking too suspicious. This one was placed right in the busiest spot of the street. He sat down at one of the high tops along the large window pointing at the traffic passing by, and a waitress immediately came up to greet him. She had been his waitress every time he visited the shop, and they have become well acquainted. The black skirt she wore flowed around her knees as she approached.
“Back again Andy? I think you’re addicted.” She said in a bubbly and angelic voice.
“Yeah, I can’t get enough of you.” He joked back. He didn’t really feel like talking to her, but he felt it would be rude if he just ignored her, so he decided to joke with her constantly.
“Well if you get something other than your usual then maybe I’ll finally give you my number.” She joked back. Luckily, she had a good sense of humor.
“Sarah! Now I have to get my usual!”
She made a fake pouting face and said, “Okay one black coffee and a French Dip coming right up.”
He laughed as she walked away. He enjoyed her company, but he still couldn’t get over Jackie. He looked over his shoulder and saw the bubbly blonde putting his order in the computer.
He turned to the window and started watching the people walk by. He thought about the crazy world he had been thrown into. He trained and absorbed all the knowledge he could from his fellow Users before he left. He learned the very basics of using plants and their versatility, and that with enough practice with water using he could control ice and heal wounds. He didn’t learn enough to help in combat, but he had brainstormed ways to use even his limited knowledge.
Sarah brought him his coffee and his food, then sat down next to him at the table. She had never done this before, and it surprised Andy. He began to wonder if her joking flirting wasn’t a joke and worried that he had been misinterpreted.
Calmly he asked her “What’s up?”
“I’m on break, and I wanted to talk to you about something.” She said quietly.
The seriousness of her voice worried Andy, but he remained calm. “Okay Shoot!”
“Do you know what my last name is?”
Andy shook his head.
“It’s Starsly.” She whispered with a large grin on her face.
He looked at her in confusion and tried to remember if that name rang any bells, it didn’t.
“I’m sorry I don’t know what that means.”
“What are they teaching over at the Round Table? I’m part of a group of ancient magic users. I’m surprised George never told you about us.”
“And why are you telling me this?”
“Because the Starsly family has been fighting by the Round Tables side for a long time.”
“But why me in particular and why now?” Andy asked gripping a small rock he kept hidden on him.
“Because I know you’re a Host.”
Quickly Andy shaped the rock into a sharp knife and was ready to fight her, but he couldn’t move his arm.
“I placed a spell on the table when you came in. It’s called Vinea Invisibilia, and it quietly binds those who try to attack me.”
“How do I know I can trust you?”
She made puppy dog eyes and reached into her apron to get her phone. Quickly her fingers navigated the screen, and she held the phone up to her ear.
“Hey! I’m with Andy, and he is very grouchy.” She paused and continued. “I didn’t do anything! I was just talking to him!”
She handed the phone to Andy, and a voice came on.
“Andy! Are you alright?” It was George.
“Yeah, I’m fine, except I can’t move my arm from the table.”
“Yeah, that’s probably Vinea Invisibilia. The Starsly family’s known for their trap spells.”
“Is what she is saying true? Is she an ally?”
“Yeah her family has been allied with us for years. They act as an extra patrol around certain areas.”
“Why didn’t you tell me they’d be here?”
“We didn’t think it would be important so soon. They operate as a separate group, and thus we have no clue where they are located.”
As if she heard George, Sarah looked at Andy with a ‘told ya so’ look, and her arm held her head up, so she was staring at him.
“Okay, thanks. I’ll keep in touch.” Andy said. He handed the phone back to Sarah, and she placed it to her ear.
After a brief pause, she said “I just need his help with something over here. Don’t worry I’ll keep an eye on your friend.” With that, she hung up and pulled a paper, and it glowed green. Andy felt a pressure release around his arm that he didn’t notice before.
“So, what do you need my help with?”
“I heard rumors of a rival family working with the Circle and changing Hollows into Ashfiends. I’ve been asked to stop them, but I can’t do it alone. Having a strong man like you would be a humongous help.”
“As long as you help me survey the area after.”
She smiled and said, “Why do you think I work here?” Without waiting for an answer, she got up and continued “Well breaks over. Enjoy your sandwich, and I’ll see you at eight for our date.”
He finished his food and left to patrol the Denver area more. His mind filled with trying to figure out what just happened.
It was about six when Andy felt something trigger his net. He rushed to the Art Museum as quickly as possible.
When he came up to the museum spot, he looked around, and all he saw was a man leaning against the wall just outside the door smoking a nearly finished cigarette.
Andy walked up to him and said “Excuse me, sir. I’m supposed to be meeting a blind date here, but I was running late. Was there a girl here a little while ago?”
The guy chuckled and smiled at him with a friendly look. He pointed down an alley fifty feet away. “No girl. Just two guys that went down there. Maybe you should wait for her.”
“Thanks. I’ll look down there and make sure it’s not my friends messing with me.”
He walked down to the alley and saw two guys standing over a body in robes. One of them had a sword in his hand and wore a gray shirt and jogging shorts. The other wore a sweatshirt and jeans.
Andy rose his hand and created a small ball of fire. “In the name of the Final Order, I demand to know what’s going on here.”
They looked at Andy and sprinted away. Andy shot his fireball and missed, so he chased after them. He stopped for a second only to check the body. He confirmed it was dead. He continued following them. When they exited the other side of the alley, they split up.