After running off from West, I had already forgotten where I was going. I really wished I had the map with me. Now I had no idea who far back West was, but all I needed to do was find someone I trust and show them the evidence. But as I kept running through random halls and hoping to find someone, I suddenly slammed right into someone hard as we both tumbled back while crying out in pain.
Like seriously, it hurt. I’m pretty sure I heard a bone crack.
“What the hell man?!” the other guy winched when I noticed that the guy was none other than Dale.
“Dale,” I gasped in relief while rubbing my head “Oh thank goodness, I need your help.”
“So do I” he squinted his eyes at me “Why am I seeing 3 of you?”
“Nevermind that, where’s Aria?”
“I don’t know, I haven’t seen her yet.”
“Oh man,” I groaned as I helped him up.
“I don’t have time to explain, we need to hide.”
But before I could explain, I suddenly felt a strong force trying to pry the notebook out of my hands. And I kept my hands firming on them, I realized that West had found me and was using his magic to try to pull the book away.
“He’s why!” I screamed as I tried my best to prevent the young wizard from taking the book “Help me!”
“West, what are you doing?!” Dale demanded as he grabbed onto me and tried to pull me away.
“I don’t want to do this!” West responded, “But you left me no choice!”
“Don’t let him take the book!” I screamed as I could already feel the book slipping out of my hands.
You know, for a wizard in training, this guy has really strong magic. But just when I thought we were going to lose, I suddenly felt the magic weakening when I noticed that West had suddenly collapsed. Wondering what had happened, I looked up to see Wren who was behind West, she must have used her magic to stop him. Oh, thank goodness!
“Ameture,” she snickered while glaring down at the now unconscious wizard as she picked up the notebook “You two okay?”
“Yeah,” Dale and I breathed out “Thanks.”
“So, what’s going on?” Dale asked me “Why did West try to steal that notebook from you?”
“I’ll explain everything once I find Aria.”
“I know where she is,” Wren spoke, “Come on. Oh, and bring West along.”
Now that we had to bring West with us, Dale and I had to carry his sleeping body out of the hall and into the throne room where we spotted Aria talking with Hazel along with Lindel and Oswind.
“What the heck?!” Hazel remarked when she saw me and Dale carrying West’s body.
“Don’t worry, he’s not dead.” I assured them as I struggled to hold the body “I’ll explain everything in a moment, but first, I really need to put him down, he’s kinda heavy.”
Dale and I tried to carefully set West down on the floor, but as we tried to, I kinda lost my grip as the upper part of West’s body dropped to the floor with a thud.
Oh boy. My eyes widened and so were everyone else’s as they all stared at me.
“Um... I’m sure he’s fine” I guaranteed with a scared smile “I hope.”
“Um, okay then?” Aria said with an unsure look “Care to explain what’s going on?”
“Yes,” I pointed “Can we all go somewhere private to talk?”
She nodded before turning to Oswind, “You know what to do.”
He nodded as he went over to West’s sleeping body and grabbed him by his ankle and began to drag him across the floor and away from us with Lindel following him.
“Okay,” I spoke, “Can we all go to the lounge-”
But all of a sudden, I spotted someone walking past us and to the front entrance. And the moment I saw who it was, I knew I had to stop him.
“Hey, Theo!” I called out as he stopped “You’re just the guy I was looking for.”
“I am?” he raised an eyebrow.
“Yes,” I replied with a smile “I need to talk to you, I promise you it won’t take long.”
As soon as we headed upstairs and into the lounge, I stood in front of everyone with the notebook in my hands as I made sure everyone was listening.
“Okay,” I spoke once we were ready “Now the reason I gathered all of you in here is that I found something that answers most of our questions about this case. This right here is Zed’s notebook.”
“What?” Aria remarked confused “Where did you get that?”
“I may or may not have snuck into his room earlier to search around some more. I’m sorry I didn’t ask first, I just couldn’t wait. Now I knew that yesterday when we were going through his room that there was something that needed to be found, and wouldn’t you know it, I was right. This notebook here is exactly what I was looking for.”
“So what’s in that notebook?” Hazel asked.
“Before I get to that, let’s discuss what we know about this case. We all know that during the times Zed and his family lived with the Unseelie clan, he was part of a drug gang, and so was Theo. Now Ryker had a feeling that his brother may have still been doing his drug acts up here, and according to this notebook, he’s correct.”