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“We really have to stop,” I said, pulling myself away from Roxi. “I know you want to go further, so do I, but you know we can’t.”
She frowned. “Alright then, I’ll see you tomorrow.” She said, but before she could walk away, I grabbed her wrist and placed my lips on hers. She smiled as I pressed our foreheads together.
“Good night.” I saw, as her smile grew.
“Night.” Roxi walked away, as I looked over at the ocean. My phone started to ring.
I saw the caller I.D. pop up as ‘Unknown’, I let it go to voicemail. As I walked over to my place, my phone went off again. Same person, but I sent it to voicemail. Who the hell would be calling me from an unknown number?
It rang once more, I was so frustrated I ended up picking it up. “Who the hell is this?” I asked as I waited for someone to answer.
“Logan, it’s me, Ricky.” I couldn’t believe it, but Athena did say that he could still be alive, I just thought that it wasn’t true, but now, I don’t know what to believe.
“Are you really alive?” I heard Logan ask, but I didn’t have time to chit chat.
“Yes, but I can’t talk for long. You need to listen to me.” I said as I paused. “My dad, isn’t who he says he is. He did something to me and now, I’m going to be set free.”
“That’s great, right?” Logan said, but he cut himself off. “Ricky, what do you mean he did something?”
I looked over and saw shadows coming closer towards the room I was stuck in. “I’ve got to go, but I needed to warn you guys both.” I paused. “Whatever you do, kill me. Tell Athena that I love her.” I hung up and smashed the phone into the floor. I quickly picked up the pieces and threw them in the trash.
I looked over and my father was staring me down, holding a set of clothes. “Now my boy, it’s time to do me a favor.” An evil grin appeared on his face, as I felt chills running up my back.
Two men dressed in black entered the room, I backed away from them as much as I could, but they grabbed me.
“Let go of me!” I snapped as I threw the guy on the left on the ground, as the other guy was trying to restrain me. Holy crap, how did I get this strong? I looked over as the guy on the left got back up and stuck a needle into my neck. “I won’t let you get away with this.” I said, staring into my father’s eyes.
My body started to weaken as I tired to break through from it. “But you see.” My father spoke, as my eyes started to close. “I already have.” He laughed as I closed my eyes once more and fell to the ground.
I ran as fast as I could, running out of my hall. I passed Roxi as I heard her call my name. I ran into my sister’s hall as I saw she was sitting on her swing with Dean.
“Athena, it’s Ricky.” I spoke as I stopped to catch my breath. “You were right, he’s alive.”
She stood up, as I could see the shocked look on her face. She never thought that her visions would be true, but Ricky was alive. I heard him, but I cringed at the fact that we would have to kill him. I wanted to know if there was a way to fix him.
“H-how do you know?” She asked as I pulled out my phone.
“He called me, but listen we don’t have much time. We have to tell the others.” I said, grabbing her arm as Dean approached us.
“What do you mean to tell the others? What’s going on?” Dean asked as I sighed. I looked into my sister’s eyes, as I didn’t want to tell her that we really had to kill him, but I wanted to give her hope.
“Just, let’s go into the main hall and I’ll explain it.” I spoke as we all rushed into the main hall, Roxi was waiting for us as was Elle, Roxi must of told her somethin was going on with me.
I saw that in Elle’s eyes, she could tell something was wrong, just from looking at me. She nodded to me as I grabbed my cell phone. “Call her.” Elle spoke as everyone else looked at her. I nodded and called our Aunt Marie.
It rang once before she picked up. “Logan, is everything alright? We are almost there.”
“I’m not sure, but you are on speaker.” I said as I took a deep breath. “I got a call from Ricky, he’s alive, but he told me that his father wasn’t who he thought he was. So, with that being said, Athena was right, but she was also right that he did do something to Ricky. I’m not sure what it was, but he couldn’t explain it to me.” I said as Athena looked worried.
“Did he say anything else before you got off the phone with him?” Aunt Marie asked as I didn’t want to say it, but I could see Athena’s eyes were starting to get watered.
“He said that whatever we do, we would have to kill him.” I said, Athena started to cry, as Dean held her in his arms. “Unless Elle or know might know if we can help him or not.”
Elle looked puzzled, as I could see she was trying to think. “Now, Athena, what was it that you saw happened to Ricky.” Elle asked as she quickly move over to her, pulling her hand into hers. “Relax and think back to that. I’ll be able to pull as much information as I can.”
Elle had her eyes closed for a second or two before opening them and looking over to me. “It’s just as I feared.” She said, walking over to me and taking the phone from my hand. “Marie, dear. Get here as fast as you can. We need to try and turn you human before they get here.” Elle hung up the phone and handed it back to me.
“Okay, seriously, what the hell is going on?” Dean spoke up as I looked over at Elle.
“You’re uncle just created the first hybrid of the century. Get into your spiral outfits and we will meet back in the Spirit Hall. We are doing this for real. Be ready.” Elle walked back over to the potions and grabbed a purple vial, handing it to me. “Logan, take this. You and Athena are the only ones that can leave. Get ready and make sure to give this to your Aunt.” I nodded as Elle quickly got to work on something.
I walked over to Athena and hugged her. “Get ready, I’ll met up with Athena. You, Dean, and Roxi keep looking for a cure for a hybrid. I don’t want to lose our best friend a second time.” I pulled away and gave her a faint smile.
“No, I’ll go up there with you.” She argued, I nodded and we all rushed off to get ready.
“Elle, be honest with me.” I asked as she was gathering the candles for the ritual. “Do we have a choice? Or do we really have to kill him?” She kept gathering things as I waited for her to reply.
“Sadly, we must. It is the only way we will be able to keep peace on this Earth.” She looked over at me. “We have made bargains with the Vampires and Werewolf clans. As long as we can live civilly with everyone, no harm would come to anyone. Hybrids are a mix of both and we have tried many times to welcome them to live in peace with us, but they have refused.”
I didn’t understand why this was such a big deal. I could see that Elle noticed my frustrations, but Ricky wouldn’t be like that, at all.
“I know your friend has been a wonderful best friend, but when he is a Hybrid, it’s harder for the good to show from the bad. Hybrids have been wanting to control all for centuries. That’s why they are forbidden, but somehow, someway, they are reborn. We have to fight to keep the peace, otherwise, this world would be destroyed.” She gave be a comforting smile. “There is pure good in you, Logan, but this is something we can not save.”
I walked away from her and headed outside the tree. I stood there, in my ritual clothes, looking back at the parking lot, waiting for my Aunt. I didn’t understand why we couldn’t live in peace with them all. It just doesn’t make any sense.
There has to be a way, whether I create a way or not, but there has to be some way to help Ricky, or change his Hybrid ways.
“Where’s Logan?” I asked, as I entered back in the main hall. Dean and Roxi were looking through scroll and books to see if anything could help us with Ricky. I didn’t want us to kill him, just because of who he changed to be.
“He just left the tree.” Roxi spoke, as she didn’t look up at me. I quickly left the tree, Logan was standing there, looking over at the parking lot. My mother, father, James, and Aunt Marie, were all there.
I wanted to run in my father’s arms, but I stood and waited for them to walk over to us. I was nervous to see my mother. Last time we both saw her, she had left us to go back home. I was afraid of what she was going to stay.
“Athena, take this.” Elle said as I walked back in the stairs and grabbed what she had. “Tell your parents to put these on, and they may enter. Here is another vial for James, as well.” I smiled back at her as she nodded to me and went back inside.
I stood next to Logan as our parents came up to hug us. “My babies!” My mother said, wrapping her arms around both of us. Logan pulled away and handed our Aunt Marie the vial.
“We have to all get inside. There is something coming.” Logan said, as I handed our parents the necklace and James the other vial. “Keep your necklaces on at all times.” My father nodded, but my mother’s expression changed from being happy, to being worried, and maybe a little angry.
“We will explain inside.” I told her as our parents put the necklaces on. “Please, we need to get inside now.”
Aunt Marie and James drank the vials and we all entered inside the tree. The entrance closed shut, as we all were in. Elle was waiting for us. Aunt Marie gave her a hug, but Elle pulled away. “Now is not the time for hugs.”
“I know, where do you want me?” Aunt Marie asked, as Elle nodded towards the Spiritual Hall, but before Aunt Marie left, Elle looked over at James.
“You, follow her. You shall be changed to be human as well.” Elle said, surprising Logan and I, as she spoke. “Now, listen. You two must stay here, for now. Until it is safe. The Water and Earth hall are your children’s rooms, you may go and visit, but your children have a ritual to complete. The Spiritual Hall is off limits.”
My father nodded, as did my mother, she seemed scared, but my father held her hand. “We have to go, but we won’t be long,” I said as Logan and I started to head for the Spiritual Hall. I was stopped by someone grabbing my arm.
“You need to tell us what is going on, Athena.” My mother said, as her grip got tighter. I pulled my arm loose from her grasp and sighed.
“Ricky is alive, but something evil has happened to him. Aunt Marie has to become the leader of the Spiritual Element, so we can hopefully stop him but at this moment.” I pause and took a deep breath.
“We have to kill him.” Saying the words stung me as my heart ache. Never in a million years did I ever think I would have to end up killing my best friend and my first love.
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