Breaking INTO Prison
The elemental masters looked up at the flame illuminated girl.
“Cass? What are you doing here?” Ash said softly.
“Well I couldn’t just leave you here, Cassiopeia is a jerk for putting you in here.”
“You are Cassiopeia.” Fiona pointed out bluntly.
“No, I’m Cassy. Don’t get us confused. One is a jerk from this realm, the other is the exact same person but at the same time exact opposite from a different dimension.”
“Am I the only one that thinks she hit her head?” Cam asked in her usual youthful voice.
“No, I also think she went crazy.” Sora replied.
“Socha Calahan, daughter of Jeremy and Bethany Calahan, older sister to Geoffrey and Braden Calahan, born and raised in the village of Flendion, trained with a bow and arrow since the age of seven, top of your class until you dropped out to join the Elemental Warriors, favorite color is a dark dusty blue. Cassiopeia wouldn’t know all of this.” Cassy replied bluntly.
“You probably researched it.” Sora replied.
“How can she research your favorite color?” Lorelei asked.
Sora crossed her arms and looked away in defeat.
“Come on we don’t have time to argue this.” Storm cut in, taking the keys from Cassy’s hand and opening the door.
“Wait… Fiona!” Zack exclaimed.
“Zack? What the heck are you doing out from under your rock?” Fiona questioned.
“I’ll have you know I’ve been fighting in the war since you and the rest of these elementals decided to go and get captured.”
“We didn’t decide to get captured, Ash just stopped to chat with his sister instead of getting rid of her when we had the chance.” Fiona spat.
“I’d never hurt my sister, besides if you hadn’t been so antsy she wouldn’t have started questioning me and found out what we were doing.”
“What did I seriously just get done saying?” Storm yelled in annoyance.
“Ehh… Sorry, you’re right. No doubt we’ll be swamped with guards soon and I don’t know if even this group will hold them off.” Cassy mused. “How strong are you guys feeling?”
“Not very, maybe a few small rock formations or a big one.” Ash replied, unsteadily standing up.
The others followed suit. Clara nearly fell again but her sister caught her. Clara’s face went pale and she curled in on herself, foul bile falling from her mouth. Cassy grimace in disgust and pity.
“We need to hurry if we are going to avoid the most of them. Kevin? Zack?”
The boy’s moved the moment Cassy addressed them. Kevin took Clara from Eden and held her like a princess. Zack put May and Eden’s arms over his shoulder in attempt to keep them stedy. Cam was at Lorelei's side, keeping her stedy. Fiona and Sora helped each other, but mostly were fine on their own. Ash stood before Cassy with an exhausted but determined look in his eyes.
“Sunshine, PB, put the guard in this cell then take up the rear of this group. Storm and I will lead. Ash, Fiona, Sora, take the sides. Everyone be on guard and leave no one behind.” The seventeen year old girl instructed.
A horn sounded in the distance, no doubt from outside the dungeons were the guards were tied up.
“Welp, there goes any hope for a clean escape.” Zack muttered.
“We’ll be fine. We just need to put all of our strength in this and more.” Cassy replied.
Storm nodded in agreement and the group trudged forward. The sounds of shouthing grew louder, echoing off of the stone walls. The guards were almost on them. Cassy glanced over her shoulder at the rest of the group before returning her gaze to where the shadows of an approaching group were growing large by the second. There wasn’t nearly enough light to cast a reflection spell so invisibility was out of the question. She instead pulled the shadows of the corridor tightly around the group. If someone looked close enough they’d see everyone but still it was better than nothing.
The guards trotted by at a swift pace, only giving a quick glance towards the cloaked group. However, one person did stop. His dark brow curled inwards as as his narrow emerald orbs studied the general area where the group stood. Cassy held her breath and silently pleaded with all the forces of magic in the world that she could hold up the shadows long enough and that they’d be enough to fool the man.
A second man, appearing to be in his elderly years, paused beside the first. “Herald, why have you stopped, there is an intruder in the castle!”
The man called Herald spared the man a quick glance before returning his gaze to the group.
“Is it just me or does something look off in this hallway? It looks a little more hazy than the others.”
“It’s probably nothing of importance. Look a torch at the end of the hall went out, it’s probably just smoke from that.”
“Yeah, you’re probably right… Come on lets go catch up to the others.”
The two men ran off to join their search party. Cassy released the shadows and gasped for air, having not taken a breath since the first man stopped.
Storm stepped in front of Cassy, her still compact staff in her hand, ready to extend it should she need to fight. She glanced around the corner, back and forth a few times before signaling everyone that it was safe to go. As the group began moving Cassy glanced around, taking note of how antsy the rebellion members looked. They wanted to move faster but the weaker elemental masters were moving as fast as they could. Cassy had to admit her own heart was faster than her feet. There was bound to be more guards around here, Douglas wouldn’t just have one group. He’d have more people elsewhere. Were they waiting to ambush everyone around the next corner?
The faint sounds of shouts grew fainter as the group trudged away from the search party. Still there was no sign of any threat to the group. It nagged at Cassy to see this being so easy. Nothing had ever come this easily. Something was going to happen whether she wanted it to or not, that’s just the way her battles between Douglas and herself had always gone. Though she did consider the possibility that she was just considering the worst casinario, after all she was in another dimension, it clearly had several major differences from her world from what she’s seen. Who was to say that Douglas wasn’t the same in this world. He very well could lack his clever battle strategies that she had witnessed time and time again while facing him. Still he’d know that their only escape would be outside the dungeons. No one with that information would be foolish enough to let them leave the one area where they’d be pinned down. There must be some sort of blockade keeping them from escaping.
Before she knew it they were at the exit to the dungeons, still nothing had gone wrong, not even a slight skirmish. She couldn’t understand why they had gotten this far without resistance. Once out of here they could escape through several different exits. She tentatively grasped the handle and with one hand grasping her shape shifting sword she pulled the door open.
Weapons swung into action as the group of escapees came face to face with a group of guards lead by Douglas himself.
“Thought you might have ambush waiting.” Cassy growled bitterly.
“Then why the heck did you lead us right into it?” Storm hissed, sounding betrayed.
“Do you honestly think that the people who built this place would keep a secret escape route in a place meant to keep people in? I knew that if this was like my world he’d try to pin us before we could get out. Wasn’t expecting the coward to actually show his face though.”
“I’m standing right here young lady. You have caused enough trouble, hand yourself over and no one has to get hurt.” Douglas stated in a calm yet meaningful tone.
With only a moment's pause she stepped forward. The impact of her foot sent a gust of wind that knock the armored guards away, metal making screeching sounds against the stone floor and walls.
“Get the elementals out of here, I’ll hold them off.” Cassy ordered standing strong before the recovering knights.
“That’s a losing match on your end.” Storm replied.
“I don’t need to win, I need to be clever.”
With a slight hesitation Storm and the others started to take off in the direction of the catacombs. Cassy slashed her sword in warning to a knight who attempted to follow.
“Don’t just sit there, grab her. She is more important to me than the prisoners.” Douglas ordered.
The knights did as they were told, surrounding her in a mob like fashion.
“Magic, if you have every stood beside me in my times of need. Make sure you do now.” Cassy whispered under her breath.
The sword in her hand morphed into a double bladed spear. She swirled it back and forth around her body to block weapons and push them back an axe came down and she put the center of her spear out to block it. The impact snapped the enchanted item in half. The half of the spear residing in her left hand vanished into a puff of silvery sparkles, the other half resumed its original shape, temporarily losing it’s enchanted abilities.
Cassy cursed the fates under her breath, she’d already wasted a good portion of her magic and now her sword was nothing more than an ordinary sword. She needed to end this and fast.
Calling upon her natural element golden flames welled up around her in a final attempt to get the knight of Nardiria to back off. The flames bust outwards and the men scampered away to avoid the destructive element.
Suddenly cries of surprise and fear rang out. Cassy’s attention snapped to where her group was backing towards her, another patrol attempting to corner them. Ash threw up a thin crystal barrier to keep stall them. This task was enough to send him stumbling into the arms of Sora and Fiona.
The strong fingers of a soft skinned hand wrapped around Cassy’s wrist tearing her back into her own battle. She turned to face Douglas, a loot of terror and anger flashing in her pine green eyes. She attempted to use magic on him but quickly cried out in pain when a shadowy ribbon wrapped around the arm he was holding her by, cutting off her ability to use her magic. She tried to pull away to no avail, the larger adult was stronger than her. A hiss of air passed her clenched jaw as an odd sensation washed over her. It felt as though he was trying to pull something out of her. Held onto it with all of her might but it still faded. She felt weaker and weaker. Her head was clouded with his magic. She couldn’t fight it off.
“Let her go!” A female voice cut through the daze.
Cassy and and Douglas were both thrown backwards by a strong blast of wind. Both sat where they landed, holding their heads. They felt an odd throb in their heads. Cassy recovered, one eyes still closed as she tried to fully shake off her dazed state.
“Eden, give me your hand!” She ordered.
The black haired girl grasped the for the old girls small hand. Silver ribbons of magic wrapped around the two girls before consuming the whole group. The ribbons exploded into sparkles that vanished before hitting the floor.
“Where are they?”
“How did they escape?”
“We should look start looking for them.”
More and more cries came from the king’s knights as they attempted to find a new strategy.
“Leave them be for now. Cleopatra and Icicle will bring me Cassiopeia. After she is mine the rebellion is as good as ours. Until then I have already begun my task to save the girl.” Douglas stated trying to get up, but failing do to his rapidly increasing exhaustion. “For now just get me to my room, I will need my rest.”