Playing with power

Velocity Axy wakes up in the midst of a ancient world where she ventures to save a brother that she doesn't even remember. She has to steal back something of hers that can end the world in the wrong hands. And mostly, she has to find out who she really is...

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3. Chapter 2

 

“Hi. My name is Josh. I’m sixteen.” He then looked at me, “and you are?”

I could have just died of embarrassment. “I’m Velocity, well call me Vel. I mean call me whatever you want, but most people call me-” I was babbling again.

Thankfully, Josh just started laughing. My dad rolled his eyes. “I’m fifteen,” I muttered. I didn’t say anything else just in case.

“Vel, why don’t you show Josh around,” my dad started, “make him feel comfortable.” As long as that doesn’t include talking, I thought. I led Josh upstairs and showed him all the rooms.

“So where exactly is this house located?” Josh asked.

“Well, all gods have to live near Mount Lacrierre, where the 2 most powerful gods live, Gaulle and Orlena,” I answered.

“Ok, so I live South of Mount Lacrierre,” Josh stated.

“And I live in the North. We’re opposite each other,” I told him, “let’s go back downstairs.”

“So how are you living with your dad?” Josh asked. I was dreading that question.

“Cyan’s guards came to get me while I was with my family in a car. He flipped the car over. I hit my head, so now I have amnesia. Unfortunately, it has been said that my mum and stepdad died but they are not sure; my stepbrother Sid was kidnapped, I don’t even know if he is dead or alive.” I whispered the last part.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t know. I was in an orphanage before this. My father Tor came to collect me before the guards even got to the children’s home,” Josh said.

“Did you have any brothers or sisters?” I asked.

“No, when I was born, my father said it wasn’t safe to live with him, so I stayed with my mum- until she passed away.”

 “I’m so sorry-”

“Hey Vel, I’m needed in Mount Lacrierre. My friend Madison will be here to look after you. Don’t get into any trouble.” My dad kissed me on the cheek and left. Great. We need a babysitter to look after us. And my dad just humiliated me in front of Josh. How embarrassing. Just then, the door opened and a beautiful woman walked in. she had blond flowing hair and red cherry lips.

She smiled sweetly, “I am Madison, goddess of love.” I felt jealous when I saw Josh staring at her. I tried to get his attention.

“So Maddy, what special powers do you have as a god?” I asked.

“Actually, goddess,” she giggled, “I can make a person fall in love with somebody else. I can also answer any question you ask me.”

“Where is my brother Sid?” I asked almost instantly.

Maddy closed her eyes. I thought she had gone to sleep but finally she opened her eyes and spoke.

“Sid is still alive,” she paused and then frowned.

 “What’s wrong? What’s the matter?” I shouted. Josh put his hand on my shoulder. All of a sudden, I felt calmer.

Maddy carried on, “he is being held prisoner, but somewhere unusual,” Now, even Josh was confused.

“What do you mean ‘somewhere unusual’?”

“Venture north into the Arctic Ocean where you will find the blue eye. Proceed into it, the rest of the way will come slowly,” instructed Maddy, “be ready.” I raced up the stairs with Josh close behind.

“What are you doing?” he asked.

“I’m going to the ‘blue eye’” I said.

“Uh Uh. Not without me.”

“Dad will kill me if you came along!”

“He’d kill you anyways if you went alone.”

I smiled at Josh, “Ok fine, just pack anything and everything you need in this,” I threw him a black rucksack. I packed a toothbrush, 2 sets of clothes, a torch, matches, a sleeping bag, two hundred dollars, some snacks, drinks, a reading book, a compass etc.

Josh, on the other hand, packed useless things including a pen, a teddy bear, fruits and much more. Finally, our bags were full. As we trudged down the stairs, Maddy was standing at the bottom holding a bag.

I sighed, “Please say you are not coming with us as well. We need somebody to take care of the house.”

The goddess grunted, “Fine, but take this bag. You will need the items inside.”

I stared at one of the contents, “Gum? What should we need gum for?”

“It’s explosive,” Madison said. I dropped the bag straight away. The goddess rolled her eyes.

“When you chew it, genius! You chew it then you stick it on something. Then, you run like hell and after ten seconds it explodes,” She shook her head, “Kids nowadays, I swear!” Josh and I giggled at this comment.

Josh motioned for the door, “We better get going before it gets dark.” I followed him then stopped.

“What about my dad?” I asked.

“I’ll tell him what happened,” Madison replied.

“He’ll kill you for letting us go.”

“I’ll distract him with my beauty.”

“Don’t get any ideas.”

We laughed, waved goodbye and shut the door behind us.I led Josh down the steps of our garden and in to the forest outside the house. Trees towered above us like long fingers.

“Where are we going?” asked Josh.

“You’ll see,” I answered.

I finally found the place I was searching for. It was a small patch of grass. Josh sat on it and sighed happily.

“This is soft and comfy,” he said dreamily.

“Josh, you imprudent dumb- head!” I cried, “That’s what I wanted to show you!” I pushed Josh of and lifted up the small patch of grass. A small red ruby shone in the sunlight.

“It’s really beautiful,” Josh said, “so, what is it for?”

“On the day of the accident, when I was brought to my dad, they emptied my clothes and found this. I feel it has some kind of connection to my mum. I know it is special in some kind of way.

“Well, hopefully it’s a good luck charm because we need all the help we can get if we’re battling against the most evil god on the planet,” Josh said.

We walked down the warm streets of London. I felt hungry and the Fish And Chips Shop wasn’t helping. After begging Josh for a quick meal, he finally let in. Our plates were licked clean (Josh actually did is lick his!) in the first few minutes. In no time, we were having more servings and our stomachs were filling up. We had a small talk about how we should spend our money more carefully. Twenty dollars had already been used up, just for food. I started to feel extremely tired. Josh said he wanted to look at the gadgets so I lay my head on his shoulder and went to sleep.

*

We walked out of the Chips Shop at around two in the afternoon. My map told us that if we walked north, it would take us ten to fifteen minutes to arrive at the train station. There, we would take a train to Carbour Port. Our plans didn’t go so well. It took us twenty five minutes to finally find a sign. It read:

Ally Train Station - 2 Miles

Great. We trudged on until we finally reached the station. Josh made me eat an apple while he went to buy us some tickets. The apple tasted sweet and my thirst vanished after a few bites. A few minutes later, Josh came strolling back, holding two tickets in his hand. The scorching sun was starting to get annoying.

“How long till the first train?” I questioned. Josh looked at his watch.

“Ten minutes and 19 seconds.” He laughed.

“Well, it’s too hot to sit out here. I’m boiling!” I moaned.

“Would you like me to change the weather for you?” teased Josh. “Fine. Let’s sit down in that shop over there.” He pointed at a bookstore.

We made our way to the shop and sat down at a small desk hidden behind a tall bookshelf. From my rucksack, I pulled out a pen and paper and started drawing random pictures. Josh, on the other hand, took out a small book and read from it.

“What’s that?” I asked.

“A guide.” He answered, simply.

“Um, more detail please.” I said.

Josh sighed. “A beginner’s guide to complete a quest, if you must know. Would you also like to know who the author is, maam?” I shrugged and glanced down at my sheet of paper. I couldn’t understand what I had just drawn. I looked at it in disbelief. It was a picture i had never seen before.

Josh leaned over. “Cool picture.”

“Josh, I didn’t draw that.” I stuttered. But still, the drawing felt incomplete to me. I drew a straight line.

Instantly, the paper vanished. “Ok, now that’s cool.” Josh smiled. I nudged Josh. “Josh! The paper just disappeared!”

“Well, it says in this book that every relative no matter how far she or he is, will have a power of some kind. But-“ Josh flipped over a few pages, “The closer the relative, the stronger the power.” He looked at me mischievously, “Your power is ‘sign drawer’.”

I couldn’t believe it at first. I thought Josh was just playing a mean trick on me. I stared at him.

“Fine if you don’t believe me,” josh thought for a second, “draw fire.” Oddly enough, I knew what he was talking about straightaway. I took another paper out of my backpack and drew a different sign.

At first, nothing happened. I actually felt a little disappointed. Then, suddenly, the paper burst into flames. The fire felt cooling in my sweaty hands.

“Well, that was a bit of a late timing,” Josh looked at his watch, “speaking of late, we have approximately two minutes to catch the next train,” he said casually. Suddenly, the fire went out leaving the paper unharmed. I stuffed it in to my bag, thanked the librarian and shot out of the bookstore with Josh following close behind.

“Hey Velocity, wait up!” Josh called. That was the first time he had called me by my full name, I thought. By the time we had got to the train station, we were huffing and puffing like wild dogs. Fortunately, we were just in time; we leapt on to the train exhausted.

“So how long till our next stop?” I asked Josh as we took our seats.

“5 stops from here – it will probably take about 2 hours and 15 minutes,” he answered.

“Well, I’m exhausted. I’ll probably read a book or something, eat some snacks, and get up to all kinds of mischief-” I turned to my left. Josh had fallen fast asleep. I looked around the train. All the seats were taken; in total there were 12 seats in 3 parts. We were in the middle part. On our left, two cute babies were playing with each other. They were accompanied by a young couple who were busy reading the newspaper together. Opposite to them were two old ladies who were just staring- at me. I tried to smile at them but their faces were motionless. I left them alone. Opposite to us, a teenage girl and a teenage boy were talking to each other. On my left, four stern business men were discussing what looked like meeting topics. I didn’t know what to do; everyone else had something to do. I grabbed the gadget bag and poured out all the contents. I picked up a pair of sunglasses and tried them on. It was so awesome; I could see the inside of everything. I could see the man’s bones, the things that worked inside the watch the girl was wearing. I could even see the layers inside the piece of paper the business man was holding. I took of the sunglasses and looked at all the other things. My eye caught a pink envelope. I pulled it out of the pile and neatly stacked all the equipment back in the bag. The address was written in pink curly handwriting. It said ‘To the most lovable daughter in the world’. I frowned, and opened the letter.

Dearest Vel,

I don’t have that much time so I have to write to you very quickly. I am in the hands of Cyan at the moment, in Mortis. I have been watching you since the crash and I can tell you, your amnesia has not destroyed your soul. The crash was bad, your stepfather died, although I am pretty sure you don’t remember him at all. Since I was your dad’s wife, my power was very great. Vel, I am able to tell the future. But I can assure you, the future can change. And you must be the one to change it. Find your brother, and take what is yours from Cyan. For now, I can do nothing more but to wish you luck and keep you updated on the challenges ahead. Good luck with the old ladies.

Yours faithfully,

Belinda Axy

 

I stared at the letter. I knew who had written it. My mother was still alive.

 

 

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