Ignis and Glaciem

I am different to the other kids, in more ways than one. I mean, no-one really fits in in high school but I just feel different, though that could be down to the fact that I’m a Wise One. My name is Doe. I’m not entirely sure why my parents named me so but I think they said it was something to do with how innocent I look when I sleep and how fragile I can be...


9. Planning

“So, when are we leaving, Doe?”, Fabien looked at me with little expression. I couldn’t tell how he was feeling now, his eyes were no longer red.
“Mum?”, I asked. She’d know when was best.
“Well, as much as I want you to stay, I know how important this is so, Sunday morning?”, she smiled at me but it looked quite forced. It was half way through Friday so I only had one full day left with my family.
“That sounds good. It’ll give us time to get everything ready”. I tried my best to sound cheery but it was too hard. My dad looked at the clock on the wall.
“Does anyone want some food? It’s about one”
“Yes, that would be lovely”, Electra smiled, trying to lift the mood.
“I’m not hungry”, I said, walking out of the door.
“Me either”, Fabien whispered. He followed me out of the room. We went into my bedroom and sat at the windowsill.
“So, where do you think she is?”, Fabien asked. I shrugged.
“Not a clue”, I whispered, “Any ideas?”
“Hmm, well when my mother said her name earlier, I thought I’d heard it before. My mum had never told me that she shared her specialty so it couldn’t have been my mother telling me but I just felt something strange when she mentioned it”
“Well, is she… dead?”
“I don’t know. I’ve only ever felt death in people I know and I’ve never met Contessa so it couldn’t have been. Maybe we should try looking through some records tomorrow. She seems like she’d be someone important to the community”, he paused, “Don’t worry”.
“Okay. So, what will we need?”, I conjured up a piece of paper. It made me feel weak even though it was a simple one.
“Well, erm, a spellbook, a few sets of clothes, food and water, medicines and, I suppose, weapons. We need to travel as light as possible so we don’t raise suspicion when we’re in public, oh, and money too. Can you think of anything else?”
“Don’t think so, I’ll ask my mum about medicines and we can go and look in the library for the spellbook now, if you want. We can get the rest later.”
“Sounds good, so, where’s the library?”, I was puzzled for a second until I realised that he had only known about my powers since that morning. I’d never shown him the library.
We walked straight down the hall, past my sisters’ and parents’ bedrooms that faced each other and turned left. We then passed my brothers’ facing rooms and turned right. There was a door with only a small lock on it but no key could open it. I made a small ball of power in my hand and thrust it into the lock. The door opened and we walked down the steps. My house had a charm on it which made it larger on the inside but it could only be seen by those with magic of any sort so it basically just excluded mortals. If I’d have ever taken Fabien down here a few weeks ago, he would have seen everything as it was but he wouldn’t have been able to tell that there was a charm. Only the Wise One who cast it can.
It was dark in the library at first but then the stars started shining. That’s another thing, when a Wise One does something great to help someone or something, they earn a star. Our family kept all of the stars our had earned in the past century in here and it was enough to light up the room well. My family have not always been the richest but most of my family have become nobles for doing great acts of kindness. I expected it to be silent in the library but it appeared the stars were singing, each a sweet song about each great act performed to achieve them. They danced around the ceiling providing a good amount of light so I didn’t have to turn on the lamp.
“The spellbooks are over there but most of those are useless. There’s a switch somewhere…”, I searched and then found the right book. I stroked the spine and said, “Aperi ostium, sexta filius de familia”, meaning something like ‘Open the door for the sixth child of the family’. The door wouldn’t open.
“Noluit”, said a sharp tongue.
“Refused”, Fabien said.
“Aperi ostium, sexta filius de familia”, I repeated.
“Noluit”, the same voice again. “Tue es non sexta filius de familia”.
“You are not the sixth child of the family?”, said Fabien. Faren walked in.
“Hey, Doe. Mum told me about everything. I came to tell you a few things I’d found but I can tell you later. What’s wrong?”, he asked gently.
“The secret section of the library won’t accept me. It keeps refusing and then it said I’m not the sixth child”, I replied. Faren paused in thought then spoke.
“Hmm… I’m not sure what’s wrong but I’ll open it for you for now. Aperi ostium, secundo filius de familia”. The door slid open, revealing the older books.
“Thanks”, I said. “So what was it that you wanted to tell me?”
“Oh, right, well, I think Contessa is in the Wise World at the moment. The entrance to the Wise World moves on every full moon so you’ve got exactly seven days until it moves again. Right now, the entrance is in Africa but it’s moving to London next. If you go in, make sure you take less than a month to return because you will come out at wherever the portal is next. It could quite easily be in the middle of the Atlantic ocean next time so you have to be quick. I would suggest waiting a week for the portal in London.” He explained.
“We’re leaving on Sunday but it will likely take us a couple of days to get to London. From there, we could get some more supplies from the markets. What do you think, Fabien?”
“Sounds good. I think there’s a large part of the Wise One community gathering there next week for a meeting so we could see about that”, Fabien replied.
“Thanks Faren. Are you off from college today?”, I said.
“Yeah, mum said it might be better. Ivory’s coming home as soon as possible. Anya’s out shopping so she’s gone to pick a few useful things up for you apparently and I’m not sure about Sierra. I think mum was going to ring her soon since she’s on dinner and she was going to fake being ill so she could come home. Fabien, will you and your parents be staying for tea? Dad was wondering”.
“I think so but you’ll have to check with them”.
“Okay, I’ll go and check now so you can find the right books. I’ll come back and tell you in about ten minutes so I can shut the secret section for you”, he said and left.
“Right, books, books, books”, Fabien said.

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