Vali gasped and grabbed her hair. Sure enough, it was a deep violet tone.
“Valerine!” her father shouted from the audience. He came running all the way up the stairs. He grabbed her shoulders. “Test your powers.”
“How?” Vali asked, panicked.
“Just concentrate on your powers coming out of your hands.”
Her father showed her, a blaze shooting from his hand.
Vali concentrated, and then . . .
Water and fire simultaneously shot from her hands. Gusts of wind poured out of her and shook the entire pavilion.
Immediately everything dissolved into chaos. People screamed and dashed for the exit. Ylena threw herself out of the way of Vali’s violent powers.
“Valerine! Stop them!” her father shouted.
“I’m sorry! How do I put them back into my hands?”
“Concentrate on your powers drawing back!”
Suddenly they stopped. All of the children were frozen, standing there, and Ylena lay unconscious, scorched, on the wet ground.
“You have such strong powers,” her father stated. “You must get out of here so they don’t find you.”
Vali knew that she should get out. People deemed “dangerous” by the magic ministers were chased down and imprisoned—or worse.
“I will,” Vali whispered. “I love you, dad.” She embraced him with all her might. “I promise to see you again some day.”
As soon as she let go, she ran to Tessa. “Goodbye.”
“Stay away from me!” Tessa shrieked, dashing away down the steps. She burst into tears.
Vali stood there, hurt. Being rejected by a close friend stung. But leaving Diamond City, the only home she’d ever known, was going to sting even worse.