March 31, 2017
“What the Hell was that?” Karter asked loudly.
“That was the Empathy Crystal,” Brooklyn replied. “You’re going to have one of those too. We’ll find it eventually, but after seeing what happened to Atifa, I’m kind of scared.”
“I don’t want one of those,” Karter whined.
“I can’t believe we found it on something Zora sent, though. That means something, and right now with Atifa the way she is, I don’t know when we’ll be able to figure it out,” Brooklyn groaned. Brooklyn thought about Zora for a minute, how he could’ve gotten his hands on the stone. She thought about the monster and its attack, but Brooklyn didn’t understand how Zora was able to put the crystal in the thing’s eye.
“How did the alien guy get the stone, and why would he give it back?” Karter questioned. Brooklyn looked at him and felt a pounding in her head. She began to fall, and her world went black.
Brooklyn was standing in front of a table next to someone who couldn’t be more than twenty. The person turned to look at her and Brooklyn saw someone who was familiar, but at the same time, wasn’t.
He was tall, tan and had spiky, brown hair. His eyes were green, and he was handsome, someone Brooklyn would definitely go after if she wasn’t still with Finn.
The man was studying a map and chanting. Brooklyn wasn’t sure what he was saying, but she did know that the scene was familiar. She felt like she had gone through this scenario before.
“I found it!” The man exclaimed.
“Finally,” Brooklyn sighed.
“I want you to go get it,” he commanded. “Go, now.” He pressed a kiss to Brooklyn’s forehead. She realized she was wearing a hood and a scarf was covering her nose and mouth.
“Yes, my lord,” Brooklyn bowed. It was as if Brooklyn’s mouth had a mind of its own. Somehow, it knew exactly what to say and when to say it while she, herself, was perplexed.
She left the room and let her feet carry her to a room filled with weapons. Her hands automatically flew to a gold longsword.
Brooklyn walked into another room, a garage, where there were three cars. She fished in her pockets for keys and pulled out a keychain that was filled with keys. Finally, she was able to find a button to unlock one of the cars, though she wasn’t sure which one it was until she pressed the button and the lights on the farthest car lit up.
Brooklyn jumped into the car and drove off, she didn’t know where she was going, but it seemed that her hands knew which way to steer the car.
The young girl found herself in front of a hole, large enough for a person to fall down. Her feet pulled her into the hole, and she jumped and fell for what felt like hours.
When she landed, she rolled and managed to land on her feet. In front of her was a line of giants that looked like they were made of ice. Brooklyn tried stopping her feet from pulling her forward, but she couldn’t do it. Nothing could prevent her from charging at the ice giants, her sword poised to kill.
Brooklyn sliced and jabbed until there wasn’t a single giant left. There was only one person left standing in front of Brooklyn. She mentally gasped when she realized the person in front of her was Atifa.
Brooklyn tried to stop herself from running at Atifa, but her body was her cage. The Guardian put her hands in front of her and created a twenty-foot tall giant. Brooklyn ran at it just like she did with the others, but this giant was ten times stronger than all the others, and she was already tired from fighting the other giants.
Brooklyn wasn’t able to hold her own for long. As soon as her arm began to become tired and fall from the heavy weight of her blade, the ice beast ran her through with one of its enormous frozen talons.
The human looked down at her bloody abdomen and dropped to the ground. She began coughing up spurts of hot blood. Her vision was filled with yellow spots, and everything around her was fading. Brooklyn’s heart stopped, and she went still, death filling the air around her.
Karter stared at his friend’s unconscious form. He yelled for Atifa and Lyvlen, scared for his friend. He had never seen her faint. As far as he knew, Brooklyn wasn’t injured or anything. They had been talking and then she just fell. He looked up at Lyvlen, uncertainty in his eyes.
“What do I do?” Karter panicked.
“Nothing,” Lyvlen said, bending down and placing her palm on Brooklyn’s forehead as if she was checking for a fever, but in reality, she was trying to get in Brooklyn’s head to figure out what was happening to the young girl. “I can’t sense anything. It’s like she has a wall stopping me from coming in. It’s normal for Guardians and other creatures to have a mental block that’s always there, but Brooklyn shouldn’t have one. Last time I was in her head, she didn’t have any kind of shield. Her mind was completely open to intruders.”
“When did you go through her head?” Atifa yelled.
“Calm down, she knew it was happening, we had a whole conversation in her head,” Lyvlen shrugged.
“Hold on,” Karter interrupted. “You can go through people’s head?”
“Of course. You can’t?” Lyvlen said. “Most Guardians can, as far as I know, Atifa here, is the only one wh doesn’t have that ability.”
“I don’t know, I’ve been here for, like, an hour. Almost nothing about Guardians has been explained to me,” Karter reminded, throwing his hands in the air. “Anyways, can you please just figure out what’s wrong with Brooklyn?”
Lyvlen rolled her eyes and nodded. She continued trying to find a breach in Brooklyn’s mental shield, but there was nothing until Brooklyn began seizing.
Lyvlen let out a shriek and scrambled back in surprise. Lyvlen realized what was happening and waited for the seizure to be over. When Brooklyn wasn’t shaking anymore, the Guardian spawn checked the girl’s pulse. She looked at Atifa and uttered one word.
Brooklyn’s heart wasn’t beating.