Monday, March 26, 2012

My Spiral Mission: Protector of the Lore [Chapter 21]

Hard Goodbyes

“Will that be all?” asked the cow at the counter before waving a fan in her face from the heat wave hitting Mooshu.

“Yea, thank you,” Jeremy answered and picked up the bag of ice cold drink and snacks. After going through the portal he hid in a friend’s house in Mooshu for about a day before he got asked to pick up some snacks and drinks. He gave another thank you and walked out of the shop to be hit with a wave of more heat from the outside. To say it was scorching would be an understatement. You might be able to make popcorn on the ground. Everyone in the Jade Palace market was sitting at their porch with a glass of ice water in hand or waving fans. He bowed slightly to a few of the residents he knew and some waved to him back.

He knew that running away wasn’t the right thing to do, but he felt that he needed to get away, you know, for a while. He just couldn’t take it anymore. His friend just turned evil, the person he trusted the most has been lying to him his whole life, he just realized that he’s this big important Life Hatake, and to top it all he has a giant forest spirit inside of him that’s trying to take over! He ran his hand through his hair to check if the horns were still there. 

“Yup,” he sighed. If he didn’t know any better he would say that he looked like a Satyr, without the goat legs of course.

When he was about to turn to Kishibe Village the vegetation around him started freezing and the air started getting cold. He shivered and he could see his breath. He looked back, but saw nothing and the air just got colder. He knew this was bad so he ran to the door to enter Kishibe Village but it was covered in a block of ice. He tried to break it, but no matter how hard he tried it wouldn’t even scratch.

“Having trouble, Jeremy?” He turned around and found Matt leaning against the tree with a smirk on his face. Jeremy quickly got out his wand and awkwardly pointed it at Matt.

“S-stay away from me,” he said while trying not to sound like he was afraid and not be shaking as much.

“Or what? You’re going to throw that stick you call a wand at me?” Matt chuckled. Jeremy gripped his wand tighter and glared at Matt.

“What do you want?” He questioned Matt.


“Excuse me?”

“Well, not you, per se. We want the power that’s inside you,” Matt responded.

“You mean the forest spirit? You can have it!”

“No, we couldn’t care less about Lord Raidon. We want the power of the Life Hatake, and it’s not that simple,” Matt chuckled and gave a superior smirk. 

“Look at the mighty Life Hatake. Cowering in fear.” Jeremy’s glare intensified and you could see his canines growing and sticking out of his mouth.

“We’ll see who’s cowering,” Jeremy growled with a strange deeper voice and his eyes glowed a bright green color. Matt stepped forward, but in a blink of an eye Jeremy was in front of him and swiped his hands that grew claws and Matt barely dodged it, receiving a scratch to his shirt. Matt looked at Jeremy to find that Jeremy had a blank look in his eyes. So that’s it.

“That beast is controlling you,” he yelled at Jeremy. Jeremy let out a grunt and lunged at Matt, but as a he was going to punch him, Matt exploded into snowflakes. Matt reappeared behind a tree not too far away, he’s fast, he thought. He took a breath and jumped away as Jeremy sliced through the tree. 

“You’re going to have to do better than that.” Matt knew he had to get Jeremy away from the civilians that were likely to show up from all the commotion. Matt stopped in his tracks as shadow creatures started surrounding him. Jeremy landed a few feet away from Matt and he left a minor crater. More shadow creatures started surrounding them, No not now. Matt took a deep breath and punched the ground sending huge ice shards up from the ground encasing the creatures in it. When he turned around he saw Jeremy breathing hard on all fours and trembling.

“Why… why did you do… do that?” He said out of breath, obviously drained from using Lord Raidon’s powers. Matt didn’t answer he just watched as Jeremy collapsed on the ground completely exhausted. He went over to him and picked him up and put him over his shoulder.

“I’m sorry…” Matt apologized and teleported away.

“Don’t worry. We’ll find him,” Fallon assured Angel as they all say down in the council room.

“I hope so,” Angel said to her.

“We will,” Alric began, “I also found something very interesting that you all should know.” Alric pulled out a giant old book, it magically opened, and started flipping through pages with dust flying out until it stopped on a certain page. The others were watching intently as Alric was searching the page with his finger until he looked up and cleared his throat. “You see, I found this book in the section of our library that Angel was in charge of,” he stopped and looked at Angel along with the others. Angel slinked down in his chair a little and asked Alric to keep going. “Anyways, I figured out why RettSej has such a tight hold on the Death Hatake. According to this book, each Hatake has a special power that his unlocked when they master full control of their powers. In the case of the Death Hatake, it is the most dangerous one. It’s called “The Reaper’s Touch”. What it does is it takes the soul of another to fuel the caster and increase their power. In other words-”

“Certain death,” Kevin said.

“Correct,” Alric began again. “To think that someone could have so much power… Why did you keep this kind of information from us Angel?” Angel lifted his head up and extended his hand out and the book flew to his hand.

“It’s one of the secrets that Grandmother Raven trusted me with and I wrote it in this book so I would never forget the dangers of being me,” he sighed. “This book contains all of the information of the Hatakes. You may have noticed that what you just read was the only page with ink on it. Well, that was because I put a protection spell on this book, but I forgot to put it back on when I was reading it yesterday.”

“Don’t you trust us Angel?” Heather asked.

“I trust you guys, I do. It’s me that I don’t trust,” he began. “If you really want to know what I’ve up to I’ve been studying up and researching a few things and I found out what the Death Hatake wants, but it has to wait after we find Jeremy.” Angel stood up, nodded, and walked out of the room with the book in his hands.

His head hurt again, more than before. He opened his eyes, his vision was blurry, but he could make out flames or torches on the wall. He moved his hands to rub his eyes but he couldn’t. He blinked again and looked down to see that he was tied to a chair. He struggled to get out trying to squeeze his hands out but they wouldn’t go. He heard footsteps coming and tried harder while the footsteps got louder until the footsteps stopped and Jeremy looked up to see Blaze Titanthorn smirking evilly at him with his arms crossed in front of his chest.

“Look at the mighty Life Hatake… Oh, how you’ve fallen,” Blaze taunted walking closer to Jeremy.

“Let me go!” Jeremy yelled. Blaze chuckled and started circling around Jeremy.

“I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

“Why? What do you want?”

“I think it’s pretty clear what I want. I want to pull out that ancient power right out of your body. I couldn’t last time because that blasted mut you have inside of you was blocking my magic, and that accursed Angel showed up.”


“Oh yes, the former Ice Hatake. The fool didn’t even know that his own grandson was working against him,” Blaze chuckled. “That doesn’t matter anymore. I have you now.” He pulled out one of Jeremy’s hairs and you could hear Jeremy scream out in pain. “Hmm, seems your head is a little sensitive because of your horns. Nice set of dog teeth by the way.” Blaze laughed evilly. Jeremy used his tongue to feel his teeth until he felt a something sharp which were his new set of teeth.

“Blaze, you said you weren’t going to torture him.” Matt walked in from the same way Blaze came from.

“I was just having a little fun before we extract the power out of him,” Blaze explained to Matt.

“Yeah, well, before that you need to keep up with your end of the deal,” Matt warned Blaze. Blaze’s face went stoic with a slight frown and walked towards Matt.

“I was thinking of doing that after we have his powers...”

“No. The deal was that when I captured Jeremy that you would revive my parents. A deal is a deal.”

“Hn. And if I don’t? What can you do to me?” Blaze questioned Matt. Matt remained stoic watching Blaze’s every move. “Exactly. Nothing.” Matt’s eyes started glowing light blue slightly until Blaze slammed him on the ground. “You better learn your place, or else.”

Matt opened his eyes to reveal white eyes with a hint of blue. “Or else what?” he growled at Blaze and pushed him off of him.

“Or else Jeremy dies, right here,” Blaze pulled up to reveal that his hand has transformed to that of a skeleton with a dark aura surrounding it. Blaze’s eyes went into a deathly glare towards Matt.

“The Reaper’s Touch… you wouldn’t,” Matt gasped.

“Try me.” They both stood idle for a while staring each other down until they heard a large crash coming from above. While Blaze was distracted, Matt casted a couple of huge ice shards which separated Jeremy from Blaze and cut the ropes that tied him to the chair. Jeremy jumped out and joined Matt’s side.

“You ok?” Matt asked while rocks were coming down from the ceiling.

“Yea, just really confused,” Jeremy answered him. They turned around to find shadow creatures helping Blaze up.

“You’ll wish you never did that, Matthew,” Blaze warned him.

“I’m not scared of you Blaze,” Matt countered him. Blaze chuckled and an intense dark aura surrounded Blaze.

“Well, you should be,” he lunged towards Matt, but Matt quickly used an ice wall blocking his path. “How resourceful, but let’s see if you can block this.” Blaze put his hands in front of him and started putting the energy around him into a sphere like form. Matt did the same and both of their sphere like magic started growing bigger and bigger and looked more like an enlarged beach ball. Matt took his in one hand and threw it at Blaze first and seconds later Blaze, using his two hands, did the same. Matt sensing that this wouldn’t end well, he used an ice wall to protect him and Jeremy. When the two masses of energy collided it created a huge explosion that broke the shield Matt has created and sent the trio flying out and away from the underground layer. Matt with his quick thinking created a pile of soft snow for them to land on. The landing still hurt, but not as much as it would if it wasn’t for the snow. Jeremy sat up and thanked Matt and looked around where they landed. It was a barren land filled with dead plants and bones everywhere. There were a couple of dead trees around and some leaves on the ground.

“What is this place?” Jeremy asked.

“This is where my grandpa and his friends defeated Morganthe. They left it in good shape, didn’t they? Matt joked.

“Funny time for a joke isn’t it,” they turned around to find Blaze walking out of the smoke unharmed. His eyes completely blacked out while his pupil was blood red. Matt quickly stood up and got in a fighting position.

“Jeremy, run,” Matt ordered him. Jeremy got up and stood next to Matt.

“No I’m fighting with you,” Jeremy said while he got into a fighting position.

“Fools… Then you’ll both end your journey here!” Blaze jumped up, grew wraith wings, and flew fast towards them. Matt didn’t know what to do until he pushed Jeremy aside and braced himself.

“Matt!” Angel yelled after him. He saw Matt turn his head slightly towards him and he could hear just a faint ‘I’m sorry’ before Blaze crashed into him and a bright light was released. Jeremy and Angel shielded their eyes from the light and when the light finally dimmed they saw Blaze standing over Matt. Angel quickly ran towards them and so did Jeremy, but Angel stopped when he saw the lifeless look in Matt’s eyes. When Jeremy got near enough he heard Blaze talking to himself.

“It’s ok, there’s another one,” Blaze said and looked directly at Angel before he dissipated in a black smoke. Jeremy ran until he crashed on his knees next to Matt’s body and was shaking him so Matt could wake up.

“Come on Matt. Wake up,” he cried. “Come on! You’re stronger than this! Wake up!” he cried louder. “Matt don’t do this! You can’t lose! Not to him! Wake up!” Tears started running down his face and he slammed his fist on Matt’s chest. 
“Please…” he whispered. “You can’t…”

Angel looked on sadly, guilt reaching him because he was too late and he put his head down in shame while he heard Jeremy’s sobs. Angel picked up his head when he felt the wind pick up and he saw the all the leaves traveling towards Jeremy.

“Oh no,” Angel whispered, “Jeremy!” Angel tried to get closer but the wind got stronger pushing him away while the leaves started surrounding and circling around Jeremy and Jeremy was emitting a bright green light.

“Angel!” Cassandra Dragonheart yelled as the rest of the council was arriving at the scene. “What’s going on?!” She asked.

“It’s Lord Raidon. Jeremy’s anger and sadness made his defenses go down and now Lord Raidon is trying to take over.” Angel informed them.
More and more leaves started surrounding Jeremy until you can only see rays of bright green light shooting out of the sphere of leaves. Then there was blast coming from the leaves that pushed the rest of the wizards back. They heard and animalistic ground and a large furred foot stepped out of the sphere of leaves. Then the whole body of a fully grown Forest Lord stepped out with bright green glowing eyes.

“It’s too late,” Autumn Fire blade said sadly.

“No, I won’t give up that easily,” Angel said. Angel stepped closer but then the ground started shaking. The grand beast raised his hands and two huge trees erupted from the ground next to it. He then growled again while he absorbed some energy into its hands and gave a final loud roar until he got into an attack position.

“We need to hold him down!” Angel yelled. “Cass, can you entangle him?” Cass nodded and went forward and waved her hands in a style that he was taught and vines emerged from the ground and tangling themselves on the giant forest lord. The giant beast growled and tore him arm from the vines and started ripping them off of himself. “Katherine?”

“I’m on it,” she informed him and did the same thing that Cass did and more vines emerged from the ground and entangling him. This time with both of them they tied him down enough that he couldn’t rip them off but they still had trouble. Ronan and Alric went forward and stood on either side of the beast and conjured up the spiritual chains and wrapped them around the beast leaving him immobile.

“Autumn, can you do a fire circle around him?” Angel asked. Autumn concentrated and jumped up and blew fire out of her mouth in a circle which surrounded them and jumped back down with a slight smile. “Perfect.” Angel ran and jumped on a rock and, with the powers of being the Ice Hatake, he controlled the wind and flew up the head of the great beast. He looked it in the eyes, and sighed before he placed his palm in the middle of forehead and chanted a secret spell and in a blink of an eye the great beast turned back into Jeremy, without the horns or sharp teeth. Angel caught him before he landed on the ground and flew back where the ground went. However, Jeremy woke up quick and squired out of Angel’s arms before he looked at each of the council members and took out of his pockets the portable teleporter Alric used on him and he transported out of there.

“What do we do now?” Kevin asked.

“We wait. Jeremy isn’t in any danger after what just happened,” Angel informed them.

“How do you know?” Fallon asked.

“The Reaper’s Touch can only be used once every 72 hours. Jeremy just needs some time to think,” with that Angel turned around and headed back to the Twi-star Observatory.
Author's note: What do you guys think? I hope it was unexpected. Anyways, I've been working on a separate site for this story with character bios, setting, a glossary, and much more to make it easier for you to read it. I might release it after I'm done writing the last chapter which has more surprises I promise! Until next time!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Wizard101 Community

I've noticed that I haven't been posting actual "blog posts" in awhile, just chapters of my story. Well, I want to change that. Starting now I want to do more blog posts instead of just chapters or housing parties. I think it's time I've shared my opinion on things since isn't that what blog posts are about? I think I'll start on the topic of the Wizard101 Community. Pros, cons, and everything in between. If you don't agree with my views leave a comment or if you have something you want to add do that too. I'll try to keep this blog post as brief and short as possible but I make no promises as I'm just typing and as the thoughts appear in my head because I feel that's when people get their true intentions across and they don't have to edit on what they say.

First, what is the wizard101 community? I entered this community August 2009. I had no idea what it was or what I was supposed to do. So, I just did everything that caught my eye. I still do that today. When I first started out many people didn't know who I was and some didn't like me because I was new to the outside world of wizard101 and I was ok with that. I wasn't going to force them to like me or do things my way. I'm just not like that.  Sure, I have bad days when all I want to do is turn off my friends list so housing or PvP. Or when I have a headache, or just plain exhausted when I come out rude but I really don't mean it. Most of the wizards that know me, know that I'm pretty easy going and have an open mind about almost everything. Anyways, back on to the community. This community is one of the best gaming communities I have seen. Why is that? Well, almost everyone is open minded, friendly, respectful, and the fact that everyone is differnt and not mindless followers makes it a fun community. I'm not talking about just Twitter, or Central, or Youtube. I'm talking about the ENTIRE Wizard101 Community outside the actual game as a whole. It's wonderful how you can post that you need help and seconds later another wizards responds saying they would be glad to help you on your quest or to farm for gear. It's a great feeling when you write a guide or a post that helps several people understand the game better. It's awesome when you host a party and you make new friends and PvP all night long! That's what I see the Wizard101 Community as.

However, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. I know this topic isn't one that I should bring up, but I feel as if I have to. It wouldn't be right if I just talked about the good things and not the bad ones. First of all, nobody is perfect, that's true. I've had my arguments with a fair share of wizards who only wanted fame, and free stuff. No, we weren't yelling at each other. It was a reasonable conversation, and no feelings were hurt in the end. Feeling as if you HAVE to receive an item from someone else just because you did a few things here and there is not right. The one's who receive the items either earned them or won in a contest. That's as far as I'm going into that topic of feeling that you deserve an item.

Anyways, the next thing is hating/bullying. I know this is a very sensitive topic, but this needs to be said. I've seen some bullying being done and frankly I do not like it. Sure, you can post whatever you want on a social network but attacking others and swearing at the top of your lungs is not right, and much less "cool". No one should have to be put down by anyone. I don't care who you are, you don't have the right to make other people feel worthless. "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." If you feel that someone is attack or threatening you just block them and continue on your merry way. Trying to find a sense of justice is not the road to take. I know some don't role that way because that's not the way they've been raised but trust me, "if you fight fire with fire both of you are going to get burned". If you feel that you can have a sophisticated conversation with said person then take it to private messages and solve the problem there. No one wants to see two wizards from a good community fight or a whole group of wizards battling it out on a forum/social network. What's worse is when you gang up on someone that they thought was right. If they were just trying to express what they think is right then don't try to change that. Unless it is against the rules of KingsIsle or against the Law then leave them be. However, if you are on another site owned by someone else you have to abide by their rules. If you want to use the resources of another wizard's site then you must follow their rules. Simple as that. They do not have to give you important info or let you enter their contests if you don't follow the rules.

My last and final point of the cons of the Wizard101 Community is when wizards throw up the "I Quit!" flag. Again, I have no intention of offending anyone, just the things that I have noticed. When someone throws up the "I Quit!" flag it sends alarms throughout the entire circle of whatever site you are using. Sure, when time is good and ready people need to quit playing Wizard101 to get back to their real lives, I get that. What I don't get is when wizards are having a hard time and just suddenly quitting because of it. Then, a few days later they are back. They caused a bunch of hullabaloo for nothing. It bothers me to see people cause such ruckus and return back with praises and open arm when all they really wanted is pity and attention. Again, not trying to offend anyone, just speaking in general throughout the community as a whole. But, if I don't say it, who will?

Anyways, enough with the negatives. I think it's time to focus on the future of the Wizard101 community. What I want to see in the future is one big happy wizard family. Where EVERYONE is connected and not separated and hating on other fan sites. Like Abraham Lincoln said: "A house divided against itself cannot stand". That is what we should follow. Competition is healthy, but once it gets to our head that's when you have to step back and think about what you're doing. I recently joined The Petnome Team, but I still am an avid poster on Wizard101 Central, a frequent tweeter on Twitter, and support the Wizard101 videos on Youtube that aren't about hacking or cheating the game. I know most of you do the same. Why not just stop the fighting and join together and form one community? I don't mean go all on one site. No, that won't help at all. What I mean is for us wizards to support each other on whatever we do as long as it goes with the game rules and the rules of the fan sites when we are on them. I guess that it might be awhile for this to come true, but never lose hope right?

Thanks for reading this pretty long post and I hope I didn't waste much of your time. This is a great wizard101 community, and for those who say otherwise have no idea what they are talking about.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

My Spiral Mission: Protector of the Lore [Chapter 20]

The Truth


“Angel, you’ve got to learn to let them handle things. How are they going to learn about what it takes to be a Hatake if you keep babying them and holding their hand through everything?” Cassandra Dragonheart chimed in. Angel slowly put down his bag and stared at the ground thinking how he has treated them about the whole thing. Heck, even Jeremy doesn’t know that he is the Life Hatake. How will he explain that to him?

“I guess you’re right…” Angel sighed.

“Good. Now let’s get you some popcorn and maybe some ugly muffins?” Hexythorn suggested.

“Yeah, I’d like that,” Angel nodded and grinned.

“Ok. Now let’s head to the council room. We have a meeting with RettSej,” Autumn informed him. Angel nodded and they walked towards the council room. Once they entered the council room they saw that all the other council members were there. They sat down in their respected seats and looked at each other. Kevin cleared his throat and entered the key code to start the conversation with RettSej. The hologram flickered and RettSej’s image appeared in the middle of the table.

“I was waiting for your call,” RettSej stated clearly not pleased by the wait.

“Sorry, I just got here,” Angel apologized.
RettSej grunted and continued, “Angel already told me what happened at the Arena. Is there any information that could help us figure out how to capture the ones who hired the generals?”

“If I may,” Angel began, “I would like the files on the current Hatakes and their locations that Central city has.”

“Absolutely not,”RettSej denied.

“But, with that information we could possibly inform them on the situation that has happened and maybe whatever is happening with the shadows could also be linked to whoever is after the Hatakes,” Angel argued.

“That information is confidential. The identity and location of the current Hatakes is very sensitive information.”

“Fine. I only wanted to know about one,” Angel replied.

“Which one would that be?” RettSej asked.

“The only one strong enough to summon several minions like Malistaire, and is strong enough to control Astral Magic like Morganthe,” Angel answered, “the Death Hatake.”

“You can’t possible think that a Hatake is behind this. Why would they come after their own?” RettSej questioned.

“I know it doesn’t make much sense, but the Death Hatake is the only one capable of doing all this when you think about it.”

“Angel, are you sure?” Kevin asked. The others quickly looked at Angel. Angel sighed and answered ‘yes’. RettSej cleared his throat and ordered Aivil to fetch him the Death Hatake’s file. Aivil came back almost a minute later and handed a silver and black file to RettSej. He opened it and started reading it.

“His name is Blaze Titanthorn. It says he excels in strategizing, and team work. However, according to our files it doesn’t look like he is the leadership type for large scale missions,” RettSej summarized from the file, “which makes it even less likely that he is behind this.”

“Does it say anything else?” Angel asked.

“Only that he trained in Colossal before Astral magic was banned,”RettSej answered. Angel looked towards the rest of the council showing worry all over his face. “Is there something wrong?” RettSej questioned.

“Yes, there is… During our investigations we found that the Life Hatake was attacked with a poison spell that was enchanted with Colossal…” Autumn answered There was a long pause until Angel stood up and made his way towards the exit.

“Where are you going?” Katherine asked. Angel looked back while a freezing chill was being released through every cell of his body.

“They’re in trouble. I can sense it,” with that he left the room. The others looked at one another.

“I’m going too. If Matt and Jeremy are in trouble that means so is Alric,” Alura stood up and made her way to the exit but stopped and turned towards Katherine. “Kat, can you join us? We might need a healer.”

“Sure,” Katherine Light answered, and followed Alura and Angel to where Matt and Jeremy’s “mission” was located.

He felt pain all over his body. He opened his eyes and was staring at a ceiling. The same ceiling from the first time he woke up here. He knew he was in the infirmary. He looked towards the left and he could see a wizard working on some medicine. He tried to sit only to find that his whole body was sore and he hissed loud enough that only the other wizard heard.

“No, no. Jeremy, you need to rest.” Diana Wildheart gently pushed Jeremy so he was lying down again.

“What happened?” He asked in a soft voice.

“Um… Nothing you need to worry about,” Diana smiled, but he knew that she was faking it so he didn’t press the issue any further. He just looked back at the ceiling before he fell asleep again.

When he woke up again the room was quiet and he didn’t feel any pain. Jeremy sat up without feeling sore and noticed that no one was there anymore. He let out a sigh of relief, and ran a hand through his hair but he felt something hard when he did. He quickly found there were two strange objects, but when he tried to pull it out he couldn’t. He ran to the mirror and tried to separate his hair to get a good look at the things. His eyes widened, and let out a yell when he saw that he had horns growing out of his head. He kept trying to pull the horns out but they wouldn’t budge when Diana walked in and looked directly at him.

“Jeremy you should be resting,” She told him.

“What?... Did you know that I had horns growing out of my head!?” He asked her looking back at the mirror.

“Yes,” She answered.

“Why didn’t you tell me?”

“The Council told me not to say anything about what happened in Zafaria..”

“Zafaria?” Jeremy questioned. Then, all of the events that happened flashed before his eyes. The flower, the boat ride, being attacked by weird looking creatures, Lord Raidon’s tomb, Matt and Blaze… and Alric. “Is professor Ravensinger ok?” He asked her.

“Alric? Yes, he’s fine. Angel, Katherine, and Alura brought both of you here, but his injuries weren’t as severe.” Jeremy thought it over and sighed.

“Guess I’ll just go back to sleep…” He went to his bed to lie down on his side facing away from Diana and he waited. It must have been an hour or so before Diana finally left. He quickly got up and searched the wardrobe for something to cover him up so no one recognized him. He found a dark green cloak and put it on. He opened the door and peeked out making sure no one was outside, and then Jeremy walked towards the main building at the Twi-star observatory as normal as possible. He needed some questions answered and he knew that the council could give him the answers he wanted. He entered the building and noticed something he hadn’t before. There were four hallways all going in a different directions and he didn’t even know which one the council room was in. He just tried his luck with one of them and started walking.

It must have felt like forever before he spotted Angel talking with Diana a few yards away. He didn’t look happy as Diana was telling him something. He heard Angel give a thank you and he started walking away. Jeremy decided to follow Angel since he knew he was in the council. Finally Angel entered a room and Jeremy almost jogged to the two big doors in which Angel just entered. He opened the door just a crack only enough to see the back of Angel’s chair and the face of a wizard that looked familiar sitting on the opposite side of Angel.

“What did Diana say?” He heard a voice say that sounded like Professor Autumn Fireblade.

“She said that Jeremy woke up twice. The second time he noticed the horns,” Angel informed them.

“So, what do we do now?” Alric asked.

“We should tell him the truth,” Fallon said.

“No, not yet,” Angel said to her.

“Angel, he needs to know now more than ever. He needs to know that he is the Life Hatake,” Kevin agreed with the others. Jeremy’s eyes almost popped out of his head, and he was frozen stiff. Me? Life Hatake? That’s… That’s not possible. His mind flashed every event where people were whispering, looking at him, and how some were keeping secrets from him.

“Ok, and how will I explain to him how Lord Raidon’s spirit entered his body?” Angel questioned his friends. WHAT!?! Jeremy went to feel the horns growing out of his head while he remembered the huge bust of a Forest Lord in Lord Raidon’s tomb. Now his heart was racing and his hands were shaking a little trying to keep as quiet as possible.

“We don’t need to tell him that until we know how that happened,” Cassandra Dragonheart answered.

“I’ll look into it. What about Matt…?” Alric asked Angel. Angel looked at him then sighed and answered him.

“I’ll take care of it. In the meantime, we need to be on our guard.  Since I’m no longer a Hatake I can’t be of any use to you all.”

“Angel, don’t say that,” Hexythorn began. “You don’t need to be a Hatake to be of help.” Angel smiled and thanked all of them. Jeremy heard some mumbling from the council about current problems with the popcorn shortage and he turned to the side thinking. It finally made sense to him. That dream that he had about his mother… it wasn’t a dream then.

“Jeremy? Is that you?” He looked up to see Diana walking towards him a few yards away and he heard commotion from inside the room and saw them looking at him. Before he knew it he ran. He ran until he found himself in front of the Spiral door. He looked back only once and saw Angel running towards him before he opened the Spiral door as quick as he could and slammed it shut.

“Do you think he heard?” Fallon asked.

“If he did then we’re in big trouble…” Angel answered her.

He chuckled menacingly and folded his hands behind his head “All is going according to plan…” He looked up to Matt, “Go get him.” Matt nodded and vanished in a puff of smoke and snowflakes.