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Elemental Heart

ELEMENTAL HEART
By Stephen John Walton Jr. Copyright Stephen John Walton Jr.
ISBN-13: 978-1477620564

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For my sons, Daniel John Hamilton and Nathaniel Pendragon Walton No father ever had more handsome and decent children. I love you both.

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Elemental Heart Prologue

The Elemental Heart, an organ fashioned long ago by beings called the Bacrana. Created by a union of the most superior understandings of science and ancient magick’s, the heart was made for warfare with beings beyond the touch of mortal men. The blood it pumps is that of ancient Gods and Goddesses, and it gives its bearer the power to control one of the many elements of the universe. The Heart begs for war, constantly needing infusions of energy from other hearts to grow in power and strength. Some resist this call, and choose to draw energy from the sacred element for which they are aligned. But others desire the quick, dark path. They choose to hunt other Elementals and rob them of their strength through murder. There is no middle ground; there is only the next conquest.

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Elemental Heart Chapter one North Africa 1918

The vile stench of recent death filled the air. Plumes of smoke wafted across the morning sky, clinging low above a canopy of trees that came opening up into a muddy field. This once lush plain of grass now marred with footfalls, broken weapons, and canon fire of the human’s First World War. In some places lay the small remains of human flesh. A finger here, a spray of slick organs there, all soaked in filth and blood. In the hours that had passed, the great human armies had moved and pushed to other grounds, but something more sinister had yet remained. As a wisp of thick gray mist passed before the tree line, a figure began to emerge from the east. All in black and hooded, the figure walked out onto the macabre grounds as if unaffected by the reeking of charred sinew. This person had but one purpose, and he had searched many days upon the surface of the Earth for it. He had heard whispers within his realm that his brother might still be enjoying the toils of mortal men, watching them in their lust for blood and war. However, that did not matter now. The figure had been sent by their father, with new orders from an evil long since passed and mostly forgotten by those whose lives were lived upon the surface. As the hooded man walked up a short hill before him, his foot slipped ever so slightly upon the discarded remains of a fallen soldier’s innards. He stopped for a moment to look upon the grotesque scene. His shiny black irises displayed small electric arcs of blue energy as he scanned the ground from beneath his dark hood. His head cocked just a bit, then he spat upon the ground in joyous disgust. How he loved the thought of another’s torments and how he hoped the monkey had suffered 6

Elemental Heart long before his demise. How he wished that he himself had caused this, for Cyclone Memnon loved being a scourge upon the living, and he wore that badge with an immeasurable dark pride. Looking up over the hill and into the field beyond, he saw a large black tent among a cluster of old misshapen trees, their branches reaching out and away from the dwelling as if attempting to escape from the evil within. It took Cyclone one moment to discern who was there. “Brother.” He spoke to himself with what could be called a somber joy, for he had not seen his older brother in many, many decades. Though Cyclone could not love as most understood it, he did not care but for a seldom few. And it was one of those that he had been sent to find. The flap upon the temporary dwelling blew open without a single touch from the Dark Lord. Cyclone moved inside the make shift chamber with his usual nonchalant speed, the ancient warrior only finding it necessary in his old age to move quickly at the coming advance of an enemy. He cared little for the manors of others or the respect for their personal space. Yet this was his older brother’s chambers, and a measure of respect could and would be shown to a fellow son of Xavian Vortex. As for almost anyone else on or under the surface, if they wanted it bad enough they could kill him for any respect, or try. Within a few moments, Cyclone took in the smell of the place, the scent of the air showing obviously that his brother had been cooking. From the look of the hacked and skinned limbs hanging from sharp hooks about the room, he could tell what his brother was engrossed in the creation of his favorite cuisine. Moments after his entrance he heard a shuffle from further back in the tent. Slightly cocking his head, Cyclone watched for the figure within the darkness. He shifted his eyes from light sensitive to the native sight of his people whom could see perfectly in dim light or absolute darkness. Soon enough a 7

” Cyclone announced aloud crossing his legs as he sat. Whether he did this because he was insane or not.Elemental Heart cloaked image emerged from the shadows. or just without care for it Cyclone was not sure. so easy to catch and to be forgotten. The runic like lettering looked as if they had been made with a thick brush and most likely with human blood. “I can scarcely remember a time when they were as plentiful as they are now. The sound seemed not to make his brother aware of his presence. this generation of monkey is very lean. “I have discovered a recipe for an excellent jerky. The small table was covered with scattered maps marred with notes and scribbles in his native language of Vulraniese. would you care for some my brother?” The man replied in an ancient raspy accent that would be barely understandable to modern ears. So the Dark Lord sat in the nearest chair that happened to be before a small desk. It was widely known that his brother had gone mad with age long ago. “No thank you brother. “I have lost the taste for it I’m afraid. “I see that you have not lost your taste for long pig.” “Pity. He was slouched as he walked. Especially with this meat grinder of a world war they now hopelessly engage themselves in.” The cloaked figure replied as he placed the iron pot on a hook above a small fire. I have not tasted flesh in near a decade. Cyclone arched his thin eyebrows before purposely clearing his throat aloud. and sometimes his mind wondered unto a single task. Cyclone was not sure. muttering to himself and carrying a steaming pot with both hands. As his brother walked into the front area he came to a long wooden table lined with knives of all sizes and covered in small portions of meat and blood.” Cyclone sneered craning his neck to the side as he lied. completely unaware of Cyclones presence. The figure walked slowly. The Dark Lord then realized that his brother knew he was there. he just simply did not care.” 8 .

“I care not for the needs of those peasants. “You have been summoned to Vorexia.” Cyclone said back as he fingered through the papers before him with little interest. something along the lines of love after not seeing him for so many years.” “Tell our eldest brother that he can waddle his short fat ass up here if he needs my council!” His brother snapped. Cyclone looked up from the scattered stack of yellowing maps and came to stare at the cloaked man. His brother nodded slightly at the comment with a slight grunt as he continued with his labors about the small cooking fire.” Cyclone enjoyed the taunt. when only less than half of this planet is engaged in the conflict. It gave rise to a slight smile. He cocked his head in the direction of the sitting lord before uttering silently. “Unlike the youngest of our father’s warped children.Elemental Heart “World War they call it. I will stay upon the surface while my eyes attune to this… accursed star. his irises showing electrics arcs dancing within them.” His brother spat instantaneously. I may have to respect their conceit about the matter. “Perhaps he would enjoy some man flesh with me. the middle child of an ancient three. he wanted to show his elder brother. Almost immediately the man stopped working.” Cyclone stated coldly with a certain perverse joy. “The throne has put forth the summons. “It is not Yanpre who summons thee. the jerking motion almost cracking his neck from the speed at which he turned his head in Cyclones direction.” Cyclone informed shifting slightly in his seat and awaiting the almost definitive reaction he would receive for delivering such an order.” He briefly glanced to Cyclone. 9 . “Their requests or their summons. but knew this would change after uttering a single sentence. If they were not so weak.” Cyclone informed.” He finished glancing up at the ceiling of the tent as if looking up at the Valkira hated bright sky. Deep within him. “You have no choice. And he did not mind that his twisted brother paid him little direct attention.

“Yes Anton. like Cyclone. After many perplexed 10 . the delight of his next words unable to be hidden by anything less than the personal truth of the matter. “Just this moon. he could completely understand his brother’s amazement. he claims to have found our… Demon God. Xavian Vortex. Their father. more questions arose about their fate than if he had never been heard from again. and to know at long last what fate is beheld for our people. my insane brother.Elemental Heart “Father has returned?” He could almost not believe his own revelation.” Anton Torel again looked into his younger brothers electric orbs. All but their terrible dwarf brother Yanpre Vear was relaxed in the fact that Earth was their home. But with the return of their father now apparent. In truth. “And we are summoned to hear the commands of Vulrintutakon.” Cyclone replied shifting his legs and brushing away imaginary dirt upon his dark leggings. with no intention of returning to Earth unless he had found the demon God. dismissed the idea that their father would ever return let alone return with news that he had found the God of the Valkira people. A gaze that was held for many seconds before the silence was broke. The flickering of small electric bolts played within the man active irises constant and steady before coming to rest upon his visitor. he stared into the air above his brother for a moment.” After speaking. Cyclone leaned forward closer to his brother‘s face as a slight smile made its way across his own. and one day theirs to rule. Torel had. and pondering walked across the small space coming to rest in the chair opposite Cyclone. The figure slowly turned. “Then he has found his God?” The man asked as if stunned by the revelation. had left earth for the stars in search of the messiah of the Valkira people. Slumping down.

But I am sure father will explain all when his sons stand before him for the first time in over two hundred years. Anton instantly recognized the workings of Darkstone Elementals creating new open spaces to be filled at the fresh edges of the great cavern. It took them twice as long to navigate the tunnels that lead far underground into the city. “Go on. The under city itself was already very large. “Vorexia is to be rededicated. Great spires were dotted amongst the place from ceiling to floor. but soon it will be twice as grand. It appears father has been ordered to consolidate all of our forces into one grand army for a single purpose. Pronounced stone buildings carved from the living rock lined the smooth grey streets. For reasons unknown to me at this time. most likely to accommodate the thousand or so Valkira that would be soon calling this place their home. Loud shearing explosions could be heard with thunderous booms of falling rock shortly thereafter. As we speak.’ He spoke attentively. False lights of blues and 11 . nor can I. which will now be called Valkira Prime. my brother.” Anton replied now fully engaged in the conversation and leaning back in his chair leaving his ancient eyes locked upon his younger kin.Elemental Heart moments. of which I would enlighten you.” “I can hardly wait. When the two of them arrived within the great cavern. Lights of all shades peppered their massive surface from several open portals. “And there is more.” Anton spoke more to himself then to his sibling slightly rolling his eyes.” It took only a few hours for the two Valkira to reach the surface above Old Vorexia. it was Cyclone Memnon who continued the conversation. They are to report back to the Valkira stronghold. messengers are being sent to all but a few of our under cities and all of our surface encampments. “Yes my brother.

Statues of fallen warriors from the Valkira past were set at various intersections. How righteous could they have been. The Triple Torn. some it seemed in a mad rush to perform some hectic duty as a servant of a major house. animals that they were. lesser beings. It held many small individual spires. His people had come from the stars long ago. The first of these buildings was set against the southeast.. The area in the south of the great cavern that held the three most important buildings in the entire under city. Citizens could be seen going to and fro. food or fodder and nothing more. How he detested humans. the elite acted as hectic and rushed as near immortals could be. In other cases. sisters and sons. most with just a single window all in a dark gray mold 12 . and slowly they levitated toward its apex above the entire dark majesty of the great Valkira cavern. they would have mercifully and simply killed all their prey and had been done with them. having been abandoned on this backwater rock and left to rot by the conquerors of the Vulrana people. for it was his people that had built such a majestic place far from Bacrana hands and the prying. It jutted out from the cavern wall wide from the bottom and rising to a point just below the dark ceiling. One of his regrets was that they too had left their own saviors behind. troublesome eyes of the surface monkeys. a simple yet strong radiance of several colors blazed like torches from the carved organ of elemental authority. The logic was simple to him.. there was no middle ground. Kill or be killed. It was not long before Cyclone had begun to usher him toward the holiest of hollies in Old Vorexia. to cast off their own Elemental heroes? If the Valkira had won that ancient war thousands of years ago. Most of which were shown holding the hearts of their fallen enemies.Elemental Heart purple hues illuminated most of the structures giving the imposing dwelling an ominous grandeur. Anton Torel looked over Old Vorexia with a kind of fondness. their Elemental brothers.

The Temple Azora was a place where the genetic perpetuation of the Valkira race was upheld. He was sure that his brother Cyclone would be happy to show him the newest meat in town. as to keep the lines filled with more powerful Valkira Elementals with each passing generation. Other than matrimonial capitulation. and that many a young woman held him within their nightmares both waking and asleep. or used for the sadistic whims at the hands of their male masters. To be the Mistress of the Temple held privilege and rank. It was also the responsibility of the Temple’s keeper to subjugate mortal girls from the surface and test them to see if they could handle the burden of becoming pregnant with Valkira offspring. This was difficult because most Elemental women could not reproduce. but even then nature herself found a way around this. For everyone knew that Cyclone Memnon loved his visits to the Azora Temple. This place was known as the Temple Azora. From the center of its top down to the entrance at the bottom it appeared to look like an elaborate bolt of lightning that split over the buildings grand entrance. Something about how their ancestors had genetically constructed them to be sterile. At its bottom was the gated entry to the place. For in his patriarchal society. unless they found a meager amount of luck to be attached as the matriarch of a powerful house. all in mid coquitos. was positioned to make sure that with each generation the Valkira elemental heart grew stronger.Elemental Heart lined with purple. surrounded by small luminescent statues of various demonic creatures. women held almost no power at all. At any rate. Anton made a mental note to visit the Temple before he made his eventual and surely awaited leave. called The Crimson Ward in a rough translation from 13 . allowing as little human blood within the family lines as possible. Its manager. the Mistress Azora. it was up to the Mistress of the Temple to ensure that all fertile girls reproduced with the strongest of males. they were either able to reproduce. The second most sacred of the three was the Valkira Academy.

the Valkira Academy was the place where young warriors learned how to kill. As the two brothers floated down to the entrance floor. and to use their magick’s and skills to strengthen the elemental heart. It stood sixty feet tall from the floor. yet never wishing to return to the position. If this creature were real. His torso lined with ripped abs going up to a broad chest. up between its legs hung the Demon Gods' great cock as a show of patriarchal dominance and power. He had long considered his tenure at the Academy. yellow eyes looked down upon the entrance as if alive and watching each visitor with vicious contempt. Its snout above a row of snarling teeth. shorter than normal ones with more clawed hooks then hands. As the two brothers strode proudly into the great hall some 14 . Above them were human like arms. The arch was fifty feet high by thirty feet wide and built of huge solid blocks of perfectly cut gray stones. Besides his pecks was his first set of arms. the bottom of the main hall could be seen. great talon hooked feet led to strong legs bulging with gray muscle. was the seat of power over all Old Vorexia and every place thereafter. and at its base was a small lip only a few feet in height bearing inscriptions of ancient law and civil servitude. Vulrintutakon. corded and muscular. At its heart was the largest statue in the entire city. There. Anton Torel had taught there many times as well as taking the position of Dean for several decades. Atop it. it could be called the sight of momentary death itself.Elemental Heart their native Vulraniese tongue. Atop its neck between hulking shoulders was the great dog faced God. time served. At long last they came to the southernmost corner of the under city. It was a long. The House of Kon. Located south-west of the main building. The complex had been built for the single purpose of ensuring its students would concentrate more on murder and warfare in a dull environment of blood. A great archway served as the Temple/Political center’s main entrance. multilayered building with rich dark reds painted in Valkira glyphs around every portal.

There they walked down a long passageway adorned with holographic pictures of stars and long unseen constellations. the throne seemed to reflect absent stars as if it had swallowed them long ago. the cone of pale light showed a set of white steps that went round in a wide circle below a dais. High at its back what looked like two ancient serpents intertwined into a point. The two kept walking around the statue to the opposite side of the hall. worlds with names no one remembered. A flicker of mental suggestions caused the glyphs inlaid upon the stone doors to swing open slowly with an ominous sounding slide.Elemental Heart people from the open higher levels looked down upon them. At its center was the throne of Old Vorexia. and could have done so blindly from many centuries of haunting this ancient palace of dark elemental strength. and then walked stoically inside the next chamber past its attentive guardians. The bottom of the chair was wide and looked 15 . All were of lesser houses than they. The steps lead up to a central platform not six feet from the black marble floor. Entering the wide chamber only a single source of light could be seen. Coming down from up high about the ceiling. but the brothers gave no notice. with the large skulls of ancient Bacrana Elementals as the hand rests. Upon noticing who these men were. taking in the ancient and obviously superior technology than the surface monkeys had. and therefore mere subjects of the great House of Vortex. events in a history that only few living Valkira could remember. the Knights immediately opened the stone portal. At the end of the hall they arrived at a set of large stone doors guarded by a pair of Valkira Knights. At its top was another flat surface about sixteen feet wide. Made from the charred and black stained bones of creatures unknown to this world. The arms of the throne were sleek and dark as if made from the blackest onyx. The men were stocky and bore ancient gleaming armor more for ceremony than protection. The brothers hesitated for the briefest of moments.

pushing so far to the very threshold that many times the dwarf would simply faint from exertion. Yanpre quickly put an end to anyone who mentioned his height. So Yanpre pushed the very boundaries of his elemental heart. Once. Learned every lesson by watching. he learned all he could from those ancient solders around him. was nowhere to be seen. As well as doing this. but even more so to the naturally seven to eight foot tall Vulrana. most of which no one alive but his father could remember. He did this for many good reasons. Yanpre Vear was a dwarf. meant to strike fear into its visitants as well as showing it to be the ultimate power in all the realms. Its owner however. He was an outcast. and furthermore. In his place. heard every tale with an open ear. Yanpre took from life what nature had robbed him of in the first place. he would have not even been allowed to live if it had not been for his prestigious heritage. He was too small to be taught any of their weapons or hand to hand combat traditions. As the young lord took in more and more. For not only was 16 . Strengthening it as if it were his sword arm. These native warriors both gigantic and powerful laughed silently at the dwarf hybrid when Xavian was not to be seen. Yanpre Vear did not take kindly to being treated with such disrespect. Yanpre was the first known biological son of Xavian Vortex. It was an omnipresent sight. it bolstered his insatiable need for knowledge from which he knew true power was attained. the finality of it all was the most feared man in all the Valkirium. considered almost laughable compared to the seven to eight foot tall Vulrana Elementals among whom he first called kin. and pushed further and further.Elemental Heart like the folds of ancient robes. very long ago. Yanpre was not only short in human terms. No other ancient thrones in all of the Valkira under cities were as majestic or even came close to being its equal. sitting mid-way up the white marble stairs was the oldest of the three sons of Xavian Vortex. Conceived within a century after the arrival of his father's race.

and eaten too many Manimals. The Imp of crowns slowly raised his head at the approach of his kin. His short height offset by the steps on which he stood. also in their father’s native tongue. His eyes held the small electric arcs within his irises as was common for the direct descendants’ of the father of the Elemental race. ‘I’ve missed you. “You have spent too many years upon the surface my brother. Black orbs filled with electric arcs scanned as he looked over his family. You have grown fat and ugly in your precious sunlight. I love you. Save the haphazard rows of silver that marred the perfect dark color. His face was almost as the shade of white pearl except for the bushy black and silver strands of his eyebrows and wild beard.” His brothers spoke in the customary reply.’ “Good that you stay within the safety of these caverns my 17 . he had an exceptionally low tolerance for failure. his voice shrill yet mid pitched. but this quickly passed. Even when Yanpre's face was not visibly expressive. “Hail and well met. three of those would be within the same chamber for the first time in over two centuries.Elemental Heart his mind sharp with a wit that could cut like a razor. his hair was long and just as black.” Anton knew this was his oldest brother’s way of saying. He had an image to maintain after all. the distinct scowl lines were still present. The smallest of smiles came across his ancient face in what most would call a painful looking motion.” Yanpre spoke in Valraniese. and welcome home. “I come bearing heart. Of all the beings within this world only four meant anything at all to him and within moments. and more power in his short stubby fingers than most Warlords held within the folds of their rib cages. as if he had not smiled in many long years. Yanpre stood before them. For a moment he found something relative to joy. Clad in the jet-black robes of Valkira nobility.

The serpents too began to move. What could be seen of it was the tip of his nose down. along with enough sarcasm to choke an elephant. “Raise my sons. As he spoke.” The three greeted in his native tongue. “Hail and well met Father. Yanpre came down the last few steps to kneel beside his brothers in respect of their father presence. all of which was the palest of white. he motioned up with one pale hand. Upon his entrance. before they heard wisp of air within the windless hall. “It’s lovely to have the whole clan back together.” Cyclone spoke openly so his brothers could hear. long black fingernails at its thick yet boney tips. Vortex slid back without looking behind him and with no noticeable movement of legs. was given the respect speak first 18 . being the oldest. His face was all but hidden. untwisting themselves and coming to rest hunched at the sides of his great seat. The father of the Elemental race slid forward to the top of the nearest steps.” Vortex spoke in a deep booming voice that echoed strongly and would have done so even if the hall could not support such reverberations of sound. He came to rest in his throne with the same fluidic movement. Yanpre.Elemental Heart brother. Small lips were wrapped in a thin silver mustache that came down into a long bearded point just and few inches below his chin. dancing as if happy to feel their master's grace once more.” Anton replied without a moment’s lapse. As if formed out of the blackness behind the lighted throne. Even the shape of his body was hidden by the constant distortion of his robes. stepped an ancient figure that stood eight feet tall. if that be possible. The star like lights emblazoned upon the throne slowly came to life. The stars light would make you look… shorter. The three shared what could be considered a laugh. hooded and bearing a long cloak of what looked like fabric caught in-between dimensions.

not gather them into one whole here. as you had said. “Great father. yet plainly. the Valkira heart has become stagnant. my powerful son. and therefore an extension of God himself. They are mandated by the one true Lord and God. but let them loose all over this globe to finally take what is rightfully ours from Bacrana and Monkey alike. I suspect you feel 19 . and his words are law. while the Elementals' heart has grown in size and strength. we must obey each command. And in his absence we have seen the calm of cold war numb our ranks. “I ask that you release our forces. making them fat and lazy. Since you are here now. we have waited many years for your return. The only thing that kept his sarcasm in check was the fact that the only three people who outranked him in society were the only other three in the room. Your return. “ Cyclone. As the veil of time closes in upon his return to his people. was only to occur if you had found your lord Kon. They have slowly passed without the wisdom of our great Elemental father. as only his ego would allow. “Father. for we are his chosen people. So he stepped forward and began as much of a heartfelt greeting as the evil dwarf could muster.” Yanpre stepped closer to the base of his father’s throne.” The air around Vortex seemed to shift as the transient folds of his cloak whipped slightly about his legs. and the Australians in Tempra nor have doubled in number. “The command to bring our forces together is not mine. he who created us all. The treaty of Narn has held us all at bay. The Elemental under cities of Elvin Galorn and Southern Core have prospered. ever the skeptic.Elemental Heart with their father. He let the last of Yanpre’s voice reverberate within the hall. and then began to issue his orders. But I fear that during your absence. you have been absent for over two hundred years. The Ancient Valkira knew almost no other way to speak to anyone. took two steps closer to match his oldest brother in distance to the throne. as was your orders. He chose his words carefully.

a high priest of the one true God. Vortex again began to speak again. At first glance. From there it was attached to the shoulders of its robes with small chains to a long cloak. and spikes from brow to back that grew larger as they proceeded. He could not believe the gall of his brother’s words. standing at an even seven feet. where is this Demon God? And when may I meet him?” Yanpre shaking his head gave a side glance to his youngest brother that would send most men into a fetal positioned panic. but they still could not be certain. So I ask you father. which came down around the sides of its face and behind his head all the way to the base of its neck. leading up to a small jaw and mouth. He had practically called their father a liar! Asking him to show proof?! The dwarf lord reminded himself to chastise the pup shortly after this reunion was over. At its feet it wore what looked like black boots covered mostly by slivers of metal that looked to be a form of silver. The iron cross of Vulrintutakon that was held aloft at the things left shoulder. It had two slits for a nose. “This is Skulwring. Its hands were rich dark green and had three long fingers with a shorter thumb. This one was also very tall. The top of its brow and head could not be seen for it was covered in a bright silver helmet. guessed to be male. it is inside a pure pitch black. simply gave an almost unnoticeable chuckle as their father continued. And 20 . no nails could be seen. As it came into full view. adorned by an even darker red sash from top left to its right waist bearing glyphs and markings they could not understand save one. Anton however. It had sharp studs lining its edge. mostly because of the brother's ingrained sense of patriarchy. another figure appeared. Its neck was dark green and thin. It wore a robe of mostly blood red.Elemental Heart to have found him. It came down to the floor and shown the same bright silver outside with ridges and more markings. and large black almond shaped eyes that flickered with some kind of lizard like green lid from outside in. Xavian motioned his left hand out next to him.

” Anton Torel replied with his raspy accented tone. Upon your return you 21 . For this.Elemental Heart in my future absence is to be the voice of Kon on this world. You have been upon the surface more than any ancient who now lives.” “We are to endure your absence again Father?” Yanpre asked after the shock of seeing the alien had passed. and Skulwring who will now take charge at the Temple of Kon. Because of this. “But what of our people? They are in need of your guidance. For his is the will of Kon. The second eldest snapped into full attention at the sound of his the impatient voice. In my absence you are to oversee the formation of Valkira Prime. I order you to do as follows.” “Anything father. This you must do my son. you are the most militarily educated of my children.” The Dwarf replied. Absent and unhindered by the false morals of lesser beings. You are the most vicious of all the Valkira since the time of our creation. “You will go back to the surface. “Anton Torel. then moved back to stand beside Cyclone.” “My son. your brothers. you shall bear a task I have designed for you. Anton thought he had heard his father call his name from someplace far away. You are to create a circle from which you will administrate the power of my throne. When he speaks.” “It shall be done father. How perhaps he could use these herbs as well as some monkey to create a meat pie. bowing slightly. you have lived longer than any other creature born of this world. He was engrossed in the thoughts of how this alien might taste with some pepper and garlic. You will prepare our people for the coming conflagration. it is to be obeyed. What would it taste like? Could he jerky the green creature? Did it even have meat to use? All this was ripped from his thoughts as again and this time for sure he heard his father call his name. former Dean of the Crimson Ward. You are the wisest of my sons. Within this circle shall be the heads of all the former Valkira states.

Do you understand?’ “Yes Father. you are to usher them to the Temple Azora for breeding. yet as many as he murdered he had never gotten a clear chance to kill the immortal himself. We will need many Warlords who will not be hindered by the light of the closest star. the unseen terror of children. the salamanders. But most of all. and thank you Father. even if you had them. The mad man instantly began to think of the last recipe he was working on.” Cyclone Memnon. and never gloat. the scourge of mortal and immortal men alike. descendants of the Elemental hero of home world Liam Rah. and the prestige. still lived somewhere upon the surface. bringing them into the Valkira ranks. For the pride of it mostly.” His son replied. Cyclone had ceased. Ensure that the treaty of Narn is not prematurely or openly broken.” Vortex said aloud. “You are the most brutal of my sons. the fire casters. You are silent death. As you do this you may find female born. It shall be done. You are to create a new chapter in our ranks. a Valkira Warlord who several times had faced members of that accursed line of Rah. the waking nightmare of women. Always you have done what I bade without question. “Yes father. Kill without being seen. who can kill as well in daylight as if wrapped within the fold of night. You end lives with the shortest of strokes. But to 22 . without showing or leaving any sign of us. your primary mission is to end the line of Rah once and for all. the Valkira Assassins. “Cyclone. Their job is to thin the population of the surface Elementals. almost. He had personally charged himself with this task long ago. in this task when the treaty had been signed by his father and the Arch-Mage of Southern Core.Elemental Heart will coordinate the training all surface born Elementals. And for this I have a mission for you as well. If so. but understood ‘return to the surface’ clearly. You never linger. but eloquent in your brand of viciousness.” Anton kind of heard what he was told. And as last rumor had it.

” 23 . yet ominous reply. Cyclone had only a single. The Dragonfyre line will cease to be. “It will be done with blade. and the seeming enlightenment that perhaps the demon god Kon really did exist made this task even more paramount. For as the ancient lore had it only a son of Rah could slay the demon god. scorn and pain my father.Elemental Heart be mandated now to complete this task by his father.

The boy still in shock from the horrors he had witnessed just minutes before. Liam heard a rustle from the treetops accompanied by a strange sound that mimicked a wisp of wind. Great pales of heated sweat flowed down through his short gray hair as billowing plumbs of mist wafted off into the night air. Such a light would give them away in the pitch darkness of midnight easily he thought. He regretted even to admit to himself that he honestly could not keep up this escape even if he were not holding the last of his kin. He looked up to see at least three forms taking flight with great haste overhead beneath the showering moonlight. Yet Liam’s only concern was spiriting the boy away as far and as fast as he could. but still managed to stand even with the added weight of the youngster. He knew well that his irises burned with exasperated power from his elemental heart. His old yet solid body fell against a nearby tree.Elemental Heart Chapter Two Ridley Creek State Park Ridley. This was music he knew well enough to know that a symphony of destruction was about to play. His breath heaved throwing pains that ricocheted through his immortal lungs. 1987 Liam Rah sprinted recklessly through the dense nighttime forest. His ancient elemental arms grew heavy from the burden of carrying his nine-year-old successor. Several times he almost tripped over the roots jutting out from the forest floor. It took him several minutes to realize. he was not as strong as he used to be. 24 . The refection of twin crimson lights showed upon his aged skin. Pennsylvania June. He brought up his right hand close to his face. The Hero of home world had to stop for a moment’s respite. The terrain leaving him no respite as it rose and fell.

Elemental Heart But rather than be its audience. So the ancient salamander took in two heaving breaths in an attempt to calm the red of his eyes. With a furious kick. he could hear at least two more Valkira flying in formation overhead. starring somewhere within limbo. Liam scanned over the lad with his crimson bright eyes. Just as quickly he ran inside and shut what was left of the barrier with haste. and placed the small boy upon it. he could finally take notice that the boy was in a state of shock. and searched him with his hands for any wounds. he leapt forward over a fallen log and out into an open field before him. the wood splintered as the iron locks gave way to his force. He quickly began to go over this familiar terrain in his head. As he did. Searching his memories for a place to hide his lineage. an old colonial cabin came to mind. He couldn’t be too bothered with that now. His job was to save the last of his murdered clan. Liam darted quickly to it staying within the darkness of the tree line. He was slightly aware that his Grandfather’s voice 25 . When a small calm came over him at the realization that the boy had not been hurt. and then he could make the attempt to slay their assassins. But the descendants of these men were naturally nighttime beings. Looking about he spied a small wooden chair. and hurried off once again into the night. He hoped they could not see him. and their night eyes were very keen. Even as his legs burned. his eyes darted to the west. he would take steps to be its conductor. He had unknowingly let his liquids drain into his underwear. He had no control over his body as it rocked back and forth in the slightest of movements. His small amber hazel eyes locked in place. His keen orbs spotted the outline of the nostalgic colonial cabin now used as a tourist attraction. Liam wasted no time when he came to the old wooden door of the cabin. Once there. John Llue Rah was completely numb.

and Liam continued as he handed the boy a small satchel. He felt a sharp pain across the right side of his face. As if his mind was locked and kept running in a cycle of disbelief at the nightmares he was forced to realize. There were too many other variables in play. above all. was the prize. Clear your mind of all other things and listen very closely to what I am to tell thee. It is older than any record by man or elemental. No matter what you see or hear. but his brain would not let those sounds form into intelligible words. And it is imperative that you survive this night. Do you understand me?” The boy moved his once innocent eyes to and fro. So the ancient squared his shoulders and spoke as directly to the young man as possible. You are now the last of our line. The boy motioned no. It is the one thing that can save the future. and simply listened to what his grandfather was trying to say. The boy nodded slightly. and then almost began to cry. “This relic is of ancient power and evil. Perhaps they had not noticed him escape with the boy. They would not stop until they were all dead. So he swallowed the spit that had gathered about the inside of his lower lip.Elemental Heart was speaking to him. But it didn’t matter. Stay silent as a still night. Let nothing creature or man hear you. “Johnny you must listen closely. The pain was too great and the shock still too heavy upon his fragile young mind. Liam knew there was little he could do at this moment to comfort the boy. His eyes fixed upon those of his Grandfather staring back at him in a glowing shade of crimson. at times resting on that of Liam’s. He needed to take care of the Valkira now hunting them outside. Liam knew that he. nothing in his world made sense. After a few moments he could make out the phrases ‘are you hurt?’ and ‘come back to me son’. and with it he became mildly coherent. you are not to cry out or move. After what he had witnessed less than twenty minutes before. and only people of our line who carry the dragon’s blood 26 .

the slayer of Vulrintutakon. He mouthed the words ‘I love you too Grandpa’. to be a salamander is a hard thing. As important as they were. He turned once more to look at the last of his kin. For as your heart grows stronger. he cursed himself under his breath for not teaching him all these legends before tonight. and always remember that I will always love you. so will the thoughts of your mind become wilder. It is to be hidden from all else and passed only to members of our line for if either it is lost. He had to hope that Johnny would discover these things on his own.Elemental Heart may use it without fatal consequence. or we die out. At least there. and the bearer of the Zyton. Emotions run deep within our lot. Liam put his arms around the young boy in the most powerful hug he had ever given him. more than just this Earth shall burn. Stay strong. he knew the boy could find enough pieces of the puzzle to fill in the lessons he had yet not been taught. Do you understand son?” Again the boy nodded.” With that sentiment Johnny’s eyes became fixed upon Liam’s. the first salamander. stood and turned to his fate. true. the flaking and red trimmed pieces of the garment swung loosely to the floor. Perhaps one day find his way to the ancient Hall of Tides. the hero of home world. and as we go on most of us become insane. The ancient Elemental squared his broad shoulders and walked to what was left of the old wooden door. But he had no time to make up for it. With 27 . but no sound could be conjured from his small throat. “Johnny. Liam Rah. the Dragonfyre. Then it was over. and Liam knew he could spend no more time explaining himself to the boy. and for this I am sorry my love. But it is a fact of who we are. And with that. You must remember to temper your thoughts and emotions with understanding and calm. You will always be hunted because of who you are. as well as his personal logs. As he removed the blood stained undershirt from his body with the heat of elemental fire.

This pleased Liam. Liam slowly opened the portal to peer outside.” He said in his native tongue. it had been decided. The flash of it caused trees within its path to immolate instantly. He could feel his eyes once again bearing the crimson glow of his hearts power. and when he was convinced there were no hidden eyes about. “Live well. he allowed a grin to form across his ancient face. and made three now very visible Valkira Assassins cover their eyes from the great painful flash around them. Every sense that made Liam who he was had now forced all his faculties into gleaming precision. the ancient warrior slipped back into the night toward the tree line. and his grin became courageously menacing. His brow furrowed. Therefore.Elemental Heart a sincere yet half smile he spoke one last thing. Then as if grease lighting threw up both of his hands at the forest edge. Quickly and as silently as he could Liam sprinted over fifty yards from the cabin to an adjacent field. grinning a warrior’s grin. His eyes sharpened into crimson daggers that were ready to strike hard into the chests of his prey. With it an old pride consumed him. and die fighting my lad. the Dragonfyre. This was the place where the dire symphony was to be conducted. Moreover. Liam took several steps backwards away from the tree line. A long ago feel from his warrior past now crept into his being and steeled his heart. proclaimed himself to his would be assassins. “I am Liam Rah! Slayer of Demon Gods! Born of Bacrana! Who are you to think you can challenge me! Come fourth and face me infants! Or crawl back to your mother‘s breast 28 . Liam Rah. From his hands flew fourth a stream of fire so bright and so intense it was as if day were suddenly spawned from the ominous dark. He then heard the unmistakable sound of three pairs of Valkira boots swooping into a landing somewhere in the forest to his right.

Just as fast. Younger and less experienced as they may be. Liam guessed in an effort to intimidate him. Liam leapt forward into a roll. for you have seen the face of death itself! Shaken and wetting yourself from the sight of me!” From around the fire lit trees blazing like living torches came three men. indeed. a joke to him. The Elemental's aura lit up with flames then collapsed in toward his center mass. He hunched down a bit as a lite orange haze formed around his body as the ancient drew upon his elemental energies. It would not work. Liam threw his arms out to his sides as if they were. grasping one of the Valkira's fallen daggers as he did 29 . Elementals descended from the dark half of his native world. Liam knew his old nemesis Xavian Vortex would not have sent green horns to slay him. The three instantly attacked Liam. “Well?” He spat as if dealing with a group of children. drawing long daggers in both hands as they came. These were Valkira. But they had never faced a foe like Liam Rah. Each looking him over in silence. The three came to stand ten feet before the ancient. A fourth had been silently creeping up behind the ancient. These were seasoned Warlords. Liam threw out his arms as a globe of fire energy exploded outward in all directions throwing the three Valkira several feet away with colossal force. They would be gravely disappointed if they even attempted to believe that he was at all shaken by these half-bred Vulrana.Elemental Heart and weep silently. With a fluidic movement Liam brought his arms up and crossed them over his chest. Before the energy had even dissipated. and was caught by the sprays of liquid like fire being flung as if hit by a cannon. Liam knew well these were far more powerful and dubious then any mortal opponent. All in tight fitting black uniforms from head to toe. and he was sure what stories they had heard about the fallen before him would make these Valkira wary of any tricks the old man might use.

Yet as the power of that creature’s soul filled his chest it spread like wildfire throughout his whole body. The assassin stopped short and brought up his hand. As he came down he did so atop one of the assassins driving the weapon hard into the Elemental's heart. His muscles greeted this energy with jubilation’s of twitches. A spray of blood escaped the Valkira’s lips heaving a spray of blood that showed itself in red splatter about Liam’s heaving chest. that he was conceived nothing within any realm would escape his wraith. and sporting an aura of flames. Yet his salamander mind began to wander. Liam leapt toward the third in the forest with complete abandon. his lungs did not hurt and took in air as if new. his eyes lit up with a bright blue as he screamed from his gaping maw. But this was all in vain. His mind sped up all his reactions into a flow of unparalleled swiftness. breaking his neck in a loud crunch killing the Valkira instantly. Within seconds a flash of quantum energy that looked like multicolored lighting surrounded by a plume of ethereal mist flew from the Valkira’s heart and into Liam’s. Turning his head to the open field he caught the sight of another Valkira beginning to run in his direction. The Heartrage had taken hold. shutting his mouth instantly as he struck home into the brain. many years. Liam had not taken a heart in many.Elemental Heart and spring boarding up into the air. Liam darted over to another Valkira attempting to rise to his feet. The transfer took only seconds with the last of it coming from the assassin’s eye sockets leaving them devoid of all color and smoking as if cooked. Deeper and deeper into a rage so acute. The Valkira had no time to move as Liam drove his stolen dagger up into the soft pallet of flesh beneath his jaw. His bones hardened his heartbeat strong and true. spewing forth a tunnel of cloudy wind from his palm at the ancient. For Liam knew the tricks of these creatures and shot fourth a bolt 30 . The Valkira’s head shot up from the ground. With burning eyes of crimson. The Ancient put both hands about his enemy’s head and turned it clear round.

All of them attempting to kill the Dragonfyre. The Bacranian had moves for moves. After his pronouncement he held a wide menacing smile. Reconstituting into solid form. Not stopping to take his essence. He dodged instinctively 31 . Liam walked out into the field stepping purposely over his latest kill. Quickly Liam picked up the discarded sword and as he did. the blade came to life in bright flames. lifting him slightly off of the ground and breaking it with a crunch with a single fiery hand. From all directions they came. Another came straight for him thrusting a katana to Liam’s belly. A Valkira swung an axe lit by a purple energy at Liam’s head. gleefully noticing that the invitation was accepted by many. The perceptive old elemental of fire transferred into an insubstantial form of living flames and passed harmlessly through the curved blade dodging to his right. then stepped left in a half turn and cut up across the chest of another. he grabbed the assassin by his masked face and bent him backwards driving his right knee into the back of the fools head. gaping wound open enough to see the fire bolt still in flight behind him. As he breathed in the smoke rising up from its charred remains he let out a mighty howl into the silent night. He turned and sliced across the chest of one attacker. leaving a burning. Liam continued the turn abandoning the weapon and grabbed the first attacker by the back of the neck. and counters for them all. and all who tried meeting a fatal and gruesome end for their efforts. for this were not the first time Liam stood alone upon a hopeless battlefield. Swooping down from the starlit heavens and breaking up through the ground they came. From air and earth they attacked. The salamander dodged to his left and turned driving his dagger into another attacker’s heart.Elemental Heart of fire from his mouth that traveled clear down the center of the vortex continuing through the chest of the Valkira. It was an invitation to all those in the area to come and greet a fiery death.

32 . Nevertheless. pale face. “We may need reinforcements. only about five foot five. the legends say it was this being that tore Kon’s soul from his mortal coil. was simply amazing. His jaw flew completely off. His brow was thin. “How many shall I call milord?” Scarfus replied scanning the battlefield before coming to rest his dark eye’s upon his master. and dark eyes of those native to Valkira Prime. Scarfus. Liam brought the blade around again decapitated the creature for good measure.. muscle. to be as quick and agile as to fend off the thirty or so Valkira Cyclone had sent in his first wave. Sprays of blood.” Cyclone said more to himself than to the second in command at his side. this hero was proving his merits. Cyclone turned his pasty face slightly to the left in the direction of his second in command. but what are legends if not ancient stories of hero’s past? At the moment. leaving his forehead openly exposed as his frontal lobe started to seep out. his face fitting to the same save for a wide mouth and several scars that showed his accent into the position. Cyclone Memnon watched his men being torn apart one by one. The younger Valkira had been in the first group of assassins the Dark Lord had trained. the Dark Lord never had a more loyal servant in recent memory. He had the normal black hair. Not that Cyclone indulged himself to believe in such religious rubbish. He was short.. After all. and gray matter could be seen by the light of Liam’s fire. He saw in this a new found respect and admiration for the Bacraniese hero of home world. But for all his deadly aspirations into Cyclones second in command. In the same motion he lent back to avoid a strike to his head and brought up the katana in a vertical chop that past clear through the face of his latest attacker. It would have been a shame for this Elemental Hero to have gone down with not a fight. The Dark Lord nodded slightly in approval.Elemental Heart forward and turned completely to cut across another decapitating him in a clean stroke.

all with vivacious energy and attacking with pure recklessness. if you could call it that. Its head. Liam did his best to keep up with the terror. a Darkstone. They ran in from the forest and came down from above the surrounding trees. “All of them. more seemed to be rushing in to take advantage of the newly acquired space. Liam shot out with another powerful globe of fire all about him. As the nearest aggressors were blown away into the night. Not forty feet away from Liam the grassy earth began to bend upward as if reaching for the stars. or sword from a dead or soon to be slain enemy. Its arms were almost human like save for the solid exterior and the two club like boulders it had for 33 . As the dirt and rock that once lay beneath the ground tumbled over. the fire elemental felt within the heat of battle the energy of enemy reinforcements. rust. The enslaved creature looked as though it was forged from living rock. a terrible rumble shook the earth with such magnitude that every standing person including Liam had no choice but to fall to the ground. Some of the Valkira took to hovering. abandoning weapons and fighting bear handed only to pick up another temporary axe. but most fell about him as well. was a misshapen boulder that had two bright yellow orbs for eyes and a crusty gaping maw for a mouth that roared in the night like a primeval titan. Out of the flying dirt and debris of slain bodies came up into the air one of the terrors of Valkira Prime. and earthy orange. Its massive chest was rocky and colored in a combination of browns. dagger. but found that small strikes were breaking through his defense leaving wounds about his entire body.” As if Liam wasn’t fighting franticly enough. Working through the panic. dodging and striking.Elemental Heart Cyclone waited and watched the violent demise of his ranks before deciding. the mass collapsed to the sides of a rising monstrosity. Then in the midst of it all. some covered in explosive flames.

His hands lit with a blue flame and then settled upon his skin as a reddish scale armor replaced the flames covering it. He did not question why it was happening without the artifact. Liam’s form began to change. With a menacing grimace. a blue flaming aura and after its leave. He leapt up and forward. the Salamander deflected a blow from a war hammer to his chest. as he did thin rays of fire shot out from his back. With each strike. The Darkstone slammed both of these onto the new earth mounts beside it and pushed itself up further as it raised one of its knees in an attempt to make footing upon the surface. Liam used the excitement of the pain to crush the overextended attacker’s larynx with a knife-handed chop and move toward the giant opponent. by slamming down hard upon the head if the thing. But Liam was not about to give it that chance. This transformation was the effect of the Zyton. The sting of the blade ripping 34 . Upon landing. With each strike from his now armored hand a bit of the creatures rocky head began to chip away.Elemental Heart hands. With a grunt. But it was not long before its Valkira brethren began to show it some support. The same began to happen with his arm. a red-scaled gauntlet had formed with a point at the elbow. he began to strike blows with his right hand into the back of its head. and with it Liam abandoned his strategy. of which he had left with his young kin. Liam felt the distinct pain of a dagger driving into his left thigh. These rays solidified into red-scaled wings that Liam used to flap his way up onto the creatures left shoulder. he griped as tightly as he could upon a jutted edge on the left side of the creatures head. This gave him a few moments to remove the dagger from his leg while gathering his bearings. and taking a glancing blow to his right hip. Quickly rising to his feet. leaping again from the beast flapping his scaled wings to the other side of the battlefield behind the raging monster. He didn’t have the time and frankly needed all the help he could get.

and if this were to be exhausted it could cause sudden death. Their eyes wild with energy. taking the power into their hearts and using it to revitalize their own strength. Liam now wounded at his leg had to rely on his elemental fire to stave them off. Some were very well trained and could dodge these affects with some ease. growling and shouting as they came.Elemental Heart back out of his muscle was not an unfamiliar sensation. that this form of attack was dangerous for two reasons. Liam was taken aloft with it attempting to escape the slew of incoming attackers. Some could even absorb his energy. Several Valkira took to flight after him but 35 . he was dead anyway. as a cluster of assassins drove in around him at a frantic pace. some of your opponents could deflect. It took him a moment to realize that a huge boulder fist was coming straight down in his direction. they broke in at all sides attempting to usher in this ancient’s demise. But Liam had no time for such worries. their thoughts of nothing but blood. or even absorb this energy if they were strong enough to do so. As a slight spray of blood shot out with the last of the daggers edge. The dammed bastards of Valkira Prime just kept coming. Liam. Liam again shot our flames in all directions using his open palms to direct each shot. the old warrior looked about. Quickly he jumped to his right in an attempt to dodge the blow. The first being that when overwhelmed by an opposing force. The intensity of the heat burned enemies alive and left imprinted red scorch marks along the ground after each blast. Time was not on his side he noticed. but one he had hoped never to feel again. as the boulder slammed down with an exploding discharge right next to his feet that kicked up dirt with a shower of grass. as all trained Elementals knew. reflect. The second being that this reckless use of energy drained the elemental heart quickly and would leave Liam weak and vulnerable. Liam rose grabbing the boulder as the Darkstone elemental raised his mighty arm. Arcs of deadly molten fire sprayed out among the Valkira in all directions from Liam. If he did not use whatever he had.

The blasts ricocheted at first. his focus completely on death and destruction.Elemental Heart were knocked from the air by bolts of fire energy from Liam’s crimson flared eyes. thankfully to Liam squashing some of the Valkira beneath its titanic fall. Its head glowed red from the heat within. nor apparently feel him as he swung round the creatures head and tried to drive his arm into the monster’s eye. The Darkstone lumbered in a wobbled stance for a moment. The Valkira screamed dropping straight down as he grabbed his own. As it did. blowing apart the things boulder hand in a massive explosion. even as he felt the sting of something hitting him in his good leg. Liam did not stop pounding fire at the goliath’s massive eye. Liam’s fist struck what felt like solid stone behind the blazing color of its orb. With a continuous stream of lighting quick fire bolts that the Darkstone’s eye exploded. and then fell back to its right with a powerful crash. The titan howled as it felt the fire elemental’s armored appendage drive home deep inside its glowing cavity. But it could not spy Liam. 36 . and looked down to see a spearhead coming up through his thigh. One in particular took a nasty bolt into his face. it looked for its target ready to level another blow. Liam summoned a steady stream of fire bolts from his open palms in a fierce projecting stream. Yet it appeared that the Darkstone's eye was not soft as a normal eye should be. The Darkstone elemental brought its other hand up to instinctively protect itself. coming to stop just in front of the beasts face. Liam kept up his attack for a few seconds more. and as it did Liam took to a hovered flight swiftly. The Heartrage had taken over the ancients mind. the orbs melting away from their sockets in a sticky blood filled ooze that slid out in-between the Valkira’s fingers. Liam again felt something jabbing his once good leg. then followed in the same fate with a great cracking boom. When the great beast had finished bringing its stone arm up. but then began to heat its unharmed eye to fracture. With all his might.

“It is good to see that the Hero of home world is worth every legend told about him. The blade stuck into his upper arm penetrating into the bone. not that Liam would have known him anyway. drifting back into the darkness of night. rising once again in a futile effort to defend himself. He instinctively grabbed the spears shaft with his right hand. Liam looked directly into the eyes of his attacker. as blood began to flow from the wound like a thick red waterfall. the Valkira pulled the spear from his gut with a wet slurp. The Dark Lord ominously closed in to stand before Liam’s kneeling form. The wouldbe killer reluctantly obeyed. hoping to be the one to take the ancients powerful heart. and brought the long weapon up for a killing blow to his elemental heart.Elemental Heart With a force not his own the spearhead pulled him to his right and toward the ground with aggravated speed. What was left of the Valkira numbers began to circle their prey with menacing smiles. Liam screamed in pain and dropped to both knees. “Stop!” Came an order from somewhere near. Liam slammed down upon the earth. For his effort. He leaned and swatted away a blow to his left from a sword. a Valkira drove a long spear into his gut just above the right hip. As he did. For if you were to fall easily. Liam pulled the dagger free with his left hand. but his legs were both tired and infirmed. his face covered in by a black mask and showing no hint of who he was or his reaction to the event. In his place a hooded Cyclone Memnon emerged. But still he gritted his teeth and scowled at the man in complete defiance. The Fire Elemental attempted to stand. but the wound upon his arm made the attempt feeble at best. He could not help but hold a certain reverence for the man. and then straightened it as he removed his hood. I may 37 . He cocked his head slightly. An evil grin grew across his pale face at the delight of finally having this moment within his murderous grasp. He had hunted him for countless years as he had his entire line. then was stabbed in his right arm by a flying dagger.

He knew very well that the man was dead for he could feel his ancient power churning within himself. I would not give you the chance to recover…” Cyclone replied matter of factly.” “Are you just going to flap you tongue?” Liam spat as blood fell from his mouth with every panting breath. his eyes colorless. But as he did. the respected mortal enemy of my father. He spat upon the ground. “No.” Cyclone then turned to the Valkira behind him and motioned to have him give over his spear. he walked again to Liam’s body overlooking it. and gave another menacing smile. Liam’s husk fell smoking and silently to the ground.Elemental Heart not have believed you were him. Over and over they struck Cyclone into his. the globe shot directly into the center of Cyclone knocking him back several feet.” 38 . With that. as they glowed a wild blue from their center out across his sockets. After nodding in approval. Without hesitation. It took Cyclone a moment to get back to his feet. Turning back. some directly into his eyes. and let’s go home. “Valkira!” He shouted out to the whole of his core. The Dark Lord looked about at the carnage surrounding him. “Burn our dead. his eyes betrayed the amount of power now held within him. Cyclone drove the spear directly into the ancient salamander’s elemental heart. Within an instant. The surge lasted several seconds until a single bluish orb wrapped in red energy slowly emerged from Liam’s heart. “I just wanted to give the reverence due the Dragonfyre himself. grey and smoking without the energy of his hearts life. Liam stared right back at his eyes. Arcs of ethereal energy criss crossed around Cyclone and entered his elemental heart from chest and back. Liam screamed as great bolts of red energy flew from his chest. he looked the simple weapon over. So much so that Cyclone had a hard time holding onto the spear. giving a slight nod in respect. disgust held in his gaze that had never seen an equal.

He watched as the Valkira flew off or ran out into the night away from the scene.Elemental Heart John Llue Rah had dared to look out the window of the cabin after hearing the first explosion of his Grandfather’s elemental power. and priestess of Elvin Golorn. He had watched the entire battle play out in every sequence. almost goddess like. Come young Rah. an Akashan. Johnny dared to open one eye and look up. it is for me now to protect thee. I was a friend of Liam. Johnny dashed away from the window and hid beneath an old wooden table. But it did not come. Johnny shut his eyes tight and waited for death. and all those who call him kin. he knew his life was about to come to an end.” The female voice said in a melodic tone. In its place was the voice of a woman. She wore blue and white robes that came all the way down to her sandal clad feet.” 39 . she took only one step closer to the boy. few staying behind and burning the bodies before leaving in a massive fire. But when he heard the slight creaking of the broken wooden door. He could hear a conversation outside in the night and hoped no one could see the cabin so far away. I am not here to harm you. There he saw a woman of blond hair and green eyes. With a concerned smile. He had considered going out to see the body of his Grandfather. With the sight of them. But that hope was stopped short and it seemed more people had come to the field. “I am Elainia Luna. “Don’t be scared young one. and had summarily been mortified at the sight of someone killing the only family he knew to have left. Her features were lovely.

but he lived with six other people. “Mornin Bra. taking in a deep breath through his nose. and that’s the way Joseph Antonio Force liked it. but one Joseph had no need for. This was why the twenty one year old Air Elemental got up so early in the tropical morning. This one is a blue bathrobe and slippers. and then blew the smoke 40 . and bright blue eyes that were as of now becoming bloodshot with every passing moment. Opening his blue orbs.Elemental Heart Chapter Three The ocean breeze blew lightly over the white sands and up underneath the white plastic table’s umbrella. Sitting down beside him came to rest another young man. which made Joseph roll his eyes as its smoke drifted across to his side of the table. It was a private beach after all. held it for a moment. just long enough to smell the aroma coming from one of his housemates. Joseph closed his eyes. “Do you think it’s possible to awaken before you smoke yourself into a stupor Jeff?” Joseph asked looking over at the boy with bemused look upon his once calm face. It was a sweet scent. The blond haired young man held in his right hand a rolled substance of some sort.” The blond greeted bringing his feet up to rest upon the tabletop without care for his brother’s view on such things. Joseph let a smile take over his face. It’s affects upon the mind were knowingly unwelcome to him. Wave after wave broke upon the nearby shoreline leaving suds in its retreat. all but one older than he. There was not a single person anywhere on this beach. and exhaled with a certain calm that only his isolation could provide. He had long blond hair the color of honey. The rod rocked the white surface of the table ever so slightly shaking a perspiring glass of ice water upon its surface. Jeffrey Aaron Waters turned his head toward Joseph as he took in a long hit.

Elemental Heart at his friends turned head. slightly grinning as he watched the steady free fall of waves along the shoreline. And even more grateful that mother is basically giving us our first house. Temperatures in the thirties.” Jeffrey stated as he relaxed back into the deck chair. Truth be told they all did. As it dissipated. “What’s so funny?” Jeffrey asked seemingly bemused. I would think that you would be grateful that were not moving into the bible belt or some other depressing area. The waves will not be as tubular. His eyes fixed out in to the water. “Are you excited?” Joseph asked. as the calm of his weed taking over the boy’s mind.” Jeffrey took in a deep drag of his joint after making his little speech. Or some other place with no ocean view. Joseph in turn waved his left index finger in the slightest of motions churning the smoke into a small twister and back into the face of Jeffrey.” Joseph shook his head giving out a slight chuckle. along with enough money to get us started out right. “We will be in practically a resort community. and the girls are not as tanned as I‘d like. even if they showed it with frustration. the answer to your question is no. One that we know well and have visited every summer since coming to this island. “Today’s the day big brother. the blond smiled back with a cheesy grin. the fact is that we will see snow for the first time in almost eight years. 41 . “Seeing as we will be leaving this beautiful tropic weather for the dismal seasons in the northeast. Joseph loved all his adopted family.” Joseph corrected. I will not be enjoying our trek north. twenties and below. “Whatever.” “The upper south east. relaxing him in the morning’s cool air. but held a certain place in his heart for Jeffrey. Can’t you appreciate that?” “I’m not going to consider Seaside Maryland a resort community bra. And I’m sure the weed there is not this good.

went straight to the refrigerator. Jeffrey stared at his friend for a long moment before breaking out into laughter along with his orphan brother. Of all the members of this odd family. His brown eyes scanned over a local newspaper as he waited for the morning coffee to finish brewing. friends. it was almost always Kenneth that would gripe about what was right as far as respect for others. The two were are much brothers.” “You should switch to coffee in the morning. He did not want to be bothered in the least until he had had at least one cup of freshly brewed coffee.Elemental Heart “You’re the crankiest pot head I have even known. slightly shaking his head. Mathew simply ignored the sound from his orphan brother. the seventeen year old opened the container and began to drink. ”I’m the only pot head you have ever known.” Joseph replied with an even wider smile. Yet still. Kenneth glanced over at the tall boy with a disapproving glare. he scratched his short black hair then resumed his statue like pose. but saying nothing. His huge corded arms were crossed beneath his large head. and adversaries as anything else. With his right hand. Kenneth was not a morning person. So when the very awake and morning type that was Mathew Hunter came practically skipping into the kitchen.” Joseph continued. Jeffrey slowly turned his head to Joseph bearing a frown. Without a second thought. Kenneth McCoy leaned over the center island in the kitchen at his communal home. And truth. Any attempt to conversation with him would be met with purposely cold silence. was never a problem the two ever shared. proceeding to grab a half gallon of orange juice. It seemed to some of 42 . in all that there was a lot of love in their relationship. It was excessively early to begin spouting off his beliefs on what was polite house educate and what was not. his presence was met with a very under the breath grunt from Kenneth.

“First off. he gave a loud sigh.Elemental Heart them that Kenneth was an eighty year old trapped in a nineteen year olds body. It bothered him not at all to be thought of this way. “Jesus Ken. So he decided to go with it. Then all of sudden she gets word from Elvin Galorn and now we get cut loose? I mean.J. Today. She got 43 . When Mathew finished his long drink of O. He had not expected his brother to reply.” He quickly answered. they were being kicked out of the nest. Then closed the refrigerator door and brought the container over to the countertop. Kenneth on any normal day would have let his words hang in the air with no response. Mathew glanced at him for a moment before turning back to look out at the morning beach. The nearly seven foot boy arouse from his stool and started around toward the far counter. what are we gonna do without mom?” Mathew asked more to himself then to his brother. then he craned his deeply tanned brown neck to look outside at the patio. She’s all we know. he took another swig of juice and then ran his hand through his short brown hair. “Try to act like men. it didn’t bother Kenneth what anyone thought about him anyway.. Mom is a priestess before anything. But this was not any normal day. He looked down at the paper Kenneth was reading in a passing moment’s interest. So Kenneth begrudged himself to speak on this subject. “You know what I mean. He reached up into the cabinets and took out two cups preparing them both for the morning elixir. coming to the conclusion that it was really all going to happen. I knew it would happen one day but… why so soon?” Kenneth heard the gurgle from the coffee pot sounding it was done. His brown eyes searching and coming to realize that Joseph must be outside enjoying the morning air. Elainia has been our mother since most of us were ten. More to annoy Kenneth than anything else.

and should begin acting as such. joy filled grin. “Morning pothead! Have you taken your daily dose yet?” Mathew asked matching Jeffrey’s happy demeanor. “Good morning baby. Every lesson about honor and duty would mean nothing if she didn’t answer her Goddesses call.” Elainia’s melodically accented voice said aloud as she shuffled into the kitchen wearing a plush pink robe. “I knew I heard the most annoying boy in the whole of all the world. and she is going to follow them. Her blond hair was barely brushed and her makeup unapplied.” As Kenneth’s words came to a close. Her lower lip puffed out and rubbing her cheek upon the top of Jeffrey’s head. and so should you. He knew full well that if he began to speak. “Good morning my most excellent brothers!” He exclaimed knowing full well the loud pleasant greeting would annoy Kenneth to no end. As she moved from the hallway and into the kitchen.” Elainia replied. Secondly. As if on cue. Elainia looked over at her 44 . resting his head at the side of her bosom. “Morning Mama.” Jeffrey said nestling his head and wrapping his arms around her. Entering was Jeffrey bearing a wide weed induced. It was clear that the beautiful woman who appeared in her early thirties had just woken up. We are men. the sliding glass doors across the room slid open. it would end with him being angered and wanting to rip off his jovial brothers blond head. she was instantly greeted by Jeffrey. “Why yes good sir! And Mary was most accommodatingly pleasant this morning!” Kenneth shook his head to himself as he started to retrieve some sugar from a cabinet to his right. Kenneth extended his arm toward Elainia holding a freshly made cup of Joe.Elemental Heart orders. I respect that. who put his head down as if a sad child and came to hug his surrogate mother. we are not little orphan boys anymore.

” Kenneth replied. Today would be the last time as he saw it. Mathew grinned at the events before him. holding out her steaming cup behind Mathew as far as she could stretching out her arm. Kenneth as if on cue took the cup back to let her give the two boys a full hug. Mama need’s caffeine now. “Sleep good Mama?” Mathew asked turning and resting his back on the center island behind him. letting out an ‘awe’ he walked over to hug Elainia opposite Jeffrey.” Mathew couldn’t help but become a little upset by the realization. “No.Elemental Heart stoically masculine son. At which point.” She said keeping her attention on Jeffrey. After a few moments. The only woman in the world that could ever melt his heart was his mother. As she 45 . “My boys are leaving me today. Elainia kept her gaze on the abnormally large and grumpy boy. Mathew went back around the center island. and Jeffery took a seat on a nearby kitchen stool.” Elainia said with a warm smile. but today was different. She accepted the hug. she gently started to try and break free. “Ok little boys. So the young man took it in and let it light up his face as well as his soul. with a smile that could melt the coldest of hearts. Kenneth was able to give his mother back the coffee. Just before it might have spilled. glancing over at his brothers before giving her a quick smile and going back to drinking his own brew.” Elainia informed moving out of the embrace and trying to get back to her morning elixir. I didn’t. Kenneth replied with a nod and a half smile. He had seen these acts of affection a thousand times. I saw you were being swamped by grown babies. lovingly rocking his slightly taller yet hunched body about her. “Thank you again sweetheart. “Don’t mention it. Both Mathew and Jeffery released their mother. taking the cup and nodding thankfully to him.

Though the young man had calmed in the last few years. but something still remained.” Kenneth informed. it had always been Johnny who’s had stood out with a certain degree of depression and anger. All the boys had been orphans of slain families. Kenneth walked over and sat upon a stool beside his mother. so they all understood his behavior to a degree. she continued to grin at Kenneth with her deep green eyes. Elainia was happy though. He had become better at controlling these emotions. and hard to reach. the only one with a comfortable back on it. and that was enough to please the woman. the young fire elemental had been difficult. Everyone knew that he meant John Llue Rah. “Yeah he’s taking in the morning away from us heathens. After a few moments. it was more a routine than anything else. his large form casting a shadow over her blocking the sunlight coming in from the opposite window. Kenneth could not help but nod a bit and give a full smile. Sitting down she brought the paper into her view and took another sip of her coffee. But she did make him smile. hidden from view as he faced the cabinets. Each having their own personality quirks.” Kenneth continued half motioning to the center island with his large corded arm. “Thanks Kenny. she looked up and out the screen door to the patio. for she knew he was too proud to show emotion in front of the other boys. “Rob left outta here earlier with grumpy.Elemental Heart brought up her cup. unruly.” Jeffrey chimed in. “Your paper is on the counter Mom. She really had no interest in the paper this morning. For years after his family’s death.” She spoke walking over to her designated stool. “Joey outside?” She asked the group before taking another sip from her cup. he was still considered to be quick to anger. with help from mostly Elainia and Robert. 46 . “Where’s the rest of the family?” She asked putting the cup down on a coaster.

almost always a light peach color. and his skin seemed never to really tan well. and what he had lost. Even at some points used those images to fuel his training in the elemental arts. “It is unproductive to keep such fears to yourself. standing upon the white sands of where he now called home and overlooking a churning sea before him. but over the years with the help of his surrogate family. But the horrors of that night were still very much with him. He was a rare type of Elemental. an Elemental of 47 . His skin was slightly tanned from the tropic sun. His features were thin to match his body. as he listened to his cleric-like friend and brother behind him speak.Elemental Heart John Llue Rah was not the small boy from all those years ago. He wore a white muscle shirt and white and black shorts. but not without a small amount of muscle. Such things had created an anger within the young man that sometimes could not be controlled. Had he not been through those events in his early childhood. He was five foot seven and lean. altogether a very handsome young man. But he had seen such things. and to harbor such hate within you still. held in place by a ponytail. Ten years had passed since the death of his grandfather in Ridley Pennsylvania. His amber hazel eyes looked out over the ocean. John had to fight hard to take in the lessons of his mother and older brothers to stay calm through the burning fire that was his past. He wore thin round glasses held aloft by a pointy nose. His hair was long and brown. It drove him inward to a point.” Robert Hamlin spoke in his native British accent. Robert was five foot nine and thin. Johnny was now nineteen. he may have been the calmest salamander ever to walk the earth. The loss of his family was an ever present reminder of who he had not become. he had learned to deal somewhat with the constant nightmares of his family’s assassination. and those memories constantly haunted him.

and knew that if he stayed in place with such memories he would grow even more enraged with each passing moment. I can’t help but think of vengeance. but as they neared both the anniversary of Liam’s death as well as the day in which they were to leave. His mind frozen with the images of death. though he was not physically weak. “I will find them all Robert. It’s like a filter in my mind that only lets the darkness through. Every one of them at some time headed his advice for they knew the power of his intellectually fuelled objectivity.” John Llue Rah replied clenching his teeth as the images of those evil beings tore apart the man he knew as his grandfather. flashes of those deadly assassins came to life in split second within his mind’s eye.” Robert consoled looking over his brother from behind.” Johnny kept gazing out into the ocean as if locked in a stare with the living element. His strength came from his mind mostly. and the most gods awful screams I had ever heard. He was opposed to violence. “That was a long time ago John. and much worse. His place among them was more a spiritual father and healer. Johnny had become more agitated than was usual in his later years. “You’ve never seen death like that Rob. “And when I do. The speed at which they hacked my family. and there was nothing you could have done. He had had this conversation many times with Johnny. you know that. and turned his head to face his brother’s angrily 48 . “I try not to Rob. especially now on the eve of this terrible anniversary I want them dead. the sprays of blood. He put a hand on his right shoulder. How fast they came in. He had seen Johnny this upset before. Nothing you had any control over. his eyes shifting from their mortal color into a bright crimson red.Elemental Heart Akasha or life-force. every day I try. I will show them the same horror they bestowed upon me!” Robert walked up to stand next to his brother.” He continued. How many of them there were. he was not as strong as his other orphan brothers. all of them.

“If there is anything that need be done by my line. you are going to stay with us. Perhaps one day. But hunting Cyclone Memnon and the Valkira is not going to bring your family back. and closed his now crimson eyes. Robert let fly all of the energy he had absorbed through his eyes in a terrible spray of 49 . “I would not burden another being with the name of Rah. his orbs staring directly into Roberts eyes as if he were going to strike the taller man.” Johnny looked over at his friend. a better one then you have ever known.Elemental Heart bewildered profile. It was this connection that had caused so many around him to die in the past. maybe start a family of your own. “Go back to the house Johnny. did not want to even think of passing on the poison of his bloodline.” “See you back at the house. Johnny wanted no family. Robert took his hand away from his brother. Roberts bluish white eyes were slowly filled with a crimson hue until the Akashan could no longer take in any more. walking away as his older brother wished without question. it shall be done by me and me alone.” Robert bade his brother.” He replied under his breath. his irises came to life in a bluish white glow.” Johnny looked back out at the great blue trying to calm his furious mind.” “May I?” Robert asked politely. The Akashan closed his eyes for a moment’s time. “I need a moment. After Johnny was several yards away. Within a few moments. “Please. The man used the hand upon his brother’s shoulder as a conduit. “No matter what you think.” Johnny replied tranquilly. the young man’s features calming significantly. Then as he opened them. He turned away from the beach. You will come to Seaside and start a new life. pulling into himself the excess energy Johnny’s elemental heart had summoned out of frustration. Johnny took in a lung full of air and let a heaving sigh.

“That boy is far too strong for his own good. As his eyes scanned the ground. before subsiding along with his glowing red eyes. exhausted and worn. 50 . they came to rest upon a sheet of newly formed glass surrounded by white sand. Shoulders slumped.” Robert let out shaking his head at the once pristine sand. Robert took in several lung fulls of air.Elemental Heart flames upon the sand before him that lasted several moments.

taking in the awe and calm that this place provided her daily. filling out her bikini in only the right places. Overall. She wore a see through shall of light brown. Sometimes she would just let the young girl cry and sit beside her while stroking her blond locks. It was the anniversary of her parent’s awful plane crash. Samantha was by nature a rebel. the short old woman would come into her room with a readymade cup of chocolate milk and console her for an hour or so. her deep blue eyes scanned the water’s surface. and flip-flops at her long feet.Elemental Heart Chapter Four Samantha Jennifer Lee stood upon the boardwalk in Seaside Maryland looking out at the waves crashing upon a nearby beach. Samantha still missed them very much. sometimes feeling the pain overwhelm her. A gust of wind came over her. hoping for this to be a good day. When her grandmother would hear her distress. even when the crone was lecturing her about something. whipping long blond hair about her shoulders and lightly freckled face. The seventeen year olds large breasts showed a fair amount of cleavage above her blue bikini top to which the boys always gave notice. for which she garnered both wanted and unwanted attention daily. taken from her just a year before. She tapped her ringed fingers upon the wooden rail. many times had driven her parents mad with worry or anger. she was the most beautiful of all the girls in Seaside. Samantha stood at almost five foot six. her body was thin with a hint of an athletic build. her thin lips gave way to a pretty yet slightly crooked smile that creased the natural lines around her mouth. but mostly if not always she felt from the wrong type of boy. Samantha’s Grandmother was her entire world now and she loved every moment she spent with the beloved old woman. with body fat only where it mattered. Her skin was fair. Samantha regretted being so 51 .

Always needing another of her friends to be with her. as because of this. She had a slight problem with selfishness. This.Elemental Heart troublesome to them now. to fulfill some kind of self-sustaining prophecy of emotional doom. Samantha did not want her mind to wander into dark places. But Samantha had a terrible problem with confidence. or a boy to make he feel wanted. Everyone saw her as the ‘pretty party girl’. She miscommunicated a lot by using and saying harsh words not really meant with any offence. and the cure she had found for this was a good beer buzz. With as many leader like qualities as the girl could nurture into a positive possession of character. in a vague attempt to dull the pain. though not always using the best of chosen words. she always seemed to fall short. giving them the impression that she thought she was better than everyone else. So she spent her time with friends or boys. Today she would as much distraction as she could muster. Those that could see past the crass parts of her personality had no 52 . along with her habitual running from problems had led to an image of her that she herself could not understand. and a cute teenage boy to help her forget her worry through passion heated engagements. but it really was anybody’s guess. The young woman had tried many times to find the right guy to make her feel like life was worth the living. Samantha was also a rough lot. She said what was on her mind. Some of her closer friends suspected that she may even enjoy being hurt. This made most of the girls about Seaside dislike her as well. But no amount of sadness or anguish would bring them back. laughs with her three close friends. and just wished she had them back in her life. mostly thinking inwards and only about herself. she was never taken seriously by a lover. but always taken as though she was a stuck up pretty girl with too much of an ignorant attitude for her own good. She had a hard time admitting when she was wrong and at times re-envisioning events to suit her own needs. These things were perhaps because of the tragic event of her parent’s death.

Several men of all ages glanced over at the pair acting the fool with one another chit chatting up a storm as they went. the cute teen approached in her white bikini and brown sun hat. Melissa Cane. “Where's my girls?” She asked giving off a short laugh that always seemed to come off as being nervous. She turned to meet this person with open arms and a wide smile. where else?” Rebecca replied in her mousey voice. “Hey hussy!” Called out Rebecca Green.Elemental Heart doubt. and perhaps stop creating it for herself. The young girl was nineteen and tall. She was average in beauty. The girl was shorter than Samantha standing at about five foot four. “Hey you sexy bitch!” Samantha yelled giving her friend a big loving hug. they spotted the other two of their close nit social circle. with her brown eyes and strong set face. She had short brown hair and a very athletic build. Samantha heard a welcome and familiar voice call out to her from behind. “Window shopping. Melissa was a very open and giddy bisexual. None of which she really cared for. standing at five foot nine. but complemented by her garment nonetheless. Kathy or ‘Kay Kay’ as she was called by her friends looked over a rack of shirts standing outside of the shop entrance. She was a 53 . In a giggled march the two walked hand in hand down the boardwalk toward the direction of the nearby shops at the other side of the sun warmed wooden panels. As they made their way to an open clothes shop. “Come on!” Rebecca started to walk off grabbing Samantha’s hand almost bringing the girl off her feet. Beside her was her best friend/part time lover. She just needed to stay away from the drama. that deep down she was a good person. She had long auburn hair and bright blue eyes. kissing each other briefly as they met. her mind was always more on volleyball or sports and other more feminine things like make-up and clothes. Her body was thin and her breasts small.

Samantha had been with girls before but was nowhere near as passionate about them as Rebecca was. Today she had foregone the uniform bikini and instead wore a pair of short shorts that hid almost nothing and a sleeveless reddish shirt that complemented her dark black hair.” He said with a smile. Far from an asphalt road and any nosy adults who would want to break up their underage drinking and 54 . Kay Kay’s voice the only one not stimulated by the presence of a sexy male. “Hey Carl. with her hair. then giving Samantha an over exasperate kiss on her lips.Elemental Heart girly girl. Melissa smiled and gave them both a wide hug. Samantha kissed her back and then laughed as she was released from the embrace. He wore a pair of black shorts no shirt exposing a washboard stomach between two muscular arms. while Kay Kay stayed to her own thing occasionally looking over at her sexy companions with a provocatively thoughtful smile. but took nothing away from her deeply tanned face and gorgeous painted features. and face always done up. The shorter three compared and asked advice about the look of several clothes. “Stone beach. Her large sunglasses did not show her bright blue eyes. Sam and Rebecca exchanged greetings. Everybody native to Seaside knew that Stone beach was where every teen party was held. and then went about looking over the latest outfits on display. “You girls coming to the bonfire tonight?” Carl asked unable to be overly obvious as he looked over Rebecca's legs. There was also no comparison to the level of proud lesbianism that was Kay Kay. where else?” Carl replied shaking his head. As they cooed over one another a boy walked over to the group. nails. “Where’s it at?” Melissa asked glancing over at the boy before returning to her window-shopping.” The four replied in kind. As Samantha and Rebecca approached. “Hey girls. “Sup Bitches!” She exclaimed. He was about six foot with short light brown hair and brown eyes.

Ok. She put it up to her chest and looked at Samantha. I don’t have any beer money. “All good. if you go it then use it. “You’re such a slut Rebecca.” Carl grinned deciding the imagery was too much to handle at the moment.” Carl replied nodding with a smile.” Rebecca cooed with a pout face. Rebecca rubbed the shirt over her chest back and forth saying.” Melissa joked shaking her head and going back about her shopping. Stone beach was the preferred spot to get it in. He looked back at them once smiling as they laughed at his near fall.” Rebecca replied with a devilish grin. I got you. “Or none?” She teased. Kay Kay just ignored the trio and went about doing her own thing. as did Melisa. Then the boy yelled to a nearby friend catching a football being thrown to him by a friend. “It‘s not like someone won‘t have beer. “I don’t know Carl. But I’m not sure. Kay Kay looked disapprovingly down at Rebecca as Melissa shook her head at the girl. 55 . “Then I guess you’ve got a date. I gotta run. Free beer bitches!” Samantha laughed.Elemental Heart loud music. “Becky trust me.” Rebecca insinuated retrieving a see through black shirt from the nearest rack. “Well then I might have to be your date. “What do you think Sam? With the purple or black bra?” Then she turned to Carl. “I’m not stupid. See you tonight ladies!” Carl pointed at the troupe before he was off running out onto the boardwalk almost colliding into a couple walking by.

and lips just thick 56 . Her skin was like porcelain with a round face and thin nose. but those words were met with no redemption. Her form was very curvy. The Dark Lord had broken her spirit. But as he brought the whip around for the next blow his wrist was caught by purple and black nailed hand. This had at one time been a very pristine and well-endowed woman. Her cuffed wrists chained to anchors above her head. Cyclone watched a line of blood slide down her back and into the crack of her ass. with points that arched up to her temples. eyes painted with a rich dark in the old Egyptian style. whimpering as light sobs summoned tears from her eyes. The girl let out a cry of pain. Her irises were a light yellow. Now. her ankles bore the same burden but spread open and tied to hooks about the marble floor. and soon. and her hair was a rich mixture of blackberry and deep purple. With the crack of leather. ready to strike her other leg. the whip broke skin upon the back of a young woman chained to a nearby wall. and he could feel the blood beginning to swell his thoughts. She had at one time earlier taken to begging for him to stop. bringing it to bear down quickly upon its intended target. This aroused him greatly. He raised his hand once again. Her eyebrows were thin and waxed. she slumped loosely facing a grey stone wall. The mark added to several others that bled from just below her neck down across her lower back. Cyclone raised the leathery whip again and ordered it to come crashing down upon her left thigh.Elemental Heart Chapter Five Cyclone Memnon raised the whip high above his head. Her once beautiful curly blond hair was marred with fresh blood and dripping with sweat. only for his eyes to meet that of the Mistress Lynn Azora. Cyclone turned his head quickly to chastise who ever had dared stop a Lord of Valkira Prime. he would break her from within as well.

But at this moment. a bitch with enough power to get almost any man barred from the use of her girls services. But this was the Mistress of the Temple.” He lied again glancing carelessly over at the blonds bleeding form. unless your manhood like your mind has become limp with age?” Cyclone enjoyed the jibe. “I thought the bitch sterile. she was the picture of feminine wraith. And it would be you who would answer to Yanpre for the death of a potential breeder. “Lord Memnon.Elemental Heart enough to be perfectly proportioned. Her legs exposed up to a pair of black velvet shorts. I did not realize you were in. But Cyclone was not among them. but honestly he did not care either way. “Lord Memnon I believe the girl has had enough. 57 . He lowered the whip and came to a normal stance as Lynn let go of his arm.” Lynn said with an irritated tremble in her voice. you know damn well the difference between a slave and a virgin. “Mistress Azora. He looked over Lynn’s attire. Still a bitch that she was.” Cyclone lied. At her waist was a multi colored belt studded all the way round. Under normal circumstances the Mistress Azora was the all-encompassing manifestation of sexy. From her shoulders down over her large breasts was a thin purple and black shirt that hung loosely and met nowhere within the middle. He replaced the snarl on his face with that of an evil smirk. Not that he believed anyway. High-heeled black boots that came to her mid calve. lest this girl may be dead within the hour. and the ONLY woman in all of Valkira Prime to hold stature and prestige. The inches below her belly button up to her breasts were exposed. It was rare if not ever that a woman could insult a man in this society. “Good that I was. Women have been killed outright in the street for much less. Cyclone let his rage subside momentarily.” “Really?” Cyclone spoke in mock ignorance.

walking past the decorative pools at his left side.” Lynn walked closer to the Dark Lord standing tall and defiant in the face of his arrogance that he wore like a badge of honor.” Cyclone again let his rage subside. and the bondage chairs to the right of the great hall.” Cyclone let the words hang in the air as he began to walk away leaving Lynn standing alone in his truth.” He started turning back to look menacingly deep into her yellow eyes. promising silently to himself to punish that slave brutally when the mistress of the temple was not present. Before him was the tall wooden doors that led to the central waiting chamber.” Cyclone began to walk. There. “A Mistress now yes. But her next words cut him even shorter still. “But always a whore. He continued down across the marble floor. “That was long ago Lord Memnon. floating at his eye height was his brother. and keeping your wits alive myself. Enough of my seed left within you to make an army of powerful young. I am no longer a servant of the Mistress. 58 . Passing through them he came to the chambers second set of doors. Remember that before you attempt to defy me. and instead returned to the sight of her with a smirk. I answer only to the throne. “Perhaps you no longer have seed to give. But before he could open them to the outside of the temple. or take aim at my face. wiping the sweat from his naked chest with a towel he had left upon a nearby marble stand.Elemental Heart “Mistress Azora. Lord Yanpre Vear. The Dark Lord was finished for the time being. “I believe it was not that long ago I was visiting your chambers.” She stabbed. I AM the Mistress of the Temple. the doors opened themselves from the other side. And not subject to you or any other male within the realm. Cyclone raised his head to her with a threatening scowl.” He agreed. His muscles tensed as he prepared to strike her face. “Pity you were born barren.

“Hardly.” “What can I do for you milord?” 59 .” She said to him kneeling down to the floor to meet him just below his eye level. “Is it?” He asked. Yanpre descended to the floor of the marble hall and began to walk. deserving of some small respite from his magnificent cruelty. The large guardian came to his mistress and helped her to support the young slave. When this was done. As he came to the more open area of the now vacant center he saw Mistress Azora’s beautiful form unshackling a young woman from the gray rock wall to his right. “I’m never sure. “Cyclone. the Mistress of the temple called over a eunuch that served as one of the temples guards. Usually he would allow his very presence to hang in the air for a few moments. “Mistress Azora. Lynn turned to look at the dwarf then issued orders to the guard to have the woman brought to the infirmary.” Yanpre announced himself. “Fucking midget. “Hail and well met Yanpre.” The short Valkira insulted patting Cyclone upon his left shoulder before he continued to levitate past the man and into the temples main hall to keep his arranged meeting with the Mistress of the Temple. she begrudgingly turned to greet the Steward of the Valkira throne.” Cyclone replied motioning behind him with his head in a slight jerk. and take her to the medic. But this was his youngest brother. causing panic and fear based sub-servitude in his wake. “Pity.” He spat silently before leaving. I never got to finish. another helpless female left terrified I presume?” The Dwarf jibbed with some dark pleasure.” Yanpre spoke in his raspy voice. As he approached. “It happens to some men with age I have heard. Cyclone turned and watched his brother float away with a half scowl.Elemental Heart The dwarf stared at his brother face.

Azora’s chair was plush with fuzzy purple cushions and made out of stained oak as was her large desk covered in ancient tombs and registries. Lynn knew that in public. After he accepted she leaned to her right and used her mind to order a wine jug to pour into two separate glass goblets. “No milord. and she offered the Dark Lord some wine. then commanded them to move through telekinesis.” Minutes later the two members of the High Council sat in Lynn’s private chambers. The furniture was all Valkira made with brown textures and Celtic like knot work. The boy has a destiny that is too important to be left to chance. As she sat he followed suit. He has the eyes of his father. smaller but comfortable looking nonetheless. I expect him to be quite tall. “He grows quickly. But in private.” 60 . he could be quite understanding and at times even charming to a small degree.” She answered. Either way.Elemental Heart “I wish to speak in private. It was a fairly large room lit by four grand candle operas made from works of iron. one to her and one to sit upon the desk before Yanpre. I want him strong and trained in our ways. Yanpre was an intolerable bastard. and empowered as are all his nearest kin. “How fairs the child?” Yanpre asked after taking a sip of Valkira wine. Several paintings adorned the light brown walls. Across from her chair were two others. “Soon he will need to enter the academy. She understood well what the dwarf was asking. “Does he show any… Abnormalities?” Lynn smiled a bit. And it is imperative that he survive the trials.” Yanpre nodded and took another sip of wine. even friendly in some instances. giving the place an almost surface like feel. and his heart shows promise of the elemental void. when the two of them were alone it was quite cordial. But it must not be known who his father is.

But I appreciate your concern. “Speaking your mind has never been one of your faults. it has been a terribly hard road to the top. knowing full well that she needed to tread carefully over such a matter. She looked over the rim at the dwarf lord.” The Mistress retold. “I presume you mean the escape attempt?” Yanpre asked.” Lynn began. “Lord Vear. “Last week. I had to kill three surface born elemental women. 61 . Had she been surface born. You have done very well taking charge of this matter. “Milady. She was ready to open up with some concerns of her own.” Lynn returned a smile to Yanpre. and I would accept nothing less. but was not sure how to begin.” “I have concerns over the future of our race milord. for a woman to speak her mind IS. even when in the place you live. such a thing is unneeded at this time. Do you want him paired? He will soon begin his first changes into manhood.” “As it is at the behest of the throne that I take such actions. a fault. continue. her eyes almost in a seductive pose. “May I speak openly?” Yanpre smiled.” He finished taking a sip of wine. Her face was beautiful to behold when not stressed with the toils of this patriarchal realm. “That is good to hear Lynn.” Yanpre replied easing back into his seat. her beauty would have been that of a living legend. “For those of us born into this realm naturally in-firmed.” Lynn nodded then took a sip of her own goblet. You have been both kind and caring to the last. I do them with every respect due such an order. He nodded slightly and looked down into his goblet.” Yanpre started.” Yanpre gave an almost never seen smile. “Please. I would be more than happy to reserve a young virgin to move him from innocence. “It was indeed.Elemental Heart “I understand milord.” She started just after swallowing some of the sweet Valkira wine.

“You come before me milady.” “Your point?” Yanpre asked appearing agitated but really just enjoying his time away from the throne room. than the mind and spirit would coax the body into being more. and ask that I allow you to raise the age in which a girl can receive a man. “I am not asking for equality. It is my opinion that if our girls were treated better.” Lynn corrected knowing his thoughts. rebellion. “Perhaps it is time to give more freedoms to the women of our realm. You ask me again. and I allow it. I remember it clearly. to allow you to give each girl a grace period in order to become accustomed to her new role. Now you wish me to free the slaves. and I allow it. I regret to inform that one was with child.Elemental Heart “Yes milord. it is hard to but women do bare children every year. “I am asking that we treat the future mothers of our generations with a measure of personal dignity. Yanpre still said nothing for several moments. “I feel that the reason our people have such a hard time increasing our numbers may not be a physical one. who have told me that in their realm. productive. He had an image to maintain after all. I had talked with surface born. When women were allowed to have equal footing with a man it caused nothing but chaos.” “That was tried once. long ago. The small electric arcs within his irises dancing upon the dark reflection of the liquid as he thought.” She watched to see how Yanpre would take this news. In his mind. This is why 62 . he had given more than enough already.” Lynn had haggled with Yanpre Vear enough in the past to have just the slightest glimmer of hope that her words would strike true. and then looked down into his cup. with the promise that they will spring more children from their wombs if I make them… happier?” Yanpre looked over the Mistress with a small measure of contempt. and uprising. becoming surprised when he did nothing but take another sip of wine and watch her awaiting her point on the matter. and bring them out from under religious boot.

and that is power enough. I suggest you remain happy with that for now.” Yanpre started leaning forward just a tad.” 63 . “Everywhere I turn it’s always something!” “Then have more wine milord.” “HA!” Yanpre shouted almost causing Lynn to jump from her seat. “You’re company. “And I shall then have better company come to the room.” “Surely I am.” Lynn began.Elemental Heart things are the way they are now. A woman has already what a man instinctively wants.” “My dear. What would you have me tell my father upon his return when women walk the streets openly without escort? When they can talk back to a man or openly defy him? No Mistress Azora.” Lynn replied forcing a smile. you have the pleasure of sitting in the highest seat a woman can hold. “Can we not share good company and drink wine?” He asked with a wide toothy smile. “But I could use more healers for the Temple. may be the best in Valkira Prime.

I’m sure Joey will appreciate you company more. I don’t think you’d fit into Mathew’s Camaro anyway. Kenneth turned.” Kenneth said as he put the last of his suitcases into Joseph’s minivan. looking down from his high height as if a parent looking at a child. And as much as Jeff and Mathew sometimes get on my nerves.” As the boys finished. I feel the same way about them too.” Kenneth took another minute. Were a family and families stick together. “Don’t worry daddy. “You’re like a brother to me John. Especially when it comes to those I really care about. fryer Hamlin talked his sense into me. All we have ever had was each other. Grew up with no parents most of our lives. he just wasn’t good at showing it most of the time. He took a moment to collect his words as to emote them properly.Elemental Heart Chapter Six “I’m riding in whatever car Jeff isn’t. and steeled his reserve. this talk was genuinely difficult for him. he was knowingly not good at the whole ’caring’ thing. “Look Johnny. Johnny shut the back doors to the van. I’m not going anywhere but with the team. Nonetheless he continued as best he could. “I just can’t drive for almost a day in the same car as him I’d end up breaking his face. Anyway I just wanted to say that… I don’t care whatever comes up against us. “I overheard that you were thinking of running off. “Besides.” The large boy started. If anyone tried to hurt you or Rob or anyone of us they’d have to get through me 64 . I’m not very good at expressing myself sometimes.” Kenneth nodded a bit unsure of how to continue.” Johnny replied shifting some of the bags. Johnny could feel one of Kenneth’s parental speeches coming.” “Don’t worry big guy. We’ve all had it hard. It wasn’t that he didn’t care.

. The priestess worked franticly to keep up with the feast. Understand me short shit?” Johnny smiled at the sentiment. Jeffrey walked out into the driveway. that was just how Ken was. “Nobody messes with the family. “No. “Awe look at the bromance goin on. her blue and white robes clung tight to her body from breasts to midsection then flowed free about her legs. “I love you Johnny. The Earth Elemental didn’t really bother with his plate. and then kept on. and I ain’t no bitch. His attempt succeeded. which was being consumed by Mathew with carnivorous abandon.” Was all the big guy needed to say. “When isn’t he pissed off? The old grump. “No matter how big or how many. Her hair was washed and combed. Or I’ll hunt cha down.” Kenneth rubbed the back of his neck with his left hand. with black eyeliner that accentuated her blue orbs. “Why do you always try to piss him off?” Johnny asked shaking his head and bearing a grin as Jeffery came to stand beside him holding an apple. But he didn’t care. She wore her feminine war paint in shades of blue. Elainia had prepared a large breakfast for the boys after getting herself together. Can I get a hug big guy?” Jeffrey asked in an attempt to irritate Kenneth. 65 . and you will be a sorry ass.” Kenneth finished.” Johnny started. Don’t ever think a runnin off.. As they released one another.Elemental Heart first. Turning quickly and walking past Jeffrey giving the boy a slight push with his shoulder before going through the garage and back into the house. With that. the two shook hands and gave each other a half hug followed by a pat on the back.” Jeffrey retorted with a sly grin before biting into the fruit. Figured that after Kenneth said the word ‘love’ that he would have to make a threat to save his own hard-ass ego.

Elemental Heart After picking up some toast he topped it with sausage. cheese and bacon. “Have you heard anything else from Priestess Alura?” Robert asked.” Joseph chimed in after a sip of orange juice. hardly having touched his small plate of food. “No. Mathew glanced at his brother. You can come with me then.” Joseph joked cutting his pancakes. I wanted to though. “Over your plate Mathew. You will no longer have to fill the endless pit of Mathew. “I’m going to need to go back before year’s end. eggs.” Robert replied trying to consume a piece of his 66 . “Yes Mother. completing it with another piece of toast drowned in maple syrup. Mathew kept munching for a second before stuffing even more food into his already full mouth. As he took his first bite. Elainia came from around the island that separated the kitchen from the dining room holding a final plate of bacon.” “Never got a chance to go there with Rob. He gave a slight glace over at Mathew watching him consume bites of his breakfast that were unable to fit in his mouth moments before. Mathew nodded with a grunt moving to sit down at the table. “Is this the last time I have to play chef for my little army?” Elainia spoke from the nearby kitchen finishing her mourning routine. The woman sat down at the glass table beginning to prepare her plate as she replied. “Can you chew?” He asked. a small portion of egg fell onto the floor. As soon as I get you boys off today I’m going to start the trip to old Britannia. I have a few more tests to finish at the Healers Grove. The trek to Elvin Galorn doesn’t take that long to get to from old Avalon.” Joseph continued after staring at his brother for several moments.” Robert said sitting very proper at the table beside Joseph. “You’re a pig.

allowing herself a light laugh. The collection of scrolls.” Kenneth thumbed to Mathew who just nodded and consumed the last bite of his food. not at all taking the joke with any humor and grumbling something under his breath about the boy. 67 .Elemental Heart pancake. it seemed that it was either he or Robert that acted as the resident father when Elainia was away.” Kenneth stated beginning to eat his breakfast. please watch the stuff in the basement. or at least act semi mature. please.” Robert joked with a wide grin. “Yeah heathens. “It’s not me you gotta worry about mom.” “I’ll make sure they behave mom.” Robert added.” Answered Joseph. Elainia shook her head. books.” Kenneth replied. A lot of good people passed through that place. Kenneth entered the room at that point. paintings. He came round the table to a chair next to Mathew and began to create the same type of breakfast sandwich as his younger brother. “I take it your riding with Rob and I?” Joseph asked already knowing the answer.” Mathew hardly got out past a mouth full of food as he started to make another sandwich. Now he knew that role would soon become a full time job.” Spoke Joseph. I’m not as much of a heathen as dufus here. “You two had better not kill each other when I’m gone. “No worries. How he wished his orphan brothers would grow up quickly. “We should offer to take Jeff too. His senses instantly aroused by the rich smells around him.” “No. “God’s please. “Got the last of the stuff packed into the van. “We may need some comedy. memoirs.” Kenneth stated as he constructed his breakfast sandwich. “And please. And do not destroy the beach house please? It’s been used since before the nineteen hundreds. It’s the immature pot head out there. “Use a plate.

The Seaside beach house had been used by her and several of her friends over the centuries as a hideout and trove for all sorts of things. but she didn’t trust them with such things.Elemental Heart have been collected for a very long time. Maps. she would have set them up with something safer and perhaps less valuable. feared. good stories you never told us ma?” Joseph started. The young had a tendency to let their passions overrule simple logic. Hundreds of years of wealth and knowledge were stored in that place. locations to other under cites and hideouts. she could always hope.” The priestess pleaded. as the thoughts of learning some ancient secret teased his imagination. some of the people who gave me them to keep are no longer with us. and a slightly devilish smile on her face. and if you read anything about my past. The list went on and on. 68 . yet. historical documents. It may help you understand what our people have gone through in the past and why it is so very important. Though she knew better. “Try to keep an open mind… ok?” Elainia asked with a gleam in her eyes. hoping just a little that her youngsters would listen. she had no problem with bending a grown boy over her knee and giving a proper old-fashioned lashing. “But just please be careful with it all. “She stopped mid-sentence in an attempt to word herself right. “I know you will. The very fact that she was giving them this sacred location was all due to the haste at which she needed to leave. “I’d really like to look through it mom.” The woman looked over each of them with a motherly stare they had all come to know very well. You can look through it if you want to and as a matter of fact. it might be a good idea to get more familiar with your ancient history. “Got some eh. And if she found that they had not headed her words.” Robert stated. and like all loyal sons. If given more time. Not that she didn’t trust them. private diaries of fallen comrades. and when you do just be careful.

Elemental Heart “Oh I am so reading that shit. I made dinner last Saturday.” Jeffrey said reaching across the lazily stabbing some sausage and grunting as if the idea would actually cause him strife. After a few silent moments Johnny complemented to his mother that the food smelled good. “Guess I’ll have to do the cooking when we reach Seaside. The levity of the room gave way to Jeffrey and Johnny now coming to join the whole family at the table. “Cause I know I can’t cook for shit Bro!” Mathew laughed.” Kenneth replied shaking his head as the group around the table followed suit. giving him a pat on his arm.” Mathew gave a side glace to his brother. She thanked him in kind.” Elainia giggled in a way that could only be described as elegant. in which case Johnny was 69 . The two began to reach into the mass and grab food for their already placed plates. as Johnny at in the chair between Kenneth and Elainia. “Uh yeah.” Jeffrey defended himself not even bothering to look about at his clan. “Aw you never cook. “Come on dudes. That was unless it had to do with grilling outside.” Johnny let out glancing over at Mathew with a smile.” Jeffrey cut coming to the kitchen with Johnny in tow. The entire group laughed. Rob scooted a bit to allow Jeffrey to sit next to Mathew. “Please try to play nice while Mommy is away children. “The hell you will. In truth. the only one of them that had any kind of talent in the kitchen was Robert. “That would require you to be able to read Jeff. The whole of the table lit up.” Jeffrey replied continuing to fill his plate without care for the wave of laughter coming at him. even Kenneth gave out a small chuckle. “At least one of us is honest.” Mathew managed to get out around the food in his mouth. and it smelled like you forgot to take the plastic off of it.

He knew in his heart that this would be the last meal with his entire family. all except Joseph who watched the people around him with a half-smile. These had been her sons and pupils for so long. A few hours later the boys were getting ready to begin their journey north to Maryland. She had tried to teach the boys to cook for themselves. Elainia kissed and hugged each one of them. It was Joseph’s nature to look at the worst in any situation. But his pragmatist nature locked one foot in reality. But.Elemental Heart the man for the job. and I have 70 . How proud she was that even with all their differences. and a falsehood that they were hoping for. and she could not help but be brought to tears. In a moment of emotional weakness. It was an illusion that they all shared. To protect them from the evils of the world they would eventually and undoubtedly face. giving respective advice to each. There was a certain joy about the table as if they were all about to embark on their usual summer vacation and be back by Augusts’ end. “You are a very special group of young men. and he tried to enjoy it. at least that was something. she began to give her final words of wisdom. but those lessons devolved into an ability to boil water for hot dogs. she felt as if they really were her offspring. keeping him from truly enjoying his family as if an impending doom awaited them. even Kenneth himself shed a tear from a large watery eye as he said good bye to the only mother he had ever known. Every motherly instinct within her wanted to stay with them. The Priestess looked over the row of fine young men standing in the driveway before her. they had managed to develop into boys with good morals and a decent sense of character. All her love poured out for them. But as far as having a learned hand at the stove it was Elainia that was ever the chef. Nodding at them with misty eyes.

“Even so young man. Each of you has strengths and weaknesses that will be complemented by the others. Robert. be good!” Elainia scolded shaking her finger at the boy with a grin. you will find a chest in the basement. and don’t do something stupid that will get you arrested or put on the news for Goddesses sake. Now your faces 71 . Of course Jeffrey noticed their oldest brother scolding Mathew for the outburst.Elemental Heart been very proud to have been able to raise most of you. It is rare to have all five points of the sacred star in one small clan. “If you become overwhelmed for any reason and need a place to hide. and had to buck that authority accordingly.” “Cops can’t catch me ma… I’m way too quick for the trough!” Mathew zipped with blurring speed round the whole group. So you will be under a microscope that none of us older Elementals ever had to deal with. In our day if you were discovered you could just move into a new town. I think you will all do fine. ain’t nobody gonna even try. “And remember that the humans are everywhere. you must not realize who you are messin with!” The Water Elemental jovially leaning forward and getting laughs from Mathew and Johnny. and Kenneth. You must not arouse suspicion. The rest of the crew laughed except Joseph. Making sure to look at Kenneth and Jeffrey respectively before continuing. you are also special because of the diversity of elements you are tied to. remember that Camp Sirus further north. The two looking down to the side understanding the unsaid message. It should be more than enough to get you all started. “Don’t worry mama. who issued orders for Mathew to come back and stand respectively with the others. And if they do I'ma tell em. contradicted with bemused glances from Joseph. More special then the wonderful group of good men you have become. And as long as you work together and as a team. When you get to Seaside.” She let her words hang in the air for a moment.

It had saved his and his brothers lives. is never discovered my son. The sickness of the Zyton had infected him once when he was very young and had no other choice. But I believe it is safe to assume that you will be forced to discover these things on your own. “This of course belongs to you. That tie felt terrible in its own nature. the group surrounded their surrogate mother. He did not know exactly why. his eyes wide open as if he had seen a ghost. At the sight of it. his only cure was to try and forget. But to have it on his person was like denying himself an addiction. like you. and crowded her in a suffocating embrace. his eyes still wet. everyone agreed in their own personal way. so please be careful. Honestly he didn’t even know how. She laughed and cried. giving them kisses on their cheeks and heads. I am sorry that such a thing is tied to your fate. but he felt it like an ever-present weight upon his soul. yet powerfully seductive. As he did. she called out to Johnny biding him come back.” Johnny looked down at the bag. He had prayed to his grandfather that he never had to use it. “Make sure it. and gave her a final hug. he stood straight and lent his head back. Good luck honey. but the cost had been 72 . If ever the choice arouse. All together.” As she finished. The young Fire Elemental walked up to Elainia. This feeling made him completely uneasy. he would rid himself of the thing without a second thought. last of the Dragonfyre line” She began handing the bag to Johnny. and he had curse Cyclone Memnon for ever putting him in the position of having to use the relic. It scared him even to have the Zyton in his presence. who waited a moment before timidly taking it from her as if the bag carried disease. I understand Liam went through great pains to keep this hidden. Elainia brought up a tan satchel the boy had not seen in many years. I will be thinking of you often. There is no other advice I can give you on this matter.Elemental Heart can be posted all over the web. As the group dispersed and went about getting into either the minivan or Mathews IROC Camaro.

Or use it if I can help it. And you control your own actions. She had raised these young men since before there ascension into the first days of manhood. “Thank you Mother. the woman clasped Johnny’s head with both her gentle hands looking him directly in the eyes. I love you. but after several bemused attempts the small torch would come to life. The IROC sped off spitting dirt from the road as it did. The hard rock filled the car and blasted out of the open windows announcing that Mathew Hunter and crew were now embarking on a road trip. and worry. and another.” After her words. added by another. they were little boys in some respects. “Just remember that you are a good man. I won’t let anyone know of it.” Elainia watched as the last of the boys loaded up. a great feeling of uneasiness came over her. Now hurry before I don’t let you leave. striking it for a light.” “I love you too baby boy. It was a mixture of concern. The great love that she had lavished these young men with were that of a woman never having a child. Watching them leave off into the future she honestly wondered if she would ever see any of them again. love. The Water Elemental procured a Zippo from his pocket. not the relic. Jeffrey scrunched his eyebrows still holding the three joints with 73 . but desperately wanting that to be so. Mathew and Jeffrey sat in the front seats with Johnny sitting in the back crammed in among the bags that would not fit in the trunk. Jeffrey shook his head from side to side placing a joint in his mouth. From inside the Camaro sounded the first rifts of one of Mathew favorite songs with an earsplitting proclamation. and still to her. all three banging their heads with exasperation and singing along to Van Halen.Elemental Heart his attachment to the thing.” “I fear my son that may one day be your destiny. and so these were her children. Ok?” “Ok Mom.

Jeffrey finished taking a sip of rum from a silver flask. taking a sip before passing it off Johnny behind 74 . and then happily took the joint from Jeffrey’s mouth. Johnny nodded as he took in a clean hit from the back seat.” Robert hoped clinging on to a basic faith in his younger brother.Elemental Heart his lips and kept striking the flint as if it would magically fill with fluid. beginning to light the joints with the most welcomed fire. As he lit one. Then the third he puffed in twice sticking out his chin. then letting it out after his words in a grey spray of smoke. “He’s in the car with Jeff. “Why does he drive like that?” Joseph complained just starting out onto the asphalt road. he gave it to Mathew. He immediately handed it over to Mathew.” Jeffrey joked holding in the hit. threw the Zippo haphazardly behind his seat. “I give Mathew more credit than that. he took between the fingers of his left hand. Jeffrey widened his eyes.” Kenneth assumed sitting in a lone seat bolted into the back of the minivan. “And lots a pot!” Jeffrey interrupted bringing up an ounce or so of marijuana in a sealed clear plastic bag. continuing to laugh with the other two stoned boys in the car. the smile on his face widening to the point of being cheesy. who took it without a second thought. He’s probably high already. He’s more responsible than Jeffrey by far. Then the second. until a peach hand appeared to his left with its finger tips alight with small flames. “I knew you would be good for something. “Fourteen to fifteen hours of road time gentlemen and we got lots of rock…” Mathew shouted favorably aloud over the music. The hand in front of his face instantly rid itself of the flames by wiggling it fingers.

” Mathew retorted. “Yeah.” Joseph answered putting a tape into the radio. “You’re a pussy. and you’re only doing fifty five. “Pussy. and then increased the speed to sixty. for anyone in or out of the car. Almost immediately the speakers began to emit Ziggy Stardust. “Got any music in this box with wheels?” Kenneth asked rummaging through a book bag for something to munch on. He will be fine. praying for a shot of Nirvana.” Kenneth commented shaking his head in frustration. “This is gonna be a long trip.” Robert said to himself rolling his eyes. 75 . There is nothing safe about that vehicle at the moment.” Robert defended with waning faith. “Why?” Mathew asked bewildered looking back and forth from the road ahead to Jeff’s high stare. “He has never been pulled over and has never gotten a ticket. He can’t possibly be doing the posted limit. “He has Jeff in the car with him. “Look how far away he is already.” Robert stated looking through his brown book bag.. glaring over at his brother with half open eyes.Elemental Heart him.” Matt shook his head. ‘Breaking the law! Breaking the law!’ “Elainia gave me directions.” Joseph stated flipping his left hand from the wheel in disbelief. After several silent moments Jeffrey let out. sure. Mathew cranked the volume to an ear splitting level as Jeffrey and Johnny sang out.” “The speed limit is forty five. “There is no one even on this road..” Jeffrey stated with a frown upon his face.

“We lost them already. “Do the damn limit at least. Just imagine what kind of technology is down there.” Johnny replied to the open question. “We’re really loaded down in here. “It’s a forty five man. From what she said. “What?” Joseph asked.” Kenneth ordered.” Mathew said making a left turn into a busy intersection. I’m actually quite interested in what we may find there. Johnny turned and looked over the piles of clothes stuffed into the back of the car. “Really Joe?” Kenneth asked looking bemused. You’re doing forty two at best. “Where did Joey go? Did we take a wrong turn?” Jeffrey asked looking back and forth from the passenger side rear view mirror to the window behind Johnny. the Hall of Tides hasn’t been used in over a thousand years.” Kenneth leaned forward between the seats and past his brothers to look out of the windshield. “I don’t think Mom wanted to take the chance of it being discovered. I’m just being careful.” The large boy stated scratching his chest through his black sleeveless.” Kenneth said with a slight attitude. “We’re all going to the same place anyway? The way I see it. 76 . Or the information we could garner from the history of our ancestors. It’s supposed to have been built from the first ships that landed on Earth.” Joseph replied. “I don’t see them.Elemental Heart “I’m surprised she never brought us there.” Robert groaned under his breath. if we get there first we can throw that terrible old television out.” Joseph wondered. “Maybe I should have gone in the other car.

all but Kay Kay in skirts with bikinis underneath. and Kay Kay walked down the sandy dirt path to Stone Beach. “Hey baby. But before he could answer. “Yeah well…. All four were decked out in recently bought clothes.” A passing boy wearing a fishing hat and a pair of sunglasses yelled out. “It is way too early to be that drunk. “We used a boat!” before spilling some beer on his red shirt from his over dramatics while stumbling forward. Samantha and the other girls laughed at the boy as they followed behind Carl down to the shoreline. He’s got longevity. Don’t ask how we did it. Rebecca. is that for me?” Rebecca asked bearing red lipstick and puffing her almost completely exposed breasts at the boy. The girls were greeted by a few people as they entered before Carl came over bearing a smile and holding a red plastic cup.” Kay Kay remarked watching as the drunken boy stumble away with a slight laugh closing her words “Awe that’s Marcus. It is anyway right?” Carl let the insult pass for the chance of a better future.” Carl said retrieving some cups and handing them to the girls. “What’s up ladies?” The lightly buzzed young man greeted with happily lit orbs. he’s been drinking since this morning. “This way girls. Melissa. Rebecca took the cup from Carl and started to drink it. we got a keg down here. Don’t worry about him. Already they could hear some music playing and the chatter from other neighborhood teens. As the girls walked down a short but steep rocky path. they came to a small-enclosed beachhead perfect for unwanted attention. At his feet 77 .Elemental Heart Chapter Seven The sun was beginning to set in the sky as Samantha.

Elemental Heart was a large blue bucket holding a keg surrounded by packed ice.” Samantha replied trying not to roll her eyes but failing in the attempt. “Yeah. “Yeah that’s what happens when you don’t really wanna talk to somebody. He had rugged features that were handsome enough.” Samantha said trying to roll out of his arms.” Carl said looking over the situation before him slightly disgusted and stating the obvious. adorned with small studded jewels at each point. As the girls got their drinks Samantha heard a familiar voice call out her name. As she turned around. “I don’t understand.” The young man said with a sly air about him. Drake was five foot nine. a twenty three year old Drake Nolen came into view. didn’t I hit that well enough? Those were some hard pounding hours. “Hey Sam. her face knotted up with annoyance. “Hey man I don’t think the girl wants you touching her. Around his neck was an inverted pentacle.” Drake implied as he put his unwanted arms around Samantha. “What’s the matter baby. “I thought we were getting serious. The girl squirmed a bit as she felt his embrace. this is my girl.” Samantha replied with over obvious disdain. He had a short-cropped beard and short hair that met together with thin side burns.” He continued. “Mind your own business jerk off.” Drake replied still clutching onto the shorter female.” He stated irritably. medium build with dark reddish hair and brown eyes. but no model to be sure. We had such a good time the other week. Today he wore black shorts with a black sleeveless shirt and dark colored sandals. seriously disgusted. “Hey Drake. “Hey dickhead let her go!” Melissa yelled smacking Drake across his face as Samantha shifted trying to break free.” Drake stated looking sternly into slightly taller male’s eyes. “You haven’t returned my calls. 78 .

but Drake let them do it anyway. and a nasty bump on his eye socket that would turn into a nice shiner. “She’s not your girlfriend. Then pushed Melissa so hard she flew from her feet hitting the sand upon her back. which had no effect. “What is she with you?” “Maybe she is!” As Carl spoke those words it was like a challenge to Drake’s authority. Carl’s face began to explode with sprays of blood as the people in the forming crowd began to chant ‘Fight! Fight! Fight!’ Samantha and Rebecca came around to the head of the fight and both grabbed Drake by his shoulders in an attempt to pull him off. off balancing Carl more than anything. The young man felt every adrenal gland in his body pound. “What the hell is your problem man?!” Carl yelled. This is between me and my girlfriend. The younger boy fell back upon the sand. most of the other party goers began to circle the scene. His lips were busted and bloody. getting into Drakes face shoving the man.” Carl stated without a moment’s hesitation. After all. His heart raced as he mashed his teeth. With that. Kay Kay leaned down a checked to boys injuries.” Drake replied coming chest to chest completely unintimidated by Carl. Drake threw one powerful gut busting punch that left Carl with no air in his lungs. As they pushed Drake off away from Carl. They were not strong enough to do so. his superiority asserted. “Stay the fuck out of my shit lil boy. Carl instantly threw down his cup.Elemental Heart Drake did let the Samantha go. and without a moment’s notice Drake was atop him thrusting punch after punch into the boy’s face. Drake needed prove no more lest this boy felt the need to die. Kay Kay grabbed a nearby towel and started to clean off her friends wounds. his intimidation display was done. his eyes flaring with anger. 79 . his nose flowing metallic crimson.

Rebecca turned back to Drake and continued her rant. “Oh baby are you alright?” Rebecca asked kneeling down and feverishly looking over the hurt boy with cooing abandon. Samantha. When Rebecca released her. who in that instance gave him the finger accompanied with the nastiest look the cute teen could summon. He looked back only once at Rebecca. replaced by a scowl as Rebecca continued.” Samantha apologized kneeling down to look him in the face. went with it for the moment. As Rebecca calmed down she turned around to see Carl now sitting up with the help of Kay Kay.” Rebecca assured her.” The girl helped up her date. and pulled her into a full on French kiss holding her ass for good measure. “What a douche baby. “You wanna beat somebody up for going out with Sam! Well how’s this asshole!” With that said she grabbed Samantha by her arms. Afterwards. then with a menacing scowl walked away from the scene feeling slighted. “But what the hell was his issue?” “I’m so sorry Carl.” Carl started. walking him away from the 80 . Rebecca led into him. “I’m ok. “It’s not your fault Sam. in slight shock. “You worthless piece of shit! What the hell is your problem! Samantha doesn’t like you! She is not your girlfriend! One stupid drunken lay does not give you the right to go around beating people up!” Drakes grin dropped.” Melissa said wiping the sand off of her new skirt. “Come on Carl. let me try and make our hero feel better. holding the side of his head with her hand. Drake shook his head in the slightest.Elemental Heart As Drake looked down at the bloody boy with a wide grin. even Kay Kay looked up smiling at the brazen display. yet protested not in the least. Samantha’s face betrayed this shock. “Wanna beat me up now?!” The young girl exclaimed shoving him in the chest. Many people around them hooted and hollered in approval.

Before him was a flat tabletop adorned by several raised holographic glyphs in his father’s native language that served as a keyboard. then uplinked itself with the Valkira communications network. He body rested. “You always manage to interrupt me during supper. sitting in a lavish black chair facing his personal computer terminals. Cyclone Memnon sat alone. “I would.” Came a deep voice from the speakers by the terminals artificial intelligence.Elemental Heart now dispersing group and toward a more private location. Kay Kay looked over the two shorter girls shaking her head. As she did the other three teens came to stand next to each other watching the pair leave. The process took only a few minutes. “Get me Anton Torel. “Sluts. “Well at least he’s gonna get laid. Cyclone saw his older brother starring back at him. The screen changed to a search mode.” 81 .” Samantha let out one of her patented nervous giggles. On the wall above the control terminal was a holographic raised screen fifteen by twenty inches showing a black back ground with the Valkira cross lit in dark purple. “Yeah. along with several other smaller screens that were interchangeable for other service options.” “Yes Milord.” She admitted nodding.” Melissa continued still watching the pair disappear from sight.” Melissa stated openly in middle of the other two. Both Samantha and Kay Kay just looked at Melissa. The Valkira lord inputted his command clearance. which brought up a communications screen.” She let out looking back to Rebecca and Carl retreating over a sand hill and out of sight. an expression of awe upon their faces. but when completed. “What? It’s true. Cyclone pushed a few buttons on the terminal. and then spoke aloud.

” “Well what is it you want Cyclone? I’m sure I’m busy with something at the moment. It is not you that has to hear the dwarf’s mouth on a regular basis.” Anton scoffed at the idea. “Tell the impish fat ass to crawl up the surface and catch some then. Take some Elemental bitches for a change. It seems that the Temple is in need of fresh slaves. “Why don’t you come up here and retrieve some.” 82 . “This is the nineteen ninety’s. he was living underground at the moment.” Cyclone turned away from his console to retrieve a goblet of wine.” Cyclone shook his head holding the drink in both hands at his stomach. I tire of hunting for young girls. His older brother was sitting in a chair that looked even more comfortable than his own. The walls in his room were earthy and uneven.Elemental Heart Anton opened placing a plate down beside him. Not common monkeys. “You’re always eating brother.” “That may be true brother.” “Our eldest brother requires virgins born of Elemental blood. From the looks of his environment.” Cyclone then sipped from his cup. only to have to turn them over. which made Cyclone a bit jealous.” Anton laughed. “Virgins. and have no time to collect slaves. “We received another transmission from father this afternoon. He was no slave trader. so just lie and say they are without a man’s touch. But that feeling quickly passed. it may be even more rare to find a virgin than an Elemental born female. He rolled it back and forth with his palms looking down into the red liquid. “Yanpre asked me to contact you. They have good meat on them.” Anton motioned his hand as if waving off a servant. I don’t care. and their fat is succulent and sweet. I’m busy training Surfacelords. Bring your assassins along and raid a surface camp.” “Just do as your told brother.

And ready our influences within the human governments to receive final orders by that time. bereft of life and luxury?” Anton thought on this for a good moment. It seems my brother. They still fight over invisible God’s and knowingly false doctrines. They kill each other over such small matters as differences in color and culture. “We are the lords of our realm. What will become of our inherited kingdom? Will it be the Valkira class that rules on high over lesser beings? Or will we be the kings of a barren wasteland. We are to begin implementing our spy networks in the final phase. “It is not that I do not believe such a force could raid and destroy the monkey forces.” Anton stated knowing full well his brothers concerns. Doing so.” “He say’s to expect his return at the outset of the tenth solar cycle. But will father not be at the head of an interstellar armada? Will not such a force pry the monkeys from foot to grave?” Cyclone reached for a jug to fill his goblet.Elemental Heart “Oh?” Anton said curiously.” “You do not seem enthusiastic about this prospect. that conflagration will soon be at hand. It is the realization that the monkeys by nature are destructive. He had not really cared to contemplate such matters. Not that I am opposed to such raw hatred. he began to speak again. in their ignorance may actually fight until the last of them remain. I grow tired of sitting beneath the ground and waiting to be ordered to do what is natural to me anyway. panic driven animals. such a thing cleanses the world of the weak and impotent. They will be much harder to subjugate as their technology grows. “I agree. The potential that they. What brings me to fear are their atom bombs.” Cyclone said raising his goblet toward the surface above him. But now that his 83 . “Regale me of this new message from our distant father and his demon God. Not some alien tribe or otherworldly creature. We should have enslaved the monkeys centuries ago.

If his valid fears were to come to fruition. what kind of a world would be left upon his precious surface? “Yes my brother.Elemental Heart youngest brother mentioned it. it was something to think about. what kind of a world indeed would we be left with?” 84 .

The tallest wore a mask that looked like that of a mime with a happy face on one half. All was quite that night with the exception of the local alley cats hissing in territorial displays. wore a hockey mask that had flames drawn upon it covering all but the top right side that was left all white. not a creature could be heard. the door moved ever so slightly in their direction. in height. They crept silently in the moonlit yard all the way up to an enclosed patio made of wood and enclosed metal screens. the three were inside what looked to be the kitchen. Other than that. pressing a single finger upon the brass door handle. wore a mask that 85 . The shortest of them. Easily enough. Another of the three knelt down. who was not short at all. That was the way they liked it. One shadow drew larger as its master came closer to the screen door. So he moved his hand to the screen and as he did. The shadows of the three passed through the light from the alleyway behind them. The cloudy form reached pasted the metal mesh and unlocked the screen door with ease. The tallest of the three turned to the other two that were with him. they wore very distinctive masks. and a sad face on the other. Within seconds a crackling hiss could be heard as molten metal fell away from the thin space between the door and the door jam in small glowing pools. The middle one. The forms crossed easily now thought the portal and to the inner door that lead into the house. Quietly he tried to turn the handle only to find it locked. A second later. All of them were wearing complete black from neck to foot. Three forms passed into a back yard through an open metal gate. Something in the distance had knocked over a trash can lid. his hand became insubstantial.Elemental Heart Chapter Eight It was well past midnight in Seaside and the air felt damp as though it were about to rain. probably one of those stray animals. At their heads however.

There he spied a bed bearing a sleeping couple. Sure footed. Slowly the white sheet above them both began to slide 86 . and the mime peered inside. his head slightly cocked as he watched the pair sleeping in peace. Eerily the Mime stood at the foot of the bed. come with me and secure the girl.” The Mime continued. The Mime turned to the Dragon and pointed to continue down the hallway. It had flairs around it’s outside that were painted in sparkling gold. betraying the couples light breathing within their slumber. and her skin showing only the smallest amount of wrinkles. on the mantle and small tables about the room had a display of pictures. the mime crept inside the master bedroom. Her large breasts heaved up and down as she breathed. From there they reached a living room with all the normal furnishings from couch and loveseat to television. His head was balding. The sheets rose and fell in tandem.Elemental Heart looked like a red dragon. When he was a few steps away. silently commanding. The family appearing loving and with various other friends and kin.” The Mime spoke quietly to the hockey masked man. The Dragon quietly obeyed. Firelord nodded saying nothing. “Firelord. lumberingly obviously overweight. but showed healthy promise of being so when she was younger. the two passed through the kitchen area and into a dining room. then passing by the front door they began to climb beige carpeted stairs. Slowly they crept to the top that led into a long white walled hallway. stalking down the corridor with care not to make a sound. The first door they passed was slightly open. The Dragon nodded also keeping silent. its mouth was left open from the upper lip and coming down at the sides of his lips. and he snored at times with great booms from his large flat nose. The wife however was not terribly beautiful. “Dragon. stay down here and guard the entrance. Her hair was wavy and dark. The man was in his forties.

choking on a barely seen force with no hope of escape. much worse. The Mimes other arm became insubstantial shutting the woman’s mouth completely while spreading out to hold down her arms and torso in a sheath of elemental air. The Mime gradually began to climb up the bed over the woman. before shooting open again with the realization of the intruder above his wife. smelling her scent and taking in all the power over which he now held. The cloudy blanket restrained her from any major movement. but allowed the frightened woman to turn and watch her husband’s fate. The mime’s arm again became a clear cloud as he jammed it into the man’s mouth all the way down his throat and into his very lungs. Then after a loud suctioning snore. before the end. As he held it there the man began to flounder in panic and pain.Elemental Heart down away from their bodies. The chaotic actions quickly awoke his wife. He tried to yell but it was stopped short. He looked over her. stalking the top of her body on all fours. His body flailed and shook as his the most terrible gurgling sounds came from his open mouth. The Mime looked from the husband to the wife. Her fate. mocking her. as if everything was going to be alright. All she could do was look over in terror at the sight of her husband. would be much. “Shhhh…” The mime hushed to her. and as he did the woman met his gaze with shaking wide eyes. At its center was the reassurance 87 . Soon the husband’s lugs would implode from the unseen force. The Dragon slowly stalked with great anticipation down the hallway to a white door adorned with mediocre drawings in colored pencils and brush paints. the man began to stir. who also attempted to scream but was met by a similar fate. His stealth kept them blissfully unaware even as he mounted himself above the older woman. The husband opened his eyes for a moment then closed them.

She opened her mouth to yell for help. Rebecca was clad in a pair of blue panties and a small white shirt. Keep Out!’ The Dragon could hear the muffled sounds from down the hall. Silently pushing open the door he passed through the portal. He walked to the side of her bed and looked over the sleeping teen. He tried to open the door. He ended to movement with a bite to her lower lip that drew blood as she was thrown back down upon the bed. After taking in the moment. and knew that the parents were as he moved being taken care of. her vision began to return along with a sharp pain at her lower lip. and after a second or so of hissing the lock gave way. Then in an instant he grasped the girl’s neck in a tight choking grip.Elemental Heart that the Dragon had been looking for. the Dragon brought his right index finger to his mouth and licked the tip with his tongue. From the neck of the shirt to the bottom he ran his wet finger. Again she tried to fend him off but he slapped her across the face with such force that blood began to drip from her nose. Climbing atop her. but it was met with a vicious left cross to her face. This pleased him. but again another lock. Some of the makeup applied earlier in the day was still present on her face. She looked up at the masked man in horror. he had the girl all too himself. He let her sleep for a moment before slowly making his right hands way closer to her throat. Stunned and her eyes rolling the girl fell almost limp as the man pulled her up to his masked face. with a hint of sweat glistening off her young sun kissed skin. So yet again the Dragon placed a single finger upon the lock. all along its center scorching the white of the shirt into a 88 . kissing her with exposed lips. As Rebecca began to shake off the effects of the strike. Rebecca’s eyes snapped open as her hands instinctively went to pry off the assailant’s arm. the Dragon mounted upon her hips. brushing his left shoulder on a sign upon the door that read ‘Rebecca’s Room. She appeared completely at peace.

The Dragon had many plans to defile this disrespectful female from without. Again. With that he moved to the refrigerator. But still. It would not be the last of the evening. Before she had a chance to recover again the Dragon leapt up and in-between her legs. the sight of her dark nipples arousing the Dragon greatly. as if it were some rite of passage. Soon the material gave way and opened exposing her entire torso. He tried not to visualize the horrors. and within. 89 . it would be his turn. he almost dreaded the day. and the muffled whimpers of the young girl. a retrieved a cold chicken leg he saw on a plate.Elemental Heart small orange line. he tried not to think about what went on overhead. Downstairs in the kitchen. the hockey masked figure could hear the bouncing of springs upon wood. It was met by another strike. a thin red burn marred her from neck to navel. bringing her knees up with the inside of his arms and pinning her down with her own appendages. and the jerking of the bed upon the floor. she made a last attempt to scream. the terrible flat sounds of strikes. It made him almost ill to hear the sounds of the mad men above him. Rebecca looked back up in realization of what was about to happen. Again he heard the whimper of a young woman. keeping his attention to the task at hand. The girl coughed moaning in pain.

Her hair was a long pale blond that came down over her blue robed shoulders. the city had been visited by foreign dignitaries asking them to either join or be resettled in another elemental city many times over in the last fifty or so years. had dwindled in number due to migration to the new world. Its only saving grace was that the place was the center for the Akashan arts. quite beautiful even after three hundred years of life on this world. One such dignitary was Talon Gerard. She was also the spiritual leader of the Elemental under city. after the sudden death of the former High Priestess. She had stark green eyes that were painted in light blues. Over the last century Elvin Galorn had become more of a city that centered on the temple.Elemental Heart Chapter Nine High Priestess Laura Alura was a tall woman. A city which had over the last century. The High Priestess was the leading voice in the Temple of Luna. Talon Gerard was a short fat Elemental that served under 90 . but had not an unhealthy look. She had sat in this position for over eighty years. or the moon Goddess of Terra. The Elementals of the once great under city were not procreating fast enough to fill the social void. Life Elemental would come from the world around to attend the school here. yet looked no more than forty. Elvin Galorn. but rarely if any actually called the place home. The skin on her face and hands were pale with lack of sunlight. and thin nose above full red lips. so slowly the great cavern was falling into a future ruin. As much as Elvin Galorn had been the center of all Elemental Akashan’s upon earth. Healers from all over the world would make pilgrimages there and stay for a time. but would eventually leave and return to whatever surface encampment they had come from. For this. it had still become small and weak with the lack of any real defenders to protect the place.

At their right sides they held a long sliver spear standing upright from floor to a short distance above their heads.” Laura replied in her melodic accent. At his head was a wide brimmed hat with a golden ribbon tied about its top. To even whisper of moving would be unthinkable. The joining of Elvin Galorn and Southern Core would mean not only the future protection of the Temple of Luna. but such a merger would see every clan within the new world had the opportunity to be schooled in the Akashan arts and under the protection of the army at Southern Core. but they also had toned muscles and were as deadly as they were sexy. times have changed over the last two centuries.Elemental Heart the banner of the dubious Arch-Mage of Southern Core. “Milady. both in the appearance of young women. They wore sliver boots that came all the way up over their knees coming to a point over their lower thigh. adorned with Celtic knot work. The High Priestess sat on her throne of pearl and silver. while around his neck were several gold chains with one holding a jewel encrusted seal of Southern Core. At his legs was a pair of dark pants and at his feet a pair of black boots. The treaty between South Core and Old Vorexia has maintained the peace.” The Ambassador smugly stated. with their hair tied up into a knot. which strengthens this alliance even further. “It would be wise to accept Taron’s offer milady. And our city is rich with culture and history. Around her were two temple guards. The two cities even have a steady trade agreement. “My dear Talon. upon which was the seal of the triple goddess. From a pair of thin white shorts covered the nether regions. Elvin Galorn has had no problem protecting itself for over nineteen hundred years. They wore a see through white fabric from around their necks and over their breasts leading down to their silver belts. They had silver headbands about their heads. The portly man wore a robe of browns and amber gold over a brown v cut shirt that showed his hairy chest. The Priestess’s guards may have been beautiful. Any offer by the 91 .

ten years ago as a matter of fact. To think that these actions are not ordered from Vorexia is folly. we will defy with all our strength. The Priestess’s guards stood a bit stiffer. “Such things said aloud could ruin the relations between our cities. I have no interest in becoming cozy with the patriarchal slugs of Valkira Prime. “Ambassador Gerard. Laura adjusted herself slightly at the remark. and that the attack upon Southern Core was a rouse to murder the former Arch-Mage and place Lord Taron in his stead. I think it is wiser now to fear the humans than our Valkira brethren. Talon corrected his tone after eying the movement. more out of instinctual disgust then the uncomfortable words.Elemental Heart Arch-Mage not only carries the protection of our great city. kidnapping and murder from these ‘Valkira assassins’. “Such accusations are unfounded and hearsay!” He almost yelled. but the protection of any harm from the Valkira.” Talon Gerard’s face lit up a bright red as he nearly bellowed at the High Priestess. This treaty of theirs has only stopped the aggression between the major cities. not Valkira that made the last open assault upon an Elemental city. Upon my city.” Talon retorted. “Ambassador.” “Lady Laura it was humans. “Our relations as is are tenuous at present best 92 . Laura moved her eyes to the woman with a slightly relieved expression. This is just a precursor to a larger campaign.” As he spoke the wooden doors twenty or so feet behind him opened. respecting the audience of the High Priestess. Light from the outside chamber poured in showing only the dark outline of a woman in hooded robes entering the room.” The fat man negotiated with an air of arrogance about him. The woman closed the doors behind her and moved only about five feet into the chamber. it is well known that the human assault was instigated by none other than Yanpre Vear. One to which. and then turned her attention back to Talon Gerard. I have had numerous reports from the surface clans of rape.

recognizing him from years ago when she had visited his Elemental under city. if not to watch the men of our race puff out their chests and stroke their egos for our amusements?” The high priestess joked giving way to open arms and a hearty laugh. Talon turned and began walking to the doors behind him. Hail and farewell. As the portly man exited the hall. Take this message back to your master. He was for a moment captured by her beauty.” “Very well Lady Laura. As long as Southern Core has Valkira temples within its city. great sister. With that. then kissed each other momentarily. “Come. the chamber guards followed behind them all the 93 .” As the two women began to walk across the sleek white marble floor. “Hail and fare thee well.” Talon spoke with a slight bow. no offer or exchange will be accepted by Elvin Galorn. As he did he caught sight of Elainia Luna standing in waiting for her turn at audience. Laura let out a sigh of relief. The two girls embraced one another holding the hug for many seconds. She locked eyes as well with the man. “My dear sweet sister. “If only the world were ruled by women. “It is men like that that makes me fear for the future of our race. “We need comfortable chambers and agreeable wine.” Laura took Elainia by the hand and began to usher her to a room behind the throne chamber.” Elainia replied in kind. “Indeed it has.Elemental Heart Ambassador.’ Laura spoke aloud before rising at the approach of Elainia. it has been far too long. Laura took Elainia’s head in both hands as the lesser Priestess bowed slightly allowing Laura to kiss her forehead.” The High Priestess dismissed the Ambassador with a hint of venom in her regal voice. taking a long second to look over her face and voluptuous form.” Laura spoke with misty eyes.” Elainia replied coming to the throne area with a half grin. “What fun would we have then.

There was no desk or great chair as in most hierarchical rooms.Elemental Heart way to a single wooden door leading into another room.” “We were creatures made for the surface sister. Elainia noticed the room was wide and long with several brown leather couches in the middle of the chamber with a short square coffee table in the center.” 94 . With the sound of the word.” Elainia said smiling widely and moving to see out one of the windows. “Always sister.” Elainia smiled. the chamber guards stopped short and stood at attention at each side of the door. “Want to see something cool?’ The Lady of the temple asked. even when a kilometer or so underground.” Laura said moving to a stand against the left wall and retrieving a serving dish with a jug and two cups made of glass and pewter fairies. Then turned and moved to stand opposite her friend and superior. “That is amazing. But being so far underground there was no way that it could be so. Walking into Laura’s private chambers. “That is why I always manage to find my way up there.” Laura moved the tray to the coffee table and began to pour out its contents.” “Well it is.” Elainia said admiring the false image. The walls were lined with what looked like oak boards. When the two priestesses passed through the portal. Laura raised her hands out at her sides palm up. The High Priestess stopped mid room just before the table and looked at Elainia with a hidden smile. and every few feet or so there was a portal that looked like a window. “It looks almost as if it were real. the windows around the room lit up as if mid-day along with the sound of light wind and bird song. then spoke ’Tereth” aloud. magick can be one of the only comforts. “It’s a gift from one of my girls. Nice to have the illusion of the sun. “It gets so damn bleak down here.

“To absent friends. Laura knew what was about to be asked. but these boys are to be warriors. She had given the boys a safe home. “I am sure that they will find themselves sister. Then still holding her glass after a sip Elainia raised her head to meet Laura’s eyes.” She said with a smile. I hope I have not retarded their grown with my lack of knowledge in such matters. and had taught them manors and edict.” “It will not be woodsmen that hunt them I fear. and began without waiting for the question. and then sat down opposite one another. After fixing their robes and getting comfortable Laura opened conversation.” Elainia was reluctant to except this.” The girls sat in silence for a moment. But in as far as warfare. But she had to accept that as of now. I’ve raised most of them for nearly ten years. it was out of her hands. They are as if sprung from my own womb. she had fallen short. “I am a healer and a priestess.” “Why is that sister?” Laura asked. I can teach how to absorb energy from another and a few other tricks. “So tell me about your boys. the question had been in her mind since 95 . I feel I lack in some regards. But at times I wonder if I have done them proper. Elainia nodded. I am sure that they shall grow into tall and fine trees. This fear caused her to worry more for their safety.” She requested with a warm smile. an education.” Laura stated. “You wish to know of my summons. Some impulsive and others more reserved. Elainia repeated the same and they both drank from their glasses. I know enough of combat to get me by but having never studied it.Elemental Heart Laura handed Elainia one of the glasses and proposed a toast. “They are strong and fine. If they have you to nurture them from saplings. The two shared a momentary stair.

“This army is called the Falokon.” Elainia said taking another drink. but remain loyal to their people.” “Agreed.” “This cannot be true.” Laura admitted. 96 . But as you know I have no love for the sons of Vorexia. “Xavian Vortex is said to be coming to Earth as we speak at the head of a great army from the stars. They have stamped out all the sects of their culture that sought peace with the Bacraniese Elementals of Southern Core. yet perpetuating their lack of any respect toward the women of our cultures.” “So they are pulling in the reigns to secure their dogma.” Elainia concurred. “Several months ago a dialogue was opened up between one of my Priestesses on the surface and a Valkira Warlord.” Elainia said still in a state of disbelief.” Laura held everything in for a moment. they have consolidated themselves into Vorexia now calling it Valkira Prime. “But to remain ignorant of this is unacceptable. But that is not all. “Circumstances at this point beg for a bending of the rules along with a small leap of faith sister. “I am unsure. His name has been kept secret for obvious reasons.” “Of that I have no doubt.” As Laura finished those words Elainia’s eyes opened wide with disbelief. “It appears that the rumors of Valkira abandoning their under cites all over the globe are true.” “You now listen to the rumors of Valkira? How can you trust any of their lot?” Elainia asked with reasonable suspicions.” Elainia supposed. “After a fashion. there are members within the new Valkirium who are leery of current cultural stigmas. And their leader is said to be Vulrintutakon itself. From what my source has gathered. until Elainia bade her to continue.Elemental Heart she had first received the message. They seek to change some of their beliefs.

Elemental Heart Laura sat forward. being untouched by the goings on of the under city as of late.” Elainia replied. “Believe me sister. But I believe that your long years and keen mind can handle such a dangerous task. “You are the only person I trust to ask for such a thing. Little more was known of the culture to even guess how she would survive.” Laura came to sit next to her and put her hands over the other woman’s. her vacant eyes staring down into oblivion. was enough to make her take the request seriously. uneasy of what she was about to ask her friend. I know you won’t.” “No my dove. The life of a Valkira woman was to be a slave at best. Yet the thought of such an ancient evil coming back to take revenge upon the people of this world. “If I trusted anyone else with this task I would have them do it.” 97 . I have asked the Australians to do this but their council will have nothing to do with it. She knew that she would face horrors there. And so dear sister. But in truth.” Elainia sat back taking in the full realization of what she had just been asked. He will meet you here in two days. I want you to return to me with all haste… if that be at all possible.” “I understand my Priestess. And yet you are also the dearest of my friends. Plus it had been her High Priestess to ask this of her and to say no would be to take shame. “I will not fail you. “The only assistance I could get from the Aussies was a guide to a surface trading post for the Valkira. I need a person inside Valkira Prime to confirm these rumors. I ask you to travel to the Valkira city.” Elainia replied in a hushed tone. When you have done so. to the Valkira surface encampment.” “Alright then. Then she collected herself. Elainia was the only woman she trusted. “How would I even get to the Valkira city?” Elainia asked with a hollow voice. but how terrible they would be was unknown to her. Then from here. to discover if this is true. So to ask this of you breaks my heart in the doing of it. looking Laura in the eye.

its destination drawing closer. The sounds of sliding came from the road off of tiny grains of sand that made the warm tires slip just a bit. That and the presence of yard amenities such as seashells and fishermen sprawled over almost every garden in the neighborhood. With a tired expression he turned to Johnny now sitting in the seat beside him. and all had wide yards that led full of grass to the main street. The IROC came down the street to another house. “My side. all looked to be built in the early nineteen hundreds. it’s down a few more houses. Most had porches. the machines engine running hot from the long journey. The boy had been driving almost constantly since noon the day before. “You remember what side of the street the beach house is?” The driver asked with foggy eyes as he emitted another yawn.” Johnny replied yawning himself and stretching within the close quarters of the car. The car traveled down a block that was rowed with two story houses on each side. Jeffrey passed out aloft a pile of clothes in the back seat. some did not. This one had a wide open porch that spread from the houses right side all the way around to the left. Mathew Hunter looked out of the windshield rubbing his left eye with his palm while giving a long yawn.Elemental Heart Chapter Ten The IROC turned down a dark road. At the other side of the driveway was a tall brown fence that lead all the way back along the short lane that almost fell into a two story garage wide enough for a single car and a motorcycle. This block looked like more of an upper class city suburb then a vacation beach town. but the smell of salt air and the presence of sand gave way to the nature of the area. curving around the corner to face a driveway that was wide enough for one car. But the black and gold Camaro kept itself upon the asphalt. The structure was all 98 .

Instinctively he reached to the inside wall for a light switch. Mathew stopped the engine but left the lights on. It was not very big. A red glow came over Johnny’s right fist. It was as wide as the property. “Damn where is it?” Mathew swore unable to find the light. fenced in with the same tall brown wooden fence. Stepping out of the car he gave a mighty stretch. As they came to the back porch. Instantly the kitchen lit up in unremarkable brilliance that slightly blinded the pair until their eyes could adjust. The room looked like an old style kitchen save for the newer stove and refrigerator. raising his hands up high together until a slight crack released some pressure from his tight spine. Mathew took out his keys and opened the screen door. A few trees lined the back of the thick grass giving some shade during daytime sunlight. flipping the thing into the on position. Once they stepped inside the small screen enclosed porch they came to another door leading into the kitchen area. Looking over the hood at the tall house Johnny came into view. At the center of the yard was a fire pit. As the car turned into the driveway Mathew came to stop just before the closed garage door. Then the two looked up at their new home together. bathing the entire kitchen in a red hue. though one that they had come to know well over the many summers spent there. The boy raised it letting the orb begin to glow brighter. The headlights lit up that side of the house reflecting off of the large white doors and cascading back across the cars dark hood. Mathew opened the portal. the wood and glass door creaking. all of which look as though it had not been maintained in years. until he found the light switch. Walking around the back they glanced over their yard. used many times by the boys during several summers spent in the area. Mathew looked about the walls. cut in half by a 99 .Elemental Heart white with a brown roof. the other boy stretching as well.

the scolding of their surrogate mother. starting up the carpeted stairs to his old room. It was almost ominous looking as if reaching into his mind from his second childhood. There were two brown couches and a love seat to match. He let his body begin to raise a reddish aura that illuminated everything within ten feet around him. “We are so getting a new T. “Just like I remember it. There was a fireplace that hadn’t been used in decades. Johnny passed this door he had used several times. Each step up the stairs was met by a creak of wood.” Mathew said walking through the kitchen and around a small table fixed with three chairs.!” Mathew exclaimed shaking his head at the ancient thing. Mathew looked around taking in the moment as Johnny stepped in behind him. But the boy kept going not even bothering to look for a light. over which he could hear the mumbling of his brother downstairs talking to himself about how he needed to fix this and replace that. 100 . and the various playtimes’ that accompanied them both. and a television so old that it didn’t even have a coaxial input. The floor was carpeted in a similar brown. Johnny walked past him to the front door. again searching for a light switch but this time hitting home on the first try. At the end of the kitchen was another open doorway into that room. which had a few stains in it from the boy’s messy past. At the other side of the door to the left was another open doorway that had a white door to the basement.Elemental Heart wall that came up to about four and a half feet with a small ledge.V. Into the room on the right he entered. and a window cut into four pieces of a half-moon near its top. and then further toward the front of the house into at living room. The inside of it was white with a brownish colored trim. His eyes lit up as well. From there it opened up to another small room on the right. and an entrance into a large dining room. The living room lit up instantly from a light in the middle of the ceiling. He could hear the fighting between his brothers.

the space now almost felt knew to him. it had a dark green and gold blanket adorned with Chinese dragons all over the comfortable looking thing. At the top of the stairs to the left was a long banister held up by white painted wood columns. taking in the feeling of his old space with a sense of relief. There was a wall a few feet from the top of the stairs. Johnny walked over to the bed. Johnny walked forward to the bedroom door in front of him. The young Fire Elemental scanned the room with his reddish amber eyes. Almost as soon as the light came on his aura and eyes dimmed. As it gave way he reached inside the right wall and flipped a single switch. There were two dressers in the room. Even though he had slept here many nights. From where Johnny stood there was two doors one that lead to a bedroom and one that lead to the second floor bathroom. falling upon it face first with arms outspread. he wanted to fall fast asleep upon the comfortable spread. with twin pillow cases to match. This would now be not just a summer room. a poster of a red dragon climbing over a lava spewing volcano. Around the corner from him to the right was the master bedroom. which had been portioned off to make room for two. There it opened up to a long hallway from a window at the back of the house to an intersection of two rooms toward the front of the house. 101 . It was as he remembered it to be. one at the far right end and another with a mirror attached to it on the left. but one to spent in year round.Elemental Heart acting as flashlights that searched the blackest areas of the second floor. If he could manage it. Instantly the room came alive with light from a single lamp at the other end of the room atop a light brown nightstand next to a single bed. which lead a person to walk to their immediate right. The posters of various rock and metal bands adorned the walls with one exception. Before him was his queen sized bed. Slowly he opened the familiar space.

He could faintly smell the lemon cleaners that his mother used frequently on the cherished table. Beneath the beautiful crystal and glass sat a long oak table that Elainia had spent numerous hours keeping clean and as unscathed as possible.’ he thought. a place he knew as well as the kitchen. He walked to his left and checked the light in the small first story bathroom that came partway into the room from beneath the stairs. Matt leaned against the wall at the sight of it. ‘I wonder how many Elementals sat at that table?’ he mentally asked himself. Next he walked into the dining room.” He swore. As he passed the front door he entered another dark chamber barely lit by the living room light.” Mathew said aloud leaning against the door jam. “No one is taking my bed. Then looking about the room and letting out a sigh he looked back at Johnny still laying peacefully on his bed. “I should make him help me fix that damn thing. more worried about the condition of the house than anything else at the moment and taking inspective inventory. He turned round a white knob on the wall slowly bringing a chandelier above to life. “Kinda weird being here without mom eh?” The Earth 102 .” He muttered under his breath. Mathew stood silent for a few moments in contemplation.Elemental Heart Mathew walked past the stairs as Johnny ascended. and swore under his breath as he mumbled about installing a light fixture for the place. Johnny was still spread out face down on his bed. “I see you found your old room.” Johnny replied muffled by the covers. He didn’t realize it until this moment. ‘It must have been very important to her. but he was going to miss Elainia more than he knew. “Damn Jeff. He knew from experience that there was no light in this open room. He saw that the mirror was still leaning out of place on the floor from an incident involving Jeffrey last year.

Jeffrey took his mouth away from one girl’s tit. it was quickly replaced by a devilish grin. “You miss her too?” Johnny answered Mathew’s question with one of his own. The young man laughed and turned his head to kiss one of their nipples. slobbering over the thing as if he were going to consume it. Then looked back at his brother with an unsure look. The girls met his actions with more approving giggles and saying ‘Oh Jeff don’t tease me baby’ as the cooed and rubbed their bodies on his with lusty force. As he did another young girl approached and knelt down before him. being met with a kiss from another at his left side. Jeffrey Aaron Waters dreamed of he was on a large brown leather couch surrounded by half naked girls almost is own age.” 103 . in an attempt to remove his pants. “I love my life. “It’s time for Smokey Smokey!” As he began to take a hit the girls stopped fighting and started to run their hands all over him ruffling his half button shirt. They cooed ’oh Jeff baby we love you’ and ’take me now Jeff’ as he took the massive joint away from his mouth and said aloud. “Jeff’s still sleeping man…” Mathew stated.” Jeffrey said breaking up the fray. Johnny didn’t move for a moment. Jeff nodded in approval and continued to laugh manically as the girls around him started to fight each other over his affection. “Besides. I so love my life. “Ladies. Ladies. “There is enough of me here for everybody!” The horney young man assured.Elemental Heart Elemental asked. and then slowly turned to face his brother arm propped on his right side.” He said reaching down and raising up a lit joint the size of a Cuban cigar. Mathew looked away with a strange half grimace and a nod. They giggled and caressed his head with their naked breasts knocking a pair of sunglasses off of his beaming face.

causing Mathew to begin roaring once again from the other side. tears running down his cheeks.. Mathew reached up to the car door and raised his head into the open window. but it was met with laughter anyway. His eyes ripped wide open as he punched forward hitting the seat in front of him with a dull thud.. Mathew managed to sound off the air horn in two small bursts causing Johnny to laugh even harder. “Hell with you virgin! Let me out!” Jeffrey cried forcing open the passenger door hoping to hit Johnny with it. spazing out and throwing everything around him in disarray. The boys fell to the ground with his words. 104 .Elemental Heart With the sound of an air horn. save for the constant laughter outside from Mathew and Johnny. The door hit home with a sharp thudding pain. the screaming of his brothers inside the IROC abruptly awoke Jeff. then brought the fist back holding it in pain as the sound came to a silent stop. “Up yours! Both of you!” Jeffrey’s voice rang out from the inside of the car. quickly recovering from his euphoric slumber. “Douche bags!” Jeffrey yelled scrambling. Attempting to catch his breath. again making the boys outside roar in another fit of explosive laughter. unable to stand at their feet and holding their stomachs in jubilation. “Oh Jeff baby do me!” Johnny’s voice came up from the ground outside the car.” The boy said in-between laughs. “Oh no shit!’ Jeffrey yelled still in a fit of waking anger. “We’re home… Jeff baby.

Yanpre Vear. The Lord had once been the king of another under city. his odd black eyes flickering from outside in. To his right was the Lord of Exium. and was set in the middle of an oval room with dark walls that had lit candle holders all around the place. Across from him. The ceiling was low and shaped like a half egg. The table was long enough to sit over ten people. and respectfully was given a seat upon 105 . but after the joining of the houses was granted a seat on the ruling council over Valkira Prime. marring his eyebrow with an empty line where hair never grew. The little man looked menacing as usual. an imposing Valkira man who was never without a full array of weapons from dagger to axe. and a scar that went from his forehead to left cheek. He wore his traditional ceremonial robes of red and silver. He was tall and broad with dark hair and eyes. holding a scowl of disapproval at the whole of the universe. a thin aristocratic Valkira male that seemed to wobble slightly every time he spoke.Elemental Heart Chapter Eleven Cyclone Memnon sat in his ruling council chair at a long dark table inside the Temple of Kon. He also had been a king of his own city before the reformation of the houses. who was on the surface collecting virgin breeders and overseeing the training Surface Lords for the upcoming subjugation of the monkey race. The image disturbed Cyclone. with purple murals painting into it that glowed with an eerie light. Next to the High Priest of Kon sat Lord Zeecan Dale. was an empty seat meant for his brother Anton. As he wrapped his fingers upon the solid table he took note of all those within the room. To his left at the head of the table sat the steward of the Valkira throne. Next to his absent brothers chair was Skulwring. not that he would show it in the slightest.

Most of 106 . and also with an air of strength that Cyclone’s patriarchal senses did not approve of at all. who was happy to adjust himself in order to get a better view of Lynn’s body as she sat. that tied at her shoulders seeming to open up her exposed midsection even further. “They by nature whether they realize it or not are tied to the movements of the heavens. Lord Vortex wants every available Warlord to begin exercises upon the surface. From the main entrance way walked in Mistress Lynn Azora. “Our birthrate takes precedence over all else Mistress. It was her job to be sexy and regal at the same time. He wore robes unlike the rest of the group. The Dark Lord would be happy to dispatch him if ordered at a moment's notice. For it was his as Steward to excuse or not the members of the ruling council. He gave the High priest the lightest of sneers. and all of our intelligence operatives to direct the monkey governments away from space defense and exploration. She came to an open seat beside Lord Exium. with flairs of gold and bronze. there was the matter of a birth to handle. “Please excuse my tardiness milord’s. then went on about business. Yanpre did not like being the second to speak.” Lynn apologized walking in past an array of other lesser lords.” Yanpre answered slightly annoyed. did All Father say when the fleet will arrive?” Lord Exium asked shifting in his seat. We are to begin preparations for the arrival of the armada. He spoke with long vowels that irritated Cyclone. “At the outset of the tenth cycle around our star.” “Milord. “Lord and Father of our people have sent a message to us.Elemental Heart the ruling council. “And how are we to stop the monkeys from reaching for the stars?” Zeecan Dale inquired.” Spoke the alien from his small lipless mouth. He also wore a sash of hunter green that was the royal color of his former city state. Her sexy form accentuated by the presence of a flowing see through black cape. you are excused.

“We will stop the monkeys by any means we have. “Not only could we disrupt the monkey production and infrastructure. It seemed even older.” Cyclone almost smiled. her eyes fell solely upon the alien.” As she began to speak her next words.” Lynn suggested. and supposedly more advanced species were not immune from such poisonous delusions. “It does not matter to what God they claim to serve. Until he remembered that she was a female.” spoke Skulwring. It was bad enough to have to endure the words of a woman. All shall be cleansed by the fire of conflagration. How he wanted to cut off that man's head.” Yanpre thought aloud sitting back in his chair. “Religious men always have a way of retarding progress. and had no right what so ever of speaking to men. It was bad enough that humans steadily tried to kill or enslave one another over their smoke and mirror messiahs. receiving looks from everyone at the table.Elemental Heart them still pray to solar gods. the one true God shall arrive upon this world. preferably on areas where it will damage monkey infrastructures.” Cyclone then looked at the alien. or anyone in any way other than beggaring for their almost worthless lives. however they phrase it in this age. then we ourselves will take this matter into our own hands. “Order the Warlords to incite any natural disaster possible while running their exercises. “This is a good idea. If our operatives cannot accomplish this. “We could insight natural disasters. and for the briefest of moments enjoyed the presence of Lynn. He did not like the sound of his words.” Lord Exium glanced from Mistress Azora to Yanpre with questioning eyes. Or sons of Gods. 107 . yet intelligent ones at that. but also incite their religious fervor.” Yanpre said right after the alien was done speaking.” Cyclone gave the aristocrat a look of annoyance. “Soon.

” With those words Yanpre looked into his brothers eyes. Keep the peace by words. and nothing had to be said. Cyclone stayed behind. Yanpre’s words however were met by smiles of acceptance for the whole of the council save the alien. “I do not like that a woman sits in on such affairs. pouring himself a cup of wine from a tall jug atop the tray.” Cyclone opinionated before taking a sip of wine and sitting at his proper seat to Yanpre’s right. Yanpre had no idea how this was going to play out.” Yanpre replied.” Cyclone replied without hesitation. “Father has our best interests at heart. Both were wondering the same thing. “She is a Valkira. In truth. “And when he arrives. Everyone knows she murdered the last Mistress. Cyclone took a goblet in hand. it is our way.” Yanpre slightly laughed as he took his goblet. “You do not like that that woman sits in on our affairs I believe.” Yanpre stated as Cyclone brought his brother a goblet of wine. or terror if necessary. As the Council shuffled out of the meeting chamber. The Dark Lord walked round behind his brother’s chair to a small table upon which a server tray was placed. you may ask him what part of the world it is you wish to rule. “I think you are upset with the changes she has instilled at the Temple.” “The conditions surrounding her ascension have always been circumspect. But his job at this time was to do as he was ordered. “You have never liked Lynn. “Speak your mind my brother.” Yanpre stated still sitting within the comfortable folds of his dark chair. The Temples Mistress has been a part of this council since its formation.” 108 . setting it before him on the table. of course her ascension is circumspect. and Mistress Azora.Elemental Heart “What exactly is to become our city once All Father arrives with his army? Are we to rule the whole world as promised?” He asked.

“Some of us have had to climb to power through terrible adversity.” The dwarf reaffirmed.Elemental Heart “Rightfully so brother. and drank its contents down in one gulp.” Yanpre smacked the pup down from his high horse. “That is for me to decide. This angered the ego driven patriarchal ideals of his brother. Cyclone was a pure sadist. Yanpre watched as his brother left.” He said turning and walking out of the chamber. “I shall see you soon. So he raised his goblet. taking another sip of 109 .” Cyclone stood walking to his older brother and patting his shoulder.” Cyclone spat angrily. This one thinks she is equal to men and that is not acceptable. women were protected from excessive beatings. and Yanpre sometimes hoped that he would grow tired of this annoyance and return to the surface himself. moving his eyes across the room. we all have our vices I suppose. Apparently he felt a kinship with the woman that he himself could not understand. Since Lynn had taken power at the temple. and every girl in the temple was granted a time to acclimate to their new life as soon as they were kidnapped from the surface world. and had loved the freedom to torcher any woman he chose in his spare time.” Cyclone nodded to himself as he spied his brothers matching eyes.” Yanpre knew well what his brother was most upset by. “And what if the way she runs things is not in the best interest of our kingdom brother?” Cyclone asked leaning to the side of his chair and locking eyes with Yanpre. not you. Girls could not know a man until a certain age. she had changed many of the laws therein. “It is up to the Mistress of the Temple to run things as she sees fit. “Well my brother. He understood now that his brother would be of no use in unseating Lynn Azora. both their irises showing the blue electric arcs of their common bloodline. “We need a more… subservient female to run the temple.

The dwarf could not help but smile at the thought that soon. Some chaos would be a welcome and entertaining change.Elemental Heart his wine as his eyes traced the movements. For as long as Yanpre had been sitting as steward. This had gotten very boring he thought. he had been spending his years ensuring order. Cyclone would be possibly creating some chaos. 110 .

He had for several hours been the only one awake. For her to give over this home to them was not only an honor but a privilege. and take a much needed nap. flipping something that smelled vaguely like sausage but he wasn’t sure. “Thought I heard you dudes rollin up the drive. “You don’t have to eat it.” “What is that nasty smelling shit?” Kenneth asked moving into the kitchen past Robert who’s face lit up by the insult. The moment that Joseph turned the ignition off his door was opened. What he was sure of. and his mother.Elemental Heart Chapter Twelve Joseph’s van pulled into the driveway as dawns first light shone through the morning sky. the young man stepped out giving a short stretch as he looked over the beach house with a smile while taking in a lung full of the salty air. He planned to respect this place and make it his home. “I won’t” Kenneth said walking all the way through the kitchen and into the next room. He was proud of his life.” Jeffrey said raising a plate and scooping something from the stove onto it. But as he came to stop the van behind Mathew’s IROC. The Air Elemental was more than happy to be done with the long journey. the rest of the group slowly rose around him with yawns and stretches. was the smell of morning coffee. his borrowed heritage. “Oh thank the Gods. Joseph came in from the back door behind Robert moving 111 . He wanted nothing more than to get to his room.” Robert said aloud receiving a smile from his brother. “I ran out to the store and picked up a few things. He gave his legs a long stretch and started off to the back yard. As he swung open screen door he could see Jeffrey standing at the stove.” Jeffrey replied without a second thought. Robert swung down out of the passenger side door thankfully relieved to hit dirt.

His hair was still wet and combed back.” “We should unload the van and probably do the same. “Where I’ll be as soon as I eat. “Naw. “Everyone’s in a great mood today.” He said to his friend jokingly. black jeans atop black leather boots. “Come on man find another spot to put down roots. “What do you want me here for man? I need sleepies.” Then he turned his head to Jeffrey’s back.Elemental Heart him aside.” Joseph spoke with a yawn.V. and tired as all hell. Jeffrey laughed at the large boy as he continued to fill the room with sizzling smoke from the stove. “We can get to all that later. “Matt’s upstairs taking a shower and Johnny is passed out in his room. “Where the hell’s the T. Just try to be up by mid-day so we can get the house in order. overlooking the scene almost completely uninterested.?” Kenneth called out from the living room clearly agitated.” Jeffrey replied with a yawn. but decided to let Kenneth go off on a tangent. a pair of black sunglasses fixed in his collar. then moved to sit opposite Robert at the small kitchen table behind Jeff. “So what’s Casanova planning on doing this morning?” A half hour later Mathew stood in front of the closed garage door. He knew where it went. At his side stood Jeff.” 112 . After blowing it off and chewing on the black substance he nodded with a grunt of approval.” Robert observed coming to sit at the closest chair. “Where’s fric and frack?” The Air Elemental asked easing into a short padded chair as he continued to chew on the small piece of food. Joseph looked down at the cooking food over Jeffrey’s shoulder reaching in to taste a piece. he had on a tan sleeveless shirt.” Robert said putting his head atop his hands on the tabletop and letting out a tired sigh.

who was out riding his bike. And the heavens will open up. ginning widely. everyone but Mathew. “Yes sir I shall.” Jeffrey complained slumping his shoulders in exhaustion.Elemental Heart Mathew didn’t even respond. Mathew reached down and pulled the old massive door aloft. As it folded into the inner roof of the garage Jeffery’s eyes lit up in disbelief. At that point. When he saw the lines of dust on his fingers he searched around with his eyes and grabbed an old rag hanging from a hook upon a nearby wall. helped to clean up a part of 113 . marred only by a thin layer of dust. Mathew looked on in complete cheer at a black and chrome nineteen sixty five Harley Davidson sportster. nodding to himself in macho glory. With a nod and a smile Mathew took the sunglasses from his collar proudly placing them upon his face. and the girls will rip off their clothes at the sight of my approach. Turning back around the Water Elemental began to dust the classic with adoration. “And you shall be a bad mutha on this my man!” Spoke Jeffrey making sure not to miss any of the dust with the cloth overly-enthusiastic. In late afternoon the whole house had arisen. as the boys began to walk inside together. “And I claim it.” The Earth Elemental wished. The teen just stood staring at the closed door. “For years mom never let me go into this garage.” Mathew said coming to stand happily next to the sleek machine. “It’s a garage Matt. “Dude! This is sweet!” Jeffrey exclaimed running his hand over the bike. a look of pride upon his face. It’s probably filled with old newspapers and cobwebs n shit.” Mathew recanted standing with his arms now crossed over his chest. But one year when everyone was at the beach I managed to get it open.

Robert heard the thumping of what sounded like a marauding elephant coming down the basements wooded stairs. He loved to be at the head of such a wellspring of ancient information and knowledge. He reached for the cold metal and pulled bringing an old light bulb above to light. Some neatly arranged and some haphazardly piled about. while Joseph and Johnny picked up around the yard. As the light came on. and an ample amount of coffee. He stared at the entrance for a few moments. When he got to the bottom he felt a chain hit his head. his eyes pouring over the ancient atlas. But Elainia had given him permission before leaving. Book shelves at every wall held troves of books and scrolls. both sharing the vacuum between the different rooms on the first floor. But to do this. Scanning around he saw many paintings covered with linens and rope. On a far wall he saw a map of the world. 114 . There were trunks with unknown contents along the bottom of the walls. Robert began to work on the area at the rear of the house. The floor was cement. he captured the wonders before him with an intellectual majesty that over took his sense of everything. Even Jeffrey and Kenneth seemed to be getting along. some so old he could not even guess. perhaps over a century old. Upon it were many arrows and names of ancient locations scribbled about. and so he opened the door starting down still in the shadow of slight nervousness. Robert carefully walked on the uneven boards over to the map on the far wall. still programmed from childhood not to go down the dark stairs. lined with pallets that served as a raised floor to keep everything safe in the event of heavy rain. He decided right then and there what he would be doing this summer.Elemental Heart the house. he would need lots of private time. Coming upon the basement door the boy stopped short. His smile would have lit up the room if not already illuminated by the light bulb. Robert dusted and wiped down the banisters and rails. The sound seemed to not faze him.

my dear boy is all the collected knowledge of our mother and her friends. He ran an index finger tracing the coastline of the eastern shore of North America. and even a red head 115 .Elemental Heart “What’s all this?” Jeffrey said aloud from somewhere behind him. athletic ones.O. “This is more treasure than we have ever seen old friend. ‘H.” Joseph immediately stated starting to look around the room at all the old memorabilia. “So there’s no treasure?” Mathew Hunter glided on the busy afternoon streets of Seaside.” Robert replied half in and half out of the conversation. Jeffrey looked dumbfounded.” Robert replied as Joseph and Johnny came tromping down the old wooden steps. short ones.” The Water Elemental ignorantly admitted. Robert turned around from the atlas and looked at Johnny.T’ written in an older style of English. Six hundred years of history and experience. this is intense. brunette ones.) and replied with an eager grin. The young man strode proudly atop the Harley Davidson watching all the girls as he went by. An arrow there had the letters. “This. “Of course it does. and after a second of deep thought said aloud. There he came to rest inland somewhat near the Mountains in Pennsylvania. and it’s all ours for the learning. “Looks like a heap of papers and maps to me. skinny ones. (whom he had always hoped would one day embrace his own intellectual aptitude. continuing to unwrap scrolls and frustratingly trying to read them to himself. “What is all this Rob?’ Johnny asked the intellectual of his clan.” “So you have a cerebral hard on right now?” Johnny jibed as Joseph slowly turned bearing him a devilish grin. Tall ones. “Wow. blond ones. Johnny returned his smile as Joseph nodded in approval.

Mathew Hunter himself!” The boy laughed elongating each of his words as he spoke. but meant no disrespect. Whenever there was trouble to be had. Stopping at a red light. dismounting the bike before giving the other teen a strong hug. “Yes ladies. The boy used to drive their mother nuts but all in all he was just a harmless stoner. He laughed a bit more at the boy then with him. Jeffrey and Mathew were usually all in it with Mikey right there with them. a boy about eighteen wearing a pair of black shorts and a green t-shirt bearing the likeness of Bob Marley began to laugh.” Mathew’s grin widened to the point of cheese. Mikey had been a child hood friend for several years. Looking about he spotted a familiar face down the next street by the ramps that lead up to the boardwalk. 116 . He smiled. “What’s up Mikey? How are things around here?” “Completely boring for three seasons and kick ass for one. “No way man! That’s way too awesome!” Mikey exclaimed with a nervous body nod.Elemental Heart here and there. “So are you all here again for the summer?” “Maybe longer than that. a group of several young women waved at him and one even blowing a kiss at him asking if she could get a ride.” Mathew informed removing his sunglasses. Mom gave us the beach house.” Mathew said to himself while smiling at the girls. Mathew made an immediate turn in that direction and pulled up to where he saw his old friend. Mathew stopped the bike and kicked out the stand shutting the motorcycle off. all wearing barley nothing and all getting an almost equal amount of attention from the boy as he drove by. “Holy crap man. “Yo is Jeff at the house man? I just got some shit that will blow his resonated mind man. daddy is back in town.” Mikey replied. Before he had even stopped the bike. The teen ran a hand through his dread locked brown hair as he removed his sunglasses showing large brown smiling eyes.

Mom never mentioned having a dog. “Check this out. It was of Elainia. “Wow look at Mom. “He looks cute. “Wow man.” Mathew said patting one of the handles. 117 . You wanna ride over?” Mathew asked. “Nope. Both she and the animal were painted to look very pleasant. He raised it high and turned it around taking care not to hit it on anything. “I’m sure our Mother has had many pets and friends for which she has never mentioned. “I wonder who the dog is.Elemental Heart “Yeah Jeff’s at the house with the rest of the clan. wearing an old Victorian dress in colors of whites and blues. “Then hells yeah man!” Mikey agreed with way too much enthusiasm. “Hey dudes! I found it!” Jeffrey yelled from a few feet away with an insane energy in his excited voice. “Came with the house.” Joseph suddenly ordered tearing the painting away from him. I need a moms like yours man!” Mikey wished hoping in place for a second.” Kenneth stated turning his head slightly cockeyed. Johnny and Kenneth came closer to the painting looking it over. “Is this your ride man?” Mikey asked pointing at the Harley and moving to stand next to it. “Don’t touch it. In her lap was a small white dog. Their eyes widened with interested stares at the image they saw.” Joseph said after he had just unwrapped a painting.” Robert’s British voice echoed slightly from another part of the basement.” Johnny stated then began wiggling his finger about the animals tongue.” Johnny said getting even closer to the thing.” Mathew replied shaking his head at Mikey’s innate fear of Elainia. “Is your mom there?” Mikey asked in kind.

“Now this is treasure!” Jeffrey exclaimed showing the coins to Robert smiling. “This calls for a party!” Jeffrey demanded. letting the coins fall like rain all over him as he laughed manically in the shower of gold.” Robert replied shaking his head.Elemental Heart As the boys came around him. “Yo stoner brother. “You should come down here!” Johnny called out over his disciplining brothers. Laughs and hoots were exchanged between them as even Kenneth found a large smile sneak upon his face. “Yes Jeffrey I believe you are correct. they saw that he had opened one of the old iron chests. and almost hitting Kenneth with the lid before racing up the 118 . “Naw you should come up here!” Mathew shouted. ‘come on man’ and ‘don’t be a joy kill’.” Joseph commanded. “No parties. All of the boys fell prey to the excitement. “I’m rich bitch!” Jeffrey yelled out in the direction of the stairs with a maniacal laugh following the excited statement. what is goin on man?!” “Awe damn!” Jeffrey shot up simultaneously shutting the chest. Jeffrey lifted up two full handfuls of the gold in pure excitement. As he knelt they saw that the container was filled with old Spanish gold from a pre-colonial period. Both Johnny and Jeffrey complained with calls of. Robert just rolled his eyes and gave a slight chuckle. which was met with comments to shut up from both Kenneth and Joseph. “You guys having a circle jerk down there?! What’s with all the excitement?!” The teen’s voice cried down into the room. “Jeff you got company!” A moment after Mathews call Mikey shouted down into the basement. As they complained Mathew’s voice called down into the basement. grasping some of the treasure and inspecting it as if they knew how valuable the coins really were.

Jeff and Mikey stood out in the back yard as they had done a hundred times before over the years. Jeff took in the familiar scent 119 . Jeffrey grabbed a set of fold out chairs. “OUTSIDE!” Joseph’s voice rang from the basement. bringing them over to the shaded area under a few trees growing at the far side of the yard.” Robert said looking the whole group over. “Man I got some shit to share with you!” Mikey exclaimed with a nervous wobble as he brought a joint out of his pocket holding it up before the blond. Robert nodded.Elemental Heart stairs to greet his old friend. Johnny looked up at Joseph with a grin.” Mathew kindly rejected. “Well. “Naw it’d just put me to sleep. The sky was cloudless and perfectly clear. “Where can we light this?” He asked. “Shit never changes huh man?” Mikey asked with a grin. Jeffrey shook his head with a laugh and ushered his friend into the back yard. “OUTSIDE!” Joseph. the air was crisp and not humid at all this afternoon. his excitement matching his old friends.” Jeffery hugged Mikey as soon as he reached the top of the stairs. his smile widening. “Come on dude! Mom’s not even here!” Jeffrey yelled back down. Kenneth and Robert exclaimed in unison. Kenneth swore under his breath. “Now the whole clan is back together I suppose. Then backed up and commenced to give each other their ‘secret handshake’. “Right here dude!” Jeffrey yelled. “You comin man?” Mikey asked Mathew as they proceeded out the back door. Joseph shook his head in disbelief. but as always the sea air wafted among them being only less than two miles away.

“Ted’s in juvy. The boys shared a laugh then went on for a few moments appreciating the nice weather and familiar company. they run the parties down at Stone Beach now. he missed his beach front yard. Taking in a hit. so did Lexi. “Right on man.” He spat under his breath at the insect. “Besides I got plans for the future. “He says I’m always getting high there man. Rashad moved. “Well when aren’t you?” Jeffrey asked forcing Mikey to expel his smoke with a laugh. he passed it over to his friend who was now moving to sit in one of the fold out chairs. Jeffrey began to inhale.” Mikey replied attempting to laugh among a coughing fit. “Well let’s see. “Jeffrey accepted. “Yeah I think I can do that. right on. as he nodded a waft of rich white smoke passed between the two.” He quickly added in before he took in his awaited hit. Just for a second. His little brother Carl is still around.” Mikey asked with a smile. “You need a job man? My dad needs another person to help me run the arcade. “Why can’t you run it yourself dude?” Jeffrey asked passing back the refer. “He wants me to have help.” Mikey joked.” “What plans man? You’re already high. Kinda hangs out with the younger crowd. “Too early for you fuckers.Elemental Heart momentarily noticing the subtle difference from the salt air back in Florida. Mikey struck his lighter bringing his little white joint to life. happy to see his childhood friend. “So what’s new around here? Any news on the old crew?” Jeffrey asked swatting a misquote away from his neck. Jeffrey’s mind drifted slight before he got to thinking of some other faces he hadn’t seen since the year before.” Mikey began easing back in the multicolored lawn chair and passing the joint back to his friend.” Mikey said with a smile.” 120 . Dumb ass got caught stealing a car.

“Whoa.” “Yeah no one saw that coming.” “That’s freakin heavy dude. But nothing at all. truly nefarious shit.” Mikey said before taking a hit. Jeffrey nodded with pursed lips in conformation.” Mikey accentuated the word fox with a long x. “Carol was a really cool chick man. right out of her home. “Oh good. is he still a-” ‘Uh-hu. No witnesses and the cops have no idea where to even look. Something about her dad getting a job there.” Jeffrey agreed. not even a hint of her. Cops are warning all the kids in the area to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior. He had known Carol as long as he had known Mikey. time to get on deck man.” Jeffrey stated giving the joint to his friend. Parents were killed.” Mikey shook his head almost bringing a tear to his eye.” Mikey replied putting down the joint next to his seat. “Wait.” Jeffrey said unable to grasp the horror. “What about Carol?” Jeffrey asked looking over at his friend. After it happened all the neighborhood kids got together and combed every spot we knew.Elemental Heart “Lexi moved?” Jeff interrupted. It’s been all over the news since it happened. right in their bed.” Jeffrey answered as if the word was forbidden to say.” Jeffrey laughed. “Oh I almost forgot man check this shit out. 121 . she was one of us. who is a big freakin lesbian now. Rebecca’s still around and so is Melissa and Kay Kay. “Yeah her parents moved to San Francisco in the winter.” “Yeah. “A couple of weeks ago Carol was kidnapped. We need to find a woman for Johnny. Her names Samantha and she is a little fox. “Yeah man. “Oh and there’s a new girl that moved here at the end of last summer.

leaving her naked before the pool. and looked over by a statue of the Goddess Luna herself. It was easy enough to do with a single stroke from both her hands upon the straps at her shoulders. The tall white figure was marvelous to behold. Elainia looked back at the statue of her Goddess. Elainia gazed upon the likeness with a certain understanding. she began to remove her clothes. The water was clear and blue. obviously crafted by a master. she had never tried to figure out the magick of the lights deciding the mystery added to the majesty of the sacred place. She looked around at the lights above her. Above which she wore a toga that exposed her left breast. and probably damage her body.Elemental Heart Chapter Thirteen Elainia walked into a well-lit area that served as a sacred grove. Her robes hugged like satin. which was thick and green around a square marble floor. The trip she was about to begin in less than a day’s time would test her very soul. At the center of the marble was a small pool that served as a sacred bath. She had not prayed at the temple in many years. and gravity did the rest. small illuminant orbs that mimicked sunlight almost perfectly. The soft fabric fell to the sides of her arms. Without taking her eyes off of the statue. They were held aloft by nothing of which she could see. though she had prayed. The Goddess stood upon a pedestal with beautiful white sandal clad feet. She entered through an opening of a hedge. every curve of her body as they fell to her feet. not to mention her mind. as if all the joy was being drained from her slowly over time. Elainia walked forward coming to the 122 . There was a certain kind of sadness about her face. which periodically poured clear water into the pool that seemed to sparkle slightly as it emerged from the statue. as she too felt joy slipping from her world. In her hands she held a jug. clasped at the top of her right shoulder.

and found a smile reflecting in the water below her. you were covered in dirt and racing off into the sunset. the Priestess sank back into the pool in an attempt to relax her worried mind. keeper of the secrets of woman.” She said not bothering to turn around. my lady was nowhere to be found. As she rose sopping wet and dripping. Lady of the night skies. yet I feel it is your will for me to see this done. I come before you at the head of a great task. protector of children.” A male’s voice came from behind her in a thick Australian accent. All I ask great lady is that you protect me from any undue harm.” “But when I returned. placing her slender toes within the pool. “Goddess Luna.” The voice replied. who stayed respectfully at the edge while she prayed. They would see each other from time to time. “Last I saw you. She did not realize that the grove had been visited by another person. her Goddess spilled out more of the holy liquid hitting Elainia upon her brow. They had talked once 123 . When the pool grew silent. I can see you later. she stayed in place looking up again at her Goddess.” With that. and then their oaths to their respective cities would split them up again. A mission so terrible that I have no words to describe my fears. removing her foot from its trappings. “If this is a bad time. Elainia let the grin fall away from her face. The beautiful Priestess stood waste high in the sacred bath. Elainia instantly recognized the voice as she looked down. Slowly she submerged herself within the clear water. before uttering a prayer. Then ran her hands over her head and straightening her soaked hair back behind her. The instance she spoke of was over fifty years ago.Elemental Heart edge. and hold the love of my sisters within the folds my heart. Elainia and Lightmare had been lovers on and off for over four hundred years. “Lightmare Voon. the form spoke. Keep my mind sharp and keen.

as he was to Tempra Nor. A slight beard had started to grow. But as the world grew larger. and had been. Finally she had had enough of this circus romance. which complemented his solid features. He did not like anything about the idea of Elainia going into Old Vorexia. Lightmare had seen many naked women in his time. They shared a home in Italy for a time. turning sharply to face the man. For she was as loyal to her sisters at Elvin Galorn.Elemental Heart or twice about immigrating into one of their native cities. his distress overtook his racing thoughts. AS he discovered the reason for the summons to the Elvin under city. with a buttoned red and black flannel shirt tucked into his pants. Atop his broad shoulders was a thick neck.” Lightmare spoke with all the truth he could muster about his voice. and still are to this day. “I was never your lady though was I?” Elainia responded with a hint of gloom. and his face was strongly rugged. He had a square jaw as if set in stone. Elainia rose standing only knee deep in the water. and when Lightmare had left on the commands of his elders Elainia did too. and seen his x lover ten times over. strong. “You always were in my heart. and because of their pasts knew he would be hard pressed to change her mind about accepting the mission. but that had become only talk. and looked at her with blue eyes from beneath semi long dark hair. She noticed this. and after giving him a few 124 . and handsome. the trained warrior kept his gaze directly at her eyes. tall. A belt of leather around his waist. He wore boots with blue jean pants above them. He was as she feared. When message of this task had come through he had jumped at the opportunity to see his love again. they had little time for one another. and nothing ever seemed to get in between that fact. As much as he wanted to let his eyes look over her hairless body. With that. never to return. If he could in fact change her mind at all. His arms were thick and crossed over his wide chest. He was nervous.

She instead took this energy and turned it into anger. and neither of us could turn away from them. wondering what could have been as she left the groves edge. She held a spiteful look upon her pretty face.” He admitted. which she would naturally be in his presence. Leaving Lightmare watching her. don’t we lover?” With that. she had not lain with a man since him and that had been a very long time. and then took the offer allowing Lightmare to bring the clothes over her head.” Elainia turned to face him directly. “No. Lightmare took the comment in stride. You for your sisters. Jeffrey. They were so close she could feel his breath. “But that was never enough to keep you at home was it? Even to this day?” She asked in a flash of anger. walking forward he picked up Elainia’s robes.Elemental Heart moments to succumb to his male nature. “But had I known that I was sent here to lead you to a certain doom. The feel in the atmosphere 125 . I suppose not. the Priestess stormed off out of the grove. Johnny and Mikey strode down the boardwalk just after nightfall. Mathew. “Well we all have our duties. Then he came to the pools edge and motioned an offer to dress her. and me for my brothers. It took her every ounce of power to stop from getting aroused. Robert. “We both had our duty’s Elainia. The place was alive as all the shops were now open for summer business.” “Is that supposed to lessen the pain? Or the many moons that I spent waiting to feel your embrace?” She asked fixing her robes with a very subtle fury that could only be noticed by those that knew her extremely well. I would not have come at all. His heart dropping as did his head with a pale thud of heartache echoing from the center of his lonely chest. Her heart trembled at the proximity. They locked eyes for a moment as if trying to read each other’s thoughts. she continued to speak.

and clusters of teens made noise and shouted to one another enjoying the beautiful night. warm peanuts to french-fries wafted through the air inviting any who were hungry to by their seller’s wares. He was handsome and sometimes charming enough to get any attention he wanted. though the Akashan did his best to leave the drama part to his siblings. Jeffrey and Mikey were the social bugs. Various groups of people walked all about them. He knew it. Robert was a student of the Akashan ways. freshly made cotton candy. Families. Lifeforce was his elemental power. they were the money makers. Mathew would look over girls and mostly they would look back. and used this ability almost constantly. movers and shakers. He was not opposed to the occasional drink or smoke. and if they didn’t. but considered cool enough not to be kept out of the loop. casting upon them the sweet aroma of the salt filled air. The waves broke up upon the shoreline sending wind ripping across the group. Robert watched over his younger brothers with an easy stride. He maintained this image by never really coming down too hard on any of them. What he long ago considered is a life without drama or unnecessary joy. 126 . Making deals and securing connections. Smells of hot dogs and pizza. He was responsible enough not to get into any real trouble. Back and forth they would talk and banter away with various groups of teens of all ages. made sure to make their acquaintance always remembering their names. and almost everyone wanted something from them. or even flirtations and casual relationships. They knew almost everyone. Everyone knew them. and the boys loved every minute of it.Elemental Heart was comfortably familiar to them passing along the various lights flashing along the entire walk. Mathew was the resident player of the clan. capable of pulling girls at almost a moment’s notice. rather always trying to talk sense into his friends when the opportunity presented itself. followed by a cat call from the boy and the occasional provocative conversation. lovers.

His heart was cut in twain. so he put in a good word while he was there assuring him a quick interview. protect those that could not protect themselves. shooters equipped with life sized guns attached to them. and watching over those he loved with tireless abandon. Mr. He always tried hard to be lighthearted but found that when something bothered him. So to keep himself from letting stress affect his demeanor. so Jeff pretty much thought he would be a shoe in. could easily threaten lives. So he lived in the moment hoping the next would keep any drama from his very emotional mind. Always wanting to help someone if he could. Just inside were claw machines and ticket games. In the back of the place was an enclosed room that served as the coin exchange and office. It was the main paradox of his compartmentalized mind. his blood pressure was quick to rise. second only to girls for some. But there was also a darker side to the young man. It was a teenage boys dream. 127 . and he never knew if he could reassemble his fractured self enough to be a whole person again. already knew Jeff from the past summers of the two’s friendship. The boys came to stop at Mike’s father’s arcade called simply. but his thoughts could turn to darkness swiftly if he allowed them to. Mikey took Jeffrey inside to get him an application. sit down race cars games and space games all reflected off of mirrors about every wall. He was a deep thinker when he was calm and contemplative. Below his surface Johnny held the images of death and pain close to him. a terrible rage that if allowed to break free. The place was wide open on two sides with dazzling lights over all around the outside edges.Elemental Heart Johnny was at heart a white knight. letting a momentary flash of anger fade by stuffing the problem into a tight corner of his mind and concentrating on something more pleasant if he could. Goodman. Mikey’s father. But this was also his weakness. With it. Further in were a variety of video games from classics to new. one that threatened to bring him over into a more vengeful realm. the Funzone.

As he did. “A whore gets paid. With a single yell to them. lowering her head while looking up at him from the top of her eyes.” Mathew replied with a charming grin while giving the tall girl a handshake accompanied by a half hug. watching Mathew make attempts at getting the number of every cute female that walked by. “Matt I want you to meet Samantha. She’s new here. the girls came over full of smiles and giddy comments to one another. then stopped suddenly. “You still a whore eh Matt?” Kay Kay said completely unaffected by his charms and if possible. cheerfully glaring at him. who simply nodded with a warm grin at her old friends. and welcome to the ocean of my eyes. I give my love for free.” Sam implied straightening her face.” “I feel sorry for America’s youth then. “Most of the time yeah. He recovered quickly replying with a warm smile.” Samantha laughed and bobbed her head like a valley girl.Elemental Heart The rest of the boys stood outside. “Does that shit really work on simple bitches?” Mathew was caught by words. his face unable to hide a surprised expression. he caught the sight of Melissa. But before he could answer. the girl made introductions. so be gentle.” “Samantha eh?” Mathew asked reaching for the girl’s hand. walking with Kay Kay and another blond girl he didn’t recognize. “Hey sexy you back for the summer?” Melissa asked moving to hold Mathew by his arm. “Well well well… look at the sweet beauty I have been blessed enough to behold! How have we been ladies?” Mathew flirted hugging Melissa. ”Pleasure to make the acquaintance of one so beautiful. “I like this girl. Except Kay Kay of course.” Robert admitted unable to contain his 128 . He lifted it up to his lips kissing the back of it lightly.

the stark blue of her eyes. “Hey Jeff how’s everything going?” Kay Kay greeted looking down at the shorter young man with a nodding smile. Johnny had never felt so instantly drawn to a female. he wanted to leave the woman with a mysterious first impression. leaving her still looking at him for another moment and wondering. Johnny was relieved at the distraction. no words were necessary to emote his thoughts. Something Mathew had taught him during one of his ‘get a girlfriend before you’re too old’ pep talks. before he nonchalantly moved his amber hazel orbs across in the other direction.” Robert added. While the others talked and got reacquainted. Samantha thought this was cute.Elemental Heart humor. Johnny had to concede to this advice. everything down to her long feet and hard attitude. having to this day never even kissed a girl. Johnny locked eyes with the seventeen year old. “And how is this little princess?” He harmlessly flirted. Johnny took in a long look at the new girl. Her angel soft dirty blond hair. the girl noticed and looked back.” Kay Kay commented under her breath receiving an amused nod from Robert. jus tryin to make it work is all. “Pity she’s straight. her thin nose and large breasts. “What is up my brutal bay-be gurl!” Jeffrey exclaimed bringing up his hand to meet Kay Kay’s with a handshake halfhug. Everything about her was attractive to him. “You know babe. They stared at one another for several moments as the others talked. He’s trying to look uninterested. As he stared. the light freckles about her face. As the group of them talked. With a word from Melissa she was drawn into the conversation taking place around her becoming distracted. “Indeed. she thought. 129 . Jeffrey and Mikey came out entering the fray.” Jeffrey smiled turning to Melissa. Oh how he had missed Kay Kay honest sarcasm.

” Mikey replied nodding still unable to grasp the horror of their kidnapped friend.” Melissa said giving quick hugs to all the boys but Johnny. Jeffrey never made advances on any girl Kay Kay liked and in return if Jeff ever needed a troublesome girl taken care of… “Mikey have you seen Rebecca anywhere around?” Melissa asked trying not to laugh at the obviously stoned boy searching the air above him with glassy eyes.” “I can understand that girl. She and Jeffrey had an excellent understanding and friendship. see ya later.” “A bloodshot one you mean. “Well I’ll keep a weathered eye on the horizon for her. “After that thing the other week everyone tries to stay together when we’re out.” The seventeen year old informed. Jeffrey spoke aloud to Mathew over the sounds of vidiots at play. The thought sobered him up momentarily. looking directly at Johnny. who was watching the girls leave. I’ve missed you!” Melissa replied giving him a long embrace that didn’t bother Kay Kay in the least. and if there was she wouldn’t go there without one of us with her. The group exchanged good-by’s as the girls moved off.” 130 . Samantha turned her head as she passed Roberts back. Samantha mouthed ‘good by’ smirking seductively as she passed the silent words. who stood strategically in the back away from the action. As the boys watched the trio walk away.” “What’s the hurry?” Mathew replied turning to face Jeffrey. Johnny let a slight smile grace her exit as he gave the young woman a flirtatious nod.” Samantha interjected from their side with a curt smile. Is there a gathering at the stone tonight?” “No. “Naw man and we’ve been on the walk for over an hour now.Elemental Heart “Good baby boy. “Thought you’d a tried to nail one of em. “Well we gotta go guys. “We got all summer baby boy. When they locked eyes.

At his wrists were studded leather bracelets. and get put in their place for the trying. This made him the perfect protector. as well as an assortment of large metal rings shaped to form eagle heads. He was an imposing figure. In Eddie’s way of thinking. At his side was Eddie Howard. if they were real men then they could show it. Eddie was a tall boy standing at five foot eleven with blue eyes and a long brown hair tied at the back of his head. which Drake found useful at his side. After all. they had passed away due to cancer in almost the same year. she was beautiful and what young girl wouldn’t want him? He was strong and tall. but after a night of considering the events he had decided to begrudgingly forgive her. reasonably handsome and without the burden of a conscience. Eddie had only been knocked down twice in his life. at least when he was younger. and one of those people 131 . Today he was wearing his leather vest atop an ACDC T-shirt. He had been slighted by her refusal to hang out with him the day before at Stone Beach. Feeling out of touch and distraught by the death of his parents. Eddie nodded and made a few cat calls to the teen girls passing by. This had caused a culturally rift between them that was only crossed by familiarity of his kin. not bothering at all with if they had a man with them or not. By the time he was eighteen. Eddie was not really a bad person at heart. and other various creatures. The young man of twenty two was lean.Elemental Heart Drake walked down the Seaside boardwalk looking around for any sign of his girlfriend. wolves. His shirts usually consisted of either uniform black. Eddie traveled from his home town with no one to guide him into his early years of manhood. this loneliness turned inward into a dark place that he carried with him always. or sleeveless Harley Davidson shirts. His parents had been middle aged when they had brought him into the world. with the logos of various hard rock or metal bands on them. almost always wearing black jeans and heavy black boots regardless of weather.

follow them home. I got a few. “Her Grandmother doesn’t like me.” Eddie instigated.” The other boy jokingly snickered. he watched the interaction between the groups. Drake craned his neck to 132 . then turning about fully walking back to stand beside his friend. “Eh.” Eddie began. After a few moments the group broke up and the girls began to walk away. he noticed Samantha turn around and say something to a boy hiding in the back of the crowd close to the Funzone entrance. “HA!” Eddie chuckled. Who are they?” Drake asked glaring over the group. Eddie came up beside him.” Drake replied still scanning the walk for any signs of Samantha. Said she’s call the cops if I showed up again. looking over to see what Drake was spying. “I don’t know. and if they make a move. I’m as new here as you man.” After a few more minutes of searching Drake caught the sight of Samantha standing with her girls and another group of young men he didn’t recognize.” Eddie corrected looking out at the beach. “I don’t understand why you just don’t go to her house. He stopped in place and took a short walk over to the beach side of the boardwalk.” Drake laughed. burn their house to the ground while they sleep.” Eddie spat. through me in jail.” “I love your lack of morals.Elemental Heart walked with him now. As they did. “I say we wait a few hours.” Eddie said turning to walk backwards staring at a passing girls ass. “Fuck the cops. Leaning against a rail. “I’ve never seen them before. “What are they gonna do to us?” “I don’t know. “Looks like she found some new dudes to talk to. “Let them try.

Elemental Heart see the boy’s response. He seemed uninterested, his head nodding but saying nothing in return. Drake smiled at the sight. But then the boy looked back up after Samantha had turned around, and watched her with intense eyes as she melded into the passing crowd. Drake made a mental note to watch this boy, and if he tried to make any moves on his girl, he would find it to be his last moves on this Earth. Drake stayed for a few more seconds watching the boys begin to step down the north end of the walk. Then he started to march in the direction the girls had gone. “What we doin now?” Eddie asked whipping his head to and fro to catch glimpses of the pretty girls passing by. “Making sure my girl is alright.” Drake replied without a turn. “Can’t have any douche bags thinking they can make a move and not get the beating of their lives.”

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Elemental Heart Chapter Fourteen

It was open house at Temple Azora. Every Warlord from all over the realm was invited to taste the pleasures the slaves of the Temple provided. This was usually held only for the strongest of the Valkira race, but the ever declining birthrate of their species called for drastic measures. So the great hall of the place was happily filled from wall to wall with males taking advantage of this special occasion. They crowded the restraining chairs in groups waiting for their turn at the beautiful young females freshly plucked from the surface. The girls were not yet completely broken, their wills being forced in bounded leather straps. Some twisted in horror begging for release. Others lay motionless with empty eyes, silently asking for the either the session to come to an end or their lives. When these limp females began to flounder, they were met by whips of disapproval. Punishment always followed a lack of inspiration. It was not the place of a sex slave to decide when their torment was over. At the other end of the hall the girls who had been conditioned into their new role, begged for men to come and join them. They would ride enthusiastically atop a Warlord. Writhing in a seductive as they pushed themselves down upon their master’s cock. Heavy juices flowed freely from within the folds of their feminine places. Bare feet beside the thighs of men below them held just a hint of dirt from the floor adding to the dirty nature of their business. To some this was as much an arousal as the action they beheld, sometimes joining the pair with passionate abandon. A slave, after feeling the warm seed of the Warlord enter her would switch immediately to the adjoining man or move after the act of penetration to find another man to please. This part was never difficult even in the later hours of the night. To become 134

Elemental Heart pregnant meant they were exulted into a higher class of woman, the breeding class. They would then be treated for a time like royalty. Given proper medicine and care, good food and drink followed the announcement of being with Valkira offspring. This allowed for better living quarters and of course, the ability to decline their presence at the next orgy. It was the highest honor a woman could achieve in Valkira Prime, if only for the short time it took to bear a child. As Cyclone Memnon walked down the center of the great temples hall he took in every sight as he passed with carnivorous eyes. This was his favorite part of Valkira life. He watched as a sexy young female was accosted by several men. She was about twenty from the look of her, with long curly black hair and olive skin. Aside from her head and brow, all signs of hair had been removed from her sweat glistening body. A powerful Warlord with ripped muscles picked the girl up and placed her upon a makeshift bed of several satin blankets and pillows. The girl laughed, obviously broken into her mold. Pushing herself atop his now wet appendage, curling her thick lips as she wrapped shapely legs about him. Every grunt from the man was met with sounds of sexy approval from the young woman, who in truth wanted nothing more than for him to expel his seed. It was the perverted truth of the matter that all she wanted to was to become pregnant by the momentary lovers child. Cyclone nodded in approval as he passed them and moved to the next low lying stand. Upon it was a seasoned veteran. Another dark haired woman of around twenty five, bearing the stretch marks of already having given birth and knowing the respite that followed. With each thrust from above and below her, deep slides of penetration exciting her as well as her masters. The chaotic dance shook the woman’s toned legs up over the standing man’s arms. She let her head drift back as her long hair draped over the man lying down behind her. The slave’s eyes rolling back in momentary pleasure as she endured the uneven rhythm of the 135

Elemental Heart two men inside her. As the actions of all three came to its apex, all groaned with climatic abandon. The slave girl let out a slight laugh before she felt the hands of the man beneath her wrapping his hands around the back of her neck stopping her ability to breath. As the oxygen within her lungs turned, the Warlord gave in a final fury of deep powerful thrusts. The lack of air gave rise to wave of orgasm in the slave forcing her muscles to tighten about him. Within few heated moments both exploded together in rich secretions of sensual fluids. A powerful heat within her pulsated even after the Warlord released his grip, allowing the slave to gasp for much needed air. Falling back down upon her lover, the muscled man atop her broke their perverted union leaving the dark haired woman with a strike across her sweaty face to remember him by. The Dark Lord enjoyed this but loved the new girls even more, the ones that had yet to accept their fate and still showed a hint of defiance needing to be broken. Cyclone knew well the difference between a girl playing this role and one truly feeling violated. He enjoyed the latter of those immensely. Looking to his right toward the restraining area, he spotted a girl much too young to be in this hall. He was surprised that Mistress Azora even let the young girl into the event, but so much the better. She was small and thin, perhaps only five foot four. She had light blond hair and brown eyes, with such little fat that every turn of her body showed ribs. Cyclone moved closer wishing to take in the full aroma of the display. Bound by the hands of Valkira holding her wrists, the young woman pulled down in a futile display of rejection. Her painted eyes ran slick with sweat and tears down the sides of her defiant face. With gritted teeth the woman turned her head from a tongue that came down from the man within her, tasting her salty cheeks before coming upright. The Warlord, twice her age, gripped the slaves this legs bearing them down upon to smother her large pale breasts. She continued to struggle for a few 136

Elemental Heart moments more as her master drove himself deep within her. A thudding slap of his seed bearing fruit became erythematic with breath. Soon the young woman simply laid her head to the side looking someplace into the abyss, her eyes vacant of expression. As the slaves struggle became silent, a strike from another man beside them awoken her senses as the sting of pain emitted blood from her nostrils. Again she began to fight as the adrenaline from the hit quickened her into action. This of course, was what the evil men wanted. It aroused their kind; it filled them with a sick patriarchal elevation that was the promise of their demon God. Cyclone found this amusement to his liking and decided this was where he would begin his night, with the final breaking of this young tight bodied female. It would be he that extinguished the last of her defiant flame and strip her of all sense of independence. As he came to stand just behind the Warlord penetrating the young slave, he steeled himself to throw the male off and take his place. It was then that the words of Lynn Azora cut through his immanent fantasy like a razor. “Get OFF of her!” The Mistress screamed cracking a whip about them to make her point. The men reluctantly scattered at the sound of the Mistress of the Temple, running off to recover and find other pleasures of the night. They dare not defy the Mistress of the temple, lest they be barred from ever again enjoying the pleasures the sacred place provided. Cyclone stood in place, gritting his teeth and looking over the wounded girl. Her body, covered in many slick liquids, fell limp without the strength of the Warlords to keep her in place. Her head turned to the side once more, and a stream of fresh tears marred her once pretty face. Lynn walked up to the young girl with a disgusted look upon her. The woman snarled as she turned her head to Cyclone. “Lord Memnon, you have lived long enough to know that this girl is years younger than is acceptable in these halls!” The Mistress 137

Elemental Heart stated as if ready to strike the male. “I was ready to commence.” Cyclone bluntly stated still starring over the broken young woman. “I don’t care! She is too fresh to be in this hall!” Lynn scolded coming to stand at the side of the Valkira, her eyes wide and furious with rage. Cyclone took a moment to come to the conclusion that he would not have the pleasure of breaking in this young woman. As that realization took hold, the blood leaving him below filled his body with a sexually fuelled wrath. He turned his head to meet the arrogant female’s purple and black painted eyes. “But she WAS in this hall! And I WAS to be next!” Cyclone turned his entire body to stand face to face with the Mistress. “It is your job to place these girls Mistress, and since your reign many things in this hall have changed. One of which being your condition of what time is proper for breeding! I remember an age when a woman’s first night was enough to have her bare child. It is my belief that your ‘changes’ is what has dropped the rate of birth within the Valkirium!” “Lord Memnon,” Lynn began standing straighter and centering her voice. “There are some morals that cannot be disputed or wavered. One of which is the time when it is appropriate for a woman to receive a man, and that is not before she had had time to acclimate to her new role!” Cyclone let his rage subside into a wide devilish grin. He relaxed himself taking a step back from Lynn. “Mistress Azora, this is Valkira Prime. Morals have no place here.” The man began to walk past Lynn moving to another scene of sexual debauchery. As he did, he turned again walking backwards. “And even less for females. I would watch thyself Mistress. Lest your tiara be ripped from arrogant head.” With that, the Dark Lord proceeded to begin beating a passing female while tearing her to the ground. Azora could do nothing but watch, and how she hated men, but Cyclone most of all. She watched as he pulled the girls 138

Elemental Heart hair back bending the woman’s spine. As the slave yelped in pain from the force of him he managed a look right at Lynn, as if trying to make her remember his sense of pleasure from their past. After a momentary stare, Cyclone continued to beat the woman as if to force her already submissive pose. As blood began to run freely from her face, he licked the metallic tasting fluid with a wide arc of his tongue before driving his hard member inside her beaten form. As he did so, Lynn’s mind drifted with fear as much as hatred. Cyclone had raped Lynn when she was young many times over and those memories like many others had never fully been driven from her mind. Such memories are what drove the Mistress to do everything within her power to protect these women however should could, but not openly. For if she was ever unseated, she feared what puppet would gladly take her place, and reinstall the old practices of the Temple. For now, she had to not only watch, but provide such evil men with the fantasy’s they had been promised since puberty. One day, she hoped, this nightmarish place would find its eventual end. “How fairs the Vessel of Kon?” Skulwring asked standing in a wide open chamber that served as the amphitheater for his sermons. A pulpit of sorts was wide at the bottom rising into flat top, made of a black mass of dark metals. Engraved in the thing were the sliver outlines of human like skulls, all gaping as if in petrified fear. The pulpit was centered upon a great dark wooden stage, which held large red drapes tied to the wall at each side. Behind the pulpit by about thirty feet was a slick black stone wall. Upon it were symbols and glyphs in Vulrintutakon’s native demonic language. They were unremarkable and seemed only as dark impressions, which only came alive when the great Kon was ever present. Which to date had been never. “Father’s seed is growing well. Soon the boy Zevin will 139

and used a labor force for the coming subjugation of Bacrana. “No harm must come to the future vessel of Kon.” Yanpre replied floating midair to keep at eye level with the alien. With the elimination of the Dragonfyre line.” Yanpre thoughtfully answered. He has been perfectly manipulated to house the soul of our great lord and must be prepared for the joining upon God’s arrival. under its protection and subject to the taxes and conscription’s thereof. “What of my people Priest. the wormhole that leads to Home-world.” Skulwring commanded. “And what fate awaits our native realm I wonder?” “Terra will be brought into the fold of the Empire. The last to know its location was Liam Rah. “So we are to make the pilgrimage to home world then. “The Hall of Tides has never been discovered. “Yes Lord Vear. For all we know the place is a myth. You shall be the lords of this realm. I fail to see how this truly matters. and he is now dead as our Lord God commanded.” Yanpre Vear said more to himself than to the Priest of Kon. hovering up a little to get in front of his jet black almond orbs.Elemental Heart begin his training into manhood.” The Priest spoke as if looking into the future. if God has a fleet at his disposal why not just look for the thing? It can’t be far from this system. and shall be duly rewarded. It‘s native sentience will be thinned out of course. what of the Valkira?” Yanpre asked trying to get within the view of Skulwring. “The Valkira have held our foothold on this world for several thousand years. only one thing holds us from conquering the world held so special by heretic Gods.” 140 . and how have we progressed in finding the location of the star map?” The tall alien questioned moving to stand before the pulpit. lest God be unable to make the rest of the journey to Bacrana.” “The location of the singularity. and as such shall enjoy trade from the many worlds under the protection of the Empire.

They will kill everything that exists.Elemental Heart Yanpre spoke matter of factly from behind the priest. You could not have known hiding beneath the surface of the world. In three thousand years you do not think that this system has not obeyed the laws of space and time?” “I did not realize…” Yanpre started only to be cut off by the arrogant alien. “I have seen this already once before. But as he made his leave.” The alien threatened. The opening of the Nexus brings the essence of Vulrintutakon’s home plane into existence. “How ignorant your species is. None of which was at all acceptable.” Skulwring replied over his shoulder. end of discussion. They were inferior. everything would die. He made a mental note to garner any and all information about this Nexus as soon as he could. and from the flesh and blood a new world would be fashioned. The short lord had had enough of this talk. hinting arrogance in his alien voice. Numerous creatures for which there are no names will run across this planet like a virus. And that Lord Vear would be the end of life upon this world as you now know it. even if he did not understand the reference completely. and moved to levitate past the pulpit and out through the curved rows of seats leading up before the stage. ignoring even the primitive knowledge of these… monkeys.” Yanpre understood that it was a threat. If that were to happen. “Of course you did not. I would hate to see Kon reach this world with no vessel to carry him to the Promised Land. “Then I shall make sure that Zevin meets his intended 141 . God would have no choice but to open his Nexus on Terra. the Priest began again. He did not like the insinuation that the humans were more intelligent than his own race. “Everything in space… moves. “Be sure to have the boy Zevin looked after and come to no harm.” Yanpre’s face lit up sharply. He did however understand the description of events. There would be no talk.

which were unlike the entrance and cut from living rock.” The alien said postponing Yanpre’s leave. the image faded and worn with long years. Taking it 142 . Later that night. and a few of beautiful naked females bound by thick straps and cutting wires. covered in thick brown furs. Next to it was another room. Taking off his robe like cape. “He was decapitated. Cyclone retired to his personal chambers. and let the falsehood hang in the air for a moment. as if infused into the floor. A picture hung above the bed of a woman long since passed. He entered his room that resided atop a spire in the center of Valkira Prime. he threw it over the back of the chair. There was a closet of sorts that was more like an indentation into one of the far walls. Cyclone entered the room thankful to see his wide bed. the Dark Lord began to remove his clothes. Far to the back left was an archway leading to his bedchamber. coming to the edges of the walls and folded slightly under. “One more thing.” He lied. “When the Dragonfyre was slain. drained of his overactive energies.Elemental Heart fate. his heart was not absorbed of course?” Yanpre paused for the briefest of seconds. When it was met by silence. The door was dark as were the walls. with a rod that held various Valkira uniforms of several different dark colors and fabrics. the dwarf lord casually flew forward exiting the amphitheater. Stopping before it. possibly a bathroom bathed in complete darkness. brightening the room in an off white with a light purple hue. About the stone walls were several jagged lines of purple that gave off a false light.” The dwarf shortly replied. and then continued to unbuckle his black jerkin. He gave the thing a glance and proceeded to a small chair at the other end of the room. Cyclone looked to his left at a full length mirror just for a glance. On the floor was a dark brown rug that covered almost the entire space. Between the lines were several murals of Valkira combating Bacrana.

staring into the mirror. 143 .Elemental Heart off several battle scars could be seen. Cyclone sat down upon his bed and for several minutes. when he noticed another figure in his peripheral vision. As he slowly lowered the knife. including one very nasty looking one just to the right of his Elemental heart. When they found that he was indeed alone. and then turned to come at the ghost only to see his own reflection in a readied stance before him. He threw the jerkin over the back of the chair. The Dark Lord hastily reached down to his leg and pulled a knife from his boot. the man sent his eyes searching about the room. Cyclone looked to his left and spotted the image of Liam Rah starring angrily back at him. The Dark Lord furrowed his brow in confusion.

the stark blue of her eyes. her laugh that sounded designed for nothing but sexy trouble. but he could not. her thin lined smile unlike any he had ever seen. which was the norm in the past and seemed would be again. He did not want to seem like a bumbling fool.” Johnny responded still climbing the stairs. “Don’t tempt me bra!” Jeffrey yelled up as he passed round the banister rail into the living room. Avoiding the collision with good humor. Johnny thoughts drifted to the image of that beautiful girl still haunting his mind. Jeffrey shook his head half-smiling managing to have a thought reach lips from brain. The devilishness of her demeanor. things began to feel like what would become normal. Mathew and Kenneth set out to getting a better television at the behest of Mathew. he had never taken the time to have a girlfriend. Johnny could stand it no longer and after a couple of days it was time to make his first move. all these things came to mind when coming across her among friends at the beach. sell himself short because of inexperience. His fate had always been in the air around him. “We hittin the walk later?” Jeffrey asked scratching his chest through a fluffy blue bathrobe.Elemental Heart Chapter Fifteen After a few days at Seaside. whispering to him that he needed to be alone and avoid unneeded attachments or the drama 144 . Robert and Joseph cooked breakfast. would not. The pull of her was so strong. “You should go like that. Jeffrey lumbered half-awake down the stairs almost slamming into Johnny as the youngster barreled his way up. the beautiful roundness of her full breasts. All in all. Jeffrey woke up late. and Johnny did the morning dishes afterward. and Kenneth insisted he went to make sure they got the best deal to be found.” He joked as he reached the top. “Yeah gimmie a little bit.

. and perhaps do that in the privacy of your own room?” Robert asked flipping to a new page with an aggravated rustle without even looking at the boy. “Yeah like two weeks ago. His eyes ran over his two friends as he took the container away from his mouth. But this time.” Joseph 145 . The thought that this may be a bad thing never even crossed his mind.” Jeffrey interrupted after a short but hardy belch. Jeff walked into the kitchen where Robert and Joseph sat reading their newspapers. “Is it possible for you to use a glass.. Nobody’s has seen Carol since.Elemental Heart that came with it. completely engrossed in the morning ritual. From what the police say the bodies of the couple were a few days old. There was something about Samantha Jennifer Lee that seemed to fill his heart with something hotter than elemental fire. In the few times this week that he had been around the blonde. he felt an untamable need to follow his passion. he would say it was a little of both. “Well it seems that it happened again. still waking up and rubbing his eyes. Parents killed. “Nope and… Nope. Opening the cardboard flap he began to drink. it seemed enough for him to break his own mold. and with his free hand began to openly and vigorously scratch his crotch.” “Carol. “Yeah. “Mikey said it was real messed up. Jeffrey walked over the fridge casually pulling out a quart container of milk. As in our Carol?” Robert asked in shock. sensations he had never felt before exploded into being. At the same time. “There was a first?” Robert asked. I thought you read the paper every day?” Jeffrey replied groggily. “There was another abduction. He had never been in love or in lust before but if he could describe these feelings. his glasses rising over the newspapers top edge to look at his brother.” Joseph spoke aloud still reading his half of the morning paper.” Jeffrey replied before taking another drink.

” Joseph read a part of the article aloud as the other two boys listened intently. We’ve talked with her. I can’t see not trying to help find her. “We should do something. He was at that moment. there was little anyone could do to change his mind. “Damn right. Citizens are asked to come forward with any information on the girl’s whereabouts. “I mean it. Jeffrey moved to look over Josephs shoulder as Robert leaned forward putting down his paper flat on the tabletop and putting all his attention into the recount.” Joseph continued noticing the amazed looks. gone to her birthday parties. he reaffirmed his statement. and as he met their unbelieving gazes. It would be like one of us going missing. The other two boys looked at their fatherly brother.” Jeffrey nodded bringing up his hand to flip back his disheveled long blond hair. or any witnesses who may have seen anything the night of the invasion. “Yes it is. far be it from me to not value life in any form. They never knew Joseph to jump into a heroic role. and Carol for that matter.Elemental Heart indicated.” Jeffrey said to Joseph for the first time in a long time.” Joseph said aloud. and when he got an idea into his head. knew her parents. “Love you brother. We should do something.” Jeffrey whispered. “Police say that the girl Rebecca Green. his eyes racing over the black and white text. seventeen of the twelve hundred block of Seaside was missing upon the discovery. Hardly able to grasp the words he had just said.” Robert agreed still in shock. “This is so terrible. But we had strict instructions from Elainia not to get exposed or involved in anything that would lead to our discovery.” Robert pointed out. Neighborhood watches and local firemen have been alerted to the disappearance. it’s not like she’s some strange girl. in total agreement 146 . “We knew Rebecca.” Joseph meant ever word he said. “Joseph.

Robert nodded with a concerned look about his face. still working the crime scene. and let him know what’s going on.” Their leader ordered. but 147 . Along with them were local police and the forensics unit. Some of the Parents of other local children and an assortment of adults watched from the police barrier. “Get your shit together. happy to see Joseph taking on a more leader like role. and as he never had a girl with him. never cared that about his brother’s lack of respect.” Robert lovingly obeyed. which was very rare. “You too buddy. who started back up to his room to get changed with renewed energy a healthy amount of moral vigor. “I’ll get right on it. Johnny was in his boxers pulling up a pair of red shorts. Joseph put down his paper. Jeffrey.” It was mid-morning by the time the boys had all met together with Mikey and a large group of local kids. The locals had called every friend in the area they knew. “You heard me.Elemental Heart with his line of thinking. “Call Mathew’s cell.” “What?” Johnny reacted instinctively in shock. “John-nay!” Jeffrey shouted opening Johnny’s bedroom door without waiting for a response. As did Jeffrey. and after considering it a moment. saw the logic in his words. We’re going out to look for her.” Joseph replied sharing the eye locked moment sincerely. and they now crowded an entire street corner not far from Rebecca’s home. The boy was used to Jeffrey’s unannounced visits into his room. He looked up at the boy shaking his head waiting for the reason for his intrusion. Just can’t see this any other way. and some came over to the crowd of teens and twenty something’s still waiting for a few more people to show up. Rebecca Green was kidnapped. and Robert tried to organize the group. Mikey.

We know all the teen hangouts. “Ok people! Let’s get to it!” Mikey cried out. No fancy 148 . This made Kenneth give the girl a look of admiration. “We need to look everywhere the adults wouldn’t think of. But Rebecca was one of us.” Johnny replied without hesitation. “I think we will help more if we take advantage of our…. ‘They do not know who they are fuckin with. “Hideouts.” Kay Kay added after Robert. The Akashan nodded with raised eyebrows as Jeffrey’s voice could be heard in the background cheering Kay Kay with. Finally Kay Kay yelled over the crew with a booming voice that caught their attention instantly.” “Also don’t count out any places you don’t normally hang out in. drinking spots. hangouts.” Joseph said quickly nodding. Robert proceeded with his speech. Kenneth gave the woman a high five. When it was just the six brothers. so any place she may not have hung out at should be searched. and every spot in between.” “Agreed. The teens gossiped and chatted about what they had heard on the news and what they speculated. “Very much agreed.’ Shaking his head. Robert called his them into a circle and started to reveal a plan. “We have to be careful. make out areas. everywhere you can think.” Kay Kay gave over the floor. How he loved Kay Kay. “I think that goes without saying but your right. If she escaped she’s probably scared and hiding. With that the crowd started to slowly disperse in different directions. The police and neighborhood watches will be following any leads they have and combing the area too.” Kenneth looked straight at Joseph. Its broad daylight and we cannot afford to get caught flying through the air or some dumb shit. We got a lot of clicks here.Elemental Heart the dysfunctional nature of the young people made this very difficult. “Go ahead Robby. Concentrate your searches on places you may have seen her before. creating a tornado of voices. unique abilities.” Robert began in a raised voice.

” Robert cemented the order. “Where ya headin?” Kay Kay asked as the girls came within a few feet of the boys. With that.” Mathew agreed.” “Got it.” “Just be careful there are a lot of eyes out there right now. “Jeffrey.” Jeffrey replied somberly. see if we can find any sign of her that way. “Kenneth and I will take the cars and search the streets.” The large young man stated opening the driver’s side door and climbing in.” The tall girl said going to the passenger’s side without waiting for a response. “Everyone keep their cell phones on just in case. “Gonna drive up and down the strip. and shuffling her feet with a curt grin. Kay Kay. Johnny stood facing a very pretty and smiling Samantha who said nothing. You find anything. “I’ll ride with ya. Yeah I got that.” Kenneth and Johnny started off to Mathew’s IROC and Josephs van parked only a short distance away. and Samantha approached breaking off from the main group of people. As they reached the vehicles.” Joseph interrupted.. Search the coast lines for any…. looking him in the eyes.” “Bodies. take a stroll on the bayside area all the way up to the sand hills. “And I will go with Mikey and help coordinate the others. take a swim. “Mathew. “I think I can maybe find a few high spots when no one’s looking.” Robert stated. give a call. Melissa. “Nice to have a choice in a free country.” Johnny purposed. Kenneth looked to his left at Johnny rolling his eyes.” Kenneth replied bringing Joseph's keys out of his jean pocket.” Robert finished. I’d say take to the skies…” “But it’s broad daylight. “Me too!” Melissa giggled following her girlfriend. “Joe. Johnny looked up in the air 149 .Elemental Heart stuff.

Most teenage boys jumped at the opportunity to talk to her. then back at the still grinning girl and moved to the IROC without a word.” He lied momentarily trying not to give away his inexperience.” “So where are you originally from then?” The girl teased with emphasis on the word. Mom used to bring us up here almost every summer.Elemental Heart above him. As they got in. “So you’re a Florida boy. Johnny inserted the keys and turned the ignition bringing the engine roaring to life. Johnny to timid to begin a conversation and Samantha playing shy.” He answered concentrating on the road. ‘originally’. “A what?” “Summer folk. “Keys. he looked over at her and motioned for her to buckle up before starting the car. Minutes passed before Samantha decided that this game was boring and opened the conversation again. She said it was too unbearably hot in the Keys this time of year. or ignored her thinking she was too 150 . Yeah I guess. “So you’re a tourist. “Pennsylvania.” He responded giving her a quick glance then looking in the rear view. Samantha nodded at the beastly sound and rolled down her window as they started off. She promptly followed walking to the opposite door.” “Where?” She looked over at him befuddled.” “Not originally. Florida Keys.” She retorted with a slight grin. “Oh I thought we were playing the silent game. Samantha was having a hard time trying to figure this boy out. A few more moments passed. “And how many girls do you know?” “A few. After a short while. Johnny finally got the nerve to speak up. The car was silent for several minutes. “You’re not as talkative as most girls.” “Ahh….” He opened.” She stated.

“I hear you guys are all brothers. stress.” He answered. not fully understanding. He didn’t like to talk about his parents. She was one of the chosen few who tried to be both beautiful on the inside and out. “My parents died in a plane crash not even a year ago. but wanted to know what he looked like in heart and mind. more a taunt really to explain himself. She could see that this boy was handsome. But Samantha wasn’t too vein about her beauty.” “Foster Brothers. her voice hollow. So she prodded at him with some more questions. She was selfish to an extent. and probably still feels. and someone replies with ’sorry’ as if they had anything to do with it.” She began the tale. She’s raised me ever since.” Samantha looked back out onto the road. Johnny gave the girl another glance but it 151 . she had found a person that might truly understand how she felt too. “I hate it when you say your parents are dead. and the peer pressure from the gorgeous female drilling holes into his head won over. Samantha starred at Johnny with questioning eyes.Elemental Heart pretty and they would not have a chance. She felt downright awful for questioning the boy so hard now. “My parents were killed when I was nine. before Elainia took me and a few of the others in. As if her eyes locked on the side of his head wasn’t enough. The fact that he was not openly chasing her affections was a puzzle to her that her ego needed to solve. It took the thick headed young man a few moments to realize this. Not only to ease the tension she had undoubtedly created but in the hopes that perhaps.” Johnny frowned as she spoke. but not overly so. It reminded him to much of what had happened that terrible night. Biting her lower lip she decided it was only right to open up about herself in a similar way. But the combination of nervousness. “I was put in a shelter of sorts for a few weeks. She knew well what he must have felt.” He said obviously uneasy.

” The boy responded with a long ‘o’. or to keep her within its fold as well. “So where are you originally from?” He mimicked her from before. “Do you like it better here or there?” “What kinda dumb fucking question is that?” Samantha replied in a mock attitude. So he decided to try and change the direction of their conversation. It wasn’t so much sadness. Something so terrible had just tied the two in his mind.” The girl stated instantly. A mist of water formed in her eyes but kept from shedding any tears. “I feel your pain.Elemental Heart was not returned. “I was visiting my Nana while they were going on a trip together. “No.” He spoke softly to her.” Johnny let her words hang in the air.” She replied again instantly. “So you’re not from here either?” He asked. and now this is home. Johnny removed his hand and placed it back on the wheel. Without even a second thought he put his hand over hers clasping it lightly. “Then I’ll forgive your ignorance. “I know. he knew that his emotions ran deep and did not want the sadness of this to overcome him. More than a caring for a girlfriend or a lover. reflecting on the not so distant past. He in that briefest of moments began to feel something for her he had only to date felt for his orphan brothers. but a bond of future friendship had just sealed this girl to his heart. Samantha felt his touch upon her hand and nodded staring out the open passenger side window. but a feeling of deep companionship. and the naturally pretty young woman had just become even more so to him.” Her words trailed off for a few moments. “I was supposed to be here for two weeks.” She toyed with a slight 152 . leaving Johnny gaping without words to emote. I remember when we got the call…. “Have you ever been to Delaware?” She asked. “Felton Delaware.” She simply replied. “Obviously.

that’s cute. The look of shock on her face was hysterical to Johnny.” He replied laughing to himself. Johnny I don’t think we know each other well enough to make such an assumption. “You’re a… you’re kind of a bitch aren’t cha?” He taunted. “Ya know. cornfields.” She replied before he could finish his sentence. Johnny’s eyes opened so wide they could have pushed his eyebrows right off his forehead. but decided for the first time in his life to just go with it. “Well now Mr. Yo boys and drugs. For a few seconds there was a comfortable silence. I know we’re bonding an all with both our parents being dead but to be so personal… geez. She shook her head at him half-closing her full lips into a shit eating grin as she turned back to the windshield. Next thing you’ll be asking what color my panties are. Samantha smiled at making the young man laugh. “It’s nothing but flat land.Elemental Heart wave of her hand. Samantha slowly turned her head with a click of her tongue and leaving her mouth agape. who could not contain his jubilant state.” Samantha said less than a second later.” She looked at Johnny as if he were stupid. Johnny kept giving her glances as she pretended not to notice. “What. “Oh I get it. “Johnny. “A white boy who doesn’t know that he’s white? A corn-fed gangsta?” She answered shaking her head as if he should have already known and letting out a nervous laugh.” “Yo boy’s? What prey-tell is a ‘Yo Boy‘?” He asked with a laugh. He returned the look with a double glance and a questioning smirk. a Yo boy.” Johnny was never so forward with a female. The smile upon his face widened. After almost three seconds he asked the inevitable.” He asked still amazed at what he had just asked 153 . “What color are they?” “Blue thong.

“Oh shit!” He yelled stomping on the breaks causing the IROC’s tires to squeal while swerving a quarter of the way into an intersection. 154 . He tried to look further when he spotted a girl resembling Rebecca.” Samantha asked in utter but confined amusement. Joseph stood atop one of the hotels close to the southern end of the boardwalk. “Hey!” She cried followed by a punch to his arm. There he spotted a car at a local gas station.” She replied curtly. The excitement of the past few moments getting the better of him.Elemental Heart and heard. and as they did. Looking about. Focusing in on their faces. He could easily spot a group of teens hurrying along across a street then blocks away. he noted none of them resembled his abducted friend. He brought in his view as his irises darkened from a glowing blue to his natural color. his vision increased by a hundred fold. His eyes started to glow a slight blue. “You alright.” She teased nodding with a smile. He moved his eyes slowly further down the main drag about thirteen blocks away. a cat running along a fence.” He replied putting on his best lie. The Air Elemental stood overlooking the North West edge of the roof scanning out for any sign of Rebecca Green. The boy gasped heaving breaths of air holding white knuckled onto the steering wheel. “Red light. “Yeah I got this. he tried to center himself as he leaned back into the seat shaking his head. a pair of people walking out of a convenience store. and its owner filling it with fuel. an empty plastic bag being carried by the wind and a drunk slouching against a wall all within the same intersection. “Yeah I can see that. but had found the limits of his Elemental eyes and could not make out if it was her. “Bitch.” He swore under his breath.

Reeling in his perception the Elemental walked to the east side of the building.Elemental Heart he saw the roof a casino across the street to the north. The Water Elemental stepped closer to the ocean. The rhythm of the waves. Removing his shirt and cell phone he put them both atop his sneakers. taking in the magnificence of this natural event. Joseph looked down at the street and saw no one was there. He had lived in unison with the ocean most of his life. A small taste of water touched his toes. He would have to literally tear his mind from the place in order to emerge a land walker again. only to reveal that it was his brother Jeffrey. begging him never to make landfall. He commanded his eyes to focus upon the person. then jogged to the North West corner of the building. Once there his eyes came to life in a fluorescent explosion scanning down the street in the direction of the girl. standing at the miniature waves breaking at his toes. spotting a long haired blond down by the underside of a pier. With a short run and a mighty launch the Air Elemental leapt across the distance in a matter of seconds. As it did the boy 155 . the boy looked around him to make sure he was unseen. It was an addiction that never ceased. He looked out with normal eyes. and this is what made his treks into his native element so hard to perform. and backed up several feet. When she came into focus he could see it was not her. and knew her heartbeat well. Landing with a slight thud on top of the casino. and swore under his breath. He looked out at the tide. Jeffrey kicked off his shoes placing them higher than the wet sand that marked tide line. Jeffrey held within his Elemental heart a kinship with the ocean. It was a part of him as much as he was a part of it. brought calm over him that in certain respects. made this his home. The euphoric pleasure he received whenever in the living pool would call him like a siren. and the cold breeze cutting across his bare chest.

“Maybe we should look at that old abandoned warehouse off of Sixty Third Street. “What’s all this crap?” Melissa asked rummaging through the bags in the back of the van. When the pure excitement of his living heaven passed. Slowly his cells transformed into more liquid state. 156 . he did not find any.” Kay Kay replied giving Kenneth a dumb look. and the deeper he got he could feel his body change.” Kay Kay suggested continuing to look down every street they passed.Elemental Heart closed his eyes taking it in as if tasting a well prepared meal. Fortuity he thought.. before he jetted off. for any signs of his lost friend.” Kenneth replied slightly agitated. The more the salty liquid touched his skin the faster he proceeded with haste. It would take an hour or so before the boy remembered why he had come.” Kay Kay stated.. “You’re gonna have to tell me where that is.” Kenneth said forced to run a yellow light from the constant distraction around him. “Whose green duffel bag is this?” Melissa asked from somewhere behind the driver's seat. “We haven’t unloaded everything yet. Even the glow of his elemental eyes faded into the color of the surrounding water. her eyes trying to scan each passing street. “We should probably check the bayside roads into town too. “Just tell me when to turn. Just make a seat and sit down. until it was as if he were transparent image of himself encased within the power of the sea. he went about searching every bit of shoreline both ocean and bayside. down deeper into the ocean.” Kenneth impatiently shot back. Without a second to waste he began to walk into the breaking tide. “On Sixty Third Street.

” She let out with a taste of venom. and I mean a lot. “Too bad you get more of it then me. She was a tough girl.” Kenneth started then looked at Kay Kay. He even for a moment forgot how much Melissa was annoying him. “Two inches and fifty pounds of muscle tends to do that. The young man looked over at Kay Kay still smiling.” Kenneth answered.” “Started a little late didn’t we?” The tall girl replied. the both of them chuckling together. holding a large bag of pot in157 . “I’m bi honey. “Lookie what I found!” Melissa cried coming to the front of the van with an outstretched arm. “Well it’s a shame that you don’t.” She played turning her head and laughing to herself.” She observed pinching at his muscular arms. “And I don’t know where anything is this way. can you stop going through my shit please. “Nah-uh.” Kay Kay continued with a bemused expression. After hearing him laugh to himself finding a bit of amusement in their conversation.” Kenneth toyed.Elemental Heart “Mine. “And I don’t trust or control anything that takes dick. “You’ve changed a lot since last year. Kenneth couldn’t help but chuckle. stop going through my shit!” Kenneth was now getting a headache.” Melissa shouted out from the back. “Too bad you don’t have a vag. I was so worried about losing your respect Kenny. “Well I’m so glad that my homosexuality doesn’t offend you. “I don’t know. not very beautiful but attractive in a warrior sense. I didn’t have my license last year. she started again. He glanced again over at the passenger seat. “Ohh what’s this I see?” Melissa announced aloud to herself.” He said turning down Sixty Fifth Street.” Kay Kay shook her head now folding her arms. using the name ‘Kenny’ in reference to him because she knew he hated it. But I respect your personal decisions. “Can you control your bitch please?” He asked.

It was then that he felt another source of life. At first he dismissed this as another gopher. trying to use his powers to feel out any life other than them. and jogged high atop a dirt mound just next to a large abandoned warehouse in hopes it was Rebecca. “Fuck-ing Robert!” Robert walked alone far ahead of the rest of the group. “Well we’re heading further up to an old beach spot. He closed his eyes and concentrated. It felt like multiple echoes beneath the earth by at least thirty feet. With a nasty frown he tried to keep his eyes on the road as he cursed to himself in hushed tones. squatting down putting a single hand upon the earth. before a voice coming closer stopped him mid scan. looking bewildered between the bag and the road. “In a black book bag.Elemental Heart between her friends. “Black and dark green or all black?” “All black. “You find anything man?” Mikey asked as he got closer. It was some yards ahead and beneath the ground. Robert sighed looking out from the higher point with his Elemental eyes. He had felt a pulse of life moments ago.” Robert lied momentarily startled and rising to his feet a little disoriented from having to quickly reel in his mind’s eye so quickly. What he found was a gopher burrowing into a hole. nothing. “No. “Where did you find that?!” The large teen asked with a boom in his voice. It’s 158 . Letting the essence of life beneath him flow through his fingers. So the healer stepped over to where he had felt the life force. as he reached down with his mind he came to almost touch it.” Melissa replied as the bag disappeared from his view.” Kenneth turned his head back to the road gripping the wheel so tight it made a squeaking sound beneath him palms. but something was different.

he followed the pack along the top of a high cliff overlooking the water.Elemental Heart not used anymore after the cops found out about the place and starting raiding it. hard to see from beneath his decorated Valkira robes. The short barbed cages were not tall enough for a grown person to stand.” Robert stated giving the spot another moment of thought. The thick and flowing dark garments swooshed behind his black boots as the Warlord proceeded through a thin passageway that led into a larger chamber than the last. There he stood amongst an array of old tables covered in maps and open scrolls. others with pots and assorted cleavers stained with crusted blood. The walls made of heat blasted sand and packed rocky earth. One by one they passed through a slit in an old chain link fence. a small nose and a thin jaw around it. Dirichter Vear was five feet eight inches tall with thick long black hair that hung about his shoulders like a great mane. making their way down a slope to the water’s edge some fifty feet down. The ground was filthy with loose dirt and the stink of dried sweat from the prisoners kept tight within several cages about the walls. The smell of feces and other human filth filled the place. He wore a go tee that was thick and full of hair. but it’s worth a try right?” “Yes Michael. He had a fair amount of muscle with a few extra pounds of fat. his glowing dark blue electric eyes looking them over before turning to make his leave. Every place we can think of is worth a try. Less than thirty feet below the pack of searchers above was a cavern of sorts. and kneeling within two of them was Rebecca and Carol in tattered clothes and faces covered in tear streaked dirt. And with that. His face was Valkira white with a few small scars here and there but otherwise untouched. They huddled in separate cages backing all the way up to the wall in the face of their captor. At the ceiling was a blue fluorescent 159 . Then the Akashan dismissed it as most likely some form of subterranean life.

“Greetings uncle. If Anton had not known who he was. he may have mistaken him for Yanpre. “How goes the training of our Surface Lords?” “From what I gathered. “Yet Father would not want feral animals brought to the temple uncle. with several holographic screens and raised controls all in the Valkira language. Their stink fills place.” Anton spat. Sitting at this terminal was his uncle Anton Torel. The Ancient looked much like he had less than a century before.” “I more than understand this Nephew. “I see our guests need tending to.” “I am not a servant of monkeys.” Anton Torel greeted in the old fashion.” The Ancient replied. But then again. He also shows great promise of leadership.” Dirichter assured. “But necessary for the coming war uncle. “Hail and well met nephew.” After a few moments the younger Valkira began anew. He shall make a formidable Valkira one day. Yanpre would have opened the conversation with his usual insulting demeanor. too unstable. Valtor T’Zan’s young salamander is doing particularly well. “I don’t trust salamanders. He has a powerful grasp of both weapons and the elemental fire. hooded and cloaked showing only his pale face and electric irises. working on something displayed on one of the monitors and muttering incoherently to himself. The Valkira lord turned his swivel chair completely around to face his proud second in command. Dirichter walked up to stand a few feet away from his uncle announcing his presence.” Anton stated. “I spoke with your father 160 . At the other end of the cavern was a computer terminal of sorts. As of now he assists in the training T’Zan’s younger students.Elemental Heart light source in the shape of a Valkira glyph that shinned dimly over everything.” The Warlord opened in a strong voice not unlike his father's.” “They will be cleaned and cured well before they are beaten and raped.

” “How goes their progress nephew?” The Ancient spoke turning back around to continue on his work. but repeat the mistakes of their forefathers. too new to the world to understand that so many battle hardened murders and blood soaked priests. “We are forced to recruiting human born Elementals with no knowledge of anything. But come along with acceptable speed. “They are more human than Elemental uncle.” Anton stated not caring if his opinion was valid.” 161 . He wishes to increase our numbers before the whole of the world is wiped out. “Have we learned nothing? Or do our people share the same fates as the monkeys we so proudly claim dominance over? Time my nephew.” Anton Torel stopped typing for a moment’s pause. “I shall have my associates double their efforts then. Their attitude is a perfect fit for the Valkira class. bearing gold and silver have had that mantra over the thousands of years I have lived upon this world.Elemental Heart today. but is not Vulrintutakon the one true God?” Dirichter asked with true questioning upon his pale face. is like a never ending cycle.” “They run low on slaves?” Dirichter asked.” “Ha…” The Ancient spat again. “My young nephew. What depths have we sunk to in order to fill our ranks for a faceless God?” “Pardon me uncle. my brother wills us to hasten our collection and spirit them to Vorexia. No one seems to learn. “Not that I am aware of. his mind leaving the present remembering the centuries past. None of which has ever once produced a God to speak of. and the deafening horrors of children and men lying cold in pools of rancid fluids. God is found at the edge of a blade. His pale hands shifting holograms hanging in mid-air before him.

Catching him in that moment looking at her. he did not want to leer but he found this very hard.” Elainia replied disrobing before the Elemental male. he quickly looked up trying to save his honor. “And arouse too much suspicion. “And my duty. “How do I look?” She asked dawning her new attire. a pair of white socks. “It is the will of my High Priestess.” She looked over her shoulder at him before putting on her shirt. 162 . Taking in the shapely nude figure before she dressed. and more so over the last day. and therefore my Goddess. He ran his eyes over her as her back was turned. The room they were in was small surrounded in finely crafted stone walls. You’re supposed to be passed off as a surface born if you remember. “You can’t very well be brought to a Valkira slave post wearing the robes of a priestess. “You are sure I cannot talk you out of this?” He asked again as he had already a few times before in the last day.” “They may pay you more for it.” Lightmare Voon tossed a pair of blue jeans. but he had already been seen. As she finished getting dressed the woman turned raising her arms out to the sides then letting them drop to each of her thighs with a smack. A dim light from two candles illuminated the place from a dresser across the room. a white peasant blouse. you remember that word… duty?” “It has been drilled into my mind many times over the centuries.” He replied then silently sighing.” Lightmare stated coming to sit at a tiny table. and a pair of shoes on a bed in Elaina’s personal chambers. “Like a renaissance woman of the nineteen nineties.Elemental Heart Chapter Sixteen “Put these on. This woman was in his heart as well as his thoughts.” He answered with a slight smile.

“I took on a nymph by the name of Raina.” “Not my business. and I accepted. “Yes.” He spoke matter of factly.Elemental Heart “Smart ass.” She played walking for the door. and no I’m not sleeping with her. The once busy stone streets held a thin layer of dust and dirt about them from lack of use. She asked to be my apprentice.” “So it’s a young girl no less. She knew as well as most.” The two continued through the empty streets of Elvin Galorn. Some of the open portals high up emitted light. raised at Tempra Nor where the policies there have been slowly changing as of late.” Elainia replied with a hint of jealousy. That time had passed long ago.” She stated. the 163 . Elainia remembered a time when this was a bustling city where one could not hardly walk unhindered throughout the streets.” Lightmare informed rising from his seat and beginning to follow his former lover. As the two chatted they left foot prints in their wake. From there we will travel the rest of the way to the surface camp. casting dancing shadows across opposite sides of the higher levels. She’s a good girl.” Elainia toyed. Pretty I’m sure.” He instructed. Elainia loved the surface and all its beauty and scents. “You travel with students now? I thought Tempra Nor didn’t allow their young to travel about until properly conditioned. yet dark with lack of life. and in some small part of her mind she blamed herself. At each side of the traveling pair were large stone carved buildings that bared little sign of inhabitants. on both counts. As they passed into a cave leading up to the surface. that they were not meant to be a subterranean species. Its many beautiful stone structures breathed lightly. “No. “It is not. “When we get to the New World we will meet up with two students of mine. The isolationism of the place kept her in the dark about world affairs and such. “We have to travel half way across the northern hemisphere.

it seems you never escape the throws of puberty. “I never said they were well endowed. Raina and Michele are like my daughters.” Elainia sighed. “Yes Elainia my dear. to have such burdens to deal with.” Elainia was laying the sarcasm on very thick. you have two. and travel along the magnetic lines of the world through a portal that could be summoned there. in no way trying to hide her jealousy.” The Priestess said turning about and starting again to the surface. Lightmare stopped dead in his tracks. Not unlike being trapped on a tropical setting with six well-endowed young men to heed your beck and call. “Men. that town had been attacked by Valkira and all but a few of them were wiped out. It has been. So I ended up letting her tag along as a student of sorts. Elainia’s an off blue white and his light colored orange that bathed the tight cave with enough illumination to see where they were going. but they of course said there was no evidence to support Valkira involvement. and she’s been a good friend and ally ever since. How hard life must be for you Lightmare. we came across a young woman by the name of Michele Rhodes.” “So instead of one young girl traveling with you. We tried to take the case before Southern Core. but also my charges and therefore my sons. The light from their 164 .Elemental Heart two of them began to emit a faint light.” Elainia let herself laugh a little. She was a gnome from a surface clan that had integrated into human society over a century ago. Elainia stopped and looked him dead in his eyes. Soon they would come upon the first rip. Unfortunately.” He said with a grin.” He lied. “My hot step daughters. turning to face him.” He retorted. One that calls you master and a young Georgia peach. “Are you going to give me shit the whole time were together? Forgive me if I seem to remember a woman of great love and friendship I once knew. “Then as Raina and I were traveling through the American state of Georgia.” “Well. “All though a couple of them were strapping.

” He said taking the woman by her elbows.” He continued coming to stand within a breath of Elainia. the distance between them marked barriers of color. “No. their tongues searching one another. The woman tried hard to hold such distain for him.” She curtly replied. Then as if tasting poison. she found herself unable to break free.” Elainia scoffed rolling her eyes and placing her arms about her chest. and heard your name. his eyes wishing to find hers though they still looked off to the side. “To further torcher me no doubt. Elainia withdrew quickly tearing herself from Lightmare’s embrace. Not a day has passed since we have been apart that I have not thought of you. 165 . I instantly took this assignment. She heaved with confused breaths. Once the shock of his movement had passed through the woman.” He started moving closer to the woman. “El. “I understand you’re scared. reaching out with wanting fingers that ran through the locks of his hair. though her heart begged to feel his embrace.” Elainia said turning her head from his close proximity. “You think your ages old sweet talk can still work on me?” She replied pursing her lips.Elemental Heart auras slightly touching. her ego again taking hold of her actions coming to slap his across his face. “I also understand that it’s hard for you to see me after all this time. When I heard the order come down from my elders. thought of us and how badly I miss you.” He proclaimed. Deeply the two kissed for several moments. “I love you. “Maybe not the whole way. She brought her arms up over his broad shoulders. reaching round with his lips to find hers. “I don’t…” Was all she could get out before he pulled her into him. The light of their auras danced within and around them both before coming together as if forming into one singular cone of light.

and all day filled with no leads of any kind. but shook his head in frustration at almost falling.” Lightmare managed as he tried to rub the pain from his red cheek. created a special corner for recreational use by the unlit fire pit. always the entertainers. he started setting it up in the yard next to the back steps.Elemental Heart “You no longer have my permission to do that. Robert stumbling in almost tripping on the carpet. The way things seemed to be in Seaside as of late. Jeffrey and Mikey. After Johnny unpacked the charcoal heated grill from out of the garage. He managed not to curse. he’d rather have them at his house than out on the streets at night. When Joseph had finished his shower. so do not try again!” She spat giving him a long heated stare before turning and starting off again down the cavern. When the sun started to hang low in the sky. “Yeah. 166 . but really didn’t care. then having to navigate around the living room full of young people. As he made it to the other side of the living room the front door opened.” All day the boys had searched Seaside for signs of their missing friend. Joseph reluctantly allowed a few of their friends and their friends of friends back to the beach house to relax and talk strategy. He shook his head. he came down the stairs having to step over a few girls lying across the living room floor with controllers in hand. “I forgot she was Irish. This pretense did not stand for long. There were at least fourteen locals hanging out either in the back yard or having a beer in the living room. while Joseph got a shower and a change of clothes. playing with one of Mathew’s many game systems now unpacked and ready for mindless use. the search had been called off for the day. carrying two large brown paper bags filled with assorted meats. Not even a hint of the girl could be found anywhere. as soon Robert and Mathew had gone to the grocery store to fetch food and beer.

“Not trying to care that there’s a million people in here. “Naw baby I’m the lizard. like the lizard?” Samantha replied looking at Jeffrey as if he were a moron. “Well if no one was here I’d just…” Johnny motioned his hand as if firing a gun at the coals. Light this bitch! You’re a salamander for god’s sake!” Jeffrey almost shouted. “I don’t know I’ve been upstairs. “A lizard?” Samantha asked coming up beside the two. “Johnny get the grill out?” Robert asked heading to the kitchen. “Aw don’t worry daddy. “A Salamander.Elemental Heart “Need help?” One of the boys in the room asked. beer in hand.” Robert smiled removing two large bags of chips and setting them on the table. Though I’d rather have these kids here than out there getting into trouble. “Being lazy again eh?” Robert joked knowing full well Joseph was one of the hardest workers in the house.” Jeffrey laughed walking away and yelling something. Johnny shot Jeffrey a cold warning stare. Robert took him up on the offer and told him the car was just outside. “Can’t you even light a grill?” Jeffrey antagonized knowing full well that his brother was more than capable of starting a fire. I’m… the big lizard. “A what?” Jeffrey faked a stunned expression. consider this a house warming party.” The Air Elemental informed as he sat down the bag and started to remove its contents upon the kitchen table. Joseph took one of his bags from his arms and followed him in. “I don’t want any freakin excuses dude. 167 . or having it find them. the beer in his system making him a little more of a funny hard ass than usual.” He openly replied as two people he did not know in the least passed in the tight kitchen quarters behind him on their way out to the back yard.

and then looked at Johnny. “Your ahh…. “Don’t leave him honey he’s still a virgin!” Jeffrey yelled in their direction over the sound of fresh wood hitting the fire pit. I think. Word of advice Mathew can get the same way. “But only with the right boy.” With that Samantha walked over to her girls starting to talk with them. The 168 .” Samantha laughed. The sound infuriated Johnny’s eyes lighting them up a hot amber red. but he’s really just playing around… I think. “What?!’ The boy shouted back. but with the girls more so. A moment later he heard a familiar voice from above him within the enclosed porch.” Johnny stated becoming a little agitated at the unlit coals. “Up yours Jeff!” Johnny shouted over his shoulder baring teeth. The black nuggets instantly came to life with an immolating plume in the grill that was much more exaggerated than it needed to be. “Only when he’s drinking. Angrily he shot forth a short burst of flames from his fingertips at the coals. “Why do you always answer a question with a question?” Johnny asked with a smile while flipping some more coals around. a little forward aren’t ya?” Johnny asked moving around some coals.” She winked. “Yer a pussy!” Jeff declared strutting over to the boy. Jeffrey returned the insult with a high pitched laugh. “Is he normally such a dickhead?” Samantha asked Johnny watching Jeffrey horseplay with his friend. “What?” Samantha yelled back confused before turning about again.Elemental Heart “Mikey!” He shouted. “By the way it’s an amphibian. “You sure are good at making assumptions huh Johnny boy?” Samantha answered his question with one of her own. “The Irish in me.” “Oh I like to wrestle.

“She was my first love. it’s the only part of us that does not regenerate. Both he and Johnny glanced over at the water elemental trading loud mouthed insults with his friends. forward as all hell though.” Robert asked before taking a sip of beer. and jaded me for the trouble.” The older boy said before drinking the last of his beer. figuring that if he wanted to talk about her he would in his own time. “I think you may need that push.” Robert replied moving around the question. “Some of us have had to endure lesser creatures. I don’t think you should be doing all do that. but he had kept those events close to the vest.” The Akashan stated letting himself lean on the wooden frame that supported the enclosed porch.” Johnny placed the grill top over the flames and went for a box of tinfoil that sat upon a dirty plastic table a few feet to his right. “She is a pretty one.Elemental Heart Fire Elemental looked up to see Robert's face looking down at him through the porch screen.” “I know. “Funny thing about the heart my lad. But being that this was almost referenced.” Johnny replied cooling his eyes. “Yeah she seems very cool. Robert just flashed a smile and continued to drink from his brown bottle. Hell hath no fury like a woman’s lies. a question was begged for. “We got visitors.” Johnny looked up at his brother for a second before fitting the metal grate with a sheet of tin. “Now who’s the hypocrite?” Johnny looked back through the screen at his brother. 169 . “Did she hurt you badly Robby?” The Salamander asked not looking directly up at him. Johnny had never bothered to ask him about it. sorry. and she is very much into you. finishing it with a short belch. He had remembered Robert being in a relationship once. and at least you know she will be up front with you. “Want me to put Jeffrey to sleep? I can make it look like an accident. It had been almost a year since that relationship had ended.

also enjoying the way she absorbed the attention from others. Robert for always being available with a welcome ear to lend. Johnny enjoyed her momentary visits. and some talk of getting a girl to show her breasts. The sounds that accompanied it were intermittent roars of laughter. She was an obvious flirt which turned Johnny on in a way he had never felt before.” He continued with a smile. “As in I’d love to have another bottle.” Johnny replied.Elemental Heart But I try not to dwell upon such things. or heed his advice when he gave it. Of which the girl did. I think this Samantha will be a nice first. Johnny still tended the grill. Johnny watched as he left. curses. Not an hour later the entire yard was filled with smoke and the smells of grilled food. “I wasn’t talking about a shag ole boy.” It had been observed long ago that when Robert had drink it was followed by a thickening of his native accent.” “I’m not planning on having sex Rob. appeasing the boys around the fire pit. getting visits from every hungry person at the party and a few from a continually inebriated Samantha. He loved all his brothers for different reasons. but he could not remember a time when Robert had ever opened up about his own difficulties.” Robert looked down at his brother meeting his amber hazel eyes. Never once doubting that she was just being ego stroked by it all. instead giving the boy healthy amounts of flirtation and sexually fueled attention. and weed. for when she came back to him all that sexual vitality was emptied out with comments and playful looks. It had gotten to the point that beer money had been again 170 . She never even mentioned the ’virgin’ issue. and then made his leave into the kitchen door behind him. As for you. beer. Johnny would see if perhaps he could be the same for him. Johnny nodded to himself at the thought making a mental note. “I was talking about love. Everyone always seemed to talk to Robert when they had a problem. There will be another.

and the second trip to the liquor store had commenced. As it got late a slightly drunk Samantha came close to Johnny wrapping her arms around his. but all in all it was simply their way of having fun by having things to bitch about. As she rose to her feet she looked down at the almost empty grill. At one point the two yards had begun trading beers. enclosing upon her as they talked. bantering back and forth about everything from politics to sports. She almost stumbled. but used him to hold herself up. The comments were always followed by a jovial expression and a laugh. As he got closer to her. and even shouts between the yards had begun all in good sport. for his convenience. Music from a radio outside blasted into the open air. Jeffrey promptly stated that ’Zima’s were for pussies. As Mathew went in. They were obviously flirting from the way they were grinning and looking deep into each other’s eyes. Johnny knew that nod very well and smiled in kind. Jeffrey could be heard from the kitchen informing his brother that the condoms were in the second story bathroom. opening it and letting the pretty young female inside. The neighbors in the adjoining yard were apparently having a party of their own. The boy held one arm above her at the wall. and even a visit from one of their neighbors was met with an invitation to have some barbecue. half lit his 171 . he whispered something into her ear. He then turned to Johnny and gave him a nod. Even Joseph and Kenneth managed to start having a good time. and she laughed giving a sexy smile. After that he led her to the back door. The two grumbled every now and again about the antics of the crowd.” She said with an inebriated laugh. But when a shout from the neighboring yard had asked for a ’Zima’.Elemental Heart raised. already on their sixth beer of the night.’ At one point Johnny had spotted Mathew talking with a girl who was standing flat against the side of the house. “All your meats gone baby. “Are you gonna be ok to go home?” He asked.

” She said almost falling over with laughter. holding the girl to his left side while feeling the warmth of her spirit. Samantha begged and pleaded for several minutes with ‘pleases’ and ‘you love me’s’. “And I’ll get shit if your Nana calls my house. what do you want?” The tall girl asked in mock disgust. She looked over her friend with lusty eyes and wiggling upon her just a bit for good measure. Johnny. I just met you.” Samantha replied appearing to regain some of her composure.” Samantha said breaking away from his embrace and starting off toward Kay Kay. “I am not.” He opinionated opening another beer. “Why Mr.” “You don’t make any sense!” Johnny called out as she walked away.” Johnny reiterated with a half-smile. “Can you say I’m sleeping over your house tonight?” Samantha asked. “I think so. “I’m drunk and high. “There you go again. her boo boo face perfectly applied as she batted her eyelashes over stark blue eyes.Elemental Heart damn self.” The girl lied standing tall and trying to be serious. “You’re high.” Johnny stated watching the girl struggle to keep her balance. “Making assumptions. Her legs both perched over to one side. coming to sit on the girls lap. “I didn’t say I wanted you to sleep with me. with her arms around Kay Kay’s neck from the other side. “Oh shit Sam.” Kay Kay replied as serious as the lit girl could be. “Really… you don’t!” He watched as Samantha called out Kay Kay’s name lovingly.” She explained correcting him bearing a crooked grin that looked ever so sexy to Johnny. holding herself to the gay young woman and sometimes giving small kisses on her neck while 172 . “I think maybe you should just stay here.

and wore a red headband she had gotten from another boy at the party. during the same card game with Samantha. He is mouth hung half open.Elemental Heart pressing her body into hers. The Water Elemental had lost some of his clothing earlier in the night. Somewhere around two in the morning only seven people were out back by the fire slumping in fold out chairs. You’re not even really gay!” Kay Kay protested over and over until she did eventually give in. Next to them was Carl. Mathew sat alone slumped and chilled at the right of the fire. 173 . Everyone was quite as they listened to music. everyone then looking at him. Johnny didn’t mind this at all. and was rewarded by a single long kiss on her lips. who had eventually made it to the gathering. wrapped in a blanket in haphazard toga fashion. Kay Kay watched her leave shaking her head. Jeffrey held a red plastic cup that started to slip from his hand bit by bit. He didn’t even notice due to the constant numb all over his intoxicated body. his date for that night long since left. “You little bitch this really isn’t fair. Johnny sat in one of them with his back facing the house. “Box-tease. Samantha sitting on the ground between his legs facing the fire. One teen boy just fell backwards passing out completely. which had been turned down to a softer volume long ago. and was well on his was to catching up thanks to his friend Johnny Walker. She had sobered up enough to drink more beer. he looked about the treetops and stars as if either lost in a contemplative dream. Jeffrey sat opposite him on the other side of the flames. Almost everyone took a groggy notice. The cup in his hand fell to the ground spilling its contents. At some point she had lost her shirt in a game of cards. or hammered out of his mind. after which the girl went right back to Johnny.” Was all the lesbian could manage to get out. and a pat on the side of her sitting ass.

The boy brought up his fingers and smelled them and without a second or first thought began to try and suck off any beer they may have picked up. He eyed Mathew. Jeffrey just stared back. Jeffrey looked back down at the cup. He stared hard for a few seconds mumbling something incoherently. Then in soft tones. sizing the distance up. “You know you got a perty mouth boy?” Jeffrey taunted. moving to look Jeffrey right in his plastered face. Jeffrey bobbled his head to look all about him.” Mathew replied half out of it and slurring his words slightly. he removed his digits from his mouth and looked over at Mathew sitting across the fire. He wanted to manage the F word but the sounds fumbled inside his mouth. When Jeffrey noticed that everyone was looking at him. “Up yours Jeff. his orbs locked. It only took him about three or four tries to retrieve a discarded beer cap and situate it over his shoulder between his thumb and middle finger. “What the hell!” Mathew shouted after the cap hit home. It hit with a stinging force right at the boys temple. Through glassy eyes the Water Elemental drunkenly glared at his brother with a challenging stare. then shuffled to his left and sent his fingers to the grass once more. “Look at this… pretty mutha fucka…” Jeffrey’s words catching everyone’s attention. both too drunk to even force a smile. making sure to take proper aim. 174 . He fingered in the grass trying to mop up some of the liquid now settling in the earth. and flicked the little metal projectile right at Mathews head. audible enough for people close by to understand. He scrunched his eyes a few times as Samantha and Johnny watched. repeating his mumble. The sound of it causing even Mikey to stop smoking his refer and look over at his friend confused. seemingly emotionless with his lower lip hanging down as if unable to reach its twin.Elemental Heart Jeffrey shook his head looking down at his cup befuddled.

Mikey looked from brother to brother. “No. Samantha looked back and forth confused her half open eyes completely bloodshot.” Jeffrey replied looking hard at his brother. and you’re too lazy and drunk to get another one. “You’re a pussy. When it popped off. “Jeff you’re just pissed off because you dropped your cup. “This mother fucker. As the fight ensued. He had been around these boys for enough years to know what was to come next. but forgot the idea a second after thinking it. “What’s going on out there?!” Robert exclaimed trying to keep a hushed tone.” Jeffrey called it as he saw it.” Jeffrey taunted. As the fight started everyone hastily got up and pulled away from the fire giving the two space to fight. letting loose a hiccup from the mental strain. at one point having to jump slightly over the two as they rolled on the grass punching one another.” Mathew said to himself tossing his head back before launching forward over the fire tackling Jeffrey over in his chair. and just watched the scene unfold confused. you ain’t got it. except Mikey. he would be ready to avoid it. while jabbing his thumb into his own chest.” Samantha wanted to offer to get him another drink. “Matt n Jeff. The two started wrestling around with no regard for anyone around them.” Mathew replied trying to ignore the stupidity of it. I got the title. Robert’s voice called from the porch. Who slowly rose and collected his things. and took another hit as he waited for the next eventual episode. Johnny turned round catching the outline of his face thought the screen. Samantha stood 175 . “Man I got the title. Carl had no idea what to do.Elemental Heart “You want da tittle? Huh? You want it don cha. Leave me alone.” Was all Johnny had to say.

” The large boy grumbled to himself slamming the screen door behind him. “Good. “Thank you Kenneth. “Uh… I don’t know.” He ordered in to Kenneth. opening the screen door to step outside. “Aw shit.’ just after the group reaction. Just then a loud crack came out from the yard.” Johnny replied to Kenneth a few moments after the blunt strike. With that. Kenneth dropped them both to the ground. like wood compressed chip board being stomped on. The large boy had his shirt off showing great muscled chest and arms. while several of the others made an ’ooo’ sound. reaching down to the two and pulling them both up by the back of their necks. “Feisty son-of-abitch. When they remembered that this was useless from many previous experiences in this situation. “Who’s winning?” Kenneth’s voice called out from the kitchen.” “No not good.Elemental Heart next to him with a slight look of shock as she watched the two roll on the ground trying to get the other in a hold of some sort. With what seemed like little effort he heaved them up at his sides. “Get out there and break them up. “You done? Or you want me to finish it. both agreed to be ’done’. Both boys tried to struggle for a few seconds.” Robert said as the large boy went 176 . Johnny looked on with a pain mimicking shrug and gritted his teeth.” Kenneth asked bluntly.” The behemoth grunted coming out of the kitchen. and preceded back into the house complaining about them as he walked away. But I think Jeff just got his head busted.” Robert disagreed. “Did not realize who you were fuckin with. off of their feet and away from each other. Shaking his head he walked out to the fray.” Kenneth’s voice called out. turned. “They fightin again?” Robert asked shaking his head. Carl’s voice from another part of the yard stating ’that’s gotta hurt.

“I mean it. With an agitated snarl. As the red orbs watched the drunken group stumble into the house. 177 . “Yeah yeah…” Kenneth let out behind him before disappearing into the kitchen. Jeffrey just lay on his back and laughed stupidly to himself. You have. a nasty red mark across the left side of his face. she gave Johnny an embrace as he opened the door for her. you're lucky Ken saved me from beating your ass. He could not have asked for a better end. he didn’t care what end that even was.” Mathew said breathing heavy as he got to his feet. “Get your own drink man. the form of this person being construed by the thick foliage and the darkness of night. As the girl rested her head onto his shoulder. it jumped down out of the tree into a yard behind the tall fence. The red eyes frowned with disapproval.” Mathew confirmed walking away from the scene. his inebriated vigor restored.. “I need a beer!” Looking down from a tree behind the fence peered a pair of glowing red eyes.Elemental Heart back into the home.” Jeffrey retorted looking over at his brother. Jeffrey just laughed again.” Mathew continued stumbling away. “I think I’ve had enough. Honestly. its eyes came to rest upon a topless Samantha clinging to Johnny’s arm. “Yeah….

Slowly the Elemental slid back from beneath the bush crawling on all fours. The only thing the young Elemental had to do was get unannounced into the master’s tents and slays them as they slept. especially within the fold of nights embrace. counting the minutes before dawn. They had left their apprentices to take care of the day’s chores and act as sentries for their masters. her elemental vision focused in on each black tent she spied. it appeared that the Valkira masters had settled in away from the accursed rays.Elemental Heart Chapter Seventeen Michelle Rhoads had waited all night in the brush just outside a Valkira surface camp. She left nothing to chance should even a single one of them pass her by. the Earth Elemental began to lose patience. she rose slowly to a crouched position. But as the morning sun crept higher in the east. Her brown eyes brought to thin slits. She was careful not to make any noise. She had spent all night counting the Valkira Surface Lords and their trainees. Two Surface Lords and four trainees seemed to be the proper number. With the suns light now climbing. but a dead Valkira was better to her than those rewards. she had decided this would be as good a time as any. When she saw two of the younger members take off into flight away from the camp. She remained lying beneath the lowest hanging branches of a large bush. Her face in camouflage. Michelle was sure that at least one of the masters was an 178 . silently cursing her large breasts for any rustling they caused against the dry leaves beneath them. This would not grant her the ability to take hearts. as was the tight bodysuit the Elemental wore. She dared not attack a larger force outright. When she was confident that no one had heard her. She remained stealthy and silent as the angel of death itself. The woman’s earth brown curly hair was tied back tight and secure.

depending on their natural skill. he was training to be so. She waited to make sure no one would walk around the back of it. As she drew the boy upon her. from the use of flight she had seen moments before. a murderer.Elemental Heart elemental of dark wind. She could wait. stealth was key. He was a Valkira. She was confident no one had seen her. She did not have time to question her actions. Therefore in the end it did not really matter. Again. she shifted slightly to match its likeness. Michelle grabbed the apprentice by the front of his neck with her right hand and covered his mouth with the left pressing his back into her chest. all but the soft yellow hue of her eyes would give her away. After a few moments the woman darted to the back of the tent. she had waited all night. It wasn’t but a moment later that she noticed a young boy around the age of fourteen walking in her direction. With another mighty sprint she blurred even further to the left. down a small decline to the trunk of another tree. and if not. When the young man came to be just a hair passed the tents edge. She hoped she could reach him first. she spotted the back of one of the three tents. As she glanced about the area now only twenty or so yards away. she 179 . her image shifted to appear the same color as its brown bark. the woman darted with incredible speed blurring left to the first large tree. So when she rose up almost fully to see over the foliage before her. The boy shifted violently and tried to yell or break free but to no avail. Michelle whipped her head back around the corner having no time to curse herself for the rotten luck of sealing this young boy’s fate. Michelle moved her bark colored head to peer around the side of the trunk. Upon resting her back behind the wide trunk. bringing him down to the dirt with her. Michelle drew him with uncanny speed behind the nearest row of bushes. Dark wind Elementals were hard to slay. In any case. When she came to stop her image shifted back to a dark camouflage as she crept around to its soft corner.

feeling out with her mind for any slight tremors in the area. As she drew closer she could see the rhythmic breathing of a Valkira Warlord. and it took a few moments of held breath to let her eyes adjust to the lack of light. her head only inches from his. When she was satisfied that she had been undetected. The quick flash of light and ethereal energy passed in just a second. There were no large desks or tables. He was tall and broad. This time she put her hand to the soil. some place on the other side of the camp. the woman again raced silently to the back of the nearest tent. she slowly cut a slit into the fabric next to her hoping not to bring alarm to the occupant within. stepping lightly and with care not to make a sound. Drawing her dagger again. The Valkira was so young and untrained it took but a moment to draw his life force. The Elemental looked down to make sure nothing was near her feet. When she could just barely see what was about her the woman put her dagger between her teeth and sought out the bedroll. Michelle knelt down. just a cot ten feet away and a folding chair beside it. bearing the usual dark clothing and light ivory skin of his race. The Earth Elemental again rose to her feet just high enough to see over the bushes in front of her. She wondered if this had been one of the men to kill her 180 . When the new entry had been made. His young features and unfilled frame held no respect for his dead gray smoking eyes. stabbing down upon his heart with a mighty force. The woman drew closer to the head of his cot. Michelle’s eyes glowed but for a few moments as she dumped the body off to her right side. She felt only the footfalls of the other acolyte. The place was pitch. and then she started a slow tip toe over to the cot.Elemental Heart released his neck and withdrew a dagger from her boot. Again she looked over the dead boy. causing only a short flash that held nothing to the sunlight passing through the tree tops. she slipped inside and took inventory of her surroundings. All she could do was shake her head at the unfortunate situation and continue her hunt.

brandishing a sword and his pale cock with intentions to thrust in her living sisters with both? She did not know. His body jerking with convulsions as blood sprayed out from his pressed lips. his youthful features showing his near innocence to the practice of murder. Again she let her eyes adjust to the light. The Valkira’s eyes shot open. another dead enemy of Michelle Rhoads. Michelle would have very well hesitated in this action before the loss of her family. She did not care.Elemental Heart sisters only a year ago in Georgia. fixing in on a young apprentice fiddling with a short sword. With no regard for the dead. and with it. Her heart beat a bit faster with apprehension at the thought of slaying the man. Slowly the Elemental took the dagger from her mouth with her right hand and brought it about to point the tip at the bottom of his jaw. With eyes of silent fury she thrust the weapon through the man’s soft pallet shoving the weapon deep into his brain. she tip toed to the flap and peered just outside. Michelle pulled the dagger free from the slain Valkira’s jaw. But she had forgotten which of them her target called home this day. violently shaken out of his slumber at the pain. Soon he too would join his master’s fate. she would do it one at a time. With that done. wiping the blade upon his dark form. If she had to. All Valkira deserved to die. and proceeded out the back of 181 . But now her reserve was made of cast iron and her heart a void only filled with the blood of the dead. But it mattered not. She would have to trust her luck on this one. Her brown eyes sought out the other two tents in the small camp. The woman looked ahead at the thin slice of light creasing into the darkness of the room. Soon the movement came to a close. Had this pitiful bastard happened upon her former home in a surface raid? Had he come as silent as she. Her mind racing to remember which of them she had noticed the other masters enter a few hours before. The young man could not have been more than sixteen. and cursed herself silently for the forgetting of it.

the woman crouched quickly as a plume of dust wafted away through the air. The light pouring in from the east shinned through the open portal.Elemental Heart the tent. Then one of them broke off from the conversation. and gave her a good view of the contents inside without much visual adjustment. The Earth Elemental shot her head around searching for sight and sound. They would undoubtedly be looking for their missing kin soon and perhaps try to alert their slain master. Again she was met by the brilliance of daylight. on which was papers were spread out held down by two small rocks. illuminating most of the room. Her eyes shot upward fast enough to catch the silhouettes of two young Valkira entering the camp from the west. Before she began her cut. The flap of this tent was half open. Her tall well developed form stepping with care to the soft corner of the tent. So with delicate hand. Michelle looked further to the left the tent. the woman thought of abandoning her plan. 182 . Michelle shook her head and cursed herself again. Michelle looked out from her vantage point to see if anyone was closing near. This was good. and with a lighting fast sprint she was there in a second. Peering around the makeshift structure she could not see the apprentice from this angle. But she had already killed one master and would have hated to waste her time for almost nothing. There was a single folding table. which smelled of unwashed clothes. Coming to a stop. for he could not see her as well. she proceeded into the dark space. When she noticed nothing of note. For a moment. the Elemental again drew her dagger from sheathed boot. She saw the two young Valkira speaking to the one who was working on his swordplay. The next one was about twelve yards away. When nothing was heard. the woman could hear the suction sound of dark wind Elementals in near flight. There were three cots and a variety of duffel bags. This was not going to be easy anymore. she cut another slit and listened in for any movement.

It was then he turned and tried to call for help. and once more was met with the silence of the dead.Elemental Heart making his way to the slain master’s tent. circling around to find the young man awaiting her from the front entrance. As the flap to the tent opened once again sunlight came breaking through. She went into the dark place and knelt down hoping not to be seen. But he turned his head quickly and prepared to thrust another jolt of air at the Earth Elemental. She quickly recovered and made her way out of the back. The Elemental snuck back out the rear and as fast as she could. Leaning in. She tried to rush in on him in an attempt to utilize his folly. As his hands came up the woman dodged out of the way. The Elemental watched with intent eyes as the young man came closer to the cot. falling to her left as the blast of wind kicked up dirt and forest debris in her former direction. Michelle could hear the others rushing to investigate the sound. The jutting of warm blood became her announcement of proclamation. creating a mighty gust of air that knocked Michelle back into the tent atop the dying boy. It was then she decided with bright yellow eyes to meet her combatants in the open. the apprentice entered the tent and made for the bed. and splatter marks across his body. and his smoking gray eyes followed his body to the floor. but the sting of a daggers edge piercing through the center of his chest caused his voice to falter into a bloody gargle. Once more he called out his master’s name. stepping back and thrusting his hands forward. 183 . This one however did not make such an easy kill. the boy could finally see the horror of his masters gaping wound. Michelle had no time to spare. as the killer jumped forward through the spray at the Valkira behind him. When no response came to him. Michelle wasted no time in slashing her dagger across the youngest boy’s throat. Within a moment she could hear the young man calling his master’s name. Within seconds his heart was drained. darted back into the other tent's ready-made rear entrance. face to face as fate would have it.

As he came at her. Michelle got up dazed. The particles hit home blinding the youth. and it materialized within his grasp. the 184 . she was met with half success. the Elemental came at his neck with her weapon. leaving the glowing weapon to crash upon the trunk of a tree. She went for her dagger but it had been lost. Her thigh dripped blood. she scanned about trying to find the force that was assaulting her. he brought up the weapon shoulder high and threw it with incredible force. for as it exploded some of its power struck her in the right leg dropping her to the ground. hoping for a clean kill. But as she closed upon his throat. and again the woman dodged away. There before her was the other Valkira master.Elemental Heart Michelle quickly scooped up a handful of dirt and threw it at the young man's eyes with great speed. but felt another blow at her chest causing her to sail across the morning air and further back into the forest hitting a tree. but she moved with all haste rolling over and getting away. Getting up again. his eyes filled with a dark yellow hue that stared menacingly at the Elemental. With haste she tried to get back to her feet. With that. the apprentice called fourth another blast of air sending the unaware Elemental further back into the wood. a fist rocked her jaw sending the woman flying into the tents corner post. As she did another projectile came in her direction. as the second shot of purple exploded the earth where she had been. This one was very tall and broad. and without a weapon. Yet again he tried to throw the axe at his enemy. The axe disintegrated into pure energy after doing its damage. He grabbed at his face and wiped franticly at the foreign substance blocking his vision. sporting a gash four to five inches long. In a blur the axe tried to strike her chest. Attempting to dodge again. The Valkira called upon another. Michelle instinctively grabbed at the wound. pulverizing the wood and causing the tree to begin toppling over. But as she did. trying to recover her bearings. holding an axe made of energy that pulsated with a purple hue.

leaning more upon her left leg as the master enclosed holding another of his glowing weapons. Again she struggled to rise. The Valkira raised his axe for another throw. both circling round a small grouping of trees. but her wounded leg would not support her.Elemental Heart woman looked up to scan for her attackers. Pulling her spear from his lifeless corpse. The younger Valkira took in one look at his fallen master. falling to the side. She cried at her attackers with a feral and hate filled scream.” Raina started in a thick Australian accent. she brought her illuminant blue eyes level to her right. before a cascade of life energy passed out of him and to a figure behind. waiting for him to make his next move. 185 . I thought I left you a note to stay at the motel. “We did. and then turned round taking flight as fast as he could. The woman’s normally beautiful features in a menacing scowl bearing down at the Valkira apprentice. With a single mental command the weapon collapsed inward until it was but a few inches long.” Michelle replied. as a pointed edge crashed through the canter of his chest. who still looked ready to kill. but die with the disdain of pure toxic aggression. her Georgian accent passing through creased lips trying to momentarily ignore the pain. and she fell right back down. Putting the small cylinder into a side pocket of her dark jeans. He looked down upon in it disbelief. The Younger Valkira came at her from the left. Raina watched as he left. letting her orbs cool as he fled in all haste. she approached her friend with disapproving look. It was then that Michelle was ready to die. Raina glanced over at Michelle. The woman shook her head and brought her spear up level with her stomach. the Warlord from the right. “I thought we had discussed this. Raina Tiber let the body collapse. and moving to look at Michelle’s bloody wound. Michelle gritted her teeth and tried to make it to her feet. Its tip covered in thick blood and small bits of meat.

“You’re so cute when you’re acting like a mama bird. and I made a call. “What?” The Aussie asked. you very well couldn’t save anyone now could you?” Raina replied trying not to sound as angry as she was. I’m not about to let that happen.” The Earth Elemental toyed fluttering her eyes. you would now be dead. Disobey that again. That is for Master Lightmare to decide.” The blond said taking her blue eyes from the wound to Michelle’s face.” Raina mandated beginning to prepare a bandage for Michelle’s leg. “I did what needed to be done. “Well he isn’t here. “We hunt as a team. or their daughters sold as slaves. not by ourselves.” “Raina?” Michelle’s southern voice calmed.” Michelle replied trying not to wince at the pain of being mended.” Michelle let go through pursed lips. “We are to meet Lightmare in less than a few days’ time. “You piss me off. “Well if you go off hunting on your own and get killed like you almost just did. Whether or not we came across a group of Valkira does not mean we hunt them.” Raina spat as she bade Michelle to lie down. “You realize that right?” 186 . and I had I obeyed. Who knows what families would have been killed by this group. and I will not come to your rescue. she looked through it for some bandages to mend the wound.Elemental Heart “I knew the moment I read it that you would be out here. Swinging a large brown backpack off of her shoulders.

He was happy that she was as beautiful and cool chick as Samantha seemed to be. Her form curled up underneath the soft blanket. Everything about her turned him on. “You have incredible strength for a boy. He recalled going to the room. just a reflective dance of hazel and blue. He sighed with relief that he had not had sex with her. As his salamander eyes quickly adjusted to the morning sun.” He emitted softly into the tiny precious folds of her ear. She turned over to look at him with a cat like yawn. 187 .” She stated blinking slowly and smiling at him. Made him feel good not only about himself but about life. Wanting that experience to be a sober one if he could help it. She was so pretty he thought. Quickly the boy recanted the night in his head. talking with the girl for about fifteen minutes. Johnny stared at the girl for several minutes. The young woman just let him look into hers. Smiling the beautiful young woman looked lovingly into his amber hazel eyes. he noticed Samantha sleeping silently beside him. this showed itself with a smile that he could not help having at the sight of her so still and comfortable in his bed. this had been the first time he had ever had a girl sleep in his bed. but none the less. the sound waking her up with a pleasant expression. “Time to get up baby girl.Elemental Heart Chapter Eighteen The next morning Johnny raised his pounding head shielding his eyes from the sunlight pouring into the room from the window behind his bed. The sound of her breathing and movement of her sleeping body made him feel more at peace then he had ever felt in his life. with her angel soft hair disheveled about the pillows. both locked in the moment as if about to kiss. But no kiss followed. and then falling to sleep. Johnny leaned over her face and kissed her cheek.

They snuggled as she rubbed her head underneath his and gave a euphoric sigh.” Joseph’s voice carried over his half of the newspaper.” Samantha replied with a curt nod and a smile. were strewn from room to room. some half naked. “You never once tried to take advantage of me. she wanted to keep this one around.Elemental Heart “What do you mean?” He asked returning her pleasant gaze with his own. Bodies.” He offered with an approving smile.” She said with a hint of disappointment in her words he thought. 188 . “Coffee’s on the counter. Both he and Samantha entered the room spotting Joseph and Robert during their morning ritual. “Won’t get far in this crew without liking coffee. Johnny was one of the good ones in her opinion.” He replied unable to contain his widening grin. Johnny was almost happy to smell morning coffee as it floated thought the air from the kitchen like a siren calling out to him. She really did feel attached to this young man already. “I don’t think you could scare me off baby. and as rare as they were to find.” As the two came downstairs it was apparent that more than a few people had stayed overnight. The girl moved ever closer almost molding herself into his chest. and did not care if it had been too soon. Robert lowered his paper looking inquisitive at the two. Couples sleeping next to one another on the floor using small pillows from the couches or rolled up shirts and coats behind their heads. both with a cup of coffee within arm's reach. The boys had papers out in front of them. “Maybe I don’t want to scare you off. You’re too sweet to me. When the smell of Samantha’s fading perfume made it’s was across the table. Every piece of living room furniture had a person or two on them still fast asleep. “I don’t drink coffee but thank you.

“No point. They then looked at each other with mock surprise. and did nothing to hide the many bruises accompanied by fat upper lip that were his badges from the shuffle a few hours before. “You look like hammered shit.Elemental Heart “So much for no wild parties at the house eh Joe?” Johnny kidded making himself a cup. “You got something to say too?” Jeffrey asked preparing for another go. Both Joseph and Robert lowered a corner of their newspapers. “Are we complaining?” Joseph asked bemused. The two shared a look at one another. Jeffrey found a bag of frozen peas and took it in hand. Then silent curses from the living room as someone navigated thought the sea of teen bodies.” Robert replied raising his paper too and 189 . Closing the freezer the Water Elemental shuffled his feet over to the kitchen table and sank into the nearest chair. Samantha could not help but smile so she looked away from Johnny out of respect trying not to laugh. still groggy from the night's sleep. who just blankly looked back at the boy.” Joseph stated plainly. Footsteps thumped down the stairs loud enough for all to hear at a slow pace. “Are we still a virgin this morning?” Jeffrey answered with an attitude. Jeffrey turned his head to look at Robert. Finally Jeffrey emerged into the kitchen wearing his bathrobe. He went straight to the refrigerator opening the freezer leering half awake at its contents. Jeff tired and beaten and Joseph now amused. As he sat. The Air Elemental raised his paper once again and continued to read. “Good morning sunshine. Jeff beheld his brother removing the bag. spying the sore young man respectively. the boy placed the frozen bag of vegetables upon his right eye and slouched back. are we feeling good and refreshed this morning?” Johnny asked with a wide grin. His hair was pointing in all directions.

Johnny and Samantha parked the van right in front of Nana's house.” Robert informed from behind his paper.” Joseph’s offered plainly.Elemental Heart beginning to read again. It was a two story. “Proud of you. “Take the Van. “Can everyone stop talking now please?” Jeffrey asked in more of a juvenile plea than a request. “You got a job?” He asked. complete with the calls from the local sea gulls and passers by wearing shorts and T-shirts.” The boy offered putting the cup of coffee on the counter top. “I’ll walk you. Johnny noticed a random dog crossing the street. “Funzone. “I gotta get home.” Jeff replied bringing his head to rest on the table’s surface.” Jeffrey complained placing the bag back on his face.” The Water Elementals voice came from under the frozen bag of peas. “What time is it?” Samantha asked looking around for a clock.” Joseph stated nodding before bringing the paper back up. A small porch out front large enough to 190 . as even he too seemed happy with the pleasant morning weather.” The girl said looking back at Johnny. The mid-morning sun bathed everything in its radiant light. “Almost nine thirty. “Thanks daddy. which now rested atop his tired head. As Johnny came around the front of the van he took his first look at Samantha’s place. Joseph put the paper down flat on the table. It was a beautiful early summer morning. reflecting off of the sidewalk with an almost blinding brilliance. “Man I got work this morning too. appearing fairly old but kept up well. gotta be there by eleven.

that much Johnny could discern. He put on his best game face. At the right of the room were the stove and oven.Elemental Heart comfortably hold about eight people. In front of Johnny was a large glass window bearing a white and flower print drape that was pulled aside letting the sunlight in to lighten the place. and therefore had never had to meet any potential girlfriend’s parents. The couches were made with bright fabrics and bore colored flower print on them. to which he accepted bashfully entering inside behind her. passing rows of old family pictures as he went. Samantha called out to her Nana telling her she was home. and started to the kitchen begging Johnny to follow her. was Samantha’s grandmother. The colors of the house were white and a royal blue. The living room was covered in old pictures of friends and family long since passed. and included a wooden porch swing.V. Sitting in the seat opposite Johnny in the room. Various paintings adorned the walls from artists of which Johnny had no knowledge of. The front door had a thick window pane build within its upper half. The room had a light colored carpet. 191 . more cabinets and a refrigerator. There he saw a medium sized kitchen area. with a small wooden table at its center equipped with four chairs. At the left of the room was a long counter top that had a white microwave and several containers for sugar and other things. along with a cabinet lining the wall above. Samantha ushered him up to the front door and asked him in. All in all. on which there were almost no marks of any kind. The young man had never dated anyone before. and proceeded down a short hallway and into the kitchen.. From the rear of the place could be smelled the cooking of some kind of breakfast food. A television stand held an old style T. a very nice home the boy thought. The girl threw her light jean jacket over the back of a polyester chair. obviously this grandmother took great care of her things. that lined all the trim and the window shutters. so he was a little hesitant about the encounter.

save for the strength of a warm smile she managed from her wrinkled face. Although he felt this way. the Fire Elemental just sat in his best posture and put 192 . “Nice to meet you Johnny. “He’s better looking than that troll you brought before me the other week. “Nothing to talk about really. “Not only that. this was the most uncomfortable situation he had ever been in his life. that’s why she’s on birth control. he would at this moment tuck and run.” Samantha introduced more interested at the food than proper introductions at the moment.” She replied before turning her head toward Samantha.” She motioned to the shocked young man. “It’s ok young man. He just stood there with his eyes wide and mouth shut. “That’s why you had a boy bring you home. “Pleasure to meet you mam. “Come sit down honey.” Samantha blurted along with a nervous laugh while looking for something in the cabinet. Hasn’t even tried to kiss me yet.” Samantha lied. She looked up at Samantha with old blue eyes as the younger girl came round to give her a stooped hug.” Johnny respectfully greeted coming to the table before the crone in respect.” Johnny had no idea what to say or do.” She said still looking over the boy. If given the option.” The old woman knew a lie when she heard one. Samantha kissed her grandmother on the head. just a night with the girls.Elemental Heart The woman was short and appeared frail. “Sure it was. This old woman was nobody’s fool. knowing full well they had just been caught. then proceeded to the stove to see what her Nana had cooked. “How was your night dear?” She asked. Johnny decided that at this point. Her hair was tied up with grays and whites with a few streaks of silver. “Nana this is Johnny. he had manors too Nana. Nana looked up at Johnny’s bewildered face with a smirk.” The old woman let out causing Johnny’s mouth to drop open slightly in amazement.

“I assure you we are just friends Miss…” Johnny tried to hint for a last name to hide his current panic. “You like em older don’t ya honey?” Samantha just gave a cute smile and a quick nod. saying that ‘all young men need to eat. “You don’t have to call me Miss Lee. “And how old are you young man?” She asked. only people I don’t like have to call me that. he could feel his face begin to blush as his stomach churned.” Nana said aloud as she turned back to face Johnny. a look of mischief upon her lightly freckled face. Samantha brought over an ashtray with a small silver container and a pack of stick matches. Then the girl went back to the stove beginning to eat another piece of bacon.Elemental Heart both his hands folded on the table top. Nana told Samantha to get Johnny a plate.” Johnny was having innocent difficulty with this whole situation. She placed them next to her grandmother with a smile that she in turn gave to Johnny. completely amused at his apparent discomfort. “Nineteen?” The old woman made a mock expression of surprise. If he didn’t know any better. “Not at all this is your home Mi… Nana. “A gentlemen?” Nana said bringing her head back slightly. As a plate was set before Johnny the boy tried to eat some of the bacon and sausage as a waft of smoke came across his 193 . “And he calls me Miss? I like this boy Sam. struck a match and began to light the thing. and then turned to look at Samantha who was now chewing on a piece of bacon.”.” “Do you mind if I smoke?” The old woman asked. Just call me Nana. “Nineteen Miss…” Johnny said clearing his throat unsure of Nana’s last name. Then she removed what looked like an unfiltered cigarette. which he tried to refuse but was overruled by the older woman.” “Yes mam… I mean Nana.

full of manors and youthful pride. He continued to eat his breakfast beginning to let himself feel at ease. smoking her pot and looking into the past with gleeful orbs remembering the past. Nana turned back to Johnny and continued her tale. my husband was a good six years my senior when we met. Then he’d ride that donkey like there was no tommara. and that’s what mattered to my father. “What is it you kids say today?” Samantha just shook her head confused still chewing on her meal while standing by the stove. Johnny listened intently. As we’d begin to unpack he would take me in his arms. Beautiful place. If he wasn’t so nervous. The young man’s brows furrowed as he tried to chew the first bite. “Don’t worry about the age thing dear. letting his imagination take in the tale with a smile. “Oh yes. Then…” She cut off as if confused. as the second hand smoke began to offer some respite. he would have had to laugh at himself. John’s face stopped mid 194 . He definitely smelled refer.Elemental Heart nose. Remembering the phrase.” As she said this. You could see the passion in his eyes.. His family owned a horse farm and sometimes we would have the old barn to ourselves. He was a well-respected young man.” Johnny became more comfortable with every passing moment. taking the horses out in the morning and stopping for a picnic by these falls out in the hills. I sometimes wonder if it’s still there. he decided silently to himself. Yes. He had to stop for a minute and ponder what he smelled. the intricacy of the situation now growing more than complex. feel the warmth of his heart as he wrapped me in his arms. “He had a good job then. His eyes never left the old woman. and I was only fourteen. But things were different back in those days. When I was sixteen we would venture out together sometimes. Johnny continued to eat slowly as she recanted the tale. I remember. “Then we would ride in the afternoon back to the stables.. it was refer. turning to Samantha with a questioning glance.” As Nana recanted her past.

I’m so sorry. “He’s easy. his eyes widening.” With that Johnny began to violently choke on his food. Does she understand that expression? Nana continued. I think they would get along swimmingly. “I know I’m right.” Samantha said after her jovial explosions calmed. “Oh I’m sorry Johnny.” “Well you could have warned me that your Nana was some kind of pre-sixties. The girl stood there for a moment as if 195 . pounding his chest to knock the substance free from his throat.” The girl tried to communicate between fits of laughter.Elemental Heart chew. “Do you have any idea how completely strange that just was?” Johnny asked exasperated at everything from the first steps into the kitchen. The old woman looked up behind Johnny at her granddaughter with a look of achievement. “She must like you. sex crazed prodigal hippie or something!” Johnny yelled as Samantha laughed uncontrollably following him to the Van. “And let me tell you honey he was hung like one too. Samantha rushed over and started to pat his back in an attempt to help. “I’m gonna like this one baby doll. tumbling onto the open table before Nana. Next thing you’re gonna tell me she was involved in moonshine during prohibition. “Really? Cuz I think her and Jeff should get together.” Johnny was starting to show a real smile now.” The old woman admitted taking another hit. to Samantha’s roaring amusement at him now.” She began to laugh again. We should invite her to the next party. A second later the piece of food flew free from his mouth. the moment beginning to lighten in retrospect of it all. Samantha brought herself right up in front of Johnny. still a vibrate smile on her face.” “You’re probably right.

The unscrolled paper looked brown with age. He looked down at her taking in her pretty features. “So… What?” He said back. “Good bye baby-girl.Elemental Heart waiting for something. her blue irises glistening in the sunlight. The original thirteen colonies were outlined. a musty smell from the thing crept up into Johnny’s nose. Kenneth.” Johnny yelled out of the window before starting the van. The frantic pace calmed as the Water Elemental shot out the back. while he allowed a smile upon his face as well. not yet. Samantha shook her head and pursed her lips.” He replied opening the van door. 196 . and Joseph. leaving Johnny in the kitchen with Robert. The girl giving Johnny a sexy crooked smile as she watched him drive off. “Oh is that how we’re gonna play this?” Samantha asked folding her arms and leaning on one leg. “See yah daddy. All three boys were standing over the table looking over some old maps that had been brought up from the basement. he was instantly taken off balance by Jeffrey rushing out to get to work. he saw the outlines of what was then perceived as the territories and shores of north and Central America. “So?” She asked shaking her head slightly. “No. as well as the many Native American. As he got closer.” Samantha responded under her breath. “You’re gonna crack one day boy.” The boy played. Johnny’s smile grew wider as he began to step backward to the driver’s side of the van. “Really?” She said flipping her hair back as if that should bring him running. “And why is that?” “Because you want it. She looked up into his eyes. As the van turned at the first stop sign.” As Johnny walked into the back door of the beach house. “Well are you gonna kiss me yet?” Samantha replied looking at him as if he were stupid.

and tried to read the ancient writing. “Alaska?” Johnny questioned unsure of his geography. has not been used since its creation.” Robert replied still looking over another part of the map. “But all were abandoned early in this century.” All four boys said in unison. A true historical prize in my humble opinion. He couldn’t wait to find out if that indeed was the place of legend.” Robert replied tracing the map in that area with his finger. “To move here. “Look at this.” Robert confirmed with his thinking cap firmly in place. somewhere there is the location of Old Vorexia. “Yes Joseph. Apparently there were several in the Americas before Europeans began snatching everything. “Must have been an old Valkira city. shortly after our ancestors arrived on this world.” Robert pointed to a place high in the north western edge of the map. “What‘s that?” Johnny asked again pointing to a part of the eastern seaboard of North America. “Land… land… land…” Kenneth said out loud. “What’s that?” He pointed to an outline and a scribble in their ancestral language. Build by your grandfather Liam Rah. he hungered for what knowledge he could gain from what lay inside. “See snatch. before the American expansion. or as it is now called. 197 . Valkira Prime. “Yes John.” Joseph pointed to a scribble near Venezuela. It’s never been discovered by the Valkira. As Johnny drew closer he leaned over the table like the rest of the group.” “Why?” Kenneth asked. and is said to hold technology and information straight from Bacrana herself. If it certainly were there. “That my boy is said to be the resting place of the Hall of Tides. A symbol there showed a red triangle with two straight lines at both of its sides.” Robert looked over the symbol with hungry eyes.” He guessed.Elemental Heart French and Spanish territories. “That is a Bacrana territory.

Elemental Heart “What are those?’ Joseph asked pointing to some symbols that lay all around the Tidal hall. The young man adjusted his glasses then opened it up over the map. Earth. “Ain’t that crazy?” Kenneth said aloud as everyone but Robert looked at him. Fire.” Robert shifted on his feet and grabbed a glass of water from the counter behind the group. It was very old. At first glance it looked like some kind of ancient book of secrets. “We were there as kids. placed at several points upon the entrance. “First thing we would need to open it. before the keys.” Robert reached into a crate beneath the table and put it on the table. Displayed upon the thing was what looked like a large circular door. with several inscriptions in Bacraniese. I believe I may have a better idea of what we are dealing with. Once inside. “This is the diary of an Elemental named Ter’nal.” 198 . “Mountains Joseph. but I have another book I found that may help. but once I get through it. It’s going to be a tough read. Akasha. and bound in leather. the Hall is said to be located within a mountain in east central Pennsylvania. Water. because it’s all in Bacraniese. which according to this says we should need all five main elements to do it. it is said to house what remains of the ships that brought our ancestors here and something about a key to home world. Not sure what that means. Upon its surface it had the name ‘Ter’nal’. and as fate would have it not far if not below Camp Sirus. “Kind of.” “Does it say exactly where it is?” Joseph asked now fully interested in the tale.” Robert replied reaching across the table for another large scroll. Both Johnny and Kenneth helped to keep it from rolling back up. and Air. He died sometime before the turn of the last millennium. we were right above the damn thing. the Pocono Mountains to be precise.

At this point the police were more worried about murders and abductions. you could not tell that there was anything amiss. Although he was becoming curious what it would be like to be with a woman for the first time. Matthew chased tail with reckless abandon. and Johnny spent almost every waking hour with Samantha. The news had been constantly running the drama in coordination with the police. A noticeable increase in police presence could be seen. Robert read Ter’nal’s diary with great interest. but nothing had come up. Though he still had yet to make a move on the girl.Elemental Heart Chapter Nineteen Over a week had passed with no leads on the missing girls. Samantha. Over the days Jeffrey continued to work his job at the Funzone. Sales in home alarm systems had risen by nearly thirty percent. Johnny preferred to enjoy the buildup and the apparent subtle agony it was causing the impatient young woman. It was a bright and brilliant day at the boardwalk in Seaside that Johnny. then the peddling of marijuana. In short. During the day however. and Melissa came to stand outside the Funzone chatting with some of the locals. still undetected by the local authorities. and those who could not afford the alarms spent money on new locks for their windows and doors. everyone was uneasy. Johnny excused 199 . he was also very nervous at the prospect. As was the minor drug trade in the area. but not without a lack of her trying. There was certain uneasiness about Seaside as normal vacation goes were choosing other places to take their families to visit. Kenneth and Joseph worked tirelessly on fixing up minor projects on the house. A curfew had been imposed that made the normal summer nights short lived for the teens in the area. This however did not stop the parties at Stone Beach. Families still went to the beach and walked along its shops and restaurants.

” “Do her yet?” Jeffrey asked half paying attention. Then he came to sit on the ledge of the cashiers table. Seeing his brother he waved him in. Johnny walked to and opened the blue door. which was an enclosed room with a door to the left of it. As Johnny got to the exchange area he knocked on the plastic shield. “Kiss her yet?” Jeffrey said now looking up at his brother with an inquisitorial glance.” Jeffrey stated plainly with a superior inflection in his voice. 200 . He noticed how empty and plain the room was. The steady and chaotic buzzing of electric tones in all their various glory filled the air like a gamer’s wet dream.Elemental Heart himself walking into the place. looking over his brother with a faint smile. As he entered. dick. “Nothin. “Surprised you’re not in here getting high. “When’s the last time you got laid Jeff?” Johnny asked pointing at the sitting young man. “No. “What’s up bitches?” Johnny greeted. and don’t change the subject are you gonna nail the broad or not? You’ve got a family reputation to uphold. The boy headed straight for the cashiers cage. Matty has slayed ten Samantha’s in the last week alone. Jeffrey was counting some money for his drawer at that moment and looked up. he shut the door behind him as he noticed the almost complete reduction of nose in the room.” Johnny replied irritated. “Sup puss? What cha up too?” Jeffrey replied still counting out his various bills. Johnny huffed and looked around the grayish blue walls in an attempt to keep from getting mad. but appeared to be air conditioned. A large plastic shield with a slot at the bottom served as the exchange area from dollars to tokens. “I don’t get high at work. After a moment he looked back at Jeff who was still eying him.” Johnny stated looking to change the subject. Figured I’d stop in and see the workin man. out with Sam and Mel.

” Jeffrey retrieved the money and cupped his hand beneath the slot giving something to the boy. “Brother these machines don’t take dimes OR quarters. Not just to Mikey’s pop but to the community. they run on tokens. then back at Johnny. and back through the glass. “And don’t come in here with your accusations about me getting high at work. a boy about the age of thirteen came up to the window. Jeffrey stood. “Lemmie get a dime.” Johnny barely got out before Jeffrey started up again.” The kid said turning and leaving the area.” Jeffrey turned back to his counting. and I have to be a responsible adult about this shit!” As Jeffrey ranted to his brother. “I have responsibilities now. “Naw man not tokens.” Jeffrey half yelled at the boy as if he were stupid. Johnny sat watching the exchange shaking his head in suspended disbelief. When the boy received it.” “I wasn’t accusing I was just sayin. When these kids are here they’re mine! I’m lookin out for them. I want a dime. lil cretin.” The boy then putting a ten dollar bill through the slot at the bottom of the clear plastic barrier. Here you go. “Gonna spend ten dollars and talk about weight?” Jeffrey replied to himself shaking his head as he pocketed the money zipping his bag back up “Probably your mothers money anyway.” The thirteen year old said plainly as if he had done this a thousand other times. 201 . then looked at it. looking around behind the boy and at every corner he could see from behind the obstruction.Elemental Heart “That’s not the freakin point. He then sat back down and went into his book bag beneath the counter top. as if the whole event were as normal as buying a candy bar. “This better be weight. “My bad lil man.” He said to himself under his breath.

“Huh.” Johnny had nothing to say. “I’d rather not talk about it.” Johnny replied once he realized he was being spoken to. the smells of food being prepared. When a smile graced his face showing his contemplative calm. and a welcome change to the work of the school year.” “Oh.” Johnny said aloud coming to a stop outside on the boardwalk still shaking his head. simply staring at his brother. Therefore little Billy or Sarah will get a proper high. Johnny felt a peace that only this place could give him. “I know that my shit isn’t laced. Johnny shook off his thoughts and took in the scene around him. and go home safe and sound. “Shit. 202 .” Samantha said looking out at the people crisscrossing before them.Elemental Heart “Are you serious right now?” Johnny openly asked in amazement. eat something. “Did you just sell that kid weed?” “What you think this job pays great or something?” Jeffrey replied as if nothing at all was wrong. oh nothing. “It’s a win win situation. he’s a customer too. This had been their home for many summers.” Jeffrey replied beginning to help another customer.” Jeffrey confirmed placing the book bag back under the ledge. ok honey.” “Unbelievable.” “I am. it must be Jeff. the salty sea air being blown over them by the crescent waves of the shoreline. it’s embarrassing. The sounds of games being played. and the calls of the seagulls above and all around them. “What if Mikey’s Father find’s out?” Johnny managed to say after a few more moments. “You just sat there and talked about watching out for the kids an all the responsibility shit. “What’s that honey?” Samantha asked coming to his right side wearing a blue bikini top with black short shorts and flipflops.

Elemental Heart Samantha took notice. and grasped the girl with both his arms. He saw the wrath promptly displayed through his 203 . Johnny scanned both of her stark blue eyes. He brought his right hand up and traced the thin lines about her smile with his finger. Samantha gave his finger a light but long kiss. “Hell with that!” A voice yelled as Johnny felt blunt force strike him upon the side of his head. his face so close to hers that she could feel his breath. The sudden attack heated his elemental heart with the rage of immolation. The small look of shock she wore from the sudden movement gave way to a seductive and playful grin. her eyes looking up at his with mischievous energy. And as the initial shock of the moment passed. hitting the cement beneath him with such force that the solid slab gave way to a slight crack. crashing passed Melissa who was talking to some friends behind the two. and that made him even more upset. his eyes began to burn with a crimson hue. The feel of her moist gift warmed his entire body sending fever into his mind. Johnny turned his head to look at her. As he did. the light freckles of her face. Johnny lay there upon the cement for only a moment before he could feel his anger rising from deep within. A flux of emotional energy stormed throughout him sending shock waves through his chakra. The two stood there motionless for several moments. as if the world around them had stopped. closer and closer until their lips were close enough to be joined. and that too made him clench his teeth.” She said moving closer to him. Then in a fluidic motion turned to. The boy leaned in. He could hear that person talking to her in complete disrespect. As Johnny began to rise to his feet. “You know you’re really cute when you smile. he caught his reflection in the glass wall about the Funzone. The strength of it knocked him completely off his feet. It was then he could feel the beating in his chest begin to grow. He could hear Samantha arguing with someone.

standing to Johnny nose to nose. With soothing long gasps of air he calmed his eyes slowly. 204 . he decided not to. but instead used words to bash the ignorant ass. Drake was confused for a short time. “Hell with you!” Drake screamed back pushing at Johnny’s chest to knock him down again. Although he could have decked the man. this one’s taken. But it had no effect whatsoever.” Drake ordered looking straight into the eyes of the shorter male. The man was still shouting at Samantha uncaring as to notice Johnny’s presence. His mortal eyes wide and the veins of his neck protruding. “I’m lookin now jerk off! What chew got?!” Johnny yelled into Drakes ear with a shaking jaw. noting the power in his face. Johnny took the entire force of the push with little effort. Johnny stood clear up and set right off to confront his attacker.” Drake assured Johnny clenching his jaw. “You have a deadly problem now little man. Johnny began to use some breathing techniques that Elainia had taught the boys for just this kind of situation. normally he was the strongest against anyone.Elemental Heart glowing eyes. He could not stand in this way. “From the looks of things I don’t think she wants anything to do with you.” Johnny looked wide eyed and completely defiant at the taller man. the lines of frenzy upon his brow. As soon as they had cooled. and stood staring at the boy as if asking his to do it again. waiting for the next strike. His amber hazel orbs moving back and forth. and from the smell of your breath I can figure out why. and not in front of Samantha. The boy wasted no time in getting directly into Drakes angry face. not here in public. He stared at himself for a moment. But he soon did not care. “You need to find yourself another bitch man. Johnny was again losing his cool. until there was but his mortal amber hazel.

” Drake said in a low tone as he turned and started north down the boardwalk. “I’ll see you around. Eddie didn’t even flinch or move to look in his direction. Drake gave a slight sideways glance in Mathew’s direction.” Kenneth’s massive shoulder butted in between the two with uncanny speed.” Eddie continued having to look just an inch or so higher into Kenneth’s face. “Alright boy’s break it up!” A Policeman in shorts and a blue t-shirt yelled walking over to the crowd. with hearts hard as steel. “I may not even have to do anything.Elemental Heart “No you got a big problem. The Larger boys head dipping closer and closer to in jagged threatening movements at Drakes. “Hey meathead. Yet Drake stood his ground. then returning his gaze upon Johnny. “Then you'll enjoy these odds. the tension in the air thick and hostile. instead kept his eyes locked with Kenneth’s.” Eddie’s voice called out coming across the boardwalk shoving people aside in his wake. the force of the action forcing Johnny a step back while shoving Drake a foot away. The man rubbed his hands flat before him in a mock prayer. little man. The two brothers stood side by side. “Or I’ll take everybody in! Now move it!” The boy’s stood steady for another moment. only momentarily shaken by the size of his new adversary. nerves like shining armor. Johnny came to stand beside his brother as people about the boardwalk stopped to take notice.” Spoke Joseph coming to stand a few feet from Eddie’s left.” Mathew Hunter’s voice came as he positioned himself to Drake’s left side. Johnny watched as 205 . both looking directly at the eyes of the opposing men. “I like a challenge. Eddie walked to within three feet of Kenneth with a smug grin sizing the larger opponent up. and then began to crack his knuckles underneath his assortment of metal fighter’s rings.

” Kenneth gave Johnny a pat on the back walking away from the crew. Samantha shook her head.” Melissa blurted out with a scowl. As they gathered. “Well at any rate.” Was all Kenneth needed to say.” Kenneth started. “We hooked up once a few of weeks ago.Elemental Heart the boy walked away. the brothers came together in front of the arcade. “Good luck with that buddy. “Anytime. “Looks like you got a girl complete with drama. Eddie turned his head around one last time giving him a nod and a smirk. “Thought you didn’t give a shit about cops?” Drake more than asked stomping away from the arcade. “What did he want with you?” Johnny asked Samantha. Now he thinks he owns me or something. spitting on the ground in his direction. As the crowd began to break apart. couple of douche bags.” Eddie 206 .” Joseph stated in a fatherly manor remaining with the lessening crowd. but the odds were not in our favor. “Who was that asshole?” Kenneth asked giving one last look north of the walk. turning to look at his brother’s face. Bemused looks darkened the face of them all. he’s a jerk from the floor up. Plus I don‘t think our benefactor would like us on the evening news.” The comment was met with a perplexed look from Johnny and a cynical head nod from Samantha. both the large men silently agreeing to continue this encounter at a later date. His teeth still mashed together as he spoke. “I’ll catch up with you big guy.” Mathew walked into the arcade after giving his opinion. “I don’t. “Drake and Eddie. “And I can see this becoming troublesome.” Eddie promised then turning to leave with his friend seeming amused at the conflict.” “Well Johnny. his face still brooding and dark.

“ Drake stated looking back in their direction once more. was thinking about eating something at a nearby pizzeria.Elemental Heart replied not even shaken by the encounter. and as of that moment. “Brother. 207 . the odds are always in our favor.

” Raina replied coming out of her tent with a blanket rolled up under her arm. Michelle wearing a thick camouflage jacket for protection against the deep chill. She’s a stone cold warrior.” Michelle said matter of factly staring into the flames as she chewed. “What do you mean?” Raina asked trying to shake off the shivers. Lightmare gave me these coordinates. no escape route. and two camping chairs. “Could you do it?” Raina asked after a few moments of silence. “She’s going head first into Valkira Prime. “I believe so.Elemental Heart Chapter Twenty “This is where we are supposed to meet them isn’t it?” Michelle asked going through a green camper’s bag at her feet. and we are definitely north of the boarder. The woman came around to the fire and sat on one of the chairs. The air was cold as far north as they were. “She’s a priestess of Luna from what I understand. all glory. “She’s a warrior. “I’m interested to see what she’s like. After she did the girl leaned forward toward the fire again. no hope. Their camp was set beside a small stream that flowed through a thick wood far from any city or town.” Michelle grinned finding a small tinfoil wrapped sandwich and beginning to open it. Before her a large camp fire roared surrounded by small stones. No back-up. Michelle looked over at her friend still chewing on her 208 .” Michelle bit into her sandwich as she gave her opinion. Perhaps he had something unexpected to do before he got here. There were two tents for both her and her companion. warming her hands against the heat of the flames.” Raina informed unfolding the blanket and putting it over her legs.

Elemental Heart sandwich. She pondered the question for a few seconds as she ate, and then looked back at the campfire. “Let me tell ya Rain,” Michelle started off in her thick Georgian accent. “There are pussy cats, and there are mountain lions. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. I was a pussy cat once, all pretty and sassy. Every boy in town wanted me but uh,” She looked at Raina. “I don’t like boys if ya ain’t already figured that out.” Michelle and Raina shared a smile before she looked back at the shrinking flames. “My father didn’t much approve of my girlfriend, tell you the truth I can’t bring myself to speak her name. She was just as sassy as I was all piss and vinegar. We had ourselves a good ole time.” “Your Father had a problem with you being gay?” Raina asked before throwing a few more sticks onto the stack immolating wood. “It wasn’t that he was close minded or anything. Just you know how hard it is for our kind to have kids, and he really wanted a grandchild. He was ninety one then, looked like he was forty five though. Took him and mama over thirty years to get pregnant with me. At some point papa got tired and had two other girls with another woman, but he did love my mama more than anything. Always come home to her. Have to give him that at least.” Michelle wrapped the tinfoil back around her sandwich placing it back in the camper bag. Removing a whiskey tin from the bag, she proceeded to take a much needed swig. She passed it to Raina, the girl gleefully taking a sip herself before handing it back. As she did, Michelle continued. “So Daddy had me start talkin to this boy from a close friend of his. Said his line was strong with Elemental blood and I should try to have a child with him. Told me he wouldn’t hate me if I lived a double life. Considering he did it for so long I can see why now. So I started tryin to date him. He was nice, tall and strong, very respectful and well mannered, and as horny as a toad 209

Elemental Heart like all young men. But I could never bring myself to let him go all the way. Just never felt right to me. So then one day I decided that if I was gonna try and do it I might as well get good and drunk, an gave him permission if I passed out.” Michelle laughed at the irony of it. “When that night came… so did they.” Michelle took a hardy swing from the tin looking intensely into the flames. She began to rock a little bit trying to calm her nerves. She hadn’t talked about that night since it had happened. “The town watch didn’t even get the alarms off. I remember being so drunk I couldn’t even stand, just lying there with him naked as a jay bird. Then the horrible sounds of people starting to scream and children crying as pieces of homes were being blown apart in all kinds of elemental terrors. Great breaking booms as if the earth itself was flipping up over us all. Winds like I had never even heard blowing cars and street lights all about, the bleak screams of hundreds as they died. They were everywhere, and by the time I got dressed and outside, he had already left to go fight. He was one of the first people I’ve ever seen killed right in front of me. This ominous black figure standing behind him with a sword through his chest, he lifted that fine young man up and took his heart right there in front of me. Never forgot that sight, never forgot his face. Pale as a winter’s snow, and with these eyes that lit up like they had captured lightnin. So I ran as fast as I could and somehow got away.” “How many people?” Raina asked somberly, her eyes unable to leave Michelle, who still stared into the flames as if looking through them. “Out of five hundred and thirty six in the clan, less than thirty made it out alive. When we regrouped and went back, the whole town was like it was wiped off the earth. Scattered pieces of things everywhere, some of the foundations were still on fire. But no survivors, I even checked to see if my old house was there but it was long gone. As if it was plucked from creation, as if my 210

Elemental Heart family never existed. News called it a tornado.” Michelle turned to look at Raina who was still staring back at her. A look of inescapable horror was about Raina’s face. “From that day on I was a mountain lion. Couldn’t change back if I tried, truth is I wouldn’t know how. So you ask me if I could do what this woman’s about to do? The answer is definitely no. If I ever go to Valkira Prime, Ima gut every one of those bastards from navel to nose. Cut off their nads and stuff em right up their dead ass and sew it shut. If I go there, it’s not to infiltrate. It’s to murder every last one at those son’s a bitches.” Raina watched as Michelle took another drink and gave the tin to her. The Australian female was at a loss for words. In her city of Tempra nor, they were isolated from the horror of the rest of the world. Safe on their continent without a Valkira near to challenge them, this was her first real description of what her people called 'the madness of the outside world'. She now understood why her people stayed so isolated. But for her part, she saw this as perhaps wrong. Clans like Michelle’s had no protection from the Valkirium, and that in itself was a travesty. “Ya know Michelle, I’m glad you’re on my side.” Raina admitted before taking a drink. “I think your kinda cool yourself.” Michelle replied with a grin. The woman thought of perhaps just for a moment, trying to come on to the other Elemental, but decided against it. There was still a gaping wound in her heart from the loss of her last love. Since then she had not pursued and other lovers. The pain of that loss still held her to the darker parts of her beating heart. “Still though, I wonder if they are ok.” Michelle continued trying to change the subject. “Perhaps it’s just a minor difficulty holding them up.” Raina wondered taking another sip of the tin. Elainia fell upon the open sleeping bag, her naked form drenched in sweat from the both she and her lover. The woman gasped for 211

Elemental Heart air brushing away her blond locks from her glistening face, her bright blue eyes shining lightly from beneath her matted brow. A great smile crossed her lips as she gave way to a fulfilling laugh. This was shared to the naked man at her side, as he too gave rise to the sound. Soon she turned and put her head upon Lightmare’s broad chest, fumbling her fingers through its hair. Lightmare had not expected to make love to his heart’s desire. But the advance from his former longtime lover was met with chemical fireworks. As soon as the woman had kissed him, he fell under her ancient spell, and without reservation or contemplation was removing both their clothes and going about the work of releasing decades of pent up desire. He hadn’t remembered just how blissful it was to be inside his beloved, but in the past few hours those memories came rushing back. The feel of Elainia grasping about his waist with toned peach legs, pulling him into her as she arched her pristine back. The soft moisture of the sensual Priestesses lips as they sucked upon him in many places begging for his release wherever he choose to place it, these memories filled his mind with great salvation and thunderous joy. The two laid there in each other’s embrace for a long while letting the mood speak without the use of words, both looking at the inside of the green tent as if that were the limits of their world and happy to be under such a delusion. Lightmare would occasionally kiss his lover on her forehead tasting the salty beads of sweat escaping her skin. As he did, he looked down upon her amazing body only slightly diminished from age. Though it did not have the tight wrappings of a fresh young girl, she appeared to be in her late thirties and as well a body can keep for an Elemental woman who was centuries old. But he preferred this type of body, he preferred her, as he was older himself it seemed to fit perfectly with him. And in fact at the moment turned him on more than a spring chicken ever could. Elainia enjoyed the moment for what it was, a moment in 212

Elemental Heart time. Soon she should face horrors so depraved that she could not even begin to imagine the terrible complexity of it. So instead she had decided upon the night before reaching Lightmare’s agents, she would one last time feel the warmth of her heart. Before the nightmare of Valkira Prime took her into its fold, and her heart may very well lose its love for life. So again she looked up at her lover. His strong ancient features and his stoic warrior heart was more than anything to keep her to him. But what has always intrigued her about this man was his ability to love without care or worry, the compassion of this Elemental of fire was as warm as his innate skill. She had once more, as she had a thousand times, silently thanked her Goddess for him. “We were supposed to meet your trainee’s more than six hours ago.” Elainia said still fondling with the hairs on Lightmare’s chest. “I had more pressing matters to attend to.” Lightmare replied kissing her again upon her head. “Pressing matters?” The woman joked with a smile. “Yes.” “Of what nature milord?” “Much needed primal negotiations.” Lightmare replied as they both laughed for a short moment. Lightmare brought his hand around from behind Elainia’s back and started to lightly stroke her blond hair, a worried look began to creep upon his face. “Don’t go.” The Fire Elemental begged softly. “I have to.” She answered as silently. “No, you don’t.” Elainia rose up, and arched her upper body over the man’s. Her hair falling about her shoulders as she looked him in the eye, her full breasts brushing over his stomach. The Priestess waited and chose her words but only for a moment’s time. “We’ve had this discussion.” She replied as the euphoria dripped away from her beautiful face. “You had this discussion at me, not with me.” He clarified. 213

Elemental Heart The woman knew his words rang true, and could not find the immediate words to respond. “We only have a vague understanding of how things work in Valkira society. But from what we know of it, we understand how women are treated in their realm. I don’t understand why a man is not being sent, and furthermore I don’t understand this mission at all.” “We need an infiltrator in the under city.” Elainia spoke as if the logic of it was all she understood. “That’s filth. We have spies in Southern core. Anything we need know can be found there.” “No my love, this cannot be. Southern Core will not be the place in which Xavian Vortex will coordinate with his people. No information or any real intelligence will be garnered there. It must be Valkira Prime.” “Then why not send a man?” Lightmare kept trying to dissuade her. “Because a man would be easily noticed, he would have to provide his master at some point or what house he was from or know the ceremonies involved. It has to be me.” She as much tried to assure herself as she was him. “But women are slaves there… and worse.” “More the better to not be noticed, I'll just be another ignorant slave girl whisked away from the surface to an unknown place. I would have the perfect excuse not to know anything about them or how things work, much as I already do. Perhaps I will simply become a house servant or something of that nature.” Elainia’s logic was met with scoffs from Lightmare. He could not stand the idea of his lover being treated in such a way. “And what if they find out who you are?” He asked bluntly. “They will not.” Elainia hoped, and then gave her lover a long open kiss upon his mouth. The man sat up and embraced her with both his arms pulling her tightly to him. He brought one of his hands up and held the side of the woman’s face, gently pulling 214

Elemental Heart her an inch or so away to speak. “I will not last long upon the surface of this world with knowledge of you in such a place.” The Elemental stated with a sincerity that showed itself in the subtle hue of yellow crossing his eyes like a faint crescent moon. “When I am ready, I will find a way to call upon you.” She assured him. “What if I cannot wait that long?” “I will find a way, I will be alright.” She replied. “Then why is the fear embedded in my words hidden behind your beautiful eyes?” He asked. A valid question for which Elainia had no easy reply, and again she simply embraced him with long kiss. Elainia reached down to grasp him again, stroking him gently. If she could not sooth him with words, she would do so with passion. So once again she mounted her lover, longing to feel the pulsating heat of his salamander seed inside her once more. Yanpre Vear stood looking down over the open courtyard at the Valkira Academy. The balcony that supported him was made of metal grates and completely open to the cavern air. Much easier for the schoolmasters of the place to jump or fly down when their lessons had not hit home, or a student needing valuable vicious instruction. For the open courtyard was for the training of several grades of young Valkira, fighting their way up the short social and academic latters. Not long after they had been taken from the nannies that served in a wing of the Temple of Azora, these young boys were immediately presented before the Dean of the school. It was then decided which of the elements the boy in question best served, how strong he may become, and then put to that task. Some young men did not survive this place. But since the return of the all father over seventy years before, the Dean had tried not to let a great number perish in these proving grounds. Instead, the Dean 215

The electric arcs of Yanpre’s orbs focused down upon a pair of boys training in swordplay. His eyes settled upon one boy in particular. Yanpre enjoyed this 216 . Some trained using their elemental powers. but still pressing with uncanny fervor. But no. something Yanpre now began to see as the days of his father’s fleet drew nearer. He watched as nearly two hundred pairs of young Valkira fought each other with weapons or by hand to hand combat.Elemental Heart moved the less powerful Valkira young into more subservient positions like priest hands. flying primitive vehicles and some still using horse back as their main mode of transportation. When sane. If just then or perhaps even better. The Valkirium was a warrior race bent on creating and perpetuating the most powerful Elementals the world had ever seen. His extremely short hair beaded with sweat and danced down over his fierce brow. Yanpre now knew it for sure. The humans had been happy in thinking that they were the most evolved creature in the world a hundred years ago. firing their bolt action guns. the Earth would surely be theirs by now. Anton was the best trainer he had ever known. builders or scribes to lessen to improve the numbers. The boy was showing his inexperience with the weapon at hand. with flairs of colorful energy lighting up the many shadows that were always present in The Crimson Ward. fifty years before then. His people were ignorant of many things. He also knew that the alien Priest had been right. The one he cared about was clad in only a pair of dark shorts and matching shoes at his feet. the hundreds upon hundreds of years spent underground had stagnated their own growth. his people had stormed the surface. Their exulted narcissism and isolationism had truly cut the heart of their people off from the rest of the world. In truth. But it was true that something was lacking in their society. He was only about the age of eleven but tall for his age. he wished his brother Anton still served as master of the school. They had in effect lost the best chance for them to attain world power.

“Hail and well met Lord Vear. He knew this boy had many trials ahead of him. “Leadership caste. The tall Valkira male wore long red robes over his tightly wrapped black clothes. Yanpre had been quite vague as to the boy’s purpose and origin. As he watched from his high vantage point. The man knelt down on all fours bringing his head lower than Yanpre.” Yanpre replied thought the corner of his mouth.Elemental Heart display. yet was careful not to get too attached.” Yanpre ordered. his face pale with lack of sunlight. another figure appeared from the hallway behind him. to better assign him to proper classes and training. “It would help Milord. Finally settling his pale blue eyes upon the boy in which Yanpre had such interest. The Dean rose and came to stand one step behind Yanpre and to his right. “I want him conditioned.” The Dean replied in a deep voice accompanied by a thick Valkira accent. 217 .” The Dean had been confused as to the purpose of this boy since he was first approached by the steward of the Valkira throne. he needed more answers than had been given him. as was the customary greeting if you did not want your legs torn off at the knees. but not pressed. “Rise.” Yanpre afforded the Dean of the Academy a measure of respect. “How does he fair?” Yanpre’s scratchy voice asked from beneath his thick and wild black beard. “In the short time he had been with us. His hair was short and dark. if I knew what you were grooming him for. completely beyond anyone's control.” The figure said not daring to look up at the smaller Valkira. he is proving himself most eager to learn Milord. The taller Valkira looked down over the proving grounds with some approval. As a man responsible for the training of all the Warlords in the city.

“But Milord. Is that understood?” Yanpre commanded turning his head slightly in the Dean’s direction.” Dean Rowle said utterly confused. in eight years’ time. The boy will not be given a proper instruction. His eyes still fixed on the young boy. The boy will be conditioned. “Before the end. glancing down at his short superior. unless otherwise instructed by me.Elemental Heart “Then I shall have him start with basic curriculum. He will not take part in any of the trials. nor will he be put in any unnecessary harm’s way.” Yanpre replied again through the corner of his mouth. “We may not have eight years. before rising into the air and away from the school. the Dean had put together another question for the Dark Lord.” “I don’t understand sir.” Yanpre replied somberly. “How much time do I have with him Lord Vear? I may be able to shorten the years of his refinement if I have him take extra classes each semester.” The Dean said nodding to himself. He will not be inundated with advanced classes or subjugated to any War or Surface lord. he will not need it. these conditions will severely retard my schoolmasters. “Zevin will not be confined to this place.” The man had more to suggest but was cut off abruptly by his superior. After a few moments of pondering. mental conditioning. “One day his mind will not be his own. followed by a year of fundamental warfare. and several courses in torture. Then advanced tactics in social suppression and power delegation. 218 . He will be allowed to return home whenever he needs it. His eyebrows came almost completely together as he looked to the other side of the balcony. that is all that is needed.” The man looked confused. I shall have him ready to rule the world. and manipulation. “That will not be necessary Dean Rowle.” Dean Rowle admitted.

The hollow thump in the center of her chest beat again. the final realization that her parents were now dead. Samantha almost wished she had slept over that night. But that dream never came to fruition. but she waved it off still thanking him for it. He put his arm over her. She missed her Father and Mother so much. and one day would surprise her with a visit to her Nana’s home. Samantha had felt that same hope for 219 . and now it seemed Rebecca was gone too. She too had thought that maybe they had survived the plane. The girl thought perhaps she should cry. “She’s never going to come back is she? Just like the others. Again the young woman’s mind went to her parents. and with it.” Johnny placed his chin lovingly on her shoulder. No sign of her had been seen since the day before her home was invaded.” Samantha asked grimly knowing her boyfriend was as lost on the subject as she was. Samantha traced the outline of Rebecca’s face with her finger.Elemental Heart Chapter Twenty-One Samantha sat on Johnny’s bed looking at a picture of her and Rebecca standing in the girl’s backyard. wanted to cry. you never know what can happen. Their arms around each other’s shoulders. “Don’t think like that Sam. but had shed enough tears that year that it seemed no more could be summoned. looking down at the picture in her lap. Johnny put both the dishes on the nightstand and came to sit next to his woman. as they faced the camera with gleeful smiles. Or maybe she just wished she were missing from the world too. resounding the loneliness of the empty place. Maybe she could have done something to stop it. These were the silent thoughts that she never let anyone hear. But such things were stricken from her mind as her boyfriend walked into the room with some food he had heated up for the both of them. Johnny handed her a plate.

“Fraternal. That night was so terrible. But after a short thought on the matter he started with the truth. “To tell you the truth. then placed it behind them on the bed. so he tried to move around the subject as best he could.” Johnny said with a smile. Johnny bent down and retrieved the picture. “Do you remember what your parents looked like? I have a hard time remembering mine anymore.Elemental Heart Rebecca momentarily.” “You had a twin?” Samantha asked mildly intrigued. Stephen. “You’ve spent a long time not thinking 220 . There wasn’t much truth he could share with her in regards to himself. I can’t let myself linger on it for too long. took me years to learn how to calm down and to not focus on the hate. He looked down at it for a moment while thinking of how to answer his girlfriend. I sometimes have to look over old pictures to remember them.” “Why?” Samantha asked looking at him from a side glance. but let it pass as quickly as it came. unsure of how his words might affect her. “There’s a rage in me. I try to shut it out. my two big sisters and my twin brother. So when I need remember what they look like. But we weren’t identical twins.” Johnny replied beginning to feel uneasy with the conversation.” She replied. When I was younger I was always angry at the world. my natural mother. I try to keep it locked deep inside me where it can do no harm. I put my mother and brothers through a lot. I forget the name of it. that I sometimes have trouble dealing with. I just look at what pictures I have of them. I don’t know if that’s how I was made or because of what I saw. but there is a monster beneath. “Yeah. “Guess I should know that huh?” “No.” Samantha answered for him.” Samantha asked letting the picture fall to the floor. Now that I’m at the point where I don’t think about those things anymore. “Yeah. my father.

Johnny could feel her needs. She stayed steady as she could. “What’s wrong with your…” Samantha began before a quick double knock sounded from Johnny’s door. Her thin jawing came to a perfect chin and above it a slightly crooked smile that was troublesomely inviting. careful not to give away too much desire as hard as it was. I understand. she began to move slightly matching his speed. Every freckle on her face looked as if she were kissed several times by an angel. and felt his own from deep within. it would be greatly appreciated. All this made the young man warm from within and hard from below. They stayed locking in an embrace of stark blue and amber hazel. Very slowly he lent forward to his emotional salvation. He had held onto his promise from that morning not to kiss her because she wanted it.Elemental Heart about it. accompanied by Jeffrey Waters storming in a second later. As she did.” The two looked into each other’s misty eyes. she had no other choice but to think that his irises were beginning to glow with the slightest crimson hue. dancing over one another with an understanding and a longing they could have only felt with each other. but this time not agony seeped out but a freeing feeling he had never felt before. Samantha fluttered her eyes slightly awaiting her man to make his move. Unable to stop the feelings building up like a tidal wave within her. since then that feeling had changed. At this moment. As the color became more noticeable. He looked upon her thin nose and the dark eyeliner she wore accentuating her beautiful blue orbs. the feeling of this boy loving her made her wet with excitement. Opening up to the girl had slightly fractured the walls he had put up around his heart. “Yo John-nay!” Jeff exclaimed as the two turned to the 221 . small yet plump as they were. she noticed the faintest of crimson begin to emerge within his eyes. His heart beat faster with the slow approach to her lips. Samantha watched him look her over.

and most agreed just to have a good time. For this kind of open behavior was common with such events at Stone Bach. let’s go party. the girl turned back to Johnny and held his chin with her thin fingers moving his head to look into his eyes. A group of people had already shed their clothes and were skinny dipping off the rocky shoreline. For 222 . but all in all were not pointed at or ogled. She nodded to herself thinking she must have been imagining things in the heat of the moment.” She said rising to her feet and taking both his hands into hers. “Come on. “What?” He asked somewhat confused. then remembering the moment before. There she saw his amber hazel irises. jumping through the waves and holding their dates with charismatic abandon. They received cat calls from the more randy young men.” Johnny cursed under his breath still looking in the direction of the door with an annoyed huff. Everyone here knew or knew of another. party!” With that Jeffrey slipped out of sight behind the open door with the stomping of footfalls down the old wooden stairs. assuring that not a single person was to go without that night. music. “Come on you guys! Party. Samantha frowned at the unexcused entrance. with not a single hint of abnormal light. The same could be said for a cluster of people. The night’s heat had caused some of the boys to disown their shirts walking about topless. “Asshole. emanating from speakers that had been strategically erected on tall stands around the small enclosed beach.” Stone beach was full of teens and young adults behaving badly and creating a ruckus that filled the air with the sounds of laughter. beer. “Oh… nothing. us. Many people had brought an outstanding assortment of beer and other things. as did a select few brave young women who had followed suit. Stone beach. Music filled the oceans salty air. passing a bottle and picking harmlessly on one another. Matty.Elemental Heart door with a snap.

“Look I know I’m supposed to kiss your ass and hate myself for something that happened like over a hundred years ago that no one alive had anything to do with. wearing a Soundgarden shirt. everyone went home happy. until the boy noticed his presence and nodded. and that guy wearing a Nirvana shirt. and that guy wearing a Metallica shirt. He stared at him as the boom base surrounded them.” The DJ went from slightly enraged to complete confusion as Jeffrey put his arm around the young man’s shoulders and began to point out at the various people. and that guy wearing a Biggy smalls shirt.Elemental Heart mostly in the end. “But you’ve been playing rap for a half hour straight.” He said nodding and pointing at the DJ.” Jeffrey began. you need to change the format to suit the crowd. Jeffrey walked up past a line of tiki torches to the stand where the DJ had set up his sound equipment. having to talk in a slight yell over the loud music. hand you a white woman and call it a day. “See that guy. Well you got one fan. “Yo what up man?” The kid asked taking a pair of large headphones off so he could hear. “And in re-al-ity. in moderation it’s all good. “You got a request?” “Yes I do. As the Water Elemental came to stand next to a young black kid working the music. Frankly.” Jeffrey replied with a displeased look. “Do you think maybe it’s time to diversify the format a little?” “You don’t like my music dude?’ The kid asked scrunching up his features at Jeff.” The DJ’s face became even more marred with insulted disbelief. But before he could begin to argue with Jeffrey. the Water Elemental cut him off trying to explain himself and ease the tension. But we live in a place called re-al-ity.” Jeffrey made quotations with his finger while saying the previous word. it’s getting old. “And that girl wearing no 223 . “No.

“I may have to slap you. I’d like 224 . never say that again in my presence. “But honest. this is good and this is good. “This is good.” With that he got a slight laugh from the DJ. and they might be into Grunge.” The DJ nodded in disbelief. Then spotted Mathew off to the left talking with two very pretty bikini clad young girls. “Mat-tay! Get your cd’s from the car dude!” “Point is big man. “Who’s Judas Priest?” The DJ honestly asked. Hey man I love you!” Jeffrey yelled to the kid in the Slayer T shirt. “Look. but you’re a minority in this city. “Attempting to.” Mathew yelled. me and this fine lad are negotiating as we speak!” Jeffrey replied over the booms of base around them.” Jeff continued.” Jeffrey warned holding up his right index finger as if pointing to God. “And that guy wearing a Slayer shirt.” Jeff informed as he opened up the case and laid it before the DJ in full view. and thank you. “You got a lot of different musical tastes goin on around here.” He stated pointing to several albums as he flipped through the book. “But when you get a chance hit me with some Doggystyal!” Mathew finished giving the kid a thumbs up before leaving to go back to his girls. which is purely awesome. “Now some of these cats are younger than us. cracking a smile while looking over the different types of music. but it killed real metal and for that I will never forgive. “In moderation!” He cried to the DJ.” Jeffrey replied with a serious look about his face as Mathew walked up to the DJ stand and handed Jeffrey a large black CD binder. but I don’t suggest trying to create a mosh pit here.Elemental Heart shirt. “Matts got a soft spot for snoop. Some of which is good. “Are you changing the music?” Mathew asked bewildered. Some are into really heavy metal. and I don’t know if you’ve noticed this. “Thank God.” “You are the craziest white dude I have ever met.” The DJ stated with a half-smile.

“Oh yeah?” Johnny asked widening his grin.” The DJ laughed as he went about his work. Looking back up. “He call him a racist yet?” “Naw I think there actually getting along man. “Braheim’s tryin to get the DJ to play some rock man. and of course my personal favorite. 225 . “So let’s try to mix up the sound with some current rock and rap.” Mikey managed to get out before taking a hit of his joint. he turned round and pointed one last time at the DJ. before raising a red plastic cup and taking a sip of its contents. eighties metal. what’s up over there?” Johnny asked amused. “Good shit. The right corner of his mouth arched up as he gave a slight nod to himself. Mikey walked over to his right also looking at the two by the turntable. Either it worked. “So huh.” Mikey replied with a jutted nod and a wide smile.” The DJ agreed taking some of the cd’s out of the case.” The DJ nodded. in a weird Jeff inspired way. “Has Jeff always been an asshole?” Kay Kay’s voice came from the boy’s right. her usual disapproving frown fully present. “Do a good job. Ok?” This concluded Jeffrey’s negotiations.” “I agree with you on that. standing next to Johnny with Melissa in tow. John Llue Rah watched the conversation at the DJ’s platform from thirty feet away with a raised eyebrow and a half smile. and I’ll work on getting you that white girl!” “Get the hell outta here dude. “Ok ok. or he was going to have to hijack this poor black kid's turntable. Before getting too far away. but the beer fell harmlessly down to the sand at his black shoes. and no Country for the love of the God‘s.” Jeffrey replied leaving a joint on the table before beginning to walk off of the stand. He almost let slip some of the liquid onto his 'ride the lightning' T-shirt.Elemental Heart to get laid tonight. we can do this.

The whole crew watched as Mathew threw his head back laughing at something he had said and in an instant his dates 226 . Samantha pointed over to their right at Mathew walking away from the party to make out cove. Just then Samantha walked up to Johnny and put her arm around him. Just then a new song came over the speakers of a more modern grunge tune. With its announcement came several shouts of approval from various parts of the beach. The crowds began to mix as some of the girls began dance near the center of the sand.” Kay Kay said aloud to herself. of which the tall girl didn’t take offense. mister wonderful is here. it may have very well been a possible threat.” Melissa spat out looking above at the outcrop to Stone beaches entrance.” Johnny let out as Mikey cracked a lung filled giggle. “Your boy scored a double. or worse depending on your personal disposition. But… he’s getting better. He’s not worth it anyway. The taller woman looked down at the girl with a slight smile.” She said with a mischievous grin that would make a saint blush. “I’m gonna have to kick his ass out of principle. dropping his joint into the sand with an open curse. staring the man down and letting her eyes follow him till he was a decent distance away. “Let’s just try and have fun people. Drake gave Johnny a short hate filled glance before continuing to the other side of the enclosed beach. with his arms around two shorter girls. “Oh great. Mikey nodded his head expressing that he loved the song being played.” Melissa said reaching up and brushing her hand through Kay Kay’s hair. The young man happily strolling along bearing his patented smile. From the natural size and athletic build of the tall young woman.Elemental Heart “Naw he had to work on it for several years. cutting into Kay Kay’s personal space. There the group spied Drake and Eddie coming down the rocky path giving nods to some of their cronies.

“What’s up my brother?’ He said after the motion. having to fill the things with so much the point of smoking it was pure over kill. “Fine then a slut. he had 227 . “Because we live in a male dominated patriarchal society that enlists outdated useless religious Bronze Age rhetoric to keep the modern woman as powerless and feeble as humanly possible. “Remind me never to debate you Kay.” Melissa corrected.” Kay Kay recited as if she had used this argument many times before. “Whore’s get paid honey. As they reached the top of a short sand hill covered in spurts of tall grass. Jeffrey had just begun to fill his plastic cup via the tap of a keg held in a large blue ice filled chest. glancing over in complete agreement with her friend. “That’s a more accurate description.” Key Kay offered. “Wanna change that?” Carl asked sniffing a long brown blunt that he had proudly rolled himself.” Jeff replied unhappy about his current state.” Kay Kay smiled. “Awe my feminist baby!” Melissa yipped standing on her tip toes to give Kay Kay an accentuated wet kiss on her cheek. “Not me at the moment.Elemental Heart followed suit. “What a man whore. Although he had personally decided that blunts were a complete waste of weed.” Johnny stated. “Why is it that men can act like that and girls can’t or they get called names?” Samantha interjected. when Carl approached slapping the young man lightly on his back. “That would be wise of you. Mathew moved down and gave both the girls a mighty smack on their respective asses sending them giggling down the other side. Jeffrey looked over as he squirted the beer into his cup with all approving eyes.” Kay Kay said shaking her head.” Johnny said looking up at the girl over Samantha’s golden hair.

She looked up at Johnny with a wide smile that looked as cute as it did mischievous. Johnny rolled his eyes. It was at that moment a song began to play. He returned the smile with a nod to himself.” The girl replied taking off her shirt bearing only a thin black bikini top. he never really liked to dance. The two began to dance with one another within the crowd. His eyes moving down at the young woman. “I love Billy Idol. Samantha skipped back from the short line at the DJ’s stand. “What did you do?” He asked suspiciously grinning. Johnny could easily tell that she had something flaring around in her imaginative mind. But the combination of affection and alcohol raised his confidence several fold. Samantha grabbed Johnny’s hands and pulled him out into the middle of the sand where a group of teens had already been dancing. recognizing it instantly. the mass of bodies 228 . “I though you liked eighties music?” Before he could agree. “Oh nothing. “Rebel Yell?” Johnny asked her. attempting to seduce him as well as relieve herself from the heat.” He continued surprised. “Let’s go. As he finished filling his cup he turned to the younger boy with an agreeable look about him. For Johnny it was a win-win. “You picked Rebel Yell.Elemental Heart not had a chance to smoke all evening and found the invitation welcome.” He said after taking in an eye full of her beautifully large lightly freckled breasts. Samantha smiled widely as Johnny’s eye’s opened in surprise at her the girl’s request.” She replied with a short laugh. The girl happily took hold of her boyfriend forcing him round to her full attention. “I doubt nothing.” Carl invited beginning to walk toward the water’s edge some feet away. “Shall we proceed elsewhere Sir?” Jeffrey asked in a mock English accent.

holding her hands together and pushing her midsection into his with jubilant invitation. allowing her dirty blond hair to fall behind her like a curtain of ecstasy. as Samantha looked up at him with her stark blue eyes slightly biting of her lower lip. he was not only in love with this girl. Everything around them seemed to slow down and fade from existence. He knew at that moment. Samantha threw her head back showing the beauty of her thin pale neck. Johnny instantly cared not for anything or anyone around them. The sexy young woman traced the boarders of his abs with a single searching finger. He felt a heat within him that melted away every barrier within his mind. He pulled the girl closer holding his hands to her lower back and bringing their hips together. His 229 . at one point Samantha reached down and pulled Johnny’s shirt clear off over his head showing his lightly muscled chest and arms. The two stayed locked in embrace and stare. A short look of surprise overcame his face but only for a moment’s time. she looked upon him with a sexual energy he could not help but feel throughout every part of his body. placing his right leg between hers. taking in every sensual movement. Her eyes scanned down to the side of them for a moment whipping her head in a sexy motion. The feeling of it made him stiff with absolute vigor. then brought her orbs level again with his. rubbing the skin upon their naked stomachs against one another. Johnny glanced over her chest then up to her jaw line. As Samantha Jennifer Lee brought her head back up to meet his eyes. opening his heart in ways he had never felt before. but in lust with her as well. As they moved together their bodies began to rub upon one another. All that remained was the music about them. The woman rose up her arms again and put them around the slightly taller boy’s neck. Johnny held upon his face the most serious look he could muster without instinct.Elemental Heart moving in chaotic motion in a wave of haphazard energy exploding upon the small beach head.

“A million times for you. and of that he had no doubt.” She mimicked running her thumbs across Johnny’s cheeks as if wiping away invisible tears. The chemical reactions within both their forms came to a point of no return. lip-syncing the song at him and to him. and pulled them down between them. “I walked the world with you babe. Johnny let himself be the moment. As if the universe herself had willed this moment into being. Slowly they enclosed upon one another. Their heads motioning back and forth as they changed from tongue kissing to lip biting in a frantic display of raw sexual charisma.Elemental Heart eyes wide as if hypnotized by the gorgeous young woman holding him. The synergy between them pulling their bodies into a mesh of mingling sweat and hot skin.” They both stood there before one another motionless as the music filled every space between them. The look in his eyes betraying any emotion he once tried to hide. “A thousand miles with you. The action made the young man squint his eyes slightly and smile. Samantha let her pinned arms come free and up around his neck once again.” Johnny took over singing silently to his beloved. I dried your tears of pain. For the first time in his 230 .” She mouthed with her patented mischievous smile. he was about to receive it. She was the one. their lips met as Billy Idol cried ‘In the midnight hour. for you. She cried more. “I’d sell my soul for you babe. “For money to burn. as Samantha used her full and slightly crooked lips in the sexiest pose. her angel thin hair and her troublesome blue eyes entranced him like nothing in his life ever had. But if he had needed further proof. everything from her scent to the shape of her form.” Johnny took her arms gently by the wrists. more more!’ The two held each other lip locked in a passionate embrace. grabbing a hand full of his brown hair between her fingers. Their tongues searching each other’s mouths as Johnny’s arms held the girl pressed chest to chest.

shocked by Drakes apparent strength. I’ll burn down every one of their houses one at a time if I have to!” Drake ordered turning away from the dancing group and storming away from the beach. he remembered that all good things must end. Besides I’d wait till later. “I want you to find out everything you can about that kid! And all of his useless friends. and with it all the tension and aggression of his past years fell away as if a snake shedding skin. “Why not?! Hell with all of them! We can kill every one of these losers easily!” Drake shot back.Elemental Heart life after his family’s murder. so you can take your time with it. You'll get the most pleasure that way. he felt truly enthralled about anything.” Eddie said releasing his friend and giving him a sly grin. “Divide and conquer brother. and in love with the most beautiful woman he had ever had the pleasure of laying his hurt and broken faith upon. almost cared about their fate. hate to be you. He could feel in this moment something profound as well as enlightening.” Eddie spoke silently as he watched the pair leave the dance area holding one 231 . so why should he care. He saw the aura of love between them and for a moment. “Not here man. But then with an easy smile. No one could ever save him. not now. Eddie grabbed his arm near the shoulder to stop the enraged man. “I’m gonna kill them! Both of them!” Drake cried out through mashed teeth beginning to stomp in the direction of the dancing crowd. I want names and where they live. His heart chakra opened like a floodgate. Eddie looked over at Johnny and Samantha still holding one another after the song had ended. “I’d hate to be you little man. The force of it nearly took Eddie by surprise. He was in love. his angry eyes never leaving the kissing pair.” Eddie pleaded. and that his own fate had been sealed years before.

232 .Elemental Heart another.

Lightmare was a natural leader. “Once your things are packed. Michelle was fast at work packing the site up.” Lightmare replied putting his hand upon Raina’s left shoulder. “I want you close just in case something goes wrong.” Elainia responded giving a sincere smile.” Lightmare turned to Elainia giving her a foregone look.Elemental Heart Chapter Twenty-Two As Lightmare as Elainia reached the campsite. we move for the trading post.. this was wrong from jump-street. then wait for me out of sight.” Lightmare reluctantly ordered. “Hello Master. “Hello Raina. 233 . Raina was just starting to fold her tent as she noticed the two coming to land just outside the area. “Thank you Mare.” He introduced the blond Priestess. “And that rascal over there is Michelle Rhodes.” Michelle said turning for a moment then setting back about her work. “Well met. next to you of course my love. One of the meanest women I’ve ever met. In his opinion. They looked to her consort awaiting his instruction. Elainia nodded although the woman had not seen it.” Raina said bowing slightly to her.” Michelle joked rising to greet the pair. Hi Elainia.. her camper bag still having to be strapped together though. nice to meet you. and always thought three steps ahead. I want you girls to come most of the way. The tents had been folded and the sleeping bags rolled. “This is Elainia Luna of Elvin Galorn.” Raina welcomed leaving her work behind and coming to stand before him respectfully. She knew the man well enough to know when he was ready to give orders. “Glad you could make it.” Lightmare joked. “Hail and well met.

The Valkira trading post looked like a frontier salon from the American old west.” He replied trying not to be seen moving his mouth. Lightmare walked onto the outskirts of the Valkira trading camp. and snow as the steep incline proceeded. I need you to do something for me. and almost hoped that someone in the place would recognize one of the elder Elemental pair. But Lightmare made sure not to walk too fast or put her in the way of any troublesome obstacles. This was indeed hard given the rough terrain.Elemental Heart Several hours later. The sun shown low in the Alaskan air. but his honor held him to his word. 234 . with scattered grass patches and some small puddles of mud about the southernmost corner of the draft place. The roof was made of thin sheet metal that was mostly rusted. “If it’s to get you out of here.” Elainia asked just loud enough for her lover to hear. Elainia was bound at the wrists. Around the place where many hills that lead their way up to a high mountain behind the structure a mile or so off. He did not enjoy this at all. He had considered just taking to fight and botching the operation himself. The area around it was mostly dirt. giving the feeling of dusk that Lightmare found fitting given the situation. even if he now regretted that word immensely. was maybe a third full. done. with Lightmare holding a knotted rope behind her back. “I need you to check in on my boy’s for me. made of flimsy wood panels that looked as though they would collapse at the first sign of heavy winds. It was large enough to hold maybe thirty people.” The Priestess asked trying not to stumble on the uneven ground. and from the sounds of banter inside. There could be seen thick trees at the mountain base. which kept her from sure footing. The woman wore a tight blindfold around her head. with a single chimney emitting a grayish black smoke. “Honey. Make sure they are doing alright.

sweetheart. “Alright. “Where are they?” “Seaside.” She spat out. “Promise me you will check in on the boys and make sure they are alright. but he kept her balance with the bindings. What is it?” “There is a boy there named John Llue Rah.” Lightmare hopingly offered. He wished they were further from this place so he could discuss the matter in detail. “Ok. Why had she never told him this? Passing off this information was the most well-kept secret in the entire Elemental world. and there is something else you must promise not to tell Tempra nor or anyone else. The motion almost made the woman fall. He ushered Elainia inside the dank place taking in the smell of stale beer.” She demanded. “I’m serious.Elemental Heart “You could come with me. The reality struck home as Lightmare opened the simple wooden board that served as the trading posts entrance. None of which had to do with the success of the mission at hand. but your reaction has something to do with the questions you pose.” Lightmare almost stopped her in her tracks.” He agreed. He is the last.” Lightmare again reluctantly agreed. we could do it together. Most of the talking stopped as the Valkira sitting about the place turned and looked at 235 . more nervous about her coming slavery than his query. Everyone knew that the line of Rah had ended.” “I will my love. sweat and trace amounts of urine. of the Dragonfyre clan. and now to know there was one remaining was like finding the fabled city of Troy. “I cannot explain now.” She replied with a hint of venom in her voice. and kept secret. A tale once told as myth. “You have been holding a son of Rah? Why did you never tell me? He should be kept in Tempra nor!” Lightmare yelled as quietly as he could. now made real in a moments time. He wished a great many things at this moment.

’ The trader observed. When Lightmare didn’t immediately move.” Lightmare retorted. “Well. “You don’t talk much. Soon they came upon a door to the left. The Fire Elemental grabbed her as 236 . then beginning to untie the knot binding his lover’s wrists. “I talk about money. “Follow me then. The room was dark save for a single window letting light into the center of the room. As he lead them to a sectioned off corner to the right of the door. Elainia broke free from the bindings. the Valkira continued. Tearing the blindfold away from her eyes she violently started for the door throwing fists at her lover as she tried to retreat from the room. As he did. Lightmare stared at the Valkira almost bringing himself to slay the bastard just as a short. Most of them wore combinations of tan and leather trench coats. plump.Elemental Heart the pair. “Bringing in?” He asked with a French-Canadian accent. let me see. the Valkira took a dark bottle out from a drawer in his desk and began to sip its contents. Some of the ruffians went back to having a drink and playing cards about the circular wooden tables that looked in bad need of maintenance. “Yes. jeans at their legs. and the trio walked through it. One of the dark Elementals nearest to them spit tobacco on the floor at their feet.” The Valkira slave trader said coming to sit behind a small desk that looked slightly less dilapidated as the rest of the building.” Spoke the short Valkira brushing his mid length brown hair back with an open hand out of his dark eyes. keeping pace with the Valkira slave trader.” Lightmare looked at him for a moment. and bearded faces with stale eyes. pushing Lightmare away in a quick movement. conversations began to once again commence in the main area. “Well. As he spoke. let’s see what you got.” Lightmare reluctantly answered. Lightmare ushered the would be slave in front of him. dirty man walked up to Lightmare.

With two mighty tears he ripped her shirt from her body to inspect her form further. “I still gotta sell her after I buy her from you!” The slave trader came over to Elainia. caressing her body parts as if she were just an object devoid of feelings or sentient rights. the Valkira pushed her hands away and ordered her to keep them at her sides with mild threats of pain and anguish. Lightmare held in his anger as best he could as he watched the Valkira remove all of Elainia’s clothes. With internal hesitation he outwardly raised his hand and smacked down upon Elainia’s cheek.Elemental Heart she struggled by twisting and hitting him with mock force. “You come here with only one girl. finding her features acceptable. casting her to the floor as she too played her part. Lightmare’s eyes began to glow a dark orange above clenched teeth. He eyed the woman’s face. The Fire Elemental let his eyes cool somewhat. then brought his beady dark eyes to the taller man. tearing from the supposed pain. Holding one arm over her breasts and another down below. and seek riches? Tell me traveler I have never before seen. why is this single woman so 237 . It was then he realized he was being forced to play the part. A pinch here and a slap there. The woman acted as if she had been hit much harder than she had and began to shuffle. “So how much?” Lightmare asked sounding more like a Valkira with every passing word. and then looked at her shirt. “Don’t mark the bitch!” The Valkira shot up waving his hands for Lightmare to go no further. pulling her up off of the floor and onto her feet. until the woman stood in the center of the room nude and shaking. The short man nodded at her full form. Lightmare watched as the man circled her inspecting her naked form. and set his frustration on playing the part. not even a young one from what I see albeit a beautiful one. As he looked over her breasts fondling them for a moment.

running across her exposed skin. Within a moment’s time.” “She’s an Akashan. “Truly now?” The Valkira walked closer to the naked woman grabbing her by the hair wrenching her neck just a bit.” “Really?” The little man asked with an arched eyebrow.” The Valkira nodded to himself before bringing his eyes up to meet a very disgruntled Lightmare Voon. Soon both her hands glowed the bright color as did her eyes with great strength before the light abated. “You wouldn’t tell me if you were would you dear?” He asked her tear streaked face. “Let’s see if you’re telling me the truth. a faint bluish white glow emitted from her fingers as if coming from the bones within.” He said watching the dark red fluid begin to gush from the wound. North American eastern states. With complete satisfaction. Lightmare used every ounce of willpower to keep still as he watched his lovers hands go instinctively to the wound.” 238 . and the smeared color about her body betrayed the existence of the former wound. “Well met. Only the small pool of blood on the floor. “Where did you find such a prize?” “Elemental clan.Elemental Heart special?” “She has skills. he allowed the woman to fall upon the dirty floor. As the woman gasped from exasperation. With a move so sudden and unpredictable to Lightmare’s eyes. the man stood up and nodded. Removing it as quickly as he had stabbed. the Valkira took out a small dagger and shoved it into Elainia’s belly just above her pelvis. The blood beginning to cover her nether regions and thighs as the fluid seeped up through her fingers.” Lightmare responded trying hard not to act as if the woman in the room he were trying to sell into slavery was not the love of his long life. “What kind of skills? The Valkirium is full of whores you know. the trader moved her hands to check how well she had healed.

Even the fact that she laid there in self-sacrifice made him want to free her even more. His face locked in pain. He wanted to throw it back directly at the man’s face along with a glob of spit.Elemental Heart Lightmare replied through pursed lips. But he knew that was not what she wanted. “Don’t look so grim brother. She lay there bled and naked. He knew this was but a small taste of what she would soon endure. But a single glance from his love looking up at him in such a demeaned state.” The slave trader threw Lightmare a small brown leather pouch. He wanted to rage.” The slave trader grinned throwing a thin white gown with a single brown leather strap at her from a small closet. For this he would not wait too long. This little bitch will make you gold today. yet with strength and living will within her eyes. calling to him to lose all control. His elemental fire burned hot within his blood. It made him sick to have to be there witnessing this. “Here. hers in silent assurance. walked out of the room morally defeated.” As Lightmare walked further away from the trade post he 239 . As Lightmare caught the bag noticing its weight. we got a trip ahead of us. accosted and molested. Silently as he looked down upon her. but did not care for it at all. “I just needed to see if your claim was true. he vowed to enter the Valkira city one day and free her. If he did as his heart wanted. “Put this on. The two spent only a few seconds with each other’s eyes. which will see me gold as well. “Well sweetheart.” The Valkira said trying to ease his state. then all this day’s farce would be for nothing. I hope she will breed. bade him to keep his composure. he wanted to caste down this entire place and murder every soul within. Though I see no stretch marks. Lightmare looked down at his heart. Lightmare turned giving one last short look upon his lady. But instead. One thing the Valkirium is in dire need of is healers.” As the Valkira turned his back to the man and went for his desk.

240 .Elemental Heart looked at the small bag in his hand. Given his emotional strength at the moment. it must have landed somewhere in India. he threw it as far as he could. Without a second thought.

He smiled warmly beginning to speak. is my greatest fear. they took a few moments to kiss. the thin lines of her young face arching as she smiled. holding one another in a long embrace. and looking deeply into her gorgeous blue.” 241 . They shared many smiles and laughs. Johnny put his hands at her sides holding her. felt cut off from myself. The thought of losing a person I love. She looked at him lovingly. The silent night replied with the echoes of their voices reflecting off of nearby houses that lined the long road. I just want you to know that for me. “You know Sam.” Samantha joked grinning. this is real. some things I haven’t told you about yet.” The girl answered kissing him once again with searching tongues. I never intended to find someone like you. holding in dark secrets only for me. as if opened up to a new age that filled their lives as well as their lungs. “Well John boy it took you over two weeks to finally kiss me. and then stared into each other’s shinning eyes. Samantha felt so warm in his arms. Backing away from each other by a short distance. When they had finished necking. as Johnny wanted nothing more than for her to be within them. I never wanted to be this close to a woman. that I am in love with you. “Anything with you is worth any wait baby. occasionally kissing one another.Elemental Heart Chapter Twenty-Three Several hours after their first kiss Johnny walked Samantha home along the quiet streets of Seaside arm in arm. As they came to Samantha’s front porch the pair stopped. I was boxed in. The two bantered back and forth as they strode the best the inebriated pair could. A lot of things have happened. I’m sure enough to tell you. “Was it worth the wait?” Johnny asked raising an eyebrow. They both took in the Seaside air with much joy. For a long time I was angry at everything. In all that.

The metal sound of the tumblers falling into place marked the slight opening of the portal. and as they both held that knowledge together and for each other. As she did Johnny’s eyebrows came together in wondrous 242 . “Yeah.Elemental Heart “Awe Johnny. You always treat me with respect.” Samantha stated moving inside the house. that’s what love does.” The boy replied. “Nana is dead to the world right now. “Oh Johnny. the loss of the past made such a discovery have that much more a sweeter taste. and she likes you. they had found what little existed. well I don’t think I’m gonna push destiny any harder tonight. think I’ll play it safe from here on in.” “All the same I don’t wanna be disrespectful. Before stepping inside the girl turned to the still waiting boy standing on the porch. “I knew from the first moment I laid eyes on that boy by the arcade that there was something special about you. They had both had journeys in life that lead them to believe that there was almost no love left for them in the world. waited longer than I would have for just a kiss. But in the here and now.” Samantha started. but a new found lust for life.” Samantha tempted him with her sexy smile. found not only peace. Tonight’s been great. “Ya know Johnny. her eyes playfully looking him over. You’re the most wonderful man I’ve ever met. and I’m damn happy to be in love with you too. She said nothing as she put her key to the lock.” Samantha suggested holding her hands at Johnny’s chest. With the finding of it.” As Johnny finished his remark Samantha slowly moved away to her front door.” The both of them looked over each other for a few moments before coming again into an embrace. “You should come in for a while. The two rocked slightly in each other’s arms as if consoling a long lost friend. the greatest explorers never got anywhere by playing it safe. Besides I don’t think Nana would appreciate a visitor so late. looking up at him. That’s what love is.

After the shock of it.” “Good night. Surprised by the intruder. “Stupid bitch.Elemental Heart amusement as she turned back to him holding the inside of the door.” “Hey douchebag I said get the fuck out of my house!” Samantha reiterated stepping forward to stand in the man’s face. The memories of her conquest that night leaving a mischievous grin upon her pretty face as she turned. I’ll be up for a bit if you change your mind… good night. Samantha entered the house and set about turning on the living room light. the young woman did not notice the shadow looming in the hallway by the stairs. The young man stood there for a moment’s time contemplating the remark. “What the hell are you doing in my house dick? Get the hell out!” Samantha ordered acting completely unafraid though in her heart she indeed felt fear. “But you’re just too hard headed. Samantha jerked her head in the direction of the sound. He had managed to resist not only his own inner yearnings but Samantha’s advances for a couple of weeks. Doing so. the young woman breathed out an irritated sigh and began to bark at the arrogant man standing tall and uninvited in her home with a superior look about his face. “Having a good night bitch?” Drake’s voice came from the hallway. But as to which side he leaned to at the moment.” Drake let the word fall from his mouth 243 . “You had a chance to avoid all this you know. “And I think you’ve waited long enough to make some discoveries of your own. He needed this time to consider the possibilities and the eventual perils.” Johnny said watching the door close. her body slightly jumped. she started to turn toward the kitchen. he was not sure. before turning with a smile and heading down the steps. Putting her bag down onto the nearest spot by the door. too damn willful.” Drake said as if inspecting the walls.

After he pulled her shorts and panties off over the girl’s feet. The girl moaned before coughing as blood began dripping from her nose. Samantha couldn’t even reply. Drake grabbed her by the back of her hair jerking her up. As she began to rise. His eye’s flared a dark crimson glow as he reached grabbing the other man by his neck and belt with uncanny speed. his actions were slow and deliberate without a hint of moral indecision. Again Drake landed another blow to her face. the forces of his hits were unbelievably strong and she had trouble even finding her center. “This could have gone a better way for you Sam.” Drake said beginning to unbuckle his jeans. her head still spinning. Drake covered his face with the inside of his arm shielding his eyes. Samantha tried slowly to get to her feet. “This could have been forever Sam. but now you only get one more night.” With those words a blast of fire from an unseen force crashed into the front door. and out the wide kitchen window causing an explosion of wood and glass into the back yard. A glint of expectation appeared in his eyes as he bit his lower lip. sexy bitch. that she was cast upon the nearby couch in a daze. “Pity.” Drake’s eyes had a disturbing calm about them as he walked nonchalantly over to the couch. your just gonna be another dead. he stood tall admiring the sight of her naked beaten.Elemental Heart looking down at the female as he raised up his arm and back handed her with such force. taking off in a short run and throwing Drake clear down the hallway before him. Johnny went immediately to Samantha’s half naked body 244 . sending her to the middle of the floor. but you just don’t listen. Samantha began to come into reality as Johnny’s form rushed into the room straight for Drake. breaking it apart and sending pieces of wood flying all about the room. Before she could gain any barring Drake was over her pulling off her shorts. Johnny took the man off of his feet sporting a terrible grimace.

“Sam! Sam are you alright?!” Johnny yelled trying to cradle the young woman’s head. finding a terrible rage in his chest at the sight of what Drake had done. She had to take a moment to believe what she saw there. But now was not the time. and then looked up at her boyfriend. “Remember when I said there were some things you don’t know about-” Was all he could get out before a thin stream of flames came crashing into his left side sending him clear across the air and out the space where the front door once stood. the girls face became amazed. “I think so. “Johnny. When she was sure of what she was seeing. “Drake…” She managed to get out. Johnny looked back at his girlfriend now realizing what she had spied. why are your eye’s glowing?” The girl asked forgetting everything that had just happened at the unrealistic sight. Coming to stand at the entrance to the living room was Drake Nolen as she had never seen. Samantha screamed in horror scrambling backwards away from the arcing flames and making it all the way to the wall.” Johnny believed looking to the hallway and finding nothing in it but pieces of glass reflecting light about the floor.Elemental Heart covered in small shards from the front door. I don’t think he’s coming back. “I know. Had he probably just killed the mortal. as he did his best to try and get the girl coherent. There was no hiding it now. and he would have to explain it. The girl sat upright huddled in fear as the sounds of slow footfalls came from the hallway. His eyes were bright with a glowing crimson red. had he felt differently he might be in his way to finish the job.” She replied terribly groggily. Thin trails of blood came down from his hair over the sides of his 245 . Samantha blinked her eyes wide as she came to. He looked her over. But the need to protect Samantha came naturally first.

After a few moments the clearlike red aura about Johnny’s hands began to fade. Slowly stalking back into the house was John Llue Rah.” Johnny replied as Drake shot forth another stream of flames. His clothes had been burned but not him.” Drake said as his eyes flared a little hotter. Johnny rose up his hands. Drake realized that Johnny was not shooting back. Drake watched in some amazement as Johnny dismissed 246 . But something remained. As he did. as he did a strange clear aura overtook the area around them about three feet in circumference. Not only do I get to kill you. “Funny. exerting the flames as they hit his enemy’s body but seeming to have no effect.Elemental Heart glowing dark orange eyes. as he too showed his still glowing eyes as if the last embers of a fire. his right fist burst with an aura of flames that licked his skin. A menacing grin upon his snarling mouth as fire engulfed his hands like two molten balls of lava. His eyes went back to the doorway as if waiting for something. As the man looked to Samantha crouched against the wall. Drake shot furiously with both hands at Johnny. His clothes were torn and betrayed the shattered window as pieces of glass still fell from his dark T shirt. The Salamander gritted his teeth as he took in the energy. He yelled in excitement. After the confusion of the situation had passed. as Samantha whipped her head back and forth astonished by the unbelievable sight of the both of them. The two Fire Elementals locked eyes from across the room. the man could see that Johnny was using a skill unknown to him. causing his eyes to burn brighter and a glow to begin forming at the skin over his Elemental heart. and ceased his assault. He had a grimace that was heated by a dull reddish light from within his throat. I was about to say the same thing. but I get to take my first heart. and then that something came. “This just keeps getting better. The waves of the aura shuttered as they absorbed the incoming fire.

Drake landed another hit to his side. missing entirely and sending Drake off balance. Then Drake came at him again raising his hands up and clasping them together.Elemental Heart the absorbing mist about him. Johnny let out a gasp of air as Drake quickly raised his hands up again for another blow. Samantha watched as the walls around the place began to immolate from the fray. and ran without care to the stairs. In a sudden realization of what was happening. heart. Drake grabbed Johnny by the neck and head butted him. Johnny kicked up at him and hit his ribs. Johnny winched at the pain being to hit with such force. bringing the mass of knuckles down onto Johnny’s chest. The mad ruckus of the Elemental men setting the place a light with small fires about everything in the room that would catch. As Johnny began to walk at Drake the young Valkira left his kneeling position and went into a full out leap launching himself at the other Salamander. “My turn. the young woman shot up thinking only of her Nana. and showed a glowing pair of crimson eye’s. He starred right back at the confused bastard with a slight laugh and an evil grin. His first punch found its way across Johnny’s chin stunning the boy for a moment. sending the younger man back a few steps. and fists. But this time Johnny moved aside as the strike came down.” He said with a deep resounding voice. but he had fought with his brothers many times and knew well how to bounce back. and as the blows struck home a blast of fire preceded them along with inhuman strength. then another kick to the side of his knee buckling it. rushing up with all haste. shooting back a short but horrific blast of fire that hit home upon Drake and exploded over him causing several small fires around the Valkira as he bounced between the hallway walls before coming down upon one knee and looking back at Johnny bearing wild teeth. The two Elementals hit each other with abandon sending arcs of fire out around them. As Drake favored 247 .

Elemental Heart the hurt joint and bent down. “Sam. However. we have to go. he could see a pool of blood upon the sheets. but it really did not matter at this point. Without a second thought. The pain about his body disoriented Drake. When he appeared in the open doorway. Johnny was not sure if Drake had caused this. crying for the first time in months with flooding tears.” Johnny commanded as gently as he 248 . As he walked closer to the bed on which they laid. he abandoned his pursuit and stormed up the fiery steps. again casting him out of the kitchen window. and he had to get her out of there. The Valkira covered in a suit of fire that caught everything unlit to immolate as he passed. Samantha rocked holding the old woman in her arms. Samantha could not. and the empathy within him gave the girl a short time to mourn. Passing around the banister to the doorway he dodged a string coming down from the ceiling. which lead to an attic he supposed but spent no time lingering on the matter.” The young woman shuttered eyes looked up at her boyfriend with a tear-streaked face. he found another kick to his face sending him back onto the now fire soaked couch. As he passed the stairs he heard Samantha scream. He could survive a burning house. As the Elemental came up to the second floor he scanned the unfamiliar space. an explosion from the first floor resonated throughout the house sending flames up the stairs. Johnny started to the kitchen to finish the job. he did not feel the hands of his enemy lifting him up to stand loosely by his limp legs. he caught sight of Samantha cradling her Grandmother who was motionless. Johnny let himself sit in the moment. He knew well what she was feeling. “She’s dead. Johnny put one hand on Drakes shoulder and used the other to come at his face with a wild flaming fist that struck with such force it cast the man through the air along with a stream of intense flames. There was four doors along the upstairs hallway of which only one was open.

“Sam. “No.” Samantha replied holding her chin on top of Nana’s silver hair while rocking back and forth. starting to usher her down before forgetting his immunity to the heat would not be shared by her. Brushing back Nana’s long silver hair with her hands. is there a way to the roof up there?!” He asked over the cracking of the burning level below them. As she did. Samantha yipped in pain as a flame hit her leg. he noticed a clothes basket next to his feet.” He tried to convince her as the house began making the sounds of its own destruction from below. “Honey.Elemental Heart could to his crying girlfriend. Johnny leapt back up to stand beside her looking about for an escape route. the Elemental began to fear for Samantha's life as she started to cough from breathing in the poisonous fumes. he unfolded the stairs before ushering 249 .” She answered mildly oblivious and still in a state of shock. As he went round to release the folded stairs. Samantha continued to sob as Johnny led her out of the room. Johnny went for the string without thought and pulled down the door. Then he beheld the door to the attic as a plan began to form in his mind. Johnny looked back at her. Samantha cried as she rested her grandmother’s head upon her pillow. Samantha put her to beautiful rest upon the imminent pyre of her bed. she would want you to run. The smoke so thick and rising above them like a thick blanket. then down the stairs at the sea of fire below them. She loved you. and slowly bringing her to her feet. “There’s a window…. She could not leave the woman without Johnny taking her by the arm. Reaching in he pulled out a pair of blue shorts handing them to Samantha pleading with her to put them on. her eyes still locked upon the old woman until she was out of her sight. She stepped back up to the second floor behind him shaking her head from someplace between the worlds. I can’t leave her. Johnny brought her to the top of the stairs.

so that exit was not going to work. he followed behind her. When he was satisfied that it would support them. Coming to the window. He had no intention of being questioned by police or news people. From the third story height he knew that Samantha could not make the jump. The soot from the smoke marring Samantha’s face with only the streaks of fresh tears showing it true. the young woman put her bare foot out of the window trying to find the ledge. She climbed first. which was a little more than an odd slant. He saw no sign of Drake which was welcome. With help from Johnny she made it out before slowly following him up onto the roof with fear preceding every action. it would be too much for even his strong Elemental legs to endure. Johnny opened it as far as it would go and stuck his head out into the night air. though he maybe could. just the shattered glass and wood streaking across the grass. The girl came to the window and looked out obviously scared. As soon as he got up into the dark place it was easy to spot two windows at each end of the attic. carefully stepping onto the ledge testing its strength. he called into the house for Samantha. He saw the dancing red glow from the fire beneath them casting shadows into the back yard.Elemental Heart her up into the attic. the thick smoke also finding its way into the freshly opened portal in waves of grey. Johnny headed straight for the window at the rear. pushing aside some dusty boxes and an old fake Christmas tree in the way. Johnny could see flashing red and blue from the window facing the front of the house knowing it must be police and fire crews. Nevertheless. He did spy a ledge that might be able to support them just long enough to get the few feet needed to begin a climb atop the house. After a few supportive words from her boyfriend. So out the window he went. even if he tried to carry her through the fall. He walked near the 250 . Soon Johnny stood upon the most level part of the house’s top.

two sets of small fangs formed from the enamel of his K-9's. do you trust me?” He asked more for his own fears than hers. “Yeah.Elemental Heart front and saw that not only had the fire crews arrived. and brought Samantha to her feet in front of him. Johnny cursed his luck quickly remembering how sore his brothers would be about all of this. But that was not on his high list of priorities at the moment. wrapping her dirty feet behind his back. Time as well as circumstance was most definitely not on his side at the moment. He hated the sight of what he knew as such a strong woman looking so meek and afraid. who stayed low to the rooftop huddled and scared. and wrapped her arms around his neck holding on with dear life. commanding his Elemental heart to beat fast with energy. From here. Johnny threw 251 . looking about worried and wearing a horrified expression. “Then put your arms around my neck and hold them tight. Samantha jumped up as Johnny held her by the legs. Samantha did as she was bid. He went back to Samantha. “Sam.” He commanded as another great ball of flames began to eat away at the lower levels. but also many of the locals in the neighborhood had begun to form a crowd around the street. he formed the only plan he could think of. Doing so. rising up and hugging the outside of the once beautiful home. The girl shook from adrenaline.” She replied under her breath looking back at him worried. Johnny took in a deep breath and tightly shut his crimson eyes.” He ordered to his shaken lover. “Now wrap your legs around my waist. Johnny held her close looking her in those scared blue eyes. His eyes shot open burning a crimson hue as he mashed his teeth. The Salamander summoned all his strength. He came to the edge at the rear of the house beginning to judge the distance and height again. But there was nothing he could do about that right now either.

extending perhaps six to seven feet like the embers of burning paper. As the crowd witnessed this there were awes and cries as to what this evil thing may be. the flames cooled into a pair of red-scaled wings that stretched out into the night air like two great flaps of fiery terror. Johnny’s Elemental form looked down again holding the young female. until the fire rods grew very large. The Elemental glided down turning to his back and crashing onto the roof. houses. the Salamander fell forward off the roof extending his wings. The Elemental skidding several feet before Samantha realized they had stopped. She managed to look over her shoulder and saw the tops of trees. burning apart what was left of his shirt. But with that. two flaming rods poured out from both sides of his spine by the shoulder blades.Elemental Heart his head back looking straight up at the sky straining with all his inner might. Slowly they began to circle the house using the heat of the air to raise them even higher. Johnny spotted a nearby grocery store making for the roof slightly unable to breath from the grip of her arms. One police officer drew his weapon at the sight and prepared to take aim. then straight ahead. A few people managed to take some pictures upon its third pass. As he did. The awe inspired sight left many bewildered. and why it seemed to be carrying the young woman around the immolating home. beginning to glide down as he arched up to gain lift. Instantaneously. unable to take their eyes from the sight of it. Unable to breathe or loosen Samantha’s death grip. Stepping to the edge. The twin fires grew in size and width. the flying creature took off high into the east. the girl climbed off him with all haste and tried to 252 . her mind unable to grasp what was going on. and streets below her at incredible speed that made her tuck her head back into Johnny’s chest and hold so tight it began to choke him. When she did. but was too amazed to continue the action. carefully holding Samantha as the girl shook holding on with everything she had. stores. Johnny flew with all haste.

Johnny took in a deep breath facing to the sky with tightly shut eyes. “It’s ok. they pulled themselves into Johnny’s back once again. noticing her state and tried to console the young woman. he went about returning to a more mortal appearance.” He said holding his right hand out to calm the girl. The fire grew until they engulfed both appendages. gawking at the Elemental as if he would kill her should she move. holding his knees and breathing heavily as if he had just run a mile. but tripped suddenly falling down. his teeth returned to normal retracting inside his gums. the girl frantically crab walked backwards until she reached the barrier of an access door behind her. Johnny stood up and wiped dirt and small stones from his pants. When no reply came. “Is this better?” Johnny asked having to hunch over. There she sat. I’m still the same boy you’ve known for the last few weeks. Her fear of this unknown keeping her paralyzed with fear as her back slammed against the metal portal. the Elementals glowing red eyes cooled into their amber hazel appearance. When they too had receded. When only it seemed the fire remained. but still unsure of how she 253 . his mighty scaled wings lifted up and extended toward the heavens encapsulating themselves in flames. As they did.” “The hell you are!’ Samantha cried regaining some of her composure. “It’s alright. Ripping the remains of the thing from his body. “Look I-” Johnny cut himself off realizing how he must have looked to her. So with an uneasy sigh. his showing skin looked red as if sun burnt.Elemental Heart run. then looked at the tattered and burned shirt over him. he looked up at the girl who seemed to be taking all of this in well by now. As Johnny arouse. having never known about his alien heritage. Grunting in pain. He glanced up and over at Samantha. shaking against the door twenty or so feet away. before calming as if they had eaten the things whole.

Samantha shook her head slightly. gazing out across the town at the glowing home now turning to a fiery ruin. “Do you trust me?” He asked looking at her with worry.” He said trying to ease the tension.” She replied still looking him over. “It’s ok Sam. I’m still the same person. So many nights she had cried in that place. “Are you hurt?” “I don’t think so. he couldn’t blame her. that would do for now.” He clarified. not at all. “What are you?” “A Salamander. and really. but we don’t have the time right now. then moved her soft hand to take his. When they were facing each other Johnny wanted to press his lips into hers and hold her tightly. The matriarch had always been there for her. but didn’t want to push the situation any more than it already had. blazing into the night like a massive pyre.” He said extending his hand to help her up. “I’ll explain later. “Granted. Carefully the girl considered it. I promise. she 254 . “A demon?” She asked. always taken care of by her grandmother.Elemental Heart should react. not at all understanding the reference. Even when she was giving advice that Samantha thought of as too negative. just didn’t tell you everything about me yet. That had been her escape as well as her prison from the peril of her lost family. He could tell from her body language that she still didn’t trust the situation. She was with him and not running away. Slowly Johnny helped her up to her feet. So he turned walking to the edge of the roof with her in tow. Samantha stood beside her lover and watched the far away scene with great sadness. the love in his eyes begging her to accept his hand.” He stated. “No. “Well that’s something you bring up before a first date John Llue Rah.” She replied slowly regaining her usual wit.” Johnny began to walk closer to her but stopped short.” He said rising upright. “An Elemental of Fire.

give her support. she just blinked a few times. I am your home.” Samantha creaked from someplace low beginning to tear. and with her. Johnny knew her feelings all too well. and be the best friend he could be.” Samantha didn’t say anything. the last of her family. and couldn’t stand the thought of her in pain.” Johnny said after kissing the thin blond strands upon her head. “I don’t have a home. 255 . She had been her rock through many different and troubling times. and now she was gone. Johnny loved Samantha with all his heart.” Samantha replied looking from his chest to the glow several blocks away. Her life as she had known it.” Johnny replied reaching in and taking the girls chin with a curled index finger. “Yes you do Sam. “We should go home. But all he could do now was hold her and be there. was now completely over. He reached around pulling her into a tight embrace as she sobbed lightly. putting her head back on his chest looking out at the scene just a mile away. Her eye’s wet and full of concern for her future. “Nana.Elemental Heart always took it in and processed her point of view. “You have a home. He brought her head up to look into her wet blue orbs.

256 .” Mathew informed looking past Johnny. “We should talk about his later. What does it matter?” Jeffrey replied seeing at all nothing wrong. Johnny and Mathew stood by the counter while Kenneth leaned over the open portal between the rooms overlooking the table. All had been filled in on what had happened by the time Jeffrey arrived through the back door. “Oh that sounds great man. “Told him like two years ago.Elemental Heart Chapter Twenty-Four Samantha sat at the kitchen table wrapped in a gray blanket and sipping some chamomile tea Robert had made for her. almost hitting Robert’s arm as he swung it open. “What do you mean.” Jeffrey nonchalantly informed. “It’s ok. garnering nasty looks from everyone including Samantha. appearing as mean as the gentle man could.” Jeff replied grabbing a bag of chips off of the counter and opening them as if nothing was amiss about the situation. Everyone the room shook their heads at his words in suspended disbelief. Mikey knows. Sitting at the table around her was Robert and Joseph at their usual chairs. “What’s up dudes?” Jeffrey asked looking about the room and sensing the grim atmosphere with concern. “The asshole you guys told me about?” Jeffrey asked pointing at his brothers. Mikey knows?” Robert sternly asked having to shift his glasses.” Joseph noted watching Mikey enter.” Mikey’s uneven voice came preceding his entrance into the kitchen. “Dude. “You did what?!” Kenneth yelled about to jump clear across the room to pummel the boy. he’s basically family. “Drake’s a Fire Elemental.

and gave him the same look. Upon their arrival. “Well. they were unable to return home and settled here. “Drake tried to kill Samantha.” Mikey cut in happy with himself and nodding. “And?” He asked.” Joseph kept his eyes on Kenneth for a moment to make sure he knew what he was saying. but what is for certain is that they could procreate with human 257 . “We are the descendants of a race that came to this world over three thousand years ago.” Johnny said aloud. still obviously upset about being kept in the dark. “He got away.” Johnny corrected with a sneer. Samantha gave him a hard look.” He continued with a stoner’s laugh. his eyes moving from the girl back to his brother. “The cat’s out the bag now anyway. “Which brings me back to the question of.” Robert started looking across the table at the disheveled young woman. ready to go seek the future dead. we are called Bacrana. about the house I mean. Jeffrey went from happy to serious in a heartbeat. “That was more like both of you baby. Robert nodded. “Samantha. his other confidante. Kenneth understood that expression and confirmed his statement with a nod. a most serious aura about him as he spoke. for which Jeffrey gave him a ‘pound’ with his fist.” Samantha corrected. I’m not entirely sure if they resembled us. what the hell are you? And are all of you like my hell bent demonic boyfriend over there?” “I’m not a demon. To which Joseph looked over at Robert. “That’s right man.Elemental Heart “How come the pothead knows what going on and I don’t?” Samantha managed to ask. But not before killing Nana and burning down the house.” Johnny continued leaning against the counter with folded arms. He kept his eyes level and straight. setting himself ready to explain the whole deal. “I prefer herbalist.” Kenneth started looking at Joseph.

” Robert started again. among various other skills that are different for each of us. “Yes and no. Thus our hybrid ancestors were born. do you know where Drake lives?” “No. It wasn’t every day you found out that your lover and his family were aliens with super powers. “I could ask around. never asked.” He explained. Robert scratched his chin pondering the question for a moment then leaned in over the table toward Samantha. “Well if he’s rouge then this won’t be too hard to handle other than the fact that he’s homicidal. Are you all like that?” Samantha asked honestly.” “Johnny said he’s an Elemental. “What about Drake? Is he a Fire Elemental too?” Samantha asked now full of curious questions. heal faster and in some cases within minutes. 258 . We can live extremely long lives. “Life-force. and absorbed this new information like a mental sponge. Mathew and Kenneth are earth with different skill sets.Elemental Heart females. “Shut up Mikey. Joseph is air and I am an Akashan.” Samantha answered.” “A what?’ Samantha didn’t understand the term. “Johnny is a Fire Elemental. but they only come from the descendants of the Xavian Vortex.” Mikey offered receiving nods from both Joseph and Robert. “And there is a form of Elemental called Void.” Mathew scolded with a laugh. “That’s for sure but is he alone?” Kenneth posed to the group.” Mathew said allowed as he folded his arms about his chest. “Samantha. Jeffrey over there is a Water Elemental. The Young woman was no dummy. We are physically similar to full humans but with many abilities that your people do not possess.” “You guys are like super heroes!” Mikey shouted with great exhilaration.

Upon seeing Samantha. The whole lot came into the room like a heard of buffalo.Elemental Heart “But if he is a Valkira this just became a whole new level of screwed. some finding seats while others stood but all eyes glued upon the set. “Well they said it might have been the kidnappers because Sam wasn’t there.” “What else?” Joseph impatiently asked as the television in the living room came to life. Mathew could be heard calling for everyone to come into the living room. Everyone in the kitchen could hear the yammering of voices till Kay Kay’s was recognized. not wanting to take any chances. Mathew followed him to the door just in case the visitor was hostile. although 259 . and the tall girl basically ran into the room without care for invitation. I couldn’t believe what I heard on the news.” Johnny said pondering the possibilities of everything involved. putting a caring hand upon her head.” Kay Kay looked down at the girl after mentioning her grandmother. “I’m so happy you’re ok honey. Just then. The television was on very high as a man could be heard talking through the loud speakers. Just then. “That Samantha’s house burnt down and all they found was Nana’s body. “I’m so sorry baby. Upon it was a reporter at the location where Samantha’s house used to be. Kay Kay bent down and gave the smaller girl a powerful hug. “What about the news?” Joseph asked just after it was mentioned without missing a beat.” Kay Kay let fly with an unusual amount of emotion in her voice.” Kay Kay answered feeling a little rushed. “Fire police are still unsure what caused the fire. and Kenneth left the room griping about who was making such a damn racket. The bang came again with a steady beating this time. the thick smoke still rising from the charred frame and immolated frame. a knock came at the front door startling everyone.

Several snapshots were taken with cell phones and one camera. But at that point. “True. Seventeen year old Samantha Jennifer Lee was not found in the house. Johnny nodded to himself.Elemental Heart foul play had not been ruled out.” Johnny near demanded holding onto his woman. Misses Lee was found in her bed. but all in all. There was another resident living here that had been unaccounted for. Kathy Ann Lee age sixty four.) and flew over the on looking crowd. 260 . cause of death most likely smoke inhalation though an autopsy may reveal more. When the picture came off the screen the reporter played interviews with people that witnessed the event. police ask anyone who has information on her whereabouts should contact your local law enforcement. the entire picture was blurry and looked like a winged black mass.” The television screen popped up a picture of a dark and unclear outline of Johnny carrying Samantha through the air.(Joseph gave Johnny a sideways glance. “What did happen? Cause you look like hell rolled over on ya.” Joseph agreed nodding and folding his arms.” Kay Kay reasoned turning to face her friend. “I don’t wanna go there tonight.” Samantha admitted moving closer to Johnny for support.” Robert agreed getting a side glace from Joseph. “That is for the best. A strange report from the scene was the sighting of something large that was flying around the house. “She should stay here tonight. safest place right now. “We gotta take you to the police station honey. being thankful that the picture was as unclear as to what it actually was. The only victim in the fire was one fatality. His large wings spread out with a hint of red at their edges. no one was paying attention to it anymore. I need a little time before they start grilling me about what happened. and we managed to get the camera shot.” Kay Kay stated with wide eyes.

Samantha needs to get cleaned up and rested. Veins of frustration pulsated at his temples betraying his fast beating elemental heart.” The tall girl said before heading for the bathroom. He was so upset that spit flew from his mouth as he spoke.” “That’s fine. “You just had your chance to kill them both brother. he spoke in a hushed tone. When Joseph heard the door shut behind her. You guy’s sure have a high opinion of yourselves.” “Thanks Joey. And for God’s sake don’t mention anything that shouldn’t be talked about around people. The clothes he wore had been burned and tattered. “We have enough friends that know about our family secret already!” Drake angrily pounded his fist on the long black table before him.” “Never took you as cocky Rob.” Joseph started for the kitchen. His eyes red and his teeth mashed like an angry ancient god. “Don’t start with me Eddie! Not now!” Drake threatened 261 . “I want a watch at all times tonight.” Eddie stated biting into an apple. “And I ain’t leaven till she I know Sam’s safe.Elemental Heart Robert returned the look before speaking. This is also the safest place in my opinion. “You can take my bed Kathy. “Given the circumstances I believe some time for reflection is in order. The sounds he made resonated in the low ceiling and wide walls within the underground chamber which he stood. showing true the nights events.” Joseph replied not arguing with another set of eyes and ears around the house that night. “I want that boy dead! Both of them! All of them! Every one of those arrogant bastards!” Drake almost commanded forgetting his place in the hierarchy of the room.” Kay Kay sneered. a look of amusement slightly showing at his friend’s frustrations. a terrible grating low pitch growling from deep in his throat.

not together when they’re in full force. I will not leave anything to chance. “We must find out what clan they hail from.” Eddie tried to reason. I got their names and the address where they live.Elemental Heart bearing yellow teeth. “Death shall befall her as well. Firelord. what surnames do they claim as their own?” “Well. Kenneth McCoy. who stood ever present at his left side. but Drake had an instability about him that chaffed even Dirichter’s nerves at times. “I think you have learned your lessons well. 262 . Joseph Force. John Llue Rah.” “What about the girl Milord?” Dirichter asked his uncle glancing down at the Dark Lord. “How did these being come to rest here?” Dirichter asked looking across the table at his two apprentices. “All I’m tryin to say is if we’re going this route.” Anton Torel replied from his wide chair. Yanpre’s son stood with folded arms.” Eddie swallowed and put the apple down retrieving a piece of paper from one of his back pockets. bemused with Drakes performance. “What do you think Master?” The Valkira apprentice turned to face the other end of the long table. “Drake had me do some snooping around about them.” The Valkira master turned his head slightly to his nephew Dirichter Vear. then we should pick them off one by one. Jeff-” Eddie was instantly cut off by Dirichter’s voice. “I am alarmed that we did not detect Bacrana movements so close to our current headquarters.” The Ancient ordered as if to kill was a painless act.” Eddie managed to get out still chewing on a piece of apple. his dark hood low over his face showing only his pale nose and mouth.” Anton’s nephew stated with some ire. The infant Valkira was known to be emotional as all salamanders were. “For a Salamander that is. just moved few weeks ago after high school. “They come here every summer from what I hear. “Mathew Hunter.

“Could it be?” Dirichter snapped his head to his uncle in disbelief. Lord Memnon? Should you not know?” The Ancient asked his nephew with a hint of disdain. This boy may have it! To save his brothers honor and return this relic to his father.Elemental Heart “Wait. “We killed all in our path. His mouth hung open in thought as he tapped his fingers upon the dark wooden table before him.” Dirichter recounted to his uncle with some pride. I watched Liam Rah fall and his clan slaughtered before him. But not a single Valkira that night had found the Zyton after searching the house and grounds.” Anton Torel spoke quietly as if this were to be a secret. so he could then present it before Kon. the masters’ irises dancing with electric arcs as was his kin's. “John Llue Rah.” Eddie added continuing to eat his apple. To find that a boy had escaped the Valkira assassins was bad enough in and of itself. We must draw him out and finish this 263 . A relic used to destroy the body of Vulrintutakon. This was grim indeed not only for his father’s future plans but for the reputation of his brother Cyclone Memnon. Looking about the cave walls and back to his nephew. he leaned back on his wide black chair.” The Dark Lord began. in combination with the clan of Rah of the Dragonfyre line.” Eddie jibbed receiving a grunt from his fellow apprentice. what was that last name?” The son of Vear abruptly asked. “They are all orphans. They were the last. Anton thought deeply of the current situation. “Perhaps not all were killed. was more than enough for the Valkira master to put on his best game face. was said to destroy him again upon his return. “Were you not there with your uncle. The Valkira master looked up at his nephew. that’s Drakes favorite boy. “The line of Rah must end. “This is what we shall do.

Yes.” Anton leaned in prepared to explain his plan. this is how the future would go down.Elemental Heart quickly. his eyes filled with hate.” Eddie answered finishing his fruit in a final wet crunch. and if played properly. Drake nodded in agreement unable to speak. I can‘t see her not being sought. He was as sure of his plan. grant him a gift that would gain the respect and admiration of his Father and Brothers. 264 . His electric eyes buzzed with thought of action. “Probably with them.” He looked at Drake who was still seething with anger. his fury leaving him winded and mute. With all the kidnapping that’s been baffling them. “You say this girl Samantha is his lover?” He asked acquiring all the information he could in creating his plan. as he was of his own power and strength. for good or for ill. she’s only seventeen. The Ancient looked more alive than he had been in a century or more. but I’m sure the police will be looking for her. “Then this is how we shall dispatch them. and it would be Anton Torel that sealed the fate of planet earth. This would set the Valkira world to rights. “Where is the girl now?” Anton asked looking to Eddie with his electric filled orbs.

and the group gathered about the kitchen table beginning to talk once they heard the water running through the old pipes in the house.” Johnny cut in sitting at the table in the chair nearest to the entrance to the living room. “You doubt me little brother?” Kenneth asked taking the comment as an insult to his abilities. Kay Kay had gone upstairs to sleep in Joseph’s room.Elemental Heart Chapter Twenty-Five Things had eventually calmed. and the energy in the place subsided enough for the oldest boys to think straight.” Kenneth stated leaning over the open ledge from the adjoining room. “We have a serious problem here. exposure is likely. After the tall girl had left for bed the brothers wanted to have a pow wow and discuss strategy.” Joseph began. “If we knew where he lived I could go handle this situation right now. Johnny had sent Samantha up to take a shower with some of his clothes to put on afterward. none of us has ever killed anything before. “Anyway we look at this inevitable confrontation. “Really?” Mathew asked sliding down the counter to the refrigerator to make room for Robert.” “This coming from the hot head?” Jeffrey laughed from the back door receiving a heated look from Johnny. “Nobody is doubting anybody. “What’s that supposed to mean?” The Salamander asked 265 .” Robert added gathering coffee grinds to make the third pot of the night. “You would just handle it? You act like you’ve actually killed another person before. “But he has a point.” The Earth Elemental spat out arching his eyebrows and yet stating the obvious.” “And exposure is exactly what Mom wanted us to avoid. I don’t think it’s just that easy.

” Kenneth offered his thoughts on the matter. who stood still smiling back at him in cocky defiance. “That’s a lot of guessing Rob. “Johnny has spent many years learning to control his rage Jeff. “I would make an educated guess that Drake‘s friend is also an Elemental. And if that be so. of that I have no doubt.Elemental Heart folding his arms. we’ll head back to the house and start the search.” Joseph said leaning back into his chair as the thing creaked.” Mathew stated looking over at his brother. Their leader leaned heavily in most cases on his intellectual brothers valued thoughts. nodding while looking straight into Johnny’s irate eyes. After that we comb the area and look for Drake’s hideout. “I’ll go with Johnny and Kay to drop her off. So be careful where you intend to tread. “I’d trust Robert’s guesses than most men’s facts. and from that line of thinking I surmise that we are dealing with a Valkira clan. “Agreed. if that fact were any different I’d say let her stay here.” Joseph retorted defending his little brother.” “I wonder what they’re gonna do with her?” Johnny asked more to himself than his brothers. In which case. You got a killer in you brother.” Robert gave his opinion. Once she’s safe. this situation has become very complex. He knew Robert never gave an opinion unless he had put some effort into the thinking of it. finishing pouring water into the back of the coffee maker. “She’s a minor John even if she is seventeen.” Jeffrey finished.” Robert said preparing 266 . then there may be a master hidden someplace nearby. “I say we get Samantha to the police station tomorrow before the cops come looking for her here. “These guys may have forgotten what you were like to live with a few years ago but I don’t.” Joseph stated trying to get a grip on their predicament. Johnny still held his hot orbs upon the Water Elemental.

” “Yeah that’s what he said. what if Drake is one of the people behind the abductions?” Robert added turning round and leaning on the counter receiving questioning expressions from the entire room.Elemental Heart a cup with sugar and cream. so we have a homicidal young man with a superiority complex and a decent amount of Elemental aptitude.” “Another thing I was thinking about.” Mathew said shaking his head at the Akashan.” Jeffrey said looking over at the Salamander with a measure of compassion. Right now she needs you and every friend she has. and we have a murderer with no respect for the female half of our species. 267 . “Right. His first heart. “Nor do I. I believe were your words.” Robert replied modestly. “I don’t like how big this is getting.” Robert admitted. that Drake was going to drain his heart. We know he was surprised at the fact that our dear brother was also an Elemental. Couple that with what we know of Valkira social beliefs. As well as one that is required to take a Bacraniese heart as a right of passage. and tried to kill Johnny when he got there. “Just deductions made from the facts at hand. “Well think about it. But thank you.” “I know.” Johnny replied looking up at Jeff letting the worry of it all show on his face. Don’t worry brother. He had killed Sam’s grandmother. and mentioned if I remember his recount of the situation correctly.” Joseph stated bringing his hands up behind his head and staring into open space deep in thought. “You guys will still see each other. “I’m just worried about her. was ready to rape and kill her. I don’t like it at all. “Your intelligence is scary sometimes.” Robert went on thinking on the fly.” Johnny replied pondering Robert’s point.

he noticed that the yellow light from his lampshade shown from underneath the small gap. why?” Samantha asked unaffected as she stood at her reflection preening herself. Turning his head to his bedroom door.Elemental Heart Johnny came to the top of the stairs. Johnny widened his eyes for a moment as if astonished by the situation. This had been his mental trick for years when awful memories of the past crept up from his more darker recesses. She stared into her reflection. he saw the girl standing by the mirror wearing only the white towel wrapped about her breasts covering down to a slit exposing her left hip. “Do you need some more time alone?” Johnny asked clearing his throat. but not this close and surely not in his own room. “Not having any next of kin. As he entered. What he needed he decided. But her love’s logical query brought her crashing back down into reality. Johnny felt like he had to avert his gaze from the wet girl looking in the direction of the bed. “I wonder what they will say to you tomorrow?” Johnny started. where can you go?” Samantha put down the brush onto the dresser as her eyes followed the item slowly. Then after a second they came back up to meet her own reflective gaze. His inexperience at love making made him uneasy on top of that. Blood rushed to his face as a slight feeling of embarrassment came over him. still looking at his lightly stained headboard. The hallway was lit by a single light marking the entrance of the vacant bathroom with a shadow. Her lids 268 . her wet hair being brushed slowly to take out any knots. was a change of subject to get her shapely form off of his mind. and then allowed himself to relax in the realization that at any rate. and was met with Samantha’s voice inviting him to come in. Johnny had of course seen a naked woman before. one day he would see his love nude. “No. She had managed for a few minutes to forget everything in the world. The boy knocked upon the door.

and again only they existed within their own pocket of time. The probing muscle battling with his. now all slain and somewhere in the afterlife. The girl turned about still within her boyfriend’s embrace.” Johnny admitted somberly. The two held one another almost timid at first. She could no longer resist her wants. and then resting his cheek upon the back of her head.” She replied with a hollow voice. as they had now become her needs. leaving her completely alone with only their memory to comfort her. He lent in his head upon hers kissing her wet hair. putting her hands on his chest. Samantha reached up and held onto the boy’s face pulling it harder into hers. I refuse to lose you. but as the lasting kiss became more excited they held each other tighter and tighter. I don’t know. “I can’t lose you Sam.” Johnny turned his head to look at her. “The state might take me. “I don’t know. creating a mixing of saliva had his mind sending chemicals into his body that had never been put to good use.” Samantha said leaning her head back upon his.” Johnny implied with all sincerity. Torn between a terrible empty world of loneliness without her family.Elemental Heart tightened atop her blue eyes as she thought of her entire family. Johnny couldn’t help but squeeze the beautiful blond girl as he felt her tongue enter his mouth. “Maybe we could just run. He walked up behind the woman hugging her from behind and wrapping his arms around feeling the dampness of the barrier between them. The thrill and shock of the moment causing him to forget all else in the world. and a life where she had for the first time felt true love. “I can’t let you do that. she needed to have this moment. Looking slightly up at him she fluttered her blue eyes a bit before leaning in for a passionate kiss. The feeling of Johnny’s hands over her drying skin sent shock waves 269 .

With gritted teeth he mounted her looking fiercely into 270 . spinning her about and throwing her upon the bed with great force. The pain of his past a constant monster begging to be set free. Yet here he was. and drew back a few inches looking down at her tight naked form. Samantha was taken back when Johnny took full control. As she went for his pants he moved her hands quickly beginning to remove them himself. which made her lovers eyes burst into crimson flames. As he stripped down to nothing she moved her hands down. and those old feelings turned into something else. “Ok. He raised his eyes to hers breathing deeply as if punched in a fit of lust. stroking him with a tight grip. The feeling of her full white beasts pressing into his chest brought even more desire rushing though him. “Don’t think about it. she brought her hands down and removed the knot at the top of the towel letting the fabric fall to the floor with outstretched arms.” Johnny surrendered accepting her kiss as he removed his shirt exposing a muscled chest. Yet the young woman moved her finely shaped legs open with submission. Her large tan-lined breasts staying youthfully in place. Johnny could take no more. controlling him. It had made him believe that he could never get this close to a woman.” Samantha commanded before attempting to kiss him again.Elemental Heart from her head to more sensual places. As they kissed. a tension and anger he constantly had to conceal. It took many moments before Johnny realized she was completely exposed. He had spent many years secretly waiting for such a moment. making it wet with anticipation. and making him harder than he had ever felt. The woman put her fingers about his stomach impatiently waiting for her prize. The girl put her hands back up to his face starting to suck on his tongue. a passion that begged him not to be controlled. she looked up at him with a slightly shocked expression.

“Take me! Get it all out!” Johnny growled for a moment as she spoke. When Johnny’s lips left 271 . an uncontrollable pulse from some place below. kissing again with great passion. The motion within the bed was as excited as it was wet. Her pelvis exploded with physical enthrallment as she pushed herself down and into him. causing him to get even more excited and thrust harder and faster. biting around it as she moaned with eagerness while giving him words of naughty encouragement. Within minutes he felt a sensation he had never felt before. then took his lovers advice. Johnny reached down with his mouth. With a mighty cry the pulse shot though him and out into her. tightening over him. it was much more. The girl held onto his back lightly scratching it.” She said with her thick pursed lips making a slightly crooked snarl. as he continued to push and pull out with great exhilaration. Both panting. Samantha felt him enter her and the feeling of passionate elemental heat that came with it. causing him at some moments to pause and savor the feeling. connected and exasperated. lightly biting and sucking on her light red breasts. “That’s right baby. It felt like a pulsating stream of liquid heat entering her body and forcing her to once again tighten down upon him uncontrollably. The thin lines about her lightly freckled face became more like anger than love.Elemental Heart her beautiful stark blue eyes. It was a euphoric feeling that took the strength from his stride forcing him to plunge deep inside his lover. the wet tightness of her causing him to stop kissing to stretch out his neck with mashed teeth. Samantha began to bite him all over as she came. Samantha had felt her lovers orgasm before but this was different. As they kissed with heated actions the Fire Elemental reached down and put her left leg over his right arm at the elbow. The two stayed in place. She brought up her right leg and rested her foot upon his calve. With little effort he drove himself deep inside of her.

Johnny’s eyes cooled down to their amber hazel as he rested upon his elbow at her left side. “Now we have to work on longevity. “Jeff!” Samantha yelled. “Besides.” She cockily implied with her ego ever-present. As he released her leg from his grip. “Oh shit!” Jeffrey cried now fully awake. “Oh don’t worry baby you were great. With his usual care for others personal space.” Samantha replied playfully.Elemental Heart hers.” She said still panting with a wide crooked grin. “I think I did too. “Jeff!” Johnny scolded laying his head completely back over the edge of the bed and resting his crimson eyes on his brother. her eyes wide with surprise. eventually finding a set of keys flinging them at the door with exaggerated speed. we got all night.” He replied moving off of his lover and lying next to her on the bed. Doing what his elder brother asked the boy trodden up the stairs still half asleep and made for his brother’s door. “Nice tits Sam!” Samantha bent back hastily toward the nightstand franticly looking for something to throw at the invader. the girl let out a laugh and a sigh. Jeffrey Waters had been asked by Robert to go see if Johnny was awake yet. the girl turned with sweaty face looking upon him feeling a great sense of personal accomplishment. Jeff closed it laughing as the keys struck the wood with a clanking thud. “What do you mean?’ He asked looking over at her unsure of her words.” In the morning hours. “I needed that. thank you. She quickly scrambled. There he saw a very surprised Samantha Jennifer Lee mounted on Johnny fully nude and facing the door. he knocked on the door twice saying his brother’s name opening the portal at the same time. 272 .

Johnny grabbed a chair and turned it round sitting on the thing back first. get a room. continuing to eat a bowl of cereal before him on the table.Elemental Heart “Hey Sam. Johnny thanked her and gave her a short kiss with proclamations of love following. To which Jeff had no choice but to let out a small chuckle.” “You know what I mean. they received looks from both Jeffrey and Joseph. “No John. “Come on guys.” Joseph let out folding the newspaper and putting it on the table before Robert. he looked to his fatherly brother Joseph. Jeffrey didn’t push any further than a jovial grin.” Samantha said throwing a blueberry at Jeffrey’s head as the boy laughed. Johnny nodded as Samantha put a bowl of cereal before him on the table. which Johnny was thankful for. Jeffrey glanced at the two with a wide grin. nothing happened. “Pervert. “No. Resting his arms on the top of the chair.” When John and Samantha came into the kitchen a short time later.” Johnny reiterated. “We do need to take Sam to the police.” The Water Elemental said pointing to the ceiling. 273 . all the way hearing a disdainful growl from Samantha as he descended down. I sent Mathew out to see if he could pick up a trail on Drake but he found nothing. “Anything happen last night?” He asked. Everyone knew but no one mentioned it. Hubba hubba!” Jeffrey cried opening the door again just enough to call into the room. Joseph went back to reading his half of the newspaper and picking at a bowl of fruit at his side.” He said looking at his younger brother. Then he shut the portal again and proceeded downstairs laughing to himself. As Samantha opened the refrigerator searching for a drink. just the noise. “Nice freakin tits. while Robert remained glued to his newspaper.” Joseph replied without a facial flinch. “Shut up.

Elemental Heart “Shut up!” Samantha ordered coming to smack Jeff on the arm.” Jeffrey joked after the hit. Be mean to me. 274 . that’s how I like it. “Yeah baby.

” Kay Kay quietly spoke down at her friend.” “I hate these places. where the officer behind it took the couple into a room down a nearby hall. “We’re probably gonna be here for a while. “Yeah well I can do without it. “Might as well sit down. Joseph and Kay Kay walked into the Seaside Police station with Johnny and Samantha in tow. All she had now was her boyfriend and her friends.” Joseph stated finding her position rather amusing. Joseph and Kay Kay walked with the other two up to a desk. and she couldn’t stand the thought of losing any of them. watched as Kay Kay walked over but remained standing.Elemental Heart Chapter Twenty-Six A half hour or so later. The girl was holding onto her boyfriend. I don’t like them. and worried that she would be moved far away from her friends new and old. “I was a bit of a hellion in my earlier years.” Joseph offered as he shifted attempting to get comfortable on the hard surface. Still.” Kay Kay admitted appearing uneasy and pacing just a bit. Joseph made his way to a row of metal bound plastic seats and sitting upon one. I think they mess things up more than help by far. “Why’s that?” Joseph asked watching the tall girl walk to and fro like a caged beast. Never got into any major trouble but the sight of a cop makes me nervous. That’s their job. Government has too much to do with our civil liberties. unsure of what was to happen to her. and had reluctantly come to turn herself into the police as if some lost child. and they don’t like me.” The tall girl looked out the clear glass double 275 . moving her eyes about the place nervously. “They’re supposed to make you nervous. she as most of her new friends did listened to the advice of Robert and Joseph.

As Joseph continued to give an opinion. It stopped suddenly as the driver began to yell and curse at them. She wasn’t sure. As she passed through the first set of doors to the outside a car came to almost hit one of the three. it was being done so. still focusing on the approaching trio.” Joseph spoke aloud to himself as Kay Kay turned to him confused. The force of it so awesome the thing exploded into the air most likely killing the driver inside.Elemental Heart doors they had entered. so fast. If it could die or be destroyed. “Like who? What the hell is going on?!” Kay Kay yelled as the wind all around them kicked up into a torrent. “What the-?” Kay Kay barely got out before another car about the group burst into flames with a great whopping boom. “Get inside Kay. Not broad daylight. Trash and discarded papers began to whirl about as the sky just above the area started to darken with ominous black clouds. Joseph ran outside as the second explosion went off. As the figures walked closer. and moving vehicles without prejudice for any of these things. it looked like a stream bombarding the vehicle. Moving toward the glass doors. she squinted her eyes in an attempt to see farther. now!” Joseph ordered as he practically 276 . she thought she could see masks upon their faces. from passersby attempting to flee. The girl pushed open the first set of doors with a confused look upon her face. Within three quick seconds several balls of fire erupted from the standing man. “That’s not like them. The mighty gray billows swirling about the sky raining a hail of lightning between them. Bolts of the natural force struck down upon everything around the three. she noticed something odd in the distance that didn’t look right to her. His brows furrowed with worry at the sight of the elemental destruction. but it appeared that there were three figures walking in the middle of the street a block or so away. hurrying see what was going on.

a green midsized car screeched to a halt right in front of Drake.” Dirichter smiled to himself as he summoned his innate strength. Slowly raising his hand as if taking in the drama of the moment. his open palm shot fourth a stream of fire balls that exploded upon the car with furious speed. His aggravation was met with a rising hand. crashing down immolating in steel and blood some fifteen feet away.Elemental Heart forced the girl inside following close behind. his fingers shaking with arcing 277 . its rays reflecting from every window as they passed. The Fire Elemental stared back at the driver without any hint of moving. Soon the hood blew off as the engine broke apart. the people around the street began to gather in small clusters along the sidewalks. With that action. As lighting streaked from cloud to cloud Dirichter called some to his hands. The Elemental of Void. Drake’s eyes lit up a dark orange from behind his dragon mask creating a thin glow thought its slits. The sky above them became a low gray ceiling of storm clouds that rumbled as if Thor himself were captured in the plumes. “Stupid monkeys. some in fear. which bothered the three none at all. some curiosity. called up to the heavens with open arms and electric blue eyes. The light did not hurt his sensitive eyes too much. for he walked in the open daylight wearing his mask as did the others. The mostly three story buildings around them were gleaming in the mid-day sun. Passersby on the sidewalks gave strange glances to the mask bearing people walking without care mid-street. Dirichter Vear stalked the littered street with his subordinates at each side slightly behind him. Within a few minutes. A man in his forties with a round face and balding hair couldn’t believe the gall of these idiots. sticking his head out the window cursing at them to move. The car exploded launching it up into the air. with the quick blasts hitting home and shaking the car until the gas line ignited.

The Valkira threw forward his hands and let the collected bolts rain straight into a crowd of people watching in disbelief. Reaching out and stomping down with his left leg. Only to be stopped and put to 278 . the appendage turned into a fiery pillar that made the car crash into it as if it had hit concrete. exploding the vehicle and turning it into a fiery missile that crashed into the parking lot taking several cruisers out along with it. then coalesced around his group. their bodies flew apart in morbid explosions of bloody organs slamming home in pieces to the wall behind them. The survivors of the blast cried out. crawling away from the scene as the rest of the people in the area turned into a mad rush of fleeing and frightened cattle. Police officers began to pour out of every door around the building drawing their weapons firing at the three Valkira. The woman inside banged her head upon the wheel snapping back into her seat. Eddie brought one of his mighty arms beneath the front of the car and with a thrusting heave. the lightning abated back into the clouds as the missiles continued to come at them. Blood began to stream down her forehead as Eddie grabbed the car by the front with titan like hands lifting the entire thing up bearing a snarling face.Elemental Heart electrical strikes. As it cruised through the sky Drake fired a massive ball of fire at it. When the dome was constructed. threw it across the air in the direction of the police station. Eddie laughed as a car tried to escape passing him on his left. The woman inside held onto her bleeding head and screamed as she watched Eddie’s eyes flare with a red glow mashing his teeth in strain. As the bolts hit the group. The streaming jagged points of light came together creating a blue dome of energy that shielded them as they walked toward the agitated police officers. Bullets whizzed past them as Dirichter held out his hands calling fourth a rain of lightning bolts. The Elemental held the small car up by its front with the rear high in the air. spread at first.

Quickly he dialed a number and put the phone up to his ear.” “Under attack?! By what?” 279 . they tore limbs and exploded others. Several bolts came crashing into a cluster of the men causing the cruisers they hid behind to be cast aside into the air. Faint arcs of electricity remained after each strike.Elemental Heart the asphalt by a barely visible blue shield. calling forth more lighting from the dark sky above. he slowly got out catching sight of a vehicle flying through the air aflame. he was lightly impressed save for the fact that the action had apparently killed the driver inside. Kenneth reached in his pocket hastily taking out his cell phone. Within a few seconds the receiver sounded with his brother’s voice. Then calling forth another fray. When he saw one pick up a car and toss it. Dirichter then aimed his arm at the police fire. his dark eyes darting from the dial pad to the oncoming Valkira. snapped six more police officers with powerful electric shocks so strong. “What’s up Ken?” Mathew asked as he munched on something. making their way to the police station his friends had entered just minutes before. “Get your ass down to the police station. The sound of the fire hitting it had caused the muscled youth to look from the driver’s side window. When he realized the sounds were coming from behind the van. “Just get Jeff and come down here. one crushing three officers as it landed. never hearing Kenneth in such a state before. We’re under attack. Kenneth saw three Valkira attacking everything in sight. Kenneth sat in the driver’s side of Joseph’s van when the first car was destroyed. attracted by whatever conductive materials they could find around them in a dance of death. Having to move around an SUV parked behind him.” Kenneth ordered in an unusually worried tone. “What’s going on brother?” He asked now worried himself.

I’ll txt him and be right there. Cars and trucks of all sizes flew through the air at the haphazard lines of shooting offices. dodging through the sea of aggressive people. From what he gathered those rules had changed and not for the better.” Johnny said aloud then turned to Joseph. “We gotta stop them. “Are you fucking serious?! What can you do?!” Kay Kay shouted while turning to them as if the two had lost their minds. As he entered the waiting area. Kenneth made his way into the glass doors rushing as fast as he could. laying eyes upon his brothers. He could hardly believe the sights outside. They both looked confused as they made their way through a rushing crowd of police.” Joseph stood aside with Kay Kay as it seemed all the police officers in the building were rushing outside to meet the onslaught. exploding into flames before striking home and murdering them two or more at a time. There the four watched as policemen were being struck down by an array of lightning cutting across the parking lot like the hand of God.” The comment was met with a nod from his brother.” “Don’t drive Matty. “We have to try. 280 . Just then. As another group of police passed them. “What the fuck is going on?!” Johnny asked with his eyebrows so close they could have been mistaken as one. he gritted large white teeth. killing all the unfaithful in his path.” Joseph said pointing to the clear doors as Kay Kay stood in horror.Elemental Heart “Just get down here as fast as you can!” Kenneth ordered with great assertion. being taught as a growing child that the Valkira would never dare attack in open daylight. “Jeff’s at work. “Look. Johnny and Samantha jogged out into the waiting area holding hands to meet up with their friends. blur your ass off.

then leaned back with her blue eyes darting back and forth between his. 281 .” Joseph clarified. “What do we do Joe?” Kenneth asked ready to fight.” Joseph stated with surety. “I called Matt.” Johnny looked confused. In either case. knew he was a protector. unsure of his plan. but didn’t. “Expose your weakness to get to you. and he looks real powerful. “I need you to protect the girls. and used this knowledge to convince him to listen. “Why do you say that?” Johnny asked looking back at Joseph.” “They’re trying to draw us out.” “Good. “Kenneth I need you to take the girls back to the house and wait for us there. “Yes sir. Either they couldn’t or wouldn’t. He’s on his way and Jeff is at work but he said he’d text him. So he took a brief moment to look over his logic before turning round to the whole group. He had to make the right call here. He knew his brother. Drake. Eddie and someone else. The girl leaned in kissing him on the lips.” He commanded. “You want me to what?!” Kenneth cried more insulted than anything. “They could have come to the house last night.” Kenneth reluctantly obeyed. they probably thought if they got to Sam that it would draw you out. Johnny turned and held his woman who looked up at him with trembling eyes. still looking at the chaos outside.Elemental Heart “It’s them. most likely the master. He returned her gaze with a strong look that made her relax just a little bit.” Joseph said then looking to Johnny. Joseph walked to stand beside Kenneth. “You guys a flippin crazy let’s just get out of here!” Kay Kay protested thinking she was the only sane person left in the room.” Joseph said putting a hand on his large shoulder and looking the taller man in the eyes.

his eyes starting to turn. How they would explain this with a natural disasters or some other mundane explanation was beyond him. “You too.” Robert Hamlin turned on the television as soon as Mathew had left to help his brothers. but mainly he was a healer.” She replied as Kenneth began to usher the girls out to the van.” She mouthed as Kenneth watched for any signs of harm in the immediate area before taking the girls quickly to the van on the other side of the lot. “Now what?” Johnny asked his older brother. As he was taught. a knock came at the front door. it was done with as much discretion as possible.” Johnny called silently as she watched. but the humans had a great knack for finding dull explanations for phenomenal events. such things could not always be swept under the rug so easily. Joseph looked over at Johnny. “I love you. “You’d better. a serious look upon his face.” She said quietly amongst the horrible sounds of windy explosions outside. Robert was a pacifist and had never thrown a blow in a real fight. As he searched for anything about the situation on the television. For now he wanted to see if there was anything on the news about the apparently public battle. but understood it. There he saw a strange figure. Completely covered in a black robe 282 . He was trained in defense as most Akashan’s were. But with the advent of the internet and information technologies.Elemental Heart “It’s ok Johnny. Of course this was not always so. “You’re the hero right?” “I’ll see you after. Robert put the remote on top of the television stand and went to the portal opening it.” He replied. “We find the roof. He was sure his talents would become useful after the fact. He was a bit upset that Kenneth had not asked him to come. whenever there was an episode upon the surface.

” “I don’t know what your talk-” Robert’s lie was cut off as the Valkira Dark Lord tossed him to his left through Johnny’s bedroom door shattering it upon impact. this time by the neck choking him. but found himself unable to recover quickly as Anton slowly strode up the stairway. forcing him to the floor. you could say that. “Can I help you?” Robert asked a little worried at the sight of such a strange man. The healer put up his hand charging it with a bluish white glow. the figure stood ominously saying nothing. Robert’s body fell from the broken wall and onto the floor as pieces of the barrier fell down upon him.Elemental Heart with a hood over his head. The Ancient snatched the healer again. The Elemental tried to regain his footing. Before Robert could say another word. The force took all the remaining wind out of Robert. He raised the healer up above his head striking him again and sending Robert up the entire staircase. “Where is the Zyton?” He asked in his deep raspy voice. Anton continued to fire the red energy from his hands weakening the healer even further. “Yes youngling. Anton Torel threw both his fists into Robert’s chest sending the healer across the small space into the stairs. “I want the relic.” The figure replied in an accent Robert did not recognize. His attempt at protection was met with a terrible red colored lightning bolt that hit the boy. He leaned down slightly coming uncomfortably close to the boys head. In a terrible crash the Akashan slammed home into the white wall at the top of the stairs. His body wracked with pain as blood emerged from several cuts about his body. Robert tried to shake off the pain about his body as Anton walked up to him grabbing his shirt with one hand. causing blood to start running from the 283 . raising its head to show a pale white face and eyes that seemed to have electricity dancing within their irises.

Splatters of blood and guts were scattered about in pockets of crushed or smoking human remains. smashing his knee into the officer’s face shattering bone. Robert could hardly knell under his own power and began to choke at the applied pressure and attempting to swallow the taste of blood in his mouth. or you can live I don’t care. 284 . “You can die. smiling beneath his hockey mask. Johnny took a special moment to lock eyes with Drake.Elemental Heart corners of his eyes and nose as he convulsed. But his attempt was left futile as Eddie made a mighty leap some thirty feet. In the parking lot below an officer pulled an injured comrade across the asphalt to a burning car trying to protect him. again Anton gripped the boy by his neck. He tossed the dead man to the ground before looking up and noticing the two boys above. used as exploding projectiles by the Dark Lords. As the other officer tried to shoot Eddie the Elemental simply grabbed him by the hair. or van remained unscathed. When they got near its edge they could hardly believe the scene unfolding before their eyes. “Who are you?” Joseph called down the Dirichter. as the other Fire Elemental removed his mask to give his enemy a snarling stare. truck. bringing him up to his knees. Johnny and Joseph walked across the wide flat roof of the police station. up there!” Eddie pointed at the brothers. The Three Valkira had all but killed every person in the area. I will find the relic either way!” Anton promised restraining himself from crushing Robert’s windpipe. Joseph and Johnny looked down at the three. stomping onto the injured man with such force his lungs exploded from his mouth in an explosion of blood. “Dirichter. When he was finished the assault. who starred up at them with glowing eyes. Not a single car. He didn’t even have the strength to bring his eyes up to meet the Valkira.

when we slaughtered Liam’s kin like spring pigs.” Joseph called down trying to stall for time. Again Joseph swooped up into the air and flew round to Eddie who was trying to pick up a police bike. staggering for a second. coming up and swooping down catching Drake by his shirt. Dirichter dodged away from the blast as his companions moved respectively away from the incoming missiles. Tell me. His glowing blue electric eyes set upon the pair. Eddie dropped the bike. “Things are about to change young one. Joseph came crashing into the Valkira setting him off balance.” Dirichter toyed with his prey.” Johnny spat down at the Valkira.” “I thought Valkira never hunted in daylight. then launched at his attacker. were you hiding in a cabinet wetting yourself as I drove my blade through your father's skull? Or shitting in a closet while I raped you sisters and defiled their corpses?” A mighty yell came resounding from the Salamanders throat as Johnny's orbs blazed crimson. “If nothing else!” Dirichter laughed. then turning his attention to Johnny. “I wonder how I missed you? I was there that night you know. The Valkira turned to the officer rapidly calling a blast of lightning from his fingers that struck the mortal in his 285 . “So you must be the last son of Rah?!” “So I’m told. He brought his palms to bear firing a thick stream upon the horrible man. fire shooting from his back forming into dragon scaled wings. tossing him violently into a burning car close by.Elemental Heart “A Valkira!” The man replied moving his mask up to rest atop his head. Joseph took to the air as Johnny fired. “I am Dirichter Vear. and race or time of day will matter little as conflagration comes. Joseph quickly brought up his palms summoning a strong gust of wind casting Eddie back in a tumble over the bike. Warlord of the Valkirium and they slayer of all things Elemental. Out of left field came a shot from a police officer’s gun almost hitting Dirichter.

When Dirichter caught sight of Johnny it was too late. The winged Salamander flew in. As the Valkira came down he rushed forward bringing up both hands with outstretched fingers charged aglow with an electric field. Johnny hit it high and bounced off slightly. But it did little to dismay the Valkira lord. sliding down the stucco faced barrier into the bushes below. shaking his head in an attempt to hasten his senses into action. adding a burn to each powerful thud. The Warlord managed to stand having been hit many times over the centuries. As he sat up he felt Dirichter’s hand clasp his tattered shirt. “I want to kill him!” Drake called out rushing to where the boy had landed holding a dagger in his right hand. He tried to recover as quickly as he could. then came at Johnny with a tight right jab stunning the younger Elemental for just a moment. But a moment was all he needed. liquefied gray matter leaked out of his head with a slurping plop. With each fell came a pan caked disk of fire. Dirichter eventually got a forearm in at his left blocking a frenzied swing. and with battle hardened experience returned the blows. But his strikes were weakened by the continued assault from Johnny. tossing him again through the air and into the solid wall of the police station. punching the Valkira directly in the face.Elemental Heart eyes cooking his frontal lobe. Dirichter leapt into the air driving his knee into Johnny’s jaw sending the young man back a few feet. Falling forward to the ground. He drove his hands forward at Johnny throwing out a stream of the charged energy that wrapped itself around the boy sending him flying through the air with a terrible cry of pain upon a still-burning overturned cruiser. hitting him about his head and screaming in mindless rage. The Valkira 286 . As Johnny’s head smacked on the muffler with a metal thud sending stars across his eyes that nearly caused him to pass out. The man fell to his knees bearing charred black holes where his eyes had once been.

All the young Elemental could see was his enemies in red as if a colored veil had been put over the whole world. “To watch a God slayer be awoken. the once green and vibrant plant life turning brown before igniting within moments as if the sun itself were passing them by. Rising from in front of the wall was Johnny. “Get her done.” Drake spat raising his weapon and taking a readied stance.” Dirichter said aloud watching the scene unfold. they seemed to immolate.” Dirichter replied now bearing a smile and wide eyes. they sank very little into the mulch and concrete sidewalk leaving impressions of his footfalls burned into the ground. His abandon being met with a stream of fire climbing upwards from behind the thick green foliage. His eyes burned crimson hellfire as he stood with folded wings behind him. Drake was struck along his entire right side. The 287 . “Well go ahead. and letting out a low terrible growl that reverberated through his chest.” The Valkira lord said turning his head to look at the foolish apprentice. “What?” Drake asked coming to walk very hurt and limping to his master. As Johnny walked forward through the bushes. his fanged teeth so close together no division could be seen between the enamel. With each footstep he now took. John had never seen the world this way before.” Drake stalked forward prepared to slaughter his prey. The boy’s shoes had burned off and laid in a molten mass of fabric and rubber.Elemental Heart quickly hopped over the bush. The auras of these people were glowing with rippled spires of energy around them. The Elemental brought up his right arm wiping the blood from his nose. “A wonderful thing you know. the power lifting him up and casting the Valkira apprentice back into the parking lot several feet away. but all seemed natural to him in the heated moment. “Well it’s time to put him to rest.

Always being blown aside or dodged easily by his nimble adversary. The last son of Rah flinched just a moment before punching at the Valkira again and missing entirely. “Sorry about that.” Drake started his taunt. who had regained his balance admiring his handy work.Elemental Heart heat coming off Johnny not bothering him as it had those plants. summoned a fireball from his right hand sending Drake several feet back but not off his feet. tired of the hit and fly tactics of the Air Elemental. Eddie had stopped trying throw objects minutes ago. Johnny grabbed for the wound with both his hands. “But I was aiming for your face. Eddie would try time and time again to lift something up to use as a missile but the object could never find its mark. but was afraid that doing so would combine the three into 288 . Drake stabbed forward with the dagger but Johnny dodged sideways punching in at Drake’s exposed side. the force of it taking all the wind from Johnny’s lungs. Joseph had considered trying to help his outmatched brother. “Drake! Kill him!” “Come down here and fight me straight up you pussy!” Eddie cried out above him. and as if instinct. The cut was deep and bled instantly thick and red. The Salamander growled in pain.” “Enough of this!” Dirichter cried out sending a swarm of bolts at Johnny casting him again into the nearest wall. After inspecting the wound he looked back up at Drake. because Joseph would just swoop down and crash into him only to take to flight once again. Drake managed to step back dodging a flurry of fire soaked fists coming at him before ducking low and jumping up with the daggers blade pointing out from the bottom of his fist causing a long slice up Johnny’s chest. The throw landed lightly as Drake continued his movement turning in a full circle and thrusting forward again only nicking Johnny’s stomach.

“Faggot mother fucker!” Eddie insulted as the gun ran out of bullets. But with the tactics the Elemental of air now used. He could not throw fire or fly. Pointing it at the Elemental circling above. He then turned his attention to a swat van that had pulled up. or further if that didn’t work. ready to take out his frustration on some lesser creatures.” Anton let the Life Elemental know his intent. that was near impossible. blood spray came raining down through the air. which against Joseph gave him a severe disadvantage. he was ready to bring the boy to the point of death. the Valkira reached down to the bottom half of a dismembered police officer retrieving his gun. flying to the nearby rooftop for cover. rapidly unpacking about forty feet from where he stood. So abandoning his usual strategy. that he needed to help his brother soon or he wouldn’t have one with him. periodically coming back and beating Robert for information that never came. the thing becoming infused with elemental power. With a cry of pain. Within his grip the weapon took on a fiery glow. spying Robert in the corner of the place bleeding and weak. Now at the end of his rope. or I will kill you there 289 . Anton walked back into Johnny’s room. He stopped short. With a grin behind his mask the Valkira began to walk to the humans. Eddie’s powers relied on his powerful strength and close attacks. All he had to do was get the flier in his grasp and he could crush him like a worm. mid-room. But he knew from the aerial view of what was going on. “Tell me which of these rooms is the son of Rah’s. Joseph grabbed at the wound as Eddie continued to fire the gun. just before the bed and looked down at the pitiful Akashan. he began to fire at a rapid pace until one flame-soaked projectile hit the flier in one of his legs.Elemental Heart one force making their advantage even greater. “You are about to become downright useless to me Akashan. The Valkira had searched every room.

“Can’t have you healing your brothers if they manage to escape 290 .Elemental Heart lying in a pile of your own entrails. being held by a slightly taller boy both the perfect description of the Elemental John Llue Rah and his human bitch Samantha Jennifer Lee. “I wouldn’t betray my brothers either.” “Respectfully sir… sit and spin.” Robert managed to get out barely able to speak. There he found a mask. Placing it back into the sack. Even as a heap of broken mass. the Dark Lord turned around withdrawing a dagger from the folds of his robes. “Perhaps I do not need to kill you after all Akashan.” Anton walked up to the reflection taking the picture in hand inspecting it.” The Dark Lord said beginning to stalk toward the huddled boy. was a picture of a couple at the beach. What he saw was a beautiful young blond girl in a blue bikini with voluptuous endowments. he moved to the bed and threw open the nightstand finding nothing there. With a wide smile he moved to the door slowly. Robert remained defiant and true to his family. The marks of torn skin around his eyes and lips left trails of blood both old and new dripping onto his clothes. Anton threw the picture and began to rummage through every drawer tossing its contents about. Looking down at the bed. Connecting the dots. he tossed the thing up flipping it over. His eyes finally settled on a dresser with a large mirror built onto its top. fashioned from the living face of a warrior God that once stood against the Valkira God. There at the edge of the frame. When he found nothing. “Hum” The Valkira grunted looking about the room. and as legend had it.” He said opening the door and spying a leather sack on the top shelf. “On the other hand. finding them coming to rest upon the closet. but mustering a middle finger at the man. Taking it in hand he opened it to look inside. but found only floor beneath it. a heart left alive is energy wasted. A terrible looking thing made from leathery skin. Anton continued to scan the room with his electric eyes.

“Perhaps another time then. He forced him against the wall. As Anton’s head snapped back. “I don’t care who you are. Behind him were two girls. Anton caught his fist with a grunt. “Anton Torel is my name. you’re pissed you couldn’t get a part in Star Wars?” Kenneth asked as his irises began to give off a sliver glow. “Robert! Where you at?!” Kenneth’s voice came from the lower floor.” He kept on as Robert opened his one good eye wide in fear. Slowly walking down he spied the very large Kenneth McCoy about to take his first step upstairs. “Let me guess. you’re getting your ass handed to ya today!” Kenneth let out as he punched forward at the Valkira.” Anton replaced his dagger from someplace beneath his robes making his way to the stairs. starting to punch him relentlessly about his midsection. Kenneth jabbed in with his held fist making Anton hit himself in his own face with the back of his own hand.Elemental Heart my wards. Kenneth called for the girls to wait by the van outside as he turned Anton’s body. Kenneth grabbed him at both his shoulders head-butting the Ancient causing him to drop the bag upon the stairs. “Well. It only took him two seconds to realize this youngling was much more physically stronger than he. After several blows the large boy tossed him down into the space between the open portal and the empty room to the 291 . only one of which he recognized from the picture. a proud son of Xavian Vortex himself and a lover of fine human cuisine.” Anton said as Kenneth kept calling for his brother. Kenneth took him by the throat with his right hand and punched him in the side of his head with his left. sending the Valkira crashing into the wall.” The Dark Lord replied as cheerful as one could be holding the leather sack at his side.

He arched his eyebrows looking at the youngling flailing with pain still desperately attempting to see. “Impetuous child!” Anton cried as he let red energy rain from his hands. The Dark Lord slid back his hood showing a pale face and long white hair tied back with a knotted black string. “For I am one of the 292 . Still his will to live reached out. and without his usual vigor. crawling into the bathroom for fraught cover.” Kenneth informed Anton as he came down to the bottom of the stairs. After many electrified tosses the Dark Lord released Kenneth. Kenneth grabbed at his eye sockets as Anton stood tall.Elemental Heart left of the front door. Kenneth lay weak. A silvery red blood drawn line came from the corner of his mouth being quickly dejected with a hurling spit.” Anton let be known as he came back into the room spying Kenneth’s legs trying to stand just inside the tiled bathroom floor. Entertained by the weak and futile display to flee. The Earth Elemental dropped him immediately stumbling blindly in pain into the empty room while grasping uselessly at his own face. bleeding. He slammed the boy from wall to wall several times with appalling might. This only made Anton laugh with great enthusiasm. the Valkira chuckled as he went back to the stairs retrieving the leather satchel. slamming the large Earth Elemental against the door of the downstairs bathroom snapping its entrance in half. The large boy reached down and picked the Ancient up by the throat preparing to pummel his face. breaking apart the frames while causing the entire structure to shake under the strength of the blows. “Ima stomp dat ass. reaching out with a long arm holding onto the wall for support. Anton grabbed Kenneth’s forearm with both hands as his eyes quickly changed from electric blue to red instantly shooting several arcs from his eyes and into Kenneth’s. “Hiding will not save you Bacrana. The Ancients powers picking up Kenneth and shocking him as the bolts wrapped around his body like a lethal cocoon.

“Really?” Anton replied sending a single red bolt at the tall girl and wrapping her in it. Then the accursed mid-day sun shown true about his eyes. “Well. forcing the Valkira yelp in pain and cover his face. I don’t see it. But this did not cause any fear in the Valkira at all. The Ancient shook off the blast as arcs of reflected red began to fade from around his body. he raised the young woman high into the air jerking her uncontrollably. Anton snarled bringing up his free hand. The Dark Lord landed upon the front lawn in a mighty crash of debris taking the wind out of him as he hit. his face showing many bruises beside a blood-soaked mouth. Kenneth mustered all his agility. he started toward the welcome sounds of fear. launching her two halves away into the daytime sky in a 293 . As he got to his feet. With a fraction of his will. The Valkira’s innate powers struck the mirror. Kay Kay grabbed a nearby shovel leaning against the side of the house and held it up ready to fight. Samantha began to back up into the driveway at the sight of him. keeping his slow march forward at the girls while bearing a sly grin. Small red electric arcs excitedly danced between Anton’s fingers before shooting powerful bolts once more at the boy intending to finish him off.” Kenneth’s voice spat as he poked his head out of the doorway. The enraged lord stood up hearing the cries of the women nearby at the other side of the yard. casting it back at Anton with such force the Valkira flew clear out of the large window behind him.Elemental Heart oldest and most powerful of our race!” He gloated having to remind the youngling who he was fighting. “Keep away asshole! I will mess you up!” Kay Kay warned holding the weapon tightly and unafraid. Kenneth’s unsure and desperate plan worked as the mirror reflected the red energy. Quickly he brought his hood up to protect his sensitive orbs. moving quickly to hold out the broken bathroom mirror as a shield. With just a bit more willpower. he tore the girl in twain.

and sent another bolt down collapsing around the girl and drawing her all the way to him. 294 . the entire world went black. As she tried to scream she found that she had lost all motor control. Anton brought her to his arms slapping her face with a colossal backhand.Elemental Heart trail of organs and blood. Anton would have none of it. “I have had enough for one day!” The Valkira bellowed as Samantha tried to flee down the driveway past Mathew’s Camaro. flailing uncontrollably as her body flew through the air to the waiting villain. To Samantha.

launching the Valkira into a nearby police cruiser. preparing to strike with a dagger to take his heart. but it saved Johnny’s life and at that moment that was Josephs only concern. It seemed Firelord had created a shield of fire about him the melted incoming bullets with ease. “I wouldn’t stand there if I were you!” Joseph called back. The twister crashed in-between both Drake and Johnny. “You’ve become a pain in my ass!” The Valkira yelled up with amused fury. Joseph let out a mighty cry. He had no time to deal with that at the moment. Dirichter pondered the words for a moment before a mighty fist came crashing in at the right side. his eyes shifting from the man to his right. He needed to know what condition his brother was in. looking up at the Air Elemental with a small measure of respect. Looking directly beneath him was Drake holding Johnny’s limp body by the neck.Elemental Heart Chapter Twenty-Seven Joseph limped to the edge of the roof trying to view what the scene below him. “Really youngling?! What could you possibly do to hurt me?! I am better than you in every way!” Dirichter cried out almost about to laugh. As the circular cloud dissipated. The force pushing them 295 . The large Valkira apprentice spent little time breaking bodies before over turning the swat van collapsing it what remained of the swat team about him. It may have caused harm to them both. causing havoc. At the moment it seemed Eddie was involved with a swat team. “Not me!” Joseph replied with a grin. Dirichter came to stand where the vortex had been. and with all his innate strength summoned a gust of wind with everything he had aiming it to come down upon the pair in the form of a small tornado. his main concern was his family. casting their bodies in two separate directions across the lot.

Elemental Heart together several feet before Dirichter landed upon broken asphalt as the car skidded to a screeching halt. Both the boys shook uncontrollably as continuous bolts electrocuted them from the dark sky above. Coming at the Valkira with uncanny speed. “Right!” Mathew replied looking from his brother to the Valkira launching himself into a darting blur. his shoes smoking from the friction of the hurried run.” Mathew nodded. Mathew Hunter skidded to a stop. almost all the way to the place where the Swat team once tried to set up shop. But from 296 . flying down to hover next to Mathew as he watched the entombed Valkira come to a metal wrapped stop. “An I look sexy doing it. eventually making both of the boys fall completely to their sides shuffling in pain. Mathew punched forward with both his fists catching the man in his chest with a force that bent the cruiser inward and cast it clear across the parking lot. Johnny came to fall upon the ground after Joseph’s tornado. Mathew hardly got the words out before a rain of lightning marred the proud scene. “Sorry I’m late!” He apologized gasping in lung full of air. He could hardly make out the outlines of the people being slaughtered by the masked man some feet away.” Joseph commended. “Yeah. “I wouldn’t give him any time to recover!” Joseph advised as Dirichter began to climb upon unsteady feet.” He said with a measure of proud conceit. He scanned the chaos around him before looking bewildered up to his older brother leaning over the edge of the high roof. “”Damn you’re good. The arcs of energy spanned around and within them. As the lighting ceased their still jerking bodies spasmed without any motor control and grunting in shear pain. bringing Mathew to his knees and causing Joseph to fall from flight violently crashing to the ground.

Picking up the rod he banged it against the ground to let any loose pieces fly. his eyes bereft of life. Eddie looked on proudly at what he had done with a chuckle. he turned starting off to his group.Elemental Heart the sounds of screaming and breaking bones Johnny could pretty much tell what was going on. The man fell limp and broken to the side of the van. He noticed a metal rod jutting out of a concrete block and started over to it. Eddie brought up his large ringed fist and smashed it upon the helmet protected skull of an officer with a loud crack. holding his side still very hurt from the battle with the other boys. “Good by Johnny. and punched straight into it with a fiery fist blowing the concrete block apart. Steadily he placed the rod to Johnny’s open back.” Eddie reached down and picked Johnny up by his hair. How the Firelord loved his innate strength. as Joseph and Mathew looked up from the ground at their brother lying on 297 . Dirichter took notice of the event from across the burning lot.” Eddie spoke with a scowl driving the rod through the young man’s back. With a yell he called to Eddie giving him praise. “I’m sure it will piss Drake off that I got to kill you. The Salamanders wings were dissipating into thin streaks of fire caused by his weakness until they could no longer be seen. outstretching his arms he giving a mighty howl accompanied by a maniacal laugh. But only a few steps in that direction. then walked the three and half foot rod over to where Johnny was attempting to make footing. Taking off his mask. He grabbed the piece of metal. A great spray of blood flew from Johnny's chest like red rain. he came across Johnny trying to make it up to his feet. holding him up to his knees. Remembering that his allies were also fighting now some distance away. But truthfully. Eddie let his victim’s body drop forward onto the ground. I don’t really care. Eddie realized this sign and nodded to himself at the sight of it. the Valkira apprentice looked about for a weapon.

The effects of the lightning still made it hard for him to control his movements causing him faltered several times. Jeffrey finally came into view. and he knew it.” Johnny managed as blood spat out of his mouth. “Johnny! Johnny! Talk to me!” Jeff cried leaning over the boy and inspecting his bloody face. 298 . go see Johnny. He could not help from being disgusted by the death that surrounded the three all about the place. The Fire Elemental’s eyes burned with all that was left of the strength summoned from his elemental heart. rushing to their side. he nervously inspected the form as it gushed with blood from two savage wounds.” Mathew bade him grunting in pain.” Mathew pointed to the impaled figure lying motionless near the street. Mathew shook his head as his eyes lit up yellow trying to summon enough strength to get to his feet. As the Valkira began to leave together at as quick a pace as they could.Elemental Heart his side visibly impaled and very possibly dead. having to jump over a few pieces of debris along the way. Jeffrey scanned his eyes around. “Johnny. though it made him sick with pain as he hunched over holding his ribs. angered for not getting there sooner. As he approached. “This shit hurts. The Water Elemental spied his two downed brothers. “Where is he?” Jeffrey asked. It would not last long though. only able to watched as Dirichter called for his men to flee. “What the hell happened here?!” Jeff exclaimed almost unable to verbalize the words into coherent sounds. The Earth Elemental attempted to remain standing. Jeffrey ran as fast as his legs could take him over to his fallen brother. the young man scanned about with his eyes taken aback by the destruction around him. Skidding to a stop and almost crying in the gory pool. Joseph tried to stand as well but was too beaten to do so. Helping Mathew to his feet. “Over there.

” Mathew tried to warn him.” Jeff announced taking off into a full run. The barb was too far left of his heart. He tried hard to walk on both his legs. His nostrils flared as he looked in the direction of the fleeing Valkira. he called into the 299 . “Don’t do anything stupid bra.” Jeffrey looked about the two wounds and realized Johnny was right. pick him up and hand him to me. “Don’t worry brother. “Matt.” Joseph ordered keeping his head fastened as tight as he could amidst the chaos of worry for his kin. Mathew hoped for his brother’s sake. I can get him there the fastest.” Johnny replied winching in great pain and struggling to hold breath in his lungs. Jeffrey rose to his feet with anger more like rage. Joseph flew in to the back yard of the beach house holding his dying brother in his arms. but that didn’t concern him now. but staggered down to one knee still managing to hold Johnny aloft. but thankful nonetheless. just gonna do some recon. “Moron doesn’t… know his anatomy… Never hit my heart. “I’m gonna… gonna die.Elemental Heart “How the hell are you still alive?” Jeffrey asked surprised to hear Johnny’s voice. Joseph hovering unable to stand from his gunshot wound. can you get home on your own?” He asked as Joseph took to flight holding Johnny in his arms.” Mathew said to himself watching the Water Elemental give chase across the street. “We have to get him home to Robert now! Jeff. that he was not that stupid. forcing his mind to sputter as his adrenaline pumped in massive amounts throughout his body. He knew well that he could not take them one on three. Vengeance took a hold of his thoughts. “Don’t do it Jeff. both Mathew and Joseph came to them in a hurried rush. They’re too strong. With no further strength in his limbs. As he held his brother. but still fatal if not healed soon.

for he could use some human flesh to gnaw upon right now in celebration of his personal victory. a slight crimson pinhead of light coming from the dying boy’s eyes.” He commanded. “Get him in here!” The healer hurriedly yelled going for the kitchen. “Get him to Robert. Robert put his hand upon Johnny’s head uttering one word. “Holy shit!” He exclaimed at the sight of the rod running clear through his midsection. Robert pushed everything on the table aside to the floor with a crash ordering Kenneth to lay him there on his side facing him. Robert said his name over and over until his bleeding brother’s head came to rest looking at him. “Apply pressure around the wound!” Robert ordered as Johnny cried from the numbing of pain.Elemental Heart house urgently for Robert. Anton threw the limp body of Samantha into a small cage not even tall enough for the girl to stand in. As Kenneth rushed in. He locked the enclosure. “What happened?!” Kenneth asked rushing over across the grass cautiously scooping up the gravely injured boy with his mighty arms. Soon he would return to the city of his father with a prestigious gift to be kept in the sacred 300 . “Sleep. A quick flash of bluish white light came from his palm. The dying boy’s eyes shot all over the room trying desperately to run from the sensation though there was no escape.” Joseph ordered. “Good Goddess!” Robert cried out. Robert soon appeared from the open doorway looking dire himself. don’t worry about me. They were full with young females destined for Temple Azora. A pity he thought. causing Johnny’s view to fade into shadow. careful not to further injure Johnny with the door frame as he passed through it. passing the ones next to hers along the wall. Over and over he shouted out until Kenneth emerged from the back door looking beaten and downtrodden.

Elemental Heart vaults beneath the temple of Kon. Anton sat back and cursed his luck. More from the younger Valkira than his nephew. unable to defend themselves or… to save the last son of Rah. He glided past the long table in the center of the chamber. So he sat patiently waiting for the system to connect. This shall make your uncle Memnon very pleased. patting Yanpre’s son 301 . For the first time in many centuries he was excited about something. “So the line of Rah is ultimately fallen. I conceive even a promotion may be in order. The group only came up to the area in front of the long table at the other side of the room as was always the norm. The Valkira master made his way through the soft earth tunnels into the main chamber that served as both a war room and his personal quarters.” Dirichter celebrated as he slapped the back of his favored uncle's chair. Within moments the room was filled with the laughter and loud voices of his subordinates praising one other. I come bearing heart” The younger master greeted sounding brighter than usual. “Indeed those Bacrana are a depressive lot. that excitement was to be savored. “Well met nephew. in-between his smaller tables for cutting and curing long pig. all the way to his chair before his communication center. the sound of an opening door from the chamber down the hall could be heard.” Anton praised the Warlord. telling him that it would take at least several hours before communications could be established. save for Dirichter who strode all the way up to his uncle’s chair. As he did. But for someone as old as he. I take it the battle went well?” Anton purported from the activities of the boys. “Hail and well met uncle. Sitting in the large padded wooden chair he struck a few holographic glyphs upon the raised desk bringing his many monitors to life. He waited for many moments before a series of runes in his father’s language lit up upon the raised screen. but Dirichter did have a few words to say.

“And great peril. “Uncle. then wracked through his torso like a wave.” Anton replied. ancient and monstrous as it was. this relic will go to the vaults and stay there until your grandfather returns to Ter-ra.” Dirichter could hardly believe his eyes.” “You may be surprised where our people are headed young one. “I was successful as well.” Dirichter obeyed slightly dissatisfied at not being able to utilize the relic of their god. ”No my favorite nephew. “This will go directly to your grandfather.” Anton informed looking over the ancient evil mask.Elemental Heart on the proverbial back. Imagine what we could do with such strength. Do you understand me?” “Yes Milord.” Anton let slip before taking the Zyton out of the leather sack next to him. coming closer and closer until they were recognized as familiar tones.” Muffled voices came from a distant darkness. “Though to me it sounds like power wasted. with more seconds the scene began to slowly come into full view. I’d hate to be put into a position that would take me from the surface. It took several moments before Johnny could see Robert’s form standing above him looking in the direction of the television. The person who wields this relic has the power to slay Gods. and will not be used.” “There has only been one of our race that could survive the Zyton’s power without becoming a slave of Vulrintutakon or worse. Even after he relaxed his body completely the pain remained lighting up his nerves like wildfire. As his eyes opened he spied the hazy outline of barely visible outlines. The sounds started as if far in the distance. “The prestige will be enough for me uncle.” Dirichter enviously spoke wide eyed as he looked over the ugly brown wrinkled thing. He heard 302 . with this relic comes inconceivable power. a pain from his chest straight through to his back pinched at first. Starting to take in deeper breaths.

but the bruises around his face made it hard to do. worry about you right now John. Normally these wounds wouldn’t last more than a half hour upon the Akashan. but he had apparently forgone his own health for that of his brothers. Robert’s right eye socket was marred with purples and blacks accompanied by many deep cuts about it.” Robert admitted. “I’m starting to worry about our lost sheep. Joseph stood leaning against the far wall just left of the television with a bandage wrapped around his right thigh. “Good to have you back. 303 . are you aware?” Robert asked looking over his bandages.” Spoke Kenneth out of view on the other side of the room watching the television for any more reports on the day’s events.” “What’s up brother?” Mathew asked looking over the end of the couch into Johnny’s view. “Don’t worry about it.” Joseph admitted standing stoically in place. which was returned in kind. So far they had been lucky enough not to have been recognized. He gave the hurt boy laying on the couch a nod and a smile. “You almost-” Johnny started.” Robert ordered lightly patting him on the head.” Johnny nodded trying to smile. “Healing you almost killed Rob. but that could change at any minute.Elemental Heart Mathew’s voice saying Robert’s name. “I don’t doubt it brother. “John. then nodding after checking his wound. you were moments from death. As his full vision returned he began to notice that he was not the only one hurting at the moment.” Johnny replied trying not to breath heavy to save himself some pain. you should thank him. “How do you feel?” “Like hammered shit. He leaned there with folded arms bringing his eyes around to look into Johnny’s. “You must have a strong heart. then the healer bending over him and inspecting his eyes. The white wrapping had only a small blot of red where he had been shot.

“Flee? That’s your answer?” Jeffrey quickly stood turning around to face him slightly irate. “Bra!” Mathew shouted clasping hands with his brother and giving him a half hug.” Johnny said wincing in pain from speaking. Kenneth glanced across the room at Joseph with a look between confused and disbelief. He had suspected that leaving Seaside would be a part of the plan. What’s our next move?” Jeffrey asked looking over his right shoulder to Joseph. who could not turn from the couch to look. but to not take retribution was inconceivable. “Followed those bastards all the way to the old warehouse on Sixty Third.” Joseph stated matter of factly.” “Robert pulled me through.” “Good work Jeffrey. He didn’t think the event had taken so much from their leader. “Can’t believe you made it. No one ever came out but I found the way in. didn’t look like you would when I saw you last brother. “Waited for several hours and looked the place over.” Jeff cried aloud coming to knell next to Robert and clasping a hand on top of Johnny’s left. “Oh damn. collect our things and leave. “Heard my name.” Robert congratulated bringing his eyes back to Johnny’s wounds. 304 .” Jeff received a steady nod from Mathew and looks from everyone except Johnny. “Where the hell have you been all day? It’s an hour past nightfall.” Joseph scolded more worried than angry. Anybody miss me?” Jeffrey Waters announced aloud with his usual flair. they got a base there beneath the sub floor. especially his courage.Elemental Heart “If Jeff doesn’t get his ass back here soon I’m-” Mathew almost finished as the boy in question walked into the open front door. “Recover.

“Joe. they attack us and our home. and kick the shit out of them!” Jeffery yelled even louder. The beaten crew stayed in place taking in what had to be done. but could not bring himself to admit it. “Thank you!” Jeffrey continued giving Mathew a side glance. We have been discovered.” Everyone stayed silent for a moment.” Mathew stated taking a step forward. Joseph had nothing to say as he leaned against the wall folding his arms and mashing his teeth together. “Hold your breath cuz you won’t hear this too many times in your life. “We have all been outmatched. Their mother had taught them to avoid confrontation. and you’re ready to run?” Jeffrey almost yelled at Joseph throwing his hands up.” Joseph frowned as he said those words. “Hell yeah!” Mathew conquered with the statement almost as heated as Jeffrey about the idea of running. go to their house. What do you think we should do?” Joseph almost yelled defending his position with his own logic.Elemental Heart “That’s bullshit. but I agree with Jeff. Johnny almost died along with almost every cop in Seaside. “Everybody that’s been killed. they all knew it. A certain fear came over them as a whole. And so what if we got beat! We weren’t ready!” “Like we are now?!” Joseph yelled back. even if some did not want to admit it. we should have never come here in the first place. He knew in his heart that the other boy was right.” Kenneth started instantly getting Joseph’s attention. Elainia had taught them to be stealthy and to 305 . It was apparent that ego’s had been bruised along with skin and bone. “We should gear up. “We have to do something. “What?! Hell with that! Had we not come here those jerks would be killing and kidnapping everyone in town. He held a heated visual lock with Jeffrey trying to take in his logic.

“That was my fault. it wasn't. “No Ken. “Hell yeah!” Jeffrey yelled back stepping up into Joseph’s face.Elemental Heart choose carefully when and where to use their powers and not to commit to open war. it would take all of us to put him down even if we could.” Johnny’s eyes shot open as Robert spoke.” “More the reason why if we do this.” Mathew said still looking directly at Joseph. and subconsciously they all knew it.” Robert recanted to Johnny. The large boy prided himself on being the biggest and the strongest. his elemental heart putting everything it held into healing his wounds.” Robert said looking up at the largest of the clan. “That Valkira was no ordinary elemental. His emotional pain held him paralyzed. “I got a plan. “Where’s Sam?” Johnny asked choking slightly on the words. His orbs tried to ignite crimson but fell away with a lack of strength. “She was taken. He was an ancient. but they were all thinking it. In this area they were severely lacking. Jeffrey and Joseph still looked into each other’s angry eyes. and how much he loved her. we need to have a plan. No one wanted to say it. unable to move his eyes from his Akashan brother.” Jeffrey said through gritted teeth.” Kenneth spoke under his breath feeling though he was too weak to protect the girls. He started to tear with thoughts of what they would do to her. “Tell him. and Jeffrey because he chose his battles in the family and stood his ground when he knew he was morally right. “She was taken. “Just run in there and tear the place apart?” Joseph raised his voice at the boy. Mathew agreeing shortly after. and in less than fifteen minutes he was proven weak and wanting. 306 . bust in there and kick some ass. and Kay was killed in the process. Joseph more so because he didn’t like to be challenged.” Joseph stated readying to commit to an attack.

The eldest brother had obviously been pushed to the brink of his mental limits. “We attack just before dawn. Joseph gave Jeffrey one last hard look before releasing him from his grip.” Robert said checking Johnny’s wounds again.” Joseph let fly from his mouth before staggering into the next room freshly hurt from the quick action.Elemental Heart Joseph had taken enough lip from his younger brother. “Listen to me. The Water Elemental shifted his shirt with a shoulder jerk.” Robert admitted. In a quick fluid motion. “I’m in charge! Not your temper! If we do this it’s gonna be done my way! On my terms!” Joseph turned his head to the rest of the group still trapping Jeff to the wall. The rest just watched as the scene unfolded before them with suspended disbelief. “He’s right. “Anyone got a problem with that?!” No one on the room dared to speak. 307 . “Try and get some rest. When no one answered him.” Joseph ordered backing up with a severe limp and coming to stand at the entrance to the kitchen. pressing into his chest with great force and glowing blue eyes. and he had never grabbed any one of them the way he did just now. I’m going to clean up out brother’s blood from the kitchen floor. he grabbed him by his shirt turning him round slamming Jeffrey into the drywall. I will heal each of you in turn as my powers recover. when we have the advantage of the sun. Joseph hardly ever lost his temper. listen to me right now!” Joseph exclaimed as Jeffrey tried to struggle away ever pinned by the weight of his older brother. “Get some rest. looking back into his brothers glowing blue eyes still defiant.

” Rebecca hushed. only lit by a few light bulbs stringed together along the earth ceiling above her small metal cage. Samantha started to stir bringing a hand up to her bruised face with a grunt. The girl was obviously depressed beyond repair and severely malnourished from the look of her thin face.” Rebecca called out from the adjacent cage into the new girls. covered in dirt and wearing nothing but a pair of filthy red shorts. “Rebecca!” Samantha yipped coming to the cages edge and reaching through clasping hands with the other girl. There she saw her lost friend Rebecca Green. When she touched it she let out an expression of pain that snapped her senses into awareness. “Thank the Gods you’re alive!” “Keep your voice down. “Drake and Eddie. “Oh my God Samantha they got you too?” Rebecca said almost about to cry. and two other guys I never saw before. “Samantha wake up. “Rebecca.Elemental Heart Chapter Twenty-Eight “Samantha. She heard the familiar voice again from her right and turned to look at the source. As she took in her surroundings the girl noticed she was in mostly darkness. Everything on her mostly naked form. She was unsure if this matted look came from being dipped headfirst into a mud puddle or from weeks in this place without a shower.” Samantha said silently getting no response from her friend. but Samantha reasoned the latter. They take us sometimes and do things…” The girl let trail off as she looked past Samantha with vacant eyes.” “Who? Who took you?” Samantha asked trying to figure out as much as she could. “Rebecca!” She snapped forcing the girl to come 308 . “You don’t want them to come in here. covered in what looked like a thin layer of dry mud above several abrasions around her once pristine teenage body.” She tried again.

“I wanna fight. then stood up and walked into the kitchen where Joseph and Kenneth sat at the table. Seaside was not the only place missing their children. “Oh my God…” Samantha could barely get out at the sight of it.” Robert replied sitting in a chair beside him facing the Elemental. They were both almost fully 309 . just like mother showed you. Lost someplace within her own mind attempting to find some respite to escape the horror of her new reality.” Johnny watched as the reporter on the television told the story of how Seaside was now in a state of martial law. “Them. Robert patted him on the leg and again asked him to get some rest.” Rebecca replied looking to the other side of the room. His bandages had been changed again while the noise from the television played on in the background. They were all mostly naked and covered in filth. starring back at the new girl with empty eyes amid worried expressions. “Who is us?” She asked holding Rebecca’s hand even tighter. Samantha looked back at her friend. How she was somewhere with those beasts probably scared and alone facing the horrors of the place. There Samantha saw a whole row of low cages maybe twenty or more.Elemental Heart back to reality. but it kept falling back to thoughts of his lover. the National Guard had taken temporary control of the city. With Drake as her master who knew what may be happening to her as he lay there incapacitated. “I can’t let you all go out there alone. “Concentrate on that. who had again left this world taken refuge within herself.” “You need to heal right now John. Apparently. He tried to keep his mind distracted with this.” Johnny said still lying in the couch. All of them holding young girls apparently abducted as well.

But Joseph still kept his eyes in another world. how to self-heal but never once were we brought to know the sword. 310 . obviously uneasy about the mission at hand. by default it IS my fault. “Joseph you’re not making any sense.Elemental Heart healed thanks to their elemental hearts. “Brilliant. “Mother also never taught us how to fight. receiving confused looks from both his brothers. These men were Valkira and are trained to kill with rage and hate. But all Kenneth could get out was to look back at him and say ‘Brilliant’ shrugging his shoulders. “We need daylight but we can’t let them out under the sun.” Robert tried to get through but to no avail.” The Akashan said trying to get some response from the other man. to rain lighting from the sky. With that. the Air Elemental started off past them and into the living room. Robert noticed that Joseph was looking more beleaguered with every passing hour.” “What?” Robert asked as Kenneth lifted up his head listening. “Mother asked me to lead. how to absorb elemental energies.” Robert was cut off by Joseph.” The leader said his eyes snapping back into reality. “That’s it. He turned to his behemoth brother sitting in the chair to his left looking for answers.” Joseph continued as if not hearing his brother at all. Absolutely brilliant. “It’s not your fault. She taught us how to hide. drinking coffee to pass the time. “Good job Robby” Joseph said clasping the healer on both his arms and looking past him somewhat.” Joseph rose up from his chair and stared off again as if looking out into another dimension. Robert’s face shifted having no idea in the faintest what Joseph was talking about.” Joseph replied unable to break his self-loathing. “That’s how we can even the odds. Robert came round and sat down beside him. We’re the products of a pacifistic lifestyle brother.

Before dawn. he would will himself to be ready. “Yes I believe I am. The sinew sprayed itself all about the interior of the wound clamping back into strong fibers and preparing the skin to smooth over as if nothing was ever there. But at that point Johnny was exhausted. The bandages wrapped around his chest began to turn a brownish black then came alive with flame. Mikey wiped his eyes and looked below them to make sure that what he saw was the truth. The waking boy stumbled across his dark room thinking some impatient customer was throwing rocks up to his second story bedroom window. then 311 . his brother Joseph floating in the air beside him. As he did this he arched his head up as if straining to force out the pain inside him. the muscle came together in threads bonding with blood and twisting back together into fine strong meat. A tapping came to Mikey’s bedroom window around one in the morning. Blood flowed freely from it now as if pushing poison out of a wound. only stubbing his tow once and cursing whoever it was that had dared to disturb his nightly slumber. and with it the meat and muscle far beneath began to stitch itself together at a rapid pace. he was greeted by Jeffrey Waters standing upon a pillar of flowing water that formed from his feet. his eyes fell flat as did his head about the pillow falling to sleep within moments. As the fire ate away at the once white wrappings they exposed the deep fleshy gouge next to his elemental heart. The bone fragments within snapped back together forming solid bone.Elemental Heart “Yes. He managed through years of memory where everything in the dark space was from his bed to the curtained portal.” Johnny laid on the couch with his eye’s flickering in and out a hot crimson. As he pushed aside his curtains and opened the window. grunting primeval sounds from deep within his throat.” Robert turned sitting correctly in the kitchen chair. He mashed his teeth.

From there.” Spoke Johnny rising up covered in a brown blanket. Holding it for support was Jeff. The muscle was still bruised. showing no pain or fear.” Joseph stated in his most serious tone. “I can do this. “Robert.” Johnny said trying his best to stand tall. you ready?” Joseph asked walking into the house as he yelled up the steps. Getting there he placed the thing carefully on the sidewalk. stacking it alongside two others. The gouge had almost completely closed. walking to the only open entrance to the place and traveled down the wooden slope to Joseph’s van. “Holy shit man you can fly too?” Mikey asked grinning as he wiped the sleep from his eyes. just a minute. still favoring his chest. “Saddle up dude. as the large mirror came loose from the wall and handed it to Mathew who was standing next to him.” Robert called back from the second floor. A half hour later Joseph used a power drill to take the last screws out of one of the mirror panels off on the wall at the Funzone. and leaned it up to Mikey who was waiting for him by the back of the open van. only showing hints of dried blood around it. “I’m coming too. Joseph scanned over his younger brother with thoughtful 312 . Kenneth took the thing from his human friend slowly placing it into the back of the van.” Jeffrey replied with a wide grin. but showed little in the way of the damage done less than a day before. “I don’t think that’s a good idea John.Elemental Heart looked back up at his friends in disbelief. we need ya. Johnny let the blanket fall to the floor showing his wounds. “Yeah. Mathew took the panel.

It was after all. Joseph couldn’t have that. then rushed back outside to his van. Johnny started off to the front door but found another serge of pain jolt his back. He had no time to notice the crossed fingers behind Johnny’s back. The Salamander went for a shirt that had been brought down for him earlier and placed at the back of the couch. Joseph called one more time for Robert to hurry up. Begrudgingly. “Promise. He knew in his heart that if he left Johnny there. he thought quickly of a part his lame brother might play. the stubborn young man would find his own way to the warehouse. 313 .Elemental Heart eyes. but shrugged it off knowing that as soon as he could such apparel would just burn away. then collected his false demeanor before continuing outside. not with so much at stake.” Johnny replied. got it?” Joseph made him promise. considering how well he knew his stubborn sibling. He stopped for just a second. “You stay with me and do everything I say. all he could do. as fresh blood surfaced from the wound. And then he would be just a random element in his plan.

raining down a yellow light that did nothing to help navigate through the darkest shadows of the night. unsure of what was to happen in the hours to come. and now looked like a dilapidated and hollow concrete structure marred with the erosion from decades of salt water air. most of the walls had been gutted out to make room for storage racks and forklift travel. Only a few of the lamps still worked. and fought one another as brothers do. until it had been abandoned more than thirty years ago. but sure that they would do everything in their power to protect one another. Still for all of them. The asphalt lot around the three sides of the old place was tarnished with eroded holes. All of them orphans. but nonetheless a necessity. A few trailers that had long ago become useless sat in a row along the far side of the trailer lot. enclosed in most places by a rusty chain link fence that went from the cliff overlooking the ocean around the wide boundaries of the place. Slaying those who had tried to kill them once already would be difficult. The building loomed before the boy’s as they exited the cars. some had known their families at an age of recollection. and some had not. Almost all of the large windows in the place had been knocked out by passing storms or from the adventures of hooligans. It had mostly been a warehouse and distribution center for the last ten years of its active life. Large flat tires held up leaning frames whose sides had caved in. all six of them coming to stand together side by side at the open entrance to the lot. 314 . They had gone through pain together. They all looked over the massive structure together.Elemental Heart Chapter Twenty-Nine The Warehouse on sixty third and front streets had been a productive economical asset in Seaside. deteriorated from lack of maintenance. grown together. and at that time. Only a central in-closed one story room still stood unaffected. they looked at one another as family.

Elemental Heart They had helped to teach one another and protect each other. The group encircled around the door casting serious glares down at the subterranean entrance. They had always tried to make the most out of every situation. already mapping the place out and knew just where to go to execute his plan. All that had been taken from them faster than the young men had had time to adjust. As they arrived. they moved to a set of short stairs leading to the sub-basement. this awful but necessary change. Finding the best in this one was like asking them to betray every moral they had ever been taught by their foster mother. This was something the boys had thought they would never be doing. went against 315 . They were forged though loss. Traveling into the realms of the Valkira willingly. that comes after you die someplace inside. Jeff broke off taking his position outside by the cliff. They resented having to make this change. prepared to engage the most powerful and hostile of enemies on planet Earth. Traveling into the darkness. prepared to do what was necessary to end these lords of fear based control. Joseph started off as the group followed. Joseph had been here an hour before. past the open gate and heading straight for a wide open door at the top of a small concrete ramp. To come here with the intention to murder. They had thought of a life of work and recreation. they used what little outside light came in through the dilapidated structures various holes until Johnny ignited his aura bathing everything about them in a dark orange hue. as the rest of the boys came to a large pair of metal doors near the very north end of the building. There was a loving bond that existed between these young men as if they had been blood brothers. can truly understand their likeness in another? They were bonded by experience and love. laughs and good times. and unrelenting murder and slavery. For whom but those who have been forced to share similar pains. Now they were together in battle.

you three know what to do right?” Joseph asked more for his own sanity than their own sake. Too many people had been hurt.” Robert added blinking his eyes and feeling an overwhelming concern for everyone’s wellbeing. begged them to betray their own principles.” Mathew grinned slapping the intellectual on the back with enough force that the man had to readjust his glasses. or to their family. Softly Mathew crept in. lest these malevolent creatures do more harm to others. we got this. as Kenneth and Robert stayed close behind spying everything while staying as quiet as possible. “Just make sure I’m out of there before you go ape shit?” Asked Robert a little worried. This had gone too far already. Mathew stalked down the chamber. sneak in find the girls.” Mathew answered as if Joseph had not drilled his entire plan into the boy’s head three times already. This one was recently constructed from the looks of it. the look upon his face seriously grim yet at the same time held anticipation. He went for the metal door handle turning it with care. pulling the thing open and exposing another long 316 . It was their moral structure that now. Not that he wasn’t worried about his brothers. “Don’t worry Doc Robert. The walls here were made of solid concrete and had a musty smell of mildew. Something had to be done. tip toeing to another door just sixteen feet away. Mathew trying not to make a sound but the metal hinges still creaked with age. The doors to the subbasement opened slowly. “And into the underworld we go. if any of his kin were hurt he would feel that it was his own doing that caused such travesty. “Bloody well hope so.” Kenneth finished with a nod. “Then cave this bitch in.Elemental Heart every tenant of their beliefs.” Robert let out bearing an uneasy smile. “Yeah Joey. and get them out. “Ok.

after which motioning for Kenneth to follow him. From what he could see. Eddie slept snoring from the bottom bunk. Mathew thought to himself as he sneaked past the large room. nodding to Mathew and staying hidden from view just outside the door. steadily creeping as he moved down the earthy passage. holding enough room for the bed and a dresser. Mathew’s peeked his head around the opening into the room to their right. Mathew pointed to his own eyes and down at the chair bidding Kenneth to look himself. The lights split at every intersection. Kenneth followed in having to duck most of the time. Only the few feet in the center served as a walkway between the two pieces of furniture. covering himself with a blanket that went from chest to mid-calf as his feet stuck clear off the edge of the small bed. raised screens arranged like a holographic web. Arriving at the next opening on the left was a chamber that housed a long wooden table with several smaller ones around it. there were two rooms left. Drake lay on his side facing the wall making only the slightest of rhythmic sounds. facing what looked like a bunch of straggly lit. trying not to disturb the light bulbs that hung from the dirt ceiling by a continuous string leading down the entire length of the chamber. leading into different rooms along the length of the passageway. Three down. Kenneth scanned the room. only a few feet away at the opposite earthy wall. one to go. one up ahead on the right 317 . There he spied a bunk bed with a sleeping Drake and Eddie upon it. Coming to the first intersection. At the far end of the room appeared a chair of some sort. Mathew pointed to Robert then to the room.Elemental Heart chamber made of what looked like heat blasted sand and packed earth. The chamber was very small. He stayed close to the walls while scanning the area trying to make out the rest of the interior. From the slight movements around the chair in the distance Mathew could tell that someone was there going about some kind of work.

but you are my brothers woman. “We need to get her and get out of here. There he saw a row of small cages in a dimly lit room. Then a whispered shout from further down the line called to him by name. “What rest?” Mathew asked in hushed tones. “Not that I’m opposed to being smothered in breasts. lying in the first metal cage along the wall to his left. kneeling in the small cage around her. he didn’t want to alert the prisoner to his presence just yet. But instead he found a face he had not seen since last year. Mathew grabbed the lock telling her to keep quiet. as his irises blazed a yellow hue granting him the strength to pull the thing apart. Coming to the enclosed box of iron bars. There he saw a huddled and half naked Samantha. “What about the rest?” Samantha quietly asked with a serious frown pulling away from him as she stepping back. some almost coming to the point of sobbing. Carol’s body appeared limp and although he wanted to try and help the girl. Carefully he crept over to the trap. They looked at the boy with pleading expressions. It seemed she was sleeping or in a daze. creeping low to the ground. Slowly he crept to the nearest room. Mathew set about moving to the voice as silently as he could. As he did a sharp stretching sound followed that ended with a low ping.” Mathew replied making the attempt at a joke in the serious atmosphere.Elemental Heart and another further down curving to the left.” Samantha whispered coming out of the cage and hugging Mathew tightly around his neck. darting his eyes around in case someone was hiding about. taking a careful look around the side of the entrance. 318 . at least he assumed.” He pointed to the first girl.” Samantha pointed across the room to the fifteen or so girls now alerted to the presence of possible freedom. “Oh thank the God’s. From his vantage point. he could barely make out the form of a girl in a fetal position. “Those rest. he hoped that he had just found Samantha.

Elemental Heart “Shit.” Mathew cursed under his breath. “Ok, Ken and Rob are down here with me. I’ll open the cages, you get them out.” “Ok, but there’s still one more.” Samantha informed following Mathew to the farthest cage. “Where?” He asked pulling the first lock apart with glowing eyes. “The one called Dirichter took her about a half hour ago. They went out into the hall to the right.” Samantha recounted as she turned to look at the hallway. “I don’t know what’s happening to her; she isn’t screaming anymore.” Mathew stopped for a moment to look at his friend. After a few moments of contemplating what she meant, his eyes opened wide with the horror of the realization. His eyes drifted down to a girl no more than seventeen in the cage before him. Her petite body covered only in a pair of ragged underwear. Everything else was covered in dirt and streaks of sweat that led down her frail nude form. At her skin marred with whip marks that looked many days old. As he looked at the young woman’s eyes, he saw the depressed stare that came back up at him. Once again he looked at the entrance to the wide chamber. “Oh I’ma bury these mutha fuckers…” He quietly spat with piercing yellow orbs now pulsating with fury above clenched teeth. “The Zyton? Well brother, this is a surprise.” Yanpre Vear cheered as well as the evil imp could from the raised monitor before Anton. “It should be brought to Valkira prime and placed within the vaults at once. Tell me, how did you come to find the relic of Vulrintutakon?” “From the last son of Rah.” Anton replied bluntly. “What?!” Yanpre shouted as if the whole world had just come to an end. “Yes, it seems the youngest of all fathers sons missed one 319

Elemental Heart that night. But fear not brother, he has been dispatched, and his bitch captured for fear she may be with child.” “Kill the girl and be done with it then.” Yanpre demanded. “She is quite a beautiful thing to behold brother. If she is not with child, then it would seem a shame to waste such a female.” Anton replied. “Your son’s tastes are not unlike our brothers, I fear some of our stock may be broken in already.” “Very well but this is on your head brother, and tell my son to find his own woman lest I make sure grandchildren are no longer an option. I will have no loose ends. Bring all you have to Valkira Prime with all haste. You have done well brother; I look forward to seeing you, Yanpre out.” With that, the short hairy man disappeared from view leaving only deep purple Valkira glyphs on the raised holographic screen. Anton reached for some human flesh that had been recently cured at his side, taking time to enjoy the succulent meat. As he chewed he looked over his victories. He had destroyed the life of John Llue Rah and all those he loves; he had taken his woman Samantha Jennifer Lee, and would have her any time he choose, and if he choose to. What a grand life he lived while in the wake of destroying other people’s lives. In the end, he cared not for any of them. All he wanted was what he wanted, and then they could all be disposed of. Used up and dead for all their trouble, for he cared only for his own personal wants. The name of Anton is and always would be synonymous with the power of selfishly using others for his own whims. Kenneth looked down the dimly lit passage at the first girl coming out of the chamber Mathew had taken just minutes before. He shook his large head disgusted at the state of the young woman, motioning her to come closer and stop at the other end of the guarded entrance. Then another came out of the room, then another, then another. Kenneth’s eyes widened at the trove of stolen half-starved filthy teens lining up behind the first to reach 320

Elemental Heart him. Shaking his head again at the sight, he looked into the war room to see if there was any movement coming from the chair at the other end. He spied Anton's form reaching beside the chair. Quickly he motioned the girls to move past the door, quietly ordering them further down the passageway to where Robert now stood. One by one the girls passed, the stink of them filled his nose making him feel even worse for the young women than he had before. Finally he spotted his brother creeping out at last with Samantha in tow. Mathew turned his head looking further down the hall to the last room where Rebecca was hoped to be. After nodding to his large brother, he moved to the last room of the place. As he began to stalk the corridor to Dirichter's personal chambers, Samantha split off meeting up with Kenneth. Mathew slowly made his way to the Dark Lord's entrance way, peering around its edge, only to witness a horror inside that made his entire body cringe. There he saw Rebecca standing limp about the far wall. Dirichter stood behind her beating the girl’s naked form, a leather strap flying through the air from his evil grip. She was bleeding and broken. Dirichter brought the whip round once more before rushing behind the girl as she whimpered. The Valkira wrapped the whip about her neck as she stood chained in place, then drove himself forcefully into the unwilling young woman. As he punished her with unwelcome thrusts, Rebecca let out small cries from her throat. With every push, Dirichter pulled harder upon the whip again and again. Mathew gritted his teeth turning and almost slamming his back against the dirt wall behind him. He could not even as much as he wanted to, attack the Valkira until the other girls had been safely taken out of this nightmarish place. So the Elemental had to wait and listen to the terrible sounds coming from the room, hating each moment as it ignited the rage building within him. 321

Elemental Heart With every grunt from the portal by his side, his anger grew with the anticipation of the first strike. His brothers needed to hurry, for with each passing moan Mathew’s patience grew thin. As the girls passed Robert, the Akashan motioned for them to be as quiet as possible, not wanting to arouse the sleeping Valkira boys before the proper time. Passing, he counted them; coming all the way up to fourteen by the time Samantha made her way to his position. Robert patted her on her back lightly and mouthed ‘good to see you’ as she passed by him nodding and ushering the young women before her on. Joseph watched as one by one a line of filthy young women came out of the underground entrance looking worse than anything he had ever seen. He watched as some of them began to cry, wanting to say something to them but finding his words unable to pass his lips. The Elemental closed his mouth, tightening his jaw as two rock hard balls of cartilage and flesh formed under his ears. Shaking his bewildered head at the sight of it, he nodded to his brother Johnny as Samantha passed. Johnny stood trying to act as if the pain throughout his chest wasn't throbbing, begging him to find a place to lie down. The Salamander noticed as the girls began to emerge from the stairs, scanning each one over as they passed and praying for his lover to emerge. When she finally did, he strode fast to her with no care for the intense pain wracking his body. With all wanting he wrapped his right arm around her with more relief than he had ever felt in his life. The feel of her brought a mist to his eyes as he placed his cheek upon her soft hair. While she embraced him tightly saying his name, he made an uncontrollable cry of pain that resonated from his torn from. “Watch yourself Sam, he's really hurt.” Joseph hushed to her quickly pointing to his brother’s chest. “Are you ok baby?” She quietly asked, raising his t-shirt 322

Elemental Heart shocked at the sight of the wound. “By the God's.” “Just a flesh wound hun.” He lied causing Joseph to roll his eyes at the comment. “John, take the girls to the car.” Joseph bade him, not wanting the boy involved in the fight if he could help it. “Ok, I'll be back” Replied Johnny, ushering the motley crew together with Samantha's help. “And if I have anything in the van, find something to cover them with!” Joseph ordered shaking his head once again. Everything seemed to be going according to plan. Although he did not expect so many captives, he was glad that they were now out of that nightmarish place. The young man silently cursed himself for ever thinking of leaving Seaside without a fight. Had he convinced his family to do so, who knows what would have happened to these young women. Not to mention Samantha, not only his brothers love, but a woman that had come to be a friend. Joseph Force turned back to the entrance way into hell with a menacing scowl. Never again would he allow himself to think of such a poor choice. Never again would he ever think of turning away from his friends. He let that feeling well up inside him, like a pot about to boil over. Feeling the press of his teeth within his mouth, he went about preparing the next stage of his plan. When the last of the girls had gone from sight, Robert nodded down the long earthy passageway to Kenneth who in turn nodded to Mathew. Each got ready to do their part, sneaking into each of the three rooms individually. All of them held a feeling a dark trepidation save Mathew, who also felt a rage he had never held before. Mathew slowly turned, stalking in behind the Valkira joyfully thrusting and unaware of anything else but his sick pleasures. As 323

Elemental Heart he reached the back of the sweaty man, he quickly grabbed him from behind pulling him away from his bleeding captive. Dirichter struggled as he was brought back several feet pawing at the arms around his neck and head. The Valkira snarled bringing his arms back as far as he could and placing an electrified palm upon Mathew’s skull. The shock hit the Earth Elemental with crackles and snaps but Mathew’s anger was only heightened by the pain. With great speed he released Dirichter, pushing his back and casting the Dark Lord forward into the table at the left of the room. Violently he grabbed the sweaty man by his shoulder, throwing him hastily into the opposite wall. Still coming at him, Dirichter prepared to bring his energy filled hands to bear. But Mathew’s speed was still too great for him to overcome, and with this uncanny speed Mathew blurred in, beating him all-around from head to stomach with lightning fast strikes. Hit after hit landed in a flashing blur supported by bright yellow eyes. Mathew could not be blocked or parried as he hit Dirichter so fast that the heavy aftershocks of numerous meat packing smacks took any breath the Valkira had from his lungs. Finally with beaming orbs he slowed to normal speed, giving one last mighty hook across Dirichter’s swollen face, sending the beaten lord down to the floor without sense or reason. Standing over the beaten and bloody man, looking down upon him with a justified hate in his eyes Mathew considered kicking him until his disgust subsided if that were even possible. But a sound from Rebecca's throat caused him to cease this line of thought. He turned and looked at the girl still strapped to the wall, and quickly moved to his beaten friend. With a mighty pull he tore the hook supporting her, leaving the woman to fall straight down with no strength left to support her swollen legs. Carefully he knelt holding onto her bruised arms, helping her to rise, as she slowly placed her filthy feet upon the dirty floor beneath her. “It’s alright honey I got you.” He said supporting the 324

Elemental Heart young woman and looking her over as if he himself wanted to cry. This girl had been his friend for many years; she was like extended family to him. Even then he felt the need to drive his very fingers into Dirichter’s chest cavity and tear his heart out with bare hands. Rebecca’s face was covered in bruises, a fat lip sporting fresh blood, obviously from her recent terrible encounter. Her head shook as the girl hunched over as if unable to grasp the world again. She tried to stand, hardly able from the stinging pain swelling between her legs. Mathew removed his leather jacket placing it over her while holding onto her arms as if she may fall apart at any moment. It was all he could do, and that to him was just not enough. As he helped the emaciated and emotionally damaged woman out of the room, she abruptly stopped confusing the young man. Catching sight of Dirichter still limp and laying half propped up against the far wall, Rebecca stared at the bloody heap. A look of anguish crossed her young face. Slowly she began to stalk up to the beaten mass coming to stand just above him. She started to cry, but that depression turned into a rage Mathew had never seen in her before. She kicked the downed man with such a fury Mathew’s jacket flew right off her back to the floor behind her. Her entire body trembled as she grabbed a shelf set into the wall by deep anchors and used it as leverage to sustain her flying feet. The girl kept up with such abandon that the anchors gave way, sending her crashing upon the floor as the shelf came spinning down with her. This did not stop the enraged fury as she scrambled over on all fours picking up the shelf and slamming it down several times upon the Valkira’s head until his pale skin began to give way to bloody bone. Blood splatter hit the young woman all about her breasts and face from a squirting vein launching the metallic taste in her mouth straight out of Dirichter’s beaten skull. When Rebecca had lost the strength in her arms, she dropped the shelf to the floor at her side falling to her bruised 325

striking the dirt floor and blasting out a large hole of earth where he once stood. So when he heard its notes of chaos coming from someplace within his underground chambers. and was prepared to finish the Valkira off should he begin to fight back. He grasped the girl up slick with sweat and blood. Looking over the beaten heap. “As you wish. many times composing that music himself. forcing the laughing woman out of the room dragging her back into the passageway. caving in that 326 . “Ready for round two asshole?” Kenneth nodded to the Ancient ready as ever to let the beatings commence. she went from a hurtful sneer to a maniacal laugh in seconds. staring him down. You have already decided to invite it upon yourself. Mathew watched in horror as the girl went insane before his very eyes. But that was apparently unneeded. and now the blood covered joy that had gripped her. He did not expect to see the large boy from the beach house standing at the other end of his war room with folded arms. Anton knew well the sounds of disorder. Kenneth dodged to his right just in time to avoid the shot. looking about her blood soaked body covered in the thick red fluid.” Anton informed bringing his hands together meeting fingertip to matching fingertip. “I can see no point at times like these for words of assured death. Mathew decided he had seen enough. At first he understood it completely.” Anton sneered letting his eyes brighten and sending fourth jagged bolts of red from his outstreatched fingers directly at the Earth Elemental. the Ancient stood up out of his chair and turned with deliberate speed to see what craziness had come over his current abode.Elemental Heart knees. Kenneth permitted his heart to overtake his eyes beaming silver with elemental power as he ran right for the first small table before him. From the pure fury Rebecca had just displayed. Another series of jagged red bolts tried to hit home but instead met the wall behind Kenneth.

When Kenneth ran out of objects. When the younger Elemental came to the thick wood he rose up his mighty arm forcing it down upon the table. Wood and energy exploded engulfing the room for a moment’s time. taking hold and wrapping around the wooden shield. hoping to hit him with the exploding projectile. As the bright vapor subsided. Anton reached out with his hands and let fly more of the red lightning. “Take this…” Kenneth slammed his fist into the Ancient’s 327 . As the table cracked in half with a heavy crunch. Anton found himself beholding four of the largest knuckles he had ever seen in his long life. but again Anton took it from the air crushing it happily as close to Kenneth as he could.Elemental Heart section of the room with powerful booms of falling earth and sand. Anton easily shot them from midair. Kenneth kept up his distraction throwing the first table he cleared. But before it struck home. the broken table stopped midair. Kenneth reluctantly let go as the small table was pulled forward across the room. a crest of arcing red energy snapped to a point quickly tearing down cracking the table right in half. eventually grasping a row of blood stained knives and throwing them at the Ancient. colliding straight through with a great loud snap. in most cases deflecting them back at the Elemental in a hail of showering blades. he dashed straight for the long table at the center of the room dodging powerful sizzling bolts as he went. crushed by the strength of Anton’s electrically powered grip. Kenneth quickly scanned about starting to grab for anything in sight. being encased in Anton’s energy grip. From mid-top. Kenneth picked up the side nearest to Anton and tried to flip it on top of the Ancient Valkira. Kenneth picked up the table before him and held it as a shield. Splinters of timber from the table shot out across the room in a rain of thick shards. obscuring everyone’s view in the chamber. trying blindly to make his way to the back of the room.

Elemental Heart face. As he got to the chambers entrance he looked back with an air of intellectual arrogance and shifted his glasses back up his sweaty nose. crashing down to one knee holding onto the broken control panel for support. crashing back into their respective beds. dragging the manically laughing Rebecca with him. he slipped. “Magic use’n…” Again he crashed his knuckles into Anton’s gut. Mathew passed the room Robert was in with the still slumbering Valkira apprentices. “You old ass…” He swung a wide left hook knocking Anton back in the other direction. Staggered and trying to stand. Robert stood tall striding out of the room. smashing his right fist into the Ancients gut with great force. initiating both the Valkira to fall limp instantly. Anton’s body fell limply to the floor but not all the way as he kept his feet beneath him stopping the tumbled fall. When the two began to snore loudly under his potent spell. “Mother Fucker!!!” He brought him arm all the way back over his right shoulder. The monitors detonated in heavy sparks as the controls shorted out all about the Ancient. “Go back to…” He commanded as he pushed upon the boy’s forehead with a glowing right palm. “Tricky…” Kenneth grabbed the meat between Anton’s right shoulder and neck. Her voice almost masked by the first sounds of explosive power coming from the war room. Robert watched as they passed with a muddled look about his face “She’s gone mad?” He questioned himself as both Eddie and Drake stirred from their slumber and shot up awake. “Who is YOUR daddy?” He said as cocky as the Akashan could possibly 328 . colliding into the Valkira’s face and sending him clear over his chair into the control panels behind it. Swiftly the Akashan turned to the bunk bed. “Sleep!” Robert continued bringing his bluish-white palm across Drake. “YOU!” Eddie howled alerting Robert.

“What’s the situation?” Joseph questioned as Mathew brought the girl up. When he got to the steel seat he let the girl fall to the floor as gently as he could. yet still sounding as if she were laughing at the same time. dawns approach was just starting to lighten the sky from the east over the wide ocean. instead kept his concentration on the task at hand. “What now?” The Akashan inquired looking back and forth at his two present brothers. starting off with a slight limp quickly grabbing another panel from the stack about the nearest wall. “Come on!” Mathew cried an instant later. The Fire Elemental opened up the back of the van telling the girls to get in as Samantha 329 . Robert nodded then started to jog away in a northeasterly direction.” Joseph ordered. “We stick to the plan. As Johnny and Samantha reached the two vehicles with the pack of abducted girls.” Mathew responded as he wriggled to get Rebecca off the last step and over to an exposed steel beam ten or so feet away. Again he noticed another naked and filthy girl. Joseph watched as Mathew carried the screaming girl up the concrete stairs from the sub-basement with some difficulty. Mathew approached Joseph holding a large mirrored wall panel across his chest starting back down the stairs again. “This is about it. But this time apparently out of her waking mind. “Quite right.Elemental Heart sound. Go tell Jeff to get ready for us. Within a moment the young woman began to sob loudly. Joseph then turned.” Robert said to himself shuffling backwards out of the room still looking over his work with some pride. “Where’s Rob?” Joseph asked as Robert came double stepping up the stairs with an unusual spring. which was more comical then could be taken seriously. He had no time to dwell on the terrible reality of it all.

As long as he could behold those precious orbs in his mind there was nothing he felt he could not do.” 330 . favoring his chest as he traveled as fast as he could go. “I know baby… I know.” She whispered to him as he made his way across the sandy street. “They’re my family. But quickly he broke. and large dirty breasts made it hard for him not to notice. “Then go help your family. The sight of those eyes looking back at him was the pinnacle of paradise. starting off back to his brothers. The young women crammed into the Van. he stood facing Samantha. “You’re my family too you know.Elemental Heart helped him to move the group. When this was done. but he managed to bring his eyes up to her beautiful blues. submissive pose. but not all were able fit.” She reacted with a crooked little smile.” Johnny kissed her deeply and with so much passion that the girl wanted to wrap her arms about him. Her curvy frame. “Go get em.” He whispered giving a worried glance at the ruined warehouse looming over them. Johnny moved to the other car. having to make some room in the IROC for the remaining girls to sit. feeling an overwhelming pride at the bravery of her lover. I have to. “You have to go back don’t you?” Samantha asked after he could find no words in his throat to emote how much he was glad to see her again.

but instead of swirling down deep into the water it seemed to be rising up off the ocean surface. spraying seawater around the boys as if it were a heavy rain. Robert turned his eyes down over the cliff face with a bit of unease. It made a sound like a roaring waterfall and a tornado all at once. After several moments. The sight of it made him a momentarily nervous before recalling what his native element was and letting the feeling subside as fast as it had come over him.Elemental Heart Chapter Thirty Robert raced outside through an open doorway at the very northeast corner of the building. His eyes scanning over the Water Elementals profile. Robert could see fish. seeming to pull the moisture from the morning air around him in a hazy blanket of mist. From the ocean below a whirlpool churned in great swooshing splashes of saltwater. sensing then something beneath the earth. The Akashan spied Jeffrey standing at the cliff face holding open palms out before him as if trying to catch the ocean itself. Sighing. As he came into a small clearing Robert remembered being at his place just a few weeks before. He jogged along a short strip of tall grass between the building and the cliff face forty feet high overlooking the ocean waves. and various other things caught up in the mighty spinning tower. As it increased in speed it grew in size. the water itself defied gravity coming alive in a spinning colossal spire of seawater shooting up into the dawning sky a hundred feet into the open air. he watched in some amazement as Jeffrey engaged in summoning his power from deep within. crabs. 331 . He cursed himself for not trying to make any sense of it. and the sight of it took his breath away. Robert made his way over to his brother watching Jeffrey standing about with outstretched arms. being careful not to slip on any loose rocks or dirt. and promised himself to take such intuitions more seriously the next time he had them.

he made ready to end this bastard here and now. Kenneth cried in agony as the Valkira Ancient tossed him side to side beating his body against the falling dirt of the walls and ceiling. but kept slipping weak against the broken control panel. He had played weak for long enough. Anton let fly his lightning tendrils wrapping up the man and squeezing him. shaking with exertion and strain as his eyes blazed a radiant bright blue. “I’m gonna cut yer God dammed head off. The large boy scanned around spotting a meat cleaver off to his right side laying still on the dirt floor. As Kenneth closed in. His limbs stretched and contracted violently creating tears on his skin as the Elemental howled in horrific pain. smashing it into several pieces as he crashed the insolent child down upon it. He threw his head back and called everything he had out from the depths of his soul. the red energy began to pull at his skin attempting tearing his body asunder. he hoped that word would come soon. Kenneth watched as Anton shifted trying to regain his proud posture. “Know what. Lightning shot out of his eyes and his hands surrounding 332 . “Quite right! I’ll just let you know when!” Robert fumbled behind him waiting to give Jeffrey the proper word. “Rob… now… is not…. While he beat him. “I have had enough of this Bacrana! I have walked this world for countless centuries! You are not the one to bring me down!” Anton Torel screamed in bloody murder.” Anton smirked as the Elemental stalked to him. the time…!” Jeffrey replied barely able to speak. From the look of strain that his powerful brother was emitting. Finally the Dark Lord slammed him down on top of the first half of the long broken table.” He spat grasping the cleaver tightly in his right hand. raising the Elemental viciously aloft.Elemental Heart “Joseph said to stand ready!” Robert yelled over the loud raging torrent. Retrieving it with surety.

Kenneth shook his head at the satire. They crouched behind the reflectors holding them up with their shoulders as Kenneth slowly moved with labored breaths to help support the panels between Johnny and Joseph. Faster and faster it swirled about him arcing from limb to limb and body to floor. starting to crawl as fast as he could out into the passageway. “Let’s get out of here!” Joseph ordered as the group 333 . shredding his cloak and tearing the skin off of half his skull in a shocking massive burn.Elemental Heart him in a massive aura of red phantasmal energy. Mathew. and ceiling. “Ken stop goofin around and get back here!” Mathew called from around the corner of the wide entrance. The titanic multi jagged bolt reflected back encompassing the entire war room. The walls caved in as did parts of the ceiling as the final frays hit Anton and surrounded him with an enormous electrified force. causing everything it touched to explode. Joseph. The energy grew hotter and stronger with each passing moment. “Hey asshole!” The Salamander affronted over the sounds of the energy consumed air. Johnny then stood clear up waiting for the energy consumed Valkira to look where Kenneth had once been. when he heard one of his brother’s voices from behind. Kenneth raised his bloody arm covering his eyes. Soon as he passed the threshold of the chamber. firing forward without thought and hitting the standing mirrors as Johnny instantly ducked down behind them. Anton screamed at the unbelievable sight. tossing anything not nailed down around him spinning about. The place began to shake chaotically with instability as earth fell down all about them. and Johnny came to stand in a row holding up a mirror panel from the floor up. As Anton prepared to fire his massive red blot he looked forward spotting the formerly thought dead son of Rah standing at attention and giving him the middle finger. wall.

When he felt strong enough. Most of the sea water slammed home into the hole forcing its way through until there was nowhere for the liquid to go. Mentally he commanded the spire to curve above him like a slinky. His eyes burned bright yellow as he stretched out his hands looking down the crumbling passageway. he mentally pulled down at that point in the earth. he pulled down causing a central cave-in that spewed dirt. coming over and crashing into the hole as he brought around his hands in a fluid motion. His head ached as his fingers shook physically imitating what he felt in his thoughts. He backed up all the way to the fence and yelled out to Jeffrey. “Matt! Let’s go!” Joseph called in snapping Mathew out of his concentration.Elemental Heart dropped the mirrors and started for the exit. Great breaking sounds came from all about before the seawater found its way to the cliff starting to drain down from whence it came like a great waterfall. All but Mathew ran the entire way. “Jeffrey! Do it now!” He screamed through the violent wind and hard rain of the raging torrent. and sand into the place in a thundering roar. Mathew turned and started to jog slowly. rock. The Earth Elemental turned just past the entrance to the first room summoning his innate powers. he still had one card yet to play. When he had found it. Seawater sprayed out around them covering the entire area. Robert saw the earth near his feet begin to cave in amidst the trembling all around the place. almost completely drained of all his elemental vigor. 334 . Robert held onto the chain link fence as he was covered completely in the typhoon. Recovering from his empowered state. Jeffrey’s eye sockets were encompassed in bright blue as if he were a terrible specter. He sent out his mind’s eye to feel the earth above the very center of the place. slapping them to the earth in the direction of the newly forming hole. who had spun his water spire into a hundred foot pillar that was at least twenty five feet wide.

A great rush of seawater and mud shot out of the tunnel blowing apart the doors and sending Mathew spinning out of the concrete subbasement like a giant water cannon.” He said to himself before shaking some excess water from his short brown hair. The liquid flew out into the open warehouse. “Well at least it worked… I guess. as if the muck had come to life. Several more seconds passed before movement started at parts of the floor. All across the floor of the place was covered in a thick layer of sand filled muddy water that laid on everything like a blanket of filth. knocking everyone from their feet and soaking all in its tidal path. “Jeff?!” Robert called out soaking wet and sitting in fresh mud. 335 .Elemental Heart When Robert could finally breathe. brilliant. shaking off the disgusting substance with disapproving words. “That’s what you get. looking about through water glazed lenses at the inundation forming a small whirlpool where the earth had caved in. Many fish and small sea creatures tossed about dizzy and confused about their new surroundings.” Mathew stated. slowing to a faint crawl. attempting to stand while wiping off his filthy water logged apparel. once open and musty. The huge spray lasted for several seconds before calming into a giant pool that hurriedly came rushing out every sloped entrance the muddy liquid could find. “Brilliant Jeffrey.” Kenneth joked seemingly back to his old grumpy self.” Joseph noted slipping to the floor as soon as he thought he had a footing. had become a pool of watery sludge that let go of several air bubbles slowly over many seconds. he took wide open gasps still holding onto the old fence that had fell atop him under the strain. He managed to sit up. Finally the shapes of the four boys began to emerge. There was no sign of Jeffrey in the area as the last of the water fell over the cliffs edge. The entrance. “Remind me not to follow your plans… ever.

” Johnny said leaning against a wall and hunching over.” Joseph offered while patting Kenneth on the arm for his efforts. giving rise to the lie that Johnny had given him back at the house. “Shit I’m sorry man. “Here here.” Mathew apologized as Joseph came over to check on Johnny. It was open. It wouldn’t serve him to beat the falsehood into the ground. “I got the first round. They limped and cursed. this shit’s everywhere. “Ok I lied.” Joseph let the lie go for now.” Johnny admitted pushing off his hands and wincing in pain. Johnny limped slowly to his brothers trying not to show how much pain the obvious injury was causing him. “And then another shower. the pain from his back and chest lighting up every nerve in between. “It looks like hell. “Hey… Jerk!” Kenneth scolded getting some of the stuff on his teeth and having to spit it out. This was a set of open bay doors at the west end of the warehouse leading into the trailer lot. almost all the way to the 336 . bleeding and covered in filth.” Mathew replied shaking mud off his arms with some of it being tossed in Kenneth’s freshly hand wiped face. “Your god damn right you do.” Kenneth added helping Joseph from the ground. The boys continued to banter as they helped each other walk to the nearest exit.Elemental Heart “I need a shower. It did not appear as healed as the chest. Soon as we get everybody together have Rob look at it. “I feel better huh?” Joseph mimicked from earlier. The Air Elemental moved Johnny by the left shoulder looking at the wound. Right now he just wanted to get everyone home safe. A thick stream of blood mixed in with the sandy dirt all about his chest and leaking onto to the dirty ground. laughed and insulted.” Mathew continued looking over himself disgusted at the sight.” “I need a drink.

Several bubbles came out of the newly made mud pool that had once been the entrance to the Valkira hideout. Anton moved his eyes to a steel beam just ten feet away. As the mud fell away from its head it exposed a creature whose skin and meat had been burned half off. From mid-top of his head down across his nose. grasping the rusty steel with all his might. all injured with bloody scraps and fresh bruises. Before they could mount any kind of defense or react.Elemental Heart great open doors. The large steel went all the way to the exit and stopped suddenly hitting the concrete walls. causing large cracks around the old warehouse doors. lifting the four from the ground by their chests and flying toward the open bay door. With an outstretched arm. Anton Torel. The four young men were cast violently through the air finally coming to skid across the asphalt lot outside. as his red eyes stayed aglow with merciless rage. to the lower right side of his jaw line was nothing but a bloody mass of bone and charred meat. That appendage pulled its master up and out until a head and a pair of shoulders emerged from the liquid soup. The boys landed and rolled in several ways. to show the Valkira Warlord. The group found it hard to get to their feet and at the moment didn’t try. which then became the shape of an arm reaching out onto the floor. Soon the undamaged side of its face was exposed enough from the dripping goop. Ripping the beam from its supports. the boys turned round from the great metal tearing they heard behind them. One 337 . the beam came loose and was sent sideways at the lot of them. he cast out his red tendriled lightning. The large thing hitting them all. Only half out of the nasty stuff he watched as the triumphant Elementals laugh as they helped one another out of the wide warehouse. When they finally stopped the chaotic toss not one of them didn’t cry out in pain. His skeletal teeth clenched together with hate. The bubbles became movement.

The Warlord was as ready as he had ever been.” Joseph voice struggled along with his body. “I say we so it the old fashioned way. The first to come was Mathew. fresh out.Elemental Heart by one they looked into the open bay doors and watched as Anton rose from the distant mud pool and started surrounding himself in his patented red lightning. what’s the plan?” Joseph asked the next to his feet. as Johnny opened up with a steady stream of fireballs from just outside the bay door. “Any more ideas?” Mathew grunted holding his ribs and attempting to sit upright. The four marched in the direction of Anton Torel. and cared not for his need to recover as his thirst for vengeance superseded everything else. Great snaps of red electric arcs passing all around the Valkira and clasping onto the exposed metal frame. every one of them with eyes aglow. Joseph took to flight directly at the Valkira lord but was grabbed by one of Anton’s tendrils and brought down upon Mathew with a loud crash. pushing himself up to a sitting position and watching Anton’s approach with unbelieving eyes. Kenneth broke rank and grabbed a loose piece of concrete readying to make a throw.” Johnny offered getting up to his feet first. I’m sick of this prick” Johnny added his eye’s flaring crimson. red flairs coming off him and electrifying everything within a twenty foot radius like a crimson plume. The concrete chunk tossed by Kenneth almost hit the 338 . “No…. Anton began to walk at them too. speeding up to a blurred run that was stopped by a bolt from Anton sending the boy wide left into the air. “When all fails-” Mathew stared finally getting up. “Fuck it!” The whole of them said in unison. “Ok.” Kenneth informed the second he got up to his feet. “Then let’s start one. “We don’t have an old fashioned way.

It was then that Anton did not take notice of Joseph swooping down and punching him across his skinless face. unable to lift his left from his favored wound. The lighting spread across the open warehouse till they found their mark. visibly shifting his jaw as the Air Elemental shot straight up into the air above him. who even though tried to dodge was still caught in the maelstrom.Elemental Heart Valkira. which grasped him and slammed the young man to the ground near Kenneth who had climbed back into the warehouse trying to make way to the Ancient’s direction. Johnny got back up very much in pain. Anton reached out again with his electric 339 . As Kenneth jumped up inside the bay door he tried to pick up the steel beam. Anton knew better than to let Kenneth McCoy within striking distance. who was ducking to his left to dodge the incoming balls of yellow fire. but was struck down my several lightning strikes leaving burns about his chest and face. Anton turned and saw Mathew coming in with uncanny speed to his right. As Joseph reached the high faltering ceiling above he dove back down only to be met by Anton’s tendrils. Kenneth dropped out the open bay and onto the asphalt as Johnny climbed up into the warehouse wincing in pain for his efforts. almost laughing at the feeble attempt. so he send Joseph into an electrified tumble roll straight into the big man casting them both outside again with all his might. hitting and then grabbing Mathew sending him against the nearest wall with a force that took all his remaining strength. A collective hail of red lightning spread out at Johnny. The Ancient abandoned his assault upon the last son of Rah to meet the incoming Earth Elemental. changing the direction of his jagged bolts. The Valkira master simply smacked them away with an electrified hand. thus steadily shocked into the north western corner of the place. “Son of Rah!” Anton shouted bringing everything he had at the Salamander with outstretched arms. and started shooting more fire at the Valkira with only his right hand.

retrieving his gleaming dagger and stalking toward the two battle damaged Elementals. “Good God!” Robert said aloud in shock. A lipless smirk upon his imperfect face dripping with living blood. and the Dark Lord could use the quantum energy to heal his grievous wounds. Using their powers to exhaustion would kill them. “Akashan! Your heart would make an excellent mend wouldn’t you say?” Anton asked raising his dagger ready to strike. but taking their Elemental hearts would kill them even faster.Elemental Heart tendrils grabbing both Johnny and Mathew with his extended hands. “You might need to put a band aid on that before it gets infected. he knew well the limits of younglings. The Valkira reached into the torn rags that were once his perfect cloak. but word quickly cleared that matter up. He wasn’t sure if it was one of his surviving subordinates or not. The Dark Lord turned to him with knife in hand completely bemused as the exposed muscles on his face visibly shifted in a picture of slithering wet meat. turning his back to the east and holding Robert high aloft. As he got closer to the weak and wounded pair he saw another figure out of the corner of his eye. and they all had reached theirs. “You’re supposed to be dead. crashing them together over and over again like puppets until he finally let them fall to the floor beaten and weak. He took no notice as a large shadow that began to loom over the field all around them like a great cloud above.” Robert shot out of the window covered in red lightning landing in the center of the drowned field. before noticing Anton gliding out of the window and coming straight at him with his dagger gleaming in the dawns early light. It took him few seconds to shake off the shock.” Robert informed coming in an open window directly to Anton’s right. “You may want to turn your attention from killing me for a 340 . Anton reached down picking up the healer.

The red arc’s cascaded without and within the massive form with no effect. its booming baritone voice came from a barely defined watery maw. he dropped Robert. and then turned his head slowly trying to look out for trickery.Elemental Heart moment. who scrambled away as fast as he could on all fours. But it was like shooting bee bee gun at a freight train. “You. are fucking with!” The huge mass of sea water pointed at Anton with a gigantic flowing hand. Seawater poured over and through the warehouse coming out on the other side of the building and moving anything and everything in its tidal path. Samantha and the other girls screamed as the giant wave came at the vehicles washing over them and pushing the things up and over on their sides crashing into one another. smashing into a guard rail there almost being thrown all the way over and down the cliff as the girls inside screamed in terror. His eyes widened at the sight of a living Titan standing in the sea behind them. Jeffrey brought back his titanic arm driving it forward to the ground where Anton stood. who you. The Elemental swayed as he stood with no defining characteristics other than his mortal shape. washing the trailers in the lot aside as if they held no weight at all. Both Car and Van came all the way to the end of the street.” Robert suggested slightly afraid and moving his eyes from the blade before him to something high above Anton Torel. collapsing the fence as it hit. A great wave washed over everything. As the last of the great wave 341 . The Valkira screamed in terror dropping his weapon and throwing up both his hands firing all the power he had at the thing. The Valkira lord frowned in confusion. consuming him with seawater as the Elemental poured its entire body forward over the open grass. As Anton watched the titan complete his form. do not know. There was a collection of seawater with all the power of the ocean standing over seventy feet tall in the shape of Jeffrey Aaron Waters.

and limped at a slightly faster pace than his prey. As the last of the tidal wave began to wash away. His wound hurt like mad. Looking up. though very hurt himself. a barely conscious John Llue Rah shook off the water and sand about his head. He had been brought 342 . shuffling away from the Dark Lord in a very slow. Pieces of the chain link fence remained intact.Elemental Heart subsided. but could not stop the natural reaction and did so doubled over twice as hurt. The old trailers had been swept across the lot and were stacked next to each other at the south western corner almost lying across the street. but most of it had been washed away. and Anton smelled the scent of death in the air. the vehicles simply fell back upon the sandy street. “No fucking way. He dared not let himself cough the water out of his lungs. Inside the warehouse. Johnny took several seconds to properly get on his feet. groggy and heavily soaked. As he kept on. everything seemed shifted. Blood from a wound at his back dripped down across him. slowly getting closer to Johnny. he saw that the boy had opted to turn left behind an enclosed room at the near center of the place. obviously weak and in terrible pain. Anton watched as the last son of Rah tried to escape. and every movement shot wracking pain throughout his entire chest cavity. He watched as the Valkira began to put his hands beneath him and pushed up to get back to his feet. He slid his right leg across the floor as the bone at his ankle had been bruised badly during the powerful but short lived monsoon. The Ancient got all the way up to his feet. he saw the Valkira Ancient not far from where he lay. limping. ruined and turned upon their sides. Anton was happy to see a shining reflection of his blade by the morning sun from a corner about the floor. deliberate pace. But none were in sight. and tried to send out a red tendril to retrieve it.” Johnny said to himself looking all about for any of his brothers.

“In the womb of darkness. changing the pitch darkness into an intense all consuming glow. Anton knew if he retreated now. and he had to make sure for himself that this child be put down now before he could spawn any offspring. he could be back at full strength within a day. shutting the door behind him. In the most fluidic motion John Llue Rah could summon from his broken form. With the close of the portal a pitch black atmosphere surrounded him causing the Ancient to remember how soothing it felt to his natural subterranean orbs. Anton was the destroyer of lives. he cared not for the love of feelings of others. Anton continued to follow Johnny round the left until he spotted a door into the central room just coming to a close. As his orbs shifted from light sensitivity to his native infrasion. which were very far and very few between. The Dark Lord smiled as he shuffled over to the door that led into the large central room. The meat about his head began to slowly heal up and reformed his once absent ear.Elemental Heart to such a point of weakness. Anton opened up the door finding a very comfortable darkness inside. he laughed a laugh that echoed throughout the large dark room. He moved in. His brother Cyclone would be publicly scrutinized should this pup be found among the living and that would be inexcusable to his family’s house. Anton grabbed for his eyes with both hands from the shear pain to his orbs. dropping his dagger into the floor before him and crying in a hysterical pitch. His only care was himself. that it took a full three tries before the power took hold and brought the weapon back to his waiting hand. “You choose your ground poorly son of Rah!” The Valkira Ancient called as he laughed. he dropped to the floor 343 . But so might the last son of Rah. I am king!” “Then let’s crown you with light!” The Salamander cried as he lit up his entire body in bright flames. and those he called family.

then grabbed Johnny by both his shoulders and leaned into the flaming young man. John Llue Rah looked over the body for a moment using the full cascading illumination of his own fire-lit dark orange aura. bluish white. and eyes. He held onto the handle sticking out of the Valkira lord’s chest staring him right into his hurt eyes. he was the last of the Dragonfyre line.. and now he was meeting their fate by his own hand. he drove the blades edge straight into Anton’s Elemental heart. And then it came. and silver transferred itself from one host into another. Shades of crimson red. a mist of water within his own. And he would wear that badge with honor and pride.Elemental Heart grabbing the lost dagger. Johnny stood tall and strong. Anton’s mortal coil fell completely limp. This has been one of the men who killed his family all those years ago. The former Ancient lay motionless and smoking from his mouth. Anton looked down upon the weapon in disbelief. mouth and eyes driving itself straight into John’s. When the transfer was complete. and would fear no Valkira for the rest of his days. his eyes smoking over and completely gray. Come what may. They stayed locked to one another until all that was in Anton Torel’s Elemental heart found its way into John’s. now full of vigor and filled with life. A snarl of defiance about his wretched half burned face was his last emotion upon the living world. which he kept as a souvenir of his first heart taken. chest.. An explosion of quantum energy erupted from the Ancient’s chest. John decided then and there he was no longer a child. 344 . He dropped the useless body to the ground but not before retrieving the blade. causing both bodies to shake uncontrollably still within each other’s grasp. Not only empowering the moments ago weak Elemental but healing his wounds completely in the process. Rising up with mashed teeth.

” Joseph admitted not sure if he wanted to laugh.” Robert asked helping Joseph walk over to the van from the east side of the warehouse.” Jeffrey defended himself.” Joseph turned his head to look into Robert’s eyes as the 345 . I could use…. both of his hands gabbing onto his short wet hair in exasperation. “I think I’ll go back to England for the holidays.” Mathew accused half tuning and pointing at the wreckage as Kenneth moved the cars with his heaving super strength. “How do I explain this to the insurance company?” “Nat-ur-al dis-as-ter. “No I didn’t. “I’m hoping uneventful. Uneventful would be a nice change. “Whoa hold on a minute! I saved your ass!” Jeffrey defended shoving his finger into Mathew’s soaked and filthy chest.” Kenneth suggested limping across to the cars ready to help the trapped girls out as well as he could.Elemental Heart Chapter Thirty-One “Aw hell naw!” Mathew looked at his IROC Camaro lying on its side against Joseph’s van.” Jeffrey joked coming to stand next to his favorite brother. “Trade up?! She’s my baby!” Mathew complained letting his hands fall from his head looking as if he were going to cry momentarily..” “No I didn’t” “We were doing just fine before that act of God. “You did this. The vehicles came crashing back down to their tires in two distinct booms. great flood bullshit!” Mathew shouted shaking his hands at the sea. “I wonder what the holidays will be like this year. the sounds of Jeffrey and Mathew arguing recoiling around the entire clan. “Yes you did. “Time to trade up.

but so had her body been washed by the unwanted and scary shower. “I took care of it. noting several times that he and Elainia had gone to the British Isles and that no one ever wanting to come along. Don’t thank me all at once. “You Ahh… You feel pretty good eh?” Mathew said continuing to shake his head with a look of disdain. 346 . and thought she spied a hint of red about his cheeks. The girl wiped at her matted mane several times before simply blowing some air past her bottom lip up over her face. watched a perfectly healed and completely dry John Llue Rah walk up to the beaten water logged crew. kissing him deeply with great excitement. “No you don’t. who was shaking his head at the sight. She had never seen the big guy bashful. She watched as some of the older girls fawned over the strong and muscular Kenneth. “Look at this asshole. “Johnny?” She whispered to herself. Telling him over and over that he was their hero.” “Johnny!” Samantha cried running up and wrapping her arms around him. and that he had saved them twice now from certain death. A trace of dirt still marred her angel thin blond hair and stuck to her face at some places. “Well eh… Johnny replied puffing out his chest and tapping his pecks a few times for good measure. “A holiday…” “Know what.” Joseph lied as Robert called him on it.” Jeffrey cried aloud as he and Mathew. Looking up across the scene. she watched as a figure proceeded across the warehouse grounds with a confident stride.” Robert corrected.Elemental Heart intellectual verbally stumbled. When Samantha had gotten out of the car she wore a black jean jacket she had found in the IROC that was now soaked with saltwater. I’ve always wanted to see England.

“Hey Matt your car looks like it was rolled in shit. By the second night. and law enforcement.” Joseph remarked looking over at Robert. Mathew slowly nodded with a look of disbelief. “He he he…” Jeffrey laughed as he nodded. ‘what the hell’ and a raging party commenced. they set about returning the abducted girls to their homes. the eldest brother decided. “What? Do you see my ride?” Mathew yelled back across the area. but completely agreeing with his brother’s assessment.” Robert sounded off. Mikey and Jeffrey sat outside by the small bonfire with a cluster of people from the boardwalk smoking themselves into a tizzy. But in the end. they figured that a future visit to the beach house was not a fore gone conclusion.” Jeffrey cried out.” John called out.” Kenneth insulted. “I am serious about England.Elemental Heart “Fa-king ass-hole…” Jeffrey said aloud nodding and curling his upper lip with a frown. “Go to hell flamer!” Mathew replied giving Johnny the finger. But from the barrage of questions they received by parents. After the boys had managed to get both the vehicles back to the house and parked in the driveway. “Shut up Jeff. Joseph had almost reluctantly allowed a celebration party. “Ok who’s driving?” Joseph called out. “Have the big guy push it. All of them thanked the boys for the rescue and promised not to reveal the specifics of their escape. Seaside was still under martial law and many questions about the boy’s involvements in the events that week were still up in the air. guardians. “Oh it’s good to have the whole lot back together again. Loud banter and declarations of pussydom were being 347 .

The occasional rush of young people would pass through the tight corridor at times. kissing with much passion and taking time to stare into each 348 . But with the events of the past weeks it would be a long time before she could even bring herself to feel safe enough to even kiss the boy. and drank special punch together. Carl decided he would be there for her and wait it out.Elemental Heart dispensed by the Water Elemental. Carl and Rebecca sat together alone by the back stairs. Kenneth still blamed himself for her death. He consoled the girl with a dignified heart. Melissa sat teary eyed with a beer in hand talking about how much she missed her best friend and occasional lover Kay Kay.’ To which Robert replied. The lovers lay upon the soft surface holding one another drenched in sweat and each other’s fluids. Kay Kay was as much a protective soul as he was. Through it all. John and Sam nestled into one another for several hours in nothing but their bed sheets. going over his admiration for the deceased. for he certainly still did her. Robert and Joseph talked around the kitchen table over the loud music of ACDC playing in the next room. to something Jeffrey would say outside. It wasn’t that she didn’t like him. she would have done the same as he. The girl was still nowhere near feeling normal. and a random thirteen year old that had tried to sneak a beer. that was a special punch. taking care of his old friend in every way he could. ‘No. who was always kept with a mug full of beer.’ So the two boys laughed over everything from hell to high water. To which Melissa hugged him and stroked his short black hair. letting him know that it was not at all his fault. Mathew Hunter sat beside her. and given the same situation. To which Joseph told the young girl ‘Go get some of the punch in the fridge. so much so it impressed Kenneth who came to sit with them. and Carl had taken it upon himself to keep her talking and tried to be there for her in every way that he could.

Elemental Heart other’s eyes. John had never seen nor wanted to see another woman in his life that looked as absolutely beautiful as Samantha Jennifer Lee. The woman was all he ever wanted, Strong willed, sexy, intelligent, loyal, and beautiful, he took in every aspect of her that warmed his heart like nothing else in the world. She was his heart, his passion, and most of all, his family. Nothing else in the universe could ever mean as much and she did to him. Samantha had never felt like this for any other man than the one holding her now. John Llue Rah brushed her face with his fingers staring into her wonderful blue eyes, and then took hold of her chin with a curled index finger, kissing her before sucking on her bottom lip. Sam rolled back her eyes and reached down for him. When it responded to her call, the girl mounted atop him and slowly got to work. Her passion was her lust, and this man was what she lusted for. She knew with all her heart that he would always adore her, and planned on giving him all the time in the world to do just that. A knock came at the front door that could hardly be heard over the loud rock n roll from inside the house. So the knock came over several times over before Mathew got up from the couch and went over to the portal, opening it up half way to peer outside. There he spied a tall dark haired man in blue jeans and a thick leather jacket. Behind him were two women. One was sort of tall and had long curly brown hair with brown eyes; she was sexy in a strong looking way but not mannish. The other girl was petite and had golden hair with blue eyes. She looked the likeable type of girl and greeted his eyes with a sharp almost fairy like smile. Mathew looked back at the man and shook his head. “Look man if you’re not the police or a man with a badge I’m sorry to say the party is full. So you’ll have to go find yourself another house to crash.” Mathew informed feeling he had no time for strangers. “I think you misinterpret my reason for being here mate.” 349

Elemental Heart The man said speaking in an Australian accent. “I’m lookin for the owner’s of this place.” “Am I supposed to know you?” Mathew asked now with just a hint of confusion. “Ya mum sent me.” The man replied seriously. “And from the looks of things, I’d say she was right to do so.” “You know my mom? Prove that you know my mom.” Mathew dared steeling his face. The man lowered his eyes and let them grow into a deep red hue as he looked into Mathew’s. As he did, the brunette behind him showed her eyes to light a dark green, and the blond woman’s a slight purple. “Me names Lightmare Voon mate, and I’m here to make sure you’re alright for ya mum.” Mathew arched his head back inside the doorway with a beleaguered look across his face. “Guys! We got company!” He yelled into the house. The light from the morning sun showed true through the plastic covering that had been pinned up to cover the damage caused by Anton Torel. Its brilliant light shining directly into Kenneth McCoy’s eyes, stirring him from him inebriated induced slumber. Slowly the lumbering lad rose from the floor. As his eyes adjusted to the brightness of the room, he noticed a slight discoloration upon his torso. With awakening inspection, and to his complete dismay, he noticed that his nipples had been painted over with nail polish, the inscription ‘Behemoth’ had been written upon his belly, and he now dawned woman’s underwear as his only garment. “Jeffrey! Mathew! I’m so going to fucking dismember you two! Son of a-”

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A mud hole stirred under the moonlight where Jeffrey Waters had poured his Elemental power into the Valkira hideout. The dirty soup twisted and bubbled as if something was swimming underneath of its surface. Within minutes, a mud soaked hand reached up into the sea air trying to find a grasp with which to pull itself up. It failed many times over until a form burst into the air dripping with wet sand and other such filth, hovering in the night like a specter of death. Within minutes Dirichter Vear stalked slowly into the area where the body of Anton Torel laid slowly decaying and being chewed on by small rodents. Muddy boots stood next to his beloved dead uncle as he watched the scene with pure hatred and disgust. His eyes lit up in a fury as did the two figures behind him, wanting nothing more than revenge for the fate that had befallen their glorious leader. “Uncle, I shall avenge thee.” Dirichter promised holding something in his shaking left hand. The Valkira turned and walked out of the room into the open moonlight pouring in the old warehouse from its large broken frame. Soon Eddie and Drake followed behind covered in drying mud, their irises aglow. “And when I find the last son of Rah, I will use his own weapon against him.” Dirichter stated holding the Zyton up to shine in the moons rays. “And I will take his heart, and with it all his glory!”

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I would like to thank Nicole Quinn, for being supportive of this endeavor and spending countless hours of hearing babble about aliens, Elementals, underground cities, and a love life between imaginary people. I would like to thank my entire Family, Christina Walton, Robin Abbot, and Judy Miller for being with me in the darkest of times, from which I finally came to a place where I could write this book to escape my despair. I would like thank the following persons for helping me with the labors of the self-editing process. Stephen Annand, Sandra Burns, Rob Wills, Judy Miller, Jolene Lenhart. I thank Kelly Quinn, for providing me with a bed and medicine when I needed them and being a person for whom I know where I stand. Many thanks to Thomas Burns, Caroline Burns, Tommy Jr., Colin and Krystal Burns, for always being there with open arms and hearts, and being the ideal family to which I am forever jealous and appreciative to have in my life. Untold amounts of thanks to Jessie Edward Howard, who since we were fourteen years old would listen to my ideas about the Elementals and helped to create scenarios, characters, and events during the early years of development. Without your wonderful imagination, I would not have some of the characters I have today.

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Elemental Heart Finally I would like to thank Jennifer Lee Moore. There are many things I could put here, and in truth, many have already been. I think it's easy enough to say that we have both changed many times over the years. That we have both done things that in our later years we were not proud of, and cannot change. Through all of this, with everything that has happened on both sides, I can say this with absolute certainty. Since the first time we couldn't stand each other, I have always loved you. No other woman in my life has ever meant to me, what you do to my heart and through struggles, imperfections, every heated argument, that fact has never changed. We managed at one point to make a beautiful son, and at others, to look into each other's eyes with more passion than I could ever emote in words. It is my hope, old friend, that one day we may be more than that. But even if not, you will always be within the personal, inescapable grasp of my heart. Tell our son, that Daddy loves him, and misses his family very much.

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Elemental Heart An excerpt from the next installment of the Elemental Saga

Elemental Brimstone
Rah Family Home, Ridley Pennsylvania June, 1987 The house shook as if a great gale blew outside waking Stephen Janus Rah from his slumber. The small dirty blond haired boy shot up out of bed hearing violent screams from the down stairs. He looked all about his dark room, whose only light came from shinning moonlight through a window by his bed. Stephen whipped his head over looking for his twin brother, but found that his bed was empty. Without dwelling on it, the boy quickly realized that his brother had most likely gone over to his grandfathers as he sometimes did, preferring to sleep there than in his own room. Stephen heard another loud crash from the first floor. This time, accompanied by what sounded like the suction of fire and wind twisting together. As he moved to his bedroom door he could hear his father yelling loudly, telling his mother to get the boy’s and their sisters and run. Then in what could only be described as a wet sloshing chop, he no longer heard his father’s voice. Stephen opened his bedroom door just a crack to see out into the hallway. As his left eye passed the meridian of light and spied his mother crawling up the steps. The sight of his mother looking weak and severely hurt made his small reddish hazel eyes open wide as blood began to spread all about her midsection seeping through her pale nightgown. His mother looked up at the door noticing Stephen, at which point he could see her mouth the words ‘run’ without hardly an accompanied sound. The young boy stood paralyzed in place, watching as a man in a black uniform stalked up the steps behind her. His face 354

Elemental Heart was very pale and menacing, with eye’s that looked as if they had captured lighting within them. The figure looked down upon his mother with a troubling grin as he removed a lone dagger from its sheath at his side. He stood there for moments, taking in the victory of the event with sadistic joy. The bleeding woman whimpered as she attempted with her last pulses of life to get to her children. Stephen watched the form above his mother reach down grasping a handful of her long dark hair, and wrenched her neck up before bringing the blade before her windpipe. She managed to look up at the crack in the door to her son, with one last unspoken plea for the boy to run. The figure struck at that moment, slicing across her neck, leaving a spray of blood ejecting across the open air and all over the floor. His mother's eyes rolled back in her skull as she emitted her last sounds upon this world, a horrible wet gurgle that was music to her murders ears. The young Rah boy backed away from the door slowly with his mouth agape at the horror of what he had just witnessed. His head moved back and forth as his small hands shook, unsure of what he should do. He stopped, hitting the edge of his bed, as he heard his Grandfathers voice from outside. The sound of the old man caused the murderer standing in the hallway to hurry down the steps with several loud rushing thuds. Stephen ran to the window to see the commotion, but as he got to the clear barrier all he could spy was several beings in black uniforms running or gliding into the nearby tree line in a swarm of evil. With wet eyes, the boy thought of trying to open the window for escape, but looking down realized he would not survive the fall. Reluctantly, he looked back to the bedroom door. He did not want to have to see the gruesome display held beyond the portal, but slowly he approached the once safe entrance taking every step with careful worry. Opening the door with caution he looked upon the sight of his dead mother lying in a pool of blood splatter that lingered all 355

but was stopped instantly by a blades edge protruding from the center of his chest.Elemental Heart about with dots and streaks upon the carpet and white walls beside her. his eyes devoid of color and life. the man’s head fell forward. completely unnerved and waiting to join her fate. as blood began escape his mouth in a steady thick stream. Stephen wanted to cry but the boy was in such shock that no emotion could escape his fear stricken face. The transference brought with it a sizzle in the air around the enclosed area as did a rush of sudden wind as if they were standing outdoors. Stephen walked bit by bit stepping around the wet floor not wanting to get any of it on his bare feet. The pale man approached up the stairs closer and closer stalking his prey. unhurriedly approaching him bearing a dagger in his left hand. Stephen could do nothing but stand frozen in place beside his dead mother. When he gazed wide eyed upon the 356 . The Assassin brought up his blade readying it for the killing blow letting out low growl. as another man with a pale face stared at him from the bottom of the stairs. When the mighty torrent of energy had subsided. his eyes flaring with yellow hue. Stephen watched as the man pulled back for a thrusting strike. The pale man looked down wide eyed at the point jutting out from his body. He watched as the man smiled. When he had gotten around the woman. a deadly precision upon his mind and taking in the drama of the moment with a sick enjoyment. Within a moment his body jerked upright in a spasm as yellow colored quantum energy ripped from his heart and eyes bending backwards behind him. the smoking orbs looked down upon the steps to where it would fall. he found that he could get no further. The dead man slumped forward crashing upon the staircase as his murderer retrieved the blade. holding it at his side. Stephen barely managed to bring his nine year old eyes up at his savior after the dead man toppled to the floor atop his mother’s motionless legs.

357 . Stephen watched from over the man’s shoulder as his home grew further and further away before being completely hidden by the foliage of the thick wood. He did not know what to think or what to do. “I am Valtor T’Zan. He remembered in that moment never to feel safe no matter where he was. The girls propped up over the dining room table with thick slices of meat taken from across their necks. and watched in horror as they passed the kitchen where his older sisters had apparently been violently slain as well. and I have come to save your life. his hair was long and brown and tied back into a ponytail. His father’s once mighty and proud form dismembered. still paralyzed from recent events. As they got to the lower floor Stephen could not help but take notice of his Father spread across the living room in several pieces. or who he was with. a Valkira Surfacelord.Elemental Heart apparent hero.” The man said grabbing the young boy and hastily running down the staircase. “Are you hurt?” The man asked quietly before looking over his shoulder and down the stairs to his back. he was stunned to find that the man was also bearing the same black uniform as did the men who had been killing his family. The man carried Stephen out into the night keeping to the shadows as they did. running straight for the forest beyond in the opposite direction where the others had fled moments before. His face was chiseled with a well set jaw and a strong brow that sat atop glowing orange eyes staring back at the youngling with a strength Stephen had never before seen. He was tall and his face was nowhere as pale as the other men. Blood seemed to be the color of the night. He didn’t take his eyes from the sight of it for some reason unknown to him. and both his sisters were dressed for the occasion in their own dark fluids all about their torsos. he was truly lost for the first time in his young life. Stephen could do nothing but shake his head. what was left of his chest still smoking.

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