Drayton ran until his lungs
ached and burned, like they would burst. Instead of heading back to the B&B,
he ended up at the castle. He ran through the archway in the wall. The yew
hedges cast a mass of wavering shadows on the ground. The moon was high in
the sky and its beams burst through the cracks in the castle’s granite
walls. “It’s too dark,” Drayton ran across the room, stumbling on fallen
stones. “Phelan, or whatever your name is. Wizard, appear to me. Come on.”
An eerie sound sent chills
down Drayton’s spine. He walked to the doorway. From the dark loch arose a
black shadow. It had no form, just a mass of evil. It moved toward him. He
backed up, allowing it to enter the castle. Hovering a few feet from the
ground, it took form of the wizard.
“Back so soon, Drayton?” Its
voice boomed, echoing off the castle walls.
“This is getting complicated.
Angus has the orb. I saw it. There are two stones in it. Some men showed up
and one chased me,” Drayton said, rubbing his eye.
“I presume he did this to
“I’ll slit his throat for
this. I can’t see why I should worry about getting those stones. The kid
will get them. Let her risk her life.”
“You can do that, if you’d
like and take it once all the stones are in place, but I caution you to keep
an eye on her and the man you call Angus. I have a feeling the men you
mention are from the past and are here for a reason. They will do whatever
they can to stop you.”
“I’ll just kill them too.”
Drayton sneered. “When are you going to teach me some spells. The kid knows
two things now. Each time she gets a stone, she gets a new power. I want a
stronger power. Teach me.”
“You’re a demanding young
Drayton. I fear this may be your downfall. You’re cocky and arrogant. Very
well. I can only give you the same powers that the girl has, until we have
the orb. If there are two stones, she’s got the power to make fire and the
power to grow large or shrink herself down.”
“You mean I can set Angus’s
croft on fire? That’d be great.”
“You need to leave things
alone for now. Angus has the orb, as you say. Let him live until we have it
in our hands and then you can do what you want with him, the girl and anyone
else in our way. Remember what I tell you. With each stone there is a power.
Here is what you will acquire, but only with the insertion of the jewel.”
Phelan told Drayton all of his future powers. He stayed at the castle for
most of the night.
“He practiced until he had
mastered them. “Go now and come back when it grows dark again. Until then,
stay out of trouble and see if you can find out anything else about this
“She lives with her mother,
Mairi. That’s all I know about her,” Drayton said.
“Go and be careful.” The dark
shape blended in with the stones as it floated out the door and back into
“That’s weird stuff!” Drayton
rowed across the loch, tied up the boat and headed for the B&B. When he
arrived, the front door was locked up. He climbed the walls and went in
through his room window. Before he went to sleep he checked his email,
hoping the translation of the book had come through. “What's this rubbish?
Colin, you bloody fool! What do you mean you can't decipher it? Ach, forget
it. I don't need it anymore.” Drayton typed a quick email back, cursing
Colin. Furious with the lack of results, sleep didn’t come until early