:::Chapter Twelve – Traveling:::

I woke in the morning to find the fire reduced to a thin trail of smoke, drifting lazily into the blue sky. As I rolled over, wincing at sore muscles, I noticed Reese had packed up our temporary camp and had loaded it onto the horse. "Good. You're awake." He beckoned me over with his finger. "Let's go."

I sighed at his ignorance. "My feet are bound. I can't move until you untie me or come get me."

Reese glared at me, as if my predicament was somehow my fault. "Burn your ankle bonds and get over here." Rolling my eyes, I complied and stumbled over to where he was waiting. "Get up," he commanded, pointing to the horse's back. Mounting as gracefully as I could with my hands still tied behind my back, I followed his command.

Seeing as I was mounted, Reese turned to the dying campfire. I watched in amazement as he stretched out his hand and made a couple twitching motions. Suddenly a strong with swept in, blowing away any evidence that we had ever been there. Satisfied, he turned and mounted the horse behind me.

"Why didn't you tell me you had the power of wind?" I demanded, twisting my head around to face Reese, the wind whipping my long hair around in all directions. It never occurred to me that maybe my captor didn't want to tell me anything.

"Why didn't you tell me you had the power of fire?" he retorted, his eyes flashing in annoyance.

"Maybe I didn't know about it before!" I replied indignantly, spitting a clump of hair out of my mouth.

"Maybe I didn't know about mine," he replied evenly. I turned around and shook my head. His movements were far too practiced for his "not knowing" about his power. Sighing, I leaned back against Reese's chest, trying not to notice how hard his muscles were. It was going to be a long day…

Later in the afternoon, Reese looked down at the girl who had fallen asleep against him. It angered him that a girl so beautiful could be the daughter of them! He had first gotten the assignment to kidnap the children of Kaleo and Eireann twelve years after his parents had killed Kaleo and Eireann. Unfortunately, Kaleo and Eireann took his parents down with them. The memories made him furious, since he had watched their death from a nearby treetop, only eight at the time. Twelve years later, Reese could only think of revenge, and had jumped at the assignment. I hope Drake had success with Sol, Reese thought. If brother and sister team up, it would mean trouble for us. If only that idiot Costa hadn't been with them… maybe we could've gotten them before they learned of their abilities. He was onto us…

Reese's train of thought was interrupted as Luna stirred and woke up.

I yawned, squinting as the afternoon sun shone directly into my eyes. Where am I? I wondered. Then I felt the rope that bound my hands together and heard Reese's heartbeat right next to my ear. The memories came rushing back, and I sat up straight.

Angry because I had fallen asleep, I decided to practice lighting things on fire now that I know I was gifted with fire. Seeing a small clump of dry grass in the middle of the trail, I imagined it burning into dust, smirking in satisfaction as it worked. I had learned from Krystil that one couldn't learn the skills of their ability until one needed them. There had once been a drought in Vehnki, and the village had needed rain desperately. That was when Krystil had discovered she had the power of water; she had been able to summon rain. So from how I figured, I'd just be lighting fires for a while. But it was enough to satisfy a pyro like me.

I lifted my hands to light another patch of grass on fire, but Reese interrupted me. Don't, he said firmly.

I whipped around to face him. "And why not?" I demanded. "By no means am I 'escaping,' which you seem so afraid of! Besides, I'm bored out of my mind! What else am I supposed to do? There's no one to talk to!"

Reese looked back at me with a slight touch of… amusement? "I'm sitting right behind you."

"Why should I want to talk to you?" I yelled with a lot more anger than I intended. "You don't tell me anything! You haven't told me why I'm here in the first place, where we're going, why brother isn't here too, why…" I trailed off as the tears threatened to burst from my eyes. I held them back. There was no way I was going to cry in front of him!

"I can't tell you anything until I can trust you," he replied.

"How can I trust you when you don't tell me anything?!" I screamed, becoming frustrated.

"How can I tell you anything when I don't know if you're going to run off or not?" I sighed at his response. It was obvious that there were trust issues between us. But how could I trust him when he kidnapped me?

"But if you really want to know, we're going to Emerald Lake," Reese said behind my ear.

"Go with speed," Keshio said, "and watch your backs."

"We will, father," Krystil said respectfully. "We will be cautious. Be we will find Sol and Luna. I'm sure of it."

"I hope you do," Keshio replied wistfully. "I hope you do."

"We will," Costa said firmly. They bid each other farewell, and Costa and Krystil began their search for Sol and Luna.

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