Paige

“Banish me from the real world realm!” Aphrodite screamed

Her palace began to shake as her powers reacted to her anger as she stood in her throne room. Vanessa appeared before her with Trina over her shoulder. Her body was bruised and covered with smoke, it was taking longer to heal; she was still adjusting to her new powers.

“She put up a fight.” Vanessa commented

She laid Trina’s body before her mistress. Aphrodite smiled as she looked over the mortal turned Titan.

“It probably was her best, but not good enough; put her in a cell downstairs, shackled. He might have won this battle but he hasn’t won the war.”

Vanessa picked up the limp body and walked out of the throne room. Aphrodite laughed, it echoed throughout the hallway as Vanessa walked down a set of stone steps. She sat down on her throne and conjured a love energy ball.

“Rise from the dead, lost love…” She whispered

Ashes blew in through the large doors and a body took shape before her. It kneeled and she signaled for it to rise.

“I await your orders mistress?” It whispered

“Music to my ears…” She hissed

She got up from her throne and pressed her index finger on its forehead.

“On the beach by the large rocks is a portal to the real world realm. It should bring you into a forest right near this home. You are to observe, this child named Paige. Do not make contact with anyone. Remain hidden at all times. If anyone senses you, call my name and I’ll bring you back here.”

As she commanded her orders, he saw images of the beach, forest and the path leading to the large home. He also saw the child, who looked to be twelve years old; short brown hair, and blue eyes. She finished and he nodded.

“Now go…” She whispered

He turned and walked out of the room. Vanessa flashed next to her mistress and smiled.

“She’s still out, but her arms are shackled to the wall.” She said

“Excellent. I sent my newest servant to observe the child.” Aphrodite continued

“Who did you send?”

“It’s a surprise… be patient…”

Vanessa shrugged and flashed out of the room. Aphrodite sat down on throne, conjured a crystal ball on a heart shaped stand. The two curves held the sphere in place. An image of her servant appeared as he crawled through the portal and arrived in the forest of the real world realm. A large grin formed on her face as her servant walked up to the Jacob’s house.

****

Dark pink and white streamers were twisted together, lining the picket fence enclosing the Jacob’s backyard. Tables were covered with white table cloths and blue teddy bears holding balloons for center pieces. Torches were lit, lighting the area and also keeping bugs away. Ryan came out wearing blue jeans and black polo shirt. He gestured welcoming guests to the backyard party. Ash, Amber, Trent, Jade, Mitch all came out. Vicky and Aaron appeared seeing everyone had come through the house. Dannie and Aiden arrived sitting at one of the tables; bursts of laughter broke the silence, as the other guests took seats.

“Where Trina?” Amber asked

“She’s been here all day helping Jade and Ryan.” Ash replied

“Oh...”

Myra and Sierra flashed standing in the center of the yard. Both wore short white robes with gold trim on the bell sleeves and collar. Jade walked out from the house. She wore a thick strapped blue sundress, and silver sandals.

“Jade, Ryan thanks for inviting us.” Myra began

“Thank you again for coming.” Jade replied

Ryan snapped his fingers conjuring a medium blue painted throne with clouds and a sun painted on the sides and back. Trina came out of the house holding Paige. They were dressed like Jade, but in purple and green. She handed Paige to Jade, who sat her daughter down on the throne.

Trina joined Ash, Amber, and Trent who shared the table with Jade and Mitch. Myra conjured a small table, Sierra opened a large brown velvet bag, taking out two candles and wrapped lavender. The candles were lit and she lit the end of the lavender. Its sweet scent filled the air.

The elder tiger and Jade exchanged nods, she and Sierra walked up to Paige. They chuckled as her stuffed black rabbit that her ‘Aunt’ Jade bought her. She hugged it tightly.

“Good evening. We’re here tonight to celebrate Paige’s first birthday and bless her into her powers.” Myra began

She turned to Paige and waved the wrapped lavender around her.

“Paige, a whole year old today; may all your birthday wishes come true. And welcome to your powers; use them wisely and not for personal gain. You have an extended family here to help guide you and love you so much. Blessed be…”

Everyone applauded, but it got quiet. A breeze picked up blowing the candles out, a white light surrounded Paige.

“What happening?” Amber asked

“Something extraordinary…” Ash replied

The light faded and Paige had grown. Brown hair touched her shoulders; she was taller and looked to be about eleven years old. Everyone gasped; Ryan snapped his fingers changing his daughter into a green capped dress.

“Hello Myra.” Paige whispered

“Happy Birthday Paige…” Myra replied

Jade heard everyone’s concerns about what had happened to Paige. She stepped forward and took Paige by the hand.

“Everyone let me explain. Ryan and I weren’t sure if Paige had inherited all of my powers and abilities. Today has proven that she has, but we’re not sure that she’s also going to have Ryan’s powers as well. When I was Paige’s age, I learned that my family was the first immortals. We didn’t feed on blood, ate regular food and lived in the light.

The same thing happened to me on my first birthday. Her growth rate will be steady at first, but slow down when she turns twenty or sooner. Time will tell.”

Ryan snapped his fingers and two tables appeared on the right side of the yard. There trays of food from the lounge along with two coolers of drinks. People got up and started to help themselves. Paige walked over to her ‘Aunt’ Jade picked her up and hugged her tightly.

“Aunt Jade…” Paige whispered

“Hello pretty girl.” Jade H replied

“I surprised everyone didn’t I?”

“You did; looks like your mom and I have a lot more in common. I’m not mad at her.”

“Good; you think I could have a bond with mom, like you and her have?”

“Of course! Maybe tomorrow you and mom can come to my house. We can show you how to control your powers.”

“Okay…”

By the end of the night, everything was cleaned up. Paige was still outside, sitting on a beach chair, in front of a fire pit and wrapped in a tan fleece throw. She sat up sensing something; she looked around the yard and didn’t see anyone. She leaned back and continued to enjoy the warmth of the fire.

“Paige come on inside we have a surprise for you.” Jade called

She got up and walked inside the house. Ryan and Jade led her down the hall to her room.

“I don’t get it.” Paige sighed

“Open the door honey.” Ryan suggested

She reached for the brass knob and turned it. The lights turned on and her eyes lit up. All the walls were painted off-white that complemented the new dark wooden furniture and floor. Her new four post bed was covered with cream colored sheets.

“Your mother had a feeling we should makeover your room.” Ryan explained

“Thank you!” Paige cheered

“Your welcome love. We’ll go shopping tomorrow to fill your closet with some new clothes. Now it’s bed time.”

Ryan walked into their bedroom and came back with a large red ‘Nike’ t-shirt. Paige hugged them both and shut her door. She was still wearing the dress; her father had changed her into. Finding the zipper on the side, it unzipped and she slipped the t-shirt on as the dress fell to the floor. She picked it up and laid it on her desk chair and desk which was right by her door.

Her new bed felt so soft, like a cloud. She held her stuffed rabbit close as she fell asleep. In the ‘Otherworld’ Aphrodite sat in her throne room, face was wet with tears. She had been crying since Ash banished her from the ‘real world’ realm. It was a huge blow, liked getting punched in the stomach.

“He’ll pay for this…” She hissed

“Someone is looking for revenge.” A male voice commented

“Who’s there? Show yourself!”

A hooded figure appeared with a large crystal ball floating over its hands.

“Seer?” Aphrodite asked

The figure nodded, “I had a vision. One that might help you.”

“Go on…”

“I saw a child; born a year ago and a hybrid. She possesses limitless powers. Capture the child and you could use her against the ones who hurt you. You’ll also set your former servant free; she will be another powerful ally.”

“Vanessa? She betrayed me!”

“So did your own daughter. She didn’t want to take the throne from you or embrace her powers over love. You bound her powers; Vanessa was willing to be your successor when Amber didn’t.”

“Where can I find the child?”

“She’s the daughter of a telepath and a wizard.”

Aphrodite smiled as plans started to formulate in her mind. She stood up and snapped her fingers changing from a white toga into pink corset top, black pants with knee high boots.

“Thank you for visiting with me seer. You have been a great help.”

She flashed for the Underworld to break Vanessa out.

The next morning Jade took Paige into town to buy clothes. They walked into a store and were greeted by Samantha who was standing behind the register. Both sides of the store were lined with racks of clothes for boys and girls. There were mannequins wearing various outfits along the back walls. Samantha walked over to them as Paige looked at a t-shirt with a rose on it.

II

“Hey Jade. Is that Paige?” Samantha began

Jade nodded, “Hey Sam. That’s my little girl.”

“Sierra told me about what happened last night. How long will she stay that size?”

“We shocked everyone last night. And I’m not sure, but we’ll enjoy it for now.”

Paige turned to her mother holding a large pile of clothes. Samantha walked them over to the dressing rooms in the back of the store. The fitting door unlocked before the key went into the lock. Samantha and Jade exchanged smiles as Paige walked inside.

She modeled some outfits for them. The last outfit she came out was a blue plaid dress and black leggings.

“Could I wear this one instead of the plain green dress?” She asked

“Sure. You can rip the tags off and I’ll hang on to them. And when you’re ready to check out I’ll add it.” Samantha replied

“Thank you.”

An hour later they returned home. The trunk opened a two large bags followed them inside. Paige opened her closet. The bags landed on her bed, Jade sat stood in the doorway.

“Would you like help putting everything away?”

“No thanks. I can handle it.”

She watched as the bags opened, Jade kept the hangers on everything. Slowly the clothes were neatly hung and her new shoes, still in the boxes were arranged on the bottom. Socks went into the first drawer of her dresser which was next to the closet along with underwear.

Jade was sitting in the living room when her cell phone rang.

“Hey Alyssa what’s up?” She asked

“Hey boss; I just wanted to let you know Michelle is covering my shift tonight. I’m not feeling great and don’t think customers need me sneezing on their drinks or food.” Alyssa replied

“Feel better and thank you for letting me know.”

“No problem and thanks.”

She hung up as Paige came out of room. The doorbell rang and Paige went to answer it. Amber had come by.

“Hi Amber.” Paige began

“Hi little telepath!” Amber paused; “Ash thought good idea… bring Paige… play at Sanctuary...”

“That is sweet. Go on Paige have fun.” Jade urged

Paige smiled and took Amber’s hand they flashed. They appeared in the backyard of Sanctuary, the kids had organized a game of kickball. Paige walked over and the teams were changing sides.

“Hi could I play?” She asked

“Sure. You could be on our team.” A girl replied

She smiled and joined the team kicking. And a girl about her age and height, black hair and brown eyes.

“I’m Paige…”

“I’m Julie. You live in the boarding house too?”

Paige shook her head ‘No’.

“I live a couple of blocks from here.”

“Cool. My mom and I are staying here for a little while. Mom bought an apartment, but it needed to get fixed.”

“Oh…”

Paige heard thoughts of Julie’s dad being abusive. She and her mother left in the middle of the night to come to Sanctuary. The police were called along with an ambulance. It was sad, but she decided to say anything about it.

“You’re up Paige. Good luck!” Julie said

Paige walked up to home base and another girl held a red playground ball in her hands. Her black hair was tied back into pigtails and a pair of sunglasses covered her eyes. She rolled the ball towards Paige and the ball was sent flying over everyone’s head.

She ran to first, second, and jumped on home. Her teammates applauded and cheered for her. Max came out to see Amber smiling.

“Who is that?” She asked

“Telepath’s daughter… Paige…” Amber replied

“She grew up so quickly. Seems like last year she was in diapers.”

Amber nodded as the game continued. By eight Amber flashed her home, Ryan came outside and she ran into his arms.

“Hi daddy…” She whispered

“Hey pretty girl. Looks like you had fun.”

She nodded “I had a lot of fun. It was cool meeting supernatural kids.”

“Great; head inside and go get ready for bed.”

She hugged Amber goodbye and walked inside. Ryan turned to Amber.

“Thanks for bringing her over to Sanctuary.”

“Welcome! Ash thought… good idea… Little Telepath meet supernatural kids…”

“It was; thanks again.”

“Welcome!”

Her wings expanded, she leaped into the air and flew off. He walked back inside, Jade was sitting on the couch, and he heard running water coming from their bathroom.

“Did she ask you?” Jade asked

“Ask me what babe?” He replied

“She wants to go to school with her new friends. I told her we’d discuss it and let her know by Friday.”

“I have a feeling she was waiting to ask before bed. What do you think?”

“I think she should go. It would be good for her to make friends whether mortal or supernatural.”

“I agree; and I know you and your sister will show her how to control her powers.”

She smiled; they weren’t worried that Paige would use her powers to cheat. Paige came out from their bedroom wearing a green bathrobe and walked into her room. They got up and knocked before entering her room.

“Come in…” Paige called

She was tucked into bed, Jade and Ryan both hugged and kissed her goodnight.

“Good night honey.” Jade whispered

“Good night mom and dad.” Paige replied

He turned off the lights and they left closing the door behind them. She took him by the hand and walked him into their bedroom. The door shut behind them and lights turned off.

The next morning, Trina was sitting in the backyard at the table. Earbuds were in her ears and her fingers were flying across the keyboard of her laptop. Ash appeared behind her, his hands began to message her shoulders. She took one earbud out and leaned her head against his stomach.

“You’ve been working all morning. Don’t you ever take a break?” He asked

“This is a good start to one.” She replied

He snapped his fingers conjuring a small breakfast feast. Trays of scrambled eggs, biscuits, bacon, and fresh fruit appeared over a white table cloth. She put her laptop on the chair next to her as a pot of coffee and pitcher of orange juice appeared.

She fixed herself a cup of coffee as he fixed them two plates. They started eating and she smiled. It had only been six months and she couldn’t have been happier. Her parents thought she was crazy to move in with him. And also sell her apartment in California.

“I have a question for you.” She said

He was still chewing waiting for her to continue.

“My parents want to meet you. And I know you’ve been busy, but this would mean the world to me. They want to take us out to dinner. What do you think?”

“I think it sounds wonderful. Amber can handle things for half the night. When are they coming in from Vegas?”

“Next Friday. Alyssa was nice enough to give them a discounted rate at the hotel she works at.”

“Alright; do they know about you becoming a Titan?”

She sighed, “No. And they don’t know you and Amber are demons. It’s not that they’re against supernatural beings. They never met ones; well if they did, no one came out to them.”

“This should be an interesting evening.”

“You’re telling me. Thank you for doing this.”

He laughed as she hugged him tightly, hearing his spine crack. She was still getting used to her powers and new strength.

In the underworld Hades sat upon his throne made of human skulls and bones. Hearing the cries of his prisoners always made him smile. It gave him pleasure knowing the damned souls were suffering for their crimes. Persephone appeared wearing a silver toga and black braided belt. Her wavy brown hair was tied back into a ponytail. She walked up to her husband and he pulled her onto his lap; her long legs hanging over the armrests of the throne.

Aphrodite appeared they looked over to see the goddess with her hands on her hips.

“Well isn’t this a lovely surprise. I’m sorry visiting hours don’t exist down here, so piss off.” He began

“Release Vanessa; I’m in no mood to argue Hades. Do me, this one favor and I’ll spare you and your wife.” Aphrodite snapped back

“Is this the part where I should be scared?”

“She’s still sore about losing her demon to a mortal who inherited his titan father’s powers.” Persephone giggled.

Aphrodite growled and then conjured a large clear energy ball. She smiled as the couple’s love energy appeared around them, like a hora.

“Last chance Hades, release Vanessa.”

“Sorry darling she’s not going anywhere.”

“You’ll help me whether you like it or not.”

The energy ball began to glow as their love energy surrounded them. Slowly she absorbed their love energy, they fell unconscious. She laughed and walked out to the long corridor of cells. Stopping half way she saw Vanessa. Her body was covered in soot and bruises, hair tangled in knots. Her hands were shackled to the wall. She saw cuts around her wrists, from attempts to escape.

Vanessa looked up and saw her former mistress standing on the other side of the gate.

“What the hell do you want?” She asked

“I’m getting you out of here.” Aphrodite replied

“Why? You put me here!”

“Stop whining and listen to me. I’m getting you out, because I was wrong. I need you to exact revenge against Ash and his so-called family.”

“You were wrong? I never thought I’d lived to hear you say that. I can die happy now.”

Aphrodite rolled her eyes and let the comment slide.

“A seer came and visited with me. He told me of a powerful child, that once I capture her; we’d be unstoppable.”

Two bolts of love energy shot at the lock, destroying it. More shot out releasing Vanessa’s hands from her shackles. She stumbled forward rubbing her wrists and gradually they began to heal.

“A child? Whose child?”

“I’ll explain more once we get back to the palace.”

Vanessa snapped her fingers changing into a black halter dress and silver sandals. They flashed to the palace. She looked around sensing no one else was around.

“I sent most of my servants away; didn’t want any loose ends or anything getting traced back to me.”

“I wasn’t going to ask. Who are we going after?”

“Paige Jacobs, but before going after the child; I want to also bring Ash’s mate here, I’m almost sure she’s not used to her new powers; probably can only perform pallor tricks.”

She laughed and Aphrodite smirked.

“I need you to watch her. Stay invisible without anyone sensing you or your powers. I’ll give you the word to bring her back here. As for the child, I’ll be sending a new servant to watch her. Please go now and keep an eye on her.”

Vanessa nodded and flashed into the real world realm. Trina and Ash were still sitting outside; Amber appeared, seeing the food on the table.

“May I?” She asked

“Enjoy love…” Ash replied

Amber conjured a plate and began to take some food.

“Did Paige have a good time at Sanctuary yesterday?” Ash asked

“She did; loved meeting supernatural children…”

“That’s good.”

III

Vanessa watched as the ‘happy family’ talked. She couldn’t help by admire the love Trina and Ash shared. It was going to be glorious to take it apart and watch what the half titan/ demon would do next. Even when her mistress captures the child, nothing would stop them.

“Amber, Trina and I would like to ask you something.” Ash continued

“What?” Amber asked as she poured herself a glass of orange juice

“Trina’s parents are coming to visit next weekend. They want to take us out to dinner. We would like you and Trent to join us, but you’d have to come back here to hold down the fort.”

“No problem. Will bring desert home.”

“Thank you Amber.” Trina chimed in

“Welcome. Should I go? Surprise for little telepath ready.”

Trina looked at Ash, who was smiling.

“Finish eating and then go.” Ash continued

Amber finished and flashed her plate to the dishwasher. She snapped her fingers, changing into a long black skirt, blood red t-shirt, and matching flip flops. After she flashed, Trina went to say something, but Amber returned with a Siberian husky with demon wings.

“You got her a dog?” Trina asked

“Demon dog… meet Sasha.” Amber replied

“Demon dog?”

Ash and Amber exchanged nods.

“A supernatural dog; they are very loyal and protective.” Ash continued

Sasha wore a brown leather collar with a bone shaped license. It had her name and the address of the Jacob’s household. Amber held onto the matching leash. Trina got up and kneeled down in front of Sasha. She slowly reached out and began scratching behind her ears.

“Oh she is so sweet.” Trina commented

“Could we go now?” Amber asked

“Of course.”

He got up and they all flashed to the Jacob’s house. Paige was sitting on a beach towel reading when they appeared. Jade came out and joined her daughter.

“Hey this is a surprise. What are you all doing here?” Jade asked

“We brought a gift for Paige.” Ash replied

Amber stepped forward with Sasha. Paige and Jade knelt down and began to pet her.

“Mom why does this dog have wings?” Paige asked

“Sasha is a demon dog.” Jade replied

“Pets are supernatural too?”

“Only a certain number of breeds of dogs.” Ash chimed in

“Your father had one when he was your age. Is she house broken?” Jade continued

“Breeder promised… will ask to go out…” Amber replied

Ash’s cell phone rang and he excused himself.

“What commands does she know?” Paige asked

“Mortal dog commands. Demon side protects and conceal for hiding wings.” Amber explained

“And here I thought I had seen everything supernatural.” Trina laughed

“Here little telepath. Need to meet Trent for lunch… bye!”

Her wings expanded and she leaped into the air flying towards town. Ash came back over, putting his arm around Trina.

“Paige why don’t you take Sasha into the backyard.” Jade suggested

Paige led Sasha towards the back. Once she was out of sight, Jade turned her attention to the happy couple.

“So Ash you’re taking the big leap and meeting Trina’s parents.” She commented

“I am. From what Trina told me they think she was insane to move back here. I still don’t understand.” He replied

“I’ll try to explain later. Anyway we’ll leave you to bond with Sasha. I’ll call you later.” Trina interrupted

She took Ash by the hand and they flashed. Jade walked around back and levitated over the fence, Paige and Sasha walked over to her.

“Mom that was amazing. You have to teach me how to do that.” Paige said

“One thing at a time honey. Later tonight we’re going over to your Aunt Jade’s house. But first we need to go over to Petco and get some supplies for Sasha.” Jade replied

Trina and Ash flashed into backyard. She wrapped her arms around his, pressing her body against his.

“Maybe I was crazy to move back to my hometown. But I found you.” She commented

He leaned down to kiss her when Drake appeared. They turned to him.

“I’m sorry for interrupting.” He began

“What’s wrong?” Ash asked

“Random portals have been appearing and disappearing in certain areas of town. Any time I tried to check one at it closes.”

“Where do they lead?”

“The Otherworld; think the lovesick goddess wants to win you back?”

Trina clung to Ash tightly.

“She knows better that to try anything.” She growled

“I believe that.” Drake laughed

“Keep an eye on them. If anyone comes through stay out of sight and follow.”

“No problem.”

Drake flashed as they sat down on his couch.

“I know that there’s nothing to worry about. But I believe anything at this point.” She commented

“She was very possessive of her lovers.” He replied

“It explains the scars.”

After the night they made love at ‘Sanctuary’ she noticed scars all over his back and some on his arms. She figured he was concealing them with magic, but the spell had worn off. He still kept a lot of secrets, though he slowly opened up about some of them.

At the Jacob’s house, Ryan came home to see Paige and Sasha curled up on the couch. She was reading and Sasha lay at her feet.

“Hi daddy.” Paige said

“Hey Paige. Who is this?” Ryan replied

“Sasha, say hi to daddy.”

Sasha got up and walked up to Ryan. She offered her paw as her demon wings appeared on her back. Ryan shook hands with her and patted her head.

“A demon dog. Where did she come from?” Ryan asked

“It was a present from Trina and Ash.” Jade replied

She came out of the kitchen with a bowl of chili and put it on the table.

“She’s beautiful.” He continued

“Good. Go wash up both of you dinner is ready.”

They sat down and ate. Paige filled both Sasha’s water and food bowl. There was a knock at the door and Paige went to answer it. Her eyes lit up to see ‘Aunt’ Jade carrying a small black duffle bag.

“Hi Aunt Jade.” She began

“Hey pretty girl. I know I’m early.” Jade H replied

“Early for what?”

“Training…” The ‘Jades’ said together

“Finish your dinner first Paige. Your Aunt can wait.” Ryan continued

Paige and Jade sat down and continued to eat.

Do you think she’s ready?” Jade H asked

She’s ready. I just want her…” Jade paused

To have control. What about combat training?

Teach her basics. I don’t want her using weapons until she’s older.

Ryan and Paige cleaned up after dinner. The ‘Jades’ went out into the backyard; Paige came out wearing a pair of sweat pants and t-shirt. Sasha sat by the patio door. Jade H unzipped her duffle bag, taking out boxing gloves and punching mitts. The mitts lift into the air and Paige walked up to them.

“Now we’re going to teach you some basics. These moves are only to be used if someone attacks you.” Jade began

“No showing off.” Jade H added

Paige sighed and nodded. Soon she began punching the mitts. An hour later, they were sitting on the ground in a circle.

“Close your eyes…” Jade H paused

“Take a deep breath in…” Jade continued

“Blow it out slowly and take town the wall…”

Paige did as she was told.

Can you hear us?” They asked

I can!” Paige cheered

Excellent. If you’re ever in trouble you can call for anyone.” Jade H explained

Can you show me how to leap over the fence?” Paige asked

Jade took her by the hand and they walked over to the fence. Jade H saw Ryan standing with Sasha.

“Any idea how long she’ll stay this size?” She asked

“We have no idea. Do you sense anything?” He replied

“It’s difficult to tell. She has this drive to learn all she can. But she also just wants to be a kid before growing up.”

“I know.”

Paige jumped up and leaped over the fence. Jade followed her and they came back.

“She’s a fast learner.” Jade commented

“Thanks mom.” Paige replied

“Paige it’s getting late; time to hit the showers.” Ryan said

“Alright…”

Paige walked into the house. Jade H watched as her duffle bag packed itself and flew into her hand.

“You think she’ll inherit your powers Ryan?” Jade H asked

“Shit Jade. If she did, she’d be unstoppable.” Ryan replied

“True. But she could decide if she wants to bind her powers.”

“It would be…” Jade H paused

“Her choice…” Jade finished her sentence

“Well let’s get through her going to school.” Ryan continued

“That was a quick decision.” They said together

“We’ll tell her on Friday.” He explained

They nodded in agreement.

IV

The next morning Vanessa followed Trina to Greibling Middle School. She pulled up beside Jade’s car and waved. Jade got out of her car, she followed and they walked into the school. They walked through the silver handled glass doors and into the main office.

Recess lights lit up the white room and wooden furniture. They were surprised to see Dannie’s mother Selena sitting at a desk typing.

“Hello Mrs. Cortez.” Jade called

Selena looked out from behind her computer screen.

“Hello Jade.” She said

She got up from her desk and hugged Jade.

“Oh this is my best friend Trina. Trina this is Dannie’s mom, Selena Cortez.” Jade continued

They shook hands and she gestured for them to sit down at her desk.

“So what can I do for you?” Selena asked

“I’d like to enroll Paige for the fall semester.” Jade replied

“Paige? I’m sorry I thought she was only a year old.”

“She’s becoming just like her mother.” Trina commented

“Long story short; she’s growing at an accelerated rate. Just like I did and after her birthday party she grew and looks about twelve years old.”

“That is extraordinary. Well, I’ll be happy to get her enrolled. You’ll need to fill out these forms and also make sure she’s had all her booster shots.”

She handed Jade a small packet of papers and a pen. Jade began to fill out the forms. Vanessa observed and yawned. This was boring, except that Paige wasn’t a baby anymore, she grew up fast. Jade handed the forms back to Selena accept for the medical form.

“She has an appointment with the doctor on Friday. I’ll drop this off then.” Jade commented

“Sounds good. And we look forward to meeting Paige.” Selena replied

They hugged her goodbye and left.

“I can’t believe she’s going to be starting school. We have to get her a backpack and some supplies.” Trina said

“I know. It was only last year I was holding her in my arms. Let’s at least get her the basics and wait until her teachers’ mail out the supply lists.”

Vanessa muffled a groan. She flashed to the Walmart and floated on top of the building, creating a small window to watch Trina. It was obvious that Trina could perform the basics, flashing and changing clothes. Taking her down would be easy, the sooner she did, the sooner she could return to the Otherworld for the next part of Aphrodite’s plan.

They came out of the store and she followed Trina to the campus where Professor Kent invited her for an interview. As she pulled into the parking lot, she looked around and snapped her fingers. She changed into a solid pink dress with a jean jacket over it and black flats. Walking into the ‘Art Department’ building brought back memories of crime tape and crime scene investigators looking into Professor Vega’s death.

The office was the first one on the right. Name on the door was changed to Professor Patricia Kent. She knocked and walked in. Nothing had really changed, furniture still looked the same and the walls had been cleaned and painted.

“Ms. Stone it’s nice to see you again.” Professor Kent commented

Trina took a seat in the red cushioned dark wood chair.

“It’s nice to see you too.” Trina paused; “Thank you for taking the time to see me again. Now you’re leaving for another dig?”

“I am. I’ll be leaving for Greece. My team and I will be digging at a well preserved temple of Athena; goddess of war.”

“Are you looking for anything specific?”

“We hope to find armor, swords, and maybe some vases.”

“Sounds exciting; I think that’s all I need until you return. Thank you so much for meeting with me.”

They stood up and shook hands. Trina walked back to her car and her phone rang. She smiled to hear Ash’s ringtone.

“You have perfect timing. What’s up?” She asked

“I’m that good. Are you still working?” He replied

“No. I just finished.”

“Even better; come home and meet me in the backyard.”

“Alright…”

She hung up knowing he had something planned. After starting the car she began to think, “What could it be?” Paige was sitting on the porch at Sanctuary reading, waiting for Julie to come back from the dentist.

A minivan pulled up, the door slid open and a boy stepped out. He carried a green duffle bag, wearing gray mesh shorts, black t-shirt, and sneakers. His brown hair was spiked up as his brown eyes met hers. Her heart skipped a beat as he walked up to her and put his bag down.

“Hey are you new here?” He asked

“Oh no; I live a few blocks from here.” Paige replied

“Waiting for someone?”

“Yeah, Julie...”

“I’m Jake…”

Paige put her bookmark into her book and extended her hand. They shook hands.

“Paige…”

“It’s nice to meet you Paige.”

She sensed he was a fire fairy. It was interesting he didn’t have pointed ears, he did conceal his wings.

“You too Jake; what’s in the bag?”

“A lot of Football gear; tryouts for the Devil’s.”

“Devils?”

“The Greibling Middle School Devils; don’t you go there?”

“I will this semester.”

She was waiting until the end of the week to find out permission. He sat down next to her.

“Were you home schooled?”

“Yeah; my parents had a tutor come to the house.”

“That’s cool.”

That was a lie. She actually learned to walk in two weeks and talk three weeks later. Jade and Ryan were amazed, especially when she came into her mother’s powers and used them just by thinking. After her first lesson in training, she learned quickly. But her mother had mentioned there was more to learn.

“Paige!” Julie called

Julie walked up and Paige stood up to hug her.

“I see you met Jake.” She continued

“Yeah.” Paige replied

A woman in her early thirties walked up behind Julie. Her black hair with blond highlights was tied back into a ponytail. She wore a pair of blue jeans ripped at the knees and ‘Pink’ t-shirt with black flats.

“Hey Julie, I need you to grab that other bag of groceries out of the car please.” She began

“Sure mom.” Julie replied

“Hey Mrs. Caster.” Jake said

“Hey Jake. How did tryouts go?”

“Pretty good; hoping I make the team.”

“Good luck; you must be Paige. It’s nice to finally meet you. Julie has told me a lot about you.”

“It’s nice to meet you too, Mrs. Caster.” Paige replied

As she shook her hand, Paige sensed all the pain, sadness, and happiness jumbled inside her head. Julie came back, she and her mother walked inside. Julie came back out to her friends.

“So want to go for a swim?” Julie asked

“At the creek?” Jake replied

“The creek?” Paige asked

“Yeah. Don’t worry Paige; you can borrow one of my bathing suits. C’mon.” Julie continued

They walked into the house and came out changed into bathing suits. Sierra also came out and they joined hands. They appeared in the forest near a large lake and a rope hanging from a tree branch.

“This is so cool.” Paige said

“It is. The kids at Sanctuary know about this place and we’d like to keep it that way.” Sierra continued

“My lips are sealed.”

“Go have fun.”

She grabbed the rope, a knot tied on the bottom. Stepping onto the knot she used her powers to swing back and forth. As she started to get further out she left go and jumped into the water. Jake and Julie followed diving in.

Paige floated on her back as Julie popped up beside her.

“Can’t believe school starts next month.” Julie sighed

“Don’t remind me. New teachers, classes, homework.” Jake added

“Let’s try not to make this day too depressing.” Paige chimed in

They laughed and continued to swim. Sierra appeared on the small beach.

“Julie… we need to get back to Sanctuary. Your mom needs you.” She called

“The apartment is ready. I’ll see you guys later.” Julie said

She swam over to Sierra, got out and dried off.

“I’ll be back in five minutes. Behave.” Sierra said

She and Julie flashed leaving, Jake and Paige alone.

“Guess they’re moving.” Jake commented

“Yeah. She told me how close you all get. I know she’s not moving far.” Paige replied

“She told you?”

Paige blushed and pointed to her head. He looked at her with a bewildered expression on his face.

“I’m a telepath with telekinetic powers. I know that Julie is a werewolf and you’re a fire fairy.” She continued

“Wow. Then you probably got, the don’t use your powers for selfish gain speech.” He laughed

“I did. Don’t all supernatural kids get it?”

“Yeah.”

“And I’ll warn you now. When school starts I’m not helping you cheat.”

He threw his hands in the air.

“Relax wasn’t going to…”

“Good.”

Sierra appeared and they turned to look at her.

“Good. I’m glad to see you two didn’t kill each other.” She said with a smirk

Elsewhere Trina was walking through the woods behind the mansion with Ash.

“This was a nice surprise.” She commented

“Thank you.” He replied

Ash…” A female voice whispered

He stopped and she looked at him concerned.

Mother?” He asked

They flashed into the ‘Forest of Shades’ and saw Abbigail walking up to them. She wore a thick strapped blood red dress and black sandals.

“I’m sorry that I summoned you without warning.” She began

“Trust me; Lizzie and I have gotten used to it.” Ash muttered under his breath

“It’s nice to see you again Abbigail.” Trina chimed in

“And you too Trina.” Abbigail replied

VI

“Why did you summon me?” Ash asked

“I sensed large amounts of power erupting from the goddess’s palace. What happened?”

“Banished her from the real world realm, stopped her from taking your dagger, and Trina also threatened her. The list goes on and on…” Ash replied

Abigail rolled her eyes at her son’s sarcasm.

“No wonder she’s furious. She might be out for revenge.” She continued

Trina clung to him tightly.

“She knows better.” Trina growled softly

“I know you both don’t underestimate her. All I ask is that you’re careful. With all that power, things can turn ugly. Ash, would you mind if I speak with Trina alone?” Abbigail asked

“Not at all; I’ll leave you ladies to it.”

He flashed and Abbigail and Trina started walking through the forest.

“I see you’re still adjusting to your powers.” She commented

“It’s been an adjustment. This forest is so peaceful.” Trina replied

“It is. There are shops and all the other amenities of say the real world realm. Has my son proposed yet?”

Trina stopped in her tracks and her mouth went dry. Abbigail placed a hand on her shoulder, and then interlocked her arm with hers and they continued to walk.

“I’m sorry if I frightened you. Ash gets his premonition abilities from me. And I did see him down on one knee proposing. But I can never tell when in the future it will be.”

“It’s alright. He hasn’t proposed yet. I will admit it was insane for me to move back home from California and in with Ash. But it was the first time, in my life that I was happy.”

“I know you both are. Don’t doubt your new powers, child. Trust in them.”

Trina nodded as she appeared in the living room. Ash was sitting in his chair; Drake was sitting across from him in a folding chair the back facing Ash.

“Am I interrupting anything?” She asked

“No love, come in and join us.” Ash replied

She sat down on the large arm of his chair.

“As I was saying the portals are closing and have become scarce. I picked up on the scent of cherries and vanilla.”

“That’s Vanessa’s scent.” Ash said

“I thought she was imprisoned in the Underworld.” Trina paused; “Would she bust Vanessa out of there?”

“If she had a change of heart. Either that or she absorbed the powers of the prisoners around her. Combined their powers to get out.” Drake continued

“It’s possible.” Ash interrupted

“Well on that note. I’ll keep an eye out if she decides to come through.”

He flashed; Trina wrapped her arms around Ash hugging him tightly.

“Was she harsh with you?” He asked

“No. We had a nice talk.” She replied

“Good if she was harsh, I would’ve had a talk with her.”

“I know. But we have my parents to contend with next weekend.”

“We’ll be fine love.”

Sierra returned and saw Paige swimming with Jake. She was thankful they were getting along and not wanting to kill each other. She conjured a picnic basket.

“Hey I brought lunch! Come and get it!” She called

They came walking up as Sierra took out tuna sandwiches, snack sized corn chips, cut up watermelon, and bottles of water. After drying off, they began to eat.

“Julie and her mom are moving out of Sanctuary.” Sierra began

“The apartment is finished?” Jake asked

“It is. They’ll be leaving this weekend. And we’re going to have a little going away party on Friday. Paige you’re more than welcome to come.”

“Thanks I’d love to come.”

“Good.”

They finished eating and then Sierra got a text message on her phone.

“Sorry guys we have to head back. My dad and stepmom are in town and want to take me and my sister out to dinner.” Sierra explained

“Oh man.” Jake sighed

“Come on and join hands.”

They stood up and flashed back to Sanctuary. Paige went inside to change out of her bathing suit and into her green sundress and silver sandals.

Paige…” Jade whispered in her head

Yeah mom?” She asked

Your dad will be picking you up. Are you ready to go?

Yeah. I’ll be waiting outside

She came out to see Jake sitting on the porch swing and sat next to him.

“It stinks we had to come back.” He commented

“Maybe we could go back before school starts. Spend the afternoon there.”

“Sounds like a cool idea.”

Ryan pulled up in his blue ‘Honda Accord’. Paige got up, her book floated into her hands.

“So I’ll see you tomorrow?” He asked

“My mom is dropping me off tomorrow afternoon before work.” Paige replied

“Cool… bye Paige…”

“Bye…”

She walked down the porch steps and into the car.

“Hey honey. Did you have a good time?” Ryan asked

“Hey dad; I did.” Paige replied

“Is he a new friend?”

“Yeah his name is Jake. He’s a fire fairy.”

“Cool.”

They rode in silence until the car came to a red stop light.

“Dad can I ask you something?”

“Shoot…”

“How can I stop hearing thoughts I don’t want to hear? I mean any time I shake hands with someone or someone walks up to me. Their thoughts overload my mind.”

“Funny you ask that question. I’m taking you to your Aunt’s house for another training session. Maybe you can work on it.”

She sighed and stared out the window. They pulled up to Jade H’s house, Mitch walked out laying a tan garment bag in the back seat of his car. Paige got out and walked up to him.

“Hi Paige; she’s been waiting for you.” He said

“Hi Mitch.” Paige replied

She hugged him and the front door opened. Jade was sitting on her couch in the study; Paige sat down next to her.

“What’s wrong pretty girl?” She asked

“I hear thoughts I don’t want to hear. If I shake hands with someone or someone comes near me.” Paige replied

“It takes practice love. You also have to create a filter, you choose what you want and don’t want to hear.”

“I know.”

“Most supernatural minds are easy to read. We mostly use it to communicate with each other if we’re in trouble. The only mind you can never read is a vampire’s mind.”

“But you and mom finish each other’s sentences.”

Jade put her arm around Paige.

“Before being turned I was born with my powers. Your mom and I are just on the same wave length. It has nothing to do with powers. Vampire’s blood does boost my powers, and no you’re not trying it.”

Paige laughed, “It was worth a try.”

Jade got up and Paige followed. They walked outside to see Ryan and Mitch talking.

“Ryan we’re taking a walk to the park. We’ll be back soon.” Jade called

“Alright...” Ryan called back

“Get on my back pretty girl.”

Paige leaped up and wrapped her legs around Jade’s waist. She started running and they arrived at the park in town. Paige was let down and there were people walking around. They sat down on a bench.

“Now there are a lot of people here, mortal and supernatural. Now focus on a couple or group of people, don’t let other people’s thoughts enter your mind. Focus…” She whispered

Paige got up and began looking around. She spotted kids from Sanctuary hanging out by the picnic tables.

I can’t believe Julie’s moving.” One girl thought

The party is going to be great.” Another girl thought

Her eyes lit up and she turned to Jade with a smile.

“See you just have to focus.” Jade said

Paige is really pretty…” A voice echoed in her head

She recognized that voice and tried to find where it was coming from.

I wonder if she likes me…” The voice continued

Jade put her hand on her shoulder, Paige looked up and new it was time to go. They left and arrived back at the house seeing Ryan and Mitch still talking.

I won’t say anything to your dad about Jake.” Jade whispered

Thanks Aunt Jade.” Paige replied

“How did it go?” Mitch asked

“Great. She’s getting there.” Jade replied

“Great. When am I bringing her back?” Ryan asked

“Saturday night.” Jade continued

“Alright we’ll see you later.”

They left, leaving Jade and Mitch alone. She turned to him and kissed his lips gently.

“What was that for?” He asked

She laughed, “Do I need a reason my love?”

He shook his head ‘No’. Trina stepped out of the shower and changed into a pair of pink and gray plaid boxer shorts and grey t-shirt. She came out of the bathroom seeing Ash hanging up his phone. She sat down on their bed and began to put lotion on her legs and arms.

“Who was on the phone?” She asked

“It was Lizzie. She’s asked me and Charlotte to come help her move into a smaller house.”

“What time are you leaving tomorrow?”

“Early; we’ll be back by tomorrow night. Amber will be holding down the fort.”

“Cool. She and I can bond.”

“I’m glad you two get along.”

She laughed as they got under the covers and fell asleep. In the backyard, Amber and Trent sat in front of the fire pit.

“Are you sure Ash is cool with me spending the night?” Trent asked

“No worries; need company tomorrow, while holding fort down.” Amber replied

“Ash is leaving you in charge?”

She nodded, “Has to help Lizzie move.”

“Who’s Lizzie?”

“Ash’s sister…”

“Oh. Well hopefully you won’t be too busy tomorrow. I have the day off from work.”

She snuggled against him as the flames continued to grow.

VI

The next day she woke up to an empty bed. Slowly she sat up to see a vase of roses sitting on her night table. Their soft petals tickled her nose as she smelled their sweet scent. She got up and made her way downstairs. Amber was floating in midair, in the living room, on her cell phone, wearing a blue t-shirt dress. Trent came out of the kitchen holding a mug of hot chocolate.

“Morning Trina.” He said

“Morning Trent. How long has she been at it?” Trina replied

“She started right after Charlotte and Ash left. So far it’s only been appointments thankfully nothing major… yet.”

“Keyword being yet…”

He walked into the living room and gave the mug. Trina walked into the kitchen and opened the pantry. She took out the waffle mix, iron, and conjured the other ingredients she needed. Within minutes the sweet aroma brought Amber and Trent in, both their stomachs growled.

“Have a seat you two.” She said

They sat down and Trina brought over plates, utensils, syrup, and napkins. She started to brew a cup of coffee in the ‘Keurig’. Trent and Amber conjured a bowl of fresh berries and began eating. After Trina fixed her coffee the way she likes it, she sat down.

“Does Ash know Trent spent the night?” Trina asked

Amber nodded “Found out hard way…”

“I had just stepped out of the shower when he walked into the bathroom. It was a little awkward.” Trent continued

Trina and Amber giggled, Trent’s cheeks turned a shade of red.

“Elder Tiger and Shifter-Fairy representative and Drake are coming at noon.” Amber commented

“Oh?” Trina asked

“Wanted to discuss some things.” She continued

Trina nodded and continued to eat.

“Ash wants you there too Trina…” Amber said

“Oh. Then let’s finish up and get ready.”

They finished eating, Trina the dishes were loaded into the dishwasher. The iron was washed and left to dry sitting on top of a towel. She went upstairs and into the bathroom, the shower had started to run.

Stepping into the shower the cool water felt nice. She had begun to wash her hair when a pair of hands wrapped around her waist. Slowly she looked over, seeing Ash placing kisses on her shoulder blades.

“What are you doing here?” She asked

“The girls went furniture shopping. It was so boring waiting there all alone.” He replied

“Well before we go any further.”

She pushed his hands off her and stood under the shower head. The shampoo suds flowed off her hair and down her body. In a blink of an eye, her back was pinned against the wall, hands above her head. Their lips met, tongues began push against the other.

His hand cupped her butt, lifting her leg. She hissed as he kissed her neck and gently massaged her breast. Her hands struggled beneath his, but broke free and she pinned him to the wall. Slowly she knelt down and took him into her mouth; he brushed her hair back from her face.

His head began to spin, but then she stood up. Her back pressed against the wall again, as he entered her. She wrapped one of her legs around waist, while he moved slowly. He gradually moved faster and she pulled him closer to her. They climaxed together and didn’t move.

She conjured a bar of soap, wash cloth, and hand handed them to him. He washed up quickly and kissed her goodbye before stepping out of the shower. After she finished washing herself, she got out and dried off.

Standing in front of the mirror, she had changed into a dark pink sundress and braided her wet hair. As she came out into the hallway, she sensed their guests had arrived. She flashed into the backyard and walked over.

“Hello everyone. I apologize if I’m late.” She began

“We were just starting.” Amber paused; “Shifter-Fairy representative meet Trina…”

Trina shook hands with Victor.

“It’s nice to meet Ash’s new mate.” He commented

“It’s nice to meet you too Victor. Myra it’s good to see you again.” Trina replied

“Likewise Trina…” Myra added

“Nice to see you all too...” Drake interrupted

“Let’s start…” Amber paused; “Are portals still open?”

“No cupcake they all closed and disappeared.” Drake replied

“Strange; is it possible that new supernatural made created those portals on accident?” Victor asked

“It’s possible.” Myra paused; “I saw something in my stones this morning. An unknown power will come soon to cause harm. I also saw a renewed love...”

“Unknown? Sounds weird. Guess be careful...let others know...” Amber continued

“Renewed love?” Trina asked

“Think of it like this. Two long lost loves finally reunite and the love comes alive again.” Myra replied

“Sounds like a chick flick…” Drake muttered

“Will report this to Ash. For now be careful…” Amber commanded

They nodded and flashed to leave. Trina turned to Amber who was on her phone calling Ash. Vanessa sighed; well the leader of the tiger clan hadn’t lost her touch. She predicted Aphrodite’s attack, but that’s all she could see. Licking her lips she couldn’t wait to take Trina down and deliver her to Aphrodite.

At the Jacob’s house, Paige was playing fetch with Sasha. Jade had picked up a special bone for a supernatural dog. She had tossed it across the lawn and the demon dog ran to retrieve it. Immediately she came back dropped the bone at Paige’s feet and began to growl. Someone was close by and Paige smiled. Jake rode up on his bicycle, Sasha got in between them.

“Sasha calm down, he’s a friend.” Paige commanded

Sasha walked up to Paige and sat next to her. Jake got off his bike and walked up to her.

“Hey sorry, Sasha is very protective.” She continued

“Hi it’s cool; she’s a demon dog.” He replied

Paige nodded, “What’s up?”

“Not much; are you still coming over later?”

“No; my Aunt Trina is taking me and Sasha to the park. You think Max would let you come with us?”

“I could ask. I’ll be right back.”

He walked over to his bike, got on and rode off down the street. Jade appeared in the front door and smiled. She sensed that Jake liked Paige, but she wasn’t going to tell Ryan yet. The thought of his little girl liking a boy, he would be casting protection spells on both of them.

He came back with a smile on his face.

“Max said it was cool.” He said

“Cool.”

Trina pulled up, Jade walked out and over to the parked car.

“Hey what’s up?” Jade asked

“Not much; Amber is holding down the fort, while Ash helps his sister move. Is she ready to go?” Trina replied

“She and Sasha are ready to go. And Jake will be joining you.”

“I remember him. He was playing on the community football team with some kids from Sanctuary.”

Jade nodded as Paige and Sasha climbed into the backseat. Jake walked up to Jade looking up at Trina.

“Hey will my bike fit in the back?” He asked

Trina reached down to press a button to open the trunk.

“It should.” Trina replied

Jade and Jake walked back, his bike lifted into the car and slid into the trunk on its side. He got in and sat on the other side of Sasha and Paige.

“Jake this is my Aunt Trina. Aunt Trina this is Jake.” Paige commented

“It’s nice to meet you Jake.” Trina said

“Same here Trina.” Jake replied

“Have fun. And I’ll see you later.” Jade chimed in

They all waved as Trina pulled out of the driveway and turned onto the main road. Vanessa appeared in the driveway as Jade walked into the house.

Mistress…” She called

Vanessa what do you have to report?” Aphrodite replied

After much observing, Trina seems only capable of performing parlor tricks. Taking her out tomorrow should be quick and easy. And seems the leader of the Tiger-clan has predicted your attack, but she didn’t see you using the child as your weapon of choice.

Excellent; once you bring Trina back to the palace, be ready for your next task.

I understand…

She flashed and appeared sitting on a park bench across from where Trina, Paige, Jake and Sasha were. A rush of love energy brushed against her cheek like the wind. She looked over at Jake and Paige who were playing with Sasha.

“Might as well; we’re going to need all the power we can get.” She said to herself

A medium sized crystal appeared in her hand. It began to glow as both Jake and Paige’s love energy gradually began to fill it. Young love was always strong and easier to manipulate. Compared to adults, children and teens never passed out. They would feel a little dizzy, but it would soon pass. The crystal filled and she shrank it turning it into a necklace charm.

“Paige you okay?” Jake asked

She had thrown Sasha’s bone a little far.

“Yeah I’m fine. The sun got in my eyes.” she replied

Sasha walked up to Paige and whimpered sensing something wrong. Paige knelt down and scratch in between the dog’s ears.

“I’m fine.” She whispered

Sasha barked picked up her bone and brought it over to Jake who threw it. At the lounge, Jade walked in to see Dannie behind the bar putting her apron on.

“Hey Dannie.” Jade said

“Hey Jade what’s up?” Dannie replied

“Not much; thinking of ideas to surprise Paige.”

“What’s the occasion?”

“She asked Ryan and me if she could go to school. Ryan was a little skeptical, thinking she would have another growth spurt in front of her class. But I assured him that from what I sensed she’s fine for now.”

“Did you buy her any school supplies?”

“Trina and I went. We got the essentials; I wasn’t going to get anything else. Not until her teachers e-mailed me their lists.”

“That’s a good idea. My mom mentioned you stopped by the school.”

“I didn’t know she worked there.”

Dannie nodded as she unlocked the front door.

“Did you buy her a backpack? Why not fill it with the supplies and leave it either outside her door or at the kitchen table?”

“I did and that is a good idea. Thanks!”

“No problem.”


VII

At the park, Trina bought lunch for herself, Jake and Paige from the snack bar. Paige had brought a portable food and water bowl and filled it for Sasha. The kids finished eating and walked over to a swing set beneath a large oak tree.

They sat down and started to swing.

“Did your parents give you permission to start school?” He asked

“Nope. I’m going to find out tomorrow. I hope they say yes.” Paige replied

“Hey Little Telepath!” Amber said

She looked up to see Amber sitting above them.

“Hey Amber what are you doing here?” Paige replied

“Had to get out of house; boring sitting backyard.” Amber continued

“Hey Amber…” Jake chimed in

“Hey Firestarter…”

“You know each other?” Paige asked

“Amber visits sanctuary a lot. She helps demons, shifters, and fairies fly.”

“Cool.”

Trent appeared beside Trina.

“Is she driving you crazy already?” Trina asked

He laughed, “No, but it was getting very boring sitting in the backyard.” He replied

“Anymore phone calls?”

“No; we were hoping to take a break and enjoy the nice weather.”

“That’s good. I don’t know how Ash does it.”

They looked up to see Jake and Paige walking over to them. Sasha’s head popped up and she began to growl, slowly she got in front of Paige and Jake.

“What’s wrong?” Trina asked

“Amber sensed someone close by.” Paige replied

“She sent us over here, while she checks it out.” Jake added

Amber began looking around; the scent of cherries and vanilla hit her nose hard. Vanessa kept still as she passed her, but stopping occasionally. She growled and then turned walking over to her friends.

“Everything okay?” Trent asked

“I smelled her. But didn’t see…” Amber muttered

“Smell who?” Paige asked

“Vanessa…”

“Who’s she?” Jake asked

“Mother’s on and off again servant.”

“It’s a long story…” Trina added

“Sounds like one…” Paige sighed

“Don’t like talking about her…” Amber growled

“I think we should go back to the house and hang out there.” Trina suggested

“Good idea.”

Jake and Paige groaned together as everyone got up. Amber and Trent flashed. Sasha followed the others to Trina’s car. Vanessa became visible and smiled.

“Soon enough…” She whispered

Trina pulled out of the parking lot and began driving home.

“I’m sorry guys.” Trina commented

“It’s ok.” Paige replied

“I highly doubt Max or your mother would want you two in the middle of a fight.” She continued

Neither of them replied as Sasha stuck her head out the window. As they pulled up to the house, Samantha was standing by the front door. All of them got out of the car, as she walked up to them.

“Hey Samantha.” Trina said

“Hey Trina, Jake you need to come home. You have practice at two.” Samantha replied

“Alright; thanks for lunch Trina, see you later Paige.”

“Bye…” Trina and Paige said together

He took his bike out from the trunk and walked over to Samantha. They flashed as Trina and Paige walked into the house and out to the backyard. Sasha walked out and began sniffing around. They’re jaws dropped slightly to see Amber and Trent set up an inflatable pool and was filling it with water.

“Where did you find that?” Trina asked

“In garage, hadn’t used it in long time.” Amber replied

“Since it’s so hot out we thought it’d be a good idea to cool off.”

“Aren’t you already cool because you’re an ice demon?” Paige asked

“Not all the time. Summer time it takes a lot of energy to stay cool.” Trent replied

Trina snapped her fingers, changing Paige into a green bikini. She followed changing into a dark blue one piece.

“Get in…” Amber said

The hose shut off, Paige jumped into the air and landed in the pool. Trina climbed in; Trent changed into a pair of black board shorts and got in. Amber flashed and came back with cherry slush drinks. She had changed into a black one piece. A small folding table appeared and she set the drinks down.

“Nice…” She signed

She sat next to Trent as everyone enjoyed the cool water. Sasha flew in and landed in the middle of the circle. Amber conjured everyone their drinks and got lost in conversation. By five Amber and Trent dropped Paige and Sasha off at their house.

Trina had started preparing dinner when she sensed someone in the house.

“Are you sure it’s ok if I stay?” Lizzie asked

“It beats staying in a hotel for a week.” Ash replied

She walked out of the kitchen, seeing Ash and Lizzie standing by the front door.

“Welcome home.” Trina said

Ash walked up to her, taking her into his arms. She stepped back and then hugged Lizzie.

“This is a surprise. What happened?” She asked

“Termites…” They replied together

“Damn; I’m sorry Lizzie.”

“Best part I don’t have to pay for the house to be fumigated. And I get to come home, well my old home.”

“Great.” Trina said

“You’re room is clean and waiting for you.” Ash continued

“Thanks. I’m going to get settled in.”

She walked upstairs; Trina and Ash went into the kitchen. His eyes lit up to see all the fixings for tacos. Amber walked in and sat down at the kitchen table.

“Smells good…” She commented

“Everything will be ready soon. Could you set the table please?” Trina replied

She nodded and walked over to the cabinets.

“How many?” She asked

“Is Trent joining us?” Ash asked

“Yeah; that’s four…”

“Should be five sweet pea…” Lizzie commented

“Lizzie!” Amber cheered

She took out plates, utensils, and set everything on the table. Lizzie walked up to her and hugged her tightly.

“Thought moving?” Amber continued

“House has termites.” Lizzie replied

“Gross…”

“Lizzie will be staying her for a week. The new house is getting fumigated.” Ash added

“Everyone sit down and get ready to eat.” Trina chimed in

Trent appeared and took a seat next to Amber, while everyone else took a seat. Trina conjured the food and it filled the table. Everyone began to eat and enjoy.

VIII

Friday had arrived and Vanessa appeared in the backyard, wearing a gold thick strapped dress with black shorts underneath. She took the love energy off her neck and held it in her hands.

“Surround the house and if anyone tries to leave, shock them.” She whispered

The love energy floated from her hands and formed a shield around the house. Trina appeared on the patio seeing Vanessa.

“Hades let you off for good behavior?” She asked

“Let’s just say the warden had no idea I was busting out.” Vanessa replied

“What the hell do you want?”

“Since you’ve become half Titan, I want to see how strong you’ve become.”

Trina snapped her fingers changing into a pair of jean shorts and pink tank top. She flashed and appeared in front of Vanessa. Both started exchanging punches and each on dodged the other. Vanessa threw another punch, Trina flashed to dodge it.

She appeared back standing by the table.

“Hasn’t he taught you anything besides those simple parlor tricks?” Vanessa asked

Trina didn’t answer, she flashed, appearing in Vanessa’s face.

“Should I be scared?” She laughed

She had kept one hand behind her back. An energy ball formed, in one move a beam shot Vanessa sending her flying across the yard. Her back hit the fence, but she got to her feet.

“Not bad… for an amateur…” She smirked

Trina flashed and Vanessa looked around the yard. Suddenly a fist hit the side of her face, followed by a drop kick. She got up and started throwing her own punches, Trina dodged. Somehow Vanessa landed a hard punch in the stomach, Trina stood still, but then their eyes met.

Her moves were so fast, hitting with her forearms and kicks to her legs. Vanessa stumbled back as she stood with her fists up.

“It’s about time you learned to trust your powers. But unfortunately play time has to end now.”

She conjured a yellow sphere that looked like pixy dust. It rose from her hand forming a tornado and shot right towards Trina. Her body became still, she tried to move, but it was no use. Vanessa walked up to her.

“Fairy stun dust; very effective even on half Titans.”

Trina growled, but then Vanessa punched her knocking her unconscious. She picked her up and put her over her shoulder. The love energy unsealed the house, no one was home, and it returned to its sphere.

Paige woke up the next morning and got out of bed. Her door opened, she was rubbing her eyes when they lit up. A black backpack was floating in front of her with a balloon saying ‘Surprise!’ in gold letters. Sasha came up beside her and barked.

“Mom! Dad! Thank you!” she cheered

Ryan and Jade came out from their bedroom. Paige ran up to them, hugging them both.

“You’re welcome.” They replied

“I know your friends are going to be so excited.” Jade commented

“Yeah they will.” Paige replied

“Anyway I need to get to work. I’ll see you later.”

They hugged and kissed; he left as Jade and Paige walked into the kitchen. Paige filled Sasha’s bowls with fresh water and food. Jade watched as her coffee started to brew.

“Paige did you want to fix your own breakfast or would you like eggs, toast, and bacon?” Jade asked

“I’ll have what you’re having.” Paige replied

“Okay.”

Amber came into the kitchen, her eyes widened to see the backyard in shambles. She walked out onto the patio, there was a fight here. Her nose twitched, as her wings and tail appeared, Vanessa had been here.

“Ash!” She yelled

He appeared beside her with Lizzie behind him.

“What the hell?” He gasped

They walked down and notice grass had been pulled up and smoke rings from energy blasts.

“This must have been some fight.” Lizzie commented

“Vanessa was here…” Amber added

“I thought Hades took her to the Underworld. And I doubt he let her out for good behavior.” Ash interrupted

“Hades… shows no mercy… must have planned break out.” Amber continued

“If she did break out, then who did she fight?” Lizzie asked

Ash didn’t sense her in the house, he had gotten used to her getting an early start. He reached into his back pocket and dialed her cell phone.

“It went straight to voicemail.” He muttered

“You think she took on Vanessa?” Lizzie asked

“She’s strong enough. But she can be very tricky to beat.”

“We wait?” Amber asked

“Wait and see if she comes home.” Ash replied

Horrible thoughts began flooding his mind, but he had to push them aside. She could handle herself and get to safety if she needed to. He snapped his fingers repairing the damage to the yard. In the Otherworld, she woke up, her back leaning against a cool stone wall. Sunlight poured in from the small barred window.

She looked down noticing her clothes were clean and bruises were healing. Slowly she stood up, but her chains clanking against the floor. Her feet were shackled and there was a shackle around her neck.

“I hope you’re enjoying your cell.” A voice whispered

“It’s not the Ritz Carlton, but in between a Route sixty-six and the Lydia.” Trina replied

“Well get used to it. It’ll be a long time before you get out of here.”

“What do you want with him?”

“Revenge…”

She tried to break the chains and heard her laughter echoed all around her. As she began to think, how to warn Ash and also escape. In the real world realm, Jade pulled up in front of Sanctuary to drop Paige off. Sierra came out and waved to Jade as Paige walked onto the front porch.

“See you later.” Paige called

“Have fun!” Jade called back

She pulled away as Sierra led her into the backyard. All the residents of Sanctuary were busy putting up decorations, Alex had lit the grill and began putting on chicken legs, burgers, and hot dogs over the fire.

“Hey Paige.” Jake called

“Hey Jake.” Paige replied

He came up behind her carrying a tray of hot dog and hamburger buns. They walked down and he set the tray onto a table with bowls of pasta salad, mixed greens, corn on the cob, utensils and cups.

“Max asked if we could bring Julie and her mom back here. Everyone else is going to be holding up a banner saying congratulations.” He explained

“Cool. When do we have to head up?”

“Ten minutes to five.”

“Okay…”

At the lounge Jade walked in Vicky was behind the bar, Alyssa had clocked in.

“Hey boss.” Vicky called

“Hey what’s up?” Jade replied

“Business as usual. We also left a list on yours and Jade’s desks of food and alcohol orders.”

“ No problem. Ryan and I made Paige probably the happiest she’s ever been. We’re sending her to school this fall.”

“That’s great. You think she’s going to stay this size for a while?”

“From what I sensed, she should. But anything is possible.”

“Was is it scary to grow up so fast?” Alyssa paused; “Sorry I couldn’t help, but overhear.”

“It’s ok. It wasn’t scary I had already graduated high school and started college.”

Alyssa smiled and went over to the register to start a tab. Jade H walked in and clocked in, her apron wrapped around her waist as she came behind the bar.

“Well on that note. I’ll see you all tomorrow.” Vicky said

The girls waved as she clocked out and left. Amber appeared sitting on the bar, sucking on a grape lollipop.

“Hey Telepath, vamp lady, and twin kitten.” She began

“Hey Amber. What’s wrong?” Jade H asked

“Seen Trina today?” She asked

They all exchanged looks and shook their heads. Amber sighed and sucked on her lollipop.

“Fight happened in backyard… Vanessa left Underworld…” She continued

“Did Ash try calling her?” Jade H asked

“Voicemail…” Amber paused; “Ash didn’t sense her anywhere. We worried…”

“That’s not like her.” Jade said

“We’ll keep…” Jade H paused

“An eye out.” Jade finished her sister’s sentence

“Thanks…”

Amber flashed; at Sanctuary Julie and her mother were surprised by the party. Everyone began lining up for the buffet. Luckily Jake, Julie, Paige, and Mrs. Caster got on line first and then went to sit down.

“Paige did you get permission from your parents about school?” Julie asked

Paige had taken a sip of soda and put her cup down.

“My parents surprised me with a backpack and some school supplies this morning!” Paige replied

“Wow. I hope we’re in the same classes.” Julie continued

“You won’t know until the school mails the schedules out to you. Along with the teachers e-mailing their required materials lists.” Mrs. Caster interrupted

They had gotten lost in conversation, when Paige sensed someone watching her. She shook it off and continued to eat. Mrs. Caster got up and as the three friends leaned in.

“I talked to Samantha and Sierra. Samantha can take us to the lake before she leaves for classes and Sierra can take us home.” Jake whispered

“So we’ll pack lunches and a change of clothes.” Paige added

“Exactly.” Jake continued

“At least we came up with a plan.” Julie chimed in

Jake and Paige nodded in agreement. Amber walked into the kitchen to see Lizzie on the phone ordering pizza. She hung up as Amber took a seat at the table.

“Where’s Ash?” Lizzie asked

“Looking… hoping to find Trina…” Amber paused “He worried…”

“I am too.”

“When food coming?”

“Should be here in forty-five minutes.”

VIII

Friday had arrived and Vanessa appeared in the backyard, wearing a gold thick strapped dress with black shorts underneath. She took the love energy off her neck and held it in her hands.

“Surround the house and if anyone tries to leave, shock them.” She whispered

The love energy floated from her hands and formed a shield around the house. Trina appeared on the patio seeing Vanessa.

“Hades let you off for good behavior?” She asked

“Let’s just say the warden had no idea I was busting out.” Vanessa replied

“What the hell do you want?”

“Since you’ve become half Titan, I want to see how strong you’ve become.”

Trina snapped her fingers changing into a pair of jean shorts and pink tank top. She flashed and appeared in front of Vanessa. Both started exchanging punches and each on dodged the other. Vanessa threw another punch, Trina flashed to dodge it.

She appeared back standing by the table.

“Hasn’t he taught you anything besides those simple parlor tricks?” Vanessa asked

Trina didn’t answer, she flashed, appearing in Vanessa’s face.

“Should I be scared?” She laughed

She had kept one hand behind her back. An energy ball formed, in one move a beam shot Vanessa sending her flying across the yard. Her back hit the fence, but she got to her feet.

“Not bad… for an amateur…” She smirked

Trina flashed and Vanessa looked around the yard. Suddenly a fist hit the side of her face, followed by a drop kick. She got up and started throwing her own punches, Trina dodged. Somehow Vanessa landed a hard punch in the stomach, Trina stood still, but then their eyes met.

Her moves were so fast, hitting with her forearms and kicks to her legs. Vanessa stumbled back as she stood with her fists up.

“It’s about time you learned to trust your powers. But unfortunately play time has to end now.”

She conjured a yellow sphere that looked like pixy dust. It rose from her hand forming a tornado and shot right towards Trina. Her body became still, she tried to move, but it was no use. Vanessa walked up to her.

“Fairy stun dust; very effective even on half Titans.”

Trina growled, but then Vanessa punched her knocking her unconscious. She picked her up and put her over her shoulder. The love energy unsealed the house, no one was home, and it returned to its sphere.

Paige woke up the next morning and got out of bed. Her door opened, she was rubbing her eyes when they lit up. A black backpack was floating in front of her with a balloon saying ‘Surprise!’ in gold letters. Sasha came up beside her and barked.

“Mom! Dad! Thank you!” she cheered

Ryan and Jade came out from their bedroom. Paige ran up to them, hugging them both.

“You’re welcome.” They replied

“I know your friends are going to be so excited.” Jade commented

“Yeah they will.” Paige replied

“Anyway I need to get to work. I’ll see you later.”

They hugged and kissed; he left as Jade and Paige walked into the kitchen. Paige filled Sasha’s bowls with fresh water and food. Jade watched as her coffee started to brew.

“Paige did you want to fix your own breakfast or would you like eggs, toast, and bacon?” Jade asked

“I’ll have what you’re having.” Paige replied

“Okay.”

Amber came into the kitchen, her eyes widened to see the backyard in shambles. She walked out onto the patio, there was a fight here. Her nose twitched, as her wings and tail appeared, Vanessa had been here.

“Ash!” She yelled

He appeared beside her with Lizzie behind him.

“What the hell?” He gasped

They walked down and notice grass had been pulled up and smoke rings from energy blasts.

“This must have been some fight.” Lizzie commented

“Vanessa was here…” Amber added

“I thought Hades took her to the Underworld. And I doubt he let her out for good behavior.” Ash interrupted

“Hades… shows no mercy… must have planned break out.” Amber continued

“If she did break out, then who did she fight?” Lizzie asked

Ash didn’t sense her in the house, he had gotten used to her getting an early start. He reached into his back pocket and dialed her cell phone.

“It went straight to voicemail.” He muttered

“You think she took on Vanessa?” Lizzie asked

“She’s strong enough. But she can be very tricky to beat.”

“We wait?” Amber asked

“Wait and see if she comes home.” Ash replied

Horrible thoughts began flooding his mind, but he had to push them aside. She could handle herself and get to safety if she needed to. He snapped his fingers repairing the damage to the yard. In the Otherworld, she woke up, her back leaning against a cool stone wall. Sunlight poured in from the small barred window.

She looked down noticing her clothes were clean and bruises were healing. Slowly she stood up, but her chains clanking against the floor. Her feet were shackled and there was a shackle around her neck.

“I hope you’re enjoying your cell.” A voice whispered

“It’s not the Ritz Carlton, but in between a Route sixty-six and the Lydia.” Trina replied

“Well get used to it. It’ll be a long time before you get out of here.”

“What do you want with him?”

“Revenge…”

She tried to break the chains and heard her laughter echoed all around her. As she began to think, how to warn Ash and also escape. In the real world realm, Jade pulled up in front of Sanctuary to drop Paige off. Sierra came out and waved to Jade as Paige walked onto the front porch.

“See you later.” Paige called

“Have fun!” Jade called back

She pulled away as Sierra led her into the backyard. All the residents of Sanctuary were busy putting up decorations, Alex had lit the grill and began putting on chicken legs, burgers, and hot dogs over the fire.

“Hey Paige.” Jake called

“Hey Jake.” Paige replied

He came up behind her carrying a tray of hot dog and hamburger buns. They walked down and he set the tray onto a table with bowls of pasta salad, mixed greens, corn on the cob, utensils and cups.

“Max asked if we could bring Julie and her mom back here. Everyone else is going to be holding up a banner saying congratulations.” He explained

“Cool. When do we have to head up?”

“Ten minutes to five.”

“Okay…”

At the lounge Jade walked in Vicky was behind the bar, Alyssa had clocked in.

“Hey boss.” Vicky called

“Hey what’s up?” Jade replied

“Business as usual. We also left a list on yours and Jade’s desks of food and alcohol orders.”

“ No problem. Ryan and I made Paige probably the happiest she’s ever been. We’re sending her to school this fall.”

“That’s great. You think she’s going to stay this size for a while?”

“From what I sensed, she should. But anything is possible.”

“Was is it scary to grow up so fast?” Alyssa paused; “Sorry I couldn’t help, but overhear.”

“It’s ok. It wasn’t scary I had already graduated high school and started college.”

Alyssa smiled and went over to the register to start a tab. Jade H walked in and clocked in, her apron wrapped around her waist as she came behind the bar.

“Well on that note. I’ll see you all tomorrow.” Vicky said

The girls waved as she clocked out and left. Amber appeared sitting on the bar, sucking on a grape lollipop.

“Hey Telepath, vamp lady, and twin kitten.” She began

“Hey Amber. What’s wrong?” Jade H asked

“Seen Trina today?” She asked

They all exchanged looks and shook their heads. Amber sighed and sucked on her lollipop.

“Fight happened in backyard… Vanessa left Underworld…” She continued

“Did Ash try calling her?” Jade H asked

“Voicemail…” Amber paused; “Ash didn’t sense her anywhere. We worried…”

“That’s not like her.” Jade said

“We’ll keep…” Jade H paused

“An eye out.” Jade finished her sister’s sentence

“Thanks…”

Amber flashed; at Sanctuary Julie and her mother were surprised by the party. Everyone began lining up for the buffet. Luckily Jake, Julie, Paige, and Mrs. Caster got on line first and then went to sit down.

“Paige did you get permission from your parents about school?” Julie asked

Paige had taken a sip of soda and put her cup down.

“My parents surprised me with a backpack and some school supplies this morning!” Paige replied

“Wow. I hope we’re in the same classes.” Julie continued

“You won’t know until the school mails the schedules out to you. Along with the teachers e-mailing their required materials lists.” Mrs. Caster interrupted

They had gotten lost in conversation, when Paige sensed someone watching her. She shook it off and continued to eat. Mrs. Caster got up and as the three friends leaned in.

“I talked to Samantha and Sierra. Samantha can take us to the lake before she leaves for classes and Sierra can take us home.” Jake whispered

“So we’ll pack lunches and a change of clothes.” Paige added

“Exactly.” Jake continued

“At least we came up with a plan.” Julie chimed in

Jake and Paige nodded in agreement. Amber walked into the kitchen to see Lizzie on the phone ordering pizza. She hung up as Amber took a seat at the table.

“Where’s Ash?” Lizzie asked

“Looking… hoping to find Trina…” Amber paused “He worried…”

“I am too.”

“When food coming?”

“Should be here in forty-five minutes.”

IX

At the lounge business had become a little busy, but became steady again. Jade H. sat in her office filling out a food order form. Something made her stop and look around the room, nothing had changed. Her sister and Alyssa were managing up front, but something just didn’t feel right.

“You felt…” Jade paused

“It too.” Jade H replied

“It feels weird...”

“And doesn’t belong here.”

“Will check it out…”

“Later…”

Both nodded and Jade H continued with her paperwork. Ryan had picked Paige up from the party and brought her home. She went out into the backyard with Sasha when the feeling of someone watching her.

“Sasha… protect…” Paige commanded

The dog began to growl and grew. She leaped over the fence, Sasha followed. Both looked around a moonlit forest and Sasha returned back to normal size. She barked at Paige and she nodded.

“Probably nothing… c’mon girl…” Paige sighed

They leaped over the fence and went inside. Her servant came out of the woods, sighing in relief as Vanessa appeared beside him.

“You have to be more careful.” She commented

“I know.” He sighed

“Keep an eye on the girl. And wait for further instructions.”

“Yes Mistress…”

Vanessa flashed leaving the servant alone again. He looked around recognizing what Aphrodite explained and described to him. He walked around to Paige’s window and looked inside. Sasha was lying on her bed, as Paige came in after taking a shower. She climbed into bed and fell asleep, he sat and watched her, drifting into a deep sleep.

By two-thirty in the morning, car lights appeared in the distance and he immediately ran back into the forest. He hid behind a tall oak tree, as he heard two car doors slam and footsteps on the driveway.

“It was coming from the forest.” Jade H commented

“Are you two sure?” Drake asked

“You doubt us?” The ‘Sisters’ replied together

“No.” Drake sighed

He morphed into his wolf form and started to sniff the ground.

“That voice… I know that voice…” The servant whispered to himself

Drake went into the forest and stopped a few feet from where the servant was hiding. He kept still and watched as Drake morphed back into his human form. The ‘Jades’ walked up behind him with concerned looks on their faces.

“Whatever it was it's gone.” He sighed

“If it comes back…” Jade H paused

“We’ll take care of it.” Jade continued

“Good; on that note ladies, I bid you goodnight.”

He flashed and ‘The Jades’ exchanged laughs, as they walked back towards the house. The servant let out a sigh of relief. But that voice and the woman, it sounded so familiar. Jade H ran off for home. He started to run and realized he was just as fast as her.

She appeared on the porch of her house and sat down on the steps. Seeing her there, he closed his eyes seeing a memory. He saw himself holding her hand, kissing her, and holding her close.

Talon…” Her voice whispered

Jade…” He replied

He gasped, but then ran back to the Jacob’s house. Aphrodite and Vanessa would be furious with him, if he stopped observing the girl. He appeared outside the backyard and leaped into a tree. The view was better and he had enough room to hide behind the trunk if he needed to.

Ash sat outside staring up at the moon, Lizzie appeared beside him.

“No trace whatsoever.” He sighed; “She couldn’t have vanished.”

“What are you going to do?” Lizzie asked

“I called in a favor.”

Jade and Mitch appeared behind them. Lizzie and Ash turned to see them. Mitch took out his note pad and pen.

“Thank you for coming.” Ash said

“It’s no problem.” Mitch replied

“I thought you had to wait forty-eight hours to report someone missing.” Lizzie chimed in

“I think they’ll make an exception.” Jade continued

“When was the last time you saw her?” Mitch asked

“Last night around six. I brought Lizzie home because the new house she purchased got infested with termites.” Ash replied

“Do you have a recent picture of her?”

He conjured a photo of them together in the backyard.

“She stole my phone and said we needed more pictures.” He said

“Anyone you could think of who would want to hurt her?” Mitch asked

“Aphrodite…” They said together

“But Ash banished her from entering this realm.” Lizzie continued

“If she tried to, we’d know about it.” Jade added

“Wait a minute; Amber said Vanessa somehow escaped the Underworld. She was probably back with Aphrodite and working together again.” Ash interrupted

“It makes sense. I’m surprised that they kissed and made up after last year.” Jade commented

“I don’t think our jurisdiction reaches to other realms.” Mitch sighed

“Don’t worry about that. She’ll probably come to this realm and launch another attack.” Ash explained

“Well I think I have all I need. We’ll keep you posted Ash.” Mitch continued

“Thank you Mitch.” Ash replied

Mitch smiled “It’s no problem.”

He put his arm around Jade’s waist, she leaned back against him.

“See I’m a good wife. I got you another connection.” She commented

“Wife?” Mitch and Lizzie asked together

Ash and Jade busted out laughing while Mitch and Lizzie looked at them concerned.

“After opening the lounge, Ash helped my sister and I bring supernatural beings out of hiding. He became the father figure and I their mother.” Jade explained

“We’re a family. And we look out for our children.” Ash added

“Don’t worry love, I’m not going anywhere.” She whispered into Mitch’s ear

She sensed him calming down and held her close to him. In the Otherworld Trina watched the sun set, she watched as torches appeared in all four corners of her cell. Each one lit, making the room a little brighter.

A small tray of grapes, various cheeses, and silver goblet of wine appeared. She didn’t reach for it at first, but then slowly her hand grabbed the tray. It was real and everything smelled delicious. In a blink of an eye, she began to eat.

Everything tasted so good, as she finished, she leaned back against the wall, legs stretched out. She looked at her chains and watched them glow briefly.

“Figures they’re magic…” She sighed

She tried tugging on her shackles, but she got shocked. Her hands tingled, but then watched as her wounds healed.

The next day Paige woke up around ten. She sensed someone in the backyard, Sasha woke up and yawned, stretching out her back and hind legs.

“C’mon girl… someone is outside.” Paige whispered

They walked out her room, the patio doors opened. Her eyes lit up to see Jake balancing on the fence.

“What are you doing here?” She asked

He let his wings unfold, they had red running through them. And then he turned his head from side to side, showing his slightly pointed ears.

“When?” She asked

“Last night…” He replied

“That is awesome.”

He rose into the air and flew down to her. Slowly he offered his hand.

“Want to fly?” He asked

She grabbed his hand and they slowly rose over the house.

“Jake this is amazing. You can see the whole town.” She commented

He laughed, “I can do more than just hover here.”

“Show me…”

He held onto her hand and she was standing next to him. They rose higher into the air and above the clouds. The sky looked so blue as they flew over the town. Jade came out into the backyard seeing Sasha sitting in the center of the yard, looking up at the sky.

“She’ll be back girl.” She said

Ryan came up behind her.

“Don’t start casting protection spells on her.” She commented

He sighed, “I know she can handle herself. Just like her mother.”

His arms wrapped around her waist, he started to place kisses upon her neck. She leaned back against him. Ash appeared beside Sasha and turned to see Ryan and Jade.

“Good morning Ash. What’s up?” Jade asked

“Morning; you haven’t seen Trina have you?” Ash replied

“No. The last time I saw her was yesterday when she took Paige and Jake to the park.”

“Vanessa escaped from the Underworld and my backyard was turned upside down.”

“Is Trina strong enough to take on Vanessa?” Ryan asked

“She is. I know she can take care of herself, but I’m worried.” Ash replied

“If you need anything…” Jade paused

“Thank you…”

X

He flashed, Jade and Ryan went into the house. An hour later, Jake and Paige landed outside the fence. She hugged him tightly and then leaned back, their eyes met. They leaned in slowly closing their eyes. Their lips gently touched and she wrapped her arms around his neck.

The servant watched from the tree. His eyes widened, remembering kissing Jade. They stepped back from each other. She looked into the woods, feeling someone was watching her. He came up beside her.

“What’s wrong?” He asked

“Someone’s out there.” She replied

She leaped into the air and landed beside the servant. He gasped as she stared at him, hands on her hips.

“Who are you?” She asked

He didn’t answer.

“Paige! Are you okay up there?” Jake asked

“Yeah I’m okay.” She paused

She stared into his dull blue eyes.

“Who are you?” She asked again

“Talon…” He whispered

“Aunt Jade’s husband…”

He nodded.

“Are you a ghost?” She asked

“I think so. Or some form of one, I can’t walk through walls or fly.” He replied

“Why did you come back?”

“She brought me back. And gave me orders…”

“She? Who?”

“Such a curious child.” A voice echoed

He stood up grabbing Paige by the hand. Jake flashed conjuring a fireball.

“Let her go.” He growled

A portal opened behind them. Jade and Ryan ran outside seeing their daughter in a tree and a gray hand holding her arm.

“Paige!” Jade screamed

Paige kicked Talon in the stomach and leaped down to the ground. Jake followed as Vanessa appeared with Talon beside her. Ryan and Jade leaped over the fence landing behind Jake and Paige. Their jaws dropped seeing Talon standing beside Vanessa.

“Talon?” Jade paused

Vanessa put her hand in front of him.

“Get the girl. I’ll take care of the rest of them.” Vanessa commanded

“You won’t touch her!” Jade shouted

Vanessa laughed as she conjured a crystal of love energy.

“Jake get Paige out of here.” Jade ordered.

Jake nodded and took Paige by the hand. They began running into the forest, Vanessa looked at the Jacob’s. And blasted a beam of energy sending them flying backwards. Jade grabbed Ryan by the hand and they landed on their feet. When they ran back, Vanessa was gone.

“Shit it was a distraction. Where’s Paige and Jake?” Ryan asked

“This way.” Jade replied

They ran into the forest and caught up in the clearing of a forest. Jake was sent flying hitting the trunk of a tree, a portal opened, Sasha appeared in front of it, full grown and growling. Vanessa and Talon backed up.

“Sasha protect Paige!” Jade screamed

The demon dog went after Talon who was holding Paige in his arms. Vanessa turned to Jade and Ryan. She laughed still holding the love energy crystal in her hands. It began blasting everywhere, they dodged jumping in opposite directions. Jade then got up stopping a beam from hitting her.

She sent it back, but Vanessa had blown stun dust, Sasha pulled Jade out of the way. Ryan conjured an energy ball and hit Talon, but it went through him. A portal opened and Vanessa blasted Jade and Ryan who flew back, but landed on their feet.

“Paige!” Jade screamed

Ryan walked over to Jake who had started to heal. He stood up leaning on Ryan, Jade turned to them tears streaming down her face.

“Let’s go.” She whispered

They began walking back towards the house. She stopped herself from beating herself up for not doing more. Vanessa and Talon appeared in Aphrodite’s throne room. She stood up as Talon walked up to her.

“Excellent job. Earning her trust.” She commented

He didn’t answer, Vanessa handed Aphrodite the crystal filled with love energy.

“This feels like young love. Who did you get it from?” She asked

“The girl and the fire fairy. They have a love that’s strong.” Vanessa replied

“Interesting; he’ll probably want to rescue her. Like a knight in shining armor.”

Both women laughed as Talon stood there no expression on his face.

“Put her in one of the guest rooms. She needs her rest.” Aphrodite continued

He nodded and walked out of the throne room. Stopping half way a door opened to a white room, he walked in and laid Paige down a bed sitting in the center of the room. Back in the real world realm, Amber was standing outside the Jacob’s house, Drake appeared walking up the driveway in wolf form.

“You’re late…” She commented

“I came. That should count for something.” He snapped back

He morphed back into human form, she grabbed him by the hand, dragging him inside. Ash, Lizzie, Dannie, Aiden were seated at the dining room table. Vicky was sitting on the couch with Aaron and Sasha. Jade H came out of the kitchen with Mitch and sat at the dining room table.

Jade and Ryan came out of Paige’s room. She held her daughter’s black rabbit tightly. Everyone turned to see them.

“Thank you all for coming.” Ryan began

“Paige was kidnapped and taken into the Otherworld.” Jade paused

“Vanessa somehow escaped from the Underworld and must be working with Aphrodite again. And we believe Trina has also been taken there as well.” Jade H continued

“She’s out for revenge.” Drake muttered under his breath

“No shit wolf.” Amber snapped

“Why take Paige?” Jake asked

He appeared in the middle of the room.

“Long story short…” Jade H paused

“Paige is unique. She’s a third generation immortal and inherited my powers. We weren’t sure if she’d be blessed with Ryan’s powers of witchcraft. Her growth rate is unprecedented and we aren’t sure when she’ll mature.” Jade continued

“So let’s storm her palace and rescue them.” Drake suggested

“Not without a plan.” Lizzie interrupted

‘The Jades’ walked outside, Amber and Sasha followed. They joined hands and closed their eyes.

Will this…” Jade paused

Work? We have nothing to lose. Besides…” Jade H replied

We have been trying to…

Perfect this.

Paige…” They called

Paige’s eyes twitched and she sat up hearing her mother and Aunt.

Mom… Aunt Jade?” She asked

Paige! Are you okay honey?” Jade asked

I think so. Are you and Jake okay? I know he took a hard hit against that tree trunk.” Paige replied

Paige listen to us. Where did they take you?

An all-white room, no windows. Just a bed.

Listen pretty girl, try to let the filter open. Let us see what you see…” Jade H continued

I’ll try…

She took a deep breath in and slowly let it out. ‘The Jades’ started to see the room, no windows, but a door that looked it had a seal spell on it. Before seeing anything else, ‘The Jades’ flew backwards, sliding on the ground. Amber and Sasha walked over to them, both got up brushing themselves off.

“You okay?” Amber asked

“We are…” They replied

“Did you see?”

“Everything right up until the spelled door. It broke…” Jade H paused

“Our concentration…” Jade continued

Paige rubbed her forehead as Aphrodite appeared standing in the corner of the room.

“Hello Paige.” She whispered

“Hello Aphrodite…” Paige replied

“Your powers are strong for such a young girl. It’s impressive, but if you let me I can allow you to unlock your full potential. You’d be the most powerful hybrid.”

“Hybrid?”

“You think that you inherited your mother’s powers? That’s not true, you also have your father’s powers too.”

“How do you know?”

“I’ve seen the future. And with my help I can give you the knowledge, in return you’re going to help me.”

“What if I don’t want your help?”

“Don’t test me child, as I told Hades and Persephone; you’re going to help me whether you want to or not.”

She conjured the love energy, Vanessa had taken from her and Jake. Slowly she leaned down and whispered to it. It reacted and left her hands surrounding Paige. She stood still as it entered her body, her eyes glazed over, glowing a shade of pink.

“I am ready Mistress.” Paige said

“Excellent; come I want to test out your new powers.” Aphrodite continued

XI

She held out her hand, Paige took it. They flashed into the courtyard where Vanessa was waiting with some guards. Aphrodite snapped her fingers, changing Paige into a white knee length capped sleeve dress.

“Now Paige, I gave you the knowledge of witchcraft. I’m going to have these guards attack you. Please show me and Vanessa what you can do.” Aphrodite whispered

Paige nodded as Vanessa pointed, the guards armed with spears, bows and arrows began to attack. Her eyes widened stopping the arrows and spears two inches from her face. They all turned around and shot back and killed them. A small group tried ran up and surrounded her, she conjured an energy ball and it shot out multiple beams killing the guards. Aphrodite and Vanessa applauded, Paige bowed.

“Excellent Paige. Now let us go inside for dinner.” Aphrodite said

Back in the real world realm. ‘The Jades’ and Ryan sat outside. Everyone else was still inside strategizing.

“Jade there’s something we need to tell you. We didn’t want to mention it in front of everyone else.” Ryan began

“Using some ancient magic, Aphrodite brought back…” Jade paused

“Talon from the dead; she forced him to kidnap Paige.” Jade H finished her sentence; “ He must of resurrected from the love energy she collects.”

“He was that force…”

“That didn’t belong here.”

“Bitch… she’s going pay…”

Jade and Ryan nodded in agreement. Amber appeared in front of them.

“Come inside… Ash has plan…” She explained

They walked inside, Ash had conjured a map of the Aphrodite’s palace.

“We’re going to bring the fight to her.” He paused; “There will be an army waiting at the front gates. Once inside, there are cells on the bottom floor, Trina and Paige will probably be locked in separate cells. We’ll split up into two groups, one stays with me and the other goes with Amber. She knows the palace well. Once we regroup, we’ll take Vanessa and Aphrodite down.”

“It won’t be that easy…” A male voice commented

Everyone turned to see a figure walking down the hallway. Amber’s eyes lit up and she ran.

“Hades!” She squealed

She leaped into his arms, hugging him tightly.

“Hello love…” He replied

He greeted everyone else with a nod.

“Are you helping again?” Amber asked

“Partially love… can’t interfere with the future too much. She took mine and Persephone love energy to free Vanessa. I had been holding onto these for a long time. Now seems like the perfect time to use them.” He replied

He conjured to vials of a dark green liquid and handed them to Ash.

“What are they?” Lizzie asked

“A potion that Medusa had made centuries ago. Once thrown it turns the target into stone and they’ll sleep for eternity. Bring them to me and I’ll make sure they’re locked away for good.”

“Then Otherworld… freed…” Amber chimed in

“That’s how it’s supposed to be. Not ruled by some almighty goddess.” Lizzie added

Everyone laughed, Hades hugged Amber and sunk through the floor back to the Underworld.

“How long before we move out?” Drake asked

He licked his lips at the thought of going into battle. Amber rolled her eyes.

“We’ll move out on Sunday night.” Ash replied

“Let me come with you.” Jake interrupted

“Firestarter… too young…” Amber

“Please… I care about Paige…” He replied

“Jake if you go, you stay with the group you’re assigned to.” Ash continued

He nodded and smiled as he came closer to the table. In the Otherworld Talon walked through the garden admiring the roses and violets. Vanessa appeared beside him.

“She has another task for you.” She began

“What are her orders”? He asked

“You will stand with the army at the front gate to greet the rescue party. After I give the signal to attack, you will be given weapons to destroy them.”

“Yes Mistress.”

Trina sat in her cell staring out the small window. Moonlight came in and she looked down at her chains. She put her hand on the shackle around her neck and conjured a small energy ball. A few bolts shot out breaking the chain and she pulled the choker off her neck. Three more bolts shot out freeing her legs. She turned to the gate, but the moonlight was shining on something that was clear. A bolt shot out and bounced off the cell door flying out the window.

“You did not think it was going to be that easy did you?” Aphrodite paused and laughed; “Those chains might have been magical, but I always have a backup plan.”

Trina then looked at the window and saw it was shielded as well. Suddenly blue dust filled the room, she coughed, but fell to the floor and fell asleep. Aphrodite grinned and leaned back in her throne. Vanessa appeared beside her.

“I gave him his orders.” She whispered

“Excellent. Where is Paige?” Aphrodite replied

“Asleep in the guest room.”

“Make sure tomorrow she has more fight training”

“Of course.”

Back in the real world realm, ‘The Jades’ sat in the backyard with Sasha leaning her head on Jade Jacob’s lap. Ryan came out with a cup of coffee. She took a sip and let the cup float beside her.

“She must be so scared.” Ryan commented

“She’s asleep…” They replied together

Mitch came out and handed Jade a bottle of blood. She began drinking and also let the bottle float beside her.

“Mitch this is going to be too dangerous.” Jade H whispered

“I’m going…” He replied

She took him into her arms and hugged him tightly.

“I’m warning you now. If you get hurt beyond repair, I’m turning you. It’ll be the only way to save you and once that happens there’s no going back.” She whispered in his ear

“I understand. Jade you’re crushing my spine.”

She loosened her grip and smiled, leaning her head on his shoulder. Jake appeared balancing on the fence.

“What are you doing up?” Jade asked

“Couldn’t sleep…” He replied

“Don’t blame you.” Jade H chimed in

“Mitch, Jade, could you excuse us? I think it’s time we talked to Jake.” Ryan asked

“No problem.” They replied and walked inside

Jake leaped off the fence and walked up to Jade and Ryan.

“Go easy…” Jade whispered

“What’s up Mr. and Ms. Jacobs?” He asked

“We; well mostly me just want to be clear that your respect Paige and treat her right.” Ryan replied

“I know that you care about her and she cares for you.” Jade continued

“I understand. And I know that you all are protective of each other. Amber told me.” Jake chimed in

“Good because we…” Jade paused

“Would hate to hunt you down.” Jade H added

Jake blushed as Jade finished her coffee and her sister finished her blood.

“Go home Jake. Come back tomorrow night and you’ll spend the night here.” Jade suggested

He yawned and flashed back to Sanctuary. ‘The Jades’ got up they hugged.

“I’ll be over tomorrow after sunset. We’ll bring your baby home.” She whispered

“I know.” Jade replied

She and Mitch walked through the house and got into his car. They waved as the car pulled out of the driveway. Jade walked passed Paige’s room and the door opened. It broke her heart not seeing her curled up in bed with Sasha sitting at the foot of her bed. Sasha came up beside her.

“C’mon you’re sleeping in our room tonight.” Jade said

Sasha followed her into their bedroom. The door shut behind her. In the Otherworld, Talon had found himself near the entrance to the ‘Forest of Shades’. He continued walking, but stopped to see a young woman sitting outside of her home. She looked up to see him staring. He was about to leave when she called, “Wait..”.

“I apologize if I disturbed you.” He commented

“Come here…” She commanded

He sensed she was a powerful demon as he got closer. She conjured a chair for him, he sat down.

“You look lost.” She commented

“I am.” Talon paused; “What is this place?”

“This is the forest of shades. And I’m Abbigail.”

“Shades?”

“We are similar to ghosts, but cannot return to our bodies. This only affects shifters, fairies, and demons. We can’t travel to any other realm, except on Halloween. Otherwise we remain here protected by old magic. What is your name?”

“Talon. It’s nice to meet you Abbigail.”

“Your body is made of ashes, but I sense the Goddess’s magic all over you.”

“She resurrected me for a mission. Her word is my command.”

“When did you die?”

“Last year; she’s the one who killed me, but then brings me back. I don’t understand.”

“Alternative motives… I suppose. Though my son would know better than me.”

“Your son?”

Abigail nodded, “His name is Ash.”

“That name sounds familiar.”

“It should you two have been friends for centuries.”

Talon gasped and began to see memories of him and Ash.

“I remember… “

“Wonderful. I suggest that you keep this little discovery to yourself. Any memory that you remember from your past would anger her. And she’d take you apart.”

“I remember what her temper is like. I need to see Jade… “

“You will see her again. It’s only a matter of time and you two will be reunited.”

“And I know that’s all you can tell me. Anyway I need to get back before she realizes I’m gone.”

“Go… until we meet again.”

He stood up and started running back towards the palace. He ended back in the garden and stopped to see Aphrodite standing between him and an entrance.

“Patrolling the area?” She asked

He felt this tugging feeling in his body. She smirked as she walked up to him.

“Answer me…” She commanded

“Yes Mistress; I was.” He replied

“Excellent; Ash and his friends are very creative. You have to watch out them.”

“I understand…”

She flashed and he stared up into the sky. He wondered what how Jade was, his heart ached to see her again. Abigail said to be patient, he couldn’t rush. His eyes lit up to see a small portal opening, showing Jade’s bedroom. In the real world realm, Mitch had fallen asleep, Jade had propped up pillows behind her and was reading on her ‘Kindle’. She shut it off, placing it on her night table and noticed it was almost dawn.

“ Jade…” He whispered

She yawned, but then perked up hearing something.

“Talon?” She replied

XII

The portal closed and he sighed, knowing he would see her again. He continued to walk around the palace grounds.

As the sun rose higher into the sky, Jade sat in the backyard with Sasha. Ash appeared sitting beside her.

“How are you holding up?” He asked

“Just as good as you.” She replied

He offered a half smile, she ran her hand through her hair.

“What have you and sister sensed?”

“Not much; They seem okay, but it’s hard to say.”

“We’ll get them back.”

“Yeah.”

The next night Ash came out into the backyard seeing everyone dressed in battle gear. It was a mix of brown and black leather. Except for Mitch and Jake; both wore a pair of black sneakers, matching jeans and t-shirts. The ‘Jades’ stood up front next to Ryan, Lizzie, and Trent. Amber came up beside Ash and smiled.

“Thank you for doing this. You know who you’re going with, stay together and then we’ll meet outside the palace. Let’s go.” He explained

He turned facing the house. His hands began making the shape of door and the patio doors turned into a white door with a sun, moon, and stars. It opened and Ash signaled everyone to walk through. The sun in the Otherworld was setting as they entered a forest. Large towers were seen in the distance over the trees.

“Teams spread out and take your positions.” Ash whispered

Everyone nodded, Mitch went ahead with Jade H. She levitated him into a tree a few feet away from the palace. She, Ash, Jade, Ryan, and Dannie headed for the castle. Amber lead, Aiden, Vicky, and Trent to surround the castle.

Ash led them through the garden and through a wooden door that had a staircase leading down. Jade H and Ryan stayed by the door, while Jade and Ash went downstairs. They came into a room lined with cells and ran towards the center one.

“Trina…” Ash whispered

“Ash… “ She called in a hoarse voice

“Stand back…” Jade said

Trina stepped back as Jade made a pulling motion, the cell door came off its hinges . He took her into his arms hugging her tightly. Jade joined them and then stepped back.

“Where’s Paige?” Jade asked

“I don’t know. She wasn’t kept here with me.” Trina replied

“C’mon let’s go find the others.” Ash suggested

They began running upstairs, Jade H. and Ryan were fighting off guards. Jade H. sent them flying and in retreat and turned to see Trina with Ash and her sister.

“Where’s Paige?” Ryan asked

The ‘Jades’ joined hands and closed their eyes.

“She’s with Aphrodite.” They said together

“They’re probably with the other welcoming committee.” Ash commented

“C’mon…”

They began running towards the entrance. Jade got there first to see powers and weapons flying everywhere. She caught a spear and held onto it. Ash and the others caught up to her, everyone regrouped as Aphrodite and Vanessa appeared on the steps of the palace.

“ How sweet the happy couple reunited. Guess I’ll destroy both of you together.” Aphrodite said

“Where is Paige?” Jade shouted

Vanessa and Aphrodite stepped to the side, Paige stepped forward. She wore a green capped sleeved dress and silver sandals. Her eyes glowed pink and she smirked.

“Paige!” Jade shouted

She didn’t answer and conjured an energy ball.

“Paige show everyone what you can do.” Aphrodite suggested

More guards appeared and Paige flashed appearing with them.

“We have to…” Jade paused

“Stun her long enough to break Aphrodite’s hold against her.” Jade H finished her sister’s sentence

“Ryan, Jake and I will go. The rest of you hold off the army.” Jade continued

“Go…” Aphrodite whispered to Vanessa

She flashed and appeared next to Paige.

“Paige stop this. You’re under Aphrodite’s influence.” Ryan pleaded

She didn’t answer and her eyes widened, sending them flying backwards. Jake flew higher into the sky, while Jade and Ryan landed a few feet away. Two energy balls appeared in each hand, she levitated into the air. Lightning bolts shot out everywhere, Jake dodged and landed back in front of her and Vanessa.

“How romantic coming to rescue Paige. You must be her knight in shining armor.” Vanessa laughed

Jake conjured a fireball and blasted Vanessa sending her flying. He walked up to Paige.

“Paige…” He whispered

“Go away…” She snapped

She waved her hand sending him flying and rolled across the ground. He flashed and reappeared with Ryan and Jade.

“Paige stop this now.” Jade begged

Slowly she walked up to Paige, suddenly she stepped back dodging a punch. Paige began throwing punches and kicks.

None of us want to fight you.” She said her voice echoed in Paige’s mind

Then prepare to be destroyed.” Paige replied

Vanessa appeared behind Paige, a vine wrapped around her feet causing her to fall to the ground. Vicky pulled her away.

“Aphrodite!” Ash roared

“Ash, behold the ultimate hybrid!” She cackled

“Release her… she’s just a child!”

She laughed and conjured a crystal of love energy. It began to spread and revive most of the fallen soldiers. Paige levitated into the air and conjured two large energy balls, bolts of lightning shot out and everyone took shelter. Talon appeared with the army, holding a knife in his hand. Vanessa appeared beside Paige armed with a thorn whip.

“What the hell did she do to her?” Ryan asked

“Used love energy to control... and gave powers of witchcraft…” Amber replied

“Does anyone have an idea on how to stop this?” Dannie asked

She and Aiden ran up, morphing into their human forms.

“Would one more warrior help?” Drake asked

“Now you show up?” Amber groaned

“No time to argue cupcake.” He snapped

Paige continued launching her attack; Vanessa and Vicky were facing off.

“Let’s take out the army and have Vicky strip Vanessa of her powers. Ryan we’ll need crystals, Jake you distract Paige and we’ll trap her.” Jade suggested

“What about the love sick goddess?” Drake asked

“I go…” Amber paused; “Can handle her attacks…”

They all nodded and returned to the battlefield. Jake appeared behind Paige and tapped her on the shoulder. She went to reach for him, but he took off flying and she went after him. Amber appeared in front of her mother.

“Why take little telepath?” She asked

“Revenge is a dish best served cold.” Aphrodite replied

“Get back at Ash… this ends now…”

Aphrodite stepped toward her daughter and both conjured swords. Within a blink of an eye their swords clashed and Amber landed a cut on her mother’s arm. She growled and came back at Amber with a great speed. In the sky, Jake led Paige all around until he saw Ryan and Jade were ready. He did a nose dive flying towards the ground fast speed. It looked like he landed on the ground, she landed, and Jade sent the crystals flying surrounding her daughter and Ryan placed the last one on the ground.

Paige looked at her parents stunned. Her hands reached out, trying to pass through the shield, but she got shocked. She tried moving one of the crystals with her powers, but Jade kept each one in place. Looking around, she saw Aphrodite was fighting Amber. Suddenly a scream erupted in the air; Vicky had launched her attack, stripping Vanessa of her powers. The bright light surrounded everyone and the now mortal woman fell to the ground unconscious.

“Vanessa!” Aphrodite screamed

Both she and Amber abandoned their swords and were exchanging punches. Amber kicked her knocking her down onto the floor. Trent appeared beside her and used his powers to bind her arms and legs together and had her leaning against the wall. He and Amber flew over the battlefield seeing a good portion of guards being taken down by Aiden, Vicky, and Dannie.

Jade H went to help them and saw Talon going after Dannie. She waved her hand disarming him of his weapon. He turned and saw her walking towards him.

“Talon… look at me… don’t you remember me?” She asked

XIII

He didn’t answer and started throwing punches. She dodged each one, seeing that he still had the speed of a vampire. Suddenly she stopped and used her powers to pin him against the tree Mitch was sitting in. She had drawn her knife, but put it back into the sheath tied against her thigh.

Trent and Amber landed by the rest of the group. Amber conjured a silver energy ball.

“Take shield down …” She whispered

Jade went to move one of the crystals, when Jake appeared beside Amber.

“You take fire starter… I hold her…”

Jake blushed and took the energy ball from Amber. Jade moved one of the crystals and the shield came down. Amber got behind Paige holding her still.

“Let energy ball be absorbed into body…” She whispered

“Paige…” Jade said

He let the energy ball flow into her heart. Paige’s body went limp as the love energy began to be released.

“Talon… it’s me…” Jade whispered

Tears formed in her eyes, it was the first time in a few years she cried. She looked up at Mitch and mouthed “I’m sorry…” . Slowly she walked up to him and pressed her lips against his. She felt his hands pulling her close, slowly his body began to fade. Her eyes opened as his ashes floated into Mitch’s body. He leaped down and she gasped seeing his eyes had changed colors.

“Talon?” She asked wiping a tear off her cheek

“Jade…” He replied

She took him into her arms hugging him tightly.

“I’ve missed you so much.” He whispered

“I’ve missed you too. But why did she bring you back?”

“To use me to kidnap Paige and also against you.”

Aphrodite appeared armed with love energy. Paige was still unconscious, Jade placed the crystal back around Jake and Paige. Amber joined everyone else.

“I won’t let it end this way.” She growled

Amber appeared behind her as Trina stepped forward, an energy ball floating in her hand.

“It’s over…” Trina said

The love energy glowed as it took shape into arrows. Amber used her tail to knock her mother off her feet and threw the potion.

“You’ll all pay! I will have my revenge!” She shouted

Green smoke surrounded her and gradually her body turned to stone. Jake held Paige close to him, Ryan and Jade kneeled on the other side. Her eyes twitched and slowly the opened, everything was blurry, but came into focus.

“Paige…” Jade whispered

Tears formed in her eyes as she sat up and hugged her parents. Jade looked over to see Paige was okay, she turned to Talon.

“It’s time my love…” He whispered

“I love you…” She replied

“I love you…”

“What happens now?” She asked

“I don’t know. But this body feels strange.” Talon replied

Jade laughed and hugged him tightly. They leaned back and she smiled.

“I think it’s time.” He commented

“I knew I there wouldn’t be time.” She sighed

“He’s ready to be turned.”

Jade tilted her head to one side.

“Just know I love you. And he loves you; as for me until we meet again.”

She nodded watching Mitch’s eyes turn back to their normal color. Talon stepped out of his body and his body turned back into ash, which floated up towards the moon. Mitch collapsed, but she caught him, laying his head in her lap.

“Mi amor…” He said in a hoarse voice

“I’m right here.”

His eyes opened and slowly stood up.

“That was an experience.” He paused; “I’m ready…”

“Are you sure?”

He took her into his arms and dipped her into a ‘Hollywood kiss’. She straightened up and took him by the hand.

“Wait until we get home.” She whispered

They walked over to see Ash opening the portal. Everyone walked through and back into Ash’s backyard, the door shut and Trina lit the fire pit. Jake took Paige by the hand and they rose into the air.

“How are you feeling?” He asked

“Better, but things are still a little fuzzy.” She replied

“I’m glad you’re ok.”

She nodded and kissed him on his lips. Amber appeared before Hades and Persephone, carrying an unconscious Vanessa over her shoulder and her statute mother appeared beside her.

“Hades! Persephone!” She squealed

“Hello love. I see you brought gifts.” Hades replied

Amber nodded, “Potion worked quick… not sure about Vanessa. Pixy stripped her powers… she mortal now.”

“Does she have any memory of what happened?” Persephone asked

“No… memory gone…” Amber replied

Hades began to think and then snapped his fingers. Vanessa appeared in a glass coffin and then flashed.

“She’ll remain here. And as for your mother…” He paused

The statue disappeared and Amber smiled.

“She’ll stay in Persephone’s garden.”

Amber nodded and then walked up, hugging the couple. She flashed and appeared in the backyard, everyone was celebrating.

The next night, Ash walked into his and Trina’s bedroom, seeing almost piece of clothing she owned spread out all over.

“I’m not going to ask.” He commented

He leaned against the entrance way while she was trying to put something together; to wear to dinner with her parents. Reservations were made at Luna’s for seven and they would meet out front. She looked up to see him and then snapped her fingers cleaning up the mess she had created. A dark pink sundress appeared hanging on the bedroom door along with a pair of black sandals.

“There… I finally decided….” She sighed

“Great. I was hoping this would be cleaned up before we left.” He replied

She stuck her tongue out at him; he took her into his arms. He hugged her tightly and she laughed.

“I’m not going anywhere.” She whispered

“I know…” He replied

Amber appeared and cleared her throat. They turned to see her smiling.

“Hey love what’s up?” Ash asked

“Kitten and Aiden got engaged!” She cheered

“Wow. When?” Trina asked

“Last night… wedding next year… asked me, Vamp lady, Telepath, and Pixy to be bridesmaids.” Amber continued

“That’s wonderful.” Ash paused; “Remember we have to leave here in an hour. And then you’re coming back here after dinner.”

“No worry… Trent and I bring dessert home.” She replied

She walked down the hall to the bathroom and went inside. Trina went into the bedroom and picked up her bag off the floor. She took out her make-up bag and took out a small eyeshadow pallet, compact and foundation.

“I’m nervous; I have no idea what my parents will think when I tell them I’m half Titan.” She commented

“Don’t be nervous. I’ll be right next to you.” He replied

“I know. But you, Amber and Trent will be the first supernatural creatures they’ve ever met.”

“We’ll be fine.”

She nodded and finished getting ready. They arrived at the restaurant by a quarter to seven. He wore a black buttoned down shirt, dark blue jeans and his biker boots. Amber wore her long black skirt and blood red shirt. And Trent was dressed similar to Ash, and he slicked back his Mohawk with gel.

“Trina!” A woman called

They all turned to see a couple walking towards them. Both were in their early sixties, he was a little taller than her. She had short brown hair, blue eyes, slender figure and wore a pair of black heeled sandals and purple sundress. He wore a pair of black shoes, blue jeans and green buttoned down shirt.

Trina walked up to them; she hugged and kissed them both. She turned to the group and smiled.

“Mom, dad, this is Ash his daughter Amber and her boyfriend Trent.” Trina paused; “Everyone these are my parents Angela and Tom.”

They all shook hands and Ash opened the door for everyone. He walked up to the hostess station and gave his name. They followed the young hostess and were seated at a round table. A server came, she took their drink and meal orders.

“So Ash, Trina tells us you’re in real estate and active within the community.” Angela commented

“I am Angela. I’ve helped a lot of newcomers find a home. And I also coached a local football team.” Ash replied

“Do you do any other work Ash?” Tom asked

“I have helped friends when needed.” Ash continued

“That is great.” Angela said

Trina could already tell they were starting to warm up to him; she hoped.

“And Amber is it?” Angela asked

“Yes.” Amber replied

“How old are you? And what do you do for work?”

“I’m eighteen. I help Ash and volunteer at Sanctuary; safe house.”

“That is wonderful. And you Trent?”

“I’m nineteen and work at the local mechanic shop in town.”

The server returned with their drinks and a few house salads.

“How does it feel to be visiting home again? Trina asked

“A lot has changed after we moved. We noticed a new bar opened up on the other side of town. Was that the place you were telling us about? The place your friend Jade owns?” Tom replied

“It is dad. They serve both the supernatural and mortal communities.” Trina paused; “Since we’re on the subject of supernatural community, there’s something we all need to tell you.”

“What is it Trina?” Angela asked

“Ash is half demon and Titan; Amber and Trent are demons. And I’m half Titan.”

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There was silence; Trina could hear her heart pounding in her ears. Then Tom and Angela exchanged confused looks.

“How are you half Titan honey?” Tom asked

“I inherited Ash’s father’s powers after an incident last year.” Trina replied

“This is a surprise…” Angela commented

She felt him take her hand into his.

“You are probably the first supernatural beings we’ve ever met. And we’re not too familiar with the types of beings that exist out there.” Tom continued

“Trent is ice demon and I’m fire demon.” Amber chimed in

“There are not that many demons. Ice, fire, wind or I’m just a powerful demon with Titan powers.”

Ash paused; “For the rest of the supernatural community, there a vampires, fairies, were-animals, shifters, witches and wizards.”

“I didn’t want to tell you over the phone. We thought telling you tonight would be easier.” Trina continued

“We understand sweetie. This is going to be an adjustment.” Angela said

The server brought them their meals and they began to eat. An hour later, Amber and Trent finished their meals and then stood.

“Sorry we have to go. Need to head home to man fort…” Amber began

“It was nice meeting you.” Trent added

“You too…” Angela and Tom said together

They flashed; Tom and Angela looked surprised as they turned to Ash and Trina.

“Man the fort?” Angela asked

“Ash acts as a wrangler for the community.” Trina replied

“I think the best way to explain it; I, along with other appointed representatives from the supernatural communities keep the peace.”

“You know maybe while they’re here we can take them to the Lounge.” Trina suggested

“Good idea.” Ash whispered

“Even better, we’ll take you to Jade’s lounge tomorrow. I think after going there you’ll understand.”

“It’ll be nice to see her again.” Angela commented

The server brought Ash the check and he paid for dinner. They left the restaurant said good night, Trina and Ash flashed home.

“They took me being half Titan pretty well.” She commented

She took off her shoes and flashed them upstairs. Amber came in from the backyard; she had changed into a pair of shorts and black tank top.

“Any phone calls?” He asked

“Elder Tiger and Victor…” She replied

“I’ll call them tomorrow. It’s late.”

“How rest of dinner?”

“Surprisingly well… my parents have a lot to take in.” Trina replied

“Great…”

“Better that you did it tonight and not later on.” Trent added

Trina nodded, “I agree; taking them to the lounge should explain a lot.”

“It should; the Jades will be helpful.” Amber chimed in

At Jade H’s house, she sat in her living room reading when he appeared standing in the entrance way.

“Hey you.” She said

“Hey love. I’m ready…” He replied

“Are you sure? Like I said last night once this is done, there’s no going back.”

He nodded, “I put in to be transferred to the night force. And thankfully there weren’t any changes to my schedule. “

She smiled and hugged him tightly.

“Close your eyes…” She whispered

She tilted his head slightly to the left. Slowly she leaned in, letting her fangs extend. He gasped feeling her fangs pierce his skin. His blood poured into her mouth, she drank slowly hearing his heartbeat. It finally slowed down, near death. She straightened up, leaned him back on the couch. Her fingernail cut open her wrist and she held it up to his mouth.

“Drink mi amor…” She whispered

His hands grabbed her arm and his mouth wrapped around the open wound. Her eyes rolled into the back of her head. She pulled her arm away from his mouth and watched as his body began to die. He began to breathe heavily clutching his stomach. Turning onto his side he curled into the fetal position, but then turned onto his back.

“Mitch…” She called

His eyes opened and he sat up.

“How do you feel?” She asked

“I want more…” He replied

“C’mon I’ll show you how to hunt.”

*Preview of Paige II*

Brown, red, and green leaves fell off the trees Sasha followed Paige around as she raked up leaves into a large pile.

“Sasha please don’t jump into the pile again.” She commented

The dog barked and sat down, Paige smiled as she used her powers to lift the pile of leaves. A large garbage bag unfolded and opened. The leaves fell into the bag and it tied itself shut. She wiped small beads off her forehead using the back of her green sweatshirt.

“Working hard?” Jake asked

She looked up to see him floating down to her.

“Yeah I did. Sasha jumped into the pile I racked up four times. Fifth time's a charm.” Paige replied

They hugged and he scratched Sasha behind her ears.

“Where are your parents?”

“Mom went to close the lounge. Dad is at a retreat with his firm.”

“House to yourself… not bad…”

He gave her a ‘Cheshire Cat’ grin, while staring Paige up and down. She wore a pair of ‘Nike’ sneakers, blue jeans and sweatshirt. Her hair was braided down her back. Two years had passed and she looked eighteen years old. It had been interesting, experiencing junior high, freshman and sophomore year of high school.

Junior year, Jade and Ryan had taken her out of school for personal reasons. She was planning on coming back the start of senior year. It was exciting and scary knowing she would no longer age, staying young forever. Sasha brushed up against Paige; she reached down and began petting her.

“Julie is coming over later; you’re more than welcome to join us for Chinese food.” She commented

“I’ll stop by after practice.” He said

“They’re starting already?”

He nodded; she sent the rake to lean against the side of the house. The garbage bag went to the end of the driveway.

“First game is the second week of school.”

“Wow; I’ve been out of the loop for too long. It’s gonna be weird going back there.”

“No worries; it’s like riding a bike you don’t forget.”

“Thank you for the vote of confidence.”

He laughed taking her into his arms, kissing the top of her head. At the lounge, Jade was sitting at her desk filling out a food order form. Dannie appeared in the entrance way with Aiden beside her. Jade turned in her chair slipping her pen behind her ear.

“Welcome back.” She said

“Thanks it feels good to be back.” Dannie replied

“I still wish we were there.” Aiden muttered under his breath

“It is a beautiful resort.” Jade continued

Both nodded, “Thank you for recommending it.”

“No problem.”

“Anyway I’d better clock in and start my shift. Who am I closing with?” Dannie asked

“My sister; she’ll be here around five. Now that the sun sets earlier it gets dark sooner.”

They nodded, Dannie kissed Aiden goodbye, he flashed and she went to clock in. Jade returned to her forms. Trina sat in the kitchen typing up an article when Ash came into the room.

“You’re home early.” She commented

“I had something special planned for tonight.” He replied

“That’s right; I’ll be done in twenty minutes. Do I get any hints?”

He shook his head and she sighed. When she finished, he was outside in the backyard and came back inside.

“Are you ready?” He asked

“Do I need to change?”

She looked down seeing she was wearing a long sleeved blue shirt and dark blue jeans.

“No. Are you ready?”

She stood up and nodded. They flashed outside and appeared beneath a white canopy. There was a table covered with a black tablecloth, two candles in silver candle holders and a longer table set up next to it with a food. And a bottle of wine chilling in an ice bucket.

“Ash this is beautiful.” She commented

He pulled out her chair, she sat down. The bottle of wine opened and poured into two glasses. He went over to the table and brought over to bowls of salad along with a gravy boat filled with dressing. She started eating and noticed the fire pit had been lit, giving off a little heat.

“Enjoy…” He said

She began eating, “This is delicious.”

“Thank you.”

“You cooked? Impressive…”

She smiled taking his hand into hers. Once they finished the first course, there was an entree and dessert. After they finished, he got up and got down on one knee, Trina gasped and tears formed in her eyes.

“Trina meeting you was the best thing that ever happened. You showed me what love and relationship is supposed to be. It’s supposed to be equal and it takes work. Trina will you marry me?” He began

“Yes! I will marry you Ash!”

He opened the small gray box revealing a small square cut diamond on a white gold ring. As it slid onto her finger, she leaped into his arms. He spun her around and they kissed, her arms wrapping around his neck. Her feet touched the ground and she conjured her phone. She dialed her parents and put it on speaker.

“Hello honey how are you?” Angela asked

“I’m great mom is dad with you?” Trina replied

“I’ll put you on speaker.”

“Hey Trina.” Tom called

“Mom, dad, Ash and I are engaged!” Trina cheered

“Oh honey congratulations!” Angela replied

“Congratulations to you both!” Tom added

“Thank you. We’ll definitely arrange a weekend for you two to come out.” Trina continued

“That would be wonderful.” Angela replied

“Anyway I’ll talk to you tomorrow.”

“Alright… congratulations again!”

She hung up and he hugged her tightly. Amber and Trent walked out into the backyard and came underneath the canopy.

“What all this?” Amber asked

“A special dinner for Trina and I. And Amber, Trina and I are engaged.” Ash replied

She smiled and hugged Trina tightly.

“Welcome to family…” She whispered

Trent and Ash shook hands, and then he hugged Trina.

“Congratulations.” He said

“Thank you both.” Trina replied

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