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Chapter 19

Wizard City–
Everything up to now had been cake for me, the monsters weak, and the quests easy. I’d even go so far as to say that it was fun. But right now, I was fighting a fire elf. And, I’m sorry to say, but being stuck full of arrows like a flaming pincushion was not fun.
I didn’t get it. Why were fire elves so hard for me to kill? I casted multiple Firecats at them, but it didn’t even make a dent in their health. I even tried casting a Fire Elf at one of them, but it fizzled and he just laughed in my face. I guess casting a Fire Elf on a fire elf wasn’t exactly the hottest idea. No pun intended. The only spell I could cast effectively, was a Frost Beetle. And, it wasn’t that effective. Maybe being a Fire wizard had something to do with it. Anyway, I hated to say it, but I might have actually needed Keira’s help. But I decided to hold off on asking her for a while. Hopefully a long while. I didn’t want to stoop to her level. Or admit weakness. Or whatever you want to call it. I just was not going to ask Keira for help. Period. I was so busy thinking about what to do that I didn’t notice the fire elf that I had been attacking, getting ready to attack me. He casted a Firecat before I knew it was coming. Because I was Fire, it barely hurt me at all. In fact, only my foot got singed. But that was about the worst thing that could have happened, because it was my left foot. The one that General Akilles had smashed. Just that one small jet of flame was enough to melt the ice that it had been frozen in. My foot instantly exploded in a flourish of pain. I fell to the ground, screaming in agony. The fire elf shot another arrow at me, and I absolutely lost it. A bolt of adrenaline shot through me, and, I stood up with energy I never knew I had. I ran (or, more accurately, limped,) around in frenzied anger, blasting every fire elf I saw into ashes. Don’t ask me how I did it, because I have no idea. All I know is that a few minutes later, Firecat Alley was empty. Of fire elves, anyway. Keira probably still hadn’t killed that one haunted minion yet. But I didn’t care. My foot hurt like crazy, and all I wanted was for the pain to go away. But I couldn’t heal myself. And neither could Keira. But… Keira could probably freeze my foot in ice again. Then I’d be able to save Wizard City without my whole brain being taken up by one thought: “Ow.” I didn’t have the strength to walk anymore, so I teleported to Keira. As soon as my surroundings appeared again, I saw her trying to finish off another haunted minion. Well, what do you know, I was right.
“What are you doing here? Surely you can’t have defeated those fire elves alrea–”
“Can you freeze my foot?” I interrupted before Keira could finish.
“Why?” she demanded.
“Because it got smashed by a Cyclops. I can’t even walk now. And I’m really weak because the fire elves almost killed me.” I said. Keira smiled for an unknown reason at this last statement. It wasn’t a friendly, “Oh, I’ll help!” smile, either. It looked creepy. Okay, so Keira always looked creepy, but this was different. She noticed me staring at her and quickly returned her expression to normal. Then she said in a voice that sounded way too friendly and caring for her personality,
“Why, sure, Elizabeth!” So I guess the whole “smile” thing was nothing, and she was just trying to help. That was fine with me. Keira began casting the block of ice. The Ice symbol traced itself in mid air, and… turned to ash. Fizzle. She scowled and tried casting her spell again. This time it worked, but it didn’t make my foot feel any better. Because I was right; Keira was being too nice to be true. Instead of making my injured foot feel better, she made it feel worse. A lot worse. Standing in front of me was an Ice Wyvern. A really powerful Ice spell. And it had its icy blue eves fixed on me. Keira had summoned it. Keira was trying to kill me.
I rolled to the side, and the Wyvern’s sharp talon speared the spot where I had been standing seconds before. It started chasing me around the street, intent on causing me harm.
“Keira!” I screamed. “Why? Why do you want to kill me?”
She stood there with a sadistic smile on her face, but it dropped off as soon as she gave me her answer.
“I’m sick of you taking my glory!” she spat. “Every time I work hard to do something, you do better at it, without even trying! Everyone thinks you’re the hero of Wizard City, and I was here first! It should be me! ME!” I gaped at this statement, and tried to think of something to say back. But before I could, the Ice Wyvern finally caught up to me. It breathed a cloud of ice at me, and I was immobilized. Then it started flying directly at me. I was aware of Keira laughing sardonically as 600 pounds of Ice Wyvern came crashing down on me.
Then everything went black.



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