Ethan knew something bad had happened from the moment the soldiers started to arrive to school and they were called for a student assembly. It was normal for students to stay late for extracurricular activities, but as the day progressed and they weren’t allowed to get out, most people started to get worried. He wasn’t worried like the others, he could recognize that some of the soldiers were loyal to his mother, and that made him feel safe, unlike his friends or the rest of the students.
The announcement that they would have to stay there the night was received with surprise, but mostly with fear, so much that Ethan had to block his empathy because he was starting to feel sick by all that fear. It only got worse when the rumor that both Faakhir and Emily were dead and that his mother was to blame for that. Like it usually happened, most people started to get mad at him, blaming him for his mother’s actions. Luckily for him, his friends stayed with him, acting as human shields against the rest of the school.
“What’s going to happen now?” Oliver asked. “What do you think your mother is going to do?”
“Probably take over, which I guess she is already doing, after that, I’m really not sure,” Ethan said. He wanted to say more, to explain that they were going to be safe, but he couldn’t do that and betray his mother’s secrets. “I wouldn’t worry so much, I’m sure things are going to be better with her in charge, she is not a fan of killing indiscriminately like Emily, she is tough, but just. Most of the horrible things she did, were because she was following orders, not because she enjoyed doing them.”
“I don’t think she will change that much now that she is in charge, I think she will get even worse now that there is no one to control her,” Dymtro said.
“Don’t be so pessimists, you may be surprised by her, besides, my father will be there to keep her in line,” Ethan said, thinking that a reminder of his father would help ease their minds, after all, they all liked and respected him after he had rescued them.
“Do you really think your father will be able to help? He doesn’t seem to be able to control her that much,” Hye Ki said.
“I get why you would think that, but believe me, everything is going to be ok now that my mother is in charge.”