The vision I had that morning returned to me with incredible clarity, and I was afraid that if I didn’t act fast, Ethan would die. I knew that his injury was bad enough to cause his death in a few minutes.
“It’s a pity you’re still on the other side of the barrier and can’t stop me,” the man mockingly said, as he finally let Ethan go and he fell on top of the machine.
I was moving before I realized what I was doing, all I cared was getting to the other side and the damage I could receive didn’t even bothered me. I was already working on something to minimize the damage, when I noticed something missing, the low key buzz of the machine was gone, and realized that despite having his throat cut, Ethan had kept working on disabling the power blocker, and only once he had completed his task he took his hand off and moved them to try to stop the blood.
I jumped from the stage and as soon as my feet touched the floor, I let a strong energy wave loose, pushing the people standing up to the floor and getting doors and windows out of their hinges, creating several exit points.
“Get out of here!” I yelled to the hostages, I needed them gone or I would have trouble fighting without hurting them. Luckily Ethan’s friends had been working on freeing the hostages and most of them were able to move to the exits. A few were still tied up to their chairs, mostly the teachers that had been at the front, but Oliver and his brother were already working on them. Most haven’t even noticed what had happened to Ethan, but after my order they were paying attention, and I could see Ethan’s friends looking for him with their eyes, it wouldn’t be long before they realized what had happened to him and things would only get more complicated.
“Queen Kaiserin,” the man who had attacked Ethan said, the bloody knife still in his hand, “good thinking, trying to get the hostages out, but I’m afraid I can’t allow it,” he said, just as doors and windows started moving back to their places, blocking the exits again and creating chaos at the back. Some of the guards that Ethan had freed had moved to block the exists and were working on recapturing the hostages, while the others were working on getting the guards that Ethan’s friend had tied up, free, one of them had moved behind me and was trying to wake the ones I had attacked.
“You can’t tell me what to do, you are no one,” I said, while I used my powers to hold him and throw him to the ceiling, trying to harm him, but also trying to buy some time. ‘Ethan, can you hear me?‘ I asked, using telepathy to communicate with him. I was just a few steps away, and I wanted to run to him and take him into my arms, but I restrained myself, knowing that I needed a cold mind if I wanted to help him.
‘Mother…‘ I could hear his voice in my mind.
‘I need you to pay attention to me,‘ I said, bending over him and letting my hand rest over the hand he was using to try and stop the blood, ‘I know that you are afraid, but I need you to calm down‘, I explained, as I used my powers to connect with him and try to take control over the flow of his blood. On many occasions I had used that trick to stop hemorrhages on myself, but I had never tried it on someone else, not that I had any options, I needed to make it work. ‘Can you feel what I’m doing? I need you to copy my actions, I need you to feel the blood flowing inside of you, and make it remember where it should go, you need to keep the blood inside your veins.’
‘I don’t know how,‘ Ethan said, but my power was making the blood flow like it was supposed to, and I could feel Ethan’s power around me, trying to replicate my actions, his Vlad heritage helping him copy my actions and learn.
‘You do know how, you just have to do the same thing I’m doing,‘ I opened my mind and senses to him, so he could understand better what I was doing, so it would be easier for him.
I felt Ethan’s power taking control, and could see that the hemorrhage had already stopped, but Ethan had already lost a lot of blood and I knew that he needed medical attention as soon as possible if he was to survive. I had been so focused on Ethan that I didn’t notice what was going on around me, and the only warning I got that I was being attacked was the hit on my back. There were still fire guns on play, I had missed one, but the bullet had hit me, and the only thing that had saved me was my cape, the shot had hurt, but haven’t penetrated, still, the hit had thrown me away from Ethan. I got up as fast as I could, and faced my attacker, the same man that had almost killed Ethan.
“Worried about your son? I knew your speech was nothing but words,” said the man that had pretended to be a captive. “Faakhir had his faults, but he was right about moving all the kids of the Dominion more important people to the same place. The parents of these kids are going to do exactly what I say as long as that keep their children safe. For years I have been in charge of the security of this place, and even when you tried to take my job away, I was able to fool your people, I only convinced them that all I cared about was the safety of little brats and they believed me. The truth is that I wanted access to them, so I can use them in this game.”
“You should have run away while you had your chance, not that it would have helped you much, but it would have bought you a little more time to live. I hope you understand that you forfeited your life the moment you decided to go against me, I can’t have something like you opposing me and threatening my control over the Dominion,” I said, trying to focus my attention on my enemy, even as I still had my connection to Ethan and was working on keeping his blood flowing.
“I thought it would be better to get rid of you once and for all. I know you Kaiserin, I know your limits,” he lifted his gun, letting me see it, it was a design I didn’t know, one that I couldn’t connect to or disable. “I got this gun specially for you, I’m sure this is a design you have never seen before,” he pointed the gun to me and I knew he was about to fire, so I used my mind to move the barrel up, diverting the bullet, but at the same time I was doing that, the floor under me moved, making me lose my footing, while another guard attacked me. Since one of my mind was still connected to Ethan, and my focus had been on the gun, I was defenseless.
The new attack sent me back to the floor, but I was able to move in time to dodge a new bullet and another hit by my new opponent. Another attack hit me, a mental one, going after my mind and breaking my concentration.
‘I’m ok mother,’ Ethan said to my mind, ‘I think I get it now, I can keep my blood flowing on my own, you don’t have to keep helping me, I can do it on my own, focus on your fight.‘ Ethan was right, I needed to focus on my fight, but I was afraid of what could happen to him if I let go. ‘I will be fine, I promise,‘ he added, maybe feeling my worry and my fear.
I needed to trust him, or I would be in danger too, and I knew that I wouldn’t be of any use to Ethan if I got hurt too, the best I could do was to take care of them as fast as I could so that I could help Ethan. I sent another expansion wave to stop my enemies and buy some time. I returned the mental attack and saw one of the guards that Ethan had freed falling to the ground. I took the knives Kimball had given me a few years before out of a pocket on my cape. The knives were as sharp as a scalpel, and I knew they were going to be useful in the fight.
I remembered that only five guards had been tied up in front of the stage, I looked around and saw that one of them was helping Draco, while another was still trying to wake the guards that had taken me there, with the one I had taken out with my psychic attack, that left only two, because the guards that had fought Ethan and had been already freed again, were focused on trying to capture the hostages that Ethan’s friends had freed.
Connecting to my knives I prepared my attack. They were familiar to me, like an extension of myself, and it was easy making the connection. I looked at the number of enemies and prepared an equal number of knives, then I sent them after my enemies. Most of them were distracted, but even those that had seen them coming were too slow to dodge them. The knives went through their necks, cutting their jugulars and causing them to bleed. The only one who was able to get out of my attack was the man that had attacked Ethan.
“You really take an eye for an eye seriously, don’t you? I’m sure you would love to be able to do that to me.”
“I will,” I said, but no matter how fast I moved the knives, he was able to dodge it. I added a few more knives, but I wasn’t able to touch him.
Draco was one of the few that had been only grazed by my attack, and even if he was panicked by the cut on his neck, the injury wasn’t lethal. I knew that he wasn’t the mastermind behind the attack to the school, the man I was fighting was, but he was a key piece and I knew he would have information I would need, so I couldn’t let him get away. With a little effort, I sent another wave out, taking the doors out of their hinges once again, but then using them to make a cage around Draco, to make sure he would stay in place until I could get to him.
My opponent was moving closer and closer to me, and his attitude showed that he wasn’t afraid of me, he really thought he would be able to win, and I didn’t trust that attitude, he was hiding something. Before he could use his gun again, I used my mind to try and pluck it out of his hand, but he took advantage of my actions to move even closer to me. I managed to lift my psychic wall in time to stop his attack, but I knew that having him so close to me was dangerous. I saw him drop something around me, and I thought they were stunt grenades, and they kind of were. With a movement he activated them, and energy arcs started to run between them. My psychic wall was acting as an insulator, but I knew that the protection would stop as soon as my wall fell.
My enemy seemed to know me well, even if I couldn’t place him among Faakhir’s or Emily’s forces, but he still was missing a key element of my power. He was trusting that once he activated his trap I would have to keep my wall up and would be unable to move, or would be forced to let it drop and would be hit by the electricity, what he didn’t know was that I had a double mind. Letting one of my mind focus on maintaining the psychic wall up, I used the other to grab my enemy and pulled him to his own trap, using the energy to stop him. Once he fell to the floor, I connected to the floor under me and used the carpet to wrap him up, so he wouldn’t be able to move, even if he regained consciousness.
The guards on the stage had escaped my knives attack, but they were stirring, and I knew there wouldn’t be long before they got back into the fight, so I went back to the stage, and putting my hands on the ground I connected to it and used the floor boards to trap them, so even if they came back, they wouldn’t be able to attack me, at least not immediately, and it would buy me the time I needed for my backup to arrive. I saw that Yoweri was also starting to move, and I felt better knowing he would be ok.
The scene around me was pure chaos, the hostages were running, doing their best to escape, all but Ethan’s friends who were moving closer to him, I heard the blood curling scream escaping from Hye Ki’s throat when she saw Ethan lying on a pool of his own blood, and another one of his friends moved to the side so he could throw up, the image of Ethan too much for his sensibility. The other were a little stronger, and were already moving to Ethan’s side to help him, but I needed to stop them, knowing that Ethan needed to focus on his blood flow, and couldn’t be distracted, and whatever help they wanted to give could distract him and affect him. So I used my mind to move a section of the seats to their path, blocking them from getting closer.
“There’s nothing you can do for him,” I told them, “it would be best for you to leave. I will take care of my son.”
For a moment I thought they wouldn’t obey me, but then Ethan managed to turn enough so he could face them, and let them know that it was ok for them to leave.
Some of the enemy guards had already passed out from blood loss, other were stumbling around, trying to get to the exits and look for help, but I knew they wouldn’t get far before my men or Kimball’s could stop them.
I went to Ethan’s side and noticed how pale he was, it was more evident because of the dark blood around him. I felt sick, and even knowing that there was a good chance of him being ok, I couldn’t help but think that everything was my fault.
‘Stop worrying mother, I’m fine,‘ Ethan said, but as soon as his mind touched mine to deliver his message, I noticed some blood getting out of his wound and remembered that Ethan wasn’t like me, he had a double mind, but for him it was almost impossible to maintain two psychic tasks at the same time.
“Stop worrying about me and focus on yourself,” I scolded him, while I took notice of all the blood he had already lost.
“What happened here?” I head Kimball’s voice asking from behind me. I looked over my shoulder and noticed that the scene before his eyes had frozen him.
“I’m so sorry,” I said, ‘don’t say anything Ethan, save your strength,’ I added to my son, knowing he would try to defend me. “I tried to help as soon as I could, but he lost a lot of blood, his jugular is severed,” I got up and went to Kimball, touching him and getting him out of his trance, “he needs your help, you need to fix him.”
Kimball looked at me for a couple of second, and I wasn’t sure what I saw on his eyes, if he was blaming me too or not. Kimball went to Ethan’s side and took him in his arms. Without a word he stormed out of the place, I knew he was taking him to the hospital or somewhere where he could save our son.
There was nothing I could do for him, so I just stayed on the same place, waiting for the rest of my men to arrive so we could take care of the mess that the fight had left behind.