Apprentices: First Quarter
Updated at May 31, 2023, 14:55
BOOK 2 OF THE APPRENTICES SERIES
Join Evelyn as she tries to pick herself up from the events in Cincinnati and figure out a way to control her dangerous magic. She's ready to take the next step in her relationship with Jake, throwing herself all in. But when things take a dramatic turn and leave her in doubt of everything she ever knew, she runs away. And in the human world, things aren't as easy as she thought they would be. Will she let herself love unconditionally? Or will differences be too great to overcome? Will she surrender to her powers? Or will she fight them until her last breath?
“Stand back, apprentice!” a wizard yells at me from beside my mother, holding her in a tight grip, while trying to stop me with a bombard of spells. But they all bounce right off my shield, until I suddenly realize there’s no protection around me. The magic they send at me, bounces right off my skin.
Pushing the distracting thoughts away, I run towards my still smirking mother with a murderous expression on my face, my hands reached out towards her. I think of the image of her, an image that she burned the moment she stepped foot into that restaurant. I think of how she tried to trick me into becoming her minion and I think of the brutal massacre she caused with her powers. The den of bodies.
I let it all bottle up inside me to the point of madness, before giving out an enraged roar and letting all the anger burst out of me, just the way it did the first time. I scream as the magic burns out of me, rushing straight towards her, to avenge all the victims of her crimes.
But before the magic reaches her, the warrior wizard who told me to stand back, jumps in front of her. In that moment, it feels like time stops. I watch in horror, trying to stop the spell, but it’s already too late. All it takes is that small second and the magic hits him right in the chest, making him collapse to the ground.
His eyes widen as his body starts twitching, wrapped in a seizure he can’t seem to control. I try to help, I rush to his side, but my powers are still burning inside me, threatening to spill over the edge the moment I touch him.
“What have you done?!” a witch screams at me, as I watch blood starting to pour out of the poor man’s nose, then mouth and eyes. Oh, no. Not again. Not this again, he wasn’t the target! My hands start trembling and I let out a panicked yelp as I realize it’s trying to come out again.
In that moment, I feel familiar hands grab mine, and I look up to meet Kir’s panicked gaze. “Evelyn, pour the magic into me. Quickly. We have no time to spare,” he instructs me as calmly as he can, but his voice is shaking. I breathe heavily, trying to focus, but all I do is make a wave of magic burst out of me again, making the man yell out in pain.
Oh, no, what am I doing?! I can’t keep my hands steady as I look at the wizard, trembling violently because I don’t know how to take control back. I’m losing it. I’m truly losing it.