What Comes Around Ch 20 bit – Wings of wind

Sarah breathed in, then out, trying to match the wing-flutters of silver butterflies. The rukh, Alan called them; and the flashes of color she saw, blue and red and so many more, were keys to the kind of energy they held.

The ones gathering closest to her and Matt were silver flecked with white. She might have guessed they were wind even before Alan had said so; they whispered of sky, hurtling, dancing, rattling branches in glee, tearing forests down-!

Unnerving. But tame as a kitten, compared to the black fog of wings hissing around Alan.

He’s drawing them away from us, Sarah realized, heart torn. Alan was a kid, he shouldn’t have to touch evil like this-

But Matt was her child, and she’d walk into hell to get him out of here in one piece.

Focus. Call the rukh to you; to the lock….

“Locks’re meant… to unlock.” Alan’s voice was slurred. Slow. Cold. “Don’ try to fight the lock. Jus’… remind it what it’s s’posed to do….”

The splash of water faded, lost under the hum of incandescent lights.

Don’t look. You can’t help him if you panic, you have to get this right – oh god, I’m going to try magic, this is crazy

“…Mommy?”

That warmth against her heart was the strength to do anything. For a moment she could feel the strength of wind inside the lock, feel the shape of toothed metal, feel air push- “Open Sesame!”

With a quiet snick, metal loosened. Hinges chimed against each other as the manacles fell into her lap.

17 thoughts on “What Comes Around Ch 20 bit – Wings of wind

    1. >>I think it ends up being a tie. Mostly.
      Alan and Amon start exploding the complex from the lab out while Simon and Ball are exploding the complex from the front door in.

      They meet in the middle, everybody wins.

      Except for the complex that is.

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      1. >>You’ve been looking at my notes, haven’t you? *Halo*
        More that I’ve read your fics and this is the Magi crew in enemy territory on a rescue/escape mission.

        Ergo the only considerations towards collateral damage will be not bringing the ceiling down on their heads.
        And that’s only if they aren’t intending to blow up the ceiling along with that load bearing wall that needs to become a door.

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  1. It’s been clear you’ve been carefully setting up “let us all come together in glorious mayhem” on the bad guys heads for the last few chapters. Yay! I can’t wait! Ka-boom! Karma is a wonderful thing…especially when it’s long delayed.

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