A short chapter about Elizabeth not leaving and all the stuff. Hopefully you all will think they're all jerks. No, I'm kidding! Haha. ^^ I just hope you enjoy this chapter. I did my best to make it interesting :D So I'm sorry if you don't think it's exciting. I wish you would though. Elizabeth sort of reminds me of Katara during the Southern Raiders episode while Mark and Andrew are sort of like Sokka and Aang then Jess is Suki. HAHA. Sorry, I'm being my Avatard self right now. I couldn't help it! So enjoy and review! :3

This Chapter Is Best Read With: What Have You Done Now? by Within Temptation (as I said before, I LOVE THEM), Pale by Within Temptation

Disclaimer: I'm sorry, I do not own The Kingdom Keeper series. Would you like to read on? YES, no *clicks yes*

Chapter Twenty-Seven: I Have To

"What…?" Elizabeth asked, confused. She was sure she hadn't said anything in her sleep.

"We know you're planning on leaving." Andrew said angrily. "What were you thinking?" Andrew's voice rose.

"How'd you know you?" Elizabeth asked, anger starting to boil. Her stubbornness rising. She didn't want to be told what to do.

"Jess had a vision." Mark said seriously, a frown on his face. Jess looked at Elizabeth apologetically. Elizabeth sighed.

"Look, I'm going and you can't stop me." Elizabeth shook her head. No one could stop her. No one.

"Yes we can." Maybeck shrugged.

"Elizabeth, it's dangerous for Christ's sake!" Mark exclaimed, throwing his arms up in the air.

"I'll be safe!" Elizabeth exclaimed back.

"Elizabeth, you could be hurt! Or killed! You've seen yourself what those men could do!" Willa cried frantically.

"And that's exactly why I'm going!" Elizabeth said. "Adam needs me."

"We need you!" Mark yelled. "We need you here, safe."

"Mark! I can take care of myself!" Elizabeth cried. Elizabeth turned to Andrew. "Andrew, please." Elizabeth pleaded. "I have to do this. You've seen that I can take care of myself."

Andrew looked away. He shook his head. "I'm not going to lose you again." Andrew said. He'd already lost her once. He doesn't want to lose her again, just after she forgave him. But he had a feeling she would hate him again if he didn't let her go.

"You won't lose me." Elizabeth whispered reassuringly.

"How do you know that?" Andrew frowned.

"I just know. And besides, someone will protect me." Elizabeth said. By someone, she'd meant Lady Esther. Her mist would guide and protect Elizabeth.

"We aren't going with you!" Mark yelled.

"I wasn't talking about you!" Elizabeth snapped.

"Gee, that makes me feel so much better." Mark said bitterly. Elizabeth rolled her eyes.

"I have to do this you guys." Elizabeth told her friends.

"What about us? Who's gonna protect us?" Maybeck snorted. Philby rolled his eyes.

"A friend." Elizabeth said seriously.

"O-kay…" Maybeck said not exactly getting what Elizabeth meant.

"Please, Mark, you have to let me go!" Elizabeth begged.

"No! Elizabeth, do you know how I would feel if I let you go and find out that you're never going to come back! You're the only family I've got. You're my sister."

"I know. I'm sorry that I have to put you through this." Elizabeth apologized. "But Adam saved our lives. If it weren't for him, you wouldn't be here. I wouldn't be. I owe him."

"So it's just that. Because you owe him." Andrew snorted. He was still furious. Elizabeth shot him daggers.

"You guys don't understand. Adam's my best friend. I love him. He's been with me forever." Elizabeth said. Then turned to Andrew, " and may I remind you Andrew, you left me when I needed you. You weren't there to help me, Adam was."

"I do understand, Elizabeth. But…I'm sorry." Willa said. "I just can't bear to let you go and risk yourself to save Adam." Willa shook her head and walked over to her bed with Philby following after her.

"I agree with Willa, I'm sorry Elizabeth." Charlene said and shook her head too.

"It's just too dangerous. Even if you've proven to us that you could take care of yourself, it's just too dangerous." Amanda said and closed her eyes, a frown on her face.

Elizabeth's expression looked desperate. "Please!" Elizabeth begged. "Andrew I need to go. I know that you don't Adam much. But what if that were me? What would you do?" Elizabeth looked Andrew in the eye.

"No. Elizabeth. I would save you but I can't let you. I'm sorry. You're not going." Andrew said in a low voice. "That's final." Andrew looked into Elizabeth's eyes then turned away.

"You heard Andrew. No." Mark said strictly.

Elizabeth was more than raging. "I can't believe you!" Elizabeth screamed. "I don't think you guys even care about Adam! All you guys care about are yourselves!"

"Elizabeth…" Willa whispered. Elizabeth looked at Willa furiously and ran out the door. Willa started to ran after her but Mark caught her arm.

Mark shook his head. "No. Don't. She's my sister. She'll be coming back. She didn't take anything with her." Mark said. Willa sighed.

After an hour, Elizabeth came walking through the door, wiping her tears away. "Oh thank goodness, you're alright!" Willa said in relief.

"Elizabeth, we're just about to go get some more nightsar. Care to join us?" Finn asked politely.

Elizabeth shook her head. "No thanks."

Finn looked at her uncertainly. "Alright. But stay here. Don't go anywhere." Finn said. To that, Elizabeth displayed no emotion. Finn walked out the door followed by everyone else.

"Hey, Elizabeth." Jess said. "I'm sorry about this morning. I didn't mean to tell them…I just said them out loud while I had…" Jess apologized.

Elizabeth stopped her and welcomed her in an embrace. "It's alright. It wasn't your fault." Elizabeth said. Elizabeth pulled away. "And Jess, just remember, whatever happens, it isn't your fault."

Jess nodded uncertainly. "Okay. Thanks." Jess said, confused. Then walked out the door, leaving Elizabeth alone in the room. Elizabeth shook her head and took one last look at Jess.

Jess locked the door from outside, leaving Elizabeth alone with no way out. Well, that's what she thought.

Whatever happens, it isn't your fault Jess recalled Elizabeth telling her. What does she mean by that? Whatever could happen? Jess thought confused as she walked toward the secret door of The Tree of Life, carrying a piece of nightsar for Elizabeth. The other Kingdom Keepers were far behind, taking their own sweet time.

Jess knocked on the door then unlocked the door. "Elizabeth?" Jess said while opening the door. "I've got nightsar for you." There was no answer. "Elizabeth?" Jess stepped inside.

No one was inside.

Jess hurried over to Elizabeth's bed. Her bag and arrow was gone. It was as if Elizabeth had never been here. Gone. Gone. Gone.


Jess dropped the nightsar in her hands and bolted out the door. Jess ran as fast as her legs could take her. For a second, Jess was thankful that the others weren't that far. "Mark!" Jess screamed running toward him. Gone. Gone. Gone.

Jess ran into Mark, panting. "Jess…" Mark said worriedly. Jess clutched Mark's shirt for support.

Jess slowly raised her head to meet Mark's concerned eyes. "Mark…" Jess whispered.

"Jess, what is it?" Amanda asked anxiously.

"She's gone."