A/N- Here it is! Credit to gypsiechickens(shelbybork) again! Edited by me, myself, and I! Please R&R!

Chapter 4


He was seared into me. I don't know how, but it was like his essence was in the power. I had a new idea what his life was like through the pain and it wasn't good. I thought I had it bad growing up, but man, was I wrong.

I must admit that power that drew me to him in the beginning was now scaring me. As I fainted all I could think was, No, no, no this can't be it. I still have so many plans for life. Then the darkness surrounded me. I had no idea that I had just fainted but I had, and in that time till I woke up, I was lost in the world of darkness. It was a dreamless sleep and when I woke up all I could think was, Thank you for giving me a second chance.

The first thing I saw was his handsome face staring down at me with concern in his eyes. They were fully unveiled now and the fire that was always constant in them seemed dimmed even without contacts. At first, I wanted to run away from him. Then, I saw the look on his face. The hope, the desperation. I knew what I had to do. I reached up and put my hand on his cheek. It was wet. He must have been crying. This hardened my resolve to do what I was planning on. Even this small movement took all my energy. I struggled to sit up his hand was on my back supporting me. I put both arms around his neck and he flinched at my touch and looked away. I leaned in and hugged him still in his lap and then he let it all out.

"I just want it to stop. I just want to stop hurting people and if I can't control it I don't know what I'll do. I-I can't take this much longer. You're my only chance." He let it all out in a rush, the words nearly running together. No matter how old he was, he was still a kid with no one to talk to. At least I had Peter.

I whispered to him, "I forgive you." I waited a few minutes then repeated it and murmured, "It'll all work out Jason, it will be fine. We'll have as much control as those silent guys in front of the English palace within the week." He smiled at my joke then held me tighter. We stayed like that for a while then I said, "Come on, we need to get to a protected area away from unfriendly eyes."

"Oh, sorry, I forgot," he replied and stood up.

"Um… I think I might need some help," I admitted, embarrassed.

He blushed and helped me up so I was leaning on him. I hardly had the strength to keep my knees from buckling but we managed to get a fair distance away from the road into the trees and found a place that was covered in pine needles. It was almost completely surrounded by brush creating a wall of sorts. He put me down and gathered some kindling while I cleared away a spot. After that he grabbed the matches out of his coat and started to light one. I grabbed his hand and shook my head, "Lesson number one. How to make fire is one of the easiest and least draining spells. Take a minute and center yourself. Find the point of your energy. Now, take a tiny bit of that energy and form it in your mind so it's a tiny flame. Now, turn it into reality and let it out." He looked at me, nervous and did as I said while I silently put up a shield. The fire rolled out of him like lies out of a convict.

We had a blazing bonfire. "Good, good but next time a little less power." Seeing his face I added, "You did really well."

"Now as you and I know we have some things to sort out. Including where we will go and-"

He interrupted me, "So you do mean to take me on. I mean, you will teach me yourself, right?" His eyes gleamed with hope.

"Well, yes but we'll have to hide you 'cause you aren't associated with any House. You really don't understand how truly powerful you are. You could overtake me in a second."

I snapped my fingers for emphasis. "You could become head of a House, kill anyone you want and take what wasn't given to you," I said in a daze, a faraway look in my eyes before I snapped out of it. I have to avoid those eyes, I thought. They just pull me in and I forget what to and not to say in an instant. I blushed and said, "I never should have told you that."

A look of fear crept into my eyes again before he said, "I would never do that. All I want is to no longer be a threat to anyone. I just want to live a calm, peaceful life."

Trying not to show my relief I said, "Well as much as you might want that that it ain't gonna happen, not as powerful as you are. They'll be fighting among themselves to have you on their side. How much do you know about this stuff?"

"Not much. Except for that deal with the Weir stone and the different types of Weir that's it."

I nod my head and fill him in on all the secrets they never tell you when you join only after you're a member. About the black market and trade (he shuddered at this, a good sign for the future). We stayed up late into the night talking about plans and I managed to avoid his eyes till right before bed when he caught my eyes and smiled and before I knew it I was in the sleeping bag a couple feet away from him and the fire. Damn, he's good, I thought. He doesn't even have to use power to trap me. My original plan was to wait until he fell asleep and then move to the outskirts of our little makeshift camp and watch him for the rest of the night just to be sure. Oh well, if nothing had happened yet I'd be fine. I snuggled into the blankets. That was the end of my life as I knew it.