A/N: Sorry it's been a minute since I last updated. I went out of town. I will attempt to update a lot sooner! Thanks for all the reviews. Please let me know what you think of this chapter! I'm not that great at writing action scenes... but I tried!
Gloria - Aww I'm so happy you like it. It just kind of came to me. I always thought it'd be handy for the ladies to have powers to defeat A... ;)
Siretha - Thanks, I tried to make the powers match the person in a way. Thought it would be more 'realistic' that way :)
Em - Maybe? You'll have to read to find out. And I think Aegis is just a little trouble maker, but in a good adorable way :)
Indre- Once the girls train more they will find that there are many uses to having powers and that what they thought they could do initially only gets stronger with more training.
IIandorian- Thank you so much. I normally get scared to write AUs for fear of messing up the characters, but I just had to write this.
Rain'sMistress - Aww you're too sweet. I'm glad you like it (I like your story as well!). I'll try and post more often :)
Chapter 6 -
Paige had been worried how the girls would react to Aegis. Yet they seemed to be taking to him rather well. She didn't like keeping secrets from them, especially from Emily, but at least he was here now and could take the weight off of her shoulders a bit. The next day went on without incident, yet the boys were still missing. No one had seen hide nor hair of any of them, and this worried Paige. The tome had mentioned that Alison, even weakened could still recruit souls other ways. The girls were meeting up with Aegis and Paige to train that afternoon. The God had said the girls were in for a treat, and Paige was slightly nervous about what he could've been referring to.
Paige stared out her window, watching the rain beat against the glass. Training was going to prove a bit more difficult unless Aegis had a backup plan for this rainy day.
"Ah love, why so melancholy?" The redhead jumped at the sound of his booming voice behind her.
"Well training in the rain probably isn't going to be the girls idea of fun." Aegis smiled at her, and playfully nudged her with his elbow. "No worries, I have today's training covered." Paige looked at Aegis suspiciously.
"Why are you helping us? Why not take her side?" The question was simple; yet Paige wasn't really sure she wanted to hear his answer. She supposed she shouldn't question the help, but she was too curious for her own good. Before Aegis could answer Paige's doorbell rang. Her heart began to speed up, excited that Emily was probably behind that door. She rushed over and opened it to see 4 girls huddled under two umbrellas. She stepped aside so they could get in out of the rain. Emily paused in front of Paige and smiled. Paige couldn't help but think how gorgeous Emily looked completely drenched. Paige hated that the sight of Emily had such an effect on her, it made her feel powerless and excited at the same time.
"Hey..." Emily removed her coat and placed it on Paige's coat rack.
"Hey." Paige smiled at Emily and followed her into the kitchen where the rest of the group was congregating.
"I hope you don't expect us to train in that." Spencer pointed outside the large kitchen window.
"It's practically a monsoon!" she said as she rang her hair out in the sink.
"I'd never make you train in that, love. I have other plans. Gather round ladies." The girls looked at Paige for permission. She nodded and smiled. "Alright! hold on to my arms." He held out his arms offering them to the girls. Each one touched him tentatively. "Ready?" They all nodded cautiously. "Enjoy the ride!" The group disappeared with a loud pop. Before the girls even had a chance to scream they reappeared in the middle of what looked like piles of rubble.
"What the fuck was that?" Hanna spoke first, wobbling slightly. Aegis smiled widely and bowed, removing his hat with flourish. "Impressive, I know."
"Aegis here has the ability to teleport." Paige turned towards the tall man on her right. "The real question is... where are we?" The redhead glanced at her surroundings. The buildings were in ruins, barely recognizable. Paige walked down the street they had ended up on, stepping over the broken concrete and picked up the piece of what looked like an old wooden sign. The writing was hard to make out. She used her sleeve to dust the debris off, revealing part of a word.
"Rose... wait, this is Rosewood?" Paige brought the board over to the girls and passed it around.
"Correct, Paige. Well this is Rosewood after my sister has her way with it." Paige looked confused.
"You can time travel?"
"No. This is more a projection of what could be. It's not really here." Paige walked around and picked up a stone, throwing it in Aegis direction, only missing him because he teleported at the last minute.
"Feels rather real." Paige said as the stone ricocheted against some wooden planks. Aegis bowed again.
"Why thank you. I tried."
Spencer walked up to another broken piece of wood inspecting it. "So why bring us here? We already agree to fight to protect this place, so it's not as if we need convincing." Aegis smiled and perched himself on a pile of rubble.
"You agreed because you felt you had no other choice. You picked sides by default. To win this battle you have to really want it, not just because you think it's the right thing to do. You have to realize what would happen if the other side won. It's all rather inspirational isn't it." He motioned to the world around him and let out a guttural laugh.
The girls spent the next two hours, sprinting, climbing, and trying to outsmart a God. It was apparent that the girls had been doing their homework. Their reflexes were faster, and their control of their powers was impressive, considering the short amount of time they had to get use to it all. When training ended the girls gathered around, grabbing onto Aegis as he instantly transported them back into Paige's house. The rain outside had subsided. They girls said their goodbyes and Paige walked them to the door.
The redhead waved as they began to get in Spencer's car. Paige heard a loud cracking noise and looked to the source to find Caleb sprinting towards the car, firing lighting in its direction.
"Get in the car!" Paige yelled at the girls, hoping the rubber could ground the voltage. She made a b line for Caleb, and threw a punch that connected with him, square in his jaw, sending him flying. She knew it would only momentarily incapacitate him so she screamed at Aegis. "Get the girls out of here! Don't leave their side." The God teleported to inside the car and stuck his hand out.
"Hold on tight ladies." They all grabbed his arm and he teleported instantly. What he didn't expect was for Emily to let go of his hand, with lighting speed, at the last second. She flung open the car door and watched as Paige flew towards the direction Caleb was thrown. She sprinted after the other woman catching up to her just as she Paige grabbed Caleb's limp body and flew into the air. Emily's intention had been to help Paige, but she was powerless when Paige's feet left the ground.
In the air, Paige shook the unconscious body, attempting to wake him.
"Caleb! Wake up!" The boy shook and stirred opening his eyes slightly. He looked around at his surroundings before his eyes glazed over and he seemed poised to attack. "I wouldn't try anything. If you shock me, I drop you. And I'm pretty sure I'm the only one that can fly." He seemed to understand what Paige was trying to say. She didn't wait for him to speak. "Did she send you?" Instead of responding he just flashed her a devilish grin. "Did she really think you could defeat all of us by yourself?"
"I'm not alone…" Paige stared at him and tightened her grip on his shoulders, causing him to cry out in pain. Paige flew away as fast as she could, carrying Caleb 100 miles away from Rosewood.
"I won't kill you… this time, because I know the real Caleb is still in there, but try and hurt them again and I won't be so merciful." She slowly came back to the ground. "And if you try and shock me, I won't think twice before crushing your skull. Understood?" He nodded, still with a sick smile spread across his lips. She let go of him and he sprinted off into the woods. Paige took off and began heading back to her house. Aegis would know when it was safe to bring the girls back. For now, Paige just had to wait.
As she got closer to home, her body became wracked with intense pain, as if someone was literally crushing it. 'Emily….' Paige ignored the pain, knowing that it wasn't actually happening to her. She felt the woman crying out for her. Her body knew exactly where to go and she let it lead her back to the woods where she had found Caleb's body. The minute she landed she looked everywhere, the pain becoming almost unbearable. She frantically looked around and caught a flash out of the corner of her eye. She sprinted towards the movement and saw the back of a man, pushing Emily against a tree.
"Emily!" Paige called out causing the mysterious man to turn around. "Toby…." Paige instantly rushed towards the man, planning on hitting him much harder than Caleb. When she collided with him, however, she wasn't able to send him flying as she had intended. He hit her with equal force, both people pushing against each other for dominance.
"You don't have to do this Toby…." Paige gritted her teeth, using most of her force to keep him from pinning her against a nearby tree. Paige looked over at Emily's body lying motionless on the ground. That split second of distraction was all Toby needed to get the upper hand and his hand collided hard into her stomach, sending Paige flying. He began to make his way back over to Emily, when Paige came flying back towards him, spearing him through three entire tree trunks. She picked up his body before he could react and flew up above the forest canopy. Toby, confused to be leaving the ground, didn't react fast enough before Paige sent him flying through the sky, not caring if the landing killed him.
The minute Toby's body left her hands she flew down to where Emily's limp body lay on the forest floor. She knew if Toby survived the fall, that he would be back in no time. His super strength gave him the ability to move a lot faster than Caleb. The only safe place was in the air. The redhead bent down, slowly easing her arms under Emily's body, one supporting her head, the other tucked up behind her knees. Her feet lifted off the ground and in seconds they were high above the tree line. Emily was breathing, but Paige could tell her body was crushed from the force Toby had applied. "Its going to be okay, Emily. I have you now. You just have to hold on…." A single tear rolled down Paige's cheek. If she died, there would be hell to pay, Paige would make sure of that. She leaned down and pressed a light kiss the Emily's forehead. "I need help!" she yelled, hoping Aegis would hear her. He instantly appeared at her side, hovering in midair
"She needs help. A hospital here won't do." Paige passed the God, Emily's limp body. "Take her to Asclepius. Father cannot know, Hermes." Her brother smiled and touched her face lovingly.
"I'll take care of her Athena. You have my word." He was gone before she could even thank him.