I think this is the longest Chapter I have ever done.
And I am so happy to finally get this Out.
So you all know, All the Memories seance will be "slanted",
Now on with the story =)
"Mama, Where's Magus?"
A six year old girl, with shoulder long white hair, pale skin and silver green eyes stood in the middle of the study that was in her home, looking a lady in her late thirties. This lady was the mother of the Magus and Zaus, her name was Zia and she too was a sorceress.
She stood about 5'5, with light brown hair flowing all down her back, pale skin, and beautiful silver green eyes that matched her daughter's. She wore a blue royal gown with silver lining and a sliver thin rope around her slim waist.
"I am not sure. What is it that you need of him?" Zia set the book she was reading on the table next to her and looked to her youngest child.
"He said he would play with me today, but I can't find him anywhere. I think he is avoiding me." The young Zaus dropped her gaze to the ground, disappointed in her brother.
"Come here, my dear Zaus." Zia patted her knee, signaling her daughter to come sit on her lap.
"Does Magus not like me?" Zaus asked, claiming on to her mother's lap.
"Of course he does, he loves you with all his heart." Zia patted the girl on her head.
"I remember the night your were born. After hours of labor, your father was the first to come in a see you, once you where all cleaned up that is. He told me that your brother was waiting outside the room, putting a dent into the floor from pacing so much. He was telling the truth too." Zia laughed lightly, remembering seeing the small dent in the wooden floor.
"When your brother was finally able to see you, oh did his eyes light up like the brightest star in the sky. He was so happy to have a sister that he could help take care of and show new things to. He was so scared to hold you, afraid that he might hurt you in some way." Zia looked into her daughter's eyes as she spoke.
Behind Zaus, Zia could see Magus quietly come into the room. He put a finger to his lips signaling not to mention he was there yet. Their mother just smiled as she continued.
"When he finally held you in his arms, though, oh the love and joy I saw in his eyes. I knew from that day on you two would have a special bond. I even remember the small poem he made for you that night as he held you." Zia closed her eyes.
"To my darling sister,
I vow to protect,
Until that time comes,
When you must spread your wings,
And leave the comfort of home,
But know this,"
"That no matter where you are,
No matter what you do,
I will always protect you,
And most of all
Love you." A slightly deep voice said from behind the young girl, finished what his mother was about to say.
Zaus turned her head around, a huge smile broke on her face. Jumping off her mother's lap, she ran into her older brother's arms. He picked her up, giving her a big hug.
Zia smiled at her two children. They both resembled their father. Though her daughter looked more like her, she had her father's beautiful white hair, and his high spirits. Her son resembled him almost exactly. They only thing missing was longer hair, some facial hair, and being taller.
Zia sighed, for almost a year ago, her husband had died fighting for the kingdom against a powerful sorceress. She did not weep for days, like many others, instead she embraced the death of her husband easily, knowing he was fighting to protect her and his children. Ever since then, Magus has been taking over his father's responsibility in the kingdom.
"Are you alright, mother?" Magus said, seeing a sad expression cover her face.
"I am fine, Magus. You should go play with your sister. I will call you in when supper is done."
Zia stood from her seat and walked out of the study and into the kitchen, leaving her two children.
"Is mama going to be alright?" Zaus asked, her brother setting her down on the ground.
"She will be fine. I am sorry you had to wait, Zaus. The king called me to discuss some important things. Ever since father passes away, things have been really busy for me."
"It's ok, but promise me you will tell me next time. I thought you were ignoring me.."
"I would never ignore you, sister. You're the most important thing in my life." Magus wrapped his arms around the small girl, who returned the hug.
The sorceress was brought from her memory by the sound of three young gargoyles arguing.
"Guys. knock it off! It's a game! I would not have asked Elisa for it if I knew you were going to fight over it!" Zaus looked from her book to the three gargoyles around the small television, the smallest gargoyle having the game controller in his clawed hand.
"Zaus is right. You are warriors, rookery brothers, you should not be fighting over this game like children." Goliath said, glaring at the three.
"Sorry, guess I'm just a little worried about Elisa. If cops were meant to fly, they would have wings." Broadway said, worry laced in his voice.
"She'll be fine, guys. Her brother is an excellent pilot."
"How do you know?" Brooklyn asked, looking to the sorceress.
"Because he took me a few times in the cop helicopter. It was fun, but not as fun as flying with you guys."
"Why didn't you tell us before?" Lexington asked.
"I knew your guys would follow me, and make sure I was safe, even though I can take care of myself."
"We just worry about you, Zaus." Brooklyn said.
"I am grateful for it, guys, and I'm sure my brother would have been too." Zaus smiled, looking to the clan leader who returned the smile with his own small one.
"He can't work for Xanatos. What am I going to do?" Elisa said.
An hour after the small argument with the three young gargoyles Elisa had came up and explained what had happened when she was with her brother following Xanatos. The sorceress was seated on the stone steps, the clan leader standing next to her as they listened to the detective.
"Tell him the truth." Goliath said.
"The truth, the whole truth. Including the part about gargoyles and sorceresses in New York. That's not my secret to tell."
"And you shouldn't have to. He should trust you." Broadway said.
"Trust does not mean a whole lot without honesty."
"Brooklyn's right. Without honesty, your brother may not trust you again when he does find out about us." Zaus said, remembering what it was like when she kept her friendship with the gargoyles a secret from her brother.
"Excuse me, but aren't we missing the point here? Jackal and Hyena are lose in the city. We should be tracking them down." Lexington explained, bringing the sorceress from her thought.
"Derek is your brother, Elisa, tell him the truth, show him if necessary. He must be made to believe." Zaus could tell that the clan leader was thinking about his fallen brothers and sisters.
"Come, lads, It is almost dawn. We will discuss more later tonight." Hudson said as he walk up the stone steps on out the open archway, the rest following.
Soon there was just the sorceress and the detective left.
"I'll meet you downstairs, I'm going to find Derek." Elisa said, she and the sorceress stepping out of the old abandoned janitor's closet.
Zaus just nodded her head and headed down the stairs. Once outside, she was greeted by a familiar blond man in a dark blue suit.
"What do you want, Owen?" Zaus crossed her arms over her chest, not in the mood.
"Mr. Xanatos would like me to invite you to come on a trial run with him as Derek Maza pilots his helicopter tonight."
Zaus was about to decline, but the thought of her going would give her the opportunity to see what Xanatos was up to and to keep an eye on Derek.
"Alright, I'll be there at sundown."
"Very well, I will inform Mr. Xanatos right away." Owen said. He then got into his car and drove off.
"What was that about?"
"I got an invite to watch your brother's trial run, first hand with Xanatos." Zaus did not bother to turn around, knowing it was the detective.
The Magus and his young sister stood in front of a tall old oak tree. Written on the tree were the names Balthazar and Zia, loving parents and great sorcerers. Six years ago, their mother had passed away from a terrible illness, leaving their two children on their own, both moving into Castle Wyvern to Prince Malcolm.
"I can't believe it has been five years since mother passed away." A fifteen year old Zaus said.
She and her brother had stood at her grave for the past hour, neither one saying a word. It hurt them both very much, but they stood strong, just like their mother had when their father passed away.
"I know, but she and father are together again and both are watching over us." A eighteen year old Magus grabbed his sister's hand lightly.
"We must head back, it is almost sundown."
Before the two siblings left, each placed two flowers on the ground and said a small prayer, a silent tear running down both their faces. Once on their horses, they held each other's hand as they slowly headed home.
"How about we have a nice dinner, just the two of us. We have not spent much time together since mother past away. What do you think?" Magus asked, putting his and his sister's horses back in the stables.
"Zaus? She must be outside."
To his disappointment, she was nowhere in sight. The Magus just sighed and began to look for her, knowing this was not the time for her to be alone right now. Little did he know he would catch her not alone, but with the wrong kind.
On top the tallest tower, a white haired teenager stood, looking up at the million stars and the gliding gargoyles in the sky. Oh how she wished her mother could see this, she would have loved to meet her friends.
Unlike her brother, Zaus' mother was very opened minded, and very curious. She too would have loved to meet the gargoyles. The thought of her mother was interrupted by something pushing up against her leg. Looking down, Zaus' gaze was met with the white eyes of a gargoyle beast.
"Hey, boy." Zaus patted the beast's head, but he just whined in sadness, his ears flatten on his head.
"I'm alright, I just miss her, that's all."
"Who do you miss?" A voice sounded behind her and the beast.
Turning around, she was greeted by her three gargoyle friends. A small smile showed on her face; seeing them always made her feel better.
"My mother, she passed away five years ago. Me and my brother went to visit the burial site today. We do it every year."
"What was your mother like? " The small gargoyle asked. "I don't know how it is to have just one mother."
"Yeah, once we hatch, we're raised by the whole clan." The heavy set gargoyle said.
"I see. Well, everyone says I look like my mother, but she was way more beautiful. The only difference we had was that she had very long light brown hair. She was also a sorceress, something I never inherited from my parents, only my brother did." Zaus took her gaze off her friends and looked back to the night sky.
"My mother was a great woman, she was caring, loving, always there for others, but there was something about her that she did keep secret - I'm not sure what, though. Anyway, when she passed, it was heartbreaking, but she is with my father now and they both are watching over us now."
"Do you think she would have liked you being around us?" The beaked gargoyle asked.
"I think she would have been happy, you guys are the first friends I have ever had. My mother would have loved to meet you too."
Zaus smiled at the thought of her mother being here right now, but the thought did not last long.
"Zaus! What in the world are you doing with these monsters!"
Zaus turned sharply, along with the gargoyles, coming face to face with the Magus. She saw the hate and betrayal in her brother's eyes.
"I have to go, guys."
With that said she walked to her brother, who grabbed her arm and pulled her away from the gargoyles and to their rooms. Zaus knew this was going to be a talk she nor he would ever forget.
"Zaus, I'm so glad you could join us. Derek should be here soon." Xanatos greeted the sorceress as she walked into his office.
"I'm only here to make sure Derek is ok, and that you don't have some kind of plan up your sleeve."
"My dear, I would never hurt Derek. I only wish to give him a better career. By the way..." Xanatos pulled something from his desk and stood.
"I think this belongs to you." Xanatos stepped in front of the sorceress and opened his closed hand.
Zaus' eyes widened slightly in fear, for in his hand was the cursed green emerald that imprisoned the evil fay-sorceress that tried to take over her body.
"It's useless now, I used up the last of its magic when I healed Elisa that day." Zaus knew she shouldn't leave the emerald in his possession, but she did not want to have anything to do with it. So she hoped that he would believe her excuse.
"What a shame. Well, If you ever want it back, just ask, I will have it in my private collection." Xanatos could see she was lying, but went along with it.
"Ah, there he is." Xanatos said, putting the emerald in his pant's pocket.
"Zaus, what are you doing here? My sister didn't send you to keep an eye on me, did she?" Derek asked, walking into the office.
"Actually Xanatos invited me to your trial run tonight." Zaus pointed to the tan business man.
"I hope you don't mind, Zaus is a good friend of mine, plus I thought it would ease some of the nerves you may have with a friend on board."
"It's alright, and it kind of does, I have taken Zaus up in the police copter quite a few times." Derek placed a hand on the girl's shoulder.
"Well then, shall we." Xanatos led the way to the helicopter.
Once they where in the air, things where going smoothly. Zaus was happy for Derek, but she still kept an eye on Xanatos. As they left the castle, Zaus looked out the window and saw three shadows jump off a building and start following them.
'Elisa must have asked the guys to watch us, in case anything happens. Good idea though, cause I can't do much while in the air.' Zaus thought, turning her gaze back to the front, only to turn her gaze back out the window when she saw a black high-tech helicopter firing at them.
"What the hell?" Zaus yelled, clinging to the seat.
"It must be Jackal and Hyena. Must want the jewel I bought - they tried to steal from me." Xanatos said.
Derek quickly dodged a missile aimed at them, but it put them in a spin, making Zaus a little dizzy.
"Get the helicopter under control, I'll handle this. Zaus, can you hold the door open?"
It shocked the sorceress that Xanatos would ask for her help, but she'd rather had helped him then be hit by a missile, or crash. While Xanatos got his laser gun, Zaus opened the sliding door, making sure not to fall out. Zaus grunted her teeth when the laser didn't penetrate the glass, but she wondered why he wasn't aiming for anything else.
Just as Derek dodged another missile, Zaus lost her footing and fell out the opened door.
She grabbed the leg of the helicopter with her left hand, but the metal pierced into her palm.
"Hold on, Zaus!" Xanatos reached a hand for the sorceress to grab.
Not thinking twice, she grabbed his hand and was pulled back into the copter. Just in time though, cause another missile was fired, but it missed them completely.
"Something's attacking them." Derek said.
"Let's take the advantage and get out of here. We need to treat Zaus' injury right away." Xanatos looked at the long gash in the sorceress' hand.
"I'll be fine." Zaus watched as Xanatos pulled a small first aid kit from under the co pilot seat.
"It doesn't look to deep, but I still want Owen to check you out." Xanatos took some rolled up gauze and began to wrap the sorceress' injured hand.
Once Derek landed the copter on the castle he jumped out of the pilot seat and to his sister's friend.
"Are you alright?"
"I'm fine, Derek, it's just a small scratch, nothing I can't take care of."
"I still think you should have Owen take a look at that." Xanatos said, Owen standing beside him.
"I'm fine, look I have to go."
"Before you go, how about you joining me and Derek at my private cottage tomorrow night to celebrate Derek's new job at Xanatos Enterprises, and as an apology for what happened tonight."
"Sure, free dinner and drinks, who'd want to miss that." Zaus said as she got into the elevator. She really didn't want to go, but she wanted to keep an eye on Derek, for his safety.
"Zaus, are you alright?" Lexington asked when he saw his friend come into the clock tower.
"Yeah, we saw you almost fall out of the copter." Broadway said.
"You almost fell out of the copter? What happened?" Elisa asked.
"I was holding the sliding door and when Derek dodged another missile, I lost my footing and fell out. I grabbed the copter's leg and Xanatos helped me back in. I just have a small cut." Zaus pulled her hand from her hoodie pocket and showed them the now blood covered gauze.
"Small cut my tail, you're bleeding right through your bandages." Brooklyn said as he walked up to the sorceress.
"I'll go get some bandages from downstairs." Elisa said as she ran down the wooden stairs.
Zaus sat on the stone steps like her injury was no big deal. Her red friend sat next to her. Grabbing her left hand, he removed the blood covered bandage.
"Sorry.." Brooklyn said when he saw his friend winch in pain as he removed the last layer of gauze.
Brooklyn's heavy set rookery brother brought a bowl of warm water and clean cloth for him to clean the blood off her hand and clean out her injury a bit. The sorceress' hand was cradled in his left clawed hand while he used the other to clean out and around her injury.
When the detective came back, she set the first aid kit down while Lex explained what happened with Jackal and Hyena.
"I think I can have it airborne tomorrow night." Lexington said.
"Why would you want to? What do we need with a helicopter?" Broadway did not sound happy.
"How about the fact that Helicopters are faster then you guys gliding." Zaus said, her gaze on the gargoyle wrapping up her hand again.
"Zaus is right, with Derek flying Xanatos' chopper we may need one to keep up." Elisa said.
"I'll be with Derek and Xanatos tomorrow night as well. We are going to his private cottage to celebrate Derek's new job. Thanks, Brooklyn." Zaus smiled, looking at her now wrapped up hand.
"You're welcome, but are you sure you should be going?" Brooklyn asked concerned, him and the sorceress now standing.
"I'll be fine, I can keep a closer eye on him than you guys can."
"I will take over surveillance over Xanatos and Derek tomorrow night, you three get the pack's helicopter working." Goliath said, two taller gargoyles glaring at their small rookery brother.
"Don't worry, I'll tell you what has to be done." Lexington said in a gloating manner.
"Oh yeah, you and what star fleet?" Broadway asked as he pushed his small rookery brother out of the clock tower.
"I'll meet you downstairs, Elisa." Zaus said, already heading down the wooden steps. She knew the clan leader wanted to talk to the detective alone.
"How come you didn't tell me!? I'm your brother, You should be able to tell me anything!" Magus had been arguing with his sister for an hour now.
The two siblings were in the young girl's room. The Magus was pacing the room, while his sister sat on her bed with anger and a pout on her face.
"I didn't tell you because I knew you wouldn't allow me to see them!"
"Of course I wouldn't, those monsters out there could hurt you, or worse!" Magus stopped pacing to look in his sister's eyes.
"My friends wouldn't hurt me, Magus! I think if it came down to it, they would protect me!" Zaus got off her bed and walked to her window.
"They are not your friends. Why can't you see that I am trying to protect you!"
"No, you're not, Your trying to keep me from the outside world! Ever since mother died you have not given me much freedom to myself! I am not a child anymore!"
"That is because I don't want to lose you! Mother told me to protect you and I will do anything to keep you safe!"
"So leaving me locked up in this room is the best thing? This is not what mother would have wanted! She would have wanted me to live my life the way I wanted! Just like she would want you to do!" Tears streamed down her face, her body shaking.
"Zaus.." Magus' voice was soft. He could see his sister shake uncontrollably, he did not mean to make her so upset.
"You just don't understand... I want to be alone.." Zaus tried to calm herself.
"I say: get out!" Zaus' yell was so loud that the whole castle could hear her.
Magus sighed. Instead of arguing more he obeyed his sister's wish and left. He didn't want to hurt his sister but he wanted to protect her, just like their mother asked of him.
"You would have understood, mother, so why can't he..."
These were the last word Magus heard before shutting the door fully and going to his room to think.
After the little celebration, Zaus decided to take a small walk. She needed to clear her head. All that was going on with the detective and her brother reminded her of herself and her brother over a thousand years ago. She missed him so much, if only she could see him one more time and tell him how much she loved him, she would feel less guilty for leaving him alone.
"Are you alright, Miss Zaus?" A voice said behind her.
"I'm alright, Owen, just remembering the past." Zaus didn't even have to turn around to know who it was. Only one person ever called her miss.
"Is it about your brother?"
"Yes, do you need to know everything about me? Why are you here anyway?" Zaus really wanted to be alone right now.
"Mr. Xanatos wanted me to come check on you." Owen said, fixing his glasses.
"Well I'm fine, now you can.." The sound of a helicopter cut off the sorceress.
Without thinking Zaus began to run through the forest, towards the sound of the helicopter. As she ran, she collided with something, causing both to fall back. Zaus got to her feet quickly, only to dodge a punch to her face. As she dodged the punches the sorceress was able to tell it was Hyena from The Pack, and that her eyes where so dilated that she could not see anything in front of her.
"I have had enough of this!" Hyena yelled, bringing out her gun and begun to shot everywhere.
Zaus saw her red gargoyle friend gliding her way, but Hyena shot at a heavy tree branch, causing it to fall on top of her friend.
Zaus was about to run to him, but someone grabbed her hair and the sharp edge of a blade touched her throat. The bright light of the helicopter showered down on the two.
"Come any closer and the girl gets it!" Hyena yelled, pushing the blade closer to Zaus' throat.
Something on the inside of the sorceress snapped, not realizing the small sparks surrounding her hand as something deep with in her released itself.
"Fulminos venite!" Zaus grabbed the thief's hand that held the knife, sending a million volts of lighting through the woman's body.
Within seconds Hyena was an the ground - unconscious. Zaus had fallen to her knees panting hard.
"Zaus, that was amazing! How did you do that?" Broadway asked, he and Brooklyn helping the sorceress up.
"I... Have no... Idea... All... I know... Is that... It took... A lot... out of me.." Zaus said between pants.
After the twin thieves were hand cuffed and put in a place where they could do no harm, the gargoyles and sorceress where in a group while Elisa stood with Xanatos and her brother. Zaus watched as she leaned against her red friend, still drained from the event.
"Detective, I am pretty sure your brother could have handled the situation. Thank you for your help all the same. Now I bet you want a little privacy with your brother." Xanatos then walked away.
"So they are real." Derek looked to the gargoyles.
"What? I didn't tell you about them?" Elisa said, wondering how her brother knew.
"No, but Xanatos did. He showed me a video of them - even of Zaus using some type of magic. Xanatos said she was a sorceress. I still can't believe it."
"Xanatos told you about them?"
'Oh, this is going to end badly.' Zaus thought, watching the two siblings fight.
"Yes, he said he tried to help them, but they rejected him. He also admitted he made a few mistakes in the past."
"A few mistakes?!"
"So you can forget trying to get me to quit, because it's not going to happen."
"But you have to, he's using you!" Elisa tried to convince her brother.
"Its my life, so butt out!" Derek threw his sister's hand off his shoulder.
"Enough, both of you!" Goliath yelled, spreading his wings to full width.
"Stop this!" Zaus yelled with the clan leader, standing on her own and walking to the leader's side.
"You don't know how lucky you are to have each other to fight with. All my rookery brothers and sisters are dead. There is nothing, nothing more than family." Goliath then walked away.
"Goliath is right. I was turned to stone with the gargoyles, and because of that I left my brother alone with the guilt of turning his sister to stone, I never even got to say goodbye to him. Oh how I wish I could have one last chance to tell him it was not his fault and not to blame himself for what he did."
Tears ran down the sorceress' face as she ran into the forest, wanting to be alone with her thoughts. After a few minutes she was able to calm herself, but her thoughts where still running through her mind.
"Zaus, can I come in?" Magus' voice was heard from the other side of the wooden door.
It had been a few hours since their fight, Zaus was finally able to calm herself, but she was still very mad at her brother. Getting up from her bed, she opened her door slightly, just enough to see his face.
"What do you want?" Zaus voice was low, her throat was sore from yelling into her pillow and crying.
"I want to apologize. Please let me in."
With a sigh, and not wanting to fight anymore, Zaus opened the door and allowed her brother to come in. Once he was there, she shut the door and sat on the bed, her brother sitting right next to her.
"Look, Zaus, I am sorry, for everything. You were right, I have been being over protective but it's because I promised mother I would protect you from any harm, but it seem's I have also been keeping you from living your own life as well." Magus grabbed his sister's hand and looked her in the eyes.
"From this day on, I will let you live your life they way you want, even if you want to be friends with the gargoyles that protect this castle. Mother would have wanted you to be happy, and so do I."
"I am sorry too, Magus, for not telling you about my friendship with the gargoyles, I just knew how you would react. I promise never to keep any more secrets from you. Mother would have wanted us to be close, even closer now that she is gone. Even though we fight sometimes, I will always look up to you. You're my big brother, and I love you." Zaus hugged her brother tightly.
"I love you too." Magus returned the hug, both staying like that for quite some time, enjoying each other's embrace.
Everything seemed back to normal now, the detective and her brother were not fighting anymore, and the trio seemed to be getting along better. Zaus was happy for that, she was also happy to have chosen to wear a sweater on a day like today, since it was now snowing.
"Are you sure you're ok, Zaus?" Lexington asked.
"I'm fine, once I get back to Elisa's place, I think I'm going to sleep the rest of the day." Zaus said, looking at her newly bandaged hand.
"No problem, Zaus." Brooklyn said as he and the rest of the clan followed the lavender gargoyle out onto the snow covered balcony of the clock tower.
"Hey Lex, good job on the helicopter." Broadway said.
"Yeah, that armor really did help." Brooklyn added.
"Well, I couldn't have done it without you two." Lexington said as the trio stood on their pedestals.
"Seems like what me and Goliath said back there about sibling relationship really got to them." Zaus whispered to the detective that stood next to her.
"I guess it did." Elisa said, the two of them watching their friends go into stone sleep.
Meanwhile at the castle...
David Xanatos was looking at the necklace with the chocked green emerald in a glass display case.
"Well, Mr. Xanatos, it seems that Miss Zaus is hiding something about the emerald." Owen's voice said from behind him.
"It would seem so. Whatever it is, I'm going to find out. One way, or another."
An nasty smirk formed on Xanatos' face as he and his aide left his private collection room, neither one realizing that an evil smile and glowing yellow eyes appeared in the emerald - but for only a second.
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