AN: I'm sorry it took me so long, but I had to make some revisions. I did not entirely change the whole chapter since I did have it initially written, but I decided to combine some elements in this chapter with a few ideas I had for the next chapter. I kept the most important parts the same. I did however change most of the end of the chapter, but I think it will be even better than it was originally. I must also tell you that this is sort of a filler chapter, but you should really read it because important things go down. I also bring back the one and only Alfie! Now read and become obsessed with the drama that is House of Souls!
*I changed my penname to Trappedinthestars13!
Chapter 10: Restored Pieces and Dying Blue Flames
"How is this supposed to help?" Daniel asked. He was currently seated in Amber's room, staring at the door as he waited for Amber to get dressed.
Amber ignored his question and walked up to him. "Zip me up."
He sighed and stood up before pulling up the zipper to the third dress she had tried on. "I'm serious."
"I know," she replied, "but right now you are helping me pick out a nice outfit for my date tonight."
"I don't understand why it's such a big deal," Daniel stated.
Amber pulled out another dress from her closet and tossed it on her bed. "It's the first date I've had since Jerome and I broke up and I want it to be perfect. Do you know how long it's been since I've met a decent human being let alone kissed one?"
"Well, considering I was the last decent human being you kissed I would say almost two months," he answered.
"Exactly," she responded.
Daniel rolled his eyes and let his back fall down on the bed. "I have my own issues to worry about, but you never seem to want to discuss them."
"Fine," she sighed before lying down next to him, "what issues do you want to get off your chest?"
"Umm, speaking of chests, maybe you should put on a blouse and some form of jeans while you're at it," he suggested.
"It's a bra and underwear. I'm not nude. It's like I'm wearing a bathing suit," she pointed out.
"Whatever you say, but people will give us weird looks if they were to walk in," he explained.
"Alright, alright," he cleared his throat and turned so he was facing her. "I think I have to break up with Ariadne."
"Why?" Amber asked.
He shrugged. "I don't know. It's just that something seems wrong in our relationship. Maybe we don't spend enough time together. Maybe I don't know her that well. Maybe it's because we haven't slept together or-,"
"Hold on," Amber interrupted, "you two haven't slept together?"
"No; I didn't really think it was that big of a deal," he answered.
Amber shook her head. "Of course it is."
"We're teenagers. It's not like we need to have sex. I mean, we're literally like 16 and 17. Do we really want a UK version of the show 16 and Pregnant?"
"You are the strangest boy I've ever met. Most guys would kill to have sex and your girlfriend is practically begging for it. What is wrong with you?"
Daniel scoffed at the statement. "I just don't think it's that important right now. I like Ariadne and it has nothing to do with sex. I just feel like I don't know her sometimes."
"Isn't your one month anniversary coming up?" Amber asked.
He nodded. "Yeah, so?"
"You should do something really sweet for her that'll mean a lot," she advised.
"You're forgetting one important detail that I just mentioned," he informed her. "I barely know anything about her life. She refuses to tell me anything about her past."
"Then I guess you have to get snooping and find out some things. Why not call one of her family members?"
"Okay, that's exactly what I'll do," he replied.
"Good," Amber declared, "now that we have solved your problem let's continue with mine."
At that very moment the door to the room opened and in came Nina and Mick. "I know, but it wasn't really-,"
The sentence died on Nina's lips and she raised an eyebrow at the two teens lying on a bed together. "I'm going to assume that there is an innocent reason you two are in this position."
Daniel sighed and gave Amber an I told you this would happen look. "You never listen to me."
Amber stuck her tongue out at the blonde boy and picked up a pillow that lay beside her and smacked him on the head. Daniel snatched the pillow from her hand and returned the gesture.
Mick and Nina exchanged a look before they decided to intervene and snatched the pillow from both their hands. "Get out Daniel."
"Daniel!" Nina glared at him and he rolled his eyes and stood up before exiting the room.
"You too Mick."
"What did I-," Mick shut his mouth abruptly at the look Nina gave him and decided to follow Daniel out of the room.
"Okay, let's find you a nice outfit for your date," Nina stated as she pulled Amber off her bed.
"Why'd you kick Daniel out?" Amber complained.
"Do you really think he would've been much help?" Nina pointed out.
Amber sighed. "I guess you have a point."
"Yes and we haven't spent any time together. I don't want my best friend to be stolen by the new kid."
"Don't forget that you were once in his shoes," Amber reminded her.
"I know, but when was the last time we hung out. We should have lunch together tomorrow," Nina suggested.
"Umm…" Amber walked over to the mirror and stared at the dress she had just put on, "I kind of made plans with Daniel."
"See what I mean?"
Amber removed the dress from her body and shoved it into her closet. "I'm sorry, but Daniel and I have grown close while you were off being all lovey dovey with Mick. Like it or not, but he's one of my best friends too. If you got to know him you would really like him."
Nina rummaged through the clothes in the wardrobe and turned to Amber. "I guess… Here, this one will look great with the new heels you bought."
"Thanks… Maybe you should join us for lunch. Bring Mick along. It'll be great and you can have real conversation with Daniel."
"Why would I bring Mick?" Nina asked.
"Because Mick and Daniel are friends, so it'll ease the tension," she explained.
Nina nodded and took the dress back from Amber's hand before shoving it in the wardrobe and shutting the door.
"Give it back!" Ariadne screeched.
"Not until you tell me where you put the notebook," Michaela replied.
"I don't want to!" she shouted.
"Then you're not getting it back!" Michaela exclaimed.
"Just give it back to her," Liz advised.
"Stay out of it!" Ariadne and Michael shouted in unison.
Liz shook her head and flipped to the next page of her magazine. "Last time I try to help."
"Do I need to jump you for it Michaela?" Ariadne questioned.
Michaela shrugged and opened up the pink journal. "Might as well since that's the only way you're going to get it."
Liz rolled her eyes at the two girls' behavior and turned her head to find someone standing at the doorway. She closed her magazine and cleared her throat before saying, "We have company."
Michaela and Ariadne stopped their arguing long enough to see Daniel standing by the door.
"Oh god, I forgot about our date," Ariadne stated as she walked over to him.
He shrugged. "It's fine, really. I got take out instead. You two are invited to eat."
Michaela smiled at him. "That's really sweet, but I'm sure you wanted some alone time."
"Well, unlike my sweet cousin Michaela here I'm starving. I'm Liz by the way. I don't believe we've met," Liz responded.
"I'm Daniel. We're in the same French class," He informed her.
Liz nodded. "We'll meet you two downstairs."
Daniel looked over at Ariadne. "Good, that'll give us time to talk about something important."
"Okay," Ariadne tip toed slightly and pressed her lips against Daniel's, "let's go."
As soon as they were out of hearing range Michaela looked over at her cousin. "What are you thinking?"
Liz stared at the spot Daniel had been standing and smirked. "I want him."
"Don't do it," Michaela told her.
"Oh please, we both know I always get what I want," she replied.
Michaela watched as Liz exited the room and she sighed. "This isn't going to go well."
Jerome's eyes scanned the nearly empty café he was seated at. There were a few round tables scattered around the room and a counter at the front set up like it would be at a bar. The few people that occupied the room all had laptops in front of them and typed furiously on their keyboards. He couldn't help but stare at the door as he waited patiently in his seat. "Everything will be okay. It was ages ago."
"Would you like anything?"
Jerome looked up at the waitress and nodded. "Can I have two orders of the special?"
She nodded and removed the menu from the table. "What size would you like the tea?"
"Umm… large," he replied.
"Okay, I'll be back with it in a moment." She smiled at the blonde and walked away.
Jerome returned the smile before he focused his eyes on the empty seat in front of him. A part of him began accepting the possibility that it was going to remain that way when he heard the bell by the door chime and someone step in.
Jerome looked up at the sound of the familiar voice. "You came."
Alfie nodded at his former best friend before taking a seat at the small round table. "How could I resist?"
The waitress suddenly returned with both drinks and set it down in front of him before walking away.
"I'm glad you accepted my invitation," Jerome stated as he took a sip from his cup of tea.
"Well it's a small school. We would've run into each other eventually," Alfie replied.
Jerome nodded. "I know what I did was bad, but you have to know I wasn't myself. I wish I could tell you everything, but I can't."
"Found your own mystery I see," Alfie teased.
Jerome smiled at the comment. "I've missed this. Honestly, I'm sorry about what happened last year. You're not just my friend; you're my brother and by sneaking behind your back I lost your trust. Our friendship is the most important thing."
"You know what they say; Bros before hoes," he joked.
"Alfie, I know I shouldn't even be asking, but is there any way we can be friends again?"
Alfie took a moment to think before saying, "Believe it or not, but I missed you too. The people in Hathor house are quite serious. No one appreciates my alien jokes."
Jerome laughed and proceeded to take a drink from his tea.
"It'll take some time for me to be okay with everything that happened last year, but I'm willing to put it behind me. I'm not saying that we're ever going to be as close as we were before, but I do want to work towards it."
"So, friends?" Jerome held out his hand.
"Forget friends mate. Brothers?" Alfie corrected.
The smile on Jerome's face grew and he took hold of Alfie's hand causing him to laugh and for Alfie to pull Jerome out of his seat into a hug.
"Brothers," Jerome confirmed.
Alfie broke the hug and sat back in his seat. "Are you and Amber even together still?"
"No, we're not actually. She broke up with me," Jerome revealed.
"And what? You just let her?" He asked.
Jerome shrugged. "What was I to do? Say no? It doesn't matter anymore. I have a girlfriend."
"Yes, but how does she compare to Amber?" He questioned.
"Pretty damn close," Jerome answered.
"But not exactly there… Maybe you're more in love with Amber then you think," Alfie suggested.
"I don't know. What about you?" He asked.
"I'm okay. I dated someone for a while, but we broke up. It made me realize that I wasn't as in love with Amber as I thought. It's a shame I didn't realize this sooner. We could've made up quicker."
Jerome chuckled and raised his cup. "To a renewed friendship then?"
"Yeah, cheers." Alfie smiled and clinked his full glass against Jerome's.
"You should join us for dinner. I'm sure everyone would be excited to see you. You could meet our new housemate. His name is Daniel. He's a pretty cool lad," Jerome exclaimed.
Alfie nodded. "I might take you up on that."
"Well then, let's finish our drinks and head down to the arcade like old times."
"Mate, you were reading my mind." Alfie gulped down his drink and left the cash on the table. "Let's go."
"What was it you wanted to talk about?" Ariadne asked Daniel as she took the food out of the bag.
"I actually had a question about your family," Daniel revealed as he set four plates at the table. "Do you have any for starters?"
Ariadne hesitated at the question before glancing at him. "One brother, why?"
Daniel shook his head. "I was just curious."
Ariadne raised an eyebrow at the statement and asked, "What's with the sudden interest in my family?"
"I just wanted to know more about you. You know we've been together for about a month and I feel like I barely know you," he told her.
Ariadne sighed and stepped away from the table. "Daniel, we've been over this. I-,"
"You what?" he interrupted. "Don't give me more bullshit about how you just aren't ready."
"It's not bullshit," she snapped.
"Yes it is. I tell you everything about me, but you're so sheltered and closed off. I don't want to date a stranger Ariadne. I can't date a stranger."
"What are you saying?" she asked. "You want to breakup?"
"I don't know!" he shouted. "All I know is that you haven't been honest with me and that really bothers me."
Ariadne turned away from him to avoid his eyes. "I can't Daniel… I just can't."
He stared at her in silence before dropping the utensils he had in his hand and proceeding to exit the house. "Well, when you can give me a call."
Before she could even reply Daniel left the house and slammed the door behind him.
Amber had been listening to music when without any warning Daniel entered Amber's room and plopped down beside her on her bed, face down. "I'm depressed."
Amber stared at the blonde boy before sighing and removing her earbuds. "What happened?"
"I think I broke up with Ariadne," he mumbled.
Amber gave him a strange look before putting a hand on his shoulder. "I think you said that you broke up with Ariadne, but I'm not sure considering you smothered your face with my comforter."
Amber heard him sigh before he shifted on the bed and sat up so his back was leaning against the headboard. "I don't know how it happened really. I just remember getting really angry and storming out and telling her not to talk to me till she told me the truth."
"Yeah, you broke up," Amber informed him.
Daniel groaned and buried his head in his hands. "I didn't want to break up with her; I was just so frustrated."
"I know, I know." She patted him on the back before resting her head against his shoulder. "Love sucks."
"Tell me about it," he replied.
"You can fix it though," she told him.
Daniel looked down at her. "How?"
"Tell her you were overreacting and that you're going to give her time," she advised.
"I can't do that. I can't tell her I was overreacting. I can't trust her Amber… I can't trust anyone, only you," he explained.
Amber nodded in agreement. "Same here…but I don't think you should let her go. Did you find out if she has family?"
"She told me she has a brother," he answered.
Amber nodded. "Okay, call him and ask him about it or better yet invite him to come and visit. It might make her happy and want to tell you."
"Isn't that manipulation?" he questioned.
"Not if you both get something out of it," she responded.
"Okay," Daniel smiled at Amber. "Now let's go down for dinner because I heard that Trudy is making her famous meatloaf and I am starving."
Amber rolled her eyes and stood up from the bed as she followed Daniel out the door. "Is all you think about food?"
"No, but it's high up there," he stated.
Amber rolled her eyes and Daniel laughed before wrapping an arm around her shoulders as the two walked down the stairs. The pair were engaged in deep conversation when they reached the dining room. It was then that Amber looked at everyone already seated and talking loudly.
She stopped in her tracks as soon as she spotted Alfie seated beside Jerome laughing at a joke the tall blonde had just made.
"Are you okay?" Daniel asked.
Amber shook her head and Alfie finally looked up to see the blonde by the doorway. "Amber."
As soon as Alfie spoke silence filled the room and everyone glanced at Amber.
Amber gulped before moving closer to Daniel as if she were seeking protection. "That's Alfie."
Daniel's eyes widened in realization. "That's Alfie?"
She nodded and stepped back as she began to feel overwhelmed. "I need to get out of here."
"No, you aren't running," he told her.
Amber nodded again and her eyes found Alfie's almost immediately. She noticed him frown at her and that was when she realized that Daniel's arm was still around her. Instead of stepping away from him Amber moved even closer to the Irish boy and whispered, "I can't do this."
Alfie didn't hear what Amber said, but he saw Daniel roll his eyes before he walked to the two empty seats, pulling Amber with him.
Amber sat beside Daniel and kept her eyes on the plate in front of her.
"Hey," Daniel smiled down at her before taking her hand in his and squeezing lightly, "it'll all be okay."
Amber felt herself relax at the statement and she tightened her hand in his, not daring to let go. "Thank you."
Daniel lightly nodded before looking at Alfie who sat across from them. "You must be Alfie. I've heard a lot of things about you."
Alfie smiled tightly and nodded. "Funny, I've heard a lot about you too, Daniel."
Something about the way Alfie said that made him feel uneasy and Daniel straightened up in his chair. "So are all the stories true then?"
Alfie softened at the question and he chuckled. "Which ones?"
The two suddenly found themselves in a deep conversation about the right way to mildly electrocute someone when Amber's eyes met Jerome's.
She stared at him sensing the jealously that clearly vibrated off his body and for a moment she didn't know why he was staring at her like that, but then once again she remembered that Daniel and her were holding hands and something inside her grew wary of that. However, she reminded herself that she was no longer Jerome's and in a few seconds she forgot once again that her hand was in Daniel's because there was just something about the way the heat from his body made her feel and it wasn't in that 'I love you' way, but in that 'I love you' way in which she knew he would always be there to protect her because even though she didn't want to date him or marry him or have kids with him, she knew that they were always going to be soulmates; the world was just waiting for her to realize it.
"It was great meeting you Alfie." Daniel smiled at the young jokester.
"Ditto," Alfie replied before walking to the door. He paused for a second and glanced at Amber. "Can we talk?"
Amber reluctantly nodded and followed Alfie out the door.
Amber heard it shut behind her the minute the cold night air hit her arms. "Umm… so, what did you want to talk about?"
"I just wanted to let you know that it's okay," he stated.
Amber nodded. "Alfie, you need to know that I'm sorry that I hurt you, but I don't regret what I did, so I'm not going to apologize for that."
"Fair enough; I just wanted a clean slate with everyone," he explained.
"I'm not going to ignore the past and neither should you," she advised.
"Are you saying I shouldn't forgive Jerome?" Alfie asked.
Amber shook her head. "No, I'm saying that I now know how you felt."
Alfie raised his eyebrows in confusion. "Amber, why exactly did you and Jerome breakup?"
"The reason any relationship ends; he broke my heart," she answered.
"He cheated on you?" He asked. "Is that the girl he's dating now?"
"To be fair, he was hers first," she told him. "I have to get dressed now. I have a date tonight."
Alfie nodded and walked down the steps. "I'll see you around then."
"No, I don't think you will." Amber lightly smiled at the boy before opening the door to Anubis house and leaving him out in the cold.
Amber turned her head to find Daniel leaning against the wall by the door. She nodded and looped her arm through his. "Yeah, now come help me get ready."
Daniel waited patiently in the dark, his foot tapping against the floor. "Come on… come on…"
Daniel suddenly heard a door opening followed by the sound of keys. He listened carefully as footsteps echoed down the hall till silence once again filled the building.
That was the cue to step out from the shadows and he pulled out a flashlight and walked to Mr. Sweet's office. He shoved the pin he had into the lock before quickly moving it around till he heard a familiar click. Daniel turned the doorknob and entered the office.
He closed the door behind him and he immediately moved to the file cabinet by the window. He opened up the drawer labeled 'S' and rummaged through the folders before spotting Ariadne's near the back. He pulled out the file and opened it over the other folders. His eyes scanned the pages till he located what he was looking for and he took a picture of the page before closing the folder and returning it to its rightful place.
"Time to get out." Daniel shut the drawer and exited the room before walking down the long hallway. It was then that he heard something inside the history classroom and he stopped in his tracks. Cautiously, Daniel peered into the closed classroom and he saw what appeared to be a bright orange flame. His eyes widened in shock, but then he noticed that the flame was on someone's hand.
"It is our time to rise and this time no one will stop us. We have waited in the shadows long enough, but we shall not hide anymore. Chaos will win and we will watch as the world crumbles down into ashes!"
There was something familiar about the voice that Daniel couldn't exactly place, but that's when he saw it. The classroom was full of students from the school and even a few teachers. Where there eyes should've been was a bright red orb that strongly resembled the appearance of fire. "Let us start now in our mission to burn down this flawed society."
And that's when it clicked. Not just the voice, but the person's height and how they walked around the room with an air of superiority. "It can't be…"
Daniel shook his head, ready to forget what he had just saw when the person turned to the door and his suspicions were confirmed. He took is cellphone out of his pocket and quickly began recording the scene before him, making sure to get all their faces.
"I think I see someone at the door!" someone exclaimed.
Daniel immediately backed away from the door before running down the hall. He exited the building and increased his speed, not daring to look back.
"How was it?" Nina greeted Amber as she entered her bedroom and sank into her bed.
"It was horrible," Amber revealed. "I forgot how hard it was to date."
"Well considering you have bounced from boyfriend to boyfriend in this house… you still haven't dated Fabian or Daniel," Nina teased.
Amber rolled her eyes kicked off her shoes. "I was so excited to start dating again. I thought that if I did I would forget about Jerome, but I guess I can't. Maybe I should just forget about boys for a while. I think what I need is to be single for some more time."
"Good for you." Nina smiled at her best friend before taking a seat beside her on the bed. "I know what'll cheer you up."
"What?" Amber asked.
"A manicure and a pedicure," Nina exclaimed before standing up and walking over to Amber's makeup bag.
Amber waited for Nina to get the colors and she heard a knock on the door. "Come in!"
Daniel opened up the door and stepped into the room before locking it beside him. Amber stared at the boy as he tried to catch his breath. "Are you okay?"
Daniel shook his head.
"What are you wearing?" Nina asked.
"I was doing some… sneaky activities, so I had to wear black," he explained.
"Okay, so why are you here?" Amber asked.
Daniel gulped and took out his phone. "I saw something."
"What was it?" Amber questioned.
When Daniel didn't answer Amber got out of her bed and walked over to the blonde. "Daniel? You're scaring me."
"Good, that's exactly how you should feel. I know who it is," he told her.
"What? Who is it that you know is what?" Amber asked.
Daniel shoved his phone into her hand and closed her palm around the device. "I know who the leader of Chaos is."
Amber felt her heart drop down to the floor and she gulped. "Who is it?"
"Watch the video," he instructed.
"Watch it!" he demanded.
Amber looked at him reluctantly before staring down at the phone. She could feel her heartbeat increase before raising the object up to her face. Slowly, Amber took a seat on her bed and unlocked the phone. She pressed play.
"I need your help." The voice spoke with urgency as he entered the small confined space that was lit with a single candle. The only piece of furniture in the room was a wooden table with an opened notebook on it and a black leather swivel chair creating a light squeaking sound.
"I don't like helping people… especially people like you."
The hooded figure stared at the smirking red-headed girl before kneeling before her. "I'll do anything."
She laughed at the statement before folding her hands on the table. "How bad did you screw up?"
"Someone saw us and I need you to make them disappear."
"Sorry love, but you are already in too deep," she told him.
"What can I do to keep it from spreading?"
"Do what you always do," she leaned forward and whispered, "burn it down."
The figure shook his head and slammed his fists down on the table. "I can't just destroy everything. They'll notice!"
"That isn't my problem. You created the mess, now you have to end it before it gets out of proportion," she advised.
"What do we pay you for?" he shouted.
"Consultation, not action," she reminded him. "Now get out; I have business to attend to."
"You can't ignore me! I will end your pathetic life!" he shouted.
She smirked and leaned back in her chair. "I'd like to see you try. Richard, escort this young gentlemen out before I get angry."
He raised his hand up before Richard could touch him. "I can find my own way out."
"Oh, don't forget. You have till the summer solstice. Mr. Kabar doesn't like to be disappointed." She smirked and watched as he left the room and Richard closed the heavy metal door.
She leaned forward and stared at the flickering flame before quickly crossing off a name from the notebook in front of her. The name shimmered for a moment before disappearing from the page and leaving it blank. She shut the note book and returned her gaze to the lit candle.
"Mr. Witrow… it was a pleasure meeting you." She sighed and allowed herself one more moment of light before once again leaning forward and blowing out the now blue flame.
She pushed back the chair she was seated in and stood up before walking out the quiet room, the only sound filling the space the clicking of her heels against the hard marble floors.
She smiled to herself before opening the door and exiting the room, allowing the small curls of smoke to be visible before slamming it shut behind her and once again filling the room with immense darkness.
AN: Okay, in case you didn't quite understand the end of the chapter you should really learn everyone's last name. I hope you liked the chapter though I personally think it was rushed and sort of scattered all over the place. I will try to make the next one soon, but in case I'm swamped with schoolwork and what not I'm going to let you know that I'm not going to end it. Okay, so if you liked it please review, favorite, and subscribe. Sorry for any mistakes!
Summary: Ariadne's brother comes to visit causing a whole chain of events that leads to Chaos completing its first step in their big finale during the summer solstice. Oh, and Fabian gets a pet pig.