Vanessa's plan was working. She was hired on the spot and quickly went to work on decorating. Vanessa spent most of her time dealing with Fox. Vanessa made sure she was the ideal worker always helping whenever possible. She'd purposefully stayed late to catch a glimpse of the gargoyles. She knew she would have to act surprise at their presence.
One night she ran into one of them. She dropped her interior design books on the floor. She bent down to get them when her eyes landed on a pair of purple feet. "Showtime."
She quickly snapped her body up and backed away from Goliath with fear in her eyes. He held out the book for her. "It's alright. There's no need to be afraid. I won't hurt you." She backed away slightly. "What are you?" she asked shakily.
"I am a gargoyle. My name is Goliath," he said trying to put her fear at ease. "What's your name?"
"Um, Vanessa," she answered.
"What do we have here?" asked David. Vanessa turned around. "Mr. Xanatos, I ran into…Goliath by accident. I-
"I understand your shock Ms. Peters. My friends here won't harm you," David assured her. "Friends? You mean there are more of them."
"Yes Ms. Peters. Does that knowledge change anything for you?" he asked. Vanessa pretended to think for a moment. She glanced at Goliath before focusing on David. "No sir. I won't say anything. I have a job to do and that's all," she said.
David smiled. "Excellent. You might as well meet the others. Follow us Ms. Peters." She nodded. She turned to Goliath and took her books back. "I'm sorry I freaked out earlier. I'm not used to seeing something so…
"Different," he finished for her. "Yes," she said. "You are safe here Vanessa. My clan will protect you."
"Thank you but you just met me," Vanessa said. "I can tell you are a good person," Goliath said and he walked on.
Vanessa smirked. "I did it." She followed David and Goliath to the dining hall. The clan stopped their activities when they saw Vanessa enter.
"We have a new visitor. This is Vanessa Peters. She's doing some interior decorating here," David said. They said their hellos and she waved back. She stared at them in awe. These were Elisa's protectors and friends. She would have to find out much information in a short amount of time.
Now, she would have to make an exit. "It's been a pleasure meeting each of you. I should go."
"I'll walk you out," David said. They walked to the elevator. "Ms. Peters, I trust this won't get out to anyone."
"I can assure my lips are sealed," Vanessa lied. The elevator opened and she got in.
As she sat in her car, she called her brother. "Hello," he said.
"I finally saw them. The Manhattan Clan looks to be a formidable force. From what I've seen, Elisa has quite the allies on her side. However, their leader, Goliath, offered to protect me since I'm a good person."
Eric chuckled. "Good work. How do you plan on getting the information needed?"
"I have ways brother. How are things going on your side?"
"Terrence has updated me on the latest. Seems Elisa has visions. It seems her powers will match our dear departed sister's."
''But she won't have the same ending. I can assure you of that," Vanessa said. "See that you do," Eric said. He hung up the phone.
Two nights later…
Vanessa was working in one of the bedrooms when Angela walked in. "Ms. Peters," Angela called out. Vanessa turned around and took of her glasses. "Please, call me Vanessa."
Angela smiled. "Vanessa. We were wondering if you would like to join for breakfast." "Thank you but I'm fine." She went back to working but she could feel Angela's eyes on her. "Is there something else I can help you with?" she asked never taking her eyes off her work.
Angela jumped slightly embarrassed. "Sorry. You remind me of someone. A good friend of mine."
"Who was it?" Vanessa inquired. "Elisa Maza," Angela said. "She disappeared and we have no idea where she went."
Vanessa turned. "I'm sorry. Do you want to talk about it?"
"She's my best friend. We've been through so much together. Before she disappeared, she was having nightmares about someone from a long time ago. Suddenly, she demonstrated powers. We'd never seen anything like it. We found out she was a guardian along with her brother and sister. They disappeared too. Now, our city is being attacked and we have to deal with trying to protect everyone. It can become too much at times," Angela admitted.
"Well, what is she like?" asked Vanessa. "She's great. She's very good at being a cop. She loves to help people and make a difference. She's loyal to her friends. She's just a wonderful person and I don't know what I would do without her."
"I understand a little something about missing friends. Don't worry, I'm sure she'll turn up. I'm sure she's fine."
"I hope so. Whoever has her will not want to face us. Especially my father. They have close relationship," Angela said.
"Interesting," Vanessa thought. "They are more than friends?" asked Vanessa. "No but my father cares a great deal about her. He would die for her."
"That's different," she thought. "Is he okay?" asked Vanessa. "My father has so much to deal with but he manages. Thanks for asking."
"Not a problem," Vanessa. "If you ever want to talk I'm here." "I appreciate that Vanessa. I'll be going now."
Angela walked out of the room leaving Vanessa with her thoughts. This was going to be fun to gather information about her enemy. She was going to cherish every moment and she could not wait to see the look on Elisa's face once she realized her end was imminent.
Elisa stood on her balcony looking out into nothingness. She spent the last two days training and preparing for this war. She took the time to get to know the people as much as she could. One thing she realized was how much Valencia's survival depended on them. She had heard it before but it hit her.
That fact scared her because if they failed there was no telling what the future held for them. However, their success could bring so many possibilities. What was the next step after this war ended? Could she really go back to living her life before all of this occurred? She was different. She was more confident, stronger, and wiser. She felt a greater responsibility and she was determined to see this venture to the end.
"Elisa," a voice called out. She turned around to see Derek walking onto the balcony. "I see something weighing heavily on your mind."
She twirled her necklace in her fingers. "Are we really prepared for this? We were snatched from our lives and turned into these guardians. Our parents have no idea where we are. We can't reach out to them for safety precautions. At least I have Jason with me. I know Maggie is worried and I don't want to see her reaction when she finds out you're human again. I was just thinking what happens if we fail."
He placed a hand on her shoulder. "We won't fail. We have the people's support."
"And they have their people's support as well," Elisa shot back. "I don't want us to go through all of this and we end up being disappointments."
They heard Elisa's door opened and Beth walked in. "Private conversation?"
"No. We were just discussing your archery skills," Elisa joked. "Right," said Beth.
"So what are we talking about?" asked Beth. "Our war," Derek said.
"And?" Beth asked. "We are in for a fight," Derek said. "Are you ok with this fighting, Beth?"
"I'm learning to take all of this in one day at a time. I know once this war ends, our lives will never be the same. The Council will probably make sure some guardians will be left behind to rule while the eight of us go home.
Derek and Elisa nodded their heads. "Has any more information come to light about the Madori?" asked Elisa.
"Nothing so far," Derek said. The Council is still watching what intelligence comes in if any at all.
After talking for a few minutes, they parted ways. Elisa went to the stables. She neared the gate and heard voices. She recognized one of the voices belonging to Terrence.
"Have you made contact with the allies?" she heard him ask. "Yes, those guardians won't know what hit them. I trust the Council has no idea of your involvement," the voice said.
"No. Soon I will have justice," Terrence said. Elisa heard footsteps and she hid behind a wall unnoticed. The man walked out and she tried to figure out who it was. She nearly gave herself away when she saw the man. It looked like a human version of Goliath.