Gregory turned his attention to Calvin. "This war is not going as The Council hoped. Since we have only a few minutes, do you truly require our assistance?"
"We do. My advice is to participate. You've escaped this once and the Mazas won't let you back out the second time around," Calvin said.
"Bring her in," Gregory said. Calvin opened the door and she walked in. "When are we expected to enter the fray?"
"Two nights from now," she answered. "I assume you have made the correct decision."
"Our forces will be at your disposable," Gregory replied. Elisa nodded her head.
"You will report to Beth. Portal to New York tomorrow night. There you will meet the rest of the clan and other guardians. Thank you for coming to our aid. We will be leaving now," Elisa stated. She curtsied and walked out of the room. Calvin followed her out. They stood outside of the castle.
"You got them to commit," Elisa said. "Well done. Now it's time go and finish this."
Minutes later, they were at the Eyrie where they were greeted by Robert. "You're back," he said. "May I have a few minutes alone with Elisa?"
Calvin left them alone. "Where did you go? Richard and Michael were looking for you."
"New Haven," she answered. "I had some things to do." Robert chuckled.
"So what's the plan? I mean your plan. I know about hitting them in two days. You're giving Beth free reign to do whatever she wants. I assume you have your own agenda right now."
"The gargoyles will come tomorrow night. Anyway, Coyote told me about stripping their powers but I didn't know what that really meant until tonight. I can strip them of their power and it will come to me. From there, I'm pretty sure it won't end well," Elisa said.
"How do you plan on doing this?" he asked.
"I'm not sure yet," she admitted. "No matter how I do it, you'll know it's done when the smoke clears. I owe it your sister to finish this. She never got the chance to live out her days with her family. Robert, what are you going to do after this?"
"Go back to my life," Robert said. "I've paid for my sins long enough. Once this war is finished, I'll continue to live in honor of my dear sister."
She grabbed his hand. "Thank you." She walked away leaving him to his thoughts.
She walked back to Jason's room and found him sleeping. She quietly sat in a chair and watched him sleep. She laid her head down and soon fell asleep.
Elisa was standing with Jason in the courtyard. "It's over Jason. It's really over. After all this back and forth, we won. Although the price was high. I lost relationships that I will never get back. However, there were relationships that had no hope really. How can we ever get back what he had before father?"
He wrapped his arm around her waist. "I'm sorry love but those relations were toxic and I saw how troubled you became. I don't ever want you to go through that pain again. We have a family to raise."
She smiled. "Jason, when I was in the air, I felt a surge of energy I never felt before. It was a rush but I felt something else: anger. I didn't think Eric could make me that angry and all I did was see red. I knew I had one final shot and I had to take it."
"You scared me. I thought I was going to lose you. I don't think I could have handled it," Jason said. "You and the children are my world."
Elisa woke up quietly and rubbed her eyes. She saw Jason was still asleep. She kissed his forehead and went to her room. "You finally made it," Richard said.
"Robert mentioned you were looking for me," she said closing the door.
"Jason is worried about you. He said you mentioned-
"You know what I have to do. Now I would like to sleep now," Elisa said. "Please Richard."
He left her alone. She stood in front of her mirror and started to change clothes. She ran her hand over her wound and decided to change dressings. She laid on her bed and fell asleep.
"Hello guardian," a voice said. Elisa woke up to find a woman standing before her. Her eyes widen.
The woman laughed. "I'm you. Sort of. It's nice to see my line continued. And you're with Jason again. I'm so happy for you. I do hope you two will be happy as my husband and I were."
Her countenance got sad. "I'm sorry. I never dreamed a new generation would have to fight this battle. I see you're injured. Let me," she said and lifted up her shirt to heal the wound. "Good as new."
"How did you get in here? Why are you here?" Elisa asked.
"To help you. You finally figured out what Coyote meant." She held the necklace in the palm of her hand. "All you have to do is connect with me. I won't let you fall. I can carry you so far but you know what needs to be done. Unfortunately, my brother and sister along with Goliath have to die. And Terrence, well Aaron will take care of him. Just know that you will be where it all ended for me. I couldn't save myself but you can."
"You're strong and so are your siblings. I believe that all of you will come out survivors. You have a destiny you can't even imagine. So many people have been instrumental in your path. One thing I will tell you is this: don't let anyone force you into something. A guardian must stand firm and not waver. One must be sure in decisions or else chaos will ensue. Elisa, we're of the same coin. Cut from the same cloth. Know that God is with you and so am I."
Elisa shot up and scanned the room. She turned on the light and lifted up her shirt. The wound was gone. "She actually did it," Elisa muttered. She saw something out of her peripheral vision. She turned around to see a sword in the corner of the room. She eyed it curiously before picking it up.
There was an inscription on the sword. ALWAYS WITH YOU.
Elisa put it down. "I got the message. I won't let you down."