Warning: Spoilers ahead.
-One Year Later-
"What the hell was that, Katie?" Daniel barked once they had gotten out of earshot of outsiders.
"I don't know! I never promised things would go smoothly, you know that. I'm sorry." She shot back, Merritt shifted uncomfortably behind Daniel. Daniel's eyes grew dark.
"The biggest thing for a magician is to never mess up. Everything falls apart, especially for us. If something like that happens again-"
"What are you going to do?" Katie nearly yelled, "I know the pressure you're under, if you haven't noticed I didn't ask for this. You think you have it hard? I had to face the FBI alone so you four could escape, again, only two nights ago- and then I'm expected to pull off a trick effortlessly even though I've only practiced it once?! This isn't just hard for you too, Danny."
"You should already have this under control, that's what you're here for."
"I know what I'm fucking here for, alright? I'm here so you four can be lazy and do nothing, I'm the backbone. Without me, you four will. Lose. Just because you were able to fight off and stay away from the FBI last time doesn't mean you can now. They've learned, they've studied you. They know your ways now."
"Don't tell me things I already know." Daniel scoffed.
"And vice versa." Daniel snorted and started to turn away, and then turned back, almost glaring at her.
"You know what? I-I don't understand you. I don't know why they chose you of all people." Merritt shifted again, watching her. Katie's jaw clenched and she stood up straighter, staring at Daniel straight in the eye.
"Maybe it's because I'm actually good at what I do. But you wouldn't care about that, would you? All you care about is getting back into Henley's pants and whatever the hell is going on with you and Merritt." Merritt smirked and Daniel leaned back, looking at her incredulously.
"Oh, don't look at me like that, I noticed." Merritt laughed silently, shaking his head, Katie raised an eyebrow at him and then turned back to Daniel; "I'm tired of your shit, Danny. I've had enough."
"What are you going to do about it?" Katie glared at him, fury boiling inside of her.
"Maybe I'll quit." She threatened, he barked out a laugh, Merritt frowned behind him.
"Maybe I will. You-" She laughed bitterly, spitting out a slight lie; "none of you, save Merritt perhaps, know me at all. None of you have taken the time. You don't know who I am."
"You're just bluffing." Daniel shot back, but she could see a small flash of fear hit his pupils and she wasn't ashamed to admit it made her feel very, very good.
"Really?" She asked back, challenging him, he stepped closer, his eyes narrowing.
-One Year Before-
Katie stepped into the apartment of 6A, looking around. The place, to say it nicely, was a dump. But it was obviously used in the past year, she could tell by the papers on the walls, the only things not covered in a thin layer of dust and grime. Narrowing her eyes Katie glanced at one, noticing they were what looked like blueprints for some sort of show. Frowning she flipped on the flashlight she had brought along with her, just in case. The light shone around the hallway and she couldn't help but feel herself start to shake, only slightly. Her heart ramming in her chest.
"Hello?" She called out tentatively, oh nice going, she thought. Of course no one would show themselves, what do you think? Who are you dealing with here?
She could feel the card in her back pocket as though it was burning into her and weighed thirty pounds. What had she gotten herself into? Stepping further into the apartment the door clicked behind her, shutting on its own accord and causing her to jump. "Shit." She breathed. Katie adventured further into the apartment and finally found herself in what appeared to be the main part of the apartment. Tables ran the edges of the room, papers stacked on top of them… There were mirrors everywhere, newer than anything else in the room.
Closing her eyes briefly Katie began to think, what was she doing here? What if this all meant nothing? What if it was all a scam?
"So by now you have probably figured out who we are, or at least who I am." Katie whirled around, her heart jumping into her throat. She almost cursed herself, with who she was dealing with… things like this are expected. Blinking, Katie studied the man before her. His hair was dark but was mixed with gray, an almost shifty beard on his face. It was the man who had purposely bumped into her, gave her the card. His hands were clasped behind his back, and then it hit her. Of course.
"Dylan Rhodes." She breathed, her heart still hammering in her chest. How many times had she seen him on the television in the past few months? He smirked, walking farther into the room, eyes glinting with amusement.
"Shrike." He replied with a mischievous cock of his head and raise of his eyebrows.
"Shrike." She repeated with a nervous laugh.
"We were wondering if you'd actually show up." Another voice said from her left, her head whipped around to find none other than J. Daniel Atlas himself standing before her.
"You caught my interest." Katie replied, unamused by the smug look on his face, he bowed his head at her and took a small step back.
"Well, we had to somehow, right?" This voice she knew, Merritt McKinney. She turned again to look at him, already her defenses up so she would be harder to read. She had the sudden feeling as though she were being ganged up on.
"We could have just come up to you, but well… what's the mystery in that?" Henley Reeves. Katie almost wanted to faint, what the hell was going on? She looked at the woman and laughed- a bit confused.
"Oh, stop it you four, you're scaring her." What? Katie turned to the voice behind her and came face to face with Jack Wilder.
"You're dead." She said bluntly, the first thing that came to her mind. He laughed, looking over at Merritt.
"Yup." He replied, winking. Katie stared at him for a minute, a bit amused, and then turned back to the obvious leader.
"What am I doing here?" She asked.
"We need you." Henley replied, and Dylan raised up a hand and she crossed her arms, waiting for him to continue, her cheeks flushing slightly.
"The Eye needs your assistance."
"My assistance? And what would that be?" She frowned.
"The Four Horsemen are to return, but they can't do it alone. I'm not supposed to be here, either, I will help, I'll be around, but the FBI are watching me. I won't be able to just run to their aid when they need me to." He motioned with his head to the other four and Katie leaned back.
"So where does that put me, if I agree to this?" She asked, Dylan laughed, amused- she knew- by her skepticism.
"You won't be the fifth Horsemen, so to speak, but you will be doing tricks with them, mainly, though, you will be a guardian of the Horsemen, a guardian of the true keepers of magic." He replied, what? So basically she'd be a bodyguard?
"Why? What's in it for me?"
"The experience." Daniel said cockily, she raised her eyebrows at him. Yeah, they would have some problems. Merritt just chuckled.
"You will be considered as a part of the Eye. Doing this by default will put you on the top with the best. We've been watching you, Katie. We know what you're capable of, that's why we chose you." Katie frowned.
"You were chosen by the Eye." Dylan continued, "It wasn't just the Horsemen and I, the council was involved. It's a longshot, but it will be worth it, Katie. Follow the Eye blindly, do exactly as you're told and you will not regret it. Believe me. You know the rumors, they're all true."
Taking a deep breath, Katie pulled out the card from her pocket and flipped it slowly in her hands, gazing at it.
A/N: So I've been having majors writing block with this story, but I was finally able to get this out:) I hope you liked it!