Ahir, Guardian of Malor, Chapter 14: Rushing Through the Portal Part Two

Alicia nodded her head. “I can go down to the station and get your bow for you. Have Daniel radio me if you think of anything else that we’ll need for our trip. You can fill me in on the plan when I get back.”

Milton crossed his arms. “I appreciate the help, but you and Daniel aren’t going with us.”

Alisha put her fists on her hips, and leaned in close to Milton’s face. “I’m not about to let a couple of kids put themselves in danger trying to save the world while I sit back and do nothing. We’re going with you, so you had better just accept that.”

Milton growled back, “What is it that you think you will be able to do exactly? We’re going to be going into a world full of Aureus’Aevum, creatures that can only be hurt by one weapon, one that isn’t in our possession any longer, and you won’t even be human! Once you step through that portal you will be turned into some kind of monster, and will only get in our way.”

Alicia trembled with anger. “That’s not fair, they may have other artifacts like the ones that you two use that we could help with!”

Milton shook his head. “Even if they do have more artifacts, you will have no experience with them. Knowing how to pull the bow string and aim it is one thing, knowing how to use the effects of your artifact effectively is another, and there won’t be time for you to learn.”

Alicia pointed her finger at Milton’s face and opened her mouth to say something, but Daniel grabbed her arm. She turned and faced him. Daniel shook his head. “They’re right, Alicia. We will be more help by staying behind. Arguing with them is only going to take up precious time.”

Alicia ground her teeth together and sighed. “Fine. I’ll go and get your bow, and watch you kids sacrifice yourself for the rest of the world, but I don’t have to like it.” Alicia turned and stomped out of the room.

Milton watched her storm out and turned back to Trixie and Sil’abo. “Now that that is taken care of, we need to figure out our strategy. Sil’abo says that he can open us a portal into the palace. Whatever else is going on in the world, it shouldn’t have reached the palace yet. We can try to find any others there that would be willing to fight with us.”

Sil’abo raised up a paw. “If I may interject, my people are a peaceful lot, and have no experience fighting. I don’t know how much aid they could provide you with.”

Milton nodded. “I’m aware of that, but they are indestructible creatures, so they could serve as a distraction at least so we don’t have to fight those loyal to Lang’kahn alone.”

Sil’abo nodded his head. “I could see the advantage to such a thing. You can count on me to be by your side providing as much aid as I am able. Laz’krit may have some additional artifacts that the two of you could use.”

Trixie smiled. “Those could be very useful. Maybe Daniel and Alicia can come with us after all.”

Milton frowned. “No, that would be a bad idea. You and I have experience with wielding things like this, and we would at least have the artifacts that we have now to help us while we figure the other ones out. After that, we’ll have to march onto Lang’kahn’s fortress, figure out some way to save Ahir, and get the sword back.”

Sil’abo sighed. “It will be a challenge for sure. Lang’kahn has hundreds of those that are loyal to him, and each of those won’t hesitate to blast the two of you with spells.”

Milton smiled back confidently. “I’m not too worried about that. Between Trixie’s shield reflecting the spells back at their caster, and my bow maneuvering us out of the way, we’ll manage somehow.”

Sil’abo growled. “You aren’t taking this seriously enough! Trixie does very well with her shield, but even she can’t cover everything at once! All it will take is for one spell to get through and you could die!”

Milton’s face turned grim. “That is true, but if we were concerned about dying, do you think that we ever would have started fighting back against these creatures? Ahir is the only one that could truly fight back, andso we have to go and save him so we can end this. We have been chosen as the protectors of our world and yours, and that’s a duty that I take very seriously.”

Sil’abo looked away. “Humans are flawed in many ways, but your people produce something that mine never has. Heroes. True, selfless heroes.”

Trixie smiled. “I’m certain that there are plenty of heroes among your people. You just live in a place that doesn’t give them a chance to develop. Look at you and Bar’bou; You were willing to come to a strange world to protect your people from the only thing that can harm them. That makes you heroes in my book.” Trixie’s face turned serious. “So how do we get Ahir back to normal?”

Milton sighed. “I’ve been thinking about that, and I’ve noticed that when we were fighting Captain Ember, it seemed like we were fighting against Lang’kahn. Each of the Aureus’Aevum that we faced seemed to be different. They were individuals, all working toward the same goal.”

Trixie nodded her head. “Now that you mention it, that is true. Ahir certainly didn’t sound like Ahir when he was turned. He talked to Tor’jahd like he was used to giving him commands. How will that help us?”

Milton shrugged. “I don’t know for sure, but if Lang’kahn is directly controlling Ahir, we might be able to get through to Ahir if we distract Lang’kahn. At the very least we’ll be able to attack Lang’kahn easier if he has to divide his focus like that.”

Sil’abo scratched his head. “Would it be more beneficial to us if we had more humans get turned then? The more minds he has to divide his focus among, the greater advantage that would give us.”

Trixie looked questioningly at Milton, who just shook his head. “That could prove useful, but Lang’kahn has no reason to divide his focus among them. He has Ahir, and he only needs him long enough to deliver the sword to him. We don’t have any way to know for certain if there would be any way to bring those people back if we were to go through with that plan.”

Trixie gasped. “What? You don’t think there is a way to bring Ahir back?”

Milton cringed. “There is a chance that there is no way, or it could be as simple as killing Lang’kahn. Tor’jahd once said that was the way to turn the Aureus’Aevum back to normal.”

Sil’abo growled. “I wouldn’t trust anything Tor’jahd said, though.”

Milton nodded his head. “I agree, but that’s enough planning for now. Until we get to the other side of the portal, we won’t know for sure what to expect.”

Sil’abo nodded. “The spell to open a portal takes some time to perform, so I’ll begin my preparations for that.”

Trixie looked at him. “What should we do while you work on that?”

Sil’abo shrugged. “I would recommend getting some rest, if you can. There is no telling how long this fight will last.”

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Alicia walked into the hospital room with Milton’s bow gripped in her right hand and a bulging bag hung over her shoulder. “I have everything here that you asked for. Are you sure that I can’t talk you into letting me come along.”

Trixie shook her head. “This isn’t your fight. Did you get the things for Bar’bou I asked you to?”

Alicia patted the bag slung over her shoulder. “Right here.” Alicia looked at the field of blue shimmering in the middle of hospital room. “Is that the thing that’s going to take you to the other side?”

Milton walked up to Alicia and took his bow from her. He pushed his glasses up his nose with his ring finger and nodded. “Yes, and I would appreciate it if you and Daniel could watch over it. We don’t want anyone accidentally falling into it before we come back.”

Alicia looked confused at Milton. “You aren’t going to close it once you go though?”

Milton shook his head. “Once we’re done with this we might not be able to open another portal. This could be our only way back home.”

Daniel clapped Milton on the back, and Milton winced a little. “We’ll keep an eye on it for you.”

Milton nodded his head and accepted the sack of supplies from Alicia. “It’s time for us to go.” He walked over to the portal, and Trixie and Sil’abo followed him. Milton paused in front of the portal for a moment, and then stepped into it. Walking into the portal felt like trying to wade through waist deep mud, every step was an effort and came so slowly that Milton wondered if this was what it would be like in the Aureus’Aevum’s world as well. If it was, how could they hope to do anything?

Milton suddenly stumbled forward and almost tripped as if he had broken through some sort of barrier as the feeling of wading through mud disappeared. He regained his footing and turned and waited for Trixie and Sil’abo to enter as well. Once they had joined him, they turned and ran down the blue tunnel that looked like it never ended. Milton looked for the end of the tunnel, but couldn’t see anything but more tunnel stretching on. “How much further until we reach the end?”

Sil’abo smiled at Milton. “Not too much further, but you seem surprised. Did you think that a tunnel between dimensions would be short?”

Milton smiled back. “Considering it is a magic one, yes, I did expect it to be a little shorter.” They continued to run for a little longer and finally a white light appeared in front of them.

Sil’abo darted ahead of Trixie and Milton. “I think I should take the lead from here. Two monsters appearing out of a portal might make the king uneasy!” Sil’abo jumped into the light and disappeared.

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