A shadowy figure laid on a tree branch looking at the stars. A guy who was about fourteen walked over to the tree, it was in the middle of a clearing and a house was about half a mile away at the edge of the clearing. ?Winter, Blaze wants you inside, now!? The guy called up to the person in the tree.
?WHO THE?????!!!!!!? Winter yelled, she looked down, ?Peter, you know how easy it is to scare me, don?t do that.? She said irritably, ?Tell him I?ll come in when I want to.?
?He said now, Winter.? Peter said.
?Fine.? Winter grumbled, she scrambled down from the tree and walked to the house.
?Wait for me!? Peter said, catching up quickly.
?What does Blaze want anyway?? Winter asked.
?He didn?t say, he just wanted you inside.? Peter said.
?Have you noticed how beautiful the red comet is, I mean, for something that spells eminent death of the planet you?d think it would be more threatening.? Winter said, she looked up at the red star moving across the sky. Winter had long pale pale blue hair, blue eyes, she wore a light grey sweater with purple stripes, a pair of blue TOMS, and glasses. Peter had shaggy black hair, brown eyes, a grey jacket, and green boots.
?Winter, I need you to do a mission tomorrow, you?ll need to get into the Foundation?s secret files and find a very specific file. I?ll tell you more in the morning, you two need to get some sleep. Peter, you?ll be going back to The Blood-Spirals tomorrow to get more information. Winter, you have to go find those secret files and the next day you have to go to the Foundation, I know you want a day off but it?s crucial that we waste no time, the longest night is getting closer and we can?t wait.? Blaze said, Peter and Winter were spies and were on a team all their own not really part of The Blood-Spirals, Foundation, or Organization, they only spied on them to get important information. They went to sleep and Winter was still restless from the last mission where it was a bit of a disaster. She was trying to get a simple file from The Organization, she ended up getting caught and had to use Scramble-mind on five suits, it exhausted her and she still had to work, she almost got caught again. When she finally got the file she made sure to change out of her Organization outfit and she took off her sun-glasses, truth was she actually wore a disguise when she was at the Organization. She wore a dark orange black. She ran with the files downloaded onto her holotomb, she was hurt pretty badly by her escape.
"I can't believe they just left us here! They're going to look for so many secrets, and titans, it's not fair!" Cosby growled, slowly making her way down the stairs.
"I understand why they left us. We're useless in this state. I can't even reach my amulet pocket, and I can barely walk on my own, you can't even walk on your own. We're just plain pitiful," Winter sulked, helping Cosby down the stairs. Her ankle was sprained, and swollen to the size of a football, her arm was in a cast and sling, and Cosby couldn't take a step without crutches.
"I hate being useless," Cosby pouted, finally reaching the bottom of the stairs.
"I wish we could do something. Maybe we could take a small mission!" Winter grinned.
"Like they'd even let us ask!" Cosby growled bitterly.
"Well we can't just sit here sulking! What is something we could do?" Winter asked.
"There is a titan the others couldn't get, Void. We could get it from the Blood-Spirals and be back before the others know it!" Cosby said cheerfully.
"Lets try and avoid the Blood-Spirals for now. Anything Organization related?" Winter sighed, not wanting to do anything too stupid.
"There are a few files that they need! We could get those!" Cosby grinned.
"Should be easy enough," Winter grinned, gently propping her ankle up on a chair across from her, "We leave in, oh, an hour."
"Agreed!" Cosby cheered, falling of the couch and landing awkwardly. "Little help?" She squeaked, stuck between the couch and the table with her leg still on the couch.
"Sure," Winter laughed, moving the table and shoving Cosby back onto the couch, "Be ready to go."
"Okay!" Cosby chirped happily. Within an hour, they were at the Organization HQ.
"You wait out here and send a titan to warn me if someone comes, I'll get the files," WInter said, slipping past the door and rushing through the halls. She made it to the room, and looked at the Tecknonomicon. She turned on her Holowatch and turned on the Tecknonomicon, finding the files, and downloading them on her watch. She heard someone coming and ran, but accidentally deleted the files, just like she had at the Foundation. She ran down the halls and got to the huge door, got out, but Cosby wasn't there. "Cosby, this isn't funny!" She whispered.
"Run," Cosby managed to say, even though there was a hand over her mouth.
"OW! She bit me!" The Suit with his hand over Cosby's mouth whimpered.
"Deal with it," The other grunted, "There's bound to be another Seeker here with her, and it might be the traitor."
"Oh dang," Winter whispered to herself, Cosby was captured, and she couldn't just leave her.
"And I was right!" The Suit laughed, grabbing Winter's hurt arm and holding it behind her back.
"Ow! Let me go!" Winter tried to kick them, but her ankle was hurt and went out from under her when she was putting her weight solely on that foot. She was on her knees, her arm behind her back, and her non-injured ankle twisted oddly behind her. "Please let me go!" She sobbed, and felt the grip on her broken arm loosen, she sighed and moved her legs to a more comfortable position. Once she was sitting on he ground, however, she was tied up.
"What do we do now?" Cosby asked pathetically.
"Wait, the others'll notice when they get back," Winter sighed in defeat. She shifted uncomfortably, her knee begging to hurt. She had noticed her knee hurting more and more as time passed, and remembered the long ago words of Blaze, "Winter, don't sit like that, you'll hurt yourself,"
"Yo, Winter, you okay?" Cosby whispered.
"Quiet you!" One of the Suits growled, kicking Cosby in the side.
"Fine, fine, cool it!" Cosby growled, inching away from the Suit, her hurt leg bent in front of her.
"I'm fine," Winter whispered so only Cosby could hear.
"I'm taking guard," A new Suit walked in. Cosby and Winter sighed in despair, before they recognized the voice.
"Den?!" Both girls exclaimed.
"Shush," He whispered, untying their wrists and helping Cosby up, trusting Winter could stand on her own. She struggled to her feet and limped behind them until they finally escaped.
"What were you two thinking!" Dante shouted, both Cosby and Winter were sitting at the table, looking at their feet in shame.
"We're sorry, Dante, we just wanted to help," Winter's voice was uneasy.
"Yeah right, you deleted over half of the Foundation's most important files!" Sophie shouted in an exasperated voice.
"I'm sorry," Winter ducked her head in shame.
The two girls sat in their seats on the plain, Winter twitching and fidgeting impatiently. Cosby looked out the window in that half bright way of hers.
"Do you know how long it is until we get there?" Winter asked, rocking in her seat, hands folded in her lap.
"I don't know." Cosby replied, and Winter just continued to read the book she had brought. Soon both girls were just staring out the window. They seemed so childish until a time for a fight came, then they seemed to change. When a fight happened, Cosby was a fighting machine, completely in sync with her titans, and not as clumsy as in her normal life. Winter was no longer the book nerd in a fight, she could beat someone in a second if need be, but she also showed mercy, something Cosby did not. As the plain got closer, both girls got more fidgety and excited. Winter tapped her heel on the floor, causing her knee to twitch. Cosby shifted from one position to another, pulling her feet up. putting them down and pulling one foot onto the other knee, sitting normally, she wouldn't sit still. Once the plain landed, both girls were the first off, and they ran to get their luggage. They raced each other out, then got a cab to their hotel. Winter's Holowatch rang.
"Winter! Pick up!" Peter's voice crackled through the Holowatch.
"Peter, whats wrong?" Winter asked, a holograph of Peter appeared.
"The Blood-Spirals are going to attack? Stay away from? Legendary titans? Don't? Red Comet? Bring back Nullifiers?" Winter could tell Peter's Holowatch had been broken, and she couldn't piece together what he had been saying.
"Who was that?" Cosby asked.
"That was my old partner Peter, he's spying on the Blood-Spirals," Winter looked at Cosby with sad, tearful eyes.
"You're not thinking of trying to find him, are you?" Cosby asked, her voice filled with dread.
"No, I'm not," Winter sighed, "But we do need to come up with a plan."
"We could rush in and hope for the best?" Cosby shrugged.
"Okay," Winter nodded, her and Cosby set off to fight. Once they got there, Winter pulled out Solwing's amulet. "Solwing," She whispered, and Solwing appeared.
"Quicksilver!" Cosby sent out Quicksilver, and we both jumped into action.
"Boltflare! Honorguard! Hyperstride! Augerfrost! Terrorsight!" Winter was taking out the Blood-Spirals attacking her with ease, " Hyperstride!" Winter jumped over a Blood-Spiral's head, but when she landed her ankle rolled under. She lost her balance, but kicked the approaching Blood-Spiral in the stomach before leaping back to her feet. Her ankle throbbed, and she could feel that she had sprained it. She ducked under one person's attack, but felt someone else grab her arm. The Blood-Spiral who had her arm twisted it until she felt the bone of her forearm snap.
"Poisonheat!" The attacks hit Winter simultaneously, she was out.
"Winter, where are you?" Cosby's weak voice woke Winter up.
"Here," Winter grunted, looking around. She was in a small, dark cell, with pulsing red veins of lava in the walls. Her ankle throbbed dully, and her arm ached. Her head hurt, and her muscles were tight with tense pain.
"Winter, are you okay?" A Blood-Spiral ran up to her cell.
"I'm fine, Peter," She smiled.
"Good, I was afraid you were really gonna be hurt," Peter sighed, "I'm gonna help you and your friend escape."
"But they'll find out," WInter protested.
"I don't care," Peter said.
"We can escape on our own," Winter assured him, she already had a plan. THat day when the guards were switching, she picked the lock on her cell and got Cosby's cell open.
"Winter, I think my leg is broken," Cosby said, her leg was oddly bent and bruised.
"It is, can you put any weight on it?" Winter asked.
"No, I can't," Cosby gasped as she tried to stand. Winter immediately tugged Cosby's arm around her shoulders and helped Cosby stand, she began walking. WInter winced with every step on her sprained ankle, it was already swollen to the size of a grapefruit and was a purple color. Once they had escaped, Winter immediately called Dante.
"Dante, Cosby broke her leg, and I think my arm is broken," Winter said hurriedly, " The Blood-Spirals got the amulets."
"Can you guys make it home?" Dante sounded worried.
"I don't know, but Cosby can't walk and I can barely walk. How would we get to the airport?" Winter asked. After working everything out, they finally returned back to Dante's house.
"I hate having o use these crutches!" Cosby growled, looking down the stairs as she stood, leaning her weight on a pair of crutches.
Sorry this is late, I was really slow with writing because I did it while watching a British comedy, Mr. Beans!
"Dante, so am I really a part of the foundation now?" This was the fifth time Winter had asked, but she wanted to make sure she wasn't dreaming.
"Of course, Winter!" Dante replied.
"So, Dante, don't you think we make a great team?" Cosby asked hopefully.
"You know I can see right through your intentions, Cosby. Of course you two can go on another mission." Dante told them.
"Yes! Thank you so much, Dante!" Winter cheered.
"So, when will we go?" Cosby asked. Dante sighed.
"Cosby, you know how this goes. You have to wait for a mission from Guggenheim." Said Dante.
"Awwwww!" Cosby whined as Winter giggled.
Later, the two of them were training in Dante's courtyard.
"Raypulse!" Winter sent the attack at Cosby.
"Armorbrand!" Cosby effortlessly blocked the attack.
"Touchram!" Cosby jumped over Winter's attack, sending a Bolt Flare back towards Winter.
"EEP!" Winter ducked, the Bolt Flare zooming past less than an inch above her head. "Cosby, don't throw Bolt Flares that fast!" Winter stood erect, dusting herself off.
"Sorry Winter, I've just been really bored. I mean, I love training and then eating food after, but I really want to go on another mission!" Cosby explained.
"Well then, why don't we go to Guggenheim himself and ask for one?" Winter suggested.
"Of course! Why didn't I think of that all of those times I was so bored?" Winter looked at her oddly.
"Well, that's because you're a Cosby." Winter explained.
Winter and Cosby walked into Guggenheim's office and sat down in two chairs.
"So, Guggenheim, what missions do you have that aren't taken?" Cosby asked cooly, leaning back in her chair and putting her feet on his desk.
"First off, Cosby, no feet on my desk." Cosby set her feet back on the floor. "And secondly, there are only small retrieval missions that we give to beginner seekers."
"Awww, come on!" Cosby whined. Winter made sure she kept quiet while Cosby and Guggenheim were talking to make sure she didn't get into trouble. However, she was sure Cosby would.
"So, do you have any missions other than these meaningless ones?" Cosby held up the papers he handed to her.
"Cosby, if you could read, then you would probably notice the advanced seeker mission on the top of the pile." Guggenheim cooly retorted. Winter stifled a laugh as she took the paper on the top.
"So, it says it's a mission all the way in canada, and it's a retrieval mission for five rare amulets, one of them supposedly a legendary titan." Winter read off of the paper.
"But, I forgot to add, the Blood Spirals are also after them." Guggenheim cut in.
"Great! I love beating Spirals!" Cosby added.
"Then, it's settled. You two head for Quebec tomorrow morning." Guggenheim finished. The two girls high-fived as they ran out of his office.
"Wow, thats cool." Lok and Den were watching Winter play a game on her Holowatch.
"Yep, I invented the Holowatch." Winter grinned, she even got internet access on it!
"That is so awesome!" Den said, watching as Winter played the most annoying and addicting game ever invented, QWOP.
"Yes, new high score!" Winter laughed.
"You should be training." Dante's voice sounded from the doorway of the living room.
"Oh, hey Dante." Winter said sheepishly, Den ran out to the courtyard and Lok followed. "We were just taking a break."
"Just get back to training." Dante ordered.
"Yes sir!" Winter squeaked, running to the courtyard.
"You got busted." Den laughed.
"Winter, Dante told me to help you work with Solwing." Cosby smiled.
"Did he tell you me and the boys were goofing off?" Winter asked.
"Yep, he said this was a punishment!" Cosby growled. "If he thinks me teaching someone is a punishment he's wrong!"
"Yeah, of course!" Winter cowered behind Lok and Den, who glanced at angry Cosby and quickly inched behind Winter. After a long, hard day of training with Cosby, Winter was ready to sleep.
"Cosby, Winter, we've got a job for you two!" Dante called up to Cosby's room.
"Aw." Winter was just about to lay down.
"Come on!" Cosby growled, grabbing Winter's wrist and running down the stairs. "Whats the big idea, Dante, giving me and Winter a mission so late?"
"She doesn't mean to be rude, she was just wondering why we have to do it tonight!" Winter said hurriedly, afraid of getting in trouble.
"This mission is urgent, and we need two Seekers with skills like yours, spying, disguise, and sheer strength." Dante explained. "We need you two to get into an Organization safe house and get an amulet."
"Ooh, I'm ready!" Cosby now seemed excited, while Winter still wanter to curl up and sleep. Winter was in a sleepy daze the whole plane ride, up until they reached the safe house. This is it, my first mission with the Foundation. Winter thought. She silently followed Cosby, who was a klutz, and as loud as a stampede of elephants.
"It's kinda hard to be stealthy with you stomping around like that." Winter hissed in Cosby's ear.
"Sorry." Cosby growled back.
"Now we just need to find this." She whispered, holding up her Holowatch to reveal a picture of an amulet. The amulet was a narrow triangle shape, like a wolf's head. It was made of silvery metal with a bright green gem in the middle. "The Titan is called Inarrukurli." Winter said, "This is the only amulet of it's type."
"Whoa, I hope one of us gets to keep it." Cosby's eyes glittered in the green light from the Holowatch.
"Me too." Winter nodded smugly, hoping to be the one to wield this one of a kind Titan. As the two of them snuck through the safe house, Winter listened to the conversations of Suits, hoping to get a good idea of where to look.
"Did you hear about that new amulet we got?"
"Yeah, I hear it's a one of a kind, the rest were destroyed." Two Suits whispered as they stopped in a hallway. Winter and Cosby followed them to the room they were guarding and snuck in. Winter's eyes slid ver the room, full of amulets and books. She looked around and finally saw the amulet. She rushed over and picked it up. She slid it into her pocket and her and Cosby hurried out of there. "I want to see what this Titan looks like." Winter said, her and Cosby stopped in an alley way. "Inarrukurli!" Winter held the amulet forward, and a blur of green light shaped to form a large tasmanian tiger with singed fur and a rough, raw bark. It's paws left prints of soot behind it as it walked forward.
"This is so cool." Cosby whispered in awe of the Titan. As they headed back to Dante's house, Winter fell back into a sleep daze state, ready to go to bed and sleep. Wait, they sent me on a mission, that must mean I'm part of the Foundation!? Winter's thoughts wandered, and suddenly she was awake. "Cosby, does this mean I'm part of the Foundation?"
"Dante told me to keep it a surprise, they sent us on this mission so you could get your first real Titan, that can last long in a fight, I mean. But I guess you're smarter than they all thought." Cosby explained.
"I'm a part of the Foundation!" Winter laughed.
"Lets hear it." Dante went on.
"Fine." Winter grumbled to herself. "About a week ago, my best friend and partner, Peter, was sent to the Blood-Spirals to spy; I tried to talk Blaze into letting Peter stay, but it didn't work. I messed up on a mission and almost got caught, and Blaze was threatening to send me to a Foundation team, and take my new friend and student away." Winter explained. The full realization of the past few days finally hit her. Peter was gone for the next month, Kyran was no longer Winter's student, and Blaze didn't even know what Winter was doing.
"Wow, that sounds like it sucks!" Cosby exclaimed.
"It does." Winter gave her a questioning look.
"Wouldn't want to be you." Cosby said in a sing-song voice.
"Cosby, be polite." Dante said.
"Fine." Cosby sighed.
"Uh, Dante, I was wondering if I could stay at your house for awhile." Winter stated.
"I don't see why not, if it isn't too crowded already." Dante decided.
"Dante, with Lok, Sophie, Den, you, and me, I don't think we have the room for Winter." Cosby pointed out.
"You could always share your room." Dante taunted.
"But thats not fair" Cosby protested.
"Does it have to be fair?" Dante asked.
"Well, no." Cosby growled in defeat. "Come on, Winter. My room is this way." Cosby led Winter to her room. "Good thing I don't mind sleeping on the floor."
"Sorry, Cosby." Winter apologized.
"No, I knew that someone new would eventually join the team and I'd have to share a room with them." Cosby sighed. Soon Winter started sorting through the stuff she had, and found that her Holotomb had been stolen.
"It's gone, gone, no it can't be." Winter whispered.
"Whats wrong?" Cosby asked.
"My Holotomb was stolen by those Suits that attacked me." Winter growled. "I need to get it back."
"I can help!" Cosby volunteered.
"Come on, then!" Winter dragged her out. Within minutes they were at Organization Central. After knocking a few Suits out and getting past a few high security doors Winter had gotten her Holotomb back and her and Cosby were on their way back home. "Dante."
"Yes, Winter?" Dante looked up from his work.
"I want to set everything right, these are all of the files Blaze stole." Winter said, putting her head down so her hair hung in her eyes, she held out the Holotomb for Dante to take.
"Winter, are you sure you want to give up all the work you did for Blaze?" Dante asked.
""Yes, I know I need to do this. If I'm going to try and join the Foundation, I need to show I'm trustworthy." Winter sighed, she knew this was it, once she did this she wouldn't be a part of Blaze's team anymore.
"You want to join the Foundation!?" Cosby exclaimed. "I thought they refused to train you!"
"I want to at least try again, maybe I might get in." Winter smiled sadly, she would no longer have to work so hard, she wouldn't have to exhaust herself spying on two groups, training, and teaching someone. This was it, and she was gong to do it.
"Thank you, Winter; I know this is a hard choice for you." Dante took the Holotomb.
Winter looked up to see Cosby and Den looking down at her.
"Dude, why are you sleeping on the sidewalk?" Cosby asked.
"I'm a girl." Winter told her.
"I know, I just call everyone dude." Cosby shrugged.
"Well, why were you on the sidewalk just... Sleeping?" Den asked, confused.
"Oh, I think I ran into the wall." Winter replied. Cosby and Den gave her weird looks.
"I was running from Organization suits." She explained.
"Oh, so you're a seeker?" Cosby asked.
"Yeah." Winter replied.
"Here, i'll take you to Dante's. I'm pretty sure you know him if you're a seeker." Den announced.
"Wait, how do we get to Dante's?" Cosby asked.
"Ummm, I think it's that way." Den told her.
"But isn't it this way?" Cosby pointed in another direction.
"Cosby, we all know that you're always wrong." Den retorted.
"But i'm sure we came that way!" She whined.
"Why don't we go up to the rooftops to find out where his house really is?" Winter asked.
"Yeah, how about we do that?" Den asked Cosby.
"Fine, let's do that." Grumbled Cosby.
Winter followed Cosby and Den to a nearby building. They immediately used hyperstride to jump up to the roof of the building, using almost no effort. A few heartbeats later, Winter followed, putting in a lot of effort to jump the same distance.
"Look, there it is!" Cosby exclaimed.
"Alright, so we're both wrong." Den sighed.
"Alright. Let's go." Winter announced.
The three jumped from roof to roof using their seeker powers, of course Cosby and Den were much faster and nimble than Winter. Finally, they jumped down to the courtyard, where Lok and Sophie were training. Winter knew Den and Cosby would never be able to recognize her, but she wasn't so sure about Lok and Sophie. Winter kept her head down to keep them from finding out who she was as Cosby and Den introduced her to them. They swiftly moved on to see Dante.
"Hey, Dante!" Cosby called as she knocked on the front door. Dante finally opened the door.
"What is it Cosby?" Dante looked over at Winter. "Ah, Winter Star. What brings you here?" He asked.
Winter was surprised at Dante's calm reaction. After Blaze quitting the Foundation, Dante was really mad at him, at least what Blaze had told him.
"Actually, it's a long story." Winter chuckled nervously.
Sorry it's so short, and I posted so late! Spring concert was this week and I also had a field trip and a community service trip. I also had a really busy weekend so I didn't start until this afternoon!
Winter waited until Blaze's car was out of sight before scrambling through crowded sidewalk after crowded sidewalk. some people would think Winter would just blindly leave, without a plan, but she did have a plan. Her plan was to go to Dante's house, she knew that she might be able to get a little help from them. She looked around for the right place, but couldn't find it. Soon she was getting tired, after another hour or two, she couldn't take another step, she just curled up against the wall of a building and slept. The next day she kept searching, but still nothing. After a long time she started thinking about going back to Blaze, but she wouldn't! No matter how long this took her, Winter wouldn't go back to Blaze. As Winter spent continual days and night searching, she did start to give up. By the third day, she was desperate to find Dante's house, she couldn't understand why she couldn't find it. Was her map wrong? Was this the wrong part of Venice? What was going on? The more time Winter was lost, the more Organization Suits she saw.
"This is the one, isn't it?" She heard a Suit murmur, as she realized two of them were following her.
"Yep, the spy." Another smiled. She looked around, realizing she was surrounded. There were two Suits behind her, two in front, two on each side.
"I've always thought you guys were smart, leave no space open for escape." She smiled. "Hyperstride!" She jumped to a nearby wall and scrambled to catch her balance. She ran as far as the wall went, only coming to the end at the side of a canal. "Oh great." She whispered. She looked to see the Suits in pursuit. She had no choice but to fight, but she couldn't let anyone catch the fight. She quickly jumped down, landing a foot on one of the Suit's heads. They tried to catch her foot but the missed as she leapt to the next.
"Catch her!" They called.
"Good luck." She laughed, not watching where she was going. "Oof!" She dropped to the ground, running strait into another Suit."Looks like you were careless." They teased. "Sorrowbond." As they said it, the Solwing amulet around Winter's neck glowed, the Suit picked it up.
"Boltflare!" Winter sent the attack at the Seeker, catching him off guard. Winter leapt up and grabbed her amulet back. She dashed down the sidewalks. She ran into MORE Suits, this time she tried to stand and fight. "Boltflare! Augerfrost! Poisonheat!" Winter was surprised she had managed the last power. Before, no matter how much her and Peter worked on it, she couldn't get it. Now, in the midst a dangerous situation she finally got it, but without Peter there to witness it. She sadly kept fighting. Within twelve minutes of the fight, she had exhausted her powers. Sh turned tail and ran as fast as she could, the Suits in fast pursuit. She lost her footing as she rounded a corner, sliding into the wall. She hit it with such force that it knocked her out. The Suits took her Holotomb, and left her. She woke a few hours later to an odd sight.
Winter spent ages in the library. Kyran visited her sometimes through the night, begging to come out. However, Winter sent Kyran off with a wave of her hand, not even looking up from her reading. Winter spent hours looking up seeker powers and legends of amulets. Nothing could keep her from reading, not even Blaze. Winter studied book after book on everything there was about the realm of Huntik or the legends that contained clues to amulets. She was determined to know everything. Winter longed to be as knowledgable as the famous Sophie Casterwill, a seeker who learned most of her powers and earned most of her titans from reading books. At the break of dawn, when there were streaks of orange and light blue delicately painted across the sky, Blaze came over to Winter.
"Winter! You're supposed to be leaving now for your mission!" He yelled. "Do I have to remind you about what happened when you slept in last time? You almost got yourself caught, and that is simply unacceptable!" His face started to turn a light shade of red from yelling. "I'm going out in a half an hour so you should leave by then, and remember that this is your LAST chance." He calmed down and left the large room in a rush. Winter sat down again, not at all planning to go on that mission. She knew what she would have to do.
Winter sat on the front steps, with her backpack filled with all of her things. Blaze simply thought it was Winter's Organization disguise, so when he didn't give a second glance at it as Winter got into his car. After a silent 30 minute car ride, Blaze stopped the car in front of the Organization headquarters in Venice, Italy. He didn't wave or lsay goodbye to Winter as she got out of the car, but simply drove away as soon as she was out. Winter set off on her journey as soon as Blaze was out of sight. She knew that Blaze wouldn't look for her, so she headed straight for Dante's house.
Kyran was just waking up. She rubbed her eyes and groggily rolled over, noticing that the sun outside her window was already high in the sky.
"Oh no, I slept in!" She exclaimed as she leaped out of her bed and rushed to get ready. Once she was, the first place she headed for was where she thought Winter was studying. Kyran threw open the doors to the library and rushed to Winter's desk in the back, only to find a single note on it. Kyran immediately picked it up and read it.
I have decided to not be a part of this team anymore. I know you may think i'm being outlandish on this matter, but Blaze has gone too far. That one day training with you was so much fun, I wish we could do that again. Don't try looking for me. I'll be long gone by the time you read this. Don't forget to work hard on your training and I hope to see you again soon.
Kyran sat down in the chair to take this all in. Why would Winter do this to her? How could she be so oblivious to Winter's trouble? Kyran stood up and went downstairs. The least she could do was just sit around moping all day, so she decided to train.
?So, Peter, why did you call?? Winter asked.
?I was just getting lonely. I couldn?t get my mind off you.? Peter admitted.
?I was pretty lonely, too.? Winter smiled. ?But I?m glad to see you, Peter.?
?I just wish Blaze hadn?t sent me here permanently. I?m getting sick of it here. Underground all the time, it?s just so horrible.? Peter sighed.
?I?m sure it?ll get better, you?ve only been there about two days. But I wish Blaze hadn?t sent you away. I begged him not to make you go, but he didn?t care.? Winter said bitterly.
?Well, I?m sorry but I have to go. I just wanted to talk to you.? Peter said. He hung up and Winter went back to the window.
?Why did Blaze have to send him away.? Winter cried, tears falling from the corners of her eyes. She let her head hit the window frame, resting it there. She looked out at the forest, trees turned silver by the moonlight.
?Winter, Blaze says he wants to talk to you!? Kyran called as she scurried up the stairs to her room.
?Okay. Wonder what I did this time.? She grumbled. Winter walked over and opened the door, strolling down the stairs and to the living room.
?Winter, the other day when you were getting those files, you were almost caught. An Agent named Cosby Collins told her teacher, MY brother, that she had helped some newby get some files, but those files weren?t allowed to go out to anyone. One more mess up and I?ll send YOU to stay closer to the FOUNDATION!? Blaze practically yelled.
?Thats not fair.? Winter whispered, clenching her fists and biting her lip to keep from screaming it. ?You?ve taken my best friend from me, but now I have to train Kyran, you can?t send me away!? She countered.
?Yes I can, I could train Kyran. One more mess up will get you stationed with a team of the Foundation. Get up early tomorrow, you have a mission at the Organization.? Blaze said. Winter took a few deep breathes then ran up stairs.
?Its not fair. Its NOT fair! ITS NOT FAIR!!? She screamed, punching her pillow again and again. She had given up everything to become a Seeker, and now she was giving up more because of that decision!
?Winter, are you okay?? Kyran asked timidly through the door.
?Yes, I?m fine.? Winter sighed, trying to calm down. ?Wake me up early tomorrow, will ya, Kyran?? She asked.
?Sure.? Kyran said, returning to her room.
?If I?m here.? Winter muttered to herself. She had it, soon she was going to leave if this kept up. She would go to the Foundation or Organization and stay there. Winter tried to go to sleep, but couldn?t fall asleep. She got up and slipped on her sweater, going down the stairs and to a separate part of the building. The library. It was one story higher that the rest of the building, and it had endless books on all topics. There was even an observatory at the top. The was all built for Winter. Blaze and Peter had worked so hard on it. Winter went to her small desk in the very corner, between two bookshelves. She grabbed a book off the shelf next to her. It was a book over powers.
Once breakfast was ready, the girls ate like they hadn't in a week.
"Alright, you ready Kyran?" Winter asked. She stood up from the table.
"DEFINETLY!" Kyran cheered. They went out to the courtyard. The sun was well above the horizon and streaks of pink and red lit up the grayish blue sky. The red comet was also very visible.
"Okay, so can you try basic seeker powers?" Winter asked.
"Yeah, pretty much." Kyran replied.
"So, what titans do you have?" Winter asked.
"Well I have nightrave, freelancer, and ironwood." Kyran told her.
"Wait, what's nightrave?" Winter asked.
"See for yourself. Come on, nightrave!" Kyran threw her hand up in the air, holding onto a pale black polished spherical amulet with pink and green stripes on it. A large Pegasus-like horse appeared in front of her and winter, rearing. The one thing that made the Pegasus special was it's body was green, it's name was neon pink, and it seemed to be on fire. BLACK fire.
"The fire is just an illusion with seeker magic." Kyran told winter.
"This is amazing! Where'd you get this?" Winter asked.
"From my mother, nightrave is the only dark Titan that I could ever bond with." Kyran explained.
Winter and Kyran spent the rest of the day training. Although Kyran proved a much more powerful seeker, she had little physical stamina. However, Winter got as much training out of it as Kyran. Just as the sun dipped under the horizon, Blaze's car pulled into the driveway. Winter and Kyran giggled as they raced into the kitchen to see Blaze making dinner. Things almost seemed like normal, but the thought that Peter was sent away still weighed Winter's spirits down. She slowly poked at her dinner as Kyran and Blaze wolfed it down. After dinner, while Kyran and Blaze were talking, Winter excused herself and went up to her room. She looked out her open window, and at the constellations of stars. She began to name some of the constellations, but stopped when the red comet's glare blocked out some others. The comet led her to think about the blood spirals, and Peter, until she knew what to do. She went to her nightstand and pulled open the drawer containing her holowatch. Just as she picked it up, it started beeping.
"Hello, hello? Winter?" Peter's voice came through roughly as the hologram showed up.
"Peter! It's Winter!" Winter exclaimed.
"No duh, I can see you." They both laughed. This was the first time in what seemed like forever that Winter laughed with Peter. She missed the feeling, and it left a hole in her heart that could only be filled with Peter's prescience. Right now, this was good enough for both of them.
As Winter returned to Blaze?s house, she remembered how little sleep she had gotten. She had stayed up all night working on something. She had been working on creating a Holowatch, a Holotomb in a watch form. She had made two. She had given one to Peter the morning before and kept the other for herself. Now her and Peter could communicate, even though Peter was permanently at the Blood-Spirals. Winter walked back to Blaze?s house. She walked in and left the Holotomb on the table with a note on it. She went up to her room, and went to sleep. When she woke up the sun was different shades of pink, red, orange, purple, and blue. She had slept most of the day. Blaze was going to be ticked.
?Winter, good job. You got the right files this time.? Blaze said.
?Cool.? Winter yawned.
?And Since you slept all day I hope you know you have to train all night.? Blaze said.
?Thats not fair, Blaze!? Winter protested.
?Yes it is. You slept all day and didn?t train, you?ll train all night and not sleep.? Blaze said.
?Enough, go practice with Solwing.? Blaze said, pointing to the door.
?No.? Winter said. She was tired of being pushed around all day by Blaze. ?I didn?t sleep any last night, so I slept today.? She added simply. Eventually it was a battle of wills, and Winter was stubborn, determined, and willful, she ended up getting to sleep that night. The next day, Blaze seemed more annoyed than usual.
?Whats wrong, Blaze?? Winter asked.
?Nothing.? Blaze sighed. Winter could tell he was still annoyed with her about last night.
?I?m gonna go train.? Winter said.
?Good.? Blaze said. ?But before you do, go wake up Kyran. She?s staying in Peter?s old room.? Blaze added.
?Okay.? Winter said, running up stairs to the highest floor of the house, or the highest floor next to the library. She went to the only room on that level, and knocked hard on it. She heard a sound like someone falling out of bed. Then the door clicked open.
?You must be Winter.? A tired looking girl said. She had long, dark brown hair that hung over her eyes, but it was tangled from sleep, her skin was tan, and she had bright, grey eyes. She wore an electric-blue t-shirt that fit her snuggly and the sleeves ended at her wrists, she had long, red, loose, fluttery pants, and white based color striped patch like shoes. She was tall for her age, at least two heads taller than Winter, she had a big, thick build. It looked like she had slept in her regular clothes that night, and on the bedside table was a green, scrap fabric scarf.
?Yep.? Winter smiled. ?Blaze told me to come wake you up. Breakfast will be ready soon. And I?m your new teacher!? Winter grinned.
Winter spent most of the night thinking, what did Peter do to make him deserve staying at that horrible place? Winter couldn?t find sleep that night, and she watched as the minutes on her clock ticked closer towards Peter leaving. Slowly, the stars disappeared and the sky lightened into a dreadful reddish hue. Morning had finally come, and Winter felt horrible. She didn?t get any sleep that night, and she was as tired as ever. Winter slowly got ready and walked downstairs. Peter was about to leave when Blaze stopped him. Winter hoped he had changed his mind, but instead he had other plans.
?Winter, Peter, come here. After a lot of thinking, I?ve decided to let another seeker join our team. Her name is Kyran, and Winter will be training her.? Blaze told Winter and Peter.
?I get to teach someone how to be a seeker?? Winter asked excitedly, but on the inside she just wanted Peter back.
?Yes, Kyran tried to get into the foundation, but failed. The Foundation has files about her so I need you to get them from the foundation. Here are the names of the files, and hopefully you don?t mess this up again.? Blaze replied. Winter took the file numbers and set off once more, after saying a rushed goodbye to Peter.
Winter arrived at the foundation headquarters and immediately ran into Lok.
?Oh, hi!? Lok said.
?hey?? Winter replied, looking at her feet. Winter just wanted to get the files and get out of there, so she didn?t want to get held up in a conversation.
?Lok, there you are!? A voice called from behind Winter. ?I?ve been looking everywhere for you, we have to go!? Winter turned around to see the famous Sophie Casterwill.
?Fine, let?s go.? Lok sighed as Sophie almost literally dragged him off.
Winter continued walking down the hallways towards the right room with the files she needed until she heard someone behind her.
?Hey, newbie.? The voice was obviously Cosby, and Winter?s dreaded fear came back and made her spine tingle.
?Ummm, hey Cosby.? Winter mumbled.
?So, you looking for more files?? Cosby proposed. Winter was startled that Cosby would be so smart as to guess that.
?Why would you think-?
?It?s really obvious, ya know. So whadaya want?? Cosby asked. Winter was afraid that Cosby had gotten too close to find out, but then Cosby led her to a dark room.
?Guggenheim announced that people were trying to take files, so we?re keeping them on a system of holotomes now.? Cosby told her.
?I just need one of the files.? Winter instructed.
?Okay, here you go.? Cosby booted up the giant-sized holotome and it lit up the whole room with light blue seeker magic. She typed in a series of codes, and a main file page came up.
?There you go, I?m going to go get lunch now because I?m hungry.? Cosby announced as she left the room, leaving Winter with an advanced computer-like holotome that had all of the foundation?s files on it.
?Harrison, its a solo mission, Tantras just asked me to help Peter get ready to go.? Zhalia said, she was making sure that Harrison didn?t learn about her and Peter being spies. Without another word Harrison walked away. After explaining how Peter would get away, Zhalia had to go so none of the other Blood-Spirals would suspect anything. Peter finally got back to Blaze?s house, finally.
?Peter, where were you?? Winter asked, immediately hugging Peter.
?I kinda got caught.? Peter stammered.
?What?? Blaze asked in disbelief.
?Don?t worry, no one knows except Zhalia, and she just thinks that I?m on my own spying.? Peter tried to reason with Blaze, but he knew a minute to late he had said the wrong thing.
?Peter, sometimes I wonder why I?m helping you!? Blaze said, Peter wasn?t the best Seeker, and he was clumsy, and he got into a lot of trouble, sometimes it seemed like the world wanted him to be miserable.
?Blaze, you didn?t mean that, did you?? Winter and Peter asked at once. Blaze just walked away.
?Peter, I?m sure he didn?t mean it.? Winter said gently, hugging Peter again.
?No, he did mean it, I messed up, if Zhalia figures out who I am, she?ll pretty much have to guess that you are either spying on the Foundation or Organization, this could ruin both of our missions.? Peter groaned.
?Peter, you ARE a good Seeker, you just need more practice, thats all.? Winter assured. Later Winter and Peter were in the clearing training.
?Winter, do you think I?ll ever be as good a Seeker as you?? Peter asked, dodging a Boltflare.
?With enough practice, you?ll be better!? Winter said, sending an Augerfrost at Peter as she dodged a Nullcurse. ?All right, enough powers for now, lets work with titans.? Winter said, getting a Solwing amulet from her pocket. ?Solwing!? She called, Solwing appeared and soared over to Peter.
?Redcap!? Peter called, his Redcap appeared, after one short mock fight, him and Winter decided to call it a day, they went inside.
?Winter, you have a mission tomorrow, Peter you?ll need to stay at the Blood-Spiral hideout, well, permanently.? Blaze said.
?Wait! You have to be kidding me, he can?t stay there all the time!? Winter wailed in disbelief.
?Yes, he can, it will be better for everyone if he does.? Blaze said.
?But, what if he gets caught?!? Winter said.
?Thats his problem.? Blaze said. Winter went to her room.
While Winter was enjoying sleeping in, Peter was having trouble with the blood spirals. He was almost sure that his escape would be fine, because he had the necessary files and Zhalia was on his team.
?you know, I can tell you aren?t a part of the foundation, either.? Zhalia told him. A surge of anxiety rushed into him like a brick wall.
?So?? was all he could squeak.
?I?m fine with it. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. As long as you don?t work with the organization.? Zhalia replied. Peter felt the anxiety lift off of his shoulders like a jet plane. He immediately felt comfortable with the foundation officer.
?don?t worry about it!? Peter joked.
Zhalia wasn?t concerned about how Peter could be against the foundation, but he seemed harmless and pretty nice. Zhalia did, however, take into opinion of how he could possibly be trying to make it seem as if he were pretending to be nice, but she felt that someone like this wouldn?t be pretending. Zhalia just needed someone to stand by in her infiltration of the Blood Spirals. Right then and there, an alliance was formed. Peter almost didn?t want to leave the dark and wretched hideout of the Blood spirals, but he knew that if he didn?t get back on time, Blaze would have a fit.
?I need to get out of here. Can you help me?? Peter asked.
?Sure, but it won?t be easy.? Zhalia answered. Zhalia glanced around the caves dug into the ground, and her dark eyes flitted across the glowing veins of magma pulsing through the catacomb walls. There were no Blood Spirals in sight, so she continued.
?So, here?s the plan,? she started.
?What plan?? a squeaky and almost irritated voice rang out from behind her. Zhalia spun around to see Harrison.
?You know, his seeker mission.? Zhalia lazily threw her thumb over her shoulder and pointed to Peter.
?Seeker missions sound fun,? Harrison started. ?I want in on this.? Harrison put his hands together in an almost evil manner. Inside, Peter shuddered. However, he felt obliged to show no signs of mercy, so he smirked.
?No, I had never seen you before we ran into each other in the hallway the other day.? Winter nervously responded. At that moment, Cosby walked up.
?Hey, you?re that person I had to help the other day!? Cosby said.
?Yep, thats me.? Winter laughed nervously.
?Whats wrong, Newby? You look like you?ve seen a Blood-Spiral or something?? Cosby said.
?Nothing.? Winter wanted to get out of there soon, but it would be next to impossible to with Dante and Cosby around. Then she got an idea. ?Cosby, I need some help.? She stated.
?Okay.? Cosby replied.
?I need help finding these files.? Winter handed the paper to Cosby.
?Oh, I know where these are! But why do YOU need them, no one has even thought about these files for years?? Cosby questioned.
?A special mission.? Winter nervously scuffed the ground with her shoe.
?Okay Newby.? Cosby said, leading Winter down the hall, to a storage room. ?The file is labeled ?Blaze Vale? look it up on that computer.? Cosby explained, then left once she was sure Winter could get it. Now Winter knew why Blaze was looking for these files, if he had a copy of them, he could find a way to delete the original, then he wouldn?t have to worry as much about the Foundation. Once she got the file, she left. She was walking down the hall, trying to find her way out of the labyrinth of halls, eventually she ran into Sophie.
?Sophie, I?m lost, think you can help?? Winter asked asked, everyone expected new agents to get lost a LOT, so it wasn?t odd to her at all.
?Sure.? Sophie responded, after Winter finally got out of there, she headed back to Blaze?s house.
?These are the right files.? Blaze finally said after reading through the files.
?Good.? Winter sighed. She went upstairs to her room, she had had a hectic day, first almost getting caught by Dante, then getting the wrong files, having to go back, getting lost, running into Dante again, running into Cosby, then finally getting out. There was one odd thing though, where was Peter? He hadn?t gotten home yet. Winter just shrugged it off. She fell asleep, only to be awoke by the sun shining into the window and directly into her eyes. ?Five more minutes.? She mumbled to no one, pulling the blanket over her head.