He was trapped and fully overwhelmed. He saw what he did and heard all he said but they were never his intentions. He was being controlled somehow. The last thing he remember doing of his own freewill was healing an old man who got bitten by a snake in the field some miles outside the village. All was foggy now, but he was sure he saw something else before rhe darkness. Something was out there, on the field watching him. And the moment he raised his face to see what it was, it vanished. Just then, he felt cold, and at the same time he felt like he was burning from within. His Ura started to shine brightly that it seemed as though someone else was controlling it. Indeed, someone else controlled it. Soon, he lost his will and has been subjected to this cold prison, and immersed in his past and mistakes. He was made to relieve the moment he regretted over and over again. And even though he could see Lord Hoblot build a sea blue shield to protect himself and Salome from the bast from his Ura, he also saw himself standing at the banks of Jashmos River. There, he watched his wife drown herself over and over again. So many times he had tried to find his way back to his senses, but each time, he hears that cold burning voice asking him to yield.
“She’s not part of this. You have to let her go.” Lord Hoblot demanded. He knew it was nearly impossible to negotiate with a Signage, but he had to try. If only for Salome to leave unhurt.
“I will tell you where the crystal is, only if you let her go.” Lord Hoblot said trying to bargain with the Signage. One thing was certain, a Keeper of the higher order was after the crystal, but what baffles him most was why he was thought to be in possession of the Keepers most priced possession considering the fact that he had been excommunicated from the order.
He tried to figure out who the Signage bowed to. It could be any of the Lords, even Lord Banash who was Lord Supreme. But why would they think he was in possession of the crystal? In a matter of seconds, he had asked himself this question a million times. He looked up and watched Biden move forward towards him. He took some careful steps backwards and Salome did the same.
“So you know where the crystal is. ” Biden reaffirmed and seemed to be in deep thought. “OK, she can go.” His face brightened and he eyed her.
“She can go?” Lord Hoblot asked.
“Hah yes! She can go before I change my mind.” Biden answered.
Lord Hoblot slowly nodded to Salome who quickly but fearfully raced across the hall to the door. But before she got to the door, Lord Hoblot saw Biden raise his Ura towards her. He shouldn’t have trusted that demon but what other choice did he have. He knew what it meant when the golden ball at the end of Biden’s Ura released blast. He had one option and hoped his timing was right.
He pointed his Ura and aimed for the blast as it approached Salome’s back. A red blast shoot from his Ura and his blast met with Biden’s blast in time to redirect it to a wall. There was a large explosion that caused the hall to shake. Rumbles fell and Salome was knocked out.
“Smart.” Biden smiled and turned to look at him. “I must admit your aiming hasn’t withered even for a bit. And I’m quite impressed.”
“You made a mistake coming here. You will never find that crystal…” he wasn’t done with that statement when the bright blast from Biden’s Ura came flying towards him. He was fast to make a sea blue shield but the moment the blast hit the shield, it pushed him to one of his knees. Another blast and another blast and another blast. Lord Hoblot hands were shaking. His shield was getting weaker and he knew he wouldn’t survive another blast. It was his life or nothing. He needs to fight back if there was going to be any hope of surviving.
“Hoblot,” Biden called as he charged his Ura for another assault. “Do you know what I see when I look into this young man’s memories? I see regrets of things that you made him do. I see him on the bank of a river, watching his wife drown over and over again because of you.”
“Stop…” Biden could only mutter. It had been said that once possessed by a Signage, a man is sent to relieve his most regrettable moment. A punishment worse than death. He remembered Amber, Biden’s beautiful wife. No doubt the young man partly blames him for what happened to her, but he wasn’t going to allow the same thing happen to him. Biden raised his Ura and shot a blast. That moment, there was darkness, and Lord Hoblot heard it. It was cold and what it said was the only option. If he wanted to save Biden, he must yield.
“That’s why I came to you in the first place.”
The voice was cold and piercing but he knew who was behind it.
He now knew who controlled the Signage but he didn’t know why. He felt something hit him and he fell lightly on the ground. He opened his eyes slowly, and he saw himself on the ground, close to the archway that led to the hall of the Temple of Keepers. A Nat lay dead close to him and he could hear many more rushing up the stairs towards the archway.