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Chad cam out of nowhere and picked Tempest up from her seat. Valentines day was in two days. She had a boyfriend, an official one. It still felt strange to her, but in a good way. Tempest still couldn't help that everything felt like a dream, and in a good way.

"Chad, can you please put me down, I'm in no moos to play games."

"Sorry, but as your knight I am prohibited from following that order as I have to save you from the fire breathing dragon."

She laughed and he finally put her down.

"Thank you."

"For what?"

"Making me laugh. I've been having a rough couple of months."

"Glad I could be of some service. Now . . . what are you reading?"

"Re-reading actually. The most recent book that my godparents sent me. I learned a new spell on how to deflect Demetors."

"Really?"

"Yup, not that I need it though. I have my sword."

"True, but it never hurts to have a backup should anything happen."

"True. Anyway how have you been these past two months?"

"Bored out of my retched mind to put it simply."

"Of course, haven't we all." She laughed again.

"Zephyr, everybody wants you to come down fro dinner. They're all getting worried about you. Well all except..."

"Divina," she finished for him.

"Yeah. She's still . . . "

"Acting distant to everything and everyone, especially me."

"Aren't you very observant."

She smiled. "I try."

He pulled her up and she reluctantly let the book fall to her feet. Chad dragged her glass from the chair and led her to the Great Hall.

Everyone was waiting for her as if expecting her to come down. Gorx kissed her lightly on the lips and then on her forehead.

"Honestly Temp, it's felt like you haven't been around at all."

"Sorry, but I've been a bit distracted."

Tempest wasn't bothered when Gorx called her by her real name. On the contrary she enjoyed it.

Her distraction though was caused not by anything to do with Valentines Day. It had to do with the fat that a book she had seen and held was gone, or rather according to Mistress Paper, didn't even exist.

"You seem as though you're not completely here."

"I guess I'm not. Can we talk about it later?" She looked into his warm eyes and smiled. He smiled back and held her hand tightly.

"Well don't go running off." He leaned down to her ear and whispered, "at least not without me."

She laughed and let him lead her towards the Great Hall. She looked around and saw four eyes zero in on her. Louis, Astrea, Heather, and Cassandra. Tempest rolled her eyes and wrapped herself tightly around Gorx.

Dinner was as pleasant as always, but as Tempest scanned the table she noticed that Divina wasn't there.

"Do any of you know where Divina is," she asked worried.

"No, why she's . . . " began Chad looking around.

"Chad, I have a bad feeling about this."

"So do I."

She paused in thought and looked around, finally setting her eyes on Master Vlad.

"Master Vlad," she whispered. Suddenly he was right next to her.

"Yes Zephyr?"

"Divina I not here, I would like to go and look for her, with the company of my friends of course."

"Two friends, now hurry."

"All right. Nila. Void." They nodded and they all ran out of the Great Hall. Tempest looked around and thought quickly for a moment.

"Zephyr, what's going on?" asked Nila.

"I don't know. Just follow me."

Tempest ran to the school grounds and straight towards the forest. She ducked under branches and ran over rooted roots. She heard her friends call for her to slow down, but she couldn't, for some reason she couldn't stop her feet from moving. Finally though, she did stop. At the edge of the vast lake that looked like an ocean she finally stopped.

"Zephyr," she heard Void pant before she hushed him. She listening intently as the sounds the winds brought up. Many were coming for under water.

"Cast the bubble charm and follow me," she ordered. She ran into the water before diving on. She pointed her wand at herself as cast the spell non-verbally. Behind her swam Void and Nila.

"Took your two long enough, what were you doing swapping spit?"

"Eew," she heard Nila exclaim.

"Shut up, not you're any better," he retorted.

"Quiet the both of you!" She hissed.

Tempest swam deeper in the water till she could barely see in front of her face. How deep is this lake, she thought..

"Lumos," she said. Suddenly her eyes gave way to amazement and shock. All around her was an underwater city.

"Oh my god," Nila said.

"Come on." They all swam deeper into the lake and towards the city. Suddenly she felt something sharp and cold placed at her neck.

"Who are you," a female voice asked. She cringed at the knowledge that she would have to state her name.

"I am Tempest Artemisa Nyx . . . carrier of the essence of Morgan Le Fey." The Drowmaid swam to the front of her and studied her eyes.

"The red and purple are unfamiliar, but you are who you say you are." The woman removed her trident from Tempests neck and stared at her friends.

"Who are these people?"

"My friends. We're friends of a girl who most likely probably lives here."

"Name?"

"Divina, she has . . . "

"You know the Princess?"

"Princess?" the all said in unison. Tempest looked at Nila and Void. Their eyes were wide in confusion. She thought the thing that was probably going through all their minds. Did Chad know?"

"Yes the princess," said the woman distracting their thought. "Do you know her?"

"Apparently we do," said Tempest exasperated.

"All right then. Follow me."

Tempest let out and angry sigh. She followed the Drowmaid along with Nila and Void.

They swam for a good time till they stopped at a coral gate. Tempest felt her eyes blink several times at the sight of the palace. Coral of every colour shined brighter than her wand.

"I'm gonna kill her," muttered Tempest.

"Calm down," said Nila.

"Yeah, she must have had a good reason for not telling us all . . . this," he ended with an exaggerated gesture.

"You two cannot be saying that you're not mad at her?"

"Oh no, we're mad," they said in unison.

"We're just giving her the benefit of the doubt," finished Nila.

"Yeah well she better have had a damn good reason for not telling us."

All three of them were lead up a trail and towards the brilliant palace. The Drowmaid let out a shrill sound that forced Nila, Tempest, and Void to cover their ears. When they looked back up the great doors were opening and opening them was Divina.

"Yes?"

"You have guest my lady." She back away and revealed Tempest, Nila and Void. Tempest smiled at Divina's expression.

"Hi there Divina, or rather Princess Divina," said Tempest smirking arrogantly.

"What are you doing her?" Tempest took note that her voice trembled.

"Well you know, we got worried and thought we would come to find you."

"Fine. Come in."

They swam in and followed Divina. Divina closed the door behind her. Her eyes glared at them and leaned against the doors. Void and Nila backed behind Tempest as Divina went nose to nose with her.

"How dare you!"

"Ever heard of personal space."

"What are you doing here?"

"Seriously, personal space and like I said before we were worried about you."

"Well you didn't have to be. Now go!"

"You've got to be bloody kidding me right? Not until you give me a damn good reason for not telling us you're a princess!"

"I don't have to explain anything to you. Now if you don't mind I have to go tend to my mother. Follow if you must."

"They did just that. Divina swam through a hallways and into a room. On a seaweed type bed lay a woman. That must be her mother, she thought. The woman was covered in many pearl type blankets and looked like she was on the verge of death.

"Divina why didn't you tell us?" asked Nila.

"Cause I thought you guys would have made a bigger deal out of it than you needed to."

Suddenly the doors opened and in swam a male Drowmaid.

"Divina, nice to see yore back." Divina seethed in disgust and rolled her eyes.

"Hello Erasmus, what are you doing here?"

"I heard you had guest. I thought I';; come by and meet the friend of my future wife."

"I am not your wife!"

"Yet darling. You will be eventually." He swam to her and touched her cheek gently. She snapped herself away and stared at him her eyes shooting daggers.

"Get away from me you egotistic pompous jerk."

"All right, I'll go . . . for now." He turned to Tempest, Nila and Void. "It was a pleasure to meet you, no matter how brief." He bowed and swam from the room.

Tempest exchanged glances withe Nila and Void who looked at each other then at Divina. Tempest followed their gaze. Divina was floating calmly in the water with her knees tucked up to her chest. A sad expression covered her face as she stared down at her mother.

"Divina . . . " began Tempest.

"Don't, just don't. I know none of this is your fault, it's just––"

"You're be-throned to a complete ass," said Nila.

"Exactly! God I hate him. Even when we were children I hated him. He's just so obnoxious."

"We could tell," said Tempest. She swam over to Divina and rubbed her shoulder. "Is there no way to save her?"

"Only one way."

"Which being?"

"Sand from the Black Fire."

"What's the black fire?" asked Void.

"Finally, something he doesn't know about," laughed Nila.

"Shut up."

"Divina just tell us what the Black Fire is before these two go at it."

"All right. The Black Fire is a fire created by Morgan Le Fey."

"Of course," remarked Tempest irritably.

"Anyway, the fire grants any being immortality. The sand and ash around it health and life. Only one catch, the sand and ash can't be touched, only the carrier of Excaliber can touch it. The same goes with the fire. The fire is at the bottom of the deepest ocean. The fire snatched the sword and climbs onto it and then onto the bearer. The sand magnetically attaches itself to the sword."

"And you didn't tell me all this because?"

"Because I didn't want you to overreact or offer pity help."

"Well I'm going to help you anyway. Why? Because you're my friend and you're thirteen and I'm not agent o let you harry that jerk."

Tempest smiled and gave Divina a hug. Soon enough it became a group hug.

***

Tempest walked swiftly back to the school., her skin dripping wet. Nila and Void were keeping close at her sides. Tempest shivered every time her hair dripped water down her back.

"Zephyr, how exactly do you plan to help her?" asked Nila. Tempest began to walk backwards.

"A book I found."

"Name please?" demanded Void.

"Mystic Fires of the World. It fell out of place that day when Chad was kissing Astrea. Now according to Madam Paper, it doesn't exist. I think it might be in the catacombs. We are going to find that book."

"How do you know it'll have something about the Black Fire," asked Nila.

Tempest began twirling her necklace in her hands. "Just trust me all right." She began walking forward again and clutched her dagger. Now she had an idea of why Bianca's brother wanted her dagger.

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