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Tempest followed Her Dark Majesty to her laboratory. As Tempest looked around she noticed that everything was kept nice and tidy. Elder Tempest apparently kept in touch with her magic.

"Merwick has wrapped much magic around himself Young Tempest, even I don't know."

"Will you be able to find him?"

"That depends."

"On what?"

"On where he is. Those ziggurats are scattered among the mountains, and they were made with sacred magic, if he's in one, it'll be difficult tp pin point exactly where he is."

"Would a droplet of my blood help?"

"Possibly, but I can't be sure. I need more than just a drop of blood. I need a piece of where he might ne, a piece of something he's connected t, or was."

"Something not me?"

"Yes." Tempest twirled Excaliber in her hand. "I'll be right back."

***

Tempest walked up the stairs in Azcaban. There were three people that she had to see, three girls with a very strong magical connection with Merwick.

When Tempest reached the end of the hallway on the eighty seventh floor she stared at the girls. All three of them sat huddled together, gaunt and sickly.

"Hello girls." Entia hissed at her ut Tempest simply ignored her. "Where is he?"

"Why would we help you?" snarled Janessa.

"We don't know," said Astrea.

"No, but you have an idea."

"We'd rather die than tell you," hissed Entia.

"And you may. You see If you don't help me, you will succumb to the Demetors Kiss, think about it you're vampires, you will live for all eternity, suffering, here." Tempest smiled as she sw the fear plastered on their faces.

"We don't know where he is" stated Astrea. Once again.

"But as you said, we may have an idea," said Janessa.

"We want insurances," said Entia.

"I can make sure that you will not receive the Demetors Kiss and I can make you mortal again with the Water of Twilight."

"Is that a promise," asked Astrea.

"It a guarantee." The three of them exchanged glances and Janessa and Entia nodded at Astrea. She stood up and walked toward the cell door.

"He's at a Ziggurat of Twilight. There are three alone in the mountains. He liked to move between them. It would seem he saw that this would happen. Anyway, he left his blood in all three places, purposely. So he's waiting for you, at one of these places, but you can't find him."

"How does this help?"

"The rest of our shattered arm is guarding him. With our blood and his blood you can find him."

"How?"

"He linked them all to us, rather than to himself. Our blood, combined with his, should show you exactly where he is." Astrea held out her had and both Janessa and Entia went on either side of her and did the same. Tempest took a knife form her back pocket and sliced deeply across their hands. They each growled and winced but Tempest simply smiled.

"I truly hoped that that hurt." Tempest walked off and let the Demetors descend.

***

Tempest tossed the Elder the bloody knife. Her Dark Majesty looked amazed.

"I threatened them."

"Brilliant, Now all I nee is a single drop of your blood and I can begin." Tempest sliced her hands and handed it to her elder. Ender Tempest gripped the hand tightly and made it drip into the cauldron.

"Do I have to stay?"

"Aw, you want to be by young Draco's side." She lauded coldly. "You can go." Tempest growled and walked away. Once outside she disapparated to St. Mungos.

Tempest made her way to Draco's room. As it was, everyone was already there as if predicting she would arrive. Tempest ignored them as she sat next to Draco. Tempest clutched his hand tightly.

"None of you are coming."

"The hell we're not," exclaimed Nila.

"No, you're not."

"And why the bloody hell not," exclaimed Void.

"Look! Draco's in the hospital! My entre family is in the hospital! People I love have died or are near death! I'm not risking you're lives!"

"Its our choice! It won't just be Merwick Tempest—oh don't give me that look! Whatever is left of his scattered army will be there----"

"I can beat them easily!"

"No! No, you can't! You need us! You can't handle this alone and no matter why, we are going with you." Nila stared at her and Tempest hugged her tightly.

"I love you Nila."

"I love you too."

"How long do you think it'll take," asked Void.

"Not long. She's probably giving me enough time to say goodbye."

"Zeph, do you think you'll be bale to do it," asked Zoltron.

"I don't have much of a choice." Tempest stood up and kissed Draco lightly on the lips. "I love you Draco." Tempest clutched his hand and wiped away the few tears that escaped her control.

"Time?" asked Void. Tempest nodded.

***

Tempest couldn't force herself to go in. She continued to stare at the great doors that loomed over her. She couldn't do it, she thought. She could' just go in and fight Merwick like he was anybody else. As of this moment, her enemy hid and lived behind the dace of someone she loved.

"I'll destroy someone close to my heart. I don't have a choice," she muttered to herself.

"Zeph," muttered Nila. "We need to go in, we can't stand here forever."

"I know." Tempest swallowed back tears and moved forward and with all her might, she opened the doors. There standing was Maddox, or rather Merwick, she had to remind herself.

"You sick bastard," muttered Nila aghast."

"Hush Nila darling," cam e Maddox's voice. "Now whatever happened to old fart, I think I prefer that one to sick bastard."

"How about a sword to one gut, would you prefer that?" snarled Void.

"Like you could. This is between Tempy and I."

"DON'T YOU CALL ME THAT!" screamed Tempest. Everyone even Merwick looked both stunned and scared. "I will kill you."

"Really now, why?"

"Because you aren't my cousin."

Merwick smiled at her. "You'll have to deal with my minions first. They're all highly skilled. If you survive, I'll be waiting." Merwick winked Maddox's eye and snapped his fingers. Tempest heart ached.

From the shadows cam only a handful of minions as Merwick left.

One wolf and one vampire converged onto Tempest and she easily blocked them both. She cut down the wolf with no problem but the vampire was more difficult. Merwick hadn't been bluffing, these vampires were highly skilled as well as strong.

Tempest kicked him in th gut but wasn't quick enough. The other vampire regained his balance faster than she was used to and kicked her across the jaw before slamming her face into the ground. Tempest anger took over and she kicked back the vampire before thrusting her blade into his throat. Blood sprinted onto her face bu Tempest didn't care, her main priority was Merwick. She cut down two more wolves and stood down the corridor thinking she had no time for distractions.

"Protego!" Everyone stopped. "Avada Kadavra! Every wolf fell down and the last three vampires snarled at her ad charged.

"Fools. Rictusempra!" They flew back and hit the wall. "Petrificus Totalus!" They each froze. Tempest turned around and once again stared down the corridor that Merwick was running through.

"Tempest we need to got after him."

"I know." Tempest walked on ahead and passed the threshold. She took a few steps and looked back, no one was following her and she didn't know if she could do this alone.

"We can't pass!" exclaimed Nila. "He put up a barrier."

"Of course he would." Tempest looked ahead of her. "I guess—"

""Wait!" called Nila taking off her ring. "So you don't' have to do this alone." Nila tossed her the ring and Tempest put it on. Soon she saw Void, Demenshia, Stella and Verdina do the same. Tempest put each one on respectively then turned back around. She took one step and stopped when Nila called her name.

"Be careful!"

Tempest held back her tears as she thought about the prophecy. She forced her arrogant mischievous smile on her face, the one she was famous for that usually made her friends groan, and faced her friends.

"Don't worry, I'll be just fine." Tempest saw her friends smile and she looked back down the tunnel. Her smile faltered. "But just in case I'm not, tell Draco I love him." A tear escaped her eye and she waved goodbye to her friends. Nila and Void stared after her.

"Take care fo each other," she muttered before she ran off.

***

Tempest walked to the end of the corridor. She cold smell him. Tempest entered the chamber that was filled with pools of twilight.

"Hello Zephyr."

"Hello Merwick."

"I knew you'd survive. Always so brilliant."

"I should've seen this coming."

"Its ironic that you did, yet didn't. I find it a bit amusing."

"You would." Tempest watched Merwick twirl Aurora in his hand.

"You know me so well Zephyr."

Tempest laughed. "Sadly yes, how pathetic huh." She watched him charge at her but she easily blocked him. "Such a temper you bastard dog," she kicked him aside, "you really should control it." He charge dat her again, but she tangled his feet in fiery vines. Merwick easily cut them off and began circling her.

"I love you."

"No, you were infatuated with me Merwick. Its your wife and daughter you love, those that were taken form you."

"Don't talk about them."

"I have every right to, after all you've done." He charged once again and knocked Excaliber out of her hands. Tempest dodged him and summoned two daggers to her hands to block the oncoming attack. Merwick stumbled back but not before using Aurora to knock the daggers form her hand. Tempest was caught off guard and didn't notice when Merwick charged her head on, knocking her to the ground. Tempest punched him in the face but he elbowed her in the stomach, knocking the wind out of her. Tempest kneed him in the crotch then kicked him away. She rolled on top of him and punched him. Merwick caught one fist an swung her to the die. Tempest fell into the What.

Tempest gasped, she could feel immortality slipping away. Merwick jumped in and punched her int the jaw before hitting her in the stomach. The pain didn't fade as quickly as it used to. Tempest gasped and yelped as Merwick grabbed her by the hair and yanked her head back.

"You feel that? That's life, that's mortality and that's your death." Tempest hit him with all her might but was to weak. He shoved her head under water and Tempest tried to think. She couldn't die, not like this she thought. Blae's face flashed before her eyes and she found the strength. Tempest forced her head up and twisted just enough to kick Merwick back into the stone hard enough so that his head hit the stone. She didn't look back as she made her way to the edge.

"Tempy?" Tempest stopped and slowly turned around. Her heart skipped a beta. Maddox's purple eyes were staring back at her.

"Maddox?" She ran to him and hugged him tightly. "How?" she asked until she saw the blood dripping down his neck.

"Tempy, we don't have much time."

"What do you mean?"

"He's still here, in me." Maddox winced and she cupped his face. "I can't keep him at bay much longer. I love you Tempy and you once said I can count on you." He swallowed again. "Please, you need to kill me."

"Maddox, I'll—"

"No! He's in my blood, you can't heal me."

"I can't lose you! Maddox please."

"If you love me, please do this for me. Remember he's not me."

"Maddox please—"

"Tell Silvia I love her and my mom. Tell them I'm sorry." Tempest wept and ran into his arms with her ear over his heartbeat.

"I will." She kissed him on the cheek and forehead and took a few steps back. "I love you Maddox."

"And I you Tempest Artemisa Nyx." Tempest watched him double over and yelp in pain has she summoned Excaliber to her hand. The eyes that looked back at her were pure gold.

"I hate you Merwick."

"But you love him mad that's what saves me."

Tempest shook her head and walked up to him, her sword hidden behind her back, "Wrong, that's what damn you." Tempest watched the confusion fill his eyes. "You are not Maddox Perth." Tempest thrust Excaliber through him and watched the blood flow. She pulled the blade out and caught him in her arms as she fell over. The shock filled his face. Tempest watched the water turn gold and glow and she knew when it faded from both his eyes and water, she knew it was all over and hugged her cousin's lifeless body close as he cried. Tempest laid him on the ground and closed his eyes as she cried. Suddenly, a gold light filled the room and Tempest could hear the voices in the distance.

"Tempy . . . " Tempest opened her yes and saw her father.

"Dad?"

"You did the right think darling. But now I need you to do something."

"What?"

"Look into the future. That light and those voiced, they are very much alive."

"But—"

"Accept your gift Tempest." He cupped her face and faded away as he kissed her forehead. Tempest shut her eyes tightly and took a deep breath. Her whole life flashed before her eyes . . .

***

Her muscles ached, her mind body and soul ached. Tempest carried her cousins body bac and soon saw the light. Her knees were about to give out she knew it. She saw Nila's shokc as well as Void's. Tempest stopped walking.

"I'm mortal," she said before she fell to the ground.

"Temp!" exclaimed Nila, running towards her.

"I'm mortal!" cried Tempest. As Nila and Void hugged her, she continued to cry and hug the body of her fallen cousin.

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