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-From a Magician to Another-

"Thalas... Oh, Thalas..."

Maya's voice was echoing in Thalas' mind during his night of sleep. The rain was still falling, though it wasn't as strong as it was before. Deep into his dreams, the French Guatemalan found himself running in the depths of Xibalba, finding huge bats and dark jaguars, which growls could be heard from afar.

"Why are you running, Thalas?"

The Honduran seemed to be everywhere; the wind seemed to be whispering her voice, calling for Thalas. He put his hands in his ears in order not to hear her voice, not to hear her speeches or mantras.

"Come with me, Thalas... Why do we need them?"

He felt dizzy, unable to walk on a line. His legs seemed not to be obeying his commands, and often he stepped into his own feet and fell on the floor. One of those times, he was at the edge of an abyss. His body seemed heavy as lead, and he fell into the darkness.

He felt something sticking to his body, preventing his moves. When he looked around, there were some lilac webs - Nightmare Webs - on the abyss' walls. He felt the web moving, and his heart bet faster and faster.

"Are you trapped, Thalas? Maybe I can help..."

He felt a shadow covering the few light on the scenario. His eyes widened as he realized a giant black widow coming for him. It was black with a violet glow and tiny, purple eyes. Its legs were long and it was coming fast.

Electro Archer tried to get rid of the webs, but every single effort he took seemed useless.

"Come with me, Thalas... Come..."

"No!"

He woke up; he was alive and safe, indeed. He touched his chest, neck, face and hair anxiously to verify if he hadn't been wounded during the night. Someone knocked on his door and opened it. It was Felicia.

"What happened?!" She asked "Are you okay, Thalas?"

"Oui..." He replied sleepy "Kind of, I think. You can go back to sleep..."

"Are you sure?" She asked, sitting near him "If there is anything I can do..."

"Just get back to your bed, Lici... " He gently answered with a sweet smile " I'll be fine. By the way, Merci for you concern."

"No problem..." She replied, kissing her cousin's forehead "If you need me, scream. I'll be on my room."

He nodded affirmatively, and Felicia slowly closed the door. The French Guatemalan then let his head fall on 
the pillow and tried to sleep. He slowly closed his eyes and tried to breathe normally.

"Thalas... Oh, Thalas... Where are you?"

***

On the next morning, the rain ceased to fall. Because of that, the schools and other places returned to their normal activities - which meant that the Knights were heading back to school once more. It was the final exams' week for the Elementary school, meaning that Anael, Thalas, Melchior and Altagracia were going to vacation earlier.

For Anael's health state was declared critical by Kimi, meaning that he would need to rest, and Altagracia also seemed too weak to face a day of studies, Melchior, Thalas, Kimi and Kaiser were the only ones that were able to go. Kimi decided, though, to stay at the Moon' Seeker's place in order to take care of the siblings.

The trio was not excited about going there. In fact, the environment was quite sad and full of worries, for they now knew Maya was their foe. Thalas was walking sadly and slowly due to his bad night of sleep. Melchior was slightly angry at Maya, for he wasn't someone who accepted treason so naturally.

Kaiser, on the hand, seemed to be serene and quite happy; he was walking happily through the street and seemed to be singing.

"May I ask you why you are so happy?" Melchior seriously inquired.

"Oh, I met someone really, really nice yesterday..." Kaiser replied "He studies at our school... You guys got to see him!"

Seeing that none was paying attention to his happiness, Kaiser then stopped speaking; he shook his shoulders and kept walking. Not a work had been spoken by any o the trio all the way to Escuela San Marino...

When they reached the main courtyard, it was time for them to split to their correspondent classes.

"So, where are we going to meet?" Melchior asked.

"I believe here is a suitable place." Kaiser replied, pointing at a mahogany tree about five meters southwest of their position.

"Agreed" Melchior answered. "Thalas, do you agree? Thalas?"

Electro Archer was pointing at the crowd with his eyes wide open. The other two then looked at the direction given, and they saw a girl which looked like Maya. In fact, her hair, height, skin color and weight was very similar to those of Maya. Thalas unconsciously started walking towards the unknown girl, ignoring his friends' advice not to go there.

"Thalas, come back!" Melchior screamed "Thalas!"

The French Guatemalan stopped few meters away from the girl. She had medium, straight Judas-colored hair, medium-height, copper skin and golden eyes. It was Maya indeed!

"Maya..." He whispered with a smile in his face. "Maya! Thanks Lord you are..."

"Hold on a second."

Her voice was older and rougher, as if she were at her 20s. Her eyes had a black globe and a sinister glow. 
Her countenance showed despise and  indifference, which caused Thalas' smile to rapidly disappear as she gazed in the bottom of his eyes.

"I will say this only once" She approached Thalas with a threatening look "Get out of my sight. If you don't, then consider yourself and your beloved cousin dead."

She left the corridor without saying anything else.  Thalas followed the Honduran's steps with his eyesight. His countenance became gloomier as she went by. Melchior put his left hand in Thalas' right shoulder.

"Come." He said "We have things to do."

"I will save her, I swear to God." Thalas replied. "I have to save her."

"I don't know if you can face her, my friend..." Melchior began.

"What do you mean with that?" Thalas asked suddenly enraged "Do you think I'm not strong enough?"

"I didn't mean that." Melchior replied "I just think that it is not wise for you to get into a fight with her. Since you are an Archer, the biggest threat you face is if her summons outrun you."

Thalas tried to reply, but Melchior interrupted him.

"I saw you down there." Elemental Alchemist continued "Believe me, you were lucky; if she wanted, she could have gotten you killed by simply conjuring more skeletons. You were almost facing the walls!"

"But..." Thalas tried to say something, but he kept himself in silence.

"I think it will be better if Melchior goes for the fight." Kaiser suggested "This is a matter that should be addressed from a Magician to another..."

Thalas reluctantly agreed. The trio split up and went to their classes. During all of them, Thalas tried to get 
Maya looking at him. Nothing worked. She was completely ignoring Electro Archer.

***

The night came; the moon was full and red up in the cloudless sky. There were no stars shining as well. Anael was recovering from the recent life drain he suffered. Thanks to Heart of Guatemala, his soul was currently out of danger.

Melchior, Thalas an Kaiser were up on the rooftop of the Moon' Seeker's; they could hear the sound of the bells of the nearest cathedral sounding; it was as if God was calling their followers to their homes in order to escape from the hell gates that were about to be opened.

"Can you guys hear?" Melchior asked.

"What?" Thalas inquired.

"The sound of the dead... Waking up from their eternal sleeps..." Elemental Alchemist replied.

From the town center, they could hear the sound of the asphalt split, breaking and cracking as the undead burst out from the depths of the ground. Fire and lava came with them as they dragged their bones and rotten flesh through the destroyed and empty roads. Those who crossed their path were killed and devoured in a bloody ritual to their commander, Chalchiuhtlicue.

"The blood, the fury, the fire, the doom..." Melchior stood up as he hear the cries of the innocent for help - for the Blue Moon Knights.

Then, the laughter of Maya came; the Voodoo Mistress called more and more undead to join her on her personal Crusade against the Knights and their  campaign for peace, love and friendship.

"From a Magician to Another..." Melchior looked at the red moon upon them. Then, he gave a look to Thalas and Kaiser. "Wish me luck, folks. You'll fight the army and I'll come for Maya. Try not to get outrun by them, or things are not going to be pretty."

The other two Knights nodded affirmatively, and Elemental Alchemist conjured a vortex in which they all entered. The spell led them to face the undead directly, for they landed few meters away from them.

"Thalas, run!" Kaiser ordered "Try to make some distance!"

Electro Archer agreed, climbing one of the building's fire stairs. Once up there, he aimed on the surrounding skeletons, which perished as he hit their skulls with his best bolts. Downstairs, Kaiser fought the undead bravely, destroying the zombies, skeletons and ghouls as if they were training dummies.

"Maya!" He shouted, covered in blood and rotten remains "Is that everything you have gotten?!"

He continued to slay the creatures as they appeared from the ground fences. Meanwhile, Melchior conjured vortexes and minor black holes which sucked the creatures to other dimensions. Elemental Alchemist seemed to be really serene, mocking at the enemy as he usually mocked at pretty much everything in his life.

"Maya! Come and fight!" He challenged the Voodoo Mistress "Don't you want to face a real challenge?!"

He heard a thunder-like noise; then, the earth below his feet started shaking, cracking and breaking. The hole released lava and fire, from which Elemental Alchemist evaded. Right afterwards, Maya came out of it with a triumphant, evil smile.

"Very well..." She replied "Show me what you've got!"

She threw purple and black beams against Elemental Alchemist, who neutralized them with his force field;  the Honduran seemed to be gaining field as she attacked repeatedly and aggressively. 

"I've got to do something..." The Salvadorian thought to himself with frustration and anger. "Otherwise..."

He then decided to change the force field's mechanics by transforming it into a mirror, using Maya's power against her. Elemental Alchemist then starting to gain terrain, pushing Maya back and back.

"You haven't seen the last of me, Mayacita!" Melchior teased Chalchiuhtlicue with a mischievous smile "Time for Elemental Alchemist to win this game!"

The Salvadorian magician removed his force field and threw red and golden beams against the Mistress, who started conjuring ghosts and ghouls against Melchior, who decided to burn them with his fire spell.

"Damn!" Maya whispered with anger, conjuring a purple beam against Melchior, who was hit by it.

Elemental Alchemist fell hard on the floor, spitting a lot of blood. As Maya slowly approached him, he found it very hard to breathe, for one of his ribs were broken.

"You haven't seen the last of me, Melchior!" She said mischievously as she laughed at Elemental Alchemist's pain "I believe you owe me an apology..."

"For what?!" He aggressively inquired while trying to get up.

"For underestimating me..." She hissed, placing her finger on Melchior's neck.

"Not this again!" Melchior reacted, throwing an energy beam at Maya, avoiding her life draining ability to be activated.

The Honduran's face got a huge scar from her left temporal to her chin. This caused the girl to roar to Melchior and use brutal force instead of magic. She jumped over Melchior, who was still on the floor, and tried to hit his face. However, every punch she gave ended on the asphalt, for Melchior evaded every single one of them; Maya's knuckles were already bleeding, but she didn't give up.

"Why... Don't...You...Stop...Evading?!" She screamed at every punch, frustrated.

Melchior then held Maya's left fist in the air, looking on the bottom of her eyes.

"Well, I see you are clearly out of you comfort zone..." He smiled at her "...So, let's solve it, shall we?"

He teleported himself behind Maya, using his right arm to smother her.

"Let...me...go!" She growled breathless.

"No!" He replied "I won't; we want our Maya back, and we are not going to stop fighting for her!"
Maya then place her hands over Melchior's right arm.

"You leave me no choice."

She started to drain Melchior's life-force; the Salvadorian mage became paler and weaker; also, he started to breathe and blink with difficulty. He let Maya go and fell on the floor. His eyes were losing the brightness, and Maya stared at him very pleased.

"I told you so... You hadn't seen the last of me..." She walked away from him, leaving Melchior to death.

Maya's skeletal minions got Melchior and carried him through the abyss. Kaiser noticed the troops diminished, and decided to investigate the event. When he saw what was happening, it was too late: Melchior had already been kidnapped!

To Be Continued...

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