Ch8: Triple Double Agent pt5

Kyle thought quickly; he didn’t like watching the Enchanted man getting beat up by the bounty hunters, and would have liked to stop it on purely empathetic grounds. It didn’t help that they were the ones who were effectively trespassing. Moreover, he might actually benefit by helping the man. Jessie had said the Children knew he was a spy but wanted to win him over to their side. Maybe he could make it look like that was what had happened…

Kyle flipped his hand over like a magician finishing a card trick and said, “Flash!” Some of the magic he was holding flowed into a small spell and a dim red light appeared floating above his hand. “Stop fighting,” he yelled and then sent the spell over to where the men were fighting, positioning it so that it was directly above the Enchanted man’s head where he wouldn’t see it, but where the bounty hunters would be looking directly at it. Then he let his magic flood into it. He didn’t give the spell all he had; he didn’t want to permanently blind anyone, but he gave it plenty of juice and the spell was very efficient.

Even facing away, with his eyes closed, the resulting flash of light was bright. Red light washed through Kyle’s eyelids for an instant like he was looking at the sun, and there were several commendably mainly yelps of pain from the other end of the room. Kyle let the spell go and the light vanished as quickly as it had appeared.

He spun back to face the fight. Or at least to face where the fight had been. If he ever decided to give up his career in magic, which honestly seemed like a fairly good idea at least three days out of every ten, he might be able to get work as a bouncer. The bounty hunters had both staggered back and were rubbing at their eyes. Oddly enough, their movements were still somewhat coordinated which was yet more proof that they had some sort of combat magic.

The Enchanted had taken an even worse hit. He was laying on the ground, curled into a ball, shielding his eyes, and shaking slightly. Kyle hoped he hadn’t permanently injured him and wondered what he’d do if he had. It didn’t make much sense, the Enchanted man had been the only one who hadn’t been looking directly at the light. Perhaps the spell that had changed him came with a visual sensitivity? That would explain why he had been sleeping in a windowless room in a basement. Maybe the blanket over his door had been to cut out stray light. If that was true, Kyle felt better about helping him, well assuming he hadn’t blinded the man.

“Guys, I’m going to need you to get out of here.”

“What the hell is going on? Did you forget you’re supposed to be on our side?” Amadeus sounded pissed. No, Amadeus definitely was pissed. If he was a good enough actor to get that low taunt sound into his voice without a bunch of real anger to back it up then he was a fool for going into bounty hunting instead of acting. Hopefully, he was pissed even though he understood he wasn’t actually being betrayed.

Oh well, Kyle thought, I’ll explain later. He said, “I didn’t forget anything. I was never comfortable with this. I spent the morning with this group helping at a homeless shelter and now you guys are kicking the tar out of some guy who’s house we just broke into two on one! Which side sounds like the good guys to you?” Kyle was surprised to hear the thrum of anger in his own voice.

“If you throw in with them now, that’s it, you’re on their side. There won’t be any special consideration down the line. We’ll go after you twice as hard as the rest of them.”

“Yeah, well, at least I’ll know I’m doing the right thing. Plus what am I going down for? Defending the guy you were beating up? Good luck with that, because I know you don’t have anything else. Now go! I can do that light trick inside your chest, but I promise you it’s not as fun that way.” That last was a pure lie, Kyle had let go of his magic. He couldn’t have summoned it even if he wanted to, and he wasn’t up for murder. Still, he hoped it sounded threatening to the man on the floor.

Maybe it worried Amadeus as well, or maybe the bounty hunters knew what was going on because they stopped arguing and made for the door. They didn’t quite run, but they did hurry. They only knocked a couple of things over on their way, so their vision was probably going to be OK. Kyle went to check on the Enchanted hoping he hadn’t tried to prove his loyalty to the Children of Atlantis by putting one in the hospital.

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4 comments on “Ch8: Triple Double Agent pt5
  1. Thaumaturgical_Support says:

    So I’m doing a bad job commenting on these lately, A? I think I mentioned my job had me spending a lot of time in a secure facility without internet access. That, fortunately, is done with. However, I’m not exactly back on top of my game yet as my new project has me “familiarizing myself with the code.”

    “Familiarizing myself with the code,” may be the part of working in computers I dislike the most. I get nothing out of it. I mean, I just looked at a class and it’s all getters, setters, compareTo overrides, and poorly named variables. OK? Now I want to be on this project slightly less and I still have nothing concrete to change. Oh yeah, I also read the requirements doc. 18 pages of repetitive shall statements. That makes me want to be at this *company* slightly less.

    I’m trying to put the time to good use. I rewrote the requirements doc in a sensible way for my own use, then I made some UML for the code I’ll need to change, and set up some JUnit so I can exercise it without firing up the whole system. Next I think I’ll JavaDoc the class with the cryptic variable names. Still, none of that solves any actual problems and it all leaves me wanting to gripe gripe grip.

    So I don’t comment because nobody likes a complainer, and I imagine that reads like Greek to the majority of you anyway. “Shall statements, what are you dealing with over there? The King James bible?” Yeah, my thoughts exactly.

    What has summoned me forth from the vasty deep today is an important bit of site news. Starter Serials will be going away on April 4th. I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do about that yet. I’ve got Wattpad, of course, and I also know how to make my own site. I even think my wife might have purchased me a URL a while back.

    What I’d really like to do is just wrap up Fundamentals by April and then when Starter Serials goes “poof” I’ll be free to take the series in whatever direction seems best (self publishing, professional publishing, utter abandonment) secure in the knowledge that those of you who were faithfully following along haven’t really been left hanging.

    Still, to achieve that I’d need to increase my posting pace. Would quality suffer? Would I loose my marbles trying to do yet more in the limited hours of my day? I dunno. I’ll think about it this weekend and then maybe try to let you know “above the fold” (aka in the actual top level post) Thursday.

    Until then Happy New Year!

    • P says:

      What ever you end up doing, I just want to say I’ve enjoyed this story a great deal, especially with a modern fantasy that treats magic as a modern disapline rather than mystic mumbojumbo transposed into a modern setting. I’d be sad if you abandoned the story entirely or felt the need to rush to get it all done before the site goes down, but it’s not like I’m paying you to write it. What ever direction you do end up going I wish you the best of luck and a happy new year.

  2. G says:

    Oh yeah, familiarizing yourself with an old codebase. Not my idea of fun. Good luck with this!

    Wherever you end up, I’d love to continue reading and would gladly buy your books if you self publish. I really enjoy this story and look forward to each new installments and really hope you continue it in some way.

    Best of Luck and happy new year!

  3. DeNarr says:

    [and there were several commendably mainly yelps of pain from the other end of the room.]

    mainly=manly

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