Tales of The Protectors New Age
Tale 6: Old Enemies, New Allies
JUN 22nd, 2006
It was one in the morning by the time we got back to The Protectors base. We walk in and Cissnei and Casey are both asleep on the couch and Rafael is wide awake on the chair, waiting for us.
“So, did you find anything?”
“More than we had hoped to find. I need to speak to you alone in the other room. Donavan and Xying, watch those two. If they wake up and ask questions, don’t explain anything yet until Rafael and I are done.”
“Alright, we can do that.” Xying said as Rafael and I started walking into the other room.
“So what’s up? You find what you needed to about Casey’s power.”
“Yes, we did. And we found more than that. We found our next enemy.”
I explained to Rafael about how we were attacked when we got to the house, about the book labeled “Where She Came From”, and what we found on the men who attacked us.
“There’s no way it can be them. It’s impossible.”
“The symbol was clear as day Rafael, it was the symbol of the Dark Defender Alliance”
“But according to what you told me about X-Keller’s memories, he killed their leader and forced all of them to become Hero’s Alliance members. They are suppose to be extinct.”
“Apparently there are some loose ends out there. And I think they are after Casey.”
“Then we have to make sure Casey is under full protection and we need to find out where these people are located as soon as possible.”
“I get Rex on trying to find them. Hopefully he’ll be able to use something Xying recovered from the bodies to track them down. As far as Casey goes, she’s not safe at her adopted parents house anymore. We said that that was temporary situation until we found a better idea. I think it’s time to come up with a better plan.”
“Why don’t you leave that to me? You have had a long day. Get home and get some rest. We can handle all of this tomorrow, or later today I guess.”
“Thanks Rafe. I’ll get Casey home too.”
I walked out of the room I was in with Rafael and went over to the couch to get Casey. Donavan and Xying were out cold. They had been through a lot today too. I picked Casey up and left the building. When I got her home, I snuck around back and slipped through her window and placed her on her bed. She slept through that entire thing, which is good. She needs her rest. I snuck back out the window and started walking home. I was only one street away from home, and my phone rings.
“Nick, you need to get back here now. There’s some people here to talk to us.”
“Is it bad Rafael?”
“No, not really. I just think you need to be here for this.”
“Alright, I’ll be there in a few minutes.”
I made my way back to The Protectors headquarters, exhausted but confused about what’s going on there. When I got there, I found Rafael in the main room with three other people. They noticed me as I stepped into the room.
“Are you Nick?, ” one of them asked me.
“Who wants to know?”
“Understandable. My apologizes. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dante, and my associates here are Marco and Popyus.”
“What are you doing here?”
“We are here because we heard about the death of Jonathan X-Keller. And that lands you and your friends in a lot of danger. Especially that girl Casey,” Dante said.
“How do you know all of this?” I responded.
“Well, X-Keller and I were old friends, and I knew about the daughter he had abandoned in order to protect her. I’ve been keeping tabs on him and what he has been doing, in case he needed me. And I know that the Dark Defender Alliance is after the girl because of her power,” Dante explained.
“What do you know about her power?,” I replied to Dante.
“We know that you went to X-Keller’s house and we know what you found. We have stories for you about Jennifer Guto and her training sessions with the powers,” Popyus said.
“Basically, we can help Casey learn to control her power. And that book and disc you found is the key to doing it,” Marco said.
“Will you let us join you and help her? We can also give you information about and help you stop the Dark Defender Alliance,” Dante said.
“Give us a second,” I said as I signaled Rafael to come talk in private.
“Do you think they are trustworthy? I mean they say they know a lot but are really scarce on the details,” Rafael said.
“True, and we have run into a lot of untrustworthy people the past couple of years. On the other hand though they know about Casey’s mother, the book, and her powers. It sounds like they may be able to help her learn to control it. It’s pretty much the only lead I have in helping her control them… Plus, if the Dark Defender Alliance truly is out there and hunting her we could use all of the help that we can get,” I said to Rafael.
“Alright, if you want to trust them, let’s give them a chance and see what we can do. Having some new muscle around here my not be a bad thing,” Rafael said.
We walk back to join up the Dante and his group to tell them that we accepted his offer to help.
“Great! We will start tomorrow. After school tomorrow, bring Casey here and we will begin her training. We will also begin to talk about how to find the Dark Defender Alliance. But for now, we all must rest,” Dante said.
“Alright, I need to head home and get into bed before my parents notice I’m gone. Good night everybody. And Dante, don’t make us regret this decision,” I said to them as I left the room.
I’m not really sure what I just agreed to. Letting strangers join the Protectors after all the trust issues we’ve had in the past with people. But they said the knew how to help Casey, and right now I need all I can get to help her. She needs closure, she needs control and I promised to help her, no matter what it takes. And with the Dark Defender Alliance apparently still around, I’ll need all the allies I can get. When old enemies return, new allies are always a big help.