“It’s not screaming,” Kyle said. “He’s just raising his voice.”
“Improvisation, coach,” Kyle said.
“Don’t get technical,” Coach said. “You know what this means for tomorrow, though, right?”
“No, you moron, it means you have to actually perform,” Coach said. “Not like last game where you just sleepwalked the whole damn time.”
Kyle strummed his fingers on the lacrosse stick. He could see the glow of the Nexus bracelet underneath the glove. It’d be so easy. This game would be a joke. He could walk through the other team—literally. He’d score goals so fast even Veloce would be impressed. He could probably score from his house.
“I didn’t,” Tania said. “You don’t turn down the Six Pillars.”
The world started to become colored again, despite the nighttime surroundings they were in. Kyle saw Kip and Luke waiting by the fences. They were waiting for him, to walk home together and see what was happening.
Tania nodded. “Good. Let’s hope this is done quick.”
“Those Six Pillars are pretty prompt,” Kyle admitted, and followed Tania around the edge of the camp, to keep them out of sight. It’d be quite difficult to keep the Blue Nexus flying into your camp at random out of mind, though.
“Get?” Tania asked.
“I bet,” Kyle said.
Vivian gestured at Tania. “Your pal Tania sure is. Ain’t that right, Tania?” Vivian winked at Kyle. “Probably doesn’t help that her family was slaughtered while we were looking for her to become the Pillar of Reality.”
Tania flinched, Kyle noticed. Kyle reached a hand out but Vivian stepped between the two of them. She moved Kyle’s hand away.
“What would you have me do?” Tania asked. She faced Vivian.
“Then don’t make me repeat it,” Tania said.
“And your people, they believe that, too?” Vivian asked.
Vivian rested a hand on Tania’s shoulder. “So that’s a no?”
Before Tania could answer, Vivian flipped Tania over and flung her desk at her from across the room. Tania crashed into the desk. She snapped her fingers and someone outside screamed before the tent ripped open.
He lowered the bow and kicked Kyle across the head as he turned and faced Vivian, who made the two disappear with another snap of her fingers. Kyle was unconscious before he hit the ground.
The man glowing with purple energy, a Combat mage, loosed an arrow into Blue Nexus’s gut. Kevin turned the TV off and dropped the remote.