Kevin regarded the idea. He locked his eyes onto the Capital Industries building across town.
“I hoped you’d say as much,” Phoenix said. “They’ll be there soon. Make sure everything’s nice and clean for them.”
“It’s even better from over there,” the Sentinel said. He pointed to the other skyscraper that was much closer to the ocean, way on the other end of the city. “Another Capital Industries building.”
Sandy almost blushed. The best? Far from it. The Six Pillars were still running around and Brenda was, by leaps and bounds, the best mage Sandy had ever seen that fought for the good guys. Tania was also up there, for sure. Sandy was still learning. She was in training and wasn’t afraid to admit she was good, but not the best.
“Well that’s good to hear,” the Sentinel said. “Do you guys have any battle strategies for confronting him?”
Sandy hadn’t even thought about that. Apparently, while she was out in the forest training, Rafael attacked Magus Forest and made a complete mess of things. Not to mention he managed to send a powerful message to the world that he was basically something of a living God. It didn’t inspire confidence, and what was worse was that he promised to come back and destroy Magus Forest. It was clear that their defenses weren’t enough and that things would probably resort to violence. Sandy and Brenda were effortlessly training others but they hadn’t instilled any sort of plan.
“Everything just happens so fast,” Brenda said. “We’re managing, basically, a seven-sided battle against us. The Six Pillars as individuals are scary until we can figure out their weaknesses.”
“Was that one mage that Blue Nexus fought tonight one of these Six Pillars?” the Sentinel asked.
“Then let’s get moving,” the Sentinel said. He gestured at Sandy. “Here’s the low-down. You and I are going to come in from the roof. Usually the person in charge at Capital Industries will be about three-fourths of the way up. If they’re smart they’ll have guards, probably ninjas.”
“Why ninjas?” Sandy asked.
“Sounds good,” Brenda said.
“You too,” Brenda said.
“How sweet,” Brenda said, although she felt her heart practically sink to her stomach. “You’re the Pillar of Power, then?”
“No, you’re like a toothpick,” Robbie said. “How can you hide so much Shield magic in that little body?”
Brenda almost threatened him to find out, but she had to tread carefully. This was a Pillar of Magic. She would have to confront him in combat, no doubt, but she had to keep him here until the Sentinel and Sand were done. In the back of her mind, she kept a track of Sandy’s position. Once she got far enough away, Brenda knew the time would be right to flee.
“I’ve gotta get through her to get to her friends,” Robbie said.
Sandy approached as well, though kept her eyes on the door. She kept her arrow anchored on her bow and had her arm locked in firing position. If anything moved, it would probably get an arrow through the kneecap. She just hoped Brenda didn’t want to surprise them for some idiotic reason.
“All the answers you seek, Sentinel and Sandy, rely on one place: the Nether,” Dr. Luna said as the darkness of demon magic seeped up to her eyes and blotted them out from the light.