“I’ve faced the greatest Reality mage and the Blue Nexus, lured them straight into a trap,” Vivian said. “And you’re the big threat? The big thing that stops me?”
Boomer kept his hand on, and raised an eyebrow.
Vivian rolled her eyes. “We’re really going to do this?” She snapped her fingers and the doors flew open. Boomer’s hand remained unmoved, and nothing on the glove changed. No computer settings were overridden, nothing about the Cube changed.
“I won’t even ask,” Vivian said. “You’re like part alien, or something?”
“I believe you,” Boomer said. “Good luck.”
Oh, jeez. What a day for Boomer. Wait…
“You were in the Nether,” Kyle said. “We exchanged places. I defeated Alucard, I fought with Boomer, I lived. Because of you.”
He fumbled for his next few words. A mix of emotions swirled within his heart. Was he thankful for all that she’d done? Angered that she was siding with Rafael? Or just, plainly, perplexed that she was back? Had Jericho allowed her amnesty, or had she outwitted him and found some way out? But, that led back to the question of why Rafael?
“Luna,” Kyle said. He approached the desk. “What did you mean?”
“Met him.” Luna nodded. “Hidden so well not even Jericho noticed. However, instead of exchanging places again, Rafael offered me new life if I could leave my soul behind. I did, and together, we were able to return to the world of the living. Now, his soul is tethered to me. With this gone, Rafael, even with Divinity magic, can be killed. He’ll be weakened, very much so.”
The Sentinel approached from his bike, lowering his hood in respect. “Damn it.”
“I know,” Kyle said. He held out his arms, and the Sentinel took Luna. “Can you find somewhere for her? She’ll want to be buried in East City, but, for now, we might have a bigger problem to deal with.”
Kyle nodded. The Sentinel hopped on his bike and sped off. Kyle watched Luna go, and the further she got, the deeper the pit in his own gut got. He replayed the memory, quick as it was, of the energy pulsing from his body. And how easy it’d been, how quick. Just, boom. Lights out, and he didn’t even have to use a muscle.