Kaylee looked over and saw Nik approach Unà. She and Aya were farther away but it looked like Nik was worried and that “man” had a gun on Nathan. “Aya are you alright? I know this is hard but I need you to focus. Did you see anything when you were in the Astral Plane? Anything weird or out of place?”
Aya winced against the voice, though the movement was subtle with how little energy she had. It made the pounding in her head grow louder. But she recognized that voice. It was kind and gentle and soothed some scared part of her. It was asking for help. She had to help.
“...Unà… ‘s taking Unà…” Her voice was as weak as she felt, barely even leaving her throat. “The monster… it was real.” A memory burst in Aya’s mind of fangs and claws and a seething, consuming pain.
Kaylee’s eyes widened. “Real? No. Not an illusion? Quickly what happened? How did you find this out and know where she was?” Kaylee split her consciousness and reached out to the Astral Plane and gathered more energy, then dropping back to the Material Plane. Quickly but gently she grabbed Aya’s hands feeding her energy slowly. “This will ease the backlash, not get rid of it, and you’ll be able to talk but you’re still physically exhausted so no moving.”
There was a soft gasp from Aya as more energy flowed into her. The pain became more distinct as the world began to unmuddy. Her eyebrows pulled closer together. One breath. Then a second.
Aya’s eyes fluttered open to focus on Professor Everose in front of her. The image was still slightly blurred and doubled. “I… I followed her from the club.” She paused. “Something was wrong though. She wasn’t Unà. She was…” Aya squeezed her eyes shut, the image and words floating ephemeral through her mind. She remembered the fake Unà’s eerie warning to tell no one what she’d learned. “The monster – the Sluagh. It wanted to bring her back, it said. To the… the Fairy Court.”
Kaylee didn’t know what to say. She latched on to the one thing she understood. “You went too far but I understand why. You had to find out where they were taking her. Good job Aya. Unfortunately I have no idea about this Fairy Court thing but something seems to be off about Unà… she’s different. Do you remember anything about the not Unà?” Kaylee nodded over to the quarrel that looked like it was getting intense.
“It’s like… a different personality. Like a side she’s suppressed until now.” She opened her eyes again to look at her mentor. “She warned me not to say,” Aya murmured.
Kaylee nodded. “Alright. We can get into that at a later date but I think you’re onto something here. Rest now. You’ve earned it.” Kaylee gently slid away from Aya and stood up. The air was icy the air pressure increased as she closed the car door gently and made her way over to the other students.
Kaylee announced in a clear no-nonsense voice. “Something isn’t right here. Something is off we should leave. Now.”
Unà was about to speak as Professor Everose cut in. “We’re just about done here Professor. Go back to the car and tell Aya to keep her mouth shut.” Unà snarled her eyes completely black.
Kaylee was stunned. This wasn’t like the bubbly sweet teenager that she knew. Her countenance was off and her personality an about face from the girl she knew. “THAT’S NO-”
Unà stretched out her arm toward Kaylee and closed her fist cutting Kaylee off. “I’m done talking and you don’t really want to finish that sentence.” Unà looked back at Nik and everyone else. “Fine. We won’t kill him but we can make a point. I think we owe him that much don’t you agree? Guarantee he’d never mess with us again.”
Nathan looked at the others. “I can hold him for a little longer. He can’t do anything I don’t allow right now. If you want to punch him better make it quick.”
Nik’s eyes were wide. This wasn’t right. Professor Everose had tried to say something that Nik was beginning to realize. This isn’t the Una I know. She’s going Vader. Nik only had a moment to try and do… well, the only thing he could think of. He turned his gaze towards Lex, and began sprinting at full speed directly at his target. The cloth around his right fist arced with energy, and seemed to grow brighter as he got closer. Hoping this would satisfy Una’s desire to teach him a lesson as Nik’s fist collided with Lex’s skin, and Nik expended the charge on the cloth in an attempt to rocket Lex back through the club.
The moment of confidence that Cleo had quickly faded, she really hoped Lex would of just left at the very least, come back another day, preferably when not half of them were drunk at the least. But as soon as he raised the gun to Heidi and then Nik, things just went faster than Cleo could even process and just simply generally went to crap. The air seemed to go from warm to icy as the air pressure increased, everything just started to feel off and Cleo was slow starting to freak out over it.
Una just wasn’t… Una? Just everything she was saying, acting and those eyes… *Yep totally freaked out right about now* Cleo thought, if she was being honest, the mutant simply wanted to go and be thank you she was not dead or dying in a gutter somewhere, but nope she’ll stay with her friends, she just needed to think of what to do next.
The professor tried to get a handle on the situation, telling everyone that it was time to go and who were they to argue? Everything went to shit tonight and it would no doubt be only a matter of time before to much attention came there way. But it was what Una had done that made Cleo do a double take and step back, she did some crazy Jedi trick and stopped the professor from talking and she freaked. “Professor! Oh my god.” Cleo went to Everose quickly forgetting everything else, she needed help but how, what was that girl doing to her?
“For christ sake Una, Stop! You made your point! Why are you doing this to us? We are your friends trying to help you!” Cleo pleaded as she could help the professor, she simply didn’t know how and turned to the redhead, forming an idea she knew would be an instant regret one as she tried to fight this new inner battle, Una was her friend, but she was not her right? And she was doing freaky things that Cleo didn’t even know she could.
Was she scared? Damn right she was, she was anxious as she worded sorry to Everose before turning round and looking dead straight at Una. it was now or never, everyone seemed focused on Lex and after a deep breath Cleo went for it and ran for Una just like she did when the blonde was trying to save her earlier, only slowing down enough to make sure she wouldn’t miss. “Hey!” was the only warning she would get as Cleo using her momentum, proper punched Una in the face, hoping that it would force the redhead to break her hold on the professor, she only hoped the others can forgive her for this action that even she was not proud off.
As Nik came flying at Lex making contact with his solar plexus. He doubled over in agony then dropped to his knees. His grip on the gun had loosened and in the scuffle he'd lost it. He wiped the blood from the corner of his mouth slowly and nodded.
Uná's head snapped in the opposite direction of the punch from Cleo. The air pressure lifted and the coldness disappeared. The alternate effect of knocking Uná's hold on Professor Everose off was an added bonus.
Uná turned back to speak but an unearthly howl was heard. It was spine tingling in its etherealness. The pure undiluted raw rage and satisfaction within the howl made birds take flight and small animals freeze in sheer terror. This sound made the scariest movie noise sound tame.
Uná and Lex both flickered and faded away as where once Lex stood the real Uná did now. She turned back to everyone and you could see where she was a little battered and bruised but alive. Here eyes were wide with terror as the building behind her collapsed in flames. “We need to leave. I wanna go home and watch a romantic comedy. With popcorn and ice cream.”