I never knew I could run this fast. Its amazing what being scared for your life can do for your stamina. Even my wet robes don’t seem to be slowing me down, but the further we go the harder it gets to breathe and the more frantic I start to feel.
I can’t believe we got separated from the rest of our group. That was almost the worst thing that could happen. We only have one Portkey and Justin has it! My mind flashes back to being trapped in the water in Peru. My entire body starts to feel heavy and I can barely keep up with Dean’s pace. He’s got the apple and his dad’s notebook, and is practically pulling me along with him.
Thank Merlin Dean still seems to have all of his wits about him; otherwise I think I would have been hit by the spell fire coming at us long ago. At first we were both firing spells back, but now Dean is the only one able to do so. It’s taking all of my focus to keep breathing and keep running. The smell of sulphur is starting to become overwhelming and with every step we take it seems to get colder. The only thing keeping me sane is Dean’s hand holding mine.
I look over my shoulder as we round a corner and gasp as I realize it’s Mulciber chasing us. My heart starts pounding in my chest even louder than before; this is the wizard that killed Ernie.
“Dean,” I whisper, not exactly sure why. He gives me a look that lets me know he’s thinking the exact same thing I am.
He stops dead in his tracks and I run into his side. A wall of black flames erupts in front of us and suddenly we’re trapped. Mulciber approaches us like an animal stalking its prey; he’s moving slowly and no longer actually attacking, like he’s got all the time in the world. I squeeze Dean’s hand and mouth to him that I love him. He squeezes back and says the same before stepping in front of me and starts to fire spells at Mulciber.
I don’t want to die here like this. I want to help; I want to fight. Something, though, has me frozen in place. I feel like I’m back in the water in Peru
; my entire body is weighed down. It almost seems like I’ve left my body again. Like I felt last night.
I shiver and snap out of my trance. There are things worth fighting for in this world.