The guards took the bags off and shoved Jack and Angelika into a tiny cell. The walls of the cell were dark gray, and the bars were made of some unknown black metal. There was barely any light.“Wait! You can’t shove us in here!” Jack protested.
The guards ignored them and left.
“Great,” Jack grumbled. “How are we gonna get out of here?”
Angelika shrugged. She seemed okay, but Jack could see the worry in her eyes. “Maybe we could use our powers?”
“I’ll try,” said Jack. He concentrated. Then he gasped and almost blacked out.
“Jack!” Angelika said. She caught him just before he fell to the ground. “Are you okay? What even happened?”
“I dunno,” Jack croaked. “I feel like my energy got drained or something.”
“But are you okay?” Angelika shook his shoulders, which didn’t help.
“I’m fine,” replied Jack. “I-I don’t think I have the strength to go on. You should try to escape without me.””WHAT?!” Angelika screamed. “No. I am not leaving you here like this, Jack whatever-your-middle-name-is Lanturno. And that’s a promise.”
“Sure, if you say so,” Jack said with a weak smile.
“How did your energy get drained, though?” Angelika asked.
“I’m no magic expert,” said Jack, “but I’m going to guess that there’s some sort of curse that prevents our powers from working.”
“Yeah, that’s probably it,” Angelika agreed as she paced back and forth. “I wonder what’s happening to Nyx and Jason.”
Jack blinked. How could he have been so dumb? His friends were probably still stuck in the Lamborghini and he forgot about them. “Dang it! I forgot about them,” he yelled. He tried to sit up and his vision went a shade of orange.
“Hey there,” Angelika said. “Rest.”
She put her head on his forehead, and he instantly fell asleep.
Jack had weird dreams.
He dreamed about the black Lamborghini floating in the ocean. Nyx and Jason were mermaids. They looked at Jack, then ascended to the clouds and faded away.
Then he dreamed that he and Angelika were normal kids, back at school. Angelika looked so different when she wasn’t fighting for her life. In the middle of a dodgeball game, Angelika threw a ball at Jack’s face, and the world went dark.
He dreamt that Sadie was dancing with her pet wolf. When they saw Jack, they treated him as if they were best friends. Then Angelika showed up and turned him into an ice statue.
“I have to, Jack,” she had said in the dream. “I’m sorry.”
Jack couldn’t forget the look on her face when she said that. Her gray eyes glistened with tears. He gasped and woke up.
“Jack!” Angelika rushed over. “How are you feeling?”
“Way better from yesterday,” he replied.
Angelika looked relieved. “Thank God.”
“How long was I sleeping?”
“A couple of hours. Also, you drool in your sleep.”
Jack blushed. “So… um, we’re still stuck in here?”
“Yeah, just the two of us.”
That sentence hung in the air for a while.
“How are we going to get out of here?” Jack and Angelika asked each other at the same time.
“You first,” Jack said before Angelika beat him to it.
“To be honest, I have no idea,” Angelika said. “Lightning doesn’t work, I’m gonna assume that ice doesn’t work, and I don’t think our other boring abilities is going to help us.”
“Extensive knowledge of military tactics isn’t boring,” Jack protested.
“It is to me,” Angelika said.
Jack sighed. This girl was impossible to argue with. It was probably a better idea not to try to argue with her in the first place. “But you don’t know for sure if your ice powers don’t work.”
“True,” Angelika said. “I’m going to try…” She pressed her hands to the wall and covered the stone blocks of the cell with a light frost.
“Wow,” said Jack.
Angelika concentrated harder. Jack watched in amazement as the stone transformed into solid ice.
“Angelika,” he gasped as he looked around the cell. “You’re a lifesaver. You’re a freaking lifesaver.” Then he saw her and yelped, “Angelika!”
She was dead.
Okay, fine, she was alive, but when Jack saw her, he panicked a bit.
Okay, not a bit. A lot.
“Angelika!” he yelled. He ran over to her. “Are you okay?”
“Come on, say something!” he urged. “Please…”
Angelika’s eyes opened a fraction of an inch. “Uhhh,” she groaned.
“Angelika!” Jack yelled. “Say something. Like an actual word!”
“I’m fine,” she breathed so softly that Jack could barely hear her.
“No you’re not,” Jack told her. “You’re, like, almost dead.”
“Wait, don’t say anything,” Jack said.
He heard footsteps. Then talking.
“They couldn’t have escaped,” said an unrecognizable voice.
The footsteps grew louder.
“Escape?” Angelika suggested. Her energy seemed to come back.
“Escape,” Jack agreed. He took his metal arm and was going to punch the ice when the blocks shattered. “What-” he stammered.
Then a person appeared and both Jack and Angelika recognized her immediately. “Wait-you’re-” Angelika stuttered.
“Yeah, I’m good. And I’m alive,” said Nyx. “Now-” she motioned to the hole in the wall “-are we going to get out of here or not?”
Chapter 14: Escape
“Nyx, where’s Jason?” Angelika yelled as they ran through the tunnel that Nyx had made. It was even more chaotic because Angelika’s spell wasn’t working anymore. Now the blocks of ice were turning back to stone. Even worse, the stone was falling and crumbling.
Nyx’s grip grew tighter on Angelika’s wrist. It must’ve felt weird because she was invisible at that time. “Jason’s at the entrance.” Her voice quavered a little. “He’ll be fine.”
Then the three of them heard yelling. “HOW COULD YOU LET THEM ESCAPE, YOU IDIOTS??!!”
“Oh, great,” Jack muttered. “It’s Sadie.”
“Who?” asked Nyx.
“The person who captured us,” replied Angelika.
“GET THEM!!!” Sadie shrieked.
Angelika’s knuckles turned white on Jack’s hand. “I’m trying really hard not to freeze you,” she told him through gritted teeth.
“Thanks,” he said.
BOOM. An explosion? Jack thought.
Angelika seemed to be thinking the same thing. “Maybe Sadie used something to blow the rocks away.”
“Let’s hope not,” said Nyx.
BOOM. Then, “The world will end in 10… 9…”
Sadie screamed, “YOU-” (she called the guards something that made Nyx and Angelika wince and Jack say “Yeesh”) “-WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO SET OFF THE END OF THE WORLD BOMB!!!!”
“Wait,” shouted Jack, “the world is going to end??”
Nyx cursed. “Great. Now I guess I’m going to die a heroic death at thirteen and a half.”
“Hold on,” Angelika hollered. “I got an idea.”
Frost crept up Jack’s wrist. Then Angelika shot a ray of pure white energy behind them. “It’s supposed to reach the bomb and freeze it,” she explained. “Hopefully it will work.”
BOOM. Jack closed his eyes. The world didn’t end.
Angelika screamed. “NYX!!!!!”
Jack opened his eyes. “What happened?”
Then he saw what happened.
The rocks had caved in right in front of them, so Nyx and they were separated.
“Dang it!” he shouted. “How are we supposed to get out of here now?”
“Your metal arm!” Angelika yelled.
Jack walked towards the rocks in front of them and punched. A hole appeared in the wall. Then the ground rumbled. Jack felt a very very sharp pain in his back and he fell to the floor.
“Jack!” Angelika shouted. “Are you okay?”
Jack looked at his back. A sharp rock had hit him and cut his skin deeply. Blood was seeping through his shirt, clearly visible. “I’ll be fine,” he said to Angelika. “Angelika… go on without me.”
“WHAT?!” Angelika shrieked. Jack had expected this reaction. “No way, Jack. I am not leaving without you.”
“You have to,” Jack said. “Sadie and her guards will be here any minute. They only want me, not you.”
“No,” Angelika said. Jack could see tears in her eyes.
“Yes,” Jack told her firmly. “Go on. I’ll catch up with you. I promise.”
Tears were really streaming down her cheeks now. Then, without Jack expecting it, she hugged him so tightly Jack thought his ribs were going to break. He didn’t care. To be honest, he was getting a little choked up too.
“I don’t want to lose you,” Angelika whispered in his ear.
“Me neither,” Jack said in a low voice. He could feel the tears in his eyes now. “But it’s the only way.” Don’t cry, he ordered himself. DON’T CRY.
“I know,” Angelika breathed softly, her voice breaking. Then, all of a sudden, she kissed him.
Jack totally wasn’t expecting this. He forgot everything that was happening and just focused on her. Angelika pulled away.
Jack forgot how to talk. “Uh,” he said. Brilliant, Jack, he chided himself.
“Try not to die,” Angelika said, her voice trembling.
Jack nodded. He didn’t want to let go of her, but she turned and ran. He didn’t know if she could hear him, but he yelled, “I’ll catch up to you, Angel-”
The rest of her name was blocked out by a hard punch. Holding his right cheek, he looked up.
“There you are,” Sadie said.
Her arrow was pointed straight at his heart. Then Jack got the horrible feeling he was never going to see the twinkle in Angelika’s eyes again.