Jarin and Adriel hurried to the wizard's chambers, where Devin had slept. They met with Anna, on the way.
She tossed a bag to Jarin. "This is important stuff. Please watch it. If was need to fight, I won't have time. It's yours, anyway."
Jarin nodded quickly, catching the bag. Without another word, they all ran to the wizard's chambers. When they arrived, Jarin saw that Fletcher, Emery and the strange dark man who had spoken with him about two months before where all gathered with Devin. Rodney was bent over a map, looking at the layout of the mansion.
Devin glanced at them when they entered, looking very tired and disoriented.
Jarin touched his hand. "What happened, Devin?"
Their leader shook his head. "Someone attacked and killed wizard Hanel. I left for just a second to help him, but I was too late. The attacked got in here while I was gone and took Kain…" His voice drifted off. "I'm sorry."
Jarin smiled at him. "It's not your fault. We'll find out who did this, get Kain, and get the hell out of here."
Fletcher looked at Devin intently. "Where is that other guy? The one with the blindfold…"
Devin glared. "He was gone when I woke up earlier. I think he is the one who took Kain. We need to find him."
Jarin nodded, not quite feeling right about it. "What would they want with Kain? Would they take him to the sorcerers, to use his power?"
Devin sighed, nodding. "Yes. They would get him to the sorcerers, then use their power to control him. He would be their tool to destroy Alertesia."
"I thought they were from here," Jarin was interrupted by the tall, dark skinned man, Oni.
"If they were from here, they wouldn't have a grudge. Your father is their tool, also, since he was the creator of the demon stones. They will not harm him, but need Kain, so they can unleash the demons, destroy this country, then go back to their own."
Jarin nodded. "And my father? What would they do with him?"
Devin snorted. "I don't care what they do to him, no offense. He is only in it for the power and recognition."
Jarin glanced at him, then nodded. "I see. So, where do we begin?"
Rodney looked up from the map. "Here," he pointed to a spot on the map. "It leads to the stairway, which goes to the roof. They will most likely meet with their reinforcements there."
Devin looked at the map. "Okay. Thank you, Rodney. We will split into teams. Rodney will go with Emery and Adriel, Jarin and Anna search the hallways. The rest of you will go with me. We will be searching below. Deal?"
Jarin nodded, becoming more worried about Kain, by the second.
Fletcher looked at Devin, still intense. "What do we do if we find them?"
"Take him down, if you can, but be careful," he shook his head again, irritated. "If he is too difficult, get out of there. It is not worth getting yourselves killed. We will regroup, if we need to."
"Alright," Jarin glanced at Anna. "Do I need the stuff in the bag?"
"Yeah. It hold all of your things from the manor that are important to you. I would tie it around my waist, if I were you."
Jarin nodded. "Okay." He did as instructed. "Are you ready?" He asked the young woman.
Anna nodded. "As ready as I"ll ever be."
They made their way down the halls, searching every room thoroughly. Anna seemed to be a good tracker, a fact that Jarin was very happy with. He was becoming more nervous with every room they passed, and was glad to have someone with more experience than himself.
Anna stopped suddenly, pushing him back. "Someone's coming. Hold your weapons firmly, and follow me," she was speaking in a whisper.
Taking his hand, she pulled him into one of the rooms. Seconds later, a cloaked figure walked by. They heard the figure pause, then turn back toward them. It was coming after them.
Anna silently pulled out a large dagger, holding it firmly in her hand. She motioned for Jarin to do the same. They were both poised to fight as they stepped out to confront the cloaked figure.