Rodney lunged at Breely, who side-stepped, causing Rodney to lose
his balance. When he faltered, Breely caught him by the throat,
pinning the other man in front of his with the staff. Rodney
froze, knowing the real Breely could kill him right there, with
his staff skills.
He waited for a moment, but when he caught sight if Jarin,
holding Kain, he lost it. Straining against Breely, he only hurt
himself. The older man was too strong, and he was already losing
strength. It also put strain on his neck. Before Breely could
react, Rodney stomped on his foot, using the steel toe boots he
Breely flinched, pain shooting up his leg. Ignoring the pain,
Breely moved the staff, which pinched a nerve in Rodney's neck.
The other man began to go limp, the effect of a pressure point.
The fight was over almost before it began, as Rodney dropped his
sword and went limp.
Breely caught him, alarmed at his strange behavior. He should
have lasted longer than he did.
As he begain to lower the other man, Breely heard something to
the side, which struck immediate terror. Before he could react, a
dart flew from nowhere, hitting Rodney in the neck. Breely froze,
covering Rodney's body and glancing at Jarin.
He motioned to his side. "Jarin, move very slowly and stay low.
There is a cloak in my tunic. Pull it out and put it around both
of you. I will worry about Rodney."
Jarin glanced at him. "I can trust you?" After a moment, he
pulled the cloak out, wrapping it around himself and Kain. He
felt the magic from it immediately. it did not feel malicious.
"Yes." Breely glanced at him again, still shifting his eyes to
the side. "Take his away, and go as far as you can. Hide if you
see any people or darts...obviously. I think that whoever is in
the fortress is using invisibility. It's not the idiots being
held by Devin. Now go, and be careful."
Jarin glanced at Rodney. "Is he okay?"
Breely smiled at him, knowing this was the same comassionate
Jarin he had loved. "No, he's not."
Jarin smiled back at him. "You be careful, too." With that, he
picked Kain up, holding him close to his own body. He moved
carefully, finding a passageway that led to the top. They were
safe, for now. Once he found the others, he looked grim. "We need
to get out of here now. There is danger here, and it is not
human. Let's go."
Devin glanced at him. "Where are Rodney and Breely?"
"Bree...ly has Rodney. He is not good," Jarin looked at Devin
again. "I think we can trust him. We need to move, and take these
idiots with us. There is immense danger here."
Devin sighed. "Okay." He poked the leader in the back. "You will
listen to me...okay?"
The leader looked to be on edge, also. "Okay."
Breely carried Rodney to a window, a tear rolling down his cheek.
He knew Rodney was gone, but he couldn't carry him forever. This
was the man who had tried to save him, when he had been taken
down by the wizard. He felt his heart wrenching, as he jumped out
the window with him. He would escape and give him a proper
burial. He knew the others would escape this evilness. He had the
utmost faith in them. He landed, carrying his friend's body out
into the trees.