It didn't take long for them to find their way out of the
fortress, following the directions Breely had given Jarin. Once
outside, they all mounted and ran their horses as far away as
possible. There was not a reason to stay and try to find someone
with any more answers about Kain. Whoever was involved had strong
magic behind them, and they did not have the abilities to combat
Jarin had insisted on carrying Kain in front of himself, since he
felt partly responsible for the things that had happened to him.
Kain still had not moved, and Jarin was concerned about him. He
could have been seriously drugged, or may just be very tired and
stressed out. Jarin was guessing the former. Either way, he
wanted to take care of Kain.
Two hours after nightfall, Devin allowed them to stop. They set
up camp and cooked something to eat. While they were eating,
Jarin felt Kain stir, while he was still leaning against him.
The blond man opened his eyes slowly, unsure of his surroundings.
When Jarin placed an arm around him, Kain leaned into him.
Jarin looked at Devin, who looked worried.
"How are you feeling, Kain?" The older man asked this carefully,
so Kain would have time to digest the words.
Kain looked confused, but answered. "I feel okay...Just tired and
Jarin smiled at him, noticing that the smaller man had not moved
away from him. He seemed to be taking comfort in him, instead.
Kain glanced around, settling on Devin again. "What happened? The
last thing I remember is going into that room, and someone
touched my mind...I blacked out, after that. Where are we?"
Devin shook his head slowly, regretting ever going to the
wizard's house, in the first place. "We were attacked, and you
were taken away. The wizard was murdered, and that is where it
all began. According to Breely, the man who rescued you, the real
danger was a magic user behind it, trying to get you. We would
not let that happen, and left as soon as we had you back."
Kain nodded. "I see." He glanced at the guards. "Who are they?"
Devin glared at the leader. "Guards who were hired to watch you,
once you were captured. They have agree to a plea bargain, so
they will work with us."
At this, the leader nodded. "It was a mistake to work for our
former employer. I quit, along with all my men. We did not know
magic was involved. I promise."
Kain nodded at him. "Okay. As long as you can help get us
somewhere safe, I will believe you. We don't know this area very
"Thank you," the leader glanced at his brother, who was now fast
Devin glanced around. "Well, I think we should get some sleep,
once everyone finished eating."
Jarin searched the trees with his eyes, for the tenth time. He
was worried about Breely. The young man had not returned, and
Jarin hoped he was not harmed. He was not sure how he felt about
Breely being alive, but he couldn't help being worried.