They arrived from the remote corners of the world until all were assembled around the oblong table in the windowless room. Sylanthia arose, acknowledging each one with a slight nod, but to Halinthius, her eyes lingered longest. She thought back to their first meeting, before his Sanction and ordination into the Order. 1100 years had passed, and he, like the rest, had not aged; his dark brown curls just brushing the top of his strong shoulders, and his gray eyes still holding the intensity of youth. She looked away. “I hope your report brings better news than mine.” From the center of the table, a transparent orb shot up, increasing in size as it rotated.
“It’s on the move again.” She leaned forward and placed her finger on the orb. “Here...” The spot enlarged showing a detailed view. She waved her hand and the orb spun slowly. “Here … and here.” The three areas were too close to the danger zone. “Elias will have to be moved.” She let her finger rest on the spot closest to the safe house.
Halinthius cleared his throat. “We should wait, Sylanthia—it vacillates.” The orb showed three dark masses erratically jutting out and then slowly drawing back as if seeking the scent of its prey.
The muscles under her smooth, olive-toned skin tightened. “If it detects Elias, it will move quickly.” She tapped Elias’ small town on the orb. “It’s too close!”
“Sylanthia, the child has been moved every few years of his life.” Halinthius’ eyes showed grave concern.
A wisp of long, dark hair fell across her face, and she pushed it behind her ear as she leaned forward to study the orb. Two of the dark masses moved steadily in opposite directions of the safe house, but one remained fixed, flickering slightly towards Elias’ location. Sylanthia searched the eyes of each of the eleven of the Order under her command. All they had worked towards for thousands of years depended on a young, fifteen year old boy, named Elias. “Move him.”
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