Wow, I wasn't expecting much response after being inactive for 2 months. Sorry, I really expected to have this chapter up by the 5th or the 6th, but I didn't expect my stay in Korea to be that exhausting. Needless to say, I'm never going to Seminar training ever again.
For a show about Wizards, we don't actually get to meet many wizards apart from the Russo's, even then, there are only 3 of them…Well 4 if you count Uncle Kelbo, (the authority figures, e.g. emergency wizards don't really count). T.J turned out to be a bit of a jerk, Warren was a fainting weirdo and Stevie was played off as 'evil', so naturally I had to get a little creative and add identities to some of the young wizards that are part Stevie's revolution.
"Nothing….Yet. If Stevie doesn't follow through with her promises soon, we're going to have to do something about it."
"Oh? Like what?" The brunette raised her eyebrows.
"Sam, since you love Pirates of the Caribbean so much, I'll give you a quote from Jack Sparrow—Mutiny, mutiny most foul," Austin grinned.
"Yeah, as I was saying, you better get to fulfilling those promises because they're getting restless. I bailed the lot of them out of the Delinquent centre this morning, and they aren't happy. In fact, three of them are thinking about revolting against you," Warren warned her.
"I can't do anything until the next new moon, which is about 2 weeks away. Volcano Land crumbled after that battle we had in there, so that's that done. What to do for the next two weeks to keep 'em busy…" Stevie wondered.
"…Well…You can get them to practise spells, cause frankly, they suck. And that, coming from me, is saying something," Alex suggested.
"Um…Nice vampires?" Justin said as he edged as far away from Cindy and Alucard (who were standing by the door) as possible.
"Hm…You will make a pretty good snack, and since Juliet's not dating you anymore, she won't be as mad at us if she finds out," Alucard said.
"I take dibs on his heart," Cindy said.
"You might all be wondering why I've gathered you all here today. Some of you are more reluctant than others, I understand that," Stevie said, her voice rang out to the crowd. They'd called another meeting for the Revolution, and true to her words some of the Revolutionaries were not looking very pleased.
"I know I haven't been living up to everyone's expectations and some of you are getting restless. This is understandable due to recent events; however, you must know that Volcano Land is longer able to strip a wizard of their powers. As some of you also know, there are spells that enable the Wizard Council to remove an underage wizard's power, we are working on a solution to those as well as preparing for another attack on the Power Distributer. After the last attempt, it has been brought to my attention that we still need to brush up on some spells. So, for the next two weeks we will be practising battle spells in preparation."
"You think they'll like that?" Alex asked Warren, who shrugged.
"I can't read this many people at the same time, but from the first couple of rows, they seem to be pretty happy," Warren said uninterestedly, "Got to get going, Stevie's dividing them into pairs for practice. See you around Alex."
Shit! Shit! Shit! Were the only thoughts running through Justin's mind as he frantically searched his pockets for his wand. Meanwhile, two hungry-looking vampires were advancing towards him while discussing what they were going to make out of his organs. He was pretty sure he heard the terms 'kidney pie' and 'roasted heart' thrown around somewhere.
Suddenly someone barged through the doors, "Dad, why do you feel the need to barricade th—Justin?"
Juliet stopped in mid sentence as she saw her parents and Justin at the shop.
"What are you still doing here? Actually, what are guys doing?" She asked staring at her parents (who had their fangs out) and Justin (who was cowering in the corner).
"Oh thank god you're here! Now, I gotta go… and….feed my…dog," Justin said hurriedly before hurrying out the door.
Juliet frowned, "What was that about?"
"Um…Nothing, nothing, we were just about to have Justin for a snack…Um I mean, we were about to offer Justin a snack," Alucard amended.
"What? You were going to eat Justin? Dad!" Juliet exclaimed, "This is the reason people chased us out of town with burning stakes and pitchforks!"
Alex watched disinterestedly as people were throwing spells at one another. It was her idea, but now she was getting bored. Alex knew she wasn't a model student, but she was competent enough, and had these spells mastered for a while now. She got up and walked off into the cluster of trees nearby, Stevie had always liked meeting up in remote places, especially the forest.
After wandering around for a while Alex sat down on a log with a slight huff. She did not sign up for this. Breaking into the wizard world was one thing, but teaching? Nuh-uh that was definitely not her thing, more like something Justin would do.
"You look lonely," A voice sounded from behind her.
Alex jumped in surprise; she whirled around to see a girl roughly her age next to her. How the heck did I not notice her?
The girl's smirk grew, "Twitchy aren't we?"
Alex frowned, "Least I don't go around stalking people. Who're you?"
If it was possible, the girl's smirk grew wider, "A little self-centred aren't we? Who says I'm stalking you? I was wandering around when I saw a pretty girl sitting all by herself, thought I'd go over and save you from your boredom, but ah well, if this is the thanks I get…" She trailed off teasingly.
Alex smiled in spite of herself, "Saving me from my boredom eh? I'm Alex, what are you doing all the way here instead of practising?"
"I'm Sam, could say the same to you I suppose. I got bored so I decided to wander, what about you?"
It was Alex's turn to grin, "Bored eh? What, are you too good for the exercises now?" She asked, though the playful tone in which she said it took all of the bite away from the words.
Sam's left eyebrow twitched, "Trying to goad me already Alex? As expected of the infamous Alex Russo I suppose."
"I don't remember telling you my surname," Alex said confused, her hand inched towards her wand concealed in her boot. In her experience, people who knew more information than they should usually meant trouble. Damn it, I can't just meet a normal wizard can I? Nooo, it always has to mean trouble…whether it be wizards who charm their parents, or evil wizards planning to steal my brother's powers, or wizards who are leading Rev …ok Alex focus, stop thinking about that!
"Whoa!" Sam held up her hands in surrender, "No need for that," She said indicating to Alex pulling her wand out. "Everybody's heard of you,"
Alex raised her eyebrows, "Everybody?" She asked skeptically.
"Well…everybody's who's been to the Detention Centre. You're like a legend there, with all the trouble you get into and you've never landed in their once. You're like a delinquent's hero," Sam explained.
Alex blinked, definitely not prepared for that answer, "…Really? Wow…I never knew that. Guess that's something else to add to my achievement list, 'Hero to Delinquents' and 'Famous among the Wizard Youths'…yup, definitely a plus."
"You're odder than I thought you would be, but I like you. See you around Alex," Sam winked before flashing out.
"What the heck was all that about?" Alex muttered to herself before setting off in the direction that she last saw Stevie in.
"Ok, note to self, never date a vampire with murderous parents again," Justin said as he got back into the safe quarters that was his room.
It wasn't long before he spotted the copy of Stevie's book that he had lying around. He still hadn't translated the whole thing yet and the last time he did he got a hold of her plans. However, Justin was feeling apprehensive; did he really want to know? Oh screw it, of course it wanted to know, he was Justin Russo, and knowledge was one of the major things he had over his siblings.
Justin got off his bed, flipped open Stevie's book and started to work on the translations.
Charlie slid the locks open slowly; he gripped the doorknob tightly and turned, pushing the door open with caution. Why oh why did I agree to this…He thought regretfully as he peeked outside, the coast seemed clear; there was nothing from the door to his destination, but one could never know what was lurking just out of sight. Hesitantly he took a step outside, looking left, right, up, and down before continuing to move completely out of the sanctuary of his home. He ran to the closest bush and ducked behind it, carefully, he looked around the side to make sure nothing was there before scampering to the next tree.
From the balcony of the second floor, Mo, Wen and Scott watched their band mate in amusement. The latter of the three had been touring solo in Europe and had come back to find Stella and Olivia had disappeared to god-knows where and Charlie acting extremely strangely.
"Is he still at it?" Wen asked trying to down a laugh.
"Looks like he's imitating James Bond…" Scott commented.
Mo shot both of them a look, but it was clear that she was trying not to laugh either, "He's gone a bit paranoid after Justin stalked him for 24 hours. Thinks Justin's still out there to get him, you have no idea how long it took me to convince him to get the mail."
"And I thought Europe was interesting…" Scott muttered, "Seems like I missed heaps here…"
Wen and Scott watched as Charlie continued to duck and weave around their ridiculously long driveway. The driveway sported many small shrubs on the side that allowed Charlie to crouch behind.
"You might as well have gone and gotten it yourself, at this rate Charlie would be back with the mail by Christmas," Scott said.
Mo couldn't help resist a chuckle as Charlie continued to roll in and out of sight like in one of those old spy movies, "I'll go and get it, put him out of his misery."
"I KNOW YOU'RE OUT THERE JUSTIN! BUT I'M READY FOR YOU! I'LL ALWAYS BE READY! YOU WON'T FIND ME AGAIN!" Charlie shouted hysterically.
All three of them turned and gave each other uneasy looks.
"Maybe we should look into therapy sessions for him…" Wen suggested.
"Good idea, I think I have a phone number for one somewhere," Mo agreed.
"So how did everything go?" Alex asked once everyone had cleared off.
Stevie shrugged, "Moderate success I suppose. I had no idea how hopeless some of these kids are…"
Warren laughed, "Well what did you expect? Most of these kids came to you because they were hopeless and had no chance at winning. But there are exceptions of course, present company included."
"Warren you suck up," Stevie said teasingly, "So how are they feeling now? Anyone else want to assassinate me?"
"I told Alex this before, I'll say it again, I can't read this many people at once. The majority seems to be fine; this exercise was a brilliant idea Alex. Did a good job of distracting the kids, keeping them out of trouble, and it'll be useful for us in the future too. There's only one thing I'm worried about though, the siblings," Warren said.
"Oh not them again…" Stevie growled in frustration.
"Siblings?" Alex asked.
"Austin, Blake and Samantha Alarik, fraternal triplets. They joined Stevie because they don't want to fight each other in their Family Wizard Competition. All of them wield exceptional power and influence. It wouldn't take much for them to put a major wrench in Stevie's plans, in fact they've already caused some trouble after Volcano Land. The ones who got sent to the Detention Centre were already unhappy with Stevie, it didn't take much for them to start gossiping, that's why I suggested we do something in order to keep them occupied," Warren explained.
"Triplets? And they don't want to compete against each other? I mean, the one in the lead wouldn't want to be part of this, right? One of them has got to be ahead, and that person wouldn't want to sacrifice their chance at being a full wizard...right?" Alex asked confused, it was as if Justin had decided he wanted to join the Revolution. He was practically guaranteed to win, and joining was a lose-lose situation for him.
Warren shook his head, "In normal cases you'd be right, but there are three of them."
"…and? Me, and my brothers are three siblings too," Alex pointed out.
"…You really don't know? Huh…I thought it was odd that Justin and Max weren't here. There's a reason why most Wizarding families decide to have no more than two children, or in rare cases, have four and/or above. Three is a magically powerful number Alex, when three wizard siblings combine their powers; it is easily more powerful than the power of three full wizards. So as you can see, the Alariks don't want their powers to go to waste, they as a whole, have more power than if just one of them had magic. And there lays our problem, if they decide to revolt, we're going to have to do something fast or else this whole thing would come crumbling down," Warren said.
"How come nobody ever told me this?" Alex frowned.
Warren looked at her, "Do you really think your father trusts you guys not to abuse it?"
Alex looked thoughtful for about half a second, "Yeah you're right, he did the right thing. But now…I wonder if Justin would join if he knew…"
Justin stared at the book in horror, if what he translated was correct…No, he decided, It can't be correct. There was no way Stevie was crossing that line, no way. Justin looked at the book again, what if…What if she really did do it?
"No…no, this is crazy…even for her…she can't…she won't do it…" Justin trailed off staring at the book in shock.
If he'd translated properly, then Stevie was planning to assassinate a prominent political figure. This wasn't a simple Freedom Fighter protest anymore…This was a terrorist attack.
Yes, I know the chapter is short, but I'm working on it. Going to watch the last episode of Wizards of Waverly Place soon, can't wait to see it. But I can't believe it's over either…