Charmed – Chapter 7 – The Question
All secrets are out and it’s obvious Twila needs help, but will she accept it from the Charm family?
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Over the next few days, from hiking, the aquarium tour, and snorkeling to meals and hanging out by the pool, Twila and Hunter are inseparable. The family decides to walk the beach one night, letting Hunter and Twila walk a little ways ahead.
“Your family is awesome,” Twila says. “They’re so fun.”
“If you can get past the annoying, then yeah, they’re not bad,” he laughs. He offers her his hand, and she takes it.
“Twila, I am still worried about that guy that was bothering you,” Hunter states, glancing at her as she sighs and looks away.
“I was having such a good time, I stopped thinking about him.” Hunter tries to look her in the face, and she sighs again. “I haven’t told you everything,” she admits. “I do know him. He was a friend of my parents. He’s really good at magic and really powerful.”
“So what does he want with you?” the blond boy asks. Twila stays quiet for a moment before answering.
“Do you know about magic collectors?”
“Those are just a myth,” Hunter quickly scoffs, but Twila’s face is still serious. “Right?”
“He figured out how to do it,” she quietly informs.
“He can steal magic?” Hunter gasps as Twila nods.
“He…started trying more dangerous spells after my parents died,” Twila sighs. “And once he figured it out…he started begging to take my magic. He kept saying he could bring them back.” Twila looks out over the dark ocean as they walk. “My parents encouraged magic, but always told me not to mess with the big things.”
“Bringing people back from the other side seems a little extreme,” Hunter agrees.
“Yeah, they would never want me to do that,” she sighs.
“Whoa!” Jamie suddenly exclaims behind them and runs into the water.
“Jamie, what are you doing?” Mrs. Charm exclaims.
“There’s magic in the water!” she shouts back, splashing around as the water glows with her movements. Mr. Charm gives her a look and tilts his head towards Twila. Hunter and Twila turn to see what’s happening.
“Uh, I mean…” Jamie stumbles over her words.
“No, that’s bioluminescent algae!” Twila exclaims, rushing towards the water.
“Yeah, it’s that,” Jamie agrees, then turns toward Leia and shrugs.
“It’s the dinoflagellates, they glow when disrupted,” Hunter explains. Twila swishes the water around with her feet and watches it glow, then fade.
“I love it. It’s so cool,” she whispers. She suddenly turns and grins at Hunter. “I think we could all use a dose of bioluminescence on this walk. Plus it’s time for a little announcement.”
“Oh? What did you have in mind?” he asks, then seems to understand. “You’re ready to tell them?” She twirls her hand in the air.
“Catch the glow, change our clothes!” she exclaims. Suddenly, everyone’s clothes light up with the same bioluminescent glow as the algae when they move.
“Twila can use magic!” Jamie exclaims over everyone else’s questions. She runs over and squeezes the brunette girl.
“Surprise surprise!” Twila laughs, squeezing Jamie back. Leia joins in as well. “I figured it was time you knew.”
“I should’ve guessed it from your gray eyes,” Leia points out. “All you magic folk have them.”
“Wow! Is this fate or what?” Mrs. Charm says.
“I knew it! I knew it!” Mr. Charm cheers to Hunter. Twila smiles at him from over Jamie’s shoulder, but Jamie suddenly turns around.
“Don’t screw this up, Hunter,” she teases.
“Thanks, Jamie,” Hunter replies, blushing hard.
“But, what happens after vacation?” Leia asks. Twila and Hunter give each other nervous looks as silence starts to settle over the group.
“If I was correct in overhearing any of your previous conversation just now,” Mr. Charm states, breaking the tension. “I think we have a lot to talk about.”
The family ends up building a bonfire on the beach and talking late into the night. Twila explains her situation honestly.
“…so that’s when I decided to take a vacation and have a break from it all,” Twila informs. “But as you can see, that didn’t work.”
“Twila, I think it’s too dangerous for you to be on your own right now,” Mr. Charm states, staring at the fire in thought. He meets his wife’s gaze, and she gives him a little nod. “What do you think about coming back to France with us?”
“Wha-France?” Twila sputters. “Me? Back to France…with you?”
“I volunteered to share my room with you until you find your own place,” Jamie pipes up. Twila turns to her with tears in her eyes.
“I know it’s a big decision, so you don’t have to decide until the end of the week when it’s time to leave,” Mrs. Charm says gently.
“But I am a great tour guide if you do want to see the ins and outs of France,” Leia jokes.
“Did you know about this?” Twila whispers, turning to Hunter.
“They might have mentioned it. We’re all worried about you and want you to be safe,” Hunter informs with a soft smile. “Now we know just how serious the situation really is. Please consider it, Twila.”
“You…I…I can’t move to France!” Twila objects. “You don’t have to do this for me. You…you don’t even know me all that well. I can’t…I can’t!” She jumps up with tears streaming down her face and takes off down the beach.
“Twila!” Hunter calls, hesitating for a moment before running after her. He finally catches up to her as she dashes through some trees and onto a grassy hill overlooking the water. “Twila, talk to me.”
“I can’t go! What if Jamie ends up hating me for moving into her room? What if I end up being too much and you all regret taking me? What if I put you all in danger because of my situation?” Twila blurts out. “What if…what if I get all the way out there and you realize you don’t like me as much as you thought?”
“Twila,” Hunter softly chastises. “None of that will happen. Everyone enjoys you and wants you to be safe. They want you to be part of the family as a friend, not because of me at all. But it would make me really happy, and…” He steps closer to her. “I know I like you. I like you a lot, and I’m not going anywhere.”
“I like you a lot too,” Twila quietly echoes. “I’m just…scared.”
“You? Scared? That’s hard to believe,” a voice states from behind them. They turn and gasp at the sight of Twila’s old family friend. “At least, you used to be brave. Then you moved, you ran off to an island, and you adopted a nice little family to protect you.” Hunter moves to shield her, but she quickly grabs him by the shoulder.
“He can’t know,” she barely breathes into his ear before letting him step between her and the man. Their eyes grow wide as he presses his fingertips against an invisible wall between them. The air glows around his hands for a moment before magic shards shatter to the ground around Twila, bouncing and disappearing.
“What?” Twila gasps.
“It was a very impressive shield I must say. You’ve grown strong in your abilities,” the man states, shaking out his fingers. “But so have I. And your false sense of security led you beyond the crowds. Now that it’s just us, let me take your magic, and you can be on your way.”
“I-I don’t know what you’re talking about, but leave her alone,” Hunter responds, faking his lack of magic knowledge.
“I don’t think you want to get involved, kid,” the man warns, gray eyes flashing to Hunter.
“Uncle Cairo, don’t hurt him!” Twila pleads.
“Ah, so now we have a bargaining chip,” Cairo grins.
To be continued…
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