Research is coming together and between Ethan's sources at the TV station, what I've learned of matrix searches, Mario's experience and the ritual he and Mom Walker performed on me… none of us are liking where the picture is heading.
It seems that whoever's doing their scheduling, our friends at ATZ are operating on the Azetec Lunar Calendar… and it seems I was being saved for… something. Andy was the youngest, I'm next, then Alan then Matt.
They took Andy and tried to link his death to me, to find me to use me and continue the cycle. I guess I should be honored and maybe after I'm over being angry, ticked off and more than a little mortified I might see the honor in it, but I still have some waiting to do and as of today Case, Ethan, Bri and I are on vacation… at least until the 7th.
Andy died during Tecuithuitonti - Feast for the Revered Ones.
From now until the 7th, it's Huey Tecuihuti. - The Feast for the Greatly Revered Ones.
We can't do anything for Alan and Matt right now, but we can keep me off the menu.
That sounds like a plan to me.
I spent most of the day trying to not worry about Matt and Alan, and trying not to worry about Nathan. We haven't heard from him in almost a week and that's starting to worry me too, but at least he's got Tabs watching out for him-as long as he's with the Star's Magical Forensics Team.
I think Case was reading my mind because he talked to Mom Walker for a bit and then took me deeper onto the island that I've been.
We spent the better part of the day alone in a glade with Case doing his best to keep my mind off of the current situation.
I only wish he could keep my mind off it.
Since we were not allowed off the island, tai chi class came to us, attending: Case, Bri, Uncle Philip, Jonathan, Michael and Ray.
Ray's doing a lot better since he went for the replacement surgery. He's still got a lot of PT ahead of him, but the tai chi is just what the doctor ordered.
I opted to watch the class with Ethan, but after the first few minutes Ethan joined in and that left me to watch.
There was something beautiful about their movements, the grace, the efficiency… I felt almost envious of them. My world is not full of grace-my world is a fight where time is the enemy, here time was something that hung lazily in the air and blanketed you in peace.
I want to live in that world.
You know if I were on vacation for fun rather than playing keep away with blood mages who want me dead, this might actually be fun.
We did a lot more family things including a hike to another secluded glade with a small waterfall. It may have been man made but it was beautiful and everything I'd want if we were on vacation… well… everything I'd want minus the fruity drink with the parasol and the masseuse, but it did have Case and Bri and Ethan so all in all it was a win.
Sometimes I really wish I didn't research things as much as I do. If we make it through this 'feast' we still have to worry about Miccailhuitontli and Huey Miccailhuitontli, the Feast for the Revered Deceased and that of the Greatly Revered Deceased…
You know the Aztecs really did a number of the Mayan feasts and there's always another one coming up after the current one. Gotta love those lunar cycles.
Case tried to keep my mind off of it, but like I said-my world is chaos and standing between the brink and ruin. Come to think of it-that's where I met Case, just under ten years ago.
Hopefully he's up for a repeat performance, 'cause I don't think this one's going to go away.
I'm not sure if I'm happy that tomorrow is the last day of the cycle or nervous because of it. I'm safe, my immediate and adopted families are reasonably safe but the cycle continues. I know our enemies enough to know they aren't just going to go away…
And thinking about it, I wonder if they've been here all the time. The crime waves, the odd magic elemental based attacks.
Sometimes I really don't like where my mind goes on a Friday night.
Sometimes I really don't like where reality goes on a Saturday morning. I really wish I could unwind like I used to but tonight ends another cycle and we all know what's at stake.
Jonathan and Nathan have been trying to work out the location of the next sacrifice and mom has the lodge on stand-by.
I know the best thing I can do is make sure I'm not on the menu-but it's hard sitting things out.
It looks like it's going to be a long one.
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