As soon as their eyes met, fear caused Zephyr’s blood to run cold and he was stuck in place as Daniel came towards him. What had he just witnessed? They were killing innocent witches! Good people! How could such a crime be punished now? His brother had thrown that poor boy into the fire and who knows, Zephyr could be next. Without anymore hesitation, Zephyr took off, his legs carrying him as fast as they possibly could.
Daniel followed him, eyes fixed on his brother, now he was angry and that wasn’t good, his thoughts were filled with nothing but dark magic and despair and all the ways the could punish Zephyr, he saw his brother running but Daniel knew exactly where his brother was going, to his car and Daniel knew the spell to get there before he did and without a seconds thought, that’s what he did, he disappeared into thin air and appeared in the back of Zephyr’s car, his eyes fixed on his brother who was running towards it, obviously very nervous, he didn’t smile, he just looked down and waited.
Zephyr’s curiosity had to be fed. Daniel was hiding something. Something important and Zephyr needed to find out. Between the strange visions, the holes in his memory, the clues that all led back to Daniel and the energy he’d been feeling, he owed it to himself now to figure out the truth before he did anymore digging. Perhaps he had already known the truth but he needed conformation. Zephyr wanted to see or hear Daniel confessing.. He couldn’t shake the thought. Dread filled his stomach as Zephyr hid behind the tree, watching the circle perform. The four innocents that stood beside them made Zephyr cringe with disgust. What were they going to do….
Daniel could sense something was off, someone was watching so he turned around, not seeing anyone at first, now he was suspicious, he looked back to the group, one of the others tossed him a witch, he was completely scared “don’t cry, it’ll only make it harder for both of us” he pulled the witch to him and whispered a spell which made his victim weak and then dragged him by the collar and threw him into the fire, the poor boy screamed in agony and the others did the same but just as they were to start their ritual, Daniel sensed someone he knew watching so he turned his head, looking once more and then there, he was, Zephyr, he narrowed his eyes “i’ll be right back…” he started to walk towards his brother, he whispered to himself “Zephyr…”
Zephyr closed his eyes, mustering up all of his sweetness that he had in him. He opened them and smiled wide at his brother. “Daniel, don’t raise your voice, please. Come with me to Circle Twilight. It will do you much good to meet others like yourself, and help you get some cleansing. Some much needed cleansing..” Zephyr got up and stretched. “Think about it and tell me what you think during dinner, okay?”
"I have to be somewhere" and with that, Daniel got up and walked out of the room, grabbing his phone on the way out but he needed to be out of the apartment before doing so, he grabbed his jacket and walked out, slamming the door shut. He got into his car and drove to the woods, when he got there, he got out and turned around ,making sure he wasn’t followed, he put his phone into his pocket and started walking until he reached a group of people who were standing around a bonfire, holding four light witches who were all tied up and gagged finally, what took you so long ? a fellow member said to him, you see, Daniel’s apart of Circle Midnight and he’s proud of it “I had to deal with something…lets begin.”
Zephyr didn’t understand. How had could have Daniel “killed” him? It didn’t make sense why his brother was acting so weird. Zephyr already had a hunch, he just wanted to hear his brother tell the truth. Zephyr played along, trying not to touch his brother. “I know..I forgive you..but how did you do it?”
"If you don’t practice dark magic…how’d you do it?"
His eyes widen, becoming nervous now, Zephyr couldn’t know that he practiced dark magic, he’d probably hate him or shun him but he was apart of Circle Midnight where he was accepted for who he was and he could practice the dark arts freely without judgement, he didn’t belong to this family, he was just an outsider, a mistake, different and maybe to different, he had always felt like he didn’t belong, that he was an object out of place “what do you think ? you’re Zephyr, figure it out” his glare become harsh as the darkness took it place “you’re smart, you should know without asking me, it’s up to you, did I use dark magic or not ? you should know because you’re perfect and all that” he looked deep into his brother’s eyes, that hatred he always felt settling in again, making his heart pound against his chest and his anger rising “you’re the light to my darkness so figure it out for your fucking self.”
I’m figuring you out, Dan. You aren’t who you say you are..I just know it.
Zephyr was unconcious for several hours, completely under. He wasn’t moving at all and he wasn’t aware of Daniel’s break down. He was however, dreaming. His dream was like a child’s, vivid colours, happy memories, freedom.
After the third hour, Zephyr woke with a gasp, sitting up and catching his breath as if he’d been running for days. He couldn’t remember what had happened but he could feel something off in the house. The energy was off again and he groaned, knowing he’d need to bless it soon.
He looked down to Daniel, running a hand through his hair and yanking his hand away, regretting that he’d done that. He got up, eyeing his brother before sinking down to his level. “Daniel…what have you done..”
Daniel’s sat there, completely still, not able to move, he didn’t even look up Zephyr, not even when he woke up, he couldn’t bring himself to look at his brother, there was too much guilt. He couldn’t kept thinking about how scared his brother looked, he himself did know how it felt to have your breathing supply cut off and how real that fear was and he wondered how he could do it to someone else, how he could be so cruel to the one person he trusted the most [besides Thomas for the time being], Zephyr was always so kind to him, so sweet and was always there for him, to hold him when he had a bad nightmare or to tell him it was going to be okay, to take away his nightmares and support him and this is how he repaid his brother’s selflessness, with harm and hate, just like their dad, oh he was exactly like their dad but he wasn’t willing to accept that, he couldn’t, no he wasn’t going to accept the fact that he was like his father because he knew how evil his father really was and he had no desire to be like him except he wanted to learn more from his father, blinded now by the lies that he had told him, that if he did exactly what he told him to do then he’d finally appreciate him but even Daniel was too desperate for that attention. He snapped out of his thoughts when he saw Zephyr before him, he shuddered, the images still raw in his mind, it took a few moments for him to actually speak but even then he hardly said anything "I….I" he finally looked itno his brother’s eyes "I killed you.."
Zephyr couldn’t breathe and he grabbed at Daniel’s shirt, trying to get air but nothing was coming in. He was choking and he hit Daniel’s chest. When the feeling wouldn’t go away, Zephyr closed his eyes and stopped moving, hoping that Daniel would undo the spell.
He felt nothing when Zephyr grabbed his shirt and started the hit his chest but when he closed his eyes, he stopped the spell immediately, he didn’t think about it, he just did it, what had he done ? he could have killed his twin but he didn’t mean too…he didn’t mean to go that far. Daniel got up and stumbled backwards until he hit the wall, eyes wide, he didn’t know what had come over him, he hadn’t experienced this kind of dark magic before but don’t get him wrong, he loved it, he was just a bit shocked, he knew what he was capable of, just not this, he hadn’t cut off someone’s breathing supply before, yeah he had killed people, plenty but not like this, not Zephyr. He had learnt during the time with his father that he shouldn’t be afraid of himself, of the darkness within, he wasn’t wholly scared right now, he was scared just a little bit, he felt like he needed to get out, shut himself off from everyone else like he used too, he didn’t even know why he didn’t just stay in his room and why he started to talk to other people, he should have just kept to himself then he wouldn’t have a dark side, he’d be normal and wouldn’t want to hurt people. He sank to the floor and put his hands over his head.
"Wha..? Dan…I know..you..bad..boy..you do..dark..magic.." Zephyr was defenseless, he only wanted rest. But Daniel’s words sounded like slurrs and he couldn’t keep up. He barely felt his brother’s fingers on his cheek and he giggled slightly. "I’ve..seen..it..many..times..you..you’re not…who you keep saying..you are.."
Daniel became slightly angry but he wasn’t going to let it get to his head “oh am I ?” he smiled but it was small "maybe you should stop talking and get some rest….." he moved his hand from Zephyr’s cheek to his chest "this won’t hurt one bit……unless not breathing hurts you. I’m sorry little brother but I have to do this, I have to make you suffer…..boss’s orders" and by boss, he meant their father of course but it was too soon, as much as he’d love to see Zephyr’s reaction. He closed his eyes and started to chant the spell "Sylphs of Air I conjure thee, enter Zephyr and-” Daniel felt a jolt of dark energy pass through him, he let out a gasp, this energy was so overwhelming but it felt so good, darker than he had experienced but then he continued ”make his Air leave him, now” he took his hand off of Zephyr, he felt so strong “it’s my turn to torture you…”
While the drugs had kept Daniel awake, the effect was completely different on Zephyr. He felt sluggish, relaxing back against the couch. His eyes were closed and he wasn’t his energetic self. “Dan..somethin..rong…”
Daniel looked at Zephyr, he would have felt something but this was all apart of his plan, he wanted to destroy Zephyr, he needed too. He leaned into Zephyr and whispered “I know” he was only doing this for his own personal gain, that and Thomas wanted to destroy Daniel even more so he’ll suffer like he always wanted, he didn’t even think once about what he was doing was wrong, he placed his hand to Zephyr’s cheek lightly “what’s wrong with you ? why are you so blind ? why can’t you see what lays in front of you ? you’re going to end up getting yourself killed…..you’re weak now and I am going to make sure you stay that way. Maybe you should have died instead of mum….she died and dad started treating me the way he did, it’s all your fault, which is why i am doing this to you.”
"Stop apologizing, Dan. I’m your brother, it’s okay to cry in front of me." Zephyr tsked him and shook his head. "I’ll make sure you have no nightmares, okay?"
Daniel rested his head against Zephyr’s chest, he closed his eyes “okay….” but Daniel wouldn’t sleep, he couldn’t sleep anymore, his thoughts were constantly racing through his head and the fact that he had nightmares would keep him up for hours so when his father gave him the drugs, it seemed like a brilliant idea but he got addicted that he needed them to survive, he depended on them, he felt sick without them.