ec556-moonthumbJamie ran down the chamber stairs, phone in her hand.

“Doc! She did something to Max. She’s gone!”

“What!” Chase bolted out of his seat, dropping the old text he’d been reading.

“It is not time yet,” Doc pronounced, laying down his book, “we should still have two more hours.”

Doc and Chase had been going over the old books, hoping to find anything Jamie might have missed. So far the books mainly covered the history of when Jamie’s family had settled in Florida in the early 1900’s. In September of 1906 a great hurricane hit the gulf coast, bringing Sterling in on its massive tide. Some said he was the reason behind the hurricane. Chaos and wreckage ensued.

After the storm passed Sterling leveled the already damaged town, killing everyone that did not follow him. Jamie’s great grandparents, along with four other families took shelter out of Sterling’s reach. They hid away for a few days, building up their strength, and then attacked Sterling from behind; using every spell they knew. In the fight the pendant was yanked from Sterling’s neck, causing most of his powers to dissipate. They beat him down, put him back on his ship, and blew him and his ship to bits. Jamie’s great grandparents kept the pendant in a secure place. It was handed down from generation to generation to be kept safe. Their fear being that Sterling’s energy was still floating around in the gulf, and the pendant could bring him back to life.

It was an interesting story, but didn’t solve their problem. None of the other families were alive now, and they hadn’t written down any of the spells they used. Jamie might not even be a help if they’d written the spells down. She’d been practicing the energy spell upstairs when Max called, but didn’t seem to be getting anywhere fast with it.

Jamie took some short clipped breaths, trying to steady her nerves.

“He just called, I think he’s still at Montana’s, he said something about her draining him. We need to go!”

“Deep breaths Jamie-in and out. Chase you will go with Jamie to the beach. I will check on Max. We will all meet back here, unless I need you at, Montana’s, Chase.”

Doc touched Jamie’s arm gently. “It will be all right.”

“What if she’s not at the beach? Where would she be?”

“That is the only place she would be.”

Sam watched out her bedroom window as Jamie, Chase, and Doc sped off in different vehicles. She’d only seen them for a few minutes today. They hadn’t mentioned anything to her. She’d been left in the dark. She was hurt, and becoming concerned.

What was going on? She slipped out her bedroom door and into Jamie’s room. She was going to snoop around the empty house; maybe she’d be able to figure out what this was about and help!

Jamie and Chase parked on the beach and spied out of their binoculars. Doc had been right, Montana was here. She brought her car this time. They waited and watched.

Montana stood at the water’s edge as if in a trance.

“Do you think those sleeping pills screwed up her timing? Chase whispered.

“I don’t know. I thought Sterling had control of when she left at night.” Jamie whispered back.

Thank goodness her nausea no longer bothered her from Sterling’s presence. Too bad her tattoo felt like it was singeing her hair. Jamie could tell by the heat of her tattoo Sterling continued to gain more power.

“She’s been out here for a while, what do you think is going on?”

“We’re about to find out.”

The waves parted and Sterling glided out of the ocean carrying a chest between his arms.

Chase blinked. “What the hell? He’s transforming into a human. And an ugly one at that!”

“Shh…, keep it down.”

Sterling now had long, stringy, dirty blond hair, a thin translucent layer of skin over his bones, making his body glow an unnatural dark gray color, and mucky brown eyes. They watched as Sterling set a small treasure chest into Montana’s trunk.

“He’s slowly bringing his treasure up from the deep. I don’t think he’s strong enough yet to haul up the bigger pieces. We still have time, a couple of days—hopefully a week, at most.” Jamie sighed. “We have to figure out what to do, fast.”

Chase paled, and then his color drained out of him. “How can she stand to do that?”

Jamie angled her eyes off the trunk of the car, zooming in on Montana and Sterling.

Montana’s arms looped around Sterling’s shoulders, her head tipped up for a kiss. A chill ran down Jamie’s spine.

“I don’t think she sees him in his true form. He’s probably using his magic to appear differently, which could be why he’s not strong enough yet. He needs her help to escape?”

“Couldn’t he just kill her now and become all powerful quicker?”

“He could. I’m not sure why he hasn’t, except she has the jewelry, but she could bring it back to him. Maybe there’s something else he needs from her?”

She glanced at Chase. “I don’t have any answers. He was never supposed to ever threaten us again.”

Sterling could adjust to the 21st century without too many problems. As far as she could tell he didn’t need Montana anymore. She didn’t understand it, but it gave them more time so she wouldn’t complain.

“She’s leaving. That was fast, do you think Doc has Max yet?” Chase huffed. His phone vibrated. “Hello. Okay. She’s leaving now. I will.”

“Doc was able to get Max settled in one of Montana’s spare rooms, he wants me to follow her back and sneak in. I don’t think he can move him right now. One of us will call you as soon as we can.”

“I hope Max is all right.” Jamie said voicing both of their fears

Sterling-A Montana Dayton Novel Chapt.16
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