Deepest Darkest Secret
Chapter 19. Penny.
When Simon comes out of the Mage’s office, he’s glowing.
He’s literally glowing, golden light radiating off him and little sparks shooting off his skin. I’ve never seen anything like it.
He runs down the stairs and I follow him out to the courtyard. I can feel the heat of his magic from here, and the static is making strands of hair float up around my face. Something is happening, and this isn’t the way Simon normally goes off. It’s usually much more sudden than this, a quick burst of light and a boom and it’s over.
Now, he’s glowing from the inside out, and he stops in the middle of the courtyard. His eyes are closed, and he holds his arms out, and the light surrounding him glows brighter and then seems to burst forth.
I stop a safe distance away and stare in wonder. It’s almost like the magic is floating out of Simon and returning to the atmosphere.
Something green streaks past me – the Mage – and before I can shout or reach out to stop him, he runs straight into the glare of Simon’s magic and flies back a few metres. He lays on the ground, unmoving, knocked out by the force of it.
Simon keeps glowing, and the air around him is hazy with golden light. The magic radiates off him, shooting out into the air and then dissipating like pieces of paper burning and then shrivelling into nothing. The atmosphere is healing.
And then the Humdrum’s there, standing right in front of Simon. Simon seems to know and opens his eyes straight away. The golden light seems to direct itself straight into the eleven-year-old boy.
‘Thankyou,’ the Humdrum says. I squint, trying to see if he’s fading – he looks like he’s less corporeal – and then I blink once, and he’s gone.
‘Simon, you did it,’ I whisper. ‘It’s over. The Humdrum is gone.’