“The Phantom,” she sat up in fright. “It found a way to get stronger. He tried to kill me. It chased me around the labyrinth making it impossible for me to get back to my body. Archibal came, but then everything went horribly wrong. There was a struggle. Archibal gave me the chance to escape. I got back to my body and I returned for Archibal, but the phantom had overtaken him. I don’t know how it knew, but it knew. When I tried to help Archibal, something went wrong and I entrapped him in another zone and the phantom almost engulfed me. I made it out there before it could.”
“Cadi, what did it know?”
“I’m not sure. It was strange. I don’t know how the phantom found us. I couldn’t stop him. I didn’t know how? Archibal’s magic isn’t strong yet. I came here for Odin to help me. I didn’t know where else to go. I might sent Archibal in another zone,” Cadi was distraught, almost in tears.
Walter had felt helpless himself. He was a mere human with very small advantages and no magic powers. It made him feel less than incapable. All he had was a ring that took him places. He sat down beside Cadi. What were they going to do now? Odin’s cave started to feel cold and drafty. It didn’t help that it was dark and quiet. He forgot to bring his coat again. Cadi had on her usual black cloak, but it did little to keep her from feeling chilly. Walter thought of starting a fire in the fireplace, but there was no wood around and the entrance was blocked by a boulder. Much too heavy for Walter to move and Cadi, still weak from her recent escape, might not have the energy to move it.
“I didn’t know what to do,” Cadi said. “Archibal told me to do it, but I wasn’t ready yet. I sent him somewhere where I don’t know if I can bring him back. It all happened so fast. I went to Maaike for help. She left as soon as I told her. I don’t know if she can help. She really is not best for these kind of situations. She means well. It’s her crystal ball I used to call for help. If she can’t help us. I don’t know who. Odin was my last chance. I’ve never encountered something like it. Archibal had been trying to find about the phantom, but in history they don’t exist. At least nothing was written.”
“Where do you think Odin went to?”
“I don’t know. He kept saying it wasn’t safe. The spooks were patrolling outside his door. He must have moved when he got the chance.”
Moved, Walter thought and glanced around the cave. He hadn’t noticed it when he arrived, but now he saw it. The place was vacant. The Alsatian stove was gone, the fireplace was nothing, but a pit of ashes, the rug and all the furniture were gone except for the cot which was only a straw bed covered with an old blanket. Odin was really gone.