"He brought you a baby. A BABY! Never could follow direction, that one." She turned her attention to the golem.
"Gustav," she said sternly.
The golem sat up. "Yes."
The disciples gasped and took a step back. Rajani rolled her eyes.
"Stand up," Kharnyx commanded.
The golem stood.
"Move the slab you were lying on to the spot between those trees, standing on its end."
The golem obeyed, lifting the obsidian slab as if it were paper. Rajani tucked the baby safely between the legs of the table and followed Kharnyx to stand in front of the stone. The disciples formed a semi circle behind them, with the golem standing beside and slightly behind the slab. Kharnyx raised her hands an she and Rajani began to chant, channeling dark magic and negative energy into the slab. Slowly, the obsidian began to glow and become translucent. The disciples hummed as they chanted louder. The surface of the stone warped, transforming into a liquid-like material.
Ripples emanated from the center of the portal and a huge claw poked out. Everyone froze. The claw slowly protruded, stretching out until it rested on the ground. The first part of what appeared to be a large dragon wing followed. Kharnyx, Rajani and the disciples slowly moved back. The creature from The Void flung its head out next; its jaws lined with razor sharp teeth and its features lined with what appeared to be masks.
Masks of human faces.
Like the ones on Lucien.
Kharnyx was overcome with a feeling of horror and dread. "What have I done," she whispered.
The creature snapped its jaws as it pulled the rest of its massive frame from one world into the other. The golem lunged, grabbing Kharnyx and Rajani and pulling them out of the dragon's path. The disciples did not have time to run before they were torn asunder and strewn across the ground. The creature turned and looked at Kharnyx, blood dripping from its mouth, and almost seemed to smile. In an instant, the creature flew into the night sky and disappeared. The golem picked itself up and ran in the opposite direction into the forest.
"What...the...absolute...hell...was...THAT?" Rajani said as she sat up.
Kharnyx sighed. "I don't know. But we need to find out. I need to figure out how to control it!"
Rajani stood, anger burning within her. "You think you can control that? You don't even know what it is! You said we could see inside! That I might be able to find my mother! You LIED to me!"
Kharnyx pushed herself to her feet. "And?"
"AND? How about AND that thing may be what corrupted Lucien! AND you can't control Lucien! AND there is NO WAY you can control that thing!"
Kharnyx searched for something to yell back, but came up with nothing. She sighed. "You may be right."
Rajani was taken aback. "About?"
"About me not knowing what that thing is. About me not being able to control it to destroy Atlas."
"So, you really can't control The Void to destroy Atlas?"
"No, I can't use The Void to destroy Atlas!" Kharnyx screamed.
Rajani grabbed Kharnyx's wrist and chanted. Kharnyx squirmed, but the binding magic wrapped itself around her and sank into her skin.
"Now," Rajani said with a grin, "you are bound to those words to use that thing, or any other, to destroy Atlas. However, we do need to close that portal and find what escaped and send it back or destroy it or something." She released her gripped on Kharnyx and picked up her knife. "Any ideas on how to do that?"
Kharnyx nodded. "Yes, but neither of us are going to like it. I need my books. Get the baby; we will try to find a suitable place for her." She walked over to the portal, which seemed to be closed. It looked like the obsidian slab. She touched it, and was satisfied that it posed no danger. She then created a portal of her own, transporting the three of them to the outskirts of the nearest town.
The slab shimmered, an eye poked out and looked around, then disappeared back through The Void.