“Try again,” Rebecca insisted.
Sarah knocked on Thomas’s door again, with the same result. It didn’t make a sound. She looked at the other two mages and shrugged. They knew that others had entered the house, but they had been unable to locate them. Thomas’s room was the obvious place to check.
“I’m guessing it’s sealed,” Julia said. “We probably couldn’t move it no matter what we do.”
“Couldn’t you bypass the door?” Rebecca asked.
“Don’t.” Sarah said to stop Julia from trying. “We have no idea what’s going on in there.” Sarah leaned against the wall.
“So we just sit out here and wait?” Rebecca sounded frustrated.
Neither Sarah nor Julia answered. Sarah wouldn’t admit it to anyone, but a part of her thought that Thomas deserved whatever was happening. His recklessness had driven Matthew away, killed Jason, and he had refused to help Rebecca when she had been taken. If this attack was aimed at him, then he hand endangered everyone. Again. Saving him from himself . . . Saving those he so casually put in harm’s way over and over . . . It was all exhausting. She would rather not continue doing it.
But the rest of her knew she couldn’t ignore the situation. Thomas was a member of this house, and she wouldn’t abandon him, even if that’s what he would do. “Julia, do you think you can get in?”
“Probably.” The spatial mage focused her attention on the wall beside the door. She took a few steps down the hallway, before turning back. “Here. You want me to open it? Are you ready?”
Sarah nodded. “Do it. But let me go in first.”
The wall appeared to flow open, and on the other side, she could see a man crouching over Thomas. It looked as though he was trying to pick the mage up and not having any success. The moment he noticed her, he began casting.
Sarah had already crafter multiple images of herself, leaving him without a clear target.
“This again,” he muttered. He pulled spell sphere from his pocket and dropped it as his feet.
Julia yelled from behind her as the portal opened up, but it was too late. The man had already jumped through, and it closed behind him.
“Can you follow him?”
Julia shook her head.
Thomas hadn’t moved at all, so Sarah bent down to check on him. He didn’t seem to be breathing and was completely stiff. More than that, she realized, she couldn’t move him at all; not even his skin gave way to her touch. It was as though he had turned to marble.
“What about these guys?”
Julia’s question drew her attention to the rest of the room. There were two men standing near the door, and neither of them were moving.
Sarah suddenly understood. “Stasis. They are frozen in time. So is Thomas. They must be the other mages who came into the house.”
“Frozen in time? I didn’t realize that was even possible.” Rebecca said. “How do we unfreeze them?”
Sarah looked back down at Thomas. “I have no idea.”