Headhunter (Part 3)

Querrick’s war story takes about forty-five minutes to tell (it really should’ve taken a couple hours but there were a lot of sensitive and sexual details that needed to be left out as to not scar the kids for life). Lykas was entranced throughout the whole thing while Isabel’s expressions changed with the sound of Querrick’s voice at each turning point, going through the story from his perspective and feeling his rage, his pain, and his frightening calm. While telling his story, Querrick notices Isabel her tendency to see things from other viewpoints and pins her as an empath while Lykas, as expressive as he is, seems to be a wizard.

            “Alright,” Querrick says, “that’s the first Great War.”

            Querrick says, “I’ll ask you a question,” he starts, “you heard of the Seven Archetypes?”

            “Are you kidding?!” Lykas says, “who hasn’t!”

            “Alright,” Querrick says, “you guys know which ones you are?”

            “Yes,” Isabel says, “I’m an Empath.”

            “And I’m a Wizard.” Lykas says.

            “Seems I was right,” Querrick says.

            “Wait,” Lykas says, “you’ve went up against Archetypes?!”

            “Yeah,” Querrick says, “the hardest ones to face are the Elemental Archetypes.”

            “Wow!” Lykas says, “which one did you face?”

            “It was the Water Archetype,” Querrick says, “usually associated with a free spirit and is a subcategory of the Nature Archetype.”

            “And which one are you?” Isabel asks, “the Headhunter has to be one.”

            “And you would be right,” Querrick says, “I’m the rarest of them all, The Dark Archetype, subcategory of the Angel Archetype.”

            “Whoa. . .” Lykas gasps, “have you come into your full power?”

            “Long ago.” Querrick says, “my father made sure of it.”

            Wait a minute,” Isabel says, “what are the Archetypes? I’ve heard of them but never had someone explain it.”

            “Alright,” Querrick says, “the archetypes are warrior, magician, lover, king, angel, natural, and divine. Each of these archetypes has subcategories. The warrior has four subcategories: hero, villain, rebel, and antihero. The magician has four subcategories: wizard, sorcerer, witch, and psychic. The lover has four subcategories: empath, healer, caretaker, and companion. The King Archetype has four subcategories: noble, royal, prince, and princess. The Angel Archetype has two subcategories: light and dark. The Natural Archetype has four subcategories: air, earth, water, and fire. The Divine Archetype only has two subcategories: God and Devil.”

            Isabel nods as it all swirls around her head and begins to make sense. Lykas already knows all this but, since Isabel thinks he’s just her dumb little brother, he didn’t bother to tell her.

            “Wait a minute,” Lykas says, “people often say the Divine Archetype doesn’t exist.”

            “Those people are fools,” Querrick says, “they exist and they’re immensely powerful.”

            “You’ve witnessed them?!” Isabel asks in amazement.

            “Of course I have,” Querrick says, “for you witness everything in war.”

            “You have tell us that story!” Lykas says, “We must hear it!”

            “Should’ve kept my mouth shut,” Querrick says, “Alright, before I tell you the story I have to tell you about the Divine Archetype and how to spot one. First, they won’t introduce themselves as anything but a two or three letter name. If someone’s name has more than three letters they’re not divine, move on. However, the Devil Archetype will deceive you upon first meeting by making you think he’s either just a regular archetype of a God Archetype. The God Archetype I encountered, his name was Ra. Our battalion didn’t stand a chance. The God Archetype’s power is so overwhelming, so vast, and potent that it can eliminate anything on the planet. Nothing can withstand the full might of a God Archetype, which is why it’s the most powerful.

            “The Devil archetype, however, is a bit different. Sure, it can be equally as powerful as the God Archetype, but it prefers deception and trickery as it wastes less energy while at the same time feeds off of people’s fear, anxiety, stress, and all other negative emotions. The Devil Archetype drains the life force from its victims before killing them with one swift blow. Now, more Archetypes can combat the Devil Archetype, the key is to be able to identify it. You identify it by its mannerisms, its demeanor, and whether it shows a clear display of its power. All archetypes show displays of power, even me. It is an unspoken law all archetypes agree to uphold by nature and the Devil Archetype is the one that consistently breaks it.”

            “Hm,” Isabel says, “everyone we’ve ever come across has introduced their archetype.”

            “Don’t worry,” Querrick says, “the chances of anyone encountering those archetypes are slim to none, which is why people say foolish things like the Divine Archetypes don’t exist.”

            “So, I’m an Empath, subcategory of the Lover Archetype.” Isabel says.

            “And I’m a Wizard, subcategory of The Magician Archetype.” Lykas says, “so, how does an archetype come into its full power?”

            “Simple,” Querrick says, “increase your understanding of your archetype.”

            Lykas and Isabel raise an eyebrow.

            Querrick points his thumb, “see that bookshelf over there, it has books on every archetype and the nature of their powers. Read up and let me know when you’re ready for training.”

            Lykas devours his breakfast in less than a breath and races over to the bookshelf while Isabel and Querrick eat casually, continuing about the day without another word.

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