Chase and Brian fight with their elements, but it’s an equal match. Brian refuses to use fire or earth, because he’s afraid he’ll injure his friend. He tells Chase he’ll take Marissa himself, if Chase doesn’t man up. The upshot of the confrontation is that both Chase and Marissa will be unbound from the group.
“You can’t do that!” Harold Pennybaker bellowed, shaking his finger at Brian.
“I just did it. You want to fight me, too, Old Man? I’ll go easy on you, like I did with Chase.”
“Easy? You think you need to pull your punches with me?”
“Forget it,” Brian said, turning away from the older man. “You’re not worth it, neither of you.”
“You arrogant little prick!” Harold said, advancing as he reached for Brian’s back.
His feet were trapped in clay and he couldn’t move. The clay moved up his legs, rapidly approaching his belly…
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