Ties to the Wanderer: Part Four
Also by draikmistress123
Part Four: Rescue
They awoke in a similar place, but this time the dark
fog was all around them.
And, strangely, their memories were back.
Wanndiasan knew now exactly where they were,
and she had a good idea why.
This was all very odd, Will wouldn't deny it.
Still, they were out of that place, even though they ended up in another. Even
better, he actually remembered everything. Even... the parasailing incident.
Okay, maybe that one should've stayed forgotten... "What the heck happened here?"
he asked, confused even more. "And how come we actually remember everything?"
"I would account the memory increase to the passage
of time, judging by my rather great hunger," was the Wocky's reply. "Although
I fear that my remembering is nearly as much a bad thing as it is a good thing..."
"Why would that be something bad?" he asked,
rubbing his forehead as a sort of headache came over. Not that it was something
brought on by the thing. Headaches were quite normal for him. "Does that mean
you remember what started this thing in the first place?"
"Precisely," she said. "I do indeed remember
what caused this. Everything leads back to Kel." She stood up, adjusting her
dress so that it fell properly and brushing the hair back from her eyes, though
he could not see it for the dark fog.
"It all leads back to Kel?" he repeated, raising
a brow. "How? What does this... thing have to do with Kel?" Will asked, even
more confused now.
"She cast the Drifting on Kel," was the answer.
"She is trying to... to get rid of... of Kel. She doesn't want me near Kel,
because I prevent the Drifting. So she brought me to this place... Which reminds
me, now that you remember, how did you get here?"
"That Lyco guy and I were in Sakhmet, looking
for you," he answered, recalling how he'd wound up in this little mess. "Some
voice called to me, and, being the idiot I am, I answered it." Will shrugged,
shaking his head. "Would you call it sort of sad that someone who should've
learned about curiosity killing the Meowclops when he pried too deep about his
friend's personal life and earned a good black eye for a week didn't learn his
lesson?" He smirked, laughing to himself.
Wanndiasan was not quite certain what he was
talking about anymore, so she simply nodded, then remembered that he could not
see her through all the dark fog. So instead she muttered, "Aye?"
Touching the wall, she sighed.
"Of course. Now the walls have wards against
spells," she murmured. "So, how to get out of this place?"
"We could try to break the wall down," he offered,
getting to his feet slowly. Of course, from the looks of it, that wouldn't exactly
be the easiest thing in the world. "Somehow. It's times like these I wish I
had actually dragged Sly with me," he muttered, trying to figure out just where
the walls were.
"This is the same room," she said suddenly. "Here,
this is the little hole I managed to make in the wall. The only difference is,
now we're surrounded by fog. Oh, Kel is much better with this sort of thing
than I am." She buried her face in her hands and started sobbing, realizing
that as she tried to find an escape, her sister had likely already faded beyond
"Are you kidding me?" Will's voice had a bit
of disbelief in it, as his arms fell to his sides. "So, you don't think we could
just 'make' an exit out of here? If you could make that hole, surely we could
get one big enough to let us through."
"Well," she said after a moment, realizing that
her tears did no good, "it's more of a dent. But we could certainly try. The
problem is, she would know instantly, with her fog all around us."
"So let her know," he said confidently, feeling
around the walls to find the small hole. "If someone wants to keep their pets,
they have to look for them if they go missing." Even though that wasn't exactly
the most reassuring thing in the world, Will was sure that the one who had imprisoned
them was all fog and no power.
Finding his hand in the fog, Wanndiasan dragged
"You do not understand," she said. Leaning closer,
she whispered in his ear, "The one who has captured us is Jhudora."
"Jhudora?" For a moment, Will actually realized
that they could be in some deep dirt after all. "Well, I guess I can say that
my friends and I have made belts out of things more powerful than she is." He
smirked confidently, before having another revelation. That was when the entire
gang was there. Not when he was somewhat alone.
"Do not speak of it further. She can hear us-"
Sounds came from high up. It seemed very far
Shouts, chanting, screams.
She looked up. Could it be-?
Or... was it?
"What's that?" he whispered, sort of afraid to
speak any louder. "Friend, foe, something in between... what is it?" He sat
up, staring upward as well.
The fog began to dissipate.
More yelling sounded.
A voice called, "Over here! I found something!"
They seemed closer.
"What is that?"
"Some kind of... door, maybe?"
A tiny square of light appeared suddenly in the
darkness above, high up in what was evidently the ceiling. Most of it was blocked
out, the first voice calling, so quiet they could hardly hear it, "Well, there's
something down there, but it's so far I can't see..."
"Lyco! He found us!" Dia whispered.
Then she called up, "You'd better have some rope,
because I sure can't fly!"
There was a banging sound, and then a startled
Shoyru barely avoided crashing into the floor.
"Dia!" Lyco cried. "So, I was right, or you were
right, or... something..."
"Oh my goodness, we're saved," he muttered, avoiding
the falling Shoyru before he saved himself. "Man, what took you guys so long?
Sorry not to seem grateful or anything, just asking." Will shrugged a bit, grinning
He thought a moment, head tilted to one side,
then said, "Well, three days to find Dia's letter, one to Meridell and to convince
Illusen to help, one more to Faerieland, and then most of this morning to find
you. Psellia, that was hard. I probably wouldn't have made it if Aki hadn't
"If Aki's here..." Wanndiasan began.
"Kel's been sleeping most of the last five days.
She asked Aki to go help, or something like that. I'm not sure, Aki's not making
much sense... "
"Fyora help us, we have to get home!"
"Lyco?" Akirinia's voice called down. "Did you
"Yes, I lived, o elder sister. You can't get
rid of me that easy!" Grinning, he flew back up to his sister.
Wanndiasan shook her head, chuckling.
"Then that means Kel must be sort of getting
better," he said happily, getting to his feet again. "Let's get the heck out
of here before something worse happens. Fyora knows what'll happen if we don't
get out quickly," Will pointed out, trying to figure out a way to get up.
The Wocky abruptly stopped laughing.
"Oh, no," she said. "Kel's much worse, if she's
been sleeping so much. We have to get back, quickly. She may already be beyond
Lyco appeared again.
"One problem," he said, looking a bit sheepish.
"It seems we can't get you out..."
"You can't get us out?" His grin faded as Lyco
spoke, a groan of despair escaping from him. "What's keeping you from it? Is
some sort of barrier not letting us out or something?"
"Well, yeah. You're sort of at the bottom of
He stared at Lyco for a moment, shaking his head.
"We're at the bottom of a well? That's it? Send a rope down here, then! Surely
you guys can somehow make some sort of thing to help us out of here!" One would
believe Will was somewhat claustrophobic from the way he was acting, and it
wasn't far from the truth.
"Hey, I think I found something!" Akirinia called.
"What?" Wanndiasan yelled up.
"I'm not- Oh!"
Coloured lights shone back and forth across the
narrow opening. Frowning, Lyco went back to see what it was.
"Well," he said when he saw, "that might help."
A moment later, he was flying back down, multicoloured
lights swirling about.
Next thing they knew, they were in Faerieland,
not far from Jhudora's Cloud.
"Thank you," Akirinia whispered.
"That was... surprisingly easy," Will murmured,
but wouldn't really comment aloud to Lyco and Akirinia. He sent a worried glance
back at Jhudora's Cloud, hoping that she wouldn't notice they were gone until
they were far away.
"Don't worry," Lyco said, noticing the glance.
"She'll be busy awhile."
"Let's go home," Wanndiasan said.
"Yeah, that sounds like a plan," he nodded, still
not sure about Jhudora. "You sure she's preoccupied right now? She doesn't seem
like the type who would forget her prisoners, y'know." It was quite humourous
hearing this from someone who only moments before believed they could handle
"Aye, but we've the cure, now," Aki said with
a small smile. Her brother and sister cast her a startled glance.
Then they smiled too.
Next stop: Brightvale.
To be continued...