Hearts of Destiny: The Beginning - Part Three
Chapter Three: Confrontation
The group of four had walked for hours, and they were
all aching. The carriages out of town closed after eight, and they had to walk
all the way to the ocean. They couldn't use their wings, because CJ told them
they needed to conserve their energy. When they finally arrived, they paid their
fare and were flown up to the cloud on a transport platform, magically lifted
by the operators. They jumped off and headed on the cloud towards the east.
There was a huge crowd of people walking around, and CJ began to wonder how
they would be able to find whomever they needed to.
"They are coming… I can see them… Go now and
greet them my dear."
"And make sure they suspect nothing, or you will
suffer my wrath."
"Yes sir, immediately."
Moonlighthawk was the first to notice a fluctuation
of dark energy, radiating from a dark faerie that was leaning casually against
a lamppost. Moon motioned for the others to go towards her, and they all went,
hands near their weapons, in case something happened. The faerie, however, didn't
do anything. When they reached her, she turned and motioned for them to follow.
They walked farther out to the edge of the cloud and away from the crowd. The
faerie stopped close to the edge, then knelt down. She drew a symbol on the
cloud, Acaneno noted this for future reference, and then the faerie stepped
back. The symbol shrunk into the cloud, and then a hole appeared with a staircase
leading downwards. CJ cast a ball of light, letting them see where they went.
When they were all inside, the passage entrance above them closed. Cala hesitated,
she could sense that something was wrong, but she was pushed along by her brothers,
and continued onwards. It's the tunnel from my vision, she realized. But we're
not running…. Why?
The corridor was ending, and soon the group walked
into an expansive room. The walls were made of purplish rocks, and stalagmites
and stalactites were plentiful. There was a gold throne in the center of the
room on top of platform of circular stairs, with a purple carpet leading to
the entrance. On each side of the throne, on each wall, were six metal doors
with small barred windows in the center, near the top of each door. The doors
had symbols above them of each element, and the room was circular and situated
so that each symbol was across from its twin. A corridor was behind the throne,
leading back into what seemed to be more rooms. What disturbed the group the
most was that above the passage behind the throne was a cutout in the wall.
The roof was curved inwards, and the cutout was deeper into the wall in some
areas than others. A sheet of glass covered the cutout, and inside the cutout,
which seemed to be sort of a prisoner's cell, was Keikonoa. She was beating
on the glass, which seemed to have no exit to it, and was soundproof, since
they couldn't hear her hooves. All three of the other pets flew up to try and
destroy it. Acaneno blasted it with his wind magic, Moonlighthawk with his dark
magic, and Calachaneo with her fists, but it was no use. The glass seemed protected
by some force.
There was a slam, and they turned to see that
the passage behind them was blocked by a rock like door. CJ began to lunge at
the faerie that had brought them, but the faerie sent her back with a blast
of dark magic. She slammed into the wall, then got up, growling. Balls of light
magic formed in her hands, as she prepared for a fight.
"I wouldn't do that my dear," said a voice from
the passage. A figure robed in a black cloak stepped out and climbed the steps
of the platform and stood in front of the throne. Immediately the three pets
sped down at him, preparing to strike, but a round shield of dark magic formed
around the throne, and when the pets hit it they were thrown back towards the
wall at the entrance. They got up and shook themselves off as CJ began to walk
towards the figure. "Who are you and what do you want with us?" she growled,
drawing her Virtublaster and pointing it at him. She fired a few shots, but
they were deflected by the shield.
"Faerie, into the cell, now," barked the figure.
He pointed at a door with a dark symbol above it, and the door flew upwards.
A long metal chain snaked out and wrapped around the metal collar the faerie
wore around her neck and pulled her inside. The door slammed shut after her.
"I welcome you and applaud you on your efforts,"
the figure said. But it is all for naught. You will die here, and I will cherish
"What do you want with us!" yelled CJ, charging
at the throne. She beat on the dark magic shield as it formed, putting her light
magic into each punch.
"You won't do anything to it," said the figure.
"It's too powerful. I'm too powerful. Of course, "he said "why should we be
talking? I only brought you here to kill you, so let's get to that. Oh, and
your Ixi? She'll watch you all die and then become a minion of mine. And you
can't do anything to stop it because you have no power here!"
In an instant he had blasted them all with dark
magic, sending them flying back once again. When they looked up, he was gone,
and the passage behind the throne was blocked.
A metal sheet slid over the open part of the
twelve other doors in the room, in essence sealing the room fully. "I don't
like the looks of this," said Moonlighthawk. A sound was heard, and holes appeared
in the wall. A purplish like liquid began to flow into the room. CJ felt it;
it was sticky.
"We need to get out of here!" shouted CJ, beginning
to fire blasts of light magic at the glass sheet separating Keiko from them.
Acaneno and Moonlighthawk also began to attack it.
Cala looked up, preparing to fly up and attack
the glass again, but noticed a hole in the ceiling. "We need to get up there!"
she shouted, flying upwards towards it. "I can see a light!"
Unfortunately, CJ had let herself stay in the
purple liquid that had become chest deep. She started to wade in it, but instantly
found that the liquid was so sticky and thick that it trapped her in it. Whenever
she pulled her hand out of the water, the liquid became like rubber and stuck
to her, pulling her hand back under. "Don't get in this stuff!" she shouted
as Cala flew down to help her, but the liquid seemed to reach up as she flew
down, and grabbed the Shoyru and pulled her in. CJ grabbed her and held on as
they started to sink.
Somehow, the two boys had managed to smash the
glass sheet and free Keiko. However, as she was trying to climb onto Moon's
back, she tripped and fell, landing in the water. CJ and Cala swam over to her,
and they stayed together as the boys flew over them, trying to find a way to
get them out. However, each time they approached the liquid, it reached up to
grab them, and eventually both were caught in the sticky liquid.
Then they began to sink into it, and tried to
swim upwards. The pets with wings found that their wings were saturated with
the liquid and they couldn't use them to fly outwards. The five huddled together
as the liquid rose even higher, eventually coming about five feet below the
top of the cave.
Keiko gagged as some of the liquid entered her
mouth. CJ, because of extra weight, was sinking even faster. "Get out!" she
gagged as her face slipped below the liquid. She felt herself falling… falling…
"CJ!" shouted Acaneno, digging through the liquid.
"Come on!" There's got to be some way…. Somehow… to get out…."
The four pets huddled together, feeling that
they would also sink and eventually drown. "CJ…" whispered Cala, starting to
A rumbling sound was heard, and the pets felt
themselves being lifted up. CJ burst through the surface, followed by gigantic
metal wings strapped to her back. They beat gracefully, driving them upwards
as CJ grabbed them and pulled them out. The liquid seemed to have no affect
on the metal, which allowed CJ to use the wings freely. Once they were actually
out of the liquid, it came off of their bodies quite easily and allowed them
to use their wings. As CJ carried Keiko, they all flew upwards into the hole
and towards the surface.
"We're almost out!" shouted Moon, finally seeing
a light above them. Suddenly a rumbling was heard. Keiko looked down and screamed
as she saw the liquid coming up like a tidal wave at them.
"Hurry!" she shouted. They strained to reach
the top, the liquid coming on faster. Even if we can get out of the hole,
CJ thought, the second afterwards we'll be caught by the liquid…
To be continued...