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27 July 2009 @ 09:56 pm
015 Villain 047 Parents  
Title: Darkness Overwhelming
Fandom: Mystic Force
Pairing: N/A
Rating: 15
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary/Warnings: Somewhere, all wishes come true. Chip muses about Koragg. A tragedy for Xander is an oppurtunity for the rest of the town.
Word Count: 1450 / 52 682
Author's notes: My table is here.
Ok, two chapters again this week. You're only getting one from now on, I mean it!
Onscreen death in the second chapter.




015 Villain (Antagonist)

What I can’t figure out is why Koragg cares.

I understand Leelee and Necrolai. One wants fun or else, one wants us dead. I don’t like them, but I understand them, and I’m guessing Morticon is the same as Necrolai.

Koragg, though…

Maddie said he talked about honour. It’s an odd word, coming from a villain, but he obviously believes in it. He cleared the school before he demolished it, and he hasn’t hurt anyone except to stop them hurting others.

Leelee makes it clear how she sees us. So does Necrolai. But I can’t figure out what he sees…

He scares Clare. Nick said someone attacked her in the woods, the day the Darkness rose. She hasn’t talked about it, but if Koragg didn’t do it he was there.

But that’s not like him either; Clare can’t protect herself, not against him or Hydiacs, and I can’t see him letting an attack like that go on. He’s not nasty, like Necrolai, or capricious, like Leelee. He’s more like a paladin, a real knight, than a villain.

We won’t ask Clare, of course. But Maddie now firmly believes he’s a good guy or at least not a bad guy. Vee…well, I’d hate to be in Koragg’s shoes if he’d hurt Maddie. I don’t think Xander and Nick trust him much, either.

Me? I don’t know. It’d be nice to think we were rubbing off on him…







047 Parents

Xander hadn’t let anyone leave for almost a week, afraid after what had happened to Chip and Maddie. Vida was starting to get serious cabin fever, but she hadn’t made a break for it yet. Maddie had reverted to her self imposed silence; Clare had taken it upon herself to try and break through, but it wasn’t working very well.

They’d given up going to the morning meetings shortly after the town was sealed, so if Toby hadn’t come they might never have found out.

He scrambled through the blockade late one morning, eyes wide and frightened. “Guys…Xander…”

“What?” Xander hurried to catch him when his knees buckled. “Toby, what’s wrong?”

“We have to…they found the people who escaped from the mines, they’re executing them…Xander, we have to go!”

“I don’t need to watch Necrolai kill anyone else, thanks.”

Maddie was at his shoulder with a precious cup of water and he smiled at her, passing it to Toby.

“No, you don’t…” Toby took the cup, gulping the water. “You don’t understand,” he continued quickly. “The people who escaped…”

“What?” Xander prompted when he trailed off. “Toby, just tell me.”

“Your parents,” Toby blurted.

Xander blinked, staring at him. “My…what?”

Chip came up behind him. “Toby, start again?”

“No, we don’t have time! Xander, come on.”

“Nick, come with us,” Vida said quickly. “Chip, stay here.”

“Yeah.” Chip nodded, backing off as Nick and Vida settled in on either side of Xander. The older boy still hadn’t grasped what was happening—or, more likely, refused to grasp it—and followed Vida docily when she tugged at his arm.




“Vee?” Xander said very softly.

“Yeah, Xand.”

“Are my parents here?”

“Yeah, Xand.”

“To be killed?”

“Yeah. I’m sorry.” She looked helplessly at Nick and Toby.

Xander nodded slowly, gaze still locked on his feet. “Is my sister here?”

“No. It’s all adults.”

Necrolai swept onto the stage, Leelee trailing behind. “Slaves of the Master!” she called. The noise in the square died away, and she preened. “These slaves tried to abandon their work! They will serve as a lesson for all of you! The Master’s work must be completed.”

“Once they’ve paid,” Leelee added, “the barrier will be reopened to allow supplies back in. Only supplies, only in. No one will be allowed to leave.”

“Oh, god,” Nick breathed. Toby cursed, and Vida wrapped both arms around Xander.

“What?” he asked, still not looking up.

“It’s a gibbet,” Nick said quietly. “She’s gonna hang them.”

“What? No. She can’t…Mom! Dad!”

He tried to fight his way forward; Vida hung on grimly, and the people in front closed ranks, keeping him back. Necrolai glanced in their direction, though how she picked them out of the cacophony was anyone’s guess. Nick caught his shoulders, yanking him down.

“Xander, you can’t fight them now,” he hissed.

“They’re gonna die…”

“So will you! Stay down. It’s too late now.”

“He’s right.” Vida was crying; Xander stared at her in utter incomprehension. “I’m so sorry, Xand, but we can’t. We can’t stop this.”

“There’s only two of them!”

“And the troop of Hydiacs, and Koragg watching from over there, and the extra Hydiacs waiting in the next street over,” Toby said quietly. He looked sickened by the words, but he kept talking. “They’re trying to drive the resistance out into the open. Starving them out didn’t work. If you step up now they’ll assume that’s you and they’ll kill you.”

“Your sister’s still out there somewhere, right?” Nick added desperately. “You have to stay alive, yeah?”

“Get off,” Xander said thickly. Vida let go of him, letting him struggle to his feet, watching warily for him to make another break for it.

Xander didn’t move, watching with a frighteningly closed-off expression as his parents and the three other ‘rebels’ were hanged. Once it was over, he turned to Vida.

“Go with Toby, see if they’re really opening the barrier. Get anything you can.”

“Xander,” she protested.

“Go. The Guardians won’t have endless supplies, we can’t afford to miss anything.”

Vida glanced at Nick, who nodded quietly.

“Thanks for telling me, Toby,” Xander added.

“I’m sorry I had to.”

“Yeah.” Xander laughed oddly. “So am I.”

The pair left, and he turned to Nick. “Can you, um…try and find out what they’re doing with the bodies?”

“Xander…”

“I let them die. I’m not gonna let them hang there. Please go and find out.”

“Yeah. Stay here?”

Xander nodded slowly. “I’m not sure I could go anywhere right now.”

Necrolai was gone; Leelee was still standing on the stage, but Nick ignored her, looking for Koragg. Even before he’d saved Maddie he’d been gaining a reputation as a fair—being. Nick was counting on that now.

“Koragg! Hey, Koragg! Knight Wolf!”

The knight turned to eye him. Above him, on the stage, Leelee was watching as well. “You dare to address me thus?”

Nick gestured to the gibbet. “What happens to them now?”

“They have served their purpose.”

“So what happens to them?”

“Your question makes no sense.”

“He means the bodies,” Leelee said. “He wants to know about the bodies.”

“They are mere shells. Empty now.”

“Yeah, well they’re the shells of my friend’s parents and he wants them.”

“Really?” Leelee bounced off the stage and came to join them. “What will you do for us, then?”

Nick dismissed her without changing his expression. “Koragg?”

“Hey!” Leelee protested.

“The shells have no use to us. What would your friend do with them?”

“Bury them.” Koragg’s head tilted, and Nick added, “Give them a little dignity. Give him someplace to grieve.”

“They need no dignity now.”

“I should have known you wouldn’t understand,” Nick scoffed. “Look, you won’t be able to keep the bodies here anyway. Someone will cut them down, and you won’t be able to stop it.”

“Who does this…burying?” Koragg asked.

“A priest, usually.”

“Priest!” he called without looking away from Nick.

“What are you doing?” Leelee asked, frowning.

There was movement in the now much smaller crowd and a man stepped forward. “I’m a priest.”

Koragg waved towards the bodies. “Take them away.”

The priest blinked. “I…”

“Take them away now or join them!” Koragg thundered.

“Yes, of course,” he said quickly, looking around for help. Several others stepped forward; Nick could see Xander, standing near the edge of the square, but he made no move to help.

When the bodies had been taken away Nick looked back at Koragg. “Thank you.”

“You’re gonna be in so much trouble,” Leelee predicted.

“They served their purpose,” Koragg repeated impatiently. “Now be gone, wench.”

“Hey! You can’t talk to me like that!”

Koragg turned his head to look at her and she backed up quickly. “Whatever. I’m out of here.”

“Thank you,” Nick repeated.

“You should go now,” Koragg told him. “Take your friend to grieve, and then get off the streets. Necrolai won’t be happy.”

“Yeah. Thanks.”

He managed to rouse Xander only after several minutes of effort; he suggested going to the church, but Xander only wanted to go back to the school, so Nick led him away.
 
 
 
angel_negra on December 6th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
Oh poor Xander...
I like how Koragg is becoming something of an anti-hero in this.

And that Nick and Vida totally have Xander's back in all this. But man, poor Xander.
Acting my shoe sizewild_force71 on December 7th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Re: Oh poor Xander...
It's weird writing Koragg, because his honour is so important to him. And as far as I could figure it out, the thought process would go something like "Not-dangerous boy wants non-dangerous bodies. Allow." Nicks' not a threat, bodies aren't a threat, so there's no harm in letting him take them.

Yeah, I felt bad for doing that to Xander, so to make up a bit later on I returned his sister. :D
angel_negra on December 9th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: Oh poor Xander...
I think you do a good job with Koragg.

Oh, I look forward to that. <3