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17 August 2009 @ 11:06 pm
081 Breakfast  
Title: Darkness Overwhelming
Fandom: Mystic Force
Pairing: N/A
Rating: 15
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary/Warnings: Somewhere, all wishes come true. Koragg's mask begins to crack.
Word Count: 453 / 52 682
Author's notes: My table is here.





081 Breakfast

Udonna woke when Koragg came back into the cave. So far he’d been careful about not disturbing her; today he stomped in, letting his shield fall to the ground with a clatter.

Phineas skulked in behind him, carefully moving the shield to one side, out of the way. “Anything else, boss?”

“No. Yes.” He looked at Udonna. “Are you hungry?”

“Yes,” she said carefully.

“Find some food,” he ordered. “Good food.”

“Good food for the White Witch,” Phineas repeated. “Got it.”

Udonna shifted, sitting carefully on the edge of the ledge that served as her bed and prison. “Has something happened?”

“Explain…burying.”

Udonna blinked. “Pardon me?”

“Burying,” he repeated impatiently.

“It’s a ritual. Designed to ease the grief of those left behind, and to honour the bravery of those who have died.”

“Shells have no need for dignity.”

“No. Those left behind have a need to see their loved ones treated with dignity. To see that even in death they are respected and loved.”

Koragg snarled. “Once dead they are dead.”

“Do you feel grief, Koragg?”

“I feel only loyalty towards my Master, Witch.” She looked away, and he scowled. “Now what?”

“Don’t call me witch.”

“Phineas addresses you as witch.”

“Phineas uses it as a mark of respect. You use it to demean. No more.”

“You are in no position to make demands.”

“There are still many beings who feel loyalty to me, Koragg. Be wary. Your Master has not broken their spirits yet.”

Koragg turned, glaring at Phineas where he stood in the doorway. “What say you? Would the woodland creatures rise on her word?”

“If she could give it.” Phineas crossed to place the tray carefully in reach of the ledge. “That’s why you took her, isn’t it?”

“I was to kill her,” Koragg muttered.

Phineas, still busying himself with the tray, caught Udonna’s eye at that. “And why didn’t you, boss?”

“Because there is no honour in defeating a weaker opponent. The Master had defeated her before I laid a hand on her.”

“Sounds reasonable,” Phineas agreed. “So! Anything else?”

“No. Where is Necrolai?”

“Playing with her toys.”

“No one comes in.”

Phineas nodded, backing away and pulling the door behind him.

Udonna picked at the food, watching Koragg wander aimlessly through the room. “Why did you ask?” He turned to look at her, and she added, “About burying.”

“Necrolai hanged some deserters. A boy came to ask for the bodies. He wanted them buried.”

“A brave boy,” Udonna murmured.

Koragg nodded. “More than you know. He dismissed Leelee to speak with me.”

Udonna smiled faintly. “I’m sure she enjoyed that.”

“Spoiled brat,” Koragg muttered. “I must go. Phineas will tend you.”

“Thank you,” Udonna murmured, watching him leave.
 
 
 
angel_negra on December 7th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
Just when I'd been hoping for more Udonna too
I love the dynamics between Koragg, Udonna and Phineas here.