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03 November 2009 @ 08:21 pm
072 Diamond in the Rough  
Sorry, I'm a day late. But it's an extra long entry!


Title: Darkness Overwhelming
Fandom: Mystic Force
Pairing: N/A
Rating: 15
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary/Warnings: Somewhere, all wishes come true. The teens find an ally, but she may be untrustworthy.
Word Count: 1156 / 52 682
Author's notes: My table is here.









072 Diamond in the Rough


“It’s the weather,” Chip murmured. “If it’d clear up she’d be better.”

“It’s not the weather,” Nick said flatly. “Maddie’s sick, Chip.”

“Well, what are we going to do?”

Nick glanced at Xander who was sitting with the girls, talking quietly to Maddie.

“Leave him,” Chip said. “They’re special, him and Maddie. Don’t disturb him.”

“Ok. You head up to the field, see if the Guardians can give you anything.” He looked past Xander, catching Clare’s eye.

“What are you going to do?” Chip asked. Clare hesitated beside him, looking from him to Nick uncertainly.

“I’m gonna go look for Koragg,” Nick said grimly. “Clare, can Slannen give us anything to help?”

“No. Nothing we don’t already have.”

“Ok. We’re gonna go look. Keep the others inside.”

“Be careful,” she said quietly. “Koragg still belongs to the Master.”

“We will.”

“We won’t be long,” Chip added.



The easiest way to find Koragg was usually to find the loudest fight, but Nick was afraid to be gone for too long. He headed for the town square instead.

Leelee was there, as usual, surrounded by her boys; Nick plunged through without seeing them, focused on the blonde. “Where’s Koragg?”

“Hey! Don’t you know who I am?”

“Yeah. You’re the person standing between me and Koragg. Where is he?”

Most of Leelee’s court were in varying stages of panic; one of the boys caught at Nick’s arm. Nick let go of Leelee for long enough to break his attacker’s hold and shove him back.

“Leelee, I don’t have time for this. Where’s Koragg?”

“Why?” Leelee had recovered some of her bravado now that Nick wasn’t standing so close, and she smiled coyly at him. “What can the Wolf boy do for you that I can’t?”

“My friend is sick. I need medicine.”

She frowned. “There’s no more potions. And even if there were, Koragg can’t make them.”

“Not potions, medicine. Antibiotics.”

Her face cleared. “There aren’t any. At least, not in the Underworld.” Nick cursed softly, turning away. “Where are you going?”

“Up to the Silver Guardians.”

“The field’s closed. Someone didn’t kowtow to my mother, or something. Nothing in today or tomorrow.”

Nick cursed again. Leelee rose to her feet, watching him. “This friend…”

“Maddie.”

“Maddie,” Leelee repeated, raising an eyebrow. “Who is she?”

“I’m sorry?”

“She must be something special if you’re willing to risk death for her.”

“You haven’t killed anyone lately.” Leelee only smirked, and he added, “And she is. You might not understand this, Leelee, but she’s a good person.”

Leelee flinched, turning away from a moment before looking back at him. “Come with me.”

“What?”

“Come with me.”

“Look, Leelee, you don’t scare me.”

“I’m not…” She scowled, turning her attention to the cowering boys. “Go away!”

“But…” one of them protested.

Leelee stamped her foot. “Go!”

The boys scattered, glaring at Nick as they went. Leelee waited until they were gone to hold out a hand to Nick; when he took it warily, she used the support to jump down from the stage.

“I’ll help your friend. Come on.”

“Why?” Nick demanded.

She shrugged. “Because I can. Because I’m bored. Because you’re cute; whatever. Come on.”

Nick glanced at their hands, still joined. “I’m not afraid of your mother, either. Hurt me, I’ll hurt you right back.”

“Yadda, yadda. Do you want my help or not?”

He smiled suddenly. “Maybe you do understand. Yes, I want your help.”

“Let’s go, then.”




They passed Chip on his way back from the field; Leelee didn’t object when he turned back to follow them, only strode right up to the field. “Hey!” she yelled.

“Nick, what’s going on?” Chip whispered.

Nick shrugged helplessly. “She’s helping.”

Leelee stepped through the field; Nick blinked, stepping forward to touch it. The field didn’t react, not letting him through but not hurting him or forcing him back either. “Why is it…”

“Necrolai’s daughter, remember? She can get through any time she wants.”

Nick looked back at him. “You don’t have to wait.”

“I’m not leaving you alone with her.”

“I don’t think she’s gonna hurt me.”

“I thought Vida was the one on Leelee’s side.”

“I’m not on her side, I just…” Nick shrugged. “I think she’s not so bad.”

“First Koragg, now Leelee. They’ll be helping us rebuild before long.”

“I wouldn’t go that…hello…”

Leelee stepped back through the field, tossing a small white bag to Nick. “Antibiotics.”

Nick passed them to Chip without looking at them. “Thank you.”

She shrugged, brushing her hair back. “Filled in half an hour.”

Nick eyed her, turning abruptly to Chip. “Get those back to Maddie.”

“Nick…”

“I’m gonna hang out with Leelee for a bit,” he continued, ignoring Chip’s attempts to speak. “I’ll be back in a while.”

“That’s not a good idea,” Chip said carefully.

“Don’t worry,” Leelee said, draping herself over Nick’s shoulder. “I won’t damage him. Not permanently, anyway.”

“Get the stuff back to Maddie,” Nick repeated quietly. “I’ll be behind you.”

Chip glanced at the bag in his hand, backing away. “Don’t be long. We’ll come looking.”

“Got it,” Nick agreed easily.

Leelee watched him leave, letting go of Nick so she could move around to see his face. “You want something else?” she asked, tone surprisingly bitter.

“No.”

“I know why people pretend to like me. I’m not stupid.”

“Then why let them do it? Leelee…you’ve got to know this is wrong.” He gestured to the burned and gutted buildings around them. “You could stop this.”

“Yeah, you’d think,” Leelee scoffed. “My mom barely even knows I’m around. She never listens to me. And the others hate me.”

Nick didn’t answer, staring at the road, and Leelee stopped walking. “Look, I know this sucks, ok? I’m sorry for everything that’s happening, but I can’t stop it. I have no power. I just…am.”

“Where were you before this, Leelee? Before the Darkness?”

“Down there,” Leelee muttered. “My mom killed my dad when he tried to take me away. I’ve been down there for years.” She looked up, holding his gaze. “If they leave here, if your Rangers defeat them, I’ll have to go back there with them.”

Nick shook his head quickly. “There’s other places…”

“I’m bored,” Leelee announced loudly, cutting him off. “You should go back to your friend, before my mom finds you out here. She usually comes to check on me around now.”

Nick glanced up, noting the sun just setting. “Thanks,” he murmured again.

“Run,” she whispered.

Nick ran.



Xander caught his eye when he came in, silently mouthing, “Later.” Clare passed him a cup of water and smiled. Chip was leaning over Maddie, talking softly, and it was Vida who came to sit beside him.

“Was it worth it?” she asked quietly.

Nick thought back over the conversation, over the girl he’d caught glimpses of beneath the hard veneer. “Yeah,” he said quietly. “It was worth it.”