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20 November 2009 @ 05:28 pm
094 Lost  
Title: Darkness Overwhelming
Fandom: Mystic Force
Pairing: N/A
Rating: 15
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary/Warnings: Somewhere, all wishes come true. Ryan's a little confused.
Word Count: 418 / 52 682
Author's notes: My table is here.

094 Lost

Ryan was staring intently at the scanner in his hand, occasionally making a note on the pad at his elbow, and he didn’t register Kelsey until she actually poked him in the shoulder. Once he would have flipped anyone who approached him like that; he tensed, reaching towards her hand, but he recognised her before touching her.

“Kelsey, hey. I didn’t hear you.”

“I know,” she said cheerfully. “You haven’t been answering your headset.”

“I took it off. It was giving me a headache.”

“And your morpher?”

He glanced down at his wrist. “I didn’t notice it.”

Kelsey picked up his notes; they were scrawled in the blocky, mostly symbolic language of the demons. She couldn’t read it—none of them could—but she knew it was a bad sign; Ryan had worked hard to leave everything of that life behind, and it only resurfaced when he was really worried about something.

“What are you working on?”

“Magic.” She made a face, and he insisted, “No, really. This area should have very strong natural magic.”

“I didn’t think you could do magic.”

“I can’t, but I can sense it. This whole area should be high in magic, but it’s gone.”

“Where does magic go?”

“Well, that’s the problem. It shouldn’t go anywhere. Magic doesn’t get lost or used up, it just is.”

Kelsey nodded, still studying the notebook. “Any theories?”

“Maybe.” He glanced in the direction of the field, though it wasn’t visible from here. “That’s dark magic, and it’s strong. I think all the magic changed, from light to dark, and it’s in the field.”

He pushed abruptly to his feet, shaking his head. “But that doesn’t make any sense either. Magic doesn’t change.”

“Can someone change it?” Kelsey asked doubtfully.

“Maybe. I wouldn’t have any idea how, though—that’s well beyond anything even Queen Bansheera tried.”

She grimaced. “So I guess we can’t reverse it, then.”

“No. Even if we get the field down, if we destroy the Darkness, I don’t think we can fix this.”

“Maybe it’ll fix itself?”

Ryan smiled at the hopeful tone. “Maybe. I hope so.”

“Right.” She bounced to her feet. “Can you do anything about it tonight?”

“No. I don’t think…”

“Then let’s go,” she interrupted him.

“Go where?”

“Back to Lightspeed for the night. Your father wants a full debrief. Wes and Eric are going to stay here, and we’re all going back. Tomorrow night they’re going to debrief.”

“How organized. I’m coming, Kels, don’t pull my arm off.”