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20 December 2009 @ 02:03 pm
067 Enemies: 062 Zords (Vehicles)  
Two chapters today because I missed Friday. Sorry about that!

Title: Darkness Overwhelming
Fandom: Mystic Force
Pairing: N/A
Rating: 15
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary/Warnings: Somewhere, all wishes come true. Enemies - and allies - come in all sorts of forms. Zoe gets her wish.
Word Count: 1067 / 52 682
Author's notes: My table is here.





067 Enemies

“So Chip told me something interesting this morning.”

Nick didn’t look up, focusing on the desk he was breaking to pieces. “Yeah?”

“Yeah. He said that while you guys were out rescuing Zoe, you sensed Koragg coming. Before he was visible.”

Nick kicked the desk a couple more times before looking up. “And?”

“Should I be worried, man? If you can find him, can he find us?”

“No. I don’t think so. It doesn’t seem like he knows anything about me; we’ve only spoken to each other once.”

Xander nodded, eyes dark as he remembered that conversation. “You couldn’t find him before that?”

“I can’t find him now. I just know when he’s close. That’s it. I swear.”

“Alright.” Xander turned to leave, hesitating at the door. “Nick.”

“Yeah?”

“I like you a lot, man. But if I think you’re a danger to us, to the girls, I’ll put you out. Got it?”

“I’m not your enemy, Xander.”

“No. I don’t need any more enemies than I have. But if you threaten us, if you threaten the girls…”

He left it hanging, and Nick nodded; he didn’t doubt for a second Xander would do it, too. “I got it. If I even think he might have an inkling where we are, I’ll tell you. And then I’ll run. I don’t want Clare or Zoe in danger any more than you do.”

“Good. Listen, can you take Maddie up to the field? Chip twisted his ankle, I don’t want him moving around.”

“Yeah. Just give me a few minutes, finish up here.”

“Thanks.”



It was Maddie’s first time outside since she’d been sick; Nick kept an eye on her in case she got overtired, but apart from that he was happy to let her chatter on. It was curiously stress-free, walking with a pretty girl, even if they were walking through a war zone.

So naturally, it all went wrong.

Halfway back to the school, rations in hand, Nick froze with the sudden awareness of Koragg, very near. “Maddie, hide,” he said thickly, pushing his rations into her arms.

“Nick, what…”

Hide,” he insisted. Maddie stared at him for a second before darting into the nearest building; Nick kept going, careful not to look up as he sensed Koragg round the corner onto the block.

“Stop!” Koragg called. Nick halted, keeping his head down. “What are you doing?”

“I went up to the field.” He hefted the sole bottle of water he’d kept hold of. “That’s allowed.”

“This area is closed. No one is allowed here.”

Nick looked up, finally. “Why not?”

Koragg considered him. “You’re the boy who asked about the bodies.”

“Yeah.”

“Your curiosity will get you in trouble.”

“I’ve been told.”

Something clattered behind them; Nick didn’t turn, didn’t even let himself react, but Koragg took a step past him, one hand on his sword. “Who is there?”

“No one’s there,” Nick said quietly. “Just another building falling in.”

“Someone is there.”

Nick studied him for a moment. “Koragg.”

The being looked back at him, and he added more firmly, “No one’s there.”

“You’re protecting someone,” Koragg murmured.

“She wouldn’t be any match for you anyway. No honour in a kill like that.”

“This area is closed. Anyone on the streets here is to be detained and taken to the mines.”

Nick held his gaze until he turned away, hand leaving his sword. “Consider this your last warning. Next time you will not be so lucky, understood?”

“I understand,” Nick agreed quickly. Koragg turned away, and he added quickly, “Koragg?”

Koragg hesitated, looking back at him, and he continued, “We’re not enemies. You know that, right?”

“Necrolai will kill you if she finds you here,” Koragg told him, walking away and turning the corner without looking back.







062 Zords (Vehicles)

Xander’s grip was tight enough to raise bruises, but for once Zoe wasn’t complaining. She crouched beside him, eyes wide and hands pressed to her mouth.

Xander shifted very slowly, easing to his left. Zoe followed blindly, eyes still locked on the other side of the street.

“Zoe, come on,” Xander breathed, eyeing the nearest alley. They were only a few feet away from it.

“Not that one,” Zoe murmured, following his gaze. “That’s a dead end.”

“It’s closest.”

“No.” She gestured to the next one, some twenty feet away. “There.”

“That’s too far, they’ll see us.”

“It has to be that one. Trust me.”

Xander cursed softly. “There’s no cover.”

“We’ll be fine once we get in.”

“Alright. Just…stay down for a second, alright?”

Zoe nodded, sinking lower against the car in front of them, and Xander slipped past her to eye the alley.

“Right. When I tell you? Run. Don’t look back.”

“Don’t get lost, big brother,” she murmured.

“I know what I’m doing. I’ll be behind you.” He picked up a chunk of metal, weighing it in one hand. “Ready?”

She nodded, watching as he rose for just long enough to pitch the debris up the street. It crashed through a window, making enough noise to echo along the street; before she could react Xander’s hand was on her back, pushing her towards the alley.

True to his word Xander was just behind her; Zoe glanced back at him once and then concentrated on finding her way through the maze of alleys and backstreets.

“Stop,” Xander called after a few minutes. “They’re not following.”

Zoe took another corner into a more open area, leaning against the wall and trying desperately to catch her breath. “Xan…?”

“Yeah.”

“I don’t think I want to leave anymore.”

He laughed shakily, tugging her close enough to plant a kiss in her hair. “I’m not sure I ever want to leave either.” He let go as he got his breathing under control. “You know where we are?”

“Yeah.” She glanced around the area. “We can go that way, back to the school, or that way, up to the field. The last one will bring us out near the library.”

“How do you know? I’ve never been down here.”

“You never bunked off school, either.” Zoe grinned at him. “Where are we going?”

“Up to the field. We still need supplies.”

“Aye.”

She glanced back the way they’d come, face darkening; Xander touched her arm, turning her bodily away.





Behind them, Leelee stood, arms crossed, supervising the loading of yet another truck full of new slaves for the mines.