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11 May 2009 @ 08:44 am
029 School  
Title: Darkness Overwhelming
Fandom: Mystic Force
Pairing: N/A
Rating: 15
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary/Warnings: Somewhere, all wishes come true. The teens find the school destroyed.
Word Count: 517 / 52 682
Author's notes: My table is here.

The high school stayed standing for another three days. That was how long it took Necrolai to figure out they were using it for shelter. When she was done, it was a heap of rubble.

The teens hadn’t been there; some families and young children were being housed at a local church and they’d gone to look for Xander and Chip’s families. Returning empty-handed, they found several other squatters staring in dismay at the smoking mess.

“Oh, great,” Vida spat. “Now what?”

“Well, let’s give up. That’ll be helpful,” Xander said.

“Xander, she didn’t suggest giving up,” Chip protested.

“Chip, I can fight my own battles!”

“Hey, I’m on your side.”

“Oh, and what, I’m not in the group anymore? As long as you two agree, that’s it?”

“Xander, this isn’t about who agrees with what…”

“Well, if you ever let anyone else have an opinion…”

Maddie walked away, into the building. Caught up in the argument, it was a moment before any of the others noticed, and by then she was inside.

“Maddie!” Vida plunged after her; Xander caught her arm, halting her.

“Vida, be careful.”

“She’s my sister, I’m going after her!”

“Yes, we’re all going after her. Just do it carefully, ok? We’re right behind you.”

Vida nodded, pulling away and picking her way with a little more care.

“Xander…” Chip said doubtfully.

“I know. Just…think of it as a perilous quest, ok? We’ve got to go in.”

“There were people in there.”

“I know. Just try not to think about it.”

As it turned out there weren’t any bodies, or even any injured people. Xander followed Vida; he wasn’t sure what she was following, but she wasn’t hesitating, leading them through the remains of the auditorium and past the library. She avoided the classrooms, turning into the cafeteria instead.

“Whoa.” Xander caught her wrist, holding her just long enough to be sure she’d stop. “Look.”

The cafeteria had—once—had a huge glass skylight, making it a lovely place to eat. Now it had a huge hole and a lot of glass on the floor and tables.

“I see it.”

“Vee, be careful.”

“I see it.” She picked her way carefully through the mess, heading for a door on the other side.

“We could go around,” Chip suggested.

“No, the other corridor’s blocked off. Just go slowly.”

“We’ll lose her.”

“Vida! Wait for us.”

“Hurry up, then.”

On the other side of the cafeteria Vida moved rapidly through the kitchen to reach a pantry. Maddie was standing just inside, watching them.

“You ok, Mad?” Xander asked. One side of the kitchen had collapsed; he could see through to the next street over.

“Look.” Maddie caught his arm, tugging him lightly into the pantry. It was a mess, but it was still a fair sized room, and the walls and ceiling were sturdy.

“Maddie, you’re brilliant.” He kissed her, grinning. “Guys, look. This room’s fine.”

Vida surveyed it, sighing. “It’s not home.”

“Is when you’re here,” Maddie murmured, reaching out to tug her in. Chip followed, and the four stood together in relative safety.
angel_negra on December 6th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Aw, Maddie...
And Maddie once again proves she's one of the smart Blues. <3 And she's talking! <3

I loved the dynamics of the other three too. Xander's really growing into his leader role here.
Acting my shoe sizewild_force71 on December 6th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Aw, Maddie...
She's talking, yes. More or less. Slipups here and there, but she's coming back.

Yeah, Xander's job starts here. And seeing as his job is keeping Vida and Chip from doing anything stupid...

In one of the very last stories, leading up to the ending-that-isn't, someone from TF or LS says (Paraphrased) 'Xander can't lead them, he's just a kid. He works in a music shop.' and someone else corrects them, 'No, he keeps people alive.' I love that line...
angel_negra on December 6th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Aw, Maddie...
That is a good line for Xander. And I really see that, both here and in the show. Because while Vida could match Nick in terms of willingness to kick ass, Xander was the one who kept them all grounded. And you saw it when you left Nick and Xander alone to talk. Xander was truly second in command and if Nick wasn't around to lead, Xander always stepped up.
Acting my shoe sizewild_force71 on December 6th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Aw, Maddie...
Like that one ep where Nick was all depressed about whatever and Xander did the 'I was bullied when I moved here but the guys are my friends' bit? I liked that scene.
angel_negra on December 6th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Aw, Maddie...
Yup. That was the main scene I was thinking of. Nick and Xander had a real understanding going on. (Except for that one ep where LeeLee tricked them into thinking Nick stole. And even then, it was Xander leading the others when Nick couldn't.)