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14 September 2009 @ 07:11 pm
079 Moon  
Mystic Force, PG13.

079 Moon

Maddie rolled over and stared upwards, trying to figure out what had woken her. The fire crackled nearby; Chip was curled against her, or had been until she moved, but no one was on her other side.

“Clare?” she murmured.

“Here,” the soft reply came. Maddie slid away from Chip, climbing to her feet and wrapping one of the blankets around her shoulders. Nick’s eyes opened as she passed; she smiled reassuringly, and he closed them again. She was fairly sure he wouldn’t sleep until they came back, taking his role as Clare’s protector as seriously as ever.

“What are you doing?” she asked softly, joining Clare at the other end of the room and folding her into the blanket.

“Look,” Clare murmured, looking upwards. Maddie followed her gaze to see a full moon shining in a clear sky.

“Wow,” she whispered. “It’s beautiful.”

“Yeah,” Clare agreed. “I love the moon. Makes me think of my mother.”


“I don’t really know why. I don’t remember her much, my aunt raised me. But when I look at the moon, I remember purple clothes and dark hair…and she loved me.”

“Hmm.” Maddie tucked the blanket in tighter. “Come back to bed. It’s freezing.”

“It’s been snowing. I think it’s going to freeze.”

“Come on, then.”

“You go on. I’ll be there in a minute.”

Maddie nodded, unconvinced, and let the blanket fall from her shoulders, tucking it around Clare instead. “Nick’s awake. I’d say you’ve got five minutes.”

“It’ll be gone by then.”

Maddie glanced up again; the moon was moving, now only half visible through the narrow sky-light. “That’ll work out nicely then. Don’t be long.”

“I won’t.”

Maddie slipped back into the pile of bodies, lying next to Nick. “She’s ok,” she whispered. “She’ll be back in a few minutes.”

Nick blinked slowly. “Get some sleep,” he murmured. “No reason for us all to be awake.”

Clare could hear them whispering, but she wasn’t paying much attention. Instead she was thinking carefully.

There were magical beings who lived in the city. She knew that; one of Udonna’s tasks had been to check in on them every so often, to make sure they were being careful and didn’t need any help. Clare had accompanied her once or twice, preparing for the day she would hold the responsibility.

Clare’s power wasn’t nearly as strong as Udonna’s, but since the Darkness she’d felt nothing, no power. If that were true for the magical creatures in the city, their protections had been stripped away and they were just as vulnerable as the humans…more so. Necrolai and her ilk had no use for the humans, but they didn’t hate them; their cruelty was impersonal. But they’d assume that any magical creature who hadn’t already allied with them had been against them in the war, too, and they’d be punished accordingly.

“Can’t let it happen,” she murmured. The problem was how to find them when neither Xander nor Nick would let her leave and she couldn’t cast any kind of tracking spell.

Nick touched her shoulder and she jumped, realising that while she’d been thinking the moon had passed out of view and she was standing in the dark. “Come on,” he murmured. “Time to sleep now. Worry about the world tomorrow.”

“Tomorrow,” she repeated. “Yeah…Nick, tomorrow we need to talk.”
angel_negra on December 8th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, I like this twist
I'd never thought about the idea of having some magical creatures living in Briarwood itself, but it makes sense. Especially if you take the Rangers and their magic into account.
Acting my shoe size: Squeewild_force71 on December 9th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)
Re: Oh, I like this twist
Thank you! I wanted to get Clare more involved in things, so the next few chapters give her a more important part.

Just so you know, not that it's important at all, she mets an elf later on and I was thinking of hte dark-haired one played by Kelson in the finale while I was writing. Just so you know!