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09 October 2009 @ 09:59 pm
076 Rain  
Title: Darkness Overwhelming
Fandom: Mystic Force
Pairing: N/A
Rating: 15
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary/Warnings: Somewhere, all wishes come true. The teens' enemies begin to close in.
Word Count: 619 / 52 682
Author's notes: My table is here.

076 Rain

“Are you sure this is a good idea?” Vida asked.

“Not really,” Maddie admitted. “But I can’t think of anything else, and we can boil the water.”

Vida eyed the collection of empty jars and tins. “Well, at least there’s plenty of rain.”

“Yeah.” Maddie smiled. “Go back inside, Vee. It’ll be dark soon, you need some rest. I can handle this.”

Vida ran both hands through her hair, rubbing the worst of the water away. “Don’t stay out too long. You’ll catch your death.”

“I won’t. Don’t worry, sis.”

Four hours later, Vida woke to find Nick crouched over her, pinning her to the ground and covering her mouth with one hand. She bucked, once, to get his attention, and he motioned urgently for silence before backing off her. Vida rose carefully to a crouch, glancing around the room; catching Nick’s eye, she spread her hands questioningly.

“Necrolai’s sweeping the school,” he murmured. “They’re taking everyone.”

Vida looked around again; Clare was sitting beyond Nick, head buried in her knees. Chip was standing by the blocked up hole in the outer wall, listening intently. Xander was doing the same thing at the door. And Maddie…

Vida glared at Nick, who raised his hands defensively. “She’s outside,” he murmured. “But she’s fine. Chip can see her, she’s fine. She just can’t get back here without getting caught.”

Vida made to scramble past Nick; he caught her, pinning her against him. “Quiet,” he hissed directly into her ear.

She growled at him, but when he let go she did move more carefully, picking her way over to join Chip. He made room for her, pointing through a tiny gap in the barricade to where Maddie was hunkered under cover across the street. “She’s fine,” he whispered.

“They’re coming back,” Xander warned them, backing away from the door. “Everyone against the wall.”

Vida didn’t move, still watching Maddie. Behind her she could see Nick helping Clare up; the girl was terrified, almost too scared to move.

Chip tugged at her arm; she shrugged him off, still watching Maddie. “Vee!” Chip whispered, but she ignored him.

A moment later Xander gripped one of her arms; Chip took the other and they lifted her off her feet, tugging her back to the wall. Vida struggled automatically; Xander tightened his grip, whispering fiercely, “Vida, grow up!

“Xander…” she protested.

“They’re outside. Stop fighting us and stand still until they’re gone.”


He shook her. “You can’t help Maddie, you can’t even get to her. Just stay quiet and help us protect Clare.”

Vida looked past him at Clare, leaning so hard against Nick it was clear her legs weren’t working, and nodded. “Yeah. Sorry.”

“Good. Now…” he pushed her back into the wall, not bothering to be gentle. “Stay quiet.”

Chip’s hand brushed against hers and she took it, entwining their fingers. Her gaze stayed on Xander, though; for the first time, she could see what this war was costing him, what he was becoming to protect them. He was standing a little apart from them, staring at the floor as he listened to the Hydiacs tearing the room outside apart.

Vida took half a step forward, not enough to bring her into line-of-sight with the door, and tugged lightly at Xander’s sleeve. He turned in her direction, eyes distant, and she tugged again, pulling him back to join them and wrapping her arms around him.

For a moment he was utterly still; then he relaxed against her, burying his face in her hair. Chip leaned against them from one side; Nick carefully shifted Clare so they were leaning against the group from the other.

They stood together and waited to be found.