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15 December 2009 @ 07:47 am
044 Reluctant Hero  
Title: Darkness Overwhelming
Fandom: Mystic Force
Pairing: N/A
Rating: 15
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary/Warnings: Somewhere, all wishes come true. Sides are chosen.
Word Count: 620 / 52 682
Author's notes: My table is here.

044 Reluctant Hero

Leelee strode into Koragg’s room, glaring around. “Where’s the troll?”

“Troblin,” Udonna corrected her without thinking. “He’s gone to fetch something.”

“Troblin,” Leelee repeated softly. Glancing at Udonna, she added, “My mom hates you.”

“Your mother hates everyone. I’m not sure I’m special in that regard.”

“She thinks you and Koragg are trying to overthrow her.”

Udonna smiled faintly. “I’ve no wish to take Necrolai’s place.”

“No.” Lowering her voice, Leelee admitted, “Me either.”

“Careful,” Phineas said from behind her. “You don’t want anyone to hear you say that.”

“You’re in the Resistance,” Leelee said quickly.

“Me? Nope. Just helping out my buddy Koragg. Yup, good old Koragg.”

“My mother found an Elf child in the town.” Leelee looked from Phineas to Udonna. “She knows they know Udonna’s alive. And you’re the only one who could tell them that. You’re in and out of here all the time.”

“Not into town. The field’s up.”

“No.” Leelee shook her head. “It doesn’t stop you, any more than it does me.”

“Leelee,” Udonna said, brushing absently at her dress, “may I ask what has brought this on?”

She flushed, tossing her hair defiantly. “I’m sick of black and white. I want some colour back. I can’t even paint my nails. And…” She looked away, suddenly unable to hold Udonna’s gaze. “One of the Rangers…”

“Outside?” Udonna said carefully.

“He said I was good. I didn’t…want him to be wrong.”

“If you let Koragg hear you, he’ll turn you in,” Phineas warned her. “He’s loyal to the Master.”

“He’s loyal to her,” Leelee said impatiently, gesturing to Udonna. “Otherwise he’d have handed her over.”

Udonna blinked, looking at Phineas; the Troblin was avoiding her gaze, staring intently at the Snow Staff. “Phineas?”

“The Master wanted to use you to try and raise the gates, because Niella was your sister,” Leelee said when Phineas only shook his head. “Koragg argued that we knew you couldn’t do it, the attempt would kill you, and we’d lose our leverage over the magical beings.”

“I see,” Udonna said slowly. “That must have weakened his standing somewhat.” Catching Phineas’ eye, she didn’t add No wonder you were so adamant about my obeying.

“A bit,” Leelee agreed. “My mom’s close to getting rid of him.” She sighed, looking from one to the other. “You guys have a plan to fix this, right?”

“I am a prisoner,” Udonna said mildly.

“And I’m a servant,” Phineas agreed. “No secret plans here.”

Leelee slumped, staring at them. “But you…”

“Leelee,” Udonna said carefully, “what would happen if I were to escape?”

“Koragg would be dismissed or destroyed. Depending on whether or not my mother got her way.”

“It does not suit us to give your mother any more power. At the moment Koragg controls the Hydiacs. Were Necrolai to gain control over them, the town would cease to exist.”

Leelee stared. “You’re deliberately not escaping.”

“You must go back to the surface. Be Necrolai’s daughter.”

“We have no contact with the Rangers,” Phineas explained. “And I can’t get near the townspeople. You’ll have to.”

“Oh. Um…I was thinking more of cheering you guys on! From far away.”

Udonna took a couple of steps forward. “Leelee, there is no more time to choose sides. You must decide, now. If you’re standing with your mother, turn us in. If not, help us.”

Leelee shook her head, eyes wide. “But I haven’t thought hard enough!”

“The people outside—your toys—had no time to think. They simply chose. You must choose.”

“What if I choose wrong?”

“Then you choose wrong. Pick the one you think you can live with,” Phineas advised her.

Leelee closed her eyes, drawing a deep breath. “How can I help?”