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04 January 2010 @ 10:37 pm
037 What was that?  
Title: Darkness Overwhelming
Fandom: Mystic Force
Pairing: N/A
Rating: 15
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary/Warnings: Somewhere, all wishes come true. The Snow Staff knows its' owner...or its' owner's son.
Word Count: 1010 / 52 682
Author's notes: My table is here.





037 What was that?

“For the record? I hate woods.”

Nick ducked under another branch, avoiding the shower of water. Ryan, behind him, laughed softly.

“Oh, you can laugh. You were probably a Boy Scout.”

“No. I was definitely not a Boy Scout.”

“He was evil,” Leelee said absently.

“Suddenly I feel much less confident about this outing. Leelee! Where are we going?”

“I don’t know. Exactly.” She paused, looking around. “Udonna lived in Rootcore. We need something that’s there.”

“So where’s Rootcore?” Nick asked.

“Well, that’s why you’re here. You should know.”

“Why am I here?” Ryan asked.

“Rootcore was damaged. We might need to…” she gestured vaguely. “Lift things.”

“Right,” Ryan said slowly.

“Leelee, I’ve never been here before,” Nick protested. “How am I supposed to know where this place is?”

“Your magic is like hers. Just concentrate.”

“I don’t have magic!”

“Try holding this.” She tossed something at him; one hand shot out to catch it.

“What is this?” he asked, twirling it.

“Udonna’s Snow Staff. How does it feel?”

“Feels like a staff. Leelee, seriously, what is…”

“What was that?” Ryan interrupted him. “Do that again.”

“Do what?”

Ryan gestured. “Twirl it. Like…look! It’s lighting up, do you see that?”

“No? It’s a stick, man.”

Ryan looked at Leelee, who shook her head. “I don’t see anything.”

“It’s just a stick.” Nick twirled it a couple more times before threading it through his belt. “Are we going?”

He headed off without waiting for them; Ryan sighed. “Leelee, I don’t know about this.”

“I do. He’ll find it.”

“He’s not even looking.”

“He doesn’t need to. The Staff can’t find Udonna from here, so it’ll look for the…for what we want.”

Ryan caught her arm, halting her. “You need to tell us, you know.”

“Are you coming?” Nick called from somewhere up ahead of them.

“Coming!” Leelee agreed quickly, pulling away from Ryan and hurrying after Nick.

Ryan caught up to them as they crossed a shallow stream. “What did you say we were looking for, Leelee?” he asked deliberately.

“The other staffs,” Nick said absently. Ryan hesitated, staring at him, and he glanced up. “What? It’s the other staffs.”

“Yeah,” Leelee said slowly, “but I didn’t tell you that.”

“Of course you did.”

“No, I didn’t.” She glanced at the Staff at his waist. “That might have. I didn’t.”

“Other staffs?” Ryan asked.

“Five.” Nick’s voice was slower this time. “Fire, Earth, Wind, Water and Lightning.”

“Red, Green, Pink, Blue and Yellow,” Leelee agreed. “They were in Rootcore, and that thing’ll find them.”

“What do we need staffs for?” Ryan asked patiently.

“They’re meant for the Mystic Warriors. Rangers, I guess you’d call them? But no one claimed them before the Darkness came, and the magic all flipped to the evil side. The staffs won’t have a fraction of their real power, but if we can find people to hold them, they’ll help a bit.”

“And how do I know about them?” Nick asked, idly twirling the Staff again.

“You have…” Leelee gestured vaguely. “Repressed magic. But it’s just like Udonna’s. Not as strong, but very like hers. The Staff recognises that, and since it can’t find her it’s looking for the other staffs.”

“Why don’t you hold it?”

“Because I don’t have any magic. Neither does Ryan,” she added before he could ask. “It has to be you.”

He sighed, twirling the Staff again. “It feels…weird.”

“Weird how?” Ryan asked, holding out a hand.

Nick passed him the Staff. “Familiar. Like I’ve held it before.”

Ryan turned it slowly, one hand ghosting over its’ edge. “There’s power in it,” he said after a moment. “Doesn’t feel like anything I know, though.”

“Your demons used icons, right?” Leelee took the Staff from him, holding it out to Nick. “Udonna and the Mystics use incantations. Potions, sometimes, but mostly incantations.”

“Icons,” Ryan repeated slowly. “They had cards with the spells on them.”

“Icons,” Leelee agreed, nodding. “Incantations are easier to cast in a hurry, but they’re preset, there’s only so many. You can make icons for whatever you want.”

“Where is Udonna?” Nick asked, looking up from the Staff.

“In the Underworld. She’s Koragg’s…well, he thinks she’s a prisoner. She’s running the Magical Resistance, such as it is.”

“How’s she manage that if she’s a prisoner?” Ryan asked, following Nick as he started off again.

“Phineas is carrying messages for her. He’s Koragg’s…or Udonna’s…servant, he’s got the run of the place, and he’s been keeping in touch with the magical beings.”

“We met Slannen in town,” Nick agreed absently. “He told us Phineas had told them Udonna was alive.”

“Slannen’s an elf name,” Leelee said curiously. “How did you find an elf?”

Nick considered her for a moment. “Clare found him.”

Leelee stopped dead; Ryan pulled up sharply to keep from bumping into her. “You know Clare?” Laughing softly, she added, “Unbelievable.”

“What is?”

“I told my mom the Gatekeeper’s daughter was hiding with some kids in the town. I thought I was lying.”

“Why were you lying?” Ryan asked.

“I needed a reason to go talk to Udonna. To steal that.” She gestured at the Snow Staff. “You know she’s the Master’s Most Wanted.”

“Yeah, she doesn’t go out anymore.” He eyed Leelee for a moment. “You know I can’t tell you where we are. If you want me to hide the Staffs…”

“Don’t tell me. I don’t want to know. They have to be hidden.”

“We could hide them,” Ryan offered.

“No. The staffs come into contact with Rangers, we won’t be able to hide the power surge. Nick’s got power but no knowledge. The staffs won’t react to him.”

“I’m right here,” Nick protested, halting. “There.”

Leelee frowned, studying the mess in front of them. “That doesn’t look like anything. Are you sure?”

“Yeah. It was…” Nick traced a shape in the air. “It was bigger. But the magic held it up. Once it was gone…” He shrugged faintly.

“Alright. Let’s go.” Ryan led them towards the destroyed tree, already searching out the safest places to stand.