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05 February 2010 @ 03:23 pm
073 Agony; 066 Friends  
Title: Darkness Overwhelming
Fandom: Mystic Force
Pairing: N/A
Rating: 15
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary/Warnings: Somewhere, all wishes come true. Koragg's life on the other side is off to a rough start; Leelee's finding herself in high demand.
Word Count: 1 319 / 52 682
Author's notes: My table is here.

073 Agony

“Where are we going?” Koragg asked for the fourth time.

“To Udonna,” Phineas said again.

“How much longer?”

Phineas looked back at him. “Not far. Why?”

Koragg didn’t answer, and Phineas frowned, studying him. “You’re hurt.”

“I’m fine. How much further?”

“You know what? Why don’t you wait here? I’ll just go let her know we’re here. Just so we don’t surprise her.”

He ran before Koragg could answer him, darting through the trees until he reached Rootcore. He’d offered to find Udonna somewhere better—Rootcore was only habitable if you compared it to the town below—but she’d refused. The first War had been won from here, and she was determined the second would be as well.

“Udonna?” he called cautiously. Several twigs rained down on him, dislodged by the noise.

“Over here, Phineas,” Udonna said from behind him. “Koragg did not return with you.”

“Well, yes and no. He’s not here, here, but that’s because he’s over there.” He pointed back into the woods.

“You left him there?”

“He’s hurt, but he’s pretending he’s not, and he’s still not sure this is the right side for him. I didn’t want him to see Rootcore until you agreed it.”

Udonna nodded. “Very well. Show me, please.”

Phineas led her back through the trees. Koragg hadn’t moved except to brace his sword against the ground; he was leaning heavily on it to stay upright.

Udonna stopped several paces away from him. “Koragg.”

“Udonna.” He glanced around. “This is your kingdom?”

“Are you injured?” she asked, ignoring the question.


She didn’t bother protesting the lie. “Come with me, please.”

“Are you to be my warder now?”

“No. You are free to leave.” She waited patiently until he took a couple of steps towards him.

The journey back to Rootcore took twice as long as it should have; Koragg refused to stop, so Udonna slowed her pace and forced him to match her. Phineas hovered beside her; if he’d been this obvious in the Underworld, she thought wryly, it was surprising Necrolai hadn’t killed her much earlier on.

“How goes the rebellion?” Koragg asked suddenly.

“We’re waiting for the Snow Staff. One of our allies has gone to retrieve it. When it’s returned to me I will be able to retrieve the Mystic Wands.”

“The Rangers outside the field think they’re close to bringing it down,” Phineas added.

Koragg nodded slowly. “I see. Impressive.”

“Yes.” Udonna paused as they entered the clearing. “Please sit. Phineas, some water?”

Phineas studied her for a moment, troubled, but finally he turned away, disappearing into the ruin.

“He does not trust me,” Koragg noted.

“He’s concerned about me,” Udonna corrected him, inspecting one of the burns. “Can you remove your armour, Koragg?”

“Remove…” Koragg shook his head. “I am as you see.”

“I see.” She traced the edge of the burn, and he shuddered, lowering his head. “Koragg…”

He threw his head back abruptly, screaming. A wave of energy burst out of him, throwing Udonna backwards; she crashed into a tree and was only vaguely aware of Phineas yelling.

Koragg was still screaming.

She pushed herself upwards in time to see his armour flare and disappear. Phineas was crouched on hands and knees, battling through the waves of energy still pouring out of him; he lifted his head to yell something, but she couldn’t hear him over the noise.

Noise that was suddenly gone, as the scream and the energy cut out at the same moment. Koragg’s body collapsed limply; Phineas, straining against a force that wasn’t there, almost fell on top of him.

“Stay there,” he told Udonna sharply, backing up a little.

Well, that wasn’t going to be a problem. Even sitting upright was making her dizzy. “What’s happening?” she asked anyway, trying to see.

Phineas didn’t answer, and she frowned. “Phineas?”

“Stay there,” he said again. “It’s a human.”

“Koragg’s not human,” she said, confused.

“It’s not Koragg anymore.”

The man stirred, groaning softly. Phineas backed up a few more steps, watching warily.

“Goblin,” he murmured, sounding unsurprised.

“Troblin,” Phineas corrected him.

Udonna eased to her feet, leaning heavily against a tree. “Phineas?”

The man startled, pushing upwards enough to see her, and she gasped. “Leanbow?”

066 Friends

“I hate this,” Leelee muttered, stalking through the field. “This is not my idea of fun,” she told the nearest Guardian, who backed away hastily. “I’m going to get caught,” she added to Wes as he approached.

“Caught doing what?” he asked carefully, glancing around for Ryan even though he knew the Lightspeed Rangers were back at their base. Leelee generally refused to even talk to anyone else.

“Carrying messages, what do you think? Stupid Phineas stuck me with everything! Stupid little Troblin.”

“Uh, I’m not…”

“Never mind,” she snapped. “Get me someone who knows something.”

“Ryan and the others aren’t here. They went back to their base to debrief.”

Leelee sighed impatiently. “Right. Think you can remember a message, if I give it to you?”

Wes smiled easily. “I can try.”

“Koragg left the Master. He and Udonna and Phineas have all run off back to Rootcore, and now they’ve got me carrying all their stupid messages, because of course they can’t get through the field any more, so it all depends on me, and I can’t even find the guys inside the field, so it’s really…”

“Breathe,” Wes interrupted. She glared half-heartedly at him, but she did seem a little calmer. “What’s this do to the rebellion plans?”

“Speeds them up. But we’re not ready yet. Still have to find some people.”

“Ok. Do you need anything from us?”

“Be ready. Phineas thinks this’ll happen fast, when it happens.”

Wes nodded. “I’ll call the others back straight away. Thanks, Leelee.”

“Yeah. I’ve got to go; I really can’t risk my mom figuring this out. I’ll be back as soon as we figure out what’s gonna happen next.”

Wes nodded, tapping his headset as she walked away. “Get the Lightspeed base on line. Leave’s been cut short.”

Xander and Zoe were heading back from the field, almost at the school, when Leelee called “Stop!”

Zoe winced; Xander pushed his rations into her arms and said quietly, “Run.”

“She’s on our…”

Run,” he repeated, and she did.

“Aw, come on!” Leelee protested.

“What do you want?” Xander asked, turning to face her.


Xander eyed her for a long moment. “Who?”

Leelee took a deep breath. “Nick. I know he lives with you; he was with your sister last time I saw him. I have to talk to him.”

“Leelee, you’re Necrolai’s daughter. How can…”

“I’m fighting against her!” Leelee hissed. “Give me a chance, ok? I’m trying.”

Xander sighed. “Walk away.”


“Down to the end of the road,” he interrupted her. “If Nick didn’t tell you where we are, I’m not either. He’ll find you.”

Leelee stared at him. “I won’t bring harm to anyone here.”

“You won’t have the chance,” Xander said grimly. “Walk away, or we’ll stay here all day.”

She turned, walking swiftly away and disappearing onto the next block. Xander stood watching her until she was gone before hurrying after Zoe.


“Your friend is horrible.”

“My friend has kept seven of us alive during this war, including a kid and your most wanted. He’s entitled to a bit of horror. What’s up?”

Leelee briefly summarised the changes in the Rebellion. “We need the Staff back, and the Elves need to know.”

“I can get it, but they won’t talk to you and if I take you there, they won’t talk to me either. You’ll have to meet me.”

Leelee scowled. “When are they gonna realise I’m good now?”

“When you prove it, I guess.” Nick shrugged helplessly. “We can’t scare them off now, Leelee.”

Leelee scowled. “I’ll be up where we came back through the field last time.”

“Alright. I’ll met you there when I’ve gotten the Staff.”