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12 February 2010 @ 12:55 pm
095 Found  
Title: Darkness Overwhelming
Fandom: Mystic Force
Pairing: N/A
Rating: 15
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary/Warnings: Somewhere, all wishes come true. Plans are evolving.
Word Count: 1 042 / 52 682
Author's notes: My table is here.

095 Found

Nick ducked back into the school long enough to tell Xander what was happening.

“Udonna’s escaped?” Clare said happily.

“So Leelee says. You can’t come,” he added, anticipating her. “Not until we’re sure.”

“Thought you trusted Leelee,” Xander said neutrally.

“I trust her enough to go with her. I don’t trust her enough to put Clare in her hands.” He looked back at Clare. “I’m sorry. Do you want me to take a message?”

“No. Just…tell her I’m alright.”

“I will.”

Xander caught his arm as he turned away. “Nick, are you sure about this?”

“We can’t afford not to. Look, can you go find Toby? If this gets going, we’ll need everyone to know about it.”

“Yeah.” Xander nodded slowly. “Yeah, I’ll go look for him. Vee, will you go with Nick?”

“Why?” Nick asked, frowning.

“Just in case.” He glanced at Chip. “You’ll be alright?”

“With three beautiful girls? I’ll manage.”

Xander smiled faintly, turning to look at Zoe. “I won’t be long, ok?” She nodded, and he looked back at Nick and Vida. “Let’s go.”

Slannen handed over the Staff without question, promising that they’d be ready when needed. He didn’t mention light once, and Nick deliberately didn’t bring it up.

Vida was waiting out on the path when he came back through the fence, Staff once more thrust through his belt. “This it?” she asked, reaching out to touch it.

“That’s it. Come on, we’ve got to get across town.”

It took them longer than it should have; Necrolai was attacking anything that moved, and there were far more Hydiacs in the streets than normal. For once, the destroyed city worked in their favour; they were able to dodge or hide enough to get to the edge of the field, where Leelee was waiting.

“Took you long enough,” she grumbled.

“Well, there’s sort of a war going on. Can’t you get your mom to calm down?” Vida demanded.

“Who’s this?” Leelee asked, eyeing her up and down.

“Vida, Leelee, Leelee, Vida. Can we just go?”

“Staff talking to you again?” Leelee asked, rising to her feet.

“Yeah. Let’s go.”

Leelee shrugged, turning to step through the field. Nick caught Vida’s hand and latched onto Leelee’s sleeve just in time.

On the other side of the field Nick took three quick steps forward, looking down in surprise. “Whoa…”

“What?” Vida asked.

“I think the Staff knows Udonna’s around.” He took it out of his belt and it dragged him another couple of steps before he planted his feet. “It’s pretty eager.”

“Let’s not keep it waiting, then,” Leelee said, gesturing for him to go ahead.

The trip to Rootcore was much quicker this time; the Staff was pulling in Nick’s hands, eager to return to its’ rightful owner, and it almost pulled him off his feet several times. Vida stayed just off his right shoulder, silent and watchful.

Nick stopped just inside the clearing, wrestling the Staff to a halt. “They inside?” he asked Leelee.

“Udonna is.” Phineas vaulted over a fallen tree trunk, landing in front of them. Both startled, taking a few steps back in surprise. “She’s occupied.”

“Where’s Koragg?” Leelee asked.

“Koragg’s not here,” Nick murmured.

“He’s gone,” Phineas agreed.

“You let him go back to the Master?” Leelee demanded. “He’ll tell him everything!”

“No. Koragg’s gone. Gone gone.”

“Is he human?” Nick said in surprise. The Staff jerked at him again and he took three quick steps forward.

Phineas frowned. “You’re…”


“Or Bowen,” Vida added. “Depending on who you ask.”


“Bowen’s dead,” Phineas said warily.

“That’s what Clare said,” Nick agreed, “but the Elves in town think I’m him.”

“Who’s Bowen?” Leelee asked curiously.

“Udonna and Leanbow’s son.” Phineas shook his head quickly. “I’ll go tell Udonna you’re here.” He turned away, hesitated, and looked back. “I wouldn’t mention Bowen to her if I were you.”

“I don’t want to mention it to anybody,” Nick said pointedly, glaring at Vida.

Phineas nodded, disappearing into the mess of branches at the base of the tree. “Bowen?” Leelee said carefully.

“No. Bowen died in the war. I’m Nick.” He stared at Vida. “Got it?”

“Got it,” Vida agreed, sounding mildly bored.

Phineas reappeared, ducking back through the tangle. “Udonna’s coming. Just a minute.”

Nick nodded, pulling the Staff from his belt. “There. Happy?”

Leelee smirked, settling on an uprooted tree. “The Staff wants to get back to Udonna,” she explained.

It flew from Nick’s hand as Udonna appeared around the base of the tree; she snatched it out of the air in front of her face, smiling.

Leelee rose to her feet again. “Udonna, this is Nick and…”

“Vida,” Nick filled in.

“Whatever. This is Udonna.”

“The White Witch,” Phineas added, “and the leader of our rebellion.”

“Such as it is,” Leelee muttered under her breath.

“Did you carry my Staff here, Nick? Some days ago?”

“Yeah. Leelee said it would find the other staffs, but the book said we had to bring people to them.”

“The book,” Udonna repeated, glancing at Phineas.

“Xenotome? Leelee read it.”

“You saw the Xenotome?”

Nick shrugged. “Is that important?”

“No,” Phineas said before Udonna could answer. “It’s not.”

“Where is Koragg?” Nick asked suddenly.

“Not here,” Udonna said without blinking. “How is Slannen?”

“Slannen’s fine…and so’s Clare.”

“Clare,” Udonna breathed. “You know where she is?”

“She’s with us,” Vida said quietly. “Nick’s been with her from the beginning.”

“I see. Thank you.”

“She’s fine. She’s strong.” Nick took a step forward. “Who is Koragg now?”

Udonna turned to glare at Phineas, who lifted his hands. “It wasn’t me.”

“Your Staff talked to him,” Leelee said off-handedly.

“Which is really not the point, here. What do you need us to do, Udonna?”


“For the rebellion?” he reminded her.

“Nothing, for now. I can retrieve the wands, and we’ll find people to carry them. Simply be ready; Leelee will let you know when it’s time.”

Nick nodded slowly. “We can do that. Vee, let’s go.”

Phineas came to stand beside Udonna, watching the three leave. “If the Staff talked to him, a wand might,” he said quietly.

“Perhaps. The girl seemed willing, too.” She turned away as they disappeared. “Come. I must retrieve the wands, and Leanbow needs tending.”