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26 March 2010 @ 08:55 pm
092 Holiday  
Title: Darkness Overwhelming
Fandom: Mystic Force
Pairing: N/A
Rating: 15
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary/Warnings: Somewhere, all wishes come true. Final decisions are made.
Word Count: 543 / 52 682
Author's notes: My table is here.

092 Holiday

Xander sat back, stretching. The end of his Staff caught in a rut in the ground and he jerked it free, scowling. “I think that’s as much as we can do for now.” He glanced at Leelee. “You know your part?”

“Get the civilians out.” Her voice was very small.

“What’s wrong?” Ryan asked.

“My mom will know.”

Ryan winced. “You don’t have to fight, Leelee.”

“But if you don’t,” Zander added, “we can’t let you go back to her. It’s gone too far.”

“If I don’t go back, she’ll think I’m with you anyway,” Leelee protested.

“She won’t announce you’re a traitor if she can avoid it,” Leanbow told her. “It weakens her. Morticon will be looking for ways to discredit her, with the Master so close to rising. She won’t disclaim you.”

“There are worse things,” Leelee murmured.

“So let it mean something,” Nick urged her. “Stand with us against the Darkness.” Leelee shuddered, but she nodded. “The sun’s setting,” he added more gently. “You should go; she’ll be looking for you.”

“Don’t come back here,” Leanbow added. “It’ll be within two days. Watch for the signal.”

“Xander, are we done?” Nick asked. “I’ll walk her back.”

“Yeah. Take Maddie or Clare with you. Buddy system,” he added when Nick started to protest.

“I’ll go,” Dana offered uncertainly. Xander nodded, and she stood quickly, following Nick.

Xander waited until they were gone before leaning forward, watching Carter and Ryan intently. “Is this plan gonna work?”

“It’s a good plan,” Carter assured him.

“I hear a but coming.”

“Necrolai has nothing to lose,” Leanbow told him. “Most of the able-bodied of your town are already gone to the mines. She doesn’t need your infrastructure. If she thinks she’s losing, she’ll just destroy the town and move to another.”

“The mines.” Xander ground the heel of one hand into his eye. “Even if we win in the town we’ve got to move on the mine. God, this is never going to be over, is it?”

“Worry about the town first,” Ryan advised him. “We have some favours we can call in. You won’t be alone.”

“Favours?” Xander repeated.

“Other Rangers. We haven’t called them yet because Rangers are warriors and we’ve had nothing to fight. But they’re ready.”

Xander nodded. “Alright. Good to know.” He glanced up as Nick and Dana came back into the clearing. “Ok?”

“Yeah, it’s fine.” Nick paused behind him. “Are we done?”

“Yeah. We’re looking at the day after tomorrow.”

“Why not tomorrow?”

“Day off. A little holiday.” He shifted, trying to see Nick without turning his back on the others.

“Once you start fighting, you can’t stop,” Leanbow said abruptly. “Not in this War. Enjoy one last day.”

Nick had tensed at his voice but he didn’t acknowledge him, only nodded to Xander. “I’ll tell the others,” he offered, barely waiting for his nod before heading back into Rootcore.

“Leanbow, can you grab Chip and the girls for a bit? Try and get some kind of training done. Vee should be ok, I think, but…just keep ‘em occupied for a while, ok? I’m going to walk the Rangers back.”

Leanbow nodded, but he didn’t move. Xander sighed, rising to his feet and looking at the others. “Ready?”