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29 March 2010 @ 08:38 am
089 Fall; 057 Black  
Title: Darkness Overwhelming
Fandom: Mystic Force
Pairing: N/A
Rating: 15
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary/Warnings: Somewhere, all wishes come true. Xander and Nick deal with Leanbow in their own ways.
Word Count: 1 112 / 52 682
Author's notes: My table is here.






089 Fall

“Xander?” Ryan said carefully as they walked.

“Yeah,” Xander said, slowing his pace slightly. Dana breathed a quiet sigh of relief; the boys had longer legs than she did and she’d been struggling.

“Who’s Leanbow?”

Xander shook his head, and Carter said quietly, “We need to know, Xander, if we’re going to fight with him.”

“He’s Udonna’s husband,” Xander said after a minute. “He fought in the first War; he forced the Master back behind the gates. He’s why they won. But the Master took him, and turned him.”

“Into what?” Dana asked, slipping her hand into Ryan’s. He smiled quickly at her, attention on Xander.

“Into Koragg.” Xander was very carefully not looking at them. “As punishment for fighting against him, the Master twisted him to fight against everything he believed in. The only part of him that survived was his honour; that was all Leanbow.”

“You guys trust him?” Carter asked.

“Nick doesn’t,” Ryan added.

“Nick’s…that’s personal. Udonna says that he’s good now, that she’d know. Phineas agrees. No matter who he is, Leanbow will not betray Udonna.”

“What’s wrong with Nick?” Dana asked, tightening her grip on Ryan’s hand as they stepped over a fallen tree.

Xander grimaced. “Udonna and Leanbow may be his parents. Phineas persuaded him to agree, to help bolster support and morale, but he’s faking it. He doesn’t believe they are, or he doesn’t want to believe, I don’t know which. Nick’s alright with Udonna, but he just can’t stand Leanbow.”

“Actual parents?” Dana said in disbelief, pausing. Ryan tugged lightly at her hand, bracing her as she slid in the mud.

“Nick’s adopted, but they think that’s where his magic came from. Apparently he’s better at it than he should be, even though we don’t have any. Or something. He has aptitude.” Xander shrugged, waving it away. “He listens to Leanbow, even when he’s pretending not to, and he’ll fight with him. I’m not going to look for more than that. Not this side of the fight.”

“If he’s not…” Carter started, but Ryan interrupted him.

“How’s Leanbow?”

“Leanbow doesn’t really talk to any of us, so I don’t know.” Ryan raised an eyebrow, and Xander sighed. “He calls it his Fall. He says he Fell from the Light into the Darkness. He’s not…I think he’s as well as he can be, really. He’s back with Udonna, that makes up for a lot.”

“If he’s Koragg, he’s been back with Udonna for a while now,” Carter pointed out. “Wasn’t he holding her?”

“He thought he was. Phineas was ready to break her out early on.” He shook his head when Dana started to ask. “I don’t know. Something about keeping Necrolai out of power. I wasn’t really following.”

Carter glanced at Ryan, but neither spoke again until they reached the edge of the field. The camp was still some distance away, but there was no way they could get lost now.

“You guys need anything?” Carter asked.

“No. We’ll see you day after tomorrow.” He hesitated for a moment.

“What?” Dana asked gently.

“If Zoe comes to the field…”

“What do you want us to tell her?” Ryan asked.

“That we’re safe. We’re ok. And to follow Leelee, no matter what.”

“Got it,” Dana promised. “We’ll tell her.”

Xander nodded, turning away and vanishing back into the trees.

Dana slipped her arm through Ryan’s. “You ok, big brother?”

“Hmm? Yeah, of course. Why wouldn’t I be?”

Dana shrugged, looking after Xander. “That story was a bit familiar.”

“Oh. No.” He shook his head quickly. “I’m fine.”

“Sure?”

“Dana.” He looked down at her, smiling. “I promise I’m fine, ok? I’m going to go talk to the Guardians on duty. Circulate Zoe’s description.”

“We’ll find Wes and the others,” Carter agreed.

“I’ll catch up with you in a few minutes,” Ryan promised, heading towards the line at the edge of the field.








057 Black

Nick stood, arms folded, and watched Leanbow training the others. He’d been standing there since they’d begun practising, ignoring Leanbow’s invitations to join in.

He didn’t react when Leanbow dismissed the others, either, only watched them head inside. He smiled at Maddie when she caught his eye, but the smile vanished as soon as she passed him.

Chip paused beside him. “Nick, are you coming in?”

“In a minute,” he said absently.

Chip followed his gaze to Leanbow and started to say something, but Vida was pulling him away before he could get the words out. “Let them deal with it,” she told him firmly.

“They’re not dealing with it,” he protested.

“Then let them not deal with it. You can’t get in the middle of this.”

“Can you still do it?” Nick demanded. He was peripherally aware that Chip and Vida had halted, but all his attention was on Leanbow.

“Can I still do what?” he asked calmly.

“Wear the armour. Be Koragg.”

“I will never be Koragg again.”

“Not really what I was asking.”

Leanbow frowned. “What were you asking?”

“Koragg’s armour is intimidating. If we could turn that against them…”

“We’re fighting Hydiacs, son. They don’t feel fear.”

“Don’t call me that,” Nick snapped. “You’re telling me it wouldn’t throw them at all?”

“They don’t have brains. They just obey orders.”

“So they’d obey Koragg?”

“No. When I defected their obedience was redirected to Necrolai. Wearing the armour would only give them a target.”

“How do you know unless you try?”

“I have my own armour. I won’t wear his.”

“You’re a coward,” Nick said as though surprised.

“You will believe nothing else of me,” Leanbow said quietly. “I will not endanger myself, and thus Udonna, to earn your good graces.”

“With Koragg’s armour…”

No!

“Nick?” Phineas said warily.

Nick whipped around; Phineas was standing half a pace in front of Chip and Vida. “He’s a coward,” he said hotly, pointing accusingly back at Leanbow.

“Leanbow is the bravest warrior our world has ever known,” Phineas said evenly.

“Yeah? Well, twenty years as the Master’s plaything haven’t done him any favours.”

Vida shouted a warning, but Leanbow was faster and had Nick pinned against a tree before he could react. “Is this what you wanted?” he gritted, and it was Koragg’s voice, Koragg’s featureless visor staring at him from only inches away.

Nick laughed breathlessly. “It’s honest, at least.”

Leanbow let him go, taking a step or two back as the armour vanished. “You think I’m lying?”

“I think you’re afraid of Koraag! Big bad boogyman in the black armour. But he could help us.”

“No. Only Leanbow will stand by Udonna’s side.”

“Then I was right about you all along.” Nick turned away, pushing past the others without stopping.