The Dark Star Crystal
Topaz knocked on the light blue door softly. The door cracked open and a
light blue light flashed from the door then suddenly shut again. Topaz
laughed to himself then opened the door. "Crystal, what are you doing?" A
girl with light brown hair sat on the white bed surrounded by pillows
wrapped up in the blankets. She turned around and looked up at Topaz. She
was crying and her eyes were pink and slightly swollen from the tears. She
put her head down sighed. Topaz walked up to her bed and sat at the edge.
An orange light shined from under his sleeves and a very dim light flashed
from under the blanket. Topaz looked alarm and pulled off her blanket. The
girl had her hands over the top of her chest. "Move your hands now!" Topaz
commanded. She looked ashamed and then removed her hands. A light blue
crystal was embedded in her chest that was half the size of her hand. She
lowered her head and started to cry. The blue crystal had a small crack in
it and glowed weakly.
Topaz shouted, "Why did you hide that!? Don't you know that you could have
died Crystal! What kind of knight would I be if my guardian died!" "I'm
sorry Lord Topaz. I knew you would be mad." "I'm not mad," Topaz
explained, "Crystal you're hurt. Why did you hide it from me?" "Before you
came to get me from the sorceress....she had tried to remove my core but
cracked it. I didn't want you to get mad...I'm sorry, please forgive me
Lord Topaz," Crystal said ashamed. Topaz shook his head as he looked at
Crystal, "Don't call me Lord Topaz, I'm you knight. I'm not mad just
worried. How could I have not seen it...what kind of knight am I, I
couldn't even see me own guardian hurt and we were together for five
days..." "I'm sorry Topaz," Crystal apologized.
Crystal cried even more and ran out the room. Topaz sighed to himself and
shook his head. "Well at least we're back home at Bejeweled City so we can
get her healed. I guess I better ask Florina." Topaz got up and walked out
the room. As he walked out the guardian sanctuary, another knight
encountered him. The young knight looked at Topaz and sighed with relief,
"Lord Topaz, I found this. It has the mark of the dragoon on it." The
young knight pulled out a crest and gave it to Topaz. As it touched Topaz's
hands, the crest lit up and then an image of a water dragon appeared. The
water dragon dived down and when the splashing of water stopped, a girl in
dragon armor stood in its place. The girl then said, "Dearest knight Topaz,
please come to the Spirit Forest, for I require your help." Then the image
disappeared. The young knight looked amazed by what he just witnessed but
Topaz was unfazed. He turned to the younger knight and nodded then walked
away towards the throne room.
Crystal came to the royal room and stared at the doors. The knights
guarding the guardian inside hadn't seen her but she wasn't sure if she
should go in, after all, this was the holy room of Florina the Clarius and
only one in Bejeweled City with life healing powers. Crystal took a deep
breath then entered the room. She quickly opened one of the doors and shut
it gently. Inside was dark with a bright light coming from the center of
the room where Florina's core shined brightly. Crystal walked up to
platform from which Florina sat upon on her throne of pillow. Crystal
looked at her and smiled. "She's sleep," she whispered. Florina opened one
eye and looked at Crystal, "I hardly sleep in this room, too dark for my
taste. Why isn't your core responding with mine? It's been glowing since
you came near the doors." Crystal looked down at the black floor and
whispered, "It's cracked. It might shatter soon." Florina looked at
Crystal in horror and then stumbled down from the pillow throne to Crystal.
Florina's green core sparkled wildly as she touched the cracked light blue
crystal core of her friend. Crystal saw that Florina was about to use her
powers and back away. "No, you will not shed a tear of life for me. I
don't want you to die because of my core. I will not let you!" Crystal
covered her core with her hands and started to cry. Florina looked at
Crystal surprised. She leaded Crystal up the platform to the pillow throne
and they both sat looking at each other.
"You can cry?" asked Florina. Crystal nodded as she looked away. "Yes but
my tears are dull, no life."
"Does anyone else know you can cry tears?" Florina asked again, "Jumi can't
cry unless you can shed tears of life." "I can't cry tears of life. Just
ugly dull tears. I don't want you waste your gift on me."
"But it's my duty to heal all Jumi and you are a Jumi. Besides that's what
friends do, they help each other." Florina proclaimed. Crystal looked her
friend in the eyes and muttered, "I know but Florina, I know it hurts you.
I can feel it." Florina stood up and shouted, "Crystal! I will help you no
matter what! Now stop trying to be so darn stubborn!" "Stubborn?" Crystal
said, "No, I can heal myself without tears, just, just please give me your
Florina touched Crystal's core and she touched Florina green core. The blue
core shined brightly then stopped but the green core glowed wildly. Then a
green ray of light shot from Florina's core to Crystal's core. The cores
started to glow in unison and then the cracked blue core started to heal
itself. Florina let go and Crystal dropped her hands as well. Florina
inspected Crystal's core and saw that the crack had disappeared. Florina
smiled while Crystal still seemed sad. Florina looked at Crystal, "Isn't it
healed?" Crystal nodded as she looked away, "Yes but I wonder if I infected
you with it." "Infected?" Crystal sighed as she looked down at the crystal
core embedded in her chest. There is something deep inside my core,
something darker than the black floor...something that seems to bring me
much pain...gives me your hand and closes your eyes."
Florina extended her hand and Crystal looked at her eyes. They were closed.
Crystal's blue eyes lit up and put Florina's hands on her core and her own
hands over Florina's hands. The core glowed brightly. Florina's fingertips
seeped into Crystal's core and started to glow softly. Florina started
screaming in pain as she felt sharp pains all over her body. Then a sudden
feeling of total darkness and nothingness came over her. Florina opened her
eyes and the feelings disappeared and the crystal core was dull. Crystal
stared at Florina, "I don't know what it is...just something I've noticed on
day...during an eclipse. It has something to do with moon and night or
something." Florina stared at her confused, "So what's wrong with your
core? Why does it have something like that inside, I never seen anything
like that before..."
Suddenly the huge double doors opened of the sanctuary. A man in red armor
walked inside followed by two guards. The two guards stood by the door and
the man in the red armor walked up to the platform and looked at Crystal
coldly. Crystal stumbled down steps of the platform to the ground and got
on her knees before the man in red armor. He dismissed the guards and they
went back to their posts. Florina looked at Crystal and stood up, "I asked
her to come up here Rubeun, please don't be mad at her." Crystal was still
on her knees, ashamed. Rubeun looked up at Florina, "Did you ever stop to
think what would happen if someone like Lady Diana came in? She's not in
trouble since I'm the one to find her, but don't do it again." Crystal
looked up at him. He knelt down and looked amazed, "Your eyes, you can
cry?!" Crystal realized she was crying and pulled back. Florina came down
and stood in front of Crystal, "Don't tell anyone about this, she can't cry
tears of life so please keep it a secret." Rubeun nodded and looked at
Crystal, "Topaz sent me to look for you, he said that he wants you to stay
here while he helps a friend." Crystal nodded, "Did he leave yet?" Rubeun
shook his head and Crystal ran out the room.
Topaz looked at his sword and shook his head. "I don't know if she'll be
okay here alone." Then an orange light glowed from his sleeves. He touched
the handle of his sword, "Hello brother, I assume you heard." Diamon nodded
as he walked in, his right eye gleaming, "You're leaving the knightless
guardian here." Topaz growled, "I'm her knight." Diamon shook his head,
"No, she has no knight since she hasn't gone through key trails." Topaz
looked at Diamon evilly then went back to getting ready. "Diamon, she chose
me therefore she doesn't need to have a trail. And why do you care?"
Diamon leaned against the door, "Because you are older, you should be
crowned when mother steps down. So that means you can't be someone's
knight." Topaz smirked, "Fine when that time comes, I'll just get her to
become my wife and she won't be a guardian, she'll be queen." Suddenly
there was a knock at the door and Diamon opened it. Crystal stepped in and
bowed. "Lord Diamon and Topaz...I'm sorry. I just wanted to say goodbye
but you're busy so I'll leave." She curtseyed and left. Diamon looked at
Crystal confused then turned to Topaz. "That's strange, I've never seen her
before. I thought you were the knight of Opal..." Topaz laughed, "Opal has
Onyx, that was Crystal, she's the Jumi of the star crystal." Diamon
muttered to himself. Topaz looked at him then shook his head. "She's one
of us if you believe it or not." Diamon smiled, "I believe it, just my
first time seeing her, nice choice for a queen." Topaz smirked as he looked
back at his brother. Diamon smirked back, "So you ready, I'd think you'd
hurry before mother makes her get a new knight." Topaz walked out the door
and Diamon laughed.
A black dragon flew around a waterfall circling it slowly and steadily.
Then from nowhere a water dragon arose from the waters and attacked the
black dragon. The black dragon opened its mouth and gathered as much energy
as it could then blasted it at the water dragon. The water dragon hit the
ground and then its body drained back into the stream it has submerged from.
In its place laid a woman in dragon armor. The black dragon swooped down
in front of the unconscious female and gathered energy in its mouth like its
last attack. The girl opened one eye and saw this then jumped up and laid
on the back of the dragon. The black dragon became enraged but the girl
took out her sword and the dragon screeched loudly. It threw off the girl
and stood up. Slowly it shrunk and its scales turned into armor and its
body changed until the dragon became a human in dragon armor. She took off
her helmet and stared at the other girl still with her sword out ready to
attack. "You were going to cut me!?" She laughed at the girl holding the
helmet and shook her head, "No I knew you'd change. So I've improved, yes?"
"You've improved but I'm surprised you did, it's been a month and now you
can take a hit." The girl nodded and sheathed her sword, "It's due to one
man. He's so incredible. If he were a dragoon, I would have challenged him
for binding." The other girl shook her head, "Tittis, you're in love?"
Tittis smiled. The girl shook her head and put her helmet down then sat
down. "Wendie, you have to meet him, he's perfect." Wendie muttered, "But
human..." under her breath. Tittis put her hands on her hips, "No he's a
Jumi and so what. Other dragoons have gone through the binding with someone
from another race." Wendie nodded.
Tittis pulled out her crest and smiled. "He accepted my request so he'll be
here soon. Oh I'm so happy! Oh Topaz, if only..." Tittis said cheerfully.
Wendie laid down and sighed, "Does he know you're so into him?" Tittis
shook her head, "I never told him cuz he's always around his guardian...oooh
I wish she'd get a new knight!" Wendie laughed.
Topaz heard the sound of running water in the distance. "There's a stream
ahead, that's where we'll find her. She's a dragoon so she might be in
dragon form. Her name is Tittis, she's a nice girl." Diamon walked ahead
and saw Tittis and Wendie talking in the distance. "She has a friend, so is
this a double date?" Topaz seemed unamused by the joke, "Hardly, she's not
one for dates. Tittis is a warrior so don't try to pick her up." Diamon
looked back at Topaz and smirked then went ahead.
Wendie turned around and growled, "Something's coming." Tittis smiled, "It
could be Topaz!" Diamon came from the brushes and looked at the two ladies.
Diamon smiled. Topaz came from the same brushes and shook his head.
Tittis saw Topaz and ran up to him and hugged him. Diamon muttered, "Not
one for dates..." under his breath. Topaz eyed his brother. He shook his
head then looked back at Tittis. "Tittis this is Diamon, my brother."
Tittis smiled pleasantly, "Pleased to meet you, this is Wendie another
dragoon. She's a black dragon." Wendie nodded, "Hello." Diamon smiled as
he looked Wendie over, "I'm very, very pleased to meet you both." Wendie
looked up at the sky, she seemed edge and impatience. "I don't mean to be
rude but," Wendie said, "we should hurry. The reason we called you is
because Rei-Kaiser ordered us to find and save one of his hatchlings a
hunter took from two dragonesses. We are to avenge them and save the
hatchling. I'll take you unless you can't handle riding a dragon."
Diamon smiled and opened him mouth but Topaz eyed him. Tittis nodded and
Wendie stepped back. Wendie ran and jumped above the stream and quickly
changed back to her dragon form, which was about hundred times her human
form. The three climbed on the black dragon and they took off.
Wendie soared through the sky, making nice time. She wasn't at full speed
but she wasn't sure she should try to go that fast with passengers on her.
She looked down to see the green sea of trees and some ways ahead would be
the ocean and after that she would be at the isle the hunter was residing
at. Tittis also noticed they would be coming to the ocean and decided she
should explain further the situation. "I'm glad you came Topaz. This
hatchling will become the next ruler after Rei-Kaiser. The hunter that took
the small dragon is named Vanessa. Vanessa was once a power sorceress
before she realized that she could use her magic to change dragon skins to
armor or control dragons themselves. She has a few dragons under mind
control protecting her, as if she was a dragon mistress. But she's a
skilled hunter, a good warrior. She's taken out many dragoons which why
Wendie and I feel so determined to end it here." Topaz looked at Tittis,
"You said her name was Vanessa." Tittis nodded, "Yes, Vanessa of Trimina."
Topaz nodded, looking angered. Diamon looked at his brother. "What are you
Topaz and Diamon's cores began to respond to one another and Diamon nodded.
"So you rescued her from Trimina, what is it, a sorceress city?" Topaz
nodded his head, "A city of dark magic and sorceresses. They try to learn
secrets of other clans to gain more power. The sorceress that took Crystal
wanted to take her core and use it to amplify her powers was named
Veronica." Tittis looked at Topaz confused, "Your cores hold magical
powers?" Diamon nodded, "Our cores are not only the source of our lives but
powers too, guardians usually hold vast magical powers within their cores
and knights have tons of fighting techniques and skills embedded in their
cores. During the wars, they tried to steal some Jumi's cores for our
powers." Tittis frowned, "That's awful."
Florina walked slowly to Diana's throne room. It was at the top of the
mountain Bejeweled City was on. The mountain itself held many different
gems and precious stones within it, which in time would help give birth to
new Jumi. Florina felt her normal cold sensation as she came to the door of
the throne room. At the top of the mountain was a huge magical force and it
always seemed the effect her core. She began to wonder how Diana could
stand to be here all day long. When Florina walked in, Rubeun and Diana
"Yes he and Topaz had left some time ago," Rubeun said. Diana sighed. "I
guess it's okay. But I wonder why he didn't tell me goodbye. And the
guardian, the one he seems to be acting knight to, where is she?" "She's
resting in her room at the moment, would you like to see her your majesty?"
he answered. Diana shook her head, "No, I have no business with that young
guardian." Florina stepped into the room and spoke. "My Lady." Diana and
Rubeun turned to see Florina bowing at the foot of the staircase to the
throne. Diana stood up and came down the stairs and hugged Florina.
Diana's core in the middle of her forehead shimmered brightly. Florina's
core glowed as well. Rubeun stood still smiling at Florina.
"The Jumi that Topaz protects is named Crystal, she's a good friend of
mine." Florina said. Diana looked at Florina then thought to herself.
"Crystal...what is she?" "She's the Jumi of the star crystal." Florina
swiftly answered. "The star crystal?!" Diana proclaimed. Rubeun nodded,
"Yes, did you not know that?" Diana shook her head as she looked down, "I
thought that Jumi was dead during the Mana Stones War. She sacrificed her
life to give Bejeweled City the powers to move as it pleased. But she was
named Staris, could she of had a child?" "I didn't know Crystal's mother my
queen, I've only known her. She's a good Jumi." Florina said in Crystal's
defense. Diana nodded, "I assume so, my son is protecting her. I might
have business with this young guardian yet." She bit her lip as she looked
a bit worried. Rubeun saw Diana's expression and asked, "Would you like me
to summon her?" Diana quickly shook her head. "No, not now." Diana's
expression didn't change.
The room was completely silent, Florina and Rubeun waiting for Diana's
expression to change. Diana didn't notice the two watching her so close
because she was lost in thought. Florina instantly broke the silence when
she spoke. "My Lady, I have come to ask permission to leave Bejeweled City
for two days." Diana was brought back to reality as she looked at Florina.
She nodded but her voice seemed worried. "You know you're the life of our
clan." Florina looked down. She slowly lifted her gaze back at Diana.
Yes, but I need try to rest, so I ask that I take Rubeun with me as my
knight, since he is by law my knight, and I ask that the star crystal Jumi
be permitted to come as well." Florina said in a very low and unsure tone.
Diana nodded again, "You may leave, but as for the star crystal, she will
need her own knight. Is Topaz her knight by law?" Rubeun shook his head.
"No, she has never gone the stone trails or even the core unification."
Diana nodded and her expression shifted back to normal. "Then she will
undergo the stone trail or have a knight agree to be a temporary knight to
her," she commanded. Rubeun and Florina answered her in unison. "Yes your
Florina bowed and exited. Rubeun and Diana both watched her walk out.
Diana shook her head. She looked gloomy again but her voice showed even
more sorrow and sympathy then her face. "That core of hers is growing weak,
and she knows it. We need to try to revive another core of healing."
Rubeun nodded. Diana gave Rubeun a compassionate look, "I know you love her
and will take good care of her, but please make sure she is happy." Rubeun
nodded again, "That's all I try to do, I love Florina more that anything and
would give up my core for her."
Florina hurried down the mountain to where the three-way staircase was.
This is where the paths went into the mountain where you could go to the
guardian sanctuary or to the knight's resting. The middle path lead to base
of the mountain where humans and most other clans could visit, where shops
were and the entrance of the city. Florina took the stairs to where the
guardians stay and hurried down the hallways. She came to Crystal's room
and stopped. She composed herself and then walked in slowly. Crystal was
there with another guardian, Esmeralda. Esmeralda was one of the few
guardians that could fight and use the magic within her core but was still
considered a guardian. Crystal looked at Florina and smiled, "Florina?
What a lovely surprise, what's brings you here, nothing bad I hope."
Wendie could see the isle in the distance and growled. She roared something
and Tittis growled. She looked at the confused two and said, "Well now the
fun begins, it seems that Vanessa sent out a few of her dragons to greet us.
Wendie will take you two as close as she can to the spire where Vanessa is
holding the poor hatchling. We will be with you as soon as we can. Please
save the poor hatchling, she might be trying to kill it to change its body
into dragon armor." Tittis kissed Topaz on the cheek then fell of Wendie
backwards into the sea. She transformed into her water dragon form before
she hit the water. Wendie slowed down and out of nowhere fireballs rained
from the sky. She soared down and forward, her talons skimmed the surface
of the waters below. Topaz and Diamon held on as tight as they could
because now she was almost at full speed. Suddenly from the depths of the
sea, Tittis attacked with a typhoon. The fireballs were dissolved and three
dragons soared down to attack the two. A gold dragon and two red dragons
came after Wendie as she rushed towards the spire on the small isle. Tittis
leapt from the sea and brought down one red dragon as she fell back into the
sea. The gold dragon chased Wendie, on her tail. Since it was as fast as
she was, she might not be able to safely drop the two Jumi if it was
followed. Wendie suddenly rode the air current that was heading upward
until she was at an angle that the sun was blinding the other two for her
and let out an energy beam. The gold dragon was hit head on and took down
the other red dragon behind it. Now was the chance for her to take them and
she took it. Wendie quickly flew to the spire and stopped at the top of the
spire. The two jumped off as fast as they could because the two dragons
were after her again. She gathered energy in her mouth as she flew in front
of them to protect them from any attacks the two might try. Diamon and
Topaz headed down the stairway leading inside the spire. Wendie let out the
blast of energy and it hit the red dragon but the gold dodged it. Yet
before it could attack, a typhoon came up and caught the off guard dragon.
Wendie roared and Tittis leapt up and took down the gold dragon as Wendie
charged the red dragon.
Topaz carefully headed down the stairs followed by Diamon. There was no
light at all in the spire, but luckily, Diamon's sword could be charged up
by his core and glow for light. Topaz finally came to a corridor and looked
around. "You think we should fine the crazed woman or the dragon first?"
Diamon smirked, "You want the sorceress because she's connected with the one
that harmed your guardian. Fine, I'll play along. I'll save the hatchling
and you just make sure this sorceress doesn't harm your core." Topaz
smirked, "The last one didn't nor will this one." Diamon shrugged, "Don't
get too cocky, you're not as good as me. Hope you like the dark." Diamon
went ahead and at the next stairway, he headed down. Topaz decided to stay
on the level and look around completely.
Diamon went down another long stairway. He was starting to hate stairs when
he heard a dragon's cry. He rushed faster down the stairs. At the end of
the stairs he saw two guards. Diamon stood firm on the stair and released
the energy from the sword. It sent an inferno down the stairs burning
everything it touched. The dragon's cry got louder, thinking it was another
dragon. Diamon came down the stairs and broke the chains that were put on
the dragon. The dragon looked at Diamon confused, thinking he was a human.
Diamon bowed and introduced himself, "Hello young dragon, I'm Prince Diamon,
a Jumi." The dragon had no idea what a Jumi was but it knew it wasn't human
which was good enough for it.
Topaz growled to himself. He didn't see any doors or anything. His attacks
didn't need charging therefore he couldn't light up his weapon. Suddenly
there was running coming from behind him. He stopped and held his sword in
a ready position. Then without warning, he and the other attacked and for a
second he saw it was Tittis and she saw him. They both dodged the attack
and laughed. Tittis formed light balls and saw there was a door at the end
of the corridor.
"So," Topaz said, "where is Wendie?" "I sent Wendie after the dragon, where
is Diamon?" she asked. "Probably already with the hatchling. Are you
ready?" Tittis nodded. "She might not be there." "And she might be waiting
for us at the door, so don't let your guard down for a second Tittis." Topaz
warned. "I won't." Topaz used one of his attacks and sent a forceful gust
at the door, braking it down and taking out anyone who stood at the door.
He smirked as Tittis sent a water blast after his attack, making sure
nothing would be in their way. They ran for the door and saw an amazon
looking woman sitting in a chair surround by unconscious followers, waiting
Vanessa stood up and stared at the two. "Rei-Kaiser sent humans after me,
does he think I'm just some witch. I'll show him." Vanessa's eyes glowed
red and she growled. She changed into a fighting type dragon; a biped
dragon that attacks more rather uses its magic. She slammed Topaz with her
tail and threw Tittis down the dark corridor. Vanessa used her talons to
crack Topaz's armor and was about to finish him but then a water bolt hit
her. She transformed back into herself and looked down the hall and smiled.
She looked at the unconscious Topaz. "Truly pathetic Rei-Kaiser, I'm more
powerful some human." She looked down the hall and formed a fireball and
threw it down the hallway. It collided another water ball and but were
dissolved. "You sent a witch too, a warrior and a witch, but still humans.
Pathetic. I'll have to put them out their misery." Vanessa pulled out two
daggers and charged down that hallway.
Topaz woke up in tremendous amounts of pain. His core glowed and he got up.
He saw flashes down the hall and rushed down to see Tittis fighting
Tittis. He blinked in disbelief. "What the..." Tittis looked at Topaz and
attacked him, then the other did the same thing. There were two of Topaz
and Tittis. Topaz shouted at Tittis, "Hey Tittis don't kill me, kill that
sorceress." Tittis looked at Topaz then at his double. "But I see two of
you." Vanessa laughed evilly. Topaz growled. He shook his head then
smiled. "I have a plan, just kill your clone, I handle my fake." Tittis
yelled back, "Works for me."
Vanessa appeared behind Tittis and pulled out a dagger. Tittis was fighting
herself and didn't notice that someone was behind her. Then a fireball
caught Vanessa in the back. Vanessa cried in agony as Diamon, Wendie, and
the hatchling stood at the end of the hall. Vanessa growled, "He sent lots
of humans. Humans that the dragon likes...grrrr..." The clones disappeared
and Topaz and Tittis looked at Vanessa. Vanessa laughed, "Nice Rei-Kaiser,
very, very nice. I'll have to try harder if I want it, I see." Vanessa's
eyes lit up and the room began to change, the floors seemed to disappear and
everything started to spin. Everything seemed to be pulled to the center of
the room where Vanessa had disappeared. Wendie looked at the hatchling in
terror and said something in a different language. The hatchling nodded and
he summoned all his powers to blast a tear in the wall. Wendie ran out and
transformed and the hatchling jumped on her. Tittis grabbed Topaz and
dragged him out with Diamon following.
Crystal sat on the bed thinking, "I don't know too many knights...and isn't
it rude to ask them to watch me as a temporary knight." Florina shook her
head, "It is their duty by birth and law to protect a guardian, but if you
want, I'll find one for you." Crystal pouted, "I guess so, I don't think I
would know how to ask about that...but isn't it still rude?" Florina was
about to speak but Esmeralda interrupted, "Rude, rude, rude. You of all
Jumis are not rude. You're very kind and sweet, and you're pretty too, so
I'm sure you could ask anyone. Let me think, what knights are here
available and good..." Florina smiled at Esmeralda who smirked back.
Crystal looked embarrassed.
Esmeralda started to name off knights who could help. "Sapphire, Elazul,
Nephrite, and maybe Amethyst if Jade is still undergoing her training to use
magic. Sapphire is a great knight, one of the best and Elazul will be glad
to help...he always helps guardians that are in dire need of help. Or I
could ask Blackpearl, she always helps me out." Florina shook her head.
"Lady Blackpearl is resting until the eclipse for the ceremony and Elazul is
taking for Pearl until then. Amethyst is with Jade, I saw them earlier
Esmeralda folded her arms and nodded. She stood there for a second thinking
then an idea popped in her head. "Well then if everyone's taken, I'll be
your knight..." she announced, "but Sapphire has no guardian and I'm sure
Nephrite will be happy to do it as well." Florina nodded, "Yes, let me ask
Sapphire. Maybe he could become your knight, your true knight." Crystal
looked uncomfortable, "If it pleases you, then do so. And for him or anyone
to become my true knight, I'd have to do the key test." Esmeralda's face
changed from happiness to disgust. "Ack! That's such an awful thing. My
sisters have told me that it's a painful process. To turn yourself to stone
and wait for a knight to find the keys to your powers to return you.
Sometimes, depending how powerful the guardian is, the keys go out great
distances, having you stay a statue longer. The longer you are stone the
more painful it is. One of Jade's keys went to where the gate of the 'land
of fairies' is. I personally think I will become a knight to avoid it."
Crystal looked down depressed as she mumbled, "I can not avoid it...I will
have to do it one day." Esmeralda felt flustered when Crystal spoke. She
immediately tried to make up for it. "Oh, I didn't mean to say that, it's
just that's my opinion. I shouldn't be so liberal." Crystal shook her head
as she looked at Esmeralda, "No, I respect how open and nice you are, Miss
Esmeralda." Florina nodded as well then added, "You're one of the few
guardians that aren't so proper. You're admired by most of us. Not that we
mean to act this way..." Both girls looked sad for a second. Esmeralda
shook her head. "You two shouldn't be sad, it's a good thing. It took me
some time to act so open. I think when I decided to use magic, I decided to
speak my mind. But I do think it's better for us guardians to be
respectful, after all, we should respect all those who help us." Her voice
suddenly changed from quiet and sweet to excited and wicked, "But forget
that for now, let's go pay a visit to poor unsuspecting Sapphire."
Esmeralda's eye gleamed as she bolted out the room. Florina smiled and
pulled Crystal out of bed to join Esmeralda in asking Sapphire to come with
them. Crystal reluctantly followed, still doubting her decision to go with
Florina and Rubuen's journey.
Wendie soared in the sky a good distance from the spire, watching it
implode. It was a strange sight to see a thing as big as the spire to be
sucked in a hole that didn't exist. After a few minutes of the tower
bending and twisting to fit inside the hole, it disappeared and the hole of
nothingness disappeared too. Wendie roared and Tittis nodded. "We did
fail." Topaz shook his head. "What do you mean, you save the hatchling,"
he said encouraging. Tittis sighed, "But she got away, she may try to steal
another, and more dragons will be killed and dragoons as well. It was a
complete failure." "You may have not got rid of Vanessa, but you did save
him. So be happy."
The hatchling was gnawing on its foot looking at Tittis. Tittis smiled at
him then went over and sat by him. Wendie roared again and Tittis nodded,
"Yes, I assume facing Rei-Kaiser will be bad. But I guess he's right, we
can say we saved his hatchling and hopeful, it won't be too much a
disgrace." Tittis looked at Diamon and Topaz, "I'm sorry, but you will have
to come to the dragon territories with us. We must report to Rei-Kaiser
immediately." Diamon sat down and relax. Topaz nodded and looked at his
brother. Their cores started to talk. "She is worry about us since we
might not return awhile. Do you have any connection with her?" Diamon's
core said. "No, I don't have any telepathic powers. I can only do like all
Jumis and communicate through cores if another core is close." "I don't
think she'll be pleased. One of us needs to learn to use it. What about
your guardian, you think she's worried?" "Crystal...I really don't know.
She's hard to understand...I can never tell what she's thinking, especially
at night..." "Explain," Diamon demanded. "She seems distance at night,
like she's someone else. But I'm not sure, but sometimes she wanders off.
But the thing is, she doesn't seem to remember what happened...like she was
sleepwalking but she talked to me and just forget it, it's hard to explain."
"I see, okay. Well, I think I'll take a nap since the dragon territories
are far away." Both cores stopped glowing. Diamon laid back and looked at
Topaz then at the hatchling. The hatchling stared at him and smiled then
went back to gnawing. Topaz looked at Tittis and sighed, "I think my
brother might fall asleep." Tittis shrugged, "It's a long trip, you should
relax too." Topaz nodded and started wandering what his mother and guardian
Esmeralda growled at Sapphire. Sapphire laughed back. His dark blue eyes
then caught a hold of Florina and Crystal who had just entered his room.
Esmeralda turned back to see her friends. She turned back to Sapphire and
growled again. "I wasn't asking for me you stupid little boy, I was asking
for her. She doesn't have a knight either. And it doesn't matter that I
don't have a knight, I protect myself. But you don't have a guardian
either. Now what does that say about you?" Sapphire smiled, "That's why I
like you, because you don't let me get away with anything." He laughed to
himself and Esmeralda smiled proudly. Esmeralda looked at the two standing
at the door confused.
Esmeralda smiled at the two girls, "Don't worry, me and Saph fight more than
anyone here does. But we're still friends." Crystal sighed with relief, "
I see, you two are only playing." Sapphire nodded, "Yea we are. So who are
you young lady?" Esmeralda walked over to Crystal and announced her. "Oh
yes, let me announce Lady Crystal of the star crystal and Lady Florina of
the fluorite the claduis of the Jumi." Sapphire laughed to himself. He
shook his head looking at Esmeralda. "You're pretty good at announcing,
maybe that's what you should become, the door Jumi for Diana." "Maybe you
should become the door Jumi for Diana," Esmeralda said mockingly. "Ha ha
ha. Not funny. So will you escort the poor defenseless helpless maiden?
Only a strong knight like you could do it." she asked. "The poor
defenseless helpless maiden?" Crsytal whispered. Sapphire laughed again to
himself, "You're good at stroking egos too. Just good at everything aren't
we, Esmeralda. I'm sure you're not pathetic Lady Crystal, not like our dear
Esmeralda is trying to make you seem to be. But I'll be happy to be your
knight if you like." "You will?!" exclaimed Crystal, "Oh thank you so very
much." Florina smiled happily, "Yes thank you Sapphire, I owe you."
Sapphire folded his arms and shook his head. "The clarius owes me. Wow,
this is turning out to be a good day. I have a beautiful guardian and a
favor from a powerful Jumi. Plus I got a good kick from Esmeralda. What's
"A fight with a beautiful girl," asked Esmeralda. Sapphire looked at
Crystal and Florina. "Crystal? Florina? One of you ladies wishes to fight
me?" he said teasingly. Esmeralda turned and looked at Sapphire offended as
she shouted, "WHAT!" Sapphire smiled, "Chill Esmeralda I knew you meant
you. I'm just teasing." Esmeralda formed an energy ball in her hands
glaring evilly at Sapphire. Crystal and Flouirne giggled in the background
as Esmeralda and Sapphire start to spur.
Rubeun walked into Florina's chamber and looked around. He smiled to see
her sitting up on the bed staring through the window at the moon. She
turned to him and smiled. He walked to her bed and sat next to her. "In
the morning we'll leave. So why aren't you sleep yet?" Florina smirked at
Rubeun, "I could ask you the same my love. But I'm going to fall asleep
soon...and you?" Rubeun shrugged and looked at the moon. "What's are you
looking at?" Florina took Rubeun's hand and held it over her core. He felt
his hand be warmed by her soft glowing core. Rubeun smiled, "It's connected
to moonlight?" Florina nodded, "That's why I'm up, because it's a warm
tingling feeling and I don't want to miss any second, but I'll go to sleep
soon. Why did you come here? Something on your mind?" Rubeun laughed,
"Yes, but I know you can't help me, for once. But I just wanted to see how
you were." Florina pouted up her lips and looked at Rubeun, "I'm not going
to fall out or die if that's what your implying, mister flame of hope!"
Rubeun laughed, "I know, I can't wonder how you are? I just wanted to see
if you were sleeping okay or not. Don't kill me for worrying about you."
Florina smiled, "Okay, I'll let you live this time. Good night Rubeun, I
love you." Rubeun kissed Florina on her forehead and walked out the room.
Crystal sat on Sapphire's bed staring at him. "So why did you really agree
Sir Sapphire?" Sapphire looked at Crystal and smirked, "Because you're a
cute guardian and I was thinking about leaving...now I have a reason. So
why haven't you gone through those test or trails to get a knight?" Crystal
curled up, pulling her knees to her and shrugged, "I never needed a knight
until now. I had a knight, but he really wasn't a knight, he was human, but
he protected me until..." she stopped for a second. "I'm not scared of
becoming stone or anything like that." Sapphire grabbed a chair from the
corner and put it in front of the spot Crystal was sitting and sat on it.
"Scared that you might not get along with your knight?" Crystal nodded, "To
some extent. I mean, no, I shouldn't be scared of my knight." Sapphire
smiled, "He or she will always protect you and help you Crystal. I've known
you for what, half a day now and I already like you." Crystal smiled,
"Thank you Sir Sapphire." Sapphire shook his head, "Call me Saph or
Sapphire, not Sir Sapphire, I fell awkward when you say that." Crystal
nodded, "Okay Saph." Sapphire smiled, "Good, now, who was your temporary
knight after the human died?" "Lord Topaz," she said bluntly. She looked
away for a second then looked back into Sapphire's eyes. He could tell she
was hiding something. "He had found me, found me in Trimina, and became my
knight after saving me from a sorceress." Sapphire looked sympathetic, "Was
your core hurt? What am I asking, of course it isn't, you're still here.
How did she get you?" Crystal looked down at the ground, "I don't remember,
things are very cloudy when I think back of Trimina or before that. I
remember the human protecting me telling me to run then seeing Lord Topaz
and the sorceress fighting...it's as if my core rather not think of those
times...I'm sorry I'm not more helpful." Sapphire hopped on his bed and sat
next to Crystal. He leaned close to her and whispered, "Don't worry about
it beautiful, after all I was asking something personal. And besides, we'll
make new memories, good ones at that, ones your core will want to remember."
Crystal looked at Sapphire trustingly and smiled. She hugged him and slid
off his bed. Sapphire smirked, "Going to bed, huh?" She nodded and bowed.
Sapphire watched her walk out the room and laughed to himself, "She's so
shy...but I don't really mind it this time." He laid back and went to
It was night when Wendie and the rest made it to the dragon territories.
She had stopped in front of a small passageway in between two huge
mountains. Topaz rolled off his brother who hit the ground hard. The
hatchling looked at Diamon confused as he gave Topaz a dirty look. Topaz
helped Tittis off and the hatchling as well. Then Wendie turned back to her
human form. She looked at Diamon and smirked. "Have a nice nap?" Diamon
smiled, "Yes, I was sleeping on top of a lovely lady as yourself, why
wouldn't I?" Wendie shook her head laughing, "You have such a 'charming'
brother Topaz." "Please don't remind me," Topaz muttered as he shook his
head disappointed. Tittis smiled then pulled on Topaz's arm. "Well come
on, just a little ways ahead is Rei-Kaiser's domain. He will want to meet
you both." Wendie nodded, "Yes, he probably will."
The hatchling walked through the passage between the mountains ahead of the
rest. He walked as if nothing had happened to him. Wendie was somewhat
close behind the hatchling followed by Diamon with Topaz and Tittis. Wendie
yelled something when they came to the lands hidden by the mountains at the
hatchling. He stopped and ran back to Wendie. She pointed at a huge cave
guarded by two black dragons. He gnawed on his foot while Tittis looked at
the two black dragons confused. She walked ahead of the rest and went to
talk to them. Topaz looked at the three talking in some strange language,
intrigued. Wendie looked at Topaz and smiled, "I doubt you can understand
since it's our scared language." He shook his head. Diamon looked at the
hatchling and muttered, "They said we can't go in and she's explaining why
she wants to see Rei-Kaiser." Wendie and Topaz looked at Diamon shocked.
Topaz raised his eyebrow and Diamon shook his head, "Don't ask." Topaz
smirked and looked back at Wendie. Wendie laughed to herself; "You keep
impressing me Sir Diamon." Diamon smiled at Wendie, "I can impress you in
other ways as well."
Tittis came back to the group and looked at the hatchling, "They said for
you to go to the day care." The hatchling stopped gnawing for a second and
looked up at Diamon. He pulled on his cloak for him to follow but Wendie
shook her head, "He can't go there. He has to stay with us." The hatchling
pouted and whimpered. Wendie shook her head and then he walked to the
nursery. Topaz smirked then whispered to his brother, "Looks like you
attract little boys too." Diamon looked at Topaz and gave him an evil look.
Wendie looked confused. Tittis shook her head, "Okay you two, if you
aren't going to talk so we can hear you, don't start fighting when we can
see you." Topaz smirked, "So I guess we'll be staying here?" Wendie
nodded, "Yes...if you don't mind. But I'm sure we'll be able to go see him
soon." Diamon smirked and muttered to himself, "The longer we're
gone...the sooner she'll find another Knight..." Topaz eyed Diamon. Wendie
sighed, "Okay boys, let us show a place where you can get some food...unless
you two want to fight each other right here right now..." Tittis grabbed
Topaz by the arm and walked off with him. Diamon smirked, "Guess that means
you get me." Wendie smirked back, "Guess so."
Crystal woke up and looked at her bureau. She shook her head, "Strange,
this is my room...but I don't remember it. I don't remember a lot.
Why...why is there a thing in me that doesn't want me to remember." Crystal
frowned and looked down. She bit her bottom lip and slid off her bed. The
sun was just coming up and so not many were up. Crystal walked to the
bureau and sat down in the small seat in front of it. She opened the top
draw and saw a brush and a note. The brush had 'Star Crystal' on the back
of it in gold. Crystal opened the note and read it to herself, "Today is
the day, the day of my destiny. I will make my people free from this war.
I know by doing so, it will be my end, but I have to make sure no other
Jumis are used as tools of war. Or tools. I wish I had more time, but I
must do this. If a Jumi of healing is ever found...please travel to the sea
caves near Lumina and revive the three fallen Jumis. ~Staris." Crystal's
core glowed softly as she read the note. She shook her head, "Was she my
mother? Why can't I remember..." Crystal put the note back and picked up
the brush and held to her core. For a second, she felt safe, but then she
heard a knock at the door and put up the brush back then went to the door.
Esmeralda smiled at Crystal, "Glad you're up." Crystal moved out the way
for Esmeralda to enter. Esmeralda smiled then walked in. "So do you know
what you're going to wear?" Crystal looked at her confused, "Come again?"
Esmeralda smiled, "What are you planning to wear, not your night gown I
hope." Crystal looked down at her white lacy gown and shook her head, "I
guess what I can find..." She walked to the closet and opened it. Only two
dresses were in there, a white one and a blue one. Esmeralda shook her
head, "Guess the choice is obvious." Crystal looked down, "I don't remember
being here to have this and that blue dress..." Esmeralda shook her head,
"All Jumis are born here, so you were here before. But that dress is
pretty, so don't worry about it." Crystal nodded, "I guess." Crystal
grabbed the blue dress then went to the mirror and put the dress up to her.
Esmeralda smiled, "See, it's pretty."
Florina was putting her hair in a ponytail when Rubeun came in the room.
Florina smiled, "You're up bright and early, my love." Rubeun walked up
behind her and kissed her neck. "I finally get you out of here, I'm as
excited as you." Florina giggled, "Sounds more like impatience." Rubeun
laughed, "Call it what you like, I get to spend two whole days with you."
Florina turned around and smiled, "Along with Crystal and Sapphire...so
don't get too happy." Rubeun smirked, "It's still with you. That's all I
care about." Rubeun held Florina's chin up and kisses her lips softly. She
blushed a bit as he wrapped his arms around her. Suddenly there was a knock
at the door. Rubeun pouted, "Damn..." Florina laughed a bit and kissed him
on the cheek, "We can't always be alone my love." Florina went to the door
and saw Sapphire smirking. He smiled at Rubeun then at Florina, "I know I'm
interrupting but I just came to ask where Crystal's room was." Florina
smiled, "I'll be happy to show you. Besides, Rubeun needs to get the rest
of his equipment." Rubeun walked out the room without saying anything.
Florina giggled a bit and Sapphire shook his head, "Don't worry, I'll make
sure you two have some time alone." Florina smiled, "Don't worry about him,
he's always like that. And we'll be happy just being together." Sapphire
smirked, "Hey, I'm not just doing it for you two...I want to get to know the
star crystal." Florina smiled, "Maybe you two will get along so well,
you'll become her knight." Sapphire shrugged, "I wouldn't mind her for a
guardian, she's a sweet girl." Florina smiled as she led Sapphire to
Crystal's room. When they got to the door, Sapphire looked at Florina, "Let
me go first."
Sapphire opened the door and saw someone sitting on the bed. He smiled,
"Morning beautiful." Esmeralda turned back and smiled, "Morning Saphi."
Sapphire shook his head, "I thought this was Crystal's room." Crystal came
from behind curtains in the back of the room and smiled. Sapphire stared at
Crystal, "Wow..." Crystal bowed, "Good morning Sir Sapphire." Sapphire
shook his head, "What did I tell you about that." Crystal smiled, "I'm
sorry, Good morning Saph." Crystal walked over to the bed towards Sapphire
and bowed. He grabbed her hand then kissed it and pulled out a crystal
flower and gave it to her. Crystal smiled as she looked at the beautiful
crystal rose. "Thank you Saph." Crystal said. Esmeralda put her hands on
her hips, "Hey! Why does she get a flower!" Sapphire smiled slyly.
"Because," he explained, " pretty girls need pretty things." Esmeralda
growled, "What are you implying Saph!" Florina looked worried and pulled
Crystal towards her. "Umm Crystal." Crystal stepped back, "Florina...I
think we better leave..." Esmeralda eyes lit up wildly, "Yea, you two
better run, things are about to get wild!"
Esmeralda jumped from the bed towards the door and growled. Her aura shined
brightly as she glared at Sapphire. Sapphire looked a little worried. She
gathered energy into her hands and aimed at Sapphire. Sapphire pulled out a
rose and shook his head, "Esmeralda, I'd never forget about you...can't you
take a joke." Esmeralda still looked steamed and blasted the beam at
Topaz felt a cold feeling go throughout his body. He shivered for a bit,
then looked around. Tittis had finally left him alone and Diamon decided to
stay with him in the guestroom. Diamon looked at Topaz, "Did you feel
that?" Topaz nodded, "Whatever or whoever it was, it's at Bejeweled City."
Diamon nodded, "We need to hurry back." Just then, there was a knock at the
door. Topaz opened the door to see Wendie. She smiled, "It's time. Come
on, Rei-Kaiser wants to meet you."
Topaz and Diamon followed Wendie to the heavily guarded cave of Rei-Kaiser.
Rei-Kaiser was a huge old looking gold and black dragon. His silver eyes
locked onto Topaz as his wrists glowed. Daimon's core glowed dimly as he
looked at Rei-Kaiser. Rei-Kaiser lowered his head and roared. Diamon and
Topaz stood firm. Both of their cores started to glow brightly. "I don't
think he can speak a language we understand." Diamon's core whispered to
Topaz. "Doesn't look like it...but he's setting off my core," responded his
core." "Because I'm telepathic," said Rei's voice, echoing in the two young
Jumis's heads. "I can talk to you two through your cores." Topaz nodded,
"That explains it." "Thank you for helping to two dragoons on their
mission. Even through Vanessa wasn't destroyed, she didn't get my heir."
"We're happy to help but..." Diamon's core replied.
"We'd like to stay, but something in our kingdom has gone wrong. We can
feel it," Topaz's core said. "It's in our core." "I understand," Rei said
to them, "I will have the black dragoon to take you back to your kingdom."
Rei-Kaiser looked at Wendie and roared. Wendie nodded and walked out.
Tittis looked at Topaz then stepped forward, "May I escort them as well?"
Rei-Kaiser nodded. Tittis smiled faintly then walked out. Rei-Kaiser
looked at Topaz then telepathically said, "It seems that child of mine likes
Esmeralda looked back and forth at Sapphire and Crystal. Sapphire shook his
head as he looked at Crystal. The beam had turned left right before it hit
Sapphire and hit the flower Sapphire gave Crystal, shattering it. The beam
barely missed her core. Florina stared at Crystal confused. Crystal stood
there, unfazed. Esmeralda rushed to Crystal and checked her core. When she
saw nothing was wrong, her face went pale. Crystal looked at Esmeralda,
"Are you okay?" Esmeralda stuttered as she tried to answer Crystal.
"Yes... Yes...I...am...you're okay?" Crystal nodded. "I'm fine." "Yea,
so Esmeralda, you can settle down," Florina added. Sapphire stood there in
awe as well. He kept examining Crystal's core. Crystal shook her head and
turned around. "I'm fine...so would you all be so kind and stop staring at
me in that manner."
Esmeralda sat on the bed and shook her head, "Saph, you didn't deflect it
did you?" Sapphire shook his head. Crystal looked a bit uncomfortable then
said, "Could you two please stop talking about it. It didn't hit me.
Around my bed is a barrier...I had Topaz put one up." Florina eyed Crystal.
Crystal looked back at Florina and smiled. Sapphire nodded, "Well see,
that explains it." Florina shook her head then her core blinked and
Crystal's core blinked. "Topaz can't put up shields. What really
happened?" Florina's core asked Crystal. Crystal turned around and looked
at Florina. It started to glow lightly. "My core attracted the beam...I
didn't want it to hit him...so it came towards my core...but missed..."
"Barely...how?" Crystal looked down, "I didn't mean for it to do that...I
didn't know it could do that." Florina nodded as her core responded,
"Another one of our secrets I guess. Maybe that thing inside has magic."
Sapphire looked at the two girls and shook his head, "Hey, if it's a private
conversation, we can leave." Crystal shook her head, "I was just asking her
where we're suppose to go...you two don't have to leave unless you want."
Sapphire shook his head, "I can't leave you, I'm you knight for a day...or
two..." Florina nodded, "Well, if you're really okay Crystal, I guess we
can go." Crystal nodded, "I assume so." Sapphire looked at Esmeralda who
was still in shock, "Esmeralda?" She didn't answer. "Emmy!" Esmeralda
looked around, "Huh?" Crystal walked back over to Esmeralda and knelt down,
"Esmeralda, if you want, I'll stay with you." Esmeralda shook her head,
"I'll be fine." Crystal shook her head, "I'm fine, see." She took
Esmeralda's hand and put it to her core. The core glowed as Esmeralda
touched it. Esmeralda looked calm again then smiled, "Okay, if you're fine,
then why are you here?" Crystal smiled, "Umm...I'll go then." Esmeralda
stood up and put her hand on her hips, "Good, don't make me kick you out."
Sapphire shook his head, "Emmy, this her room. You can't kick her out."
Esmeralda shook her head, "Oh yea." Florina walked out the room followed by
Crystal. Esmeralda walked out, leaving Sapphire in the room by himself.
"So she attracted the beam for me...already acting like my guardian..."
Rubeun was waiting at the cross section as Florina and Crystal were coming
down. He smiled as he saw the two then frowned, "Where's Sapphire?"
Crystal pointed up the stairs. Rubeun shook his head, "Hey Saph, hurry it
up! If you want to actually make it there before the sun goes down, we need
to hurry." Sapphire walked down the stairs and looked at Rubeun, "God, you
know you just want to be alone with her. We don't have to travel together
if you really want." Rubeun smirked, "You know what Sapphire..." "Hey,"
Florina interrupted, "You two can duke it out later...but could we at least
exit Bejeweled City before any fighting happens?" Rubeun walked down the
middle path to the exit. Florina looked at Crystal. She shrugged back.
Florina extended her hand to Crystal and they walked down the stairs holding
hands. Sapphire shook his head, "Florina's doing a better job then
Florina looked ahead, "I don't like this..." Florina looked at Rubuen, "Do
you think anything may come out at this time of day, do you Sapphire?"
Sapphire shook his head, "Most creatures are sleep during the day or at
least any creatures that would pose a threat to us." Florina grabbed on to
Rubuen tightly, "I still feel unsafe." Rubuen laughed, "Florina, nothing's
going to get you, not only do you have me, but Sapphire will protect you
too." Sapphire nodded, "Yep, that's why I'm here, so Rubuen doesn't over do
it." Crystal looked around the forest calmly. She shook her head,
"Florina, nothing is around so we shouldn't worry. It's much too bright for
any creature of darkness to appear, and Sir Rubuen is correct. You have two
knights to protect you." Florina turned back and looked at Crystal who was
a little bit behind Sapphire. She walked over to her and held her hand
tightly, "I believe you then. But they will not only protect me, they will
protect both of us." Rubuen and Sapphire looked at Florina. Sapphire
walked up next to Rubuen and whispered, "You say she's safe, nothing. I say
it, still nothing. She says it, she gets her hand." Rubuen nodded, "I wish
I knew her secret." "Who's secret?" asked Florina. Rubuen and Sapphire
didn't respond. Crystal looked at them confused, "Did I do something?"
Topaz looked at Tittis, "I'm sorry we had to leave before we could celebrate
or anything." Tittis nodded, "It's okay, I know you have other
responsibilities." Tittis looked down as she said that. Diamon had fell
asleep again as they were riding back. Tittis scudded closer to Topaz and
whispered to him, "Topaz, tell me something, would you were marry out of
your clan?" Topaz thought for a second then nodded, "I'm part human part
Jumi...I'm the result of the lust between my mother and a human. So if she
thinks it's okay to have children not pure Jumi, I assume it's okay to marry
outside my clan. Would you marry outside your clan?" "Yes," she whispered
as she looked into his eyes, "I want to marry someone who I love and
respect, and is he's not a dragoon." Tittis grabbed Topaz's hand and looked
at him, "Topaz, do you have any feelings for me? Besides friendship?"
Topaz sighed, "Tittis, I'm sorry, I..." Tittis put her lip to his mouth,
"Shhh. Don't say any more. Just forget I asked you." She crawled away and
looked up at the sky.
Wendie had finally reached Bejeweled City. She sat in the water surround
the city since it now gliding was over ocean. Topaz looked at Diamon and
his core started glowing. Diamon woke up and his eye gleamed. Topaz looked
at the city, "Funny, nothing looks different." Diamon hopped off of Wendie
onto the floating island then Topaz followed him. Wendie roared then soared
off. Topaz waved as Diamon started to the stairway. No one was at the city
entrance since Bejeweled City was over ocean now. So the two made it to the
stairway with ease. At the split, Esmeralda was sitting down playing with a
fireball. She saw them then stood up and bowed. Topaz shook his head, "No
need for that Esmeralda, why are you here alone?" "Nothing really to do.
Nephrite refuses to spur with me and I don't feel like studying magic," she
answered. "Try Sapphire, he usually loves fighting with you," Diamon
"Sapphire left with Rubuen, Florina, and Crystal," she explained.
"Crystal's gone?" Topaz thought to himself. "Why did they leave?" he asked.
Esmeralda leaned back against the wall and looked up as if she were
thinking. "Florina needed a trip away from her duties so her knight left
too but she wanted Crystal to come along and so Sapphire went as her
knight." Topaz looked away and coldly said, "So she's not mine guardian
anymore..." "I'm not sure, Sapphire is her temporary knight, just like you
were." Esmeralda said cheerfully. "She's still a knightless Jumi like me.
Did you want to be her knight Lord Topaz?" she asked him. Topaz looked down
at his sleeve and his right arm glowed dimly. He looked at Esmeralda then
nodded, "Yes, I do want to be her knight. She's a bit trouble at times, but
she's a good person." Diamon smirked, "Plus she's cute." Topaz gave Diamon
a dirty look. Esmeralda giggled, "Yea she is cute, that's how Saph was
convinced to become her knight." Topaz walked off to his room in silence.
Esmeralda looked at Diamon, "Did I say or do something wrong?" Diamon shook
his head, "Nah, he's just mad because she's gone off with Sapphire. Hey, if
you want a spurring partner, I'm your Jumi." Esmeralda smirked, "Okay,
let's go downstairs, but I warn you Lord Diamon, I'm not going to go easy on
you because you're a prince." Diamon laughed as they two went downstairs,
"Didn't you know, I like it rough." Esmeralda smirked as she looked back at
Diamon, "Oh I bet you do."
Florina looked up ahead, "I think I see it!" She walked up a little faster
and jumped up and down, "Yes, there is Lumina! It's so pretty." Florina
pointed to Lumina in the clearing. Lumina was the city of night, the sun
never shined on Lumina and the moon always seemed to be out. The town was
lit up by tons of beautiful lamps that made Lumina looked like a Christmas
tree. Rubuen grabbed Florina's hand and walked her down the slope to
Lumina. Crystal came to the edge and looked at the city. She smiled, "I
like this city, it's pretty but not too noise. Have you ever been here
Sapphire?" Sapphire nodded, "Yes, I don't care for it too much, it's a nice
place to go for lovers, but if you're just by yourself, you have to enjoy
peace and quiet life to like it." Crystal shrugged, "I loved it the first
time I came. Maybe I like quietness. But I never came here with a lover."
Sapphire shrugged, "That's why those two came." Crystal nodded, "Yea, I
know. Sapphire, can I ask you a favor?" Sapphire started walking down then
extended his hand to her, "Sure thing." Crystal took it and slid down to
his side, "Let's have fun ourselves, Florina and Rubuen need some time
alone. Are you okay with just being around me?" Sapphire chuckled to
himself and picked up Crystal carried her the rest of the way down. She
giggled, "You don't have to do this." He smirked, "Oh but I want to...we'll
have tons of fun together." Crystal smiled, "Thank you." Sapphire shook
his head, "No, I should thank you." She looked at him confused as they
reached the ground and he put her down.
Florina looked around as Rubuen held her to him closely. She turned back to
see Sapphire and Crystal walking towards them. She smiled, "So how many
rooms do you think we'll need?" Sapphire smiled, "Two, you two can share
one room and Crystal and I'll share one." Crystal looked at Sapphire
nervously, "Don't you need a bed?" Sapphire smirked, "You said you've been
here, so you should know that each room comes with two beds." Rubuen look
at Sapphire and shook his head, "Looks like she'd prefer another room Saph."
Sapphire smirks, "Guess so." Crystal looked at Florina, "I don't have to
have another room if it's too much trouble." Sapphire shook his head, "It's
no trouble, don't worry." Florina smiled cheerfully, "Fine, three rooms it
is." She started to walk to hotel followed by Rubuen. Crystal started to
walk down the street. Sapphire looked at her strangely and she went to a
jewel shop then stopped. Sapphire rushed in front of her and held to door
closed before she could go in. "It's not good to go in places like that
Crystal. Your core isn't hidden or anything so you shouldn't go
there...some jewelers don't care that you'll die if they even crack it."
Crystal gave him an icy cold glance. "Don't try to stop me, I have
something to do in there so if you don't want to get hurt, I suggest you
move boy." Her voice seemed to have a dark echo. "Crystal?" Crystal
glared at him annoyed, "I don't know who Crystal is, but you have the wrong
Crystal waved her hand and flung him into a building next to them. Crystal
turned and he saw her eyes glowing yellow. She walked in the shop.
Sapphire shook his head and got up. He rushed back over to the jewelry shop
and tried to open the door but something was pulling it in so it won't
budge. Sapphire stepped back and pulled out his sword. He was about to
thrust the door but then the sword flew back into the wall he had crashed
into. Sapphire growled, "Crystal!" Suddenly there was a flash of light and
then the door swung open. Sapphire grabbed his sword then ran in. He came
in and saw Crystal on the middle of the floor unconscious and the shop owner
unconscious. Crystal started to moan a bit as she woke up. She looked up
to see Sapphire and muttered, "Please help me." Then she passed out again.
Sapphire picked her up and walked to the hotel. Florina and Rubuen were
waiting outside when he came. Florina looked at Crystal worried, "Saph,
what happened to her!" Sapphire shook his head, "She's exhausted...where's
our rooms?" Rubuen gave Sapphire two keys, "Room 101 and Room 103, they're
right next to each other." Sapphire nodded and walked off. Florina looked
at Rubuen, "I worry about her...she's so different then must of us. She has
something in her she doesn't understand." Rubuen kissed Florina's hand and
smiled, "She'll be okay. If she really needs help, she'll ask...now cheer
up, let's go eat something."
Topaz looked at the ceiling. "She's gone. But she has Sapphire to protect
her so why am I still edgy. Damn, I can't figure it out. Why am I still
mad!" Topaz growled to himself then both of his cores started glowing. He
jumped off the bed and bowed as Diana walked in the room. Diana shook her
head, "No need for that my baby, I'm just glad you're home." Topaz nodded
as Diana walked in. "We just got back." Diana nodded as she walked closer
to him. "Diamon told me. The star crystal went to Lumina with the
claduis." Topaz sighed as he looked away. "Esmeralda told us when we got
back," he said apathetically. Diana looked at Topaz confused then smiled.
"Tell me, why did you become her knight?" Topaz turned around and opened
his mouth then closed it. He shook his head and smiled. "When I went out
exploring, I found her in the city of magic. She had no knight of her own
so I took the liberty of becoming her knight." "My son, the hero. Just like
his father," Diana whispered. "Mother..." "Son, you're father was the hero
after the war. He helped make things right again after the confusion after
the war. He even helped us Jumis, there was a traitor after the war that
stole all of our cores...he saved us then revived us." Topaz sighed, he
remembered hearing the old story when he was young and asked his Mother why
his core was different from Diamon's. "I know Mother..." Diana smiled to
herself proudly as she looked down. "And now you want to be that hero..."
Then, Diana stopped smiling. She looked at Topaz seriously, "Topaz I have
to ask you something about the star crystal carrier. Does she exhibit
strange powers?" "You mean any magic?" he asked. "Hardly, she might know a
few spells, but she doesn't use them." Diana sighed as her expression
changed once again, yet not she looked as if she would cry. "The last star
crystal carrier gave up her core so that Bejeweled City could be mobile.
When she gets back, please have her come visit me." "Yes Mother."
Diana smiled, "And if you want to know why you're mad she left with
Sapphire, it's because you're jealous. You care about her and you don't
even know it. That's how I felt about your father when he saved other
people." Diana kissed Topaz on his forehead and then left. Topaz shook his
head and looked at his sword, "I'm jealous that she left with Sapphire?"
Topaz bit his lip, "I don't get it."
Crystal woke up and looked around, no one was around. Crystal pulled the
covers around her and curled up into a ball. She shivered as she looked
around scared. "I'm alone...here, but where is here. Sapphire? Florina?
Rubuen? Topaz? Someone?" Crystal shook her head, "I don't like this, I
don't want to be alone." Her core glowed black and she saw it and screamed.
Sapphire was walking from the lobby with two drinks when he heard her
scream. He ran into the room and saw Crystal balled up shaking. He dropped
the sodas and went to her side. "Crystal? Are you okay?" "Saph! Oh
Saph!" Crystal cried. Sapphire stroked Crystal's hair back, "Are you okay?"
"I...yes I am." She finally answered.
Crystal held on to Sapphire and started to cry on his shoulder. He wiped
the tears from her eyes and kissed her head, "Don't cry. You're safe."
Crystal noticed she was crying and withdrew from him. Sapphire shook his
head, "Don't worry, it's okay. So what, you can cry. All it means is you
have more emotions then most of us." Crystal looked at her tears that she
had wiped from her face, "Saph, I'm useless. I can't do magic, I don't have
any healing powers...I can't remember tons of things...so why am I here?"
Sapphire shook his head, "Because you cheer everyone else up. You're sweet,
not to mention pretty. You care for other and you're not useless. Just
because you don't yield a sword or do magic or even heal others doesn't mean
you don't do anything." Crystal walked out to the balcony and stopped
crying. She looked at the moon and smiled. Her core glowed brightly as her
eyes sparkled from the moonlight. She turned to Sapphire and smiled, "Saph,
I must thank you for everything. You're so kind...I really wish I could
repay you." Sapphire smirked, "Hey, don't worry. I'm your knight, even
through I won't be for long, but more importantly I'm your friend." Crystal
stood up and walked over to him. She smiled and kissed him on the cheek.
Sapphire shook his head and grabbed her by the waist. Crystal looked
confused and uncomfortable as he spun her around and they stood face to
face. "Where do you think you're going?" he asked. "Bed...it's late," she
said trying not to offend him. Sapphire laughed. "Yes, but where do you
have to be in the morning? No where. So come on, let's talk." "Okay Saph,
what would you like to talk about?"
Sapphire let her go and led her to the bed. She sat down with her legs
curled under her. Sapphire grabbed a chair and sat right in front of her.
Sapphire looked up into her eyes and smiled, "Let's talk about you Crystal.
I've never seen you before yesterday but Florina, Emmy, even Rubuen know
you. Prince Topaz was once your knight. Are you distance royalty of
another Jumi clan I don't know about or did you just not ever come around
many other Jumis?" Crystal frowned for a bit then looked at Sapphire. She
shook her head, "I don't know where I came from." Sapphire looked at her
sympathetically but she shook her head, "Don't do that, I'm not sad or
anything. I just can't recall my past like I told you. I recall bits and
pieces, like I first met Travis, the human I told you about before, in this
weird dungeon. I don't recall how I got there or how long I was there, but
I remember him knocking down the door and telling me everything was all
right now that he was there." Crystal looked down for a second then back at
Sapphire. "Travis was always nice, he always took care of me and made sure
I was always safe. He took me to many places, Geo, Domina, Trinity, Lumina,
Sapphire shook his head, "Trimina is the city of magic...dark magic. Why
would he take you there?" Crystal looked down, tears were forming in her
eyes. "He didn't mean for us to end up there, it just happened. We had to
stock up on supplies and so he told me to wait in a hotel room. I heard
some strange noise coming from outside but I didn't look. Then suddenly the
door busted into flames and then I saw Travis and this sorceress standing
outside. The sorceress threw a fireball at Travis and he told me to run
before she formed an ice lance and..." Tears rolled off her cheeks as she
struggled to continue to remember the death of her first knight. Sapphire
wiped the tears off her face and sat next to her. Crystal put her head down
on his lap and started to cry. "Then I awoke and saw the sorceress who
killed Travis. She grabbed my core and it started to crack. Then in came
Topaz calling for her to fight him and during the heated battle, Topaz
stabbed and killed her. She grabbed his wrist as she was dying
and...started to crack his core." Crystal sat up and looked at Sapphire,
"Topaz had saved me and he was about to die. So after the chains
disappeared I fell to the ground next to him and grabbed his wrist where is
core was and it glowed then I passed out." Sapphire smiled, "Your core is a
core of healing?" She shook her head, "Not in the least bit I'm afraid. I
think my core is evil, but I healed him. If I was a core of healing I could
have saved Travis...but he's dead because I couldn't help." Sapphire hugged
her as she cried on his shoulders. Sapphire whispered to Crystal, "Don't
worry, I'll protect you Crystal. Not even a sorceress...no, not even the
Mana Goddess herself can harm you if I'm around." She cried even harder and
he just held her tightly. Crystal stopped crying and shook her head, "What
fun am I, I just keep crying...crying these stupid dull tears." Sapphire
smirked, "Hey, I can't even do that. For me to cry, I have to pour water
down my face. So stop picking on your tears. You don't have to cry tears
of healing, Florina does that."
Florina looked up in the sky and smiled, "I love coming there...it heals and
reenergize my core faster." She looked across the table at Rubeun who was
looking at two people talk. Florina giggled, "What are you doing?" Rubeun
leaned closer to Florina and whispered, "That man there, he's telling
another man that two Jumis suddenly sprouted out from his shop two from
stones he found when he went to the seaside caves." Florina looked at
Rubeun confused, "You mean, they suddenly healed by themselves...is that
possible?" Rubeun shook his head, "Not without your powers or someone with
the same powers as you." Florina looked at the man and shook her head, "So
you're saying there is another Jumi of healing around here?" Rubeun nodded,
"They must have weak powers through, that Jumi wasn't around when they
turned back into Jumis."
Turquoise and Quartz looked around confused. Turquoise had on a jumpsuit
like child that fought in the old war. Quartz looked like a mini archeress.
She looked around as Turquoise walked slowly behind her. Quartz shook her
head, "I don't hear or see any fighting Turk, where in the seven hells are
we?" Turquoise shrugged, "Hey, I'm not the one with brains...remember
saying that!" Quartz plucked Turquoise on the nose and stood there with her
hands on her hips, "Look here you! Don't make me get mad!" Turquoise
winced then thought, "How'd I get stuck with a mean guardian. All she does
is hit me and yell." Turquoise and Quartz both were thirteen years old when
their cores were stolen the first time. Quartz stared at the moon oddly,
"Hey, is it me, or does that thing not move?" Turquoise looked at the moon.
He took a step forward, then to the side, then another step back. "Is it
me, or is that moon following me?" exclaimed Turquoise. Quartz sighed and
pulled Turquoise along. Turquoise yelled with excitement, "Oh my god! It
is following me!"
"Crystal?" asked Esmeralda. Topaz nodded. Emeralda smiled goofily, "You
have a crush on her don't you!" Topaz sighed, "Don't start Esmeralda."
Esmeralda keep smiling, "Aww, a Guardian and her prince. I'll have to make
a story out of this, for the kid tourist when I go down and tell them
stories about Jumis. Prince Topaz saves our poor Guardian Crystal and falls
in love with her. He goes to help a distance ally and when he returns to
the castle, he finds out that his beloved Guardian had left. His heart
aches and he realizes he is in love with her. When she returns from her
journey with her Knight, the Prince professes his love and they live happy
ever after. Yea, that'll work." Topaz shook his head, "I should have never
asked you." Esmeralda giggled goofily and smiled, "Of course you had to ask
me, I know her better then you do...well I knew her before you did. She met
me when I was going to magic school. I met the human that use to take are
of her too." Topaz looked at Esmeralda, "The human that took care of her?"
Esmeralda nodded, "Yep, he was a cute guy. Wonder what happened to
him...anyway, he was like her human knight. He took real good care of her,
and they were really close." Topaz shook his head, "You mean they were
lovers?" Esmeralda shrugged, "To me, it seemed more like brother and sister
love. But if you rather them be lovers, then okay." Topaz looked at
Esmeralda confused, "Why do you say that?" Esmeralda smirked, "Because he
took me out on a date and told me that he and her were more like brother and
sister, nothing more. But like I said, if you rather think of them as
lovers..." "Okay, I see." Esmeralda smiled and Topaz shook his head,
"Whatever you're thinking, leave me out of it Esmeralda."
Esmeralda shook her head, "Topaz, when she comes back, do something special
with her." Topaz shook his head, "I asked you when was her birthday and now
you start with this." Esmeralda smirked, "If you didn't like her, why would
you want to know when it is?" Topaz shook his head, "So I can get her a
gift when that day comes and not look stupid." Emeralda started to blush,
"God now I feel stupid. I'm sorry Topaz." Topaz shrugged carelessly, "No
problem, just don't go planning things is all I ask. Or just leave me out
of them." "Sure," she said grinning. Topaz shook his head, "So when is
it?" Esmeralda shrugged, "No clue."
Quartz looked around as her core glowed softly from under her dress.
Turquoise's core was flashing too. She looked at Turquoise, "There must be
others around. Or else, our cores wouldn't be responding." He nodded as he
keep looking at the moon, "I think the moon is getting closer too me. You
think it has a crush on me?" Quartz mumbled under her breath as she spotted
an outside café. She smiled, "Come on Turkey butt, let's go eat." "Don't
call me that!" Turquoise yelled. Quartz smiled, "Sure Turk." He yelled,
"I'm not a turkey butt, so stop thinking that." Quartz laughed then went to
order two drinks.
Florina looked at her core then up at Rubeun, "My core..." He nodded, "I
think those two are around, because it's not Saph or Crystal." Florina
looked up at the stairway to where the food was cooked and prepared, "Go up
and pretend to be getting me a drink. I think they're up there." Rubeun
sighed, "How about I really get me a drink." Florina nodded, "That'll work.
Hurry, before they go." Rubeun got up and Florina smiled and blew him a
kiss. He went up the stairs sighing. When he reached the top, his core
reacted again. He saw a dim flash from the bar where two kids were ordering
food. He walked up to the window and order himself a drink. Quartz
looked at Rubeun then at this core on his forehead. Her eyes lit up.
"You're a Jumi!" Quartz exclaimed. Rubeun nodded, "And by the expression on
face, you are too. What's your name little miss?" "I'm Quartz. And you?"
Rubeun bowed and kissed Quartz's hand, "I'm Rubeun pretty lady." Turquoise
growled, "Get your own guardian." Rubeun smirked as he looked at Turquoise,
"I do have one. And she's the most beautiful Jumi that ever lived. But you
dear Quartz, you might out do her when you get older." Quartz blushed and
Turquoise growled again. "I'm sure she'd like you meet you two. She's
downstairs." Rubeun took his drink and headed for the stairs. Quartz
followed him and Turquoise grabbed his food then followed reluctantly.
Florina sat down sipping on her juice when she saw Rubeun coming down
followed by a little girl and a small boy who was eating some fries. She
smiled as her core reacted. Rubeun pulled up two more chairs to their table
and sat by Florina. Quartz sat by Rubeun and Turquoise sat in the chair
between the two ladies. Florina smiled as she glanced back and forth
between the two. "I thought I sensed some others here. Hello, I'm Florina.
And who might you two be?" Quartz introduced herself and her guardian.
"I'm Quartz and he's Turkey butt, but we call him Turk for short." "Turkey
butt?" questioned. "My name is Turquoise, not Turkey butt," he said
defensively. Florina smiled. "It's nice to meet you two. It's weird that
we never met before now."
"Why? Most Jumis are wondering around because of this war," Quartz said in
an omnipotent manner. "War? What war?" Florina asked. "Duh, the Mana
Stones War," Turquoise said blankly. "That ended two thousand years ago,"
Rubeun corrected him. "Two thousand years ago!" Quartz screamed. "You mean
you two have been stones for two thousand years?" Florina said amazed.
"We've been dead for two thousand years..." Turquoise muttered. "I'm sorry
to have to tell you this," Rubeun said apathetically yet he did feel sorry
for them. "Well...at least the war is over," Quartz said optimistically,
"is Bejeweled City still standing?" Rubeun nodded, "Yes. It is mobile now
as well." Turquoise frowned, "That means Staris is dead...what about her
baby? Did someone revive her baby?" "I don't know anyone named Staris..."
Florina said as she thought about the name.
"Staris was the Jumi of the star crystal...but she gave up her core to give
Bejeweled City the power to float. I assume her daughter is Crystal,"
Rubeun said. "You mean Crystal died once?" Quartz looked down as she told
them what happened two thousand years ago. "When Staris had her child, she
was protecting us. No one was in Bejeweled City and so we had no where to
run. We were in a small town and then one night, the door was thrown off
and we all awoke to soldiers rushing in the room. I remember someone
snatching Staris's baby from her and then pull out her crystal. Then the
baby disappeared. Staris had magic so she used something like a fire
spell to burn the soldiers that were coming after me and Turk. She told us
to run and we did. Then later than night, we were caught and they stole
Turk's core then mine." Florina frowned. "What a tragic story..." "I
heard no one knew a Jumi of healing during the war, so Staris probably gave
up her core thinking her child would never be revived," Rubeun lowly
replied. Quartz smiled faintly, "We met Lady Diana once, and she told us
that Staris had a core that could safeguard Bejeweled City." Her smile
turned into a frown, "But she would die from all the power that her core
would be discharging would destroy her body. I guess we'll never see Miss
Staris again. But we can see the little baby." Florina smiled as she shook
her head, "Crystal isn't a baby anymore. She's older than you two."
"What?" Turquoise said slightly mad, "we use to change her diapers and now
she's older than us." Quartz growled at Turquoise, "If you had been your
usual Turkey butt self that night, we would have lived."
Florina looked at Quartz then inquired, "Why do you keep calling him a
Turkey butt?" "When we're in trouble, he takes off. If you ever seen a
turkey when danger is about, all you see is the turkey's butt. Hence the
name Turkey butt." Turquoise frowned as he whispered to himself, "I ran a
few times during explosions we encountered during the war. And she still
calls me Turkey butt." He stood up and yelled at Quartz, "It's been two
thousand years. You have to stop." Quartz stood up at yelled back, "I've
called you Turkey butt when we were alive, thought you were a Turkey butt
when we were dead, and still do." Florina giggled and Rubeun shook his
head, "Florina, don't encourage this." Florina nodded, "Sorry. They sound
like a younger Emmy and Saph. So would you two like to see Crystal?"
Turquoise nodded, "Yea. But I doubt she remembers us." Quartz shrugged,
"She was two when she died, so she might remember us." Florina bit her lip
then smiled cheerfully, "If she doesn't remember, you can tell her about
when she was little. I'm sure she'd like that." Quartz nodded, "But I
doubt she'll call us Auntie Quartie and Uncle Turkey."
Crystal laid half wake up and half way sleep on Sapphire's lap. She asked
him in a low soft voice, "Sapphire, why don't you become Esmeralda's
knight?" Sapphire shook his head, "Me? Emmy's knight? Ha! She'd just
complain each time I save her. I think I'll just stick with being her
friend." Crystal sat up and looked into his eyes. "You like her, and she
likes you. So why don't you two become knight and guardian. Because if she
gets a knight, you'd be jealous and vise versa." Sapphire laughed, "I like
you too. So should I become both of you two's knights?" Crystal shook her
head, "I don't think that's allowed. But you like her more, don't you?"
Sapphire opened his mouth but just then, there was a knock at the door.
Sapphire yelled, "We don't want room service." Rubeun walked in the room
and yelled back, "Good, because we didn't bring any food for you." Sapphire
smirked then saw the two children behind Rubeun following Florina. "We
leave you two alone for a couple of hours, and look. You two had kids."
"It's true what they say, kids grow up so fast," Rubeun said to Sapphire.
"Crystal's a guy?" Turquoise said confused as he looked at Sapphire.
Florina shook her head, "No, Crystal would be the one who looks like she's
about to go to bed." Quartz stared at Crystal astonished, "Wow. Crystal,
you grew up into a beautiful Jumi." "Thank you..." Crystal hesitantly said.
"Do you remember us?" Turquoise asked. "Umm..." "Does Turkey butt
trigger anything?" Quartz hinted. "Turkey butt?" Crystal muttered.
Sapphire shook his head. "Don't tell me someone use to call her Turkey
butt," he said slightly steamed. Rubeun smirked and shook his head. "Nope,
the boy's named Turkey butt." "Turkey butt?" Sapphire said before he fell
into hysteria. Crystal frowned, "What a mean thing to say." Turquoise
smiled as he looked at Crystal. "See, that's why I always liked her."
Crystal looked at Turquoise again. "Do I know you?" Quartz nodded. "We
use to travel together." "I never met you two with Travis." "Who's
Travis?" Turquoise wondered. "Wasn't that the name of your human knight?"
Florina asked. Quartz shook her head, "I meant, when you were little. Me,
you, your mother, and Turkey butt. You use to call us Auntie Quartie and
Uncle Turkey..." "Don't say it Quartz." Turquoise warned. "And I use to
tell you it's Uncle Turkey butt," Quartz continued. "You knew me when I was
little...but how is that possible?" Crystal questioned. Turquoise sighed as
he looked up. "We're Jumis. Only a Jumi could once be older than the next
time they met a person, that person, they're younger. But we really are
2013 years old. So we are older." "You're two thousand thirteen years
old?" Crystal said amazed. "No, just thirteen." Quartz corrected. "We've
been dead for two thousand years. When were you revived?" "Revived?" "You
mean, you don't remember dying...you were alive two thousand years ago."
"I was alive two thousand years ago?" Crystal shook her head, "I don't
remember anything like that." Sapphire looked at Crystal concerned, "Are
you okay?" Crystal's core started to glow yellow again and she shook her
head and ran out the room. Sapphire looked at Rubeun, "Hey, we have to go
get her, and we need to talk." Rubeun nodded, "Sure, you three stay here."
Rubeun and Sapphire walked out the room. Florina looked out the door and
then at the two. She shook her head, "That didn't go well." Quartz looked
at Turquoise, "I blame you Turkey butt!" Turquoise looked shock, "Stop
calling me Turkey butt! Just Turk. Turk. Turk is short and easier to say
than Turkey butt. Call me Turk!" Florina giggled, "What did Turk do?"
Quartz shrugged, "Nothing, but I still blame you, TURKEY BUTT." Turquoise
pulled out his boomerang and Quartz pulled out a freakishly huge hammer.
Florina stood between them, "You two remind me way too much of Sapphire and
Esmeralda." Turquoise looked at Florina, "Who are they?" She pointed out
the door, "That guy who left with Rubeun is Sapphire and if you two come to
Bejeweled City with us tomorrow, you'll meet Esmeralda."
Crystal ran through the streets. She went over a bridge and through an
outside café. She went through a small alley then found some stairs and ran
up them. She wound up at the entrance to a clock tower and went inside.
Crystal slowly walked up the stairs to the very top and saw another door.
She went through it and stood in the balcony above the clock. She looked
down at the city of Lumina and could see everything. She saw Rubeun and
Sapphire walking around looking for her. She sat down by the railing and
started to cry to herself. "Why can't I remember..." She shook her head,
"I don't remember dying two thousand years ago. I can't remember if I was
revived, but I have had to be revived if I died...why can't I?" Her core
started to turn from light blue to a dark black.
Sapphire looked around as he talked to Rubeun, "She can't remember
everything that happened when she was taken by the sorceress at Trimina and
saved by Topaz. And she doesn't remember anything before she met Travis.
Those two letting her know she was alive so long ago didn't seem like it
helped." Rubeun nodded, "I guess, do you think she doesn't want to remember
dying?" Sapphire stopped and looked at Rubeun, "Do you like remember your
first death?" Rubeun shook his head, "Not my first, nor second." Sapphire
nodded, "If she remembers something, it won't be happy memories. And I
don't think she can handle bad ones right now." Rubeun smirked, "So you
spent your time alone with her learning all about her." Sapphire smirked,
"Yea, I did. So what?" Rubeun shook his head, "So do you like her?"
Sapphire nodded as he muttered, "I don't think she realizes it. She was
trying to hook me up with Esmeralda before you came in." Rubeun nodded,
"Well you two do like each other." Sapphire nodded as he looked down the
street again, "Yea true. I don't see her." Rubeun folded his arms, "Why
not stop looking for her the human way, and do it the Jumi way." Sapphire
nodded, "I guess." He closed his eyes and started to walk slowly up the
street. Rubeun followed behind him as they headed to the café.
Crystal stood up and looked down. She narrowed her eyes on Sapphire and
Rubeun. "They're not as powerful...but she's getting stronger..." Sapphire
opened his eyes and looked up. He saw Crystal walking back and forth on the
railing. He looked back at Rubeun, "Stay here. I want to talk to her
alone." Rubeun was still staring up at Crystal, "Sure, and if she jumps,
I'll catch her." Sapphire opened the door and muttered, "Let's hope that
doesn't happen." Rubeun just stood there looking up.
Sapphire could hear Crystal talking as he climbed the stairs. She had the
same cold, heartless tone as before at the jewelry chop. "Two thousand,
it's taken me two thousand years. Two thousand goddess damning years just
to get this far. To find it, revive it, to join with it, and for what! I
can't keep it under my control!" Sapphire stood at the door listening.
Suddenly the door burst off and Sapphire jumped out the way. He watched the
door tumble to the bottom of the tower. "Why in the hell are you still
following me boy?" Sapphire turned around to see Crystal staring him down.
She turned around and walked back to the balcony. "This is the second time
boy. I'm beginning to think you're stalking me." Sapphire walked up to
Crystal and she sat on the railing and smiled. "You know, you're kind cute
for a boy." "You're not Crystal?" he asked. Crystal laughed and shook her
head. "Not even close, it's Andrea." Sapphire thought for a moment as he
looked down and whispered, "Andrea? I heard that name before." Crystal
smiled proudly as she looked up. "I'm sure you have, I helped your kind out
during the war." Sapphire nodded as he remembered who Andrea was. "That's
right, you're the sorceress that protected Lady Diana and Bejeweled City.
But...you're also Crystal." Crystal looked down at herself and smiled
heinously, "Is that the name of this thing? I'll have to remember that."
"What have you done with Crystal!" Sapphire demanded. Crystal smiled as she
looked Sapphire in the eyes. "Nothing, she's scared and hiding. A real
useless girl, but her core...that's a total different story. The star
crystal is a powerful little toy..."
Crystal caressed Sapphire cheek and smiled. "But it's not like all the
other cores...but my little cutie, you have nothing to worry about, I don't
want your core." She moved her hand to his chin and pulled him closer to
her. Sapphire was right on Crystal, face to face. His confuse eyes met
with her mischievous eyes then she leaned in closer and locked lips. She
slipped in her tongue and gently moved it around in his mouth. Sapphire
pulled back and she laughed. "Tell Diana she owes me...you really should
stop trying to read my mind, I'm more developed in telepathy then you." She
hopped down and walked up to Sapphire shook his head. "My core...it's
cloudy?" Crystal muttered, "You always try to wake up when I start to have
my fun." Crystal jumped back on the railing and blew Sapphire a kiss then
fell backwards. Her eyes flashed yellow then went back blue. Sapphire
rushed to the railing and reached out to her. Crystal was already half way
to the ground. Rubeun pulled out his massive sword and pointed it up.
Sapphire ran through the door and zoomed down the stairs. The sword let out
a gust of energy aimed at Crystal. Suddenly the energy turned into a
tornado and Crystal was caught in a current. Sapphire was half way down the
stairs when he jumped to the ground. Rubeun moved his hand making strange
symbols. The tornado started to die down, moving Crystal closer to the
ground slower. When Sapphire scrambled out the door, Crystal was softly
lowered in Rubeun's arms. Sapphire looked at Rubeun breathing hard.
"Thank...you," he managed to say when he caught his breath. Rubeun
shrugged, "No problem. What happened?"
Sapphire looked down at Crystal then back at Rubeun, "I still have no
clue...she's a mysterious girl. Can sorceresses' revive Jumis?" "No." he
answered, "only someone with a core of healing." Sapphire nodded, "I
thought so...I need to talk to our Queen." "What happened Sapphire?" Rubeun
asked again. Sapphire looked at the unconscious girl and shook his head.
"I'm not sure. All I know is I better see Lady Diana and tell her that an
old friend is looking for her." "Old friend?" Rubeun repeated, "tell me how
Saph!" "You know when your are went cloudy?" Rubeun nodded. Sapphire took
Crystal from Rubeun and started to walk back to the hotel. He yelled back,
"Well, a sorceress came out and did that...so if she can affect our
cores..." Rubeun muttered, "We better worry. Great, and I thought this was
a quiet town. Sorceresses, they always cause trouble. Surprising they
didn't cause the Mana Stone War."
Vanessa walked in Trimina with two fighter dragons following her. A girl
was sitting in the middle of the town square smirking. She had a large boa
constrictor slithering towards her neck. Vanessa stopped some ways before
she came near the town square and stared at the girl. She stood up and
laughed. She was wearing thigh high leather boots, a leather vest half way
zipped and tiny black leather shorts. The snake slithered from the other
side of her neck to her chest. Vanessa folded her arms and looked around.
"Why is the place empty? I was hoping to make a deal with a few lesser
girls. And why are you so happy Vicky?" "Mother's powers have been
sensed," Victoria answered.
"Mother?" Vanessa hissed. "I thought her little experiment with the little
girl she had us get killed her. That's why I agreed for Veronica to have
the Jumi." Victoria smirked, "And she was killed after taking the Jumi two
weeks later. But a few took off...and a few hid. That's why the streets
are empty. We need to find two more decent sorceresses to help us."
Vanessa smiled, "Yea, if mother is really alive, then we're still to do that
incantation on the eclipse. Nina and Linda will do. Where is our other
sister?" "Venus?" Victoria asked. "Still in her part of the castle. She's
trying to locate mother." Vanessa nodded. "I see. The eclipse is in three
days. So if Mother is coming, she'll be here." "I've been meaning to ask
you, where's the little dragon you were so bent up on getting?" Vanessa
hissed again, "A dragoon came...with humans." Victoria laughed. "I thought
Rei-Kaiser eats humans." "He does...must have been a deal they made for
their lives." "Next time get an underwater lair and a serpent. Sea dragons
to protect your interests." Victoria taunted.
The boa looked a Vanessa and hissed. Vanessa hissed back then looked at
Victoria. "Snakes are good pets." Victoria looked at the snake and patted
his head. The snake continued to wrap itself around Victoria. She smiled
at Vanessa, "You have dragons, Venus has men. Veronica had dogs. I love my
snakes." Vanessa shrugged. "I guess so. Did Nina and/or Linda run?"
Victoria shook her head, "The ones that ran lived either on the left or
right sides of the city. The two points at the bottom, those living there
haven't made any moves." "And the castle at the head point has Venus and
our followers. Kind of convenient that Trimina is in the shape of a
pentagram." Victoria laughed and nodded as she headed north. Vanessa
smiled, "All that wonderful power mother said we'd get will soon come."
Quartz was talking with Florina while Turquoise laid on one of the beds when
Rubeun came in the room. He looked at Quartz and Turquoise. "You two need
a room, right?" Turquoise nodded, "Yea, we should go get a room for the
night." Rubeun shook his head, "Take this one." Florina looked at Rubeun,
"What about Crystal?" "She's with Saph. I'm going to our room love, I'll
see you later." Rubeun kissed Florina then walked out. Florina pouted as
she watched him leave. She stood up and shook her head, "I guess I'll go
too, please behave you two." Florina walked out the room leaving Quartz and
Florina knocked on the door gentle as she opened it. Sapphire was sitting
on the bed Crystal was sleeping on. Florina walked over to him and sat on
the other bed. He turned to Florina. "Something on your mind?" Sapphire
asked. "Yes, what happened out there?" Sapphire looked at Crystal. "She
was in shock and didn't know how to take it. After she settled down, we
came back and she went to sleep." Florina nodded and then looked at
Sapphire unamused. "Now tell me the truth this time. She freaked then you
two caught up with her, and?" Sapphire sighed. "I talked to her, and she
wasn't Crystal." "Her core...was it black?" Florina asked timidly. "Yes."
Sapphire said. His voice was no longer friendly but harsh. Florina frowned
and the two were silent for a moment. "Sapphire, you're great with
telepathy, I mean you can even look into people's minds, right?" Florina
asked as she remembered. Sapphire nodded. "Right, so?" "Can I ask you
something?" "Sure, what's on your mind?"
"I want you to scan her mind. Find out why her core turns black, and why
she's can't remember, and what she's trying to hide." Sapphire looked at
Florina shocked for a moment then spoke in a low cold tone. "Florina...I
can't do that without her permission and I have to be in Bejeweled City at
the peak of the mountain," he said, lying about the last part. "Saph...I'm
scared for her. Something is inside her...and I want to help her," Florina
said almost crying. "I want to help her too...but I need her permission to
do something like that," he repeated. Florina nodded, "Fine, I'll ask her
when she wakes up tomorrow. Goodnight Saph." Sapphire turned back and
looked at Crystal as Florina went her room. Sapphire sighed and shook his
head. "I would scan your mind Crystal, but I not sure I would be powerful
enough to fight the sorceress within you."
She sighed before she opened to door to her room and then walked in. Rubeun
was laying in his bed, not sleep, just laying here. He was positioned so
that half of his body was propped up Florina walked to the bed and slipped
off her shoes. She slid in the bed and laid right beside him. Florina put
her head on his chest and sighed happily. Rubeun didn't seem to notice she
had came in the room. Florina put her head up and looked at him, "Something
on your mind love?" Rubeun nodded. "Yes, a sorceress was here." "A
sorceress?" Florina shouted, "I didn't see one." Rubeun muttered lowly,
"Settle down love. She was at the clock tower, but she left...that worries
me a bit." "What did she want?" Rubeun shook his head as he finally looked
down at her. "No clue...Saph confronted her, not me." Florina nodded
slowly as her eyes seemed to gleam. "He did, did he..." Rubeun nodded as
he looked at Florina utterly confused. "You sound a little annoyed...why?"
"No reason, just that I'm going to have to talk to Saph." Rubeun shook his
head, "He won't tell you that, you know that." "That's why you sense the
annoyance." Florina said blankly.
Florina cuddled up closer to Rubeun and sighed. Rubeun smiled, "You know,
we're alone, in a room, on a bed..." Florina laughed, "Yes I know, and I
know what you're thinking. What happened to being worried about the
sorceress?" "Sorceress?" asked Rubeun, "what sorceress? All I see is a
beautiful lady in my bed, and she's mine. Now why would I be thinking of
some sorceress?" Florina smirked then kissed Rubeun.
A small girl sat on the cold damp ground looking out over the waters at the
sun. She was alone and only two years old. Her light blue core dimly
glowed as she cried. Suddenly it flashed brightly. "Uncle Turkey?" She
stood up and looked around, "Uncle Turkey?" She walked around the dark
cave, feeling on the wall, hoping to find someone. Her core flashed again,
"Auntie Quartie! Auntie Quartie, where are you?" There was no response,
just the whispering of the wind. The girl started to cry again and went
back to the edge of the cave where the tide barely met the ground. "Mommy,
Auntie Quartie, Uncle Turkey...they're gone. Please come back, I'll be
good. I won't ask for candies no more, promise. Please come back." She
curled up into a ball and cried even harder. Suddenly the tides got high
again and the water started to come in. She stood up and backed up, the
water was filling up the whole cave. She backed up the back of the cave.
She touched the wall and suddenly a blue and white light flashed from both
sides of her. The girl turned around and whispered, "Auntie Quartie and
Uncle Turkey left their cores..." Then the tide filled up the cave and took
the girl in the current.
Crystal woke up and looked around. Sapphire was sleeping in the bed beside
hers. She felt her face, feeling the hot wet tears sliding down her cheek.
She slipped into Sapphire's bed and sat next to him. Her core softly glowed
then his responded. Crystal asked, "Tell me about yourself. What is your
past?" Sapphire core automatically responded, "I was born through the Mana
Goddess's blessing like a few others. So I came from the powers of the Mana
Goddess and one of the stones from the mountain. I was raised to be a
knight to a guardian, was trained with Topaz and Nephrite. When training
was over, I was allowed to travel. I wasn't born during the war, so the
places I went to were slow. I went to Geo and met a Jumi female. Emmy had
a smart mouth and it was the first time I met a Jumi girl that didn't just
act like a Jumi girl. She was different and pretty. When she returned to
Bejeweled City, she would practice with me. Once, we went out, but our date
was ruined by Onyx. Onyx had a crush on Emmy, and wanted to kill me.
Esmeralda had knocked us both out, explaining she didn't want a boyfriend or
girlfriend. Onyx disappeared and I left and came back too. Onyx has Opal
now....but I don't have a guardian."
Crystal smiled, "So you want to become Esmeralda's knight?" "No, not
anymore. I do want to protect her, but not become her knight. I know she
can take care of herself, and want to feel needed. It's true, I do like
her, but I don't want to become her guardian." "How about my guardian,
would you like to be my guardian?" Sapphire's core went dull for a second
then shined again. "Yes, you need someone there to protect you and help you.
But something worries me about becoming your knight. The sorceress that
spoke to me through you, somehow, I think she will destroy you before I
really could become your knight." "There's a sorceress inside me?" she
asked bewildered. His core spoke to her again. "Her name is Andrea. She
is an old friend of Lady Diana, or so she said. She's the one who turns
your core black. Florina wanted me to scan your mind to find out all about
you and Andrea, through I didn't tell her about Andrea." Crystal nodded as
things started to come together. "So the darkness is Andrea, a sorceress?
Thank you Sapphire, thank you helping me. Please take care, and tell
Esmeralda how you feel. You might find out she's not as strong as you
His core stopped glowing. Crystal walked to the balcony and looked out at
the moon. "I have to find out what really happened in Trimina. I just have
to." She shook her head, "But I can't get him involved, I don't want them
to get hurt." Crystal put her shoes on and went to the door. She looked at
Sapphire long eyed. "I'll miss you Saph." She quietly opened the door then
shut it. Crystal sighed and leaned against the door, "I wish I could tell
Topaz bye. But he'd get mad again. He'll be mad when he learns I
disappeared." She looked down for a second. "Why will he be mad?" asked
Quartz. Crystal jumped and covered her mouth so she wouldn't scream. She
looked at Quartz, "Why are you up and out here?" Quartz folded her arms, "I
could ask you the same thing little missy." Crystal smiled, "I'm bigger and
older than you know Quartie." Quartz's eyes lit up, "You remember me?"
Crystal nodded, "A little. It took awhile, but I'm starting to piece
everything together." Quartz nodded then folded her arms, "So where are you
going? You can't fool me, you're sneaking off to somewhere, now tell me
where or I'll scream and wake everyone up." Crystal giggled, "You drive a
hard bargain...I'm going to Trimina." Quartz looked at Crystal, "Are you
crazy!" Crystal covered Quartz's mouth, "Look, I'm sneaking out. So you
have to be quiet." Quartz growled, "We're coming then." Crystal folded her
arms, "No, you two could get killed." Quartz arched her eyebrow, "So could
you, besides, we can fight and defend ourselves but you can't." Crystal
smiled, "I have a secret through, so I'd live. My core can revive
itself...that's how I came back to life after mother put us in the sea
caves. After we all died, she lived and put us in the caves so no one could
us our powers. But my core had the power to revive itself. It's done it
more than once. I remember dying after I was revived the first time."
Quartz shrugged, "That's nice, but me and Turk are still coming. Got me?
Or I'll scream." Crystal sighed, "Fine, let's go get him and go."
Topaz woke up in the middle of the night and looked around, "That same
feeling, the one like when I felt in the dragon territories." He got up and
walked out his room. Suddenly the feeling got worse and his core started to
get dull. Topaz shook his head and ran up to the throne room. The guards
recognized him and let Topaz into the throne room with no trouble. He
looked around at the empty room. The moonlight lit up the room from the
huge windows in the back. Topaz looked around as his core started to glow
again. He suddenly felt drawn to a staircase he had never noticed before in
the back of the room. Topaz climbed up the stairs and found himself at the
top of Bejeweled City. There was a statue of the Mana Goddess at the top,
her angelic face and elf ears with her sad yet joyful look. Her hands were
together as if she were praying for something. Topaz walked up to it closer
and suddenly the statue disappeared and a Jumi girl appeared. She looked
just like the statue, but her skin was a light tan and her eyes were yellow.
She had a yellow core for a belly button. Topaz looked at the woman in
awe and in shock. She smiled. "Prince Topaz, I'm glad you came." "Who are
you?" he asked. The lady smiled then introduced herself. "I'm Staris,
Crystal's mother. I'm the guardian of Bejeweled City." "Staris...I heard
of you once before from Mother. During the war, you and a few others wanted
to keep Bejeweled City safe. It had been getting raid a whole lot more when
a few other clans noticed that the jewels in the mountain held magic in them
as well. So you gave up your life to give Bejeweled City the powers to
move." Staris nodded, "You're a very bright boy. Diana must be proud of
you. But I didn't call you here to talk about me. I fear the worst for my
daughter." "Daughter?" he asked. Staris nodded, "Crystal is my daughter.
For two thousand years, my spirit has watched her. My little angel..."
"What's wrong with Crystal?" Topaz shouted. "My daughter has something
awfully wrong with her. The sorceress that helped us in the ceremony to
make Bejeweled City realized that she could harness great power if she had
the star crystal. So when Bejeweled City was out to sea, she tried to get
Diana to agree to let her keep the star crystal until the city needed it
again. But before Diana could get her an answer, I turned my core to stone
and created this statue, so Andrea couldn't use it. Andrea felt cheated and
threatened to get even with Diana. Eventually, Andrea learned I had a
daughter, and spent years looking for her. Had I knew my daughter had a
core of healing, I would have never left her in those caves..." Staris
looked sad and ashamed. "She has a core of healing?" he asked. Staris
nodded, "Crystal's core is every different from a regular core, and she's
not trained to use it. Unless she puts her mind to it, she doesn't really
get it. When Crystal dies, her core automatically starts to try to repair
itself, and in time, revives her. She's died several different times, but
it takes less time each time. My poor daughter..." "Then Crystal can take
Florina's place?" Staris sighed. "Yes, she can heal Jumis but without the
tears of healing. She can use her powers to repair and restructure another
Jumi's core. But she doesn't know how to use or control that power. When
Andrea finally found Crystal, she found her as a core. She tried to use her
powers, but couldn't. Then one day while she experimented, Crystal revived
herself. Andrea threw Crystal in a dungeon but luckily, I found a man who
could see and hear me to rescue and protect her. But eventually the
sorceress got to him, and convinced him that if he returned her to him, she
would let him rule an area when she takes over. When he brought her back to
Trimina, Andrea had her daughters attack and kill him. Eventually after a
few years, she learned how to join with my daughter's core. That's why she
seems so different at times, because it's not her in control but Andrea."
Topaz looked at Staris confused, "You mean Crystal has a sorceress within
her?" "Actually, Andrea will soon eliminate my daughter during the
eclipse," Staris clarified, "she plans to call upon the Mana Goddess to
remove Crystal's soul from her core, leaving only herself. Please Topaz,
don't let them cast her out. My little Crystal is going to go to Trimina to
solve what's wrong with her because she finally realizes that she has a
sorceress within her. But if she goes to Trimina, she will die. But if she
doesn't make it there, there still is a huge change that she will die unless
someone stops Andrea's daughters from going through with the ceremony."
Topaz nodded, "I'm her knight, so I must protect her." Staris shook her
head, "More importantly, you love her and I think she loves you." Staris
looked at Topaz sincerely, "Please, don't let them expel her soul." Staris
suddenly started to fade and her body went back to stone. Topaz looked at
Staris and nodded, "I'll save her. Don't worry, Crystal is in good hands.
If she's going to go to Triminia by foot, I'll just ask a favor of someone
who can get me there faster."
Crystal looked up ahead and stopped, "If we traveled by foot, we'll get
there in five days, but..." She turned back to Quartz and Turquoise, "There
are hell horses here. So if we can catch one for each of us, we can make it
there in three days." Quartz looked around, "What's hell horses?" Crystal
put her finger to her lips, "I remember Travis telling me where you see blue
grass, there is a herd of hell horses around. They look like red horses but
they are really fire sprites. So you have to approach them calm and
friendly or they will feel endangered and attack." Turquoise looked to the
right and saw a hell horse grazing alone. While Crystal and Quartz headed
straight, he walked towards the lone horse.
"Well hello, there Mr. Horse. I'm going to capture you." Turquoise said as
he walked closer to the horse. The hell horse looked up at Turquoise with
its angry red eyes. Turquoise froze for a minute as the two locked eyes.
Turquoise started to back up slowly, "No, I don't think I'll capture you,
Mr. Horse." The hell horse slowly followed him, snarling hard. Turquoise
turned around and didn't see Crystal or Quartz and muttered, "I'm screwed."
The hell horse started to charge at him and Turquoise ran away screaming."
Crystal pointed to the herd of hell horses in front of them. She looked
back to only see Quartz, "Where is Turk?" Quartz turned around then
shrugged, "He was just here...you go ahead, I'll go look for him." Crystal
nodded and slowly approached the herd. Quartz sighed as she turned around
and went back. She came to the spot where Crystal had first started talking
about the hell horses and looked around. She heard a faint sound all around
her. Quartz looked left as Turquoise ran from the hell horse screaming to
her right. Quartz shook her head then turned to her right and Turquoise and
the hell horse were now passing her from the left. She turned around and
saw nothing. Then she could barely spot Turquoise running towards her as
the hell horse that was chasing him was starting to turn into flames.
Quartz growled and pulled out her hammer and when Turquoise was close
enough, she smacked him in the face. Turquoise fell out cold to the ground.
The hell horse slowly approached Quartz with the same angry look in its
eyes. Quartz moved her index finger, luring it to come towards her. The
horse charged her and she jumped in front of Turquoise then held her hammer
like a bat and swung at the horse. It connected with its face and flew
throw the woods. Quartz growled as she looked at Turquoise, "I always have
to save you from things...gosh." She grabbed him collar and started to drag
him where Crystal was waiting.
When Quartz could finally saw Crystal, she had two hell horses following
her. She looked at Turquoise in confusion, "What happened to him?" Quartz
looked down at him and muttered, "He had a run in with a hard object."
Crystal looked at Turquoise concerned, "Is he okay?" Quartz nodded, "So are
those our horses?" Crystal nodded, "You two can ride the bigger one and
I'll take this one. You have to hold on really tight since we don't have a
saddle or anything. When we come to Domina, we can get us saddles, okay?"
Quartz pulled Turquoise towards the horse then with Crystal's help, hoisted
Turquoise on then Quartz jumped on. Crystal got on and then they headed
Esmeralda looked up at Topaz sleepily, "This better be good, I was having a
great dream." Topaz nodded, "Crystal ran off to Trimina." Esmeralda looked
at Topaz scared, "Okay, that's a good reason. How do you know, we're not
docked at the beach yet." Topaz looked at Esmeralda seriously, "I just
know. Believe me." Esmeralda nodded, "I do. What are we going to do?"
Topaz looked down for a second then back at Esmeralda, "I'm gonna get a
dragoon to help me track her down, you go check on the others. I don't
think Florina or Rubeun would just let her go to Trimina. And if Sapphire
didn't go with her, things could be really bad." Esmeralda nodded, "Saph
better have gone with her." Topaz bit his lip and shook his head, "She acts
weird at night, in the moonlight. So she could have sneaked out of Lumina
without anyone noticing." Esmeralda nodded, "Fine, when we hit the docking
place, I'll go. You do whatever you need to do to get your dragoon friend
here now." Topaz nodded, "We'll be docking in fifteen minutes." Topaz
walked out the door and turned around, "And Emmy, thanks." Esmeralda put
her hands on her hips and growled, "Thank me later, you just better get her
here back safe or I'll never forgive you Topaz. I don't care if you have a
crush on her or not, she is still you guardian...I think." Topaz nodded
then bowed, "yes, m'lady." Then he ran down the hall. Esmeralda went to
her closest, "I'm going to ring your neck if you're there, Saph."
Tittis looked at her crest as it glowed, "That's odd. Wonder who it is..."
Tittis picked up the crest and saw Topaz's image appear. "Tittis, I know
you might be a little steamed at me still, but I need your help. I don't
know who else to turn to. I have to get to Trimina before the eclipse. And
you're the only girl I know what can handle a sorceress. Besides, we might
find Vanessa there. I'll be at the beach near Lumina." His image
disappeared. She nodded, "I'll help you no matter what Topaz, and you know
I can't resist the chance to make up for last time." The crest glowed green
then she put it back down on her desk then headed out the door. She went
straight to Wendie's den and ran in. Wendie was in her dragon form
sleeping. Tittis yelled for Wendie to get up and she opened one eye and saw
Tittis. The transformed back to her human form and looked at Tittis
annoyed, "This better be good." "We need to go. We're about to get our
second chance at revenge." Wendie roared, "What?" Tittis nodded, "We're
going to help Topaz, he's going to Trimina, and chances are Vanessa is
hiding there too." "Why would he want to go to Trimina?" Wendie said
confused. "I'll ask him when we pick him up from Lumina, now come on."
Wendie looked at Tittis, "Do we even have permission to do this?" Tittis
walked towards the entrance, "Fine, I'll go ask, but even if Rei-Kaiser says
no, we have to go. He helped us, now it's our turn to return the favor."
Wendie smirked, "And for you to get a second chance for a date with him?"
Tittis smiled then went back to being serious. "Maybe, now suit up".
Esmeralda hopped onto the beach and looked around. "Now to go get them.
Maybe we can get back in time to go help Topaz." She walked to the land and
saw Lumina glowing with all its light ahead. The sun was rising behind her,
but that light didn't touch the city of eternal night. She rushed through
the fields to the city. She reached the city before the sun had completely
risen. Little creatures that looked like teddy bears that had been old and
restitched, called Dububears were walking out of the city to go mining in
the caves near there. Esmeralda stopped one and pulled it to the side. She
politely said, "Hey, I know you have to hurry to the caves, but this will be
real quick. Have you seen any Jumis here lately?" The Dububear nodded,
"Dubu, dubu. Duu bu." "Six of them?" Esmeralda replied confused, "Two
others must have came, where can I find them?" "Duu buu dub. Bu dubu."
"The Moonlights Hotel?" Esmeralda repeated, "Thank you so much." "Dubu."
The dububear went back on its way as Esmeralda went to the hotel. She went
up the clerk and asked, "Excuse me, has a Florina or a Rubeun checked in?"
The clerk looked at Esmeralda and smiled cheerfully, "Sorry, I can't tell
you information like that." Esmeralda looked at the girl behind the counter
and her green eyes went pure red. The happy girl got a worried and scared
look on her face. Esmeralda grabbed her by her shirt and pulled her over
the counter, "I don't have time to be nice and play games. My friend is in
some danger, so tell me now where I can find Florina or Rubeun or you're
going to make me mad. And you don't want to make me mad." The girl nodded,
"Umm, okay, please just don't hurt me. I thought Jumi girls were nice and
sweet." Esmeralda pushed her back and the girl looked through the books.
Esmeralda folded her arms, "I'm the one exception. Now tell me robot girl,
where are they?" The girl looked at Esmeralda amazed, "How did you know I'm
not human? I look one hundred percent real and I feel real. I even sound
human." Esmeralda muttered, "But you're heavier than a regular human girl
and two, a human girl wouldn't still have that happy look in her eyes if I
picked her up and looked like I was going to kill her. Now tell me, and
I'll keep it a secret." "They checked out rooms, 101, 102, and room 103."
Esmeralda nodded, "Thank you and have a good day." She went up the stairs.
The robot girl sighed with relief then smiled cheerfully as she waited for
the next customer.
Esmeralda found herself in front of room 102. She knocked on the door and
Florina opened it. Esmeralda growled, "I was hoping not to see Crystal and
Sapphire." Florina pointed to the room across the hall. Esmeralda closed
her eyes and her core flashed. Esmeralda growled, "Only three...that
dububear said six." Florina shook her head, "Two small kids were
revived...but what do you mean you only sense six of us." "Crystal and
those kids must have left. I don't sense them." Florina shook her head,
"Are you sure they just aren't around the town."
Esmeralda looked in the room and saw Rubeun sleeping, "Wake him up and go to
Bejeweled City. Crystal has run off to Trimina. So we need to go get her.
Topaz has a dragoon coming so if we want to help out, we need to hurry."
Florina nodded and ran to Rubeun's side. Esmeralda knocked on Sapphire's
door. There was no answer. She growled, "Saph, get up now or you'll be
sorry...well even more sorry." Esmeralda knocked again and tapped her foot
impatiently. She kicked down the door and walked in. Sapphire was still
sleeping. Esmeralda made a small energy bolt and threw it at him. Sapphire
woke up screaming. He looked to see Esmeralda and then looked at Crystal's
bed to see no one there.
Sapphire muttered, "Tell me she's in another room." "Yea, she's in another
room in another town. And don't you dare tell me Crystal was sleeping in
this room with you." "Look, nothing happened with me and her so cool it,"
Sapphire said lowly. "Cool it?" Esmeralda screamed, "she's headed to
Trimina and you were in the same damn room with her and didn't stop her.
What happened, you fell in a coma!" "Damn, I thought that was a dream."
Esmeralda narrowed her eyes on Sapphire, "Explain and no bullshitting me."
Sapphire muttered, "Your friend has a sorceress trapped within her core and
she went to Trimina to figure things out. She was talking to me through her
core last night when I was sleep." "You should have stopped her. I'm glad
you're not her real knight." "Why? Because I didn't stop her while she
snuck out or because if I was you'd be jealous!" "What do you think!"
Emeralda snapped back. Sapphire stood up and walked over to her.
"Both...no I hope both because I still have feelings for you. Why do you
think I let you win all the time." She looked away for a second and
muttered, "I love you too..." "Emmy..." Esmeralda shook her head then
started to act like her normal self. "No, not now. We can talk later.
She's going to a sorceress city. She has a sorceress within her. That
sounds like Crystal is in trouble to me. And hell, if your not her acting
knight, and Topaz isn't sure if he likes her or not, I'm going to have to
save her. So you can either come with me or stay here and catch up on your
beauty sleep. And believe me Saph, you're going to be sleep a long time."
Sapphire laughed, "You tell me you love me then insult me." "Have a problem
with that?" Sapphire shook his head. "Not one. Come on, let's go save the
cutie." "What did you say?" Esmeralda said outraged. Sapphire smiled,
"Aww, come on. Admit it, Crystal's a cutie. You are too, but she is."
Esmeralda powered up but Sapphire kissed her. She powered down then smiled.
He laughed, "See, I'm not going to go easy on you no more. Now let's get
those two little one and the two love birds and roll." Esmeralda smirked,
"The little ones already left, either with her, or followed her. I'd say
they make better knights than you." Sapphire growled as Esmeralda laughed
walking out. Sapphire walked to the door and looked back, "Damn she's
violent. I don't think they'll let us back here." Rubeun was downstairs
paying the clerk extra money for damages. The girl looked at Rubeun
confused, "This is a lot, I'm sure you didn't cause this much..." Rubeun
nodded, "I didn't. The girl with the green hair did." He pointed to
Esmeralda as she came down the stairs. The girl nodded, "That makes sense."
Esmeralda gave her a dirty look, "Don't start with me little girl."
Florina sighed, "Come on, let's go save Crystal, not try to kill the clerk."
Crystal held on tightly to the speeding horse as it dashed through the
forest. Crystal could feel something strange within her happening. She
closed her eyes and saw a star. The star glowed white then black and then
the statue of the Mana Goddess appeared. She saw the statue point at her
then a light shot at her core. The core shattered then mended back together
but turned black. Crystal opened her eyes and held on the hell horse even
tighter. The two horses both started to slow down as they came to the edge
of the forest. Crystal looked ahead as Quartz yelled at her, "Crystal, why
are they slowing down?" Crystal muttered, "Something's ahead." Turquoise
yawned sleepily, "That was a good nap." He opened his eyes to see the hell
horse's tail about to hit him in the face. He scrambled to sit up and
tapped Quartz on the shoulder, "What happened?" Quartz muttered, "You ran
into my hammer." Turquoise frowned, "You always abuse me." The horses
stopped and Crystal hopped off. She told the two to stay on their horse and
walked up a little. The hell horse followed her until she saw a huge
monster. It was snoring soundly. Crystal slowly walked past it, "I know
it's the forest spirit, but I don't want to make it mad." Her and the horse
slowly walked past it. When Turquoise saw the guardian beast, he screamed,
"A monster! Let's hit it!" Quartz growled as the guardian beast roared.
The two hell horses stopped and the beast roared again. Crystal ran in
front of it and extended her arms, "Please don't attack them." The beast
laughed, "Forgive my roaring, after two thousand years, I still haven't
figured out a quiet was to yawn. I won't attack them or you little Jumi.
But may I ask what you're taking these hell horses for?" The horse Crystal
was riding stepped forward and looked at the beast. He nodded, "Oh, you
asked them to take you to Trimina and they agreed." Crystal nodded. The
guardian beast nodded, "Then go ahead." He laid back down on his slab and
went back to sleep. Crystal hopped back on the horse and they rode out of
Topaz stood out on the beach shores waiting for Tittis. Diamon was waiting
with him when they saw the four returning from Lumina.
Diamon smiled, "Flo, I'm glad you're back. Now mother won't be so upset
when we leave." Topaz whispered to himself, "She knows why we're going...I
would think she wouldn't approve." Esmeralda shouted, "I'm coming with
you!" "Me too," Florina said, "I should come just in case something
Topaz shook his head, "Florina, if something happens to you, it was be worse
than losing Crystal." Florina's eyes widened as she screamed, "How can you
say that! Losing her is just as bad as losing anyone!" Topaz stood there
quietly. Rubeun looked at Florina, "Baby, none of us will allow you to go."
"But she's my friend too!" she quickly protested. Esmeralda grabbed Florina
but the shoulders and looked her in the eyes. "I promise we'll bring her
back here safely." Sapphire smiled, "And just to be fair, I'll make Rubeun
stay too." Esmeralda looked at Sapphire, "You're just so mean, eh Saph."
"And I was so determined to go..." Rubeun said laughing. He smiled, "I know
Topaz can save her with no problem. Besides, don't we have to worry about
sorceresses coming to Bejeweled Saph." Sapphire shook his head, "I don't
think they'll come soon." "Not till after the eclipse," Topaz added, "if
they dare try." "The eclipse?" questioned Florina, "Why after the eclipse?"
Topaz shook his head, "I'll tell you when I get back with Crystal,
Florina." Diamon waved his hand carelessly as he smiled at Florina, "Don't
worry Flo, we have everything under control."
Esmeralda and Florina looked worried. Diamon looked at them confused,
"What?" Florina folded her arms, "If you say something like that, we should
worry." Esmeralda nodded. Diamon looked hurt and walked away. Topaz shook
his head, "Rubeun, take her back. Tittis will be here soon." Florina
pouted, "But I want to help." Rubeun picked up Florina and carried her to
the entrance of Bejeweled City. "You will be helping by staying here."
Esmeralda watched Rubeun and Florina go then turned back to the three guys.
Her gaze went upwards and caught site of a small dot. "There's our ride, I
think," Esmeralda said as she pointed to a black dot in the sky. Topaz
squinted his eyes then nodded, "Tittis invited Wendie. Great, we'll make it
there real quick." The dot got bigger and bigger until it was no longer a
dot but a dragon. The dragon stopped and just flew there as something fell
off of it. Tittis suddenly appeared in the water near the shore. She
looked at the group confused, "We have an army this time?"
Topaz walked into the water and lead Tittis to shore. "This is Esmeralda
and Sapphire. They want to come too. Mainly because they think the more,
the better chances Crystal will be saved." Tittis nodded, "Welcome, I hope
no one don't mind riding on a dragon." Esmeralda shrugged, "I've been on
rougher things." Sapphire looked at Esmeralda, "Oh?" Esmeralda looked at
Sapphire, "Stop thinking of something dirty Saph." Diamon laughed, "Why? I
was." Esmeralda smirked, "You always take things the dirty way." Tittis
giggled then shook her head, "I guess I should call her so we can go." She
whistled and Wendie came slowly closer to the shore.
It was a little past high noon when Crystal saw Domina ahead. There was a
river they would have to cross a few yards ahead. The hell horses saw the
river and started to slow down. When they had reached the riverbank, the
horses stopped. Crystal jumped off and looked around. Turquoise looked at
Crystal, "What now? Is there another sleeping monster that doesn't attack
around?" Quartz turned around and looked at Turquoise, "Would you rather
they stopped because there is a monster that wants to eat us?" Turquoise
looked down and shook his head, "No, but I'd like something to eat. Not us,
of course." Quartz rolled her eyes as Turquoise's stomach started to growl
loudly. Crystal pointed north and the hell horse she was riding nodded.
She turned back to Turquoise and Quartz and explained, "Hell horses are fire
sprites, and fire sprites can't get too wet without losing serious amounts
of energy. If they just tried to cross the river, they'd be too powerless
to move afterwards. I think there is a ferry some ways north so we'll try
to get across there." She hopped back on the hell horse and they rode
Wendie was high in the clouds as she flew over the lands to Trimina. The
others were on her back sitting down talking. Tittis was sitting almost on
top of Topaz while Esmeralda sat exactly opposite of them between Sapphire
and Diamon. Tittis turned to Topaz then asked, "You said on the shores that
this was to save Crystal. Isn't she your guardian?" "She's no one's
guardian, " answered Diamon. Esmeralda shook her head, "They are too. They
are knight and guardian by agreement. All they have to do to make it
finalized is have her go through the key trails." Topaz nodded, "What she
said." Tittis looked down then back at him, "So why is she in Trimina?
That's not exactly the nicest place to visit." "He didn't just let her go,
Crystal isn't even there yet." Sapphire looked at Esmeralda, "Why not let
Topaz answer something Emmy, she was asking him." Topaz looked at Tittis,
"Crystal left last night because she believes she'll find a clue to her past
there. But that's not what will happen. Right Saph." Sapphire nodded.
Esmeralda looked at Topaz then Sapphire then yelled, "What are you two
hiding!" Almost at the same time they said nothing. Esmeralda growled
under her breath. Wendie roared loudly and Tittis nodded then translated,
"We'll be approaching Trimina soon." Esmeralda looked at Tittis then looked
Her core started to glow lowly as well as his. "Does she like him or
something?" asked her core. "Yes she does." "She kinda clings on to him a
lot. Doesn't she know she doesn't compete with Crystal because he's already
vowed to protect and take care of her no matter what." "I don't think it's
hit her. Besides, just because Crystal and him are knight and guardian
doesn't mean he can't date the dragoon girl. Being knight and guardian
doesn't make you lovers." "But it makes that more likely to happen," her
core replied as it glowed brightly, "does it not?" "Yea, it does," his core
responded, "You two going through so much, eventually you trust and love
each other to the fullest. But my brother just doesn't get girls. He
didn't realize she wanted him the first time I met her." Esmeralda giggled
then her core said, "But that's what makes Topaz so cute, he's so naïve."
Sapphire muttered lowly so only Esmeralda could hear him, "So you think he's
cute too?" Esmeralda smirked realizing Sapphire had been using his powers
to listen into their private conversation, "Way cuter than you. Stop
spying." Sapphire smirked. Wendie started to slow down as she came closer
to Trimina. Wendie stopped when she was right above Trimina and waited in
the clouds. Tittis stood up and walked to the edge and looked down. She
yelled something only Wendie understood then said to the rest, "Hold on
tight, we're going straight down." Wendie circled around in the clouds then
suddenly dropped down at high speeds. She was about to crash into Trimina
when a yellow beam of light shot from one of the bottom points of the city
at Wendie. Wendie as paralyzed as well as the others entrapped in the
yellow light. Suddenly bolts of lightning charged at Wendie from the other
southern point of the city. She screamed in pain as the electricity surged
throughout her body. Tittis and the rest were fried by the lightning too
but at a far greater weaker level than Wendie. The yellow beam disappeared
and they all fell towards the ground. Suddenly everyone but Wendie was
caught in another beam of light and slowly brought to the middle of the
city. Wendie died instantly as her body hit the ground. Nina looked down
at Wendie's body and smirked, "What a weakling." She looked back up at the
others to see them being lured in by Vanessa. Vanessa smiled happily, "So
they weren't humans, they were dragoons. I can try experiments with these
It was almost sunset by the time Crystal and the others made it to Domina.
Crystal dismounted then fingered for the others to do the same. Crystal
pointed at the largest building the front of the town and then said, "That's
the inn. I want you two to go and get us some rooms." Quartz nodded.
Turquoise looked at Crystal then at Quartz and nodded. Crystal sighed, "Try
not to cause any trouble." Quartz looked back at Turquoise and gave him a
cold look, "You heard her." Turquoise looked at both of them confused,
"What? I don't care any trouble." Quartz shook her head then grabbed
Turquoise by the ear and dragged him to the inn. Crystal giggled then
looked at the two hell horses. "There is some blue grass behind those
stables and you can use the river as a watering hole. I'm not going to ask
you two to sleep here. But please come back in the morning." The hell
horses whinnied then trotted off. Crystal nodded then walked into the inn.
Domina was a small town. At the entrance, there was a small restaurant
right next to the inn. To the left was the weapon/general store. Down the
path to the right was the church and to the back of the town was the market
place. The path to the left lead to the park and even further left were the
house of the locals. Crystal went into the inn and looked around. Yuka,
the owner of the inn, looked at Crystal. Yuka was a bird woman who claimed
she was a canary but looked more like a huge chicken. She looked at her
core and smiled, "You're with those two little kids aren't you?" Crystal
nodded, "What rooms do we have?" "Oh, well they didn't have much so they
brought the room upstairs to the right." Crystal nodded, "Thank you."
Crystal walked upstairs and knocked on the door as she opened it. Quartz
was sleeping on one of the three beds. Crystal smiled as she looked at
Quartz. Quartz muttered, "Sorry, I was too tired to tie him up. His
stomach was still growling when he left, so he probably went to eat
something." Crystal nodded, "I didn't mean to wake you. I'll find him,
just go to sleep. I'll bring you something." Quartz nodded and went back
Turquoise was chopping on all the food he could eat at the café. The
waitress, a fairy looking girl but was the size of a human, brought
Turquoise a streak with some colorful mushy stuff to the side and a flower
looking thing in the middle. Turquoise looked at the food weirdly for a
second, shrugged, then started to eat again. The waitress laughed, smiling.
She had long blue hair and fairy wings with two antennas coming out of her
hair. She was wearing a dress that made her look more like a fairy.
Crystal walked in the restaurant and looked around. She spotted Turquoise
through a huge pile of empty dishes. She laughed as she walked to the
table, "I'm amazed you'd just eat the food there. Domina grows some of the
weirdest foods." The waitress looked up at Crystal offended, "Our plants
are not strange...Crystal?" Crystal laughed then looked at the waitress,
"Rachel!" "Crystal!" "Rachel!" "Turquoise!" Turquoise yelled. Crystal
and Rachel turned and looked at Turquoise. "Why scream your own name?"
asked Crystal. Turquoise shrugged, "I just felt left out." Rachel giggled,
"How have you been Crystal?" "Okay, hey, since you're here, you can help me
find some really good items from your mom and dad's shop." Rachel nodded,
"Sure thing." Crystal looked at Turquoise then said, "After you finish
your, what is that Rachel?" "Bird streak, mashed masked potatoes with a
roasted cornflower in the middle." Crystal looked at Rachel and nodded,
"Yea, after you finish, look around. Domina has a few places you might want
to check out. But do not leave Domina." Turquoise nodded as he finished
off the bird streak, "Yea, I understand, don't leave Domina. But umm, could
you pay for this?" Crystal sighed then nodded.
Crystal left with Rachel and Turquoise ate his food happily. When he was
finished he left out and went to look around. Turquoise took the right path
and saw some locals harvesting crops. He saw something that looked like an
elephant's head and another thing that looked like a fish being picked from
trees. He shook his head, "The food here is weird." He saw a church
dedicated to the Mana Goddess near the crops. He continued up the path and
found himself at the market place. Most of the shops were closing but
something had caught his eye. There was a lady in the middle of the market
that looked like fruit. Turquoise walked up to her and said, "Hey fruit
lady. You know you're the only one here with regular looking food." Meimei
looked at Turquoise, "This isn't for eating, it helps me tell the future,
watch." She started to spin around then she slowly stopped. She picked up
a banana then looked at Turquoise, "You will be in great danger from your
own big mouth." Turquoise shook his head, "I don't have a big mouth!" He
walked from the market place and found himself back in the front of the
He decided to take the left path this time. Turquoise jumped of top of the
side of the bridge and yelled, "I'm the king of the world!" Then he lost
his balance and fell in the brook below head first. He spat out the mud in
his mouth and rinsed the rest out with the brook water. Meanwhile, two
women we walking over the bridge. One stopped and looked back at the town,
"Hey, that brown-hair girl at the store, didn't she look like the girl that
had escaped from Trimina when Veronica was killed?" The other girl nodded,
"Hey, that was her. She was a Jumi! Hey, if we kidnap her, we can return
and if Andrea is alive, she'll let us live because we captured the girl who
killed her daughter." "Good idea," said the other girl. "Hey you two, are
you talking about Crystal?" The two girls looked down and saw Turquoise
looking up at them. They both jumped then one made a lightning bolt in her
hand and the other made a fireball. Turquoise pulled out his boomerang,
"Ha! I have this magical boomerang to destroy you evil sorceresses with!"
Turquoise threw his boomerang at the two girl but it missed. The two
sorceresses watched the boomerang fly up in the air then fly back down and
hit Turquoise in the middle of the head. He fell back down into the brook.
The two dissolved the balls and shook their head, "He's not worth it." "Not
if he attacks himself, come on."
The moon was out when Rachel spotted Turquoise sleeping in the brook. She
yelled at Crystal, "I found him!" Crystal rushed to the bridge and shook
her head, "That boy confuses me." Rachel clashed her hands together and
muttered something and a bubble appeared around Turquoise. He floated up to
the bridge. Crystal sighed, "Can you help me take him to the room please."
She nodded and they walked into the inn. Rachel made the bubble pop on top
of the empty bed next to Quartz. Crystal sighed, "Thanks a lot for helping
me find him and bringing him here." Rachel nodded, 'No problem, I just wish
I could go with you tomorrow." Crystal laughed, "You know you don't want to
go to Trimina...I'm not sure I want to go...but I have this strange feeling
I have to go there." Rachel shrugged, "I'll miss you. Take care." Rachel
hugged Crystal then walked out the room. Crystal went to her bed and laid
down. Her core started to glow brightly then the door burst down. She
jumped up as the two sorceresses looked at Crystal. One cast sleep on the
three Jumis while the other cast sleep on everyone else in the hotel. They
laughed then one said, "Hey, why not take them all, Andrea likes Jumis."
The other nodded and they all warped to Trimina.
Crystal woke up and looked around. Everything seemed fuzzy, a blur. She
could see a bright orange light in the distance with a blue and white light
near it. Crystal looked down at her core as it glowed brightly. She turned
around and saw a green light with a white and bluish green light by it.
Crystal closed her eyes and her body disappeared. Her core was left as well
glowing brightly by itself. She opened her eyes again and saw she was in a
cell. She woke up to see she was alone on the cold dirty ground of a jail
cell. She slowly got up and looked through the small hole on the door.
There was a girl playing with a snake outside talking to a girl with wings.
Crystal walked back and laid against the wall and closed her eyes again.
Diamon laid back against the wall looking down. Topaz was walking back and
forth around the room while Sapphire tried to open the door. Diamon shook
his head, "You two need to settle down, the door is bolted and has a barrier
around it. Besides, there's a sorceress right below us and four more
somewhere else in this castle." Sapphire nodded, "Esmeralda and Tittis are
in another tower...with Quartz and Turquoise I think." Topaz looked at
Sapphire, "Aren't they the two kids that went with Crystal?" Sapphire
nodded, "I think she's here, but I can't find her core." Topaz went to the
door then closed his eyes. He saw nothing but darkness then a few different
lights. Suddenly he spotted a light blue light then it faded away then
blinked again. Topaz shook his head, "Her core...it's turning from blue to
black..." Diamon looked up at his brother, "Okay, you two know why it does
that, so fill me in."
"I met Staris, her mother...and she told me she had a sorceress join with
her." Topaz explained. "I met the sorceress..." Sapphire said. "You met
her?" Diamon asked outraged. "She...she kissed me..." Sapphire uttered
confused. "So when she's a sorceress, does she look different?" Diamon
questioned. "No, just a bit more irritable," Topaz answered, "I think I met
her twice when I was taking Crystal to Bejeweled City. She was always
fussing to herself and very enraged." Then he turned around and looked at
Sapphire and coldly said, "So you made out with Crystal?" Sapphire shook
his head as he tired to explain to his friend, "It wasn't like that Topaz,
she was fusing about how Crystal was growing stronger then out of no where,
she told me I had nothing to worry about and then kissed me. I have to
admit, I liked it." Diamon smiled slyly, "I bet." Topaz nodded and looked
relieved then asked, "Does Esmeralda know?" Sapphire laughed for a bit then
replied, "Would you tell Crystal if Tittis kissed you?" "Yes," Topaz
quickly answered back."
Diamon and Sapphire looked at each other then laughed. Topaz stared at them
confused. Diamon shook his head, "Like Esmeralda said, he's naïve." Topaz
looked at Diamon, "I am not naïve and why shouldn't I tell her if I did?"
Sapphire shook his head ashamed, "Girls are unusual creatures. They get mad
over strange things. So even if you two aren't dating or anything, tell
Crystal you did something with Tittis, she might turn like Esmeralda for a
second." "Crystal and Esmeralda are totally different." Topaz responded.
Diamon nodded in agreement, "Crystal seems like the gentle type. Emmy is
well...Emmy." Sapphire laughed to himself and nodded, "You're right, no one
is like Esmeralda...but you know what I'm try to say." Topaz shook his
head, "Not really. You're not making any sense." Diamon sighed as he
looked at his older brother disappointed, "One day we're going to have a
heart to heart big brother." Sapphire tried once again to explain to Topaz.
"What I'm trying to tell you is that Crystal would get mad and do
something to either harm or spite you." "It's a girl's nature," Diamon
added. Topaz shook his head, "Crystal is would..."
Suddenly Topaz fell to the ground before he could finish his sentence.
Sapphire and Diamon looked at him and ran to his side. "What's wrong
Topaz?" Topaz's eyes rolled back and his core glowed brightly. Topaz
opened his eyes and looked around. There was nothingness everyone with
Crystal was standing there looking at something. He walked over to her and
turned her around. She looked into his eyes and smiled, "So we do have a
link." "A link?" She nodded, "Like a real knight and guardian do, we have
a link between our cores, so I can call you when I just try to lose myself
in my core..."
Crystal looked down for a second then smiled back at Topaz, "But, it's
strange because I didn't try to call you...I really didn't want you here..."
Suddenly another girl that looked like Crystal appeared behind the two.
She laughed coldly, "That's because I called him here. I figured you'd need
someone to run to as we search through your core. After all, you locked it
from yourself and me. But now, we're going to open it." Andrea grabbed
Crystal by the hair and Topaz pulled out his sword. Andrea smirked, "Harm
me, and she'll suffer, not me. Now let me open the lock." A portal
appeared beside Andrea and she threw Crystal in it. The portal expanded
until the nothingness was gone. Andrea smiled, "Now we're getting
somewhere." As the scenery changed, Andrea's hair turned black and her
eyes turned yellow. She got slightly taller and her face changed. Crystal
got up and looked around, "This is what my core locked away?"
The sky was black and they were on a beach. Andrea walked into the water
and disappeared. Crystal looked around as Topaz growled, "We should go
after her." Crystal shook her head, "You can but I'm..." A small girl
playing on the beach with a seashell caught her eye. She walked closer to
her and sat beside her. The girl was crying as she rubbed the smooth shell,
"I wonder what's Mommy's doing. I wonder if I'll ever see her again." She
stood up and wiped the tears from her eyes as she turned around. Crystal
turned around and hear someone laughing behind her. The small girl walked
towards the bushes, "Who's there?" Crystal's eye grew wide as a man in
armor came out and then thrust his sword throw the girl's stomach. Her body
faded away and her core fell into the sand. Crystal shook her head, "No."
The man laughed as he picked up the core, "Ha, this will fetch me a great
price." He picked up the core and left. Topaz shook his head, "So you hid
that?" Crystal frowned, "More than just that. I locked up all the things I
didn't want to remember, so I guess I've died so many times I locked up most
of my memory. That's three." "Three?" muttered Topaz. Crystal nodded,
"Third death I remember...but there has to be a quicker way to find out why
there's something wrong with my..." She walked into the sea before she
finished the sentence, Topaz ran after her but everything got hazy before he
touched the water.
He awoke and saw Sapphire beside him while Diamon was at the door. He was
talking to Venus. Venus had short strawberry blonde hair and deep blue
eyes. She has an angelic face with a mischievous look in her eyes. She
smirked, "So you want to go first?" Diamon nodded, "I don't care what you
do to me, as long as you're the one doing me." Venus laughed, "I like you,
fine. I'll make you my slave first. But it's going to hurt. I hope you
like it rough." Diamon laughed, "I love it rough babe." The shield went
down and Diamon walked out the door. He looked at Sapphire. "Take care of
him, I'll see if I can do something to get the others," said Diamon's core
to Sapphire. Sapphire laughed and muttered under his breath, "He must mean
he'll do something to her and afterwards, he might try to get us out."
Topaz watched Diamon waved then Venus closed the door. Topaz sighed, "At
least I can talk to her from here." Sapphire looked at Topaz, "You can talk
Tittis kicked the door, "Let us out! Let us out now!" Esmeralda muttered,
"Settle down. You don't want the sorceress to come here any sooner. She's
planning to do some experiments on us, and I'm not in a rush to get more
core removed." Quartz tapped Esmeralda on the back, "Why did they take
Crystal?" Esmeralda shrugged, "I have no idea, but we're going to have to
kick butt when they open the door and run. I don't like being in a
dungeon." Turquoise nodded as he looked at the slim in the corner, "I think
that thing's alive." A bubble popped from the green slime then it moved
closer to the corner. He ran to Quartz who bashed him in the head with her
hammer again. He smiled happily, "Goodnight." Turquoise fell on his head
unconscious. Esmeralda smiled at Quartz, "Hey, I really like you kid, you
got spunk. I might also have you do that to Saph." Quartz looked back at
Esmeralda, "Florina told us that we reminded her of you and Saph."
Esmeralda smirked, "Nah, he gets a few good hits in too. But I still love
Crystal found herself in Trimina again. It looked so different, there was
tons of people roaming around. She walked through the crowd with ease,
walking through people as if she were a ghost. She headed straight for the
castle at the head of the city and went straight in. Andrea was there
smiling, "I figured you come." Crystal nodded, "I know whatever I was
hiding from myself has to be here. You have something to do with why my
core has the dark thing inside of it." Andrea laughed, "No, it's not me.
That dark thing happens to be what makes you different. Come here and
watch." She led Crystal up the stairs to see Andrea holding Crystal's core.
The core flashed from black to light blue back to black. Suddenly the
core went black and stayed black and started to absorb all the light around.
Andrea dropped the core but it stayed in midair. Crystal's body started
to regenerate as her core continued to absorb everything. Andrea looked at
Crystal in horror and Crystal smiled evilly as her core glowed black then it
went back to light blue. The real Crystal looked at herself then walked up
to her. She touched herself and was absorbed into her own body. Andrea
disappeared leaving only the Andrea from the memory. "Where am I?" asked
Crystal terrified. "Home," Andrea replied. Crystal shook her head, "This
isn't home." "Settle down little Staris. Relaxed." Andrea said calmly.
Andrea touched her core and chanted something. Crystal's core went back to
the darkest black. Her eyes went black ands she laughed. Crystal raised
one hand and a black energy bolt appeared above her hand. She raised her
index finger then pointed at Andrea and the bolt flew straight through
Andrea. Crystal smirked, "You think you can call out my power and nothing
will happen. You're just a sorceress and I'm a key to the Mana Goddess."
Andrea grabbed Crystal's core and pulled it out. She growled then laughed
as she body disappeared, "I'll just come back to life." Andrea put the core
in her wound, "I might have not known calling out your power would cause
this...but I know if your try to revive within me, I'll come back too." She
passed out and Crystal's body disappeared completely.
Crystal woke up to see Victoria holding up her face. She nodded, "For a
second, you looked dead. Are you okay now?" Crystal rubbed her head, "I
think so..." She looked at Victoria then looked down, "Not that you care.
You just want to call the dark powers from my core to get the Mana Goddess."
Victoria nodded, "Yes, I want to use to you call the Mana Goddess, but I
do want you to be alive and well until I do." Crystal shook her head,
"Don't lie. Remember, I have your mother within me, what she knows, I know.
Just leave me alone." Victoria was suddenly thrown out the room. Crystal
sighed as she stood up and looked out the window. It was night now. She
fell back to her knees and frowned, "One more day until it ends..."
Vanessa opened the door of the dungeon and smiled. Esmeralda powered up and
threw an energy bolt at her. Vanessa reflected it with ease then walked
over to Tittis and grabbed her by the neck. Tittis choked as Vanessa
laughed with enjoyment. Quartz smirked then tapped Vanessa on the shoulder,
"Excuse me." Vanessa turned around to see Quartz's hammer flying towards
her face. Esmeralda laughed as Vanessa fell out and dropped Tittis.
Turquoise woke up and looked at Vanessa on the ground and yelled, "Oh no!"
Quartz backhanded him then put her finger to her lip. Esmeralda nodded,
"You can scream later, first we escape." Tittis nodded, "But first we save
Topaz!" Esmeralda shook her head, "We escape, get a plan, then we'll save
Lady Diana stood at the edge of the platform looking at the moon. Staris
frowned, "I'm sorry." Diana turned around and wiped the tears from her
eyes, "Do you think they'll survive?" Staris nodded, "Your boys and the two
little ones will. The two other Jumis will too. But Crystal doesn't plan
on surviving. But I knew she would do this if she unlocked her core."
Staris frowned, "I locked it when she was little, so I could teach her as
she grew up to handle that magic, and so if she was ever killed...no one
could use it. But now that she realizes that she carries the dark powers
that are use to summon the Goddess..." Staris frowned. Diana looked at
Staris confused, "The dark powers?" Staris nodded, "The Mana Goddess does
not only control the light, but the darkness as well. My core was derived
from the light powers but Crystal had the dark powers held in hers. If you
still want BlackPearl and Pearl separated, pray I'm more powerful than my
child." Staris's body transformed back to stone. Lady Diana nodded, "I'll
pray you all of us."
Esmeralda sighed and fell to the ground. They had made it out of Trimina
with some trouble from Tittis. Tittis had tried to go back to go save
Topaz, and they ended up fighting about it so much that Esmeralda had to
cast sleep and carry Tittis out. Turquoise looked around the forest and
then looked back at Quartz. Quartz leaned against a tree and yawned, "I'm
tired." Esmeralda nodded, "So am I." Turquoise turned to Esmeralda, "You
think they'll look for us?" Esmeralda laughed as she nodded, "Of course,
I'm sure Quartz knocking her out, then I casting a silence plus locking that
sorceress in the dungeon might have pissed her off." Turquoise nodded,
"Maybe. So what are we going to do?" Esmeralda looked down, "Topaz said we
have until the eclipse, and that's tonight. So we have to rest for while,
sneak back into Trimina, then rescue Crystal then the others." "No, Topaz
first!" shouted Tittis. Esmeralda turned to Tittis, "I see. Look, we
should rescue Crystal first, she's the reason we came here plus, if she's
saved, then everything will be okay. Topaz is a big boy and can take care
of himself. So just settle down." Tittis growled then turned away.
Esmeralda shrugged, "I really don't care how you feel, but I'm in charge.
So this how it will go. We will wait till it's a little dark, then the
dragon girl and I are going to get the others. You two, I want to see if
you can find something that we can use to escape with. Since the dark
dragon is gone, we need something else to make a quick escape on. Got me?"
Turquoise and Quartz nodded. Tittis just growled. Esmeralda eyed Tittis.
"I know I'm not going to like this broad," she thought to herself.
Topaz was laying down on one of the cots. Sapphire was standing by the
window looking out. "What's up?" ask Topaz. Sapphire shook his head, "Emmy
escaped and so did the little ones. I guess that's good." Topaz nodded,
"They took off last night. Which reminds me, where is that brother of
mine?" Sapphire looked back at Topaz, "In bed with the sorceress...if he's
lucky." Topaz smirked then looked up at the wall. He closed his eyes then
found himself on the top of Bejeweled City again but instead of the statue
of the Mana Goddess or even Staris, he was alone. Suddenly Crystal appeared
coming up the stairs. Topaz looked at Crystal and she smiled. "I'm glad I
got to see you one last time." "See me one last time?" Topaz repeated
confused. Crystal muttered, "I know now, when the eclipse is over, I won't
be alive." "No, I'll make sure that doesn't happen!" Topaz shouted.
Crystal smiled faintly as she looked away. "Topaz, you were such a nice
guy. You saved me because you sensed another Jumi while you were passing
Trimina. And now look, you're still trying to save me." She turned back
to him and sighed, "I'm sorry I've caused so much trouble." Topaz shook his
head as he stared at her, "You haven't been any trouble. I enjoyed having
you as a guardian. You might be a little trouble a times, but ever since
the first time I saw you, I felt like...like...it's hard to explain."
Crystal came up closer to Topaz and held both of his hand to her core. "Do
you feel that?" Topaz closed his eyes and concentrated. He felt some dark
coming. "That is Andrea, isn't it?" Crystal nodded, "When I was Lumina, I
was exposed to the moon for a long time. Long enough not for her to come
out, but for both of us to come out at the same time. And ever since then,
I've felt her trying to come out. And when I sleep, I can see her. I
finally figured out what she wants to do." Topaz nodded and kissed her
hand, "She wants to take over your body so she can have your powers."
Crystal nodded, "So why did you pick this place, it's pretty, but I never
been here." Topaz pointed to the middle of the platform and the statue of
the Mana Goddess appeared then it turned into Staris. "This is where I met
your mother and learned it all. And found out you were in danger." Crystal
giggled, "You do act as if you are my real knight. Thank you for everything
Topaz, I'll miss you." Topaz shook his head, "No, I'll make sure you live.
I'll show Staris that I can change destiny." Crystal shook her head, "I
don't mind...I knew one day I'd have to go. But please, make sure you kill
Andrea. I don't want her to have my powers and use them. I know if she
tries, something awful will happen." Topaz shook his head again, "She'll
never be able to take over. You'll see." Crystal smiled and put her head
on Topaz. "Goodbye." She started to fade away in his arms.
Topaz came to and realized it was night. The moon was shining brightly and
only Sapphire was still in the room. Sapphire looked at Topaz, "Up,
finally?" Topaz nodded, "Last time, I didn't stay out this long." Sapphire
looked at Topaz, "You mean she talked to you again." Topaz muttered, "She
wanted to say goodbye. So you think we'll get out of here?" Sapphire
nodded, "If Emmy can, we can." Topaz laughed, "Yea, you're just as tough as
Emmy." Sapphire frowned, "What, you think she's stronger?" Topaz shook his
head, "Nah, but she's got more skills than us. She probably convinced that
chick to let her go free. We don't have skills like that." Sapphire
laughed to himself, "Well if Diamon is doing his job right, we might be let
go but Diamon will have to stay." They both laughed.
Diamon had been tied up and tortured all day long. Venus looked at all the
cuts and bruise she inflicted on him. Diamon's chest and arms were cut up
and bleeding. She pulled out a bottle and poured it on one of the open cuts
on his chest. He growled instead of scream as it burned him. Venus pouted,
"Aww, come on. If you scream, I'll go to the next one." Diamon muttered
with his mouth clinched, "I told you I like it rough." Venus hisses then
slashed his face. She has cut a line across his cheek. Diamon growled then
laughed, "Stupid broad." "Stupid!" yelled Venus outraged. You dare to call
me stupid!" Diamon laughed, "Yea I do. You're very stupid. Turn around
and see." Venus turned around to see Esmeralda's foot charging towards her
face. Esmeralda kicked Venus dead in her face then spun around and kicked
her in the rib. Venus was thrown into the wall then fell down. Tittis
uncuffed Diamon from the wall and helped him down. Esmeralda looked at
Diamon and smirked, "You and your liking it rough." Diamon nodded then fell
down. Esmeralda smiled happily, "Good thing for you I know healing spells."
She knelt down beside Diamon and began to heal his cuts. Tittis looked at
the door and shook her head, "Hey, we need to hurry, I think someone is
coming." Diamon grabbed Esmeralda's hand and shook his head, "The other
sorceresses are coming. Come on." Esmeralda nodded then helped him up. He
pointed to his armor and Tittis grabbed it then they rushed up the stairs.
Victoria and Nina walked through the door and looked at Venus unconscious on
the floor. Victoria sighed, "She was playing too rough with one of her toys
again." Nina went over to Venus and tapped her on the shoulder. Venus
moaned as she got up. Victoria shook her head, "Look, we need to get ready,
so you can go play with those little boys later." Venus growled, "I'll
teach them something after I get my new powers." Victoria sighed,
"Whatever, come on." Venus followed Victoria out of the room to the main
hall. Vanessa and Linda were there with Crystal. Crystal was dressed in a
black dress that was cut very low, to her navel and the slit on one side was
to her thigh. Her arms were tied up and she stood there with a sad but
angry look. Vanessa looked at Victoria, "Take her to the center then go to
your points. Remember, when the eclipse starts, you have to start the
spell." Victoria nodded then grabbed Crystal. Crystal followed with no
Esmeralda looked up the stairs, "So they're up there and you got to play
alone with her." Diamon nodded, "Yea. I volunteered to go first."
Esmeralda smirked, "I figured that much. No pain, no game, right?" Tittis
looked up the stairs, "You mean Topaz is up there?" "And Saph," muttered
Diamon. Tittis ran up the stairs. Esmeralda shook her head, "Love sick
fool." Diamon was putting his armor back on as Esmeralda mumbled things
under her breath. He looked at her and shook his head, "You should be like
that for Saph." She laughed and continued up the stairs.
Crystal looked up in the sky and shook her head. "It's too late Topaz, I'm
sorry it ended like this." Vanessa looked up at the moon as it started to
disappear. "It's time." The five sorceress each lifted their hands to the
sky and chanted, "With the power of the Mana Sword, we call upon the most
powerful sorceress, we call upon the most beautiful creature, we call upon
our goddess, we call upon you oh Mana Goddess." Each point in the city
began to glow then the whole city lit up. The middle of the city glowed a
dark purple then a beam from the moon shot down at it. The beam hit Crystal
dead on and she disappeared.
Topaz growled and kicked the door. Sapphire shook his head, "It already
started...or they killed her." Topaz turned around and grabbed Sapphire's
neck. He held him up against the wall growling, "She's not dead." Sapphire
struggled to breathe as he said, "You know you can't sense her so don't get
mad at me." Topaz dropped Sapphire and nodded, "She's gone...Wendie's
gone...and Tittis is probably gone." Topaz hit the door again. Suddenly
there was a loud crash. Topaz and Sapphire froze.
Topaz looked at his friend and their cores started to speak to each other.
"If all the sorceresses are gone to do that ceremony, what was that?" "No
clue, but let's hope it comes here and we can bust out and find the girls."
Topaz nodded. "Okay," he said aloud then looked at the door.
Tittis rushed up the stairs to the door. Esmeralda muttered to Diamon,
"She's got a big thing for him." Diamon nodded as he walked Tittis blast
the door but it was reflected. Esmeralda muttered to Tittis, "They have
that magic lock, duh." She looked by the door and then tried to turn off
the lock. Suddenly all the magic in the castle faded away. Esmeralda
looked at Diamon, "This is bad. Reflection things and the other spells they
had protecting this place is gone." Diamon nodded, "You'd thing that would
be a good thing, but that mean they're powers are going into something
else". Tittis blasted the door and if flew into the wall. Topaz and
Sapphire looked at the door confused. Sapphire yelled, "Emmy, don't do
that. We could have been hit." Esmeralda and Diamon walked up the stairs
when Topaz and Sapphire came out. Tittis clanged onto Topaz and cried.
Tittis smiled, "I'm so glad you're okay." Topaz smiled timidly,
"Yea...thanks for saving me Tittis." Tittis nodded then looked a bit sad,
"Topaz, I'm sorry, but the ceremony started...your guardian is probably gone
now." "Look here dragon girl," Esmeralda screamed angrily as she looked at
Tittis, "I don't care if the ceremony started. We still should try to save
her. She's not just his guardian, she's my friend and a good Jumi. So get
over the fact that she might have more of a chance with Topaz than you so
let's go try to save her." Sapphire grabbed Esmeralda's shoulder, "Yea
Emmy, settle down babe." Esmeralda jerked away from Sapphire as she slowly
approached Tittis, "No, she probably just wants to go now. Doesn't it
bother you that one of them killed your friend, Wendie? Or is Topaz more
important to drool over than avenging your friend?" "Shut up!" Tittis
screamed wildly, "I can't change the fact Wendie is gone, but I wanted to
make sure it didn't happen to Topaz too. Is that so wrong? And those
sorceresses wanted that girl, in fact, she's a sorceress too!"
Esmeralda powered up and Tittis pulled out scimitar. Esmeralda blasted
Tittis down the stairs then jumped down. Sapphire smirked, "That's the girl
I want to marry, always causing cat fights..." Diamon shrugged, "I love her
for that. She always makes them so interesting...the pulling off clothes
and everything." Topaz shook his head then ran down the stairs. When he
reached the bottom, Esmeralda and Tittis were hand to hand. Tittis was
using her scimitar and Esmeralda had created an energy sword. Neither had
got a thrust in, but Esmeralda was getting in a few kicks and punches here
and there. Topaz jumped in the middle of the two girls and shook his head,
"Look here. If Crystal is gone, we have to take care of Andrea. As well as
Venus, Vanessa, and Victoria." Sapphire nodded as he and Diamon made it to
the bottom, "We'll let you two go at it later." Esmeralda growled, "Fine,
after we save Crystal, I'm killing her." Tittis hissed.
Crystal looked around. She felt funny like she in a dream; she didn't feel
completely there. She was in the middle of a vast lake. The moon was
hidden in the sky but visible in the lake. Andrea was standing next to her.
There was a tree to the right of her. It was the legendary Mana Tree.
The tree was huge with a gate in front of it. Andrea growled as she saw the
gate open. "Someone is already here." Crystal shook her head and tried to
get the hazy feeling to leave. It wouldn't. She looked up at the tree and
shook her head, "The Goddess is there. You don't want to go there. She's
not what you think she is." Andrea ignored Crystal and went through the
gate. Crystal shook her head and knelt down. Her eyes turned black and she
sunk into the water.
Staris stood at the Sanctuary's Gate and felt something click within her.
She shook her head, "That isn't good. She knows how to get up here without
going through the gates. Smart girl." Staris touched the gate and it
opened. Crystal appeared next to Staris and looked at her. Staris frowned.
Crystal looked at Staris disappointed. "Mother..." Staris looked at
Crystal angrily, " I know what you're planning to do. Crystal, don't."
Crystal smiled as she looked at her mother, "You did what you had to, you
gave up your powers for Bejeweled City. Now I will give up my powers..."
"I regret doing it." Staris said, "I wanted to watch you grow up and help
you..." Crystal looked at her mother sympathetically, "It's okay Mother. I
know everything...once I stopped trying to hide the fact that I'm not an
innocent little girl, but pure darkness, I remembered it all. Now I have to
ask her to destroy my core." "Crystal!" Staris shouted.
Crystal looked away, "Mother, it's the only way. Besides, I'll just cause
more trouble alive."
Crystal turned back around and smiled happily as she put her hands behind
her back. She titled her head and giggled, "And this way, Topaz can get out
of having to take care of me. I know he needs a break." Stair frowned,
"Crystal..." Crystal looked up the stairs, "She won' t let me appear at the
top of the stair way in her private lake. So I guess she wants us to go
together." Crystal walked up the stairs as if she was excited but Stairs
just stood there. Crystal turned around and frowned. She hopped back down
the stairs to the gate and closed it. The lock appeared on the gate again.
She turned back to her mother, "So Andrea can't just come in." Stairs
frowned, "You thought this through?" Crystal shook her head, "Not really,
but I know I don't want her to just come here."
Vanessa was in a trance as she keep the gate open as Topaz and the rest came
out the castle. Tittis hissed and pulled out her sword. He shook his head
as he pointed to the middle of the city, "She's part of the reason why the
portal is open. Don't touch her until I get back." Topaz ran into the
purple light and his body disappeared. Sapphire shook his head. Tittis
looked confused, "What happened?" Esmeralda looked at the sword beside the
gate then at Vanessa, "Wow, he's fast." Sapphire looked at the sword and
shook his head, "So they're using her to get to the Mana Goddess."
"They can do that?" Tittis asked. Esmeralda nodded, "Yes, with that sword,
all their powers, and I guess Crystal, they opened a portal." Sapphire
looked at Esmeralda "So the sorceress and our little Crystal are with the
Goddess?" Diamon nodded as he looked at the portal, "So is Lady Stairs, but
on BlackPearl and Pearl's behalf. That's also why Mother made sure we
didn't let Florina go, we needed someone besides Mother with strong magical
sense to help Staris open the gate from Bejeweled City." Esmeralda looked
at Diamon, "Who's Staris?" Diamon turned to Esmeralda then explained to
her. "She's other star crystal, Crystal's mother. She's also the one who
uses the magic they need in the ceremonies Mother calls upon. I think she's
stone through. I never really saw a ceremony or Staris before. Topaz
has...he said he seen and talked to Staris." Tittis asked, "So if I kill
her, what will happen?" Esmeralda muttered, "Gate here closes, and you
better pray Topaz can get out the other gate in Bejeweled City. If not,
he's trapped in that realm."
Tittis looked at the gate then shook her head. She ran into the purple
light then disappeared. Esmeralda shook her head, "Stupid girl." Sapphire
nodded, "She's very stupid, but she'd doing it out of love. But still,
she's stupid." Diamon sighed, "I guess we wait." Esmeralda nodded, "We
have no choice. Once they get out, and the gate closes, we have to kill
them. I say we all grab a sword, choose a sorceress then when it's all
over, behead them." Sapphire shook his head, "Three of us, five of them."
Esmeralda nodded, "Still, we would have just two left, and that's easier
than five." Diamon nodded, "She's got a really good point."
Tittis appeared next to Topaz. Topaz was staring at the Mana Tree. He
pulled out his sword and went through the gate. He yelled back at Tittis,
"You're very stupid for following, this place doesn't have an exit." Tittis
pulled out her scimitar and caught up with him, "But if you get trapped
here, I don't want you to be alone." They followed the path way until they
came to a platform where a knight was standing. He looked at Topaz then at
Tittis. "The Goddess wishes to see you, please proceed." A stairway
appeared and they ran up the stairs. Tittis whispered to Topaz, "What do
you think would have happened if we weren't welcomed?" He bluntly replied,
"He would have tried to kill us."
Crystal stood there in front of the lake beside Staris. She sighed, "This
looks bad." Staris nodded, "She might be making us wait for Andrea and who
ever else is here." Crystal looked up at the dark moon then down at the
full moon in the lake. "This world is so strange." She touched the lake
with her hand and shook her head, "It's not wet?" Stairs smiled, "This is
the realm between Fa'Diel and the Fairy World. So nothing seems right
here." A shadow appeared to emerge from the lake. It looked like a flower
had come to life and took the shape of a human but her face was covered by a
mask. She had beautiful purple petals for hair and a green body. She was
wearing a long purple dress with things that looked like green leaves were
floating around her. Crystal stared at the Mana Goddess confused, "The
Goddess between two worlds, the so I guess she have both features." She
pulled off the dress and showed a beastly body.
The Goddess looked at Stariz, "Staris, you brought so many this, time. Some
have dark hearts, therefore, you must prove yourselves worthy." Crystal
asked, "You mean battle?" The Goddess seemed to be smiling from beneath the
mask. She turned to Crystal and explained, "I'm the physical manifestation
of the negative power involving Mana. You must prove you are worthy of the
holy manifestation's power to grant wishes if you wish want to speak to
her." "Shall we wait for the others?" Staris asked, just wanted to stall
for time. The Goddess shook her head as she looked at Staris. "No, I want
to fight her. Negative and dark together," she said to Staris. Her voice
was cold but excited.
Crystal looked at Staris. Staris looked at the Mana Goddess horrified, "No,
please, don't." Crystal stepped in front of her mother and smiled happily.
She titled her head and giggled, "I can handle myself, just make sure you
don't get hurt." Crystal looked like a happily little girl and Staris
started to cry. Crystal kisses Staris on the cheek then stepped onto the
water. The beast got in an attack stance while Crystal got in a defense
stance. The Mana Goddess roared and Staris turned her head.
Andrea blasted the Centaur creating a huge hole in its torso. As she
stopped to catch her breath, Tittis and Topaz were coming up the stairs.
Tittis looked at Andrea and growled. Andrea smirked, "So you two came into
the gate, how dumb. You'll be trapped here if you don't have the key to
help you get out." Topaz laughed, "Crystal's the key, so what makes you
think she'll help you get out." Andrea smiled, "Because I'm going to ask
the Goddess to give me the key's body. So I repeat, you'll be trapped."
Andrea turned around and watched the stairway appear and walked up. Tittis
ran in front of her and put her scimitar to her throat, "That's where you're
wrong. You die here." Andrea waved her hand and Tittis was thrown back
into Topaz. Topaz caught her and put her down. Topaz shook his head then
suddenly something clicked in his mind, "It looks like you're way too late."
Andrea growled, "You know something." Tittis looked at Topaz confused.
Andrea growled then ran up the stairs. Topaz looked at Tittis, "Come on, we
have to get up there to the top."
Crystal's core flashed from black to light blue and back. The Mana Goddess
still had her petal hair and her face was hidden by a mask still. Her beast
form had a body like a bear and a tail like a fox but her fur was all black.
The Goddess jumped at Crystal and a shield pop up around her driving the
Goddess back. A small-scale whirlwind centered around the Goddess as
Crystal tried to expand her shield. The shield collapsed and the poison
from the whirlwind infected Crystal. A ball of lightning suddenly shined in
the sky then swords formed from the energy of the lightning bolt rained down
on Crystal. She was wounded by a few of the swords and managed to deflect
the rest. She felt a little weak from the wound and the poison but shook it
off. Crystal's eyes turned black and so did her core. The core cured the
poison within her as she powered up. She raised one hand up while the hand
the other hand flat out under her core. A large amount of dark energy
appeared in the space behind her hands then flew at the Mana Goddess. At
the same time the Mana Goddess had used her 'Heaven and Earth' technique.
The beams rained down at Crystal from the black moon. Both were hit dead on
from the attacks and suffered damages. Crystal was on her knees while the
Mana Goddess was down. Crystal smirked as the Mana Goddess jumped up and
got back in her attack stance. She changed into a band of light and moved
rapidly around her. Crystal concentrated her energy into a ball into the
palm of her hands as she clasped her hands together tightly. The ball was
probably as big as an eight ball building up between her hands. Suddenly
Crystal opened her eyes and the Mana Goddess was right in front of her and
she threw the ball straight into her head. The energy turned into a black
sphere and pierced straight through the Goddess's skull. Crystal fell to
her knees as the dark Mana Goddess immersed into the lake. Crystal sighed
as she breathed heavily. Staris ran to Crystal and knelt down beside her.
Crystal smiled, "See, I told you I'd be okay." Staris bit her bottom lip
and the Mana Goddess reemerged. She had the dress on like before but this
time she had a crown and the mask that had hidden her face was gone; she had
a child's face. And she had fairy wings on her back. She smiled at Crystal
happily, "I am the Mana Goddess. Please, tell me what you wish." Stairs
stood up and approached the Goddess.
When Topaz and Tittis had reached the top of the stairs, Andrea was standing
at the Sanctuary Gate angry. She looked at Topaz and laughed, "It looks
like we'll all be stuck here. The gate won't open." Tittis walked up to
the gate and tried to move it. It still wouldn't budge. When Topaz came
near it, the lock disappeared and the gate opened slowly. Andrea growled,
"So she only wants to see you. We I'll show her." Andrea stormed up the
stairs followed by Tittis and Topaz.
Staris looked at the Mana Goddess and asked, "I want you to separate a
girl's two personas. They are two different girls but share a body, Pearl
and BlackPearl." The Goddess replied, "I've seen this girl before, she
created Pearl after the war because BlackPearl couldn't handle fighting
anymore. Why does BlackPearl wish to live again?" "She sees all the good
things she needs to do but also knows Pearl is loved and needed as well."
Staris stopped for a second then turned back to the Mana Goddess,
"Therefore I come on her behave to ask for those two to be separated." The
Goddess nodded as she raised her hands slowly, "It will be granted." A
small ball of light shot from the palms of her hands into the sky then when
it was so high it looked like a star, the ball plunged down into the water
and disappeared. The Mana Goddess looked at Crystal then asked, "And you,
Crystal of the dark star crystal. What do you wish from me?" Crystal took
a deep breath then blurted out, "I want my core to shatter and not be
revived." "No!" screamed Andrea.
Crystal turned around to see Andrea standing at the stairway with an angry
look. "If the star crystal does not want her body or powers, then let me
have it." Crystal shook her head, "I want my core destroyed so no one can
use its powers. The dark star crystal is very dangerous and could cause
Fa'Diel to collapse and turn to nothing like after the Mana Stones War. I
just want my core to never be used, and with that my life will end." Topaz
shook his head, "But why are you so bent up on dying? I told you I wouldn't
allow that to happen." Crystal turned to see Topaz and Tittis. When she
saw Tittis her smiled turned into a frown. Crystal shook her head, "My core
is too dangerous, and besides, I'm a very troublesome pest. This way, I
make sure my powers aren't used for anything bad and you don't have to
protect me anymore. You and her can start anew." Tittis looked at Crystal
confused. Topaz looked angry. The Mana Goddess shook her head, "This wish
can't be granted." Crystal turned around and looked at the Mana Goddess,
"Do you not believe me?" She didn't respond. Crystal closed her eyes and
everything was engulfed in darkness.
Topaz looked around, Crystal was standing in front of him smiling. She
giggled, "You look kind of sad, why?" Topaz didn't answer. Crystal giggled
again, "Stop feeling so bad, I didn't kill anyone. I just showed her my
powers." "Then where are we?" asked Topaz. "Your mind," she replied, "I'm
sorry I have to go away. I really did want us to go through the key trail.
I know if you were my knight, I wouldn't be stone for long and then..." She
turned away. She turned back around and looked at Topaz sadly, "When you
wake up, you'll be in Bejeweled City, and Tittis will be with you. I'll
take care of Andrea, so you won't have to worry about her. Plus I'll tell
the others where you are. I'm sure that will make things easier." She
looked down. Topaz held his hand under her chin, "Why don't you come back?
I'll make sure your core is always safe." Crystal smiled then buried her
head on his chestplate. "The Mana Goddess isn't going to let me die...she
told me I balance out the powers. That she herself proved to have a balance
of the Mana powers, she has a dark and holy manifestations." Crystal shook
her head, "So I'll have to stay alive." She looked a little happy but still
"So what are you going to do, " asked Topaz. Crystal shrugged, "Catch up
with mother and stay away. When you wake up, you'll be starting a new life,
what are you going to do?" Topaz shrugged. Crystal shook her head, "Why
not try to date Tittis, she really likes you, I could tell the first time we
met her. The way she looks at you and smiles at you...I just can tell she
really likes you." Topaz smirked, "How about you, do you like me?" Crystal
blushed, "Of course I do...I liked you from the beginning, when I first met
you and you saved me. And ever since then you made it fun, you told me all
types of stories and things like that. And you showed me some pretty cool
things. Somewhat like Travis...but I don't like you the way I liked him."
She smiled at Topaz then kissed him. It was a long passionate kiss that
seemed to last forever. When they exonerated from each other, Crystal
seemed to fade away. She waved as she smiled, "I'm still alive. So maybe
we'll meet again."
Topaz woke up and looked around. Tittis and him were laying on the shores
to Lumina. He saw BlackPearl and Pearl looking down at him. Topaz moaned
as he rubbed his head. "Crystal? Where is Crystal?" Pearl shrugged,
"Who's Crystal?" Topaz got up and looked around. Tittis started to moan a
bit. Topaz picked her up and she awoke in his arms. She smiled as she
looked up at him.
Turquoise looked around, "Now, if you can convince that serpent slug to
carry us, we'll have a ride back." Quartz sighed, "You're impossible. Why
would we want to travel on something that's slow than traveling on foot!"
Suddenly a soft giggle echoed around them. Crystal appeared in the distance
and they ran towards her. In the clearing of the forest were hell horses in
saddles where they saw Crystal. One of the hell horses went to Turquoise,
put its head between his legs and flipped him on its back. Turquoise landed
backwards. One hell horse went up to Quartz and she jumped on his back.
She kicked his side and they rode off followed by Turquoise and the other
The gate was still opened when Crystal's voice echoed around Trimina.
"Topaz and Tittis are safely at Bejeweled City, so it would be best to take
them out while they're like this." Esmeralda looked at Diamon and Sapphire,
"Tell me you heard that." Sapphire and Diamon nodded. Esmeralda nodded,
"Good, let's get to work then." Esmeralda ran off and Diamon headed in the
opposite direction. Sapphire pulled out his sword and looked at Vanessa,
"Sorry, tell the Mana Goddess I said hi." He powered up and then his sword
glowed as his sliced off her head.
Diamon, Sapphire, and Esmeralda walked to the town square which now was back
to normal since the gate had closed when they killed all the sorceresses.
Esmeralda shook her head, "Wait, she didn't say she was at Bejeweled City
with them!" Sapphire shook his head, "Don't worry, she'll be there waiting
for us." Diamon nodded, "Of course, do you think Topaz would just let her
die?" Esmeralda nodded, "Yea, you're right. After I beat Tittis, I'll have
to ask her what's the Mana Goddess like." Suddenly Esmeralda laughed as she
looked the other way, "Look here comes our ride, over here kids!" Quartz
rode towards Esmeralda and the rest and smiled.
Topaz put Tittis on his bed then walked out the room. He went to the throne
room and saw Florina crying to Lady Diana. Florina turned and looked at
Topaz and shook her head, "So she's gone?" Topaz shook his head, "She
didn't want to come back, but she's not dead. I wouldn't let my guardian
die!" Florina sniffled then ran over to him. Topaz knelt down to her and
shook his head, "Crystal said she'll come back soon." Florina looked into
Topaz's eyes, "You're not lying..." Topaz nodded, "Don't worry, she'll just
pop up someday like she did last time. Ask Staris, right mother." Diana
nodded, "Cheer up Florina, she wouldn't like you being so sad." Florina
stopped crying and walked out. Topaz looked at his mother, "Thanks." "For
what? Didn't you said she would come back." She winked at Topaz then
walked to the stairs behind the throne. Topaz nodded.
"I'm still alive. So maybe we'll meet again."