EMERGENCY! CODE BLUE!
strained courtesy, Adena had shown Iffley and his party off of Furanose. After
she was out of the sight of her staff and guards, she limped down to her main
study where she sank thankfully into her chair. Her bare feet were bruised and
blistered from the walk home. "I thought exercise was good for you,"
she shook her head ruefully. Adena closed her eyes and set her chair in a
horizontal position. She was quite tired and drifted off into a dreamless
sleep when a knock was heard at the door. Adena reset the chair to its
original position, and called to the door, "Enter," she said in a
tired voice. Her centurian entered and bowed, "This better be
important," she greeted with a worn smile.
for the disruption, m'lady. A note has arrived that should be brought to your
attention." He handed her a nondescript piece of paper.
read it with concerned eyes, "Thank you, centurian you did well to bring
it here. 1 will deal with it," she said with a sigh.
centurian looked concerned, and asked, "M'lady, do you require anything.
If I may be frank, you appear slightly pale."
glanced up, "No, centurian. Your concern and observation are noted. I am
satisfactory. You may go now." With a concerned bow, the centurian left
at her dismissal.
swung her chair to face the open window of the study. So, Enad was back from
the eighth dimension with a few susprises up his sleeve. She should have
finished him off when she had him in her power. She felt frustrated with the
situation and herself. I wonder if Iffley knows of this, she mused to herself.
Perhaps I should,... The door sounded again. "Come in," she said
through clenched teeth.
centurian entered once again, prepared for his mistress' response of
impatience. "There is a man here to see you, m'lady. He says that he has
business to discuss with you."
answered, "Who does he identify himself as?"
whitened slightly, "Show him in, Centurian."
centurian bowed Randolf in and closed the door. "Adena, we meet again.
Now how about that business proposition." He eyed the Belt of Excho that
was around her waist.
had risen from her chair. "I was under the impression that I was to have
time to consider my options."
only have one option," he smiled, "1 don't see what the delay is
was becoming angered, "You think you can just come hare and demand
whatever you wish. I would advise you to leave as you came- quickly!"
until I have what I came for," he bantered.
decided that she needed some assistance to deal with this nuisance. When
Bronson turned his head and began to pace the floor awaiting her answer, she
quickly summoned her centurians by the Amulet. Now, it was only a matter of
waiting for them to arrive. "Now, Mr. Bronson," she began coming
around to the front of her desk and perching on the corner, "I really
haven't had sufficient time to consider giving up the Be1t. Wouldn't it be
best to postpone the decision until I can give it with a clear
smirked, "Come on. It's no use trying to buy time. I'11 get it one way or
another. If you're so concerned, why don't you just send me back to my lands
with that fancy necklace of yours?" Adena was beginning to lose her
patience, "I might, except it would be a great deal of energy for a
eyes narrowed at the insult. "You know that the belt can only be removed
by the one wearing it or by the spell. I don't know the spell so it appears
that you are going to have to give it to me!" With that, he reached out
and grabbed her right arm and pinned her to the desk.
hadn't counted on his strength and she fidgeted impatiently in his grasp.
Suddenly, Randolf was roughly yanked away by the three centurians that Adena
came as fast as we could, Enchantress," they stated firmly securing their
good, please escort this gentleman to his homeland quickly." She paused
as they began to drag Bronson away, "Be it known that you will never
again be safe in Furanose, Mr. Randolf."
they had left, Adena retook her seat. What a day, she moaned. Well, at least
that's one problem solved. Randolf won't get the belt while I've got it.
Now... oh, yes. Enad.
swung back to the window. Should she alert Iffley who was irritated with her
over the game? No, as long as Furanose was safe and Enad made no threatening
moves, Iffley was safe. They could settle their personal differences
problem, Taft. She had heard that Taft had been having some difficulty lately.
Losing his Tiara, Taft had been having a difficult time all right. From what
Iffley had told her though, Taft appeared to have resecured his kingdom and
felt drained, she felt that she had dealt with all the problems of the world
in one day. She closed her eyes and tried to drift off to sleep. She couldn't
dream, she felt as if she had forgotten to do something. She reopened her eyes
and tried vainly to remember. Frustrated, she swung her chair around and faded
into her bedroom through the mirror. As she brushed her hair, she remembered.
His name was... was... She hurled her brush down in frustration. The stress
was beginning to affect her. She had to get some sleep, and soon.
changed into a creamy white riding suit and pulled her hair back from her face
in a single tress. She passed back into the study and flung open the door that
opened onto the balcony which overlooked the palace's main hall.
"Centurian! Centurian!" she called out as she ran down the
m'lady," came the voice from an unseen person.
Prism from the stable and bring her around to the front please." The
centurian bowed and did as he was asked. "Leffy," Adena adressed the
Jiffle who had appeared when she had sent up the first shout. "Make sure
the house is in order before I return today. I will be out for most of the day
so make the most of it."
Enchantress," he bowed off to organize his staff.
Adena checked to see if there was anything she had
forgotten... the gardens and stables were being tended to as was the palace,
the paper work was done and whatever his name was could wait. Everything was
taken care of and Adena's Danae, Prism, was saddled and waiting. "Thank
you, Centurian." Adena mounted the waiting horse and nudged him upwards.
Prism stretched his huge silver wings and soared into the air as his hooves
seemed to gallop on nothingness. The centurian returned to the stables to see
that all was in order while Adena and her steed vanished into the horizon.
seemed to have been hours ago as Adena skillfully landed her beautiful Danae.
She unsaddled her and loosed her into the meadow. Prism began to crop the
fresh grass and Adena lay the saddle on the ground. Giving her steed a final
pat, Adena began walking.
soon arrived at her destination, Waterfall de Vale. The Waterfall of Farewell.
Recalling her history, she identified it as a part of Lake Placid many
centuries ago. It had been a favorite place of Wisdym and Adena had always
loved it. The water tumbled noisily dawn to the rocks in the pool below. The
water table helped to keep the pool at a constant level of about twelve feet.
Undercurrents from the waterfall were frequent and could easily form
whirlpools that even the strongest swimmer could not escape. That day,
however, the surface appeared calm and the day was hot so Adena decided to
swim after a while.
climbed up rampart of rock that over hung the pool near the roaring waterfall.
The constant spray from the falls made it slippery but Adena had climbed it
many times before and was sure of her footing. She sat at the rock's edge and
dangled her feet into the roaring water. As it washed away her stresses and
her mind began to calm and clear, Adena tried to remember all that the
stranger had said. She still couldn't remember his name but she did remember
his looks. She pulled a lock of her hair to the front and began to toy with
it. Let's see ... wavy brown hair, fairly... very good build and eyes of
sapphire blue. Ahhh, that was it, she told herself. Blue. Now for the rest of
the name, it was coming back now and as she remembered, the innate memories of
her lineage seemed to stir as she thought of the name....
Ledic!" she suddenly recalled triumphantly, jumping to her feet.
came a strong masculine voice from behind her. Shocked, Adena whirled
uncautiously around to face the speaker for a moment before the spin caused
her to lose her footing and fall into the roaring water below. She heard
someone shout her name before she hit the water. She struggled for the surface
as she felt her legs being towed in the opposite direction.
the whirpool had her and she felt herself losing her last reserves of oxygen.
She was already too close to unconsciousness to hear someone dive in beside
her and to feel the strong arms snatch her from the swirling water to pull her
to the surface.
stood there looking anxiously at the slowly breathing figure. She should
regain consciousness soon, he knew. The memories that Aven had of Wisdym were
exactly the memories that Archimedes was forming of Adena. Stubborn,
independent, yet gentle and intelligent, and beautiful. He looked around the
Waterfalls. He recognized them as the place where Aven had disbanded his
powers after he had watched Wisdym leave this world.
turned as he heard a shuddering cough behind him. Adena had pushed herself
into a sitting postion and her hair had fallen into her face. Archimedes
stooped to her side to see if he were needed. Adena glanced up quickly in
alarm. "Are you allright now? That was quite a fall you had and straight
into a whirlpool, too. Please accept my apologies for startling you so. I
approached invisible so Wisdym's amulet didn't detect me."
looked at him with confusion, "Thank you for pulling me out."
Finally, her curiosity gave out, "How did you know where I was. Very few
know of this place."
both hold ancestors that knew of this place. I felt that I could seek you out
here. I will go if you wish me to." He turned to pick up his tunic that
he had taken off and spread out on a rock to dry.
didn't mean it that way," she said, touching his arm. "There is no
need for you to go, unless you want to." She removed her hand from his
arm and began to wring the water out of her hair.
like to stay." He sat down beside her. "It won't dry that way. Allow
me." He took his shirt and rubbed the water out of her hair.
she said. "Where did you get the name 'Blue'? I personally prefer
nickname came from my propensity for the color. No other good reason. You can
call me by what you prefer though."
hope I haven't insulted you. I didn't mean to," she asked, biting on her
at all, Aedelaide," he answered calling her by...
middle name! how did you know that?" she demanded, pulling away.
lucky guess," he teased.
don't believe you," she stated flatly. "Where did you learn of
just say, I did my homework."
Her eyebrow was still skeptically raised but she
accepted his answer-for the time being, she told herself.
sun was setting behind Adena and Archimedes as they returned to where Prism
had been put to pasture. Waiting with her was the sky-blue Danae, Waterfall,
that Adena had summoned. Archimedes was most impressed.
wasn't aware that you owned such a lovely animal," he stated walking
around the horse.
are my specialty," she stated simply. "Shall we go..." The
rubies began to flicker. Archimedes watched in interest this was his first
time to see the amulet working.
was concentrating. Images ... Iffley telling her of Enad and the danger he
posed. The Keys must be assembled to defeat him. They must meet at Mt. Everest
on Phire Island. Hurry!!!
glanced at Archimedes and told him what she knew. "I will come to. It is
my territory and I hold the sixth key. It will be needed."
somehow knew that he spoke the truth. They saddled and mounted the Danaes and
flew off towards the beckoning Island of Phire in the sparkling blue sea.
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