BY: DANAE CONRAD
The saga you've been waiting for
IN A BLUE MOON
fearfully reread the letter that Jonathon had sent to her. It worried her
tremendously because Jonathon rarely wrote like that. It said not to show it
to Archimedes but she couldn't not show it to him. They were his children,
glanced at the clock again - only five minutes had passed. Archimedes had gone
to Furanose to check things out for her. He had refused to allow her to go -
in her condition. That frustrated Adena. Everyone treated her like thin
porcelain. Well, that's one thing she wasn't anymore - thin. She glanced in
the mirror; the doctor had said that she should have gained more for twins and
Adena had told him that she was large enough already.
knock came at the door. Adena smiled hopefully to herself, she wasn't
disappointed. Archimedes let himself in and came over to her.
love. Everything went just fine back at the homefront. How are things shaping
up around here?" He realized his pun and laughed.
lifted her right eyebrow and her eyes went a smoky grey. "That's quite
enough," she said coldly. "I am sick and tired of these twins being
the crux of everything!" She pulled from him and went to the mirror.
was puzzled. She'd taken all the teasing and pampering quite well. Why not
now? he wondered and what did she mean by the twins being a crux? He got up to
go to her and he saw that she was crying. He hurried to her side, "Adena,
what's wrong? Is there something that I should know?" She started to
shake her head "no" but stopped and began to nod as the tears
continued to flow. "What is it?" No further answer. "Please,
looked up at him with her tear stained face. She flung herself against him and
he gathered in his arms. Through her sobs he could hear her saying,
"Don't let them hurt them, please no!"
let who hurt whom? Come on, Adena. Take a deep breath and tell me."
did as she was told and gave him the letter. Archimedes was also worried from
the letter's tone. "When did this come?"
she said softly as she dried her eyes. "Blue?"
stopped reading to look at her. "What?"
went to apologize for snapping at you. I shouldn't have..."
it was totally understandable. Forgive and forget, don't worry." She
smiled and lent against him. She suddenly felt very tired but refused to tell
him so. "Adena, I think we may be able to free Iffley! Using the Note, I
may be able to pull him from the crystal. I also think I can get to the box
first. So there isn't a thing that that beautiful head of yours should worry
Let's go!" She turned to go.
my love. I'm going, you're ..."
no condition to travel," she parroted the phrase she'd been hearing time
and again during her pregnancy. "Have a good trip." She kissed him
and left the study.
summoned his dolphins and sent them to search for the mysterious black box
with their sonar. Turq remained to carry him to Alarius. As he sailed off on
his aquatic mount, Adena saddled her Danae, Equapo. Her centurain saw her and
was horrified at the prospects.
he shouted, "Do you think it's wise?"
your tongue," she responded calmly. "I won't be gone long." She
boarded her Danae and urged him upward as the centurian stood on baffled as to
what he should do.
winds flowed through her hair and she thrilled to the steady gallop of her
steed. Looking across the shimmering mirror that was the Sea of Discord, she
spotted Archimedes astride Turq. She hoped he wouldn't be too angry, but she
had to get out of the house.
she heard a roaring, pulling noise as if a stopper had been pulled from an
enormous basin of water. Then she saw the sea level lowering drastically. It
continued until there was nothing left but mud and dying sea life. She looked
frantically for Archimedes. She saw him on the ocean floor without Turq. He
was covered in the muddy ocean bottom. She commanded Equapo down to his site
and halted him gently. "Want a lift, sir?"
swung to face her. "I told you to stay home! Adena, this is no place for
you to be!"
there. Wherever you are, I should be. Come on, get aboard. I don't see your
dolphin being able to carry you."
true." They looked at the dolphin that was beginning to have trouble
without his ocean environment. "What are we going to do with
shrugged. "Send it back?"
I'll send for the Centurian and a Danae. They can carry it home." She
rubbed the appropriate gems on her necklace as she spoke. "As for us,
we'll take Equapo on to Alarius."
can't save all twelve of them that way," he said. "I'll have to use
the Note. I'm going to be awfully tired."
Note alternated between the golden sax and the red trumpet as Blue found each
dolphin through farsense and then teleported them back to the Tigris,
Euphrates, Gihon and Pishon Rivers right before the ocean's draining was
completed. Blue nearly passed out as he finished but knew he'd be fine by the
time his powers would be needed again. He turned to Adena and said with a
rueful grin, "You always manage to get your own way, don't you?"
she laughed. They boarded the Danae which lifted off towards the setting
Blue!" Jonathon called as the Danae landed outside of his mansion.
"What can I do for you?"
pushed past her husband. "I showed him the letter Jonathon. It'll take
both of us to get Iffley out."
continued her thoughts. "How are things holding up around here?"
well as can be expected. Thank goodness Iffley didn't marry. The last thing I
need is a hysterical wife in my hair."
be to sure that he'll never have a wife, Jonathon." Jonathon looked at
her quizzically. "Woman's intuition," she responded.
all walked into the mansion gardens where Iffley's other friends were standing
around the statue of their friend puzzled as to what to do. Adena and Blue
looked at the statue carefully to see if their plan would work. It would, they
let's start," said Blue, "I hope this works," he whispered to
reason why it shouldn't," she responded. Unless I faint before we get
started, she said to herself when a wave of uneasiness passed over her.
produced the Note and changed it to the oboe. He nodded at Adena who activated
her amulet and directed it at the crystal statue. Slowly, a perfect hologram
of the Sceptre clutched in the statue's palm appeared on the ground. It
shimmered with an eerie light and the jewels glowed brightly. Adena was
beginning to perspire from the concentration required for such detailed
was done, glistening with the light as it had the day it had been created.
Archimedes began to play a melody on his oboe causing a haunting aurora in the
room. The hologram began to solidify and firm into the actual Sceptre. He
continued to play until Adena was able to pick it up.
a nice piece of show," Jonathon commented. "But all we have now is a
pretty bauble. Iffley and his magic still remain forever imprisoned."
raised a hand, "Patience, my friend. You have on the Ring. I will need
this for the next move." He extended his hand toward Jonathon who was
looking suspiciously at him. "You can trust me."
worked off the Ring of Ranet and handed it to Blue with a sweaty palm. "I
slipped on the ring and changed the note to the violin. "Adena, let
someone else hold the Sceptre."
She retained a firm grip on it. "It'll work. There is no cause for
worry." She raised an eyebrow which added a finality to her
well." Archimedes began to play and above the music a humming noise was
heard. It gained in strength, swirling among the assembled and soaring to the
ceiling. Then the Sceptre began to glow and shine. It continued to sparkle
until the noise had completely stopped. Archimedes halted his song and handed
Adena the Ring. Jonathon made a move to stop him but Campuria stopped Jonathon
because she knew what they were trying to do.
looked at Blue with a worry in her eyes that she couldn't hide. She slipped on
the ring and took a deep breath. This would be the hardest thing she'd ever
tried. She had four of the keys on her person and the fifth was nearby. The
Power would be hard to control but it was needed to pull Iffley from the power
of the Sceptre.
raised the Sceptre and began to concentrate. The Ring began to shine, the Belt
sparkled, the Sceptre quavered with great intensity and the Note broke
spontaneously into a harmony. All eyes were on the Amulet that would tell them
if they were successful. A cheer erupted as the emeralds began to glitter.
a form appeared in front of the Sceptre. It solidified and the Keys calmed to
their stationary position. Adena smiled and handed the Wizard his Sceptre. She
gave Jonathon the Ring and took a place beside her husband.
looked gratefully at his friends. They had rescued him from the clutches of a
great evil. Now he could help them to destroy it. He looked at Adena. He knew
she had risked more than Blue had wanted her to. He smiled at all the
assembled. "Many thanks to all of you, my friends. Thank you for your
sacrifices - especially Adena." She blushed as he embraced her warmly.
"It is appropriate that the crystal remains as a monument." They all
looked at the crystal form for a moment. "Now, we need a plan of action.
Adena, apparantly you are disqualified for any offensive moves so I will speak
the men moved off, Adena glared in anger. This faded quickly as she felt
suddenly weak and had to sit down.
had remained behind on Blue's request and came over to Adena. "Are you
smiled weakly. "Of course. I'll be fine - just a touch of a
doesn't turn ashen when one has a headache," Campuria said knowingly.
fine - honestly. I think I am going to go look at the outside gardens,"
she said, feigning cheerfulness.
you like me to come?"
not necessary. I can take care of myself." Adena left the rose garden
with Campuria shaking her head in despair.
strolled quietly around the garden. She wasn't feeling well at all. Perhaps
she should tell her husband. No, it's not time yet, she thought.
sat on a bench and drummed her fingers impatiently on it. The fountain in the
garden was running gently, making a soothingly hypnotic background for
outside world faded away leaving Adena with only thoughts and ideas. She
thought of the carefree days before she was married and of the wonderful days
since her marriage. She smiled at the thought of friends and shuddered at that
of enemies. She dreamt about the twins - she hoped that they would be cute.
They had to be - look at their father - they'd be intelligent too, for that
slight sound brought her back to the present with a start. The fountain
continued to bubble and froth with its rhythmic beat. She looked warily around
her and her amulet began to react to another's presence. Her muscles began to
tense in fear. She looked keenly into each of the surrounding bushes. Seeing
nothing, she turned back to the fountain. The amulet was still glowing
sound. She whirled around, frantic. Her pulse was racing now and she could
hear its rapid pace pounding in her head. She began to approach the brush that
the noise came from.
to go home, Adena?" Archimedes walked up behind her and she turned to him
with wild-eyed relief.
she nodded breathlessly. Without taking another glance at the mysterious bush,
she took her husband's hand and returned with him to the mansion.
the couple left the boundries of the garden, the bush parted slightly to watch
their departure. Inside was a man, well, not exactly a man, but somone.
Someone clothed in black and hidden from even Adena's discerning eyes. He
spoke: "No, sir. They just left. No, the twins haven't arrived." and
then disappeared in a shimmer of energy.
landed gently onto the island of Phire. Archimedes swung himself to the ground
and took the horse's reins, expecting Adena to follow as usual. Instead,
contrary to her normal assertiveness, she requested some help.
you feeling ill?" he asked in a concerned tone.
tired. It's been a long day."
know. I'll go stable the horse and meet you inside." He kissed her cheek,
then led the horse away. Adena turned to enter the castle. She bit her lip in
apprehension. There is no way I am going to make it up these steps, she said
to herself. Well, I'll give it my best shot. She started up the long staircase
but gave up about the fifteenth step. She sat down in frustration.
"Archimedes!" she called in a voice of honeyed impatience. She
tapped her fingers on the cold marble step. A little louder,
"ARCHIMedes!" Hurry, Hurry, she said to herself, willing him to come
faster. She heard footsteps running towards her.
is it?!" he looked worried.
am having a slight problem."
cannot make it up these steps. Might I impose upon you to give me a
need to be sarcastic." He bounded up the flight of stairs with ease and
offered her a hand. "Madame."
took it with a glare, "No need to rub it in - monsieur."
went inside the castle, giving greeting to the palace staff. Campuria was
you might need me tonight, Adena."
you," Adena smiled warmly. "If not tonight, then soon."
it will be tonight, I'll wager," she responded with humored sageness.
walked to the study where Blue sat down to paperwork. Adena and Campuria
continued to her study where they set up a klitik and began to talk. Klitik is
a game of skill that takes shrewdness and intelligence to play. Adena and
Campuria had mastered it early in life and had been opponents in it for as
long as they could remember.
why did you cast that spell on yourself? You'd be my age today if you hadn't.
The roles may have been reversed - you could have been having the
was for the best at the time. However, I think I have come to regret my
me help you turn back the clock. You created the spell,.."
I must break it. You are a dear friend but concern yourself with your life
now. Mine will come later. Besides you have an advantage over me, eternal
can be both an advantage and disadvantage. I am afraid though I haven't found
any drawbacks yet." The two women laughed but Adena sharply drew a
breath. "I think you'll win your bet."
I think you have won this round of klitik." They reset the game and began
lights of the palace had long been shut off but Adena still lay awake. She
couldn't sleep, it was time she knew. "Blue?"
was up like a shot. "What?! Are you okay?"
smiled to herself. He was even more nervous than she was. "Let's get
Campuria and go to the Room Without Doors."
He grabbed his robe then stood disoriented.
down the hall. Get her, then me."
He threw open the door and galloped down the hall. Adena laughed softly to
herself, she wondered if her father had acted the same way. "We're
put a hand on Adena's shoulder to steady her. "Are you ready?"
sounded a clear note on his clarinet and the trio was standing in an elaborate
alcove. Plush carpet and velvet tapestries lined the room. It was as richly
adorned as the rest of the palace. The only odd thing was that there were no
windows or doors. This was the fortress of the palace. The room only Blue
could enter. Or guests if he accompanied them. Campuria pushed Blue into the
second section of the room and told him to remain calm. She returned to her
friend. "Now comes the wait - for him and us."
night drug on fitfully. Archimedes started pacing the floor and Campuria was
becoming irritated by the noise. Adena had fallen asleep once again.
you keep that up, you'll wake your wife. She needs her sleep," Campuria
hissed at Archimedes impatiently. He almost made a sharp retort when Adena
cried out and both ran to her. She was biting her lip-hard- trying to stop the
she said weakly. "What took ya'll so long?" Suddenly, a baby lay in
her arms. "That wasn't too bad. Campuria, how did you engineer
was shocked. "I didn't do a thing!"
and Adena looked at each other in delight. "Transportation!"
kid has the power of transportaion. I don't believe it!" Archimedes was
every inch the proud father.
it's a girl, too." Adena was smiling at their new infant. She had her
father's dark waved hair and Adena pointed this out to Blue. He took his
daughter in his arms and she cried slightly.
held her towards Adena. "And your eyes." They were a deep sparkling
green like Adena's down to the golden flecks. Adena suddenly was reminded of
the other twin. Campuria's face was white when she first held the infant.
"What's wrong?" Blue demanded.
the proud parents of a blue dolphin," she said quietly.
him to me." Campuria placed the baby(?) in his mother's arms. "Well,
he's got your eyes, love." The dolphin lay quietly in her arms gazing at
her with crystal blue eyes. "Hello, little Kyan." She looked
questioningly at her husband and the little creature followed her gaze. Upon
seeing his sister, he appeared very startled. At the movement in her arms,
Adena looked back down and found a perfect little boy looking up at her
apologetically. "And he has transmutation," Adena said
let out a yell of joy and Adena hugged her son gently. Campuria stood by with
a smile of tainted memories. "I'll go now."
It's late. Please stay," said Adena.
will be expecting the news; take good care of them."
you." Blue gave the first twin to Adena and showed Campuria out. He
returned quickly and sat on the edge of the couch. They watched their twins
with fascinated love. A soft, high voice broke the silence.
I get a name?" The older twin spoke looking up at her parents.
glanced at Blue. "Of course, darling. Your name is Kirstie. We had it all
child nodded and fell asleep next to her brother who was watching his parents.
"Good night," and he too fell asleep.
they're wonderful and simply brilliant."
wonder how high their intelligence rates."
got to be high. Look at their father,"
stop that. Those kids owe just as much to you."
love you, Archimedes."
her, "I love you," he said.
the amulet began to glow green. It reached a frenzied intensity and then
stopped. "Archimedes! Stop him," Adena choked a scream.
couldn't see the images she was getting but it was obvious that she was
terrified. "Who Adena?! Who?!"
"Kirk Jameson!! He's here!! Or he was, he left
something!" She flung herself toward the wall, where a door should have
been. Than, remembering where she was, "Archimedes, hurry! Find out what
quickly produced the Note and left the room. He ran to the front hall of the
palace. A scroll lay there and he quickly opened it, scanning its
LEDIC: YOU WILL DO AS I ASK OR YOUR PRECIOUS WIFE AND CHILDREN WILL BE NO
MORE. COME TO THE DEVON WOODS. IF YOU DO NOT, I WILL LAY WASTE TO THE ISLE OF
PHIRE AND WILL HOLD YOUR BELOVED HOSTAGE. IF YOU DO, I WILL DO NO MORE THAN
TAKE YOUR WIFE - AS SECURITY OF COURSE. KIRK JAMESON.
was furious and crunched the scroll in an angry fist. He heard Adena's voice
suddenly and returned to her and the children.
is it?" Her eyes were wide with fear.
down. He left a letter."
me read it." Archimedes hesitated but she insisted.
know where we can go. We'll be safe. Furanose." Adena's mind was already
making plans and Archimedes agreed with her. She summoned her Danaes and sent
a hologram to Iffley stating their plight.
turned to the children who were sleeping angelically. "Came on, Kyan.
Kirstie." They woke them and wrapped the sleepy bundles in extra blankets
to cut out the night chill.
produced the Note and sent them into the palace hall. The twins sensed the
electricity of the situation and began to whimper. "Shush," Adena
tried to calm them without much success. "Archimedes, take them. I'l1 go
ahead and see if it's safe."
most certainly will not!"
will too. I can sense another through the amulet. Here hold them." She
kissed the twins and then smiled at her husband. "Won't be a
slipped into the velvet darkness cloaking the castle. She tensed as she
strained to hear anything - anything at all. Hearing nothing she moved slowly
toward the landing point. A voice - she spun quickly and without a moment's
thought turned the amulet and fired a warning laser towards the offending
noise. In the situation, her speech was reverting back to the stilted style of
her family. "Come forth. Be ye friend or foe." She waited for a
dazzled face of Iffley appeared. Following him was Jonathon. Both looked like
they had received the fright of their lives. "Never underestimate a
woman's wrath," Iffley said under his breath.
is sufficient. I will tolerate none this tonite - ye have been warned."
Her panic was subsiding and her tone returned to normal. "Archimedes!
all the shooting about for crying out loud?"
wife's fast temper. Nearly blew our heads off," said Iffley.
enough. I didn't know who you were. I had to protect myself..."
your twins." Iffley smiled at her as she took the children from their
father's arms. He pulled the blanket from Kirstie's face. Her right eyebrow
raised skeptically and her green eyes studied him. "Another Adena. This
world will never be the same."
A horse's whinny was heard and the party quickly saddled and boarded the
prancing Danaes. Adena gave a command and the horses lifted in unison towards
the land of Furanose.
still cloaked the air as the group flew on the Danae. Their heavily feathered
wings scarcely made a noise as they pulsed the cold air. Kyan had pushed back
the covers from his face and was looking into the bright moon ahead. Kirstie
was in her mother's lap looking over the horizon, following her mother's gaze
to Furanose. The horses began to descend and the clouds swirled threateningly
around them. The twins gripped their mother's hands as the landing Danaes
pranced softly before touching down.
Archimedes." Adena handed the children to him. She approached the palace
followed closely by the remainder of the group. They made their way to the
main study where the polished mirror glistened brightly. Adena calmly reached
through the mirror, "It's safe-everything is as I left it." Adena
and her family went into the room. Archimedes placed the children on the bed
where they promptly fell asleep. Then he turned to his wife.
going with Jonathon and Iffley to try to stop Kirk."
know I'd try to follow. I don't want you to go."
got to stay with the children."
know. Be careful and take this." She removed the Amulet from her neck and
placed it on his. "I can see through it and be with you."
know." A moment of quiet passed. "I'll always love you,
know - but please try to come back. I don't want to raise these kids
alone." She choked on her attempted humor.
caught up her hand and kissed it. "I've got to go..."
know. I sound like a parrot. Oh, Archimedes!" She tried to pull away in
anguish but he grabbed her back. Then he kissed her with the intensity of
knowing this could be their last. They broke and he faded through the mirror
leaving them imprisoned within.
quickly dried her eyes and turned to her children. Kyan was awake and was
looking at her with his alert blue eyes.
Kyan. What are you doing awake?" He raised his arms in a gesture to be
held. Adena lifted him to her lap. "Leave it to your father to vanish
without giving me a chance to get you two some decent clothes. It's no good
for you two to be wrapped in just baby blankets." She went to the dresser
to find some of her old clothes. When she opened the top bureau there was a
brightly wrapped box. She pulled it out and sat Kyan on the floor. Opening it,
she found that Archimedes had done the clothes shopping. She dressed Kyan in a
skyblue smock and Kirstie in a green jumper. Then she had to choke back the
tears once more.
- that is what I call you isn't it?" asked Kirstie.
of course," Adena smiled at her daughter.
hunting for something."
can't tell you."
I don't want to frighten you."
Where are we?"
homeland-Furanose. We are in the palace in my old bedroom."
nice, I like it."
can we go out?"
for a while."
do you want to do?"
don't know. What do you want to do?"
was about to create some holograms to keep them occupied when she remembered
that her Amulet was gone. She felt quite helpless without it. Even with her
innate abilities, her amulet was her stronghold.
is that thing that you were wearing around your neck?"
called an amulet and I gave it to your father."
suddenly felt as if she were being watched. She slowly turned so as to not
alarm the children. Behind her, Kirstie mirrored her mother's moves down to
the skeptically raised brow.
one was there, but most certainly something. "What is it?" asked a
don't know - yet." Adena began to recall her natural abilities to the
surface. She sighted a slight anomaly in the room's atmosphere and she
approached it. Reaching out, she tried to grasp it. Nothing, but something.
Suddenly, her arms were pinned behind her and a harsh voice grated near her
not move or your children will die."
didn't answer but concentrated and slowly she was able to push out of its
grasp. It roared in surprise and she turned to face it. Suddenly it became
visible. It was someone, no, something - Adena couldn't be sure. It slapped
her across the face driving her to her knees. Her face bore a burn of searing
am KErk, I shall not be disputed."
she said sarcastically. "You're out of your mind -if you have one that
the consequences, then." He raised his hand and sent out two bolts of
static towards her. They were designed to cause no damage but much pain. She
deflected them mentally but she soon had to give way as he sent them again and
again. Finally, her defenses exhausted, the bolts struck her and she
amulet flickered with a bright green fire. "Archimedes! Where did you get
that!?" Iffley noticed it as it began to glow.
gave it to me to safeguard."
it shouldn't work on you."
a man. It belonged to Wisdym and never works on men. The stones reaction can
mean only one thing..." he broke off in a worried tone.
Archimedes suddenly began to sense feelings of electricity surges.
is using her own power and the Amulet is sensing its owner."
the Amulet went dark. No sparkle roamed its facets. No sound hummed from it.
"What's wrong? The warranty expired - right?" Iffley turned away.
Archimedes grabbed him and whipped him around. "What does it
felt the ground rushing and bucking under his feet. His thoughts were in a
turmoil and the air felt like a miasma to his lungs. He felt himself screaming
to the sky as if that would bring her back. He lost himself to senseless
felt the same as she pushed herself to her feet. The creature hadn't touched
the children yet but was speaking to someone else..."Chief from base one.
All secure." She was drained. There was nothing to do except get to the
children. She dove towards the bed and put herself in front of them.
being had turned at her movement. "Fine. Stay with the kids. I'll send a
babysitter for all of you." A clone of Kirk Jameson appeared as KErk
disappeared. Adena stayed in front of her twins but collapsed from exhaustion.
Kyan and Kirstie fell asleep warily behind her.
and Jonathon hauled Archimedes to a sitting position. "You've got to go
on - for the twins!" Iffley said urgently.
what about their mother?!"
what's done is done. I'm sorry."
Archimedes scoffed. "She's not your wife."
might have been," said Iffley with a glint of challenge in his voice.
shook himself. "I'm sorry now."
need to apologize. I'd have done the same." The two men shook hands in a
firm grip of friendship.
snarled a voice. They turned to see Kirk standing there. "You, Archimedes
Ledic, will come or your children and wife will die."
already killed her; what's to say you haven't murdered my children as
shimmered into existence next to Kirk. "You killed her! You
did not! She was alive when I left." KErk and Kirk held this exchange
under their breaths. Archimedes felt hope surging within him but it died as
Kirk lied to him, "She may be, but the children will soon be if you do
saw no alternative. He said farewell to his friends, entrusted his children to
Iffley and joined the evil-grinning Kirk. Then they disappeared into the air
as Iffley and Jonathon stood on in grieved dispair.
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