Blue read the
stories of Charles, Conrad, and Pierce with a sigh and a sinking feeling in
his heart. The authors knew nearly everything, but not all. He saw an
alternative. (No situation is entirely devoid of alternatives.) Alexander
Duncan would be sure to pick the best one for all concerned, especially with
Danae Conrad's help.
Alex had finished. Blue and the other characters filed onto the board to act
out the next chapter.
Waning of the Blue Moon
by Alexander Duncan
lit the candle and bent over the bed. Blue slept uneasily, tossing and
turning, muttering meaningless words. Most unlike a new father, thought Adena.
After checking the twin bassinet, she got back into bed.
thinks he can help me by messing with my past, does he? she thought. I'll just
take a peek into his future. The jewels of the Amulet remained dark, but the
gold linking them glowed faintly as she calmed herself and began peering into
Blue's soul. She "walked" carefully and daintily, avoiding the traps
set up to catch strangers. Being his wife, she knew when and where to
"step" to avoid the alarm system. She walked past the Body, bowed to
the Spirit, and then walked straight to the Door of the Soul and opened
the committee please come to order?" thundered Bluemind.
the one who should yell," complained Bluemotion, who began to sulk.
want you two to stop," commanded Bluewill.
have visitors," continued BM.
AE, and AW walked into the Committee Hall and sat across the table from their
counterparts. They embraced and corresponding representatives brought up their
twins woke simultaneously. Not wishing to wake their parents, they kept
silent. Kirstie disappeared and reappeared a moment later with two full milk
bottles. Kyan metamorphisized into a bottle warmer. After downing the
nourishment, the twins settled back down and fell asleep.
Chambers of the Soul were in session. The three magistrates discussed an
important decision with the foreign delegates.
said, "I love you. You can't split us up. I'll be sad forever."
said BE, giggling. "I'd be Blue myself." He became serious. "To
not split us up would cause more hurt though."
to me, you, or the children," cried AE.
right," BE said, tears streaming down his face. "I love you too
much." He smiled and they embraced.
disagree," replied AM. "To split up is illogical and we've already
discussed the consequences. The split would not benefit the major
acquiesced BM. "Besides, the Pact we've made outlaws the move anyway. I
agree." They shook hands.
want it to be so," said AW. "I don't want to leave you."
don't want to leave you either, but--"
nothing," said BE and BM in unison. "Its a clear majority. We both
vote for it."
I give," BW said.
decision made, the ambassadors left and the Comittee went into recess. Adena
left Blue's soul. The ivory faded as Adena looked at her sleeping husband. He
now slept quietly, like a child. That reminds me, she thought. She checked on
the children. They should have awakened by now, she thought, worried. Her
frown disappeared and her eyebrow rose as she saw the empty milk bottles. She
kissed them both as tenderly as if she might not see them again and went to
bed. She had made her decision as well.
twins woke in a forest. Unused to the surroundings, they looked around in
fear. Kyan became a bloodhound and tried to find the scent of the one who had
put them here. There was none.
the woods were full of people. Frightened, Kirstie grabbed Kyan's hand and the
twins flew toward Phire Island, Kirstie riding on Kyan's eagle back. They
couldn't find it. Between Alarius and Furanose, the unnaturally octagonal
island one couldn't miss wasn't there.
Their next stop was the palace in Kaura. Their
parents being absent, they flew straight to Adena's bedroom. On the bed lay a
scroll which seemed to be both a light blue and a pale green. Kyan opened it
Joint Last Will and Testament
of Archimedes and Adena Adelaide Ledic
of sound minds and bodies, for the benefit of all concerned, we will these
things to be:
executrix shall be Campuria.
Island is gone, its inhabitants are on the shores of the land from which they
Note and Amulet are gone even as we also are gone.
dolphins and the seas belong to themselves.
rings and coronets under the bed are Kyan and Kirstie's. They are to be used
only to benefit others, not their bearers.
The twins themselves
are to be in Campuria's (and only Campuria's) care until their 18th
will and our deaths are caused by careful thought and clear priorities, not
depression or bitterness. This alternative solves these problems:
Taft's wish for victory. Now he knows I am not an opponent. Remember, though,
that to truly win means there are no losers.
Pierce's wish for death. We can't revive him anymore. Remember, though, that
one loses in a selfish death just as in a selfish life.
Lerart's wish for Blue's death. It is finished. Remember, though, that nobody
enjoys the fulfillment of a malicious wish.
4) Bronson's wish for
power. The Belt is his. Remember to use it for good, for one another and all
We believe we've
covered everything. We regret any heartache we have caused. Kyan and Kirstie,
you know how and when to reach us. The rest of you better not even try.
Kyan let go of the scroll, it rolled back up and fell off the bed. The only
noise in the palace was the wailing of two small orphans.
* * *
wishes to save his life shall lose it: but whoever loses his life for My sake
shall find it."
has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."
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