Deadly Shade of Silver
by Jonathon Pierce
Taft Lab (Taft Towers, Inc.) was an incredible facility for science and
torture. Machines of immense bulk lined the walls of the laboratory, while
strange devices were contained in the center of the room. Operating tables,
all in a row, stretched from wall to wall. In one corner, a small freezer held
the remains of Kirk Jameson, various packages of vitamins, and assorted rotten
plastic vial containing Kirk was almost empty; Kirk's remains only came up to
the one-third mark. The contents of the vial began to bubble as Kirk started
to revive. He altered his molecules and changed into a X-Ray. He left the
refridgerator and changed back to normal form.
muttered to himself. Somehow, his fool-proof plan had backfired. Instead of
creating war between Taft II and Pierce, he had almost died. Yet, he would
still have his revenge on Jonathon Pierce. He thought of Jonathon's devotion
to Iffley. The best way for revenge would be to hurt his friends. He changed
his form into a Gamma Ray and quickly started toward Alarius.
* * * * *
and Iffley rode silently on the Quische. It landed in the Atrium and the
passengers disembarked. Jonathon was rather irate at the newlyweds. He felt
his friend's pain and suffering. Iffley sensing Jonathon's anger spoke softly,
"We must be happy for them. The marriage changes nothing, Jonathon. Time
will assuage my wounds. Let us now go and prepare fitting wedding
presents." With these words, they departed to the interior of the
choosen suitable presents for the couple, they loaded them aboard the Quische.
Changing into a small plane, it flew off toward Phire. Iffley stood and
watched his companion depart. A strange feeling of lonliness filling his
* * * * *
sat quietly reading a book entitled: Motherhood: The Second Oldest
Profession. Quite accidently, she had found the book in an old library in
Odinia. It was apparently written before the Plague. A slight droning noise
returned her to reality.
up from her book, she spied the Quische landing in the courtyard. Expecting
news from Iffley, she ran to meet it. The Quische bowed to her as she received
the presents: Wrapped in blue paper was a beautifully crafted emerald box; The
box contained the star of Sesian, a flawless sapphire; The Mirror of Sight,
wrapped in green paper, was carefully inlaid with emeralds and sapphires.
Expecting nothing else, she duly thanked the Quische for the gifts.
The Quische, however, opened a small compartment and
handed her a note:
I congratulate you on
your choice. I must, however, consult with you on a rather personal matter: I
have found the Silver Chalice of Yabeo. Could you possibly leave Phire
tonight? I would be most appreciative.
studied the note with great care. Her husband was still not yet quite well,
yet he could take care of himself. She accepted the invitation and climbed
aboard into the Quische. She hoped she wouldn't get Quische-sick.
* * * * *
Atrium, a thing of great beauty, was an enormous comfort to the entire
household living at Devonshire. Its delicate flowers, arranged so precisely,
gave the observer a slight form of inner peace.
roses, by far, were the greatest attraction in the gardens. The pulchritude of
the roses was surpassed only by their aroma. The varying shades of the red
roses combined with the white, yellow, and pink. The most elegant rose,
however, was colored a brilliant blue. Its symmetry revealed its rarity; it
was the only know rose to have achieved the color of blue. It was the pride of
Next to the blue rose, a statue stood, made of the
purest quartz. The statue showed a remarkable likeness to Iffley: It even held
a Sceptre. A small note was attached to the quartz Sceptre:
To search for me will bring pain to others.
* * * * *
Quische landed at the rear entrance of Devonshire. Unexpectedly, Adena had
enjoyed the ride. It was quite a remarkable creature, perhaps she had been too
harsh to Iffley before.
Quische formed a small ramp, providing Adena quick, easy access to the ground.
She stroked it gently and waited for Iffley. Warning her of a presence, the
rubies in her Amulet began to glow. She turned sharply around and discovered
am sorry to have kept you waiting. There is no time to explain now, I fear
that Taft will try to reach the Chalice before us." Telling the Quische
to remain, he lead her through the Devon Woods on a wide path. He changed
paths quickly and illogically. Adena now was quite lost.
path extended into a large clearing, containg a wide wall of crystal. He led
the way around the wall into a large opening. He final1y explained:
are the Crystal Catacombs. Deep within the interior of the maze, you will find
a silver pedestal containing a silver cup." He touched a small orange
crystal on the wall, closing the entrance. "That, my dear, is the Chalice
of Sesian. Bring it back to me." He changed his form to Kirk Jameson.
quickly resolved the situation by firing her laser. The bolt of energy passed
through Kirk's body and impacted on the crystal wall. The walls began to glow,
as if she had set off an alarm.
my lovely, you cannot escape from me."
why should I recover this Chalice for you?"
will give you two reasons..." He pulled a small triangle from his pocket.
He touched the ruby on the left corner. The triangle began to hum as it showed
a picture of the Atrium. The hologram focused on the bed of roses, and then on
Iffley. "He is quite unharmed, I assure you. No one, however, can
rearrange his molecules, except me. Reason Number Two:" He touched to
sapphire and the hologram changed to a picture of Blue. "So you see, my
dear, you have no choice."
will do what you ask."
Catacombs are filled with great dangers. You must overcome these dangers and
reach the Chalice. It is protected by a magic field, which I am not strong
enough to break; therefore, the logical choice is you. With your power and
innate abilities, you shall achieve your quest. When you have the Chalice,
call my name three times and I shall rescue you from your ascertain
fate." After Adena's reluctant nod, he continued, "Then I shall
reverse Iffley's condition. Oh, by the way, the Catacombs are magically
sealed. Don't expect any help from Blue. Jonathon can't help either, he seems
to be in quite a pickle: He has so much to lose if this deal goes sour."
He slowly changed form and disappeared, apparently moving through the crystal
moved quickly through the Catacombs, her power began to weaken. The walls
glowed brighter and brighter with each passing second: They were draining the
power from her Amulet and Belt. Hearing a slight noise, she turned around. A
creature dark as the night, jaws agape, came to meet her. She let out a
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