Empty Golden Sea
by Jonathon Pierce
to Blue's surprise, Kirk had provided the transportation to the site of the
score. He had transformed their molecules into Gamma-Rays. Amazingly, Blue was
aware of his surroundings and the presence of Kirk. His hatred for this man
was swelling within him; his fear for the twin's lives was the only rampart
strong enough to withhold his fury.
who had reverted to light, had arrived at the rednezvous point. In minutes,
the main group would rejoin him. He stared at the rusted, steel box, imbedded
in the ocean floor. Coral, once bustling with life, began to dry in the sun's
scorching heat. He pointed at the lifeless organism and flashes of lightning
struck it. It exploded in a blaze of glory, surrounding the entire area with
smiled to himself; a power even greater than that of the original belong to
him. Soon, they would be powerful enough to conquer the universe.
* * * * *
and Iffley watched the group depart. Deep feelings of remorse and hatred
filled them. "Now, the time is right." Iffley voiced his opinion,
"Kirk must not use the Score. Ozino surely would not object to the full
use of his Sceptre."
concur, Iffley." Jonathon replied, as he touched the Ring to the Sceptre.
The Sceptre began to glow serenely, and the various jewels hummed softly. The
stones grew into a vehemency which concealed all normal sounds.
whispered the word 'Ozino' and raised the Sceptre. Sparks flew from the
Sceptre and encased them in a surging, writhing electrical field. The world
suddenly melted away, leaving the two friends tumbling into a
* * * * *
slowly roused to conciousness. Her head throbbed at her every movement, so she
contented herself to remain on the floor. Above her, a Kirk Clone stood,
smiling at his defeat over her. She knew that the battle must once again be
waged to protect her children; a battle that would surely end in her
thoughts centered on the twins. Hopefully, they would not be scarred from this
traumatic event, so young in their childhood. Logically, her thoughts moved to
her husband. He was strong, but perhaps not strong enough to combat the power
of Kirk. Could she, without the support of her husband, raise her children? As
she slipped into unconciousness, her last cerebration centered on
* * * * *
waited for Iffley in the castle. The time was right to share her secret with
him. She knew he would understand the pain she has undergone. The Pain. Yet
somehow, Pain never travelled alone. Where there was Pain, Fear and Regret
were always close behind.
walked up the stone steps into her room. No, it really wasn't her room, it was
the guest room; to Iffley, she was always only a guest. She kneeled down (her
knees popped with age) and removed a stone in the corner of the room. She
reached into the hole, removing a small bag containing everything she
untied the bag, shaking its contents onto the floor. A small rectangular
object landed near her hand. She picked it up and read the inscription: Sweet
Sixteenth Birthday. She pressed the small button on the bottom of the device.
It hummed as it came to life. Dimly, the holographic projector produced its
image; the image of a party: Campuria, only 16 at the time, seated at the
table, a large cake blazing with candles in front of her; her parents,
standing at her side; Adena and Iffley, laughing at each other; and licking
icing off the cake, Kirk Jameson... Suddenly, her mind began to ache, as she
felt the torture of Adena. Her perception of pain had always been acute, but
never this clear. She called the Quische and they flew off toward Furanose.
She hoped they would arrive in time...
* * * * *
and Blue arrived at the rendezvous, to find that KErk had already uncovered a
stone box. The box, made of obsidian, was intricately carved. Gleeming
sapphires lined the borders of the box, glistening aquamarines covered the
top, and the lock was fastened with turquoise; the box seemed fashioned for
Archimedes to open it.
gingerly inspected the lock. By some unseen force, the turquoise lock secured
the box. Logically, the box would have been fastened with a substance
exhibiting more density; however, the use of turquoise would discount any
logic in this matter. At the mere touch of Archimedes, the jewelled box opened
to reveal its contents: a roll of parchment and bagpipes. Quite suddenly, a
hologram appeared, its form was that of Aven.
art the one. As fortold in Times past, a descendant of Ledic would receive
this, the Score, thy newest destiny. Contained in this box, oh Ledic, is a
Power even greater than that, which thou now hast. A power which must not be
used for evil. Thy destruction is sure, if thy intentions be evil.
use of this, the Score, shall permenently erase its existance in all Times: in
past, in Present, and Future. Once thou hast used it, thy canst restore it
again. Wisdom is a mighty virtue use thy wisdom and the Power shalt be
hologram contorted and fluxuated, colors mingling into a mass of blue, until
at last the hologram faded away. Without further ado, Kirk reached into the
box and gathered its contents. He thrust the bagpipes into Blue's arms, and
stared at the Score.
amassing its contents, he turned the Score to face Blue. With a vociforous
growl, he said, "Play or die, the choice is yours!"
he whispered, "I choose the latter."
* * * * *
void was infinite. Utter blackness filled its unending boundries. It probed,
writhing into the brains of its two captives. Dark shapes floated by, as even
darker figures whispered ahead. The deafening silence roared through the void,
unbreached except for an occasional whisper from the dark figures.
brilliant flash raced throughout the void. Colors, one by one, began to
appear, until the entire spectrum was visible. Ozino, seated in a glistening
throne, stared at the intruders.
hast thou come?"
have come to seek out your guidence, Ozino, Master of the Wizards."
Iffley answered, using all his protocol.
must decide where thy destiny lies, I canst help thou there."
the Sceptre is not complete in its powers, for I reassembled it long after it
was destroyed." Jonathon said.
countenance began to show despair, "What thou hast said is true.
Throughout the years, my magic began to leave the Sceptre. The damage is not
irrevocable, however. But why should I restore my Power to thee?" Ozino
spoke, his voice resounding throughout the hall, "Suralio, thou hast
lived a hard life. Treachery, it appears, abounds in the Present, as it once
did in the past. Go now, thou hast received the full use of the Sceptre."
As his last word reiterated across the chamber, the pair disappeared.
was still not comforted. He felt a bond of kindred with Iffley; he, too, had
led a hard life. The Act was still fresh in his mind, though it had happened
centuries ago. Even worse, the Punishment still wrapped its icy arms around
Time. From the Past, into the Present, and beyond the Future, the Punishment
would ever be present.
was tired. Charades was a difficult game to play; yet the Punishment would not
allow rest. It would have to be endured throughout untold centuries.
* * * * *
drifted through several layers of conciousness, and finally, slowly awoke to a
terrible reality. Her power was fading with each moment; she knew she would
not be able to stop the clone. This, it would appear, was to be her final
battle. "Ah, my dear, you have awaken." He expressed with glee,
"Prepare yourself, this won't take long." With that, he began his
relentless attack. Soon, she would be forced to give in; soon, she would
* * * * *
Quische soared toward the castle, as Campuria located Adena. The pain served
as a homing device, wherewith Campuria's Empathy followed its signal. Campuria
knew that Adena was close to death, yet she also knew that she must reach her
in time; for her future rested with Adena's safety.
pair landed in the courtyard. Campuria glanced at the Book of Incantations.
She recited a spell called Merp. As the incantation was completed, a mystic
vapor surrounded her; immediately, she felt no fear--for fear leads to
the Kirk-Clone appeared at the end of the hallway. With a wicked smile, he
began to change. His body began to shimmer, dissolving into the surroundings.
Finally, he completed his transformation.
great surge of water began to rush at Campuria. She frantically began to
search the Book for a counter spell. The water was nearly upon her now, and
she would surely be crushed.
* * * * *
stared at Blue in disbelief, "Perhaps a little persuation would force you
around to my way of thinking." He nodded to KErk, who obliged his master.
A bolt of electricity struck Blue directly in the chest, sending him flying to
the ground. "That is a mere sample of my power. Concede...or
stood up, brushed himself off, and gave his negative reply. He braced himself
for the next stream of energy. He could not understand the Amulet's lack of
response. It, by his reasoning, should be protecting him, instead of allowing
this torture to continue.
energy struck him with a force even greater than its predecessor. The
electricity arced through his brain, numbing his nerves and senses. He shakily
stood up and prepared for the next attack. He would never allow Kirk to
achieve total power, not, at least, while he was alive.
* * * * *
and Iffley appeared in the dense woods of Devon. The Sceptre shone with its
new power, a power which must be tested. They raise their Keys in unison and
concentrated upon Kirk. The Sceptre grew brighter as it searched for Kirk.
Suddenly, before the pair, Kirk Jameson, KErk, Blue, and the Score appeared in
challenge at last!" Kirk screamed with glee, "Attack!" KErk
aimed his hand at the pair, throwing lightning at them. Iffley raised his
Sceptre, transforming the water vapor in the air into a metallic ball. The
electricity, attracted by the ball, arced from the pair. The Sceptre then
created a battery and attached it to the ball. The electricity struck the ball
and entered the battery. KErk screamed in terror as the ball began to draw
more of his power away.
Kirk shouted, as he transformed the grass beneath their feet into rubber. The
process continued until it had reached the ball, until it, too, had been
transformed. KErk, now released from the charged ball, fell to the ground.
"Now, its my turn." Kirk said, as he transformed his molecules. His
body withered and disappeared.
sensing that his captors were incapacitated, grabbed the Score. Suddenly,
however, he vanished in much the same manner as Kirk.
then turned his attention toward KErk. He raised the Sceptre, but a wave of
dizziness prevented him from further action. He and Jonathon submitted to the
effects of the gas and settled into unconciousness.
voice whistled above the treetops, "Ether, gentlemen. Ether, Have a
pleasant rest." KErk then joined his master, thoughts of mutiny filling
* * * * *
water surged toward Campuria, but she had found her spell: Relvup. She raced
through the words of the spell, trying to finish before the water reached her.
As she completed the spell the water halted and split down the middle.
she raced down the long hallway, the spell began to loose its power over the
water. As she reached the Mirror, the entrance to Adena's bedroom, Kirk
reformed to his normal appearance. "I wouldn't go in there if I were
you!" He bellowed. A quick change transformed him into a dragon.
this time, Kirk," she said, while she cast Spyng. The enormous, green,
fire-breathing dragon suddenly changed into a small, green, sticky blob of
a glance at the blob of Jelly, Campuria entered the mirror. Upon appearing in
the bedroom, she spied the twins and Adena. She quickly scanned the Book and
recited Lamg. A small, invisible forceshield appeared around the twins. She
knelt over Adena to check on her wounds. Adena was severly bruised with a
laceration on her forehead.
old woman!" The clone screamed, "You forgot: I am a
shape-changer." Campuria turned to meet her assailiant's eyes. "You
may have protected the twins, old woman, but you left yourself
unguarded." One swift, sure blow knocked her unconcious; another defeat
on Jonathon's side. Soon, there would be no one left to oppose them. Soon the
entire universe would fall under the Reign of Kirk.
* * * * *
sand danced arrogantly over the dried ocean floor, as the wind swept it up in
its icy grasp. The sun's beaming rays began to sink over the horizon,
illuminating the entire area in an orange hue. The stars shone their
bitter-sweet light upon the box, while the moon hung undaunted in the
appeared once again by the box. Presently, Blue and KErk reformed in their
original positions. The torture was about to begin again.
raised his hand, "I think, gentlemen, that this shall stop. I have
something that you want; something that you can never have: Talent." Blue
took a deep breath and began his story, "It would appear, gentlemen, that
we shall have to strike a bargain. You cannot achieve total power without me,
and I cannot hope to escape alive without completing your task. If I die,
gentlemen, you will never achieve total power, and the Score will be lost
forever. This is a Stalement, gentlemen. Unless you release my wife and
children, I will never play the Score. I may die, but you still won't
you are right...KErk, bring Adena here." After his servent had left, Kirk
stared at Blue, "I never lose."
mere minutes KErk returned with Adena, leaving the clone to deal with
battered Adena was very glad to see her husband. She was also joyous about the
Amulet. Being near it seemed to renew her strength. Its energy coursed through
her body, resuscitating her will for life.
the children safe?" Came Blue's first question.
Shouted Kirk. Adena telepathically informed Blue of Campuria's valiant rescue
attempt, of the twin's safety, and of her undying love for him; this was
easily accomplished, for she still wore the Belt. Yet Kirk seemed as unmoved
about the Belt, as he had concerning the Note and Amulet.
play Ledic, or watch your wife die!" Blue glanced at Adena, who silently
shook her head. "Never." He calmly stated.
shall see." KErk emitted a bolt of electricity, aiming it straight for
Adena. The Amulet, sensing Adena in danger, helped her to raise a shield
around her body. The energy struck, throwing Adena onto the ground. The sheer
force of the blow reopened the wound on her forehead, causing a stream of
blood to flow into her eye. She shivered for an instant, then as shock took
over, she slipped into unconciousness.
will play for you." Blue whispered, watching his wife die before his
eyes. "I will play."
began the somber melody, the bagpipes echoing across the empty sea. The music
crescendoed to a triumphant finale. As the last note faded into the darkness,
the Score began to glow. Slowly it transformed itself into the shape of a
Crown. Kirk magestically place the Crown on his head.
Crown began to glow in an eerie aurora, as it began to drain the power from
all the other Keys. Finally, the Power, now encased in the Crown, belonged to
Kirk Jameson; it was the culmination of his lifetime: He was the Ruler of the
mere thought transformed their surroundings into an elaborate palace, whose
walls were made of solid gold; another, produced the leaders of the planet:
Taft, plucked from his orbiting spaceship, Bronson, Pierce, Iffley, and Enad,
whose nudity spell had obviously been broken to admit his presence.
may all keep your so-called 'Keys.' They will be, unfortunately, of no use to
you. You shall all be my slaves, to serve me until your dying days." He
turned toward Adena, "Adena, my dear, you may join your husband in
servitude, or you may come with me and be my queen."
looked at Blue, and then at Kirk. "I will be your queen." She
decided after long moments of thought.
Adena..." Blue pleaded.
Fool. Bring me refreshments!" Adena ordered, stifling any further
protests from Blue.
created an intricately carved throne for Adena and, after healing her wounds,
he presented her with the Keys. Adena thanked Kirk for the gifts and kissed
him on the nose.
said, "I must announce my Power to the entire world. KErk, keep a close
watch over them, and I might let you rule a country." He slowly
dematerialized, to begin his itinerary of conquest.
* * * * *
slave quarters were a small, featureless room, which housed the entire leaders
of the world. The talk was of escape, Bronson spoke first: "There must be
a way of getting that Crown away from him."
then what do we do with it? give it to you?" Taft retorted.
if we are ever to escape, then our hope lies with Adena." Blue
think she's just with him, because she's power-hungry." Bronson spoke
Blue, why is she with him, instead of suffering here with us?" Jonathon
asked. Blue evaded his question with a 'how-should-I-know?' look.
too, was worried about Adena. He had not expected her to help Kirk, no matter
how dire the situation became. Yet, the hope for their survival still rested
with Adena; he hoped she was still loyal to him.
* * * * *
watched KErk pace nervously across the room. She spoke softly to him,
"KErk, what is the matter?" She dare not upset him, for she knew the
power he was capable of performing.
glared at her, "What's it to you?"
was only that I was noticing how rotten Kirk treats you. Why should he have
all the power, and give you nothing but insignificant things? Surely you are
as powerful as he. Why don't you claim what is yours."
was taken aback: Here was a woman who understood his problem completely.
"Yes, but how can I accomplish this feat?"
he least suspects it, join with his body as pure energy. Only in this way will
you be able to overtake the Power."
as much as a thank you, KErk changed into light and disappeared, in search of
* * * * *
stood before a mass of people, who cowered at his sight. It had taken little
time or trouble for him to destroy their city. Word would soon spread of his
raised his hand and began his oration, "I am Kirk Jameson. Remember that
name. Remember this face. I demand all the precious gems and money that you
have. Bring it all to me. And bring it now!" He watched in amazement as
the townspeople began to pile their valuables at his feet. Power, he surmised,
was the last thing he ever thought, for at that instant, KErk entered his
body. The contact of pure energy with his atoms produced an explosion which
leveled the entire area. Azzev, the Pride of Alarius, was destroyed. And so
was Kirk and his Reign of Terror.
* * * * *
Power, now free from the Crown, settled back into its appropriate Keys. Adena,
once again, held Power. A Power which many men have sought, and for which many
men have died. She appeared in the slave quaters and announced her
is dead." She said, "With the loss of his life, his Clones are sure
to follow." She turned toward Taft, "I believe this is
grabbed his Tiara, "I knew you weren't a traitor."
sure." She then turned toward Iffley and presented him with his Keys.
"If you would oblige, Iffley, I do believe you can send us all
nodded and raised his Sceptre, transporting everyone to their appropriate
* * * * *
Titan appeared unmoved by the entire incident. Kirk had been a fool,
surrounding himself with numerous weaklings. He would accomplish his task, for
he was alone. He glanced at his watch: 19:11:21:21:46:19. The Reign of Kirk
had ended, but the Reign of the Titan was just about to begin.
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