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.
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
refrigerator 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 (Even his name left a bad taste in his mouth.) He
changed his form into a Gamma Ray and quickly started toward Alarius.
* * * * *
depression filled Iffley. The entire trip back to Devonshire had been
abnormally quiet. The Quische flew around the mansion and gently landed in the
Atrium. Silently, Iffley and the Quische went up to their room. Watching
Iffley's reaction to Adena's marriage filled Jonathon's heart with pain. He
turned down the gravel path to admire the roses. In the far corner of the
Atrium, he had always worked out his problems; he felt safe among the
passed the Lilacs, Lilies, and Daisies, unimpressed with their beauty.
Finally, he reached his goal; yet, somehow the roses looked different: The
usually neat bed was starting to overgrow with weeds; the Roses were starting
to wilt and droop; a cold wind blew throughout the garden. Jonathon shuddered
at the sight and turned quickly away.
matter the circumstances, he had to send a wedding present to the happy
couple. He left the garden wondering about their happiness.
* * * * *
rubies sparkled in the dim light. Iffley touched the brightest ruby, which
began to hum softly. The light from the rubies increased, bathing the entire
room in a red light. Iffley found the light comforting and peaceful. He slowly
walked over to his bureau and opened the top drawer. He found the object he
sought: a small golden triangle.
vertex of this triangle was made of a small emerald, and the corners of which
lay a sapphire and ruby. He studied the triangle for a moment and then slipped
it into his pocket. He waved his Sceptre and then appeared in the
the Treasury, he opened a large safe, full of jewels and valuable objects. He
removed two pouches: one containing emeralds; the other sapphires. He waved
his Sceptre again and transported into the Obsidian Room.
prepared his gift and duly wrapped it in blue paper. A call brought Jonathon
and the Quische into the room.
with a present wrapped in green paper in his hand said, "Give your gift
to the Quische. I will not step onto Blue's territory again!" The Quische
turned into a small mail box and received the packages.
my dear friend...and good luck!" Iffley said, tears gathering in his
eyes. He waved the Sceptre and the Quische faded away. He answered Jonathon's
puzzled look: "I have got to go away for a while. Please take care of the
Quische for me. And tell the others, I said good-bye."
two stood, looking at each other for strength. Jonathon broke the silence and
said, "You shall, and always will be, my friend. I will remain here for
you until you return. You are always welcome in my house."
am afraid that is not possible." Iffley said, tears welling within his
eyes. He held out his hand, which Jonathon gladly shook, and disappeared.
looked at the Ring on his hand, and wept.
* * * * *
appeared outside the Castle of Ozino, a place he had often visited when he was
younger. He found his way down into the dungeon. With a wave from the Sceptre,
a small cell door appeared, beckoning him to enter...
* * * * *
small airplane glided its way toward Phire Island. The trip was slow, for the
airplane was holding valuable cargo. It landed in the middle of the Island, a
land known as Camelot. The airplane reverted back to the original form of the
and Blue strolled along talking quietly. Adena looked up and said,
"There's that stupid Quische again. But look! Presents!" The pair
walked up to the Quische and received the gifts.
opened the small, green package. Inside the paper was a beautifully crafted
box made from emeralds and diamonds. She carefully opened the box, revealing a
tiny sapphire tie-tac for Blue. She duly thanked the Quische and watched as
her husband opened the gift in blue.
the wrapping paper was the Mirror of Sight. Large sapphires and emeralds lined
the frame, giving the Mirror class. The newlyweds stood before the Mirror and
admired themselves as the Quische flew away.
we make a cute couple?"
Mirror changed and began to cloud as it reflected and image to the pair:
sat in the corner of a small room. His face was tear-stained. He waved his
Sceptre and the rusty door changed into a solid wall .He removed the triangle
from his pocket and examined it carefully. He touched the emerald and a
hologram of Adena began to form within the triangle.
seeing his love's face, Iffley burst into tears. Times had changed; Adena was
not for him to love. He removed the ruby from the triangle and cast it aside.
He would not break up a home--not even for love.
touched the ruby with the Sceptre, changing it into an ice dagger. He gently
set the Sceptre and the triangle beside him and took the dagger. The coolness
of its blade bit into his skin. His emotions flowed freely as he thought of
his lost love. Tears streaked down his face and onto the blade.
love, my life, my all: Adena!" He cried, "Adena, why have you done
this to me? Adena, my love!" The icy blade met warm flesh as he plunged
it into his heart. His very essence-the life force-left his body and became
one with the Sceptre. The Sceptre glowed with the new power and returned to
Iffley's body lay
still as the hologram of Adena flashed silently by his side...
Adena screamed in horror. Tears streamed down her face as she ran from the
room. Blue stood still watching the Mirror for any signs of revival from
* * * * *
was startled by the appearance of the Sceptre. He questioned its arrival, for
Iffley never let the Sceptre from his sight. Jonathon called the Quische, who
had just returned from Phire. He climbed aboard the Quische and waved the
Sceptre, transporting them to Aldery.
police station at Aldery was a small but rather effective force of the law.
Jonathon and the Quische walked directly into the Constable's office.
Pierce. What can I do for you?" Asked Constable Nai.
is missing and somehow the Sceptre has left without him. Could you please come
with me and help to investigate this matter?"
course. First, let's go to his castle." Jonathon waved the Sceptre and
the group transported to Nuper.
reappeared in a sea of ruin. The walls of the castle lie crumbling in the
courtyard. Small fires smoked in various places and the four turrets burned in
a large blaze. A worried expression appeared on Nai's face. Jonathon raised
the Sceptre and said: "Search!" The Sceptre transported them deep
into a castle a thousand miles away.
Constable checked Iffley for signs of life. Seeing none, he collected the
evidence and stored it in a plastic bag. He examined the wound and pulled out
a small piece of ice.
dagger, eh? I haven't seen one of these in a long time." Throughout the
entire investigation, Jonathon remained silent, holding his emotions inward.
He thought only of revenge. A painful, long revenge on Adena, the one who had
caused his friend's death. The Quische clutched at Jonathon in search of
support. It cried as Nai put his coat over the corpse.
there any chance for resurrection or revival?"
am afraid not. He saw to that. We may bring his body back to life, yet his
life force would not be there. He would simply vegetate forever. I, however,
think I have a clue on his murderer. Take me to Phire. "He picked up the
corpse and Jonathon waved his Sceptre, teleporting them to Phire.
* * * * *
reappeared at the gate of Camelot and quickly found Adena.
bloodshot eyes told them that she had been crying. She saw the group and
rushed toward them.
saw the body in the Constable's arms and cried, "Jonathon, I..."
my dear, we know." He interrupted.
The Constable began, "according to the evidence I have found at the site
of the murder, from the knowledge that you had last in your possession an ice
dagger, and from the knowledge of your recent marriage to Blue," He
nodded at Blue who entered quite suddenly, "you are under arrest for the
murder of Suralio Iffley."
startled protest came from Blue but a warning glance from Nai stifled him.
"I suggest you hand over those," He said, pointing at her Keys,
"and come along quietly." Adena reluctantly removed her Belt and
Amulet and handed them to the Constable. "The trial for your wife will be
held on Tuesday, Mr. Ledic." A Police Hovercraft landed beside Nai who
took the prisoner inside. The craft, loaded with passenger and Constable, flew
into the distance.
Honeymoon!" Jonathon said sardonically and then vanished, leaving Blue to
the solitude of the island.
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