Prologue to the
Colt Randolf raced along the highway in his new hovercar. The car handled
beautifully around a sharp turn and Bronson smiled brightly, "Thank you
once again for this late birthday present, Madison, I really appreciate
beloved mentor nodded gently, he would do anything for his ruler to make him
happy. "No thanks are necessary," he said once again for the
thousandth time that day. "Why do you think that there has been a meeting
called at the City of Remembrance?"
frowned. He did not like going on missions without adequate information. He
scanned his brain concerning the City of Remembrance. He did this quickly and
efficiently--thanks to Madison's Brain File Sorter Spell, but could not find a
reason for such a meeting.
a large silver fox emerged from the woods and ran onto the highway. Bronson,
catching the gleem from the animal's coat, slammed on the negative
acceleration pedal. Unfortunately, his reactions were too slow. The hovercar
smashed into the animal, crushing its spine and skull. It yiped sharply and
pair jumped from the hovercar and stared at the remains of the beautiful
animal. Madison muttered a quick Dig-a-Grave-by-the-Side-of-the-Road spell.
Bronson delicately placed the fox in the grave and covered it up. "A very
bad omen," Madison said slowly.
could have been worse; it could have been a black cat." Bronson replied.
The meeting seemed to have started off on the wrong foot.
* * The Observed * *
pulled up to the bank of the dried Pool. He stepped out of the car and walked
up to the waiting group.
as usual, I see." Taft said brusquely.
noticed Bronson's mouth drop open--not that any would NOT notice it--and
introduced Taft, "This is my brother, Theodoric Taft. Theo, I think you
already know Mr. Randolf."
what?" Bronson asked.
Iffley, we have met before on occasion, if you'll recall." Bronson
scanned the last member of the group, Eve Eden, and took a particularly long
glance at the object around her waist, the Belt of Excho.
elderly gentleman, dressed in white flowing robes, appeared at the entrance.
He motioned for the group to come closer. When they had entered the boundary
of the City, the man spoke, "I am Beam, Historian of Remembrance. Come,
enter our beloved City."
entourage followed the aged man and entered the City. As it loomed before
them, Iffley realized that the City was more beautiful than he remembered. The
City had been restored unto its original glory. The waterfall-hologram roared
spectacularly in the distance. Iffley walked slowly by the canals and frowned
at his reflection. He combed his unruly hair with his hand and checked it in
the reflection. He sighed, realizing that his hair would never cooperate, and
continued on the trek.
the group arrived at the Museum of Remembrance. They climbed the marble steps
and quickly entered the maze of corridors.
transversed the Twentieth Century hallway and Iffley scanned its contents. In
the section entitled Fads, Iffely found several quotable quotes.
"Where's the Beef?"
"They pelted us with rocks and garbage!"
"Those are my chunks!"
"Did I ask your input?"
continued through the Museum, finally stopping at a section entitled
they entered this section they were greeted by two more Historians. The first,
a female, Iffley recognized as Shine. The other introduced himself as
guests have many questions," the Historian named Beam said. "Miss
Eden, for example, wants to know why she was brought here."
looked quite shocked. Then, after a brief moment of cogitation, she realized
that his 'mind-reading' was only a simple parlor trick. Naturally, the reason
for their summons was on everyone's minds.
was Light who spoke: "You have all been brought here to be warned of an
upcoming omen. Shine has the unique ability to sense omens, and she is quite
certain that one is approaching."
me assure you, omens are not something to be taken lightly." Shine
perused the entire group, "As you can see, the five basic omens have been
presented for your convenience." She gestured at the five holographic
displays on the forward wall.
first omen is the blazing comet." The hologram came to life, showing a
brilliant comet streaking across the midnight sky, its tail stretching out
behind it. "This omen signifies the birth or death of a prominent person.
Mark Twain, B.P., is one example of the omen."
that omen would signify one of our deaths, since none of us are
pregnant." Taft shifted his gaze to Eve, "Overtly pregnant, that
I ask your input?" Iffley remembered the quote and now realized why it
had turned into a fad: It was a very effective rebuttal. Iffley glared at his
brother in contempt. He still was not sure of Taft's honesty, but he did
possess the Crest. Perhaps later, he should check up on him.
next omen is the complete rainbow. This signifies peace." The second
display activated, playing out its scene. A complete rainbow stretched across
the horizon, seeming to touch the earth at both ends. "The peace after
the great flood is an example."
not all omens predict bad things."
Bronson." Madison chastised, "You would have realized this if you
had checked your brain file on omens."
third omen," Shine continued, "is the red-blood moon." The
third display showed a ruddy crescent dominating the twilight. "This omen
represents death and destruction. A red moon was seen one week prior to the
destruction of Hiroshima.
next omen is the solar eclipse. This omen symbolizes a power struggle,
political upheaval, or other insurrection. The examples are far too numerous
to cite here."
has already been a power struggle: Iffley has reclaimed the throne of
are aware of this fact," Beam said, "but that was only a slight
struggle. The throne was his and, by claiming it, no complications occured.
Therefore, the situation was not warranted with an omen."
last omen is the shooting star." Shine paused a moment for the display to
complete its program. "This signifies a natural disaster. A falling star
was recorded a few days before the violent eruption of Vesuvius."
you can see, these omens fortell very important events. Within a week of the
omen, its consequences will occur. Shine, when will the omen appear?"
will need your help, Light." Light approached her and the pair clasped
each other's hands warmly. Then Shine began to concentrate.
"Tonight." She gasped, "The omen will occur tonight." She
smiled warmly at Light and then released his hand.
you must be hungry." Beam said. He directed the group to a small diner at
the edge of the City. They sat down at a large table, according to the names
on their placecards. Iffley stared at the menu:
Welcome to the Restaurant of
The place of enchanted foods.
robot waiter appeared with a tray of food. He set down the first course--soup
and salad. Iffley stared at the salad: It was a delicate shade of blue.
Angrily, he grabbed the salad and threw it across the room. He stood up,
excused himself and stormed out of the diner, slamming the door behind
see to him," Eve said as she ran out after him.
thought I told you to serve nothing blue--especially to Iffley." Beam
scolded the robot.
* * In Russet Mantle Clad * *
stood staring at the horizon~ unaware of Eve's approach. "Iffley, are you
I'll never be alright." Iffley felt terribly alone and was glad that Eve
had come to join him.
you must forget Adena. I know that you loved her, but you must put that behind
you now. Her love for Blue was simply too great, you can't blame her
for--" She stopped abruptly and began staring into the twilight sky.
followed her pointing finger, resisting the urge to say, "It's not polite
to point," and gasped at the object: A blood-red moon was slowly rising
over the horizon.
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