TWO OF A KIND
horizon burned with fire as no living creature singed in the night air.
Bindletime smacked his spikes deep underneath the South Sea of Discord. He
eyed Theodoric Gabriel Taft warily, and turned his huge, bulged, irises to
Suralio Frith Iffley. No, Taft would have to go first, he thought, since he
appeared to be the stronger of the two. After all, best to get rid of the best
first. Iffley, watching the huge monster approach Taft, raised the Sceptre of
Ozino. He was just about to transport him and his brother out of the Room when
a huge explosion rocked the walls, sending the Key flying away, and left him
unconscious. It was another one of the demons, bringing its wrath and
destruction on the earth above. Bindletime landed like a rock on the hard
floor, his huge holographic body once more taking a real-like thud. Taft
slammed into the corner that he was approaching, and watched the Sceptre as it
rolled past Bindletime. He knew its powers, and, sensing his chance, ran
toward it and grabbed it. He tasted the power of the Key as he touched it, but
felt insecure in its use. Knowing, however, that he would have to be quick, he
pointed the Scepter at Iffley and said "to the City of Remembrance."
A beautiful ghost-like image issued from the point of the Sceptre and landed
on Iffley. He was quickly transformed into a small, twisted piece of red
licorice. "Not transform, transport!" Taft said, disgusted.
turned the Sceptre around, noticing Bindletime attempt to stand up, and tried
again. This time the piece of licorice disappeared, and, satisfied, Taft
pointed it at himself and transported to the City.
**T. G. Taft**
reappeared next to the Waterfall-hologram of Remembrance, and was immediately
horrified when he saw Bronson munching on a piece of red licorice.
"No!" He screamed out, grabbing for Bronson.
the matter, you want one?" Asked a famished Bronson, holding out a pack
or similar licorices. Taft was relieved when he saw the Iffley-licorice hiding
just on the other side or the waterfall, and he quickly changed Iffley back to
his auburn-haired brother.
sensing that Taft and Iffley were here, approached the Waterfall and faintly
smiled. He immediately blurted out, "the universes are unequal once
again. Ralle, or shall we say Ralle's demons, have attacked and are now
was immediately alerted. "Or course, my defenses will keep them out of
Force is the parallel to the Power. Just as you noted in your film, Mr.
Randolf, nothing you can build can stop the Power, or, which follows, the
walked up. "I'm not sure what you're talking about, but we--they--have
all five Keys here. Surely we can release the Power to right this
Power can fight the Force--alone. But the Force plus the Demons are a match
interrupted. "But this is the Power's home world. Surely that gives us an
Power is the Power; the Force is the Farce. The scene makes no
thought I destroyed four or the Rallean Keys. How did their Power ever become
much the same way that Aven's power went into the Amulet instead of the Note
when he died, probably. If a Key is destroyed, its powers should move to the
they all exist with," Iffley choked, "Aden...Adel. She had the only
began to whimper. He mumbled to himself, "my castle, my country, my
planet... gone." A tear began to form in his right eye.
with a slightly embarrassed look on his face, whispered a Valiancy Spell in
Bronson's ear. Bronson immediately became brave, and saluted his comrades.
"What we need, fellows, is a leader. I will immediately volunteer."
He reached into his rather large pocket (a gift from Madison) and pulled out
the Tiara of Phumos. Ignoring Taft's cry of "Mine!" he twisted the
crown in his hands and saw his world fade away...
**T. G. Taft**
reappeared in a time long past; in a City of Remembrance that had just been
discovered by Alarius. Bronson hunted around for one of his famous A-51's, but
finding none, he decided to climb up out of the City through the Artesian of
Remembrance. He watched to make sure no one noticed him, and, once out, he was
amazed at the beautiful blue skyline: He had thought that he would never see
it again. Trees waved in the distance; the sound of a raven filled his ear.
The sky was completely clear: Except for a huge black cloud which was slowly
crossing the horizon. "Ah hah!" Bronson said valiantly, waving his
hands like a windmill.
the cloud stopped and approached the area of the Artesian. Bronson smiled as
he saw what appeared to be two beady little eyes appear over the edge and
stare at him. He then turned quickly and saw next to him a point. Which turned
into a line. The object soon turned planar and swallowed Bronson. Then it
returned to its zero dimensional shape and disappeared.
reappeared in the high court of Enad the Great, ICSMMP Supreme. "I have
formed the ICSMMP Domain," Enad said, "and you are trespassing. Say
what you want, or get out."
was about to comment on how he was actually shanghaied aboard Enad's cloud,
but decided against it. "The Future needs you, Enad." Said Bronson
Future? What is that you have behind your back? All I'm doing is showing my
Friends here," he pointed to two creatures standing to his left,
"some of the old places on Earth. Do you have the Tiara or
you have the power of the dimensions. With it you can save Earth from certain
Future. You do have the Tiara. And it's in danger, huh? Aaahh... But it's much
as I had thought. The evils of Taft, Pierce, and Adena could not be stopped.
And you say the world's going to be destroyed? Of course I'll help. It'll give
me a chance to show off my new found power." With that Bronson stepped
onto Enad's throne and, almost reluctantly seized his arm. The two Faded away
**T. G. Taft**
reappeared flying over the earth in present time. They fell quickly, but Enad
snapped his fingers and made them reappear in the City of Remembrance.
"If you will remember, Bronson," Enad started, "I have complete
knowledge of what you are thinking and where you want to go. I..."
stopped as he saw the group at the waterfall. He gaped at the beautiful girl
standing next to Madison, the one that he was betrothed to. Bronson quickly
rushed in front of him, not waiting to explain. "Enad, you take care of
the demons while the Power takes care of the Force."
stood for a moment, and then spoke. "I can destroy no living thing. It is
against the code."
commented. "But the Demons are evil. They may not even be living. You
shook his head. Taft glazed at him, knowing about Enad's historic reluctance.
"Not even if it meant promoting peace on Earth? After all, the demons are
from another universe."
looked at the floor. "What you say is true. Accordingly, the demons are
from another universe and can be destroyed because they are causing a horrible
disbalance that will drain this universe, and, eventually, the dimensions. I
can use the power of the dimensions if it is promoting its own best
Bronson reached For the Tiara and signalled everyone to get their Key out.
Taft felt left out as Iffley showed the Ring and Sceptre, and Eve touched her
Amulet and Belt. Suddenly a brilliance appeared, much as it had twice before,
and surged upward out of the City. Enad, less bewildered but glowing with more
and more pride, shook himself of his stare and followed the light. Iffley and
the others went out to watch. They awed in wonder as they saw the Power meet
with the Force, head on, as they both pushed in on each other. Neither could
win, but, then, neither could lose either. Enad smiled triumphantly as he used
the power of the sixth dimension to fry a couple of demons. Iffley snickered
to himself as he saw one of the demons expand and pop. Suddenly the group
shuddered as a voice behind them spoke. "Aaah, my friends." Said
Narcuss nonchalantly. Adelaide stood obediently next to him.
seeing Adena's image in Adelaide, could not think clearly. He pointed the
Sceptre at the water vapor in front of Narcuss. But nothing happened.
"The Power is not in the Keys, my friend." Narcuss threw a large
fortenmik at Iffley, narrowly missing his head. It shattered on the hard
ground. "Adena," Narcuss said, "recall the Force back to the
Periapt. We can attack before the Power returns to all five of their
Keys." Adena could do nothing but touch the Periapt. A surge from out of
nowhere came into the Periapt. "Now attack!" Narcuss screamed.
shook her head. She could sense something wrong in destroying the Restorer.
Something, deep inside of her, something she didn't even know she had, would
not let her do it. "No!" She screamed at last.
Narcuss asked puzzled. Immediately he grabbed for her Periapt and pulled it
off her neck.
did not waste time; the Power, having returned, he seized the chance to
transform the demon into a june bug just as a bolt of lightning hit Adelaide.
Taft ran to the june bug, picked up the Periapt, and squished it. Iffley
rushed to Adelaide's side and nursed the wound on her upper shoulder. Bronson
stood back to admire the scene of Adelaide's head on Iffley's shoulder when he
felt a tap on his back. "Can we go home now? I'm tired, and I need a
rest. Perhaps I'll take in a little of Susantown..." Bronson nodded, and,
with a twist of the Tiara, disappeared. He returned a little while later,
after Taft had returned the Periapt to Adel.
**T. G. Taft**
group sat back down in the Restaraunt of Remembrance, but this time Iffley did
not scream when the waiter served him some blue salad. Instead he offered it
to Adel, who took it gratefully. He admired many of the qualities of Adel,
most notably her stubborness and self-reliance. No--Maybe she wasn't Adena,
but, then, neither had she a Blue. He rested his arm on her shoulder. Where,
oh where, was the rainbow?
smiled to himself as he sipped his Dr. Pepper 3 BP. He remembered the old
klitik strategy of Ortefift Bes--that is, the counter strategy to Retu P'moc.
When an opposing Necromancer, who's Emperor has been taken, changes ones' own
piece to its color, ones Emperor can recreate that piece by allowing the
opposing Emperor to reenter the board. "Ortefift Bes Adena," Taft
mumbled. Taft shivered as he thought he heard one of Blue's faint giggles. He
shook his head. "It couldn't be." He said, as he took another
| ||© 1985, ||K. Blaire, L. Charles, D. Conrad, Enad the Great, A. Mann, J. Pierce, B. C. Randolf, and T. G. Taft|