5-2 Phantom & ShadowLink
I floated at one end of the mountain ridge, waiting. I could see my castle from where I was. At the bottom of the ridge, was Reggie, Jones, Talia, Luther, Madam Jade, and the Jets. The Jets refused to stay at the house. I guess they were hoping it would help. Honestly, as glad as I was to have them there, it really didn't help.
Then he came. ShadowLink. He had violet markings of his other eye, which I assumed came from taking Luther's magic while the red markings he got from me were now violet too from Madam Zira's magic. He had Madam Zira with him with red magical cords binding her wrists. She looked pale and weak, but she stood tall and brave. I was sure she was mostly doing it for Luther's sake, hoping it would ease his fears. I spoke, "Let Madam Zira go. Remember, this is between you and me."
ShadowLink smirked, "Fine." He snapped his fingers and the cords disappeared.
I motioned for her to go to the others with my head. She walked over and climbed down the slightly steep path to the others. Luther immediately hugged her when she reached them. I felt glad they were back together, but I didn't have time to feel it long. I turned back to ShadowLink. We faced each other.
I felt the markings from the Hallow's Stone and Mirage take effect while ForeBane's artifact hung around my neck. I was kinda hoping it would decide to be useful, even though its full potential was locked to me. Face what could be your doom and tell me you won't start praying.
ShadowLink chuckled darkly, "So, ready to end this? By that, I mean are you ready to die?"
I scoffed, "I won't be dying today, ShadowLink."
He laughed, "We'll see about that."
Suddenly, he threw a powerful beam at me, but I blocked it. The Hallow's Stone strengthen defense, so my barrier was pretty powerful now. Mirage slightly lowered the strength of my more powerful attacks to make my lesser magical attacks stronger. As anyone could see, it worked like a mirror.
ShadowLink smirked, "Not bad, but not good enough."
He used an even more powerful beam, but my barrier didn't hold up. The beam sent me flying, but I managed to stop myself. ShadowLink started flying, "Let's see how long you can manage to stay alive, Phantom!" He flew after me.
I ducked and threw spell after spell at him. He dodged and threw spells too. We went back and forth like that through the air a while before he hit me. I hit the ridge painfully. I even managed to create a crater. Then he flew at me, but I flew out of the way and he slammed a blast into the ridge, creating a huge hole.
I flew out of the way of his other attacks, but was soon enough hit again. I hit the ground. I groaned, "Drat. His magic is a lot stronger than I expected. He only hit me twice and I'm already getting weak."
I jumped out of the way of another blast, but I didn't move away far enough. The impact knocked me on my back. I sat up weakly as ShadowLink smirked, "Pathetic."
I flew up and shot a beam at him as he did the same. They collided, but his quickly came at me, slamming through my blast and sending me down the side of the ridge. I landed on a ledge, where I couldn't even get up. I was losing fast.
I managed to pull myself up. I felt strong energy and flew out of the way, just missing a barrage of powerful spells that completely destroyed the ledge. I flew out the way of several other spells. I ducked over and over as he flew after me.
I noticed something as I flew from him. He wasn't catching up. In fact, he was getting further and further behind. He wasn't as fast a flier as me. I glanced at Madam Jade, who was watching closely.
So she was right. Being the real one did have advantages. I could do everything besides magic better than him. Meaning, maybe her idea just might work. Maybe even save my life. I had very few choices at that point.
I flew away from the ridge, continually dodging spells. When a spell did hit, it took a lot of my energy to stay in the air. I had to hold up if I was going to beat ShadowLink.
Then I saw a short, wide canyon ahead. A river at its bottom led right to the ocean. I flew towards that, but ShadowLink hit me again and I fell out of the air. I hit the ground near the cliff that fell into the slow moving river below.
ShadowLink landed near me as I pulled myself on my feet. I faced him and saw he was near the edge as he laughed. I sighed.
Please don't let him kill me.
That was my only thought before I flew at him. Luckily I was a faster flier then him, cause I slammed into him before he could use a spell to kill me first.
We went over the edge of the cliff and fell into the waters below. He hit me, causing me to let go and swam back up to the surface. I swam up too. The river was very sluggish, so we moved slowly with the water.
ShadowLink looked soaked and furious, "Now I'm gonna finish this once and for all!" He tried to throw a spell, but nothing happened.
I smirked, "I'm waiting."
He tried again but was shocked that it didn't work. I chuckled, "I'm still waiting." He was fed up with me.
He grabbed me and shoved my underwater, "Shut up!" I fought against him as he growled, "I know this is your doing somehow, but I won't be beaten by the likes of you!!"
I threw a punch and managed to break the surface. His cheek looked red, but not as red as his hateful eyes. I smirked, "Allow me to teach you something a pathetic copy would never know. This is Mermaid Tears River. This river was blessed by mermaids to keep evil away from their home at the other end. So, any dark magic that comes into the water will be removed. You may have noticed all our markings are gone."
He did notice as he looked at me. The markings from the Hallow's Stone, Mirage, and my own markings were all gone. He looked furious, "I'm gonna kill you!"
He came at me, but I ducked back and grabbed him, shoving him under. He used that against me and pulled me under with him. He kneed me in my gut, but I pulled at his hair so he couldn't go back up. We fought under water a while before I needed to breath, which meant ShadowLink did too.
He grabbed the back of my shirt and shoved me down farther as he broke the surface. I tried to get up, but I couldn't pull him off of me because of where he had me. I desperately needed to breathe as I struggled. I tried to think of what I could do to get him off of me, but that's hard to do when your drowning.
Then I noticed a red glowing. I looked to see ForeBane's artifact was glowing from around my neck. I was surprised. Magic shouldn't have been able to work in those waters. Unless...
I then realized it. The reason it didn't accept me. It wasn't because it just didn't accept me, it was because I didn't need it! Now I needed it, and because I had it and was using it for complete good, the waters weren't effecting it. It wasn't evil or dark. The Hallow's Stone and Mirage were part of me through markings, so now that the markings were gone, so were my ties to them. But I brought this artifact itself, so it would still work even without markings.
I focused on it and caused a blast that knocked ShadowLink away. I broke the surface of the water with a big gasp of air. I faced ShadowLink, who looked worried as my artifact kept glowing. I was ready to end this.
I focused on the spell and ShadowLink, "Its time you met your maker, ShadowLink." He started to glow slightly as my spell took effect.
He gasped as his body started to change. From his feet and upward was turning to stone. He looked horrified, "No! No!! NO!!"
ShadowLink turned to me as his body turned to stone up to his waist. He glared at me, then charged at me. He wrapped his arms around my turso and left arm tightly, "If I go, you're going with me!!"
I tried to get him off, but his arms started to turn to stone. I didn't understand how this would kill me, since the spell would only turn him to stone. ShadowLink cried out as he spell covered the rest of his body. Then he was entirely stone. ShadowLink was finally defeated.
Though, I only had a moment to enjoy it as he started to sink with me trapped in his stone arms. I managed one last breath before I sank. I struggled to get free, but it was no use.
I was about to use the artifact, but felt horror as I realized it was gone. I looked down to see it falling through the water below me with a broken cord. I was horrified as I realized ShadowLink must have pulled it off so I couldn't save myself with it.
I used my free arm to try to break the stone arms, but it was too thick and hard. I felt my lungs start screaming for air. I kept sinking, trying to get free, but to no avail. I was trapped. And worst, as I started to lose consciousness, I thought of Talia, and even the Jet family. I was never going to see any of them again.
I watched the light above float further and further away from me. I felt myself reaching for it, but the light and everything else started to fade away.
ShadowLink was finally defeated, yet here I was about to die again. Though this time, I really was going to die. Then everything went black.
Reggie landed back with the others, "There's no sign of him or ShadowLink."
Talia looked so worried, "But we have to find him. I know something terrible happened to him. I can feel it."
Sarah took Talia's hand, "Don't worry, Talia, I'm sure he's ok."
Madam Jade sighed, "No, Talia's right. I can feel it too. Something has happened to him. I can only hope, because ShadowLink hasn't returned to announce his victory, that whatever happened was done to him as well."
Tears came to Talia's eyes, "So then, he's gone?"
Madam Jade sighed, "I honestly don't know, my dear." Madam Zira and Luther were silent, honoring that it was a family matter.
Ted held a worried Maryann close, "I'm sure he'll be fine. We just have to be patient."
Reggie didn't look very confident, "I'll keep looking." He flew off towards where ShadowLink and I flew off to.
Jones got in his jeep with Thomas and Sarah, "We'll go too. The more people there are looking, the better a chance we'll find him." Inez hopped on too with Erica.
They drove off, leaving Madam Jade, their parents, Talia, Madam Zira, and Luther to watch them go.