The Next Generation Part 2
By Krazy Sam
Where are we going to go? Sari asked when in the Epoch.
Prehistoric times. I want to see if this beast is there then, Lana answered, pushing a series of red buttons. The Epoch lifted off the ground, and shot forward. The next thing she knew, Lana saw a sunny sky and volcanoes everywhere. Lana landed the large ship feet away from a giant hut, and when she did, a joyful woman burst out.
Crono, Lucca, Marle! The woman shouted. She wore a deep purple robe and matching boots. Her long blond hair was wild and graying. Her eyes were large, and showed strength. Lana opened the dome, and stepped out with Maro and Sari behind her.
The woman frowned. You look like Lucca, but you no Lucca. Boy look like Crono, and other girl look like Lucca, too.
Luccas my mother. Im Lana, this is Maro, and this girl is Sari, one of my descendants.
Good to see! The woman shouted joyfully. Me Ayla. How old you?
Fourteen, they all said in unison.
Young people. Crono let you fly that young?
Who there? Another female voice called from inside the hut. A young woman, about twenty-five, stepped out of the hut. She had Aylas wild hair, but her eyes were gentler and more thoughtful. Me Zala. Who you?
This child of Crono and Marle, Ayla explained, pointing to Maro, and this child of Lucca. That girl from far future. Know Robo, maybe.
Oh, yeah! Zala cried. I forget. Theres another being like Lavos around somewhere. Did something strange fall out of the sky? Lana asked seriously.
No. Would like to fight beast, but now weak. Zala have own child to take care of. Me grandma.
Thank you, Sari said, Lets go back to right before the beast erupted. Lana, Maro, and Sari climbed into the Epoch, and sped away.
NO! Sari screamed. Her voice became weaker. No my best friend, Tavi, lived in Trann City. We need to save him. My close friends live in Arris, so its okay. It wasnt destroyed. Lana obediently piloted the Epoch to the city. Sari ran out and dashed to a house.
Tavi! She called, TAVI! A boy about her age poked his head out of a window. He had sapphire eyes, and hair that looked like it was made out of spun gold.
What? He shouted back.
Come with me! Theres no time to explain! Tavi ran out of his house, and Sari led him to the Epoch. Youre in danger!
What about my parents? Tavi asked just as a blinding blue flash came from the ground. Sari screamed, and concentrated her energy on the house. The flash became flame, and the blue fire swept through Trann City. The Epoch protected Tavi, Sari, Lana, and Maro from being hurt, and by a miracle, Tavis house was spared. Tavi screamed in terror as a beast with spikes shot out of the dirt nearby a dense residential area. The beast destroyed the town in a matter of seconds, and plunged back into its underground lair. When the worst was over, Lana and Maro were found clinging together, and Tavi was staring in shock at his city. Sari was crying hard with her face buried in Tavis shoulder.
Im so glad you came, Tavi gasped, hugging Sari tightly. She kissed his cheek tenderly and sobbed.
I thought I was going to lose you forever! She cried between sobs. She became aware of what was happening, and, embarrassed, pulled away from Tavi. She turned to Lana, who had regained her composure. My friends they were in Trann! They theyre dead, she sobbed.
How do you know? Tavi asked, astonished.
I also know you care for me. I also know that Sari trailed off. She had said too much.
She has mind powers, Maro explained.
Wow! I didnt know that! Youre always full of surprises, Sari, Tavi exclaimed.
Lets take him to the End of Time! Sari requested.
But Gaspar said Lana objected.
Well find out when we get there, Maro said, defending Sari. Lana sighed and pressed the time shift button.
You must leave one person behind, Gaspar told Lana, who will it be?
Ill go, Maro volunteered. He stepped aside, and Sari, Lana, and Tavi ran to Spekkios room.
Another guy! Whoa, you guys are too much! Spekkio shouted when they were safely inside. Tavi, is it? Well, Tavi, you are the perfect person for a new kind of magic I found. Its called light! It is the exact opposite of Shadow, and you and Sari are as opposite as you can get! He pointed to Tavi, and light surrounded him. It went through his skin, and his eyes glowed with a warm light.
Do you want to try it out? Spekkio pleaded.
Okay Lana said hesitantly. Spekkio laughed and got into a fighting stance. Lana, Sari, and Tavi did the same. Lana raised her arms, and a ball of flame erupted from her hands onto Spekkio. He giggled and retaliated with a beam of light.
Wow, Sari breathed in admiration. She summoned energy into her palms, and they began to glow black. She then thrust her arms forward, and a fast moving wave of shadow washed upon Spekkio. Tavi then tried his luck. He pointed at the gleeful frog, and rays of light poured from Tavis eyes and fingertips. Spekkio shrieked and stopped the fight.
All right, already! Youve humiliated me enough! Dont make a habit of this. This is for you, Spekkio grumbled. He pressed a small vial of purple liquid into everyones hands, and another vial of a blue elixir.
The purple serum is called Tonic. Whenever you get hurt, drink this, and you will be healed. There are also Mid Tonics and Full Tonics. These can heal you even more. The green elixir is called Ether. When you use magic a lot, your powers drain. You must use this to regain them, okay? Spekkio instructed.
Okay, Sari answered. She ran out of the room with Lana and Tavi close behind. The three uttered a quick good bye to Maro, and left.
Okay, we should be at somewhere around 11,086 BCE, okay? Lana explained as the Epoch began to descend over a snowy plain. She landed, and the three exited. They walked blindly, and suddenly, a beast leapt in front of them. It snatched Lana and took off, with her screaming for help the whole time. Sari gasped and attempted to make the ugly creature drop Lana, but it was no use. Sari and Tavi raced after it, and they chased it through snowdrifts, shallow lakes and rivers, small villages and, finally, a cape with a hut on the tip. The monster kicked the door, and an old man with a pale face, pointed ears, flowing blue hair streaked with silver and a purple cape opened it.
So, you have an intruder. That is good news. She must pay! He raised an orange-gloved hand, and it took on a black glow.
No, STOP! Lana screamed.
I will not yield. All intruders forfeit their lives! The man shouted. A black ball formed on his palm, and he prepared to kill Lana. She squeezed her eyes shut and waited for death to come.
Leave her alone! Sari cried. She raised her hand, and a black wave shot forth. It caught the man in the midsection, and he gasped for breath.
Wha ? The man coughed. Magic? Thats impossible unless He motioned for the monster to put Lana down, and he laughed.
What do you want? She demanded.
You have magic, yes? He asked. She nodded. How did you come here?
A ship called Epoch, she answered. The mans face grew kind.
You and your friends may stay awhile, then. Im sorry for putting you through that.
Why? Lana asked, surprised. Sari and Tavi stepped toward the three, and paused.
Ill tell you about it inside. He led Lana inside, and Sari and Tavi followed. The monster leapt into the air and disappeared, leaving no trace of it ever being there, but nobody noticed.
Where do you come from? The old man wheezed.
Proto City, Sari answered.
Trann City, Tavi replied.
Truce, Lana whispered.
I meant, when are you from? The man asked, getting impatient.
Janus, who are you talking to? A female voice called from another room.
Intruders, Schala! He shouted back. He turned back to the teens. When are you from?
2324, Sari and Tavi replied in unison. Janus raised an eyebrow.
1024, Lana muttered. Janus smiled.
Do you know Crono and Marle Guardia, and a woman named Lucca? He all but shouted.
Luccas my mother. King Guardia and Queen Nadia are the parents of my best friend, Maro, Lana uttered.
Excellent! The man shrieked, pounding his fist on a nearby wooden table.
You knew them, Sari hissed, you wanted to meet their children so you could train them
Janus leapt back, surprised.
You dont go by Janus, either- even though its your real name, Sari continued, you go by Magus. You live here with your older sister, Schala.
Magus sighed. I see that you have telepathy. I always hated that. He grimaced. I suppose that you have other little mind tricks? Sari frowned, and Magus floated up from his chair. He looked about in surprise, and then plummeted to the floor.
Okay He muttered. He paused. I will not train you, but I want you to know this. There are frightening beasts about. Kill them all. He turned away. If you want to, you can talk to my older sister, Schala. She is older than me, and relies on me to take care of her.
Thank you, Sari replied, and walked to Schalas room. When inside, she recognized the girl, even though her hair was completely white, and her sparkling deep green eyes flat and seemingly dead.
The woman wheezed. Who are you? Why have you come?
Sari glanced at Schalas neck. There was a glowing silver pendant resting on her chest, and it rose and fell with her breathing.
We are friends of Crono, Lucca, and Marle, Lana replied.
My pendant Sari gasped.
What? Schala gasped.
Sari held up her pendant. You must be my ancestor. We have the same pendant. Schala smiled dimly.
I will charge it for you, she offered. Sari nodded and stepped closer.
How do you do it?
Hold your pendant to mine, Schala instructed. Sari did so, and a bright glow surrounded her pendant. Schala took her pendant back down, and it was no longer glowing. Saris, however, was glimmering brightly.
Go, children. Come back alive, you hear?
Wheres this? Tavi asked. The epoch had landed next to a large forest, and there was a large stone castle in the midst of the trees. It was obvious that it wasnt Guardia Castle because the family crest wasnt displayed.
624 AD, Lana replied. The dome rose, and Lana, Sari, and Tavi stepped out. They maneuvered their way through the forest, which had no path, and stopped at the gigantic wooden door. Lana knocked loudly. The three waited, and suddenly, the door was pulled open by an invisible force. Lana stepped inside cautiously, with Sari and Tavi right behind her. As soon as they entered the eerie castle, the door shut.
Come to the study! A deep voice boomed. Sari smiled.
Follow me, she instructed, I sense this guy, and hes this way. She led the way to the study, and opened the smaller iron door. The room was dark except for a glowing candle, and there was a man with long brown hair and strong face writing at a huge stone desk with a quill pen.
What do you want, strangers? He asked.
Im sorry to bother you, Sir Lana apologized, trailing off.
Sir Glenn, the man supplied without looking up, my name is Sir Glenn. What do you want?
We are wondering if you have seen Lana didnt get a chance to finish.
You sound familiar, Sir Glenn muttered, you sound like an old friend of mine. He thought for a minute. You sound just like Lucca, a good friend of mine.
Luccas my mother! Lana shrieked. Glenn leapt up and strode to her. He snapped his fingers, and torches around the room lit at the same time, bathing the stone room with light. Lanas eyes took time to adjust, and when she was accustomed to the light, she noticed that the man was tall and muscular, and had a dark tan, as if he were continuously out in the sun.
You look just like her, Sir Glenn uttered, gazing at Lanas purple hair. Footsteps were audible in the hall, and a shadow was cast over Glenns face.
Elena, I told you to not bother me while Im writing! Glenn snapped. Lana, Sari, and Tavi whirled around to face a small girl, about nine, with long pink hair pulled in pigtails, and a jade outfit that consisted of long pants that resembled a skirt and a long sleeved shirt that revealed her midsection. Her silver sandals were sparkling, and her eyes were shining a deep green.
But father Elena protested.
What? He asked, his voice growing kinder.
I just wanted to meet the strangers, she whimpered. Tears filled her large eyes, and threatened to spill over.
All right, Elena, but then, you must go, Glenn sighed. Elena smiled and rushed to greet the guests.
Hello! My name is Elena. I am nine years old! She cried joyfully. Lana laughed, Tavi smiled, but Sari cringed.
She has powerful magic, Sari softly warned.
Father taught me! Elena exclaimed, I only want to do water magic, but my father can make shadows.
So Ive sensed, Sari muttered. She didnt trust Elena.
There is another being that destroyed the future city of Trann, and we were wondering if Lana started.
Wait! Sari cried.
What? Lana asked, annoyed.
He needs to know, Tavi agreed.
Theres a problem. The being is here in this time period. I sense her.
Yes. Theres more, though, Sari continued, shes reproducing at a fantastic rate.
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