Spiraling into Shadow – Chapter Sixteen

February 25, 2018 in Most Recent, Spiraling into Shadow

LOCATION: NORTH TIME DUNES
TIME: ???

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER and MELLORI enter the North Time Dunes. They take note of a shadowy hooded figure leaning on his cane in the distance—GRANDFATHER SPIDER. He watches the pair intently through the sandstorm.

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
…You ready?

 

MELLORI
Are you? I mean, this is Spider we’re up against here.

 

James pauses.

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
Spider’s… an old friend. My enemy, but a friend nonetheless.

 

MELLORI
(Shaking her head) I still can’t believe you were the one who broke that seal.

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
We got along really well, believe it or not. If we weren’t fighting, I’d get a drink with him.

 

MELLORI
Pfft. You’re 18.

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
So are you.

 

MELLORI
Your point?

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
…We’ll discuss this later.

 

They reach a large clearing. On the far end of the clearing, the Eye of History throbs with energy as a bolt of dark lightning ripples from it into the sandy maelstrom overhead. In the center of the clearing, Grandfather Spider extends his arms in dramatic fashion.

 

GRANDFATHER SPIDER
(In announcer-esque fashion) At long last, the inevitable showdown between Light and Shadow!
(Beat. Spider returns to leaning on his cane as he looks at the young Theurgist. If his hood weren’t obscuring his face, he’d be smirking.)
It’s been far too long, Earthwalker.

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
(Rolls his eyes) Good to see you too, Cob.

 

Spider chuckles.

 

GRANDFATHER SPIDER
You still insist on calling me by that name?

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
Of course. I’d like to think we have something together, y’know? I mean, I freed you and all.

 

GRANDFATHER SPIDER
Indeed. You braved the Abyss alone, even without the assistance of that Sorceress…

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
(Smiles bitterly) Those were the days, huh.

 

GRANDFATHER SPIDER
…This battle isn’t exactly clear-cut, is it, O Tainted One?

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
It really isn’t.

 

Beat. Mellori glances nervously between James and Spider.

 

GRANDFATHER SPIDER
I really don’t wish to fight.

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
You brought this upon yourself, bud.

 

GRANDFATHER SPIDER
Why are you so keen on protecting the Spiral, young one?

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
Where else would I put my Evil Magma Peas?

 

Spider laughs.

 

GRANDFATHER SPIDER
Fair enough, Earthwalker. But still you fail to see the bigger picture.

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
Which is what? “The Spiral is a sea of fractured pieces, asking to be reunited once more?” Yeah, no thanks. It’s messy, yeah, but… I’m okay with that.

 

GRANDFATHER SPIDER
Such poetry. You should write fanfiction.

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
…I’ll consider it…

 

Mellori, fed up with the idle chitchat, smacks James on the back of the head.

 

MELLORI
Stay focused!

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
OW! Okay, okay!

 

GRANDFATHER SPIDER
(Laughs) She’s got quite the leash on you! And here I was thinking you were your own man.

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
Shut up. Let’s do this.

 

GRANDFATHER SPIDER
(Chuckling) Understood.

 

James and Grandfather Spider stand opposite each other. Beneath their feet, a Dueling Circle springs to life.

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
You planning on cheating?

 

GRANDFATHER SPIDER
But of course. (He shrugs) And who knows? With the Sands of Time in such a frenzy, it might make things a bit more… unpredictable.

 

James grins.

 

JAMES EARTHWALKER
Just the way I like it.

 

Spider slams his cane down. 7 Power Pips and 7 Shadow Pips burst forth, surrounding the Supreme Entity’s feet. Beneath his hood, 8 purple eyes flare with an unbridled intensity.

 

GRANDFATHER SPIDER
Let’s begin.

1 response to Spiraling into Shadow – Chapter Sixteen

  1. Hehe… I love your sense of humor xD

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