Fantasia Crisis

By Lord Akiyama

Inspired by "Crisis on Infinite Earths" by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez


Chapter One

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"Perform your deed at once, my apprentice," the master spoke.

"I-I understand, sir," the apprentice said, nervously opening the door that lead to the descending staircase. "But... are you sure? ... About the twelve..."

"They are essential," the master replied. "It must be the twelve and no others. Time is now against us, my apprentice. We must act now and swiftly. Go!"

The apprentice jumped and bolted out the door, running as quickly as possible down the flight of stairs. It was natural for the apprentice to be afraid of the master for whatever reason. He has never known him otherwise. The tower itself was large in stature and would take time to climb. At the speed he was descending the stairs, he was cutting the time in half.

He leaped outside the exit and fell on his face before his waiting friends. He breathed rapidly and heavily, a mixture of the speed he was running and the fear he still suffered. It took him sometime to catch his breath before getting to his feet.

"Gwarsh, Mickey," Goofy said, "that was quite a run." He chuckle was as recognizable as any. "So, what was it your master wanted?"

"Must've been something important for you to run outta there like that," Donald said.

"More than that, fellas," Mickey managed to say in-between deep breathing. "C'mon, we gotta get back to the castle and hit the library."

"What?" Donald said in disbelief. "What for? What kinda training requires you to be in the library?"

"This isn't part of my training," Mickey said, beginning to walk forward on the path toward the castle. "This for real. The whole universe depends upon it."

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"Are you done with that list yet, Mickey?" Donald asked impatiently.

"Just about, Donald," he replied. He wrote three copies of the same list, writing on ink using a feather pen. He had made the last stroke and smiled before handing a copy to Goofy and Donald. "There you are, fellas. We're hitting the books so we can find out where to locate these twelve."

Goofy and Donald read the list. It didn't make sense to them at first, but then they began to understand it.

An outlaw for the poor and helpless...

A princess beneath the sea...

A prince trapped within a creature...

A thief disguised as a prince...

A king of guilt and triumph...

A god as mortal as man...

A warrior both man and woman

A man of two worlds...

A spirit of seasonal spring...

A woman fighting for a price...

A creature lost yet found...

A captain of swift and guile...

"That's the list, fellas," Mickey said. "We better start reading and fast. Lemme know if we're gonna need additional helping reading these books." He nodded and strolled off to one of the shelves in the back.

The library within the castle was large. If one had to guess, at least three thousand persons could stand side-by-side before the entire room would be filled. And that would include the shelves that held the books. Each shelf contained at least ten rows and quite possibly twenty columns. No one even bothered to guess how many books were within the library.

Goofy and Donald went over the list again and then looked at one another, sighing in disbelief. This was going to be a long day. They strolled over to the nearest shelf and grabbed a book each.

"Any idea what the master told him?" Goofy whispered.

"Not a clue," Donald whispered back. "But I don't think I've ever seen Mickey that spooked before."

"Gwarsh, I hope it's nothing to serious," Goofy said. Donald rolled his eyes before returning to the book.


to be continued...