A/N: Well…I am finally updating for the second chapter of "Alternate Ending" I've been so caught up in my other story and of top of that school work and taking care of my sister. . Well…here it is. Also to tell you that this may be the last chapter of the story. A short story.

In fact, I was having second thoughts about it and almost deleted it but then I looked at my 5 reviewers …. LOL

Chapter Two – Completing the Task

Claire had immediately sensed the power in the cave. Her fingers tingled over the sensation and she strayed into the maze.

"Don't let the force over power you," she heard Mark warned.

"I won't" she barely whispered. Her voice had gone and her body was drawn in. It had been a long time since she had been here. She had a sense of fear scratching at her throat.

"Are you alright?" Mark asked. He put a hand around her arm, grabbing her to a stop. She jolted upright.

"What?" she snapped.

"Whoa…Rosie…what's gotten into you?"

"Nothing. Nothing of the sort. Tell me why you stopped me," she demanded.

"You're not used to the power here. We've got to be careful. I'll stay behind you at all times, you hear?"

"I hear perfectly fine Mark, thank you,"

They continued on, while Claire had started dancing through, turning left, turning right, making twists and turns throughout. Mark had been at a steady pace, increasing into a jog, then a run, and then a sprint. Claire had paid no attention for when they final arrived at a stop, she caught her breath.

"Are you alright love?" Mark panted out, bending his knees and his hands rested upon them.

"I think I should be asking that question," she said, grinning a bit. She bent down next to him. "You seem tired."

"It's hard for one to keep up with someone who prances round while I have to struggle," he answered.

They knew what they must do. It was hard, yes, but they had no other choice. Mark had lifted the enormous rock to where the water lay. Where the Benson lay.

The power of it all was less overwhelming. But Mark had still struggled. Claire had her body on the side of the cave; her clothes were wet, along with her backpack, her eyes squinting. "Are you alright!" she screamed.

The thought had came into her mind of what almost occurred last time…what had occurred if it wasn't for the magic that lay upon it. "Please!" she screamed in agony, "Please be careful," She turned her head around, a light passing through.

She heard Mark yell. She couldn't do it. She couldn't resist. Claire pushed with all her might across the water and bent down, feeling the water between her legs and knees. She reached up to him and saw that his arm was bleeding. She gasped.

"Mark!" she cried and started sobbing uncontrollably.

With pain and grimace he smiled. "Don't worry, let's go on,"

Claire led him back to the calm waters of the cave and soon his arm was fully healed.

"I guess that the magic and the power are in equal power," Clare confirmed.

"Well isn't that good news," Mark said.

Claire wiped away her tears unto her sleeve and kissed Mark on the cheek.

"Don't worry," he said.

"I have faith in you," she replied and hugged him tightly, arms swung around his neck.


A/N: Well…there you have it! Now, before you guys flame me to hell I just want to say that I did not have the book with me at all when I was writing this so please … give mercy! (and review )