Zelgadis is having a very strange dream....
It's sorta like that scene in 'Laybrinth'. You'll see.
Among the many muted faces you try to find me in the spaces your drawn to my song you only move to keep from sinking you close your eyes as if your thinking afraid all along that in my eyes your revealing you'll find what your needing Zelgadis felt like he was laying down, then his body was stifly pulled up. He could hear the luring music in the background and forced his eyes to open, looking in shock apon the scene around him. It was incredible. How had he gotten here? When did the ball start anyhow? And who were all these strange people? He was standing in a room with what must have been a hundred people. The palace ballroom, as it looked, was decked out in light colors, like the realm of the fairies, bright and airy. Material in pinks, whites and beiges were strung all around the room and glitter was falling everywhere lightly. The people were no different, everyone dressed in white and pinks and other very light and heavenly colors. They danced and swirled around and around the room over and over again, their long flowing dresses swishing in and out as the women were twirled around the ballroom. Zelgadis noticed another thing. Everyone had a mask on. Nothing but pennies In my pocket Nothing but faith To keep me warm But, baby, then I'd Be broke without Tell me, how much For your love Looking down, Zelgadis realized he was wearing the same, white and the outfit looked to be what a prince would wear. He reached up to touch his face and realized that he too was wearing a mask, but pull as he may, it wouldn't come off. Suddenly a shock of red hair, followed by blond went dancing by. The woman stopped and looked over at Zel as he stood clueless. "Zelgadis! How nice of you to come! The food was waiting earlier, but we ate it all. But don't worry, the cook has backup tonight, so he won't run out!" Lina smiled at Zelgadis as her and Gourry stood before him, now. Gourry was dressed like he was but had his sword still on his back and Lina was dressed in a beautiful Victorian white lacey gown that flowed out around her. Her hair was partially pulled back apon her head and strands twirled down about her face. "We didn't think you would come, but here you are. Don't worry, your partner will come soon." Gourry said before sweeping Lina back up into his arms and dancing her back out into the crowd. Zelgadis stared shocked. He had no idea what all this was about. And what did Gourry mean 'his partner'? In my heart in your back pocket all I've got to keep you warm but baby don't leave me here without tell me how much for your love A beautiful voice wafered to him and he realized that a song was starting by someone new. Her voice was soft and lilting. He felt drawn to it and heard her words. She knew that he was drawn to her song? How could she....no, it was just the song. Giving into his curiosity, he turned to look at the woman who's voice was entrancing him. Amelia? Her face too was covered delicatly by a mask of white, but it was her. There was no mistaking the hair and the eyes. Those big blue eyes that shone of innocence now had also a new glow in them. Knowlege. She had something that he needed to know. She sang to him as if the song itself could tell him all he needed to know. She stood on the stage, swaying, letting him know with her body and her voice. Everyone was dancing strangly to the beat now, rocking their bodies back and forth to the strong tune. They all had their eyes closed. All of them except Amelia. She looked directly at him as the beat took over the entire ballroom and everyone was throbbing their bodies to the irrisistable beat. Hoping the melody Will leave you You walk to where I might not see you Reach out to the wind Looking to catch it For a minute But just to hold it not be in it I've been where you've been 'Cause somehow I'm so afraid the Love will reveal What you're made of Zelgadis shook his head and backed away. What was she doing to him. Her arm lifted to reach her fingers out to him before coming back into her body. He could hear, no...feel the music all around him. The beat rocked his soul to his core. He could hear her words echoing in his mind and he pulled himself back, shocked when he heard her next verse. She knew. Rushing to a door on his right, the music followed Zelgadis as he rushed away from the ballroom. He opened the door only to find himself entering the ballroom yet again, but on the left. He moaned to himself as he reentered. He had to face this. That was the only way it was going to end, so he listened carefully. Amelia's hands reached out to grab the 'wind' the song spoke of. Her voice was so beautiful and her words so true. Zelgadis then noticed that her suit was different. It was strange. Not at all like the others. She had on a white top that was tight and cut short to just above her navel and white pants that shone in the light with small glitter bits covering the material. It had a sliver glittering zipper on the top and sides of the pants. She wore no shoes as she stood on the white stage. Everything around her was so bright. Her mask was different from those the dancers and guests wore. It glittered as well and small feathers of white stuck out the sides. Nothing but pennies In my pocket Nothing but faith To keep me warm But, baby, then I'd Be broke without it Tell me, how much For your love As she moved, Zelgadis noticed that her body was covered in glitter as well. She sparkled like a star in the sky. Suddenly, Zelgadis was swept up in the crowd. He felt hands all over him and struggled to push them away, but there were more and more. They were pushing him around the floor, lifting his arms and spinning him until he was thrown gently into a wall at the side. Growling at the guests, Zelgadis started to charge them, but found a barrier bound him from leaving the space he was currently in. Looking toward the stage, Zelgadis saw Amelia shaking her finger at him as she danced to the beat of the song. Calming down, he stood and decided to watch her for a while until he could find a way out of the barrier. Normally he would have done a spell, but he had a feeling that none of that would work and only succeed in making the situation even stranger than it already was. Amelia winked at him before turning back to the crowd. He had never seen dancing like this before. It was completely new to him. The people were swaying their hips in time to the beat and bouncing slightly. Heads were thrown back on many of them and their hands were in the air, their eyes closed tightly as they surrendered to the song. My heart is in your pocket all I've got to keep you warm but baby don't leave me here without tell me how much for your love An incredible beat took over then and the bodies moved in sycronized motions, hands thrown in the air, hips swaying. Amelia ran her left hand up her body and through her hair before throwing her head back to sigh, then pulled herself back and danced along with the others. The lightly started to flicker and different colors flashed throughout the room as the music became louder. More and more glitter started to fall and balloons soon were floating down from the ceiling. The room had somehow taken on a darker color. Many of the guests were now in different apparell like Amelia. A group of people, including Gourry and Lina had started a line and were dancing around the other dancers. Testing his luck, Zelgadis took a step forward and was suprised when he found the barrier gone. Looking back up to the stage, he watched Amelia move a bit longer and sing before moving closer around the dancers toward the stage. He stayed against the wall to avoid being pulled in again. Everyone seemed to be ignoring him though. Amelia suddenly looked over at him and smiled as she sang. She reached her hand up and took her mask off, throwing it to the crowd who were still wrapped up in dancing. Her face was smooth and a light peach color, with flushes of pink. Listening to the song, he realized that it was coming to an end, thankfully, he thought. 'Cause somehow I'm so afraid the Love will reveal What you're made of As the music ended, he watched as Amelia came down the stairs in the front of the stage. The crowd parted for her like waves on a sea and she made her way to him. That's when Zelgadis noticed that people were all around him. People he didn't recognize and people he vaguely remembered from different times in his life. People that were and weren't important. Amelia approached him and the music stopped completely, leaving the room in silence. The lights suddenly flashed off for only a second, but when they came back on, only he and Amelia stood there. He looked around quickly. Not a soul, but them were there, surrounded by party leftovers, cups, glitter, balloons and other various things. Everything was deathly silent. He noticed then that Amelia was dressed differently. She wore a beautiful flowing white Victorian gown, not unlike Lina's. But it was more detailed, down to every bow, every sequin. She was truely a vision of an angel in it. She smiled up at him and he couldn't move. Not that he really wanted to, but he felt some force pulling his feet to stay his ground. He then watched as she softly reached up, hesitating, then gently tok the sides of his mask and lifted it easily off of his face. Her smile never leaving her face, she reached up and ran her soft hand down his cheek. He lifted his hand to hold hers and realized that the skin under her's was soft. In shock, he reached up and touched his face. Human! He looked amazed at Amelia who simply closed her eyes for a moment and nodded her head once before opening her eyes and speaking for the first time to him. Nothing but pennies In my pocket Nothing but faith To keep me warm But, baby, then I'd Be broke without it Tell me, how much For your love "Sometimes the hardest journies we make are not really here," she said gently running her fingers down his cheek to his chest, then rest her palm over his heart, "but here. Stop looking with your head, Zelgadis, and start looking with your heart. Only then will the real cure that you need come to you." A smile once again graced her lips before she and everything around them faded away. *** Sitting up in bed, sweat covering his forhead, Zelgadis took a moment to gather his thoughts. 'A dream. It was all a dream.' Reaching up, he touched his face, then grimaced as he realized he was still Chimera. After a moment, his hand drifted to his chest and he smiled gently for the first time in a long while. Remembering dream Amelia's words and the meaning behind his dream, Zelgadis lay back down, vowing that tomorrow, with the start of a new day, began a new journey. But this time, he knew exactly where he was going. Home...to his true cure. END Well? What did you think? PLEASE let me know! I love feedback. Noone hardly writes me! ARG! lol (sequal?)