I'm going to call the "Dark Object" the "Relic" or "reliquary" instead

I'm going to call the "Dark Object" the "Relic" or "reliquary" instead. My friend Katie, though, insists on calling it the "green glowy thingy". No joke, that's seriously what she calls it!

Anyway, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to update. I've been stumped on "Triple Threat" and am seriously considering deleting it (or at least discontinuing it). If you really don't want me to, send me a private message, but I'm stumped. Chances are very slim that I'll continue it. Sorry!

And so, without further ado, (giggles) I've always wanted to say that… anyway, here's the next chapter of Duchess!


Demidevimon stared at the relic with awe and fright. "This can't be happening…"

Almost as if on cue, a green gremlin grabbed him and yanked him down through the layers of the earth until they finally reached… the Underworld.

Rasputin had been dead for over ten years and was not pleased when he found a tiny little bat-like creature coming to disturb the peace.

The Underworld had taken its toll on the former holy man. He looked like a beast named Myotismon. It certainly was a step up from his human body, but even so, he wasn't sure that this was the body he'd have picked.

"WHO DARES DISTURB ME IN MY SOLITUDE?!" Rasputin roared, grabbing the tiny Demidevimon with both hands and shaking him vigorously. "I sit for TEN YEARS in the quiet! GET OUT!"

"Master! Dah, Master, it's me! It's me, Demidevimon! Please, sir, let go of me!" Demidevimon squeaked, now looking slightly green from being shaken so hard.

Rasputin's eyes widened and he let go of the little bat. "Demidevimon? My old friend!"

"Yeesh, yes! It's me!" he replied, shaking himself off a bit and hovering in front of his master.

"I've missed you so much!" Rasputin wailed, hugging his little friend. (I know. Friend. Phssht…)

"And I've missed you," Demidevimon replied, looking a little confused.

"It feels so good to see a familiar face. But why are you here?"

"Um, well, I dunno. The Green Glowy Thingy came to life again and a little gremlin came out and dragged me here."

"You mean the reliquary is working again?" Rasputin demanded, his face unbelieving.

"Well, yeah. I mean, I don't know why, but the little kid from the kitchens, like, Taiwan or Taisan or something-"

"Taichi," Rasputin growled, remembering the little obnoxious boy. "Nothing but trouble."

"Yeah, him. So anyway, Taichi and this blonde guy met up with this girl in the Alexander Palace and they're saying that she's the Grand Duchess Sora and whatever, and I was, like, no way, but she was just like, 'We're going to Paris! Whee!' and then-"


"And so the gremlin dragged me here," Demidevimon finished, now slightly frightened of Rasputin.

Rasputin sat down on a rock, thinking hard. Sora did escape ten years ago… the reliquary wouldn't come to life unless something triggered it… he was stuck in limbo…

It all made sense now. Rasputin had been morphed into Myotismon and stuck in limbo because the Romanov curse wasn't fulfilled. Sora was still alive and when the brat Taichi declared it for all to hear, the reliquary knew it. "SHE'S STILL ALIVE!" he roared, suddenly standing up.

"Oh, jeez," Demidevimon muttered, noticing a crazed look on his master's face.

Rasputin smiled evilly.

In the dark of the night I was tossing and turning
And the nightmare I had was as bad as can be --
It scared me out of my wits --
A corpse falling to bits!
Then I opened my eyes
And the nightmare was...me!!

He clenched a fist in fury as he remembered the Romanovs. Royal pains who betrayed him would never have a chance.

I was once the most mystical man in all Russia.
When the Royals betrayed me they made a mistake!
My curse made each of them pay
But one little girl got away!
Little Sora, beware,
Rasputin's awake!

In the dark of the night evil will find her
In the dark of the night just before dawn!

Revenge will be sweet

When the curse is complete!

In the dark of the night

He smiled evilly and wrapped a scarf around his neck and threw on a cloak. He realized he smelled, well, horrible, so he sprayed himself with a bit of cologne… from 1914.

She'll be gone!
I can feel that my powers are slowly returning!
Tie my sash and a dash of cologne for that smell!
AS the pieces fall into place
I'll see her crawl into place!
Dasvidanya, Sora, your grace, farewell!

In the dark of the night terror will strike her!

Terror's the least I can do!

In the dark of the night evil will brew.

Soon she will feel that her nightmares are real.

In the dark of the night

She'll be through!

In the dark of the night
Evil will find her
Find her!
In the dark of the night terror comes true.
Doom her!

My dear, here's a sign --

It's the end of the line!

In the dark of the night...
In the dark of the night...
In the dark of the night...

Rasputin raised the reliquary, his expression now ecstatic mixed with angry insanity. He laughed as the small green gremlins flew in spirals out of the Underworld from the small green object.

Come my minions,
Rise for your master,
Let your evil shine!
Find her now,
Yes, fly ever faster

In the dark of the night...
In the dark of the night...
In the dark of the night...

She'll be mine!


Sora sat down on the window seat in the small train compartment. Tai wasn't too keen with the whole train thing, but Matt had convinced him that it was the safest way to travel.

She buried her head in a blanket that Matt had given her, smiling slightly.

Pooka barked and positioned himself quite comfortably on the other window seat opposite Sora, and Matt plopped down next to him.

Tai didn't want to sit next to Sora. Well, he did, but he refused. He meant to sit in the window seat next to Matt, but Pooka snapped at the man and growled.

"Oh, I see how it is," Tai grumped. "The pooch gets the window seat." He ended up settling next to Sora. Secretly, he was happy, but he was careful not to show any sign of it.

They sat in silence for a while until Sora slumped in her seat so far that her rear end was sliding off the seat.

"Hey, Sora, sit up straight," Tai snapped, noticing.

"Why?" she demanded, eyebrow cocked.

"Because Grand Duchesses don't slump in their seat," he said as politely as he could muster. Boy, was she stubborn!

"And how do you know how duchesses act?" she asked, straightening slightly.

"Hey, I make it my business to know," he replied, putting his hands behind his head and leaning back.

Sora rolled her eyes and muttered something that nobody else could understand.

"I'll be right back," Matt said, breaking the silence. "I'm gonna get something to eat."

With that, he stood up and sidled out the door.


On his way back from the dining car, Matt noticed an older couple standing outside their compartment, discussing their passports and travel papers. The blonde couldn't help overhearing them.

"…last month the papers were blue," the man was saying to his wife, who was nodding vigorously. "And now they're red."

Matt's eyes widened at the sudden news and dropped the chicken wing in his hand. He bolted down the hall, hopping from train car to train car.

The first thing he had to say when he got back to his compartment was, "I hate this stupid government."

Sora was asleep, but Tai looked up. "What?"

"Get to the baggage car," Matt hissed, grabbing a couple of suitcases.

Tai followed suit and the two made their way to the baggage car.


Pooka was staring dreamily out the window. He really enjoyed riding on trains: they were fun!

The woods and the mountains were so pretty. But suddenly, a gremlin with wings that wasn't too pretty ruined the ride.


Matt went to the dining car to get a temporary food supply and Tai came back to get Sora and the dog.

Sora was still asleep, but she was tossing and turning. "No, no, ung… leave me alone! Stop! Stop!"

"Sora! SORA!" Tai exclaimed, shaking her shoulders.

Her hand flew up and hit him hard in the face.

"Gaaah! OUCH!" he cried, stumbling against the wall.

Sora's eyes flew open and she sat up. "Oh my God, I'm so sorry I thought you were-" She saw it was Tai she'd hit. "Oh. It's you. Never mind."

All he managed to say in reply was, "Go to the baggage car."

Sora grabbed her coat, Pooka, and a suitcase and left the compartment.

Matt was coming back down the hall to see if he could help and saw Sora strutting towards him, Tai following behind holding his nose.

"I think she broke my nose!" he hissed to Matt as they passed.

"Men are such babies," Sora muttered, hearing Tai's not-so-quiet whisper.

They finally reached the baggage car, not knowing that a horrifying chain of events would occur.


Done! YAY! I did it! I know, a lot of the chapter is song, but that's the way the cookie crumbles (ha, Bruce Almighty quote!).

Well, I'll try to update this soon!

Review before I go Ga-Ga-Ga-Ga-Ga (heh… Spoon's newest album. Horrible name, but there's a lot of good music on that CD…).