They met at the park, five people coming from five different directions. Silently, they assembled in the middle of the grassy play area.
Stan spoke first. "Does anyone know why we're here?" he asked. The group shook their heads. "I had a strange dream, well more like a vision, but-"
"Shut it!" Ally said. "Do you hear that? It's coming from over there," she pointed to a grove of trees that shook in an unfelt breeze. Then five glowing figures strode out from the trees. Two were in armor, one in a plain robe and the last two were stark naked.
"Thank you for coming," said a man in golden armor. "We knew you would be the ones."
"The ones?" asked Ally.
"The ones who could save us and this world," the man answered. "We all are weak and we need to get this done quickly. Do you accept the power we will give you?"
"Yeah," said Liam.
"Yes," said Stan.
"Why not," Ally said.
"I guess so," said Shandy.
Mike sensed the urgency in his voice. "Ok." She said
The five ancient warriors stood in front of the teenagers. The robed one spoke first. "I am Demeter, Shandy. I am the strength of the sword. A'Shandria Freedom Baker, call on me when you need my power." A brightly shining light shone around Shandy's left wrist and around her neck. When the light dissipated, a tooled leather vambrace seamlessly hung on her wrist and a small, colored crystal hung on a thong around her neck.
The silver-armored woman spoke next. "I am Athena, Liam. I am the mind of the sword. Liam Wesley Harahan, call on me when you need my power." A light shone around Liam's wrist and his neck as well. When the light dissipated, a similar crystal and vambrace was there.
One of the naked women was the next to speak. "I am Aphrodite, Stan. I am the heart of the sword. Stanley Michael Gryffen, call on me when you need my power." The bright light shone and the crystal and cuff were there.
The second naked woman spoke. "I am Artemis, Ally. I am the swiftness of the sword. Almendra Maria Mendoza-Garcia, call on me when you need my power." A brightly shining light shone around Ally's left wrist and around her neck. When the light dissipated, a tooled leather vambrace seamlessly hung on her wrist and a small crystal hung on a thong around her neck.
Only Mike was left. "I am Ares, Mike. I am the authority of the sword. Mikeala Kathryn Gryffen, call on me when you need my power." The light shone around Mike's left wrist and around her neck. When the light dissipated, the cuff and crystal emerged.
The armored man continued to speak, only this time to all of the teens. "Your first test will be coming soon. Remember this night-"
"Like we could ever forget," interrupted Liam.
"Remember this night and what has happened. Heed our advice and all might be well." The last words faded and each of the warriors disappeared like smoke.
The teens stood still for a moment, and then congregated around Mike. Each child looked carefully at the crystal he or she had been given. Each crystal had a small animal and plant inside the globular structure. They all were different colors.
Shandy had what looked like a snake and ivy twisted around each other into a never-ending circle. Stan had a pelican at the base of a tree. Liam had an eagle and grapes in his. Ally received a fish and a rose. Mike's crystal had a boar and an olive branch.
"Why did they choose us?" asked Mike. "We're just kids."
"I don't know," replied Shandy.
The next day all five met during lunch. They were in the middle of discussing the events of late last night when the remaining student body began running away from the front of the cafeteria area. A creature clothed in thousands of thin black strips of cloth moved steadily towards them.
The group of friends stood still. Half cowered behind those that had jitters so bad that they couldn't move.
"W- who are you?" asked Mike.
"I am Khaos!" snarled the Man in Black. "You smell of the Warriors. I want their power." A rift stood between the opposing parties and began to grow. It sucked out all light from the surrounding area.
Your first test will be coming soon. First test? Was this it? It must be. "Guys!" Liam shouted. "I think this is it! This is the first test the guy last night talked about."
Khaos turned suddenly. "'The guy last night'? You do know them. Give me the tokens!" He commanded.
She knew immediately he was bad news. "Never!" Ally cried. Remnant of last night's conversation floated through her head. Call on me when you need my power. She grabbed the crystal given to her by Artemis instinctively. The crystal broke off the cord when she touched it. She noticed that on the leather cuff was a small circle hidden in the decorative tooling. It was the size of the crystal in her hand. She knew then what she had to do.
She stepped out from behind Stan and stood tall. Ally slammed the crystal into the circle and watched the crystal absorb. The cuff started to glow. "I CALL UPON ARTEMIS!" she cried as she lifted her hand to the sky.