My weak struggling did nothing to help my situation, so I stopped after a few minutes. I couldn't hear the others footsteps either. Where was he taking me?! My face was pressed into the Shadow's chest…I couldn't say I liked that. The fear in my head wouldn't stop pulsing, no matter how I tried to calm my breathing. My hands were constantly clenching and unclenching, taking out my frustration on my palms.

*-*-*

Link tried running after them with the Storm Hawks not far behind. Aerrow and Finn easily matched his pace. That image of her hanging was so…startling. But she was still alive. When he'd thrown her to carry her away, everyone had the same thought, would he just let her drop? But where was he going now? Link knew this city better than the Shadow, yet this antagonist seemed like he had a definite destination.

However, it didn't take long for the seven to be left behind. When footsteps were fading into the distance, an unlikely hero raced forward. Radarr burst in front of them and jumped from awning to roof and moved to catch the man faster than any of the others could. The rest all had hands on knees, breathing hard. Piper's pulse pounded in her neck. What did he want with her? He'd almost killed her just now, and that was unacceptable, no matter whom the victim was.

They waited in the alley way for Radarr to come back. There was no way they could do anything to stop the man now. Several minutes later, a sullen blue dog/monkey came back, panting heavily and without any idea where the Shadow had gone.

"Well, there's nothing we can really do now. We could try to track them, but that's the problem with city streets. And in this part of town, there aren't people around that we could ask for such information," Link said.

"What I'd give for my heli-scooter right now," Piper sighed.

"Well, if that guy had actually wanted to kill her, then he probably would have, rather than carrying her off," Stork reasoned.

"I think what he means is that he's already out to get her, and we all know it, so it would be of no use for him to conceal his crime," Junko added.

"You mean the police, or whatever you have here, would believe our story?" Aerrow asked Link.

"Well," the boy in green said, "They might not believe you, but they would believe me, just like they might not believe me, but they would you in your own world."

"Then what should we do now?" Finn asked, eager to get on with something, rather than just stand around.

Link thought for a minute. "I don't know if we could do anything other than wait for news of anomalies in the city. I think we should hunker down near here and later today and tomorrow, ask around."

"Works for me," Finn said. "Let's just get out of here. This place is giving me the creeps."

*-*-*

If the ride hadn't been so jolting, I actually might have found it almost enjoyable, but there was the fear of the unknowing, and it was jolting. Before long, I had a stress headache from trying to keep my brains from being jostled out of my head.

"Can we stop yet?" I asked into his shirt.

"Only if we've lost your friends," he said, slowing down and turning around to check. Apparently he didn't see anything because he put me down, keeping a strong hold on the back of my neck.

"What do you want with me?" I glared at him.

"Take a wild guess," he retorted sarcastically, "I need you. There's no way I'm going back without you."

"Aww. How sweet of you to be concerned, but I'm doing just fine here," I snapped.

"No, it's that there were complications with the spell I used. Neither of us can go back without the other, and the Storm Hawks have to be returned to their world as well, at the same second." His face darkened with the seriousness of it.

"You made a mistake?" I looked at him, straight in the eyes.

"Nope. The thing that messed up was just supposed to keep you here so you couldn't find a way back, except with me, of course," he looked straight back.

"And you messed that spell up, so now it's holding us hostage," I reasoned.

"No!" he roared. "I cast the spell, and it worked fine until we both touched things in this world. Then, it malfunctioned, and there was no way anyone could have foreseen it."

"And how do you know about the Storm Hawks?" I asked.

"Dear girl," he chuckled, "I've been following you since I pretended to leave. It's easy enough since you don't look particularly close at your surroundings. Some warrior you'd be."

I was chafed at this comment, but I knew the truth in it. I had been too caught up in everything else to notice the world I was in, or very much of it anyway.

"Well, how are you going to get the Storm Hawks, and me for that matter, to trust you enough to get us all back? And it was you who brought them from their world?" I asked.

"I don't know, and I don't think so," he said, thinking as hard as he could. "I'm not even certain I can send them back, since they weren't included in the original spell…" He trailed off.

"What was the spell you used anyway?" I asked, not certain I'd get an answer to this, but thinking I might as well try.

"It translates loosely to English: 'Take myself and said person into said person's dream of my choosing. Let her not escape until I show her the way out myself.' Of course, that's only a loose translation, and as you can see, there isn't room for anyone else to come in with us, which is why I'm not sure why they're here or why they're our ticket out of here," he explained.

I thought for a moment. "Well, they did say that they were in a temple on another world, or on the other side of their own world, when the floor fell away from underneath them and they fell into what Link called the Temple of Time," I said.

"So there might have been loose magic in that temple…" He started pacing, and since his hand was still on the back of my neck, I had to pace with him. I thought about how Tina was the name I'd given myself, and yet the spell had still worked. Was that the problem? After several minutes of indecision, I opened my mouth to speak, only to be drowned out by order from the Shadow.

"Well, in any case, they are the only reason we're trapped here, and I need you to make sure that they're in one place, and that Link isn't in the way, tomorrow at noon. I will try to get us all back in our places then, but I suspect that everyone with put up a fight if they know what's happening." He pressed a ruby-like gem into my hand. "If either you're ready early or late, then let me know by speaking to this stone, and I'll make sure I'll appear accordingly."

I gulped. There seemed to be something wrong with his plan, but I couldn't put my finger on it.


Huh...so he didn't know where he was going, he's been watching everything, and his spell was messed up...sounds interesting to me!