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Author's Note: Happy New Year! I hope you've enjoyed this story. Thanks again to Mara for typing it.
The Next Day
"Has anyone seen my book?" Tsume asked.
"No" Toboe replied.
He was now trying to make the Eiffel Tower out of paper clips.
"Sorry. Haven't seen it" Hige said through a mouthful of hotdog.
He and Blue were once again locked in a videogame battle. Blue was silent. She had a pretty good idea of what had happened to the book, but Kiba had bribed her with chocolate to keep quiet.
"Augh! And I was just at the best part!" Tsume moaned.
"This one is happy! Kiba got Tsume's book for this one!"
"You did capture me" he pointed out. "I have to grant your wish."
"Silly Kiba. Give this one fire."
Kiba produced a lighter and handed it to her. She poured a bit of oil on the book and lit it. The flames leapt to devour the book.
"Kiba!" Tsume's voice was heard from below.
"What is it?" Kiba yelled back, "We're busy!"
Cheza couldn't make out what Tsume said next, but she saw that Kiba was distracted. Hesitantly, she reached out to do the one thing she had never been allowed to do. She touched the fire. To her surprise, it was hot and painful. She instantly drew back her hand.
"It bit me!" she gasped, "Kiba, the fire bit me!"
Kiba instantly turned his attention back to her.
"You're burned!" he realized, "Cheza, are you alright?"
"It is not too bad" she admitted, "But it hurts, Kiba, it hurts!"
Tears threatened to overflow her eyes.
"Let's go downstairs and get some ice" Kiba said. "That will make it feel better."
"Okay" Cheza agreed. "Will you carry me, Kiba?"
"What happened?" Blue asked when she saw Kiba carrying the teary-eyed Cheza down the stairs.
"She got burned" Kiba explained.
"The fire bit me!" Cheza elaborated.
"What did you say?" Hige gasped.
"The fire bit me!" she repeated.
The room was silent except for Kiba's footsteps as he carried Cheza to the kitchen.
"Here" he got some ice, "Let me put this on your burn."
She held out her burned hand and Kiba wrapped an ice pack around it.
"Is that better?" he asked.
"Yes, thank you Kiba" she replied.
"Why don't we take a break from the fire for the rest of the day?" Kiba suggested.
"I don't like fire anymore" Cheza declared. The crash of broken glass echoed through the deadly silence.
"Ow!" Blue shrieked.
"You okay?" Hige asked.
"I have glass in my leg!" she told him hysterically.
"It's your fault for dropping your drink" Tsume remarked.
"It's Cheza's fault for startling me." Blue countered.
"How did I startle you?" Cheza asked.
"You said you don't like fire anymore while talking normally" Hige guessed.
"What's wrong with that?" Kiba defended Cheza. "Stop acting so shocked. You don't see Toboe or Tsume acting like the world is ending."
"Umm... Tsume is calling the news and telling them that the world is about to end." Blue corrected.
"Okaaay. Well, what about Toboe?"
Hige walked over to the boy
"Toboe? Toboe? Are you alive?"
Toboe didn't move. Hige waved his hand in front of Toboe's eyes. No response.
"I think he's in shock" Tsume observed.
"Well, I'm not freaking out" Kiba pointed out.
Blue gave him a look.
"You're un-freak-out-able" she retorted.
Everyone looked at her strangely.
"Never mind. Let's just say that this entire squad is insane."
Meanwhile, at SW Headquarters
"All in favor of making Obi-Wan Kenobi 'Jedi of the Year'?"
Wait! Wrong SW Headquarters. Let's try that again.
Meanwhile, at SW Headquarters
"We have finally received the analysis of the Paradise stone from the lab. I will now open this envelope and read the instructions for opening Paradise:
'We at the lab have discovered that the Paradise stone is falsely named and doesn't open Paradise. It's only power it producing burnt chocolate cookies.'"
Everyone in the room was silent from shock.
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