Heart and Spirit: The Destiny
Strong and intelligent Naruto
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The girls continued enjoying the party as everything was running smoothly when suddenly one of the two mystery men's action caused the torch of fire to land in the giant Pumpkin. A fire started to spread out as the fire works that the delinquent Uriah and his gang had stashed set off.
One was heading right for Irma.''Get down, Irma!"' Taranee screamed. Once again Taranee felt as if time had slowed down. She was aware of her hands flying into the air, reaching out for Irma. She could feel her eyes bulging in fear.
But this time, she wasn't speechless. 'Stop!' She cried.
Taranee gasped as the rocket...stopped! It hovered in midair, literally inches from Irma's nose. Irma stared, then squeezed her eyes shut and hunched her shoulders, preparing for the worst.
But Taranee wasn't going to let the worst happen. She felt something, like a band of energy, connect her with that sizzling rocket. She squinted at it. Every ounce of her being spoke silent to it.
And , somehow, for some reason, it obeyed her silent command. Taranee waved her arms upward. The firework-followed the direction her wave as if she were a puppeteer, and the rocket a marionette. It veered straight up, skimming past Irma and hurtling into the night sky.
Taranee was dimly aware of Will standing a few feet away, bathed in the orange glow of the fiery pumpkin. She was just as transfixed by the soaring rocket.
Will continued to stand there, paralyzed, as the rocket began to shoot back to earth. In fact, it was hurtling right back into the jack-o-lantern from which it had spirit sprung.
As the rocket made impact, the pumpkin's scar smile finally disappeared. In fact, the entire thing exploded in a huge, billowing burst of fire. A rush of searing air accompanied the explosion. Taranee watched Will's face contort in horror as the heat knocked her peaked witch's hat form her head.
''Will!'' Taranee screamed. Bursts of fire, resembling angry, orange claws, leaped out of the jack-o-lantern. In another instant, those claws were going to engulf Taranee's friend. They were going to kill her!
Taranee threw her hands out in front her, pushing against the angry heat with all her psychic might. She could hear her voice ring out. She was screaming; issuing an order more or less.
''Back!'' Taranee cried.
And...the fire retreated.
Naruto had appeared amongst the chaos and pushed Will out of the way as they collapsed onto the grass, their bodies bathed in the glow of flames that came perilously close, but thanks to the extra distance the blond put they were no longer near enough harm them.
Gasping heavily, Naruto helped her to her heat just as the history teacher, Mr. Collins, dashed in and began to fight off the flames with a fire extinguisher.
Will gazed up at Taranee in shock. Hay Lin, Irma, and Cornelia stumbled over and stared at her, too.
''I think you owe us some kind of explanation, Taranee,'' Will said in a haggard whisper. ''How...how did you do that?''
Taranee was staring at her hands. They had redirected a rocket. They had literally fought fire. But now they were only trembling.
''Whatever it was it was amazing TC. Someone could have gotten hurt if you didn't do what you did.'' Naruto said as Will suddenly hugged him.
''You saved me...'' she said as her body shook with graceful sobs.
''I...it was nothing.''
''You saved her life...both of you did,'' Cornelia said, resting a gentle hand on Taranee's shoulder. Irma and Hay Lin also patted her comfortingly.
But Taranee merely stared over at the dying flames of the jack-o-lantern. 'What did I do?' she thought, over and over. And beneat that incessant question was another greater importance.
'Who am I?'
he raised her hand and murmured the command stop freezing the rocket in place. Then she waved it off course only for it to explode near Will. The girl placed up her hand to shield herself.
The next day came and the girls found themselves discussing these weird dreams they were having.
''What happened then?'' Will asked as Irma stopped narrating the story. ''Alarm clock rang.'' Irma said shrugging.
''Did it look something like this?'' Finishing her sketch-on-skin-with a flourish, Hay Lin showed off, finishing doodling on her hand.
''H-How on earth...yes!'' Irma exclaimed.
''Hang on a second,'' Will said, looking at Hay Lin's palm as well.''This is the same thing I dreamed about.''
''You , too"?'' Irma breathed. She stared at Will, who nervously pushed a shock of red hair out of her eyes and blinked hard.
''Neither Irma nor I have ever described it in detail!. How did you know what it looked like?''
''Simple...it was in my dream too!'' Hay Lin replied.
''Let's think. Everybody has some kind of weird experience,'' Cornelia brought up.
''Stop it! Just stop it!''
Elyon gasped and turned to look at Taranee. She'd been sitting by silently as Will, Irma, and Hay Lin talked about the weird coincidence. But now, she was exploding.
''This...this is scaring me!'' Taranee whimpered. ''What's going on?''
That's when Cornelia sighed huffily and pushed her away from the tree trunk. She planted her fists on her hips and scowled.
Elyon clasped her hands and tuned in, feeling just a little grateful. All this talk was freaking her out too. But finally her was something familiar...Cornelia taking charge.
''Let's reason here,'' Cornelia said. ''Strange little things have happened to just about all of things with no explanation, that surely aren't our imagination.''
''What do you mean, Sherlock?'' Asked a still slightly skeptical Irma.
''Maybe we need to talk it over calmly. We have to talk about this somewhere else, but not here, and not now.''
''Cornelia's right,'' Hay Lin said. She still had a little smile on her face. ''How bout meeting at my house this afternoon?'' Hay Lin continued.
''I don't know if I'll be there,'' Elyon admitted. Her voice trembled just a bit as she looked at her friends' quizzical faces.
''Have you got something better to do, Ellie?'' Irma asked.
''Well...'' Elyon said, feeling a smile spread across her face. ''I've got a date with Cedric! That guy from last night, remember?''
''You don't say!'' Cornelia said. Her scowl had disappeared, and her blue eyes were sparkling. ''You convinced him to study with you!"'
''He's so fascinating,'' Elyon said with a giggle. She knew she was blushing, but she didn't care. ''He invited me to his bookshop. He says he has to talk to me!"'
''A friendly little chat in a bookshop,'' Irma said with a sneer. ''Just thinking about it makes me yawn.''
''You're just jealous!'' Elyon said, feeling cold resentment worm its way into her gut.
Irma always had to be the center of attention!
''Is it that obvious?'' Irma said with a mischievous smile.
''Oh...'' Elyon said, feeling her wash-over her as quickly as her anger had. Irma had just been teasing.
''Ha!'' Cornelia guffawed. ''Don't worry about her, Elyon. We'd be the last ones to try to stop you!''
Elyon giggled and then, with exaggerated care, puled up her sleeve to look at her watch. It was 3:45! She had to boogie.
Flashing her friends with a tremulous grin and a little wave she trotted off the Sheffield grounds.
Elyon rushed down Sixth Street toward Cedric' shop. She smoothed down her favorite green skirt and rustled her shaggy bangs just right. Then, she promptly tripped on a crack on the sidewalk.
''Oooh!'' she grunted, catching herself with her hands before she took a major spill. She scrambled to her feet and checked her bare knees. The scuffs were kept to a minimum.
Elyon took a deep breath and approached the address Cedric had given her. She glanced up at the Green sign hanging over the sidewalk-Ye Olde Bookshop.
Elyon reached for the big brass doorknob and twisted it. The door opened with a creak. She poked her head into the store. Funny, how she'd never noticed this place before. It was amazing. The room was dark and shadowy and lined with flowery, Victorian wallpaper. There were Asian sculptures here and there, and, of course, tons of books, all of them ancient looking, bound in cracked leather, filling the air with musty, dusty old books smell. Along the far wall was an amazing, round stained0glass window depicting a golden peacock.
''Uum, hello?'' Elyon called squeakily. 'Anybody here?''
''I'm right here, Elyon,'' A voice called from the back room.
Elyon followed the origin of the voice letting the door shut behind her.
Cedric walked out from the shadows taken residence in front of the glowing peace window, looking quite the studious one.
Cedric had lost the stocking cap and bad-boy mask. His hair was pulled back into a low, loose ponytail, and his eyes were covered with hip, rectangular spectacles. He stood with perfect, even imperious, posture as he gazed over his book at Elyon.
'He's too beautiful for me,' Elyon thought.
Elyon shook her head quickly. Where had that come from? So what if Cedric was highly polished, making her feel all the scruffier? It also made her feel all the more flattered.
After all, out of all the girls at Sheffield...from elegant Cornelia to flirty, curvy Irma...Cedric had only asked 'her' to the bookshop. He had singled out Elyon.
Elsewhere Hay Lin dropped a handful of green tea leaves into her mother's favorite red tea pot, the one with the tiny partridge perched on the lid. Then she carefully poured boiling water from the kettle into the pot and watched the tea leaves billow and swirl in a stream.
Beneath her kitchen's floorboards, she could hear the faint din of her parents' restaurant...the click of chopsticks on china, the sizzle of crisped rice hitting hot soup, the laughter of customers cracking open fortune cookies. It was a sound she'd grown up with, and it was comforting to Hay Lin as chocolate milk or the perfect stuffed animal.
But this was no time to get nostalgic. Hay Lin needed to focus on the weird, magical dream that she and her friends had all had. Just the thought of t mysterious medallion made Hay Lin smile. Which was more then she could say for her pals. Cornelia, Irma, Taranee, an d Will were all sitting around the big pine table in the cramped family kitchen, nibbling on her dad's crunchy almond cookies and looking seriously nervous.
It made sense that Hay Lin would be the cheerful one in the room. After all, she was the group's comic relief, she knew that. She was always ready with a big grin, a joke, an all inclusive hug. It was easy for her.
To Hay Lin every day was a little adventure, beginning with a in foray into her closet. She'd find a bungee cord hanging from the doorknob, and wrap it around her waist in a cool, crisscross pattern.
She'd toss her long, blue-black hair under a pair of pink Elvis Sunglasses, bunch some retro leg warmers around her ankles and practically skip out the door.
When she was home, she had anchors all around her...her drawing pencils and paints, her comic books, the whispered conversations she had with her grandmother about, oh, everything.
Grandma liked to fill Hay Lin's head with all sorts of stories. She told her that every flower was a vessel for a human soul; that crickets meant the best of luck; that a messy room indicated a creative mind; that magic lurked around the edges of everyday life.
Hay Lin didn't actually believe that. Grandma's magic was like a Buddhist Santa Claus...something fun for Hay Lin to dream about, even cling to, on rare occasions when she felt adrift. Though she had to admit she had been filling a little floaty lately. She thought as she filled the five red cups with steaming fragrant tea.
The girls continued their discussion, trying to find out what was the connection and the meaning of the drawing when
Yan lin entered the room holding up some sort of strange object. ''Would this look like it a little more?'' Sure enough the object was the same from Hay Lin's draw.
''That's it!'' Will exclaimed. ''The Medallion form our dreams. Where could you have gotten that?''
''What matters,'' Hay Lin's grandmother said to Will in her scratchy, high pitched voice, ''...is that you will be keeping it now. This is the Heart of Kandrakar.'' Hay Lin's sharp, heavily wrinkled eyes over the five girls. ''And you are the new guardians,'' she announced, gripping the medallion's chain tightly.
Hay Lin felt her skin prickle. She'd never seen this side of her grandmother. She'd always been powerful, but quiet, acting from the sidelines. Now, she stood over their group with palpable power, like a queen.
For the first time since all this magic had begun, Hay Lin felt fear.
''Wh-what are you talking about?'' she quavered.
Hay Lin smiled at her reassuring and motioned for Ha Lin to sit down with the others. Then she stood at her head of the table and began to speak.
''Let me tell you girls a story. An old story. Along time ago, when the Earth was still young, all spirits and creatures lived under the same sky. Universe was one huge kingdom. Then the spirits and creature started to feel hate, and the world was split to those who wanted peace and those who lived at others' suffering. Both were separated with a veil. Evil was evicted into a dark place called metaworld. Before the universe was split in half forever Kandrakar's castle was created. It is in the middle of infinity. It is guarded by the most powerful creatures and spirits. And there lives, the veils guardian. If you want, you can go there too. You are here for a reason. You are the new guardians, the most important creatures in the fight that started thousand of years ago.''
''What is the Veil?'' Irma piped up.
''Next to reality is another reality. The Veil is the wall that separates them from each other. But the veil has turned more fragile, the other reality is coming through and it is dangerous.'' Hay Lin saw Will's lip tremble as she spoke up.
''I...I think I don't understand.'' Will replied, this was a bit more then she expected to hear.
''You will understand everything later! Now I just ask you to learn and accept your new duty. You have nothing to be afraid of! Nature is with you, and its powers now belong to you!'' The object began to glow.
She then gesture at each girl and spoke the words. 'You Irma,'' she said, ''will have power over Water-Broken and uncontainable.''
Hay Lin saw Irma's eyes light up, or maybe that was just the reflection of the glowing, glass orb. In any case, her expression quickly went dark again as Yan Lin stepped over to Cornelia, who looked as if she were fighting the urge to leap up from the table and run far, far away.
''To you, firm Cornelia, the power of Earth,'' Yan Lin pronounced, before turning to Taranee, ''And to you, generous Taranee, the difficult gift of fire.''
Finally, Yan Lin stepped over to Han Lin and placed her dry, warm hand on top of her head. Hay Lin felt herself relax and smile at her grandma's touch. Even in this, the most confusing moment ever, Yan Lin was a steadying presence.
''And you, my little Hay Lin,'' Yan Lin crooned softly. ''You will be free and light as air.'' Hay Lin's eyes flapped open.
She was sure she'd felt a cool breeze skim over her face the minute the word 'air' had left Yan Lin's mouth. She blinked in amazement, before her attention to Will.
''And me?'' Will said tremulously, gazing up at Hay Lin.
''Give me your hand, Will. Soon you'll understand!''
Will held out her plan obediently. As Yan Lin lowered the heart of Kandarakar into it, she said, ''You will find out soon enough.''
The medallion came to rest on Will's palm. Then its warm, pulsing glow began to grow. It became more and more intense until the orb was shooting beams of sparkling, silver light all over the kitchen.
Hay Lin held her breath and tried not to scream. But Will didn't seem scared at all. in fact she seemed transformed. Se still looked the same, skinny Will, swimming in a pair of blue corduroy overalls, but her face was rapturous. Her hair was floating around her head in a luminous halo. And her hand, clasping the magical Heart of Kandarakar, seemed to float upward.
''Aaagh!'' Will cried, throwing her head back. Hay Lin didn't know what was surging through her new friend. Pleasure? Power? Knowledge? Or...
''This, this is magic!'' Irma breathed.
Hay Lin glanced at Irma and nodded. That's exactly was it was.
And it was also, suddenly, over. Hay Lin's broken gaze, or Irma's voice, or 'something' seemed to have broken the spell. The Heart of Kandrakar became, once again, an inert charm. And Will had returned to being ordinary Will, albeit a very shaken up one.
She turned her gaze to Yan Lin who was already halfway out the door.
Hay Lin bit her lip. She knew this routine. When Yan Lin was done talking, she was done talking. There was no cajoling her to stick around.
''Wait, don't go! Tell us more.'' When they came to the hallway she was gone.
Hay Lin gently put an arm around Will's shoulders and led her toward the stairs. The rest of the girls followed in silence. No one said a word until they formed a small, tight circle on the sidewalk outside the restaurant's big round window.
''I still can't understand what happened!'' Taranee stated unsure.
Cornelia on the other hand didn't believe. ''Nothing! No offense Hay Lin, but your grandma isn't completely sane. She told us a stupid story to amaze us with that jewelry!'' She snapped.
''I think you're a little afraid Cornelia!"' Irma said in a sing song voice, a smirk plastered across her face.
''I don't believe in every thing, like some people. I'm going home!'' Cornelia declared in a huff.
''Cornelia will change her mind, knowing her.'' Hay Lin stated with certainty.
''If we really are some kind of super team, we should have some costumes,'' Irma suggested flexing her arms.
''And a name! What about Witch?'' Hay Lin suggested writing something on her hand. ''The first letter of our names make it. W.I.T.C.H.! Isn't it great?''
''Some day you will get ink poisoning!'' Taranee's stated in response to the girl's strange habit.
''W.I.T.C.H.? Have you heard anything more retarded?'' Irma then turned to Will. ''I don't feel like a witch! What do you think Will?''
''I don't know. I'm still very confused! I...'' The red head said scratching the back of her head.
''Girls ! Hey!"' Elyon called out to them.
''Look whose coming!''
''Elyon! The dance ended already.''
''Just these first ones!'' The girl said with a dreamy look in her eye. ''Cedric wants to meet me gain in the gym hall.'' The sandy sandy blonde haired girl said.
''Oh, such romantic places!"' Hay Lin teased.
''He said that he wants to tell me something important.
''We'll see!'' Irma joined in.
''You guys should come with me! Then I wouldn't feel so nervous!''
''I won't say no, if I can mess with others' relationships with permission!''
''Me too, Elyon.''
Hay Lin and Will were happy to join.
''What about you, Taranee? Promise you'll come.''
Taranee shook her head. ''I don't think so. My parents won't let me out two nights in a row.''
Irma pulled Hay Lin and Will into a side hug. ''There's three of us already! Isn't that enough?'' She asked grinning.
''I think so!''
Later that day night came and the moon was high in the sky.
The three girls arrived and Elyon wasn't there so they figured she was inside.
''Irma is right, let's go!''
They opened the doors to the gym.
''Elyon! Are you here?''
''It's dark in here! I bet she's home already.''
''Wait...I'll put on some lights...'' Will said stepping forward.
Irma and Hay Lin were scooped up by a large blue skin fiendish looking creature. They both let out a scream.
Will gasped as she heard her friends scream in terror. She spun around just in time to see the gym doors slam shut. Even the faint glow from the moon disappeared, and, for a horrible instant, Will felt as if she were floating in space. She had no sight, no senses, nothing to anchor her.
But quickly, almost...magically, Will's eyes adjusted to the light. She almost wished they hadn't, because through the hazy gloom, she saw Hay Lin and Irma squirming in the clutches of a monster.
''Welcome guardians!"'The beast greeted.
Will gasped, noticing the creature was the very same strange being from the Halloween Party the night before. That had been no kid in an ugly blue costume. This monster was for real.
And he's changed for the worse.
He was larger now, seven feet tall, with the girth of a refrigerator. The lumpy, rock-like bumps on his head had become full-fledged horns-sharp and threatening. His tiny teeth had turned into huge, yellow, lethal fangs.
He was effortlessly holding Hay Lin and Irma with one beefy arm. Irma kicked wildly at him with her red Hush Puppies, but she barely even connected.
''Let go, Monkey! This isn't funny!'' Irma shrieked.
But the monster didn't let go. In fact it looked like he was squeezing them tighter.
''Who...who are you? What do you want?'' Will asked, stepping back in fear.
''We want to destroy you...and take over your world. The veil is weak and without you, the whole universe is ours.''
''Weak?'' Will whispered. Heat had started to form in her palm and it was quickly growing. It pricked at her, sending jets of energy up her arm. In fact, she felt as if the heat had entered her bloodstream. It was a feeling her body couldn't recognize. It was both awful and glorious.
Through the haze of this experience, Will heard the blue creature growl, ''What shall I do with them master?''
''Tear open a pit and throw them in, Vathek,'' The voice responded.
'Help!'' Hay Lin shrieked. She and Irma began screaming and squirming, trying to fruitlessly to wrench themselves free form this horrible creature.
Will's mind seemed to shut down. She could hear herself breathing and feel her heart thumping slowly inside her chest. But most of all, she could feel her energy shooting form curled fist to all points of her body. Slowly, she willed her finger to open.
And when they did, the medallion, glowing brilliantly, was resting on her palm.
'That what it was,' a voice inside Will's head said triumphantly. ''The Heart of Kandrakar. Maybe this is the time to use it.''
Her hand seemed to take over. And it knew just what to do.
''Hay Lin, Irma!'' Will called, throwing the Heart Of Kandrakar to her friends with a sweeping motion.
''Water! Air!'' As the medallion soared through the air, Will saw the glass Orb that was its center seem to separate into three, vibrating, tear-shaped missiles.
One became liquid and swirly. It landed in front of Irma. It hovered before her stunned eyes and then began to wave its way around her body, as if it were wrapping her in invisible ribbon.
The medallion also seemed to wrench Irma from the blue creature's grip. As she sprang away from him, he howled in rage.
The exact same thing happened to Ha Lin, except the tear drop that danced around her was almost like a vapor, a puff of shimmering air.
And finally, there was Will's teardrop. It throbbed before her eyes and turned a shocking pink. It pulsed like a beating heart.
Will felt her fear melt away. She reached out to the heart, beckoning it to come to her. And then it, too, began to swirl around her body.
Out of the corner of her eyes, Will saw Hay Lin gasp with joy and throw her arms over her head. Her hair came free of her goggles and began to twist around er torso like a glossy, black cyclone.
Irma's hair floated up from her scalp and her eyes turned sultry and mischievous. Before Will's very eyes, Irma's lips went pouty, her clothes melted away, and feathers unfurled from her back.
And that's when Will ceased to see her friend. Because she was going through her own incredible transformation. Her back arched, and her body shook, as if she were having a seizure. Will felt a wave of heat shoot through her. The energy she'd felt in her veins became stronger now.
The energy she'd felt in her veins became stronger now. It filled her body until it seemed like her real self must have disappeared, leaving behind only a soul, floating in space.
She suddenly felt tugging on her back. Instinctively, she knew she was growing wings, just as Irma had. She was becoming the beautiful woman she'd seen int he bookshop window and in her bedroom mirror. She felt her limbs lengthening, her face changing, her muscles growing lean and strong.
Will felt a calm suffuse her as she burst out of a coiled position she had token during the transformation and leaped into a fighting stance.
With that one pouncing motion, Will accepted her fate. She was no longer just a student, just a daughter, or just a friend. She was a Guardian of the Veil, the keeper of the Heart of Kandrakar.
And life as she'd known it...for better or worse...had changed forever.
Her two companions found themselves changed as well.
A turquoise aura radiated from Irma. Her body growing lean and supple, her outfit was now consisted of a blue shirt with swirls on the bottom,a pinkish-violet mini skirt, blue and green tights, purple ankle boots, and a pair of pixie wings.
Irma's hair had also grown longer and is put into a sleek hairdo. Her curves were a bit more pronounced then her companions, particularly her top.
''We have wings!'' Hay Lin exclaiming examining her wings.
''We really are magical creatures.'' Irma said noticing her bust.
'Destroy them Vathek! Destroy them!''
The creature tried to blast Will with eyes beams, but she moved out of the way with impressive speed.
''Too slow, monster!'' She taunted.
Suddenly a wormhole opened, prepared to suck Irma in.
Hay Lin grabbed her friends arm.
''Hay Lin! Use your wings! Fly away!''
Hay Lin pulled her friend to safety. ''It's easy, since I'm air...'' Only to collide with the blue ogre creature. ''Pathetic fly! Your powers aren't useful if you don't know how to use them!'' He said as he pinned the Air Guardian's arm behind her back.
''Stop right there!"' Irma declared. Her eyes were set on a fire hose. ''Water! Show your powers!" The case burst open as glass hit the ground. The spray of water blasted the creature off the air guardian.
''A bit arrogant don't you think?'' Hay Lin asked.
''But powerful! I take care of things with style!'' The water guardian said with a cocky smirk.
''Come on girls let's go!'' Suddenly the building was let ablaze. Blocking their path was a large reptilian creature.
'Where do you think you're going?''
''Who...or what are you?''
''Master hurry! The portal is closing!"'
The heart began glowing.
''The portal can't close Vathek! Keep it open! Noooooooo!"'
The portal had close. ''This fight ends here...but remember that the war, that starts from here, will be long and cruel!'' His image went from reptilian to human. ''Goodbye witches!"' The creatures fled.
The girls resumed their natural forms and quickly escaped. They retreated out of the back exit of the school unaware that someone was watching.