Author's Note: This story idea came from t-rex989 (thanks, by the way), so I decided to write a little story about it. It takes place right at the end of Z is for Zenith. I'm in the middle of my main story, season 4, so it's probably only going to be 5-6 chapters, give or take, unless I decided I like where it's going and decided to write more. Also, I own nothing, copyright copyright, property of Disney, blah blah blah, legal legal, blah. On with the story!
"We Saved The Universe, Right?"
"Will, please come back to me!"
"Follow the voices. Follow me!"
And like so many times before, they followed Will. Slowly, one by one, the girls rose out of the dark void, back, until…
Will opened her eyes slowly. She was in Heatherfield! There was Kadma. And Halinor. And the Yan Lin's. And Elyon! But they all look so concerned. Will tried to talk, to tell them that she was okay, but no words came out. Her throat was still too raw from the battle, but she didn't mind. She was alive! She could see the city lights. She could see Matt! She could feel the snow! She could…
Wait a minute.
She couldn't feel the snow. Why couldn't she feel the snow? It was falling all around, why couldn't she feel it?
"Where's Will?" she could hear Matt say.
Elyon pointed to her.
"Matt, I'm right here." Will said, her voice quiet and rough.
She was right in front of him. Why couldn't he see her? She reached out a hand to touch him, but he pulled back sharply.
"Oh no. Oh no, oh no, oh no!" He said.
Will was confused.
"Matt, what's wr…"
She caught a glimpse of her arm. It was pure lighting. Completely made of electrical energy. No, she corrected herself, not electrical. Quintessence.
"Well, that can't be good."
"Will, is that really you?" Matt asked, taking a step closer.
"Yeah, it's me." Will said. "What happened?"
"Ahhhhh! What's wrong with me?"
Will turned to see Cornelia looking at her own hands. The others were starting to wake up. Each one was in pure elemental form.
"I'm on fire. I'm on fire!"
"Help! I can't feel my legs!"
"My hair! What happened to my hair?"
"Irma, Irma is that you?"
"Taranee, watch out!"
Elyon, Matt and the old Guardians backed up. Taranee's flame had flared out, threatening those nearby.
"Taranee, stop it! Control your flame!" Halinor yelled.
"I can't!" Taranee said, fear in her voice. "I can't stop it. Help!"
"Taranee, take a deep breathe. Try to slow your heart down." Yan Lin said.
"I don't have a heart!" Taranee yelled. "And I don't think I'm even breathing!"
The flame had now reached the street.
"Then focus on something important. Something calm." Elyon said.
Taranee instantly pictured Nigel. She thought of all the good moments they had shared. Slowly, her flame receded, and the danger passed.
"Good." Halinor said.
"Matt, what are we going to do? What are we going to do!" Will screamed.
Matt wanted to run and give her a hug, but any contact with Will would have killed Matt.
"Everyone calm down!" Elyon said. "Panicking isn't going to help anything. We need to go somewhere we can work. Here,"
Elyon created a fold in the air.
"Let's go to Meridian. We can figure out what to do there." She said.
A few minutes later, the guardians found themselves in one of Meridian castles many rooms. Elyon, Yan Lin and the others were outside; discussing what could be done about the girls' condition.
"What are we going to do?" Hay Lin said. "What will my mom say?"
"Oh my god, my mom!" Will said. "She can't see me like this!"
"Don't worry Will, I'm sure they'll figure out some way to reverse this. They have to." Cornelia said.
"We don't know that." Taranee replied.
"Well, I'm not spending the rest of my life as a shrub, I know that!" Cornelia replied.
"Cornelia, for all we know, this is irreversible." Taranee said. "We have to accept the possibility that we'll be like this forever."
Nobody said anything for a while. None of them could fully comprehend what that would be like. For Taranee and Will, they would never be able to touch anyone again. All of them would be freaks, and any chance they had once had for a normal life would be gone.
"Well, we saved the universe, right? I mean, that's got to count for something." Irma said.
"It counts for a lot." Will replied.
"Yeah, at least we have families to worry about." Hay Lin said.
The girls to turned to see Caleb standing in the doorway.
"Caleb!" Cornelia said. She covered her face with her hands.
"Don't look at me!"
Caleb walked towards her.
"I have to Cornelia. I have to see."
Caleb pushed her hands away, and gently stroked her cheek. Dirt fell from her face.
"My god, it's even…"
His face suddenly became very grim. He gave her one light kiss on the cheek, and then ran out of the room.
Cornelia sat back down. He didn't love her any more, how could he? She was hideous. He deserved so much more. She wanted to cry, but no tears came.
"Cornelia, I'm so sorry." Irma said, sitting next to her friend.
"Guardians." Elyon said, entering the room and interrupting any reply Cornelia was going to give.
"Elyon!" Will said. The Guardians gave Elyon their undivided attention.
"I'll be honest with you, girls, I owe you that much." Elyon said. "There is no good news. We've seen anything like this. No one has."
"So there's no way to reverse this!" Irma said.
"I'm not saying there is, I'm not saying there isn't." Elyon said. "We just don't know. But for now, I'd prepare for the worst."
Elsewhere, far away, a man sits in a dark room. Only stray beams of sun penetrate the old wooden walls. He sits with eyes closed, and legs crossed. In his mind, he sees the elements, water, fire, earth, air, and quintessence, each in their purest form. Slowly, the image fades, and he opens his eyes. He smiles. Everything he could ever want, right in front of him. It was time for the world to change.