(this is the last chapter of this book, 'sniff' 'sniff' :( )

CHAPTER 11

"MMM…Mali…Malistare?" there he was. Next to the fire tree just standing there, as if wondering if an axe or chainsaw would be the preferred away to chop off this tree along with the others. Standing here felt… wrong, like I was atop someone's grave. The classes all circled around each other but 2 trees remained on the abandon campus. Without even turning, he states: "Mr. Skullrider? I wasn't expecting you here. Why aren't you with your friends? Got tired of them perhaps?" for a moment I thought he was serious… he is kidding, right?

"You know exactly where they are, don't you, you overgrown...bone?" ok so insults weren't my strong suite. He doesn't even crack a smile at my pathetic attempt of an insult. He simply turns and says;" Duncan, it is Duncan, correct? I do not know where your friends are, nor how you got here without going through Mooshu, but when you find your friends. Come to me… THEN, come and face me. "In a bright flash of black energy, he's gone.

(6 Hours later)

I'm slowly dragging my feet through the streets of the God-forsaken world, wondering where my friends are. "ALEX! KEVIN! ELIZABETH!" no response, I'm slowly staring to lose hope, and of course feeling hungry, thirsty, tired, and alone. Without anyone around, I freely let the tears escape the fortress of my eyes, leaking out over my cheeks and freefalling to the Redstone floor. Dropping to my knees and putting my hands over my face, I cry. Feeling as if this is how it's going to end. Like Anthony, who was just another victim of the hellhole of Dragonspyre. I shudder at the thought that I would never be reunited with my only TRUE friends. Why? ...Why? ...WWWHHHHYYYYY?! I can't do this…I can't.

SMACK!

"We leave you for about 12 hours and here you are, crying like a 5-year old?" "ELIZABETH?" looking up I see those perfect brown eyes staring at me with annoyance and…relief? She stares at me for a moment and suddenly: "GET UP SO I CAN HUG YOU STUPID!" I do as she commands and hug her tight for a very long moment, eyes closed, inhaling her presence greedily.

"What! You forget about us?" says Alex walking up to me with Kevin right behind. Call me a loser but I hug them all at once with such relief I fell as though, well, a great weight was lifted off my shoulders. "Well now that we're together again. Now what?" asks Kevin "First we tell each other side of our story." I say.

Elizabeth told me that the 3 of them woke up before me and escaped their net as we were being delivered to D.S. as they were trying to set me free a draconian came up and pushed them off the air balloon the were traveling in which left me in there with the enemy. They were fortunate enough to land at the basilica and got a portal working there and thus went through it, eventually finding me: heartbroken. I told them my side leaving out the corpse. Elizabeth must've figured I was hiding something but didn't ask on. So as we all got up I stared straight at the Dragon Titan and told them what was next in our agenda.

"Guys, I know what we've got to do," I ball my fists and remember Anthony's body. "It's time we fought Malistare." I turn back waiting for someone to object to the idea. Nothing, everyone was ready, just as much as me. "Alright…LET"S GO!"

(1 HOUR LATER)

Running through the areas of empty streets was actually easier than expected. Once we got to the area where I found the unfortunate wizard…he was gone…"shudder" I don't even want to know what happened there. We go through the Academy finding the cave leading to our foe. I summon Taco and we all ride towards our final battle. But something didn't feel right…like I was missing a puzzle piece to a massive picture. We fly over mounds of lava reaching an opening area on the cliff with an entrance. We break the doors down running through the entrance going through the maze, activating the crystal releasing the door, and then eventually finding the door leading to HIM. I was in a white hallway with 2 humungous doors blocking our path, before I could attempt to blast the door Alex blasts it for me without waiting for us. Again some hidden fear was telling me to watch my back… but it's just paranoia…right?

Walking in I see gaps on the wall letting me see areas of the Dragon Titan himself only filling me with worry. I would hate t be against that. "Hurry up" yells Alex, who for some reason seems like he might burst of anticipation, along with the feeling he was getting tired and annoyed with me…huh, I guess it's just the situation only making me feel this way. Once we open another set of doors leading to Malistare we see something that nearly makes me yell "NOOO!"

Cyrus Drake being evaporated in a flash of light. What! How the? That's it it's go time. With all the courage I can muster I yell: "Malistare, your time is up, now it's about time you paid for your crimes!" he turns to look at me and his expression changes to…surprised? "Well, well, well, I believe our time together must end. But something about your group concerns me. Never mind that, IT'S ABOUT TIME I END YOUR CONSTANT INTERFERENCE WITH THE REVIVAL OF MY WIFE!" what! Is that what this is about? No, no matter what he wants he's caused pain to so many other people. I can't, no, WON"T FORGIVE THAT. Now is the moment of truth as we all yell running towards the enemy.

Suddenly a battle field opens and we all step into position: with me first, then Kevin, then Alex, then Elizabeth, on the other side: Malistare, with his minions: soul servants. I go first; I summon a fire blade which then appears over my head. Kevin summons an ice trap on the 1st soul servant, Alex summons a death prism on Malistare and Elizabeth uses a life trap on the 1st soul servant as well. Malistare summons a death blade as his minions all do minor attacks on Elizabeth, smart creatures. Then with my turn again I notice I have 2 power pips and a normal pip. So I use fire trap on Malistare. Kevin uses Ice blade, Alex uses Death blade, and Elizabeth passes. Malistare attack with a skeletal pirate already and aims for Kevin, his servants all attack Alex this time, but luckily he resists his natural class. My turn and I pass this time, then kev- whoa the ground starts shaking a bit and I see the gaping hole in front of us leads to the Dragon's face and with that rumble come's the opening of the Dragon's eye. Anyways Kevin summons an ice wyvern at the first Soul servant and hits him big, but not big enough because he's still alive. Then Alex…is he smiling? But it's not a normal smile, well he summons a vampire and hits Malistare pretty rough considering the prism. Next Elizabeth summons Guiding Light to herself and it rotates around her waiting for its moment. Malistare's turn is called on again and this time he summons Banshee and now it's aimed at me. 1st servant summons a death blade to himself while the other 2 hit me, hit after hit. I looked at my deck and found THE card I needed (well actually 2): Fire Dragon. Well it's time I did the unthinkable: I discard it and wait a little longer. Kevin summons a blizzard hitting all the enemies. 1st soul servant is defeated leaving us only 2 left and one Malistare to go. Alex looks at his deck but his expression seemed twisted underneath that helm of his, he seems to be mumbling to himself: "…soon…very soon Malistare will be defeated." He uses feint on Malistare which added +20% to himself, but +70% on our foe. Elizabeth uses that Bartleby spell on us, which the after affect were spirit armors. Malistare looked like he was sweating but seemed determined to beat us without showing any expression. He summons himself on to the battlefield and hits me for a good 500 damage but I've still got 2134/2234, all thanks to the spirit armor. His last 2 servants summon tower shields and attempt to protect what little health they had left.

Now…it was my turn… I feel the anticipation of the room over me, feeling that this has to be the final draw. The floating deck appears before me, grabbing a card with such fear I almost forget to exhale. The card I drew is… well, this is unexpected. The card I drew is actually a treasure card called: Monstrous. Now it's time I combine it with Fire dragon, holding the 2 cards I put the golden colored card atop the reptilian parchment and the cards fuse together to form a greater power then what they could muster on their own. Once I look up I see Malisatre, his face revealing the fact that he knew the outcome already. But before I can even attempt the cast I need to know some things.

"MALISTARE! I need to know… why were you acting like you didn't know what happened at Marelybone. When we all know that you're the one who captured us." He looks at me looking a bit confused and takes a moment to speak his thoughts, replying: "Like I said fool, I did not know where your friends were at the moment. But answer me this, how did you retrieve the spiral key without going into Mooshu?"

Is this a joke? "You know why. You…you…destroyed Mooshu." Elizabeth nearly falls down, she turns to look at me and tells us "so Mooshu… really is gone. But I just became friends with the emperor. He..he… was on his death bed but he still seemed so full of life. He couldn't be…," tears leak upon her cheeks and I notice that her bond with the emperor was longer than I expected. Then she turns to Malistare, eyes bloodshot, filled with hatred as she yells." NOOO! I WON'T LET THIS HAPPEN. I WON'T FAIL THIS QUEST NOW," she seems to be trying very hard not to let herself go to a depression state"I WON'T LET YOU GET AWAY WITH IT LIKE HOW YOU DID WITH…WITH ANTHONY!"

Shock…grief...fear. That's really what entered my mind hearing that name. I try to tell Elizabeth of my encounter of the corpse but 2 things stops me. One was the fact that she might break sown hearing that I've meet the body of an old time friend and two was that with the body missing, I was afraid Malistare took over it to frighten the warrior. Malistare nearly seems to yell at us but instead replies with "IMPOSSIBLE, I ONLY LEFT MOOSHU WITH A POWFUL PLAGUE OF MY INFLUENCE. I WOULDN'T DESTROY MOOSHU, ESPECIALLY WITH THE EMPEROR AND I HAVING HISTORY TOGETHER!" what? Ok I'm Very lost. I don't know what to believe, he's got to be lying right? "Ok Malistare, one more question. Who was the assassin you sent after us?"

"What? That is enough of these questions. You see the only time I have done anything directly to you fools was the time in Krokotopia."

"Lies!," I yell, then were interrupted by the roar of the Dragon Titan " You are the only one who could've known where we were at the time to even do anything else. You are th-'

"ENOUGH!," yelled..Alex? He looks agitated with this." Duncan you fool! GET RID OF THE TROUBLESOME NUISANCE NOW! " and he's right. Malistare is a liar and a cheat; he HAS to be the one behind all of our trouble in our journey. "Ok this…IS..THE END FOR YOU MALSTARE!" I INSERT THE SPELL INTPO MY STAFF, AIM AT MALISTARE AND PREPARE FOR THE COMING MOMENT. A FIRE SYMBOL DRAWS IT SELF IN FRONT OF ME AND ERUPTS AFTER THE COMPLETION. THE GROUND TURNS TO LAVA AND DOWN SWOOPS IN THE MIGHTY FIRE DRAGON, ONE LOOK AT THE FIEND AND IT KNOWS WHAT TO DO. BLOWING AN INTENSE BLAST OF PURE FIRE AT HIM HITS FOR A GOOOD CHUNK OF HIS HEALTH SO HE HAS ONLY 235/10,000. I SEE THE SERVANTS GO OUT IN A BLAZE OF GLORY AND RETREAT TO THE LANDS OF WHICH THEY CAME FROM. THEN KEVIN PASSES, WITH ALEX AND ELIZABETH, BOTH REPEATING THE REJECTION TO SUMMON.

Right before the hangover spell of the mighty dragon can come into effect a bright flash of light appears…a women in an elegant green and white robe with brown luscious curly hair and circular glasses that hang on the tip of her nose, and to top it, she was see through. She was pretty but the way Malistare was gawking at her; I knew he felt only on thing for the spirit…love. She speaks as if shes talking through a microphone that echoes her words in the nea empty cavern: "Malistare…My love, may we be together… forever now. These children have finally put your soul to rest." The pale enemy looks at her and replies in an almost crying voice, heartbroken…but… filled with happiness. "Sylvia…m-my love." he looks down, his hands clutching his robes as he raises his staff and forces it to enter the ground. "Y-yes…we will be togettthhheeerrrr." And they say in unison:

"FOREVER."

Then it was his turn but the over-time affect kicked in, thus concluding Malistare's defeat…and final resting place. He falls to his knees LITTERALLY disappearing. The battle field vanished along with the new-old eternally happy couple. Call me a cry-baby, but I couldn't help letting tears fall as I looked at the celling thinking 'we just saved the spiral and fixed a relationship of an old man's heart. Huh, all in a good day's work'.

So the next thing we do…look at each other and form a group hug. I came to Elizabeth as Kevin came and squeezed us to near death. We were all complementing each other when I noticed Alex wasn't with us. He went towards the staff, must've been heartbroken, having to defeat his professor and all.

"Hey. Um we're about to go back to Wizard city to tell Ambrose of this. Yo…you wanna come? Look I'm…I'm sorry things didn't go the way you might've wanted them, bring Malistare back to Ravenwood. But… I guess we all have to let our friends go sometime," I glance back at Elizabeth who was staring at me, nodding me to go on. "So… you ready?" his back was still facing towards us and his body was pointed towards the hole where the dragon titan could still see us." Then 'lifesaver' comes up and asks, "Come on tall, dark and scary. It's time to celebrate. You've earned it…Legendary Necromancer." I see Alex's shoulders moving up and down and heard him cry. Guess he doesn't want anyone to see him cr- wait he's not crying…is he…laughing? He turns a slight 50 degrees towards me and with his head bowed, it looks like the shadows are covering his eyes.

With his right hand over his shoulder, he seem to be grabbing something from his backpack, I see him removing something out of there and in…AAAAAHHHHHH…in…a…a…flash…I look down…at…m-my…chest…o-nnl-ly…to…to discover a long, black, toothed sword…going through…my chest…blood…lots, AAAHHH…lots of it pouring out of me…falling to my knees I…I hear the muffled screams of Kevin and Elizabeth. Then he starts laughing like it's a prank. I'm squinting my eyes tight, only to feel the blade piercing my heart. I slowly look up at him and see the…the…happiness in his eyes. Quickly he pulls the blade out and backs up a few inches, greedily grasping the staff of our recently fallen foe. I ask the only thing I can muster, "W-why?" he looks at me and simply replies, "Because, I was always left behind, no matter the task I would eventually be forgotten. And now THIS! DUNCAN, DON'T YOU REALIZE EVENTUALLY, ALL YOU'LL BE IS A FADED MEMORY?!" I looked at him and pounce on him ready to punch, but I was slower than I thought and he ends up stabbing me in the stomach. UUUUGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH! The pain feels unbearable, I just…I just can't stand it any longer. Finally Elizabeth gets out of her shock along with Kevin and attempt to tackle the traitor. But once he pulled the staff from the ground a huge burst of darkened energy is lifted along and ends up creating a giant explosion sending us all back. As if oozing on him metal grows on Alex to become armor, his arms had the color of the night sky with thorns, long and silver, sticking out of his elbows about the size of a dagger, his legs had grown boots with the trimming color of blood and underneath his armor was black leather that went all the way to his neck, his chest had been covered with oiled colored armor with huge, thick metal, giant shoulder pads that spiked, a symbol was etched to the center of the new clothing and the symbol appeared to be a dragon but circling itself in the color of bone. His mask was what made the old-Alex appear to die and wither from us. Completely made of silver was the helm of a skull. Now at his side were the blood-stained sword and his newly acquired staff. Then out of nowhere dark mist appeared around his back sprouting black angelic wings only to be powered by the dark mist. "WELL, HERO? YOU FEEL POWERFUL NOW?" I won't let it end like this.

"Now, all that's left is one thing." He flies towards the head of the Titan and…no… he implants the staff on the head of the Dragon Titan's head which then a form of green mist comes out with moments later having the Dragon roar shattering the nearby glass. He then points his sword at us shooting a giant ray of dark energy, which causes me to go blind for a moment and once I can clearly see again, I'm free-falling only to painfully land on the roof of a nearby tower with rubble falling all around me like rain. Then…

BOOM!

THAT WAS THE SOUND OF THE VOLCANO ERUPTING, SPEWING LAVE ALL AROUND THE WHOLE CITY! "ALEX! WHERE ARE YOU!" suddenly I see Kevin and Elizabeth falling down from the peak of the volcano, thank god Kevin raised an ice shield around them, but I lose sight of them as they fall toward a plume of smoke. Suddenly the whole sky thunders at the new member coming to the city, or rather reviving. I see huge chunks of earth fall down from...from…the Titan. He's being revived and now moving his head, shaking like a dog. He moves one arm upward and pulls his head down only to thrust it in the open air with an ear-splitting RROOAARR! He puts his arm on the root of the volcano and gradually starts to make his way downward. Then I'm lifted by some un-known force like..well..THE FORCE! And I'm pulled all the way towards the top of the Dragon to face the newly armored Alex. "You see Duncan. We are all here for a reason," I look at him and intertpt to remark, "Then… I…must've…been…put here to…stop… YOU!"

He seems to be staring and asks one thing: "If you join me I will heal you and let you be a part of this new era." I look at him and have only the one response to tell the fool, "Go…to…HHEELL!"

"FINE! HAVE IT YOIR WAY! TELL THE DEMONS IN HELL 'HI' FOR ME YOU DAMN OUTCAST!

With that he stabs me again in the heart twisting the heartless blade in me and once he pulls it out a white light appears in front of me and I gasp, sitting up on a cold, dirtied floor.

The whole sky is blue, but a dark blue, in fact, everything was that color, as blue colored sheet of paper in front of the sun like a light bulb. I stood in the middle of a graveyard where the whole land was lumpy and as far as the eye could see were grave stones, I look down and finally noticed my skin was transparent…so that means. I really am dead.

"NNNoooo" said an almost whispery voice. I look all around me and when I turn a full 90 degrees I see a tall hooded figure with wing like objects sprouting from its back. He held a scythe-like object where the blade was supposed to be straight was almost cured to the point where it looked like a sideways 'C'. When he turned his face was a sunken skin covered skull with hideous glowing eyes. I ask the creature a simple question, "Are you the Grim Reaper?" he shakes his head and in response replies: "Wraitttthhhhhh"

"So when you said no, did you mean I'm not dead? Or I'm still dead but it's not my time?" he held up 2 bony fingers, huh didn't know he's respond like that. "Where am I and what happened to my friends?" he almost 'glides-like' walks toward a grave stone and shows me an image that was forming from the stone, and what it showed was…

(Look for: 'A PYROMANCER'S OATH 2: SHATTERED WORLDS' SOON) {TEEHHE :] )