"Sierra! Where are you?" Talia yelled as she entered the warehouse.
"Hello, Talia." Sierra materialized behind Talia. "Missing something?"
"Where are Benny and Ethan?"
"Oh silly. They're right here." A green light switched on behind Sierra, revealing Ethan and Benny, both wrapped from the neck down in vines, and both unconscious.
"Let them go, Sierra." Talia insisted.
"I'll let them go. On one condition."
"You let the spirit of our queen take over your body. Be her host." Sierra smiled.
"What?" Talia questioned.
"Years ago, there was a king and queen. Both of them had power over plants. But when their subjects found out about their powers, they accused them of witchcraft and sentenced them to death. But their spirits were restless. Their spirits remained on Earth. Our king was happy taking the form of his sacred tree, but the queen needed a human host. She's been looking for the perfect host for years, and she's got her sights set on you. You take her spirit, and I let your brother and your boyfriend go. Better choose soon, though. Because in two minutes, the plant toxins that tranquilized them will reduce them to a pile of leaves. Tick, tock, Talia. Tick, tock."
"Okay." Talia agreed, feeling defenseless. "But let them go first."
"Very well." The vines that surrounded Benny and Ethan shriveled and faded away, letting the boys fall to the ground, gasping for breath.
"Ethan! Benny!" Talia ran for the boys. "Please tell me you guys are okay!"
"Well, except for the fact that my insides were almost crushed, I'm okay." Ethan smiled.
"Tals, you need to get out of here, now! Forget about us, just go!" Benny commanded.
Sierra giggled. "Don't you get it? She has to stay. She's going to host our queen. She exchanged herself for your safety."
"No. Talia, you didn't." Ethan tried to hold back tears. "Please tell me she's lying!"
"I'm sorry." Was all Talia could say before the winding vine penetrated her skin, releasing the spirit of the Queen into her.
"Talia! No!" Benny yelled, but it was too late. Talia was wrapped in vines, almost like a mummy, and when they faded, Talia's hair was tangled with vines, and she had a whole evil presence about her.
"Talia is gone." Talia spoke, but it wasn't her voice.
"No! She can't be! Talia is strong enough to fight anything you throw at her. That's why I like her." Ethan responded. "No. I don't like her. I love her! I love you, Talia!"
Talia blinked, and smiled. "You love me? I love you too, Ethan!" But the Queen soon took control once again. "Silence!"
"She's getting weaker!" Benny exclaimed.
"Talia! You've gotta fight her!" Ethan yelled.
"I…can't!" Talia grunted. "She's… too… strong!"
"Please, Talia!" Benny pleaded. "Just a little more!"
"I know what to do." Ethan sighed. The seer walked up to the weakened Talia, and planted his lips on hers. Talia gasped, and let out a scream as a green smoke lifted from her body. As the smoke completely left her body, Talia collapsed to the ground.
"You are strong, dear seer. Perhaps I underestimated your power. But be warned. This is far from over." The mist spoke, and flew out of the warehouse, sweeping Sierra up with it.
"Tals, you okay?" Benny wrapped his trembling sister in his arms.
"My head's pounding." Talia whispered. She weakly lifted her head and smiled at Ethan. "Did you really mean what you said? You really love me?"
"I meant every word." Ethan smiled, then he turned to Benny. "Look, Benny."
"It's okay, dude." Benny interrupted. "I've been way too protective. If it wasn't for you, we'd be plant food right now. We owe you our lives, so I think I can let you be with my sister."
"Really, Benny?" Talia smiled.
"Yeah." Benny grinned.
Talia smiled as she fell limp in Benny's arms.
"Talia? Can you hear me?" Talia slowly opened her eyes to see her Grandma standing over her.
"Grandma? I thought you were on a cruise." Talia looked around and found herself in a white room. There was a faint beeping sound coming from her left. She was in a hospital room. She tried to sit up, but her Grandma pushed her back down.
"I've been back from the cruise for two weeks, dear. You've been in a coma for two months. Everyone else thinks you've died. But I knew better,"
"Benny. How's Benny?" Talia panicked.
"Benny's fine, sweetie. Just a little upset." Talia opened her mouth, but before she could speak, her Grandma said, "Ethan's alright, too. But I'm sure he'd love to hear your voice." Grandma said, handing Talia her cell phone.
Talia smiled and dialed Ethan's phone number. The phone rang for what felt like an eternity, but Talia sighed with relief when she heard Ethan's voice through the speaker. "Hello?"
"Ethan?" Talia spoke. She heard the phone hit something, and she knew he dropped the phone from shock.
"Talia? I thought you were…" Ethan started.
"Dead. I know." Talia finished. "I'm fine. Where's Benny?"
"He's sitting in my living room. He's been watching Dusk on loop since it happened. He said that depressing movies help him heal." Ethan giggled. Talia giggled back.
"Can you bring him here? I wanna surprise him."
"Sure thing. I'll be there in 10 minutes."
"Okay. Bye, Ethan."
Talia hung up the phone and laid down in her bed. She closed her eyes and waited for her brother to enter the room.
Two sets of footsteps walked down the hall and stopped right in front of Talia's door. She heard her brother's voice through the wood door. "Ethan, why do I have to go in there? You know I'm gonna break down and cry again!"
"Just come say goodbye." Ethan said. "I'm sure she'd appreciate it."
"Fine." Talia's door swung open, and she laid as still as she could. She heard Benny crying instantly. "I miss you, Tals. I wish you'd come back."
Talia felt Benny's tears drop onto her arm, and she turned and smiled. "Whoa. Okay. Dude crying on me."
Benny looked up and his mouth fell open in shock. "Talia? You're not dead?"
"Nope. I don't die that easy." Talia joked.
Benny wiped the tears from his eyes and grinned. "How long have you been up?"
"About 15 minutes. I called Ethan and told him to bring you here. I wanted to surprise you."
"I'm glad you did. I've been so depressed." Benny said. "And I've been watching way too much Dusk and not enough Jacuzzi Time Machine."
Talia giggled. "Can I talk to Ethan?"
"Sure. I'll let him in." Benny stood up and left the room. A second later, Ethan ran in and wrapped Talia in a hug.
"I'm so happy you're okay!" He sobbed into her shoulder. "I missed you so much!"
"I missed you, too." Talia hugged him back. "What did I miss?"
"Nothing. Surprisingly, nothing out of the ordinary happened."
"Weird." Talia shrugged.
"Yeah. Oh, and there's something I want to do." Ethan bit his lip.
"Yeah?" Talia asked. Ethan smiled and leaned in for a kiss. Talia didn't even try to fight back.
NOOOOOO! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S OVER! Should I write a sequel? I already have some ideas, but I'll only write it if you guys say you want it. :) So, time for the final shoutouts of this fanfic. *tear*
Shana567: I'd love to work on a fic with you! It sounds fun! :)
Bethan Forever: I do too... But what's a good MBAV fic without something evil? Well, I guess something based purely on character/character romance is good too... but I like a little spice. :)
LuvPeaceCandy: I've never really noticed that... I guess the show does only play in Summer. I live in PA and I guess it does. That's kind of dumb. :( I'm excited for Season 3, too. :) CAN'T WAIT!
I'll miss writing this. But, like I said, if you guys want me to write a sequel lemme know. :) Thanks guys. 3