Brought Together II: Part Four
Fyora's paralysis wore off long before Smatty thought it
would have. Just as Fyora had underestimated the power of the Amulet, the Amulet
had underestimated the power of the Faerie Queen. Fyora was the most powerful
faerie in existence; a paralysis-inducing beam of light, even though it was extremely
strong, could not hold her down for long. Her arms and wings were still having
a bit of trouble moving, but her legs and head were working fine. She walked up
to Strophagus in a hurry, and was about to heal him with her Wand of Ultranova,
when she noticed that she no longer had it.
"Smatty took it from me," Fyora whispered. She
knew all of the citizens of the hidden tower were in danger now. Unless Smatty
could somehow overcome the power the Amulet had over her, there was no way of
telling what kind of destruction she could cause....
With no other options, the Queen simply nudged
Strophagus's head with her foot, hoping against hope that he could wake up after
enduring that blast. The Quiggle did not budge.
"Strophagus, wake up!" Fyora said frustratedly,
as her arms and wings still wouldn't move. "Of all the situations, please....
Smatty needs you right now."
To that, Strophagus's eyes snapped open. That
last sentence had triggered something deep inside him during his unconsciousness;
an instinct to help his friend, perhaps.
"Queen Fyora! I do believe that the Amulet of
Ascendence is using Smatty as we speak," Strophagus said half consciously.
"Yes, I know that," Fyora answered, relieved
that he had come to his senses, well almost. "Strophagus," she began as soon
as he had stood up, "we have absolutely no time to lose. We need to get that
Amulet off of Smatty and back into the box before it can wreak any serious havoc.
And trust me, it can wreak havoc. I still can't believe Smatty assumed control
for a few seconds...maybe...." She trailed off, and then shook her head quickly.
"Come on, we must find her now." The Queen waddled weirdly up to the steps of
the basement and Strophagus ran behind her in curiosity.
"Queen Fyora, what happened to-"
"My arms and wings are still paralyzed, and Smatty
has taken the Wand of Ultranova so there's nothing I can do about it."
Strophagus nodded and they rushed off into the
hallways without any more discussion, as the issues at hand were too important
for them to talk. The hallways of the hidden tower were deserted (as they usually
were) but Fyora still found it odd that there weren't any faeries around patrolling
at all, as it would have been nice to have some help at that moment.
After ten minutes of running through the pink
and purple corridors, they were standing before the door to the Hidden Tower
Store, where all of the weapons were in the process of being hidden. Both were
breathless and scared, but Strophagus looked as if he was ready to do anything
it took to free Smatty from the Amulet.
"Queen Fyora," he whispered, "what exactly are
we going to do? Is there a plan?"
"I have absolutely no idea," Fyora admitted.
"Just wonderful," Strophagus said with a surprising
grin. Without any further thought, he kicked open the door bravely and ran in.
"Strophagus, you've got to be insane!" Fyora
called after him, but she followed along anyway.
The inside of the Hidden Tower Store looked much
like all of the other rooms in the hidden tower, minus the fact that there were
wooden shelves lined all along the walls that were all stocked with Hubrid's
Puzzle Boxes, Baggus Bombs, and many other weapons. In the corner of the room,
four air faeries were all huddled next to each other, and they seemed to be
under a sort of sleeping spell. Obviously the Amulet's doing.
And finally, there was Smatty. Holding the Wand
of Ultranova in one paw. She seemed to have just finished taking care of the
air faeries and was now looking along the shelves of powerful weapons that could
easily, along with the Amulet, destroy the entire hidden tower. She turned one
hundred and eighty degrees in the mechanical way the Amulet moved her, and frowned
at the sight of Strophagus and Fyora.
"I thought I had finished my business with you
two," she snarled, her eyes as dark and unloving as ever. Strophagus noticed
that she wouldn't look him straight in the eye.
Strophagus took a step forward, leaving all traces
of his fear behind. He needed to talk with Smatty. The real one.
"Smatty," he said firmly, staring at the Kyrii
intensely. "I know you're in there somewhere."
"Nonsense," she spat. "You've underestimated
the Amulet of Ascendence and now you believe that this foolish Kyrii can-"
Just as the evil version of Smatty had tried
to finish saying that, her arm retreated to her side as it had done in the basement.
Fyora watched her in amazement, and then something clicked in the faerie's mind.
A solution to this problem that could very well work...it could work....
Smatty's arm slowly raised itself again, and
the Amulet regained control. Without any mention of what had just happened,
she raised the Wand fiercely to Strophagus. "I thought perhaps you could have
been of some use to me, but it doesn't seem worth it."
Strophagus simply took a step forward and stared
even deeper into Smatty's eyes. He and Fyora now both knew the Amulet's weakness
that they had never discovered before, and the Quiggle was more confident than
ever that Smatty would prevail over it.
Smatty tried to hold the Wand steadily, but found
that her arm was shaking. It was the real Smatty inside causing all of this.
Her arm jerked suddenly; she threw the Wand of Ultranova behind her, and it
crashed into the purple wall with a dull 'thunk.'
All this while, Strophagus continued to look
at Smatty with pure affection. He looked right into her, right past the Amulet
controlling her. "Smatty, you can do it," he said.
Fyora (her wings and arms were finally beginning
to move again), who was now standing right beside Strophagus, could tell Smatty
was winning the fight for control over her body. The Amulet tried to make her
run back and retrieve the Wand of Ultranova, but her eyes were beginning to
look more and more like Smatty's regular ones. A smile, along with an extremely
tired expression, came across the Kyrii's face, and it was clear that it was
the real Smatty smiling that time.
"Strophy, I think I did it," she gasped, her
eyes wide with exhaustion and happiness combined. As soon as she finished speaking,
the dark-golden gem implanted in the Amulet illuminated the entire room with
blinding light, and broke into tiny pieces that fell on the floor like rocks.
The bronze Amulet detached itself from Smatty's neck and landed right next to
the gem pieces, losing its shine.
Smatty looked as if she was about to faint. "That
was a piece of cake," she said with a laugh before collapsing into Fyora's arms.
Smatty had slept for an entire day afterwards,
and no one blamed her after what she'd gone through. She never did remember
how the Amulet of Ascendence had drawn her to Fyora's basement, but the Queen
quickly figured out that there was definitely more to the Amulet than she had
News had gone around the entire hidden tower
that Smatty had defeated the Amulet's power and everywhere she walked she received
an acknowledging look or a 'Congratulations!' from anyone who passed her. Even
so, she apologized to the air faeries she had cast spells on, and especially
to Strophagus and Fyora for causing so much trouble. She didn't listen when
they said that none of it was her fault, and being the person she is, laughed
about the whole situation by saying things like, "Whoever created that Amulet
needs to go see a psychiatrist. Now."
Two days later, things had finally calmed down.
Smatty, Strophagus, and Fyora could get together again without much fuss. Strophagus
was sipping on some herbal tea as the three of them sat in his room, still telling
tales of how Smatty had acted under the power of the Amulet, and when Strophagus
figured out that it had been controlling her.
"Wait, so I actually called you Strophagus?"
asked a surprised Smatty, who had chosen a Neocola over the herbal tea. (She
drank way too much of that back at home, anyway.)
"You most certainly did," the Quiggle replied.
"It scared me intensely."
Smatty laughed, then decided to bring a topic
up that had been nagging at her thoughts for the past few days. "What I still
don't get is...how did I destroy the Amulet? I heard you two mention something
about what caused the destruction of the Amulet, something about an ultimate
power...what is it?"
Fyora beamed at her. "It was love, Smatty. The
one thing the Amulet could never handle."
The three of them smiled and didn't talk for
a while after that.
Smatty and Strophagus then enjoyed the rest of
their vacation, which turned out to be quite carefree. She traveled all over
Faerie City with her friend, and soon the Amulet of Ascendence was a thing of
the past. Nothing could stop those two from having a good time.
And before anyone knew it, Smatty's vacation
in Faerieland had come to a close. With all of her possessions packed into her
single bag, Strophagus and Fyora walked her down the strange, cloud-like stairwells
of the hidden tower. She took a good look around, trying to remember the place
because she had a feeling she wouldn't see it again in a while. She tried to
absorb the purple walls, the spiral staircases, and the magnificent view of
"Well, that wasn't quite the relaxing vacation
I had thought it would be, but...I had a lot of fun," Smatty finished as they
stood before the golden door shaped like a keyhole.
"I'd like to thank you on behalf of Faerieland,
Smatty. You've been an immense help," Fyora said, shaking the Kyrii's paw firmly.
"The Amulet of Ascendence will never threaten us again, and for that, we owe
you our lives."
"Nah, it's okay. I'm just glad that Strophy here
got rid of the Amulet all by himself." She winked, turning to the Quiggle. "This
was a lot of fun. Let's do it again sometime - without any amulets," she added.
"I'm sure we'll be brought together again, somehow,"
Strophagus said with one of his brief chuckles.
The three of them then proceeded to the outdoors,
where an Eyrie Cab was waiting to fly Smatty back to her home. She stared at
Strophagus hesitantly, then hugged him for just a small moment. When she let
go, he looked as if he had just been struck by lightning.
Smatty laughed. "Well, bye you guys." She waved
to both of them and hopped onto the Eyrie, who had almost fallen asleep. She
grinned, and they set off into the air.