THE WILL OF THE LORD
He had won. A A A A A
Lina knew that as she watched Martina futilely swinging the Howling Sword at the smugly grinning, unscathed, beguilingly innocent looking child. Phibrizo, an angelic smile on his face, was gleefully taunting the green-haired girl slashing wildly at him; effortlessly dissipating the boomerang-shaped waves of wailing green energy she flung at him.
Stop, Lina thought. Don't you see that you're just feeding him?
Finally, growing bored, he made a lazy flick of his wrist and crushed the last golden ball in his hand. A sharp silvery jingle cut into the fading shrieks made by the sword.
Martina cried out in pain, crumpling to the rocky ground of the vast cavern.
Lina ran to her and caught her just before she hit the hard jagged ground.
"Lina-san..." Martina looked at her with glazed eyes, voice weak and scared. "Fight, please save Gourry-san... PLEASE save us..."
Her head rolled limply. Martina was dead.
"Martina!" Lina shook her, fighting the tears that burned in her eyes. First Gourry, then Amelia, Shiefeel, Zel, Zangulus and lastly, Martina. All her friends killed... just so that the Hellmaster could see her greatest spell.
And destroy the world.
"Well?" Amused to the last, Phibrizo landed close to her, to gloat. His angelic smile twisting into something very evil. "Will you now show me the beauty of the Giga Slave?"
He waved and the five fallen friends were suddenly encased in crystals like Gourry, winking out to hang beside Gourry's crystal on the ledge. Trophies on a wall.
"I promise to free them after you've cast it..."
He smiled at her encouragingly, mockingly.
Why not, Lina thought dully. I haven't anything else to lose... Gourry...
"Darkness beyond blackest pitch..." Stop this! Remember what Aqua showed you!
"Deeper than the deepest night..." I shouldn't be doing this! I can't control the Giga Slave!
"King of Darkness who shines like gold..." But Martina said to fight, to try and save them!
"Upon the Sea of Chaos..." Save them? If I lose control I'll destroy them!
"I call upon thee, swear myself to thee..." I swear... Just let me save them-LET me just save him, Lord of Nightmares, whatever the price to me...
"Let the fools who stand in our way..." WHATEVER the price...
"Be destroyed by the power you and I possess..." Gourry! I just can't let you die!
A A A A A
A A A A AAm I dead...? Did I destroy him... or did I destroy the world? Where am I...?
A A A A ALina blinks as though waking from a dream... Thoughts, memories, things flashing in her mind in a jumbled frenzy. Some vanishing, some hiding away, some seen but not understood. She is someplace warm, being...hugged.
A A A A A"So you can't remember anything?!" Amelia asked yet again, incredulous.
A A A A AIn her hall, the Lady smiles, watching and waiting... ________________________________________________________________________________
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