You know the drill. Kat:
Don’t think for a second that I didn’t notice the two eating each other back there. I just didn’t care.
But then, when Azura and Dakku get involved, then it’s a problem.
I sighed. They were idiots, but they, unfortunately were my idiots.
Faster than you could blink, I pulled a knife out of my belt and threw it. It hit Azura in the eye with deadly accuracy.
She backed off our possible allies, rapidly shaking her head to get the knife out of her eyes.
As for Dakku, I strode over to him, and pulled him off the creature myself.
I grabbed the top half of his jaw in one hand and the bottom in the other. “I’ve told you a thousand times, we don’t eat newcomers.”
He glared at me. “Agh, not again-”
The rest of his sentence was cut off as I pulled his jaws apart and nearly tore him in half. I threw his remains across the room, and wiped the oil that was his blood off my hands.
I glanced at Azura. “Take your brother and get him repaired. Then stay there. I’ll be up there as soon as I am finished here. Your punishment is not over.”
She ran to grab her brother’s corpse, and quickly carried it away.
I turned back to my guests. “Terribly sorry about that! Though, don’t worry about them, they’re robots, they’ll be fine… Anyway, where were we?”
Then the whole building shook.
“JESSE,” I snapped. “That was the wrong spell!” I ripped the ancient book of spells out of their hands. “I told you these things are dangerous and you shouldn’t touch them! Look what you’ve done!”
Jesse frowned and looked at the trail of destruction they’d just caused. “It looks fine to me.”
“Ugh!” We didn’t have time for this? Why couldn’t they see that? “The world could collapse and fall apart, Jesse! It’s fragile! Extremely fragile! We have to fix it, not make it worse!”
Jesse huffed and crossed their arms. “I was trying to fix it. I just used the wrong spell.”
“Jesse,” my older brother, Azzi interjected, “how do you mistake a spell for summoning golems for a rearranging universes spell?”
The human-ghost stuck their tongue out at him. “I can’t read Ancient Runes and that Animarian gibberish!”
Azzi snorted. “You also suck at magic.”
“Both of you!” I snapped. “This isn’t the time! An earth golem is digging around the worlds! It’s tunnels lead directly to the poorly named Chasm of Chaos!”
My companions rolled their eyes. “We know.”
“THEN LET’S GO FIX THIS MESS YOU’VE CAUSED,” I screamed. “Follow me, we’ve got to go find the Ancient Libraries again. I’m sure they’ve got a reverse spell in one of the books.”
“We’re going to parkour our way in,” I casually announced.
We’re still outside R-Stormie’s lair, by the way. Thought I’d let you know reader. We also haven’t moved at all since Gray’s POV.
Then again, moving is hard.
“Can you even parkour?” Gray snapped.
Meanwhile, while the dumb skeleton and I bickered, Kat was texting someone on their phone. Great sibling, I know. While the two guys they love argue, they play on their phone…
Actually, I know exactly who and why they were texting. It’s kind of vaguely important to the next few of Kat and Gray’s POVs.
Spoilers, but bad stuff happens and I kick get to kick Gray.
And then Dapper showed up.
“HI!” The Embodiment of Depression screamed in my ear.
I shrieked and turned around faster than you could blink, (I’m serious. I have super speed. Might as well use it.) and punched him.
My fists, unfortunately, went right through him as usual.
I then spat several curse words that I unfortunately can’t say on children’s websites at him.
He grinned, but maybe that’s because he’s physically incapable of showing any other emotion than “happy”. Ironic that Depression can’t stop smiling, amirite?
“I missed you too, Death Boy,” Dapper said.
“Do not call me Death Boy.”
“Everyone else does it.”
I ignored this comment. “What are you doing here?”
Dapper tilted his head towards Gray and Kat. Gray was glaring at Dapper, his water sword at the ready. Kat glanced over at Dap, waved, then went back to texting.
“What does that mean?” Gray snapped.
“Oh, it means you’ll probably be miserable for a while. Which is lovely, by the way. Hmm… Well, it won’t be entirely miserable. Lust will get her daily shipping in off of this, but same difference.”
The sad part about when he said that… Or when I typed that… Or whatever, in real life, autoplay just put in a song about lust. Why, cruel world?
Dapper turned around and perked his ears. “Oh, here comes misery! I’ll be seeing you then!” He faded away.
“I hate him,” Gray growled.
“That, I suppose, we can agree on.” I frowned. “Of course, about half of this next plot point is my fault anyway.”
Then the ground shook.
“Earthquake,” I mumbled. Well, actually, it was an Earth Golem from Antigora digging around under us.
Gray hissed and clung to Kat and flared his wings about to take flight. Kat looked up from their phone and frowned.
For this to work, I’d have to intervene. And make Gray hate me more. I really don’t care though.
I slammed my foot on the ground, which split open slightly at the force of my hit. Thanks to the rumbling of the ground, the crack slowly grew.
I grabbed the tip of Gray’s wing before he could fly away and crushed the little bones there.
He hissed and spat curse words. Kat glared at me but knew what I was doing. They wanted me to do it, but didn’t want Gray to be mad at them. They started unfurling their own feathered wings. Did I mention their feathers are are magical heal-y feathers?
Annnnd then I kicked then and Gray into the now-pretty-obvious pit in the ground that led to the Chasm of Whatcha-Call-It.
I’m a good person, right?
I’d flown around for so loooong. My wings were tired. I decided to land.
Why weren’t there any hot girls where I’d flown? Granted, I ran into a few, but they tried stabbing me.
So where was I now?
I looked around. A forest, it looked like.
There has to be some hot girls in here…
Maybe even… Maria?
I turned around. I thought I’d heard something. Or someone. Eh, even if it wasn’t a girl, I suppose I could refill my fear supply.
Dakku the Cinnamon Roll:
“To find my sister,” I said simply. “Then we shall return to my home, a place that cannot be reached unless you are from there yourself.”
I marched on. I was tracking Azura. Don’t ask me how. The MMs have a weird knack for seeking out people, therefore so did I.
“Where is you home, then?” Maria snapped.
“Not here. Not even a part of these universes. When they were mixed, it opened up the way here for me. Of course, normally it’d be impossible for us to go back but… With my sister, Azura the Awoken, we shall combine our powers and return. Then you and the child will stay with me. You may go anywhere you please there. You will be my queen, Maria.” I turned and looked at her. “I can give you anything you want. Anything. As long as you stay with me. I know you don’t recognize me. That’s fine. You don’t even have to love me… just… stay…”
My voice broke. I shook my head and turned back to the scent trail.
Azura the Awoken:
It will not work, I screamed at him in his head. I’ve done the calculations. We cannot return with the universes this unstable. They will collapse, and ours with it, Dakku.
He ignored me.
He’d been ignoring me. Or perhaps he was occupied. I wouldn’t know. But whatever the case, he needed to listen. This would not, and could not work. Even if it did, everything would be in ruins.
I may have done many bad things in my life, but I would not go through with his plan. This was too much. He wasn’t thinking about risks…
He never thought these days.
All the hybrid children stepped up to the portal.
"Alright, while you do that, I have some other errands to do," I said. "If you need me, summon me with this special clicker." I tossed said object towards Jonathon, who caught it. "If I do not get back to you in at least an hour, assume the worse has occured."
I then disappeared in the darkness, but you won't see me for awhile.
I felt bad when his voice cracked. He was in pain. I could tell. Just like...how I feel about...Jay dying. Even though I still didn't know him, I could feel like what he was saying was true.
"What I want is my friends to be there with me," I said. "They're...the only family any of us have had for years. I...don't take them away from me..."
I've only see Atari and Ginger the entire time here. I have no idea where Buddy, Spirit, Talia, or...Jay are. Or all the others I've met. For all I know, they're dead or dying. But he...seems to be good at tracking.
I walked over to him, not letting him respond. I hugged him.
"I'll...stay..." I said. "Just...don't break our family up..."
I could feel Ginger's soul get closer.
Gluttony seemed slightly disappointing his new meal buddies had to leave. Well, you know what, if this alliance making thing worked out, he could see them all the time or something!
In the corner of my eye I could see OCD angrily whispering and pointing at him to make the same bite mark on the other Double twin so they would be identical, then arranging whatever remained left on their bodies to be exact.
Then the building shook. It didn't seem like a good sign.
"What was that?" Gadget asked.
OCD pulled out a device that Epidemic had left behind before she left, checking the status on it.
"There's something big digging around underground," she reported. "It just appeared out of no where..."
Dakku seemed to have landed and was heading over here. For some reason I felt like I had butterflies in my stomache. I couldn't really be nervous to meet up with my friend.
He suddenly appeared and I randomly yelped (I expected him to come from the left, not right!). I started blushing, regretting laying out on this rock like I did.
"Dakku! There you are!" I tried to keep calm and pretend that little yelp didn't happen. "I've been waiting for you to show up! The world around us seems different, huh?"
I had influenced many of the minerals around us to help me fight against the demon girl. I had also made a small dome of rock and stone to shield Takahashi-chan and her hares from any rogue attacks. The demon seemed to have strange attacks. She didn't even have to announce spells in order to summon them.
At one point, I knew I needed back-up. I used my whistles to summon Demerara and Buttercream. The sight of them, as well as the manner they were summoned, seemed to surprise both the demon and Takahashi-chan.
Suddenly, the ground below us shook. Buildings collapsed around us. I looked back at Takahashi-chan with concern. She could be in a danger from this!
I had my beasts return to whistle form, as well as returned my sugar crystals to my viel. Clutching the gem shard of Gluttony around my neck, I pulled it and pointed the shard towards the demon. I announced the spell as a large blast of light came from the shard, blasting the demon away a good distance. Then I ran back to Takahashi-chan as I retied the shard to me neck.
"What's going on?" the girl asked, hugging her hares close.
"I don't know, but it isn't good," I answered.
To prove my point, the ground started to crack under us. Suddenly there was a large gap under us, causing us to fall in.
Embodiment of Creation:
I observed many events taking place in the world from above. I sighed, knowing this wouldn't end without damage. I knew Marci at least was interacting with universe outside of our own. But I didn't think she would go so far.
Speaking of the little minx, I had made sure to locate her. I noticed that she had been searching very determinately (maybe even desperately) for a friend of hers of one of the other worlds. The hybrid king that should never be even a mile away from a female restroom. If I remembered correctly, he would eventually be an important behind-the-scenes character at the end of the currently named "Darkness Within" arc (but it was most likely subject to change). I recalled their feelings for this friend, the cost she would bear, and decided I could just ind her later.
I was proud of Kuruge taking responsibility for his actions, already working on fixing the universes. Fantasrei...time would still have to tell. However, she was too near too many people that I wanted to know of my existence, so I decided to talk to her later.
As for others of our realities that had joined in, I had yet to figure out who they were. I thought about complaining to the partakers of the other universes, but the only ones I knew of were those twins and the aura ghost. And complaining most likely wouldn't help...
"Why did this have to happen again?" I asked quietly, away from the universe so no one would hear.
"Because...it's fun~" a voice replied.
"Of course. These kinds of things need a little push, remember?"
"Messing with worlds, lives, and the very balance of existence for fun is very...messed up."
"I'm proud of that pun."
The voice sighed. "I won't be awake long though. I will only have to observe from my dreams. As usual."
"When are we going to fix this?!" I demanded. "Surely you can just put an end to it right now!"
"Not by myself, and frankly, I don't want it to end this soon. So many interesting things are happening. Maria falling in love with the wrong Dakku, cross-universe alliances, that...little thing Marci is doing. It also provides ideas for our world."
"Then when will it end? You must realize...this world can't last forever."
"A shame. Then again, there needs to be conflict. I'm sure if I had done it, it would be a lot more stable. Or at least, with the necessary help. Then again...oh nevermind. That would be spoiling fun for the audience, wouldn't it? Anyway, I will be letting the people of the worlds undo this themselves. Unless they mess it up, or something goes terribly wrong, will I intervene..."
I noticed the voice trail off with distraction. "What is it?"
"Have you been keeping an eye on the Gemstials?"
"You know, Gem-Celestials. I just made it up, alright?!"
"So you mean Lilithia and Yanghari? Plus that Jade male that still needs a name..."
"What about them?"
"I just feel something, off...odd...I don't think...this universe really likes them."
"Sideffects of the poorly conjoining," I explained. "In order to gain stability, the forces around us may start to force...somethings out."
"I know that, I...nevermind. Keep a..nonexistent eye on them. They may be the first targets of this...side effect."
The voice faded away. I sighed again. I really hated her ideas. Then again, who was I to challenge fate itself?