|The Tower in the Wasteland
Author: Phantomness of Horror PM
Hey it's another apocalyptic stories, yay! ...Yeah, Amber's a fourteen year old girl who travels through the hostile conditions of her planet to reach the Queen, who's the root of the nightmarish enviroment, meets a group of friends and fights her way to the Queen's tower so she can find her family and hopefully return the world to its original state. Have fun reading!Rated: Fiction T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 7 - Words: 12,953 - Updated: 10-09-12 - Published: 09-03-12 - id: 3055513
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Sheela and Sarah
Amber stared up at the dead white trees in wonder. She had only seen palm trees before by the oasis and pine trees up the mountains that surrounded the desert. She had never seen dead oak and sycamore trees in her life. Amber remembered those palm trees by the oasis. She would always check on them every day to see if they were bearing coconuts yet. She was always the first to climb up them and grab the first coconuts. Amber clung onto the cloak with the meat from the Croft's Raven as Saphira carried Xeann in her feral wolf form. She could hear Saphira muttering darkly about helping a vampire but ignored it. This was going to be one tough journey if those two wouldn't push aside their rivalry and focus on working together. She never understood rivalry between categories, she never had an problems with people in the sorcery group back at her village. Although her father was very picky with her friends but she never really questioned it… Amber took one glance at the large blue werewolf. Saphira had grown to about six foot tall on her hind legs, Xeann draped over her shoulder as they walked through the forest. Her tattered shreds had stretched somewhat to accommodate her size.
"How much longer do we have to go for until we reach the village?" Saphira suddenly rumbled.
"Just keep on going straight and be patient," Xeann replied with a sigh "This forest was a paradise for sorcerers and sorceresses once upon a time. Before the Nightmare Blanket took over the planet, this forest was full of life, exotic plants, vibrantly coloured flowers and all sorts of magical properties. Those in the sorcery category would practice their spells here and illusions filled the forest from their spells. Because of that, this forest is permanently the home of illusions to make travellers disorientated and lost. The trick is to always go straight, we'll find an exit eventually." Saphira grumbled softly to herself and shifted her grip on Xeann.
"We've been doing this for about an hour, I'm tired and I'm losing my power," she complained.
"You told us that you'd be able to maintain this form for days," Xeann raised an unimpressed eyebrow.
"Have you ever heard of exaggeration?" Saphira asked with a glare.
"Guys, stop it," Amber cut in curtly. Both vampire and wolf gave each other a short glare before turning away from each other grumpily. Amber rolled her eyes and shifted her grip on the bundle of meat. Her ears suddenly pricked up as she heard what sounded like a karate yell. Saphira's ears perked up as well, indicating that she had heard it too. They both stopped and looked around suspiciously. Xeann lifted her head as more karate yells were heard in the distance. Amber's eyes scanned their surroundings guardedly as she placed her bundle of meat down and pulled her fists up to get ready for a fight if needed. She had enough strength to fight, now she was properly healed. Saphira stuck her nose up in the air and sniffed.
"Can you smell that?" she asked. Amber stuck her nose up in the air and mimicked her actions. She smelt…flowers? Amber blinked in bewilderment. She hadn't smelt flowers in over four months and thought that they'd gone extinct in this world. And these flowers smelt…odd in a way. Like they were too sweet to be real… She jumped back when something came flying from between the trees. It crashed into Saphira, toppling both her and Xeann over and onto the ground. Saphira turned into her human form and grabbed the person who had crashed into her. It was a very skinny woman, you could see her ribcage, with nothing but a white tank top and white shorts to cover her body. She had short pink hair in a ponytail and bright golden eyes. She looked like she was about eighteen years old. She stared into Saphira's blue eyes with a surprised look.
"Uh…hi," she said with a soft smile "My name's Sarah, what's yours?" Saphira growled irritably.
"Sarah!" Amber looked up and saw another young woman around the same age come towards them. She had long silver hair to her ankles, tied up in a plat, and sky blue eyes. She wore a simple plain blue dress with tattered slippers for her footwear. She spotted Amber first and stilled. Her eyes trailed over to Saphira and Sarah before spotting Xeann. She covered her mouth in horror when she spotted Xeann's injured leg. "I apologize for my sister's abrupt appearance," she said as she pulled Sarah out from underneath Saphira.
"Who are you two?" Saphira demanded as she stood up and stood next to Amber.
"My name is Sheela," Sheela said as she gestured to herself "Sarah is my triplet sister…"
"There's another one of you?!" Saphira jumped back and scanned the area in alert. Sheela placed a hand over her mouth to cover a small titter.
"He's at home," she reassured the wary werewolf "Looking after our family."
"Then why aren't you home?" Amber asked curiously. Sheela raised an eyebrow and folded her arms.
"Why aren't you?" she countered.
"I'm looking for my father and the first stop is the Queen's tower," Amber stuck her chin up and puffed her chest out. Sheela nodded before looking at Saphira who snarled softly and sighed.
"My cousin is in the Queen's clutches too," she mumbled. Sarah looked at Xeann and blinked.
"Uh…your friend is unconscious," she said pointing to her. Amber spun on her heel to see Xeann had been knocked aside and into the nearest tree when Sarah collided with Saphira. She knelt by her side to feel her pulse. Nothing, Amber began to panic slightly, there was no pulse to be felt whatsoever.
"She's dead!" she exclaimed and jumped to her feet in alarm.
"Well of course she's dead, she's a vampire," Saphira rolled her eyes.
"…Oh." Amber had never felt more stupid in her life. "So how do I know if she's OK or not?"
"There are very few ways to kill a vampire," Saphira said "Silver poisoning is the most common one. We don't have any silver on us and this area is silver free or, being a werewolf, I'd have been affected as well. A stake to the heart is also another common way. Does she have a stake in her heart? No, I don't think so. Baptism is very useful but it is a very uncommon way to get rid of a vampire. Does anyone have any holy water on them to baptise her? No, because nothing is holy on this godforsaken planet anymore. Lack of blood is a pretty good way to kill a vampire. But come on, we've just feasted on a Croft's Raven, she can't be starved. Any other ways to kill a vampire do not apply to this situation." Amber blinked and sighed with relief.
"So she's just exhausted," she concluded "Thank goodness…"
"Anyway, what about you two?" Saphira rounded on Sheela and Sarah suddenly "Why are you away from your home?" Sarah looked at Sheela and Sheela sighed.
"Our younger sisters have gotten kidnapped by the Queen's henchmen," Sheela replied with a forlorn look "We're travelling to the Queen's tower to get them. However, someone got us lost through this forest." Sheela gave Sarah an accusing look and Sarah grinned sheepishly with a shrug.
"I thought I could get us through," she said softly. Sheela rolled her eyes and faced Saphira and Amber.
"May we join you?" she asked "We've been stuck in this forest for five days."
"Five? I thought it was three," Sarah frowned and rubbed her head thoughtfully. Sheela rolled her eyes again as Amber smiled softly.
"Sure," she said and bent down to pick up the bundle of meat "We kind of need extra help with Xeann…" Her hands found nothing and when Amber looked around, she couldn't find the bundle of meat she had placed down a moment ago. Jumping to her feet in alarm, Amber looked around again then stared at Saphira. "The meat's gone!" Saphira's eyes widened.
"Illusions," she muttered mostly to herself "This forest is full of them. It must be here somewhere." She crouched down like a wolf and began sniffing around, circling the same spot and sighed. "I can't smell it," she said.
"The illusions mask all of your senses," Sheela explained "I'll try and ward it off." She pushed the sleeves of her dress up and flexed her fingers. She closed her eyes and focused her energy through the palms of her hands. Amber could feel energy pulsing through the area and through her body. Sheela was swaying softly and Amber could feel the energy increasing and decreasing, realising that Sheela was quite unstable. Amber could easily tell that Sheela was a sorceress, but she could be wrong. But still, the power that Amber felt flow through her as Sarah cast the spell, it was unimaginable. Sarah caught Sheela as the scenery eventually changed. Amber gasped as she saw the bundle of meat by her feet and grabbed it immediately. Sheela leaned on Sarah for support, her head spinning. Sarah stared at the bundle curiously.
"What kind of meat have you got?" she asked.
"It's from a Croft's Raven," Saphira replied.
"Ew, gross!" Sarah pulled a face and stuck her tongue out.
"Actually it's quite nice," Amber mused "Even if you eat it raw, it's really not that bad."
"So, out of curiosity," Sarah pointed a finger to Amber "Which category are you in?"
"Enhanced," Amber replied.
"Oh my gosh, same!" Sarah abruptly dropped Sheela and hugged Amber tightly, picking her up off the ground. Saphira winced as Sheela made solid impact with the ground, making a loud thud. Sarah heard her sister fall and gasped, dropping Amber just as abruptly as she had dropped Sheela. "Sheela!" She turned and pulled Sheela up. "Are you OK?" Saphira helped Amber up and dusted her down. Sheela rubbed her temple with a moan.
"I'm fine, sort of," she grumbled.
"So which category are you in?" Amber asked tilting her head to the side.
"Sorcery," Sheela rubbed her temples as she replied "Advanced but I need to control how much power I use. My energy drains easily…"
"Shall we go then?" Saphira suggested as she helped Xeann up "You look like you need some medical attention too." Everyone nodded in agreement and Amber bit her lip.
"Which direction do we go in though?" she asked.
"Straight." The abrupt answer from Xeann was entirely unexpected and most of the girls jumped in fright, Saphira nearly dropping the vampire. They all looked at the vampire as she pointed in a direction while keeping her eyes closed. "Straight on down that way, now move it."
"Yes, ma'am," Saphira grunted as they began going down the random direction Xeann had pointed them in.