On my own
Crack, the blades of the swords connected.
The vibrations shot down my arms and shook through me.
I skid backwards. "Ha- nice shot."
Dione grinned, her blood red lips adding an eerie look to her face. "Oh- if that was luck- I am the luckiest person in the world."
I frowned and gripped the hilt of my sword. "Bring it."
She swung- I used the blade of my sword to stop her strong blow, which made me slide a little farther.
I tried to swing my legs past hers but she jumped back and sliced at my arm. The blade ripped the sleeve off my wind breaker and cut into my arm.
I hissed in pain and stepped back. "That's just the beginning," she sneered. "I won't stop until you're dead at my feet."
I grimaced. "Creepy wish ya got there…" I swung the sword toward her legs, she jumped and the blade missed her feet by an inch.
I frowned. Crap- what can I do? I thought as I dodged her blade and used my blade as a shield.
Danny yelled, but it was muffled by the gag in his mouth.
"Hey, Claire?" Dione asked with a strange tone.
"What Dione," I frowned and narrowed my eyes.
She swung again, just missing my neck by three inches- too close for comfort. "I'm impressed…"
I stopped. "What do you mean?"
"Usually-" she took another swing, cutting my cheek. "My competitors don't last this long."
I put my hand on my cheek. "Ouch- but- same to you."
I glanced at my bleeding arm; it didn't look like it would reseed anytime soon.
We fought for another twenty minutes, each getting a shot or two in.
I finally stepped back and took a deep breath, the loss of blood was starting to wear me down.
"I can tell you are tired," Dione said simply as a line of blood ran down her cheek.
I took a shaky breath, "I'm not tired," I could feel weariness ebbing into my bones.
"Ha-ha-" she laughed coldly. "Don't lie to yourself. You can feel the heavy pull of sleep, the urge to just curl up and rest your head."
I blinked a few times trying to pull the sleep out of my eyes. "No- I'm fine. Just- sore."
"I wonder why?" Dione said slowly.
"'Cause we're in the-"
Dione jerked her sword toward me and the world seemed to slow down. All the color seemed to turn to black and white and I could feel my whole body relax. But suddenly I felt a pressure in my side. My slow world suddenly was spinning, faster and faster.
I looked up at Dione. "Lucky shot-" I coughed and I let my sword fall from my hand. Then I fell.
I rolled onto my back and covered my side with a hand, I looked down at it, and it was soaked with blood.
I laid my head back and sighed, "Okay Dione- you win."
She laughed from above me and I saw the tip of a blood-covered sword appear in front of my eyes. "I told you I would win; you just had to be bratty and selfish."
I groaned and bit my lip as I tried to move. "Okay, Dione. Just let Danny go, and then you can kill me."
She sighed, "Curse my good heart- I will let you two have a moment before you die."
I was too tired to make a remark, I heard a shuffled sound, someone got punched. Then Danny was looking down at me.
I managed a weak smile. "Hey Danny-" I coughed and noticed blood on my hand after I wiped my hand across my mouth.
"Claire- you're an idiot!" He cried. "Now you're gonna die."
I laughed a little, but it turned into a pained sound,. "It's okay, everyone dies in the end." I looked at him and smiled. "Never take life seriously-" I coughed. "No one gets out alive anyway."
He cried and wrapped me in a hug. "Claire- I can't believe you… you're on your death bed, and you're cracking jokes."
I smiled and pulled in another ragged breath. "Sorry- can't help it."
He looked at me. "Claire?"
I groaned, "Yeah?"
"I love you."
I smiled a little, "I love you too."
Then he kissed me. I closed my eyes why do I have to die now! This is perfect!
He pulled back. "Now- you have to live!"
I managed to open my eyes a little more, "Danny?"
I coughed violently, "Find my Grandmother."
"What?" Danny asked softly.
But then my eyes drifted shut.
"Claire! Wake up! Wake up!"
Then I fell into a deep dark state.
"You think you're done?"
I opened my eyes. "Hello?"
"Claire, you can't give up that easily. Not yet at least."
"Who's there?" I asked as I looked around the small circle of light I had around me.
I groaned. "Great- a riddle."
"No-" a figured stepped into the light circle. "I am seriously you."
I gasped as I walked into the light. But I was older, my hair was longer, and I looked stronger.
"I'm the Claire that you replace with when you go into "dream mode" or whatever you call it. I am the Claire of the future, if you want to call it that."
"So- why are you here?" I asked slowly, I still couldn't get over the fact I was looking at myself.
"You are barely holding onto life and I came to tell you, you can't die! There is a kingdom that needs you. There is a family that needs you, people need you, so you can't die."
I sighed, "I know that- like I want to die! No- I'm perfectly fine with livin'!"
She laughed, "Good- now- go back there…" she grinned. "And- give Danny a kiss for me."
I blinked in alarm. "Excuse me?"
She held up a finger and smiled, "Just wait- the future pays."
"Okay-" I said slowly, as she started to fade away. "Hey!" I yelled to her.
"Yes-" my voice replied back softly.
"Is Mark an idiot in the future too?"
She laughed, "Ha-ha, sure is." Then she totally disappeared and I was thrown back into darkness.
I groaned and opened my eyes. Danny was asleep next to me on the floor and Melody and Ivory were passed out on the couch.
I was back home.
I was in my bed.
And Danny, Melody, and Ivory were all in human form.
I propped myself up on my elbow, I noticed the bandaged around my arm and the tightness around my stomach. I leaned over the side of the bed and looked at Danny. He snored softly and his hand twitched over his stomach as he dreamed.
I sighed and lay down on my stomach and looked down at him. After he didn't move I let out an angry puff of air and whispered, "Danny? Time to wake up."
"Five more minutes-" he mumbled and turned on his side.
I smiled and counted down in my head…5…4…3…2…
"Claire!" he shouted as he sat straight up, he whacked his head against the end table sending a shower of water to cover us both.
"Crap!" I looked around to find my bracelet but saw it nowhere. I waited, I didn't change. Why didn't I change?
"Don't worry, you control when you change now," Danny grinned and wrapped me in a hug. "I thought you were dead!"
"I thought I was too."
He sat back down on his heels. "So- umm- how ya feelin'?"
I laughed, "You always know what to say, don't 'ca Danny?"
Ivory moans from the couch and sat up slowly. "Danny- stop talking to yourself."
"Do you seriously think I'm Danny?" I asked with a frown.
Ivory looked up quickly. "Claire!" she scrambled off the couch and tackled me with a hug. I pulled in a pained breath when she hit my side. "Sorry!" she apologized. "I was just happy!"
I laughed, "Hey Ivory- is my family here?"
She nodded, "Want me too-"
"Hold on-" I held up a hand. "First- where's Dione? Is she gone?"
Danny sighed, "Sadly- yes. She took the Glass Dolphin." He looked up at me. "But she said she'd have her revenge."
"On me?" I asked slowly.
He nodded. "And she's hell-bent on getting it too."
I sighed and looked at my bandaged arm. "Well- that's another battle, for another day. But right now- I have a new mission. I need to survive, not be so naïve, and I need to get my grandmother back." I looked at Danny. "Unless you found her."
Danny bit his thumbnail nervously. "Okay- bad news. Dione has your grandmother."
Wow! I finished a SECOND book! I am sooooooo happy! I want all you anymomus readers to review! If you don't I won't write book 2! Ha-ha blackmail! But seriouslt I want to know how you liked it!
Thanks for all the good times!