What Comes Around ch 20 bit – Short ceilings

Son wrapped in her arms, Sarah swallowed. “You’re on fire.”

“Cool!” Matt chirped.

“It’s kind of a long story,” Alan said shyly. “Short version – this is something a few people can do, with a lot of rukh. And a friend. My friend’s Amon.” He shrugged. “But I’m going to need your help. Amon can only help me do this if I’m awake.”

Sarah glanced at the tank, water shimmering in the firelight, then at the shattered cuffs. “You’re… tired.” Shook her head. “Of course you are. But if we can’t touch you-”

“You can.” Alan straightened, trying to look as confident as Aladdin always thought he was. “I know what it looks like, but I won’t hurt you. The fire’s mine… um. How long have the lights been out?” And where’s all the dark rukh go- uh-oh.

He moved, swift as flame, snatching up Sarah in his free arm as pulsing dark power shattered tanks in a flood of fluids and snarling flesh.

Set spell, don’t know what the trigger was, but it’s still driving them-!

The impact was a surprise. It didn’t hurt, but Sarah couldn’t quite stifle a yelp as stone and plaster shattered off the protective aura of flames around them.

Oops. Alan shook rock dust off as they soared into the next level. Short ceilings.

“Awesome!” Matt flung up his arms. “Do it again- eek!

Big as a polar bear. Shaggy, between rhino-horns scattered across a thick hide like oversized porcupine quills. Four hot yellow eyes, and tusks that could have come off a cranky hippopotamus.

I don’t have time for this! “Amol Berka!”

The flame wall curved and arced with his will, fires gnawing through stone and plaster in a rumbling roar.

Alan flicked his sword up as he dodged the mass of angry monster, will tugging flames just a bit hotter. “Going down!”

With a howl, half the floor collapsed.

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12 thoughts on “What Comes Around ch 20 bit – Short ceilings

  1. You always come up with some of the craziest critters. Seriously, what the heck is that ? At least Matt is having a good time.

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  2. You’ve been wanting to send Alan through a ceiling for awhile now haven’t you? At least now he knows it’s a viable exit…

    And Sahar and Matt are continuing awesome.

    Sarah. It took me four tried to get Sarah.

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  3. And now for our required does of “fire pretty” and snarky combat.

    When and if they meet villainous bad guys with a smart mouth, we might get snark to snark combat . .

    But the Shays think they are sophisticated so witty banter with those below them (ie. everyone) is so uncouth . . .

    So for now, it will likely just be Our Heroes being smart-asses . . .

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      1. Richard and Simon Snark Battle

        There is that. And probably very amusing to the audience. Which may or may not participate in the Snark Fest. Alan might get to see a different side of his father and step-mother.

        And we know there will be Snark to Snark when they meet SG-1.

        Probably Jubal wherever he winds up popping up on them. Through the thought of Jubal on someplace like Shangri-La is scary . . . if for no other reason than Kanzeon is there and he would make her very curious as I doubt she’s ever seen a Magi before . . . and just Kanzeon and Jubal in proximity is a definite Godzilla threshold.

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  4. Why do I get the sense here that the traps and monsters and such are very, very nasty – for the sorts of mages that are common these days – but basically NOTHING to the kind of people that can beat a dungeon designed to be a life-or-death challenge to the kinds of mages and fighters you USED to get, before Aladdin took his nap?

    Or, in other words, that our heroes aren’t nearly as boned as The Enemy thinks they should be?

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