a Slayers fanfic
Chapter 23: Sacrifice's Consequence
"What's she doing? Lina asked. "She's just hovering there..."
"You don't think she's given up, do you?" Zel checked.
"No. But I have a bad feeling about what she's going to do next..."
"Could she be powering up for another attack?" Alemo asked, once more in human form.
Lina shrugged. "Maybe..."
In a swift motion the Mazoku turned her attention back to the circle of wolves surrounding Xellos, who was so weak from her previous attack that he hadn't been able to do much of anything except brace himself against the scrawny tree.
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In both dimensions she occupied, Zelas laughed.
Mayaki's golden eyes went wide as she realized the demon's intent. "Xellos!" she gasped.
Zelas's eyes glowed red and she nodded at the ring of wolves under her control. A thousand pairs of eyes flashed accordingly and the wolves attacked, starving for fresh meat. Xellos flinched, guarding his eyes and face from lupine teeth, but not one fang ever touched him.
"You get away from him!" Mayaki screamed, dropping back into the physical world between Xellos and the wolves. The leading few yelped and tripped over themselves to get away from the thing that had suddenly appeared in their path. Retreat made no difference to the rest of the starving wolf pack, though, and they barreled toward their intended feast. Mayaki, full of rage, fought with her entire arsenal, burning, clawing, slashing and biting the animals until the few smart enough to find food elsewhere left and the rest were killed.
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"There she is! She's out!" Alemo shouted to the rest of the group.
"How can you tell? It's so dark, I can't see three in front of me!" Lina complained.
The half-wyvern snorted. "I have better eyes than you. Besides, can't you hear her?"
"All I can hear is a bunch of snarling and yelping wolves, really, but I'll take your word for it. Gourry, gimme your sword."
"Huh? But Lina..."
"Just do it, Gourry. I need it for the Laguna Blade."
Gourry reluctantly obeyed. "Good luck, Lina."
"Thanks!" the sorceress nodded. "Alemo..."
"One step ahead of you. Climb on." He transformed, and the sorceress agilely hopped on, balancing easily on his shoulder blades as he took to the air. As the wyvern winged his way toward the laughing Mazoku Lord, Lina began reciting the second-most-powerful spell she knew. The Laguna Blade.
"Sword, give me your strength," she commanded of the Sword of Light. It hummed and glowed, responding to her call. Alemo neared the cackling Mazoku. "Lord of Darkness and Four Worlds, I beseech thee and thy fragments, by all the power you possess, grant the heaven's wrath to my hand; unleash the sword of dark, freezing nothingness." Dark energy engulfed the sword she held, sizzling with both light and dark energy. Her confidence bolstered, Lina continued reciting the spell "By our combined might, our combined power, let us walk as one along the path of destruction!" At this point, standing balanced on Alemo's back, Lina leaped at the winged, hovering black wolf, bringing the crackling energy of the sword down into its shoulder with the words "Laguna Blade!" The sword arced wildly as it cleaved through the Beastmaster's physical body.
"What?! No! This can't be!" she shouted in denial. "You had no power! You would have used it by now!" The Greater Beast writhed in pain as she was cut in two, unable to draw the power she needed to regenerate or cast a spell.
"Wrong," Lina explained triumphantly. "We were just worried about our friend, ya see."
"Impudent whelp! I'll have your head for this!" Zelas screamed, her wolf body twisting and howling in agony. The black mist of negative emotions flowed thick from the fatal wound. "Curse you, Lina Inverse! Curse youuuuuu!" the creature shrieked, voice fading away to nothing as her body did the same. The black energy that seethed through the air soon dissipated, as did the remaining energy summoned to the Laguna Blade.
Lina cast a quick levitation spell and easily floated back to the ground, where she collapsed, exhausted. A major spell like that always took it out of her.
Gourry, Zel, Amelia, and Alemo ran up to her to help her to her feet.
"Lina, you did it!" Gourry cheered.
She obligingly held the hilt of the enchanted sword out to him and smiled weakly. "Yeah, I guess I did, didn't I?" she chuckled. "Thanks, everyone."
"Come on," Alemo said gently. "Let's go find Mayaki."
As they reached the spot where Xellos was parked, Mayaki was clearing out the last of the wolves still aggressive enough to be a threat. Dead wolves lay everywhere. The ones Mayaki had bothered to leave alive were busily fighting over the flesh of their fallen comrades, tearing their shares from the carcasses and dragging it off to defend against anyone daring to challenge them for it. Mayaki snorted triumphantly as the pack disappeared into the darkness of the sparse woods, then returned to where her friends were in her awkward wyvern hobble-walk.
"Way to go, Mayaki!" Lina shouted, slapping her hard on the wing. "Whatever you were doing in the Astral Plane, it worked!"
"Aaawwk..." she squawked by way of a thank you, then turned her attention to Xellos. "Kraa-awwk Quaawkraaw?" she said, craning her neck toward him and tilting her head concernedly. Xellos stared at her, wearing a rather shocked look. "Awwk-kraawwk?" she repeated at him, while he held up his hands in protest, trying to interrupt her.
"Mayaki... Mayaki! Stop, stop talking... I can't understand you!"
Disclaimer in short: Slayers and related characters aren't mine. Mayaki and various other incidental characters are.
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