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Anthoni was frantic. Jade and Beth were gone. Jade was kidnapped and Beth was stolen. They were taken in two different directions. He couldn't tell where they were headed.
"Mizuki, Ame... are you guys okay? Fireheart?" Anthoni asked.
Ame coughed and stood then gave him a reassuring smile. Mizuki nodded and Fireheart blazed her fire.
"We go after Jade first," Anthoni said firmly.
But he had no idea where or what direction she was taken.
He looked at the thing he killed. It was huge... something like a lake mutant. It attacked, coming straight from the water. But it had wanted Mizuki for some odd reason. And once it was dead, Jade and Beth were gone.

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Nauz lifted a bit and surveyed the place she was in.
"Nauz? Are you fine?" came Sara's worried vioce.
Nauz coughed harshly and sat up, "Yes... where are we?"
Sara looked around then up, "We fell through... something."
Nauz looked up and saw the night sky. She groaned and rubbed at her throbbing ankel. She knew she couldn't stay here and saw no way out. She could just hope for the best. It was only chance that they got away by falling through the ground, but the downfall was that there was no way out.
"I sure hope my sisters tell us when he is to come back," was all Sara said.
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Tanya woke upto someone shaking her awake, "Follow me." One of the spearwomen said and strode from the room. Tanya scrambled up and raced after her. The palace was like a glittering crystal ball. The water cast various shades and colour all over the palace making the place a vibrant display of colours . She entered a court and saw many people assembled. Gulping she slowed her pace. She saw two people a man and woman sitting on a throne with the cruelfaced man standing besides them and also a very old woman standing near the edge of the stage.
Tanya looked the old woman and felt something vaguely familiar about her. But she couldnt quite figure what. The King and Queen seated at the thrones turned to her with gentle beatific smiles. "We are sorry for any inconvenince my son may have caused you." The Queen spoke, Tanya turned and looked at the cruel looking man, he turned away from her with a scowl. "You may leave." The King said. Madna came and took Tanya's arm. "Lets go, Milady." She said softly. "Wait." Tanya said frreeing her arm and looking at the Kind and Queen. "My friend, the girl, she was with me-"
The Queen nodded, "She is safe but I cannot allow her to leave." Tanya looked at them, crestfallen and the King suggested gently, "Would you like to meet her before you go?" Tanya nodded.
She was taken to a small room and she saw Amira lying on a soft bed. To her surprise and joy she saw Alyon with her. "Alyon." she cried hurrying towards the panther. The panther looked at her. I wont be able to understand him Tanya thought. "Thankyou for all youve done." Alyon said and Tanya nearly fainted with shock. "You-I can understand you." She breathed. The panther nodded. "Alyon, Amira-?"
"She will be fine." Alyon said, "Icedemons need to hibernate after some period of time. Im afraid the near dorwning was a shock to Amira and her system closed down."
"Oh." Tanya looked down at the angelic face sleeping peacefully and asked, "When will she wake up?"
"That depends." Alyon said gravely, "It can be days or months or maybe even years." He went and settled beside the girl, "But I will be right here. I will protect her." Seeing the look of concern on Tanya's face he said, "Do not worry. She will be safe. I have looked after her many times before when she has hibernated."
Tanya went and kissed the girl gently on the forehead, 'Hey." She said softly, "You better wake up and come for me." Then standing up she nodded at Alyon and turned away. She felt very sad at leaving them, they had become friends. She exitted the room and saw Madna waiting for her.Seeing the woman Tanya again felt the wave of familiarity wash over her. "Do I know you?" She asked softly.
The woman smiled, "Very well Milady."
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They travelled for half a day before coming to a castle in a valley. It was a beautiful place with lakes rivers and lush forests. Tanya, though she had never seen the place before felt nostalgic looking at the scenery.
Getting of the horse she went ahead of the woman and entered the back enterance to the kitchen. Then she stopped embarrased, "Im sorry.' She mumbled. Madna looked at her and smiled serenely, She will remember but I must not rush her. Madna thought and took her arm, "You must rest." And guided her to a large room. It was full of antique furniture and Tanya saw a sheild standing near the bed. She turned to Madna, "Madna?" She said hesitantly, not knowing if she should cross the threshold of familiarity though the woman had insisted that Tanya use her name refusing to call Tanya by her name."Yes Milady?"
"Nothing." She said tiredly. The woman tucked her in bed and Tanya didnt argue, she felt that in a faraway time Madna had always tucked her in bed.


The next day Tanya woke up and went down to the kitchen where Madna was making breakfast. She asked Madna why she had rescued her. Madna smiled and said "I will tell you when you are ready to know the answer." Tanya shuddered at the omnious sentence and went about the next two days exploring the castle and its surrounding areas feeling completely at ease in her new surroundings. The fourth night in the new castle Tanya thought about Rick and how he was doing and felt a wave of lonliness hit her. She had to get back to him. Going to Madna she repeated her intentions but Madna shook her head, "You can leave after you know the truth about yourself."
"You keep saying that." Tanya snapped, "But you never tell me."
Madna surveyed her quietly then nodded thoughtfully. "Its time."
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Tanya followed her as Madna took her across the castle to a doorway that was heavily locked. Unlocking it revealed stairs going underground. Madna started descending the stairs and Tanya followed, there were hundreds of steps and Tanya was huffing by the time they reached the ground.
Madna looked at Tanya and said, "Be prepared milady." And turned a lever. A wall opened and looking in Tanya's blood ran cold. Her voice coming out in a terrified gasp.
A torso of a woman, with long black hair flowing all around the room connected to a body of a lizard. The woman's face was blue as was the rest of her body and black eyes with no pupils shown from her face. Large teeth resembling fangs protruded from her mouth. In her arms she held a long double edged sword with a hilt embedded of rubies and emeralds. Looking at the two women she hissed and flicked her tail impatiently.
Madna pulled the lever again and the wall closed. Tanya collapsed on the ground her body shaking uncontroablly. "Who-who-" She couldnt speak.
"That was Pechal ." Madna said gently taking the girl's arm and guiding her back up the steps. "Guardian of the Sword, Luminar."
Tanya stumbled up the stairs, still shaking from witnessing the horrifying creature. Madna sat her down and made her a hot drink. A few hours later Tanya felt close to normal again. And she started bombarding Madna with questions. Madna held up her hands.
"Do you know the legend of Excalibar?" She asked. Tanya nodded, "Well ofcourse. But what you probably dont know is that Excalibar was from a set of twins the other being the sword you saw just now, Luminar." Tanya's eyes grew wide. And Madna nodded. "Luminar is guarded by Pechal just like Excalibar was guarded by the Lady of the lake.And just like Excalibar, Luminar can be weilded by only one person." Madna finished looking at Tanya keenly. Tanya stared back blankly, was Madna indicating that she was the one who could weild Luminar? A sword? And a legendary sword at that? Tanya shook her head wildly, "Madna I have never held a sword in my hand." Tanya explained patiently, the woman was old and obviously senile. "Infact the only thing I have held is a gun and that too after taking a zillion tests-"
Madna had already left the kitchen. Sighing Tanya sat back stared out of the window it was raining.Hearing Madna return she looked up and forwnded when Madna sat a thin book in front of her. "Read this." She said simply and walked out again. And confused Tanya opened the book and began reading.
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An hour later Tanya closed the book and looked at Madna who sat drinking tea. "Its a journal." She said. Madna nodded. "Of a woman named Athena." Tanya said staring at the book . Madna nodded again. Tanya rubbed her head confused with the emotions running through her head, numerous times she had seen flashes of the scenes described in the book. The enteries in the diaries were short and to the point, but they highlighted important events in the woman's life. What's going on? She thought dazedly. Madna finally started talking.
"Athena was born two hundred from now." Madna said. "She comes from the bloodline of Arthur and from a very early age great things were expected from her." Tanya nodded listening intently. "At the age of 16 Athena withdrew Luminar from the stone. And Immediately she was recognised as the rightful ruler of Uth, the kingdom we are living in right now. And at age twenty her fame had already spread to most of the world. It was then that she met Safi. A wonderful knight, handsome and young and full of passion. They fell in love, both of them. And were to be wedded soon It was a tragedy really what happened.' Madna said her voice hoarse and tears springing to her eyes. "But as fate would have it. An evil being, too evil for me to describe and I saw it with my own eyes, me being a young lass myself." Madna dabbed her eyes with a cloth, "He took over young master's body. Nobody knew, we didnt have the slightest idea. But he wanted the sword. Legends say that Excalibar and Luminar are the strongest weapons in the world. They hold old magic, magic from the starting of time. Magic too strong to be weilded by just anyone, thats why the swords choose their masters. But the evil one didnt know that, he didnt understand, he wanted the sword and the magic within it, he thought that if Athena would hand over the sword willingly then the sword would obey its new master. Oh how wrong he was. He tried to obtain Luminar's power through the Young Master but the sword destroyed him completely and it was then we saw the him emerge from the Young Master's body." Madna shudderd at the thought and Tanya too felt profound sorrow stealing into her soul though she had no idea why she felt that way. "The misteress tried to fight the evil man." Madna whispered, "But she was too weak after losing the Young Master. And she was defeated. But she vowed that she would return and made a pact with the sword. She took its magic and willed herself to be reincarnated again. A second chance." Madna trailed off and Tanya sat with her hands clenched. The silence drew on. "What does that have to do with me?" Tanya asked.
Madna nodded. "You my dear child are the reincarnation of Athena." The old woman said looking at her gently.
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Suzume jumped down and looked up at the sky. What should I do thought Suzume with a frown. she wanted to go find her twin sister but she had no idea where she was. Suzume was getting really annoyed but she tired to keep cool. she knew getting mad would not help at all. she decided to teleport to where the man who had a connetion to Suzu. so she concentrated on the guy's face and teleported there. she was headed to Umoba.
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Nauz up at the stars through the hole she was in. They shined brighter than usual. She looked over at Sara. Sara was looking thoughtful, a smile playing on her lips.
"What's it?" Nauz asked curiously.
Sara looked confused at first and then smiled, "My sisters are telling me things to comfort me. They just told me that Suzume teleported to Umoba. She's my personal favorite. So are others like Anthoni and the queens and Rick.... I watch them a lot. But most of the time I'm breaking the rules and sending people dreams."
"Star whispers..." Nauz said softly.
"Yep," Sara said.
Nauz then looked back up.
"Oh and don't worry. Someone is coming our way," Sara said. "My sisters say so."
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"What?" Tanya gasped gripping the edge of the table with clenched hands. "Thats impossible."
"Thats the truth." Madna said.
"Madna." Tanya rose from the table and began pacing the kicthen her breath coming in short bursts. "I just read her diary. She is nothing like me. She is strong and has amazing willpower and and....Dont you see? Its not me!" And she started crying.
Madna looked at the young girl standing before her and felt a wave of love flood her. Getting up she hugged her. "I am going to tell you why it is you." Madna whispered stroking the Tanya'a hair. "But you must first calm down." A few minutes passed and then Tanya caught her breath. Nodding to indicate she was indeed calm and the two women settled on the table again.
"Luminar made the pact with the Princess. She was to be reincarnated again but in return the sword was going to seal the part of Athena that it treasures most."
Tanya looked at her uncomprehending.
Madna explained , "The qualities that Luminar seeks in its Master. The qualities that made Luminar choose Athena in the first place are sealed in the sword."
"I see." Tanya said biting her lip.
"You are the Child of Duke Carter and his wife Isabella. The Duke died six months before your birth and the the Duchess died while giving birth to you." Tanya felt a twinge of sadness at the thought of her parents that she had neevr known.
"We kept the secret behind your birth secret. It wouldnt do to have enemies know that Luminar still existed or that its Master had been reborn."
"Still doesnt prove I'm Athena." Tanya pointed out.
Madna chuckled. "Im sure of it my child. And you would have been too if you had grown up with us but we had to send you away. When you were born the evil one found out about your birth and of the sword and he sent somebody to kill you. Out of the 15 knights I had trained in your absence only six survived. The remaining were all slaughtered by the beast." She shuddered. "I sent Jake with you to my sister living in Furen. But during the way Jake was attacked and killed. How you survived is a mystery. But survive you did. It seemed you were safe at the moment where you were and I left you alone. Until now." Madna became silent and stared at Tanya.
Tanya shifted uncomfotably, 'I still dont think-"
"Its you." Madna said without hesitation. "But I know it must be hard to accept. When Athena returns the life you are living right now will cease to exist."
Tanya stared at her in horror. "I will cease to exist?" Tanya asked.
Madna remained silent and suddenly Tanya couldnt breath. She ran out of the room. Going to her room she thought about her life and about Rick. "I dont want to cease to exist." Tanya whispered and started crying and she fell asleep. Her dreams were confused. Rick's handsome face shown in them all but what outshone everything in her dreams was the sword. It seemed to call to her. Sweetly and longily. The rest of the days were just as confused but the sword continued to call her every night in her dreams till Tanya couldnt stand it any more.
"Alright.' She told Madna after enduring it for three nights straight. "I'll do it." She felt listless. Nobody would care if she died, Rick would be sad perhaps but he would get over it. And thinking of Rick brought another wave of tears.
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"Thank you," Nauz said to the huntsmen.
"Thought we 'ad somn' in there," the tall sounded disappionted.
"You did," Sara smiled. "Just not what you exspected."
Sara was shining brilliantly, now. The huntsmen didn't know who to stare at.
"Well... thanks again. We should be going now," Nauz said, grabbing Sara's hand. When they were far enough, Nauz asked, "How do I get you home?"
"Babalon candle," Sara said without hesitation.
"The sky kingdom is the only place you can find such," Nauz said.
"Then call a transportation dragon."
"Call one?"
Sara shrugged, "When I was up there I saw someone calling a transportation dragon. Actually I've seen it done many a time to be precise."
"Those people have a transportation dragon horn. They blow through it and it comes," Nauz said. "I thought stars knew everything."
"I do," Sara drew her brows together. "I just didn't study." She glanced up at Nauz. "I'm a young star."
Nauz looked up at the sky and noticed it brightning. What would Heccate do to Sara? Did she have to part with the little star? Nauz looked back down at Sara, I will part with her. But not forever.
And as she thought that, she got a wierd familiar feeling. She looked up and saw Ben.
"Ben," Sara breathed.
"Ben!" Nauz shouted. "So good to see you!" She ran out to Ben and gave him a great hug. "I thought that I would see you again, brother."
She backed away from him, smiling. He smiled back. She looked at his companions. A little girl and an older girl.
"This is Mizuki," Ben said, gesturing to the older one. "And her little sister, Ame." He gestured toward the smaller one. "We're looking for Jade and Beth."
"Brother... would you do something for me?" Nauz asked quickly.
The horizon was starting to light. Sara yawned.
"Yes, sister, what is it?" Ben asked.
"Take care of Sara. I cannot. The sun is fast to rising," Nauz said.
When he nodded mutely, Nauz turned to Sara. Sara looked exhausted. Nauz went to her and hugged her. She kissed the top of her head and then ran.
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Madna looked at the girl standing before and could sense the turmoil in her soul and sighed.
"Not tonight." She said softly.
"But Luminar is calling to me.' Tanya said her voice breaking. "I cant turn it away any longer."
"Just one more night." Madna said soothingly. "Tomorow morning you can go to Luminar." Tanya looked unconvinced but followed Madna and went to sleep. Her dreams full of Rick and the calling sword.
Madna went to her fire. She had very little time. She had to act fast.
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Mizuki was confused. She was riding Fireheart with Ben, happy with his head resting on hers and his hand holding hers. Then it all happened so fast she could barely recall anything. Some kind of sea creature tried to attack her, Ben killed it, then Jade and Beth were gone. Her health was fully restored now and Ame was alright, but what was she going to do now? They had found this woman, the one Mizuki had met before when healing Fireheart, who apparently was Ben's sister. Ben introduced them, then they had gained another companion, a girl named Sara. "Hello, I'm Mizuki", she said to the girl as Nauz ran off. "It's nice to meet you." She then turned to Ben and asked, "Any ideas on where Jade and Beth might be?" She felt the wind around her, refreshing it was. 'How I want to fly', she thought. If only she could go back to the spot where they had lost Jade and Beth, maybe she could track them.
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Anthoni sighed, looking up at the enlightened sky, "I have no idea." He then looked down at Sara. She'd curled up in the grass and fell asleep. "She's really tired."
Anthoni stared at her for awhile. He got the feeling she wasn't what she seemed.
What kind of creature did my sister drop off on us? Anthoni thought.
Her aura announced no danger. She was completely harmless. But Anthoni couldn't place what she was exactly. She was more than a human. More than any creature he'd come across.... more than himself.
He crouched and lifted the little girl. She was surprisingly light and he held a bit tighter, fearing that she may float away.
"We have to find a tracker," Anthoni said.

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Oh I'm filthy! Heccate thought.
She sought a place she could bathe and found a little cove where a waterfall cascaded down water carved rocks. She marveled for a moment at how the sun rays touched the falling water, to spill into the little bay. Pale colored pebbles covered the ground around the cove. Then there was just low grass.
Heccate was standing in the middle of a rain forest. A rocky wall was on either side of the waterfall and went along as far as she could see.
Heccate stripped until she wore nothing and waded out into the water. The water was clear and she could see the sparkling sand on the bottom. The water was also warm. Surprisingly so.
She got to the waterfall and let the water fall unto her. She closed her eyes, lifting her head. She took in the relief and felt the warmness of the water all over her.
It wasn't until she heard a growl when her relaxing and most enjoyable moment was ruined.
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Madna withdrew from the fire she had done everything in her power to show the boy Tanya had spoken off what was going on. Now it was upto him how he was going to act. Madna sighed, Athena probably hadnt counted on this happening. She stood up and slowly made her way downstairs to start the preparations for Athena's birth.
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Mizuki bit her lip when he said that. 'I can track!' she screamed in her mind. She wasn't sure if she wanted to blow her cover quite yet. 'I almost got myself and Ame killed looking for him, why shouldn't I trust him with my secret?' she thought, but once again something held her back. 'I don't know, I don't know.' Ame looked at her expectantly as Ben started moving away into the forest, Sara in his arms. 'That girl', she thought, 'she's strong and powerful, but not dangerous. Where did she come from?' She and Ame followed Ben into the forest, Mizuki still trying to make a decision on revealing herself or not.
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Anthoni looked around, following his senses. But they were acting wierd. At first he got a wierd vibe from Mizuki and then out east into the forest.
Sara's eyes fluttered and she mumbled, "Care... Care is... Care is a tracker."
Anthoni smiled down at the girl's beautiful face, "Thank you. But... who is Care and where she?"
Sara smiled tiredly, "Follow your senses..." And then in a vioce so low, no one else but him could hear, "Anthoni."
Anthoni was taken aback, How'd she know who I was?
But before he could ask, she was asleep again. Anthoni sighed and continued. To find two they had to find one. Care.

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Heccate laughed, "So she took your star. Hmmm."
Heccate would surely have her tracked and eat her heart. A star's heart made you immortal and powerful. And not to mention, beautiful. Heccate wouldn't dare pass up the chance to become even more beautiful than she was now.
"I know a special someone here who can help us," Heccate said, careful not to say me or I.
Zayn let out a low, questioning, growl.
"Patience," Heccate said, raking a comb through her red curls. "Her name is Care. The most wonderful tracker in the world. Brilliant, she is. She lives here in this rain forest."
Heccate looked out east. Her home was there, nestled in the oaks.
She stood, then, tossing the comb into the bay. She smoothed her now clean short skirt and walked on bare foot.
Zayn trailed after her.
But as Heccate was heading to Care's home, she spotted the woman taking a rabbit from out of a bear trap. Heccate saw that it was dead, for the teeth of the bear trap had pierced its throat.
"Why are you here? Wanting me to find someone else now? Who is it this time? Planning to torture this next?" the woman asked.
Her vioce was stern and strong.
"No," Heccate said, "I will not torture her."
"Her, now is it?" Care straightened, holding the dead rabbit by its back legs.
"A little girl. A star."
Care's eyes widened a bit and she looked at the ground, "I will not-"
"You will," Heccate smiled. "Oh, yes you will. Be you willing or be you unwilling."
Care's green eyes came up to meet Heccate's, "Anyone... anyone in the world. Hell, even outside the world! Just not a star. Oh please not a star."
Heccate grinned, "My mind is very well made up. I want the star and I will have her."
There was a ravenous growl behind her. Heccate then realized her fault.
She turned to face Zayn and hissed through her teeth, "I have to convince her. She won't be afraid of you."
Heccate then turned to look at Care, "Now. Shall we?"
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Rick landed in Azuriya, he smiled humourlessly when he realised that he had been back sooner than he had thought. "I guess I tempted fate." He muttered. He took a horse, he knew cars could not make the journey. The route, clearly etched into his mind though he had no idea how, was rough. All he did know was that Tanya was there and he had to get to her fast.

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Madna watched Tanya thrashing in her sleep. "Luminar." She cried again and agian, restless and almost delirious. Madna stroked her forehead. The call of the sword was increasing day by day, by now Tanya was fully convinced that she was indeed the reincarnation of Athena. But despite it all, during the times when the sword's pull was weakest the boy's name escaped Tanya's lips. And Madna's heart wrenched at the thought of what Tanya was about to suffer. She closed her eyes and said a prayer.
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The girl in Ben's arms whispered something about a Care person, the rest was too quiet to catch. "What is it Ben? Who is Sara talking about?" Mizuki asked. She was still contemplating on whether or not she should track the two girls. 'I will if it's absolutely nessisary', she thought, 'last resort only.' She looked to her little white kitten who had miraculously stayed with her through the whole chaotic trip. The kitten looked back up at her, a little nod to tell her that she couldn't catch any smell or hint of Beth and Jade. She looked then to Ame who was fully concentrating on putting one step in front of the other, exhausted from the early adventure. "Get on my back Ame, you can rest for the time being", she said. Ame looked ready to protest, but remebered that she was to follow all her sister's orders while away from home. Rest also sounded very tempting at the moment. Ame climbed onto Mizuki's back and quickly fell asleep. Mizuki caught up to Ben and walked beside him as she waited for the answer to her earlier question.
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