Amethyst Princess of Gemworld : Out of the Shadows! 1
- There was darkness! In every direction all she could see was total darkness. She was Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld and she was also 13 year old Amy Winston of Hudson, New York but her identity at the moment was being defined not by who she was but by what she felt. What the beautiful blonde in the purple tunic and skirt felt was fear, loss, and above all else, an awareness of darkness! She could not see! She was blind! The darkness stretched all around her like a vast void. She could reach out with her hands and find nothing to offer her comfort or assurance that she had not somehow been irrevocably separated from anything or anyone she had ever known. There was simply a terrible emptiness and yet she also felt the exact opposite was true! She was not in a void but she was being smothered by a heavy darkness that would drown her if she could not find some way to break free from the moist and smothering shadows into the light!
"It's not supposed to be like this!" she whispered as she sank to her knees once more and fought her fears.
Gemworld! It had not been a terrible prison of inky blackness before where her options were limited and her very existence felt threatened. Gemworld had offered terror and danger but it had also gifted her with romance, magic, and the wonderful ,thrilling sensation that anything was possible and that she, as the beloved Princess of Gemworld, could be the agent that would defy the odds to make anything possible!
"Topaz! I'll never win him back now! I'll never see his face again!" she said with a soft sob.
She shook her head as her long blonde hair cascaded to one side and she fought to remember once more what Gemworld had always been for her and should still be, what it must be! As Amy Winston she had received a gleaming amethyst gemstone on her thirteenth birthday but that surprise gift had been less of a present than the swiftly following revelation that she was more than a student at Emerson Elementary School. She was actually the royal heir to the magical House of Amethyst and that an entire mystical realm of fantasy was hers for the taking. The magical dimension of Gemworld existed far from Earth- separated by vast gulfs of time and space. However, Amy could enter the realm through use of the amethyst she had received. It was magical and it would allow her to open a portal that would take her from the mundane but loving Winston home at 995 Maple Street into the remarkable realm of wizards, royals, unicorns, ogres, and fairies! In this realm, she was transformed from the teen daughter of English professor Herb Winston into the adult and magically gifted child of royalty.
Even in the darkness, Amethyst smiled as she recalled how the news that her earth parents were not her true parents and that she was a real princess in a fabulous land out of fairy tales and myths had changed her!
"It's like Lucy going through the magical wardrobe into Narnia or Alice falling down the rabbit hole to Wonderland or Dorothy Gale's tornado powered trip to Oz!" she had thought.
It was beautiful and romantic and she had met friends and loved ones like Citrina the Witch Mother who first sent her the magical amethyst that made it all possible! She was like a fairy godmother! There was the handsome Prince Topaz who had been her dream image of a Prince Charming at first. There were wonderful allies like poor dead Granch and the awesome unicorn Max! Of course, there had also been enemies like the oily Sardonyx, the mocking Carnelian, and the evil Dark Opal but she had triumphed over all of them! She had won victories and mastered skills ranging from swordplay to sorcery.
Now, she was still Princess of Gemworld. She was still in the magical Gemworld but everything had changed. She was blind! The injury to her optical nerves had occurred when shadowy creatures had attacked her during a strange crisis on earth itself. This crisis had involved real super heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman as well as strange unknown beings like Dr. Occult and Dr. Fate!
They had rescued her from a mob in Salem who thought her Amethyst form was merely the guise of a witch! She had only been in that adult form on earth because certain magical residues from Gemworld had been pulled into earth's dimension at that time. Still, the damage had been done! She had lost her vision and the only comfort the inhumanly cold voice of Dr. Fate could offer her was that "she would soon be able to adjust to this minor handicap!"
Dr. Fate had brought her back to Gemworld and left her within the empty temple of the Ancient Ones who originally enabled Citrina to create the realm in exchange for her promise that upon her death, they could reclaim the magical energies within the raw elemental void that would be shaped into Gemworld.
"Citrina! How I need you!" thought Amethyst.
Dr. Fate had left her alone in that hostile place high above the snowy and windswept Stormy Peaks. He had left her alone, blind, and troubled by a story that she was not the daughter of deceased royals but was also somehow a child of a super powerful inhuman being known as Pantagones the lord of Order.
She didn't understand it. She couldn't grasp it all..not while she couldn't even see her hand in front of her face.
And yet she could!
Moments before Fate had left her, she had somehow tapped into the magical ability to see through her mind and not with her eyes. However, this ability was fleeting and required concentration and an inner calm that had deserted her as panic had filled her young heart.
"Feel the power surge through you. Let it create the spell!"
Those words of advice had come from wise and withered Citrina upon her first visit to the Gemworld when anything seemed possible! Now, Amethyst swallowed her fears once more and tried to use the magic to "see" through her mind once more!
In truth only moments had passed since Fate had departed and the awareness that evil creatures were desperately fleeing the temple in the wake of a hot, crackling, wave of living energy that meant to consume the Gemworld had broken through the darkness!
Now, Amethyst stood up and focused her magical energies once more as the world around her became less dark and she was able to somehow "see" not with her damaged eyes but with her mind's eye.
"What should I do? What should I do?" she said.
A rustle of fabric caught her attention and she smelled an aromatic fragrance of incense and leather.
She whirled to see a handsome black man in a brown hooded cloak step out of thin air.
"Prince Garnet! Praise the Homestone!" she cried as she recognized her old ally.
He smiled and spoke in his familiar soft voice.
"Princess, I don't know what you should do but I have come in advance of my masters the Ancient Ones whose energy forms now threaten to ignite the very skies above us!" he said.
Amethyst clasped his hand and said, "Garnet, I'm blind. I only see you through magic not with my eyes!"
Prince Garnet said, "I am so sorry. You must be terrified but my long years in the misty realms with the Ancient Ones taught me that there are entire realms around us but ever out of view of merely mortal eyes. You will overcome this indeed, you are coping nicely as we speak!"
She nodded and said, "Why have the Ancient Ones come back? I thought they had accepted my suggestion that instead of claiming Gemworld upon Citrina's death, they would merely accept small bits of magic on an annual basis. We Gemworlders would rent to own instead of just leasing the land!"
Prince Garnet smiled and said, `You do have a peculiar way of speaking. It is the Earth girl within you."
He shook his head as wind swept his hood backward.
"You recall what I once told you of my masters? They know of order and chaos. They are chaotic but they are not Lord of Chaos. They are separate from either Order or Chaos in truth. Still, when the Order Lord known as Nabu entered this realm, they saw it as a violation of the ancient bargain they made long ago with Citrina when they allowed her to form Gemworld out of the raging raw magic of their dimension. They want no part of a true Lord of Order and his presence here angered them beyond all reason!"
Amethyst said, " Nabu? I don't understand. Who is he? Where is he? For that matter, Dr. Fate said my true father was not Lord Amethyst but some Order Lord named Pantagones who possessed his body. He said I am also a child of Order! Why didn't they react so when they met me?"
Prince Garnet said, " Nabu is the Order Lord who inhabits Dr. Fate's golden helm. As for you, you are possibly a spiritual heir of Order but the Order Lords do not procreate and know nothing of mortal relations. That is why Fate seems so inhuman while beneath that helmet rests a hero with the heart of a healer. That mortal doctor could have better answered your questions than the other worldly Lord of Order. I say that while you may be a child of Order and may have access to their power, you can't claim to truly be fathered by this Order Lord merely because he controlled your mortal father at the time of your conception. In truth, I suspect the claim to be a mistruth meant to sway you over to embracing the cause of the Order Lords when in reality, you may merely have the potential to access Order magic because of the proximity of the inhuman Order Lord to your mother at the time of your birth."
He shook his head and said, "In truth, I can't say what such a story means. It may be true but my masters certainly aren't Chaos Lords nor did they ever react before to either your presence or the alleged presence of this Pantagones eons ago when you say he inhabited Lord Amethyst! It is a mystery even to me. It was Nabu who angered them so because Gemworld has never been a battle ground for the Order/Chaos lords. It has always been merely Gemworld! Nothing more but certainly nothing less! "
As the storm howled around the empty temple, Lord Garnet pointed at the red energy bursts that shattered the skyline.
"All I know is that the Ancient Ones are angry and they mean to reclaim this realm again or see it perish! Should you in fact bring down Order lords as well to battle them, I fear that outcome could only result in the destruction of Gemworld itself!"
- Thanks. At one point I had a message about bouncing addresses and couldn't get into some clubs. I had to -more or less- set up a second name at that time so I started posting as lawrenceliberty. I'd say I'll continue to do so since that's my current working log in but I know most of the stories have been written under libbylawrence. If you can work around the current log in being different from what you credit, I'd prefer to stick to the original Libbylawrence as a credit since I used it first and wouldn't have switched except for some glitches. Hey, Roy Thomas himself gave me a "nice name" comment post when we all chatted with him years ago and asked him questions so I feel pretty good about the choice so Libby works for me.
--- In Earth1AftertheCrisis@yahoogroups.com, The Time Trust <the_time_trust_2000@...> wrote:
> BTW, Libby, would you prefer to have all your stories credited under the name
> "Libbylawrence," or "Lawrenceliberty," or something else altogether? I ask
> because eventually I'd like to have a listing on the website of all the stories
> by each author, and I want the writer's names to be consistent for each.
> Doc Quantum of The Time Trust
> >From: Doc Quantum <the_time_trust_2000@...>
> >To: Earth1AftertheCrisis@yahoogroups.com
> >Sent: Wed, July 14, 2010 3:24:33 AM
> >Subject: [Earth-1 After the Crisis] Re: Amethyst Princess of Gemworld : Out of
> >the Shadows! The End
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