Fic: Slayers Mirror
- Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1589038/1/
Slayers: Mirror Nine
"Lina," the voice was quiet as she was gently
shaken by the shoulder, then added more urgently,
"Lina, you've got to wake up."
"Wha...." Lina blinked up owlishly at Naga,
the dark haired woman looking down at her in concern.
"What's wrong?" she managed.
"I'm not quite sure," Naga admitted, "but
Lina shook her head, then she tilted it to the
side. "Right," the redhead muttered, trying to listen.
The walls were thin enough that she could hear Amelia
next door, but other than that it was entirely quiet/
"I don't hear anything," she grumbled.
"Exactly," Naga agreed, "no night sounds or
any people out there. This village is large enough
there should be some sounds...."
"Damn," Lina muttered, realizing she was
probably right. She got off the bed, quickly stripping
her night clothes off and dressing, noting that Naga
was all ready to go.
"Let's go get Amelia and then...." Naga opened
up the door, froze for a moment, then she slammed it
"What?" Lina looked over at her in confusion
as Naga drew her sword with a steely rasp, taking up a
"Undead," Naga growled as she loudly kicked
the door open and leapt out into the hallway, her long
sword swinging. The first rank squished wetly as she
cut them down, the others looking mildly surprised to
find their foes awake and ready.
"Fireball," Lina cried as she blasted the
other shambling creatures, flame consuming the remains
leaving only a oily smoke in their wake.
Amelia's door was open and the remains of a
zombie flew out, splattering against the far wall. The
white clad young woman stumbled out sleepily, "What's
"Not sure yet," Naga answered crisply, "but
"We'd better check the other guest rooms,"
They went down the hall, quickly peering into
the open doors but there were no survivors, the
creatures had obviously jumped them while they were
completely unaware. The trip downstairs was quiet, the
three watching warily for more of the undead.
"No sign of the inn keeper," Amelia noted, the
black haired girl sounding concerned..
The three of them looked around the empty
common room warily, taking in the damage. The tables
were broken, thick cobwebs hanging down as if the
place had been abandoned for years, completely unlike
the place they had just ate at. The scent of rotting
food hung in the air, enough to make their stomachs
"Well, we can try to hole up here till dawn,"
Lina said thoughtfully, "or head outside and try to
find out what's going on."
"If there's more undead we'd do better
fighting a running battle," Naga noted, "we could
easily be overwhelmed in here."
Amelia nodded gravely, "Those slain upstairs
must be avenged."
Lina nodded, "I don't much care for the
The front door creaked loudly as they pushed
it open, the three women warily moving out onto the
street. The moon shone down on them, bands of dark
clouds streaming across the night sky. A brisk wind
carried dust down the battered street, the edges of
the cobblestones beneath their feet broken to rubble.
The buildings were falling down all around them,
blackened wreckage and open timbers jutting out of the
Naga scanned around them, her dark eyes
narrowed as the leather clad warrioress stood ready.
"The town must have been under a glamour of some
kind," she noted.
"It doesn't feel like that," Amelia murmured,
"it's something.... darker."
"Lovely," Lina muttered. Off in the distance a
wolf howled, the eerie tone echoing in the distance as
she scowled, "Want to bet it's werewolves? I hate
Naga fought back a smile. "Can either of you
get a sense of where this might be focused?" she asked
A pale white light shimmered all around
Amelia, the warrior of justice calling up her power
and reaching out with her magic. It was almost like
watching the mirror Lina at work, a gentle purity
washing across the two of them and then out across the
ruined city around them. There was something like a
snarl out in the darkness, something dark out there
reacting to the power directed against them even as
the light winked out.
"There," Amelia puffed out a breath, pointing
to the ruined castle on the far side of the river, out
in what had once been the high class part of town.
"The castle," Lina shook her head, "of
"Let's go," Naga said as the three took off at
This part of the city was once filled with
life, the merchant men and women loudly calling out to
sell their wares. Now the stalls were falling down,
empty, the remains of their stock a fowl mess on and
behind the counters. The undead shambled out from the
shadows and alleys, gray rotting flesh falling from
yellowed bone only to be blasted back by magic or cut
down by sword.
"There's a bridge ahead," Amelia said,
hammering on a creature trying to grab at her white
shirt. It collapsed, dust billowing around it as they
"We need to cross the bridge to get to the
castle," Naga said grimly, a swing of her blade
scattering another bunch of the rotting foes.
"Which means that there might be something a
bit more serious waiting for us there," Lina said as
they came around a corner. The three women skidded to
a stop, taking in the bridge and what awaited them
there in awe.
The stone bridge was mostly intact, massive
slabs of granite used to put the great structure
together. None of them noticed the fine stone work,
eyes focused on the creature standing on it. The giant
was dead, the flesh hanging in flaps from his massive
arms but the thirty foot tall figure still looked
imposing, eyes glowing a sullen red.
The massive club, probably made from an entire
tree, came up with a smooth motion as the creature
boomed, "None shall pass."
Naga actually smiled, raising her sword to the
ready as she studied her enemy thoughtfully. "A
challenge," she murmured, "I love a challenge."
"Together we can defeat it," Amelia said
firmly, "for justice is on our side!"
"No," Lina said firmly, looking up at the
creature as her red hair flew back from her face like
a banner, cloak fluttering around her, "this thing is
�Lina....� Amelia said as she started to
follow her then Naga stopped her with a gentle hand on
�No,� Naga shook her head, looking at Lina
with gentle concern as she continued, �I�ve seen Lina
like this before, it�s best to let her do what she
feels she must.�
�Heed me, oh spirits darker than dusk," Lina
intoned, her voice carrying with it an eerie tone,
�red beyond crimson flow like blood. In the name of
those fallen to dust, I pray to the shadows. Mark ye
these villains that bar our way, and to my small
strength thine own ally, to deliver doom, folly repay.
Come judgment from the grave, Dragon Slave!�
Lina seemed to explode with energy, the
scarlet fire surging forward in a massive stream of
destruction. The giant raised his wooden club in a
futile gesture but the massive weapon was consumed
almost as fast as he was. In moments all that was left
of the rotting hulk was ash, spiraling down across the
bridge and into the river bellow.
�Wow,� Amelia murmured, the she shook herself
visibly. �Do you think that was their most powerful
weapon?� she asked, referring to the now destroyed
�Maybe,� Naga said thoughtfully, �but I
wouldn�t count on it.�
�Let�s get moving,� Lina said calmly, �there�s
still the castle ahead.�
The three women crossed the bridge into the
high class part of town, the buildings around them in
moderately better condition as they raced down the
paved streets. Garish remnants of finery were draped
in empty windows, fine manors of the wealthy now
looking forlorn and abandoned. The fading scent of
perfume hung in the air, the remnants of bottles once
broken open lingering long after the perfume itself
Here the undead performed a twisted imitation
of their former existence, the rotting forms trying
their best to carry on as if nothing was wrong.
Couples staggered along the streets together, the
remnants of fine clothes falling off gaunt bodies,
parasols held to block the nonexistent sunlight. They
seemed disturbed by the three living women moving
through their world but did not attack, merely gazed
in confusion as they passed.
�This is almost more disturbing than when they
were attacking us,� Amelia noted as they raced through
the crowd of dead men. The castle quickly began to
rise up in front of them, the winding streets bringing
them closer and closer.
Naga lead the charge at the closed gates of
the castle itself, her sword describing a clear arch
as she struck out against the rotting lumber. With a
loud crack the gates flew open, guards behind them
shambling to try and take up their positions.
�Rune flare,� Amelia blasted them without even
breaking stride, the three charging forward. �The
tower,� she yelled to the others, �it�s up in the
�Why is it always the tower?� Lina muttered
under her breath as they bolted across the courtyard,
striking as needed against the undead.
�Lack of originality, maybe?� Naga smiled
slightly as she shouldered the heavy oak door open,
the stone steps spiraling upwards. Moonlight shone in
through holes in the walls, revealing steps that were
battered and crumbling.
�Watch your step,� Amelia said. They took the
stairs as fast as possible, the small band winding
their way up the dim stairway until they reached
another heavy door. She reached out, touching the wood
then shivered, �It�s here.�
BOOM! Naga kicked the door open, she and Lina
racing inside with Amelia trailing behind. The chamber
within was beautifully decorated, firelight
illuminating what oddly looked just like a woman's
sitting room. A woman looked up from where she sat in
a comfortable chair, a faintly glowing ball gently
held in her hands.
"Isn't the city beautiful?" the delicate,
almost unearthly blonde looked up, eyes filled with
madness. "Just like the magician promised," she
cradled the ball close as she cooed, "we only have to
pay with these nights...."
"This has to stop," Lina said firmly, already
preparing her spells.
"No!" The girl rose, the light from the ball
shifting to red, "Everything will be the way it was,
it has to be, and I won't let you stop it!"
All around the woman wisp like spirits rose
up, trying to take on physical form. There was a
sudden pressure, the air thickening even as Lina and
Naga moved almost as one. Lina struck with her spells,
a flare of fire and light drawing the dead's attention
even as Lina strode forward.
"Now!" Naga drove her sword down, slamming it
right through the orb.
"No...." the girl moaned as the ball exploded.
The wave of scarlet fire washed across the
room first, then it stretched out across the city. The
undead stopped, pausing as the light struck them, then
they seemed to collapse. Bone and flesh dissolved to
ash, the rot and corruption that had gripped the town
fading away to simply age....
"The sunrise never looked so beautiful,"
Amelia admitted, the three of them walking away from
the ruined town.
"A long wait for dawn," Naga nodded. The three
of them, along with the mad girl, had camped out in
the castle. They thought that destroying the orb had
destroyed the undead, but there was no reason to take
"So the next town we visit," Lina said, "we'll
send someone back for the lady."
"I wish we could have taken her with us,"
"Considering she had hysterics when we tried
to take her from that room, I'd rather leave her for
the guards," Lina scowled. "Anyway, without the orb
she's harmless, right?"
"I hope you're right, Lina," Naga said
To be continued....
"But what really impresses me is how beautiful you look, standing in the moonlight," Rika to Renamon, Digimon Tamers
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