The continuing adventure of The Winter Wizrad. For the previous posts, POST 1POST 2
got to the top of a hill that over looked part of Gatlinburg. Chris
stopped. "Where's my car?"
are you going to take me?" She asked.
realized he was nowhere near where he had parked this morning. “Home.
We can figure this out from there. My parents are smart and can help,
I am sure.”
Please, you must release me now. He will not stop looking for us that
easily. If I am not freed, he will kill you and your family to get to
me. I pose too great a threat to his plans.”
how do we free you then?”
snowflakes are the key. Take them out of the book.”
sat down on the ground and carefully put the crystal down next to the
book. He opened the pages and pulled out the two snowflake ornaments.
“Alright, I have them.”
winter magic within them might be enough. Set them on the ground, one
on each side of my crystal. Then step back. I will unleash their
power and that will set off a chain of events that will release me.
Now, get to it.” Her tone was becoming a little agitated.
almost set them on the ground when he stopped, “Wait. You said that
each snowflake contains all the power of a whole winter.”
that is true. Now set them down.”
still held the snowflakes. “But, if I unleash two of them, won't
that cause a double strength winter? That would be...bad. Right?”
not worry. I need the energy to rebuild myself. That will draw out
enough of the winter magic to contain it from harming the mountains.
Now, please hurry! He is bound to find us.”
thought about this for a moment, realizing she knew more than him. If
this wasn't a dream, he would be a hero. Leaning down again he set
one down and then went to place the other.
The booming voice of the wizard called out.
looked up. “Oh great, it's him.”
place the last one.”
blue blast of energy shot the ground near Chris and created an
instant ice sculpture. “STOP, Do not release her.”
was frozen in fear. He forced himself to look up and saw not an evil
look on the wizards face, but complete fear. “I have to.”
do not believe her words. She will destroy us all if you don't stop
right now.” The wizard had his staff trained on Chris.
not listen to the old fool. He is the one trying to destroy us all.
Consider the book, they almost destroyed the world once before, do
not allow them to do it again.”
looked up and then made the decision to trust her. He placed the
flake on the ground and then braced for the attack that was sure to
follow. But the wizard didn't get the chance. As soon as the flake
sat next to the crystal, both snowflakes exploded outward with an
amazing burst of cold wind and snow that threw Chris and the wizard
away. The gray skies turned terribly dark and a thick snow quickly
began to fall.
held his arm over his face and forced himself to breathe against the
pressures of the winds crashing into his chest. Abruptly the crystal
ruptured with a column of blue energy forming a cyclone of snow
around it. The snow started to coalesce into a large woman right
before his eyes. She was holding her arms out and smiling
victoriously. The skies boiled and turned into a hurricane of snow
and ice that was already burying the mountain.
woman laughed loudly and proclaimed, “I've won, old man, I've won!
This world is mine to control, mine to turn into a vast ice
wasteland. All will perish or bow before me, the Ice Queen!”
did not take Chris long to realize that the old man had not been
lying. She had betrayed him and now unleashed a terrible winter on
the world. What could he do now? He was nothing compared to all this
force around him, nature itself was turning to her whim. If this were
not a terrible and vivid dream, he could be witnessing the end of
civilization. And it was all his fault.
bright blasts of blue light shot at her, going through the wispy
body, but not actually hurting her.
looked down and sneered at the old wizard. “You fool. It was
inevitable that I would defeat you. The humans you protected were the
very people who allowed my return. And now I will bring a new ice age
to this earth and reign eternal as the Goddess of Ice.”
IF I HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT IT!” The old man used his staff to
shoot over and over again at her in an attempt to destroy her, but
she seemed unharmed by his magic.
how cute, you attempt to use winter magic on the Ice Queen.” she
threw both hands forward and the entire blizzard sent him sprawling
across and down the hill.
staggered back to his feet, though his strength was nearly spent.
“Oh, God, what have I done?”
woman turned around and looked down at Chris. “You, mortal, you
helped me and that will not go without payment. I like the way you
cower in fear. Perhaps I will allow you to live to worship me. A gift
to you I offer, a subject to the Throne of Ice.”
Chris was scared to death and didn't know what to say. He didn't want
to be turned into a slave, but what else could he do?
She lurched and her translucent arms held her waist. She was losing
cohesion and it seemed to cause her pain. There was a hole opening in
her abdomen where the snow and magic reforming her body was being
drawn away from her.
old wizard was holding his staff out and forcing the blizzard to act
like the winds in the cavern. It was turning her into a snowflake.
“Not this day! Not while I live!”
screamed and held herself as he dissolved her and started a new
snowflake at the end of his staff. “You horrid monster! Stop!”
she sent a wind to blow him down, but he was braced with a small
mound of ice he had created behind his feet.
reign of ice ends here! I will not be so lenient this time, I will
destroy you as I should have sixty five hundred years ago!”
doubled over and was fading out of sight. Bringing her hands up, the
winds quickly changed direction and threw him forward across the
ground. When he seemed vulnerable she moved in for the kill. Rolling
over he thrust his staff into her face. The snow flake at it's tip
drew her in even quicker. With one hand she picked him, pulling his
staff free from her face. “I WILL TAKE YOUR LIFE FROM YOU!”
wizard gasped as the air was squeezed out of his body. With all the
strength he had left he jammed the staff into her hand and started
gathering again. Now both magical beings were locked in a combat that
could only end with one destroying the other.
do I do? What do I do?” Chris looked around and saw the crystal he
had been holding. It was still on the ground, attached to her by the
same blue light that was gathering the snow to reform her body. How
could he stop it? How would he destroy it? It was pure cold, he had
to make it warm. But, there was no way he could heat it up right
here. The only warmth he had was inside him.
Chris made the only choice he saw to save the world. He shoved his
way through the terrific winter winds and picked up the crystal, put
it in his mouth, and swallowed it. The woman vanished instantly which
caused the wizard to fall to the ground while storm above calmed down
to a basic winter sky. The wizard waved his staff over the snowflakes
and they stopped producing the weather.
wizard rushed to Chris, who was still on the ground. “Boy! Boy!
What did you do?”
looked up and wasn't sure what he felt yet. It was cold, but it was
hardly more than swallowing a large pill. Then it hit him. His whole
body turned blue and glacial. He leaned back and screamed with her
ME NOW!” Chris said in her voice.
wizard put his hands on Chris' face and began to chant a spell.
I WILL NOT BE DESTROYED! NO! AHHH!” She screamed through Chris, “I
WILL KILL HIM!” At that Chris shook hard and began to gag, she was
killing him from the inside. His eyes rolled back in his head and he
fell against the snowy ground writhing in pain as he fought to get
any oxygen into his lungs.
wizard put his hands on Chris' throat and started to chant loudly in
a spell. A light blue energy passed from the wizard into Chris and
then the wizard fell over and faded away. Chris gagged for a moment
longer and then stopped moving as though he had died. All at once an
amazing white light burst out of his eyes and mouth and pierced the
clouds above, split the remnants of the storm and cleared the skies.
took in a few deep but shaky breathes then passed out.