Chapter thirty-seven: Shadow and light
Come on guys! Dale called, several meters ahead of his friends. Its just a little bit further!
Golly. Gadget commented, looking up the Endless flight of flashing stairs. This sure is a long stair well.
Too right. Monty commented through gritted teeth. He was still feeling massive pain from his injuries.
Argh! Tammy yelled in frustration. Theres no end to this thing, it just keeps going!
No, Chip said, looking up the stairs. If Foxglove and Nimnul made it up, than it has to have an end.
Chips right, Sparky added. Well, unless this is a mobius strip, in which case Sparky stopped in mid sentence, as the entire tower began to shake, causing Tammy to stumble backwards, and land in Chips arms.
You saved me again Chipper. She said flirtingly.
However, Sparky and the Rangers were very concerned. Zipper made a What is that? noise.
I dont know mate, answered Monty. But judgen by the rumble, its comen from the top o the tower or further up the stairs at least.
Dale looked nervously upwards. His curiosity only being surpassed by his concern for Foxglove Whats going on up there?
Foxglove watch in horror as the black beam headed towards her. NO! she thought frantically. If I dodge this, the Earth will get blown up, and if I take it head on, itll still get blown up. What am I supposed to do!? Suddenly, Foxglove remembered what had happened earlier with her scepter. Quickly, she aimed it upwards, at the oncoming oblivion. Please work! She thought desperately, as Winifreds beam drew closer and closer. Please.
I wonder what I should do after the Earth is destroyed. Winifred thought to herself as her beam drew closer and closer to Foxglove. Perhaps I can continue the search for intelligent life Her smile widened. I wonder how good of a fight aliens would put up? They might be Winifred stopped in mid-sentence, shocked and amazed by what she saw.
About half way between herself and the tower, her beam ended in a torrent of purple light. On the opposite side of the torrent, was a brilliant, blue beam; which happened to be coming from the end of Foxgloves scepter. WHAT?! Winifred shouted in confusion and anger.
Foxglove held the scepter high over her head. She had never felt anything quite like this before. It was as if her very life force was being pulled from her body, out through her arms, and into the scepter. Was this what Winifred was feeling?
How can you possibly counter that?! Winifred shouted above the din created by the two beams clashing. You cant possibly be THAT strong!
I WONT LET YOU KILL ANYMORE PEOPLE! Foxglove shouted, an unbecoming look of rage in her glowing eyes.
Fool! Winifred shouted, a look of rage over taking her face. All I need to do is add more power! Suddenly, Winifreds beam increased in diameter by one inch. It wasnt much, considering the beam was twenty meters wide, but never the less, the point where the two powers collided slowly began to make its way towards Foxglove.
Then so will I! Foxglove yelled, squeezing her scepter tighter. However, the size of her beam did not change; it remained the same. No! Foxglove thought, horror struck. Why didnt it get any bigger?! Again, she tightened her grip, trying to increase the flow of energy, but to no avail.
The clashing point was only thirty feet away, and closing.
Looks like you were wrong! Winifred said tauntingly. I AM stronger; you worthless sack of guano!
Why cant I do it?! she thought desperately to herself. Am I really worthless? her ears began to lower. How good can I be, if I cant even save my friends?
The clashing point was now only twenty feet away, moving fast.
Foxglove felt despair washing over herself, along with an odd sensation of déjà vu. My friends! She suddenly thought, her ears slightly perking up.
I cant be worthless, if I have friends! Images of her friends, flashed into her mind. Chip Gadget Monty Zipper Dale Her expression slowly began to change from a look of despair, to a look of determination. DALE!
I CANT LET HIM DOWN! She thundered. Suddenly, the beam firing from her scepter increased in diameter by twelve inches. The clashing point between the two beams began to travel back in Winifreds direction.
WHAT THE?! Winifred shouted, as the clashing point began to move towards her at an alarming rate. Alright then, Ill add even MORE! Winifreds beam increased in diameter by eleven inches, the clashing point only fifty feet away.
The two beams were now completely equal in size. The clashing point wasnt moving in either direction.
HA! Winifred shouted, her beam increasing by another foot. Again, the clashing point began to head towards Foxglove.
Ugh! Foxglove grunted as the clashing point began to move towards her. Forty feet; thirty feet; twenty feet.
NO! Foxglove shouted, Not like this!
Ten feet; five feet; one foot; two inches
Foxglove could feel Winifreds evil, searing her fingertips. NOOOOOO! Foxglove wailed in despair.
AHHAHAHAHAHAAAA! Winifred cackled, goodbye, Fox Suddenly, the beam firing from Winifreds body completely disappeared, being replaced by a short circuiting-like sound, and a few black sparks. No! Winifred thought in horror. I ran out of power agaiAAAAAAAAAH! She screamed, as Foxgloves beam hit her head on; completely enveloping her. She looked down, both angrily and fearfully, at Foxglove. How did this happen?! She thought to herself, her armor beginning to crack. How could have possibly run out of no! She thought, suddenly realizing her many follies. Destroying all of those cities all of those needless magic-based attacks The arc surrounding her face broke off, instantaneously incinerating in Foxgloves beam. And then She gasped, as an earlier conversation reoccurred to her.
Would you like me to kill her master? Jamba asked calmly, as he watched Foxglove fly away.
No Jamba, She replied, let her go.
Do you really think that wise? Jamba asked with concern.
Yes, She answered I think shell be more miserable after she witnesses what I do to humanity. After my plans are complete, then you may kill her Assuming by then, she or someone else doesnt do it for you! Ah ha ha ha!
NO! Winifred thought angrily, as her form began to dissipate in the torrent of energy. I could have prevented this! How could I be so stupid?! Her face now began to disintegrate. This is all my fault! Im responsible! Its all my fault! This is That was Winifreds final thought, as her body completely disintegrated, leaving not even a speck of ash.
The beam coming from Foxgloves scepter now shut off, as she collapsed to her knees. I did it. She said weakly. With that, Foxglove proceeded to collapse onto the cold, shattered floor, her scepter still tightly grasped in her hand, her wings drooping over her like a blanket.
There it is! Dale shouted, pointing upwards. I can see the end of the stairwell!
Thats weird. Gadget thought Why did the rumbling stop when we got closer to the top? Maybe *oof She grunted, crashing into Monty. Monty, what is it? She asked.
Monty said nothing, but pointed ahead, a look of disbelief on his, and everybody
It was then that Gadget noticed what they were all staring at.
FOXY!? Shouted Dale.
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