“She’s coming!” Vicky burst into the break room causing Avera to jump off the couch.
“How did they find me?!” Avera reached behind the couch, revealing a rocket launcher. “I’ll get them this time.”
“Uhh.. No.” Vicky put her hands up in front of her to placate Avera, “who’s after you this time?”
Avera put the rocket launcher down, “no one.” She laughed, “But it helps to be ready at all times, just in case there are!”
Kyle came running in, “did you guys hear? There’s something huge coming.”
“Yes, it’s exciting!” Vicky whirled around to greet Kyle.
NO ITS NOT.
The three stopped and looked up at the ceiling.
Avera smiled. “This should be good then,” and picked up the rocket launcher again.
“You probably want to leave that behind,” Vicky said.
“Yeah, you won’t need that,” Kyle said in agreement.
Avera stared at them both, but neither flinched this time. She put it back down.
They headed out into the hallway. It was dark except for emergency lights. All of the blast doors were locking into place. Even the balconies were closed between the floors.
“Okay, this is a little extreme, even for this place,” Vicky noted.
THE DOOM BRINGER COMES.
“I’m pretty sure that’s not what she is.”
YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE WRATH OF WHICH IT CAN BRING.
“It’s just a legend,” Kyle said.
“I’m confused, what’s happening then?” Avera wove several glowing orbs that followed above their heads. They began to climb the stairs towards the roof.
“Crystal is nearby,” Vicky said, barely able to contain her excitement.
DO NOT SAY THAT NAME. IT IS AN ILL OMEN.
Vicky rolled her eyes.
“The Crystal? She doesn’t exist, there has never been any proof that she exists or existed.” Avera said, taking the stairs two a time.
“Just like all those wonders of the world?”
“Yes, they can be explained,” Avera said.
“The infinity falls do fall upwards. There is no explaining that.” Kyle interjected.
“And the burning sea?”
“Some organic flammable liquid that seeps from the bottom of the ocean.”
“The Black Hole?”
Avera stopped. “It’s less black now, it’s mostly green now. What? Do you want me to just say ‘A Weaver did it?’”
“Yes,” both Kyle and Vicky said in unison.
“But Crystal can’t be a real thing. Weaving has never created anything even close to a sentient column. They gotta be programmed before they are even useful.”
“Right, Crystal is different, alive somehow.”
They made it to the top floor and climbed up one of the ladders to the roof.
“Besides, if it wasn’t at least sort of real, would this place be this terrified of it,” Kyle said, pointing towards all of the locked down shops.
THESE ARE MERELY STANDARD PROCEDURES FOR ANY OUTSIDE THREAT.
“Sure.” Kyle said.
Vicky was the first to climb out onto the roof, followed by Kyle and then Avera.
“I don’t see anything.” Avera said, looking off across the plains.
“She’s coming from the mountains,” Vicky said.
“How do you know this?”
“I keep golden eyes. They started pointing north this morning.” Vicky produce a small flower from her jacket pocket. It was in a small sealed vase of water. It was a small flower with triangular petals. Each petal was golden with it’s outer edges flecked with a deep red. The overlapping petal’s edge had a fringe of red that ran to the center of the flower, given the whole thing an appearance of a mechanical iris.
Vicky twisted the flower so that it faced south and set it on the roof and backed away. Slowly, the flower twisted and returned to face north, away from the sunlight.
“See,” she said with a bright smile.
“Where’s the thread that’s doing that? What did you weave?”
“I didn’t do anything, they do that on their own.”
“How comes I’ve never seen them do that?” Avera poked the flower with her finger. It turned quicker then when it pointed north and pointed itself at Avera. She jumped back back.
“It’s said the golden eyes are Crystals eyes to see the world with,” Vicky said.
GET IT OFF MY ROOF. OR I WILL REMOVE IT.
They waited, nothing happened.
“It would seem, you are reluctant to touch it.” Kyle said, amused.
THAT WOULD DRAW ATTENTION TO MYSELF.
“I see.” Kyle said. “Then you should probably stay quiet, I think I see one of the mountains is moving.”
Avera and Vicky stared out the direction Kyle was looking.
At first nothing happened. Then the clouds above the mountain range blew back away in a ring. Then the mountain stood up. Crystal stood on four legs, the body of a pegasus. Her head above the low flying clouds. From the distance it was hard to make out her colors, all a dark green. The head tilted this way and that, looking out in all directions. She stretched her massive wings, slowly and resettled them. Her shadow trailed long behind her.
“What is that?! How is that real!” Avera fell backwards.
DO NOT MAKE ANY SUDDEN MOVEMENTS. SHE HUNTS BY SIGHT.
The head swiveled and her gaze turned toward MacSweeny’s.
“I think she heard you.” Kyle said.
The body turned and the massive creature began walking towards them.
“I need a Crockett!” Avera said
NO! THAT WILL JUST MAKE HER ANGRY.
Suddenly, she was gone. The mountain was whole again as if nothing had happened.
There was a crackle of roof stone all three jumped at and turned around. There, standing on the roof, was Crystal. She was no higher then Vicky’s waist. The pegasus was made of dark green leaves, trimmed in reds and browns, her tail and mane were long grasses of red. Her eyes were exactly like the golden eye flowers.
Flowers, grasses and saplings grew out of the stones, wilted and died around her leafy hooves where she stood.
Vicky bowed low, and Crystal returned the bow.
“Uhm, hi, plant… uh Crystal… thing? Please don’t hurt me.” Kyle followed Vicky’s example.
Crystal walked over to Avera, more plants growing and dying trailed behind her. Avera had sat frozen, gaping at the thing. The pegasus sniffed Avera’s outstretched hand and then nuzzled it before turning away and nuzzled Vicky and then Kyle.
Then she turned her attention to the roof. Then reared up and stomped her front hooves onto the gravel. The three fought for balance as the entire Market shuddered.
Plants, grasses and small trees exploded from her and grew out to cover the entire roof, then down the walls. In another blink. Crystal was gone.
HAS IT GONE.
“She remembered me. I was only a small child the last time I saw her,” Vicky nearly floated off the roof.
“I was not expecting that,” Kyle stared at his hand.
They looked at Avera, who hadn’t moved yet.
“Is she broken?”
“Avera, you alright?” Vicky stooped down and wave a hand in front of the other girl’s eyes.
Avera blinked and leaped backwards through the air, screaming. She stopped and looked around. “I’m gonna sit down now.” And fell over.
“Yep, broken,” Kyle said.
NATURE. ITS ALL OVER. GET IT OFF. DEMON MONSTER. IT WILL TAKE WEEKS TO REMOVE ALL THIS NATURE.
Vicky walked over to the edge of the building and sat down, staring towards the sunset. “Today was a good day.”
IT WAS NOT.