Previously: Digger and Cole, escaped from the Czar’s dungeon, were headed toward the City of the Moon, while Yi Fan and Twain were bound for the palace to depose the Czar. And now…
â€œI canâ€™t believe this,â€ Yi Fan said. â€œMy house.â€
â€œIâ€™m not sure whatâ€™s so hard to believe,â€ Twain said. â€œIt was the Ghost that did most of this.â€
Yi Fanâ€™s mansion was utterly destroyed. A few sections of wall still stood, but the tallest ones barely reached above Twainâ€™s head, and he was sure he could topple them with a push. Moreover, the trees on the acreage were almost all gone, burned to blackened stumps by the Czarâ€™s blue beams. The tallest stood almost 12 feet; the shortest, barely four.
â€œI know,â€ said Yi Fan. â€œBut he usually keeps himself in better check around our stuff. I mean, he has to live in here, too.â€
She patted herself on the chest, and Twain had to fight not to take the opportunity to stare at her boobs. They werenâ€™t big, but they were nicely alert, like guard dogs. He wondered what would happen if he petted them.
Twain shook his head. He still hadnâ€™t completely recovered from having his wounds healed. Now was no time to get stupid over a woman, although Twain had to admit, he could see himself spending the rest of his life with Yi Fan. Granted, that was mainly due to the possibility of the Czar killing them at any moment, but still…
â€œLetâ€™s get to work, shall we?â€ Twain asked, turning away.
â€œI donâ€™t understand why weâ€™re here at all,â€ Yi Fan said. â€œI thought we needed to go back to the palace.â€
[blockquote type=”blockquote_quotes” align=”right”]Twain shook his head. He still hadnâ€™t completely recovered from having his wounds healed. Now was no time to get stupid over a woman…[/blockquote]â€œThereâ€™s something else I need to do first,â€ Twain said, rooting through a pile of brick and singed wood. â€œDo you think any stores are still open? I need some shendu juice.â€
â€œWhy do you need an open store?â€ Yi Fan asked. â€œJust go to one thatâ€™s been blown apart. There should be plenty.â€
Twain nodded. She had a point.
â€œSo what are you looking for?â€ Yi Fan asked.
â€œA cup,â€ Twain said. â€œA cup of milky crystal with a wooden base.â€
â€œLike this?â€ Twain turned to see Yi Fan lifting the Cup of Regret from under a shrub beside the walk.
â€œYes, thatâ€™s it,â€ Twain said. It must have been kicked over there during his fight with Digger. â€œNow, come on. We have to move quickly.â€
â€œWhere are we going?â€ Yi Fan asked.
â€œFirst, to get some juice,â€ Twain answered. â€œAnd then weâ€™ll pay a visit to the City of the Moon.â€
â€œTell me again why weâ€™re going to this cave?â€ Cole asked as he and Digger picked their way up a wooded hillside strewn with fallen branches and chunks of charred brick that must have landed there from one of the multiple times the nearby town had been ravaged. â€œI thought we didnâ€™t want to take the Czarâ€™s powers.â€
â€œWe donâ€™t,â€ said Digger. â€œBut you need a place to hole up until you get your powers back, and this seems ideal. Heâ€™d never expect us to go there, because he has no idea we know about it. What could happen?
No, no, no, you never ask that. To see what could happen, make sure not to miss the next episode!
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