Previously: With Cole injured and Digger trapped in a cave-in at the City of the Moon, Twain finally used the Cup of Regret to travel back in time in an attempt to save Yi Fan’s life. He found himself in a hidden temple with a mysterious presence. And now…
The wind began to howl inside the dark passageway. The Ghost snarled and slammed Bogdan against the wall with a claw grown suddenly huge. â€œWhere did he go?â€
â€œI donâ€™t know!â€ Bogdan yelled. â€œA few minutes ago, everything was the way it was supposed to be, and now the girl is dead, but youâ€™re still alive, and my arm was gone and now itâ€™s back and everybodyâ€™s powers are all switched around and none of it makes any sense!â€
â€œYouâ€™re lying,â€ snarled the Ghost. â€œTell me where he is or… wait a moment. He said Digger traveled through time. Could now be…?â€
The Ghost began to laugh.
â€œWhatâ€™s going on?â€ Bogdan asked. â€œArenâ€™t you angry that he escaped?â€
â€œHe hasnâ€™t escaped,â€ the Ghost said. â€œHeâ€™s trying to stop all this from happening, but instead, heâ€™s made it inevitable.â€
The Ghost laughed again as the earth rumbled under his feet. The laugh stopped. â€œWhat was that?â€
Twain turned and saw the Ghost. He fired a bolt of blue at the apparition, which faded it was struck, then faded back in again. â€œHow did you follow me?â€ Twain demanded.
â€œFollow you from where?â€ the Ghost asked. â€œIâ€™ve been trapped here for centuries.â€
[blockquote type=”blockquote_quotes” align=”right”]As before, the Ghost flickered out of existence as the beam struck him and faded in a moment later, but more slowly than before. Although he was immune to physical damage, the energies of the River seemed to have an effect…[/blockquote]â€œI am the guardian of this place,â€ the Ghost said. He lunged forward with an inhuman snarl and pinned Twain to the wall. â€œI cannot let you have the secret you seek.â€
â€œSecret?â€ Twainâ€™s eyes roamed around the dim interior of the temple. â€œWhat secret?â€
The Ghost looked more closely at Twainâ€™s face. â€œYou donâ€™t know the secret? And yet you seem to know me. Who are you? And why are you… blue?â€
â€œIâ€™m the man who will destroy you!â€ Twain said. The Ghost was strong, but his strength was not nearly a match for Twainâ€™s. He broke free and fired another blue beam, which disintegrated a portion of wall on the far side of the room. As before, the Ghost flickered out of existence as the beam struck him and faded in a moment later, but more slowly than before. Although he was immune to physical damage, the energies of the River seemed to have an effect.
â€œWait!â€ the Ghost cried desperately. â€œWhy? If you truly know nothing of the secret…?â€
â€œI wonâ€™t let you possess the woman I love!â€ Twain yelled angrily.
â€œIâ€™ve come back from the future to destroy you before you can claim her body and force her to serve you!â€ Twain said. He leveled his hands for another blast.
The Ghost faded away, faded back in at another point in the room. â€œYou mean, if I were freed from here, I could possess…â€
â€œShut up!â€ Twain yelled and fired another blue beam. The Ghost groaned and faded away, and part of the wall behind him disintegrated, exposing a secret chamber. Twain stepped forward to look inside the small niche that had been exposed.
Inside was a pale stone cylinder, inscribed with intricate figures. And mounted on one side was a glowing blue crystal.
What is the secret of the temple? And what does it have to do with Yi Fan? Don’t miss our next exciting episode!
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