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. “Where did he go?”
“I don’t know!” Bogdan yelled. “A few minutes ago, everything was the way it was supposed to be, and now the girl is dead, but you’re still alive, and my arm was gone and now it’s back and everybody’s powers are all switched around and none of it makes any sense!”
“You’re lying,” snarled the Ghost. “Tell me where he is or… wait a moment. He said Digger traveled through time. Could now be…?”
The Ghost began to laugh.
“What’s going on?” Bogdan asked. “Aren’t you angry that he escaped?”
“He hasn’t escaped,” the Ghost said. “He’s trying to stop all this from happening, but instead, he’s made it inevitable.”
The Ghost laughed again as the earth rumbled under his feet. The laugh stopped. “What was that?”
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. “How did you follow me?” Twain demanded.
“Follow you from where?” the Ghost asked. “I’ve been trapped here for centuries.”
[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]“I am the guardian of this place,” the Ghost said. He lunged forward with an inhuman snarl and pinned Twain to the wall. “I cannot let you have the secret you seek.”
“Secret?” Twain’s eyes roamed around the dim interior of the temple. “What secret?”
The Ghost looked more closely at Twain’s face. “You don’t know the secret? And yet you seem to know me. Who are you? And why are you… blue?”
“I’m the man who will destroy you!” Twain said. The Ghost was strong, but his strength was not nearly a match for Twain’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.
“Wait!” the Ghost cried desperately. “Why? If you truly know nothing of the secret…?”
“I won’t let you possess the woman I love!” Twain yelled angrily.
“I’ve come back from the future to destroy you before you can claim her body and force her to serve you!” Twain said. He leveled his hands for another blast.
The Ghost faded away, faded back in at another point in the room. “You mean, if I were freed from here, I could possess…”
“Shut up!” 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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