Animos #19

‘This plan is as stupid as it can be’ Nova said after listening to Cheryl’s idea. ‘But its the only thing we’ve got now!’ Cheryl argued..
‘So you guys want the whole responisbilty to be dumped on me, do you?’ Dena began.
‘I’m no-‘
‘SHUT UP!’ Jack shouted, startling everyone. He hadn’t still got up from Ben and Ben was trying to get up in vain.
‘What ever your plan is. Put it to play.’ Ren said and Ace nodded. Dena sighed. ‘OK.’
She stepped forward along with Cheryl and both of them grabbed Ben by his hands and legs and pushed him, face down onto the floor. Ben yelled.
‘Lemme go! I want to conquer the world with you! Its fraternity, you idiots!’ He screamed.
‘Idiot is no word for us, Ben’ Dena said quietly, stamping Ben in his shoulder blades. He whimpered in pain.
‘Guys go on!’ Cheryl said ferociously.
The Animos played by the simple plan. They sped quickly towards the crystal, all of them surrounding it, leaing Dena and Cheryl back with Ben.
‘Ready?’ Came Nova’s voice.
‘Yes.’ Cheryl and Dena said softly and without wasting one moment, Dena raced towards the crystal along with a quickly soaring Cheryl.
Ben was taken aback by the sudden release of his body and before he could realize what ever was happening, it happened.
The Animos, with the count of three placed their palms on the crystal, all together.
There was a ear splitting noise and dazzling white light escaped out of cracks appearing on the rocks. Small stones fell from the ceiling of the cave on them, but the Animos held the Crystal tightly. With an almighty bang and blinding flash everything stopped.
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Animos #18

‘Yeah.’ Jack nodded and all the Animos stepped forward.
‘Wait!’ Cheryl yelled. Everyone looked at her. ‘There someone else here.’ she whispered, looking terrified.
Dena’s ears strained and strained and finally when the intruder came into her hearing radius, she heard the person. ‘Yes’ Dena agreed with Cheryl. The Animos closed together, each one looking at a different side.
Then suddenly, from the nearest rock, came shuffling of feet and a few small rock particles fell to the floor.
‘I knew that father wouldn’t lie after all that’ Ben said quietly. He stood there, as casually as he could, with his hands in his pockets.
‘YOU!’ Jack shouted, startling everyone.
‘Yes, me. You see, I can’t believe why you want to destroy your powers.’ Ben began. ‘Let’s just agree on a deal, you can have your powers forever, I’ll make sure of that. In turn, you come together and form an army for me and we together control the world!’ He cackled merrily at the thought.
‘No.’ aRen muttered.
‘What did you say?’ Ben’s eyes flashed dangerously. ‘You refused me?’Ren ducked behind a downward projection of rocks from the ceiling of the cave. He backed slowly. ‘You refused me. You pay the price!’ Ben raised his arm from the pocket extracting a pocket knife and slashed it on Ren.
Dena screamed and Mina shut her eyes quickly.
There was a sound of scream, a yell and a slight whisper of ‘no’. Cheryl squinted at the pair of boys.
Ren stood, his back completely leaning on the wall with Ace, hanging from the cave’s ceiling with the pocket knife in his hand.
Ben, on the other hand, was completely flattened to floor by Jack who was sitting on all his fours on Ben’s torso, forcing him down.
Dena ran towards them followed by the others.
Jack pulled Ben’s collar angrily. ‘YOU! You…you…you…you, how dare you harm my friend!’ He roared. ‘I wouldn’t let you go unscathed!’ Ben’s lower lip trembled, he looked frightened.
‘Jack, calm down.’ Mina began. ‘Ren’s all right.And Ace, I suggest you come down from the ceiling. And guys remember? We’re here for the rock!’ Mina said in a very calm voice which seemed to suck out the anxiety in the place.
‘How do we blast the rock with this one around?’ Ace asked, jabbing a thumb at Ben.
‘Ben deserves a good lesson.’ Ren said, finally recovering from the shock.
‘Yeah. We’ll roll him off the cliff.’ Jack suggested.
Cheryl shook her head. ‘Ugh. Boys.’ she murmured exasperatedly. ‘Look I’ve got a plan.’


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Animos #17

‘I say, we go in right now. No wasting time. I don’t want a nutter to control me.’ Ren said.
‘Yeah. Sure. Go on, then lead us.’
They entered the cave. Nothing could be seen in there except the black darkness.
‘Hey Dena’ Ace began all cheerfully. ‘Why don’t you go in there, a little deeper in the dark and have a look to see if there’s any monster to eat is up?’ He asked. ‘Because you see, we have to see if the coast is clear’
‘Why me?’ Dena asked, her eyes narrowing. ‘Jack can go! He’s a lion Animos! He’s much more braver and stronger and ah, the hero, the king of the jungle!’ she said.
Jack intervened.
‘I am not going because the king of the jungle doesn’t get down his throne to do petty jobs’ he roared. ‘And you can run back quickly here, if there’s something.’
Dena deflated. ‘Sigh. Okay.’
She set a quick pace and ran forward, taking good long strides with a animalistic gait. Her hair flew behind her and she felt as though she had full freedom when she ran.
She finally came to a halt, her heel rubbing the floor so hard that the sound of screech was heard.
‘All right there?’ Came Ren’s voice. ‘Did something eat you? Still alive?’
Dena heard a few sniggers.
‘heheheh..Hey, ouch. Stop that Mina! Stop pinching me! Okay. Fine! Sorry Dena, ‘kay? Leave me. Ow!’ That was Ren’s voice.
Smiling slightly Dena stepped forward. Her smile widened it awe.
‘Guys come here!’ she whispered, her voice echoing in the dark cave. There was a pink-purple crystal, branching right from the ground, nearly three feet tall. It had a mesmerizing look and Dena felt that it was really amazing. It looked dazzling and shiny without any light reflecting on it.
She heard shuffling of foot and gasp and “oohs” and “aaahs” as the other Animos spotted the rock.
‘Umm…’Nova said, breaking everyone from their thoughts about the crystal. ‘Time to finish the job which we’re here for.’


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Animos #16

‘200m above sea level.’ Ace muttered, pulling himself up the final cliff. ‘Reached the Dark caves.’ He squinted down, giving a helping hand to Jack and pulling him up.
Dena clambered up, gasping. Mina lay on her back, staring at the sky. They’ve finally reached the caves! Without any instrument!
‘Oh, I’m so tired.’ she sputtered.
‘But we’ve reached it. The…The Dark caves.’ Cheryl squealed. ‘They look legendary!’ Nova said, gaping at the caves.
Dena turned to have a good look.
The cave looked unnatural, the hollow entrance fully dark. The rocks were shapeless, but beautifully placed. The cave scared Dena slightly. Her fear of dark didn’t help her here…
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Animos #15

Dena lunged forward with great difficulty, her arms aching and her feet pulling her down. ‘Climbing mountain…puff…isn’t like…uh….huh…like climbing the…huh… ladders in a s…slide’ she muttered to herself.
Mina heaved greatly, following her footsteps. The Flamecia was a smaller mountain compared to any other ones, yet, it was difficult for the Animos.
Every one was panting, gasping, and red with fatigue while climbing the mountain… Cheryl was the only one who was not tired as the others as she didn’t climb the mountains.
She flew upwards, occasionally carrying one person a little higher in the mountain slope. But even Cheryl’s wings needed rest. So she flies a good great distance up and then rests for a while, waiting for the others to catch up.
‘Er…Cheryl..’ Nova started timidly. ‘Umm…I think I need a lift. I’m tired.’
Cheryl lunged forward and grasped Nova’s shoulders and carried her higher in the mountains.
‘That’s so helpful of Cheryl.’ Ren muttered to Ace, who, even though being a bee, could just hover inches above the ground.
‘I know you’re jealous there Ren’ Cheryl called from a high platform, surprising everyone.
‘You can here us there? From that height?’ He yelled. ‘Oh yes, eagles have sharp hearing for the sake of catching preys.‘ her eyes twinkled mischievously.
Mina and Dena giggled and the boys looked taken aback.
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Animos #14

A satisfying click issued from the spherical cage as the cage’s door flicked open. Frank beamed joyfully. His way of handling Ben’s laptop in the corner was very creative and within moments, he had unlocked the cage without alerting the security alarm.
Dena smiled at him.
‘Thanks a lot, Frank. We’ll only come back after destroying the Crystal.’ She found it hard to believe that it was just yesterday when she ran from Sabrina and discovered her powers.
All the Animos filed slowly out of the cage, delighted at being free.
‘You’d better leave right now to the mountains, because it won’t be long before Ben comes here with another wave of Animos.’ Frank replied. ‘And here’s the most important part, Ben has connected himself to the Crystal in some way. So before you destroy the Crystal, not one single person alone should touch it because solo touch alerts alarm, whereas a group wouldn’t harm it as it would blast before the alarm would ring.’ Frank’s eyes twinkled.
‘You are leaving right now. Go!’ He said impatiently to the Animos.
‘But what about the mountain climbing equipment? All the ropes, oxygen cylinder, and stuff?’ Jack asked.
‘Ha! That’s for humans. You’re Animos. You are more than that. You can do it. Animals don’t climb mountains with ropes and cylinders. You can do it. Go!’ Frank hissed.
Here the adventure begins…
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Animos #13

Every Animos turned to see Frank creeping inside. He gestured them to be quite as stumbled forward, limping slightly.When he spoke, his voice was harsh and worse.
‘Be quiet, Animos. I have come here-‘ Frank was interrupted by Cheryl.
‘So, you’re Frank, right? Why have you come here now?’ she spat at him.
‘Quiet! I marked the beginning of this. I know the ending too.’ His eyes flashed dangerously, grabbing everyone’s attention.
‘Your next and foremost intention now, is, to go to the Dark cave. The Dark cave in the Flencia mountains. That’s where the Crystal is located. The Crystal which controls the Animos. You will have to destroy it, blasting it, is the only way.’ He paused. ‘You have to place your palms on the Crystal. Mind you, everyone’s hands should be on the Crystal, together. Then, press your palms on the rock and think rapidly of losing you power. If y’all think the same thing at the same time, then the rock absorbs your power and will destroy itself. You Animos, will suffer minor scratches and burns. But that’s better than what Ben will do if he would control you.’
‘How can we believe you?’ Jack asked. ‘What if this is a trap?’
‘You are accusing mister. I’m saying the truth, the sole and complete truth for your sake. If any of you choose to retain the power, by not thinking about losing you powers while placing your hand on the rock, then you’ll lose your life. You’ll be blasted away with the crystal. You’ve to get there before Ben does.’ Frank snarled.
‘But how do we get out of this cage?’ Nova asked urgently.
‘That’s why I am here for.’ Frank smiled insanely…