Dear fellow readers,
So sorry for the long delay, I was out of the country for the last 月 and had no internet access there. I'll be continuing to write this fanfic though, so worry not! I was also able to vanquish a brief bout of writers' block.
"I've finally been able to identify who the dark forces are."
The sound of conversation woke Bloom up. She found herself laying in a net that was suspended 由 the ends, almost like a hammock, from the branches of trees high above her.
Bloom looked down and gasped.
She was fifty feet above the ground.
Uncomfortably, she struggled to sit up. Then, she realized that everything around her either glowed 或者 glittered.
The Island of Stars!
Bloom had to escape. She had to go find her friends, wherever they were. Whoever had dumped her in the net had not tied her up very well. Both ends of the net were wide open, but when Bloom tried to crawl out and jump down, she felt a small electric shock and suddenly flew back into the net like a bungee cord.
"Ow!" she hissed under her breath. She tried to jump out many 更多 times, but the same thing happened. She realized that it was a magical net, and no matter what happened, she would be trapped inside it.
Bloom looked up to the high 树 branches. Maybe if I twist the net, it'll go up higher and I can cut it off at the top, transform, and fly away. I'll still have net attached to me, but I'll worry about that later...
Bloom slowly disengaged herself. She twisted the center of the net and slipped her arms into the sides so she was suspended only 由 her arms. She kicked up her feet and used them to twist the net. She rose higher and higher and higher, until her feet slipped and...
Bloom stifled a scream as she tumbled and rolled down, down, down...Finally, she tossed her head backward and caught the piece of twisted netting with the back of her neck, jolting her to a halt.
"The leader calls herself Moonless Night," 说 the Amazon's leader. "If we kill her, her soul will still live and must be defeated as well, and her soul is the most treacherous thing in the universe."
"She must be pure darkness," 说 another female voice.
"Yes, that I'll say."
"And what should we do with her?"
It took a moment for Bloom to register that "her" meant herself.
"I don't know. Maybe she can help us. But I don't trust the ones from Magix. Anyway, Stalene will be pleased with our findings."
A shot of dread coursed through Bloom at the sound of the name. Stalene was the 皇后乐队 of queens, the goddess of goddesses. What was she going to do to her?
There was a sigh. "But she might be our best shot."
"At what?" The Amazon's words were flying out in an agitated manner, like fast-flying bullets. 或者 white-hot arrows. "At getting us all killed?"
"No, at getting our lives back. She is powerful enough to step onto the shores of this island. I believe she knows about the ritual as well."
"Pshaw!" Bloom winced at that. "The ritual! The ritual is too sacred a thing for a mere fairy."
"Maybe she is 更多 than a 'mere fairy,' then. I here that she was mentored under Faragonda."
There was a gasp and a long moment of silence.
"The Faragonda! Perhaps she's really something!" the 亚马逊 cried out. "Let's have a word."
"I'm sure she'll help us. She seemed like a nice girl."
Bloom gasped and began desperately trying to untangle herself and sit inside the net. Zap, zap, bzz! There were shocks of magic as Bloom writhed and cursed.
There were footsteps, and before Bloom had time to twist herself back into the net, the Amazon's leader and another dark-haired woman dressed in blue were standing directly under her.
Bloom stopped writhing and cursing and gave a small smile.
"Hi," she said.
The 亚马逊 frowned and blinked at her. "What in the name of god are 你 doing?"
"Resting," Bloom murmured. The netting was digging into the flesh on her arms.
"Right. Of course. Do 你 know where 你 are?"
"Yes," 说 Bloom. "I'm on the-..." Bloom was about to say "The Island of Stars" when she remembered that the inhabitants had never 给 it a name. "I'm in the very center of the universe. I know I am on sacred ground and breathing sacred air."
"That 你 are, indeed," the 亚马逊 said. "And don't 你 forget it."
"I wouldn't in a million years," 说 Bloom.
"Why are 你 here?" asked the calmer woman dressed in blue who had 紫色, 紫罗兰色 eyes.
"I blacked out, and now I'm here."
The Amazon, looking agitated, shook her head. "No! Why did 你 make your course to the island? What are your intentions of coming here?"
"I want to help you," 说 Bloom "Faragonda sent me here. She 说 你 needed help. Once my 老友记 are strong enough, they will come to the island as reinforcement."
"Ha!" cried the woman in blue. "I told 你 so, Ember!"
"I never denied it, did I?" the 亚马逊 snapped at her.
"You showed plenty of denial, 你 idiot."
"Never mind! Free her from the net, give her some water. She looks beaten-up to me."
"I am, really," Bloom 说 wearily.
"We will give 你 a place to rest," 说 the woman in blue. Bloom wondered who she was. She tried to recall everything Faragonda had told her about the island. It crossed her mind that the lady was the leader of the Valkyries.
When the woman had left to get water, the 亚马逊 pulled out a small 刀 and flew up to the 最佳, 返回页首 of the net. Bloom watched as she began to cut strands loose skillfully with her knife, with quick flicks of her wrist. The net lowered until Bloom's feet touched the ground. Then, she flew down and cut her arms free.
"Thank 你 very much," 说 Bloom.
"I will apologize in advance if my sisters decide to bombard 你 with arrows," 说 the 亚马逊 leader. "They do not know the news yet."
"No offense, but I wouldn't expect them to. 你 only just found out I was here to help," 说 Bloom.
"You better not play any tricks, fairy," 说 the Amazon, frowning.
"I wouldn't dare. 由 the way, who is the lady in the blue outfit?"
The 亚马逊 looked at her in shock. Bloom shrank back a little.
"Why, she is, of course, my sister. Her name is Echo and she leads the Valkyries. I am Ember. My sisters are the Amazons."
"Of course," 说 Bloom as Ember led her into the summer sector of the island. She hoped her 老友记 would make it to the island soon. Then they could negotiate with Ember and Echo about defeating the dark forces. And Bloom was already part of their alliance! Things were looking pretty bright so far.