~~(11) Dark to Light…Light to Dark.~~
The group passed through the permeable membrane like substance of the gate, but instead of stepping into the opposite side as a unit, the group found themselves separated into teams.
“Where do you think everyone else went?” Sailor Solar asked.
She was dismayed, seconds ago she had been holding her lovers hand. Then Lunar’s touch was gone and there was nothing except this strange room, and Sailor Autumn.
Autumn shrugged. “I don’t know but I am sure they are OK.”
The room they were in was large and square; the pair stood in the center area. All around and above them was an open balcony; it was like they were in an elegant courtyard. Above them was no conceivable ceiling there was nothing but blackness like a night sky but with no stars.
“It’s too quiet here; let’s find a door, and the others.” Solar said with a quiver in her voice.
Autumn nodded and was about to answer her, when a fluttering noise sounded off above them.
Autumn whispered. “Did you hear that?”
“Yea, it sounded like a bug, a really big bug.” Solar replied.
Autumn nodded. “Or paper rustling, yea. More like paper rustling.”
“And who says denial is just a river in Egypt.” Solar joked.
The two laughed nervously, but then stopped as the fluttering sounded off again.
Autumn took in a breath. “Let’s find that exit, OK?”
Solar nodded quickly and looked around the room. They were about to move when an object flashed out of the darkness above and flew towards them. It was a six foot tall staff; it landed like a spear in the soft ground between Solar and Autumn. The top of the weapon had glowing silver gray star points with a whitish-blue orb center on it. The star was four pointed with four thinner points behind it; in the center in the orb was a strange symbol.
“What’s that?!” Sailor Solar exclaimed.
Sailor Autumn grabbed Solar and maneuvered her so they stood back to back. Both Senshi looked around trying to catch sight of the thrower.
Sailor Autumn whispered. “Do you see anything?”
“No. I wish I had a flare to throw out or something.” Solar whispered back.
Despite her name, her powers were not flame, but solar energy. It was more along the lines of the unseen energy that radiates from the fiery star.
Sailor Autumn nodded. “Yea me too, too bad we didn’t pack flares.”
Autumn’s felt totally helpless since her power was wind based. Suddenly, an errant creak drew their attentions off to the left. There was a flash of gray, and the sound of buzzing started up again. The staff then started to glow brighter; in the center orb a “Sr” appeared and a silvery-white cloud leaked out. As it came in contact with the air it burst into flames. The fire bore down on the Sailor Autumn and Solar.
“Watch out!!” Solar cried and pushed off of Autumn.
Sailor Autumn dove and rolled until she was a safe distance; across the way Solar dashed away from the fire. The two made a wide angle out of the range of the fire, and met under the lower part of the arena.
Autumn panted. “Well, we got the fire we asked for.”
“Not quite what I had in mind.” Solar gasped.
Just then the fire stopped; the buzzing noise started up again, and a wind touched both of them. Autumn and Solar looked to where the rod stood; landing beside it was another senshi. This senshi was wearing a silver gray corset dress; it had a wide whitish-blue ribbon lacing up the corset. Her sailor collar was smaller and whitish-blue; she had silver gray lace up armbands on her upper arms, and whitish-blue calf length lace up combat boots. She looked like a pale angel, but with fluttering dragonfly wings on her back.
Autumn looked her up and down. “She looks like Gandalf.”
“Or Legolas.” Solar nodded at the “Lord of the Rings” reference.
The winged senshi had whitish-blue long hair and silver gray eyes. She wrapped her left hand around her staff, and pulled it out of the ground.
Sailor Autumn demanded. “Who are you?!”
Solar and Autumn both adopted a defensive stance. The person before them was a sailor senshi, but it was obvious that this person was attacking them. The other senshi did not answer, but instead she twirled her staff and planted it in front of her. The orb in the center changed color and glowed silvery. The symbol in it changed to “Hg”, and the girl lifted the staff and swung it. A glowing silvery liquid flashed out from the weapon; the glowing globs grew as they shot through the air towards Solar and Autumn.
“Watch out!!” Solar hollered.
Sailor Autumn leapt into the air and performed a mix of aerial flips over the spray.
As she twisted in the air she called her weapon. “Fall Scyth!!”
As she descended, a golden bladed scythe with a long black handle appeared in her hand. When she landed, she twirled the sickle as she did so wind gathered upon the blade. Sailor Solar leapt back, as she rose into the air her weapon materialized in her grip. She landed on the first story balcony; she teetered on the railing.
The silvery globs landed on the ground with out hitting anyone, they beaded up looking like little ball bearings, and then they quickly disappeared. Sailor Autumn watched this, and then stopped twirling her scyth.
She then moved forward. “Wind of Admonishment!”
A wind picked up around her propelling her forward; it added speed onto her forward motion. She brought her scyth back and swung it around at the winged senshi. The fair senshi brought her staff up and caught the blow from Sailor Autumn. There was a loud clanging noise as the two weapons met, Autumn’s speed picked up the other girl forcing her back. The girl spread her wings and rose up into the air; bringing Autumn with her since the sickle blade was hooked on the rod. Autumn jerked her blade before she was taken too high, and she dropped to the ground. The other senshi was flying now, and being a very good moving target.
“Please let my aim be on track.” Solar begged of herself.
She brought her hands up and created a bow and arrow out of light. She opened her eyes and aimed the weapon at the flying senshi.
“Sunlight Piercer!” She shouted.
She fired off a few energy arrows; she knew that too many would drain her energy. The arrows sped towards the senshi; the first one missed, the second was dodged, but the third hit shredding one of the girl’s wings.
Autumn smiled. “Nice shot!!”
Sailor Solar flashed her ally a thumbs up; she then jumped off the railing, and landed in a crouch. She stood and headed back to Autumn’s side. They watched as the enemy touched down, and brought her staff around. The orb turned dull gray, and the symbol changed to “Pb”. A dull gray cloud of particulate matter expanded out from the staff.
“Sol Flash!” Solar called out.
A glowing white aura encompassed her and Autumn; the matter from the senshi passed over them, with out harming them.
“I don’t know what her power is, but I have a feeling it’s not good.” Solar exclaimed.
Sailor Autumn thought. “That power with the silver stuff; I think that it was mercury.”
“Mercury?” Solar said.
Autumn nodded. “Yea, like the metal. Let see the symbols were; Sr, Hg, and Pb.”
“Oh, Pb that’s lead.” Solar said.
Autumn nodded. “Are you sure? Hg is the elemental sign for mercury; I don’t know what Sr is. I do know that lead and mercury are bad for you.”
“In other words continue to avoid her powers.” Solar completed.
The protective glow from Solar dimmed and went out; the pair once again was back on guard.
“So we’re dealing with a Senshi who throws out metal poisons.” Solar added on.
Autumn nodded. “In order to get out of here, we’ll have to stay alive, and beat this girl.”
“If we get her staff away from her; maybe we can wrap this up.” Solar said.
All other plans were dashed as the other senshi came at them, the charge was a surprise. The girl swung her rod around and took Solar’s legs out from under her.
“Gah!” Solar cried out as she hit the ground.
The pale senshi brought her staff up to clip Sailor Autumn on the side of the head. Autumn met the attack haphazardly; the blade of her scyth caught the girl’s rod in the center. Autumn pushed down while the other girl resisted; suddenly the girl spread her wings. Autumn could see the pain in the other girl’s eyes as she was lifted into the air. Solar started to rise; when the pale girl kicked her in the face knocking her down again. The girl started to spin in a tight circle; the pair spun until the momentum unhooked their weapons. Autumn was hurled across the room; she hit the balcony railing, and fell to the ground.
She slowly stood up; her eyes were rotating swirls. “Ugh, I don’t feel…”
Autumn quickly looked around then doubled over and threw up. Solar rolled back and got up; blood trickled out of her nose.
“I think you broke my nose!” Solar exclaimed. “Autumn are you ok?”
The pale senshi landed between Solar and Autumn; she made no moves towards either of them.
Autumn finished tossing her cookies; she wiped her mouth, and frowned. “I have had enough of this!”
Autumn picked up her scyth and slammed the blade into the ground. “TWILIGHT SOUL HARVEST!!”
The echo from her shout abruptly vanished, as a red glow silhouetted her. The crimson radiance looks like the light from a setting autumn sun. Suddenly, mists colored red and burnt orange rise out of the ground beneath Sailor Autumn and the pale senshi. The haze makes ghostly shapes and surrounds the enemy senshi. The girl backs up but the phantom vapor still envelops her; it enters her body through her pores, and the wound around her wing.
“Wow, what was that about?” Solar exclaimed.
Autumn shook her head. “She soon won’t be a problem any more.”
Autumn explained that the power worked to stop all life functions. As if on cue, the girl started to stumble and blood stated to trickle out of her nose. Her light hair started to get stained red as more blood leaked out of her ears.
“I’m not sure about this; I didn’t want to kill her.” Solar asked grimacing.
Autumn’s face was a stony mask. “It had to be done; it was either us or her.”
“Yea but what if she’s really a good guy, you know like she’s being controlled.” Solar pleaded.
Autumn had thought of that, but she felt the situation was dire enough to warrant this final action.
“Can you stop it?” Solar said and touched Autumn’s arm.
Autumn shook her head. “It’s the work of the phantoms in the wind. They will continue until…”
There was no need to finish; they watched as the enemy senshi’s light uniform was getting stained with red. She was shaking all over; as her internal organs one my one ceased to function. She fell to her knees; leaning heavily on her staff.
“I don’t have any healing powers; do you?” Solar asked.
The blonde senshi turned away; it was sick to just stand and watch. Autumn shook her head once more; she did not have any healing abilities either. She averted her eyes too; seeing the other girl deteriorate was making her ill.
Autumn shuddered and thought. “Did I do the right thing?”
The pale senshi pulled herself to her feet. The orb in the center of her staff glowed; the symbol “Sb” appeared in the center. A blue-white shine bled into the thinner star points; the girl swung her staff out, and the spike like points flew off. The barbs sailed through the air at Solar and Autumn.
Autumn spotted the movement out of the corner of her eye. “Incoming!!”
The two moved as the needles hit the ground around their feet. Solar hissed as she jumped from side to side. Autumn followed suit avoiding the spikes. When they were safe, the two stopped. The pale bloody senshi had fallen; a pool of crimson was growing around her.
Autumn kneeled at Solar’s side. “Are you alright?”
“Yea, I just got hit.” She said as she pulled the barb out of her calf.
Autumn checked the wound; it wasn’t too deep, but it was bleeding a lot. She applied some pressure to the wound; Solar took off her glove and used it as a bandage. There was an odd noise that sounded off around the room; Autumn and Solar looked up, and the enemy was gone. All that remained was the blood stain on the ground where she once had laid.
Autumn sighed. “She’s gone.”
“How?! I mean how could she have gotten up? Where do you think she went?” Solar asked.
Autumn shrugged. “I don’t know, but look.”
Autumn pointed at a rectangle of light; a door had formed.
“A way out; we can find the others now!” Solar exclaimed.
There was nothing more they could do, so the pair left through the door.