You did not stay with
Lady Kayura shook her head, her eyes hidden by the shadows of the room.
No, I felt as if I were intruding.
Cale frowned slightly and folded his arms cross his chest. They were in
danger and you had to go and help them. And from what you told us, they sure
did need it.
Yes but this strange entity feels so uncanny.
This entity is the girls former lover, right?
Yes, youre right. However, within him is another essence. An essence so
dark and powerful, it feels familiar. Like I know Ive felt it before.
The former Dark Warlord of Corruption leaned against the stone walls of
what was once Talpas throne room. With his head lowered, he said, So now
what do we do?
Kayura slowly turned around and gazed out of the castle windows.
Looking up at the multiple moons which hung in the wide, golden skies, she
replied, We wait.
Wait?! Why do we have to wait?
Whoever is controlling that boy from the inside has placed a powerful
barrier among this reign. We cant get in or out of here even if we wished
Cale frowned as he moved over to one of the castle windows. He extended
his hand outward but suddenly, a jolt of pain shocked him. He drew his hand
back with a hiss and an enraged expression on his face. What is the meaning
The blue-haired wielder of the Ancients Staff just lowered her head and
whispered, Anubis, Mia, please be careful.
The Ancient witch
is onto us, Adrien whispered, his eyes seething.
"It's a good thing I was able to use the stone to keep her and those idiot
Warlords where I can keep an eye on them. They won't be able to come anytime
soon to ruin everything."
Behind him, the ninjas trembled in fright. They had never seen their
master this enraged before. They knew it was because of the girl and the
former Warlord of Cruelty. They were not making their task any easier. It
would seem as if something as simple as kidnapping someone wouldnt cause
much of a struggle. But had they known about Anubis, they wouldnt have taken
things so lightly.
The young man turned around, his cape flowing behind him. I wont be
defeated again. Ancient One or no Ancient One, I will get Mia back. And if
Anubis dares to get in my way again, hell regret it.
::Dont be so quick to assume youll win::
I know what Im doing! Adrien snapped viciously.
The ninjas, not knowing whom their master was talking to, just shrank
back into the darkness, leaving him alone.
Sighing, Adrien levitated a few inches off the ground and floated over
towards his throne. He eased himself down and waved a hand before him. The
glowing white orb materialized in front of him and shined brilliantly.
::Get her back to our side. She would have gotten Anubis if YOU hadnt
Shut up, Adrien grumbled. I know, I know
::Speak to me in that tone again, Adrien, and I will give you more pain
than you can handle. Understand?::
No answer. Adrien knew he didnt wish to cross his master, his keeper,
and the one who was keeping him alive on borrowed time.
Forgive me he apologized soon after. I just want Mia to come back to
me I love her so much.
He reached into his pocket and slowly drew out the Cessation Stone and
studied its beautiful features. A stone which looked harmless enough to look
at and touch. But if one knew of its true powers, the power of ultimate
silence, then it was a very deadly relic to use. He had used it once to keep
Mia from being able to call her husband but that plan backfired as he found
out the hard way.
::You havent much time:: the voice reminded him. ::Get that girl you
desire so much. And afterwards, we can finally get our plan into action the
destruction of the Mortalworld.
Adrien simply nodded. I must use the full powers of the Cessation Stone.
Mia my love, forgive me but soon you shall understand everything.
No answer, Anubis
stated sadly as he hung up the phone. He turned and
gazed over at Mia who was sitting in the living room. He had suggested
calling the Ronin Warriors, assuming that they were still staying at the
house for a few days. But unfortunately, it seemed as though they had decided
to go on an early leave. Love, we need to find help as soon as well can. I
dont think its wise for us to go after Adrien on our own. Especially after
what he did to the both of us.
She didnt answer him. She sat there with her hands folded onto her lap,
her face blank of any expression. Her eyes appeared misty but her bangs fell
over them, somewhat hiding them. Adrien, I know this isnt the real you. I
just wish there were a way I could find out what was going on and free you
from this entrapment. I can feel you suffering somehow
She lifted her head and blinked. The kiss? Could it have been the kiss
that enabled me to feel his emotions? Or rather, sense the being inside him?
Anubis, we have to go after him now.
Anubis was flabbergasted. He had merely gone over to see why his wife
hadnt been answering and all of a sudden, she says this. And in a rather
deep, sincere voice as well.
Mia stood up and took his hand. She gave it a gentle squeeze and looked
up at him. Please, let me go find him.
But Mia! Why? I mean why now? He didnt understand what was going on.
And she hinted a sense of jealousy in his voice. The Master of Cruelty?
She slowly shook her head. Anubis, I know this isnt really Adrien. He
would never want to hurt me. Please Anubis, please... I want to help him be
free of whatever is controlling him.
Mia, I-I dont know... I mean... He didnt know what to say. To help a
man who kidnapped his wife and then tried to turn her against him
A cold, razor sharp wind screamed outside. Tiny waves appeared over on
the lakes surface and crashed against the shore and dock. Dark clouds
swiftly swarmed over the area and thunder rumbled in the distance. Small,
distinguishing cracks were seen along the living room windows as lightning
flashed in the sky.
Mia gasped as a huge boom was heard from outside. She closed her eyes and
trembled. She had never heard a thunderstorm so close and so loud. However
she relaxed somewhat as she felt her husband wrap his strong arms around her
and held her close.
Hes very angry, Anubis thought to himself grimly as he gazed out of the
window. A streak of lightning was seen illume the black skies for a brief
second. More rumbles of thunder soon followed and the former warlord frowned
in dismay. I dont want Mia hurt and I understand how she feels about Adrien.
But it will be too risky to try and have a civilized discussion with him. I
too sense something strange within him but I wonder how Mia felt this? I wish
I knew what to do.
Abruptly Anubiss eyes widen as he felt a shock of energy shoot through
him. Something was coming their way and coming at an incredibly fast speed!
MIA! he cried out as a mystical energy force burst through the ground
underneath them and separated the two.
Mias eyes were also wide but in shock. She did not cry out but rather
she stretched out her hand, in hopes to reach out to Anubis. He too, reached
out for her and their fingertips barely touched when the force swirled from
the ground and shot through the roof, totally obliterating it and along with
the house. The two lovers yelled as they grew further away from one another.
Debris flew wildly around them, like a savage cyclone, it swirled around and
around. It was like a nightmare, never ending and terrifying all at once.
Suddenly, everything stopped a time freeze. Everything had frozen in
place, all except for Anubis and Mia. They looked about in utter confusion,
both of their hearts racing.
What is the meaning of this? Anubis demanded as he struggled to move
his body. He found that he was only able to move his head and nothing more.
A deep chuckle was heard and in the midst of the frozen, silent chaos,
Adrien materialized, with his head lowered and his bangs hiding his eyes. He
had his arms folded across his chest and around his neck, he wore the
Cessation Stone. He slowly lifted his head and offered Anubis a depraved
Hello there, he greeted sarcastically.
Anubis growled in frustration. You! Why are you doing this?
Simple. I want what youve stolen from me, Warlord. I want my Mia back.
I want my Mia back and I want her now.
Adrien stop this right now! Mia protested, craning her neck just to see
a glimpse of him. You dont know what youre saying! This isnt the real
The young man lifted a delicate brow and gazed up at her, his arms still
folded across his chest. He asked in a soft voice, What on earth do you
The real Adrien I know would never doing something as horrible as this
to get me to notice him! she shouted, tears welding inside her eyes. She
whispered, You were so kind, so caring, so loving, the perfect gentleman!
YOU ARE NOT ADRIEN!
Adrien felt as if his heart had been ripped in half. His eyes were drawn
back, in just utter shock. His arms fell to his side and the Cessation Stone
shone faintly. He and Mia simply stared at one another in accusation.
Meanwhile Anubis had taken the time to concentrate on his inner aura and
gather a vast amount of energy. His whole body glowed with intense, red
energy. He grit his teeth as he reached his peak then without warning, he
Adrien felt this energy and turned around, only to receive a swift, harsh
kick into his jaw. Everything seemed to go in slow motion: Anubis leaping
into the air and his foot pushing Adriens jaw to the side at an ugly angle.
Adriens eyes were in an absolute daze as he was sent flying promptly through
one of the living rooms wall. Mia blinked back her tears and her hair flew
along her shoulders as she watched Adrien crash into the lake far below.
Anubis made his way to Mia by leaping from furniture to furniture. He
gathered her into his arms and carried her back down to the ground. As soon
as the two of them did so, the tornado dissipated and all of the furniture,
walls, windows, and what went plunging to the ground.
The thunderstorms ceased somewhat and the choppy waters of the lake were
eerily calm. Anubis, who was kneeling on the ground and holding Mia in his
arms, gradually lifted his head and glanced over his shoulder. I know youre
out there, he thought to himself. He narrowed his eyes and growled softly.
Youre just waiting for us and when we least expect it...
He felt Mias arms tighten around his neck and he hugged her even closer.
Its all right, love, he said in reassurance. I didnt hurt him too
badly. Considering that hes not human if he had been, Anubis would have
surely broken his jaw or even broken his neck.
Did you see that stone? his wife asked him softly, not making eye
contact with him. Thats the stone he used to kidnap me and take control of
We must get that stone away from him then, before--!
The lakes surface swirled around until a black armored figure leapt out
of the waters, his fists clenched at his sides. Adriens eyes were red with
anger and his teeth were bared in a snarl. His dark hair flew about his face,
water dripping down the ends and onto the Cessation Stone.
Youll regret that, he roared as he drew both of his hands above his
hands. FINAL FURY BLAST!
At the sound of his voice, Mia felt a surge of adrenaline rush throughout
her body. She grabbed Anubis and threw them both to the side. Before Anubis
could question her action, he felt the ground began to sink beneath them.
Looking down, he discovered the ground cracked and torn, as if a huge meteor
had struck the earth. Glancing over his shoulder, he was just about right.
Where he and Mia were only moments ago, there was a vast crater with steam
fizzling from its center.
What incredible power, he thought in horror. A moment too late and we
Adrien, please stop! Mia cried as she sluggishly stood on her two feet.
She clasped her hands together and stared at her ex-boyfriend. Whats wrong
with you? This is not the way the Adrien *I* know would act!
For a moment, Adriens eyes reverted to their normal state and he lowered
his glowing hands. He met Mias stare and simply froze. The Cessation Stone
shimmered faintly against his dark armor.