Forest – Rarity's Resolve
Greymane took Fluttershy to his chambers in the large bamboo structure he called home. It was there she was promptly brought to his room, sat down in front of a pole, her wrists bound tightly above her head to the pole, and her ankles bound together. She struggled against her bindings for a bit, but it was no use. Greymane had stripped her of her freedom, and soon he'd take her dignity.
The whole time, all she could think about was how upset Rarity got. She didn't expect to have left such an impression on her oddly dressed friend. It was almost like they had been friends for many moons. The Seer told Fluttershy when she was younger that one day she'd meet people who were her best friends, even though they hadn't ever met.
Was that… Rarity?
Thinking of her friend, Fluttershy couldn't help but cry. She wasn't ashamed to admit that right now she was terrified, and that she wanted to be in the arms of her friend. But she knew that this was for the best. The wolves kept their word and left the village peacefully. Maybe now they'd leave them alone for a while.
Besides, it was ultimately her fault that this happened anyway.
“Always mess up…” Fluttershy sobbed, “Always make mistakes… Rarity… Twilight… sorry I… put friends in danger…”
As she cried, she heard someone enter the room. She looked up and saw Greymane walk into the room with a sinister smirk.
“Now, we get to know each other better, High Priestess,” Greymane said. Fluttershy backed away as much as possible as Greymane approached her. She didn't know what he was going to do, but she knew one thing.
She didn't like the way he was smiling at her.
A six year old Fluttershy was on her knees crying as three kids circled around her laughing.
“Baby! Baby! Baby!” the kids taunted.
“Stop it!” Fluttershy cried, “L-leave me alone!”
As Fluttershy closed her eyes crying, she heard whacking, and the kids cringing in pain. She looked up through her tears and saw another girl. This girl wore a very pretty white and purple dress, black Mary-Jane shoes, and she had an impressive curly mane of purple hair.
“Leave her alone!” the girl said, her voice high with an odd flair, making her sound almost like a rich girl. In her hands was a wooden stick about as tall as her, which she held at her side as she stood proudly.
“This isn't any of your business!” one of the kids said rubbing his nose.
“It is too! This girl is my friend!” the purple haired girl said, “If any of you want to pick on her again, I'll make you regret it!”
Shortly after the kids were chased away, the girl helped Fluttershy up. Fluttershy hadn't ever seen a girl as beautiful as her in her life. The girl looked to be a tad older than her, as she was a bit taller, and while before she had the air of a fighter, now she was the epitome of grace.
“Everything okay darling?” the girl said.
“D-did you m-mean that…?” Fluttershy asked, “When y-you s-s-said I was y-your f-f-f-friend?”
“Of course I did,” the girl said holding out her hand, “You're new to this school, right? My name's Rarity.”
Fluttershy slowly took Rarity's hand and shook it, “F-Fluttershy…”
“Wow, you have a really cute name, Fluttershy!” Rarity said enthusiastically. Fluttershy looked at Rarity wide eyed.
“No one… ever compliments my name…” Fluttershy said.
“Want to sit next to me in class?” Rarity asked, “I'll keep all the bullies away from you. You can think of me as your knight in shining armor.”
Fluttershy was so impressed with this girl. She was so beautiful, yet at the same time so strong. She was like a beautiful princess and a powerful knight all in one. Before she knew it, Fluttershy started crying again, this time tears of joy.
“I'd… love that…” Fluttershy said through her tears of joy. Rarity smiled brightly.
“I promise, as long as I'm alive you'll never have to be afraid,” Rarity said honestly.
She nodded, and took Rarity's hand as the two of them walked into the school building together. Fluttershy didn't know it, but she wasn't the only one who took that exchange so seriously.
I'm sorry… I couldn't keep my promise to you…
“Rarity, are you awake?” Twilight asked walking into the hut. Poor Rarity was lying on the mat of Fluttershy's hut, her back turned to the entrance. Twilight sighed and sat down next to Rarity.
“Please talk to me, Rarity,” Twilight urged, “I'm scared. This isn't like you at all.”
“I… failed her…” Rarity said softly. Twilight looked at Rarity in shock.
“Rarity, no, there wasn't anything either of us could do,” Twilight said.
“That. Doesn't. Matter,” Rarity said, the flair in her voice leaving her, “She's my best friend… and I just watched… as that… bastard of a wolf took her…”
“Rarity,” Twilight said, “I know you're upset, but you do know that's not your Fluttershy, right? You just met-”
“I know that!” Rarity screamed glaring at Twilight, “I know she isn't my Fluttershy, but don't you get it?! I. Don't. Care! That's Fluttershy! My best friend! Someone I promised I'd always protect, and I failed!
“You don't know how it feels,” Rarity said, looking down trembling as more tears fell from her eyes, “I was torn away from my best friend, not knowing if she's even still alive. Then I see another Fluttershy, who confirms all of my fears. That if I wasn't there for her, her life would become a nightmare. Now I've found this other Fluttershy, who acts so much like my own that I feel like I have to protect her. It doesn't matter to me that she's not my Fluttershy. I would do the same for any Fluttershy if I met her. I love her that much.”
“Is it… romantic…?” Twilight asked, almost nervously, “The way you love her?”
“I never thought about it,” Rarity said, “That's not important though. I love her dearly. Whether or not it's romantic, she means everything to me.”
Twilight looked somewhat comforted for some reason, and embraced Rarity.
“You truly are a wonderful person,” Twilight said, “I wish I could have known the Rarity in my world. If she was anything like you, we'd be best friends too,” Twilight released Rarity and placed her hands on her shoulders, “We need to head to the Chief's hut. She wanted to talk to us when you woke up.”
“Probably to kick us out of the village,” Rarity said somberly, “Not that I'd mind.”
“Rarity,” Twilight said aghast.
“They didn't do anything for her,” Rarity said darkly, “All they did was watch as Greymane took her away.”
“They were afraid,” Twilight said, “Sure, we know that the Wolf Tribe is full of it, but they don't. They truly believe that Lavos is real, and that if they don't do this, they'll-”
“Even still, she's a member of their tribe, and she was only following her heart. To just do nothing, I…”
“Let's head to the Chief's hut,” Twilight said, “We'll see what she wants before we judge.”
Rarity took a deep breath, “Sure,” she said curtly. Honestly, she already pretty much judged them. One thing Fluttershy was better at than Rarity was forgiveness. Rarity wasn't ashamed to admit that there were things she couldn't forgive.
Hurting her friends was the quickest way to get on her bad side.
The walk to the Chief's hut was one done in silence. All of the villagers turned away from Rarity whenever she met their eyes, probably able to feel the controlled rage boiling within her. Once they arrived in the hut, they saw both the Chief and Seer kneeling next to one another.
“Please sit, outsiders,” Chief Luna said, waiting for Twilight and Rarity to kneel before she continued, “Sister and I talk, and we decide that although you are outsiders, you not fully responsible for attack last night. Therefore, if you wish it, you stay in village.”
“A-are you sure?” Twilight asked, “We don't want to cause any trouble.”
“You have no where else to go,” Seer Celestia said, “Dangerous outside of village. You safe here. Stay as long as you-”
“What about Fluttershy?” Rarity asked, catching everyone's attention. The Chief took a deep breath before she spoke.
“Unfortunate what happened to her, but she knew consequences of her actions,” Chief Luna said.
“She just wanted to help Apple Bloom,” Rarity said, “You act like it's a crime to save a life!”
“What she did was put entire village in danger,” Chief Luna said, “Wolves attack last night because of her thoughtless intervention.”
“You don't seriously believe that bullshit do you?” Rarity asked.
“Rarity, stop…” Twilight warned. Rarity ignored Twilight and continued.
“Do you really believe that you're sending your people to appease Lavos?! As far as you know, all you're doing is condemning your women to slavery!”
“Even still, what do you expect us to do?!” Chief Luna challenged, “Wolves are bigger than us, stronger than us, compared to them, we are ants! I just try to protect village!”
“By sending people from that very village into the lion's den?! What are you protecting then?! What's the point of protecting a village when it's the people you're putting in danger?!”
“You know nothing of our struggle! You child, just like Fluttershy! Never lead! Never sacrifice! Never have to protect anything!”
“I know exactly what it's like to have to protect something precious, and what it's like to be facing odds stacked so far against you there's no way to win! But I still fought! No, I didn't win all the time, and yes, it was hard, but I never gave up!” as another image of her Fluttershy flashed in her mind, tears of anger built up, “I'd fight, and fight, and fight even more if it meant I could at least keep my loved ones safe! Even now, I'm only here because my friend is in danger, and I want to do something, anything, to save her!”
As she spoke, Twilight pressed a hand to her chest, a look of pure admiration coming over her. Seer Celestia gave Rarity a somewhat enigmatic smile, and even Chief Luna looked down in shame.
Rarity shot up and walked to the entrance, stopping for a second.
“I might not be the strongest in the world, but no could ever call me a coward,” Rarity said shooting Chief Luna a look, “I wonder if your people can say the same about you.”
With that she left the hut. Twilight took a deep breath before speaking again.
“She's… amazing…” Twilight said. Soon she shot up from her seat and ran after her. When she reached Fluttershy's hut, she saw Rarity stepping out, her spear strapped to her back.
“Rarity, where are you going?” Twilight asked.
“Where do you think?” Rarity turned to Twilight with a look of sheer determination, “I'm going to save Fluttershy!”
“S-seriously?” Twilight asked, blushing looking at Rarity.
“I'm an outsider here, so while that means I don't have a say in this world's affairs, that also means I'm not bound by this world's rules,” Rarity looked at her hand, “She's not my Fluttershy, but Fluttershy will always be my best friend, whether in this world, your world, or any other world I end up traveling to. I'm not going to abandon her.”
“What if this puts the village in even more danger though?” Twilight asked, “Mind you, I want to save her too, but if this village gets attacked again because of us…”
“Everything should be fine.”
They turned to see Seer Celestia standing behind them, her arms folded under her bosom and smiling kindly at them.
“Celestia?” Rarity asked.
“You have answer then?” Celestia asked, “What you want to do?”
“I do,” Rarity said, “I'm going to rescue Fluttershy. She's my friend, and I made a promise that I have to keep.”
Celestia nodded, “Very good, Traveler. I knew you would make right decision.”
Twilight ran into the hut herself, and after a few seconds came back with her bow and arrows.
“Well, if you're intent on doing this, you'll need a healer,” Twilight said.
“Are you sure about this, Twilight?” Rarity asked, “I'm always putting you in-” Twilight placed a finger on Rarity's lips.
“No Rarity, you're not putting me in danger. I chose to follow you of my own free will, and I still don't regret it. Rarity, you're truly the most beautiful person I've ever met, and more and more I just want to be beside you. So I'm going to follow you, and keep following you no matter where you go, until we finally reunite you with your Twilight, and your Fluttershy.”
“Twilight…” Rarity said, tearing up a bit.
“Wolf Tribe is south of village,” Seer Celestia said pointing in the direction the wolves left in, “Keep going and you'll see it. Try to stay hidden until you find Fluttershy.”
“I don't want to sound pessimistic, especially after such a touching moment,” Twilight said, “But how do we know she's even-”
“If what Fluttershy says is true, then Greymane keep all women alive and relatively safe,” Celestia said.
“When we find her, what should we do?” Rarity asked, “I don't know if it's safe to bring her back here, but…”
“Everything will work itself out,” Seer Celestia said, “Always does, always will.”
Rarity nodded. Seer Celestia took Rarity's hands and placed an odd stone in her hand.
“This special stone. Use it to open door. Take Fluttershy somewhere safe,” Celestia said. Rarity and Twilight looked at the stone in confusion. It was small enough to fit in Rarity's palm, and was shaped almost like a key of some sort with a circular base.
“Thank you, Celestia,” Rarity said. Celestia nodded and walked over to Twilight, actually kissing her forehead.
“Um…” Twilight said.
“Stay close to her,” Celestia said, “You Traveler's Light. When time comes, you will save her from abyss.”
“I… don't know what you mean, but I'll stay with Rarity no matter what,” Twilight said.
“Well then, shall we be on our way?” Rarity asked.
“Yes, let's go,” Twilight said. The two girls ran out of the village, both of them determined to leave with Fluttershy alive and well.
Celestia watched them leave with a comforted smile. Chief Luna walked to her side looking at them as well.
“You sure this okay?” Chief Luna asked, “Sending them to rescue Fluttershy?”
“Traveler and friend will be fine,” Seer Celestia said, “They have pure hearts. Fluttershy safe, village safe, all will be well.”
“If you say so,” Luna said. As she walked back into their hut, Celestia's expression became more serious as she looked at Rarity.
“Take care of her… Chrono Trigger.”
It took a while, but they soon arrived outside the Wolf Tribe's settlement. Unlike Canterlot Village, there were buildings made of bamboo, and it was a lot bigger than Canterlot Village. Somehow, this place just didn't seem as clean or welcoming as Canterlot Village.
Twilight and Rarity waited until it was night to infiltrate, as it was safer for them. Thankfully they didn't have to wait too long, and during that time they both tried to hone their fighting. When night hit, the girls approached the entrance and hid behind a nearby building.
“Where do you think Fluttershy is being held?” Twilight asked.
“It looked like Greymane wanted to have her for himself,” Rarity said, “My guess is, that building right there belongs to him.”
Twilight looked at the building Rarity was pointing to, and saw a large building almost like a castle.
“Geez, this looks intimidating,” Twilight said.
“Oh, just imagine it's the first dungeon of one of those role playing games you enjoy,” Rarity said.
“I enjoy playing those games!” Twilight said in a whisper, “I never wanted to live it!”
The two of them slowly started making their way to the castle, careful to stay out of sight. Rarity didn't want to know what would happen if they got caught. Sure, they could fight two, maybe three on their own, but going after an entire village wasn't smart.
When they got to the castle, Twilight stopped Rarity and led her to the side, where she saw what appeared to be a broken entrance.
“How did you ever find this?” Rarity asked.
“You said to treat this like an RPG, so going by that logic, secret entrance in the side,” Twilight said.
“I'm really beginning to like the idea of you traveling with me,” Rarity said walking into the entrance.
“You're just warming up to that?” Twilight asked, “Remember who your white mage is.”
Inside it was both easier and harder to stay hidden. On one hand, there wasn't as much open space so that meant less people, but on the other hand there was less room to hide. They had way more close calls as they traveled through the halls.
They eventually reached what appeared to be the dungeons. Twilight wondered if Fluttershy was here, but Rarity figured Greymane probably kept her separate from other prisoners, which they eventually saw as they turned the corner, where they saw all the wooden cells filled.
All of them filled with women from Canterlot Village.
“Oh my God…” Twilight said as they walked around, “These are the women sacrificed to Lavos, aren't they?”
“Looks like Fluttershy was right,” Rarity said, looking in a cell to see a girl that looked only about Sweetie Belle's age sitting in a cell crying, “This is disgusting.”
“How are we going to get them out?” Twilight asked, “Can we get them out?”
“I don't see a means anywhere,” Rarity said looking around, “Excuse me? Do you know how to open this cell?”
The little girl looked at Rarity fearfully, “Switch is somewhere else.”
“Thank you,” Rarity said turning to Twilight, “We have to do something for them on our way out.”
“Agreed. We need to at least make sure Fluttershy is safe first,” Twilight stated, “We'll come back for all of you, okay?”
Twilight and Rarity ran down the hall, almost running into a group of Greymane's men as walked down the hall. When the left, Rarity and Twilight walked in the direction they came from, seeing a staircase going up.
“I bet Greymane's room is up here,” Rarity said.
“Let's hurry,” Twilight urged. They ran up the stairs, stopping when they heard sobbing. Rarity carefully followed the sound, stopping right outside a room with a closed curtain. She and Twilight carefully looked inside, please to see tied to a pole still.
“Fluttershy!” Rarity cried. Fluttershy stopped crying a bit and looked up at the entrance wide eyed.
“Rarity…? Twilight…?” Fluttershy asked. Rarity immediately ran into the room and embraced Fluttershy.”
“I'm sorry it took so long!” Rarity said as Twilight ran in and untied Fluttershy's wrists, “Are you okay? Did Greymane hurt you at all?”
Fluttershy couldn't answer her. Instead, once her wrists were free, she embraced Rarity tightly, breaking down into heavy sobs. That told Rarity everything she needed to know.
“Shh… it's okay now, darling,” Rarity said returning the embrace, Twilight now untying her ankles, “We're here now. You're safe.”
“I'll heal you,” Twilight said, charging up her white element and casting what she now called “Cure” onto Fluttershy. Any visible injuries (and hopefully a few of the invisible one) all healed, and she looked stronger.
“T-thank you…” Fluttershy said softly.
“He didn't leave any “gifts” did he?” Rarity asked. Thankfully Fluttershy must have known what she meant, as she shook her head.
“I not pregnant, but he…” Fluttershy looked away, “Try to… break will…”
“Oh my God,” Twilight embraced Fluttershy this time, “I am so sorry, Fluttershy. If we had got here sooner, maybe he-”
Fluttershy shook her head, “Greymane do right after bringing me here. Nothing you could have done.”
“We're getting you out of here,” Rarity said, “We'll come back for the other villagers after-”
“No!” Fluttershy stated standing up slowly, “We save villagers now. Take down Wolf Tribe here and now.”
“Hold on, are you sure?” Twilight asked, “After what he did to you, should you really-”
“Yes!” Fluttershy said, pushing past Twilight and Rarity and grabbing her daggers, “Greymane pay! He pay for hurting women of village! He pay for hurting me! He pay for…” she trembled, tears falling from her eyes, “For… taking away…”
Rarity looked at Fluttershy intently, and then placed a hand on her shoulder.
“Then we'll support you,” Rarity said, “Let's make sure he's afraid of us before we leave this place.”
Fluttershy nodded to Rarity seriously and put her daggers in their holders. The three of them ran back toward the dungeon, Fluttershy on all fours and leading them. This time they weren't trying to stay hidden though, as Fluttershy was on fire, lashing out at anyone that got in her way.
When they reached the dungeons though, they saw Greymane standing in the middle waiting for them.
“I knew you'd come,” Greymane said, “Smell scent from mile away.”
“Ah, you liked my fragrance then?” Rarity said stepping forward and brandishing her spear, “It's one of my favorites, a summer scent.”
“You have like, no shame at all, do you?” Twilight asked stepping forward with her bow ready.
“Shame? Why, I never learned the meaning of the word, darling,” Rarity said.
“I make this easy for all of you,” Greymane said, “High Priestess go back in room, and outsiders come with me, and I not kill any of you.”
“No!” Fluttershy stated pulling out her daggers, “I not be controlled by you or anyone! I free! Free like wind!”
“Women need to know place!” Greymane said pulling out his ax, “I remind you who is on top.”
Fluttershy wasted no time rushing toward Greymane slashing wildly with her daggers. Greymane blocked all of her assaults, and then swung his ax knocking Fluttershy back into a wall. Before he could approach her, Rarity charged up her element and launched her Shadow Ball at Greymane. He took the hit point blank, and then turned to them shooting Fireballs at Rarity and Twilight.
Both girls jumped away, and Twilight fired three arrows at him at the same time. He blocked those with his ax, but both Fluttershy and Rarity charged at him from opposite sides. He blocked Rarity's spear with his ax, but Fluttershy's daggers with his armored gauntlet.
“Women weak! I strong!” Greymane proclaimed.
“Is that so?” Rarity asked, “Then why, pray tell, are you struggling against three teenage girls?”
Greymane laughed out loud, “I not lose to you! In fact, I barely even have to fight!”
As soon as he said that, more of his men charged into the dungeon. The ones with bows fired at Twilight, forcing her to take cover away from Rarity and Fluttershy.
“Shoot! I can't heal them if I can't see them!” Twilight said.
Greymane took that as his chance to charge up his red element. He then spun around, creating what looked like a fire tornado around him, knocking both Rarity and Fluttershy away.
“F-Fluttershy…!” Rarity cried, trying to rise to her feet. Before she could rush to her aid though, she was kicked down by a wolf, and two more slashed downward at her. She blocked with her spear, pushed them off her, and then flipped to her feet actually meeting both of their spears with her own.
Greymane walked over to Fluttershy and grabbed her by the neck, holding her up against a wall.
“Free like wind?” Greymane asked, “You just as weak as all women in Canterlot Village! Can't save village! Can't save friends! Can't even save yourself!”
Fluttershy's will was clearly beginning to falter a bit, as her arm was dropping.
“That's not true Fluttershy!” Twilight shouted from the other side of the room, “What you did took a lot of courage! You're one of the strongest people I know, right up there with Rarity!”
“You are like the wind!” Rarity shouted, “That means you're as gentle as a cool breeze, but can also be as rough as a tornado! Show him, Fluttershy! Show him your true power!”
“True… power…!” Fluttershy said, gritting her teeth (which Rarity for the first time noticed were sharp like fangs). She then gripped her daggers tightly, and thrust them into Greymane's arm, forcing him to release her. She then kicked him back and got in her fighting stance.
“Rarity! Twilight! Everyone! Hold onto something!” Fluttershy commanded, “Tornado…”
She rushed over to Greymane, this time slashing and kicking him directly. She ended her assault with a back flip kick, and then charged up her green element.
This time, instead of Wind Blade, she used another attack. Much like Greymane did earlier, she started spinning in place, letting the artificial tail she wore swing around her. Soon after, she created an actual tornado around her, knocking all of Greymane's other men away knocking them out and even blowing Greymane into a wall.
Rarity mentally called this move “Tail Spin”.
When the attack stopped, Greymane rose to his feet clearly injured. Twilight ran past him firing arrows as fast as she could. She then got on one knee and fired three arrows into the air, making them rain down on top of Greymane.
He rushed toward Twilight, but Rarity quickly blocked with her spear. She then swung it pushing him back, and followed up with a series of slashed of her own that he couldn't block. She then jumped away and charged up her black element, shooting her Shadow Ball at him.
This time it hit.
He fell to one knee, and Fluttershy walked over to him, a look of sheer venom on her face.
“No man… ever touch me again!” Fluttershy proclaimed. She grabbed Greymane by the collar of his shirt and stabbed in the heart, “No man!”
He looked at her in horror as he fell to the floor lifeless. Fluttershy stepped away from his body trembling.
Rarity immediately ran to her and embraced her tightly as she once again broke down and cried.
“It's over now,” Rarity said comfortingly, “He'll never hurt you again.”
“Um… you might want to retract that statement!” Twilight cried. They turned and saw the men that Fluttershy knocked out were waking up, and none of them looked happy.
“This is bad…!” Rarity said, she and Fluttershy backing away to where Twilight was, “We need a diversion and we need it NOW!”
Fluttershy looked around and saw a pole holding a series of ropes. Immediately she slashed the ropes with her daggers, and all of the cells opened up. The women all ran out of their cells, picking up some of the weapons left over by the men who died, and stood in the wolves way.
“Now! We run! This way!” Fluttershy ordered. She led Rarity and Twilight deeper in the hall, which opened up to the forest. It sounded like while most of the men were being held back, a few of them managed to get through and were following them.
They stopped when they reached what looked like a dead end.
“Ooh, now what?!” Twilight cried looking around frantically. Rarity pulled out the odd key shaped stone that Seer Celestia gave her, and it started sparking for some reason.
“Use this… to open the door…?” Rarity asked, “Girls, get close to me!”
“You have plan?” Fluttershy asked.
“I hope so! Either this works, or I'm going to look really ridiculous in a minute!” Rarity said holding up the key shaped stone. The stone broke away, revealing an actual odd looking key, and another portal opened in front of them, just like the one that took them here in the first place.
“What is this?!” Fluttershy asked holding onto Rarity's arm tightly.
“Do we even know where this leads?” Twilight asked, “It could lead anywhere!”
“It leads out of here, that's where!” Rarity said grabbing Twilight, “White mages first!”
She pushed Twilight through the portal, the poor thing screaming loudly as she vanished in the blue portal. Rarity then turned to Fluttershy.
“Fluttershy, you should hide somewhere! They won't see you if-”
“I not leave you!” Fluttershy said, “I go with you!”
“Fluttershy, I have no idea where this leads, but I do know it won't be a forest! We might not see this place again for a long time! Are you sure you can live with that?!”
“You leave, I alone again! I not want to be alone! Please Rarity, take me with you!” Fluttershy urged. Rarity didn't have time to think about it, so she swore to herself for what she was about to do, and then grabbed her arm.
“Then let's get going!” Rarity said. The two of them jumped through the portal just as it vanished, and three wolves ran to the clearing and looked around, none the wiser of what just happened.
After the area cleared up, Pinkamena walked over to Greymane's lifeless body. She shook her head in disappointment.
“You were doing so well, too,” Pinkamena said, “The best comedians always sell out at the end of their careers,” she sighed pinching the bridge of her nose, “I wonder where they're heading to now?” she looked up as if listening to someone, her eyes going wide for a second, “They went there?! Ooh, I was hoping to head them off before they found out about that place. I'll get right on it, Mistress.”
She sauntered off, making her way to her next location. Nothing she could do about where they went, but she could at least get to work on planning for the next phase of their plan to harness “its” power.