) was busy finding sticks for tonights fire as Serpentine sat a length away, staring up at her as she gathered the twigs. He was thinking on ways to use that new power, but in a way that would benefit her as well. 'I just want her and I to live in our own world....' He thought with a grin. 'A world where we can be free and happy....together.' Sir Leopold (MAGICALMAGIC2
) flicked his tongue at Serpentine, as if he knew just what the gem was thinking. Serpentine knew what he would have to do to make that dream a reality. He'd have to make earth suitable for his dear Andy. While having fun in the process. "Oh, Andy, I'll be right back. It seems I forgot something back in town."
Andy looked over her shoulder, a strange look on her face. Did she suspect him? Her pretty face gave a sigh and she nodded. "Please hurry back. It gets dark really fast here, you know this. I really don't want to have to go hunting for you."
"Oh it won't take long." He grinned charmingly at her. 'At least that much is true.' He stood up and began to head towards town. His demeanor was surprisingly calm as he walked away from andalusite. But inside, he was a nervous wreck.
He scanned the crowd. All he had to do was look at one person and kill them for a town to notice. Just one person. Luckily, he wouldn't have to kill anyone. The autumn weather had everyone in beach city out for a walk. Humans walking and chatting, some holding smaller humans, others holding each other to watch the sunset. 'Soon that will be us, Andalusite.' Serpentine thought as he caught the eye of one female.
Soon, as she screamed, the whole town gathered around Serpentine. He had them all under his control now. And to his surprise, a few gems were there too. A tall, green peridot and the crystal gems. He was quite impressed with himself. "Everyone," he said to them all, "I need to know if I have your full attention. Turn and face me and scream."
The whole city was filled with ear-shattering screams. Serpentine was very proud of himself. "Isn't it a beautiful evening?" He said as the screams died down. "You all must surely enjoy it! I can see why you humans love it here!"
Andy was scared by the sudden screams she heard from the city. "Oh no! God Almighty, don't tell me he-!" She left the pile of sticks and raced through the forest. She knew what she'd have to do if this was Serpentines doing. And she didn't want to.
"Serpentine!!!!!" She screamed when she saw him in the middle of a crowd of people.
"Andy!" He faced her with a soft smile. "Isn't this great? A whole town just for us! And, before you disagree, its on earth! I did nothing to these humans, they are all alive....see?"
"Did NOTHING?!?" She rolled her eyes, clenching her fists. "These humans are being controlled! So you DID do something to Amber!" (Burke23
"Oh Andy, they aren't being controlled. They're being persuaded."
"Shut up with your jokes, Clod!" Andy had a wide eyed look of fear in her eyes. Serpentine didn't understand why. A tough gem like she is shouldn't be afraid of him. Why was she looking at him like that? It angered him. "LET THESE PEOPLE GO!"
Serpentine's eyes flashed. "No, Andy. I'm doing this for you!! You should be happy, I didn't kill any one! I'm innocent!" He shook his head. "I'm a good guy." He turned to the crowd. "Don't you all think so?"
As the beach erupted in applause, Andy brought out her hammer. "I'm sorry " she whispered. She charged at him.
Serpentine was caught by surprise. He faced her, eyes widening with fear. Until her body suddenly stopped moving, and she fell to the ground. Her gem proofed, a small hairline crack in the center. He freaked out. "Oh my.....no! WHAT DID I DO???"
"Its a part of your power." That voice in his mind laughed at him. "You made her crack herself."
"Hey, you!" Said a random voice. Serpentine ignored it, falling to the ground in tears. He glared up as someone dared to kick sand over his precious gemstone-love. "What do you-?" He gasped as he saw who it was. "You! Shouldn't you be with the crowd, under my control?"
Iolite looked down at him with a smirk on his emo face. "If you haven't noticed, I'm blind. Unless you can control sound waves, I'm unaffected by you." He frowned again, pulling his whip from his chest gem. "Let these people go!"
"I....I can't." Serpentine clutched the gem to his chest.
"Kill him." The voice urged. "He won't see it coming. Do it!"
"Did you love her?" Iolite sighed. "I can see a dying aura around that gem youre holding. I love someone too, someone youre holding captive. That tall peridot. I want her back."
"I don't know ho-!" An idea blocked out the voice and his own thoughts. Yes....it was a perfect plan. "Beat me. Beat me up. I'll be able to release the spell. Just beat me enough."
Iolite seemed a bit uncertain, but didn't hesitate to bring the whip down on his back hard. Serpentine clutched the gem tighter, crying out in pain. So this was what pain felt like. He wasn't a fan of it.
Finally, the city was let go. Iolite looked down at the battered and bruised villain and kicked sand onto him. "I hate you, but I want to help that gem. I have a friend named 'Moonstone' and another named 'Kyanite'. Kyanite told me recently that Moonstone can heal gems. Take her to them."
"T-thanks...." Serpentine struggled to get up, staggering as he was on his feet. He began to limp towards the forest, reaching out of sight just as the town came to.
"Andy...." Each step hurt, but he kept moving. He didn't like this feeling in his chest, that this girl was his only weakness that kept him from taking over a town. But he didn't think about that then, his main objective was to save the one he loved.
"Who's there?" Out of the bushes came a tall, skinny, blue-gray gem with long braided hair. Her eyes were cold as they found serpentine in the dark. "You....!"