“The Hunt for the Dark Heart Stone – Part 9”
King Sun was growing tired. He may be immortal but with his skull shattered, he could feel the pieces moving around, he had the mother of all headaches and all he really wanted to do was get the fight over with and get out of the cave as fast as possible.
Clutching his head with both hands he ducked as another energy blast soared past him and with a lightning fast movement he spun and kicked a small rock straight towards Villanna. The rock hit the young witch straight in the face and knocked her off her feet. Sun immediately followed this up with a jump kick that knocked Villanna back to the ground with a massive thud. The impact of the hit sending a powerful and painful shockwave through his body and into his head.
“WOW” he shouted, holding onto his head for dear life. “That's gonna sting in the morning.”
Villanna slowly stood up, her feet shaking beneath her. Mind you King Sun did not look so hot either. They faced each other both too injured, at least for the moment, to attack. Catching their breaths each tried to decide their next method of attack. The young witch aimed yet another energy blast at King Sun but it was weak and it vanished before it even reached him.
“Just wait till I catch my breath you stupid little monkey.” She said, her whole body swaying as she tried desperately not to fall over.
Sun laughed, then wished he hadn't as it caused yet another jolt of pain to tear through his head.
“Not if I catch my breath first,” he said “and then I will...whoa I feel dizzy.”
“Must I do everything myself?” said a familiar voice from behind Villanna. The yound witch turned to see her mentor, Evil-Lyn, standing a few feet away from her. Clearly Evil-Lyn had used the nearby warp energies to transport herself to their location just as Villanna had done but the spell had left the young witch drained with very little magical energy left. Evil-Lyn on the other hand looked as powerful as ever as if the amount of magical energy used was nothing for her, a testiment to her true power as a sorceress.
Raising her staff high the elder witch aimed a concussive blast at King Sun which sent the simapian flying backwards through a nearby wall into the chamber beyond. Seeing their friend in trouble the heroic trio Wolfsfang, Rodantus and Ant-Arctic broke away from the respective battles and jumped through the newly formed hole after King Sun.
“Come.” said Evil-Lyn authoritatively as she lead the group of evil warriors after the heroes. “Skeletor would not be pleased if we let them get away.”
Villanna walked up beside her teacher. “Master the three masters should pose no problem but that monkey is.” she became silent. Evil-Lyn just gave a look that Villanna understood meant 'get to the point' she continued. “I hit him with attacks that would have killed an ordinary man and he just shrugs them off. It is af my attacks are having almost no effect on him at all.”
“That is because they are having almost no affect on him.” replied Evil-Lyn. Villanna looked dumbfounded. “If he is who I believe him to be, he is King Sun of the simapians.”
“So?” said Villanna who had never heard of him.
“So. It is said that through either birth or magic, the details are unclear to me, he is a true immortal.”
Villanna was confused. “What do you mean by true immortal? Either you are immortal are you are not.”
“This is not the time to discuss such things.” Evil-Lyn said. “Our enemies are getting away. But to put it simply, in most cases where people claim to be immortal it simply means that they no longer age and so cannot be touched by time. King Sun, if this is truly who he is can't die no matter what befalls him; age, accident or injury. He survives them all.”
Meanwhile the topic of the discussion was getting to his feet with the help of Rodantus as Wolfsfang and Ant-Arctic used brute strength to cause a small cave in at the hole that was created by Sun's body to stop the villains following them too quickly.
“Ok now what?” Ant-Acrtic asked. “We can't go back that way and I have no doubt that they will be through shortly anyway and I don't know about any of you but I don't feel up to much more fighting at the moment.”
King Sun rubbed his head and grimaced with the pain. He nodded in agreement and when his head began to throb even more, wished he had spoke instead of nodding.
A quick look around revealed a small passageway hidden behind some vines and half a pillar that had fell on its side. It would be a tight squeeze but they knew it would be better than waiting for the evil warriors to eventually break through.
Ant-Arctic decided to help by using his freezing power to ice up the walls a bit to help them all slide through easier. Unfortunately the heat from the nearby lava stream was still strong enough to melt the ice almost as fast as he was putting it on the wall and so he was being forced to use a lot more cold energy than he had hoped and he was beginning to overheat which was more of a problem to Ant-Arctic than the others. While they also felt the heat they simply found it uncomfortable. Ant-Arctic like all Cryonids had to remain cool or else he would quickly perish. However Ant-Arctic was using the energy that he should have used to keep himself cool, and alive, to help his friends through the enclosed passageway quicker.
Rodantus was the first to notice Ant-Arctic didn't look too well. The young Cryonid was visibly shaking, sweat pouring from his body and it was obvious he was fighting to stay on his feet.
“Ant?” said Rodantus “You okay? You don't look so good.”
Ant-Arctic didn't reply, he didn't have the energy to speak.
“HEY.” shouted Rodantus to Wolfsfang and King Sun who were close behind him. “I think there is something wrong with Ant-Arctic.”
“What do you mean wrong?” shouted Wolfsfang “Is he okay?”
“I'm not sure.” said Rodantus honestly. “He seems to be sweating a lot and he doesn't answer me. Plus it looks like he could collapse at any moment.”
“This is not good,” Wolfsfang said “We have to get him out of here quickly.”
“Yes.” shouted King Sun, concern for his young friend overriding the pain roaring through his head “I fear the heat of this place and the overuse of his powers is causing him to overheat quicker than his bodies natural cooling abilities can compensate for. If we don't hurry up and get out of here I fear he may die.”