Part 5: Sandra's Rebirth
Miraculously Charmor saw a woman's form begin to take shape within the sand cloud. The woman was like a Genii from a lamp. From waist to her head she was now fully a woman again flesh and blood, however from her waist down a smoke like cloud of sand connected from there to the smashed hourglass on the floor. The woman quickly lunged out at Shokoti in attack. Charmor recognized her features in the young woman he has recently failed to save. Sandra had returned, somehow.
(art by Beyond the Legends)
Struggling to break free from Sandra's grip, Shokoti spat out "What do you think you'll do to me girl, you may have powers now but you hardly know how to use them." Just then the scarab that had once affixed itself to Shokoti's hourglass flew into the air and bit her turning the witch into sand. Thanks little friend Sandra whispered as the bug landed on her chest affixing itself to Sandra's outfit.
"That was lucky." Charmor said as he got to his feet. "My name is Charmor, thanks for the help."
"My name is Sandra, and luck didn't have anything to do with it. I can't explain it but somehow I know things that I didn't know before. I am still myself but I suddenly have knowledge and memories that are not my own. Somehow I knew how to speak to the scarab, I also know that the Orb Shokoti has is incredibly dangerous, it must be destroyed." Sandra was now fully flesh from head to toe and the smashed hourglass that had been on the floor a few moments earlier had now reappeared fused into her abdomen, fully formed once more.
"Wow." Charmor said as he reached out to touch Sandra's stomach.
"Watch it mister." Sandra responded slapping Charmor's hand away. "We need to find the orb."
"No problem I saw it fall right over… " he stopped mid-sentence as he realized the orb was gone.
"Looking for this?"
Charmor spun around watching in shock as a woman's figure materialized from the shadows around the sanctuary doors. The woman was almost completely covered in black robes, her face veiled. Green eyes sparkled out from above it.
Part 6: Presenting Shehara
(art by Beyond the Legends)
"YOU! You were the one in my ear, you've been here the entire time haven't you?…who are you?
"I am Shehara, and I am sorry but I cannot trust such imbeciles with the power of the Orb." Shehara placed the glowing orb into her robes. "I will be leaving now."
"Not if I have anything to do with it." Charmor said as he took out his swords.
"You hurt me? Please!" the veiled spy replied. Just then the woman jumped into the air and before Charmor could react she had kicked him in hard in the chest-armor. He fell to the floor. "It was nice to finally meet you Charmor, but I must leave you. I have a busy day."
"Hey! You still have to deal with me." Sandra yelled.
"You'd have to catch me first." Shehara replied and then turned and ran out of the room slowly fading back into nothing as she did so.
"She must be caught Charmor, all of Eternia is at stake" Sandra cried as she helped Charmor to his feet.
Part 7: Friend or Foe?
The pair ran out in the hall and towards the main gate when suddenly they both stopped in unison finding the veiled woman Shehara before them collapsed on the floor. Sandra looked up to see an armored man slip out of the castle holding what looked to be the orb. "This orb seems quite popular." Charmor commented as he followed Sandra's gaze and saw the newest thief.
(art by Gbagok)
"I'll get him, stay here with the girl" Charmor said cockily to Sandra.
Just then Shehara put her hand to her head and slowly awoke. She reached out grabbing Charmor's arm. "No, he's too powerful with the orb in his possession; we need to have a plan. I know where he is going."
"Why should we trust you?" Charmor and Sandra spat out almost in unison.
"Because you have to, with the power of that orb Masque could destroy all that we know." Shehara replied. Meanwhile the name masque rang through Sandra's mind. She remembered the horned Mask outside the sanctuary doors. Had that been him?
Shehara continued. " I didn't trust the two of you with the orb. I was just doing what I had to, to get rid of the orb. You must trust me."
"I don't know if that possible… but if you know where he's going, lead us there, we'll see if you speak the truth. " Charmor said. Just then the ground shook and the trio heard a large thud from outside.
Together Charmor and Sandra helped Shehara to her feet and the three exited the temple to find out what was going on outside. The giant beast that had been guarding the temple before lay before them passed out as if having battled a creature twice its size. Atop it stood a blonde muscle bound man in furry shorts, snake decorated armor, and a large claw like contraction on his arm. The man immediately leapt from the creature and landed easily in front of Charmor, Sandra and Shehara.
"And just where do you think you three are going? You have some explaining to do.” He-man said in a deep baritone.
(art of oIcemano's I found! I can remove it if you don't like it in here though)
To be CONTINUED....look for Chapter 3 of The Sands of Time later this year!
For now though I leave you with a teaser of another piece of Sandra art work soon to come: