After a long wet night of battling Draganus yet again, the Ducks, Starlight and her brother Axel headed back to the Pond to have a nice warm shower in their own rooms and crash for the night. A half hour after finishing his shower, Axel's message pad screen was glowing bright red signalling an unread message had arrive.
Axel picks up his message pad and watches as the message automatically opened up and read it thinks: Great father is coming...mayhaps he will tell me what has happened to Damien. It has been nearly a year since I woke up in this world with no memories of how I came to be here or who brought me here. Damien, are you alright? Where ARE you? Why haven't you replied to my messages? Well I had best go tell Starlight father is coming tomorrow afternoon. (Heads out of his room and across the hall to Starlight's room knocking on her door until it opened and says) Can I come in or do I stand out here?
Starlight opens her door and sticks her foot out to prevent Minty from making a break for it saying: Mind Minty there, she wants out to roam around. Quickly open the door and scoot in before she gets out and I have to chase her all over the Pond.
Axel pushes his sisters door open and swiftly grabs the maroon and black female shih tzu pup about to make a break for it saying: Oh no! No roaming the Pond at this hour of the night young lady! You get back in that basket where you belong! It is ten past two in the morning! Past time for you to be asleep! Now get your furry hide back in that basket and get to sleep! (Turns Minty around to face the basket where her parents and siblings lay and watches as Minty scuttled back to the basket and hopped in furling up into a tiny ball beside Dusty promptly falling asleep)
Starlight: Alright now that you've put the pup to bed what do you want?
Axel: Bad news and short timing: Father will be coming tomorrow afternoon
Starlight: The others have met father but what'll we do about Phil? He's the only one who HASN'T met or seen father! Any word from Damien's message pad yet? It's not like him not to respond right away.
Axel tightens his grip on his message pad saying: No, not a single solitary word from his message pad. Damien ALWAYS answers back right away, he never goes this long without answering his messages. Only one of us can survive in this strange world Starlight and we are both painfully aware of the fact it cannot be me yet. My magic is still destructive and out of control. Without more training, I am more likely then ever to cause irreparable and permanent damage. My gloves are no where to be found, neither are the special clothes and boots father had made for me. I am supposed to constantly be wearing them and to be doing anything without them like holding or shaking hands with strangers can kill them and make me seriously ill. I guess we will just have to wait and see how father reacts to Phil. Maybe father knows what happened to Damien that has kept him from answering his messages and be my ticket back home!
Starlight pulls Axel into a tight reassuring, protective, calming hug saying while stroking his waist length jet black hair that was tied back in a ponytail saying: If anyone can find Damien, your clothes, boots and your gloves, it's father. Now you can sleep here with me for the night or go back to your own room and try to get some rest.
Axel returns his sister's hug saying: No, I'm better off in my own room in my own bed for the night.
Axel says goodnight to his sister, heads back across the hall to his own room, shuts the door, climbed into bed, shut off his touch lamp and hoping against all hope he'd get an answer from Damien, he wrote a swift message and sent it to Damien's message pad and hears a familiar ding from near by, sets his message pad on his night stand and gets up out of bed follows the dinging until he opened a small black box that had been put in his room by his sister thinking it had his things in it and opened it and sees Damien's message pad inside thinking: No wonder Damien hasn't returned my messages! How did this get here with me? It should be with Damien! Oh no no no! Damien NEVER lets this out of his sight and I have no clue what the password is to get access to it! If I try every combination password to gain access to it, I could trigger the potent virus that will erase everything on his message pad and he won't be a happy camper! Oh Axel think! What would his password even be?! Think hard Axel! (Feels a piece of paper attached to the back of the message pad and flips it over thinking) Oh Damien this isn't smart! Anyone could access your message pad and put your top secret mission information in jeopardy! (Peels off the paper and inputs the password on the paper then hits done and is greeted by the last picture of him and Damien that was taken the previous spring and checks his messages only to find several from Damien's brothers and several from him then shuts it off and takes the charging cord out of the box and carries it over to his bed plugging in the adapter into the wall socket and the charging end into the message pad to charge it, turned off his light, laid back against his pillows and fell asleep until well past eleven in the morning.
After showering, getting dressed then eating a late breakfast, Axel went back to his room to put his royal garb on to prepare for his father's arrival in less then an hour.
An hour later
Phil engrossed in his calculations is startled by the arrival of Ares and an badly injured Damien, looks up then runs screaming down the hall to the living area babbling: mouse dark big like to looks Starlight identical! Red haired brown furred cane leaning on bandaged head walking sling here wrist mouse in slowly
Dive: Hello? Come again?
Duke: In English and in order this time
Phil: big dark mouse looks identical to Starlight just arrived. Is with a young brown furred red headed mouse with bandages around his head and his whole arm is heavily bandaged in a sling walking very slowly.
Mallory: Now you make sense! You've met Axel and Starlight's FATHER then. The red head leaves us lost. Not that we really care anymore after the inappropriate messages she sent to her trainer who could easily dump her on her tail and leave her there!
Axel hears an unexpected ripping sound coming from Starlight's dress and the seat of his pants and says: Well there goes your favourite dress and my favourite pants. We'd best go put something else on before father arrives.
Both Starlight and Axel head off to their quarters to change and have their clothes ready for their father to take back then Starlight returned in a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and running shoes to the living quarters where their father sat on the couch with Damien who was heavily bandaged, high on pain killers that had him on the verge of falling asleep.
Starlight notices how tired Damien looked and says: Father, what's wrong? What happened to Damien?
Ares: I have no idea, he’s still very confused. All he remembers is a strong bright blinding light then loosing consciousness. The sleepiness is from the shot of pain killers Archer gave him to take the edge off the pain. All he thinks of is where Axel is, he refuses eat or sleep until Axel is back home safely.
Starlight: Well then I'll take him to Axel's room and let him see Axel's safe. Can you get on your feet on your own Damien?
Damien faintly replies: Nay, haven't the strength to stand up.
Dakota comes into the living area with an old wheel chair left over from when Starlight injured her leg and says: Here this should make your life easier.
Damien forces himself to keep awake and says at the sight of the wheelchair: Oh thank the stars, no more walking! Me poor ankle can't take much more pressure on it. (With help from Ares he eases into the wheelchair putting his injured left leg into the footrest followed by his good right foot and says) Tis heaven for me wounds to not have to walk anymore. Where's Axel?! I haven't seen 'im anywhere! Don't tell me they still have 'im!
Starlight goes around behind Damien's chair and pushes him towards Axel's room saying: Axel's fine, though he won't be when he sees you in the condition you're in! (Stops outside Axel's room and knocks saying) Axel? You decent?
Axel pulls a shirt down over his head and tucks it into his pants that he buttoned up then did up his belt pulling his dress jacket on and buttoning the buttons says: I am now. (Hangs up his old too small dress clothes in his closet as his door opened) What is it?
Starlight opens Axel's door to wheel Damien in and says: Someone here in rough shape to see you. (Turns and leaves Axel's room leaving the two boys alone)
Damien looks around the stray barren undecorated room and says: Axel?
Axel recognizes the voice and hurriedly shuts his closet door and turns to find a badly injured Damien in a wheelchair and says: I waited for you for an entire year to answer my messages, never knowing what happened to you! what happened?!
Damien heaves a relieved sigh saying: Oh thank the stars yer safe! I'm sorry to say that I remember very little about what happened. I just know me arm is busted from below me shoulder to me wrist, me ribs are bruised, me poor ankle is sprained and I have a concussion.
Axel: Why would you risk further brain damage coming here to find me instead of staying home in bed?! You could have sent word with father!
Damien heaves a tired sigh and fights to keep awake saying: Me message pad is missing, no where to be found. All I had left of ye when I came to a few hours ago were yer gloves and no idea where they took ya.... (drifts off to sleep as his meds kicked in)
Axel hears a knock on his door and opens it to reveal his father on the other side saying: F-Father!
Ares slips in around the door shutting it behind him and embraces Axel saying: Axel, oh thank the stars you're safe son!
Axel returns his father's embrace saying: I-I'm fine, just so very ready to return back home to start looking after Damien. But with Seamus refusing to train us any further and you having to go away for that Summit, maybe Damien and I are better off being trained by Dragon.
Ares releases Axel and notices Damien had lost the fight to stay awake and says: Then pack what few items you have into your satchel and we will head home where you my boy belong. You maybe right Axel, I won’t be able to train you full time for a good six months due to this summit out of town that I’m required to attend. Dragon’s here training Starlight---I hope.
Axel reaches under his bed for his satchel that he pulls out and quickly fills with the things he needed back home including his completed school work, his work books, study guides, text books and reader then says: What about Starlight?
Ares walks over and sits on Axel's bed, heaves a sigh saying: Axel, unlike you who needs constant help from me to purge the evil dark magic planted inside you by Drake Darkstein's thoughtful gift of tainted wine that made you violently ill, Starlight has been in constant training with Dragon. Starlight as you have witnessed countless times, is extremely well protected. When things go south and catch her off guard, her friends are there for her until her training kicks in. You my son, you're not ready to be in battle! The last of the dark magic that is in you is volatile and very dangerous, until the last of the dark magic infused into you by force courtesy of Drake Darkstein is gone and your true magic restored, you will only be able to see her in between training sessions through the mirrored communicator. As it is, you have been without your proper clothing for far too long! An entire year is too long for you to be without your training clothes! They are what keep you from loosing complete control and destroying this world. It's the reason Damien is so protective of you and constantly pushes you above and beyond your physical and mental limits. (Removes his satchel and hands it to Axel saying) Here, go put your proper magic controlling clothes, boots and gloves on then we will say good bye to your sister. Which reminds me, have you been keeping up with your work while you've been here?! Fall too far back and it will be an uphill fight to get caught up.
Axel takes the satchel from his father and goes into his en suite and quickly changes into his power controlling training clothes packing his formal clothes and boots into the satchel then buttons the flap and pulls on his gloves tightly buckling the gold bands on each wrist and exits the bathroom saying: Everything is in the satchel's second compartment.
Ares pulls the satchel over to him and pulls out all of Axel's work and begins sifting through it saying: You are further ahead then I thought you would be. That means more time can be spent on your training then on worrying about your homework getting done. But for now, the best place for you is by Damien's bedside as he heals, as it is Axel,if you're out training with me and Damien wakes up in your room alone, he'll get up out of bed and go looking for you making his injuries even worse then they already are. As for now, it's time for us to head home, your mother's waiting to find out if I've found you. (Picks up Axel's satchels and puts them over his shoulder saying) Time to head out Axel, is everything packed and ready to go?
Axel goes over to his closet and pulls out his old formal clothes and says: These will have to be sewn and put aside for the next little boy to wear, I've out grown them. (Tucks them into his clothing satchel then walks over to Damien's wheel chair and pats his cheek saying) Damien, c'mon wake up.
Damien slowly forces his green eyes open and says: Huh?
Axel: We're heading home now, try to keep awake as long as possible. (Remembers something in his night stand drawer, stands up, heads over to his night stand and opens the drawer removing Damien's message pad and charging cord then shuts the drawer and heads back over to Damien's wheel chair places Damien's message pad on his lap saying) This rightfully belongs to you, somehow it wound up here with me.
Damien forces his eyes open, sees his message pad on his lap and says: Where'd ya find this?! Shane's searching for it for me! When I woke up and found it gone, I panicked! There is stuff on there that isn't for anyone's eyes other then mine! The only way to get to the next level of me message pad is via a strictly coded password only I know and won't divulge what it is! How far into this did ya go Axel?
Axel: The home screen with all your apps on it. I'm unable to go any further then your app screen.
Damien heaves a relieved sigh and slightly irritated says: Of course ya can't get any further then the app screen! That's the way I designed me system! If ya had tried goin any further then the app screen the virus would've launched and destroyed all the surface information but it can't get any further into the system because of the rigid fast acting antivirus software installed below the surface. I'm thankful you didn't try to go any further then the app screen! 'Tis none of your business what's below the surface! That's between me and the others back in the highlands in me village! By the way how did Seamus react when ya returned his message pad?
Axel: Like a toddler as always. Why did you touch my pad? I'm telling memaw! Maybe I don't WANT to go back home. Maybe I'd rather stay here with my sister and train with Dragon, at least I won't be called a royal screw up nor would I be asked if I fell on my head one too many times as a child!
Damien dumbfounded: Ya want to stay 'ere?! I don't blame ya! Seamus is a royal pain in the ass. I'm sick of the same 'training' food memaw and mawmaw shove down our throats every day. (Starts to feel dizzy and looks at Axel's bed inquiring) Yer bed comfortable? I can't take this chair anymore, me back is startin to ache somethin fierce
Axel: Yeah it's a supportive mattress and box spring and supportive pillows. (Goes behind Damien and wheels him over to his bed saying) Can you manage getting over on to the bed?
Damien: I only have one good arm and leg. Doubtful I can do it on me own.
Axel helps Damien switch between the wheelchair and his bed saying: How's that feel?
Damien heaves a sigh and says: Much better. Ya sure ya want to stay 'ere and train with Dragon if he'll take you on?
Axel: Why not? I have had it with Shamus’s Irish insults, his Irish temper tantrums when things fail to go his way. I'm also sick and tired of eating nothing but stew, potatoes and bread every day and I am sick to death of Corned Beef Brisket, Cabbage Rolls and Mashed Turnip for Saturday and Sunday supper! No one bothers to ask me if I even like the stuff, just fill up Axel's plate with four of everything and plop it down in front of him then the race to finish the first round starts and I get dirty looks when I shove it away from me and even dirtier looks when I don't eat the stewed plums and prune pudding and prune pies for dessert! I HATE PLUMS AND I HATE PRUNES! But that's okay no one ever bothers to ask me what I'd like for supper, lets all just assume Axel will eat the same thing the rest of the family has been eating since who knows when. Axel just LOVES Cabbage Rolls, Corned Beef Brisket, Mashed Turnips, Prune Pies, Prune Pudding and Stewed Plums and what the hell ever is in the glass that smells like hell and tastes even worse! Seamus wants to know WHY I never eat when dragged to the highlands? It's because I eat my own supper and dessert before I leave home! I don't want anything to do with cabbages or corned beef or stew or potatoes or mashed turnips passed off as mashed potatoes and prunes passed off as chocolate! I'm sick and tired of being forced to sit at the ten and under table like a little kid! I'm sixteen now, it's high time your family started seeing me as a sixteen year old not a six year old little boy who can't fend for himself. I'm sick and tired of being ushered off to bed at eight thirty because mawmaw thinks I'm 'far too young' to stay up 'past my bedtime'. Hello the last time I had a bed time I was nine years old! Maybe I WILL ask father if I can stay and train here with Dragon, at least I'll get a variety of food with color not just white on white on beige on grey with no flavour because flavour is bad and flavour and color upset mawmaw and memaw!
Ares comes back into Axel's room and says: Axel what's wrong?
Axel: I'm sick of being treated like a lost little boy who can't speak or think for himself. Everything I do is wrong, all I ever eat is Cabbage Rolls, Corned Beef Brisket, Mashed Turnips, Prune Pies, Prune Pudding, Stewed Plums ,Potato Stew, mashed potatoes and bread. Nothing else, that's the menu every day of the week.
Ares sits back on Axels bed and say: That would explain why your new clothes are so big on you. That's not the kind of food I want you eating period. How goes the training with Seamus?
Damien: What training? Oh you mean 'no wonder yer last trainer quit on ya! Can't ya do anythin right?! Did ya fall on yer head one too many times as a child that you can't understand simple directions?! That's not how I want ya to do it! Do as I showed ya and do it EXACTLY as I showed ya with no alterations!' THAT training? Followed by an all out Irish Temper Tantrum Hissy fit that consists of 'I TOLD YA NOT TO CHANGE ANYTHING! DO IT EXACTLY LIKE I SHOWED YA! MAKE ONE MORE CHANGE TO THE WAY I SHOWED YA AND I'M GOIN BACK TO THE HIGHLANDS AND YA CAN FERGET YER TRAININ!'
Ares: Uhh no, that's not training. That's being a first class baby. Let me make a call to Dragon and see if he'll take you on along with Starlight, while you Damien stay here under medical supervision for your concussion. Axel's been here a year and nothing has gone wrong and I have to be away from home for a few months tending to boring royal matters and won't be able to restart your training. Yes I know about the confusion my last message caused. I should've used my own message pad not Starlight's message pad as she caught the full brunt of Dragon's anger and fury at the mannerisms used in the message. I've yet to apologize to him and try to clear things up, right now he's furious at someone who never sent the message in the first place. Let me just see if I can get him on the line here. (Pulls out his own personal crystal communicator and dials Dragon's frequency and hears his voice after two rings saying) Hi Dragon
Dragon recognizes the voice and number and says: Ares, what're you doing in this realm? First off your girl has allot of nerve writing a message the way she did and expecting me to reply back as fast as possible! I'm appalled at the tone of the message she expects a reply to! I'm not replying back to that kind of message EVER! I don't appreciate it and I certainly expect more respect from her then I've been getting in the messages I've been receiving from her!
Ares: Oh my word! I am so SORRY!
Dragon confused: For what? You're not the one who sent those messages! If anyone should be apologizing to me, it's your daughter! I cut her off from Training and financially until I get an apology out of her! If I don't get one by the time the next cycle of training is set to start, she can forget about continuing under me and hand over the Dragon Crystals she has in her possession! I'll find the next Dragon Master and it certainly will NOT be her!
Ares: Dragon I'm sorry (heaves a loaded sigh saying) Yes those messages you received did come from Starlight's message pad but it wasn't Starlight who sent them.
Dragon: What're you talking about? These messages are signed by her and came from her message pad so why are YOU sorry?!
Ares heaves a sigh and says: I'm the one who wrote those messages not Starlight, I just grabbed the first message pad I seen and fired them off.
Dragon: If I had known this information last year, I'd never have cut Starlight off from training and her work money nor would I have caused a stink in front of her friends. Jeeze I had no idea it was you sending me those messages. Once you write a message on anyone's message pad but your own, it signs the owner's name at the bottom! I've gotten her in severe hot water there! Everyone there may seem warm and friendly towards her because you're there, but in reality they've all distanced themselves from Starlight, going as far as to call her a trouble maker and a bad influence on the little kids! No one wants to make eye contact with her or talk to her or even respond to messages she sends, they pretend very well that she doesn't exist. No one calls her for practices, home or away games. If I had this information at this time last year, I'd never EVER have made a big deal out of it! Why in the world do YOU have Starlight's message pad and why are you using it?
Ares: I too got angry at her and revoked her message pad privileges after a rather racy message was sent by Arianna from Starlight's pad by mistake hinting at a possible pregnancy. I didn't look into it just took it away and told Starlight when she learned how to properly use the messaging system, she could have her message pad back, then I back handed her so hard I knocked a couple of her teeth out and broke the brace wires. We're both idiots for not investigating the messages further.
Dragon: I hate to even ask this, but do you have ANY idea how expensive those braces you broke are?
Ares: No, I have no idea how expensive they are.
Dragon: Try a whopping total of $123,000.00 for the fourth and final set that you broke the wires to. Do you think I enjoy footing Starlight's orthodontic bills?
Ares: Oh my word, I had no idea they were THAT expensive! Send me the bills for everything and you'll get reimbursed.
Dragon: Now that the confusion has been cleared up, I have an apology to offer up to Starlight for accusing her of sending me inappropriate messages. You certainly didn’t call me to discuss our stupidity did you?
Ares: No, I have to be away from home for six months
Dragon: Oh not that stupid King summit again this year! Thought you knew how to get out of going!
Ares: I do but Arianna filled out the paper work without thinking and sent them off with everything else. Now I’m stuck tight and Axel and Damien are left without a proper patient trainer. Since you’ve been training Starlight until this mix up, would you take two more on well actually just Axel on? Damien can’t do anything until he’s healed. I will clear this mess up and get Starlight’s reputation back on the right track and away from Trouble Maker and Bad Influence. It’ll be hard for her other friends to realize they were wrong about her, but I’m sure with more informational light shed on the shadows of misinformation, they’ll treat her better.
Dragon: Don’t get your hopes up! If they want an apology and more information, I’d better be there to explain how this all got started because as it is, Starlight is banned from Games, Practices, Battle and Public Appearances. Phil has already informed all media outlets wanting to do interviews with Starlight that she is unavailable for an indefinite amount of time. He will not arrange for Starlight to do any interviews over the phone or the internet, he will not arrange for Starlight to do any personal appearances, nor will he arrange meet and greets. That poor girl, because of us two grown idiots, just sits in the Migrator alone with a book until the Ducks are done, the kids get more photo ops then Starlight currently does! It’s like Starlight has ceased to exist, she’s not mentioned in any articles or in the Hockey News, in the Figure Skating, Gymnastics, Modeling and Music Circuits yes, hockey no. When they have a home game, she sits in her room uninspired to do anything with the brand new fabrics she bought before all this happened, she had so many ideas for Christmas outfits for the little kids to wear but because of our stupidity and unwillingness to investigate anything any further, she’s banned from the one thing she loved doing most of all. Yes I can take Axel on with his sister and train them both. I’ll be at the pond in twenty minutes with a fully loaded credit card for Starlight to make up for a year and six months worth of withheld money she rightfully earned to explain what happened. I hope and pray they will realize they were wrong to punish Starlight for our stupid missteps! That poor girl doesn’t deserve this treatment and it kills me to know she’s being treated like this after everything she’s done for them and the countless times she saved their tail feathers from the shadows and even put herself at risk by revealing her civilian identity while in guardian form.