Friday, June 26, 2009

Voices Of The Past, Part Five

Four Years Ago

Chicago, Illinois

Valerie walked into the room and found the two year old sitting on the floor, looking at the cover of a dime novel. She knelt down next to her daughter and looked at the novel.

"What have you got?" she asked, then smiled as she read the title "Ah, 'Sheriff Ortega In Griefer Flats'. Do you know who Sheriff Ortega is?"

Anya nodded and pointed at the picture of the cowboy in the gray suit on the cover.

Valerie smiled, "He's also your dad. Maybe one day, you'll meet him."

She got up and walked over to her desk. On the desk was an old book entitled "The Power Of Anthlar" in gold letters. She opened to book and continued reading, then noticed her daughter standing next to her, handing her the dime novel.

"Read" Anya said

"Not now, sweetheart, Mommy's got work to do." Valerie said.

"Read" Anya said.

Valerie sighed, then picked up her daughter. She opened the book and started reading.

"'Sheriff Ortega walked out of his home on the bright Monday morning and smiled at the townsfolk that walked by'," she looked at Anya, "I think this is clearly a work of fiction."

Four Years Later

Purdie's TARDIS

Fuzz looked at the gemstones that were on the table in Purdie's console room, then looked up at his Time Lord cousin.

"Oregon Sunstones?" Fuzz asked, picking one up

Purdie nodded, "Lunar and Tensai discovered a powerful energy source when they unearthed those stones. I was able to recharge the TARDIS when her energy went low. One more thing for Steelhead City to be famous for. It's in abundance there."

Angelica looked over the console controls, then looked at Purdie, "Are you sure this is in perfect working condition? I've noticed a bullet hole."

Purdie nodded, "Yes, yes. She's quite alright. I can get us to the Lady Dushku."

The TARDIS engines slowly stopped and there was a ding sound. Purdie went to the viewscreen side of the console and turned it on, pointing at the image of the airship known as The Lady Dushku."

"There, you see?" Purdie said, "There she is."

Fuzz looked at the image. Noting that the airship was docked and not flying. He looked at Purdie.

"We're at Port Caledon." he said

"WHAT?" Purdie said as he started flipping switches on the console.

"WHAT?" he said again, as he looked at the viewscreen, again.

"what..." he finally said as he looked at the readings on the viewscreen.

Angelica looked over his shoulder and read the readings, then looked at her brother, "We arrived two days after we left Steelhead."

Fuzz nodded, "Takes a couple of days by airship to get to Caledon from Steelhead. Maybe we're not too late."

Purdie pulled the lever to open the doors and the three stepped out of the TARDIS and onto the streets of Caledon. Angus GlitterRoch walked up to the trio, smiling. His first mate, Mr. Sideman, followed

"Fuzz," the green haired scottsman said, "If'n ya wanted to come to Caledon, ye could've come with Miss Greene and her friend onboard the Dushku."

Fuzz looked at his old friend, "Angus, where are they?"

Angus shrugged, "Dunno. They took off after we docked a couple of hours ago. Told us they'd be returnin' to Steelhead by other means and that we shouldn't wait up for them."

Mr. Sideman raised his hand and spoke up, "I told the Captain that they were acting suspicious."

Angus glared at his first mate, "And I said that ye were always thinking people were up to no good." He turned back to Fuzz, "So, Fuzz, why are ye here?"

"Valerie and her friend are up to no good." Fuzz replied, "Angus, have your crew take Purdie's box here on board. We'll be going back to Steelhead with you."

"Aye, Fuzz" Angus said.

As Fuzz, Angelica and Purdie ran off, Angus looked at his first mate, who was smiling. "All were right. In celebration, ye can get Mr. Uggla's box on board."

Sideman's smile quickly disappeared.

Up The Street From The Docks

As Fuzz, Angelica, and Purdie rushed down the street, Fuzz explained about the Cross Of Caledon.

"After we retrieved it from Ignatius Oglebee, it was given to Governor Shang, who then gave it to JJ Drinkwater, who placed it in a special exhibit at the Caledon Library."

Angelica looked up the street, "We're not going to get there very fast on foot."

Fuzz stopped and put two fingers to his mouth and let out a loud whistle. A horse drawn carriage came galloping towards the trio and stopped.

"Need a cab, guv?" the driver said

"Caledon Library." Fuzz said as they got into the cab.

"It's closed, today." the driver noted, "It's Sunday."

Fuzz nodded, "Figured that. Please take us there, and make it fast."

Outside the Caledon Library

Fuzz, Angelica and Purdie walked up to the library, trying to see past the crowd of people that gathered outside. Fuzz shook his head.

"Too late." he said

Angelica reached into her purse and pulled out her badge, "We may as well get ourselves inside. Purdie, got your psychic paper?"

Purdie smiled as he pulled out the paper, "Absolutely."

Fuzz nodded, then looked around, "You two go ahead and see what you can find out. I'll do some sniffing out here."

Angelica smiled, "No heroics."

Fuzz walked around the grounds as Angelica and Purdie made their way through the crowds and into the library. Fuzz then caught a whiff of a familiar scent and followed it. He walked across the street, and around a corner. He then walked into an alleyway between two stores. He slowly made his way down the alley. It was then that the familiar scent was gone, and the scent of wolfsbane hit his nose. He started to turn to leave quickly, but something hard hit him in the backof the head and he fell to the ground. Then everything went black.......

Somewhere In Caledon Underground

At one time, Fuzz had explored some of Caledon Underground. As he came to, the familiar smell and sounds of the underground area hit his senses, however, the scent of wolfsbane was still strong, and interferring with his senses. Other than the damp smell, he had no idea if he was alone. At first, his vision was blurred, but it quickly passed. He looked down to see that he was tied to a post with a silver like rope. He glanced up to see Sid Weezul sitting several feet away from him, nervously looking at him.

"How did you get out of prison, Sid?" Fuzz asked

Sid shrugged, "Wasn't guarded by nuns."

Fuzz shook his head, "Valerie hired you to help her? Thought she was way smarter than that."

"Actually," a male voice from the shadows said, "I hired Sid."

A man stepped out of the shadows and smiled at the sheriff, "So, you are the famous Sheriff Ortega? You wouldn't believe all the stories that are out about you. You, TotalLunar Eclipse, Tensai Hilra, and Kattryn Severine. Seeing as how you were this easy to capture, makes one think how easy it would be to defeat those other three."

Fuzz smirked, "Yea, word of advice, go after Tensai Hilra first. She's a real pushover. You must be Cyrus Slurge."

Cyrus bowed to Fuzz. "At your service."

Fuzz tried to break through the ropes, but the more he struggled, the tighter the rope got.

"I wouldn't bother," Cyrus said, "that rope is made from Mithril. Word has it the werewolves in the city of New Babbage have been kept at bay with that. It should hold you quite nicely."

Fuzz looked as Valerie Greene stepped out of the shadows. She looked at him and shook her head in disappointment.

"I should have known you'd follow." she said "And I almost hate to have you killed. Would have been so much better if you just stayed in Steelhead with Anya."

"Why are you doing this?" Fuzz asked

Valerie laughed, "Oh, come on. You want me to gloat over you, explaining our plan?"

"I know the plan," Fuzz said, "Use the gems, conduct the spell, obtain the power. But why? You'd leave your own daughter for this? You couldn't just settle down?"

Valerie slowly shook her head in disappointment, "Demetrius, you just don't understand, do you? You were just there to wet my appetite. Nothing more. And Anya.....She was an accident."

Fuzz narrowed his eyes as he stared at her, "So, you just played the happy little mother while you studied about the power?"

Cyrus looked at Valerie, "He is smart. I suppose, he's expecting to be rescued?"

Valerie smiled, then looked at Weezul. "SID!"

Sid jumped out of his chair and ran into the shadows. Fuzz heard the click of a switch, and the whole cavern lit up. In the center of the room, each gem from the stolen artifact was on the ground, in the middle of a circle. Around the circle, ancient text was written. Across the room, tied up to posts, were Angelica and Purdie.

"Hi Fuzz." Purdie called out. "Ummmm...they jumped us"

Fuzz smiled, then looked at Valerie, "Well, you beat us."

Valeried curtsied, "Always know your enemy."

Cyrus handed Valerie the dagger, "You know what to do."

Valerie nodded as she took the dagger. Cyrus and Sid walked over to Angelica and untied her from the post. With her hand still bound, she was taken to the center of the circle. Valerie walked over to Angelica. Fuzz screamed in anger. He began trying to break free, again.

Purdie watched as Valerie started to raise the dagger, then called out, "I wouldn't do that if I were you. Don't ignore me, either. I'm serious. What you want to achieve will not be accomplished by killing Angelica."

Valerie lowered the dagger, then glared at the Time Lord, "Tell me why?"

"What did the Power of Anthlar book tell you?" Purdie asked, "Obviously, you read the book, or else you wouldn't know about the power."

"A sacrifice in blood is needed in order to finish the ritual." Cyrus replied, he then turned to Sid, "Silence him."

"Human sacrifice," Purdie said, as Sid moved closer to Purdie. Just before Sid gagged Purdie's mouth, Purdie manage to say, "Angelica's not human."

"What?" Valerie asked, looking at Angelica

Angelica smiled, "Well.....obviously, even though I'm not a Lycan, I do have the blood running through me. I mean, I wouldn't be Fuzzball's sister if I didn't. That's on our Papa's side. On our mother's side, Time Lord. I mean, sure, there's some human bits and pieces floating inside me, but I'm not a full human. Oh.....and one more thing?"

"WHAT?" Valerie snapped

Angelica smiled, holding up her hands, showing that they were no longer tied together, "It's time for round two."

Angelica punched the surprised Valerie Greene, who dropped the dagger to the ground. Valerie tried to defend herself, but the sheriff's sister was too fast for her. Angelica hit Valerie with an uppercut, then a left hook, followed by a right cross. She then grabbed Valerie's arm and slung her across the cavern. Angelica was not expecting Cyrus to be standing nearby, as Valerie fell towards him, nor was anyone expecting Cyrus to lunge the dagger into Valerie as he caught her.

"Blood sacrifice," Cyrus said, grinning evilly to the shocked Valerie, "Human."

Angelica started to run towards Cyrus, only to be stopped by Sid Weezul, who had a gun pointed at the Pinkerton agent. She watched as Valerie fell to the ground. Cyrus held the blood soaked dagger over the gemstones in the circle. The blood dripped off the dagger and onto the stones. Suddenly, the gems started to glow and there was a rumbling. It was then that Fuzz, still in human form, managed to muster all his Lycan strength, and break the mithril rope. He fell to his knees. Looking at the power starting to emerge from the gems, he reached into his pocket. Pulling out the Oregon Sunstone, he tossed it onto the pile of other gemstones.

"NOOOOO" Cyrus called out

The Oregon Sunstone started to glow a bright orange. There was a bright flash, and then all was quiet.

"Never.......underestimate Steelhead...." Fuzz said. He looked over at Sid, "Sid......don't point that my sister."

Sid smiled, "You're probably too weak to stop me from pulling the trigger."

Sid turned back to Angelica, who quickly punched Sid. Sid fell to the ground. Angelica picked up the gun and looked around. Cyrus had disappeared during the commotion. As she untied Purdie, Fuzz walked over to the lifeless body of Valerie Greene.

Purdie took the gag out of his mouth then looked at Fuzz, "How did you know the Oregon Sunstone would do that."

Without taking his eyes off Valerie, Fuzz replied, "I didn't......I don't even know what happened."

"Absorbed the energy." Purdie said, as he picked up the sunstone, "This universe is an amazing place. The power that these people tried to obtain, is now locked in this sunstone."

"How were they going to obtain it?" Angelica asked.

"Step into the circle," Fuzz said looking at her, "power gets absorbed into you. You become all powerful."

Angelica pointed at the Sunstone, "And what do we do with that?"

"New Gallifrey" Purdie replied, referring to the new homeworld of the Time Lords, "It'll be safe there."

Fuzz walked over to where his holster and gun was placed and put the holster on, "You two get Sid tied up and get the gems back on those artifacts."

"You able to hunt down Cyrus with no problem?" Angelica asked

Fuzz's reply was a smile and a wink.

Port Caledon

Cyrus hurried down the street, trying to find a quick way out of Caleon. He came up to a crowded marketplace. He smiled, thinking that he would be safe, lost in the crowd. Suddenly, the crowd ran to the sides of the street, revealing Steelhead's sheriff standing at the other end. Cyrus opened his jacket, revealing his holster and revolver. He smiled, knowing that the gun was loaded with silver bullets. He was getting more confident as he watched Fuzz's hand shake.

Thirty seconds went by. To many, it seemed longer. The two stared at each other, each waiting for the other to draw. Then, Cyrus reached for his gun. There was a shot. Cyrus fell to his knees, clutching his shoulder. He watched as Fuzz placed the gun back into the holster and turned to walk away. Cyrus aimed the gun at Fuzz. The whiskey bottle to the back of his head was the last thing that he remembered. Angus stood over the unconcious body.

"Ye don't go shootin' people in the back of the head," he said, "it tain't fair."


Sid was sitting in the paddy wagon, waiting to be taken back to prison. The Caledon constables then placed the injured Cyrus into the wagon with Sid. His head was bandaged and his arm was in a sling. Fuzz, Angelica and Purdie stood nearby and watched as the horses pulled the paddy wagon away.

"Well," Purdie said, "I wish that the TARDIS was working. Might have been able to stop all this sooner."

"What's done is done." Angelica said, "Things are meant to happen a certain way. Even if we don't like a particular way."

Fuzz rubbed his chin, "Next time I'm in Caledon......."

"What?" Angelica asked

Fuzz looked at his sister, "Lycaon."

Caledon Regency Hospital

Fuzz walked into the room. The old wolf was still in the bed. The other wolves that stood by his side had already walked outside. The time was close.

Lycaon looked up at Fuzz, "Your yet.......happy."

Fuzz knelt down in front of the old king, "It has been broken. And yet, someone special has entered my life. One who can mend that wound."

" you........and the protect......."

Fuzz looked at Lycaon, "What you wished to speak to me has nothing to do with me finding out I had a daughter."

Lycaon looked into Fuzz's eyes, "I done.......many wonderful........things.........earned.........great respect......."

"So I've been told." Fuzz whispered

"Your what.......makes you......well.....respected. But know this......Fenris' Bane.......'The Darkness Is Coming'........"

And with that, Lycaon, the king of long ago, who fathered the Lycans into being, closed his eyes and breathed his last breath. As the wolves outside, and in the forests of Caledon howled to mourn his passing. Fuzz bowed his head and said a prayer.

Steelhead Town Hall. A Few Days Later

Angelica explained to Lunar and Katt about the events of the robberies and how it was thwarted.

"So, the artifacts are being returned to their rightful place, and the Sunstone that absorbed the power is now on New Gallifrey. Purdie believes that now the gems on the artifacts are just that, gems to make the artifacts look pretty."

Katt nodded, "And their only purpose is for viewing. Very nice. And what of Lycaon's message to Fuzz?"

"Yes." Lunar said, "'the Darkness Is Coming'. What does that mean?"

Angelica shrugged, "I wish I knew. Somehow, it's tied into Fuzz's tribal name. I have no idea what it means. We could ask Fuzz or any Lycans....but they won't say. Which worries me."

"Aye," the Moon Elf said "If Fuzz won't say anything to you, nor will he say anything to is something very troubling."

"What I don't understand," Katt continued, "why she kept Anya, if she didn't wish to be a mother?"

"Orphanages will not take in Lycans," Angelica explained, "they're not equipped to deal with a Lycan once they reach the age of thirteen. And Lycan tribes do not take kindly to parents abandoning their young. They'd hunt Valerie down. Fuzz believes she put on the facade of the good mother while she studied about the ritual necessary to obtain that power. She drops Anya off here in Steelhead, then leaves. I guess she figured that once the power was in her grasp, we couldn't touch her."

"Never underestimate the power of Steelhead." Katt said, smiling.

The three looked to see Tensai standing at the entrance to Fuzz's office. They stood with her and looked in to see Fuzz talking with Anya as she prepared for her first day of school.

"Annechen Lowey, as I have been told," Fuzz said, "is an excellant teacher. You know, one of the nuns used to double as a school teacher, but they all wanted to be deputies, so when the consulate came to Steelhead...well......I'm boring you, aren't I?"

Anya smiled at Fuzz. Fuzz smiled back.

"Listen," Fuzz said as he sat down in front of her, "I don't know why people become greedy. Why they only care about themselves, and not those that should be important to their lives. But, I want you to remember, not everyone is like that. There are a lot of good people in this world."

Anya looked down at the ground, then looked at Fuzz.

"Can I ask you something?" she asked

"Sure, ask away."

"Are you my father?"

"Yes." Fuzz whispered as a tear rolled down his cheek.

Anya got up and sat in Fuzzball's lap and the two hugged each other. Lunar looked at Tensai who was wiping her eyes.

"Tensai," Lunar asked, "what's wrong?"

"I've got something in my eye." Tensai sobbed.

Caledon Regency Hospital

Professor Treloar Parx's wheelchair chugged down the corridors of the hospital. He entered into the room that he had entered several days earlier and looked at the doctor.

"How is he?" Parx asked, referring to the patient in the room.

"He's awake," the doctor said, "and quite well. However, as the matron told you, there is that one.....situation."

Parx's chair rolled closer to the bed. Parx looked at the patient.

"Hello." Parx said, "Do you remember me?"

"No." the patient replied, "Should I?"

"Yes, you should. We have known each other for some time." Parx said, "You have no memory of anything?"

The patient picked up a mirror that was on his bedside table and looked at it. The reflection of Jobias Barthelmess stared back.

"I have no idea who I am." was the reply

The End
(Up next: Wolfgang)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Voices Of The Past, Part Four

Seven Years Ago

Ortega Residence, Steelhead City

Fuzz walked down the stairs into his parlor, he glanced at the clock, noting that it was 2:15 am. He looked around the room. He reached into his pocket and pulled out the note that she had written. He unfolded it and read the note, again. It only had two words written on it.

I'm sorry.

He crumbled up the note and tossed it into the fireplace. He watched the fire burn the note, after it was completely burned, he walked back upstairs to return to bed.

"Best to be a Lone Wolf." he whispered to himself.

Seven Years Later

Main Street, Steelhead City

Fuzz, Anya, and Mother Superior walked towards town hall. As they reached the entrance, Sister Florence walked towards the sheriff.

"He's much better now." she told him "Both hearts beating. He's breathing normal. At present, he's picking out a new outfit to wear."

Fuzz looked at Mother Superior, who nodded and then walked off with Sister Florence. Fuzz smiled at Anya, and the two headed into town hall.

Inside the sheriff's office, Sister Alma glared at the jail cells. In one cell, Valerie Green leaned against the bars of the cell. In the other cell, Angelica Trescothick sat on a cot, glaring at the wall. On Fuzz's desk, Willard hid behind Fuzz's coffee cup. Normally, the rat would argue about people in his cell, but the look on Angelica's face made him think better of it.

Fuzz walked into the office and looked at Sister Alma and smiled.

"Sister Alma," he said, "Rosehaven Recipe's has a fresh batch of bearclaws. You should head over there and get a couple. I know you love those."

Sister Alma glanced at the jail cells and back at the sheriff. Anya looked, wide eyed at her mother in the one cell.

Fuzz sat behind his desk and looked through the paperwork that had piled up as he continued talking. Willard glanced at the cells, then back at Fuzz.

"Also, Mother Superior isn't too keen on the idea, but I'm thinking of asking the Europan Consulate if I could get a couple of Jager's to help out. They've proven to be very useful. Especially in a big fight. Lunar's been on this big kick about Steelhead's celebration. Soft spoken elf, but man, does he love to party. Oh, and we need to speak to Captain GlitterRoch. I don't want him drinking and piloting his airship over STeelhead." Fuzz looked at the last paper, then looked up at the elderly nun. "Also, Sister Alma, there's one more thing."

"Yes, Sheriff?" Sister Alma asked

Fuzz pointed at the jail cells, "What's my sister doing in jail."

"She was naughty." Sister Alma stated, handing him a piece of paper.

Fuzz read the charges, then looked at Willard, "I was in town and I missed all that." He read the paper, "Fighting, damages to the hotel, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest.....Valerie hit a nun?!?!"

"That was an accident." Valerie stated.

Fuzz looked at Alma, "Which one?"

"Sister Mary Finn." Alma replied

Fuzz shrugged, "I'd hate sounding disrespectful, but she is one ugly nun. Might be an improvement."

Alma shrugged. Fuzz got up and walked to Valerie's cell.

"Are you ok?" he asked in Moldavian.

"Huh?" Valerie replied, "Fuzz.....ask me in French or Italian. No offense, but your native language just isn't romantic enough for me to learn."

Fuzz nodded then looked at his sister, "Didn't Mama teach you better." he asked in Moldavian.

"You did the same thing to guys that hurt me." Angelica replied

Fuzz shook his head, "That was a long time ago. I mean if this was Pinkerton business....."

"oooo" Angelica said, eyes widening, "I am here on business, and it does concern something that involved you and her."

Fuzz looked at Sister Alma and in English, said, "I'll speak with the hotel manager about the damages. Sister Mary Finn will more than likely be ok, and I'm sure Valerie will forgive my overprotective sister."

Valerie shrugged, "Yea, I can."

Sister Alma opened the cell doors and let the two ladies out. Willard hopped off the desk and ran into the cell that Angelica had occupied. Valerie took Anya by the hand and started to walk out, when Purdie walked in with Mother Superior. He was wearing a dark suit with a scarlet tie. He squatted down and looked at Anya.

"Hullo." he said, smiling. "I'm Purdie. I'm the sheriff's cousin.......well....distant cousin.......well.....very distant cousin.....I'm sort of on the outer branches of the family tree. You must be Anya."

Anya nodded.

Purdie reached into his coat and pulled out his sonic screwdriver. "This is my sonic screwdriver. It's a very special tool. Watch." he looked over at Fuzz, "Fuzz, show us your revolver."

Fuzz took his revolver out of his holster. Purdie pointed the sonic device at the revolver. There was a high hum, and the revolver fell to pieces.

"Thanks a lot." Fuzz said, "Not that I needed a gun to keep the peace around here."

Purdie turned his attentiont back to Anya, "And you know the great thing about this device?"

"What?" Anya asked

The hum began again as Purdie waved the sonic screwdriver around Anya, "It doesn't hurt people."

Anya smiled, "Can I have one?"

Purdie shrugged, "Maybe when you're older."

"Come along, Anya." Valerie said to her daughter. "Let's leave Sheriff Ortega to tend to his business."

As the two left, Purdie stood up and walked over to Fuzz and Angelica.

"Angelica." He said, smiling, "Hullo. You're looking lovely as ever. You get that from your mother's side. Time Lord DNA."

"You've changed, Purdie." Angelica noted, also smiling, "I like it."

"DNA?" Fuzz asked

"The genetic makeup of lifeforms." Purdie explained, "Not many people in this time would be very familiar with it. Your local scientists would know."

"Ok, fine, but....this....DNA. Are you able to find out about Anya?" Fuzz asked

"You mean if she's your daughter? You can look at her and tell that."

Fuzz shook his head, "Seems she's developing heightened senses. I want to know if there's going to be a six year old werewolf running around."

"Ah." Purdie said, looking at his sonic screwdriver, "THAT I may be able to find out."

"Good," Fuzz said as he took his sister by the hand, "let's go and find out, and Sissy here can tell us what Pinkerton's up to that somehow involves Valerie and myself."

Steelhead Hotel

From the lobby, Cyrus Slurge looked over at Anya eating in the dining room. Valerie walked over to him.

"Don't look at her like that." she said

"She's not coming with us."

Valerie shook her head, "I'm going to leave her with the Sheriff. I've also managed to speak with Angus GlitterRoch. He'll get us to Caledon, and since I'm friends with the Sheriff, we got an extremely cheap price. We can leave as soon as you're ready."

"Good." Cyrus said, "And after we've become successful?"

"I won't be coming back to Steelhead, that's for sure." Valerie replied

Purdie's TARDIS

"Then," Angelica explained, "before I.....introduced myself to Ms. Greene, I recieved a telegram from headquarters. The Belt of Lady Chasity was stolen. That only leaves......"

"The Caledon Cross." Fuzz finished, "That's bad news."

Purdie studied the readings on his viewer, then glanced up at Fuzz, "Very.....bad."

"How?" Angelica asked, "Pinkerton's never figured that one out. I mean, they're just artifacts. What's so special about them?"

"The Molet Chalice has a large ruby on one side," Fuzz explained, "The Dagger of Anubis has a large emerald on the hilt. The Crown of Cornelius has a large pearl on the top. The Belt of Lady Chasity has an amethyst on it's buckle. The Golden Tock Lobster has two amber eyes. One of those eyes is slightly brighter than the other. The Cross of Caledon has a large diamond. The artifacts are nothing. Those gemstones...well....together, they unleash a great power."

"How great?" Angelica asked

Purdie looked at Angelica, "These ancient mucky mucks from way back seperated a great power and place bits and pieces into those gemstones. Bloodwing was after that power. This was during a time that he was,......less than cooperative."

"They placed the power into these gemstones," Fuzz continued, "and created these arifacts, placing a gemstone on each artifact. They managed to hide it from Bloodwing. When Bloodwing had possessed Darien, Darien's personality had softened Bloodwing, others had found out about this legend, and attempted to release that power for their own greedy purposes."

Purdie nodded, "But there's a problem. The power is not something that would make you wealthy or all powerful. It's a power of destruction."

Angelica nodded, "I have to get to Caledon. But first, what about Anya?"

"Simple," Purdie said, smiling, "Time Lords rule."

"We were descended from a Time Lord," Fuzz said " we count, right?"

Purdie nodded, "Basically, her heightened senses were awakened early. According to the info, she'll be ready for her transformation at age 13. You don't have to worry about a six year old werewolf running around Steelhead."

"Other than you, Fuzz." Angelica said, "I mean, you do act like a six year old, sometimes."

"I'm tellin'." Fuzz said as he walked out of the TARDIS.

"Like Mama's gonna listen to you." Angelica said

Outside The TARDIS

Fuzz walked out to find Mother Superior standing there, waiting for him. Angelica and Purdie walked out and looked at the nun. She was holding a note.

"Sheriff," Mother Superior said, "we have a problem."

Sheriff's Office

Tensai sat on the bench, holding a sobbing Anya. The look on Tensai's face was one of wanting to blow an unloving mother to smithereens. Lunar scowled and looked at Fuzz who was reading the note, then tossing it into his stove.

"She has 'business'," Fuzz told Angelica "Wants me to take care of Anya."

Tensai looked at Fuzz, "I am going to kick her ass....."

"Tensai," Lunar scolded, pointing at Anya.

"KICK HER ASS," Tensai continued, "for leaving her daughter behind."

Fuzz shook his head, "I'll talk to her when she returns..."

"She's not coming back," Anya sobbed

Fuzz knelt down in front of the bench and looked at Anya, "She is."

Anya shook her head, "I heard her tell that Cyrus guy. She doesn't want me."

"You heard her tell this Cyrus the same way that you smelled me?" Fuzz asked

Anya nodded, then looked at Fuzz, "Sheriff Ortega.....will you take care of me?"

Fuzz fell back onto the floor, surprised of the question coming from the little girl's mouth. Angelica smiled, while fighting back a tear, as did others in the room. Fuzz looked over at Mother Superior.

"Let's find out who this Cyrus guy is. Check the hotel, check the train station. Check anywhere he might have gone to." he then looked at the little girl, "A lycan has heightened senses, but a lycan also has a sharp memory. Tell me everything that you heard your mother and this guy talk about."

"Like the robster?" Anya asked

"Lobster." Angelica whispered

The Lady Dushku, Twenty Miles off the coast of Steelhead City

"Ach, she's a cutie, that little girl of yours." Angus told Valerie "Ye should be proud."

"Thank you, Captain" Valerie replied.

She walked over to Cyrus, who had a worried look on his face.

"You shouldn't have left her like that." Cyrus whispered, "He'll get suspicious and follow."

Valerie looked around the ship, then whispered, "Do you have the silver bullets?"

Cyrus nodded.

"Good. If he follows, use them." She reached into her purse and pulled out a dagger, "And I have something for his sister, should she try anything."

To Be Continued
(As we head to our finale. There's a gunfight. There's a death. And an ending that will probably bring a tear to your eye)