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Hello Everyone!


Phew! What a month!

The 5th Season has finished, new things were added and a lot changed in this Blog!
Techniques, new Profiles, new Characters, Villains, the first Summer Summit...
Quite a journey, huh?

However, the Knights are not stopping here! The next Season is coming with more surprises!

Are you ready for what's coming?

Stay tuned for more!

Sincerely,
Sakura Hayes

Hello, Everyone!

It has been a while since I posted non-Covers here...

Well, with my Photoshop back, I've being able to finish the 5th Season's covers (YES! FINALLY!) and other drawings as well, which will be posted here.

To begin with it, I decided to show you the cutest of our beloved Blue Moon Knights: their Chibi forms!

For those who don't know, Chibi means "tiny" in Japanese. It is just like our cartoon form, so to speak. Here, the head is enphasized and the rest of the body becomes tiny and minor detailed. The idea is to get as cute as possible, and I think I've achieved it.

Check those chibies out:































These are not going to be merely decorative images; I am planning to do something more with them... Just wait and see!

Stay tuned for more!

Sincerely,
Sakura Hayes.

Hello, Everyone!

As I promised (and finally did), the Profile images have been updated. The older ones had to be replaced for two reasons: first, the amount of information they bore was too much, and it was not easy to see. Second, my drawings are changing - since the Knights debuted more than a year ago, I thought about doing a comparison  imagining they've grown older just as I did.

Well, here you have them! These images can be found on the Official Page in Facebook just as well!



Anael's new look!
Thalas' new look!












Melchior's new look!
Kimi's new look!












Kaiser's new look!
(my personal
favorite)
Maya's new look!













Altagracia's new look!
(She looks a bit older
here!)
Which ones do you prefer? The older or these new ones? Tell me!


Stay tuned for more!

Sincerely,
Sakura Hayes












Hello Everyone!


Very well, the 5th Season came to an end and a lot of things changed on the storyline! Let's see what else I have added:

1. Techniques for the Knights! -> As you could see, Elite Dragon, Electro Archer, Lotus Flower and Black Witch obtained some special attacks! Though they were the first ones, they won't be the only ones with those techniques!

2. Exploring the Knights' Marks -> I have already talked about them in the previous Season, buut now they will be far more important then on that time. The drawings will soon be available! Wait for them!

3. More of Mayan Mythology -> This Season has used a bit more Mayan mythology than the others, and you bet I'll keep doing things this way.

4. Revamped Profiles -> I have changed not only the images, but some information and, of course, the techniques. I believe now the infos are quite better than before!

I want to know your opinions! Have you liked this Season? Yes? No?

Please, tell me everything! I am eagering to hear what you've got to say! And fear not! The next Season will be here sooner than you may think!

Sincerely,
Sakura Hayes


- F for Forgiveness -

After all that fight, Anael's living room was completely messy and damaged due to their fight against zombie Melchior. Kimi cleansed Kaiser's wounds and put some bandages on his body. The, he took him to the guest room and lied him on the bed, letting his twin brother finally get some sleep. He did the same for Altagracia and left her on her room.

He then went back downstairs to find a solution for the house problem. He smiled and blinked slowly as ideas came on his mind.

"Well, we've got no time to lose..."

The Finn clapped his hand thrice and some snow flakes appeared between his hands. Ice Guardian then threw them in the air, causing them to get bigger, more transparent and wider, engulfing the house in its light blue sparkle, reconstructing the damaged areas and cleaning all the dirty spots of the building.

He smiled at his job and let his body fall on the sofa just behind him. His Shaman Marking, an Icicle shard with a Quetzal behind it, drawn in the left part of his upper back, glew softly as the Quetzal came out of his skin, becoming larger and acquiring an icy blue tone, involving Kimi and turning him back into his civilian clothes.

The following hours were the worst in all Knights's lives. María Moon'Seeker arrived right after Kimi conjured his cleasing spell. The diplomat saw the blonde lying exhausted on the sofa. She then went upstairs and found only Altagracia on her bedroom, sleeping.

"Where is Anael?!" She thought, worried.

She ran downstairs straight to the living room, where Kimi was. She put her right hand on his shoulder, then hesitated for a moment.

"This may be related to all that 'Blue Moon Knight' thing..." She thought "If so, he may be aware of Anael's whereabouts!"

She took a deep breath and gently shook Kimi's shoulder. The Finn opened his eyes in half way, slowly blinking at Anael's mother.

"Yes?" He asked sleepy.

"Do you know where Anael is?" She asked with concern.

"Anael went to the hospital" Kimi replied "He and Thalas took Maya and Melchior with them. Melchior was quite injured, and so was Maya. Anael and Thalas seemed to be fine..."

She sat on the available spot of the sofa with her eyes gazing Kimi's face. The Finn knew she was more worried than a mother would normally be.

"Did Anael tell you?" Kimi finally asked.

"About... The Blue Moon Knights? Yes..." She said "He told me. He told me... Before his birthday."

"I see..." He replied as he slowly sat on the sofa. Then, he thought to himself: "So, she was already aware since... The Templar Dragons."

He then looked at the aflicted mother with seriousness.

"Well, since you are already aware of our activities, it wouldn't hurt if you hear what happened to us now..."

"I am listening" María replied "Anytime, Kimi."

"The battle we recently faced was a consequence of our acts towards one of us in the Templar event..." He started "This combat gave us a lesson about never forgeting about one of us..."

He then told María everything, from the corruption Mictlantecuhtli brought to Maya to Melchior's zombification and the several life drains she did to Anael and Melchior. He told everything about their powers and origins, and a pact was made. A pact for María never to tell anyone and become their ally...

***

Hospital San Andrés de Guatemala...

On the meantime, Anael and Thalas were sitting on a white sofa on the hospital's waiting room. Both seemed very tired, for they were almost sleeping there. However, they were waiting to hear news from the physicians  who were taking care of Maya and Melchior.

The Welsh Guatemalan looked at the movement on the hospital. There were nurses, paramedics, residents, interns, surgeons of all kind walking on the spotless basault floor.

"Medicine is a promise of a full-adventure lifestyle" He thought "Just as firefighter... How did my father called his fire department?" He looked at the fire extinguishers near him and a smile appeared in his face "Of course! Raging Dragons of Guatemala..."

The, he looked at Thalas. The French Guatemalan was playing with his fingers in a shy attittude. Anael knew what was the meaning of this.

"Talk to her." He said, attracting Thalas' attention "Say what you really feel. Tell her how sorry you are for what happened, and that you wish things were different..."

"I can't!" Thalas said, waving his head from the right to left repeatedly "I... I don't..." His voice became lower as he looked down once more "I don't think I should do it."

"So, you want a new Lorcan to appear in her life?" Anael said with seriousness in his eyes.

"Pardon?" Thalas asked in return.

"You heard me" Anael replied "See, Thalas, I know you are shy, and so am I! However, if I want a girl..." He stood up and kept looking and talking to Thalas "...You bet I do whatever it takes to be with her, and I don't care who is going to be on my way."

He grabbed his wallet and opened it in order to count how much money he had.

"Tell me, Thalas..." Anael said while counting the money "What is Maya's favorite color?"

"It depends..." Thalas replied "Normally, fuchsia, purple, lilac and golden. Why?"

"You will see" Anael hissed with a mischievous smile "Her favorite music group?"

"Metallica with no doubt." Thalas said "Again, why?"

"Wait and see" Anael responded once more "Her favorite flower?"

"Lavender"  He replied impacient "Anael, what the hell are you doing?!"

"Here, take it." He said, giving Thalas some money "I believe there is about 60 quetzales in your hand. There is a flower shop about one block ahead, and there is a music three blocks across the street. If there is any change left, bring it to me."

"Anael..." Thalas looked at his friend impressed.

"Go, man!" Anael ordered "Get your ass out of here and don't think of coming back empty-handed! Understood?"

"I hate you!" Thalas said in a mocking tone and a smile in his face "I'll be back sooner than you may think!"

"You will be thanking me for that!" Anael replied laughing.

The Welsh Guatemalan sat on the sofa, watching Thalas as he left the halls of the hospital. Then, a resident approached Anael. He was about 1.70 meters tall with black, short curly hair, brown eyes and black-skinned.

"Señor Moon'Seeker?" He asked.

"Yes?" Anael replied.

"I am resident Marcel Mendellín" he said "And I am here to tell you that your friends are out of danger now. One of them, Melchior, I think, is already awake. You can visit him, if you wish."

Anael became extremely thrilled when he heard these words. He thanked the resident, hugged him and ran to the room in which Melchior was. He knocked on the door and entered almost immediately. Melchior was there, looking at him with a mischievous smile and his arms wide opened.

"Hello, my friend!" He said in a happy tone "Sou good to see you here!"

"I am happy as well!" Said the Welsh Guatemala as he hugged him "So, you are you doing? Are you recovering well?"

"Much better than expected, actually!" Replied Melchior "My bruises are going away and the scars don't look so fragile anymore!"

He rotated his shoulders in order to stretch while Anael kept looking at him.

"Now tell me..." Elemental Alchemist asked "What happened? Like, I just remember of getting into Maya's lair, being beaten as hell and then... Nothing else."

"What?!" Anael asked, surprised "You don't remember... Anything?"

"No..." Melchior replied slightly confused "Anael... you are scaring me. What have I done?"

"Well..." Anael sighed "Since I sent Thalas in a...Mission, so to speak, I'll have plenty of time to tell you..."

***

On the meantime, Thalas was outside the flower shop Anael indicated. The French Guatemala was hesitant. He kept looking at the displayed flowers, seeking an answer to his problem... And the right words for the shop attendant.

He entered in the store with a thoughtful countenance. He tried to find lavenders there, but the closest were some orchids, which would be too expensive for him to afford at that given moment. He kept looking at them with thoughts and memories going through his mind.

"It was all my fault..." He thought "I should have paid more attention to what was going on instead of..."

Images of that day came into his head. He remembered when he went to her house. Thalas also saw Maya on the balcony, but he never mentioned that to her. A stupid act, he said to himself. He also remembered how hesitant and anxious he climbed the stairs until reaching her room.

Her face, her expressions, everything about Maya came into his mind.

"Are you afraid of me, Electro Archer?"

"Mage against Archer... what an interesting sight!"

"Thalas... Thanks for the opportunity you gave me! I will always be grateful to you!"

"You are my best friend... I will always be at your side."

Her smile, her walk, her voice... He closed his eyes while the memory of being dragged down to Xibalba through Maya's mirror. His eyes closed harder as he recalled the enormous jaguar spirit which engulfed an blinded him. He recalls Maya's voice screaming for him and the complete darkness and silence afterwards.

"Thalas!"

"Can I help you, chapín*?" Asked the shop attendant.

Thalas then came back to reality by opening his eyes and staring at the young lady. She was around her 20s with short, wavy black hair, hazel eyes and copper skin. She was chubby and measured around 1.70 meters. She was smiling at Thalas, who instantly blushed.

"Well, in a way..." He replied embarrassed "I was looking for... Lavenders. Do you have them?"

"They are quite rare in here" She replied sadly "However, I think I have the floral display you are looking for..."

She rapidly upstairs and said some things to one of her employees. Then, he came with a small vase which contained lavenders and few chrysanthemums.

"I believe this is the arrange you are looking for." She said with a smile "by the way, my name is Chalchiuhtlicue Maria Cadiz, nice to meet you."

"Chalchiuhtlicue..." He thought "Passing waters. Mary of Passing Waters." He took the bouquet with his right hand, giving her 20 quetzales with his left hand.

"If there is any change, you may keep it." Thalas said with a smile "You have already done much more for me than I would ever pay."

The French Guatemalan ran from the store with a smile in his face. He took the Metallica CD an hid it on the lilac bouquet. This time, he was hoping not to ruin it all...

"Passing Waters..."

***

Thalas was around fifty meters by the time Kimi and Kaiser arrived at the hospital. Maria didn't come with them, for she preferred to take care of Altagracia instead.

The Finn twins seemed perfectly fine - Kaiser had only some bandages around his forearms and a band-aid on his face.  They were talking and smiling as they entered on the building. Thalas saw them and slowed down.

"Calm down, Thalas..." He thought, sighing "The worst thing that can happen to you is Maya's rejection...Take it easy..."

The French Guatemalan then took a deep breath and slowly walked towards Maya's room. Since the twins entered on Melchior's room, he would have plenty of time to talk to Maya alone.

He walked few more steps straight ahead,  reaching room 120 - Maya's room. his heartbeat increased significantly as he approached. He took a deep breath and opened the door.

"Maya?" He whispered.

She slowly opened her eyes; her body was covered in bandages, and she seemed quite pale and weak. Thalas felt sorry for her and his countenance became slightly gloomy. He slowly entered on the room,  closing the door as he passed by it.

"Thalas..." She said in a low tone "Glad you came..." She then points at the flowers "Are those... For me?"

Thalas blushed. He sat on a chair near her and offered the lilac bouquet.

"Oui..." He replied trying to hide the shyness "...These are for you. I... Well..."

"I loved them!" She replied happily "Did you know lavenders where my favorite kind of flower?"

He nodded affirmatively. Then,  she looked inside it and took the Metallica CD Thalas bought her  - a special edition of St. Anger** album. Her eyes gained an excited bright as she looked at it. Thalas touched her heart, no doubt.

"I...I love this album!" She screamed thrilled "Thalas... Thalas, you are an angel! That's the only explanation I have!  Why... Why are you giving me all these things?"

"Well..." His face got even reddish than before "I... I have a thing to say to you... Something I've been keeping to myself for quite a long time..."

She sat on the bed looking at Thalas with curiosity and surprise. What was that all about?

"And..." Maya began for him.

"...I cannot keep this to me anymore." He said. Then, he took a deep breath "Maya, I... I..."

She held his hands and came a bit closer to him while he tried to say what he was planning a long time ago.

"I... I just wanted to say that... I have feelings for you... I mean..."

Maya's face was only one inch apart of Thalas'. He half closed his eyes as he slowly approached.

"I am in love with you Maya... Since Tenochtitlan..." He finally said prior to kissing her.

It was a shy kiss; they only touched each other's lips. He got so distracted that he didn't even notice two people swiftly entering on the room.

"Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Halle-lu-jah!"

He stopped kissing Maya jut to look at the direction of the song. It was Kimi and Kaiser who were singing;  they were just a few steps away from the couple, who rapidly separated, blushing.

"I knew it from the very beginning!"  Kaiser said with a mischievous smile.

"You guys shouldn't be embarrassed!" Kimi said "Like, we always knew you would make a great couple!"

Maya hugged Thalas' shoulders, and the French Guatemalan retributed with a kiss. She was back, and back to his arms... They way it should have always been. The Knights were now all together. With Maya now with them, one question was still on the air:

What about her source of powers?

End of Season Five

---

Glossary:

*Chapín: it means "boy" in Guatemalan spanish. It is a slang.

**St. Anger: A music Album released in 1982 by Metallica. It is considered one of their masterpieces.


-E for Everlasting Question: Friend of Foe?-


The undead crowd perished in Anael's hands as he slaughtered the rotten flesh and elder bones in front of him. His sword cut deep their chest, legs and torso as they approached Elite Dragon.


"All this power..." Elite Dragon thought "It is impossible! She is summoning an army that even Eclipse wouldn't master..."

He then grabbed the Heart of Guatemala and used Kukulkan's blessings one more time.

"Quetzal Sweeping Front!"               

The Heart created a huge turquoise wave which rapidly created an enormous number of turquoise shards, which hit the undead surrounding Anael, annihilating them as the projectiles hit their target.

Thalas, on that meantime, was still fighting Maya. Due to the fact she had to deal with two enemies at once, she wasn't able to overcome Thalas, whose gatling gun was almost cracking the magic shield.

"I will give you one more chance to surrender!" Electro Archer said "I don't want to hurt you, Maya! Please, stop this insanity at once!"

The last three bolts he conjured were enough to break her magical shield and throw her against the rocky window. By the time it occurred, Anael saw himself free from the hordes of undead.  He then looked at 
Thalas, who was standing still while Maya tried to stay up once more.

"I... I cannot surrender!" She screamed "I will never surrender!"

"Well, if you are not..." Thalas said with sadness, sighing right afterwards.

He raised his arms imitating the shape of a cross, absorbing the magic crossbow. Anael looked at the scene slightly frightened.

"...Then you are free to kill me."  Concluded the French Guatemalan.

Instead of obeying him and finishing the long-lasting fight, the Voodoo Mistress feel on her knees, looking at Thalas with curiosity. He noticed her eyes were changing - instead of having blackened sclera, they were changing from black to white from time to time.

"The power of Mictlantecuhtli is wearing off!" Electro Archer thought. "Maybe this is my chance to save Maya once and for all!"

He looked at Elite Dragon, who nodded affirmatively in response. The Blue Moon Knights' leader then threw the Heart of Guatemala to Thalas, who grabbed it with his right and and held it by its chains, looking at Maya.

"This Heart was made by using the power of all Shaman-Stones..." He said "Maya, I know your powers come from another source, but I need you to accept the blessings of Kukulkan in order to save you from this curse!"

"Save...Me?" She asked while slowly blinking at him.

"Yes..." He replied with a discrete smile "To save you and Melchior, who was zombified just recently..." He then looked at Anael "Anael, how do I do to activate His Blessings?"

"You only have to say... Kukulkan's Blessings!" Elite Dragon responded with a smile.

Thalas nodded affirmatively and looked to Maya. Now, the Voodoo Mistress didn't seem so terrifying, for she was getting paler and weaker as the minutes went by. She started breathing rapidly and painfully, as if life was being taken away from her.

"Please, Heart of Guatemala..." Thalas said "Give me...Kukulkan's Blessings!"

The liquid Shaman-Stone started glowing strong and released a dense turquoise cloud which involved Maya. Then, the same cloud took immense proportions and involved all the surroundings, including Thalas and 
Anael, which had been driven elsewhere...

The cloud covered Maya's body entirely, making it impossible to see her. Thalas and Anael, on the other hand, were been driven above the turquoise cloud, which destroyed the wicked lair, washing Xibalba's unholy land and making that are greener and more lifelike than it previously was as they were directed to a vortex just few meters away from them.

"The very last act of Chalchiuhtlicue..." Anael whispered before entering into the vortex.

***

Back to Anael's home, they arrived exactly were Kimi once opened the Circle of Life energy for Anael to use. Elite dragon arrived with Electro Archer, who was holding Maya in his arms. Her body was covered by the Honduran national flag, now displayed in its original colors.

Kimi, Kaiser and Altagracia had scratches and cuts in their flesh. Their clothes were ragged. Altagracia was sitting on the floor  with her arms on her knees and with a lost countenance. Kaiser was lying on the ground unconscious and Kimi was helping Melchior to stand up. The Salvadorian mage was slowly recovering from the zombification ritual, yet it was not as fast as they wished.

"Wow, what a fight..." Anael said.

"Indeed" Answered Kimi "And Maya? Is she..."

"No" Replied Thalas "She is only unconscious.  The Heart saved her...My feelings saved her..." He said, whispering the last part for only him to listen.

"And now what?" Anael asked "Are you guys alright, considering the last events?"

"Well, so far so good." Kimi replied "I only have to heal these two and take Melchior to the hospital..."

"I can do that." Anael said "Give me Melchior and take good care of mi rayo de Sol, right?"

"Always, leader." Kimi replied with a smile, passing Melchior's left arm around Anael's neck.

"Time to go...As civilians." Anael said, holding the Heart of Guatemala in his left hand "Corazon de Guatemala!"

The liquid Shaman-Stone turned all of them back to their civilian outfits. The damages done to the house were also cleansed. With a smile, Anael left the house, followed by Thalas with Maya in his arms.

***

The sunset was beginning as the two Blue Moon Knights were walking on the street. They were only a few blocks from the hospital. Silence took place at most of the way, as they didn't want to talk about the recent events. Anael, however, was about to break it, for he had a question he couldn't hold any longer in his mind.

"Thalas, we are friends for quite a while, right?" He began, attracting Thalas' attention "I need to know: do you love Maya?"

"What?!" Thalas replied with his face completely red "Well, I..."

"You do, right?" Anael asked with a smile "Thalas, there is nothing to be embarrassed of!"

"Is that so obvious?" The French Guatemalan timidly asked.

"Since you saved her back there in Tenochtitlan" The Welsh Guatemalan replied "I knew you had feelings for her, though you tried to cover them up..."

"Do you think she feels the same for me?" Thalas asked "I mean, after the whole thing with Lorcan, I..."

"Don't worry about this now, friend." Anael said with a serene countenance "Right now, you only have to hope she goes through this night..."

To Be Continued...



-Wasteland’s Careless-

"Die!"

She struck Anael with strength, but not strong enough to break his guard. The Guatemalan, however, struck her back and made her retread by few steps. He noticed she was losing the tenacity, revealing the hesitant side of the Voodoo Mistress.

"Give up, Chalchiuhtlicue!" Anael said when striking Maya hard enough to break the sword she was bearing.

The Mistress fell on the floor on her back, looking at Anael, who pointed the sword to her neck.

"I don't want to hurt you, Maya!"  He said with determinacy.

She was breathing fast and rapidly. Her golden eyes were gazing at Anael's reptilian eyes. She then looked at her left without moving her head: her Scepter was just few meters away from her. A wicked smile came to her face as she looked back to Anael with her eyes half closed.

"Maya..." She hissed with anger "Lives..."

She concentrated violet energy on her right arm and lifted the scepter, which rapidly flew on her direction.

"...No more!"

She threw a purple energy sphere against Anael, Who tried to keep himself standing by flapping his dragon wings. Now Maya was a real threat; she placed the Scepter in front of her, concentrating a bloody colored energy inside the ring.

"Xibalba's Pride!"

A red jaguar came out of the vortex, knocking Anael on the floor. The Guatemalan hero used his sword as a safety bar in order to push the feline backwards.

"Well, have fun with my kitten!" Maya madly laughed "I am going to take care of the others..."

Anael closed his eyes and pushed the sword with all strength he had in his arms. The jaguar was growling and pushing the sword with his claws, but he didn't seem to be able to overcome Anael's strength. It tried to bite the sword and break it, but it started glowing intensively and became hardened.

"Corazón..." Anael whispered "Corazón de Guatemala..."

The liquid Shaman-Stone stated glowing with big intensity, involving the Jaguar. Anael looked at the beast with an enraged countenance. The Guatemalan showed his teeth to the creature, and his reptilian eyes became brighter. He pushed the sword even more.

"Lord Kukulkan, give me your Blessings! Corazon de Guatemala!"

Anael's arms were involved by two Quetzals, which gave him the final strength he needed to push the sword towards the jaguar, causing it to fall on its back, slay the big feline by cutting its belly with his sword and throw a lightning beam against Maya, who didn't see what was coming for her.

The Voodoo Mistress fell on her knees with pain in her countenance. She turned her head into Anael's direction and stood up with her scepter ready. Anael slowly walked towards her, grabbing his sword with both hands in a way the blade was kept upwards in a knight posture.

"I don't want to hurt you, Maya." He said "I want my friend back. All of us want!"

"Enough of these sick bulwarks!" She replied, running towards him with het scepter's blade pointed at him. "I am tired of this!"

She struck the blade's tip in Anael's sword generating some sparkles as she kept advancing and attacking. The Elite Dragon, however, was not going to let Maya beat him; the Blue Moon Knights' leader then hit back, attacking and moving forward as she lost terrain and retreat step by step.

"Go back to us, Maya!" Anael screamed as he kept striking his sword "Give up of this sickness!"


Anael struck Maya so hard that she let the scepter fall. As a response, she conjured a dagger to fight Anael.

"Never!" She screamed "You will..."

Anael and Maya heard a shooting sound behind them. Maya screamed in pain and knelt on the floor with her eyes closed. Anael half-closed his eyes as if he was trying to see beyond darkness. There was a metallic glow few meters away from him. He then heard some steps and the stranger showed himself: it was Thalas.

"I will take care of this." He said in a decided tone "I created this monster, Anael. This is my battle to be fought."

"Thalas..." He babbled with surprise.

"Take care of Kaiser and Altagracia, and leave this fight to me!" Thalas asked "I need to save her, Anael. Just like you did to Consuelo and Iracema!"

Anael smiled at him and nodded affirmatively. He ran towards the darkness seeking the other two Knights. The first one he found was Altagracia, who was pale and unconscious.

"Mi rayo de Sol!" He whispered with worry in his voice. "Don't worry, honey... I will save you."

He held her in his arms, putting her head in his chest. He then untied the Heart of Guatemala and placed it in Lotus Flower's chest.

"Please, lord Kukulkan... Hear my prayers and give me your blessings..." He whispered as he put his hand on top of the Heart.

The liquid Shaman-Stone started glowing as Anael repeated the mantra. Little turquoise energy spheres came out of the magical item, floating gently. Anael held the Heart stronger and opened his reptilian eyes.

"Allow me to heal her wounds, my Lord..." He whispered "Allow me... To use the Quetzal's power...Quetzal Healing!"

The spheres involved Altagracia's body, healing her wounds and giving her skin its natural tone once more. The turquoise energy then became a small, pink Quetzal, which flew to the roof and exploded right afterwards, becoming turquoise dust, which fell on the ground as a thin rain.

Altagracia slowly opened her eyes and put her left hand in Anael's face. Her arm was shaking and she could barely keep her eyes open, but she was immensely happy to see her older brother on that cursed place.

"Hermano mayor...Estoy contenta en verte..." Altagracia said with a discrete smile "I am so glad you are here..." She started crying "I thought I was going to die here...I got so scared!

He smiled at her with a gloomy countenance. Then, he put her face against his chest and held her gently between his arms, passing his right hand's fingers through her curly hair in order to nurture and calm her down.
"That is ok, mi rayo de Sol..." He replied "It is ok to be afraid..." He looked into her eyes as he whipped her tears up "... Right now, however, I need you to be strong, ok? See, Maya needs us, though she denies it. I will need your assist on healing Kai. Can you help me at this?"

She nodded affirmatively and they stood up seeking for Kaiser. DarkStalker was lying unconscious next to the lair's rock wall. He seemed much paler and wounded than his sister, for Maya mercilessly threw him against walls and shelves of her lair. The Guatemalan siblings came closer to him, and Altagracia decided to take care of the situation.

"Leave this to me, brother" She said with a smile. Then, she put Kaiser's head on her lap and placed her hands in Kaiser's tempers. She closed her eyes in order to start her magic. "Wisp Cure!"

Golden energy spheres came out of Altagracia's hand. They began concentrating in every wound of DarkStalker, healing it and leaving only white, thin scars instead of the flesh wounds. The spheres also helped Kaiser's skin to get back to its normal color as they were absorbed by DarkStalker. The short-haired blonde warrior slowly opened his eyes.

"Oooh... My head..." Kaiser muttered as he passed his right hand through his hair and face. He then sat on the floor "Where are we?"

"We are at Maya's lair" Anael answered, helping his friend to stand up "Kimi is at my place dealing with Melchior... And Thalas is fighting Maya."

"Do you think he has a chance against her?" Kaiser asked "I mean, I know Thalas is strong, but..."

"We have to trust him, Kai" Anael replied "I believe that he has much more power than he shows. The only reason he doesn't show it is because we censorship him too much. We've got to give Thalas a chance to withstand Maya!"

"You are right..." Kaiser said with a gloomy countenance "But what are going to do? We cannot leave him alone here!"

"You and Altagracia will be heading back to my place!" Anael replied with a decided countenance "I will give some backup to Thalas."

"But..." Altagracia babbled trying to object her brother's instructions.

"Kimi may be needing some help." Anael replied "Please, rayo de Sol, don't question me. Just get inside Kaiser's vortex!"

She nodded affirmatively with a sad countenance; DarkStalker then created a vortex . He grabbed Altagracia's hand and entered with her inside the magical transport, which closed right after the young lady passed through it. Elite Dragon then walked back to where Thalas and Maya were fighting.

***


Thalas fell in the floor so strong that it opened a small crater. He tried to stand up, but his legs seemed not to be answering. With a despising smile, Maya slowly walked towards him.

"Give up, Electro Archer." She said "You can join me in my quest for a revamped world. You will is too strong to be defeated by any mortal weapon..."

"You are right" He said while standing up with difficulty "My will is strong enough to be defeated by mere course of action!"

The French Guatemalan closed his fist and put himself in fight position. His left leg was about forty centimeters in front of his right leg and his fists were in front of his body, separated by fifteen centimeters. Maya looked at him with both curiosity and worry.

"What the hell?" She asked.

"Instead of fighting you from distance, I would rather avoid your spells by simply not giving you distance enough to cast them." He answered with a smile "In other words, I will show you the best weapon the Frenchmen ever invented - Savate!"

Savate is a French martial art which mixes boxing with Muay Thai techniques. It was developed by the French navy during World War I so that the sailors could defend themselves if unarmed or caught by surprise in a pirate raid. Though the Savate practices cannot kick his opponents - only boot them - their punches are powerful enough to knock down adversaries much bigger than the Savate fighter.

Thalas ran towards her and started punching. Since Maya was not expecting it, she was hit several times in her belly, causing her to spit blood and retreat completely dizzy and confused. She shook her head to the left and right and then ran towards him ready to give him some punches.

As she tried to strike him, he held her knuckles with one arm and punched her in her ribs, breaking one of the left side. Though he hit her really hard, he was avoiding punching her face, for he had no courage of doing so with a female.

She fell on the ground completely enraged. She hit her hands on the floor and conjured two skeletons, which ran towards Thalas in order to defend their Mistress. Thalas broke one of the skeleton's skull by using both hands as a hammer, smashing the old bones. The other one he only used his right hand's knuckles,  raising his arm as a lever as the skeleton tried to stab him in his back.

He did not notice, however, Maya's move: While he was fighting the skeletons, she ran towards him, jumped and kicked his face right after he defeated the second skeleton.  He fell on the floor with the right side of his face, which gave him a long scar coming from his temporal to his jaw.

Electro Archer then stood on his knees and concentrated dark blue energy between his left fingers.

"Electro Daggers!" He shouted, throwing four dark blue-energized daggers at Maya.

The Honduran tried to evade all of them, but the last one scratched the left side of her face, giving her a large scar in her cheek. She touched it without believing in what just happened. She looked at her right hand's fingers - there was blood in them! Her blood!

"You...Bastard!" She shouted as she ran against him.

She tried to kick him, but he was faster, evading all attempts coming from Maya. To each kick attempt she made, Thalas reacted with punches. However, Maya was starting to learn and follow Thalas' pace, which improved her avoiding. Now, she wasn't getting so hurt by Electro Archer's punches.

She united her hands and used them as a hammer, hitting Thalas' belly. Unfortunately, he was not able to predict her move and he was hit hard by her. That move caused him to retreat a few steps while he spitted some blood. Maya smiled mischievously: that little distance was everything she needed.

Maya created a purple energy sphere in her left hand, which she was preparing to throw against Thalas, who had fallen on his knees once more.

"Prepare to die!" She screamed, throwing the sphere.

"No...Not this time!" Replied Thalas.

In a fraction of seconds, he united his hands imitating the shape of a revolver. Then, he concentrated dark blue energy on both hands, creating a loaded crossbow.

"Electro Gatling Gun!" He shouted.

Countless energy bolts came out of the crossbow, ceasing the sphere's movement and shattering it. Maya rapidly conjured a dark magical force field to keep her safe from the bolts. She knelt on the ground as she felt weaker and paler. Her tights and arms were wounded, showing an enormous amount of cuts. She was breathing uncomfortably and rapidly. Though she was his foe, Thalas couldn't avoid feeling sorry for her.

"Stop this, Maya, please..." He said in a gloomy tone of voice, gazing her with a sad countenance. "Stop at once..."

"No!" She replied "I won't let you humiliate me, Thalas-Juan Dharalión!"

He sighed and absorbed the crossbow back, looking at Maya with sadness.

"I never wanted to humiliate you, Maya..." He said "If I did, I am deeply sorry. I don't want to fight you, my dear."

"I am no Maya!" She roared to Thalas "She lives no more! I am the Voodoo Mistress, Chalchiuhtlicue!"
She created a bloody red energy sphere between her hand and Threw it on the ground.

"Necromancer's Convocation!" She screamed.

The sphere created a huge crack on the floor, calling for a huge number of skeletons, zombies and ghouls to rise up.

"Damn!" Thalas thought to himself as he repeated the ritual to conjure the crossbow "They are too many for me to deal with!"

Once again, he united both hands in the shape of a gun, concentrating dark blue energy in them, creating a loaded crossbow.

"Electro Gatling Gun!"

The bolts hit their targets in their vital spots, but it seemed not to be enough to stop Maya, for the numbers grew bigger and bigger.

"God damn it!" Thought Thalas "Too many undead! What do I do?"

"Quetzal Missile!"

A massive Quetzal-like turquoise energy appeared next to Thalas, soaring fast and eliminating the ones in front of it. At least fifteen undead were caught by the bird, burning inside turquoise flames and becoming white dust, which was swept by the weak wind.

"What the hell?!" Maya growled. She heard flapping sound coming from the roof "Elite dragon?! Was that you?!"

Thalas looked up in order to find the one who saved him. Anael was there, flying and looking at Maya with an enraged countenance and a mischievous smile. He then looked at Thalas, who stood up in order to hear what his leader had to say.

"I will take care of the undead!" Anael shouted while stopping to fly, landing on the ground "You can take care of Maya."

"Thanks, Anael" Thalas said with a smile.

"I believe in you." Elite Dragon replied putting his right hand on Thalas' shoulder "All of us do. I will give you some backup, but you've got to be fast, for Melchior is still zombified."

Thalas nodded affirmatively; the two Knights then looked at Maya, who had conjured another energy sphere, preparing to perform another Necromancer's Convocation. She threw the ball against the soil and more undead appeared. This time, however, they were going to fight Anael instead of Thalas.

Electro Archer prepared to perform the Electro Gatling Gun once more, causing Maya to give him a despising smile.

"Is that all you've got, Electro Archer?" She asked with despise.

"No." He thought to himself "No, this is not all I have, and you haven't seen the last of me. Kukulkan, please allow me to win this fight. You have given your blessings to Anael and so I want to have them. Give me the strength I need to break this spell and save my beloved Maya!"

To Be Continued...


-D for Delusion-

The two opponents were looking at each other with serious and determinate countenances.  Thalas conjured  his crossbow and prepared for the battle which was at hand.

"Are you sure you want to face me?" Chalchiuhtlicue asked with despise "I don't think you have what it takes to bring me down..."

"Really?" Thalas asked with a mischievous smile "We'll see... "
He tied the Corazon de Guatemala in his ankles. As long as it kept shining, he would have his ammunitions always refilled.

"Show me what you've got, Maya!"

***

Back on Anael's place, Kimi was analyzing the frozen zombie version of Melchior while Anael looked at the bones he conjured before.

"How are we going to get him back?" Anael asked with two bones in his hands.

"I have no idea..." Kimi replied with a disappointed sigh "It seems that his powers as a zombie are directly linked to Maya's, or Chalchiuhtlicue's powers."

Kimi looked at Anael in silence. Elite Dragon replied the gaze with a surprised and slightly terrified countenance. He knew what Kimi wanted from him.

"I understand what you mean, but I cannot leave you alone here. What if Melchior breaks the ice and comes after you?"

The ice started chipping slowly in an inconspicuous way as the dialogue continued.

"What other options do we have?" Kimi asked rhetorically "Thalas is still with the Corazon, so you cannot cure Melchior. Our only chance to rescue our friend lies on Chalchiuhtlicue's defeat..."

Then, the ice started to break louder, causing Kimi and Anael to drive their attention to the event. At the same moment Kimi looked at it, Melchior's head and arms were already free. Soon, he released his feet and jumped on Kimi, who tried to keep Melchior's jaws distant from his skin.

"Kimi!" Anael screamed, tossing a lightning on Melchior, who fell on the floor. Seconds after the falling, he stood up and ran against Kimi.

"Go!" Kimi screamed to Anael "I can take care of this!"

"I can't!" Elite Dragon replied "I cannot create vortexes without the Corazon!"

Kimi was struggling to keep Melchior's mouth distant from him. The Salvadorian zombie was kneeling on the ground, keeping Ice Guardian's waist trapped between his legs. The blonde's arms were holding the halberd, which acted like a safety bar. Melchior also was holding it, but his claws here pushing it lower and lower so he could bite Kimi.

"I guess you leave me no option..." Kimi whispered with a serious countenance.

The blonde pushed the halberd upwards, releasing it from Melchior's claws. When the zombie had his guard lowered, keeping both arms upwards, Ice Guardian hit his diaphragm with the tip of his weapon, causing the Salvadorian to fall on his back.

"Ympyra Elinvoimaa!"

Right before Melchior could raise again, Kimi hit the wooden floor with his left hand. The floor beneath Anael began glowing. A 2-meter radius circle with drawings of the moon, of leaves and five-pointed starts appeared beneath Elite dragon's feet.

"The Circle of Life Energy..." Whispered Anael, looking at the floor.

He then looked at Kimi, who was smothering Melchior with his right arm and holding the Salvadorian's left arm with his correspondent arm.

"Kimi..." Anael whispered.

"The Circle will lead you straight to Maya's lair!" Kimi said "Once you get there, try do defeat Maya as quick as possible! I'll try to earn you some time, but I cannot give you any guarantees!"


The drawings then became a dark-turquoise vortex which dragged Anael, driving  him away from his place to elsewhere. Melchior then carved his claws in Kimi's flesh, causing the blonde to release him with a painful scream.

"Good luck, Anael." Kimi thought. "I hope we can save both Melchior and Maya..."

The blonde warrior ran towards his halberd, which fell on the ground few meters away from him. The zombie noticed what he was up to and tried to stop him by running towards the weapon.

"Not this time!" Kimi said, falling on the ground and grabbing the halberd "Icicle!"

He snapped his fingers, conjuring a small, icy tornado which threw Melchior against the wall, freezing his legs, arms and torso, leaving only his head and neck free from the magical ice.

"Ha...Ha...Ha...Impressive..." Said Melchior in a rough, hissing tone.

"What did you say?" Kimi asked, impressed with Melchior's ability to speak normally, yet in a scary tone.

"Can't you see?" Melchior continued "My master wants to raise a new world without you... You had only caused her trouble..."

"Melchior, this is wrong!" Kimi replied "Chalchiuhtlicue is bad! She took the control over Maya, and we have to save her! She is our friend and so are you!"

Melchior looked at him with despise. Ice Guardian felt sadness taking over the control, causing his powers to vanish as he felt sadder and sadder. He knelt on the ground in his civilian clothes: a sleeveless, turtleneck light blue shirt, dark grey jeans  and white sneakers.

"What if Melchior is right?" Kimi thought with a gloomy countenance, closing his eyes "Have we only caused trouble for Maya?"

He heard the ice breaking once more. His eyes were now half-closed. The sadness began to disappear as rage and seriousness appeared in his countenance once more.

"Ei." Kimi said.

"What is that supposed to mean?" Melchior inquired, releasing his left arm from the ice.

Kimi's Shaman Marking started glowing. The Quetzal with an ice shard could be seen through his shirt. The light caused the zombie to retreat a few steps. Kimi, with his eyes still half-closed, gave Melchior a look.

"Let me tell you something" Ice Guardian said, slowly standing up "If we hadn't given Maya the chance to shine, she would be at Honduras by this time without safety. She would be wandering in the streets with fear of being abused or murdered as she passed through every corner of Tegucigalpa!"

The Quetzal came out of Kimi's skin in an icy blue tone, involving Ice Guardian and changing his clothes to the heroic outfit.  He raised his right arms and conjured an ice shard, which transformed into his halberd.

"Melchior, I do not want to harm you" Ice Guardian said "However, if that is the only way to stop you and give Anael the time he needs, then I will not give up of this fight! Come and face me, Elemental Alchemist!"

***

Back into Maya's lair, Thalas had been thrown against a huge wooden shelf, smashing it due to the strength used to throw him. Chalchiuhtlicue looked at him with a despising smile.

"I cannot believe Anael gave the Corazon to you..." She hissed "Did he think you possess the power to bear it?"

Thalas stood up with difficulty. Two of his left ribs had been broken due to the wooden shelf he hit. He was breathing faster and painfully, hoping he could stay awake to fight for the one he desperately wanted to save. He pointed the crossbow to Maya, who was slowly approaching him. His arm was shaking, making it difficult to aim.

"Give up!" She said.

Maya concentrated black energy on her left arm, using it to command Thalas' body, lifting him upwards. The black energy embraced Electro Archer's neck, smothering him slowly. Maya then used the same energy to levitate and look to Thalas' eyes as they seemed to lose their life sparkle.

"Why?" She asked, hissing "Why don't you give me this piece...In return of your life?"

"Never!" Thalas replied with struggle "I...I won't...I won't give up of you, Maya!..."

He tried to remove the energy from his neck while Maya kept looking at him with despise, yet her countenance started to reveal some curiosity within.

"Maya... I... I am... Sorry..." He was feeling breathless as he spoke "Sorry for... What I did..."

"Apologies will not save your soul..." Maya replied with a mischievous smile "I am sorry, handsome..."

"Corazon de Guatemala!"

The Heart of Guatemala started glowing intensively, counter attacking Maya's spell and releasing Thalas from its smothering will. The Quetzal spirit emerged from it, soaring towards Maya and knocking her down.

Chalchiuhtlicue sat on the floor with rage in her countenance. Her belly had a long cut, which was bleeding. She saw the Heart floating gently in the direction of the one who cried its name:.

"Elite Dragon..." She hissed boiling in hatred.

"Enough of this, Maya..." Anael replied with his right hand opened, waiting for the Heart to land in it "We already understood your message: you are angry at us, for we failed you. We won't do this again."

"Oh, really?" Asked Maya with an ironic countenance "Very well, I want to see you try!"
Anael conjured his sword and tied the Heart on his right wrist and prepared to fight Maya.

"Hm, a sword fight!" She said with a smile "Very well, I accept your challenge!"

She raised her right hand, concentrating a massive amount of violet and black energy  which became a Japanese sword with crow feathers. They then ran towards each other with their swords equipped.

Elite Dragon against Chalchiuhtlicue: who will fail and who will prevail?

To Be Continued...

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