ight was soon to descend on HappyWorld. Most of the swimmers
and tubers and shoppers and eaters had left already, off in their private
yachts, off on public transportation coaches which arrived sharply at seven
o'clock to pick up ten passengers each. Only a few stragglers, unable
to admit that the day of fun was over, remained.
Dayvid popped out of the waterslide for the twenty
seventh time that day, holding his nose as he splashed down in the water.
Amelia was next down the pipeline, laughing and happy, dumping into the
Both surfaced, all smiles.
"Amazing, how simple physics principles of water
can be... well, fun!" Dayvid said. "I've got to study this thing!"
"Hey... do you think you could make one of these?"
Amelia asked. "I mean, full scale, the whole thing?"
"Sure! The concepts are sound, and I think
I could even do it without magic..."
"Make one for Sailoon!" Amelia demanded/requested.
"I'll get money together, and once this quest is over, you can come with
me to the capital and we can design it together! It really needs
more inner tubes and pools and things, this place is actually kind of limited..."
"Uh, work together?" the boy asked. "I'm not
really, I mean... that's a big job and I wouldn't want to, ah, get it wrong..."
"I have faith in you, Dayvid-san!" Amelia said,
raising a fist of justice and might. "Our waterslide of righteousness
will reach the clouds themselves, our tribute to good clean family entertainment
and excitement! Together, we shall overcome!!"
"...okay," Dayvid said, slightly spooked.
"We are a day ahead of schedule at least.. we'll just stay on the ship
tonight and I can come back and sketch some ideas based on those towers,
like that one that's about to crush us."
"Right!" Amelia agreed, and smiled.
They looked up.
They swam for it, as the huge towering waterslide
complex careened over, crashing into the wavepool's waves.
Security officials in mirrored glasses (because,
as mentioned, some things are universal across space and time) frantically
ran around trying to order people to evacuate the park in a tidy and organized
manner. They were then promptly trampled as the mob made its way
to the main gates, buildings collapsing around them, spilling merchandise
and frosty fruity refreshments everywhere.
Xelloss had managed to salvage his beach umbrella,
which was only slightly wilted, as he perched on top of a stable gift shop
and watched the funpark shake itself to pieces. It was all quite
amusing, really; in not less than three minutes, what was a safe and pleasant
scene of sunset-lit amusement became a swirling holocaustic miasma of destruction
and screaming. Fortunately, nobody he knew or cared about was in--
He set the umbrella aside, scanned the madness for
a familiar face, and zipped over to where Amelia and Dayvid were fleeing
the scene, landing in a brisk trot at their side.
"Are you alright, son? No horrible maimings
or anything?" Xelloss asked, not losing his smile.
"Run! Run!!!" Dayvid suggested. "Something's
gone wrong with the pumps! The whole park is coming apart at the
"Yes, that's what happens when there's a dangerous
surge of magical power," Xelloss said calmly. "Given Zelgadis's skills,
I predicted he'd find the lake right around now. I wasn't counting
on him enraging the guardian, though. You know what that means, right?"
"We're going to die!!" Dayvid shouted in a panic.
"Always a bright lad," Xelloss nodded. "Always
"Wait! We can't run! We have to help
get these poor people to safety!" Amelia said, stopping in her tracks.
"There is no time to think solely of self interest! Let us rally
behind compassion and--"
A blue and purple chimera dashed past them, running
for the exit in a very self interested manner.
"So much for that notion," Xelloss said. "Who's
up for flying out of here?"
HappyWorld melted like a wedding cake in a supernova.
Ships of customers, rapid response escape ships
designed by the HappyWorld Safety Brigade, and anything else that could
float tore pell mell across the ocean to outrun the destruction.
Fortunately, there weren't very many people in the park, and they all managed
to cram into some form of transport; which is also fortunate because unfortunately
the very dormant volcano that towered over the park picked today to stop
So, as the lava flows wiped out what was left of
the park and flowed like a river of molten fire into the sea to cool into
slag, Amelia gazed back at HappyWorld in regret. Dayvid was too busy
pumping levers to give the Guppy a boost of speed to worry about regret.
"I guess that ruins my idea of making a funpark
in Sailoon," Amelia said.
"I... I could... gaaah... probably... remember a
lot... of it!" Dayvid said, between pumps. "If my arms don't break
here, I'll still help! I'm very excited about this project!
My hands are going numb!"
"Really?" Amelia asked, delighted. "That's
great! Don't worry, Melvin's really bright too and can help!"
"Is he here to help me pump?" Dayvid asked before
"No, but..." Amelia said before he hit the floor.
"Um... oops. Ne, Zelgadis-san, are we going fast enough?"
The chimera looked up from his daydreaming.
"Are we going fast enough, or should someone keep
"Um.. we're fine," Zelgadis said. "Yeah."
"So, did you get the thing we came for?" Amelia
asked, leaning over to look at him. "You seem a little spaced out
"Just.. thinking about stuff," Zelgadis said.
"And yeah, I got the water. We can go to the Island now."
"Hoooraaay!!!" Amelia cheered, going into sugar
overdrive, jumping up and down. "We've prevailed against strong forces
and succeeded in our quest! Lina-san will be so proud of me!"
"Lina.. yeah, she will," Zelgadis said absently.
It was funny, he thought, because he was just thinking
of Lina at the moment. Specifically because he kept going over the
strange vision he had upon drinking the clear Water of Reflection, over
the figures standing on the three pillars...
And he was almost certain, in hindsight, that the
one in the middle had been none other than Lina Inverse.
He really, really wished he understood what that
meant. It didn't feel like it was going to be a good thing.
Story copyright 1998 Stefan Gagne, characters copyright H. Kanzaka
/ R. Araizumi.
A Spoof Chase Production.