The Missing Unicorn in the Land of the Zombie Fairies—Part Fifteen
By: David K. Montoya

DEDICATED TO MY GIRLS, ZOIE & LILY

The enormous blades echoed in the surrounding area. At the same time, the townsfolk roared, Olmec, the Mousse of Chocolate, took a moment for himself and bowed to his audience. As the crowd cheered louder, which caused Olivia to cry uncontrollably as fear sincerely gripped her. Kén held her close and comforted his two friends.

At the ground level, Emma turned to Oscar with a broken tone and tears in her eyes. "Oscar! They are about to push them in! We need to do something now!"

Oscar glanced toward the platform and then back at Emma. He knew that the moment where he needed to use his magic would come. "I am going to get us to the stage, but once we get there, you will need to get your sister and the others."

"Gotcha," Emma said as she nodded. "I'm ready."

"You will have to hold them off while I rest and transport us back to my hut," Oscar explained in a soft voice.

Emma shifted her eyebrow at the old magus and asked, "Rest?"

Oscar took a deep breath and replied in a sobering tone, "Magic drains life force, and I am dying child… I have little life force left."

The gravity hit Emma, that a fairly new friend was willing to give his life for her sister and their friend. In a sweet and loving tone said, "Thank you."

A weak smile wiped across his lips. "You are most welcome, child."

"Okay, I will give you time to rest," Emma said.

The old magus grabbed Emma and pulled her close to his weathered robe, and said in a firm voice, "Okay. Here we go. Hang on tight."

Emma wrapped her arms around Oscar. His velvet robe tickled her nose. Her mind traveled to her daddy and wondered if they had been gone long enough to be noticed. The eldest sister felt the air that surrounded her begin to swirl. A pressure began to push on her back, and the faster the void spun it created a bright white light. A mixture of excitement and fear struck her. She closed her eyes in an internal moment of bravery.

"I'm coming, Livi," Emma said in a tone of a child in that very moment.

Olmec turned and looked at the three who stood at the border of the plank, which led to the large blender. He watched as the children wailed in fear but was amused with the adult Centaur, who’s glare was filled with hate and anger for him.

"Do you have any last words," Olmec snickered. "Since you won't remember any of this after you are reformed."

"You are making a grave mistake," Kén hissed. His anger was evident on his face. "My Master will not be pleased that you are hindering his wishes."

"Master," Olmec laughed, which caused the crowd of people to laugh in the background. "You are a nobody. You serve no man, only your own self-serving desires, and I know that this bravery is nothing more than a front. When you were first captured, you cried more than the kids you are with."

Everyone laughed at Kén again.

At that moment, a giant ball of white light formed behind Olmec; it was so bright that he felt the chocolate begin to melt, which caused him to cry out in pain. "My back!"

Some of the guards closest to the spheroid rapidly melted into a puddle of chocolate; everyone stepped back as it cracked like thunder. Waves of a blue-hued electrical current surfed around the ball of light and faded as the white light melted like an ice cube. Once the orb was gone, Emma and a weak Oscar stood ready for action.

Olivia screamed with excitement! "Em! I knew you would come!"

Olmec laughed as Oscar dropped to one knee as melted chocolate poured from its open wound.

"So much for your great rescuer," Olmec scoffed.

Angry, Emma stormed away from the old magus and ran toward Olmec. "Oscar wasn't the great rescuer! I am," Emma scorned and, with all her might punched Olmec in the face. A part of his chocolate cheek cracked off, and he, like Oscar, dropped to one knee.

Emma and Olivia ran to each other and embraced!

"I knew you would save us," Olivia cried with happiness. "I was so scared."

"Oh, Livi," Emma said while she continued to hug her baby sister. "I'm sorry it took so long to get to you."

"Okay, let's get out of here," Kén shouted as he ran up with Prince Theo on his back.

"We need to protect, Oscar," Emma announced to the others.

"What do you mean?" Prince Theo asked. "Who is Oscar?"

"Oscar is the old magus. Us and Yoon would come to visit from time to time," Emma explained quickly as she watched other chocolate bunnies surround Olmec. "He is very sick and needs a moment to regain his power to get us out of here."

"He almost ready to go," Kén asked. Emma turned toward Oscar, who was still on one knee, but gave her a thumbs up and hand signaled for one more minute. "I know what to do. You guys get the bunnies away from Olmec."

Emma tipped her head to the side and raised an eyebrow at the sight of this new brave Kén. "Oh?"

"Trust me," Kén said and pulled Theo from his back.

With a shrug, Olivia ran over to the nearest guard and took a large bite out of his chocolate tail. The Chocolate Bunny cried out in pain. "That girl just bit my butt!"

The other guards looked at Olmec, and he pointed toward Olivia and said, "Don't let them escape!"

Without hesitation, they took up their arms and ran from Olmec.

"Well, here they come," Olivia said. She watched them as they charged toward them.

Kén walked over to Olmec, who was getting to his feet. He looked at the Centaur with a chocolaty smile. "You think you can defeat the great Olmec the Mousse of Chocolate, do you."

Kén squinted at the chocolate bunny. "I don't plan to defeat you, Olmec. Do you remember what I told you what I would do once I got free from you?"

"Threats! Bah! You are nothing more than a man-child! A coward," Olmec screamed. "You play the tough guy and the hero, but we both know that you are nothing more than a frightened little boy! Now get out of my face before I end you completely!"

Kén dipped his chin to his chest and sighed. Slowly he turned and began to walk away but paused and said in a soft voice. "Olmec?"

"What?" He spat.

"A promise is a promise," Kén said, still in a soft voice.

"What do you mean?"

"This," Kén and without warning jumped up with his back legs and kicked Olmec directly in the chest. While his armor protected him from any bodily harm, the force from the kick launched him backward past the plank and into the large blender blades that awaited.

As he fell to his doom, everyone heard him scream out, "I AM OLMEC THE MOUSSE OF CHOCOLATTTTTTTTTTE!"

Suddenly, everyone stopped fighting. The guards slowly walked to the plank and found their former leader nothing more than cocoa powder. One of the bunnies shrugged, and one by one, they walked away and left the friends alone.

"I never break a promise," Kén said and walked away to rejoin his friends.

"Is it over," Olivia asked her sister.

Emma nodded and said, "Yes."

"Let's get back to the house," Oscar said as he finally stood to his feet.

"How about I give you a ride back to your place instead of using your magic," Kén suggested with a smile.

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Sometime later, everyone with a bowl of stew in hand was gathered in Oscar the old magus' hut as he sat before them and hunted for an ancient tome with the correct spell to teleport them to the Land of the Zombie Fairies.

"I will join all of you on your journey," Oscar said while he turned a brittle page in an ancient book. "Yoon and my father were good friends in his younger years had many adventures."

"I was unaware that Yoon was that old," Kén said while he stuffed his mouth full of homemade stew.

"It is believed that Yoon was born with the beginning of time," Oscar said and turned another page.

"I have to ask, Oscar," Emma asked with a concerned look on her face. "Will this spell take away from your life force?"

Oscar chuckled. "Different type of magic, child. Spells typically need herbs to power them as to where Soul Magic is powered by one's life force."

A look of delight washed across his face, and he stood to his feet.

"What?" Olivia asked.

"I found it!" Oscar exclaimed.

Emma walked over to the old magus and asked, "You can send us to the Land of the Zombie Fairies?"

"Stand back, let's see it is an incantation magic," Oscar extended his arms and waved them in a large circular motion. "In mundo in quo tunc et nunc non est, et hic est. Aperi realm metum numenque peregrinatione iter aperiundum est in terra prædictas Fatales zombies!"

A small fiery ring appeared in front of them; it grew in size as it appeared to burn a hole into the fabric of time. Oscar motioned his arms as if to tear open the hole and continued in an unknown language, "Aperi multos majores, am pliores eum transire per Samariam."

"He did it," Kén said wide-eyed. He placed his bowl on a nearby counter and walked over to the portal. "Wow…"

Oscar rolled his arm around over and over multiple times. Each rotation slowed his movement. Eventually, he came to a stop and said. "It is time to go."

Kén was in awe of its beauty while he continued to study the portal. "So, this leads to the Land of the Zombie Fairies?"

"Indeed. Yes," Oscar said with a nod and a smile.

Kén turned and face Theo and the girls. He said with a sad expression, "Well, guys. I don't know how to say this… I'm sad."

"Sad for what?" Prince Theo asked.

"Yeah, you can tell us anything, Kén," Emma said as she walked over to face him.

Kén did not respond, but with his back legs kicked out and hit Oscar in his chest, which caused him to fall back into the portal.

"What did you just do!" Olivia screamed.

"I am sorry, but this is for your own good," Kén said and then walked into the portal. Once he was emerged entirely, it closed, left the three scared and confused.

To be continued…

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