Day 31: Victory
As the battle raged on, Princess Grey's attacks started to stagger, and her defensives began to fall.
"PATHETIC WORMS! YOU CANNOT DEFEAT ME!" Princess Grey shouted
But before she knew it, the final blow was struck, and everything began to fall apart.
The palace crumbled to dust, the dark void everyone was trapped in dissipated, and what remained of Princess Grey lay on the ground trying to get up as she dissolved.
Day 29: Preparations
As the girls battled Princess Grey, it was becoming obvious that no amount of preparations could have readied them for this fight. Grey's health could be whittled down, but she could recover just as easily.
As the fight dragged on, it was becoming more apparent that they wouldn't last much longer.
"Hey guys..." Lottie said exhaustedly "I just want you to know, that no matter what happens, I'm glad I got to know all of you."
Everyone else shared the sentiment.
Day 28: Teamwork
With a new resolve, the team forged ahead, into the grand palace that Princess Grey constructed for herself. As they approached the entrance façade, the dark fog parted, as if they were being invited inside.
The inside was strange, completely colorless, and filled with geometric patterns. Once everyone was inside, the fog filled in behind them, just before the entrance closed itself.
No going back now.
Day 27: Boost
"What now?" Everyone wondered.
They had enough wands to defeat Princess Grey, but no idea how they were supposed to beat her. What's worse is that they weren't sure if any possibility of victory would be permanent.
"If we defeat her, she's just going to come back again." Nep said
"She probably has destroyed millions of other planets before ours." Claire responded
"Hard to believe this is how the world ends." Maxine added
Day 26: Therapy
The group ran through the square of the town looking for Sunny's father. Eventually, they found him completely petrified in stone, holding out his willstone, as if trying to ward off an oncoming force.
"FATHER!" Sunny screamed and ran over to him "What happened to you?"
Just then a sinister laugh began to come out of the surrounding fog.
"As much as I hate this planet, I have to admit that it has imparted some kernels of wisdom to me.
'Bigger isn't always better' as they say."
Day 25: Mind
"Hello Lottie" The mysterious girl said "I've been waiting for you."
"How do you know my name?" Lottie asked
"I have seen your journey in my mind's eye. My wand has been reaching out to you, while trying to keep my village hidden."
"My father and I have been making preparations to assist you in your quest." She continued "By the way, you can call me Sunny."
Sunny led the group through a curtain of foliage to reveal a hidden glade with a small hamlet inside.
Day 24: Tranquility
One wand to go, Lottie was feeling the pressure to find it before Princess Grey could. Soon, the group started tracking an intermittent signal that led to a hidden oasis in the desert.
"I had no idea this was here." Maxine said
"The signal has disappeared, I can't get a lock on anything." Claire lamented
Lottie spotted someone meditating by a pond, and thought she might be able to help.
Day 23: Tank
"This is terrible!" Ingrid lamented "Unless I can get this wand working, that worm is going to get people killed!"
She quickly ran back into her store to find her wand.
"If only I could figure out how to make this thing work! But I can't decide between baking and art!
Why can't I just choose both?"
As soon as she said this, the wand began to glow.
Day 22: Ambush
Painting was interrupted by a sudden earthquake. The girls ran outside to discover it wasn't a seismic event, but a giant subterranean worm monster. It moved faster than you would think, and it could fire deadly laser charges from its central eye. Everyone scrambled for cover. With everyone hiding or protecting themselves from debris, Lottie was unsure how to bring the monster down.
Day 18: Dream
With five wands now active, the girls discovered a new spell that could summon a floating crystal castle. It was the same one used generations ago, around the time Delores defeated Princess Grey for the first time.
"Sweet!" Delores exclaimed "Old stomping ground is back!"
For Lottie, this was a dream come true, because affording her studio apartment was becoming more and more impossible every month. Defeating Princess Grey however, would be the next pressing issue.
Day 17: Paper
After numerous experiments, and with input from everyone else, Claire finally had the data she needed. With the flip a heavy duty switch, machinery started activating, and energy started filling the air. The wand levitated into the air as it began to power up. Soon all the loose papers in the apartment were blown into the vortex of energy. The wand began to glow with a bright intensity before settling down.
Day 15: Fire
Maxwell ran into the inner chamber of the mountain with the crystal wand in hand, and came face to face with Princess Grey.
"Well well well, what do we have here? come to bargain for your friend's lives?" she said
"Max! Get out of here!" Lottie yelled "She can't be trusted! She'll kill you the first chance she gets!"
"SILENCE!" Princess Grey Bellowed with an unearthly resonance "Give me the wand, and you and your friends will be rewarded with a quick and painless fate."
Day 14: Speed
Maxwell was gathering some last minute supplies, when he noticed other people running. He looked outside and saw the flare rising from the mountains. Immediately, he ran home to find his mother packing her car.
"Maxwell! Get in! We have to leave now!"
"What happened? What's going on?" He asked
"I'm not sure, but everyone saw that flare coming from the mountains. I think those girls are in trouble, and we have to leave before whatever got them gets us!"
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