Sunday, 31 May 2020
Rainbow Sparkle Power Friends Reunion Part 2
More writing Rainbow Sparkle Power Friends Reunion Part 2 The next morning was the usual ritual of Kat shouting "teeth, hair, shoes" for about an hour at her daughters before the bus arrived and took the girls to school, Kat put a couple of hours in on the lap top for War Child, the wand and, she'd started to think of it as a flip phone by now, at arms length at all times, she lost herself in work until the alarm set the night before went off, she powered down the lap top, locked up the house, went back in for the wand and flip phone which went into a lap top back, locked up again, got in her Ford Focus and went into town. On 3rd it wasn't hard to find a parking space, and she sat in the car, suddenly nervous about getting out of the car. "find your centre, breath in through the nose and out through the mouth, repeat" after a few breaths she got out of the car taking the lap top bag with everything in it, locked the car, dropped the keys in the bag and zipped it up, slung the strap over her shoulder, head back and walked into the bar, and a chapter of her past she sometimes wished she couldn't remember. "large, chilled white wine please," she asked the bar tender, before going to sit at a table, lap top bag in front of her. The wine arrived and Kat ordered another as she knocked the first one back quickly. As her second drink arrived a smart looking blonde woman walked in a long coat," Claire, over here," kat called out, "what are you having?" "orange juice please." Claire said to the bar staff, she took the coat off and placed it over the back of her chair, taking a document wallet out of an inside pocket and placed it on the table. The drink appeared, "thank you," Claire took a drink, "so what have you been doing since..." she trailed off, unsure how to finish. " I got active with the War Child charity, I was one of the faces for a few years after we were stood down, I still do the administration for them, and what have you been doing?" " I got hired by the FBI, after the academy I kind of gravitated to the spooky cases. " Kat laughed, " a spooky spook? " Claire smiled," pretty much yes, " she opened the wallet and got the fan out," I even let some of the lab rats run some tests on this," she shook it out, the clear panels, each formed of a single diamond, hinged out with a snick, the strange glimmer inside when she touched it a fimilliar rainbow, "the best they could tell me was it was diamond and a copper & zinc alloy of some wired exotic mix they'd never seen before, and the power source was something they guessed was either earth energy or zero point energy, they didn't have the equipment to check for sure, something about it not even being on the drawing board to work out what the battery runs on in this, and presumably yours and Angels runs as well." Kat reached into the bag and drew the wand and flip phone out, the faint glow of purple light there, for the first time in a long time she looked at the mount for the gem and the shaft of the wand, it was a strange reddish gold colour that she hadn't thought about before, Claire had brought 3 dna testing kits out of her wallet, "I also did a dna test on myself and it was fairly normal apart from a unique mitochondrial dna strand, I was hoping you would do one of these so I could get it tested, there's 2 for your daughters as well," "thanks, it's just the one you wipe the inside of your cheek with?" Claire nodded, "although I let the girls try the wand last night and they didn't get the glow." "maybe get your parents tested as well, I can mail some more test if you want?" "I can try, things never really calmed down after between us. Don't forget I spent 6 months sofa surfing around your's, Angel's and," Kat stopped and took a breath, she hadn't even said Peaches name out loud since they'd saved the world, "Morven's families when I couldn't sleep at the Centre." The door swung in, and a tall woman walked in bum first, pulling a stroller behind her, both Kat and Claire looked at each other and frowned, Claire stood up "Angel?" she asked. "in the flesh, 2 juices please," Angel asked the bar tender, Kat looked her up and up some more. " I guess you got that growth spurt late then? " The last time they'd met Angel had been 4ft 11, aged 17 and a bit angry at fitting cloths aimed at 10 year old. Angel swung the stroller round, and put the break on, her youngest child hid behind his cuddly toy, brown eyes twinkling, she pulled the shield out of what looked like a nappy bag and put it on the table, it was the size of a side plate, made of the same reddish gold metal as the shaft of the wand, a single Carnelian in the centre of it, brought together the three items glowed with an inner light, their old flop phones also took on a sheen they hadn't had before, the ladies looked at each other. "yeah, I got to 18 and a half and grew a foot and a half in year, I made the girls basketball team in the last year of high school, and all the way through business school. That's my nursery out of town." "no!" Kat looked surprised, "I was there about a month ago, I had no idea that was your place. I'm in the market for a fence panel, do you have any?" the pair briefly worked out the cost of the replacement panel. Claire asked the question, "how did you break it?" "well after we spoke yesterday I went out and did some exercises with it, I did the old moves and and nothing happened, I shouted out the heart blast words and startled all the wild life for about quarter of a mile. You telling me you haven't tried them?" Kat pointed at the shield and fan, Angel shook her head, " no time with this one and his sister and brother." "I was to scared to try it, but judging by the glow, they've all been switched back on again, as have these." Claire picked up her flip phone, and opened it, the internal crystal screen shimmered, she pressed it and a voice that they all thought they wouldn't ever hear again filled the air, with its rich deep syllables, " Greetings Power Friends, the world is once more in danger and only you can save it." Kat leaned over to Angel and whispered "is he talking yet?" "Just mama and dada, why?" "I'd be about to teach him a new word," Kat sat back up right. "Are you for fucking real?" The voice paused, thrown off by this reaction, the world went hazy around the edges and the old friends were standing in the interface room again, with the strange black stone and blue grey lights, what looked like a giant test tube stood on end, the unknown figure inside still, what could be made out of it looked human but there was something off about it, Angel looked around, "okay first thing, you either send us back or bring my son here right now." the voice made a noise and there was a wave of air as the stroller appeared. "Right now, seriously what the fuck? It wasnt really acceptable to do that to us as teenagers, now it really isn't acceptable at all, you have a serious explanation you need to give us." Angel finished. The person in the tank moved, the stuff filling it swirled to slowly for water, "the Gate Way between the worlds has been forced open again, I need you to close it before this world collides with another." Claire answered," we aren't kids anymore, we have jobs and these 2 are parents, they can't just drop everything and run off to the save the world, we shouldn't have been doing that as teenagers, you realise how much trouble you caused us in high school by pulling us out when it suited you? " " pardon?" the voice asked " dragging us out here when it suited you, on a moments notice? No time to study, we all struggled with high school, Kat ended up kicked out by her parents because of you. " " err, it was for the good of the world, the whole of humanity needed you, and your unique abilities to use the relics to defend the world from those on the other side" "still doesn't change the fact we can't just jump at a moments notice" Kat answered "we need to know where the cracks are this time so we can fill it fast rather than fire fight our way through a series of adventures. I have a mortgage, work commitments, as well as a family, Angel has 3 kids, what about you Claire?" "I couldn't have kids after we finished things last time, but I do have 2 cats and a high level government job." Both Angel and Kat muttered apologies to Claire, "you," Kat pointed at the tube, "need to work out where we are going first, so things like child care can be arranged." "So you now need me to inform you before there is a cross over event?" "isn't there some build up before the events happen that you can trace with whatever thing it is you have to track them?" Claire asked. "there are currently 2 builds up that I am feeling, one is in England, one is in Mexico" "And which one is the most intense? How long before they become a problem?" "the cracks intensity can change in a moment, it's hard to judge. Is there a reason for this?" Angel answered "in my case I haven't done anything intense for a few years, I need to get some exercise." Kat made noises of agreement, Claire looked at each of them and crumbled," we could do with some training time at the very least to get muscle memory back." "based on past evidence, there should not be an incident for at least 10 to 14 days." The voice assured them. "Okay, so my place has a big garden and a few acres of woods behind with some decent tracks in" Kat offered, Angel looked to Claire who nodded in agreement. "okay well I need your address so I can get there, and I'll have all 3 kids with me tomorrow." "that shouldn't be a problem, my 2 will be home, so hopefully they'll get on. Okay send us back so we can sort out our stuff," Kat finished. The world went blurry again and the 3 of them and the stroller where standing behind the chairs they'd been sat in, they sat down again and looked at each other. " We are really doing this again?" Angel asked " looks like it. I wouldn't want to put some other teenager through what we went through." Kat said. "I agree," said Claire, "it's not something any kid should be doing." The friends exchanged contact details and Kat waved for the cheque, the bar tender came over with a card reader, Kat pulled out her bank card, and pushed it in, and entered her pin, the receipt printed out, and she was handed a copy, the bar tender took the shop copy, then looked again at the items on the table and the 3 women, " ca, can I ask you to sign this please?" all 3 looked up at him, Angel pointed her finger and went "uuurrrgghh... Ricky? Our biggest fan?" He smiled "yes, I thought it was you when you walked in, but I didn't want to say anything. And then you vanished, I just thought you'd gone out for a smoke at first but you weren't on the cameras on back or out front. You getting back together?" "it looks that way, don't put this on line though, and please don't leak who we are. All of us are trusting you Ricky."