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Heroes and Villains

Summary: Six heroes, six villains, one on one in six battles for one poor Fowl's life.

Chapters: 1 2 3

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Round One: Pearl v. Silvia

The dungeon was dark, the only light a thin arc coming from underneath the door. Several oil lamps lit the hallways, but none in this room. This room needed to stay as dark as possible for as long as possible.

Fingers as pale as the moon traced over soft skin, and the glint of the faint light against white teeth flickered for a fraction of a second. He swallowed in spite of himself, her fingernails trailing over his neck. She had made it very clear during his time in the dungeon exactly what she was, and he wasn’t keen on her touching him there. After all, not all vampires ate animals and sparkled. Some of them- for, in the last few hours, it had become quite plain to him that there were many- were dangerous. Very dangerous.

Outside and three floors above, the bars on one of the front windows were knocked from their places. As they clattered to the ground inside, making a sound that no one was there to hear but the culprit, two hands appeared on the windowsill, gripping to the point of white knuckles. With a soft grunt, Silvia hoisted herself up and into the window’s frame, dropping gracefully to land on the neatly tiled floor. She brushed the dust off her hands, breathing heavily and looking around.

There was no visible guard. She hadn’t foreseen that; it would only make her job easier. She drew a wrinkled piece of paper from her pocket, carefully easing out the creases. It was a full schematic of the castle, with rushed marks drawn in to show where various things were or probably would be. Her target, the hostage, was in the dungeon, which was… She looked up, eyeing both of the outgoing hallways. That way.

Back in the blackness, Pearl was beginning to grow impatient. Twice, her fingernails had accidentally dug into the flesh they were playing with, and she had only checked herself at the pained hiss that the boy let out. Things were beginning to distract her. She had waited too long for nothing to happen…

“Fowl,” she breathed, deciding that a little captor-to-captive conversation could do a bit to take her mind off the pressure, “did I ever tell you why you’re here?”

Artemis twitched. It was the first time in a while that she’d spoken to him. He stopped himself from craning his neck to look at her; he knew it would most probably end very badly for him.

“I expect,” he answered, finding his voice small from disuse, “by what you’ve told me that you intend to turn me into the walking undead.”

Pearl laughed behind him, a muffled sound, but definitely there. Before she could speak again, Artemis continued, feeling as if he were speaking to himself in the shadows.

“However, seeing as you’ve kept me here so long without doing anything to me but play with my skin, I must assume that there is something more than the conventional bite involved.”

The cold silence that followed told him he was right. He smirked inadvertantly, for the moment forgetting the position he was in. Artemis could have sworn that some small noise sounded from upstairs, but that wasn’t possible.For an instant, the room was still, listening. And then she let out a laugh, a deep, menacing laugh that made even him shiver.

Silvia ducked behind a large pillar in the middle of the staircase, peering cautiously around and below for any sign of a guard. None appeared. Frowning, she shifted back into the middle of the stairway, jogging downwards and wondering. Why wasn’t there anyone here? If there were no other guards, then she might have to rethink her plan… but there was no time for that now. If something went wrong, then she’d have to wing it.

Pearl pinched a fold of skin on his throat again, without warning. He gasped, feeling his heart speed up. He was afraid, as much as he hated to admit it, even to himself.

“You are, as usual, correct,” her smooth voice told him. She withdrew her hand, replacing it with her head on his shoulder, whispering to him. “I can’t bite you and turn you into a vampire just like that… it’s not that simple.”

As he waited for a continuation, this time he was near positive that he had picked up just the slightest sound from outside… but was it too much to hope that someone was here to save him? It could just as easily have been one of this girl’s friends, here to share in the feast. But he couldn’t concentrate to listen harder; she was speaking again, her voice the merest whisper.

“I have to bite a hero first.”

She vanished from his shoulder, her warmth drawing entirely away from him. And with that, the door was thrown off its hinges, blinding him with long-absent light. He cringed away from it, blinking back the stinging, until his eyes grew accustomed to the change. There was a girl silhouetted against the lamplight, turning her head from side to side, as if searching.

Silvia blinked. Was it really that easy? Her ankle smarted the slightest bit from the impact, but there didn’t seem to be anyone in the room but a very tied-up, very unhappy looking Artemis Fowl. She’d take that end of the deal any day.

Rushing forward, Silvia immediately set at the knots binding Artemis’ wrists to the chair. There was no time for an introduction, at least none that she was willing to waste.

Silvia’s fingers plied the first knot open easily; it didn’t seem to have been tied with too much expertise. That could mean one of two things, she reasoned. Whoever had secured our favorite genius here had either not foreseen an escape attempt, or not cared about a rescue attempt. She couldn’t think of a reason for either of these, really, but what else could it mean? Two strands of rope came loose in her hands, and she grinned. She’d have him out of there in no time.

It briefly occurred to her that Artemis was saying something, speaking quickly to her in a low voice. She waved a hand, dismissing him. She needed to concentrate. Artemis let out a frustrated grunt, and fell silent. Silvia allowed herself a tight smile before setting to work on the second knot.

“Hello there, hero.”

Silvia froze, her hands poised over Artemis’ ankle. There was something about that voice… it felt cold, heartless. She shivered in spite of herself as she felt a chilled hand clamp down on her shoulder. With a pang of fear, she realized that she couldn’t move.

“Who are you?” she demanded, fighting to keep the fear from her voice. The silence was deafening as slender, stone-cold fingers began to play at the skin of her neck. Silvia inwardly cringed, still unable to move.

“Who am I?” the same voice laughed, this time so dangerously close to her ear that the icy breath swept gently over her skin. “My name is Pearl.”

A searing pain burned through the flesh at Silvia’s throat, and a strangled scream escaped her. She squeezed her eyes as tightly shut as she could manage, gritting her teeth against the spreading pain. It was unbelievable, like nothing she had experienced before.

“W-what’s happening?” she squeaked, her voice small and pained. “What are you doing?”

Pearl grinned around her grip on the hero’s throat, sinking her fangs in deeper, and beginning to take the victim’s blood into her mouth. A surge of power flowed through her, the bite already taking its effect. It was a powerful thing, the blood of someone good.

Letting her fangs slide slowly out of their holds, Pearl closed her eyes for a moment. She heard Silvia drop to the floor, letting out a low groan from the pain, and bared her scarlet-stained teeth in a dark smile. This was perfect. Her fingertips tingled with the strength of the power coursing through her, and the strong taste of blood on her tongue set her adrenaline running. Her eyelids flashed open again, revealing tiny pupils lost in a furious red.

“What’s going on?” she growled mockingly, stooping down to cradle the fallen heroine’s face in her hand. At the look of pleading and pain in the poor girl’s eyes, she laughed softly.

“What’s going on, sweet, is that you-” here, she drew her face within an inch of her own- “are about to die.”

Silvia had not the strength left to struggle. She gasped at the sudden jolt of agony that hit her as the other landed a feather-light touch on the mark on her neck. This couldn’t be happening it just couldn’t. But the eyes that matched her blood in color begged to differ.

“What are you?” she choked, wincing even at the simple effort of speaking.

Pearl’s grin grew wider, and she scraped her pointed teeth against her lower lip.

“What do you think?” she whispered.

Pearl stood suddenly, loosing her grip on Silvia and turning back to her captive genius. The girl would be dead within minutes; there was no use playing with her. But while she still held the strength of the heroine’s sweet blood, she might as well have some fun with the boy…

The pain was blinding. Silvia bit back a strangled gasp, and let a shaking arm flop down beside her as she fell back. She lay twitching and writhing on the ground, her life escaping her by the second. It was impossible. She couldn’t die, not now. She was supposed to be a hero…

It took over her. It was as if she was no longer in control of her body. Her arms twisted and flailed, sweeping over the floor in erratic jerks. The feel of cold metal against her flesh shocked her for the first second, before her fingers curled determinedly around the handle. A knife, probably lying there, discarded, after cutting the ends of the rope. This was a chance. A lifeline. It was too late for her, but she could still save Fowl.

With a low grunt, Silvia forced herself to her knees. It hurt like nothing she’d ever felt before, but she had to do this. She couldn’t let herself die without helping him. Her vision still swam, but she could make Pearl out clearly enough. She was only a few feet away, and, as far as she could tell, standing still. Perfect.

With her last ounce of strength, Silvia lunged forward, gripping the knife tightly in both hands. She felt it catch on something, hopefully her target, as it was jerked out of her hands with the sudden stop.

Silvia Song fell to the ground, heaving shallow, weak breaths. Her eyes lay half-open, and her fingers clenched and unclenched, shaking all the while. A soft sob escaped her at the last, rocking her one final time. And then, she was still.

Pearl stared down at the knife embedded in her torso. A red stain was beginning to show on the front of her shirt around it. Reaching down with one hand, she plucked the makeshift weapon from where it was held, and gazed at it.

“Cute,” she said softly, as she felt the skin of her stomach begin to knit itself back together. She sighed, turning back to her prey.

“Such a shame it didn’t work.”

* * *

Congratulations, PoodlePom40; your plan worked! πŸ˜€ Sorry to Silversong, but your plan had you playing right into her trap.

The next tale of heroism and treachery shall be found in the top floor of the prestigious Sorana Restaurant.

* * *

A/N: I know there wasn’t much Artemis in this chapter, but he’ll be a more major character in some of the other plots. Like the next one. Until next time.

~*AA

Chapters: 1 2 3

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42 responses to “Heroes and Villains.” Join in!

  1. Collinluvsholly May 30th, 2010 at 3:38 pm 1

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

  2. Wow, AA. One word: Curiosity. πŸ˜‰ That was a BrIlLiAnT way to begin, with the definitions. It gave a certain amount of… official-ish-ness to the beginning. πŸ˜€ Please write more, as this is VERY interesting! Well written, and kind of dramatic. πŸ˜‰

    ~CC

  3. Em, Collin, that’s called spam. It says absolutely nothing about the story. Did you read the rules…?
    @CC Thank yeh. πŸ™‚ Too dramatic? o_o

  4. Not at all, mi chicka. Brillantly dramatic. πŸ™‚

  5. Yay! I’m first!
    Anyway, very dramatic prologe. I love the description of Hero and Villan in the beginning.
    Update soon! I hope I win…

  6. Well, CC was right! That was the PERFECT amount of dramatic! πŸ™‚ Awesome!!

  7. I actually didn’t want to comment cause I was jealous. XP but not really, seeing as I’m already in the other one. And I’ve always loved your writing, say, for example, we became sworn enemies, I’d still secretly read it cause your writing is just too good!
    The idea is vague to me but it seems interesting, so, quote CC, “One word: curiosity. ” πŸ™‚
    I seriously can’t wait! πŸ˜€

  8. I’ll quote Sea: And IÒ€ℒve always loved your writing, say, for example, we became sworn enemies, IÒ€ℒd still secretly read it cause your writing is just too good!

    I’m so glad u let me be in this AA *sticks tongue out at every1 who’s not*

    I CAN’T WAIT

  9. Wow, that was a brilliant prologue. I thought starting with definitions was very original. You ended the prologue too well…I need the update. *sighs* Hope you update soon. I’m defintiely keeping an eye on this fic. I’m going to have to anyway because I’m part of it…woot πŸ™‚ and like toushiro said “I’m so glad u let me be in tis AA”

  10. I am also happy I’m in it! Thank you!!! πŸ™‚

  11. poodlepom40 May 31st, 2010 at 9:14 pm 11

    OMG!!! The begining part is great and I have to say you are great at wrtiting intro’s.I mean I immediatley wanted to read it. Pweeze update real soon!!

  12. Hermione Fowl June 1st, 2010 at 8:10 am 12

    I loved the definitions. Very original.=)=)UPDATE OR FEAR MY WRATH!!!
    Sea;I’m the same. TWS is evil, in my opinion, but she/he writes soooo well!!

  13. I’d say no calling the other members evil, but I’m really not sure TWS cares XD Ah well. No ragging on your fellow users, please; especially not on my story’s comments, especially not TWS (who is awesome πŸ˜€ ) πŸ˜‰

    Anyway, thanks, guys! I woulda updated already, but I got side-tracked… been working on getting Secret World back up for MK… anyway, as soon as possible, promise.

  14. Hm, side-tracked. Sounds familiar. Anyways…check your forum pm? I’m sure I sent you a message or something…ah, but is too lazy…

  15. shadowsnake451 June 2nd, 2010 at 2:39 pm 15

    I pm-ed you. Sorry, sorry, sorry it took so long! I didn’t know how to do it!

  16. I LOVED THE INTRO!
    It’s original and mysterious!
    Please update!

  17. Great intro! I wanna read the rest! Pleeese update.

  18. Hermione Fowl June 4th, 2010 at 5:57 am 18

    By evil I kinda mean TWS is very harsh. Even though it’s constructive crit. . .Oh well, you know what I mean (I hope)

  19. TWS is awesome and Ah-May-Zing.
    AA ur also awesome and amazing nd a whole lot of other (Good) things which I can’t think of at the mo cos i’m tired,

    So when are u writtin?

  20. Ehh well I have the first quarter or so written, but after that, I can’t seem to come up with any good writingÒ€¦ I’ll post as soon as I can.

  21. AA, I’ve yet to see the day where ANYTHING you write isn’t amazing. πŸ˜‰ Don’t doubt your abilities, grasshopper. *bows* πŸ˜†

  22. Well, thankye, CC, but eh… mebbe that’s because I do wait like this until I can write something that doesn’t suck πŸ˜› I read things that I write over before posting, and if I would give someone else a bad review for it, I don’t post. With the exception of one story for AF Land, but I threw that together in fifteen minutes just for participation points XD

    Anyway, guys, I’m really, really sorry, but I seem to have lost the names that go with a couple things… gimme a bit to straighten whose is whose first before I write XD I’m an idiot for not saving the names to them.

  23. Its okay, AA. *pats Battery’s head* I’ve done the same thing… loosing info…. XD

  24. shadowsnake451 June 17th, 2010 at 1:31 pm 24

    *really, no, but REALLY tries to be as understanding as CC* Do you need me to PM you with the info again?
    Don’t worry, we all lose stuff. Chillax dudet!

  25. I foooound it! πŸ˜€
    Anyway, this is how chapters are going to be structured. I’ll set up the situation, then give the outcome in part deux. Thar ye goo.

  26. shadowsnake451 June 25th, 2010 at 9:00 am 27

    WOW. UBER-UBER-UBER-WOW!
    Incredible! Perfect, no shortcomings I could spot! How the D’Arvit do you do it?
    *****

  27. SWEET! Oh sweet sweet sweet sweet!

    SILVIA! SHE WANTS TO BITE YOU, IDIOT! *grabs a broom, runs into the fanfiction and is about to attack Pearl, then remembers cannot interfear, and waddles back to Earth and does a puppy face* Man, good cliffhanger.

  28. πŸ˜€ Brilliant, AA. I’d love part two to arrive… soonish. πŸ˜€ Beautful writing, my friend.

  29. Really great story please continue i love it

  30. Thank you all ^_^

    I has updated πŸ˜€
    Enjoy, I hope.
    And I’m sorry, [name of person who lost] T-T It had to be one of you in this one. The next one will be more humorous πŸ˜€

  31. Impressive, I must say! Sorta sad that Silvia had to die, but still glorious! Hm, I don’t beleive I’ve ever used that word before. But this one kept me hooked! I beleive it kept a lot of people hooked. Update again as soon as you can!

  32. :claps: Brava! Brava!

    Even though I died XD

    I feel kinda bad that I suck at saving Artemis. So, congrats, poodlepom. I “played right into your trap”…
    But, awesome… anyways, you should update.

  33. You really need to update, AA, before we get real crazy and run—

    Oh. You updated. A very long time ago, but I didn’t seeeeeee.

    Therefore I shall now go and read. And then I’ll pressure you to update—> *Gives pressure*

  34. I haven’t commented this fanfic. I can’t believe it. I read it before. I SWORE I did… on to the review. YES GRACIAS FOR UPDATING BEEN WAITING FOR AGES ON THIS ONE!!! GREAT! Mysterious, dramatic, and I’m pretty sure Ariel’s the villian… cackle cackle, this is gonna be so good…

  35. Wow. Amazing! Poor Ward. I agree with Warrior’s Expert on this one: Ariel is to blame! Ah, I guess I’ll find out later. Hope you update as soon as possible!!

  36. OMG YAY!!! This turned out better than I expected. I was utterly gripped. I’m so overcome with joy I must read more…wait…there’s no more πŸ™
    *hintity hint hint*

  37. I love the update, AA. *curious* What happens next, I wonder? πŸ˜› I look forward to an update from an amazing writer. πŸ˜‰

    ~CC

    PS XP Nice little coincidence, Thomas Ward. XD

  38. *stuffs piece of celery in mouth, licks fingers, wipes on jeans, cracks knuckles and begins to type very long comment/review*

    So, AA, how’s it going? Good? Hmm? Well, I’m not so fine and dandy. This story is cheerfully sitting on the top of the Best Rated, and it’s THREE CHAPTERS. You know what kills me more then that? THE FIRST ONE WAS AN INTRO, and the THIRD ONE ISN’T DONE. This is one of your more work-of-art ones, but trust me, they’re all works of art. I like the way you always use your language, the way you insert real-life stuff there, the way you have impeccable grammer, spelling, punctuation, etc, the way you avoid run-on sentences like this one.

    I am perfectly aware you are fifteen years old and in your sophomore year of high school. I am perfectly aware that that’s stressful and irritating and annoying. So, why not relax with a free dosage of fanfiction writing? (cough update this NOW cough) Pleasepleasepleaseplease it’s really good. Seriously. Not even softening my bullet before I shoot.

  39. shadowsnake451 October 23rd, 2010 at 1:28 pm 40

    Update! Please please please! It’s so fandabulous I had to expand my vocabulary just to try and explain!
    I’m really don’t wanna be a nag (Ally Kat already hates me cause of that- but CKTC was a killer fic) but do you have any idea when I’ll be in it? Don’t rush or anything, but you know, I just wanted a rough estimate.

  40. Hey, am I going to be in it so UPDATE NOW
    P.S I loved it!

  41. AWESOME!!! UPDATE!!

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