Asacat – New Beginnings Ch. 2 – Circle Around

Summary: In the aftermath of the final confrontation with Morgana, Merlin reveals to the Jewel Riders that Gwenevere is the new Wizard of Avalon.

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Inside the palace ballroom, the king and queen are having a party for all the Jewel Riders. A party for saving the kingdom from the hands of Morgana and Kale. All royalties are at this gala event. Although they did not understand all that had happened, still, everyone enjoys a party.

Outside the palace, parties of all kinds have started up to honor them. The party lasted for hours and hours and even Gwen was getting a little tired.

The Wolf Gang decided to join the elite Palace Guards.  Fallon and Moondance reunited with Fallon’s

parents, who had decided to live in New Camelot, because King Jared promised him a job at the Palace. They welcomed her to stay at home to live and make up the lost years. Tamara had decided to go back to Heartland Farms so she could work on her music and to take care of the farm animals. This was all very upsetting to Gwen, and Tamara sensed it.

 

Tamara calls Fallon over and both sit down next to Gwen. Tamara looks at her and smiles. -“Come on Gwen, don’t be upset, if you ever need me I’ll be at your side.”

Fallon- “And I am only a few blocks away, and can visit you anytime.”

Gwen, glaring at Fallon- “You better!”

They all started to laugh. Then the three hug each other.

Fallon- “I best be going, I think my parents are calling me. (Pauses, then laughs.) I never thought I’d be

saying that.”

Gwen- “Come on Tamara we may as well get off to bed, you and your parents have along trip a head of

you.”

So the said their good byes to Fallon, Moondance, and to her parents, and retreated into the palace.They each go to their separate rooms. Tamara goes to her room, the one she had when she was a Jewel Rider.

She rubs the heart shaped jewel that is embossed into the door. – “I’m going to miss this.”

She sighs as she enters the door, then looks around at the walls of her room that she called home for several years. She climbs into her bed and falls into a deep sleep, a trance if you will.

Heartstone- “Tamara, Tamara wake up.”

Tamara- “Who’s there?”

“It is I, your Heartstone”

“You can communicate with me?”

“Only when I can, but that’s not the important now, you need to stay close to the princess. I feel a presence of evil in the air.”

“Evil? but we banish Morgana and Kale for good.”

“I know but something or someone has broken into the magic flow of Avalon.”

“Can you tell me who, what or where.”

“I know this, it’s not from around here, but it uses the same magic.”

“I must tell Gwen then.”

The trance is broken; the strain puts Tamara fast asleep.

 

At the Breakfast table Gwen, Jared, Anya, Doc and Charity are sitting and chatting, Tamara comes in a little late and looking frazzled.

Gwen- “Hey, Good morning, sleepy head. It is so good to be able to sleep in. I mean, with all those sleepless nights and early mornings being Jewel Riders.”

Tamara- “Gwen we got to talk, privately.”

Gwen looks at Tamara with a surprised look as she gets up from the table. The girls leave their parents behind and go into the Jewel room.

Gwen- “Its ok Tamara, we can meet on weekends and go to fairs and such. Even though I am a wizard in training, I still like to do things.”

Tamara – “It’s not that Gwen. I had a trance last night.”

Gwen goes into an all serious mode – “From whom?”

“My Heartstone.”

“The Jewels can talk?”

“I guess, at least this time, that is why I think we need to see Merlin.”

“So what did it say?”

“That Avalon are in trouble, and that something or someone is coming here.”

“Who?”

“It didn’t tell me, but it uses the same magic as us.”

“But what about you going back home.”

“Looks like that will have to wait”

Gwen smiles a little and grabs the One Jewel from the table. – “Well then, Tamara it looks like we’re back in business again.”

Tamara then smiles a little. – “Let’s go get Fallon.”

 

Tamara approaches her parent about staying in Avalon for a little longer. She explains to them some business that Gwen, Fallon and herself must be taken care of.  She promised them that she would return as soon as she could. With this, her parents leave to head back home.

Queen Anya with a look of concern on her face. “What’s all this about Tamara?”

Tamara- “We don’t really know, some kind of disturbance in the magic of Avalon. It seems that it needs looking into.”

Anya- “Do be careful.”

They leave the table with the king, queen, and run to the stables where Sunstar was being fed.

Gwen- “Sunstar we are off to see Fallon and Moondance.”

Sunstar-I’m ready when you are Gwen. I see you are here also Tamara. Is everything ok?”

Gwen- “We’ll tell you in the air Sunstar.”

 

As they fly through the air, Tamara tells of her trance. But the more times it is told, the more it makes them wonders what they could be running into. One thing was for sure; they needed Fallon, Moondance and Merlin. For all knew the old saying: You can never have, to little help, when it comes to dealing with magic.

The first stop was at Fallon’s parents’ house. Alfred sees Gwen, Sunstar and Tamara coming to his door. He opens the door and bows to Gwen.

Alfred- “Welcome to my humble home princess, Sunstar, and lady Tamara.

Gwen, somewhat embarrassed, she never did like when her friends bowed to her, much less anyone else.

“Please Alfred, rise. We are looking for Fallon, have you seen her?”

Alfred- “Moondance and she took her mother and went to the market, I think to buy new clothes.”

Gwen in utter shock. – “Shopping, Fallon shopping. Now I know things aren’t right. Well no matter, just tell her and Moondance to go to Merlin’s house when she returns.

Alfred- “You can count on it, princess.”

 

A party of three walks though the Forest of Arden, lost and somewhat confused. They are hungry and tired. Still an inner force drives them forward, to New Camelot.

 

Gwen, Sunstar, and Tamara walk to Merlin’s door, before they begin to knock on the door, it opens for

them.

Merlin- “Come in and sit down my friends.”

Gwen and Tamara enter as Sunstar stands by the entryway. They all sit around the table in the sitting room;

Archie comes from the kitchen holding a teapot. He then happily greets them and pours them all a cup of tea.

Merlin- “I know why you are here, but I can not help you, my young friends.”

Gwen- “Why not?”

Merlin- “Have you forgotten so soon, Gwen? You are the holder of the One Jewel.

As such, you are the wizard of Avalon. But I will tell you this. Transform the Staff and Jewel into a more convenient traveling companion, as I did with my jewel.”

Gwen- “Your jewel was turned into a key. Are you telling me I can turn my jewel into. a locket.”

Merlin smiles a Gwen- “See you are wise, my princess. You now have the power that I once had. Now I am just an ordinary old man, (then laughs) who has a talking owl.”

Gwen puts on a staining look on her face. The jewel and staff begins to glow a fluorescent orange. The girls stand back in awe. Then in an almost explosion of colors, lies a locket, in Gwens hand.

Tamara – “That was so cool.”

Sunstar, in Gwens mind. – “Princess are you ok, I felt some strong magic vibrations?”

Gwen, in Sunstars’ mind. – “We’re fine Sunstar, everything’s fine.

Merlin – “Now I suggest this, princess. For all three of you, and take Archie if you like.

Archie in hysteric mode – “You can’t be serious.” Merlin raises his hand for the owl to stop. Then continues. – “To look at this to be somewhat of a new challenge for you girls.  Do remember all of you, The Jewels that you and Fallon have, may now react different. So be very careful, especially you, my princess.

Gwen looks somewhat sad. – “Can’t you come with us, Merlin. Just this one last time.”

Merlin sits on his recliner and looks at the princess. – “My time is at a close, Gwen. I will not be around much longer. Fear not, for I have given you more then you see. You will all succeed if you remain friends.

Merlin then doses off into a deep sleep. The girls and Archie leave quietly on Sunstar. They mount their

unicorns and slowly ride off, back to New Camelot.

Tamara breaks the quietness. – “So what does he mean Gwen.”

Gwen thinks for a second. Her eyes suddenly light up. -“The Friendship ring Tamara, Merlin wants us to go to the Friendship Ring, yahoo, lets ride, Sunstar.”

Their pace is quicken to a gallop as the head to the Friendship Ring.

Fallon and Moondance see a fast running Sunstar carrying Gwen, Tamara. As they pass by her, she hears them yelling to her to join them. Fallon smiles, then has Moondance turn and gallop after them.

 

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