Out of Darkness
Chapter Nine: Out of Darkness
There was the steady sound of dripping somewhere. It was starting to become annoying. She couldn’t take it anymore. But she didn’t know what she was supposed to do. Cynder finally opened her eyes. She was surprised she had not been killed by the collapsing castle. It amazed her very much. She wondered if anyone else was down there. She hoped Spyro was somewhere down there. If he was, then at least someone would be there that supported her. That was all Cynder wanted. She didn’t want anyone down there that despised her for any reason.
She heard voices coming from behind her. Getting up slowly, she found pain in the leg that had already been broken by Malefor. She guessed it was in pain due to a hard hit on the ground. When she turned around, she found some of the Mabu standing there. They were huddled in a corner, staring at her with wide eyes. Cynder couldn’t tell if they were either scared of her or concerned about her. She felt her mind wander around.
“Is everyone okay?” she asked, finding her throat to be raw. “Did anyone get hurt after the castle collapsed? I need to know now before we continue on. Is anyone here hurt?”
“No,” said a small voice. Cynder looked behind many of them to find Emily there. She was shaken up, and Cynder couldn’t blame her. “It’s good to see you, Cynder. I’m glad you weren’t hurt.”
Cynder half-smiled. “Are your parents around here?” she asked. Emily shook her head. Cynder sighed. So obviously Emily’s parents were with Spyro, if any of them had survived the castle’s collapse. She didn’t wish to think of it, but she couldn’t help herself. Her mind seemed to think all this up on its own. She hated it for doing so, and wished it would just stop.
“So what are we going to do?” one of the Mabu asked. “How are we going to get out of here?”
Cynder didn’t know how to answer that question. But then something came into her mind, and she opened her mouth to speak. “We just need to get through this tunnel. I’m sure that, on the other side, is a way out of here,” she explained. “I’ve dealt with these kinds of things before. I know how to get out of these kinds of places. I’ve done it before, and I think I can do it again. Just don’t judge me if I walk slow. My limp has returned, thanks to the pain in my broken leg. When I get out of here, I need to get that checked out.”
She went as fast as she could without leaving the Mabu behind. Emily came up beside her, obviously wanting to talk to her. “How are you feeling, Cynder?” she asked.
“I could be feeling a lot better,” Cynder replied. “I finally got to tell Spyro what I think of him. Can you keep a secret? I mean, it’s not much of a secret to the other Skylanders, but I think you know what I mean.” She saw Emily nod. “So can you keep this a secret?” Emily nodded again. “I finally told Spyro that I love him. It’s something I’ve held back for a very long time. He helped me through a lot when we first met, and I thanked him for it, but soon I realized I was in love with him, and I couldn’t make it go away. I kept it all a secret, though. I didn’t know how to tell him, because I didn’t want my heart to be broken. I’ve heard of that happened so many times, and I didn’t want that to happen to me. I was scared, you see. But tonight, when Deathmatch locked us up in a cell—he caught us all by surprise, just so you know—he started beating Spyro, and when I saw that, I decided I couldn’t take it anymore. I yelled at Deathmatch to stop, and he asked me why I wanted him to stop. So it was then that I finally told him and Spyro what I truly thought—and think—of him. And then Spyro revealed that he loves me, too. When he told me that, I started feeling good. But the only problem is, he probably believes me to be dead. How do you think that feels, to have someone you love die? I’ve never felt that kind of pain, but I think Spyro has before. He probably believes I’m dead right now. I wish I could show him that I’m still alive, but that seems too unlikely. It’s very unfortunate, but it’s true. But there is the possibility that I could see him again when we get out of this cellar. I would like to, because I want to be with him more.” Cynder sighed and looked back to Emily. “Well, there you go, you know everything I have to hide about tonight. How does it all sound?”
Emily smiled at Cynder. “I think you did the best thing, Cynder,” she told her. “I guess I understand why you didn’t tell him earlier—I mean, I’ve never fallen in love with someone, so it’s harder for me to understand—and that’s what I admire about you. It seems to me like the one secret you keep is one that helps a lot of people. I’m proud of that.”
Cynder felt happy and amused. “For a little girl, you have a good vocabulary, and very good advice. I thank you for that, Emily,” Cynder said. She looked in front of her and thought she saw a little bit of light. She couldn’t tell exactly if that was what it was, though. It could be so many things, she reminded herself, so it was best to not rush toward conclusions.
But then the bright light seemed to intensify. Cynder now knew for sure that the light was sunlight. Now all she had to do was get herself and the Mabu out of the cellar. She wondered how she would be able to do that.
“Is that sunlight?” she heard a Mabu woman ask.
“I believe so,” Cynder replied. “I know so.” She stopped walking, turned around, and looked at the Mabu. “When we get over there, we’re going to try and find ways to get out of here before I use my Electricity breath to do so. Does that sound good?” The Mabu all nodded. “Good. Now let’s see what we can do.” She continued on her way toward that spot. It was true sunlight: a crack in the wall allowed it to seep in. Cynder felt hope flare in her heart. She was ready to get out of the cellar and find Spyro. She hoped he hadn’t become depressed. She hoped he wasn’t believing she had actually died.
One of the Mabu attempted to punch it, but the wall and crack remained the way they were. Another tried kicking it, and Emily and some others attempted to push it out of place. But none of their attempts to get out of there succeeded. Now Cynder knew she would have to get them out of there. She was the only one who could do so. “Okay, everyone,” she said. “Stand back. This could get very messy.” She breathed in, and then released her dark violet Electricity. The wall was destroyed right then in there in a flash of smoke and dust. When Cynder looked again, she saw they were now free. She felt very good. She was ready to get out of the cellar and go back to the Skylanders camp. She wanted to find Spyro and tell him how much she loved him.
As she got out of the cellar and stepped into the sunlight, the warmth spread all through her. She felt better than she had in weeks, and possibly even months. That was what she loved about being out in the open. She hadn’t gone out in the open for a long time after Spyro had left her in the care of the doctors in Shattered Island. The only times she’d been out in the sunlight for a while were times when she wondered if she was supposed to be there, or if she was supposed to remain a creature in the shadows. But now she knew exactly what she was. She knew she could stop hiding behind what she believed was imperfection. She’d felt she was imperfect ever since Spyro had saved her from Malefor. She’d felt that she didn’t belong where she was at. But now she knew she was in the right place, and because of all those who’d helped her along the way, she felt much better. She didn’t want to go back into the darkness like a recluse. She wanted to become someone who helped others. She decided she would put those thoughts behind her as she made her way through the forest. When she looked to Emily, she saw she was smiling. Emily was in a very good mood, and she seemed to not want to stop doing so. She wanted to continue being happy all the time, and Cynder couldn’t blame her. That was the way some people were, and nothing could be done to stop it. The cool air, although it sent chills up Cynder’s spine due to her vulnerability towards cold, gave Cynder a happy feeling. She loved the feeling. She couldn’t wait to be reunited with Spyro. She knew already he was waiting for her somewhere, and that was what she was counting on. As she thought of Spyro, for the first time in almost a year, Cynder smiled.
Spyro was still distraught. He couldn’t believe Cynder was dead. He wished she was still around. But he remembered she’d given her life to save him and the others, including the Mabu. But despite that, he felt empty on the inside. He and she had just confessed their love for one another, and yet she was now gone. He wondered why it had happened. Sonic Boom and Sunburn had attempted to make him feel better, but they knew it would be hard for him. They both knew what it was like to love someone. But neither of them knew what it was like to lose their one and only love. Neither of them had been separated from each other.
“Do you think Spyro’s going to be okay? I feel so bad for him,” Sonic Boom said to Sunburn. She looked to him. Sunburn shook his head, and her heart was filled with hopelessness.
“I don’t think Spyro will be getting over this for a very long time,” Sunburn told her. “How would you feel if I died? You would be distraught, just like he is over Cynder’s death. We just need to help him through this. We have a whole lot of families we need to be speaking with. A lot of the Mabu were still inside the castle when it collapsed. It’s sad that they had to die like that.”
Just then, as Sunburn finished speaking, he and Sonic Boom heard talking and people moving. Looking over to the entrance to the camp, they suddenly saw the Mabu they’d believed dead. And right there in the middle of them was Cynder. Sonic Boom and Sunburn’s jaws opened wide. Sonic Boom looked over to Spyro, who still had his head hung. She hurried over to him. “Spyro,” she said. “It’s Cynder.”
As soon as Spyro heard Cynder’s name, he looked up. He saw all the Mabu he’d believed to be dead, with Cynder right there in the middle of them. His eyes widened. A smile crossed his face, and suddenly he started feeling better. He ran to Cynder, who was busy talking to a young Mabu girl. Spyro recognized the Mabu girl as Emily. When Cynder saw him, she smiled brightly. It was the first smile he’d seen on her face in a very long time. All the Mabu soon found their families. Emily’s parents told her to come with them, and at first she began following them, but then stopped, said something to her parents, and then ran back to Cynder. She hugged her around the neck, and Cynder placed one of her paws on Emily’s back. Spyro heard Emily say, “Thank you so much.”
Cynder told her, “No problem. Thank you for staying at my side. I hope to see you again someday.” As Emily left to go to her parents, Cynder turned to Spyro. She smiled even more brightly as she saw him. She hugged him hard. “Thank God. I was thinking I’d never see you again when I woke up. I think I fell down that one hole Deathmatch caused. But I’m fine. I’m just glad I can be with you now.” She looked around to see the other Skylanders watching them. Slam Bam, Trigger Happy, and Hex stood near one another. But even though Cynder realized not many of them trusted her, Cynder didn’t care. She was going to do it. She kissed Spyro right on the lips. He returned the kiss, not wanting to stop. They had now fully realized their love for one another was true, and that they didn’t want to stop loving one another.
At the same time, Slam Bam was staring at them in deep shock. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. “How in the heck is that possible?” he asked Trigger Happy. “I mean, he should be telling her to get out of here! She gave us up to that Dark Elf! She shouldn’t be allowed to be around here. I mean—”
Not caring for Slam Bam’s comments anymore, as the blue Yeti was speaking about two of his friends, Trigger Happy moved a little behind Slam Bam and aimed at him with his golden guns. He shot one golden coin right at him. Slam Bam yelped as the coin went up his behind. When he turned around, he found Trigger Happy laughing real hard. Once Trigger Happy realized Slam Bam was staring at him, he kept the big smile on his face. “Oops,” he said. He put his hand up to his mouth and gasped. “My finger slipped on the trigger.”
Having seen this, along with the kiss between Spyro and Cynder, Hex could no longer help it. She smiled. When Slam Bam and Trigger Happy saw this, they were a little scared. They had never seen her smile before. Soon all the other Skylanders noticed this. Some of them became scared, but Sonic Boom, Sunburn, the other Undead Skylanders, and Stealth Elf didn’t mind. They were happy that some of their own were in good moods.
When Spyro and Cynder finished kissing, they looked up at one another. Cynder said to Spyro, “I think I want to be a Skylander. I know I went through a lot during this mission, but if I have to go through another one, I’d very much wish to be at your side. I don’t want to leave you, Spyro.”
Spyro loved hearing that. “Okay then,” he said. “Let’s go talk to Eon. He’d love to hear how this mission went. If you ask me, we did pretty well. What would you say?”
“I think it could have gone better, because we were hurt some along the way, but otherwise I think we did well. Now let’s get to Eon.” They walked side-by-side to the healing tent, where Cali and Eon stood. They were surveying the Mabu as they were treated for various cuts and bruises. When Eon saw Spyro and Cynder, he smiled at them.
“Well done, I must say!” he complimented. “You and the others have done so well! You seem to be very happy, Cynder. You’re smiling, after all. I have not seen that this entire time. Would you mind telling me what has made you so happy? Does it have to do with the Mabu being saved, or is it something else?”
“Well, it actually turns out to be something else,” Cynder admitted. “You see, we were actually captured by Deathmatch. During that time, I was beaten, and I accidentally gave him information. I couldn’t take the pain anymore. I really wasn’t trying to. But when he revealed what I’d done to the others, many of them decided not to trust me, but Spyro and some others stayed by my side. I also confessed something.” She swallowed, and looked to Spyro for support. He smiled more at her, which was all the support she needed. “I’ve been holding this back for a long time. The truth is, I love Spyro. And he loves me. We both love each other, fortunately, and so we’re now in a relationship.” She smiled even more. Both Eon and Cali were smiling back.
“Very good, my dear!” Eon said. “Now, may I ask where Deathmatch is? I believe I was told he died in the battle, but how exactly did he die?”
“He impaled himself on a wooden stake and died of blood loss,” Spyro told him. “We’d injured him pretty badly before that, but he threw a wooden box at us. It splintered, causing the stake to form. But when he died, his body was obliterated by a blast of dark energy. It was a powerful enough blast of energy to destroy the whole castle. Do you know what that’s supposed to mean?”
Eon shook his head. “Unfortunately, no. I’ve not heard of that before. But I will write it down, search for an answer, and ask some of those I know that are in high places. When I am finished, I will tell you what I know,” he explained to them. He finished with a smile. “Now, it is best that we get back to the Ruins by tomorrow. I believe we have our initiation. I must tell you both, neither one of you might be in the same Element. But I will make sure the both of you are close in some way.”
Spyro and Cynder nodded and smiled. They believed that was the end of their conversation. Although Cali asked if she could help with Cynder’s cut, Cynder told her that she was fine with the way it was. She knew it wouldn’t become infected.
When they returned to the outside, Sonic Boom and Sunburn came over to them. Both were smiling. They obviously wanted to speak with Spyro and Cynder, and neither Spyro nor Cynder were surprised.
“What’s up?” Spyro asked. “Is something going on?”
“Well, not really,” Sunburn said. “We’re just glad you’re okay, Cynder. You gave us a scare there, when we believed you were dead. The good news is, you’re not, and we can go back to being normal. Am I right?”
Spyro and Cynder nodded. They looked to Sonic Boom, as it was now her turn to speak. “I don’t know if this is too soon, but what was Deathmatch talking about a lot of the time?” she asked. “It was like you and him had some sort of a past together.”
“No, we didn’t,” Cynder said, trying to get off the subject. She wasn’t surprised Sonic Boom was asking her this, and she wasn’t angry. It was only normal that she would want to know. “He was just trying to manipulate us. But the fortunate thing is that we got past it, and now here we are, free of that guy. He’s gone, and we can move on with our lives. Don’t you agree?”
They went to where Hex, Trigger Happy, and Gill Grunt were. All of them were happy. Hex had stopped smiling, but every one of them knew she was doing so on the inside, and that was all that mattered.
“So when we get back to the Ruins, what do you think will happen when we have initiation?” Hex asked. “I don’t want to be the leader of the Undead Element. It makes me think of things I don’t wish to. I don’t mind being in it, though.”
“I’m not sure,” Spyro told her honestly. He sighed. “We just need to wait and see. Good things come to those who wait, the king of the Dragon Realms told me. I wish you guys could have met him. He would probably love all of you.” He looked to Cynder. “Especially you.” He smiled at her, and she smiled back. After sharing another kiss, the both of them decided to just watch the sun rise higher in the sky. The light of the dawn was beautiful, and neither of them wanted to leave their spot. They stayed there until morning ended.
As that day wore on, the Skylanders and the Mabu exchanged many conversations and other things. A feast was held for the Skylanders that night. Both Spyro and Cynder enjoyed themselves. Both of them believed they could put behind them the many problems they’d gone through with Deathmatch. Although they knew they’d have to deal with Kaos another day, they didn’t care. All they wanted to do was be with one another. When the feast ended, Spyro and Cynder found Emily. She was with her family and writing in her red journal once more.
“Hi, Emily,” Spyro greeted. “I see you found your journal.” She turned around to look at them.
“Yes,” she said. “I know I’ve said this a lot, but I would like to thank you, Cynder. Neither of you gave up in what you believed in doing. For some people, that takes a lot. But for the two of you, it didn’t seem to take too much. So, once again, thank you so very much. I could not have gotten through a lot of that without Cynder. She helped me through the dungeon and out into the light. I will never forget either of you.” She smiled.
Spyro and Cynder nodded. They gave a hug to Emily. They looked at her family. All of them were smiling. The tallest of them, who seemed to be Emily’s father, was almost crying. “Thank you for helping us,” he said. “At least, if I or anyone else in this village needs help, I know who to call on.”
Spyro and Cynder left with his words in their mind. They were both happy now. Neither of them could believe what they had heard. Spyro was surprised due to his not having been told such a thing in a long time, and Cynder was surprised due to the fact she hadn’t been told that by almost anyone. Only Spyro and a few others had said such a thing. Now she didn’t feel as left out as she once had. She felt like she was in the right place now.
As the night came to a close, Spyro and Cynder found a place where they could sleep. As they lay down, Spyro looked to Cynder. “How are you feeling, Cynder?”
“I’m feeling really good,” Cynder told him. “I’m glad I came on this journey with you. Now I know what I’m destined for.” She kissed him. “Thank you. Oh, and there’s one more thing I need to tell you.” Spyro looked at her, which allowed Cynder to know he was listening intently. She could tell that just by looking at him in the eyes. “You can call me ‘Cyn,’ if you wish. Everyone who trusts me can call me ‘Cyn’ if they wish. It makes me feel better now. When I was dealing with Deathmatch, I kept calling myself that, and when I realized how deep my love was for you, I thought that if I heard it from you, I would feel a lot better. So there you go; it’s done now. When we get back to the Ruins, I’m ready to sleep for a very long time. Now that we’re together, I guess it’s best we find a treehouse to be in together. It’d help.”
“I agree,” Spyro said. “But for right now, let’s go to sleep. We’ll think about that tomorrow. At least you have someone to sleep by and help you when you need it.”
As they fell asleep, Spyro and Cynder touched each other’s paws. They shared another kiss, and then fell asleep side-by-side.