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HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (FAN FICTION)
THE SUMMONING JEWELS
It was another typical day on the dark side of Eternia, near the great mountain known to all inhabitants as Snake Mountain. Thunder rumbled and lighting flashed above the Mountain in the sky above, making the mountain look sinister and evil. That fact alone would cause most Eternians to avoid the place as being a superstitious lot, but in reality Snake Mountain was the Headquarters of an evil being known throughout Eternia as Skeletor. He was renowned for being a much feared, powerful sorcerer and he was the most evil being of this age. At that very moment he was hatching yet another evil scheme for him to take over Eternia.
"He-Man, He-Man, He-Man!" Skeletor wailed as he thumped the arm of his throne that he was sitting on. "Curse the muscle bound do-gooder! He always gets in my way! He is the only obstacle to me learning the secrets of Castle Greyskull and gaining absolute power!" Skeletor paused for a moment then continued to talk to himself
"I must defeat He-Man! Only he can stand in my way and once he's gone nothing will be able to stop me. But how do I beat someone as strong as that muscle bound oaf?" Skeletor paused and began to think, trying to come up with another scheme which will let him achieve this goal. While Skeletor was preoccupied, he didn't notice Evil-Lyn and Beast Man had entered the chamber and approached the throne. Beast Man coughed to clear his throat.
"Mighty Skeletor, I have some good news." Beast Man growled. Skeletor looked up and replied,
"What is it you flea bitten fur face? This had better be important! Can't you see I'm busy with thinking of a way to defeat He-Man?"
"Oh but it is Lord Skeletor" Beast Man grovelled then continued "perhaps Evil Lyn can fill in the details."
"Oh she can, can she? Well hurry up and tell me this news! And I'm warning you, this better not be a waste of my time." Skeletor said, as he picked up his havoc staff off the ground and waved it menacingly in front of Beast Man's face. The ram's skull on the tip of the staff started to glow with evil power, causing Beast Man to cower in fear.
"Beast Man is right, Skeletor!" Evil-Lyn chimed in and Skeletor turned to look at her.
"Have a look at this! With this you can finally beat He-Man! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!" Evil Lyn laughed as she held up a small blue jewel, brimming with an evil glow and radiating powerful magic.
"Is this what I think it is Evil Lyn?" Skeletor asked as he inspected the jewel.
"Yes! We finally have found one. It is one of legendary Summoning Jewels!" Evil Lyn replied as she handed the jewel over to Skeletor's outstretched hand.
"YES!" Skeletor yelled as he held the jewel in his clinched fist "With this jewel I can finally defeat He-Man once and for all! But wait…..Evil Lyn you said that this was one of the legendary jewels, correct?"
"Yes, why do you ask Mighty Skeletor?" Beast Man interrupted before Evil Lyn had a chance to reply.
"Listen to me you dull witted fur face" Skeletor replied now with a hint of anger and the eye sockets in his skull glowed a deep, dark and dangerous red causing Beast Man to again cower in fear again at his Master's fury.
"If there is one such jewel such as this, then it goes to reason that there may be more of them! Think of it Evil Lyn. With all the summoning jewels in our possession we can finally crush He-Man and learn the secrets of Castle Grayskull! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,ha!"
Skeletor's laughter rang out and echoed through the vast halls of Snake Mountain, as the thunder continued to rumble outside and lightning continued to lash out from the dark sky. Evil Lyn and Beast Man joined in with Skeletor's laughter and once again an evil plan was formed with the goal being the destruction of He-Man and the capture of Castle Grayskull!
The sun was shining brightly over the City of Eternos and there was no sign of any of the dark clouds that had gathered over Snake Mountain. The sky was a crystal clear blue, and the day was a balmy 25 degrees. Over in the Royal Gardens near the Palace, Prince Adam was walking towards a pond with a fishing rod in one hand and a pillow in the other. Cringer was as usual tagging along with his best friend.
"Isn't it a beautiful day Cringer?" Adam asked as he reached down and patted Cringer "what a great day for some fishing."
Adam reached the pond and settled down next to a tree and cringer lay down next to him.
Cringer yawned then said "yes it is but if you ask me I could do with some more sleep."
"Yeah I know but we can't spend the whole day inside on a day like this" Adam replied as he cast his fishing line into the pond.
"Besides we might get lucky today and actually catch something!"
"Well, let me know when you've caught some nice tasty fish" Cringer replied as he began to lick his whiskers and chops at the thought of a tasty fish meal "but till then I'm going to catch some more shut eye."
"You do that old buddy." Adam replied as he gently patted Cringer's head.
Adam cast the fishing line into the pond, and then settled back leaning against the tree with the pillow beneath his head. Within minutes, Adam had become bored and started to doze off. Next to him Cringer was purring and already fast asleep. Then all of a sudden something blocked out the sun and a shadow appeared over Adam.
"Well I thought I would find you here!" said a feminine and definitely angry sounding voice. The sound of the mysterious voice woke Adam up, who looked up and then suddenly felt guilty and started to flush in embarrassment.
"Oh. Hi there Teela. Is anything wrong?"
"Is anything wrong?" Teela replied with her hands firmly planted on her hips and with a frustrated look on her face.
"I'll tell you what's wrong, Adam. You missed your training session and here I find you just loafing around."
"Hey I just thought it's such a beautiful day there would be plenty of time for training later." Adam replied with a slightest trace of chagrin.
"Adam, need I remind you that you are heir to the throne of while your sister is away on Etheria, the sole remaining heir to the throne, I might add. You have to take your duties and responsibilities more seriously."
"I do Teela!"
"Then why don't you starting showing it instead of loafing around!" exclaimed a now angry and agitated Teela, who fists were now clinched at her sides.
"Is something the matter here?" asked deep and mature voice. Teela turned around in surprise. She was so busy arguing with Adam, she had failed to notice someone had approached her. She turned around and looked straight at her father, Man at Arms.
"Father, what are you doing here?"
"I came out here to check out what all the commotion was about. What is going on here Teela? Adam?"
"It's nothing really Man at Arms. Nothing much at all." Answered a clearly flustered, Prince Adam.
"Well Teela?" Man at Arms asked his daughter.
"I was trying to get Adam to take his duties and responsibilities more seriously Father."
Man at Arms looked back down at Adam and noticed the pillow and the fishing rod. Adam saw the evaluating glace of Man at Arms and started to flush red.
"Aren't you supposed to be training with Teela this morning Adam?" Man at Arms asked the prince after a brief pause.
"Well…I though it was such a nice day I would enjoy the sun for a bit."
"Typical." whispered Teela underneath her breath.
"What was that?" Man at Arms queried.
"You know Adam, Teela is right. You should be paying more attention to your duties and especially your training. You never know when Skeletor and his henchmen could attack next."
Adam looked abashed at the admonishment that his mentor gave him. Teela started to grin and before she had the chance to enjoy her triumph, Man at Arms turned to his daughter and addressed her,
"And Teela, whether you are right or not about Adam missing training a Captain of the Guards should show more restraint and respect when addressing the Crown Prince and heir to the throne of Eternia. Do I make myself clear?"
"Good. I expect you two will behave yourselves now. I am heading back to my lab; I have some important business to finish."
"Do you need a hand Father?" Teela asked.
"No not right now. Perhaps you and Adam can resume training."
"Ok Father. Alright, your highness. Let's go get some practice." Teela said as she grabbed Adam by the wrist and started dragging him towards the guard's training grounds.
"Ok Ok! Guess I have no choice. Let go of my arm! Hey!"
With that Teela and Adam headed off, leaving Cringer alone sleeping by the tree. Cringer woke up suddenly and looked around to find Adam gone.
"Hey where did Adam go? And what happened to my lunch!"
Man at Arms was busy in his workshop muttering to himself while working upon his latest invention. He picked up a nearby screwdriver from the top of his work bench and began making adjustments to his invention. His invention was a small, compact device, roughly the size of a person's palm and resembled what Earthling's would term a "mobile phone". But as it was Man at Arm's latest invention, there was no way on Eternia that it would be such a simple device.
"Can I give you a hand there Man at Arms?" asked a small, squeaky voice from the open doorway of Man at Arm's work shop. The question broke Man at Arm's train of thought, and he turned away from the bench and looked towards the doorway.
"Orko! What are you doing here?"
"Nothing much Man at Arms. I was wondering if I could help?" asked the small wizard.
"No thanks Orko. I have just about finished my latest invention."
"What does it do Man at Arms?"
"Why it is a portable force field generator Orko. It could be very handy if I can manage to work out all the bugs. And it would help our soldiers out greatly against Skeletor."
"That sounds great Man at Arms. Is it nearly finished?"
"Almost Orko. I was hoping He-Man might be able to help me test it. Speaking of He-Man, have you seen Adam?"
"Yeah, he's outside at the guards grounds, practicing his sword skills with Teela."
"Hmmm. Guess he took my advice."
And with that, Man at Arms turned his attention back to his portable force field generator, unawares that Orko's attention had been drawn to yet another of Man at Arm's inventions on another workbench. It was a small metal backpack like object, with a couple of straps and a few control switches on a side panel.
"Hey Man at Arms, what does this gadget do?" Orko asked as he went to touch the controls. Man at Arms turned around and looked at Orko in horror,
"Orko! Don't touch that! That gadget is my Rocket pack Invention! It's very dangerous so be careful!"
But unfortunately, Man at Arm's warning had come too late. As he shouted out, Orko had already pushed the start button on the Rocket pack, causing the invention to shoot up suddenly from where it was lying on the workbench and began to fly around the workshop randomly. The machine was out of control and span around in the air wildly. A couple of times both Man at Arms and Orko had to duck for cover as the rocket pack continued on it's out of control course. Eventually the rocket pack ran out of fuel. But it still had enough Kinetic energy and it continued for a while before crashing in one of Man at Arms' shelves and destroyed the shelf and all the spare glass containers that were being stored on it.
"ORKO!" Man at Arms roared.
"Opps." Was all the abashed young Trollen could say, after he surveyed the damage he had inflicted upon Man at Arms' once orderly workshop.
"Is something the matter here Duncan?" came another voice from the doorway. Man at Arms turned around and saw that it was his liege King Randor, who was looking quite amused at the carnage that had been wrecked within the workshop.
"Nothing is the matter sire. It was just a minor hiccup, nothing more to worry about."
"Okay, as long as everyone is all right."
"We're fine your majesty. No one got hurt."
"Very well then. Guess I had better let you get back to it Duncan."
"Thank you your majesty."
With that, King Randor left Orko and Man at Arms alone in the workshop.
"Do you need a hand to clean up this mess Man at Arms?" asked a nervous Orko.
"Ok, ok! I've done enough helping for one day!" and with that Orko floated back out of the workshop to leave Man at Arms alone with the wreckage of the Rocket pack, the destroyed shelf and the broken glass containers. Man at Arms looked up at the roof and asked no one in particular,
"Elders, why me?"
END OF CHAPTER ONE