A/N: I do not own anything other than my OCs when they come out to play. Everything else is owned by Disney or the Greek myths.
Well, it's official you guys. When I plan out my chapters I can write like it's no one's business. It's amazing how quickly this chapter almost wrote itself!
As always, thank you so much for your support with this story! Your reviews are always a joy to wake up to! :D
Guest: Yeah, Harry's an idiot but he's a lovable idiot! :D
AmethystDragon14: Oh yay! Yeah I figured that would probably be the main reason Harry would want his big sister out of the Isle before his little sister. And you really thought I wouldn't have the dragon Mal bridge scene? :D I love me some dragon Mal after all! Also, for anyone who wants to know, the locket Ben gave Belle was based off of a real locket on Etsy!
Tracie Adams: Oh thank you!
danifan3000: So Daniel is Evie's dad but Cora is not her grandmother. I like to think Captain Hook would be okay with Harriet being into girls but you never know!
Anonymous Reader: Well in Harry's defense, he was two when his mom died so it's not like he was all that mature when CJ was born. Still he would definitely die for his sister, both of them actually. I did get that reference and I hope I can make it so there's more Abigail. And yay, I'm glad you like Harriet and Sammy! :D
ultimaatebookworm08: I'm glad you liked it! And you're not alone, I think everyone hates Freddy!
CrystalKaouri: It definitely is going to be pushed to the breaking point in this fic. *Whistles innocently and walked away at the thought of Mal not being at Ben's side when he's told about Audrey* I'm not going to lie though, I read your third paragraph and poetic justice became pickle juice for some reason. Maybe I was just really tired.
Urmimala Hazra: So glad you enjoyed it! :D
twilightgirl587: Oh thank you!
TR Lara Croft: Hmm, a brother sister talk could definitely be in the cards. I don't want to spoil anything though! Also Freddy will show up sooner than you think!
billyandkimfan1994: You could say that!
OceamBlueSeaEyes: Yeah I agree, the older generation would probably want their villains as charred coal, even Triton with his sister!
SnowWhite45: Of course Mal was right lol! When it comes to the scepter, Audrey is operating on finders keepers logic.
Katie2001: Yep! Someone's in trouble with Mal :D
IceQueen14: *offers tissue* please don't cry! But yeah Harry's the worst when it comes to feelings isn't he? But the same could be said about his older sister, trying to deny what she feels for Sammy…
Hope you all enjoy this chapter! Let me know what you think! : D
The VKs quickly parked the limo and scurried into Evie's castle. Yes, Evie's castle. Apparently the amount she made from making dresses for girls to wear to Cotillion was enough that she could make a down payment for a place for her and her father to live. And Dizzy of course but that went without saying.
"Whoa! What's the fire?" Daniel asked as the group scurried past him, the older man walking out of the gym as he finished up his physical therapy. While she didn't like to sweat, Evie did like staying in shape for cheerleading after all and the gym came in handy for Daniel as well.
"Hey Daniel," Mal nodded as they stopped to look at him. "Uh, Dizzy's just really excited to see Evie. Have you seen her around?"
"Last I checked, she and Doug were in her studio," Daniel nodded, giving the smaller redhead a small smile. While he had never met Dizzy before, Evie had talked about her enough that he felt like he knew all about her. Plus it was a logical guess—Evie always said that Dizzy was a girl so the two blond boys couldn't be her.
While there were three other girls in the group with Mal, the way Evie talked about Dizzy it always made her sound like she was a younger girl. Thus eliminating the darker haired girl and Uma. After that it was a fifty fifty pick and Daniel was just lucky he picked right.
"Who's the dude?" The other young girl muttered to Uma.
"Blueberry's father," Uma muttered back and Daniel shook his head at the nickname.
"Thanks Daniel," Mal nodded before the older man could say anything and the group scurried into the Evie4Hearts studio, not bothering to knock.
"Dizzy!" Evie squealed as she saw the younger girl, having looked toward the doorway upon hearing the other VKs rush toward her studio like a heard of elephants. Estelle lifted up his head and gave Mal a doggy grin as Celia grinned and walked over to him, scratching the Cerberus.
"Evie!" Dizzy grinned and ran into the blue haired girl's waiting arms.
"Oh I'm so happy to see you!"
"Am I really living here with you in your own castle?"
Evie waved her hand as if to brush off that fact. "It's just a starter castle…but Mal? What's wrong? I thought I was meeting you guys back at Ben's castle?"
"Yeah what's wrong?" Hadie asked, looking excited to see Mal. Though that could have been because it was a break from whatever fashion design Evie was foisting on him.
Mal sighed. "We had a bit of an incident on the bridge on the way back. And Evie? What have you foisted upon my brother?"
"What kind of an incident? And you really thought I'd be watching him without taking the opportunity to give him a suit fitting for your wedding?"
"The wedding that's years away?"
"You can never be too careful you know."
Before Mal could answer, Doug spoke up as he stood from his stool. "Uh, Mal, the incident you had didn't happen to involve Audrey wielding Maleficent's scepter did it?"
"You know funnily enough it did…how do you know that?"
"Because I think I see her," Doug said. Sure enough, a figured that looked like Audrey came strolling down the path…with another figure walking in step with her.
"It can't be…"
Mal rolled her eyes. "Guys, it's pretty obvious that's Freddy from the outfit alone. So now we know who helped him break out of his cell. Gods and I thought today could just get better and better."
"We confronting them or we batting down the hatches?" Harry asked.
"I vote confronting!" Hadie said as Estelle yipped in agreement.
"Not all of us are going to confront them," Mal shook her head. "Evie, you and Doug stay here with the new kids and Hadie. One of you, try to call Ben again. I don't care what you need to do—call, text, email, carrier pigeon, but get in contact with him! Jay, Uma, Harry, Harriet, you're with me."
Estelle gave a small yip and walked over to Mal, as if asking her what his group would be. Mal gave him a sad smile and bent down.
"I don't know what Maleficent's scepter would do to you boy," she said softly. "I need you to stay here and protect the pups alright?"
Estelle snorted as if in disbelief but nodded his left head slightly.
"Good boy," Mal said as she straightened up, double checking that her sword was secured to her belt. Looking at her group, she nodded. "Let's go."
The five VKs walked out through the door of Evie's studio, the blue haired girl quickly closing it behind them. Mal wasn't even angry at that—the safety of the younger kids was more important.
"You lost Freddy? You're awfully far from the Isle," she stated, trying to keep her mind focused.
"Yeah Freddy, you look about as lost as a fart in a fan factory!" Uma called, glaring at the older boy.
"Ah Mal, you see, a man like myself doesn't belong on the Isle," Freddy smirked before turning to Harriet. "Uma, as eloquent as always. And why am I not surprised to see you in Boreadon Harriet? Though I must say, in the light of the sun, you do look rather ravishing. Maybe you'd like to find out what it's like to be with a real man instead of those filthy Rats."
"Not interested Freddy," Harriet scoffed. "But if you want another face full of water like when we were kids, I'm sure that can be arranged."
"Oh it most certainly can!" Uma nodded as Jay rested a hand on Harry's shoulder, as if holding back the younger Hook offspring from attacking Freddy right then and there. Which had it just been Freddy, Jay would have had no issue with that.
But Freddy had allied himself with someone who was wielding Maleficent's scepter. That was the most powerful item known to the Isle and to Auradon—the only thing more powerful was Lord Hades' ember and that was just because it was a possession of a God.
"Audrey, why are you messing with the Dragon's scepter?" Mal asked, not paying attention to Harry or Jay. "It's dangerous."
"Honestly, she's like if the lost and found became a person," Uma muttered to Harry who bit back a snort of amusement.
"Maybe I want to be dangerous Mal," Audrey snapped, ignoring the commentary in the background. "Maybe I want what you have. A reputation where no one will call you out as you drive Auradon deeper into ruin! You stole everything from me! Auradon turned its back on me."
"…and you think teaming up with Freddy Frollo is going to change that?" Mal said, more than slightly shocked. She knew the other girl was a lot to handle at times, and had a screaming volume that could burst ear drums according to Emir and Akiho, but she was still good right? Ben wouldn't have stayed friends with her if she wasn't a good person deep down.
"If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times it's Fred," Freddy growled slight and then smirked. "Then again, I guess you would know all about not wanting to be called by a certain name…Maleficent."
Mal rolled her eyes. "Bit behind the times Freddy, it's Malinda…and how did you even know about that?"
"It's been a rather educational two months," Freddy said with a smirk. "Audrey here graciously informed me of what I missed during Beastie Jr.'s coronation when I was trying to take advantage of the hole in the barrier."
"How were you even able to watch the coronation? The only places with a TV are the Dragon's castle, Lord Hades' restaurant and my mom's shop," Uma growled out. "You're banned from two of those places and I don't think you'd willingly cosy up to the Dragon. Though in all honesty I'm not sure considering there's a tree stump in a swamp with a higher IQ than you."
Freddy chuckled. "You forget Uma, Hell Hall also has a television."
"Hmm, how appropriate for you," Mal muttered, thankful Carlos was off with Rodger and Anita so he wouldn't have to hear about Freddy invading his home. Granted the pup hated Hell Hall but it was the principle of the thing really. "You certainly belong in Hell."
Meanwhile, Jay was still trying to restrain Harry from attacking Freddy and possibly being blasted by the scepter.
"Harry, snap out of it," Harriet snapped, noticing the one Mal had called Audrey back on the bridge walk away and turn around. "We've got bigger problems."
"Bigger problems than teaching this witch boy to stay away from my sisters?" Harry growled. He still remembered the comment Freddy had made about CJ back when she was thirteen after all. "Jay, let me go!"
"Harry, she's right," Jay muttered as he noticed Mal and Audrey facing off as well.
"Auradon's going to pay for what they did," Audrey vowed. "But first…"
"Mal, duck!" Jay shouted but the cry came too late as Mal could only hold up her arms to protect her face as she was hit with a blast of pink light. When it faded, an old begger woman stood in Mal's place.
"Think Ben will love you now you old hag?" Audrey taunted.
"Actually yes! Yes he will!" Uma snarled. "Ben's not as shallow as you are Audrey! Just as Ben's looks don't matter to Mal, Mal's looks don't matter to him either!"
"Oh? Well maybe I should take a little visit to Bennyboo so he can see what a true Queen's supposed to look like," Audrey said with a smirk.
"Don't…you touch…Ben!" Mal cried with as much force as her now feeble and cracking voice could muster.
Freddy smirked. "You know I thought this would be too tame at first but I think this is a vast improvement over how she looked previously."
"Okay anyone think Audrey's got Freddy under some kind of spell?" Harry asked. "Normally he'd be crying about 'witchcraft' and how we're all going to hell for being around witches."
Audrey, though, could only smirk at Mal. "Oh? And what are you going to do about it Mal? Drool on me? I'm not going to touch Bennyboo. Once he realizes who he's supposed to be with, he'll come crawling back to me."
"No he won't," Uma scoffed.
"We'll just see about that," Audrey smirked. "See you suckers!"
On that note, she and Freddy disappeared in a cloud of pink smoke just as the doors to Evie's studio opened and Evie and Doug rushed out.
"I couldn't get Ben but I got Akiho and Emir which is basically the same thing," Doug said and then paused. "Why is there an old lady just standing there?"
"It's Mal," Harriet told him.
"Audrey zapped her."
"That wasn't really an explanation and yet I feel all caught up."
Uma rolled her eyes and then turned to Mal. "Mal? Are you alright? Come on, let's get you to the Isle—."
"No! Someone…needs to call…Ben and…let him know that Audrey's coming," Mal said softly.
"I'll do that," Evie said, looking at Uma with a nod of her head.
"Yeah Mal, we need to call in the big guns," Jay nodded as well. "We're going to need all the help we can get."
Uma nodded. "Right. I'm reaching out to Aunt Steph right now. Harriet, I want you here with Celia, Dizzy and the others. Gods, there aren't enough curse words in the world to satisfy me right now and I can't say them because of the kids!"
"Your mom wants him on Olympus," Uma stated and Mal nodded.
"He won't be happy about that," Doug stated.
"He can be as unhappy as he wants to be as long as my little cousin's safe," Uma stated, crossing her arms. "Doug, you and Evie keep trying to reach out to Ben. I want you speaking to him. Shadows don't count this time. Harry, Jay, you guys are with me as we get Mal back to normal."
"Aye cap'n," Harry and Jay nodded.
"Good. Go get the bikes," Uma stated and then sighed. How she wished she had her crew of nineteen to work with but at least they were safe behind the barrier. Huh, how ironic. The barrier that they had hated all their lives was now the only saving grace about the Isle.
"We'll get you back to your normal self in no time co cap'n," Harry stated and then turned to his sister. "Harriet, you alright?"
"I'm fine Harry," Harriet told him. "I'll stay here with the kids. You help Mal."
"On it cap'n."
"Come on Mal, let's get you into something fabulous," Evie said and Uma rolled her eyes.
"We don't have time—."
"You see that cape shawl thing she's in now? That catches on the chain of her bike and Mal goes flying," Evie stated, crossing her arms. "I've got Mal's outfit ready, it'll take five minutes Uma."
"…fine, if only because I don't want to risk Mal's safety as future Queen," Uma nodded and went to help Mal back into the house.
"I'm not going!"
"Oh Gods, just one cousin being normal today is that too much to ask?" Uma muttered and looked over at Evie. "You got her?"
"Go on," Evie nodded and Uma rushed over to where Hadie was glaring at…
"…Macaria?" Uma exclaimed and the brunette looked over and smiled at Uma.
"Hey Uma! I take it you're the one who asked for me to gather up my little cousin here?" Macaria asked.
"Sure did," Uma nodded. "You Godlings might want to take shelter up on Olympus. It's going to get nasty very soon."
"I'm not going!" Hadie declared. "I only have one Uncle and it's not the one who made it so dad was alone for six months!"
Uma sighed and bent down so that she was at Hadie's eye level. "Listen here storm cloud. I know you probably saw what went down between Audrey and Mal outside. The last thing she needs to do is worry about you getting hurt."
"I don't care Uma! I'm not letting Audrey hurt Alex! Or Celia or Dizzy!" Hadie said, crossing his arms over his chest and Uma had to hide a small smile.
"Celia's more than capable of looking after herself," she said. "Plus she can protect Dizzy along with Harriet, and the Charmette has three older siblings who'll be looking out for her. She'll be fine."
"But you don't know that Uma! Audrey always taunted Alex about being fourth in line for her throne and she's dating Chad, you know. What if she—?"
"First off, Sleeping Brat was dating Chad but they broke up," Uma stated. "Second of all, Charming Jr. may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer but if there's one thing I'm sure about, it's that he cares about his little sisters."
"How do you know?"
"It's an older sibling thing," Uma told him, ruffling his blue hair and earning a squawk of annoyance from Hadie. "Think about it this way Hads, you'll finally be able to give Zeus grief for Uncle Hades."
Apparently she had said the right words as Hadie seemed to perk up at the thought.
"Fine," he said. "But only to give Zeus hell. But when I get back, you all have to got to—."
"You're under fifteen storm cloud. You're getting treated like a 'baby' as you put it. If CJ or Ryan were here, they'd be treated the same way."
Hadie rolled his eyes but walked over to Macaria.
"You be careful," Macaria said to Uma. "You need anything, Olympus will stand with you."
"The last time a God of the Isle needed Olympus to stand with him, it didn't go the way he wanted," Uma stated. Her aunt had told her and Mal the story about Zeus refusing to help so many times Uma could recite it in her sleep.
"I'm not my grandfather," Macaria told her. "Besides, you're family. Family sticks together."
On that note, she and Hadie vanished in a clasp of lightning just as Evie and Mal came back.
"I…didn't get…to say goodbye?"
"No time," Uma stated and looked over at Mal. "Nice outfit."
Mal smiled. It really was a nice outfit; a purple and black leather number with her purple boots and of course shoulder sleeves that looked like wings.
"We'll be back," Uma told Evie. "I don't get cell service on the Isle so if you need help, call Macaria okay?"
"Go on," Evie said. "The sooner you go, the sooner you'll be back and we can plan out the attack against Audrey and Freddy."
"I have to say I like this 'not dumb' Blueberry. Looks good," Uma smirked and turned to help Mal get to her bike. She had an Uncle to visit after all.