"You want to meet me so bad, little creature?" the Wizard asked.
"That’s what I was promised," Tug replied.
"You may be a deceiver, little monster," the Wizard said. "But I am not. A horn for my appearance, that was the bargain. Then I shall reveal myself." The room filled with dark smoke and then when the smoke disappeared the Wizard stood before us.
I admit it. I was expecting a human. I was expecting an old man with a long white beard in fancy robes and a pointy hat. What we got was not a man at all. There were no robes or hat. And there was no beard. What appeared before most resembled a seahorse, but it had tentacles like an octopus. “Now, monster, it is your turn to reveal yourself.”
I turned to Tug. “What is he talking about?”
But it was the Wizard who responded, “Do you really think I cannot sense the Orb of Lies?”
Tug tore off his armor revealing a crystal hang around his neck, that seemed to be constantly changing its shape and color. “You mean this?”
"The Guardians from the Wall must be very angry at you for taking it from them," the Wizard said. "I’m sure they’ll want their revenge."
"Is that why you took us to the Wall?" I demanded of him. "You almost got us killed so you could steal that?"
Tug laughed. “Yes, human. You are a fool. You have been used and now I have everything I wanted right before me, laid out like a picnic.”
"You went through all of this just to ambush the Wizard?"
Tug laughed again. “Like that wouldn’t be reason enough? But there were other fruits, like the Seal of M’lthak, that was what first attracted me to you. Such yummy power. And then I found out you were human. A key to the otherworld. Who wouldn’t want that?”
"I would never allow you that, monster," Lu Wu said. "The passages to my home are closed."
"Except for to you," Tug replied, "Is that it?"
"I am the gatekeeper," Lu said.
"And I shall kick open the gates."
"Enough!" the Wizard said. "It is time you revealed yourself!"
Tug ripped the chain from his neck. “It is well past time, Wizard.” And then the little furry creature began to grow. His jaw began to stretch. His teeth got bigger. His hair disappeared. His hands sprouted claws that grew into massive daggers. A second pair of arms appeared from out of his shoulder blades. Horns bloomed from his head. A thorn covered tail lashed out from behind. Tug, the furry little creature, was no longer furry or little. In his place was a vicious looking monster with a malevolent looking grin.
He no longer resembled a teddy bear at all.
to be continued next week
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