Chapter Eight – Shamus and Becca Make Their Escape (Lost Rainbows – Serial)
By Connie Cockrell
Shamus O’Malley is on a quest to recover the Leprechaun Kingdom’s magic rainbows and gold before the rainbows are lost forever. To do so he must travel to the new world where he finds the evil wizard, David Bannon, intent on using the magic from the rainbows and the gold to conquer the Leprechaun Kingdom. He also finds an ally, Becca Bannon, the wizard’s niece. Can Becca and Shamus recover the rainbows and gold and defeat her wizard uncle?
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Shamus and Becca Make Their Escape
Becca interrupted. “Uncle David, why do you have Shamus’s gold and rainbows? Did you really steal them?”
“Keep quiet, Becca. This has nothing to do with you, at least not yet.”
“What do you mean by that?” Shamus took a step toward Bannon.
“In a few more years Becca will come into her powers. With my scientific acumen and her magic, I’ll take over your land and rule it as a wizard.”
Becca’s eyes grew quizzical. “What power, Uncle David?”
He laughed. Shamus didn’t like the sound of it at all. It was evil and boded no good.
“You, my dear, should have been my child. But your mother fell in love with my brother. It didn’t really matter; he carried the same genes as mine. Either way, the bloodlines came together. You, my lovely child, are Tuatha De Danann. A Goddess of Old Eire. With your help, we will rule that land.”
Shamus was shocked. The old gods come to life? How could that be? “I think the leprechauns will have something to say about that.”
David snorted. “What will you do? Kill your returned god? I think not.” He pulled a device out of his pocket. “Becca, stand aside from him.” He pointed the device at Shamus.
“No, Uncle David!” She sprang toward him. It was too late.
He depressed the trigger and two wires shot out of it straight at Shamus.
Shamus had drawn his sword and parried the tiny darts. They threw sparks off of the blade. “What wizardry is this?” Shamus cried out.
“Modern science, little fellow.” David tossed the device aside and drew a pistol. “That would have merely stunned you, little man. This,” he shook the gun at Shamus, “will kill you.”
“No!” Becca cried out and flung herself at her uncle.
He knocked her aside and pulled the trigger. Shamus twisted away before the bullet passed where he had been. The bullet ricocheted off of a pot of gold and punched a hole in a nearby machine. It began to spark and smoke. Before David could shoot again, Shamus had leapt on him. He was small but leprechauns are quite strong. Becca scrambled out of the way as her uncle and Shamus struggled.
It seemed at first that David’s height was the advantage. He held Shamus off so that his punches could not reach him. Shamus changed tactics. He grabbed the wizard’s arm and using his body weight as a focal point, threw David to the floor. The men fought hard but Shamus was the champion wrestler in his kingdom. David didn’t have a chance. Before long, Shamus had David tied, wrists to ankles.
Becca was huddled in the corner, crying.
Shamus hurried over. “Are you hurt?” He crouched down and looked her over. “He didn’t hurt you, did he?”
She shook her head. “No, I’m fine. I’m just scared. What will happen to Uncle David?”
“You can untie him after I leave.” He helped her stand up. His mind was a-whirl about the girl. Was she really Tuatha De Danann? Should he even touch her? What would he tell the King?
She sniffled and wiped her nose with the back of her sleeve. It was such a childish thing to do that he stopped worrying about her being a goddess and treated her as the child she was. “Come. Help me get the cart through the mirror.”
He led her to the cart. David called out to her. “Becca, help me. Don’t let this leprechaun fool you. He’s only after the gold.”
She stared at him. “It’s his gold, Uncle David. He wants to go back to his own land.” She turned away from him.
“What will we do about the mirror, Shamus? He’ll just go through again and make more mischief in your land.”
Shamus sighed. “Too true, Becca.” He scratched at his beard. “I’d tell you to destroy it but he’d just build another.”
“I could come with you,” she suggested.
Shamus blinked. Take a human child back to Eire? Then he remembered she’s Tuatha de Danann. With her in the Kingdom, they’d have a goddess on their side. “You would leave everything you know and come to a strange land?”
David began to yell. “Don’t do it, Becca. It’s a trick!”
She looked at him for a moment then turned back to Shamus. “Yes, I’ll come with you.”
He nodded. “Will the housekeeper come down here to release your uncle?”
Becca nodded. “I think so. Someone must clean down here.”
“Good. Hold onto the handle.”
David screamed again. “Don’t go, Becca! I’ve raised you as my own child. You owe me! I need you to conquer Eire!”
Becca ignored him. Shamus pushed the cart forward. They disappeared through the mirror, David’s screams cut off as soon as they passed through.
To be continued…
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