Josie was now walking into the cold Kingdom of Illinois. As she walked into a blizzard, she was puzzled to why the shards weren't working.
"I don't get it! Why won't these stupid gems work anymore?
Are they broken? Are they all used up down to the core?
From now on I'll keep them, and I'll have to keep up my guard.
I just hope they work by the time I reach the seventh shard.
I could really use speed now, or at least the flight rock;
But neither work, like the rest. For now, I'll just walk."
As Josie walked across Illinois Kingdom in the cold, a person sitting on a rock saw her. She was 5'4" tall and dressed in black.
"Ahoy there, I don't know you but I think you're going in the wrong direction.
You don't wanna be walking into this kingdom, this is a hazardous section."
"Leave me alone, stranger, I'm not in the mood,
It's not a good day so be gone. Sorry for being rude."
"Haha I'll let it side, friend, because you're honest.
Though be warned, rude people usually meet my fist.
So, what brings you here? Mind if I tag along?
I've been out of work ever since people left town.
The name's Mabel, I'm a contradition haha, I'm wicked yet merry;
You might've heard of me, they call me the Shadow Mercenary."
"A mercenary! Fiend, stay back!
Don't come closer or I will attack!"
"Must you be like the others? So eager to judge and condemn..
I'm not like the others.. nah I'm just kidding, I'm one of them!
But worry not, I have no schemes against you that I conceal,
'Cause I like you," Mabel said smiling, "now tell me, what's your deal."
With her shards not working, Josie wasn't effected by them as much, and so, she had no reason to be defensive. She befriended Mabel.
"My story is long, and I'm afraid it's a sad one.
But I'll sum it up in hopes that my tears don't run.
In the farthest island from here, I was born as a king,
I had all the riches, all the glory money could bring.
But I threw it away, in the name of true love,
He was a fearless lover, a giant so tough.
But the phantoms came, and took him away,
Left me behind, And in my misery I stay.
Yet I rose on my feet, and put my tears aside,
Grabbed my lover's blade, and went on this ride.
I set out to save him, by gathering these shards
Legends foretell, that they can reunite sweethearts.
And now I'm out to find the seventh, I hope to find it soon,
Then only three more to go, before I can be with my baboon."
"You're looking for the shards you say?
Well this just might be your lucky day!
I don't have any, or know where they lie,
But I can find out; into the shadows I fly.
I might just be human, but I can travel through foes;
I have this ability, to travel through shadows."
And you'll help me?"
"I help whoever wants me to, I work for any team,
As long as gold or jewels, in my way they'd beam.
Keep in mind I'm a mercenary for hire,
But for you, my lady, I'll be your sire."
"Are you sure you're okay with this? Are you sure you're on board?
Are you sure you'll help me find them without getting a reward?"
"My lady, I've helped other without money before, helped them on their test or quiz;
Money isn't everything.. ahh who am I kidding, it is.
I'll do it 'cause I like you, plus without the locals to bug, I'm kinda jobless;
But no, when I complete this task, I won't charge you, that is a promise."
With that, Mabel disappeared into the shadows. After a short period of time, she popped back again.
"Hey guess what? I didn't find any shards but I found something really interesting;
You'll know it later, but for now give me your shards! Sorry stealing and disappearing."
Then, she disappeared again, with Josie's six shards. Josie was so used to the speed of the first phantom shard that she didn't realize Mabel snatching her entire collection out of her hands. By the time she realized it, it was too late. She was gone. Time passed; she still didn't return.
"Its been ages! Where is she?
Where is that damn mercenary?"
Then, she appeared.
"Here you go!"
Mabel handed Josie's shards back to her, and Josie snatched them, and she immedeitly felt their powers again. She flew up high in the sky, then rocketed around the world. She came back to Illinois Kingdom and dropped down in front of Mabel.
"Mabel, you are a genius! What did you do?
How did you restore these shards' their hue?"
"I left and went to the phantom zone,
A place shadow people can go to alone,
Over there I looked for your shards, and found this fountain;
A spring of light; of shadows, of magics of restoration.
So I put your shards through it, and they shone brighter than any star,
And now they got their energy back, and here you are."
Josie flew out of the kingdom, then return and showered Mabel with treasures.
"Gold and gems! Josie you're a saint;
I'm so rich now, I could faint!"
"Well you helped me, Mabel, so the least I can do is repay you.
I just went back to my kingdom, and this money I withdrew.
And now I must be off on my way,
So until next time, have a good day."
And so, Josie flew off, not realizing that she was only nice because the effect of the shards have worn off. They haven't effected her for hours so now she was back to her old sweet self. But now, receiving six shards all at once, with their energy fully restored, her mind started getting effected by their negative energy even faster than before.