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The after dinner mint. The palate cleanser. The end of the meal.
Chase had the right idea, and next to notice was Kelly, after hurling the sink and looking to see the source of the Lemonlord's panic.
The green sun was massive, and descending rapidly. The steeple of a nearby church began to melt, then evaporate and float into the glowing emerald energy. Sniffing it, Kelly was able to see just how much of a threat this would be.
There was no time to escape.
It was already here.
Abandoning her pursuit, Kelly roared, sending dozens of spectral arms into the sky to hold back the oncoming death. "RUN!" She shouted at Sid, eyes turning black, teeth and nails lengthening as her jugular pulsated in her neck. "GET EVERYONE OUT OF HERE NOW!"
As the green sun approached, the pumpkin hordes began to collapse. They were far more susceptible to the effects of the mint leaf, and they were being cleansed. The archers, the brawlers, the armoured gunmen began to melt as green winds began blowing above the rooftops of the town of Jujce.
Those citizens, intoxicated by weeks of drinking only lemonade, also began to melt away, as did the local architecture.
Soon, our heroes, having bathed in the lemonade, would be victim to the oncoming sphere of minty death.
Pursued by Sid, the Lemonlord dug further and further underground, digging them both into a pit as a bomb shelter, getting launched down further by the concrete only to continue digging like his life depended on it.
In reality, it did.
As Erin lowered the barrier, Jack smelt the oncoming death. "Put that back up!" She commanded Erin. "EVERYONE GET INSIDE! NOW!" She screeched, fear in her eyes.
Could Erin's barrier protect them? She had no way of knowing. But her odds inside were better than her odds of escaping.
The horned witch couldn't hold that at bay forever.
SamJaz was knocked the ground by the shockwave of MOG's weapon. "Think we had this conversation already!" He shouted, unable to hear his own voice over his burst eardrum, not hearing Luna's challenge as he recognised the level of bollocks the group was about to have inflicted upon them by the mint leaf in the sky that was already incinerating their enemies.
They needed to take cover now.
Hitomi. Luna. Kelly. Alicia. Arthur.
Hitomi would survive. Kelly was holding that bomb at bay.
"Find Alicia, get to Hitomi!" SamJaz called out to Luna, before getting to his feet and running towards his sister.
Slayer lowered his weapons as his enemies began crumbling, seemingly of their own volition. A glance at his teammates and then skyward told him everything he needed to know, taking his sword and heading towards the sphere.
Shaking her head as Huntsman left, Hitomi's eyes also turned to the sky, and then to Haruko. "Remember when I told you not to open your Kaspa?" Hitomi called out to her fellow seamstress. "Open it!"
Trusting in her colleague, Hitomi ran towards the group towards the back. Her Kaspa was bigger than Haruko's, she could shelter more people.
Menthe clenched her fist, sweating as she pushed down with her hands, fighting against Kelly to force her mint leaf to the ground.
This was a mess. A broth ruined by too many cooks. There was no covering this up. Like a dinner mint eliminates lingering tastes after a meal, her duty was to clean up this mess so no one could claim it ever happened.
Memories, maps, signs, no evidence would remain once that sphere touched the ground. Acidic tears ran down her cheeks as Kelly's spectral hands began to burn under Menthe's powers. Once that witch was dead, this would be all over and they could get to work filling the vacancies among the Cornucopia.
"Leave, Chase." Menthe ordered her visitor, eyes focused on the task at hand. "You may survive, and remember, that you can be a warning to any of your friends who didn't come along this day."
Blood began to drip out of her knuckles as she forced her power of annihilation down, and Kelly screamed in determination to survive.