@Fehafare: @Kuma_From_Argentina: @Galenbeta: @ChronoWolf:
Tom, Alice, Beast and Hua travelled through the forest, eventually coming to a wide river.
"Beast, I'm going to need your help." Tom said, coming to a halt and drawing a shovel head from his satchel before realising that he'd left his staff at Nobunaga's palace.
"What?" The beast growled. "The river's shallow, you can cross it yourself."
"I can." Tom said, "But we need to divert the flow that way." He added, pointing back the way they came. "I'll get rocks to build the dam."
"Use a tree as a bridge if you're so concerned!" Beast shouted, stepping into the water.
"I'm not scared of wet feet-" Tom told him, before Alice squeezed his hand. Sighing, he turned to Beast. "Alice can't cross running water."
"WHAT?" Beast shouted, turning and grabbing the girl. "Preposter-"
And the air was filled with birds and an ear-splitting shriek of agony.
Arturia lowered her sword. "So be it." She decided, mounting Hengroen and looking down upon Sandy and Alex. "Then I shall be in your care for the time being. I am Arthur, King of the Britains."
The man in the suit landed in the sandy water, and got up to see the Kingdom of Treasure ride off in their chariots as he dusted himself off.
"Well, I never forget a debt of unkindness now, do I?" He asked himself as he placed a powerful hex upon Treasure, the king of that Kingdom.
Until the hex was broken, Treasure would announce to the world that he was homosexual whenever he entered a room, always doing so in rhyme. Keeping his mouth shut would result in compulsively french-kissing the nearest man. Walking into a room backwards would cause Treasure to declare his hatred for homosexuals, and entering a room by any other means would cause Treasure to grab the nearest man, teleport to a chapel and marry said man.
To really twist the knife, he did not alter Treasure's heterosexuality.
"Have fun explaining that to all your friends." The man, named Broker, smirked as he walked offscreen and vanished.
"So… Can I ask?" Hua asked Alice as Tom and the Beast diverted the river.
Alice shrugged. "I was being trained as a witch, wasn't I, when I first met Tom." She said. "We should've been enemies, him being trained a spook by Old Gregory-"
"Spook?" Hua asked.
"Someone trained to fight against the dark, mostly ghosts, boggarts and witches like meself." Alice explained "But we ended up friends, him and I, and we fought the dark together. But like I said, My kin were witches and so there was badness in my blood. It was inevitable how I turned out, nothing I could do about that."
"We all have our choices." Hua said with a shrug.
"That's true that." Alice nodded. "And it's thanks to those choices I'm as good as I am. If it weren't for Tom I wouldn't even care about that little stream there. I'd just as easily burn the entire forest to cinders without a second thought."
Hua blinked at Alice, who smiled bitterly. "Like I said, there's badness in my blood."
Grimalkin did not say a word to Aka, merely flashing her triangular teeth in a twisted smile before turned away and turning to the forge to sleep a few hours.
Midori and Byaku found themselves inside a reality marble, with white stone floors and marble pillars and hundreds of roman soldiers surrounding them.
A young girl stood on a monument behind her army, and smiled.
"In the name of your Patriarch." The girl told the soldiers. "Kill them."
As one, the many soldiers charged the Lancer and the Archer.
The monster perished, and the wooden reality marble vanished, dumping the four Heroes until a mound of grass- a very different location from where they were previously.
And what they found was a man with a sword slung over his shoulders and a giant furred beast digging in a river.
The man dropped his shovel and reached for his sword. "And who might you be?" He asked the three men and the woman with the huge swords.
"I know where you might find such a castle." A man in a suit told Margret as he approached them. His long wavy hair reached his neck, but he was unusually attractive for a man that appeared to be in his fifties. "My name is Broker, and what I deal in, well, that remains to be decided dearie." He said with a bow, holding out his cane with one hand and the other reaching out for her hand so he may kiss it.