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Serpent
Calvin and Jiro both gasped as the cold weather bit at their exposed faces. Finally they had arrived in Finland and were now looking out across the frozen expanse before them. Calvin then took out his map and looked at his best friend.

"We need to go to the northern part. That's apparently where the wizard is." He told him.

Jiro's eyes widened in disbelief. "How are we going to get all the way up there?" He asked, wrapping his brown jacket tighter around his shivering body.

"I don't see any place to rent cars. We may have to just...walk."

"You're kidding right?" Jiro gasped in shock. "Calvin we'll freeze to death before we even get half way. It's already getting colder."

Calvin looked at his friend and felt heartbroken that he was shivering so much from the cold. He quickly took off his own white jacket and carefully wrapped it around him. "Here." He told him. Jiro looked back at him with shock on his face. He then watched silently as Calvin took off his sweater revealing only his vest top.

"Calvin, what the hell?"

"It's ok."

"How is that ok?!" Jiro scolded him. "Put the jacket and sweater back on right now!"

"Jiro." Calvin started calmly as his friend began to worry about him. "For some reason I feel very warm. I think it's the sword." He explained.

Jiro looked down at the sword in his hand and noticed that it was glowing yellow once more. He then gently touched Calvin's strong upper arm and felt his warm skin. "How is that possible?"

"I have no idea." Calvin replied honestly. "Come on, let's start walking." He continued, taking his friend's arm.

Miles away from them, in the frozen north of Finland, the dark wizard sat on his throne. In front of him was a glass globe. He sneered as he watched the images of the two stars making their way to his location.

"Finally the warrior to defeat me has been chosen huh?" He sniggered. "He won't make it through today. I'll make sure of that." He stated viciously. He then turned to his minion. "Send in the snake." He ordered. The man nodded obediently and went over to the wall not far from the throne. On the wall were three buttons, each with an animal on. He smirked to the wizard and looked at Calvin in the glass globe as he pressed the snake button.

The wind howled furiously around the two men as they tried to walk through the snow. Jiro was starting to feel very numb and suddenly fell to the ground. Calvin immediately tried to get him to stand up again, but his friend could not move. He shivered violently and looked up at him with regret in his eyes.

"Calvin, I can't. Leave me, please." Jiro told him.

"There's no way I'm leaving you here!" Calvin told him.

"You have to go on quickly and save the child and the world." Jiro replied, his voice trembling with agony.

Calvin felt his heart ache in his chest. "No, we do this together." He told him, feeling tears welling up in his eyes. "Touch the sword." He suddenly said.

Jiro looked at him then at the glowing sword and could feel the warmth coming from it even at a short distance. He slowly lifted his quivering hand and gently touched the blade. He gasped as he felt a rush of warmth spread through his fingers and throughout his body.

"Is that better?" Calvin asked him. Jiro smiled at his friend and nodded to him.

Something then caught his eye. Moving his eyes he gasped in terror as he saw the most horrendous thing right behind his friend. He couldn't speak and froze with fear as he continued to look at it.

"Jiro?" Calvin asked. "Jiro what is it?" He then noticed the fear in his eyes and slowly turned his head to look. As soon as he did, he wished he hadn't. Right there, in the snow, only metres from them was the largest, most fearsome snake he had ever seen in his life.

"What...the hell...is that?" Jiro whispered.

"I think...it's called...a Basilisk." Calvin replied. The serpent-like creature hissed back at him as he continued to look at it. Very slowly, he stood up in front of his best friend and grasped tighter to the handle of his sword.

"A Basilisk? Like the one from Harry Potter?" Jiro gasped. He then suddenly realised what Calvin was planning to do. "Wait, Calvin you can't fight that thing!"

The mythical serpent suddenly opened its enormous mouth and bared its terrifying sharp fangs. It hissed loudly, sending a wave of terror through Calvin's mind. He suddenly grabbed his friend and dragged him to his feet. "Run!" He told him.

Jiro wasted no time and felt adrenaline surge within him as they both started to run. The enormous snake hissed at them and slithered after them. The snow made it so much easier to chase them. Calvin and Jiro didn't look behind them as they ran for their lives.

Calvin suddenly screamed loudly as the snake slashed its long leathery tail against his legs. He fell to the snow and closed his eyes as he felt air rush from his lungs. Jiro raced to him. "Calvin! Are you ok?" He asked.

Calvin winced in pain and felt the snake get closer and closer. They were not going to be able to out run it. Sighing in disbelief at his situation, he grasped the sword and suddenly slashed it across the snakes belly as it came within inches of him. The snake gave a loud, piercing cry and whipped its tail against Calvin's stomach, sending him flying back to the snow. He cried out in agony and breathed heavily. Something wet and sticky then dripped onto his arm and slid down to the snow. His breathing trembled as he realised where the creature was. Slowly, he turned his head and saw the snake only inches from him. The venom from his curved fangs was already dripping onto him. The snake didn't move, and neither did he. Calvin had only moments to think of a way out of this and quietly, sneakily moved his hand to the sword. Holding his breath, he suddenly pierced the weapon straight up through the snake's jaw. The creature cried a loud, piercing scream and fell to the snow. Calvin watched as it squirmed for several seconds before it lay frozen, and dead, before him.

Calvin breathed heavily and smiled to himself. It felt so good to have killed something at ten times his size. "Jiro, we did it!" He exclaimed, turning to where his friend had been.

The smile disappeared from his face as he realised his best friend was not there. "Jiro?" He called. Something glistened on the snow, suddenly catching his eye. He raced over to it and gasped as he saw Jiro's Union Jack ring. Looking around him, he tried desperately to see him. "Jiro!" He called, over and over again. A tear escaped from his eye and slid down his face as he realised that his best friend was missing.



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